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UNIVERSITY of NEBRASKA.
LINCOLN, NEB., MAY 15, tSS6.
C UK KENT KEM.4KK-
Sincc "Lincoln lias joined the Western Lc.igne the question
of professional athletics is become a pcitincnt one. It ap
pears to us that the tendency to malcc a profession of any
sport is almost wholly evil. Those men who go into such a
husincss arc usually of the less intelligent and refined class
and their calling has anything but an elevating effect upon
them. Do away with horse racing as now practiced, profess
ional walking matches and kindred amusements and a very
perceptible decrease ot professional gamblers will be the ic
sult. Athletic sports arc a fine tiling, "but let tlicm be prac
ticed for their intrinsic worth and not for money.
The Slate ypimialis determined to keep up the interest of
the citizens in the matter of street paving, though the fine
weather of late has very much improved the formerly almost
impassable streets. Some bids on asphalt pavement were
published by the Jourinu, and they would seem to prove that
compost everything considered is more available for Lin
coln than any other equally good paving material. As the in
terests of the "University arc more or less closely connected
with the interests of this, the capital city, we too would urge
upon property holders the necessity for good paved streets.
The streets of Lincoln arc generally well graded and would
be casilv paved. Moreover, the city if properly improved is
destined soon to become one of the finest in the west, and o'
the cheaper pavements asphalt will certainly best correspond
With the signs of thrift and energy so characteristic of this
Governor Larrabcc of Towa has issued a proclamation dc
claring'that'thc prohibition law of that state must be enforc
cd. He calls on the ministers and teachers, on the temper"
ancc societies and on individuals, to aid in the attempt.
Lawyers and judges arc requested to do their duty in prose
cutions and not allow violators of the law to slip through their
fingers. If this appeal is heeded the fact thai "Prohibition
docs prohibit" will have to be recognized. It has prohibited
wherever public sentiment was in favor of the law and men
wore bta'c enough to stand up and denounce its violators.
It is drily where public morals have been lax and in cities
where the lower classes rule, that the flagrant violations of
the law have been committed. We hope the day is not far
distant when the people of Iowa, as a whole, will arise and
sec that the plainly expressed wish of a majority of her cit
izens is compHod with in all sincerity.
A New York reporter has interviewed Hcrr Most, the emi
nent) socialist, and Tcports him quite satisfied with the con
duct of his followers at Chicago and elsewhere. He is con
vinced thnt it is but the beginning of a great socialistic revo
lution brought about directly by his own teachings. We agree
With 'him that the lawlessness exhibited and the bloodshed
caused arc but the legitimate outcome of the doctrines tauglit
bv.'him-and hisjless scrupulous sympathizers. JBut the causes,
rif'Sisaffectiorire deeper an "more wide spread than this
false teacher in his bigotry can imagine much less under
stand. His teachings have hrought about riot with all its con
sequent evils, "not revolution. He has in fact, but "thwarted
a speedy and amicahle settlement. The complaints, the de
mands of the socialists might "have received due attention had
they hcen presented properly, hut they have rather chosen to
force compliance with their views upon a people averse to law
lessness and crime. Some settlement must be had, hut the
socialists have hy their unwise actions precluded the possibili
ty of the amicable arrangement once possible. They will find
that they have roused a people determined even at the cost of
many lives to maintain the majesty of law, though always dis
posed to accede to just demands when tightly presented.
How exceedingly free, we arc led to Tcmaih, the much
boasted freedom of the press has become. The most secret
ol secrets, the delicatcst of private matters and even that most
tender of tendor passions love arc dragged with all the
hearllcssncss of professional skill, bpforc the eyes of an aston
ished, curious, horrified and delighted public. "Every man's
house ought to be his castle certainly, hut the enterprising re
porter inserts the point of his pen into the core of his vic
tim's existence and pries it open for public scrutiny.
This might have little interest for a student body were lit'not
that here is the place and now the time to educate ourselves
out of liking such wholesale gossip under the guise of news.
The case of the senatorial fool from Florida who is one of
latest victims of newspaper hcartlcssncss causes us to remark
that the chief difference between the Honorable Mr. Jones
and some individuals not far from Lincoln is that, while thc
former is an Honorable fool, thc latter arc not. The extent
of Mr. Jones' crime is that he has neglected his business for a
love affair; and, though he has been held up to the lidiculc of
a world, he is no more to be censured than the humbler per
son who neglects his business for something which lacks c en
thc dignity of love.
Thc Daily News of last Tuesday evening suggests tn .ie
"L Ls" so conspicuously posted a week or two ago do not, as
supposed, refer to Lincoln Leather, but arc the symbols of an
organization yclept the "Liberal League," formed to oppose
the Law and Order League. This Liberal League, as thc
News conjectures, is made up of thc saloon keepers and gam
blers of the city, and their professed object is not only to hin
der, so far as it lies within their power, nny more stringent
legislation upon the liquor traffic and gambling, but also to
Ercvent, if possible, the enforcement of existing regulations,
uch a movement is in thc highest degree prejudicial to good
government and is almost rebellion. "While no one will ticny
the right of men of nny trade or class to organize for thc pur
pose of obtaining the repcnl of laws prejudicial to their inter
ests, or to favor thc passage of more favorable enactments, it
is decidedly unwise as well as illegal to combine against thc
enforcement of laws. This organization of thc class against
which the efforts of the Law and Order League have been di
lccted testifies more plainly than anything else possibly could
to thc good accomplished by the League. Resistance to law
is the last resort of desperate men. If there is any truth 'in
these conjectures the officers of the law should sec that this
organization of thc criminal-producing class has no more ef.
'feet 'than their 'previous individual attempts 'to evade the law