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THE OMAHA DAILY BEE: MONDAY, MAHCII 31, 1002.
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A flat Pleee of Art Work.
The Sunday edition of The Illus
trated Be was as fine a plecs of
art as we have looked upon for
some time. Ths edition wss espe
cially prepared as an Easter num
ber. Governor Cummins of Iowa Is making
something of a veto record for himself.
Now for the final tug between the
wets and the drys In all our Nebraska
Watch out for eleventh-hour roorbacks
fabricated to order to stampede the
South Omaha municipal election.
Mark down the year 1002 for furnish
ing a snowy EaBter. There's no telling
when another like It will be forthcom
ing. What la the difference between a
nioney slot machine and a trade slot
machine so far as the antl-gambllng
law Is concerned?
It Is to be noted that while Governor
Savage says be did not authorize the
publication of bis program, he carefully
avoids calling It In.
Isn't It about time for some one to
turn up a copy of an alleged secret re
port made by rrin.ee Henry on his re
cent visit to the United States?
It may be worthy of note that the
Iowa legislature, which convened the
first week In January, is still In session
and no senatorial deadlock, either.
King Edward will soon be congratu
lating himself that he has but one coro
nation fete to go through in a life time.
If it were an annual event he would be
sorely tempted to abdicate.
Was the landslide that burled Senator
Jones at the v Arkansas primaries a
knock-out of the cotton bale trust or is
It to be Interpreted as a backslide of the
half horse half alligator democracy
from William Jennings Bryant
. King , Victor Emmanuel of Italy Is
calling popular Imprecations down upon
himself for cutting the pay of the royal
cook on the theory that true economy
begins at home. If the royal cooks were
only organised as a- union the king
might expect a strike In his kitchen.
Miss Stone, the ransomed missionary,
shows great discretion In saying that she
does not expect ever to revisit the scenes
of her captivity. With a fond remem
brance of the profits of their successful
exploit the Bulgarians would be strongly
tempted to make her next visit more
costly than the last
The committee appointed to Investi
gate the charges of bribery In connec
tion with the approval by congress of
the purchase of the Danish West Indies
Insists It will go to the bottom of the
case. If any money Intended for con
gressmen has been Intercepted they
want to know who has been beating
them out .
Omaha bank clearings show a gratify
ing Increase during the past week as
compared with the corresponding period
last year, Omaha leads such commer
cial centers as Buffalo, Milwaukee and
St. Paul by from $1,000,000 to $2,000,000,
while its clearings exceed by more than
80 per cent the bank clearings of Den
re r and St Joseph.
With the assurance of the special
commissioner of the United States Ma
rine llospltaf service that vaccination
with glycerine lymph will not maka
your arm sore or your lower limb ache
there ought to be no further objection
against compulsory vaccination of all
of the good people who have not yet
carried their arm la a illng or limped
wita cm ,
KSFORChIO THE LAWS.
The course the administration Is tak
ing to enforce the Interstate commerce
and antl trust inws Is said to be viewed
with alarm by some congressmen, who
hnve not bosltsted to titter their remon
strances In private. Tbey had hot
thought It possible that tlie president
would really try to put those laws Into
effect and now that be bns shown that
lie Intends to thoroughly test their
value. Instead of allowing them to con
tinue as dead letters, certain congress
men have become alnrmed, doubtless
from fonr of the hostility of the corpora
tions attacked. Mirny railway managers
or their representatives have been at the
national capital recently and evidently
these congressmen have fallen under
' These geutliinrn will learn, however.
If they are not already aware of the
fact, that the purpose of the administra
tion to enforce the laws Is approved by
the people. They see In the course taken
a simple performance- of duty. Presi
dent Hoosevelt Is not an enemy of cor
porations that comply with the' laws.
He made this plain In his first message,
as be had previously done In public
speeches when he was a candidate for
vice president. But when he finds that
the laws are being disregarded and vio
lated It is his Imperative duty to take
action for enforcing them and there Is
no doubt he will perform this duty
whenever necessary, regardless of cor
poration protests or the fears of poli
ticians. The proceedings that have been
Violations of the Interstate commerce
and anti-trust laws are Justified by con
ditions which It would, have been a re
proach to the administration to Ignore.'
Violations of the Interstate commerce
act were frankly admitted by railway
officials. Rate-cutting and the paying
of rebates was freely acknowledged.
This could not be permitted to continue
and the prompt action taken to pot a
stop to It merits the heartiest commen
dation. What Is to be apprehended from the
alarm which this course Is said to have
caused some congressmen Is the failure
of proposed legislation for strengthen
ing the interstate commerce, law and
making It more effective. The railroad
opposition to such legislation, which Is
very general, la said to be manifesting
Itself strongly at Washington and its
influence Is apparent In the apathy that
pervades both branches of congress In
regard to this matter. Congressmen
who fear the power of the corporations
and they are numerous will do noth
ing to enlarge the authority of the In
terstate Commerce commission and con
sequently the chances are small for any
thing being done, at the present session
at least for making the law stronger
and more effective. But if congress is
under the Influence of the corporations
the president has shown that be is not
and that he proposes to do his duty in
enforcing the laws. This attitude may
make those who disregard and violate
the la wa. enemies of the president but
It will strengthen him in popular confi
dence. . .
FUTEHK Of CO-KDVCATION.
We are very much inclined to doubt
the existence of any substantial grounds
for the apprehension expressed by Pres
ident James of Northwestern university
that a serious crisis is at hand In the
movement for co-educational instruction
in our lnstltutlons'of higher learning.
Co-education has secured Its firmest
foothold and has advanced farthest In
the state universities maintained by our
western commonwealths as the cap
stone of the free public school system.
As a public Institution supported out of
the proceeds of general taxation, our
state universities could not consistently
draw a line between the sexes without
destroying the very foundations of
equality upon which they have been
erected. The fact that the older and
privately endowed universities of the
east which were under no obligations to
admit women have practically all of
them thrown the doors wide open in
nearly every department is proof posi
tive that the "crisis" foreshadowed
does not affect the principle of co
education, but rather the regulation or
repression of certain disputed features
that have of late become more pro
nounced. That co-educational Institutions re
quire closer and more careful super
vision of the student body and more
strict control of student life outside as
well as Inside the lecture room and la
boratory than those devoted either to
young men or young women by them
selves hat been recognized from the
first although, perhaps, the necessity
has not been met as fully as it should
be. From natural reasons which have
excluded the one sex from that class of
college athletics in which most public
Interest centers the recreation side of
the young women students has not been
developed as strongly as that of the
young men and this defect must be
made good by expansion In other direc
tions. The rapid growth, however, of
a distinctly college spirit among the
young women as well as among the
young men is doing more to round out
student life in the co-educational uni
versities than any other agency.
At all events, one thing we may rest
assured of whatever new departures
may be grafted on co-education, the sys
tem is here to stay and Will go forward
Instead of backward.
JliViL BTATIUX8 IX CUBA.
Under the Piatt resolution the United
States was to have six naval and coaling
stations In Cuba and among naval o ale-era
Havana has from the first been re
garded as the most important place of
all that have been considered. These
officers are said to feel that it will be a
mistake to defer to the opinion of Presi
dent Palma in opposition to an Amer
ican naval station at Havana. It Is
stated that Admiral Bradford, who is
now cruising in Cuban waters investi
gating locations for stations, is most
strenuous for establishing a naval sta
tion at Havana, urging that in case of
war requiring operations In the Gulf of
Mexico U would be of the first import
ance to have a strong station at Havana.
But granting this. It would yet seem
that our government should consider the
sentiment of the Cuban people In the
matter. In the conference a few days
ago lx'tweon President Palma and Secre
tary Hoot the former said there would
te no difficulty about granting the
United States all that had leen asked,
so far as all except Havana was con
cerned. He declared that In his Judg
ment the Cuban people would resent the
selection of the capital of the new re
public as a naval station for the United
States or for any foreign power. They
would never agree to allow anything
like fortifications belonging to another
Iower to be set up where the citizens of
Cuba would see a foreign flag flying
constantly in their capital. This senti
ment Is reasonable and should be re
spected. The Cuban people are parrlotlc
and It Is easy to understand that th
presence of a foreign flag over fortifica
tions at the capital of the republic would
be offensive to their patriotism and
therefore very certain to create and
keep alive among them a strong feeling
of dislike for this country. In consider
ing this matter It would be well to
think of ourselves In their place, to con
sider what Americans would say to a
like proposition. Such reflection must
lead to the conviction that the objection
of the Cubans to an American naval sta
tion at Havana is reasonable and that
proper regard for their patriotic feeling
requires that the proposition be aban
doned. Our government has required a good
deal of Cuba. It has Imposed conditions
which it Is generally conceded abridges
the independence of the new republic.
Undoubtedly these will be to the advan
tage of Cuba, but we should not carry
our demands bo far as to affront the
patriotism of the Cuban people and
thereby Incur their enmity.
A TALE OF WOK lit Tit RE CHAPTERS
An awful, awful tale has been un
folded by the double-headed "Daily Yel
low" of these parts.
A man with unsteady legs and buzzing
brain lost $300 in a saloon and was
taken to the city Jail until he could
sober tip. The saloon was closed by the
police and the bartender placed behind
Iron bars. '
TheVlcked chief of police managed
to recover the money, but refused point
blank to unbosom himself to the rep
resentatrve of the "Dally Yellow," who
was armed with plenipotentiary powers
of inquisition and all the instruments
for roasting. The chief of police went
so far even as to resent the Intimation
that be had supplied the drunken pris
oner with bug Juice and served notice
seml-offlclally on the inquisitor either to
desist from further insulting Innuendoes
or prepare to mop bis lacerated feelings
with a handkerchief.
Thereupon a lurid double-shotted
broadside was fired that made the earth
quake for half a mile around Fourteenth
and Farnam and shook the plate glass
windows and other glassware in the
Paxton boteL A catastrophe might
have befallen Omaha such as has never
been witnessed west of the New York
Grand Central tunnel but for the timely
retreat of the chief of police, coupled
with a guaranty bond that the Omaha
bastlle would hereafter be open at all
hours of the night and day to the spe
cial commissioner of the "Dally Yellow,"
whoae stock-in-trade hereafter, as in the
past Is to be found in the deep recesses
of that dungeon where the wicked cease
from troubling and the weary are at
THE SOUTH OMAHA CAUPA1GA.
The South Omaha municipal cam
paign has developed a wide field for
professional demagogues and impudent
liars. For example, Lawyer Ed I.
Smith, who Is employed by Tom Dennl
son, has had the audacity to charge that
Koutsky, the republican candidate for
mayor, Is a tool of Dennlson and the
corrupt Omaha machine. Mr. Kelly, a
brother of Mayor Kelly, in addressing
a democratic meeting, declared:
I com before you as a republican and a
supporter of the regular nominees of the
city democratic- ticket. I am not a
politician and have nothing to fear In ex
pressing my views. I believe home talent
can serve the people of South Omaha better
than any other. Also believe they are
quite well qualified to run their own city,
affairs. We do not want the aid of Mr.
E. Rosewater of Omaha. It Is said that Mr.
Prank Koutsky makes frequent calls to see
him for some reason. Every one knows
that It cannot be to the best Interests of
our good city.- We are told that Mr.
Rosewater baa already coatrlbuted $3,000
in the interest of Mr. Koutsky's nomina
tion and election. What dees this mean?
Through what agency shall this money get
back to ths original owner, bonest Frank
Koutsky, or his agent, of course?
And more of such Pharisee gabble.
If any South Omaha democrat is gul
lible enough to swallow the preposter
ous stoiy that Rosewater, or anybody
else In Omaha, would contribute thou
sands of dollars to assist Koutsky In
defeating Kelly at the primaries he
ought to be confined in the asylum for
the feeble-minded for the rest of bis
life. The thing that beat Mayor Kelly
at the primaries was not Omaha money
nor South Omaha money. Everybody
knows that Mayor Kelly defeated him
self by his own conduct He bad for
feited the confidence of the republicans
of South Omaha, who registered their
protest through the ballot box by about
three to one.
If this man Kelly bad told the truth
he would have ald that be has turned
this political headspring because bis
brother was defeated In the late pri
mary. If he had exercised his memory
be might also have remembered that his
conscience was not shocked two years
ago, when Rosewater was induced to
go to South Omaha to make speeches
on behalf of the republican ticket
beaded by bis brother. Two years ago
he did not dread the Omaha machiue
and did not sound the fire alarm bell
over the danger of annexation of South
Omaha with Omaha.
It Is la accord with the eternal fitness
of things that men who coukl see noth
ing wrong in the rotten municipal ad
ministrations that have cursed South
Omaha for the past few years should
prefer to support for mayor of South
Omaha a man who was notoriously Im
plicated in the South Omaha school
board scandal to a man who bears an
unsullied reputation for honesty. For
tunately the respectable South Omaha
taxpayers are too Intelligent to allow
themselves to be frightened by bug
bears or humbugged by mountebanks
trying to Impose on their credulity.
Topocratic papers never tire of sand
bagging General Fnnston. Their latest
howl Is over his admission that a num
ber of soldiers who took part In the cap
ture of Agutnaldo were disguised iu
Filipino undress uniforms. This Is de
nounced as a most atrocious violation of
the rules of war. These horror-stricken
patriots evidently are not aware of the
fact that such practice Is not out of the
ordinary in war. During the civil war
soldiers who served as scouts on both
sides masqueraded In all sorts of ap
parel. General Fremont for example,
In his West Virginia campaign had a
company known as the Jesse scouts,
under Captain Carpenter of Kansas,
who were operated disguised as Virginia
farmers and mountaineers, yet were on
the payroll of the army, and while they
took the risk of being dealt with as spies
In case of capture tbey were recognized
as a legitimate part of the union army.
Nobody in those days deemed the em
ployment of these scouts as a violation
of the rules of war.
Th fflea that anybody Interested In
the growth and prosperity of Omaha Is
hostile to any legitimate enterprise or
project that would build up South
Omaha Is senseless. South Omaha Is as
much a part of Omaha as North Omaha.
South Omaha was founded and built up
by citizens of Omaha who are still In
terested in its manufacturing concerns,
its banking Institutions, business houses
and real estate. Everybody Interested
In Omaha knows that anything that
would obstruct the growth of South
Omaha would seriously damage Omaha.
All attempts to array the two towns
against one another or to make believe
that Omaha people or papers are con
spiring against South Omaha can be
traced to political demagogues and
grafting blatherskites who hope to profit
by stimulating local prejudice and fo
menting discord to distract attention
while they are getting In their work.
And now It is reported that an appeal
Is to be made to Attorney General Knox
for an opinion whether the proposed
discrimination of the National Federa
tion of Women's Clubs between white
and colored constituencies would not be
unconstitutional as an infraction of the
requirement for race equality prescribed
by the fifteenth amendment The ab
surdity of this contention is disclosed by
the most casual reading of the amend
ment which refers only to discrimina
tions by the UnUed States or by any
state. The federal constitution has no
more to do with the constitution of the
club women's federation than It has
with that of a trades union or a secret
society. The club women have tackled
the color question of their own volition
and will have to; fight it out among
The northwestern representatives of
the National Editorial association,
which is chiefly made up of dentists,
milliners, dressmakers, photographers,
a slight sprinkling of Journalists who
have never seen a perfecting press, and
other people who enjoy free ride Junkets
and love to wear press badges. Is said
to be headed for Omaha and the Com
mercial club is asked to spend a few
hundred dollars for their entertainment
The experience of the club with the
Canadian and Manitoba editorial excur
sion would not seem to Justify a very
heavy Investment in that direction.
American Posh Balked.
New York Mall and Express.
It is not likely that the French govern
ment will sell their tobacco monopoly to
American capitalists. It would be well,
however, if It would. No man who ever
smoked a French cigar looked farther for
the cause of anarchy, assassination and
Open to Suspicion.
It is good news that the president pro
poses to examine, with closest scrutiny all
bills removing the charge of desertion from
mea that served In the civil war. If men
were wrongfully charged with desertion It
is hardly likely that tbey would wait nearly
forty years before seeking to have the rec
Samples of Dave's Thooabtfalnese.
Congressman Mercer is flooding the coun
try with a free distribution of garden seed,
tre'es, etc, furnished by the I'nlted States
government. Mr. Mercer Is very thought
ful of his people, especially Just before an
election, in which congressmen are chosen.
Except in congressional campaigns Dave
Mercer has become ' a foreigner to Ne
braska Make It Inantmons.
. Boston Otobe.
A recent technical article by a well known
classical teacher contains the following
"The ultimate and persistent character
istic and potency et all combined terms Is
psrvaalv reciprocal modification, without
regard to specific affinities and influences
superimposed upon their fundamental at
titude and operation."
Contrary minded, no; It is a vote!
Efflcaelons Temperance Heferm.
The Union Pacific railroad 'has Joined
several other Important railroad lines la
refusing to employ men who frequent liquor
saloons. This ruls applies while the' men
are off duty as well ss when they are oh
duty. , And as a consequence many of th
saloons In places along the In ton Pacific
llnea have been compelled to close from a
lack of patronage. Such action on the part
of great business Interests Is much mors
Influential In restricting the use of In.
toxicants Van Una passed to prohibit the
liquor traffic and to -the enforcement of
which public opinion contributes no aid. It
will never prtifoably be possible to stop en
tirely the drln&tng of Intoxicants, but if th
church and business Interests combins th
evils of the liuVior trsfflc caa be reduced
to a minimum.
An Ingenious Campaign
Those who find pleasure In bestowing a
reasonable amount of attention on public
affairs, and especially oa that play of per
sonal motives for which public affairs turn-
Ish a ronvlent Held, should not overlook the
campaign which was be (run months ago and
still continues In the hope of getting Recre-
tary Hitchcock of the Department of the
Interior out of President Roosevelt's cab-
Inet. The method adopted for that purpose
is not strictly original, but the scale on
which It Is being employed and the teal, the
skill and the quiet persistence which the
managers exhibit are novel, and must be
exceedingly Interesting to all who are ac
quainted with the circumstances.
As w understand the matter, Mr. Hlteh-
cock has not the slightest reason to suppose
that the president desires to replace him,
nor any Intention of asking to be relieved.
Ills duties are congenial to the secretary,
and his performance of them Is entirely sat-
Isfactory to his chief. But there are a few
persons who burn to bring about bis retire-'
ment, and their plan of operations Is de-
serving of scrutiny, though not necessarily
of Imitation. During the past winter and
up to the present time readers of the news-
papers have frequently seen dispatches of
this general character from various parts of
the country, more or less conspicuously
printed: "The Hon. 8o-and-So, commonly
mentioned as the probable sucessor of Sec-
rotary Hitchcock, who la understood to be
about to resign, says that the place has not
been offered to him as yet, but that he
should be disposed to give such an offer hit
serious consideration." The announcement
Is never made twice In the same form, nor,
so far as we have observed. Is a single In-
dividual designated a the coming man more
than once. Sometimes a dispatch does not
allude to the succession at all, but relate
exclusively to the present incumbent Thus
not long sgo, when Mr. Hitchcock went to
REPl'BLICAKS LINING IP FOR FRAY.
Dakota City Eagle: W. O. Sears, speaker
of the last legislature. Is not losing any
time getting to the front as an aspirant
for the republican nomination for gov
ernor of Nebraska.
Wausa Gaiette: Judge Robertson of Nor
folk Is gaining in popularity as a possible
candidate for governor on the republican
ticket this fall. There are no reasons why
Mr. Robertson should not have the united
support of northern Nebraska, and we be
lieve he will.
Columbus Times: The Times Is pleased
to learn that Hon. W. M. Robertson . of
Norfolk has entered the flajd ss a repub
lican candidate for the nomination for gov
ernor. , If there are others we have not
heard of them, and whether so or not, the
Times Is for Robertson.
Auburn Post: Judge Paul Jessen of Ne
braska City Is being pushed forward by his
friends as a candidate for governor on the
republican ticket. Mr. Jessen is a clean,
upright young man with a splendid record
behind htm as a citizen, school teacher,
lawyer, soldier and judge, and If elected
would make this state an Ideal governor.'
"Wood River Interests: The name of Hon.
W. A. Prince is being quite frequently men
tioned in connection with the congressional
race In this district. Prince's brilliant rec
ord In the legislature four years ago gave
him a state reputation and makes htm a
strong man for congressional honors. Gov
ernor Abbott Is also mentioned as a possible
Wood giver Interests: The republican
state convention has been called to meet at
Lfocoln on Wednesday, June 18. - Already
the political war horses and politicians are
prancing around and getting pretty well
warmed up. It is the general sentiment
among the rank and file If a Bartley apolo
gist Is put up for governor It means a
Waterloo At the polls.
Sidney Telegraph: Since nominations for
congress are in order, we rise to nominate
that greatest of all republicans and states
men, the Hon. Gustavo Runae. In Dreaentlna
the name of Mr. Rungo we realize that he
hss neverstolen any banks nor been mixed
up' in any necktie parties, and he may be
lacking in other qualifications to commend
him to the suffrages of the people but,
"dlvll the odds, we nominates him, any
how." Stanton Pickett: H. C Russell of Schuy
ler Is a candidate for governor and the
Grand Army of the Republic post of that
city Is out with resolutiona asking the re
publican party to make him its candidate.
Mr. Russell was formerly commissioner of
publlo lands and buildings and is the pres
ent postmaster at Schuyler. Schuyler also
has a candidate for state treasurer in the
person of E. H. Phelps, and he's a good
Columbus Times: The republican state
convention will be held in Lincoln June 18
only two and one-half months hencs. It Is
rare a state convention Is called so early in
the season, but this year it is the wisest
move that could be made. Let a good tic
ket be selected and give the voters of this
state an opportunity to become well and
thoroughly acquainted with their fitness and
qualifications and Nebraska will roll up 20,
000 republican majority.
Alliance Times: The name of Captain J.
C. Gammlll of Frontier county has been
lit: T ht Captain Gammnf U 7ne ot Th. ,
sturdiest republicans and one of the brain
irst men in the state of Nebraska. He has
battled for both his country and bis party
with a vigor surpassed by no man in the
state. He IS and would be entirely free
from any entanglements with factions or
rings, and that is the sort of a man It Is
especially desirable to nominate this time
Lf w can.
Grand Island Independent: . The repub
lican state central committee at Ita meeting
at Lincoln yesterday fixed June 18 as the
date for holding the tatate convention. It
appears that so early a date was agreed
upon primarily to clear the republican at
mosphere ef the state, which, it can be ad
mitted, has been densely foggy for some
time. It will depend largely upon what
kind of a spectacle will be revealed, upon
the clearing away of the fog, whether Gov
ernor Savage's successor Is to be a repub
lican or not.
St. Edwards Advsnce: We understand
that Booae county la to bave a candidate up
tor the congressional nomination. The
friends of H, C. Vail of Albion have induced
him to allow his name to be used la the
convention. Mr. Vail is ons of our most
successful lawyers, has always been In har
mony with the republicans of Boone county
and halls from a county that turns out good
solid republican majorities. In considera
tion of these facta bis chance for catching
the nomination are much better than anv
candidate thua far In the Held.
Wayne Herald: Two mighty good men
are being very much talked of for governor
of Nebraska on the republican side of the
fence. They are W. G. Sears of Teksmab
and W. M. Robertson of Norfolk, and ws
believe tbey are mea who, if elected, would
tave the honor of the party and the wel
fare of the grand old commonwealth of
Ne'braska at heart. If they would not, Ood
only knows where we're at. Nebraska Is
said to stand at the top notch. In that
there are less Illiterate people In her
boundaries, according to population, than
any state in the union. But this does not
alter the fact that ahe has some highly
sducated officials who havs been adepts
In etching th stat and who hav placed
St. touts to take a last farewell of bis
brother, who has since died, a telegram
dated at St. Louis, without referring to the
well known fact that the brother, himself a
distinguished eltlien, was desperately sift,
ald that the secretary was In the city,
presumably for the purpose of arranging
his privets affairs preparatory to bla with-
drawal from- publlo life. Occasionally th
report is less circumstantial, merely saying
that the precise date of Mr. Htchcoch's res-
Ignatlon has not been Died; but In every
Instance the assumption Is that his Impend
Ing retirement from the cabinet Is a mat
ter of common knowledge,
Now of course the persons who procure
the publication of these statement are well
aware that there Is no truth In them; but
It will be observed that they are clever
enough to refrain from 'giving any reasons
why Mr. Hitchcock will and should resign.
There Is not a visible trace of calumny er
malice In their fabrications. Their object
Is to create, as one might say, an atmoe-
there In which he will sooner or later find
It irksome to breathe, and they apparently
expect to succeed In making him eo uncom-
fortable that be will be glad to escape. We
think tbey are doomed to disappointment,
but In the mead time their proceedings
constitute an Interesting study in political
ethic. It Is realty astonishing that they
have been able to Invest their scheme with
so sweet an air tot Innocence and to carry
it on so long. It Is not essential for the
purposes of this brief and dispassionate ac
count of a singular undertaking to Inquire
too curiously Into the question of Its auth
orshtp and promotion. If there were no
antecedent evidence of the fact, this ons
continuous performance would clearly en
title Its managers to whatever credit is
Implied in the descriptive term, "a smooth
the republican newspapers of the stats la
a darnod unpleasant situation, a position
the press hopes to be released of next fall.
Hartlngton Herald: Thus far It appears
that there is not to be a scarcity of good
material from which to select a congres
sional nominee at the coming congres
sional convention. Cedar county will pre
sent (he ham of J. F. Jenal, Dtxon county
will come forward with J. J. McCarthy.
George A. Brooks of Knox, Judge Boyd of
Antelope, Mr. Vail of Boone, Dr. Hanson
of Platte are avowed candidates. There
are also others who have not announced
themselves. The friends of E. A. Wlltse of
Thurston county and of William M. War
ner of Dakota will have an eye out for an
opportunity to secure the nomination for
their favorites. These gentlemen, though
not avowed candidates, are too loyal to
their party and state to refuse to accept
should tho convention single either out for
Albion News: The News Is authorised to
say that Hon. It. C. Vail of this city Is a
candidate for congress, subjsct to the best
Judgment of the republican congressional
convention. If a man's tastes run that
way, It Is legitimate, proper and honorable
for any American cltlsen to aspire to a seat
In the nation's congress. Mr. Vail is de
sirous of the nomination only upon the
condition that the convention shall deem
him the best and strongest man to make
the race. He does not propose to spend
any great amount of time in the pre-con
vention canvass. He has the aesursnce of
considerable support outside of bis own
ccuntv. which has caused him to decide to
become a candidate. Mr. Vail stands well
at .home and there will be no objection to
giving him: the solid delegation from hare..
Among all the names mentioned for the
place, Mr. Vail Is fully equal to any of
them In point of ability. He has always
been a consistent republican, and stands
for the better elements of the party. Should
he reoelve th nomination he will make an
active and effective canvass of the district.
BITS OF WASHINGTON LIFE.
Ineldestte Sketched at the
The Roosevelt youngsters will be In their
glory today as leaders In the annual egg
rolling contest In the lot back of the White
House. Easter Monday ranks next to Christ
mas In the Joyous calendar' of Washington
children, and if the weather is favorable
they troop In vast number to the White
House for. the famous egg-rolling frolic.
For several years past the Wbtte House
made no contribution to the Jolly crowd.
This time there Is a fine bunch of youngs
ters in ths Whit House to lead th play
in "our back yard."
In itself the egg-rolling is a wonderful
event. All the children of the city crowd
the beautiful lawns, -rolling eggs down the
slopes and then tumbling after them. Boys
In the prettiest and brightest clothes min
gle with young newsboys and little street
gamins. Girls with nurses and without
them help to swell the throng. All Wash
ington comes to look on. The Marino Band
Senator Mason of Illinois turns looss
another story from his vast stock and makes
a former resident of Omaha the central
figure to wind th yarn on. Those who
remember Will Visscber will understand at
Ann Ka nf tVi i(n,v It Hn.k
the rotund senstor, Visscber was In Dead
wood many years sgo and waa a victim of
exceeding bad luck. He bad no money, and
was walking the street, wondering how h
could get a drink of whisky to cheer him
up. Ha saw a number of miners and cow.
boys enter a saloon, and, noticing that they
were particularly disreputable in appear
ance and carried guns, he followed them In.
When he got Inside he addressed the ss.
semblage without waiting for the formality
of an introduction.
"Oentlemen," he said, "I have just wit
nessed a most deplorable Incident. In a sa
loon down th street a man with a gun
forced an unarmed stranger from to east
to take a drink of whisky, even though the
stranger protested that he bad aever tasted
liquor In his life, end was morally opposed
to its use. New," said Visscber, glaring
around him, "I would like to see some one
try to make m tak a drink against my
H had hardly uttered the words, when
ther was a pistol shot, and a bullet burled
Itself in th floor at his fset.
"Hold on," h shouted. "Too hav me
at a disadvantage. I left my gu t ths
"Never mind that," said the man who
bad fired th ahot. "Here, barkeeper," he
cried to the man behind tbe bar. "Put up
six glasses there, and flit them all. Ton,"
be aald, turning fiercely upon Visscber,
"will drink all of thsm."
Visscber protested, but another bullet
struck th floor at bis feet, and be there
upon turned his attention to the bar. Tbe
glasses had all been filled, and Visscber
emptied each In turn, while the man with
tbe gun stood ready to enforce his com
mand. Wbea Visscber bad taken tho last
drink and a row of empty glasses stood
befor him on th bar, b turned a glow
ing and" a smiling face upon th bad mea
"New, gentlemen," he said, cheerfully,
"It anyone will fill those glasses up again
I'll just drink my way back up th Una
Senator Hanna gav a dinner last Satur
day night at th Arlington to th Gridiron
club. He has been a guest st every dinner
since he hss been In Washington, relates
th Waahlngton Tost, and he took the op
portunity, to use his own words, of pl.
Ing a return engagement.
The dinner was elaborately served. th
menu being prepared with especial care.
Being attended only by members of the
Club, the dinner was marked by a delight
ful freedom. Although Mr. Hanna was the
host, the clubmen did not allow him to
escape a few turns on the gridiron, and
during the evening there were several
"sklta" which were a surprise to him. The
senator was the central figure of many
"presentations " each accompanied by a
speech more or less personal In its nature.
The climax came when he was told that ai
much had been said about his "barrel"
the Gridiron club did not propose he should
b without one. Thereupon be was given
a very handsome 'miniature barrel of black
walnut, bound with silver hoops and with
a silver spigot, designed to hold anything
of a drinkable nature. The silver bands
were decorated with a garland of gridirons
and a silver plate, appropriately Inscribe!.
The stand upon which the "barrel" rested
bore a silver gridiron with Sanator Hanna's
monogram. Benator Hanna's response was
humorous and appreciative.
Ths congregation In the house cloakroom
were talking of stump speaking and the
men who Interrupt, reports the New York
"I got hold of one of those 'yes-or-no'
men last tall," said Representative Capron
of Rhode Island. "Ha asked me two or
three absurd questions and Insisted I should
answer him 'yes' or 'no. I protested that
th questions could not be answered by a
simple negative or affirmative, but be held
on. Finally I said to him:
" 'Now, Just to show you th Injustice
of your stand. I will ask you a question
and ask you to answer It by a simple 'yes'
" 'I'm ready,' said my tormentor.
" 'All right,' I replied. 'This is the ques
tion: Have you stopped beating your wire?'
"I was bothered no mors that evening,"
Oerontmo, the octogenarian chief, of
strenuous memory, wants to become an
American citizen and a taxed Indian.
General Fxea Donmere, aged 85, la dead.
He was the oldest officer on the sctlve list
of the French army. They don't retire of
fleers In France at 84.
Alabama Is to have an old-time fiddlers'
contest with 100 entries early next month,
one of whom will be ex-Governor Taylor of
Tennessee. No violinist seed apply.
Howard Oould has had Kilkenny castU
photographed from every possible point, so
that he can build an exact replica of the
castle and grounds for his own use is
Miss Susan Hale, a sister of Rev. Ed
ward Everett Hale, D. D., has come all ths
Way from far-distant Algiers, to partici
pate In the celebration of Dr. Hale I
80th birthday oa April 8.
The house erected by General George A.
Custer In Topeka, Kan., In 1888, Is beina
torn down to make room for a modern
residence. The walla of one of the rooms
are decorated with notea and figures made
by Custer while planning his campaigns
against the Indians.
Sometimes when the Turkish sultan at
tends a play In his private theater he hands
in to the comedian an original Joke or two
of his own make. The actor gives these
humorous efforts the fullest possible effect.
of course, end perhaps that Is why they
are invariably received with great laughter.
The Century paper on Great West In the
April number by Noah Brooks, has for its
title "The Plains, Across in defense of
which Mr. Brooks says: "In the rude bal
lads and songs of the time, the phrase for
crossing th plains was 'the plains across;'
never by any chance did the verse-maker
write 'across the plains.' This form of lo
cution was at once adopted by tho plains
men, who unconsciously drifted Into the use
of the more poetic phrase, 'the plains
across,' and to this day you hear It from
old pioneers scattered among the solitudes
of the far northwest."
Waehlncton Star: "Have you made any
efforts to collect your speeches for the
benent of posterity?" asked tne admiring
What's the use?" asKed senator eorg-
hum. "Posterity hasn't any vote." --
Richmond Dlsoatch: "This system of bi
partisan boards is something comparatively
new in municipal government, isn i it r
"Yea. -You see. In the olden times you
couldn't buy partisans as easily aa you
Detroit Free Press: Dennis 'TIs th'
ear-rly bur-rd gets th' wur-rm, Mlsther
Casey 'TIs thot. If ye wa-ant to keep
ycre head above wather these days, ye
ca-ant let th' grass grow under yera feet,
Phllsdnlnhift Record: "This seems to be
a Iswless town," remarked the stranger.
Lawless: ' ecnoea jiamesnnae j-ei.
"Wall. now. we hev lynch law an" moo
law an' civil law. No. pardner. I wouldn't
call this a lawless town." a
rhlrsro Tribune: "I sm afraid we shall
have to try aguln, madam," the photo
grapher said. "You moved your head a
I did It on purpose," repuea tne sitter,
fondllna- the doit In her lap. "I want to
make It plain that Fldo is the principal
object In the picture."
'Why did you leave
your last place?
"It waa so dull." replied ths maid. "The
master and mistress agreed perfectly, and
never a thing came up for tho servants to
Philadelphia Press: "I wonder." said ths
shoe clerk, "that the slar boarder does not
protest against having to carve those tough
roasts, even If he Is laying siege to the
heart ofour wealthy landlady."
"Perhaps," suggested the Insursnee man,
"be Is willing to encounter any obstacle
while he is carving his way to fortune."
SPRING FKF.I.I'Va OF AN KPICPRB.
Chicago Inter Ocean.
I love to aee the buds burst Into bloom
To hear tbe whit brook, atnglng like a
To eee the red tomato light the gloom;
And then to make the latter Into salad.
I love to watch the pumpkin's brittle crust
Just forming In the way we all remember.
And dream the coming pie-curse. If I muit,
To follow Ita consumption In September.
I lovs to see the fledgeling partridge pass.
Long months befors
The little lamb frisk greyly on th
y on th grass
Before I eat bis Juicy chop for dinner.
I love to see the rooster choose his mats
From out the plenty of Ms barnyard
And revel In my knowledge of the fate
That waits their offspring when my teeth
do tear 'em.
I love to see the orchard blossoms break,
Foretelling- nice green applt-a without
That sure will give my sons the belly-ache.
To keep the brata In bed whilst I do
t hear the young calf musically bleat
Beside ita loving mother, loud and long,
Whereat my mouth grows moist at thought
Vest cutlets at ply favorite restaurong,
I see the tender grape vine greenly gleam
And think of all the wine (but that's no
I watch the young trout skimming In, the
And think how nice they'll look upon my
That's why I feel religious In ths spring,
And watch sweet Nature's efforts kind
To make us all rejoice In everything
But wlfc to heaven I wasn't old and gouty.
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