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A Fine Piece of Art Work.
The Sunday edition of The Illus
trated Bee was ss fine a piece of
rt as we have looked upon for
some time. The edition was espe
cially prepared as an Easter num
ber. Governor Cummins of Iowa 1s making
something of a veto record for himself.
Now for the final tug between the
wetg and the drys n all our Nebraska
Watch out for eleventh-hour roorbacks
fabricated to order to stampede the
South Omaha municipal election.
Mark down the year 1902 for furnish
ing a snowy Easter. There's no telling
when another like It will be forthcom
ing., ' '
What Is the difference between a
money Blot machine and a trade slot
machine bo far as the anti-gambling
law Is concerned 7
It Is to be noted that while Governor
Savage says he did not authorize the
publication of his program, be 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 Trlnce 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 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 borne. 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
docs not expect ever to revisit the scenes
of her captivity. With a fond n-membra
nee 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 haa been beating
Omaha bank clearings show a gratify
ing Increase during the past week as
compared with the oorresponding period
last year, Omaha leads such coin me r
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
ver and St Joseph.
With the assurance of the special
commissioner of the United States Ma
rine Hospital' service that vaccination
with glycerine lymph will not make
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 In a sling or limped
with ft can -.
KSFUItCIXa THE tAWS.
The course the administration is tak
ing to enforce the Interstate commerce
and antl trust laws Is said to be viewed
with alarm by some congressmen, who
have not hesitated to titter their remon
strances In private. They had not
thought It possible that the president
would really try to put these laws Into
effect and now that he has shown that
ho Intends to thoroughly test their
value, Instead of allowing them to con
tinue as dead letters, certain congress
men have become alarmed, doubtless
from fear 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 gentlemen 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 Kooevelt Is not an enemy of cor
porations that comply with the' laws.
He made this plain In his first message,
as he 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 donbt 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 wag freely acknowledged.
Thla could not be permitted to continue
and the prompt action taken to put 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 he is not
and that be proposes to do his duty In
enforcing the laws. This attitude may
make those who disregard and Violate
the laws, enemies of the president, but
it will strengthen him In popular confi
dence. FUTORE VF CU-EDCCATION.
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 band in the
movement for co-educational Instruction
in our Instltutlons'of higher learning.
Co-education haa 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 sexea without
destroying the very foundations of
equality upon which they have beerTl
erected. The fact that the older and
privately endowed universities of the
cast 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
yonng men or young women by them
selves baa 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 aa 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 roufcd out
student life in the coeducational 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.
a AVAL BTATIOSH iX CUBA.
Under the Piatt resolution the United
States was to have six naval and coaling
stations in Cuba and among naval offi
cers 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 Palnia in opposition to au 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 la the Gulf of
Mexico It would be of the first import-
anee 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 between President Palma and Secre
tary Boot the former said there would
!e 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 reseut the
selection of the capital of the new re
public as a navai 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 the
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 haa 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 TALI OF WOK IS THREE CHAPTERS
An awful, awful tale has been un
folded by the double-headed "Dally 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 up. The saloon was closed by the
police and the bartender placed behind
Iron bars. '
CHAPTER -II. -
Thewicked chief of police managed
to recover the money, but refused point
blank to unbosom himself to the rep
resentative 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
semi officially on the Inquisitor either to
desist from further Insulting innuendoes
or prepare to mop his 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 hotel. 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,"
whose stock-in-trade hereafter, aa 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 CAMPAIGN.
The South Omaha municipal cam
paign has developed a wide field for
professional demagogues and Impudent
liars. For example, Lawyer Ed F.
Smith, who is employed by Tom Dennl
son, has had the audacity to charge that
Koutsky, the republican candidate for
mayor, la a tool of Dennlson and the
Corrupt Omaha machine. Mr. Kelly, a
brother of Mayor Kelly, In addressing
a democratic meeting, declared:
I come before you as a republican and1 a
supporter at 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 Bouth 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. Roaewater of Omaha. It Is said that Mr.
Frank 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.
Roaewater haa already eoatrlbuted $3,000
in the Interest of Mr. K out sky's nomina
tion and election. What dees this mean?
Through what agency shall this money get
back to the original owner, honest Frank
Koutsky, or his agent of course T
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 Kontsky in
defeating Kelly at the primaries he
ought to be confined In the asylum for
the feeble-minded for the rest of his
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
be would have a4d that be has turned
thla 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 tiehalf of the republican ticket
beaded by his brother. Two yeara ago
ha did not dread the Cms ha machine
and did not sound the fire alarm bill
over the danger of annexation of South
Omaha with Omaha.
It U La accord with the eternal fitness
of things that men who con hi 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
tioard 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.
Popocratlc papers never tire of sand
bagging General Funston. Their latest
howl Is over his admission that a num
ber of soldiers who took part In the cap
ture of Agulnaldo were disguised lu
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 la 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 they were recognized
aa 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.
Thai Idea that anybody interested la
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 bankiug 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 la 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 thla contention is disclosed by
the most casual reading of the amend
ment which refers only to discrimina
tions by the United States or by any
state. The 'federal constitution has no
more to do with the constitution of the
club women's federation than it haa
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, la said
to be beaded 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 Push 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
men 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 .1 houejhtf alness.
Congressman Mercer is flooding the coun
try, with a free distribution of garden seed,
trees, etc, furnished by the United 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 haa become a foreigner to Ne
braska Boston Globe.
A recent technical article by a well known
classical teacher contains the following
"The ultimate and persistent character
istic and potency of all combined terms is
pervasive reciprocal modification, without
regard to speclflo affinities and influences
superimposed upon their fundamental at
titude and operation."
Contrary minded, no; it la a vote!
Efficacies Temperance Heferm.
The Union Pacific railroad 'has Joined
several other important railroad lines in
refusing to employ men who frequent liquor
saloons. This rule applies while the' men
are off duty as well as when tbey ars oh
duty. , And aa a consequence many of the
saloons in places along the Union Pacific
lines have been compelled to close from a
lack of patronage. Such action on the part
ef great, business Interests Is much mors
influential In- restricting the use of in
toxicants Van laws passed to prohibit the
liquor traffic and to -the enforcement of
which public opinion contributes no aid. It
will never probably be possible to stop en
tirely the drlnlng of Intoxicants, but if the
church and business interests combine the
evils ef the IkAjot traffic caa be reduced
to a minimum.
An Ingenious Campaign
Those who find pleasure In bestowing a
ressonable amount of attention on public
afTalrs, and especially oa that play of per
sonal motives for which public affairs furn
ish a eonvient field, should not overlook the
camps I gn which wss begun months ago and
still continues In the hope of getting Secre
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 seal, the
skill and the quiet persiatence which the
managers exhibit sre novel, and must be
exceedingly Interesting to all who are ac
quainted with the circumstances.
As w understand the matter, Mr. Hitch
cock has not the slightest reason to suppose
that the president desires to replace htm,
nor any intention of asking to be relieved.
Ills duties are congenial to the secretary,
and bis 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. Bo-and-8o, commonly
mentioned as the probable sucesaor of Sec
retary 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 his
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 as the coming man more
than once. Sometimes a dispatch does not
allude to the succession at all, but relates
exclusively to the present Incumbent Thus
not long ago, when Mr. HItcgcock went to
REPUBLICANS LI. MSG t'P 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.
Wauaa Gasette: 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 flad as 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 clesn,
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 yeara ago gave
him a state reputation and makes him a
strong man for congressional honors. Gov
ernor Abbott is also mentioned as a posBlble
Wood giver Interests: The republican
state convention has been called to meet at
Lincoln 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 Runge. In presenting
the name of Mr. Rungs we realize that he
has neverstolen any banks nor been mixed
up in any necktie parties, and he may be
lacking In other qualifications to commend
htm 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 resolutions 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-bait months hence. 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 3.
C. Gammlll of Frontier county has been
suggested for governor. The Times Is ad
vised that Captain Gammlll is one of the
sturdiest republicans and one of the brain
iest men in the atata of Nebraska. He has
battled for both his country and his 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
If we can.
Grand Island Independent: . The repub
lican state central committee at its meeting
at Lincoln yesterday fixed June 18 as the
date for holding the is tats 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.
8t. Edwards Advance: We understand
that Booae county la to have 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 one of our most
successful lawyers, has alwaya been In har
mony with the republicans of Boone county
and halls from a county that turns out good
solid republican majorities. Ia considera
tion of these facts bis chance for catching
the nomination are much better than anv
candidate thua far In the field.
Wayne Herald: Two mighty good men
are being very much talked of for governor
of Nebraska oa the republican side of the
fence. They are W. G. Sears of Teksmah
and W. M. Robertson of Norfolk, and we
believe tbey are men who. It elected, would
have the honor of the party and the wel
fare of the grand old commonwealth of
Nebraska at heart If they would not, God
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 she has some highly
educated officials who have been adepts
In filching the state anil who have placed
St. Louis to take a last farewell of bis
brother, who hag since died, a telegram
dated at St. Louis, without referring to the
well known fact that the brother, himself a
distinguished cltlien, was desperately sick,
said that the secretary was in the city,
presumably for the purpose of arranging
his private affairs preparatory to his with
drawal from public, lite. Occasionally the
report Is less circumstantial, merely saying
that the precise date of Mr. Htchcoch's res
ignation baa not been fixed; but In every
Instsnce 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 cslumny er
malice in their fabrications. Their object
Is to create, aa one might aay, an atmoe
there In which he will sooner or later nod
It irksome to breathe, and they apparently
expect to succeed In making him so uncom
fortable that be till be glad to escape. We
think they are doomed to disappointment,
but In the mean time their proceedings
constitute aa interesting study In political
ethics. It Is really astonishing that they
have been able to Invest their scheme with
so sweet aa air of Innocence and to carry
it oa so long. It is not essential for the
purposes of this brief and dispassionate ac
count of a singular undertaking to inquire
too eurlously Into the question of its auth
orshlp and promotion. If there were no
antecedent evidence of the fact, this one
continuous performance would clearly en
title Ita managers to whatever credit is
Implied in the descriptive term, "a smooth
the republican newspapers of the stats ia
a darned 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 bame of J. F. Jenal, Dixon 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 add of William M. War
ner of Dakota will have an eye out for an
opportunity to secure the nomination for
fRelr favorites. These gentlemen, though
not avowed candidates, are too loyal to
their party add state to refuse to accept
should the convention single either out for
Albion News:. The News Is authorised to
say that Hon. II. C. Vail of thla city Is a
candidate for congress, subject to the best
Judgment of th 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
anv great amount of time in the pre-con-
ventlon canvass. He haa the assursnce of
considerable support outside of bis own
ccuntv. which haa 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 here..
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
be receive the nomination he will make an
active and effective canvass of the district.
BITS OF WASHINGTON LIFE.
Scenes and Incidents Sketches! 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
tbey troop in vast number to the White
House for. the famous egg-rolling frolic.
For several years past the White House
made no contribution to the Jolly crowd.
This time there la a fine bunch of youngs
ters la the White House to lead the play
In "our back yard."
Ia itself the egg-rolling Is a wonderful
event All the children of the city crowd
the beautiful lawas, rolling eggs down the
slopes and then tumbling after them. Boys
la the prettiest and brightest clothes mln.
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 Marine Band
' Senator Mason of Illinois turns loose
another story from his vast stock and makes
a former resident of Omaha the central
figure to wind the yarn on. Those who
remember Will Vlsscher will understand at
once the wlerdness of the story. It does
not fit him, not by a Jugful. According to
the rotund senator, VUscher was In Dead-
wood many years ago and was a victim of
exceeding bad luck. He bad no money, and
was walking the street, wondering how he
could get a drink of whisky to cheer him
up. He 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
semblsge without waiting for the formality
of an Introduction.
"Oentlemen," be said. "I have Just wit
nessed a most deplorable Incident. In a sa
loon dowa the street a man with a gun
forced aa unarmed stranger from the east
to take a drink of whisky, even though the
stranger protested that he bad aever tasted
liquor la his life, and was morally opposed
to Its use. New," said VUscher, glaring
around him, "I would like to aee some one
try to make me take a drink against my
He had hardly uttered the words, when
there was a pistol shot, and a bullet buried
Itself in the floor at his feet.
"Hold on," be shouted. "Ton have me
at a disadvantage. I left my gun at ths
"Never mind that," ssld the man who
had fired the shot "Here, barkeeper," be
cried to the man behind the bar. "Put up
sis glasses there, and fill them all. You,"
he said, turning fiercely upoa Vlsscher,
"will drink all of them."
Vlsscher protested, but another bullet
atruck the floor at bla feet, and be there
upon turned his attention to the bar. The
glasses had all been filled, and Vlsscbsr
emptied each in turn, while the man with
the gun stood ready to enforce his com
mand. Whea Vlsscher had taken the last
drink and a row of empty glasses stood
before blm oa the bar, be turned a glow,
ing sad a smiling face upon the bad mea
"Now, gentlemen," he said, cheerfully,
"if anyone will All those glasses up again
I'll Just drink my wsy bsck up the line
Senator Hann gave a dinnar last Bator
day night at tbe Arlington to the Gridiron
club. He has been a guest at every dinner
since he hsa been in Washington, relstes
ths Washington Post, and he took the op
portunity, to use bis own words, of play.
Ing a return engagement.
The dinner wsa elsborstely served.. th
menu being prepsred with especial care.
Being attended only by membera of ths
club, the dinner wss marked by a delight
ful freedom. Although Mr. Hnnna was the
host, the clubmen did not allow him to
escape a few turns on tbe gridiron, sod
during the evening there were several
"skits" which were a surprise to him. The
senator wss the central figure of many
"presentations " each accompanied by a
speech more or less personal In Ita nature.
The climax came when he was told that at
much had been said about his "barrel"
the Gridiron club did not propose be should
be without one. Thereupon be wss given
a very handsome 'miniature barrel of black
walnut, bound with silver hoops and with
a silver spigot, designed to bold anything
of a drinkable nature. Tbe silver bands
were decorated with a garland of gridirons
and a silver plate, appropriately Inscribed.
The stand upon which the "barrel" resist
bore a sliver gridiron with Senator Hanoi's
monogram. Senator Hanna's response was
humorous and appreciative.
The congregation In ths house cloakroom
were talking of stump speaking and the
men who Interrupt, reports tbe New York
"I got hold of one of those 'yes-or-no'
men last fall," said Representative Cspron
of Rhode Island. "He asked me two or
three absurd questions and Insisted I should
answer him 'yes' or 'no.' I protested that
the questions could not be answered by a
simple negative or affirmative, but he held
on. Finally I said to him:
" 'Now, Just to show you the Injustice
of your stand. I will ask you a question
and ask you to answer it by a simple 'yes'
" 'I'm ready,' said nay tormentor.
" 'All right,' I replied. 'This Is the ques
tlon: Have you stopped beating your wire?'
"I was bothered no mere that evening,"
Oeronlmo, the octogenarian chief, of
strenuous memory, wants to become an
American citizen and a taxed Indian.
General Exea Donmere, aged 95, la dead.
He was the oldest officer on the active list
of the French army. They don't retire of
ficers in France at 6.
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 need apply.
Howard Gould has had Kilkenny rastlt
photographed from every possible point, so
that he can build an exact replica of tht
castle and grounds for bis own use la
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 1868, is belna.
torn down to make room for a modern
residence. Tbe walls of one of the roomi
are decorated with notes and figures mads
by Custer while planning his campaign!
against the Indians.
Sometimes when tbe Turkish sultan at
tends a play In his private theater he handi
In to tbe comedian an original Joke or two
of his own make. The actor gives these
humorous efforts the fullest possible effect,
of course, and 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: "la the rude bal
lads and songs of the time, the phrase for
oroaslng the 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 the plains
men, who unconsciously drifted Into the use
of the more poetlo phrase, 'the plains
across,' and to this day you hear It from
old pioneers scattered among the solitudes
of the far northwest."
Washington Star: "Have you made any
efforts to collect your speeches for the
benefit of posterity T" asked the admiring
"What's tbe use?" asked senator sorg
hum. "Posterity hasn't any vote."
Richmond Dlsbatch: "This system of bi
partisan boards Is something comparatively
new in municipal government, inn i ur
"Yes. -You see, in the oldsn times you
couldn't buy partisans as easily as you
Detroit Free Press: Dennis 'TIs th'
ear-rly bur-rd gets th' wur-rm, Mtsther
vasey Tis tnot. ir ye -wa-ani 10 mp
vora head ahnvs wather these days, ye
ca-ant let th' grass grow under yera feet,
PhllarinlnhlA Record: "This seems to be
a lawless town," remarked the stranger.
"Linwless! ecnoea iimtiennnna j-eir.
iit.ii wa km, lt,i.h law An' milh
law an' civii law. No, pardner, I wouldn t
call this a lawless town." 4
rhlravn Tribune: "I sm afraid we shall
have to try again, madam," the photo
grapher said, "xou movea your n n
"I did It on purpose," replied the sitter,
fondling the dog In her lap. "I want to
make it plain That Fido Is the principal
object in the picture."
Boston Transcript: "Why did you leave
your last place?'
"It was so dull." replied the maid. "The
master and mistress agreed perfectly, and
never a thing came up for the servants lo
Philadelphia Press: "I wonder." said the
shoe clerk, "that the star boarder docs riot
protest against having to carve those toush
roasts, even if he is laying siege to the
heart ofvour wealthy landlady."
"Perhaps," suggested the Insurance man,
"he is willing to encounter any obstacle
while he la carving his way to fortune."
SPRING FKFXINO OK AN EPICURE.
Chicago Inter Ocean.
I love to see the buds burst Into bloom
To hear tbe white brook, singing ilka a
To see 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 mint.
To follow Its consumption in September.
I love to see the fledgeling partrldg pass.
Long months before 1 shoot him little
The little lamb frisk gayly on the graas
Before I eat bis juicy chops for dinner.
I love to see the rooster choose his mate
From out the plenty of Ms barnyard
And revel in my knowledge of the fate
That walta their uffxpiing when my teeth
do tear 'em.
I love to see the orchard blossoms break.
Foretelling nice green apples without
That sure will give my sons the belly-ache.
To keep the brata In bed whilst I do
1 hear the young calf musically bleat
Beside its loving mother, loud and long,
Whereat my mouth grows moist at thought
Veal cutlets at my favorite restaurong,
I see the tender grape vines greenly glesm
And think of all the wine (but that's no
I watch the young trout aktmmlng In, the
And think how nice they'll look upon my
That's why I feel religious In ths spring.
And wstch sweet Nature's efforts kind
To make us all rejoice in everything
But with to heytvea I waon't old and gouty.
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