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These automobile shows seem now to J
be all the go. -
In all these pay Increases for railway
men, th sleeping car porter seems to
hate been negligently overlooked.
If th coal dealers were up t snuff
they would Import aome of that 68 de-
greea below aero weather from Dawson
Bradstreet'B report that labor Is
scarce In the lumber campa might have
added also that lumber Is scarce In the
Mr. Rockefeller explains that when
he declared the anti-trust bill must not
In i Pickwickian sense.
Of coarse the raising of that peace
ful blockade la intended simply to prove
to Venezuela, that the Intentions of the
powers are still peaceful.
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ma mm ib ox m, ji on i
bar. been expecung remiuances ou i
The coal etrike arbitrators could learn
a thing or two In the way of expediting
Business by copying after the arbt-
.. J run.. inK nHnW
It looka aa If the Mormon question
Aitla T.re tA he threshed over In con-
gress every time a new senator or rep-
resentatlve from Utah presents his I
Another spasm 'of pretended Indigna
tion Is duo from the first families of
-the south over the musicals given In
the White House at which coon songs
had a Dromlnent place on the program,
Th announcement la going the
rounds that a Pittsburg firm has re-
cently taken a single order for 7,200.000
quart bottles to be delivered this year. I
pint at a time used to be the usual
qusnwiy cmrneu .u w. I
The assurance of Mr. Balfour that the I
lrnnv .Wtrln haa no enemies in I
Great Britain will be received with
thanks, but tsken for what It is worth.
The best assurance of the Integrity of
the Monroe doctrine Is the readiness of
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French scientists are claiming to have
demonstrated by their experiments that
silk can be produced in any color with-
out being dyed by feeding the silk
worms with materials of corresponding
shade. The next thing we will have
will be colored Eastt r eggs laid to order
by hens dieted upon mixed paints.
We note that the scheme for the fed-1
eratlon of church workers set In mo-
tlon at the Christian church convention
held lu Omaha last October Is being
r.dopted In other states, tho cburihes of
California having recently organized
along these lines. The very fact that
the plan Is being favorably received
and acted upon attests Its merit and If
it proves to be entirely successful the
credit for having originated the scheme
should redound to Nebraska's benefit.
Our prohibition friends have been
very quiet on the subject of the repeal!
sf constitutional prohibition by Ver -
mont after a half century of expert -
tuent and experience with It. It will
be remembered that when Nebraska
waa In the throes of Its prohibition I pletly every two years. This Is today
campaign, Vermont was held up aa althe real guaranty of senatorial con -
paragon of temperance, where prohibi
tion was held to as the only true solu
tion of the liquor problem. But that
was twenty year ago and many
change take plies in twenty years.
AFTtH PVBLirtTT SCPKRVISIOX.
The loltlfll movement for the repree-1
slon of trusts was taken ten years ago
by the legislature of Minnesota In the
shape of resolutions directing the gov-
.rnnr of that ttate to call a national
the trust menace
ftnj devise measures Tor the regulation
or suppression of the trusts.
in compliance wun inese resoiuuons i i -
Governor Knute Nelson. Dow United
States senator. Issued a call to the
various states to appoint delegates to
meet In national convention at Chl-
CBgO, June 0, 13. From Uie OUtSet
there was a sharp cleavage between
the extremists under the leadership of
General Weaver, Ignatius Donnelly
and Henry D. Lloyd, who advocated
the abolition of nil corporations, and
the conservative element led by Gov-
ernor Nelson and Congressman Taw-
nev. who recoenlzod In the trusts a I
natural outgrowth of Industrial evolu-
tlon that called for regulation and re-
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I'n-nniuu imun unu uimut iruiuuu.
Th . t . i,,ti- atrenirth came in
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tne contest over tne chairmansnip or
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i,ii7 luuiiuiivrc ju irsuiuL iruBi iuc uc I
structionlsts supporting Ignatius Don-
tne support Of the editor of The Bee,
culminated In the adoDtlon of reaolu-
iiuu rxurcBDive ui iiie conseusus oil
opinion aa to the most rational method
of dealing with th tmsta.
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Tlie resolutions favored the onrflninfl-
tjon of a. nntlnnAl untl-tniaf ion truA. I
the repression of the dangerous ten-
dencles of the trust system through
publicity and supervision. As the first
step In this direction an appeal was
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. .. . u . w wub.co inn ticauuu ui ai
bureau, whose head should be clothed
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with substantially the same power in I
the supervision of corporations en-
eased In Interstate commerce, iha
exercised by the comptroller of the cur-
renry over the national banks.
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Aiiuuugii tuere nas Deen an unprece-
dented Increase in the number of cor-
porate combinations within the past ten
years, and while several of the trusts
organized within the past decade have
assumed gigantic proportions, nearlv
all the men who have graonled with
the trust problem concur In the onlnlon
that nnhiipitv ani cri-i
a - cuirvi ? initUi no I
recommended by the first national antl-
trust convention, will afford relief from
the worst evils and abuses Incident to
the centralized capitalization and In-
dustrial combination. This was the
view held bv President Roosevelt fl.
now formulated Into law by con-
gress. and it may be confidently ex-
pected that under tlie searchlight of
publicity the most dangerous practices
of the trusts, stock watering and flctl-
But publicity to be effective must he
supplemented by supervision It l
not merely, essential for the public
i.'iy tnai tne widest publicity be
given to the capitalization of the tmat.
and their financial Derations hut
authority must be vested In mm. a,
Dartment of th nrrmm, n .
halt upon every trust that seek, tn
government against fraudulent
capitalization and wildcat flnanrlfr.
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tasic win necessarily have
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" "c ""i-u upon tne nead or one of
lu m me new department of
commerce. Much wUl doubtless d.
Pend upon the character and capacity
or tne man entniato1 trlih ,!. ,
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responsibility. m this respect, how-
ever, the chief of Publicity and n.r.
vision will not differ materially from
the head of any other Important bureau
or branch of government where hon
esty and competency are prerequisites.
In explanation of the only vote cast
in the Illinois state senate against the
resolution calling on congress to sum-
mon a national constitutional conven-
tlon to propose an amendment to the
federal rnnatlrutlnn nmtrMinir fnr i,l"
election of United States senators by
direct vote of the people, the following
statement was offered:
I am onno.ed to the Drlnclole contained
In this resolution, because It takes away I
the guaranty of conservative, careful
poncy m iub congreea oi tne unuea
States. The house of representatives
MnHaanti mim nmna.lv , K I rant
nterets of ths people the interests
of agriculturists, of mechanics and of
laborer. The United States aenate
I not only represents these Interests also I
I m.rchanta and manufacturers. Whr ahould
the agriculturist or the mechanic or the
I laborer have his houie and not the mer-
chant or manufacturer havs his? if tho
request In this resolution is granted state
conventions will propose candidates who
, j,. electe(1 Dy pluralities instead of by
If these frivolous objections contain
the whole argument against the demand
I for direct popular election of senators,
the only wonder Is that a single vote
should be recorded against It In any
legislative body except the senate of the
I United States Itself.
I In the first place, the plea that the
guaranty of a conservative, careful
I nollev on the part of congress ran be
I preserved only by maintaining the
I present character and composition of
the senate has no substantial founds-
tlon. As much radical or experimental
I legislation originates In the senate aal
I In the house and the brakes are as
often applied In the one end of the
capltol as in the other. The retention
of the longer term and subdivisions
1 holding over, so as to make a perma -
1 nent bod v. would retain for the senate!
I all the stability It now enjoys, as com -
I pared with the house, changing com -
servatlsm rather than the method of
The frank admission that the lower
bouse of congress represents more
properly the direct interests of the
people, while the senate represents not
only these, but also the Interests of
capital In addition, ought to be one of
the most powerful arguments In favor
of the proposed change. If the house
represents the Interests of all the peo-
pie. why should the capitalistic class
ue emitted 10 a second ana special rvp
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resentatlon In the senate? Vt hy Should
apuai unm au u"'
branch or the legislature wun laoor
and then exclude labor from an equal
voice with It In the other? Does this
not give the whole case away that the
Brume ' Heroine me lnirnj, n
'ere. of the great corporate powers
nd merger magnates and that they
can maintain a sure grip upon it only
manipulating legislatures to choose
npr creatures as senators who could
never secure the popular endorsement
o' direct election at the polls?
The suggestion that the election of sen-
"tors by direct vote of the people would
,u lu i"un"" ' tBU uTe -"e
weleht with thinking neonle. TTniler
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tne present system, senators often rep-
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1 ur.ii j.iinai
hm. but merely a small mlnorltv of
corporation captains, wno dictate leg
of colossal sums of money. These fnc-
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tlons. hut thev would hnva emalW mnm
for P1' and the common people with
unpurchasable votes would have the
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"uni uu "iivory unuiuaw
ot & single TQIld reason tins yet
been advanced anywhere aimlnst an
amendment of the constitution that
do nwaf wltn ,he "notorial dead-
,ock8 and "candala in which so many
or our 'PRis'itures have been Involved
DEIiAVCHlnO THE PBKSS.
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wne ieaiure or uie receuuy uncotei
correspondence bv which tne raiiroaa
obby at Lincoln endeavored to per
suade the editors or country newspa
P"s to Insert made-to-order articles
Justifying railroad tax shirking in their
A,i. ll 1r,a nrnn.loo nt nil.
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meat of any bill of expense tney mignt
render, calls for further emphasis. It
18 tne insidious attempt to poison un
public mind by corrupting tne wen
springs of public opinion
Several of the publishers who con:
piled vv'th the requisition from railroad
hcudouarters have endeavored to rx-
I,,flln tl,e,r act'on by asserting1 that they
have advertising space to sell and that
,n Printing the misleading appeals for
tax exemption for the railroads they
were simply selling their wares to a
purchaser willing to pay the price.
There Is a distinction as well as a dif
'ereuce, however, between selling ad
vertlslng space to the railroads and sell
ln& edltr'al opinions to the railroad
w,th the different railroads of Nebraska
0Dd If H were Intended to have articles
Prepared by the tax agents inserted as
mltted lu the usual order with lnstruc
t,ons to charge to the railroad account,
what the lobby chiefs sought to do in
offering matter to be Inserted In the
UdltorIal columns at the editor's prl
the tj of the paper
rather than space In the paper.
Tne nelnousness of such debauchery
f 4 Via tnna inn Vfk nnlw wntntAltnni1ar1
n-lmn Ita dlunatrniia pnnunniwnppi nre
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duty to the Pub,lf"' hose betrayal
caD no more bo JU8tlfled tlian tne
urnujcij ui n. Buiuii-i in lutr uriu. i
editorial opinions are to be bougnt add
BOla every iKjweriui .merest w.iu
ful1 'ould command the en
tire press of the country and .the
wrongs of the people cry In vain for a
champion. , '
In principle, offering money to 8n ed
Itor to distort pub'le onluion for the
purpose of Influencing the legislator to
betray the Interests of his constituents
'" no d'erent rrom offering the i"gis
lutor tDe money outright to support the
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Interests of the corporate bribe givers
against those of the people he Is
elected to represent. In its essence, pay
mjc tne editor to fabricate Justifications
for dishonest lawmakers Is no different
from paying venal lawmakers to be dls
That the men who hire themselves
out to engage as lobbyists In corruption
work for the big railroad , corporations
Bllould in their depravity seek to da
baucb the press an well as the leglsla
ture is not surprising. But we mistake
the character and the caliber of the ed
Itors of Nebraska newspapers If their
effort prove successful.
THK KLUISS BILL,
The passage by the bouse of repre
sentatives of the Elklns bill, which sup
plerocnts the Interstate commerce law
and will render that act more effective
Is an advance in anti trust legislation' of
I very great importance. There are some
I who are not quite satisfied that this
legislation will be adequate for the pur
pose of regulating and controlling the
combinations. They assert that the
publicity it provides for is not suffl
cient. But that Is a matter to be de-
trrmlned by the application of the law
I Objection In advance of that Is uot to
be very seriously considered.
Meanwhile It Is interesting to know
I that the Elklns bill Is most favorably
regarded by the Interstate Commerce
commission. It Is viewed by that body
aa very materially strengthening' the
present law and there Is no question
thit such Is the case. Tlie present law
lbas been shown to be inadequate for
the purpose it was intended to subserve
1 Everybody knowa that to be the fact
(The railroads hsve persistently dlsre
I garded and defied the law as we now
1 have It and there is every reason to be-
lieve they will continue to do so unless
I there Is additional legislation restrain
ling them. This is supplied by the Y
I kins b.ll, which not only prohibits re-
I bates on the part of tho railroads, but
also provides for the punishment of
those who accept rebates. Thus under
this law It Is madi a criminal offense
for persons to ask and accept a rebate,
so that not only the common carrier but
the manufacturer or merchant can be
held under the law for accepting a dis
crimination In freight rates.
The Justice and fairness of this prin
ciple we thlnk.no one will question. It
alms to establish absolute equality be
tween al Interests and to maintain It
Enforced, as undoubtedly It will be, we
shall have In every part of the country
n absolutely fair and proper regula
tion of freight rates and consequently
none of the Issues and controversies
that are now continually arising. In a
word, the Elklns bill gives promise of
settlement of pending rate contro
versies that will result to the benefit
of the people as a whole. It may not
be the final requirement, but it Is a
very long and decisive step In the right
AS AMERICAS TMCMPtt.
The United States has triumphed In
the Venezuelan controversy and that
Issue may be regarded as practically
settled so far as any danger of war is
concerned. That is to say, the Euro
pean powers, having shown what ag
gression they dared to and put them
selves In an absolute warlike attitude
that Incidentally challenged the United
States, have at last decided that It will
be a wise policy to abandon their posi
tion In regard to Venezuela and permit
the United States to have a controlling
nfiuence In the settlement of the con
troversy. In other words, both Great
Britain and Germany appear to have
come to the conclusion that It is the
pnrt of wisdom to concede something
to the greatest nation on earth and not
o get Into a quarrel with a power
which Is today beyond question the
foremost nation, so far as Influence and
moral power are concerned, In the
The position of the United States In
regard to the Venezuelan dispute has
been absolutely fair and straightfor
ward. Our government has simply
said to the European powers that It
does not propose to shelter any of the
southern countries from the payment of
their obligations. The United States
Is not the protector of dishonest gov
ernments and will not shield them from
responsibility for their Just obligations.
This has been adequately demon
strated and the southern countries
ought to learn a lesson from the Venez
uelan matter which would be of per
manent value to them. If they have
hitherto fancied that the United States
would defend them In their dishonesty
they must now understand that this
country has no such idea, but on the
contrary Insists that all the common
wealths of this hemisphere shall act in
good faith and failing to do so roust
suffer the consequences.
The adjustment of the Venezuelan
dispute is a matter of very great Im
portance. It Is a renewed and very
great lesson i In the Influence of the
United States; While our government
has maintained a strictly neutral posi
tion. It has still been well understood
that we had a very vital Interest in
the controversy and this has had Its
effect upon the' powers. It Is another
evidence of the greatness of American
Influence In international affairs.
In tlsconsiu the railroads want to
keep the taxof 4 per cent of gross, rev
enues as their contribution to the ex
penses of government unchanged for
fear that the adoption of a tax system
subjecting their property to assessment
the same as other property will make
them pay more taxes. In Nebraska
the same railroads are content to pay
on r valuation of their property rather
than on gross receipts, provided only
the valuation is made by officers whom
they feel they can control. The differ
ence between Wisconsin and Nebraska
must be explained on the theory that
the railroads (fear they might not be
able to handle the officers constituting
the assessment board there as easily as
they have manipulated the assessment
boards in Nebraska In the past.
The need of authority vested lu the
president to veto separate Items In ap
propriation bills was never so apparent
as it is now. One house or the other
of congress Is undertaking to load up
these bills with appropriations for all
aorta of sinecure Jobs over the protests
of the department beads, who assert
that they are not needed. A most fla
grant example Is found In the attempt
to retain crooked Indian agents, whose
salaries were dropped in the estimates
made by Indian Commissioner Jones
with view to trsnsferrlng the control
of the reservations to the Indian school
superintendents. If the president had
the power1 to veto separate Items of the
pproprlations the political pull of the
Indian agents wouM avail them noth
ing. According to the Washington corre
spondent of the Lincoln Journal, It is
going to be a hard proposition to get
the appropriation fur the maintenance
of the Indian warehouse at Omaha
restored to the bill that passed the
house with that lt m struck out, be
cause the commissioner of Indian af
fairs has made a report that the cost
of the Omaha warehouse Is excessive
and out of all proportion to the bene
fits derived by the government. In
tne same dispatch It Is added: "If
Senator Millard cannot get the Item
restored nobody can." What about our
Dave? Is he not still a full fledged
congressman, with power-plenlpotentlnry
until March 4 next?
A statement of the deposits In the
savings banks of the state of New Tork
shows that they were considerably more
than a thousand million dollars at the
end of last year ami that during that
year they bad Increaxed more than $63,
000,000 Think of that for a single
state and then carry the thought which
It suggests over the entire country.
Would It be an exaggeration to assume
that for the nation at large tho savings
of last year were ten times the amount
of those In the single stste of New
York? We do not think It would and
therefore It Is perfectly legitimate to
assume that In the year 1003 the Amer
ican people put In the savings banks
of the country at least $030,000,000
and probably more than that sum.
Measured by such a fact, what a pro
gressive people we are and how sub
stantial Is our reason for confidence In
Plrat Laa la Loot.
Ksnsas City Star.
Hswsll has ssked congress for $8.(00.000
for public works this year. It has tskea
Hawaii almost no time to learn that tb
United States treasury Is a legitimate loot.
The Hoodooed Coin.
Oovernor Taft's report shows that th
government of the Philippines Tit lost
11,277.941 by the slump la silver, and it
wasn't trying to corner the market, either.
Decorated a Troafcle Breast.
If Slgnor Mascagnl carries back no hoard
of American ducats, st least he has re
ceived the title of Chevalier of the Order of
Savoy In recognition of his American tribu
lations. Time Rip for a Maasl.
If a presidential Invitation Is In reality
a "command," as th social leaders of
Washington assert, will the president
kindly invite th social leaders to stop
talking that kind of aoaaense?
Large School of Goda-eoaa.
Another get-rirh-qulck concern Is on the
rocks. From the revelations coming out
concerning the extent of Its business. It
would sppear that th mors Improbable th
allurements held out to Investors the bet
ter the chance of getting the Investments.
An snslysls of the philanthropic gifts
made in the United States during the last
year shows that larger sum has gone
toward the alleviation of physical suffering,
and work that gives promise of alleviating
It, than toward any other cause. This Is
the dictation of a sound estimate of the
relative Importance of human needs. It Is
a fundamental philanthropy; bodily health
is a condition precedent to mental, and
even to spiritual, growth.
As Good as a Gold Mlae.
New Tork Tribune.
Th .Wagner heirs are still drawing roy
alties of more than $100,000 a year from
th production of the operas of the Teu
tonic composer. The music drama of
Germany may not be quite as lucrative as
th telephone patents la America, but It
seems to be well buttressed and fortlfljd
financially. How much did Shakespeare
get for "Hamlet." and what wss paid to
Milton for "Paradls Lost?" This Is a
generation of big figures.
PRAISE FOR THE CLVB WOMAX.
Clak Llfo solckeaa Eaergtlcs Hitherto
A woman who csa hold a club together,
who can control a body of women, many of
whom arc these same drone, I not a
woman who will manage her house, her
husband or her children In a shiftless man
ner. The woman who organises a club must
be a good housekeeper ; she cannot help
herself; It Is born la her, snd club lit and
organisation only tend to develop a char
acteristic which I will sdmlt Is dormant In
many women and which club life quicken.
Tou will find. If you are fortunate enough
to be .Invited to a clubwoman' house, 'that
everything will run like clockwork. There
will be no hitches. Th servsnts will be
perfectly drilled; system and order will
prevail, simply because the woman has
brought her talent for organisation Into her
home ss she has Into her club.
You .will also find that the woman who
holds a prominent position In her club Is
slso more companionable to her husband.
The msjortty of clubs tak up torn spe
cial study. It political (snd you know a
woman never does things hy halves), she
will study the stlvsr question or th tariff,
or th trusts, and. In th end, her husband
come to look upon her as sn intelligent
being, with whom he can discuss political
Issues, which were formerly considered too
abstrus for her feminine understanding.
PERSONAL, AND OTHERWISE.
There are few signs of spring in sight,
but It Is certain to arrive on schedule time.
Th Hudson Bay region la coming to the
front as a diamond field. Th presa agent
of the summer excursion season is "getting
Miss Maud Oonns Is gone, for better or
worse. His nam I McBrlde. Th an
nouncement will make on or mor Omaha
heart throb with grief.
The crop of French sardines Is a failure
this year. But w hsve "omthlng ut
a good." The art of printing French la
bel! has reached perfection In Maine.
Th man who careaae hi nude dome as
he reads of th wonders wrought hy hair
restoratives msy be pardoned If he enter
tain a doubt or two about truth abiding
It Is now proposed to build a railroad
bridge over Hell Oat, s noted locality tn
New Tork harbor. Apparently th water
rout cannot furnish a sufficient quantity
of freah, dry material.
The oldest man in California has sdded
two yesrs to his century. He has been a
moker for eighty-live and a moderate
drinker for seventy-five years, but never
touched modern breakfast foods.
A Boston professor says pretty girl do
not msk good wlv. Th profesaor talked
for home consumption snd reached the spot.
Fourteen federated clubs toaad him bo-
quets adorned with pink and blue ribbons.
A New Tork bride whoa husband Is a
trainer of reptile, paid him th compli
ment ot wearing a wriggling snake a a
necklace when the marriage ceremony was
performed. Such devotion paaaeth human
"It atrlke me aa peculiarly appropriate
remarked th Saddl Creek phlloaopbar ss
be fondled a package from th Agricul
tural department, 'for a eongresamsn who
was Jarred loo laat fall to send his do
voted constituents farewell packages ot
Peopl who put up good money on prom
isee of from to 11 per cent a month from
turf and cereal Investment companies csa
obtain some consolation by employing an
automatic kicking machine. Tbea appli
ances are warranted to rub la grief tn sa
During a basket ball gam la on of th
New Torks high schools th girl con
testants mussed each other' hair, indulged
In knockdown and scratched faces la
shocking manner. Accounts of th fracas
neglect I stst that th girl had a "per
fectly lovely tlm.-
The Equitable Life
of the United States.
HENRY H. HYDE, Founder.
Outstanding Assurance, Dec. 31st, 1002. v 11,292,446,595.00
New Assurance Issued in 1902. 281,249,944.00
Income in 1902 69,007,012.23
Assets December 31, 1902 ... 359,395,537.72
Assurance Fund and all other Liabilities. . 284,268,040.95
Paid Policy-Holders in 1902 29,191,250.79
JAMES W. ALEXANDER, President.
JAMES II. HYDE, Vice President.
II. D. NEELY, Manager for Nebraska,
404-405 Merchants National Bank Building, Omaha, Neb.
8CCIL.AR HOT9 AT THIS PBLPIT.
Baltlmor American: A New Jersey min
ister nsmed pammes Is In trouble with his
congregation, snd th Utter sr missing no
chance to pronounc.
Brooklyn Eagla: On minister's wife hss
obtained a rals In hr husband's salary by
going upon th variety stag. It Is hoped
that th xample will not b wldoly fol-.
lowed, became ion ministers' wives can
not set a little bit.
Buffalo Express: Ther I a Jersey City
clergymen whom sny Jufy of womea would
condemn after a moment's deliberation to
capital punishment. In a marriage certifi
cate he sdded fifty yars to the bride's sge.
Only hanging would meet th requirements
ef such a case ss that.
Chicago Post: The Brooklyn minister's
wife who went on the vsndevlll stag to
help eke out a living Income for her family
has gone back home because her husband's
alary ha been Increased. This may he a
hint to other churches to recognise that
th laborer I worthy of his hire.
New Tork Pre: Priests who cannot
marry are the last men In the world to
preach about the decay ef th sturdy old
Amerlcsn stock. There Is no such thtng
today ss Amerlcsn stock. We have had the
natlv Americans th Indians over 400
years, snd hsve reduced them to a handful
of harmless imbeciles. There wss th stock
to graft to! But we preferred th scum of
effete Europe. We sr snollspodrtds. W
are a hash, and a cheap boarding-house
bash, st that. By and by w ahall be a re
hash. But we still live. Our preachers are
talking for th newspspers. It they had
only tbelr congregations for an audience
they would talk differently. But they ar
talking to th world.
Kansas City Star: The Methodist au
thorities seem rather mor certain that they
hav secured th millions of dollars they
set out to rats for th new century than
that they have saved the number of souls
tbey aimed to gather tn. Th contention
that th church had mad 1.600,000 converts
In th lsst four years was sharply disputed
by Dr. Buckley In New Tork recently.
Methodism, this stanch churchman asserted,
wa declining In th east, snd ther was no
us disguising th fact. It Is to be hoped
Dr. Buckley I mistaken. Th country has
been In the hsblt ot looking te th Metho
dist church as th great evangelising arm of
Protestantism. But It th salt of Metho
dism has lost Us savor, whst Is to be done?
It msy b assumed, however, that even If
Dr. Buckley is correct, th church will be
In nowl d'saoursged. It will doubtless
press forward with renewed energy to re
cover lost ground la Its ancient assurance
that th church militant Is to become th
trousers neckwear these are the things
that will tide you over and make you feel
well dressed nntil time for the spring
suit. Here and now is the place and time
to get these things to your advantage.
yO CLOTHING FITS LIKE OURS.
Browning, King & Co
JR. 8. Wilcox, Mjr.
Borem I'm aur your father doesn't like
me, although he' alway very poilt and
Mis Koy Ah: yea, that' Jut Ilk papa:
everybody say I tak after him, you know. .
He I suppose now that I shsll hav to
ask your father tor hi consent.
She No, Harry. After th first time you
called pa said I might hav you If I wanted
you. Pa and I hav understood It for a
long time. Boston Transcript.
BsrkerCome over here, old man. 1 want
to Introduce you to my wife.
Parker Oh, I know Mrs. Barker already.
We were engaged for three month tn the
summer ot 1&94. Somervllle Journal.
"For th flrt year of our married llf.
dear," aald the young man who wa poor,
but had prospect, "w shall hav to live
principally on love."
"Well, people can live on spoon victuals,
can't they, George?" she said, snuggling
cioser to him.
Helen Yes. soclaj llf I wearing. I hav
ao much on my ahoulder.
Emily In what way?
Helen Going to balls, etc.
Emily But, my dear, every time I saw
vou at a ball you had nothing on your
ahoulder. Philadelphia Record.
THE FOOL'S PRATER.
Edward Rowland Sill.
The royal feast was done: ther king
Sought out some new sport to Danish
And to his jester cried: "Sir Fool,
Kneel now, and make for ua a prayer!"
Th teeter doffed his cap snd bell.
And stood the mocking court before;
They could not see the bitter Smile
Behind th painted grin he wore.
He bowed hi head and bent hi knee
Upon th monarch'a silken (tool;
His pleading voice aroae: "O, Lord,
. Be merciful to me, a fool!
"No pity, tord, could change th heart
From red with wrong to white a wool;
The rod mut heal the sin: but, Lord.
Be merciful to me, a fool!
" 'TVs not by guilt the onward aweep
Of truth and right. O, Lord, w slay;
'Tls by our follies that so long
W hold th earth from heaven away.
"These clumsy feet, still In the mire.
Go crushing blossom without end;
These hard, well- meaning hands w thrust
Among the heart-strings of a friend.
"Th 111-tlmed truth w might hav kept
Who know how sharp It pierced snd
The word w hsd not sens te say
Who knows how grandly It had rung?
"Our fautts no tenderness should ask
Th chastening strip must clean them
But for our blunder oh. In ham
. Before th eye of heaven w fall!
"Earth bear no baltam for mistakes;
Men crown th knave, and scourge th
That did nls will; but Thou. O Lord.
Be merciful to me, a fool!''
Th room wa hushed; In silence rose
Th king, and sought hi garden cool;
And waiaed apart, and murmured low,
"B merciful te me, a fool!"
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