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toinr. m ihla 28th clav of February, A. D.
The country baa survived extra tei
sious of the senate before.
The legislature cannot fill out It sixty
pay days before April 1. Thats no
Pope Leo hns written another Latin
poem. But It Is not Intended for gen
eral circulation. v
By tho call for an uvlra session the
redoubtable Washington correspondent
geta an extension on his assignment
The lost day of congress afford abun
dant proof that democracy Is a party of
obstruction rather than construction.
Electric lighting wires will come down
In the business center of Omaha lcfore
long. But will fire Insurance rates come
down, too? '
And now there Is still another new
Fowler bill. Points of .UTerenee bet wen
tha first and last Fooler Mils are mora
numerous than points of resemblance.
President Francis of the 8t. Louis ex
'posltion Is being overwhelmed with
French politeness. That Is where the
Frenchman always has his long suit.
TRTIHO TO SVBJVOATj: MBflHSi. tnde of President Koosevelt and it Is
During the year 1902 fhe producers Impregnable.
and consumers of Nebraska have paid I The facts stated by the president In
about $.'12.(X0,000 In passenger and regard to the appointments he has nimle
freight tolls to the railroads operated In i the south 'demonstrate most toticlu
thls state. About $18,000,000 of this BiVely the absurdity of the outcry that
vast tribute represents operating ex- has been made In that section. He
penses, maintenance, betterments and says the proportion of colored men
taxes and between $13,000,000 and $14,- among the new appointees is only
000,000 clean profit distributed In the about 1 In 100. How utterly ridiculous
shape of Interest on bonds and dividends it Is to talk of this as being in the In
to the stockholders. terest of "negro domination" every un
Capltalized at 4 per cent this surplus prejudiced person will see. What dan
Is equal to from $323,000,000 to $3."0,- ger can there be to the whites of the
000,000, and that Is the present true south In giving one federal office out of
value of the 5,704 miles of railroad In every hundred to a capable and repu
the state of Nebraska. But the railroad table colored man? President Koose
managers and attorneys persist that velt expresses the belief that the oftl
they will not allow this property to be clals he has appointed In the south are
assessed foe taxation for more than an 'Improvement upon their predeces
$l6,r00,000, which multiplied by six sors and that on the whole there Is a
would.be less than $100,000,000. To put higher standard of federal service than
It plainer still, the Aggregate value of has hitherto been attained. Doubtless
all taxable property In Nebraska, In- he has full warrant for this, for the
eluding railroads, Is between twelve and president Is solicitous In regard to the
thirteen hundred million dollars, of character of the public service and Is
which one-fourth represents the true pretty sure to keep himself Informed,
value of the railroads measured either as far aa practicable, regarding the
by the market value of the stocks and conduct of his appointees. That he
bonds or by their net earnings. should be surprised and pained at the
But while the railroads own one-1 harsh and unwarranted criticism of his
fourth of all the taxable property In I course It is easy to understand, but It
Nebraska they persist In shifting one- j has not disturbed bis faith in the Jus
half of the taxes they are by rights I tlce of the policy, which he declares In
obligated to pay upon the shoulders of I terms not to be misunderstood will be
all the other taxpayers. More flagrant consistently adhered to.
and high-handed even Is their attempt -
to avoid practically all their share of democratic obstruction ists.
the burdens of municipal taxation, al- The course of the democrats in tho
though enjoying all the benefits of mu- notional house of reproaiitatl es. in ob
nlclpal protection and traffic facilities structlng legislation in the closing days
at the expense of each of the various of the session, compelled the majority to
traffic centers. ' I adopt extreme measures. Of course
Against this rank Injustice the whole this will be vigorously denounced by
state Is In revolt and will so continue democratic organs as the tyranny of the
until it Is righted. Will the rcpresenta- majority, but It Is Justified by the clr-
tlves of the people now convened In cumstances and republicans will have
legislative session do their duty? Have no difficulty In making a successful de
they the courage and Integrity to resist fense of their course. As was said by
the tremendous pressure being brought Representative Grosvenor of Ohio In
to bear by the corporate lobby to thwart support of the new rule, the pretext of
the popular demand for equitable taxa- the democrats for their course was
tion? , Wrhy should not the railroads be flimsy excuse. They were trying to par
made to pay back to the people a very alyse the government by obstructing
small fraction of the arbitrary exactions action on the appropriation bills and
In transportation rates? Why should It was the plain duty of, the majority
not the railroads cheerfully contribute party not to permit the minority to do
their due proportion of the cost of main-1 this.
talnlng city, county and state govern- The democrats In the present congress
ment in Nebraska so long as they 'are have done nothing to strengthen the
allowed to maintain freight rates from claim of their party to the confidence of
30 to 50 per cent higher than are the country. They have shown through
charged by the railroads in Iowa and 1 out the same old obstruction spirit that
Illinois? And why should the leglsla- has characterized the party for many
ture of Nebraska tamely submit to the years, the same old disposition to block
high-handed attempt of corporations to whatever the republican party proposed
dictate the revenue laws and obstruct I In the Interest of material advancement
and defeat other legislation demanded 1 and national progress. They have, as
by the people for the promotion of the i sailed the foreign policy of tht gov
general welfare of the commonwealth? I ernment, denounced the army and done
' I everything they could by speech to bring
extra session or TRE senate. reproach upon the country. A more uu
President Roosevelt has called an ex- patriotic course than they have gen
tra session or tne weuate, to begin atarcn erally pursued hoa rarely b-D seen Id
5. It has been apparent for a week or 1 comrress and thev have nhown in the
more past that this would be necessary, dosing days of the session a rplrlt
owing chiefly to failure to ratify the which cannot b too strongly con
Panama canal and Cuban reciprocity demned. They have given most coii
treaties. In regard to the former action elusive proof of the unfitness of the
has been prevented by the persistent op- party for the duties and responsibility
position of Senator Morgan of Alabama, of government,
who has rejected all overtures and en- s
treaties to allow, a vote to be taken. He ' on the dahoer Lias.
Is almost alone In his opposition to the "W are pleased to announce," de-
teenth and fifteenth amendments to the
federal constitution prohibiting racedis-
rlminatlon do not take kindly to Presi
dent Roosevelt's declaration that he
aunot treat color as a icrmaneut bar
to holding office any more than he mn.d
treat creed or birthplace. President
Roosevelt probably never saw the prob
lem In any other light, and If the south
ern leaders Imagine they can persuade
him to change his policy for political
reasons without convincing him that he
Is mistaken In principle, they might as
well save themselves the effort.
Why don't the legislature extend an
Invitation to the corporation lobby to
appear before an Investigating commit
tee empowered to put each member of
the gang on the rack and make him tell
who Is paying his hotel bills and who
In footing the bills for liouors. cigars.
theater tickets and other Incidentals
with which members of the legislature
re being promiscuously favored? It
might also be Interesting and Instructive
to have these hired corruptionists dis
close the nature of their business and
the extent of their operations since the
beginning of this legislature.
The tall-end February blizzard has In
flated the price of anthracite coal 50
cents a ton, which illustrates once more
that It Is an 111 wind that blows nobody
Omaha will soon be In front of an
election and a revival. The evangelist
and the politician may always be
counted on to occupy the stage at the
Allee and Ball are the two United
States senators from Delaware. The
legislature couldn't get past the first
two letters of the alphabet in going
down the list of ellglbles.
A tran8inlsslssippt rummer school of
superintendence Is to be held .In Omaha
next summer. What a long tall Our cat
has got. Back lu the nineteenth cen
tury It was called a teachers' lustltute.
treaty, but the privilege of unrestricted clares the Sterling Record, "that If a
debate has enabled him to baffle the will man owns Johnson county land be Is
of the majority' and bow much longer rich and could get richer, but is rich
he will be able to do this probably de- enough to retire from agricultural pur-
pends upon his physical resources. I suits."
As to the Cuban reciprocity treaty This is by no means a boomer's boast
there has latterly been little Interest On the contrary, It Is literally true, but
taken In It by senators, but President unconsciously the Johnson county paper
Roosevelt undoubtedly feels as earnestly has sounded an alarm that should
as ever that It should be ratified and awaken thoughtfur men to the Impend
ill continue to urge that this be done, lng menace of American landlordism.
It is the understanding that with one or When the farmer becomes rich enough
two exceptions the republicans are fa- to retire from agricultural pursuits and
vorable to the treaty, but the attitude removes himself and his family to town.
of the democrats Is not so certain, to live on the rent of his farm, he has
though benator Cullom, chairman of the reached the danger line. What Is most
foreign relations committee, has ex- to be dreaded for the western stated is
pressed the opinion that It will be rat- the degeneration and the demoralization
Ifled whenever a vote is reached. At to of the farmer. When farmlne Is done
how long the extra session will last no by proxy and the sons and daughters of
confident 'prediction can be made. If the farmers desert the soil on which
only the two treaties are taken up and they were reared to seek the allurements
the committees are not re-organlzed, the of the towns and cities, American agrl-
sesslon may not last longer than three culture will be remanded to an lmpov-
weeks, but If the committees are re-or- erished tenantry, drifting steadily down
ganlzed a session of from four to six ward to the state of vassalage that has
The first peaceful succession to the
presidency of Salvador in fifty years
has Just taken' place. Salvador may
yet set the example for ieace and good
will to all the Central and South Ameri
Delaware's senatorial deadlock Is
broken. But that docs not In the least
destroy the force of the argument to
be drawn from that disgraceful contest
In favor of direct popular election of
United States senators.
Senator Morgan Is vnld to be willing
to accept responsibility for an extra
session of the senate to pass on Uu:
Panama canal treaty. Senator Mor
gan Is loading a whole lot of responsl
btllty upon the people of Alabama 'who
are responsible for him being In - the
Reporting on his. visit to America the
secretary of the Dublin landlord and
tenants' conference refer to President
Roosevelt as bciug "hi' If an Irishman
and extremely , proud of it." , Presldrt
Roosevelt, however, no matter what
natlonulties are lucluded In his auceiitrv
Is wholly an American aud so proud of
It that his Americanism absorbs all his
energy and activity.
. Omaha's Indian supply warehouse has
been saved, but If we do, not want to
run the risk of losing it at every session
of congress, our merchants will have to
befctlr themselves to see tU.t the gov
eminent gets more substantial returns
from the Investment. If' the India
commissioner rexatedly recommends It
discontinuance on the grouud that the
benefits are Incommensurate to the ex
pense it will b difficult to bold on to It
One of the constitutional amendments
submitted by the present legislature
should provide for complete home rule
for Nebraska municipalities. Make It
unnecessary to go to the legislature tor
every charter change and the people of
both state and city will be reliered of
legislative charter tinkering.
The Brooklyn Eagle Is storing" up
trouble for itsidf. When it succeeds In
driving Colonel Bryan out of the demo
cratic party It will be confronted by
the problem of finding a man on whom
the remnant can unite.
In a Diss? Whirl.
Philadelphia North American.
Great Britain is still strugrlln unsuc
cessfully against the American isatlon of Its
industries. A billiard blew a train off the
track Id England the other day.
Contribution to National Gaiety.
Representative DeArmond's resolution
providing that Canada be admitted, to the
United States, the inhabitants In the mean
time to enjoy all the privileges and lmmun
ities guaranteed by the federal constitution
Is a pleasing little joke that even our
transatlantic cousins will probably appre
Senator Hoar's Chief Lmirj,
Interview In the Pilgrim.
I have been here twenty years as renre
tentative and senator, the whole time get
ting a little poorer, year by year. During
all this time I have never been able to hire
a house In Washington. My wife and
have experienced the varying fortune of
Washington boarding houses, sometimes
very comfortable, and a good deal of the
time living in a fashion to which no Plus
burg mechanic, earning $2 a day, would
subject his household. The chief carsal
luxury of my life Is In breakfasting eve.-y
Sunday morning with an orthodox friend. 'a
lady who has a rare gift for making fls!
balls and coffee. j.
HUTS FOR THE LEOISIATl BE.
Stanton Ticket: C.overnor Mickey Is
right. It will be found no less difficult to
carry a proposition for a constitutional
convention than it has been or will be to
carry constitutional amendments.
Albion Newt: Bills have been Intro
duced Id the legislature redistrlctlnc the
state both for legislative and judicial pur
poses. Both schemes would suit Boone
county better than the present arrange
Hardy Herald: The new revenue meas
ure came before the Nebraska legislature
Monday morning of this week. It will prob
ably have a hard struggle, but If a reason.
ably good measure is the outcome, there
will be a general concert of approval all
over the state. The present revenue law
Is condemned by practical people and the
orists, so that It might be said that the
demand for a change Is very general.
Kearney Hub: The expected resolution
for the release of the Bartley bondsmen
from obligation on payment of cost of lit
igation up to this time, has turned up in
the senate. This Is presumably one of the
last echoes from the Bartley emberzlcment.
A failure to compromise will be followed
by further litigation, the theory of the
sureties being that a bond Is a bond only
In name and not an obligation to be recov
ered on. If the theory holds good it will
develope that the state Is paying a pretty
high price for "straw."
Fremont Tribune: The Palrbury Gazette
declares that If the state auditor did his
whole duty there would be no need for s
FAVOBMO THE COHFOIlATIONi,
Another Federal JaSs "eta Asia's
Pan Francisco Chronicle.
Very few persons who have given the
matter attention are unaware of the fact
that part of the fourteenth amendment to
the federal constitution which relates to
the privileges or Immunities of citizens of
the Vnlted States was adopted for the spe
cific purpose of securing to the then re
cently liberated slaves the equal protection
of the laws. Throughout the south there
was a deliberate purpose manifested to nul
lify the results of the war for the preserva
tion of the union by making the condition
of the negro worse than when he was la
servitude, and the disposition was more or
less sympathized with In the north. It was
solely to meet this condition that the
amendment was framed, and when It was
up for adopt lot no one gave any considera
tion to the status of corporations. Through
out the long snd vehement discussion which
preceded adoption the corporations were
not mentioned In connection with the four
teenth amendment. No one dreamed that
the wording of section 1, which Is as fol
lows., referred to other than natural persons:
All persons born or naturalized In the
t'nlted States, and subject to the Jurisdic
tion thereof, are citizens of the Vnlted
States and of the stste wherein they reside.
No state shall make or enforce sny law
which shall abridge the privileges er Im
munities of citizens of the United States;
nor shall any stste deprive sny person of
THE OLD RELIABLE
state accountant to audit the books of the jlfei ilberty or property, without due pro-
stste Institutions. But it Is doubtful
whether the auditor's force could do It in
the manner business prudence suggests.
The auditor can check up the accounts
that come to his office, but It Is not pos
sible for him to know whether the ex
pendltures sre necessary and honest. We
believe the governor's recommendation in
favor of a state accountant to be a good
Kimball Observer: It has been sug
gested from many quarters that the legis
lature Investigate the Bartley steals and
ex-State Treasurer Meserve's record. The
cess of law, nor deny to any person within
Its jurisdiction the equsl protection of the
It was not until some years after the
adoption of the amendment that a judge,
whose chief efforts while on the supreme
bench seemed to be directed to finding loop
holes for the subsidized railroads to crawl
out of their obligations to the government,
discovered a hidden meaning In the second
sentence of the first section, which, by a
subtle process of reasoning, he contrived
to show applied as much to artificial as to
natural persons. His arguments were pow
THIRE IS NO SUBSTITUTE
of Consul Brush's sssertlon that the de
mand made upon the waters above the
falls has not produced a noticeable effect '
upon the volume passing over them. Recent
tests made by experts with the power plants
closed proved this. ,
The clssslo tauslo of the lawa mower
would be aa agreeable change from the
ragtime of the coal shovel.
Armed with her famous hatchet, Carrie
Nation celebrated Washington's birthday
anniversary by tapping a keg of cherry
London claims the record, having paid
$7,600 for a jug. Wait until the base hall
season opens. Then will American pitch
ers climb. . t
Horatio C. Pollock, chairman of the ex
ecutive committee of the League of Rooae-
crued Interest from the school fund de
posited In banks during his official career
If there Is any way of finding out what
Bartley did with the money embezzled from
the state It should be done. Bartley is
said to have enough money to keep his
family In luxury the remainder of their
days, and It is believed that every cent of
It belongs to the state.
Kearney Hub: The standing revenue
committee of the house is making a few
amendments to the new revenue bill to
make It more acceptable to the farmer
taxpayers of the state. The farmer mem
bers of the legislature were not quite sat
isfled with It at all and their opposition
gave promise of defeating the measure,
With some modifications It will be made
satisfactory although not wholly acceptable
which for a long time seemed disposed to
f levate the corporations sbove the people
who created them, snd a decision was ren
dered which has since been availed of by
every judge who seeks to earn the gratitude
of those who control the destinies of the
great concerns which are gradually sub
merging popular privileges snd liberties.
The most flagrant Instance of this sort
of susceptibility wss furnished Isst week In
San Francisco, when Judge Kerrigan ren
dered the preposterous decision that the
Railroad commission of the state of Cali
fornia, In seeking to enforce a plain pro
vision of the state constitution which pro
hibits a railroad company from restoring
rates lowered to meet competition, was In
violation of the section of the fourteenth
amendment above quoted. The facts In the
A Fighter, Withont Frills.
Lincoln's great good sense was shown la
his making Dick Gower a lieutenant In the
regular army. Dick had shown his bravery
and his capacity among the western In
dians, but was rejected by the board of
military martinets at Washington because
he ''did -not know what sn abattls, or
echelon, or bellow square was."
"Well," sharply said the dilettante officer
with a single eyeglass, "what would you
do with your command if the cavalry
should charge on you?"
Dick was there.
"I'd give them hell, that's what I'd do,
and I'd make a hollow square In every
mother's son of them."
Lincoln signed, his commission and Dick
made a famous soldier.
OIVK BACHELORS A REST.
weeks is probable.
All fair-minded men must admire and
commend the candor and unreserved
frankness with which President Roose
velt explains and defends bis policy in
regard to federal appointments . In
the southern states. Ills characteristic
assurance that the course be has con
sistently pursued will be followed In
the future will also be very generally
approved. The connplcuous feature
of the president's policy In this matter
Is that it has not been partisan, but has
aimed at securing capable men who
would Improve the public service In the
south.' lie has apolnted democrats
when he could not find suitable repub
licans, and as he points out In bis let
tera fact not before knoWn to the
public a number of appointments have
been made on the recommendation cf
The president states that he has not
been unmindful of the feeliug of tbe
people, considering this so far as be
could without sacrificing principle." This
principle is that, color is not a bar to
office holding. If a colored man Is capa
ble and of good character. However
distasteful this may be to southern
white men. It is none the less a just
position, which will have to be accepted
unless we are prepared to deny the col
ored race all rights of citizenship.
Equally sound Is the view of the presl
dent that color does not confer a right
to hold office. Tbe simple principle to
be observed Is that hi this matter every
cltlxen Is on an equal footing so far as
rights are coucerned and that the ap
pointing power should be controlled
only by considerations of capacity, fit
nesa and character. This Is the attl
driven away farm workers from Ireland,
England, Germany, Austria and other
foreign countries, where the owners of
the land live lu luxury In the great
cities wnne tne toilers eke out a
wretched existence tilling the soil.
The shifting of populations from the
farms to the cities has been increasing
from year to year and is rapidly in-
creasiug In the great grain belt. Per
haps one-half of all the farms of Illinois
and Iowa are already being operated by
tenants, and a large portion of the lands
of eastern Nebraska are tenanted, while
the owners are living in towns and cities
on the rent, either paid In cash or In a
division of the crops. In some In
stances this tendency has gone so far
as to produce sub-tenants, with the llrst
renter Jiving a life of Idleness In town
on the advance of rents by reason of
the high prices of food products aud
Such a condition bodes no good to
le west, or the country. It fore
shadows a serious problem that will
confront the country at no distaut da v.
Because the tax-shirking railroads
maintain an exteiihlve and expensive
lobby at Lincoln to manipulate and cor
rupt lawmakers is uo good reason why
the taxpayers, who nRk only equality and
justice, thould lie represented by a retl
nue of paid lobbyists. The members of
the two houses are chosen snd puld to
voice the Interests of their constituents
and they should he made to uudersttin.l
that they will be held responsible for
the honest and efficient discharge of
Southern politicians who have lieen
busying themselves for a score of years
devising means to circumvent the four
Fntlle Attempts to Chase Them Off
In the United States bills have at vari
ous Intervals been Introduced and discussed
with more or less seriousness in the legis
latures of New Jersey, Delaware, Vir
ginia, Illinois, Missouri and a few other
states providing for the taxation of bach
elors, and Baltimore cherishes a tradition
that only about 150 years ago a graduated
municipal tax was actually levied there
on the property of bachelors exceeding cer
tain amounts in value. A few of these
projects had special features of Interest,
like the proviso In Delaware that tbe fund
collected should be applied to the support
of dependent unmarried women, snd In
Illinois tbe exemption of bachelors who
could prove that they had offered them
selves in marriage snd been refused; but
in the main tbe taxing schemes were aimed
broadly at male celibacy and paid no heed
to the consideration of Its ' voluntary or
Involuntary character or the destination
of tbe money derived from them.
Now, in spite of the war thus long waged
on non-marriage, what do we nnar A
steadily decreasing marriage and birth rate
in the very places where we should have
had most reason to look for an Improve
ment. It Is obvious, therefore, that no re
form has been wrought by either laws or
threats of laws. Why not. then, try sn
other tack and levy a fine or tax on spin
sters above a given age a low one on
thoso who can show that they have never
had a chance to marry, but a high one on
those who might have married and
Here we get into tbe realm of clear logic.
When a tax is demanded of a bachelor he
says: "Take my ten dollars or my fifty or
my hundred, as the case may be. New
run away and leave me to my glorious
freedom, ray club companions, my Irre
sponsible habits." But send tbe tax col
lector after a spinster, snd she must be
a very extraordinary member of her sex
if she is willing to pay the low tax and
make affidavit that she does so becsuse she
has never had an opportunity to marry
If she coyly Insists that she could have
married, but wouldn't, she must either pay
a handsome sura Into the cotters or tne
state or so out and find a husband, and
when a woman's mind is set on somethfng
she usually fetches It.
In other words, the aveiage man does not
bother himself much about his reputation
for ability to marry, whereas the sverage
woman would rather make several conces
inn. than one confession. Doubtless man
more women than we suspect have had
worthy msrrUge opportunities st one time
nr another. Some have grown up with
fanciful notions of the kind of husbands
ihoT must have: some have made weai
rather than sturdy manhood tbe test. . Es
tabllsh a good stiff tax on voluntary lemai
celibacy and a generation or so wouia wee
a lot of this sort of nonsense out of the se
Let us give the bachelors a rest snd try
the effect of a threat at least, on in r
and a majority will doubtless fall m line CBse were notorious. The Southern Pacific
when It comes to a final vote, for there are Bought to meet the competition of the Vsl-
few members who care to take the re- iey railroad by reducing Its pasenger rates,
sponsiblllty of contributing to the defeat and when the latter corporation was tsken
of a revenue measure. over by the Santa Fe and a pooling arrange-
Benedict News-Herald: There Is a bill ment or agreement of some kind was made
before the legislature to cbmpel railroads by the two existing corporations, the South-
to grant sites for the construction of ele- ern Pacific coolly restored them. It coald
vators whenever and wherever anyone I not evade the consequences of disobeying
wishes to start one. When this question the state constitution except by striking
was being discussed last fall and an at- I down the constitution Itself, which It sue
tempt was made in this county to turn the ceeded in doing through tbe Instrumentality
election on that point, we said that the of a judge who Invoked a far-fetched
present legislature might be counted on analogy to show that any attempt to regu
to do the right thing along this line. While I late railroad fares constitutes a dlscrlmlna-
we do not see where such a law Is to be tion forbidden by tbe fourteenth amend
helpful In view of the past action of the ment to the federal constitution. This de-
roads, neither do we believe that It will I cision was in defiance of the fact that there
be harmful, and see no reason why there I is no such thing In existence In tbe United
should not be such a law, If It is desirable. States as a privately owned railroad, and j
Holdrege Citizen: The new revenue bill that consequently there could be no dls
of which we have heard so much is at I crimination In tbe premises.
last before the legislature. The proposed It Is the duty of the Railroad commission
measure makes a number of radical I to test the value of this remsrksble de
changes. It does away with precinct as- cision, which sssumes an1 Injustice when
sessors and provides for a county assessor none can exist. It may be conceded that
with power to appoint deputies. It pro- artificial and natural persons must have
vldes that property shall be listed at its the same treatment under the law, but that
full cash value and assessed at one-fifth, does not Imply that railroads are not sub-
An effective man for foreclosing tax liens ject to regulation. Judge Kerrigan's de
on real estate Is provided. Under the pro- cision, if affirmed, would render. It lmpos
posed provision of the bill it will be much I slble to regulate a railroad In this state be
harder for property to escape taxation, cause our laws sre sll bsaed on the fact that
What shape the bill will be In when the all railroads sre corporations snd deal with
legislature gets through with It Is bard to them as such. There Is only one mode of
tell. operating railroads In the United States,
Friend Telesram: The fallacy of attempt- and that Is by means of corporations formed
iner to Dasa laws to protect ducks snd geese for that purpose. There sre no private
In this state is apparent when In the south railroads except in the Imagination of Judge
they are slaughtered all winter by the Kerrigan, ho will probably find out some
thousands and shipped to the markets by day that It is not wise for a Judge to give
the carloads. Ia Louisiana the turtle dove reto to his fancy and allow It to take the
la the Insular government of Manila.
Apostle Smoot admits that he Is not the
fool certain Salt Lake clergymen charge
him with being. One wife is enough for
any man, and too much for many a one.
A bill appropriating $9,000 for a life-sized
statue of Frances E. Wlllard was pasted
by both houses of tbe Illinois legislature.
It Is to be placed in Statuary hall in Wash,
One hundred and ten years ago, March 1,
1793, tbe first Issue wss made from the
United States mint. It consisted of 11.178
cents. Nothing but cents and, half cents
were coined until 1785.
Webster Davis, at one time assistant
secretary of the Interior, now owns a fine
farm not far from Kansas City and is lead
ing the Independent life of a country gffnr
tleman. Mr. Davis apparently enjoys hi?
bucolic existence, for a friend who saw him
In Kansas City last week says he la rugged
and hearty as any Reuben.
One of the many congressional friends of
William H. Crane, the actor, sent him a box
of cigars. In a few days he received this
somewhat equivocal acknowledgment: ''My
Dear Senator: Tour cigars received. We
opened the week to bad business, so I
took to smoking the cigars to console rby
self. Now I am turning them away." i
Is hunted during the winter months as
pigeons. In Nebraska we protect them at
all seasons of the year, and. like ducks and
geese, they are a grain-eating bird. The
practice of protecting some classes of birds
to be slaughtered by tne people or some
other state Is a foolish notion. It these
birds are to be protected at all it Is a
matter to be taken up by the general gov
ernment where the protection can be the
Wausa Gazette: A surprise wss sprung
upon the house last week when tbe com
mittee on public lands and buildings came
In with a report recommending that the
Girls' Industrial school st Geneva be closed.
No final action has as yet been taken on
bit; and, above all, that it Is decidedly In
discreet to try and maks the people believe
that the Southern Pacific Is being dis
criminated against by the constitution and
laws of California,
WATER POWER AT NIAGARA.
Diversion Has So Pereeytlblo Enroot
en tbe Overflow,
In his official report to the Stste depart
ment Harlan W. Brush, United States con
sul at Niagara Falls, Ont., declares that
"The most Important development of the
year In this consular district Is tbe enlarged
nroductlon of electric oower at Nlaarara
tbe report, but it Is very doubtful that the Fana." The consul prophesies that within
house will tske well to the recommendation. ten year, i ooo.OOO horss power will have
The Impropriety of bringing the inmates been dTei0ped about tbe Falls, which Is
of the girls' and boys' Industrial schools I destined to become one of the largest man-
together in one Institution, as suggested Ufacturlng centers in the country.
by the committee. Is spparent, ana, tnougn i addition to the 100.000 horse power sl-
the present legislature stands for economy, ready developed on the New Tork side the
It Is not at all likely that it will let tnis Bame company will have 60,000 horse power
become a bobby to the detriment of the ready by August next. A Csnsdlan corn
state Institutions and to defeat the very pany began last April the construcUon of a
purpose for which tney were estaoiiBnea. 60,000 horse power plant, which It now pro-
North Platte Tribune: A resolution has poses to incresse to 150,000 horse power.
been introduced In tbe senate to dismiss still another Canadian company is seeking
the suit against the bondsmen of Joe 1 concession to produce 100,000 horse power.
Bartley, former state tressurer, in con- so that before long tnere will be 400,000
sideratlon of tbe bondsmen paying all costs horse power available. When this is placed
in the action. While the case has been on the market the demand promises to equsl
tried four times in the district court and if not exceed It, and the gross revenues of
three times In the supreme court without the companies will not be less than $8,000,-
advantage to the state. It Is to be hoped
that tbe members of the legislature will
not adopt the resolution. The bondsmen
voluntarily assumed their obligation to
Bartley and should be held responsible for
his shortage. While perhaps many regret
that the bondsmen are in a bad box, sym
nathv should not be allowed to usurp
justice. The adoption of the resolution
would also establish a dangerous precedent.
vintlna ReDublican: Members of our
state leglalature might do their constitu
ents much good by rearranging, if possible,
a more equitable distribution of the school
funria fnr the use of school districts. In
the western part of the state many dls
trlrta lark sufficient taxable property to
raise revenue enough to even pay for a
term of three months, which they must
have in order to draw sny of the state
school money. In some of these districts
sre school lands, the lease of which might.
it appears, be so arranged that proceeds
could bo uaed for benents or sucn ais-
trlcts. In'some of these districts are chil
dren from 7 to 14 years old who have had
no schooling snd sre unable to read or
write. Some provision ought to be made
to meet these conditions, which are un
fortunate and not easily avoided if parents
are to remain at tbelr homes. Many of
these parents are not able to send their
children swsy to school snd are just as
anxious they have an education as sre
those who sre more favorably sltusted.
The question Is not an easy one to solve,
but certainly deserves consideration.
000 annually. If Consul Brush's prophecy
comes true In ten yesrs these compsnles
will be enjoying 120.000,000 annual revenue
Lovers of the falls will be happy to learn
"Is she a new woman?"
"Better than new even. Tou see. she se
cured 1100.000 alimony from her last hus-
oand. ana tnat makes her Improved prop
erty." New JTork Times., . , , .
Her Father I hone vou realize thaV'ln
marrying my daughter you marry a large-
neanea, nonie gin.
Her Suitor I do, sir, snd hope she In
herits those noble qualities from her
father. Detroit Free Press.
"I ses In the mornlna- rarer that a New
Tork woman has successfully gone through
tne oansrupicy court.
Confound era! There goes another-or
man s exclusive privileges. Cleveland
i , i
Black White's a terribly ausrrelsome
fellow. He'd rather tight than eat.
Stout So'd I. If I had his dyspepsia.
Chicago News. '
I suppose." said ths rrtan with the
searching eye, "that drink was your down-
'It waa." answered Meandering Mike, "I
took a drink o' wster dat had microbes In
it. an' dat s what damaged ma hea.lt' so I
can't work." Washington Star.
friend ..Jenkins died
some months sso you say. What ofT
Alkali ike Waal, l leckon ve mlunt can
It heart trouble.
Tourist Heart trouble?
Alkali Ike Yas, It was a royal flush o'
hearts that he showed down against BsdV
Bill's four aces. Philadelphia Tress. , . A
"That grocer of ours speaks tbe most frag
mentary English of anyone I ever heard,"
said Mr. Precise.
"Tou mean 'broken English,' my dear,"
corrected Mrs. Precise. "You know he Is a
"I mean fragmentary," repeated Mr.
Precise. "The man stutters." Judge.
Mexlcsn Herald. ' '-y'
ureal aamiona i aw&Ke inai rousi
Bow any woman to the dust ,
With fear lest she should fall to rise .
As high ae those enamored eyes. ,
Now for these flying days and sweet
I sit In beauty's mercy seat. ,.
My smiles, my favors, I award.
Since I am beautiful, adored.
They praise my cheeks, my lips, my eyes,
With love's most exquisite flatteries.
Covet my hands that they may kiss
And to their ardent bosoms press.
My foot upon the nursery stair
Makes them a music rich and rare;
My skirt that rustles as I come
For very rapture strikes them dumb.
What jealousies of word and glance! ,
The light of my poor rountenance
Lights up their world that else were drear,
"But you are lovely, mother dear!"
I go not to my grave, but I
Know beauty's full smiremscy;
IJke Cleopatra's self, I prove
The very heights aud depths of love.
Bo to be loved, so to be wooed,
Oh. more than mortal woman should'. ,
What if she fall or fall behind!
Lord make me worthy, keep them blind!
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