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THE OMATIA DAILY BEE: MONDAY APRIL 27, 1003.
The Omaha Daily Bee
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Ak-Sar-Beu greets America's chief
General Tyner pleads indiscretion on
the part of Ills wife. Only another case
Now that Governor Mickey has named
the South Omaha police commission, we
shall see what we shall see.
The Thomson-Houston Electric Light
company can safely trust Mr. Wright.
He Is a safe man for the corporations.
A recruiting office for young boomers
Is to be opened where they will be lnltl
ated Into the mysteries of getting rich
quick on the Installment plan.
Pound the tom-tom I Bound the tim
brel for the spontaneous boomer candi
date who proposes to administer tie af
fall's of Omaha on the Installment plan.
It Is to be hoped that the Omaha Busi
ness Men's association will do some
calm thinking on its own account be
fore It sends Its ultimatum to the labor
The bond propositions to be submitted
to the voters are for public improve
tnents demanded by Omaha's growth,
People who believe In progress will vote
You can't make a silk purse out of a
tow's ear. A copy of the red letter fake
printed on satin is not likely to Impress
President Roosevelt as a metropolitan
Mr. Benson wants it understood that
his tour among the Third ward beer
balls was forced upon him in order to
disprove the outrageously false report
that he is a prohibitionist.
In bis latest effusion the boomer can
dldate for mayor declares himself most
emphatically In favor of an ordinance
that would prohibit lying. Why not
begin with the Benson red letter fukery
The prince of Wales is not coming to
Tlew the St. Louts exposition, but the
Ft. Louis exposition will be held on
schedule time Just the same as if the
prince had consented to exhibit himself.
When a public officer gets mixed up
With bootllcrs in Missouri he Is indicted
and sent to the pen, but in Nebraska he
very rarely has unj trouble in getting
a vindication from the courts- ami nu
endorsement from political conventions.
There Is a slumbering volcano beneath
the Illinois state cupltol that is liable to
break out any hour and engulf the legis
lative bootllcrs and boodle distributors
connected with the municipal franchise
acandal lu one common grave.
The old political law firm of.T. J. Mu
honey and Coustautlne J. Smyth Is not
as' far apart as It would seem at first
blush. Mahoney has deduced for Ben
son aud Smyth has declared for How
ell, but as two gold democrat votes for
Benson are equal to one silver democrat
Tote for Howell, the ''ultimate object Is
visible without a tclot;t'pe.
' Governor Lafollette has sent a special
message to 1 lie Wisconsin legislature in
which he recommends that a bill be in
troduced and passed requiring the state
bank examiner to make a careful ex
amluatlou of the hooks of thu companies
doing businet.s in Wisconsin to see if
they are really paying a license fee on
their gross arnliiH. and Incidentally
Governor Lafoliette calls attention to
the fuct that In Minnesota under a law
similar to the one which he desires to
have enacted in Wiscouslu nearly Ave
hundred million dollars lu gross earn
ings that bad not bceu assessed were
discovered, mnUlng a net gain to the
state of aouieihhig over $147,000 In
taxes. Goveruor Lufollette's message Is
suggestive of corporation tax shlrklug
method In Nebraska.
Labor cxiox ihcobpohatios.
The proposition that labor unions
liould be Incorporated has some sup-
ort. There are instances lu which such
organizations have asked for incorpora
tion, though these are rare and excep
tional. Whether they will become more
numerous and generui in tile ftitnre is
question, but from present Indica
tions It Is not likely that they will. The
Idea of those who propose Incorpora
tion Is that It will mnke the unions re-
ponsible for whatever they may do and
that this will have a restraining effect
upon their administration and conduct.
The general we may sny the prac
tically unanimous sentiment among
members of the labor uulons Is opposed
to Incorporation. We do not know of
any leader of labor In the country who
Is In favor of the proposition. One of
the foremost men in this relation Is the
country, Mr. Clark, the grand chief of
the Order of Railway Cou(fctos,, who
was a member of the anthracite - coal
strike commission, has In a published
article taken a very decided position
against the incorporation proposition.
Ills view Is that capital gains a well-
defined advantage by Incorporation
which could have no analogy In the cage
of la lor. In his view those who desire
the incorporation of labor unions do so
for the purpose of holding the union
responsible for losses that might occur
to others, as a result of. a strike which
the members of the union might In
augurate. Mr. Clark makes a very plnuslble if
not an altogether conclusive argument
against the proposition that there should
be an Incorporation of labor uulons. It
Is one of those questions which are not
to be determined off-hand, but require
very careful and considerate attention.
There Is much to be said on both sides
and the objections which are made by
the labor unions are Unquestionably of a
generally sound and logical nature Ab
stractly considered, perhaps It would be
well If the unions had the greater re
sponsibility which would be Involved In
Incorporation. Mr. Clark says that an
"Incorporated labor union could be and
should be held responsible for the acts of
Its chosen officers and agents, and the
members of the union would have to look
to their officers and agents to see that no
unlawful net is authorized." It is not to
be doubted that this would be a very
considerable advantage In the interest
of industrial peace, but in order to make
such a policy entirely fair and Just It
would seem to be necessary to accord
to organized labor rights and privileges
which it Is not now regarded as. pos-.
sesslng. t . -c. ..
The question Is -certainly' a most in
teresting one and it " seems llfeeiy; to
grow in attention as tne labor IssHe be
comes more acute. At this 'time the
consensus of opinion In ' the circles of
organized labor Is very strongly' aenlnst
me incorporation ldea.;but It Is, by no
means Improbable that there will be a
change In this sentiment within the next
RUSSIAN PROMISE Alt It PKliroBUASCt
Those who have been long familiar
with the tricky and unscrupulous policy
of the Russian government will not be
at all surprised regarding Its latest de
velopment In China. While that govern
ment had given the most unqualified
assurances of Its Intention to withdraw
Its military force, from Manchuria and
to maintain In that territory the open
door principle lu trade, It is now seen
that Its purpose was simply to more
firmly Intrench itself in that portion of
China and when It felt itself to be
secure to practically, renounce all it had
promised and assert complete control of
the richest and most commercially val
uable portion of the Chinese empire.
In accomplishing this the Russian gov
eminent has pursued, It appears, its
proverbial course. It has made fair
promises to the nations while carrying
on secret negotiations with the Chinese
government and strengthening its power
In the region which it desired to per
manently retain. Its protestations of a
purpose to deal fairly, If ever seriously
meant, appeor now to be utterly disre
garded and the Indications are that the
purpose Is to shut out all the commer
cial nations from that great territory
In China that Is under Russian domlna
Thus it would seem that all the efforts
of the United States ta1 "preserve the
open door In China dad failed so far as
Manchuria Is concerned There will be
protests, undoubtedly, against the arbi
trury and unscrupulous course of Rus-
slii, but as now seems probable they
will not amount to anything. Steadily
and surely that power has been
strengthening her position In the Chi
nese empire, or In that portion of it
which Is under Russian control, and
the best opinion Is that this control Is
now so firmly established that It wl'l
hnrdly be possible to Interfere with it,
a Manchuria has taken more of Amer
ican products than any other portion of
China the situation" has peculiar interest
for the manufacturers and merchants of
i ho United State.
BEdlUMXU TO SHOW THSIR HASP,
A the day of .election upproaches the
allied corporations are beginning to
show their hand In the municipal con
test. While the corporation cluckers are
still pounding the bewgag and rending'
the air for Benson, the trusties on the
corporation pay roll are carrying on a
still hunt and Industriously plugging for
Howell. lu spite of all precautions
taken to cover their tracks, the men de
tailed for this delicate work have been
discovered making a house to house
cuuvuss among the laboring men In sev
eral wards and especially among the
unsophisticated foreigners who do not
comprehend the issues Involved and
know very little about the relations of
the candidates to the corporations.
The pernicious activity of the police
lK)rd In the preliminary part of the
campaign in favor of Edward E. Howell
at the democratic primaries and against
Frank . Moores at the' republican prb
marlcs Is n mutter of common notoriety.
It had been so ordered by the corpora
tions. The display of enthusiasm on the
part of Brontch and the police contin
gent detailed for political work for Ben
son was also In conformity with orders,
but within forty-eight hours several of
the police purifiers have changed front
and are now putting In ten hours a day
in a systematic canvass for Howell.
This Is only the prelude of what Is
coming. It does not take a prophet to
foresee that within three days before
election every corporation worker who
has been cheering for Benson may be
expected to drop the mask and put In
his hardest licks for the preferred can
didate of the corporations. The pretexts
for the desertion of the stalking-horse
will not be wanting.
BOOMFItS AND FAKIHS.
There is an old adage that birds of a
feather will flock together. The natural
affinity of . the wildcat boomer and pro
moter Is the conscienceless fakir who
conjures the most extravagant tales out
of his fertile Imagination. It was In
accord with the eternal fitness of things
for the Benson boomers to select as their
organ the mercenary red letter sheet that
emits lurid and ludicrous fakes from
day to day to bolster up the bubble can
didate. One day we are told that Frank E.
Moores has about concluded to with
draw from the mayoralty race. Another
day we are reminded that pickpockets.
gamblers and common drunkards are not
xpected to vote for Benson. We are
told in the same breath that, they are
not for Benson and that Benson has
made inroads among the keepers nnd
patrons of Third ward dives by his per
sonal appeals for their support, coupled
with the assurance that they would be
treated as well by him as they have been
by the Omaha police commission.
The latest red letter fake Is the start
ling announcement that "the Omahu
gamblers are preparing a desperate fight
to defeat Benson and have raised a cor
ruption fund said to amount to $20,000."
This will be a great revelation to Act
ing Mayor Broatch, who claims to have
suppressed gambling lu Omaha and has
time and. again given assurance to autl
machtne purifiers that the police ns now
organized have thoroughly . suppressed
Tom Dennison and all other gamblers.
Of all the fakes that have been con
cocted by the Benson fakery the most
brazen is the report that the Moores
bluecoats have broken up a Benson meet
ing and ordered the crowd that gath
ered around the Benson standard at Six
teenth and Davenport streets to disperse.
Who controls Omaha bluecoats? Is it
Mayor. Moores or W. J. Brontch? If the
bluecoats have actually dispersed a
crowd of Benson Ites near Jefferson
square It could not possibly have been
by order of - Mayor Moores, who has
been stripped of all police authority
ever since that most blatant Bensonite,
W., J.' Broatch, arrogated to himself die
tatorial powers, as acting chairman of
the. fire -and .police commission. .
The Benson fakery, which Is notori
ously afflicted with an Impediment of
veracity, has evidently forgotten the
explanation made in Its own columns
only a few days ago concerning the
action of the police In dispersing a s6-
clallst gathering on the same spot. But
fakes are water on the Bensonite mill
wheel and will so continue to be until
the bubble candidate shares the fate of
the lamented bubble bank and Is rel
egated among the other political brlc-a-brac
preserved to illustrate a memorable
chapter in Omaha's checkered and multi
colored political history.
i The State Board of Assessment for
1003. will convene In the very near
future to assess the railroads of Ne
braska for the coming year, and It Is to
be hoped that It will not be neeessnrv
for , any citizen to make an appeal to
the board to assess the franchises of
tnose corporations as well as their
tangible property. It may not, however,
be out of place for The Bee to Jog the
memory of the state assessors to recall
the fact that Nebraska's forced con
trlbutlon to the railroads in the shape
of freight and passenger tolls aggre
gated 131,641,783 for the year 1901, and
will at the lowest estimate exceed 35,
uoo.ooo for the fiscal year 1002-3,
W nether the State Board of Assess
ment will be disposed to take these fig
ures as the basis of the franchise value
of the roads when it makes the assess
ment remains to be seen.
, The local democratic organ Is at great
pains to point out the inconsistency of
The Bee in charging that all the ran
chtsed corporations and railroad cor
porations are booming Erastus A. Ben
son, while Ed. Howell Is their preferred
choice for mayor. There is nothing in
consistent In that, however. ' The cor
poration politicians are not fools. They
know that Omaha Is a republican city
and Howell's election can only be
brought about by turning republicans
away from Moores either directly to
Howell or Indirectly to Benson. In
other words, they know that two re
publican votes thrown to Benson are
equal to one vote cast for Howell, and
Howell being very unpalatable to the
republican faction opposed to Moores,
tney are using Benson as a stalking
horse In order to elect Howell.
Mrs. Helen M. Cougar's last educa
tional campaign In Nebraska does not
seem to have been quite as profitable
as she had anticipated unless she acts
upon the recommendation of Judge
waters of Lancaster county and bringi
Individual suit against the 00,000 pop
ullsts for whose benefit she stumped
the state In the national campaign of
ProntUe of (Jrcat flneceaa.
Tb corporation bureau ot the saw De
partment of Commerce and Labor Is a'ready
at work compiling data by gathering
state lawa, and the reports of all Investtga
tlona wlthlng, thirty years relating to this
subject. - Thus far so corporation has shown
any tendency to binder the bureau in Its
labors, although the commissioner has had
little time to probe for corporation accrete.
A a repository of frre-to-all Information,
hitherto widely scattered, the bureau prom
ises to be arrest aucceaa, whatever Its
luck way be In getting Inside views of
present corporation business.
erloaa Slda of a Joke.
Since the president's advocacy of large
families the wife of a New York wheel
wright has given birth to triplet. Some
peor-le can't take a Joke at ail.
A Striking Difference.
Mr. Bryan can keep himself before the
public only by attacking Mr. Cleveland. Mr.
Bryan was defeated twice and Mr. Cleve
land was elected twice, and hence the fury
of the Nebraskan.
A Difference W taai Stand.
The cbief difference that the British
worktngmen who came to this country to
compare their condition with ours unani
mously agree upon is that there Is less
liquor consumed by our working classes
than is the case abroad. -
Sncceaa of tha Solemn Man.
Look about you, gentle reader, and con
sider the solemn ass in every walk of life.
Who so respected, so admired, so influen
tial? He never takes sides. He never Is
a partisan. - He goes along with knitted
brow, his thoughts too deep for utterance.
Smaller men may abandon themselves to
hasty inclinations, to rash preferences, to
robust vlewa. He never does. If he speaks
at all it is with such profundity and cir
cumlocution and complexity that the moat
recondite cryptogram ever rescued from a
pyramid would seem to burst of Innocent
and childish candor in comparison. Yet
he wears One raiment every day. He enjoys
the respect and confidence of the commu-
ty. He prospers, the oil of opulence
anoints him. He is the Incarnation ot suc
cess. Plain People Dolnar the Trnats.
Kansas City Star.
Mr. Bryan's plain people continue to be
the prey of the trusts and ot Wall street
capitalists in general. Some of them have
much influence, and they are sorely
tempted by the financiers to sell their stock
for big fees or other other . consideration.
Pettlgrew long ago accepted a fee of some
thing like 1400,000 from President Hill, the
same Hill who since then organized the
now famous Northern Securities merger.
Mr. Moses C. Wetmore continues to bleed
the trusts for large considerations In the
way of removing competition. Senator
Stone has not been above accepting a good
fee for his crusade against alum, in which
trust was the prime mover. Ex-Governor
Hogg Is rapidly becoming embarrassingly
wealthy, and now comes the news that
Mr. Bailey of Texas, the plain person who
once refused to wear a "splketail" In Wash
ington, has been paid $200,000 for promot
ing the interests of big concerns Just re
cently financed In New York. If Mr. Bryan
sticks to the old platforms he will have to
get new lieutenants to talk to the victims
ot the octopus.
PRESIDENT IW THB PARK.
what tne Vacation' In Tellowatone'a
The president ' has emerged from Yellow
stone park after bis two weeks' stay in Us
wilds and amid its wonders. His nlav time
is ever, and now, ' instead of communing
with "the visible tortus of nature" with
out responsibility' conventions, he must
commune with thej Visible ' form of .people.
face the responsibility and pay proper
deference' to the Conventions. Undoubtedly
to a man of 'the president's makeup new
physical vigor and strenuous' habit of lite
the last two weeks have been specially en
joyable. He has been a privileged spectator
of geysers, hot' springs, mud volcanoes
paint pots, the marvels of Hell's Half Acre,
and the glories of the Yellowstone canyon.
He has been followed 1y admiring herds ot
elk and greeted by mountain sheep and
goats. With every bird but one be has been
on terms of acquaintance, and to that one
stranger his comrade, John Burroughs,
could give him introduction. He has bad
twenty-mile walks by himself, and what
twenty miles of walking off the beaten
ways of the Yellowstone park means only
those who have tried one mile can tell.
In these two weeks the president' must
have accumulated sufficient of nature's
healthful tonic for the rest of the tour,
Even to the ordinary tourist who rushes
through the park by schedule, there is
something wonderfully exhilarating In Its
pure, clear, bracing air. It is one of the
few breathing spots not yet tainted by man
The president's visit and his felicitous ref
erences to it In bis short address at Gardi
ner will have the good result of calling at
tention to the park, an4 perhaps may stlm
ulate some of those who make annual tours
to California, Florida and Europe to pay
a visit to what the president rightly calls
the most absolutely unique" and "verita
ble wonderland in any civilized country."
The park now is easily accessible. Its
hotels are admirably conducted. A two
weeks' stay is inexpensive when compared
to the expense of the ordinary mountain
and seaside resorts, and the tourist will find
little of discomfort. It is encouraging to
note that the president says "The govern
ment must continue to appropriate for It
and especially In the direction of complet
ing and perfecting an excellent system ot
driveways." This is to the point. At pres
ent one main thoroughfare traverses a por
tion only of the park, and, as a rule, it Is
well kept up, but It should be continued to
the park's limit, and connecting drives
should be laid out, so that it will be possi
ble for tourists easily to reach some ot the
wonders which now are only accessible by
horesback or by long tramping on foot, In
Tolvlng the necessity of camping. It the
president's visit had had no other result
than to call public attention ana me atten
tion of congress to this wonaeriana n
would not bave been in vain.
CAl'GHT IX BAD COMPANY.
Gnmahoe Bill Stone Sqeeala I'nder the
Lnah. of Criticism.
New York World.
It Is embarrassing for a presidential can
didate who bas Just received the endorse
ment of William J. Bryan to be eaugnt in
bad company by a set of meddlesome prob
ers Into legislative corruption. Still, the
Hon. "Gumshoe Bill" of Missouri should
have known better than to exhibit nu
tripes to mankind and berate the news
papers tor applying the lasn. Mr. etone
la old enough by tbls time to know that
to protest too much and to deny hysteri
cally are almost worse than a "algmnen
silence" under precise accusations.
It Is alleged In the St. Louts newspapers
that Senator Stone, aa a paid lobbyist, pro
moted tbe special legislation of tbe baking
powder trust two years ago: that be did
his work in the rulse of a "Public Health
society" organized and financed by the
trust, and that be was Intimately associated
with the boodle agent ot the combination,
who Is accus. d of attempting to bribe Lieu
tenant Governor Lee.
It la bardly sufficient answer to these
charces for Senator Stone to defy the
"scavengers of tbe press." and to shout,
"Before my God I fear them not. I laugh
In their faces and spit upon them."
The country will be in a better position to
judge ot Senator 8tone's connection wltb
this scandal when the fearless prosecuting
attorney baa completed bis Investigation
and tha grand Jury shall make Its report.
KOI ft D ABOIT EW YORK.
Ripples the Cnrrrnt ef Life In the
Tha horsey function given In New York
a few weeka ago by the extravagant son
of a Chicago promoter of gas mergers bas
been rivalled In a dlHerent way by Mrs. I
Arthur B. Proal at Sherry's. The hostess
and thirty-five women friends dined In a
room shaped like a huge egg. Outside the
shell was a farm where live chickens,
ducks and geese made a roundelay, where
rabbits hopped and the original spring lamb
bleated, as though in pastures green. Pigs
and lambs and guinea pigs roamed at will
about the foreground, and occasionally a
creature went up the Incline and viewed the
company which had assembled within the
Mrs. Proal bad intended the function as
a farewell to city life, for many of tboae
who were her guests shortly will go to
their country homes.
Everywhere In the great ballroom was
the country. The walls of gilt had disap
peared and the one or two mirrors which
remained unobscured served as vlstaa.
Around the outer walls ot the apartment
were scenes representing fields and pas
tures. The guests saw a farmhand, clad
n blue overalls and a Jumper hurry across
the scene, followed by a flock ot geese.
When Lulgt and Achilles Porzlo disem
barked from a transatlantic liner one day
last week they had hidden about their per
sona something like $4,000 worth of Jewelry.
They had several trunks, and although an
Inspector went through them carefully ha
failed to discover any dutiable articles, and
the brothers prepared to leave the pier.
All this time Timothy Donobue, famous
as a customs sleuth, was strolling up and
down the pier looking Intently at the new
arrivals. He Jostled against Lulgl Poriio
felt a number of suspicious bumps in the
man's clothing as he did so, and then or
dered the brothers to accompany him to
be searched. This is what he found on
Four diamond earrings.
Two diamond and pearl earrings.
One sapphire and diamond brooch.
Four diamond and pearl brooches.
One pearl and diamond bracelet.
One opal watch charm.
Two fancy paper cutters.
Each man wore under his shirt a waist
coat of muslin, in each of which were about
fifty pockets. In each pocket, save one in
the vest of Achilles, was found a fine
A young woman of New York has sold
for $500 the tip of her nose and thereby
disfigured herself for life. It Is said she
is a chorus girl In a Broadway production.
Dr. E. P. Robinson removed the tip ot her
noso Tuesday and transplanted it Imme
diately to a woman patient.
"It was a successful grafting operation,
said Dr. Robinson today. "It will eave a
scar tor a time, but I think it will wear
away gradually." Dr. Robinson's patient,
who Is a countess and prominent In society
here, as well as abroad, met with an ac
cident while automoblling In New Jersey,
In which a part of the fleshy portion ot
her nose was torn away, marring ,. her
Since Inserting an advertisement a week
ago the doctor has received hundreds ot
letters. One writer saidt
"I can't let you have the tip of my noae
for $500, bu.t I will let you have It tor
$5,000. I need that much to complete my
Another woman, a widow, wrote:
"You can have my whole nose for $500 if
you want it."
"What's the good of 'bucking' against
the Wall street game, when an ordinary
broker can afford to pay $2,000 for a sign
to. catch suckers T" said one who had
"bucked" In vain to another who was seek
ing advice. They were standing in front
of a Broadway skyscraper, on either side
of the entrance to which were enormous
bronxe signs ot brokerage Arms. Two thou
sand dollars would not begin to cover the
expense of certain signs in the financial
district. They are bigger and . finer than
the most costly historical tablets.
Brooklyn is getting on In the world. In
1902 more than forty miles of modern pave
ments were put under contract, while the
total of the prevloua four years was less
than thirty-eight, and the average price a
square yard for asphalt paving was reduced
from $2.83 in 1901 to $1.79 in the year fol
lowing. Brooklyn now has 458 miles of
paved streets, a larger number than the
Borough of Manhattan Includes, and forty
seven miles ot cobblestone roadways in
Kings county were relald in 1902.
The liquor dealers of the Eastern district
have decided that pints must go, and that
in the future or after May 1, on which date
the Increase In the liquor tax goes Into
effect, beer will be sold at the rate of
two and one-half pounds tor 10 cents.
Whisky or wine will not be dispensed at
less than 10 cents a glaas and cheese, a
product on which it is thought Governor
Odell's up-etate adherents grow rich, will
be banished from all free lunch counters.
"Fell into a manure pile while in a spir
ituous ccndltion from over-indulgence in
corn extract." That was- the record signed
by Dr. William Walter Winchester, bouse
surgeon ot a New York hospital In tbe case
of a man brought, there for treatment.
After examining the patient another sur
geon made this brief and practical addi
tional addition to the register! "Drunk,
Sets a Proper
Ths failure of so many Investment com
panies bas stirred up tbe legislatures ot
several states to enact laws for tbe pro
tection of Investors. In Nebraska a law,
which becomes operative October 1, pro
vides that all investment companies shall
be under the supervision ot the State Bank
ing board, which is authorized to refuse
them permission to do business If any of
their rules are "unfair, unjust. Inequitable
or oppreeslve to any class of contributors."
This language Is perhaps not the clearest
that might have been selected to cover the
ease of companies which promise Impos
sibilities, but It will probably be held suf
ficient for that purpose. At all events,
competent supervision ought to do some
thing to protect tbe people.
There Is a bill before the legislature of
Illinois tor a similar purpose, which re
quires a deposit of $25,000 In cash or bonds,
to be made with the state treasurer, be
fore any business be done, and giving cer
tain equltlea to Investors. Tbls law will,
at least, bead off those companies which
begin business with no assets but a desk
and a few quires of letter beads.
Tbe best security for Investors, no doubt.
Is such elementary knowledge of business
aa will warn them tbat promises to make
everybody rich In ninety days, Issued by
men who have never acquired any property
tbemselvea, are necessarily delusive. In the
abaence ot such knowledge something may
be done to protect them by statute from a
certain class of sharpers, but not a great
deal. Whatever can be done, however
without Interfering with legitimate busi
ness, may well engage tbe attention of our
TALK OF THE STATE PRESS.
Friend Telegraph: The people of Ne
braska would much prefer tbat Instead of
donating $67,000 to a building at the Ne
braska university tbe oil trust would con
descend to lop off that extra S cents per
gallon on oil.
Hayes Times-Republican: That Omaha
man who committed suicide, leaving
$40,000 In good securities behind him,
could not bave pursued a course surer to
arouse the tender solicitude of the relatives
who during his lifetime were oblivious of
Bloomington Advocate: Tha friends of
Judge Sullivan of the Nebraska supreme
court are quietly working for a fusion or
non-partisan ticket this fall In the hopes ot
being able to land their man back In the
chair. Tha republicans of tbls state have
plenty ot good material front which t draw
and will not be caught by any such cheap
Franklin Sentinel: - One set for which
the citlens tt Nebraska' should be very
grateful to the late legislature was the
passage of a Joint resolution memorialising
congress to enact a constitutional amend
ment for the popular election ot
United ' States senators. The passage
of the resolution will not la It
self afford relief, but It shows the
sentiment of the people. When the repub
lican party realizes that the people will
not rest until they tre permitted to elect
United States senators It will grant them
the long cherished privilege, perhaps, even
though It be one of the vagaries of popu
lism. Beatrice Express:- Hoa. J. S. Bartley has
returned to Nebraska after a pleasant out
ing In Chicago, aad sundry editors are ask
ing htm Impertinent .questions. They want
to know why he left the state Just when he
might have shed soma light upon the vexed
question-of cigar boxes and their contents.
Others want to know why he didn't urge
Governor' Savage to use the genuine state
seal on his pardon; but all queatlons are
useless and superfluous.. Tbe distinguished
ex-treasurer announced a long time ago
tbat he would not run up tbe white 'flag,,
and he isn't going to do It at this late day.
Rather than make such a surrender he
would probably leave tha state tor good,
and Nebraaka might not survive such a
blow as tbat.
, Norfolk News: It Is really not surprising
that Nebraska is attracting favorable at
tention from . Immigrants and Investors,
when the class ot advertising showing the
financial condition -of the people being
sent out. Is considered. Secretary Royse
of the state banking board has been dis
seminating some of the most valuable ad
vertising of this class and his moat reeent
quarterly statement Is one of the best for
the good ot the state ever yet published.
This statement shows unparalleled pros
perity on the part of tbe people as evi
denced by the money In the banks, the
record having again been broken by the
amount of money on deposit, exceeding the
previous high water 'mark by nearly half a
million dollars. Thirty-one new banks are
reported and the condition of old and new
banking houses -was never better.' With
another gord harvest this year (he. showing
tbls "fall'wfll undoubtedly again break the
record:''-: '. v'"'v.' ''...''
Salmon Brown, the youngest son of John
Brown, the martyr, is living at Portland
Ore. . .
Thomas W. .. Law on, the .. would-be cup
defender of 1901, may bqcome a candidate
for congress In the Seventh Massacuhsetts
Chief Inspector Watts vt the District
Of Columbia says the rogues' gallery collect
tion contains about 16,000 pictures and tha
records of 36,000 criminals.
Dr. Thomas. Foster, one of the pioneer
newspaper men of Bt. Paul, Minn., has Just
died in San Francisco. , Aa far back as
1836 he was a Philadelphia Journalist.
. William. K.. Vanderbllt aeems determined
that the arrangements for his marriage
shall be kept, secret. Perhaps he has beea
reading the accounts ot the recent wedding
In the family at Newport.
One of Oquendo's live-Inch guns will be
sent to Palmyra, N. Y.t the birthplace ot
Admiral Sampson, where it will be erected
in the public park. Oquendo was one of tha
Spanish- warships sunk off the coast of
Cuba during the Spanish-American war.
If President. Loubet goes to London to
repay the visit wblob the king intends pay
ing him in May. tbls will be the first aot
ot the kind by the chief of state in France
since Napoleon III and his consort went
over to Windsor in April 1865, during the
Crimean war, at the Invitation of the queen.
- A good many Frenchmen think that Paul
Deschanel, ex-presldent of the Chamber of
Deputies, ' Is a coming' president of tbe
republic. It Is said tbat be entertains
that opinion himself. He Is young, rich,
clever, the most well-groomed politician of
bis party, a favorite In society, a member
of the academy and and high In the favor
of tbe czar. .
One of - Sousa's bandsman Is quite ' a
humorist. He was once a participant la
conversation where tbe subject ot Up-glvlng
arose. Tbe bandsman said that In Ger
many, where the waiters are satisfied with
very small tips be always gave a gold piece.
"Because, you see," he added, "when you
give a German a gold piece ha talis in a
fit and then you can take It away from
Path of Civilisation la Af'tea Marked
by a Cemetery.
Tha story of the annihilation of a British
column In Somallland sounds like an echo
from Egypt In tbe palmy days of tba mahdl.
In point ot fact tbe Somalia of East Atrlca
seem not very different from our old
friends, the Fuzzy-Wuzzles ot the Soudan.
They are led by a Mohammedan fanatlo
called, like so many other of his kind, tbe
Mad Mullah, who seems to repeat on a
mall scale tbe pretensions and Influence
ot tbe mahdl and of bis successor, tbe
khalifa. Tke British discovered some time
ago that tbe Somells were first-class fight
ing men, and tbe dlsaater now reported Is
one of tbe common deplorable Incidents
of tbe redemption of Afrloa from barbarism.
Of course it Is all In the game of empire.
Tke British will send more troops and
overrun tbe country, destroy tha - Mad
Mullah, enlist his fighting men la tbe na
tive forces and tranqulllze tbe country for
commerce and Industry. Tbls Is going on,
at much expense of brave lives and hard-
gotten revenue, all around the fringes of
Truthful witnesses of
the passing hour.
"The Ttrftdei Amnion WkK" 0txstnU4 hook
of interesting information botd xuatchtx, n& h tent
fret opon reqvtsi. ! . '
American WaUfism Wild Company,
TFIE OMAHA CITT CAMPAIGN.
Stanton Picket: If Omaha does not elect
a democratic mayor It will be no fault of
the bolting republicans and populist, who
are determined to conquer or die, with Ben
son aa their standard bearer.
Wakefield Republican: Omaha bas a
three-cornered fight on - band for mayor.
It's a safe bet, however, tbat the repub
lican candidate, Mayor Moores, will be re
elected by a rousing majority.
Plalnvlew Republican; Politics In
Omaha are considerably muddled. The
three-cornered contest for mayor Is going
to be Interesting. Rose water his taken
off his eoat and Is In tbe thick ot the fight
for Moores. The opposition Is divided and
It looks as though Moores will be suc
ceeded by Moores.,
Syracuse Journal: The mugwump re
publicans and populists of Omaha have
been hypnotized by the corporations and
placed a man In nomination for mayor to
beat Frank E. Moores. the people's irletid.
After May 1 the mugwumps will know wore.
As to tbe popullstlo contingent, they aie
grafters pure and simple and this lead
ers will In all probability get unotiKh out
of the campaign to keep them from starv
ing until the fall election.
COAL FREIGHT RATES.
Anthracite Made to Yield Lsrge Rev.
enne for Coal Roada.
.Tha freight rates on anthracite were not
Investigated by the strike commission be
cause the subject lay outside the problem
submitted to It. But It baa been raised
before the Interstate Commerce commission
by Mr. Hearst, owner of the New York
Journal, and some Interesting facts ought
to be disclosed.
Most ot the anthracite is mined, and all
tbat comes eastward Is hauled, by a. few
railroad oompanlea, and It Is not surprising
that there Is little .or.no competition.
There may be a good reason tor charging
more for hauling anthracite than tor haul
ing soft coal, but the difference ought not
to be great, and It is Impossible to bellevo
that there Is any Justification for charging
more for carrying anthracite than for haul
ing general merchandise. ' Yet the last re
port ot the Delaware, Lackawanna A West
ern Railroad company shows tbe following
charges in cents per ton per mile tor haul
ing coal and for hauling general merchan
dise: 1902. 1901. 1900. 1899.
Coal 1.111 0.891 0.9:0 0.9(6
Merchandise ..... 0.701 0.6S3 ' 0.6M 0.679
Last - year the charge per ton-mile on
coal was 68 per cent more than on general
merchandise, though coal is carried in bulk.
The average receipts per ton-mile of va
rious railroads in 1901 were as follows, ac
cording to tables prepared by tbe editor ot
Poor'a Manual: '
New. York Central
Chicago St Northwestern
Great Northern ,
Chesapeake 4. Ohio ,
Average for all leadlnar roada in the
Tbe Lackawanna's earnings on coal in
1901, per ton-mile, exceeded the earnings
on their general business of the Pennsyl
vania, New. York Central, Chicago & North
western, the Chesapeake ft Ohio. and. the
general average of all leading, roads ot the
country. Including transcontinental lines,
which traverse long stretches ot country
that afford little business. The very low
earnings of the Chesapeake ft Ohio are due
to the large amount ot soft coal hauled by,
that road at extremely low rates. Anthra
cite Is the aristocrat of freights; It travels
r j. PASSING PLEASANTRIES. , '. c
"What do men do when they gat In tha
"Why, they do corporations, my son."
Percy Mlsa Sweetly, do yon think yot
could be happy with a man like me?
Mlaa Sweetly Well, perhaps If he wasn't
too much like youl Comic Cuts, Detroit
"Sir, you look like an optimist. You have
a happy countenance. - Lend me a uollar."
My iriena. ao you Know wny i iook
happy? It's because I haven't any wealth
to bother me." Cleveland Plain Dealer.
"It la a srreat mistake. Mabel, to trifle
with the affections of a man who loves yuu
by encouraging someone else."
"Well, he's a little slow, Auntie. I think
he needs a pacemaker." Puck.
All you people of this ooncreaatlon."
sold the self-willed minister, "are entirely
too stubborn. You're regular mules."
"Ah! yes," replied the mild member, "now
I understand why you always address i.a
aa Dear Brethren." Philadelphia Press.
"t don't wonder ahe attracted your atten
tion. She's the most magnlncently dressed
young woman bare."
"Who's that common looking old duffer
that came with her?"
"Oh. he's her father. AH he's rood for U
to pay ber bills." Chicago Tribune.
"I never loat a client," assarted the
"I auopoae not." returned the envious
neighbor. "When you get a man who Is In
trouble you steer aim tram one scrape to
another ao that he haa no chance to break
away." Chicago Poat.
An eaatern clergyman solroenly Informs
us that the times are out of Joint.
It's a good thing the butcher shops are
not Cleveland Plain Dealer,
"What la sucoeasr'
"Success Is the art of making such an
Impression that In time people will pay
you tor Just looking wise. Chicago Poat.
"Line connected." said the ex-telephone
girl the first Monday morning after ahe
was married, when she was all ready to
bang the washing out. Somervllle Journal.
PREPARED FOR THE WORST.
Dey Is tellln' 'bout de troubles dat de trusts
la gwlnter make.
Dey hints dat beln' happy la an Ignorant
An' dey sometimes haa me guessln'
v.hether deae old eyea o' mine
Is gwlnter see de roses bloom an' watch de
tars dat shine;
Day's cornerln' de wheat crop an' dey's
cornerln' de meat;
De white folks la a wonderln' what dry's
gwlnter hab to eat,
But If dat wolf comes to my do', he'll neb-
ber break de latch,
'Cause I's got a coop o' chickens an' a
I Ian' rlttln' akyaht about da way dem
r only got to do a little scratchln' wlf dj
Whan da honey bee la worktn', kin' o' lazy,
same aa me,
An' all dem Insect folks la jes' as havpy a
I doesn't dread no panle nor de bustln' of
I may not 'mount to much, but I'll be
happy as a king.
Ps made a small Investment dat dem trusts
will nebber catch.
I's got a coop o' chickens an' a watermelon
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