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THE OMAHA DAILY BKE: SATURDAY, XOVEMBKK 25, 1905.
.Verifiable Uairgaiin Peasft SaftyirdlayE
y The Deparimeats have carefully prepared to satisfy the sensitive palale of the cus
tomer's pocketbook. Read every item on the menu then com: prepared to feast.
of Men's and Boys' Shirts Saturday
100 Dozen High Grade Shirts All bright, clean stock, and in newest fall styles, in
plain white or fancy colors, sizes 14 to 18, garments worth $1.00 the C
world over, choice Saturday
Great Neckwear Special The surplus
stock and sample lines of high grade
men's neckwear from Isaac Coles &
Co., New York. All the best styles
and colors, made to sell at from 25c to
.r0c your choice while they 11
Men's and Boys' Sweaters In plain and
fancy colors, heavy weight, worth up
to $1.50 special Saturday,
at, 50c and
Men's Shirts and Drawers Fine woolen
garments, in all 9izes, worth up to
$2.00 per garment, in 3 lots PA
Saturday, at $1.25, 98c and. . . UC
Men's Shirts and Drawers Heavy
fleece lined and worth double 'Z ?
the price, at 45c and JO
Men's Heavy Woolen Hose In greys,
blacks and blues, regular 25c
values, Saturday, at, pair....2C
THE RELIABLE STORE.
Ladies Black Embroidered and Fancy Hose, regular 35c
and 50c qualities, on sale Saturday at
Misses' and Boys' Shaw-Knit Hose, regular 25c and 35c
qualities, on sale Saturday at
Ladies' and Children's Heavy Ribbed Hose, regular 15c
qualities, at, pair
A UNIQUE CORSET
The display of Thomson "Glove-Fitting" Corsets in our
Sixteenth street window is attracting crowds. Is it Woman or
Wax? is the question asked by the assembled throngs on the ap
pearance of the mysterious bust every afternoon from 2 till 5.
See it Saturday and judge for yourself.
We carry a full line of Thomson "Glove Fitting" Corsets in all
models In prices ranging up from vjjl
11.00 Globe Corset and True Fit Corsets and Girdles, In long or 4.Q
short hip models. Special Saturday, at rtlfC
Fancy Ruffled Shirt Waist Blouses made of Swiss. A very neat IP
and stylish garment. Special Saturday DC
The Dowager and Nemo Corseta made specially for stout figures are car
ried In all the newest model. Ask to flee them. Have your Corset fitted by
our Expert Corsetler.
25c and 30c
Net and Chiffon
Saturday, at, yd.
Plain and Fancy
up to 35c per yd.,
on sale Saturday,
15c and 20c qual
ity. Special Sat
urday, at, yd
Big Shoe Sale Saturday
Saturday we put on sale about 1,500 pairs of men's sample "Crown Shoes, in
patent coit, veiour cair, dox can ana vici Kia, all uoodyear
welts and made to retail at $3.00 and $3.60 choice of this en
tire lot at
Youths' and Little Gent' $1.50 Satin Calf Lace OHc
Women's,-Misses' and Child's $1.50 Vlcl Kid Lace Shoes the kind that
wear well 08c
Women's All Felt and Leather Sole Slippers, nice and warm. . . .48c and 30c
Children's $1.00 and 76c Sample Shoes, red, tan or black, with or without
heels 60c and 48c
Women's fine Felt Fur Trimmed Slippers, in red, blue or black 08c
women's $3.60 patent colt chrome tanned, mat top, Cuban heel Lace
'Women's Demo calf button, flatiron last a very smart street shoe. . . .83.50
All of our best makes of shoes are carried in the best shoe stores in
America and each and every pair guaranteed to give satisfaction.
We are proud of our Boys' Shoe Department. All dealers know that the
average boy can go through more shoes and do It quicker than anyone else.
Saturday we put on sale 500 pairs Burley & Stevens' best quality boys' and
youths' $2.00 shoes, all sizes 1.50
Grover Soft Shoe for Tender Feet are the easiest shoes ever put on a
woman's foot. Are they? Ask the woman!
. Omaha agents for Stetson and Crossett Shoes for men $3.00. $3.50 and
$2.50. The host shoes for the price that money can buy.
THE BIG MEAT SECTION
Where You Save Money.
Fancy Spring Chickens,
fresh dressed, pound . .
OVER ONE HUNDRED MEDALS
tfebratktni Scoop in kauy Prists at the
SIXTY-SIX GOLD MEDALS IN THE LIST
tTahlblta (rum the Antelope Slate
Uk gpleadld Record When the
JnilKea eiaish nrlth tho
A corrected 11.-1 of award of the win
ning Nebraska exhibits at Portland has
been compiled by a. C. Shedd. executive
officer of the commission, and the ex
hibitors will be notified at once of tiie
medals awarded them by the superior Jury
of the Lewis and Clark exposition. The
Nebraska state commission has nothing
whatever to do with the delivery of di.
plomaa or medals, the exposition officials
themselves dealing directly with' the ex
la the list as compiled It Is seen thut ths
stato has shown a very high quality of
exhibits, and while it 1 not yet known
what awards other stutes have received,
the commission, from what Information it
possesses, does not believe this standard to
to excelled by any other state, and equaled
toy but very few.
Ths following are the complete awards:
Gold medal M
Silver medal ,s
Hror.xa medal 1$
Honorable mention g
One hundred and twenty-five entries were
made by ths state, all scoring but four.
Over half won gold medals, the highest
ward given to aay exhibitor Seven en
tries were made la the nam of th state
of. Nebraska and each received a cold
medal. In tb various exhibits of corn
(he state was without a rival.
f ;lc of Nebraska Collective exhibit of
?- ; 'iK i-Kxhibit of sheaf and
Mute . . l.a--Collective exhibit of
State of Nebraska Collective exhibit of
wild and tame grasses, forage.
Btata of Nebraska Collective exhibit af
tventyaix products) of cor a.
Sausage, all kinds,
4 pounds for.
State of Nebraska Moving picture ex-
bi.hu of Nebraska Puvllion and head
statu of Nebraska General agricultural
Uoukius county Collective exhibit of
seeds and thresued grain.
J. A. liallaru Hed me wheat.
U. at. Muipny iexas red oats.
G. Af. Aiuipny Red clover, timothy, al
falfa. K. D. Morisy Corn.
A. Martin Macaroni wheat, sheaf.
A. Martin Buckwneat.
J. M, Maner iteeu s yellow detit, legal
L. W. Howard Giant Siberian winter rye.
R. Cnurcn uiue stem wheat, sheaf.
H. Church Blue stem chait.
il. F. Aiumnat Timothy.
il. 1". jumuiiia Aiiaila seed, blue hulless
barley, Uerman millet seed, while Russian
cnurles Grau Silver mine dent, calico
dent, golden row and Grau s White Fnue
diaries Grau Castor oil beans.
Joan 11. Miller Exhibit of com.
J. U. liasiK txhlbit of corn.
Charles ui naiiiie Exhibit ot oorii.
C. A. 1'arker Euny white cap, ucnt, cal
ico dent corn.
Western Seed Co. Kxhibit of corn.
J. A. Grau & Son hlte dent uoru.
F. EchienKauip Exhibit of corn.
Koy heed UoiUen beauty corn.
J. Kinney Heeu s yellow dent corn.
W. J. Bryan Sneaf of rye.
liariy bens Karly Pride of ths North,
Mammoth yellow corn.
C. A. Whitlord Lxhlhlt of corn.
Joseph Hall Hogue's yellow dent corn.
1-ee bmiwi St Son Exhibit of corn.
C. F. Chase Reed s eliow dent. Chase's
white dent corn.
R. M. Walcoii Early Pride of the North,
Jobe Scott Exhibit of corn.
Ueorre Mobery Exhibit of corn.
Fran Rentier Big Four oats.
A. F.. Richards Jerusalem corn.
George Hoes Silver Hull buckwheat.
O. Fellman Calico dent coin.
B. M. Syford Silver Mine dent.
J. Cady Castor oil beans.
Nels haulson Thite dent corn.
L. A. Bowden Legal Tender corn.
John C. Nelson Inter rye.
V. Mank While winter roBe coin.
J. V. Olson Reed's yellow dent corn.
G. W. t'ennerslon Reed s yellow dent
Ham Pavls Japanese buckwheat.
K. A. Imail Yellow dent corn.
Jacob Omerson Blaa-k Irish oats.
H. Tech mler Macaroni wheat, sheaf.
J. M. Tltterlngton Yellow dent corn.
Frank A. Gustafson Hogue s yellow
American Sugar Beet Co. Sugar beet
John Zonecheck Red winter wheat.
Coy & Son Crimson clover.
J Kline While rye.
K. A. Calkins Broom corn seed.
1-evl Wheeler Red winter wheat.
tal Floral Co. Englian rye grass, red
alovor, rod aaffir corn.
Saturday in Our Cloak Dept.
Xftil be a day lone? rfmembrrrd for its bareain erratnesft. Some-
B thing good for everybody Saturday. You can't help but find Just what
jrou want at a bargain. '
H1UII CLASS TAILOR SI ITS AT HALF.
50 fine Broadcloth Tailor Suits, In the
most handsome new designs and all the
most popular shades
75.00 Suit for ..IM7.50
365.00 Suits for W2.50
$50.00 Suits for $25.00
40 of our best $25 Suits will be JJ Qfl
sold Saturday at, choice Ii'U
TB Cheviot and Broadcloth Suits, in the
newest designs and colors, made to se'll
at $15.00 and $18.00, If) ((
will go at lU.UU
STYLISH COATS AT A BARGAIN.
Lot 1 Ladies' 48-lnch Coats, in plain ker
KPys and nobby fancy mixed fabrics
made to sell at $16.00 ft ft A
Lot a The newest arrivals the most
beautiful coats we have ever shown at
tbe price come In fine kerseys and
fancy mixed fabrics beautifully trim
med worth up to $20.00 1 4 CIA
Irft 3 Consists of 40 sample garments,
artistic creations, made to IP A"
sell at $35.00 choice swJUU
Children's Coats -175 Bearskin and
Uroadcloth Coats, in ages from 2 to 10
veurs garments worth regu- A CQ I
larly up to $10.00 choice Hf.UO 3
Children's Conts Of finest quality of kersey and fancy mixed
fabrics come in ages from 4 to 14 years $12.50 values at
FURS. FURS. FCRS.
The most complete line of Ouaranteo
Furs shown in Omaha. See them.
Beaver Coats In all sizes," from OA A A
30 to 36, good value at OU.UU
Handsome Krtmmer Coat of the very best
quality $60.00 values every- Tft fi A
where special JJiUU
Fine Near Seal Coats the best r f A
values ever Bhown at tj.33
MANl'FACTVRER'8 STOCK OF SKIRTS.
3,600 Skirts secured at a great bargain, di
vided for Saturday' selling into three great
lots at half their real value Panamas,
Cheviots, Broadcloths and many other fab
rics and including extra sized AO
garments, at $0.08, $4.98 and. ... sis. JO
MAX ROTH WAISTS.
Another immense line of samples $1.50,
$2.00 and $2.50 values 89c
$5.09 and $6.00 Sample Waists, in silks,
peau de sole, nuns' veiling and C(
other fine materials, on sale at. . . J
FIATJ GREAT HOUR SPECIALS
Special Bargains in Our Ladies' Underwear Department
sufficient to convince yon of tlieir great
A glance at tbese offerings will be
Ladies' Vests and Pants Heavy fleeced,
come in all sizes ami worth regularly
50c. special "IP
Ladies' Ribbed Vests and Pants Fleece
lined, good values at Toe
Ladies' Flat Fleeced or Ribbed Vests
and Pants In all sizes.worth
up to $1.00 Saturday, at...
Ladies' Outing Flannel Gowns Extra
heavy qualities, prettily trimmed and
worth up to $2.00, divided into 3 lots-
Saturday, at, 98c, G(Jc 49c
Children's Heavy Flat 'Fleece
Underwear, in all sizes, at. . .
Ladies' Swiss Ribbed and Flat Wool
Vests and Pants Regular $1 values
while they last 1 C
Saturday m JC
Ladies' Flat Wool Underwear The
celebrated Root's Tivoli brand, worth
up to $2.00. at $1.50
Ladies' "Wool Union Suits In all sizes,
regular $1.50 values, 75c
Children's Stocking Caps In all
and colors, worth up to $1.00,
Children's Wool Underwear
All sizes, special, at
25c and 60o
Wash Stocks and
and Plain Hand
up to 10c. Spe
From 8 Till 10 A. M Women's
Moire Underskirts, regular $1.50
qualities, at 79c
From 9 Till 11 A. M. Women's
Flannelette Wrappers, $1.50
. values, special 70c
From 8:30 Till 9:80 A. M.
Women's Coney Scarfs, regular
$1.60 values, at soc
From 9:30 T1U 10:80 A. M.
Eiderdown Dressing Sacques with
applique collar. $1.50 values. .ROo
l-Tom 1U '1111 11 A. M.
Women's Flannelette Dressing Sacques n.n
Misses' Walking Skirts, $4.00 values 81 bo
chiefs,, worth up
to 15c, at
n y u tit
Saturday we will commence our great clearance sale of Millinery every hat
In the house will be offered at half price and less be sure
and attend this sale and partake of the feast of bargains we
offer All of our fto Trimmed Hats go at
All of our $7.50 Trimmed Hats go at $S.7.T
All of our $5.00 and $6.00 Trimmed Hats go at 52.nO
Ono big lot Trimmed Hats that sold up to $3.60 go at f 1.00
Bargains in Children's Millinery
Children's Bonnets, in velvet, bearskin, angora and silks, trimmed with
satin ribbons, many with ullk linings on sale Saturday at
J.c, 5()c, Wc, 75o, 81.00
Camel's Hair Tarns, extra heavy nap, regular $1.00 kind . . . .75c
Children's Stocking Caps, extra heavy 25c, 8l)c, BOo
39c Jockey Caps, all colors IWo
CHINA BARGAIN EXTRAORDINARY
Genuine Venice Hand Border Decorated China Ctips, saucers
and plates any article worth 75c on sale Saturday in sots
of three, cup, saucer and plate, at, per '
The greatest china snap of the season. Quantity is limited, 60
fl iVeiv Trunk or Suit Case
Is what you need for your home trip Thanksgiving. Don't think of buying till
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v011 have seen our complete line, as speciaas tor oaiuraay;
Genuine Cow Hide Suit Cases Mado on strong
steel frame with polished brass lock and side
bolts, has Holland linen lining ana smn iuiu.
good value at $7.60. special Cg
Fine Leather Suit Case With polished brass
lock and side bolts, Is leather lined and has
heavy leather corners. Is made on good steel
frame and worth $4.50 special "Z J P
Saturday, at !., J
Enameled Cloth Suit Case Made on strong
steel frame with brass spring lock and side
bolts has heavy stitched leather handles and
corners and is cloth lined, good value QQ
at $2.00 snap Saturday, at JOC
$9.30 Duck Covered Trunk Flat top with extra
wide Iron binding and center band, heavy
hinges and steel valance clamps, corners and
bumpers, two cowhide straps over
lid special bargain Saturday.. )
Canvas Iron Covered Flat Top Trunks A very
strong and serviceable article, has spring
hasp, lock and heavy valance clamps and
corner bumpers, large set-up tray with cov
ered hat box. 28-inch, $i.2B; 30-lnch, 83.BO;
82-lnch, $8.78; 84-inch, $4.00; 36-lnch, $4.25.
Buy Your Groceries at Hayden's, the Home of Pure
Food Products. Leaders Always, in Price Quality
48-lb. sack Fancy High Patent Minne
sota Flour, nothing finer for family
use, per sack $1.25
7 lbs. best Rolled Oatmeal 25c
6 lbs. best Pearl Sago, Barley or Fa
6 lbs. choice Japan Rice... 25c
6 lbs. best hand picked Navy Beans. 25c
10 bars best Laundry Soap 25c
4 lbs. best Soda or Oyster Crackers.25c
3 pkgs. best Macaroni 25c
Sweet Sugar Corn, 2-lb. can 5c
Fancy Wax or String Beans, 2 lb.
Quart can Golden Table Syrup. 8 l-3c
OH Sardines, per can 2Hc
Xcelo Breakfast Food, per pkg..7Hc
Fruen's Wheat Wafers, per pkg.l2ic
10 lbs. best Granulated Cornmeal.ISc
16-oz. can Condensed Cream.... 7Hc
See Our Full Line of Fancy New Cali
fornia Dried Fruits.
OMAHA'S tJKKATEST Rl'TTEH AXD
CHEESE DEPT. PRICES.
Fancy Dairy Table Butter, per lb.-. 18c
Choice Creamery Butter, per lb.. 21c
Fancy Separator Creamery Butter,
per lb 23c
Fancy Brick Cheese, lb 15c
Fancy Llmberger Cheese, lb 15c
Fancy New York White Cheese, lb.ISc
Fancy Wisconsin Cream Cheese, lb.ISc
Fancy Wisconsin Swiss Cheese,
Neufchatel Cheese, each 8c
Appetotish Cheese, each 8c
Hand Cheese, 2 for 5c
READ THESE FRUIT DEPARTMENT
Fancy Wlnesap Apples, doz 10c
Fancy Large, Juicy Oranges, doz.. 15c
Fancy Large, JAiicy Lemons, doz.. 15c
Fancy Mixed Nuts, lb 12 J, c
Fancy New Honey, rack 12 He
Fancy new Hallowe'en Dates, lb.7ic
CAXDY SPECIAL FOR SATURDAY.
Morse's Chocolate Coated Honey Dew
this is retailed regular everywhere
for 40c this sale, lb 25c
and HOUSE FURNISHINGS
Throe-piece Carving Sets,
Llsk Enameled three-piece
Two-piece Carving Sets,
Stag Handled Bird
Large line of Sternan's Chafing
DiNhes and linkers at cut prices.
Odd and end lot of Heating Stoves,
biuall Iiaxc Burners, small Oaks and
some large ones. We will make a
price that will sell them. Must be sold
Frank Brown Red kafflr corn.
State Farm Yellow Ghurnorka.
Nance Co. White detil. yellow dent corn.
llletf & Hon Red winter wheat.
H. Ballard Black oats, whitevclover.
K. D. Morisy Krd winter wheat.
K. I. Morisy Ked top seed, red clover.
A. Martin .Macaroni wheat, Italian spelt.
S. B. Stewart Stewart Kentucky blue
J. R. Miller Red clover.
Eddyville Land Co Collection natlvs and
Kddyvllle Land Co. Red winter wheat.
Frank Uobel Soft wheat, sheaf.
Jenkins & Hopkins Fife wheat.
J. W. Insrals Hroom grass.
(i. C Noble Silver Mine dent corn.
R. HogTie Hoguo's yellow dent corn.
Jacob Wild SDeltz.
Joe Nusolo Milo maize.
William James Sh.-af flax.
A. Snuilt Ellueerass seed.
X. H. Skinner Hel winter whest.
Frank Panuerhill White dent corn.
C. Urush Red clover.
R. V. Fairchlld Cane seed.
'. Vlstrat White hullens barley.
B. A. Ccilllns Broom corn seed.
H. Off Hed clover.
D. Mclx'an Red ttfo wheat.
John Povllsli Spelii. field liens.
I. Wheeler Red winter wheat.
C. Coy Red citron seed. Hubbard Sguash,
early garden peas. Jersey Belle muskmelon.
I. . W. Hewitt OUnt Siberian rye.
J. II. Malier Mediterranean whuat. '
J. Dlerks Black Russian sunflower seed,
i'. H. Srnale Bluegrasa seed.
O. Fink Club wheat.
O. Fink Club wheat, sheaf.
James Quinn Red winter wheat
J. F, MoCardel Kentucky bluegrass,
C. B. Camp Chinese popeorn.
C. Fetle Yellow dent corn.
C. Busrh Red clover.
J. K. Haines Siieltx.
C. Pratt Black hulless barley.
A. B. Gregory Sorghum seed.
H. Mono) penny Bucket gourd seed.
Joe Kublchek Siberian millet.
S. B. Stewart Ornamental pomegranate
J D. Hasik Macaroni wheat.
O. lMerks- K-d spring wheat.
Theodore Williams Kvolutlon corn.
S A. Combs Samples of wheat from
Is?; to 1S9I.
John Martin Silver Mine oats.
D. Link Oerman millet.
John Loulk German millet.
8. C. Robinson Dixey and mountain
sweet watermelon, white pine cucumber.
occur every day from cuts, injuries, etc.
ttiip bleeding ami h'al the wounds with
Uui klen's Arnica Salve. 2&c. For sale by
Sherman tk McConnell plug Co.
OUR LETTER BOX.
Be Want Ada bring r suits.
As to Law Department Exlrttsgsncc.
OMAHA. Nov. O.-To the Editor of
Tbe Bee: In Wednesday evening's Beo
there appeared an edltortal under the cap
tion, "Law Department Extravagance."
While I quite agree with some of the com
ment of tills editorial, other features of It
are so misleading and utterly unfounded
so far as it relates to this department and
to the recent action of the city council re
specting Its action looking to the creation
of the office of second assistant city attor
ney, that I deem it my duy to advise you
of the errors In order that yourself and
the general public, always entitled to know,
may understand the matter fully.
In the first place the resolution adopted
by the council does not crcut the office
of second assistant city attorney, but d xs,
In accordance with section Ki of the new
city charter, declare the necessity for such
ail office, and provides. n accordance with
said section, that the resolution shall be
published op.ee each week for three weeks
in the Official paper of the city your paper
where It will have the greatest possible
circulation among the taxpayers of the
city. After the lapse of these three weeks
the council may or may not create this
office by appropriate ordinance. You will
thus see that the council Is proceeding with
due publicity and In strict accordance with
the law to create this office. It Is true I
advise the creation of this office and I
will explain why, although 1 think that
ought to have been apparent to you from
a reading of the report of the council pro
ceedings In the same Issue of the paper
In which your editorial appeared.
There Is now no such office aj second
assistant city attorney In this department.
There is. however, connected with this de
partment, the office of city claim agent,
now filled by Judge George C. Cockrell at
a salary of ll.'joo per year, and In this de
partment there Is also a special attorney.
Mr. A. G. Elllrk, employed by my pre
decessor. Mr. C. c. Wright, under the au
thority of a resolution parsed by the cliy
council May -.'4, , hi a salary of $15 tr
month, the duration of the time of employ
ment being Indefinite. Therefore, f.Ttio has
been and Is being paid to these two officers.
Mr. Blllck has resigned bis position, to
take effect December 1, and accompanying
the resolution declaring; the necessity of the
offico of second assistant city attorney, I
caused to be introduced an ordinance abol
ishing the office of city claim agent by
repealing the ordinance creating that of
fice, the Intention being to combine the
duties heretofore performed by Messrs. El
lick and Cockrell In the office of second
assistant city attorney, at a salary of J1.S0O
per year, .and thus save this department
and the taxpayers 1900 per year. From
the general tone of your editorial I am
sure, now that the matter has been fully
explained and a saving made apparent,
that the move will meet your hearty ap
proval and you will hasten to exonerate
this department and the city council from
the Implied charge of attempted extrava
gance. If. however, you are of the notion
that I ought to get along with but one
assistant. I bet leave to so far Intrude on
your valuable space as to give some figures
which will Interest the general public and
yourself as to the cost of maintaining legal
departments in several cities around us:
I City attorney
1 First assistant
! Second assistant
I Third assistant
i Spei ial officer
Tola i ,
j Tlty Mj'leltor
I Fust assistant
; fcpeci:il officer
I Corporation council
Clerk and stenographer
The legal department of Kansas city,
M'., Is divided inlo two divisions. The
cltv counsellor have charge oi all mat- i
lers In the cin ull courts and ad wees 10 '
Hie maor, .Ud.-rnien anil d..p irtci-rit (til-;
:,un iinuu.il"! u fci i: t'.i.inn nij.L c.i
City counsellor I '
Hist l assistants, caeh $S I
S',11 three assistant 4, mi ll $!. I.4tw j
Three special crticers or claim agents.
each ll.J0 3.ni
Two stsuograpBtr Lisa)
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In the other departments, the city prose
cutor, called the city attorney, receives a
salary of 11. per year, and one assistant
receives I'JUO per year, so that the total
expenditures for the legal department of
the city is 120,720.
City attorney I S.a""
Second assistant (proposed) l.fW
Except Kansas City, I am not advised
as to whether or not the city attorney's
offices In the cities named have anything
to do with police court prosecutions, but
I think that they do not; but Include tbe
city prosecutor In the amount for Omaha
and you have $1,200 more, or 19,400. Our
city abstracter is not a part of the legal
department and In the cities above named
such work Is paid for outside of the
amounts above given for these cities. So
you will see that the cost of the c'ty legal
department of even Ues .Moines, ia.. im
less than une-half of our population. Is
nearly as great as ours and In all the
other cities named far greater than ours.
I do not wish to extend this letter Into a
lecture on our municipal expenses and af
fairs generally, but the example I have
given of the comparative cost of our legal
department might be extended to the rela
tive cost of other deportments of our city
with like department In other cities of
nearly equal population with a like result.
Tie- fact Is that there Is not a city of
lS.nu" population In the I.'nlted States whicli
Is inaklns any considerable growth and
public improvement which Is run on an
annual department fund as small as our
Twenty-seven of een liie leading cities
of Iowa, with a comparatively slow growth
and still slower public Improvement niov
iiunt. have a higher UX levy than our
city has even eti the same busls of prop
(if course p iblii: comment and Investiga
tion into the city's expense and affairs are
alwajs proper and no honest public offi
cial will deny the linht of taxpayers, whose
money is being expended, to know where
und how it is spent; but It Is so eay to
Inilulxe in Keneial and indiscriminate criti
cism. i"i where oii will and vou will
tind the piesent i uy cout.cil or tbe present
eii:1 ai:n:nii : aTi' ,1 .it. iiv..is II. e very
worst and they remain the werst until the
next ate el'iteii, then they become worst.
Our city Is today nearer a cash basis for
Its current expenses than It bas been for
years and Is running within the limit of a
reasonable annunl expenditure, our fine
growth and requisite public improvement
considered I have worked hard, very bard,
and so have my faithful assistants, to keep
pace with the great amount of work coming
to this department from ths large amount
of paving and other public Improvements
this summer. In addition to the enormous
work In the scavenger tax litigation and
the dally grind of general lawsuits, and
with what success we, of course, must
allow sn Interested and Inquiring publlo
to Judge and appreciate, but I submit that
when a great public Journal enters upon
the realm of a public criticism of public
offices or officers It should be careful to
state the facts.
The school district, as you know. Is a
separate corporation, l.avlug power under
Its organic act to employ Its own attorney,
and so Is It with the Water board, so far
as power to employ Its own attorney Is
concerned, and If fault Is to be found It
lies In the law rather than In any ex
travagance In my own department. It
may not be utniss, however, to asy that
with respect to employment of counsel by
the Water board that In the struggle for
the acquirement of the water works In
other cities, especially In Kansas City,
thousands upon thousands of dollars were
paid special counsel In ensuing litigation.
In your editorial you speax of the pro
priety of leaving to the city legal depart
ment the necessary questions that might
arise after the water works had been
secured to the city, and I. think myself
that" is quite possible and entirely prudent.
I agree with you. In the main as to the
desirability of a closer combination of city
and county affairs and a consequent cur
tailment of expenses. Some progress has
been made In that direction by the con
solidation of the tax commissioner's ofllce
and the city treasurer's sffice with the
county assessor's and the county tress
urr's office, but complete unification can
never be secured, as In Denver, until we
have secured the annexation of South
Omaha and adjacent villages, and then by
appropriate legislation or constitutional
amendment. If that lie required, proceed to
establish combined rlty and county guern
rnijit. But even limn' the pr. secutinn of
criminals under the state law would de
mand a mi para t a leyal deptrtment. as it
does elsewhere where too combination las
been effe tud. JOHN I'. BREBN.
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