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NOVEMBER 2ti, 1003.
Never Greater Cause for Omaha and the West to Give Thanks
Some of Our Most Successful Business Men Tell Why Thanksgiving Means So Much to Us This Year,-When Our Prospects Are So Bright for the Future
OT Id all their years have the people of Nebraska bnd more
genuine occasion for returning thanks for prosperity Umn
now. One nfter another, bountiful crops bnve followed as
regularly as the seasons, until the material conditions of the
people have attained a high tide. All over-the state the
residents are en.oylng the comforts aud even the luxuries of life.
I'overty has leen practically banished from Nebraska, and a cultured
and Intelligent people Is reaping the certain reward of properly directed
and Industrious effort. Established business enterprises are expanding
tlielr activities, and new ones are being dally added to the roll. Omaha,
as the metropolis of this thrifty and thriving commonwealth, naturally
shares In the uplift, and during the year has progressed In a way that
Is most encouraging. Not alone for this are Its citizens thankful, but
lecuuse the future holds promise of growth eijnal to that already ex
perienced. Some expression of sentiment has been sought by The Bee
among the representative business men of tin- city, and the encourag
ingly optimistic tone of their utterances Is most satisfactory. What
they have to say follows:
Omaha's Wonderful Resources
We should 1k thankful that we live in a free aud prosperous
country where excessive financial' prosperity and harmony prevails,
due to our country being entirely free from any entangling alliance
with other nations. That our people have greater freedom than any
other nation on the globe, and America recognled by all as the leading
nation nf the world, coupled with prosperity for all. both the strong
and weak. Is something which should make us all rejoice on this,
cnir Thanksgiving day. The laboring man of America enjoys the
luxuries of the rich man of Europe. .
Omaha should Im especially thankful for the wonderful resources
which assure Its future. Immense territory lies back of Omaha, and
the Union Pacific railroad has many miles of truck over this territory
and consequently' is more vitally Interested in the upbuilding of
(irrmhii thnn nnv other line of railroad. This Is the homp of ttiA
I'nion Pacific, and we will give the Jobbers of this city advantages
rnjoyqd by those of very few cities of the country. Chicago Jobbers
Vlinve no tracks at tneir floor, mid Kansas city is one or the very few
which possess this money saver. The saving to a Joblsr by having
railroad switch tracks at his door represents a nice profit on his
goods and gives hlni a chance to meet any kind of competition.
A. L. MOIILEH, General Manager of the Union raclflc.
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Peace and Plenty Throughout Nebraska
Omaha Could not help but have bright prospects with all the rail-
1 nad building which is planned and the new territory which the roads
will open to the merchants of tills town. For several years we have had
most bountiful crops and this is sure to be of benefit to the metropolis.
The whole country is in the midst of unbounded prosperity, due in
a large measure to the large crops, and Omaha Is right In the midst
of one of tie best agricultural sections on the globe.
People of Nebraska have especial reason to be thankful this
neason, for tiever before did prosperity smile' so benignly on our siate.
Peace and plenty have been the lot of Nebraskans for so long that
the lean years of timo past have been entirely forgotten. Time and
experience have taught the farmer to plant the proper crops and to
leave alone those which do not pay so well, so that the wea tier would
have to be quite severe to deprive a majority of the residents of' the
Antelope state of a fair crop.
With the farmers prospering In tbe state, Omaha Is bound to
prosper, for this 1 the city which does and sio?it reap the benefits
f the bountiful crops of the state. 'I see no reason why Omaha should
not continue on Its upward march and become the leader In many
tln.c In tVn w,,ntv il TKT HOT niJElflW
General Manager of the Bnrlington.
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etc.; with a rapidly Increasing addition to our population of young
men and women, anxious for more elbow twin, causing au ever grow
ing demand for new houses who can bo pesnilstlc on Omaha's
prospects? HOBKKT COW'EI.U
Kllpatrlck & Co.
Bound to Become a Great City
We all have abundant reiisou to 1 thankful. Thankful that we
live In Omaha, which Is the center of the richest territory in the
United States. Thankful that with Nebraska's splendid crops of the
past few years our farmers are prospwous and that the grain and live
stock products of Nebraska this year will amount to more than the
entire gold ami silver products of North America. Our business has
lcen the best tie past year of any year that we have been in busiuess.
1 think the pi-osperlty of Omaha is permanent and that n great future
la In store for the city. It Is the natural market of the entire central
west. With continued good crops the city will prosper as never before.
We have a great state and a great city that are bound to become
still greater, and I believe more prosperous, and we should 'all feel
thankful that we live at such a time and under such favorable and
prosperous conditions. JOSEPH IIAYDEX.
Be Glad You Are Living in Nebraska
I think Omaha has much to lw thaukful for In its remarkable and
substantial evidences of business prosperity. I am not an "old set
tler." but I can remember within the short time that I have lived In
Omaha, the small lieginniegs of nearly every one of our big Jobbing
houses, and when I think of the little three-story brick on Houglas
street, once occupied by M. E. Smith & Co.; the old two-story
shack on the same street, now occupied as a livery barn, once occupied
by Carpenter Paper company; the little forty-four-foot building on
Harney street, occupied by Ioe. Glass, Andreesen Co.; the old Paxton
& Gallagher storer the little- forty-four-foot store of Allen Bros.; the
original McCord & Brady store; the Hector & Wilhelmy store at Tenth
and Harney; Klrkendall's store, upstairs In a Douglas street building;
when I think of these nnd others, and compare them with the present
big establishments. Into which they have grown, and the bigger build
ings which most of them will occupy next year, indeed, I do think
Omaha has much to be thankful for. ,
And Nebraska should be thankful, too. We have this year the
biggest acreage, the biggest yield per acre, the biggest price and the"
best quality of grain ever produced In this state. Think what this
means! It means that every hustling man In Nebraska ought to pros
per. It means activity in all lines of business. It means money in tin
bank for our great big farming community.
All these things, viewed In the sunlight of our glorious Nebraska
autumn, ought to make every man glad he Is living If he lives In Ne
braska, and doubly glad if he lives In Omaha. J. E. BAUM,
President W. II. Bennett Company.
THE BASIC CAUSE OF THANKFULNESS.
Just Realizing Our Advantages
The commercial Interests of Omaha are finally awakening to the
advantages of their location, and we cannot get away from the fact
that tlie prospects for Omaha are brighter than ever before. There
is no reason in the world why Omaha should not stand at the top
notch as a commercial distributing center for the great west It has
every advantage in the matter of railroad facilities and location and
the territory is only llmltod on the west by the Pacific ocean.
The present great activity here Indicates that the merchants are
realizing their advantages, and it has been a source of wonder to me
why this awakening has not taken place years ago. The railroads
have foreseen this awakening and have been and are now working
actively to Increase their trackage facilities throughout the wholesale
district, and every support should be given the railroads in their under
takings by commercial Interests as well as by the whole community.
J. A. KUHN.
Assistant General Freight and Tassenger Agent, Northwestern.
2S9.S5; the deposits Increased $8,349,427.19; cash on hand Increased
$3,024.41 4. &!, and total resources Increased $7,026,555.03. Where Is
another city of equal size which can show an equal gain? The country
in general Is beginning to have a greater respect for Omaha as a
financial center. It is uo longer regarded as a frontier town but the
financial capital of a vast commonwealth whose agricultural possi
bilities are unlimited.
What lsaid of the banks of Omaha may be said of those of the
whole 6tate. They have grown more In the last year than In any former
year, and their present condition foretells a remarkable development
for th. coining year. . LUTHER DRAKE,
President Merchants National.
pressing onward on a substantial basis; there Is plenty of work for
all and the last year has not been "marked by any local disturbances.
The general employment of the commuulty is the corner-stone, and
for our present general prosperity we should all be truly thankful. I
can only hope our present era of prosperity will result In bringing to
Omaha more factories. More factories in Omaha will mean more people
here. Omaha's greatest need today is factories.
We ought to be particularly thankful . this year over Omaha's
prospects and Nebraska's prosperity, for both are things to be looked
on with pride by every citizen of the Antelope state.
Nebraska Clothing Company.,
Commercial Club Standpoint
As all tlilnrs depend on the land, we are thankful in the first place
for good crops. Then we are thankful for good prices, for a larger
trade than we have ever had and for more money than we ever had.
Looking-at things from the standpoint of a member of the Omaha
Commercial club, I might say that Nebraska, and with it Omaha,
never enjoyed such a bright prospect. You don't hear a grumble from
any man who Is worthy the name. This whole year I have heard only
one real kick on existing conditions.
Until the time comes when the Nebraska farmer has poor crops
and low prices Omaha will continue its growth as a manufacturing
and Jobbing center. We have Jogged along In a conservative way for
several year, and our trade has increased until we. have begun to
feel the Imperative need of more room. The wholesalers are erecting
larger buildings and more are coming in. Numerous large warehouses
have been built this summer and we need still more.
A significant comparison can be made between the Omaha of
today and the Omaha of a few years ago. A live stock trade has been
established here, and as a result a city of 30.000 has sprung from the
cornfields on our borders. A grain exchange has been established
within the last two years. Nebraska farmers have a home market for
their cereal produce, and Omaha's wealth is materially Increased.
Here are several strong commercial organizations, and they are aU
working for the best interests of the city. W. 8.. WRIGHT,
President the Commercial Club.
Self-Help Assures Succes
Omaha has accomplished so much and made such a brilliant
showing In the past year alone that merely to live in Omaha is a
good cause for thanksgiving.
What Omaha will be In the future depends upon what Omaha
people will do for their own city. You can't make outsiders believe in
Omaha unless you believe in it yourself. Public spirited men agree
that not a day passes but Omaha business men have chances to do
things that will Improve Omaha directly or indirectly. The men of
enterprise In Omaha today are those who never miss a chance to do
a service that will benefit the whole city. Every time the Industries
of this city are helped, Omaha is benefited. Every time Omaha la
benefited, it helps every man who lives and works here.
During the past year Omaha has advanced at rapid strides. More
real success has been achieved than in many years previous. I happen
to know that every really big thing that has been secured for Omaha
In the past year was done by constant bard work en the part of busy
men who gave their time to help the city that is their home. The big
thing that is pushing Omaha forward Is the combined efforts ef public
spirited business men, aud it is upon such as these that the future of
Omaha rests. EMIL BRANDEIS.
J. L. Brandels &. Sons.
More Factories Are Needed
People of Omaha and Nebraska have more reasons this year fof
genuine thankfulness than they have had any previous year. Omaha's
prospects are much better than they ever have been; the city la
All Kinds of Reasons
When you ask me why we should be thankful, I am reminded of a
simple Thanksgiving poem which my little girl recites, entitled "The
Reason Why." Little Goldenhair wants to know
Why does it come in winter.
When the days are dark and cold,
Aud not when summer's sunshine
Is pouring floods of gold?
Aud then the mother tells of the terrible privations suffered by
the pilgrims' crops and vegetation almost totally destroyed by storm
and sleet; and how, after the early settlers had lost courage and
almost abandoned hope, a ship approaches
Over the dancing water,
Over the crested wave
They know she brings them plenty,
, To help sustain aud save.
Little wonder that they offered up thanks for such timely succor;
Just as was done thousands of years earlier in the world's history,
when the people passed through great privation and tribulation.
In my judgment Omaha's prospects are Indeed most bright With
fortunate location, numerous factories, close proximity to the stock
yards, enormously Increased trade from the vast territory tributary to
us crowding for extra accommodation; prosperity evidenced by the
issuing of $4,000,000 in building permits the past year; with Mr.
Muhler's promise of large outlay by the great railroad which he
manages the coming year still ringing in our ears; with capital
satisfied of our stability, ready to Invest In power plants, suburban
roads, new hotels, grain elevators, vast wholesale and retail buildings.
Special Thanksgiving Festival for American Jews
Why Our Bankers Rejoice v
Omaha bankers have reason to feel thaukful this Thanksgiving,
but not more so than the bankers of the whole state, aud not more
so than all the people of Nebraska, for our prosperity here is but an
Index of the prosperity of the country at large. While Omaha banks
and Omaha as a city are en oylng the sunshine of plenty, we can be
sure that the people of Nebraska, from Blair to Gerlng, and froin
Niobrara to Superior are no less favored.
Note the present bauking conditions here at Omaha. An examina
tion of the statements of the banks Issued at the close of business
November 9, in accordance with the call of the comptroller of the
currency, will show a state of affairs seldom seen. The combined
debits of the Omaha uatlonal banks, since the call of August 25.
decreased $t.470.So.57. Taking Into consideration th growing re
sources of the banks this is. In comparison with former years, a very
siusll decrease. At the same time the loans and discounts of these
hanks Increased $1,055,273.51, which Is an unprecedented increase for
the period between August and November. The surplus at Omaha was
diminished by the call of country banks for their deposits for use in
inotii.g the great grain crop of the country, and the amount ef loans
was augmented by the demand of men In all lines of trade for money
to care for their rapidly Increasing business.
Another glance at the bank statements shows a phenomenal gain
in volume of business over last year. From November 10, 1!14, to
November 9, 1905, the loan of the national banks Increased $0,022,-
IN ADDITION to the usual festivities, Thanksgiving day, 1005,
will be memorable for the celebration throughout the United
States of the two hundred and fiftieth anuiversary of the set
tlement of the Jews in this country. Commemorative exercises
are to be held in all the large cities in which Jewish communities exist
aud the program for celebration in Omaha covers religious service,
public meetings and entertainments extending over several days with
addresses by leading Jewish citizens. v
The celebration lu Omaha began with religious services Friday and
Saturday of this week and ceuter about a public meeting to bo held this
evening at the Lyric theater, where a musical and literary program
will be carried out concluding tomorrow with an amateur theatrical
entertainment and ball at Metropolitan hall.
The principal celebration will be held In Carnegie ball, New York
City on Thanksgiving day with addresses by Grover Cleveland,
Governor HIgglns, Mayor MeClellan, Bishop Greer, Judge Sulzberger
and Rev. Dr. H. Perelra Mendes, with Jacob H. Schiff presiding as
chairman of the committee in charge.
The history of the Jews In America has of late attracted the
attention of Investigators, and the story is told In an Interesting way
In a little book Just published by Rev. Madison C. Peters on "The
Jews In America," with separate chapters on Jewish activity iu various
fields of Industry, science and art
The authority of Dr. Kayserllng Is quoted as furnishing the
foundation for the assertion thst "not Jewels but Jews were the feal
financial basis of the first expedition ef Columbus." The fuuds needed
to fit eut Celumbus' cararals were supplied by Luis d Santangel and
Gabriel Bancbea, the former the chancellor of the royal household, and
comptroller general In Arragon, and the latter chief treasurer of
Arragon, both euormously rich merchants who enjoyed the favor of
Ferdinand und Isabella. The connection between the expulsion of
the Jews from Spain and the promotion of the American voyages of
discovery has beeu frequently emphasized, and there Is evidence, also,
that Jawlsh soldiers and sailors took part in the exploration expe
ditions. The first Jewish settlers in New Amsterdam, which has since
become New York, whose names have been handed down, were Jacob
Barsiuison aud Jacob Aboaf, who arrived November !, 10."4, lu the
ship "Pear Tree." They were followed lu the saute year by a party
of twenty-three, who arrived lu the bark "St. Catarlna" from Brazil,
where a large Jewish colony had beeu planted, abandoning Brazil
when the Dutch vacated that country and lu all possible haste seeking
the shelter of another Dutch colony. I'pou arrival their goods were
seized and sold at public auction for the payment of their passage and,
the amount realized being Insufficient, the master of the vessel applied
to the court for an order that two of the new arrivals be held as
hostages until tbe full amount was paid. Accordingly David Israel
and Moses Ambr lus were placed under civil arrest pending payment
according to the debtors' laws of that day. The following spring other
Jews arrived and the expulsion of the Jews from Brazil Increasing the
Jewish residenta in New York, gave ground for the belief that their
numlier would prow enormously.
The capture of the colony by the English in VVH brought on an
era of loss toleranoe and put a brake upon further immigration.
(Continued oa Tag Tire,) -
Confidence in Omaha's Future
Omaha has every reason to be thankful for a very prosperous
year. It Is the best In fact, for many years, both in a business and
general way. The mild weather of the fall season has somewhat re
tarded the season's business at this time, when .we would ordinarily
look for an early wluter trade In goods, nowever, we have nothing
to complain of.
The reasons for Omaha's prevailing prosperity are numerous. They
are principally the restoration of conndenco in the future destiny of
the city. That is shown by the enormous Investments in building
enterprises ond the belief that Omaha la bound to become the great
central market of the Missouri valley. The entire west shares in this
belief and particularly the people of Nebraska. In all the years of
my residence In Omaha and Nebraska I have never seen the promise
for the future so bright and at the same time that promise possesses
all the elements of permanence. We should be thankful for tht ?yalty
of Nebraskans to the state aud ber metropolis and to the enterprise o
Omaha capitalists in building up a newer aud more beautiful city.
R. S. WILCOX.
First President of Ak-Sar-Bert
Grain Market Prosperity
When I came to Omaha, tweuty-three years ago, it was with the
Idea that Omaha was destined to- become the greatest corn market in
the world. I am still of the same opinion. I have seen the busiuess
grow to enormous proportions from very small beginnings. It Is still
growing, and I believe that some day we will eclipse Chicago, which
is the only primary market In the world ahead of us this year In the
matter of corn receipts. Omaha Is in the center of the greatest corn
producing district lu the world, and it Is destined to become the great
est market. Railroads and money interests may try to pull the trado
away, but the fact remains that the city Is In the right geographical
position to get the corn.
The Omaha grain trade has experienced a marked development
since the establishment of the Omaha Grain exchange, two years ago.
Before that no record of grain passing through Omaha was kept so
the Increase cannot be noted, but the fact that the local dealers are
handling more grain than they ever did before tells the story. Tho
gain In trade for the second year of the exchange's existence over
the first year can be told exactly. Total grala receipts from February
1, W04, the date the exchange actually ttegan business, to December 31
of the same year were 1C.43;I,285 bushels. Total grain receipts for 1005
to September SO were 21,909.000 bushels. The fact that an exchange
exists In Omaha and that grain Is bought and sold and prices are
quoted on the floor every day, advertises Omaha In such a way that
dealers of the state who formerly shipped to other markets are led
to sell their grain In Omaha
Six elevators have been built during the year, or are now In course
of construction. They represent an outlay of more than $1,000,000 and
afford a storage capactty of about 3.000.000 bushels. I fully expect to
see the grain trade of the city, in the next few years, eclipse In value
the packing-house Industry at South Omaha. S. A. McWIIORTER,
Vice Presldeut Grain Exchange,
Real Estate Resumption
Omaha real estate ineu should be mora than thankful. I have
seen real estate values rise and fall and rise again. I came to this
city in 1885, Just before the boom, and of course the city did not
theu bare anything like the wealth it has now. There were no
packing bouses, uo large wholesale houses and practically no factories.
Yet we all had confidence in the future of the city, which prescut
conditions prove were not misplaced.
After 18H5 the packing houses came in, Industries began te locate
themselves here and the railroads began to develop their property.
As a consequence the town went mad on the subject of real estate
and values rose out of all proportion 'to the growth of the city.
At present Omaha Is free from speculation, and the real estate
business of this city is built on the soundest basis of auy I have seen,
aud I have had experience in many cities of the north and south.
Values are keeping pace with the development of the town and are
not golug ahead of It. The value of a piece of property Is measured
by the revenue it will produce. Just the same as a farm, and price
now, though Increasing each year, are such that the property can be
made to pay revenue.
The security on real estate loans, by reason of the geueral
development of the city, is better each ye." We have packing houses,
we have a large ltuiuls-r of railroads, we have a big grain business
where a few years ago we had nothing, we Have Immense wholesale
houses aud we have factories. All these industries make property
loans more secure.
Real estate has risen about 20 per cent in the last three years.
At the eame time it is on a basis where it can be sold readily, while
three years ago It did not find ready sale. The development of industry
has Increased the demand for it. w. H GREEN,
President Omaha Real Estate Exchange.
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