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(Seal; M. B. HUNOATE.
Notary Public.
abanrlbera leaving the city tem
porarily shnald ksve The Be
mailed to tbeui. It la better than
dally letter from home. Ad-
resa will be changed aa oftea as
The war with Turkey is over for this
If the lawyers want two divisions of
the federal court iii Nebraska they will
probably get It that Ik, if the lawyers
re alone to be consulted.
Hhopllftsrs who hare carried on aa
active campaign In Omaha during the
Christmas rush will now take a vaca
tion to avoid a well-earned arrvst.
Probably the navy department Is
anxious to graduate the members of the
senior class at Annapolis before under
class men place them out of condition.
Councilman lloye's expressed opinion
that "some" members of the city coun
til should uot be reflected might be
Improved by striking out the qualifying
General Heyes has apparently learned
something from his protracted visits to
the United States, as the last demon
stration against his administration was
not permitted to reach the dignity of a
Four judges of this district have
greed upon their respective assign
ments for the coming year. The next
thing In order will be for them to agree
to call a grand jury Just to clean tip the
The council should by all means re
vise its gas works ordinance and allow
the gas company to erect additional gas
tanks without delay. Ho much gas is
being evolved in the gas Injunction suit
that there is danger of an explosion.
Before demanding that the czar obey
the will of the Russian people It might
1k well for these people to discover
what they really want. At the present
time it looks like they desire a fight,
ami the czar Is doing his best to ac
commodate them.
Tills year's Chicago International
Live Stock exposition closed with an
attendance of ,'r7.74:t, breaking all
former records. What Chicago has ac
com llshed this year on a large scale
cap l.e accomplished by Omaha on a
hi, in Her scale next year.
If Congressman I'ollard carries out
the work he has outlined it is probable
thut he will keep busy and not get luto
mischief, but there are always nieu at
the capital who make a business of "ed
ucating" new members, and he should
devote some time to watching them.
The unexpected docs not often hap
pen. No ratioual person expected that
the Civh' Federation could accomplish
anything by protesting the issuing of
licenses to lfiO liquor dealers, promiscu
ously selected from every section of the
town, nad the Civic Federation 'cen
tered its batteries on a dozen of the
worst resorts that are operating In con
junction with the social evil, it would
have effected a breach and accomplished
something for tetter government.
Tom Benton, the smooth and slippery
Pullman Palace compauy lobbyist, is
said to have lost SO.tsK) worth of cloth
ing-and brlc-a brae In the l Angeles
hotel fire.. This would le a serious loss
to an ordinary mau who works for
wage, but our Tom will have no trouble
in recouping himself when the next
legislature convenes. I'ossibly be may
now be Induced to return sooner to fill
the vacancy about to le created by the j of the south, agriculture s yet the foun
' impending retirement of Colonel Agerldatlon of the business of that section.
to rural delivery life In Wisconsin
mrsmr.sT ad sr.XATr.
According to Washington correspond
ents there Is a threatened conflict le
tw cell the president and the senate over
the Panama cnnal situation and the
course of the administration regarding
Snnto Ixiininifo. It Is stated that there
Hre a number of canal features in which
the senate desire enlightenment, and
thut it mint have its curiosity satisfied
In several instances before favorable
fiction is taken on the nomination of the
cnnal commissioners. Undoubtedly these
nominations will eventually be con
tinued, but the senate will not be In a
hurry, and in the meantime It Is proba
ble that the administration of canal
tiffairs will be pretty thoroughly dis
cussed. Of course no one will object to
this, if the discussion is conducted In
the proper spirit, and not simply as a
manifestation of fault finding, or of hos
tility to the president. It is quite proba
ble that the canal commission has not
been altogether Judicious In the matter
of expenditures. It is perhaps desirable
that congress shall put some restriction
upon its authority in this particular,
but care must be taken not to make the
restriction so unyielding that it might
result in obstructing the work. So Mr
as the president and secretary of war
are concerned, there can le no reasona
ble doubt that they have used their best
judgment In respect to canal administra
tion and will be able to convincingly
demonstrate this to the country.
As to the Snnto Domingo matter.
there Is unquestionably a strong feeling
In the senate that the pending troity.
which provides for continuing the policy
regarding the black republic adopted by
the administration, should not be rati-
fled. There is a fear that the precedent
which it would establish might cause
this government no little trouble in the
f inure. It Is said that a great muiy
members of the majority have declared
tint they will not vote for the treaty
in its present shape, and. Indeed, e.v
pre the lielief that it ought to be killed
ct right If pressed for ratlflcitlon
v.-iihoiif the elimination of the clause
which given authority to the United
States to take practically any step that
may be deemed necespary to preserve
the territorial and financial integrity
or Snnto Domingo. It is urged against
this course thnt it would be equivalent
to declaring a protectorate over the
Island. The probability Is that the ad
ministration will not Insist upon ihe
retention of this clause, but even In
that event It appears doubtful If the
treaty will be ratified. Apparently
most senators have not been ufuch Im
pressed with the statement of the presi
dent In his annual message that If the
existing arrangement with Santo Do
mingo Is terminated by the failure of
tlw treaty chaos will follow, and that
In that event our government may,
sooner or later, be involved in serious
difiictiltles with foreign governments
over tin? Island, or else may be forced
It ttlf to Intervene In the Island In some
unpleasant fashion.
There Is nothing In the situation, so
far as disclosed, to indicate any disjio
I sltion on the part of the president to
enter into a contest with the senate
There Is reason to think that he dees
not desire It and will make any reason
able concessions lu order to avoid a con
A very decided triumph for the prin
clple of the open door was achieved by
Japan in the treaty with China, one
article of which provides for the open
ing by China to the world's commerce
of sixteen principal ports and cities in
Manchuria, including Harbin, which is
an important railroad center. This Is
regarded at Washington as the final
success of the lorn? struggle by the
United States for the open door.
While our government Is unquestion
ably entitled to n measure of credit In
the matter, the larger credit manifestly
belongs to Japan. That country has
again demonstrated its sincerity in the
assurances It had given the world that
It would observe the open door princi
ple. Such an assurance was given In
the Portsmouth treaty, but even then
there were some who doubted whether
Japan was honest and sincere In the
matter and professed to fear that at
the first opportunity she would find
some way to evade the agreement aud
seek special advantages for herself In
the rich Chinese territory she had
wrested from Bussia. She has now
shown her good faith In a way so de
cisive as to merit the heartiest com
mendation and to give her the te8t mds-
sible claim to the world's confidence.
The opening of sixteen Chinese ports
and cities to the world's ommerce Is
a most important circumstance, and one
in which the United States Is as greatly
Interested as any other western nation.
The southern states have made rapid
progress, both in Industrial develop
ment and agricultural growth, during
the last few years. The Manufacturers'
Kccord, referring to the material ad
vance which the south has made, says
that within the last year or two south
ern farm properties have Increased not
less than $1,0io,OsV) in value, proba
bly at least $l.r00.(S0,(Kst. This has
several Important meanings for that sec
tion, one of which Is that hereafter the
land will be more thoroughly cultivated,
production lucrcased and the agricul
tural producers of the south Tendered
still more prosperous. At the same time
there Is going forward a steady develop
ment of manufacturing Industries,
which in those states where fuel and
raw materials alwund Is proceeding rap
Idly. But. as the BeoOrd remarks. It
is nevertheless true that by virtue of
the extent of the agricultural interests
Doubtless this will always lie tae esse,
though manufacturing will In the future
contribute much more extensively than
at present to the wealth and prosperity
of the south.
The only thing that is likely to retard
progress there Is a lack of labor. The
supply now Is Inadequate, and, accord
ing to the statements of those who
should know. It is not Increasing as rap
Idly as the demand. The movements
which have been started with a view
to Inducing immigrants to go to the
south have not so fur been very suc
cessful, and there Is reason to think
will not be. The jeople who come
here from abroad, even those from
southern Europe, seem to be averse to
entering Into competition with the col
ored labor of the south, and this Is a
difficulty which probably can never be
overcome. Meanwhile the colored labor
generally appears to be Incoming more
unreliable, a condition for which it Is
Impossible to find a remedy. This. then,
is the chief drawback to the south, and
no doubt It will be more seriously felt
In the future than at present. If the
south can secure the Immigration it
seeks .It undoubtedly will continue to
make rapid Industrial and agricultural
Graft In Gage county haa now pretty strong confirmation In the following dedar
nearly broken the record. The county atlon by Senator George Krlsbee Hoar,
board, after a long and painful ftarch, I which is to form the Inscription on his
admits that bridges In this county have
l,n nuid for that have no existence. It
Is possible that some of those wiio have
been apologising for the bridge gnus will
now also admit the truth.
Cither counties have bridge gangs and
hypnotised supervisors, where extra prices
aro paid for lumber, where poor, littlo
twenty-foot spans aro stretched on the
bills- until they creak In agony. Other
counties pay for bridges that !:ave no
approaches and for others that -ire ap
proached only by some favorite land
owner. Oenerally tney nave .-ome Kina
of a thing built of lumber anci lion with
piling that reaches at least down to the
But Gage county pays for brldKes that
do not exist, and for lumber that never
wus bought and never was shipped, is
it not strange that a people should endure
this situation, and that sane citizens of
Beatrice should glorify the deed and point
to the perpetrators as models of business
and political sagacity?
The other day a Richardson county
farmer, referlng to graft in Nebraska,
said: "The forefathers threw tea into
Boston harbor for less cause than we
have here." The Roosevelt class if tax
payers In Gage county have no chance
to get at tea ships, but figuratively speak
ing they must now be about ready to
fill the bays and harbors of the classic
Blue with bridge grafters and unfaithful
officials. Beatrice Express.
Uage county Is not the only county in
Nebraska whose supervisors have been
hypnotized or subsidized by the brldgo
trust If memory serves us right Doug
las county has had some costly experi
ence In the same direction. Here also
bridges have been constructed frn
nowhere to nowhere and from some
where to an Indefinite termination. But
there Is an end to all things, even to
bridge graft. The proper, way to sup
press bridge graft and all other graft
Is by n grand Jury. In Ohio, for exam
ple, eighteen indictments have 1mcii
found within the past ten days in o:io
county agnlnst bridge grafters, and the
chances are that some of them will have
to cross the bridge that connects with
the Ohio penitentiary.
Many wild rumors and Idle reporis
have been circulated concerning the re
cent changes lu the Nebraska contin
gent of the department of Justice That
It Is not ulwnya safe to bauk on any
version alleged to emanate from the
Judicial heud of this district. It la cur
rently reported, for example, that Judee
Munger predicts the retention of Assist
ant District Attorney Hush, whoever
may be appointed as successor to Judge
Baxter. Now why should Mr. Hush be
retained? Is not the assistant district
attorney presumed to be competent to
do the work that he Is drawing his sal
ary for? If he is not competent, why
should he not be supplanted by a
nan who Is? It Is not a profound secret
that Mr. Rush had his training In Sum
mers school, ami Summers was as
crooked as a dog's hind leg. And the
well defined rumor that Mr. Bush was
retained at the instance of the partb-s
who wanted to protect the laud
lers and grafters subject to Judicial
j discipline Is verified by the manner in
which the recent prosecutions have leen
conducted and others have been de
layed. To retain him longer would
simply block the" very object for which
the president has swuug the big stick.
Wli'le tho old trusts are being .iro ie
cutctl for being engaged in combinations
in restraint of trade, new trusts ure
being organized lu every section of lie
country. The very latest Is a mail
tlru'iists' trust that will begin to oper
ate hi Chicago today. A chain of tlfioeu
drug stores, conducted on the lines of
'tin uiitted cigar stores." has been pur
chased, and if the experiment Is mio
ecsst'i'l the numls'i will la increased to
Kxi. T!t" meat in the cocoanut Is the
fact that although the paid-up caplrnl
stuck of Chicago's new drug store trust,
the Idcul Drug company. Is hut $'., "M,
It is sail to be bncked by Itt.OtW.OOO.or"
capital, which means that It will be
caplt.'.lid for 3.tsk).(MlO and made to
earn ':. blends on that amount on an
In vest 'lent of S2.".0iN).
' Federal grand Juries In Illinois are
i getting very fastidious In these days.
The federal United States grand Jury
returned an Indictment against a Chi
cago liquor dealer, charged with violat
ing the laws of his country by manu
facturing Tom snd Jerry for the Christ
mas trade without a license. Such
thing could never have happened lu
Maauaaluilty lu Natal iwllrae.
Washington Poat.
Just to show that there la no hard feehngs
against the law. the first-class men at An-
, napolis have glva terms! permission
the fourth-class men to testify in the guv.
ernment Investigation. i
West Polat aid nWpIU.
Cleveland Plain Poller.
The two greatest public schools In the
country are those at West I'olnt snd An
napolis, and the public bus every right to
claim that they be conducted In a manner
that reflects credit both upon the Immedi
ate management and upon the notion at
er York to Paris by Rail.
New Tork Trlburn
Russia, notwithstanding retorts t the
contrary, has approved the plan of a Siberia-Alaska
railroad, and hence It is still
within the bounds of possibility that at
some time trains may run from New York
to rarls. The number of things regarded
aa Impossible Is steadily diminishing.
Abase of Pranklnsi Privilege.
Cincinnati Enquirer.
The postmaster general Is In favor of the
revocation of the franking privilege. It Is
said to have cost the government 119.8:2, (CO
last year. That Is certainly a paralyzing
statement. It almost drives a person to
doubting the arlthemetlc. It probably
means that bad all the matter franked
been paid for at the regular postage rates
thnt much more money would have come
In. Put of course the free privilege was
the incentive to loading the malls.
Menntor Hoar's Belief.
Kansas City Star.
"Remember that what you believe will
depend very much on what you are." Is a
' sentiment by Porter, which seems to find
monument, at Concord:
1 have no faith In fatalism. In des
tiny. In blind force. 1 believe In God.
the living (iori. I believe In the
American people, a brave and free
people, who do not how the neck or
bend the knee to any other, and who
desire no other to bow the neck or
bend the knee to them. I believe
that a republic is greater than on
empire. I believe dually whatever
clouds may darken the horizon that
the world Is growing better, that
today is better than yesterday, and
that tomorrow will be hetter than
I r;e the Importance
Attending; to It.
F. A. Vandcrlip In North American Review.
During the last generation, radical
changes have been going on In industrial
life in tho direction of speculation and
concentration, so that the rank and file of
the industrial army tend more and more
toward becoming an automatic wheel in
the great Industrial organization.
No such thing as Industrial Independence
Is now possible for a workingman. The
moment, therefore, that sickness overtakes
the workingman, or accident Injures him,
or old age impairs his powers, his condi
tion Is likely to become much more un
fortunate than would have been the caso
under similar circumstances In earlier
times. It Is, therefore. In an analysis of
economic conditions, rather than In senti
mental consideration or charitable ebulli
tion, that we must seek for a secure foun
dation upon which to rest Judgment In re
gard to the question of worklngmen's In
Comparatively little attention has been
given to the subject In the United States,
and Mr. Vandcrlip urges the Importance,
for economic reasons, of studying It with
a view to putting It Into general practice.
Mr. Vanderllp analyzes snd describes the
German system, which has been developed
to a very high degree.
Accident Insurants, aa developed In Ger
many, has been something more than
merely the providing of an Indemnity. It
has been. In fact, an Insurance against
accidents. This definite placing of the
responsibility for accidents has led to much
study by employers and employes of regu
lations providing for safeguards. Such
study has accomplished remarkable re
sults In the reduction of the number of
accidents, and has become a great econo
mic factor In removing the danger from
the Industrial calling. Under the Influence
of this study, the frequency of accidents
has been reduced one-half. Viewed from
an economic standpoint alone, the saving
which has resulted In the national economy
has been a vast sum. We are strikingly
careless of life In America. The statistics
of railway Injuries and fatalities are a
disgrace. In the rush of our Industrial ex
pansion we have neglected to provide many
of the obviously necessary safeguards.
From whatever arpect we may regard the
subject, wo will, on any broad view of It,
find that the adoption of aome of the
European regulations and safeguards will
be of great national advantage.
The second division of the German In
surance system, and the one that seems to
have most fully demonstrated its value, Is
the sick Insurance fund. Apart from tho
more obviously advantageous features of
this sick Insurance system, there are oth
ers which are of the highest economic
Importance and well worth emphasizing
The system Is having a profound effect
on the whole physical welfare of the Ger
man nation. The general level of vital
Ity. and hence of. working capacity. Is
being distinctly raised as a result of It.
Mr. Fitzslmmons, though depressed by de
feat, enters the home stretch with f:,?M
gate money.
Senator Clark of Montana, an excellent
Judgo of values, estimates each grandchild
as worth ll.OuTJ.OUO to him.
It appears from biographies of Anna Shaw
that she is an ordained preacher, a graduate
In medicine, makes money as u lecturer and
la deeply grieved because a woman has no
chance In this country.
Augustln Toole, a veteran horse trainer,
who fought in the Crimea in 1&4-56. waa
thrown into a burial trench while woundrd
after the battle of Tchernaya, bat made a
slight movement that was noticed and was
pulled out again, died in Kngland the other
day. He lived Just fifty years after his first
Thomas I.. Rellly, a reporter, has been
elected mayor of Merlden, Conn., by a ma
jority of i52 votes, defeating George M.
Curtis, the republican candidate. The win
ner represented the younger voters and
drew from both parties. He is one of the
best known newspaper men in the state, be
ing of note in connection with base ball
and polo.
Surgeon Major Ixuis 1-ivingnon Seaman one as ever stood in two shoes, and I stood
Is pushing vigorously his crusade to bring j up for him to the last in Tammany hall,
about a reform of the medical department But, now. as he's not on our ticket. I'll do
of the army. He studied sanitary condl- j everything I can to keep a vote away from
tlona in tha Boer war, in Peking during him."
the Boxer trouble, and recently in Man-j Foley kept his word, kept It with the ut
churla. He is making an effort to have most difficulty, for among his 5, mid vot
graded courses of study In sanitation and log constituents the democratic district at
hyglene added to the regular curricula at i torney was a sort of Idol, and Jerome's vole
West Point and Auaapolls. I In Foley'a district was kept down to 1 jOO.
Hereafter tile plumbers' union in I.oulsl- j " ' over. "Rig Tom" and the
ana (despite all the tradltlona of American j district sttorney are as warm friends as
humor) will be more humble. The supreme j v,,r
court has commanded t. Borne time ago
the legislature appointed an Inspector of
plumbcis, who was given two members of
the plumbers' unlun as assistants. Tbe
union promptly responded to the honor by
expelling tiie two assistants because they
wouldn't act according to its dictates, and
the court haa now ordered It to reinstate
u,n nri ),rftr attend to what Im more
obviously- Its uwu business,
Hippies a the t nrrent of Ufe In the
Wall street has not witnessed fur year
such a succession of funeral of financial
bosses as have rolled through that narrow
lane since the Insurance Investigation. "A
few short months ago," says a corre
spondent of the Cleveland Plain Iiealcr.
"President Alexander. Vice Presidents
James Hazen Hyde and George W. Per
kins and other officials of the Equitable
society were absolute monarchs of ill
they surveyed; not only of their own
money, hut of the millions of the Equitable.
Not a word of authority was heard to pre
vent their doing as they wished. Not n
whisper In the public ear of anything
wrong. Not a bar to all the syndicating,
double dealing yellow dog funds and other
financial Irregularities. The men In charge
were absolute masters, responsible to no
body but to each other and to themselves.
"President James W. Alexander Is out
of office, a physical wreck. In the hidden
recesses of nn unnamed sanitarium. James
Mason Hyde made haste to sell his stock,
got out of office with expedition, and Is
now disposing of his various chattels. W.
II. Mclntirc. an Equitable director. Is not
within reach of the investigating committee
and holds no office in the concern. Con
troller Thomas I). Jordan telephoned a
message from Englewood. N. J., to his son
In New Tork. hung up the receiver and
disappeared Into an obscurity so denso
that Mr. Hughes' most powerful search
light has been unable to uncover him.
George W. Perkins can no longer play with
the Equitable millions, because he Is
neither vice president nor chairman of the
finance committee, as he was when the
cyclone struck him. The Hon. Chauncey
M. Depew lias lnld down his double duties
as a director and special counsel, and, no
doubt, spends one-half his time In lament
ing that he did not lay them down long
ago. Changes almost as great and fully
as sudden have taken place In the Mutual
Life, from which the McCurdy family have
dearted and whose funds will no longer
be administered as personal assets.
"The lesson Is an Impressive one to the
nlsnianugers of seml-ptibllc trusts, but It
Is doubtful if all of them will profit by it."
After being dead apparently for three
days, placed in her coffin, and with her
friends and relatives ready to take a fare
well view of the body before It was burled,
Viola Anderson, 17 years old, of Elizabeth,
N. J., was found to be in a trance lajt
Thursday and was revived. The girl es
enped beinc burled alive by a very small
A neighbor who Is a close friend of the
family noticed that the body appeared to
be slightly warm, although the girl wa
supposed to have been dead three days.
Finally the family physician was sent for,
and after a thorough examination and se
vere tests he said the girl was only In a
trance. After working over her for several
hours the doctor managed to revive tho
young woman and she began to speak. She
expressed surprise at not finding herself
In heaven and was horrified when told of
her narrow escape from an awful fate.
A new llluminant, which the Inventor
calls "artificial daylight" until he can de
cide upon a better name, Is being shown
t the electrical show In Madison Square
garden. The public Is perfectly familiar
with the greenish-blue rays of the Peter
Cooper Hewitt light. "Artificial daylight"
Is manufactured on the same general prin
ciple, but Judging front the tests In the
garden, it Is a great improvement over the
Hewitt light. Suspended from the celling
of the lobby of the garden and standing
out a little way from the sidewalls Is an
endless tube of glass, filled with a luminous
smoke, which takes on different colors at
will. Ordinarily the light It gives out la
clear, warm and white, quite lacking In
glare or disagreeable intensity. Every nook
and crevice of tho garden's entrance Is
Illuminated, and there is not the slightest
discomfort to the eyes of those subjected
to the rays.
Briefly, the principle Involved In this light
Is that of filling a vacuum tube wth chemi
cal vapors which will conduct electricity
taking on In the process a marvelous lu
mlnoslty. The field of usefulness for the
new light Is, as a matter of course, prac
tically unlimited. It Is adaptable for stores,
shops, trains, street cars and even for
street lighting. It Is asserted that the
light can be produced at one-half the cost
of Incandescent light and that its strength
exceeds that of the ordinary' electric light
twenty-five fold.
It Is figured that the tax on stock trans
actions In New York city will amount to
about J5.200,'iO0 for the year l'Ju&-t. The re
ceipts for November were ti07,162. and they
have averaged fi),flnn for six months. This
Is slightly more than had been expected,
but a big boom haa been going on In Wall
street. A Stock exchange seat last week
sold for ryin, the highest price In the
history of the exchange. The last previous
high sale was 1x9,000.
Dr. George Bell Wallis. the oldest news
paper writer In the country, died on tho
18th Inst, at his home in New York. He
wus 94 years old, snd was almost entirely
unknown to the present generation of news
paper workers. Dr. Bell worked with the
elder Bennett in getting out the Now York
Herald In 1835, and he remained with the
paper while Bennett lived. It was Dr. Bell
who, as chief editorial writer of the Herald,
wrote the editorial on the morning after
the assassination of President lineoln.
In his time he was the foremost newspa
ler man of the country. He was personally
known to every president from Polk to
Cleveland and wrote until a few years ago,
when his sight failed him. His memory
was clear to the last and it was always a
treat to his friends to listen to his reuil
nisce'nees of the stirring days that preceded
the declaration of peace and the tragedy of
Ford'a theater.
Right across the street from Jerome's
office In the criminal court building is a sa
loon kept by a Tamman v hall district eider,
"Big Tom" Foley. For four years and
more "Big Tom" has been one of Mr.
Jerome's stanches! friends, and when Tam
many refused to nominate Jerome, and "Dig
Tom" went to him and expressed regret
that he had to work against him. the dis
trict attorney aald:
"Oh, 1 know that, Tom. Don't you worry.
You don't suppose I don't understand."
And Foley said. In talking about it after
ward: "He's a square fellow, as square a
I'rltata Prosit Out of Maara.
Minneapolis Journal.
The p Int M-eins to be well taken that the
"harnessing uf N'iuru." about which we
hear ao much. Is of no particular )eiieflt to
the people. The poaer coniiaiile are mo-
; nopollxin the advantages ami are selling
jro I their power to the public at a rate r
than that of coal-niaJe electricity
their power to the public at a nue no lower
McConk Trllaine: n Is early to be sure,
but It Is hinted that J. H. Ager at least
would not oppose, the nomination of John
Wall fur governor.
lttatrice Fun: The question of selecting
a United States senator will soon ba vp
j to the railroads. The legislature will bs
at their service In the matter or ratinca
tion. Kcatrice Hun: Senator Millard should be
able to provide snaps for a great many
Nebraska politicians. Their removal from
hero to the fever-stricken districts of ths
south would be a good thing for the state.
Kearney Democrat: With the abolition
of the pass privileges to sheriffs and the
radical reduction in tho prloa to bo paid
for feeding prisoners, which has already
taken Its start In Douglas county, the
future of many a promise will bo shorn
of its chief graft.
Weeping Water Herald: Hartley's bonds
men aro happy, tho illegal fencers of gov
ernment lands are happy, candidates for
United States marshal aro happy, but the
poor devil who rolls a cigarette, spits on
the sidewalk or Indulges In too much
Christmas had better get off the earth.
Central City Nonpareil: Attorney Gen
eral llrown la thinking of trying to se
cure a rehearing of tho Bartley bond
case In the supremo court. We don't
know for certain whether ho can accom
plish anything by It, but do know
that ho won't make any technical error
it he tries It. It's too bad that as much
could not have been said of his prede
cessor. North Piatt Tribune: An order has been
sent to the district attorney to make an
Investigation of railroad rebates in Ne
braska. Coupled with this Instruction
should have been one directing tho at
torney to ascertain why Wyoming coal can
bn hauled to Omaha and sold at a less
price than hero In North Platte, which is
located 291 miles nearer tho mines. Cer
tainly the people of North Tlatto have
cause for demanding "a square deal."
Grand Island Independent: An order has
been received from Washington Instructing
the federal attorney from this district to
make an Investigation as to rebates In this
state. If the order only Included dlscrlm
lnatlons we would like to call tho Investi
gating gentleman's attention to the ma the
matlcal proposition which results In rail
roads hauling coal 150 miles by Grand Isl
and at a less rate than they can afford to
stop the trains here and send them back
for more.
Norfolk News: The appointment of W
P. Warner to the t'nlted ftates marshal-
ship gives general satisfaction throughout
the state. Mr. Warner has served his party-
well and loyally, Is big. clean and able,
and there Is no doubt but that he has
well earned recognition at the
hnnds of republicans. Besides, ho was In
no way Interested In the dismissal of
Mathews, but If Mathews must bo offered
as a sacrifice, then Warner's appointment
Is very satisfactory.
Weeping Water Herald: The Plattsmouth
Journal Is boosting Senator George t
Sheldon for governor of Nebraska. Wo
agree with the Journal that he is a mighty
good man for the best office in the state,
and shall remind the Journal when the
proper time arrives to stay by him to the
last. If he la a good man now he will be
better when he needs tho support of the
press and votes of both parties. Let "Shel
don for governor" be the hailing cry.
friendship and voting fclgn of all Nebraska
Madison Star-Mall (dem.): Congressman
McCarthy turned a neat trick the first of
the week when he was instrumental in
getting Hon. W. P. Warner appointed
United States marshal. Warner was a
dangerous candidate for congress in this
district, and tho clever Irishman saw
chance to put him in tho clear, which
was done, but the all-absorbing question
now gnawing at the congressman's fertile
brain Is "What can I do with Judge Boyd
and Hon. W. M. Robertson, both of whom
are a power In this district?"
Norfolk Press: Tho railroads, by their
action In fighting their taxes, lead the
next legislature to turn them over to the
tender mercies of the local assessors for
valuation and assessment. In that event
Omaha and Lincoln would run their city
governments at the expense of the rail
roads, while there is little danger that any
county outside of iAncaster and Douglas
would be satisfied with any less railroad
taxes than they are drawing at present.
No matter how they fix It, It would be
cheaper for the railroads to take their
medicine and smile over It.
Nebraska City Tribune: Tho Washington
dispatches continue to repeat the statement
that the "entire Nebraska delegation In
congress continues to stand behind former
I'nited States Marshal Mathews In his ef
fort for reinstatement to the office from
which ho was removed by President Roose
velt." That Is Interesting if true. Does
It Indicate that the entire Nebraska dele
gation think It about the proper punish
ment fur convicted violators of the laws
of the United States to he "banished" for
six hours to the parlors of the Omaha
club? This question will call for an an
swer In the future at the hands of a good
many Nebraskans who do not see It in
exuetly that light.
Alliance Times: Supplements were sent
to this office, but not In time for last
issue, giving the railroads' side of th
controversy, arising In this state from the
failure of the railroad companies to pay
their taxes aa viewed by Hon. C. F. Man-
derson. We use them this Issue, not be
cause we stand for the statements therein.
but because we deidre to afford any in
terest desiring it a fair hearing before
the people. It will lie difficult to convince
the majority of the people of the state
however that the railroads should not pay
their taxes the same as other people, or
that they are assessed any higher pro
portionately. Other people pay what they
consider excessive taxes "under protest"
and then aeek a refund, but the railroads
prefer to take this matter, aa they have
some others. In their own hands und say
to the people, "What are you going to do
about It?"
Beatrice Express: It can be no harm
to repeat that the State university re-
gnpts are on dangerous ground, and that
the only way to disavow the treachery
of t lie professor of the state farm Is to
gef rid of the professor. The complaint
among the fanners Is growing as the facts
are better known that for three years one
of tl".3 head men of the state farm hai
been drawing I1 a month from the rail
roads fur the work against the farmers
of the state. The demand should be unl
versal for the discharge of the traitor.
if It Is not heeded the farmers will have
an adequate remedy when the next legis
lature convenes. It Is not disloyalty to
the university to say these things. But
that Institution, by reason of Its 1 mill
benefit and the tremendous increase in
the state valuation Is already being ostra
cised for Its large slice of the public funds,
and a mistake nt this time might call for
a dangerous trimming down ry the next
Ha ad Wacom Inspiration.
Baltimore American.
Dr. Osier's declaration man mast
walk with the toys If he wants to keep up
with his profession Is merely another wsy
of piittlng the tr.ith thai a fellow has tn
get on the hand wagon If h wants s keep
up with the pio.cmon.
Am Did
taaae railed
na Fasy
Philadelphia Ledger.
A man haa Just been arrested la Nw
Tork for swindling women in a familiar
way, He made each believe that a legacy
of imposing amount had been left to her.
To set In notion the legal process bv
which alio was to receive this fee wss
necessary. Tho man would tsso un ".
Then all hs would set 1n motion would bs
his agile person, and not In the direction
of a legacy, but of a new victim. When
ho was finally caught twonty-slx women
apeared against Mm.
While all fortune hoped for. but still
to be attained, Is in some sens a ogres t
Ive of a phantom, ons may pursue with
chance of overtaking a reality. But these
mystio fortunes that knock about the coun
try urging people to aocept them are
figments. They ore not oven the ghosts
of wealth. They lack the tangibility of the
figures crossing tho mind in dreams. It is
wonderful how they continue to deceive.
Thers aro few families in tho United
States for mors than a single generation
that have not received notice that some
where awaiting their order was a golden
pile., or bonds heavy with tho accumulated
dust and coupons of .centuries. This
might be In Franco, Germany, Belgium, or
stowed In the vaults of tho Bank of Bug
land. Occasionally a Tory ancestor had
lent money to King Georga, and tho chan
cellor of the oxchequer was la anxious
quest of heirs.
Some of these families have tho intelli
gence to know that if their forbears left
anything tho estate escheated to tho crown
or the government decades aco, and that
Investigation could not by any possibility
have mors than a historical Interest.
Others eagerly begin tho study of gene
alogy, hunt up or create an Imposing crest
and anticipate tho receipt of wealth that
never comes.
Tho little legacies aro exactly tho same
ganio on a similar scale. If one bo so
fortunate as to be named In an unbreaka
ble will, or bo In direct lino from a de
cedent who left a goodly store hs
or she will hear of the matter through
accredited channels. Tho proper courso
toward the swindler coaxing for a fee Is
to Impound him until tho police can bo
Nell O! he's a gay Lothario. He tries
to flirt with all tho pretty girls In our
Belle I've seen him trying to flirt with
you, too- Philadelphia Catholla Standard.
Ktnmellne I pity tho man that marries
Eleanor I'd do the same for the man that
marries you, only I know there'll never
De any sucn man. t leveland lveader.
The pyramids of Kgypt," said the young
woman who has traveled, "are supposed to
have been built by some ancient govern
ment." "Myl My! exclaimed Senator Sorghum.
"What a chance for graft." Washington
'What has become of the 'new woman'
we heard so much about a few years ago?"
"Busv making clothes for her srand-
chlldrwn, 1 guess." Brooklyn Eagle.
Instructor--What is tho meaning of tha
word "confab"?
Shaggy Haired Pupil It comes from
'confluence" and "fable." It's the beauti
ful little story the bunko man hands you
when ha s ropln' you In. Chicago Tribune.
"Time Is money, young man."
"That so? Well. I've a bunch of time on
hand I d like you to break into small bills."
Philadelphia meager.
'I suppose your husband hasn't done
much walking since he bought his new
No. indeed. He broke his leg the nrst
time he went out In It." Cleveland Leader.
Miss Koy How much is your mistletoe?
Dealer Here's a partlc'lar fine big spray.
Miss, that you kin have
Miss Koy Oh. gracious: I couldn't wear
that big thing in my hair. Philadelphia
Houston Post.
Just a happy, childish treble, lifting, lilting
down the way;
Just a burst of happy laughter where tha
little children play:
Just a squeal, and then a man's voice in
a laughing, "ipseaayi
Just some little babies playing In tho
Just a father with bis children swinging In
an old rope swing.
Swinging high to feel the pleasure of their
little hands a-cllng;
How their voices lilt and giggle, how their
. happy accents ring;
Just some littlo babies playing in tho
Just an earth-floored cosy playground
'neath a gnarly live-oak tree;
Just some little folks pretending they have
got some friends to tea;
Just some brown-eyed, blue-eyed babies
dignified as they can be;
Just some little babies playing In the
Just a something good to live for; Just a
balm for every smart:
Just wee baby hands, all dimpled, shaping
up a fellow's heart;
Just a dad a-atoop for kisses when the time
hr.s come to part;
Just some little babies playing In the
Just one more strong Push together, one
more cry of "Upseday!"
Then the place is all deserted where tho
little children play; .aa
Thev are at the gate a-thrnwlng daddy
kisses down the way;
Just aome little babies playing in lb
The Mystery of
Mark Fagan
Look in McClure's for
January and sea what
a plain man Ilka Mark
Pagan can do. Faal hot
strange it is even as tha
people of Jersey City have.
And then feel the joy of
clearing your mind of a
mystery the pure joy of
seeing through a thing of
Fagan, Tor a plain man,
did his job marveloualy
well o well that men
wondered at him. Thera
lay the mystery. The solu
tion lay in finding Fagan's
reason. And the reason
though beautiful to look
upon 1, after all, a plain
man's reason the simplest
and best reason in the world
Perhaps when you have
felt the mystery, and got tha
i o utlon, you will think thai
piuin men with plain rea
sons can do a great deal for
their country. This it one
of the best things Lincoln
teff.ns ever wrote.
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