Omaha daily bee. (Omaha [Neb.]) 187?-1922, March 11, 1906, NEWS SECTION, Page 8, Image 8

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    A '
Stenographic Report of Address Delivered Last Thursday at the
Meeting of the Fifth Ward Republican Club Reviewing
Questions Now Before the Voters of Omaha.
For What Greater Assurance
Can You Ask?
Mr. Chairman, Fellow Republicans and
Fellow Cltlxens: I have come tonight to
bid you good by for a while and als to
nay a few words concerning a very im
liortant event that la now lieforc us. I
refer to the trlennlul election of u new
mtinlripal government. The city of Omaha,
urn has heen said lu re tonight, as the yean
Ico by. : will become more anil more cos
mopolitan. Thousand of our citlxcns were born in
different sections of the world. They have
come to. (his country to better their condi
tion become Americanized. All these
people aspire to become American cltliens
and are anxious to secure not only a bet
terment of their own condition, but also to
help their fellow citizen In making good
government. All these people necessarily
must submit to our system of government
as It may be administered, but as Ameri
can sovereigns they have a right to choose
for themselves who shall administer the
It has become the custom In Omaha prior
to every local election to indulge In a
great deal of grandstand play, and a large
quantity of dust Is thrown to confuse and
mlslend the voters. Men who have mado
records that do not square up with their
professions come before the people as cham
pions of particular reforms, and they Join
In the popular clamor, In the hope to have
themselves carried into office on the wave
of public sentiment.
Now, t have been in favor of every meas
ure I believed to be for the upbuilding of
Omaha from the day I set foot In this city,
and so far as haa been within my power I
have endeavored to assist In Improving out
municipal government and making it as
economical and honest aa It can be made
by turning the searchlight of publicity
upon all reckless expenditures of public
funds and' all lawless and corrupt or Im
proper transactions In public office, but I
take no stock In sham reform. I take no
lock In those who go upon the platform
professing to have been suddenly converted
to some popular movement or Issue, when
their records In the past do not square up
with their professions.
Matter of Municipal Ownership.
For more than thirty years I have been
an advocate of municipal ownership, and
have not changed my views a particle, but.
on the contrary, am today more than ever
convinced that sooner or later the city of
Omaha must own and operate its own pub
lic utilities if we want to hiie a govern
ment by the people for the people. It Is
utterly Impossible under existing conditions
to expect honest, faithful and efficient
municipal government so long as our muni
cipal public utilities are owned and operated
by private corporations for private gain.
Three years ago we elected a municipal
government on the platform of municipal
ownership, but looking backward we find
that the men who talked municipal owner
ship before election did not mean a bit
of It. They simply talked It. When It
came to action they tried to mislead and
bunco the people. You remember that only
a little more than a year ago a proposition
was submitted to the voters of Omaha
for the acquisition of a municipal electric
light plant.. The ordinance was Introduced
by Mr. Zlmman, the president of the coun
cil, but when election day came Mr. Zlm-
Kew ftrlenttflc Appllaace, Aawrs a
Perfect Fit Adjustable to Aay (Use
Person Kasy, Comfortable,
Never Mips. Xo Obaciloii
Springe or Pads Coats
More Than Many
Common Trasses
Made for Mea,
Women and
Sent on Trail
I have Invented a rupture appliance that
I can safely say. by 30 years' experience in
the rupture business. Is the only one that
will absolutely hold the rupture and never
slip and yet Is light, cool, comfortable, con
forms to every movement of the body with
out chafing or burUng and costs less than
many ordinary trusties. There are no
. . ar T
Brlttoa, Cared of Hnptare br
C. E. Brook a.
springs or bard, lumpy pads and vet it
holds the rupture safely and firmly without
pain or Inconvenience. I have put the price
uiw . " muy person, ncn or puuc, call
buy. and I absolutely guarantee It.
I asaka It to your order send It to
-) wear It. aad If It doesn't
satisfy yon, send It bnek to me aad I
will reload onr money without u. ora
tion. That is the fairest proposition ever made
by a rupture peciullst. The banks or the
postmaster here in Marshall will tell you
that is the way 1 do business always ab
solutely on the square.
Here Is what Mr. Jas. Brltton, a prom
inent manufacturer of Bethlehem, Pa.,
V. E. Brooks. , Dear Sir: I have
been ruptured (or wx years and have al
ways had trouble with It till 1 got your
appliance. It Is very easy -to wear, tits
neat and snug, and Is not In the wav at
any time, day or night. In fact many
limes I did not know 1 had It cn. It just
adapted Itself to the ahaiie of the body
and clung to the spot, no matter what
position 1 was In. It would be a veritable
Hod-send to the unfortunate, who suffer
from rupture. If ail could procure the
H rooks' Hupttire Appliance and wear It.
They eertunly would never regret it.
My rupture Is all healed up and nothing
ever did It but your appliance. Jas.
If you have tiled most everything ele,
come to me. Where oitieis full is where
I have my greatest sucevrsa. Write me to
day and I will send you my book on Rup
ture and Its I'uie. showing my spplianie
and giving you pries and names of people
who hav in. d and been t-ured. It is in
stant relief alien all others Isii. Krinem
ber I use no salve, no harness, no lies.
Just a straiKht business d.-al at a reason
.1.1 prlre. E. Hiovka, liH Brouk Bldg .
Marshall. MRU.
man was in t lie front rank with other
memliers of the council ' to defeat the
adoption and ratification of the proposition
I'p to this day I have not yet found any
one of these gentlemen able to explain to
me why they submitted the proposition to
the people and then Joined the electric
light company and did nil they could to
defeat It.
One of the republlcun candidates for
mayor Is a professed If not a professional
municipal Ownership man. I have heard
him, and I presume many of you also have
heard him, ilenounce public utility cor
porations and assert that we shall never
have honest and efficient municipal govern
ment until the city owns all these utilities,
but when that Issue was presented squarely
to him fifteen months ago he also turned
back on his own professions and joined
the cappers and strikers of the electric
light company to defeat the proposition
under the pretext that an Issue of bonds
for the municipal lighting plant, which
would have cost at the furthest $25,000,
would prevent or retard the acquisition
of the waterworks. That was the flimsiest
excuso I have ever heard. The. waterworks
proposition will Involve an outlay of not
less than M.Ono.000 and possibly It mav run
up to $6,0110.000 or $7,0u0,noo and the expendi
ture of 50,000 for a lighting plant pould
not possibly have Interfered with the pur
chase of the waterworks In the least.
Dollar tins BlnflT. -
The same gentlemen who defeated a mu
nicipal lighting plant fifteen months ago
now want to give us dollar gas. They
voted a five-year contract with the electric
light company to prevent the acquisition
of an electric light plant any sooner, while
at the same time the general manager of
Mr. Henson's campaign, Mr. Howell, who
Is also a sham reformer, assured us that
the city would have the water works
within twelve months. If the municipal
light proposition waa voted down. The
true Inwardness of that fight fifteen months
ago was that the electric light company
spent over $20,000 to corrupt the voters of
Omaha and furnished the campaign fund
to elect Howell as member of the Water
board. How much it will contribute to
Mr. Benson's .campaign now 1 cannot even
guess, but Mr. Howell and his adjutant,
Tom Biackburn. know how to reach the
general manager. I take It that this hum
bug and bunco game about the water works
will be re-enacted for you before this cam
paign Is over.
It Is now three years since the Howell
water purchase bill passed the legislature.
When It was enacted the pretense was
that the mayor and city council were not
willing to act promptly In having the water
works appraised and purchased. The How
ell bill waa to be a step for the Immediate
acquisition of the works. The bill waa in
troduced the first day of the session and
railroaded through ' without friction Into
the governor's hands, and waa by him
signed almost before the Ink was dry. It
had sixty-seven typewritten pages and, as
I understand, reached our good governor
Saturday night. The following Monday
morning at ft o'clock-1 .wired that I would
be. down to Lincoln and endeavor to ex
plain the unconstitutional and objection
able features of this bill, which violated'
the principle of home rule in Its most vital
form by taking away from the cltliens of
Omaha the right to say whether or not
they wanted the works purchased and who
should conduct the purchase and operation
of the plant. The governor had already
signed the bill. Now, we all know Gover
nor Mickey Is a very good man. He never
doea official business on Sunday and would
not thl..k of reading such a long bill as
that on Sunday. (Laughter.) Bo when he
Signed It on Monday morning he must have
signed It without, reading It. When I
reached the capital a few house later I
asked him whether he had submitted the;
bill to the attorney general. "Well,' he
aald, "I did not think about that, but I
will do It next time." (Laughter.) Bo the
bill became a law. -
Corporations Always Win.
- You who have lived In Omaha these last
twenty or thirty years, and you who have
lived here less, have never yet heard of
proposition affecting the moneyed Interests
of one of the public utility corporations in
any proposition that would reduce their
Income, ) mean any proposition that would
reduce their Income or be injurious to their
Interests, you never yet have known of
their keeping still and letting such a bill
or ordinance pass through. They always
have their representatives . at the council
chamber, they have them on the floors and
In the corridors, and even down town at
the Merchanta hotel bar room. ' They have
them everywhere any councilman or mem
ber of the legislature la likely to go. In
this Instance : the water works bill , was
sent to Lincoln and Mr. Hunt, the manager,
waa sent to California. The. water works
bill was logrolled through as easily and
quietly as the crime of 1873, like the tread
of a cat In the night-time not a ripple. It
went through without the alrghest opposi
tion on the part of the water company, and
yet Howell pretended all the time that It
was. done to force the water company to
turn over Its profitable plant to the city.
As soon as that bill had been put through
the legislature the city council, by In
spiration, suddenly became convinced that
It had to obey the law to the letter. Most
of the laws they do not care to obey at all
(laughter), but, this particular law they had
to obey Instanter. t'nder the law they had
thirty days to consider, but, no, they had
to do it Instanter. They met and resolved
that it was necessary for the city to ac
quire the works on the three-appraiser plan.
They at once notified the water board to
name one appraiser, the water company
the second or, so that the two might
choose the third, and It was done almost in
a Jiffy. By this act the city was hand
cuffed, in fact, bound hand and foot and
delivered over to the water company.
Khan Hetoriaer'a Promise.
The great champion of sham reform,
who Is now managing the Benson campaign
for municipal ownership told the people
that his bill would result In the ownership
of the works in a few months. Thirty-six
months have now passed since the law
passed and we are no nearer to the owner
ship than we were three years ago. and the
bunco game has continued. We have had
a junior water bill, as well aa a senior
water bill, to make sure that It would
stick. Oh, yes; they have accomplished
two or three creditable things. In their own
estimation. They have ordered a alight re
duction in the water rates and have bung
UD the claim of the water company for
hydrant rent.
I am not a prophet or the sou of a prophet,
but I venture the prediction that the water
company in the long run will be able to
collect their rental from lhou who ha.
received a rebate. Of course, those wn
are out of town and those who are ine
aponalble will save their money, but every
man aud woman who u able It pay will
have to make up the rebate or make some
kind of settlement. If anybody wants to
make you lielleve that the city will profit
by the hanging up of the water bills they
would try to make you believe that ilie !
moon Is made of green cheese. 1
The water rent paid by the city "or
hydrants amounts to about IHO.Oflo a year.
The tax for this renlal has been levied
and collected from most taxpayers and
Is presumed to lie in the city treasury, but
in 'reality It Is In banks, deposited at 2
per cent. When Judgment is rendered by
the courts against the cHy, we will have
to pay 7 per cent for the time while the
water rent has been in the banks at 2 I
per cent. That fs all. We have had about I
four or five decisions of the federal cou-t
already that the contract made with tho
water company in 1881 is valid and bind
ing, and that we are obliged to pay the
rent, but we repeat and repeat these
costly law suits just In order to enable
the special attorneys of the Water board
to earn thousands of dollars In fees.
City Bound by Contract.
I am one of those old-fashioned ieople
who believe that a city is In honor bound
to observe and live up to all Its contract
obligations just the same as any private
Individual Just the same s any private
corporation. When the city of Omaha
made the contract with the water compauy
In 1881 it bound Itself to pay the hydrant
rental for the period for which that con
tract runs, and until that contract expires
two years from next September until we
acquire the works by, the city is
bound by the conditions of that contract
as much as the water company.
Had we done what we had a right to do
without the Intervention of Howell and his
compulsory purchase bill we would have
appointed appraisers for these works and
could have taken possession of them under
our charter, three years, two years or even
one year ago. All that was necessary was
for the mayor and council to appoint seven
appraisers to appraise the works and if
that appraisement was not deemed satis
factory for the city, it could have- been re
jected and a new set of appraisers ap
pointed, and whenever It waa satisfactory
the city would have had the right to vote
the bonds and to tender the purchase price
to the water company, and If the tender
waa rejected by the water company the city
had the right to take the works and operate
them and the company would have been
compelled to seek redress In the courM. but
under the present arrangement we are tied
hand and foot. The appraiser can take
their own time, arid they aret taking time
beautifully, and when they get through -we
are bound by their appraisement unless we
can show fraud or corruption. The result
will be that we may be compelled to pay
from $1,000,000 to $3,000,000 or even $4,000,000
more than the works are worth. (A voice:'
"That's It.") And if we refuse to vote the
bonds they will simply ask the court to
render Judgment against the city and
Omaha will be in the same Ax that Elisa
beth, N. J., and Memphis were at one time.
I There will be a Judgment hanging over
umana so large that It practically would
I iw line a oanarupi aentOB its credir would
be nothing and eventually It would have to
come to terms with the company. That Is
precisely the condition In which Benson's
campaign manager, Howell, has put us.
Tale of Gaa Franchise.
Now, let us go back to the gas business
because there Is an awful amount of gas
to be let loose In town and we mav as
i well deal with that question fairly and
without equivocation. Fourteen years ago
I the gaa franchise of the old Omaha Oaa
! company and United Qaa company, each
j swallowed the other like Aaron's snakes
, swallowed those other snakes. (Laugh-
ter). Their franchise was about to
run out and the city council deliberately
and recklessly voted a new franchise to
the company for fifty years, at $1.65 per
1,000 feet without any royalty or rebate.
Just think of It fifty years! In order to
thwart this high-handed scheme I engaged
John 1 Kennedy and William S. Pcpple-
j ton to Institute proceedings and enjoin this
j action before It was consummated. A
desperate effort waa made by the gaa
company to carry Its fifty-year contract
through, but we firmly planted ourselves
In the position that the franchise should
be reduced fro: i fifty to twenty-five years;
second, that the company should reduce its
rate of gaa from $1 85 to $1.35; third, that it
should pay a royalty of 6 cents for every
1.000 cubic feet of gaa sold to private con
sumers with a graduated reduction In the
price of gaa, according to the amount
consumed. That ordinance after a long
fight was finally passed.
It Is amazing, however, that some gentle-
l men, who are now clamoring for dollar gas
and the abrogation of the contract, were
In that council and voted for a fifty year
franchise at $1.66 per 1,000 and no royalty.
(A Voice: "Billy Saunders of the Fifth
ward"). Billy Saunders, the assistant gen
eral .manager and the guide, philosopher
and friend for Mr. Benson. Billy Is an
Ideal .manager. He Is opposed to all graft
and grafters. I can't think of the name
of a man In Omaha, and I remember pretty
nearly everybody that has served in the
city council, that was a worse grafter.
(Applause and laughter.) If the people of
Omaha would Just look back and see what
happened when he was playing watchdog
! of the city treasury they would realise
what we may expect In the way of reform
with Billy aa chief ateerer.
Westbera; as a Watch Doc
That brings us squarely In front of an
other candidate on the Bensonlan ticket,
who also is planted on the anti-graft plat
form and for a strictly honest and econom
ical government. That gentleman was act
ing comptroller of the city of Omaha at the
time when the biggest defalcation that we
ever had In the city treasury occurred, and
he Insisted before the Investigating com
mittee that the defalcation would not ex
ceed $S.0u0. When Uie Investigation was con
cluded It was discovered that It amounted
to $115,000. The name of the gentleman was
John Westberg. (A voice: "Don't tell
about It. He Is a safe man.") Now, I al
ways admit that man is liable to error,
but JUO.OuO of an error in the comptroller's
office is a pretty big error to make. In the
Anal settlement made some years later that
error cost the city $85,000 clean.' All we got
back of the $116,000 was $35.u0u.
Now, going back to this dollar gaa, let me
say that I want 50-cent gaa and I would
like to have SO-cent gas If we can only get
It. Kamaa City is going to have S-cent
gas. but do you know the reason why? It
Is because they have a pipe line running
into the Kaunas gaa Held and are supplied
with natural gas. If you really want dollar
gas you cannot get It under the contract
we have made with the gas company, but
! you may get it by granting a franchise to
I will pay $1,000.00 to any one
that can prove
Is not all that
that the Hoosac
I claim for it.
Tunnel and Mining Company
I am offering an opportunity whereby you may assure yourself of an Income, for life. An investment in thi stock should pay enormous
dividends all the days of your natural life and your children and your children's children should continue to enjoy the same benefit.
Take advantage of your real opportunity and be a partner in this enterprise on terms that cannot prove a cause of inconvenience. Buy
this stock today for 70 cenU a share cash, or 76 cents a share on installments, and pay for It 10 per cent down and 10 per cent a month for nine
months. But act today, for the issue is limited and the price will continue to Increase. It has Increased In price more than 50 per cent since
January 1st, and 1 believe that it will be selling for from 12.00 to $4.00 within year.
I prefer to deal directly with the people, and therefore offer to you the cream of the profits usually given to a syndicate of underwriters.
You will never become wealthy on a salary alone, and your idle money will never make you rich. Invest your money where It pays you dividends,
and be Independent of the time clocks. Sek where you may, you will seldom find another proposition of equal merit nor a better Investment for
your money. Mining. Manufacturing, and Transportation three of the greatest dividend paying enterprises of the world are combined under .
one management, and this management is absolutely honest AS PKOOF OF THIS, THE BOOKS OF THIS COMPANY WILL BK EXAMINED
every one know where every dollar Is expended. Can you ask for further proof? Here It is The Hoosac Tunnel & Mining Co. refers, by special
permission, to Mr. Geo. Armstrong, Cashier Capital City National Bank, Denver, Colo.; First National Bank of Idaho Springs, Colo.; C. 8. Blrkins,
President Merchants' and Miners' National Bank, Idaho Springs, Colo.; John T. Mallallou, Secretary Chamber of Commerce, Idaho Springs, Colo.;
Geo. W. Dutton, Mining Editor Siftlng-News, Idaho Springs, Colo., and many others, who will vouch tor the genuine worth and integrity of
character of the officers of this company. I have employed the most reliable experts to assist me in determining the safety and profit values of this
enterprise, before I recommenced It to the public. I niuke a business of finding safe and profitable investments for money savers, and I can't
afford to indorse anything which Isn't sound. I could not remain In business If I did. I can't deal In "prospects," nor can I permit my clients to
do so through me. I won't speculate with my own money, nor will I with yours. I am not selling "Blue Sky" nor "Oold Bricks."
-What I am offering la a splendid opportunity for Investment In an honorably managed and exceedingly meritorious enterprise, where tho
price of your stock should double within a few months. Two months ago you could have bought this stock for 35 cent a share; today It sells for
70 cents a share, and within a few more months It should be selling for par or better Why Not Make This Profit Yourself?
' Go to the nearest news stand and get the February 22nd Issue of Leslie's Weekly, tho White House Wedding Number, and read that
masterly article, "Tunneling Under Gold-Ribbed Mountains," written by Henry Shedd Beardsley, associate editor and regular staff correspondent
of that paper, w ho has personally visited the great Clear Creek County .mines, and who tells you the truth about the Hoosac Tunnel &, Mining Co.
If you can't get it, write to me today and I will send you a copy free of charge, and I will also give you further details. Including government
map of the property and the Idaho Springs District, Mining Engineers' reports and abundant references, both in behalf of the company and every
one of its officers. Every possible aid will be given that you may learn for yourself why this Is your opportunity of a lifetime.
But I cannot guarantee you against another rise In the price of this stock within a short tlitfe, so ACT TODAY.
PIERCE UNDERWOOD, Specialist in Profitable Investments.
This company is wholly responsible, and Is engaged In a legitimate and definite enterprise, and must not be confused with the many
wildcat mining speculations in which investors are offered stock.
The officers of this company are men of exceptional ability, strength of character and genuine worth. They are not Wall street specu
lators engaged in a Jobbing scheme. They arc pledged to carry this great enterprise to the greatest possible success, and In the quickest mauuer,
with all regard to safety, economy and business prudence.
This company owns t2 acres of placer ground and
five patented mining claims. Including 4.WH) feet of
the great Hoosac Vein, from which the company
taken its name.
This immense vein, ha produced millions on each
side of this property, and the ore bodies within Ita
boiindrii are of such imignlrude as to Justify an esti
mate of $H,oro.(uiO protlt to thin company, after
deducting all cost of mining and milling ore. 76( feet
of development work has been completed upon this
property, and fmm an entirely distant cross-vein ore
has been shipped Which returned profits of llo.tio per
ton net .nd the niBin ore body Is even richer than
thin and will be reached within the next two hundred
feet by the tunnel.
A large concentrating mill, with a daily capacity
sufficient to reduce one hundred tons of ore to concen
trates, will be erected at once at the mouth of the
Hoosac Tunnel.
Tills mill will not lone reduce the ores from the
Hoosac mines, hut will alio do custom work for the
other mines of the district. The earnings from this
source alo ne should lie from ,iion.n to $S0.0rt).nu a
year in clenr profits. The milling and refining of
ores is one of the great industries of which Kastern
people know but little but consult Kradstreet and
other authorities, and learn of the almost countless
millions acquired by the Guggenheim, the American
Smeltering & Refining Co., and others who engage
eolely In the reduction of ores anl refining of metals.
This tunnel is equipped with a powerful plant xif
machinery, and work is proceeding night and day. It
has already been driven 750 feet and is being ex
tended to run through eighty active mines which
have up to date produced more than Jino.imO.rtflO.on by
means of expensive shaft workings. Several nf these .
mines will be cut this year.
Anv ten of them can send enough nre through
this tunnel to earn for the company from this source
alone more thsn ll.OOO.OHt'.OO In annual profits, after
all operating expenses have lieen deducted. This tun
nel will be a producer of profits for more than your
natural lifetime, and every year will see It extended
further under the mountains, through mine after
mine, constantly yielding Increased dividends.
7.fl0 cash or 17.50 payable $1.50 down and $1.50 a month for four months will buy
10 shares of stock, par value $10.00. estimated value within one year $26.00, within two
years VpO.OI).
$14.00 cash or $U.0u payable 10 per cent down and 1(1 per cent a month for nine
months will buy SO shares of stock, par value $2,000; estimated value within one year
f.V).on, within two' years $100.00.
$28.00 cash or $30.00 payable 10 per cent down and 10 per cent a month for nine
months will buy 40 shares of stock, par value $40.00, estimated value within one year
$100.00, within two years $300.0.
..- 15G.00 cash or HO.fO payable 10 per cent down and 10 per cent per month for nine
months will buy SO shares of stock, par value $S0.0O, estimated value within one year
1-00.00, within two years $400.00.
$112.00 cash or $120.00 payable 10 per oent down and 10 per cent per month for nine
months will buy 160 shares of stock, par value $1H0.i0, estimated value within one
. year $400.00,' within two years $800.00.
$221.00 cash or $240.60 payable 10 per cent down and 10 per cent a month for nine
montha will uy 320 shares of stock, par value $320.00, estimated value within one
year $SO0.00, within two yeara $1,00.00
$448.00 cash or $480.00 payable 10 per cent down and 10 per cent a month for nine
months will buy 648 shares of stock, par value $640.00, estimated value within one
year $1,600.00, within two years $3,200.00.' '
.' $Sfi6.00 cash or $960.00 payable 10 per cent down and 10 per cent a month for nine
months will buy 1,280 shares of stock, par value $1,280.00, estimated value within
one year $3,200.00, within two years $6,100. 00. " , ,
" $.72.04 cash or $1,920 payable 10 per cent down and 10 per cent a month for nine
months will buy 2.560 shares of stock, par value $-.S)0.00, estimated value within
one year $6,400.00;' within tw o years, $12,00.0O.
You have had plenty of time to verify all my
statements and make inquiries of the banks
and distinguished individuals whom I refer rou
to in order that you might learn for yourself that
all that I have told you about the Hoosac Tunnel
& Mining Co. is true every word of it.
Grasp Your Opportunity
Fill Out. Cut Off and Mail the Coupon Today
Specialist in Profitable Investments,
Financial Agent, UO Dearborn St., Chicago.
O. B. U
PIERCE UNDERWOOD. Hartford Bldg., Chicago.
Dear Sir: . I hereby subscribe for . Shares of the capital stock
of the Hoosac Tunnel A Mining Co., Idaho Springs, Colorado, and agree to
pay you per share (70c per share if your remittance pays your
subscription In' full, or 75c if you pay on Installments of 10 per cent now
and 10 per cent per month.)
I Inclose herewith my remittance for r
Please acknowledge receipt. Yours truly.
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Note: No subscription for less than ten shares will be accepted. If you
have $7.00. or can save $1.50 a month for rive months you can own ten
shares In the Company. More If you can pay for them. Don't delny. Sub
scribe for all you can pay for, either at once or on monthly Installments.
YOU WON'T RKGRET IT. This stock Is fully paid and non-asHesmible.
another gas company. If the contract we
made thirteen yeara ago Is not; valid, it Is
high time we should find it out. If the con
tract of the gaa company is good, they have
a right to charge what they are charging
and we have no right to. complain unless
they give us bad measure and bad gas.
Borne months ago the promoters of a new
gas company, which had no bottom any
where, came to Omaha and offered to give
us dollar gas, if we would vote them a
forty-three-year franchise, with- certain con
cessions. Including, of course, the right to
dig ditches through our paved . streets, to
lay mains and pipes, and ruin our pave
ments generally. The city- council very
wisely. In my Judgment, declined to enter
tain the proposition. A forty-three-year
eas contract at a dollar would' have been
an imposition on the people. I doubt very
much ten years hence whether Omaha will
be paying 76 cents for gas. Under our con
tract the price of gas will decrease as the
consumption Increases. If we, are going to
have a city of 200,000 or 2&O,00UO ten years
hence, we will consume vastly more gas
and secure a corresponding reduction, but
that is not all. The probabilities are that
Oamaha, like Kansas City, will have a pipe
line to the gaa fields and to the oil fields ol
Kansas and Wyoming.
Opposes New Franchises.
On new broad gauge lines I am opposed
from now on to voting any new' franchises
to any public utility corporation. I have
become convinced that self-preservation
will compel u to acquire all the public
utilities and for that reason no franchises
should be granted to any -public service
corporation hereafter. (Applause.) If we
are going to buy out the gas company, or
the water company, or the telephone com
pany, or the street railway company, we
must pay for their plants and the value
of their franchises In most casea. If we
haye to buy out two comiianles Instead of
one we will have to pay twice as much or,
in any event, hundreds of thousands of dol
lars or even millions more that we would
pay out if we have onlyMo buy one.
Let me be clearly understood. I want
the public service corporations to give us
the best service for the least money, and If
we have any constitutional rights or any
charter to regulate them we should do so,
but we may as well face the music now
as later. Under the peculiar condition of
things, every public utility corporation Is
bound to own or control the city council
whether you like it or not. They are sub
ject either to raids that are made upon
them by popular clamor or by holdups by
public officials and they are bound, there
fore, to ward off these raids by getting
Into politics. They always have been In
every campaign and ao long as they exist
they will continue to be because they are
subject to regulation.
There Is only one way to put an end to
this corrupting and demoralising Influence
and that la for the city to own Its public
utility plunts In every case. That has
been the experience of other cklt-s, and
It is going to be our experience, and the
larger we grow the worse the evil will
grow. Periodically there will be a revolt
and for a short time there may be relief,
but only (or a abort time. The great fight
Sweet Cnporal
Duke's Cameo
i 20c BRAND
SchmnHhl Bros. Royal
KKj-ptlan Dletles No. 3
Mail Orders Promptly Filled
Postage or Express Prepaid
Turkish Trophies
Richmond Straight Cut
Esryptlan Arabs
Cairo Nabob
Duke of York
Egyptian Deities No. 1
Rla Sax Rice or Straw '
Zigzag Rice or Straw
In Philadelphia that tore up that city last
year from center to circumference was
due to Interference of public utility cor
porations with the machinery of municipal
guvernment, but I doubt very much
whether the revolution that freed Phila
delphia from corrupt rule will outlast the
present municipal government.
Contest of Years.
It stands to reason that we cannot ac
quire all the public utilities In a year or
two yeara, ten years or even twenty years.
It will take many years before we can op
erate the street rall- ys, for example, but
the time will come. ..-', Mr. Benson say
that Omaha should own Its municipal gov
ernment. That is a very nice saying. The
city mut own Its own government, but Mr.
Benson has not yet projected his remedy.
He has nut said Just how he la going to do
It. ' He is not in favor of municipal owner
ship except as It serves his purpose In the
campaign. He is not willing- to grapple
with the public utility corporations any
more than he Is willing to make a real fight
against the lowest class of vice, except as
it serves the purpose of a campaign aigu
ment. .
Two years ago when the Real Estate x
change waa carrying on Its campaign for
the taxation of public utility corporations
and railroads Mr. Benson discreetly occu
pied a position In the rear guard. Like
Art emus Ward, he was willing to sacrifice
all tils wife's relation In the war. but he
was not willing to expose himself to the
risks of retaliation by corporation. The
came modesty has characterized his war
against Ihe vleiou and criminal t laas s.
He is willing to let the Civic federation
take the brunt of the tight on itself. Mr.
Benson knows just as well as I do that
you cannot get rid of the low divea until
you prosecute the owners, and when you do
you wilt have to prosecute some high-toned
gentlemen as well as prosecute some low
toned ones. (Applause.) ' You have got to
prosecute the owners of the buildings who
get big rents and the rental agents who get
big commissions, as well as the occupants.
When you strike at that tap root you will
stop the abuse. You do not need to have
a very vigilant police for that purpose. If
you could Just go to the gentleman that
owns one of those places, or to his rental
agent, and whisper Into his ear, you do not
need to show him a policeman's club, or
show htm a sheriff's warrant; but say to
him, "We will 'give you thirty days to va
cate that place or a complaint will be filed
In court against you," I think he would va
cate. Wouldn't he? But that Is Just win-re
we lack the moral courage. 1 believe we
have a man here tonight that has the moral
courage to do It and will do It (Cries of
Heunings), If you elect hJm to the position
of mayor.
Moral t oaraae Waates).
What we want at the head of this nunl
cipal government is a man who lias the
moral courage to say what he thinks and
can do what he believes to be right and
Just. There is where we ha had our
troubles. We have always had thut long
felt want We want u man who will
hold to the line, who will go forward and
execute the laws aa well us they r.m he
under existing conditions, and as far
public sentiment will sustain him.
it Is s-ild he must execute all laws re
gardlcts of eonaeueiHen. That is utterly
impossible. 8-iniu laws are a dcid letter
and others cn lie enforced only with dis
cretion and cautluu. Take the no -treat
law, for example: nobody has yet attempted
to enforce It. There haa never yet been m
single complaint In any court against ahjj
man for paying for' someone else'a drlnk
(Laughter.) Under the laws of Ne
braska any person who is without via'
Ible means of . support or employment
Is a vagrant and Is subject to arrest and
Imprisonment In Jail up to a period of
six months. How would you enforce this
law In hard tlmesT We have seen time
In Omaha, when the streets were crowded
with hundreds of decent, poor people wha
were on the street corners loafing because;
they could not find work, and they had nut
visible means of support and tmd : no
money in hank or In pocket. If you had
attempted to enforce the law against va
grancy on th'-m you would have had tQ
build about ion jails in Omaha, possibly '"'
You have laws nn the statute books thaj!
prohibit all unnecessary lubor on Sunday
Is that law to be strictly enforced, ,an
where Is the discretion to be exereieu
The law says that all persons who do anv
labor thut la not ne.-ensfiry are guilty of
Habb.tth breaking and liable ti) punishment.
Now, what coimiliutea necessary labor
Are 6 11 rids y morning papers necessary?
Are Monday morning paper, which are.
I fabricated on Hunday, neceKsaryT Is It
necessary to sen these papers in the
street If nt. ev ry printer. . puhlltther
and newsboy Is liable to punishment If
may lie neeeary for the drug sluru l
111! preset litims on tiunday. but it w mil
necessary 'or a drug ire tv sell swirl'
water, ha.i' brushes, i iu! xl m powder
and nostrums. urn i the i oj of tli
drug store la once uiiened boa- 41,. ni
going to draw the I ne to prevent utji
artli-lee than thu from the pi sect liuuu