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THE OMAHA DAILY BEE: WEDNESDAY. MAttCH 21, 1W.
The Omaha Daily Dee.
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STATEMENT tP CIRCULATION.
State of Nebraska, Douglas County, ss.:
V. C. Roaewater, secretary of The Bee
Publishing Company, being duly "orn.
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complete copies of The Dally, Morning,
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Subscribed In my presence and sworn to
before me this 28th day of February, 1904.
Ifleal) M. B. HUNOATE,
WHEN OIT OK TOWft.
Sahserlbers leaving; the city tem
porarily ahoald have The Be
mailed to tsesi. Address will
chanced aa often aa reaeated.
Those iuow slides lu Colorado cau
Hon close inspection of dykes along tho
Phitte before the thawing time arrives.
The weather man has made a good
try at producing u second Ice crop, but
the prospects of pulling down next sum
mer's prices are very poor.
Strange, la It not. how so much re
forming energy iu tho city council stays
bottled up until the last few weeks of
expiring terms of the reformatory mem
Nebraska's governors have been In
variably long-lived', ut those who , are
1o come will have to lead the simple life
to match the eighty-six golden years of
Governor Thayer.' ''
Count Witte is said to have heart
trouble. The reception which his pro
gram has received at the hands of radi
cals of both" factions has been enough
to uffect the heart of any man.
The report thr.t the health of Chair
ninn Shouts Is broken leads to wonder
If America Is to follow the lead of
ttrnnce in making the isthmian canal
taw grave of brilliant engineers.
The first of the year, when the new
broom ' legan sweeping at the court
house, seems to be sufficiently far be
hind ns now for every office In the
county building to ask for more clerical
The alleged advice of Daniel Webster
to "see what the London Times wants
and do the other thing," Is forcibly re
called by the discussion In the British
Parliament regarding the American
ehlp subsidy bill. '
, i. ,
Neutral delegates at Algeclras evi
dently 'Intend to make Germany and
France agree or show their real lnten
tlons, though the rivals may prefer to
divide power with each other rather
than share it with the world at large.
Now that ft . mall sack, accidentally
thrown tinder a train has caused
wreck, traffic managers will not le Iv-
Ing up to their opportunities If they do
not niHke the incident an excuse for ad
vanclng the price of hauling the malls.
General Kouropatklu blames the Rus
sian system for the defeat of his army
In. the orient The "system" hns almost
as much a load as- It will bear at present
and some of .the blame should be placed
on the people trying to keep It in- opera
I;' Governor Ml. key wants further
proofs that one of his police com mis
loner is in politics, he can have it by
examining the records of the board,
which show personal politics to be para
niount to i nhlle business with W.
Engineer John V. Wallace may be
mistaken regarding the Panama canal,
but all will admit that he sjteaks from
experience when he refers to railroads
and his suggestions regarding the road
across the Isthmus are worthy of con
In the passage-nt words between Sen
ator Klklns and Governor Cummins the
former has the advantage of holding
the records, while the latter U relu
forcwl by the popular Impression that
for all practical purposes his story might
as well lie true as false.
The suggestion thnt courts issue ' no
ttniHmry restraining orders In rate
litigation until both sides to the con
troversy have been g1en a hearing Is
one some people think might be gener
ally applUHl with little dauger of injur
ia tho real interest uf llUk'tuU.i.
JOHX M1LTOX THAI F.R.
John Milton Thayer, Nebraska's dis-
tiiirtitsliet clt I non. soldier nnj stntpsinsn
during the storm and stress period of
Its transition from territory to state
hood, has passed away in the fullness of
rears laden with the honors of long pub
Born In JH2U, during the era of good
feeling under the presidency of James
Monroe, he tins llred to die during the
era of good feellug under the presi
dency of Theodore Roosevelt
In that period of eighty-six years he
has witnessed nil the stirring events and
vnrled chapters of history out of which
the United States has risen to Its pres
ent commanding position as a grent
world power. None of these chnnges
have been so marvelous as that which
has planted the great commonwealth of
Nebraska, with its million and a half of
prosperous people, on what In General
Thayer's boyhood had no place on the
map except under the nnnie of the
In the upbuilding of Nebraska Gen
eral Thayer performed a foremost part
He put down Indian Insurrections at
home; he led the Nebraska volunteers
In the war to save the union; he re
turned to peaceful pursuits and as our
first United States senator carried Into
the national capltol the star which Ne
braska contributed to the flag. As gov
ernor again for two terms he upheld
the dignity and honor of the state with
credit to himself and to his fellow cltl
rens, retiring then to enjoy his later
years In restful days well-earned.
That General Thayer made mistakes
in his long public life which called forth
criticism goes without saying. The Bee
was of the opinion that he made a grave
mistake when he accepted misguided
advice to refuse to yield his office to
Governor Boyd, who had been elected
as his successor, and this view was sup
ported by the subsequent decision of tho
supreme court. General Thayer, how
ever, unquestionably had been per
suaded that It was his duty to pursue
the course of action laid out for him
pnd ho never swerved from what ho
conscientiously believed to be his duty.
The people of Nebraska, one and all,
will pause to lay a tribute of respect
oud appreciation upon the bier of Gen
voRPonA tiox witxessbs testifyixq.
The decision of the federal supreme
court In the Tobacco case has hardly
been announced before the officers of
the subsidiary companies of the Stand
ard OH trust come forward at the double-
quick to testify In the Missouri court
proceedings with facts concerning those
companies as to which they would here
tofore have perversely refused to an
swer at all. The declelon swings wide
open the Jail doors for recalcitrant cor
poration witnesses, and for witnesses of-
the type of these Standard Oil officials
the prospect of stone walls and iron
bars has a special persuasion.
Iu a single day's hearing at St. Louis
the state was able, after the epoch-mak
ing decision of the supreme court had
been digested by the witnesses, to estab
Hsh the Identity with the Standard Oil
interest of the three oil companies doing
business In Missouri, a result which it
had been vainly endeavoring for many
months to reach. The papers, books and
records of the subsidiary Standard Oil
corporations were produced before the
court's special commissioner as called for
and the officers themselves were as re
sponsive as they had previously been
obstinately silent The pains and pen
alties of perjury in testifying are even
more drastic 'than those provided for
contempt of court in refusing to testify.
The shield of overreaching coriora
tlons against Judicial punishment for
their illegal acts has for decades been
secrecy. When this shield begins to be
broken In the hands of the Standard Oil,
the mother of the formidable brood of
giant combinations which have so lorig
defied the law, there Is good ground to
believe and hope that all will have to
KX0IKEER WALLACE'S STATEMEXT.
The statement of John F. Wallace,
late chief engineer of the Panama canal,
before the senate committee summing up
his conclusions with reference to the
canal work, throws into bold relief not
only the difficulties which are inherent
in Isthmian conditions, but also those
which arise from carrying on the work
under direct government agency. The
American people did not fully appreci
ate the seriousness of the task when they
undertook It although they vaguely ad
mitted that It might not be easy. Out
of the experience of the last two years,
however, the true nature of this pro
digious enterprise has been gradually
dawning upon the public mind. Such
compact Buiniuury by Mr. Wallace, cer
tainly an engineer of eminent ability and
speaking out of personal knowledge
gained on the ground, will go far to
complete the Impression of the bigness
and the difficulties of the job.
When he deliberately fixes twelve
years as the period required for the
work on a sea level, or nine years on a
lock basis, and $.KK),(ki0.0iM) as the ex
pendlture required. It la hardly neces
sary to dwell upon the various details,
some of them separately of vast mag
nitude, to realize what Is confronting
the government at Panama. Such a
work In its engineering, financial, san
Itiiry and administrative requirements
cannot fail severely to test both our ca
pacity and our putiem-e.
Iu dealing with all these phases, too,
not the leust of the practical difficulty
arise from diversity of opinion among
those who should know liest. It has so
far been utmost iiniHissible to secure
agreement as to how any one of the lm
portant suIkHvIsIojis. of the subject
should be dealt with. Mr. Wallace him
self. In his statement, illustrates this'
difflenhy. for he therein emphatically
challenge 4h wlmlot f a Ux-k canal,
' u'bMi is favored by the majority of tin?
board of consulting engineers.' con
demns the execution of canal work, un
der the government Instead of letting it
out as a whole nnder contract advises
separation of the railroad from the canal
management and in many other re
spects recommends different methods
from those which are being followed.
Such difficulties might be disastrous If
we had a national administration of less
determined and Independent character.
The people have confidence that Presi
dent Roosevelt will drive straight ahead
with all possible energy, deciding all
questions as they arise In the best light
available at all haaanls deciding and
verily doing the work.
THF. POWER OF lXJVXCTIOX
No more Interesting point has been
raised in the rate bill discussion In the
senate, either In Its purely legal aspects
or In Its practical consequences, than the
question whether the power of the In
ferior federal courts to suspend by In
junction a rate fixed by the Interstate
Commerce commission, pending final
judicial decision, can be constitution
ally limited or taken away by congress.
If the authority of congress extends
so fur, then the way would be open by
simply limiting the equity Jurisdiction of
the Inferior courts to make Immediately
effective the commission rate and to put
on the carrier corporations the burden
of securing its reversal on appeal to the
supreme court, a condition that would
impel them to all haste In pressing legal
proceedings to a finality. Hitherto the
boot has been on the other foot. Rail
road obstructive tactics In the courts
have amounted to such a denial of jus
tice that shippers In the overwhelming
majority of cases of wrongful charges
have refused to take them before the
commission. If, on the other hand, con
gress has no such power over inferior
court Jurisdiction, then the next avail
able means of speedy relief is to pro
vide, as the Polllver-Hepburn bill pro
poses, for direct appeal from the com
mission to the supreme court, with some
scheme for requiring the amount of
overcharge to be deported In the mean
time. As to the power of congress, however,
the ablest lawyers do not agree. It Is a
suggestive circumstance thnt the two
senators from Texas, both supposed to
be friendly to strict control' of the car
riers, and !oth among the strongest
legal minds In the senate, differ dia
metrically as to this power. From the
opening of the debate Senator Bailey
has urged the Jurisdictional remedy as
the true means of buttressing the com
mission rates, and his plausible speech
Monday exhausts the argument on that
side of the constitutional question. But
Senator Culberson, a still abler lawyer,
last week made a powerful exposition of
the opposite view, which shakes faith
In the authority of congress. The friends
of the main purpose of the bill will be
slow to Incorporate doubtful experi
ments In It. ... ..
Desirable as It is to fortify the com
mission rate, It Is extremely Important
that every step taken In that direction
be on firm ground. The attempt to fix
rates at all will In any event be Involved
with so many constitutional questions
that the measure will have to survive
an arduous battle In the court and may
require further legislation later to patch
up any holes knocked In It by court de
cisions. John Westberg and John Butler are a
pair to draw to. Three years ago West
berg, falling to be renominated for city
comptroller, turned In to help defeat
his successful competitor and supported
the democratic candidate out of pre
tended loyalty to the Swedes. John
Butler at the same time failed to land
the nomination for building inspector,
which was given to an eminently re
spectable Swede, whereupon Butler filed
as a petition candidate, likewise to pre
vent the election of his successful com
petitor. The first name on Butler's
letitlou filed with the city clerk, with
the deliberate Intention to keep the
Swedish candidate for building In
spector out of office. Is that of John X.
Wcstlerg. who was a leading party to
this conspiracy. The petition Is still on
file In the city clerk's office and we In
vite eclf icspectlng Swedes to call there
and I: spect Westberg's traitorous sig
The extreme of the free text book
business has surely been reached In our
public schools by the appropriation of
money from the school fund to buy
lKXks to enable the school teachers to
perfect themselves to pass examinations
by which they are to acquire right to
higher pay. It seems to us that the
teachers ought to have incentive enough
In the promised raise of salary to get
their coaching for the examination at
their own expense. If they have to go to
During his administration as city
treasurer A. II. Hennlngs has turned
back to the taxpayers more than $50,000
in interest earned on deposits of city
funds. During a large part of this time
the county, under a democratic county
treasurer, got nothing whatever in the
shape of interest on county funds. The
man who would scrupulously look after
the Interests of the taxpayers as cus
todian of their funds may be counted on
to look after their Interests scrupulously
Attorney General Moody's statement
that the government does not desire to
punish corporations for violating rebate
laws, but to punish the people who
manage the corporations shows evidence
that he wants to protect the public
against Incoming vicarious sufferers
through prices advanced to recoup
treasuries depleted by fines.
The Burkett Judicial district division
Ml! to create an additional federal court
for Nelsska has been reported favor-
V..;y In ih; w iiate. Nooue In Nebraska,
however, has len able to discover any
1'iiquetn'h.ttile demand for another set
of federal Judges, mnrshsls, clerks and
attorneys, although there are doubtless
plenty of If sacrificing patriots will
ing to serve their country In these re
Overdoing the Aet.
Some senators who are ostentatiously
snapping; their fingers at the corporations
should beware of overdoing It. or the cor
porations may think that they really mean
A ttratefnl Contrast.
New York Tribune.
Wl en Oerman miners offer to risk their
lives In the work of rescue at the great
French mining disaster, a grateful con
trast Is provided to the International bick
ering and menacing there have been over
the Moroccan dispute.
The plea of the operators that they ran
not Increase wages without increasing the
price of coal and that they are not willing
to Increase the price of coal sounds so
Interesting that It may be worth our while
to keep an eye on the price of coal.
A (notation Settled It.
Kansas City Star.
tVlien Mr. Cannon, turning toward
senate chamber yesterday, thundered:
what meat doth this our Caesar feed that
It hath grown so great?" It was all up
with statehood. There never was a legis
lative body In all the annals of time that
could stand out against that quotation.
Look Aeross the Border.
San Francisco Chronicle.
Across the border. In Canada, a commis
sion Is quietly exercising all powers ever
proposed to be conferred on our Interstate
Commerce commission, with no power of
the courts to Interfere, and not a single
railroad corporation has made any com
plaint. There is not, we think, a civilised
or uncivilised country on earth except the
United States where the authority Is not
exercised by the legislature or by legis
lative authority, without any Impairment
of the rights of carriers.
Contempt of Coaatry.
The richest man In the country probably
the richest man in the world haa for
months past been a fugitive and In biding.
The process-servers arc after him. He Is
sought for as a witness before the courts.
Ha keeps out of the way and baffles tho
orderly administration . of justice lest ha
should be obliged under oath to tell the
truth about shady business transactions.
This is not precisely "contempt of court;"
It Is contempt of the country by the man
who has the greatest financial stake In the
protection which the laws afford him.
AX KFFKCTIVE ILLUSTRATION.
Railroads Faralah Reaaona for Rate
Wall Street Journal.
The proposed cut in merchandise ' rates
by the western- lines from the seaboard
to the Missouri river is of extraordinary
Interest when taken In connection with
the agitation for government regulation of
rates. If the estimate Is correct that the
proposed cuts will, result In a direct and
Indirect loss of .traffic, amounting to 110.
000,000, may it not be said that the mere
agitation of rate regulation has made this
gift to the consumers of the country. It
is admitted that,! these rates are now II
per cent too higl and yet It Is probable
that nothing buln the fear of legislation
would have led the railroads to reduce them
This Is an effective Illustration of the
value of some regulatory power oyer rates
outside of the railroads themselves. The
mere existence of such a power would
serve in the vast, majority of Instances
to make rates right at the beginning. The
number of times when the power would
actually have to be exercised would be
lnflnttesslmal as compared with the num
ber of rates established.
THE POSTAL DEFICIT.
Its Real Caaae la Exorbitant Rates
San Franalsco Chronicle.
There is a heavy annual deficit In the
postal servloe which can no longer be ac
counted for by vast areas of unproductive
territory. The great west la filling up and
the great east aa well, and the ratio of
unprofitable territory Is getting small. Now
It must not be forgotten that even as
things are there would be no deficit If all
mall matter was paid for. The postage on
the free matter carried for the last fiscal
year would have been $19,822,000, which Is
more than the deficit of that year. There
la no reason why this expenditure should
not be charged to the department, covered
by appropriation, and prepaid like other
matter. Instead of saddling the entire bur
den on the postoffice.
Nevertheless, there being an apparent
deficit which the department does not like,
there is naturally, and very properly, a
desire to locate the cause with a view to
Its removal. Aa a matter of fact, the cause
is clear enough, but for some reason con
gresstnen persistently refuse to look In Its
direction. What they talk about as th
possible cause of trouble Is second-class
matter, which Is carried at 11 per hundred
pounds. 8econd-clasa matter Includes news
papers and magastnes when sent directly
from the office of publication, and the rate
of 1 cent a pound was made by congress
years ago In order that the people rr-ight
get Information cheaply. It Is '-lalnidd
that as the cost of mall transportation Is
more than 1 cent a pound. It is the second
class matter which causes the deficit. The
trouble with that reasoning Is In the
premises. It Is not necessary that the cost
of carrying second-class matter should ex
ceed 1 cent a pound, for we will venture
to say that'a private corporation could and
would get the mall carried for that rate, at
least for the railway service. It Is not,
however, necessary to aasume that. There
are four classes of mall matter, all of
which, except the second-class, carry a
very much higher rate, I cents a pound be
ing the lowest. There ought to be and with
creditable management would be, sufficient
pront on the matter carried at S and 1(
cents per pound to far mure than make
good any possible deficit on second-class
mall. If, in fact, we assume that the rate
per ton per mile paid for carrying the mall
on railways twenty-five years ago was a
fair rate which, by the way, we da not
concede it will only be necessary to make
the same reduction In mall rates which has
been made In the average of all rates for
rail transportation to lift the postoffice
department entirely out of the mire and en
able It to show a handsome profit.
That proposition is self-evident. We will
not insult the Intelligence of any senator
or congressman by Implying that he does
not perfectly understand the situation.
Neither, however, are we able to explain
why this question is never raised in con
gress or why no committee is ever directed
to Investigate the ratio which rates paid
railways for carrying the mails bear to
the rates paid a quarter of a century ago.
to those received by the railroads from ex
presa companies and foreign governments
which have parcels post contracts in this
country and to other kinds ut traffic carried
by the saiiie ruads.
BITS OF WASHHOTO LIFE.
Minor Srenee aad laeldeata Sketeaed
oa the Snot.
The Importance of carefully scrutinising
contracts for "the Jokers," especially when
contracts are made with lawyers who take
cases on contingent fees, was brought to
light In a Washington court the other day.
Soma four years ago nearly one hundred
naval officers on the retired list sought a
readjustment of pay under the naval per
sonnel act. A firm of lawyers made con
tracts with most of the officers Involved,
agreeing to prosecute the esses for to pr
cent of the advance pay thnt might be
secured. Boon after the contracts were
signed the discovery was made that the
lawyers. If successful, would have a claim
on to per cent of the advance pay during
the officers' lives. The back pay would
net the lawyers $t0.0il alone, and the li'e
claim would run into hundreds of thou
sands. The lawyers lost the test rase.
Subsequently the attorney general decided
In favor of the officers In a similar case
brought up by an officer who did not Join
In the contract. The lawyers then sued
to enforce their contract, tut the court
sustained the contention of the officers
that the cont-act lawyers lost their case
and that the contract was annulled by the
The famous old war frigate Constitu
tion, "Old Ironsides," Is to be saved from
rotting to pieces at Its dock at the Boston
navy yard, and will also escape the worse
fate recommended by Secretary of the
Navy Bonaparte of being used aa a target
for the guns of the North Atlantic fleet.
The gallant old craft is to be patched up
and rehabilitated, so It may Indulge In an
occasional cruise in mild weather.
This Is the decision of the house commit
tee on naval affairs. It Is estimated that
It will cost just $,0u0 to restore the Con
stitution to a decent condition. The Con
stitution is figuring prominently In a vaude
ville act being played at one of the local
theaters this week after a medley of pa
triotic acts Is sung by a man dressed as
Uncle Sam and a chorus of girls. The man
appeals to congress In the song to save
the Constitution from ignoble death by de
cay. Aa a fitting climax at the end of the
verse the drop curtain shows the frigate In
the thick of an engagement with the Brit
When Speaker Cannon sat down at his
desk at the capitol one day last week he
found a slip of paper, on it asking him to
call up on the tele-phone East 1428. The
speaker went to the telephone, asked for
the number and when an answer came
said: "Do you want me?"
'I don't know," came back the answer.
'Well, I haven't time to be fooling around
here, do you want me?" Insisted the
speaker. "Who are you; anyway?"
'This Is the government hospital for the
Insane," came back over the- wire. "If
you think you ought to be here, why come
'H !" was all the speaker, said as he
sat down and realized that someone had
been playing a Joke on him.
The official stenographers of the house
have reported so far this session about
2,775,000 words, with tha session perhaps a
little more than half over. There Is a
busy, talking time to come, however, and
the full bill will probably be about 6.000,000
words for the session. That Is outside of
the committee hearings, which will be more
than half aa much additional, so that the
house will have sent to the printing office
as the talk that has been made by or to its
members while at work on the floor or In
committee rooms, approximately 10,000,000
words. Tha senate will easily double that,
If It does not exceed it, although the senate
often' sits only four days a week, while the
house Is always busy at least five days,
and sometimes sits on Saturday. That will
be a round total of 30,000,000 words thus ut
tered at this session. Figured on the basis
of the money appropriated by the session.
these words will cost the country about $36
Within the thick walls of the White
House recently three ferrets were engaged
In a death hunt for rats, and at holes In
the walls and In remote corners bulldogs
and terriers were on watch to snap up the
fleeing rodents. Although the historic old
building was. remodeled only three years
ago, some of 'the distinguished family of
rats which settled there soon after the
structure was burned by the British in 1814
were not molested. The order was given a
few days ago to rid the building of vermin,
and the most successful rat catcher In the
world Is said to be the man who Is leading
About one newspaper man In a million
ever docs anything that causes him to be
remembered for more than a generation.
It now looks as If Charles A. Conant. for
many years a member of the press gallery,
who became an authority on coinage and
other monetary questions, would be the
mtllloneth man. His name may not be re
membered in this country, but there Is a
fair prospect that It will become a part of
the Kngllsh spoken in the Philippines.
Conant Invented the coinage system In use
In those islands and the silver money of
the Islands Is known as Conant. Now when
a Filipino wants to speak of the value of
anything In terms of silver Instead of say
ing so many dollars "Mex" he says "$6
Prof. James desires this country to edu
cate China, quite Ignoring the notion of the
Chinese that they are competent to edu
Honor Waler-Martlnei, the Chilean mln
later, has by direction of his government
invited Secretary Root to visit Valparaiso
on his coming trip to the Rio conference
Achilla J. . Oishel, a New York lawyer
who was born In Italy and was formerly
the Marquis de Sauvla, says ha would
"rather be an American cltlsen than any
sort of a marquis."
Lord Curxon of Kedlestou, will be the
guest of honor of the Pilgrims at .a ban
quet at the Savoy hotel on April 6. A num
ber of members of the American branch
of the Pilgrims have announced their In
tention of attending.
Colonel William Elliot of Beaufort, 8. C.
formerly a representative In congress from
that state, haa been appointed by Secre
tary Taft to be a commissioner to mark
the graves of the confederate soldiers who
died In northern prisons.
Apparently the descendants of the late
Admiral William T. Sampson will be
numerous in the United States navy, as
two sons and a grandson are likely to
be members of the class which will enter
the Naval academy next spring.
The latest authentic news from Mr. Corey
Is that he Is to be retired front the Steel
trust and kept in authority Indefinitely,
and that he is busy arranging for a re
conciliation and divorce, being on the way
to California to visit his wife, wliu Is In
Nevada and South Dakota.
Several prominent members of congress
are fighting off deafness. Senator Lodge
of Massachusetts fears this specter so
greatly that his trip abroad last summer
was to consult leading authorities in Ber
un ana ran, tie goes several tunes a
week to a specialist at the capital, who
has many great names on hts book. At
least one-fourth of the upper house is bring
treated for deafness, throat trouble or fail
ing sight, and the ptoportiun in IU luacr
t hcus Is almost as icuL
Does your baking: powder
contain alum ? Look upon
the label. Use only a powder
whose label shows it to be
made with cream of tartar.
NOTE, Safety lies in buying
only the Royal Baking Powder,
which is the best cream of tartar
baking powder that can be had
STATE PRESS COMMENT.
DeWItt Tlmes-News: A direct primary
law will be a long step toward clean elec
tions. Candidates for legislature will need
to tell what they think of it.
Schuyler Free Lance: If the people of
Omaha want a change and desire to get rid
of their thieves and murderers they must
begin at the fountain head and kill off
such chaps as Broatch and see that Dahl
man is not elected. ,
Wayne Herald: Every delegate who sits
in the next . Nebraska republican conven
tion ought to pay his own railroad fare
to the city where the convention Is held,
and then he will be under obligations to
no person or persons for favors granted
and will truly represent the Independence
so much talked of and so seldom practiced.
Fremont Tribune: Pastor Ltiddcn Is a
good and useful citizen, but his political
affiliations are hardly such as to Justify
belief that he would fit Into the plan of
the rank and file of the party to do busi
ness In a new way. The lieutenant gov
ernor la the presiding officer of the state
senate and he will next time have to be In
the fullest harmony with the square leal.
McCook Republican: The suggestion of
the Republican of W. B. Rose as the re
publican candidate for the office of attor
ney general, to name one thoroughly quali
fied for the position, a non-offlceseeker, a
fit successor to Norris Brown, and not a
machine or press-bulletin-made candidate.
has met with much approval by the press,
and by everyone who knows him, regard
less of politics. Rose Is all right If he
can be Induced to run.
Auburn Republican: Already Congress
man Pollard has got "next" to the De
partment of Agriculture and some very in
teresting and instructive experiments have
been promised for the farmers In this dis
trict. In the spraying of fruit trees, and the
Introduction of new varieties of corn, wheat
nd alfalfa. Now give Mr. Pollard a
chance to fehow us he Is made of the right
stuff, by renominating and electing him
for a full term longer of two years.
Orand Island Independent: The Omaha
Bee Is beooming quite Insistent that appro
priations by congress for public buildings
are mere "pork." And The Bee haa no
use for "pork." Possibly, however, the
fact that the federal business In Omaha
has now been provided for,, by the way
of liberal appropriations and a proper build
ing. In which to transact - such business.
may have something to do with Its amended
view In regard to the matter. No one will
disagree with The Bee that there have
been cases when appropriations have been
made not so much,' apparently, with re
gard for the necessity for them brought
about by the Increased business of the
government, as for the purpose of bolster
ing up political prestige. But The Bee
ahou'.d not make the sweeping statement,
or any statement leading to the inference,
that all appropriations of such a nature
are without merit.
Speak Ins; In Missouri Dlaleet.
New York Sun.
Now Hon. Champ Clark, the Pike county
Pitt, hits the ceiling of the house with his
sublime head, and says:
'We spend nearly the whole day lower
ing about corporations."
"Jowerlng," we thank Missouri for the
word. It speaks for Itself. It looks like
a first cousin of "Jawing" a descendant of
"Jaw" or Its brother, "Jow." One diction
ary admits "jowerlng" as a noun only:
"D)al U. S.) a dispute contention."
"Dispute" and "contention" are pale am
pasty fellows by the side of "jowerlng."
"Speaker Cannon had a Jowerlng with the
senate." "General Qrosvenor had a jower
lng with his constituents." "Mr. Tillman
is a great Jowerer." The language is en
riched. Tho pure air of the Osarka makes
the pages of the dictionary flutter. Now
thnt homespun's the only wear, why doesn't
Mr. Clark make a whole speech In Mis
sourlan? Nation's Larky Day.
Judge Parker says Roosevelt didn't mean
what he said when he declined In advance
a third term. In other words, he thinks
the president trifled with the truth. What
the Judge has always neeaed Is an official
muzxler. We are finding out more every
day about the great luck that befell the
country November 8, 1904.
If you are suffering from impure
blood, thin blood, debility, nervous
ness, exhaustion, you should, begin at
once with Ayer's Sarsaparilla, the
Sarsaparilla you have known all your
life. Your doctor knows it, too. Ask
him all about it. Then do as he says.
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TALK OF A YELLOW DOG.
St. Louis Globe Drniocrat: in the run
ning fight between Insurance trustors in
New York. Andrew Hamilton seems to
have Ills adversary by the neck.
Chicago Inter Ocean: It Just occurrea to
Andy Hamilton that It would do no harm
to be something different from the rest of
them, and his Idea proved to be a hppy
New York Teat: As a contribution to
literature Andrew Hamilton's "Tale of a
Yellow Dog" deserves rank with Alfred
Olllvant's "Bob, Son of Battlp," and Jack
London's "The Call of the Wild."
Chicago News: That Andy Hamilton got,
the money when the life Insurance trusters
were not looking and went out to squander
it among state legislators for the fun of
the thing is an Idea that somehow will not
New York Tribune: "The latest question
In Insurance circles seems to be, "Who
owns that yellow dog?" Hamilton kept
him, but says he was not his, while the
trustees arc equally positive that they
never knew there was such a beast, though
they paid for his biscuit.
Philadlephia Record: The orator was
mainly bent upon showing that there wet-u
other curs in the insurance business be
sides the "yellow dog," He certainly made
a strong Bhowlng, and his opportunity of
gathering accurate knowledge being un
questionable, there will be widespread in
terest in bis further explanations of what
he did with the vast sums of money placed
In his hands.
FLASHES OF Fl'M.
"Well, to make a long story short," con
tinued the tiresome man.
'Til help you," Interrupted the weaty
one desperately. "So long." Philadelphia
"What did that famous hen sav when th
delegation of Swiss admirers called to con
gratulate her on her egg laying record?''
"I understand she replied with a 'eel'
speech." Cleveland Plain Dealer.
"Why is Justice represented with n
bandage over her brow?"
"There is a classical reason for It," ssM
the lawyer; "but to my mind It serve
chiefly to Impress the frequency with whicli
justice gets a black eje." Washington
"Is Mrs. .Schnorer In?" asked the; callnr.
"Yes. ma. am," answered the m'ald-of-all-work
in the boarding . house. "She's
In her room."
"Are you sure?" 1
"Yes, ma'am. I Just overheard her tak
ing a nap." Philadelphia Press.
A heavy prop, supporting the scenery, fell
to the stage with a crash.
It might have hit the prima donna.
She was saved by the circumstance of not
However, the press agent managed lo
hang a column or, two on the incident. -r
The Washington correspondent hastlly
called up the cabinet officer by telephone.
"Pardon me for disturbing you, Mr.
Blank," he said, "hut will you piease tell
me whether or not the rumor that Is In cir
culation as to your retirement Is true?"
"Yes, Blr," answered the cabinet officer.
"It Is. 1 was Just about to retire when
you called me. Good night." Chicago
AS OVERWORKED WORD.
New York Sun.
A people's servant, hoarse of voice
And bent with public cares,
Was speaking to a crowd that reachi x
From rostrum to back stairs; ,
And as he spoke his audience
Hurrahed and wept and laughed.
And some one In the gallety yelled:
"Say, cully, what's your graft?''
A lover whispered of his love
Unto his heart's desire.
She listened to his pleadings,
Breathed in his words of tire;
And then could ho believe It.
Or had lie gone quite daft?
She purred: "Oh. George, It's lovely;
But tell me, what's your graft?"
A missionary man of Ood,
With patriarchal beard,
Bet out to save the heathen
And for cannibal Islands steered.
He anchored tip the river.
And there cmue unto Ills craft
A nked chief who hailed him with: ,
"HI, pup! What Is your graft?"
My infant daughter, tired with play, !
Climbed slowly to my knee. ,
And. murmuring she wua hungry, J
She nestled clone to nie.
Her mother brought the cup of milk.
And. as she slowly quaffed, .
The little Innocent Inquired:
"Thay, mainina, whath's your gwaft?"