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HIE OMAHA DAILY BEE: MONDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 1907.
The Omaha Daily Bee.
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WHF.1 OCT OF TOW,
sabserlbers lea-ring the city tern- '
porarlly shoatd have .The Bee
walled to taena.' Addreaa will he
changed aa eftea aa reaaested.
Japan Insists that it Aa maintaining
the open door In Manchuria, but the
evidence shows that there's a Jap be
hind it. i--. .'
The canteen Is still barred from the
army, but the contents of the canteen
still keep on chummy erros with the
enlisted men. 1 i:, -t, t ;.' -
President Roosevelt promises to go
to Alaska to hunt big game. The land
sharks and timber wolves had better
take to the woods. t r
Police Commissioner Broatch rushes
Into print over his Bignatoro to declare
that he has no Intention of resigning.
Perish the thought, ki i-
Nebraska editors will come to their
Omaha meeting without waiting for the
aid or consent of any railroad pass
distributor on earth.
The announcement that "Speaker
Cannon Is loBlng his grip" refers to
his cold, not to his full nelson clutch
oh affairs of congress.
"The people think for themselves,"
eays Mr. Bryan. Analysis of the vote
In Mr. Bryan's campaigns furnishes
, proof of his assertion. "
Japan intimates, in a suave way, that
It has loss fear of the United States
than of the rates charged by European
bond brokers on war loans..
The bureau of printing and engrav
ing at Washington baa been called a
sweatshop. It is hard work to make
money, even for the government.
President Roosevelt going to Alaska
on a hunting trip may only be a ruse
for him to score a scoop by running
over some afternoon and discovering
the north pole. '
Laymen will be a little slow to ac
cept the claim of the bar association
that much 'litigation would be pre
vented by having an attorney as clerk
of the district court.
It is claimed that Frederick Weyer
haeuser, a Minnesota lumber king, Is
richer than John D. Rockefeller. He
may have more money, but he has not
been Indicted so often.'
An Ohio man has been sent to Jail
because he has thirteen wives. He
should' have moved to Pittsburg, where
a record like that would have been a
distinction rather than a crime.
Mr. Harriman intimates that he may
apply for a Job on the Interstate Com
merce commission. In the mean time
the Interstate Commerce commission
is trying to make htm give up his pres
et job. '-..'' 'A,
John WaiHtmaker'a business sagacity
seems to have been on a vacation when
he placed $1,600,000 worth of paint
ings and bric-a-brac in a $1,000,000
bouse that was beyond the fire limits
and was not of fire-proof construction
Action jias been commenced against
a. railroad at Denver for keeping sheep
la a car for more than twenty-eight
hours without food or water. Eventu
ally there Is going to be some protest
against working' trafnmen more than
twenty-four hours at a stretch.
Chief Engineer Stevens fears he will
be robbed Of the credltof building the
Panama canal if the work is done by
contract. ' lie may go right on with
hjs work wltii the assurance that Presi
dent Roosevelt will get credit for the
canal construction, no matter how it is
LtSBOlf Or 17TB ftrVRR COiVTET.
Gratifying signs are multiplying that
the true lesson of the contest In con
gress over the rivers and harbors a p
proprlatlon as regards Improvement of
western water transportation is being
taken to heart, especially by the people
of the great Interior valley served by
the Mississippi and its tributaries. The
controversy developed not a little acri
mony, because It was felt In some quar
ters that the committee, under the In
fluence of Chairman Burton, was in
disposed to meet In a fair spirit the
specific demands of the recently awak
ened western public sentiment for river
transportation. But while some con
cessions were made, the very magni
tude of the general transportation
problem and the vast scope of river
relations are causing many who we're
most ardent and pugnacious to take a
more sober and far-sighted view. . The
Bt. Louis Globe-Democrat, which has
represented extreme antagonism to
the ' house committee, reflects , this
larger conception of the situation in
the following editorial expression: .
The Mississippi river, question, aa H
now presents Itself, la of. a different
character from one which revolreB around
the building .of levees, . the deepening -of
little niches In river banks dignified by
the name of harbors, or the deflection fit
currents from-one side to the other" of the
stream. The era of tittle government
contracts by navigation rompnnles, which
annually -have to credl) tnftre fit their
profits to their dredgeboats And snag
boats than to their' packets or barges,
Is at an end. The demand now, and as It
will be until met. Is for great appropria
tions, commensurate with; the value and
Importance of the work, 'fpr the making
of a permanent channel, from Chicago' to
the ' gulf of Mexico, capable ' of carrying
vessels of 14-foot draught.. The building
of the Panama canal, the development of
South America, of Asia and the Pacific
Isles, the great growth of manufactures'
In the Mississippi valley, and the -constant
Increase in and diversification of . crops
In this region, have changed the old order
of things to one in which the old must
give place to the new. The narrow local
ppllcy has given place to the broad and
continental policy whlc'n alms at ' the
accomplishment of great results through
utilisation of the gisat streams of the.
valley. , ' ' 1 '
There is no overstatement of the
enhanced Necessity of reinforcing our
transportation facilities by developing
the vast resources of the main interior
rivers. The necessity is national and
pressing, but It is so Immense in its
requirements of government aid that
there is force In the view that the gov
ernment was not at the present session
fully prepared to deal with it on' a
comprehensive plan. In 'real impor
tance the subject Is hardly Inferior
to the Panama canal itself.; Apprecia
tion of this fact should tend powerfully
to solidify western sentiment in favor
of "the broad and continental -policy
Simultaneously, too, practical plans
may be evolved on behalf of which
public sentiment and political Influence
can be effectually concentrated.
MiyyssoTA aad railroad valves.
The Minnesota legislature1" has en
tered seriously upon the Bk of ascer
talning the true value of all railroad
property in the state, a commute?
having been appointed early , in the
aesslon for this purpose. But its ex
pertence has developed the probability
that the work , cannot be ! concluded
during the session in the thorough
manner desired, and accordingly it is
preparing a system by which an ac
curate valuation may be made within
a year. The same Incongruity and
confusion has been found in Minne
sota as in other states in the records
and reports required by long-standing
laws to be made by the railroads to the
state railway commission and the state
board of assessment and equalisation,
The legislative committee had not gone
far with their work before they found
that valuation must be ascertained
anew in all details and, independently
of all previous official processes if a
reliable result Is to be reached.
What makes the valuation Issue
critical is the fact that a revised
schedule of state freight rates on
generally reduced scale has been
ordered and the legislature Is about to
cut the passenger fare maximum
There 14 the never failing railroad out
cry of "confiscation," and the roads
are preparing on -that ground to resist
the state laws to the bitter end in the
courts. The value of the transporta-
tion properties thus becomes the very
essence of the controversy and Minne
sota is forced to put itself in position
to meet the Issue. ,
At the same time, too, that the
crucial question of valuation is dis
posed of as regards the validity of
state-fixed freight rate and passenger
fare maximums the vexed question of
assessment for taxation would neces
sarily be Involved. The experience of
Minnesota In this vital point, however.
only marks the way which every state
must In due time Infallibly travel. ;
A RECORD 0 ITT TO B 75 IT A TIOX. .
John D. Rockefeller's gift of $12.,?
000,000, to the general education board
la by far the largest donation for birch
purpose yet made. To It must be added
the $11,000,000 donated by Mr. Rocke
feller when the board. was first orga
nized, five years ago, making his total
donation to date -$43,000,000, ' aa
amount so great as to be difficult of
comprehension, even to those accus
tomed ti think of the igreat wealth of
Mr. ' Rockefeller, Mr. Carnegie and
other rich men of the nation.
The fund to which Mr. Rockefeller
has, thus contributed is the outgrowth
of an effort in the north to follow the
plan adopted In 'i 67 for the establish
ment of a general school system In the
south for the education of both the
whites and the negroes. This was the
Peabody fund, to which George Pea
body contributed $$,000,000 and which
has been Increased from year to year
by donations from other sources. That
fund Is now such that the revenue
from it yield about $75,000 naua!ly,
which Is distributed among the schools
and colleges of the southern states.
Much of the money has been spent In
the training of teachers and in the
education of popular sentiment in1 favor
of giving southern children the same
opportunities and educational advan
tages as tbelr more fortunate northern
The general education board has for
Its pnrpose the supplemental work of
the Peabody fund and to apply this
system of assistance to the whole coun
try. It proposes to promote education
in the United 8tates "without distinc
tion of race, sex or creed, to develop
the public school system, especially in
the rural districts; to further the estab
lishment of training schools for teach
ers and generally to promote, systema
tise and make effective the' various
forms of educational beneficence."
The field as outlined is a wide one
and the members of the general educa
tion board and the country are to be
congratulated that Mr. Rockefeller's
donation will enable the active and
effective work of the board to be pro
ceeded with, unhampered by the lack
of financial means too. common In the
prosecution of such worthy movements.
.The action of the-attorney general
in bringing suit in the name of the
State .of Nebraska against Governor
Sheldon at the laUer's request to re
cover rent at the rate of $100 a month
for the,use of the executive. mansion Is
sure to be embarrassing to several,
In the first, place, it is bound, to be
embarrassing to the supreme court, be
cause the language of the constitution
with reference to the governor's salary
will require considerable twisting to
give him a -valid defense. The con
stitution not only fixes the salary of
governor at $2,500 a year, but says
further that he and -the other state
officers "shall not receive to their, own
use any fees, costs, interest upon pub
lic moneys In their hands or under
their control, perquisites bf office or
other compensation," and if the use
of the executive mansion Is not a per
quisite Webster's dictionary will have
to be caretully searched to find the
In the second place, should the su
preme court decide that the constitu
tion means what it says and that the
governor is entitled to $2,500 salary
and nothing more, it is bound to be
embarrassing to several distinguished
gentlemen who have occupied the ex
ecutive mansion as the state's tenants
prior' to Governor Sheldon's incum
bency. If the state is entitled to rent
at the rate of $100 a month from
Governor Sheldon, it is also entitled
to rent at the fate of $100 a, month
from former Governor Mickey, and
from former Governor Savage. It is
also entitled to recover back the money
appropriated and used by former Gov
ernor c Poynter. and former Governor
Holcomb, to satisfy their landlords,
and some of ' them might, have pangs
of conscience, if not other difficulties.
in squaring up their back rent ac
count at this late day.
. Nebraska has had one or two gov
ernors who have refused to accept the
rent money appropriated by the legis
lature because they read the constitu
as Governor Sheldon reads it,
but they were not so thoughtless aa
to start a suit in court to prevent
their successors' forever after perpe
trating the free rent graft. Governor
Sheldon, of course, might have done
this, too, by turning In $100 a month
to the state treasurer to ease his mind
and relieve his pocketbook, but he evi
dently believes In doing it in a legal
way without regard to consequences.
The taxpayers of Nebraska, at all
events, will not be embarrassed to
have this question settled and settled
rUBDS FOR RAILROAD BKTTIRMNETS-
, There is no mystery over one of the
main facts back of the notably falling
stock market. The sudden' placing in
Europe of from $100,000,000 to
$150,000,000 of or I per cent notes
of our strongest railroad companies,
maturing in from one to four years,
has proved ' exceedingly attractive to
foreign investors, aa they have also at
home. Capital is simply going Into
the short time notes in preference to
securities 'whose yield Is only 4 per
cent or less on the high market level
to which they had1 been speculatively
pushed, and many owners of such se
curities have been selling them to take
advantage of the better returns tromj
The demonstrated inadequacy of
railroad facilities for present and pros
pective traffic has pressed the roads to
haste to get hold of the . necessary
funds for betterments, and to offer
high interest in order to create a sure
attraction for investors. The roads
themselves have simply outbid the
market, or in effect bid down their
own stocks and securities.
To a certain extent business In gen
eral is doing the same , thing, because
the universal activity in industry and
commerce holds out hope of a higher
rate' of gain than the percentage of
dividends on the matipulated market
quotations on marrjfc of the principal
railroad 'stocks. Suspicion, too, has
spread everywhere that some of the
most notable dividend increases last
fall were in pursuance of speculative
The roads had to have the public's
money U order to take care of busi
ness and they had to pay sufficiently
high for It, no matter what the effect
on their outstanding securities might
It has been twenty years since Ne
braska waa redlstricted for legislative
representation, and in that time great
changes have occurred in th distribu
tion tf population. Successive redis-
trlctlng bills have been defeated by
the districts enjoying overweighted
representation. Those who have here
tofore obstructed reapportionment
now show signs of being willing to
come in on the basis of the census of
1800., The reason is not hard to find.
If the work of rearranging the dis
tricts Is put over until after another
census, the change will be still greater,
whereas It would be to their advantage
to get redisricting according to the
1900 census and hold that for another
twenty years. ,',
Our state senators are entitled to a
credit mark for doing a good Job In
putting a quietus on county option.
The promoters of the county option
bill made no bones aBout it that this
was simply a feeler for prohibition.
None of them really want county option
aa a permanent policy, bat merely as a
stepping stone toward the abolition of
all licensed liquor selling. The rejec
tion of the county option bill means
that Nebraska prefers to stand solid on
the principle of liquor traffic regula
tion as formulated In the Slocu'mb law,
Which for more than wenty-HVe years
aa stood the test successfully.
The. decision of- the supreme court
against the street railway company
at Lincoln in its efforts to evade the
orders of the city authorities, requir
ing It to remove unused tracks ob
structing the streets,', may. come in
handy for Omaha some day. The
court holds that the mayor and coun
cil have full Jurisdiction to regulate
the use of the streets of the city within
reasonable bounds, and this doctrine
will, of course, apply to any sort of
use of the streets interfering with
free travel and traffic. '
The polite note of General Passenger
Agent Wakeley of the Burlington, de
clining to extend any special courtesies
to members of the Nebraska Press
association for their forthcoming state
meeting (at Omaha, ought to prove a
pretty good argument for terminal
taxation, reduced passenger rates, em
ployers' liability and. several other pro
jects pending before, the legislature,
aiming to take away from the railroads
special privileges which they have
heretofore been enjoying ..
Congressman Pollard' hopes to se
cure consideration of his bill govern
ing congressional salaries at this ses
slon. It he, falls to get action before
adjournment he will press, the matter
again at the succeeding session. Should
the. next congress refuse or neglect to
straighten out the. matter Mr. Pollard
may have to seek another re-election
to see It through. , r;
The democratic Wtfrld-Herald has
discovered that aiV'ReuVaska'f ' rail
road troubles will be solved, without
lawmaking "as soon as we , have a
comprehensiye system of electric rail
ways and the Missouri river is again
open to freight traffic." This ought
to put a finishing crimp -into Colonel
Bryan's government, ownership of
railroads panacea. '
Because the company promoting
the new barge line running into
Omaha via the Missouri river has as
fits object the revival, of water traffic.
Is still no good reason why the stock
in the company should be all water.
To make the barge line a go would
require a little more substantial in
terest on the part of our local business
Senator Gibson's bill prohibiting
brewers from renting buildings to
liquor dealers or having any interest
in licenses to sell at retail is still pend
ing in the legislature. The bill says
nothing about brewers renting their
homes to police commissioners or hav
ing any interest in members of the
board granting the licenses.
The 'railroad lobbyists and railroad
organs are still hammering against
terminal taxation and at the same
time insisting that Jt ywould make no
difference to the railroads. If terminal
taxation would make. pp. difference to
the railroads they, would not bother
The building fund campaign for the
Young Women's Christian association
is again In progress to bring the sub
scription list up to the mark originally
set Omaha people who have not con
tributed to this worthy cause should
come forward without'' waiting to be
The burglars would do better to
abandon attempts on the Byron Reed
coin collection in the Omaha Public
Library building. Between" the night
watchman and the automatic alarm
system the lawbreaking coin collector
has never been able to go far.
Knock for Iajared Innocence.
Senator Carter haa 'barely finished fits
speech defending aettkrs and corporations
In the publio land atatea and territories
and Insinuating that all the land frauds
have been Invented by Secretary Hitch
cock, and already we learn from Califor
nia that an Inspector from the Interior
department and the state mineralogist have
"unearthed gigantic frauds which will bo
made the basis of criminal prosecutions."
Cases of fraud have been found In ten
counties of California. Too many land
frauds have been shown up tn the courts
to admit of treating Mr. Carter's plea of
Injured Innocence seriously.
Keeptnar Out of Trouble.
It Is gratifying to learn from Washing
ton that the United States "are almost
certain not to take any part In the Congo
muddle." Even to the moat advanced of
our bumsnltariana and philanthropists It
muat be evident that this country Is not
Just now In a position to undertake apy
new contrarta In the way of regulating
other people's affairs. Pending the ad
justment of the Cuban situation not to
mention the Japanese episode the Inaug
uration of fraah ml salons of aa Interna
tional character will t undesirable.
notND AOtT NEW YORK.
Rlpplea aa the' Current at l.lfe la the
Generously and feelingly New Yorfc
newspapers acknowledge the debt of grat
itude the great metropolis owes to the
foresight and enterprise of the late fAmr
8. Dundy,, whose death occurred a tew
days ago. Realising by hie experience In
the Trans-Mlaslsalppt exposition at Omaha
the possibilities of fortune making In pro
viding attractive, wholesome amusements
for the multitude on . pleasure bent, Mr.
Dundy went to New Tork and became a
leader In what the Evening Sun truly call
"on of the blg-geat pieces of reformation
In the history of the city." That was the
cleansing of Coney Island, "Five or six
years ago." says, the World, "Coney Island
waa the chosen haunt of scoundrels who
lured young women, of short-change wait
ers In low dance halls, of strong-arm men
who robbed drunkards of what money they
had left after the saloon bounoers had
elected them, of crooked tranreatera and all
manner of Iniquity. Preachers never ex
aggerated its evils, because they' could
never know them all.
"The opening of Luna Park reinforced
those of the old Coney Island who wanted
to make a decent place of It and turned
the scale toward decency. Imitators fol
lowed. The beautiful displays of electric
lights which are- emblematic of the new
movement now look down on nothing In-1
decent. Investors whose personal char
acter is far from suggesting the reformer
Joined the movement for business reaaons.
Prosperity came with the cleaning up,
"Coney Island In j midsummer Is now
something no visitor to New York should
mis. It uaed to be something to' keep
well away from. In powerfully helping
the change Dundy did a great publio ser
vice." The agitation that has been In progress
among the women public school teachers In
New York for equal pay with men for the
aame kind of work resulted In the Intro
duction in the legislature of a bill that not
only equalises pay In' a practical way, but
advances salaries all along the 'line.
Throughout the bill. In Indicating the
changes from the old law, the words
"female" and "male" are eliminated
where these apply to difference In salaries.
A new provision says that no klndergartner
nor teacher of a 'boys' class of the first
three years beyond the kindergarten grade
shall, after seven years' of servloe, re
ceive less than $1,150 a year; no teacher of
the fourth, fifth or sixth years beyond th
sams grade, after ' nine years' . service,
shall receive lesa than 11,710; no teacher of
boya of the laat two years', grades, after
twelve " years' service shall receive less
than I2.1G0; and no teacher of a boys'
graduating class, first aaelstant or vice
principal, after ten years' service, shall
receive less than $2,400. The minimum pay
for teachers In . elementary schools Is
raised from $600 to $720 a year, all depart
ment heads or aasistants to principals
from $2,400 to $2,flC0, and neither bf these
last mentioned, In a boys' school, shall
receive more, than $200 In, excess of the
earns teacher In a girls' school.
The Manhattan Trade Bohool for Girls
has been In operation for four years. There
are now about .600 pupils In the night and
day classes. During the laat year it filled
$8,593 worth of orders for th regular trade
at regular trade prices. Two hundred cer
tificates have already ' been given to stu
dents, , and as these are never issued to
girls until they have proved entirely com
petent, each paper Is' a guarantee of ' thor
ough efficiency. The graduates are earning
all the way from $S.M per week for begin-!
iters to $1 per Weak ' f mm some who went
out in the class of the first year.
t ' t
1 Antntitd" ideca,' pVeeldeht of the;Tt4Han
Chamber of Commerce of New York, and
one of the city commissioners of assess
ment, was speaking of the status and use.
fulness of the Italians who have made this
oity the home of their adoption. He de
clares that there are 400,000 Italians in New
York who have come here to remain.
Thirty per cent of those. who come from
Italy, to this country." said Mr. Zucca to a
correapondent. "go back after they have
saved enough money, but of that per cent
20 per . cent come back again as soon as
they have a chance to nee how much bet
ter living Is here than there."
"Italians." Mr. Zucca continued, "own
some $40,000,000 of real estate In New York.
Their savings In the various banks amount
to $100,000,000. During the last year the Im
portations of Italian products amounted to
over $39,000,000, with an equal amount of
exports of American products from the
j United States to Italy. The Italian be
j comes a citizen of the United Stales at the
: ratio of one-half of the number that arrive
'here." , ...
Give credit to New York for one gallant
and sensible thing. . Its great hotels were
the first lo the world to welcome In 'their
dining rooms after o'clock women who
are wlthcut escorts. There is a lot of loose
talk about the danger of lone women going
about the main streets of this town after
dark, the most of which la rot,
A couple of women who attend to their
own business can dine In a hotel or a hlgh
claas restaurant, or go to a theater, with
no more danger from observation or Ins-tit
than would two well behaved men under
the same circumstances.
Plenty of motorists will be found to In
dorse the observation of the Waahlngton
Star that "Many pedestrians are exceed
ingly careless In the use of the streets and
Leopold, the klnir cf the Belgians, Is still
the richest monarch ki Europe after the
czar.. With his extensive business interest
la the Cctigo, It is estimated that Leopold,
the "rubher king," receive at least $5,COO,0?0
The sen of one- of the chief owners of
the. Rock Irland gave a $20,000 dinner to a
party of actresaea and friends In New York
a few nights ago. The party did not seem
at all worried over the car shortage or the
belief that rates are too low.
Daniel Osiris, the Parisian philanthropist,
Is dead. In 1900 he presented to the French
people Malmalson, the residence of the Em
press ' Josephine, which' he had pu rehired
several years before, and had It restored at
great expense. It has been uaed as a Na
Charles T. Barney has presented to the
New York Zoological society a pair of the
largest elephant tusks tn the world, said to
have been owned by Klcg Menelik of Abys
sinia; Mr. Barney purchased them In Lon
don at a coat' of $!,500. Both tusk are
over eleven feet long.
Joseph Lee of Beaton gives annually $10,.
0 a year to charity among Boston cM'dren
Since his graduation from the Harvard
Law school as a young man, his hobby, has
been that of spending his morey and doing
gcod in the many waya In which only a
devotee of the cause of public philan
thropy can. .
The . failure of Senator Dry den of .New
Jersey to win re-election was largely due
to th work of one man, Everett Colby, a
atate senator. Laat year Mr. Cdby began
his campaign againat Mr. Dryden, dee'arlng
that he favbred the same kind of reform
in politics as he thought was needs! In
foot ball. He was at cue time captala of
the Brown university eleven. "We need,"
he aaid,. "to make the game more open,
abolish Interference and do away rl b
coaching from th aldelln by corporation"
TIPS FO THB LKnift4.ATl StR.
Leigh World: Some of the legislatures
at Lincoln are trying tq kick out of the
state wid' primary law, but It seems that
there will- be enough of the standpatters
to tarry It through.
' Newman Grove Roporter; Oar represent
atives at Lincoln did the state a grest
wrong when they detested two bills In
tended to prevent the setting aside of Just
decisions ef the lower, courts on sccount
of legal technicalities.
Oakland Independent: The legislature Is
slowly, but surely grinding out-a grist of
laws In accordance with th platform
pledges' ot th republican party. The fact
that the work la deliberate will mean that
the product will be correspondingly good,
so that Is will paea th teat of the courts.
Columbus Tribune: Every republican In
Nebraska ahould feel like Jumping up and
eraeklng Ms heels together ttecaue of th
excellent progress mads by this legislature.
A state wld primary, a strong railroad
commission, bill, and a two-cent passenger
rate reported by the Joint committees before
the session, is half over.
Crelghton News: If the legislature faila
to pass a state wide primary law, aa de
manded In all three patty platforine. there
Is liable to be something doing and the
people could not be blamed If they rose
in their might and consigned .the dominant
party to utter oblivion. Th day ot dilly
dallying and broken promise Is past
Schuyler Free Lance: We would suggest
to th democratic editor of the state that
they had better not yell ,"fake reformers''
at the republicans of Nebraska until after
the legislature adjourns, because they
might have' . record that would put the
lie to th yell. Possibly those democrat lo
editors believe in Veiling now for fear they
miss the chance. For our part, we be
flev . the legislature will do something
commendable, ... ,
Sheldon Clipper: Some fool member of th
legislature has been wasting the time cf the
people of the state by Introducing a till im
posing a fine of $3 on cltlsens who fall to
vote, sfld. .th house committee recom
mended the, passage of the bill. It was
the understanding of the people when the
present legislature was elected that It was
to be a buslneas legislature, but such dam
phooliahness as this wilt have a tendency to
confirm th people In the belief that It Is
anything but. a business body.
! Hildreth. Telescope: There does not ap
pear to be any question but what the legis
lature will fnltlll the pledges made In the
platforms last year, but they seem to be
deucedly slow about It,' and are, appar
ently, wasting more time and wind than Is
necessary. The people were very explicit
In stating What they Wanted and all the
legislature has- to do la to carry out In
structions If they are contrary to the Indi
vidual opinion of some of the members.
Beatrice Bun: One of the meanest meth
ods - of campaigning is" to tell a lot of
hungry strikers' that the other fellow Is
putting a barrel of money ' Into the cam
paign. That appears to be the move that
Senator Patrick, fuslonist of Sarpy, Is
making. He asserted that the brewers and
distillers of Omaha had raised a pot of
$5s,O0O to defeat- county Option. If they
have, then . county option doomed? The
only struggle will be among the very
hungry statesmen to sea who shall get at
the fleshpot first. ' ' " ' "'"' .
- St: Paul Republican: W;-j. Bryan coun
sels the fusion members of the legislature
to stand by their platform declaration In
favr of a state-wid primary- law. Con
trary to th position taken by other demo
orallc leaderer' Mr. Bryai believes that a
campaign promise I worthy of some con
sideration after- election. It now remains
to be seen whether th minority will ac
cept hi wholesoma advice or prefer to
repudiate their pledges In a petty game
of politics. W still have sufficient faith
tn mankind to believe that most of them
will choose the. former oours. .
Exeter Enterprise: Th Enterprise has no
particular prejudice for or against the stata
primary law, but as it was endorsed In th
platforms of both parties It falls to see how
anything can prevent a unanimous vote for
It If the members of the. legislature expect
to stand In with their constituents. -Nebraska,
has ben governed by the corpor
ations through poltloal machines and the
machine politicians of all parties ar op
posed to a state primary. When, the ma
chines are smashed and the corporations
have to work the state' by hand the people
will have a better how... And they will si-,
ways have a dim suspicion, of the legis
lators who oppose their wishes, whether It
Is deserved or not.
Imperial Republican: When It come to
the actual work of preparing a practical
primary election law th member of the
legislature begin to realise It Is not such
an easy task! The sentiment in favor of
It Is not as 'general among th legislators
aa soma people thought It would be. The
objections to It are mor numerous and
cogent than they thought, . The Republican
believes that,, a direct primary law, where
the whole peopl can bav a vole with
their ballots, o to who their candidates
shall be. would often result Jn the selec
tion of cleaner and better candidates than
under th present system, where a few
men- dominate th politic of a whole
county and state. Let us hav a trial of
th primary' law.
Hastings Herald: It's a little early yet
to form an. estimate of the. present state
legislature. Of course, some democratic
paper ar gleef ully predicting that It .will
be a rliile so far as redeeming . platform
pledges and they are hoping that It will
be so anyhow. The legislators have not got
down to real business yet, but there la
plenty of Indications that there will be
soma good legislation on th main Issue
discussed during ' the last campaign. The
railroad legislation promised and the pri
ma ly election proposition are th main
questions, and while the legislature 1 mak
ing haste slowly it will, we believe, adjourn
with soma good laws on the statute books.
It la well to reserve criticism until there
is occsslon for It.
Valentin Republican: Prior to the repub
lican atate convention the Republican op
posed the state-wide plan of primary law.
At that time tht paper gave reasons it be
lieved good and sufficient for Its position
on the question. Since the republican state
conventlcn adopted a plank favoring a
state-wide primary law this paper has had
nothing to say on the subject. However, re
gardless of what View this paper may now
hold on th question. If party plalform
pledges mean anything, the parly Is now
bound by Its own action to give th pecple
of Nebraska a state-wide primary law dur
ing this session of the atate legislature. If
party platform pledges do not mean any
thing, then the one In the platform of Ne
braska republican relating to primary bw
ran easily be passed without taking action.
FTER tevero illnest after sever '
physical or mental train ie
Scot1's Emulsion. It builds
up and holds up the
and woman, girl and
wonderful M food-tonic
". AU. DRUGGISTS
In a man who has failed to krep his wwt
you have not the same confldepo you had
when hla word could not he discounted.
Does the am rul apply to political "pert lee
or does it not? If good for a man to r
rect and explain hi mistake. It might be
good for a polltloat party to do the same.
Clay Center Bun: The county option bill I
too one-aided to be Juat. It U a oaan ot
heads I win. tails you lose." If the county
votes no license the wishes of the majority
are respected and tiwr will b no llcer.se
to sell Intoxicating liquors IssuM "In th
county. If the antl-llcenoe people carry th
county, to be fair, squar and Just, th
wishes of the majority should be as much
respected as In th rase of a majority vot
ing "no license," every city and village be
ing required to Issue Hornsea under lawful
restrictions, but a clause In the new bill
makes It obligatory upon the people Sftef .
they have carried th county and won, t
fight It out again In the cities and village.
"talis you lose." If the antl-llcnae people
Inaa. thev ahould take thalr uaillrlM iha
same aa the license peopla do' wrten they
lose. That which Is sauce for the' gooee
ahould be sauce for the gander. '
Blair Courier:' The ' railroads are doing
their beat to defeat the terminal tat Idea
promisea in mo imi rvpuuncan piairorm.
They continue to harp on the oft repeated
11 that It will rob the counties through
which the roads run of a portion of th
tag now paid and turn It Oyer to the cities.
If this was all there was to It, simply'
changing the place Of payment cf taxes
the roads .would not fight the plan so hard.
But the facts of the matter are not on
cent will be taken from the counties and
school districts through which the roads
run, but the company will have to pay
municipal taxes In addition to what they
pay now. For Instance. Jhe two lines run
ning through Blair now pay Just the same
taxes on a mile of track within the city
limit a a mil of track, outald 'h city
limits. Other people who own. property
In Blair pay more taxes on the dollar than
they pay on property outside of Blair be
cause th city tax rata la higher. In other
words the railroad company escape . city
taxes altogether and pay no more than If
Blair waa off the map. The facta of, the
matter are the railroada are now assessed
on but one mile of track In Blair whereas
thy have one and one-fourth , miles, not
to mention several ' miles of side track.
That the railroads should pay a higher
rat on their property within city llrnlte, ,
the same rate other property pay, la ab
solutely Just, but ss it would mean mor
taxes and not a different distribution . of
taxes, the railroads are .fighting th bill
hard. Does It seem strange that , the Pilot
should be right with the railroad on this
question T It doesn't to us. ... .'; .
Columbus Telegram: Th .opinion prevail
that th present legislator will fail to
paaa a state primary election law, W
cannot understand how that opinion ' has
gained so many supporters, because every
liroiuutrr ui uiv irgiBiMiurv imnuB vnner u I-
rectly or impliedly pledged' In favor ot a
primary law. The Telegram ha never re
garded the state primary as Vitally neces
sary,' and yet we have long believed that
a well-balanced primary law 'would have
many advantagea over the present system
of making nominations tor office. VW shaH
hope that the legislature may; enact such
a law, but we are frank to say that, If
the state at large can be given no better
primary law than that which 'governs'- In
Omaha, theh It were better to continue
unaer me present aysiem. we are opposed
to a primary law which will enable a mem
ber of one political party to- take part In
maklnar nominations for anothee tiariv.
Under the Omaha primary law a democrat
can have Just as much vole' as a repub
lican In making nominations for the re
publican parly, and a republican can go
to the polls and dictate to th 'democrat
looks,, wronc v The onlv satlsfantorv ;hrl-i
mary law will be the-one which will enable
the voter of each party to make the nom
inations for that party, an, The Telegram
doe not hesitate to ask the -Piatt county
members of the legislature.' to oppose any
primary bill which shall not specifically
provide that democrats -and republican
shall cast their ballots ffv separate ballot
boxes on primary day.
LAI GHIU LISKS.
"Bapa," asked the eminent surgon's
petted daughter, "what is the appendix
vermlformla good for, anyway T"
"My dear," answered the eminent sur-
feon, "the laat one I removed was good
or that sealskin sack you are wearing."
"T'V, I...... la . . Jtm I t
"Yea, and I ahould think his fancy would
run more to cats."
"You - naturally expect a lawyer to be
attached to something more tn the feelln."
Visitor Hark! I didn't know . yo had
an automobile. 1
Hostess Ws haven't."
Visitor But I hear on In th yard. '
don't It " .
Hostess No, no. That's my- grlppy
husband on the back porch gargling bis
throat. Cleveland Plain-Dealer.
unicKsr i near me snnni naa twins. -bocker
Not exactly) they merely had
two new servants the Sam day. Harpar'
' "Ys. Marie," said Mrs. Ofdrtay to bet
maid, "I do hate to have my husband kiss
aucr jie cuiiie irom ins oarrer s. 1
do so detest the odor of that brllitanttn on
hla moustache. ' .. ;
"im vml rMl v rvi a a m T" ' ni 1 l tk.
maid. "I. rather like It." Philadelphia
Preas. . ' . ' .
mibs Keopep tou ar better, -. are you
not, Mr. KeathertopT You were not look
ing at all well the last time I saw you.
Mr. Feathertop Why, when did you see
Miss Redpep At the ' Bwellham recap
tion. You were waltslng. I think, with.
Miss Flutterby-. Chicago Tribune. 11
"That statesman haa managed to 1 pres
ent something of a figure In the financial.
"Yes." replied the suspicious citlsen;
"the figure has a dollar mark In front of.
It and a large question -mark after It,"
The Bride Mrs. Plnchback's present has
arrived. It's a silver plated cTtam pitcher."
The Oroom How- Is It marked?
The Bride Marked down, I suppose, or
we'd never have gotten it, Philadelphia
Preas. ' ' '
SWKKTKR FOR THB BLAST.
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The beautiful leaf of' the summer day
Has wilted, faded and -fallon away.- 4
U'tiun mist nrrA Its harl Wtm tr. A f .
th;r ' , p. - ",J
Now th beat I over, th tree la bare.
' ) ' " -.'i.f- t
The little creek where we used ia -float ' -Is
f roien over, no us for. It) a boat, , -The
aeat on the hill. Is covered' with Snow'
Yet all through our llvi very wait
know T f r'.
TVe must have our winters as w go, t .
And the cruel frosts, and ,Utu-r blasts;
Make our ros th sweeter Willie ,11
last. v - s f- ,'.
Omaha. , -, ; H; 6, .JC.
strength of man .
boy. It ia the most-ys
" in the world, "A , !j O. i ',-t
Ma. AND Sl-M i
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