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STATEMENT OF CIRCVLATTOrt.
State of Nebraska. Douglas County, :
Charlea C Roeswater, general manager
of The He Publishing company, being duly
worn, win that the actual number of full
and complete copfe of The Dally, Morning,
Evening and Sunday Re printed during tU
month of February. 1M7. wa ft follows:
I. 81,600 ie 31.990
1 31,80 IT 80,890
I 80,100 II 80,630
4 31,630 l 88.0B0
6 31,680 10 38.6E0
31.C70 II 83,470
7 A 32,190 11... 89,400
8 31,660 IS 39,060
9 39,190 14 40.C30
0 30,450 26 89,080
11 31.760 II 81,860
12 31,870 17 38,050
11 31340 It. 39.130
,6 31,850 Total 896,730
Lens unsold and returned copte.., 9,703
Net total 686,967
Dally average 31,677
CHARLES C. ROSEWATER,
Subscribed In my presence and sworn to
before m this lit day of March. HOT.
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WHEN OCT Of TOWS,
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porarily shoald bar Th Bee
mailed to them. Addrea will be
rhaaitl as oftea a requested.
J. Plerpont Morgan Is at sea but
no more so than some other high finan
ciers. The democrats are rapidly dividing
Into two classes those who swear by
Bryan and those who swear at him.
Wall street charges its latest finan
cial flurry to lack of public confidence.
It was really due to the public's refusal
to be confldenced.
"Cat whatever your appetite craves,"
says a Boston physician. Provided, of
course, you have the cash or credit to
satisfy the craving.
Five members of the new Russian
Duma call themselves "Indefinites."
The name may be due to their attitude
on their platform pledges.
In the railroad lobby at Lincoln,
"the only good railroad in Nebraska"
appears to be cheek by Jowl with all
the bad railroads In Nebraska.
The Chicago professor who wants to
establish a school of courtship, will
find one in good working order as soon
as the campus is open for summer.
While Boston is spending time ascer
taining the weight of a man's soul,
Chicago and New York will continue
to rate him by the weight of his pocket
book. Wall street may not cry over spilled
milk, but it Is making an awful wall
over the f 1,600,000,000 worth of water
that was spilled In the recent near
panic. The decision of the dressmakers to
pattern the fashions after the Japanese
models may mollify the mikado, but It
Is certain to arouse the enmity of
The six hundredth anniversary of
the invention of the fork is Boon to be
celebrated in Paris. Senator Tillman
Is the logical American delegate to
There must be a real human streak
In the Rockefeller family, in spite of
all that has been said to the contrary.
Frank Rockefeller has lost 1266,000
tn a salted mine.
As moat of the state legislatures are
about ready to adjourn, the railroad
presidents have decided that it Is not
necessary to run Into the White House
to get out of the storm.
Senator Dcpew says President Roose
velt will run again, because the people
demand It. Yet, the people's deinandi
are not so all powerful, as shown by
the fart that Mr. Depew Is still senator
Those Nebraska railroads would do
hotter to call their tax commissioners
home from the legislative lobby and
tell them to get ready for appearance
before the Suite Board of Assessment
Vindication of President Roosevelt's
policy Is found In the fact that the
railroad men who were complaining
against the exercise of federal power a
few years ago. are now appealing to
the federal power for protection.
The New York Central was very cer
tain It was going to abandon Its elght-een-hour
train, between Chicago and
New York, until Chicago business men
petitioned for slower trains. Now the
Central retorts that It bus slower
trains, hth the Chlcagoan may
patronise If they wish. In the railroad
game, as wll as the poker time, a
bluff Is good until It la called.
EXTRA SC..sfi.V IX UlSfiilBI.
Even before the Missouri legislature
had adjourned sine die. Governor Folk
aunounct-d lliut Ue wuuld reconvene
the same body in extra session within
two weeks to act upon two Important
bills which failed In the regular ses
sion. Governor Folk set out with a
program of legislation to which he and
the legislature were both committed
and he does not propose to omit using
any power vested In him. as chief
executive, to make good his pledge.
The situation In Missouri should
have more than ordinary Interest for
Nebraska, because here In Nebraska
Governor Sheldon and the legislature
are likewise committed to a definite
reform program, which the people ex
pect to see carried out In the regular
session If may be, and In an extra ses
sion If must be. The corporate Inter
ests, whose lobby of corruptlonlsts at
Lincoln are using all sorts of question
able means to obstruct the promised
legislation, should take warning. Gov
ernor Sheldon is no more to be fooled
with than Governor Folk and. If the
emergency required, an extra session
of the Nebraska legislature could be
quickly called to pick up and mend the
broken threads left by premature ad
ANOTHER RKASUVRIXQ 8101.
A refreshing illustration is being
furnished by Baltimore of the good
effects resulting from efforts being
made throughout the country to pre
vent railroads and other corporations
from taking Illegal part In political
affairs. Baltimore is right In the heat
of a bitterly contested city campaign
and every effort Is being made by the
partisans to secure support from any
and all sources. The city has the head
quarters of the Baltimore & Ohio rail
road, which heretofore has been very
active in municipal campaigns. Other
railroads entering the city and the
public utility corporations of the town
have been allied or fighting, according
to the Issues Involved, in every city
campaign that has been held In years.
Their activity and aid has been relied
upon to furnish the sinews of the cam
paigns and this help has always been
potent In deciding elections.
It is different this year. The Balti
more politicians have Just received a
shock In the announcement by the
Baltimore & Ohio officials and repre
sentatives of other big corporations of
the city that they will make no contri
butions to the campaign furda this
spring. "Thero wfll be no financial
aid In the future," reads this announce
ment. "Public and political sentiment,
which In the past may have tolerated
such contributions, will not tolerate
them again. If the politicians of either
party attempt to hold us up, they will
be sadly disappointed." The disheart
ening feature of the situation, from the
standpoint of the political bosses, Is
that the corporations making the an
nouncement show every symptom of
being in earnest about it The cam
paign cash box Is empty and appeals to
the former corporation .contributors
have been unheeded. All Indications
are that the Balltmore citizens will be
given the unusual privilege of voting
as they please, without dictation or
interference from the corporation man
agers. This action of the railway and corpor
ation managers in Baltimore, if "on the
square," Is in every respect commend
able. It Is notice, also, of a disposi
tion on the part of corporation man
agers to comply with the law instead
of seeking to evade It, as in the past.
by securing the election of the "right"
candidates by contributions to cam
paign slush funds. An awakened pub
lic conscience Is making corporation
domination In politics Impossible and
the corporation that quits without
waiting to be forced out shows fore
sight. TBS NATION'S WATERWATi.
President Roosevelt's appointment
of a commission of nine men to study
and report upon a comprehensive plan
for the Improvement and control of
the river system of the United States
promises to be productive of great
good. The president's letter, explain
ing his reasons for the appointment
of the commission, clearly outlines the
nature of the work desired and makes
It plain that the river Improvement
plans to be studied and recommended
must not come under the "bar'l" class!
flcatlon, that has so long marked the
manipulation of the river and harbor
bills In congress.
The government has spent many
millions of dollars, by congressional
appropriations, for river and harbor
Improvements, but It is safe to assert
that no bill of that kind has ever been
passed which ha met the requirements
of the needed improvements, or which
has carried appropriations looking to
the systematic work essential .- to the
permanent improvement of the inland
waterways. The measures have been
almost invariably framed to meet poli
tical rather than engineering and
scientific demands. The president's
plan provides for work oa a much
larger scope. He desires the commis
sion to investigate conditions, ascer
tain the real value of the streams of
the nation tor navigation, power, irri
gation and other purpoaes and to study
the causes of diminution of flow in
rivers and the possibility of restora
tion. The country's urgent need of im
provement of Its Inland waterways Is
In the aid tf transportation. The
president appreciates this fact, but also
fiolnts out the accompanying benefits
that will follow such Improvements
and the aid to such improvements from
forest preservation, proper land drain
ing and other work that will produce
benefits for all Interests of the country.
The railroads, as the president shows,
have tncreased their facilities but one
eighth In ten years, while the business
ill the weal aud Uuilhweat lias more
than doubled In that time. This makes
the necessity Imperative of supple
menting the railway transportation
facilities by waterway Improvements,
that the prompt transportation of the
business of the nation may be accom
plished. The work of the commission will be
of greatest benefit to the entire coun
try, If It results In the adoption of a
systematic plan of river Improvement,
calculated to furnish tho shippers and
comfherclal Interests ot the country
with transportation facilities now
denied them through the inability of
the railroads of the country to keep
pace with the development In other
NO tXJVSTKB iXTKXDKD.
WTMORE Neb., March 15, 1907,-To the
Editor of The Bee: You have placarded
our representative, Adam McMullen,
among the "republican repudlatlonlst" ac
cused of going back on their pledges, but
tn the same Issue of your paper you print
your platform synopsis with the signatures
attached, but without Mr. McMullen sig
nature. This lock as If you were charg
ing him with breaking a pledge he never
made. Are you not doing this rising young
nmn an Injustice? N.
The Bee does not want to do any
one an Injustice. The signature of
Mr. McMullen 1b not attached to the
platform synopsis to which our corre
spondent refers, but Mr. McMullen
would bs rightfully classed as a repu
diatlonlBt even If he had never signed
any pledge to carry out the platform,
because be ran for office as the repub
lican nominee and is In honor bound
to do his part to fulfill promises made
for him by the republicans In their
state convention. He Is morally
bound as much to carry out these
promises as he was to vote for Norrls
Brown for United States senator.
But Mr. McMullen Is on record over
his own signature favoring the re
demption of all the platform pledges.
When he entered the lists as a candi
date for, speaker after his election he
was Invited to state his position on
these platform Issues because they
were Involved by his candidacy for
speaker to an even greater degree
than In his candidacy for membership
In the house. In answer to that Invi
tation Mr. McMullen replied as fol
lows: WYMOREv, Neb.. Deo. , 190S.-JTo the
Editor of The Bee: I am In receipt of your
favor of the 18th Ins., wherein you forward
a synopsis of the republican state platform
with an Invitation to sign the same as a
token of my belief In and support of the
prlnclplo therein et forth. Onoe or twice
during the recent campaign I received a
similar communication. I did not sign a
requested then, and do not cafe to algn
now, for the reason that I refused to be
pledged in connection with other matter
presented to me and therefor .could not
ignore said refusal by signing in this In
stance and be fair to ail. I might, how
ever, give a specific reason for not signing
this synopsis. You may recall, because I
conferred with you In relation thereto, that
I Introduced a dlreot primary measure that
did not Include the nomination of the atate
offloer under that system. I did not be
lieve such a sweeping law would bring the
results desired. I do not believe so now.
Yet the republican Btate platform provided
for a primary law that covers "all state.
county and district offloer." Hence, If I
had signed such synopsis I would be pledg
ing my support to a policy I do not think
will be the beat. I may be mistaken In my
position, but do not think o. In case I
should be defeated for the speakership, I
Intend to Introduce the same measure and
contend for It enactment. Generally
speaking, however, I stand squarely on the
platform, and while I may hold a different
opinion from other regarding th make-up
of certain measure pledged to the people,
yet I bellav ail of Its pledge should be
redeemed. ADAM M' MULLEN.
At the time this letter was received
The Bee stated that It was not as clear
cut as It should be, but printed It In
full to give him the benefit of his own
language. There is no doubt, too,
that bis failure to sign up on the party
platform before election and his equiv
ocation aa to a primary election law
had much to do with blocking his
ALL-STEEL MAIL CARS.
The postofflce authorities at Wash
ington are inspecting the first all-steel
mall car built many years after such
cars should have become the rule on
American railroads. If the government
approves it and It stands the expected
test In use, work will be commenced
at once upon the construction of equip
ment of this kind to replace as rapidly
aa possible the wooden cars now used
In the railway mall service.
Statistics of railroad accidents com
piled by the Interstate Commerce com
mission show that tha railway mail
clerks suffer more than their natural
share of fatalities. The mall cars are
usually placed near the front of the
trains, wedged. in between the mogul
engines and the heavy sleeping cars.
The mall cars are of skeleton construe
tlon and light of weight, and In a colli
sion are almost Invariably the first to
yield to the concussion that crushes
them like eggshells between the heavier
weights In front and rear. On an
average, 6ixty mall clerks are killed
and more than 800 injured every year
in railroad accidents.
The day passenger coach Is but little
improvement over the mall car. al
though its bracing for seats and fix
tures lends It resisting strength in colli
sions lacking in mall cars. The adop
tion of the steel car for the mall serv
ice will doubtless be followed by their
extended use for passengers. Steel
cars do not crumple up Ilka wooden
cnes, do not burn tn wrecks and are
safer in every respect. Mall clerks
and passengers have a right to demand
the adoption of the steel cars and
every fther improvement that will add
to their safety. ,
The figures printed by The Bee,
showing the comparatively inslgnlfi-
cant amount paid as Uxm by all tho
different railroads In Nebraska for the
support of -the various towns and vil
lages In the state would Indicate that
11 1 not "the Orotwia sponge," but
"the rallrond sponge," that la sucking
up the contents of that bucket.
The railrop.ds have emissaries out In
various parts of the state trying,
through the same pluggers who served
them as handy men In the past, to
work up a back fire on the members
of the legislature at Lincoln. No re
source will be left unused to bring
pressure to bear to persuade the law
makers that there Is no demand at
home for the promised reform legisla
tion and that they may safely repudi
ate the sacred pledges on which they
were elected. It behooves the friends
of good government to counteract this
insidious work of the railroads by let
ting their representatives know that
treachery will not be condoned that
every platform pledge must be honestly
redeemed. The railroad cappers are
by no means the majority In Nebraska.
When the railroads get a firm grip
on a man In public office th?y are apt
to do the most amaslng things with
him. Coses have been known In which
they have faced their tin soldiers
about In opposite directions three or
four times within twenty-four hours.
It would not be surprising, therefore,
to see the railroad contingent In the
Nebraska legislature turn any number
of somersaults before the session
closes according as they get orders
The proposition to merge the offices
ot county auditor and city comptroller
so as to give us an auditing depart
ment for both city and county corre
sponding to the merger of city and
county treasuries seems to be on a fair
way to become law. The consolidation
of city and county may come piece
meal, but It Is bound eventually to In
clude all the departments which now
duplicate one another's work.
The president of the Rock Island
railroad re-enforces the announcement
that the Nebraska 2-oent fare law will
not be submitted to without a contest
In the courts. At the worst, the Ne
braska law might knock the Rock
Island out of as. much revenue from
passenger traffic In a year as would
pay the salaries of three or four ticket
A hiatus in coal trust prosecutions
Is In prospect awaiting the action of
the supreme court on the case that has
been appealed. This course of the
county attorney will be approved by
the taxpayers who would not want
their money wasted on costly trials
without a reasonable prospect of re
sults. ' "' .
The Lancaster county board of com
missioners la all torn up with charges
of fraud in connection with the an
nual bridge contract. Douglas county
has not had a bridge contract scandal
for so long that the people here are
beginning to think they are immune.
If the fusion minority in the legisla
ture should undertake to put the re
publicans In a hole by helping the rail
roads defeat terminal taxation, the
chances are that they would find them
selves in the hole also, and closer to
the bottom than the republicans.
Who says that our law-makers at
Lincoln are fanatical In their efforts
to make trouble for the railroads? A
law making It a penal offense for ho
boes to steal rides on railway trains Is
In a fair way to being enacted for the
special benefit ot the railroads.
The Mexican government Is offering
$15,000,000 for the extermination ot
the Yaqul Indians. Inasmuch as the
Pulajane tribes in Manila have been
"pacified," General Leonard Wood
might get a vacation and come home
and make a little easy money.
Senator Piatt says he haa not de
cided where he will spend the summer.
It is not safe for him to do so until
the former Mrs. Piatt and Mae Wood
have located for the warm season.
Then he may go to some other place.
Nebraska cities and towns are nom
inating their candidates for municipal
offices to line up next month In the an
nual Joust between the wets and the
Why should there be a plot against
the life of Thomas E. Watson, the late
populist candidate for president? He
does not need any free advertising.
The firemen's double shift bill has
gone through both houses of the legis
lature. Now we will have to have
terminal taxation to pay for it.
It looks as If Chief Donahue's ban
on prize fighting hit the pugilists be
low the belt and knocked them out In
Railroad Control In Kansas.
Kansas City Times.
The Noftiger 2-cent fare bill, whl;h
finally passed both houses of the Kansas
legislature, provides that a SiiO-mlle tlrket
can be purchased for $10. The ticket 1
good over a single line of road and Is not
transferable. The Kans.ts farmer with a
family of five can truvil with his wife and
children for 2 cents n n'ile but he must
par th railroad V fur the privilege of
doing It thanks to the railroad senate.
A Striking- Victory.
Seldom ha president won a mure strik
ing victory than has come to Mr. Roose
velt through the railways' change of front,
lie lung ago forer.iw what the transporta
tion men only now are realizing, that some
kind nf control must com and that fed
eral control was the bent for companies and
for peopl. And both the interest will
hare In lh benefit which em destined
to follow th Whit House conference.
ROISD ABOtT KKW YORK.
Ripple oa the t orrent of Life In the
The Legal AU ovli.ty of New York Is
one of the most efficient and useful organi
sation for the protection of th poor of
which the great city deservedly boast.
Organised thirty-one year ago, It ha dune
an Incalculable amount of good In safe
guarding the rights of hundreds ot thou
sands of people unused to legal method?
who would otherwise become prey for
vulture and sharpers. Last year the so
ciety took charge of 2S.17B case, at an ex
pense of 132,319 5. So far a recovery of
money and values Is concerned, the society
turned over to It clients the um of
171,83.1.90, or approximately 111.500 more than
In 1W6. In the thirty-one year of Its ex
istence the oclety ha paid tl,26o.7 to
clients. Of the number of pt"Tons whose
cases were handled by the eoclety last year,
7,164 were native of the United Btatna,
while 13,621 were aliens.
The exclusive Colony club, the 11.000.000
home of which a dedicated last week, Is
something more than a social organisation.
In fact, -hlle many women who are lead
er of th social circles of New York are
members, the social butterflies have not
been asked to become members. The mem
bership, which Is limited to 600, Is already
600; and Included In this membership are
such actresses aa Maude Adams and Ethel
Barrymore, such writers as Kate Pouglas
Wlggln (Mrs. Riggs) and Mis Jeanette
Glider. Artists and business women are
also Included In the membership. The club
wa the Idea of Mrs. J. Borden Harrlman,
daughter-in-law of E. H Harrlman, presi
dent of their organisation. She has given
much of her time to advancing th Inter
ests of the club. The club house, which Is
at Thirtieth street and Madison avenue. Is
of severely colonial style, but ha every
convenience of the most exclusive men'
club, except that there I no wine cellar.
A doctor who was out late, met a fine
appearing woman who gave a little cry ot
distress Just as she passed him. In
stinctively he turned to see what the matter
was, when a sandbag hit him from the
other side, and knocked him senseless.
When he recovered, his watch and money
and the finely dressed young woman had
disappeared, also th sandbag and the man
who had wielded It. In the words of the
police, to whom the matter wa reported,
"This Is a new one on us."
"I will never turn to look at another
woman, no matter what she does," re
marked the doctor, from behind hi ban
dage. Up near Fourteenth street Is some gen
uine excitement. Here are the real sight
seer. A church wedding haa just taken
place and out from the awning which
reaches from church door to pavement
come the wedding party. Roses In pro
fusion. "Twenty-four dollar a doien," say
the man who looks as though he might
have been married on a very cold day In
February and from actual experience knew
whereof he spoke. This time the sight
seeing crowd 1 made up largely of shop
pers, but the business man from lower
Broadway is here, too, in number. The
dignified merchant who has been quoting
"3 off 10" all day long is Just a anxious
to get a peek at the bride a the small
boy at the circus Is to see the elephant.
And yet wedding ar not Infrequent In
New York City.
The New York Board of EBtlmat has de
cided to acquire tor the city for the pur
poses of a seaside park an extensive tract
of land on Rockuway beach. , The project
comprehend a park of 3C0 acres lying prac
tloally several miles out at sea and yet
easily accessible by various land routes,
with a frontage of a mile and a third on
the Atlantic ocean, with one of the finest
beaches on the continent and with an equal
frontage on one of the choloest expanse of
land-locked tidewater In this part of the
After the police of the Fulton Street sta
tion, Brooklyn, had been hunting for sev
eral hour for two desperate men, who, he
asserted, had garroted, chloroformed and
robbed him, Robert St. Clair, 16 year old,
owned up that he had been romancing.
Policeman had stumbled across the lad lying
unconscious In front ot a house In Brooklyn
Heights, and for a time there wa much
mystery about the affair.
The boy said that he had been unable
to get into his home and had gone to a
nearby restaurant to wait until It wa time
for hi father ysturn. While sitting in the
place he thought It would make a fine sen
sation If he should be found chloroformed,
a victim of highwaymen. Acting on the in
spiration, h went to a Fulton street drug
tore and managed to fool the clerk Into
selling htm a small quantity of chloroform.
Going Into Cranberry street, he poured a
few drop of the drug on hi handkerchief,
then tied the linen over hi face and laid
down on the sidewalk. The chloroform soon
got In it work, and he wa really uncon
aclou when found.
The celling price of a New York Stock
exchange seat may usually be taken a a
fairly accurate barometer of the partici
pation of the public In the stock market
and tha subsequent abundance of business
among the commission firm or the lack of
It. Th' sale of a seat last week for 176.000,
IS.OOO less than the last sale and the lowest
price which ha been heard of since the
close of 1903, la credited among the member
not so much to th expectation of lean
time ahead a to the fact that It wa
pressed for sale.
Reward for Efficiency.
Springfield (Mass.) Republican.
The Interior department Is not to abate
Is any degree the effort which wa mado
under Secretary Hitchcock to push the
public land prosecutions to conviction. This
Is evidenced by the fact that 8. R. Rush
of Omaha, for th last two year assistant
I'nlted States district attorney In charge
of such suit In Nebraska, ha been ap
pointed special assistant attorney general,
and designated to continue the land fraud
suits In "Nebraska and other states." Mr.
Rush's promotion Is accepted In hi pnrt
of th country a a reward for efficient
service rendered the government. HI
former work resulted In restoring to entry
and settlement approximately l.OO.OuO acre
of the public land In central and western
Nebraska. Although similar frauds have
been general throughout the west, political
and other Influences have availed to defeat
prosecutions, save thuse conducted by Spe
cial Attorney Rush and Henry. It Is ex
pected that Mr. Rush may now be assigned
to Investigate the ooal land fraud practiced
by the I'nlun Pacific and tha Denver si
Rio Grande railroad companies and allied
interests in Wyoming, I'tah and Colorado.
FaTors for Postal Card Faddist.
New York Tribune.
Only one more favor can be asked of
the government, by the postal card en
thusiasts, now that permission - ha bt en
granted tn writ messages on the address
side of souvenir cards. Th last favor I
that tbe officials prohibit mailing clerk
from cancelling the scenery and sentiment
lithographed on lh back of such postal
cards. Many a child's heart ha baett
broken by th Inky surcharge upon a cher
ished postal ehromo. Many a cruel mis
understanding ha been created by mak
ing tender nieahag llk-gible. I.t th In
famy ccaae, lt th postal card collector
loin th oclUat sad ovexUtrvW th gov.
THE KAlLROtnS ASI) TUB PF.orLE
Newman Grove Reporter: Gentlemen of
the Nebraska lrgtrtature. we are very much
fitnllfred to you. for the bimmI thlna vou have
given ua outside of the regular progrin.
You are doing splendidly; but, of course,
you understand that that does not release
you from a single one of the pledges that
you made us before election.
Hastings Tribune: The Omaha Hr shows
up the reason why the railroads are fight
ing the proposed terminal taxation law hy
publishing the total assessment and amount
of taxes the railroads now pay In e'h
county In this state. The amount cf taxes
paid by the rallrouds Is very , small com
pared to the valuation of the property.
The railroads must be compelled to pay on
the same basis aa other property Is taxed.
Fremont Tribune: Governor Pheltlon was
elected on a platform that stands for tlie
terminal taxation .of railroads. He Is a
man who stays put. He Is not the ono to
repudiate a campaign pledge any more
than any other pledge end he Is tho soul
of honor. Representative Knowles ami Sen
ator Holbrook subscribed to the name plat
form and It Is not probable that they will
repudiate Its -declaration at the behest of
the railroad lobbyist who are making
strenuous effort to defeat the measure.
Sheldon Clipper: The fact that the rail
roads have been sending agents out over
the state the last week to protest to t,ho
people uaainst the terminal taxation bill
before the legislature, and asking them to
write their representatives at Lincoln to
vote against th measure, ought to be suf
ficient evidence to the ordinary fellow that
the terminal taxation law Is Just what the
people want. Tho railroads are not want
ing laws passed that are favorable to the
people as against the railroads no, not in
Fremont Herald (dem ): The Herald, like
any other newspaper devoted to the Inter
est of the taxpayers, would be recreant to
Its duty should It fall to say a word In
favor of the terminal taxation bill. Term
inal taxation I right. The railroad should
pay taxes for local purpose on railroad
properly In cltlea and village just the same
a other property owners In cities and vil
lages. Mr. Clarke terminal taxation bill
I a bill which would mean many thou
sand of dollar to the cltle and towns
from the railroads which now escape this
Lyons Mirror: When the people rise up
aa one giant man and aeert their rights
a In the 1-cent victory the nil I road man
age! see the handwriting on the wall and
recoil. Their threats of poorer service,
no more excursion rates, etc., I all rot.
Thl I a game that the people ca,n play
at aa well a the railroads. A poorer serv
ice would mean less patronage and no ex
cursion rates will mean that lots more
people will travel by team a In case of
locil gatherings such as the old settlers'
reunions, etc. Hundreds of people can Just
as well drive to Tekamah to the jld set
tler' reunion, raoe meeting, etc., as to
drive to the town and take the train. Bet
ter go slow, Mr. Railroad.
Central City "Nonpareil: It now develops
that the Nebraska railroads have deter
mined upon a campaign of retaliation to
punish th people for the reform legisla
tion recently enacted. In connection with
the order putting Into , effect the 2-cent
fare, all the railroads have annulled all
clergymen' half fare permits and will no
longer grant reduced rates to disabled aol
Ulers and excursion rate to conventions,
assemblies, ete. ..The railroads need not
think to frighten the people with tactics
like these. They have been extortioner
and unjust for a long time. They have
evaded their taxes and charged exorbitant
rate and , made unfair . discriminations.
Now that they have been halted In their
wrong-doing thy are showing Ill-temper
and bad judgment. The railroads would
do well to seek the favor rather than the
enmity of th people, for they can no
longer subvert and defeat the popular w'.II.
Fremont Tribune: There Is no reason to
believe the road have ever paid any tax
to speak of on their terminal property. This
I why they are so tubbornly resisting and
why they are hiring lobbyists to befuddle
member of county boards and of the leg
islature. They don't even want their term
inal value to be "distributed" or taxed In
any way. Tbe Tribune on February 7 wrote
to Secretary Bennett of the State Board of
Assessment, requesting him to give "th
total valuation of railroad terminals aa
taken Into' account In the aanrwntent of
their property in. this state." To this Mr.
Bennett replied: "This has never been sep
arately figured a terminal property, hut
taken a a whole with nil the other ele
ment." In other words, the board never
had any figure submitted to It. It onl7
in theory Is supposed to have In mind that
the terminals are worth something when
It fixe a valuation on railroad property for
tax purposes, though no member can give
any definite Idea of what he allowed. If
anything, for that item. The IM.OOO.onO or
ISO.OOO.OOO of thl kind of property In Ne
braska now practically escaping all taxa
tion Is saving the road enough to hlr
lobbyist to rull the wool over the eye of
those In authority.
York Republican: There Is no ground In
Justice for the assertion that the people
of the west are on a crusade against the
railroads. They would not see the property
of the roads Injured or confiscated a bit
easter than they Would see the property of
their friends or neighbor Injured or con
flscated. They have been wronged by the
railroads. They are charged nearly four
times the amount for the same service that
the people east of Chicago are charged.
Their railroads are capitalised for double
their actual value, and thl Inflated stock
Is at a premium, because the peiole of the
west hive been quiet and allowed the road
First, that almost every operation
in our hospitals, performed upon
women, becomes necessary because
of neglect of such symptoms as
Backache, Irregularities, Displace
ment. Pain In the Side, Dragging
Sensations, Dizziness and Sleepless
ness. Second, that Lydla E. Pinkham's
Vegetable Compound, mads from
native roots and herbs, has cured
more cases of female Ills than any
other one medicine known. It reg
ulates, strengthen and restores women's health and Is invalnabls la
preparing women for child-birth and during the period of Change
Third, the great volume of unsolicited and grateful testimonial on
file at the Pink ham Laboratory at Lynn, Mass.. many of which ar from
time to time being published by special permUaion, give absolute evi
dence of the value of Lydla E. Pinkh am's Vegetable Compound and Mrs.
Lydia E. Pinkham's Vegetable Compound
For more than 80 years haa been curing Female Complaints, suqh as
Dragging Sensatiims. Weak Back, Falling and Displacements. In
flammation and Ulceration, and Organic Dlbeaaes, and it dissolves
and expels Tumors at aa early stage.
Mrs. Pinkham's Standing Invitation to Women
Women suffering from any form of female weakness are Invited to
write Mrs. Ptnkham, Lynn, Man furadVice. She l the Mrs. Pinkham who
baa beta advising sink women free of charge for more than twenty
years, and before that she aaoiated her mother-in-law, Lydla, E. Flak
bam in advising. Thus she Is especially well qualified to gulda atok
worn a tack to health. Write today, don wan until too late.
to earn dividends on stock that Is half r
more than half water. The people of the
west want only Justice. They do not want
to be robbed any longer. In the early day
of the history ef th development of the
west there wa some excuse for high
chsrKe. because trkftlc wa light. That
condition exist no longer. Traffic Is so
heavy thnt all the roads that have any
real excuse for their existence confess that
they are unable to care for It with their
present facilities. But the high 'eharpfe
still remain, modified soie In a few cases,
but still up to the greatest limit' the trafflo
will bear, and then some. If the peopl
keep at themselves they can remedy these
evils. But they must keep together and
keep busy. They must not stop to listen
to the appeals of the known organs of
tho railroad managers, or they will get lost
In the shuffle.
St. Paul Republican: No special Interest
attaches to the question of municipal taxa
tion cf railroad terminals so far a th
average Nebraska community I concerned,
but a a matter of right and Justice the
agitation toward that etui should hav the
good will, If not activn support, ot every
fair-minded citizen. The same argument
that have prevailed In previous sessions
are being used by rallrond lobbyists tf) con
fuse enough country members to defeat
the so-called "terminal taxation" bill, and
the fortune which attends their present
efforts will be a fair standard for com
parison of the Thirtieth legislature with
Its predecessors. The chief contention of
the railroad people Is that such a law
would take many thousands of dollnrs in
taxes from rural counties and pour them
Into the city treasuries of Omaha -and Lin
coln. The quickest answer to thl la that
If no other result were anticipated the
railroads would not be found fighting so
desperately against it. Their deep interest
proves that It means a considerable In
crease of taxation to thrm. But there Is
a stronger and more logical argument In
favor of municipal taxation of railway
terminals, ruder the present system the
Immensely valuable terminal properties
at Omaha are "distributed" by the Btat
Board of Assessment. Those belonging to
the Union Pacific, for Instance, are di
vided by the mlkage of the main line and
apportioned to each county through which
(he muln line passes according to the num
ber of miles of track In that county. Be
side the state and county taxos, each
school district and municipality also re
ceive a small proportion of benefit from
thl plan. But the city In which ths
terminals are located receive not on
penny of taxes, although it 1 required
to furnish fire and police protection and
all the other advantage of metropolitan
government. The -unfairness of the plan Is
"You can't expect that those Nlearaguan
heroes will die with their boots on."
"Most of them are barefooted." Cleve
land 1'laln IX-uler.
The Owl Twins, eh? Ain't you afraid
they'll displease your patrons?
The Stork Certainly not. Cupid says ha
often hears 'epi telling each other that two
can live as cheaply as one. puck.
"Ijfl me go," pleaded the pickpocket.
"This Is my first offetiBe."
"Yes," replied the pedestrian, placing hi
wallet back tn his pocket. "1 noticed that
J-ou were Just getting your hand In."
"There," said the preacher when he had
married the manicurist to the corn due
tor, "I congratulate you. You are bound,
hand and foot." Chicago Record-Herald.
Knlcker Does your wife listen to rea
on? Rocker I think she would If It wa on a
party line. New Yurk Sun.
"Your bump of ' dealructlveness," "ld
the phrenologist, "la large. Ar yuu a sol
dier?" "No," wa tho reply, "I am a chauffeur."
"Now," suddenly exclaimed the timid
youth, who had finally screwed up th
courage to turn out the gas, "if you don't
"Really, yoi needn't have done that."
said the sweet girl calmly. "A dark room
Isn't necessary for the development of thl
negative." Philadelphia Press.
Jac Old Roughhead advocate an antl
tlpplng law everywhere. He says he will
make no free acknowledgments to anyone.
Jill He doesn't. He won't even tip bi
hat. Washington Herald.
Miss Gaddle Your brother and I wera
partners in a little game of whist at Hoyle'a
house last evening.
Mia Knox Oh! I thought It might be
Miss Gaddle Why, did he tell you
Miss Knox He Just said he had had a
runber at whlHt. Catholic Standard and
When the time of toll la ended and th
stars bettin to show
And the firelight fades and flickers and
the shadows come and go;
When the present day is fading through
the portals of the pa.-,t
To Join the other days thut made the Jour
ney all too fast,
You can't help going with It far enough to
And maybe It will take your hand and lead
you; and you try
To laugh and hope, just us you did when
everything was new
And you were living In the land of things
you meant to do.
It takes you to the rainbow which showed
treasure's hiding place;
It shows youth's starting point, where all
were equal In the race.
The winter's fierceness there wa all for
gotten In a duy,
For nothing was so real as the blossoming
The stars that shine afar then seemed so
That one might pluck them from the sky,
should he but persevere.
Life' fairest, truest Joys are those too fair
e'er to be truy,
They dwell back yonder in the land of
thliiga we meant to do.
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