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R OMAHA DAILY HER: MONDAY. MARCH 2"u 1007.
Tiif, Omaha Daily Bee
lolNUhl) HV EDWARD KOBEWATKR.
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STATEMENT OF CIRCULATION.
Plate of Nebraska. Douglas County.
c'harh s C ' Hutawaur, general manner
of The K Publishing comiany. being duly
sworn. savs that the actual number of full
n nd complete rnples of The Pally. Morning,
Evening and Sunday Pee printed during the
incntn or r cimmrv. lsirf. mi as iouow.
1 31,600 31,380
2 v.. 8160 17 30,390
5 30,100 18 33.630
4 ai,C30 1 32,0fc0
6 31,660 20 3S.BE0
81,670 21 33,470
7 33,180 22 39.4G0
I G1.B60 2 J 38,0.60
9 33,130 24 30,620
10 30,430 IS 33,080
11 31.750 2 3160
12 31,670 J7 33,050
12 31,640 , tl 33,130
14 .. ... 81,640
IS 31,650 Total 896,730
Leai unsold and returned copies.
Net total 686,957
Bally average 31,677
CILARLjig C. ROSE WATER,
Subscribed In my' presence and aworn to
before) me thla 1st day of March, 1IHC.
(Seal) M. B. H UNGATE,
WHEN OUT or TOWJ.
subscribers leaving the cltr tern
porarlly should ha-e ' The Dee
walled to them. Addrea will lie
chanted often as requested.
Prospect art' good Unit tin legisla
ture will redeem ev'ery plat form pledge
without requiring on extra session.
TLe failure of Senator lvnox'8 presi
dential boom to mil kit any notable prog
ress uniy be due to the ear shortage.
Colonel Kr.vuu denounces, tle repub
lican party as n one-man party. Even
that Ik a majority over n no-man party.
If the government decides to buy the
railroads It might be a good scheme to
start a panic In Wall street und Ret
theui at bargain prices.
Whatever" the JuYy in the Thaw cafe
may decide, all hope It will find tsonio
way of preventing the participants In
the case from going on the stage.
The czar of ltuwhhi has wade a lot
of new promises to the douma. The
czar'n stock of promises seems to be as
large as that of the xtiltan of Turkey.
The Nebraska law-makers who re
pudiated their own signatures doubt
less now wish they hadn't unless the
consideration was really worth while.
The Illinois minister who squandered
$12,000 in playing slot machines should
have stopped to think how far 240,000
nickels would have taken him on a
Admiral Schley says he could not be
Induced to accept the nomination for
the vice presidency on the democrat
ticket. The admiral has no uppetite foi
a losing tight.
Ixtndon announces that "Richard
Croker Is on the high road to recovery."
The pKple lose track of Croker except
when his advice Is needed about New
That beautiful work of fiction entitled
"The Omaha Sponge," Issued by the
twin tax bureaucrats of the Union Pa
clue, and Rurlington roads, will now be
recalled from circulation.
' The supreme court has so far contined
itself to telling what is not a perquisite
of office. It might clear up matters a
little more if It would tell what consti
tutes a perquisite of office.
A Kentuyky farmer boasts posses
sion of ''sixteen acres of the finest mint
In the world." Colond Henry Watter
son may be expected to start home from
Spain ulmost any day now.
Mr. Harrlman wa unquestionably
rlgflt when he referred to the mistaken
policy of leaving all the' dealings be
tween the railroads and the public to
"lawyers and subordinates."'
Chairman tlurber of the democratic
Hate committee lu Ohio says that If
Mr. Iiijtiu Is liouiluuted for the presi
dency he will carry every state in the
uulou. lie always does except In No
vember. "The Wall street Hurry will go down
to history" us the first panic' without a
failure," says the Cleveland Plain
Pettier. On the contrary, It was a com
plete failure, bo fur tin Its purpose of
se'iriug the president and the country
"If you pm.j,rr and we prosper we
r-hiU prospertetcther; If you fall to
pr-i.-'jicr and we fall to prosper, we Khali
I;;',l -Together," said Speaker Cnuuon In
' uddrces to the Porto Kieatis. If the
Pcrli Iilcans i an find any Haw hi that
11:. d of logic the riuliti -nf ci1lzetnhl:
aLould no longer b. dcidtd thcai.
rini'usK ( F llj-OI LltAllVU" .Hll.K.
While rallniail managers. In roufer
ence with rifsideiit Koosevelt and io
publie titteranees, have been ubmlt
tlr.g many propositions for 'co-operative"
relations between the government
and tne railways, no two of them have
agreed on any definite plan, and most
of the suggestions have been rather
rngue In .character. Out of the mass of
suggestion and argument made public,
however, Is a clear Indication that most
of the railway managers desire a modu
vlvendl with the government by which
the entire regulation of traffic rates
filial be placed under federal control
and the railways thus relieved of deal
ing with state authorities In the matter
Mr. Harrlman, the most loquacious
of the railway -eonferees. is emphatic
ally In favor of such plan. In a care
fully stuilledlnterview he declares that
the question of constitutionality lies In
all of the state legislation on railway
matters and that "but one thing is ob
vious, and that Is that the railroads
have got to fight these measures as
they come along and at the same time
' undertake to educate the public on the
primary questions involved." This Is
simply official announcement of the
purpose ot tlie railroads to apply the
court test to the rate laws passed by
the legislatures of Nebraska and other
Another move in the direction of en
larging, the scope of the work of the
Interstate Commerce commission has
been made by I?. I- Yoakum of fhe
Rock Island, who has asked President
Roosevelt to have western representa
tives of the commission appointed with
headquarters at Chicago and St Iuis
for the purpose of securing "co-operation."
John D. Rockefeller, whose In
direct holdings lu railroad properties Is
very large, hits also declared in favor
of federal control and regulation of
railway rates, and the entire railway
management seems to be Inclining to
that view, the pui'iKise clearly being to
have the question of rate regulation
taken from the legislatures, of the states
and vested with the Interstate Com
merce commWslon. ,
The attitude of the railroad managers
Is significant, In view of their open hos
tility for years to the efforts of the In
terstate Commerce commission to bring
about the very renditions for which the
railways are now clamoring. No eager
ness to seek cover under the federal
law wax manifested until the legisla
tures of the s'ntes became aroused over
local abuses co-extensive with thone
aimed at by the president and congress.
It Is possible, of course, that under
projier t'o-operntlon letwecn the govern-
j inent and the railways a satisfactory
adjustment of Interstate commerce rates
I might lo fixed going a long way to end
( what the railways are pleased to term
"a campaign of hostility" In the va
rious legislatures. Be that as It may,
the railroads have for the first time
been placed on the defensive and com
pelled to admit that the shippers and
fhe public have rights that should be
A VICTORY FOR THE PEOPLE.
The passage of the terminal tax bill
by substantial majorities In both
branches of the Nebraska legislature Is
a great victory for the people as against
the consolidated influence of the tax
Never In the history of Nebraska has
a railroad lobby, reinforced by all the
insidious agencies at the command of
these great corporations, fought so des
perately to retain a special privilege
affording them escape from payment of
city taxes on their terminals and forc
ing the other property owners to pay
the taxes that should properly be paid
by the railroads.
The bill must pass through still an
other stage of legislative procedure to
secure the concurrence of the senate to
the house amendments before It , will
be ready for the approving signature of
the governor, which Is already assured.
It Is not safe to assume that- the rail
road managers, who have required their
paid agents to tight the measure inch
by inch, will cease their efforts to ob
struct even now. It behooves the
friends of terminal taxation to coutiuue
their vigllunce to the very end.
When the bill is signed by tho gov
ernor and actually on the statute books,
Tho Bee will have considerable more to
say in review of and comment en this
great legislative battle.
SPOZ7VG GOOD 8yA K K STORIES.
The official zoologist of the state of
Pennsylvania has Issued a pamphlet on
snakes in which he devotes many pages
to the self-lnqiosed and unappreciated'
task of trying to convince the world
that all the snake stories of the past
were not true. The skeptical aoologlst
Insists that all the statements In hU
booklet are based on actual experiments
anil subject of convincing proof, but the
American people will be slow to be
lieve him. Just the same. His conten
tion that the hanging of a dead snake
on a tree will not produce rain In a few
hours and drive witches away will
never lie accepted in the south, where
thousand' of negroes are nady to tes
tify to the efficacy of this practice.
Nor can he iiihke many folks believe
that the snake cannot be used to cure
goitre. Western' Indians tan tell On
I'eimsylvtini.-i selei-.tilie sharji, too. tliat
the heart of a rattlesnake, if swallowed
while It is still warm, is an infallible
cure for eonstimptloii.
Men raised on the farm will sneer
at the professor's claim that there Js no
'inch tlilntr, us a hoepf nuke. They all
i eu eii-lu-r. and can prow it by the lilr.-d
'.iiMi. sti big the liiMipspsike t:lk Its Mi!
n 'ts tooiiiii .ii-d , -1! : i r the in. ,id -w
't exprc.s iraiu .-p. d. tiuu'ly ;rii;:;ig
Its futiKs lu a tree, with the result that
the tree died witlilu an hour. The tree
may also be elte as evidence. Theo
are only samples of the wild assertions
made by the Pennsylvania snakeolog'.st.
He even contends that snakes do not
thartn birds, or go blind once a month
In dog days, or sting with their toneues,
or milk cows, ami he" caps the climax
with the assertion that when a snake H
killed Its tail does not live until the sun
Science Is making great headway
these days and discovering many thincs
that are not so. Most of its decrees re
accepted without question, but the
Pennsylvnti'In vpert has placed too
heavy 'a tax on the credulity of the
people who know a snake when they
see It with it. fkin on. The only thing
to be said In his favor Is that he (I'd
cot aim a shaft at that time-honored
custom of amateur fishermen carrying
a bottle along filled with sure cure for
SECRETARY TAFT -TRA VEllXCi
An Illustration of the development of
modern statesmanship and the changed
political conditions that have followed
America's elevation to the ranks of
"world powers" Is furnished by the
Itinerary upon which Secietary of War
Taft has started, with a suit case full
of problems arisen between the United
States und Its colonial possessions. Mr.
Taft has gone to Panama and will also
visit Porto Rico. On his return trip he
will spend some time in Havana and
then, ufter a brief stay In Ohio, will
start for the Philippines. He may go to
the Philippines via Alaska and will
touch at Hawaii and Samoa. He goes.
In effect, as the diplomatic messenger
of the president's cabinet to confer with
the nation's colonial authorities on prob
lems demanding solution.
At Panama Mr. Taft will investigate
the work done and to be done and
niton his report the" president will base
his decision ns to the future policy to be
pursued in the matter of digging tho
canal by the government or by coutract
ami the couise to be adopted It! securing
necessary labor for the work. v Some
engineering problems are also to be set
tled and Mr. Tnft's report will be the
basis for the administration's future
In Porto Rico Mr. Taffs duty will be
one of conciliation, the Porto Weans
feeling greatly aggrieved because rights
of citizenship have been denied them.
In Alaska, the secretary will Inspect
the government's works and consider
plans nnder discussion for a general sys
tematic development of the resources
of the territory, under federal direction.
The traveling diplomat will Investigate
the fortification Improvements nt Ha
waii and study ih6 labor problem as af
fected by the new immigration law.
When Mr.' Taft was governor of the
Philippines, he promised the natives he
would be present at the opening of the
first Philippine assembly, which will be
In September. While keeping that en
gagement, he will visit the Islands early
In order to watch the progress of events
and be in position to make recommenda
tions for future action by congress en
larging the self-government powers that
have been granted to the Filipinos. He
will have to report progress on his ef
forts to secure a reduction of tariff on
Philippine goods, but he doubtless will
tell them that there is still hope for re
lief lu that direction.
The discharge of these duties will
keep the secretary pretty busy until al
most time for the next session of con
gress In the meantime, the Taft presi
dential boom is in the hands of his
IMVC'LE SAM' If CASH ACCOVKT.
Just before adjournment, Chairman
Tawney of the house committee on ap
propriations Issued a note of warning,
advising congress to prune the appro
priation bills then peudlng-or be prepared
to face a deficit of about $100,000,000
at the end of the fiscal year in June,
1908. Refusing to get scared badly by
the warning, congress went ahead with
aproprlations that broke a record for
the short session. Then Mr. Tawuey
made another statement, admitting er
rors In his former estimate and Inti
mating that the surplus at the end of
the next fiscal year would bo about
$20,000,000, In spite of tho larga appro
priations. Now the "Treasury depart
ment Is coming along with figures that
make Mr. Tawney look like a pessimist.
The government's Income for the first
twenty days of March was $5,000,000 In
excess of disbursements and Its sur
plus for the nine months of the present
fiscal year amounts to over $7,ooo,00O.
At that rate the surplus for the fiscal
year ending next June will be In ex
cess of $7'M 10.000, which may be ap
plied to the expenditures pledged for
the liscal year ending In June, lODS.
This Is the largest surplus the govern
ment has had since ltxi2 and the con
stant Increase in foreign trade furnishes
assurances that a surplus of bulky pro
portions will mark the close ofthe fiscal
year provided for by the last congress.
The financial condition of the gov
ernment Is all the answer needed to the
gloomy predictions of financiers who
have not been satisfied with the legis
lation of the lasj two years. It also Is
8ti encouragement to business men and
corporations to go on with their plans
for new enterprises, the prosecution of
which will serve to continue the era of
prosperity now being enjoyed by the
Th lax bureau irtielia of ihe variom
railrcuds may come home from Lincoln
nr-d pre are tin lr schedules for the an
iieal exhibit for the ?i:ti Hoard tf As-si-sMii'-nt.
It Is to b' presumed that
they will be alio to show, to tlei;- vwn
srlisfattion at least, that the railroad
piopertles have bei-n steadily depre
eii ting In value r.nd are now worth for
taxation no more than they would
bring ns old junk.
Win n i.uiivf putted iiu appropria
tion for a government exhibit at the
Omaha exposition the bells rang out.
the siren whistle blew and all Omaha
rejoiced. The passage of the terminal
tax bill will, mean a great deal more
for Omaha than the government appro
priation for the. Omaha exposition, and
while no Istlsterous demonstration is J
required, tho taxpayers here should not j
. The terminal tax bill hnd r.l repub
lican votes lu the house on final roll
call, being the exact number required
but the five extra votes furnished by
the corpora tion'free fusionists were
none the less welcome.
If the Increasing number of automo
biles on the streets may be rolled on as
a sign reflecting business prosperity,
Omaha's progress In the accumulation
of material wealth is surely goiug on
Ir. Wiley declares that whisky coag
ulates the protoplasm. The Boston po
liceman who would not look nt n plain
drunk will probably take delight In
pinching a man with coagulated proto
plasm. The Philadelphia NorthWulerlcatf Is
Inviting suggestions as to what. Presi
dent Roosevelt should do after his term
expires. Why wouldn't he make n good
chairman of the Interstate Commerce
An early morning bulletin from the
White House states that President
Roosevelt slept ery well last night,
lu spite of the fat that former Senator
Burton denounced hiin In a speech at
If there is any way-by which Omaho
can be put In positiou to secure new
pavements of the downtown streets b
repavlng instead of by pt.'petunl patch
ing, it should by all means be done.
C-ornerl-j,mi In the Hoce.
The way Mrs. 8age la beginning to hand
out money makes It clear that If Mr.
Carnegie hopes to hold his place at tho
head of his procession' he will have, to
give some attention to something else than
golf this summer.
Smacks of It evolution.
A city In Montana haa revoked the fran
chise of a gas company there because the
light furnished la poor; The Idea thug
expressed that gag companies are organ
ized primarily to give people good light Is
little short of revolutionary.
Don't Crowd , t(e patient.
Washington t Star.
Our embarrassments of augetiUons grow
nut of the embarrassments of bur riches.
Our crop of plutocrats la the logical be
getter of our crop, ofwlseacres. Those
people who are not getting rich are busy
with sehemea for distributing what the
others 'are making. What la-the remedy?
As the physician advises in the case of an
Individual, give natire a (ftiance. 'At any
rate, let nature help. Don't crowd the
patient. The country is not In the throes
of dissolution. If certain great properties
are dropsical, draw off the water. That
alone should Improve things materially.
nrcnlallon of Stock Watering.
In the accounts which come from Wash
ington of the president's projected cam
paign for further government regulation
of the railroads, the statement Is repeat
edly made, as It waa before conKreaa ad
journed, that on one thing the president
has made up his mind. That la, that the
stock watering of the past cannot 1)3
remedied. Mr. 'Roosevelt realizes that
the watered securities have largely found
their way Into the hands of Innocent In
vestors, and that a retroactive law would
probably hurt them more than the really
guilty parties. In thla sane view of th-
matter the president Is distinguished fronj
radicals like Senator La .Follette.
Swlna;lnsr Aronnd the Circle.
New York Sun. ,
The Intended peregrinations and official
gyrations 'of the secretary of war possess
much Interest for philosophers. Mr. Tift
expects, to start next Saturday for Gatun
Dam and elsewhere. Conynon report haa
In store for th(9 diligent public servunt
and Intrepid traveler an amazing aeries
or succession of Journeylnga between now
and the beginning of the presidential
year, which, will ttrice. hini' lo ranania.
Colon, Cuba. Porto Rico, Canada, Alaska,
the Philippines, Guam and Tutuila, with
brief Intervals of domestic employment.
Other candidates, active and passlva,
have swung around their chosen circle".
No circle waa ever drawn with a radius
anything like this.
Pennsylvania's I'nlsre of Graft.
The ratio of fraud (In building the statt
capital) far surpasses all that the most
daring Imagination had conceived. I'
touches and taints everything that ha
yet been brought under review. Tha ; r
eral system was simple. Sanderson had
the all-embracing contract. Tho jok-r
tin.t heen fined so that nobodv else rnt.M
get It. The arch nontractor foi'olet t5i cuultl not be restrained from using It,-for
different parts to subcontractors. They j advertising purioses. The supreme court
dealt only with the former and did tie I ut Washington, however, takes the higher,
work at fair cost. Th arch cont ne-nr ! broader grouna.
dcalth with the state and In the transition There is no excuse for the use of the
the cost' was multiplied four times ovjr. flea; fur advertising nil manner of wares.
If this proportion runs through all the j It amounts to a desecration. In many
furnishing as It runs thru-.sh all thus inxtanrcs the use of the flag has been de
far examined, the prnft In tho capliol jjrudinsr.
amounts to more than 5.0noroon! j The Hag stands' for nil that Is lilglv-st
i ar.d best in our civlliratk.n. It Is the
The Mule n a 'Xfnrrlor. symlsil of the republic. 'The reverence
Philadelphia Re rd. j fr ,ho j,., which la the minds and hearts
The mule has hitherto upp-ured as war j of UlP children of the republic meats pa-
material; nevvr nerore as tne cause ct war.
But Central America but elevated him
from the humble position of an army's lo
comotive p:iver to p. casus belli. Ho lias
i b ?n trantferrej fr ill his "su ordinate po-
t it Ion in llie quartern aster's detriment
i to the eminence of the D-a.rtmert of
Stste. and the foreign niiii1terg of two
socr.fign bJ lillli.ui inn republics write
I lett rs nb' ut hlni. There Is even a ou- s
j tlon of bis Identity, arid while one o;"i!al
I Insists that the stolen u-.ule Wis tin- prop
euyof !rn-i S ilptd i, a N!eara ian r Tu
Igte, another tr.flnta that he tx-loi es to ;in
I other Irnii-n Salg ulo. who Is an eu'l.r.i'!
' Houdiirun ci;'r..-n. Tr'.y was d-M lived I e
! cause Helen wis stolen: O .ill Minaua l.e
destrt yed b--.&u.-v N'.eursuan raider
drov.. off i mi.ie from the sal of liun-
Tin: rjKfiMin-Ti l ji mumiin,
If Pnpnlnrtty Hold Ont HooiMrlt
inn Dlftnte the omlnoc.
t'eles. the unexpected eliould happen,
T heoit i re Roosevelt can have the 'republi
can nc-ntmatjert f.'f iT.sUVi-.t In ir-S If he
will take It. Of that there. Is no doubt.
Put Mr. Roorevrlt his n pood deal of con
fidence In this country, and tikes great
pride in !t. As a consequence, ' he repudi
ates Ihe Idea that there Is but one Indi
vidual of the Sf.OiKi.iVti and upward of tis
fit to be president of the United Htates.
That Is what a third term will lm-an. If
there ever Is n third term. That Is why
Theodore Roosevelt rofuse to consider the
matter. Most of this third-term talk Is
sincere; some of It Is disingenuous. ' We
may be assured that t'ie president under
stands It ltrccOely.
Put there Is one thing left to Mr. RoosA
vclt. if his popularity holis. He can dic
tate the republican cnadldiUe. t'ntll Aaron
Burr cut that ugly caper the winter of lsoti.
l'l. that made Imperative i-ho twelfth
amendment. It was tho policy to promole
the vice president to the chief magistracy:
but after the defeat of Burr's scheme the
succession fell to the secretary of state,
as when Madison succeeded Jefferson. Mon
roe, Madison, and J. Q. Adams, Monroe.
Clay was secretary of state in J. Q. Adams'
cabinet, and would have succeeded to the
presidency, no' doubt, had not Jackson de
feated Adama In 1S.H.
"When Jackson came In he fully Intended
to tjake John C. Calhoun his successor,
but Adams so contrived that Old Hickory
heard of some strictures that the eminent
South Carolinian had passed on certain
conduct of Jackson In Florida, and Cal
houn was deposed and Van Buren Installed
as heir to the scepter. Being a widower.
Van was Immune to the Fogey O'Neill dis
temper, and he thus became president
March 4, 18.77. In 114 Jackson made James
K. Polk president. Van Buren was the
last of our prcsldent-mnde presidents, and
Polk was tho only one of our ex-presldent-made
Grant attempted to make Roscoe Conk
llng his successor, but Ute candidacy of
Oliver P. Morton divided the anti-Blalne
strength, and Hayes' got the nomination.
Hayes waa the lost president who actively
engaged In a movement to dictate the suc
cession, und It failed, because Mr. Blaine
preferred Garfield to Sherman, who was
the administration candidate, but the
breiid-and-bulter squad Inglorlously de
serted, and Garfield got the plum.
Roosevelt Is the best politician now on
the carpet. He Is in a place of even
greater vantage than Jackson, for the op
position hated Jackson with the cordiality
of the very old horned devil himself, while
the present "opposition,", the democracy,
so-called, is on Its head to touch the- hem
of the republican president's garment, that
virtue and patriotism may Issue to t there
from. TWO GREAT XAT1RAL WOXDEIIS.
President Roosevelt and Jlm" Hill
Classed na Snch.
The man l'm attemptingto describe is
not restless. That Is not the word as we
are accustomed to use It. He suffers (or
benefits) from a total absence 'of the de
sire or capacity for rest. He is energy
personified. He enjoys no heartier enemy
In the world than Mr. Hill, the president
of . the Great Northern railway, but a
psychologist would classify them a cousins.
They have the same dealre for speech and
the same difficulty about uttering It, the
same physical awkwardness and energy,
courage, boldness and self-concentration.
The president of the' United States makes
old men of his cabinet ministers before
their time. The trail of the president
of the Great Northern is marked by thj
wrecks of old, broken-down enriched as
sociates In business. Today, and he Is
nearly 70 years of age, the younger man
on his railways fear h's Brobdlngnagt-m
"Inspection trips" when they are liaulol
from their berths at sunrise to eat a
breakfast that would stasxer Gargantui
and then to tramp for hours over broken
fields and through swamps inspecting
collieries, admiring prize bulls, visiting
round houses or working handcars, until
the sunset hour" sends theni back to the
car where, somnolent, they try to lltiten
while the "old man" reads aloud books on
the development of trade In Chln or
challenges them to a discussion on thj
existence "of Martian life. '
Perhaps you, would like to know whu
these two eminent and distant person
ages think of each other. At Mr. Roose
velt's request Mr. Hill was takn by a
friend of both gentlemen to Washington
to discuss the Northern Securities ease.
Each presented his view to tho other
at about the samp time, I suppose. At
the conclusion of the interview or fracas
the railway president pulled hla hat down
over his ears and thundered over to hi
hotel. The friend remained to collect
souvenirs of the disaster. When he i.'it
back to the hotel he asked Mr. Hill:
"What do you think of the president?"
"I think ha Is crazy," said Mr. Hill.
"Well." said the friend, "that's funny,
for that is exactly what the presldet
said about you." .
rnoTECTixu thr ki.ao.
Decision In Nebraska Caae a Source
of Satisfaction. '
The supreme court of the United States
having before It the question of the con
stitutionality of the Nebraska law pro
hibiting the use of the flag for advertising
purposes haa upheld the validity of that
' This decision will give great satisfaction
to the vast' majority of the people of the
The people have not looked with any
favor v,sin the use of the flag as a trade
mark or for advertising purposes.' The su
preme court holds that a state has a right
to protect the national flag from Indlsnl-th-.
It has ticen held In some state Juris
dictions that under the constitution the
flag !b common property and that people
tri(,,iHnv o1 promoted by Its use for
undignified and. belittling; purr uses.
In this day of mad aeramMe for money
there seems to be little thouqht given to
We can be'ter teach the children to love
the flas; to understand the s.-icrhlce and
hercl.-m which ba i .Tir.de it transcendent In
Its glory, !f we do not permit It to bo
constantly apnad before them ts un adver
Shrinkage of the f;rent.
Wa hlurtoi Post.
It's a pretty s-.fe bet ths.t within the last
fortnight several rallr.-ad rr'sldcnt have
dtsc-.vred that they can wear hats a size
smaller than the old '-n.-s tl.rni:trh which
they have b en cuuvtralny with the state
(rrt: on thf. ir.iii'i.tiiRi:.
Wood River Interests: We once knew a
boy who told tiis parents that "you let
me do ns I please and I will be n good
boy, but If you go to correcting mo I II
Just rals.i thunder." Just now the Ne-1-iMi-ka
iniiioniiH ale twill brothers to that
O'Neill Frontier: The Bee Is making It
a little torrid for the repudaitors. But be
It said to the credit of the present legis
lature that only a few haie gone lack on
the party pledge. An occasional "black
sheep" among n large body of men Is ex
pected. Springfield Monitor: A Lincoln paper
says: "Omaha Is a sponge and a hog."
How about Uticoln always asking for st ile
appropriations lor association meetings
that brliiR" lens of thousands of people
there to spend money, and tho city gets
the benefits arid wants the state to pay the
T'tumieli Tribune: We v.ii lve !5 n cash
to any mortal being who will re isonalily
and logically explain hy a hotel or board
ing house debt s any more sacred than
doctors' or printers' bills, yet a man can
be arrested and placed in Jail for Jumping
a hotel or boarding house bill, while he
can Jump the doctors' or printers' bills,
tell him to so to the lower regions, and that
is a receipt in full.
Tekanmh Herald: The best feature of the
present legislature Is that party lines do m t
coivit for much; democrats g-ve cordial
support to republican measures and repub
licans have given cordial support to demo
cratic measures. The time waa when a
measure waa Introduced by one side, no
matter how meritorious' wtuld be opposed
by the other. That time Is pat. The In
terest of ttw people at large appears to
have broken party lines. That Is not only
the right spirit, but excellent politics aa
Dakota City Kugle: "Let them hear from
home," says The Omaha Beo, referring to
the stand some members of the legislature
have taken on the railroad bills now up f r
consideration. This Is a mighty good hint
and we hope It will be acted on by many
readers of the lOagle. The railroad com
panies have s?nt to Lincoln a large number
of their influential friends, who have al
ready got sfaiiie of the former advocates of
the proposed railroad reform measures wab
bling toward the south. A letter from
honve may stiffen their weak knees so that
they can get back to the straight and nar
row path of honor and duty.
Callaway Queen: Since the opening of
the legislature. The Omaha Bee seems to
have had its stinger out for our representa
Uve, P. C. Wilson. Just, why The Bee
has It In for Custer county, and keeps
trying to set Representative Wilson up as
a "horrid example," Is more than we can
understand. Custer county has always
treuted The Bee with more or less courtesy
and the mud It Is throwing our way Just
now may some day have a reaction. Mr.
Wilson Is following the wishes of the
people he represents Instead of following
out the petty little hobbies ot The Bee, and
these little slaps at him from The Bee
are uncalled for.
Albtwn News: The railroads called all
their henchmen to Lincoln, lust week and
tried to stampede the legislature. Men
from all parts of the state. were sent for to
oume and work their respective senators
and representatives to persuade them to
vote against some of the reform measures
which are undesirable by the railroads.
Many otherwise reputable men answered
the call. This showed the power of an an
nual pass over men who would scorn to be
bought with money. There should be a
shower of letters from the people to our
members in the legislature, assuring them
of the wishes of the people. If they only
hur from those under bondage to the rail
roads they may get the Idea that the peo
ple are indifferent and are not caring how
they vote. Write to Senator Oou'.d and Rep
resentative Smith today and tell them what
you think about the anti-pass law, the tax
ation of the railroads In the towns and
cities, the direct primary law and any other
measure In which you are Interested. It is
fair to presume our representatives are de
sirous of carrying tut the wishes of their
constituents. Don't allow them to be Ig
norant of your wishes. If they .want to do
the right thing they will be glad to hear
Holdrege Progress: That Nebraska peo
ple and legislators alike are forging ahead
in the onward march of progress Is shown
In the changed attitude toward party
measures and party Issues, as described
In an Interview with representative Funk.
The change Is a good one, and that It Is
beneficial to the people and the entire state
Is evident from the unprecedented amount
of legislation In the best Interests of the
people and the state which has been ac
complished by the present legislature.
Had the former misplaced seal for party
measures and party legislation, which has
characterized other legislatures prevailed,
It Is hard to say what the results would
have been. It Is probable, however, that
much which has been accomplished would
have remained undone. The spirit which
prompted a legislator to sjpport a measure
proposed by one party because he' happened
to be Identified with that party, and op
pose another- measure, equally necessary,
but Introduced by the opposite side of the
house, was pernicious In the extreme, and
without question, largely responsible for
the dilatory and unsatisfactory manner In
which some important questions have been'
handled In the past. Party loyalty up to
a certain point may be highly commenda
ble, and deserving of recognition, but when
this loyalty Is carried to a- point where It
takes precedence of loyalty to the people
of the state and Interferes with measures
Intended for their tienefit it becomes a
curse and deserves the condemnation of
intelligent men in all parties.
ATTITl IJK UP RAILROADS."
Statement More Need front Them Than
from the President.
New York Journal of Commerce.
So far as there la anything In the rail
road situation that calls fur reassuring
statements or reu.nirltig action, the fault
is not on the side of the prevalent. He
lias done nothing and has proposed noth
ing calculated to injure the legitimate In
terests of railroads. 1I hus only sought
to put un end to wrongs and abuses the
existence of whlc,h cunnot be truthfully
denied and to prevent their recurrence.
Ho is nul likely to give up that design
until it hus been eccomplinhed, and If tho
railroads engaged In interstate commerce
are U!sp fed to co-operate with him for
aci-otr.pllMhing that purpose It wllj be an J
exhibition of urent wisdom and prudence.
That Is Just what the railruud president.!
ought to do. ,
Let them take as strong ground as tho
president himself, not cnly ugalnst uli
leasonublee charges, rebates, unjust dig
crlnilnatl in and o'her such practices as
they already ndtnlt to be bad, but ug.ilnr,t
st'X-k wnterlng, JuitKllr.g with securities,
using corporate power la personal kpseu
lation and the concealment of" the acts of
the corporations and their responsible of
ficers. l-t them nrknuw ledge the right of
tho public, by which corpoiste franchises,
powers and priileses are grantel for the
ru.pose of s curing a public service, to
have that service properly performed ut a
reasonable rate and on equitable terms
and to know all about how it Is done and
with what results. I-t ti.em favor honest
and above bo.ird methods, orderly and In
telligible accounts, sad the fullest publicity.
HH1A AT Till: MK1.H.
Conceded Control of Democracy's
t'rnff In t"i.
Boston Trn i ,-t.
Mr. Hrynn s visit to l :- city, ns tht
speeches of Friday's rulim .itltm tsmquet
are spiead before the public. brtiiK out
clearly that hi I'.i'S. which will soon be here,
we nlull have the same old Bryan, utter
inn the same old worn-out platitudes el
s.'elol discontent, surrounded by the s-inn
edd ittoup of middle nnd lower tiers of
democratic politicians ' and effire seekers;
In short, another Bryan campaign. Free
silver, to be sure, will not be the Issue, but
ether forms of protest, equally radical and
lll-conslder.il, ntralnst the safety and se
curity of the business order, will be his
party's rallying cry.
It Is well to remember one life Insurance
policy which the pople of the United Stntes
are onrrylnp for relief In the improbable
event of Ur. Bryan's election, and that Is
the presont republican majority In the
United rVates senate. It will be, recalled
that Alton B. Parker, In l!iH, with mm.
mendaWo modesty, even at the expense of
pnylng a doubtful compliment to his own
party, assured the voters that If he were
elected, for the first four years, nt h-njit,
he could accomplish little or nothing, be
cause of the lingering republican majority
In the snate. Mr. Parker's point Is, If any
thing, bettor taken today The eletlon
of 1P04. to which he looked, and nlso that of
190(1, have strengthened the republican hold
on the senate until now only two demo
crats from northern states remain In tha
senate. Teller and Newlands. both former
republicans and both free lances in their
political affiliations.' It would take a series
of democratlo victories, not one merely, to
reduce thin two-thirds republican majority
to bare fighting weight.
Mr. Bryan ns president .would have little
power In securing new legislation, and ac
cordingly would tie comparatively . Innocu
ous. This Is no argument for electing him,
since much can be done by executing order
nnd by management of administrative bu
rentis to shape our affairs In the wrong di
rection; but the confession of his Inability
to accomplish anything for so-cnlled "re
form" would unavoidably cast a damper
upon the zeal of hla supporters. If thoy
really want anything accomplished, aside '
from a redistribution of the offices, they
will have to vote for a republican candidate
who stands for helpful and hopeful af
firmative policies. This fact alone should
suffice to determine the Issue of the cam
Jlonori are easy In one respect. Both
Mr. Fairbanks and Mr. Taft were born In
There were Just as many marriages as
divorces In Denver during the first nine
days of March. Denver, by the way, Is the
metropolis of the Great Divide country.
The destruction of a statue of P. T.
Barnum in a public place in Brldeport has
led to the Introduction of a bill In the Con
necticut legislature prgvldlng for a more
severe penalty ,for offenses of tM? Mid.
Two Phlladelpnlans, one 102 and the other
107, have Just celebrated their blrthdnys.
Not only have they escaped 111 health, but
even more remarkable has been their im
munity from exploitation in the Interest of
patent foods. . ,
Dr. W. N. Fowler of Bluffton, Ind., will
accompany Walter Wellman In his airship
to the pole. He will sail from New York
on April 4. He accompanied the Wellman
expedition last year, and is confident that
this year It will be a success.
Delphln M. Delmas htfs accepted the In
vitation of the Kent club of the Yale law
school .to address It as soon as the Thaw
trial ends. He said in . his. letter of ac
ceptance 'that he expected to give the ad
dress about April 16. He has chosen as hit
subject "Criminal Jurisprudence."
The resignations of two of the oldest and
best-known professors at Yale, Dr. Lewis
O. Brastow, formerly denn of the divinity
school and for thirty years holder of the
chulr of systematic theology, and -Daniel
Cady Eaton, of the art school, have lieen
handed to the Yale corporation. They re
tire because of advanced age, and will hold
the title of professors emeritus.
John Y. Fitzgerald, the democratic mayor
of Boston, manages to keep fairly busy.
He not only keeps up an active law practice
but he also finds time to edit a weekly
newspaper which Is gaining rapidly In no- ,
tlonal circulation and Influence. Thor
oughly convinced of the value and power of
publicity, he Induced the city council to
create a new office, that of municipal press
agent, and has appointed to the place a
skillful reporter. As a result the old town's
advantages ns a justness, educational, so
cial and religious center are being pre
sented to the world in proper fashion.
"With the many labor-saving devices this
ought to be an age of luxury."
"The labor-saving devices are here all
right. But you've got to work yourself to
death to get money to buy one of 'em.'
"Enough enough!" he groaned. "I can
bear no more!"
"But you begged me," she said, "to tell
you all. I must go on: Nine yards of un
bleached muslin, two spools of No. 60
thrend, two yurds of goods like this sam
ple, a dozen egs, a gallon of molasses
and don't forget to tell the butcher that"
But he had tied. Cleveland Leader.
Mr. McBosh I didn't hear you' when I
came In last night, my dear.
Mrs. McBosh You mean I didn't hear you
Mr. McBosh Well, thut's the reuson.-
"Dinks Is the only man of my acquaint
ance whose children never Bay smart
"Are they so stupid?"
"Not that, but he haan't got any." Balti
Mrs. Mugglns-A woman ts foolish who
believes everything her husband tells her
Mrs. Bugglns Yes. but a woman is wis
who pretends to. Philadelphia Ledtfer.
"Do "you sleep well?" asked the doctor.
"I don't vutep ut all." responded the
broken down young bunlness man.
"Then I will give you a sleeping draught
"If you please, doctor." sufcgfstyd the
patient, "I think It would be better to give
it to the baby." Washington Herald.
Ktl.el, a mere woman; Edith, something
Discovered: Ethel trimming a hat; Kdlth
resiling HI 'cKstono.
K.rter ti mouse.
f'tHel (wlldlyi Murder!
Kdlth twlili presence of mind) "Man
slaiq; liter." Puck.
hi nniMi ir i.
Baltimore Am-;l r.n.
The railruud piesideru ,n,l on his way
and uin und aad;
Crushed were the hope and bitter tht
That lo plans fcr rclb t. bad, had.
When h" weul to his ollk-e he found hll
With memories fend and quick.
Had 'caned ' lorn by way of a birthday
gt(t. ' '
And sent him a tine big stick.
H went to his home with a clouded brow
As be thought (f that conference iranix.
And then of tbe wir his blaff was c-alleli
rn n no Invitation cone.
Ho he Matted up from Ills well-kpreud
When Ms wife said with tender look,
"Hen s u supper- Jluu with each dainty
From i tie White House's own cookbook.
He eh ik'd It down that ghastly feast
if err w and hurnbla pie.
Ard went to his Innocent baby's crib.
His mrm for u tune put bv.
But the cl.lld I e-ked up with a Joyous
la u M h.
And lift ng sornefhlrs; In air.
Lll e.t. -i..-i lock what I gut todayl
tfieut Ll- Teddy beutl"
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