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About Omaha daily bee. (Omaha [Neb.]) 187?-1922 | View Entire Issue (Sept. 27, 1908)
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TIIK OMAHA SUNDAY BEE: REPTEMBEU 27, 190?.
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HEN the hardy vandals of the
Northland, clothed In their
heavy furred robea of bear
and reindeer, first Invaded
the fair provinces of the
Trans-Alpine, whose people werd robed
In silks and cashmere, they taught
their lighter clad subjects the fashion
of the Northland that, grace, comfort
C. TI. PICKENS,
K-BER-BEN will be a festival
of national scope within a fow
year that J, It will attract
people from all parti of the
. United States, as the knights
become, better known, tha same.
as Mardl Oram, held In New Orleans Just
before Ient, takes thousands to that city."
This is the. opinion of Charles H. Pickens,
president of th Board of Governors of
Ak-Sar-Ben, as regards tha future of tha
"Already there is a tendency of people
to come here from all parts of the country
during the week of the king's celebration.
They go to New Orleans becuuse Mardl
Gras Is held In the spring, or, rather, In
late winter, and the Creole city is some
thing of a winter reaort. People go there
for the climate, but it la my opinion they
will come to Omaha to see the spectacular
elebratloQ of King Ak-Bar-Ben.
' "The organisation has done more for this
city and the surrounding territory than
any other of Its kind. With this work
and the results everyone is familiar. It is
sufficient to suy that the fame of Ak-Sur-Ben
and his royal works have far exceeded
expectations. Those who have seen the
street parades and particularly our electric
parade are unanimous in expressing the
opinion that It is the finest of Its kind
which passes down the streets of any city.
"As to this year's festival: The Board
of Governors has worked hard and we will
have a parade which will exceed -In bril
liancy and beauty any former parade, and
If we bave fair weather, with the exceed
ingly low rates made by the railroada,
Ak-ear-Ben will have the largest attend
ance In its history."
"It would be a good thing for the cause
If the Ak-Sar-Uen carnival could be sus
pended for just one year, so that those
people ky are still bujkward enough to
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and dignity of habit could be found in
furs. But the heavy furs of the north
were too sweltering for the warmer
climates, and the people of the tem
perate and torrid latitudes began to
discover that the wild beasts of their
neighboring Jungles would furnish a
brighter and less heavy raiment and
thus they began wearing furs and
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V. B. CALmv-Et.U
belittle Its importance and who are not
loyal, t wide-awake and enterprising enough
to contribute their share to its success
could see how much they would lose if It
were not carried through every year."
This is the sentiment of Geuld Diets, who
has been for the last three years a mem
ber of the committee on the parade.
'florae of us work hard to get these
things succesKfully done." said Mr. Pitts,
"and. although we are glad enough to do
what we can, there la, nevertheless, some
complaint because of the lack of mpre
clotlon which some men show. When we
have gone into business houses which were
very directly benefited In a financial way
by the g
real crowd of visitors which couu'S
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skins goat and lamb skins for .the
humbler classes, and leopard, tiger,
wolf and fox skins for those better able
to procure them. Thus the wearing of
furs became the fashion not alone for
comfort but.for adornment, the char
acter of the fur indicating the valor of
social standing of the wearer.
There was a day when the wearing
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Outline Working: Plans for Future of Ak-Sar-Ben
H. J. PEN FOLD,
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Into the city we have met, sometimes, with
a generous response 'and sometimes will)
ridiculous offering which It is not worth
our while to accept. I have uked some
men to let me have tha profits of their
business for any morning during the week
rather than the luO which they have of
fered as a contribution and no one has
ever accepted such an offer. They know
that they would lose by the trade.- Cer
tain businesses pay better during that week
than during atl the rest of the year and
make as much in a day as in a week under
ordinary circumstances. Tet the proprie
tors, raking In their benefits, are satis
fled to stand by snd ! t the Ak-Sar-Hen
be suppurted by the contributions of other
of furs and skins constituted the cheap
est and most easily obtainable raiment
of mankind Today It is the most
costly. Centuries ago only sturdy men
were the wearers of skins and furs.
Today It is womankind that are most
adorned with this raiment. The icy
plains of the north and the jungles of
the'troplcs are ravaged and almost de
populated of their delicately furred
animals to furnish adornmont for the
winter wear of milady.
Here in Omaha is one of the greatest
fur garment manufacturing establish
ments In the United States. Within
the establishment of O. E. Shukert in
the Ramge building, at the corner of
Harney and Fifteenth streets, will be
found one of the greatest and most
valuable collections of furs and skins
In the United States. Here, too, are
fur garments, in every process of mak
ing, keeping a force of from fifty to
seventy-five people employed.
The Omaha Fur Emaorlum was es
tablished in this same location in the
year 1886 by O. E. Shukert. He re
mained In the Ramge building for
twelve years and then removed to Six
teenth street between Farnam and Har
ney, continuing there until early in tha
present summer, when he again re
turned to the Ramge building, which
he had recently purchased, and is again
established in his old location in which
he began business twenty-two years
ago. For many years Mr. Shukert has
been recognized as the leading author
ity on furs in the western country, and
his establishment is by far the largest
in the west, and his trade extends from
the Atlantic to the Pacific coast.
In the Shukert establishment are
stored the raw skins of practically all
the fur-beartng animals, including
seal, sable, otter, beaver, marten, mink,
astrakhan, silver fox, chinchilla and
ermine, for women's .wear, leopard
lynx, tiger, kangaroo, bear and wolf
for robes, coats and rugs, from every
part of the civilized and uncivilized
world. These are made up into their
various needs by skilled workmen and
workwomen in the Shukert factory.
In the factory are specially designed
sewing machines for sewing furs, and a
corps of cutters, trimmers and finish
ers, especially skilled in their work.
The work of cutting and trimming
ekins requires the highest grade of
skill on account of the extreme value
of the furs and skins that enter into
the makeup of the coBtly garments.
Adjacent the work room are large
cylindrical machines for cleaning and
softening the skins, after which they
are sent back to the cutter for Inspec
tion. The beating machine is a pecu
liarly constructed affair which makes
thirty thousand revoltlons per min
ute. Skilled Bewlng machine operators
are employed making ruffled linings
for muffs, others are engaged sewing
in the general silk linings for the
capes, jackets and coats.
The wholesaling department Is one
of the interesting parts of the estab
lishment, for here are found finished
garments, including heavy fur over
coats for men, made from black Gallo
way cowhide skins, dog, coon, beaver
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C. E. BLACK.
men who get not nearly as much direct
benefit, but who are public-spirited enough
to sacrifice something for the good of the
People Kxpert fclelertalnuieat.
Will L. Yetter. who has been u member
of thd board of governors for three years,
says of the Ak-Sur-Bon festival after his
association with the work:
"People of every ttae expect the metrop
olis of the state to furnish a ceraln
amount of entertainment. The .carnival
about to be opened Is one of Omaha's en
tertainments for Nehraskans and 11 Is a
festival of which the people of the state as
well as those of this city might well be
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and bearskin coats, caps and gloves,
as well, as the most costly garments
for women's wear. Here, also, is stored
great quantities of furs and skins of all
kinds, Including kangaroo, waulaby,
bear and Russian buffalo.
Adjacent the wholesaling depart
ment is the storage vault where large
quantities of fur garments are stored
for the keeping of Omaha people., and
adjacent cities and states. All kind of
fine skins are also kept here for safety.
Including lynx, silver fox, mink, er
mines, beaver and sable. The storage
vaults are under the sidewalk and are
absolutely lire,, burglar and moisture
and moth proof. :
The retail department of the Shu
kert establishment is one of the most
attractive features of the whole elab
orate concern. Here will be found every
variety of valuable fur and skin enter
ing into the fur garment wear, as well .
as many of the finished garments, many
of -which are of fabulous value. They
represent the handsomest creations of
the furrier's art, and are fit to robe a .
monarch. The royal ermine, and the
silver fox, are shown Jn various de
signs of garment, muff, tip or cape, as
are some extremely beautiful creations
in mink, marten and sable.
The Shukert establishment has just
finished a set of silver fox furs for a
Chicago woman, formerly of Omaha,
at a cost of over $500. Numerous
other fur creations for Omaha people
costing from $100 to $300, have also
just been finished.
The most valuable fur, is that of the
silver fox, which costs $100 to $1,000
per skin. It Is procured only in Alas
ka, and is becoming more rare each
year. The sables and martens rank
next in value, and they, too, are be
coming extremely scarce.
J. C. ROOT.
JOSEPH M. CL'DAHY. s
"The tendency of Ak-Sar-Ben is to be
come more and more a part of the com
munity life. It has more friends now than
It twr had. The business muti are more
generous ec,h year In contributing to its
success both financially and by giving a
liberal amount of time to the work. They
appreciate the fact that the festival is
permanent and they are de' a n lied to make
it larger each year.
"Prom my experience with the board of
governors, I would say that no panic or
spell of hard times can detract from the
magnificence of Ak-Har-Ben. Should hard
times overtake the festival In future years,
the people will spend their uioiiey to tliegj-
Corner of Tactory.
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C. E. COURTNET.
ARTHL'R C. BMITIt.
themselvs up and Ak-Sar-Ben will bo with
us always." '
Contributions O vei-iooUed.
"My intereet in the testlvltlcs Is largnly
In the success of the affair financially."
said Arthur C Smith. "J put my work In
that direction and results in that direction
arc wliai pleanu me most. T'v pKiuina!
difficulty we have to deal with U the
apathy of some of the business merr who
have most to gain from a successful Ak-Har-Ben
week. There are merchants on
farnam stieet in the very heart of the re
tail dlatrict to whom the coming of the
Ak-Sar-lii n crowds means hundreds of dol
lars every year, who are unwilling to back
the board iu a financial way against a
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possible failure. Of course, everything Is
all right when there is no rain and tha
street fair pays. In that case we don't
need the assistance. But sometimes we do,
and they shirk the responsibility whlrfh is
rightly theirs. These enterprises cannot be
carried on with success unless every
Omaha business man shows his loyal Inter
est and enthusiasm by standing behind the
board of governors and pushing In every
way possible. When they do that, then the
financial committee of the board of gov
ernors won't have to work so hard and we
will have even bigger and better parades
end street fairs."
Improvements at tbe Den.
"As a piember of the hous committee,"
said Charles E. Black, "I find that the
condition of the Coliseum Is of more Inter
est to me than any other phase of the work.
This year we have succeeded In making ona
big improvement In our quarters, the ex
tension of space In the buffet room. It
used to be that anyone who wanted to eat
had to knock down and drag out every,
body In front of him to get to the counter.
We have remedied that by adding 10
square feet of floor space and the result
Is very satisfactory.
"I am anxious to Improve the floor of
the old building. If we are blessed with
good weather tills year and the revenue
from the carnival Is great enough, the
great ball of Ak-Sar-Ben XV, next fall,
will be held on a fine hardwood dancing
floor instead of canvass covered floor.
We wsnt an oak floor snoohly
am Kolfdly land and we are go
Irn to hav) It. It lias oeen noceary
frequently to jack up the old floor where
It has sun'it and straighten It out where
It has warped, and do a great many things
which are only crude attempts at keeping
it in proper condition. We are going to
have a new floor Just as soon as we ret
the money and that will be as Mf aa lm
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