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changed ava ofteat mm reqaeated.
While regulating the automobiles
the authorities . should not overlook
the pesky motorcycles.
There is to be a Leigh Hunt cen
tenary. Getting down to the short
talk place on the program.
If Mr. Jerome is elected again in
New York as a free lance he will be
the true Burbank Wonderberry.
That Ad club delegation should be
commissioned to represent Omaha at
all conventions which we want to cap
ture. Gould roads are to spend their
earnings In betterments. It's a new
departure, but it is better than De
Sagans and Castellanes.
On their photographs the czar and
the prince of Wales look like brothers.
If they think alike, people have been
telling stories on the Little White
When Bleriot cornea over, as he
gallantly says he will, to take the cup
back to France, Sir Thomas Llpton
will whisper In his ear some useful
Chinamen are boycotting the Dritlsh
along the Yangste-Klang. Secretary
Knox might help them out In fhls
time of idleness in our own foreign
Diaz had the Reyistas tied and
branded before they had the great
Mexican joy of a manifesto. For an
old man Diaz keeps his speed wonder?
Orvllle Wright is said to have an
11-year-old boy whom he had forgot
ten. A man like that will tumble out
of an aeroplane sometime In a fit of
Another discordant dispute is arous
ing the east. Does a cat catch rats?
The experience of the west is that
either a trap or strychnine involves
less waiting around.
Governor Shallonberger may wear
his silk tile on festive occasions, but
Mayor "Jim" never relt It necessary
to renounce his democracy for this
emblem of plutocracy.
Kansas City delivers to Omaha the
friendly message that $1,000,000 in
boats are abqut to plow the white
capped channel of the Missouri.
Omaha offers to objection.
Ak-Sar-Ben Is now trying to corral
auine new members by publishing the
names on the rosters of previous years
hat are not on this year's enrollment.
Molasses catches more flies than vine
gar. If Governor ShaJlenberger expects
to reconvene Judge Shoemaker in
extra legislative session, he should, at
least, fix the time, so as not to Inter
fere with the Impending political
Omaha Is soon to have a succession
of visitors coming to attend the State
Bankers' association, the Eagles' con
vention, Ak-Sar-Ben and the Corn
show It la high time to begin to put
the house la order.
Everybody is presumed to know tho
aw exrept a uonpartisan democratic
autlldste for supreme Judge, who is
privileged to rest in Ignorance of the
legal bar to the Issue of a nomination
certificate without prior filing of a
ano.'u cpeuie account.
E. H. Harriman has for a long time
bern a famous railroad man, but when
he became the most conspicuous per
son In the world on his return from
Europe, few know the transformation
In railroads he) had effected by im
proving the physical condition and
earning power of tho lines under his
control. He probably introduced no
new conceptions to railroad science in
general. Companies like the Pennsyl
vania and New York Central had long
followed the rule that it is more
profitable to spend freely than to let
the lines degenerate or fall in the
work of leveling grades and cutting
out curves. What Harriman did was
boldly to put the principles at work
on the long, straggling western lines,
which had been considered beyond the
district of expensive construction.
In a recent summary of his career
it is pointed out that before Harri
man'a entrance on his real work It
took seven or eight days to travel
from New York to San Francisco, while
now the trip is made In four days.
On the Uniou, Central and Southern
Pacific, the sum spent on construction
is put at $20,000,000. He straight
ened out curves, tunnelled hills, tore
out old bridges and replaced them with
steel viaducts, levelled roadbeds and
put down heavy rails. He gave a
great deal of personal attention to the
famous Lucin cut-off at the Salt Lake
crossing, by which a trestle and fill
of 103 miles, shortens the line by
forty-four miles and saves 1,515 feet
of grade. The work of building em
ployed 3,000 men. It required 38,256
big trees for the piling. The floor of
the trestle is asphalt and granite. The
structure has no grade and cost
$4,500,000. On the Central Pacific he
Cut out 360 miles Of curves and built
thirty-six steel bridges. The time on
the line was reduced seven hours. A
great rock wharf created a harbor at
Los Angeles. Another great wharf
was built at San Pedro.
This construction work has been the
largest contribution of Harriman to
railroad history and the special one
with which his name is associated.
His friends say that it did far more
than his financial operations to wear
out his nerves and exhaust his vitality.
He has pursued It unlnterinittently
and never would permit it to be fin
ished because there were always miles
of it to do. Whether the remarkable
man Is to live Cls ambition out is to
be seen. If he is compelled to give
it up the policy he established may
be counted upon to last for years and
be beneficial to the country supplied
by his roads. For the railroad busi
ness he must be esteemed a great
War Uses of Airships.
It was inevitable that the Rheims
event would not be concluded before
the military service in every country
of Europe would be busily seeking to
apply the brilliant feats of Betheny
field to imaginary fields of battle.
Most of the officers of high rank at
once concluded that dirigible balloons
and aeroplanes would hereafter, if
they had' no other use, be the scouts
of the future. Nothing else could
compare with them in determining the
forces and positions of an enemy.
The foremost French general states
that at a height of 1,500 metres, suffi
cient to avoid damage from artillery
fire, the ground can be completely
studied. With the two forms of air
ships photographs can be made, sig
nals displayed and messages trans
mitted by wireless and all at an al
most inconceivable rapidity. The
movements of the aeroplanes, as shown
at Rhelni8, are swifter than those of
an automobile or railroad train and
may be expected to be free from delay
Other military men have been struck
with the availability of the new ma
chines in the department of transport.
This involves larger and modified
dirigibles, but the possibility is plainly
indicated. All army departments will
at once develop elaborate special
corps of aviators. Germany already
has drillmaBters to teach the laymen
Inclined to learn, and in return for
the instruction all who learn will be
available at command for army ser
vice. Liberal premiums will be offered all
over the world for special improve
ments in machines Intended for use
In war. Governments will encourage
field displays like that at Rheims, not
only to effect improvements, but to
bring out the weak points and dan
gers. One great blessing is that no
nation will care to declare war for the
next few years. The nations wish to
"know where they are at" before they
undertake the risks of actual conflict.
Prophet of the Land Tax.
One of the startliug events of a revo
lutionary year is the passage by the
British House of Commons of a laud
tax directly taken in principle from
"Progress tnd Poverty," one of the
most radical economic works . ever
written, which was published only
thirty years ago, in 1879, by an un
known and abnormally quiet Ameri
can. The story of Henry George and his
first publication has been published
again since the land tax measure iu
Parliament produced a sensation in
conservative Great Britain. The sev
entieth anniversary of George's birth
will occur, in some places be cele
brated. September 4. In 1879, when
be was living In San Francisco, a
simple, modest man of about 40 years,
be sent the manuscript to the Apple
tons, thinking that the publishers cf
Herbert Spencer might be willing to
consider this new and dry work. They
replied that they could not see- any
eucuurageuient for undertaking the
hook. They declined. Other publish
ing houses took the same view. The
Harper's and Scribner's each felt that
the book would not attract the public
Finally the Appletons reconsidered
and agreed to bring it out at $2 a
copy, the royalty being 15 per cent.
George moved to New York almost
at the same time, and kept his resi
dence there until he was stricken with
apoplexy in his second campaign for
the mayoralty In 1897. During his
New York life he delivered addresses
and wrote books and magazine arti
cles. The wonder has always been
that books absolutely devoid of orna
ment and what is called eloquence,
should have attained such a vogue,
and that a speaker without magnetism
should have drawn such audiences.
After the first book, which never ex;
cited In America more than an aca
demic interest, was once noticed In
England its audience grew rapidly.
George was all his subsequent life in
demand over there. His "Protection
and Free Trade," people in America
remember, fell into a huge circulation
through the peculiar trick of Tom
Johnson, Jerry Simpson and William
Jennings Bryan in having It made a
part of the Congressional Record.
While personally as far removed from
the spectacular as a man could be, his
career was crowded with the unex
pected. Not the least odd of the oddi
ties is his fate in producing a semi
revolution in British Internal politics.
A Fair Sample.
Thla dissenting opinion of Judge Letton
1'oiiflrmn the suspicion that the supreme
court might have upheld the Donohoe law
If Its nullification had not meant so much
In dollars and cents to those who consti
tute the court. It Is belittling to
the integrity of Judge Letton's opinion to
suggest at this time that it will popularize
him as a candidate for supreme Judge here
after, for that Is but the suggestion that
he may have had the sagacity to discern
that there Is a popular partiality for Jus
tice rather than partisanlsm. One prefers
to believe that the Judge handed down
this opinion simply because he thought it
Just and the law, and without thought nf
Its possible agency hereafter In shaping
his political weal or woe. Lincoln Star.
This is a fair sample of the Bort of
hysterical logic that moves the non
partisan reformer. He has no com
punctions about voicing "a suspicion"
that the opinion of the majority judges
would have been different "had it not
meant so much in dollars and cents to
those who constitute the court," but
insists that it is "belittling" to the dis
senting Judges to suggest that they
are animated by a desire to popularize
themselves, although that popularity
might mean to them the same stake
of dollars and cents in their re-election.
If "one prefers to believe that the
judge handed down this (dissenting
opinion) simply because he though, it
just and the law, and without thought
of its possible agency hereafter in
shaping his political weal or woe,"
why should one not also prefer to be
lieve that'- the majority judges who
handed down the deciding opinion
likewise did bo "simply because they
thought it Just and the law, and with
out thought of its possible agency
hereafter in shaping their political
weal or woe?" To be a nonpartisan,
must we denounce everyone at vari
ance with one view as selfish and cor
rupt, and Inspired by bad motives and
praise every one who dissents as stand
Ing'for integrity and Justice, and being
governed by only the purest of motives?
The Outspoken Wooster.
The redoubtable Charles Wooster,
better known to fame when the popu
lists were in the saddle as Wooster of
Merrick, has a letter in the Lincoln
Journal In which he relieves his mind
of an accumulated grudge against the
direct primary. The substance of the
Woosterian epistle Is contained in the
The plain fact Is that our primary laws
have been an utter and absolute failure
from the first. The theory of primary
nominations Is all right enough, but in
actual practice the primary has proven to
be no earthly good. Not ona aolitary valid
point can be urged in Its favor, while all
volts of valid objections can be argued
against It. It was an experiment that
ought not to have been made. Nobody
but a few theorists are In favor of It, Rnd
the next legislature should wipe out every
syllable of our primary lawB, from first to
last. That would undoubtedly be done ex
cept that neither political party dare go on
record in the matter. Both parties are op
posed to It equally opposed and yet
neither dare say so through feur that the
other might take advantage of It to their
hurt. Politicians are cowards and aro al
ways Influenced from considerations of
policy rather than by regard for right,
truth and Justice.
Whatever else may be said of
Wooster, he will be unanimously con
ceded bluntness of speech and a com
mand of unequlvocating language. The
Bee has been printing comment from
the state papers suggested by the re
cent primary which shows that there
is a wide divergence of opinion as to
what has been accomplished in Ne
braska In the direction of nomination
reform. So far as we have been able
to observe all but two or three of these
papers agree in denouncing the wide
open ballot inflicted on the people by
the late democratic legislature as in
centive to fraud and destructive of re
sponsible party government. While
a few of the newspapers are ready to
condemn the direct primary in toto
and advocate return to the convention
system, the greater number are con
vinced that the open primary is worse
than what preceded it, and that what
is wanted Is a return to the closed bal
lot, with possibly some further modi
fications to adapt it to the require
ments of practical operation.
We have more than a year yet be
fore the next legislature meets, with
power to amend the laws governing
our nominating machinery, and in this
time' the 'subject ought to be thor-
oughly discussed to bring out all
points of strength and weakness and
get a consensus of opinion as to what
changes should be made.
One of the nonpartisan democratic
candidates for supreme Judge finds
himself in an awkward plight In fall
ing to comply with the requirements
of the corrupt practices act with ref
erence to filing a sworn statement of
his campaign expenses, his excuse
being that he spent nothing. The law
expressly prohibits the canvassing
board from issuing a certificate of
nomination until after this statement
is filed, but. of course, the canvassing
board is supposed to be enough of a
mind reader to know that a conscien
tious nonpartisan democrat, who takes
oath that he Is a populist, would not
pass out any money to get nominated,
when there is no one running against
President Taft has been thinking it
over and the impression among a few
is that he has decided to sail straight
Into every question be can think of.
If he does that while his mad is up it
will bo the greatest tour ever made
and the public will know that it has
been to a show. Good judges, how
ever, do not believe that the wisest
harmonizer in history is the man to
start the gun play in the first year of
If the city is about to make a new
garbage contract it should stipulate,
among other things, that the garbage
collectors be required to substitute
common decency and politeness for
the rudeness and Impertinence of
which so much complaint has been
coming from the women of the house
hold, who have to deal with them.
Lord Rosebery's decline in Influence
Is a tragedy of British politics, but the
head of the Primrose family, like the
head of the democratic party on this
side, always has with film the thought
that there's a good time coming. If
it does not come he can at least make
J. Hamilton Lewis admits that it
takes time for the idea to Alter
through the public mind, but he still
insists that lawyers saved the country
and kept it saved at all crises. In the
collision between the commissions and
the courts Colonel Lewis must have an
inside with the courts, or wants one.
In the contest between Oregon and
Nova Scotia over raising apples there
is no official tribunal to decide, but
Boston is waiting with watering
mouth for the 'first run of King pip
pins and Jonathans. If Boston does
not know, nobody does.
Chicago's proposed grand opera
house is to seat. 5,000 people and send
surplus songsters to St. Louis and Mil
waukee every week or so. While, the
tuneful uplift is' spreading, drop In on
Omaha occasionally.,, We have , the
space and the price.
Law suits to recover penalties of
from $1,000,000 in New York to $65.
000,000 in Arkansas are pending In
the federal courts. What would Ar
kansas do with $65,000,000. Pension
Father Phelan proposes that Mis
souri shall allow votes to all women
whp have babies. Does the measure
provide a rebate for the helpful hus
band who hustles to pay the bills?
Governor Harmon of Ohio Is going
west, while his boom is kept alive by
his friends. If Taft is renominated,
is not Harmon counted out by too
much geography in one place?
A Common Ambition.
Tiie case of the Louisville man who had
a scheme for working off 1,000,000 In coun
terfoil Mexican pesos is a very simple one.
He admits that ha merely wanted to get
Where Moat Men Fall Down.
St. Louis Republic.
Mr. Harriman owns railroads enough to
put a girdle around the earth and have
enough left over to tie a clnch-knot of thu
munt approved kind, but lie Is unable to
organize effectively the department of hD
Clemency for baboruera.
President Taft lias refused pardon to a
man convicted of subornation of perjury.
This crime Is one which should be the
lust to appeal for clemency. It Is de
liberate, cold-blooded und It strikes at
the very roots of the law'a power pro
perly to protect society from crime and
criminal. The sanotlty of the oath Is the
fctroiighold in which the law must Intrench
Itself. That broken down, no security is
alor and ftlanghter.
Old soldiers will have new food for dis
cussion In the proposition of a Chicago
veteran to erect at Gettysburg a monu
ment to "the most remarkable Instance of
valor on record." It was In the first day
of the battle when the Twenty-fourth
Michigan regiment faced the Twenty-sixth
North Caroltnu, the former losing 409 of Ha
5ou und the latter 700 of ita S0 men. Judged
by the arithmetical test, the Confederates'
toys seems to have proved thein the mora
valorous, but the greatest slaughter doesn't
always prove the greatest valor. It's too
late for comparisons of civil war bravery.
Aeroplanes Still ovrlle.
New York Tribune.
The reported determination of the gov
ernment to uae a .Wright aeroplane as an
"army pilot" appear to need confirmation.
An army In time of war cannot await
favorable climatic conditions for ita ma
neuvers, "or will It be convenient to carry
a track uruund from which to speed the
flying machine so that It may rise into
the air. As a source of amusemt-nt for
spectators It fits finely In an age seek
ing fur novelties, but that is Just about
the extent of the, aeroplane's usefulness at
present. Thla la not Intended as discour
agement of. the art of flying the heavier-than-alr
machine, but aa a auggestion of
caution In the acceptance of experiments
of a rather crude kind as accomplish-mrnt
nine Springs Sentinel: When you coma
to think of It there waa less than thirty
per cent of the total vote of the county
cast at the last primary election. When
you reallie that only one man out of four
voted It makes you sigh for the old
Kearney Hub: The primary law vm
originally the outgrowth of a desire to
give the people of all parties voice in tha
selection of candidates, but the effect has
been to give control to political centers
and the advantage to the railroad and
liquor Interests. The people have not
availed theniselvea of their opportunity.
York Republican: The county primary Is
a good thing. The candidate who has the
votes gets the nomination, and there can
be no trickery exercised. Those who do
not have the votes are assured that noth
ing else kept them out of the nomination.
There Is no post mortem, no sore spots
to carry away, no neighborhood 111 feeling,
no revenges to take and no wrongs to re
member. Fremont Tribune: The open primary
was born out of a desire to disrupt
parties. It cam from a legislature that
reveled and rioted In partisan politics.
The democrats at their last session did
little but to undo safe laws and to reach
for political plums. The minority party
figured that if It could, by hook or by
crook, discourage republic-ana It had some
thing to gain and nothing to lose. It
made such a mens of It that It la prob
able democracy then had Its last chance.
Bridgeport News-Blade: It may as well
be added all this chatter about purifying
politics by means of the direct primary la
the veriest rot. The direct primary places
In the hands of the politicians In the cities
the power to dictate candidates and poli
cies far more securely than did the old
plan of caucuses and conventions, and this
nonsensical talk of purifying politics Is
the old cry of "stop thief!" Glva us the
old fashioned caucus where neighbors
gathered together to discuss matters of
local and general Interest, instead of the
cut and dried policies prepared for us in
Lincoln and Omaha.
P.loomlngton Advocate: The democrats
have no right to vote for candidates for
positions on the republican ticket and
they would not be allowed to under the
old system, but under the law as passed
by the late lamented legislature they are
able to dictate who shall run against
their candidates, always picking out the
weakest member. Up in Banner county
at the late primary election the demo
crats only cast two votes In the county,
the balance of the faithful voting the re
publican ticket. This is a rank Injustice
and one that will soon disgust the intelli
gent voters of this state.
Beatrice Express: Returns from the late
primary show that most democrats either
voted the republican ticket or didn't vote
at all. In Hooker county only one demo
cratic vote was polled. Out of thirty-seven
votes cast at Wlnslde, a town of 600 peo
ple, only seven were voted for democrats.
The vote for democratic candidates was
generally light. Kven the World-Herald,
organ of the last legislature, denounces
the wide-open feature of the primary law
In strong, terms. It recognizes the farce
which the system will become by per
mitting the members of one party to help
nominate the candidates of another party.
Albion Argus (pop.): Why should anyone
find any fault with the primary ballot?
You have the same privilege under It that
you used to have In the old caucus, and
no more. Parties were always glad to
have recruits to their ranks. The only dif
ference 1b, in the old caucus you went In
personally and voted, while In the new
you take your blanker ballot and say noth
ing, while 'you vote as you please. Under
the old wuy you could only take part in
one caucus; the same Is true in the new.
So If a nuin bees fit to throw away every
thing for the privilege of voting for Jut.t
one candidate, that Is his business. It may
not look wise to a strict partisan, but to
a patriot, more than a partisan, it looks
different. We like It fine.
Hastings Tribune: As the primary law
stands today it Is pretty much of a fares.
It permits one to dictate the policy of an
other party. For Instance, take the recent
primary election and see how easily the
democrats had It In their power to say who
the republicans should put in nomination
against their candidates for supreme Judge.
The democrats had succeeded In , killing
off the ambition of all but three aspirants
SHAM BATTLES. "
Boston Herald: The memory of the lead
ership of Cleveland which Is recalled makes
the cry of Bryan the more pitiful.
St. Paul Ploness Press: Mr. Bryan Is
charging 1600 a night for his lectures. Mr.
Bryan favors downward revision every
where except at the box office.
Sioux City Tribune: Mr. Bryan Is
estopped from now saying what should be
done. He did not speak as he should speak
when he could speak and even now he
does not speak as a real democrat should
speak. lJecrylng farther fighting of sham
battles he urges on another battle that
would be as shameful a sham as was that
S. Paul Dispatch: If Mr. Bryan wants
to line up the politicians on the tariff ques
tion he Is going at it properly In getting
back to first principles. If he Is for a
tariff for revenue only and believes his
party should stand for that principle he la
outlining the plans for a real campaign.
He may lose some followers, but those he
retains will know for what they are fight
ing, which is more than can be said for
many in the democratic party at present.
New York Post; From the day of hla
first nomination lie has never stayed the
whole political battle upon the historic
mission of democracy the eradication of
favoritism to particular interests by federal
taxation. Hlh belated conversion Is only
another proof of his fatal lack of foresight
and his total Incapacity as a statesman.
If ilncere, it should be followed by Ilia
tacit willingness to fight in th ranks. But
thire is time left yet before 1912 for him
to discover half a doxen other paramount
Lillian Russell says that "rats" are going
out of fashion.
Mrs. Marie Babcock, wife of Dr. Levis
Babcock of Bethlehem, has Just eomple'.ej
a remarkable Journey from Bethlehem to
Moiiongah. W. Va. She traveled alone and
averaged thirty miles a day.
A recent commentator on Kngllsh Justice
declares that the courts of Ureal Britain
place a greater value on property than on
life. Many a man does the same thing,
provide.!, of course, that the property Is
his and the life belongs to another.
One thousand copper-colortd followers of
Chief Joneph, a once powerful leader of
the Net Perce tribe in the panhandle of
Idaho, will Join the prohibition f'-r;ea in
the fight against the ruin shops In Nex
Perce county when the campaign la star e l
to make the district a part of tha arid (on.
Thera recently died In Toledo, O., a si .
of tha lata Orrln Kendall, from whoa
Initials tha use of "O. K ," meaning all
right, la said to have sprung, Tha father
during tha elvll war waa the head of the
for tha supreme Judgeship, which was
equivalent to tha nomination of thiwe
candidates. While on the other hand there
were eight aspirants for the honors In
the republican party and every man was
given a fair show Insofar as the republi
cans theniselvea were concerned. But right
here Is where the Injustice In the primary
law shows itself, for It gave the democrats
an opportunity to go to the polls and name
the candidates the republicans should place
In the field against the democratic ticket,
which, as all must admit. Is anything but
Just or fair. If the next legislature does
not kill, or properly amend, the present pri
mary law It will fall to put Into execution
a moat popular and Important public de
mand. Weeping Water Republican: We believe
the primary law la a farce, a useless ex
penditure of money without obtaining any
practical good. It takes enthusiasm to
conduct politics and all tha primary laws
that could be passed would not enthuse
the people enough to come out and vote.
We have a few precincts In Casa county
whose five Judges and clerks of election
put In the whole day Inscribing on books
bought for the occasion, the votes of from
eight to twenty voters. Fifteen clerks and
Judgea of election In Weeping Water la
bored (?) from noon until 9:30 o'clock at
night Inscribing and counting a total of
about forty votes. There Is some excuse
for a farmer who Is busy not attending the
primary, but a man In town can go with
out loss of time or money.
Howell Journal (denv): Since the recent
primary election we have heard many ex
press the opinion that the old caucus and
convention plan was far ahead of the
present system of making nominations,
that better candidates as a rule were se
lected and that, too. at a much less ex
pense. We want to concur in the opinion
expressed. The primary election law now
on the statutes of Nebraska Is a fine-spun
theory; it looks well on paper, a good
public speaker can make it appear as the
model way of securing nominees for of
fice, but after all has been said and done,
when It comes to a practical test. It Is a
failure. Not many newspapers will say
so and few politicians will admit it, for
at this time It is one of the popular fads.
Just tha same the mark of failure Is
Columbus Telegram (dem.): The prin
ciple of the pilmary is all right. It would
be a etep backward to repeal the primary
law. We believe that the present law can
be Improved in many ways. We want It
Improved. We do not want It repealed. If
the editor should consult his personal likes
he would want to see again the old county
and state nominating conventions. They
weit, always to an active party man much
like an annual reunion must be to the old
soldier boys. At the annual conventions a
politician could count every year upon
meeting the old friends and workers in the
party. He misses the pleasure ' of such
meetings now, and sighs because they are
rmt. But there Is no use discussing the
question as to whether or not the primary
plan is an Improvement upon the old con
vention plan. We all know It is. The pri
mary has come to stay.
York Times: From all parts of the state
except the metropolitan cities come com
plaints of the primary law. Its great ex
pense and lack of Interest and the ad
ditional burden of an extra campaign and
election are the chief causes of complaint.
In some precincts It is reported that the
expenses of the primary election was over
eight dollars for each vote cast and In
still other precincts there were only two or
three votes polled, which means $10 or $13
jier vote at tha lowest possible outlay of
cash. It may be that the old representa
tive system adopted by the fathers la not
the thing for popular government, but
they thought it was and they were won
drous wine. Certainly no better system
has yet been devised. It has Its faults,
as everything that must be executed by
fallible man must have, but we are in
clined to think It Is the very best that
can ever be devised. Demagogues, spell
binders and political fineworkers want to
get straight at the unsuspecting, busy
multitude, but they are tyrants by nature
and desire a personal government, In
which one man bears sway, without any
to Interfere. A primary law may be de
vised that will be wiser than tha wisdom
of the revolutionary fathers, but It hae
not been tried In Nebraska yet.
firm of O. Kendall & Bona, bakers, of Chi
cago. The firm furnished hard tack for
the army, , on which were stamped the
Initials "O. K."
The esteemed Jim Hill, husky as a young
section hand, Is giving Oregon an agree
able i'after cure" by building a railroad
through parts of tha state untouched by
Harriman lines, . Your Uncle Jim Is per
niciously active just now.
That Mr. Edison is as fertile as ever in
suggestions appears In his proposal that the
East river, New York City, be filled in and
Ita waters provided with a new channel dug
across Long Island at a point farther east.
The World pronounces the scheme by no
means chimerical. The real estate value
of the present site of the river would be
almost beyond calculation.
School Opens Next Week
The boy will need a new suit to start the
term properly. (A Browning King & Co.
The task of trying to find exactly what
you want will end right here.
We've fitted out so many boys, and have
had so much boys clothing experience,
that we have just the kind of clothes the
boy wants, and the kind his parents want
him to have.
Boys' clothing made in the Browning,
King & Cc. way, is bound to wear longer
than the cheap stuff just tacked together
New fall hats new fall shirts new fall
blouses are all here for the boys in a large
Store open until 6 p. m. Saturdays 10
'BrowninaKing & Cq
R. B. WILCOX, Manager.
Orlgga Hlrkson wants In borrow nm
money of me. Po you know anything
about him? -
Hclja.,! know him aa well as T d you.
I wouldn't let him hava a cent. H Hon
Stranger Your new city directory eem
to be a cn!e of Too Much Johnson,
Keeldent Not at all; It's n cae of Nit I
Erotigh Smith. Chicago Tribune.
"Isn't your husband something of an epi
cure?" "Certalnlv not." answered Mrs. Cumrox,
with diatilty. "I trust the day will never
come when he cannot afford to hire some
body to polish his fingernails." Washing
"Statistics show that Japan has two
earthquakes a day." '
"tlee a man might as well be married
as to live In Japan!" Houston Tost.
Prominent Politician (with massive dig
nity) Kir, I am credibly Informeed that
you have an article In type making certain
charges asalnst me. Can you furnish
proofs nf your assertion?
Kdltor easily) .Sure. Mike!. I ll aer.d the
boy upstairs and get as many proofs as
you would like to have. Baltimore American.
"Why do you propose to call yourself a
A royal flush overspread the brow of the
prince of Montenegro. "I have here." be
rer-Med, "the cauls of the heads of reigning
He shuffled the cards nervously. "Ob
serve for yourself that there are too nianv
knaves In the pack," he added. Philadel
phia Public ledger.
A "HONK" FROM THE COAST.
I'm coming home to get warm. Brother
From the Icy-cold winds of the west;
The wind bloweth bleak from yon snowy
And I feel a sharp grip on my chest;
Benenth the cold stars I shiver and shake.
Like a sheep outcast In a storm;
So put on a scorcher for me, Brother
For I'm comln' home to get maim.
Ml. Hood. Mt. Baker and cold Mt.
The fog olaw'tires from my view.
But I feel their chill presence and know
they are near
For their Icy breath penetrates through:
I can feel their frigidity creep In my bones
And extinguish each worthy desire;
So boost up your mercury now, Brother
For I'm comln' home to perspire.
The sunsets out here may be fair. Brother
But I can't se at all for the fog;
There are great hunks of Ice where my feet
used to be,
And my throat Is possessed by a frog.
My teeth keep a chattering pace with the
That bellow and bluster about;
So shovel It In good and hard. Brother
For I'm comln' home to. thaw out.
Seattle, Tacoma and sunny Spokane
Look al right in a railway gasette;
But they're built too much on the Ice-boxy
And I'm not fit for cold storage yet.
So I'll hie me In haste to the land of hot
And hot nlghta where muskeeter bugs
Oh. save out a slxxler for mp, Brother
For I'm coming home to get warm.
BAYOLL NE TRELE.
The Midwest Life
If In debt, cover your Indebtedness by
a life insurance policy in the Midwest
Life. That would be the safe and reason
able thing to do.
The net gain of the Midwest Life in in
surance In force for August, 1H03, was near
ly 100 per cent over that of August. 190S.
This company has made a steady growth
ever since, Its organisation in UKsV :
Write the president, N. Z. Snell, Lincoln,
for an agency. Liberal commissions are
A life Insurance company, Ilka an In
dividual, establishes a reputation. It stands
for certain things and It opposes other
things. The Midweat Life haa never used
estimates; sold special or board contraots;
placed misleading statements on the face
of Ita policies or elsewhere aa to how or
in what manner Ita policies were secured;
or ao'.d atock, bonds or securities of any
Insurance or agency company as an In
ducement to take Insuranoe with it. The
rulings of the Insurance Department, Just
did not affect Tha Midwest Life. It be
did not effect Tha Midwest Life. It be
lieved In "square deal" methods before
these things were put under the ban by
IMPORTED and AMERICAN
nhtalned aa direct Bhlumenta from tha
springs aa importer.
Case IX -gaiions tioro-iiiinia water,
West Baden Spandel Water, casa of 2
doxen quarta 99.60
5-gallon Jug Crystal Llthla Water. .92
S-gallon Jug Salt-Sulphur water f2.23
Buy at either gtore. We sell over 100
klnda mineral water.
Sherman & McConnslI Drug Go.
Sixteenth and Dodge fits.
Owl Drug Go.
Sixteenth and Harney 8t.
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