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THE BEE; OMAHA, TTESDAY, JULY 22. lh.
PENSIONS FORJHE SOUTH
Gumshoe Movement for that Purpose
Started in Congrcw.
PLAN TOR MODERATE START
Amount Limited to Sum Wott raid
br ltcf to Conffdrrate
v ths Unto.
A soblle effort to secure United States
tensions for confederate veterans U
afoot In eonere"- ft appears In the form
of several resolutions, notably one of
fered by niohhiond Pearson Hobsun of
Alabama, -which alms to requallie"
pensions of confederate and union
veterans. The title means nothing; In
the abstract, but when the word
"equalise" la construed In accordance
with the provisions of Captain Hobson's
resolution. It is eeen that tho resolution
would "equalise" the pensions of con
federate Teterans by taking enough
money out of the United States treasury
each year to cover the difference paid
thene veterans by their respective states
and the sum they would receive If they
were union veterans on the federal pen
sion roll. In other words. Captain Hob
eon and the southern men who
stand with him In support of his resolu.
tlon would not yet pension confederate
veterans wholly out of the federal treas
ury. They would make a start by hav
lnff the government see to It that the
men who tried to destroy the union in
1961 should receive as much remuneration
In the form of pensions as the men who
prevented this destruction.
Captain IIoaon'a nrsolnllon.
Captain Ilobson'a resolution, which has
been referred to the committee on In
valid pensions. Is as follows:'
"That the secretary of the Interior !s
hereby authorized and directed to estab
lish and maintain a roll of all confederate
veterans pensioned by tho soveral states,
with the amount of the pension received
by each veteran and wJtli the amount
each veteran would receive wcre ho a
veteran of the union, and to pay to each
confederate veteran out of such moneys
In the treasury, not otherwtve appro
priated, the difference between the two
amounts, provided that In no case shall
the amount paid by the United States
exceed tho amount paid by tho state."
This proposition meant. In plain Bng
llsli. that the United States shall pay
about CO per cent of the pensions con
federate veterans 'would receive If tho
Hobson resolution were law. Eleven
southern states now pay pensions to the
survivors of the confederate army. Their
number Is not known nor has the pension
bureau any official figures whatever to
sulde It, should It be required to comply
with the provisions of tho Ilobson resolu
tlon. From a speech In the senate made
by Nathan P. Bryan January 22, 1912, It
Is learned, however, that tho total sum
of confederate pensions Is 5,7H),833.K,
against IlitSD.OT.a. which waa paid by
the federal government to veterans re
siding In those states In Jpll.
Pensions tn Southern States,
Tho table showing these expenditure
in detail is a follows:
MUST MAKE TAX LIST PLAIN
R. Beeoher Howell is Notified to
Finish Up His Work.
TREASURER OBJECTS TO TASK
Sara that HoireS! Shonlit Do Ills Own
FlmirliiK, the diunc as Other
Departments of the, City
Very little of the special tax of the
Water board on the basis of the W-cent
per front for main extensions hns os
yet been collected at the office of the
dty and county treasurer. Thero Is a
reason for this, Tho reason Is not ihut
the people arc refusing to submit to the
Louisiana r.. 17G.00O.0O
tax. The reason Is that they are going
around In circles, as It were, trying to
flml out how much eseh owner of a
part of a lot Is to pay.
The tax lists for this special tax were
eent to the treasurer's office in miserable
shape from ihe Witter board. They
were sent over with given nmounts of
taxes set against each lot where the
extensions were made. That looked
simple to tho Water boarders. Anyone
ceuld flguro a thlrty-slx or forty-foot
front at'M cents per foot It did not re
quirk higher mathematics or calculus to
determine how much tax would stand
against such a piece of property.
tint So Slmptf.
But everyone in the treasurer's office
knows that lots are often owned by sev
eral persons, They know that fractions
of lots are owned In many cases by
various Individuals; that ono man may
own a piece of a lot near the alley, an
other man may own a corner near the
front where the water extensions are
laid, eta. So tho tax colloctors old not
feel Justified tn charging the entire tax
of a given lot against John Smith when
they knew that three different owners
owned fractions of the lot on which
Smith owned a corner
"We are hot engineers," said one of the
men In the treasurer's office, "and we
can't figure it out here. It is not our
It will require an elaborate amount of
prorating to determine Just where to
levy these taxes. It will require no more.
than has been required to levy any other
special tax, such as for paving and
other Improvements. But In such cases
the departments having the Improvements
In hand have seen to It that tho prorating
was done before the lists were certified
to the treasurer for collection, so that
at the treasurer's office the books might
show exactly which Individual should pay
$10 and which one SCO. and bo on.
The formula to be followed Is fixed and
htxa long been fixed. If the renin Is laid
In front of a lot, one-third of the tax
for the cost of extension Is charged
against the first one-sixth of that lot
measured back away from the-lmprovc-ment.
One-fifth of the tax Is charged
against the next one-sixth of the prop
erty measured back. One-sixth of the
tax Is to be charged against tho next
one-sixth of the lot and one-tenth of the
tax la to be charged against each of the
remaining one-sixth until the end of the
lot is reached. Now comes tho problem.
When you get back to the second sixth
and find that Jonea owns part of the
first sixth and a third of the second sixth,
also that he has a corner constituting a
thirty-second of the last sixth and a third
of the third sixth, then there !s reason
why the city engineer dolus the figuring
should ncratch his Ticad. '
There Is reason also, pcrhaos, why th
Water board-should send the list to the
treasurer's office, hoping that In some
way tho office would-do tho collecting
without requiting the board to do the fig
uring. It. Beecher Howell, superintendent ot
the water district, has been gently noti
fied that the lists are In such nhapo that
the tax collection cannot bo made from
the treasurer's office. Mr. Howell says
he will put a man to work to tlx up the
Ilsta so they will be intelligible.
D. C. ROPER WILL SPEAK
Postmaster Wharton lias received word
from Assistant roetmaster General
Daniel J. Iloper that lie will .stop over
In Omaha July 30. Mr, Ttoper will be tho
guest of tho Commerofcil club at the noon
luncheon and will continue lila journey
to - Denver that evening. He will there
attend the meeting of the first-clans post
masters of the United States.
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Total S.TSi.m.lo" 21:469,61711
In tho foregoing table of federal pen
sions aro included sums paid on account
of the war with Mexico and the various
Indian wars. To make a fair compari
son, pensions other than civil -war pen
sions should bo omitted. No data exists
to show which ore straight civil war
pensions and which are not. If, how
ever, all pensioners of these other wars
were residents of these cloven states
which, of course, they are not there
would be deducted: On account of war
with Mexico, tl.J22.918.il; on account of
Indian wars, SS75.06a.C2: making a total
of $1,888,004.63. Subtracting this amount
ive would have In these eleven states
tho following result:
Federal pensions on account of etvll
war, $10,631,64158. Confederate pensions
on account of civil war. $5.780.83U8. A
difference in 1011 of $1,810,819.00.
It is evident, therefore, that tho amount
paid out by the federal government In
the southern states -which pensioned
confederate veterans la at least double the
amount paid as state pensions to ox
confederate soldiers. Thus the Ilobson
resolution would impose at tho start an
extra, pension expense of almost $5,000,1)00
upon the federal government,
More Cm reful lu the South.
But the southern states do not pension
Ihclr veterans with the careless liber
slity, not to say extravagance, ot con
tra sh. Tbey pay pensions only to sur
vivors of the war who need aid and only
to the widows of men who were killed,
or died as the result of wounds. The
United States broadly speaking, posses
tut a pension to every "vetemn" that
uka for one. Should the federal gov
eminent be made to pay oontoderata
pensions. It would be against human
hature for the confederate veterans to
demand less or to ask aid only upon
greater merit than their union brothers.
It Is a, fair assumption that more con
teder&to than union veterans aro now
living in the soutiiem states, and it
this Is true, tho $5,000,000 with which
Coptalu Hobson would start the ball
rolling might appear a very Insignificant
sum In comparison with what the "United
Veterans" might be able to drag out ot
the government It they could Work it
at both ends. Frauds by Ue thousand
and deserters by the thousands are now
the objects ot federal Urges, and the
Hobson resolution not only would vtolato
the whole principle ot the pension system,
that government aid should bo extended
only to the men who saved the gov
eminent, but would open the door still
wider to abuse of the pension roll-
Washington Itter to Boston Transcript.
ACCUSED HUSBAND WOULD
NOT GO HOMEAFTEB RELEASE
Walter Paulsen, a milkman living near
Benton, waa brought before Judge Alt-
itadt. charged with beating and abusing,
als wife. tana. Judge Altstadt, after as
certaining the defendant to be a sober.
hardworking citltsn. thought he would
relieve the domestic difficulty by tlirow
inr a good scare Into the 'husband and
letting it go at that
"I tJl you vot.I do," asserts the Judge.
"I ledt you go home to your wife, budt
it you beadt ber again I git you nlnedy
"( never bane to police court before In
ty life, and never bad trouble," replied
Paulsen, Vbut I won't go home, because
Lena and I yust can't Bet along."
"All rlghdt, you go to Jail," decided the
magistrate, and Sergeant Glover locked
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