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THE BEE: OMAHA, WEDNESDAY, MAKCH 27, 1518.
MAIL VOTING SYSTEM
FOR MEN IN SERVICE
Governer of Nebraska in . Special Session Advocates
, Adoption of This Plan to Obtain Preference of State
Troops at Election; Asks Punishment of Sabotage;
Mockett Law Unsatisfactory.
From a Staff Correspondent.
Lincoln March 26. Because it was impossible to foresee
before the last regular session of the legislature adjourned the
conditions which have arisen today, Governor Neville, in his
message today, informed the members that the calling of the
legislature in extra session became imperative.
The message was listened to attentively. Frequent ap
plause greeted its reading.
The soldiers' voting law, passed atO
the last session, given as the prime
- reason for the call, was declared by
the executive inadequate to present
needs, and he re.jmmended a mail
voting system as the proper way to
obtain the votes of the soldiers.
Punish Sedition and Sabotage,
Sedition and sabotage should be
met with a firm hand and legislation
enacted to punish offenders. Repeal
of the Mockett law, which compels the
teaching of the German language in
the public schools; a constitutional
amendment, making full citizenship
the qualification of an elector; the
protection of the state's rights in
mineral leases; correction of an error
in the law governing the issue of
bond9 by Omaha for sewer and other
improvements; an appropriation for
salaries of state insurance examiners,
left out last session, as well as that
of the state bacteriologist, and the
legalization of the home guards, . of
which there are about W companies
in the state, are the other subjects.
Governor's Message in FuIL
Gentlemen of the house and senate,
t in extraordinary session assembled:
I The regular meeting of your honor
able body adjourned in April, 1917,
few days after the declaration that
a state of war existed between our
Country and the imperial German
government It was impossible to
foresee, at that time, what changes in
the laws of our state would be n es
'sary to more fully co-ordinate the pa
triotic desire and enthusiastic impulse
to serve that upon every hand anima
ted our citizenship.
" It has been almost a year since we.
in defense of humanity, in defense of
?our liberty, our honor and our ideals
entered this frightful and devastating
.conflict. We know now how : our1
fwealth and resources can best be util
ized and we ,are fast coming to a full
realization 'as to what the war means
;to our people,
f For Nebraska's Sons.
i In ever increasing number the red
and white service flags, 'with one or
more blue stars, are appearing in
the windows of the homes throughout
Nebraska, and from day to day, as
the supreme sacrifice is made, gold
stars of never diminishing luster are
replacing those of blueA '
, There are thousands of. vacant
chairs before the hearths and, fire
sides in the hojnes of our people and
it is in the interest of the young men
who have left these homes thtt this
sesson has been called.
If the legislation designated in the
proclamation calling the special ses
sion is enacted into law, it will remit
in much benefit to Nebraska's sons in
the service. .
The soldiers' voting law, passed at
the last session of the legislature, is
wholly inadequate to meet present
day conditions. .General Pershing,
who commands the American expe
ditionary forces in France, ha9 pointed
out the impracticability of sending
election commissioners to organize
poumg places and hold an election on
a designated day, as provided for in
the present law.
Such a system would, without
doubt, greatly interfere with militarv
operations and is not to be thoutrht
of. Everyone, however, will be im-
of and due punishment imposed, legis
lation should be enacted to bring them
within the jurisdiction of the courts
of the state.
Crime of Sabotage.
The crime of sabotage should also
he defined and covered by state law.
There have been numerous instances
where grain and other products, great
ly needed for the maintenance of our
army and for the armies of our allies,
have been destroyed by fires of sus
picious origin. There have been in
stances where wheat has been per
mitted to mold in the bins rather than
have it utilized by our government
in this period of national need. It is
equally as criminal to allow grain to
rot in the bins as it is to fire it in the
stack, and drastic penalties should be
inflicted upon those who perpetrate
such outrages in an effort to destroy
property that is an asset to our coun
try in this crisis.
For Home Guards.
There are more than 200 rnmnanii
of home guards in our state. They
are composed, for the most part, of
patriotic citizens, who, through age,
dependents, or other causes, are de
nied the privilege of serving their
country in the military or naval es-
There are also manv voumr mm
who have joined the home guard, in
order that thev might be taucht the
hidiments of military tactics before
entering the service of their country.
These organizations have taWrn a
leading part in all phases of war ac
tivities, and their services have been
of incalculable value to the state and
Legislation should be
ing them legal status as an auxilinrv
of the National Guard. r
Mockett Law Unsatisfactory.
Some' VCarS aim. a law. trnnum a a
the "Mockett law," was passed by
the legislature. It provides that when
petition of fifty signatures is tire.
sented to the board of a rhnnUH;.
Irict afty foreign language designated
must De established as a course of
tudy. , -
The operation of this law has herri
most unsatisfactory, enabling, as it
does, a small minority of the patrons
of a school district in rlirtai rh
school policy. Such legislation is
vicious, undemocratic and un-Ameri
can, and its repeal will be universally
endorsed by the people of .Nebraska
Need Constitutional Amendments.
1 lie time has come when step
should be taken to make citizenshi
the qualification of an elector. Tl
objects to be accomplished by amend
ing the constitution are twofold: First
to encourage those of foreign birth
who would make desirable citizens
to become such; second, to withhold
the privileges of citizenship from those
who would not assume its full respon
I have no patience or disposition
to temporize with the man of foreign
birth who has enjoyed every advan
tage of citizenship and who now, in
the hour of our country's peril, is in
sympathy with our enemies- and cov
ertly lending aid and comfort to them
With the aid of federal and state laws
they should be placed where they will
no longer be a menace.
On the other hand, no good end
can be accomplished by disfranchis
ing a considerable number of friendly
aliens, many of them natives of our
allied nations; others the subjects of
neutral countries, and some of them,
whose loyalty to our country cannot
be questioned, the subjects of coun
tries with which we are at war.
We gain nothing if in disfranchising
the alien enemy we disfranchise
greater number of alien friends who
will, at the earliest possible moment,
become desirable and patriotic citi
With these considerations in mind,
I recommend that an amendment be
submitted for the consideration of the
voters at the next regular election,
making citizenship the qualification of
an elector, and allowing those declar
cnts who are voting at the time of
its enactment, a reasonable period in
which to complete their citizenship. .
Nebraska Potash Leases.
Tt is well known that in certain
parts of Nebraska there are school
lands containing deposits of pitash
which, under present war condi:'uns,
are exceedingly valuable. I he inter
ests of the state demand that .these
properties be developed at the earliest
possible moment. It is also more
than probable that oil will be dis
covered within our state in the near
The Board of Educational Lsnds
and Funds, for the purpose oi pro
tecting the interests of the state and
to bring revenue to the school fund,
has executed some 227 mineral leases
on various parcels of school lands
throughout the1 state. The board as
sumed that such authority was con
ferred upon it by section 5845 of the
revised statutes for . 1913, a part of
which sections reads as follows:
"And (the board) shall have gen
eral management and control of all
suh lands and make therefor the
necessary rules not provided by taw."
Inasmuch as there was no existing
law authorizing the execution of min
eral leases, the board .assumed that
the above quoted section of the stat
utes conferred sucli right and the
leases were executed.
Court Interprets Law.
Ii a recent deciison the supreme
court has held that persons holding
agricultural leases on school lands
have,,"by yirtue of such leases, no in
terest in minerals that may be upon
such lands, and that the Board of Ed
ucational Lands and Funds has! no au
thority, under jrxisting law, to grant
njincraj leases upon the school lands
under its Jurisdiction. The persons
entering into mineral leases with the
state did so in good faith; they have,
in many instances, spent considerable'
money for development purposes and
money due the state in royalties will
Lincoln, March 26. (Special.)
Bills introduced in house.
H. R. No. l.-O. B. Anderson and
others. Soldier voting bill.
H. R No. 2. By Anderson and
others. Companion bill to No. 1 and
provides manner of counting the
II. R. No. 3. By Anderson and
others. Companion bill to No. 1.
H. R. No. 4. By Trumbel of Sher
man. Kepeals the Mockett law as
regards the teaching . of foreign
languages in the public schools.
II. R. No. 5. By Fries and others.
H. R. No. 6. By Auten, Dalbv and
Dafoe. Provides for auxiliary home
J I. R. No. 7. By FiHer and Mysen-
burg. Appropriates $2,400 for sal
aries of state bacterologist.
ii. K. No. ft. Fuller and Mvsen-
burg. Appropriates'funds for pay
ment of state insurance examiners
amounting approximately to $9,000.
shortly find its way into the treasury
I strongly urge that authority be
granted the Boaid of ' Educational
Lands and Funds to execute mineral
leases, and if justice is to be done to
those who have, in good faith, pre
viously entered into such leases with
the state, some way must be devised
to validate such contracts.
New Corrective Measures.
I have included in the proclamation
calling the'ligislature into extraordi
nary session the matter of correcting
what is obviously an error in section
4387. being a part of chapter 87 of
the session laws of 1917, and one that
has developed a condition vitally af
fecting the sanitation of the city of
Omaha and the health of its citizens.
I also recommend that salaries be
provided for the state insurance ex
aminers and for the state bacteriolo
gist, which items were not included in
the appropriation bill of the regular
session in 1917.
Nebraska's War Record.
The legislation submitted for the
consideration of the extraordinary ses
sion is, with the possible exception of
the corrective measures, Of vital im
portance to the whole people ot Ne
braska. None of it is of a political
or partisan nature, and practica'ly all
or it nas a direct or indirect Deiring
upon the war situation in which our
people are so vitally interested.
Xhe enactment ot laws upon the
subjects designated will materially
strengthen the effectiveness of Ne
braska's co-operation with the fieral
In patriotic-zeal and endeavor no
state has been more enthusiastic than
Nebraska. Upon a per capita basis we
lead all of our sister states in sub
scriptions for war savings stamps and
in donations to the Ked Lross: cur
allotments of Liberty bonds nave
been subscribed; our quoto for the
army and for the navy have I een
greatly overenhsted and few state
have excelled Nebraska in any phase
of war work activities.
In conclusion, I express th? con
viction that your every act will be
inspired by the sSme lofty an! pat
riotic sentiments that have enabled
Nebraska to achieve so wonderful and
enviable a war record, and that' the
session will be productive of results
which will not only protect the Jrter
ests and advance the welfare of Ne
braska's sons in the service, but will
also enable those (who must .remain
behind to render more effective sup
port to the cause for which they fVht,
TEXT OF MEASURE
OF SOLDIER VOTE
Bill Drawn Up Under Super
vision of Governor Specifies
Details by Which Wishes of
Men to Be Registered.
From a Staff Correspdondent.)
Lincoln, March 26. (SpecialsThe
bill which will provide for the vot
ing of the soldiers has been prepared
under the supervision of the governor
and will be presented to the legisla
ture as one if not the first sent to
the speaker's desk.
Under its provisions only soldier
and sailors stationed within the con
tinental territories of the United
States, whether at home or abroad
will participate in general elections
by mail. ,
The act of the last regular session
covering tne voting of men in the
service is repeajed by the new act,
winie two companion bills, amend.
ing the primary and general election
laws, nave also been formulated to b
introduced m connection with th
main bill. An aoorooriation of $25..
wu is asked to carry out the working
of the bill. x
The main bill creates a commission
to administer the voting statute, con
sisiing of the secretary of state and
two assistant commissioners appointed
ny nun. inese assistants are ap
pointed for a term of two years and
are to receive $5 a dav for actual
time employed, with traveling ex
penses. lhe state committee of each
of the two leading parties is to sub
mit to the secretary of state the'names
ot three men from which the commit
tee shall be selected.
The governor must prepare a card
index showing the name and location
oi all doing military duty, and the re
tusal ot any person to furnish anv in
formation asked for is punishable with
trom one to three years in the peni
The state election commission will
handle directly alj lists of names from
counties outside cities having registra
tion. In such cities, the lists will
be in charge , of the city clerk or the
local election commission. The gov
ernor is to furnish them in all cases,
Use Continental Ballot.
What is known as the "continental
ballot" will be used for primary elec
tions.! It will be sent out from the
secretary of state's office not later
than 25 days before election to all men
from Nebraska stationed within the
home boundaries of the United State
Only these political parties which ca,st
10 per cent of the vote of the state at
the last election will have their tick.
ets thus furnished to the soldiers and
sailors. Nonpartisan ballots will.be
sent eacn, aiong witn tne party uck-
Instructions as to the manner of
voting will go with the ballots, in
sealed envelopes. Every man receiv
ing one of them must make affidavit
that he is a qualified voter, and his
ballot must be attested by a commis
sioned officer beforeit is sealed up in
an envelope and mailed back to the
state or city election commissioners
pressed with the necessity of extend
ng the franchise to the red-blooded
men, the very best type of American
manhood, who compose our fighting
forces. After careful consideration I
am convinced thai a system of voting
can be devised that will be as simple
for the soldier as writing home and
one mat win not In the least inter
fere with military operations.
I recommend legislation providing
for direct mail voting by absent elec
tors as being the only practical and
feasible method of collecting the votes
of those in the military and naval
service. . ' .
Entitled to Franchise.
The protection of the civil rights
f Nebraska's sons in the military and
naval establishments of the United
States engaged in the present war is
a matter of plain justice and is equally
as important as the passage of laws
to enable them o exercise the right
of franchise. ,
, These men who have so nobly re-
sponaea to tne supreme obligation
j of citizenship, many of whom left
i their homes, farms and personal Dron-
I trty encumberei by mortgages at the
I time they entered the service, will be
Imuch relieved to know that their civil
interests-'Vvill be protected in their
absence, and that their wives and chil-
eren will not be deprived of the neces-
sities of life in an effort to keep their
C "property intact.
t I feel that you will all realize the
. importance and justice ofsuch legis-
V- . . : To Punish Sedition.
wj 4 No state in the union is more patri
? .!1otic than Nebraska and this fact is
"damply established by the ready re-
spouse ot our state to every obhga
' ; tion imposed by the . war situation.
' ' There are those, in our midst, how-
ever, some of them citizens, who have
: more or less openly given . aid and
F ' comfort to our enemies, while others,
''The time has come when the last
- vestige of sedition must be stampet
out. Those who belitlr our flag, our
. country and bur .cause, those who
, , would retard our war preparation or
obstruct the operation of the selec
tive service law, those who, with the
h intent to aid our enemies, in any man
i .-aer insiduously interfere with our ef-
forts to successfully prosecute oiir
. righteous cause, have no place in Ne
braska, arid in drder that such cases
Jay be more, expeditiously disposed
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from whom it was received. Names
of local candidates will be omitted
from the ballots.
In cities having registration, the
governor will name a representative
from each of the two leading parties
to assist the local officer in charge of
voting Hits. The three will constitute
the city election commission. It will
pursue the same procedure in its juris
diction as the stale commission does.
Must Return Promptly.
The time limit for returning con
tinental ballots for the primary is
fixed at 24 hour after the closing of
the polls. Fifteen days after the
primary, county and city clerks must
file with the state election comjmis
sion the names of all candidates
nominated for county offices, and,
within five days thereafter the state
commission is to make up lists of all
state, district and county nominees.
These will be printed in pamplet form
as a guide to the absent soldiers and
sailors, with indexes for ready refer
ence to their own counties.
In preparing the general election
ballots, the state commission will omit
names of all candidates except those
for state offices, but blank spaces will
be left in which other names may be
written for less important offices. Two
official ballots, two nonpartisan bal
lots, and a red envelope for return will
be sent to each man in the service,
whether at home or abroad. One bal
lot of each kind 5s to be voted and the
Must Mail Ballots. ,
The ballots must be mailed not
later than September 20, or six weeks
preceding election, to those in foreign
service and at least 25 days before
election to those within the United
States borders. They are to be voted
and returned in the same way as for
the primary election. Continental bal
lots must be back by midnight of
election day, but those Coming from
abroad will be received and counted
up to the third Monday after election.
The state commission will conduct
a preliminary canvass of all votes
so returned and will prepare abstracts
of the vote in each county and for tut
entire state. These abstracts wiU be
delivered to the respective county and
state canvassing boards, who will then
make the regular canvass as required
by existing laws.
The commission's canvass will starl
on the first Monday following elec
tion and after completing its tabula
tion of the continental-vote it will ad
journ till the fourth Tuesday there
after, while awaiting the soldiers' and
sailors' vote from abroad. All neces
sary precautions must be taken to in
All penal provisions tinder the gen
eral election laws will apply under
this act, and in addition a maximum
penalty of $500 fine is provided as
punishment for any officer who fails
to perform the special duties imposed
upon him by this bill. Other viola,
tions are punishable by fine not ex
ceeding $100 or jail imprisonment not
exceeding three months.
The state election commission is
given authority to hire assistants
needed for the work delegated to it,
and the governor is authorized to em.
ploy such help as he may require in
making up the lists.
All absent soldiers and sailors are
to have the voting privilege so long
as the war continues and during the
period of demobilization after peace
North Nebraska Teachers
Meet at Wayne Thursday
Wayne, Neb., March 26. -(Special.)
The North Nebraska Teachers' as
sociation meets here Thursday for id
three days' session in the auditorium
of the Wayne State Normal.
Mrs. Mary C. C. Bradford, presi
dent of the National Education as
sociation.: 'Dr. R. L. Lyman of tho
Chicago university; ' W. H. Clem
mons, president of Fremont collegej
Prof. M. M. Fogg and Prof. A. G.
George of the University of Nebraska
will address the meeting.
Buy in emergency
trucks that last
"E take especial pride in the large fleets ot
Pierce-Arrow trucks operaled by big busi
nesses. This pride arises not from the
excellence these fleets attest, nor the effective
service they evidence, but from the fact that each
fleet grew out of the service given by a singJ
truck. ' '
The largest fleet has been six yearsrin building
from one, truck. It now numbers 165 trucks.
Tha Texas Company owns 165 Pierce-Arrows.
This fleet is operated i o
20 different territories
under widely varied con
ditions and is serving
satisfactorily in very
situation. Such a fleet
could be operated suc
cessfully only by a com
pany enjoying such serv
ice facilities as Fierce
This is a conspicuous example, but other lesser
fleets- have grown in the same way, while many
single installations will multiply similarly as they
prove their unequalled worth.
Th Great Atlantic and
Pacific Tea Company own
95 PJerce-Arrowa which
serve their 3100 stores all
over thecountry. After a
thorough trial of leading
makes, they selected Pierce
Arrows and have bought
none other since.
Fleets of ten or more Pierce-Arrow trucks, giving
preeminently satisfactory service, under difficult
conditions, are operated by many nationally known
firms. Among those owning
IntheMiddle-Wett are these well-known namtst
Cudahy Packtng Compaky, Chicago
Standard Oil Compaky, Chicago
.Texas Company, Chicago '
Armour & Company, Chicago
Arbuckle Company, Pittsburgh
Linde Air Products Company, BufaJo
Fisher Bros. Company, Cleveland
T. C. Jenkins Co., Pittsburgh
Sinclair Refining Company, Chicago '
Milwaukee Western Fuel Company
Pittsburgh Provision & Packing Company
United Fuel & Supply Company, Detrmt
Iktkr-urban Transportation Company, St. Louis
-Tho Now York Telephone & Telegraph Company
operate a fleet of 45
after exhaustive tests.
winches were developed
for these trucks and have
J. T. Stewart Motor Co.
Distributors, Omaha, Nebv
2048-52 Farnam St.
-Phone Douglas 13S
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