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About The courier. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1894-1903 | View Entire Issue (April 13, 1895)
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VOL. 10, No. 17.
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LINCOLN, NEB., SATURDAY, APRIL 13. 1895.
The legislature did many things it
should not hare done and failed to
do many things it should hare done;
but in the consideration of the ques
tion of the adoption of a floral
emblem of the state it rose bravely
to the occasion and covered itself
with glory. By legislative enactment the brazen sun flower is de
posed from its high position anJ it can no longer flaunt itself in our
faces with same long necked insolence as before. The beautiful
Solidago is a much more appropriate state flower. It is a thing of
beauty and a constant joy.
Not in a great many years has there been Buch a dis
graceful session of the legislature as that which came
to an end last Saturday. The little the legislature
did that deserres commendation could hare been
done in ten days. The rest of the time was largely
spent in the introduction of bills brought forth for revenue only.
For three monthB corruption stalked the corridors of the state
house and crouched in the lobbies. Dishonesty showed itself con
stantly in the action of legislators. Deception and intrigue marked
.the proceedings. Personal honor and the welfare of the state were
recklessly sacrificed. The lobbyists scattered gold pieces and legis
Jators crawled on all fours to gather them up. The briber pursued
his vocation openly. The legislature was wholly indifferent to the
wishes of the people, and criminally prodigal in voting away public
money,. The republican party is humiliated and disgraced by the
dishonesty apd incompetence of republican members, and the state
suffers and will suffer from the acts of this body, the like of which,
it is to be hoped, will never be seen again in this state.
The railroad companies escaped with comparative
SOME ease at the late session, but the South Omaha stock
OF THE yards company, electric light and telephone com
LOBBYISTS panies, the Oxnard beet sugar interest, and other
concerns maintained paid lobbyists whose principal
duty was to buy votes.- Ed Boggen, John H. Sahler, E. Rosewater,
Snyder, the beet sugar promotor, Babcock of the stockyards and
Frank.Ransom, were among the more prominent of the men who
influenced legislation. That large sums of money were used to cor
rupt legislators there is no doubt, and the success of the labors of the
lobbyists can be readily learned by a persual of the record of work
done by the legislature. The money making possibilities of a member
ship in the Nebraska legislature are so well known that men get into
this body for the sole purpose of obtaining a place on certain com
mittees where there are special opportunities to bleed the corporations.
Perhaps the most disgraceful feature of the session
was the man Barber, of Grand Island, who, to the
shame of the senate, was allowed to hold the post of
assistant secretary to the very end. Barber entered
into a close compact with Walt Seeley before the ses
sion began, and these two precious scamps acted together, one on
the inside and the other very near the inside, from first to last.
Barber, with scarcely any experience in the work in which Seeley is
such an expert, proved himself an apt pupil. He soon became as
proficient as Seeley. Everybody knows that there was a senate
combine. Barber was one of the keys, and Seeley was another.
The former could tell just hew much it would cost to get a measure
through, or the contrary, and much of the business of the combine
was done through him. Barber was one of the worst nuisances that
afflicted the Nebraska legislature.
Is England tottering on its foundations? Is the
THE nation whose empire almost encircles the world, the
MODERN nation that for eight centuries was the dominant
BABYLON spirit in the world's civilization, beginning to decay?
Has civilization in England become over-civilized?
Is the licentiousness growing out of this hot bed of luxury fated
to overwhelm this proudest kingdom on the earth? These questions
are suggested by the recent disclosures in London. The awful
degradation that exists in the highest circles in England today is
what undermined the power of the Roman empire.
The board of education will reduce the
REDUCING salaries of teachers in the public schools. Econ-
TEACHERS' omy, when practiced by a municipal government
SALARIES on a school board generally affects those least
able to accept its conditions. The teachers have
already suffeied a material reduction. Another cut at this time
will impose a hardship on a most deserving class. Most of the
city teachers earn more than they get. Few can live decently on
less than they now receive. One member of the board of education
has lately been making the rounds of the stores with a view of ascer
taining how the teachers spend their money. This gentleman
might have been engaged in better business. We are not living in
France of a hundred years ago. The salaries are small enough,
heaven knows, and it is no business of the board of education how
they are spent, so long as the teachers live respectably.
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