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About The courier. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1894-1903 | View Entire Issue (April 20, 1895)
educational institutions of the country there is waiting to bo chosen
a man, young enough in years to successfully adapt himself to the
conditions that obtain in this section, with a proper understanding
of how a great university should be conducted, and with the ability
to execute his ideas successfully, a man in short, active and
progressive, with intelligence and practical common sense. It is the
task and tho duty of the board of regents to find that man and bring
him to Nebraska. The search will bo watched with interest.
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The board of education of this school
district has thrown away many thous
ands of dollars. It has for many j cure
pursued a policy of extravagance that
has resulted in a condition of financial
embarassment. During all these years, while the board was voting
away largo sums of money, the teachers in the various schools have
performed faithful service. They have been underpaid and
overworked.but they have made little or no complaint. From time to
time when the extravagance of the board has seemed to make
retrenchment necessary the overworked and underpaid teachers
have been made to feel tho scourge of a reduction of salary, a hard
ship which they have borne with commendable patience. A year
ago a considerable reduction was made, and this week the board, as
indicated in last week's Courier, has made a further cut. Again
the teachers are made to suffer for the wastefulness of the board,
not especially this board, but those that have gone before. This
last reduction was not imperative, and it is, to speak plainly, an
outi-age. The board by the exercise of common sense economy in
other directions could easdy save 84,563, the aggregate amount of
money taken from tho teachers' salaries. The teachers in the Lin
coln public schools have had many difficulties to contend with. A
frequent change in the superintendency has entailed a frequent
change of methods, and several times in the last few years they
have been compelled to adjust themselves to entirely new conditions.
Complying with orders and regulations they have performed a great
deal of extra labor. Many of them have taken special courses of
study at tho state university and worked unceasingly in order to
increase their efficiency as teachers. They worked early and late;
they have been steadfastly loyal to the schools and to the cause of
school instruction. They have done all this for a compensation in
many instances barely sufficient to provide a decent living. And
now the board is siezed with another fit of eccentric economy, and
salaries that were shamefully inadequate are again reduced. It is
not right. It is not reasonable. It is not wise. Demoralization is
sure to follow. A salary of 835 or 810 per month for nine and a half
months is as ridiculous as it is unjust.
Somebody wanted a license to run a liquor
saloon, and in the row that was forthwith
precipitated somebody raised a discussion
over the Rev. Lewis Gregory's occupancy of
the residence adjoining the First Congrega
tional church. The connection between the question as to whether
a certain applicant shall be granted a saloon license, and the ques
tion as to the ownership of the property used by Mr. Gregory as a
residence may not be very clear. But Mr. Gregory's house and lot
transaction has been a leading topic among Lincoln people this
week. It has been shjwn that the title of the property is held by
the church. Mr. Gregory borrowed 82,500 on the lot. and has paid
the interest on this sum and is still paying it. lie also borrowed
the money to build the house and has paid the interest on that.
Neither the house nor the lot costs the church anything and Mr.
Gregory is willing to continue the present arrangement until the
church is able to buy the property and give him the use of a parson
age. But the title to the lot has always been with the church, and
tho fact that it has escaped taxation because it was a part of the
church property does not call for any undue excitement. So far as
Mr. Gregory is concerned he is paying a good deal more for the
occupancy of his house than other ministers in this city pay for
house rent. Several of them are given a parsonage freo. The
attempt to show that Mr. Gregory has evaded the law failed utterly.
For three, six or twelve months, an eight room furnibhed house on
L street near Capitol. Bath, furnace and gas. Reference required.
850 per month. Particulars given at 1428 G street.
Austin The light weight championship belt is still retained in tho
Howard W. B. Howard the druggist has removed to Omaha,
where he will open a drug store.
McCourtney The new partner in tho Fitzgerald Dry Goods
company, J. F. McCourtney. formerly of St. Louis, will arrive in
this city next week. Ho will reside at Twenty-fifth and R streets.
Dunroy The front page of the souvenir Easter editon of tho
Woman'1 s Weekly last week was given up to an Easter poem by
William Reed Dunroy. The poem was printed in sepia and was
entitled "He is Risen."
Zehrung "There will be no extensive alternations at tho Funke
this summer," remarked Manager Frank C. Zehrung. "In fact we
have dono about all that could bo done. The house will be
thoroughly renovated and brightened up, however."
Paine At one of the revival meetings which Dr. Paiue has been
conducting at the Trinity M. E. church he said some ono
asked him if a person who reads the New York Ledger would loso
his religion. He said he replied, No; that a person who reads the
New York Ledger has no religion to lose.
Dorgan The residence on south Fourteenth street which John
Dorgan purchased some months ago continues to undergo improve
ment. There is a noticeable increase in the rapididy of the work of
alteration, and friends of Mr. Dorgan.putting this and that together,
are convinced that they will soon have an opportunity to extend congratulations.
Magoon Charley Magoon was oue of the representatives of the
Union club who participated in the whist tournament in Omaha
last Saturday night. Sometimes residents of Lincoln who have
been invited to Omaha have not been treated with the courtesy
which they had.a right to expect, but in this instance the reception
was all that could be desired. Mr. Magoon says: "The Omaha
whist club treated us with an open hearted cordiality that was most
gratifying. We were shown every possible attention. The Omaha
men were even polite enough to allow us to bring away a victory."
Slaughter Brad Slaughter, tho receiver of the Lincoln Street
Railway company, has a record as a successful politician. As
receiver of the street railway company ho is demonstrating that he
has equal ability as a business man. Patrons of the road are aware
that he has materially improved tho service since he assumed
charge, and ho has at the same time reduced the operating expenses.
The receipts are now in excess of the expenditures. The improve
ment on the Seventeenth street line is only a beginning. The
Fourteenth street line is now receiving Mr. Slaughter's attention,
and a change for the better in the service may be expected in tho
Tom and Harry Tom is an ex-stato officer. Ho prides himself on
his nerve. He has faced the enemy in many a hard fought political
battle and never flinched. He has stood up bravely against all kinds
of danger. But when Chief of Police Cooper rapped on the door at
the prize fight tho other night he out sprinted every body in making
for tho back entrance. Tom says it takes a brave man to be a cow
ard. Certainly some courage was required to face the crowd after
his precipitate flight. And after it was all over it cost him severa 1
dollars to keep the crowd quiet. Harry, the second most conspicu
ous bolter, was so badly frightened that ho has St. Vitus dance in
his legs yet.
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