The courier. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1894-1903, May 11, 1895, Image 1

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VOL.. 10, No. 21.
THE sympathy of the public will
doubtless go out to Messrs.
Deweese and Hall in this hour
of their loss. To cut their fee in the
Fitzgerald-Mallory case from 8150,000
down to 875,000, a mere bagatelle,
is hard and cruel. It is enough to
make strong men weep.
What, forsooth, is 875,000? Why,
Messrs. Dewesse and Hall and the late
T. M.Marquett may have put, all told,
two whole monthB on this case; and a
paltry 875,000 is small recompense for so
much of the time of these gentlemen.
There is little inducement for young
men to embrace the legal profession, or
for those who have already embraced it,
to continue, this action of the supreme
court. If modest fees like this one,
8150,000, are to be cut in half, where
withal is the wolf to be kept from the
lawyer's door; how, in heaven's
name, are the children to be fed and
clothed; and whence will come the
money for the plates that pass in the
morning on the Sabbath day?
The charge that Dr. Hay has been
guilty of cruelty in his treatment of
patients in the Lincoln hospital for the
insane finds few believers; and there are
many who protest against a change in
the management of this institution. It
is certainly to be regretted that politics
should be allowed to enter into the
management of institutions Use the
insane asylum in this city. Other states
exercise the greatest care in selecting
men to superintend their asylums,
sending abroad in some cases for noted
specialists. In Nebraska a superinten
dent is turned out because he is a re
publican whiln the governor is a demo
crat; and a democrat is appointed, who
owes his appointment, not so much to
his recognized fitness for the position as
to the fact that he is a democrat. I do
not know that there is anything against
Dr. 'Abbott; but his appointment is
political, and politicians are not always
the best people to entrust with the lives
of others. If Dr. Abbott had to be
given an office) why couldn't some other
'Job have been found for him? And if
Dr. Hay had to bo removed why couldn't
some man have been found who is more
celebrated for his knowledge of diseases
of the mind than ho is notorious as a
democratic politician?
Probably no business in Lincoln has
felt the effect of hard times so keenly as
the undertaking business. People have
been so hard up that they have, from
time to time, been putting off dying
till the first of the month or the first of
the year; and Messrs. Heaton, Roberts,
et al, have found business in their line
mighty dull. Not much more than half
as many people die now as died a couple
of years ago, when everybody was flush.
But with the general improvement that
is now noticeable the undertaking busi
ness will probably pick up and soon be
restored to its normal condition.
C. D. Gibson, the creator of the typo
of the "American girl," is much in
demand just now. His drawings illus
trate articles in the May number of
two of the leading magazines. In the
Century he has some particularly char
acteristic sketches in the novelette,
'Princess Sonia."' which Julia Mugru
der has just begun. Admirers of the
skillful artist can find much to admire
in the eight or nine drawings made to
adorn this tale. Gibson's women are
admired for their smart appearance
They are seldom beautiful; but there is
a sort of French piquancy about them
that is most attractive. They never ap
pear in anything but tho smartest
gownB, and are aristocrats to the last
of her face. She is charming. Martha
is a somewhat diminutive, plain featured
girl; but she also has that air which can
be adequately described by no other
word than that which tho French use
to describe their stnart women chic.
Ifer nose turns up saucily, and one can
see that she is clever. Gibson is very
Gibson-like and delightful in these
The bicycle is everyday making now
conquestp. Jt is becoming an-important
factor in business. Tho State
Journal has called it into requisition
for a Sunday morning delivery servico
to points within twentj-five miles not
reached bv train, and tho rew scheme
degree. PerhapB Gibson's greatest suc
cess is with the nose he gives to his
women. His noses are unlike any other
artist's noses. Most alwajs they have a
coquettish upturn. There is much
character in them. On page 5 of the
Century there is a particularly clever
sketch, the Princess Sonia stepping
back from her easel. This picture at
tracts one in much the same way that
the princess herself attracts Martha in
the story. On page 8 there is another
representation of Sonia walking with
Martha. Here the princess is enveloped
in a wrap from head to foot. Her hat is
jauntily placed on one side of her head,
and her hair is playing around the sides
sterns to be a success. People whose
life was rendered dull and unprofitable
by an involuntary abstinence from the
Sunday Journal are now made glad.
For Thy manifold mercies we thank
Thee, O Lord! Even the troglodites of
Wahoo are included in the bounty of
Thy providence. And the farmer by
the waj side sees every Sabbath morn
ing renewed evidence of Thy loving
kindness. A Sweet Boon is vouchsafed
to hundreds of Thy children who, for
want of it, were aweary and in the
Through the report of Judge W. G.
Hastings in the case of J. T. McDonald
against J. A. Buckstatf that 85,000
which Buckstair claimod was spent for
lobbying tho BuckBtatr-McDonaM
paving contract through tho council.
is again made a subject for conjecturo
as to who got tho 85,000. In what
quantities was it paid? Mr. Buckstair
might bo very interesting if ho would
even more interesting than usual.
As long as ho keeps silent somo skept
ical peoplo will believe that thoclomont
of myth is not entirely foreign to thia
alleged expenditure of 85,000 not that
they do not beliovo money was not spent
in lobbying before tho city council.
But they remember the men that
composed the city council at that time)
an J thoy know there were mighty cheap
men in it. Thoy are of tho opinion that
if it cost BuckstatT 85,000 to get his
contract through such a council ho is
not anything like as Btnooth as ho is
supposed to be.
Tho board of education has partially
restored the salaries of teachers in tho
high school building, providing also for
a slight increase of work. The teachers
in tho high school are doubtless entitled
to tho pay that the board has agreed to
give them. But there are other teachers
in tho city who are juat as deserving.
They work, in many cases, harder than
tho high school teachers will have to
work under the now dispensation; but
their salaries are left as fixed by tho
board some weeks ago. These teachers
are well qualified and notably loyal to
their work; and they are conspicuously
About the only persons who believe
now that the stato will bo successful in
the Hill case are the attorneys for tho
plaintilf ; and their confidence may havo
subsided somewhat. The- case has at
tracted a great deal of attention, and
the various points havo been followed
closely by tho lay public. And as tho
case progressed theopinion that nothing
would come of it has steadily grown. Of
late these state cases have furnished a
rich field for the lawyers. Nothing im
portant comes of them, but they furnish
employment and fees, and they will
doubtless bo continued. But all this
formality is useless. A more direct way
would bo to have the legislature appro
priate 825,000 or 850,000 every two years,
to bo handed over, without ceremony,
to a dozen or so prominent attorneys.
Only one person has been found who
does not heartily approve of The Cour
ier in its present form and his name is
on the list under the legend "Dead
For some months there has been a pro
moter by tho name of Sheibley in this
town. Ho has pretended to represent
the Harrison Telephone company, and
his work here, apparently, has been the
puttting in of a competing telephone
exchange. He has taken a number of
contracts, and has given repeated assur-
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