The courier. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1894-1903, October 19, 1895, Image 1

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VOL.. 10, NO 43.
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$SS!irXsS' hum devoted their lives to trvlnir to do
no what Maud Lord Drake claimed that
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-aji o (jje(j in rags. One cannot entertain the
highest respect for the acumen of theee
entered in the post offick at MXC01.X victims. They really deserved to Io6e.
as second-class matter For a Httlo while, for the space of two
days, these people saw visions of a
PUBLISHED EVERY SATURDAY wealth as fabulous as the treasures of
BI old Solomon. They drank, in fancy,
from golden goblets and wore divers
TIE COURIER PRINK AND PUBLISHING CO. and sundry kinds of diamonds. Then
Office 217 North Elerenth St. Maud and the market diverged, and the
.vouldbe bonanza kings cam-) btck to
Telephone 384 earth again with a thud. The tickle
goddess lets people down hard sometimes.
,. , ., Its a cojd thing these Lincoln specula
te. MORTON SMITH Editor and Manager b . ;
SARAHS. HARRIS AuocUte Editor tors wene not carried higher up, else
WILLACATHER Associate Editor the dr0Jl c,uld have been lonser, and
" " they might have been seriously nurt.
Subscription Rates In Advance. ,
Per annum 82.00 The announcement that the wholesale
Six monhs 1.00 drug business of the H. T. Clarke com-
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Single copies 5 gratifying. Here s hoping that the Lin-
coin Drug company may be a perma
nent institution! But there is a suspi
cion, which I hope is groundless, that
OBSERVAriUINe) S nmnfen nnrtie and the formation of the
"Lincoln Drug Co." has back of it a
scheme not altogether favorable to this
Some very estimable people in this c,ty. It is suggested that the Omaha
town lately paid a considerable price for wholesale druggists would hardly care to
their credulity. A spiritualist, rejoicing have two houses selling the same territo
in the euphonious name of Maud Lord Tyi and the idea is prevalent that the pur
Drake, came to Lincoln and began giv- pogg ;B to capture the trade hitherto
ing seances. Now Maud Lord Drake controlled by the H. T. Clarke Drug
claimed, incidentally, to possess a power company, and after maintaining the
that would smash all the boards of house here for a year or two, consolidate
trade in Christendom. She said she the business in Omaha. Jt hardly
could foretell the changes in the market- stands to rea on that an Omaha drug
She made one guess and it was success- house would want a branch as near as
ful. Then a little syndicate was formed Lincoln. Every resident of this city
by some well known Lincoln men, and would like to see this business kept
a modest amount was put up in a local here; but if the new proprietors should
bucket shop. The syndicate won. And take it away it is altogether probable
again the next day. J hen there came a that effectual measures would be taken
day when Maud Lord Drake had to to get other people to come in.
guess again. She was wide of the mark
and the syndicate lost a good deal more pauj jtfort0n has just been made con
thanit had made. Since then it has bUj for the Argentine Republic in Chi
not dealt any more. There is no spirit- cago an(j haa been oflicially recognized
ualiut road to wealth, or it would have ag such by president Cleveland. Mr.
been travelled long ago. Spiritualists Morton well known in Nebraska. He
. usually just hang on to the ragged edge is a Boa ol Secretary J. Sterling Morton,
of life. Their humbuggery and decep- and was for many years an officer of the
tion are proved by their own condition. Chicago, Burlington & Quincy railroad
Col. Pope, the millionaire manufacturer company. He is now president of the
of the Columbia bicycle, is a large in- Whitebreast Fuel Co., and vice-president
vestor. Men come to him almost daily Qf the Colorado Iron Jfc Fuel Co.
with large schemes. They offer to put
him on to a plan of acquiring great Were ever people so much "received"
wealth almost at a single bound. To as Chancellor and Mrs. McLean? Where
all such Col. Pope says: "All right, ever two or three are gathered together
that is very well; but are you rich your- in the name of the Lord or any one
self? Have you proved what you say?" else the thing they do is to receive he
And he doesn't talk to impecunious for- new chancellor and his wife. Why The
tune makers. When Maud Lord Drake Courier has been seriously meditating
told these people she could forecast giving them a reception on its own hook,
market changes she should have been Of course their numerous receptions
asked to show her piie. For no one are marks of deserved respect and are
who could tell when the market would well meant, but if this thing keeps up
go up or down would remain poor. The Mr. and Mrs. McLean will be exhaus
world would be at this person's feet, ted weeks before the season is over.
I can not help noticing the change in
the general bearing and deportment of
the university students in the last live
years. In "90 there was scarcely a beg
ger's dozen of civilized members of
society who attended the institution.
There were plenty of good students,
strong fellows with high purpose, but O,
the cloth :b they wore, and the general
style of them. It was not from necessity
or poverty, but because sloucbiness was
prevalent. It was th . customary thing
for young men to wear baggy trousers,
keep their hands in their pocketB and
chew a tooth pick. And the girls, the
taller they were the shorter they wore
their dresses, and the colors in which
those maidens wonld adorn themselves!
There roally is no reason why a student
should not wear clean linen and know
what to do with his feet. A man may
be literary and clean at the same time,
and neckties do not interfero with his
scientific pursuits, Everyone who can
owes it to society not to be a jay, and
culture and good manners can go to
gether. I think the Bocial life which
has grown up in the university of late
years one of the strongest evidences
that the university is really growing to
be an institution to be proud of. Ten
years ago the students were boisterous,
overgrown boys, indulging in cane tights
and playing juvenile tricks upon the
towns people. Now they are young men
and women, not quite so serious or earn
est as the old fellows perhaps, but cer
tainly more pleasing and civilized. There
is a general refinement about the place
now that is of recent growth. It is not
to be laughed at either. Frivolity is
not a lofty thing, but since the greater
part of the world is frivolous itB a good
thing to be able to do the frivolous. In
the present state of society the man who
is honest and agreeable and can lead a
gcrman well, is about as useful a mem
ber of society as the man who can tell
the derivation of every word in the
language. There are plenty of men
who have got through the world very
creditably on a pleasant smile. I don't
say its an ideal condition of things at
all, but its true. There must always be
a few learned peoplo in the world, but
for the work-a-day average that makes
up the business world, there are other
things quite as important as an accurate
knowledge of the ear of the salamander.
After all the only essential thing in
men is manliness and in women woman
liness. As for culture weli, there are so
many definitions of culture.
In Omaha there is a movement on foot
to dispense with what is inelegantly
known as "full dress" at dances and
other evening entertainments. Only
last week, as I learn from the Bee, a
number of young men endeavored to
give a dance with the understanding
that they, the young men, were to ap
pear in business suits. I am a little
surprised that a city that has always,
from the time-they stuck the first pig
at the stock yards, prided itself on its
quality of "wellness," should favor the
unique idea that anything other than
evening dress is proper at evening en
tertainments. There are somo places
whore men go to evening affairs in sack
coats and red ties, where the women
wear the gowns in which they partook
of the matutinal repast. In these
f laces the men aleo have a habit of car
rying guns and flasks in their pockets,
and sometimes there are signs dis
played, "Do Not Spit on the Floor."
Tho women chew gum and sometimes
when they dance they kick. This id
the way it used to bo in Omaha in the
days when George Francis Train was
tho chief promoter of the town. Omaha
wasn't Bwell then no, not any part of
it. But latterly the town has taken on
a considerable amount of importance
and affected tho things that are
"swell." The pioneer times are gone.
Now that Omaha is trying to bo consid
ered in the same class with Lincoln and
St. Louis and Chicago it must bo pre
pared to go the whole thing. It cannot
set all rules at defiance, and make soci
ety a mob. It must take time to get
the grime off its fice and hands and
change its clothes when it goes out of
an evening to a proper social function.
It cannot bnng dancing in the barn
ideas into the modern metropolitan ball
room. In cannot be governed by South
Omaha etiquette. No, indeed, if Omaha
wants to bo a city it must do as a city
does. And in the cities they wear
proper clothes. They don't try to make
the dress that catches the grime of the
day answer for the festiities of the
Society this winter will bo just as
gay as in that time before the Nebraska
Guy Fawkes set fire to the magazine
that blew up Lincoln's prosperity.
The functions will be as many if not as
elaborate. The starvation parties that
were given in the south for a year before
the surrender were remarkable for their
gayety. There is an excitement about
dancing on the brink of a precipice, an
exaltation of spirits that nothing but
the presenco of danger will create. So
was Paris gay in tho days of the Guil
lotine. No parties were gayer than
those given by the prisoners in the Con
ciergerie. When you lose your money
or your health and have to spend the
rest of your days grubbing or on a
sick bed it is not the days of feasting
and dancing you will regret, but the
days you misspent in worrying and
mourning when you might have been
We do not know how many heads
will roll in the basket before next sum
mer but we do know that only to-day is
ours. Let us put our mark on it as it
races by so that in the days when the
"grinders cease because they are few"
we shall possess days of happiness that
nothing but failing memory can rob us