The courier. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1894-1903, June 06, 1896, Image 1

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here, but has come to us for candi
dates for the nomination for president!
Manderson and Thurston with their
various aspirations have kept Nebras
ka well to the front in the republican
party, while Mr. Bryan is regarded as
a leading: candidate for the sliver dem
ocratic nomination for president and
the Honorable J. Seedless Morton rep
resents that which is picturesque and
exquisite in the ranks of the old
line democratic party, and is
a possible candidate for presi
dent. In the populist party we have
that great and good man, Silas Adi
pose Holcomb, and that long drawn
out specimen of senatorial sensational
ism, William Vainglorious Allen, both
of them frequently "mentioned" in con
nection with the presidential nomina
tion. A pretty good showing, isn't it, for
a state that only a few years ago
echoed with the shrill note of the coy-
So Lincoln has a live candidate for
the presidency! Lincoln is a little
back from the Missouri river and there
is no Bee building or Clementina-Chase
here, but they can't keep us down, for
all that. Not even Omaha can snuff
out our light . To be sure, Mr. Bentley
had to split up the prohibition party
in order to get himself nominated for
president, but as there wasn't very
much of the party In the first place,
the fracture cannot cause any serious
damage. Lincoln ought to be repre
sented in the galaxy of presidential
candidates, and we would not have
blamed Mr. Bentley if he had divided
the cold water party into twenty-seven
different sections that he might be
nominated by one of them. Hurrah
for Bentley! May he run like the
Fowler sextuplet, and may his tire
never puncture! General Manderson
was forced to retire from the race for
a presidential nomination, but Bentley,
.the adored of the Blttenbenders, goes
in and wins. Bully for Bentley!
Our "broad gauge" prohibition friend
having smashed his party into smith
ereens that he might snatch a nomlna
- tkm.from the wreck we will wait and
Vatch with eager interest the attempt
of our suave and sapient townsman,'
William Jingling- Bryan, to smash the
- democratic party in bits for the same
. laudable purpose.
Did it ever occur to you, gentle read
er, that politically and otherwise Ne
braska Is, all things considered, the
greatest state in the union? Nebraska
may be still struggling in the swad
dling clothes of infancy, but she can
kick holes in the nursery ceiling and
-set ap a bowl that makes the older
states dizzy. .Here we are, a com
munity so recently emerged from ter
ritorial Incipiency that we are not yet
dry behind the ears, and we are tak
lag such a large part in the affairs of
the nation that each one of the rout
chief, political parties has not only
some of Its most prominent members
men from the faculty to Leland Stan
ford university and the university of
Minnesota. Nebraska is only a suck
ling Infant, comparatively, and yet
one of our citizens, General Mander
son, was selected from the whole coun
try, to make the annual Decoration
day address at the tomb of Grant,
and within the state originated the
observance of Arbor day. Nebraska
has produced Buffalo BUI, the greatest
thin? in his line on two continents,
and has given the seductive game of
high-five to the world. Nebraska peo
ple haye a smaller percentage of illit
eracy than those of any other state,
and we lead in beet sugar manufact
ure and with one or two exceptions
raise more corn than any state in the
union. Nebraska has turned out one
of the world's fastest bicycle riders,
Barnett, and produced one of the
country's noted Journalists. Walter
Wellmac, and is the mainstay of one
of the greatest railway corporations
tempting to do Is to preach the word
of God. And yet what Interest he has
aroused! How the people flock to hear
the young man tell afresh the story
that ia as old as the world and whose
vitality and ever-Increasing Influence
render puerile the demonstrations of
kicking clowns like Ingersoll! The
Rev. H. Percy Silver came, unheralded
from Omaha to become rector of Holy
Trinity church. He is young, and
somehow in Omaha he was kept on
the outskirts and he was little known.
But he has made a remarkable im
pression in Lincoln. Some men who
have preached In this city have de
clared that this Is not a spiritual com
munity and that the people would not
listen to old fashioned spiritual ser
mons. They contended that what the
people wanted was "practical" ser
mons, or "pulpit editorials." and they
conducted the praycc meetings through
the week In an apologetic way, and
on the Sabbath day preached on poll-
ote, and had as Its human inhabitants
scattered tribes of Indians, whose
trails through the tall prairie grass
marked the way for the gold seekers
In '49, and later suggested the course
of the great trans-continental lines of
It Is twenty-eight years since Ne
braska became a state, and yet the
four great political parties have their
greatest members here, and Mr. Cleve
land comes to us to complete his cabi
net; and Mr. McKlnley comes to us
for one of his greatest advocates, the
man. who is to stand sponsor for him
before the St. Louis convention; and
the mine owners, or the silver men,
come to us for their most effective
champion. Only twenty-eight years
eld and the Ohio state university
comes to us for Its president, and our
state university obtains recognition as
one of four of the leading state uni
versities of the country and we send
In the world. Nebraska has the first
homesteader in the United States, the
only living war governor, the greatest
living botanist, and that most power
ful organization the Irish National
league had, in its greatest days, its
central organiztion here. Nebraska
has all these and a hundred other sim
ilar distinctions, and It Is a pretty
good record for a kid, isn't it?
There is a tonic in the air in Ne
braska that rouses men to action, and
causes them to create, to produce. And
if we have done so much in the last
quarter of a century, starting from
nothing, what may we not do -In the
next twenty-five years? "Stand up
for Nebraska!"
There, is a young man in this city,
a new .comer, who is going to make
his mark. He isn't an author or a
financier or a builder of bridges. Heb
is only a minister, and aH he is at
tics or the reservation or the last mur
der trial.
Mr. Silver Is very old fashioned In
his Ideas of preaching. His sermons
neither partake of the elements of a
stump speech nor an editorial leader.
He has studied the Bible, and he is so
far behind the times that he is preach
ing solely from the Word. And,
strange as it may seem, he has found
many old fashioned people in this
practical and rather calloused and
frivolous community, who, like him
self are behind the times, and who like
the old fashioned preaching. It has
been made plain, since Mr. Silver came
to town, that even among a practical
uasplritual people there Is a demand
for spiritual teaching.
The new rector Is an athletic young
man, full of life and spirit. Just the
sort of man who would be interested
in wholesome sport. He has a manly
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