The courier. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1894-1903, November 21, 1896, Image 1

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In the case of Senator Thurston Ma
jor McKinley is relieved from one em
barrassing aspirant to a cabinet position,
and every little helps. The Chicago
Tribune explained last week that even if
there were no other reasons why Senator
Thurston should not accept a portfolio
his own specific unfitness for it would
embarrass the president.
He could not be secretary of state, for
he has had no experience nor practice in
etatesmancraf t. He could not be attorney-general,
on account of his connection
"with the Union Pacific. The navy, the
postoffice department and the treasury
require a man of exceptional business
ability, and the secretary of agriculture
should have had at least a theoretical
experience with the earth and growing
things. Whereas, for the past seven or
eight years Senator Thurston has not
even Eeen the earth, his flights above
the clouds have been so continuous. As
minister to a foreign country his muscu
lar chin might do good work for Amer
ica, but according to the words of the
prophets all the desirable po;ts are
promised. What is England's loss is our
gain. So long as Senator Thurston
starts on his aerial flights from the floor
of the United States senate Nebraska
will not bo forgotten.
Of all the men who are mentioned
as the successor of Judge Dundy, none
are so well qualified for the place, in the
opinion of The Courier, as Mr. John H.
Ames of Lincoln.
He has, with a judicial mind, a vast
store of legal knowledge. His integrity
is established beyond a question. His
decisions as United States judge would
havo more weight because of the man
and tho scholar who delivered them. To
know the law, to deliver and to apply it
with perfect wisdom and impartiality is
not given to man. But when a man
with Mr. Ames' acumen studies aBubject
for twenty-five or thirty years, he gets
so far ahead of the ordinary practitioner
his knowledge) and ability seem un
limited. A sense of humour will keep a man
from making much of little. It clears
his mind as an egg does coffee. It pre
vents him from making sophomorical
speeches or from posing before a peace
ful, non-beligerent country as a hero of
heroic size. It teaches him values. Ho
is not so apt to be decided by the distor
tion of a near view. Thus humour and
justice are allied. The biographies that
are filled with the bon mots of judges
and advocates prove my statement. The
man that can put a great truth into a
few words so new and so striking that it
makes people laugh, can see the essential
truth in a case obscured by years of
litigation, and seeing it, can show it to
others by the use of his own perspicasity.
Mr. Ames' bon mots are quoted all over
the state. He is a lawyer's lawyer, and
by this sign he should bo their judge.
Bryan's in Missouri hunting with Tim.
McKinley's in Ohio and tho cabinet's hunt
ins Mm.
McKinley's days of peace are o'er.
Bryan's haTe just begun.
McKinley's friends aro at the door
From frosty morn till set of son.
'Tis Tery honorable to bo
the president-elect, O I
1 ut yet be looks at end of day
Like tho president deject, Ol
The horse show has stamped out poli
tics in New York city. At least politics
is neither seen nor heard on the street
or at functions. Of course thero are
offices and saloons whose reason for
being is politics, and where nothing can
Btop office seeking short of the destruc
tion of the human race in North Amer
ica, or of what would amount to the same
thing in a spoilsman's ej es, tho actual
instead of tho theoretical enforcement of
civil service reform rules. But these
people and places do not affect the gen
eral aspect of city life. The New York
horse show this year has been more
successful than ever, in spite of politics
and poverty "From tho horseman's
point of view, the feature of the show
has been tho success of crossing Ameri
can trotters with the hackney. rJhe
results of such a cross were shown in the
ring for tho first time this year, and all
the experts aro tdlking about them.
They say that to the style, action and
toughness of the hackney tho trotter
has added speed, without sacrificing tho
strong points of either class."
As a beauty show tho gathering at
Madison Square garden last week was
probably never surpassed, for all tho
belles of New York and New England
and in fact from the Atlanticand middle
states, were there in the most stunning
toilets. It has become tho fashion for
tho New York women to save their new
gon ns for this occasion, and one of tho
morning papers paid rcverenco to this
custom by- employing experts to deter
mine who wero the test dressed men and
women that npieared in the crowds
each night and sketch their pictures
and write descriptions of what they
wore. Although thero were pinks,
blues, greens, scarlets and orango gowns
in an infinite variety of shades and
tints, purple seemed to bo tho prevailing
color in the human kaleidoscope. When
you watched the procession that moved
slowly and incessantly around the ring,
in which tho horses were exhibited, it
seemed as if the solar spectrum was in
motion. Several women seemed to bo
wearing purple throughout that is, so
far as the eye of the beholder could
penetrate, including gowns, bonnets,
wraps, ribbons, stockings and gloves.
Mrs. Potter Palmer was arrayed in a
plum colored velvet gown with a front
corsage of cream satin and renaissance
lace, with a small bonnet to corresond
and aigrettes and jewels. Mrs. Fred
Grant was in violet velvet, trimmed with
point lace and banded with fur. Miss
Julia Grant was in a pale purplish silk,
with chiffon, and Mrs. James P. Kerno
chan of Newport, who shared a box with
them, was resplendent in purple velvet
with a front of lace and jeweled passementerie.
Mr. Bryan's address to the Mary Bryan
club at tho Funke last Saturday after
noon packed tho house. Tho aisles were
filled and all the standing room. The
audience was in such sympathy with tho
the speaker, they applauded him with
hands and at times with squeals. And
they listened with tho most vivid inter
est to all that Mr. Bryan said.
This campaign has revealed to women
the interest that they themselves take
in politics. Hundreds, who heretofore
have thought a woman's rights woman a
most uninteresting and tiresome crea
ture, now wish to vote. They recognize
that the obstacles to woman suffrage are
only those of imagination and prejudice.
None of the women who so ardently
and prayerfully wished for McKinley's
or Bryan's election, and were willing to
do anything to help it along, was less of
a woman, less devoted to home, husband
and children for the wish to help their
candidate who represented principles
upon which she considered that pros
perity rests, and therefore the continu
ance of tho home. The comic papers
have never given women the credit of
devotion to a principle. This campaign
has shown the fervor and strength of
her devotion to opposing theories.
Neither of the men who represented tho
two financial methods was a bad man.
They had nothing concreto to rally
around or against. It was a theory,
not a man, which confronted them. And
they accepted tho situation like men.
Though, I must say, when confronted by
Mr. Bryan, they forgot free silver in
their devotion to the man.
A few years ago such a meotingof
women would havo been as impossible as
among tho wild Indians, idiots or luna
tics, with whom women aro classed.
Today it excifos little remark. If an
amendment to the Constitution might
bo voted on now it would stand much
more chance of being carried than if it
should bo sprung a year or two hence in
the apathetic interim between presiden
tial campaigns.
A year ago the very men who urged
their wives to take an interest in this
campaign; to join a club, wear a badge
or look interested when they discussed the
silver question with the neighbors, these
same men said if they ever caught their
wivea taking an interest in politics thoy
would get a divorce. Verily, the Sun do
move. The only question is "Is a mala
gold bug broad enough to allow his mate
to vote for free silver, or vico versa,
without danger of apoplexy to him?'
Unless his spiritual growth have pro
ceeded thus far tho reform would better
wait for him to catch up. It is better to
be peaceful and united than advanced
and antagonistic or incompatible.
A discussion is going on, in the news
papers of course, concerning tho best
method for a wife to use in making home
attractive and to keep her husband in it
nights. Most of the feminine authorities
consulted agree that it is wise for tho
wife to meet her husband at the door
with a kiss when he comes from his
business. Some of the men dissent front
this opinion. They say when they aro
tired and hungry and dirty they do not
wish to bo greeted with a kiss
or with anything but silence,
warmth and food. Thoy want to slip,
into tho houso, wash their faco and
hands and brush their hair and perhaps
change their coat without attracting any
attention. Silence after contention and
no questions asked is what they want.
Another set favors tho introduction of
cocktails and light opera songs with an
occasional dance by the wife and child
ren, where tho consort and off
spring aro gifted. Outcault of
tho New York Journal is in
favor of the latter plan. It should not
be tried unless the wifo and mother ia
willing to spend time training the child
ren, and in practising on cocktails before
she offers one to her husband. She
must be especially careful the harder it
is to keep him home "nights," for an
old rounder knows talent when he sect