The courier. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1894-1903, November 28, 1896, Image 1
L.r VOL 11 NO. 46 "r - -x ?- v' ! ESTABLISHED IN 1886 ... , .. PRICE FIVE CENTV, 'ft i J" i. -' $!" v. r W $4 LINCOLN NEB., SATURDAY. NOVEMBER 28, 1896, - rtnsDnrTKsrosT omciuKoui AM KCOXB-CtAlS K4TTXB PUBLISHED EVERT SATURDAY TIE COORIER PRINTIH6 UD P0BUSH1N M Office 1132 N Btreet, Up Stairs. Telephone 384. SARAH B. HARRIS Editor Subscription Rate-la Advancs. Fer annum ?$ Biz months l-W Three months One month Single copies 1 OBSERVATIONS i Thanksgiving day, the first of the holidajs begins, in spite of the feast in which it ends, with a minor note. A wail for the missing ones. Where only the members of the family sit about the table tho broken circla i3 more apparent. It friends, segments of other circles sit with the family tho broken pieces are forgotten or at least tho conventional necessity o! showing a cheerful face to guests is a bracer for low spirits. The most satisfying way of spending the day is to give a dinner or comfort to those who might otherwise be forgotten. If you give tho dinner tho comfort will probably come of itself. For the well fed, poignant misery is difficult if not impossible. The gourmand is never a misanthrope until his stomacji goes back on him and Dispepsia becomes his tantaliziog and exacting mistress. When tho heart is-really heavy- the daintiest food is as appleB of Sodom. But the very poor seldom know bitter grief. The struggle for existence makes material jojs the only things worth striving for. Is an aching heart to bo compared to an aching and empty 6tomach? Let tho opulent fold their cloaks about them and 6tand with eyes turned inward, tho beggar's wire,' mother, sweetheart died yesterday too, but today he aches with hunger and cold and that is more im portant. You can not heal jour own mortal hurt heal hie. It is medicinal if not a sure cure. It looks as if Thanksgiving turkeys were getting their revenge on the small- boy-grown-up in tho foot ball ma:sacre that takes place every Thanksgiving day, with a difference in favor of tho turkejs, who are dismembered only after they are .dead. a Tiio newspaper reports of tho inci dents of young Serf's death who was killed in the game at Kansas City are at varianco with tho evidence of some of tho eye-witnesses. They say the joung man was very slightly injured when ho went into tha game and that tho impact of the blow which knocked him down would nave felled an ox. Eighteen jear6 old, an athlete, and a promising scholar, he was killed in a brutal and brutalizing game. His mother, who had not seen him for a year, is on the erge of losing her reason. There are- other results, among them a lessening foot ball popu larity, at least in Crete. But the latter will be temporary. Americans and the English love to give and tako blows. They rejoice in their strength and hail an opportunity to try and to exhibit it. Foot ball is brutal, as I eaid before, but not to the same extent that a bull fijht is. It is a fair fight in an open field, where the victory goes to weight, brawn, the quickest ear, the quickest wit, and "the devil tako the hindmost." "The Chariot Race" in Ben Hur where the contestants 6trivo with all their might for victory, nor reek a broken head on their side or tho other as of much con sequence, exhibits the same fierce exult ance in struggle as 'be foot ball match of today. It is not wisdom to get too far away from our brute ancestors, primal in stincts, physical strength and all that. Over refinement makes men effeminate. The Vikings conquered Normandy and their seed possessed Englacd because they loved to tight. Do not forget O! timid mothers and sweethearts that tho bojs you love have got to give and take knock down blows when they get out of college or bo finally knock d out and they might as well begin to learn how take and give them in good part and to play fair now. Theodore Rooseveldt has put himself on record as approving of prizo rights and tho New York ministers who thought him such a darling say that they are disappointed in him. But until man is thoroughly regenerate he will have to tight. It is better to fight with fists, than with guns the effects are not so lasting. The German emperor says tho moment a man or a nation looks as if ho could be licked, ho will be. It is fre quently convenient, and in the interests of right, for a man to know how to use his fists. Many a ruffian got his first ideas of decency from a champion who beat him for mistreating tho weak and has been a Dcttcr man all his life for it. This is just what Theodore Roosevelt believes in. EIo lived in the west for a number of years and many a time, ho has seen a blow delivered in timo and in the right placo to save two men's life, viz, tho man who was hit and tho man who hit him. On such an occasion it is worso than useless to striko anything but a neat blow, well delivered and cal culated to accomplish its purpose. In order to do this it is necessary to study tho noble art of self defense or knight errantry becomes quixotism, which is another word for expressing the quality of an unsuccessful though gallant and generous champion. Tnero is a breeziness and frankness about Theodore R. that endears him to every western heart. Onco when we had no chancellor the regents asked him to be it. In his noto declining the honor he said he held the invitation with fing ers that longed to write an acceptance instead, but that his duties kept him in the east. Of course he may have meant only to let the regents down easy but his regrets read as if he wanted to come and could not. But about this prizo fighting business he is all right and the clergy can go on loving him as before, lie has reasons for his faith and when the Rev. Mr. Peach sees 6omo bully taught his place by a student of the art of self-defenso bo will regret his hasty expression of opinion in regard to Mr. Roosevelt. The charity organization society has just closed a very successful jear. Mr Hebard's and Mrs. McCormick's admin istration of tho funds of the society ia both judicious and efficient as the re port shows and every dollar that they have received is accounted for. Tho small part of the public which is accus tomed to give systematically for the re lief of the poor in tho city can find out at any time just how and where their onations are used. Secretary Hebard keeps a record of all pensioners of the society, as well as the amount and kind of aid they have received since tho or ganization of the society. The records shor that there are in the city about fifty heads of families who are habitual and confirmed paupers, whose children and grandchildren are paupers and criminals too. What to do with these peoplo is an economic puzzle. Extermination, before propagation, can increase the evil by a hundred fold and continue to increase it in geometric progression, is logical, and is practiced on all but human poisonous animals and parasites. But there is no hus bardman to kill them and they are kept alive by food which ought to go to the sick and unfortunate. There is ono woman who puts her baby into its carriage, leaving her five or eix other small children at horns. She wheels it all day from ono house to another. Before she rings tho bell, it in said, sho pinches tho baby to make it cry. She lives in a comfortable housa in a respectablo locality, whero the neighbors say sho arrives every night with tho perambulator so full of parcels it is difficult to bco tho infant. Sho lugs them all into the houso which is filled with dirt and in tha morning sho starts out to make the rounds of another neigh borhood. Her husbaud has a team and can get tho family enough to eat but tho woman is an ac tress. Sho loves tho excitoment of deceiving people and accumulating plunder. She ought to stay at home and clean her house and her chil dren who aro likely to die of some filth disease, but so long a3 her appeals aro successful she can defy tho efforts of tho society to develop in her tho maternal instinct. Ilercaso ia montioned only because sho is ono of many who prey upon the city. Such cas:s aie the loud est in denunciation of tho society. The malo paupers have been set to work on the wood pilo. That wood pile has weeded out tnoro incorrigibles from this city than any other influence, though it is a shameless mixing of metaphor to say so. Housekeepers have noticed tho scarcity of tramps it is the wood pile. When the tramps are shown its noble proportions they say. "Well, I guess my room is better than my company and move on. This is the story of Whisky Bill From poor house hill; He's tho man who never worked And never will. Iu early life he rushed the collection box in tho village church, and learned to steal tho pretty buttous people put in tho box. Then he went to tho bad, and from bad he went to worse, then to the legislature and to congress. Now he is behind tho bars for tho first time in his life, and on tho office door it says: Gono to jail, Back in thirty days. In the general revival of prosperity duo to the good man's election the rail road 8 6eem to share. Tho Room Trader 6ajs: "The forthcoming statements of both the Burlington aud tho Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific will mako most favor able reading for all who keep their stock. It is estimated that the Chi cago, Burlington & Quincy has made an average'daily gross gain of 811,030, or, in other words, the receipts will bo nearly 8350.000 heavier than they were for the corresponding period in 1835. The Rock I I:,!