The courier. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1894-1903, August 28, 1897, Image 1

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    VOL 12X0 ?
Office 1132 N street, Up Stairs
Telephone 384.
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The ureal improvement in business
i most apparent in t hose places where
i Bwt business is done. The streets
' "id the stores of Omaha, for instance,
'refiill of jteople who are either buy
'nfror selling the products or the
i ttld. A year ago the streets had a
i deserted appearance. Today they are
r full of men with the preoccupied ex-
Ptesion of prosperous merchants and
traders: so busy that they have no
time to consider the national mone
tary system, or jiolities in the ab
stract. They "arc buying and selling
'"F. wheat, corn, dry goods and hard
re, and that occujKitioii of the idle
ard discouraged; the creation of a
ltnIiaii state where men deal justly
and work righteousness no longer di
verts them. South Omaha, which
become rich enough and import -wt
enough to resent the prefix, is the
heart or -commercial Omaha. The
vesad hogs which are killed and
Packed there are wealth in its most
rete imd convertible sliaie. The
&'d in the Klondike is in a more al
lur"g r rin than the wheat and irk
"of' braska. but lietween it and
e comfort which it will buy Hi
tarvatli.ii and the freezing cold of
arctlc Passes. The South Omaha
Packinghouses and stock yards are
giving and sending out again the
"faith r.r Nebraska through so many
"Wnnels u,at the plain cople are
fte h'rst to receive the benefits
trom it.
The article in last week's C'orniKi:
about the gambling games and the
complaisance shown the proprietors
by the city and county authorities,
has aroused much favorable comment.
Fortunately the editor of Tiik
CoriMKi: has no political chances to
le ruined so that the public can de
(end ujkmi the reports of the progress,
if any be made by the city officials in
the direction of enforcing the laws re
stricting gambling. The report that
Lincoln is run with no restrictions
against gambling, except a monthly
assessment which is divided Ijetween
the mayor and the chief or jMilice. is
bringing gamblers here from all over
the country. The confessions of .Sam
Melick. the deposed chief of jtolice.
reveal a collusion between the city
government and the gamblers which
has heretofore only leen hinted at.
This town, which, on account
of it- great universities, which
attract hundreds of young men.
should he as free from gamb
ling as good laws and their rigid en
forcement can make it. is tilled with
gambling rooms which run all night.
The indignation of the citizens is
mounting, not against the gamblers,
they are birds of prey following their
vocation, but against the men elected
by the people to administer and en
force the laws. The otlice of mayor
should Ik? tilled by a man capable of
appreciating the dignity and honoi of
representing fifty or sixty thousand
people: a man who will not le mis
led by his asswiates who control a
large number of votes into thinking
that the masses or the ieop!e are im
moral or will uphold an immoral rej
resentative. Party loyalty will cover a multitude
orsinsror a little while, but only Tor
a little while. Hi less gambling is
stopped in Lincoln, it will increase
and it will hapieii that among its
victims will Ik-a young man or two
of good family, then indignation
which permits such temptations to be
laid in the highways where the people
go hi and down will get the better or
partv prejudices and a mayor will
be selected for his integrity, ability
and general decency. This city is
run wide open t he phrase is a vulgar
one. the civic crime it stands for is a
horrible one. No wandering and de
praved tramp who throttles the life
out or a frightened woman, is any
greater criminal than those men who
accept a public otlice to betray it into
the hands of dicers.
In the heart of the city there is a
university, on the hills surrounding
the citv are live more schools for
voungmenand women. Aside from
am moral consideration these schools
ire of direct and indirect financial
'benefit totheph'-c .Inst as soon as
the good iieopleof Nebraska find out
that the advantages or sending their
sons to Lincoln are overbalanced by
the tempt at ions to which the city
authorities expose them, one or the
principal resources or revenue and
fame will cease to contribute lo the
citv's growth. Itefore this time ar
rives the good iet pie ot Lincoln, not
to Ih; round wanting by the people or
the state, should insist that the laws
be enforced. The lieggarly tribute
that the gamblers pay to In? allowed
to break the law will not reeoniene
the city for a state reputation which
isalready a tritle ditlicult to explain
to strangers and to prospective and
investigating settlers.
A few years ago the Lincoln city
council visited the large cities of the
immediate cis-Mississippi region to
investigate something, paving I think.
The newspapers of the places -they
visited made much fun of the iersnii
elleof the exjieditinii. the purjxise or
it and the manner ot executing it.
The visiting aldermen travelled in a
private car furnished by a fatuous
railroad coniiKiny. The car left a
trail of corkless bottles on the prairie.
Denver was one of the places visited
and thev were entertained in various
liquid ways by the common council of
that mountain metroiolis. The bill
was charged to the city and at last
accounts had not yet been settled.
In Kansas City it was the same way.
Whether the pavement was inspected
lietween drinks does not appear.
That they did not make useful obser
vations is certain because they came
back and ordered cedar blocks. The
present council is fixing to go on
another tour of bisection and the
city will pay the bill one way or the
other. It would be cheajier to send
an agent who had already acquired
some knowledge of water or paving,
but as these are only the ostensible
objects of the trip, the council is
going in a IhkIv.
One of the Iwst charities, if that
can le called a charity which does not
give money to the unfortunate and
neglected but helps them to help
themselves, is the Hoys' .Junior He
public, established within reach of
New York. Mr. George is the presi
dent and organized the republic for
the purpose of teaching boys and girls
the meaning of citizenship. The
members or the Hepublic live on a
farm, they work and are paid for their
lalor in the coin of the republic
which, at the end of their residence,
is exchangable for groceries, clothing,
blankets, etc. It is a junior United
States with all the principal institu
tions reproduced in little. The lxys
are judges, lawyers, policemen. They
sell products of their labor in an open
market. They pay for their board,
lodging and everything they consume
with their wages. If a member of
fends against their laws he is tried
and. if guilty, punished. The con
sciousness of the state and their part
in it is aroused. They see the need
of production, or rarms: in many of
them is created a love or agriculture
which soon takes them out or the city.
Hut the strongest and most imwrtant
lesson that they learn i that ot their
civic duty and resMnsihility. What
is citizenship to a boy brought up in
an alley or tenement, inhabited by
Icople or all nationalities who get
drunk, fight, murder and are lugged
off to jail by still another alien dressed
in blue and brandishing a club? It is
the law a powerful something in
which the loy has no part, a great
Mwerful machine or no interest or
-Iteucfit. to him. Hut the Junior He
public make their own laws and ad
minister them. The representative
and resjHinsible advantages of a re
public gradually dawns upon him and
his reformation legins with bis dawn
ing citizenship. He also sees crime
as an olfense against the social Inidy
which, until this time, observation
had taught him was wrong and inex
pedient only when detected and pun
ished by the law. When a Ixiy who
has leen a meuiler of the Hepuhlii
retums to the city he is mi longer a
gamin but an individual who realizes
his iHjsition as one of the important
parts of an autonomous whole. The
social settlements are teaching the
same lessons or citizenship ami in the
fullness of time, bad citizens will find
it verrdiniciilt to he elected to -any
omc2.for the poorest will have learned
their own rights well enough not- to
confer official power on a man incap
able of appreciating the honor done -
Nothing is more impressive than the
sight or hundreds or jieople listening
to the same music or the same words.
The must, arrogant aristocrat is
humbled by the sight or the ieople in
thousands assembled to worship Ood.
or to listen to music or to an address.
1 n t he presence or a multitude many
a man has Ieeii inspired, to speech
which quickened hisowii moral nature
tor all time. 'In ,tne presence ot a
multitude that .sense or one in many
which is the sentiment that created
the country and holds it together, is
strongest. An auditorium, where the
mayor can look at a good many or the
people who voted for him and who
trust him. where once a year the
leopIecan See the state university
make its contribution to the wealth
or the state, where delegates to state
conventions can speak and vote in the