The courier. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1894-1903, August 28, 1897, Page 2, Image 2

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presence of the people, where noble
chorus and orchestra can roll out
Wagnerian musk in unconrined vol
ume, where even auuual meeting of
societies like the Christian Endeavor
ran le held, is a worthy object to
strive for. The projected atiditoriiim
may bring the citizens together to
work for a common object. Com
pacted it will Ik: of great ue to us.
Building it, we may lie taught again
our reliance ujkui each other.our com
mon Interests.
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A notice from the Javid City news
liapcrs to look out for pick-pockets and
burglars who accompany lliugling's
show made Lincoln houc keepers and
storekeepers more than usually care
ful not to leave house or store un
watched while the circus was here.
The usual procedure of the chief of
the thieves that circus owners license,
as they do the side shows, is, to isit
thechier of police the tirst thing in
the morning. With him the pirate
captain makes an arrangement which
enriches the chief, to a larger or
smaller extent. Under the conditions
the pick-pockets are to Iks allowed to
run their business without indict "in
terference." These arrangements are
not confined to any city. The bead
thief is in the habit of making them
with the chief of police of every city
in which the show appears. Notwith
standing his opportunities lie does
not make much more than an honest
living, because he has to divide with
the proprietors of the show and with
the police, who, of course, must each
receive in turn, a trifle from the chief
to pay them for silence and looking
the other way when anything is going
on.
The revelations made in the inves
tigation of Policeman Dill show that
the guardians of property should beex
ciuded from the rooms they are sup
posed to protect. The naivete of the
policeman's explanation that he had
a pass key to many of the business
houses of his beat and that he had
been in the habit of turning in to
Holm and Reed's to sleep during the
hours of the night he is paid to keep
awake, is striking. It has been a
matter of regret that the police were
too few in number to protect the city.
In the light of recent; developments it
is just as well that there are no more.
The citizens are awakening to the
fact that the city government, from
humblest officer to highest (always
excepting members of the council,
which is legislative rather than ex
ecutive) is for sale. They took the
office for revenue only. The idea that
public office is a public trust" is the
uncomprehended and Quixotic phrase
of an Hnpopularjiresident. The city
cersare the'whatarewe here for"'
kind,. The ring that has run the city
for so long is in full and unquestioned
control-.
The Coubikk isthe only uiijKirtizan
paper in Lincoln. 'It dares to make.
these, charges against the city ad
mi nisi ration because it is out- of
politics. It addresses the lcst and
the most intelligent people of the city
and thestatc and as many as read its
pages are going to know the character
and conduct of the city officer-!. Taxes
would be paid with greater readiness
if the taxpayers were sure that they
were assessed to pay the salaries of
devoted and able city officers, to pay
for durable paving, pure water and
adequate .tire and police protection.
But the people pay their taxesashel-)-less
travellers, detained by Iiaudits.
pay their ransoms, because they must.
Tile city treasurer's office is the place
where a lot of sulky,- suspicious but
helpleas people pay the tribute of citi
seaahlp. To remedy this state of
tk4as there are the primaries from
which the plain, preoccupied citizens
stay, and afterwards grumble impot
entlyatthe nominees. Tiik CouitiKii
s hoping that, there will be a citi
zen's ticket this fall that will give
honest men an opportunity, to rebuke
the ring that offer the city for sale
every day.
The Great Blue Heron.
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Within a fen: miles of Lincoln, on Oak
creek, there may be founa at almost
any time during spring, summer and
early autumn, a large bird of a dull
ashy blue color with white eyes, stand
ing motionless in the shallow water
near the shore of the strea-n.
In the uncartain light caused by the
shadows of the overhanging trees he
might be taken for an old decaying
stump of a tree. Knowing the habits of
thu stately bird whom we have been
seeking, we have approached his
haunts cautiously. Not close enough
for a good view of him, we carefully
divide the dense, sweet perfumed wild
ciicumber vines and mere a little neaiei.
Now we have our first good view of. the
great blue heron. Not a motion, not a
ound does he make. A ripple on the
surface of the shallow wt r marks the
courss of an unsuspecting tjb. A gleam
of the bright golden eye, and quick as a
(lash his head has disappeared in the
water and out comes the tish for Mr.
Heron's mexl, then raisin-; his head and
stretching out his long neck and
guip'ng, down it go;s Now raising one
of his long legs he carefully draws one
toe through his lance shaped bill just as
if he was picking his teeth. An unguard.
ed step, and the snapping of a dry twig,
he ia off with a hoarse croak. The greet
blue heron is a very shy bird, making
it difficult to approach him. His food
consists entirely of tish, frogs and mice
found in marshes. Herons strike their
prey just back of the head and when it
is large they kill it by striking it against
a stone or stump. Early in May they
begin to mate, and build a large coarse
looking nest of dry sticks. The eggs,
sever more than three in number and
usually only two, are of a dull pale blue
color, and are about the size of a email
hen's egg.
During the incubating period male and
female share the nesting cares alternate
ly, and receive food from each other, the
total length of an old bird from bill to
toe is 63 inches and hen the wings are
spread they measure 72 inches from tip
to tip. They usually fly in a straight
line, the flight 13 strong, even and
graceful. Xike most large birds they do
not appear to move very rapidly but
their strong wings soon carry them out
of view. The male and female in full
plumage are much alike, the young
birds being of a rusty gray blue color,
until they have attained their third
year, when they assume the brighter
colors of the old birds. In anrient
Greek literature there is a beautiful
legend describing the origin of this
handsome bird. It says that out of the
ashes of a burnt city arose the great
blue heron.
AUGUST EICHE.
Officers of the State Federation of Woman s Clubs,
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President, Mrs. B. M. Stoutenborough, Plattsmouth.
Vice-president, Mrs. J. E. Keysor, 2721 Caldwell street, Omaha.
Secretary, Miss Vesta Gray, Fremont.
Treasurer, Mrs. M. F. Nichols, Beatrice.
Auditor, Mrs. D. C. McKillip, Seward.
Librarian, Mre. G. M. Lambertson, Lincoln.
seUkctaky.
.Mrs. Belle Hamilton
.Mrs. Kelley
Lincoln Clubs.
if Kilt. OF CLUB. PRESIDENT.
Athenea Mrs. Will Green
BookReuew Mrs. I. N. Baker.
Century Mrs. M. H. Garten MrB. R. T. Van Brunt
Faculty Club Mrs. Geo. E. MacLean Mrs. P.B.Burnett
Fortnigttly Mrs. C. H. Imhoff Mrs. C.H.Gere
Hall in Grove Mrs. H. M. Boshnell Mrs. Walter Davis
Lotos Mrs. J. L. McConnell Mrs. Lucv A. Betsey
Matinee Musicale Mrs.D. A. Campbell Mrs. J. W. Winger
Sorosis Mrs. A. J. Sawyer Mrs. J. E. Miller
Sorosis, Jr Mrs. Wm.T. Stevens Mrs. Fred Sbephard
Wednesday Afternoon The hostess acts as president.. Mrs.Robert Wilson
Woman's Club Mrs. A. A. Scott Mrs. Kelly
Y.W.C. A. Magazine Club.... Mias Wild
OFFICERS OF THE CITY FEDERATION
President, Mrs. Gen. L. Meissner, 1512
D street.
First vice-president, Mrs. Ida Kelley,
839 North Twenty-third street.
Second vice-president, Mrs. H. H.
Wheeler, 1517 H street.
The women of Seward are beginning
to get ready for the fall and winter in
their club work. The summer .ha .been
a rest for them and they have put in a
little time in planning the programs for
the season. The Nineteenth Century
club has issued its program, which is
very interesting. It is purely American
in its score and for that reason is more
interesting and more sensible .than
others. When the women have learned
all they can about America and the
Americans then they may with profit
turn to the old world and its decay.
American authors and American sub
jects, with current events, and the daily
history of the world's doings, will occupy
the time of this vigorous club this
winter. The History and Art club will
as usual study what the name signifies.
It is a cultured club and its meetings in
the past have been of absorbing interest.
Mrs. Langworthy, who has been its
guiding star through these many years,
will be assisted this year b Mrs. Dr.
Potter. The Fin de Siecle club is also
beginning to get ready for work. Taken
n all the little town will be well
clubbed this season and much pleasure
and profit will accrue to the members
and friends.
Gold wbb tirst discovered in the
vitinity of Sitka by Frank Mahoney,
Edxard Doyle and William Dunlay in
187.1.
The first American traders td engage,
in the Yukon irade were members of
the Western Union Telegraph expedition.
"Aaua often says "My ttaiacaB- a
osSereat from any other toad; if aliaect
to aaVartJse my itwintw." That
remark shews a rrmsmii rw mjin of what
aiiiiiyiil's.kkMihiacahiswiwifcaown
to these who 9fht tokaow it. This, caa
he doac with aay
A member o the Zetetic club at
Weeping Water sends the following
bketch:
A brief summary of theZetetics work
may not be-amiss, although club news at
this date is almost out of season, as
most clubs have long since closed their
doors, while their members have hied
themselves away to cool resorts. Else
they have betaken themselves to rest
and quiet under their own "vine and
tig tree," wnile the summer solslica holds
high carnival.
.The Zetetics found they had so much
before them it seemed almost impossible
to find a time to close and did not until
July 10 h, when an adjourned meeting
wound up the year, to be commenced
again Saptember 4th. A short vacation
butas its meetings are held at inter
vals of three weeks they probably give
co more time to their programs than do
those clubs who have longer vacations
and whose meetings are more frequent.
The club year baa been of unusual
interest to some. The studies relatiag
to Germany have been not only in
structive but of an entertaining nature
as well. The papers show that more
than ordinary interest has been felt in
the work. The federation library was
found of practical value to many
throughout the year.
The club ought to feel that some ad
vancement has been made along the line
of parliamentary drill, as the practice in
that direction has been most vigorous.
The last in connection with a discussion
of the "Scarlet Letter," added not a
little to the interest and brought out on
both sides (the question being, "Re
solved, that the moral tone of the Scar
letjjetter is elevating"; very decided
opinions.
"Two members have left the club by
removal one a charter member,, the
other of only a year standing one only
has been added, which leaves one va
cancy yet to be filled.
Occe during the year sorrow entered
one home, taking from it a little one
whose life had passed but little beyond
the half jear mark, long enough only to
prove the We its coming brought "ere it
entered the blessed beyond.
The year has witnessed various social
events, adding somewhat to the pleasure
of those engaged in the work, also
making a pleasant diversion from regu
lar program work.
In summing up it might be said the
past has been one o! the best years of
the Zetetic only that it is generally
conceded that each year is the best. The
story of the year cannot -be complete
without mentioning the Plattsmouth
affair the joint meeting of the Platts
mouth, Ashland and Weeping Water
clubs at Plattsmouth by invitation of
their club; a happy thought, beauti
fully carried out, and a most enjoyable
affair.
The programs arranged by the execu
tive committee for the year '97 and "C8
are ready for the printer. It embraces
a variety of topics it is hoped enough to
satisfy all tha varying tastes and am
bitions of those who aid in its develop
ment. Get man history and literature
will be one of the leading features.
Three or four meetings will be given to
parliamentary drill in some form, three
will be devoted to some special iine of
literature under the leadership of some
member; three ? child study under
the leadership of Mrs. Marley. one af
ternoon to be given to the children, a
lawn party; in charge of Mrs. Race one
Sbakespere.meetiEg; the laws of Ne
braska, especially those relating to
women, will be in the hands of Mrs.
Donelson.
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