The courier. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1894-1903, October 23, 1897, Image 1

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SARAH if. HARRIS. - Editor
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Now that the excellence of the
water tap ted by the A street well
lias obtained general recognition the
Call claims that it is all because of its
arguments and opjtosition to the wells
in the salt valley. As a matter of
fact easily proved by an examination
of all the papers. The Courier called
the attention of the public to the
fact that part of the council was
opposed to testing the A street well in
an article entitled "The Council and
the City Water," which apiteared in
the issue of .Inly IT. From that date
to the present tnis paitcr has been a
champion of the Antelope valley as
the source of the wate. supply of
Lincoln. The opposition to the A
street well by certain members of the
city council, grew as citizens insisted
that the well be tested. Finally, seeing
that these niemlters were hopelessly
prejudiced against fresh water, a
deputation of republicans visited Mr.
George "Woods and insisted, threat
ening a withdrawal of their supiHjrt.
that he get on the right side of the
water quest ion. These citizens were
incited to an investigation of the
waterquestion by the charges which
The Courier made and which have
never yet been disproved or even con
tradicted. During this time the
Journal was non-committal, the Xeint
was opposed to laying pipes for the
purpose of connecting the A street
well with the city mains, the Call.
for many weeks after The Courier
began the investigation of the water
.supply, had nothing in itscolumns on
the water question and the Post has
never taken any interest in it except
for politics . sake. If the alt valley
is dually abandoned it will be due
primarily to t lie converts loan An
telope water system, secured by the
discussion in these pages of the
water quest ion on its merits. That
discussion induced the ftopular clamor
which resolved itself into the com
mittee that visited ("eorge Wood.
The results of that disciissicn has
more influence in the present cam
paign than the Salt creek valley men
will admit. No jKiier which supports
the present mayor, as the Call has
done, can have the reputation of
honesty and sincerity. The claim
that the editor of the Call makes to
having accomplished the recognition
of the A street well is unsupported by
the facts. Week after week The
Courier reported the real condition
of the waterquestion in Lincoln. The
publisher visited the wells and ex
amined the rejtortsas they ap'icared
front time to time. From this ex
amination it developed that the o
jKisition was a quest iuii of itoliticsand
not of water. It was only b per
sistence and b the freedom afforded
by the peculiarly isolated iosjtioii of
The Courier that it was finally
enabled to le of assistance to these
couucilmen who have been working
with a single eye to securing fresh
water and plenty of it. It was only
after the council had refused to vote
more money to I he South street
station, after the majority of the
influential jieople had made up their
iiiinds that The salt valley would never
supply fresh water that The Cell ad
vocated letting the water from the A
.street well into the city mains. The
pioneer work of popularizing the A
st reet well has boon done by The Col
kikk and The Cockiei: alone. After
it was accomplished. The Call was
found to xi on the creditable side, but
it was afterwards.
No one in this country can help re
joicing that Missfisiieros. the CiiIkiii
prisoner was set fret. Yet. the man
ner and means of her rescue r
scarcely reputable. To be sure, we are
in sympathy with the Cuban struggl
for autonomy, but Cuba is still a part
of Spain and still recogonized as Mich
by the United States government. If
a section of tnis countn in rebellion
against the cent nil 'tower should im
prison an individual whit was plot ting
against it. and this individual should
be released by a citizen of a nation
which still recognized the authority
of the central government: think of
the out-burst of red hot Americanism
that would break out on the streets
in halls and in the newsjtaiters.
Spain has fallen behind in the pro
gress of nations. She is not a tirst
class power. The young King is
threatened by a revolutionary irty
of nearly the strength of his own .sup
port. He has not money enough to
crush the Cuban insurrection and. at
the .same time keep enough money
and men at home to secure his own
safet. Therefore outsiders dare not
interfere. If Cuba lelongcd to Eng
land. (ermau. Uusjaoreveit France,
such an act as the rescue of a state
prisoiieraud the ensuing forgery of
the necessary official's name on the
passport, would never have been con
templated. The rescue was nothing
mote nor less than a very clever ad
vert ising scheme on the part of the
A'eic Yorh Journal and from that
toint of view is justifiable to the
Journal. Hut as for calling for any
congratulations on any other ground,
theclaim is silly. What is Miss Cis
neros to a New York pa'ier. unless she
can le utilized to its own glory? The
two reporters were assigned to rescue
Miss Cisneros in order that the name
of The Journal: should lie telegraphed
ner the world and the recording
angle had. and will have nothing to
do with it.
As for the young lady herself, the
reporters testify that her qtarters
in the Cuban jail were com
fortable, and that she was
treated with respect. Miss Cisiin.s
is not a donna in the strict Sjianish
sense of the word i. e. she is not of
noble blood. I ler father was a small
dealer in leather. and she lived in no
better a home than her prison quar
ters. Herlteauty is of the ordinary
Cuban tyje and she arrived in New
York without any traces of having
Iteen Mibjected to hardships. She
was escorted to the Waldorf by the
luiita in New York where she has
held receptions ever since to which
the great have come for the privelegc
of seeing her and doing homage. Now
MissCisneros has not any money, she
has not done anything wortln of
homage, and the .lunta needs all its
monev for Cuba. Notoriety hits, to
be sure, o'teiiud several gates to her.
closed to the unknown. First, there
is the inusee- which would be deroga
tory, there is the lecture platform,
but she cannot talk English well
enough to address an English shak
ing audience and there are not Cubans
enough in this country to jiay the
rent of a hall. She might write her
views on Cuban women, their dress
and need tf clubs as well as her im
pressions of the United State- vi far.
for the paper which rescued Iter: but
it would need translation. Her es
cape in itself, over roofs and down lad
ders, and on the streets jostling Span
ish soldier- is yellow journalism itself.
and needs no touching up. lint if any
of these means of gaining a livlihood
are to be followed, she must Ik quick
about it for thefamewhichshe has ac
quired is of the most volatile kind, and
is daily decreasing in value toa mana
ger or publisbei. Living at the Wal
"dorf in a magniticcucc which requires
an income of many thousands a year
to pay for. is likely to deceive Miss
Cisuems into thinking that luxury in
this country is disenscd for some
other consideration than -the price."
The longer she lives in the Waldorf,
the harder it will be to leave it and
go to work.
In this number of The Couuier,
Mis, Willa Cat her. now the dramatic
critic of the Pithlmra Isailcr begins
her dramatic and literary critique
under the familiar title or -The
Passing Show. Her weekly contri
butions to The Courier will be in the
nature of interviews wit h distinguish
ed men and women who visit L'ittt
burg and criticisms appreciative of
the art. manners, morals, and Wo
men's Clubs of Pittsburg. In parti
cular there is Authoui Hom' Hawk
ins who will soon lecture in Pittsburg
and as he will not come to re us. it
will lie a rare pleasure to hear how
the author of "The Prisoner of Zen
da looks toa friend and what hesays.
Army officers call the iiew.-.pajer
comment on the man dragging inci
dent at Fort Sheridan '"Mawkish
sentimentality" and say it prcceeds
from ignorance, on the irt of the
civilian, of the friendly relations
which exist between the private
soldier and his officers. This plea,
when considered with the confession
of Lieutenant Loveriug that the de
tails of the incident took place as re
iwtrted. sounds a little like that of the
slave holders before the war. who
said in reply toanti-slavery protests
that their "niggers" were the hajt
piest jK'ople in the world and that
northern m-ople could not understand
the affectionate relations existing lc
tween masters and slaves, etc.. and
that the "mawkish sentimentality"
exhibited by the almlitionists was
dangerous to the divine institution of
slavery. History shows that maw.
kishues.s finally triumphed tot he ulti
mate, benefit even of the south. If
the discussion in the newspapers of
such bad temjtercd brutality as
Lieutenant Loveriug exhibited makes
the United State officers afraid to
treat private .soldiers except with
justice, it will increase the efficiency
of the arm b attracting -A re
secting men into the ranks. Not
that this incident proves that
privates are habitually treated with
severity. The clamor shows rather