The courier. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1894-1903, July 09, 1898, Page 3, Image 3

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During his first term of office Gov
ernor Ilolcomb made appointments
quite freely, without exacting prom
ises for any of the customary return
services. During his second term ex
perience has taught him that his fu
ture interests will be best served by a
clear understanding with appointees.
The complications which will arise
from a third term candidacy are nu
merous; and concern Governor Ilol
comb so intimately, that his usually
rather clouded vision has compre
hended with sufficient clearness to
make him anxious to attach more
closely to himself the chief men of
his own tribe. Jay Burrows was very
anxious for a commission in the Third
Nebraska, lie went to Omaha and
passed acreditable physical examina
tion, then lie was repeatedly advised
to "see the governor." He did not
see him, neither did he get the com
mission. The development of politi
cal sagacity in the governor of Ne
braska, although still interrupted by
a crude belief in destiny, is proceeding
quite rapidly under the influence of
the impending difficulties of a third
term and the number of candidates
who want the chance to steer the
Ex-Treasurer Bartley arrived on a
midnight train last Wednesday and
was taken by the sheriff out to the
penitentiary, live miles south of Lin
coln. Withouta word, except a cheer
ful reply to a greeting from a news
paper reporter, Mr. Bartley stepped
into a hack which waited to take him
to the beginning of his twenty years
sentence. The composure and dig
nity of Mr. Bartley's bearing are ad
mirable. Cansidering Auditor Moore's
melodramatic conduct, and his final
escape from a punishment which he
certainiy deserved as much as Mr.
Bartley, the latter's qniet acceptance
of hissentence.and the non-appearance
of Mrs. Bartley in court, emphasize a
certain manliness and brave submis
sion to the inevitable, which is char
acteristic of the man. He did no
more than other state treasurers have
done, but the dishonest system during
his incumbency of the treasurer's
office reached a climax (all systems
reach a culmination which prove their
worth or viciousness), he was unable to
evade or prolong as his predeces
sors had done, and he is now suffering
vicariously, as well as for his own sins.
He neither invented nor inaugurated
the system which was his undoing.
The sentence he received, considering
all these things, and those who have
gone scot free for more deliberate and
original plundering, is excessive and
unjust. Even-handed justice will not
condemn a man to twenty years' in
carceration in a penitentiary because
the people of the state are exasperated
at a succession of state officers who
have plundered or who are suspected
of having plundered the state for a
number of years. Such a concession
to clamor, even the clamorers will ad
mit in those rare Hashes of judicial
reflection, which even clamorers have,
U unworthy a judge.
As between the French and Spanish,
the latter have twice demonstrated
their braverv, while the former have
now twice signalized their cowardice.
In the fire which occurred in the
charity bazaar at Paris, where the
men and women were of gentle birth
and breeding, when the cry of lire was
raised the noblemen struck their moth
ers, sisters and fiancees in the face
with their fists and trampled on their
bodies to reach the exit, and only a
few women succeeded in eluding the
lists and feet belonging to "what they
call men in France, and had time
enough left to escape from the burning
building. The steamer Burgognc
went down off the Grand Banks on
July 4, with 725 souls on board. Only
200 jiassengers were saved, and of these
one was 'a woman. The boats and
rafts were taken possession of by the
French crew, who beat back the pas
sengers with oars and clubs. In these
two accidents the cowardice of the
French, gentle and simple, is illus
trated. In the annals of American
river, lake and ocean maritime service
there are scorccs of instances in which
tho captain and crew have helped first
the women and children into the boats
of a burning vessel, then the rest of
the passengers, and taken what was
left themselves, or gone down with
their ship. But these French officers
had not force of character enough to
shoot some of the crew who were beat
ing of the helpless passengers, and
compel the rest to stand by while the
boats were launched and the weak
saved first.
When a nation is cowardly, atheis
tic and unchaste it is burned up, not
as Sodom and Gomorrah were, but
ethnologically the degenerate people
deteriorate till their virtue is an echo
from the time of a founder like Char
lemagne. Statistics of the population
of France show no annual increase in
numbers. Births and deaths are in
the same ratio. Such symptoms, ac
cording to the materia medica of his
tory, accompany the death of a race.
The strength of France has been
sapped by long wars, which have tak
en first the strongest and healthiest
young men, and later the older and
feebler, thus impoverishing the next
generation, which in turn is called
upon to furnish its best to the army.
The wars of England and Germany
have not had so perceptible an effect
upon the population because the vices
hereinbefore referred to have not
drained the freshness, hope and
strength of those nations. The Eng
lish, the pure Saxon race, has a staj
ing capacity, a recuperative verility,
and a productiveness that will in time
either rehabilitate or push off the
earth, the thinner blooded Romance
peoples who have fallen into evil
French society, French men, French
literature, the French drama, is deca
dent. o healthy mind can examine
French institutions without a warn
ing from the nostrils of the presence
of decay. Zola has written of the
French people as they are and they
will not let him into the academy be
cause he has told on them. There
will come a time, unless some outside
influence destroys Frenchiness (how
we do hate it) in France, when the
deatli rate and the birth rate will no
lougcrbalance. Then the blue-eyed
Saxon will go in and possess the land,
and the sooner that day comes the
better for the whole race. The pond
with a green scum may be interesting
to a botanist, but we need the ground.
Besides it hatches poisonous insects
and allows malarious, wraiths to es
cape from it. It should be drained.
The endorsement of Mr. Burkett for
congress by the Lancaster county con
vention was and is still a surprise to
Lincoln people who did not and do
not yet fully understand just who,
and just what Mr. Burkett is and just
how it happened that he, all of a sud
den, sprung into prominence and in
to nomination for congress by the
Lancaster county convention.
If republicans will stop a moment
and think, they will remember, how,
in the spring there was an effort to
lift Lincoln politics to a higher plain
and which succeeded to the satisfac-
X 9HCf "" Wo have thorn in all tho popular up to date
styles at popular prices.
fj Our 3 cincl I3.&0 Slioen ore tlie 13
1 en i u co.
508 North Fourteenth St.
Sells all kinds of fresh vegetables and strawberries at
lowest prices for honest goods.
Three car loads of best flour bought before the ad
vance. Our prices are right.
tion of all good citizens who love hon
est government and decency in poll
tics. When the result of the city
election was known, the gang who
have manipulated and plundered this
city for years, under the leadership of
those who have grown rich in coal and
gas set about to get even with the so
called silk stocking reformers and
the late Lancaster county conven
tion was the result. It was a conven
tion organized, planned and controlled
by those who will debauch the next
legislature if they can, and who are
interested in foisting upon the public
not only through the republican par
ty, but through the so called reform
party as well, political tools who will
do in the legislature, in the city
council, in the state government and
in the national congress at Washing
ton what they are told to do.
Republicans throughout the district
may as well understand now, that the
attempt to put Burkett into congress
is a part of the game by the same
manipulators who are putting Burns
iuto the legislature and if onsumat
ed is sure in the end to bringdisgrace
and disaster to the party.
The people of Lincoln who know
this young man Burkett laugh at the
idea of his being a congressman. Up
to the meeting of the Lancaster coun
ty convention his candidacy was con
sidered a joke. The Coukieu warns
the republicans of the district to in
vestigate the Burkett deal before they
endorse it
Tho contemporary estimate or an ar
tist's worth is always of problematical
valuo, and in tho case of tho late Sir
Edward Burno Jones the proverbial
disagreement of critics was intensified
by tho fervor of the quarrel over tho
Kcsetti school, well remembered in ar
tistic circles. The emphatic popular
favor accorded Burne-Jone's work, how
over, both in this country and in Eng
land, cannot be doubted, and his recent
death, at the age of sixty-five, excited
general regret among his many Ameri
can admirers. n excellent portrait of
the late academician is published in
Harper's Weekly for July 2, together
with a comprehensive account c! b;s life
and work
Inte.-pretlojr a Froverb.
"Do you believe that whistling in
dicates that a man has an empty
head?" asked the affable devotee to
"Sweet Marie." "It indicates that
ne will have one if I can reach his
head with a club," replied tho person
who can't be industrious without be
ne irritable.
FrlTate Access.
What a blessing no man can hinder
pur private access to God. Every man
tan build a chapel in his breast, him
self the priest, his heart the sacrifice
nd the earth he treads on the altar.
hracny Taylor.
One Fah!on Kxplalned.
Little Dot Mamma says when she
iras a girl little girls wore white stock
Cn'a wat didn't make their feets all
black like these do.
Little Djck Then wot did they begin
wearin' black stockin's far?
Little Dot (after some thought) I
Cess it's because it's easier to vfash
:U than to wash stockin's.
Get Health- Juror.
Jirason I wouldn't hang a man on
ny "expert" testimony of doctors.
Would you?
Jainson Not if I were in good
Humph! What's that to do with it?
I haven't much faith in doctors
when I'm welL