The courier. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1894-1903, November 26, 1898, Image 1

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g OBSERVATIONS.
The Mecca, a new weekly octavo of
izteen pages, is at hand. The typog
raphy and the paper leave nothing "to
be desired It is edited and published
by Mrs. Clara Foltz, who used to live
and work in Washington, D. C. It
treats of the topics of the day, women'
elabs, calls them "current events,"
editorially, of society and mining, of
music and the drama, in short of
whatever any weekly paper 1,500 miles
ttis side of New York society filli its
pages with. The editorial matter is
breeay and very readab'e. 1 he paper
has the best wishes or Thk Courim
and, if we may be allowed, also its
sympathy.
The Rev. Scudder, who hold9 danc
ing parties in the parlors of his church
in Jersey City every week for the
.young men and women of bis church,
has shocked a number of very good
people. Dancing is either right or
wrong. If it is harmless there is no
reason why youag people should not
dance at a church sociable instead of
restricting themselves to the deadly
dull remarks and diversions common
to these occasions. If dancing is
wrong church members must renounce
it or leave the church. It is incon
sistent to ask the young people of the
Church to amuse themselves by mak
ing them talk when music is ac hand
to be danced to. Very few good
dancers will admit any immorality in
dancing, and it is only since Bible
times that a prejudice has risen
against it In the first place the
xhurch pronounced against it and it
is an evidence that that institution is
returning to first principles and dis
carding prejudices that on? of its
shepherds presides while the lambs of
the flock skip about in time to music
the fittest and most natural expres
sion of the gayety of youth whether
the dancers are colts and lambs or
lads and lassies.
Some of the war correspondents are
delighted and surprised at the reply
of Lieutenant Hobson, who replied to
a question of how he would like to
be addressed by saying: "You might
call me Mr. Hobson.'' It is not "worth
while inquiring whattbe man thought
Lieutenant Hobson ought to be
called. His exploit with the Merimac
raised him to a rank in peerage which
should be represented by a title rarer
than mister, according to the ideas of
the correspondent who could not re
cover from the amazement into which
the Lieutenant's choice of 4Mr." cast
bim. In consequence he wrote a col
umn or two of gush to the New York
paper which must have selected bim
because of his rare lack of sense he
might be counted upon to turn in un
usual copy. The yellow journals must
contain sensations, and an idiot cor
respondent is as rare as a genius and
costs less than half as much hence
their columns.
The relations between Superintend
ent Andrews and the school board of
Chicago are being watched by teach
ers and eyeryone interested in the
system all over the country. If he
succeeds in carrying out his plans the
public schools of Chictgo are likely to
become the best in the country. If
he fails the Chicago board will find it
most difflcu't to fill his place with any
body but the typical place hunter,
whose incumbency of the mayor's,
superintendent's and several city
offices has been at the expense of the
service. Superintendent Andrews is
a man peculiarly and cunningly fitted
for the position he was invited to fill
by the very numbers of the board
who now oppose his recommendations.
Of course, if the board will not allow
bim to use bis best judgment there is
nothing left for the superintendent to
do but resign. H- has undertaken to
free appointments from politics, a
task which honest and able men bare
tried before and failed to perform.
But he has such prestige that it is
hoped that the success said to await
the right man in the right place do
ing the right thing may crown his en-
lightened effort
Harvard's football victory has de
lighted every lorer of the sport not
related to Ya'e, whose victories, well
won though they were, have made the
Yale ath etic atmosphere a trifle arro
gant. The pouring rain was nut suffi
cient to put out the enthusiasm of
the audience, two-thirds of which was
feminine, and it is questionable if the
players even knew'tbat it was rainng.
In regard to the interest in this par
ticular sport the papers tell of a cleri
cal looking man who, on looking over
the 15,000 people as oblivious of the
cold rain as Abednego and his com
panions were of the burning fiery fur
nace into which they had been cast by
their captors, remarked that no re
ligious service could call out that
number of people in the choicest
weather to an open air meeting, which
remark was true as well as apposite.
Mr. Keeley, of the Keeley motor, is
dead and his secret is buried in the
grave with him. and his secret he will
keep more. securely than Swinburne's
wife kept the poems exhumed so soon
as time had moulded the poet's re
solve. Perpetual motion, if discovered,
would contradict the whole scheme of
life which is founded on labor. The
purest and best cannot resist a long
spell of idleness. Work alleviates
sorrow and ennui, but It is a cure
which everybody must be forced to
take. Perpetual motion would save
coal and muscle. A machine which
would run of itself would inevitably
be the cause of more wickedness than
ruin. For this and other reasons it is
perhaps as well that the 2,000 pages of
relict manuscript said to reveal the
secret of perpetual motion which Mr.
Keeley confided to his lawyer be not
published. The other reason is that
such publication would be expensive
and would not enlighten the world as
to a motion which is the secret of the
world itself as it whirls through space
and which none of the worms which
crawl upon the earth's surface and
make faces at each other have been
able to imitate.
Intimates of Nikola Tesla report
bim a visionary and a materialist.
He considers the human organism a
sort of thermo-electric machine with
receivers composed of eyes, ears,
mouth, nose and hands. His idea of
running the machinery of the Paris
exposition with power generated by
Niagara Falls and sent by a machine
in New York to one in Paris without
the use of any connection by wire Is
founded on this conception of asensate
machine. Mr. Tesla says the essen
tial feature of the invention "consists
in establishing a region of waves or
disturbances and actuating by their
influence, exerted at a distance, the
devices on the vessels or vehicles
which control the propelling, steering
orother mechanism. He is suiely at
work upon a Frankenstein, or upon
two Frankensteins, the one to send
and the other to receive, who will use
no clumsy and worn out medium of
communication, such as wires, the one
to give and the other to receive energy
enough to run an exposition or a ship.
The officers of the Union-Commercial
club who have ordered that the
by law in the constitution of the club
forbdding all games of chance shall
be obeyed evidently do not consider
whist a game of chance. Of course it
is not, but one in which success de
mands the undevised attention of the
choicest intellects, only it is played
with cards and all card games are
classified as games of chance In a
category too hopelessly old and self
satisfied for revision. The element of
chance is not eliminated even from the
modern game of duplicate whist, if it
were the game would become about as
fascinating as logarithms, but the
alert intellect takes advantage of
chance and is not controlled by it and
the qui vive attitude is the stimulat
ing, fascinating part of whist that
neither Cavendish, nor any of his
later disciples nor dissenters have
been able to destroy. TnE Coukikr
is, nevertheless, gratified to perceive
by the naif expulsion of all games of
chance from the household of the
Union club, while whist is still held
in supreme favor that the members of
the club consider the practice of whist
a purely intellectual exercise worthy
the honored place it occupies in their
club life.
The club women of Denver have
made their organization on agent for
the accomplishment of improvement
in the conduct of the street cleaning
department in the department of city
philantbrophy and for the ameliora
tion of the school children in the city
schools. The club women of that city
are united ic one big club which is
divided into departments for the ctudy
of practical pnilanthropy and muni
cipal economics. There is no city in
this country where the women are
more determined and pluckier, or
where the woman's club is so active,
united and devoted to the interests of
the whole city. It is fortunate that
Mr. Moody should have attacked the
club woman in a city which owes so
much to ber as Denver instead of in
a city of exclusive clubs quite inde
pendent of each other, engaged in a
dilletante study of history or litera
ture or something which grown up
people use as an ornament in society.
Because when be said that club
women went to the club m smoke
cigarettes bis audience knew better.
Many of the women be was addressing
were club women, who bad left well
ordered homes to listen to a preacher
whose reputation is greater than his
judgment or bis future. Mr. Moody
has very little effect upon a cultured
audience and perhaps he has foreseen
that the effect of a union of women
for the sake of culture and an intelli
gent at'empt to improve the condi
tions of the present life for everjbody,
might be preparing an unavoidable
contrast to his own rather hysterical
exhortations in regard to the lire to
come At any rate, whatever his mo
tive, the absurdity of bis statements
will undermice bis authority on sub
jects which he has studied for many
years The anecdotal character or bis
exhortations have made tbem very
popular, while at the same time con
cealing his. short comings or logic,
judgment and education. Whether