The courier. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1894-1903, February 18, 1899, Image 1

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VOL. XIV. NO. VI 1.
BSTABLISHBD IN 1880
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LINCOLN, NBBR., SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 180.
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g OBSERVATIONS. 8
The city attorney's letter to Chief
of Police llosiuhtiid in which lie asks
the chief to give a demerit to the po
liceman whose beat includes the cor
ner of Twelfth and N streetB, for not
notifying the vigilant street commis
sioner that part of the fence around
tho cellar on that corner was down is
based on his ignorance of the fact that
the patrolman has notified the street
commissioner several times in regard
to the dangerous condition of tho
fence around this deep excavation.
The records of the police office are
carefully kept and the several occa
sions on which the street commlsslon
sioncr lias been notified of tho absence
of any protection around this cellar
are recorded. It is encouraging that
the city attorney has begun to notice
that someone is to blame for our dan
gcroussidesvalks. It does not require
a special knowledge of the duties of
the different functionaries to recog
nize that it is the street commission
er's businesa after being notified once
of a particularly dangerous condition
to remedy it instantly. Yet Mr. Llnd
sey has had his attention called to this
particular place a number of times
and ho has allowed weeks to go by
without ordering its repair. There Is
a still inoro dangerous cellar cor
ner, "because it is not lighted, on
Fourteenth and P, which has no rail
ing at all around It and where any
one who wishes to break a limb may
do so any night and have a sure case
against tho city for at least five thous
and dollars. Tho street commissioner
has tho power and it Ishlsduty rather
than that of the chief of police to re
pair such places. A valuable commis
sioner would not need to be informed
by the police of such large pitfalls.
Consider the present street commis
sioner as an applicant to a railroad
company for the position of track in.
speotor or common section hand. No
railroad superintendent would seri
ously consider his application. Or if,
through some sudden contingency, as,
for instance, a strike or an epidemic,
he should bo employed, ills fathomless
ignorance and neglect of ills duties,
unless his work were supplemented
by that of a competent and conscicn
tious man, would cause so many caias
trophies that he wmld be obliged t
take his own life or run for it. Net,
the citv of Lincoln pajs a man seventy-live
dollars u month who, oven
when repeatedly notified, fails to cor
rect a condition dangerous to life and
limb and hence potentially costly to
the city.
The learned city attorney is of
course aware that the largo damages
awarded to plaintiffs against the city
since his incumbency of the oflice
might have been prevented by ordin
ary watchfulness on tho pare of the
street commissioner. Hut having
failed to advise the council how best
to insure the city against future dam
age suits Tiik Courier takes this oc
casion to remind the city attorney
that the seventy-five dollars a month
should represent services performed,
that those duties arc specified in tho
statutes, that the present incumbent
does not (perform them, and that in
consequence judgements are piling up
against tho city much faster than the
city can pay them.
If the street commissioner is really
unable to Improve dangerous condi
tions, why not discharge him and
apply his salary to a judgment fund?
As the city attorney is conversant
with tho law and the liability of a
city which docs not fence in pitfalls,
it is liis place to advise the council
what to do in these lamentable cir
cumstances in which the city finds
herself, possessed of a commissioner
who does not inspect, and when pit
falls are reported falls to act. If In
the cases in which Mr. Webster has
attempted to defend the city, -and
which have gone against him, it lias
been clearly shown that the accidents
occurred because of a condition, to
avert or modify which wo pay an offi
cer seventy-five dollars a month, Is It
not, as consequently, the attorney's
place to notify the council that their
man is costing the city in excess of
ills salary five thousand dollars or so
several times a year in judgments?
General Webster would have almost
the unanimous support of the taxpay
ers of this city If he would recom
mend the plan proposed oy The
Courier, viz.; the employment of a
competent carpenter who would, from
day to clay, inspect the walks and re
pair what dangerous places ho found.
Such a man would prevent accidents
and consequent damage suits. The
present man, or another with the same
methods, cannot bo much longer en
dured. Sucli service, intolerable to a
private person or a corporation, is fast
becomingso hateful tothocitlzenswlio
pay the commissioner's salary and are
still further assessed to p;ty the dam
ages caused by the failure to perform
liis duties that, in the nature of
tilings, a change must occur soon.
Edmond Demoulin's hook, Tho Su
perinrite of the Anglo Saxon, ought to
be adopted as a text book by every
co'lege in 1 liis country, (seems to me.)
Not hecau0 it e-lebrates the Anglo
ft.ixon and increases 'the i-ll'-sati-fae-tion
of every niciilier of that haughty
race at his most haughty period of
lite, nor because undergraduates need
any additional reasons for self gratu
lation, but because tho college student
is tempted by an unfettered mind, lie
is without a boss, and his allowances
drop upon him like manna, without
any preliminary perspiration oii his
brow, ho is not coerced to think so or
to act so on account of the necessities
of a job which probably influences his
humble parent who supplies him with
money. Tho undergraduate is given
to soaring. There is little reason why
he should not soar. lie is in contact
with life, but life is cloaked and
gloved. Between him and the world
there is perhaps a little man with a
stubbly beard, a turndown collar and
baggy trousers, tho hireling, it may
be, of a corporation. In appearance
ho is not so attractive as the young
ster in the tall collar, irreproachable
linen and creased trousers. And men
tally there Is even a greater difference
between the young man and his
father. The latfer has learned by
struggling that conformity to conven
tion and a system creates less friction
than independent acting and think
ing and hence he is obedient to tho
rules of a corporation if lie happen to
be working for one, or to the laws of
commerce if he chance to be in busi
ness for himself. These rules are to
his son as far-fetched and unnecessary
as arithmetic rules to the little scholar
who has not yet worked many sums
by them. Thus the student contem
plates the customs of society and com
merce, which, by long agreement be
tween man and man, are more binding
than laws on the statute books, as
matters which lie can change when lie
goes out Into the world If they happen
to be out of harmony with things as
they should be. Human rights, as
expressed by the Declaration of Inde
pendence and various reformers and
sociologists, have few correspondencies
in real life. The modern political
economist who writes tho text books
consulted by the undergraduate sees
no remedy for the evils of competition
but some kind of socialism or depend
ence upon society and the state to
chango tho present system of "every
uian for himself and the devil take
tho hindmost." M.Demotilins' recog
nition of the iulluencc which the par
ticularistic formation of Anglo Saxon
society has had upon the predomi
nance and spreading power of tho
Anglo Saxon in contradistinction to
the inlluonce of the socialistic forma
tion of the Latin races makes his book
valuable as an antidote or counter
agent to Karl Marx and other advo
cates of the benefits of socialism. Tlio
wealth of the world, the stores of
science, literature and art have been
made by individuals and not by so
ciety and tho Tartars and Mongol's
among whom society is tlio most com
pact and paternal in tho tribal form
have the scantiest treasures of civili
zation. Tho Anglo Saxon on tlio con
trary has developed the Individual to
the point of break'ing away from all
dependence upon society in tho shape
of the family, the community or the
state. Hut to reconcile one to tin;
evils of the formation partlcularisto,
there is nothing better to contemplate
than the ignorance and weakness of
those portions of tlio human race which
have adopted the formation soclale.
Mr. Oscar A. Million, who died in
Lincoln on Monday, February l.'l, came
to Lincoln in 1871, where he has since
lived. He was bom in Wakefield,
England, in W.l'2. His early youth
was spent working in a dye house for
tlio support of his widowed mothr.
During tills time ho attended a me
chanics' school and prepared himself
for newspaper work. For fifteen years
previous to his coming to America he
was connected witli the Bradford Ob
server, first as a reporter and finally as
managing editor. In the summer of
1871, in company with tlio London
agent of the Burlington and Missouri
USvcr Railroad company, lie met Mr.
GeorgoS Harris.tliocommissionerof B.
&M. lands in Iowa and Nebraska, and
lie induced him to como to Nebraska.
Mr. Million's fervid descriptions of
the soil, climate and beauty of Ne
braska were printed in tlio newspa
pers of England, they wore translated
into Dutch, Bohemian, Russian, Swe
dish, Norwegian and Gorman. The
large settlements of colonies from
these nations along the line of the
road wore very largely duo to Mr. Mul
len's power of accurate description
and Ills appreciation .of the advan
tages and beauties of tlio boundless
plains of Nebraska, at that time un
cultivated, and to an unproplietic soul
not especially promising. His English
newspaper acquaintances wore glad
to print his letters discriptive of a
land just ready to break Into bloom of
corn and wheat and rye, until thoy
discovered that every lettor contained
information of a certain railroad com
pany that had thousands of acres of
land to noil on ten year's credit at six
per cent Interest Then they wrote
Mr. Million their advertising rates.
The sale of the laud was so rapid tiiat
advertising was soon unnecessary and
Mr. Million accepted the position of
court reporter of this district. He
kept ills position till a few years ago.
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