The courier. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1894-1903, May 27, 1899, Image 1
- VOL. XIV. NO. XXI. KST ABLISHBD IN 1880 PK1CE FIVE CENTS sbbbbbbbbbb! ibbbbbbbbs?'ebbbbbk sbbbbbbbbbb! T'P'vOHfc 9w. jEtt sbbbbbbbbbb! bbbbbbbB bbbbbbbbsi H I J Br M LINCOLN, NBBK., SATURDAY, MAY 27, 18l)i). Entered in the tostokfice at Lincoln as second clahs matter. PUBLISHED EVERY SATURDAY -nx- THE COURIER PRINTING AND PUBLISHING GO Office 1132 N etreot, Up Stairs Telephone 384. SARAH B. HARRIS, Editor Subscription Katop In Advance. Per annum 9100 Six raonthB 75 Three months 50 One month 20 Single copieB 05 Tns Courier will not bo responsible for vol nntnry communications unless accompanied by roturn postuRO. Communications, to rocoivo nttontion, muBt bo signed by tho full nnmo of tho writer, not moroly as a guarantoo of Rood faith, but for publication if advisable, : OBSERVATIONS. 1 .M. What We'll do to Dewey. After nil it is very little we can do to express our gratitude and hero worship to Admiral Dewey. We can cover our towns with bunting, employ all the brass bands within reach, invite him to dreary hotel banquets, where, on account of the number simultaneously served, the courses reach the table covered with goose pimples, and after the exhaustion of eating impossible meats and salads force him to make one speech and listen to a dozen more, and when he gets oil' a train, or appears on the street either in a carriage or on foot, we can cheer and shriek at him, until his travel-tired nerves quiver in re sponse. We can do all this, and we will do It just as soon as his reserved New Englanff shoe touches the New York pier. There is nothing con sidered more complimentary by the American people than to get together in a vast crowd and yell at somebody. It has been suggested that a grate ful people buy or build Admiral Dewey a house. Such a gift would constitute a more genuine and un selfish test of appreciation than the yelling referred to, because It re quires very little to start a chorus of that sort and wo tako such pleasure in it that most anybody can inspire it, outside of Nebraska. We are a silent, saturnine people in Nebraska, careful not to exhibit unwarranted enthusiasm over a diva that takes our breath away with her singing, or over an orator, who can turn the east into a howling mob, or over car loads of soldiors, who in their journey from li o Atlantic to tho Pacific slope have been greeted at every little town by the American yell, until the train crossed the boundary line into Ne braska. After the battle of Blenheim, the Duke of Marlborough was presented with a castle by Queen Anne ant' parliament and the Duke called it Blenheim. The American people might give a house to Admiral Dewey and request him to call it Manila. Such a testimonial would last longer than cheering and longer even than a hotel banquet, and be a witness to the travelers who come after "us, like the piles of stones erected bv the children ot Israel in their journey through the wilderness, of a memora ble occasion and a great man. Little Americans .lohn F. Bass in Harper's Weekly, a paper opposed from the lirst. to an nexation, expansion or any degree of enlargement, says, in writing from ttie Filipinos: "Indeed the one danger in the situation here is that public senti ment in tlic United States will in terfere with the prompt and rapid progress of the war The time for compromise has gone by. We can never take tho present Fili pino government Into our conildence. A new set of natives must be put at the head of any native government established here, and in order to do this the force of Aguinaldo and his party must be .broken. Nearly all the conservative Filipinos left him when a breach with the United States was imminent. At present he is surrounded by the very worst ele ments among the Filipinos. Any negotiations with the insurrectionists today, ttierefore, will encourage these men to make exorbitant demands and ultimately may mean death of ttie thousandsof misled Fillpinosas well as many of our own soldiers. Any com promise will mean the triumph of the lawless party and in the end an infinity of trouble. Let us show that firmness and energy which might have prevented this outbreak if used eight months ago. For if we vacil late now, Isee nothing but dark days ahead for the Filipines Occasionally a woman with her child renoran old man sat disconsolately near a heap of smouldering ashes; ao I rode through mile after mile of this desolation the conclusion forced it self upon me, that our government with its weak, vacillatory policy and want of tact, and Aguinaldo and his followers, with their nagging trlcki ness, and their misrepresentation of our every act, would be called to account for all this destruction, when history, In cold blood shall write the truth. Either we must show we aro stronger than thl3 people or get out of the islands. Otherwise how can we hope to establish any government here?" Tills from a correspondent of a paper strongly opposed to American suprem acy in the Filipines to a paper with which he is in harmony, is fairly good evidence as to the character of Aguin aldo and his followers and the high lumped course which It is absolutely necessary this country should pursue there. All the correspondents arc unanimously of the opinion that Aguinaldo Is working for his own exaltation and does not know Inde pendence from absolutism. American belief in the insurrectionists is hut (liscouragenlng the lovers of law and order in the Filipines and lessening the faith they have in the United States as a strong government and the ultimate source from which in depence will come. The Strategical Filipinos. The telegraphic reports and sol dlei.V letters from the Filipines aro invariably encouraging. They say Aguinaldo, Del Pilar and the other Insurgent commanders "wish to sur render'' that "the insurgent army is utterly demoralized'' et cetera, et cetera. Yet on the very next day the lirst pages of the daily papers are full of reports of a battle witli these same discouraged and disorganized Fili pinos who have killed Americans by the hundreds since the insurrection began. After all, they are very clever fighters, and dig their trendies just in front of a cover of timber into which they retreat before the Ameri. can charge which is all in the open, and beyond the timber and another open stretch the Filipinos dig another trench from whicii to fire at the Americans. In consequence, the American campaign lias been a scries of charges across exposed ground on soldiers In trendies. Yet the In trenched soldiers have never been able to hold their position against the impetuous assults of the Ameri cans, who would be certain to slaugh ter them in the trenches when they reached them. Butbefore the Ameri cans reached the trenches, as one of the correspondents said, the killed would out number the living. It is fortunate that a barbarian is mortally afraid of the civilized man, as an animal is afraid of man, and Aguin aldo himself cannot keep his panic stricken soldiers In their trenches before a fierce American charge. The fear of the unknown and of the supernatural, of tire and of water can make poltroons of Americans in the same way. Barbarians are more ignorant than the Americans, there fore the terrors of the unknown are increased for the barbarians and that terror is added to the actual prowess of the American. College Riots. The public is accustomed to excuse the tendency of college boys to ignore property rights and the laws of decency whenever they desire to ex press their joy over a college victory or disapprobation at an infringement of what they consider their rights. Separately, undergraduates aro apt to conduct themselves like other boys. There are no more petty thieves among them, or rowdies, or bullies, or dls orderly individuals than among the youth of any other class. But to gether, under the excitement of vic tory or defeat or on any college an niversary or festa they will steal any small object like chickens or signs, they will dl8.lKi.ro public buildings, and behave generally like rowdies and bullies. If they are in sulllcient numbers they will attack policemen or shop keepers or anybody who chances to object to being bullied and imposed upon. The mob of Prince ton students who attacked a Wild West show for daring to give the customary parade upon the streets, was a good example of a college riot. The students attacked the procession of cowboys and Indians from behind buildings and when one cowboy turned his horse to charge twenty or more of them they tumbled over each other to get out of his way and most of their injuries were received in flight. Tho trouble was, the cowboys are in the habit or resisting evil with force. They have not learned that petty larceny which places a young man in the chicken thief class, if he be outside of college only gives him an enviable reputation for frolicsome ness If lie is. Tho community is really to blame for tho habits of students ensemble, and like fond and Indulgent parents of troublesome children tho community is not to be pitied for tho depredations which Its own imbecile good nature has en couraged and developed. Queen Victoria's Abdication. There seems to be a more than usually strong rumor that Queen Victoria after liur eightieth birthday which will occur on next Wednesday, will withdraw to Balmoral. The Queen, it is positively alllrmed, has given her last drawing room and has revisited for the last time the scenes of her childhood in Kensington Palace. In another month the Prince of Wales will ho King of England, according to the assertions of many of the English correspondents who have ribked their reputation for accuracy on the positivism of this prophecy. The Czar's Sincerity. The sincerity of the Czar's dis armament proposition has been questioned and his attitude or that of his official representative at the Peace conference towards the first practical proposal made by England, appears to justify suspicions which the Czar himself is said to resent. England's proposition was that the nation's regard the merchant marine of all nations as neutral in time of war, the merchant ships to carry no arms. The merchant marine of Eng land is so much larger than that of any other nation that such an inter national agreement would be of greater advantage to Great Britain than to any other nation. Russia's merchant marine is comparatively insignificant. If the Czar is In earn est, however, and is really trylngjto bring about universal peaco his re presentatlve might, at least, have discussed the subject with the dele gates from other nations, but ho peremtorlly refused oven to argue the . i .