The courier. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1894-1903, July 15, 1899, Image 1
VOL. XIV., NO. XXVIII. ESTABLISHBD IN 1880 PI ICE FIN EC' NTS LINCOLN, NBBK., SATURDAY, JULY 15, 18D9. Entered in the pobtoffick at Lincoln second class matter. AS habits of ;i lifetime and follow after new prophets who make strange signs and intimate that everything but tliclr own inventions works badly. Usona is an ingenious anagram and the man who invented it can doubtless get a Job in the rebus department of St. Nicholas or of sonic other juvenile bible to the exclusion of all other lit erature and they will raise the aver age perceptibly. The Christian Scien tists and Seventh Day Adventists road it exclusively. The higher criticism has also induced scholars, otherwise indifferent, to study the bible. Then the nledire of the Christian Endeavor PUBLISHED EVERY SATURDAY magazine but he cannot rechristcn the societies contains clause binding a -Bit- TDf COURIER PRINTING AND PUBLISHING GO Office 1132 N street, Up Stairs Telephone 384. 8AKAH B. HARRIS. Editor Subscription Katep In Advance. Per annum 2r Six months Three months One month JJ Single copies The Courier will not bo responsible for vol untnry communications unless accompanied by "communications, to rocoivo attention, must bo signed by t no full nomo of tho writer, not moroly as a guarantee of good foltli, but for publication if advisablo, s g OBSERVATIONS. LWV America or Usona. It is said that the only objection to Usona is Unit it is new. That is ob jection enough. That is everything. America means the Revolution, the civil war, the name is In literature and history. It means the landing of the pilgrims, the Indian wars, the Puritan inheritance and traditions. An American means now everything the Puritans demonstrated, and George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson, Daniel Webster, Hawthorne, Emerson, Lowell, and Longfellow besides. It means every thing we have to bo proud of, and by the thrills of pride the exile feels when he sees the American Hag or is identi fied as belonging to it and owing it allegiance, it is a good name. The three consonants and four vowels of which it is made were of no particular significance until they were united to form America, and then, for all time, United States. It has been christened in blood and it will last till the nation is conquered or goes the way of all na tions. A rose would be as sweet by any other name, but the new name would not recall to the old lady the brier roses that, grew In her mother's dooryard, the roses her lover sent her, bridesroses, the roses that have slipped out of sight and are covered by clods. The rose itself will recall these other roses to mind but not a new name which some imbecile meddler thinks a more musical and a choicer word. Words do not mean anything until they have been used and mellowed,, until generations of men have given them life. The words on this page, if they have any significance at all, re ceive it from the lovers, mothers, children, heros, and statesmen who have breathed them and made them live. Mr. Kipling knows this and does not make many words. Ills lists of the common objects ot the machine shop or steamship are carefully chosen, but it Is a matter of recognition rather than creation. The words that arc shouted in the machine shop or on shipboard smell of oil and sweat, they carry their own atmosphere and the man or woman of experience can not hear them without, being trans ported to the places in which if the words were not born, they were, at least, smoothed and altered into on omatopes beyond the power of any deskridden scholar to transform. Kipling knows tills better than any other writer of the century and he only puts them down as they are and lets the wonderful composite of souls dead live hundred years work their miracles. Kipling knows enough not to Unci fault with the sun, moon, and stars or propose to introduce other and shinier ones. Are Americans Bible Readers? Mr. William Dean Howells reports a recent dinner of New York literatcurs where the question "Do Americans signer to read the bible every day. These arc not overlapping groups, and when the army of Christian Endeav- but even If lie can prove acquaintance with the parties listed, It has nothing to do with lilHiihtlity to keep accounts, drive horses, run a lawn mower, or wipe an engine clean. Most anybody who devotes his wholo time to it can tempt a celebrity into a bowing ac qtiaintauccor to a coerced recognition by letter. The acquaintance does not increase the commercial value of the claimant at all. Ilcgcntsof the State University are doubt, hw. rccclvliu' orcrs Is added totlie scientists, and the scores of letters urging the applicants' adventists and the body of old fash toned church members who read it for no particular reason except It comforts them and they enjoy It, It Is their habit and enjoined by the scrip, tures and the church universal, the millions of men and women who read the bible every day in the United States, cannot be considered as an inconsiderable or diminishing body. $30,000 vs. $5,500. The wonderful achievements of General Leonard Wood as governor of Santiago have drawn the attention of all the world interested in sanitation and reconstruction after disorganiza tion, to his treatment of problems which more famous men have given up This quiet soldier doctor, as a military governor has been enabled to make men clean instead of having to urge them to be, as most good doctors have to do. Besides lie lias that raicst of all gifts and oftenest claimed execu tive ability and the sense to use the full authority of Ills position to ac. complish the purposes lie was sent to fulfill. Moreover his patriotism is im peccable. Offered $.'K),000 a year as the president by the Traction company of Washington which controls, or expects to control, all the electric railroads in acquaintance witn lamoiis men as a siifllcicnt qualification for the vaccnt post at the University. The regents arc acquainted with the type and there is little fear that the claims of a borrower of greatness will be seriously considered. Not on the Passenger List. The story which is reprinted from Harper's Monthly in tills week's Cour ier, is reproduced because It is not merely the best short story of the month In any of the magazines, but according to the requirements of the short story and the taste of the public it is the best story which lias ap peared for many months. The writ er's name is that of a woman, Jessie Van Zile Iiclden, and although it is not safe to use the personal pronoun indicated by pen names, in spite of .lames Egbert Craddock, George Eliot, George Sand and George Egerton, most men and women who write, use either their own names or a pen name assigned to the sex of the writer and thus, and from internal evidence 1 conclude that the author is a woman. "Not on the Passenger List," is a real short story. It contains about 1,500 words, it gives a tantalizing but effective view of three lives. It is In- ind about Washington, General Wood. SCrutable,invitcs speculation, it Is sub- Read the Bible," was discussed. He they became a sign for a great country says the guests decided that the bible whose name can no more bo changed was no longer read orstudied In Amerl i..... ...... t,n tuur Mint, flouts over It. ca as it was during the puritan regime Many an artist can make a prettier Hag There were fewer inhabitants of this W()rth t0 ' of tll0 "braVest and than the one our soldiers have hugged country then than now, but granunt, bcst whl(,h ag been C(1 out gQ un. and cheered in dying, but no other flag that ana u e reugiou , us BPUdglnjly. bui the one tlrsumaae oy mat poor came home from Cuba to inspect the proposition and he was greatly tempt ed to accept it. His salary as governor of Santiago is $5,500 and lie did not think it worth while to deny that the $24,500 was an Important considera tion. But General Wood lias gone back to Cuba without making any fanfare about ills service to the coun try or ills love for the cause. He has gone back as quietly and unoratorical ly as any christian gentlemen steps aboard an ocean steamor for a three months vacation in Europe. The war has brought out many such Instances of sclforgetfulncss and the effect upon the ideals which a democracy of all governments, must possess, is perhaps that old woman will over bo ours. The proposition to rcehrlsten Amer ica emlnates from an alchemist like tho man who Invented volapuk when ho. miirht, have been wanting corn. tlrst emigrants to Massachusetts, still the proportion of Americans who read the bible now will comparo favorably with those who read it In sixteen sixty something. The Dutch in New York wnm mom criven to schnapps than to Suspicious Versatility. When a man applies for a thirty dollar a month job and claims to be an Intimate friend and advisor of tic with nineteenth century subtlety. The setting is as clever and complete as though Irving had done it himself on the stage of the London Lyceum, and the story occupies less than two pages of Harper's magazine. Was "Tom" aware that Mrs. De Peyster was wearing tho ring of un cut sapphires his dying brother sent back to ills sweetheart? Did lie tell her the story to wring her heart and out of brotherly championship for brother, or shall we accept the insin uation that Tom told his talc like the ancient mariner whenever he met a woman like Mrs. De Peyster to whom everybody told secrets and who sac redly kept them? There are a num ber of other questions that will occur to those who read the story. There are as many answers as the length and breadth of the experiences of the readers Include. Finally the study of tho story is recommended to the con tributors of the Kiote, a univeisity of Nebraska magazine, whose short All tie el Sin a ,Ze m a guage any kind of reading, and the English Henry James, W. D. Howells, Edison, stories hold from 2,500 to 5,000 words hs h stor 1 lit? uckyfo t e in- who settled in Maryland were Catho- and President McKlnley, ho is Immedl- of descriptive preparation for a do r! .noddle lies and accustomed to let others do ntely but mentally charged with gen- noument which never occurs and for vnntlvn i-nformors WllOlike tO mCUalO UCB UIIU ....... i .,.! .i...t'.i,n ...oDfl f hlhlo rniirtlnir for thom. tlie people are i slow to resign tho days sects have arisen who study the he keeps Is not respectable enough, The atmosphere, the setting and In these latter oral debility. Not that the company a plot too tenuous to be unraveled.