The courier. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1894-1903, August 19, 1899, Image 1

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Welcome to the First.
The devotion and executive ability
shown by the president and chairmen
of the committees on the entertain
ment of the First Nebraska remove
all doubt that plenty of food will be
on hand, that it will be good food,
and ttiat it will be adequately served.
The three chairmen who have under
taken that the food shall be ready on
the fairgrounds when the men are
ready for it, and that the long tables
shall be daintily spread and an ad
equate number of waiters ready to
wait on the soldiers who have so
cheerfully relinquished daintiness
and delicacies for so long, have se
cured most of their waiters and made
arrangements for n apery and dishes.
There is nothing that the women
of Nebraska will not do to show their
appreciation of the boys who have
given them a reason, that all the
world acknowledges, to be the proud
est of women. These young men,
most of them under twenty-four
years, have fought a good light; they
have submitted their unwonted
young bodies and their proud spirits
to discipline, for the glory of the
First, they have not repined when
the sun scorched them, nor when in
the vicissitudes of the camp the tare
was coarse and unpalatable. OBic
ors and privates have done their duty
and unrepiningly accepted the cir
cumstances of their lot, many of tho
men have resisted tho temptations of
a camp in a foreign country and re
turn to their mothers and sisters as
temperate and as clean as when they
left them. These men have not neg
lected the conspicuous opportunity
which never comes to some men, of
being tried and not found wanting.
Whatever means, we, the women of
Nebraska, may have of expressing
our appreciation of the quality or
young manhood now returning to us
and our sorrow for those who are
buried In Luzon trenches let us nt
neglect to offer It; sobelt it is the best
we have.
For each mother's son who faced
the foe bronzed Filipinos hidden In
trenches-day after day under tho
burning sun of Luzon, every Ne
braska woman, maid or matron Is
unfelgnedly grateful. For did they
not enlist from farm, counting-room,
machine shops, from university, lec
ture room, or from the common
schools? They are of the soil. From
these plains, that are waving now in
corn from Ihe Missouri to the Colo
rado frontier, they came. They and
others like them, whom chance sent
eastward, are sons of Nebraska. Sun
and wind and vast open plains have
made them brave as the cossacks of
the steppes. Indeed their irresistible
charges recall only the rush of a cos
sack band. The sun and the wind
and the wide horizon and the stately
and strong cossack mothers made the
llerce and unconquerable cossack.
The sun and the wind, the wide
plains and the mothers who have
ignored privation that their sons may
be educated have made the Nebraska
soldier and there is not a man
stralghter or braver or more loval In
all the world. And because on island
battlefields they proved themselves
lit to stand by the heros of Balaklava,
of Marathon, by the heros of all
glorious battlefields, the heart of
every woman of Nebraska is singing
a song of praise as in the ancient
days when the men returned from
the war and the old men, the women
and the maidens went forth to meet
them lifting up their arms and sing
ing triumphal songs.
Dangerous Wires.
Nothing should prevent tho coun
cil from acting in the matter of the
electric light wires. The families of
the four firemen who were killed last
week in Omaha are preparing to sue
the company which neglected to turn
off tho current from the burning
building. The Omaha company is
responsible and a jury will if it fol
low the railroad damage cases prece
dent, award heavy damages. But
they cannot pay for tho four stalwart,
honest men whose life went out like
tho llame of a candle. It is very
fortunate that the wives and children
have so strong a case against the
company, for in tho case of the three
married men the families relied en
tirely for support upon tho firemen's
salaries. The man whose business it
is to shut off the current from a burn
lug building here it has been reported
is rarely on hand to perform his of
fice at night fires. The electric light
company are doubtless in ignorance
of this employe's neglect of his du
ties, a neglect which places ovory
fireman who touches a wire or holds
a nozzle In danger of his life.
Tho coroner's Jury at Omaha which
investigated the cause of death found
that the Thompson-Houston Electric
Light company and tho. city elec
trician were criminally negligent for
not cutting the wires. Tho chief
of the fire department admitted that
ho had never had a consultation with
tho managers of the electric light
company in regard to shutting off tho
current during a fire. Tho deaths
will not be without good effect in tho
investigation which the accident has
caused into the very threatening con
dition of the wires In this city and In
many others.
Stoicism of the First.
One of The Nebraska men in tho
Presidio at San Francisco comment
ing on the stoicism witli which
American soldiers bear pain said that
when an American was shot and sank
to the ground it was not customary
to hear any moaning or groaning
The wounded men shut their teeth on
their pain and were silently borne
from the field on tho rude litters.
Lieutenant Whedon, who Is also ad
jutant of the regiment, said that he
heard an outcry in only one casewhero
a man was shot through the jaw. The
wound was extremely painful and so
near the brain that the patient was
not quite himself when the surgeon
began to operate. But tho air was
filled with the groans from the poor
wounded Filipinos left behind in the
trenches. The Filipinos are brave
too and tiie difference is one of self
consciousness. Members of the more
cultivated race, eyen in the death
agony do not forget convention, nor
that the expression of masculine emo
tion, even when there is good reason
for it, is not encouraged in America.
So the rice fields of Luzon after a bat
tle held American soldiers severely
wounded but making no moan, and
perhaps grateful to the cruder aborgl
nes whose howls expressed their own
agony and the American's too.
Senator Hayward.
Senator Hayward's sudden illness
on Tuesday was the occasion of a
stato's expression of sympathy and
concern. News of improvement was
received with corresponding relief.
Before last winter's senatorial strug
gle Senator Hay ward was beloved by
his friends, but after it the sweetness
of ills nature which had not been em.
bittered by the long struggle at the
state house, was apparent to all the
people of the state. Any illness which
may effect or shorten his service in
the office which it is the wish of the
people he should fill, is a public calam
ity as tho universal expression of anx
iety fully indicates. The later report
Lhat tho seizure was a faintness
rather than a stroko of apoplexy, it is
hoped, will bo confirmed. For Mrs.
Hayward and the family the most sin
cere sympathy is expressed. Tho
temperate, rational life Senator Hay
ward lias always led, tho self control
and discipline which ho has shown In
refusing to be perturbed clthor by tho
machinations or tho charges of those
who were only Ills enemies because
they desired the otllcc it was evident
the pcoplcdcslred to bestow upon him,
will be Important factors in tho re
covery so earnestly hoped for by ills
A Club Woman's Courage.
Club women will be sorry to learn
that Mr. Francis W. Breed of Lynn,
Massachusetts, has lost his large for
tune. Mrs. Breed was vice president
of tho general federation of Women's
clubs for two years, and she has been
on the board of directors since tho
organization was first accomplished.
The financial crash came as a painful
surprise to a large circle of friends in
Boston and elsewhere, Mrs. Breed
and her two daughters having always
enjoyed a large measure of popularity.
The disaster, it seems was brought
about by reckless speculation on the
part of Mr. Breed. But the women
of the family have accepted the
situation most gracefully. Mrs
Breed has found profitable employ
ment soliciting insurance. Miss
Florence Breed is teaching physiclal
culture 7t was this young woman
whose engagement to tho late young
Phil. Savage, son of; the Rev. Minot
J. Savage, was announced on what
proved to bo the day of tho young
man's death, after an operation for
appendicitis. Mrs. Breed's cheerful
acceptance of the flight of fortune
and her immediate and successful
activity, reduces its effect and gives
her a new standing in the world of
Wooden Blocks in London.
A letter from a correspondent in
London contains an interesting ac
count of the paving being laid in
that city:
London, July, 30th, 1899. I am quite
worn out with sight-seeing. It is
only three weeks since wo left Ameri
ca, but It seems an ngc, and I feel
just now as if the greater part of my
life had been passed on a London
omnlbuB. It is Sunday morning, a
stagnant British Sunday, when every
thing st ops and all the museums shut
up, and we have stopped too and are
writing letters.
I am interested in watching the
process of paving a street near hero.
It would arouso astonishment and
pity in the public spirited citizens of
Lincoln to see what these Londoners
are doing. They are digging up the
pavement of asphalt and putting
down in its place a pavement of
wooden blocks. To be sure, the as
phalt is not new nor even. It seems
full of small stones and it is not