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About The courier. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1894-1903 | View Entire Issue (June 23, 1900)
president; Mrs. Uervey, second vice In 1898 the population of Kansas had
president; Mrs. Harman, secretary, and reached a million and a half. Iowa had
Mrs. West, treasurer, after which the
guests were surrendered to the whole
Sorosis club, and turn where you would,
a Sorosis seemed everywhere present
with cordial welcome and greetings until
even a bashful reporter felt that he waa
with his own people. Each guest was
expected to so arrange bis costume
that it would readily suggest the char- surpassed thorn,
acter of some popular book, while each might think that
its two millions. Illinois four millions.
Indiana two millions and nearly a half.
Ohio three and a half million, while Ne
braska had scarcely a million souls.
And yet we stand with these states to
day almost equal in the wealth of our
production, and considering the popu
lation and tne time expended, have far
But for fear you
this alone was due to
in turn was furnished with card and the bounteousneas of mother earth and
pencil and one hour to guess all of the that she alone in her munificence had
books so represented, and it was about given to her children an advantage, let
the merriest and liveliest hour ye scribe
ever witnessed. Time and space forbide
any mention of the unique and artistic
designs of the literary crowd present in
the make-up of their favorite book, ex
cept that none of the preachers present
they were all there could guess, and
all admitted that they had never read
the book of Mark, which was represent
ed by a single chalk mark on the lapel
of A. C. Sullivan's coat. Refreshments
us compare again her educational insti
tutions with these same states, and
mark what we have accomplished. We
have an income for the support of the
university of this state, an institution
ranking among the first of the institu
tions of its character in this country,
one-third as much as has Ohio, halt as
much as Indiana, nearly as much a'a
Iowa, more than Kansas, and the value
of oar property devoted to educational
galore were served in the spacious din- purposes in about the same proportion,
ing room which was beautifully deco
rated with smilax and roses. Straw
berry punch was served continually
during the evening in the shade of a
Bonnie Brier Bush on the front balcony.
while the benefection are as nothing in
this state to those of the states that I
have mentioned. And in our public
school system we have constructed an
institution that is not only the pride of
Delightful music was rendered and in- our state, but the admiration of all the
terspersed throughout the whole time, states, and is the consummation of
Mrs. Harman and Miss Scott each sublime wisdom in educational progres-
guessed correctly thirty three books, but eion, and we have a right to boast that,
Mrs. Harman being a member of the owing to our progress in this direction,
club and Miss Scott the guest, the prize,
a beautifully bound volume ef Buskin's
works, was awarded to Miss Scott. The
wee small hours of Thursday morning
were plainly visible ere many of the
guests wended their way homeward, all
were bound, as it were, by the mystic
there are fewor illiterate people within
the state of Nebraska than any other
state in this union.
"As the seed waa planted so has
grown the state. The men and women
of today are but the likeness of those
that have gone before, embued with the
ties so firmly held by these Sorosis en- spirit of their fathers, but possessed of
tertainers. More than one hundred greater opportunities through the de
persons were present, and each guest, velopment their handiwork has wrought,
we know, silently voted that for rare And hence it is but natural, affording
talent and ability as entertainers, So- the greatest ratisfaction as progress is
rosis has no peers.
made in the development of any portion
of our great common society, or as a
whole, to take the retrospective view,
and trace the cause that produces the
effect and culminates in the highest
of human progress, both in its
For the benefit of its readers who
were unable to be present, The Courier
publishes the address delivered by Judge form
Edward P. Holmes at the old settlers' social and political status.
wTaiJudgeBHolmes is one of Lin- J ? to
coin's brightest thinkers and the follow- bu,,d a new system of government,
ing article has received many flattering Their fathers before them had learned
comments, of which it is justly deserv- by bitter experience that the ineenuity
"To be asked to address the old set
tlers of Lancaster county, when as
sembled in the annual celebration, is an
honor I esteem most highly, for it is to
the pioneers of Nebraska that we are in
debted for the blessingB of the social
and political liberties and privileges
which today we enjoy.
"A half century in the history of any
community is indeed a brief space of
timo, as but a day, in the p'rogrees of
civilization; and yet scarce this time
has rolled away since upon these fertile
of man had not yet found that perfect
social or political organization that
brought to the greatest number the
greatest good. They knew how the sye
tern or organization that had preceded
them in the perfection of the world's
social organization was sapped of its
vitality by slave labor, by the adoption
of a false political economy, with taxes
all for the benefit of the few, by the de
bauching idea that a public office was a
private snap rather than a public trust,
by the communistic practice of feeding
bc idle and useless proletariate out of
prairies has grown an empire, and linked the imperial treasury, and while they
into this great confederation, a state
that in its wealth, its power, its social
and political development, ranks it first
among the members of this great re
public. "The productive qualities of Nebras
ka's soil has in the few years since the
pioneer crossed the Missouri river and
commenced the building of a new home
were slow to learn, yet breeding for the
strain of wisdom and justice, it was
finally to come in full view as the domi
nant characteristic of a new race, of a
new stock, of which these pioneers were
but the advance guard, and we, their
children, the improved representatives
of the "new idea."
We are grea'ly overstocked on ladies' X
It is our policy never to carry a lot
of ready made garments from ono
season iu anoiuer.
We are determined to dispose of i
every one of these suits, and to do i
While they last you can take your x
choice at exactly bait price.
Think of it. $40 suits for $20; i
5JU suits ior $15: 5.ZU suits for
$IO; $15 suits for $7.50, etc,
I Tail or- Made 1
And BO from thn timn that trin T.vrlnn.
on the supposed arid plains, where the Uea cast aaide the yoke of HoIIand and
great American desert commenced, dronned anchor in Cane Cod bav. plant-
made this fair state one of the potential
factors in the production of the nation's
wealth and made it equal in importance
with the states that have since passed
the century mark in the date of their
organization. Bringing to its people
the accumulated wealth of only half a
ing their fath and hopes upon Plymouth
rock and commenced the building of a
new nation, the "new idea" has been the
incentive to human activity and the
goal of human achievements. And
while Milee Standish and Edward Wins-
low, the strong men of that little band
century, in proportion to its population, that held the prow of the Mayflower to
MB OUlBinppeu iubiu .. .uumiuovw- thfl WeBt OQ ;ta daDger0Ufl iourney
opment that records the growth of a across the sea, were only ordinary men
great civilization. Lest you think me VOBa6B6edot only ordinary ability, with
indulging in generalities, let me stop for
a moment and mark the comparison. " (Continued on Pag? 9.)
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