The courier. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1894-1903, June 30, 1900, Image 1
'i t .- r- i- i(f t IW r VOL. XV., NO.XXVI ESTABLISHED IN 1886 PRICE FIVE CENTS A Stf. - . -'xi H v LINCOLN. NEBR.. SATURDAY. JUNE 30 1900. THE COURIER, Official Organ of the Nebraska. Slate Federation of Women's dubs. Betebxdin the posTOrncK at Lincoln as SECOND CLASS MATTES. PUBLISHED EVEBY SATOBDAY -BY- HE COURIER PRINTING AND PUBLISHING GO Office 1132 N street, Up Stairs. Telephone 384. 8ARAH B. HABBIS. Editor Subscription Kates In Advance. Per annum f 1 00 Six months 75 Three months 50 One month .- 20 Single copies.... 05 The Coujukb will not be responsible for to! notary communications unless accompanied by return postage; Communications, to receiTe attention, must be sixned by tbe full name of the writer, not merely as a guarantee of good faith, bnt for publication if advisable. lww00fVvwwwVI I OBSERVATIONS. place what the wanton has destroyed. As I said last week Fowler's 'moral turpitude would have been greater if he had killed a man, but fewer would have missed his victim. The oaks, elms, maples, walnuts and birches, which he has chopped down, were the pride of the state. Their beauty and utility were unquestioned until the Commandant told the board that the place needed cleaning up and Com mlssioner Wolfe told him "to go ahead," without enquiring what he meant by "cleaning up," without knowing that the Commandant's idea of beauty, was a treeless, bird.de aerted pasture, surrounding a plain brick building and that probably there was not another citizen of the state who had not better taste in landscape gardening than this same sap-thirsty assassin of Milford. Even the inmates of the insane asylum love flowers and trees and they are as signed to plant and cultivate the grounds. Governor Poynter did not appoint Commandant Fowler. It was done by a board whose taste is ques tionable. The members lacked dis crimination and appointed something that ordered tbe trees cut down be cause the singing of the birds dis turbed his slumbers in the morning. Not that I deprecate Commandant Fowler's habit of late sleeping. If his days were as long as other meos' days there would not now be a sap ling left of all the fine timber on the Soldiers' Home demesne. ing at Milford. But the hoard is ad easy to convince with vicious reason ing as this old king, who have thought till now, was too silly ever to have lived. Fowler shows that this is not a fable, but a true story, and offers his appointment over the small realm at Milford an.d his own -deeds there in verisimilar proof. Expansion. The democrats say they are opposed to a colonial policy and desigoate it imperialism. The opposition have only to make a noise and criticise the administration. Members of the op- been enfranchised by America. Bj the President's wisdom they are several hundred years nearer self government than they would have been had an ignorant busybody been administering the affairs of America. Expansion means the opening of new markets, the invention of machines, .the new application of energy, teach ing the gospel of democracy to des potic governments and only finally the accession of new territory. If the Filipinos are capable of democ racy not all the power of the United States can keep them from establish ing and enjoying it. Just as soon an they know how it works and show a position are not running the govern- comprehension of Its mechanism they A Matter of Taste. -. Land Commissioner Wolfe says that appreciation of trees is a matter of taste. True. The liking for human flesh Is a matter of taste, likewise the savage fashion of splitting the nose and tbe lips, of painting the face in red and yellow squares, circles and triangles. But we think that is an ugly fashion and even Commissioner Wolfe and Commandant Fowler "might object to a Buluwayan chief's arrangement of a landscape. Since Commandant Fowler's destruction of a thousand of the oldest and largest trees in the state, and Commissioner Wolfe's defense of his conduct, I am not sure that a Buluwayan chief's taste would be obnoxious to them. For concealing and preserving game and for stalking a foe, trees are high ly prized by savages. It is therefore likely that if the Soldiers' Home at Milford had drawn the Buluwayan chief instead of Commandant Fowler the immemorial trees of the park would still be standing." Commissioner Wolfe's statement being undeniable it is regrettable that tbe people of the state are at tbe mercy of two men whose taste is less cultivated than that of a Buluwayan chief. It will not matter if the Com mandant's successor be a man of chaste taste and of regard for the rights of Nebraska citizens to their awarded the unwilling maid and the property, Commandant Fowler has -unfortunate realm to Bullneck. Nor An Old Story. Once upon a time a king offered his daughter, who was fairer than all .other maidens, in marriage, and half of his kingdom to the man whom a jury should decide had performed the most remarkable deed in competi tion with contestants from all the world. When the time of and weighing was come, the jury de cided that the young man who had made a clock something like the clock of Strasbourg, only still more wonder ful, had won the prize of the fair maid and the fair realm. But before the decision was announced a young fellow with a bull neck and greedy eyes, carrying an iron mallet in his hand, came forward and stood before the king. ."I can do a still more wonderful thing," he said, and rais ing tbe mallet high above his head, in one stroke, he demolished the cun ning, delicate machinery of tbe clock. The king was shocked but tbe man with the mallet explained to the king that what had taken the mind of a genius to conceive, and years to put together, he had demolished in one stroke and in a second's time. The king's ratiocinative powers were not his strong point and he and the jury ment and they are therefore only expected to denounce tbe men and methods that are. If an opposition were ever constructive, the anti-im-perialsts might be hopefully asked just at what point of the trouble with Spain the United States government should have yielded its place to an other power. Do the antls contend that after Dewey's victory which did more to bring the war to an end than Cervera's defeat, that Dewey should have sailed away and left the islands at tbe mercy of Aguinaldo and bis cut throats or patriots as the country and as Senator Hoar and his converts severally regard them ? Germany was watching for a chance to acquire new territory and Russia. England, France and Japan were not asleep. China is -the only country of any size and state that just suits the anti-expansionists. Uobody is- afraid of the Chinese. Their neighbors of Russia, of England and of France take what territory pleases them, irrespective of China's ilaim to it and only watchful of each other China has no policy of pansion. She is, therefore and will guarantee to this country the rights of trade and coaling privileges. Until then more than a nominal sur veillance will be exercised by the United States over the Filipine?. What is ours by treaty and the direc tion of Providence we cannot resign to an insurrectionist or to Germany or to any other power. If the United States should persistently refuse to take advantage of events it would eventually become as China. It has required a thousand years' stultifica tion to make China the victim she is. Americans move quicker. We can by the adoption of Chinese statesman ship reach stultification quicker. The President. For what President McKinley has not done as well as for what he has done republicans and some democrats are grateful. Popular clamor affects him as it does any human being, but it could not make him fight before he was ready, it does not drive him to ex- do an injustice to an officer of his fcr appointment when he believes him that reason more than any other, over .contracting. Natural law in the trial world of nations executes an inert nation. "Expand, colonize, possess more territory than you occupy, more commercial resources than you ex pend'' is something like the rule which all the great powers of the earth have followed while they pros pered, and ignored to their seizure by other peoples. From the first occupation of the Rock of Plymouth to the accession of the Northwest Territory and of Alas ka the United States has expanded. The horizon has lifted and the. rain- able.Considering all the mistakes that mobs make, we need a president not in clined to grandstand plays, not afraid of mobs, and old enough to know their fickleness, their scorning of what yes--terday they cheered, their apostasy from what was their creed of yester day, their apotheosis of the man whom yesterday they would hang. Any man is better as soon as millions of votes have made him president of the United States of Amarica, but the present encumbent has the pesi dential temperament. He realises the people he does not see or hear. Whether they will or not he is the bow has forever receded; When cdef- .president of populists and democrats inite boundaries have been oncelset as well as of republicans and like a . destroyed the growth of a hundred years, and by building fires in the young timber, he has destroyed the next cycle's crop. No man can re- body knows what destructive exhibit Induced the Board of Public Lands and Buildings to set Fowler to guard the beauty of a hundred years' mate- to democracy it is like putting a baby in a dwarfish bottle: Thereafter it can only .grow to artificial limit9. The. fact is, civilization has been creeping towards the orient for hun dreds of years, and it has just risen and is running towards it in resist less leaps. President McKinley has had foresight enough not to get in the way of history. He has accepted the inevitable consequences of events prepared before America was dis covered. All Spanish colonies have had the same history. The Filplnos have king by divine annointment, he re members his people always. The momentous incidents of this administration, have been met with wrsdom. Tbe President has that su preme and indispensable qualification that Lincoln bad: he is able to let events, wherein interference seems of doubtful benefit, alone. He trusts to time and the inevitable development and sequence of events. If his in spiration is reliable and his prevision accurate, he is sure that events will demonstrate his theory. In looking I'