The courier. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1894-1903, July 07, 1900, Image 1

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VOL. XV., NO. XXVII
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LINCOLN. NEBR., SATURDAY. JULY 7, 1900.
THE COURIER,
Official Organ of the Nebraska State
Federation of Women's Clubs.
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OBSERVATIONS. g
Time's Majority.
Last week was the twenty-sixth of
the ypar. The year is at maturity a
period which is never celebrated. On
the last day of an expiring year the
periodicals contain pictures of what
are known as the "Old year" and the
"New year." The old year in the
picture papers is an old man with
Straggling, long white locks, such a
type as eighty years of living, loving,
hating, working, and shirking will
produce. The new year is a Puck of
six years, a dandy of eighteen or
twenty or a baby of eight months.
Nobody, so far as I know, has ever
made a picture of a year six months
old, for the reason that we memoralize
only the beginning and end of things.
The middle of the day and of the year
when we are most vigorous, when we
have lost the inspiration of beginning
and havenot the desperation and regret
of the ending.is ignored by the artists
and poets.If indeed these should think
the back bent to labor and the hands
and the head to commerce, worthy a
song or a picture then might the back
straighten and the bands strengthen
for that they are being recorded in
the history of man. To bestow all
our symbolic pictures on the begin
ning or end of years and days, en
courages the maiiana tendency. The
middle of the day, the middle of the
year, i9 the best time to stop smok
ing, drinking, or swearing It it hap
pen to be the present time. Time is
a circle anyhow with only artificial
starting and stopping places. As the
year wh'irls us along we. can make it
satisfactory and epochal in July as pondered upon the problems of ISGO.of
easily as in January whether the 1787,of 1797. The crown of thorns and
poets and symbolists are willing or cross of gold speech is insutliclentevi-
not. Besides, there is only one be- dence of disability to guide the nation
ginning and one cndiDg every year, through the impending four years
The commonplace, undesignated, wet which even to the minor prophets are
days of April, the hot days of July portentous.
and August, and the dust-windy days Mr. Bryan uses his oratorical talents
of autumn, and early Nebraska winter to corage his hearers, whom he as-
invite us the rest of the year to make sumes are his friends, against the
resolutions and keep them in all sea- mistakes and corruption of rspubli-
sons. The first day of the year was cans. His charges are not groundless,
selected as the only suitable time for We have laid a tariff for the rich man
renunciation of favorite, deadly vices against the poor man, we have been
because it occurs only once in 3G5 too lenient with combinations Ilka
days. The masculine shrewdness of the ice trust which is plainly a con-
the selection is undeniable, but there spiracy against the poor. The partv
are a few women whose importunate is an old one, its history is a story of
entreaties to chastity and temperance
pay no heed to the calendar date of
repentance and baptism.
A Sketch of Mr. Bryan
Mr. Willjam Allen White, of Boy
ville, Kansas, lias a black and white
impression of Mr. Bryan in the cur
rent McClure's. While giving his
model's wonderful voice, his enthusi
asm, and his cleverness in striking
the chords that both soothe and
arouse the discontented, Mr. White
quite apparently does not believe Mr.
Bryan a reformer who can reform.
Before he was nominated for con
gressman, Mr. Bryan was a young
lawyer not overburdened with busi
ness. But as in other cases the young
man whom private parties and cor
porations with disputes to settle do
not select was considered just the
man to debate and legislate upon the
nation's affairs. While not old
enough. not wise enough, not prac
tical enough to get his share of the
law business of this district, hun
dreds who heard him speak voted for
him for six reasons. (1.) They could
hear him. (2.) He was apparently
ready to sacrifice his time, labor champaign and nobody cares which,
patriots struggling for larger consti
tutional liberty. Washington, Grant,
Adams, Lincoln were republicans and
exemplified and established democ
racy more completely than any mod
ern, democrat. Nevertheless, if it
were not for a vigorous opposition,
forever calling attention to the abuse
of power any dominant party de
generates. Because lie makes his
charges effectively and because he
has been able to convince so many
people that he has Moses' commission
and Moses devotion to a country that
lie is not in the habit of saying a good
word for, Mr. Bryan may do the whole
country a service though not in the
capacity he anticipates.
The Snap-Shot Highwayman.
Governor Roosevelt said, "Take it
away ! Take that away !" when a man
with a camera, stationed himself in
front of him just as he was about to
make a speech at the Philadelphia
convention. The man with a camera
does not trouble most of us. Blessed
be obscurity. She can walk up and
down the highway,to and from a meal
of mush and milk, or of truffles and
and mind to freeing the common
people from an oppression, a disgrace
ful servitude which he told them was
choking freedom and happiness out
of their lives. (3 ) He is a good color
istand a draughtsman like Dante;
he can draw horrible looking devils
and monsters and give them a like
ness to Mark Hanoa. (4.) He is a
master of the tricks of oratory and
the still undeveloped resources of a
sympathetic, human voice crying in
the wilderness. (5.) Some of the
aDuses he complains of and offers to
right, are abuses. (6.) The people do
her figure may be awkwardly an
gular or hopelessly squat, she may
favor to the iudifference of the pub
lic a simple reaffirmation of the Chi
cago platform or a reiteration of it,
giving the words sixteen to one with
out waiting for the consent cf any
other nation or David B. Hill, the
place of honor in the platform as the
invention of Mr. Bryan himself. A
humble unit of the millions that live
in America is not invested by cameras
And this is really a blessing, no less so
because it is a negative one. Governor
Roosevelt does not object to having
suffer from oppressive combinations his picture taken when he has dressed
like the ice trust formed through the for the part or to a snap shot at the
aid and by the connivance of mayors bead of his rough riders but he. was
and other representatives whom the
people have elected to guard their
interests and not to betray them.
Mr. Bryan may be an inchoate
Moses, but in the minds of all
thoughtful democrats, who know the
worth of oratory and the value of a
pose, there is a constant demand that
he say something, to show that be
disconcerted by the man without
humour just in front of him ready,
not to listen to bis speech, which to
every man who delivers one is the event
of the hour, but to take his picture
while making it. The sergeant at
arms, in response to the Governor's
horrified exclamation, hustled the
man. and his camera out of range, but
has pondered upon the problems of to- not before, for the first recorded in
day as Lincoln, Adams or Washington stance. Governor Roosevelt showed
that he was startled. It may have been
a ruse of the democrats to spoil a good
speech and blot a dauntless record.
At any rate the lime tas come for
the courts to decide whether a man,
in the photographic sense controls
his own features.
Governor Roosevelt's quick appre
ciation of the undignified and ridic
ulous is in direct contrast with Mr.
Bryan's iose on the first page uf last
Sunday's New York Wor'd. The can
didate for the presidency of 7.",000,100
people, lawyers, doctors, college pro
fessors and ministcs, as we'l as
laborers. Had his picture takes with
his back to the camera, in his shirt
sleeves with his troupers stuffed Into
boots.
Tsi An.
Tigerish, determined, brave, re
sourceful, bigoted, unhampered by
affection-;, scruples or feminine vani
ty as it is usually displayed, Tsi An is
the mistress or China ani if she hold
the ambassadors as hostages, as it is
said she does for the time being she
frightens Europe and the horde that.
waits at her gates far a division of
territory. It is expedient that she
be deposed, but while she reigns and
confuses the occidental Teuton, Gaul,
and Briton with her oriental tactics
it is not easy to repress an accasional
expression of gratification at the
keenness of her feminine intellect.
She must be conquered for all China
and all the powers are against her.bnt
her reign lias been an example of the
power of mind over custom, tradi
tion, over military power, over mat
ter, over everything we have been
accustomed to yield the throne to.
Custom, which is supposed to be un
breakable in China Tsi An conforms
to when it suits her plans and over
looks when. obedience would dereat
them. It has always been said that
the Empress would jar Chinese loyalty
loose from her if she broke the pe
culiar convenances hampering China
women, and especially a Chinese em
press, but she thought it advisable to
give an audience to the wives of the
embassadors in Pekln. Just as coolly
as a Colorado woman goes to the poles
orrides a diamond frame bicycle, Tsi
An issued invitations to her recep
tion, the ladies came, and. after all.
not a Chinaman dropped. The com
mon people would make hash of her
if they could catch her for Chinese
laundrymen say among her various
and admirable gifts, patriotism does
not seem to have a place. Patriotism,
is an emotion. Tsi An has no use
for emotions. If to make her power
more absolute it was necessary to
give away a slice of China and a few
million Chinamen, she gave it with
out consulting the inhabitants and
without any sentimental regrets. She
has all the indifference to blood-letting
that characterised Boadicea,
Queen Mary or Queen Elizabeth of
Eogiand, or the Empress Katharine
of Russia and Catharine dl Medici of