The courier. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1894-1903, December 22, 1900, Image 1

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I OBSERVATIONS.
Political.
Interest in the approaching sena
torial election gradually increases.
It whs published in last week's papers
that Mr. Rosewater, in a moment of
forgetfuloess, had returned to the
beaten path and was indulging in
those well known political methods
which he had decideded to abaudon
during his senatorial candidacy.
While in that state of nature an in
herent tendency to domineer and boss
unrestrainedly he declared that if he
'were not elected senator he would
'forthwith organize a new party and
forever and forever destroy the repub
lican organization in Nebraska, the
publication of the report intensely ex
cited the profane tendencies of the
'Rosewater temperament and elicited
a lurid denial. Probably the report was
entirely without foundation. It was
published in the State Journal, the
proprietors of which are industriously
engaged in putting stone bruises on
the senatorial candidacy of D. E.
Thompson in the morning and an
notating the abrasions with healing
"salve in the evening. How remark
able, how powerful the influence of
commercialism in shaping and direct
ing human action!
It is true that Mr. Rosewater has
repeatedly mot only threatened the
party withbis extreme displeasure,
but that lie lias sought, more or less
successfully, to compiss its defeat
when nominating conventions refused
to submit to his dictation. Neverthe
less, it is not at all probable that he is
now indulging in threats. He is a
..politician and a candidate and no one
'knows better than he that for the
1 present his natural imperialistic ten
dencies must be' repressed and re
pressed they will be unless, perchance,
he shafl forget to remember. No per
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son versed in the history of Nebraska
politics will permit himself to doubt
for a moment the course which Mr.
Rosewater will pursue in the event of
his defeat. He will assail the party,
not unlikely the national administra
tion, and through the columns of his
paper attack individuals. It is quite
likely that he will meet defeat and
defeat will be a sufficient incentive
to attack on lilspart. There are in Ne
braska hundreds of republicans who
have waited for years for the oppor
tunity which now approaches and
which may never recur to do to this
man what he lias repeatedly, regard
less of merit or feeling. done toothers;
make him feel the burning sting of
disappointment; make him sore and
sick at heart because of defeated, of
unsatisfied ambition. Not many will
rejoice if he is successful; few, few
indeed, will mingle their tears with
bis if he is defeated.
D. E. Thompson is still a prominent
figure in the political arena. Indus
triously, sedulously, strenuously lie
pursues this object of his ambition, a
seat with honorable men in an hono1
able position. He aspires to a positic i
occupied by a Manderson, a Thurston;
to till which a Hay ward was chosen.
Those men entered the senate because
of their recognized fitness for the
place, their high character, their
ability, their public servfee. They
represented Nebraska. If this man
enters the senate it will be with the
aid of a jimmy. He represents noth
ing, nobody but himself. The Eve
ning News of the thirteenth instant
published a telegram from New York
stating that the Journal of that city
was in receipt of a telegram from an
inside source in Nebraska to the effect
that W. J Bryan and D. E. Thomp
son would combine for the purpose of
electing themselves to the senate.
That Mr. Bryan, it was understood,
had agreed to accept the place as the
only way of preventing the election of
two republicans. Of the truth of this
report there comes no denial'from Mr.
Thompson, but a gentleman whom the
News said was very near to that sen
atorial candidate pronounced the re
port absurd and untrue This "near"
gentleman who furnished the denial
expressed a desire to ascertain from
woence the report emanated because
it was evident to him that it came
from some enemy vho hoped to dis
credit Mr. Thompson with the repub
licans of the state. What act could
an enemy perform half as discredit
able as the one which Mr. Thompson
himself performed immediately alter
Judge Hay ward was made the sena
torial candidate by the republican
caucus in March, 1809, when he bolted
the caucus which had rejected his
candidacy and pledged his solemn
word of honor to the fusionlsts that
if elected senator by their votes he
would support many of their prin
ciples and keep out of republican cau
cuses? Repeatedly has it been charged
thrtt Mr. Thompson made such an
agreement and signed his name there
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to. Reputable citizens have stated
under oath that they saw the agree
ment and that Thompson s signature
was signed thereto. (Possibly this
"near"' gentleman who stands very
close to Mr. Thompson may desire to
call the men who gave publicitv to the
agreement toaccount;he wilt find them
easily.) Mr. Thompson has not denied
that he will combine with the fusion
lsts provided it will secure his elec
tion. He is after the position. He
made one proposition to combine.
What has since occurred to indicate
that he is less willing to make an
other! Will there be a senatorial caucus, is
a question frequently asked. Ordi
narily the question would be readily
answered in the affirmative but under
existing conditions candidates hesi
tate. Two years ago there was a cau
cus which after nearly fifty days bal
loting selected a candidate. In that
action every candidate save oneacqui
esced. That one sought to defeat the
nominee. He is a candidate now. If
defeated in caucus will he abide by
the result? Judging the probabilities
of his future action by his past con
duct the only answer which can be
gl en is an emphatic no. Will the
other candidates, honorable gentle
men, be willing to go into a caucus
with a man whose inability to appre
ciate the obligations of truth and
honor has been so firmly established
by his own voluntary act?
Greatest Books of the Century.
Mr. James bryce, historian and
essayist, Mr. Henry Van Dyke, profes
sor of English literature at Princeton,
Dr. Edward Everett Ha!e, Rev. George
Gordon, pastor of the Old South
church, Boston, President Arthur T.
Hadley of Yale university, Dr. Fair
bairn, principal of Mansfield college
Oxford, President Stanley Hale, of
Clark university. President Hyde of
Bjwtfoin, President Tucker of Dart
mouth, and Mr. ThqiJas Wentworth
Hlgginsonof Boston, have each sent to
The Outlook a list of the ten books of
the nineteenth century which have
most influenced its thought ai.d activ
ities. Every one of the ten selected
Darwin's Origin of Species. Eight
selected Hegel, four voting for history
of Logic, two for the history of philos
ophy one each for the encyclopedia of
philosophical sciences, and for the
philosophy of religion. There were
seven votes for Goethe's Faust. Five
for Emerson in his various manifes
tations, four for Scott's Waverly, five
for Carlyle. five for Uncle Tom's
Cabin, three each for Compte's Social
Philosophy, Les Miserables, Words
worth's Excursions, for Buskin and
Spencer, and one or two votes apiec
for Mazzini Karl Marx, De Maistre,
De Toqueville, Malthus, Bryce, Kenan,
Coleridge, Mill, Hamilton, Daniel
"Webster. T. H. Green, Napoleon's
Civil Code, Schopenhauer, Froebel,
St. Birouve Niebuhr, Chalmers,
Schleiermacher. Newman, Strauss,
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Wagner, Heine, Tolstoy. Hawthorne
and Browning.
Here are ten men, doctors, of philos
ophy and literature. They agree only
upon one man Darwin as being one of
the ten most influential authors of
the century. Authority Is something
we are all fond of quoting. 1 heard a
woman once address a large meeting
on the subject of the four or perhaps
it was a dozen best pictures in the
world. She had located them herself
and delivered her list dogmatically to
the audience without admitting a
question of its authenticity It is per
haps possible to obtain a list of the
ten best pictures by a vote of the
artists of the world, but the tellers
must be given time. This question of
the ten most influential books of the
century has only been one tenth set
tled by an assorted group of college
presidents and literati. It only
shows that this and every other dis
cussion about the exact rank in value,
influence and merit of creative work
is difficult. Beware of authority.
Have the courage of your own convic
tiocs. No two people see the same
rainbow. Mine is as likely to be as
many hued 'and widely banded as
yours or bis. These tin men selected
over fifty books as the ten most influ
ential oooks of the century, and yet.
each man is doubtless quoted by large
and lesser circles as final authorities
upon whatever literary discussion
arises. It is only occasionally when
the undistinguished and illiterate get
a chance to read -the contradictory
dicta of the men quoted in diction
aries that these humble ones realize
the worth and integrity of their own
opinions.
Lchrfreiheit and Lemfrtihdt.
Professors are in the attitude of in
struction from Monday morning to
Saturday night. Occasionally the at
titude is persisted in over Sunday.
The insidious habit of talking down
to younger, and more ignorant under
graduates sometimes permeates an un
wary lecturer's manner until the or
dinary business man, banker butcher,
baker, or whatever, is unpleasantly
conscious when selling bonds, a steak,
or a loaf of bread to his patron profes
sional man that the latter is contem
plating him and the transaction from
a frigid altitude. The temptation to
be instructive and the attractiveness
of the appearance of profunity is
strong to every human being, but to
a theorist who is ued to occupying
a dais raised a foot above those lie in
structs, the temptation is insidiously
and increasingly strong. .Teachers
draw their salaries without re
gard to the condition of the times.
Men who earn iifteeo hundred or two
thousand, or three or four thous
and dollars working for some commer
c'al corporation watch the markets
and the course of current history.
The issues of a war in Africa, or in
the Fihpines or of a coal or railroad
strike may affect them immediately
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