The courier. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1894-1903, February 02, 1901, Page 2, Image 2
v. THE COURIER. o , Mi M i bread, until lie lias stored up enough to feed liitn until the end or his need for It. The most salutary lesson which a young man or young woman learns on entering the world of com merce is the cohesivencss and inter dependence of the individuals who compose society and commerce. Each person is as necessary. to .the game as the tale of chessmen. Men w)0 talk from a dais to youths who are not in the game and arc not essentia) pieces in it and who think when they do get in they can modify or entirely change the rules, lose this sense of ttieir own relation, subordinate or otherwise, to the -other pieces. For instance, in spite of all the academic pother about the laborer tind his wrongs, the man' who appreciates labors important re lation and services to business and progress is the man who employs labor. The latter has lost all con tempt.for manual work. He knows, (f lie is a railroad president, that he is only a hired man and that his co workers are the braKemen, engineers and conductors whose faithful per formance of duty makes an accident iuch a rare occurrence when the thousands of trains, employes and miles.of.track are compared. The editor I'have quoted, says that "men like Ross and Howard are not dependent ou any one university for a living," Jt is not customary for two or three universities to hire the same teacher. Therefore, while the pro fessor is working for one university, be is dependent on that university regardless of his own distinguished ability, for his living. Accuracy of statement is an inconvenient-drawback when a man wants to deliver an un trammeled oration on the freedom of speech, the tyranny of the Stand ard Oil company, wage-sla"Ve'and so"" forth.. But the orations would last longer if glittering appeals and denun i ciations were disregarded forplalner and more demonstrable arguments. Sociafam vu Individualism. - Professor Howard's remarks to his class were in the form of an apology to the French tyrants of the Revolu tion for having condemned them in his lectures in view of the dismissal of Dr. Ross from Stanford university. Professor Howard said his object-was to impress upon his students the su preme value of justice, independence, and a close aberence to the vital prin ciples of American liberty. "As for me"," he said, "I do not worship St. Market Street, I do not reverence holy Standard Oil, nor do I don my cap to the Celestial Six Companies.'' Professor Howard believed there fore that Dr. Ross was dismissed be cause commercial interests were of fended by what Dr. Ross taught. From reports of Dr. Ross' speeches which have been published in the newspapers, it is fair to presume that be considers -the present . commercial -. system of' wages and unlimited per sonal liberty in amassing wealth wrong. He has stated that no return of a whole fortune to educational or charitable institutions excuses the wrong to humanity committed in as semblings fortune in one man's coffers. The system has lasted a long time and it may be that the beginning of a new era has begun and that Dr. Ross and the hundreds of .other. professors, of political economy, who are inveighing against. the system., are right. At.. any rate the professors are in a point of vantage to spread their views. Every year from colleges are freed thousands of young men saturated with socialism and inoculated with convictions tbatevery successful man is a pirate, that Wall street and Mar lretatreetare paths to perdition, that a man who leaves his money to a col lege or charitable institution is a mean, vain coward who is trying thus to buy indulgence for a life of xrime. Now merchants, brokers, manufac turers and stockholders, bellevo that in accepting the rules of a game which has been played all the world over for more than :fqur thousand yearsitbey' are-justified by dead centuries and by the assentrof alL the modern player. Wall street and Market . street play the game, and -some of the players win. Those that win are asked con tinually to give their money to insti tutions wherein professors of political economy teach that donors founders and patrons, in short all men who "have made enough money to give millions away, have come by it dis gracefully, by grinding the faces of the poor, by unholy combinations with legislative representatives of the people, by watering stock and by wrecking railroads etc. Ibis teach ing is not only confined to doctors of political economy but teachers of his tory and mathematics insist that it shall be taught or they will resign. Freedom of speech is an American totem. Real freedom of speech and action is of universal application. Why then should it not be extended to Wall street and Market street? Yet the professors whose resignations from Stanford have been accepted, in effect say to the men who are winning: "Here! we do not subscribe to the rules of the game you are playing and we are going to break it up, if vti can. We want you to give us twenty five per cent of your winnings while you are playing it, and one hundred per cent when you finish the game. In return, we will send back into com merce a million or two young men a year, whom we have taught' in their most credulous and impressionable youth that all you fellows are pirates and enemies of civilization, but that is none of your business and you must not interfere in the management of universities." The funny thing about it is, that the winners do give while living and dying, leave their money to support these professors who teach the bless ings of free speech when exclusively practised by members of the faculty. If Market street asked for the dis missal of Dr. Ross :t is not singular, though it has not been demonstrated. Market street and the Stanford estate have been patient and dumb for many years. Finally if Herron and Ross are right, then all the centuries and all the experience of the centuries is wrong. The new economy or social ism is making converts and if Wall street and Market street are convinced of their own integrity and the wisdom of the individual system, it is their turn. Freedom of speech, freedom of action carefully nurtured by the uni versities, can be still claimed by the bogy, that ha9 been personified as "St. Market Street" and used against the professors who are teaching the youth of the country doctrines which they sincerely believe to be true, but which, if put in practice, will break' up the game, which has been played now for lo, four thousand years. It is a source of gratification to many Xebraskans that Dr. Taylor, the lec turer on political economy in the uni versity of Nebraska believes in indi vidualism as opposed to socialism. Graduated from his class the.alumni face the world square-shouldered and play ball without fear or favor. S Jt An Accomplished Fact. Mr. Cleveland said in his speech at the Holland Society dinner: "Our country will never be the same again; for weal or woe we have irrevocably passed beyond the old lines." The Spanish war is over and its results are accomplished facts. The pacification of the Fillpines is a problem that works out slowly. The best policy for "AnTerica'Jias now become the best policy for the Filipioes and patri otic men, lovers of constitutional lib- erty.and students of the development of :.the constitution whether demo crats or republicans now admit the essential unity of the interests of the continent America and the islands of the Filipine archipeligo. . Jt Quisante. The greater the imaginative power of a writer, the less willing he is to confess his dependence upon sensa tional incidents; more and more he falls back upon elemental conditions and inclines towards the subjective motive. This is shown in Anthony Hope's last novel. Quisante, the best instance of his art." Thus the editor of Harper's Monthly in his Study. It was revealed t one of the plain people while reading Quisante, that the critics, who have learned to appreciate, and be contented with tho vivisection of a soul, would pronounce Quisante the best instance of Hope's art, and they have- done so. 1 have not seen an unfavorable review of this Ancient Marriner story. Lacking the moral and the poetry of Coler idge's yarn, Hope's heroine button holes and pours an interminable tale of woe on to the buttonholed one until, at last, sympathy is aroused for the victim. A man with a grievance who has a long story to tell, seldom has willing auditors, though conve nance sometimes secures him an audi ence. The future and the exigencies of the present call men from the con templation of the internal tragedies. that Messrs. Howells, James, Meredith and now Hope, want to tell us about. When hands can no longer wield the hammer nor super-active 'minds plan coups; stories like Quisante' maybe considered, and of course, critics who care most for the manner of the doing, critics to whom all activity is super fluous, and all incident meretricious, approve in their youth psychological questions and answers, which to the plain reader are dull. Shakspere was sure of the fascination of a stirring tale of adventure by land and sea. The most beautiful and richest wo man in Venice fell in love with a blackamoor because of the moving power of a brave heart and strong hand. Othello might have told Des demona's father about how he felt, when some other man was leading on to victory, about how he hesitated between this course and that one and about how fundamental principles were involved. And if he bad, Des demona would have yawned, nor fled with him lrom an angry sire and out raged courtiers. Around the camp-fire of the Indians, in the ice-huts of the Esquimaux.jn Bocaccio's park full of lords and ladies, and in the most civil ized centers of the world stories still charm savage and cultured. Mere in cident is as wearisome as laboratory dissection of a subject we do not care about. Anthony Hope has heretofore written an incontestible letter of in troduction for his heroes and hero inesso that before they begin their long-winded appeal we are interested in their lortunes and even in their feelings'and motives to a certain ex tent. In Quisante. Mr. Hope., has choseaJt introduce hi9 characters withaalbematical curtness. Quis ante might as well be called X and his wife Y. Let X be a man, a rascal but brilliant and spasmodically majes tic; let Y be a woman with whom X is in love, let Y be good and' extraordi narily frank and high-minded. Can YloveX? This is the story and " and Y are muscled, veined and em bodied as palpably as Quisante am his love. If Anthony Hope had lx gun so, he could not have acquired the reputation by whose might and income he is now enabled to write for the critics who have declared that thinking is the whole thing. Jt jt The Uses of Civilization. The high-school pupils ponder com prehensive questions. Comparing what they know by hearsay and reading t f primitive man and modern barbarian groups the Lincoln high-school pupiN were asked recently to enumerate tin uses of civilization. Offhand and without previously consulting the en cyclopedia mine, the average man would hesitate to categorically and in the order of their importance, trans cribe the uses of civilization. To get the large and general things first and the comparatively trifling items last makes a large draft on our powers of classification. Doubtless the pupiN of the high-school responded satisfac torily to the question. Abruptly in vestigated on such a comprehensive subject the average adult, if required to answer would quake. Yet the smooth, immortal brow of youth N scarcely corrugated by puzzles more difficult than this. Jt Jt A Rudder Wanted. It has been suggested that the Ne braska State Journal holds the key to the senatorial situation. That part organ issues two editions morning and evening. The morning issue opposes the candidacy of Mr. Thomp son and in so far as it can without leaving a trail, marches with the anti-Thompson forces. The evening issue advocates the election of Mr. Thompson. It is now by the use of disinfectants preparing the way for a coup by which its preferred candidate shall secure the senatorial toga by a combination of republican and fusion votes. It is not suspected that the "business interests of the Journal company suffers from these diverse positions. Quite the con trary. However, in the interests of the public business which is suffering, the editorial and reportorial forces of the morning and evening editions of the Journal should agree upon a cau cus under such rules as may be satis factory to themselves, rather than to the Thompson and anti-Thompson forces. Those not satisfied with the result of the caucus can be assigned to duty on the "hen" edition. What the State Journal wants is a "steer ing committee." Jt Jt Mrs. Nation. The love for notoriety lias so in fected the race, that when a woman smashes saloon fixtures and windows, It is difficult to determine whether she does it because she hates the rum fiend and desires to rescue the human race from his power, or whether she is tired of obscurity and longs foi black headlines in the daily papers which spell her name. No woman or respecter of women can read of Mrs Nation's conduct without shuddering She goes about in Kansas smashing saloons followed by a crowd of street loafers and reporters. As Kansas is a prohibition state the saloons arc out side the pale of the law and the saloon-keepers can not get redress. But the prohibitionists havedeclarcd that prohibition prohibits in Kansas. Mrs. Nation has found saloons to smash and prohibition orators can hereafter be refuted by one of their own wit nesses. Members of the W.C.T.U. evi- SS..