The courier. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1894-1903, June 22, 1901, Image 1

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    VOL. XVI., NO. XXV
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A Missouri Jury.
Sometimes a little boy bullies his
older brother or a bigger boy, know
ing that the older and stronger one's
chivalry will prevent him from re
taliating. The right is not always
on the side of the weak, though when
strangers see a big boy slap a little
one they immediately conclude that
the big one is a bully. Some women
take advantage of their sex to harry
the men of their family to drink or
into personal violence. It is very
brutal to strike a woman and the
ingenious torture to which the man
may have been subjected for years
before the outbreak will never be
known, so the world condemns. Dis
appointed lovers shoot their sweet
hearts, according to the newspapers,
every day. Afterwards they either
kill themselves or are condemned to
death by a just jury. There cannot
be one law for man and another for
woman. It is as heinous a crime for
a woman to shoot a man as it is for a
man to shoot a woman. In cases
where a man has betrayed a woman
and deserted her, juries have practi
cally added an exception to the stat
ute which forbids murder, making it
read that the woman or her father or
brother may shoot her betrayer with
out fear of the law. Now murder is
murder and to kill, another is only
where there is killing, as in the Ken- accomplish the tasks set him at
nedy case, sympathy, unreasonable
and prejudiced, is immediately ex
tended to the woman in the case.
Considering this fixed and universal
habit it is remarkable that a jury in
Missouri should sentence a woman to
ten years' imprisonment for shooting
a man in cold blood. Lulu Prince
Kennedy who shot her husband be
cause he would not live with her, and
then kicked the dead man's head, was
justly convicted of the crime and sen
tenced to ten years imprisonment in
the penitentiary by a Missouri jury.
Missourians still profess to believe in
the code duello and the old fashioned
Missourian clings to the hyper-chivalrous
talk and practice of a hundred
years ago. It is therefore remarkable
and very gratifying to the rest of the
United States that a cold-blooded
murderess should have received a
sentence of ten years by a Missouri
jury. The real old Missourian holds
to southern prejudices and tradition
al southern habits more tenaciously
than the man from Georgia, possibly
because lie is in direct contact with
the north and feels that he must pro
tect his southern traditions from as
similation. Be that as it may the
old-fashioned Missourian is a south
erner of southerners and has resisted
northern influences successfully.
If Mrs. Kennedy had not been pun
ished for her brutal crime, any young
woman who desires to revenge her
self upon a man who has snubbed her,
would not have been restrained by
the law prohibiting murder and
threatening the death penalty. The
punishment of ten years in the peni
tentiary is inadequate to her brutal
crime for which she has exhibited no
repentance. But that she is punisiied
at all is a triumph of justice which
offers no special dispensation to wom
en for killing men given to the jilting
habit. The sentence is largely the
result of the impartial judge's rul
ings. He kept out irrelevant matter
and insisted that the jury decide
the case on its merits uninfluenced
by hearsay and gossip. His charge to
school. Half of his time he was idle
because the tasks were graded to the
ability of the average child, and he
had a mind that leaped where others
climbed. When he left school his
character and his mind lacked the
toughness of fibre only to be acquired,
however fine the intellect, by stren
uous endeavor. Life is a struggle,
and those who go into training early
and keep in training all their lives
are those who succeed. Mr. Town
ley's duller classmates all rank him
now. They are captains, majors and
generals, while he is on the point of
being dishonorably discharged.
At the beginning of the Cuban war,
Mr. Townley exerted himself to ob
tain another commission in the reg
ular army. He was confronted by
unexpected difficulties, and if it had
not been for the courage and per
sistency of Mrs. Townley, doubtless
he would not have succeeded. Her
energy and persistence final'y won.
Another commission was issued to
him and he was assigned to the com
missary department at Manila. It is
not claimed that the system of de
frauding the government by dispos
ing of commissary stores was originat
ed in Manila bj Lieutenant Townley
but that he carried on the frauds al
ready inaugurated. Genuinely eager
to be of service to his country, of
brilliant parts, skillful and success
ful in all sports and games, a good
fellow, and a favorite with men and
women, poor Townley's career is end
ed before his time. It was so easy
for him to do and to learn that the
discipline of life has never had an
opportunity to toughen liim. Not de
lighting in scholarly pursuits, and not
having lost his youthlul zest in the
pleasures of life, enervated by years
of idleness out of service, Mr. Town-
ley was an easy, unconscious victim
of the gaming habits so prevalent in
Manila. Of the many Nebraska
friends of this graceful, accomplished
tention from his teachers and par
ents, and for tills very facility he will
not get it. Some gifted children
have clearer spiritual Insight,, and.
some are girls not exposed to the
same temptations that appeal to the
poor, bright, little boys. The over
whelming majority of dull pupils who
attain a prominence in business life
that they never reached in school,
and the compartive obscurity of the
bright boys in the world of business,
has not ceased to surprise both the
parents of those who develop slowly
as well as the parents of the preco
cious children. The latter spend half
of their school days waiting for the
other little children to catch up with
them, and in the meantime Satan is
suggesting occupation for their spare
moments. Whereas school lias de
veloped in the dull boy courage, pa
tience, and a sure confidence in the
final triumph of persistent effort, the
clever boy thinks he has only to turn
his attention to a project to accom
plish it. His first failure disheart
ens him, and his life is not a success.
The Wise Man's Portion.
Dreams, although they seem ir
regular and erratic may be classified
into partial order. Considering the
number of people in the world and
their diversity, there are not enough
dreams to go around. There are more
men who have had identical dreams
than those whose actual experiences
coincide. Most of us are thankful to
the ready wit which supplies us with
the word or the incident we have
been groping for. It is perplexing to
strie to remember what just eludes
the backward reach of our minds.
Some dreams recur frequently, yet.
cannot be remembered in the morn
ing. They torment us through the
day, because we have dreamed them
so many times that they have made
a deep, but not a clear impression,
upon our minds. If we could remeni- "
the jury was a clearing away of rub
bishy nonsense and it inspired them
to call murder murder, even when the
prisoner at the bar was a woman.
The investigation of the Manila sub
sistence accounts has implicated
Lieutenant Richard Townley, who
for a number of years was a resident
of Lincoln. Graduated at Annapolis,
Lieutenant Townley served for a few
man, there is not one wiio does not ber the details we might be at peace
regret his punishment and the cir- and forget,
cumstances which have made it "Old Fires and PrnHtfihi"
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justified as a means of protecting life, years in the navy. He was aiincted
Where the fault lies between two who with rheumatism, and applied for
have transgressed is beyond human and received a discharge on half pay.
insight. Most women of twenty He led an inactive life after his re
are safeguarded by instinct and ex- tirement, and although not vicious
perience of the world, and if they fall was peculiarly susceptible on account
a prey to passion they are equally to of his enforced idleness to the wiles
blame. "Ent. n x-ica nf t.rnfrpriir and blandishments which are the
necessary. He, himself, never spared
pains or trouble to serve a friend, and
it was partly on this account, coupled
with his unwillingness to make trou
ble and to pose as an extra-virtuous
orticer, that he agreed to be a party
to a scheme already in operation
when he arrived in Manila. The
trouble began when he was born with
a happy-go-lucky temperament and
little fibre to resist temptation; but
the war department cannot take
cognizance of extenuating circum
stances antedating enlistment.
To apprehend slowly and by force
of effort, to cultivate the mind by
main strength is the lot of man.
Genius does not have to work its way
and that is why so many geniuses
fail of real service to their genera-
is a oook or snort stories by Mr. A. T.
Quiller-Couch, whose nom-de-plume-is"Q."
He has my gratitude, and
that of hundreds of other dreamers,
for interpreting our wordless, recur
ring, tantalizing dreams. Like Ne
buchadnezzar, though we cannot re
member our dream we recognize the
true interpretation when itappearsin.
print, and desire to honor the proph
et who remembers and interprets
When Daniel was a youth and a
prisoner of King Nebuchadnezzar who
had conquered Judah and its king
Jehoiakim, he had already demon
strated his extraordinary powers of
divination. King N. ordered his
chief eunuch to select four of the
most beautiful and unblemished
youius irom among the Jews, fepd
tion. The child who learns too easily
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like the Kennedy affair in Kansas devil's favorite temptation for grace- is not to oe congratulated, neitner them a daily portion of the meat and
City, the woman bears most of the ful, idle, brilliant men. are ms. pareuw. wu aauuuo oi ,.,, wine set aside for the king's
disgrace for a mutual folly. But It was easy for Dick Townley to very raciniy ne win neea extra at- ana after three years of this
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