The courier. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1894-1903, January 18, 1902, Page 5, Image 5
Til K CO Pit IE It - IN THE REALM OF POLITICS UiEWEIJAX I.. LINDSEY. Recently Appointed Surveyor of the port of Lincoln. JUDGE J. B. BARNES, of Norfolk. Appointed a Member of the Nebraska Supreme Court Commission. The next surveyor of the port of Lincoln will be Llewellyn L. Lindsey. The poit of Lincoln is a government fiction. There is no actual port here, but there are quite a number of Lin coln merchants who purchase goods from abroad and for their convenience a customs service has been established at Lincoln, with a bonded warehouse, a surveyor and collector. The oflice of surveyor and collector pays $'J00 a year in salary. In addi tion a three per cent commission is allowed, which adds an average of about $1100 more. The surveyor is also custodian of the government building, a duty formerly devolving upon the postmaster, but for this he receives no added compensation. The duties of the ollice are not exacting, and as the government allows a clerk, its occu pant can find time to look after his private business. If it is not too ex acting in character. Mr. Lindsey is a native of Frank fort, Kentucky, but he has been a resi dent of Lincoln since September, 1S77. He came to Lincoln from Chicago to take the place of head waiter at the Commercial hotel, then operated by Joseph J. Imhoff. In Chicago Mr. Lindsey was third head waiter at the Tremont house. He remained with Mr. Imhoff for a number of years, after wards engaging in business for himself. He is at present the proprietor of one of the largest retail cigar and news stores In the city. Bud" Lindsey, as he is familiarly known, is a natural born politician. He began taking an interest in the game when a boy of seventeen, and as a reward for participation in a lively municipal contest in Frankfort was appointed street lighter, a contract which he promptly sublet at profit to himself. The only other public oflice he has ever held was street commis sioner under Mayor Frank Graham. Previous to Mr. Lindsey's occupancy of that oflice its affairs were run in a slipshod manner, leaving open an avenue to fraud in the way of padding the pay roll. He promptly established business methods, cut down the ex penses of the department and added greatly to its efficiency. Mr. Lindsey has long been recog nized as one of the ablest political tacticians in the county. He served two years as a member of the state committee, and during half of his resi dence here has been on either or both the county and city committees. Fi delity to his friends and staunch ad herence to a promise once given are the two distinguishing characteristics of his career as a politician, ere are many men who pose as pclven s Who promise everything to oo. Carjy and redeem only such p'ng. is seem to them best for their . Jal Inter ests. They seldom last long, ignominy and execration beingtheirdesc rved fate. Bud Lindsey is not one of them, and the best test of his character is found in the fact that the better he is known the more highly is he esteemed. Es pecially is this the case with those who have known him only as the bogie man created by the reformers but who find him out afterwards for what he is. Mr. Lindsey has brains, honesty, truth and stability. He has helped many a man in this county and city to high places, but his rewards have been meagre. He has richly earned the place that is soon to be his, and none who know him be grudge him either the honor or the salary. Judge John R. Barnes of Norfolk, re cently appointed as supreme court commissioner to till the vacancy caused by the succession of Commis sioner Sedgwick to the supreme hem h. is one of the best known lawyers in Nebraska. An index to his character and stand ing is evidence by the extremejy large vote he received in the last republi can state convention, when, in compe tition with such jurists as Judges Keysor, Sedgw ick and Davidson, he re ceived a vote rivalling theirs in num ber. The strong endorsement he re ceived afterwards at the hands of the state bar is only an added testimonial to his ability and character. Mr. Barnes has been identified with northeastern Nebraska from her earli est days. At Ponca where he formerly resided, and at Norfolk, where lie has lived for sixteen years, no man stands higher than Judge Barnes. At Ponca. he served two years as county at torney, and when E. K. Valentine was elected to congress the first time Gov ernor Nance made John B. Barnes a district judge. At the end of that term he was elected for four years more. Mr. Barnes is a native of Ohio, nnl as a boy enlisted in the light artillery and served his term as a soldier. loiter he studied law. but was not admitted to the bar until he came to Nebraska. J C t-C iT "When Judge Ben Baker heard the news the other day that he had been confirmed as judge of the federal court for New Mexico, he told a correspond ent sitting by that if the senate judi ciary committee had known him better they would not have acceded so unani mously. Everybody who knows Ben will cor dially agree with him in this senti ment. Few men in Nebraska politics have such sincere friends and such bit ter enemies as Ben Baker. His friends have been the more powerful in the past, but his circle of enemies has never materially diminished. .Mr. Baker is a man who has looked out for No. 1. meaning thereby Ben S. Baker, every hour. If he ever coveted an of fice he was never backward about Hay ing so. He early learned that no mat ter how good and worthy a man was. lie never achieved place anil power by tailing attention to his noble tialities; that the watchword of success in poli tics was hustle, and to keep hustling. He discovered before he was long in the arena that the nominations did not always go to the best man. but to the fellow who knew what wires Were necessary to be pulled ami who could best do the pulling. Baker is not yet fifty years of age. yet sixteen of the twenty-nine since lie reached his majority possibly more, .is (he returns are not all in yet have he n spent in tile pay of the public, lie was barely twenty-one when he ran for his first oflice, that of county sup erintendent of schools at Webster City, Iowa. Previous to that he had been a school teacher, studying law between times. Here is his record so far as history has embalmed it: Four years as county superintendent at Webster City, la. Two years as representative from Jefferson county. Neb. Four years as United States district attorney for Nebraska. Six years as district judge of Douglas county. Neb. Raker is a man of force and energy. As a mixer and as a campaigner he ranks high. He is a glib talker, but not an orator. His speech before the last republican state convention, which he piesided over as temporary chairman, was tiresome and inordinately long. His vanity suffered its severest shock when the convention compelled him. by its mark of dissent, to cut it short. Baker achieved some fame as the man who sentenced Hartley to prison. He gave him twenty years, one short of the maximum. At the time anil many times since it has been freely charged that Baker was influenced to hit Hartley so hard because he thought he saw in it a chance to make himself governor and possibly United States senator, for there never has been a limit to Baker's ambition. His ex coriation of Hartley was in marked contrast with his action as the prose cutor of Charley Mosher. He was I'nited States district attorney then and he used his influence to get Mosh er off as light as possible. Mosher was a man of might in 'those days and Raker was looking to the future. Yet Mosher's crime brought many times the distress to Nebraska people that Hartley's did. To have prosecuted Mosher rigorously would not have en hanced Raker's political fortunes, to sentence Hartley to twenty years, he thought, would make him great in the eyes of his fellow-citizens. He never succeeded in getting close to the goal upon which his eyes were then fixed, and while he has never given up hope, his active ambition sought new fields to conquer. He wanted to be congress man. To sidetrack him Dave Mercer got him named as federal judge for New Mexico. A carpetbag official is never very popular, but Raker will not mind that in New Mexico. His first care will be to make himself solid with the people down there. This he can do because he is a man of winning personality, a good fellow and a hustler. He will soon find out who make men in that territory, and when the day comes that New Mexico is admitted into the sister hood of states, watch out for Ben Baker as one of her United States sen ators. If any doubt of his ability to get there exists, a survey of his career in Omaha will brush it away. When he w?s named as district attorney he lived in Fairbury. The duties of his oflice called him to Omaha and there he took up his residence. He was a carpetbagger there, but he wasn't out of ollice two years before he landed a district judgeship. So my advice to aspiring republicans in New Mexico is to watch Baker. National Committeeman R. B. Schneider is down at "Washington again. Mr. Schneider Is as secretive as ever. He glides Into town, moves about In a mysterious way. shuns the reporters and If they corral him he Is non-coimmiuicative. Mr. Schneider doesn't believe In carrying on his polit ical business with a brass band ac companiment. He Is, perhaps, the iwrtt representative Nebraska has in the line of gum-shoe statemen a term used to designate those politicians who work quietly and silently. His present mis sion Is understood to be for the purpose of settling the Grand Island and Fie MHUit postofllce controversy. W. II. II. Harrison, the Nasby of the Hall county capital, was an offensive aiitl-Thomp-sou partisan during the last senatorial campaign. He came here early .mil worked late to defeat the Lincoln man's ambition. Harrison Is a rough and ready sort of politician but he has a cunning brain and Is resourceful Whether he can succeed in holding oil at Grand Island in spite of Ids record is a question that is of interest, but It is no wise of such importance as would Justify its being made a state Issue. It Is understood in political circles that the senators have decided on Swanson as postmaster at Fremont, but whether Mr. Schneider can over turn this and get some one else in onl the future will prove. Ross Hammond says the whole trouble lies in I. I. Richards' jealousy of Schneider and takes this crack at his old-time ally. "The trouble was two months ago amicably arranged between the pa triots wiio want the postofllce (that is to say, between two of them, for there are a host of others who would be glad to take it if they saw it coming their way), but this one Jealous man would not stand for a kind of harmony that didn't have his brand blown In the bottle, though it fixed his vacillating candidate all right. This sort of evi dence of a determination to have a tight almost made me mad. I couldn't help thinking at that time that the jealous man made an exhibition of himself. Since then nearly everybody in Fremont has said so and many let ters from outside hae been received to the same effect. You will therefore readily see on whose shoulders rests the resiMinsibility for disturbing the peace. And it will be made plainer when I tell you that this man's can didate was slated for another position. He had the promise of those high In authority and would. In due course, have been cared for and greatly re lieved. Rut the man behind the can didate spat on his hands and shoved him into the fray and the man has been having a blamed hard time keep ing the candidate under control. The jealous man referred to has said of another man brought Into the fray by his endorsement of another can didate, that 'he is getting too d 1 big for the town" and so he. the jealous man, is doing his best to prune him down to his own size. "Wouldn't that cork you? This Is a good town, but it needs five hundred more big men, men too big to get anything 'up their nose when they see others passing them in the race of life." Loyalty to his friends has ahvavs been one of D. E. Thompson's strong points. Recent appointments in Ne braska demonstrate that he is still hewing along this line. When he was running for senator last winter he had the advice and counsel of a strong ar ray of republicans. Among these were E. B. Stephenson. E. R. Sizer. W. II. Dorgan, A. R. Cruzen, W. A. Green, L L. Lindsey and Alva E. Kennard. Since then Mr. Stephenson has been made United States revenue collector. Mr. Sizer is to be iostmaster. Mr. Dor gan's brother is in the revenue service. Mr. Cruzen has been named as a com missioner to Porto Rico, Mr. Green is to be register of the Lincoln land office. Mr. Lindsey has been named surveyor of the port of Lincoln and Mr. Ken nard is to be receiver of public moneys in this city. There were others, but their rewards, if they desire any, will doubtless come later. Among Mr. Thompson's supporters was Senator VanBoskirk of Alliance VanBoskirk has had his eye on the land oflice at Alliance for some time, and he has just returned from "Wash ington, where he went to get the sup port of the two senators. It Is said that Senator Dietrich has not agreed to help VanBoskirk. and if he doesn't there is likely to be an explosion. The oflice of register Is now held by F. M Dorrington. His term does not expire until next August, and meanwhile the senators refuse to commit themselves for any man.