The courier. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1894-1903, January 25, 1902, Page 11, Image 11

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The Courier
Published Every Saturday
Entered tn the Postofflce at Lincoln as second
clasa matter.
Telfimiovp Business Office, 214
1ELEI,I0NE Editorial Rooms 90
Per annum, In advance, $1.00
Single Copy, .05
"Ch Surveyor of tb . .
. . . Port of Lincoln
Comparatively few steamboats with
their discordant whistles arouse the
citizens of Lincoln from dreamless
slumber. No men-of-war have placid
ly steamed into port and cast anchor.
Navigation on Salt Creek has never
been a lucrative calling and the steam
er which once upon a time ploughed
the waters of the lake at Burlington
Beach has long ago ceased to be re
membered. On account of this state of affairs
a great many people do not understand
just why Lincoln is designated as a
port by the government. Just why
Hon. L. L. Lindsey or Hon. C. II. Mor
rill or anybody else should be appoint
ed surveyor and collector of the port
also calls for a little explanation.
Many Lincoln merchants purchase
goods abroad. On their account the
government has established a port,
keeps a surveyor and maintains a
bonded warehouse. The salary paid
the surveyor is $900 and in addition he
gets three per cent of his collections,
with fees added.
The warehouse is in charge of a lo
cal transfer company. A bond Is filed
sullicient to meet the value of all goods
entered therein. When a merchant im
ports goods he does not need to pay the
duty on the whole consignment at
once. He can place the surplus stock in
bond and draw out package by pack
age paying the duty as he takes out
his goods. For instance the duty
amounts to $2,000. The merchant need
not raise the whole amount. It is only
necessary to pay the charges on such
merchandise as he urgently needs in
his business. The importer may leave
the goods in bond three years. For the
accomodation of the importer, the gov
ernment has established this ware
house system.
For the year ending June 30, 1900,
the entries numbered ISO. The duties
and tonnage amounted to $10,206.90.
The expenses of the olllce, clerical hire
and the like aggregated $l,SS'.0r.
The year ending last June was not
nearly so favorable. The number of
entries fell off and so did the tonnage.
The collector, however, got practically
the same sum out of it, $1,831.74. The
number of entries was l." and the du
ties and tonnage footed up $9,0.4.15.
Notwithstanding the establishment
by the government of a port of entry
here, very few linns take advantage
of the opportunity to bring their im
portations direct to the city without
breaking bulk on the way. In fact
most of the imported goods sold in the
city are purchased from eastern im
porters. Herpolsheimer & Co. bring in
considerable toys, dolls and hosiery.
The Fitzgerald Dry Goods company
import hosiery in large lots; wines and
liquors by the Lincoln Liquor & Cigar
Co., musical instruments by the Cur
tice company, cotton cloths and hand
kerchiefs and woolen head shawls by
Herman Bros., earthenware by Funke
& Ogden, razors by the Budge & Guen
zel company, and tea in carload lots by
the Itaymond-Clarke company, Har
greaves Bros, and Grainger Bros, form
the bulk of the Imports. Perhaps one
of the biggest items of imports is seeds
by the Griswold Seed company.
F. J. Kuncl of Crete imports a vail
ety of Bohemian made goods for his
trade, and three nursery firms, Young
ers & Co., of Geneva, J. A. Gage, of
Beatrice, and the Fairbury Nursery
company bring in lots of greenhouse
plants and nursery goods.
The state university Is by far the
largest Importer, but all of the articles
purchased abroad by it come in free
of duty. The toll and trouble of hand
ling the material Is one of the per
quisites of the otllce. The importations
consist chietly of scientific and philo
sophical apparatus, books, chemk.ils
and laboratory supplies. The high
schools of the state also receive consid
crable supplies of the same general
character free of duty.
The surveyor of the port also acts as
custodian. For this work he reccies
no additional pay, although it is. in
fact, the most of his trouble. If a
window sticks. If the Janitor has neg
lected his sweeping, if the radiator
doesn't work properly, if any one of a
hundred and odd things that may hap
pen about a big building does happen
the custodian is appealed to and his
authority Invoked. He has general
charge of all of the employes about the
building. Is responsible for its care and
cleanliness, looks out that too iniuli
gas and coal is not used, sees that new
supplies are secured and has various
duties. The book of Instructions is a
good-sized pamphlet, tells him Just
what he must require in the line of new
furniture, informs him that dusteis
and brooms must not be wastefully
used or stolen, directs him to see that
when the sweeping is done the dust
is got out of crannies and behind mov
able furniture, etc., etc.
The surveyor is allowed a clerk, who
is paid out of the $1,800 receipts of the
otlice. Two spacious roomn on the
third lloor are set aside for his offices.
From here lie directs the staff of em
ployes. All of these, save his clerk,
are under the civil service, and cannot
be removed except for cause.
& 3r ;
Artist Yes, I am badly paid for good
work, but I am content.
The Other In the love of Art?
Artist Yes, and then, if I live long
enough, the day will come when 1 shall
be well paid for bad work.
The New York flirt must go. Ah
s mhlj I!. mutt of the New
York legislature will show him no
liieny If his bill bet om-s law, the
making of "Coo-goo eyes" In the
Kmpire state will becom- a criminal
offense. Strange to say, the young
women are not strongly supporting
Mr. Bennett's measure.
Wife Dear, aren't you drinking too
Husband- What put that Idea into
your head?
Wlft Well . you know you hav
been detained at the office five times
this week.
.V J .
P ?- t"
Eyebright Well, I've got to begin
wearing glasses.
Skidmorc Troubled with your eyes?
Kyebiight Certainly. Didn't think I
was going to move to Boston, did you?
Mrs. Bingo "You must be careful
what you say to the cook, dear, or she
will leave." Bingo "Why. was I hard
on her?" "Were you? Why. anyone
would have thought you were talking to
Pre -Inventory Clearance of Coats, Waists, etc.
Raglan Coats in Oxford gray and Kersey cloths, values
to $20.00, now
jfk Any Women's 27-inch Jacket in the house in fine
Kerseys, all colors, Skinner's satin lined, values
to S1G.50,
Any Women's 42-inch Jacket in the house worth up
to $25.00,
All wool Eiderdown Dressing Sacque, entire stock
divided into three prices,
75c 98c, $1.50
25 Women's Jackets in Kersey, beaver, and Astrakhan
cloths. These will go for each,
50 Women's Capes, !i0 inches long, in Astrakhan and
Kersey cloths, fur trimmed. Choice for
100 Flannelette Wrappers value? to $2.00,
Infants' Eiderdown Coats, fur trimmed, values to $2.00,
All Broken Lines must be Positively Closed Out. Radical Reductions have been
made in the entire department.
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