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About The courier. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1894-1903 | View Entire Issue (Jan. 25, 1902)
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Flashily dressed In gaily coloied
clothing, a solidly built man of middle
age was seated in the lobby of a cap
ital city hotel not long ago. earnestly
engaged In conversation with a prom
inent corporation attorney. His pres
ence served as a stimulus to the rem
iniscent faculties of a former legisla
tor, who broke out with words of se
vere censure against the man with
paste diamond and gold headed cane.
"Ten years ago that man there was
one of the brightest of a graduating
class In southern Nebraska," said the
legislator pointing to the Individual of
gaudy apparel, "I handed him his
diploma on that eventful night. Just
previous to this I had let fall a few
jtearls of wisdom for the benetlt of the
incipient mind. And I thought that
man there would be the last one to go
"No, never mind his name. If you
don't know it, you will never have any
honest incentive to find out. He will
be here at the next session of the leg
islature, the next and the next. Un
less perhaps he gets caught in some
particularly daring piece of work and
has to seek some other field of opera
tion. "There Is no term In the English
language by which he may be called.
Confidential agent, lobbyist, go-between,
capper and political piker are
some of the names more or less polite
applied to his class. Boil them all into
one concentrated epithet and you have
"How did it happeif? Simple enough.
Up under the dome a' multitude of men
have met their moral doom In the same
manner that he did. After his gradu
ation he worked for a short time hon
estly enough. Then a friend with
exceedingly bad judgment got a place
on a senate committee In the Nebraska
legislature and brought the young fel
low to Lincoln with him. Now never
mind what year. Tou will be consult
ing the records or asking some of the
other members and finding out who
this is. There was a year you remem
ber, when a gang of fellows wanted
railroads to lower freight rates and
some other people didn't want It done.
Well, the bill was up to the Nebraska
senate and had just one vote more
than enough to ensure its passage. To
be exact there were seventeen in favor
of the bill and sixteen against it.
"One night there was a shady deal
on. A member was hired to leave the
state In order to defeat the bill. Our
friend over there was loafing In an oil
room and heard a chance remark
which put him on to the game. He
watched the conspirators and kept
mum until the member in question had
"In a burst of confidence he told one
of the champion cappers what he
knew. Now this man was not averse
to making a little money so he put a
flea In the ear of the callow youth.
"He Instructed the lounger, who was
supposed to be studying shorthand, to
go to the man who had paid over the
money and demand $200 as the price of
silence and when the money was paid
bring it to the capper. He found an
apt pupil and inside of two days the
money was in the clutches of the go
between. "Of course Mr. Capper demanded
half the money which the man who
had been instrumental in the hold up
readily paid over. When the fellows
discerned that the senate hanger-on
was familiar with the rules of the
game he got a little lobbying to do In
order to keep him quiet. Before the
end of that eventful session he had
passed the amateur stage and yearned
for a professional standing.
"He soon learned the ropes and did
a good business. In the third session,
for he stuck right with the business,
he was the shrewdest of the lot. He
comes around between sessions,
though. He finds larger fees out west
n Senator Clarke's country.
"At rare intervals he comes hack. He
possesses some Information under his
hat which Is especially valuable to cer
tain Interests. And you may bunk
upon it, he gets his price, too.
"Itich? Lord, no! He lives from
hand to mouth. He has formed the
habit of living with swell people,
drinking the best liquors and staying
at the highest priced hotels. He gam
bles between legislative sessions and Is
not as successful at that game as he
is in impressing his individuality on
the statute books.
"The capper who helped him in his
first hold up is dead. Too much
whisky, good and bad. He was delir
ious in his last moments, told the story
of leading the kid astray and his last
breath was spent In trying to articu
late the name of the man who accom
plished the undoing of the man who
And the veteran legislator stopped
short. The lobbyist was marching
proudly out of the hotel.
"Going to take the 11 o'clock train
for Montana I presume. Good, he's
better out of the state than in it but
I never supposed I would have such a
story to tell about that boy."
UlU iVIUKUAlM UAtSLfcr'
Steel Trust President Charles M.
Schwab, In his latest role of "the
man who broke the bank at Monte
Carlo," is mad clear through at
the newspaper reports of his gam
bling transactions. Many financial
men stick to the story that J. P.
Morgan cabled to Schwab to quit
In School Days
Still sits the schoolhouse by the road,
A ragged beggar sunning;
Around it still the sumachs grow.
And blackberry vines are running.
Within, the master's desk Is seen.
Deep scarred by raps official;
The warping floor, the battered sens.
The jackknifes carved Initial;
The charcoal frescoes on its wall;
Its door's worn sill, betraying.
The feet that, creeping slow to school
Went storming out to playing.
Long years ago a winter sun
Shone over it at setting;
Lit ud its western window panes,
And low eaves' ley fretting.
It touched the tangled golden curls
And brown eyes full of grieving
Of one who still her steps delayed
When all the school were leaving.
For near her stood the little boy
Her childish favor singled;
His cap pulled low upon a face
Where pride and shame were mnigl -t.
Pushing with restless feet the snow
To right and left he lingered
As restlessly her tiny hands
The blue-checked apron fingered.
He saw her lift her eyes; he felt
The soft hand's light caressing.
And heard the tremble of her voice
As if a fault confessing.
"I'm sorry that I spelt the word;
I hate to go above you.
Because" the brown eyes lower fell
"Because, you see, I love you."
Still memory to a gray-haired man
That sweet child-face is showing
Dear girl, the grasses on her grave.
Have forty years been growing.
He lives to learn, in life's hard school.
How few who iass above him
Lament their triumph and his loss
Like her because they love him.
John G. Whittier
Clubber You re not looking well;
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Cynlcus No, but I have had the
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Mr. Baldie "1 nave discovered that
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