The courier. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1894-1903, March 29, 1902, Page 3, Image 3
THE COURIER the mayors whose duty It was to 're ceive the Prince and show him their towns. It is doubtful if there is an Individual who disapproves who would not have done the same thing: if he had been a mayor or an admiral or anything: In the way of a large enough representative functionary to receive a prince. A prince is a curiosity, a survival of feudal times; to Americans he Is a rare historical relic, and par takes of the sacredness of relics whose usefulness has long ago passed away, but which retain the consecrating ef .fect of institutions and implements which have been precious to our an cestors. This Prince was such a genial, simple-hearted, cordial man that If princes had been commoner, as they seem likely to become in America, we should not have thought of courtesy Ing to him. He went to all the parties and dinners and ate samples of all the interminable terrapin, canvas-back, crabs and oysters that were set be fore him. He was tired as a hunting dog before he could start for home, but he never said so, and his poor stomach was in rebellion, but he did not complain. He was here for the purpose of making friends with the Americans and he made thousands and hundreds of thousands of admir ing friends. He showed the Ameri cans how nice a very nice prince can be. There is nothing we really ad mire more than pluck, and Frince Henry is a sportsman through and through. The dinners and things bored him, but he wore an expression of de lighted surprise and as if he was hav- ing no end of a good time tasting things he had never before been able to afford. For all this we are duly grateful, and that he got away with out being hurt by an imported anar chist we are profoundly thankful. His visit was the result of Emperor William's happy Inspiration. There Is no doubt that the friendly feeling it expressed and with which It was re ceived has already put the two nations on friendlier terms, and that if an In ternational discussion should arise it will be treated in consequence by the representatives and congresses of both nations with less prejudice and less of national predisposition to offense and jingoism. But this is all. Prince Henry's visit has not the vast mean ing and threat of a Germanic-American alliance imagined by the newspa per correspondents of France, Spain and Italy. "We were proud and happy to see him and glad that he got safely away, and It is very gratifying to the people to know that so great, powerful and growing a nation as Germany is anxious to be friends with us. The Prince's visit was expensive to Ameri ca, though it is inhospitable and mean to mention it now. But it did not cost as much' as the first shots of a war would cost, and two nations who go armed or with a large number of fight ing men within call, need all the store of good feeling they can lay up in the times when they do not both happen to want the same strip of country. And Prince Henry, as if by chance, occasionally said a word to the Ger man American that he Is likely to re member and which may influence the training of his children. In Boston when he was presented to a prominent German-American who spoke to him In English, he said to him: "Why don't you speak German? It is a very nice language for you and your children to speak." The splendid literature of Germany is unknown to many of the children of German parents because they have not acquired .the German language and their parents did not in sist upon their use of it at home when they might have acquired it without effort in the early days when It Is so easy to assimilate learning and lan guages especially. America is poorer for this letting go of a great language and of a noble literature- by German emigrants. For all true literature is an inspiration to life. The result of bringing two living languages together is the enrichment of both. It Is truly said that no man can speak and think effectually in more than one language. But the man who as a child spoke the language of his parents and at the same time learned at school and from his play mates the language of the country to which his parents had Immigrated possesses an enriched vocabulary and a wider horizon In correspondence. And in such a man's mind the co existence of two languages nrfects them both and If there are many such men the German and English tongues would reflect the adjacence. Prince Henry's advice to the German father was very wise. His boys and girls will learn English anyway. But their rich teutonic inheritance can only be pre served to them by early parental fore sight. I saw in Chicago while the Prince was passing an old peasant woman from the Black Forest region wiping her eyes. The Prince was giving the military salute with his right and his left hand to both sides of the crowded streets through which his carriage was passing. The old woman hud never seen the Prince when she lived In Ger many, but he was the German and the brother of the head of the state. Her old fuce was convulsed with emotion at the sight of him: of such immeas urable and unexpected depth is pa triotism. The old woman did not know exactly why she cried when the debon nalr Prince passed by, but she saw the forest of her childhood, saw her moth er and her father and the little house where they all lived together, and she threw her apron over her head and Hed down the street overcome by an emotion which the city crowd, come out to see a prince, had not experi enced. j . j "C nr c Prohibition What has become of the ancient and pathetic story of the rich saloon keeper and the poor drunkard? The rich saloon keeper rode In a carriage past the shrinking drunkard's wife carrying home a bundle of freshly- laundered clothes. In. another version the shrinking wife with a shawl thrown over her head, which she w3 too poor even to Din together at the throat, calls at the magnificent dwell ing of the haughty saloon keeper. Her feet sink Into the pile of a carpet at least an Inch thick, and as her heart fills with the bitterness suggested by this magnificence and her own squalor she reproaches the wife of the saloon keeper with her husband's calling. The story has faded out of Juvenile and tract literature but the Impression of a saloon-keeper's opulence remains. There are no rich saloon keepers In Lincoln. Elsewhere they may still ride to their bars in coupes and victorias displaying a dazzling little finger and shirt-front. In Nebraska under the high license law the saloon keepers must pay a thousand dollars a year and in Lincoln they compete with fifty druggists, more or less, who sell liquor, but pay no license. By strict economy the sa loon keeper In Lincoln can make enough money to support a family modestly. He can not Haunt a car riage or Turkish rugs. The temperance agitators have accomplished much of the sweeping reform they believe Is possible. But prohibition Is still a theory. Topeka is full of dives where boys are lured in greater numbers be cause they are illegal. The prohibition ists say there are no saloons to speak of In Kansas, yet Mrs. Nation smashed the bars of a great many. The Kan sas saloon keepers pay no revenue to the state but they do pay a tax to the politicians who prevent their places from being raided by the police. Even the governor of Kansas Is afraid of the saloon politicians and the Immense immunity fund provided by the saloon keepers of a prohibition state. His demoralization when Mrs. Nation ap peared before him and asked him some blunt questions revealed the complete subjugation of even the highest .Kan sas officials to the rum power. O. C. BELL. Much In the debt of O. C. Bell Is the order of Sons and Daughters of Protection, of which he is serving the second term as supreme secretary. A year ago when individuality1, if not the very life of the organization, was threatened by a coalition with the Bankers Union of the World, it was he who was able to muster the facts that served for Its salvation. He thwarted the plans of the officials and as a result the Sons and Daughters of Protection were able to maintain their society. Thirty years ago he came to Lincoln from Illinois. He was born January 9, 1847, in Cass county, Ind. The civil war aroused his martial spirit and he enlisted December 8, 1863, not having reached sufficient age to enlist earlier. He was mustered out on August 31, 1865. He moved to Lincoln on February 1, 1S72, and on December 10, 1874, was married to Minnie D. Polly. When he came to Lincoln It was to act for a boot and shoe firm, the second one In Lincoln. Afterwards he was six years with a retail and wholesale crockery firm, that of D. H. Andrews. He was ap pointed deputy county clerk on February 1, 1880; was elected county clerk and took the office on January 8, 1SS6, and was re-elected in 1888. In November, 1890, he was appointed deputy secretary of state. On July 16, 1891, he was made receiver of the First National bank of Red Cloud. On June 1, 1899, he was elected supreme secretary of the Sons and Daughters of Protection, and on January 16, 1901, he was re-elected. He is also prominent in other fraternal societies, being a member of the Odd Fel lows, Knights of Pythias, Modern Woodmen of America, Royal Highland ers, Tribe of Ben Hur, and American Order of Protection. He also la a member of the G. A. R. There Is a better way than prohibi tion. The dispensary system, for In stance, where the agent who sells the whisky makes Just as much money if he sell during the month one quart or a hogshead. Under this system no one Is allowed to drink his whisky on the premises and treating Is lessened. On election duys and national holidays no liquor Is sold to anyone and the man authorized to sell It on other days Is under a large bond, whose forfeiture means disaster to the agent. The thirsty man Is willing to bribe the agent, but in this case the bribe must be of an irresistible size. Poverty, moderate, not desperate. Is one of the chief causes of sobriety and temper ance. Most men reside under the dis pensation of a moderate poverty. If prohibition were advisable there would be a model for It In the moral law. We are created with a liking for evil, and If we choose ve can. In spite of scruple. Indulge our propensity. The reason for the existence of evil 1 the good the struggle does us to conquer it. When men are forcibly restrained from liquor they take other nerve stimulants like morphine and many olhtr drugs. Temperance Is from the ht-arl and mind out and can not be In duced by legislation. The experiments in Maliif. Iowa and Kansas convince the prohibitionists that the sale of liquor can be prevented. Conditions In these states convince everybody else that restriction, surveillance and a very high license Is a better regime. Laws can be circumvented, but the inner light cun not be put out. Those who believe that man was originally created by an all-wise, all-powerful being sometimes wonder why he did not make every one good. He might have made goodness supreme without a struggle in every human breast. If he had there would be no savor to goodness and most of us would court death for very ennui. j& 3J H1 A Budfct of Letters Our genial Dr. Ruth Wood has pub lished a budget of letters, beginning with one from California and continu ing with many from England and the continent. A modest dedicatory page begs readers with this-book-hand to cast aside the critic's eye, quite an unnecessary request, for upon dipping into the book one is fascinated by the sunny narrative, and one hears Dr. Wood's sympathetic voice relating her adventures by land and sea. These re flections of the Doctor's are sui gen eris. The personal note Is struck, the note of humanity and to It all human things respond and the reader will not be willing to let such an outside bar barian as the critic interpose between himself and the Interest of the author's glimpses of wayfarers and cathedrals. After three months of London, Its sightseeing alternated with visits to clinics and hospitals, follows a stay in a charming -villa at Nice. "There's something In a name, be sure of that," Mercy Vint said. "So with me hearing 'Mercy! Mercy! called out after me so many years, I do think the quality hath got under my skin." Ruth the Gleaner springs Into view as one counts Dr. Ruth's sheaves of travel in Paris at the exposition, In Brussels, In Berlin, Vienna, Munich, In Venice and Rome, these are all names to con jure by. To our traveler, they are as her portion of dally bread from which she gives a generous share to us at home. Perhaps the author's enjoy ment is most manifest In rural Eng land and In Switzerland there she paints many a landscape and sky scape for us, and adds a graphic his tory of the Passion Play at Oberam mergau, and you will linger with her in contemplation of the grand and aw ful scenes in our Masters life. A cheerful spirit breathes through out the letters. It is also the practi cal spirit of a live American. On page 89 you are pleased to discover in Paris an English speaking coachman. No. 13179, and you will be sure to send around to the Compagnle des Petltes Voltures to engage him.