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Lincoln, Neil, March 17, 1894.
The first issue of The Courier in the new form is sent to the
public with some misgivings. A change, such as we have made this
week, entails a great deal of labor, and we have been compelled to
neglect some of the regular departments, and other features that
we exacted to be a part of the first issue of the new Courier are
omitted altogether. Such as it is we send it to the public with the
promise that the improvement, if any there be, has only begun.
William T. Stead's book, published this week, is entitled "If
Christ Camo to Chicago." The chances are that he would soon
Mil Bryan is going to make a specialty of mints,
one in every town in the first congressional district.
He will locate
The resolutions adopted by the republican city convention mean
something, and councilmen who disobey the instructions therein
contained will have something to answer for,
When Ben Baker retires from the office of United States district
attorney he will pass into an obscurity from which he will, in all
probability, find it difficult to emerge. Mr. Baker was such a dear
friend of poor Mr. Mosher that it will take him a long time to recov
er from the effects of that friendship.
It must be particularly gratifying to the needy members of the
democratic party, the men who labor by the sweat of their brow,
whatever that is, to observe the manner in which their party is tak
ing care of those democrats who really need help. First Mr. Cleve
land appointed that honest son of toil, with patches on the knees of
his pants, and horns on his hands, J. Sterling Morton, to a position
in the cabinet Then another very poor laboring man, James E.
North, was made collector of internal revenue. Mr. White, of
Plattsmouth, a man who has poverty stamped all over him, was re
lieved by an appointment to the office of United States marshal. A
few weeks ago, coming to our own city, Mr. J. II. Harley. a plain
workingman who has found it very hard to support a large family
on $1 per day, was presented with the postmastership, worth consi
derably more than $3,000 a year. Finally Dr. George L. Miller is
made collector of customs at Omaha. Dr. Miller is another poor and
oppressed laboring man. Verily, the democratic party is great on
taking care of the needy. The workingmen who voted the demo
cratic ticket in 1892 are getting their reward.
other city officers obey its instructions the municipal government
will be administered much more economically than it has been in
many years; the council will make only such expenditures of public
money as are absolutely necessary, and the school board will curb
its propensity to spend money recklessly; a garbage crematory may
be erected by and for the city, and the city will do its own electric
lighting. If members of the city council will stand by the instruc-.
tions of the convention they will give the city an excellent adminis
tration. If they do not do as they are directed they will violate a
solemn obligation, and draw upon themselves the anathemas of all
good citizens. The republican platform is an excellent campaign
document, and it ought to elect every candidate on the ticket by a
good majority. 1'he republican party has done well.
The republican city convention held Wednesday afternoon was
something of a surprise. Reform has been in the air in this city for
months; but few people expected the republicans to make any sub
stantial recognition of this sentiment. But something was accom
plished, and The Courier congratulates therepublican party on the
r,tand it took. That part of the platform relating to questions of lo
cal interest is more important than many persons imagine. It is
couched in positive terms and if members of the city council and
Newspapers throughout the state have become interested in the
plain truths The Courier has been telling about Bank Examiner
John'M. Griffith, who might more properly be called Hospital Sup
erintendent Griffith, and the press is voicing with vigor a protest
that is as broad and deep as the state against the retention in office
of this scamp or numbskull. And notwithstanding the intelligence
in the Washington dispatches of Omaha and Lincoln papers which
gives the impression that Mr. Griffith is impregnable, there is good
reason for supposing that he may be removed, and without very
great delay. The influence back of Griffith is of such a nature that
it is not surprising that he should have remained so long undis
turbed. For the further benefit of those persons who are inter
ested in Mr. Griffith and his peculiar care of "hospital cases' among
the national banks of Nebraska we simply call attention to Mr. Grif
fith's authorization of the organization of a national bank at Grand
Island with a capital stock composed in large meajuro of wind; to
his coming to the rescue of various state banks that were ordered to
close up by the state authorities,and his allowing them to reorganize
as national banks, resulting often in loss to creditors; to his more
or less culpable sponsorship of questionable operations of banks in
Ainsworth, Sterling,' Holdredge, York, David City, Broken Bow, etc.,
etc. Particulars are easily obtainable. It is most clearly apparent
that Griffith ought to go.
There are republicans who maintain that politics should not en
ter into the election of city and county officers. It is the indiffer
ence of this kind of republicans that has made it possible for the in
dependents to capture the most important offices in Lincoln and
Lancaster county. It is this indifference, coupled with carelessness
in making nominations for office, that has given the office of the
mayor and that of the sheriff and clerk of the district court to a
party that represents an appetite for office more acute and insati
able than has ever been developed within the republican or demo
cratic parties, cementing the hold of the populists, who as at present
organized, are a detriment to any community, and giving the third
party, the state's greatest enemy, the greatest possible encourage
ment. We believe that the candidates for city attorney, police judge,
city engineer, water commissioner, cemetery trustee, members of the
board of education and city council named by the republican con
vention this week are as well, and in many instances, better qualified
than any other candidates that have been, or will be named, and we
believe every republican should not only vote the republican ticket,
but get out and work for it. We have already given the indepen
dents and democrats too much. We have given the democrats the
country and they have bankrupted it. We have allowed the dem
pops to run this state for the last three years, and they done more
harm to Nebraska than all the political mistakes of the republican
party in the last twenty-five years. We have given over our best
city and count' offices to the independents.and we do not think that
any one will contend that anything has been gained by the conces
sion. It is time for republicans to be republicans. Republican vic
tories all along the line this spring will make it all the easier to
achieve success in the more important elections this fall, and a
sweeping republican victory in November will pave the way for a
tremendous revolution in 189G that will send William McKinley or
some other good and faithful member of the grand old party into
the office of president.
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