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POINTS IN POLITICS.
jj HE republican convention Wednesday afternoon was thor
CtJ ughly harmonious much more harmonious than was antici
f pated. It was expected that there would be a very sharp con
test over the nomination for city engineer, and there was a feeling of
uncertainty as to the nominations for police judge and water com
missioner. Percival had a hard tight in his own ward, and the fact
that thePifth ward had so many candidates made the outlook a lit
tle uncertain. For months there had been talk of opposition to
Frank Waters, and some people believed up to within a few days of
the convention that a candidate might be brought forward who
would defeat him. But there was comparatively smooth sailing.
There was no opposition to Waters. Comstock did not shy his cas
tor into the ring, and the votes cast for Captain Cochran were sim
ply in the nature of a compliment to the grand old man of the Fifth
ward. Waters has been in a trying position the last two years. He
has had to contend with the enmity of the mayor and meet the not
always fair methods of that officer, and has had to submit to a hun
dred petty annoyances. The office of police judge is not a desirable
one under any circumstances. Mayor Weir has added to the annoy
ances of the office and made life a burden to Waters. Withal he
has made the most effective police judge in the history of the city,
and there is a very general feeling that he thoroughly deserves a re
election. And, by the way, there need be no fear that Waters will
get left. His vote will surprise some people.
Mr. Percival has demonstrated his ability as a fighter. From the
very first, two years ago, he has had to fight every inch, and after
election he did not find it all plain sailing. Then again, in the re
cent campaign, he encountered serious opposition in his own ward;
but he has managed to come out on top so. far, and we believe his
good fortune will not leave him now. He was fairly nominated and
he is entitled to cordial republican support.
B. G. Dawes isn't very much' older now than he was a month ago,
but he is a good deal riser. He has learned something about Lin
coln politics. Mr. Dawes, all things considered, made a strong cam
paign, and he had the manliness to yield gracefully, when he saw
that the current was against him. He made many friends and
should he be a crndidate for city engineer two years hence he would
be a very hard man to beat.
Adna Dobson's popularity was decisively shown in the convention.
Dobson is a good, clean man and a competent engineer. He is an
excellent candidate in every way.
Mr. Abbott has given entire satisfaction in the offie of city attor
ney, which office is far from a sinecure, and he deserved the hearty
endorsement given him by the convention.
In making John Fawell the nominee of the party for cemetary
trustee the convention -bestowed suitable recognition on an active re
publican and good citizen.
Surely Messrs Ludden, Hackney and Stire are broad minded men
and intelligent enough, too, to give a satisfactory administration of
Some of the councilmanic nominations were bad. But that was
to be expected. When you attempt to purify the council you are
tackling a tough and unpromising job.. In several instances, how
ever, the nominees are a decided improvement over most of .the
men that have been named in the past. In nomirating business
men the party is taking a proper step, and some good results are ex
pected to follow tho election of certain of the candidates named
The party is to be congratulated on its choice of A. W. Scott for
chairman of the city central committee,
It will be said indeed it has already been said, that the resolu
tions adopted do not mean anything. It is doubtless a fact that
they will have no effect on such of the members of the city council
as are hopelessly indifferent to the city's interest, or hopelessly cor
rupt. The general effect will be good, however; they will be very
handy to refer to, when an alderman evidences a tendency to get
out of the traces.
Captain Billingeley came out for reform in his brief speech ac
cepting the chairmanship in a most touching manner.
The Fifth ward captured three offices, which is much better than
this ward usually does.
Mr. Moseley was hissed when his name was presented at the Fifth
ward caucus. Mr. Moseley suffered the fate that has almost invari
ably befallen Fifth ward council men. They hold 'the office one
term, and go out with no one to love them.
It anything is calculated to give one an. exalted, idea of politics,
and the disinterestedness of ward statesmanship., it is a study of
conditions as they exist in the Fifth ward.
In politics it pays to aim high. If you shoot for the inter-state
commerce commission you may bring down a collectorship.
Some weeks ago we stated that Governor Crounse would be a can
didate for re-nomination. For the last year it has been frequently
asserted the governor would not be a candidate, and well informed
politicians have, in figuring on the situation this year, left Crounse
out of their calculations. Our announcement therefore, was received
with some surprise, and in some quarters it was regarded with
amusement. It was emphatically denied by some of his closest
friends. But recent developments only confirm our original state
ment. There is now no longer any doubt but that he will seek a re
nomination, if there is not some unforseen change in existing condi
tions. Crounse must be considered in all speculations relative to
the gubernatorial office.
Jack McColl, the perpetual candidate, has, we are credibly fnform
ed, withdrawn from the race. He never was, in the present in
stanae, a formidable figure.
Mr. Raymond may become a candidate for governor under certain
There is a growing conviction that Mr. Bryan will be a candidate
for congress again.
The convention of the national league of republican clubs will be
held in Denver June 2G. Nebraska will be entitled to about forty
delegates. President Lansing of the state league will shortly issue a
call for the state convention. It will be held in this city, probably
some time in April. Officers and delegates to the national conven
tion will be elected at this meeting.
Five Per Cent.
A dividend of 5 per cent to depositors in the Capital National bank
has been declared, payable within the next ten days. Mosher spends
more money every two months than the total amount of this dividend.
LECTURE BY PROFESSOR FOSSLER.
Professor Laurence Fosaler, of the state university, will deliver a
lecture at the Third Presbyterian church Sunday evening on "The
Essentials of Early Teutonic Religion." Tuesday evening at the
same place Rev. J. G. Tate, of Hastings, will deliver an address,
and Professor Seamark and Mrs. Charles Hovey will sing.
AMONG THE BREAKERS.
The forthcoming dramatic performance at the Lansing theatre by
local talent will be given for the benefit of the poor, and from the
interest manifested, and the rapidity with which tickets are being
sold, it is evident that a large sum will be realized for a worthy
cause. The performance itself promises to afford much genuine en
tertainment, many of those taking part having already demonstrat
ed their ability in amateur theatricals. "Among the Breakers" is
the name of the play. The presentation is set for Wednesday,
NMarch28. The following will appear in the cast: Misses Effie
Steen, Myrtle Stevenson, Ruby Jones, Rachel Brock, Grace Oakley,
Grace Burr; Messrs. Harry Reese. Sam Low, H. B. Hicks, Frank
Polk, Frank S. Burr, Ross Curtice, Harry Lansing. Selections will
also be given by the University Glee club.
"I have used Avert Hair Vigor for a number of years, and it has
always given me satisfaction. It is an excellent dressing, prevents
the hair from turning gray, insurej its vigorous growth and keeps
the scalp white and clean. Maty A. Jackson, Salem, Mass.
"March to search' is the old adage. It searches out any weakness
of the Bystem, resulting from impure blood. Those who use Ayer's
Sarsaparilla find March no more searching or even disagreeable than
any other month. This medicine is a wonderful invigorator.