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country in recent years, and which is largely the sputtering of
cranks and anarchist malcontents. Allen has nothing to commend
him to intelligent people, and ho is a standing insult to the patriotic
people of the Btate. He has injured Nebraska, and this fanatic, this
bore, was chosen over the head of Mr. Thurston! And he cannot be
dislodged for more than four years. Another senator is to le chosen
next winter, and it is to be hoped, for the sake of Nebraska's credit
that some republican like 1'hurston will be selected. It will be a
public crime it another political fraud and fanatic of the Allen
stripe is sent to Washington.
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"Has Mr. Cleveland failed? asus a writer in a current magazine.
Mr. Cleveland may not have failed, but the country has, under his
The appointment of Andrew Jackson Sawyer meets with general
approval in this city. Mr. Sawyer is an old time democrat; he is a
good citizen and a credit to the state. As long as we've got to have
democrats in high places we are thankful that Mr. Cleveland has
chosen such good and handsome men as Mr. Harleyand Mr. Sawyer.
The Nebraska City Press in discussing the congressional situation
says: "Yet it is established that the republican party in this dis
trict can no longer afford to sacrifice itself on the altar of factional
strife in Lancaster county." The maudlin Press isn't entitled to
very seriouB consideration; but such statements as this, and they
are frequently made in the outside counties, make it clear that Lan
caster ought to do something in the near future to prove that she is
harmonious, and that the candidate of the district ought to come
from this county.
The scandalous Breckinridge case may cause some parents who
have daughters at so-called boarding schools to investigate the dis
cipline of these institutions and ascertain whether there are no
barriers to keep out the Roselles who exist in every community. If
parents cannot be assured that their daughters are under a dis
cipline stricter than that which permitted Roselhs to maintain his
liaison with Madeline Pollard within the very walls of the seminary,
there will be a disposition to boycott these far away schools. It is
probable that the Roselle-Pollard episode would not have been pos!
sible in many young ladies' seminaries; but the fact that it occurred
in one argues that it is not impossible in others. Parents cannot
be too careful in satisfying themselves on points like'this.
The people of Nebraska have done many foolish things. The last
legislature, representing the people, did a very foolish thing in selec
ting William V. Allen, instead of John M. Thurston to succeed Al
gernon Sidney Paddock in the United States senate. It was a dis
graceful choice. Ar. Thurston.who made such an excellent republican
speech in this city last Saturday night, is a man of intellectual at
tainments, who represents republican patriotism in the highest de
gree, and who is already a credit to his state. In the senate he
would have hejd aloft the banner of republicanism, and the whole
country would have paid tribute to his ability and patriotism. The
man who was elected, William Vincent Allen, sprung from a dark
obscurity into a disreputable notoriety, adding to the opprobrium
and discredit which McKeighan and Kem had already heaped upon
Nebraska. He stands for every element that is harmful to the state
and voices the wail of populism that has been echojng over the
There is absolutely no possibility of the bill for a special pension
for General Thayer passing congress, and the general has acted
wisely in requesting that no effort be made to push it. Special pen
sion bills are always open to objection; and there are doubtless some
who seriously question the propriety of the Thayer bill; but if any
Nebraskan is deserving of special recognition of this sort it is Gener
al Thayer. This man has rendered very distinguished service to the
country and the state, and his military record is most high. The ex
governor is, by the way, one of the cleanest men who over held office
in this state. He has occupied many positions of great power, with
unlimited opportunities to reap personal profit, but he never allowed
the faintest suggestion of a suspicion to attach to his name, and he
is to-day a poor man, yet rich in honor. General Thayer is an able
man, with a record that is entirely pure, and his republicanism and
patriotism are just as keen now as when he marched at the head of
the First Nebraska regiment on bloody battle fields, Nebraska
needs more Thayers.
Catalepsy has got hold of Lincoln. If the town isn't dead asleep
it has all the symptoms. This is the time for awakening. Nature,
after her long sleep, is once more rubbing her eyes and under the April
sun, verdure is assuming form and color; the trees are beginning to
dress themselves in the garb of spring there are blossoms and tiny
leaves and blades of grass where but a little while ago all was bare
and desolate; and the very air ib laden with the balmy odors of the
season. The birds are winging flight from the south, and singing
the glad notes of spring returned. Nest building has commenced.
The baser animals of the earth that are dormant in the chill months
of winter are coming out of their sloth and shaking tho mud from
their backs. Life that has been stilled is again quickened, and
everywhere there are signs of animation, of throbbing life and
energy and enthusiasm. And this season that carpets the meadows
with velvet, and decks the trees with foliage, and starts tho birds to
singing, and invites man to be up and doing has generally a quick
ening effect on human enterprise. The spring is the time for new
projects, for enthusiastic endeavor, for ambition's flight. It is the
time to make and execute plans, to be active and counteract the
sluggishness of winter. This spirit is observable on ever' hand.
We are emerging from nature's season of rest, and from a season of
business drouth, and we see on all sides evidences of a determina
tion to push out and develop and recover time and ground lost.
The west is getting ready to show her strength to the country.
Western cities are bestirring themselves in the race for progress and
prosperity. Omaha and the sister cities, including Denver.now in the
first stages of convalescence, are waking up and displaying a mark
ed activity. By organization, by individual effort, by every possible
means, they are raising high in the air the banner of enterprise, and
inviting the country to look. Efforts are being made to induce emi
gration that were never made before, and business and prosperity
are being pursued with a determination to win. But Lincoln re
mains inanimate, held in the grasp of a catalepsy that has the ear
marks of death. With more advantages to offer to capital and busi
ness, with more opportunities for advance and growth than many
western cities of an assertive turn, we are void of life and ambition,
while they are alive and reaching out for wealth. Lincoln was nev
er so torpid as now. We have usually had some enterprise; but it
has, apparently, all run out. Are we willing to succomb to dry rot?
We believe there is yet some public spirit left, and we hope some
body will fire that cannon.or do something to wake up the town, and
arouse local patriotism. Lincoln cannot afford to stand still and
wait while Omaha and other towns are setting the pace of progress.
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