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The new board of education will hold its first meeting Monday
night, when, it is to bo hoped, the uncertainty that at present sur
rounds school matters in this city will be dispelled. Just now
teachers employed in the public schools do not know whether they
are to be retained or not, and they are equally in doubt as to what
the salaries for tho coming year will be. That there will be a rcduc
tion in salaries is certain, as tho financial condition of the district is
such that a cutting down of cxpenso is absolutely necessary, and
teachers who regard this matter in tho proper light will not object
to this action on tho part of the board. It is probable that salaries
of 160 and less will not be affected. The school board will also, we
understand, arrange matters so that tho principals will teach, as
was formerly the case, and, under- te circumstances, there can be
no serious objection to this. The' newly elected members of the
board of education, Messrs. Ludden, Stire and Hackney, have the
confidence of the people, and there seems to bo a reasonable basis
for the hope that the board, after tho re-organization Monday night,
will come nearer meeting the views of the people than heretofore.
There is a good deal of room for improvement,
Ik the face of a general opinion to the contrary The Courier ven
tures the prediction that Mr. Bryan and his friends will be in tho
minority at the coming democratic Blate convention. The populist
clamor at the silver conference in Omaha was one thing and the sen
timent of the democratic party in this state is another, and entirely
different thing. Mr. Bryan by openly insulting what might bo call
ed straight democracy undoubtedly strengthened himself with the
populists; but he opened wide the breach between himself and the
party that has twice honored him with a seat in congress, and this
breach is steadily growing wider. Mr. Bryan's statement that the
popalists in the last two years, have taught the people more genuine
reform than the democratic psrty has in the last thirty years can
hardly be expected to Increase the congressmansopuIariry among
the democrats. It ihe administration wing is successful in the state
convention, as now seems probable, Mr, Bryan will be forced into
the populist perty, -where ho properly belongs, and where he 'Will
Sad fit associates; There will )$ u straight democratic ticket in
ike feld thk fill in any invent, and the populist party must be
ought by the congressm&h. And when Mr. Bryan is finally and
definitely fixed hT the populist ranks tho logical "result of his pecu
liar course of thIast three years will have been reached. He has
'been steadily moving in this direction Binco his firpkyear in congress
That Mr. Bryan's "career as a populist will be much loss brilliant
i his spectacular aspenence as a democrat admits of little doubt.
These is some question jas toHss&ifiis" of the republican party
oa silver. Prior to the cecSi-ivacei-cl the league of republican
dubs in this city an attempt wacjaaotilo work up a sentiment in
favor of the free coinage of silver, Uutjtho convention did nothing to
indicate that tho sentiment of the republican party in this state is in
favor of a policy of retrogression from its accustomed sound financial
losition. There are members of tho party, it is true, who have been
more or less affected by the commotion that is in progress in the
democratic and populist camps, and who aro in favor of letting down
tho bars to popular prejudice on the money question, thinking that
thereby tho party may gain in strength; but in all its history, from
the day of its inception down to the prenent day, the republican
party has never gained one single point by surrendering its honest
convictions and has never carried an election or passed into power
by the abrogation of a fixed principle. It has never won victory on
a platform of demagoguism. Steadfastness has always been a char
acteristic of the republican party. Principles have been carefully
worked out and tho thought and endeavor of the party have been
given unremittingly to the development of these principles. The
republican position on the tariff and the financial questions is the
result of the best thought of the ablest statesmen and financiers this
country has seen. It is a position of patriotism and common sense,
and nothing has occurred in recent years to change the position of
tho party on either of these questions, or to furnish any reason to
doubt the wisdom of the party's course.
J. Sterling Morton, a democrat who enjoys a general respect,
irrespective of political parties, contributed to the June number of
tho Forum an article entitled, "Farmers, Fallacies and Furrows,"
tho tenor of which is to the effect that farming has degenerated, that
farmers are at present in a condition of suffering and distress. Mr.
Morton is a man of wide intelligence and common sense, and he is
generally given the credit of being honest in his views. His position
in the Forum article is, therefore, somewhat surprising. It isn't
farming that has degenerated, so muchasit is that the farmers have
degenerated. There are shiftless, improvident men in all classes of in
dustry. There are men who have failed miserably in the grocery
business. There are men who have failed miserably in the dry
goods business, and in the drug business and in the iron business.
But it can hardly be said that the grocery business and the dry
goods business and the drug business and the iron business have
degenerated and become demoralized, and that a man can no longer
make a decent living in these lines of trade. Investigation will dis
close the fact, notwithstanding the statements of the secretary of
agriculture, that there is today no business so safe and stable, no
business that can so readily obtain credit, no business in which in
dependence can be so quickly reached as that of farming. Men who
go into agriculture and apply their time and talent to the business
succeed almost invariably, and they succeed well. As in all other
occupations tho farmer has his troubles. Prices fluctuate and rain
doesn't always come with clock work regularity; but his sufferings
can hardly be said to be unusual. Indeed, many of the troubles
and annoyances that afflict nearly every other business man are un
known to the farmer. The farmers of Nebraska as a whole are a
standing refutation of what Mr. Morton has said, and of what has
been heard so often in the last few years.
'My hands are awfully cold," said the pretty girl, suggestively, as
they drove home from the dance.
"Why didn't you bring a muff with you?"
"I did," she snapped, but she wouldn't explain where the muff had
gone to and he has been wondering ever since just what she meant.
A NATURAL QUESTION.
Clara Mr. Castleton tried to put his arm around. my waist -last
Maude Couldn't he get it around?
A COMMON ERROR OF SPEECH.
SheI've been enjoying very poor health lately.
HeAh! Your faculty for enjoyment must
be very well