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VOI. 9. No. 36.
LINCOLN, NEB., SATURDAY, AUGUST 25, 1894.
PRICE FIVE CENTS.
Lincoln has fared first rate in the
way of political consideration and
favor this year. In Judge Strode,
the republican nominee for congress
man, and R. E. Moore, nominated at
the republican state convention for
lieutenant covernor. this city has
two strong representatives on the republican ticket. In both cases
election is sure, as sure as anything can be in politics.
The republican state convention held in Omaha Wednesday
brought out the biggest political sensation Nebraska has seen in
many a day, viz: the desertion of the old ship by the Pilot, the resig
nation of Mr. Rosewater from the national republican convention,
and the issuance by him of a note of defiance that is generally accept
ed among republicans as meaning that the Bee in the future will be
a free lance, more so than ever before, and that it will not be a re
publican newspaper. If Mr. Rosewater exacted that hisletter would
produce any regret among the delegates or causo anything like a
reaction in his favor the result must have been terribly disappoint
ing. The scene that followed the reading of his letter has never
had a parallel in any republican a" ate convention in Nebraska. The
suspended sword had descended, to be caught by those whom it
threatened and hurled into space. Probably three-fourths of the
delegates were animated by an intense hatred of Mr. Rosewater and
his methods, and they were almost beside themselves with joy and
excitement when the announcement of his retirement was made.
Shouts of derision filled the air, men climbed on chairs and waved
their hats and yelled until they dropped back exhausted; there was
a tumult of excited joy lasting for a considerable length of time; and
delegates who were not Majors men before became enthusiastic for
the nominee of the party. The course of Mr. Rosewater, after the
nomination had been made, and throughout the whole ante conven
tion campaign, was regarded as inexcusably bitter and the effect
was to strengthen Mr. Majors within republican lines. Persecution
often arouses sympathy for its victim. The continued hostility of
the Bee will serve to draw republican lines closer and closer, and it
may make votes for the candidate for governor.
What manner of man is this E. Rosewater who presumes so much
and essays such a lofty character? Let us stop and consider this
matter a little. A good many years ago a little handbill was started
in Omaha that has grown into the present Bee. The paper has been
conspicuously successful. It has grown steadily and prospered and
made Mr. Rosewater a rich man. Early in his journalistic career
Mr. Rosewater decided that the chief end of a newspaper is to make
money, and he has never, at any time since the Bee was started, been
actuated by any other motive than a desire to make money and to
vent his spite against those persons who have been so unfortunate
as to fall under his displeasure. Tho Bee has often assumed a moral
role, and preached reforms; but nobody has taken the trouble to con
tend that the editor was inspired by any higher motive than that
which stirs the money getter. Business has dictated every policy
pursued by tho Bee. Business has been the rule by which every
departure has been measured. Parties and men havo been shame
fully abused. Good men have been maligned and persecuted; worthy
enterprises have been attacked; bad men have been applauded and
assisted and nefarious schemes havo been furthered; also much real
good has been done by the Bee; enterprises that are of benefit to
the state and the people have been encouraged, reforms have been
advocated; some upright men have been upheld; but in it all and
through it all Mr. Rosewater has never deluded himself with the
idea that conscience was playing any part in his manouverings. Mr.
Rosewater is in the business of publishing a newspaper, and his pur
pose is and always has been to sell papers because that puts money
into his pocket. He has pursued a guerilla policy for the reason that
he knows such a policy attracts readers. He has tried to make the
Bee a newspaper that people want to see, ana he has succeeded,
though his methods have in some instances been despicable. Mr.
Rosewater, who prates so glibly of corporate corruption, has not
hesitated to make the corporations pay tribute to him when he could.
Mr. Rosewater, who talks of patriotism and fidelity and nobility of
purpose and honesty is himself guided by none of these things. 'He
is looking out for himself and the Bee, and if he thinks he can ad
vance his interests in any way by supporting a man like ex-Judge
Maxwell or attacking men like L. D. Richards and T.J. Majors, he
doesso influenced by uo consideration save personal profit or satisfac
tion. The public generally has learned a good deal of the character
of Mr. Rosewater and his antics, such as his present bolt, have ceased
to beregarded in a very serious light.
Dave Mercer was renominated for congress Monday. Dave, who
is quite as lucky as Dick Berlin, has made a good congressman, and
his friends, and they are to be found all over the state, are pleased to
note his progress.
The most versatile politician in Nebraska it is hardly necessary
after this qualifying phase to refer to the Nemaha county republican
by name came down on his feet with a most edifying and truly
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