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Good republicans find much cause for satisfaction in the platform
adopted by the state convention. The element of the party that
wanted a populist declaration on the money question was not able
to make any showing at all. Aggressive republican spirit prevailed,
and the republican party in Nebraska remained true to its honest
convictions and consistent with its established policy. There isn't
any populist twang about the following: "The republican party of
Nebraska has always been the consistent friend and aggressive
champion of honest money, and it now takes no step backward.
While we favor bi-metallism, and demand the ubo of both gold and
silver standard money, we insist that the parity of the value of the
two metals be maintained, so that every dollar, paper or coin, issued
by the government shall be good as any other."
G. M. Lambertson has, from the time when there was a disposition
to place the republican state league on record as in favor of the free
Joinage of silver, been a persistent antagonist of this idea. He, with
Judge Field, was present at the league meeting prepared to fight
any such proposition to the bitter end, and he went to the state con
vention for the same purpose, and he takes lasting satisfaction in the
reBult of his endeavors at Omaha. He succeeded in having his
own financial plank adopted without a dissenting vote. And
much credit is due Mr. Lambertson for the sound platform on which
the party will go into the fall's campaign.
Mr. A. K- Andriano of Omaha superintendent the mercantile
reporting department of Snow, Church & Co., writes of the business
situation for The Courier as follows: "There ia little change in
the business situation, although my reports from the
east indicate that the result of tariff legislation
is becoming very evident. There seems to be a
changed aspect of business'in all lines and the tone iB decidedly
firmer and more hopeful. Securities on the stock exchange, both at
New York and abroad, are showing very firm and the indications
for a rise in American stocks are very good. Locally, of course,
affairs are rather depressed, owing to the crop failure and the pros
pects tor a fall and winter trade. Retailers and wholesalers are
already becoming accustomed to this view, accommodating them
selves to circumstances; They have become accustomed to economy
and their expenses are so reduced now that they can view the
prospect of a light trade with less fear of loss than ever before.
"An important feature of the situation is the high price of feed
stuff of all classes. Since the failute in corn and its remarkable
rise, all classes of cattle food have gone up in price; with the
partial failure of hay, this crop is somewhat scarce and selling at
10 and $11 a ton; chop feed is in high demand and farmers are
even crushing wheat for food, finding the same cheaper than corn.
A thing unprecedented heretofore, is the use of low grade flour for
cattle food. All the mills in this part of the country and as far
east as Illinois are running at full capacity and barely able to sup
ply the demand for low grade flour; of course, this condition cannot
last for any length of time without increasing the price of both
cattle andhogs. The fact of the matter is, farmers are shipping
their stock io market in great bunches and this high priced feeding
can only continue for a short time. It is consoling to know that
local jobbers are getting some slight benefit out of the depressed
conditions which prevail.
"The small merchants who have ordered quite heavily in the east,
early in the season, have, with few exceptions, countermanded their
orders whenever possible and will, during the fall and 'winter,
depend upon Omaha and Lincoln houses to supply their demands,
from time to time as consumption warrants. This will bring many
customers to these centers, who have heretofore purchased in the
east, and is a very acceptable grain of consolation for the light trade
which will prevail.
"There is the usual run in business in staple lines but dealers
in luxuries complain of very dull trade. The demand is principally
for cheap and medium grade goods and the high priced articles do
not find a ready market at present.''
The metropolitan millionaires wouid like awfully well to hear that
the president had vetoed the tariff bill carrying the income tax
rider. Still, as they have considerable time to saVe up small change
enough to meet this additional charge for being on the earth, they
can economize or follow the Aster example of living in England.
Some figurers are already at work ciphering out what some of these
unfortunate people will have to shell out to help keep the country
from going to the demnition-bow-wows. Uncle Sam's choicest victim
is William Waldorf Astor, who will contribute about 3152,225. But
as his income is in the neighborhood of 810,000,000 he will not be
forced to negotiate a loan. Russel Sage and the Jay Gould estate are
next on the list. Then come the Vanderbilts, Flagler, Tiffany, C. P.
Huntington, Rockefeller, the Goelets, Gerrys, Havermeyers, and
over a hundred others whose wealth runs from $2,000,000 up to $125,
000,000. Andrew Carnegie is down on the list as being worth $20,
000,000. and his annual income is put at $1,000,000, which will force
him to pay tribute in the sum of $20,000. A good many ladies will
have to cut down their pin money, too, providing the legislation be
comes a law. Thirty-eight fair possessors of fortunes ranging from
$40,000,000 down to $2,500,000 have been named among the heavy
taxables. Among them are two Countesses, two Duchesses and one
Lady. If Hetty Green doesn't succeed in keeping out of the tax
gatherer's clutches she will be forced to plank down $40,000 annually.
It will cost Mrs. Bradley Martin. Mrs. Anson Phelps Stocks, de
mentia Furniss and Sophia R. Furniss about $10,000 each if the bill
goes on the statue books.
It will only be a few days now till Manager Frank C. Zehrung
will throw open the "rejuvenated"' Funke that is the word he
uses with all its cheurbs and pink angels to the profane gaze
of the public. Mr. Zehrung has made of the' old opera house
what Frank Polk calls a "symposium of beauty and harmony."
Everything, from the rejuvenated whisker of the great man
who wrote Sir Francis Bacon's plays, to the legs- of the opera
chairs will be in exquisite good taste. No catyclsm of color will
shock the spectator's eye. Everything will be subdued. Even the
bass viol in the orchestra will be wrapped in silk. Mr. Zehrung's
white and gold opera house will be a daisy, and no mistake.
Robert G. Ingersoll recently wrote an article on suicide, being
a defense of self murder. Colonel Ingersoll said in part;
"Under many circumstances a man has the right to kill himself.
When life is of no value to him, when he can bo of no real assistance
to others, why should a man continue? When he is of no benefit,
when ho is a burden to those he loves, why should he remain? The
old idea was that 'God' made us and placed us here for a purpose
and that it was our duty to remain until He called us. The world
is outgrowing this absurdity. What pleasure can it give 'God' to
see a man devoured by a cancer? To see the quivering flesh slowly
eaten? To see the nerves throbbing wtth pain? Is this a festival
for 'God?' Why should the poor wretch stay and suffer? A little
morphine would give him sleep the agony would be forgotten, and
he would pass unconsciously from happy dreams to painless death.
If 'God' determines all births and deaths, of what use is medicine,
and why should doctors defy, with pills and powders, the decrees of
'God?' No one, except a few insane, act now according to this
childish superstition. Why should a man, surrounded by flames, in
the midst of a burning building, from which there is no escape
hesitate to put a bullet through his brain or a dagger in his heart?
Would it give 'God' pleasure to see him burn? When did man
loose the right of self-defense? So, when a man has committed
some awful crime, why should he stay and ruin his family and
friends? Why should he add to the injury? Why should he live,
filling his days and nights, and the days and nights of others, with
grief and pain, with agony and tears? Why should a man sentenced
to imprisoament for life hesitate to still his heart? The grave is
better than the cell. Sleep is sweeter than the ache of toil. The
dead have no masters. So the poor girl, betrayed and deserted, the
door of home closed against her, the faces of friends averted, no
hand that will help, no eye that will 6often with pity, the future
an abyss filled with monstrous shapes of dread and fear, her mind
racked by fragments of thoughts like clouds broken by storm, pur
sued, surrounded by the serpents of remorse, flying from horrors too
great to bear, rushes with joy through the welcome door of death.
Undoubtedly there are many cases of perfectly justifiable suicide
cases in which not to end life would be a mistake, sometimes almost
a crime. Sometimes I have wondered that Christians denounce the
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