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DECEMBER 24 1903.
THE NEBRASKA INDEPENDENT SCORN OF PHARISEE Th Prophet's RicompM-Bljrbw SiFUtva cs th Sis ef Court!" j Pplrlty Cincinnati, 0., Dec. 20. At the Vine Street Congregation church, the pas tor, Herbert S. Bigelow, spoke on the Sin of Courting Popularity, taking for his text the words of Jesus:: "Woe unto you, when all men shall speak well of you; for in the same manner did their fathers to the false prophets." Mr. Bigelow said in part: The contest between Jesus and Pharisee the spirit of progress "and the conservative bias is eternally present in history. The sad life of Jesus will be of interest to mankind as long as truth is opposed by falsehood as long as the friends of freedom are badgered and bullied by the slaves of error. This story of Pharisaic oppo ' sition and intrigue typifies the whole drama of human history. For what Is history but an unending struggle between the Christ and the Pharisee; and what, to us, is the meaning of life, but the opportunity to choose between these principles in the contest, and take our stand with one or the other, with the truth that inspires, or the conservatism which clogs the onward movement of the world? A MEASURE OF VALUE. Robert Browning spoke as a prophet when he declared that he was woith tn OotLall that men ignored in him. A man's value to the world may be measured by the scorn or tne rnan sfifi. Tf accented ideas are not changed the world cannot move. All honor to the man who dreams of a finer jus tice than the law gives. Honor to those who are no mere hangers-on, hut whose heart and brain, are con tributing something to the impulses that are urging tne worm rorwara. JhK'f 7-, A-.T-Jiav.-. .m iWV -r. I J - tW ,vv. r-. 7f Tho best recommendation a man can have is that power should write him down as a pestilence and respect ahilitv snurn him as an outcast. A man may be a pestilence without being a prophet, but he cannot be a prophet without being a pestilence to tne rnar isee ' UNPOPULARITY A COMPLIMENT A man is of little value in his time if his thought is not ahead of his " time. This is another way of saying that some degree of unpopularity is a compliment of which we ought to strivn to be worthy. It is not the dead fish which floats upon the water that makes the spiay fly. But when the waves encounter the resistance of the rocks, they are lashed to foam and the cUHs resound with an angry roar. The popular man may be only a (lend fish on the tide r,f time- The storm has ever rased most furiously about the herula of those strong personalities ot history who have helm-d turn the tide of :ui man events, who have been greater than llnzs and courtiers, who have- been miuhtier than mobs and money. AN IMPERTINENT OL'KSTION. Tin? riwirtefPsJ My to the j roplu-t. 'By wht authority !oest tnou tucio thmirsi?" Mark the import Ittenre. o the question. Authority! Thh U the pas5ort which Igrorfa nd having U8urps th thron' of truth, dmiand of th-v.. who rorue with ,"i- rn'a mfif'nf. Im I hi UmI of "ih tJi-man.t of th burst Inj ai"rn by what authority U !j puhl front Its p!a and ovoitunied? Ivmh ttt hl do nuvnd of th ftodr.tlt' tiy what unthor Iff It i b ft, bruknt fttid t tnptjr, U h dtFi rlfil t? Dns lh r.'ihf if. tiun.l of the diy l what authority the Sim khim-s, m ndinn thlovi to tovrr and pnUUhlt; th ih'v U of rnxnt Yrt th Pharhee hae a!ways ibrmil It thrir prerogative to citl tt prooh t t aevount. Wlut did Jr.U ty lA the Men hn questioned his right to teach anything new? "The publicans and the harlots go into the kingdom of God before you." Who are you? he replied, in effect "You lay great store on the orthodoxy of your opinions and out ward correctness of your life. But I will tell you what you are. You are worse than the publicans and the har- ots, for they are no worse than you, and they make no pretensions." AN AMUSING SPECTACLE. It is an amusing spectacle to see present-day Pharisees pretending to hold in reverence such a scornful critic of their class? They do not see that Pharisees are Pharisees the world over, and that they do not become the friends of progress merely by fall ing down before the image of one who suffered for the sake of progress. All the world hates a hypocrite. What an inspiration there is In the character of a generous and courage ous man who thinks too little of him self to be conscious of his virtues! But when a sordid nature puts on the mask of'charity and cowardice coun terfeits courage, how we detest the sham! And we wince under the rec ollection of times when we have acted a part and played the hypocrite. RESPECTABLE CRIMINALS. The Pharisees are the respectable criminals. They talk of patriotism and public honor, they talk of respect for vested rights and of the sanctity of the courts, and admonish us to "let things be as they have ever been." They have ever been the first to oppose and the last to become re conciled to the successive steps of hu man progress. Publicans and harlots go into the kingdom of God before them. "Virtue owns a more eternal foe Than Force or Fraud; old Custom, Legal Crime And Bloody Faith, the foulest birth of time." This is Shelley's way of saying that the Pharisees are the arch enemies of progress. Custom, and not reason, is their authority; the law is their stand ard, and not justice; and their faith will condone any crime which is sanc tified by custom and protected by law. The Pharisees did not think well of Jesus because he did not share their reverence for custom; he did not bow down to whatever was respectable; and his religion was genuine It was the passion for truth and Justice and progress. The world still needs such men, and the Pharisees still hate them. A Word From Massachusetts Editor Independent: I have a word of praise for numbers date of No vember 19 and December 3 of The In dependent that is so manifestly due; I am indisposed to withhold it. These numbers of the paper are re plete with the sort of good reading which, if followed up and heeded, would make of every reader of The Independent a good citizen. And this really is the summum bonura of a newspaper. With the aim of making a good citizen left out, the newspaper easily becomes a chief evil rather than a chief good in-the family. Among the goods things I note which should not be passed lightly over, is the very interesting review of Del Mar's book, by the associate edi tor This review gives an excellent synopsis of a" broad subject, and will create a desire for a further acquaint ance with Mr. Del Mar's works. On page 9 of this number is a "whole bunch" of articles, but to the point and especially applicable to the times; as also several others through the pa per. It is a fine number, well worthy the fine subject In the forefront of the paper. Please send me 20 copies I enclose 50 cents. I want the papers to circulate as "pood cheer" for the faint-hearted. The cheering up business is about the only business not overdone In these days of lack-sliding and shiftins of belKs, Uilch has "happened" to about every othrr man we see. Though not exactly crazy, they are In a quandary of doubt and suspicion vhilo ibaoH J In the saddle. In dale of December a, the rfsins; tide of the ever-debatable tariff U s-en coming to the front imaln fr d Im uhhIoh, The yrfirs pws and leave mt and wo ( thftu no nvr., hut U. mysthal cM tnrlfi miration lUnrpio' cht In pul-iliiS-Hpyrr confronts uh. ".Haunt ntul qsit tnr .ht. Thy lon Rro ii;!irrok:M, thy blood I i coM i. ,ii nt a using vi tuiiom in no ot un it spoil th iMiire of tho lime rtir'.tl iihhMtx, hentvl" ! d"t think there N any tail, how ?vrr, for old riinipalgiH r with Vou vUtlon" to totter and fUnt by th wayside Jut U 'an our kh! friend, IV 1 1 Art, Ijiwrarue, and em other of the guild lave be om tailff 4un- gers." But they do seem to have "clear gone" daft, as I view their conclu sions. This, same old "robber tariff" is now, with honeyed words being ca ressingly evangelized and baptized un der the name of "patriotism ergo -"love of tariff signifies love of country. A new wrinkle for a man to learn that has not got his old lesson o n the subject learned yet. Well, well, the world "do move" but which way? - I have not yet been converted to believe in a high tariff scheme. I be lieve the so-called benefits are too fluctuating and temporary. I belice the evils flowing from it , in the end, are greater than the good. When I see laws on the statute books to pre vent and remove the intolerable diffi culties and the intolerable conditions which beset a high tariff, enforced against its "vices" I may then have more faith in its virtues. The higher the tariff other things equal the more rank the evils from It grow, and the more impossible to pre vent unequal distribution. It is a spur in itself of unconscionable lust stimulating greed which grows be yond control by what it feeds upon. . It is a loaded dice for chicanery and corruption. It has been proved, time and time again, impossible to hold it amenable to the, law. If this is said, out loud, you are pointed in a sort of perfunctory way to some perfunctory old statute which is said to do this. But such laws are not for "captains of industry" to obey. They never "hold their priming" for a shot against the money power. These laws read to the layman as powerful' as "columblads" that will, in their effectiveness, sweep the "go as you please" "captains" in prison like so much chaff; but they never do. As construed, when, tested, they seem to be as full of sieve holes as the devil's catechism, only affording a fine "cover" for exploiting the old fly blown policy of "words without deeds" mere effigies of justice with which to cajole and blind the common people. "This is a competitive world," says one, " and there can't be any "help for it. No, there cannot be any help, from man, for it, so long as man balks at doing his duty. "Duty and des tiny" are used as interchangeable "chips" by rulers in their big bunco game, of robbing each other, and will continue to be, so long as the people bow to It and say Amen. "Each citizen is not only for him self, but each nation must be for it self, or die," says, one expounder of the doctrine, of inexorable fate. In this we have protection in "full bloom" protection of goods and in cidentally I take it of man. This means, man "is to die" not so much for himself as for his "goods!" As man don't take these goods into the world beyond it must leave him pretty poor over in the "hereafter." If Rockefeller would teach that in' his Sunday school -he might do some good. , Competition like that o beasts should be abhorrent to the sense of every man endowed with reason today. That it is not so, makes of this wcrld a world of carnage and beast ly strife. That it will not always be so, is my constant and "happy faith" to believe. But "men and brethren" we must stand staunch and not only talk right but "vote 'er right" to bring it to pass. FRANCIS KEYES. Longmeadow, Mass. Join the Old Guard of Populism. American Co-operation The Co-operative Association of America, having headquarters at Lew iston, Me., and with Hon. Bradford Peck at its head, some time ago mi.j gested that a national convention of American co-operators be lul l at Fa neviil Hall Boston, on January 12 and 13, 1901, for the purpose of ostabllidi- Ing a co-operative exrhange, a sort of clearing house for the Co-operative Association of America, with U.h head office In Boston and branch ix thangts In all parts of the world. ThU exchange Invltea nil sort of -i -operallve Multilist to "join and lulp support and tarry forward by or ganization a TRUST that will unite by combining the mean of prodnr-tio-i and distribution and than evolve n l;il order and tru dnuovrney In the co-operative lonuuoa wealth." In other words, this movement ha tl.o am ultimate alta m other oclallstl! movements, but differ In that It neeka to usher In th co-op ratlv common, wealth by voluntary a.4o latlon, Jr. tMd of watching It hatch out of the cr of pniotit condition, m (lay lord WHshlre and other MK-latUta germ to expnt, Those who Uned lh mil for this convention om time go are now Jn rited to vote for nine members to con stitute a comm'ttee on arrangements. The Co-operative Association of America, as first signers of the call, have placed in nomination the follow ing gentlemen to cOustituie .u. com mittee; Bradford Peck, Rev. Hiram Vrooman, Ralph Albertson, B. O. Flower, Geo. F, Washburn, Geo. E. Littlefield, L. Pennamacoor, Theodore Atworth, and Alonzo Wardall. They will doubtless be elected without opposition. Readers of The Independent who are members of any co-operative as sociation, or are interested in the pro posed program, should write the chairman, Hon. Bradford Peck, at Lewiston, Me., for further particulars. REAL ESTflTI LAND FOU 8ALK Farms and cattle ranches for sale in the pretty valley of the South Loup river. Close to R. R., good soil, and water; at $5 an acre up. If you want a bargain write to R. E. Brega, Cal laway, Neb. FAHMEKS, ATTENTION. Do vou wish to sell your farm? If so, send full description, lowest price and best terms, or, u you wisn 10 buy a farm, ranch or Lincoln home. write to or call on Williams & urau. 1105 0,st., Lincoln, Neb. LOGAN COL'NTV RANCH SCO acres deeded, 1,280 school lease, free range for 500 cattle, cuts 500 tons of hay, fine grove, running water,, good corn and alfalfa land, usual ranch improvements, 6 miles from county seat, 100 good cattle, a few horses and hoga with hay and grain to winter. Fricc f 10,000 half cas.h, balance time with some trade. G. L. Laws, Ameri can Savings Bank bldg., Lincoln, Neb. INVKSTMKNT THAT FAYS 10 FEB CENT A splendid ranch In central Nebras ka, worth $10,000; leased for . $1,000 ncr vear cash: lease runs two years from first of next May. Cuts 1,000 tons of hay per year; pastures 2,000 neaa. nf stork: 300 acres of choice alfalfa land. Buildings to shelter 300 head of stock; thorough water system. Ev erything required on an Ideal ranch. For sale or will exchange for choice income property. Weber & Farris, Lincoln, Neb. ALFALFA 1IOTTOM LAND -$18.50 FEIl ACKK 1,050 acres' of deeded land, nearly all choice Republican river ' valley land; Republican river forms north boundary of farm. Some alfalfa now growing which is a living witness that the land is well adopted to the plant; also very fine sugar beets raised on the land this season. Large two-story, 8-room house, three tenant houbes; three wells and wind mil's, barns, cribs and everything needed on an ideal farm; 350 acres in high state of cultivation; abundance of choicest meadow land. Owner has lease on one school section joining this that he will assign to the buyer of the deeded land. Land located only 54 miles from splendid railroad town on the main line of the B. & M. railroad. Terms, half cash and time on balance it desired. Price $12.50 per acre for the deeded land. There is a fortune in this body of land for any man who can hantlle it; land Increasing rapid ly In value every year and the annual rents will show a large per cent of Interest on the Investment. Weber & Farris. Lincoln. Neb. A. I). KITCHEN. Real Estate and Rental Agency, 1222 O St., Lincoln. Neb. FARMS WANTED. If you want to buy a farm, or If you want to sell a farm. me. I have several buyer who want to buy. LIU your farms with me. Ifomeseekers; Attention. roil SALE: Far ma, ranche, Una homo In city and country. Alfalfa lands in th fertile valley of the Platte. I'ino winter wheat country; sheep and ca'tle ranches; hny snd corn In abundance. Stato Normal 5chool now building in Kftrnoy; cxl p!cn to tdueate your children. Rich cetry firm alng the Platta river. One tine hartraint'JU) acre only 2 ruilM from market; in l'latt0 val If j, ail good alfalfa land JOaerei plowrdj good imfrnvttneoU; llnil; pric II.'JUO, part on tint. Qver '20 other bargalna; wo can ftuit you. Call on or write to Hand & Clay pool, Kearney, Ntb. Write a postal to C, Q. D Franc, Lincoln, Neb., for prmpoctu of "Ta OU Guard if lopultnm."