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Tretty soon the rallrouds will be or
ganizing J winter health excursions to
Omaha, "v
We are not so sure that the publicity
Oiuaba acquires as the national head
quarters of (he socialist purty Is the
kind that helps rather than hurts.
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Colonel Bryan's present stay In Lln
colu is to be short But Colonel Bryan
fill continues to be the most effective
advertising agent for the capital city.
Bouth pmaha democrats are blessed
with a superabundance of mayoralty jna
torlul. Viewed at long range, they re
mind us of the ten little Indians sitting
on a fence.
! . The czar of Russia can at-least count
upon having all the newspapers of bla
i " ...
4 country with him on almost anr anhlwt
,'Tls easier to agree with him than to sus
pend publication. ,
To Judge from current press dls-
patches, Germany will do a little civilis
ing on Its own hook in South Africa,
Two natives tribea la German territory
are on the warpath. '
' San Domingo should revise its election
laws. This thing of defeated candl
dates resuming the campaign before the
successful contestant can be installed is
.wearing upon the cables. t .
" After trying coercive measures Turkey
has finally concluded that the best way
to deal with troops In mutiny for wages
is to pay them. There is nothing like
striking at the root of the evil. .
Sunday public dances are not a neces
sary of life to the community. The
people who patronize the Sunday dances,
however, are not likely to be found iu
the churches when the dance balls are
closed. "
Omaha ought to have' a brisk build
ing season ahead of it. The demand for
new stores, warehouses and dwellings
is here, and good returns are Insured
to the capitalists who volunteer, to sup
ply them. . .
', s
yTfce elevation of Cardinal Sarto to the
papal chair seems to be having the re
sult of adding some healthy . peasant
.blood to the higher circles of Italy. One
of his nieces is to marry a rich landed
If the council, sitting as Board ot
Equalization, will do business on a busi
ness basis, the municipal tax roll will
not suffer the usual shrinkage that at
tacks it while It sojourns In 'the pres
ence and control of that body.
Now that the Cfclcjigo police have or
ganized to protect themselves from the
criminal classes, it Is to' he hoped some
effort will be made to protect the ordi
nary visitor to that city from the same
ever-present gentry.
The Missouri bank robbers .who fled to
Kansas should have hesitated before fly
tng In the fuce of history. They might
have known that capture was inevitable.
A Missouri bandit waa never given half
a chance across the Hue.
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If Milwaukee should relieve lis of
Fearse, we will try none-the-less to
manage In some way to keep the doors
Of our public schools 0en and provide a
proper education for the boys and girls
cf Omaha who are io be )ts men and
women some day.
General Manager Bancroft will con
tinue to reside at Salt Lake City and
I clon 1'aclAc headquarters will remain
at Omaha, but the Union raciUc head
quHrUrs building will either have to be
ft bull at an early day or make way for
a new office building that will satisfy
the requirements of the great transcon
tinental without endangering the lives of
the t'illcera and employes who occupy it
It Is probable that the present congress
will be called upon to considers, proposl
tlon for creating a naval general staff, tlie
matter baring been freely discussed la
naval clreMes. It wn"s referred to In the
iihvj, who wnue matins; do spccine
recommendation In regard to it, still Indi
cated that the proposition had his ap
proval. He pointed out that such a
staff should te '"responsible for the
ettlclency of the vessels afloat, and the
personnel of the navy, collect and digest
military Information upon which plans
for active operations may be formulated
and act as the military advisor of the
secretary, having no authority except
such as maybe conferred upon it from
time to time by the secretary.
Such a plan has been formulated by
Hear Admiral Taylor, chief of the Bu
reau of Navigation, and is said to have
the approval of a considerable number
of naval officers. Including Admiral
l)ewey. There is, however, a ' strong
opposition to the general staff proposi
tion. Assistant Secretary of tho Navy
Darling has expressed the belief that
it would be exceedingly unwise to aban
don the present methods of administra
tion in the navy and embark on some
thing new. He is opposed to cutting
up by the roots the present system that
obtains in the navy yards, in the bureaus
and in the service generally. He thinks
that the best results are to be obtained
by making inprovements here and there
as the1 need for them appears in the
current work and that this will be found
better and safer than completely over
turning the established order of things
and putting a new system into effect
It is more than probable that con
gress will take this view of the matter,
slrice it appears to be in c,cord with
that of a number of naval officers, pax-
tlcnlnfly those' not' on duty in Wash
ington. There is certainly no such de
mnnd for a naval general staff, as there
was for a general staff for the army
and as the naval establishment appears
to be running smoothly under existing
conditions of administration there mnni-
there Is no good reason for any radical
change. - , -
Democrats and republicans hostile to
President Roosevelt who aro hoping to
get any aid from Senator Hanna nre
doomed to disappointment There has
not been a single Instance of unfairness
or Insincerity on the part of Mr. llanna
since he became identified with national
politics and he will not mar this record
now. .He has always been candid and
straightforward and will continue to be,
Mr. Hanna has repeatedly declared that
he is not a candidate Sor the presides
tlal nomination and be means it lie
will undoubtedly, control the Ohio dele
gation to the national convention and
there could be no safer prediction than
that it will cast its vote for Theodore
Roosevelt. . .7
In a late Interview Senator Scott of
West Virginia, who is a member of the
republican national committee, said
"All of this talk alleging unworthy mo
tives to Senator Hanna is absolutely
without foundation and is designed only
to endeavor to make a breach between
the president and Senator Hanna and
to embarrass tbt national committee.')
There is nothing In the course of the
distinguished Ohio republican leader to
warrant the belief professed by some
that he is unfriendly to Mr. Roosevelt.
On the contrary there is every reason to
believe that he is in full accord with
the desires of the great majority of re
publicans for the : nomination of the
president and will give him earnest sup
port at Chicago. Democrats and dis
gruntled republicans will get no help
from Senator Hannn-
Existing conditions In Russia are such
that In the event of war the govern
ment may have serious trouble at home
and It is by no means Improbable that
this has something to do with the posl
tion of the czur and his conservative ad
vlsers. It la well known that the la
boring classes of Russia are all but lit ,a
state of revolt As a writer on the sub
ject "observes, the Inarticulate- mutter
ings of long years of bard' treatment
and oppression have now become very,
clear and loud speech. The day laborer,
as well as the factory and mill hand, Is
Indignant at his wrongs. The more in
telllgent of the Russian proletariat read
lnfluniuiable literature and discuss
among themselves their wrongs, and the
bolder spirits even assist in dlssemlna
ting the literature Intended to incite revo
It is from those classes a large part
of the army la recruited. The Russian
soldier Is told among many other things
that he la bound to shed his last drop of
blood not only for his colors but for
his cxar and for every member of the
royal family. He remembers the kind
of talk he used to hear among his
companions before bis conscription and
the authority of the statements about
the, czar soon fades and vanishes alto
gether. The rest of the soldiery la made
up of the conscripts from the agrlcul
tural districts and these are dull and
slavish and have nothing- but ddglik
loyalty and fidelity for the czar.' But it
is said tke leaven of the other portion i
spreading even among this class. Then
there are the roles. An attempt is being
made to Russianize them, but whenever
opportunity offers they still sing their
patriotic songs and are still secretly
raising funds in the hope of having an
other chance to attempt to rid them
selves of Russian control. It is be
lieved that if war colnes between Japan
and Russia the Pole will prove a very
troublesome element.
It Is pointed out that with a dlssatiS'
fled proletariat, a soldiery unenthuslas-
tic, to say the least and the irrepressi
bly patriotic roles, are reasons enough
for Russia to abstain from war.' I'a
triotlsm, tas it Is understood by most
other peoples, is not a -marked charac
teristic of Aie people of ItusbU. While,
for inxtance, the Japanese are manifest
ing the strongest patriotic' feeling and
the government is being offered millions
money for war purposes, there Is
nothing of this kind In Russia, or If so)
the world is not informed of it. The
impoverished. Oppressed and ignorant
Russian proletariat are incapable of ex
periencing the emotion which thrills and
Inspires the people of other lands when
their country is menaced " with war,
while among a large eloment of the bet
ter class there prevails a deep feeling
of protest against the political system.
This is shown in the revolutionary spirit
that is manifesting Itself among the
students, from whom there might be
expected some exhibition of patriotic
feeling at this time?. It is evident that
the Russian government has I almost as
much to fear from the disaffection of its
people as from war, the effect of which
would not be to decrease this disaffec
tion but rather to aggravate and In
tensify it, since war would Inevitably
Increase the already heavy burden upon
the people.
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The promoters of the scheme to dis
figure our streets still further with hide
ous .advertisements under pretenso of
furnishing street signs at the corners
ro persistent In their quest for the
profits they see for themselves In their
public-spirited proposition. Tills scheme
has been turned down so often by suc
cessive city councils that It ought not
to stand now upon the order of its gokig.
lie city only last year went to consld-
nible expense to have the streets prop
erly labeled and the signs now in pluce
are serving their purpose better than
would those which the proposed adver
tising boards would supply. But it is
not a question of money paid to or saved
by tht- city which would be a bagatelle
anyway but of handing over to private
individuals for their own benefit the
privilege not only of renting out space
on tho streets, -but of making our city
look like a crude country village. The
effort of the city authorities should De to
improve the appearance of Omaha and
to bring it up to the metropolitan scale.
The representatives of the Real Estate
exchange are right in protesting against
the proposed advertising street sign or
dinance and the council ought to heed
their, protest because It aHso voices the
sentiments of the great body of Omaha's
taxpaying citizens.
no r ACTIOS AL clcbs MCMDSD.
The organization of a Roosevelt club
composed exclusively of members of one
faction will not commend itself to res
ident Roosevelt or any republican
who desires the success of the party in
the Impending national campaign. There
is nothing in the makeup of Theodore
Roosevelt that would Justify anybody in
the belief that he would favor, or coun
tenance' factional party clubs even
where they are organized In the open,
Tho natural tendency of factional clubs
and especially of clubs begotten by tr
reconcllables, is to disorganize the party
by sowing the seed of dissension In Its
The republicans of Douglas county
nre, we feel sure, In no frame, of mind
to encourage any. movement that has
for its palpable object the reopening of
old sores and the splitting up of the
party by dark-lantern cabals flaunting
the flag of Roosevelt The organisation
ot a central Roosevelt club, or a Roose
velt and Webster club, would be em
inently proper, but before such a club
is organized ample notice should be
given through the press of the time and
place of 'organization and all repub
licans, regardless of factional affiliations,
should be given an opportunity to pur
tlcipue on an equal Tooting.
Minnesota republicans are said to be
perplexed by the call of the republican
national committee, that requires dele
gates to the natlo'nal convention ' from
congressional districts to be chosen In
district conventions, while in Minnesota
nominations of congressmen are inado
by direct vote and district conventions
have been abandoned. There is really
nothing in the call of the national com
mittee to perplex the republicans of any
statu that has done away with ' noml
noting conventions. It is perfectly safe
for them t5 select their district dele
gates by direct vote, Just as they do their
congressmen. The seats of delegates
thus elected are not likely to be ron
tested, since nobody will be able to pro-
sent better credentials.
All eyes this week will be turned to
ward Indianapolis, where the coal
miners' union will be in session. This
Industry mpre than any other In the
United States more generally affects
every citizen, and upon the result of the
convention will depend in a great meas
ure the cost of fuel for the coming year.
It is strange that an advance of 10 cents
a ton In the cost of mining coal should
grow Into five times that amount before
the product reaches the consumer, yet
this has been the inevitable result lu the
past. .
It has taken the United States some
time to realise that a treaty with the
Indians Is unnecessary as a preliminary
to throwing Indian land open to. settle
ment But it may have the good ef
feet of reuderlng It unnecessary in the
future to breuk those treaties, as has
been regularly done In the past.
merely opens a shorter way to the same
State sovereignty gets. a severe Jolt
from Senator Bailey of Texas, who de
clares he will not vote for the ranama
treaty at tha behest of anyone this,
prolMibly, with a view to the Mississippi
situation, where the state legislature ha
undertaken to issue Instructions to it
senators.' s
t u
The order issued barring federal office
holders from being delegates to the na
tlonal republican convention from Texa
might with equal propriety be adopted In
all of the states. It is general! sup-
posed that the time of federal office
holders, belongs to the public. ..
Alaa aad Alack.
8t. louls Qlohe-Democrat
A man who brewed beer that he never
claimed made Milwaukee famous has
ust died and left HO.OOO.onO. We Can't all
have fame, nor, alaa, the other, either.
Like a Sure Thamb.
Chleasf Chronicle. ,
The democrats cannot lose Mr. Bryah.
Like a sore thumb, he Is always on hand
at committee meeUng-s and conventions. A
professional candidate with no other visi
ble means of support will naturally stay
In the business aa long- as possible.
t What Socialism Does.
Philadelphia Ledger.
The public debt of- Australia already
mounts to $278 for every man, woman and
child In the country; the national debt of
the Vnlted States is but til per capita. So
cialism robs the country, loada future gen
erations and beggars the present popula
tion. " . .
Now Comes the Tw of War.
Boston Transcript,
The democratic national committee, hav
ing passed tip Chicago out of regard to
the Hearst spook, has fixed upon St. Louis,
only to find that the dates It wants have
been preoccupied by the National Educa
tional association. It Is noir requesting the
pedagogues to "g'wan."
Cheapening the Prl e of Votes.
Indianapolis News.
The announcement that certain aldermen
have been arrested in Milwaukee, charged
with selling their votes for three tons of
coal, comes with considerable of a shock.
Now, three tons of coal, even if It be an
thracite, could not'be worth more than $26,
delivered in sacks, and the fact that the
rotes of aldermen are quoted at such a
figure shows the terrible demoralization of
the grafting craft. As far as we have
heard, this Is the lowest stage to which
prices have fallen for votes actually de
livered, bun In spite of this fact, the signs
are not wanting to show a decided down
ward tendency of the market. At this
rate the best grafters In the country will
be unable to keep their families in com
fort, not to mention the luxury to which
they are accustomed, and still at the same
time set 'em up frequently and liberally to
the boys as the ethics and Interests of the
craft require. It Is high time that a halt
should be called.
Valldlty of Pare Food Laws.
Philadelphia Record.
In a decision handed down on Monday
last by the Untied States supreme court
the a-alldlty of the "pure food" law bf New
York was upheld against tha plea that
the suppression of trafflo In adulterated
products by a state was a regulation of
interstate and foreign commerce, and,
therefore, an Invasion of , the exclusive
Jurisdiction of the federal congress over
such trade. The decision Is in accord with
the principle long established that the
enactment and enforcement .of laws for
the inspection and condemnation on sanl
tary grounds of commodities offered for
sale constitute a proper exercise of the po
Hoe powers .with ' which the slates are
clothed. Whether , artloles dangerous or
assumed to be-dangerous to the public
health be of domestic origin, or come from
another state, or, be. Imported from a for
eign country, the right of the state au
thorities to 'forb)l ,(Je sale thereof Is: the
same. To have ruled otherwise would have
been to deprive tUievatata of 'the means to
protect its citizens ,fcpm Injury by delete
rious food products.
Kearney Democrat? Invitations to the
Bryan banquet at ' Lincoln next. Monday
night include everybody but democrats.
Fremont Tribune: A renewed effort is to
be made to have Mr. Bummers bounced
from the office of 'United States district
attorney. The Tribune long ago assented
to the proposition because of his part In
gold-brlcklng Oovernor Savage in the Bart-
ley pardon and not because ha brought
Senator Dietrich into court.
Norfolk Press: Wayne county will pre
sent the name of Hon. John R. Manning to
the republican state convention as a can
dldato for nomination for land commls
sloner. The writer has known Mr. Man
ning for a good many years and con truth
fully say that he would be a candidate
worthy in every respect of the honor, and
if chosen would make a state officer of
whom Nebraska could be proud.
Wausa Gasette: It is rumored that our
fusion friends in this congressional district
are planning to trot out Judge Loomls of
Fremont, this fall as a rival of our own
J. J. McCarthy for congressional honors-
Judge Loomls is in all respects a worthy
man, but so was 'John Robinson. The
voters in this' district want to be repre
sented In congress by a republics if. They
so most emphatically declared themselves
In 1902 and will do so again this- falL Mc
Carthy should be re-elected, and will be.
Beatrice Bun:' The talk of naming the
candidate for the United States senate in a
state convention, is simply rot. It will have
no binding force upon the legislature and
will la msrfy ways embarrass the candl
date. Home years ago, the people were
permitted to express their preference for
senator at the general election, but - the
man who received the most votes was not
tha man who was elected when the legis
lature took a whack at it. The only sen
sible way of electing senators is by a direct
vote of tho people, the same as other offi
cers are elected.
Norfolk News: . What has become of
those Nebraska coal mines and oil wells
discovered last year that were to prove of
uc'u material benefit to the people of the
state? They have probably gone the road
of all similar reputed discoveries, and
there will be nothing for the people to do
but to await a new grist of rumors lo
order to experience that exhilarating feel
ing of having their hopes raised to be grad
ually quieted later on by a letting up of
the reports from the well's mouth until
tha story Is finally forgotten.
Wausa Gazette: Representative Burgess
of Lincoln li a candidate for chairman of
the republican central committee. Harry
Lindsay, who has satisfactorily filled 4hat
position of trust for a number of years
would probably be reelected by acclamation
If he were willing to accept, but he is said
to have something better in sight and -may
refuse to serve. We have the honor of a
personal acquaintance with Mr. Burgess,
and should be pleased to see him elected to
the position he covets. He Is an enterpris
ing and aggressive young man and would
take hold of the work with a will.
Albion News:v The News hopes the state
central committee will provide for, the
nomination of a United States senator at
the fctate convention. While we admit it
la not the most difficult thing in the world
to manipulate a state convention we be
lleve the present temper of Nebraska re
pubUcans la such that it will be reasonably
safe to leave th selection of a senator to
the convention to be called this spring.
We believe the rank and file of the re
publican party are convinced by this time
that It Is time for those who have been
engineering things for some time past to
take a much needed rest. Five or six hun
dred representative men from every county
in the state should be able to select a man
of proper caliber for a United Slates sen
Cnrrent Gossip) Gleaned! from tha
Army aad avy ResMster.
In connection with the consideration ef
the plan of promotion by selection some
attention has been given to the so-called
efficiency reports which are now part of
the record of the adjutant general's office.
These reports theoretically furnish unfall
ng record f the achievement of officers
and provide a means of making compar
isons of merit Much complaint, however,
has been made against these reports, since.
necessarily, they must coma from numerous
sources without the advantnges of uni
formity of marking. It will be a difficult
matter to establish a standard which will
be appreciated by the officers who make the
comments, and as long a the efficiency re
ports are complied with in the present
fashion It Is pointed out that they are
hardly likely to have any special value.
They . sometimes serve a useful purpose
In ascertaining what the officer has been
tdotng, but when It comes to establishing
relative -ability of individuals or making
comparison of duty rendered, these effi
ciency reports must be regarded as of ho
practical use. In the plan of promotion
by selection It has been contemplated to
employ the efficiency reports In ascertaln-
ng whether the officer Is entitled to ad
vancement. It Is now realized that the
fficlency report system will have to be
radically changed In order to make It a
reliable source -of information for. any such
purpose, provided that promotion by selec
tion finally "prevails, as does not seem
likely now.
It has been decided to do nothing with
the plan to Increase the allowance of fuel
for army officers and enlisted men of the
service. ,A week or so ago Quartermaster
General Humphrey made a recommenda
tion to this effect and pointed out the de
sirability, if not necessity, of doubling the
allowance of fuel. He represented that
officers nowadays live In larger quarters,
while the troops occupy larger barracks
than In formir years. In the old times, of
course, fuel allowance - was sufficient for
all the then needs, especially when an
officer found himself quartered In two
rooms, a kitchen and a living room. Now
the government has built commodious
quarters at various garrisons and the de
mand for fuel in the heating of them Das
greatly Increased. The expert opinion in
the matter Is entirely in favor of a sub
stantial Increase In the fuel allowance. It
has been decided, however, not to seek
legislation along this line during the pres
ent session ot congress. It.Js rathe? late.
It Is believed, to offer such a recommenda
tion and It was deemed unwise to Increase
the estimates to the extent of providing for
a double allowance of fuel. The "matter
will therefore rest until the next session ot
The army general staff Is giving consid
eration to the employment of retired army
officers. It is General Chaffee's ' Idea that
many of the officers of the retired list can
be profitably employed under conditions
whlph would give them their active pay
and which would relieve officers of the ac
tive list ot duties now performed by them.
which dutlea could aa well be discharged
by retired officers. It la proposed to make
use of retired officers, for Instance, in
harge of the general recruiting stations,
a duty which makes a draft upon the. ac
tive service for nlnety-aix officers. It is
proposed also to reserve college details for
retired officers to a greater extent than ia
now the case. There are now thirty-five
active officers on this, duty. Retired offi
cers will also be shown a preference In se
lecting representatives of the army for duty
with the National Guard.
The war department has received the re
ports 01 omcers on ine coat 01 me maneu
vers at West Point, Ky., ".nd Fort Riley,
Kan. The damage to property . represented
In the claims of land owners at West Po!nt
amounts to 13,837 and that at Fort Riley to
$3,012, or a total of about $5,900. The total
acreage leased at both places amounted to
107,403 and cost the government In rental
$6,568. The grand total of cost, exclusive
pf damage to property, waa $372,575, divided
as follows: On account of regulars at West
Point, $92,572, and at Fort Riley, $116,752; on
account of militia at West Point, $100,S62,
and at Fort Riley, $62,28$. It Is proposed
next year to have a specific appropriation
made for the maneuvers so that the ex
penses incident to them will not be chargea
ble to the present appropriations of the
quartermaster's department ' and "in that
special appropriation It Is likely there will
be a fund for meeting claims for damages
which occur to property on account pf its
occupation by the troops.
The general staff of the army has been
discussing the question of permanent mil
itary camps, the selection of which in vari
ous parts of the country has been a matter
favored by the secretary of war. In thesa
discussions there is brought forward some
question of the advisability of purchasing,
at a cost which must necessarily be con
siderable, large tracts of land exclusively
for occupation by the regular and militia
commands in annual Joint maneuvers.
There is no question of the value of this
mobilisation of the two classes of soldiery.
The military authorities agree that the ad
vantages to the regulars and mllltla are
bound to be mutual, but it is a question
whether it will pay the government to es
tablish permanent camps where large
tracts must be reserved for these occasional
exerbises. It has been pointed" out In the
general staff discussions that it might be
weu io arrange eacn year oy lease lur tne
use of territory in different parts of the
country to which troops might be sent
without more preparation than waa abso
lutely necessary. It Is the Idea of some
members of the general staff that these
maneuvers should extend as closely as may
be to actual service In the field in time of
war. Even under the most casual condi
tions of occupying leased territory these
maneuvers will not be exactly like the real
conditions. The objection to the acquire
ment of permanent camp sites la baaed on
the probability that such camps will be
equipped with a water supply and sewer
system and possess all the comforts of set
tled communities except that the shelter (
troops will be afforded by tents. It is
offered in advocacy of 'the leased sites, too,
that the troops may then be ordered into
the field much after the manner of what
would happen in time of war, when there
could be no preparation and when tha ter
ritory occupied would In no sense, be
quipped .with comforts and conveniences.
Those who are In favor of this urge that
it is necessary to acquaint the troops, both
regulars and mllltla, during the perlos of
their maneuvers with the real conditions
they. must expect to find In time of war..
barauel P.- Avery has presented to the
Columbia university. New York, a number
of books of his collection, Illustrating the
history qf bookbinding from the period of
earliest efforts to make the trad a fine art.
By tha death of Ixrd' Stanley of .Alderly
the British leverage lost its only Mahom
etan member. His funeral was conducted
according to the rights of Islamlsm and
the service- was ' performed by Rldjag
Effendl, Imam to the Turkish embassy in
London. (
John Becker, a 'resident of Milwaukee
since it waa little more thaa an Indian
village, .and one of the pioneers who, with
polomon Juneau, founded that city. Is dead
at the homa of bis son In Menominee Falls,
Fifty-sixth Annual Statement
. -015
Net assets, Jan. 1, 1903, lit market value -. .$ 52,0GO,247.1
For premiums and annuities. ..... .$12,()50,0.V23
For interest, etc 2,79O,0r.3.27 14,840,718.50
Claims by death
Matured endowments and annuities. 1,038,299.1 9
Surrender values 882,404.02
Premium abatements 785,330.89
Total paid policy holders $5,494,518,70
Added to reserve $3,598,643.00 . m :
Pennsylvania and other Htate taxes. .$ 351,382.87
Salaries, medical fees, oftice and legal x'
expenses s . 464,433.50
Commissions tongents and rents. .. . 1,538,037.19
Agency and other expenses 117,947.21 . - .
Advertising, printing and supplies.. 74,430.87 .
Ortiec furniture, maintenance of prop
erties, etc ......... ' 12S.83S:C3 -8,1 69,589.08
. '
Net assets, January 1, 1904 .1? 5S,731,376.61
In addition to the above abatements the company alloted
to deferred dividend policies $535,755.18, making the total appor
tionment of surplus during 1903, $1,321,080.07.
City loans, railroad and other bonds, bank and
other stocVs I 20,418,955.09
Mortaces and rrronnd rents (1st liens) "5.2,727,551,43
Premium notes, secured by policies, etc 1,203,923.32
Loans on collateral, policy loans, etc. iu,Zoi,4,J.i
Home oftice, Boston office and other real estate. . 3,078,240.71
Cash in banks, v.rust companies and on hand.... 991,276.89
' Net ledger assets 58,731,376.61
Net deferred and unreported premiums ........ 1,636,613.42
Interest due and accrued, etc 546.897.99
Market value of stocks and bonds over cost. 201,347.46
Gross assets, January 1, 1904 ? 61,116,235.48
Death claims- reported; but awaiting ; . . , ! t
proof ............ ' $ 317,306.25
Reserve at 3, 3i and 4 per cent to
reinsure risks , 53,210,066.00
Surplus on unreported policies, etc.'. - .164,795.20.
Surplus accumulated upon, special
forms of policies ...$3,774,354.26
Surplus for all other contingencies 3,649,113.77
Total surplus r $ 7'4;?'oi?"S
Gross assets, as above 5Ho -r?
New business of the year, 29,548 policies for 69, 28, o4.00
Insurance outstanding December 31, 1903, 129,317
policies for v aww.yv .
. IIARRY F. WEST, President. v
GEORGE K. JOHNSON, Vice President.
- LINCOLN K. FASSMORE, 2d Vice President.
WILLIAM II. KI'SU'Y. Sec. and Train.
Special Agent. . General Agent.
522 Bee Building, Omaha, lob.
Wis., aged 88 years. He was a carpenter
and emigrated to Muwauaee siijr-iuur
years ago.
Melton Prior, the distinguished war artist
of -the Illustrated London News, is on hi.
way to Japan, by way of this country, on
what Is his twtnty-seventn war commis
tmm tha lournal named. Mr. Prior
has seen fighting In every quarter of ttw
globe, and returned only a rew weeas ago
from active service in Somaliland, Africa.
n.nr.ntatlve Lacev of Iowa received a
letter In Washington the other day which
n. thinks waa from a wag. "The seeds you
sent me," wrote this man, who signed him
self "John Allen," "were no gooa. morning
but weeds grew where I planted them."
By the next mall Mr. Lacey sent a reply.
-T inks nlaaaure In. forwarding you under
another cover," wrote the Iowan, "a copy
of a bulletin from the Department 01 Agri
culture. It is entitled 'Weeds, and How to
Kill Them.' -
"Doin nothln' " aald Uncle Ehen, "is a
great accomplishment, II you oniy anow
how. Borne men nebber gits Industrious
ceppln" when dey's plliuv up irouoie.
Washington Star.
She Oh, I would have given anything to
have had itl . . . ...
He Well, why didn't you buy It?
Bhe The ideal They wanted half a dol
lar for it. Browning. Mugaslne. .
-.mnni. . , 1 t . .1 .4 tha pnnV Vntl mtmrm
inns - , - -
going to give her some of your dresses.
Willie Uellghted. Bhe said she had some
thouKBt they'd fit. Town
Ha son Tatters Gee! I hope dem Japs
jump In an' licks de stuffln' out de Itus-
''weary Willie I guess dem Japs is
pretty decent people. , ti
Kagaon Tatters 1 eh; dey. don't make
po troahle fur nobuily; dey ain't got no
bath named after 'em. Philadelphia Press.
"But," protested the lovmg wife, "be
fore I was married I always hid a new
bonnet every time I wanted one."
"Yes." answered the brutal huuhand,
without looking up from his paper; "and I
put freab cheese In the raouw trp every
night until I had caught that mouse In
the pantry." Judge.
"The man who drinks la a fool."
"He Is for the moment." admitted the
man who occasionally offended In that
way, "but think what an awful lot of
wisdom comas to him the next morning.
Chicago Post. . ,
Miss Pertle Goodwin That society re
porter s(ofce ot ma the other day as.' lali
and 'willowy!" Do you think I'm wll-
'0TheT Young Man-That doesn't half de
scribe you. Vou're peachy.
Miss Pertle Goodwin Laws, Mr. Spoon
amore! Chicago Tribune.
Said Tl, as he sipped his Bohea.
"I'm oppressed with a painful Idea:
When the Russian and Jap
Are through with the map
Twill be hard to discover Cor.,,
New York Tribune.
a Little sou-uoisu in kkbrasKA.
Mnmm Trvir.a- in Leslie's Weekly.
I dine upon dishes of silver and gold,
in a giiiier uinitiu. n
I walk upon carpetu so thick and so soft
They muffle all sound as I pass.
I sleep in a chamber of axnre and white -Under
satin and down, but alack!
In the dead of the night, when I m lying
iwake, , . .
My thoughts will go wandering back
To a little sod-house lu Nebraska.
The floor It wa. bare, and the sbioka
blackened logs , . '
Were covered with pictures old prints
From the very fe papers that drifted our
AnTathe window was curtained with
But ohlVhat an army of beautiful dreams
Came out in the firelight to play.
And tell me of all the grand things I would
Whin, grown up, I could tourney away
v- prom 'the little sod-hou.e in Ne
braska. I would buy for my mother a gown of black
And a bonnet of roses and lace;
But alas! ere I tasted the fruits of suooeas
The grave-mould was over her face.
And sitting alone o'er a bottle of port -
I hark to the wind In the night.
As it moans and it groans, and I think
with a pang "
How it walla fur sway o or the site
Of the Utile sod-house in Nebraska.
I am tired of the languorous lilies of Jlfe,
I long for the wlndand the rain.
The glory of morn on the dewy green eorn.
And the smell of the wheat-fluids again.
Where the sliver creek flows, and the
golden-rod grows.
Oh, 'tis there I am sighing to roam.
In the Btata of my birth, on the one gpot
of earth
That I call by the dear name of home
The little sod -house In Nebraska,
Heart Disease
may b rareel by strength eninf tha
hoart nerve, enriching tli blood and
Improving the circulation with, Jr.s
MiW Heart Cure. 8a f and sura.
Bold on guarantee. Bend postal for tree
book oa diseases of tha heart aad mesise)
Diw MILES' MEDICAL CO.. EIkhr lad.

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