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New Home of a Progressive Institution Omaha Commercial College
TUP.VTnT!KT.V announced by
i I The W, Omaha Is to have ono of
I tha most handsome and well
equipped commercial school build
ing to be found in the country.
It la now In course of construction nt tho
nnrtlmit corner of Nineteenth and Fur
niim Btret. Rohrbough Bros., proprietors
of lb Omaha Commcrclul college. deere
great credit for having been Instrumental
In making Omaha on nf the chief centers
or oommerctal education, and In order t'
provide for the rapidly Increasing number
Of .atiidefit who annually enroll In the
various departments they found It neces
sary to purchase a lot and erect u bulhi-
Inn suited to their purposes. The location
at Nineteenth and Farnam streets is Ideal
in every respect, being; in Hose proximity
to the business center of the city, and then
Ihe Mot thai the moral atmosphere will not
be tainted by saloon or other evil agencies
enhances the durability of Its location.
This corner has long been regarded by many
as one upon which the new contemplated
V. M. C. A. building- should be erected, and
many regret that this lot was not pur
chased by the association rather than tho
on at Seventeenth and Howard streets.
The college will be accessible to all parts
of the city and South Omaha by street
car lines.
The building, you will observe, In archi
tectural features has the appearance of a
modern college building, and certainly re
flects great credit upon Mr. J. U. Mason,
the architect, who designed It for commer
cial college purposi-a. It will be built of
gray pressed brick, with light stone trim
mings, heited by steam and modern in
every particular. It la 06x132 feet In size,
practically four stories high and Is
thoroughly ventilated and HghteJ throitg'i
out. In addition to oiuplu provision
for the nur.iarocH departments of the In
stitution the architect has planned a col
lege auditorium. !Gx6i feet, with seat
ing capacity of over "J0. Thh e.udl
tctrl'.im Is designed to provide a sulta
wlth seating capacity of over 700. This
auditorium I designed to provide a suita
ble place for entertainments of the college,
which In years gone by have left their
impression upon the Omuhu public. Con
certs, lectures, literary, athletic and social
entertainments will be provided for In vthlsi
It may he of Interest to the public to
know that this Institution was founded
twenty yenrs ago. Its first location being
at 1114 and lllfi Famam streets. It soon
outgrew Its quarters there and moved to
Fifteenth and Dodge streets, and after
a brief stay In those quarters moved to
the upper story of the lloston store, where
It was located for many years. Kor the
past tWo yijars It has occupied the two.
upper floors of the Patterson block, at
Seventeenth and Douglas streets.
The growth of Jhe school has been
steady and substantial. The fact. that the
Omaha .Commercial college alone attracts
representative students from more than
twenty-five different states ami territories
every year Indicates not only the popular
ity and efficiency of the Institution, but
emphasises the fact that Omaha and Ne
braska are keeping abreast of tho times
In, mntters of an eductlonal character.
One thing which ought not to be over
looked,' Is the fact that our commercial
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nent and j)rogresslvi' business men of oflr 'Ins'iraiK't etimpatiyr K. M. Itohrbour.h, as- addition to this sum. many of their friends
nhonls attract desirable citizen? to city. Such men as John F. Flack, presl- slstant engineer for the I'nioti Htoi-k Yards
Omaha. Scores and hundreds of young dent - of the City Savings bank; - K. V. . couipany. South Omuha; John J.-Maris-
men ' and women have been induced to Hralley, coroner of Douglas county; Frank chal, office manager for Adams & Kelly;
come to Omaha to prepare for mercantile Koutsky, mayor of South Omaha; Law- 'lnst.ive Kn.iVie, attorney; James C. Weeth
and relatives are Imlui'ed to come to
Omaha fir.; the pirpose of doing their
trHtlinr. So it is Impossible even to np
proxlmately estimate the amount of money
fully appreciate and understand the spirit
thnt actuates us In t 111 I move. I feel that
we are in., king a spleniliil Investment In
purchasing a .t and erectliiK a hulbiing
on upper Farnatn street. Ueal estate it
that ticighborlicod is loiiMd to lucre. i.fce in
'Coincident with iii'ivnc lno the new"
liulKbng. we pl:n tin enlargement and
bettering i'f our piesint tr-"s of otuly
and tt.e aildition of a i: . irl rr of others,
l'articn'ar iii;im:"'i will paid from now
on to the creating mid tn.iH't lining of it
Miotig normal department. An KnKli:-h de
partment will lie established, as also a
school of oratory and a school of dra
matic i rt. Air. John Ko.i.ir 0. ts. who
for eleven in'.- si poi iod Kdntu P.ooih
and w ho is k'towt as ii n i iiiiiii nt h,ike
l.erian actor nml v l elu. will have charge
of the school of dramatic alt. I'rof. Nor
man W. Kent, who sati'j for m my yea is In
grand otn't'a, will h'ie chatyc of tlte school
of music, voice culture ami fencing. The
business department will not only bo
greatly enlarged, but greatly improved.
"e are providing I ho largest and- best
business loom of any school In the coun
try. The main scaling hall will be forty
feet wide by seventy-two feet long, and
will be free from posts. Adjacent to It
will be Inimled nn actual business depart
ment, twenty-six feet by tlfty-slx feet lti
size and provided with office furniture
throughout. In addltioti to these there
will p recitation rooms of ample propor
tions. Rooms have, been set apart for the
Kngllsh training and normal department.",
with all necessary equipments. The short
hand and typewriting departments will ulso
be greatly enlarged and will provide ninpU
room for 2WI students nt bun t imo nnd will
have nearly 10" typewriters. The telegraph
department will double Its capacity and
will be provided with every necessary
equipment for the most practical school of
telegraphy In the country. In nil prob
ability wireless telegraphy will be added to
the course next year. A room has been set
npnrt for special classes in penmanship. n
, art, drawing, etc. We estimate that we
I can take care of l.mxi students at one time.
"On the top floor of the bulldliiE will b,
located a gymnasium, which will lie one nf
the finest and perhaps the 'largest in the
state. In addition, there will be upon this
lloor other rooms to be used as lockers,
dressing rooms, bath rooms, etc As usual,
we shall encourage basket ball, foot b.il!
and all indoor ami outdoor college athletic
exercises. We believe In providing f ir ti c
social and physical enjoyment and oi;
belng of the students as well as for their
mental welfare and preparation for busi
ness life. The faculty o the Omaha col
lege, heretofore consisting of eight tin'iu
. hers, will be enlarged the coming year."
The reporter learned that Rolnliough Hros.
have always insisted upon employing Iri"
very best instructors to be hail in their line
of Work. As an evidence of this fact Ii is
only necessary to mention I'rof. Moshrr.
who Is the author of Mosher shorthand and
the system of touch typewriting, now so
universally used throughout the country,
and Prof. J. W. I.ampmnn. who has long
been regarded as one of tho lending pen
men In the t'nited States. The rut nf this
building, appearing upon this page, Is from
'.he pen of this expert penman. With such
' men as these In charge of such prominent,
the commercial Interests of surprising pro- education so that those coming to us from departments of a school It cannot fall to
portions. high schools, normals and literary Instittl- prove efficient In all Its work. This fact
"The support and encouragement given tions wtll find an atmosphere Just, as up- probably accounts for tho enrollment by
the Omaha Commercial college by the lifting and Inspiring as that to which they
business men nf the city Justify Its manage- have been accustomed.
life. Cpon' ehmpletlon of their courses of fence Spaulding and K. A. Itworak, expert, of the Harmon it Weeth Coal company, spent among our merchants through the ment In erecting a college building rultabln "I dry not kmw of any other private
study many of them remain' in the city accounttutts: Dr. A. 8. Pinto, physician; may be mentioned tn this connection. An-
an'd ' take rank among our best citizens. Henry Rlx, cashier - for liOc-Olass- Anure-"voMhr'r fact worthy , to. be considered is that
For Instance, many names found upon tho sen; A. H. Workmart, general agent for the students of tho Omaha Commercial college
roll of the Omaha Commercial college may I'nderwood Typowrltety company; Arthur a lo !!.,. who come from a distance bring
now be found upon Abe roll of the promt- Haldwln. general agent for. the Olen Falls ' h mt les Ihan CAinM) . annually. In
Instrumentality of fuch tin Institution as
th(v Omaha Commercial nottcgn. K the
commercial schools of this city were closed
and .others were not permitted, to take
their pine1,. Jl . Would be a misfortune to
this institution alone nf more than 15,ont)
students during Its twenty years of history.
Omaha should feel proud of Its commer-
for commercial college purposes," says cbmmerclal school in any city In the United clal schools and nt all times eneournge-such.
President Hohrhough. States having a better building for school enterprise as Js now evident upon the part
'one nf ine enter motives which actuates purposes than we are now erecting at
us In the erection of n new college build- Nineteenth and Farnatn streets, and I be
ing is tr ral'e the standard of commercial Ileve that the business men of this clly
nf Hohrhough Bros. In tho erection of a
college building dedicated to the mercan
tile interests of this city.
Great Forest Problems to Be Solved by Uncle Sam's Experts
I campaign has been carried on In
I thla raiuntrv for o mnr. rMtfnnul
treatment of our forests. As
a result h general Interest In
this matter has been awakened und the
Importance of our native woods oa a source
of. national wealth and the practical neces
sity for their preservation seems at length
to haVe come to our peoplo. The old con
ception was that forests were an en
cumbrance to the land and were, therefore,
to be gotten rid of In the easiest possible
nmnnsi. Now, with Baron von Muller, tho
real German, we are coming to "regard
the forests as a heritage given us by
nature, not for spoil or to devastate, but
to. be wisely used, and carefully main
tained." The attitude of the American people
toward the foresta hitherto finds a ready
rxj lanutinn in the conditions that obtained
on the continent when It was first settled.
Then Ihe entire eastern portion was an
almost unbroken forest, extending to the
western slope of the Alleghanles In the
north and swinging in the south as far
of the attitude of tho whole country to
ward the forests. The war for their ex
termination has been a long and desperate
fight, it being over two centuries befora,
they hod retreated more than it few miles
from the Atlantic shore.
So far us cleurings have been rtiHile on
lands that are better adapted for agricul
ture than for timber the fight to subdue
the forest has been a perfectly legitimate
one. The best Interests of agriculture re
quired the clearing of a large part of the
forest lands. To Illustrate what I mean, I
may refer to Ohio anil Indiana, both otiee
heavily wooded, hearing magnificent hard
wood forests. Today these states Import
per cent of their lumber supplies, yet no
one questions the' wisdom of clearing these
lands; for rich a they were In timber they
are even more valuable for agricultural
purposes. Hut the work of destruction has
gone too far. Great stretches of land In
different parts of the country that never
were agricultural in character have been
denuded of their timber (ill but a beggarly
portion remains, with the result tha'. not
only these lands have become wholly non-
demands of trade yearly make vast in
roads on the timber supply. StilK many
of the industries depending on tho for
ests have only begun to develop. Even
tho lumber trade has sprung up in com
paratively recent years. The population
of tho country when the federal govern
ment was organized was all In a heavily
wooded area, and here the land required
for other purposes supplied the demands
for lumber. With the building of ruil
roads came the development of the west.
The lumber trade Increased. Distributing
centers were established, and the lumber
industry in the past tifty years has grown
into a business of marvellous magnitude.
With this development have corne various
factories, converting the raw material Into
Ihe innumerable articles of commerce
which are inseparably associated with the
comforts and necessities of life. ,
nnual Consumption of Wood.
Our annual consumption of wood per
capita Is nine times that of Germany and
twenty-five times that of treat Britain.
A few statistics showing the arr. uut of
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Each of several of our largest newspapers
uses daily from loO to Ky) uins of paper
pulp, or 10,000 to 15,000 acres of timber per
year. These figures have not yet In
cluded the amount of timber converted
Into lumber, lath, shiniiee, fence posts,
farm Implements, etc. t v'nty-flve million
dollars worth of iutu.it r l. annually man
ufactured into wagons anil carriages. The
lumber nnd paper trade consumes every
year a total of 4,iHi,"m acres of forest,
while the amount used for fuel alone Is
greater than that required for all other
purposes combined. 1 have mentioned only
some of the direct products of the forests.
Many ' of the minor products are quite as
important. The woodlands yield over 1"
per cent of the granulated sugar made in
the Vnlted States, not to mention the
many other Indirect products, such as tan
ning materials and naval stores.
Heavy Losses from Fires.
Thus ll wili be seen that the purposes
for which wood is used require an enorm
ous ainonnt of it, ar.i' .'. Ith the development
of tiie cits und itn.u til's the amount will
still I'lcrec.-ie. To the enor.imus clearing
made in a single year to s i,ny ihe de
mands lor the lot", i pro liii't.t must he
xdded the looses a cuni ilai .113 i'rmu lires.
livery year va.st ;;reas .ire swept over and
the timber iti either nn re or I' M liani :t"J
tr ftet !'i ; i' V ;Uo -e .'r. "
Hut the wooiliauus iil'e oT iinniens? value
to Ih" cum'.!'; in i Hit '.v . s ihri't in the
run n I'lrbl products v. ir'.i H"y yield. It
Is .it ii ier .hi. ,'V't ..g i. ii that forests
brought to hear upon the question there is
water enough available to irrigate about
ino.OTO.noO acres. The most of these lands
are very rich. All tha plant foods with
which nature has endowed them are yet
stored In the soil, and need only the pres
ence of water to unlock them and make
them available for pluut growth. This land
Is practically worthless for agriculture as
It Is, yet if under Irrigation It could be
made to support a population of many mil
lions. Private capital has vlone much for
Irrigation In the west end has demon
strated over and over again the feasibility
of Irrigation. But private capital has gone
to Its limit and the national government
ehould now rome to Its aid. build the large
reservoisV and flumes, reforest tha water
sheds and thus store up and conserve the
waters which now go to waste. The Irriga
tion law. therefore, enacted In 1902, Is a
most opportune measure nnd means the
gradual reclamation of one-alxth of thu
public lands, nn also the promotion of the
cause of forestry.
Besides being so vitally connected with
the question of Irrigation forestry will piny
a large part In settling the problem of graz
ing on the public lands. Large areas, as In
Arizona, for example, formerly affording
good pasturage, watered by streams rising
In the timber covered mountains, now that
the forests have been cleared off, are
abandoned because of a lack of water Btip
ply at certain seasons of the year. Again,
in many Instances the government forest
reserves are the summer ranges without
which much winter range could nof be used.
Alining operations, too. In many parts of
the west, have suffered from the depre
ciating supply of timber. The -exploitation
of the mines requires large quantities of
timber, and. In many cases, successful
mining Is Impossible without It. Thus Irri
gation, grazing, mining and forestry are
largo questions now confronting the west.
and they are so Interlinked that they must
be settled 111 combination.
The sanitary Influence of trees Is coming
more and more to be recognized and appre
ciated. The woods irnclently were regarded
as the abode of spirits, fit only for tho
habitations of ugly bpasts. F.dmund Spen
cer refers tn the forest as "a gloomy
shade." Hnw different the modern concep
tion when the woodlands are everywhere
converted into health and pleasure resorts.
Kven more vital Is the relation which
forests sustain to the water supply of the
large cities. The water supply, to be pure,
should have Its source In tinlnha bltated
woodlands. Itccognlzing this fact, some nf
the large cities, notably Uostnn and New
Haven In the east, and T.os Angeles in the
west, nre now planting up their watersheds
to forest trees. . This Is an important move
ment, and one that no doubt will be widely
extended, Involving as It docs the health of
many millions. FHANIC O. AIILI-KR.
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TA'AltSKItKD IMO TRKK FuRKST AT MILLn'OOH, CAL. Bureau of Forestry I'hoto.
Vli a;- the liulltm Territory. This urea
1 ''li ed e en-ientits of our jiati.l al wood-
. ,t- lL'. The I'aclnc coast forests.
i ,v!( !i y tain li has hi'ci wiitten, comprised
-(il o: c-li ntn; oae-tenth was to tie foun.i
i in lic Hocky niountalti country, while tiiu
t tm lining one-tentii oicuntd 111 scattered
e.aj throughout tin pialrie stdtts.
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! ' Hatlle Agalutt the lurnu.
Bo " was tint tiintier ai-ea, partlculaiiy
In the east, that to the early settlers the
cftntlneni appeared an unbroken wilder
as, und "a whdernexs and civilization,"
tney said, "are liuxiiiiputlble." The new
comer must' have lands for agriculture,
heldi must be cleared, and so this hardy
pioneer armed hlnupelf with his ax and
firebrand, and the battle agulnst the fortet
began. From that time on the seal nf In
diana, beating Ihe figure of it woodchopper
wlk) uplilted fcx, haa been emblematical
productive, but the damage to neighboring
lands from mows and floods have gicatly
Millions of Acres Made Itarreu.
Ill northern Michigan, tor example, hill
lions uf acred which urittlnully bore valuable
timber, are now scarcely more than deso
late sand barrens. These Michigan forests
huvo served the puriises of one genet a
llou, while they could have been m.iue to
Vivid a continuous halves! und handed
duwn to posterity unimpaired. The situa
tion In Michigan is typical of conditions
prevailing through the lake states, as well
aa In many others. In Mississippi 10 pen,
rent of the forest areas are now converted
Into bad lands, and the suiiiU washing to
the VdllevH below have turned them Into
Handy wastes.
itenldc ihe v.otl clearing that havu
been made (or agricultural purisjutis, tiiu
wood used In rome of the Industrlts may
be of interest. Fifty thousand seres are
consumed every year In the manufacture
of crates and boxes. The railroads of
the country use annually about li,0(,0o0
tii'B. Seven hundred and fifty thousand
telegraph polea must be renewed jearly
not to mention the telephone polts used
and the telcuraph polea required In the
construction of new lines, making thu
total annual consumption for poles und
tu a too acres. The match Industry
cleurs up yearly i0 acres of pine. The
Diamond Mutch company bua recently pur
chased 40,uio acres of California timber,
the whole lo be manufactured Into mutches.
Three thousand livil hundred res art)
needed yearly In the manufacture of shoe
peg Shoe lu-its and boot-trees take 6.400
acres more. One mill converts yearly 10,.
(io cords of wood Into toothpicks. Another
manufactures 75.000 clothespins every day.
gradually and there ll Is put in eloruge
for futuio demands instead of causing
kwollen streams and damaging floods Inci
dent to rapid aurfacc tU'-iinuge.
If tne water coast rvlug influence of for
ests Is of so lmirked advantage lu r'gions
of. ample rainfall, bow much inure Im
portant then are forvs.s lo localities of
sparse rainfall, as in the case in so
large a part of the country west of the
Missouri rivtr. litre the interests of agri
culture, grazing, mining and transportation
all demand the c( ns.i , it ion of the water
The forest policy I a p.it't of the land
pulley, and these two questions are In
separably linked with the whole mutter of
irrigation, which Is (.oiug to have so vital a
tearing on the development of the arid
lands. It is claimed that by despoiling the
watershed of Its forest cover the summer
flow available for irrigation in the Kockv
mountain country lias been diminished by
more than M per cent.
There yet remain In round number about
tilO.uou.OoO acres of public domain. Accord
ing to the beta Authority that can
HI Mi Itife i i r- if I.P TpirS
Y"It TIIK promotion of good fellow-
ship and for the discussion of
'subjects of mutual Interest, the
member of tho firm of the Hay-
watd Hros Shoe company gave
an "employes' dinner" last Monday evening
In the Commercial club rooms. It was x
novelty to nil concerned and ro successful
In Its purpose thHtVlans are being mude
for ctlur similar occasions.
Twenty-three employes weie piesent friiin
I he road, shipping department und office.
Including two young women. Clerks were
there who have been with the firm since its
establishment twelve years ago, In October
of 192. Most of the salesmen and men In
other deportments have been In the strvlca
from Ave In eleven years
' C, 8, E. K. and J- w- Hajward, I lie Ut
ter present from hla home in Iowa, made
talka on the value of the proper spirit in
the relations of employer and employed.
Their remarks were followed by short
speeches on the part of the member of
the various departments. They expressed
themselves as pleased with the iscaslon.
and gratified at the Interest shown by
their employers In their welfare
C. 8. Hiywurd. hi hla lulk. reviewed tho
business condition of the firm and Its
growth. The lltiward brothers) me F. C,
J. W., C. 8. and E. F... the president being
F. C, who lives In Massachusetts. J. W.
Hay ward lives at Vinton, la., where he is
the active representative of the company
for the state The other two members are
residents of Omaha.
The establishment has doubled the vol
ume of Its buslnetw In the lat Ave years.
In the last year there has been an espe
cially gratifying increase, the ouslness of
thu firm from the beginning of lu5 to the
present time being 61 per cent greater than
for the corresponding period of last J ear.
And this has been accompli hoi win,
addition of tint one tri.in pi til - '' ' on
the road. The ;et cilery covered b ll.e
traveling salesmen Include .Wbranka and
parts of Iowa. South Dakota. .Missouri,
Kansas, Colorado and WyonniiK.
I'rof. A. II. Oaiuble of liu- Khil.lon
School of Seientilii K.i a sum nsh !i w as pte-
nt and to il ho',- iinp'oyer ; i: l i.i j: oy t-tl
could best work tope.! f t' ti eli mlutl ll
inlet eats. He also i". p a n, i J he irnil'odsof
instruction of bio in tit ut.on. A fltish-light
picture of the group was tnmii lor The
A line dinner served under the supervis
ion of the Commercial club cb f was en
Joyed. The spirit of the whole affair was
such Hint Mr. C. H. Ilayw,.nl Is immensely
plea-scd Willi Ills venture. He now Intends
to give such dinners twice a year, prefer
ably when all the salesmen aro la the city
for their new llnca of sample.

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