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April 28, 1898 (partial, none of the columns are complete)

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From Our Regular Correspondent.


From Our Regular Correspondent.

April 26.      

April 26.  

     Miss Byrd Gurney is on the sick list.
     Miss Etta Larcom is visiting friends in Archer.
     Harry Wickham shot and killed a large wolf one day last week.
     The Ladies' Aid Society meets with Mrs. Bertha Gardner next Wednesday.
     Messrs. A. J. Bowle and Harvey McGinnis were up from Central City Monday.
     There will be a dime social at the home of Mrs. J. B. Templin next Friday evening.
     Mrs. Herman Hanke (nee Minnie Zamzow), of Saunders County, is visiting with her parents.
     R. F. Baker and Miss Fannie Polling, of Central City, visited at B. W. Baker's Friday and Saturday.
     F. T. Davis celebrated his birthday last Friday. A number of relations and friends spent the day at his home.
     A new floor is being laid in the creamery of Hanson & Templin, and a new churn, weighing 1700 lbs., has been purchased.
     The entertainment given at the hall Friday evening was a good one, some of the numbers being especially fine. The door receipts were $6.15.
     Last Friday evening at five oclock, at the German Evangelical church, Mr. Jacob Ita and Miss Minnie Wegner were united in marriage in the presence of a large number of relatives and friends. Bountiful supper was served at the home of the bride, and the numerous friends remained until far into the night, enjoying themselves as only Germans can. We are not acquainted with the groom, but the bride we know to be a fine young lady of estimable character and true worth. The large number of costly presents received by the newly married couple shows the high esteem in which they are held by their many friends.

     Oscar Smith is quite sick.
     J. N. Holland, of Omaha, Sundayed at Omaha.
     J. J. Gallogly was a Central City visitor Tuesday.
     W. C. Shelton was up from Central on business Friday.
     Stacey Hall is home from the medical college at Omaha.
     Chapman Lodge No. 109 I. O. O. F. attended the anniversary at Central City Tuesday.
     J. McColl, of Lexington, was in Chapman Saturday, looking after his land interests here.
     J. Gosgriff shipped another trainload of sheep to Chicago Saturday. J. Holister went with them.


     Masters Hervey and Ralph Robinson are in the picture business here, having a tent up near the school house with all the "fixin's" for taking photos great and small. One must admire the enterprising spirit shown by the lads and with them success.
     The ladies of Clarks will have new hats even if war does rage. Mrs. Simmons has already sold bushels of hats and bonnets and the Mesdames Clark and Robinson have had to move into larger rooms and now occupy the building one door east of the new furniture store.
     Miss Amy Vieregg returned to Central City after a pleasant visit with Miss Cogil. Miss Amy is a very charming young lady, and while here made many new friends as well as making some very welcome calls on friends who had the pleasure of her acquaintance before.


     F. O. Bond has moved his family from Osceola to Silver Creek again. He failed to get a saloon in Osceola, so has his petition in here.
     Mr. and Mrs. Heath came in on the train Tuesday morning from California, where they have been spending the winter. Their home is in Kankee, Ill. They are the parents of Mrs. A. P. Sutton, Mrs. Ed Towslee, Mrs. F. C. Caulton and Floyd Buchanon.
     There came very nearly being a big fire in town Tuesday morning. At about 8:30 the man attending the Omaha Elevator Company's elevator found that the building was on fire, and was quite badly burned in extinguishing the fire. The fire had been set, but burned slowly. The party who made this attempt had better be looking out or he may be caught.


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26 May 1898 -- Railroad Ads

Extraordinarily Low Rates to Omaha
Via the Burlington route June 1st. Special trains from points within 100 miles of Omaha, account opening of the Trans -Mississippi Exposition.

The Direct Line

to Denver, Salt Lake City, San Francisco and Portland, is via the Union Pacific. The service of the Union Pacific to all principal western points is unexcelled by any other line and consists of Pullman Palace Sleepers, Pullman Tourist Sleepers, Chair Cars, Dining cars. (Meals a la carte.)
     For time tables and full information call on W. H. Loucks, agent.

You Can Save

From 10 to 16 hours between the Missouri river, California and Puget Sound points by traveling over the Union Pacific. "The Overland Route." Through Pullman Palace Sleepers, Dining Cars, Upholstered Pullman Tourist Cars are run daily via this line, thereby giving both first and second class passengers the very best accommodations to all Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, Idaho, Montana and Pacific Coast points. For rates, advertising matter and full information, call on or address W. H. LOUCKS, Agent.


9 Jun 1898


Base Ball

     Central City is again to be in line with a ball team. Arrangements have been made with Columbus for a game on the Fourth. The personel of the team is not made up yet, but it has been decided that either Kombrink or Breitenstein will be in the box.

Wheel Notes.

     The Catholic church is arranging for a picnic to be held on the fair grounds July 4th. There will be a ball game, and wheel races if the necessary sanction can be obtained from the L.A.W. These will be open only to our own riders, and should be quite interesting as well as giving a line on material for the state circuit date, which is down for August 13th.

Tennis Notes.

     The grass is beginning to grow on the tennis courts. One more rain and we will have a hay field.
     June 17th we can play tennis with the elephants and kangaroos. Through some misunderstanding the circus has rented the ground which we had rented and upon which the new courts are located. Those members of the club who escaped from the menagerie at Aurora and sat upon the front row at the minstral (sic) show had better stay away that day, or they may be caged up again.

Low Rates to Omaha.

Via the Burlington Route account Nebraska Day Tuesday, June 14th, at the Trans-Mississippi Exposition Special trains from principal points in eastern Nebraska. Get full information from the local agent.

Hon. W. J. Bryan

Will be the orator of the day at the Nebraska Day celebration, Trans-Mississippi Exposition, June 14th. Very low rates and special trains to Omaha via the Burlington Route. Get full information from the local ticket agent.

Nebraska Day at the Exposition

     Tuesday, June 14th -- Nebraska Day -- will be a red letter day at the Trans-Mississippi Exposition. An especially fine program has been prepared. In addition to the usual attractions at the Exposition -- the exhibits, the "Midway" with it strange sights and curious people, the afternoon and evening concerts given by the U. S. Marine Band and Thomas Orchestra -- speeches will be delivered by many distinguished Nebraskans, chief among them being Hon. W. J. Bryan. The exercises will conclude with a magnificent display of fireworks. Every loyal Nebraskan should make a point of spending Nebraska Day at the Exposition. The buildings are entirely finished. Almost all the exhibits are in place, and the "midway" is in full swing. Nowhere in the United States can one pass time more pleasantly or with greater satisfaction and profit. The Burlington Route will run special trains to Omaha from the principal points on its line in eastern Nebraska. For information about these trains -- when they leave you station, hour of arrival at and departure from Omaha -- call at the local ticket office of the Burlington Route. RATES ARE EXTRAORDINARILY LOW.

Letter List.

Mail remaining in the postoffice at Central City, Neb., for the week ending June 9, 1898:

Rue Stanley
J. C. Miller
Fred L. Benson
David Cendrick
Harry F. Sheldon
Mrs. Maggie Brown

Rob Johnston
Geo. W. Lawton
F. W. Dalton
A. Whitten
Miss Tranie Barth

     When called for please say advertised.




16 Jun 1898


It Is Estimated That They Own Twenty
Million Acres Here.

     How much property do British subjects own in America? The aggregate, based on absolute facts, is known to be at least 20,000,000 acres, asserts Tit-Bits.
     The largest of all is probably the Texas possession of the syndicate which includes in its membership the Dukes of Beaufort and Rutland, Earl Cadogan and the Baroness Burdett-Coutis.
     The total amount of land held by this association is 3,300,000 acres. It is, as is the case with most of the Texas land, largely composed of what is called range country -- this is, land that is better adapted for cattle raising than anything else.
     Cattle and wheat are what the British investor seems to think money should be made on in the United States. That is why the syndicate represented by the British capitalist Vincent Scully owns 3,000,000 acres of land in Nebraska, Iowa and Illinois. This property is situated in the heart of the wheat growing section.
     Two American girls, who now wear, by virtue of their marriage with English peers, two of the highest British titles -- the Duchess of Marlborough and Lady Randolph Churchill -- are interested with Sir Edward Reed in a syndicate that owns 2,000,000 acres situated in Colorado, Wyoming and New Mexico. This is purely a cattle country, and on it range thousands of head of live stock.
     There is another syndicate which includes among its members the Earl of Dalhousic, as well as Viscountess Cross, Lady Hamilton Gordon, the Marquis Cholmondeley and several others.
     There is a holding in a still different part of the country, for the lands of the syndicate comprise 1,800,000 acres in Mississippi, including cotton plantations, acres and acres of sugar cane and enough swine to stock 1,000 farms.
     Lord Tweeddale is a syndicate in himself and owns 1,200,000 acres. Like most individual land owners with large holdings, his property includes a vast territory which, like that of the syndicate spoken of, includes immense tracts of grazing lands. Nearly all of this immense possession is devoted to stock. -- St. Louis Republic.





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Editorial Comment.


30 Jun 1898


     Next Monday is our national Independence Day. One hundred and twenty-two years ago our Revolutionary fathers declared our country free from England's rule. As we celebrate this anniversary of that event it takes on a new meaning, for our own freedom has led us to attempt the liberation of another people. The seeking of freedom for ourselves was a worthy struggle. How much more so must be the endeavor to free our fellow man. As we celebrate this year the blood of our young manhood is being spilled. Homes are experiencing the same sorrow which one hundred and twenty years ago marked the obtaining of our freedom. We can appreciate better the spirit which moved our fathers and the price which they paid for us. We do not seek to quell the spirit of enthusiasm which makes our Independence Day one of considerable noise. So long as the tumult is a healthful one the day does not forbid it. But as we celebrate our holiday we can well afford to devote a quiet moment's thought to the special meaning which the occasion has for us, and find a place for sympathy with the hearts which today mourn the loss of loved ones who have faced for the last time the dangers of the battlefield and paid the great price for the freedom for their fellow men.


     The Nonpareil is an advocate of equal suffrage. Its advocacy of this cause, however, is on account of a belief in the justice of equal suffrage, and not because of any belief that woman's participation in political life would be particularly beneficial to that life. Political differences among men have never aroused any greater factional feeling than was produced by the struggle over the national presidency of the "Woman's Clubs," in their convention at Denver last Monday. The fact is we can find but few instances where women have come in contact with the same influences as men do in political life without becoming as thorough-going "politicians" as the men themselves. Woman has kept, or been kept, from contact with the harsher side of the competitive system which governs the business and political world until she has acquired a reputation fro moral strength which she can seldom maintain when the actual test is put upon her. It is true there have been heroic examples of women who did not accept the standards of political life as laid down by men; but it must be remembered also that the history of our country is builded upon those few men who have shown exactly that same moral superiority. As a simple matter of justice, woman should be given equal rights with man, if she so desires. But as a force working for the elevation of the political world her influence has been exceedingly overestimated.


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     The political aspect of Nebraska is certainly a novel, as well as a changed one. A few years ago the Republican party, being in power, was the recognized "machine" party, governed by the men who had schemed themselves to the position of influence. As the same time the Populist party, out of power, was putting up for office men whose personal and political records were both entirely clear. At present the situation is decidedly reversed. The Populists have no prospective candidates outside of the "statehouse ring," which is as thoroughly "machine" as was the Republican "statehouse ring" of years ago. On the other hand the prospective nominees of the Republican party are men with the cleanest of records. Popular sentiment seems to indicate the nomination of Judge Hayward for governor, and The Nonpareil knows of no one who would make a better candidate. The remainder of the ticket promises to be just as worthy of public confidence in every respect. Later in the campaign, when the candidates are fairly before the people, The Nonpareil will be ready with its specific charges in proof of its assertion that the Republican party in its palmiest "machine" days, was never guilty of one-half the political dishonesty which has made notorious the Holcomb regime of Populist power.


      There are two styles of argument in use in the political world. They may be defined as the aggressive and the persuasive. The first is either a spirited defense of one belief or a sharp arraignment of another. Its object is not so much to convert the opponent as to strengthen the belief of the advocates of a policy. The second attempts by a real or assumed moderation to attract an opponent's attention, and through quiet but intense presentation of its cause to ...
lieve Hon. J. Sterling Morton's new paper, The Conservative, is an example of the former. It is aggressive in tone, in some places so much so as to almost justify the charge of intolerance. It represents the position held by the gold democrats of 1896, and is thus not entirely a Republican ally, even though it puts forth its strongest efforts in behalf of the gold standard. There is no question but that The Conservative will be a tower of strength to the issues which it defends, but that its influence will be large in shaping either the popular vote or legislative action we are not so certain. However that may be, The Conservative is being made thoroughly welcome by the newspaperdom of the state, and will be in a short time as firmly set in the affection of its friends as it will be hated by its opponents.


     Several of our state papers are showing a decided inclination to censure Senator Thurston of late because he is not making more strenuous efforts in behalf of his party. The Nonpareil has no special cause or call to stand up for Mr. Thurston, but it dislikes to see a man who has given long and faithful service to his party and to his country, made the object of abuse because in the closing years of his service he makes no "grand stand plays" to demonstrate his partisanship. Up to within the last year Senator Thurston has made the interests of his party paramount. He has stood by it through good and evil report, and in a thoroughly orthodox manner. That a change has come over his spirit of service in the past year we will attempt to deny. But we affirm that change has been for the better. As he nears the end of his dependence upon party support his partizanship (sic) has lessened and his patriotism enlarged. He has counted present success of his party less than its permanency. This is why he has so often stood side by side with Senator Allen while differing from him in that most essential of Republican doctrines, the money question. It is not that Senator Thurston cares less for the Republican party, but that his eyes have been opened to its greater good, and he would rather have it right than successful. The Nonpareil does not care to defend all of Senator Thurston's past record, although it believes it has been as good as that of any other man in congress. But it is willing to say that it believes more thoroughly in both the Senator and his Republicanism -- no his partizanship (sic) -- today than ever before.


Freedom or -------?

     Oppression always has its root in injustice. If the oppression is one of punishment, the injustice lies with the victim. If it is an oppression which we have not deserved, but which has been thrust upon us by a superior power, the injustice is in the oppressor, unless we refuse to use all the power we have to overthrow him. Nor is oppression of one kind -- it can be of the body, the mind, or the so-called spirit. Partial freedom from mental oppression gave us the renascence; partial freedom from spiritual dominion gave us the reformation; and partial freedom from slavery of the body has given us the emancipation proclamations of America, England and Russia. The world acknowledges these as three great beacon lights marking the progress of freedom. And yet it would be but idle boasting to claim that man is free. His bondage is not so sever, not so gross, as .....(incomplete)


Editorial Comment.


A Change.

     With this issue, The Nonpareil passed into the editorial control of Messrs. G. B. Beard and Son, late of the Western Nebraska observer, of Kimball, Nebr. Mr. Beard and his son are experienced newspaper men, and I am confident will give The Nonpareil the place in Merrick County newspaperdom which it ought to have. I hope they may receive from the people of the county a hearty welcome and the increased support which, as stalwart Republicans, they shall deserve. With gratitude to those who have helped make my year's editorial work a profitable and more r less pleasant one, I bid what I trust may be a permanent farewell to the readers of The Nonpareil.


     The undersigned with this issue assume editorial and business control of The Nonpareil. It shall be our aim to continue the paper a clean, conservative Republican journal, with an eye constantly to thoroughly filling the local newspaper field. A long newspaper experience gives us confidence to believe that after getting thoroughly settled in the newspaper harness in Central City we can give our patrons a paper worthy of their support, and it is our intention to become permanently identified with the business interests of the town. We hope for a continuation of the patronage The Nonpareil has been receiving and such additional business as may to us through a careful and legitimate conduct of business.

G. W. BEARD & SON.     

     Bismark, the "Iron Chancellor" of Germany, died last Saturday. His was a colossal figure in the world's political affairs, and modern Germany, previous to the reign of the present emperor, may not incorrectly be termed the political history of Bismark, so closely was he identified with its struggles and triumphs. Prince Bismark was born at a time when Europe was shaken by great events, with which to cope successfully large statesmanship was required, but upon his entry into political life his abilities commanded immediate attention and his progress in attaining the highest honors was remarkably rapid. He was an aristocrat to the core and opposed every form of democracy with all the firmness of his character, and under his iron rule such sentiment was kept in the background during the reign of the first emperor. In his early career he is said to have opposed the unity of Germany, but the accomplishment of that unity was the fruition of his later plans and labors. When the present emperor came to the throne imperialism was firmly fastened upon Germany, but the young emperor, fearful that the world would not credit him as the one ruler of his land, placed restrictions upon the veteran statesman, which led to the latter's retirement in 1890, greatly to the sorrow of a large majority of his countrymen. Bismark was a man of strong character and great intellectual powers, and ranks easily at the head of the list of German statesmen. His firm adherence to his convictions and unselfish devotion to his native land won him the respect of the civilized world. Germany mourns sincerely for the departed statesman.


     The three branches of the fusion party opened their state conventions in Lincoln yesterday, but no information as to the result of their deliberations are procurable at the time The Nonpareil goes to press. The conventions may close their deliberations in a single day, but more likely several days will be required for them to agree upon a state ticket. Last year three days were consumed in balloting and wrangling and only two important offices were to be filled.


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For Governor.
M. L. HAYWARD of Octoe (sic).

For Lieutenant Governor.

For Secretary of State.
C. DURAS of Saline.

For Auditor of State.
T. L. MATHEWS of Dodge.

For Supt. of Public Information.
J. F. SAYLOR of Lancaster.

For Attorney General.
N. D. JACKSON of Antelope.

For Commissioner.
G. R. WILLIAMS of Douglas.

For Treasurer.

     The above is the state ticket nominated by the republicans at Lincoln yesterday. Hayward, for governor, is a strong man, and the entire ticket seems to be a very clean one, and one that republicans can support with a good conscience.


     There has always been a disposition on the part of the metropolitan dailies to assume a disparaging attitude towards the country press, and at times they almost make the country editor feel that he cuts a very small figure in the world of newspaperdom. As to one country newspaper this is true, but applied to the country press as a body it is far from the truth. In Nebraska, and almost every other state, the country papers are more universally read and wield ten times the influence of the city press. And it is not beyond the great quillpushers in their luxuriant editorial rooms to acknowledge the ability of the country press, in rather a round-about way, by occasionally stealing gems of thought from their country exchanges. This truth was forced upon us by seeing an article from our humble pen recently, reproduced in three leading daily papers of the state as original matter, with no semblance of credit to the author.


     With the returning confidence in the success of the season's corn crop comes the cheering news that the demand is likely to be quite heavy, not alone for domestic use but for foreign export. Well informed people advance this as a certainty, and if true it means good prices as well as a good yield, two features of the corn situation which seldom go together. When the farmers raise a large crop they meet discouraging prices, but when the yield is small and they have no corn to sell the prices are tantalizingly high. The trouble has been that corn relied almost solely upon the domestic consumption and naturally a large crop created a surplus with the consequent low prices, and there was no escaping the

condition. With other cereals it has been different. There is a demand for wheat the world over and often when the crop in the United States is most abundant the prices are the highest, because we are only a factor in the world's wheat production and our output is not large enough to materially affect a heavy foreign demand which may be created from many causes, but this elasticity has not been experienced in the corn market. The cause has always been clearly apparent, and the efforts of recent years to introduce our corn as a cheap food staple in Europe have been made with a view to remedying the evil. Through these efforts the prejudice against corn in England, Germany, France and Russia has rapidly disappeared and during the past two years our exportations of corn have grown with amazing rapidity. Europe needs cheap a food product, and they are finding in corn something that fills the want and extensive establishments are being constructed in the countries named to manufacture it into food products. Those who are watching the situation claim that our exports of the new crop will eclipse all former figures and will be of sufficient amount to materially strengthen the market, and yet corn exportation will only be in its infancy, with a vigorous and rapid growth before it.     


     Thomas Farrel was renominated by the fusion convention at Clarks last Saturday as the popocratic candidate for senator from this district. The convention is said to have been somewhat warm. Polk county had two candidates for the place, but the Merrick county gentleman out generated them and won the day. Tom is a Merrick county product and The Nonpareil can congratulate him on his success so far in the campaign, but takes this occasion to remind him that to the best of our knowledge and belief this will not be a fusion year in Nebraska and that this district will probably go with the crowd -- republican.


The Tripartite Convention.

For Governor

W. A. Poynter

For Lieutenant-Governor

A.E. Gilbert

Attorney General

C. J. Smythe

Secretary of State

W. F. Porter


J. F. Cornell


J. B. Meserve

Land Commissioner

J. V. Wolfe

State Superintendent

W. R. Jackson

     The above state ticket was born of the labors of the fusion conventions at Lincoln last week. One day and night were consumed in accomplishing the result, the democrats not concurring in Poynter's nomination until 5:55 in the morning, although the populists and silver republicans had agreed upon him early in the night. The report had spread that Poynter was a temperance man -- in fact, a believer in prohibition -- and he was subjected to the humility of being forced to appear before the democratic branch and make a public denial of this, which seemed to soften the hearts of the democratic brethren who promptly passed favorably upon his nomination. The populists consumed most of the official pie. The only crumbs, they scattered to their political allies.

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     We pledge legislation for state control and regulation of public corporations in the interest of the people -- From republican state platform.

     The above is the plank in the republican state platform in reference to the legislative control of corporations. No party pledge could be clearer or more to the point. The meaning is not shrouded in uncertainty by a useless flow of rhetoric; it is an honest, outspoken pledge that represents the sentiment of the republicans of Nebraska. If they are restored to power we have perfect confidence that the pledge will be redeemed by the next legislature. Such a plank in a state platform is far more appreciable than long-winded paragraphs dealing with national finances, foreign affairs, or other similar matters of national scope, with which the platforms of the three allied parties are crowded to the extent of a column or so. The republican platform is only about one-third the length of that of any of its opponents, yet it say more and means more than all of them put together. It is framed in plain language that all can understand

and is entirely free from grand stand utterances. It is a business-like document.


      It is possible that the United States may have to administer deserved chastisement to another of the obsolete monarchies of the old world. During the atrocious carnage that attended the Armenian massacres a large amount of property belonging to American missionary societies was destroyed. This government of course demanded indemnity for the loss sustained by its citizens, and the reply has but recently been received from the Turkish government refusing to comply with the demands. The claim is considered a just one and there is not .... (incomplete)


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