come to the final parting of the ways in the national
election of that year.
1 Omaha Nebraskian, August 18, 1860.
2 Nebraska City News, August 25, 1860.
year. It would have taken almost indefinite postponement
of the time for payment to avoid inconvenience or hardship,
and these extravagant complaints were no doubt largely a
DR. JOHN MCPHERSON
Member of territorial constitutional convention and credited with establishing the first Nebraska newspaper, the Advertiser, at Brownville.
Daily's homely art and artfulness were
put to powerful use, and the now thoroughly receptive
anti-slavery sentiment in the Northwest lent peculiar force
to his assaults on "this yer dimmicratic party" and his
uncompromising and ultra-conservative opponent.
3 Nebraska City News, September 8, 1860.
that of the 5,900 votes cast Morton received 2,957 and
Daily 2,943, and they gave the certificate of election to
Morton, but through the remarkable action of Governor Black,
one of the canvassers, Morton's cup of victory was to be
dashed from his very lips.
last regular message I shall have the honor to submit --
without uttering the voice of direct appeal to you in your
own behalf and that of the people at large. Our internal
affairs call for the exercise of wisdom, sound judgment,
patience, and an honest purpose. These will not fail of
producing prosperous results now, and permanent good in time
to come. I believe today, and with no broken nor diminished
confidence, in the wonderful capacity of Nebraska and in her
ultimate and complete success. A soil so rich and prolific,
a climate for most parts of the year so pleasant, and at all
seasons so full of health, was not meant for a waste place
nor a wilderness. God has written His decree of her
prosperity deep in the earth, and develops His designs in
the rejoicing harvests which return in smiling abundance to
them who, betimes, have sown in tears. With an unfaltering
trust it becomes us to believe, and to say that we believe
that He will not suffer His own ordinances to fail, and the
plain purposes of His own will to come short of
SAMUEL FINDLEY BURTCH
Member of constitutional convention, former treasurer of Sarpy county, member of legislature, 1877, and receiver of United States land office.
territorial board of equalization, and have made a levy
to suit their views." Of a levy on the several counties of
$19,615.47, for 1859, only $4,813.36 had been paid. The
message recommends the funding of the warrants, then worth
only fifty or sixty cents on the dollar, into five or ten
year bonds. It complains also that the territorial officers
who receive fees are getting extravagant compensation.
Exemption from taxation of a portion of individual holdings
of land to encour-
age growth of trees is also recommended.
spectfully represent to your honorable body that the
people residing in the western portion of the territories of
Kansas and Nebraska, commonly known as the provisional
territory of Jefferson, have, through their delegate to this
assembly, expressed a desire to obtain a separate and
distinct territorial organization, and your memorialists
believe that the great distance intervening between the
capital and the extreme western portion of this territory
renders it impracticable to organize counties therein, and
that a territorial organization is necessary to protect the
lives and property of the people of that remote region.