burdens heavier than ever placed upon any of our governors
before, he overcame all obstacles and solved all problems, and gave
Nebraska the best administration it ever had. He will long be remembered
as a governor for all the people.
The little army of soulsavers that his prison warden refused to
feed at the expense of the state, were, of course, opposed to the
governor, and the lies that they scattered broadcast about the atrocities
at the prison, lost the governor many votes, likewise did the division
of the Republican party. In one of those landslides that comes every
so often, and puts a democrat in office, he went down to temporary
defeat, to rise again before long to a still higher office. He is
today the strongest Republican in the state. Those who turned against
him realize their mistake and regret it. Were the elections to be
held over again now, he would sweep the country.
In the office of the chief clerk at the prison,
hangs a large picture
of Governor Aldrich. There were also pictures of him on the walls of the other
offices, but it was astonishing to see how quickly they were taken down. One
of the officials, a turncoat, a two-faced skate, even sent down to Lincoln
for a picture of the democratic governor-elect, on the day after election.
He got it and hung it over his desk. When the democrats came smelling around
and were telling about "what we are going to do when we take
possession" this man used to tell how he had supported Mr. Morehead.
He managed to hold his fifty dollar job and is at the height of his
But the picture of the governor remained upon the walls of my office.
When Mr. Fenton, the democratic warden, took possession he suggested
that "we take Aldrich down and put Morehead up." I told
him that it was not a matter of politics with me but the picture
hung there on account of my admiration of the governor's