The commoner. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-1923, May 17, 1901, Page 8, Image 8
BSSBBBBSBSB 8, mjtilmSKr Whether Common or Not. h. 8? ; The Better View. Mr. Morgan, Mr. Morgan, with your stacks of yel low gold, And your hold upon the country's sail and steam; With your planning and your scheming and your brain with business teeming, You are moroly chasing down a phantom dream. Always thinking, always grasping, for a larger share of wealthi You are missing richest blessing oyery day, For your gold is dead dross merely dross that's sure to cost you dearly, For it makes you miss the blessings by the way. Rockofeller, Rockefeller, as you hunt around for oil, With your eyes upon the ground beneath your,, i feet, . . ' And your thoughts on treasure turning and your greedy gold lust burning, You are missing all that makes life's 'bitter Bweet. Always hunting, toiling, longing, for a greater stock of wealth, You are missing richest blessings every day; For though gold may bring you power it will n'of buy you one hour Of contentment as you tread life's weary way. . Just a toller, singing, merry;t with a'heart that's full of hope ( ' ' , And a smile at those who only think '6f pelf ; ",J,H I am happy if my singing only one result 'is bringing . ' ' ' Joy to those whom I love 'better than' myself! Jl True I'm missing gold and glory, but you're wel come to it all . ......' rve no tlmo to waste in wielding mammon's might. , , r . . u.:r v. l.:. AH the gold that's in your coffers less of real true pleasure offers Than anw.elcome from myiloved-on.es every.nigkt. ''- Not Eligible. The Managers of the great trust were seeking -a man t'oiit at the head of tlieir mammoth Con or . The Commoner. "an' I hcv noticed thet th' fellers thet air makin th' most money these days Is the fellers that buy nothin' an' noil it ag'in at a higher price." Modern Definitions. Water A stock diiutant. Margin The difference between -a sucker and a steerer. . Hope The only thing a poor man can use without paying rent. Subsidy The measure of public credulity. Dividend A chemical mixture of oil and water. War An excuse for highway robbery. Indemnity All there is left. cern. Man?1 had been considered but no selection made. 'A? last an applicant appeared. lie was questioned, and all his answers were satisfactory. - "I move you that he be selected," said ono. manager. But before the motion could be put another exclaimed: "One moment, please. Did the applicant begin lifo as a bay in our office?" With a shriek of dismay the applicant fled from the room, knowing that his chance for get ting the job was nil. - ""I have never been an office boy," he sobbed. An Unfinished Job. ' "I am a self-made man," proudly exclaimed the great financier. We gazed upon his bald head and were im pelled to ask: "Why didn't you thatch your roof better?" When too late we discovered that wo. had queered our chance of becoming a partner inline business. ' ' . . . . v , ' fc Political. A bird JnA the hand is. worth two in -the bush, f And a political "pull" Is what keeps, a man in the "push." x Uncle Ebcn. "I hev bin readin' th' papers conslderbul of late," remarked Uncle Bben as the grocer carried the cheese into the back room and locked It up, Now and Then. The man who thinks of naught but pelf And centres all his hopes on self. Will be discovered by and ;by Stuck tight and fast in the needle's eye. Financial Failure. , "HcHo, old man! Whatimikes you look so sad?" ' "Just lost $200,000." "How in the world did you come to "lose so much? Speculation?" "Yes. Miss Gotrox refused me." A Needed Precaution. "I move you, Mr. President," said the small stockholder, "that this company appropriate' money enough to buy a life boat-" Naturally the motion had to be explained, for the meeting was one of directors of a railway corporation., i "L want , It," -explained the small stockholder, "so: that ,1 can row ,to shore when the-water is squeezed out of. our stock." W. M. M. An Off icious Censor. A Russian press censor named Krassovsky, in the .reign of Nicholas I., was the bugbear of poets. He not only blacked out all that hs did not ap-rove, but he often favored the poet with criticism. A poet named Olline wrote the follow ing verses, and was rewarded with vhe following crjyy.cfisms by the censor: What bliss to live with thee, to call thee mine, My love; thou pearl of all creation! To catch upon thy lips a smile divine, Or gaze at thee in rapturous 'adoration. Censor Rather strongly put. Woman i3 not worthy for her smile to be called divine. - Surrounded by a crowd of foes and spies, When so-called friends would make us part, Thou didst not listen to their slanderous lioa. But thou didst understand the longings of my heart. Censor You ought to have stated the exact nature of these longings. It is no matter to be trifled with, sir; you are talking of yo-. soiil. Let envy hurl her poisoned shafts at me, Let hatred, persecute and curse, Sweet girl, one loving look from thee Is worth the suffrage of the universe. .;-.. . Censor Indeed? ! ! You forget that 'the uni verse contains czar, kings and other legal author ities whose good will is well worth cultivating I should think! "" '' . Come, let us fly to desert distant parts, Far from the madding crowd to rest at last, True happiness to find when our (two) hearts Together beat forgetful of the past. Censor The thoughts here expressed are dan gerous in the extreme, and ought not to bo dis seminated, for they evidently mean that the poet declines to continue his service to the czar, so as to be able to spend all his time with his beloved. Current Literature. "Pay, Pay, Pay." r The address of the British chancellor of the exchequer shows that the nation last year spent $265,000,000 more than its revenues. Besides run ning in debt $265,000,000 last year the people of the British Islands paid about $77,000,000 of war ex penses out of their taxes. The war expense therefore approximate $1,000,000 a day. The debt has been increasing at the rate of about $750,000. a day. . Under the new budget the income tax will bo 14 pence in the pound, which is nearly 6 per cent. The loyal Briton, in addition to his other taxes, must pay 6 per cent of his income into the na-. tional treasury. Last year the income tax was 5 per cent. Among the other new taxes imposed are $1 on every 112 pounds of sugar imported, 50 cents on every 112 pounds of molasses and 40 cents on every ;112 pounds of glucose. An export tax of 25 cents a ton is placed on coal. Notwithstanding the additional revenue which will be derived from these taxes, the chancellor estimates the deficit for the coming year at about $205,000,000, and asks authority to borrow $300, 000,000 in order that there may be no danger of running short of money. The cost of the Transvaal war to date is placed at $750,000,000 in money expended by the government alone, taking no account of the losses to individuals, the cessation of gold mining, th loss of life and the large number o men reduced. to invalidism by wounds or disease. Rudyard Kipling wrote some verses at the be-, ginning of the war. They were intended to inspird contributions to the support of families of soldiers at the' front. The refrain was, "Pay, Pay, Pay." When Great Britain has paid the bill for z.e'. South African war it will, indeed, have paid the price that Kruger said "would stagger humanity." . Denver News. ',... t The Dry Goods Trust. . A New York dispatch to the Chicago Tribune tells the story of the Dry Goods trust in these words: J., P. Morgan & Co. announced today some of the details of the dry goods combination which the banking house is financiering. They offer for sale . $5,000,000 of the first preferred cumulative 5 per cent stock of the Associated Merchants' company ' a corporation existing under a special charter granted by the legislature of Connecticut with an authorized capital of $20,000,000, of which $10, 000,000 is first preferred stock convertible at pleas ure of the holder into second preferred cumulative stock or into common stock; $5,000,000 is second preferred cumulative 6 per cent stock and $5000, 000 is first preferred stock. The $5,000,000 of first preferred is offered at par and is recommended by the firm as a mercantile investment of the highest class. John Claflin states that the Associated Mer chants' company purposes to acquire various dry goods businesses or interests in this city and in several other large cities of the United States. It lias already acquired from Mr. Claflin and his as- . sociates 45,000 of the 90,000 shares of the capital ' stock of the H. B. Claflin company, 12,000 of tho 18,000 shares of preferred stock of the Adams Dry; Goods company, and 6,000 of the 18,000 common1 shares and the business of James McCreery & -Co., of Twenty-third street, including merchandise, good will, leasehold, and working capital. Mr. Claflin agrees to undertake the work of making the investments for the company in other business. Mr. Claflin in his letter remarks that "tho advantage of close co-operation between . wholesale and retail business is recognized, and; the remarkable earning power of the great retail stores in hard times as well as in good times is shown by their Bucqess in the last decade."