The commoner. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-1923, July 12, 1901, Page 8, Image 8
flW! Commoner. 8 "V-l-- K Whether Common or Not;. When Wife' Away When wife's away I strivo to keep The house as clean as clean can bo; So, -when she comes back homo again ' No trace of dirt or dust she'll see, -But, somehow, men don't seem to have The knack of keeping houses neat, So, in about three days, or less", No scene of wreck is more complete. Old papers here, cigar ash there, Soiled linen scattered everywhere The beds unmade, the chairs all gray With dust, when one's wife is away. She leaves the house as neat as wax, With everything in proper place, And when I say I'll keep It clean A knowing smile lights up her face. I mean to do it, too, but when I search for linen 'tis my doom To end the task with everything Spread broadcast throughout ev'ry room. '. Old flannels here, old trousers there; The bedclothes Btacked on every chair t t 'T would seem a cyclone had held sway ?. : Around the house while wife's away. . , The very chairs seem full of life And move around from place to places Each corner seems to hunt for dirt m . ' To flaunt before my very face.-. ..w,H I seek but once to cook a meal ' -,',',- ; And then the kitchen breaks the peace; Before I've turned the gas stove off The kitchen's full of dirt and grease. .' , Bread crumbs are here, and egg-shells there, r f;: A oick'nlng smell pervades the air 7.M' Do what you will, work as you may,1- tfi ' Things will go wrong -when wife's .away; v.i ' i But worse than dirt or grimy dust c Is coming home at night to miss .--A smile of welcome at the door; To be deprived of childish kiss. I see in ev'ry little nook Reminders of the loved ones gone Reminders' that I can not hide, .." ' But lonely sit and gaze upon. An apron hero, a dolly there, . ; A hat that pressed o'er ringlets fair Bach day a week, each hour a day, "When "wife and baby are away;-' Fatal Worry "Poor Thinkem has become insane.' "You don't tell me! What was the cause"?" "He discovered an Impenetrable armor plate and then worried himself crazy for fear that some other fellow would invent a projectile that could pierce it." - away; "but you just wait until man has. learned to preserve Ice during the summer and forms a trust." .. This will explain why the pelicans of today. do . not boast of their largo bills. v NN i But You Find tho Bill The iceman knocks and out -you rush- To get the ice the weather's hot. : - . But all you find he's loft behind Upon the porch is one damp spot. . ,;;-, ns l . The Prim niss Prim. ' ' "Miss Prim left the Beach Hotel because 'the management admitted to the dining-room' men who wore shirt-waists." ' "Who is Miss Prim?" "Don't you know Miss Prim? She's the young lady whose bathing suit has been the talk of the town ever since she came." Guarded. "Did you say I was a liar!" exclaimed the.red ,fuced man. ; "No, I did not," replied the little man, guard edly. "I oiily said your conversation reminded mo of . the weather man's predictions." Which? 'I see that Dusenberry has been honored with the title 'of 'LL. D.'" . - ' -' - "Oil or study?" ' ' "-' Farmer Josh "I see by th' papers," remarked Farmer Josh Plowem, "that them city, fellers air awful worried i fear ua farmers won't git enough help t' harvest our wheat. We wouldn't hov no trouble liarvestin' th' kind of wheat a lot o' them city fellers buy an' sell." v Pride Before a Fall. Tho pelican gazed with admiration into the mirror-like surface of the water. "Surely no other created thing has such a magnificent bill," it said. "True, ' remarked the little fish as it wriggled ji- A Strange Fact Perhaps you have already made note of the fact that tht man who drinks whisky in the winter to warm himself, is the same man who drinks whisky in the summe'r to cool himself. . I. i:..i -W. M. M. ; i T ..-.5 ' :1J v Dr. pattoriV Advice. Xn;Patton, president of Princeton college, - de-' livered an interesting address to the graduating class. The following extract is1 made from the re port. which appeared insthe papers: - "Life is going to be hard. Those not born1 with fortunes will find it very difficult to make them, and those who succeed will be few. Let us not set our hearts on wealth, because we will be disappointed. . "The time is not far off when it will be diffi cult to put an advertisement upon any commodity and say of anything that we eat or drink, or wear or use, 'this is not made by a trust.' " He had selected as his text: "And we will take your good liest young m&n and put them to work." . "My particular audience this morning," de clared Dr. Patton, "is composed of college men whb are entering upon the work of life. I cannot fail to remember that these college men are also standing upon the threshold of the new century, and the question of the relations of these young men and of men similarly situated to these, I think, is of some importance. - "I think they should understand the peculiar environment in which they live, and with which they are, as life goes on, to become better and bet ter acquainted. "This environment has many phases, and I want first to consider the intellectual situation. "It is hard'to put your finger upon the conspicuous ly great men now living. There is no Gladstone, no Tennyson, no Browning,- no Darwin, and no sign of any of them. We are living upon the great conceps that great men have given us. Darwin's generalization has been big enough to go around the whole world of biology, and we aro busy ap plying it to various fields of its application. And yet we must remember that the men of this age are living upon a vory high plane. Out in Denver I noticed that the Rocky mountains disappointed; they did not look very high, but I was a mile up myself. And after all, the level is pretty high on which the average man lives today, and it is a very extraordinary sort of a man who is going to rise so far above his fellows as to be recognized as a conspicuously1 groat man of the Twentieth cen tury." ; ' Touching on religion, Dr. Patton observed that "This Is the significant feature of tho times. The great concepts in science and philosophy are re ligious and the great trend of thought is toward tho consummation of the fundamental truths. It is hard to find armaterJalist nowadays, and it is true we aro not as easily frightened by. that word. We havo come into the place of other nations. Wo have stepped into their steps so rapidly and havo formed a place among the great powers of tho world. "But there is a moral issue Involved; 'great and perplexing, moral questions emerge, "We ask ourselves, when wo see the nations armed to tho teeth and making war upon weaker nations, whether we are living in the Twentieth century of the Christian era. We see that the na tions foremost in the service of tho Prince of Peace are not studying the things that make for peace nor the things wherewith they should edify one another; but are studying the things that mean for war, and tho means by which they may destroy one another. "We would like to have these difficulties set tled. We would like to feel that the march of civilization is in harmony with the great law or right; that there is a fundamental principle that controls every step we take. "We are not satisfied with the principles that seem to govern. We are not satisfied even when the supreme court of the United States, having .the largest jurisdiction of any court in the world, setr ties the great question of insular relationship to ' the constitution. It is not that they decided in this way or that way, hut because they seem to have decided it both ways. "There is difficulty of a fundamental moral kind in regard to the question as to whether the law of God, which controls individual life, can con- trol national life as well. " And the question 4s whether you can justify a good end brought about by a wrong means." . - -,- One of the rural poets doesn't take a cool view of-the hereafter. He sings: "Life and love ' ' ; 4 . ' ' - An' joy amazin'; ' ." mittr ,..1.1 1.1. An' the next one blazin'!" .V r Atlanta Constitution. .: JSL4& Confessional.1 (By Howard S. Taylor.) God of cur Sires who hither fled Across a strange and stormy sea, Who suffered exije, toiled and .bled To make themselves and children free, God of the Pilgrims, smite us not! We havo forgot! We have forgot! How runs the story? Far away We hear the epoch-opening gun" Fired by our minute men at bay' Upon the green at Lexington. But far and faint we heed it not, Lord God of Hosts, we havo forgot! M-& 6 ' k V ;,s v The Bill of Rights our Fathers signed And sealed with shot and saber-stroke, Their just appeal to all mankind, Their prayers sent up through hattle-smoke' Their faith humane, without a blot, ''' Lord Christ, torgive! Wo have forgot! ' o All, if where sunset Islands1 lie, . .&? Thy brave, brown men their blood shall spill; " Shall strike for liberty and die, . ... .,'-:, .. Slain by the heirs of Bunker Hill, .... - ' .Thou wilt remember, wilt Thou not? ,M Though we, Thy people, have forgot! We have forgot! A Roman lust Profanes our ancient, holy things; "Wo trample justice in the dust N ' We have the rabies of the kings! . - . . The scarlet rage of gun and sword! 'r Have mercy on Thy people, Lord!. Amenfl ?