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About The commoner. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-1923 | View Entire Issue (Aug. 16, 1901)
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Whether Common or Not.
When evening shadows cool and deep
Across the pathway fall; " v
When evening stars begin to peep
' Like sentinels a watch to keep
In silence over all,
I sit and hear a sweet refrain
Come floatinr full and f rce
A song that takes me back again
Through years. o sunshine and of rain
' "Then you'll remember me."
The singer's tones are strong and sweet,
Her heart is in the song;
And far adown the city's street
There waits the singer's song to greet
, A raotly, surging throng.
'And as tho voice floats on the air
On vice-stained face we see
A mera'ry of a mother's prayer
That follows loved one everywhere
"Then you'll remember meJ'
"When other lips and other hearts"
Call us afar from home';
' When land and sea a family parts,
:A tear of mem'ry oft starts
As far the wand'rer roams.
And while that memory shall last
No waste of land or sea
Can drive away the spell that's cast "t
By home thoughts of a happy past '- . . -"Thfin
vou'll remember mo."1 ' '-$X
.' Ulterior Motive.
'TJ' Jinks says he is going- to take tho- stump
for? ulsp'arty this campaign."
"That's just like B'Jlnks anything-' to' boom
his business. Why, don't you know that Brink's is
interested in a factory that makes stump pulling
In tho Fashion.
Our Beautiful Language. ,
;A 'maiden from far Albuquerque
Who walked In a manner quite puerque, ,
Once went to Duquesne
And began to compluesne
That she found the moist atmosphere- muerque.
Won a Prize.
"Sir, 1 have borne to ask you for your daugh
"All right, my boy. I think you'll find It 'in
the dishwater." .
Then the young man left smiling, knowing that
if such was the case he had won a prize.
The weary taxpayers called on the haughty
office-holder to protest.
"But what can I do?" queried the office-holder,
weary with the toil of signing a salary voucher.
"You mistake my position."
"Indeed we do not," retorted the spokesman
of the party. "You are very much like the gov
ernment land lottery."
"Pray, how is that?," asked, the puzzled office
holder. "You average about one performance to fifteen
Then the- taxpayerst'filedi-oiitdiopelesslyapa
silently ' . J " Vf ." Z "
A Father Goose Rhyme.
"Ba! Ba! black sheep.
Have you any wool?"
, . "Yes, my kind sir,
'Three bags full.
One for my master
And two for the man
Who comes campaign tinies
With a frying pan."- ..
Practical Application. . ' '
V'Papa," suddenly exclaitaed little- Rlnuldo;
lcolcing up from his picture book, "do .you believe
in the golden rule?"
"Certainly, my son, We all believe in that."
With a glad light in tils soulful blue eyes
Rinaldo walked up to his papa arid placed a dime in
"There, papa," he saidv "just run down to the
toy store and buy yourself one of those 10-cent
kites., I would make it a quarter kite if I had
AmdskQuito "Wife,-If my kerosene pondpans
out welTl' will be able to fulfill tho dream of my
Mrs. Amos Quito "What Is that, dear?"
Amos Quito "I'll be able to found a school
for the 'purpose of teaching the young mosqulta
A Beneficial Trust;
.,f "I see by the papers, that a vaudeville tr.ust
has-been organized.." '
' . "Good. Anything calculated to limit the sup
ply of vaudeville artists has my unqualified approval."
'Smlhers isj fthe most absent-minded man I
"What's he been doing now?"
"Sent tils 'automobile to' the horseshoed rind 'his
pacer to ttie plumber's..' ' ' ' Wi'M.'M.
The Supreme Court Decision. -
The decisions of the supreme court deciding
the status of the recently acquired insular territory
of the United States are, to say the least, remark
ably confusing. It is doubtful if, since the days
when Chief Justice Marshall delivered his master
ful expositions of the constitutipn a case fraught
with graver and more far-reaching consequences
than these has been passed upon. In the most
important case the court was divided five to four,
and never was one opinion more diametrically op
posed to another than is that of the minority to the
majority's findings Even th& justices, composing
the majority,, though they reach, the same conclu
sions as to the constitutionality of the Porto Rican
tariff act, do so by -widely diverging Unesof argu
ment,, which conflict on some of the most momen
tous principles involved.
In brief, the finding of the court is that, while
the islands ceded by Spain are not foreign terri
tory and never were after the ratification of the
treaty of Paris, they are not a portion of the
United States, but merely possessions whose rela
tions ta the United States are much the same- as
thone of the British colonies to the mother coun
try. To reach this conclusion the majority were
forced to set aside decisions by Marshall that never
before in the history of the court have been sq
much aa questioned. Justice Brown goes so far as
to hold that In the control of the new territory
congress Is superior to the restrictions of the con
stitution ar.d may invoke its aid or ignore It as the
legislators see fit. Three of his colleagues, who
agree with him in holding that Porto Rico does not
come within the scope of the constitution when it
prescribes that all duties and taxed shall be uni
form throughout the United States, emphatically
state that their belief that in dealing with th-u "isl
ands congress is limited by those clauses in the
constitution wjhich safeguard tho life, liberty and,
property of the people. The four minority judges
while they concur in upholding this limitation, ar
gue that it is absurd to grant this, and at the same
time claim that congress may leg'islat2 uare
strained by the. restriction against inequality of
taxes and imposts.
The two controversies that brought out these
conflicting opinions are known as the De Lima
and the Lownes cases. Tho former is an action
brought- by De Lima, to 'recover duties paid- by
him under protest-on- goods shipped4nto the United-
States from Porto Rico subsequent to the cession
of the toland to thl country by the treaty of Paris
and prior to the passage of the Foraker bill placing
a special duty on articles imported from the newly
acquired territory; The contention of the govern
ment was that Porto. Rico was still foreign terri
tory within tho intent and meaning of the- Dingley
tariff, bill.- The- Salt Lake Herald.
A Debasing Spectacle.
The gpvernor of Nebraska having, lent his pres
ence and countenance to the South. Omaha bull
fight the prosecuting attorney of the county thinks
that lie is not called upon to take action- against
the men that have managed the ahow in violation
of the- law.
This position is, of course, illogical and fool
ish, hut not so hard to understand.
It illustrates the harm that may be done by
one man with little brains and a hard head.
The name of the- governor of Nebraska is
We; have not often encountered' an." instance
where a man's patronymic seemed more appro
priate. We are curious to know just what the people
of Nebraska think of their Savage.
Some persons have written to the American
pointing out that as there was no slaughter of .the
bull at the South Omaha show the so-called fight
seems to have been a fake and not worth noticing.
Not so. We are quite well aware that the bull
was not IdlledV, as it is in Spanish bull fights, but
thi& does not alter the case. A helpless beast was
nagged and irritated and tormented and driven
about; the ring, that its infuriated struggles might
amuse a crowd of spectators and arouse their in
nate brutality, and against such a debasing spec
tacle we da not think any protest could be too
strong. Chicago American.
Two things will probably impress every ol
seryan't' foreigner who comes here. One is he ex
ternal refinement of the' American women whdmr
he will meet (all or nearly all of them, as we
would say, provincial). A large proportion aro
pretty, a few are beautiful, and nine-tenths of
them are well .dressed without being overdressed.
The next thing which will strike the stranger is
the surprising sturdiness of the men, their air Of
alertness, their self-reliance and also their lament
able lack of polish. We are apt to imagine that
all Americans are of the strenuous, wan, excitable,
nerve-worn type so commonly met with in Europe.
But, as they say here, "there are others," millions
of others, scattered about the far west and the
great middle west, who are not only singularly
wide-awake-, but also healthy, These, and not
the Wall street speculators, are the men who are
building up this country, earning the fortunes
which go iiita the pockets of the multi-millionaire
and threatening Europe with the most formidable
of trade rivalries. Taken in the mass they seem
poorly educated far more poorly than the women.
Their manners, to a sensitive Frenchman or a
cultured Englishman, are the reverse of prepos
sessing. They are raw, they are ungraceful, they
are often awkward. But they are good-tempered,
Without affectation, and In most practical matters
they are unmistakably intelligent.
Women and men alike, whether they be well
or ill dressed, poor or prosperous, talk too loudly
and in shrill or rasping tones, eloquent of the dis
dain with which all evidently ragard the privacy
so dear ta English folk. It you were to address
any one o them in tho conventional phraseology
of London "society" it is "dollars, to doughnuts"
that the answer you would get would be a quick
and rather irritating "What's that?" (equivalent
to our "Beg pardon?"), or an even more exasper
ating nasal, long-drawn-out and wondering
"How?" In the eyes of the women there Js as a
rule curiosity, but no speculation. In the eyes of
the men there is self-concentration,, eagerness and
the suggestion, of that scheming turn which, in
exceptional instances, produces great organizers
like Mr. Carnegie, and in the ..multitude makes
business 'hustlersV-Buffalo - .Letter, to London
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