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About The commoner. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-1923 | View Entire Issue (Oct. 18, 1901)
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Whether Common or Not.
Grab a Root!
When the hours seem long and the day is drear,
And fortune is cold and sneering;
When each friend goes by with averted eye,"
And tho world seems filled with jeering
Well, that is the time for a man to hraco
And smile at the old world's scolding.
Just give it a hoot and grab a root, ! '
And- keep right on a holding.
For it's pluck that wins in the long, long run;
And pluck is ahead when the day is done-
When tho sun goes down
The world will crown
The man who has fought and a. battle won.
When the truth you teach is o'er met with scorn
And the lying teachers heeded;
When both fraud and greed run ahead full speed, '
And tho right of might's conceded
Well, that is tho time for a man to work
To throttle the ills enfolding.
Though your neighbors hoot just grab a root,
And keep right on a holding.
For truth will win ere the daylight dies,
And error writhe with her poisoned lies
When the day Is done ,'-
The world will run
To lay at your feet 'the victor's prize. .
When your heart grows faint at robuffs of fato,
And you find yourself despairing;
When your brain seems numb and the hot tears
Don't you waste good time in swearing. ,
Brace up and spit on your hands once more; .. ,
Don't lay like an old log molding.
Bo known by your fruit just grab a root, ""' '
And keep right on a holding. -'" '..
For It's holding on when your cause is right; '
And it's working away with all your might,
That clears the way . '
For the better day
That is bound to dawn after error's' night.
"Is Jaggson what you would call a man of
good mental equipment?"
" "Well, I have seen him read a patent medicine
ad. "carefully and then go about his work without
complaining of any symptoms of disease."
"I hev noticed," remarked Aunt Lib, looking
over her spectacles, "that most of this cry against
yellow journalism comes from the journals that
aro green with envy."
Ho laughs best who is cheerful all the time.
Nothing succeeds .like water when properly
Prayer is not ordering what you want, but
asking for what you need.
Investigation is tho mothor of agitation,1 there
fore' the grandraothdr of reformation.
The difference between try and cry is so small
that tho wonder Is anybody ever wastes time at
There Is a bright lining to every cloud; though
you pay out money for coal In winter you 'save
mightily on ice bills.
The difference between a man's will and a
woman's will is that almost any lawyer will under
take to break the former, while no sensible man
will undertake to break the latter.
"Papa, I must have some school, supplies," re-
. marked' Willie at tho supper table; " '
"Gracious alive!" ejaculated Willie's papa.
"Will I never get done buying school supplies?
What do you have to have now?"
"Well, I got t have a football, a nose shield, a
pair of springheel shoes, a belt, a flannel shirt, leg
guards, a chunk o' rubber t' hold in my teeth, a
book o' rules an' instructions, a punchin'.bag, a
pair o' dumb bells an' a sweater. Will you get
'em for mo tomorrow?"
"Does your daughter play tho piano?"
"Not yet. She only works it."
Years of sorrow and toil and tears,
Gloom and dark despairing.
Hours too short when we forget
Cares and burden bearing.
Years of peace and light and love,
Home and dear ones greeting.
A moment now and then of gloom
That brighter makes each meeting.
Why sit ye down in sad repining?
Quick, turn the cloud for the silver lining!
Will M. Maupln. '
Items of Interest.
Pacific coast exports of wheat during the pres
ent season will reach 100,000 tons.
Tho waiters' union of Galveston is alarmed
over the introduction of Chinese restaurants.
A plague of grasshoppers has been visited
upon the central provinces of Spain this season.
Colorado estimates that 60,000 tourists have
visited the state during the present tourist season.
In 1900 the Pacific coast exported 500,000,000
feet of lumber and shipped 300,000,000 feet east
The sockeye salmon pack of the Puget Sound
territory for the present season is valued at
Florida is having the largest tobacco crop ever
raised in the state. The average is 1,000 pounds
to the acre.
Tho Jordan is a river that has never been
navigated and flows into a sea which contains no
Glasgow, Scotland, has 815 miles of streets to
keep clean and an army of 1,300 men is employed
to do the work.
The latest reports are to the effect that this
season's oyster crop will be the largest in the
France has twelve large .automobile factories
with a combined capital of $19,000,000 and employ
ing 15,000 workmen.
Tho loop at "Agony Point" on the Darjeoling
railway, India, Is said to be the sharpest railroad
curve in tho world.
Those who decree the season's fashions declare
that this is to be a "velvet winter," meaning that
velvets will be much worn.
Ribbon makers in Europe attribute the poor
condition of tho ribbon trade to the bicycle.
Women who ride bicycles do not wear ribbons as
Four and one-half gallons of spirits are made
from a bushel of corn. With corn at CO cents a
bushel the spirits cost a fraction over 13 cents
There are 444 lumber mills in the state of
"Washington, sawing 9,000,000 feet daily and turn
ing out 30,000,000 shingle's. The mills employ 24,
A resident of 'London recently won a heavy
wager by cooking a plum pudding ten feet be
low tho surface of the Thames river. He enclosed
the pudding in a sack .of lime. The water slacked
the lime and the heat cooked the pudding In two
In Great Britain the ratio of widows to tho
adult female population' is 76 in 1,000. Tho ratio
of widowers to tho adult male population is 35 to
Rosewood is so-called because it emits a
fragrant odor when cut, not because of! its color.
It is comparatively light, a cubic foot ' weighing
A horse can live twenty-five days without solid
food, merely drinking water; seventeen days with
out food or drink, and only five days on solid food
without water. '
The only lighthouse in Alaska is at Sitka. It
consists of a high pole to which is fastened a red
luntern. The government pays $10 a month for
Women were employed in tho BVitish postal
service for the first time in 1870. Now there are
vl the British isles nearly 85,000 postmistresses
and female clerks.
Cats' tails are a favorable article of adorn
ment for female wearing apparel. A recent lot sold
in New York consisted of the tails of nearly a mil
lion defunct felines.
The first twentieth century missionary con
vention of tho Christian church will be held in
Minneapolis October 10 to 17. It is estimated
that 20,000 delegates and visitors will attend.
Rhodo Island claims to be the birthplace of
the American iron industry. In 1675 a forge set
up in Pawtucket by Joseph Jenks, jr., was de
stroyed by the Indians.
New Orleans has 225 miles of street railway.
The mileage is divided among several compauies
and preparations are being made to consolidate
. the whole into one system.
The government of New Zealand is pursuing
the policy of buying back large estates ffbm" tho
proprietors and cutting them up into small hold
ings for men of limited means.
There aro more than 5,000 building and loan
associations in the United States. The total num
ber of shareholders is 2,500,000 and the total net
'assets more than $450,000,000.
The bank of England has a gold weighing
machine so delicate in- its construction that tho.,
weight of a postage stamp will turn the Index on
the dial a distance of six inches. ,
Fifty-four in every 100,000 deaths in the en:-'
tire country are not caused by either accident or
disease. They are caused by old age the "run
ning down of the human clock."
Fifty years ago Kennebunkport, Maine, had a
large shipbuilding industry. The shipping in
dustry of the town Is now confined to the building
of canoes and an occasional schooner.
Nels Morris of Chicago is the largest breeder
of Angus cattle in the United States. His "C"
ranch in Texas contains 280,000 acres upon which,
. feed 15,000 head of this breed of cattle.
A prominent geographer has just made an in
teresting calculation. He says that if the oceans
of the earth were to be emptied of their water it
would take tho rivers flowing into them 40,000
years to bring them up to the present level.
Forty per cent of tho men employed in tho
Minnesota mines are Finns. Another 40 per cent
are Hungarians, 8 per cent are Italians and tho
remaining 12 per cent made up of Americans,
Germans, Frenchmen, Scotchmen and Welshmen.
Professor Dexter of the University of Illinois
declares that the desire to fight is affected by tho
temperature. As the temperature rises the desire
to fight increases, stopping at 85 degrees and wilt
ing as the thermometer registers higher. Assault
cases aro commoner in summer than in winter, On
the contrary, drunkenness decreases with rising
temperature and increases with falling temperature,
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