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About The commoner. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-1923 | View Entire Issue (Sept. 11, 1903)
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.VOLUME 3, NUMBER 31
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Tht Shady Side ol Forty.
rOn the shady side of forty, tut the sun
is sailing high,
4 And the path la gently winding- where;
Ihe sweetest roses lie.
.On the. shady side of forty, but amidst
"the golden glow
I am walking with my loved ones
where the fairest flowers grow.
'nYouth is still beside me trudging down.
the incense-laden way
' And I fear not coming shadows of an
evening cold and gray,
' Tor with light and love and laughter
why should one be full of gloom ,
'On the shady side of forty while the
roses are in bloom.
' On the shady side of forty, but yet
scarcely past the noon,
' And the birds are gaily singing each
its merry woodland tune.
On the shady side of. forty, -but my
pathway I pursue
Full of hope and cheer and pleasure
with the old friends tried and true.
Love is keeping step besidd me and
the sky o'erhead is clear,
'And I take no thought of twilight and
a night lime dark and drear.
For while loved ,ones cling about me
why should I be full of dread
1 On the shady side 'of forty with a
bright sun overhead?
.. On the shady side of forty, but my
joys are all increased
, For I live again tha hours when the
sun was in the east..
' On the shady side of forty,- and I live
; again the joy,
la the mem'ries, gay and happy, of the
days when but a boy. .
Visions sweet come trooping" past v mo
as I walk along the way,
And I live the happy morning, work
ing in the close of day.
So with loved ones walking by me
while the west is all aglow,
I can pluck life's sweetest flowers in
the gardens where they grow.
ishly lush into temptation, a man wrho
will hold himself aloof from .tho30
things which may create trouble; and
above all we must-nominate a man
who has .maintained a course that ,has
not resulted in making enemies among
the influential people of the county. I
have such a man in mind, , and I
nominate for ,this important office
Major Galloway Smithers." . '
When the cheering "had subsided' a
little man from a, back district arose
and shouted ...
"Mr. Chairman, th' fust time I see
Major Galloway Smithers wus lasb win
ter, an' he wus actin' as jedgeuv a
baby show. Now I hold, that no man
uv discretion "
That settled it Major Galloway
Smithers was defeated for the nomina
tion by a farmer from Lick Skillet
Seeing no other way to break the
Smlthers-corporation combine the
agricultural delegates had sprung the
baby show dodge. The major had
never attended a baby show in, his
life, yet this only serves to show that
sometimes the corporation managers
get a dose of their own political medi
The President and the Cowboy.
AnnnrrHno- fn M.v Wollmnn's dl snatch
'"u,l,D " i "" . Lt lresn young doctor wno tries to maice "r r , , TT r a
its golden tints are painting on peopi0 believe that he is busy by Monday the president is in a good
j canvas of the west whipping his horses on the dead run aal a Quandary over the question
On the shady side of forty?
on the sunny side,
For I see the sun in splendor down the
sky-blue distance glide,
Pictures of a stately mansion where
at last my soul shall rest.
On the sunny side .of forty! And the
pathway leads along
"Flowered banks and rills that ripple
in a never-ceasing song;
And I walk with loved ones ever with
. a heart so lght and gay
On the sunny side of forty in . the
.- ' brightest of the day,
A Natural fllstak.
Naturally enough we were greatly
embarrassed, but the mistake was a
natural one. Noting that the youth
was earnestly studying a medical book
'That's right, my son; the profes
sion of medicine is one of the greatest,
for that which tends to alleviate the
Ills of mankind is certainly noble. I
wish for you great success as a physi
cian." "Physician, nothin'!" ejaculated the
youth. "I'm gittln' ready f'r me com
mission in de army."
T?et, despite recent events, 'we still
. insist . that our mistake was a nat
Don't Da That.
Some men spend all their time loaf
ing around waiting for a soft job with
a big salary attachment to strike
them. Don't do that.
The honey bee spends the summer
working to make honey for man to
steal from him. But the bee knows no
better. The miser hoards his money
through privation and distress for
some heir to squander. Don't- do that
There are some people who want
so badly to appear "swell" that they
lock up the front of the house and
live in a back room upstairs all sum
mer in order to have people believe
they were at the seashore. Don't do
We know men so constituted that all
the vtime they are not currying their
favorite horses they are scolding their
children. Don't do that.
He is not yet obsolete we mean the
fresh young doctor who tries to make
have been 61 the opinion that the
farmer is.tau.tyo well able to hold his
own when he makes lip his mincUto
do so. -
T Sir Thoma Llptsn. -
We hope you'll come across agajn
And try to lift theft cup, sir;
But wo assure you that -we don't
Intend to give it up, sir.
Try, try again! Perhaps you may
In time" be fortunate, sir, '" 'V
And lift the bloomin' silver mug
With Shamrock XLVIU'.sir - '
Brain Leak. .",".
Every sin "leaves a scar. '
There are no this fall's fashions in
last year's magazines. -
The seed of doubt 'grows luxuriantly
in the soil of jealousy.
The man who laughs 'is to be
trusted; he is also to be feared.
The 'man who habitually carries a
big stick seldom lacks the disposition
to use it.
Many a professed Christian - has
taken good care that his pocketbqok
is not converted.
Rag time is what most people want
when they vociferously cheer the ren
dition of a classic.
gjome people ask forgiveness of their
sins just like -they ask for a second
helping of roast beof.
The man who is too intent on get
ting ahead in this world will find' him
self behind in ,the next. " ' '
Perseverance and prayer will enable
you to surmount any obstacle in the
road to "deserved success.
We wouldn't blame some women for
thinking that heaven is a place where
there are no dishes to "wash.
We wouldn't give a snap for a dog
without a tail. The worth of a dog
lies in its ability to wag its welcome.
As a rule just when a, man gets hold
of enough money to enable him to do
an immense amount of good he loses
all desire to do it
Some people spend so much time
asking God for what they want that
they have no time to thank Him for
giving them what they need.
issue of bank notes with the general
assets of the banks, as, security instead
of bonds deposited-in the treasury, it
has ardent supporters among the
champions of an elastic currency, but
lias aroused a stubborn opposition be
cause of its very wide departure from
thoold system. There is a fear that
there may be too much elasticity ono
way, and the novelty- of the sc-home
from the present Anjerican point of
view tells against it' The people feel
that the bonds have constituted a sta
blobasis of circulation for many years,
and they aro apt tp-olass bank notes
without bonds with the wild-cats of a
more ancient history.
So far as the public knows, the
president has not pronounced in favor
of either the Aldrich or tin Fowler
bill, but while he was on his western
tour he spoke of the "need of a chango
in the laws to secure "such expansion
and contraction as" will promptly and
automatically respond to the varying
demands of commerce.'-' Possibly he
is inclined to fall bacjc now upon th"
Cannon plan because the difficulties of
each proposed change keep looming
i.p larger, but if the currency is not
dealt with directly it must be dealt
with indirectly through the tariff. The
revenues are so much in excess of the
needs of the government that many,
millions are withdrawn from circula
tion to heap up an idle surplus, and
this is a condition of affairs which
cennot be suffered to continue indefi
nitely. If there is not a tariff chango
there will be a political change, Chi
cago Record-Herald. "
through the village street. There are
men in other lines of business who
try the same dodge, but they deceive
no ono. Don't do that.
We never see a young man who
thinks it is smart to pretend that he
is "half-seas over" without desiring to
walk up to him and say, "Don't do
The biggest boor on earth is the old
man who tries to act like a boy when
there are a lot of young women around.
Don't do that.
The foolish man wastes his morn
ing hours in dreaming about what,
he intends doing during the afternoon.
Don't do that.
It is possible for a man to build such
a fine house that It can never seem
like a home. Don't do that.
There are those who spend so much
time trying to ape the ways of great
men that they never have time to
achieve greatness themselves. Don't
"Gentlemen of the convention," de
clared the man who had secured rec
ognition, "wo are here today to nomi
nate a man for the important office of
legishlor. We must have a man of
discretion, a man who will not fool-
Tht Worm Has Turned.
"And so you aro the man, to whom
the city sharps sell the gold bricks?"
- "Nope," responded the horny-handed
farmer. "I uster be, but not now.
I'm sellin' th' city fellers watered milk,
process butter, incubator eggs, and
feedin' city boarders on canned fresh
Since this short conversation we
of financial legislation. He does not
know whether to make any recommen
dations to congress on the subject or
not Certainly he might well be con
fused by the multitude of councilors.
who are pressing their advice upon
him, since they present at least three
sharply defined sets of ideas and sug
Mr. Cannon, who will be speaker of
the house, is said to be opposed to
any change in the present laws. His
tbeory is understood to be that the
let-alone policy is by far the safest
one . for the administration and the
country, and there is probably a pret
ty large number -of conservatives who
bold to this view.
Advocates of a chango may be
roughly divided into those who favor
the Aldrich bill and those who favor
the Fowler bill? Both these measures
failed to pass at the last session of
congress, but they remain as the basis
for the proposals of two schools of
financiers. The Aldrich bill provided
for the substitution of state and rail
road bonds having a well assured val
ue for government bonds as security
for government deposits in the banks
without alteration in the system of
bank note issues. The proposal is now
combined with others which, it is said,
will come up at a conference of lead
ing senators at Senator Aldrich's
The Fowler bill provides for the
No More Disease.
The French government has recent
ly taken preventive measures in the
schools which will at some time prac
tically stamp out '' the disease in
France, if they are persisted in. The
pupils are examined., every three
months, and their physical condition
with reference to the' 'danger of con
sumption is entered on their reports;1
no carpets are allowed in school rooms
and no dry sweeping is permitted; the
furniture is regularly washed; book3
are regularly disinfected; promiscu
ous use of penholders, and pencils is
forbidden every pupil must have hi9
own, and they aro advised to keep
them out of thel: mouths. In boarding
schools -a severer routine is prescribed
and consumptive pupils are to be kept
from school. Such a system as this,
if it be. carried out, would in a gener
ation or two make consumption quite
as rare as smallpox. World's Work
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