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About The commoner. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-1923 | View Entire Issue (Jan. 8, 1904)
VOLUME 3, NO. 51.
s r Some Little Fables in Lilting Rhyme. 3n
' '"' Panama.
A , little, fable wherein is
RELATED THE STEREOTYPED
EXCUSE THAT THE' MODERN
LOOTER HAS LEARNED TO
A schemer bold onco seJL Ids eyes
upon a raVo and costly prizd owned by
another fellow man, and straightway
sot about to plan to rob the man full
spcedWeo with so-called stronuosi-tce;
but taking care the while to shirk
tho doing of the dirty work.
Tlio schemer sought in manner .siy
to bribe a servant and thcroby secure
tho prize on the q. t. without commit
ting burglary. In other words, he
merely hired a man to steal the prize
desired and .give to him a legal
quirk that somehow often seems to
The faithless s.ervant swiped the
loot and straightway- from ithe house
did scoot, and. gave .the prize to him
who paid 'the' cash'' for the unholy
trade. "I took it,'" said -the thicr,
"because my master a nicjan fellow
was. And then' agaih-7-and . it's
enough-1! really had to , have tho
The schemer took the pile. of Bwag
and 'straightway did begin to brag.
"I bought t In a manner square and
paid a" price' I thought was fair. It
matters not in my belief that it was
purchased from a thief. That is a
matter, I tell .you, with .which I've
not a thing to do." .
The victim 'of the faithless thief
was filled -with natural woe and grief,
and went-to him who framed the plan
and tried to talk as man to man. But-
he was spurned and told to go and'
quit his measley whiuing so. "Get
out!" the schemer said, "for, see, it
is the fruit of destiny."
And when the victim sought to
wreak dire punishment upon the
sneak, the schemer quickly sat and
wrote: "Hands off, or else I'll grah.
your throat and choke yon till you're
black and blue now, mind you, that's
just what I'll do." And thus the thief
in freedom goes, his finger vriggllLg
from his nose.
A thing just like this one you saw
Occur -down south in .Panama.
lies a man with firescarred, sightless
eyes. Tho engineer's bravo soul has
fled; his hand upon the throttle
dead! Beneath an ill-kept, sunken mound
this humble hero may be found. And
though he died tliat men might live,
scant honor to him do we give. His
deed, though brave, is now forgot, and
not astono doth mark .the spot where
lies this man, and not a pen writes
of the manwho died for men.
But close beside this engineer we see
a costly stone appear. 'Twas set up
with great pomp and show for one
who filled the earth with woe; to one
who killed 'midst battle roar of fel
low men a thousand score, and wrote
in blood his warrior name upon tho
temple walls of fame.,
Die for men, and you're forgot;
Kill 'em a big-stone-marks. tho spot.
A LITTLE' FABLE WHICH SETS
FORTH THE SAD' FACT THAT
THE WORLD PREFERS RUB
BERNECKING TO PRAISING:
A scholar strove both day and night
to settle mooted questions right,, and
strove as one who loved the state and
sought to guide aright its fate. He
sought the best in human life; strQve
to wipe out war's bloody strife, ,and
with the weight of voice and pen
sought to lift up hl& fellow men.
No thought hail he of sordid pelf,
nor lofty station for himself. He
sought alone' the widest good for all
the human brotherhood, and strove
the weaker to defend from wrongs
the stronger did intend; and gave his
life to aid the cause of equal rights
before the laws.
A magnate sat in splendor grand
with wealth of gold on every hanti,
and' watched the stream of money pour
into his coffers with a roai He
skimped tho wage of those who tolled
and widows' scanty homes despoiled
He set his heels on labor's neck and
profited from loot and wreck.
He purchased Jaws with yellow gold
and courts, of justice felt his hold.
He levied tribute far and near, on
cradle and" on funeral bier; and scat
tered .misery and woe from tropic
.. i v;iiiu.u iu ukjlii: uuw. rmi. now unci
thqn he gave some loot to help along
A LITTLE FABLE WHICH MAY BE some institute.
"knocking down" at lively pace. And
so thoy raised a howl for sure and
said they never would endure to thus
be robbed on every hand and skinned
and jobbed to beat tho band.
They asked a man who held high
placo to take some action Jin the case,
but he, with scorning, did declare,
""iour charges are nought but hot
air. If you are asked my views of
graft just tell your friends 1 only
laughed." And then the people,
shocked and sore, were thrown across
tho office door.
But soon it .came to public sight
that men still T'obbedon left and
right, and fast grew fat dn graft and
swag while Justice far behinddid
lag And once again the people cried
against the jobs on every side; but
still the grafters plied their game
and kept on looting just the same.
"Shut up!" a party leader cried;
"you hurt the party. And, beside,
these men give sums that are immense
to help in campaign times intense.
Stand pat! Let well enough alone!
Don't hurt the party that's our own.'
And thus' large numbers were shut
up because the looters did ''put up.''
And he who held the highest place
put on a frown that hid his face, and
said of words a, blooming lot that
were strung out and sizzling hot; but
just the same, you're all agreed, no
word ho backed up with a deed. But
as he talked day after day tho looters
swiftly worked away.
He said; "No man's above the law."
And all the grafters cried, "Kaw!
Haw!" "A word is good when
backed by deed." The gratters
grinned and worked with speed. And
men who should have better sense
said, "He's a wonder! He's im
mense!" And not a move did they
begin for fear 'twould hurt their
chance to win.
There Isn't any. It's understood
That party comes hefore public good.
Dr. Shoop's Rheumatic Cure
Costs Nothing if it Fails
whoro to find a specific for lihoii atl'm. SS S,
20 years I worked to this end. At InStVin (if??
rav search was rowardod. I found a cstlv ?ft
that did not disappoint mo ss othe? hhoumMiSSl1
sorptions had disappointed physicians cverX&
J ao not mean that Itr. .' hoop's ithoumatld n nn ;n
turn tony joints Into flesh again. 'J hat is In ioi fi1
J tit It will drlvo from tho blood tho poison thrrtSii;
pain and swelling and then that Is tho end" f hhlv
matUra. j knorthlso wollthatl wHl furnish tor
full month my Ulioumatlo ( uro on trial. 1 cannot cum
all cases ulthln a month. It would bo unreasons i
to expect that. Bill most cases lll yield Sin aS
days, 'ibis trial treatment will couvluco you that V
hoop's l hnnatio i uro Is n power against ncum
tlsm-a potent forco agalnBt dlsoaso that Islrrcs stl "lr
ftiy offer la iniado to convince you of my faith.
faith H Hit tho outcome of cxperlcnce-or actual
knowledge. 1 xKow what It can do; And I know thl
so well that I will furnish my remody on trial "lmnW
wrlto mo a postal for my book on hhoutnatlun. will
thnn arrange with ft-drugglst In jour vicinity so that
you can secure six bottles of Dr. sshoop'a luro to niakn
the tost. You may tako It a full month on trial, it it
succeeds tho cost to you Is ?5.50. if It falls tho loss is
inlno and, mine alono. It will bo loft entirely to iou
1 moan that exactly. I don't oxpo:t a penny from iou
AS rlto mo and J will send you tho book. Trr hit
remedy for a month. If It falls tlio lo3s Is initio.
Address Dr. Shoop, Box9515 llaclno, Wis.
Allld cases not chronic aro often cilroi by onoor.
wobottlos 'At all druggists.
Wealth by purchased laws and mean
est stealth, lived like a lord and rode
in state, while toiling millions paid
the freight. But he who stole tne
loaf of bread got prison stripes ana
shame instead. One thief is hailed as
grveat and wish; the other thief most
'Tis time that Justice, if she's wise,
Snatch off that bandage on her eyes.
Why Ho Failed
"Wonder why Scrabberly made
such a failure in life? He seemed to
be a man of considerable talent."
"0; he spent so much time reading
'Rules for Business Success' that he
never had any time to work."
' THE MEANS OP CALLING AT-,
TENTION TO THE FACT WA.T
WE REMEMBER THE WRONG
An humble man whoso hands wero
soiled by work at which he daily
toiled, and who wore clothes dirt-
stained and old through summer heat
and winter co.d, workca at his task
In grime and gloom inside a narrow
engine room; and drove huge fans
that thoy might blow fresh air to min
ors far below.
' A sudden flash, a sullen roar, and
high in air tho fan blades soar. While
far below, shut off from breath, an
hundred miners faced grim death.
Tho Are damp closed with silent tread
bout each hqlpless miner's head; for
fa'r above the poison flood the engi
neer lay bathed in blood.
But see! Tho cage descends with
haste! Quick; not a moment now to
waste! Up! Up thoy gothey're safo
at last! All danger froni the damp Is
past.. But in the eneine room t.hfite
The scholar and tho magnate died
and lie in graveyard side by side; tho
scholar's grave with rank weeds
grown, tho magnate's marked with
stately stone. And men the scholar
sought to save walk carelessly upon
his grave to reach the stone that
marks the place of him who stamped
in labor's face.
God gives reward thai each man
Guess now which of those two men
Stand Pat. -
FABLE WHICH CON-
A GREAT DEAL t)F
IN THE SHAPE OF"
Once on a time tho people thought
things were not going as they ought;
that officers In power and place were
A LITTLE FABLE WHICH SHOWS
THE FOOLISHNESS OF NOT
STEALING" A PLENTY IF YOU
ARE GOING TO STEAL AT ALL:
A man who nought for work in vain
and tramped the streets once and
again to seek a chance to earn some
food for helpless wife and staiving
brood, in bleak, despair one day of
dread dared to purloin a loaf of bread
to give his family that they might not
die of hunger in his sight.
But ere he could escape a "cop"
grabbed hold of him and bade him
stop. And In the city jail that niglit
the wretched man lay in a plight.
While in a garret cold and bare his
wife and babes lay starving there.
"Ten years," the judge said with a
frown. "This crime of stealing we'll
The wife of him who stole the
bread lay in the cheerless garret
dead. And in her arms her babies
lay, all starved to. death, like her,
that day. And he who sought to
save them pain would never gaze on
them again, for "justice" may God
save the mark had branded shame
upon him, dark.
Another man on money bent set
out to work on crime intent. But
being foxy ho took care 'the right au
thorities to square. He formed a trust
in human food and gave the price
high altitude. He floated stocks on
wind and gall and robbed poor orph
ans of their all.
He looted banks and bribed the
bench; his actions gave all laws a
wrench; and he arose to power and
placo by ways that should have
brought disgrace. And any man who
dared protest was told 'to glvo his
mouth a rest. And this -bold thief
said, "Can't you see that I am only
The man who stole vast hordes -of.
Koops His Word.
"I will carry out these good resolu
tions," said, the man earnestly, look
ing at the long list he had just made
out and signed.
"I will carry them out every one of
them sure. Resolutions to quit
smoking, quit drinking, quit loiter
ing, quit scolding, quit grumbling,
quit kicking, quit moping, quit going
in .debt in fact, quit all my bad
habits. Yes, I will carry these resolu
Picking up the formidable list Ito
had just signed, the man gazed long
and earnestly upon it.
"Yes, I'll carry them .out, and 1 11
start right npw."
So saying he deposited the paper m
the empty coal scuttle and started for
the coal house.
Don't Do That.
Some people envy even the wealth
accumulated by dishonest metnods.
Don't do that.
It' you are willing to listen to gos
sip you will surely hear it. Don't do
The man Who cannot tell a story 19
always trying to do it. Don't do
Failure to make a child happy when
opportunity offers is worse than sin
ful. Don't do that.
The easiest thing in tlje world to do
is to deal out good advice all tne
time. Don't do that. .
Some men imagine that if they ad
vertise their own virtues the worm
will be too interested to see tneir
faults. Don't do that. ,
It is easy to acquire the habit . oi
leaving your smiles at tho office i a mi
taking your troubles home, vom
do that. . ... ,(-
Some men waste so much time .
ing for somebody to give them
start that they couldn't actomphsu
anything If they were started. JJon
do that. " L nn, flii
It is wonderfully easy to spend a
of today thinking about what
will do tomorrow. Don t do tuai.
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