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About The commoner. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-1923 | View Entire Issue (Sept. 30, 1904)
VOLUME 4, NUMBER 37
The Victims of Grood
Wo hear tho children crying as the
wheels grind out their lives
(For greed is sapping lifeblood every
day.) Wo see tho teardrops falling from the
eyes of widowed wives
s (For greed has taken husband's life
Tho lives of human beings feed tho
grim, remorseless maw
It crunches bones of children, oats
their childish flesh blood-raw;
At tho souls of human bolngs doth it
over tear and gnaw
(For greed cares nothing if the
. "profits" pay.)
There's dearth of childish laughter
where tho "breakers" crush and
(For greed demands tho blood of
'And childish feet aro dragging on the i'm not.
busy factory floor other day."
(For greed cares naught If "protr
Tho stunted little bodies feed tho fires
of human greed;
Tholr blood is lubricating factory
wheels that rush with speed,
But "profit" novor worries and to life
blood gives no heed
(For "sentiment" is something that
Tho playgrounds all are empty, but
the sweatshop holds the crowd ,
(For greed cares naught for happy
And childish hearts are breaking, child
ish backs are bent and bowed
.. (But greed cares naught just so tho
The hopeless future holdeth naught
hut misery and woe;
Adown thoir hungry faces fast and
faster teardrops flow,
But greed is dragging downward and
tho chifdish lives must go
(For greed thinks only dividends to
What have you to say for yourself?"
"Ahs got 'er moughty good de
fense, youah honah' said the tremb
"Defense? It's a notorious fact that
you have no visible means of support."
"Yes I has, youah honah. Here's de
proof dat I'so got 'or moughty good
moans o' suppo't."
Thrusting a hand into hia ragged
coat tho prisoner produced a photo
graph of his wife busily engaged in
doing the judge's family washing.
"I see by this morning's paper that
a German scientist has recently dis
covered 800 new stars."
"That's nothing. I can beat that
record a mile."
"I didn't know you, were an astron-omor."
I called a fellow a liar the
Tho Rost Cure
"What your, husband needs, madam,
is rest," said the physician after care
fully examining the ailing liead o tho
' "All right, doctor," said tho wife.
"I've been getting up at 6 o'clock to
get his breakfast by 7, o'clock so he
can got down to tho office by 8:30,
and having his supper ready promptly
at 6:30 so ho w,ould have plenty of
time to read tha evening paper be
fore bedtime while I washed the dishes,
darned, the stockings, mended tho chil
dren's clothes, chopped the hash for
breakfast and got tho children to bed;
but I guess I can find time to make it
easier for him so the poor man can
rest from his arduous labors."
The use of slang is
The thing that is tho cheapest 'in tho
mart is human lifo
(For greed knows neither human
heart nor soul.)
No matter bo it children, be it hus
band, bo it wife
(For greed has only "profit" fdr its
Endless is the great procession count
less thousands yearly slain
On the Modern Moloch's altar that was
built for selfish gain,
And greed shuts its ears, nor listens,
to thoir moaning, sad retrain
(For greed Is glad If "profltb" in
The little -ones are calling sh'ail their
caning bo in vain?
(But greed still claims them tor a
Shall childish blood forever greaso the
wheels of selfish gain?
(But greed domands their bodies
Tho littlo ones are calling, and they
iux xueir ncue nanus
Imploring at the altar where the Mod
ern Moloch stands
1 Shall they die? Or shall we shatter
from their limbs the s&lflah
(For greed still seeks their hodles
', , . ' Industrial
"Look, here, you lazy loafer!" ex
claimed, "the police judge. "The last
time you were before me for vagrancy.
X told you I'd give you ninety days.
to be repre
hended, besides, it often leads to trou
blesome consequences, as a young state
university student of Lincoln recently
The father of the young man in ques
tion Is one of .those staid, old-fashioned
gentlemen who aro as precise in
their language as thoy are In their
business dealings. The son came to
Lincoln to attend the university, hav
ing a generous sum of expense money
in his pockets. .He matriculated,
bought his text books, rented .a room
and supplied himself with sweaters,
caps, class pin, etc., etc., with youth
ful disregard of expense. The result
was that tho end of the first month
found him practically penniless, with
two months more of tho quarter star
ing mm in tne face before another
quarterly allowance was due. After
cogitating a while he sat down and
wrote his father, explaining that ex
penses were unusually high an'd wind
ing, up witn tnis statement:
I find that I must have more stamps.
I think two hundred would do. I wish
you would send by next mail."
iff2riiP l0U1days later a bulky
letter addressed in the familiar hand-
vruuus uj. ma iatner was delivered at
the young man's door.
1 he pater is prompt and generous
as usual, bless him," murmured the
jruuuB umn as no opened the letter.
He must have a lot of good advice to
give, judging by the size of the letter."
Drawing the contents from the en
velope the young man found two
sheets of Uncle Sam's, familiar -rod 2
cont stamps and n short note saying:
Dear Son. I send vou thn Brnrrma
las requested. I am afmin vn n
spending so much time on your cor
respondence that you are compelled to
shirk some of your studies."
Hard won long enjoyed.
Grace goes as greed grows.
Vocal charity covers no sins. .
A long face is no sign' of a meek
Tho penurious man is not always
Tasks tackled with a smile are soon
Lookup & Uplift is a firm that novor
Tlie modern furnaco has eliminated
a lot of romance.
Every hypocrit is a counterfeit of
some good Christian.
Optimism does not mean having no
thought of the future.
Very few people know how to ac
cept a favor gracefully.
Man is always in a bad way when
he has everything his own way.
Tho truo measure of the length of
life is the amount of good accomplished
There are men with bad characters
wTho have managed to acquire good
Some men can say more "with a
handshake than other men can say in
an hour's speech.
The true Christian gives until it
hurts, and then keeps on giving until
it quits hurting.
The schools of vice are seldom re
cruited from the homes where the
hoys are treated as companions.
Somehow or other we are always
ready to rely on the man who is a
favorite with children and dogs.
The. man who gets nothing hut
money out of life goes into the next
world with nothing to recommend him.
The man who "speaks softly and car
ries a big stick" may go far iu a day,
but he leaves very few friends along
What a great campaigner a man
would make if he could only impress,
men with the idea that his handshake
is as sincere as the wag of a dog's tail.
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we realize how hard it is to keep warm
in winter, but wo get some consola
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