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About The commoner. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-1923 | View Entire Issue (July 20, 1906)
JULT 20, 1908
I do not want a fortune great;
I do not seek the cares of state,
With all their glitter and their glare,
And wicked schemes afloat in air.
I do not yearn for power or place;
Nor would I take part in the race
For gold I only ask that I
May sow good will while passing hy;
And that when I am laid below
The cool, green sod, where daisies
Some one will pause a bit, and then
Declare: "He holped his fellowmen."
I do not covet mansions grand,
Nor acres broad on every hand;
I do not yearn for jewels bright,
To dazzle my poor neighbor's sight;
I do not yearn to take command,
And order'men en every hand
I only ask that I may go
Along a road where flowers blow,
And dying, have men pause and say:
"He scattered sunshine all the way."
Let others dig and delve for gold;
Let others place of power hold;
Let others with a lordly air,
Stand forth within the limelight's
Let others trade on hopes and fears,
And profit by the sobs and tears
Of those they wreck. I only ask
The strength to do each daily task,
Then homeward go with heart elate
And greet my loved ones at the gate;
Then, dying, have men pause a while
And say: "He gave the .world a
"Does Blankley take any interest in
"Well, for a man who has'no prin
ciple in politics I think he takes more
than his share of interest."
"Getting any dividends from that
gold mine yet?"
"Not yet. The mine is flooded."
"Strike an underground stream?"
"Nope! Last issue of treasury stock
"Is "Mrs. Neurich at home?"
"No, ma'm. She is at the summer
After the caller had. departed Mrs.
Neurich came in from the back
porch, where the family refrigerator
Billings, looking at his watch, "I've
got to catch a train."
"Where are you going?"
"Going up Into the reservation and
try my luck in Uncle Sam's land lot
tery. See you later. Ta, ta!"
"General," gasped the staff officer,
"I am compelled to report that we
are out of ammunition. We have
plenty of powder, but no projectiles
for our field guns!"
"Then all is lost!" gasped the com
manding officer, his face paling be
neath its coat of tan. "We must re
treat." But as the general was about to
give the order to retire from the field
a bright thought struck him.
"Ha! We will load the guns with
those cans of beef received by the
But it was not to be.
When the order was given the gen
eral's staff called attention to the rules
of warfare. A little study showed that
canned beef should be classed along
with chain-shot, shrapnel, dum-dum
bullets and poisoned wells.
Realizing that the day was lost the
general led a sullen retreat.
"I am afraid of being injured in an
automobile disaster, and I want an
accident policy," said the caller.
"You have come to the right place,"
said the agent "What make of auto
mobile do you use?"
"I use none at all. I am a pedes
trian." "Sorry, sir; but we can not take
the risk" said the agent. "We insure
only to those who run autos."
"The gambling craze is something
awful," remarked Billings to Ballings.
"Everybody seems to have the craze.
It 1b sapping the foundations of so
ciety, ruining the government and:
threatening disaster. It is a disease
that is fast becoming epidemic.0
"Right you are, old man," replied
Ballings. "I've been thinking about
it myself. Why, it seems that every
body ia eramhUTK? on soma urOT) "
"Excuse me, Ballings," gasped!
A Bit of History
Hon. Frank M. Lowe, a leading at
torney of Kansas City, has announced
himself a 'candidate. for the demoo-urid
nomination for congress Trom the Fifth
Missouri district The announcement
calls to mind a bit of newspaper and
political history that is written large
in the annals of northwestern Mis
souri, and tells how Mr. Lowe "fit,
bled and purt' nigh died" for his
It happened away back yonder In
1884, when the writer was a journey
man printer and employed as foreman
on the Atchison County Mail at Rock
Port, Mo., the editor and publisher
being Frank M. Lowe, now of Kansas
City. In addition to editing the Mail
Mr. Lowe was county attorney and a
leading democrat The county was
ordinarily republican, but Lowe car
ried it. During the next campaign
things warmed up, and the "ring" at
Rock Port marked Lowe for slaughter.
A young republican named "Smith"
took the lead in opposing Lowe, and
Lowe had a lot of fun with the young
man, ridiculing him in every issue of
his paper. This made "Smith" mad,
and one day he called at the sanctum
to notify Lowe that the name of
"Smith" must never again appear in
the Mall's columns. Lowe laughed
and proceeded to tantalize the young
man. Finally the visitor grew boister
ous and Lowe started to eject him.
The visitor drew a revolver and shot
Lowe through the thigh.
The writer heard the shot and
rushed into the sanctum and found
the "boss" lying on the floor with
blood, saturating his clothing. As Lowe
weighed about 240 pounds and the
writer about 125-, it was necessary to
call for assistance. So the writer
went down stairs, hitting only about
two steps in the descent, and soon had
The editor's wound was not serious
and after a couple of weeks in bed he
was able to resume his public duties.
He declined to prosecute his assail
ant, but did bring suit for damage,
which was compromised later.
A few years later Mr. Lowe sold the
Mall and removed to Clay county,
where he continued in the newspaper
and law business for a few months,
Then ho quit tho newspaper business
and located in Kansas City, where he
has been active in democratic affairs.
If Mr. Lowo goes to congress and
here's hoplng---ho can provo by tho
writer that ho "fit, bled an purt' nigh
died" for tho privilege of boing a
"I believe you are one of those men
who took advantage of circumstances
and raised tho price of icp to such
a point that the poor could not buy
it, thereby causing them much suff
ering," remarked tho manager of tho
"I confess that I seized what 1
thought to bo a business opportunity,"
replied tho ice trust magnate.
"All right. Wo have no ice ma
chines hore, so you may take your
turn at that hot wave machine over
there by the hottest furnace."
A new game called "High" was be
ing played. The object was to see
which participant could namo the
highest point without naming a
monumtont, a public 'building or a
They began: .
"I am the rent," declared the first
"I am a modern freight rate without
rebate," said another.
"I am the price of ice," declared a
There was a groan of protest and
claims of disadvantage, but the um
pire ruled that the price of ice came
under the rules.
Then a player over in tho corner
tspoke up and declared:
"I am' the protective tariff."
'iinineGcstalv tht game broke up.- A
lot of players ' were-wro-iiWit the
ability to name anything that 'wg-uW,
come witnin reacmng distance oi the
player who spoke last
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Sin is sexless.
Heaven is a reward, not a gift.
The greatest luck, is born of pluck.
Not all "high fliers" are aerialiste.
It requires trials to make triumphs.-
Honest sweat makes sweet slumber.
Any coward can do tho popular
An honest vote is the best medicine
for the ills of the body politic.
A life measured only by length of
years is usually a life wasted.
Speaking about good judges of hu
man nature, how about a child and a
What some men believe to be a
crisis in their lives is usually merely
Men who pose in the limelight
should be careful of what they do in
When a man begins "flying high" it
is a pretty good sign that he hasn't
been walking straight.
A dollar-owned man is of less worth
to the community than a man-owned
If there is anything more ridiculous
than an old maid who tries to act
giddy it is an old man who tries to
Why is it that tho average man
finds a seat on the hard boards in the
base ball grandstand softer and more
comfortable than the cushioned pew
in a church?
Talking about the gentle art of dis
simulation did you ever know a man
equal to the task performed by many
a woman who smilingly greets a dis
agreeable caller at tho critical mo
ment when the jelly refuses to "jell?"
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Dates of registration July 10 to 31
Less than one fare for the "round
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