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FEBIUJAItY 15, 1907
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Huh! What care I for all this talk
Of war with brash Japau?
And what care I for "yellow peril,"
The pigtailed Ohinaman?
Let warriors clash and cannon roar
And spread war's reckless ruth;
I've got no time to notice it
The baby's got a tooth.
They tell me Mr. Hard man
With greedy, lustful grasp,
Has got the railroads gathered in
His sternly squeezing clasp.
But I'm not worried. Greater things
Than railroad grabs, forsooth,
Demand my strict attention now
The baby's got a tooth.
The president and Foraker
May scrap till they are through;
The whole canal bunch may resign
And vanish from our view
Without a bit of interest
To me to tell the truth
The biggest tiling in sight today
Is baby's brand new tooth!
"Is Jcfries a vegetarian?" "
"No, he is a fibreist."
"He is always chewing the rag."
"There goes a man who made a
great name for himself."
"Who is it and how did he do it?"
"His name was Smith, but he had
the legislature change it to Napoleon."
There was a young man in Paris
Who watched all the sights with great
But at last he went broke
And exclaimed "Holy smoke,,
I have squandered my money too
A Valentine Day Story
Algernon Fitzmaurice awoke on the
morning of St. Valentine's day and
looked out upon the bright but cold
.world and thought.
"I can make it a fine bouquet and
get a pair of trousers, or a little val
entine and a whole new suit," he mut
tered. Of course he finally decided on the
big bunch of flowers and a pair of
trousers. Having made the decision
he went forth.
First ho visited, the florist and or
dered a big bunch of roses, carnations
and ferns. Tucking the box under his
MR. METCALFE'S BOOK
"OF SUCH IS
And Other Stories from Life
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Chancellor Andrews, of the State Univer
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following note: "When I had read a chap
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changed to : 'Hero is a whole casket of j ow
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RICHARD L. METCALFE
Care The Commoner LINCOLN, NEBR.
arm ho hastened to the furnishing
store and purchased a pair of trous
ers. Then he hastened to a messenger
oiiico and hastily wrote a little note.
"Give me a messenger," he said to
Terrence McPagan was ordered out.
"Boy, take this box and this note to
Miss Sophronia Gotrox, and this box
to room 23, McIIale building. And
don't get your order mixed."
"All right, boss!" exclaimed Ter
rence as he grabbed tho boxes and
Algernon Fitzmaurice then hasteued
to his work at the muslin counter in
Swett & Fakom's creut emnorium.
But before he had the covers off his
stock a horrible fear smote him, and
for Algernon the day was spoiled.
What if the boy made a mistake?
At 8 p. m. Algernon Fitzmaurice
rang the bell of the Gotrox mansion
and was admitted. He was met in
the hall by the fair Sophronia.
"Mr. Fitzmaurice, I fear you made
a slight mistake tills morning," said
Then Algernon knew the messenger
"1, um, er that is I, ah explain
my dear Miss Gotrox," he stammered.
"btep into the reception room sir,
and rif explain," said the fair Soph
ronia. Algernon stepped into the room and
there upon the marble centertable lay
the big bouquet.
"I thought that is you said, I un
derstood all "
"You evidently made a mistake and
ordered too many of these beautiful
llowers, Mr. Fitzmaurice. Certainly I
do not deserve suck a handsome val
After that it was easy. "
But it was awfully hard for us to
keep from making this story end up
the other way.
It was the messenger boy's fault,
however. He delivered the right packages.
By Another Name -
"How dare you try to influence me
with money?" demanded Senator Gra
ball. "How dare you try to bribe
Conscious, however, of the rectitude
of our intentions we did not quail at
the senator's fierce anger.
"My dean senator," we protested.
"This is not a bribe. This is merely
A moment later the senator was on
All of which, proves that Shakes
peare knew a .thing or two himself.
'"Miss Gladioulus," whispered Mont
morency DeMudd, "will you, O, will
you, be mine?"
Silently Gladioulus McSwat prof
fered to Montmorency a yellow spher
oid commercially valuable because of
"The yellow peril again!" hissed the
disappointed young man as he started
for the hat rack.
Ownership of the Ox
The head of the amalgamated trust
having been elected to the United
States senate and fairly onto the sen
atorial ropes, returned home to look
after some private business affairs.
While sitting in his office he was in
formed that a delegation from the
employes wished to see him. He gave
instructions that the delegation be ad
mitted. "Well, what can. I do for you'?" he
"We have com.e to ask for an ln
crease of wages," said the spokesman.
"The cost of living has increased 1J5
per cent and we ilnd ourselves unable
to provide for our families with our
"This is unreasonable, gentlemen.
We are already paying all we can af
ford. I must refuse your demand."
"Then, sir, we will have to strike.
We can endure this situation no
"Strike! Why this is an outrago,
right in our busy season. It will spll
ruin for the company!"
"But we might as well- starve idle
as starve working," said the spokes
man. "This is anarchy," sputtered the sen
atorial manager It Is an outrage.
Your demand for an increase is un
reasonable. You should economize."
But the delegation walked out to re
port to the men. No sooner had they
disappeared than a telegram was
handed the senator. On reading it he
orderod his valet to pack his grip.
"I must hurry back to Washington'
lie explained to tho directors. "The
bill to increase our salaries 50 per cent
is coming up for a vole and I must
hurry back and support it. The cost of
living in Washington has increased so
much it is no longer possible for u
senator or representative to meet liv
ing expenses with his salary."
Before taking the train the senator
manager left word to have the work
ingmen enjoined and a request sent to
the governor to call out the troops.
"I haven't any use for a man wli
hasn't the nerve to meet me face t
face and have it out with me," e
"That's right,'- replied Slngerly.
"Let him come to me like a man and
say what he's got to say," continued
Bingerly. "I hate a trimmer. By Lhe
way", let's cross the street to that let
terbox I want to send Summerly a
comic valentine and I've got a 'peach'
of a good one here. It's sure to make
him hot and he'd give anything to find
out who sent it. But you mustn't give
Pluck never complains of poor luck.
It is a waste of time to give or listen
to advice that you know will not be
Seeds of doubt arc not likely to
sprout if sown in a heart full of abid
The more money a man has tho
easier it is for him to talk about the
"blessings of poverty."
A lot of people claim credit for be
ing charitable because they give away
stuff they want to got rid of.
When men sow the wind it is the
innocent bystander who usually suf
fers most in the resultant cyclone.
When a man marries, in order to get
a housekeeper, a woman who wants a
home, there is bound to be trouble.
Reforms flourish best when allowed
to get a fair start at home before be
ing thrust across your neighbor's
Some people make such a virtue of
promptness that they forget to consider
the matter selected to discuss at the
Many a matrimonial craft has been
wrecked on a reef of poor bread. But
more have been wrecked by failure to
keep the crew well provisioned.
"Hitch your wagon to a star," was
Emerson's advice. But wouldn't it oe
better to pull your wagon yourself and
travel in the direction of the star?
The man who learns to look upon
death as merely the finishing touches
on an education for life, has learned
the first real lesson in right living.
This is the season of the year when
a man. who complains about the work
of keeping a lawn the size of postage
stamp in good condition In summer,
imagines that he would make a first
class manager of a farm, of 320 acres.
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