The commoner. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-1923, May 10, 1907, Page 13, Image 15
!T5w??35T7j"'!gJP, ir," if y j)rr - T ip "T V Ttlf ' Tf-WV , t - S..JS" 'i- cw v..- ?f-7 l Mr A. JfcfcK TjfiliY 10, 1007 Commoner. 13 . 1 ,- 4. .4. S, S "V k - - 7' dMWS9 -' . --' . When My Ship Comes In Working and smiling I wait the day When my ship comes sailing in; Hoping, -when it shall at anchor lay On the rippling surface of my life's bay And the storm has hushed its din, That it shall bring in its laden hold Not ingot bars of the far east's gold, But smiles and joys of my lifelong friends To light my way till the journey ends ., Then, then shall the perfect peace begin, ". When my ship comes sailing In. "...Hope burns bright though the clouds hang low, , . And my ship sails on and on. "Par out at sea where the strong winds blow 'And far-flung clouds 'noath the blue, sky go, The captain and crew have gone. Love is the captain, and Faith the crew, , 'And the good Bhip sails the ocean bluej It nearer comes with each closing day, Plowing the waves of the sea's high way; On -through the sun or the gray mists ' thin, ' Is my good ship sailing in. ' Freighted with hopes that the years : have borne Js the ship I long to see. " Balm that shall heal- all the heart strings torn, Rest for the hands so long toil worn, In years that have passed o'er me. Shadowy forms that have long lain cold In the dews and damps of the church yard mold; The warm handclasps that I used to know, Ami thr ininrhine eves witlHheir love- ,rn. . -,'. Then shall Je hushed all the world's rough din, When my ship comes sailing in. When white sails rise to my waiting, eyes ' And my ship shall anchor, cast;. . When the hold shall yield each, precious prize -. . -' And' He full spread 'neath the bright blue skies And I count my joys, at last, Then, laying my tolls and trials ty, -.And all of my loved ones drawing nigh, I'll rest content till the setting sun; Shall sink to sleep with my life's work ;. done, And wake where eternal joys begin - After my ship sails In. had to go despite our complaints and objections. . When we returned with' the roots mother would dry them out and every morning every child in the family would "have to drink a big cup ful of sassafras tea. It was for the purpose of purifying and thinning the blood rendered unclean and stagnant during the winter. It didn't taste so bad at first, but after a week of it a dose of quinine would have been sweet by comparison. But we just had -to drink it, and drink it every morning until our blood got so thin our noses would bleed if we sneezed hard. When that stage arrived our blood was considered in proper shape and the tea diet was discontinued. The architect worked a great scheme one spring. After doping himself with the tea for a week he deftly thrust a straw into one nostril and drew blood, sneezing just beforehand. And the mother, wondering how the sassafras tea happened to work so swiftly, let him discontinue the diet. But he made a mistake of trying it the next spring, and a few days too soon. The wary mother was suspicious and made an investigation. The result was a double dose of the tea, which discouraged all future attempts at dodging. It was just about this time of year, too, that we boys had to begin lug ging water out to the old ash hopper. Remember that old V-shaped receptacle for the wood ashes? All the ashes from the kitchen stove, the old barrel stove in thd sitting room and the fire place in the big -front -room -were dumped into that hopper. If memory Is not at fault it was the "hopper" un til soap making time began, then it became a "leech." Anyhow, we boys had to soak those ashes in water, and the dark brown liquid that seeped through was lye. It was something awful how much water that old hpp per could consume. Then, when there was enough lye to begin, with, mother bogan the soap making, and we boys had to chase up the chips 'and keep the fire going un der the kettle. If there is anything on earth more contrary than the smoke from under an old soap kettle we never -found it. ' No matter on which side of thefire you got,the smoke would blow in your eyes and go dpwn your throat jn choking chunks. . And every time the good mother would fin ish up a batch, of that soap we would shudder to think how many washings of neck, face and hands it would fyke to consume that supply thjnk of a Jot of other things when the 8 o'clock whistle tiJew. It .blew all thoughts save that of "gotfthg " to t'je breakfast tabic right out o'f his infhd. Bqt the next best thing to being a boy on the first day; of May is to be able to-loaf around a little while and think of the good times you used to have when you were a boy. O, pshaw! That old gag about having to work so hard when you wore a boy is a chestnut! Course you worked hard, but didn't that make the playtime seem all the brighter? Just Thoughts , When the first day of , May dawned the architect of this department arose In a reminiscent mood. Of Course he didn't arise just at the dawn. That's a little too early. But it was a little nearer dawn than it was noon and that was near enough under the circum stances. And somehow or other as he was dressing, and his thoughts re verted to other May days, he happened to recall a few things that used to happen in those springs long, long ago. And the minute he thought of one par- ticiilar spring attribute he made a wry face and spat. Sassafras tea J What memories are called up by that fearful decoction. Sassafras tea was a sovereign-blood remedy thirty or forty years ago. Aloflg about the beginning of April mother would send us boys down into the woods pasture ' to dig a lot of sassafras root, and we Say, the boy who didn't go in swim ming the first day of May was a "mollj'coddle." We didn't call 'em that in those days, but that's what they were. Ouch. But wasn't the water cold? And how cheerfully the first boy In would restrain the chattering of his teeth, and disregarding the evi dence of a blue and goosey skin blithe ly prevaricate by exclaiming: "O, come on in; it's bully good and warm!" And this, too, Is about the time of year we tased to catch the craw-dads, amputate their meaty tails and pre pare feasts that no French chef ever equalled. When the architect visited the St. Louis exposition he took the missus down on the river front and tried to locate some old colored uncle who was selling crawdads, but it must have been out of season. Until we can give a practical demonstration the. missus will refuse to believe that craw dads are good to eat. But we old boys know they are, don't we? Answers -to Correspondents "Worried Willard" If your wife is acting very much like a hen that wants to set It is a sure sign of the disease known as spring houseclcaning. It is seldom fatal. "Anxious Artie" We are not wlc on skin foods. We always skin our food before we eat it. "Puzzled Phillip" The kind of economy you propose reminds us of the economy that wastes a lot of good sugar trying to save the watermelon rinds. Don't do It. "Imogene." Have we a better half? Uardly she's a much bigger fraction that that "Penelope" Some kinds of walking exercises are good. The last walk we took was about 2 o'clock, in the. morn ing, and it nearly wrecked the house. But we finally got him to sleep. Seasonable The calendar says it is May, -. But why, wo don't remember; For as we toil on day by day We think it Is December. Traitor "We have expelled Crankleigh from our auto club." - 'Refuse to pay his dues?" 4 ' . "No,' not that. He mortgaged big machine to buy a cottage." Insinuating The two trust magnates were con sidering a merger of their interests into one gigantic whole, and had met by agreement in an Isolated spot. "It is foolish for us to remain apart," said one. , "True, how can we get together?" queried the other. "That ought to be easy. You and I are both practical men, and " . At tills juncture the fight began, and the sod was. torn up for several rods around. The architect was just beginning to .Brain Leaks Platitudes seldom bring plentlfude. A good mirror makes many friends. Prompt payment of pew rent Is not enough. - - A lot of boys will follow where they can not be driven. A lot of graft clothes Itself in "emi nent respectability." People with small principle usually have big self-interest. The frost is not responsible for the death of all the buds. Those who listen to gossip are as bad as those who retail It . We'd all be better if we followed the advice we give our friends, Recipe for becoming rich: Work hard and be content with what you get The carrion crow has its uses, but we prefer not to associate with the human kind. After all, a sunny disposition goes a long way towards making the weather pleasant. "Stick to 'em a while longer," Is the advice pf the Milwaukee Sentinel. Huh! We're simply freezing to 'cm. Temptation Is avoided by the strong who are afraid of their weakness; it Is sought by the weak who want to parade their strength. 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