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About The commoner. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-1923 | View Entire Issue (Nov. 18, 1910)
NOVEMBER 18, 1910
Sittin' 'round the lire in the lamp
light's mellow glow,
A listenln' to th' children as they
patter to an fro;
Just rockin' back an' forruds, puffin'
smoke rings in th' air,
With a conscience clear an' easy,
nothin' on my mind but hair,
I am feelin' good a plenty, an' my
heart is full o' joy
At th' very thought o livin' midst
true love without alloy.
So I'll let the politicians rave an'
rant their fullest bent
While I sit at home o evenin's full
o' sweet content.
Sittin' 'round th' flro with my chil
dren by my knee.
An' a happy little mother rockin'
gently closo t' mo;
I don't envy Rockefeller all th' gold
at his command,
'Cause I got more things t' live for
than he'll have on hand.
An' I wouldn't exhange places with
th' Laird o' ol Skiboo,
Takln' all his load o' trouble, givln'
up my loved ones true.
But t' just sit here a rockin' softly,
gently, to an' fro
Is about th' sweetest pleasure that
I ever hope t' know.
Happy laughter rlngln' 'round my
humble little place;
Sweetest smiles a chasm' o'er each
happy little face;
Not a single caTe t' worry till I face
th' world again
When T got t' marketplaces t' con
front my fellowmen.
Peace an' comfort 'round me, not a
care t' cause a frown,
I'm no millionaire, but only just th'
gladdest man In town.
Sittin' 'round th' fire listenln while
th' children sing,
I'm the richest man in Lincoln, an
as happy as a king.
Of course you have a plenty to be
Think again, my friend.
You are alive, are you not? And
you have reasonably good health, or
Bome prospect of gaining it? And
there are those you love near you,
and who love you In return?
Why, just to be alive in this glor
ious day when it is given to every
man and woman to have some part
in the splendid work of making the
country what it should be, is suffi
cient cause for thanksgiving. Maybe
you feel that you have no present
cause for thanksgiving, but what of
the thanks you owe for all the bene
fits bestowed upon you In the past?
Have you been thankful enough for
One of the sweetest characters I
ever knew was a hopeless cripple
who, for years, had been conflned to
an invalid's chair unable to move a
muscle save those of the arms and
neck. Partially blind, too. Yet this
little woman was a constant Inspira
tion to cheerfulness to those who had
the pleasure of entry to her society.
Her life was a constant rebuke to
the stalwart men and healthy women
who were forever grumbling and
growling and complaining about their
"crosses." She could "sing O, how
gweetly she could sing! and her
songs were benedictions. If such as
she could find cause for thankfulness,
what's the matter with you?
Ever spend a Thanksgiving day
under a tropic sun. Thoro's nothing
about such circumstances to remind
you of Thanksgiving day at homo
save tho calendar. Something Hko
a' quarter of a century ago a little
bunch of American printers sat in a
cafe In Caracas on Thanksgiving day.
They had gone down thero to work
on a daily paper started by a sadly
misinformed but enterprising fellow
countryman who had an Idea that
Venezuela was ripe for tho Amorican
invasion. Incidentally this misguid
ed man soon learned of his mistake,
but he had sense enough to hold out
sufficient money to help his loyal em
ployes back to fiod's country. But
that was not until three or four
months after the anniversary In
There were six prlntormen In tho
party, all night worker and all
homesick. Tho weather was beastly
hot, and the smell of Spanish cook
ing reminded them of everything but
Thanksgiving day. There seemed
nothing to do but seek refuge in tho
solace too often sought under similar
circumstances, and the prlntormen
were about to do it. But a happy
thought struck one.
"Let's have a Thanksgiving din
ner of our own!'
"Yes, wo will!" shouted tho rest
"Think of Thanksgiving dinner
with frijoles and tomales and red
red pepper and a broiling hot sun,"
said Billy Placek sarcastically.
"Well, we can hustle our own
grub, can't we?" queried Tom Ire
land, the proposer.
That struck 'em all right and out
they went, agreeing to meet at tho
cafe at 5 p. m., each with his con
tribution to tho feast. And it was
By skurrying around a lot the boys
found a couple of cans of American
tomatoes, a can or two of American
corn-, some tinned sardines packed In
Maine, n bottle of pickles put up In
Virginia' and a box of sausages
packed In Chicago or Cincinnati.
That was about all. But it was all
from home, anyhow.
The chef of the cafe was prevailed
upon to fry the sausages, but he had
to be lied to like a thief before ho
would consent to cook the unclean
hog meat; though he willingly
ocvarmed up the com and tomatoes.
The sardines and pickles were all
right as they were.
So, seated around a table In a
Spanish cafe, In the heart of Caracas,
that little bunch of printers, sober
and in their right minds ate their
Thanksgiving dinner. Billy had
sraped up a llttlo American flag,
which was discreetly put where it
would not attract great attention
during the feast, and between mouth
fuls the printermen talked of loved
ones at home and "God's country"
and the things the llttlo old flag
The feast wound up by tho printer
men standing and singing tho only
verse of "America" that they could
recall, and then they marched out of
the cafe with that little old flag dis
played at the head of the proces
sion. Nothing happened, but if any
of tho frequenters of that little old
cafe had tried to start something on
account of the flag business there
Would have been plenty doing.
things to eat cheer up and think
of that llttlo bunch of prlntormen far
from home, in an unknown country,
amidst treachery and suspicion, who
found something to'bo thankful for.
Just Think of It
Rernorabor tho "straw rides" wo
used to tako in tho old days, when
tho sleighing was fine? Course you
do! Dick McCorklo'o father had a
hugo bobsled and 13d Bullpck's fath
er was ono of those Jolly gentlomcn
who always was glad to ace young
folks havo a good time, so ho wil
lingly lot us hitch his big team to
Dick's sled. And wo flllod it full of
straw and warm lap robes and hot
bricks. Then a half-dozen of us,
young follows full of gingor, drovo
around to an equal number of modest
domiciles and gathorod up a half
dozen of tho sweetest, brightest, Jol
liost girls In tho community.
Say! Bells jingling, voices ring
ing away wo wont over hill nnd
dale, having moro fun than tho
young folks of today over dreamed
about. Let's see; what did wo sing?
O, yes. "Steamboat comln around
th bend goodby, my lover, good
by;" "Gwino f git a homo In
Georgia;" "Merrily wo roll along;"
"Bingo;" "Scotland's burning;"
"Hear dom bolls," and a scoro of oth
ers, and the jlnglo of tho bells and
tho crunching of tho frozen snow
made tho Bweetest sort of ac
companiment to our singing. Wo
wero some singers, too, and don't
you forget it!
This Is all prefactory to what wo
started to say. What sort of fun
compared to this would skipping
around in an automobile bo, without
tho bells and tho straw and tho
crunching of tho snow, but with tho
smell of gasoline stinking up the
Not any automobile for us not
much, Mary Ann! Not if wo'ro go
ing out with a bunch of jolly girls
and boys for a real old-fashioned
winter joy ride. Give us tho old
bobsled full of straw and laprobes
and sturdy boys and pretty girls and
fun and happiness and youth!
Ah, that's tho trouble youth! Wo
can easily get all tho rest of the
things, but the youth that has van
ished will not como back.
Now you people who are privi
leged to sit beneath your own home
trees, with loved ones about you, and
with a; table groaning with good
Politics brings out somo unexpect
Thero is only ono little letter dif
ference between Pluck and Luck.
Thero is no sacrifice In giving up
what we do not caro for any longer.
Every woman envies tho wife
whose husband is "handy around tho
Easy Street Is always crowded by
people looking vainly .for empty
Every timo we guess right wa are
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Tho joys of a homo are not alto
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thero Is behind it.
Somo women put enough "rats" in
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Speaking of "wireless telegraphy,"
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Ever notice how easy it Is to think
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A lot of once candidates aro now
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