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About The commoner. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-1923 | View Entire Issue (July 12, 1912)
JULY 12, 191
Dreams of Yesterday
Where are the boys of the stone
Or the sore toe tied with string?
The boys who off through the woods
. would steal
In the first sweet ' breath of
The boys with the tin can filled with
And the long, slim willow pole;
Whose backs were burned by the
long hours' wait
In the old-time swimmin' hole?
Where are my chums of the old
That lie in the dim, dead past?
The chums who threaded the wood
As the care-free hours fled fast; -Who
lagged from taw in the village
And groaned at the old school
Who did their chores upon laggard
When the evening shadows fell.
Where are they now? They 'are
As the winds 'of the summer blow.
.Some sleep in the churchyard side
Where .the blue-eyed daisies grow;
Some roam the world, some in busy
mart, ' "
And some in the forum stand;
But ev'ry one in his inmost' heart
Is true to the schoolboy band.
No stress so heavy, no task so great,
'But' thoughts of the used-to-be
Come stealing in to relieve the
That presses on you and me.
The thoughts of days when the heart
And ljfe was a joy sublime; .
When hope was rife and all care1 fat
. Aung . ' '
In the-tdays of our boyhood time.
to Bed, my Son. The Los-son is over
for this Even-in g.
Answers to Correspondents
J. B. If I Tcnew the answer do
you imagine Fd be grinding out this
sort of stuff at so much per?
j Mayme I fail . to comprehend
your question. Maybe you twisted
it a bit something like you have
twisted that name.
"White Man's Hope" The best
thing you can take for it and It's
what you'll probably get is a swift
punch on the point of the jaw This
''white man's hope" rot makes mo
' "Worried Mother" You say your
eleven-year-old boy is a cigarette
smoker and. you can not break him
of the habit, and ask mo for advice.
I can not advise you: I would- advise
the boy to get a mother -who knows
how to wield a slipper to the best
"Izaak Walton"' Perhaps, but It
prefer the old-fashioned fishworm.
1 "Anxious Inquirer"- I refer you
to any encyclopedia.
"Supreme Moments" Your idea
of a supreme moment is a good one,
but how about two men out the bases
full, and the homo team on 3 run be
hind? That's some thrilling time,
believe me. ,..
T. It. It's a mighty poor machine
that will not work in the reverse mo
tion. i W. H. T.There Is a little al
legory relating tfio facts about a fruit
known as "Apples of Sodom."' It
will prove interesting reading a little
later in the campaign.
J. S. S. As tender to a steam
roller you shine.
"Puzzled" Think it out for your
self. You'll find, the unusual mental
exercise quite exhilirating. It al
ways tickles me to see a partisan
worrying about his political duty, for
it is a sure . sign he's been wrong
The Primer Political
. Papa, what is a Steam Itoll:er?
A Steam Roll-er, my Son, is a ma
chine des-ig-nat-ed by De-sign-ing
Men for the An-ni-hl-lat-ing of the
And what ' is an Op-po-si-tion,
The Op-po-si-tion, my Son is, that
el-c-ment that al-lows its Think-ing
to be done by oth-ers.
Why does the Op-po-si-tion al-lo-ty
oth-ers to do Its Think-ing?
That is a Mys-ter-y, Son.
What Is a Mys-ter-y? (
A Mys-ter-y, my Son, is a' Steam
Roll-er in the Hand of tho oth-er
Now, that I un-der-stand the
Steam Roll-er, Pa-pa, pray tell m6
what a Bolt-or is.
A Bolt-er, my Son, is a pol-i-tj-clan
who takes his Doll Rags and goes
Home when the Game is not played
to suit Him.
Thanks. Pa-pa, dear. Now what
is a Pa-tri-ot?
A Pa-tri-ot, my Son, is a Man who
Thinks as You Think.
What is Pol-i-tics, Pa-pa?
The def-i-ni-tion of pol-i-tics, my
Son, De-pends upon the Point of-
view. I would be A-shamed to toll
you the Def-i-ni-tion held by a Cer
tain Stren-u-ous One who has just
e-merged from the Ca-ress-es of the
Steam Roll-er. . . .
What do you Mean by Streu-oufc,
yp-ptf-cr-a-tionJ Now run-Along
That Reminds Me-
I can not explain just why, but
somehow or other the affair at Chi
cago reminds me of the man whose
ambition was to construct the finest
double bass viol in the world. He
selected and seasoned his wood with
care. He mixed and prepared his
own varnishes. ' He worked and
toiled and moiled with the one object
in view, and after may weary months
he felt that he had achieved his life's
Administering the last stroke of
the polishing rag, his face glowing
with enthusiasm, he dropped every
thing, clasped his hands in ecstasy
"At last it is finished! The most
perfect double bass in 'the world, and
I there, by jjngj;. I've gone and
left the gluepot inside of it!"
Dr. Fourthly "J note with regret
that the government contemplates
coining some, still .smaller fractional
Elder Eldflerly "Well, it may
enable some to, give who think now
they can't afford to give anything."
Funny, Isn't It?
If you call' a man "levelheaded"
he is pleased!' if you call him a
"flathead" he'll get mad.
Speak of a woman a being "kit
tenish'? and you flatter her; speak of
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