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IlIVAIi CLAIMS TO A POEM
Edward-J. IIool, G winner, N. D. I nra pleased
to bo nblo to furnish tho poem asked for by
Mrs. B. L. 13., Minnesota, in your issue of tho
7th inst. Tho great similarity of tho poom by
Ella Wheeler Wilcox, published in 1883, under
tho title "Suiitudo," by Bolford, Clarke & Co.,
Chicago, will bring one to think of thorn as ono
and tho same poom. The copy 1 have follows:
LOVE AND LAUGHTER
(Dedicated to Georgo D. Prentice, 18G3.)
Laugh and tho world laughs .with you;
Weop and you weep alone;
This grand old earth must borrow its mirth.
It lias troubles onough of its own.
Sing, and tho hills will answer;
Sigh, it is lost in tho air;
Tho echoes bound to a joyful sound,
But shrink from voicing care.
Be glad and your friends are many;
Bo sad and you loso them all; '
Thoro aTo nono to docjino your nectared wine,
But alone you must drink lifo's gall.
Thoro is room tin the halls of pleasure
For a long, and lordly train,
But ono by ono ve must all filo on
tThrough the narrow aisles of pain.
Feast and your "halls are crowded;
Fast and tho world goes by;
Succeed and glvo 'twill help you live;
But no ono can help you die.
Rejoico and men will seek you;
Griovo and thoy turn to go
Thoy want full measure of all your pleasure,
But they do not want your woe.
From "Peculiar Poems," by John A. Joyce,
published 1885 by Thomas Knox & Co.
THE TWENTY-SEVENTII PRESIDENT
How an error once started persists! Tho
newspapers doscribo Woodrow Wilson aa tho
28th president of tho United States. Ho Is
really tho 27th. Tho orror aroso from tho
affectation of somebody who started tho prac
tice of designating Grover Cleveland as tho 22nd
and 24th president of tho United States, Just
as if he had been two different men because
his administration happened to bo not consecu
tive. Just 26 other men havo been presidents
besides Woodrow Wilson. This surely makes
him tho 27th. Ho is entering on tho 32nd presi
dential term. Boston Herald.
WORDS OP ENCOURAGEMENT
Alfred Graham, Pa. Enclosed plcaso find
list of eleven new subscribers, together with mv
renewal. I certainly will do all in my power
for tho now administration. I will help in tho
efforts to carry out tho pledges in the democratic
platform which you so strongly advocated
One of tho saddest stories ever written is that
generally told in newspaper dispatches of March
3rd, and particularly in tho following special
dispatch to tho Washington (D. C.) Post:
New York, March 3. Thousands of persons
in all stages of consumption, some of them
barely able to walk and supported by friends
and relatives, some so ill that they should have
been in tho care of nurses and physicians in
stead of exposed to wintry blasts, ell seeking
tho reputed marvelous serum discovered by Dr.
Friedrich Franz Friedmann, made such a spec
tacle of human misery, deferred hope, disap
pointment, and tears in Fifth avenue near
Thirty-third street today as is seldom witnessed
in tho streets of New York city.
Unaware of the fact that Dr. Friedmann's
lease of offices in the building at No. 329 Fifth
avenue had been canceled after he had an
nounced that he would treat the poor and the
rich alike there, the sufferers, buoyed by the
hope that a deliverer had come to save them,
thronged about the doors and on the sidewalk
and refused to believe that t,he much advertised
cure was to be denied them.
Policemen, some of them dealing roughly
with the sufferers, ordered them away, but as
fast as they went others arrived. Driven from
tho sidewalk in front of tho building, they
crossed to tho other side and looked wistfully
up at the windows of the big office building.
Cries of "Shame! Shame! Let that man
alone," wero caused by tho action. of one police
man toward a tottering invalid, barely able to
walk, supported on one side by liis mother and
on the other by his sister, who pleaded that he
was a dying man and begged that he be per
mitted to see the discoverer of tho famous
serum held out as a last hope to dying men.
The policeman seized the sufferer by the arms
as he stood amid a little group of sympathizers,
and led him along tho sidewalk with his mother
and sister holding him up, to the corner of
Thirty-third street, at tho same time orderirig
him to "move along."
Mother, son, and daughter, weeping, stood at
tho corner, while a sympathizing group gathered
about them, until other policemen camo and
forced them all to leave. Tho Invalid, Peter
Chioppani, of East New York, was about twenty
three years old, and appeared to weigh less than
100 pounds, although he is a fairly tall man.
"I walked all the way from EJast New York,"
he said, "I am a dying man. I have only a few
weeks to live. Why do they do this to me? Why
don't Dr. Friedmann come? Why did he promise
to come if he couldn't? I had such confidence
that ho would help me."
His mother and sister, who had vainly tried
to explain the disappointment of the son and
brother to tho big policeman and then tried to
beat the policeman off when he seized the ill
man, could offer him no comfort and they went
Women carrying little children in their arms,
their faces illumined with the hope instilled by
the reports of the great cure, arrived In numbers
only to be turned away with bitter disappoint
ment written upon their face. Men, scantily
clothed, clustered about the door and read with
tear-dimmed eyes the sign hastily placed at the
door reading: "Dr. Friedmann not in this
building," and signed "Superintendent"
Forced from the sidewalks, half a hundred of
tho applicants went to the Waldorf-Astoria
hotel, where Dr. Friedmann was staying and
some of them sent up their cards to him, but
ho sent down word that ho could do nothing for
atseeJ110 " f e r"
While excited groups of spectators and appli
cants for tho serum gathered in Fifth avenue.
25 t? c1tS th,B moraIn& until late this after!
noon, Dr. Friedmann was in a quandrv Ha
-had applied to Dr. John Van Doren YonTg sec!
retary of the Medical Society of New York
county, for information as to his standing and
? ?rh0thf 1 w2uld b0 Pouted to treat
tho thousands of sufferers. He was invited to
meet other physicians at the Academy of Medi-
iDr;Jp,fi!:dmann,' !t was Earned, was not cer
tain that ho would go to the Academy of Medi
cine, but was considering whether to send a
statement to that body. It is understood that
unless tho Now York physicians Intercede for
him, he would be required to pass an examina
tion by state medical authorities before he could
bo permitted to treat the ill.
His secretary said the physician, is receiving
400 letters a day from the sufferers, some of
whom beg him merely to write to them a word
of hope, which, they say, would give them con
fidence. Following is an Associated Press dispatch:
New York, March 7. Further demonstrations
of his treatment, which he claims is a cure for
tuberculosis, are promised tomorrow by Dr.
Frederick F. Friedmann. The Berlin physician
treated only three patients yesterday, when his
discovery was demonstrated for the first time
in this country before an assemblage of phy
sicians, but tomorrow Dr. Friedmann said he
purposed treating a large number of sufferers,
possibly as many as fifty. He would not name
the place where the tuberculosis victims are to
be treated, as he said this would cause it to
be overrun with anxious applicants, many of
whom must be disappointed.
"I have no fears as to the showing which
will be made by the patients I treated yester
day," Dr. Friedmann added. "They will speak
for themselves very soon. My patients im
proved under treatment in Germany and I feel
sure they will here."
ROBERT G. INGJERSOMS VISION
A vision of the future rises:
I see our country filled with happy homes,
"with firesides of content the foremost land of
all the earth.
I see a world where thrones have crumbled
and where kings are dust. The aristocracy of
idleness has perished from the eaTth.
I see a world without a slave. Man at last
is free. Nature's forces have by science been
enslaved. Lightning and light, wind and wave,
frost and flame, and all the secret, subtle powers
of earth and air are the tireless' toilers for tho
I see a world at peace, adorned with every
form of art, with music's myriad voices thrilled,
while lips are rich, with words of love and truth
a world in which no exile sighs, no prisoner
mourns; a world on which the gibbet's shadow
does not fall; a world where labor reaps its
full reward; where work and worth go hand in
hand; where the poor girl trying to win bread
with the needle the needle that has been called
"the asp for the breast of the poor" is not
driven to the desperate choice of crime or death,
of suicide or shame. I see a world without the
beggar's outstretched palm, the miser's heart
less, stony stare; tho piteous wail of want, the
livid lips of lies, the cruel eyes of scorn.
I see a race without disease .of flesh or brain
1 shapely and fair, tho married harmony of
form and function and, as I look, life length
ens, joy deepens, love crfhopies the earth; and
over all, in the great dome, shines the eternal
star of human hope.
A DESERVED TRIBUTE
The Louisville (Ky.) Times pays a deserved
tribute to the vice president, when it says:
In a day when the door is opened to a
famished democracy it is pleasant to note tho
admirable example set by the, new vice presi-
I'j was to navo Deen reimbursed a matter
of 54,800 spent for house rent and the like
during his four1 years as governor of Indiana.
Mr. Marshall Is a man of modest means; he is
admittedly poorer by his service to the state;
his patriotism has been a tax on his pocket,
cut he could see no good reason for accepting
what would have been in the nature of a gift,
and he lost no time In blocking a little scheme
designed, no doubt, with the best of intentions.
And what he said went we are very sure he
will pardon us this laps into the vernacular.
With precisely the same right sense of what be
seems his position and his means Mr. Marshall
31L ?ke no ttempt to emulate the style to
which former vice presidents Fairbanks, Sher
SSSbart for examplehave accustomed
7 SSingt0?: A, thousand dollars a month is
ft VSZ "S?? Balary until you com to spend
it after the lavishly hospitable mode of Wash
ington, where many find that it barely meets
??? vMr- Marall will occupy a suite in
Sin? t1? n.e may be cert,n h be
S?S entertainments t a new mark for.
extravagance, novelty and how."
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