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VOL. 13, NO. 29
Progress and Poverty Both
By HENRY GEORGE
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And troubles begin in torrents to
Just think of the floods which others
And say to yourseP: "It micht ha'
You're drenched but nae droned;
it micht ha' bin waur.
When out on life's sea your vessel
Beyond the. relief of a humanly
Cling fast to the spar you have in
And say to yourself: "It micht
ha' bin "waur."
Some haven't a spar; it micht ha'
When death with dread step comes
into your street
And knocks with appalling hand
at your ain door,
Hold fast to the hope that you're got
in your heart,
And say to yoursel': "It micht ha'
What if you'd nae hope? It micht
ha' bin waur.
And when you shall stand before the
Who'll open the book and look
your life o'er,
May ho in his love forgive where
And say to your soul: "It micht
ha' bin waur,
Gang ye wi' the sheep. . It micht
ha' bin waur."
John Finley, in the Independent. -
ing talked in the lobby of a Wnh
ington hotel the other night when
Congressman Daniel A. Drtscoll of
New York, recalled an incident that
recently happened in the Emnira
In a certain town, so related tho
congressman, there is a colored
church of some pretensions, which
has among its members a party
named Rastus who was always de
pended upon to come across with his
share of the coal fund.
Some time ago some alterations
were mado to the church, which in
cluded a new heating plant, and
when the work was done the parson
went aTound among the members
with the hat, speaking eloquently of
tne cneeriui giver.
"I s'pose, Bruddah Rastus," said
the parson, seating himself in tho
former's parlor, "dat yo' am willln'
to gib fo' de coal fun' de same dat
ye' gib las' yeah."
"Dah's wah yo' git stung, pahson"
laughed Rastus, goodnaturedly, "I
ain't gibin' nothin' fo' de coal fun
"Why, Bruddah Rastus," ex
claimed the wondering dominie,
"whatebah hab come obah yo? What
am de mattah wid dat coal fun'?"
"Look yeah, pahson," returned
Rastus, continuing to smile, "yo
kain't fool me one minnit! Doan I
know dat yo' done gone hab steam
heat put in dat church las' week?"
(Offer good for now or renewing subscribers, either paper.)
Facing tho Crisis
"Gentlemen, we must retrench."
The president of the great railroad
faced the board of directors. Every
face there blanched at the thought.
"Yes," he continued, "something
must be done to maintain our repu
tation for integrity and for that
sound and conservative business
policy which has been one of our dis
tinguishing traits. For, I regret to
say, the interstate commerce com
mission does not understand or ap
preciate our condition. The cost of
living has increased so much that,
alasl I fear disaster, in view of the
fact that we are not permitted to
raise our rates. Gentlemen, some
thing must be done."
All eyes were turned to the
speaker. At last, with a voice that
trembled with emotion, one of the
directors leaned forward.
"What can you suggest?" he whis
"I fear the worst'. We must cut
A deathly silence ensued. It was
felt that the fate- of several steam
yacnts was In the balance. Every
man there Instantly realized what
it would mean.
"Can nothing else be done?"
'Another director leaned forward.
"Gentlemen," he whispered, "let
us defer this until, say, day after to
morrow, tms will give ua time to
sell out our holdings at the present
prices and buy them back verv ran oh
lower after this dreadful news has
One by one they shook his hand.
I r- i- t
Couldn't Fool Rastus
The ease with which some people
are fooled was the topic that was be-
Helping a Brother
Referring to brotherly lovo tha
other night, Senator William H.
Thompson, of Kansas, said ho never
saw it. more beautifully exemplified
than the way in which Green helped
his friend Brown over a rather diffi
Some time ago, so related the
senator, the Greens called at tho
home of the Browns. Brown, not
expecting the call, was absent from
tho domestic camp.
"Oh, Mr. Green," remarked Mrs.
Brown during the conversation, "I
want to ask you something! I was
looking through my husband's desk
this afternoon and found some of the
queerest tickets you ever saw. One
was marked, 'Mudhorse, 8 to 1 ai
other was marked 'Getaway, 10 to l
and so on like that. What do you
suppose they refer to?"
"That's an easy one, Mrs. Brown,
was the smooth rejoinder of Green.
"Your husband is probably making
a study of archaelogy."
"Archaeology!" was tho wonder
ing rejoinder of Mrs. Brown, w
you really think bo? How very in
"Yes," responded Brother Green,
"those queer looking tickets yoj
found are undoubtedly relics or
lost race." Philadelphia Teiesrov-
Good for the Feo
They were speaking about tM
peculiar cases that lawyers occasion
ally stack up against the other nisw
when Congressman Swager swriwj
of Kentucky, was reminded o r an u
cident that recently happened in one.
of the southern states. nrnnnn
A lawyer sot a note one afternoon
the congressman said, asking " n i
hurry to the county jail.. BJJJgJ
bars the lawyer found a colored I paw
named 'Rastus, who M .charge
with appropriating things without
permit. 'Rastus needed ?,
"So you want me to defend you,
'Rastus' remarked the lawyer, aiw"
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