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About The commoner. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-1923 | View Entire Issue (March 1, 1915)
Whether Common or Not
Tlie news is most discouragin' at Po-
The joy is gettin' thinner an' the
gloom is growin' thick.
But underneath the willows there's
a space of ripplin' stream,
Where the sunlight seems to sparkle
with a soft, peculiar gleam.
The birds come sweetly singin' to the
hours that drift away,
An' the great, big world seems peace
ful, an' contented for a day.
You toss a lino an' watch it, with
your troubles all forgot,
An' it doesn't make much difference
if you catch a fish or not.
The fish, of course, is mighty large
on which your hope is set,
But it ke jps you interested if a nib
ble's all you. get.
Somewhere the world is strugglin' in
the darkness an' despair,
An' perhaps your turn will come to
lend a hand an' do your share
But we all have. a. notion that the fu
ture is secure, . .
No matter what our teelin's may be
called on to endure:
For some day we'll have time to tie. a
string on to. a stick
An' go a fishin' once again In Pohick
t on-the-Cri lc,
A story apocryphal, perhaps, but
at any irate timely is going the
rounds of- -Park Row about Col.
George Harvey; the editor.
Col. Harvey, according to this
story, visited his native Peacham, a
short time after his first brilliant
New York success, and, on a cold
winter morning, entered the Peacham
general store. But nobody, to his
surprise, knew him.
Col. Harvey, seated with the
Peacham, veterans around the hot
stove, could" no4 resist telling one or
two of his minor metropolitan suc
cesses successes which the Peach-'
amites heard in cold silence.
"And I, too, am a Peacham boy,"
said Col. Harvey. "Yet nobody re-
mernhfirn mo TiorA. Stmnce!"
He turned warmly to an old man
with red chin whiskers striped Witn
"You," he said, "are George Slo
cum." He turned to another old man who
had very large, white, even false
"You are George R. Boone," he
Then he turned to the whole circle
of veterans around the stove and
"Somebody, surely, must remember
my name. Come now,- think! It's
George Georga George "
"Wall, jedgin? from them tales
ye bin a-givin' uj," snorted an old
fellow in gum boots, "I reckon it
hain't George Washington. Wash
ington Star. a..
Everybody Satisfied - ..,
. Trading horses is sometimes like
trying to stop a buzz saw with your
bare hands. The sunny side of the
picture will, therefore, be refreshing.
At an auction mart In greater Bos
ton a local liveryman picked up a
ClaBSV KrirlrllA linr.n fnr -arTiTi Tifcnaid
?42.j The animal taught the admir-
speedily foregathered the mountpfctvp
ing in return Ave $10 bills and'a
on the fact that the woman isn't very
well acquainted with her husband.
A vegetarian may live longer, al
though wo aren't sure, but he pays
too much for the privilego if that is
true. Atchison Globe.
in tho air. Louisville Courier-Journal.
sound little bay mare. Good trade
Aforesaid bay mare was admired
by another lover of horses at the
south end, who willingly paid $80 for
her. Good trade No. 2.
The South End man's family drove
the mare, liked her, and sold her,'
somewhat reluctantly, to a Boston
party at $125. Good trade No. 3.
Meanwhile the owner of the saddle
horse, perfectly satisfied with his bar
gain and not once regretting it, was
induced to part with his horse, and
you may safely wager that the price
was right, even allowing for good
will and affection. Good trade No. 4.
The present owners of the horses
are satisfied; everybody else had
made a piece of money. Perhaps
"trading horses" isn't so black as it
has been painted. Brocton Enterprise.
Tho Worst of It for Father
"Father always gets tho worst of
it at bridge."
"Well, if he loses, that isn't pleas
ant. And if he wins mother always
says she's glad to see him winning. Ho
takes this as an intimation that he's
a poor loser, and that gets him up
Tho Modern Child
HoBtcsB (at children's party)
How would you chMdron liko to play
M1bb Do Stylo (ago fourteen) Wo
would much prefer a gamo of auc
tion, if you don't mind. Puck.
Farmer I'll glvo you $5 a month
and your board!
Applicant Aw, shucks! What do
you think I am, a college graduate.
Revised and Arranged by
In Five Uniform Volumes, Thin 12mo Ornamental
Borrds Dainty Style
Arranging a Duel
Two Irishmen arranged to fight a
duel witn pistols One of them was
distinctly stout, and when he saw his
lean adversary -facing him he raised
"Bedad!" he said, "I'm twice as
big a target as he is, so I ought to
stand twice as far away from him as
ho is from me."
"Be isy now," replied his second,
"I'll soon put that right."
Taking a piece of chalk from his
pocket he drew lines down the stout
man's coat, leaving a space between
"Now," he sad, turning to the
other man, "fire away, ye spalpeen,
and remember that any hits outside
that chalk line don't count." Lip
pincott's. Arriving at Conclusions
A gr p of workmen. were passing
the dinner hour in political argument.
An interesting deadlock had been
reached, when one of the men turned
to a mte who hal remained silent
during the- whole of the debate.
41 'Ere, Bill," he said, "you're pretty
good at a argyment. Wot's your opin
ion?" "I ain't goin' to say," said Bill. "I
thrashed the uatter out afore with
"Ah," said the other, "and what
did you arrive at?"
"Well," said Bill, "Bob, he arrived
at the hospital, and I arrived at the
police station." National Monthly.
ky- ., amaii Mo nwn riie nen.
1NO WU.U Will Otuw ." "".",.
A liar and a coward are about tne
Sometimes plain fits are mistaken
for inspirations. '
Sympathy also frequently goes
where it isn't wanted.
Most wedding notices read about
the same, the world ever.
It isn't probable that the checker
champion is any girl's hero.
There are few successful imitations
of youth, although plenty who try it.
Whenever an Atchison man makes
a mistake he shouts: "Rotten cUe,
r AemCane,can Join so many mutual
aid societies that his family will
StaTne rulet'that goods offered be
low cost are the ones you don't want
. noPf! are they' not?
or need, art. u;, rjrnmlse.vou-
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