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About The commoner. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-1923 | View Entire Issue (Dec. 1, 1916)
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Whether Common or Not
People Like Him
Pcoplo liked him, not because;,'
lie was rich, or known to,, fame,
Ho had never won applause
rAsn star In any game. .
Ills-wan not a brilliant stylo,
Ills was not a forceful way.
But ho had a gontlo smile $
r And a kindly word to say.
Never arrogant or proud, ' v
On ho wont with manner md.,h'
Never quarrelsome or loud,
-, Just as simple as a child.
Honest, patient, bravo and true ,
T- Thus ho livod from day to "day,
Doing what ho found to do y '
In a cheerful sort of way.-- jr
Wasn't one to boast of gold
Or bolittlo it with sneers,
Didn't change from hot to cold,
Kept his friends throughout the
Sort of man you like to meet, v -"
, Any time or any place.
Thero was always something sweet
And refreshing in his face.
Sort of man you'd like to be, .
' Balancod well and truly square;
Patient in adversity;
Generous when the skies were fair.
Never lied to friend or foe,
' Never rash in word or deed,
Quick to come and slow to go
In a neighbor's time of need.
Novor rose to wealth or fame,
1 Simply lived and simply died,
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Left a sorrpw far tfndtfHi'detiVf"
Not for glory he'd attained, v'
j Nor for what ho had of pelf
Wore the friends that ho had gained,
But for what he was himself.
r-Edward A. Guest, ,in, Detroit- Free
Press. f' -Wr.,-i
The Old TriinoTe'Bcd
"t There arc still a few of us left who
remember the trundle Holt but for
which it would have been impossible
to bring up the old fashioned family
o.f good proportions. Houses were
small and families were largo in
those, days, and providing bod's was a
problem. So it was solved by the
trundle bod a lpw structure that
rolled beneath the "regular" bod
and which was trundled out at night
and filled with children. There was
np more inspiring picturo than a
trundle bed full of little pink child
ren and all trundle beds were gen
erally full of them.
But the disorder of the room would
run the modern housewife crazy.
Clothes wqre dumped in piles upon
the floor, Shoes were tossed into the
corners. Stockings were mixed up
generally and to bo found all over
the room, but some way an hour or
so after the morning dressing every
thing; disappeared, the trundle bed
was not in sight and order came out
of it all while "mother" was busy
with other things than "straight
ening up the room."
? It -was "a feather bed of course
big and thick and soft. You sank
into its very bosom. No danger, of
a: kid falling out; no more danger
than there would be of a raisin fall
ing Q,u'i of a cake. For the children
Itttod-into the feather bed for all tho
orld l,ike peas in a pod a nestlike
formation holding tho tiny form. Be
sides", if you did fall out of a trundle
tied you didn't have far to fall, only
an inch or two, for bo it remembered
tlie trundle bed was built low so it
'would roll under aiiQther bed.
iBut it was a glorious invention!
j3l omunji vin,j Kwuwi hi. iui iuc
angels and angels slept in them.
The temperature didn't matter. In
memory they were always comfort
able. Warm in winter and cool in
summer they must have been
sweet, and clean and fresh always.
That's the way we recall them, any
way, so it is the way they must have
been. The night had no terrors
after one was tucked away in a trun
dle bed, and sleep came quickly to
"knit ui the raveled sleeve of care."
Tho morning came ' instantly, it
seemed, rut you were refreshed and
ready for the rough and tumble work
or play that beckoned to you.; Day
Where Ho Got It'""
Ho was a witness in. a case in the
"What is your name?" inquired
"Mali name?" from tho darky in
credulously. "I'm talking to you," snapped the
"Well, sab, mah name is Hallowed
Hopkins," answered the negro.
"Hallowed Hallowed!" gasped
"Where did you get that name?" ;;
"Frum mah maw," answered the
notro "It am from do Scriptures."
"From the Scriptures? What part
of the Scriptures?" -v
"Doan you r'mombah, judge,'
wheah it says, 'Hallowed be, thy
name?' ' -
Tho judge recalled the passage. "
Generosity in Installments
A certain Scotch singing comedian,
who is notoriously thrifty, played a
week's engagement to enormous
business in Chicago last year. De
siring to show his appreciation of the
theater manager's kindness to him
during the week, he called that gen
tleman into his dressing room on
"I want to thank you sir," he said,
"for your courtesy to me this week
and for the fine crowds you've helped
to bring in to hear me. Here's a
photograph of mysel' for you; and
if business is as good next year when
I come back I'll put my name on it
for you then!" Saturday Evening
An Unpremeditated Hoax
Tho measles were making their
annual rounds. of the juvenilo popu
lation of tho community, and Flossie
was very vexed because she didn't
catch them. She felt that a nice
littlo vacation was being denied her.
One day she came rushing into the
schoolroom clapping her hands with
"Oh, Miss Nichols! They're com
ing down tho avenue!" .
"Who?" asked the teacher, liurry-
ing to- the window and looking for
sho knew not what.
"Tho measles! Bessy Tubbs right
on our corner, has juBt got them
and now t'll be my turn next'" -New
"When Ducks Aro Ripo
Duck season is explained by Herb
Cavaness as the time when an ordin
ary sane citizen loads himself with
twenty pounds of shells and a big
gun, gets out of bed at 4 o'clock in
tho mornincr. .nrnwia n-n i,i i.i .
tor a half mile to get close' to' a
pond, walks fifty miles during the
day and raises a fine crop of blisters
on xi feet and does a dozen other
such pleasurable things, and then
remains at home a week with rheu
matism, after having bagged one
mud hen, one rabbit; ono sparrow
hawk and then seen ono flock of
ducks sailing by him a mile high.
Kansas City Star.
Showing Up Father
In these days of good education
children learn, things their fathers
and mothers know very little about.
Nora, aged nine, met her father
tho other day with her littlo blue
eyes full of tears.
"Oh, daddy!" she wailed. "I've
just fallen and bumped my patella."
"Dear, dear! Poor little girl!"
said father, sympathetically, as with
the best intentions in the world he
bent to examine her elbow.
Nora drew herself angrily away.
"Humph!" she snorted, with su
perior air. "I said my patella
that's kneecap." Pittsburgh Chronicle-Telegraph.
Proving an Alibi
Massachusetts has an anti-roller
law as a sanitary precaution.' They
tell tho following about a traveler
who found such a towel hanging in a
"Don't you know that towel is
against tho .law?"
'.'Sure, but that law wasn't passed
when- this towel was put up." Rural
Easy Reading t
"What have you there?"
v "The memoirs of -a famous base
ball pitcher;"- . , - J .-ft t i
"Easy reading, I dare say."
"The easiest ever. Nearly 400
pages without a single footnote, his
torical reference or quotation from
the classics. Birmingham Age-Herald.
A Mystery Solved ,.
"You once kept a cook for a whole
month, you say?"
"Yes." . V
"Remarkable. How did you man
age?" "We were cruising on a house boat
and she couldn't swim." Pittsburgh
Truth crushed to earth will rise
again, but for that matter a lie will
do the same trick.
On the principle that two can live
as cheaply as one, lovo Is generally
starved to death.
Help others, and , you will ,.soon
discover that the vorld is full- of
people looking for a. boost.
It is small consolationto the wo
man who deserves a better husband
to realize that most women do
Tips from Texas
Another thing if whisky is a
bracer" , why does the drunkard
clingHo the lamp post?
If Cupid were' to find his way to
some of the bathing resorts he might
quit shooting arrows and advocate
Some men are born leaders, some
follow the crowd, and eyen then only
at a safe distance.
Our experience with restaurant
watermelon fs that the coolc; lceeps
the best slices for himself. -
Another reason why a boy can get
such a good, night's sleep is-because
he doesn't have to lie awake and
tremble for the safety of hiscountry.
Bmm FACTS CONCERN "
Tusculum college is locator i
per east Tennessee, in f uii ,ln UP
the Great Smokies UU vIow ot
It was founded in 1794 h ,
Princetonian named Heze& !e!olc
southern colleges, with n iin 8tor,c
follows: n a lineaEo as
Hit SreenevI11 College.
1844 Tusculum College
1888 Greeneville & Tusculum OoL
Contge. WaShinStn & T-ulu
1913 Tusculum College
For 122 years since our counlrr
was still young, Tusculum has 2
the lamp of Christian educatton
burning among the people of our
Its students are drawn from tha
best families of tho unmixed Araer
lean stock of East Tennessee, Ken
tucky Virginia and the Carolinas
Hundreds upon hundreds in these
sections are dependent upon this
college for the training that will fit
them for leadership aid service.
This is one of the very fev high
standing colleges that puts an edu
cation within the reach of young
men and women of limited means.
Tho entire cost for a yeaj, including
good board and all necessary ex
penses, is only $125.00 per student.
Its Educational Standing
In scholarship Tusculum ranks
with the best colleges in tho coun
try. It demands fifteen Carnegia
units for admiacion to tho freshman
class, and hasa four years' course
leading to the A.B. or Ph.B. degree.
It maintains a faculty of thor
oughly trained and consecrated
teachers, each' a specialist in his own
True to the ideals of its founders,
tho influence of the college is, and
has always' been, positively Chris
tian. It has survived poverty and neg
lect and Civil war, and stands today
as a momument tp Scotch-Irish ten
acity and abounding faith in God.
Strong courses in the English Bible
are a marked feature of the curricu
lum, in which the Bible is made a
living Book "and its teachings vital
to daily "life..
A partial list of-the alumni repre
sents the following avocations: Min
isters, 162? other religious workers,
38; college presidents, 29; college
professors, 47; principals and teach
ers, 227; lawyers, 83; physicians,
57; editors, 13; business men, 55;
congressmen, 28; United States sen
ators, 9; speakers of congress, 1,
registrars of U. S. treasury, 1.
judges,- 10; authors, y; muiu-
presidents, 3; farmers, vo; auut.
U. S. navy, 1
Among its holdings are seven col
lege buildings, eight dwellings, J
campus of forty-five acres, garaeu
and farm land of eighty acres, ana
an endowment of ?180,000.00.
It is equipped with an elect"
light and steam heating plant, ampw
water supply, new quarters and ne
equipment for the home economw
department, twelve pianos ior
music department, tools for cabinet
work, chemical and physicol la
tories, and a library. A connaH j
estimate of all its holdings is Pea
at $375,000.00. - '
Dasher "How did you enjoy your
vacation?"' . . where
Jerome "Fine: the hotel J
I. put up didn't seem like a MnM
.place at all. IfrSad all tho disco
forts of home." Life.
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