The independent. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1902-1907, December 25, 1902, Page 5, Image 5

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    DECEMBER 25, 1902.
THE NEBRASKA INDEPENDENT.
5
Th3 Hell Merger
PROLOGUE.
Tlie Devil and Heh are in an awful
stew!
(And just between the gate-post, me,
and you,
His Satanic Majesty has reason to
fear.
For J. Pierpont Morgan is drawing
near.
To form a merger on his arrival
t bene a
That'll make all the hellions like 30
cents.)
I.
The Devil on his throne in the depths
of hell,
When the messenger came from with
out, to tell
Of a procession to this land of dread,
With a high-mighty man its forefront
and head.
By his presence, he with consterna
tion, knew
'Twas J. Pierpont Morgan and his
trust-ful crew.
What was in the mind of this man of
earth power,
Made Old Satan quake and his brows
to lower,
For with all his presence and fore-
sightedness,
He was forced with pain to himself to
confess,
That in this, without doubt, an hour
of need,
lie could not the great mind of J. Pier
pont read.
So he ordered the messenger to return
And strive the purpose of Morgan to
learn.
But arrived, J. Pierp. the battlements
viewed,
Having long since consideration
eschewed,
lie made Perkins shout to the guard
of Hell-Gate,
"Open, damned yokel, mighty Mor
gan don't wait. '
The astonished guard the massive gate
threw wide,
Striving in vain his trepidation to
hide.
He, punctilious, saluted with trem
bling hand,
The King of Trusts and his sycophant
band.
Here the messenger arrived frantic
with haste,
But Morgan disdained on him words
to waste,
And pointing downward with extend
ed arm,
He commanded, "Lead on, you shall
fake no harm."
The messenger, as the guard, dumb
founded, went,
Forgetting the mission whereon he
was sent,
Led Morgan, the merger, by the short
cut route,
To the private throne-room of the
King of Soot,
J. Pierpont wl'cd in, erect head
and stern mien,
And. first time since the Fall, Lucifer
was seen,
In despondency, deep and dark to be
punk
In fact he was just in a blue, blue
funk
And with h"nrl dropped in arms he
groaned aloud.
"Pierpont. what wilt thou and thy
trust-ful crowd?"
Morgan folded his arms a moment,
then spoke,
"Beelzy, my call upon you is no joke,
I've come in the interest of transpor
tation, And Remand of you now a combina
tion. Vhat I mav extend my railroads oown
to Hell,
And increase your damned by more
than tongue can tell.
I'll build me a station just outside the
gate,
And good Deacon Baer chall on the
crowd wait;
The road-bed shall be of anthracite
coal.
To vex and harass those strikers'
damned souls,
And my steam whistles shall the
echoes awake,
And make all the shades of this Hell
country quake.
A railroad into Hell, O, Devil, what a
graft!
It's worth to me a day a million dollar
draft,
For you shall be one of my subsidized
band.
And now since I've blockaded the
heavenly land.
The ghosts of th esrth-born shall hell
ward be turned,
And then at your pleasure they shall
be burned.
You hall pay tariff on each soul Baer
bring'? you.
And turn in to him what each day is
my due.
I know that to you are great heaps of
lucre.
And you mustn't try me of one farth
ing to euchre;
All else you shall have saving me and
mine,
And you shall be happy from now till
all time."
As Satan listened to Morgan's Pier
pont tones,
He cast off despondency, he ceased his
groans.
And with a baleful eye and hot, smok
ing breath,
He Eiiout'd. "The world is mine after
death:"
So great his belief in Pierp. Morgan's
power,
To give him the souls of earth for a
dower.
J. P. with sardonic smile now made
request,
For a place where he might iay him
clown and rest.
Beelzebub led him to a hell-fired cot,
And swathed him in a coverlid warm
and hot,
vhere he took a long, transmogrify-
ir.g snooze,
And woke feeling as if full of red-eyed
booze.
Then, rather surly, he bade his host
adieu.
Of his previous talk made a brief re
view, Anticipating Beelzebub's command,
Ho inspired his guide by a wave of
the hand.
To lead him from before the King of
Soot,
To the outside gate by the short-cut
route.
There he slapped good Deacon Baer
on the back,
And said, "Deacon, in your duties be
not slack;
From the Devil each day collect ev
ery cent,
For the souls that I have by you to
Hell sent,
I will not forget you for work that's
well done,
But will reward you as I would my
own son."
Morgan, the great, in gratulation then
stepped
Upon the earth, which in his absence
had slept;
He touched the button which awoke it
to life,
And stirred up the poor to misery and
strife,
By drawing more hardly across them
his reins,
To increase his already ill-gotten
gains.
II.
To himself he said: "Over all men
I've power,
Earth and Hell are both my eternal
dower,
And though I can't own Heaven, I've
blocked the way,
And thus send to the Devil a vast
array,
That will to me untold millions be
worth!
Save Heaven, I can buy the universe.
But what, indeed, is this Heaven to
me?
The road to it is so narrow, I can't see
What value it has, for it's without
money,
And who csrf-q for the flow of milk
and honey?
The conn i v.- i.aat can make me whoop
and hoik r
Is the one that'll give me the almighty
doll r."
Communing thus, ecstatic, he fell
asleep,
He loosened his reins and the poor
ceased to weep.
He dreamed he was a boyafhis
mother's knee,
That she was praying he might from
sin be free,
That he might never his fellowmen
oppress,
But show mercy and charity to dis
tress. He lay back in the mother-arms con
tented; That he would be a tyrant, he re
sented Most bitterly then, but later when he
felt
The "itching palm," all his good in
tentions melt
Ed into this ah", and he too soon be
came A son most unworthy of his mother's
name.
And on and on through all the devious
wavg
He had trod, even to treading Hell's
maze!
As awake, eo in sleep, he knew him
self right,
Till sudden, as it were, an X-ray
searchlight
Turned inward, 'shamed him a pusil
lanimous soul.
All distorted and shriveled in its lust
of gold.
Sweating cold beads, he writhed and
groaned as -in pain,
But the searchlight shone on and on
and amain,
Till his sraallness of soul did in big
ness appear,
And every fifcre of flesh quivered with
fear
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Yet
Christmas has come ami you lil not lmv one of our
Beautiful Pianos Well its not too late yet, we still
have. a beautiful assortment, all styles, grades and prices.
We are still as anxious as ever to sell you and will make
every possible inducement.
If you can't call, write us.
Matthews
ii20 O Street,
Piano Co.
Lincoln, Neb.
Then from the light he heard a voice
say,
"Down on your knees and earnestly
pray."
Most humbly he bowed as did Jacob
of old,
And prayed the Lord to remove the
curse of gold,
The curse of gold gold! he could re
call no word
Of the prayers which in his childhood
he'd heard,
Which he'd heard so often at his
mother's knee,
But only "From the curse of gold,
Lord, make me free,"
As he prayed, something seemed to
soften his heart,
His ambition for riches dissolved
apart,
His soul, long repressed, expanded
amain,
There came, long forgotten, to his
mind again,
The text: "And a little child shall
lead them."
He is saved by the Babe of Bethlehem!
BEN ADAM.
Cancers Cured; ri?
from cancer? Dr. T. O'Connor
cures cancer?, tumors and wens;
no knife, blood or plaster. Address
1300 O St., Lincoln, Nebraska.
A Tenabla Supposition
I did, indeed, cut out a r;lip from the
Birmingham Morning News, last Sep
tember (12th, 1871), containing a let
ter written by a gen ilman si.'-ninn;
himself "Justice in J' r on," :tk1 pro
fessing himself an engineer, w.io
talked very grandly about the "indi
vidual and social laws of our nature;"
but he hnd arrived at th inconvenient
conclusions that "no individ ;al has a
natural right to hold property in
land," and that "all land sooner or
later must, become public property."
I call this an inconvenient conclusion,
because I really think you would find
yourselves greatly inconvenienced if
your wives couldn't go into the garden
to cut a cabbage, without getting leave
from the lord mayor and corporation;
and if the same principle is to be car
ried out as regards tools, I beg to state
to Mr. Justice-in-Person, that if any
body and everybody is to use my own
particular palette and brushes. I re
sign my office of professor of fine arts.
Perhaps, when we become really ac
quainted with the true Justice-in-Person,
not professing herself an engi
neer, she may suggest to us, as a
natural supposition: "That land should
be given to those who-ean use It, and
tools to those who can use them;"
and I have a notion you will find this
a very tenable supposition also. John
Ruskin, Fdrs Clavigera, page 149,
Vol. I.
ROY'S DRUG
STORE
104 Mil 10th St
We say "Roy's" drug stcis as a
matter of fr.ct it is EVERYBODY'S
drug store almost. Roy only con
ducts it, buys and keeps to sell .he
!oods. and meet and f. c competition.
Our patrons do the rest. We want U)
reir' I you of seasonable goods, viz:
larden Seeds, Condlt Powders, Lice
Killers. B. B Poison, Kalsomlne,
Paints, Oils. Varnishes, etc.
We make a specialty of all kinds of
stock and Poultry Foods, etc. Don't
miss us.
Rovs'
104 f-.!0 1 Oiil
LINCOLN. NEB.
FAT TOO FAT
People
Vetch with R e d u c t o
1 educe jour lat and be refined, i.eline your
f si and i e reduced. "1 educto" is a perfectly
I; arm lens vejreta: le comimund endorsed tjr
th'imand3 of physicians and people who have
tried It. We bend you the 1 ormula, you make
"I eiiucto" at noma it you desire, yon know
full well the incrediejit and therefore need
have no fear oi evil ettecta. ; end fl.00 for
ceijitand instruction everything mailed In
plain envelope. Address
Ginseng Chemical Co.,
3701 H, Jeftma At., (si. !) Mo
Piano For Sail
Entirely new, high grade piano for
sale at a bargain. For particulars ad
dress The Independent, Lincoln, Neb,
CANCER INCREASING.
This disease has quadrupled itself
in the lat 4tf years. This is made
manifest by the inerei' ed number of
patients applying to Fr. Bye, of Kan
sas City. Mo. His o"'(f ar crowd
ed continually by patients from every
state in the union. Dr. Bye is the
d'sc -erer of a comb-nation of Medi
cated OiLs that rdly cure cancer,
tumor, catarrh, p'le fistula fnd all
si-In and womb dieasos. Write for
Illustrated Book. Address Dr. W. O.
Bye, Drawer 111, Kansas City, Mo.
A young and well managed life In
surance company offers extra induce
ments to its policy -holders, not by
reason of rebates, reduced rates or ex
tra commissions, but because the ear
lier years experience light losses and
net earnings are consequently laiger.
A good young company will be a surer
dividend payer than an old institution.
The Bonders Reserve Life Associa
tion of Omaha is one of the solid busi
ness institutions of the state. It is
on the highway to success and the
enrlv policy holders will enjoy all the
bnfits of economy in maarpment,
lie-ht dath rate, careful se'ecMon of
young lives and liberal diviiends.
The baronial type exists still, I
fear, in such manner, here and there,
in spite of Improving centuries. John
Ruskin.
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