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VOL. i. NEBRASKA CITY , NEB. , THURSDAY , APRIL 20 , 1899. NO. 41.
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THUKSTON.a lafc ° lssue ° * t e
Philadelphia R e
cord there was a pleasant little gather
ing near Philadelphia the other evening ,
place , time and company being in merry
accord Senator John M. Thurston re
cited some verses of his own composi
tion. He had received a white rose
from a lady , he said , and had jotted
down some lines upon the spur of a
sentimental moment. The poem as re
cited by the eloquent senator , with just
enough music in his voice to make the
words tickle the ear as they slipped in ,
is as follows :
I said to the rose : "OhRoso ! Sweet Rose !
Will you lie on my heart tonight ,
Will you nestle there , with your perfume
And your petals pure and white ? "
I said to the rose : "Oh Rose ! Sweet Rosol
Will you thrill to my every sigh ,
Tho1 your life exhale in the morning pale ,
And you wither and fade and die ? "
I said to the rose : "Oh Rosol Sweet Rosol
Will you throb with my every breath ;
Will you give mo the bliss of a passionate
Albeit the end is death ? "
The white Rose lifted her stately head
And answered mo fair and true :
"I am happy and blest to Ho on your breast
For the woman who gave mo to youl"
Nebraska is opulent in oratory.
Owning Bryan and Thurston the state
proudly challenges the world to a tour
nament of talk. It defies the diction
aries and vocabularies of this whole
round and resonant globe.
It shakes its metaphorical fists under
the gab-traps of mankind , makes faces
at the effete oratory of plutocratic
England and dares all the word-spoutors
of Europe to contend for the champion's
belt for t-suuimer-drink-
light-woight-sof - - -
fizzlo-sparkle-and-pop oratory with Ne
braska's twin spellbinders.
Already the state , through the dura
bility of the leather in the vast lungs of
William Vincent Allen , holds the long
time talker's brass medal. Already the
blizzard power of Nebraska climate ,
massed and euorgized in eloquence , has
held entranced , for thirteen hours , forty-
six minutes and four seconds every
marble bust , statue and bench in the
senate of the United States and been
awarded eternal remembrance for the
tireless tongue of the immortal Allen.
Bnt Nebraska with modesty and fer
tility claims now another conspicuous
distinction. To the mellifluence of
sweetly thoughtless speechmakiug , to
tones , inflections , accentuations and
tricks of expression in setting airy noth
ingness to language so as to make mel
ancholy maids and maudlin men weep ,
Senator John M. Thurstou adds the
melody of song. With the magic of en-
chantry he transmutes the severe
statesman to the sentimental , singing
troubadour. And in the presence of
this last honor conferred upon Nebraska
by this great and good man whose
mammoth soul is full of piousness and
poetry it is indeed difficult to suppress
pride and repress exuberant exultation.
No other state has been called to per
form paroxysms of grief one day as
homage to lachrymose verbosity turned
loose in the senate at the command of
dead lipsarid on the next sighed because
of hot-stuff verses thrown up at a social
jamboree by the same sonorous and ver
satile word-geyser on account of loving ,
THE CONSERVATIVE , always a pro
found believer in the unmeasured ener
gies and possibilities of the thinking
machinery of this matchless man is
nevertheless dazed in a bewilderment
of admiration when it contemplates the
dawning glory and sunburst of his re
nown as a wandering , guitar-playing ,
sighing , singing troubadour 1 And with
quickened pride in Nebraska and her
products , vegetable , animal and min
strel , THE CONSERVATIVE awaits the re
assembling of the senate of the United
States. When that event transpires our
Troubadour Thurston will let his light
shine again and its refulgence will glit
ter with the added rays of poesy and
melody of ravishing rawness.
THE CONSERVATIVE can see him now
entering the senate chamber. It is
Pike's Peak walking among gopher hills' .
It is Niagara Falls surrounded by sy-
phou bottles of seltzer and soda.
This is our John whose speeches in
favor of free silver are now only golden
memories and whose arguments now in
behalf of the gold standard are , by com
parison , as sixteen-to-oue. With such
lungs , such throat , such figure and car
riage of conspicuousuess , when to oratory
tory this personality has "annexed"
poetry and thus intellectually "ex
panded" to "benevolently assimilate"
all the arts , sciences and literature ; why
may not Nebraska lispingly ask remem
bering Allen and Bryan and Kern to be
called "greater Nebraska ? "
In the language of Troubadour Thurs
tou , with his guitar thrumming under
his pliant and deft fingers and closely
pressed against his manly chest , with
his eyes looking through red-white-and-
blue spectacles up into the window of
his lady-love , with his comely limbs in
knee breeches and with feathers in his
jaunty hat ; in short , costumed like the
itinerant singers and improvisators of
the middle ages , may not Nebraska say :
"I am happy and blest to lie on your breast ? "
What a figure in the corridors of fame I
Our John ! Our orator ! Our poet !
Oh Rose , Rose , Rose , who dare step
on our toes ? And from sealed , silent
lips to smiling , sensuous lips how short
the trips ; and from lugubrious solemnity
at the senate to senile sensualism at the
banquet table , how quick the turn !
The absence of
THE CHICAGO the Chicago platform
form during the
recent election in Chicago was impres
sive. The election of Carter H. Harri
son to serve two years longer as mayor
of that phenomenal populatioual center ,
without any pledges , reference to or talk
about the free coinage of silver at the
ratio of sixteen to one , shows how possi
ble democratic victory becomes when
free-trade , anti-imperialism and the gold
standard are adhered to by conventions ,
candidates and voters.
Mr. Harrison is quite generally con
gratulated upon having secured a victory
for good government and against all
forms of Bryanarchy.
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