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About The Conservative (Nebraska City, Neb.) 1898-1902 | View Entire Issue (Dec. 27, 1900)
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man , destined to be the last victim of
the War of the Rebellion.
Onward a few more leagues. Fair
skies and a good breezo. With all sails
set , the good ship gracefully rides the
waves. But hark 1 Again the trumpet
thunders : "All hands on deck I" As
one man , they , who so lately were foes ,
rush to the defense of the ship.
Where now lies the danger ? I see no
storm-cloud rising ; I hear no roar of
breakers ; I see no seething billows ; no
rookbound coast appears.
Stayl A tiny boat is being tossed
helplessly upon the waves , and bearing
down upon it is a pirate's crew , bent
upon its destruction. In their despair ,
the occupants of the little craft hold out
their arms toward the Ship of State and
beg to be taken aboard. Men of the
Columbia , who will volunteer to go to
the defense of the little boat ?
"Ay 1 ay 1" rings from stem to stern
and "Ay 1 ay 1" glances back from mast
and spar. And thus , in a few moments
time , the Ship of State is again in the
embrace of the mjolstrom of war , but so
readily does she respond to her helms
man , that the danger is soon passed and
the good ship , untouched , rides proudly
on and the war with Spain is over.
Courage , seamen , though the wind
blows off shore , the even is near and
around yon headland is the harbor.
Yet Columbia , Ship of State , has one
more strife through which to pass.
There is a dangerous reef by yon jutting
headland ; a submerged rook ; the chan
nel of safety is narrow ; on the shore the
wreckers are gathered. But the brave
pilot takes the helm , the sailors spring
to the bidding of the mate , the ship
glides safely through the channel and
the voices of the seamen unite in a song
and Nov. 6th is passed.
Half a league onward , and the homebound -
bound vessel , Columbia , proud Ship of
State , enters the harbor of 1901 and
drops anchor in its calm waters.
Boom ! The century's evening gun
peals forth , the sun , just dropping
behind yonder highland , lingers a
moment , caressingly , upon the folds of
the banner of stars which the playful
zephyrs have flung outward from the
. masthead of Columbia , Ship of State.
MRS. J. E. THROW.
Bed Oak , Iowa.
An optimist "What is an optimist ? "
asked the youth who would fain become
wise. "An optimist , " -answered the
man who has become wise at a sacrifice
of amiability , "is a man who , having no
coal bills or other household expenses
himself , takes it for granted that every
body can be just as light hearted as he
is. " Washington Star.
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