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Whether Common or Not
That Flaliln' Fcclln'.
The groun'hog is a knowin' beast, but now an' then
T' give tli' proper 'tip on weather lines;
Th' goosebono, though it's midlin' fair, will tell some
An' have it rainin' cold when sunlight shines.
Th' cornshuck is worth tyin' to as well as t'other two,
But not to airy one can people cling.
But I've got a good fore tellerI'll jus' explain t'you
When I've got that fishin' feelin', then it's spring.
Th' weather may be blowin' cold an' snow a flyin'
An' groundhogs, shucks an' bones may all agree;
But nature always tells mo when she's jus' about t'
Iler em'rald color over vine an' tree.
Then reel an' rod an' tackle get a proper fixin' 'round,
An' sortin' up my hooks I laugh an' sing.
Though blizzards may be blowin' an' th' snow, is on
If I've got that fishin' feelin', then it's spring.
What rapture greets a feller when th' buds begin t'
An' grass begins t' peep from out th' sod;
What music comes t' mortals out of ev'ry hill and
When birds begin t' sing their praise t' God.
It's joytime when th' sunshine drives th' snowdrifts
An' mornin' glories 'gin t' creep an' cling.
A feller must be daffy if he ain't a feelin' gay 4
With a touch o' fishin' feelin' in th' spring.
As the automobile whizzed by it glanced at the
horse and exclaimed with fine scorn:
"1 guess I've put you out of business."
"O, I don't know! I've not heard of your being
utilized as a serum plant!" exclaimed the equine.
' '" ' Papa Goose Rhyme.
Hi diddle doodle
K The trusts have got boodle;
V The taxes are paid by the toLL
The syndicates laughed
At their profitable graft
v In sugar, steel, railroads and oiL
"I hev noticed," remarked Uncle Hiram, deftly
extracting a cracker from the box and readjusting
the lid, "that the man that takes care of his own
business has about all ho kin attend to. Further
more, my experiunca is thet nations is like individ'als
in this respek. Th' less meddlin' a man does with his
neighbor's affairs th' more corn he shucks in the fall.
We ain't cribbin much produce as a world power right
Pie, for So! '
There was a young fellosv in Me.
Who suffered a horrible pn.
From trying to dn. .
All the whisky in tn.,
And he says he won't do it an.
"W'ot's de matter wid you dis mornin', Dusty?'
"I has a tough experiunce las' night."
"W'y I dreamed dat one o' dem steel magnate fel
lers inwited me t' dine wid him, an' dat he sot out de
fines' meal I ever see. He asks me would I hev, a little
suthin' before eatin', an' I says I would. Den hi
brings out a bottle o' champagcny joocc. Dat's where
I makes mo big mistako."
"flow does yer make a mistake, Dusty?"
"Do mistako was in not eatin' mo meal fust and
drinkin' de jooco at de finish. When do bloke pulled
de cork de poppin' of it woke me up an' I missed me
"I understand that the president of the new
steel combine is to draw a salary of 11,000,000 a
" 5Tes. It takes money to hire an expert in
hydraulics to manage the water in such a big concern."
A littlo toil, a little pain,
And hearts forever brcaklntr;
A weary load of carklng care.
Some burdens over hard to bear
Then sleep that knows no waking.
A chanco to plcrco tho clouds of gloom
And sliver lining borrow;
Somo pain today so wo may know .
That after toll and caro below
We'll And a grand tomorrow.
Mrs. Nuwed "Why don't you go to work, instead
of begging your way from door to door?"
Walker Rhodes "Madam, you see in mo th' vic
tim of a cruel fate. Wunst I was a officer in the
Mrs. Nuwed "Why are you not in the navy
Walker Rhodes "I wuz discharged for making a
fox pass at a pink tea." W. M. M.
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A Frosty Morning.
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I love these frosty mornings,
When all the outer air
Is tingling with a freshness
And vim beyond compare.
The north wind in the tree tops
Proclaims tho coming dawn,
And sends the crisp leaves rattling
Across the frozen lawn.
From some adjacent farmyard
A watchful chanticleer
With raucous, joyous crowing
Assails the atmosphere.
Then, nearer home, a watchdog,
Awakened from his sleep,
Gives voice to his resentment
In tones prolonged, and deep. ' ... -
A wagon, bound for market,
Goes creaking down tho road;
I hear the axles groaning
Beneath tho heavy load.
The light grows at my window,
And on the pane, I see,
Jack Frost has limned a picture
Of silvery tracery.
Now, from the servants stairway
Slow feet pass down the hall;
And then the kitchen shutter
Clangs out against tho walL
I love these frosty mornings,
To note these things, and then
To draw the bedclothes closer
And go to sleep again.
Catholic Standard and Times.
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Senator Hoar's Inconsistency.
In his debates ho showed his customary anxiety
about tho entire policy of the government toward the
oricntial islands. "You may talk about benevolent
assimilation," ho said, "aud uso other honeyed
phrases, but your act is pure, simple, undiluted, un
checked despotism." Then toward the closo of tha
discussion ho arose again for tho purpose, as ho ex
pressed it, of saving one principle of constitutional
government that was not yet slain. Tf his arguments
from first to last have any point at all it is that not
only tho Filipino people but all people who are identi
fied like them with a particular territory have an
absolute right to independence and self-go vornment
free from any sort of interposition by a foreign
In speaking of tho Cuban amendment, however,
'ho evaded his own appeal to principles. His remarks
are reported as follows:
Ho said that ho considered tho entire Cuban
amendment wise. Ho was not able to share in the
apprehensions indulged in on tho other side. It was
designed to enforce the Monroe doctrine. Tho only
condition against which objection could be raised was
that regarding sanitation, and ho thought that it was
only proper that our country should be safe-guarded
against yellow fever and othcropidemics which might
originate in Cuba under unsanitary conditions.
Tho plea Is what might be called miserable petti
fogging in a less distinguished statesman. For the
amendment as a whole is an ultimatum which pro
claims the United States suzerain over Cuba, and the
third clause asserts a right of intervention which
would prevent the Cubans from dealing with their
own affairs as free men. As the approving Ilopkins
of Aurora says: "Our attitude will bo that of a parent
looking after the conduct of a child."
Mr. Hoar was bound then to vote and furthermore,
ho was bound by the general principles that ho has
advocated, and furthermore, he was bound by tho
solemn, explicit pledge of tho government, which
should have held him if his principles did not, which
should supersede everything else, and which has no
application to the Philippines whatsoever. The
Senator from Massachusetts is beyond rivalry in
straining at a gnat and swallowing himself. Chicago
The Lovering currency bill, which the House
committee on banking and currency voted recently
to report favorably, authorizes national banks to
issue circulating notes to the extent of ten per cent
over and above their paid up and unimpaired capital,
thus furnishing a circulation based on "bank assets,''
instead of on government bonds. It is bad enough to
have a currency which requires government bonds as
security, but it is worse to have one based on so-called
"bank assets," and the "sound money" advocates
are tho originators of the plan. Which security will
the people prefer "bank assets" or the United States
government? Which is the sounder? National Watchman.
The bakers in the Bruce bakery at Lawrence,
Mass., which is part of the National Biscuit Company's
manufacturing plant, have been discharged, as the
buildings will no longer be used for manufacturing,
although Lawrence will continue to be a distributing
point for the products.
About 50 hands are affected by the order, which
came from headquarters.
The National Biscuit Company have decided to
close out the brach at Rutland, Vt., and to cover that
territory from another city. When tho company
bought out H. L. Hoag, who had been in business for
some time at that stand, a large amount of goods
were manufactured, estimated at 8100,000 a year, but
changes have been made so that this has been simply
a shipping station for several months. The cracker
trust has thus the. thanks of Rutland for killing off
an important local industry which employed a littla
oyer a year ago about 35 men. Exchange.