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title: 'The Day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, January 13, 1912, Image 12',
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THE COMMON MAN , '
(After iewis Carroll.)
BY BERTON BRALEY
ft wasn't very long ago, as I may safely state, '
I saw a common working' man a-Sitting on a gate;
'-'Now, tell me, Mr. Man," I said, "what is it that youW?"
Said he, "I work as best I can for monied chaps like you; 1
I live where two and two make four andjbarely keep alive, 4
.While you take two and two or less and make it equal five."
But I was thinking of the way to make two millions ten,
And so I shook J:hat workingman and .bade him speak again:
''I work and toil," he answered me, but grunted as he did, S v
"I work and toil to get the grub for Missus and the kid."
But I was thinking of a way to organize a trust ,
And keep a-watering 'stock until the "bubble bust, V
Andso I punched that workingman and cried, "Now, tell me true,
What is it you are working at and what is it you do?" v.
"I work to make my living and a little bit beside
And sometime we may get a house a decent place to bide,
Me and. the Missus and the kid ; and we .shall keep a, cow,
And things will sure be better than they seern to be just now."
But I was thinking of' a way to take this poor man's pelf,
And speculate in stocks with it or spend it on myself,
And so I hit him once again and shook him up a few.
"Now what? " said I, but he grew vexed, as people sometimes do.
He hammered me between the eyes and then he knocked me down.
I was a most distressing sight as I went back to town. '
But I was thinking of a way to take the orphan'sdough
And make it into cake for me, and thus I didn't know
That I was looking very bad, but when I found it out
I'had that saucy worker fired he's starving now, no doubt!
PROGRESS IS HAPPINESS
At the close of 1912 the sum
total of human happiness will be
measurable on the scales of eter
nity, yet 'twill be greater. Belief
complete In this, that the clerk of
the universe must necessarily;
mark progress, is the true re
ligion. It is intelligent optimism.
It accepts the divine program
that life is progress, progress hap
piness. Leroy Sanders. . .
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