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THE ARGUS, SATURDAY, DECEMHElt 2G, 1908.
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What debt we owe the months that brought to birth
The noble souls who came to light the earth!
First, January gave us Hancock, he
Who wrote his name so large for liberty;
Ben Franklin also; caustic Thomas Paine, :.
Whose pen was like a sword, and James Gt Blaine,
Who dreamed of both Americas as one; ,
Sad Edgar j?oe, imperial Hamilton,
Pathfinder Fremont, -Bayard Taylor, who
Would travel many climes and fancies through;
The modern knight of southern chivalry,
Whom both sides honored, Robert Edward Lee;
The godlike Webster, with his thunder pent,
And, last, McKinley, martyr president.
Next, February, short of days, but long
In glory, brought a like illustrious throng
Great Washington, of character complete,
And Lincolnwith his spirit large and sweet.
Two other chiefs of state the month may claim
The elder Harrison, of warrior fame,
And Fillmore while two captains, world renowned,
Within this briefest month are likewise found
The dashing Sherman, marching to the sea,
And Hancock the superb while poetry ,
Proclaims two equal names that here belong
Longfellow, pure in life and sweet in song,
And brilliant Lowell; Edison, no less,
And Horace Greeley, mentor of the press.
May has not only flowers to light the field, ,
But flowers of art as well, in which revealed
Are Emerson, the prophet of today;
Walt Whitman, who beheld along the way
The cosmic soul in all things ever young,
And Patrick Henry, whose enchanted tongue
Was tuned to freedom's music; old John Brown,
Divinely mad to wear a martyr's crown. .
Here Seward, wise and clear of sight, is seen,
And Liberty's tried, faithful soldier, Greene.
September placed the nation nn her debt
By giving birth to gallant Lafayette
And Samuel Adams, freedom's fiery knight, "
Who braved a king to speak for human right.
John Marshall, king of jurists, too, she sent,
And rugged Taylor, soldier president,
And, lastly, Frances Willard, poising lance,
A modern Joan of Arc, for temperance.
June lent us Warren, who is living still
Gained life in losing it at Bunker Hill.
Strange pairs shirbrought us Beecher, he who spoke
Both sides the sea to break the bondman's yoke,
. Who dared the hostile crowd and wrung applause,
And Davis, leader of the losing cause ;
Stern Scott, whose bolts in many wars were hurled,
And Payne, who sang of home to charm a world.
October brought that kindly prince of men,
The just and gentle Quaker, William Penn.
In letters one great name we likewise see
George Bancroft, of the muse of history.
In her four chiefs of state to life awoke
John Adams, who for independence spoke;
The courtly Arthur, and the balanced Hayes,
And Roosevelt, man of strenuous, modern ways.
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In boisterous March three presidents saw light
The iron Jackson, hero of the fight
At New Orleans; John Tyler, of the James,
And Grover Cleveland while four other names
Bestowed by March, to Democrats a boon,
Are Benton, Bryan, Clinton and Calhoun.
Phil Sheridan this month may also claim,
Who rode one day to Winchester and fame.
July Nathaniel Hawthorne bore; whose size
The world just now begins to-, recognize;
Bold Farragut, the fighting admiral
And Howe, who has contrived to sew. for all,
The torrid month bestowed one president
John Quincy Adams, "old man eloquent."
The martyr Garfield in November came
To win his way from poverty to fame;
Here likewise Pierce and Polk of Tennessee,
Wbo guided our third war to victory;
Here, too, came Wendell Phillips, he whose tongue
In bell-like notes the doom of bondage rung,
And Bryant, singing death in tones so sweet
That men would walk its paths with willing feet
Sweet April gave her quota. In the van
Ride Jefferson, the champion of man,
And Grant, the silent. Then to her we owe
Him of the famous doctrinef James Monroe;
Buchanan likewise. After these are seen
Three commoners Thad Stevens, caustic, keen;
The giant Douglas and, of larger size,
Magnetic Clay, the friend of compromise.
Here Irving comes, with "Sketch-Book" under arm,
From Sleepy Hollow, with its deathless charm,
And Morse, with his invention to confer
On men the lightning as a messenger.
Staid August gave James Madison to earth, (
Who wrote about the constitution's birth
And governed when our second war was won.
She likewise brought the younger Harrison, -And
Holmes, delightful "autocrat," and Key, .
Who sang the starry banner of the free.
And, last of all, December, cold and white,
Gave Garrison, who held aloft the light
Of liberty to shine o'er all the land.
Here, too, came Stanton of the iron hand ;
Here Johnson and Van Buren rose, whose fate
Made them successors in the chair of state ;
Here Dewey, who on one historic May
Awoke the nations at Manila Bay;
Here Eli Whitney, with his cotton gin,
Came forth to bless the south, and here is seen
The Quaker Whittier, whose ardent song
Proclaimed the final overthrow of wrong.
What debt we owe the months that gave to birth
These souls whose fame illuminates the earth!
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HOt. - CH"AM CLARK, rpr
etnting the Ninth fiisouri Con
gressional district, is how the
minority leader of th Democratic
rpreenttiv ii th lo-wer. house of
cengress. He, Wis cfiflJen by the rhi
nsrity caucus 6n the eve of, the jsreient
session. .H sueeecds s. Isader the
Hon, John Sharp -Williams of Missis
sippi. Mr. Clark is -a legislator and
orator of national reputation.
WILLIAM H. HfeALD'will be
the only congreesional repre
sentative from Delaware at
the next session He is a Republican
and was elected in November, .1908.
He is a congressman at large. Ac
cording to the congressional appor
tionment Delaware is not entitled to a
representative In the lower house of
congress, but it is a state, and that
gives it representation.
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MISS ELIZABETH HARRISON
.she is only eleven years old is
a daughter of the late ex-Preci-dent
Harrison. Her mother was Mrs.
Mary .Scott Dimmick when she . mar-"
ried President Benjamin - Harrison.
The young miss, is pretty ' and aviva
clous. . Recently she . unveiled the
monument erected by Indianapolis to
her distinguished father. . ' She was
four years old when he died.
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DAVID BELASCO," wiJhout dis
paraging' other noted playwrights'
of this country, is he best
known and the most successful. He
began at the. bottom as an actor and
steadily ascended the ladder, He is
thoroughly versed in his profession.
He is a master manager, a cortscien
tious student, . a close observer ' and
conversant with the affair a 1 of h
stage here and abroad. . , ',
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EX-GUEEN : LILiUOKALANl, the
deposed ruler of Hawaii, is again
in Washington ttf urge her claims
upon congress. The amount of her in
demnityv is placed by hr at about
$3.O00,C00. The fact that her claim has
been thrown out of the sundry civil
Appropriation heretofore hasv not dis
couraged her. Prince Cupid, the
Hawaiian delegate, i cn' ardent adva
cate of the ex-quetn's cause.
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REV. WILLIAM J. DAWSON,
evangelist, whose revival sys
tem stirred London and to whom
many. Protestant churches in this
country have opened their doors, is an
attractive factor in the religious world.
Hit recent march on the east side of
New .York, with en illuminated cross
st the head of the column, was an im
pressive. eigSt.. He led his organiza
tion from the church. -
RIGHT HON. JAMES BRYCE, Brit-
ish ambassador to the United
States, is the most noted foreign
representative at the' national capital.
In spite of the honors that have come
to him here and abroad -Mr. Bryce is
quite democratic in hi comings and
goings. Easily accessible, courteous
in his manner, he has made himself
popular with the mastes and is very
conservative. . '