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SIDE from the merits of the controversy over
the incandescent street lamps the mayor
would be justified in refusing to sign a contract
which he has had no adequate Opportunity to pass
upon. Had the contract been awarded by resolution
it would have come to the mayor's desk in such
shape that he might sign or veto it as his best judg
ment dictated. The council, by awarding the eon
tract by merely adopting the report of a committee,
says there is nothing before the mayor.
The charter prescribes that the may or must sign
all contracts made by and for the city. I is a ques
tion which has never been decided whether he can
legally refuse to affix his signature to a contract
which has been thru the council. I would be but
courtesy then for the council to permit the mayor
at least as much opportunity as themselves to pass
judgment on a matt er involving as many city dollars
as does this gas contract.
The president's train to Princeton contained a
car set apart for Secretary Taft. That Taft is a
growing man.
How to Regulate Insurance,
E insuiance discussion is of never-ending
interest. No subject dealing with figures has
so absorbed the attention of the American public
as this:, has done. One o the best recent contri
butions to the literature of the insurance problem
is the address delivered before the Commercial club
of Boston by Louis D. Brandeis, counsel for the
protective committee of policyholders in the
Mr. Brandeis lias brought together the figures
of the insurance business in such a "way as to
graphically illustrate its vastness. sho^s that
ninety old-line companies in the United States have
in, force twenty-one million policies on the lives
of about ten million people. These are mainly
the heads of families, and he calculates that forty
millio.11 people, or half of the population, are in
terested 111 them. The actual amount of insurance
represented by these policies is $12,000,000,000,
more than the total value of all the steam roads
in America. On Jan. 1, 1905, these companies held
assets of $2,373,186,639, three times the capital of
all the national banks in the country. The total
income of these companies was $612,000,000, or
more than the receipts of the federal government.
Of all the assets of all the companies, more than
one-half was held by three, and it happens that
Hhese thiee are on the spit of investigation, and
every time they are turned a new raw place is
The general subject of the abuses reAealed in
the pending investigation is carefully reviewed by
Mr. Brandeis, who seeks tq answer the question
what shall be done. To two general conclusions he
attaches importance, one th at the Dryden bill to put
insurance under federal supervision is a snare, the
other that is is not desirable that the state under
take insuiance. His objection to the Dryden bill
is that it would substitute for fifty commissioners
many of whom are alert, honest and faithful, the
dictum of one excellent person in Washington. The
institution -\\hieh got past him would be safe to
prey upon the public tho at present it may pass one
complaisant commissioner only to run foul of an
other with a better knowledge of insurance and
firmer purpose to give the public a square deal.
State supervision with a greater uniformity of
law is more to be depended upon than a federal law
which would sweep away all present safeguards and
substitute others perhaps not adequate in detail.
The commissioner of Minnesota, himself a lawyer
of ability, is at the head of a movement for the
classification of insurance laws and the adoption of
a uniform code in the different states. This would
come nearer protecting the public than the abandon
ment of the progress already made by the states and
the dependence upon a general code passed by con
giess and administered by one man. Such a uni
formity of law would have to provide against two
or three things which the Armstrong investigation
has shown are at the bottom of all the scandal. I
would have to remove the temptation of the tontine
"gamble," the looseness with regard to invest
ments, the extravagance of management and in gen
eral the practice which looks upon insurance as any
else than a system of saving based mathematically
upon the highest rate of interest consistent .with
perfect safety. There is no mystery about insurance
when this character is conceded.
The Press Humoifcts' association ought to pension
Mark Twain and ietire him from the wear and tear
of living up to a great reputation.
Germany's Cry of Pire.
HERE is an old story of a man who on leaving
his children alone in the house instructed them
\x if thieves came in his absence not to cry robbers,
but to shout fire, for the neighbors would run to
help them put out a fire while they would only barri
^cade their own houses against thieves.
The Germans have been having a hard wrestle
j( with the natives in southwest Africa. The Herreros,
j|/who have no conception of benevolent assimilation,
jp have been bowling over the kaiser's best regiments
'M -as if he was not the Svar lord at whose frown Europe
|f" trembles.
The Germans roared thieves^until they were"
jfflioarse and none came to their rescue, but in a
""moment of inspiration Germany shouted fire"The
colonies of England are in danger." Presto, a hot
wave of sympathy for Germany goes over England.
"It is necessary to put down the Herreros lest their
rebellious spirit spread to British South Africa. If
Germany cannot do it, England must and wili.'l
Wonderful, that cry of, fire. I has linked jealous
nations in a league of defense. The Herreros will
be wiped out their very memories erased from the
native home. Their bravery will be rewritten as
fanaticism their objections to slavery set down to
incapacity for civilization.
Marvelous civilization! I found a world so
large that it represented the unknown parts by hid
eous monsters sitting on the edge of the map. But
it is now so small th at the monsters appear to occupy
the center of civilization rather than its outposts.
Unconsciously civilization may have been copying
its own features when it drew pictures of hydras
and dragons on the map of Asia and Africa.
Getting Around the Mayor.
*for the saloon is*needed on week days as well as on
Sunday, undoubtedly the closing of the Sunday
saloon, which is the ready resort of thousands of
men in this city on that day, has done more than
anything else to impress upon thoughtful people the
fact th at Sunday closing is only the first step in any
movement for reclaiming or protecting the victims
o the saloon from its evil influences.
The saloon is a well-established institution. I
is established in accordance with certain innate and
ineradicable characteristics and tendencies in hum an
nature. The fact th at it ministers to an appetite
for strong drink is only one of the facts which ex
plain its hold upon men. While it may be true th at
the principal reason for which men visit saloons is
to drink, it is nevertheless true th at there are other
reasons of importance and th at undoubtedly a large
percentage of the patrons of thev saloon go there
primarily not to drink but for society, and because
there is no other place in which they feel that they
are welcome, or to which the invitation is half so
There is a lot of brains mixed with the saloon
keeping business. The saloonkeeper has consulted
quite as carefully and as intelligently the wants of
his customers and has studied' quite as diligently
what will please and attract and hold them as any
other business man. From the business standpoint
he succeeds because he deserves to succeed. The
more he is opposed, the more opposition or competi
tion or rivalry he encounters in his struggle to secure
and retain the favor and the patronage of the public,
the more he will exert himself to hold his own. And
yet it would seem as if it were enough, in the minds
of a good many good people, to do some such com
mendable thing as close the saloon on Sunday and
then relapse into a state of satisfaction and com
placency as if the influence of the saloon were prac
tically destroyed. I other words, there has been
a good deal more rejoicing over the Sunday closing
order than there is full occasion for if that is to be
all. Ve ry little has been accomplished when the
people of the churches meet together, thank the Lord
for the closing of the Sunday saloon and go home to
comfortable firesides and heavily loaded dinner
The closing of the saloon on Sunday will not
destroy any appetites for liquor or create many
desires to go to church or make over the habitue of
the saloon so that he will not need or desire the
accommodations which it provides. People who
know most about the influence of the saloon and
have come most closely in contact with its work with
out being debauched by it do not need to be told th at
the logical and the necessary corollary of the closed
saloon is the opening of some place in its stead which
wall afford its frequenters about everything that the
saloon affords except intoxicating drinks.
The Journal is deeply impressed with this
fact and feels th at there rests upon it as upon every
citizen who recognizes a measure of responsibility
for the social and moral conditions of the community
in which he lives some obligation in this connection,
and it wishes to share in some practical, effective
effort for the establishment of an institution which
shall be a substitute for the saloonproviding all
the attractions, all the comforts, all the inducements,
and more, which the saloon offers, without liquors, to
the thousands of men in this city who today have
no homes, no place where they may meet in social
intercourse, where they may enjoy comfortable fire
sides, books, newspapers and magazines, music or
innocent entertainment.
To provide such an institution, established as it
ought to be at various places in populous centers
and as convenient of access as the saloon itself, The
Journal will gladly subscribe $1,000 in cash and
$100 annually for its maintenance. W have no pet
theories to work out, no preconceived notions as to
how this institution is to be organized or in what
manner it should be conducted. W hope to co
operate with others in the undertaking and are
ready to abide by the combined wisdom of those who
contribute to the same end. Being ready, however,
to contribute in some measure to this object our
selves, we feel at'liberty to say to the people of Min
neapolis, and particularly to men of large interests
in this city, that at no time in its history was there
ever greater reason for a prompt and liberal response
to an urgent need, nor is it conceivable, our judg
ment, that anything could make more largely for
the material as well as the moral welfare of the city
than an intelligent and successful effort on the part
of her citizens to provide a place and a way by
which men who are not vicious or depraved or wholly
committed to habits of dissipation and debauchery,
but who are brought under influences and tendencies
in that direction by force of circumstances, may have
a chance to escape.
W have just seen the city of St. Paul raise
nearly $600,000 by subscription for the erection of
two important public buildingsan auditorium and
a home for the Young Men's Christian association.
I has been a remarkable exhibition of public spirit
something which has impressed the country and
ought to be exceedingly suggestive to the people of
Minneapolis as to the confidence which the people of
St. Paul entertain in the future of that city.
Six hundred thousand dollars is not needed for
the purpose under consideration in this city, nor half
of it. A third of it would be an exceedingly liberal
provision for the inauguration of this work. And yet
the establishment of places of public comfort and
convenience, made attractive by their furnishings,
equipped with means of amusement and entertain
ment and proper refreshments, located so as to be
readily accessible, may be made to do more for the
city^of Minneapolis many times over than both of the
institutions to which St. Paul has contributed so
I a sense this matter should come home with
peculiar force to the church people of this city. They
have rejoiced in the closing of the only door which
hundreds and perhaps thousands of men in this city
feel at liberty to enter on Sunday, where in the win
ter season there is comfort and warmth and a wel
come. They cannot escape responsibility for the
opening of another. 1
Barren island is a bank of sand on the ocean front
to the south of Brooklyn. As it was a mile or two
from the mainland the place became one where gar
bage was carried for the purpose of working it over
to commercial uses. The results were not odorous,
and whenever the sea airs swept over Barren and
moved on to Brooklyn they were laden with a noise
that recalled the Chicago stockyards. I was then*^at
that people held their noses .and wished the island
would sink. So strong is the power of thought that5V#
one end of the island dropped into the Atlantic the
sings, poets
The Next Thing to Be Done.^ ,^vjfF France and Her Grafters. \\m7?W Fame Thrust Upon Him.
hear a great dqal nowadays about substi- HTHE spirit of making money out of the govern- fT\ from Hazel, S. D., aunounce that
tu,tes.,for the saloon* While a, substitute ment is as old^as government, Modern.gov- \$~ a farmer, named Smith" has harvested fae
which has trouble with this modern brood of leeches.
The republic of France has its government continu
ously under suspicion, but its government changes so
often that it is more difficult for a system of graft
to grow up. s, 1
A recent-writer on Frlnch\ffairs calls attention
to the fact th at the French senator and deputy re
ceived the enormous salary of 25 francs a day and
yet good people notice with admiration th at most of
those whom they have elected live at the rate of
50,000 francs a ye ar and retire millionaires when the
legislature comes to an end. This phenomenon he
says "forces into a political career a large number
of citizens who are anxious to devote themselves to
the service of their country and the welfare of the
The people of France are fearful th at all is not
well with their defences. The army which has cost
40,000 million francs since Sedan is from time to
time advertised as the finest in the world, but when
ever it comes to a question of using it the ministers
who praised it the loudest are the first to find flaws
in .its organization and tp counsel waiting until it
can be perfected.
There is more than one reason to suppose that
the army of France exists ^pretty much on paper.
The Dreyfus scandal showed it to be in a terrible
condition of unreadiness. I was a question then
whether the generals of France or the secret service
of Germany knew most about it. A the time of the
Fashoda incident the army was not ready. When
Delcasse bluffed Germany over Morocco it was not
ready. France does not know when it will be ready.
I is a fair supposition that it will never be ready
so long as France is ruled by senators and deputies
who live at ten times their income and retire
millionaires to give way to another set of statesmen
who are just as eager as their predecessors to give
France peace and themselves profit.
his latest poem Edwin Markham cheerfully
"Thou art the wind and I the lyre." Most
Stretch it a little.
Politics and Whisky.
I S said that the saloonkeepers of Chicago came
together one year after the city had entertained
both the republican and democratic national conven
tions and tried to determine which one had been
the better for the "liquor interests." One dealer
closed the debate by saying it was very plain to him
that the republican convention had been the more
profitable because the democrats took bigger drinks.
This discussion of comparative irrigation areas
of the two national parties was not entirely whimsi
cal. A few years ago whisky cut more of a figure in
our politics than we knew or would have cared to
acknowledge had we known. Candidates for presi
dent were helped on their way indirectly by whisky*"
judiciously administered. Candidates for local of
fices had no intermediaries they were expected to
go "down the line," that is, make the rounds of the
saloons and treat everybody in sighL They were
taught also to provide kegs for chosen collections of
electors, who- wer-e--ths~eweeteed to the point of
"working." *f*
If a candidate, visited a saloon accompanied by a
personal thirst it was bad form or bad politics for
him to |eave ^without having "blown off" every
tiamp or transient present. I made no difference
that he did not know themthe barkeeper knew him.
Nominating conventions were customarily held
contiguous to selected hostelries campaign com
mittees established themselves Authin easy reach of
a refectory where the service was good, and the
chairman usually warmed up lukewarm partizans in
the rear room of the saloon. Sometimes the chair
man had a secret interest in the place and thus ex
perienced a double glow of joy when he led a candi
date to the bar.
Is the saloon playing out as a political force?
"Will it sometime be possible to conduct campaigns
without the creation of those unnatural thirsts which
arise from a heated anxiety for the safety of one's
country? Distressing evidences of the growth of a
chilly and despicable brand of polities are abroad.
Last year in Illinois it was triumphantly charged
th at the support of Mr. Deneen was the kind that'
was never known "to bu\." Yet Mr. Deneen was
nominated and elected. This year a prohibitionist
running on the democratic ticket was elected by the
republicans treasurer of Pennsylvania. Formerly it
was impossible to construct a democratic platform
without a protest against "sumptuary legislation,"
but a year ago the democrats of Missouri elected a
governor who has said th at the Sunday saloon must
go% merely because it is contrary to law.
Is the bottle played out? Has red liquor lost its
potentiality in politics? Is the good-fellow candi
date with the greatest capacity for drinks to suc
cumb to the smug aspirant vwith
ernments are more highly organized and therefore thousand bushels of potatoes from a field of forty-
afford the grafter mo'i'e devious ways of gding about seven acres, and expects tp make a profit of no
to make a profit 7 America is not the only land
glad to
-^irst time,
no backing but his
capacity for business? "What is politics coming to?
Enforcing the Labor Laws.
Ht* E labor commissioner of Minnesota has
cently stirred public interest by a threat to
arrest the Sunday school superintendents who con
nive at children speaking pieces at Christmas enter
tainments. The commissioner has said he would
not arrest any church or Sunday school except on
complaint, but what church or school is immune
from complaint? I is known that all children do
not appear on the Sunday school programs. Pupils
are chosen by the teachers. I is also known that
the opinion of many parents the wrong pupil is
chosen. Now, what is to prevent the parents ofv
children whose undoubted talent for declamation has
been coldly overlooked from making complaint?
And when complaint is made how shall the com
missioner escape from his duty to prevent the "ex-
hibition of children" contrary to the statutes in
such case made and provided
Imagine the nervous tension of the coming"
Christmas festival. The member of Class A is re
citing with graphic gestures
5 Twas the night before Christmas."
The reindeer are on the roof their footbeats are
elearly heard. The sound comes nearer it is cleared,
-*deadlier than, before. I has changed its note. I
is like human hoofsteps and not polite ones, either.
The noise is no longer on the roof, it is at the doors,
the windows, everywhere. I
fecand doprs finds a voice in the hoarse cry of !it
other day and started for Cuba. I is feared that Well, it was about time "The night before
the Whole island will go. Christmas" got thirty days.
arrested the whole church. iJStoSSSSJi SSl
hftfr'r' rrnfrfWW T'rflrttn ^'P
thr walls
commissioner and possue have
seven acres
less than $4,300,
Smith is doubtless content with the pecuniary
"reward of his labor, and surely cares nothing for
the glory of his tuberous achievement, or he would
have taken pains to give his initials to the cor
respondent. -Tho fate tried to conceal him, there
are ways of decorating the plain name of Smith
until it will give forth all the aroma of aristoc
racy, and will make the owner a distinct figure and
a household word. J. Montmorency or B. Archi
bald Smith would raise no more potatoes, prob
ably, than the plain "farmer ramed Smith," but
they would arrest attention as Hopkinson has
done. Vanity, apparently, is no part of themakeup
of the potato farmer named Smith. There is no
need for taking the starch out of him. Potatoes
and cash are full satisfaction.
Will it
An admiring community, however, will never
permit Smith to go thru life as plain Smith, after
his enviable achievement in agriculture. Hazel is
proud of Smith and his five thousand bushels of
tubers, and will sound his praises in future days.
Smith, despite his modesty, will find it beyond his
power to stay down and concealed from public
notice under his family or generic name. Hence
forth to all the world and the rest of mankind
he is "Potato Smith." Long after his achieve
ments of the year 1905 have disappeared by the
avenues of Saratoga chips or German fried, the
mail who coaxed $4,300 from forty-seven acres will
stand on his own peculiar pedestal of fame. All
honor to Pota to Smith.
Mark Twain denies that he has ever done a day's
work in his life. He has written some things but
writing is such a joy to a man of Ms Imagination
that it does not count. What he means is that he has
never put on storm windows or shoveled sidewalks
or built fires. No wonder he is 70 years young and
becoming more coltish every year.
When the disorders broke out in Vladivostok the
three Russian cruisers in the harbor lifted anchor and
sailed away. The Russian naval officers know'that it
is better to be wrong on top of the water than right
at the bottom of the bay.
A Baptist minister in Cleveland has aroused a
storm by his public declaration that beer is better for
a man than dyspepsia-breeding apple dumplings. A
great many men who are not religious feel the same
Governor Davis of Arkansas is rapidly acquiring
national distinction as the hero of defeat. The
police' courts now fine citizens
assaulting the governor.
only a dollar for
A rich Indiana farmer is using his automobile "to
pump water and run his corn sheller." An automo
bile used in this way is not a terror to the Old Ladies'
Mr. Vandiver of Missouri should not say some of
the things he says without seeing Mr. Lawson about
the copyright.
but one place where America would be
ground. At Panama? Guessed it the
England is about to exchange one Scotch ruler for
another. The coming one is said to be a hot Scotch.
Yale college is a strong incentive to football peace
An the east by having so many football battleships.
If you can get thru Christmas financially you are
likely to pull thru the rest of the year.
The Sultan of Turkey from a stand patter has been
converted to a moderate revisionist.
never end! Graft is to be in the next
Penrose says that he favors reform!
Rev. W. S. Rainsford, of New York, holds that a
church door should hardly ever be closed. I was
not always so keen for open churches," he confessed
recently, "but a 4-year-old girl settled my mind on
that point. I was walking with her, listening"to her
childish prattle, when we passed a tightly closed and
locked church. I s'pose God has a key to let Him
self in,' she remarked, looking thoughtfully at the
barred door, 'but the people haye to go to the
Boston Globe.
Praise goes a good way with most men, and some
stop there but cash goes a long way further. If you
want to keep your growing men with you, says, the
head of a large business, you must not expect them
to do all the growing. Small salaries make small
workers and careless workers.
Kansas City Star.
President Stickney, of the Great Western railway,
who indorses President Roosevelt's rate demands, may
become known as the Big Stickney.
Detroit News.
That New York dentist who charged Prince Louis
$1,000 for filling four teeth must have been accustomed
to treating insurance officers.
Atchison Globe.
If it is father who argues the children out of bed
in the morning, instead of mother, they get up a good'
deal quicker.
1" Boston Globe.
Talk about hitching your wagon to a star!, Some
men find it too expensive to hitch an automobile to a
choru* girl.
Upon the turf in fiendish glee,
As if they'd kick their toes off,
They gouge, and, not infrequently, ^r
An eye out or a nose off. K^V%-t
And as they scramble, scoot or scudj S
All mangled, banged and battered, 4 4
And fly in savage cohorts, mud- %^{t
Embroidered and bespattered^ ~-Hfaf
We from their rough-and-tumble whij^-tMl
While one another goring,
Learn why the wayback college is
More scored against tha% scoring.
With the Long Bow
"Eye nature'* walks, sboot lolly as It tiles."
Postoffice Having Trouble with Frosted Boxes
Due to the Damp GoldNo Holiday Sales
of Stamps This Year Except in the Case of
One Batch on Which the Mucilage Was
ChilledOf These, Thirteen Are Onlere^
for a Quarter for a Short Time Only.^K**",
During the recent" cold spell the postoffice hag had
considerable trouble with frosted boxes. In many
cases people could not get their mail. The postmaster
figures that this is due to the damp cold. Last "Wednes
day 200 lockboxes were put out of commission. This
rarely happens with dry cold.
In thawing out the boxes this week too much'steam"
was used and the postoffice got a hot box. Everything
had to stop until it was remedied. This took time and
cost the government the profits 'on a day's sale of
Owing to the frosted mucilage on one batch pi
stamps, the postoffice is now offering, for a short time
only, thirteen stamps for a quarter, as long as they
last, but one batch to a customer. This is the only
holiday sale of stamps that will occur this ypar and
should be taken advantage of at once by people who
need extra stamps for Christmas packages.
Damaged stamps will not be sold at -& discount
this year. The rush was so great last year that the
employee at the stamp window sustained a broken leg.
The office is now doing a fine business in decorative'
money orders, unframed. Our local office turns out
what is probably as fine and arti&tic an order as i^
made in the United States and we need feel no artis-.
tic hesitancy in comparing them with New York and
"Washington orders at the same price. Patronize your
own postoffice and do not send abroad to buy. The
money should be spent at home. No trouble to how"
Two Le Sueur hunters are making use of a squirrel
extracter. The News says that John Viegel and Anton
Durenberger are the champion squirrel hunters. Anton
climbs the trees and with one of George King's patent
squirrel extractors, pulls the squirrels out of the hole
and holds them up in the air for John to shoot.
Dr. Alexander M. Ross, an English physician and
surgeon with a long string of titles and letters after
his name, says that the germ theory of disease is
wrong for the reason that we are using it backwards.
He says:
I do not question the existence of infinitesimal
micro-organisms but they are the result^not the cause,
of disease. They are the scavengers their legitimate
work is to clean out the sewers of our bodies. Wher
ever there is decay, pus or decomposing matter these
little life-savers are doing their work of neutraliza
tion, sanitation and purification. They feast upon
effete and decaying animal matter. They are benefi-
cial helpers to an important end."
Recent investigations in Paris show that the men
who are employed in the Paris sewers are as healthy
as the average, and no other 800 men in that city are
so free from zymotic diseases.
This is a hard blow to the "germ theory Cer
tainly if germs fcbxwad anywhere they abound in the
Paris sewers, which are rivers ef filth, on which the
workmen move about in boats.
Those people who fear germs more than they do
the wrath of an offended heaven may now take heart
of grace. There may be hope.
The art museum director at Detroit has stopped the
ladies from using the museum for those delightful"
afternoon teas."
"Teas have been given too often at the Art Museum
without sufficient reason," said Professor Griffith.
"We have had too much work to do during the past
two years and the teas took up too much of our time.-"
Some people think that all that ie necessary to an
understanding of art and a sympathy therewith is to
stand around the museum, holler, look beautiful and
swig unlimited tea. This is a grand error, as Professor
Griffith pointed out. The crisis about the tea parties
arose when a number of women decided to give a
series of receptions on the occasion of the exhibition
of applied art in the museum during the next two
weeks. The women wanted it announced that lea
would be served and it was proposed to have a fierce
society holler, but the adamant professor remarked
"nit" in his graceful, artistic way. The ladies are
very indignant and propose to make *it very warm for
the art director.
If they want tea, why not go to the restaurant and
buy it? A. J. R.
Kansas City Star.
A contract has been let in Spain by the terms of
which steel rails manufactured in that country are
to furnish a new railroad in California, the delivery
price, in spite of marine freight anu the enormous
tariff, being $1 per ton less than the cost of American
rails. Who reaps the profit on American steel rails?
Is it invested in milk for the infant industries?
Kansas City Journal.
Dr. E. Benjamin Andrews suggests that condemned
murderers be turned over to the doctors to try then,
theories on, with the promise that they shall be free.
"if they survive." In other words, condemned mur
derers should have the same chance with the doctors
as regular patients have.
Atchison Globe.
I is no uncommon thing to see the stork work
overtime delivering little white bundles at homes
where neither parent has enough intelligence to take
care of* a rag doll.
There are two reasons, after all
Above* the ones that speech may call
Or of wisdom utter
Two issues that with me and yon
Are most importantand the two
Are bread and butter.
Let patriotic banners wave,
Let economic speakers rave
'Tis not potential
That art proclaim and music sing
The loaf is, after all, the thing
That's most essential*
Truth seeks some broader meeting place
For breed or clan or tribe or race,
For saint or sinner
But after all the noise and fuss
The issue paramount with us,
IsWhat for dinner.
New theories'we mayr
"Ve* "t.
Old governments we may dissolve,
New flags float o'er us,
And truth may search and wisdom think.
Still those two planks of meat and drink
Are yet before us.
rV |rr*P
*if In discourse fretted *-%.ftfTA
"When all the clamor is.jcomplettf^^l^^^'
The issue still is wiat to eat
And how to get itI
S'o let contention "notly* wage.
-?And let the wars of logic rage,
J. W. Foley.

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