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VOL XXIV. ABILENE, KANSAS. THURSDAY MORNING. JULY 1807 . . . :. . v- , , v. w ITH unfathomed seas to the east, With the cross of St. George to the north,: With impenetrated forests to the west, v .. i if It I - I C . . u ....k Such were the "narrow confines bf the country, the newborn na tion of freemen, over which Old Glory was first unfurled. - When those fifty-six sires of nation signed thatmperishable document at Philadelphia in 1776 they were dreaming Of a principle, not of territory. . ,-; ; ''-. v;. Little did the comrades of Washington think that the starry banner, then meaningless save to one people, then despised and spat upon by many of the monarchies of Europe, was destined to encircle the worm to spread its protecting folds from, ocean to ocean j- cross the broad Pacific and cover the islands of that mighty sea, then practically an unexplored waste of waters. " , 1 ' ' But where flies Old Glory fo-day ? Westward the star of empire took its way. V ' . , The hardy pioneer with gun and axe penetrated the forests and blazed the trail for the flag of civilization. . ; . He planted his banner on the top of the Alleghenies: He guided his canoe down the swirlthg waters and planted it ajain In the fertile valley of the Mississippi. . , , , f Westward, ever westward, marched Old Glory. i - Across the broad stream the lilies of France offered defiance for a short time) and then gave way before the advancing power that brooked no Opposition. , 1 Beneath its protecting folds he buKded his rude cabin. . I Beneath it he turned the virgin soil of the prairie. ! . It floated from the flagstaffs of the growing villa-res. - I Under it cross-road settlements grew into cities; schools and churches thrived; industries prospered, and a nation grew strong and ....great. r,- . - Braving every peril, ever westward.' . ; ' From the" top oLthe lofty summits of t'.v Rockies this agent of civilization looked down upon golden CaIiforc:a, and advanced. From the shores of the broad Pacific waved Old Glory. To the sbnth the banner of Spain had given way before it ; to the north the banner of St. GcofK' na(l been crowded back, and its terri tory iharnlv defined: to the southwest Mexico had made way for it. It NO. 43. j f - . , The Fourth of Br T. C HARBAUOH ' Two Fourth 'of July Stories Old Glory Is waving" on land and oh sea, ' .- 1 - The bop of tus Nation, the pride the free, . Our fleeti bear It outward to harbors ' afar. . ' ' 1. And dear to the ay Is the gleam of ."x each star; . Ia beauty It floats over hemlock and : pine, - Adown'to our orange-fringed tropica) line, " . ' Oar fathers beneath It were willing to die, ' .na new luster it gets on tne rouri$ of July. The Old Continentals I methlnks that they come Out of the put at the Up of the drum Their swords are aloft and their bay onets shine And Washington rides at the head of the line: ,. There Sumter and Schuyler are fight lag again, And yonder ta charging "Mad An thony" Wayne! They fought and they fell 'neath the Union's blue iky, And gave to Col ur. via her Fourth of July. . . to floated unchallenged from the flagpoles that stretched from ocean to ocean. To every section of a broad nation it carried its guarantee of freedom. ' '. '.. . ) ! But where flies Old Glory tb-day? . ' f ; It has given to Hawaii a freedman's rule. j It floats from the flagstaffs of the Somoas. - i . It has displaced the rule of tyranny in the Philippines. ntrl Glorv! - -.. : God bless the flag. God keep h right, and strong and powerful in the riirht - "" -' - .' . ' - ; ' ' ': May Its white stars be never soiled by injustice to the weak. v May their blue field be ever as expansive as the sky of heSven. -May its red stripe's ever represent th.strength of a just cause. Svmbol of a people's freedom, of a nation's power, of its great ness, of its justice, of God-given equality, Its meaning is known the world over. , - - -v. To-day the sun never and may it never sets on Old Glory. . , WRIGHT A. PATTERSON. Wa reach out frcm oceaa afar, - - A nation of 'freemen all matchless In - war,. Ourea"l t a-wlng, cf his grandeur un shorn, For never by foe has his plumage .been torhi And woe to t!e hand that would fetter his flight, Or sully the banner he guards In hie mijUth He watches our land from bis alrle on tl.h, , . And our flag wares tor Dim on the Fourth of July) Our forefather gare as this home of the free, , And tenderly guarded young Liberty's tree: ' Undaunted in battle heroic they stood And nourished the soil with the best - of their 0100a; Blow, blow the wild bugles, but not for the fray, -f The morning has dawned npon Liber ty's day; ; Unfurl the proud emblem that kisses the sky . For this la the world's only Fourth of July. The rollcklng drums) let them sound in their might, ' And rally the people, but not (or the flgbt; The land la aflame, and the rocket's fierce lira Will show whera our eagle mounts higher and hlgh'r; And listen! o'er Brandywlne's historte plain - The old Continentals are swarming . again; With the tread of the brave and the soldier's true ere, Thay march, as Harare, to our Fourth of July. . '. Th Past is our pride and the cycles of fata Await us Inside of the Century's gate; Wa dreu to the cblors that flutter and shine, . While Liberty's stands at the k" Vd of " the Una; . - Vat up at the Flag that will sever grow old - ' As long u the tale of oar fathers ta told! As long as our land Is our home may It fly To crown with its glory each Fourth . of July. . , . Doo't allow the flreerackeri to go on? la the grass unless you want the laws nUted. ' e Don't wear a thla teeuBmehle frock. Put oa a cloth skirt If there are tr crackers, about. y Oeif. William R. Ihafter. .Wholesome - enthusiasm, whether Bred by the battery of words or gun powder, Is bound to create courage and stir our bravo men to greater deeds of valor. I feel that wa cannot celebrate too much for the glorifica tion of the greatest day In tba his tory of our union. Whan I was a lit tle boy I looked forward to the Fourth of July with all of the pleasurable an ticipation of childhood, and saved my pennies from Christmas time to Inde pendence day to buy the wherewithal for the fitting and noisy celebration. I think, however, my most exciting Fourth waa In the Cuban campaign of 1198. The morning after the Santiago battle an orderly brought ma a pa per containing original doggerel In seven herolo verses. They were en titled: "Phat Oen. Shatter Wlnt At- ther." and the Brat atansa began: "Now, when Oen. Toral, a Spanish . dago, Met Oen. Shatter at Santiago, 3ei Gen. Toral to Oen. Shatter, Be jabbers, old man, sow phat are ; yes after r , And Oen. Shatter sea: -'Phat d'yes thlnkr And gave him the slyest sort of a wink- I'll get phat I'm after,' sea Oen. Bh.ftor " , I think that the Fourth of 1898 4as the only celebration I ever took part Sin that Inspired the muse, for which I yam grateful. By Gen. Charlea A. Woodruff. What promised to be the dreariest Fourth of July in my life ended In be ing one or tne most amusing. 1 was sent to the Indian country on Milk river, Montana, to deliver soma annu ities, and had to watt several weeks or the Indiana to coma la from their minting ezpeaiuon. - - - . -.- The Aeslnlboina Indians earns strag gling into camp one by ona, and bung around my samp with undis guised curiosity. I had a headache, and took a Quart bottle of ammonia from my medicine cheat and sniffed at the -eork. I knew how to mystify the Indians, and I did a couple of slda steps, rolled my eyes, jerked my body, ant pointed, my finger to the cardinal points before taking the dose. lue inaiane were,-aeiisuiu uj pantomime of war medicine. I told them that whoever took that medicine sould never be killed In war, but that was afraid they would Join forces with the Bioui and flght against ma If 1 gave tham that dosa. I knew them to be the greatest foes of the Sioux, but of course I hat to be coaxed Into giving away my wonder ful charm. . .--.r.. After much persuasion . I Anally treed to do It, bet bargained that It must not be taken ta the preeenoe of others. . It was so powerful that no aortoe could take the white man's medicine with others watching him. Of course that made a hit with the Indians at ones, and there ware many volunteers to be number one. I selected the chief. He walked into my tent, and I began my mysterious passes at him. Ia tba meantime had two quart bottles before me. One contained water and the other am monia. I made him understand that at the and of my speech, when I clap ped my hands, ha was to take a deep breath and Inhale the war medicine as soon as I removed the glass stop per. J don't Believe a motion was lost on the Indian; they are good Imita tor. I gave three war-whoops and mads my extemporaneous speech. Thea I clapped my bands, pulled the cork, and thrust the ammonia under the chiefs nose. Ha took a long. deep breath as directed, and tell back ward as ona dead. When ha revived there were tears rolling down his cheeks, and I ex pected to have no mora fun that Fourth, but bare I had not reckoned 1 the Iadlan'e sense of humor. That chief went out and was as dumb as as oyster about bis treat ment, and so close did they keep the secret that every Indian in the camp came Into that teat singly and took his war medicine without a murmur. Coat attempt to set off complicated pyrotechnic without thoroughly oonv probeadlng the proceas. , m Don't lay away left-over fireworks for another year. They are dangerous things to pack away .where mice eaa get at them. Buy only so many as (ta ha used oa the day appointed. - ' IT I i. . TTK 0ORCVfC3ARr, UNCLE PETER, passed tba Fourth of July at his old home In Ohio. I must show you a latter he wrote ma a taw daya after that noisy avent: "Dear John: Wa had a nice, quiet time - oh the Fourth, with the exception of my ankle, which was somewhat dislo cated because my foot stepped on an Infant bombshell, which same ex ploded for- my ben efit "I like the Idea of the Fourth with the - exception of the nblse. "I believe that if our forefathers had suspected that Aelr great-grandchildren would make luch an Infernal racket on the Fourth f July they would have waited for a snowstorm on the 16th of January be fore signing their John Hancocks, be- suae then It would be too cold to ex plode firecrackers under your neigh tar's eyebrows when hs leaat ex pects ft. - "We had a nice, quiet time at home m the Fourth, John, with the excep tion that little Oscar Maddy, who lives aext door, presented ms with a romaa oandle which Joined ma between the third button on my waist-coat and the wlar plexus. 'I acknowledged the receipt by fall ing off the front step and barking my jhoulder. "You should always remember, John, that the Fourth la the day when your patriotic voice Mere SMeaeantrlee. ' Sky Rocket Ah I Cm going of oa the Fowrth, aod have a high eld time. Pin Wheel Bah! You're always booting oS about yoveelf. I eever blow about ft, bat generally have a cay tliUe b!rt myeeit should climb out of your thorax and make the welkin ring, but It Isn't really necessary to get' up a row be tween a stick of dynamite and a keg of giant pow der to prove that you love the cause of liberty. "You1 will find that some of our best oltlsen men who love liberty with aa everlast lnrve ere hid-' lag ta the cellar with both hands over their ears from July td to July Sth. "We had a nice, quiet time at home oa the Fourth, Joha, with the exception that your second cousin, Randolph, tried to ex Diode a toy cannon and removed the apex of bis thumb and about half of the dining-room window. "It may be aecessary to celebrate tba birth of freedom by bunting forth late noise, but my Idea, John, Is that Old Olory would like It much better If we were more subdued and kept our children oa the earth Instead of letting them go up ta the sir la small fragments. - ' -we naa a vary quiet time at home, John, on the Fourth, with the exception of your distant relative. Uncle Joseph Car berry. Uncle Jos annexed about six mint Juleps and then went to sleep on the front porch with Are packs of recrackers la his coat pocket "Full of the spirit of liberty, your la tereetlng cousin, Randolph, set fire to yeur uncle's pocket, and whea last seen your I'a cle Joe was rush ing over hill and dale ta the gen eral, direction of Hartford, Coaa, with the firecracker cheering him oa. "Liberty. John. Is the only real thing la .this world for a aatloa, but Just wby the glorious cause of freedom bonld be slapped m the face with aa j imitation, of the bombardment of Port artnur . fs something which I must bare misconstrued. ' "We had a very quiet time here at home oa the Fourth, Joha, with the exception that another interesting cousin of yours, my young namesake,, Peter Grant, tied a giant firecracker to the cat's tall, and the eat went to the kttohea to have her explosion. - "It took two hours and seven neigh bors to get your good old Aunf Maggie out of the refrigerator, which was the place selected for her by the catastro phe. , 1 'The store lost all the supper It contained; little Peter Grant lost two. eyebrows and his Buster Brown hair; the eat lost seven of Its lives, and the glorious cause of freedom got a send off that could be heard 1 miles. "We alt missed you, John, buumay be It Is better you were not at home on the Fourth, because the doctor is occupying your room so that he oaa be near the wounded otherwise, we are all well. "I think, John, that when freedom was first Invented by George Washing ton the idea was to raake it something quiet and mcdest which he could keep about the bouse and which be could look at once In a while without getting nervous prostration. "But George forgot to leave full In structions, ' and nowadays when the birthday of freedom rolls around the ' Impulsive American public wakes up at daylight, shoves up the window and begins to hurl torpedoes at the house next door, because a noise in the air la worth two noises on the quiet '. "We had a very quiet Fourth at the exception of your second cous in, Hector, who patriotically at tached himself to a hot-air balloon, and when last se ,wss hovering over Erie, Pa., and making signs for his parents not to wait supper for him. . "Most of our neighbors for miles In every di rection have sons ill dsn htera missing, but what Keould they expect when a child will . try to put a sound 1 of powder la four Inches of gasplpe and then light the result - with a match f "The Fourth Is a great Idea, but I think this Is carry ing It too far, as the little boy said when be went over the top of the bouse on the handle of a sky-rocket We bad a very quiet time at Dome , on the Fourth, John, with the exception of our parlor, which took fire wnea your enthusiastic cousin, Randolph, tried to make some Japanese lanterns by setting fire to the lac curtains. "The firemen put out tne are ana most of our furniture. v . ..It alu fnlM-B nut mil luui immw r hV.r r nanlrMt him. "We hone to recover from the ex citement before the next Fourth, but your aunt hopes that somebody will soon invent a new style of noise which win aot be so full of concussion. Tour with love, UNCLE PETER." tOwriisM. aaa r ex. w. nua M . b5 . vtn 'jut ivitwWir CAKX0N GtACXHS Let him go, It is a part of a boy's education. It does seem to the small boy that he should have one day to spend un hampered by rules and regulations. What does your boy care If yoa dTi only have one bunch of firecrack ers for the entire Fourth when you were a boy f He knows that the world - was slow and aleepy than anyway. Ona reason why thla country has population of nearly 80.000,009 la that so many glorious Fourths bar tea rainy. A Chinaman Invented the fjremuk- er, but It waa some other fool who bk4s the Brat toy pistoL