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Vol. VIII. — No. <>.
WRITE OFTEN TO THE OLD FOLKS
“Write often to the old folks.”
I heard a young man say
Unto the lad who with him walked,
One bright and spring-like day.
-I know that my dear parents
Can scarce afford to wait
Until they get that letter long
From me and sister Kate.
“In fancy 1 am there. Will—
So many miles away
1 see them both, the dear old iolks.
With heads so bent and gray.
“I see them take the letter out.
And scan its pages o'er—
Will, write a letter once a week.
If you can do no more.”
Ah! yes, my lads and lassies-
From home so many miles
Away from father’s kind advice,
And mother’s loving smiles.
Pray, don’t neglect the old folks.
They think so much of you,
And write a letter once a week.
Whatever else you do.
And let your words be tender—
With fond expressions then —
For well they cherish every line
That comes from your dear pen.
Their days may not be many-
Their journey’s almost through—
Write olten to the old folks, then.
They think so much of you.
Our paper.
CHARACTERISTICS OF GREAT MEN
Andrew Jackson and Abraham Lincoln,
the Greatest Statesmen America has
Produced.
The characteristics of Andrew Jack
son and Abraham Lincoln bear a
striking resemblance. For rugged hon
esty, they stand with a coterie of few,
high above many whose brilliancy was
greater, but whose common sense was
less. The former came upon the stage
as a leading character in 1812, and
from that date until his death, no man
had more to do with shaping our
nation's course. II is rise from obscure
birth without wealth or educational
advantages, and reaching the Presi
dential chair during the time such illus
trious men as Clay, Webster, Calhoun,
Benton, Adams, and others were striv
ing to reach it, shows clearly the strong
masterful intellect he possessed. Few
men have had more bitter enemies or
more stalwart friends. Ilis political
victories over the scholarly John Quincy
Adams, the matchless orators Henry
Clay and Daniel Webster, were re
markable accomplishments for a man
raised in the wilds of Tennessee.
In 1814 we see him defending New
Orleans against the invasion of an
English army, the llower of European
troops, armed with the most improved
guns of that date, with otlicers well
schooled in the art of war. To meet
this formidable array of veterans,
Jackson had under his command an
undisciplined army of back-woodsmen,
armed with citizen's rides. What his
troops lacked in discipline and arms
however, they made up with courage.
What their leader lacked in knowledge
of military tactics he made up in com
mon sense. Ilis thorough knowledge
of his men, led him to make the best of
every advantage, the consequence was
he gained a brilliant victory.
In 1824 his admirers placed him in the
presidential race; his opponents were
Henry Clay the world renowned orator
and statesmen, and John Quincy
Adams, whose father succeeded Wash
ington as President, whose education
was second to none; with ancestors of
such traditional ability as to raise him
among the foremost families of his
day; also William H. Crawford, a very
learned man from the same section of
the country as Jackson. After an ex
ceedingly bitter campaign, the elector
al vote stood Jackson 98, Adams 84,
Crawford 42, Clay 36, no canidate re
ceiving a majority of the whole vote,
the election was thrown into the house
of representatives. Clay then threw
his strength to Adams, Crawford’s'
strength was divided, consequently
Adams was nominated. His first offi
cial act was the appointment of Henry
Clay, as secretary of state, which was
sufficient evidence to show that a com
bination was made, defeating the will
of the people in electing Adams pres
ident. The old adage, “all things come
to those who wait/' proved true in this
instance. In 1828 Jackson defeated
Adams by an overwhelming majority,
and Henry Clay’s ambition to the high
est office of his country was never re
alized, his attacks of Jackson's admin
istration fell harmless against those
they sought to injure.
Jackson with the honest character
istics of his life, fought the infamous
United States bank law, and through
his influence the bill for its re-charter
was defeated, and thus there passed
from existence one of the most cor
rupt institutions with which our country
has been cursed. During his administra
tion, John C. Calhoun, one of the most
brilliant men America has ever seen in
its legislative halls, advised its state to
pass laws nullifying United States
laws; his state (South Carolina) duly
passed the same, but Jackson met the
emergency with such an iron hand,
that even the lirin Calhoun was forced
to recede, and thus a civil war was
avoided by the firmness and celerity of
the President. Jackson's advice to
Calhoun and the leaders of the nullifi
cation acts was, “look out, Calhoun, you
are liable to be hung.” Which advice
was heeded ere the hanging was nec
essary.
Abraham Lincoln like Jackson was
born in poverty, of obscure parentage,
but with the same vigorous and never
failing intellect, raised himself to the
highest pinnacle of fame. We have a!
ways been opposed to his political
faith, but his virtues, his ability, his hon
esty, his success over such opposition
will ever confirm him in our opinion
one of the greatest men the nation has
ever produced. To see a man raised
under such disadvantages, meeting
such powerful men as Stephen A. Doug
las, John C. Breckinridge upon the
hustings and coming out victorious,
and leading such men as Chase and
Seward in his own party shows great
strength of character; even this in itself
makes the blindest partizan concede
ability equaled by few public men.
We see a country lawyer elected Pres
ident of the greatest republic on earth,
rent by dissension, in open rebellion,
friends and enemies mixed in one con
glomerated mass, with grave questions
arising with foreign countries. Dip
lomatic, a word we use in this day to
express action by some leading editor
representing the L nited States at a
foreign court, at a high salary, in an
insignificant matter, but faintly ex
presses the wise services rendered by
Lincoln. It was an easy matter for
Grant with one hundred and fifteen
thousand men to capture Lee with
twenty-six thousand at Appomatox,
but not so easy to be almost thorougn
ly routed at Shilo, or Pittsburg Landing
by Albert Sidney Johnson, with equal
armies, and we have heard Grant com
pared to Lincoln. Had Lincoln listen
ed to his councilors and issued an em
ancipation proclamation upon assum
ing the Presidency in 1800, Missouri
and Kentucky would have seceded,
thousands of men would have swelled
the ranks of the confederacy; one
seventh of the union army were
southern men, these would have been
lost to the union. We have read many
histories of the last man, but up to
date we have not seen a solitary mis
take made by Abraham Lincoln. From
his cabinet come no dissensions with
their chief, from congress no com
plaint of executive mistakes could be
made, from his generals every wish was
a command. This green country law
yer managing a corps of diplomats, ad
vising upon many questions without
“IT IS NEVER TOO LATE TO MEXD.”
STILLWATER, MINNESOTA, SEPTEMBER 13, 1894
precedent, managing the largest army
of modern times, advising congress upon |
grave matters; verily this uneducated
man undoubtedly possessed an enor- i
mous brain. We see Johnson upon
assuming the Presidential chair led by
Seward in his official acts, how differ
ent with Lincoln! Seward always
followed Lincoln. Lincoln was born
in Todd county Kentucky, the same
county was the birth place of Jett'er
erson Davis, one year earlier. The
I former moved with his parents to 111-
] inois, and at an early age imbued the
! sentiments of his adopted state, the
latter to Mississippi and imbued the
sentiments of Dixie.
To climb the ladder of fame, man
must necessarily have opposition;
such was*the case with Jackson and
Lincoln, they incurred the enmity of
many whose hereditary training and
birth led them to believe they were the
proper ones to lead the American peo
ple. These country boys however,
demonstrated the fact that they were
fully competent to manage the af
fairs of the nation as easily as they
managed the plow. Texas Mo 2.
EASY TO MULTIPLY HAPPINESS.
It is the Little Act, the Kind Smile and
Gentle Word Which Soften the Hearts
of Men. ;
Looking over the last isuie of The
Mirkoii, 1 came across an article head
ed, “A Kind Word.’' After reading
the article 1 thought I \v< aid write on
a similar subject, only giving it a more ;
extensive scope, it is an easy matter
to multiply happiness all along the
pathway of life, if we but have the !
desire to do so, and only louk for the
opportunity. In many a life a smile is j
a stranger, and to bestow good cheer j
upon that person is to confer a pleasure
that shall remain long an oasis in the
forbidden desert through which the
way of life leads for such a one. Mnl
j titudes may be rendered happy by tri
j ties. A word, a smile, a nod. do the
work. You meet a child in the street,
i and as it lifts its inquiring eyes to your |
| face you give it both a word and a |
! smile* and it passes on with a new j
j sense of happiness. The opportunity I
i arises for doing a favor to a stranger, j
| He may not be arrayed in purple or J
! tine linen, and the feeling of humility |
I plainly to be read upon his features,
\ betokens the fact that he, far from
faring sumptuously every day, is in
decidedly mean circumstances in lite.
But you do not seem to notice this, and
j reply to his inquiries or confer the
favor asked with the politeness and
kindness you would bestow upon a
millionaire. The action is a simple one,
Ino more than should expected from
j any man to his fellow man, but the
; memory of kind words and polite atten
: tion remains to bless one, it may be
I who has been a stranger to deference
and kind words. We sometimes, in
the rush and hurry of business life,
overlook the liner graces of life and
talk slightingly of smiles and kind
words as things that remain for ladies
and carpet knights who have time for
such unnecessaries. But there is time
in the busiest life for politeness, con
sideration for others. I once knew of
a poor washerwoman, who had been
recognized and saluted in the street by
one of the busiest, and one of the most
successful merchants in the city where
I lived. “He lifted his hat to me,” she
exclaimed, and the dear old soul
thought of the simple action for days
after, her life putting on an added
brightness and respectability with the
pleasant remembrance. It pays to
give time for the cheap pleasures of
life that comes through the simple lit
tle courtesies and tender graces of
kind words and smiles. Life is very
busy, it is true, but brighten it by un
selfishness and consideration for others,
the world rises from the degree of a mere
workshop to that of a place of pleasure
and happiness. Multiply the cheap
pleasures. C. E.
PLUCK.
Be Sure you Have a Good Object in
View, and Then Pursue it.
The modern definition of this word
is boldness, resolution, inflexibility of
purpose, firmness of will, determina
tion to succeed at all hazards in what
ever enterprise one may be engaged in.
Xo one ever became great, or suc-
I ceeded in this world, without the posses-
I sion of these qualities. 'A ashington
! had them in an eminent degree. He
| first marked out his course, and then
pursued it to the end. D.sappoint
ments and defeats never discouraged
him. and when checked for a time in
one quarter he tried another course
and kept on it until he accomplished
his purpose. This was what made Gen
eral Grant a great man. Other great
generals tried to tight their way through
the enemies' country, were checked,
discouraged, fainthearted, then retired
and their places tilled by others who
were no more successful. General Grant
gave evidence of his great qualities—
inflexibility of purpose and rirmness of
will while in command of armies in
the West, and Donelson, Shiloh and
Vicksburg fell before his boldness and
determination. Called to the command
of the Army of the Potomac, when the
Union people were discouraged and
almost disheartened at the numerous
defeats of our armies in the East, he
entered into the work with his usual
pluck. He electrified the country by
his famous dispatch —“I will tight it
out on this line if it takes all summer!
—and then pounded away until the
Confederate forces dissolved 1 efore his
sturdy blows, and the American Union
was saved. Edison, the great “elec
trical wizard," commenced a struggle
for existence as a poor newsboy, and
early gave evidence that he was posses
sed of an unbounded amount of pluck
and never permitted poverty to dis
courage him. Day and night he labored
diligently at whatever he found to do,
studying over some problem that arose
in his mind at times for sixty hours in
succession without stopping to eat
or sleep until he discovered the thing
he sought for. in this way he made
those most remarkable discoveries that
other eminent electricians deemed to
be impossible. These exhibitions of
pluck in time enabled him to fill the
world with wonder and made him fa
mous and immensely wealthy. But for
his resolution and determination many
: of the now familiar and valuable elec-
I trical devices would not probably have
| been discovered m many years to come,
|if ever. All the really useful and great
! men of the world have pursued similar
; courses in the lines of study or enter-
I prise in which they were engaged. The
i discovery of America was accomplished
j by the indomitable pluck of Columbus,
j who never allowed opposition and dis
! couragements to battle him. All great
explorers in the wilds of Africa or in
the- frozen zones were men of pluck.
Stephen Girard, the great Philadelphia
millionaire, labored under great disad
vantages for many years, but he had a
purpose in view, determined to be the
richest, greatest and most eminent
merchant of his time, fought on regard-'
less of opposition, and success linaily
crowned his efforts, and unabied him
to become one of the greatest benefac
tors of his age. And so it has been
since the days when Moses led the
children of Isreal through the wilder
ness, pluck is sure to win in the end.
Xo boy, no matter how poor he may be
when he starts in the world, need ever
be discouraged if he is only blessed
with pluck of the right kind. Be sure
you have a good object in view, and
then pursue it with inflexibility of pur
pose, firmness and will, and never per
mit yourself to be turned aside by oppo
sition, or become discouraged by tem
porary defeats, and the result will be
victory in the end. —The Advance.
The liar lives next door to the thief
Tetdiuio. 1 Snooper year, in advance.
I tkivio. 'i Hix M on th S oocents.
BILL ERWIN’S PRAYER
Lord let This Good man Look Upon me
in my Poverty and Lend me Pive
Dollars.
Of W. W. Erwin, St. Paul's criminal
lawyer who has been called to defend
Debs, Major Ilandy relates in the Inter
Ocean the following story:
Mr. Erwin is not yet more than 40
years of age, but is one of the best law
yers in the West, and his record as one
who never lost a case at the criminal
bar led to his engagement as counsel
for the Homestead strikers two years
ago. Like Debs, however, he was a
wild young man and had his season of
idleness, poverty and disrepute. Out
in St. Paul they tell a good story of
that period of his life. He lived after
a fashion, in a small room in an upper
story of a large building devoted to the
business of a certain Mr. Ingersoll, who
was at the head of a great retail estab
lishment employing a large number of
men and women. Mr. Ingersoll was
prominent in the church, but had
the reputation of being a pretty severe
task-master. One day Erwin met his
wealthy landlord on the stairs and asked
a loan of $5. Ingersoll looked at him
not unkindly but with some disgust
and said: “Come down stairs with me,
Erwin. I want to have a little talk
with you.”
They went down in the basement to
gether and there, amid the litter of old
packing boxes and refuse of the shop
upstairs, Ingersoll talked to the younger
man like a father. He told him how he
was going to the dogs, inveighed against
his shiftlessness and his wasted oppor
tunities and told him how surely his
slavery to drink would bring him to
grief, disgrace and perhaps to death.
Erwin seemed just as much affected
and was more so when Ingersoll said:
“Mow kneel down with me, my boy, and
let us pray to God to forgive you and
enable you to resist temptation.
They knelt, and the prayer that arose
was fervent and eloquent, but, perhaps,
in the opinion of the subject, a little too
emphatic and specific in the enumera
tion of his short-comings. As soon as
lngersoll said “Amen,” he turned to go
away, but Erwin said: “Hold on, Mr.
lngersoll; you have been very kind to
me and 1 appreciate your prayers. In
deed I feel like praying now myself.
Will you kneel down with me.”
Somewhat surprised, but delighted
none the less at the other’s evident peni
tence, lngersoll knelt again, with Erwin
by his side. With the advantages of an
early reiigious acquaintance, Erwin had
the gift of prayer himself, and he
prayed as earnestly and eloquently, as
long and even louder than his friend,
for the sound brought some of lngersoll s
employes to the head of the stairs.
“O Lord,” he said, “help me to feel
my wickedness and to appreciate all
that this good man is doing for me.
But, O Lord, bless Mr. lngersoll too,
and make him a better man. Thou
hast blessed him with an abundance of
worldly goods; thou hast blessed him,
as the good book says, in basket and in
store; thou hast given him more than
his share of the good things of this life.
But, O Lord, thou knowest that he has
been unworthy of the least of these thy
blessings. Thou knowest that he is
charged with grinding the faces of the
poor, and that the widow and the orphan
in his employ find it pretty hard to have
meat more than once a day and pay
their car fare. Thou knowest he is too
apt to turn a deaf ear to thy suffering
poor. Lord make him a better man,
make him humble, make him liberal,
, loosen the bowels of his compassion,
and to show that our prayers are an
. swered, let him look upon me in my
poverty right now and lend me $5.
. And thine shall be the glory! Amen.”
The praises of an enemy are suspici
ous; they cannot flatter a man of honor
until after a cessation of hostilities.
—Ex.

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