St. Louis Post-Dispatch from St. Louis, Missouri on May 10, 1903 · Page 2
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St. Louis, Missouri
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Sunday, May 10, 1903
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Sunday morning ST- LOUTS POST - DISPATCH -may 10, ioos. IS THE ORIGIN OF MISSOURI'S WORLD-WIDE SL0GAN---"SH0W ME"---L0ST TO POSTERITY? L St. Louisans Are Agreed That It Is One of the Most Applicable of Sayings, But They Are Far From Agreeing As to Who. Originated It, When And Where. o. bat ent:ml is Donbt. Wh'rh stands alert and peerlne- out .Against the faintest fall of feet tVbkli bring the errant knare Deceit! IJVe templar In his great cuirass. Or knight within Lis eult of bras. MiBBor.ri's eon la armoured. He Doubts T'rytliln; and sajs ''io "Toil will have to showe me." He Is from Missouri. All the United Btates knows that. It has grown in fame and favor with a sure and surprising stride. Missourians hear It evrywher", even in Europe. Who started it and where? The Poat-X)ispatch has tried to find out. It has asked citizen, raconteur, the man of the street. The answers are many and divers. Oesar raid, "We have crossed the Rubicon;" Wellington said, "Would to God that Blucher would come;"' Cleveland"said, A public office is a public trust;" Ziegen-tiein said, "We got a moon yet. ain't it?" BHa Wheeler Wilcox Eaid, "Laugh and the world laughs with you;" Jim Cronln said, "We ain't done nothin':" but who under the sun said "I'm from Missouri; you'll have to show me?" The aptitude and versatility of this lit-t'e expression are illustrated by the ease with which it Is applied to many stories of Its origin in the following statements. Like a blind mule, it hitches up with anything. Thinks; It Came From tlie East. Joseph Franklin, vice-president and general manager of the William Barr Dry Goods Co. : "I have head of that for six months, at least. I have no idea where it originated, but my impression is that it came from the East. Probably the stage r newspapers are responsible for it." Originated in St. Louis. Assistant Circuit Attorney A. C. Ma-roney: "There was once upon a time, many years ago, a man whose whole desire was to make money. Five cents to him in those days looked like five dollars to us now. Walking flown Poplar street one afternoon he saw displayed in the window of a negro sec ond-hand shop a lot of bottles maker 'For sale.' "He espied a bargain and went in. " 'A quarter for the lot." " 'Have you got the money?' " 'Sure.' " 'I'm from Missouri, show me.' "The man pulled out a roll of bills, which j were snatched by the negro. The case came to trial, and Rastus was acquitted because it was shown that his customer frequented the place to play policy." They Kaised It in Colorado. Speaker J. II. Whitecotton of the Missouri Assembly: Fifteen years ago a llis-sourian went west to Colorado or Montana. I don't know which. At that time the popular expression of incredulity was "show me." One day this man from the Imperial State was shown over some ranch property, lie discredited what the agent to'.d him. "Show me," he said. The indignant man asked: "Show you, what for?" The local had no legitimate excuse, as it was plain that his figures would not be accepted, but he was equal to the emergency. "Why, because I'm from Missouri." Folk Has Heard It 20 Years. Circuit Attorney Folk: For 20 years that has been ringing in my ears. Its origin is unknown to me, but it certainly antedates that. Right here I want to say it is one of the most forceful expressions that I have ever heard. Eattery A Boys Began It. Blake Collins, president of the St. Louis Stock Exchange: It originated with the Battery A boys at Chickamauga Park in ISM. The boys had been living on pork and beans, mostly beans, for ten days, and were beginning to growl. One morning the commissary sergeant came down to the kitchen and said: "Never mind, fellows, we'll get some fresh beef at Lythe today." "I'm from Missouri: sight me," commented one disgusted gunner. That made a hit with the other St. Louis boys, and in two days it was known to THOUSANDS HE KIDNEY TROUBLE 10 DON'T KNOW 11 . ! I k i! p;;:. " kl IJws Hi n s 9 -i'5il 1: : &2---.mrrm ''V-'i JJ xll'zr , tiMW.';Miii,trt. To Prtve what Swamp-Root, the Great Kidney Remedy, Will Do for YOU, Every Reader of "Post - Dispatch" May Have a Sample Bottle Sent Free by Mail. ', Weak and unhealthy kidneys are responsible for more sickness and suf- fering than any otner disease, tnereiore, wnen tnrough neglect or other causes, kidney trouble is permitted to continue, fatal results are sure to follo-w. Tour other organs may neea attention out your kidneys most, because . they do most and need attention first. If you are sick or "feel badly," begin taking Dr. Kilmer's Swamp-Hoot, i the great kidney, lvrer and biaaaer remedy, because as soon as your kidney ' .re well they will help all the other organs to health. Jl trial will convince anyone. frequently night and day, smartinc or ir- rituhLn ;n . : i - i i ... 1-nck.aust or sediment in the urine, headache, backache, Utne uc., uizimess, Sleeplessness, nervousness jicari aisiuroance flue to bad kidney trou ralgia, rhenmatism, diabetes, bloating irritability, wornout feeling, lack of ambition loss of flesh, aaliow complexion, or Brifthfa disease. li your water, when allowed to remain undisturbed in a glass or bottle for twenty-four hours, forms a sediment or senium or has a cloudy appearanc-, it is evidence that your kidneys and bladder need immediate attention. Swamp-Koot is the preat discoTery of Dr. Kilmer, the eminent kidney and bladder specialist. Hospitals use it with -wonderful success in both slight and severe cases. Doctors recommend it to their patients and use it in their own fami'ieg, because they recognize in Swamp-Root the greatest and most Kuecessful remedy. ' Swamp-Koot ia pleasant to take and Is for aale the world over at druggists in bottles of two sizes and two prices fifty rents and one dollar. Remember the name, Swamp-Root, Dr. Kilmer' Swamp-Koot) and the address, Binghamton, X. , on every bottle. The mild and immediate effect of Dr. Kil-mer's Swamp-Koot, the great kidney and bladder remedy, is soon realired. It stands the h-ghest for its wonderful cures of the most distressing cases. Swamp-Root will set your whole system right, and the best proof of this is a trial. v4.-AST 1I0TH BT- "w"ra- ... -..-.! from kldner I baa '"" ' -h.H- i m; 1 pl'ntftl it not botll relT . ah iTiniilomi were nn B., .... -V - . 1 L. ,- ji. I ir fhrn I llff II iairriiFf -r. .-. in N.w York tper, but would not b" p,d DT ttmtion to It. hd i. .j .nrn niarantee with evrrr f oar md1-l. '"ting that yonr 8m B. im rcrtable. and dnf not coot any harmful aixga. I am wTrnij .uj four month oll. and with a good onMnc I ran reexamined Swamp-Root to all aufferera from kl'lnr troublM. Kiwr itralin of my fatilly bf been using 8wami-Koot for four different kldnr dbeasea, with Jlit Mm good W Ith many tbanka to yon I remain. Very truly yon-. UtJBEKT BKRNEB. every man of the 43.0GO who camped on that historic field. Heard It and Never Forgot. T. li. F.a'.lard, presiCent of the Merchants' Exchange: I think It was first heard In St. Ixuis, at least two years ago. l!r. R. F. Walker, attorney-general under Gov. Stone. uod it in conversation with me. It Etruck me is belr.g so apt and forceful that I have always remembered It, and have been gratified by hearing It several times to good advantage. First Sprung in Omaha. Ex-Attorr.ey General 31. F. Walker "I ant not to be considered as a claimant to th authorehtp of that fuelling slogan of ail Missourians. Th? fact Is, I heard It probably a year before I made use of It myself. I once asked where It came from, ani was told it was suggested to a comedian by a newspaper squib, and was sprung during the Omaha exposition In I asked Gov. Stone not long ago. and hu also professed ignorance of its origin." St. Loui3 Girl Invented It in Europe. Matthew Kiely, chief of police "I think it was a St. lvouls girl aDroaxl woo nrsi gave that phrase prominence. ne was being lavishly entertained, and, as her par ents are very wealthy, was continually bo- set by titled suitors for her hand. Sho listened to many stoiies of the possessions of the earls, lords ar.d dukes. One persistent and not too modest auitor finally bored her so much by wild stories of his castles and lands that she determined to squelch him. ' 'Duke, I've- decidi d to let you take me to C. on a visit, shi went on evenly, ap-Irentiy unaware of the startled look on - came a common comment among miners: 'Oh, he's from Missouri. He's got to be sighted.' " Happened at Chickamauga. Frank L. Harris "I have heard it originated in Chickamauga Park during the Spanish-American war. The Missouri boys had been fleeced so often by sharps at Chattanooga and hangers-on at Lytho that finally one day a voluble shop keeper was interrupted with: 'We're from Missouri, sight us.' " Started at the Races. By Tony Faust: My recollection of the origin of that state phrase Is that it came from the racetrack. A native of Kansas City drilled info St. Louis and was put onto the Fair Grounds. He had a bunch to spend and was anxious to throw it away. He was given a tip on a skate that had as much chance to win as I have of running to Jefferson City In half an hour. He thought the tipster was. his friend, how ever, and was determined to back his judg ,m-?nt. A tout learned what horse the Kaw man was "Vm," and, seeing a chance to make some coin, tipped him a good one. "I'r.i onto you St. Louis eharps." said the man from near Kansas City, Kan., "but I'm from Missouri, and I've got to be shown." He was "shown" all right for pbout fifty. I The Inventor Is Dead. t rank Xagel: I don't believe I was ever told wher-e that expression came from or who started it. But I did hear one story relative to its origin before the Spanish war, which I tell for what it's worth. A very celf-satisfled Missourlan was tour- newspapers, and was copied throughout this statfi. Blew Out of Chicago. Charlie Van Studdiford: "It was up in Chicago. The Windy City man was showing his St. Louis cousin around and blowing about the superiority of the canal town. " 'Why, we could put St. Louis under a drawbridge In the Chicago river and never know It was there,' he boasted. 'And build ings! O. say! It s a shame to snow mem to you. Why, it's a fact, on the clearest days you can't see the top of them with the rraked eye. And I wouldn't dare to take you on State street, the crowd would knock you down. And " 'Say. gimme that again about the buildings and the crowd.' bald the St. Louisan. The voluble Chicagoan repeated. " 'Look here.' said his friend from Eads bridge; 'I'm from Missouri, and I've got to be shown." " Abe Slupsky Gives It Up. Abe Slupsky: "It came out two years ago from I don't know where. I suspect some hct-alr merchant let it loose over a bar. It sounds to me like It was a hop dream. At that it is all right, but Just now the laugh is on the other fellow, and the boot Is on the other foot. It's up to Missouri to show them. We got off fairly well last week, but there were some bad breaks. Them swell governors from the East should have been met by committees. We've been shouting too long about showing us, the other fellows are calling our hand pretty strong. It's up to us to make good." Cradled in Gotham. , Rv Pnt Short: I have been told that it originated one year ago In the East during a business transaction, a o after a bill of goods. Both the quality ana the price did not appeal to him. The salesman was voluble and insistent. Over and over he repeated that his wares were cheap at the price. "I don't see it." said the St. Louisan. "I'm from Missouri. You've got to show me." That seems to be the accepted origin of that striking phrase. Congressman Vandiver the Originator. T5 ri pt Carmody: Congressman Vandiver is the author of that expression. and the incident that inspired It occurred in the halls of Congress six years ago. There had been a heated debate on a party meas- t- an when Mr. Vandiver arose on the Democratic 6ide he bgan his speech some thine like this: "Mr. Speaker, I am astounded at the declarations of the gentleman on the other side who has just preceded me. If all that he states is true, this question has but one side. There can be no argument. But I'm from Missouri: he's got to show me." The newspaper correspondents took the slogan up and the next morning it was being repeated all over the United States. Now I am told it has a strong foothold In foreign countries. I have endeavored to learn where the expression originated and I am confident Mr. Vandiver is it's author. Hatched on the Stae. By Jere Hunt: That came oft the stage. Five or six years ago some comedian I cannot recaJl his name got It off at some vaudeville house here and it made such a tremendous hit .1 know I advised him to have it copyrighted. He assured me that U was quite accidental and was hi own interpolation. "Missouri is lucky." he aid. "Had I been in any other state that commonwealth would have gotten it." It was an extemporaneous gag, and it went. Forty-Niner Began It. By Col. D. r. Dyer: "Pike County deserves credit for that phrase so apt In its expression of incredulity. I know this to be a fact, and I don't care who disputes It. This is the way it came about: "In 1S19 a party of Pikers, attracted by the stories of fabulous wealth to be dug from the ground on the Pacific coast, went to California. Their arrival In the then mining town of -risco was broadly tieralded after the manner of citizens of that country today, and it was not long before every sharper in the field was after them with everything from mines containing gome gold to the salted claim. On claim owner was particularly insistent, and worked night sourl party, 'we want to be shown. "The story got out. and thereafter when a man hailed from Missouri be really had to be shown." At Home cn the Pacific -7aast. James It. Gray, clerk of the United States circuit court: "I am willing to bellere the expression had Its origin on the Pactfl coast. The first time I heard it . Thou m. dm ill -4 f and day to sell his holding. In glowing pictures he told what the yield would be and that the Pikers could not by any possible mish.ip fall to work out Independent fortunes in a few months. Ha had to go East. He said the dfiath of his father had left him property Interests he could not neglect. The tenderfeet would give him no encouragement, and at last he demanded irritably: " 'What do you fellows want? I offer you here the best claim In California at a ridiculously low price, and you won't take It. What do you want, anywayf " 'Well.' drawled the speaker of the Mis- years ago. I was taking in the coast with my wife. We stopped at a little pleasure resort a few miles south oS Portland, Ore. The night was chilly, and the guests aat around a cheerful fire. I was asked where I lived. " 'In St Louis I replied. f "A general laugh went up. X gentleman. noting my amazement, explained: " 'You're from Missouri, and have to be shown.' "The phrase hit me as being very fetching, and I Inquired its origin. No one seemed to know other than that it had existed on the coast for many years." CAN'T PRACTICE IN KANSAS. Kansas City Physicians Must Register for Cases Across the Line. KANSAS CITY, May 9. The law recently enacted by the Kansas legislature requiring that all physicians and surgeons of other states shall be registered In Kansas before they may practice there Is causing considerable embarrassment 10 Kansas City physicians and surgeons. The statute contained a clause whloh pT-mltted foreign practitioners to register merely upon payment of a fee and upon presentation of their diplomas, providing this were done within a prescribed time limit Very few Kansas City doctors registered within the time limit, as but little attention was paid to the Kansas lw. Now. however, if a Kansas City doctor wishes to register In Kansas he must first pass an examination before the state board of health. Even old and successful practitioners fear taking the examination. As a result Kan-nas City doctors who have oases across the line have to "steal" to their patients. They are liable to arrest and a fine if caught. , STOLEN MONEY FOUND. The United States Express Co. Recovered $3000 in Britt, .la,', BRITT. Io.. May 9. Three thousand dollar of the money the United States express agent, Peterson, says wa stolen from him, has been found beneath the companv's building here, according tp- a statement made by Inspector Barnes. The robbery was in the daytime and threo packages containing 4rt00 each are alleged to have been taken. Peterson still maintains his innocence and Insists that he was robbed. You may hare a sample bottle of this famous kidney remedr, Swamp-Root, sent free by mail, "postpaid, by which you may test its virtues for such'disorders as kid-aey, bladder and uric acid diseases, poor digestion, when obliged to pass your water SPECIAL NOTICE If vou have the sli;;ntt symptoms of kidney or bladder trouble, onif there is a trsee "of it in your family hihtory. send at once to Dr. Kilmer t io..HinghaHiton. N. Y ho will jjladiv end you bv mail, immediately, without coet tJou, a sample bottle of !Swamp-R' and a bo staining many of the inouwuiAn ' pan tnomstiai or tetimonti rrwitrg urn ana wor.e may T Mm -urd. JD wrlttnj be sure to ay that read this ' ffer u the $ . the nobleman's face-. "I should like to see interrupted with: "We're from Missouri; you know, and have to be shown.' '"The visit was not taken. The incident occurred about a year ago." Born in New York. William Desmond, chief of detectives: "A swell St. Louisan was down East ten years ago, and was beir.g shown New York. He was regaled one evenVig with stories of Qotham's greatness that awakened his Incredulity. At the conclusion of the discourse he remarked dryly: " 'I'm from Missouri. Show me.' " And there you art . Pike County Claims It. Police Captain Peter Joyce "You're ht.ra of Joe Bower of Tike and his searcti !r. O.l'r'orr.'.i for his brother. Ike. In '40? 1C 3. given so many wrong steers out there that he became auspVious of everything, and everybody and would belifve -othlnar see. It soon pe- 5 ing Colorado. He was fond of telling the natives that he knew more about mountain climbing and canyons than they would ever learn. "I'm from the Oxarks," he would say; "show ma some mountains." Finally he was taken through the Grand canyon country. "Nothing doing." he said. "Show me deeper canyons than this." He was so reckless that he was frequently cautioned, and only by the sJertneas ot his guides was saved several hard falls. He always resented this and would plunge into new danger. The party was going along an extremely narrow path. "It's very dangerous here, sir," said the guide. The visitor turned to reply: "I'm from Missouri, show me." With that he r hinged down to the rocks 1009 feet below. Tbe story found its way Into tha v-M -.7-7 7. . J- S?-Z7' -SJ-Z- : : Vc: rr; 6 s? -sv ' ' ' "' ' ' ' W w RESTORES PERFECT HEALTH. The stomach being the measure of man's strength it is very essential to perfect health to see that this important organ be strong and vigorous. If it is not, Hostetter's Stomach Bitters will make it so. No other remedy can do as much for a weak stomach as this one, because it contains only such ingredients as will tone up and strengthen it. Thousands of persons today take it in preference to all other medicines because they know it is reliable. A dose before meals will aid the stomach in its work of Hiapctinn tiwphv preventing and curing NAUSEA, HEARTBURN, I INDIGESTION, DYSPEPSIA, CONSTIPATION and BILIOUS- W mccc n.A unnh will then surely follow. Don't fail to try it. a a a m fa fa fa fa fa fa fa fa a fa m fa NESS. Good health will then Here is convincing proof : 5 Camden, N. J. i Gentlemen: I never hesitate in recommending vour Bitters as an appetizer, a tonic and preventive 01 stomach complaints. m nSMITH. 111. x.ava-' J New York, N. Y. i Gentlemen- I can recommend . . . , . D i A A n X 1 f . -wt It- ..tra1 v yuui umciiiu aiiiuiicicn. n vuicu f me of dyspepsia, indigestion and liver complaints. i W. W. WILLIAMS. " 4- fa fa fa fa fa fa fa fa fa fa fa fa fa PROMINENT PHYSICIANS PRESCRIBE IT. ALL DRUGGISTS SELL IT, - laW JV .N. ,v .?V " w'i'' i - . ' , - - j - ' j ? j, mJn r 5

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