Sterling Standard from Sterling, Illinois on February 18, 1897 · Page 11
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UVF. QUESTIONS. A BfAlitffUl SfLfl MEMENTO OF LINCOLN. 5n nt tit* by n tfa* n*»th ot tft* «tetst — jB*t » Few €opl*» fas 3E*l«t««c« — Is . , '*"' HOB V, S, Ferguson b*» a handsome silk memento of Abraham Lln- Me purchased it in Chicago alto? the RRsssstnfetlon of the ' Mifiyr President for a imall ana, and soon afterwstf ds tbe price of tbe sonve« nir became almost fabulous. Mr. F«r- gusot* was reminded of the fact that £» owned the relic by a fall-sized repro- Itttttoa of it la this morning's Chicago Tribune. The paper publishes tbe following story in connection with the illustration: «Mre, Ida Shepafrd, No. 146 North Clfltk street, possesses a. memento of Abraham Lincoln which is Invested Wllhdoableinterest : on this the \Mnl- "VerflBry of HB bifthr"TheTSisnretito ~IB • reproduced herewith. The original is a piece of Bilk a foot square oa which is woven a likeness of Lincoln in black eutronnded by a number of Bymbollcal objects and patriotic inscriptions, some of ttttim in colors, An inscription in the margin in'minute letters reads: "Jordan Tohapp, Basle, Switzerland 1866." . ' ./.-''. . .Y . . ••/•. * "This seems to indicate that it was woven in Basle, and if it.waa it is possible there are othpfcoples in existence. Mrs. Shepard herself knows almost nothing of its history. It was a present from some unknown person to her father, Peter S. Hoffman,, twenty-five years ago; and both donor and recipient have* now passed away without leaving any clew whatever to its furth- , "But if it were nothingbut thellke^ ness of some unknown person, it is of BUoh exquisite workmanship that it .would be worth cherishing as a work of ar.fc. It consists, as is suggested, of .three vertical bands ot heavy silk, on the middle «f which is all the pictorial part'. This band is white and the other two bands' are black, indicating that the. work was in memory of Lincoln's death, Every feature of^ths face and every filament of the dress are depicted as minutely as in the finest photograph, and the resemblance to Lincoln is ap-' patently perfect. The likeness is surrounded with an oval frame-like ring, studded with twenty-two stars and surmounted with an American eagle. At the bottom* of the ring are flags and .a figure of Liberty;.holding one of the \flage to her face, as if -Creeping. This black and white,-but How fond. I. fftM upan thy brow swet-t I-IopeHSke pome -nftfoMinf bud o? fstaiatess whit*., Afe, how sweet to eatch thy gen tie. breath ttpon thy cheek, 4ad feel tbe bright lednodsnce of thy flliken hair, Ab, besatffal Hopel Life sesms-eiore fair aisce thou art mine, I lore thee go, O glorionS Hope! Sacb ia brief i« the iong o£ inany hearts today, But for hope, we wotild eay the great creative spirit missed ita culculation. For a qnesUod arises of the «>oflt prof oand|mr|E)rtaBCft,—Boet the human soul defeat /itself ? Can it hopS for that which does not exist? Is the attribute of Hope a fiction P We affirm-that toe soul Is never false to itself; that the hope of immortality is an evidence beyond the reach of argument. I ' Hope Is no friend to tears, to dirges, to cypress crowns, nor to doubts over the departed. In the deepeatand coldest grave she "Kindles her fiever dying lamp, and throws upon their treasured dust a steady'ny7MH^(vfM Ovef disappointment it: tBfowa tle of light, I^ope is the soul's uplifting power, it is the white robed.angel of celestlaLLove. Hope is the wave of melody which the universe pours over the soul! It sooths the despairing wail of sorrow, and unites again the severed cords of the heart ; that grief has been tearing away. But the skeptic says, "No prophet was ever more false than hope;'tis a'mere seduction of the imagination." Aa skeptics usually employ solid facts and do not fear to eulogize the power of despair, they affirm that Hope is the paramour of inexperienced hearts. "He that lives on hope" said'the experienced Dr. Franklin,-"will die fasting*" Human hope yields a harvest of rich conceptions aadrare conceits often truly Thinkers. F PRESIDENTIAL ELECTORS. The Btatosriicn who mada the constitution oif the Clnjtecl States had to pto- tida fof a country of vast fcsfcent, To catty news from New Hampshire to Georgia was then a matter of weeko. The dispatch which announced the opening of the war at Lexington wai carried by expresses, who thought to Bhpw their patriotism by the swiftacss with whiVh they roder And this dip patch was 21 days old when i* reached the patriots ia Savannah. But the inventions of the railway and the telegraph have changed all this. A man may now easily travel from Portland lo Ban Francisco in less time than Sam Adams needed to ride to the con- tinetltal congress from* Boston to Philadelphia. And when the traveler from Maine arrives in San Francisco now he finds the news he brings with him is al- -jready flix-daj-a old»_JTho telegraph -had Sow these figure* are bright boughs of the brightest green and a shield in red, white and blue." '•'• :':.'.; : '7;X. ; . ;''-.••'/•..; ; Mr, Fergur.on says there were but a made and that they, are of groat value. ,'He has firaquently been offered many tlmes the price of purchase for it. ,( * ^ ...... '--'''''•''. •*'•' ^' ' ' HEW ROYAL NEIGHBOR LODCSE. ••' 1ST*. M. Q. AVUkJnson Institutes the Order , ', at ProjslieUtown.- : " * Prop6etstown Spike: Mrs. M. O.Wil- "- kJouon, Deputy of tbe Eoyal Neighbors, , instituted a lodge of. this order in Pro• -. ; phetstown, Friday evening,' Feb. 6. ^ .The meeting was held in the M. W. A. Vllodge rooms and a great deal of inter".'fiat manifested by the .new members. J The charter was opened with twenty .; members end. after the ceremony of in- '' stituting-the lodge bad been performed, ' ; ; some of the officers were chosen, -A n- meeting wad held Wednesday of this week when the organ!* t zation was completed, excepting a few sea\Mmportant matters, and , the. re;, jpainiag officers chosen. The new lodge f- la officered for tbe ensuing year as follows: , ffs Orecle.Mrs, S. N.Langdon. fI- ;WJe* Oracle,Mrs, K, F. Seibert. Asat. Vice Oracle, Mrs, Jay Seeley. Recorder, Mrs- Cora. Loomis, L Heeelver,Mrs. Myrtle Oole, •; <3haricellor, Mrs.'Etbel Oabot •'iMarahttll, Mrs. Emma Loomis, I Atst. Marsha), Mrs. Isabel Qulbert. f Hentinel, Mrs, Mary Carman, Managers, Mrs, Florence-Saeley, Mw. Ethel Cabot and F. B. Schmeid. • 0«mp Physicians, F. -W, Eskey and SURPRISED. tions, but who that has Jived to forty years does not know something of, the diversity and multiplicity of its deceptions in flowery charms. "All is well!" cries, the political demagogue, "we will,ruin sure;, 'the .nation's machinery ie all out of order and we must fix it up!" "All is safe!" says Hope, "sail ahead I" and continues her delusive shout'till in the dark : and drear hour, of a wintry,-midnight the ship founders, sinks to rise no .moreJ " We have heard that* "Hope'IB an anchor to the soul," but, when pressed ty the tides of experience, theSoul drags ita anchor, and plunges helplessly into oblivion. ^ ".: ' ; , .Tradesmen say; that/'Hope will do for dreamy poets, for sanguine clergymen, and for natures without experience." But the intelligent banker and railroad stockhblder.feeHng themselves before hewaa well out of the Portland station. • . = It ia all the more curious, therefore, 'that the prudent arrangement made for an electoral, board by tho constitution should be really better adapted to the present condition of affairs than it was' to the times of Franklin, Sherman and Gerry, who made it. The system which places electors between the people nnd tho president whom it chooses and Which makes them the deaf and dumb slaves of the people has long been regarded as the most serious defect in the working machinery of the constitution. It is so. And yet it ia easy to imagine conditions now in which it would work much more happily than it did in the conditions in which was made. nnd for which it .^eveojag about thirty Rt'biB home to aa- , tha occasion, surprised, Wiaieif. together" an exoelleat host The • was spent % crockinole,. car* checkers, aud Qjfc»r games. At , and afe » "l^sjonable hour the ;^f M8ia departed ft* tf^ir home«. There firmly entrenched -in the grip of ,fl- nances, train their perceptions'"to look before you leap/'all heedless of seductive^ .hope. Experience with her thTjqg&ttreigfatedibrowdlrrvaiiirlates-tfaer promises of Hope, and dissipates her extravagance. Disappointment is always to b&lopked for; even though the smiling face of Hope be near sbeding her glinting rays.! The exception is, that the result meets ;the soul's sweet longings for its' greatest good. , A friend enquired,of us thusly: "Tell me, do you believe yourself to be immortal because you hope for it, or do you hope because you believe?", Believing does not establish a fact, if hope is the, instigator.-:"-^ •.••....• :"; : -:--••:.\V ''' ../••'. •'.'^•• J - 1 ' ' ,-Emanuel-; 8,wedenhorg^:under-*'the sheltering^ wing of well ascertained' philosophical principles, pressed the bright and beautiful bud pf hope to his. heart, because'of its v large simplicity, and profound logical significance of .the objects upon which it fixed its best admiration, and tbe dazzling light of soul experience illumined his' every day life to the end.- "Hope sings her sweetestaougs when the spirit is sad? est," saya the poet,, but when she flies away and leaves the heart wholly desolate, he does not tell up where she has gone. All branches of business live largely upon, the one great thought, "I do hope that business will be good this year; it has been so hard in the last year that we must go under the wave if it does not pick up*" Sweet Confidence! thou twin sister of Hope, where, hast thou gone? Restore thy lost greatness, and seat thyself once more-upon tbe brow of the great commercial world. * Let the pen that doel thy praises flag, Be made ot a quill from.ua augel'i wliig. ROSE L. ~ dolegatoa to tho rivnl convoutlons. On the persons appointed to attend those conventions depends tho choice of tbe next president. They know this, and the people who choose them know it. .Unfortunately they aro . elected with hardly any eapprvision of law or any" provision for the count of votes which eject them. But, all the same, the delegates wield in tb<3 conventions tho moral power of the states which they represent. . It is one of . the infelicities of snob a system that-astute which has no powbr in the national elootion appears in tho convention as tho equal in rights of an-/ other state sore to givo its vote for the suocessf ul oandidate. Thus in the Republican convention, Alabama will be rated as having as ; good a right to vote .na Vermont, though Vermont will certainly give a Republican vote and Alabama Will riot, and though every 'one knows this. In the Democratic convention will The oDgervea~the~Bhrin<r~af>fftrfi>ice t , * , ffM-jy, t,y £."M*'-,iM5 tft cr »>v rti?"i-jr».«, Mat,w.ni.,nf--Ug nnrt Viypinia hfi<$ nhsrs- doncd th« diRtrirf; Fj-Kfrtxi. In Virginia the people vptod by wn&rnl ticket In Maryland, Pennsylvania and North Carolina tho Federalists controlled the senates and tbe Democrats the other fionses of BssembJy. Different arrangements grew ont of this complication, resulting ia a division of the votes of these etates. Psahsylvania oboss seven Federalist electors and eight in opposition. North Carolina bad eight in opposSHon to fonr Federalists, and Maryland was equally divided. --'•-. The great decision was made by what v ttiay be called r ronghly and with exceptions, the gaperal rale of the politics of the first 60 years of the century—natae- 3y, the nnion of the southern states with New York against the rest of the north* ern states. At the very last the doubtful point was Sooth Carolina. The election Was in the legislature. So donbtfnl was it that the opposition members even offered to condprqmiag by agreeing to vote for Jefferson and Pinckney, giving the vote of the state to one Democrat and one Federalist. -The Federal ticket through the country was Adams nud Pinokney. Had tba ? South ^Carolina Federalists Bgf6ed-to T this propcmnl; Jeffereon aad Pinckney ' would have bad au equal number of votea for tho highest office. As Pinokney Was a South Carolina man there was naturally a local temptation to the South Carolina Federalists to accept this offer. Had it been accepted, Charles Ootesworth Pinckney would have been the third president of the Onited States and Thomas .Jefferson would have been tbe vice president. Very much to the credit of the South Carolina Federalists, they declined the proposal.' Jefferson wns chosen president by the horiso of representatives, and by that election tho course .of American history was changed. EDWARD E. HAI.E. THE NATIONAL IRRIGATION CON. • GRESS. Tbe last meeting of the congress showed a fine grasp. of ,tbe work to bo -done.^Tho need of tree plontinginttdiibfc: courtesy which makes one state the equal of another, . 'i • ; To tb^ makers pf tbo constitution any Hucb convention, even, was a DOG POISQNER AROUND. C»alne» Fuss in 'Shelf SuotUy KveoluK, Three good dog« went to tbe Happy Hunting Grounds Sunday. ,The dog poisoner in alt hia deviltry, and mean* neafl, has been around agt^ia. Will Mo- DonaJd lo§t u.valuaWe little bouse dog: whtefc he prige4 very blgbly.> ' It w&a perleetly harmless »od WAS ft pet of (ha family. Charles Bebreadi #&& E. D. QaicQ alao woura the loss of their favorite Beta. It is uosejlble that tbe poisoning wss acpido»t4l, bat it is thought otherwise. tioally lef t to congressional caucuses of the pne party or the other. Until Monroe went out this waa ofc the leas importance, because; Virginia was so good as to take tbe whole contract pf governing the country. Since that system was abandoned 'the convention system has gained more and more precision of movement, with taore and more power. . But suppose, today, u deadlock in one of the oonventiona,. or, better still, in both. Suppose that we owed it to the good offices of silver or gold, of .proteo-' tion or tariff, or all these tpg8tber,.thafc each-convention •-adjournfcdrwithoufc-a nomination. In that case each of .the great parties would be forced back on the .plan of the constitution.' And it would work. exceedingly well. , Each party would name, in each state, the strongest possible electoral ticket it could name, of men commanding tho public confidence, for on such men- everything* would depend. In Maine Reed men/Would be chosen by^the Republicans, : in Ohio MoKinley men; '.In New York .the Democrats would vpto for Whitney men, in Tennessee and Kentucky for Carlisle men. Fortyieight -hours after th'e 'iiovember vote would tell the country whethAr a Republican or n Dem ocratio majority ; had been gained in the 46 state boards of electors. ' No one wo^ld care much for whom the minority party gave Us votes. But (he electors of the successful party would meet at Washington or at some pth«r central point end determine in convention who •* should ton their candidate. Here we shonld have a convention representing majority atates, aud those Btates only, The- members would bave been chosen by all tbe people, not; aa now by a few eager partisans. The convention could sit for one, two or eveu three weeks before tbe members need return to their state capitals to givo the formal vote which ia required under tbe on the prdBlom of the unemployed aro living questions. Let every man, woman" and child observe Arbor day. The young man need not go west any longer, but should put out trees and jroclai;m jvasto laud. Among other things, jtho following was said at the congress: • • . , •; The work laid out by the, executive committee for 1896 had not been fully accomplished, nor was it as satiBfaotory to the members as it would have beeu if they had not been handicapped in many ways in its advancement Nearly every senator and representative in congress had open written to and explicitly told what was desired, and their co-operation was asked. A very strong/sentiment in "favor of irrigation had been found. The press had given valuable assistance to the cause, and the railroads have shown no lack of interest in the work', many of the officials of the railroads leaving given personal attention to-tbe-work-in^several-^ways-that-had Don't you n$ed\<"; /,.:•• . A Feed Grinder, ,. T -:1,1,.., A:Tank;Heater, - \^;\/:^ v ^ : wifld : M!ii; • Pumps, Or something else in our line? If so, come and get our prices before buying. We still have the celebrated The Greatest Republican Paper of the West, ^**~**^v*^»+ w ** n +> . -. , 4 I T is the most stalwart and unswerving Republican Weekly pub-' lislied today and can always be relied upon for fair and honest re-J ports of alTpolitical affairs. . ..-._ :.. „_.. ^| o * • • ' * „ Inter Ocean Supplies All of the News 5 e and the Best of Current Literature. • (oS • It is Morally Clean, and as a Family Pap^r is Without a Peer. Literary Columns are equal \ ; to those of the-best magazines. ! Its Youth's Department is the finest-ofits kind. ." . . . . . . . '« * • « » • It brings to tho family the Non-3 or tho Kntlra World and gives the boat and ublest discussions of all questions of the day. Tbei Inter Ocean tflrcs twelve pures of reading mutter each week .ana beinir published In * hlcneo IB better ininptod 10 the needs of " the people west of the Allegheny Mountains tnan any other paper.-" $1.00 Tbe Daily and Snnday Editions of The Inter Ocean are the best of their kind..., Y, P, a JE, churcli will liold a ftl Tbia condition of things will not obme aboat this year, nor, perbajps, at -*ny lleotion within the next .decade. .But it ia uiore.aad mora probable ->with every election, and when it does, coine about people will be extollujg, sstbey, should,.- tbe wisdom of the« fathers who made a preparation BO elastic and so admirable in any contingency. We are led to consider the possibility of suoh contingenoy by tbe curious closeness of same of the pwfiide»ti»l eleations,, Tbe celebrated election of 1800, which xeal ly changed tbe policy, act to 0ay tba ooastitutioa, of tbe national goverBxaeufr, eeexaed to waver for rnojolha. It- was decided at tot in JeS«rp«ai's favor in a bouse ot ii^ which tbe Federal Jute jaige .good. Snrprising as it may seem to yon of the W£st, the east and aonth are waking up to the necessity of irrigation even in heir^own sectious, and in many places aBaSxplBJdmenfing^i^^ purpose of making sorer 'and larger crops, which they idjiow will always increase the valuo of their land. From this source we have been encouraged. Not tbe least interested jn this work are* tho water and land companies and emigrant arid provident associations. The latter, working in con junction with the former, will one day solve the great national question, What shall we do. with the unemployed? which is answered by the ntilization of the vast lands by irrign- tion for the colonization of these people. .The congress should dp something be- Bidesjnaki ug jpeepheB L ._It fihonid legiBT.. ' late, paea a bill or bills embodying the issues it has for' years been proseuting tp the people. The country in genesal was demanding something feasible, practicable nud tangible, 'They could not at first expeot or even think what they did would be perfect. Time and experience; would reveal tho imperfections and give ample time ; to perfect them. ,A bill or bills oieating a national irrigation commission aud a national .forestry ocromiaaibn should be passed. The duty of the irrigation commission eh'onld be to l^ok after irrigation in its every shape and forrn in every state and territory, to take obargeofall irrigation works and property, and report direoUy to conRrees or to the interior or agricultural department the progress of irrigation and make such saggestions as would be for its further advancement until every irrigable arid acre is subdued and the unemployed and hornehssa found peace and Aplenty upon thorn. , TheHeceeaity for*» forestry oornrois- eion was aa important to this country as the forests, for, without .the former we would BOOB have, none of the latter. Bponer OP later we would not feei the loss of forests in dollars and cents BO much ns we would in the use in pon- Borviag the w^fcer* for irrigation, •The committee recommended action iapon the ioilovviBg subjects in the form of billafoj' preaentatioa ^ti W«ahirjg4oa : Arid hind policy. 4 ' Jnterstate streams! Interuational streams. , ' The reclamation of arid aud semiarid landa ••;{'• _;'•'.: : ••,•••• '• ' . •Pastoral' laiids. i Price of Dally by mall KCO per'year* i Price of Sunday by mall... J2.00 per year* i Dally and Sunday by mall .,..,$6.00 per year* I" AddrcBn THE IXTEH OCEAN, Chlcn»o. J Job Printing and Book Binding. Work Unexcelled. PriceslReasonable. * : - , Off ice* Thoroughly Equipped forJall Classes^of Work. The Sterling Stand^rd^Sterling; Ills, Tribune:' .-• : " .- FO & t EVERY member of EVERY family o» EVEBY/arm, In 3B;yERY H viIlage, In EVERY State or Territory^ FOR Education, FOR Noble Manhood, » FOR'.-Trtie Womanhood. »• for Irrigatjoa Harveya and uppiopriatioas • HONEST WORK. It needs to be proclalwedi frora every house top and practiced by every parent aud teacher tbat amid all of onr needs the one supreme one is better work. m,an, if you have au arobitiou and » world to oouquer, begin heroically yourself ai»4 ptake yourself fit for feomy- 3Do «6Bio oaa thing w^i J)o yoa sure IT If IT If IT IT IT IT It all important news of tie Nation. ail iwpoHpt new of Ibe World. GIVES tfce Biost reliable market reports. filYKS briiUaat aai itistraetiTe ediforiab, 6I¥K8 fiieiliitiBf short series* m mmmi agricultural d seieetifie asd meeiaaieal . >* £ A * " it, eatef taisweat GIVES satisfaetian t® joroif aad rywhere 'to Address all or<ler?i ,1 , ,' ,,-, ,-?,\,<>>, J V7*.v.'i-;iS5atsfe j j?.v J . t v.\

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