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His Maiden Effort

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The big family of raüroad men, brokers and lawrnakers who take their evening relaxation at the Windsor hotel are enjoying a story from General Schuyler Hamilton. It comea from the legislative halls of a western state, where an ambitioua member attempted hismaiden speech. He had written out his remarks, which began, "There is one thing I cannot see," and reached the Capítol on the eventfnl day set for its delivery, confident that the manuscript reposed safely in an inside pocket. Getting the speaker's eye, the new member began. "There is one thing, Air. Speaker, that 1 cannot see," meanwhile diving into his coat for the speech. It was not where he expeeted to find it, but f earing to lose his chance, and still confident that it would turn up, his hands flew around to the pockets of his coat tails, and he continued, "I say, Mr. Speaker, that there is one thing I cannot eee." The precious paper was still elusive and the member began to pltmge through his pockets in a desperate hunt for the speech. His associaes saw his plight and became interested. "I repeat, Mr. Speaker," he blustered, I "that there is one thing I cannot see." By this time the assembly was snickering. The speech conld not be fotmd and the speaker was sttunped. He took his seat, red and perepiring, with a general gnffaw to add to his discomfort. Then rose the wag of the assembly. "Mr. Speaker," he said, "the honorable gentleman from Winona informs me that there is one thing he cannot see. There is also one thing I cannot see, but which every other member can see, and that is the back of my neck." The member from Winona has indefinitely postponed his maiden effort. -


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Ann Arbor Argus