Doing the Time Warp Again

The Smallest Specimen Yet

Uncle Sam needs a microscope to find Benjamin Harrison (wearing his grandfather’s hat).


THE HERO STATESMAN.

Air — “The Campbells are Coming.

He comes from the West in the strength of his name,
The favored of song and a hero in fame;
He’s the people’s own choice and his resting shall be
At the side of the brave in the hearts of the free;
No more in the shade of retirement he’s laid
Where the warrior’s plume rests with his chivalrous blade,
For his country demands his true service again,
To protect with his sword and defend with his pen.

Chorus.

He comes from the West in the strength of his name,
The favored of song and a hero in fame;
He’s the people’s own choice and his resting shall be
At the side of the brave, in the hearts of the free.

When joined with the wise and engaged with the great
To act for his country in councils of state,
No traitor unscathed shall escape from his hand —
The boldest he’ll sweep from a place in the land.
Though dastards revile and though cowards defame
They dim not the glory of Harrison’s name;
And louder and louder our plaudits shall rise
For the hero so brave and the statesman so wise.

Chorus — He comes from the West, etc.


Notes:

Ah for the days when Indiana could be considered “the West.”  (Actually, by 1888 it couldn’t: nearly half of the states were physically west of Indiana.) Clearly this is William Henry, not Benjamin, being spoken of: Benjamin was hardly returning from retirement as Old Tippecanoe had done in 1840.

1888, in addition to the election, featured two famous weather events: the Schoolhouse Blizzard in January that killed more than 200  and the Great Blizzard of ’88 in March that killed over 400 people.


Tomorrow:
REPORT Of the Committee Appointed by the People to invite Mr. Cleveland into a “State of Retiracy.”

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