Sons of the Wild Jackass

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CHAPTER III
NORRIS: A VALIANT REBEL

GEORGE W. NORRIS of Nebraska is a political paragon and paradox.

He is so honest that he is actually poor--so able that he once maneuvered three separate Muscle Shoals bills through the Senate within seventy-two hours--so independent that he has thrice voted against Republican Presidents--so disillusioned that he had to be prevented from quitting public life twice in ten years--so courageous that he voted against the World War and would do so again--so selfless that he has twice declined to head a Progressive presidential ticket.

Such superlative qualities, however, are liabilities insofar as political preferment is concerned. So the white-haired, square-jawed Cromwellian understates it when, with a nod of his head, he says in tones of no sadness but, mayhap, some slight regret:

"The Republicians don't nominate men like me for President."

Or--

"If I ever inherited a million dollars, I would like to know how it feels to walk into a restaurant and order a first-class meal without looking at the prices on the menu card."

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