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The god came not. But there was one
Whọ recked not of the flitting days,
Disturbed the tenor of his ways.
E’en as he slept the god came there
His store of treasure, rich and fair.
By Edward Rowland Sill. This I beheld or dreamed it in a dream: There spread a cloud of dust along a plain; And underneath the cloud, or in it, raged A furious battle, and men yelled, and swords Shocked upon swords and shields. A Prince's banner Wavered, then staggered backward, hemmed by foes. A craven hung along the battle's edge, And thought, “Had I a sword of keener steel — The blue blade that the King's son bears—but this Blunt thing!” he snapped and flung it from his hand, And lowering crept away, and left the field. Then came the King's son, wounded and sore bestead, And weaponless, and saw the broken sword Hilt-buried in the dry and trodden sand, And ran and snatched it, and with battle shout Lifted afresh he hewed his enemy down And saved a great cause that heroic day.
As compared to the poem of Ingalls these fall to the place of the glow of the firefly at midnight when compared to the sun in the splendor of noonday. As to the sentiment of the one and that of the others aye, there's the rub! As to these sentiments no agreement or determination can ever be made. The difference is that between fatalism and hope.
It is not the design to present here any connected or complete record of the political career of Ingalls. Instances will be adduced showing him in those crises of his course best exhibiting his powers and his eccentricities.
Ingalls sought political preferment from his arrival in Kansas. His object at first was nothing more than to provide means for a very modest and economic subsistence.
He was engrossing clerk of the Territorial Council in 1859. The same year he was elected a member of the convention which formed the present state constitution. In 1860 he was again clerk of the Council; also in 1861. He was a member and secretary of the Republican convention which met at Lawrence in 1860 to select delegates to the National Republican convention at Chicago. In 1861 he was secretary of the State Senate, and in November of that year was elected from Atchison County to fill a vacancy in that body. September 17, 1862, he was defeated