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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:
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