Tribute to the Dog

Tribute to the Dog (HM1LQF)

Location: Warrensburg, MO 64093 Johnson County
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 45.954', W 93° 45.015'

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Senator George Graham Vest

— Old Drum 1870 —


Gentlemen of the jury, the best friend a man has in this world may turn against him and become his enemy. His son or daughter that he has reared with loving care may prove ungrateful. Those who are nearest and dearest to us — those whom we trust with our happiness and good name may become traitors to their faith. The money that a man has he may lose. It flies away from him, perhaps when he needs it most. A man's reputation may be sacrificed in a moment of ill-considered action.
The people who are prone to fall on their knees to do us honor when success is with us, may be the first to throw the stone of malice when failure settles its cloud upon our heads.
The one absolute, unselfish friend that man can have in this selfish world the one that never proves ungrateful or treacherous — is his dog.
Gentlemen of the jury a man's dog stands by him in prosperity and poverty, in health and sickness. He will sleep on the cold ground, where the wintry winds blow, and the snow drives fiercely, if only he may be near his master's side. He will kiss the hand that has no food to offer, he will lick the wounds and sores that come from encounters with the roughness of the world. He guards the sleep of his pauper master as if he were a prince. When all other friends desert, he remains. When riches take wings and reputation falls to pieces, he is as constant in his love as the sun in its journey through the heavens.
If fortune drives the master forth an outcast in the world, friendless and homeless, the faithful dog asks no higher privilege than that of accompanying him to guard him against danger, to fight against his enemies.
And when the last scene of all comes, and death takes his master in its embrace and his body is laid away in the cold ground, no matter if all other friends pursue their way, there by the graveside will the noble dog be found, his head between his paws, his eyes sad but open in alert watchfulness, faithful and true even in death.
From the Trial of Old Drum, Burden v. Hornsby 1870
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Date Added Sunday, July 12th, 2015 at 2:01pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)15S E 434820 N 4291065
Decimal Degrees38.76590000, -93.75025000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 45.954', W 93° 45.015'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 45' 57.24" N, 93° 45' 0.9" W
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Area Code(s)660
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 302 N Main St, Warrensburg MO 64093, US
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