Senator Vest's World Famous Tribute to Old Drum

Senator Vest's World Famous Tribute to Old Drum (HM1LV0)

Location: Warrensburg, MO 64093 Johnson County
Buy Missouri State flags at Flagstore.com!
Country: United States of America
Buy United States of America flags at Flagstore.com!

N 38° 45.893', W 93° 44.43'

  • 0 likes
  • 0 check ins
  • 0 favorites
  • 218 views
Inscription
The shooting of Charles Burden's prize hunting dog became the center of a heated court battle featuring four lawyers, each partnered with their opponent from the Civil War era.
The original site of the trial of "Old Drum", the 1838 Old Courthouse, has been restored and is maintained as a museum by the Johnson County Historical Society just north of the Mary Miller Smiser Heritage Library and County Archives at 302 North Main.
Follow Gay Street four blocks west to Main Street and turn left to find the Old Courthouse Square. Visitors welcome.
——————————

A Tribute to the Dog
(By Senator George Graham Vest)
"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 the 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 absolutely unselfish friend that a man can have in this selfish world the one that never deserts him and 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 in poverty, in health and in 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 in 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 the 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 his 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.
Details
HM NumberHM1LV0
Tags
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Wednesday, July 15th, 2015 at 10:01pm PDT -07:00
Pictures
Sorry, but we don't have a picture of this historical marker yet. If you have a picture, please share it with us. It's simple to do. 1) Become a member. 2) Adopt this historical marker listing. 3) Upload the picture.
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)15S E 435666 N 4290946
Decimal Degrees38.76488333, -93.74050000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 45.893', W 93° 44.43'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 45' 53.58" N, 93° 44' 25.8" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)660
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 101-199 Hout St, Warrensburg MO 64093, US
Alternative Maps Google Maps, MapQuest, Bing Maps, Yahoo Maps, MSR Maps, OpenCycleMap, MyTopo Maps, OpenStreetMap

Is this marker missing? Are the coordinates wrong? Do you have additional information that you would like to share with us? If so, check in.

Check Ins  check in   |    all

Have you seen this marker? If so, check in and tell us about it.

Comments 0 comments

Maintenance Issues
  1. Is this marker part of a series?
  2. What historical period does the marker represent?
  3. What historical place does the marker represent?
  4. What type of marker is it?
  5. What class is the marker?
  6. What style is the marker?
  7. Does the marker have a number?
  8. What year was the marker erected?
  9. Who or what organization placed the marker?
  10. This marker needs at least one picture.
  11. Can this marker be seen from the road?
  12. Is the marker in the median?