Tribute to the Dog
Senator George Graham Vest
—Old Drum 1870 —
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
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
Location. 38° 45.954′ N, 93° 45.015′ W. Marker is in Warrensburg, Missouri, in Johnson County. Marker is on Main Street south of Gay Street, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Monument is in front of the Old Courthouse. Marker is at or near this postal address: 308 North Main Street, Warrensburg MO 64093, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Senator George Graham Vest (here, next to this marker); Johnson County's Old Courthouse (a few steps from this marker); Francis Marion Cockrell (a few steps Old Drum (within shouting distance of this marker); Old Public Square (within shouting distance of this marker); The Passing of the Old Backhouse (within shouting distance of this marker); Welcome to Blind Boone Park (approx. 0.2 miles away); John William Boone (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Warrensburg.
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Also see . . .
1. Vest's Tribute to the Dog, Great Speeches Collection. (Submitted on July 12, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. George Graham Vest Congressional Bio. (Submitted on July 12, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Johnson County (MO) Historical Society. (Submitted on July 12, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
4. Warrensburg, Missouri, History. (Submitted on July 12, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 12, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 200 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on July 12, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.