In 1880. On January the 8th. The City of San Francisco
went into mourning. Some 30,000 of it’s Citizenry slowly,
respectfully, filed past a Coffin over the next several Days.
The Emperor was dead. Theirs.
United States. Who
The First. There. Was
whilst His Legacy continued. Held strong
in the Minds of those Citizens. San Francisco.
a Marble Slab now. So adorned this Emperors Grave.
Simply and so. Inscribed…
“…Norton 1, Emperor of The United States
and Protector of Mexico, 1819-1880…”.
Joshua Abraham Norton that is. Is that
Honorary Titled, thus
so nomened. Thereupon. Belows.
Image herein. Thereof
J.A. Norton. A
Whose Man-Self, when made,
was appreciated too. To and by The
San Franciscans. Of Yore.
The Editor of the San Francisco Bulletin newspaper, one
of the First. The First to print One of
Emperor Norton’s 1… First Edicts, Decrees.
Sept. 1859 that was. That was firstly.?.
…when… Imperialistic Rule… One
Ruled the United States.?.
San Francisco… anyways, it seems. Seemingly
too, not averse to such Rulers. The Emperor
soon enough. Adopted in their folds. Unfolded
Arms soon followed. That.
Entrepreneur… Bankrupt… Entrepreneur… etc…
as many were at these Times, Places. Of
Yore. A lil’.
A well worn Army Uniform preferred Fashion.
From all accounts a Man. Who so thought deeply
on the then. Issues, facing America.
Even sending Advice/Edicts to Politicians. Of note.
A noted Character with Lots. Of Character. So
noted, noticed as well. Well as
A Land of Those…
Where and bys This Emperor. Began.
Holding Sessions in a plain room adorned
His… Pin-Ups Idols so seems. Seemingly
Afternoon Walks. His Two Dogs
so along. Soon enough became the norm.
Made a point of attending Church
every Sunday also. Every Sunday,
a different Church too. To avoid Sectarian
jealousies to rise. Divining no Calls of
Favouritism. There in Deed. Indeed
even therein Local Theaters. So reserved
When attending… the Audience
would so respectfully. Rise. Ups.
An eager… over-eager and new
Cop on the Beat. Arrested Him…
for Vagrancy. Once. Once
Towns-Folk and Papers realised.
Hubris so grew. A state of the City
so aroused. The Police Chief… knew exactly
what to do.
Attending the matter personally, profuse
apologies… so imperially then. So due. Due
The City Council. so paid a Official visit. Visiting
the Emperor, calling for. Agreeing then to
“… Blot the Incident from Memory…” Memories
in Our World. Legends go on. On
and to Begins. Civil War, 1861 that is. That is
Deep and biding concerns
USA’s Abe Lincoln and
Confederacy Jefferson Davis.
Presidents both. Both to meet, mediate
and sort those Issues. Therein and of. Off
put, so not was He.
When neither showed. Ups.
He simply Decreed. Imperially. One.
The End. To such
and such feelings, emotions, thoughts
and Alls. That. There,
Given no Place, Times. In
San Francisco. Then. Then
with full support. All agreed.
Free Board, Meals, Travel…
donated, freely given by Citizenry.
Shop-Keepers, even Banks.!. then. Donated
Imperial “…Tax…” for upkeep of Man
and Empirical Station. Stations
of the Central Pacific Railroad. So
honored His Gold Pass. Passing
Him in the City Streets,
greetings, bows. Ensued. Ensuing
Times, Places ensured His Uniform. Got old, worn.
Shabby so become. Becoming aware too. To
which the City Council. An…
Emperor’s New Clothes… Outfit. Outfitted,
Paid, renewed anew. A New
Look in Deed. Indeed
early founding San Francisco Peoples
Took to Heart.
Such a Man.
Supporting, understanding His Cause. Causing
lil’, no Harm. Mores.
A Man more than willing too. To
follow His American Dream. Dreams,
Life-Styled approaches summed so aptly.
On and in His Obituary. Reads. So as Belows
it seems: Seemingly
“… The Emperor Norton killed nobody, robbed nobody
and deprived nobody of His Country-
which is more than can be Said,
For most Fellows in His Trade.” Trade in deed,
in Your Silence. So
Freely. Share. Herein,
Those Tales True.
Accomplishments, Deeds indeed.
Of such Citizenry. Who,
should Be. So
Honored. Too. To
Next… So is be: Those
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i, Shiro that is.
With Any Thoughts, Hints, Tips, Dreams.
If A Particular Legendary Theme or Our
World Legends. Is A Desire.
To Be So Writ. Herein.