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THE WASHDsrGTOlT HERALD, SUNDAY, DECEMBER 3, 1911.
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FLINY QUICkHIS MARK'
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E Introduces a New Fad to Oakdale "with Disastrous Results
BY ARTHUR MORGAN LANGWORTHY,
from his friend "Sliver" on lie other ride
of Pliny. For "Sliver" was the only boy
near by who owned a pea shooter. Nat
urally Pliny was chosen to convey the
shooter from "Sliver" to "Chub" as he
sat between them.
out against the blackboard a' which he
was writing down a sentence. And that
touched off the explosion! The professor
whirled around, and it was just Pliny's
hard luck to have his eagle eye catch
sight of "Sliver's" pea shooter, which
Pliny still held in his hand.
"Pliny Quick, stay two hour after
school this afternoon!" he snapped, and
About half-past ine the next morning
a very angry old man stalked into Pliny's
classroom. He and "Old Hack" became
involved in a low voiced discussion which
the curious scholars could not catch, j
though they seemed able to guess some
thing of it. Anyway they all looked at
Pliny Quick as if be had considerable to
do with it. He had!
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and argued all the rest of the way to
school. For Walter had "made an issue")
by intimating that Pliny wonldn't take
a dare, and Pliny sought to convince his
doubting schoolmates that the dare
wasn't a fair one. The question was still
unsettled when the school bell rang.
Now. Pliny Quick was not exactly th
best behaved boy in the class, which was
rather against him in view of what hap
pened Pliny sat between "Chub" Mc
Allister and "Sliver" White. Walter Arm
strong's desk was a couple of seats di
rectlj. back of Pliny's. Walter Arm
strong was anything but a good boy in
deportment, being sly, turbulent and a
great trial to Professor Hackett. who
was principal as well as readier of theUne who hannened to be within ranee
upper classes in grammar a tarcet for his concealed pea shooter
So it was only natural that Walter) "Chub" McAllister's fat neck got most of
started a little shooting contest with anj the benefit of Walter's shooting. "Chub
Held Up His Foot So That
rofessor Hackett and His Irate
Visitor Could Examine the Heel.
Just as he had his hands on the shooter
one of Walter's shots missed "Chub,"
'iut sped on to find a mark about an inch
'rom Mr. Hackett's face. It flattened
refused to listen to Pliny's protest of
innocence. Walter Armstrong, who
should have come forward and owned
up, only laughed at having unintention
ally put one over on his old rival,
Mr. Hackett finally turned to the class
and spoke in a stern voice:
"Mr. Crawford makes a serious charge.
He says that some one in this class has
so badly defaced his new cement walk w ho played the mean trick on him.
bv walkinr over it before the cement! But it did "settle" the great lettered
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dried that it is totally ruined. "Who knows mogt peopIe 8iiy if he surrlves hrs mauy'
"Don't send for them; they had nothing
to do with it."
"Then why did you do it?"
"I didn't do it!" cried Pliny earnestly,
almost jn tears, for it takes a lot of nerve
to bear up before the whole class on such
a false accusation.
"Don't make the thing any worse by
denying it! Your own heels convict you!"
thundered "Old Hack." while Crawford
could hardly restrain himself from laying
hands on the supposed culprit.
"I'd like to ask Mr. Craw ford one ques
tion." said Pliny, who had luckily not lost
his head completely-
"Ask It, yon young whelp! shouted
Crawford angrily.
"Have you any idea when this hap
pened?" questioned Pliny.
xes. 1 worked late on my books yes
terday. I wai in the store until eieht
o'clock last -night The cement was all
right then, but when I came back from
nipper at half-oast eicht a friend of mine
dropped in and said he saw a bov tramp
ing around in the cement. The store
front was dark and the street light wai
too far off for the boy to be recognized
It must have happened between eigh
and half-past last night!"
The funniest look imaginable came ovrr
"Old Hack's" face. He turned to Crav
ford and actually grinned.
"Crawford, there's something migr j
queer about this, but between eight a
half-past Pliny Quick was right here .
this room!"
What a sensation! What a flood of re-
Uef for poor Pliny, yet it was the exact
truth. It hannened that his father -wanted
him to go on an errand in town just at
the time "Old Hack" had sentenced him
to stav in for the pea shootintr eoisode.
The Professor had some examination
japers to prepare at school in the cveu
ng. so he allowed Pliny to co. on his
solemn promise that he would return
that night and serve out his "sentence."
What a lucky thing the boy kept his
word!
A neid investigation proved onlv one
thing. The girl at the metal letter counter
remembered selling Walter Armstrong a
number of letters that same day. but
couldn't positively say about the "Q's."
She had sold other boys sets of letters
also, which further complicated the case.
As n alter angrily denied having any
thing to do with it and Pliny's brothers
all nroved they had not worn lettered
heel plates, the myRtery was never really
settled, though Pliny was mighty sure
scrapes he may "make his mark" yet, but
not on any more cement sidewalks:
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I F Pliny Quick had not worn a pair of
I metal heel plates on his shoes to keep
the heels from wearing down there
would be no story to tell. For then he
would not hate visited Oakdale's five
and ten cent store to get a new pair to
replace a lost heel plate.
Pliny was always doing queer, original
stunts, and as he bought the little heel
plates bis eyo wandered over the con
tents of the nearby counters and the idea
about "his mark" suddenly struck him.
For his glance had rested on a tray of
small cast metal letters such as are used
for lettering doors, lockers or drawers.
Pliny laughed as he purchased a couple
of tiny metal Q's, and the young girl
who sold them jokinglv asked if he was
going to turn Chinaman. He knew her.
and when he expUiued why he wanted
them she was very much amused.
Thus when Pliny appeared at school
next day and proudly stuck his foot in
some nice, soft, mouldable mud he cre
ated a new fad.
A plain, unmistakable imprint of a Q
w&s stamped in every footprint Every
where he walked Pliny made "his mark"
if the ground was at all soft or jiclding.
For he had fastened the small raised
metal C! on each heel, and they were
bound to make perfect imprints each time
be pressed his weight upon them. There
was a grand rush to buj monogram let
ters, which almost depleted the five and
ten cent store's supply.
Probably no one will ever know how
m.inj hardwood floors were scratched up
before this letter heel stamp craze was
fiuallj suppressed One thing that is
fcure Pluij Quick will hardly forget the
awful scrape it landed' hir in. It really
btgau iu tliii way.
A crowd of Phnj's schoolmates stopped;
to call for him on the waj to school. Atj
this time the Quicks were having the side
walk in front of the bouse repaired. It
was a cement walk Several patches of
concrete had just been laid and were still
damp, therefore easilj impressionable.
"Saj. rimy, whj don't you leave jour
mark in the concrete?" suggested "Chub"
McAllister.
"Good idea. I'll do it," And Plmj care
fullj planted his heel upon a spot neat
the gate. The heel mark and "Q were
reproduced nerfectll Plmj added a fiu-j
ishmg touch bj scratching "1011" be
neath by means of a sharp wire nail
This operation successfullj over, the
crowd walked on and turned the corner
into Main strett Here they found more
concrete work being done. The work
men were busj making a stretch of side
walk ready for reconcreting. Possibly iti
would not have roused a certam mis
chievous interest but for one fact the
sidewalk beloutd to the boys' long de
tested cuemj John Crawford, the violet
farmer, lie had waged war for years on
juvenile Oakdale. in vam attempts ti
stop its perpetual habit of ' plugging" j
lus tempting arrav of glass greenhouse
roofs just outside of towu The sidewalk i
frontel Ins town floral shop.
"Sav. wouldn t I like to walk into tint
eouftpto'' exchimed Walter Armstrong,
malicious Tlit crowd echoed lus seuli
ments t cept Plmj There was never'
any love Io-t between Walter and tl.e
Quicks as jou have doubtless alreadj I
learned in other stories about Oakdale
"He d find out who did it by the let-!
ter ' objir-ird IMmy. , j
I Iirt v on re afraid to do it." sneered'
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' I am mil " tetorted Plinv lntlv '
"Well they won t get rcadv before
dark 1 dare vou to"
"I'm not afraid to but I might just
as well go in and tell old Crawford be-1
forehand Besides, it's a kind of cheap
thine t do." align! cried Plinv nettled
at Aallr tr.ving to force him into,
doing what his common sense knew wns
Jirong and foolish. And so they wrangled)
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JOHNNY PAPER DOLLS NEW WARDROBE
Johnny Paper Doll, who is the twin brother of Miss Paper Doll, whose gowns have,
been published in the page for boys and girls, has just purchased his new wardrobe.
Johnny goes to school ana the clothes published here include hts scnool suit, ms
Eton suit for parties and school overcoat Cut them out ana see now wen tney nt
Johnny Paper Doll Vou May Color the School Clothes with Your Water
Color Paints.
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anything about it?
Not a boy or girl answered.
"Mr. Crawford, will you please Tell
these pupils why you are sure some one
Among them committed this outrage on
your property V" continued the professor,
his voice growing harsher.
"There was the imprint of a Q on
every heel mark, snarled Crawford.
Now I know one of these boys'
names
"Wait. Mr. Crawford. I'll do the pros
ecuting." interrupted "Old Hack." "Will
those whose last names begin with Q
stand up?"
Pliny rote tremblingly from his seat.
He was the only one in the room, as his
brothers were in other classes,
"Pliny Quick, did you do this?" de
manded Mr. Hackett.
"No, sir."
"He must have done it," yelled Craw
ford.
"Pliny Quick, do you wear metal let
ters on your heels?" questioned the prln
cipal.
"Yes, sir."
"Come to the desk."
Pliny walked slowly to the desk.
Things looked pretty black for him. He
was positive none of his brothers was
guilty, as he was the only one who wore
the Q's on his heels. He looked back and
eyed Walter Armstrong, who only
srinned mockingly. Pliny clenched his
fists as he realized what a scrape he was
in. tie tcit anrc Walter was implicated.
nut now could he prove it;
aoid nn your toot." commanded
"Hack." Pliny stuck up his foot so
that Professor Hackett and his irate vis
iter could examine the heel, while ar
audible snicker spread over the room at
runs s comical appearance. "Old Hack"
and Crawford peered at both heels, and
then Crawford completed Pliny's condem
nation by asserting that the O on bis be.
and the imprint on the cement were ex
actly ante.
WelL sir. have you anvthintr to sav
for yourself? By the way. you have
three brothers, and you four boys are the
only pupils in the! Oakdale Grammar
School whose names begin with 'Q.'
Shall I send for them?" asked the prin
cipal, who didn't want to condemn Pliny
if there was the slightest donbt of his
guilt.
HOW TQ MAKE
SMALL DARTS
BY NORRIS SUTHERLAND
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HAVE had a good deal of fun with
these darts, and I think any other boy
can also.
First, you get a match or any other
small piece of wood. Then you slit it at
one end one inch and at the other end
three-quarters of an Inch. (See fig. 1, a, b).
Next you get a needle or a pin with the
head cut off and insert it in the longer
slit. You may fasten it in with glue and
thread or wire (thin iron or steel wire
is best). Now the work is almost done.
You should put a rubber band on over
the thread or wire. (See fig. 2.) A piece
of naner shaped like this is to be in
serted in the shorter slit. (See fig. 3.) A
cut should be made half way down the
paper. (See ng. S, article a.) The points
should be bent to cither side and the dart
is ready for use.
CANDY MAKING
FOR THE HOLIDAYS
Recipes from ihe New York Evening Telegram Cook Book.
OYS and girls who wish to gheee-me- foundation and cover it with fresh nancr.
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lining the inside also with fresh wnitr
thing -to their friends ror Christmas
presents that they have themselves
made and that will not take too much time
In the mtiking will find that boxes of
home mads candy are most acceptable to
ft. large number of their friends, even to
tbejr grown op acquaintances. If one can
make attractive boxes also to put the
tasdy in the present will seem all the
cure a personal one. Here are. some sim
ple recipes for various sorts of candles,,
end. among these some -one kind will cer
tainly be found to please the taste of any
ne who luces candy at alL The making
. entire mw box for the candy is dif-
butoae can use an old box as a
paper. White moire paper is attractive
for the inside of the box and, pink or yel
low moire for the ontside. If yoit do not
care to make a box the boxes covered with
Christmas paper can be bought for a few
pennies. B,oys and girls who want to en
tertain their young-friends, informally dur
ing the holidays will find It great fun to
make their own candy for the occasion.
Chocolate Caramels.
Put Into a granite saucepan one enp of
'Hjonfuls of butter. Stir over
i' until thoroughly mixed, then boil
ly until it cracks when dropped into
v ater. Turn into greased tins and
.irk into squares before the mixture be
i.ict. cold.
Spiced Chocolate.
Put into a saucepan two cups of brown
ngir. one-half cup of grated chocolate,
half cup of water, a teaspoontul of but
r and cinnamon to taste. Cook until
ttle when dropped into cold water;
'icu pour into buttered pans.
Dnftenicotch.
One cup of New Orleans molasses, one
up of butter, two cups of powdered
ugar and a pinch of soda. Boil until it
nsps when dropped in cold water, then
our in thin sheets to cool.
ChocolntP MarahmalloVTi.
To make chocolate marshmallows wipe
irdinary marshmallows free from 'corn
.tarch, cut in halves, dip each in the
j) cited chocolate and set away to harden.
PeanutN Candy.
Have ready one cupful of peanuts
ibelled and chopped. Be mire you are rid
of all the brown skins. "Put one cupful
of white sugar into a hot frying-pan and
stirtjilitil it is dissolved.' Add the pea
nuts and turn immediately on to a but
tered tin. As it cools cut into squares, v
Vanilla Vadsre.
Put into a shallow .porcelain lined pan
a heaping tablespoonrul of butter, a.
coffee cup of granulated sugar, a third of
a large cup of condensed milk and water
mixed in equal partB and a tiny pinch of
salt. Set over the lire and stir constantly.
Cook eight minutes from, the, tim the
finely broken or grated chocolate, one cup mixture eglnu to boil, or JiHtU the mlx-J
or moiasses, the same amount of nchlture ilnckens so as scarcely to dro?
milk and sugar anu twev Lvaplug ka-jfruui a spools AYhu 1t reaches this
add a scant teaspoonful of extract of
vanilla and stir briskly until so thick
that stirring becomes difficult. This will
be in about ten minutes. Turn on & but
tered pan and when nearly .cool mark
into squares. This is delicious eitier
fresh or when several days old
Batter Taffy.
Put into a granite saucepan a cup and
a halPof Iigut brown sugar, 'three table
spoonfuls of molasses, a tablespoonful
and a half each of hot water and vinegar
land a pinch of salt. Cook until brittle
when d formed into cold water. Add.three
teaspoonfuls of butter, cook a moment,
add u teaspoonful of vanilla and pour
into a shallow buttered pan. When cool
mark into squares.
Walaat Fade.
Mix together one-half cup of brown
sugar, one and a half cup of granulated
sugar, half a cup of milk (cream ti bet
ter) and butter the siie of a ping-pong
ball or smalfer. Cook over a medium
fire until it will harden slightly In cold
water. Add one cup of chopped nuts,
take 'from the fire and stir vigorously un:
til cold. Add one cup of chopped nuts,
take from the fire and stir vigorously un
til cold. Pour into a buttered pan and
let it harden f j
Thanksgiving Menu Puzzle.
The Thanksgiving dinner menu pub
lished in last Sunday's page for boys aad
girls, was aa follows :
XJtUe Necks,
Oxtail Soup..
Roast Turkey.
Tomatoes. Peas: Artichokes (IL.-T. Chokes.'
Cold Slaw. "
Pumpkin Pie. Ice Crsanu
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PUZZLING TOWNS AND CITIES .
Each'line of the following verses describes a city or town of the United States. How many of
them can you guess? There will be more puzzling towns and cities in nejet week's page.
ucss the town that a sculptor oft carves from -the stone.
The city that's shrewd and acute, .
The town wild and fierce, that you'd best leave alone,
The one that's a tropical fruit.
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