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m a crisis, would have commanding influence with their lacal dele
gations! The dominant-new question of the moment is this: Has the
story of Gov. Wilson's application for a pension from the Carnegie
fund hurt his chances? . .
. The story was revived and spread broadcast with' the deliberate
purpose of killing him off. It has not done that, but fts first effect
has been harmful. It is all "the interests" can say against him on
personal grounds, and they are making the most of it. His friends
defend him warmly. They say: i
"He had become a national voice. He proposed to dedicate his
life'to public service with all the uncertainties that attend a -public
career. He had no private means to protect hjs family and'believed
he was entitled to a pension, affer a life spent in education, Under
the terms of the fund. Hisxapplication was rejected.
"Such applications,are always treated as purely private mat?
ters, between, the applicants' and the trustees., But because Wood
row Wilson is progressive; and a presidential candidate of the most
formidable proportions, the friends of big business gave this matter
the widest possible,, publicity.
"Irr the end, we" believe it will do him more good than harm.
The people are looking for a le'ader whp is on their side. By this
campaign of personal detraction 'the interests' merely emphasize
the fact that Woodrow Wilson is not their kind. -The fact that he
is a poor man will "not hurt him with the plain people." ,
THE DAILY SHORT STORY
' ' The" Sheik's Granary.
-When Compton was sent by
the Egyptian government to in
quire why the inhabitants f of
Darfur had paid no taxes for
three years, he set off alone, on
camelback, across 75 miles of
sandy waste, west from the Nile,
until he reached the offending vil
lage. Ibrahim, the sheik, re
ceived him alone. The inhabit
ants. had taken to the hills, leav
ing their miserable mud huts de
serted. . ' $
"Excellency, we 'are poor folk,"
said the sheik. "Last year the
Nile failed to rise to the height
which God usually grantsius, and
we have no grain." '
"In -that square barn of yours
over "by the sand hills is grain
enough to feed your village three
years," said Compton. "You will
return with me to Omdurman
and make your reply to the' gov
ernor." The sheik protested. By the
prophet's beard, Jie'had no grain.
Enemies had lied about him.
Would not the Englishman at
least accompany him to the said
barn, thatt he might show him
that it contained nothing except
a water cistern and a few armfuls
of straw. -
In the end Compton hitched