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RULES FOR LONG LIFE
Don't use liquor or tobacco.
Go to be early.
Work when it's work time: play when it's time to play.
Get out in the open air as much as possible and breathe
Live each day as if the next is going to be your last; then
you'll never wrong your fellow men.
THE DAILY SHORT STORY
When Stearns Awoke.
Otto Stearns was knov.n to his
associates as an unimpassioned,
very self-contained orchestra di
rector. Stearns was a wonderful
musician, everyone said, although
no one had known him to give
any particular evidence of his
powers. He conducted the orch
estra at matinees and other times
when the first director felt unable.
or unwilling to assume the task.
Weimert, a close friend of
Stearns', was wont to declare that
at heart the latter was fiery and
impassioned that he would be
the grandest director the world
had ever seen if something would
only happen to awaken him. No
one else, however, held this be
lief. On a particularly hot. sultry
afternoon, the orchestra was giv
ing one of the last concerts of the
season. It was an unusually im
portant concert, as representa
tives of a city which intended to
engage the band for a series of
performances were in attendance.
Stearns was conducting the mu
sicians, owing to the fact that the
first conductor was ill. He was
unusually lifeless, even for him
self, and Weimert, in an intermis
sion, snorted, in disgust.
"Wake up ! Wake up !" he whis
pered,, fiercely, to his friend.
"Can't you see those fellows are
getting disgusted with the play
ing? Wake up, man!"
Stearns shook his head wearily
and turned back to his stand and
covertly glanced at a letter.
Weimert saw this action and it
clinched his idea that some girl
was the cause of Stearns' leth
argy. Suddenly an idea flashed
into Weimert's head. He hastily
left his seat and walked off the
stage. In a moment or so he re
turned, a confident smile on his
"Watch Stearns during this
next piece," Weimert whispered
to the man next to him in the
The following number was a
wonderfully fiery selection, but
the orchestra, depressed by
Sjearns' dull direction, dragged
along wearily. Then, something
remarkable happened. Weimert,
who was closely watching
Stearns, saw the latter's head go
up with a new gesture. His body
took on a more virile, energetic
pose. New life seemed to flow
into him. He became animated,
alive, awake--and with power and