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"Will you write something for
me?" he asked.
"Certainly what is it?" inquired
Helen, flushing a trifle under his
clear, steady gazet
"A temperance" pledge. I am
through with the old folly. I want
your hand to inscribe the promise I
shall never break."
Two days later Noble disappeared
mysteriously from the playhouse.
Helen never dreamed she could bo
miss him. He walked in upon them
just after the entertainment Saturday
night, a new being in apparel and
"Thercis the lease of the hall for
a year, all paid for and made out in
your name' hesaid quietly, handing
a folded doqument to his host.
"What does this mean?" stared
the astonished .Mr. Vance.
"I went to my father with that
pledge and a truthful, manly story,"
rephed Noble. "He bade me return
to the true hearts of gold who had
wrought the miracle of my reforma
tion." Mrs. Vance was crying in her
motherly, sympathetic way. Helen's
eyes beamed upon him, and in their
glowing depths Adrian Noble read the
sure promise of a lasting haven of
(Copyright by W G. Chapman.)
DIARY OF FATHER TIME
That useful article that goes up
when the rain comes down and which
people like to borrow and 'forget to
return the umbrella was even
more highly honored in ancient times
than it is at the present time. In
Eastern countries, from earliest days,
the umbrella was one of the insignia
of royalty and power.
I remember kings and sometimes
lesser potentates used to go in pa
rades with an umbrella, carried over
their heads, as can be seen now in the
sculptured remains of ancient Nine
vah and Egypt And throughout
Asiaj the umbrella had and still has
something of the same significance.
The Mahratta princes of India had
among their titles "lord of the umbrella."-
In 1855 the King of Burma,
addressing the governor general of
India, termed himself "the monarch
who reigned over the great umbrella
wearing chiefs of the Eastern coun
tries." In each of the basilican
chambers of Rome there still hangs
a large umbrella.
The umbrella used now was pat
ented 'tiy Samuel Fdx in 1852. As
first .used, the'jjmbrella was heavy,
ungainly and;did not hang well.
r"' ' ,9
Whilst in the smoking room be
tween the acts, one evening, old chap,,
a friend proffered the members of
our group gold-monogiained cigarets
his own special brand. One of the
gentleman refused, declining to ac
cept a cigaret in .this fashion:
"Nix on the casket tacks' for mine,
pal. Say, I wouldn't jam a gravestone
chisel into my map if I was dying
for a whiff. Any time you see me
puffing a fag just mark me tfown as
getting woozy. No one-lung cough
nor orange-tinjted claws for mine, let
me tell you. I swore off the dieam
tubes years ago, ana since tnea I've
iievei lit a Sullivan!"