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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, February 20, 1915, LAST EDITION, Image 20

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and it was only a few thousand mil
liorifefifies away. The churches were
filled. It began to be noticed that
charity- was increasing. John Ha
gari, Rendered desperate, applied for
a raise of salary againThis time he
got id He was to receive $4,000 after
the-"first of the year. But by that
time,' according to Prof. Joram, Og
which was traveling with increased
speedj, would inevitably have deflect
ed earth from its orbit.
"Changes in temperature may be
looked for after the New Year," said
the weather bureau, which liked to be
right,jeven in those days. Certainly
thererwpuld be changes.
And now panic descended on all the
worlds Men went about their work n
a daae.1 Long estranged families be
gan Yo be reconciled. Enemies made
up ,Men wanted to die with clear
consciences.
It ws a few days before Christmas
that a sudden hot wave struck the
wor.ld, The overcoats remained un
sold on the factory shelves. The tem
perafcijre was that of balmy summer.
Noljgdy could understand why the
change had come about so suddenly
until ,o.n Christmas day.
Then the huge star, which had filled
several degrees of the heavens, was
seenq to have disappeared. .j:In its
place, was a red mist, like a new milky
way', which glowed by day and night.
Andithe heat, instead of increasing,
gradually gave way to normal win
ter temperatures again as the mfst
finalljf turned white and hung, a neb
ulqu$ curtain, in the heart of the
constellation Hercules.
. And then Prof. Joram announced
the truth. A miracle had happened
sucki&s -no one could have foreseen.
The huge star had c- Hided with a
dead, dark body equally large, that
had-heen circling about the solar sys-tem-pince
the beginning of time, un
gueed at. It seemed to have been
planted there by providence for just
such an emergency. At a distance
of aj-r thousand million miles from
eartbvjthe two had collided squarely.
The shock of the impact had dis
rupted both into fine particles of in
candescent gas. The heat was the
cause of the sudden increase of the
earth's temperature, but, as the par
ticles cooled and began to coalesce
all that was left of Og and its dark
enemy was the fragments of what
was to be a new universe, aeons
hence.
And with the knowledge that it
was saved the world went mad with
joy. Men kissed each other upon the
streets. The prisons were opened and
all the inmates released. Wars
ceased, the rich gave baok their
plunder to the state, which distrib
uted it among the nation. There were
no more poor, nor ever would be.
Preachers traced from that day the
beginning of the real world of joy and
happiness in which we are no fortu
nate enough to liygt
"I knew,, dear, jgg it would be,"
sobbed Mary, -as j9K Hagan caught
her in his arms. "It's better than
revolution,-isn't it, John?"
That was what all the world was
saying. . For the poor suddenly found
that tie rich were their brothers, and
the rich that they had never before
knowiuthe meaning of happiness.
SAYINGS OF A WISE PUP 1
KI-YI" AN OSTRICH PuTS ITS
NFAD IH THE SAND TO KEEP FRO
OfcWCr St&W BUT WHEN A MAN
SEES A BJU. CDLLeCTOfc.HE HAS
TO CROSS THE STREET!

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