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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, November 09, 1915, LAST EDITION, Image 18

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THE PEACE-MAKER
By George Munson
(Copyright by W. G. Chapman.)
"Hiram Briggs, sir? He don't live
in Mosstown any more. No, we don't
know what's happened to him and
we don't care muchT You guessed
Mosstown wouldn't stand for his
cussedness much longer? It wasn't
that
"Well, you remember Hi. Meanest
old cuss Mosstown ever knew, I reck
on. Set his yellow dog on the chil
dren if they took the short cut across
his lawn. Prosecuted the boy who
threw a ball and accidentally broke
his window. Evicted Widow Jones
from her little house when she was
sick abed because she couldn't meet
the mortgage interest All thesei
things Mosstown stood for and more.'
A man like that gets folks accus
tomed to his ways and they'll stand
a good deal from him. Besides, Moss
town took a sort of pride in him;
there wasn't a meaner man in the
whole county, you see.
"What Mosstown couldn't stand
for was the change that came over
Hi after he got converted. He start
ed in as a peacemaker. After he'd
poked his nlose into everybody's busi
ness for a while he started the
"Make-It-Up Day." He appointed
September 19 for "Make-It-Up Day."
All quarrels was to be settled on that
day, he announced, and he'd settle
them. He began by giving a dollar
to .the boy that had broken his win
dow, which was going some for Hi.
"Nobody could believe 'it as first,
and after the news spread the crowds
used to come outside Hi's windows
and holler at him to show himself.
He did, and he made a little speech.
Told them he'd got religion and he
meant to make Mosstown a hive of
harmony. Those were his words, sir.
"Well, Mosstown, like) most small
places, had its own troubles. There
was Henson, the grocer, hated Bull,
the butcher, like mad. I don't know ,
what the trouble was, and most like
ly they themselves had forgotten.
Anyway, they wouldn't speak, and
when they passed on the street they'd
scowl as if each of them had met a
ravening tiger.
"Then there was Miss Adams, who
had been engaged to Joe Wendell
some twenty odd yers ago. They'd
fallen out over whether the solitaire
he'd given her had a crack in it or
not Miss Jane said it had, and Joe
said it was the edge of one of the
carats. In the end she sent him away
and had the ring enlarged and wore it
on her thumb to show that was
How Hi Managed It I Don't Know.
where she'd have had him if she'd
married him.
"Then there was Miss Rose Rob
ertson, the pride of the Second
church. There hadn't been trouble
there in twenty years that Miss Rose
hadn't had her finger in it. She'd
sued one pastor for breach of prom
ise, and had two dismissed, and was
at daggers with Rev. Aloysius over
the conduct of certain ladies in the
Sewing Circle, and it was a toss-uo
whether Rev. Aloysius would stay
through the winter. Some bet he
would and some he wouldn't In
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