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ROADS IN NATIONAL FORESTS
Allotment Made to Each State for Im
provement by Secretary Houston
Secretary Houston has announced
the amount allotted to each state from
the million dollars to be spent during
;the fiscal year 191S in constructing
roads and trails within or partly with
in the national forests. This money is
part of the $10,000,000 appropriated
by the federal aid road act to assist
development of the national forests,
which becomes available at the rate of
$1,000,000 a year for ten years.
The allotments as approved are as
follows: Alaska, $40,354; Arizona,
$58,604; Arkansas, $9,S03; California,
$140,988; Colorado, $02,575; Idaho,
$108,730; Montana. $70,042; Nevada,
$19,296; New Mexico, $42,495; Ore
gon, $12S.lll; South Dakota, $8,092;
Utah, $41,167; Washington, $91,944;
Wyoming, $40,6S4. A total of $9,995
has been allotted to Florida, Michigan,
Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota
and Oklahoma. The group of eastern
states-Georgia, Maine. New Hamp
shire, North and South'Carolina, Ten
nessee, Virginia and West Virginia
in which the government is purchas
ing lands for national forests, receives
In making allotments, it is explained,
10 per cent of the amount available
for 1918 is withheld as a contingent
fund. One-half of the remainder hus
been apportioned among the slates in
amounts based on the area of the na
tional forest lands in each state, while
the other half h:is been allotted on a
bosis of the estimated value of the
timber and forage resources which the
CONCRETE FLOORS ARE BEST !
Poor Economy to Replace Worn-Out
Floors With Wood, Says Minne
nesota Highway Commission.
It is poor economy to build bridges
?with wooden floors or to replace
.worn-out floors with wood, the Minne
sota State Highway commission says
in a late bulletin issued to county
boards ami district engineers.
"The department is frequently re
quested to inspect old bridges and de
termine whether it is feasible to re
place a wooden floor, because In a ma
jority of cases the old bridge is found
to be dangerous when carrying trac
tion engines," says tho bulietin. "It
Building Concrete Bridge.
takes a strong bridge to carry a con
crete floor, but we find that after the
original iloor has been replaced twice
with wood, on a light truss, the ex
pense is as great as it would have been
to build a concrete floor bridge, with
heavier steel, and any further expense
is a clear waste of money."
BAD ROADS VERY EXPENSIVE
Estimated Cost of 23 Cents a Ton Per
Mile on Average Highway-13
Cents on Improved.
There is no need of discussing the
Importance of good roads. They are
essential to comfortable travel, to the
economic production and distribution
of farm products, to the development
especially of satisfactory rural schools,
?ind to the improvement of the social
life of the nation. Bad roads are
very expensive possessions. It is es
timated that it costs 23 cents under ex
isting conditions to haul a ton a mile
on the average country road and only
13 cents on a properly improved road,
but this is not all the story. The di
rect cost is very great and the indi
rect costs are possibly greater. With
bad roads the farmer is compelled to
haul when he should be engaged In
other pctlvities, while with good roads
he ca plan his operations without
reference to the weather. The states
and the local units, as has been inti
mated, have strikingly recognized these
truths by greatly increasing their ap
propriations !.u." by devising better
machinery.-American Review of Re
Evangel of Good Roads.
The automobile is the evangel of
the good roads movement. Every sale
of a five-pussenger touring car with
tires subject to sudden and disheart
ening puncture means better roads and
more of them. Therefore, everyone
should buy touring cars because he
will then become a good roads advo
Wanted for Nothing.
Good roads, according to Howard
Rann, are something which everybody
wants for nothing.
! Dotted Tl
By F! orence L. Henderson
(Copyright, "?17, by W. G. Chapman.)
Lura Branscombe was in the power
of a human wolf and never suspected
it. She was too artless and innocent to
think ill of others and whenever a
shadow of doubt grossed her mind lt
was speedily dispelled. Her evil ge
nius was Isaac Wickham, but she knew
him only as her legal guardian, and
because her father had left him ad
ministrator of his large estate, while
Wickham rather repelled her with his
elfish, avaricious face, Lura experi
enced a certain sense of duty towards
him and was obedient to his direction
as the legally appointed protector of
In the olden days Wickham had been
a fairly honest and capable man. Bank
ruptcy had soured him. Then when
Mr. Branscombe selected him to act
as guardian for Lura, the whole na
ture of the man had changed. He now
thought of but one thing-to make all
he could out of his appointment as ad
ministrator. He was stern, servile,
exact, indulgent with his fair young
ward, just as it occurred to his politic
mind he might best Influence certain
ends which he had in view. He had
control of large liquid funds and a
portion of these he had surreptitiously
used to establish Purdue, a distant
relative, named in a loan-; hark busi
ness which Wickham financed ami)
from which he was receiving an opulent
"I've got to break it up!" muttered
Wickham one morning, as he sat in
the library of the handsome home of j
his client. This Gwynn Bartlett is
certainly favored by Lura. If they
marry, my mission lure practically
ends. I don't know how far they have
gone in their lovemaking, but I must
block further progress in that direc
The sordid old moneymaker sat
gnawing his mustache, his eyes rest
less, roving, holding a hateful, schem
"All You Have to Do ls to Win the
ing glow. Then suddenly they scin
tillated keenly. He took up the re
ceiver of the telephone on his desk, j
"Long distance," he ordered with a
snappiness that bespoke urgency and j
"Maurice Wickham, Springfield," he
called a minute later, and then "Hello !
this is Uncle Isaac. You got my let
ter? Why do you delay? You are im
periling my position and your own
pospects. Come on at once. The girl
has taken a fancy to a fellow we have
got to sidetrack and you must try to
win her before the impression gets
Then something from the other end
of the line, and then :
"Very good. I'll expect you Monday,
and we'll start the campaign forth
with." What Isaac Wickham had
done was entirely In accord with the
Impulses of his crafty nature. He
had made up his mind to marry Lura
to his precious nephew, Maurice.
If he had known of the warm ten
derness, which had grown up between
Lura and Gwynn, perhaps he would
have hesitated. His efforts to sepa
rate these two would be futile, for deep
love was In their souls, though as yet
unspoken. At that very hour in the
garden of the Branscombe home, the
harmonious twain were engaged in an
earnest and mutually Interesting con
"You must not be discouraged,
Gwynn," Lura was saying. "After your
famous start dont let obstacles daunt
"It Is a matter of money, as you
see," replied Gwynn. "I am afraid I
have been too venturesome. Foolishly
I invested all of my little capital In
one enterprise. It ls sure to be profit
able in the end, but I need the capital
to margin ray stock holdings and that I
do not seem to have the power to se
"Oh, dear! If I were only a year
older," sighed Lura, "and could do
what I please with ull thu money that
will soon be mine."
"Even if that were so, I would have
too much pride and independence to
accept money help from you, good
friends as we are."
There was deep concern and sympa
thy in Lura's beautiful eyes. They
brightened at a new thought.
"Oh, Gwynn!" she said eagerly, "I
have thought it all out. You must go
to Mr. Wickham. He is yery good to
me in some things and lets me have
my own way mostly. Please let me
speak to him about your business trou
bles. I am sure he knows you are
honest, he knows that I-that is, that
we are great friends. I will talk with
him and let you know."
It was the next morning at ten
o'clock that Gwynn received the tele
phone message from Lura:
"Com? at once-it's all arranged."
Gw ynn felt inspired at this unex
pected avenue out of his difficulties.
He was certain that, with time given,
say 90 days, he could turn himself. He
had safe securities to give, and did
not feel that the owner could lose.
When he reached the Branscorabe home
Edna smiled encouragingly to him as
the servant led him to the library.
Wickham was awaiting him. He
was bland, civil, and most friendly.
He listened to Gwynn's story of his
business complications with apparent
great interest. There was nothing In
his bearing or words to indicate that
under the surface he was plotting the
young man's ruin.
"Your presentation looks all right,
Mr. Bartlett," he spoke effusively. "I
cannot myself advance you the money
required, but I have a friend, a Mr.
Purdue, who will be Impressed favor
ably with your proposition on my say
s&. I have written a letter. You may
Gwynn's face flushed with emotion
and gratitude as he perused a brief
missive commending him warmly to
Mr. James Purdue.
"You have done me the favor of
my life and I shall never forget it,"
declared Gwynn warmly, and ns he
left the room Lura, with shining eyes,
beckoned him Into the little reading
room where she had been writing let
ters to some girl friends.
"Oh. Mr. Wickham is indeed kind!"
she exclaimed, as she read the letter.
"Oh dear! how careless he Is. He
hasn't dotted the T in his name."
And daintily Lura supplied the miss
ing dot with a pen and returned the
letter to Gwynn, and warmed his
heart with hopeful words showing her
sincere solicitude for his welfare.
Gwynn went nt once to Purdue. He
nearer suspected that the latter was a
hired emissary of Isaac Wickham.
Purdue read the letter.
"Yes, indeed." he spoke promptly, T
will do anything for Mr. Wickham.
You eau have what financial assistance
you need, on easy terms and on long
time, if you choose," and Gwynn left
the den of the schemer with thp tnnAa
tnai were to enable him to save him
self from business ruin.
That evening there arrived at the
P.rnnscombe home the nephew Wick
ham had sent for. The twain were
seated In the library when Lura, inci
dentally passing through the adjoining
apartment, was halted by an alarming
declaration which came to her hearing
from the lips of her guardian.
"It's all fixed. Maurice." lie was say
ing. "I've got that bothersome Bart
lett out of the way. or we'll have done
soon. All you have to do is to win
"And her fortune!" chuckled the con
"Precisely. You see, this Bartlett
Is in money difiiculties. He came to
me for assistance. I sent him to my
ally. Purdue. When I write to Pur
due introducing a client, if I don't dot
the T in my name, he takes his cue,
that I have no use for the individual
and to entangle him in a net from which
he can't escape."
Two hours latev Gwynn Bartlett,
seated in his office, was amazed at a
visit from Lura. She was pale and
"Oh, Gwynn!" she breathed wildly.
"Mr. Wickham has tried to ruin you.
I hope you haven't put yourself in the
power of that Purdue," and she recited
her recent discovery.
Gwynn laughed joyously.
"You dotted that T and it has saved
me!" he cried. "This Purdue made
a most equable arrangement with me
and the money has already saved my
business, but-the scoundrels! Well,
we have ou^v itted them."
"I can never stay under the same
roof with that wicked schemer," de
clared Lura gravely.
And then and there Gwynn Bartlett
asked her to come to a new home, as
his wife, and a week later Isaac Wick
ham knew the cause of his discomfi
ture-the dotted "1."
At an Advantage.
"A singing man has a great advan
"In what way?"
"When he warbles he commands the
greatest interest and yet he isn't held
responsible for a thing he happens to
"Young Fatwad ls an absolute nin
compoop. He doesn't know enough
to come in when lt rains."
"He doesn't need to. With all his
money, he can afford a new umbrella
every day in the week and a man to
carry it for him."
Now He Knows.
"Pop, what ls the social whirl?"
asked the boy who ls bound to be wise
some sweet day.
.One P.. m. at the dress-suit stag
affair," answered pop, who knew
whereof he spoke.
writes more Life Insu
any company in Ame
one. They have lowes
dividends and free disal
of all companies in 1
E. J. NORRIS
Baptist S. S. Convention.
Programme of the Baptist Sim
day school convention at Bethany
church on the 18th and 19th of
10:00 A. M.-Devotional exer
cises by the moderator, J. D.
Koli call ot Sunday schools.
Address of welcome, by B. P.
Talbert. Response by A. S.Tomp
Election of officers.
Report from Sunday schools.
Appointment of committees.
Query: Is a Graded School a
Success? W? B. Cogburn.
Is it Necessary for Effectiv
Work in the Sunday Schcol"? Dr
E. P. Jones.
Adjournment for dinner.
Query: Is it advisable for the
Collection o'" the Sunday Schools to
go to Benevolence and the Cb arch
Tax Support the bunaay School
Financially? J. D. Hughey, Rev.
W. R. Smi:h.
. Denomination?! Literature. Rev.
P. B. Lanlam, Rev. J. A. Gainer.
THURSDAY MORXIXG, 10:00 A. M.
Devotional exercises, Rev. W. R.
General discussion of Sunday
school work, Rev. T. J. Watts.
The Attiture of the Sunday School
to the Worll-Wide Crisis. Rev.
C. G. Wells md Rev. H. B. White.
Adjourn meit for dinner.
Tn URSD.Y A FTER S o < ? x.
The Sunday School as an Evan
gelistic Force. Revs. J. F, Warren, j
W . J. Gaines.
J. D.Iughey, Chairman,
Dr. EP. Jones,
Rev. - B. Lanham,
A. S. "ompkins,
W. B Cogburn,
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An Ambition and a Record
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Tlie Southern Railway asks no favors-no ?peciai pfiriiefe no?
arcordid lo others.
The ambition of thc Southern Railway Company is to see that
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