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jlCopyrlpht. 1917. Western Newspaper Union.)
! My eiram, Tom Nicholson, at twenty
jwas as likely a young feller as you
?ever see. He had a head of black
jhair thick as a mop. His well-kept
(white teeth under his black mustache
.formed a fine contrast, and he had a
?lear complexion. Sallie Morgan was
As purty for a gal as Tom was for a
man. She too had a beautiful head of
liair reachin' down when she stood up
?to within a foot of the floor.
Well, they soon got engaged and
-everybody said they'd make the hand
somest couple that had ever been mar
ried in Jonesbourgh. But them beauty
marriages with nothin' else to back
.em up are unsartin'. Tom had nothin'
with which to support a wife, and Sal
lie wasn't a robust gal at all, so the
weddin' couldn't come off in a hurry.
Tom was offered a position away out
West, and he and Sallie concluded
that he'd better accept it, and when
ie found he was doen well he could
come for her and take her back with
I reckon there was a sorrowful
parten, only they was bouyed up by
the hope that after a year or two
they'd git together again. Tom left
n photograpli of himself and took one
of Sallie. Tom's was Just like him,
but Sallie's not showing her red lips
and a tinge of color in her cheeks
wasn't quite so pretty as the original.
Sallie set Tom's picture up on her
bureau and every time she combed
ter beautiful hair she divided her
glances between the hair and the
Tom hadn't been away from Sallie
ten minutes before he began to write
to her. He started in while the truin
was rolling out of the station. By
the time he reached the place he was
.going to he had u letter of thirty
pages written, and had mailed her
postals at all important stations. Sal
lie began writen as soon as her eyes
were dry enough after cryen, to see
the paper she was writen on. The
first few days after Tom's departure
?he only stopped writen for meals.
Them letters kept going from one
to the other for years. Just when they
began to grow less-just when they
stopped, only Tom and Sallie knew.
Tom was unfortunate in everything
he undertook. Ile got sick a year
niter he parted with Sallie, and was
in tho Vi<-?cr.;?..? -*"
8 tn ney separated-neither married
.anyone else-that one day an old
party bald as a coot, and what few
.hairs wus left on his head white us
snow, stopped me on the street, and
"Aren't you Norman Dale?"
"That's my name," I answered, look
en ut him trying to remember him.
"Who may you be?"
"Why, Norman '" he said reachen
" for my bund, "don't you know me?
I'm your old chum Tom Nicholson."
"You don't mean it?"
"Lord, how you've changed. I
wouldn't 'a' knowed you, if you hudn't
been pointed out to me. Have I
This made me mad and I remarked
"Not a bit. You're the same hand
some feller you was when you left
'here twenty-five yeurs ago."
"I want to know," he said, looking
[me in the eye to lind out whether or
Ino I was flattering him.
"On the whole," I added, "I think
This satisfied him and he went on
'asking rae about different persons he
had left in the town, most of whom
were dead. Finally he asked about Sai
llie Morgan. He had swullowed what I
[had said ubout his own' uppearunce, so
?I wondered if he would gulp down
?what I'd say about Sallie. I said that
.she was more mature, but I didn't think
?she had lost any of her beauty. He
.'told me that luck hud come to him at
llast and he had come home to find
j Sallie, nnd take her back West with
him as his wife.
We talked a long while about old
times and then I told Tom there wat?
ito be a lecture that evening; we was
lall going, and he'd better go along.
I He said he was gorng to see his old
'sweetheart. I told him she would be
at the lecture, and he consented to go
Tom came to my house for supper,
'and a little later we all went tc the
'lecture. Sallie Morgan sat three seats
'in front of us. Tom looked about for
her and not seeing the girl he left
[behind him asked nie if she was in
the house. I pointed her out to him. ;
iShe hod grown very fleshy, weighing i
?two hundred pounds and her hair
.was half white; besides being very
'thin, for she had lost most of it after
having a fever. I saw Tom shudder.
When the lecture waa over and we
[were leaving the hall, I saw my wife
'say something to Sallie who at once
glanced at Tom. I saw Sallie shake
her head und she got out of the hall
us quick us she could. Tom had al
ready made his escape. The next
morning he returned to the West.
Tom was'more changed than Sallie.
iHe belonged to a family who grew
old in appearance while still compara
bly young. . ...... M,t..,^!,.
(Copyright. 1917, Western Newspiper Union.)
"I am glad you have found a friend
at your new place of work, Roland,"
said Mrs. Vincent.
"He's a good friend, too," replif.?
Roland Vincent. "It was awful strange
and awkward the first day or two, for,
you see, I knew nobody among my fel
low workers, and it isn't much like
school. I thought they would say I
wouldn't do when I blundered and
made mistakes half a dozen times.
Then my new friend, who has charge
of the stock room, spoke to me and
told me to see him at the lunch hour."
i "What is his name, Roland?" In
quired Mrs. Vincent.
"Robert Leigh. Fie Is a queer act
ing man, hardly ever speaks to any
body, but has been so kind and helpful
It got to be so finally that Roland
visited Mr. Leigh regularly once a
week. When he did so, he remnined
till after ten o'clock at night.
"It's just jolly!" Roland told his
mother repeatedly. "Mr. Leigh has
a gas stove and a regular housekeep
ing outfit. He gets up a meal about
as fine ns yours, mother, and that's
saying a lot. Thee he clears the table
and gets out the books, and goes over
what I have read for the week. I am
learning so much, mother."
"Does he never smoke, or drink, or
play cards, or that like?" questioned
Mrs. Vincent anxiously.
"Oh, never that!" replied Roland,
quickly. "He has a cabinet of curl-1
osities. Once, a long time ago, he says
he knew all sorts of men, for he was
doing some detective work. In his cab
inet he has the rope that hanged a no
torious murderer and a knife with
which a foreign prince was assassin- j
nted. He showed me inst night a trick :
gambling outfit, and proved to mo the
frauds employed to defraud gambling '
victims. It wns so interesting."
Mrs. Vincent's eyes dilated. She
seized Ronald's arm with a trembling
"Oh, my son ! my son !" She spoke
In so Intense a tone that Ronald view- !
ed lier In wonder, "promise me never,
never to touch a card !"
"Don't worry about that," returned
Roland at once. "Anybody hearing Mr.
Leigh tell what gambling leads toi
would never do so."
"I wish you would ask Mr. Leigh to
tea some evening, Roland," said Mrs.
Vincent. "We must return his cour
"..cveu tnat coun
terfeit presentment of an austere, dig
nified looking man to be that of the
father he could not remember. She
became strangely agitated.
"Roland," she said, "I have taught
you from childhood to regard your fa
ther ns dead to us."
"Rut not really dead, mother." per-,
"At all events lost to the world and
to us," continued Mrs. Vincent. "I for
bid you ever to mention his name
again." Mrs. Vincent broke down in
tears and hurried from the room.
One evening Roland came home in
a great state of excitement. He was '
earlier than usual, and his ani-i
mated face told that he was stirred up.
"Oh, mother, I guess our good luck j
has come!" he cried buoyantly. "What'
do you think? Thc house is going to1
open a branch in Rio de Janeiro, and I
Mr. Leigh is to take charge of lt at a j
big salary. Ile says ho has boen work- j
lng for the promotion for years, and
he has the privilege of appointing his ;
own assistants, and he says If we will j
remove to Brazil he will start me in
as his chief clerk at four times the
salary I am now getting."
Mrs. Vincent had been dusting the
furniture and wall hangings when Rol
and came in, and now she listened to
him, duster suspended.
"Won't you come and call upon him
with me?" urged Roland. "Maybe you
would consent to move to Brazil after
hearing Mr. Leigh tell of thc great |
business prospect it would be forme."
"Yes," assented Mrs. Vincent, after a
moment of thought. "I think we had
borter have a talk with him together.
There ls the door bell," and she left
the room. As she passed Into the hall
hhe struck the cord suspending the !
time-honored photograph. Frame and
all came to the floor with a crash. Two 1
photographs fell out upon tho carpet
As the under ono caught tho eye of Ro- ,
land, he uttered a quick ejaculation. It
was Mr. Leigh !
"Father!" he said simply, extending
his hand and looked appealingly into
tho eyes of the other.
"You know, then-" bogan Mr. :
"Only that you must bc the father I ;
have longed to know. Oh, tell mo ?
And then the veil of mystery that ;
had so long bung over the past of '
tho devoted family was drawn aside. 1
Born with tho Instincts of a gambler,
Alan Vincent had risked his own for- 1
tuno and that of his wife in n von-1 (
turesome speculation, and had lost. !
Beggared, tho wifo had resentfully!
shut him out of her lifo, and ho had
become a wanderer under an assumed
name. But now ho had repented of
bis misdeeds and had conquered the
A reconciliation bogot confidence,
and under blue Brazilian skies they all
be?an life over again.
FROM THE FRONT
WILD EXCITEMENT OVER
RECEIPT OF SURGICAL
Director Of Woman's Work For. Red
Cross Receives Letter
The importance of the work that ?3
being done by the women all over
the Southern Division of the Red
Cross in the way of knitting, of surgi
cal dressings and of hospital garments
has been stressed many times, but it
has never been shown more clearly
than in the following note of thanks
which was received a few days ago
by Mrs. John W. Grant, Director of
the Department of Woman's Work of
the Southern Division, from Mrs.Ger
trude Austin, Chief of the Red Cross
Surgical Dressings Service in Paris:
25 Rue Pierre-Charron, Paris,
February 2, 1918.
To The Chairman.
Your case of surgical dressings No.
85 has just been opened, and we want
to thank you most heartily for your
We are wildly excited here over the
arrival of the first Front Parcels and
the first Standard Dressings. They
are not yet in our stores, but we know
that they are in France.
You can't realize what this means
to us, for we have waited for them
eo long and so anxiously.
Go ahead and send us plenty more.
Chief of Service.
That the Southern Division is doing
Its part in shipping these articles to
Europe is shown in the reports of the
division warehouse in Atlanta which
give a detailed sta' ment of all work
done during the week. Not infrequent
ly as many as 300,000 articles are ship
ped for export in a single week, in ad
dition to all of the work of inspecting,
cutting out and packing, which is
done at the warehou.2, and to the
boxes which are shipped to the can
tonments in this country.
RED CROSS WAR FUND
DRIVE SET FOR MAY 20
Tn nrrtor nnt to detract even slightly
ond Red Cross campaign eleven m..
after the first, which was started on
June IS, 1917. The War Council had
been appointed by President Wilson
only five weeks prior to the beginning
of this campaign, so that its first great
task was to provide moans for carry- j
lng on relief work during the war on
a scale commensurate with the mili
More than $100,000,000 was contrib
uted in response to the first call for
financial aid and contributions plus
interest brought the total receipts
from the first drive up to $105,099,527.
Of this amount, $17,006,121 was re
funded to Red Cross Chapters for lo
cal relief work. Of the balance, $77,
721.913 has been appropriated, leaving
a balance of $10,371,217 available for
appropriation. France has received
appropriations amounting to more than
thirty millions. During the week pre
ceding Christmas the Red Cross con
ducted a membership drive which TV
Emited in the enrollment of approxi
mately 22,000,000 new members. This
was followed last month by a cam
paign conducted by the Junior mem
bership of the Red Cross which result
ed In the enrollment in the collateral
organization of practically all of the
Behool children in America.
RED CROSS MADE OFFICIAL
WAR FILM DISTRIBUTOR
The American Red Cross has been
designated by the government as the
official and exclusive distributor of the
United States official war pictures
both motion pictures and stereopticon
slides-and likewise the sole distribu
tor in this country of all official
French war pictures hereafter releas
ed except those pictures which are
distributed through the news week
In the Southern Division, comprising
Georgia, Florida, the two Carolinas
and Tennessee, the Bureau of Publi
city will handle these pictures and all
requests for same, whether by chap
ters or by motion picture theaters,
must be made to the publicity director.
There are already on hand st the
national headquarters in Washington
five motion picture films, two multiple
reel and three single reel pictures, and
two sets of stereopticon slides which
may be had in either black and white
or "in colors. The Southern division
has just placed an order for these
films and slides, and as soon as they
arrive in Atlanta they will be offered
to Chapters throughout the division at
a small rent?!.
These pictures show various scenps
and activities in France and elsewhere
[n Europe, and should bo most inter
esting tn the people of the United
States. Some of them picture war ac
tivities and others the work of the
Red Cross in Europe.
The United States official picturee
aro taken by the Signal Corps, Photo,
graphic division, of Uio United States
Anny. The French official picturoF
Rro trken by the Cinematographic and
Photographic Division of the French
"Food and Feedstuff
Full and Running Over"
Farmers of Georgia and South Carolina:
The most important question before America to-day
is the PRODUCTION OF FOOD AND FEED necessary
to carrying on the war, the feeding of our armies and
the feeding of the armies of the Allies,
We have proudly boasted that Imperial Georgia and
South Carolina might be cut off from all the rest of
the world and they could still supply their own needs.
But we have not been feeding ourselves-by half,
Now, the United States Government calls on us to
make good; to raise enough food for ourselves to as
sist in feeding the armies of our Allies and the wives
or.?lrlrfin of OUT allifiH tnnnnc whn oro hnlHincr th*.
.^ouui, wUKD AND ACT1UJN.
The Allies entered 1918 with a food supply smaller
than at any time since the war began. The crops of
Europe will be short this year than ever. It is up to
America, and it is up to the SOUTH.
The Food Administration may draw an iron ring
around the South another year. Do you want to face
starvation like Europe is faciug it, and go hungry
while your pockets jingle with gola; or do you want
to share gloriously in this war for Liberty?
History records no instance in which the South has
failed to do her share. For God's sake let history
repeat itself now. You farmers of the South, forget
yourself and put your heart and soul in winning this
war. No one has a greater opportunity than you.
Plant food, food, food!
Let your slogan be: "Food and feed
stuff, full and running over."
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