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Caleb Rogers Doe
A Bit of Figgerirr
By JOSEPH C LINCOLN
Of the Vigilantes.
Caleb Rogers was seated at the little
desk behind the counter of his "gen
eral store" at Rogers' Corners. His
check book was open before hun, and
he was tapping his front teeth with
the end of a penholder and apparently
considering deeply. Daniel Griggs,
who owns the big farm half a mile up
the road, entered the store aDd stood
for a moment regarding its proprietor
with an amused smile.
"Well, Caleb," he observed, "you
look and act more like a Rockefeller
every day you live. I presume likely
you're tiggerin* whether you'll invest
this month's income in more Standard
Ile or use it to buy your wife another
Mr. Rogers smiled also, but he was
serious enough a moment later.
"Dun." he said, "I tell you whnt I
was tiggerin'. 1 was tiggerin' whether
I hadn't better make the check I was
goin' to give the Red Cross folks a
hundred Instead of fifty."
Griggs' mouth optmed in astonish
What About Jim Griggs?
**You give a hundred -dollars to the
Red Cross, Caleb Rogers !" he demand
ed. "You! Are you crazy? You sar
tainly ain't worth any more money
than I am, and I was calculatin' to give
about ten-not tnore'n fifteen airway.
The Red Cross is a mighty fine thing.
I know that well enough. But if you'll
tell me why folks no richer than you
and me should give"
Caleb's foot, which had been resting
over one corner of the desk, came to
the floor with a bang. Ile straighten
ed, leaned forward and shook his fore
finger earnestly at his visitor.
"Tell you?" lie repeated. "Yes, Dan
Griggs. I will tel! you. I'll tell you be
cause you've got a boy. same as I have,
np here at the big camp, and it won't
be many weeks, or even days, afore
they're both over on t'other side of the
big pond fightin' the most cussed,
cruel, unscrupulous gang of thieves
and murderers that ever rigged up in
uniforms and killed women and babies
for fun. Oh, of course you know all
rhat, you"l say. You know your son
has enlisted and is goin' to war, to*
bartle, to run his chance along with
the rest of bein' killed or wounded or
taken prisoner. Y'ou know it, yes, Lu a
general way you do. Such things, the
woundin' and all that, happen to other
boys every day, but it's amazin' how
slow fellers like you and me are to re
alize that they're Just as likely to hap
pen to that one boy we set so much
store by. It's what I've just been try
in' to realize, Dan. I've been sittin'
here thinkin' it out.
"Take my own boy-or take yours,
to fetch it right home-take your Jim.
Jim left here and he went oif to camp
to be trained. And it was colder than
the northeast corner of an ice chest up
in that camp, and he no sooner landed
thar than he realized he hadn't got the
heavy sweater he'd ought to have.
His mother would have knit it, but
'twould have taken time, and he'd have
pretty nigh froze waitin'. So the Red
Cross gave lt to him, along with
wrlsters und a comfort kit. On the
way up to camp wherever that troop
train he was on stopped there wa*
Red Cross women with bot coffee and
sandwiches, a-makin' him comfortable,
doin' the little kind things you and his
mother are just longin" to do this min
"Whjn Christmas come who sawi
that the bundles from home got to |
him? Who gave him things-candy
and smokes and ijuch-on Its own ac
count? The Red Cross, that's who J
And when he had the bad cold and
fever who supplied the nurse rhat did
more thau anybody eise to fight the
pneumonia off? The Red Cross, Dan-;
"And when he's on the ship goin* I
across, when he's merchin'' through
France on Ins way to them trendies
we read so much about, when at last
he's in those trenches-who's lookln'
out for him every minute of (he time?
Who's motherin' and futherin' him,
same as you and your wife would give
all this wide world to be able to do?
Why. the Red Cross, just the Red Cross.
"And when he goes over the top to
get his first roal punch at the Kaiser's
gang of pirates, suppose he gets a bul
let through h?ra some ..'heres. It can
just as likely be him or my Sam as |
anybody else's boy, remember that
He's lyin' out lhere In No Man's Land,
and lt's night and cold and wet, and
he's in pain, awful pain, and"
Mr. Griggs Interrupted.
"For mercy sakes, don't Caleb r he
pleaded. "I can't bear to think of lt"
"Then you ought to. "Twill do you
good to think Just a little. For pretty
soon who comes crawlin' along through
the hell fire to him and gives him wa
ter-and morphine. If he needs it-and
binds up his wounds and carries him
back to the place where the doctors
are? And whose doctors are they that
gives him the very best treatment
that's possible, and whose hospital
does he go to afterwards, and whose
doctors and nurses take such good
care of him there? R?ttln' it all to
gether, who makes Jim Griggs a well
man again and makes it possible for
his father nnd mother and sisters to
lay eyes on him once more? Nobody
on this earth but the Red Cross. And
God bless lt, I say !
What ls Your Son Worth to You?
"And now you wonder why a man no
richer than I am is givin' a hundred
dollars to a society that's doin' all that
Umd a million times more for my boy. j
"Look here, Dan Griggs. How much is '
your son worth to you? If you*could
save his life by doin' lt wouldn't you
sell the farra and the stock and your J
house and the Inst shirt on your back? |
Wouldn't you give him the last cent
you had If he needed lt to save himself
from torture and death? Well, the
Red Cross is doin* everything humans
can do to save him from those things,
and lt's warrain' him and comfortin'
him and keepin' him well and happy
besides. And what it's doin' for him
it's doin' for every one of the soldiers
in the fields or the trainln" camps, the
hospitals-even in the German pris
ons. And it needs money-and you
grudge givin' It"
Mr. Griggs shook his bead.
"No, I ilon't." he said. "I guess II
can spare a hundred, too-for the
YOUR HUNDRED I
WAR FUND COMMITTEE
TELLS HOW IT WAS j
He announced that the week set apart
for the drive ls May 20 to 27.
"We have collected $105,000,000,"
said Mr. Ryan. "We have .allowed
refunds to chapters-us you know,
chapters are entitled to retain 25 per
cent, of the collections covered by tile
chapter. They have not In all cases
availed themselves of the 25 per cent.,
but we hav? allowed $17,006,121 on
this account. We have appropriated
to date $77,721.918 and we have avail
able for appropriation on March 1
$10.371.217, with the addition of $3.
500.000 we know to be perfectly good
when called" upon.
"The appropriations have been
made to the different countries as fol
lows: France, $30.936.103; Belgium,;
?2,0S6.131; Italy, $3,588,826; Russia,
$1,243.845; Rumania, $2,076.368; Ser
via, SS75.1S0; Great Britain, $1,885,
750, including $1,000.000 that was ap
propriated by the War Council to the
British War Relief, and for other for
eign relief work, $3,576,300.
"For relief work for prisoners we
have expended $343,304, and this
work ls only beginning. These appro
priations have been made to care fdr.
the prisoners that we feared might be
taken. We also spent for equipment,
and expenses of Red Cross personnel j
sent abroad (113,800; for army base:
hospitals in the United States, $54,-1
000; for navy base hospitals in the
United States, $32,000 ; for medical
and hospital work In the United
States, $531,000; for sanitary service
in camps In this country, $403.000 ; for '.
camp service in the United States,
$6.451,150. and miscellaneous in the
United States, $1,118,748. We have
funds restricted as to use by the
donors amounting to $2,520,409, and
we have as a working capital for the
purchase of supplies for resale to
chapters or for shipment to France
of $15,000,000. We l*ive working cash
advances for France and the United
States of $4,2S6,000.
"People say we use 60 cents to
spend a dollar. The expenses of the
Red Cross today are well within the
amount of money provided by mem
bership fees. No part of the $105,000,
000 that we got is spent for carrying
on the work."
?k I want to say to you that no -k
k other Organization since the k
k world began has ever done such k
k great constructive work with the k
k efficiency, dispatch and under- k
k standing, often under adverse k
k circonstances, that has been k
k done by the American Red Cross -k
k in Frotte.-General Pershing. *
Has Forced Authors to Recognize
Stilted Manners That Characterized
the Victorian Era Have Passed as
Completely as Has the
"" That the t?mpora and the mores
Save suffered as much in this century
as the lares and penates may be poor
Latlu, but is sound truth, observes the
Louisville Courier-Jourual. The times
and manners are distinctly diff?rent,
and in one especial particular of so
cial Intercourse is there a powerful
For Instance, In .Victorian times, lt
took the hero and heroine about twen
ty chapters to set acquainted. By that
time he was calling her "Miss Dora."
instead of "Miss Spenlow," and he
gulped every time he said it. When
his love and passion had boiled and
bubbled until he was a wretched hu
man caldron, and he had to repress a
moan every time he^aw her little hand
on the arni of a dragoon, it took him
eight pages to ask her falteringly If he
might call her "Dora." She consented,
and a proposal and marriage were the
natural sequence. To call her Dora
and not marry her was equivalent to
breach of promise ki the Victorian era.
And nobody but the hero and the mern
I hers of her family ever called her
Dora, except perhaps her girl friends
But in these times what a difference!
All the young folks call one another
Jack and Jill, and lt is a curious and
anachronistic youth who finds it hard
to do so. In fact, he becomes a sort of
gentle joke in his "set" and the girls
think him rather slow. After he has
met the lady two or three times he
learns to consider it superogatory to
call upon her in the name of her fa
ther. She ls Gloria or Penelope in sua
persona, and MisS Wllmerdillg Or Miss
Schulz to her seems poky. It ls the
same with the young married ones.
You hear about thom for a while from
mutual friends, and then you meet
them. You make a. bow and say:
"How do you do, Mrs. Kawsup." She
does not resent it the first time. But
the fourth time you meet her Mrs.
Kawsup remarks: "It sounds so silly
for you to call me that. Why don't
i you say Lucretia and I'll call you Aga
memnon?" And it's done.
It is pretry hard on the novelist
I Messrs. Dickens and Thackeray used tn
I fill a couple of hundred excellent pages
j with working up the hero to the Dora
I and Claru point, and in the mild von?
i .- . .. Trollope into the
5 villains were per
al ways wore stiff
isumed much space
.1 Quid was negoii
srless married lady
The reading public
now. and the long
e unread on the
y. One must start
n page 1 the hero
in), and on page 1(1
the home-wrecker ls squeezing the mar
ried Indy's hand and calling her Esmer
Thus the fifth Georglan-Wilsonlan
period nf life and literature as con
trasted with the Victorian. And per
haps lt makes no great amount of dif
ference. Certainly it save? white pa
per and makes tne serial stories short
er-two results of real value in this
hungry, hurried age.
Like the haggis, the mealie pudding
is to the Sassenach a Scotch' delicacy
the origin of which ls wrapped in deep
est mystery. The other morning two
travel-stained English Tommies drop
pec? into the restroom at Aberdeen
station for some much-needed refresh
ment. They were heartily welcomed
by, the ladies in charge, and In a few
minutes a sueculent mealie pudding,
piping hot, was placed before each.
Both had seen more than a blt of life
since joining the army, but a mealie
pudding was one of the things hither
to undreamed of In their philosophy.
Determined, however, to brave the un
known, one of them boldly cut his pud
ding in two, scooped out some of the
contents, and took a mouthful. As he
slowly masticated the oatmeal a look
of contentment came over his features.
"Go ahead. Bill!" he exclaimed. "It's
only good old porridge In a 'tank.' "
Chasing the Calory.
The first step toward spreading the
mysterious cult of the calory has been
taken at an opportune time. Unhappy
man. deprived of his daily beefsteak
and forced to subsist on corn mullins
In which many alien hands have ex
perimented,, may derive a modicum of
comfort from the chase of the calory.
Formerly sequestered In domestic sci
ence schools, or the exclusive property
of those sybarites of the tenement
houses, who have proverbially many
advantages nf which humdrum uptown
knows nothing, the calorie has at last
emerged into relations with the ordi
nary hungry, quick-lunch-eating popu
lace. On our menu cards now the
calorie rides hand In hand with the
cost of each dish.-New York Tribune.
Sense of Fitness.
Having just learned over the phone
that he could not get an ounce of coal.
Bangs, the terrible tempered, went into
the parlor uttering the most awful im
"William." exclaimed his wife. "If
you mcsc swear, for mercy don't do
it standing on the prayer rug."--Bos
zers for 1918
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