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LOVE AND LILACS
By MILDRED WHITE.
(Copyright, 191S. by Western Newspaper Unluu.j
Homer Brant drew his car up sud
denly at sight of the lilac bush. To
him in the roadway came the sweet
haunting odor. Indefinably the per
fume brought to mind the girl he had
so recently and so quickly learned to
Homer had stopped there, on his
way to an engineering camp higher up.
He had intended to remain over night,
but with Justine Jordan's coming, his
visit had been prolonged.
During the first day they had visit
ed together, upon the hotel veranda,
the second found thom roaming the
wonderful country in his car; at the
end of one short enchanted week,
Homer caught the girl in his arras,
speaking out his love for brr. And
that had been the end. Like some
startled bird she had escaped and
flown from his embrace, and when
after a troubled night, he awaited her
morning appearance, humble in his
apology-she had not appeared at all.
Instead the hall boy had handed him a
note in peculiarly characteristic hand
"Dear friend," it said, "when this
reaches you, I shall be up among the
hills, fulfilling a mission which has
been postponed just one week. Spring
time, and lilac time, tempted me to
linger. When I meet you again, I hope
it may be in the more prosaic and less
? romantic atmosphere of the city. With
'-best wishes ever-Justine Jordan."
Whereupon, Homer, inwardly fuming
at his admired one's practical coolness,
bade the inn good-by. and began a
searching tour of the hills.
What could be the delayed mission
at which she mysteriously hinted and
which brought her to this isolated
He alighted and made his way to
the lilac bush which grew beside the
open window of a vacated log cabin ;
looking inside, he was surprised to
see a reclining camp chair in the cen
ter of the room. Entering curiously,
he sank into the chair, idly drawing
from its side bracket a recent illus
trated magazine. Some person evi
dently made this rude shelter a read
ing place. '
Gazing through the open door across
the vista of glorious scenery Homer
mentally complimented the reader on
his choice of location. Then as ho re
placed the magazine a pad of writing
paper fell from the rack, one glance
at the bold and pleasing handwriting
broughton quick flush te his face. Sure
ly this and the penmanship of his own
hasty note of dismissal were the same.
So Justine had found her way to this
deserted cabin ; then her stopping place
must be in a nearby farm house. The
heading of the closely written page
caught his attention. "Dearest," he
read, "Oh, my dearest!"
Homer Brant's heart pounded furi
ously, as his eyes forcibly followed the
fines: "Across the miles I have trav
eled to our trysting place, and you
are not hore. Instead, I find the lov
ing note you braved dancer to leave.
Beloved, let not your courageous spirit
falter. Without one look into your
eyes, without a touch of your dear
hand, I could not go back to the world.
Some way I shall manage our meeting.
Never in my heart can there be room
for other than you. I am,-Your Own."
The pad slipped from the man's
trembling fingers. So this was the
secret of the softly brooding eyes;
and love after all these years had but
found him to make mockery.
Homer sprang to his feet, ns a girl
came through the doorway, came and
stood a moment, surprise and dif
fidence in her gaze.
"Justine !" he cried out sharply, then
still inwardly raging, pointed to the
written pages at his feet. "I read
your letter through," he said, "I even
forgot about scruples and it has show
ed me why you ran away from my
love. But I want to know." he straight
ened before her, "I Fernand to know,
why any man dare to ask a woman to
meet him in secret, dare bring her in
to threatened danger!"
Across the girl's somber eyes flash
ed her transforming smile. "That
man, is a German spy," she replied.
Brant came suddenly close, fiercely
he caught her wrists In his grasp,
''And you." he breathed, "you-"
For a time she stood, looking steadi
ly into his face. "Let me go," she
said at last, "and I will explain."
When he loosed her hands, she smil
ed, and going to the camp chair,
brought back an open magazine hold
ing it'out before him.
Dazedly he read the title of a story,
"In Love and War." and beneath it,
"new serial, by Justine Jordan."
"You are more privileged than oth
ers," she laughed, "for you have read
the beginning of a later installment.
That is what I came out here to write.
The cabin is my study."
"So," he said slowly, "you are a
great author, little Justine."
"Not great," the girl replied, "very
simple, love and lilacs-that sort of
"And in your own life, you have no
use for love?"
She looked from the lilacs nodding
through the cabin window, back to the
man's tense face. "Six days wore too
short a time in which to be sure," she
murmured, "the country confuses with
"But now?-" his eyes burned into
hers the question.
Helplessly she put out her hands,
"Ni?vcr id my heart can thore be roon?
for other than you," she quoted, "I am,
Physicians disagree more than the
After dodging all tho dangers of au
tocracy, the czar broke his leg riding
This summer's fish story has little
interest. The really big game 's the
A necessary adjunct to tho raise
more-sheep movement is to rinse fewer
The author of a "how to succeed"
book has died insolvent. Most of them
do, or ought to.
Nobody looks more foolish thnn the
man who thinks it clever to cheat his
way to an exemption.
"Slacker" is a mild word ns com
pared to deserter; yet the two are eas
ily merged in meaning.
The high cost of living has at least
discouraged the dangerous tendency to
overeat in summer time.
With so much food going to waste
on the vines and in transit the only
thing to do is to cat it.
It is safe to assume that the women j
fighting in Europe are not a bit like ?
the moving-picture war heroines.
Were the Savior to come to the Unit
ed States there are men who would
try to make money out of his visit.
The way in which current cabinets
are changing would indicate that they
are seldom formed of emergency men. ?
However, tho joy riders don't seem
to be in the least alarmed about the
danger of a shortage in the oil supply.
In the garden the man with the hop
ls much more useful than the man with
the hose, but wielding the hose is ens
The girl who has married a man in
the hope of saving him from war has
picked out a mighty poor kind of hus
The gridiron season Is approaching.
Let England and France hold the line
and Uncle Sam will carry the ball
No shift in Russian affairs offers
Nicholas Romanoff encouragement to
do anything more than hoe his vege
Now that the French are calling
American soldiers "Sammies" one
wonders what the Germans will soon
be calling them?
An expert advises us to eat poultry
to save the beef. At present prices the
only thing left for us to do is to help
save both of them.
Germany bas planned to recapture
the dye stuff trade from America as
soon as the war is over-but we are
dyeing to beat them now.
In Copenhagen they are expelling
tourists who eat too much. Perhaps
they are getting nervous over that
American blockade and its meaning.
One of the ministers of the new
Russian cabinet Is Mr. Nikltine. Ile
ought to be able to give much help
towards smoking out the enemies of
"Nobody knows what the Berlin gov
ernment wants," complains a German
writer. Wrong. Everybody knows
what it wants, but nobody knows what
It expects to got.
The Medical Record having declared
that ?C? cream ls food, it must be con
ceded that young men do not waste the
money whrr-h they spend in refection
for th?ir best girls.
"Armenians In Need of More
Funds." a headline, illustrates the fa
cility with which an oppressed people
acquire the ways of the uuoppressed,
even in the midst of war.
Experiments In bomb-throwing by
the American troops in France show
that their baseball experience has
made them superior at the work tc
the French and the Germans.
According to the news columns an
eminent scientist has discovered that
there are only twenty words in the
monkey language. Life must be un
speakably dull for the lady monkeys.
It is just naturally born in man to
want to dictate to something or some
body, but the man who marries with
the idea of having a subordinate to
boss is one of humanity's most pathet
The easiest way to learn to pro
nounce the names of the new Russian
ministers is to take a badly cracked
phonograph record, label it "Kerensky
Calling the Roll of His Cabinet," anti |
turn it loose.
A rose by any other name would
smell as sweet, and whether the new
bread Is known as war bread or liber
ty bread n great many people think
lt an improvement on the white wheat
loaf, which it is superseding.
The Germans are quoted as think
ing American aviators will fall
through lack of courage. They need
not lay ?nell flattering unction to
their FC"uls. It will not help them
when the American aviator gets in
ATTENTION GIVEN TO ROADS
No Matter What Construction May Be
Highways Must Be Given Seme
Lot no man bc deluded into tte
thought that such things as "perma
nent roads" are possible. All roads,
no matter what kind, require atten
tion and (he more they receive the
bettor tiley aro. A chief cause for
poor roads is the fact that a great
proportion of the road work done the
country over is of so temporary and
make-shift an order. Of course, thc
only real sa-tisfactnry road in all
weather is a hard road-either paved
Hard Road Well Cared for.
or stone, with gravel next in favor,
says Indiana Farmer's Guide. But
even such roads fall into disrepair, if
given no attention. What is said to
be the worst stretch of highway in
Illinois was once a magnificent mac
adam road. Now it is almost impass
able owing to the deep hollows and
ruts which it contains. Everyone gives
it a wide berth and it is "black listed"
in nil automobile guides. Concrete
and brick paving also must have over
sight and repair.
Autoists have a saying that there
is no better road than a dirt road
When it is dry. This is because, in
the case of a well-drained earth road,
passing vehicles smooth out the ruts
left after a rain and iron it into a
sufficiently level surface to permit of
easy traveling. Here, again, it is a
case of "working the roads," though
the work given ls of an automatic
kind and rendered without thought of
the service performed. However, it
sometimes takes a lons time to smooth
out the roughness after a rain-espe
cially if thc soil is a heavy clay. And
usually the same makeshift attention
is given the earth road that is the
too-f roquent lot of macadam and
In some townships the dirt roads
are dragged at rather infrequent in
tervals and if a rain comes right after
the dragging tho effect of the latter
Is largely nullified. The best dirt
roads, year in and year out, are those
which are dragged whenever possible
at all seasons of the year. This
should bo done as soon after every
rain as possible but not when the mud
is in such condition that it will stick
to the drag. It Is best to drag one
side of Hie road at a time and forbid
travel upon it until lt is thoroughly
dry. As a general rule the softer the
material of which a road is copiposod
the more frequent attention it should
receive. But let no one forget that
good roads of whatever kind are pos*
Bible only at the price of constant over
RESULTS FROM GOOD ROADS
After Improvement Price of Tillable
Lands Show Big Increase-Chil
After improving the main market
roads in four counties in Virginia
and one each in New York, Alabama,
Florida and Mississippi during a pe
riod of five years, a survey was made
of the work and its results. It was
found that the price of tillable land
served by the roads increased from
one to three times the total cost of the
Improvements. The total saving every
year in hauling costs due to this im
provement in the roads amounts to
$(127,409 for a traffic of about 3,500,
000 ton miles. The net saving on the
hauling, after deducting the cost of
Interest and principal for the improve
ments, averages 11.6 cents per ton mile.
After the roads were better, the aver
age attendance of children in the pub
lic schools was 70 per cont ; before the
roads were Improved lt was CG per
cent. Ten more children out of every
100 were enabled to get schooling -as
a result of better roads.
Dairymen Are Careful.
Dairymen as a rule are more careful
with their cows than the average farm
er who merely produces the milk for
Reasonable Truck Hauling.
Every pound of merchandise which
cnn be added to the truck load makes
truck hauling that mucii more reason
Meal Damaged Surface.
When a road is dragged, the dam
aged'surface is sealed and healed.
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