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GETS HER WISHES
By ELLA R. PEARCE.
All the preparations were completed
?for Anna's wedding; and Anna herself,
jffiving a lingering, wistful glance at
the outspread bridal finery in ber pr?t*
ity roora, turned to ber mother with a
sigh of relief.
"Everything ready and ahead of
time, Aren't we wonderful, Mumsie?"
Then, suddenly ducking her head in
a comically childish way, she slipped
,to the elder woman's side and wound
loving arms about her.
"So soon, dearest-so soon!" she.
murmured, with a catch in her young
Mrs. Leeds gently stroked the shin
ing head on her shoulder.
"Everything has gone splendidly,
Anna." The mother spoke with prac
tical crispness. She would not let her
.wn voice quaver. "And I suppose my
Mttle girl ls very happy now,"
Anna lifted her head and her eyes
"Not absolutely happy, Mumsie."
She tapped off her words on upheld
Bogers. "One, two, three-three things
m?re I need to make me absolutely
"Why, Anna:!" Mrs. Leeds looked
anxious. "I can't imagine what you
have in mind. What more could you
"There are three things," repeated
Anna. "Firstly, I wish Van Tredwell
would fall in love with somebody else."
"What's the second wish, Anna?"
*T wish Lois Mather was coming to
"Lois Mather?" Mrs. Leeds looked
puzzled. "Why, I haven't heard you
speak of her lately."
TJ'ut I've thought a lot," said Anna
"So you want Van Tredwell to for
get you, and Lois Mather to forgive."
"And come to my wedding," inter
rupted Anna lightly. "But of course
she won't. And there's my thin7 ;.sh. i
What co you suppose it is?"
Mrs. Leeds shook her hem1
"Well, I wish that soraeon< give
me a spinet desk for a wed pres
Then Mrs. Leeds laughed .-thfully.
"Anna ! Anna ! you are such a child."
She sat long after her mother had
gone downstairs and thought over their
Anna was deeply in love with the
man she was to marry. But she could
not help remembering Van Tredwell's
boyish attentions; his bashful gallan
tries; his bitter disappointment at the
Then tho hoarding school friendship
cvith Lois Miltner. How delightful and
satisfying that had been while it last
ed. No girl since that time had ever
been the understanding friend, thc en
tertaining companion Lois Mather had
Mrs. Leeds brought a letter to Anna's
room fn the sunset hour.
"A big box has come. Something
crated," she informed her daughter.
"Shall I have Jo>h open it for you?"
"Yes. And TH be right down."
Anna was openin? her letter with a
queer expression on her face. It was
from Lois Mather.
"I've heard of your coming marriage
* and the news set me thinking of old
times, Anna, dear," the letter ran.
"And it seemed to me you would like
to know of my new happiness, too. I
never had a friend like you, Anna."
Anna winked back a ready tear.
"He's a man from your owu town
one of your neighbors- Isn't it strange?
But the moment Van Tredwell and I
met it was a case of love at sight.
You know how those things happen
sometimes. It was Van who told me
of your engagement. Van can't get
away just now, but I want ?o come to
your wedding, Anna, if you'd like me
"Oh !" cried Anna, dazed by the sud
den surprise of the news. Van Tred
well and Lois Mather! Met-engag
ed-Lois coming to ber wedding ! She
turned to the letter again.
"The present is Van's, but the Idea
1? raine," were the next words she read.
"Men never know what to buy for
weddings. But I remember how fond
yoa were of old-fashioned things
"Mother," called Anna excitedly over
the railing. "Is that big box open yet?
Is it from Van? Don't tell me-I know
what it is before I see lt."
She hurried down the stairs, talking
breathlessly. "Mother, the strangest
thing has happened. Van's in love with
the nicest girl ever. Lois Mather's
coming to my wedding. And-she told
Van to send that-she always thought
of the right thing."
"Yes. There's your spinet desk,"
nodded Mrs. Leeds.
Por a moment Anna gazed at the
rutrcfi deslrod new gift. Then, with
Van Tredwell's card in one hand and
Lois Mather's letter in the other, her
head dropped to her mother's shoul
der and happy tears flowed. "Just to
prove how happy I am," murmured
Dealers In Skirts.
President Neilson of Smith college,
whose humor ls much enjoyed by the
yeanj; women of that institution, has
recently told of an amusing experience
which he had when returning home
from a speech-making trip. While In
the observation car he and a "drum
mer" were trying to pass away the
time with a chat. Just as the train
was nearing the president's station,
the "drummer," in a final burst of con
fidence, said, "My line's skirts; what's
yonrs?" As he picked up his Ullage
and hurried out. Doctor Neilson called
back: "So's mine."
OFFENDING FAT AND LEAN
Taft Denies Report He Lost Ninety
Instead of Eighty Pounds Whilo
He Was President.
The man who claims credit for re
ducing William Howard Taft's
weight, during the four years of his
incumbency of the White House, is
out with a statement which may call
I for an emphatic contradiction from
the former president, asserts the
Christian Science Monitor. Says
the trainer referred to: "Mr. Taft
lost ninety pounds in the four years
he was president and during which
he placed himself under my con
trol." Many people will remember
how Mr. Taft disposed of a similar
assertion soon after he left office.
Said he, in effect: "Among the mis
representations to which I have been
subjected is that I lost ninety pounds
during the last four years. This is
untrue. I lost only eighty pounds."
This brings back a story of Alex
ander H. Stephens, who had been
vice president of the Southern Con
federacy, and who, after the Civil
war, was repeatedly elected to con
gress from Georgia. He was an ex
ceedingly thin man, and, one day,
there fell under his observation a
newspaper item saying that he
weighed ninety pounds. In reply to
this he wrote a letter to the editor
of the offending journal demanding
an immediate retraction- "I will
not be slandered in this manner," he
protested. "My weight is 94 pounds."
The former vice president was him
self an editor, with a habit of writ
ing very long articles for his paper
in Georgia, and the contemporary
which had made the unwelcome
statement regarding his weight re
fused to retract it for the reason, it
said, that "Mr. Shephens must have
had one of his editorials in his
pocket when he last tried the scales.
This wonld account for the differ
ence of four pounds between the two
JUST WAIT ON
"Will you tell your sister the
young millionaire she met at the
beach is here.
"She knows it. She says a pa
tient waiter is no loser, and she saw
you waiting on a table today."
"That prima donna is like eur
"In what way?"
"She is always falling down in the
"What do you read, my lord?*
<fWords, words, words," replied
"Ah, you are perusing the Cont?
"You treat these boys as i? they
"Nb, I don't, for then they would
get a licking every day."
''That fellow will never look in a
mirror when he is drunk."
"I suppose he thinks it is no time
for sober reflection."
"American as you are, don't yon
think you would be awed by the
presence of a king?"
"Not if I held an ace."
"I understand Germania still
claims to have a place in the sun."
"Sure thing. She's now one of J
"Where did you get those smart
"Oh, I had them laid by for p.
rainy dayl" ^_ ,
SUGGESTIONS ON GOOD ROADS
Special Thought Should Be Given by
Builders te Road Crossings to
WkS? highway engineers, ceramls*
stoners and ?tiers are planning good
roads and strang, durable bridges,
they oit?ht to give special thought and
work to the road crossings and the
sewers er culverts placed at sueh cross
ings, says a writer la Farmers' Review.
Snefc crossings are generally about
12 to IS feet lea-, aa? lt requires an
aJn?ept tum of a vehiele to take them
at right angle. These are danger
pot? ts oa account of the short turn
aa4 barrow space to make-the turn.
T%* remedy for such places is to
naa-ke sewer or culvert ts long as the
whKfc of the read will permit, say not
less than 40 feet, and mere if possible,
Durable Concrete Culvert
and thea if vehicles meet, there il
plenty of roora te pass without inter
fering with the speed or rights of the
one going in the other direction.
We hare seen several narrow es
capes from accidents in such places,
and the watchword now Is "Safety
First." The automobile is here to
stay, and we want room to spread out
and avoid all danger of accidents.
Our counties are now paying large
salaries to men who are supposed to
be efficient, and good civil engineers/
and the safety and comfort of the pub
lic largejy rests on them. It is the
duty of such nen to catch up with the
times and provide roads suited to the
needs of present-day travel. Such im
provements are not very expensive,
and when properly made last a life
time, and save time, trouble and acci
TEST OF TIRES ON HIGHWAYS
Results Obtained by United States Of
fice of Public Roads After Pe
riod of Years.
In Its testing of tires on country
ronds during a period of several years
the United States office of public roads
has prepared the r^id prior to each
test by plowing, grading and rolling
thus, with further consideration of
moisture and atmospheric variations,
giving conditions as nearly identical as
possible for each of the trips compared,
!t was found that the draft decreased
with increase of tire width to a cer
tain limit, beyond which it Increased.
As a result of the experiments, it is
recommended that for ordinary farm
work and general trucking, the stand
ard width of tire for a one-horse
wagon, with gross load of 2,000 pounds,
should be two baches; light two-horse
wagon, 2,500 pounds, two and one
half Inches; medium two-horse wagon,
mounds, three inches: standard
two-horse wagon, 6,800 pounds, four
lncies ; heavy two-horse wagon, 7,500
pounds, five Inches.
CONSTRUCT NEW HIGHWAYS
State of Illinois Expected to Expend
$3,000,000 in Improving Roads
It ls expected that Illinois will ex
pend $3,000.000 this year on federal
aid highways. The proposed road con
strnction outlined by the Illinois state
highway department has been ap
proved by the national government, ac
cording to Secretary of Agriculture
The proposed work Includes con
Btrnctlon along the Dixie highway, the
Line?la highway, the highway from
Chicago to the Wisconsin state line,
the Chicago to Jollet highway and the
road from Peoria northeast to Spar
land. Federal-aid money for these
roaas ls to be available shortly, lt ls
Good Roads Campaign.
The good roads campaign ls always
OB an? will always be on until every
ros? shall have been paved with the
best of material and In the best of
nrauaner. And then there will probably,
be the establishing of more wain roads,
and so lt will go on until the country
is well supplied with roads that will
he practicable 365 days In the year.
Gaining in Importance.
The question of roads gains In im
portance and interest with every pass
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