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ff THE BRACELET
K?Q ?y MILDRED WHITE.
(?. 1921, Western Newspaper TJnlfn
\y Constance turned, with a sigl
impatience, as a handsome y<
\[ . woman with somber eyes took
chair close by. Though the car
ii Hod, she fancied tb&t her corupn
?;aest of the recent house party
maneuvered for just this position.
Constance did not wish to ac
friendly part which she did not f
she was too heartsick for preter?s
Roger, who had loved her al wa:
J: " Constauce" thought of the- "al wt
with a catch at her throat-Roger
3>een mysteriously and unaccounti
.won away by this gypsy-eyed stran
In her heart, his fiancee knew :
- ; the design! *. and unscrupulous
must have carried Into action thu :
lng that "nil ls fair in love." Fo
was.undoubtedly true that" the yo
woman' of many charms and m;
admirers had fallen, in love des]
ately and Immediately with Ito;
.who had been invited to the Cnrru
party to be her own cavalier, ai
matter of course.
The coldness.in his demeanor wh
puzzled her began, she remembei
After his second evening in Con
DeRoll's playful society.
Then daily the breach widened, ui
sow, upon the return trip of the hoi
party, Roger found his chair on <
side of the Pullman, while she, w
Coralie installed nearby, fbiind h
vpon the other. Coralie, in passi
lad stooped so that her dusky h
brushed Roger's cheek, to whisj
?onie word or message. Presently t
dark-eyed yonng woman spoke.
"And you," she said bitterly, "j
going back, I suppose, to continue i
holiday game, while I go back
work. It has not occurred to y<
probably. Miss Fortunate Lynd, tl
I am obliged to work. I um soc
secretary to a woman who prefers
pay more for her stationery than s
. pays her help. I have a mother
support. You have met my mother
"She is a dear old lady, I qui
loved her. Perhaps you would li
meto exchange chairs so that she tu.
sit near you now?*'
**Heavens, no!" exclaimed Coral
"Mother is all right opposite,
thought I'd like to talk with you.
?appose in ' her many confidenc
mother enlarged upon her youthf
romance and runaway marriage wi
?her foreign music-teacber who w
Coralie was not listening. She hi
//irent her pretty head to examine tl
jeweled bracelet that Constance woi
Th?? bracelet was as unusual i
'?valuable-one of Aunt Milllcenl
"Queer," muttered the girl, "how OJ
person will have all the good gif
of life, while another-"
When, after a time, she looked dow
absently toward her hand, restir
against the chair's arro, Constance
bracelet was no longer there. Withoi
alarm she arose to search her su
roundlngs. The costly trinket must I
near by, but it was not. The condiv
tor. happening along, joined her In tl
search, the porter also was. calle?
passengers In proximity offered the
services, but the jeweled bracelet ha
disappeared. Roger Compton tam
slowly forward at the commotion, coi
cern banishing for a moment bl
Coralie's old mother came too-the
abruptly the conductor called for
detective who was in another scctio
of the train. Some of the passenger
were indignant at the suggestion o?
search; others, willingly agreeabh
Coralie smiled contemptuously a
Roger, "Much a-do," she quoted wit]
a shrug of her shoulders. But Con
stance white and wide eyed was gnz
lng into the anxious face of Coralie'
"The conductor," trembled th
mother, "must be quite crazy, Mis
Xynd. He actually thinks ray daughte
"has your bracelet ; insists, that he sav
her slip It into her blouse as he cami
. along. My Coralie-the best girl tba
Suddenly Constance beut to snaj
open her traveling bag. With a cry sh?
caught from Its depths a small velve:
case. Beneath the conductor's eye!
she opened it An unusual jewelet
oracelet glinted within. "A mistake.'
she said unsteadily. "Please pardoi
me-everybody. Here-is my brace
When the excitement had abated
when the train went rolling Into tht
city stutlon, Coralie DeBall stooped t<
kiss forcefully Constance's averted
face. Intor Constance's hand she
pressed a hard object
"Tell me," whispered the strenge
. .somber, youug wuman, "why you lied
for me, when you knew I took tht
Hiing? I was mad for a moment, with
the thought of all you possessed-It
[seemed that some part should be
. rightfully mine. But why-"
Constance smiled through her tears."
"Your mother's faith," she an
swered, "must not be destroyed.'
Ivoger waited to draw Constance dost
, to his side, as she stepped from the
."Dearest," he said, "that was the
most generous deed. You see, I hap
pen to know that you had two brace
lets exactly alike. Your Aunt Milliceni
told ni? only last night of the old
fashioned pair she had given you.
Constance, dear, can you forgive whal
. Qa8xucrer been disloyalty but only 6
passing doubt of your love?"
And happily Constance forgaver
Talking About Prices How
No one can say what the coal sit
uation will be next winter. It can be
said, however, what the coal opera
tors wish the coal situation to be,
namely, ^unchanged, or, if changed
then with a bit more pinch in it.
This statement ?3 not made on thc
principle of "ragging" the coal men,
or of joining the chorous of journal
istic baiters of "big business" ;there
is too much truth in it to permit
use fer these purposes.
Unfortunately the ruling operators
have not yet been cured of their bug
that we ought to have "twenty.dol
Jar coal" in this country. They
little appreciate the situation" that
they imagine it is only a ?matter
"educating" the people into the habit
of paying twenty dollars.
To this end they have not turned
their hand over to apply s ny of the
economics or efficiencies that would
enable them 'to put coal within the
reach of the people at a price which
would not mean actual pinching
They have failed utterly as busi
ness men; they have failed utterly to
appreciate the" fact that they hold
their monopoly only on sufferance
they have lived, as it were, in a dark
possibility that in these days it would
be a comparatively easy matter to
strip them of control of their mo
nopoly and turn coal mining over
to men who think of something be
The coal operators could sell coal
cheaper if freight rates were lowered
but they don't want freight rates
lowered because that would give the
public a taste of lower freight rates
The matter of freight rates as
well as coal prices is a. matter of op
erative efficiency, which the con
trollers. of coal have not exhibited
they prefer to take the difference out
of the people's p?cket instead of out
of their own managerial brains.
It is extremely doubtful if the peo
ple of the United States will consent
longer than another winter to endure
the backing and filling of people
who speculate in coal mines instead
of mining coal
But that the people will probably
have to feed the pinch another win
ter is fairly certain, if certain "un
derstandings" between coal opera
tors and certain members of the ad
ministration are faithfully observed
It is commonly reported among the
upper four hundred of the coal trade
that two members of President Har
ding's administration have assured
the coal operators that there will be
no reduction of freight rates on. coal
before April, 1922.
The reason given for that assu.
rance is this: certain forehanded
operators had stored stocks of coal
at various places, having transported
it under the going freight rate. To
decrease the freight rates now would
be to allow their competitors to sell,
j if not at a lower price, then at a
? ' Therefore, because a few dealers
have some hundreds of thousands of
tons of coal here and there upon
which they have paid a certain rate,
it is agreed that the whole 110,000,
OOO people of the United States will
be denied the relief that a freight
rate reduction might give.
That the coal dealer who shipped
early shall make as much profit as
the dealer who would ship if the
freight rates were reduced now, the
entire United States will be held up
That was a virtual promise made
by two members of President Hard
Make it a matter of Arithmetic:
from 110,000,000 subtract the few
thousand coal dealers: if you only
buy and burn coal, you don't count
in this coal arrangement.
Subtract from the 5,000,000 ex.
service: men the few thousand coal
dealers: if you have only your life to
offer, you don't count in this coal
"Whom the Gods would destroy
they first made mad." The coal op_,
erators are conducting themselves as
did the liquor dealers before prohi
bition swept down and swept them
away-with a total disregard of pub
lic sentiment and public needs.
The only possible justification
there can be for a few men control
ling a natural resource like coal is
that they administer it always in the
best interest of the people.
Tha justification has been en
tirely lacking in recent years.-The
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