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j WILLIAM ALLEN WHITE j
pjrltat, I ait, b tht NmbU'u Co.
THE exchanges that come to a
country newspaper like ours be
mm fntulliur friend as the
years pass. One who reuus tnese pa
pers regulurly come, to know them
vem In their wrapper, though to an
unpracticed eye the wrapper seem
tuuiJi uillie. IJut when he has been
poking his thumb through the-paper
tiusks In a certain pile every morning
far a wore of years, he knows by some
wirt of prescience when a new pnper
.ppiears; nnd, when the pile looks ixll
lihii, he goes hunting lur the sliuti
er and Is not huppy until he bus
t)ne morning this sprint; th? st:"ir;;
url; Ifs hcml from the bottom -f !' "
cirluiiige pile, and when we gh'tteH :it
lie hmnlwritins nf,the address and at
r.he n;e-cciit stump the cover we
knew It hud been untiled to us by t oiiie
HK.e beside till" publisher. 1 .' l-'U
nev.sjwpc-r "li.itid" is as d; !"..i::-.' . .t-..t
of writing ii the h'Kal lu ll.! i'.- I! s
doi'liir's. Tlie ptiper pnuM to I
jtiAuu newsp.iper full of s:i!ohi ml
vcriisiiii;, rcsliiursint cards, chiireh and
school meeting not ires, local item.'
v alout the Siiwiuill anil tin' wouiu.i .
lub, liiml notices and piiiil U;i.ist i:'i..i
wool dealers. On tl'.e local p::;;i' in
miilst of u circle of red Ink was the
announcement of f lie death nf llornci
V. Sampson. Every inonlh we eel iv
tiers like this, of the deaths of old
settlers who have gone to the ends of
the earth, but this notice was ptvul..;.'
in that It wild:
"One joar ago our lamented towns
man deposited with tliP Arm of Cross
& Kurtr., the popular undertakers nnd
dealers In Indian giMiils anil general
men lui inline, XIIMl to cover his funeral
-expenses, and another hundred to pro
Title that a huge boulder be rolled over
Ms grave on which lie dcsliv.l I'.;-' foi-lou-lni;
unusual Inscription : 'Horace
I. Kmnnson. Horn Dec. 0. 1S10. and!
died . Anil Is not this a rare
fellow, my lord? He's good at any
thing and yet u fool.' "
V handed the paper to Alphubcli
rnl Morrison, who happened to he In
the. otllce nt the time, puwlng t!irm!','!i
the dlsturded exchanges In the wii-te-basket.
Inoktnif for his New York Sun,
and, after Colonel Morrison had rend ;
tiiv iiein, he began drumming with his!
;iiiaiiiiu!ls on the iliulr soat between,
!.!s ktiees. Ills ejes wire fall of
rimmis and no one dlsturhod him n
or Miinetldiig like Hint." The colonel
paused find smiled Just percoptlb!.",
and went on : "Yet I see that he was
a good fellow to the end. I notice that
the Shriners nnd the Elks uud tin
IvijJcs anil the lloo-lioos burled him
Jtlary an insurance order in his! Pool
old Sump; he certainly went all tin
We suggested that Colonel Morrison
write something about the decensed
for the pal"'1', but though the col on ft
admitted that he knew Sampson "Ilk
a book," there was no persuading Mor
rison to write the obituary.
"After some urging and by way of
cwnproinise," he said, "I'm perfectly '
-Milling tn give you fellows the facts
and let you fix up w hat you please." I
Ik-cause the reporters were both
tu.-y we culled the stenographer, and
had the colonel's story taken down a
tk fold It-t.i be rewritten Into an
Wtiiary later. And It Is what he said
ami not what we printed about Samp-
on that Is worth putting down here.
Tbe colonel took the big leather chair.
lotted his hauiU behind his heuil. and
"Let uie seeT Samp was born, as
tit niys, December 0, 1R-K), in Wlscon
aln. and Came out to Kansas right af
ter the war closed. He was going to
college up there, and at the second call
for troops he led the whole senior claim
Unto forming u coiupuny, and enlisted
) looked off Into space. Finally he. tjfcWTVM 2v'vW!$WWWi'
tssTi mmmm mm mm
before graduation und fought from u BUrB,y tou,(, ,, ,e feutliers out
that time tsi till the close of the war. of l;lrll f frtH.dolu to beat cun
We was a captain, I think, but you ,,uluUB. i5ut as a stump sneaker you
cever heard lilm culled that. When h
ouue here lied been udsiltted to the gagwiiel,t He could make a Jury blub
Uar and was a good lawyer a mighty , ,1W. ,, lllM flHt ,t ,hB pmseeut-
-K.d luwyer for Unit time and hud . uttorney. yet he didn't claim to
more business n a bird pup with a
jfum-sltoe. He was Just a hoy then.
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uu, imp uvj. ruj.v . u
tune. He drank more or less In th !
army they all did 'a fur as that goe,
tout he kept It up in a desultory ,wuy
ufier he came here, a a sort of ac-
tfe,ory to hi main business of life, j
which was being u good fellow.
-And he was a good fellow-an aw-.
fnl goo.1 fellow. We wvre all
then: there wasn t an old ...a. on th ,
to load up the whole hunch and go
luiuiing (.losing up the store win!
taking the girls along end did not
wbow up till midnight. Samp would
always have a little something to tak
ttnder his buggy seat, and we would
vet up and sing rotulug home.
"lie made a lot of money and blew
It In at Jl nt Thomas' saloon, buying
drinks, playing stud poker, betting on
quarter horse, aud lending It out to
'fellow aho helped hint forget they'd
ton-owed It. And say In two ot
thee vesr. after tlta chicken huntlm
act had married off, and begun In a!
to settle dowa Samp took up '
1.7.' iT .v. VT.f7 .inUiVnn ha msn. '
Vied find got the prettied girl In town,
W .lwav. tl.t.mrl.t that he married
only because he w anted to ba a good
fellow" und did not wish to be Impolite .
a v. -.1-1 i n a.t tt'irn in inn .
first crowd. Still he didn't tay homo
iw i --
nights, and once or twice a year
nay, election or Fourth of July he
and n lot of other young fellow, would"
go out and tip over all the board side
walk In town, and puint funny signs
on the atore building and stuck beer
bottles on the preacher's front porch,
and raise Ned generally. And the fel
low of his nge. who owned the stores
and were In nights, would sny to Samp
when they saw him coming down
about noon the next duy:
"'Go It when you're young, Knmp,
for when you're old you oan't. And he
would wink at 'em, give 'em ten dol
lar apjece for their damage and Jolly
his way down the street to his olllce.
"Now, you mustn't get the idea that
Samp was the town tlrunknrd, for he
never was. He we. Just a good fel
low. When the second set of young
fellows outgrew hi in and settled down,
ha picked up with the third, uud his
wife's brown alpaca began to be no
ticed more or less among the women.
But Sump' prnctlce didn't seem to full
off It only changed. He didn't have
ao much real estate Inwlng nnd go:
more crlmlnul practice. Criidwitly he
became a criminal lawyer, Mini his
fame for wit and eloquence extended
over uil the state.
Colonel Morrlst,n dnukled ami
crossed Ids fat legs at the ankles as
h continued, nfler lighting the cigar
we gave him:
"Well, along In the lute seventies we
fellows that he started out with got
to owning our own homes anil getting
1 on In the world. That was the time
I" when Samp should have btvii gritlihin.:
i at his law books, but nary a grub for
1 him. lie was playing horse for dear
life. Anil right there ttie fellows all
left him behind. Some were buying
real -estate for speculation; some -run-!
nlng for otlice; some starting a hank;
and others lending money at two per
cent a month, and leading hi the pray
er meeting. So Sump kind of hitched
up his ambition and took the slack out
of his la hits for a few months anil
went to the legislature. They say that
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fte oerfnl,y dld ,iav8 , good time,,
,ho . w)(l.n lw g)t tber Tlu.v re.
nipnihl,r mt ui.sslou yet llp tlel.e, ml(1
tlm V(.np of le gr,.llt ttm,( tor
, , tll0V were mWlX with mu-!
8,(. . 't wivg nll0 fr,m the!
,.,., we t.ould g(.t ,e ,H a
.. )(f , ,, ,,ow Mrll-,
..... HUutli u we never couhl
Sampson stmsl it we never could
Und out, lor, of course, she must
have known till about It, though
he wouldn't let her come ueur
Topeku. He began to get pursy nnd
retl faced, and wa clicking It off with
his fifth set of young fellow s. It took
a big slug of whisky to set off his
orutory, but when he got It wound up
nlwavs sure he'd fill the en-
know much luw, and he did turn over
H Hum in nit, cuim-iiic iv,ii .i.
(ll pMrt,lt,P( ('barley lledrlcit, 'men,
ciiurley wus practicing before
tlie Supreme court and wasn't here to
,,oll ,,m doVUi Sump wou,i get out
and wnoon ,t Hp wl,h ti,e noy-i ,mte
Smtkespeur. uud niuUe stump speeches
on dry goodl, boxM at luld,B!.
,r usk(,a Vuuuvl Muf.
ru.,,, f ,l,a BtUnem,.her wl.eu l.a.l
. sharpening her pen ll. "(di.
veil, along In the eighties came the
boom, and Suni tried to get In It and
uiuka some money. He seems to have
tried to catch up with u fellows of III
age, and ha begun to plunge. He got
In debt, and, w hen the biattu broke, he
wa still living In a rented house with
the rent ten uiouth behind; his part
nership wa gone and hi practice wni
cut down to Joint keepers, gamblers,
and the farmers who hadn't heard the
stories of bis llnanclal Irregularities
that were flouting around town.
"Yet Ida wife stuck to him. forever
explaining to my wife that lie would
be all right when be settled down. But
he continued to soak up a" little not
much, but a little.
drunk la the daytime, but4 remember
jthere used to be morning, when hi.
office amelled pretty .our. I had an
used to come In and talk to me a good
deal. The young fellow, around town
whom lie would like to run with were
beginning to And him stupid, and the
old fellows except me were busy and
he had no one to loaf with. He de
cided, I remember, several time to
brace up, and once he kept white
shirt, cuffs and collars on tor nearly
a year. But when Harrison wa
elected, he filled up from hit shoe to
his hat and didn't go horn for three
days. One irtny after that, when he
had gone back to his flannel shirt und
illrtv collars lie was sitting "In my
office looking at the fire In the box
stove when he Drone out w nn ;
" 'Alphabetical what's the matter
with me anyway? This town sends
men to congress ; It make Supreme j
court Judges of others. , It sends fel
lows to Kansas City us rich bunkers, j
It? makes big merchants out of grocery :
clerk. Fortune Just naturally flirts
with everyone In town, but never a
wink do I get. I know nnd you know
I'm smurter than those Jays. I can
teach your congressman -economies,
and yonr Supreme Judge law. I enn
think up mora, scheme than the bank
er, and can bent the merchant In any
kind of a gume he'll name. I don't He
and I don't steal and I ain't stuck up.
Whnt'sjhe matter with me, anyway?"
"And of course," mused Colonel
Morrison ns he relighted the butt of
his cigar, "of course I had to lie to lilm
and say I didn't know. But I did. We
all knew. He was too much of a good
fellow. ..Ills failure to get on bothered
lilm a good deal, and one day he got
roaring full and went up and down
town telling people how smart he was.
Then his pride left lilm, und he let It's
whiskers grow frowsy and Used his
vest for a spittoon, nnd his eyes wa
tered too easily for a man still In Ills
"He went West a dozen year ago,
about the time of Cleveland's second
election, expecting to get a Job In Ari
zona and grow up with the country.
Ills wife was mighty happy, nnd she
told our folks and the rest of the wum-
Matter With Me. Anyvwyi
eu that when Horace got away from
hi old associates in this town she
knew that he would be all right.' Poor
Myrtle Kennick. the prettiest girl you
ever saw along la the sixties and she
wus through here not long ago and
stayed with my wife und the girl. a
broken old woman, going buck to her
klufolk In Iowa after she left him.
Poor Myrtle I I wonder where .he Is.
I see Oils Arizona puper doesn't say
auythlng about her."
' Colonel Morrison reud over the Item
aguln, and smiled us he proceeded:
"but It doe say thut be occupied
many places of honor aud trust In bl
former home In Kannas, which seems
to Indicate that whisky made old Samp
a liar as well us u loafer ut last.
my!" sighed the colonel us he rose und
put the paper mi the desk. "My, my!
What a treacherous serpent It la! It
gave him a good lime literally u hell
of a good time. And he wua a good fel
low literally a damned gooU fellow
'damned from here to eternity,' as
your man Kipling says, (iod gave Mm
every talent. He might have been a
resiioeteti. useful citlxeii: no honor was
beyond liiiti: but lie put aside lutue
mid woi'tli uud liappiue.s to piuy witu
wli'r'ty. My I."id. Just think of It!"
.'.c.i.;!:.itl 'hi cnlrtii'l iis he reuched
'or hU bin n". I pi:t up his glusses.
'And this Pi how whisky served him:
brought t I'll to shame, wrecked his
oiiie, mu de his name a by-word, and
,i:-.l h '.u mi and on to utter ruin by
n l '. , Lr. ,..:':' :.;ni the phuutoui of a
.'I'm! il r. .What ii pitiful, heurtbreuk-i-.t
:.n" '-or It Is!" He sighed a long
i::r hi u t-foiut Iti the door looking up
t ibe fky "-'th his hand clasped be
i.nd hi. u. mid said half audibly a he
i-nl ii. .wo lite steps: "And whoso I.
Im-iitcil thethy i tint wise uot wis.
!;.'. oi.d .a auythlng uud yet
ro.i! !' "
Ti.at was Vlnit Colonel Murrlson
cave the r.tenotfrapher. What wt made
for the pspr Is entirely uninteresting
uid need 'lot be printed Iter.
Illinois Central System Urges More intensive
Use of Limited Railway Facilities
The great shortage of railway transportation continues, and many shippers are suffering losses
by reason of it. The remedy for tho more distant futtire l!e. in greatly enlarging and expanding .
railway facilities 'of all kinds. Thcro U no completely eJt 'cf - remedy for thev immediate future,
but there is Bn opportunity for improvement throu;!i more tali. , use of our present limited faclll
ties by loading and unloading cars more promptly and by loadlu. cars more heavily.
In many Instances cars are unloadnd or loaded the same day they are delivered. That kind of
co-operation helps the situation materially, but it oc i;-s all toa frequently that a car which, could
be completely loaded or unloaded In a day is held over into the following day. This should be
avoided wherever possible. Freight cars still spend more than one-third of their time In the hands
of shippers and consignees. We believe this delay can be reduced substantially If shippers will give
this question the serldus attention which It deserves and we urge them to do so.
We are putting forth our best efforts to load more heavily the cars that we load ourselves, and
we urge our patron to Join us In these efforts to provide more transportation. We . realize that
there are some commodities which cannot be loadad to the full carrying capacity of the cars. How
ever, shippers on the Illinois Central System are utilizing only three-fourths of the full capacity of
freights cars (except coal cars) which transport commodities permitting of capacity loading.'That
means one-fourth of the. capacity of such cars is being wanted. We urge our patron, to assist us
in correcting this condition as far as it lies within their power to do so.
We give below a few concrete cases to illustrate how transportation opportunities are being
wasted. In October, lumber loading on Illinois Central System Lines was only 68.3 per cent of the
capacity of the cars loaded, mixed feed loading was only 64.9 per cent, cement loading was only 73
per cent, cotton-seed product loading was only 66.2 per cent, flour and meal loading wa. only 69
per cent, sugar loading wss only 62.2 per cent, and stucco and plaster loading was only 75.3 per
cent of maximum car capacity. The cars which transported these commodities and many other
commodities should have been loaded fully 25 per cent more heavily than they were.
Coal car loading was more than 95 per cent of maximum capacity; wheat and corn loading wa.
more than 90(per cent, and stone, sand and gravel loading was nearly 96 per cent of the capacity
of the cars.
One way of measuring the efficiency of a railways organization Is through its record on the
avera'ge number of miles made per car per day; this average includes all freight cars dn the rail
roadcars standing awaiting loading or unloading, cars out of repair, cars being .witched in yards
and cars moving In trans. The best record ever attained on the Illinois Central Systcr.i on miles
per car per day prior to this year was made In October, 1920, when the record of 44.59 miles per car
per day was established. That record was surpassed in October., 1922, w.Uh a record of 45.75 miles
per car per day.
Co-operation received from our shipper patrons assisted us materially In attaining these results.
In urging further and more intensive co-operation -of shippers, we are not unmindful of the assist
ance which they have already rendered; but we believe that the present transportation crisis Justi
fies every shipper and railway man In going to the extreme limit of his ability in getting every possi
ble service out of our limited transportation facilities.
Constructive criticism and suggestions are Invited.
C. H. MARKHAM,
President, Illinois Central System.
MAX IS HELD IX ATTACK
ON LEXIXGTOX WOMAN, 70
Lexington, Ky., Nov. 28. Dan
Paul, formerly of Lexington, was ar
rested today by Sheriff Powell Bos
worth charged with assaulting with
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a blunt instrument Mrs. Sallie True,
70 years old who was seriously in
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asleep in the home of her son, John
W. True. Mr. True said, according
to Sheriff Bosworth, that Paul
threatened several days ago to "get
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