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floveVnBer II, 1923
I By VBOOTH
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PART I Nawenmer In amall town.
nawapaner man, who tells tha
lory. la amauMl br lha unsrcountabia
cltona af man who, from tha inlow
if a nna houaa, apparently haa rnnvcra
with InvlalMa praHiasrs, particularly
meatKmlsa ma "Himiilrdorta." Tha yuuih
aoe to hie terillns houae, tha homa of
Mra Apprrthatalla. natt rtoor to the aeon
uf tha atrmnga procMdlngs. bawlldarad.
"Cau you tall me?7 he said, leaning
forward and following up tha luter
rapttai m nastily aa possible, "what
tha farmers were getting for their
wheat whan you left HpencervllleT"
"One twenty Ave," I answered, and
fait any Mrs rowing rad with mortifi
cation. Too lata. I remembered that
l ha new-comer la a community ahould
guard Ma tongue among tha natlvaa
until ha haa unraveled the akaln of
thalr relationships, alliances, feuds
and private war a precept net ua
like the classic injunction:
Taa, my Sarttsc aauehtar;
liana yaur elothas on tha hickory Urn,
Hut esn't aa naar tha watar.
However, In my con f union 1 warmly
regretted my failure to follow It, and
resolved not to liliimlar again.
Mr. Itowden thanked ma for the In
formation for which he hail no rral
desire, and. Hie elderly ladles again
taking up (with all too evident relief)
ihelr various mild dehstes,he Imiulred
If I played bridge. "Hut I forget," ha
added. "Of course you'll ha at the
Itespstrh office In the evening, and
-an't be here." After which he Im
mediately began to question me about
my work, making hl determination to
tv me we opportunity again to men
Hoaj tha Honorable David lleaslcy un
necessarily conspicuous, aa I thought.
I could only conclude that some un
pleasantness had arlaen hetween hlm
elf and rVaaley. probably of political
origin, Since they were hoth In poli
tic, and of personal (and consequent
ly blttery- development ; and that Mr.
Iiowdea found the mention of Iteas
ley not only unpleasant to himself hut
a poastMe embarrassment to thelaillea
(who, I auppaiaml, were aware of the
quarrel) on hie account.
After lunch, not having to retsirt at
the office Immediately, I took unto my
aelf the solace of a cigar, which, kept
me company during a stroll about Mra
Apierthwalte'e ramdoua yard. In the
rear I found an old fashioned row
cardan the hushes long alnce liloom
lesa and now brown with autumn ami
I paced Ita graveled paths up and
down, at tha same time favoring Mr.
Iteaaley'a houae with a covert study
that would have done credit to a
porrhrllmber. for Hie atlng of my
blunder at the table was quiescent, or
at I en t neutralised, uniler the Itch of
curiosity far from satisfied cnm-crnlng
the Interesting premises neit door
The gentleman In the dressing gown, I
nun atire. could hav lieen no othi'i
than the llonornbla Iavld Ilcnnley
hlniHelf. He came not In eyeMiot now
neither he nor any other; there
no algn of life about the place. That
IH.rtlon of hla yard which lay behind
the hnue waa not within my vImIiiii. It
U true, hia property being here wpn
ruled fioin Mm. Ai.crlliwulte' by r
bonrd fence hlubcr than a lull mar
could reach ; but there waa no nound
from the other aide this partition
ave Hint caused by the .quiet move
nietit of niKly lcaea In the breeze.
My cigar waa at half-length whet
lie green lattice door of Mr. Aper
tliwalte'a buck pop h n opened ami
MIhm Apperlhwalte, beurliik' a fiiucei
of milk. Uaiied therefrom, follow-:!
Iinlll.v. by a very white, fnl cat. will
a pink ribbon round Ita neck, a vlbraiH
homo, find fixed, vonicloii eye up
lifted I" Hie aalicer. The lady nlid liei
cat offereil to view a group B pretty
a popular pointing; it wa even Im
proved when, atooplng. Mlsa Apper
tliwalle act the aailcer Uion Ibr
ground, and. continuing In Unit pox
lure, utrokc.l the cat. To bend no fnt
la a text of a woman's grace, I have
She turned her face toward me and
Hilled. "I'm altuoMt at tliu age, you
"What age?" I aiiked, atupldly.
"W hen we take to cala." he aald
rlalnif. "'SplnaterhiaMr we like to call
It. SlMirle-bleHnedneaa!' "
"That la your khid heart. Ton de
ellne to make one of tia happy to tin
ricMnilr of bII Ihe reHt."
She lanehed at thin, though with ni
very ronulne mirth, I marked, and let
niy m.m attempt at gallnnlry pa
"You aeemed Inlcreated In the old
place yonder." She Indicated Mr
Header's hhuae with nod.
"Oh I iiiwleratooil my blunder." 1
aald. quickly. "I wlah I had known
the auhtect waa einharrawxliig or tin
plegjotnt to Mr. powdenr -
Ik Sw & A. a X. I I aS V "1
nvnat iiane you tnniK thatT
"ftnrely," I aald. "you aaw how
pointedly he cut me off."
"Tea." he returned thoughtfully
"lie rather did. It a true. At laaat. I
aee how you got that Impreaalon." Rhe
earned to muae upon thla, letting her
eyea fall; than, raising them, allowed
her far-away gae to reit upon the
houae beyond the fence, and aald, "It
la an Interesting old place."
"And Mr.-Beaaley himself" I be
Oh." she aald, "he Isn't Interesting
That'a hia trouble r
"Too mean Ma trouble not to"
Hhe Interrupted tm. apeaklng with
audden. surprising energy. "I mean
he's man of no Imagination."
"No Imagination !" I exclaimed.
"None In the world 1 Not one ounce
of Imagination? Not one grain!"
"Then who." I cried "or what la
"Simple whatT she aald, plainly
"HlmpledoriaT" she repeated, and
laughed. "What In the world la thatr
"Ton never heard of It heforeT"
"Never In my life."
"Tou've lived next door to Mr. Beaa
ley a long time, haven't you?"
"All my Ufa."
"And I suppose you must know him
"What nextr the said, smiling.
"Ton ssld he lived there all alone."
I went on, tentatively.
"Except for an old colored couple,
Tan yon tell me" I hesitated.
"Haa he ever been thought well,
"Never!" she answered, emphat
ically. "Never anything so exciting!
Merely deadly and hnpeleasty common
place." She picked up the saucer, now
matter with me."
exceedingly eoitf, and.aet.lt nposj
shelf hy the lattice door. "What
was It ahout what was that name?
"I will tell you," I aald. And I re
lated In detail the singular perform
ance of which I had been a witneaa in
lite late moonlight before that morn- !
Ing's dawn. As I talked, we half uu- :
consciously moved across the lawn to
gether. Dually seating ourselves upon
a bench beyond the rosebeds and near
the high fence. The Interest my com
panion exhibited In the narration
might hove surprised me had my noc
turnal experience Itself been lesa sur
prising. She Interrupted me now and
then with little, half-checked ejacula
tions of acute wonder, but sat for the
most part with her elbow on her knee
and her chin in her hand, her face
turned eagerly to mine and her tips
parted In half breathless attention.
There was nothing "far away'' about
her eyes now ; they were w Idely and
When finished, she shook her head
slowly, as If quite iluinfounded. and
altered her Hsltloti, leaning against
Hie back of the bench and gazing
straight befnre her without speaking.
It was plnln tluit her neighbor's ex
trnordliiiirr behavior hud revealed a
phase of his character novel enough
to be Kiartlhi'.
"tine lAplimntlon might be Just
barely possible," I said. "If It Is. It Is
the iiiosi remarkable case of soinnam
bullsiu on record. Ild you ever henf
of Mr. Iti-nsiey's walking In his "
She toiirlnsl me lightly but peremp
torily on Hie a nn in warning, and I
stopped. On the other side of the
board fence a door opened crenklly.
and there sounded a loud and cheerful
voice that of the gcntlcmuii In the
dressing gow n.
"Here we come!" It said; "me and
big Hill lliimni-rsley. I want to show
I'.lll I can Jump anyways three Hun's
aa far us he can! Come on, Kill."
"la Hint Mr. Ileaxley'a voice?" I
asked, under my breath.
Mlsa Apiicrlliwalte nodded In atllr
motion. "Could he have heard me?"
"No," she whispered. "Ile'a Just
come out of Ihe house." And then to
herself. "Who under heaven la HIM
llauimersley? I never beard of lilnil"
"Of course. Hill," said the voice he
yond Ihe fence, "If you're afraid I'll
beat you too badly, you've still got
time to buck out. I did understand
you to kind of bin Hint you were con
siderable of a Jumper, but If What?
Whal'd you say, Itlll?" There ensued
a moment's complete silence. "Oh. all
right," Ihe voice then continued. "Tou
any you're In this to win, do you?
Well, so'm I. Hill Ilaiiiincrsley ; so'm
I. Who'll go first Me? All right
from the edge of the walk here. Now
then! One two three! Ha!"
A sound came to our ear of some
one. landing, heavily and at full
ha Touched Ma Lightly but Peremgw
torlly en tha Arm In Warning, and
length. It seemed on the turf, fob
lowed hy alight, rusty groan In the
aame voice, "t'gh! Don't yon laugh.
Bill llammerstey ! I haven't Jumped
as much aa t ought to, these laat
twenty years; I reckon Tve kind of
lost the hang of It. Aha !" There were
Indications that Mr. Reasley waa pick
ing t Imself np, and brushing his trou
sers with hla hands. "Now, It'a your
turn Bill. What ay?" Silence again
followed hy, "Tea, I'll make Rlmpte
dorla. get out of the way. Come here.
Pdmplcdorla. Now, Bill, put your heels
'foeether on the edge of the walk.
That's right. All ready? Now then!
One for the money two for the show
three to make ready and four for
to (inr Another alienee. "By Jingo
Bill Hnmmersley, you've heat me!
Ha. ha! That waa a Jump! What
say?" Silence once more. "Tou say
you can do even better than that?
Now, Bill, don't brag. Oh ! you say
that was up In Scotland, where you
had a spring-board? Oho! All right;
let's aee how far rou can Jump when
you really try. There! Heels on the
walk again. That'a right ; awing your
arms. One two three! There you
go!" Another alienee. "Zing! Well
air. I'll he e-tarnaUy snitched to flin
ders If you didn't do It that time. Bill
Ilammerslev! I see I never really
saw any Jumping lierore In all my horn
days. It's eleven feet If It'a an Inch.
What? Tou nay you "
I heard no more, for Miss Apper
thwaite. her face nhed and her eyes
ahlntng. beckonei' me Impersonally to
follow her. and departed so hurriedly
tb" r might he aald ahe ran.
"1 don't know," said 1, keeping at
her cIIhiw. "whether It'a more Ilka
'Alice' or the 'interloctitor'a conversa
tion at a minstrel show."
"Hush!" she warned me, though we
were already at a safe distance, and
did not sHak again until we had
reached the front walk. There she
paused, and I noted that ihe waa
Ireinhllng and, no doubt correctly.
Judged her emotion to be that of con
sternation. "There waa no cne there!" she ex
claimed. "He was all hy himself I It
was Just the same as what you aaw
last night !"
"IMd It sound to you" there was a
little awed tremor In her voice that
I found very appealing "did It sound
to you like a person who'd lost hla
"I don't know," I said. "I don't
know at all what to make of it."
"He couldn't have been" her eyes
grew very wide "intoxicated !"
"No. I'm sure it wasn't that."
"Then I don't know what to mnke
of It, either. All that wild talk about
'Hill llauimersley' and 'Shnpledoria'
and sprlng-hourd In Scotland and"
"And an eleven-foot Jump," I aug
gested. "Why, there'e no more a 'Bill Hnm
mersley.'" she died, with a gesture of
excited emphasis, "than there is a
"Sii it MiM'-trs" I airreed.
BEREA T. M. C A.
This is the "World Fellowship In
Prayer" veek. It la tttn aet apart
for Christian people to meditate and
rak God to help them to aee and then
render the greatest aervl:? possible
to the world, in order the It im?
reallie more fully Its neut of Jesai
Christ The Young: Men's Christian
Association started the week by hav
ing Dr. Hirsohy, one of our most ef
ficient and beat-liked faculty mem
bers, to lead the Sunday evening
meeting1. His topic was "Prayer."
The way he took it up was very in
terearing as well as helpful. We re
pet very much that all of the young
men of the school, as well as the men
cf the town, did not hear him.
He spoke of the great importance
of prayer, also how difficult it is to
know just how to pray. The disciples
of Christ found it difficult, as their
spokesman said, "Lord, teach us how
to pray." We .see that such a man
as Paul realised the need of more
thoro knowledge of how it should be
done, when he said, "We know not
how to pray as we ought" These
two quotations show that prayer in
its fullest meaning was not easy sev
eral hundred years ago, nor is it
easy now. Yet it is worth while.
People have different ways of pray
ing. There are some who seem to
think that prayer consists of asking
for things. But God expects us to
do more than ask. If we are to re
ceive, we must work to bring it
about In order to have good health
necessitates the proper care taken of
the body, hence prayer will not do
It alone. Others seem to think that
the saying of words is praying, but
it takes more than mere words. A
true prayer consists of communicat
ing with God thru Christ It can be
done best in secret because we are
not so constituted to open our hearts
completely in public, altho public
prayer has its place and la worth
while. When we open tip our heart
to an intimate friend, we want no
one else with us. The same is true
in communicating with God.
A life that is genuine and real
when in secret with God can be de
pended upon. People will have con
fidence and trust in such a life. Such
an individual is a blessing to man
kind. A prayer should show that one
who is offering it is submissive to
the will of God. Christ, as much as
he loved fife, prayed in the Garden
of Gethsemane that ihe cup of death
might pass from Him, but then He
said, "Not my will but thine be done."
These words should serve as a lesson
forus.r They should help us to be
honest -and sincere to our fellow men,
and especially with our Heavenly
'1 haven't heard any evidences of a
political machine In your campaign."
"I have one. Just the same." aald
Senator Sorghum. "The new models
are more nearly noiseless than the old
"He's lived there all alone." she
said, solemnly, "in that lilg house, so
long. Just sitting there evening after
evening, all by himself, never going
out, never renting anything, not even
thinking; hut Just sitting and sitting
and sitting Well." she broke off.
suddenly, shook the frown from her
forehead, and mnde toe the offer of a
dazzling smile, "there's no use both
ering one's own hend about It."
"I'm glad to have a fellow-witness,"
I said. "It's so eerie I might have
concluded there was something the
matter with me."
"Tou're going to your work?" she
nsked, as I turned toward the gate.
"I'm very glad I don't have to go to
"Yours?" I Impiired. rather blankly.
"I to;ich algebra and plane geometry
at the High school." un 1.1 this surpris
ing young woman. "Thank Heaven,
It's Saturday! I'm rending 'I.e Slis
crahlcs' for the seventh time, mid I'm
going to have a real orgy over ner
vals, nnd the barricade this after
(Continued Next Week)
What a Wise
The woman who takes
pride in her baking and
is watchful of the family
health is never won awiy
from ROYAL Baking
She knows that it is abso
lutely pure and depend
able that for over 50
years it has been used in
the best homes in the
It Contain No Alum
Leave No Bitter Taste
'DRY SEA RULING
And SHIP SUBSIDY
MANY THINK THE ATTORNIV
GENERAL'S ORDER WILL HELP
PASS THE MEASURE.
CONGRESS TO DECIDE IT SOON
Chairman Lasher's Appeal te Save the
Merchant Marine Leads to Wonder
That Americana Cannot Do Without
Liquor a Few Days.
By EDWARD B. CLARK
Washington. Tightened by a court
decision, the lids are on the pewter
pot and the wine glass on American
vaasels, and on foreign vessels sailing
this sldu of the three-mile limit So it
Is that now a fact, a condition and a
theory, all In one, are here either to
plague or to please the public, If the
ultimate conclusion of actual prohibi
tion on tbe part of the high seas Is
There have been charges In Wash
ington, aa elsewhere, that certain
things which have been said and cer
tain printed references which bave
been made to flnanclul disaster In case
of prohibition on the high aeaa are
part of a plan to help the cause of
ship subsidy in the halls of congress,
llese churgea, of course, come from
men -who do not like the ship subsidy
and they are combated 'by frieuila of
subsidy Just ks strongly as they have
bee,n made by Its enemies.
One thing today seems to lie- defi
nitely settled snd that Is that con
gress will vote on the question of a
ship subsidy witliio a few months.
What the result will be of course no
one but a prophet with the highest
kind of honor can tell. It la said today
that the men "mentally opposed" In
congress to a subsidy outnumber those
wbo are at heart friendly to It, but
argument . may prevail to win a ma
jority for subsidy, and the arguments
that have been and will be advanced,
(he friends Of subsidy say, are suffi
ciently strong to win the case.
It Is not the Intention here to dis
cuss tbe virtue or the lack of virtue of
ship subsidy legislation. There are
some elements in what may be called
the accompaniments of ship aubsldy
legislation which are hot perhaps with
out their human Interest and one of
lAitii Is the matter of the American
travelers' appetites for whisky, beer
and light wine on the high seas
Chairman Leaker's Views.
It waa only the other night that
there was a little crossfire of seech tn
the city of Chicago between Attorney
General Uuugherty and the shipping
I board chairman, Mr. Lasker. It la held
possible in Washington that this Inter
change, lb connection with some other
things, miy have Ita Influence ooe
wuy or the other on the administra
tion's ship subsidy plans.
Chairman Lasker said in his seecb
that with the subsidy a loss of 150.000,
000 s year could be ended within two
and a half years. Mr. Lasker has
said at other times that the American
merchant marine, so far as Its pas
senger service is concerned, cannot en
ter Into competition with foreign ves
sels If they are allowed to sell cock
tails, highballs, straight stuff and wine,
while the American vessels ore pro
hibited from so doing.
As things are todny. no American
vessel can sell liquor on the high seas
to its passengers and foreign vessels
cannot enter our jairts unless they get
rid of the stuff outside of the three
mile limit. This In a way puts the
foreign vessels on a par, so far as the
liquor business Is concerned, with the
American vessels, but it is atuting only
the truth to say that few legal authori
ties believe the Inhibition will be main
tained ugaiust the foreign vessels by
the highest court of the land.
Why Not Be "Dry" a Few Days?
So It seems likely Hint eventually
the foreign vessels will be allowed to
continue to sell drinks while the Amer
ican vessels will have to sti selling
1 1 it-nt . and this lends up to a muter
which it has been Intimated might In
the point of the thing. Wit limit any
Idea of discussing the right and I li.
wrongs of prohibition, without mi
thought of Intimating that u man
ought not to drink or that he ought
to drink, It might tie said thnf it is
extremely curious from one Hiint of
view that even Americana wiio wnir
to drink and who are going to travel
abroad cannot curb Ihelr nppctitics for
the seductive thing during the six or
eight days that It takes to cross the
ocean to a place where they can gel
all they want to drink, either the
benefit or the "unb 'iiettt" of their
souls and bodies.
Kven drinking men here say that If
American would use American ship,
when they travel the passenger Irafllc
of our murine would pay for ilself
ami tlie same drinking men. or a good
many of them r.t least. Intimate thai
n u American who is not willing to g()
dry for the sis additional days that It
takes him to cross the ocean Is mil a
very good American.
prink walls on the other side of
the water and passengers on any dry
ship can have their six or eight days
anticipation, which some (asiple think
Is more pleasurable than realization
and In 1 1 i""' drink a good many
men will suy Ihey are right.
Paring Down the Army.
Queer things happen in govern
nietit. Th secretary of wsr and
the general of the army today are
earnest ly urging that the personnel of
Hie commissioned force of the army
shall he Increased, and si the sums
tiiue a boiiru of general onlieis. acting
under the law, is at work eliminating
more than I .mm oftlcera from the army.
Kverylmdy has been told before tide
that the army has been shot to pieces.
Ho it has. CiHigress has cut It dowa
ami of course ihe contention la sd
vniicvd that the present force Is utter
ly lluuleipiate, even for the purposes of
N-ace. Seemingly, however, both He
publicans and democrats In congress,
or t majority of them at any rate,
think that Ihe army ought to lie furth
er reduced. It Is much more likely
that there will be reductions than in
creases. Men wini think that the future holds
IMisslhllltic of trouble bsik with fear
on any further dimimltloti of the army,
hill as the men who think thai no
trouble ever again Is going to come,
are In Ihe majority, toe army probably
will go the way of further redin-tlon
until something hupN-ns to make peo
ple wish that the country hud a mllce
It is something for ayinpirhcrlc
Americana to know that tbe iHiuri! of
general ofllcers which has the thank-'
less task of elimination In Its hands
Is composed of high-minded 1111411 wh
will see tn It that those who must
leave are those who are the least com
petent to continue their work. It la
going to tie a hard thing to prove to
any one of the oftlcera who must seek
other employment that he ia less
worthy ttf retention than anyone of
those who Is retained, hut. knowing
Ihe process of study of the records
and the cnlllsr of the men who are
dolnr the studying. It can he said thst
no Injustice knowingly will he done
These Are tne "Eliminators."
The members of the board of gen
eral officers are; MuJ. Gen. Joseph T.
Iiickiiiau (retired), president of the
hoard ; Surgeon General M. W. Ireland,
chief of the lueillciil corps; MaJ. UeO.
Henry V. Met uln (retired), and MaJ.
liens. Kriiest Hinds and Andre W.
Itrewster, of the active list. AU of
these oillccrs lire men of high service
with uiilinKiichiible records.
It never does to look for trouble, but
the history of the past, so far as the
army is concerned, shows that there
always Is trouble when promotlona,
demotions or discharges become, the
necessary tinier of the day. When
ever volunteer or drafted forces have
come Into being there have been, ac
cusations that regular oftlcera were
being favored at the expense of vol
unteer officers, nnd that West Point
cadets have been favored at the ex
pense of non-cadets. It can be put
down that, ua certain as It Is going to
ruin again some day, there will be
charges that favoritism figured In the
findings of thla board of elimination
when Its findings are made public.
Your correspondent believes thst ev
ery charge of this kind will be base
less. May Alter Tariff Schedule.
The tariff commission Is Just sbout
to get down to its work. The Preet
deul Is contemplating, through tbe
tariff commission after Inquiry, the re
duction for some duties which be
thinks are too high. It Is not at all
Is-slde the mark to say that It Is pos
sible the thoughts of the President on
this subject may be the thoughts of a
majority of his party In congress.
However, the congress which passed
the tariff bill put In It a provision un
der which the President will act
through the tariff commission in the
work of raising or lowering schedules,
as It may be found that the business
of the country demands. It Is a new
thing which is to be tried out. Tbe
lawmakers fixed rates and then Used
a means by which after Inquiry tbe
rates could be changed.
It is not known definitely yet Just
how- fur the President, working
through the tariff commission, will go
In the mutter of changing some of the
schedules. There are both Iieuiocrats
mid Itepiifillcans here who any he will
'une trouble on bis hands If he at
leinpis lo change tiny of the duties
which bis party has enacted into law.
I'lHitrovc rting this, there are pteuty
of high tariff Itepulilicans In congress
vlio are ready to say they are willing
to trust the matter entirely If the
I'liuds of the President and to rest on
the Judgment of the Inquiries of the
tn HIT commission.
Already several petitions hove lieen
received by the tariff commission In
which downward revision is requested
on some of the schedules. Also some
requests haw been made for Increases
In some schedule. It Is certain the
commission will have work enough on
Not a Real Party Issue.
Tlii ie is unquestionably In the Re
publican party all clement which hojies
Ilu4 the President working through
the coiumlsidou will do sometnliig to
lower koine of the present tariff rates.
There also unquestionably la another
clement In the party which does not
I , el lev e that any tariff rate can be too
high. Th'Te are some few high pro
tection licmiMiuis In congress, not
withstanding the fad that the party
as u party I: lor lower rules on most
of the things which tislny ure "high
ill the customs."
The tariff lu recent e;ii lias become
less and less of a real party Issue In
one sense, becausi lertain manufac
turing Interests in strotu I a-rullc
strongholds tune demanded high rules
of duty, while certain agricultural in
terests in Ifepuldli an strongholds have -demanded
lower rales on a good many
articles. As a w hole, how ever, the Re
publican party Is Ihe chuniplou uf high
tariff, and the Democratic party the
champion of a low tariff.
Pish, which devour mosquito egga
and lurvse, were successfully used to
suppress a yellow fever epidemic In
Peru when all other methods had