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A Poet's Corner
in Valentines .
bu ROBERTUS LOVE
ICorvrlpht 1"P7 hv Ttobertus Lave
HE poot nnd tlio
two In one
wan stalled in
n lively little
city In North
Dakota. II e
bound and broke Either chain would
old him foe some days to come. To
ret out of town be had first to get out
if his hotel by paying his bill. This,
lowever, was a 'delicate secret which
oe had no Intention of sharing with
lis landlord, who looked upon lilni as
i celebrity. Rut getting out of town.
irns impossible even to a
The railroads were tightly tied
ap In all directions by vast drifts of
packed snow In the deep cuts, and the
mow was still falling and Btlll drifting.
It was not his own fault that the
poot and the funny man was fundlcss.
He had counted upon reaching the
next town and collecting a fat fee for
in entertainment which ho was to glvo
ihero before his money gave out. Now,
bo knew that he would miss his date
ind that ho must "Jump" 400 mortal
miles to his next engagement, and lie
must buy railroad transportation for
the Jump. The poet was melancholy
vcr his prospects, and even the funny
man was feeling almost blue. It is a
bandy thing to be a funny man ns well
is a poet, for the ability to appreciate
the humor of a situation well, that
But now the funny part was all buried,
like the trains In the snow packed
tuts, and It was only the melancholy
poet who 6ti t In the olllce of the Grand
Central hotel and looked blue.
he glanced at the big
above the clerk's desk. The letters
n the sheet read, "February 10."
"Huh:" the poet grunted. "Close to
EL Valentine's day, but 1 guess there'll
be no valentine for me. Wires nil
Sown. Can't get In touch with the lecture
bureau or anybody elso for the
touch' that I so long for. I'm here for
i week anyhow If this snow keeps up
md Just SO cants In my pockeL Well, 1
feel like SO cents." And here the funny
man came up to tue surface for a brief
Just then a long haired Individual
Bearing a wasp walstcd overcoat that
roflcned from ears to heels entered the
aotel ollleo and walked up to read the
sanies on the register.
"Hal" he ejaculated. Then ho strode
tTcr to the Ket and extended a long,
can arm tipped with truly professional
'I have the lioaor," he said, "to
prof the distinguished poet and
Mr. .Tami Alexander Bard;
'tr you ly your lithographs. I'm
Blj. k Hurt-bard Bennington Blank.
:h.'n talk artist Snow bound here;
all my dates for a mouth;
'I lvMzuIze you also by your
Mr. Blank; glad to meet you,"
la 1 the poet.
"Druthers In dtetreM," remacfeed the
'"Truly," assented the poet, with
"My distress, however, Is doopor
than yours, I Imagine." said the chalk
talker In a confidential undertone.
iFact Is, Mr. Bard, I'm dead broke,
ind If you could manage to let me
"Only too happy, Mr. Blank, but,"
ikewlse in an undertone, glancing
at the smiling hotel clerk across
H""" , o
"UP HEltE WU'jtE CXLEBItlTIES."
the room, "I have 30 cents and a postage
stamp. Might let you hnve the
"Funny situation," eald the chalk
"Awfully," agreed tho funny man,
laughing a muHlcd, mournful laugh.
"What are we going to do about It,
Blank?" anxiously Inquired the poet,
with a long face.
"Ob, we'll see. Let's take a look
Arm in arm tho two platform entertainers
went out Into the whirling,
twirling, sweeping snow. They strode
Sown the main street persons of their
profession, you know, always stride
and glanced Into the store windows.
"By Jovo! Not a valentine on sale
m tho whole blessed burgl" exclaimed
the chalk talker. "Why, I was hero
-last year about this time, and the stores
were filled with valentines. One of the
merchants told mo this was the best
market In North Dakota; Bald
everybody bought and sent valentines,
from the baby to tin oldest Inhabitant
What can be. the matter?"
A glimmer of intelligence pervaded
Hie poet's countenance.
"Valentines all enow bound, like us,"
tie ventured. "Didn't gel In beforo the
blfcuuird, I guess."
Then a light that never vna on sea
ur land Illumined tlio features of tho
chalk talker. Ho struck an attitude
thnt was striking' Indeed.
"Ban!," he cried, his voice vibrant
with a vast Joy, "bore's nn Idea thnt
will get us out of tho hole and out of
town If the snow ever mcltsl"
"I don't eee It," dolefully replied the
"Iluh! St. Valentine's day only four
days off and not a valentine In town.
Babies bawl for valentine. Girls
for 'em. Men mourn for 'em. You're
n poet I'm an nrtlst. You write serious
poetry sentimental stuff also
poetry J draw fancy pictures; also
FIANK DRKW VAIiENTINKS. BAKU WBOTK
funny pictures. My managers call me
'the lightning artist. Are you a lightning
"Well, yoa know I got my reputation
by writing n column of verses every
day for n newspaper."
"Sure. Now, listen. Hero's the biggest
notion store In town. Wo'll see
the merchant how's this for n .big notion?
and glvo him n corner."
"A what? This store Is already on a
"Oh, say? Shake the kinks out of
your Intolrect, Bsrd. Wo'll give this
corner store merchant a corner on valentines."
"A corner on valentines?"
"los poot'a corner, 6o to speak. See?
You write the poetry; I'll draw the pictures.
See tho possibilities? You and
I don't cut much of a tlguro down In
the big cities, but op hare we're
rltlos. Notice 1kw the peoplo are
standing out here in tho snowstorm to
get a took at us?"
"That's due to jour kmg hair."
"We'll sign tlieae valentines, some
of Inem," the chalk talker continued,
disregarding the ioefs thrust. "Mr.
Merchant will advertise the thing in
the newspapers, and we'll make more
money out of it than we could get out
of a dosen platform dates. See?"
At last the poot saw, with the aid of
the funny man.
The conspirators entored the store.
Half an hour later they emerged, each
carrying a triplicate copy of a contract
which nssured him a thlrd.suaro In the
profits of tlio venture. The merchant
was to serve at press agent, do the
paid advertising, keep mum as to the
contract and lot them do the rest.
Four busy nights and days followed
for Messrs. Bard and Blank In their
rooms at the hotel. Blank drew valentines
and Bard wrote valentine
poems by the hundreds.
By the morning of Feb. 11 tho whole
town was nwnro and ngog. It was nn
event, nn epoch. The two dnlly papers,
carrying full page advertisements, vied
with each other in giving free news
space to the novel experiment.
"The celebrated poet and artist," editorially
remarked one of the papers,
"have kindly consented to see that this
town, In spite of the distressing storm,
shall not go valcutlucless. Art nnd
genius come to the aid of love. They
are Indeed our friends In need."
When the funny man In n moment's
respite from the poet's terrific labors
glanced at this squib he doubled up
"We are Indeed In need," he said
softly, "but they don't know It, and if
Mr. Merchant keeps his ugrcemont
As the valentines fell llko autumn
leaves from pen and pencil thoy wero
displayed In tho big show windows.
The sale was like a bargain rush, Toward
tho last tho autogruph valentines
wero auctioned off. The bidding was
most spirited. One of the poet's most
touching quatrains, written and signed
In exactly two minutes, on a big sheet,
with a red heart drawn and signed by
the chalk talker in thirty seconds, was
knocked down to the town's most eligible
bachelor for $30. A "comic" which
bit tho fancy of the new postmaster
becauso he perceived that It would
"hit" his late hated rival went for
And a train got In tho day after St.
Valentine's! As poet and chalk talker
paid their bills from the $271.10 which
euch received as his share of the proceeds
from this nefarious schemo the
funny man came out boldly from temporary
retirement and murmured softly:
"0 poesy, what crimes are committed
In thy name!"
Bo TOM rnsso.s
ICopyrlM. 1907. by Tom Mnxton
S he put his arm
around h e r,
while his hand
and he held her
so oIoms that
her fair hair
uyHBL lcuhed u I e
forehead, u e
"My dearest, 1 have been thluklng
over our wedding trip and trying to
plan the details so that you will got
tho most out of It. Quito appropriately,
we shall start on St. Valentine's
day. We shall not hnrry, but go ns the
whim seizes us, and you cau choose
your own route London, Paris, Home,
the Ithine, anywhere you sny."
And she'rcplled, looking far off, with
it certain wistful guze:
"What do I euro about nil that, dear,
no long ns I know that you love me?"
Then he went away and pondered
over this admission, thinking from tins
depths of his man's experience that It
was not quite right somehow. It did
not seem so human, as he
had beon taught to expect. And tln
the next night ho came again nnd sold-"Darling,
when wo nre married wo
nhall have n home a real, true homp
And you shall furnish It yourself, dear.
Just ss you want it. Nothing shall bo
denied you. Money shall be no object."
And she replied very simply:
"Ah, my dearest, what does all that
matter so long as I know that you love
And again he pondered hor reply nnd
asked himself If tills, nftor all, was the
Ideal love that his heart ho craved. It
hcenied too good to bo true. And once
again he came back and said:
"My heart's own, you wouhl like two
homos, I know, one in tho city nnd oue
In the country, nnd horses nnd servants
nnd Jewels and nil that makes life
beautiful All these shall bo yotirR."
AM slif mulled gayly as sho replied:
"As if I cared, dearest! As you love
mo. all my heart Is satisfied."
And the man went away ngnln, pondering
moro deeply, for still he wna not
rattiiificd. "One moro test," he exclaimed.
So the next night he said:
"Dear, I find Uint I have given you a
wrong impression. Careful examine-
"An, ut DtinrsT, wuat uoes all tuat
tlon of my nssets convinces mo that
we slinll have to bcpln In a very small
Bhort trip to Niagara, a seven
room tlat and ten days' vacation In tho
summer. What do you sny? Is It nil
And a tear stood In her eye. as sho
"I wns afraid somcthlnK was wronc
for now I know you do not love me!"
A Funnu Valentine
6u FRANK II. SWEET
uou ever find a Valentino
Beside uou In jjour bed.
When nou beard cour papa sanlng,
Wake up, mu sleepu head I
Wake up, wako up I uour cues will shine
To see uour funnu Valentine 7"
uou ever have a Valentine
All soft and warm and sweet,
With a Utile rolln polu head
And mites of hands and feet
Wrapped up In a flannel, oh 1 so tight,
Acd 'frald of one wee bit of light 7
WITHOUT A T0OTU TO UITE ITfl UUKAD.
uou ever have a Valentine
(Mg sakest I want to laugh)
So beavu that Iheg said It weighed
Just nine pounds and a balf,
Without a tooth to bite Its bread
Nor any balr upon Its bead 7
I HAD one just this morning
And 'twas sucb a sweet surprise
To beat uiti papa sailing,
"Wake up, dear sleepu eges I
This funng Utile Valentino
Is mamma's baby, pours and mine I"
WANTED TO RIDE.
L. t.h, Wntt.n t)
Yon t Ut H5" 1
kill him the ut: in
Uinlsail wai :ou U i"
returned tkisrrnh Am
Clay on lis had betur ba
. ne face '
H , -and
open for I'll be prepared for him
when we in cot.
Such was the word passed by two
mou prominent, in Kentueky
through a friend of both.
For weoks the two carried kubs
in good shooting- condition readj
for firinc qu the spur of the, moment.
Friends on oither side kept the two
ont of each other's sight.
Hut on a summer's morning while
Jltrdsall wa rotniug from tows he
saw Clayton eoiniutr along the road.
Hoth were hortebaafc. Both grew
pale and eooJ. for the time, t&ej
orueial uiouieui had come, when the
slow adt man would be hot.
They were hundred yards prt. J
The horses walked. Kach look-
cd straight ahead, with his ejt on j
Slowly the distance Wtwota them
grew lead, tmtil they looked each
tho face, only ten feet
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