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FAIR PLAY, STE. GENEVIEVE, MISSOURI.
By BOOTH TAKKIHQTON
TT1E Sheridan building was the
biggest skyscraper, the Sheri
dan Trust company, the big
Rest bank, and Sheridan himself, the
biggest builder and broker, and truster
and buster under, the smoke of a dirty
and wonderful midland city that piled
tower on tower and spread itself out
over the plain of a fair country.
Bibbs Sheridan was his "odd onej,f
the family failure. lie grow up only
Jengthwlse, nnd at twenty-two was tho
ilry scaffolding of a man. Six months
J a his father's pump works made nec
essary two years in a sanltnrlutn. lie
returned to the "new house" on the
outskirts of the city In time for the
house-warming party. To this canto
JIary Vcrtrees, whose fnmlly nest door
maintained the highest air of respect
ability upon n vunlshlng fortune. She.
came under home promptings Unit led
her to dazzle with her twit nnd beauty
3oth Sheridan and James Sheridan, Jr.
When young Jim had proposed, Mrs.
Itoscoo Sheridan, his sister-in-law, of
iered to help Mary in return for help
in 'nn alTalr of her own. Mary saw
-that in bartering, she was to be bar
tered with. .Her soul rebelled and she
declined to marry young Jim Sheri
dan. He never got the letter.
Sheridan demanded' of Bibbs If be
would quit dreaming or poetry nnd
iollow with Itoscoo nnd Jim to make
the business and the city bigger. Bibbs
could not understand, why anybody
-wanted to make things bigger.
"Damnation !" roared Sheridan.
"Did you ever hear the word 'pros
perity P Tfou ninny I Did you ever
hear tho word 'ambition I' Did you
ever hear- the word 'progress.! Look
at Jim, just completing two more big
warehouses at the pump works In half
the time the contractors wanted. Jim
took the contract himself, found a fel
low with a new cement process nnd.
we begin using them next week. Now,
I'm goin' to make a man of you. By
Godl I ami" And Bibbs was given
two months to get his mental attitude
right for the pump works.
Miss Vertrees' note went to the
senior Sheridan, as that afternoon one
of the new warehouse walls collapsed
sending the Inventor nnd James Sheri
dan, Jr., to their eternity.
Bibbs had to manage the funeral
and ride from the cemetery with Mary
Vertrees, but neither spoke. "He's
not Insane," said Mary to her mother.
"'He looks dreadfully ill, but has pleas
Later Bibbs nnd Mary met as he
was passing her gate. He apologized :
"I I hate a frozen fish myself, and
that three miles was too long for you
to put up with one. I've never been
able to speak quickly, because if I
tried I'd stammer."
Instantly, Mary saw bis nature and
suffering. They walked on 'and she
invited him into the church to hear
some Handel musicr It meant, she
snld, one thfng-above all others to her
Thereafter Bibbs, went often to tho
home of Mary Vertrees. "You see,"
he confided to her, "It is all so simple.
I lira to feed long strips of zinc into
steel Jaws that bite it into little cir
cles, 68, a minute. I used to flinch and
the workmen laughed."
"If sha'n't hurt you," exclaimed
Mary. "All day long, Til send my
thoughts to you; nnd you must re
member that a friend stands beside
Trouble grew In the Sheridan house
.hold. Itoscoe took to drink ; then quit.
He had enough a few thousand a
Sheridan sent for Bibbs, his only
hope, offered him vice presidencies,
salaries and shares; but Bibbs pre
ferred happiness nnd nine dollars a
week. "What's tho use." he said, "of
being Just bigger, dirtier and noisier?';
That evening Bibbs and Mary read
Maeterlinck together and he told her
"Tomorrow, I'm one of the hands of
the pump works and going to stay one,
unless I am thrown out and decide to
study plumbing." '
"Why not give Bibbs a chance to
live?" Bald the family doctor. "There's
something finer In Bibbs than his phy
sical body. You're half mad with a
consuming fury against the very self
of law. Bnt you want to beat the
law! So AJox defied the lightning l"
"Yes! And, by God; I will I" cried
Sheridan. "AJox was a jackass. If
he'd been half a man he'd !a' got away
with It; hitched it up and made It
work for him like a black steer. I'll
have my way with that stubborn fool.
Bibbs." But Bibbs still said, "No."
Sunday afternoon Bibbs was work
ing over a poem. He might venture it
upon an editor and perhaps
Then paper and pencil dropped as
be stood up paralyzed'. Through his
half-open door be heard Mrs. Itoscoe
Sheridan confiding to Mother 'Sheri
dan: "The Vertrees' house has been
old on foreclosure; they are allowed
to live there a little longer." "Mr.
Vet-trees baa been trying to get a 'po
sition."' "They hnvo been doing their
own cooking." "Those people were so
hard up that Miss Vertrees started
after Bibbs before they 'know whether
ho was insnno or not." "She had to
get hlin." "If he'd stop to think, he'd
know he wasn't the kind of a man any
girl wouUJ bo npt to fall In love with."
Bibbs quickly burned papers and
notebooks, descended nnd told his fa
ther: "I'll take, tho Job you offered
me," and went straight to Mnry Vcr
trees and snld: "Will you marry
Mary drew It all out of Blhhs ; then
sank down kneeling, tears overwhelm
ing her. "I can't make it plain," said
Bibbs, "I never dreamed I could do
anything for you I I knew you never
thought of me except generously to
"We were poor, and I think I did
mean to marry your brother. Bui
something stopped me from such a
sacrilege. I posted the letter, but h
never got It."
"You kept me nllve and I've hurl
you like this," said Bibbs. "Could you
forgive me, Mary?"
"Oh, a thousnnd times I But there'l
nothing to forgive and you mustn'l
come to see me any more," she cried
In n pusslon of s tears. ""Never, never,
He returned In time to tell his sis-tcr-ln-law
In the presence of the fam
ily: "I proved what "you said to me
and disproved what you snld of Mlsi
Vertrees. I asked her to marry mt
and she refused."'
Bibbs went with his father and sal
in the porch of the temple with the
money-changers; worked nnd talked
of nothing but work.
He delved into the ways of the city
and its political Influence, and began
to buy Intertrnctlon shares where the
Vertrees' fortune had vanished.
Soon tho Vertrees, weie able to pay
the butcher, hire a 'cook, and follow
the broker's advice to keep tho bah
once of their stock. Sheridan boasted
that his plan for Bibbs was working
out all right. Still thero was some
thing wrong and the doctor and Sheri
dan agreed that it might be n good
thing if Miss Vertrees would permit
Bibbs to see her1 sometimes.
"I Jiad to make Bibbs go my way,"
Sheridan explained to Miss Vertrees,
"but thero Isn't anything in it to him,
He gave up everything he wanted and
took the Job he never would just for
you. There's only one girl he could
feel that sorry for. Can't you let hlra
When Mnry responded: "I can't I
He was only sorry for me" : the truth
wns out "Don't don't " she cried.
"You mustn't "
T won't tell hlra. I won't tell any
body anything," said Sheridan.
On a crowded downtown thorough
fare Mary saw Sheridan, at the risk
of his life, spring before a moving
trolley enr and with the whole force
of his big body shunt Bibbs from im
pending danger. The crowd had shriek
ed warnings, but Bibbs had looked the
nigh up in the Sheridan building,
Bibbs sat down, shaking nnd sore. Ho
realized that his father held his own
life of no account compared to that of
his .son. Bibbs perceived what he had
never perceived before the shadowing
of something enormous, Indomitable,
lawless, Irresistible and blindly noble.
He looked out Into the vast foggy
henrt of tho smoke.
The roar of the city beat upon Bibbs'
enr until he began to distinguish n pul
sation; the voice of the god, Bigness.
"Come nnd work for me, all men 1 By
your youth nnd your hope, I summon
you! By your oge and your despair 1
By your love of home nnd woman and
children I You shnll ,be blind slnves.
For reword you shall gaze only upon
Then, the voice came as' some mu
sic struggling to be born of the Tur
moil. "It is man who makes me ugly
by his worship of me. If man would
let mo serve him I should be benutl
ful." From the vague -contortions of smoke
and fog, Bibbs sculptured a gigantic
flguro with feet pedestnlled upon the
great buildings nnd shoulders disap
pearing in tho clouds, a colossus of
steel, wholly blackened with soot, ne
thought up over the clouds unseen
from below the glnnt lnbored-wlth his
hands In the clean sunshine; and Bibbs
Imaged what ho made there perhapa
for a fellowship of the children of the
children that were children now a no
ble and Joyous city, unbelievably white.
Tho telephone fiercely summoned
him. A stnrtllngly beautiful voice
caused him to tremble violently. "Yes,
Bibbs, I wns near the accident. They
said you hadn't been hurt, but I want
ed fo know."
"Mary would you would you have
minded?" There was a long pause and
a soft, 'Tea."
"Then why, oh, why, won't yon let
me see you? I've been like a, man
chained In a cave."
"But, Bibbs dear, yon don't under
"Ma -," ho called, even more tremu
lous "than before, "you can't mean It
was because you care. If you meant
that you would let me see yon,
And now the voice was so low be
couldn't be sure it spoko at all, and
if It did, the words were, "Yes, Bibbs
But the voice was not in the Instru
ment, It was bo gentle nnd so light, so
almost nothing, It seemed to bo made
of air and to fall from heaven.
Slowly and Incredulously be turned
nnd looked up nnd glory fell upon his
shining eyes. Mary stood upon the
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Firewood, Fence Posts and Mate
rial for Repair and Build- '
ing Always at Hand.
ALSO AFFORDS PROTECTION
Tree Should Be Located on Ground
Too Poor for Cultivation Valuable
Timber May Be Produced With
A well-carcd-for "home" forest will
make the farm more prosperous, add to
the comfort of the farm home, nnd en
hance the value of the farm ns nn In
vestment, says a new publication,
"Forestry and the Farm Income," is
sued by the Forest Service, United
States department of agriculture.
Farm forestry, properly practiced sup
plied timber for farm needs, enables
tho owner to market surplus timber
profitably, furnishes employment for
men nnd team" In winter, makes waste
land yield u profit, and Increases the
sale value of the farm. Kven if a
farmer sells no timber, the wood
land pays, says the bulletin. The time
nnd money saved by hnvlng firewood,
fence posts, and material for repair
and construction conveniently nt bund,
nnd the protection afforded the crops,
fnrm buildings, and stock nre worth
considerably more tlinti the slight
trouble and expense of raising und
caring for the trees.
Need Not Occupy Productive Land.
Form woodland need not occupy
land that will grow other crops, it Is
pointed out. On the contrary, the
trees should be located on ground too
poor to cultivate. A little care given
In the winter or nt other times when
the farm work Is slack will make such
land produce valuable timber. If fully
stocked with trees and well cared for,
an acre of hardwoods should grow
from one-half to one cord of wood
yearly, while pine should produce
from one to two cords.
The prime essential for succpss in
farm forestry, the bulletin states, Is
adequate protection against tires. For
est fires kill the little trees outright
and weaken full-grown ones, so that
they may become diseased or Infested
with insects. It also destroys the
humus cover and causes depletion of
the soil. Burning over the ground for
the purpose of Improving grazing Is
characterized as an expensive mis
take. Although It is possible to Re-
ji.' SS ' r. r- 5.-.-..
Not Only Is a Well-Managed Farm
Timber Stand a Source of Fuel, but
It Shelters Farmstead From Prevail
cure green grass for the stock a week
or two earlier In the spring hy such a
practice, many of the rich leguminous
plants nnd annunl grasses are killed,
leaving only tho hardy bunch, wiry
and other coarse perennial grasses.
Discretion In Cutting Necessary.
Grazing almost Inevitably causes
damage to the trees, Experiments
have shown that If the best results
nre to be secured stock should be ex
cluded from the woodland. When
timber Is needed, the cutting should
be done so as to cnusu the least possi
ble waste of valuable wood and should
not damage other living trees. The
first trees to be cut should be the dead
or dying and deformed and dlsensed
specimens, which shade out benlthy
trees. Less valuable kinds, such as
gray birch, aspen, blackjack onk, dog
wood, sow wood, blue birch, Ironwood,
and others, should ho removed In
preference to the more valuable kind.
By following this practice the wood
innd is constantly Improved and Its
value Is Increased.
Preservative trentment will con
siderably. Increase the life of timber
which Is used for fence posts and oth
er similar uses, and Is distinctly worth
while. Trentment with cqal-tnr creo
sote has been found to be by far the
most satisfactory process.
ATTENTION TO HOG RAISING
More Than 160 Pig Club Members In
8outh Carolina Enroll In Better
Developments In live stock Improve
ment In South Carolina show tho di
versified character of animals kept on
farms. Records kept by the United
States department of agriculture in
connection with the "better-sires, better-stock"
campaign Indicate that
swine raising Is receiving unusunl at
tention In that stale. In one day re
cently the department enrolled m tho
campaign more than 150 pig-club mem
bers In South Carolina who will breed
their stock to purebred sires only. Oth
er live stock ownet'-s In that state re
port the breeding bf tho usual kind of
farm live stock nnd also other kinds
ranging from pit game birds to Mexi
AVOID ANNUAL LOSS
TO DIFFERENT CROPS
Vigilance and Vigorous Action
Necessary by Growers.
Insect Outbreaks Within Limited
Areas Should Be Stamped Out
at Once Fall Plowing I
A great portion of the annual loss
to the grain crop duo to Insect In
juries can be avoided by vigilance and
vigorous action on tho part of the
grain growers. Insect outbreaks fre
quently orlglnnto within limited areas,
and when this Is the case It often Is
possible to stnmp them out before any
great damage has occurred. In other
Instances the outbrenks nre of gen
eral origin, and then community no
tion Is essential in order that the In
roads of the pest may be overcome.
The most serious Insect enemies ot
cereal crops, such ns the Hessian fly,
the chinch bug, nnd white grubs, be
long to the latter class. In tho case
of these nnd other widely distributed
foes of the grains no means of stop
ping their ravages will be fully suc
cessful until community action can bo
secured In adopting tho methods of
combat at present advocated by ento
mologists. Fall plowing doubtless Is the most
universally beneficial practice for the
control of the Insect pests of cereal
crops, nnd this mensuro should be
adopted except where It Is rendered
Impossible by local agricultural condl-
Hons, says the United States depart
ment of ngrlculture. Corn never
should be planted on freshly broken
sod land, because this practice Is nl
most pertain to expose tho crop to
the ravages of cutworms, wlrcworms,
nnd white grubs. Crops belonging to
tho bean fnmlly, such ns cowpeas, soy
beans, clover, alfalfa, etc., may be In
terposed safely between sod und grain,
nnd especially between sod nnd corn,
In order that Injury to the grain crops
by these pests mny bo avoided.
POOLING WOOL CLIP
IN COLLECTIVE SALE
Buyers in Large Number Are
Makes It Possible for Growers to Re
ceive Payment for Full Value of
Product Cost of Handling
The advnntnge of wool pooling and
co-operative selling mny well be out
lined ns permitting the growers to sell
their wool collectively In a large vol
ume, thus attracting a large number
of buyers and making possible the pay
ment of the full value of the wool. Tho
larger buyers are not nttracted by In
dividual clips unless they are of con
siderable magnitude such ns some of
those produced by tho larger ranchers
In the West. Nor Is the local buyer
able to pay the full price for wools
which must bo purchased a few
fleeces nt a time and carried at his
personal expense andrlsk until suffi
cient volume has been "accumulated to
permit Its shipment to some central
Volume handling such as Is possible
wlfere tho entire clip of the communi
ty Is sold collectively reduces the cost
per pound of buying nnd handling nnd
will permit tho purchaser, whether n
local wool merchant or sgmo outside
buyer, to pay n higher price per pound
than Is possible where It Is necessary
to purchase the wool In small lots.
Tho bureau of markets. United
States department of agriculture, Is
constantly giving assistance to co
operative organizations In the way of
organization practices and selling
lllli, 11,1, liu lllll IU UAlfflU
simllnr service In the co-operatlvo '
marketing of wool.
RIDS FARM OF SCRUB SIRES
Washington Farmer Lets Go of In
ferior Boar and Bull In Order
to Get Purebreds.
"I got rldv of a scrub Poland China
site and also of a bull In order to get
purebreds." With this explnnatlon a
breeder of cattle, swine, nnd poultry
In Lewis county, Washington, enrolled
In the "Hetter Sires, Hotter Stock"
movement. Hereafter -12 scrub cows,
0 grade sows, nnd 40 mongrel hens'
which he owns, In addition to n small
quantity of better females, will be
bred only to sires of pure breeding.
The number of pit silos is increas
ing. The feeding valuo of Sudan grass la
equal to timothy buy.
When we loso the leaves of our al
falfa we have lost our alfalfa.
Good preparation Is required with
alfalfa seedbeds; tho soli must be firm
at seedlug time.
Do not let too many melon vines
grow In one hill. Thin, cultivate nd
fertilise for best results,
Something New in
List of Accessories
WE ARB more allured by lovely
accessories of dress than by
essential clothing, and these furbe
lows provide us n continuous, pleas
ing performance. Something new
claims attention nil the time, and spices
up our work-a-day world of dress. It
Is the daintiness nnd freshness of
neckwear, or the richness of bro
cades in hats nnd bags or nosegays
of ribbon flowers, or flowers of or
gandie or artificial fruits of yarn and
numberless accessories made of rib
bon that keep the mind occupied and
the pocketbook busy Just now.
Among the newest ornnments there
are chokers (collnrs) of ribbon with
full rosettes, to be worn close up
around the neck. They are made of
rather narrow ribbon and the
rosettes have, as a rule, several short
hanging ends. Just ahead of the au
tumn leaves are new blouses that
nhow neck finishing resembling that
Dcrennlal favorite, the frothy Jabot,
but the surest Indication for fall seems
fo be the plaited upstanding ruff ot
AND NOW THEY
TUH hrst hats and the first, suits
for fall have made their entry.
They almost reconcile one to the pnss
Ing of summer and rucceed in making
fall welcome. Women aro remarking
of tho suits, their straight but chic
lines, their trim fastenings up the
front, their high necks nnd with all
this their lack of severity. For these
suits ore embellished with embroider
ies, needlework, used with much dis
criminating reticence. Handsome
composition buttons, sparingly- used
where buttons are needed, mntch tho
cloths In color. Coats are somewhat-
longer, skirts nre sufficiently
full for comfort and remain pit' ,
belts nre narrow nnd sometimes
long, but often they lap across tho
front and fasten with a button at
each side. Fur la much In cvldenco
In high collars nnd occasionally In
largo patch pockets and In cuffs.
There la no Indication nnywhere that
women will favor very short skirts
In fact Kood sense and good taste gov
ribbon drawn close to the throat wltM
a narrow ribbon tie.
Another Item that we may be sura
of Is tho shopping bag of handsome
ribbon. There is a new line of these
ready for presentation to fall shop
pers, and some of them have hats to
mutch. Tops of the bags reveal new
designs, and there are many handsome
tassels used for finishing them. The
soft draped crowns popular In fall
hats lend themselves to the hat-and
bag-to-match Idea. A handsome sef
appears in the illustration in which
a narrow brimmed shape of Jlaln yelj
vet has a crown of brocaded ribbori
draped so that It terminates In two
points at the, side. Of course these
two points exist merely to support two
handsome tnssels that dangle from
them and brush the shoulder. The
shopping bag to match Is pictured
mounted on a metal ring with round
top which probably holds a mirror on
the reverse side. One may lay a
safe wager that It contains a small
ribbon covered box that carries com-
1 pact face powder and a Up stick.
TALK OF SUITS
ern the styles thus far presented It
Is n matter for rejoicing the 3rs
things aro nenrly always the best,
and these new suits huve caused
great enthusiasm among well lnfonrtd
and well dressed women.
Two of the earliest models nre pic
tured here nnd they Include ono that
has n plulted skirt and a Jacket with
vest of brocaded ribbon. On thepockt
ets at tho sides there Is a pretty ar
rangement of nnrrow braid, and this
nlso finishes the long sleeves. Thla
model Is made of serge. Tho most
liked cloths nre thoso on the order o
duvetyn, thnt Is, having n velvety sur.
face, of which there nre several varl
etles with nnmes of their own. A
suit of this kind Is shown at tho rlghj
with wide collar of fur.