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Thursday, Dee. 15, 1910.
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EL PASO has an opportunity to help fight the white plague by "buying the
Red Cross stamps on sale under the auspices of the Woman's Charity. Siz
thousand have already been sold in El Paso and 20,000 more have just ar
rived. These stamps will be sold in the corridors of the postoffice and "every
stamp is a bullet in the warfare against consumption." .The stamps make neat
seals for Christmas packages, carrying as they do their message of good will to the
Tecipient, and in using them, the work of the Red. Cross society in America in
relieving distress among the indigent consumptives is given an impetus. The local
officers of the Charity are anxious to make a record this year in the sale of these
stamps. They sell for a cent apiece andonay be purchased in large or small Iqts.
Every consumptive uncared for is a public danger. Yet only one-tenth of the
cases are in the hospitals and sanatoriums of the country. That means that nine
tenths of the victims are fighting the enemy in their homes, either intelligently or
otherwise, but in both classes there is tremendous need for help, says a bulletin
of theXEed Cross.
The plan of the Christmas seal means a great recruiting for the army already
enlisted to battle with the plague, declares the Philadelphia North American in
comment. It is good fighting, for it shoots straight at the mark. It means a
certain cure for many who would have gone uncured, "because the pennies and the
dollars spent this seasonfor seals will be transformed speedily into life-saving
milk and eggs.
Above all, the plan is admirable because it is educational because it will
help to teach both old and young that it is the duty of one andvall to help lift
the burden of tuberculosis which weighs upon the whole community.
Those are the practical material merits of the Red Cross stamps. .But there
is another side. Those little "Merry Christmas" squares are gifts that not only
-will do good,-but will do the giver good "hecause each of us willbe enriched by
what is given.
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All had people are not outside the church, just as all good ones are not in it.
Lakewood, N. 3H., is to have a canning factory. Why can't El Paso get up a
real "big stock company for such a concern? There is plenty of stuff already
produced in the valley to start one and, with a ready market, there would be
The school board appears to be in a pretty tad way financially. Does any
body remember anything ever "being said about extravagances in school ex
A Louisville paper takes Texas to task for burning 'a Mexican at Rock Springs
and the Pecos Times gets back by saying Texas "never disgraced itself by licensing
a negress to practice law' as Kentucky did. Gee, what a come-back.
Judson Harmon's presidential boom is being worked steadily, the dispatches
say. Philander Chase Knox and Charles Warren Fairbanks at one time had presi
dential booms steadily and continuously worked upon the American people, but we
all know that all they got was expense bills for press clippings.
Tributes To Remarkable Woman
THE life and work of Mrs. Mary Baker G. Eddy, now that she has passed
away, are drawing commendations from many of the most learned people
of the time. Regardless of what her "science" may prove to be or what it
has accomplished, she was a wonderful woman in many ways and she drew a
remarkable following, including many very intelligent people.
Mrs. Eddy, in the midst of the brighest age that the world has known, launched
her "science" and won recruits by the thousands. The rich and the poor alike are
numbered in the ranks of those who took up her teachings, and she won foi
herself a place in the history of the century that is unique and will be lasting as
a remarkable woman if nothing more.
Rev. Thomas B. Gregory, "noted pulpit orator and writer, pays high tribute
to Mrs. Eddy as a wonderful woman and says that regardless of whether she
originated the ideas embodied in her book, she really originated the Christian
Science church and that its growth alone is sufficient to have won fame enough
for one woman. Declaring that Mary Baker Eddy is as much entitled to the
honor of founding the Christian Science church as Christopher Columbus is entitled
to the honor of discovering this western hemisphere, he says:
"But what of this work? Answer the question as you will, it still remains
true that it is a wonderful work! Millions of people, among the most intelligent
to be found on -earth, from all the churches, and from outside of the churches,
claim to have found in Christian Science the peace and health of mind and body
that they were able to find nowhere else. Are all these people conscious deceivers?
How uncharitable to claim such a thing! Are they themselves deceived, the poor
dupes of an empty lie? How next to impossible it is to think that. It must be
that they find real good in the church they have voluntarily entered, and from
which they are perfectly free at any moment to depart.
"However, this, it will be clearly understood, is not a brief for Christian Science
or a. "blast against it. Quite apart from my individual views of it, Christian
Science is here here, in all likelihood, to remain for a long, long time and the
only thing about which there is no chance for an argument is the extraordinary,
the amazing, personality of the frail little woman out of whose brain and will
Christian Science was horn."
In less than 60 days China is to be under constitutional government. St.
Petersburg please take notice. St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Might also refer it to
the head of 'the nation south of us.
A Democratic paper remarks that Ballinger is hanging over the edge of the
abyss of political oblivion. And that the rope has not been cut is no fault of the
The smokers may have a kick at the new pay-as-you-enter cars, hut the women
11 them blessed. Few women like to ride in a car full of blue haze from cigarets
and cigars and few men will suffer verymuch by having to wait until their
journey is completed for a puff at the weed.
A Philadelphia wife shot her husband because they could not agree whether
the window should be open or closed. Other husbands and wives should take the
hint and at least not fight over anything less 'than the number of covers for the
bed. Shooting a person over a window being up seems such a little thing to do.
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UNCLwalts Denatured Poem
THE beefy sports of Europe are coming to these shores, and soon fcheir loud
ki-yoodles will fill all out of doors. All through the long, sad winter they'll
bind us with a spell, and make the sporting writers roll up their sleeves
and yell. "With defi and with challenge they'll fill the public prints, they'll dish
up threats corrosive and most bloodthirsty hints. They'll thunder and they'll
chortle, they'll bellow and declaim, and they may do it
safely, for Gotch has quit the game. O Gotch! The
THE WRESTLERS cornfield called him, and so he quit the mat, to feed
his Poland Chinas, and watch them pile on fat; and
while he gathers henfruit and plants the mellow spud,
a lot of foreign "lions", are clamoring for blocd. A lot of brawny terrors are
telling what they'll do to this or t'other terror when he come-s into view; and so
they nail the roubles and burnish up their fame, and nothing can prevent them,
for Gotch has quit the game. And when the foreign wrestlers become too great
a bore, it may be Gotch will offer to chase them from this shore. Forgetting
James J. Jeffries and all that Reno dope, the- husky Humboldt farmer will come
forth as a hope but let us draw a curtain upon this mournful themp- the beefy
sports of Europe are coming in a stream. The ra'bbits roar like lions, and oh, it
seems a shame, to earnest, soulful people, that Gotch has quit the game!
Copyright, 1910. by Georg M&xtinnrw
A PRINCE who is also a diplomat,
who recently visited this country,
when asked the bromidic ques
tion what he thought of the American
woman, made this wise reply:
"The only fault I have ever been able
to find with your American woman,
either when I met her at home or
abroad, is that she is bent on posing as
a cosmopolitan. She is the most charm
ing woman In the world when she is
just herself, but she doesn't seem to
know this. She keeps on trying to be an
English woman, or a French woman, or
some other kind of a woman anything,
.so long "as it isn't an American woman
and she goes to all sorts of trouble to
do it, when she was much more the
thing, dont you know, when she was
just herself. It's a beastly shame, and
somebody ought to tell about what a
mistake she is making."
Thafs-about the most discerning and
discriminating and deserved criticism
that has ever been passed upon the
American woman, and she would do
well to heed it, for it's true, every word
of it. The American woman is all right ,
when she is herself, and she's in all
wrong when she tries to be somebody
else. And there are more pretenders
among us than there are to the Spanish
throne, which is going some.
Tho Land of Pretend.
rt's a queer thing that in this country
where our proudest boast is that we
are all born free and equal, and that
we have n class distinctions, practical
ly every 'woman is affecting to be
somebody she isn't. Abroad a duchess
Is a duchess, and a housemaid Is a
house maid, and each self respectingly
stays in her own sphere in life. The
duchess doesn't dream of posing as a
princess, or the servant maid of trying
to look as if she were a governess or a
But in America the woman with a
hundred thousand dollars acts as if she
were a millionairess, the millionairess
By Leslie Thomas.
ALL around him hummed cheerful -
conversation, but FrederiPlt!
Bovson sat rJone ard dejected
in his corner. Occasionally s&rawne
would notice his gloom and address
him- but he answered almost sulkily, j
and soon became the suocc oi wnu,- ,
that Miss Hilda
and smiles for every
self. Mr. Boyson
-fiiT-tjT'n ovo "Tnu never know what to
exnect w'ith a girl." he reflected hope- ;
lessly. "She'd lead you on, and en-1
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courage vou untu you were on io
point of proposing, and then suddenly,
for no reason at all, apparently quite
forget your existence. It was enough
to make a fellow wish he had never ac
cepted the Invitation to her home."
"It'll be quite a mixed affair, Mr.
Boyson mostly young people and some
A mixed affair yes! Otherwise, he
told himself bitterlj-, a person like Her
bert Pinsent, who was leaning mad
deningly close to Miss Wenlock as he
toibor? tpftiiirt npvpr have seen the in
side o'f the house. With set teeth. Mr. j
Bovson srlared in the direction of the
couple. His hostess had to address him
twice before he heard.
"All alone? Oh, that's not fair. You
ought to be helping me entertain peo
ple. Let me see, now; what Is It you're
so clever at? Ah, of course the very
Mr. Boyson, guessing what was com
ing, reddened and began to stammer.
"Oh, no; I can't accept any excuses,
really." Mrs. Wenlock raised her voice.
"Listen, mease, everybody. I dare say
you've all heard about Mr. Boyson's j
conjuring. Well, he has pronysea to
show us some "
He muttered a frantic suggestion.
"Oh, well, then, directly after supper,
so that the room can he cleared a bit.
Promise to show us some tricks," she
Mr. Boyson found all eyes focused
upon him, some in pitying superiority,
others in contemptuous amusement or
polite surprise. He groaned inwardly.
"I won't do it," he vowed. I I'll
say I'm ill, or something."
But Mrs. Wenlock had disappeared,
and when at length he found her she
laughed at all his protestations.
From then till supper time he moved
restlessly, the picture of misery; and,
although he sat down to the meal he
could hardly eat a morsel. He thought
of maklhg a desperate appeal to Miss
Wenlock; but she had vanished. At
last a maid touched his shoulder to
"We've arranged the chairs, sir; and
your box has come. And, please, the
missis says will you kindly see if
there's anything more youwant."
"N-no," declared Mr. Boyson sepul
chrally. "Nothing." '
She waited, however, so he rose and
"A screen, then, if you don't mind;
and er " He mumbled a confused
He could escape directly afterwards,
he decided frantically once the piti
ful exhibition was over. Then the
house and Hilda Wenlock should
know him no more. Dully he busied
himself In the few preparations neces
sary. His hostess looked in.
"All ready? Now, do come back and
finish your supper. You've had posi-!
Feebly protesting, he was bustled off
again. When they rose from the table
he gulped down a drink. The other
men srathered round, and made chaffinc
comments. He scarcolj' heard what I
they said. As if in a dream, presently,
s ; t
f)orothy J)ix 0n Tjfc2anB 0f
, however, of the fact you mustn t expect too mucn oecause hlch th yielded to thcIr owners aIld -" "i"" ? , u P2
Wenlock had glances I-er-don't really pretend to er-I masters. It was not an unusual accorn- I?f " ,0?f ?.n,? t0 ta?!e dTL "! sary
affects to be a multi-millionairess of
long standing, the multi-millionairess
hires somebody to hunt her up a pedi
gree that proves she descended from
"William the Conqueror, the servant girl
pretends to be a stenographer, the
stenographer carries her .unch in a mu
sic roll or imitation book so she may
be mistaken for a professional woman,
and the professional woman starves
herself to death so that she may dress
like a woman of fashion.
God help them all and give them
eyess to see the beauty of sincerity, and
make them realize that there is nothing
else in the whole world so ridiculous as
sham and so attractive as reality. Tne
only poverty that one need be ashamed
of is the shabby genteel. The only
Ignorance at which one is ever inclined
to sneer is the bombastic and pompous
pretense of learning. No one criticises
a meal of honest corned beef and cab
bage and beer. It is only when one Is
.served mock duck and 50-cent cham
pagne by waiters that are hired for the
r -cation that one is tempted to uerme
On the other hand, there are no peo
ple so fascinating as those who have
the courage to be simply themselves,
and who say and think what they feel,
and do not affect tastes and opinions
that are foreign to them. We call this
personality in an individual, but in re
ality it is only simplicity and sincerity.
Iter Charming Characteristics.
Nor are there any houses so delight
ful to go to as those in which no pre
tense is made of entertaining beyond
their owners' means and eVery-day
There is' no charm like that of sincer-
itv and reality. An imitation article is
niwavs a noor one. and no
makes a greater mistake either in her
self, or her establishment, than when
she -pretends to something she is not,
and has not.
Daily Short Story
he found himself facing an expectant
Of course er you all know that
I'm only an amateur, at er tne game;
and really I didn't want to that is, to
say, my tricks aren t up to much er
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Mr. Wenlock from the background,
served to cover his halting attemo-. at
explanation. He cleared his throat and
Motct "hie T.-ic Mn1ont-lr "Wlc fmirory
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were cuncusly unsteady
i? or my iirst trick pr I nave here
an ordinary pack of card. Will some
lady or gentleman kinJlv select one
ard and remember it? Thank you.
Now, there are three piles; which pile
Is it in, sir? Again, three piles. The
left hand one? Er just once more. In
the center I will nqw deal ou and
the card chosen," faltered Mr. Boyson,
bravely, "should be, if I'm not mis
taken let me tap it with my magic
wand should be the the eight ol
His heart was in his mouth. A con
firming nod made him smile in nervous
"Right? Aha! The wand never makes
a mistake. You'd like to see it again?"
An interval followed. "Your card,
madam; the two of diamonds or
should ay queen of spades. A sllgnt
"Queen, of spades it was," confessed
the lady, shyly. Mr. Boyson grew more
rnat little trick, I may say, was
taught me. by well, I foief nis name
for the moment, but -iT My next
feat," continued Mr. Boyson hastily,
will be to smash up somebody's watch
in full view of the audience, and then
j restore it, undamaged. The watch--!
should like to borrow "
Sarcastic laughter was general. He
explained with difficulty. Mr. Wenlock
at last was persuaded to offer his time
piece. "Now, a top hat, if somebody will
Icindly thanks. You observe me place
the watch inside. Now, I wijl pound
it with this mallet. Note er note thev
pieces. We next cover the hat with a
handkerchief so. Hey, presto! The
hat is empty. Will you pass that orna
ment off the mantelpiece, sir? Inside
we have the'w the w "
Mr. Boyson hesitated. staring
"The watch; also also " he contin
"My chain," declared Mr. Wenlock,
excitedly. "But I wasn't waring it I'd
left it in my bedroom. This is mar
velous. Mr. Boyson murmured deprecatlngly.
"And I know you haven't been up
stairs. BraVo! Bravo!"
It was a full half minute before the
entertainer could continue.
"I will er now endeavor ro change
this handkerchief my own, but quite
ordinary; examine It, if you like to
change it into something else. I move
this screen in front of the emp y table
so. Wave my magic wand o. Any
member of the audience like to take the
A small boy pressed forward eagerly.
At 'sight of the arrangement of flags
there came a gratifying murmur of
"You can pick them up, my lad. Why
what on earth "
"My guinea pig!" The applause was
almost deafening. Mr. Boyston stared
at the animal with bulging eyes,
mopped the" perspiration from his brow.
bplendld! Now. how to goodness
did you even know we had a guinea
. mv.xi ,j. uj " wut "" ," "- D" ' tnan offset by the tremendous profits i,, ,.. , , 1 ,
body except nun- "du plishment for a large, swift steamboat ,, K , V IV -..
i r with a Timely clapping of hands, led by f i sn -U MMMs rival. In these races the captain
Revival Of Passenger Steamboat
Traffic Is Promise Of Future
Romantic Days of River Traffic Recalled
THE representatives of the steam
boat lines which carry passen
gers on the waters of the United
States are now in session in Washing
ton. They have a national association
for the mujtual promulgation of traffic
rules and regulations. The rise of the
railroad has brought with it the de
cline of the steamboat as a passenger
I carrier, but the steamboat men are
hopeful that the crusade of the rivers
and harbors congress will result in the
return of the steamboat to popular fa- j
vor. When the canal from Chicaero to ;
tne Mississippi is completed and the rlv-
er is deepened to St. Louis the boats
may find a profitable carrying busi
ness. Increase In Number
Steam vessels on the rivers of the
United States are srraduallv irrowinz i
more numerous, but they are showing i
a decrease In total tonnage figures. On
the Mississippi river the number of
steam vessels Increased by nearly half
In VA 17 irAry f.n 1 O ft 1 ft ft T 1-1 1
... w.v. j.. jto-io 1.11111 lOOJ IU J.3UO, W11I1C
a- the same time their tonnage decreas
ed by one- fourth. Gasoline power boats
are included as steam vessels in this
enumeration, which largely explains
the surprise of these figures.
When president Taft recommended in
his message that a law should be en
acted to prohibit any transcontinental
railroad from owning or being in any
way interested in any vessel passing
'through the Panama canal, "he based
this -recommendation on the fact that
tho railroads usually have found it
good policy to
so that the natural
advantages of water transportation
could not be used as a club to force
i flown railroad rates.
Commerce of the Mississippi.
With the possible exception of the
delta-draining Nile, no other river in
the world's history has borne upon Its
waters the commerce that was floated
on the Mississippi during the three de
cades of the middle of the last century.
In 1850 there were few railroads west
of the Alleghenles, but tne wheat fields
of Minnesota and the northwest were
commanding the attention of the whole
country. At the same time the planta
tions of Louisiana, Arkansas, Missis
sippi and Tennessee with their acres or
cotton and sugar cane, their cattle,
hogs, potatoes and other products were
the richest in the south. All this vast
and fruitful territory from St. Paul to
X-tt- -ilr. ,. - r 1t- S. U.
,, uncaus JJUUICU lt cauu 1IIIU Uie
coffers of the men who navigated the
steamboats from St. Louis to St. Paul
on the upper Mississippi and from St
Louis to Npw Orleans on the lower
Mississippi, while the Missouri and the
Ohio, the great right and left arm
tributaries, brought coal from the Al
leghenips and sent the pioneer on the
first stage of his journey toward the
solden west with Its bonanza promises
of the newly discovered mines in Cali
fornia. No period or place in American his
tory has been fraught with more ro-
mance and advantage than life on thej
Mississippi in the 50's and GO's. It was
an age of long chances and large prof
its. Steamboats costing from $50,000
to $60,000. with hulls of perishable
wooden planks, with their flimsy su-
perstructures literally soaked in oil and
, paints, their hollers made of iron and
their officers ever eager to take a
chance," wece in constant peril of de
struction from those four great foes
of river traffic snags, fire, explosion
and collision. The average life of a
river boat in the 50s was 'four years.
Many of them went to the bottom or
up in the clouds on their first trip.
But their short tenure of life was more
H""t -- " " oouu
and frequently this was exceeded. The
fft .n ..,r,,v, .,, .i -hl
SpI oSS5. f J n n tfo Im1
rates charged were proportionately
pig, much less make it appear like j
that?" ' j
Mr. Boyson would have liked to an-
swer nis nostess inquiry, but he him- (
seir naa Deen only too surprised. Much
oetter tnan ne used to be, came a
whisper faintly from the audience; and
he recovered himself with an effort.
But "when, after balancing an apple
on his wand and banishing it to the
chimney, he found there the fruit in
side half a dozen boxes carefully pack
ed, he literally stacgered. Some queer
outside influence was at work.
Such, however, was his success that
even a final weakly, humorous episode j
was wen receivea.
"I will step behind the screen. When
it Is removed, you will no longer be
able to see me. There! What did I
Switching on the electric light again,
he bowed modestly.
"And that will conclude my enter-1
talnment for this evening, ladies and
gentlemen. Thanking you one and all
for your kind attention '
"Now do tell us how you did them
"My dear Mrs. Wenlock, that must
remain a secret, I'm afraid. In fact,
I I er couldn't explain, really."
"Outsiders wouldn't understand,
He swung round at the mischievous
voice behind him, and met Miss Hilda
Wenlock's Innocent gaze.
"It was you!"
"H'sh!" she urged in a whisper. "Wait
till they've started games."
Mr. Boyson's heart beat tumultuously.
When she slipped out, giving him a
backward glance, he followed ecstati
cally into the deserted hall.
"You've carried it off very well, con
sidering. Thought I'd give you a bit
of extra help. It was a great shame
for mother to make you "
"But, how "
"Whilp you were out of the room I
had a few minutes. I knew all your
J old tricks, of course. Guessed where
uu u iuuucu nit; (.iiiiio, aiiu iuuiu. cl-
"You wanted me to make a success
of It? You didn't want me laughed at?"
Miss Wenlock cast down her eye.s.
"You you do really care about me
Her answer was inaudible. Mr. Boy
son, however, 'began to fumble in his
"Hullo!" She laughed a trifle ner
vously. Hey, presto! and what ap
pears?" "This!" retorted the conjurer boldly.
"Wonder if it'll fit your finger."
"I knew you'd brought it," observed
Miss Wenlock shylj-. "Saw you exam
ining it in the passage. I was looking
over the banisters. Some people take
things too much for granted! Fancy
getting this before you'd as much as
asked me well," you wanted a lesson!"
"So that's why you've been with Her
bert Pinsent nearly all the evening?"
"Still I think." declared Miss Wen
lock complacently, and eyeing the ring
with pride, "I think your last trick was
quite the best of all."
i .. . . i a. svmnni or snppn Ki:TrTnfvv in tni
by Steamboat Men's
large, the competition "between lines
not being of such a nature as to cut
into the revenue. Thisjvas due to the
fact that the shipyards could not turn
out boats rapidly enough to meet the
growing demands of the shippers and
passengers in a new and booming sec
tion of the fabulously rich river basin.
Tho Picturesque River Ganibler.
But the romance and adventure of
steamboat life are not to be found in
the account bdoks of the packet compa
nies, but rather among the passengers
who (rave color and varletv to everv
who gave color and variety to every
trip. The river gambler was not a
mythical figure. He was one cf the
most picturesque characters of our ear
ly history. Few stories of the old south
fail to mention the suave individual
who inveigles the wealthy planter into
a cramp of "cvariV" whpn thp Inttpr is-
returning from St. Louis or the east,
his belt laden with $20 gold pieces,
the yield of his cotton sacks. And in
most of these stories one finds the
planter, stripped to his last penny, fi
nally staking his faithful body servant
or his beautiful quadroon slave on the
last hand at draw poker.
The upper Mississippi had a class of
gamblers all its own. Here the sharp
ers were accustomed to work fn pairs.
The two seldom boarded the steamboat
at the same time nor did they ever
recognize each other. They became
j acquainted with their victims individ
ually ana were men miroaucea 10 eacu
other by the deluded settler on his way
to the wheat fields of Minnesota with
the savings of a life time in the east.
The gamblers of the 50s were tolerated
j by the steamboat owners because they
were constant travelers, and promoted
the bar business of the boat, although
they themselves kept their own private
bottles cf colored water to be served
by the saloon keeper Instead of rum
which would have shaken their nerve
and thus destroyed their "business"
Historic Steamboat Races.
Steamboat racing gave variety and
spice to the life on the Mississippi. One
of the most thrilling contests was that
between the "Grey Eagle'.' and the
"Itasca" on the upper Mississippi. This
race is intimately connected with In
ternational achievement as the follow
ing facts show. In 1856 the first cable
gram across the 'Atlantic bore greet
ings from queen Victoria to president
Buchanan, who "was at the time in St.
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j the MinResota metropolis in that day.
I but there, were lines to Dunleith,
where the Grey Eagle was loading for!
St. Paul, and at Prairie du Chien, where
the Itasca was about to cast off. Both
boats -were due to leave at 6 oclock.
The Grey Eagle was 61 miles further
from St. Paul than the Itasca but Capt
Harris determined to be the first to
deliver the message to the president.
He made only one or two landings dur
ing this record run. He pitched his
mail bags to the wharves without do-
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, ..,.. far ahftad of hls shedule
the mail bags for points up the river
we're not ready, so he did not have tt
stop to take these on. The Itasca was
proceeding leisurely on its way, uncon
scious of the efforts of its rival, until j
. the latter was seen to turn a bend in
the river only a short distance behind.
Then the Itasca realized that the Grey
Eagle meant to capture the honor of
being the first to deliver the message
to the president. Then it was a race
for the few remaining miles to- St. Paul,
the Grey Eagle winning by a bare
A broom nailed to the pilot house "was
a symbol of speed supremacy in the
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resin to be fed into the furnaces on the
-as stretch in order to develop a final
burst of speed frQm tfae ennes It
was often necessary to station men on
the .upper decks with fire hose to play
water upon the smoke stacks where
they passed between decks, to prevent
the surrounding woodwork from Ignit
ing. On the lower Mississippi cases of
ham and bacon -were sometimes burned
in the frenzy of the moment.
Mlrtb and 3lHsic.
One of the most pleasurable phases
of a passenger's trip was the cabin
music furnished. There was j-reat ri
valry between the competing lines in
this particular, as well as In speed. A
string orchestra was highly prized and
it soon became known which coats had
the best dance musIc and whJch
Mrs. Caton and Charlotte have
gone and I have enioyed their visit
so much. I think they enjoyed it, too.
I have grown so fond of Mrs. Caton,
just as you said I would. She is sweet
and dear. We have had some such lovely
talks about Bobby. I wish I had known
him when he was a baby, he must have
been the cunnlngest, most wonderful
baby ever born. It makes me half jeal
ous when I think of how sweet he was
and I wasn't even born.
One day when we had been looking
over all his baby pictures and having
a I'u-pIv alk about him. Mrs. Caton
took my face between her two hands
and saia, '"Peggy, my dear little daugh
ter, I feel quite sure that you are the
woman of all the world to make my
boy happy. He Is very like his dear
father, quick tempered,- but loving, and
always ready to forgive."
"The Bitter With the Sweet."
And then she went on: "You must be
patient with him. dear, and remember
that his impulsive nature sometimes
prempts him to do things that he after-
wards deeply regrets. The women who J
marry Catons, my dear, must take the
bitter with the sweet; and, oh! the j
sweet, my Peggy, is Very, very sweet.!
They make goo lovers and tender, j
true husbands, in spite of their fiery j
And oh! Mumsie, I mean to remember t
that advice and try not to arouse Bob
by's temper; he is such a dear, and his
love is the most precious thing on
earth to me.
I am all alone, and I have a wee lit
tle trouble in my heart, one that I know
will be cured the minute Bobby comes
home. Bobby is away on business to
be away three whole days, and that's
a trouble in itself. I miss him so ter
ribly. Several hours after Bobby left I took
a taxi and did a little shopping and
started up to the Dentons.
She Finds Hobble Ih Town.
As we were passing a cafe I looked
out and there, putting a woman into a
Beatrice Fairfax's lettersfrom a
Tilford Moots kicked bis wife yister
day an' t'day he's bnsy tryin' t' keep it
out o' th' card clubs. Folks you ask a
favor of never like you as well agin.
the best concerts. One of the uppei
Mississippi steamers installed a ea.111?
ope and f oV a brief period its popularity
was exceptional, and other boata
bought similar instruments of aural
torture, but after awhile it was dis
covered that passengers did not relish
more than one triD on a boat which
boasted this shrieking siren, and they
were abandoned. On the lower Missis
sippi the singing deck hands were an
institution. Sometimes the negro cho
ruses possessed voices of rare beauty
and strength and as they chanted the
plantation hymns on deck at night, in
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Years Ago To-
From The Herald 02 jnxr
This Date im "&J
T. P. Shelton left this afternoon on
& business trip to Arizona.
Miss Ida Elder, of Albuquerque, will
spend Christmas in this city.
A Sacramento mountaineer brought
in 40 wild turkeys yesterday.
Cant. Beall haj s-one tn PhnniT
a delegate tothe Irrigation convention.
George Bovee left this morning for
San Francisco, where he is to engage In
Mrs. S. W. Magoffin and children ar
rived, from St. Paul this afternoon for
a few weeks visit with the family of
Chief train dispatcner P. B. McNeaL
of the G. H., and Mrs. Anna. E. Dieter
were married at 4 p. m. today at Mrs.
E. C Pew says he will not be a can
didate for the office of school trustee at
the coming election, fie is at present
the senior member of the board.
H. W. Shedd and family, of Kansas
City, are visiting with their son, L A.
Shedd, on Missouri street.
The English company has located the
Selden dam five miles further down the
river and contractor Bradbury's con
tract has been amended so as to take In
Supt. W. H. Watts of the water corn-
celebrated his birthday anniver
last night by treating his com-
padres in the McGinty band to the fluid
The new chapel at the Sisters' hos
pital was dedicated this morning with
a congregation present that filled the
auditorium completely. Father Pinto
celebrated high mass.
A dance was given last night on San
Francisco street by negroes to raise
funds for the second trial of Delia
Thome, who is serving a term for
shooting a darkey preacher.
No. 2 hose company held its annual
meeting last night in the city hall,
where A. A. Howard was elected presi
dent; Jersey McPlke, vice president,
and Bobt. Bernaur, foreman.
The water company Is putting hose
connections in front of Its office for
sprinkling the little plaza, as the lay
of the land is too awkward for the wa
ter sprinkler to work effectually.
J cab, there was Bobby my Bobby, who
was supposed to be on his way to
I could hardly believe my eyes and
as soon as I collected my scattered
wits I told the chauffeur to turn back
to the cafe I had to know who that
woman was, Mumsle it might and prob
ably woujd. turn out to be his mother,
or Charlotte, but I had to know. I
went in and the head waitercame for
ward at once. "Has Mr. Caton gone?"
I asked as naturally as I could, pre
tending I had come to meet him.
"Yes, Mrs. Caton; he and Mrs. Bent
ly have just left," he said.
"Oh, I was afraid I would miss
them," I said, with an air of having
had an appointment to meet them. He
wanted to know if I wanted a table,
but, Mumsle, I'd have choked if I'd tried
I went to th.e telephone booth and
called up the office and asked if Mr.
Caton had left, and they said yes, he
had taken the 10 oclock train.
I know Bobby will explain it all and
I that his meeting her was purely acci-
dental, but I can't bear to have him
seeing the woman whose name was so
connected with his.
Mumsle, what does it mean?
I know she will tryto renew her old
power over him and I am jealous and
When I got home I asked If there
were any message from him and Norah
said no one had telephoned.
I don't understand it, Mumsie, but I'll
try to be reasonable and wait patiently
untll Bobby comes home and explains It
Mr. Sinclair called while I was away
and left word that he was staying in
the neighborhood and hoped to see me
I am lonely tonight. Mumsie, darling,
and I wish you were here to comfort
me. I feel like having a good cry; no
one understands me like my own pre
Your lonely daughter,