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EL PASO HERALD
Editorial and Magazine Page
Monday, November Twenty-fifth, 1912.
Incorporating West Side Ditches
F THERE BE any good reason why some fanners of La Mesa and San Miguel,
I on the west side of the MesilU valley, shoald resist the pending movement to
" incorporate tie west side ditches and consolidate them for mutual and co
operative service and heneft, The Herald woald he very glad indeed to give the
objectors a hearing in its column. It may he that some points wj be brought out
that can he met and disposed of with satisfaction to all. Certainly no good can
come of a policy of mere apathy, or active resistance, unless there he seme right
end to serve.
It is true that there is more land in cultivation now at Charabenno and La
Union than there is above at San Miguel and La Mesa. But the upper lands have
the first crack at the water supply anyhow, and nothing to which they have a
vested right can possibly be taken away from them under any conditions. The
farmers at La Mesa and San Miguel wotCd have no difficulty in establishing be
fore any tribunal their right to the water they now use beneficially. Nor can
the farmers below them, even though they have mere acreage, do anything to de
prive the upper lands of water or service.
The benefits of consolidation and cooperation ought to be clear to alL But
even if the benefits are not now clear, anybody should he aWe.at least to grasp
the fact that the government can never serve the west side lands under such
conditions as now exist; that if the west side farmers are to share in the benefit
of the Elephant Butte project they must conform to the general plan, and adjust
their ditch system to the controling demands of the project as a whole.
The government has already given notice that it cannot move in the matter
of improving the west side ditches until the ownership and eentsei are put in such
condition that the reclamation service will have one authoritative fcedy to deal
with as official representatives of all the ditches and owners. The government
has not positively said that it would take up the west side problem immediately
upon incorporation of the community ditches; hut it has said that it would not
and could not take another step until certain things are done, especially the in
corporation of the ditches under the usual system of shares.
In the nature of things, the government will have to deal with the west side
problem sooner or later; hut it is conceivable that, in absence of such cooperation
as must precede any government participation, the reclamation service will simply
allow present established claims, set aside so much water for the west side ditches,
and let those people rustle for themselves. In such a contingency, of course the
west side would not be entitled to any benefits whatever from the stored water
in the Elephant Butte dam, hut would receive simply its share of the ordinary flow
of the stream according to such degree of prior appropriation as might be estab
lished in court
There are plenty of lands waiting and anxious to be included under the
Elephant Butte project, if the west aiders do not wish to come in under its benefits.
And the reclamation service could not be blamed if it accepted other lands on its
own reasonable conditions, in event the west aiders fail to raeet the necessary re
quirements of full participation.
Of course it will not come to that pass. e west aiders, having now upwards
of 25,000 acres in cultivation, are among the most progressive farmers and de
velopers in the whole Valley. Tbey have done more in less time, probably, than
the land owners of any other equivalent area in the whole valley. Their lands
have acquired their present high selling values ($150 to $200 an acre and upward)
largely through the prospective inclusion of these lands under the Elephant Butte
project Obviously their lands would not be so valuable if there were any doubt
about such ultimate inclusion under the storage project Certainly a way will be
found for all the west side owners to get together on an equitable basis, so that
dealings may he had direct with the reclamation service, and time thus saved in the
work of construction and reclamation.
It will bear repeating, that no rights sow held by any of the west side farmers,
including the owners of lands under the San Miguel andTTa Mesa ditches, can be
taken away from them under any eonditioBS. But there are certain advantages
that can be insured to them only through their full cooperation with the other
west side farmers and with the reclamation service.'
If there be any points of difference that might be clarified by discussion
through the paper, The Herald will be glad to hear from representatives of all the
different interests concerned, so that, if possible, a fair arrangement may be mads
without delay, and things put in better shape for nest season's irrigation.
THERE are twe principal groups of homeseekers: first, the man with money,
gained "from successful farming or real estate dealing elsewhere, and being
ready to pay for something good in well developed and productive land;
second, the real pioneer, who has but little money but considerable energy, and
who wants to take up some pretty raw stuff and make a living out of it
There are openings in any directioB from El Paso at any distance from one
mile to 500 miles, for the homeseeker of each class. There are lands on the dry
mesas te be had for a few dollars an acre or homesteaded or leased, and there
are lands in the irrigated valleys that may cost $600 to $1500 an acre and are
worth every cent of it There are lands on good roads and away from the roads;
there are fruit lands and hay lands, grape lands and celery lands, beet lands and
wheat lands; there axe lands needing drainage and lands that stand straight up;
there is sand land, loam land, day land, and dust land, and even seme rook land;
there is red, white, and Hue land, Mack and gray and yellow land.
But best of all, there is the same wonderful climate everywhere about El
Paso the same turquois skies, moderate summers and cloudless winters the
same summer showers in the night, and the same winter tingle in the air without
As to water, there is plenty. When irrigation caanet be had conveniently,
there in an exhausness reservoir under the sod, with pure water having artesian
flow, or to be cheaply developed and cheaply raised. At various places over the
southwest now there are successful demonstration farm areas on an immense scale
under pump irrigation. And the valleys need no demonstration.
El Paso is the natural headquarters for home prospectors. This is the
geographical, economic, and social center of the immense circle of ever 1,000,000
square miles area in which El Paso is and will ever be the greatest city and actual
metropolis. Prospectors may come here and look about them as if on an observa
tory tower, examining aH things and seising to that which seems best Come to
El Paso for the viewpoint; then go out anywhere into the surrounding empire and
settle. El Paso is as deeply interested in the growth and development of all her
neighbor communities and states as she is in her own.
The strenuous minister dispenses re
ligion by the pound.
It is folly to offer a wise man a penny
for his thoughts.
A woman who talks like a book isn't
so easily shut up.
One sure way to lose your friends is
to become a chronic kicker.
A statesman is a politician who can i
say nothing at the right time, I
Go to the gas meter, tboa student. ,
and learn to be a lightning calculator. I
The 'weather is never too bot or too
cold to discourage the man with a sub- j
scription paper. I
A man who is alwas complimenting
a, woman is an awful liar, and she
knows it- Still, she believes him.
And the more children a woman has
the less time she has for attending
One good laugh provokes another
So get busy. j
From the results they achieve, some
doctors seem merely to practice medi
cine. Manx fishing and hunting trips onl I
result in a lot of conversation afttr-.
Some people are kinder to dumb ani- I
fals than the are to their human I
!"-!.ia and acquaintances j
T"f- T) a m n kno-nc th. fas r it j
' - "a le h-- 1 'V.r pi ait. -
Host of the secrets of success aren't
You may ask too much, but the
chances are you won't get it.
Waiting ofr someone else to do it Is
not the swiftest way to get it done.
Laziness isn't acnte until one would
rather freeze than work to keep warm.
Even if one wouldn't accept, there is
a certain satisfaction in getting the in
vitation If you don't give your friends the
best of it you 'will give them the worst
In trying to bet something for noth
ing people often get nothing for something.
The road to perdition is sever closed
Two things that always surprise a
married man are twins.
No man ever marries a. woman be
cause she is a good conversational
ist. rrom the point of view of the
chiunc bon-ower, all's well that lends
Before beginning to stamp out an
evil the reformer shouldn't forget to
WTpp hi: fePt
1' lun.c t n iill nl low the
r ' i - vi , , i- - tl a
w ' i 1 w i. JS
Mrs. Tilford Moots has three sons
that are all Bull Moosers an' one daugh
ter in Elkhart Lots o' folks would be
alive t'day if they hadn' waited till
thev'd saved enough t' take fife easy.
By GKORGK PITCH,
Author of "At Good Old Srwasa.''
ANGER is an overheated bearing in
the temper which causes the
brain to stop Tricing until it is
However, the brain is the only part of
an" angry person which stops working.
An angry man is the busiest specimen
of humanity. It keeps the tongue, eyes,
arms. 1ms and teeth hiisv doin? iustice
to some cases of anger; and it takes a j
full hospital corps and often a reinforced
police department to handle the results.
Anger is caused in many ways, and
can be produced with no practice, even
by a mere child. Sometimes a four
word adjective will produce enough an
ger to keep the county appellate and
supreme courts tolerably busy for sev
eral years. Often a frail man, weighing
only 140 pounds, -can don a mask and
chest protector and produce 25,000 cases
of anger in the third degree on the base-
II field in less than 10 minutes.
Some men can be made furiously an
gry bv an underdone pancake or a late
breakfast or a' slow street car or a man
with an impertinent face. These men
are angry so much of the time that they
often die at an advanced age with their
"Often a frail man can don a mask and
chest protector and produce 25,000
cases or anger in the 3d. degree in less
than 10 minutes."
brains almost unused. Other men re- -quire
a great deal of encouragement be
lore they light up with the glare of bat- '
tie. Sometimes a quiet man can be an-.'
noyed for several hours before he ignites.
Beware of such men. Their fuses are
usually short and When they explode
hey are full of shrapnel.
Anger produces startlingly different
effects on its victims. Some men get 1
angry exclusively with their tongues.
..hers have quick tempered fists, while
still others have nervous and excitable
trigger fingers. There are men who can
not express anger without the aid of a
brick and there are men who will nurse
a case of bad temper for months until
election time enables them to make a
cross where it will do the object of their
wrath the least good.
Anger is a great nuisance in the world
and is many times more dangerous than
hydrophobia to the nation. But the
lack of facilities for getting angry is
almost as great a curse. The man who
can view a masher with calmness or can
laugh happily while villains are ab
stracting the reins of government is as
useless as a gasoline engine which fails
to explode when the current is turned
on. The right kind of anger when effec
tively harnessed up has saved nations
and has made eold pallid remains out of
villains. Copyrighted by George Mat
By Walt Mason.
The winter may wint as it lists and
earry its message of woe; the blizzard
may shriek as it twists and piles up its
billows of snow; I heed not the elements'
ire, I yearn not for summer or spring;
I've a book and a pipe by the fire, and
life is a bully good thing. The frost's
lying thick on the pane, the snow's lv
ing deep at the door; but Boreas threat
ens in vain, in vain does he bully and
roar! I have all the things I desire, I
reign in my home like a king; I've a
book and a pipe by the fire, and storms
are a bully good thing! Some go to a
far-off resort, where blue is the mid
winter sky, where soft, scented breezes
cavort, and weather is fit for Julv. To
naught of that sort I aspire; vou won't '
see your uncle take wing; I've a book j
and a pipe by the fire, and winter's a i
bullv rood thing. I'm fond of the long
winter nights, when darkly the skv o'ef
us bends, when the windows of houses
are bright, and smoke from the chimneys 1
ascends; there's nothing then doleful of I
horse-. r J -t-
dire. I whistle and gambol and sing; lve
a pipe and a book bv the fire, the world
is a bullv good thing Copyright, 1912,
by George Matthew Adams.
WILSON IS INDISPOSED:
DECLINES TRIP ON YACHT
Hamilton. Bermuda, Nov 25 President-elect
Wilson suffered today from
a slight attack of indigestion, which
compelled him to decline an lnitatlon
to take a sail on the private jacht of
sir George Bullock,' the governor. Mrs.
Wilson and her daughters, however ac
cepted Gm WiKrn has aicepted an initi
tin tc it ' i t ti ' t r t i i
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a i ij T .In .
First Fish Canned In 1840
Catch of New England Fisheries for
a Year Aggregates Over
95,000,000 In Valne.
BJ Frederic J. Haakln
WASHINGTON. D. G. Nov. 25.
The Maine fishing coast, be
cause of Its long extent, is a
most important part of the New- Eng
land fishing territory. It furnishes a
large percentage of the lobster catch
of these states and in addition supplies
cod, herring, mackerel, and most of
the other Atlantic fish. Eastport
Maine, claims the honor of originating
the fish canning industry in this coun
try by the use of hermetically sealed
cans. The process originated with the
French and was first tried upon this
continent- at Halifax, In 1840. In 1843,
Charles Mitchell, Who had opened the
establishment 1a Halifax, moved to
Eastport and from that time on the
canning of various fish products has
been an important industry in many
towns scattered along the coast of
Cateh for Tear Decreases.
The products of the New Kn gland
fisheries have always played an Im
portant part in the fishing interests of
the country although they do not. as
formerly, constitute the country's chief
supply of fish. The most Important
product Is cod, a fish of recognized
quality for centuries.
The -coafet from Maine to New Tork
has always abounded with fish of nu
merous kinds and the New England
colonists were the first to recognize the
commercial value of this article of
food. Last year the prpducts of these
fisheries, which center principally at
Gloucester dnd Boston, amounted to
185,153,357 pounds, having a money
value of considerably over $5,000,000.
This quantity was secured by 6800
trips in boats and vessels of various
kinds and it included cod. cusk, hake,
pollock, halibut and mackerel for its
chief products. According to the re
turns made for the industry up to Sep
tember 1, 1912, the products of these
fisheries for this year have amounted
to 116.795,031 pounds, worth $2,976,407.
which is somewhat less than the
amount for the same period of last
As far back as 1632, when it was re
porte that king Charles II was dis
pleased with the Masaachusettii col
onists because they had presumed to
coin the famous "Pine Tree Shilling,""
the general court of the state ordered
a present sent to appease him, which
consisted of 3000 cod fish, ten barrels
nf (imnhftrriiia. atiA tiro bnraihead of
samp. The cod fish was eaten at court '
with many enconlums and from tnat
time continued to be an Important ar
ticle of commerce between the old
country and the new.
The winter flsheraVfta' drive quite a
thriving trade In frozen herring which
they take along the coast of New
foundland and sell to fishermen far
ther south to be used as bait. The
frozen- herring trade which began as
an experiment in 1S45 has now devel
oped into an Important branch of the
fishing Industry. The -whale fishing
industry, while not as important a in
former years because of the number
of substitutes which have been found
for whale products. Is still in existence
in New England and there are crews
of stalwart whaling -man who go out
each year. Although their methods are
somewhat different from those em
ployed In the pervious generation, the
work still calls for long exposure In
the coldest, stormiest weather and each
year whale fishers are turning their
attention to some less strenuous call
ing. Th modern flahinar boats contain
many conveniences unknown to the J
old fishermen who were content to ris.
their lives and suffer all kinds of ex
posure with few comforts. Now these
boats are supplied with special life
saving Jackets which are not cumber
some, with clothing that is warm and
water proof and as light In weight as
possible. The arrangements for pro
viding warm food on short notice, as
well as comfortable sleeping quarters,
Is a feature which makes some of the
old "northeasters" scornfully sneer
about "sissy babies," although they
seem to fully appreciate the added
It is claimed that there are fewer
labor difficulties among the New
England fishermen than in any other
industry. The chief reason for this Is
that It i. almost entirely noon a co
operative basis. The owners of the J
vessels furnish the supplies and the men
give their laoor ana me proceeus ui
the catch are evenly divided. If it Is
a good haul there is a fair profit for
each. If the lUCK is oaa it is snarea
by all alike. There are, of course, a
few unskilled laborers who are paid
small daily wages, but the true fisher
man is not a hireling. He prefer to
depend upon his "fisherman's luck"
and is a happier and more independent
man because of it.
Packing and Marketing.
The handling of the fish after the
catch includes a number of kinds of
industries. By common consent Glou
cester is known as the great salt fish
center of New England, and Boston as
the fresh fish market. In various towns
and villages all along the New England
coast are scattered establishments for
canning, salting and smoking fish, but
to a large extent these are under the
control of companies having their cen
tral offices in either Gloucester or
The salting of fish Is an Industry
employing thousands of men and
women. In some vessels ice is taken
on board and the fish are packed in
ice until they are brought ashore after
which they are packed in salt. The
older method, which is still most gen
erally used, is to open the fish as soon
as caught and pack them in salt Then,
when they are taken on shore, the
surplus salt is rinsed off and they are
put upon the "flakes" to dry in the
open air These flakes are racks of
wood built in long tiers. The salted cod
fish is laid upon these and turned
over once or twice until it te dry
enough to pack, the time varying from
eight to 24 hours, according to the
weather. Incidentally, the salt used in
the dressing of these fish is almost all
imported either from Spain or Algeria.
The quaint foreign vessels, which
come into the Gloucester harbor laden
with salt are a picturesque addition to
the port. The price for transporting
the salt is exceedingly low since it is
brought over as ballast and the boat
owners count upon the vessel being
laden with some more profitable mer
chandise from America for the home 1
In Boston, the fresh fish are han
dled in great cargoes and shipped to
eery part of the country as well as
to many foreign ports. The develop
ment of the refrigeration system has
made possible the immense trade in
fresh fish that is increasing each sea
son. It has been claimed that there
has been a falling off of the use of
salt fish during the last-20 years and
this is chieflv due to the increased use
of ice. Tne refrigeration system of the
great steamers, i already developing
an eport trade even in the fresh fish.
One of the most interesting sights to
be seen at the Boston fish market is
the landing of a vessel loaded with
large fish, such a'sword fish, which
may weigh as much as five or six hun
red pounds apiece without attracting
an special comment. The "swords"
are chopped off when the f'sh are
caueht to facilitate handling', but tho
grt.it mass of flesh is raised in a der
rick from the boat, swung onto the
scales, its weight registered and then
pilrd onto a truck to be placed in tht
i f f-ici1! i tor all in lf-s turn, thpn cin
i ' ni i-r.n '
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1 , 1
The Bachelor and His Diary
His Little Manette Becomes Lest
DhtIhr His Absence From
Home ea Business.
OCT. 30. This1 is Hallowe'en. I
can hear the children of the
neighborhood making merry by
playing tick-tack op frost floors.
But all this merriment awakens no
answering smile in me. It was the
night when I had promised Manette
that I would let her go out, under
Tompkins guidance, and play her lit
tle game of tick-tack on the Spen
cers' front door, and I had told her
she could have a dress like that of
the old woman who rode across the
heavens on a broomstick.
"You can tell Auntie Jack." I had
said, "that you came in a witch's air
ship." Richards had bought the material
for the -witch's gown and cap, a gay
red, and that night Manette insisted
on having the material across the foot
of her bed. The dress was to be cut
out the next morning. The next
morning! How little we knew!
Picture of Health.
Manette had at last closed her eyes
in sleep, and I had carried her to her
bed, where Richards tucked her in. I
was called down stairs to the tele
phone A long distance call that told
of urgent business that necessitated
my departure from home early next
morning. I found by consulting a time
table that I could leave at five, and
leaving word for Tompkins to be ready
to drive me to the station, I went to
bed. I was hurried next morning and
did not get time to take a good-by
look at Manette, nor to leave any mes
sages regarding her.
I will tell the rest of the story.
Diary, as Richards told it to me, with
white face, and eyes that were wild
with apprehension and grief. I re
ceived a telegram about five in the
afternoon from Jack Spencer. It read:
"Come at once, for God's sake."
There could be only one cause for
sending such a message, Manette!
And I was on my way home within
five minutes after I received it. Jack
Briefly, and with an effort to make
light of the situation, which did not
for a moment deceive me, he told me
what had happened. But it is the
story that Richards told me, Diary,
that I will tell.
"When Manette awoke Mr. Max, her
first thought was of you, and I told
her you had been called away, and
that she could not have her ride to
day. She was so disappointed that I
tried to make her forget it by calling
attention to the material for the
witch's gown. 'My baby flowers, I
wanted to be sunshine to my baby
flowers.' she kept saying. "Uncle Max
promised me I could see my baby
"I did not know what she meant.
Mr. Max. I had heard you telling her
something about her flowers, but
hadn't paid attention."
Then he broke down and cried and
it seemed to me he could never go.
"She had her breakfast up in the
nursery, and after she had eaten I
made a cap out of a newspaper and
pinned it on ber head, and told her
how she would frighten her Auntie
Jack. "She'll think you are a really
and truly witch,' I said, but somehow I
couldn't get her interested.
"She seemed so disappointed that I
dressed her and took her for a walk,
and she coaxed me all the way to take
her to see some baby flowers. I didn't
know where they were, or what she
ment. and on the way home I stopped
in at Mrs. Spencer's. She was always
so happy there I thought she would
forget what seemed to be troubling
her poor little baby heart"
That was the last Richards saw of
her. Mrs. Spencer insisted on having
the child remain for lunch, and Rich
ards -went home. Shortly after lunch
Manette, always restless, and more
restless than usual, insisted on going
home. Mrs. Spencer stood on the front
porch and watched her till she was
hidden behind a syringa bush at the
corner of my lawn. Then she went
back into the house. She felt no un
easiness, for only a moment before she
had seen Tompkins on the front lawn.
That little Tision of the child,
dressed in the -white she always wore,
and -with a scarlet cloak and hat. was
the last any one had seen of her.
Mrs. Spencer returned Indoors, satis
fled that the child was safely home.
Richards cut out the witch's gown
and cap, contented that Manette -was
with the Auntie Jack she so dearly
Manette" left the Spencers at 1
oclock. Richards went over for her
at three and found she wasn't there.
Years Ago To-
Fxom The Herald Of JoT7
Senator W. W. Turney returned to
day on the G. H. from a business trip
to Alpine, Tex.
Superintendent Hartman. of the
Mexican Central, went south Wednes
day in a special car.
George W. Lemp, son of the St.
Louis beer manufacturer, arrived on
the T. P. this morning from St Louis.
Thanksgiving day was spent most
pleasantly at Fort Bliss yesterday.
The boys were treated to a sumptuous
The city clerk today Issued a per
mit to L. Jean for the erection of an
$800 adobe residence on lots 19 and
20, of block 149 of Campbell's addition.
Capt Charles Hnnt, of Chihuahua,
is in the city.." He has sold out his in
terests in that city and thinks that
he will register from El Paso here
after. When the Santa Fe pulled in from
the north today the back platform of
the Pullman was covered with snow.
The depot force immediately began
snowballing each other.
An enthusiastic crowd of over 300
people witnessed the races at Wash
ington park yesterday. The day was
all that could be asked for and the
track was in good condition.
The much talked of ball game be
tween the Alamogordo and El Paso
teams has been played and ended in a
Tictory for the former by a score of
15 to 17. Capt. Curry umpired the
The Southwestern Telephone com
pany, it was reported this morning, has
been soliciting subscribers at $1 each
per month on circuits of five. Here
tofore the price has been $3 monthly
on circuits of three.
Thanksgiving day was more gene
rally observed by the citizens of El
Paso yesterday than it has ever been
before All business houses were
closed during a portion of the day, ind
the business portion of the town was
The full citizens committee of the
electric street railway met last night
at the office of Leigh Clark, to confer
with V B Magi and J. W. Lee, who
represent I-) C Breckenridge & com
pany, of Xew York Messrs. Cour
thesne, McCutcheon and Dillon were
appointed as a committee to furnish
th(- mmio's with the coriect map of
the cltv. in blue print, with the elec
tric railway shown thereon.
M)W ( OI KT STENOOR 1PHER.
I V I i. i nl'iiLitn; as -I no
hi i in -tli s'i-v- iiii ..-
Helen Buys Some Very Use
less Things at an Auction
7MBER 328 Pair of Colonial
Brass Andirons," read the
auctioneer from the cata
log. "How much for the old andirons?
Who'll start tbem? Three dollars
three! Three-fifty! Four! Five! Five
fifty! Six! Six-fifty! Are you all
The auctioneer paused with his ham
mer suspended in the air.
"All through? Six-fifty sold to the
The attendants quickly took away
the andirons, and brought from behind
the red curtains a gilt and mahogany
" 'Number 329 Antique Mahogany
Mirror.' How much to start it? Ten
dollars? Five then! Five I have! Six!
Seven! Genuine old frame, and I'm of
fered only 7! Eight! Eight-fifty!
Nine! Thafs your bid, sir. Nine-fifty!
Now make it ten!"
The mirror was finally knocked
down for $11, and an old "Pie Crust
Table" was next brought out.
The auction room was well filled.
Helen, who was in an aisle seat about
the middle of the room, was leaning
forward with tense interest. The arti
cles she had marked were further over
1 in the catalog, and would not come up
until later. But now she was trying
to grow accustomed to the bidding be
fore she made a venture
Helen. Is Se Csafaeed.
She resented the way the auctioneer
"rushed" things. His "rapid fire" meth
od of crying the bids confused her and
made her nervous. She wondered how
anyone could think. It all seemed be
wildering, but perhaps that was the
psychology of auctions to excite and
flustrate people so they would bid fast.
"Only $22 for the pie crust table!
Twenty-three! A genuine antique
look at the claw feet! Twenty-four!
Sold to the gentleman on the aisle for
334. Too late, madam, you should bid
before the lot's knocked down, not af
Helen glanced around at the woman
who had called "Twenty-five" a sec
ond too late. Evidently she, too. was
new at auctions, for she looked flushed
and embarrassed as she bent over her
A mahogany chest of drawers was
next put up. It sold for 321.50, which
to Helen seemed very cheap as she had
been asked $40 for practically the same
chest in the antique shops. If the
things she wanted would only go as
A sewing table. No. 352, was her first
marked item. She had penciled "$18"
in the margin as the very most she
would pay, but was secretly hoping to
get it for less.
Warren had said carelessly, "If ifs
an old piece and you want it go as high
as $20. "But don't get rattledhardault
as $20." If only he could have come
with her' But ha had scoffed at the
idea of leaving his business for an
"If the few things you really need
go cheap, why buy them." had been his
advice. "But don't get rattled, don't
lose your head and buy a lot of truck
we don't need just because it's cheap.
That's what most women do at an auc
tion." Helea Plaas.
And Helen had come determined that
she would bid only on the things she
had marked and that they needed very
much. It was her first auction expe
rience and she was eager to show War
ren with what good judgment she
The auctioneer sold very fast and
T was soon up to 362.
She leaned forward breathlessly aa
the attendants brought out the sewing
table. How well It looked under the
glare of the lights over the platform!
Oh, if she could only get this!
" "Number 352 Martha Washington
Sewing Table. Fluted legs; inlaid.'
How much to start it? Ten? Twelve
and a half! Fifteen! Fifteen! Seven
teen and a half! Twenty!" i
Helen sank back In her seat Her
heart still fluttered although she had
made no attempt t obid- It sold for
$27 and she had hoped to get it for $18.
Why had they started so high? And
why had they bid in "two-fifties" in
stead of "ones?"
Her next marked item was the large
secretary, the desk with the bookcase
above. As this was the piece they
needed most, Helen had resolved to go
as high as $65. Of course it could net
be bought in a shop for that but sure
ly she reasoned, one ought to buy
things cheaper at auction.
But to her dismay, when "39 -Antique
Sheraton Mahogany Secretary"
was rolled from behind the curtains, the
"Now, ladies and gentlemen, this is
one of the finest pieces In the collec
tion. It should not bring a cent less
than $200. Real old San Domingo ma
hogany. Open it up there John."
The attendant opened the desk, dts-
I playing pigeon holes and drawers.
A rare old piece: Here s your chance
Ito get something exceptional. What
win you grrve io nan u: uni nun
dred dollars? Seventy-five? Fifty? All
right $50. Sixty! Seventy!"
Again Helen leaned back with a sigh
of despair. And when It was sold for
$95 she felt unreasonably indignant
Surely it was not worth that at auction!
A Chippendale tea table, -which Helen
had marked, was only a few numbers
farther on. So far she had not made a
single bid, for she seemed to get panic
stricken when the moment came. But
now she determined to bid on this.
It was started at $10. Helen's hand
trembled as she held up her catalog.
But the auctioneer did not see her. He
was looking for bids from those 'who
had already bidden. A mere nod or
wave of the catalog was all that was
necessary for them. But the new bid
ders had to speak out and before Helen
could bring herself to bid aloud the
table waa knocked down.
The next lot was a fiddle-back chair.
Helen had not noticed it when the
things had been on view but they could
always use chairs, and somehow now
she had a feverish desire to bid. It was
started at $7.
With ber heart in her throat Helen
called "eight" Faint aa it was. the
auctinoeer heard and glanced at her
"Eight I have' Nine! Make it ten."'
looking back at Helen.
"Ten! Make it $11. Eleven! Make
Almost against her will, Helen
nodded. She seemed hypnotized into
She Buybi a Chair.
"Twelve! Twelve! Are you all
That was her bid! Oh, if some one
would onl say 13! She did not want
to pay 12. The chair was not worth
it! She did not want it anyway! But
no one bid again. Then came tbe omin
"Sold for $12 to the lady on the
Instantly a man with a receipt book ;
and some bills folded over his fore- I
finger, hurried up to Helen.
"Name and deposit, please."
Helen gave her name and her fingers
trembled as she took out a $5 bill. He
scribbled off and handed her a receipt
She slipped it into her purse, and again
looked at the platforms, trying to seem
But she was suk at heart. Why had
she bid $12 for that chair? The had
plent of chairs and Warren had so
particularly warned her against buy ins i
anything thev did not need.
The auctioneer was till glanun? to- j
.-rJ Helen Having bid once he ex-
pectfd h.i to t M jtj.r He wa n "nv ;
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THE THIRD YEAR
Helen had marked none of thse, and
she looked on without interest still
brooding over the chair, until a hu&e
brass jar was put up.
"Antique Water Carrier," the catalog
called it but in a flash it occurred to
Helen that it would make a splendid
clothes hamper something they had to
have. And this waa far more artistic
and would hold more than the basket
hampers which she had priced last week
for $7 and J8.
The jar was started at $2 and was
knocked down to Helen for $6. This
time she was elated at her purchase.
Eager to examine it more closely, she
left ber seat and went into the back
room where all the goods that had been
sold were taken.
It Was TJselesa,
The brass jar was there, but. to her
horror, when she stooped over to lift off
the lid, she found it did not conte off.
What seemed to be a lid was not one
at all there -was only a small opening
at the top, too small to put anything
She looked at it aghast It was an
absolutely useless thing! What could
she do with it?
From the next .oom came the auc
tioneer's voice, "417 Antique Mahoga
ny Knife Box!" It was one of the arti
cles Helen had marked, but now with
a feeling of revulsion she turned
quickly and made her wav ont nf thn
The whole place Bad grown hateful
to her. She was sick of her purchases.
For the chair she paid, too much, and
the brass jar she could not bear to
think of it
What would Warren say when he
saw that' What excuse could she give
for having bought such a thing? Oh, If
she had only stayed at home If she
could only feel free and unwomed as
she had this morning!
Never, she vow fiercely, never would
she go near an auction sale again!
The Nif fcimare of His Lave
YeBHg Mcb SbeuM Net Be Stew la
Trying te Win Affee
tleas ef a Girl.
By Beatrice Fairfax.
F there b a girl somewhere in this
big world whose hair is auburn
and who fears that the fervent
color of her locks may drive love
away, let her read the following letter
and take hope.
"I am a young man very much in
love with a girl two years my junior.
We became engaged while she was vis
iting in New York, but she went away
to Pittsburg and didn't tell me she
was going, and didn't send me a post
card. She is now back in New Tork.
and my best friend is calling on her.
Would it be proper for me to call, too,
as she has never told me our engage
ment is broken, and I cannot sleep
nights, as I always see hep red hair
In front of me?"
One of the most distressing of all
spectacles is a girl pursuing a man, yet
letters like this give proof that pur
suit ia what some men need. Not
many, but Just a few like this great
big blundering snail' like nMut
He waa engaged to a girl; she left
town; he made no attempt to find out
-why, though he still loves her to such
a maddening degree that he can't
sleep nights, as he always sees her red
hair in front of him. He knows an
other man is trying to win her. yet he
delays taking action tin he learns if
action is justifiable.
Does he think he can -win her by
standing still and moaning?
He can't sleep 'nights, he says, and
he seems to be making up for it by
sleeping in the daytime. He must call
on this red haired vision of his waking
dreams, and tell her of the unhappy
plight Into which his love for her has
Weil Werta Winning.
He must be her escort on every oc
casion on which she will grant him the
privilege; he must send her candy ad
Cowers as if they were so many ar
rows; he must consult her wishes in
all things, and he must so surround
her with his love that she will lose all
desire to ever escape from it by for
getting him in Pittsburg.
The love of a red haired girl is well
worth the winning. Her love is fer
vent like her hair. She la generous
to a fault; she la warm hearted: she
is true. Her love, once won, shows
more lasting qualities than the love of
either a blonde or a brunette. Sh9
1 loves for life.
Because of aS this, I am sorry that
the man who loves her so maddeningly
ie so timid.
MOST CKRTAEVLY SOFT.
Dear Miss Fairflav; I am 10 and
considered good looking. I have been
engaged twice to a young man and
cannot learn to like him. Tbe first
time I broke the engagement The
second time he left New Tork and
wrote that I could keep the presents
and that he would never come back
Last week I received another letter
saying he was sorry for what he had
done, and he -would eetne back. Do
you think I should keep company with
him again if I do not love him? A. B.
There is no happiness- in a marriage
without love. Wealth, social prestige,
influence and power may come to a
woman -by marriage, but without love
there is no happiness. Don't try it
A SKKSIBLK MAN.
Dear Miss Fairfax:
I am in love with a man of 21 who
loves me dearly. He has asked me to
marry him. but on account of rov
belng ao young I did not gtVe hhn '
definite answer. Besides my mother
objects to him because he is ef a dif
ferent nationality although born here.
My friend has told me that he would
be willing to wait for me until I am 21.
E. S. F.
Agree to wait and may the interval
be a happy time for both of you.
He is more considerate and more
sensible than moat young men in love,
and I am sure you have put your
heart in safe keeping.
TBLL HKR SO PLAINLY.
Dear Miss Fairfax:
I am 19 tears of age, and while lc a
little town I met a girl of 17 years. We
loved each other, and I promiseed I
would marry her. Later I came back
to town to work. And now she writes
me letters saying she will kill herself
if I don't keep my promise. I intend
to keep my promise because I love
her fcd she loves me. but not just at
present. I feel as though X am too
young to get married. R. O. W.
Convince her of your sincerity by
the tone of vour letters. Having
awakened her love by your attentions
you must be true to her.
You are r'.crht in thinking a man of
J 9 and a sir of 17 are too young to
marr I a.m sorry you didn't realize
it before you became so devoted.
BOTH. OF COrRSE.
Dear Miss Fairfax
If two oung men walking met a
oung lad whom oplv one of the
ounir men knew and the other did
not is it proper for both to tip their
hats., or should onl tht one uNi
knew her do so" i-
I confess to ui prise at your on. -
A spirit oi srallantrv hL'. i
a "nn fi i use 'us hai to
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