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Ar.ita l'lt'.li. in tl:e Atlantic.
T was not Ion- ago that a Chicago
woman caused comment, some
merriment nml n great deal of
serious thought by advertising that
flit' Would give S1M( 10 to nnv l.nvl.w.
man who could within a slated time
Moe to her satisfaction that ho had
been always and In every bast deiall
f his business transactions scrupu
lously honest. The money. It la be-
""u, is sua i,i the hands cf the
I woman wlu( made the offer. This
uoos not go to show that Chicago
jousiness men arc less honest than those
. riving bargains elsewhere, hut those
who followed the coum of things at
the time that the competition for the
SI 000 was at Its height came to the
conclusion that the woman believed
i hat there was a difference between
commercial honesty and personal lion-
'y, ami, as a matter of fact, not n
few came to look cu the thing iu the
All this is apropos of the story of
commercial transaction which went
brough in Chicago the other dav and
r-vhere a bis Southwestern business
uau lost one of the chances of h's life
iecauso he had not hewed straight
lo the line of personal honesty. It Is
Joubtful also If anyone wouldbe will
ing to stretch the limits of commercial
ntegrity sufficiently to include his
iwclvo years ago a Chicago whole
iale grocery firm, one of the largest
i tne world, received an order from
!ie Southwest for 400 bags of sugar,
0 pounds to the bag. The merchant
ho ordered the sugar Is for present
urposes named John Fox. The firm
iat sent the sugar was Wade, Scales
John Fox had many dealings with
aue, feeales & Co. prior to his sugar
der, and after It as well, until a short
me ago. Fox was, and is, a success
Vl business man. He is rich, but there
to-day one fly In the commercial
ntment. Fox has moved his great
itablishmcnt Into Chicago, but he Is
dos't nezd to wor.r,T about the
,;; occupying the big quarters in the
1? business district that he had
jked out for himself. Instead of
jivty of light, air, room, elevator ser
e and the other things that he had
pected to acquire, he is In cramped
jtrters and Is making less money by
krge amount each day than he would
anaking If he could have secured the
' ice for a business home that he had
f jjj his heart on.
ne day recently a man with a som
s 'ro on strolled into, the office of
1 de, Scales JLCo. To the first man
! met he said: "I want to see the
s. I have something of Importance
, alk about."
Will you send in your name?" asked
jj grocery employe.
lie wtuor look me
blank slip of
wrote this on
er offered him and
(dr. Nobody, from NoAvhcre. This
hy name until after our conversa-
Jive that to the boss," he said, "and
him I think he'll be glad to see
and that if he talks right I'll give
my right name and whore I came
liriosity more than anything else
the staid and dignified Mr. Wade
How this unconventional visitor a
;jce to get into his private office,
e there Mr. Xobcdy said: "If I'll
x you where there is SI. "03 due this
; and easily collectable, a yi.'OO
you know nothing about, what
the Information be worth to me?"
don't see how It's possible," said
Wade, "that even with cur great
Liess there could be that large
ri i . : ' i : i t (':e v. :n;d we know liu'.hlu;;
"Tell me what ii'y worth to tne If
i :.v lt.'f'.r..;ati.n is convt-and Til
i'l'i-Ve to y(,! l,y yoilf ( V, tl 1 "'.s ill- i.'.e
l Ihe lnii.r.tes that It Is o.iTect-and
U.- II We'll jmiceed to busim
''InfoMiiatlon that tliis linn is h fool-i.-h
,".s not t.) know tiun an easy col
lectable .fir.no Is due It Is worth JjT.i)
to any man who will prove It. i-'Iiow
mo tliat we are Midi business Idiots,
and I'll give you .",0 right out of my
own pocket. .More than that, if by
the faintest chance what you should
fay Khould prove to be true and we
can collect the $1500, I'll give you a
third of it."
The sombreroed stranger went down
into an Inside pocket, "(io to yout
books, September VI, 1SS:," ht. sa'id.
Mr. Wnde went to his books. There
after the stranger had mentioned an
Invoice number they found what In a
nutshell was this:
"Shipped to John Fox. liicknell,
Ariz., -lot) bags of sugar of 100 pounds
each 10,000 pounds."
"Now turn to your books of January
M, lS'.lO," said the stranger, adding,
"this is easy money for inc."
It did not take Mr. Wade and his
bookkeeper more than a minute to find
out that Instead of sending a bill for
10,000 pouuds of sugar to John Fox,
they had sent him a bill for -IOC
pounds, a bill which he had paid
promptly. A receipt had been sent
Mr. Fox. and the transaction closed,
and through one of those absolutely
uuexplainable bits of business mistakes
that will occur lu houses doing trans
actions of millions a year the error
had never been discovered. There was
due the firm of Wade & Scales from
John Fox $1500 and interest thereon
for something like twelve years.
"You see," said the visitor, "I was
Mr. Fox's bookkeeper for years and
years. When the bill for 400 pouuds
of sugar came in I called his attention
to the mistake, and he said: 'I'll pay
the bill as it stands, and if they ever
send a bill for the remaining oOOO
pounds I'll pay that, too, but I guess
we don't need to worry about the mis
take.' The other day John Fox kicked
me out of his employment for a trivial
mistake kicked me out penniless at
that. What I am doing now you may
consider a piece of revenge. So It is
laregly, but I also need money."
The Westerner left the place with
$50 in his pocket and the next mail
took a bill to John Fox for $1500, plus
the interest for twelve years. Actuated
by curiosity to know how the man
would explain the matter, Mr. Wade
inclosed with the bill a query as to
why, having received 40,000 pounds of
sugar, Mr. Fox had sent on pay for
only 400 pounds.
Within a week a check for the full
arfount of the bill and interest was re
ceived. John Fox was too good a busi
ness man not to know that he must
pay instantly, but as far as his dis
honesty was concerned, this is what
he said in his letter, the only bit of
writing that appeared except' the
name and figures on the check:
"I make it a point never to pay until
bills are presented. You never sent the
bill for the extra GGOO pounds.
Was Fox a thief or simply commer
In the years that had passed John
Fox had become a multi-millionaire.
Itecently he wished to open a great
establishment in Chicago. A real es
tate agent found him a finely located
building near the heart of the busi
ness district. Fox came way on to
look at it. He went to the agent's
office and found him looking somewhat
downcast, as a man might look who
was out a fat commission.
"Mr. Fox," said the agent, "I was
utterly dumfounded this morning when
informed by the owners of the building
selected for you that they would not
let you have it under any circum
stances. The owners are a firm of
wholesale grocers. When I pressed
them for a reason for refusing to let
the property to you, the head of the
firm handed me a slip of paper and
said: 'I understand Mr. Fox is to
come to see you to-day? When he
asks you for our reason in declining
to rent to him, simply give him this
piece of paper.' I have the paper here,
but, Mr. Fox, I am free to confess that
I can't find anything iu it that even
hints at a reason why the grocers
should decline to rent to you."
John Fox held out his hand and re
ceived the slip of paper from the
agent. lie unfolded it. He saw that
it was one of his own letterheads, and
below the printing he read this, writ
ten in his own hand:
"Wade, Scallcs &, Co.: Gentlemen
I make it a point never to pay until
bills are presented. JOHN FOX."
Honolulu Letter Currier.
Letter carriers were sent out from
the Honolulu postotiice on August 14
for the first time in the history of the
islands, though actual free delivery of
mail was not then begun. The letter
carriers were sent out to familiarize
themselves with the streets and house
numbering, to apprise householders of
the beginning of the free delivery sys
tem, and to secure a practically com
plete mail census of the city. I'itts-
I burs Chranlcle-Tdejrttph.
STKANHE PENSION CASE
HOW A CVALL CUM HAS CfJOWN
INTO A FORTUNE.
On ff.-.i) it .ioiilli Hip i:nl;ilo of Iltnry
t f'imlir, un I im mi! 1'nlon SoM!r, Now
Amount t tTi.",000 Story of tli A'rt
rruii mill III Arriiiiiuliilrd AVcttltli.
Starting $11,117 iu debt thirty years
ago, and depending for a livelihood
wholly on a pension of $.10 a month
from the (.'ovcrnnient, the estate of
Henry Wciifler, of Splker, Wabash
County, Ind., now amounts to more
than $115,000, and Is growing at a
rapid rate. What Is still more curious,
the Government, having paid Wensler
this pension for a generation, will, at
his death, receive back the $50 a month
and $K000 iu addition. Such a state
of affairs has never before come Avlthln
the ken of the bureau officials, as re
ported by Special Agent Stephens.
The story of Wensler and his accumu
lated wealth is an Interesting one, and
Is thus related by the Wabash corre
spondent of the Indiapaolis News:
"During the war he enlisted from
Wabash Counly in the Eighty-ninth
Indiana Infantry. While on the march
In the South he suffered from prostra
tion by the heat, which caused mental
derangement, and though he has not
at any time been violent, he has been,
to an extent, incapable of managing
his affairs. For twelve years after his
alliiction Wensler wes confined in the
hospital for the insane at Indianapolis,
and was discharged as being harmless
and requiring no attention. Applica
tion was made for a pension on ac
count of his mental condition, and the
case was pending some time. In 3 SOT
his wife was divorced, and he. was left
"At that time his condition was such
that Jonathan Talmage, a local banker,
was appointed guardian, and Mr. Tal-
mage's report to the Circuit Court in
September, 1ST0, showed that Wensler
had overdrawn his account with his
guardian $13.:iT. In the next report
Mr. Talmage showed that the pension
of $50 a month, with a considerable
amount as arrearages, had been paid,
and as Wensler had been supported by
the State while at the hospital, the ar
rearages amounted to a tidy sum.
"In this way the foundation of the
present fortune was laid. Four years
ago Mr. Talmage died, and Thomas F.
Fayne, a wealthy land owner of Wa
bash, was appointed guardian." The
Tension Bureau required, about that
time, that all reports of guardians of
wards receiving pensions should be
made to Washington. In his report
of May 1, 1000, Mr. Payne set forth
that the amount of funds belonging to
Wensler in his hands was $23,430, and
that the total cost of administering
the guardianship was $1214. With a
few exceptions the funds were loaned
on gilt-edged security, at ten per cent,
interest, and later at eight per cent.
Some of the later loans have been made
at six per cent. This Interest was
compounded, and the total mounted
higher and higher. Wensler was ac
tive, and contributed to his own sus
tenance. For years he plied his voca
tion as a huckster, and drove about the
county with his little wagon, on which
were printed In sprawling letters the
words: 'II. Wensler, Hugster.
"Recently he went into business in a
small way at Spiker's Station, four
miles from Wabash. He lives alone,
and his expenses for food and clothing
are almost nothing. Ills guardian pays
$3.50 a week for his food, and Wens
ler takes $25 a month for other ex
penses. The rest of the $50 pension,
and the handsome Increment from the
$25,000 at interest, is re-invested as it
"The reports of the guardian to the
Tension Bureau, making this remarka
ble exhibit, induced Commissioner
Evans to send Special Agent Stephens
to AVabash to look into the case, and
he uncovered the facts as stated. The
special agent says that as Wensler has
no friends the money at his death will
revert to the Government. Wensler is
perhaps sixty-five years old, and never
speaks unless addressed. He Is ex
pert in handling hors?s, and on several
occasions has been Injured in runa
ways, but he does not seem to know
what fear is. Probably no estate in
the country has been so canably man
aged. "It is said of Wensler that a few
years ago he was reized with a desire
to manage his property, and went to
the orlico of a well-known Wabash
lawyer to state his case. 'See here,
Mr- ' Wensler, 'I am not in
sane, and I want my funds turned over
to me.' The lawyer gazed at him in
tently for a moment and then replied:
'You're drawing a good pension,. aren't
youV Wensler admitted ho was.
'Weil, then,' drawled the lawyer, 'if
you are not insane your pension will
stop, for that's why you are getting
it.' Wensler looked wild, and shot out
of the door. And after that he was
content to waive all right to the man
agement of his estate."
A Itloji'le Sweeper.
Bicycle3 can be fitted with a new
pavement cleaning device to keep the
wheel from getting muddy, which Is
made of a cylinder brush held in a
frame ahead of the front wheel and
geared to the axle to revolve and sweep
the street as the wheelman rides along.
THE DIG FACC IN THZ ZZ.
Clcmitle. 1 Iokh ihnl Misi tlcl n Sa!l.r:i
it Nor;l,i Mi-iimiit.
A real but gigantic Santa Clans Is
(Mining down from tin- I'ro.s n Norfh.
according to reports brought In by
the Norwegian stcannT I .! tllti-x
Sophia. On the blotter at the Marl
time l.'xchance the ves'id's rcpo.i
"Four Icebergs pas-od dx miles lecth
norlheast from Cape St. Francis"
seemed but little out of the ordinary,
but an Interview with the Captain
brought to light a most curious freak
The ship, with her cargo of Iron ore
for this port, passed the four b'-rgs
when two days out from Wabana. N.
F. But little attention was paid to
them until the ship was just abreast
of the largest one. A cry from one of
the crew on watch attracted all hands.
Captain Nordahl at first thought what
he saw was an optical Illusion, but lev
eled his glasses, and then ordered the
course of the ship changed.
The Drottling Sophia sailed around
the end of the berg, and all members
of the crew saw at close range the
gigantic head of a man in profile, as
clearly defined In the Ice as tlcnigh
chiseled by a sculptor. The forehead
was at the very top, depressions gave
the appearance of eyes, the nose was
clear cut, and Ihe bottom of the berg,
fit anied by tiny rivulets of melting
lee, had every resemblance to a long,
flow I ns beard tapering off into the
water. Tbe Iceberg was over 200
feet high, and was evidently aground
in about ninety fathoms of water.
The face and head, said Captain
Nordahl, bore great resemblance to
the familiar Santa Claus Philadelphia
Shallow waters flow with vexed cur
rents. The homes of a nation are the ba
rometer of its life.
We must answer for our riche3, but
our riches cannot answer for us.
We put a price upon riches, but
riches cannot put a price upon us.
The gem of truth bears all tests with
out diminished lustre or clearness.
The meanest use for money is to
make it cover a multitude of sins.
It is a great deal better to cheer one
man than to be cheered by a thousand.
Better a pair of clean bare hands
than the most expensive soiled white
Call another a fool and you are the
fool; call yourself a fool and you be-
o1" iu on ise.
Goodness outranks goods. A burst
ing barn and a godless heart proclaim
a fool without hope.
No lot in life is small enough to stunt
a soul. Lowly circumstances are no
bar to high thoughts.
'Tis a sad thing when a man can
have no comfort but in diversions, no
joy but in forgetting himself.
When two hearts cease to beat as
one, it will not be long until the own
ers will want to beat each other.
Costliest Thimble on Hecord.
Think of it, a thimble which cost
$G5,000 iu American money! And
think of a husband who presents his
wife with such a gift! It belongs to
the Queen of Siani.
Thimbles were not in use in Siam
until a comparatively recent date. The
King seeing that English and Amer
ican women visiting his court used
thimbles, had one made for his wife.
The thimble is of gold, enriched with
precious stones. It is shaped like a
partially opened lotus flower, each
petal bearing the interlaced initials of
the sovereign and his wife in ame
thysts, rubies, emeralds and topazes.
Around the rim of the thimble can
be read the date of the marriage of
the royal pair according to the Siamese
and European calendars, each nulnber
and each letter being of alternate dia
monds and pearls.
His Sweetheart's Letter.
A colonel, on his tour of inspection,
unexpectedly entered the drill room,
when he came across a couple of sol
diers, one of them reading a letter
aloud, while the other was listening,
and, at the same time, stopping up the
cars of the reader.
"What are you doinj there?" tha
puzzled ofiker inquired of the former.
"You see, colonel, I'm reading to At
kins, who can't read himself, a letter
which has arrived by this afternoon's
post from his sweetheart."
"And you, Atkius, what in the world
are you doing?"
"Please, colonel, I am stopping up
Murphy's ears with both hands, be
cause I don't mind his reading my
sweetheart's letter, but I don't .want
him to hear a single word of what
she has written." Tit-Bits.
Gntes In Norway.
A curious feature to travelers in the
high roads of Norway is the great num
bers of gates upward of 10,000 in the
whole ountry which have to bo
opened. These gates, which either
mark the boundary of the farms or sep
arate the home fields from the waste
lands, constitute a considerable Incon
venience and delay to the traveler, who
has to stop his vehicle and get down
and open them.
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W. cp- Lire Jj
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j be w.ih to (-nil tiiH v.oiM'i, a.v'.uii-'e
A IV ai imj-t ;ud i ! 1 1 j t .
Seine i!i t tin' I V VI it Mi ; 1 i '!.
And tome by i o hi li" i .
WtiJiiniMo.i St .!'.
"Is he broke'.'"
"I guess ho. He said If air w.i five
rents a barrel he'd suffocate. "Indian
ltlght tn I.tiif.
"But he fashionable?"
"Well, I guess! He has an automo
bile and the pneumonia." Chicago
Horothy "Pauline, what makes you
Pauline "Unsociable? I'm not a bit
unsociable; I merely don't like society."
Detroit i'roe Press.
Th I.-inil of rienty.
rnssenger (on steamer en route to
Europe) "The .steerage appears to be
empty. Don't emigrants ever return
to the old country?"
Captain "Oh, yes. But they always
go back In the first cabin." Chicago
"But there Is no evidence to support
your theory," protested the attorney.
"My dear sir," was the answer, "that
fact Is what shows my superior ability
as a detective. Anybody can get up
it theory if he has a whole lot of evi
dence to work with."
Harriet "Harry, why is it that In
football each side has only eleven men?
Why don't they have an even dozen on
Harry "Because it would eudauger
the lives of two more men. I supposed
everybody knew that." Boston Tran
script. "flavins n ltattllnc Good Time."
New York Journal.
The Drawback to Originality.
'Why do you keep repeating quota
lions?" asked the irritable man. "Why
don't you say something original?"
"My dear sir, there's no use of that.
Every time I think of anything good
enough to be original I find that some
body said it years ago." Washington
A. J). 1911.
"Flying machines are becoming more
and more popular every day," twit
tered the first carrier pigeon.
"Yes," gloomily twittered the second
carrier pigeon, "like the automobile
and the horse, it is said they are scon
to do away with us entirely." Brook
Discretion the lietter Tart.
Miss Gushington "But were you
never frightened, captain, when you
saw the enemy advancing?"
Captain Kaudor "No, I felt safe so
long as I had a couple of life-preservers
Miss Gushington "Life preservers?""
Captain Kandor "Yes, my legs."'
Catholic Standard and Times.
A Study in Hauteur.
"That man is exceedingly haughty,"'
remarked the plain citizen, who was
transacting some business. "I guess
he is the proprietor of the establish
ment." "No," said the friend, "he's not the
proprietor. He never had to take
chances on getting customers, and
i avoid making enemies. You can al
I ways depend on it when you see a
i haughty man in an dike that he is
sure of his money. It may not he very
much, but he is getting it regularly."
"I have been obliged to challenge
that man again!" exclaimed the citi
zen, who came from a country famous
"Oh," said the trembling woman who
had clasped his hand, "do nothing
rash! Do not risk your life because of
an insult given in the heat of political
"That shows how little you know
nbont politics," was the soothing an
swer In superior tones. "Nobody said
anything about fighting. I'm going to
challenge him to resign." Washington-Blar.