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By HARRY LOCKWOOD
(Copyright, 19W, by McClure Newspaper
The scene opens with our brave
bachelor hero alone in his bachelor
apartmenttwo rooms and bath in Hil
ton's "one-apartment hotel."'
He was wondering if it would be bet
ter to ask the girl who appealed most
to him as a possible wife to marry him
and break it to her that she was also
expected to be a stenographer, or
whether it would be better to look up
a good stenographer and having select
ed her for her merits in this'capacity
Itake a chance on the proposition of
imaking her his wife. ^There were two
[ways of approaching the situation.
The unalterable facts in the case
jwere that in his work in one of Hil
ton's recently created war industries
his efficiency was decidedly curtailed
because he had no stenographer, and
[that after having used'every means he
could think of he had not been able
to find a young woman in town capable
of taking the job who was not already
employed, or any conceivable room
where a girl from out of town might
be housed. Bradley had gone over pos
sible rooms with a fine-tooth comb.
There were simply none to be had.v
Bradley had come six months before
when the boom in Hilton, was just
starting, and he had been fortunate
enough to get* what at other times
would have been regarded as a rather
"bad buy" in the way of an apartment.
It had two rooais, and much as Brad
ley disliked the Idea of sharing his
sanctum with a male stenographer, he
had considered the proposition of get
ling a young man to take the job arid
allowing him to sleep on a cot in his
I Yes, the Coin Had Come Up Tails.
living room. But male stenographers
were simply not to be had.
There was still the idea of sharing
the apartment left, and simply because
It was the only possible solution Brad
ley decided he would have to marry his
stenographer and share his quarters
with her or make a stenographer of
a wife. He had come home to decide
the best method of procedure. He
drew a coin from his pocket and then
flipped it and leaned over to see how
fate had 'decided for him.
He had settled that if it came up
heads he would ask Molly Drew in his
home- town to consider the proposition.
She wasn't a. stenographer, but she had
learned to type in school and she could
take care of his correspondence.
He flattered himself that the idea of
becoming Mrs. Blake might not be en
tirely distasteful to her. The coin
came up tails. That meant that he
ehould.inake his selection according to
the ability of the young woman as a
secretary, and then, somehow, throw in
the marrying idea. Yes, the coin had
come up tails but after Bradley had
pocketed It again he decided to ask
Molly Drew, anyway.
That is why he took the eleven.
o'clock train back to the home town
and by nine o'clock-the next morning
had telephoned to Molly to tell her that
he had something important to say to
her. By ten he was at the Drew house.
Then he and Molly started walking in
the autumn air.
It was very difficult to say what he
had to say in a tactful way, and per
haps he bungled it. At any rate, ten
minutes after he had begun with,
"Molly, I have something important to
ask you," he realized that he was walk
ing beside a rather irate young wom
an, who kept her face turned from
him and he was making silent vows to
himself that after that he would obey
the dictates of a flipped coin.
"Yon never thought of asking me be-
fore," he remembered that she had
said. "Now that I can be of use to.
you, now that I can earn my own living
add help you besides, you ask me"
Bradford took the afternoon train
beck to Hilton, and, on the train, at
first tried to dodge sad then rather
welcomed the society of Maud Gaston,
on old schoolmate of his. She was
going to Hilton. She had heard that
-ere all sorta oi rare opporlanl
ties there for stenographers, and she
was tired-to death of earning her pal
try fifteen a week in her uncle's law
office. So she had packed her belong
ings and was running off to Hilton and
would let the people back home know
as soon as she reached there. Brad
ford listened attentively, and from Hum
to time looked with considerable stead
iness at Maud's well-formed fentures.
She wasn't at all bad looking, and he
had heard that she was a rattling
good stenographer. Then she asked
him if he could help her get a job.. It
was apparently his cue. The fates bad
"I know there are jobs enough," he
said. "In fact, I have a job In mind.
It pays pretty well, butwell, that Is,
the pay wouldn't be of the slightest
importance. Of course, you under
stand thatand, and you would know
that I had long been, beenyou know,,
Maud, we used to be mighty good pals
in school, didn't we?"
The car was rumbling noisily, and
perhaps Maud did not hear all of Brad
ford's incoherent remarks. At any
rate, she evinced no concern for his
sanity, but when they left she told him
cheerfully that when he got ready to
explain she would be glad to hear.
She was staying in the room of a
friend who had gone away for the
week end and would want to see him
sometime the next day, Monday and
would also be glad to have him find
a room for her.
"Yes, indeed," stammered Bradford.
Bradford stopped for dinner on his
way to his apartment and at nine
o'clock when he arrived there he found
a very weary Molly Drew waiting for
him in the small reception room down
"I've come," she said with finality.
"I thought it over and over and when
it occurred to me that probably If yon
didn't persuade me to be your secre
tary, you'd persuade some good ste
nographer to be your wife, I just
couldn't go through the strain of a
"And sohere I am. I have been
studying stenography this winter.' 1
didn't tell you, but I really wanted-to
do some sort of war work. It was
just because I was peeved becausX
you'd never asked me before that 1
said what I did."
By dint of much persuasion Brad
ford found accommodations for Molly
for the night in the little hotel, and
the next afternoon after his day's work
at the .office was over he took unto
himself the bride of his heart and ac
quired a stenographer.
Molly never knew that at nine tha
Monday morning he met Maud Gaston
and told her what he felt was the best
advice he could give her He said
that she would never cease regretting
having left her uncle, that the war
would soon be over and then inflated
salaries in Hilton would be a thing of
the past, and that she would be a
very sweet, sensible girl If she hurried
back to the home town on the next
Whereupon Maud sighed with relief.
"I was afraid you'd found a job for
me," she said, "and I'm homesick al
ready. Suppose you never tell any one
about meeting me?"
And having exacted a similar prom
ise from Maud, Bradford hurried on
his way. -J
HOW WAR GARDENS HELPED
American "Back-Yard Producers* In
creased Food Yield in a Degree
That Was Remarkable.
America's back-yard and vacant lot
food producers have come into a
fine harvest. They have Increased
the nation's wartime food production
and at the same time lessened the
traffic demands on railways by
growing this food near the kitchen
Patriotic gardeners this year cul
tivated 5,285,000 plots, according to
figures made public by the national
war garden commission. We hoed in'
1,785,000 more gardens this summer
than we did last year. A combination
of patriotic call and high cost of liv
ing did it. The value of the garden
product, estimates the commission,
will be $525,000,000.
There were more gardens this year,
and the average- yield was better.
More of us are learning how to grow
things in our back yards and on near
by vacant lots. Let us keep right on
learning more about gardening.
There's health and money In It
Those who did toot have one of
those 5,285,000 war gardens missed
much. It Is not too early for them to
plan on a next year's garden. More
food in 1910and as near the kitchen
door as it is possible to grow It. That's
a fine war-time slogan.
Only One Road to Moral Victory.
Psychologists tell us that one ot
the great dangers of shipwreck of our
mental and moral forces is the repres
sion through which most of us try to
make our peace with the world. We
cannot gain peace while constantly
warring within ourselves. The way to
gain conquest over ourselves is to ex
press that which is good and let It'
take the place of that which is marring
A great ethical teacher has said that
he has known personally of many cases
where vicious children have been
made over Into good dtiaens by direct
ing the child's thoughts Into new chan
nels by supplanting the Impure with
Fat Suitor (calling on his girl)I
wonder what Is the easiest way to re
move superflous flesh?
Girl (sleepy and rather bored)Why
Mt try a taxiV-Llfo.
THE TOMAHAWK. WHITE EARTH. MINN.
Graceful Fashions for the Flappei
To whoever invented the term "flap
per" is due a vote of thanks from the
younger, growing girls. This rather
rollicking title has replaced "girls of
the awkward age," which insinuating
descriptive title, often undeserved*,
used to be applied to the younger gen
eration when it arrived at eight or tefit
years, and continued until sixteen
was'a thing of the past. A new or
der of things has come, about In the
matter of clothes for the flapper. It
Is the business of specinl designers to
see that her apparel does so much for
her, that awkward may not be men
tioned in the same day with her. All
her clothing is carefully designed. If
she is too thin, that fact must be art
fully concealed, and she is usually a
little thin. Occasionally she is too fat,
and, being corsetless, must be shaped
up by means of skillful lines In her
frocks and coats.
Clothing the young girl to look her
best is not the easiest thing in the
world, and styles for her would better
be left to the people who.make a spe
cial study of them. Mothers can be
relieved of responsibility in the mat
ter by simply copying the designs cre-
This has proved to be a season in
which more Is required of frocks and
suits than In pre-war times. With the
very good intention of saving wool or
labor, clothes have been created to
answer for different sorts of wear, to
fit In with varying background, and to
make it possible to be well dressed on
a contracted allowance of money. If
one were to try to define the one thing
that distinguishes this season's ap
parel from all others It is likely that
the wearableness and adaptability of
outer garments would be selected as
the outstanding features. The street
suit that Is easily converted Into an
afternoon dress, and the frock that Is
quickly adapted to street wear, are
flourishing in the good opinion of
The effort of designers to make
these two-lnrone garments has result
ed In some original and handsome
street clothes as well as in lovely
frocks that do duty for day'and eve^
ning wear. Now that the war Is over
there may be no further need for such
economies, but some of the novel
street garments that were Inspired by
them are sure to remain with us. The
handsome and original "tratteur"
which is pictured hpre is an example
rf fine designing "going about" cos
tume that will bear comparison with
he best of street anlts. It la graceful
ated by the specialists or by buying
the practical ready-made garments
which are turned out in increasing
quantities each year.
A coat and three hats that will meet
the needs of the flapper are pictured
here. The coat is of a plain-surfaced
cloth with belt of the material, and
unbroken, youthful lines. It has a
cosy, round, high collar that covers
the neck and throat completely, and
practical slit pockets that provide a
refuge for the hands in nipping weath
er. The pretty soft satin cap worn
with it is merely a full crown, gath
ered along the center and mounted on
a narrow bond of fur.
The two hats shown are of black
velvet, and they are suit to nearly
all faces. That at the right of the
group might be chosen for ,a girl in
her early teens, since its brim is ir
regular and its crown is draped. For
younger girls the hat at the left has a
world of admirers. It has a bonnet
like brim and a soft crown, of velvet,
with a scarf about It of wide, heavy
ribbon. The long silk tassel attached
to the crown is a well-managed, dis
tinguishing touch that has made its
Versatile and Original Trotteur_
and unusual, with a suggestion of the
Russian blouse In its lines. The easy,
comfortable body Is extended Into a
pointed yoke at the top of the skirt
and has a smart high collar and a
deep cape at the back. Length of line
is emphasized by the row of small
hone buttons down the front from
neck to hemr which Is not disturbed by
the narrow girdle of cloth. A little
border of fur at the top of the wide
collar is a smart touch that could not
be spared. The skirt is ankle length
and might be a very little longer for a
The trottehr Is as practical as a
street suit and is capable of much in
dividuality and distinction. A hat or
bag, or both, a fur scarf and muff, may
tone it up to quite formal dress It
lends Itself to accessories more or less
dressy.and Is therefore a versatile and
Ink spots can sometimes be removed
by soaking them in milk. However,
the milk should never be allowed to
dry on the ink-spotted article, as It
leaves a dirty yellow stain which u
hard to wash.
ROWING SOY BEAN
IS VERY PROFITABLE
ee Industry Is Being Developed
in Many Sections.
Increased Prices Drought About by De
mand for Seed Purposes and Utili
zation as FoodCrop Also of
Benefit to Soil.
(Prepared by the United States Depart"
ment of Agriculture.)
The soy bean is a very profitable
crop when grown for seed, and the
seed-growing Industry Is being devel
oped In many cotton-growing sections
and In the southern part of the corn
belt. The character of growth, its uni
form maturing habit, and its large yield
of grain recommended the soy bean
for seed production. The many disad
vantages which attend the harvesting
of cowpeas are not common to the
soy bean. The increased demand for
seed for planting purposes and the
utilization of the dried beans as food
Gathering Soy-Bean Seed.
and for the production of oil and tiieal
have brought about greatly increased
prices. The seed of the best varieties
of soy beans is selling for $2.50 to $4
per bushel of 60 pounds. As the mer
its of the crop are better appreciated,
the demand is not likely to diminish.
Utilizing soy-bean seed as feed is dis
tinctly profitable. In addition'to the
value of the seed, the benefit to the
land on which the beans have teen
grown and the use of the thrashed
vines as a source of feed must be tak
en into consideration.
The average yields of soy-bean s*ed
to the acre in various sections of the
United Slates range from about 15
bushels In the northern states to about
25 bushels in the northern part of the
cotton belt. The average yield In east
ern North Carolina, the largest seed
producing section in the country, is
about 25 bushels, although many fields
produce 35 bushels or more to the acre.
Maximum yields of 50 bushels*to the
acre have been reported from North
Carolina and Tennessee.
SHUCK PROTECTION FOR CORN
Many Growers .Fall to Realize They
May Reduce Damage to Grain by
(Prepared by tha United States Depart
ment of Agriculture.)
Most corn growers fall to realize
that by Improving the shuck covering
on their corn by selection they may
reduce the amount of damage done
to the grain. Growers generally con
sider nothing but the ears and kernels
when selecting seed. In weevil-Infest
ed sections In particular., variation in
the damage of ears Is frequently ob
served, but If the matter Is considered
the cause Is usually attributed to va
riation in the hardness of the grain.
Weevils attack corn of all degrees of
hardness, and their progress In con
suming the hard corn is only slower
than that in the soft. Some observers
have, concluded that since weevils are
able to eat the hardest corn, they
would also cut their way through the
most resistant shucks In order to feed
upon the grain. If sufficiently urged by
hunger. Others have observed that
earworms may cut holes through a
large percentage of the protecting
shucks and that weevils will enter
through these holes, and they have
concluded from this that shuck cover*
lng cannot be made a practicable
means of protection. Then, too, there
Is a sentiment on the part of some
against a large amount of shuck.
TO INCREASE FARM PROFITS
Iowa County Agent Telia Why Soma
Farms Are Made More Profit.
hie Than Othem.
(Prepared by tha United States Depart
ment ot Agriculture.)
In a recent report to the department,
W. A. Dickinson, county agent, Floyd
county, Iowa, attempts to show why
some farms are more profitable than
others. Owing to the fact that farm
labor has been exceedingly scarce In
some districts during the present sea*
eon, many operators have attempted to
Increase the efficiency of their man
labor as much as possible. They have
done th.'s by using larger machin
ery and more horse power. They have
also tried to secure a more even dis
tribution of labor throughout the year
by growing a variety of crops and
keeping live stock. In some cases a
portion of the crop,has been harvested
by the live stock. They have slp kept
close tab on the work that required
immediate attention, and they have
avoided work which could be post
poned while more productive work it*
calved Immediate attention.
Not Always Easy to Determine
Whether Cellar Is Giving Sat
Few Measures Given So That Keeper
May Decide Whether Methods
Could Be ImprovedThere
Should Be No Moisture.
(Prepared by the United States Depart*
ment of Agriculture.)
It Is often difficult for the beekeeper
to know whether his bee cellar is giv
ing the best results, for he may not
have been able to determine from
reading or observation of other cel
lars whether it is satisfactory. Below
are given a few measures xwhich the
beekeeper may apply to his apiary
and his cellar, so that he may. be able
to decide whether his methods of cel
lar wintering should be Improved.
(1) During the winter a thermome
ter inserted in the entrance of the
hive should show a temperature of at
least 50 degrees Fahrenheit.
(2) There' should never be any con
densed moisture on the covers of the
hives, and certainly never any on the a
Keep Collar Dark.
(3) While the cellar should be kept
dark at all times, if a candle is held
at the entrance of a hive at the end
of January It should be several sec
onds before any of the bees break
cluster. Frequently the cellar doors
may be opened in March without dis
turbing the bees.
(4) There should never be many
dead bees on the bottom of the hives.
The live bees should be able to push
them out as they die during the win
ter. The bees thus carried out will be
found on the cellar floor just below the
entrances. If there are bees all over
the floor, it shows that these bees have
flown from the hivesan indication of
(5) The bees should be quiet during
the late winter. Noise at this time
Indicates that the bees are disturbed
by an accumulation of feces, caused
by low temperatures or poor food.
(G) If the bees were in good condi
tion in the fall and have been wintered
well, the lots during the winter will
never be more than one-sixth of the to
tal population of the hive. Such a
loss is excessive, however, and In a
well-wintered colony It may be as low
as a hundred bees. This probably de
pends to a large extent on the ago of
the bees which go Into winter, and If
"the temperature is right, and the stores
good there will be almost no loss oi
(7) The bees should not leave the
hive while they are being carried
WeiI-Arranged Bee Hives.
from tho cellar. If they do, It Indi
cates that they are excited by an ac
cumulation of feces.
(8) Before removal from the cel
lar there should be no spotting of the
hives from dysentery- There may be
a little spotting after the bees have
had a free flight outside, but if thie
Is small In amount it does not Indi
cate a serious condition.
(9) When the bees are taken from
the cellar there should be no moldy
combs, for the cellar at the right tem
perature will be too dry for the growth
(10) There should be no brood when
the colonies are taken from the cellar.
Brood-rearing In the cellar is proof
that the cellar Is too cold or that the
food used by the bees Is Inferior.
(11) Enough brodti should be in each
colony at the opening of the main
honey-flow to fill completely 12 Lang
(12) The population of the hive
should not decrease appreciably after
the bees are removed from the cellar.
Such a condition, known as spring
dwindling, is an Indication of poor win
tering. For three weeks after the
hives are set out no new bees Will be
emerging, but the loss of bees during
the time should be so small as not to
Benefit of Shade Trees.
It doesn't cost much to plant trees.
yet they add a great deal to any prop*
erty. The Nev Jersey forester says
the shade trei* of New Jersey are
worth f20.000.00n. Still, there are not
nearly enough trees oven In New Jo**