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FRIDAY, DEC. 26, 1902.
FALSE DEMOCRATIC PROPHETS.
For forty years and over the Democratic party has
been the victim of foolish and false leadership. The mass
of the common people have stayed faithful to Democratic
ideals during that time, as at all times since the founda
tion of this government. It has been so in every state and
every section; but the selfishness of leaders and the di
visions produced in their councils by such selfishness, by
inability to realize the demands of the existing situation,
or by faithlessness to the canons of Democracy, have con
tinued election after election to bring 1 disaster upon the"
From James Buchanan to William J. Bryan no man
has in the interval stood for the Democracy as its chosen
candidate for the presidency, save one alone, who has even
approached the ideal of Democratic leadership. Soldiers
have been nominated because they have been soldiers, and
for no other reason, when soldiering is one of the trades
for which no Democrat can have attachment. Civilians
have been chosen because it was thought that they could
control the votes of states whose vote was computed to
be necessary to Democratic success and for little other
reason. Ever and always in that time expediencies have
prevailed with the leaders, and courage of conviction and
soundness of Jeffersonian doctrine" have been too often
cast to the winds. The one man possessing the genius of
leadership whom that period produced in Democratic
ranks, and the only one, was Samuel J. Tilden, and he,
too, and the cause he represented were ruined and sold
out through foolish, incompetent, cowardly and tricky
The truth is that the party has been cast adrift with
out anchor or compass through the folly or the falsehood
of its leaders. That is its position today. Those who have
a predominant influence in the councils of the party seem
now, as at all times since before the war, to be dominated
by a determination to defeat and dishearten the Demo
cratic masses by the discordancy of their councils and
the folly of their conduct.
No man has appeared in the leadership of the Democ
racy in any section of the country whose intellectual force,
moral uprightness or disinterested patriotism has won
more general recognition than Henry Watterson. He is
one of the recognized leaders wi the party today. Yet,
even he, with all his avowed disposition to promote the
unification of the party, engages himself at this time
through the columns of the paper which he edits with
such distinguished ability in crying out against the Monroe
The Globe has no thought of engaging in any de
fense of the Monroe doctrine as a tenet of Democratic
faith, or of engaging in any controversy on that score. At
a moment when the administration, whose animating
spirit is adverse to all true American Democracy and
whose political true convictions lead rather to monarchism
than Republicanism, is confronted" with the obligation of
maintaining the Monroe doctrine against the two strongest
powers of Europe, Mr. Watterson finds time to flout that
doctrine as "an unseeing jingoism, the product of a. kind of
superstition." His floutings he concludes in this wise:
"In short and in fine, we cannot hope to gobble up
the earth. We want markets, we want amicable, intelli
gent neighborship. The Latins are doomed, Spain dead,
■> Italy dying and Prance down with an incurable disease,
our two allies, our best friends, are our business rivals,
England and Germany, and we should shape our foreign
policy accordingly, on just principles of give and take,
of live and let -live."
The instance which this sort of thing affords of willful
disregard of the historical position occupied by the party
and its founders, should operate with ordinary Democrats
as a warning against accepting the dictum of any. so-called
leader no matter who he may be as to the true position to
be occupied by the party in such a situation as that
which now exists in Venezuelan waters.
And now comes T. Thomas Fortune and declares that
the acquirement of tropical and semi-tropical regions by
the United States will aid in the solution of the race prob
lem. If negroes in Hawaii will settle the labor problem
there and promote the welfare of the negroes themselves
the question again recurs, why the same is not true of the
Philippines. Morgan's idea of settling the colored ques
tion through deportation of the man and brother to the
Philippines is not likely to be pitchforked out of sight as
easily as the pitchfork statesman of South Carolina seems
A figKt for the rights of the commonalty of St. Paul,
conducted happily to a successful issue, has just been
closed in the agreement entered into between Dr. Ohage,
the health commissioner of St. Paul, and the private in
terests which united in the promotion of their own affairs
to destroy, if necessary, the value of the splendid popular
sanitarium and play ground now existing on Harriet
It would have been better for the honor of the city, as
well as for the welfare of its people, had every other street
on the "West side been gridironed with railroad tracks
rather than that those who sought the control of the dis
puted section of land should have had their way.
St. Paul is recognized as an extremely conservative
community. Among us there is but little of the public
spirit and none of the private or public enterprise which
has built up within a few miles of us a city of close to a
quarter million population since the foundations of this
community were laid. And so there has not appeared a
spark of true appreciation, outside the ranks of trie poor
and the lowly classes among us, of the grand service
which Dr. Ohage rendered to the community when he
conceived and executed alike the wonderful public project
of Harriet island. Even at the last moment the one of
our commercial bodies which is supposed to partake in
some measure of the popular impulse and spirit volun
teered its aid to rendering Dr. Ohage's undertaking more
difficult, and, if possible, to defeat it.
Next to Dr. Ohage the people of St. Paul have the
board of park commissioners to thank for the preservation
of Harriet island to public uses. Defeat, embodying per
haps the most pitiful example of municipal ingratitude and
short-sightedness that has been witnessed for many years
anywhere in this country, was prevented by the timely co
operation of the park board with Dr. Ohage.
Railroad yards located where now it is determined
there shall be maintained a public park would have looked
v/ell to the vision of those who think that modern progress
finds expression only through the one element of an ag
gressive commercialism. But the city of St. Paul would
have suffered. It would not have been enriched by such
THE ST. PAUL Gi*Oß3, FRIDAY, DECEMBER 26, 1902.
a transformation; but it would, on the other hand, have
been made poor indeed in its own self-respect and in the
regard of all observant communities and citizens.
Now, however, it seems that the principal fruite of
Dr. Ohage's wor,k as a sanitarian and a humanitarian will
be preserved to this people, and that the children of the
poor and the children of the rich alike will have a public
playground accessible to each in equal measure and em
bodying in itself a true conception of a prime duty which
every free self-governing community owes to its merqbers,
of promoting in every way in its power their physical,
mental and moral welfare.
Santos Dumont is reported as declaring that the world
need not look for the complete solution of the problem
of aerial navigation for some time to come. No; there has
been no talk yet about the formation of a trust in airships.
Until that condition is realized it may safely be assumed
that this particular problem is still in the air.
WHAT THE REAL NEED IS.
The American mining congress, which includes in its
membership those engaged in the mining industry in every
section of the United State's, has avowed the purpose of
urging the establishment of a department of mines and
mining in the national government, with a representative
in the president's cabinet. That body has also identified
itself with the demand, which has been heard at intervals
for many years past, for a rational system of mining law.
It is announced that at the next session of congress, in
September, a bill will be drawn and presented at Washing
ton designed to accomplish the purpose mentioned.
It is highly improbable that the demand for a de
partment of mines and mining will be adopted by congress
for many years to come. The movement now being con
ducted for the establishment of a department of commerce
will no doubt succeed before the incoming congress has
adjourned, and that movement will, if successful, result in
the formation of a bureau of mines and mining as a branch
of the department of commerce, which will be much more
extended in the scope of its usefulness than that now ex
It is not the organization of the department of mining
with its representative in the cabinet to which the mining
congress should direct itself. Its immediate purpose rather
ought to be confined to such a revision or codification of
the existing mining laws as would enable the ordinary in
telligent person to understand the legal conditions neces
sary to the ownership, transfer and operation of mines
and the legal rights and responsibilities connected with
mining. At the present moment the situation in the Crip
ple Creek district shows how urgent is the demand for
some rational system of legislation on the ownership of
mines and on the relations of the public and the individual
alike to such ownership. The present mining laws of state
and nation alike, while they may not have been designed
to facilitate fraud, distinctly operate to that end.
The mineral wealth of the country is one of the most
important ingredients in the national welfare. It is indis
pensable that the ownership and control of such wealth
should be as clearly defined by law as that of any other
form of property. The present condition of public senti
ment on the subject of mineral deposits and their opera
tion is fairly representative of the existing condition of
the law on that subject, in the lack of precise understand
ing of both public and private rights which prevails.
It is time for the public interest that enlightened
Americans should have an opportunity to form a clear
comprehension of what the rights of the commonwealth
and what the rights of the individual are with reference to
mineral deposits. There is no subject of profound public
interest on which so little accurate information now exists
as the one of the operation and ownership of mines, or the
laws relating to which are in a more chaotic state.
The weather situation in the East would seem to in
dciate that the long-cherished moment has come for the
Eastern editor to declaim on his favorite topic—the hor- ,
rors of the Northwestern blizzard. The forthcoming jere
miad of the Eastern brother will enable us of the calling
up in this favored region to submit to the prevailing
weather with increased enjoyment. #
Mascagni's heart is declared to be broken at the fail
ure thus far of his American professional tour. Not for
$10,000 an hour would he resume his effort to render the
tour successful —which means no doubt that the breach
in the seat of the affections of this distinguished musician
might still be healed by a financial poultice of sufficient
The valuation of a good time which was accepted by
that lad of ten who committed suicide in Lincoln, Neb.,
would indicate that one experience in that direction was
deemed by him to be enough for an ordinary lifetime.
Probably if he had allowed himself to live to a more ma
ture age he would have entirely changed his opinion in
Marconi's selection of "my co-directors and their fam
ilies" as the most fitting objects for congratulations on the
success of his wireless undertaking would seem to indicate
that the Italian inventor will be entirely worthy of finan
cial fellowship with those who have controlled telegraphic
agencies in this country for the past twenty-five years or so.
When Senator Clapp feels at liberty to express doubts
as to even the ratification of the Newfoundland treaty,
there seems to be quite a reasonble probability behind his
prediction that there will be no alarming infractions dur
ing this term of congress of our tariff-bred prosperity.
Those engineers and firemen on the Milwaukee who
demanded 20 per cent of an increase and accepted 10 per
cent no doubt concluded that a half loaf was better than
the possibility of no bread for a more or less extended
Dr. Babcock and Mr. Johnson both examined an ex
posed stocking with some anxiety Thursday morning. It
is reported that both found a neat package labeled "Speak
ership"'—and were correspondingly happy.
Santa Claus to New Years: "The same to you."
SOME SELECTED OPINIONS.
The Price of Oil.
From the Boston Post.
Kerosene oil can be bought in Boston today for 15
cents a gallon. Six months ago, before fuel began to be
scarce because of the coal strike, it was sold for 10 cents
a gallon. As people began to use it more generally for
heating purposes, the price was advanced, a cent at a
time, until when the greatest distress prevailed it was put
up to 14 cents, and now, in view of a continued fuel famine,
it is made 15 cents.
The cause of this extortion is the control of the entire
product of kerosene in this country by the Standard Oil
monopoly. The necessities of the people are made to serve
its greed. This trust, infamous in its history and cruel in
its extortion today, declared last week a dividend of 10 per
cent. This follows a dividend of 5 per cent in September,
of 10 per cent in June-^-nd of 20 per cent in Slarch last,
making a total distribution of 45 per cent for the year
of 1902. This dividend is made upon a capitalization so
enormously inflated that it represents at least 100 per cent,
or the full amount of the entire amount of capital in
Must Rent Rooms or Visit.
From the Brooklyn Eagle.
Ambassador and Mrs. Joseph H. Choate are traveling
in the East and reached Constantinople on Sunday. "They
were received by the staff of the American legation and
went to the' British embassy, where they will spend sev
eral days as the guests of Sir N. R. CConor." In other
words, the American government has no residence for its
own minister to Turkey, who has to put up with the lim
ited accommodations of a hired house and who, therefore,
cannot entertain distinguished Americans in or out of the
government service, as his own guests, when they visit
the Turkish metropolis. That incident should carry with
it the necessary comment.
AT ST. PAUL
"Ben Hur" played to crowded houses
at the matinee and night performances
at the Metropolitan yesterday, the
evening performance being the biggest
financially of" the season; the sale of
seats is very large for the remainder
of the engagement, and the week will
be a record : breaker. When the box
office closed last might there were still
eighty-eight reserved seats and ten
boxes unsold for tonight's perform
ance, and it is very likely that the
"standing room only" sign will be dis
played today. The sale for the mat
inee and night performances tomorrow
is very satisfactory, although good
seats are still to be had .for botfi.
In these days- rwhen musical com
edies and comic 'operas are enjoying
so~ much, popularity, a musical produc
tion with a tangible plot is a rarity.
"The Prince of Pilsen," Henry W. Sav
age's latest success, is said to be one
of the few musical pieces of the day
that has a genuine plot. "The Prince
of Pilsen" is the latest effort of Frank
Pixley and Gustav Luders, who wrote
George Sidney in the laughable mu
sical comedy, "Busy Izzy," will bring
his St. Paul engagement to a close with
performances tonight and tomorrow
afternoon and night. The piece was
greeted by large audiences at both
performances yesterday, and if fre
quent and prolonged applause be tak
en as indication, it scored immensely.
The musical numbers introduced are
numerous and attractive, and the cho
rus work is effective. The final mat
inee will take place tomorrow after
The sale of seats is now open for the
engagement at the Grand all of New
Tear's week, commencing next Sun
day night, of Charles H. Tale and Sid-'
ney R. Ellis' spectacular musical ex
travaganza, "The Evil Eye." The ad
ventures of Nid and Nod form the ba
sis of what plot there is to the play,
and with the introduction of a number
of catchy numbers, the action of the
piece is brisk at all times and offers
many novelties and pleasing surprises.
At the Star theater Sam Devere and
his big company continue to please.
Next week the old favorites, the Bow
ery Burlesquers, from Hurley & Lea
mon's music hall, will hold sway, head
ed by Gilbert and Goldie, comedians.
Old Gentleman—l can't see where that
pair of spectacles is worth $12.
Optician—Of course you can't, my dear
sir. Otherwise you wouldn't need them —
Seattle Post Intelligencer.
■ On approval
Jhe Origin of One Christmas Resolution,
By JULIA R. TUTWILER.
The occasion was the regular family
dinner in honor of Letty Daingerfield's
birthday, and Christmas eve. That it
was Christmas eve lent an additional
zest to the spirits of those gathered
about the board. One reason for the
undercurrent of ill-repressed mirth
which pervaded the feast lay in the
satisfaction, t.hat her relatives found in
for one day in the year laying aside
all restraint and charing their kins
woman to their hearts' content on her
irresistible passion for changing her
mind. This weakn«ss had led her into
many difficulties in the past, Including
sundry misunderstandings with the lo
cal merchants as to the frequency with
which their goods could be returned
for exchange. The one thing that re
deemed her in the eyes of her friends
and thoroughly atoned for- her whimsi
calities was the never-failing good
nature with which she bore their gibes.
It was with no ' little misgiving, in
view of the freedom of speech indulged
in by her. family on festive occasions
that Miss : Daingerfield had decided to
ask Rufus Latham to make ? one of her
Christmas eve party. ~ In the first place,
while she * liked him more than any
other man of her circle, she stood not
a little in awe of his reputation for
superior intelligence and learning. The
invitation was accepted with a prompt
ness that was in itself a compliment,
however, and in a measure set at rest
the doubts which had assailed the hos
tess as to the wisdom of her step.
The silence falling upon Rufus La
tham's last words was broken by the
subdued unison of movement that
marks release from emotional suspense.
He had told his story well. Now. the
artist's instinct for effect, momentarily
in abeyance to the artist's absorption
in the moment of the effect, rebounded.
His eyes sought Miss Daingerfield's.
"Psychologically," he said, "it opens
up a question. Of course, the woman
was in the wrong, but the employer—"
"How can you be so hard," she cried,
"and at Christmas, too. The employ
er may be worth a million, and you
don't even know whether that poor girl
has a home to go."
"Poor girl," he echoed, "why, I meant
the other —the woman who couldn't
make up her mind what she wanted,
whose fault led to the girl's discharge."
"Oh, the other woman," Letty Dain
gerfield said with an odd little laugh,
and a glance that passed Miss Hemp
stead and appealed to Philip Harrison.
"Is this another cruel thrust at my un
happy failing, Mr. Latham?"
"How do you know it was a woman?"
asked Mrs. Gadsden.
"Because a man always knows what
he wants," Philip Harrison interposed.
"And even when he doesn't Latham
said conclusively, "he sticks to a bar
gain if he's a decent fellow."
"Suppose you were a man, Letty!"
murmured Alice Trezivant.
"The gods be praised, I am not,"
Miss Daingerfield exclaimed, devout
But Miss Hempstead's uneasy eyes
were upon Mrs. Gadsden.
"What Is it, Kitty? Letty will order
the dinner herself."
"It Is the ices," Mrs. Gadsden's voice
was tragic. "Santa Claus, and holly,
and mistletoe lovers' knots, again.
Letty promised on her honor that we
should have something different."
"I was so anxious to please every
body," Miss Daingerfield said, with
dignity, "that. I changed the order
three times, and then I —forgot. The
dinner is as much a surprise to me
as to any one of you."
"A surprise!" ejaculated Philip Har
"It is exactly what we have had
every Christmas eve for three years,"
Harry Brent grumbled.
"Down to the mistletoe fler de lis —"
"And the holly shields."
"And the tree."
"And the guests," said Kitty Gads
den, with a shrug of her shoulders.
"And Cousin Letty herself," sup
plemented John Gadsden, with the air
of saying something felicitous.
Laughter and jibes greeted this re
"A poor thing, but our own," ob
served Harry Brent.
"Whose value Is permanent what
ever the fluctuations in trade," laugh
ed Mrs. Gadsden.
"'A woman of infinite variety,'"
quoted Alice Trezivant.
"Spare my blushes—for you)" Miss
Daingerfield entreated. "Remember
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Requests for Space Coming; in Rapidly.
this is Mr. Latham's first Christmas
dinner in the bosom of the family,,and
that we are an 'educated taste.'"
"Has she told you why you are in
the bosom of the family, Mr. Latham?"
asked Mrs. Gadsden.
A ripple of laughter ran around the
table, and Miss Daingerfield said in a
"This is my birthday."
Miss Hempstead smiled and nodded
to the gray-haired butler, who, smiling
broadly in return, took off the upper
half of the holly and mistletoe cone in
the center of the table, and lifting from
it a basket filled with packages, plac
ed it in front of Letty with an elab
orate bow. •
"Which is it, Phil?"
"The top one."
An impatient jerk tied the ribbon
into a hard knot, and while she watch
ed with quivering impatience Rufus
Latham's steady fingers untie the
string and remove the outer wrapper
Philip Harrison decided that Latham's
taste was already educated.
Letty uttered a little cry. "Thank
you, but I never let anybody take off
the last cover."
A card slipped out of the ribbons
and tissue paper, and as Rufus Latham
handed it to her she read involuntarily
in Harrison's writing, "From one whe
loves you dearly."
"Oh, thank you," she said, blushing
like a rose, and turned it face down
wards in the box into which she was
gazing with rapturous eyes.
"What is it this time, Letty?"
"A Medusa head," suggested Kitty
Gadsden. "It seems to have turned her
"Guess," Miss Daingerfield cried with
shining eyes. "The one who guesses
shall have a prize."
"One of your many 'shopping ex
changes?' " Mrs. Gadsden asked, and
everybody except Miss Hempstead
"Yes, one of 'the exchanges.' Don't
look so unhappy, godmamma—you
shall have the first guess."
"I was confided in at the last mo
ment," answered Miss Hempstead. "I
am hors de concours."
Letty and Philip Harrison exchanged
"Then you, Kitty."
Alice Trezivant looked blank, and
Harrison observed, "That was a month
ago; I am disappointed in you, iKtty."
Miss Daingerfield led the laughter.
"It is your turn, Alice."
"I should have said enameled opera
glasses or a lorgnette with cloisonne
handle, but the box is too small. It
must be either the sapphire link pins
or the diamond star."
Harrison's smile was gently indul
"Have you forgotten, Miss Alice, that
a year ago those were the wishes of
my cousin's heart?"
"That is why I guessed them," Alice
Trezivant replied, with the air of a
person who announces a discovery.- "It
is time to begin over again."
"Before the next guess," Miss Dain
gerfield informed them, '"I wish to
state that if nobody wins the prize I
shall keep it for myself." Her eyes
sparkled. "When you hear its history
you will agree that I deserve it. Your
turn, now, Harry."
"A ruby stick pin, a flexible fish with
emerald scales, a copy of the Lord's
prayer on vellum with illuminations, a
Whistler etching, any one of half a
dozen Roycroft editions, German hand
painted whist cards, a Florentine belt
buckle, a set of Japanese water col
"Harry. Harry, don't be so absurd —
look at the size of the box. You are
wasting your breath."
"I should be if I tried in earnest to
guess Letty's fancy," he said, with a
. "Mr. Latham?" She blushed and hes
"I haven't the least Idea," he said,
"Oh, you must guess," Mrs. Gads
den Insisted; "that is one of the rules
of the party."
But Letty has already turned to John
"A locket," he said, his eyes riveted
on Harrison's face. "I don't know what
kind, but I know that in it there's a—"
Miss Daingerfleld's answer was to
hold up a pigeon blood ruby, set In
a slender gold band.
'It Is the most beautiful one yet,"
Mrs. Gadsden declared. "Philip's taste
Is always perfect Open the other
The first was a gold and pink topaz
muff chain, and Letty*s thanks were
enthusiastic, but the others she open
ed in silence. When the last lay on
"Tou met in secret conclave," she
asserted. "Neither accident nor one
unaided intellect could have acconi-
plished it. Confess, you met in secret
"What on earth do you mean?" de
manded Mrs. Gadsden.
"Tou did_not?" looking from one to
another. "Tou really did not? Oh,"
with soft, uncontrollable laughter, "the
joke is too good. It is the cleverest
thing I ever knew." She leaned for
ward impressively, her eyes dancing.
"Everything on the table is one of
The blank silence was broken by
"The really clever thing would have
been to get something you had not
exchanged, Cousin Letty."
"That speech deserves the prize,"
Miss Daingerfield said, and with a
gay little bow, "I am almost sorry
you didn't win it. Wilson, will you
ask Martha for the box from Saun
ders & Bates."
"Let us have the history," proposed
"The history," Miss Daingerfleld re
peated, with a look at Rufus Latham
that made him vaguely uncomfortable,
"can be put into one brief sentence —
it is mine by just nine rights of pos
"Letty, you are incorrigible!" Miss
Hempstead exclaimed in unmistakable
"Nine times!" Brent exclaimed, In
"Don't you live in a State of mental
"How do you manage it?"
"You talk as if I wanted to do It!"
she cried, with mock indignation. "I
don't manage it, I—"
"Some are born to greatness," Philip
Harison reminded her.
"And some never achieve it," she re
torted, gaily. "Thank you, Wilson—
isn't it a beauty? How glad I am,"
with a sigh of deep content, "that
none of you guessed—it would have
broken my heart to have given it
But Rufus Latham saw that the ring
was at least a size too large for the
"What a fraud you are, Letty," Kitty
Gadsden said with an amused smile,
and Harrison quoted' significantly, "I
love my love with a I."
"There is the bell," Miss Daingerfield
rose hastily. "It is time to light the
"Not until we have drunk the health
'Of one who loves Letty Daingerfield
dearly," Mrs. Gadsden finished her hus
As Latham put down his scarcely
tasted wine, Philip Harrison rose to his
feet. "To the other women," he said;
and drained his glass.
Rufus Latham followed Mrs. Gads
den into the drawing room with a
heavy heart.' If that card had left any
doubt, the smile and blush with which
Miss Daingerfield drank the toast was
final. He had felt it a privilege to cut
the Monday german for a family
Christmas tree and dinner, and he had
found, instead, a brilliant company,
everybody going on to the german after
the tree, and not a ghost of a chance,
for the quiet hour that was to have
settled his fate before another day.
Just at the present moment he was not
sure that he regretted it. She was
very lovely, very charming, but how
blind she had been to the ethical side
of his story. She had jested about do
ing the same thing herself, and Harri
son had jested with her—she would
marry Harrison —it was better that she
should. They both lived upon the sur
face,-of things, while to him life was
"Everybody is here except Jennie
Jones," the soft voice thrilled behind
him. "Phil, do you think we might
wait a little longer? I hate to have it
"You forget these people are going
to the german."
"I suppose we shall not be admitted
until the tree is lighted," Mrs. Gads
den said, as the cousins went on into
the drawing room, "It is a nuisance,"
she continued, "that Letty's birthday
should fall on Christmas eve, for, of
course, we are obliged to spend it with
hfr and equally of course she seizes the
opportunity to enjoy one of her fads.
Oh, I forgot—l always forget," gra
ciously, "that you do not know us as
well as we know each other. Letty's
first fad you saw exhibited at.dinner;
in a few minutes you will see the sec
ong in full play. Ah, here come Letty
and Phil—they have designs upon one
of us I am sure."
"We want you to meet the people,"
Miss Daingerfleld said, "if you don't
mind, Mr. Latham."
"I shall be delighted " %
"Don't promise rashly," Kitty Gadsden
advised. "Walt until you see what or,
rather -who, Letty means. It isn't the
unwashed and the unfed that you are
to mcct —it Is people with brains—the
hardest on earth to get on with—we
have none, you understand. Tou see,
Letty's theory, based upon grounds she
has never succeeded in establishing—ls
that the people who need help most are
those who don't need it, and you won't
meet a person here tonight who hasn't a
Letty Daingerfleld colored hotly.
"People can suffer for other things
than food and clothes," she said. I
have known —I know now people who
have had to take positions they are not
fitted for, who hate their work and are
ooliged to do it —will be obliged to do it
all their lives—people who love books
and music and art and intellectual asso
ciation, and never have an opportunity to
talk to anybody who has seen and heard
and written the things they can only
read about I grant you there is affecta
tion and sentiment and yes, Kitty, hy
pocrisy, but there is the clamoring^ too,
and though it Is often unattractive "
"Unattractive!" Rufus Latham said fer
vently. '"Miss Daingerfield, it is beauti
ful. _ Shall I read or recite, or both?
Would you like me to tell something
ibout my own fight. And, of course, I
want to meet them—every one."
"Letty won't need us tonight, Harry,"
Mrs. Gadsden informed that young gen
tleman, when he came up grumbling
ahout having to make himself agreeable.
"When the great gods come, the little
Two hours later tinsel paper, ropes
of popcorn, ornaments that had lost their
brilliancy in the gaslight, balloons prick
ed into shriveled flabbiness, hung forlorn
ly from the tree to'the girl trying to reach
a branch that refused to bend.
"That little box with the blue ribbons?
Let me get it for you, and let me thank
you foi- the most beautiful Christmas
of rry life." *
"It was you that made it happy. The
only flaw was Jennie Jones not coming—
the girl I got the ruby ring for. You
heard Phil teasing me about her at the
table—Wilson; I told you to excuse me
Wilson stood respectfully firm.
"'lt la Miss Jones, ma'am. She's wait
ing in the library." r
Letty paused at the door. "I shan't be
gone ter minutes."
But it was twice ten minutes when
she drew back the portiere.
"You have heard all," she called In a
tremulous voice. "Come and pronounce
But only Rufus Latham stepped for
ward out of the shadow.
"I mu3t heai mine first," he said, trem
ulously. "I love you. Will you marry
"But I am the woman of your story,"
she said with a sob. "I made Jennie
Jones lose her place. She says," with
another sob, "I am a terror in all the
sl.ops. You heard "
"I heard you say that Philip Harrison
did not give you the ring," he interrupted
her impetuously. "I heard you say that
card was from yourself."
"That was one of my stupid jokes,"
she answered, making no effort to conceal
her tears. "I was afraid you would
think me silly if you knew about it. God
mamma thought if she could make me
buy one thing for myself every year that
1 couldn't exchange, she might break
me of the habit," —she spoke as if it were
a mania for liquor or opium—"so she
gave me the principal on condition that
if I ever exchanged what I bought with
the interest, i forfeited both. Phil al
ways gets the present and writes the
card because —I know you will despise
me—J can't trust myself."
"Despise you!" cried this consistent
yeuhg man. "You are making far too
much of a trivial matter. I do worse
th'ngs every day of my life and think
nothing of it. I hear Miss Hempstead
coming down stairs and you haven't an
swered me. I love you, my darling, I
lov<* you. Will you forgive that stupid
story and marry me?"
'So Latham has found out who 'loves
Letty Daingerfield dearly,' " was Philip
Harrison's New Year's greeting. "He
tells m. that you are engaged. Are you
sure that you are not taking him on
Letty laughed, but her eyes were sus
"Neve'- on approval again, Phil, as
long as I live!" she vowed —New York
Minnesota—Fair Friday, not so cold in
north ano west portions; Saturday fair,
wanner; winds shifting to east and
southeast and becoming brisk to high.
lowa —Fair, continued colder Friday,
except not so cold in northwest portion;
Saturday fair, with rising temperature.
Wisconsin —Fair Friday, colder in east
portion; Saturday fair and not so cold;
brisk north winds.
Montana—Fair Friday, except show in
extreme northwest portion; warmer in
east and north central portions; Satur
day probably snow.
North Dakota —Fair, not so cold Fri
day; Saturday increasing cloudiness,
probably snow, warmer in central and
Upper Michigan—Fair Friday; except
snow on the north shore, colder in south
portion; Saturday fair, continued cold;
brisk to high north winds.
St. Paul — Yesterday's temperatures,
taken by the United States weather bu
reau, St. Paul, W. E. Oliver, observer, for
the twenty-four hours ended at 7 o'clock
last night—Barometer corrected for tem
perature and elevation: Highest tempera
ture, —7; lowest temperature, —13; aver
age temperature, —10; daily range, 6;
barometer, 30.05; humidity, 80; precipita
tion, 0; 7p. m., temperature. —8; 7p. m.,
wind, northwest; weather, cloudy.
Alpana 18 30IKansas City .12 1?
Battleford ... 8 8 Marquette 10 12
Bismarck ....-10 -6|Milwaukee .... 4 10
Buffalo 16 20;Minnedosa ...-24 -18
Boston 32 34[Montgomery ..42 50
Calsrary 24' 26 Montreal 18 20
Cheyenne 85 52 Nashville 22 26
Chicago 6 10 New Orleans ..54 68
Cincinnati 14 16 New York 30 34
Cleveland .....14 16Norfolk 34 40
Denver 34 52 North Platte ..12 18
Dcs Moines .. 0 4 Omaha 0 4
Detroit 20 24|Phlladelphia ..20 34
Duluth -10 -6iPittsbure 16 20
Edmonton ....16 16'Qu'Appelle ••••-8 -«
Gelveston 58 62|St. Louis 16 20
Green Bay ..10 12 Salt Lake ....36 46
Helena . ....28 30300 2 10
Huron -18 -14 Winnipeg . ...-24 -10
Jacksonville -52 60Washington ...22 30
- Below zero.
•.Washington time (7 p. m., St. Paul).