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THE ARGUS, MONDAY.' MARCH 30, 1908.
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Correspondence solicited from every
township in Rock Island county.
Monday, March 30, 1908.
Having been nominated as" candidate
for alderman of the Third ward on the
democratic ticket, I ask the support of
the voters of the ward at the approach
ing: election. April 7. 1908.
CHARLES J. SMITH.
Vote for territorial annexation.
the democratic city-township
Good will was never an asset of a
Be for Rock Island, first, last, and
all the time.
Vote for every
Do all you can to expand Rock Is
land not to shrink it.
The republican party in Illinois
went out of business with fireworks,
all right. -
The Pullman company pays its port
ers $25 a month. The traveling folks
pay the rest.
Vote for territorial annexation,
is an essential element in Rock
A man named Wadd is a candidate
for office in Massachusetts. He will
need a lot of it.
The 'reference to Uncle Joe Cannon
at. . "Illinois' favorite son" Is mirthful,
to Bay the least. '
. Attorney General Stead is a very
cautious man. He won't even tell in
advance what the supreme court will
Up to the present time nothing has
come from Governor Deneen - that
would realy indicate he still maintains
his residence at Springfield.
The only way the people can save
their own necks from the clutches of
Tponopoly is to prevent that monopoly
trom strangling- competition.
President Roosevelt wants the trust
laws modified at once. This will fur
nish congress with something to do in
order that the members may give ac
count of where that $20 a minute
goes they cost the nation.
Would that every bomb might prove
a boomerang in the hands of the man
who uses it, for there are a whole lot
of people who ought to be blown up
by their own dynamite for the good
of the community in which they re
Walter Wellman.,. the Chicago Rec
ord-Herald staff correspondent, having
succeeded, as he imagines, in deter
mining the republican presidential
nominee, has apparently turned his
attention.' to making the democratic
candidate. What a wonderful advan
tage it Is to -have a man like Well-
man in' the country, to be sure. '
Frightful as was the bomb incident
In New York Saturday, the most sig
nificant phase of the entire proceed
ing was the explosion of the republi
can full dinner bucket cry. Twenty
five thousand people had gathered in
Union square to emphasize their nun
ger and plea for bread, and were then
scattered by the police, when the wild
eyed anarchist blew 'himself up.
A Chinese editor says that his peo
ple ' are getting ready - to drive all
Europeans out of China, but they have
not the same feeling toward Ameri
cans, as they have learned the United
States is not the only nation with
conscience. It would be . rather diffi
cult to imagine. any of the others let
ting go a slice of tempting territory
or a large part of collectible indem
nlty. They would look on, it as ucpar
donable folly, if not generosity, of tjie
luuoi yt-iiuuious lype. . f.
It is nothing to the credit of Prcsi
dent Roosevelt to insist that the
kaiser accept as the ambassador' from
thia country a man who is personally
objectionable. Nor can It be said
with truth that the wishes s of the
American people have sustained the
president la his attitude. Back of the
.' whole proceedings is the purpose of
the president to save Dr. Hill's pred
ecessor, . (jnariemange Tower, the
American representative at the Berlin
court. The German emperor has done
TRADES fljgy COUNCIL
both the gracious . and magnanimous
act in this instance.
Federal Officials in Politics.
The St. Louis Globe-Democrat, the
leading republican newspaper' of the
southwest, issues this note'of warning
regarding the pernicious activity of
federal office holders- la politics: "
It Is to be hoped that the absence
of cabinet officers from the conven
tion also means that federal officials
of all grades will be scarce at that
gathering. It is to "be hoped likewise
that the government placemen who go
to Chicago as spectators during the
convention will avoid all attempts to
use their official influence toward the
advancement of the fortunes of any
aspirant. The scandal which was
created by the presence of' federa. of
ficials at the Minneapolis convention
in' 1892 is remembered by a good many
' 'Mr. Chairman, I hold in my hand
list of 130-odd office holders who
are delegates to this convention, nine-
tenths of whom live in states where
there is a hopeless democratic ma
jority. The trouble comes not alone
from these men, but it comes from a
pressure of between 2,000 and 3,000
government office holders, who swarm
the corridors of the hotels, and fill
these galleries, and haunt the dele
gates, who ought to be in Washington
and elsewhere attending to their busi
ness. We who are from republican
states would' like to have a little
voice in naming a candidate for the
These were the words of Mr. Wol-
cott of Colorado, one of the Blaine
delegates at Minneapolis. Mr. Roose-
elt was not a delegate at the conven
tion of 1892. He was a member of
the national civil service commission
at that time, and was attending to
his duties in Washington. He remem
bers, however, the indignation which
was expressed by republicans all over
the country at the pernicious activity
of the federal placemen at that con
vention, and as he took a close inter
est in politics then, as he does now,
he can recall the hostility which was
aroused by their presence and their
work for the man who gave them
Mr. Roosevelt can also remember
that the activity of the federal officials
at that convention was one of the
causes of the defeat of the conven-
tron's candidate. General Harrison
was a good president, but he made
the mistake which was made hv some
of the republican and democratic pred
ecessors in attempting to run his
party's caucuses, primaries and con
ventions, in addition to doing the
work which he was elected to per
form. Distrusting the sentiment of
his party, he allowed the convention
of 1S92 to be packed.by his placemen,
eo as to render his nomination cer
tain. In doing this he made the su
preme mistake of failing to look be
yond the convention to tho election
He assumed, as many unwise repub
licans are assuming today, that the
people will be sure to ratify the se
lection of the convention, regardless
altogether of who that selection may
be. As a consequence his democratic
opponent, Mr. Cleveland, received an
Loverwhelming majority at the polls.
Republican victory in 1908, despite the
recent shakeup which has taken place
in each of the great parties, is proba
ble. But the margin will be closer
than it has been in recent campaigns.
In order that we may have any mar
gin at all, however, it is necessary j
that the candidate be a man who will j
be supported by all elements of the ,
party. The way to make sure that a !
candidate of that sort will be selected
is to let the republican voters nomi-'
pate him. The delegates who are
elected by the free voice of their party j
without any pressure from Washing-,
ton, will more faithfully reflect the
party's desires, whether those dele
gates are instructed or not, that gov
ernment placemen can reflect them.
These are elementary political truths,
and no man in the country knows
them better than does Mr. Roosevelt."
A' Great Congress! '
The republican majority in the house
and senate, and in every committee of
the house and senate, has thus far
during the 60th congress enacted no
legislation, accomplished nothing of
public import. '
The first man on the floor of the
house: to make this clear was Mr. Sul-
zer of New York, wno the other day
pointed out the fact that the republi
cans, though in complete control, were
refusing to introduce bills or to accept
the responsibility of enacting them
into laws'. ' Thus far the most Import-'
ant measure that has passed the house
was the bill prohibiting betting on
horse races within the District of Co
lumbia. That measure was aimed at
the. Bennings track. . Its purpose is
good and Its enactment into law might
well . be applauded, ; but that went
through the house as a high power
bullet goes through a canvas, target.
While In' the meantime the pending
bills for the relief of newspapers from i
the tariff on wood pulp lag in commit-
tees. The bill known as,, the employ- ,
ers' liability -bill. Intend j for the re- ;
lief of the workingmen of the nation,,
fctill rests in a pigeon hole; the bill
demanding publicity of campaign con
tributions is sequestered,-and a meas
ure offered by Mr. Clayton urging a
definite restriction or possibly a deflnl-' j
tion of the power of .United States"
courts to issue Injunctions- against la
bor organizations, is also slowly dying,
and will probably not ever be heard
on the floor of the house.
The present congress has found time:
to hasten from committee to enact
ment a perfectly proper bill to pro
hibit bettlng'on- race tracks. That af
fects about one thousand cheap. gam
blers who crowd the hotels at Wash
ington" when " the . Bennings races be
gin. Nobody cares about them, except
that many people would be glad to see
them eliminated from public view.
But the congress which is willing to
attack these bookmakers, is not will
ing to defend the publishers of all, the
newspapers of the united biar.es
against the extortions of the paper
trust, backedU-by the paper tariff. It
has not found time to take up such a
trivial matter as the ' anti-trust law
which labor asks should be amended.
It: cannot under, any consideration
think of the need for new legislation
upon the crying evil of the purchase
of elections by corporations that, after
winning, demand special privileges in
return for their special contributions.
This congress, or at least the house,
Is very virtuous when it comes to at
tacking and demolishing the cheap,
vulgar and almost criminal business
of a lot of race track gamblers. But
what has It done, what will it do for
In the Field of Literature
Success Magazine for April. In the
April number of Success Magazine,
Gustavus Myers attempts to answer
the question, "Who'll be the next
president?" James L. Ford discusses
the difficulties of the young girl who
comes to New York. Samuel Merwin
shows how the opium crime in China
has reacted on England. There is an
article on "Municipal Bonds," by
Charles Lee. Scovil, and one on "Con
crete Houses," by H. B. Baker. The
short stories are, "The Battle That
Had No Name," by John Fleming Wil
son; "The Codley Homestead," by
Robert Mackay; "The Red Cactus,"
by Chauncey Thomas; "Lilacs and
Lilies," by Mary Fenoijosa. There
are a number of short poems and in
teresting home departments. A new
feature is the department, "Point and
Pleasantry," contributors to which
are paid at the rate of 10 cents a
This is the Ticket to
Vote' Election Day.
DEMOCRATIC TOWNSHIP NOMINEES.
T Supervisor C. M. Gannon.
Aiuriatnnt Supen lnor L,. N. Eourdcao
Mack W Glynn, S. A. I.aVnnwny.
Awwf or J. C. Auld.
" Collector M. SI. Brigs
First ward F. W. Blochllniter.
Second ward 'William A. Eckermann.
: Third ward C. J. Smith.
Fourth ward Cbarlea I. Thompson.
Fifth ward William D. Cochran.
Sixth ward Frank Iawler.
Seventh ward John A. Hill.
Best Healer in the World.
Rev. F. Starbird of East Richmond,
Maine, says: "I have used Bucklen's
Arnica Salve for several years, on my
old army wound, 'and other obstinate
sores, and find it the best healer in
the world. I use it too with great suc
cess in my veterinary business." Pries
25 cent 3 at all druggists.
' To Make Your
TO MAKE A SUCCESS OF
YOUR GARDEN YOU. MUST
PLANT THE BEST SEEDS
THAT MONEY CAN BUY. WE
ARE SOLE AGENTS FOR H
W. BUCKBEE'S NORTHERN
GROWN PEDIGREED SEEDS,
AND WE CARRY THE .LARG
EST AND MOST COMPLETE
: LINE OF. BULK SEEDS IN
GIVE US A TRIAL, AND WE
WILL CONVINCE YOU THAT
WE HAVE THE BEST SEED
MONEY CAN BUY. TRY BUCK
BEE'S GILT EDGE, NASTUR
TIUM, AND SWEET PEAS.
- ONION SETS
S and 10 Cents Per Quart.
The Strictly Cash Grocers.
New ; phone ,5696; old phone
23-X;n 930 Third avenue. ;
MRS, D. E. SCHOLL
' Leading Hairdressers, -
Is the place to get a good sham
poo; facial and scalp massage,
manicuring or chiropody..
" A full line of hair goods, nets,
etc Hair work made to order.
'. Hair dressing for parties and
weddings at the homes if de
sired. Opposite Harper house.:
V '.i-''-S Old Phone 953.
Humor mid Philosophy
- By DUNCAN M. SMITH
THE OLD STANDBY.
.Dear old constitution.
Bulwark of the state.
Framed to guard the people
And to keep things straight.
Are you made of rubber
Or some kin to It,
For sometimes they stretch you
"Vttien you do not fit?
When the fathers formed you
- From their fertile minds .
, In their wise opinion
They put up the blinds
That were meant to guard us
From the despot's grip.
That would let no tyrant
Get us on the hip.
Are you' always standing
- With a watchful eye
For the weak and lowly
Who of wealth are shyt
Are you every moment
Careful as can be
Of the man who ennnot .
Raise a lawyer's fee?
Of your good intentions
There can be do doubt,
' But sometimes we wonder
As we try you out
If there are not places
Slightly out of plumb
Where judicious patching
Would improve you some. ,
' Wise Guy.
"You say you are Inexperienced In
"But I advertised for experienced ap
"At $G a week?" -"Yes."
"If I had experience I wouldn't be
here." - ,
"WThat would you be doing?"
"Advertising for suckers at $6
Not That Supple.
"Here Is a fellow who goes behind
the monkeys and says we are all de
scended from plants."
"What do you think of the theory?"
"I give it up. I'm not descended froa
Le rubber plant."
A silence deep
Is wooing sleep.
The night is cold and dark.
A husband bold
Stands in the cold
He's been out on a lark.
The clbck strikes three. I
In silence ho
The stair post tries to win.; --
His wife's remark '
Comes through the dark
I beard your breath come in."
Must Have Been a Lawyer. .
"Tie Is a promising youth."
"And she is a suitable girl."
"I see only one objection."
"What is it?"
"Conditions might be favorable for
breach of promise suit"
Which Was It?
"Who goes there, friend or foe?" call
ed the timid householder as he saw a
figure groping about bis back steps In
the early dawn. .
"Back up there! "It is just the ice-
man," replied a gruff voice.
"Her husband is a professor."
. "Veterinary or hairdresslng?" t
"Oh, no; nothing distinguished,
Some men don't marry because they
( can't afford to and others don't an-
toarry for the same reason.
No really self respecting hobo Is
house broke, but all are dead broke.
I Never judge a man by what his wife
says about him. She is apt to be not
only biased, but sometimes ruffled.
Be charitable, but don't think it ab
solutely necessary to enter into a long
explanation of the reason you are so.
Put not yout
trust in dollars.
but put your
dollars in trust
if you can get
with him he is
a n ungrateful
brute - indeed
who would, dif-
; t er from ! bis
'A man will forgive a woman for al
most anything except for being home-
Jy. . .'. ' -:-
Some -men ; when looking for a- job
prefer to use a microscope.
1 Always be kind and gentle and then
when .called upon occasionally to de
liver a jolt It will be surprisingly ef
fective. . ' ' -;-
'A pretty girl Is always the kind that
doesn't care who knows it ,
The fat man ought to be compelled
to earn every cent he pays for food by
the sweat of his brow, .
Notice is hereby given that on Tues-
Iday, the seventh day of April, A. D.
1908, in the city of Rock Island Illi
nois, an election will be held for the
following officers to-wit:
One alderman in the First ward for
two years. , .
One alderman In the Second ward
for two years.
One alderman in the Third ward
for two years.
One alderman In the Fourth ward
for two years.
One alderman In the Fifth ward foi
One alderman in the Sixth ward
for two years.
One alderman in the Seventh ward
for two years.
One assessor for one year.
One collector for one year.
One supervisor for two years.
Three assistant supervisors for two
One constable to fill vacancy.
Questions of Iuhlie Policy.
Shall this city become anti-saloon
Proposition as to the annexation to
the city of Rock Island, 111., of a por
tion of South Rock Island. - i
Which election will be open at .7
o'clock in the morning and continue
open until 5 o'clock in the afternoon
of that day.
Places of registration and voting
will be as follows:
First ward, first precinct No. 413
First ward, second precinct No. 600
Second ward, first precinct No. 1014
Second ward, second precinct-
Barn. No. 919 Sixth avenue.
Third ward, first precinct County
jail, Third avenue and Fourteenth
Third ward, second "precinct, 1422
Third ward, third precinct, Ullemey-
er's drug store, corner Eleventh ave
nue and Fifteenth street
Fourth ward, first precinct Frlck's
livery, No. 1914 Third avenue. -
Fourth ward, second precinct , M.
Levy's carriage house, Nineteenth
street, between Sixth and Seventh av
enues. Fifth ward, first precinct Hose
house on Twenty-second street. . ,
Fifth ward, second precinct
Schmidt's grocery, No. 823 Twentieth
street . :
Sixth ward, first precinct Hose
bouse on Twenty-sixth street. .
Sixth ward, second precinct A. J.
Reiss barn. No. 709 Twenty-seventB
Seventh ward, first precinct No.
3110 Fifth avenue.
Seventh ward, second precinct Pe
terson's carpenter shop, No. S10 For
Seventh ward, third precinct Al
bert Olson's barn, Forty-fourth street.
between Seventh and Eighth avenues,
M. T. RUDGREN,
City and Town Clerk. ;
Rock Island, III., March 7, 1908.
THE LOCAL PROHIBITION
License and Prohibition Sim
ilar in End but Diverse -in
BY THE PRESS COMMITTEE OF THE
The consideration of the end in
view in the diverse theories as to the
proper way to meet the admitted evils
of intemperance in the use or rather
the abuse of intoxicating beverages,
should serve to mitigate the virulence
of the discussion and the animosities
aroused on both sides. 1
The advocates of license and open
but strictly regulated sale, devotee of
the idea that prohibition is the only
way, all, alike have the-same end In
view, which is the bringing about of
conditions that will be best for the
The only difference is in methods.
The prohibitionist enters the field
with an axe. His remedy is as radi
cal as that of a physician who would
I cure a headache by chopping off the J
I eaa OI nis patient, tie trusts m me
power or law, tne 'compulsion of which
. The advocate of sale open -. and
above board by means of license un
der strict conditions, seeks- to mini
mize the evils of intemperance' as
much as possible," by ' putting the
drinker as well as the seller, in : a
measure,' on his honor.
In this manner the men who have
character are reached, the other sort
have no more pride of reputation than
tU blind tigers and bootleVeers. wtoi
flourish under, the system advocated
by prohibitionists. For these the reg
ulations of the license , laws, if en
forced, are at least as; effective as
those under prohibition. :
, But even these disreputables are af
fected by that strange perversity of
human, nature that strives most for
the things that are forbidden. Theyi
do not want drink so badly when, they
can get tt easily under the open bar,
sy stem; aa they do under prohibition
or its counterpart, local option; when,
they-have to sneak up back alleys to
get It Therefore arises the paradox
I that "men's anoetites cannot he mmi.
: Jtrollod" by legislation, and i he -more
i .ItM 1 - a ... .-...
uiiucuii uu luuites it ior me anuKers
" (Copyrighted, 1908,
She was extremely fair to look upon.
To Nat Gregory the realization of
this fact was nothing new. But some
bow just at this particular moment It
was1 borne in upon him afresh and at
a novel angle. '" - ' j
Tier hair was blue Ma-k. so were
her lashes, and her eyes were a won
derful blue, which, somehow, some
times, turned to an equally wonderful
violet v . - -
The last time that Nat had looked
Into them his own bad been full of
stinging unshed tears. How could he
stand six months in Panama with the
light of those blue (or.were they violet)
eyes denied him?
. But her notes had been so brief and
unsatisfactory that even In hot, lazy
Panama he had caught himself read
ing between the lines and finding there
a selfish soul, the small narrow soul of
the girl given to personal conquests,
the soul steeped in admiration and fed
on compliments. . .-
She was smiling at him now across
the car's broad aisle and above a great
"granny" muff of gray squirrel. That
huge mass of fur made her face look
all the more piquant and dainty.
Occasionally the man on the right
Intercepted the friendly, glances which
Peggy Barton shot at the newly re
turned Gregory, and he glowered. Nat
Gregory knew Just bow the chap felt
He had Intercepted - thef same sort of
glances, rnd they had .made . him
She simulated a tiny cough and In
stantly raised the muff again. The
cough was a good excuse for a fetch
ing pose, but somehow the absurd little
deception annoyed Nat Gregory. It is
so sometimes with men who have had
their minds and souls opened and
broadened by travel and contact with
men of affairs.-
So he let his glance wander to the
girl next to Peggy. She smiled at the
returned traveler, too, but it was a
different sort of Bmile, a wholesome.
friendly smile, without any vague
sense of ownership behind It Peggy
Barton always assumed that air with
men her sister Janet never.
For, you see, Janet was the ugly
duckling of the Barton family, famous
for Its pretty daughters and the good
matches they made. Janet was the
youngest, and she might no have been
considered homely If Peggy had not
been so brilliantly, sclntillatingly beau
tlful by contrast
There were those, principally women
and young men without prospects, who
Baid that Peggy Barton always drag
ged her younger and less attractive sis
ter around with her as a foil.
' Something of this was passing
through . Nat Gregory's head as he sat
watching the little comedy. The other
chap would be furious If Nat crossed
the aisle and talked with Peggy, and
Peggy would be, furious if he did not
So he would strike a happy medium.
He would join the party and talk to
Janet - . '
-How well 'be could remember their
many trips together Peggy, Janet .and
. himself to . the links, where , he and
to-get the glass, the more they will
consume." - ; -, ; : . : :
What the prohibitionist needs, is to
cpen his vision ' to the facts of ex
perience and the workings of the
human appetite, and-he will see that
he is seeking to attain his end by
methods contrary to . the" very - struc
ture of the human mind and 'that by
w hich nature is governed. All na
ture's methods are gradual, and the
uplift of humanity is taking many
centuries to accomplish, .- .
" The essential difference . between
the license system and prohibition is
that the former does not seek to con-
ttol men's freedom to exercise their
right in a matter of personal taste,
Ir. fact, it affords every man so in
clined . an opportunity to enter a de
cent orderly place of refreshment and
get his drink without hindrance,
Naturally, under such conditions,
some men will make "hogs" of them
selves because there are go many hogs
among them, but experience teaches
that the effort of the prohibitionists
to make a gentle lamb out of a hog
is ever a failure. It is' not contended
that under license the dream of the
prohibitionist . can be realized any
more than the irr (descent vision of
any other theorist who sees only the
' H .nil tnl'OD nn TVta rf tlia Infaf.
venlng steps to attain it .
PRESS COMMITTEE ANTI-PROHIBITION
LEAGUE. 7 ' '
One can stop indigestion Instantly
by a dose of Kodol. The pain and ir
.iritation are ended at once. It is sur
prl8mg w Q ckly the stomach re-
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, Bakina Fowler old. .:
- . mJL nTh iu.B prion. '.- Tc""L -
Daily Snort Story
By Cecily Allen.
by Homer Sprague.)
Peggy played' golf and Janet' sat on the
veranda or disappeared in the woods
where wild flowers were thick; to the
matinee, where between the acts he
and Peggy discussed the love Interest
of the play as if it were a personal
matter, while Janet read the advertise
ments in the programme; to the rink. -where
he and Peggy skated together
and Janet found some girl friend as a
skating partner or sat against the. wall
making humorous mental comment on
the circling tide before her. .
What a jolly little beggar Janet had
been in those , days! If she bad been
bored she had never, shown , it and
He was standing before the trio now.
The man, Fred- Marsden, had been
duly introduced.- Peggy had turned
the full battery of her wonderful eyes
without the aid of the "granny" muff
upon Gregory's tanned and clean cut
face, and Janet had murmured some
thing about "old times."
I haven't skated why. It is nearly
a year since I've been on Ice," he was
saying to Janet "I've a good mind to
get admittance to this party and give
yon all a chance to laugh at my awk
wardness. Do you think I could rent
a decent pair of skates at the rink?" '
Marsden was politely but not effu
sively reassuring. Peggy was mis
chievously pleased to pit the rivals
on skates, and Janet just murmured. ,
"Do come." .'-',.
"I wonder how it will feel to the lit
tle girl If she has a real partner all ..
afternoon." thought Gregory as be
locked his skates. Before he and Ja
net had circled the rink a dozen times
he realized . that she was a splendid
Tittle person on the ice and a most ap
preciative ; listener, never - giving
thought to the tricksy steel beneath
her trim boots. '
No, she was not "out" yet Next
winter perhaps she might come out at
a tea. She was still the little sister
of the reigning beauty. And didn't be
think Peggy handsomer than ever? He
did, and be said so, with a heartiness
and a lack of tenderness that a more
experienced girl than Janet would
have Interpreted correctly.
They lingered so late that the rush
of home going toilers caught them In .
its swirl on -the return trip, ' When
they, reached Gregory's corner. Janet
mechanically extended her hand.
"Indeed. I'm not going to leave yon
In this crush. I know I'm a self invit
ed member of this quartet,. but Mars
den has his hands full to steer Peggy
through the crash. You'll need me." -
Janet flushed and dimpled. Nat al
most gasped. He bad never seen a
dimple . in . her chin before, but then.
Janet had never laughed op into hU
eyes In just that way. ...
. "I'm coming . up' to call tomorrow
night if I may," said Gregory as they,
drew near the Barton home.
"You'd better ask Peggy If she'll be
home." said Janet soberly. "I think
there's a dance on at the St Andrew
tomorrow evening." -
"But yon said you were not 'out? yet
You can't go to a St Andrew dance,"
be said, with' a fine assumption ' of
elder brotberlluess. ;
Oh!" said Janet: And again the
dimple cleft her chin.
Fred Marsden Is so tiresome." said
Peggy as she permitted Janet to unlace
her boots -and spread out her dinner
frock.. "Ee seemed to think that Nat
Gregory bad no right to skate with me.
And "we were ' old friends before Fred
moved here." .Nat has' improved, too.
don't yoii .think so?"
"Oh. I can't see that be has changed
any, she Obbed. her face now as rosy
as the pink chiffon. -
- At that particular moment Nat Greg
ory was sitting before the grate fire in
his room, fingering a parcel of letters
tied with deep violet ribbons. Then he
laughed a short, - chuckling, eloquent
laugh and laid the letters, ribbon and
all. on the glowing coals.
"It was just when she peeped at me
above that silly big muff! Of course. I
never really cared for her, but some
bow I knew it was all up when she
gave me that look to make the other
fellow squirm. Heavens, how I used
to' squirm too! Now, Janet wouldn't
make a man. squirm. And where in
time do yon suppose she had been hid
ing that dimple? By Jove, come to'
think of it, I never looked to see
whether sbe had: a dimple or not in the
old days." .. -
For a few minutes he sat very quiet
ly watching: the mass of letters, turn
from flame color to yellowish pink and
to pinkish gray. Then, whistling, he
went down to the library, closed the
door and picked up the desk telephone.
"Is Janet in? Yes, Miss Janet Bar
ton. All right Hello, Janet is this
you? 'Thia Is Nat Nat Gregory. Oh, I
just happened to think that you did not
answer my question.' Are you going to
the St Andrew dance tomorrow night?
No, you did. not answer my question.
All right then,' I'm coming, about 830.
- ! Nonsense! I used to call on er other
rn-i wiore jneycame .au agM- -
" , 1 "Tl.rrr.L
vniHinT. . a in. ' wair m minnra - 9m w a .
I want to know would yon mind telUaf
.me did you always have a dimple la ,
your chin?: No, reallyr I never did
sToodbyT T; . --:.r : y --' : I
. He hung- up the reaver,-crossed to
the mantel and by the aid of the JoW,
broad mirror readjusted bis tie. But
evidently this, was done mechanically,
for what he aald'Tery gentry to the)
tanned, clean cot reflection to the flats)
was: . ;:'f'.i;: -yV ";t-''-''-, -'
"Funny howSonjeirlria'caa tty jot
course' andTraakfr ft aonnd like one
thing ever so much better. ' Fadny-w;
Just greatr-'And then ne leased back
to: the most 1 comfortable chair in the :
room and ajghed contentedly. Thia was
I better. than squirming, decidedly better.