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THE ARGUS. FRIDAY. APRIL 3, 1908.
JHE ARGUS. .
; Published Daily and Weekly at 1624
cond avenue, Rock ..Island, TIL En
tered at the, postofflce aa second-class
BY THE J. W. POTTER CO.
TERMS Dally, 10 cents per week.
Weekly, $1 per year In advance. .
, All communications ol argumentative
character, political or religious, muBt
fcave real name attached . for publica
tion. No sucn articles will be printed
over fictitious signatures.
Correspondence solicited from every
township In Ruck Island county. '
Friday, April 3.' 1908.
j 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.
Why is-'the county "broke?"
Vote for territorial annexation,
Vote fora Greater Ro?k Island.
' Vote the democratic city-township
the democratic aldermanic
Why Is the county "broke?"
question Is still unanswered.
If there is any telephone monopoly
in Rock Island, It will not be the Bell
that enjoys it. That much is certain
and for so much the public is thank
ful. There will be no breaking through
the tariff wall of this country if yotir
Uncle Joe Cannon can prevent It. And
then Uncle Joe wants to be the whole
works inside the wall, too.
The oft repeated assertion on the
part of The Argus that the destruc
tion of independent telephone service
in Rock Island is the main thing the
Bell monopoly prays for, still holds
The query, "why is Uie county
broke?" is not purely a campaign
suggestion. Regardless of how the
election goes, it will continue to ap
pear until a satisfactory answer Is
The Central Union Telephone com
pany thinks it has told the people of
Rocfc Island where to get -off at."
The peoply of Rock Island, In the
event that the Union Electric . ordi
nance as now before the council
passes, will tell the Central Union
Telephone company "where to get off
A student at the University of Il
linois has invented a sunlight engine,
which can be built for $10. It will run
a washing machine or an ice cream
freezer and costs nothing whatever to
operate it. The scientists pf the insti
tution believe that it is the real thing
and will be the successor to all other
motive power. ,
i In the attempt to relieve the strain,
anent the present condition of county
finances, there is a painful exhibition
on the part of the defense of an at
tempt to convey the impression that
being in debt and being bankrupt is
one and the same thing. To the aver
age mind, at least to the average bus
iness man, there is a vast difference.
.Once More the Telephone Situation.
.'The proposed program for the dis
. position of the telephone question in
Rock Island, in accordance with
.Mayor Schaffer's plan, acting with the
advice of City Attorney Witter, as to
the legal status of proceedings, and
, as .outlined In detail in The Argus
from time to time, was. knocked out
". at last night's special council meet-
ing. The result is that the council is
back right where It was less than, two
weeks ago when it declined to. pass
the independent ordinance. The same
ordinance, without frills or flourishes,
- and with all the conditions Incorpor
ated for which the people have stood,
dependant upon no general ordinance,
, but with every stipulation included
in the working ordinance, is again
up for passage, and from present In
dication will be acted upon at the
regular council meeting next Monday
The Central Union Telephone com
pany pot a stop to the plan by which
. , the council sought to adjudicate the!
entire controversy, even by giving the
Bell company the best of it as far as
the ordinance of the two companies
Were concerned. Forced -to a Show
down by the disposition of the mayor
with the cooperation of the council
to give it more than ft deserved, more
than the Union Electric has asked for.
the central Unkj. evinced the cus
tomary obdmrate attitude. It would
have hothfiM? that wwild'not give the
giant corporatio It own way abao
By means of a format com-
mtmicatlon- een to the council, It gave.
notice tfcal ft would accept no ordl-
nance oepenaanv even upon-a general
crdln thaswgMo fix the ml,--
rate. The option of ..charging 18G4. went to Tammany hall, Newt
people what it may see fit, now'York, in 18C8.and in 1872 nominated
or tne '"ture, the Central Union
reserves to itself. It peremptorily In-
formed the council to this effect In f
advance of the meeting.. The conse-"
quence was that the general ordinance northern or western ones for the per
proceedlng, which was proposed as a'formance of .convention work is due
means of meeting the BelL company to several good reasons. In- the first
half-way, so the advocates of th at ; place, In former times. the bulk of the
order of business claim, was not pre- population of the country was to be
sented to the council nor was any found far east of the Rocky raoun
ordinance applying In any way to the tains and in fact more confined to the
central Union offered. Instead the
original ordinance of the Union Elec-1
ttA Anmn. ' 1 . 1 .
vuiuijoitj wa react ana iaia over a stump orator, a nuwnug wuuei
under the rules until next Monday ness." Hence If was natural for the
evening's regular meeting. The next
move on the part of the Bell company .
win in- an uKeunooa be to prevent
the passage of the Union Electric or-?
dinance. Having refused to stand for
any course of action'not entirely ac
cording to its- dictation. It will play
tbt. dog in the manger as heretofore.
It. is believed, nevertheless, that the
council will not be deterred further
from granting the relief the Union
Electric asks in order to give to Rock .
Island the first class facilities that
are " demanded, in the way of auto-1
matie service and otherwise to enable I
It to. compete with the Central Union.
Tllft lofta. ierwn ln CAAm. .1 t
The latter corporation seems deter
mined to remain in the field whether
it submits to regulation by ordinance
or otherwise. ' , .
The attitude of the Central
Union in declining to accept any
compromise, .which some of the alder
men who favored it, including the
mayor, isay was the part 01 a pro
cedure to give it a fair chance, in
said that thevcity had not attempted,
to go to any extremes to relieve itself
of the "cos of litigation, demonstrated i
k V i
first. It is that the Central union
will yield to no regulation wheth-
er by general or direct ordinance
that will permit the people- to
protect, themselves from exorbitant!0
rates. That is the situation as it de
veloped last night to the letter.
- With the abandonment of the pro
posed program, attendant - upon the
Central Union's refusal to be govern
ed, went glimmering every argument
that may have been raised in Rock
Island for a single telephone system,
and substantial vindication was at
the same time given to the
theory, oft advanced, that the only
safeguard that the people
is reposed In the continuance of the
independent company In the field.
The Central Union company never
abandons any territory where it - is
once established. It will not leave
Reck Island even if ; the supreme
court eventually rules against it. It
will fight as long as it can and then it
will come to time in some way or an
other. In the meantime, realizing the
desperate straits to which it has
driven, the independent .company be
, uoJ lue ai m-
mand' lts.Pllcy beett to admin-
cause of the vast resources at its com
ister to its competitor a slow death, I
by cultivating or seeking to cultivate,
quietly and cunningly during the pro
cess of starvation, a sentiment that
the cheapest policy for the telephone
user in the end will be to have but
one telephone service.
The Central Union knows as well
as the Union Electric company itself
that the salvation of the latter de
pends upon the new ordinance that
it now seeks. The Central Union
knows that if -this ordinance is re
fused the independent company will
be forced into bankruptcy and into
the hands of a receiver. This accom
plished the Centra Union will be in
a position to emphasize the advan
tages of a single telephone system
according to its own way of thinking.
Arrogant now as of old, even in the
face of a suggestion of compromise
' bv fixing the mmtlmiim rsata hv oan.
eral ordinance applicable-to all tele
phone franchises, and which on the
face of it, as The Argus pointed outiidea of conducting and regulating the
when it printed the three ordinances
before the council In thP rommiiioo
of the whole meeting, gave the Cen
tral Union the better of it, it still
stubbornly stands out for its own way
or none. What under these circum
stances would be expected from such.
a corporation with its comnetitor dead
at Its feet and ttaoif in tv...
absolute dictator? This, as The A rims
has said over and again durine theiHe te Suided by logic. Ideals are the
nast few dava wnnM h tha i,to-
ble result of any plea, however honest
ly made bv citizens- for a sino-io- tola.
e y i j V ii i
phone system in. Rock Island. .
The keeping of the Union Electric
on Its feet is the only salvation of
Rock Island against a' monopoly that
in the end would be more burdensome
and exacting In its tributes than thei
cost of two phone lines. -
Convention. Going West.
Why Political narties select the 1
for their conventions Is Interestingly New York stale is becoming very fa
told by the Boston Globe: , .vorable to Mr. Bryan. The New York
The democrats met in Baltimore in'H"a,d- ?",uw M republicanr and
.... ,0.. ' - ;a journal that is supporting Governor
1835. 1840, 1844, 1848 and 1852. In Hughes for the nomination for presi
the 1835 convention It Is related" that dent, says that the great majority of
the officeholder who took nnrt were the New York state committeemen
(counted and their names were pub-
lished. In the body which assembled
in 1840 there was but one member to
least the VOf nf Massachusetts anA
several of the western states were
ithiniv ronrDbon fori
At that period it was not easy to
travel long distance -"as It is now.
which accounts for many absentees
when the roll of delegates was called,
In 1S56 the democrats tried CIncin -
natl, but In- 1860 returned south, meet.
Ing first in Charleston, a c, thorn hA.
ing some seceders who held a sepa-l
rate meeting and adjourned to meet.
j m Baltimore. The democrats tried
Chicago first for a convention city In
'Horace Greeley In Baltimore.' But
since then they have met in. either St
Louis, Cincinnati or Chicago. ; ;
The change from southern cities to
orieinal 13 states.
The west then was', in'tbe words of
. ' . '. .11 1 1
(early conventions to be held in Balti-
more, which was near, the capital ana
easier or access ior.tne aeiegaier, uie
majority of whom came from north-
em or southern states. Baltimore was
then quite a central city so far as the
nnnnlat loiv of the country was con
cerned. . ' I
As the new states grew and the
population and means of. transporta
tion Increased the western states naa
to be considered
Therefore, the dem-
ocrats assembled in
Louis and Chicago.
The number of
deleeates has greatly Increased also,
Jit now being 1,002 who wilt go out to
The Lioglc in the Election.
As election day approaches and the
campaign on the liquor traffic propo
sition grows more rapidly to a close
the people are reasoning more and
more with themselves as to the
nrnnttr riisnnsition of the issue. Just
M s predicted at the outset of the
controversy i R Island, there has
n so much said and contradicted
on both sides, so much for and against
Prohibition that the mind that would
be confused at times would be
of abnormal proportions. The , staunch
'advocates of saloon annihilation have
"aa ia?ir UH"U3 "cu
me Stan. ivieu uoru ui a uccij vuu-
viction do not, change. This, too, is
true of the other side of the issue.
A man' came into The Argus office
the other day to take exception to a
brief observation appearing in the col
umns of the paper, to the effect that
because a man is conscientiously op
posed to prohibition in principle. It
does not follow that he is a saloon
advocate. The gentleman in question.
a man of calm judgment on most top
ics and regarded as conservative anu
safe on ordinary propositions, is
nevertheless moved by radical im
pulses on the liquor question. In the
course of the conversation this gen
tleman declared that no man who did
not favor absolute annihilation of the
saloon, must of necessity be its sup
porter. He went even -iarther than
that, declaring that should the object
of local option prevail he would like
to be one to head a brigade that
would smash every beer keg
and every whiskey flask in town, and
then cart all the furniture out in the
street" or" dotvn : tin the levee, and
start a big bonfire in celebration of
the achievement.1 When asked if he
was about to organize a Carrie Nation
brigade in . Rock Island, he replied
that he was for anything that wonld
involve the destruction of the saloon,
because he hated it and everybody
engaged in the liquor traffic, and con
cluded by saying that this is a cam
paign in which every citizen is either
an enemy of the saloon or an advocate
That man is not one of those
who is reasoning with himself now as
to the wisest course to be pursued
election day for the best good of all
concerned. . His judgment on this par
ticular proposition is about as weighty
as that of the extremist on the other
side, ; who looks only at the situation
from a mercenary or a business
standpoint, and vows eternal ven
geance -upon all who would oppose his
I liquor irauic- -ue r iaese meu ,s 8
, amenable to reason as the other, and
each destroys his argument the minute
he talks of vengeance, for that is
privilege, that belongs to no mortal
here below. .
The time is at hand when the rea
sontog man must assert himself, and
. the reasoning man is not moved
father by extremes or selfish interests,
most beautiful things of life. The
world conld not endure without ideals.
It Is the ideal that, we would all have
if we could. But it is the logic,
the cold logic that is at the bottom
of every substantial . and enduring
PrmclPte of success,
I 11 Is th 1oStc tfae situation that
Is now being applied to the present
issue. . . . : .
1 "c 4""us m
who endorsed Hughes the other day,
"with the greatest emphasis expressed
the opinion in private ' conversation
that PrPKMentl Rv8VPt la thn nnlv
living' republican who can carry the
t tsx foil n rrotnaf TH7l11tovt v T
Bryan.'! It adds that "the remarkable
'condition existed of Roosevelt reoub-
Iicans and anti-Roosevelt republicans
alike uniting in the view that the sit.
( nation, in the state was Just as bad
'as it. Rnnld ho and that It Is time to
nrenara frr sniinlta " .1
Referring to the above the Omaha
World-Herald says: "This is the opln-
ion that has already been pnblicly
given .by,Seth Low, General Wood-
rUff and bther prominent leaders of
New York republicanism." - v
Humor anZ Philosophy
. . By DUNCAN M. SMITH
PERT PARAGRAPHS. i
Some people are honest in spite of
themselves, . and others are honest 'in
spite of the rascals. .s , "
When you are no better . than you
have to be you are no better than you
should be. ,
There is nobody more apt to onake a
mistake than the cocksure man..
A self satisfied individual 1 doesn't
need any guardian angel, fornothing
can reach him' to harm him. .
The callouses on the bands of some
of our friends were undoubtedly made
by the bandies of their little hammers,
When we aren't really ourselves the
chances are that, his satanic majesty
can throw more' light upon, who we
are than anybody else can.
When the really large things of life
show np no bigger than a ham sand
wich the chances are that you are
hungry and don't see the sandwich.
- ' -
There is no use in a quarrel, but
some people seem to get a lot of fun
out of it. s
Everybody is always taking a good
sound whack at the fellow who is al
ways afraid of getting hurt. r
Most of us arc. always willing to look
at the best side of an untoward thing,
but are too often unable to find It.
When Close at Home. A
Graft doesn't seem exactly wrong $L
To those who profit by it.
( They call It by another nam . t
And by that means deny it,
. And they regard plain upoken men
As cruel and unfeeling
Who do not beat about the bush.
But speak of it as stealing. j
A little rakooff on the side A;
Is not to them u matter ,
That calls for any'loud remarks j-
Or gossips' idlo chatter.
If any one cornea butting in.
They ask him to forget it.
They need the money, and this seema
An easy way to get it. .
Their salary Is small enough.
And padding comes in handy
. ' To ct't tliu things they need at home
And buy the children candy.
And If their conscience ever pricks -
They tell it to bo qulet
Or they may have to get along
On a more modest diet.
" ' ', 1
And then they see a host of men
By every one respected
Whose Wealth would never stand tb
- test .! -
If carefully inspected. . '
And so their modest little graft
v Don't bother tliem "a minute
In fact, they're only sore because
There are not millions In It.
What are you laughing at so up
'I heard a joke yesterday and I Just
now saw the point of it"
- "For goodness' sake don't tell it to
me. I have to go to a funeral tomor
The Head Citizen.
A small community in New York has
just re-elected tbe village blacksmith
mayor. It tried him once and liked the
brand well enough to use him again.
Persons who have enacted the role of
merry villager in real. life will not be
a bit surprised. If there is bne Sir
Oracle In the village it is the black
Bmith. What he doesn't know about
politics, literature and curing sick hens
isn't worth knowing.
His intellect usually towers above
the thinking machinery of the village
lawyer as much as bis arm. outmeas
ures the biceps ' of the legal limb.
When he isn't mayor he usually tells
the mayor what to do as a side line,
bis time in a quiet community not be
ing all - taken up ' in shoeing horses.
Doubtless the sagacious members of
the community had noticed these things
and thought he might as well be draw
log the salary.
"We ought te
elect some good
old farmer to
"You bet We
have had law
. "Sure we have,
What, does a
seeds anyway Y-
',- But She Wasn't Pretty. J
"She Is very modest"
- "Has to-be." . ; i 1 .1 '
"Anybody would to carry) that face
Wanted te Be P
too began this lett
: Should I
I Atin It 'Goatf
A Tart Retort.
The plalntlQT was undergoing a rath
er sharp examination from the defend
ant's counsel. The case was one of
damages claimed on account of severe
bodily injuries by. the plaintiff on a
railway, due. the plaintiff claimed, to
the negligence of the defendant rail
way company's servants. Mr C, the
railway company's counsel, van nntcui
pfor his overbearing majner in examin
ing witnesses and endeavoring to dis
concert them. This witness, however,
determined not to be confused by. his
opponent's counsel. ,
After becoming thoroughly provoked
by the attacks of the man of law he
remonstrated. "Mr. C," said he. "I am
an Invalid. I cannot allow you to ques
tion me in this manner. It, is a posi
tive injury to my nervous system.
which is at best in a shattered condi
tion. I shall have to refuse to answer
your questions unless you put them in
a different manner. I am troubled on
account of the injury received on the
railway with sclerosis of the spinal
cord. At this minute I can see you
donble, and you know by experience it
is generally enough to upset a man to
6ee you once." " : -
A Dark View of. Life.
"However meager our knowledge of
the life to come, this one we under
stand,, this we know better perhaps
than we wish we did. I remember to
have heard Dr. Jlolmes say: 'Outside I
laugh. Inside I never laugh. The
world is too sad. How can the Creator
bear the hum of its misery forever In
his ears? Oh, the poor women! he
added, with tears starting down his
When all is said, this is our own
case, uuisiae we taugii. inside we
cannot laugh. The world at its best is
too sad, and at its worst it is too 'bad
and mad' for any but a superficial
mind to take a comforting view of it
It was by way of this admitted fact
that Longfellow once said. No truly 1
sensitive person can ever be perfectly i
well.' In a state of being like this that
is probably true." Elizabeth Stuart '
x neips in tiarpers Bazar.
This is the Ticket to
Vote Election Day.
DI5.MOCBATIC TOWNSHIP NOMINEES.
Supervisor C. M. Gannon.
Aanlntant Snpmhon L.. X. Eourdenu,
Hack W. Glynn, S. A. I.aVanway.
Aanrnnor J. C. Anld.
Collector M. M. Briggs.
Klrat ward F. W. IHocbllngrr.
Sreond ward William A. Eckrrntaan.
Tblrd ward C. J. Smith.
Fourth ward Chnrlca I,. Thontpnon.
Fifth ward William D. Cochran.
Sixth ward Frank I.awler.
Seventh viard John A. Hill.
BOTH SIDES OF THE PROHI
Fraternal Orders and Liauor
BY PRESS COMMITTEE OF LOCAL.
. The saloon man and liquor dealer is
regarded as a poor risk by all, insur
ance,, companies, and a bad companion
by niokt social . orders. We hate .to
say it, but it is the sad and uncom
fortable fact, and constitutes an un
answerable argument against the
Read the following list of societies
which shut them out:
The Free Masons.
The Odd Fellows.
The Modern Woodnien. .
The Independent Order of Foresters.
The Fraternal Mystic Legion.
Ancient Order of United Workmen.
Catholic Knights of Ohio.
, Legion of Honor. -
Catholic Benevolent Legion.
Voters of -Rock Island, if thee, or
ders, to which many ofyou belong,
vote liquor dealers out as undesirable
business risks and social companions,
should you go io the polls on Tuesday
and vote theni into our civic life? '
In 1900 the American people spent
$1,454,119,858 In intoxicating liquors..
To manufacture these liquors required
only 44,417 men. If it had been spent
to manufacture boots and shoes, it
would have employed 642,150; if cot
ton goods, it would have employed
3CO.000 men. (
Men cannot spend their money in
the saloons and also in the- stores.
Stop the drink traffic and all kinds of
economic goods would be in better
demand. s Therefore more would bf
manufactured and therefore t mor$
labor would be required ; vwages' would
be better, and everybody prosperous
LOCAL OPTION PRESS COMMIT
TEE. ' ' . -- ;
The Secret of
is a Free Movement of the
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The Best Natural Laxative Water -
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v ; Can always be relied on ;.-, ;. ' :
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CONSTIPATION and all bowel troubles.
Injtttt bottle and Jpltt-t
fflieffrgus Daily giiort Story
(Copyrighted, 1908, bjc. the
Myra' came to the doorway of the
sod house and looked wlstfullj across
the fields. Far to the southeast a faint
plume of smoke showed a bit of rolling
ground, and presently she was able to
discern a toy train making Its progress
toward the west. Three puffs of white
steam'spraug from in front of the cab.
and presently there were borne to her
ear three fsint blasts of the whistle In
fit proportion to the absurdly diminu
tive appearance of the locomotive.
She slipped the big white apron from
her trim waist and waved It above hei
head. Then a single short blast of tht
whistle announced that her signal had
been seen. - . i
"Presently the train vanished into an
other cut in the rolling prairie, but
Myra did not return to her work. . She
remained leaning against the ougli
hewn doorpost, looking out across the
dreary waste of land. . - ,
When summer came and the waving
grain covered with its velvet pile the
gentle undulations, Myra liked to pre
tend that it was an ocean across which
her ship would presently come sailing
to its haven of good hope. Dimly
against the southern horizon a line of
purple against the blue of the, sky
mnrkod thp comniencpmpnt of th foot-
hills, but to the north, east and west
as far as the eye could see there was
only the rolling prairie.
Myra hated the low, flat surface even
in the summer, when the ocean of
6ralu concealed its nakedness and gave
the suggestion of a mystic ocean, and
in the early spring, with its broken
surface and the brown crass of the
fallow fields, her soul revolted at the
vprv Kll.i,t of the mnn(i. vet now she
leaned against the dooqost and looked
across the brown earth to where she
knew the single line of the railroad
In the long summer days she had
two visit3 from Jiui Furdy, for then
it was still light enough when he came
past at'O to wave a signal and to re
ceive the answering toot that was to
be heard only when the wind was
from the south. At other times only
the p;i!T of pteam fron th whistle told
of the signal. '
There were alwut the only visits
Myra received. Robert Sackett was a
close grained, self contained egotist
and young men were not made wel
come at the Sackett quarter section
Purdy had come.iii.sDite of the 6urlv
'. Dr. Parkhurst on Prohibition
BY THE PRESS COMMITTEE OF THE
Dr. Charles H. Parkhurst, pastor of
the Madison Square Presbyterian
church, New York, president of- the
Society for the Prevention of Crime,
hae, recently come out in? favor of
legalizing the sale of liquor on cer
tain hours on Sunday. If the com
munity demanded this practice, on
the theory that only laws backed by
popular will can- be enforced, and that
unenforced laws lead to a degeneracy
On the questiop of prohibition by
statute the doctor's interview was as
follows: ' v
"While I will not - say prohibition
by . statute is impossible, I do know
that no prohibitory statute enacted in
the past has actually prohibited traffic
in. liquor. .
'"I believe in the passage of laws
onJy so stringent as to be sure of the
endorsement of th-s average sentiment
of the" community, if you enact laws
beyond that point your statute will
not be enforced, and a statute that
is not enforced is a great deal worse
than no statute at all. . . v
"The degeneracy of morals in our
country is due to a considerable ex
tent to the fact that the legislation
has been above the country's moral
sentiment The only' straight road to
ward prohibition is to enact restrict
ing laws only so rigid that their un
equivocal enforcement will be as
sured. People have been led on to
better things by short steps."
PRESS COMMITTEE ANTI-PROHI-
VOTE FOR TERRITORIAL AN
NEXATION. ' IT IS AN ESSENTIAL
ELEMENT IN ROCK ISLAND'S
GROWTH. ... ,
Bevels once every day.
' '.. ' v" ; - '
p 1,1 II,
glas eri arising
By Lulu Johnson.
; Associated Literary Press.)
reception he had received "from the fa-
ther .of the girl he loved. There had"
been long calls on pleasant summer
nights and plans for what they would
do when Jim should have, completed
his probation as engineer and should
be given a regular run.
Myra had promised to marry him
when all this should come to pass.
They would live at the end of the .
division, where they, was a town of
10,000 inhabitants and where the
dreary monotony of . the plains was
broken by the close proximity of the
mountains. Yet when Jim had come
to claim her hand, aglow with Joy over ,
his promotion, she had drawn back.
I can't leave .dad," she explained
simply. "Mother told me to take care,
of him, and I promised her that I
would. Promises to the dead can't be
broken, Jim." , " v
But she didn't mean that you must
spend your whole life . and give vup
your own happiness just to make Mr.
Sackett comfortable," the man denied.
"She didn't - mean that, Myra. She
only meant you were to look after him -in
a way. Your pa would be just an
well satisfied with a hired cook."
Myra shook her head in negation
even while she knew that what Jim
said was true. In the summer when
the crops were in there were half a
dozen men to cook for, and from morn
ing until late in tbe night she toiled iu ,
the hot kitchen. In the winter, Sackett
spent much of his time in the nearest
town, some eighteen miles away, leav
ing Myra alone In the homestead.
It was of these things she thought
as she looked out across the billows of
unlovely earth and wondered if per
haps the sacrifice was not in vain. It '
was much as Jim had said Robert ( '
Sackett would be as happy and as
comfortable under tbe ministrations of
a hired housewife.
Day after day she had stood in the
doorway after Jim's train bad passed.
wondering if perhaps she had not
made more than the sacrifice that her
mother had demanded and , seeking
some sign by which she might be
guided. No sign cameT however, and
there was only' the dreary prospect of
an unending round of drudgery, with
no compensating words of thanks ar1 .
Her bands clinched as she thought
of the last two years, those years l:
which she might have been Purdy's
wife, when she might haveiexchangod
the dreary round of the quarter sec
tion for a cozy home in a town where
the Rockies towered above them and
all was not flat and deadly monotonous
of outline. :
She still stood there as the familiar
team attached to the heavy farm wag
on crept over the edge of the nearest
billow of earth. Sackett, in the driv
er's seat, gave no heed to Myra's sig
naling, but drove stolidly on until nt
Inst he had. turned Into the home in-
kclosure and lumbered down from the
seat, tossing to Myra a couple of let
ters addressed In Purdy's familiar
"It was late when I got through last
night," he said sheepishly as he re
moved with care a demijohn from the
wagon box and took it into tbe barn.
Myra nodded understanding. Jtal- .
ways was late when her father con
cluded his simple business errands, too
late to make it worth while to get back
to the homestead that night. lie salved
his conscience with this -time worn
fiction and spent a roisterous night at ' ,'
the Eagle hotel. She left him; to put ;
up the tired horses, while she hurried j
into the house to read her letters and i
prepare dinner. ; - j
Her soul stirred at the thought of the
drudgery before her young life for the )
sake of a man who left ber alone in
the sod house while he spent the night
dissipating in town. Jim's pleadings
were hard to resist, and as she tucked
the letters Into her workbox she prayed
for a sign for ber guidance.
When Sackett came in dinner was
smoking on tbe table, and he pulled up
his chair wKlf a grunt of satisfaction.
The meal was enlivened by no gossip
of the town. Sackett ate In stony si
lence, now and then regarding his
daughter from beneath his bushy eye
brows. Myra's hands clinched under
the tablecloth as she noted the sign.
. It was a certain indication that he
had to confess some Indiscretion which
he knew he could not conceal from her.
The last time it had been tbe loss of
the market money in an-effort to beat
a card sharper at three card monte.
Sackett carefully finished off a sec
ond helping of pie, but he did not push
back bis chair as a sign that he was
through. - The wrinkled cheeks red .
dened under the tan, and bis eyes grew
smau ana cunning. . -. .
"I got to go to town again tomor
row," he announced. ."I tnet the Wid-;
ow Lusk, and she says she'll marry . ,
me. . She don't think it right that you ''
should be "left alone so much with no .
mother to look after you."
'Are you marrying the widow on my
account?" asked Myra coldly. . .
"Tbe widow Is a fine woman," de-
clared Sackett,' a twinkle of appreciaV j
tion in his beady eyes. "Of course 111 '
admit that I kinder like ber, but she's
right when she says yon're left too
much alone. I'll drive in tomorrow and
bring her out." . :.
Til go In with yon," announced
Myra as she gathered np the plates be-
fore norland rose from the table. "I- !
was praying for a sign, bnt I didn't
think that the Widow Lusk wonld be
the sign." ' ; , . - s.-
"Sign for whatr asked Sackett curt-5 '
OUSly. . ''-;' ;' : ; ' . , .
"A sign that If wonld be right for nie1
to marry Jim." explained Mm; ."lte
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