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THE ARGUS SATURDAY. APRIL li. 1908.
Published Dally and Weekly at 1624
Second avenue, Rock Island, 111. En
tered at, the postofflce aa scond-claa
BY THE J. W. POTTER CO. .
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tion. No auch articles Will be printed
over fictitious signatures.
Correspondence solicited from every
township In Rock Island county.
Saturday, April 11, 1908.
Trv tn make Rock Inland better as I
well as greater.
"IT tnpre la a nnnpr trust " k.ivh
Cannon. Whereupon he Kansas City
star says. It there is such a person
as Speaker Cannon." v.
If some man would write a book
on ."The Mistakes of a Linotype" and
include all the queer ones made, it
would have a ready sale.
The oyster with bad habits is. now
iu ,ue reguiau. uh oiuer leceui
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objects of investigation, he is expected
tc show impeachable associations and
a uean nui or neaun. , i
The saloonkeeper who pays $1,000
for a license will be fully as careful
that he does nothing to forfeit it as
the saloonkeeper who pays but $300.
Don't you think so?-.
Moline, by vote of the people, adop-
ted a $1,000 saloon license. Moline, by
vote of the people, decreed against they are willing to yield to just legis
prohibition. Moline has 60 saloons latiou, however burdensome it may
regulated. Rock Island has 94 saloons, prove to be, in order to be permitted
Are they regulated?
"O. K." for "Mother Goose" and
'Bluebeard" for children's reading;
"N. G." for the goody-goody books,
This was the dictum of a former state
president of the Illinois Congress of J
Mothers, Mrs. William Hefferman, in
iin address in Chicago. As to "Blue-
beard," she said such tales, with all
their cruelty and horrors, were to be J
preferred to the "milk-and-water" kind I
of reading. Up to six years -of age When the very same night Alder
the child should have much of 'Mother man Ostrom presented in the council
Goose," she said, " eulogistlcally. two ordinances providing for saloon
"Nothing in our language can take the I
place of these old jingles. They are
not the highest kind of literature, but
they decidedly are literature.' They I
lay . a goodfoundation of wit and hu-
mor in the child and expand it, and
that is most iiriportant at that stage."
As an antidote against dime novel
readlng. she urged: "Try 'Arabian
Nlghts.' 'Robin Hood,' 'Robinson Cru-
soe 'Leather Stocking Tales.' 'Treas-
ure Island,' 'Oliver Twist.' These J
'books have all the adventure and
thrills and blood and thunder that the
rankest dime novel can show, and I
more, but they are literature."
The Practical Betterment of Saloon
by the opponents of. prohibition. One
Is based ou the theory of the abridge-1
nieut of the constitutional guarantee
ef personal liberty, and the other
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ncai remeuy. These two views of the
proposition were brought out promi-
nently .during the campaign just closed
hllation on one side and the oppo-
nents of the, doctrine of prohibition
on tne other. The people by a ma- stances in kock tsiana, but to co
lorltv that was not drpamed of hv operate with the" properly constituted
:,o. a v. v .
one side and ha.dly to be hoped for
by the other, decided against any ex-
periment with prohibitory tendencies
In Rock Island. But they did not de-
rM. in favnr nf tho nciinnii .
. . . .. ,
loon. Throughout the campaign in
Rock Island moral conditions locally
speaking, became the base of argu-
ment on the nart of those sustaining
iUn , . .
i.uc ivwai uyuuu blue UL lUc UliULl Ar
vcrsy, uoiwunbianaing inat mose wno
were at the-base of the movement ad -
mitted and still admit that their aim
is uncnmnromiainpiv nihilist tho .0.
. , . , ,j
T f Ka rilArarnil t4nw am makJI1h
" ""mi auj iuuuhiuii.
That this is the general " theory of
those who neek tn nnlv 4h fnrr. nf
the local option law in Illinois was tat liberal minded moral peo
. . . I pie would find - no occasion to com-
BUUWU ,u ngnis maoe m otner
cities in the state where the saloons
are properly regulated and as nearly
as possible ideal conditions nrevail
In the matter of regulation. Of Elgin,
. , .
Kewanee and Rockford this was essen-
tlally true and in the latter city,
where stringent regulation bas exist-
ed. the lnoat nntinnlstn sunrpprl In
n tho a1 ,
wuk 4 f:u"1
35 In Rock Island, however, the sltua-
tioa was different. There was ground
for serious complaint against the man
ner In which the liquor interests have
conducted themselveB. This admitted
condition is not characteristic of the
present more than of the paaL Yet
it has not always been so... Time was
within the memory of men of today
when the. saloon was a legitimate in
stitution iu Rock Island, but saloon
contamination has run back through
a somewhat extended period,! a
developing from year to yea;
a v lamentable state of affairs
of which . The Argus has ofteu
commented,., which it has frequently
deprecated and condemned with such
force that it has brought upon its
shoulders attacks 'from self interested
individuals who were greatly dis
pleased with the paper's attitude
Both the disreputable dive and the
auxiliary to the saloon harboring se
cret violations of law and decency
affording a means of livelihood to the
grafter and the go-between have been
denounced . in Hhese columns times
During the time, that the local op
tion issue was pending the argu
ment was made that immoral condi
tions which unchecked had grown
into the liquor traffle to such an ex-
tent as to debauch it and bring it
down to a level where it had become
a subject of disgrace to the business.
Argus, wnue admitting
these allegations were based upon
fact, still questioned the efficacy of
prohibition as affording the reforma
tion so devoutly desired. .It- held
and still holds other means entirely
logical of putting the saloon in Us
place and keeping it there to be pos
slble, and should be put into force.
The . day following the election,
when It was shown that' the vast nrp.
non,pranp . snMm(nt in R(VU Is.
land wa flainat nrohihition. it was
polnted out by Xhe Argus tnat a cor.
rect analyia of lhe vote would be.
vnn1 ra.lim-nt shnw that nf hnu
' . -
who voted against Drohibition at least
75 cer cent were not saloon advo-
Cates. It was maintained that this
vote represented- men who while not
m sympathy with the arguments in
suDoort of Drohibition felt that the
psychological moment had arrived to
enforce drastic laws and to give the
saloons a chance to demonstrate that
Ito remain in the business. Assuming
this to be the popular sentiment, The
Argus In the same connection sug-
gested in general terms three policies
which it deemed worthy of considera-
tion in bringing the saloon to time,
The three methods thus presented
were, restriction, regulation and en-
forcement. There was nd attempt to'&uch farms a mile in width passing
outline specifics, it being felt that the
newspaper is not the law giver or the
instrument of law enforcement.
restriction and saloon regulation, the
one by limitation, and other by a
higher license, twin propositions
which must go hand in hand through
the council to be of effect, this paper
promptly sustained both as; consistent
with the policy it had proposed. It
took this stand with the same integ-
rity of purpose that will mark Its at-
titude with reference to any deter-
mined move looking to unbending en
forcement of proper regulation. No
law, however moderate or however
(Severe, can be of avail unless it is en-
forced. And no law that does not
have back of It the sympathy of the
people where it Ms to apply, can be
successfully put into effect The peo
Fle " Rock Island are not disposed
Itnoiisnr inpv pvpr will ho nnlpco thov
are ariven to it as a last desperate
expedient against any element that
fights reasonable legislation and be
1 arrogant in Its defiance of the
reasonable requirements of lust leirfs
Since the election of last Tuesday
the Antl-Prohlbitlon league has taaen
a most praiseworiny and gratifying
a Tl H in nlAflo-lnrr ftcolF nnt r,n1ir
rld the liquor trafflc of the odlum that
I attaches to it in all too many in
auiuonues m accompiisnmg tne ends
of refonn AemaniJ by fhe puba
There are those connected with the
liquor' traffic. The Argus regrets to
know, who have construed the posl-
tion so taken by the Anti-Prohibition
league, as implying tnat tne iquor
interests are disposed to assume the
position that the business is to -be
purged of wickedness only by those
engaged in it and not by those with
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1 out, wnecner me common council or otn-
Cence would construethesentiment vnic
1 ed by the Anti-Prohibltlon league, which
seemed to be that the body stood for
Public decency and would be In en
tire sympathy Tith any move looking
to the attainment nf that niirnnR
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mat ' u wouia act both in its own
I capacity and in a cooperative sense
I 'n bringing about conditions in Rock
plain of dea-lhat the saloon
question must be reformed only by
I tne saloon. Interests is-very aim
Uar to tne republican stand
3""" " k a , S 1 !
the tariff must be revised only by its
friends. .Everybody knows the effect
I of public endorsement or this doctrine
ha been. The public is still waiting
toT the relief.. l,
DUt lQe suoject or saioon regulation
I. not one Of nolitical thenrv. It nor.
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" uiuiiu eure anu uence 11
enlists the soul Interest of every good
I citen- The ,orce of public sentiment
in Rock Island today Is just as much
in favor of tne legislation now pending
before the council as it was in oppo
sition to prohibition in practice. The,
liquor interests are in exactly " the tions of" the dining hall of the hotel,
same proportion in the minority, soilf provided with tickets.
far as . the public . is concerned, in .
fighting the measures for restriction
and regulation as were the advocates
of prohibition at the polls. The liquor
Interests will find tney are maKiua
grave mistake If they persist in
their opposition to the first move to
govern their business, not according
to the ideas of those who though con
scientiously disposed would indlscrim
inately destroy them, but in fulfill- and when the diligence resides in oth
ment of , the purpose of. those who ere and they get a good! fat rakeoff
voted against prohibition no longer their admiration a mounts: to an obses-
than a week ago. '
They are furnishing argument to
those interests that have maintained I
that the saloon will fight any form
of law enactment or law enforcement
that is not wholly to its liking.
Enormous Values fn Greater New
The' rapid growth of public service
franchise values in New -York City Is
shown by their assessment, this year
at $3,000,000 against $301,500,000 in
190C an Increase for the two years of.
per cent. But large as are these
franchise values, they are slight com
pared with the land values of that
city, whVih . have Increased from $3,
000,000,000 In 1904 to about $4,000,000,
000 in 1908. Lawson Purdy. chairman
of the New York City tax commission,
in a recent official report emphasizes
the enormous erowth of these values
by saying that the naked landt-that'
iinderliea the cltv of New York, as as-
scssed fpr taxation, exclusive of build-
ino-o ovroodn in vaViiP all the real es-i
tatJ P0nnvivani and is npariv don-1
ble that of the state of New Y6rk out-
side the metropolis. The assessed
value OI ine Dare.iauu ui bia Btjuaic
niiles one-sixth of a township in the
....'an 1 1 .11 I
,.vuuu, ui i.u . -.'make footprints on the sands of time
the real estate values in Missouri lK becaage of ghoeg change 8Q
The naked land values of the borough 600a and we hat(J io he OQ record lQ an
of Manhattan are assessed at $A(i:, -
000,000, wniie us buildings are put at
only $1,323,000,000 less than half the
value of the sites on which they stand.
And yet it is in this borough, the old
Island of Manhattan, where the costly
skyscrapers most abound. No New
York skyscraper, itis said, however
high it towers in the air and however
deeply its. basements burrow in the
earth, equals In cost the value of the
site on which it stands. . Translated I
into 100-acre farms, valued at $50 an 1
acre, the naked land values of New
York City would be equivalent to 73S,
537 such $5,000 farms, or a belt of
four times around the earth.
Wood Pulp and Paper Trust.
Now that President Roosevelt has a
third time urged congress to put wood
pulp on the free list, with correspond
ing reduction of the duty on paper, it
remains to be seen whether the ways
and means committee will adhere to
Its determination recently announced
by Chairman Payne to President Rid-
der of the American Publishers' asso
ciation, "not to J'open the door to any
tariff legislation at this session." In
the interest not only of . the publish
ers of all newspapers, magazines and
books and all the readers thereof, but
also as a means of preserving Ameri
can forests, this measure to put a
curb on the extortions of the paper
trust should receive the prompt atten
tion of congress. The price of print
paper has already been lifted so high
as to force . many publishers to in
crease their prices, and it is only a
question of time, W relief be not had,
when all newspaper, magazine and
other readers of the country will di
rectly feel the effects of the paper
The argument against a general
opening up of the tariff revision ques
tion at this session is unassailable,
and if the legislation urged ' by the
president in regard to wbod pulp could
not be had except 8t such cost, this
would be a sufficient reason for re
fusing to take up the matter at this
time. But wood pulp and print paper
can both be free listed without any
such opening np of the general re
vision issue by the action of the ways
and means committee in connection
with the rules committee of the house.
Once in the senate, prompt action
would be had, both on account of the
merits of the measure itself and be
cause It is one of the things the dem
ocratic opposition would not filibuster
against. It is, in fact, one of the meas
ures which the minority leader in the
house has declared must be passed by
that body, else the democratic opposi
tion will so far as possible block all
general legislation. .
The Founder of Democracy.
It is eminently right and in full ac
cord with the teachings of patriotism
that a people should celebrate the
natal day of the early. patriots
of the republic, r Thomas Jefferson
was the exponent of those Ideals ot
civil liberty and Justice among men
trpon which the government of the
people was founded and it 'was upon
his theory of government absolutely
in tune with the spirit of the fathers
of which he was one, that the demo
cratic party was established.
, Rock Island-county democrats will
celebrate in fitting manner Monday
evening, Jefferson day. A banquet
will be served at tne Harper in the
evening at which Hon. L. B. Stringer
of Illinois and Hon. Martin J. Wade
of Iowa will 1e the chief orators. It
is not' to be an Invitation affair Just
a democratic lovefeast in the partici
pation of which all who profoundly
revere the memory of .Jefferson, re
gardless of present day political affil
iation,--wfl! be allowed to attend to
the full r capacity of the accommoda-
Humor mv Philosophy
By DUNCAM M. SMITH
A great many men admire diligence.
The less you know' a man the more
may you assume an acquaintance of
men in general and freely, speak your
mind to him.
spend their gray
matter trying to
dig out a creed
that (does not call
for anything re
sembling a deed.
The only quar
rel we have whh
horrid habit of
A good way to keep friends is not to
Probably the power of coming quick-
lf ueusion does as mucu to save
frlctlbn as the power to sign a check,
There is no use In trying to dodge an
'Issue, for Issues are notably as nimble
' as Mercury and as persistent as
The reason someof us don't want to
All things are possible to the man
who has future and many are impos-
sDie to the cusp who has accumulated
a malodorous past,
Fear makes us afraid, and the only
grain of comfort lies in the likelihood
that it makes the other fellow afraid
Sometimes a cynical disposition ends
In a sin-ical exposition.
The Annual Spasm.
A song of spring! Pray, who docs not
Appreciate the lass ,
Or sayns she goes tripping by.
"That lady has some class?"
We all with one accord accord
To her the foremost prize
And whisper in pleasant voice
That she is juse cur size.
Some other seasons, we have heard.
Are fairly well supplied
With qualities 'Chfch lend them charms
That cannot bo: .denied.
Let others rave about the fall I
And o'er it fume and fuss.
We serve due notice that the spring
Is good enough -for us...
With cherry Wossoms in her hair
And blessin;r3.rin her hand.
She Kently eatiftters down the road
And smilesj f -fcjjeat the band.
Then every rjtpiue notice takes, .
And every , mother's son
Who rubbers it her says in glee,
"Ah, there.; fcr' pretty one!" ' if
Yes. spring is' ill the Christmas cake.
The candy' and the pie.
She-worms herself into our hearts.
She likewiSje'.iakes our eye.
We like to.see;ber come around ?
The verdure to renew.
And, seeing ?ier; ,we almost say
She's toogpoij to be true. . '
v ' . ?
Shy' on Relatives.
"Poor man, have you no brothers,
sisters, cousins or nieces':"
"None at all."
"Xo aunts or uncles?" .
, "Come to think of it, I bnve an an
cle." "Is he kind to you?"
"Oh, very! He lets me store my.
overcoat with him every summer. -
"I see the expert says that one wDJ
never be attacked by a lion as long as
one can put a chair between himself
and the king of beasts."
"It is simple."
"Gay, I wonder If a mountain would
not do as well." i ,
7 When life is young;
;., And Joy Is brave
give it tongus
Nor in a cave i
Essay to hide
The vital thing. -f
' ' , Both tar and wide. ,v
. We gladness fling, j
When life ts old- A
And love is kind
The mirth we hold. VV
With griefs combined.
Then hermits we
And vainly yearn
For Joy and glee , '
To make return.
: TiBaf&ed Then.
"You UimV-jwJi, Understand women 1"
."I know 1
In every instance V '
"Well, I- understand them except
when they try to sing. Then I would
defy a language expert to understand
most of them." ; .
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Calta Most of Tham. . '-
J; ."When I put my hand to the plow X
don't tarn hack." ,
ff JI K ! fn ,
. K 3:M rnn?t I9
"I would bate to see yon tried oat on
1 g-?y ,
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Shergus Daily ShortStory
"On Thin Ice
(Copyrightpd, 1908, by the
When the letter from Aunt Kafina
was rweivi'd announcing that she!
ri,t!4 nfit-.i . . -1 . -1 1 . .. . . . . - . ....... 1 . '
mother ar.il daughter looked, at each
other for a long minute, then the for-1
"We must keep it from her."
jve don't she will certainly talk
right up to the deaeou aud make things
worse than ever. Your Auu-$nliua is
not afraid of any liviug Ttian. You
Just net as natural as you. fan, and
don't let her catch ou to a thing."
And yet five or six days Liter, when
the guest in question arrived;- she had
rot been in the house half an hour be
fore she set her jaw'aud said to Mrs.
Thompson, her widowed sister:
"Now." Ruth, while Mary is upstairs
I want to bear ell' about 4fc -There's
some skulduddery been goings on here,
and I want to get at the. root of it.
It's no use to put on that innocent
look, for I'm a woman that can't be
. Then the widow 'had to fix it up.
ner daughter Mary, now twputy years
old. had been "keeping company" with
Deacon ttrouiley's son James, aud the
marriage day bad once been set. Dea
con Uroiuley had then favored the
match. The widow had a fine" farm
adjoining his. and If she took forty
aires off of-hers and he forty off of
his the young folks would have a good
start in life. She as well as he could
also contribute considerable cash to
ward building the new house and barn.
Yes, it would be a good match all
around, and everything was going
swimmingly when the deacon took in
a summer boarder.
He was what might be called a half
cash boarder that Is, 'for two weeks
he paid half the price of board and
lodging in cash and the other in infor
mation which changed the deacon's
nature all over. The boarder had made
a study of family trees, so he asserted,
and after scratching his head and con
sulting the signs in the family almanac
for a fortnight be announced that the
Bronileys were direct descendants of
Lord Bromley of.England, while Lord
Bromley himself was a grand-nephew
of William the Conqueror.
: The deacon had always been rather
a stiff necked man toward the com
munity, and this information added to
his pride. He did not question the
stranger's information, and after, a
time it began to get in its work. He
wasn't rich, but he had the blue blood
in him. and that was even better. In
four weeks he was walking as if he
bad a poker down his back, and at the
end of four more he said to his son: .
"James, there is nothing that hurts
a famUy more than a misalliance.
What is the world going to say when
it hears that a Bromley has married a
Thompson?", -," J ,v - v
"Are you talking about Mary Thomp
son,, father?" asked James. ; - . . -
"I am. I am seeing things agreat deal
different from what 1 did a -few-weeks
ago. Where did the .Thompsons spring
from? Who are they?- Waa the first
Thompson a lord or duke or only a
cooper?" . . - -"But,
you know. I'm engaged to
Mary Thompson, and you know that
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the family is respectable. To one i-an
say that there has been auytuiug
against tbcni. from grandfather down."
"Um. urn! None of them has Ikm?u In
jail that 1 know of. but I ask agaiu.
Who are the Thompsons?" We know
who the Bronileys t-praug from, and I
cannot consent to tiny pleleiun alliauce.
Until I know who the first Thompson
was 1 shall fool Justiiied in opposing
this match. It will be no use whatever
to argue the matter with me. I aui de
termined to preserve the purity of our
t)lood as It has come down to us."
James did nut cease to call at the
widow's, but it was not long before she
realized that he had something on his
mind, and he was finally prevailed up
on to state It. He held in direct oppo
sition to his futher. but that did not
satisfy the insulted mother or the high
spirited daughter. Strained relations
followed. Such was the situation when
Aunt Salina arrived. She listened to
the story with n grim look ou her face,
and when it was finished she said:
"Ruth, you were uever any good at
handling cases like this, and you must
leave things to me". 1 know all almut
the Thompsons and the- Bromleys. too.
and I've heard a tbiug or two about
William the Conqueror since I went to
Michlgau to live. You just keep out
of the fuss. aud let me settle it my own
"But you won't go to the deacon and
call h'ini an old Idiot?" protested the
. "I can't tell what I'll do. Providence
generally takes a band in cases like
this, nnd 1 shall deiend a good deal
on Providence. We won't say a word
to Mary about it."
Trovldence didn't wait long before
taking a hand. December had come.
Instead of being married on Christmas
day. as the young couple had. hoped
for. they were as good as estranged.
Between the house and the barn was
a, goose pond of a considerable depth,
and. though this had been frozen over
solid for two or three weeks, a recent
south wind had gone far to weaken
the Ice. and the hired man had skirted
the pond lu going to aud fro.
On the forenoon of the very next day
after the story had been told Deacon
Bromley came walking toward the
widow's house. fHe was taking a short
cut across the fields, and when he
reached tha pond he stepped boldly on
the ice. It began to crack. and.jthough
a direct descendant of Lord Bromley
and through him of William the Con
queror, the deacon didn't consider K
derogatory to his dignity to make a
rush for the head of. a barrel appearing
above the Ice. ; He dared not go back
and be dared not go forward, and be
shouted for some one to come and
shove a plank out on the ice to save
his blue blood from being chilled. ;
"My soul, but there's Deacon Brom
ley standing on that barrel In the mid
dle of the goose pond r exclaimed the
widow as she heard the shouts and
looked out of the window." j ; r
- "It's rrovldence." answered Aunt 8a
llna, "and now - you keep Jiands off.
Providence and I are going to run
this show. Get my hood and shawl and
mittens, for the conversation may. last
some Hum." ' . .
A. & P.
I'iVe' minutes later she stood ou the
haa'.i of t!ieo:itl. sizlas the deacon tip.
and after a bit she snid:
"I nm Mary's Aunt Salina from Mich
igan aud here on a visit. Did you want
to s-.ee auy one in pnrtivular?"
"Why why. as I was just going by.
you know. I thought I would stop and
ask for any letters James might have
"Aud did James know you were go
ingtoask? ..... .. ., .;.
"X-o. I can't pay that he did. I see a
twelve foot loard there by the wood
sh?d. May I ask you to kindly bring It
here and shove It out on the Ice?"
"What: Wbatr exclaimed Aunt Sa
lina as she glared at him. "Sir. I want
you to know that I wa3 a Thompson
before I married!" ,
"Aud how dare yon. Fir bow dare a
Bromley ask a Thompson to.dras
boards around? It's an Insult, sir an '
insult to our blond!"
"I, didu't mean it so. I didn't know-
I never heard that the Thompsons had
"ITnd any blood at all. you mean, sir!
Another insult! Who do you think yoii
"You may have beard of Lord Brom
ley of England?" queried the. deacon,
trying to look dignified." but making a
failure of It. as any man must have
done, perched in the center of a goo-e
"Yes.. sir. I have and with good rea
son. He stole a horse from a Thomp
son and was hanged for it!" .
"Yon yon don't say!"
"In the nest generation two Brom
leys were branded' on the palms of
their hands for cattle stealing. In the
third oue of them went to prison for
arson. He sought to burn down the
castle of a Thompson."
"Can it le possible?"
"And in the fourth, fifth and sixth
generations the Thompsons got to
gether all their retainers and drove nil
the Bromleys out of the country, and
the king rewarded them for it. Is it
possible that you never heard that
Lord Oraspy was a Thompson? Doesn't
history tell you that t.he Duke of York
was a Thompson? Why. man. there
Isn't a noble in England today that
wasn't a Thompson first. He had to be."
"I-I have been told that I descended
from William the Conqueror." faltered
the deacon, as he felt that be had lost
"But who was William the Con
queror? 'When he landed lu England
It was the Thompsons that lent him .
money and paid bis bouse rent until be
could strike a Job. Deacon Bromley,
do you want that board" to get ashore
"If you please.".:
"And is it to save an idiot or. a sen
sible man?".. - . ; .
TnT. I think 1 would like to talk
with the widow a little while. ' I didn't
know, you know ' - ,
-"No," replied" Aunt Sellna-:. as J she
went after the board, "but you do now.
It's Thompson. It's Thompson with a
p.' It's the Thompson family, de
scended directly from Adam and , Eve, -,
tht have been making and unmaking
kings and emperors and dividing up
the. earth for the last 6.000 years and
are not through yet. There's the plank,
and now you come in and have a talk
and get over your foolishness."? "
The marriage- took- place a month
later, and Deacon Bromley hasn't bad
a chance yet to tbrash the genealogist
who paid half. rnh for his board.