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PEAK of the Devil, and he Is
bound to appear."
How many times have
you either heard or used
the remark? ,
Did you ever know it to come true?
Did you ever wall: a'ng the street,
and, suddenly, without known cause,
think of some particular person, and
ihortly thereafter unexpectedly en
counter that person?
Do you believe coincidences are
fate, or that they just nappen?
Let me tell you about Sugar Lip.
Sugar Lip wag a boy who lived In
cur town, a county seat of central
Ohio. Of course, "Sugar Lip" was
only a nickname. It was bestowed
upon him early in life. The boy's
lower lip was pendently leavy. Some
times he slobbered. He had a sweet
tooth hankering after sugar, and con
, etantly begged his mother for it.
' Hence his nickname.
Our town was, and is still, noted
, for the large percentage of its young
men who have left home and made
a success, 'and also the small per
centage of stay-at-homes who have
, ever amounted to m; ch. The marked
exception to this general rule was
Sugar Lip. He left . home oftener
j, , than anyone else, and oftener re
turned. - You """were liable to walk
Into Thompson's restaurant in Chi
cago, and have Sugar L:p, in a white
Jacket, open the door for you. You
were apt to encounter Lim at the
entrance of the Chinese theater In
San Francisco, .selling palm leaf
fans. If you were crossing from
Jersey City to New York, you could
almost count upen Sugar Lip being
on the same ferry-boat. ' If you visit
ed Hot Springs in the season, you
were sure to meet up with him. When
you went back home f-.- a visit, there
was no getting away from him. For,
Sugar Lip was "everywhere all the
time;" and it got to be a common
custom among those of us, who, hav
ing scr'iered Into foreign parts,
should meet either at home or abroad
to try to get in the question first:
"Who do you think I saw in Den
ver?" And' the Inevitable an.rer
could only be, "Sugar Lip."
It made no difference If you told
the office bpy to tell him you were
out of the city, and you went with
out lunch for fear he would catch
you at the building's entrance, you
were bound to be cau-lit at the end
of the day. There was no denying
Bothersome as he was, there was
always oa3 good thing about the fel
low he could always tell you where
anybody you wanted to know about
was. and what he was doing. Sugar
Lip's special mission in life seemed
to be keeping track of every one ho
Following in the wake rf popular
custom, cur town this year declared
a "home-rcining week." Notices were
sent to every ao&entee- that could be
located. So cleverly worded were the
invitations, that really more than
were expected responde . in person. In
fact, almost two-thirds of our old
crowd, who as young men thought it
smart to nil the chairs out in front
of the od Phoenix, hotel of an even
ing, found ourselves filling the chairs
of the new Phoenix hotel the first
evening after ourvarriva.i.
Two years ago there 'was a fire
in our town, and it wiped out almost
all of the business section: Jlesourees
and insurance rebuilt it in a manner
fitly entitled to justify the claim , of
its now being one of the prettiest lit-,
tie modern citie3 in the United
States, if not the prettiest.
To those of us who had not been
home since the fire, the general ap
pearance of the business section, and
especially the upruxlateness of the
New Phoenix came as a pleasing
revelation; and as we sat in the hotel
chairs we spoke along those lines.
We agreed the old tow had changed
a whole lot, and that the fire was a
good thing. True, most of the old
familiar landmarks were gone; but
they had to go some time anyway.
Following this .'general run of talk
with exchange of reminiscences and
accounts of present locations and'
doings, our little group, unconscious
of (he flight of. time..-, was .-surprised
when the arc-lights in front of the
I hotel went out at midnight. We all
arose to go, as the night clerk of the
Phoenix came out.
"Here's a telegram, addressed, 'Old
Crowd care .Phoenix.' Shall I open
it, or will one of, you gentlemen
claim it?" :
"Open it," we all said.
The night clerk opened the mes-
sage and read: -
"SORRY CAN'T COME. CAN'T
LEAVE SHOW. GUESS WHO JUST
SAW. ' "FRANK BOWLES.
And with one acrord we all said,
."Sugar Lip! Of course!"
"That can't be." said the clerk.
"Here comes Sugar Lip now."
We all turned to gaze in the direc
tion to which the clerk had pointed,
and, sure enough, there was old
Sugar Lip, with an umbrella stick
for a cane, hobbling his way home.
But, "for some reason or other, he
turned ar the corner.
"Go and call him, and bring him
back," someone said. "This home
coming meeting of us old-timrrs
wouldn't be complete without Sugar
Lip. He known us. all and we all
know him all over the fpuntry
Abe Jackson went to the corner j
and called after Sugar Lip; but he
only shook his cane, Jackson said,
and disappeared into the darkness.
Jackson added, that the sudden
turning off of the arc-lights must
have played some freak prank with
his eyes, as Sugar Lip s.?med to ap
pear white and luminous.
"Seeing ghosts, eh?" banteringly
inquired John Armstrong.
"Not much," answered Jackson.
"Must have been those lights. And.
say, fellows, we've been using un
these chairs all evening and haven't
spent a cent. Let's all go in and
get a cigar. The treat's on n:o."
And we all filed in.
As we stood at the cigar cr-.se
opened it and turned pale.
"What is it? Market turned on
you?" asked Armstrong.
"No. Listen till I read it to you."
said Smith. And he read:
"LUCK ALL HOME-COIZEP.3.
SrTGAR LIP : HERE. JOINS RE
CARDS. "FRANK BROAD.
"Somebody is playing a practical
joke," exclaimed Jwckfon. "Sugar
Lip can't be in two places at 'the
r.arce time. I'm going home." And
turning to the clerk, "Call me a car
riage." Jackson's folks, with whom
he was stopping, lived out a niile-and-a-half
from the cor.rt house.
Mick Monihan was the driver of
the carriage that responded to Jack
son's call. We all Lnew Mick. He
used to always be the first boy to go
barefooted in the spring.
"Who do you think is dead?" asked
Mick, as he opened the carriage door.
"Who?" a?.ked Jackson. S'
"Why, Suear Lip, of course. '-He
died at seven-thirty this evening,"
"Drive by the house," commanded
Jackson, "and I'll see. I'm getting
tired of jokes.
We drove to Sugar Lip's -humble
abode and saw a. light in the front
room. 1 We knocked at the ioor,red
were admitted. Sugar Lip was laid
out with a sheet ever him. The"' un-
selecting our favorite brands, a but-J dertaker had not yet come. His aged
toned hotel pa.e came into the re- mother ' asr ured un -hat Mick Moni
tnnda, crying a telegram for J. II. ban was correct. Sugar Lip had died
Smith. Smith tcok tho message?, at seven-thirty, as stated.
CITY IMPROVEMENT HINTS
TOWN LOYALTY TALK.
Oklahoma Paper Hammers Hot Sparks
from the Anvil.
Some hot sparks are struck right off
the anvil by the Morning Fhenix of
Muskogee, Okla., for the benefit of the
borne trade movement. The Phoenix,
whtoh knows the value of a good news
paper to a town, is a-weary of seeing
local concerns send to other and larger
cities for job printing work when Mus-
Kogee s two biggest industries are
printing offices. Nearly every town in
the country has more or less reason to
complain of a similar tendency upon
the part of some of those who expect
"'the local papers to boom the burg from
. year to year and then buy their print
ing", from some establishment else
where. What the Phoenix says, or
most of it at any rate, in applicable to
almost any town in America. The
Phoenix heads its editorial remarks
"Town Loyalty." 1
; "In its battle for the town or city iii
which It Is published every newspaper
worthy of the name makes n hobby of
insisting that home industries le pat
ronized, and issue after Issue labors for
an additional tin bucket brigade and
gives more of Its spate to the publl:
than it sells to Its advertisers. In pea
son and out it works' for new indus
tries and gives aid and comfort-In
every way possible to those establish
ments that have the weekly pay roll to
meet, and its slogan of 'Patron ism
Home Industries' is never silent.
"True of publishers in other places.
this Is also .true of those operating
printing, establishments . in Muskogee,
: On the positive guarantee
that if it does not give satis
faction we will return the
entire amount of money paid
us for it. , We mean this
and ask all those who are
' sick and need strength to try
it with this understanding.
and in view or the existing conditions
here the Fhoenlx desires to make a
few brief statements and then ask sev
eral pertinent questions. Next to the
government and railroad pay rolls, two
of the printing plants of this city are
the largest establishments in the city.
These establishments are the best ad
vertising assets the city has or ever
had and bring more people to Musko
gee than all other Influences combined.
These establisbments pay large taxes
into the city treasury and annually are
the cause of more wealth being added
to the city than any other industries
operated here. The working forces of
these plant3 are union men linotype
operators, printers, stereotypers and
pressmen and are paid the union scale
and work union hours. Most of the
employees have their homes here, and
nil of them spend their weekly wage
in Muskogee. So much . for the few
statements. Now a question or two.
"Why do the city officials, the Judi
cial officials and the officials of the in
terior department, all citizens of Mus
kogee, buy from traveling men repre
senting Kansas City,-St. Louis, Gal
veston and Dallas houses printers' sup
plies that could be purchased of the
local printing establishments?
"Why do tho banks of Muskogee
send away from home for their sta
tlonery. allof which could supplied
by or through the local firms at the
same price they now pay?
"Why will elective county and city
officials pat the local labor unions on
the back and then send their orders
for office supplies to a Dallas firm
working only women and children and
nonunion men? -V .
"Why wilt the men who most of all
depend upon local support for business,
the bankers, the lawyers and the elec
the officials, persist In ignoring the lo
cal establishments aud buying their
supplies out of town and continue to
howl about patronizing home Indus
trtes? -"' ' .' -
"How many local officials are elected
by out of town votes?
."How long would the' seven or eight
banks of Muskogee continue In bus!
ness if that business was confined to
their out of town customers?
"How much taxes are paid In Mus
kogee by thu Iorsey Printing compa
ny of Dallas, or George D. Barnard of
St Louis, or Clark & Courts of Galves
ton? -: ": H v r; : ; - ' '";".
"What hTe they ever done for this
city that entitles them to a line of busi
ness such as would add twenty- or 'thir
ty men to the city pay rolls If given to
the prlnterles of this city?
"Why would it not be a good idea for
ooine,of th. Mujakozee men who stud
their money cT.iy from home for of
fice supplies tj get a new motto and
hang it over their desks, reading, 'Fct-
onize Home Industries.' and the next
time the out of town drummer comes
along point to the motto and toll him
here is nothing doing? Either this
should be done or they should not pose
as town boosters o;- critics of the" anvil
PLANTING SCHOOL YARDS
Keep tho Interior Open and Place
Shrubs, on the Sides.
Keep the center of ths school grounds
free. Do not scatter the trees and
Bhmbs-ever- it. They -will be In the
way. Tho boys will break them down.
Moreover, they do not look well when
scattered over the whole area. When
an artist makes- a picture with many
people in-it he does, not place the per
sons one by one all over his canvas.
Ue masses them. Thereby he secures
a stronger effect. lie focuses attention
lather than distributes it. Most per
sons make a yard a nursery by plant
ing trees all over it. The same trees
uid shrubs can be used to make cither
i nursery or a picture. ' .
Begin ' with the fundamentals,- not
with the details. If an artist is to
make a portrait. he first draws a few
bold strokes, representing the general
outline. He- blocks out the picture.
With the general plan well in mind he
radually works in the incidentals and
the details the nose,, eyes, beard.
Most persons reverse this natural or
der when . they plaut their grounds.
They first ask about the kinds of roses.
the soil for tarnations, how: far "apart
hollyhocks shall be planted.
It is as if the artist first asked about
the color of the eyes and the fashion
of the necktie or ns if the architect
first chose the color of "paint and then
planned-his building. The result of
this type of planting Is that there Is
no plan, and the yard means nothing
wheu It Is done. Begin with the plan,
not with the plants. The school ground
should be hollow well planted on the
sides, open in the interior. The side
nexf the highway -should contain little
or no planting. The place should be
a picture, not a mere collection of trees
and bushes. ' . '
STREET CLEANING'S VALUE.
reporter of the Baltimore American. -Mr.
Appling is interested in a large sugar
estate near the above mentioned town
and is thoroughly familiar with condi
tions in the sister republic.
"The old. sinister reputation of Vera
Cruz," he continued, "has loen entirely
obliterated, thanks' to the talents and
good offices of one man. an Knglish
man of the name of Samuel Fierson,
a millionaire promoter and developer.
who has invested large sums of money
In the towu and nurrouuding country.
What Ticrson did was the simple net
of installing. :i fluthing system by
which the streets of, the city got a
daily washing. The streets once so
dirty aud prolific of disease now get a
thorough cleansing every twenty-four
hours, and the witter after performing
its service is carried a-Avay by a per
fect sewerage plant.
"Sir.ce the installation of the street
baths yellow fever has become a thing
of the past. Once a scourge, there has
not been a case of it in Vera Cruz for
the past five years, and the town that
of yore was shunned has become a
veritable health resort, people going
there to get back their health from the
higher sections of the republic and
especially from the City of Mexico,
which has an altitude of 7,500 feet."
How It 'Caused a Sickly Spot to Be-
com a Health Resort.
"Not so. very long ago . the city of
Vera Cruz, In the lowlying const coun
try of Mexlcowas one of the sickliest
spots on the continent, and because of
Iti high death rate It was given u wide
berth by natives and foreigners alike,
said J ulian D. AoDhrr of Chicago to a
Whet An Improvement Club Can Do.
An improvement club is often started
from a selfish motive merely to make
a place and time for Improvement and
recreation, but seldom stops there.
There has been so much accomplished
through the club that h;is iwnefited the
general public that all cannot 1m? told
In n short space. . but a few- things ns
Just a hint or two are mentioned in the
Kansas Fanner: nelp to save the for
ests and plant moro trees.. Beautify
and mako clean the back yards. Make
the community sanitary and attractive.
Bring reading matter within the reach
Df all by the use of the traveling libra
ries. Demand good roads and get them.
Get rid of tramps by putting them to
work at a wood pile or digging. Make
them pay for what they get. Arouse
public Interest In; things that tend to
raise the moral and mental standard.
These are a few, and doing one of
them will open the way for others.
. Work For Vtcant Lot Committee.
All wild plant growth Is now going
to seed, and if weeds -n' vacant lots
were' at present harvest and burned,
the crop next year would ' not be so
abundant either . upon' vacant lots or
adjoining premises.. Improvement soci
eties everywhere should appoint "va
cant lot committees" to visit or wrlte
air vacant lot owners with a view to.
getting them cleaned up. A small tax
on each member would provide funds
to cut and burn the crop on property oi
Donrealdents, Where no Improvement
tfociety.i ir? at work some'bcily having
municipal pride should t;;ke up the
task.' la other places an association
could be formed to tackle this most
lerious i::e:v;ce to civic Leautj. -
Superior Attractiveness In Towns of
Will Kept Premises.
This is the season of greatest activi
ty iu.city. town and village in the mat
ter of rendering both public, and pri
vate property as heat and attractive as
possible. In the streets of cities as
well as in rural romiuunities groups of
men may hs seen r.si'y engaged in
cleaning roadsides and alleys. This
class of work should be persistently
pursued tit all seasons and not be
made ;m annua 'event. Clean streets
and alleys, tidy vacant lots kept clear
of weeds and well kept private grounds
comprise the fundamentals which make
for progress and development ia nil
centers of population, however large or
small. - .
Evidences-of. neglect will, on the oth
er bund, cause a corresponding stag
nation. Residents aud investors are
attracted by appearances of thrift and
pride in a town, whether expressed in
dividually or collectively, and if your
city or town .Is .tke mpst attractive
among many you will re;ip'tbc retVnrll
collectively. If 'your owu premises
present an improved sppearonee com
paratively you will receive the benefit
as au individual, though not to that cx
trut possible in a real live community.
The moral is strive toward co-operative,
zealous, well directed public im
provement, ud yours shall be the sure
Tsrdy Appreciation of Parks.
Until comparatively recent years peo
ple have had a rather narrow idea of
the subject of parks. Some of the large
cities" and towns have long possessed
public grounds both extensive and
leautiful. but the tendency was to re
gard them ns "nature's parlors" love
ly to look upon, but of course not to 1
used. The first image called up by the
word "park" has been that of an array
of little signboards bearing tho cau
tion "Keep Off the Grass." Nowadays,
figuratively at least, these little lioards
are disappearing. Art is not losing the
public grounds, but the people are gain
ing them. This began through a Inf
lated realization of the relation of parks
to public. health. The new movement,
not content -with letting the people
have the parks, is taking parks to the
people. It is fashioning numerous
small breathing spaces throud'jnt.the
co:igc."te.l parts or ilie grent cities. TUe
latest phnse of the movement is. for
the pake of the children. It is :: that
may lie rem at work in vacant lots ami
in scp!a!H pl.-.ces. making what no o;io
ever hoard of until la:-!y pksypronnd.i
for the little children of the poor.
Value cf Pl3y2rcur.d3:
All nature i-s ::n- awake to the full
est, and no exception is noted Pi rrgird
to .i;r bcrs and girls. Ogr otlii ial play
grounds are congested with Utile folks,
and petitions come in from all parts
f f Los Angeli's for more space for ju
venile recreation. These grounds slipnld
be supplied at any cost, for upon them,
says the Ls Angeles Times, much de
pends in the creation of good or evil in
the growing generation both in the
moral and thu physical fcwc. Oive.uj
plenty of playgrounds well equipped
with apparatus and in charge of com
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