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. THE KOCK ISLAND ARGUS, SATURDAY, DECEMBER 2, 1911.
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Saturday, December 2, 1911.
The beat time to shop la to abop
early early In the secson and early
la the morning.
Theodore Roosevelt is a good ad
vertiaer and his political critics per
slst In Increasing his circulation.
A wise guy has answered the ques
tion as to what is the dangerous age
of man by saying that it is between
1 and 91.
That wonderful constitution of Roose
velt is the wonder of the century. He
can hear himself mentioned for presi
dent without ever turning a hair or
missing a meal.
President Taft says he will have
no heart burnings if he is defeated
next year. Judge Taft is a delight
ful man and we are glad to hear that
he Is not going to take it hard.
John D. Rockefeller has been invited
to testify before an investigating com
mittee. It la becoming almost impossi
ble to belong to good society unless one
has been a witness In some sort of an
It is explained in Kansas City,
where butter is enormously dear and
going higher, the reason Is that
farmers' wives are Dot coming in as
usual for holiday purchases. The
Chicago dealers, where prices axe
relatively as high, laugh at this, and
say the price now is about the same
as two years ago, but Is lower than
last year, because last year there
was big agitation against the high
cost of living. This would appear
to be a reliable tip that It Is time to
do some more agitating.
California Justice has triumphed In
the face of every obstacle sought to
be thrown In the way of the convic
tion of the Los Angeles Times dyna
mite plotters. Finding that the ciate
had the evidence too strongly woven
to te evaded, even by technicality,
the McICamaras plead guilty. They
knew It was useless to longer fight
the Inevitable and with the hopes of
lessening the penalty, confessed and
threw themselves on the mercy of the
court. In some states they would
have escaped by other means.
It is reasonable to presume
that General Harrison Gray Otis of
the Los Angeles Times incurred the
wrath of labor organizations to
more serious extent than was neces
sary and that the prejudice between
him and the representatives of labor
was mutual in its nature. Yet no rep
resentative of the cause of labor has
failed to deplore and denounce the
outrage in the destruction of the Los
Angeles plant with its attendant
horrors, and no representative of
tne cause or labor can fall to re
joice that the perpetrators of the
outrage have been brought to Jus
tice and forced to admit the diabol
ical deed. It is better than a con-
victim that might have left a shadow
The Delinquent Father.
There Is a law In California which
compels the father of a family who
is convicted of non-support of his fam
lly to go to work on the public roads
at 11.50 per day and turn the money
over to his family.
This is so much better than our
vagrant law which allows a lazy or in
competent man to sulalst for months
ft the expense of the county that it
Is worth mentioning.
This California statute is a model
for the states which have it not. In
ihe modern idea of the treatment of
criminals or delinquents is growing
the thought that it is not alone the
nunUhment of the man who is guilty
but the support sud protection of the
Innocent family that is the problem
the slate has to solve.
Leaving out the qieation of the com
petition of convict labor with free
labor it seems a reasonable thing that
the man who Is confined in prison and
who is able to do productive work,
rhould contribute to the support of his
wife and children who are out of
prison and dependent upon his labor.
Helping the Helpless.
He was out of work, friendless,
homeless and starving and sought to
.nd It all by taking his life.
This is the life story of Charles
Keller, a&ed 85, who Journeyed from
irdiana to Chicago in a vain search
A policeman rescued him from an
r; ..reaching train, the poor fellow hav
i:i placed himself upon the track in
an effort to end bis existence.
He Implored Judge Sabath. of the
Chicago municipal court to Impose the
death sentence Tm getting old." he
said. "I can find no work. I hare no
home or friends. No one cares for
me. I m no good any more."
Red blood courses through the Telns
of the Judge. He la human. He tem
pers Justice with mercy. Ton need
warm clothing and food," he said to
this man who had drifted, and suf
fered and starved In the approaching
Yuletlde season. "Ill send to my
house and get some clothes for you
and a policeman will take yon to a
restaurant for some food. Then m
send you to an Infirmary where yon
will be built np and your nerves re
stored. Tou are not a drinking man
and youll be all right in a few days
and then 111 get you a Job."
The world la full of these poor crea
tures driven to the last stages of de
spair. They are not bad, not drunk
ards. AH they may need Is help for
the present and a kind, encouraging
word. Warmth and food and rest may
save this human direlect.
Had the Chicago Judge followed the
custom he would have consigned him
to Jail from which he would come
forth as hopeless as he entered.
A kind word and material help in
the time of need costs little and re
deems and eaves more surely than
Got the Evidence.
Tne Stanley investigating conv
mlttee of the house of representa
tives Is in possession of evidence,
which has not yet been made public,
that is sufficient to convict the steel
trust of obtaining Illegal rebates
from the railroads to the extent of
millions of dollars. This Informa
tion comes to the writer direct from
Rebating Is a crime punishable by
a penitentiary sentence.
This evidence has not become pub
lic for the reason that the Stanley
committee has not had time to reach.
in public hearings, this feature of
the steel trust's wrong doing. But
the evidence has been in the hands
of the investigators employed by the
Stanley committee for some time. In
some way the steel trust heads;
learned that this evidence had been!
uncovered by the investigating com
mittee's agents, and ever since their
discovery of this fact they have been
frantically trying to bring the steel
probe to a halt.
All the railroads which carry steel
trust materials and products from
the plants to connecting roads are
owned by the trust. Not an inde
pendent line has a spur running Into
any of the trust's plants. By means
of switching charges, and the exac
tion from Independent roads of an
unfair proportion of freight charges,
on the ground that the trust origi
nates the haul, the corporation
evades the law and obtains millions
This Is the evidence that the steel
trust has set out to suppress. Its
first move In this direction was made
by Attorney Lindabury, .who has rep
resented the trust at all the hearings.
He suggested, at the first meeting
of the Stanley committee after the
recess, that inasmuch as the gov
ernment had filed an equity suit
against the steel corporation, the
Stanley committee lacked further
Jurisdiction. He sought to prove this
by citing that the house resolution
under which the Stanley body was
created provided that the committee
should Inquire into offenses "not
prosecuted by the government."
Chairman Stanley refused to ac
cede to this demand of the steel
trust attorney and will carry the
question to the floor of the house
unless he is sustained in his position
when a vote is taken by the full
membership of the Investigating
Over 8.000 Murders.
Collier's Weekly in the current issue
devotes two pages to a discussion of
the murder record in the United States,
drawing the conclusion that "the mur
derous proclivities of the people of the
United States are simply a horror and
the administration of criminal Justice
in this country a disgrace to our civ
ilization." The article presents statistics show
ing that last year a total of 8,975
Ceaths occurred from murder. Then
the article proceeds to Illumine the
figures with such sentences as these:
"For every hour of the day and night,
for every day of the year, a murder Is
done in the United States.
"In the number of murders per mil
lion of population, the United States
stands first among the civilized na
tions. The average for the entire
country is eight or ten times the aver
age for the land from which we sprung
Concerning the administration of
criminal lsw, the article says:
"In racetrack parlance, then we
may sum up the matter about as fol
lows. "If you commit a murder. It Is a
better than three-to-one shot that yon
will never be brought to trial.
"It is a better than ten-tc-one shot
that you will never be sentenced to
"It is a better than eighty-to-one shot
that you will never be hanged or elec
trocuted." The article In Collier's is an arraign
men of the technical interventions that
permit the criminal to go free and
others to escape trial., which every
thinking man should read with profit
Million for College.
Springfield, Dec. 2. Bishop McDow
ell of Chicago delivered an address
last night at a Methodist conference
j held for the purpose of arousing inter
est in the movement to raise a $1,000,
000 fund for the Methodist college of
Illinois. The conference was held In
the First Methodist church. Governor
Deneen presided and made a short ad
dress in support of the movement Lo
cal ministers also delivered addresses.
"Work hard and persistently and1
save all yon can without being stin
gy or mean, and you will be build'
lng your fortune on a solid basis.
The way to wealth la as plain as the
way to market. It depends on two
words. Industry and frugality; that
Is, waste neither time nor money,
but make the best use of both. If
yon. would be wealthy, think of sav
ing as well as getting. A man may,
if he knows not how to save as he
gets, keep his nose all his life to the
grindstone and die not worth a pen
ny at last."
Dear Mrs. Thompson I am 19
years old and my sister 17, has a
chum of whom I think a great deal
but she Is so changeable she makes
me very unhappy. One day she is
nice to me and another day she
hardly notices me. I want her to
think well of me all the time. How
can I accomplish this.
Ton are evidently enjoying the
"bitter sweetness" of first love and
vexing yourself too much about this
girl's fickleness. When you grow a
little older you will learn that wo
men always have been variable and
that, as a class, they always will be.
Most men think them tantalizing,
charming, variable, fickle creatures,
and would not have them otherwise.
Their variableness is considered one
of their most lovable charms. Tou
should not think of marriage for at
least five years. Because the girl
Is a cnum or your sister s is no
reason why she should not be your
Comment From Capital
BY CLYDE H. TAVENNER.
(Special Correspondence Of The Argus.)
Washington, Nov. 30. "Get to
gether and stay together."
This Is the advice Speaker Champ
Clark told me he would give to the
democrats of every community In t he-
land If he had the opportunity. He
added that such had been the policy
of the democratic majority of the
house since Its organization and that
it was the only Instructions that it
would be necessary for the rank and
file of democracy to follow to insure
a great victory In 1912.
"Of course." said Mr. Clark, "I am
taking It for granted that the tariff
Is to be the chief Issue. No doubt
the enemy would like to sidetrack
that Issue, but we must not permit
for an Instant."
Mr. Clark had Just arrived at the
capital city preparatory to opening
the first regular session of the 62 nd
congress and discussed the political
situation optimistically and at con
PEOPLE SEEM PLEASED.
"Looking back at the recent elec
tions," said Mr. Clark, "they dem
onstrated two things: one, that the
people endorse our tariff record
without doubt; two, that wherever
we are united, we can win.
"The tariff was the overshadow
ing question in Massachusetts; also
In the Second congressional district
of Kansas and the Third district of
Nebraska. In all these .places we
won. In Massachusetts, the high
protective democrats bolted and
(New York World.)
When Mr. Roosevelt authorizes the
Philadelphia North American to say
that he "will not support any man for
the nomination in 1912, neither Mr.
Taft nor anyone else," he brings his
opposition to Mr. Tart's nomination
into the open.
If he is not for Taft, he is against
Taft. That is plain enough. It cannot
be said that Mr. Roosevelt is with
holding support "on account of a lofty
sense of responsibility and of the dig
nity due to the great office he once
held. Mr. Roosevelt Is not that kind
When he was president be used all
the power of the office to nominate Mr.
Taft as his successor. When he was
the only living ex-president and in con
trol of the republican machine in this
state, he nsed all his power to nomin
ate Henry L. Stimson for governor. In
1908 be was against everybody who
was sgalnst Taft. In 1909 he was
against everybody who was against
Stimson. In refusing to support Taft
now, he publicly Joins the. republican
elements that are endeavoring to pre
vent Taft's renomlnation.
What is to be the outcome? If Taft
is beaten in the convention, only one
The Illustrated press has been giv
ing the country some very interest
ing pictures of the recent academic
festival in connection With the in
stallation of Chancellor Brown at the
University of New York. In all its
scholarly pageantry the scene is dig
nified and inspiring. In . cap and
gown and hood and cape, Ambassa
dor James Bryce, Andrew Carnegie,
senators, judges, college presidents
are seen sweeping up the broad stone
walk past the portico of a classic
The Ugliness of Cities
Dear Mrs. Thompson My girl has
given me the "mitten." I feel that
I can never be happy again- My
heart feels like lead. Do yon think
I will always feel thus?
The pangs of unrequitted love can
only be allayed by time and constant
occupation. A little bawl work is a
wonderful balm for hurt feelings.
Dear Mrs. Thompson I want my
son to stndy for the ministry, bnt
he prefers to enter a business house.
A minister seems to have an easy
time of it and can always get a liv
lng. Please tell me how to prevail
upon him to do as I want him to do.
Unless your son has a distinct de
sire for a clergyman's career it
would be much better to take the po
sition offered him in a good business
house than to enter the church.
Your remark that " a minister seems
to have an easy time of it and can
always get a living" shows you
know very little about it. The aver
age minister has to work very hard
Indeed, generally for poor pay and
he finds it exceedingly difficult to get
fought Governor Foss tooth and
nail, but he won nevertheless.
"In Kentucky, where every demo
cratic stump speaker forced the tar
iff to the front we won by 40,000
majority notwithstanding the repub
licans swept the state four years ago
and where the present state admin
istration is republican. The demo
crats, under the Joint leadership of
Governor McCreary and Ollle James
were united and aggressive. We
carried Maryland for everything ex
cept governor and lost the gover
norship by reason of a factional
fight, Just as we lost the New York
assembly all of which clearly shows
the vital Importance of our friends
not only getting together, but stay
ing together and pulling together,
now and henceforth."
DEMOCRATS MIST ST A XD UNITED,
"After the democrats in congress
have gotten together and made such
a splendid record in solidarity it
would be a shame and a calamity to
lose in 1912 by reason of petty, fac
tional fights of a local nature," said
"I believe as firmly as that I must
die some day that we can" win in
1912, but to do so there must be no
factional fighting anywhere among
democrats. Consequently I hope that
democrats will forget their local dif
ferences and present a united front.
Now is the time for them to get to
gether and stay together. The
moral of the bundle of sticks is as
forcible today as when Aesop first
wrote it, 'in unity there is strength.
and in this case, victory."
man can beat him. That man Is Roose
velt. La Follette cannot do it . There
Is no other candidate; there is nobody
else with the essential qualifications of
Mr. Roosevelt is playing his game
with extraordinary skill. If it should
appear In June, 1912, that no republi
can be elected president, he can de
cline the nomination and bring a wag
on load of documentary evidence to
prove that he was never a candidate
If there Is a probability of his own
election, he can take the nomination
away from Taft and plead the higher
All the elements of a divided and
demoralized party would rally around
him. The insurgents would accept
him as an Insurgent. The standpatters
would accept him as a standpatter who
never lifted a finger against an extor
tionate tariff. The old-line republicans
would find in his candidacy a chance
to save the United States senate. Wall
street would welcome him as the de
stroyer of the Sherman law and the
hope of "constructive" legislation sat
isfactory to big business.
The first thing to do, however, Is to
make Taft's case hopeless, and Mr
j aft himself is attending to that.
Roosevelt will do the rest
college building. The effect is fine.
But where are they all headed? Di
rectly and Inevitably toward a huge
gas tank. This monstrosity pokes
itself into the photographs at all
angles. Apparently there is not
room for the camera to get away
from it The leagues which are
working toward the common sense
beautification of American cities
should send these New York univer
sity pictures broadcast They tell
their own story and teach their own
XyfciEN an editor Is at a loss for
space filler he sends a reporter to
Interview a stage favorite on how to
keep beautiful though mature.
Man Is seldom quite as wise as he
means to be, but he is often much
Patent medicine almanacs are re
sponsible for more Ills than mother's
No man Is a tool from choice save
the old man without money who Is
looking for a young wife.
When a boy takes no interest In fried
chicken and mince pi the anxious
mother doesn't know whether to look
for a girl or call In a doctor.
When a girl suddenly becomes en
thusiastic over sports her yonng sister
Immediately looks for a man to fit Into
The Irony of fate never smoothed a
Some men always manage to keep a
date with trouble, no matter how In
different they may be to other tilings.
Bearing For Others.
How philosophical we feel
When It's another's loss!
How patiently we stand It when
He gets the double cross
And fierce, relentless human' wolve
Are tearing at his throat I
We view it all with small concern
If we are not the coat.
Suppose he loves a lady fair
On whom his heart is set, "
Regards her as his guiding star.
His best and only bet.
Who throws him roughly overboarta
And breaks his heart In two.
We laugh and say: "Cheer up, old chap!
Another girl will do."
If (llmflammfd Is your dearest friend
By some financial shark
Whose tricks are subtle and whose ways
Might be considered dark.
You think It is too bad. of course.
That he Is in that plight.
But say It never bad occurred '
If he had been real bright
If some fat, fussy neighbor falls
Upon an orange skin
You do not weep because of that
In fact, you almost grin.
In short, all up and down the line.
In weather foul or fair.
The troubles that another has
Are easy ones to bear.
Making It Plain.
"What do they mean by shooting ont
the lights?" asked the Inquisitive ten
"A gent comes along with weak eyes
and takes a shot at some lamp that is
"With a gun?"
"No; with an old dead cat"
AH the papers in our club must be
original, and Mrs. Dunn hires hers
"That's not original."
"Sure not! I know a lot of women
who do that."
"How la the new gun?"
"I am not well acquainted with It
"naven't you nsed it?"
"Yes. but It has only kicked me a
Had His Opinion.
"What do you
think of that
painting? It Is
900 years old"
"Oh, well, we
should be chari
table for the
The Common Way. 1
"I saw a beautiful sunrise this morn-i
"You naughty, naughty man." i
"What's naughty about that?" ., 4 ,
"Getting home so late." w
Net For Her Ears.
"How do yon like her new hat?" '
"Well, to tell the truth"
"But why be so frank?"
"She Isn't In bearing, Is she?" !
x Had Need te Be.
"I am a cheerful little worker."
"What do yon work at?"
"The dear public."
"Loan me a ten?"
"I Just met Brown."
wnen Wilbur Wright in easy flight P
-"""" ui uppar rcgiuna noaiea.
At that gay height orav wac there emit
A bunch of steel trust magnates noted? I
Croup Is most prevalent during
the dry cold weather of the early
winter months. Parents of yonng
children should be prepared for it
All that la needed is a bottle of
Chamberlain's Cough Remedy. Many
mothers are never without it in their
homes and it has never disappointed
Sold by all druggist.
A Christmas Morning: By Martin Stringfellow.
Copyrighted, 1911. by Associated Literary Bureau.
"I am sorry, Ella, that we are not
able to celebrate this our first Christ
mas together," said Tom Wentworth
to his bride, "but the fact neverthe
less remains true."
"And why not?" asked the young
wife, with surprise written on every
line of her face.
"Let me tell yon." He took both her
bands In his and drew her down on to
a seat beside him. "I have something
to Impart that I have kept to myself
for years. Tou know Shuster?"
"Yes, I know the old curmudgeon."
"Well, I am Indebted to him to the
amount of $1,000."
"Why, Tom I And yon never told
"I told yon before we were married
that I bad barely enough Income from
my own profession to procure for us
the necessaries of life, with not a cent
for pleasure. The celebration of
Christmas comes under the latter
bead. Tou remember that when I fin
ished my four years at college my fa
ther failed and I bad not th where
withal to attain my profession. Then
suddenly I told yow that I had obtain
ed the means, bnt was pledged to tell
no one whence I received It"
"Yes; I remember that"
"One day while I was lamenting my
hard fate In being obliged to go into
business after expecting to become a
lawyer I met old Shuster on the street
Shuster, as you know, lends money at
a high rate of Interest Be asked me
what I proposed to do now that I bad
- : been graduated. I was full of my dis
" appointment and told him about it
To my surprise, be offered to lend me
jtbe money required to study for my
'But,' I said, "you only lend money
: on security, and I have no security.'
' "'I want no better security than
the word of an honorable man,' he re
plied, I know when it is safe to lend I
money and when to refuse to lend.'
"'But you will requ'-e a high rate
" 'Not in this case. Six per cent will
"He agreed to furnish the money as
I needed it and declined to take any
notes for the amounts loaned. I bor
rowed a little over three hundred a
year from hiui for three years, earn
ing myself as much besides. On get
ting my degree I insisted on giving
him two notes of $000 each, one note
to be paid each year. Now, you know
that my salary with Busby and Busby
is $1,500 a year. Of this amount $500
must go to Shuster, leaving us $1,000
on which to live; consequently for two
years we have absolutely nothing for
While the husband was speaking the
wife drew closer and closer to him
and when he had finished looked up
into his face and said:
"I will help you all I can In the mat
ter of giving up pleasures till the debt
"I knew you would, sweetheart You
see, I shall not only wish to show my
self worthy of Shuster's confidence'
"Yes. Did he not prove It in lend
ing me the money on my bare prom
ise to repay him?'
"Oh, certainly yes. I suppose so."
"Well, then, it Is understood that we
give no presents on Christmas. We
enn tell every one beforehand that
we Intend to make-nothing of Christ
mas this year, and next year we'll tell
them the same."
"No, we won't."
"But dear, I shall have another
"Never mind next year. I will agree
to all you suggest for this one except
one thing. There shall be one gift be
tween us, and only one. That will be
from me to you." '
"Well, be it as you wish. But let it
be some trifling article made with your
own hands. I shall prize it all the
more If you make it yourself."
This dialogue occurred previous to
Tom Wentworth's departnre for his of
fice. With the last words he kissed his
bride and went out She appeared at
a window, and be threw her a kiss.
Unknown to her husband, Ella Went
worth made such preparations for
Christmas as she chose to make. She
was the financial manager of house
hold eijtenaes and was not required
to make an accounting. As to the sub
ject of her conversation with her hus
band. It must be confessed that she vio
lated Ids wishes. She purchased such
gifts as she would have bought bad he
not signified a desire that she should
not do so. But she maintained abso
lute secrecy In these matters, bringing
home the articles herself when she
knew Tom was at the office and stor
ing them away where be would not
stumble upon them. She provided for
an elaborate breakfast for Christmas
morning. Inviting every one of her
own and her husband's families to Join
them on the occasion.
Tom saw Christmas approach with
something of displeasure that 1b, the
Christmas of his own bonsehold. Holi
days we do not celebrate ourselves are
v aot only Irksome, but at times unpleas
ant Tom knew what be had asked of
His wife in suggesting that she give np
entering upon the pleasures of Christ
mas in order to pay, as be expressed
It "for a dead horse." He told her
when he went to his office the day be
fore the holiday that he would be
obliged to spend the evening there
working over the papers of a case that
had been referred to bim to put in or
der to be used at an approaching trial.
His purpose was to furnish an excuse
for spending Christmas eve, which
they could not afford to make a Joyous
occasion, away from home, lie ex
pected that she would demur at tbU,
but she made no objection whatever.
Indeed, since she was intending to
celebrate ChrLstmas morning with con
siderable profusion and fearing iij.it
be would notice some indicaUou of the
coming event, she was glad to have
him away from tne nouse.
Tom came home late Christmas eve.
heaving a sigh as be turned his latch
key. Ella was waiting for him up
stairs and. instead of re-echoing bis
sigh, received bim with a smile.
"What a treasure you are, sweet
heart" he said, embracing her, "to give
np so much for me."
There was a twinge of conscience on
the wife's part at this undeserved en
comium, but she threw It off and be
gan to speak of other subjects. We
are but human, and it Is not best to
put too great a strain on one another.
To deny a woman or a child all partic
ipation In celebrating Christmas la as
signing a task without giving adequate
strength for Its performance. Tom lay
awake that night brooding over having
to deny his young wife what he knew
she so eagerly desired and awoke late
the next morning. Ella had dressed
and gone below. Tom arose and was
completing his toilet when he beard
voices downstairs. Since the pair kepi
no servant he was surprised Going
downstairs he was astonished to see
his mother and his father and his sis
ter, while his wife's parents were Just
coming In at the front door.
"Merry Christmas'" all shouted at
Tom looked at Ella with a half as
tonished, half reproachful glance,
which melted Into a smile under the
Then came others of both families,
every one bringing a package. Tom
was surprised to see the breakfast ta
ble drawn out to thrice Its usual
length, with a card bearing a name on
each plate, packages piling np on each
card Ella In passing him took his
hand and gave it a squeeze, looking
Into his eyes with an expression which
might mean almost anything, but
which Tom took as a pleading for for
giveness. Then the breakfast was
brought In and all sat down to the ta
ble. Neither Tom nor Ella made any ref
erence during the meal to Ella's viola
tion of her agreement as to celebrat
ing Christmas. But Tom did not act
disagreeably about it after the first
few moments entering into the spirit
of Christmas with a hearty good will.
Ella was unusually merry, showing no
trace of fear at a scolding after the
celebration w&s over. When breakfast
was finished It was agreed that the
presents should be handed to the
bride's father, who would read aloud
the names of the donor and receiver
written on them and hand them to tha
latter to be opened.
And so the process began, the minor
articles being first distributed. Even
though the gifts are trifliug there is
something delightful In the expecta
tion attending these Christmas dis
tributions. A name was read and the
package baaded to the receiver, who,
with a smile for the donor, opened it
and, no matter, how unimportant the
gift, expressed unbounded delight
Half an hour was taken up before tha
last present came up to be delivered.
"Ella to Tom," was read out in a
Tom, seeing a little pnekage no
heavier thnn an ordinary letter, felt
relieved, thinking that Ella hud kept
her word ut least in this oue Item,
giving him some trifle a bookmark,
perhaps that she had made with her
needle. The package was handed to
him amid silence, all eyes turned upon
him to discover what her gift would
be. He broke the string and took out
two bits of rectangular paper. It grad
ually dawned upon him that they were
the two notes for $A00 each be had
made to Shuster. On their face was
stamped Id large red letters the word
Tom looked up at Ella, whose eyes
were dancing with delight For a few
moments he did not seem to under
stand the matter or at least did not
know what to do. Then he arose from
his seat and, going to her. took ber In
bis arms amid a united shout of "Mer
ry Christmas!" from the others, who by
this time had gained an inkling of the
meaning of the bride's gift
Cans lor an explanation coming irom
all sides, it was given by the bride's
"About the time Tom was gradu
ated from college and needed money
for his studies for a profession Ella
received a legacy of about $1,200. She
desired to give it to Tom for educa
tional purposes, but feared he would
not accept It She went to Shuster, a
money lender, and hired him to propose
to furnish Tom with the required
means at a moderate Interest, and It
was through Shuster that Ella lent
Tom the money, the notes for which
on this blessed Christmas morning she
as his wife cancels."
All leaned forward to catch every
word of this brief explanation. When
It was finished every one felt moved
to say something, yet no one seemed
to know what to say. The silence was
broken by Ella's little brother, aged
six, who wildly shouted "Merry Christ
mas!" The words were not so irrelevant as
they seemed, since It was on the first
Christmss morning thnt the great les
son of self sacrifice was announced to
D2C. 2 in American
1823 The Monroe '' -trine promulgat
ed In Fi'fe.-!1?:t Mot.rce'8 message.
1SC1 fJrwit Britain's nuvr placed un
der orders i.i ex' t:itiou of war
with the Unit'-il Siatts.
1910 Oencnl E. A. Carr. U. R. A., r-v
t're-1. ClTAr.cvA-.-l.rt In !.-rW 'rou
bles y.-U.-; t'i. civil war. as well
as in tur-.t cn."Jct, died in Wash
ington; b'irr; t:"0.
James A. Rotb Dies. .
Gays Mii'.s. Wi.. Dee. 2. Jdmes A.
Kobb, 75 year3 old, a pioneer of Craw
ford county, 1e dead here.