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TTTE ROCK ISTJAND 'ARPUS. THURSPAY. DECEMBER 28, 1911.
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To reduce tiat la to destroy the
Of course Aldrich did not mean
what he said. He was working for
the New England textile Interest
and his "destroying" speech was
only Intended to rally the Interests
around the tariff MIL
President Taft says the high wool
duties must go. The democratic
house and republican senate will
back him up. Some of these duties
run from 100 to 200 per cent.
This is not protection. It Is rob
Thursday, December 28, 1911.
Turkey had a new minister of
finance , named Kail Pasha, They
will all get their hammers out for
Nick Longworth announces that he
will sink or swim with Taft Nick
seems to be doomed to a good ducking.
If Senator La Follette Imagines that
nauseating self-puffing will land him In
the White house, he has another guess
They are talking of reviving the
3-cent coin In this country to sup
ply the needs of one town where
they are to have 3-cent fares. They
would not quite fit the plan of eight
for a quarter.
Ty Cobb, the world's greatest
baseball player has decided to quit
the stage which he had undertaken
as winter diversion and penny
catcher. Other ball players are not
so considerate of a suffering public.
In San Francisco Christmas eve
100,000 people gathered In th
streets and sang a religious anthem
which was a somewhat more flttin
thing than assembling In barroom
and singing "He's a Jolly Good Fel
Tbst Russian Treaty.
The treaty of 1832 between the
United States and Russia contains
& provision that either country may
terminate the pact at one year's no
This notice has been formally
served on Russia by President Taft
through regular diplomatic channels
and his act has been approved bj
the senate and house.
The object therefore, of the pass
port agitation that has been going
on for many years has been attained.
namely, the abrogation of the treaty
by the United States.
At the end, therefore, .of 1912
there will be no treaty of commerce
and navigation between Russia and
the United States.
This, of course. Is not securing
passport rights for Jews, Roman
Catholic priests and Protestant mis
sionaries the classes of American
citizens against which Russia has
been discriminating for years. But
It is the denial to Russa of the priv
ilege of holding this country to the
friendly obligations and offices of
the treaty while it disregards them
If Russia enjoys the advantages
of such a treaty again it will have to
be at the stipulated cessation of its
During the first 40 years of the
treaty's existence Russia respected
the passports of all American citl
zens alike. Then it began violating
the treaty by denying to Jewish
American citizens the "freedom of
residence and occupation plainly
guaranteed by the terms of that doc
ument to all of the citizens of both
countries. And for nearly 40 years
Russia kept up Its violation, not
withstanding the protests of the
Russia's conduct has been Inde
fensible from any viewpoint of
rights under the treaty. It has been,
besides, repugnant to all American
ideas of justice. i
The United States has been neg
ligent in not terminating the treaty
Full many a shaft at random sent
Finds mark the archer little meant
And many a word at random spoken
May soothe, or wound, a heart that's
Deaf Mr. Thompson Can I get a
book about the Roman language at
the public library? How long should
a girl of fifteen wear hr dresses!
The language the Romans spoke
was Latin, and Latin books can be
obtained at the library. A girl of
medium height should wear her dress
es about two Inches above her shoe
Dear Mrs. Thompson What will
make thick hair grow on the eye
brows? How can I clean patent
leather shoes? What will make the
teeth clean? Please tell me a pretty
way to have an evening dress made.
Ask your druggist to recommend an
eyebrow grower; also a dentifrice.
You can purchase a cleaner for pat
ent leather shoes at any shoe store.
Any fashion magazine will show you
plenty of pretty ways to make an
Dear Mrs. Thompson I am nine
teen years of age and a high school
student I have a wealth of auburn
hair, large blue eyes and fair com
plexion. I have been rery friendly
with one of the high school teach
ers, who lias made himself very
John Temple Graves, of the edi
torial staff of the New York Ameri
can, and Colonel Henry Watterson
of the Louisville, Ky., Courier-Journal,
are making speeches In the
south In the Interest of the peace
.&Utis with Great Britain and
France recently signed by President
Taft under the auspices of the In
ternatlonal Peace society.
The colonel has revived the Ananias
Club, the New York Evening Post be
ing the latest member, and Its story
speaking of the question of veracity
having arisen between the colonel and
George R. Sheldon, treasurer of the
republican national committee, is pro
nounced an "unpardonable piece of
moral obliquity," "a deliberate and un
According to the census bureau.
the turkey will be a thing of mem
ory In 10 years more, as the pro
duction In America has fallen in half
in the past 10 years. This is because
the turkey refuses to become wholly
artificially domesticated so as to be
raised by the Incubator process and
brought up In houses like human
beings or chickens. The turkey de
mands trees, brush and a degree ol
wlldness and privacy, although not
averse to associating with unroman
tic barnyard fowls at feeding time.
The work of building the Keokuk
dsm Is going merrily forward. When
completed, it will transmit something
like 200,000 horsepower. If this dam
is a success, which it promises to be,
it is quite likely that similar dams
will he built at Intervals across this
great river from St Louis to St. Paul
Below St Louis the valley would per
haps be too wide to make such enter
prises profitable. If the dams In the
Mississippi river are successful all the
other rivers, like the Ohio, Tennessee,
etc., will Ibe harnessed, one after the
other, and made to do the work of
Rev. James B. Wesson, a former
newspaper man, is chaplain of the
Strangers Welfare Fellowship, which
Is, first, a non-sectarian religious
ministry for sojourners in New York
and second, a bureau of welfare, ad
vice, introduction and moral guld
ance for any Isolated families or in
divlduals. For several years Dr.
Wasson was a member of the editor
lal staff of the New York Tribune
la 104, he gave up newspaper
work to become an assistant of St
Thomas Protestant Episcopal
church, which position he resigned
in 1909. Bishop Potter shortly af
terward appointed him chaplain to
strangers, a new and Important
clerical office In which he has been
eminently successful. Dr. Wasson Is
a broad minded, sympathetic and
scholarly clergyman one of the
kind who Inspires confidence and
helps others, not only because It
a duty but because It Is a pleasure
for him to serve his fellow man.
One Dead, Three Hurt In Blast.
Peoria, Dec. 28. As a result of an
explosion of a gasoline tank at the
Royal Dyeing and Cleaning company
on Main street one man was killed
and three others were probably fatal
ly Injured. The dead: John II anna.
16 years old. The injured: Fred
Cool, burned about face and bands;
B. Shanamaker, manager, burned
about the head and body; unidentified
woman, severely burned, probably
will not recover.
Buys Deer From Chicago.
Kewanee, Dec. 28. E. F. Norton,
supervisor of Neponset township, has
just added to his herd of deer on his
farm, seven miles east of here, by the
purchase of a pair of elk and a pair
of white tall or Virginia deer. He
now has a total of eight deer in his
game lnclosure. The animals just
purchased were obtained from Cy Do
Vry, In charge of the Lincoln park zoo
Begs for a Death Penalty.
Belvidere, Dec. 28. Charles Rich
ards was sentenced to life imprison
ment yesterday for the murder of his
wile. When judge Whitney pro
nounced sentence Richards implored
the judge to make the sentence a
death penalty. Richards refused to
enter a plea of not guilty when the
case was called, saying he had mur
dered his wife and should suffer the
Thry Most Go.
On the 4th of May, 1909, discurs-
Ing the new tariff of extortions then
under way. Senator Aldrich of
Rhode Island said:
"The wool and woolen schedule Is
the citadel of the protective system
r SVACAr ft. srtm
agreeable to me. He has taken me
home from our club several times
and on the last occasion he proposed
to me. I know he loves me, aa I am
very attractive. As my father is a
butcher he is not very wealthy, and
cannot afford to give me all that my
heart desires. Shall I accept the pro
Wait until you have finished your
education before marrying. Ton do
not seem to be sure of your love
for this man. Perhaps by that time
you will know your own mind better.
Dear Mrs. Thompson When a lady
and gentleman meet on the street
which should speak first? Which is
better for the face, liquid or powder?
There is no hard and fast rule
concerning this matter. When two
people meet who are glad to see
each other the chances are that they
will recognize each other at the same
time. The face should be washed
with warm water and a good skin
food need. No makeup is good for
Comment From Capital
Afraid of Wife; Asks Divorce.
Bloomlngton, Dec. 28. Lloyd Scott
a business man, filed suit for divorce
against his wife, Vera Prosser Scott
whom he married in Denver a year
ago. He Alleges ene threatened to
kill him, and wrote him a series of
"Black Hand"' letters. .Scott charges
that his wife killed her first husband.
Two Police Officials Are Out
East St Louis, Dec. 28. Two police
officials. Lieutenant Michael Doyle,
night chief of police, and Lee Aldrich,
secretary to the chief, have resigned
G. W. Thompson, chief of police, sent
In his resignation Tuesday. Doyle re
signed because of dissension io the
department Protests against the non-
enforcement of the city ordinances
have been filed with the mayor.
Boston Man Weds In Rockford.
Rockford, Dec. 28. Ralph Thomp
son, assistant superintendent of the
Gillette safety razor plant at Boston
married Miss Emily Barnum of this
city last night Her parents are
John C. McKenzle to Run Again.
Sterling. Dec. 28. John C. McKen-
de of Elisabeth announces his candi
dacy for reelection to congress from
the Thirteenth district
New York George Graham Rice,
principal member of the firm of B. F.
Scheftels A Co.. mining stock brokers,
on trial in the United States district
court on charge of fraudulent use of
the mails, wss rearrested and com
njltted to the Tombs as the outcome
of the investigation the grand Jury is
making Into the alleged plot to bribe
the jurors In the case:
BY CLYDE H. TAVENNER.
(Special Correspondence of The Argus.)
Washington, Dec 26. Realizing
that the class of American citizens,
namely, the women, who are most
affected by tariff duties, know per
haps the least about that question,
one of the eastern magazines
(Ladies' Home Journal) has taken It
upon itself to "educate" housewives
on the details' and importance of this
The article Is in the form of an am
swer from a eon to his mother's re
quest for information on "How does
the tariff touch me as a woman?"
After explaining the underlying pur
pose of any tariff law to be "to equal
ize the supposed difference between
the cost of production at home and
abroad," the son goes on to eay:
A TAX AT EVERY TTRX.
"There lis hardly a thing that you
touch in your ordinary round of ac
tivities that is not paying a tax to
the government if it is a foreign
product, or the equivalent of a tax in
its price if it is American. Suppose
we glance at your average day. In
making your morning toilet you use
a china bowl and pitcher, soap dish
and mug, taxed at 35 per cent; hair
and tooth brushes, taxed 40 per cent;
a comb taxed 35 per cent; tooth pow
der taxed 30 per cent and soap taxed
30 per cent.
"Your breakfast is cooked on a
stove taxed one cent a pound, and is
eaten from dishes taxed 55 per cent
and glassware taxed 50 per cent with
the aid of knives taxed 40 per cent
all laid on a table cloth taxed 40 per
cent Every article of food you eat
is taxed varying amounts, from 1 per
cent .up to 60 ter cent and even
'After breakfast Alice practices an
The Argus Daily Story
- A Spook Farm By Clarissa Mackie.
; Copyrighted. 1911. by Associated Literary Bureau.
JOVB affects the appetite before mar
riage uu uuuui, nuu ii yivvnvij a
true that appetite affects lore after!
It Is remarkable that some people
look for work In most extraordinary
It takes but a small amount of mate
rial to make a woman a dress accord
ing to the present modes, but be not
unduly elated; her hat requires bales.
A msn may .talk because he wants
to, but a woman talks because she has
No matter how many cake recipes a
woman has, she is always hot on the
trail of a new one.
Some men regard their wives as the
fountain of an their financial troubles
that Is to say, as mere bill heads.
If a girl is as supple as a clothes
line she then needs only the clothes
to complete her happiness.
Keep your temper, but don't reveal
it to anybody.
The Imitation frequently surpasses
the original and so falls below It
Nobody was ever able da determine
why men are helpless creatures around
the house, but somehow they all seem
to come that way.
hour on the piano taxed 45 per cent;
you run a sweeper, taxed 40 per cent
over a carpet taxed 44 cents a square
yard, and 40 per cent additional. You
write letters with a fountain pen
taxed 35 per cent on note paper taxed
3 cents a pound, and 15 per cent ex
tra, And mall them in envelopes taxed
20 per cent. You wind up the morn
ing sewing buttons, taxed 50 per cent
on father's new overcoat taxed 44
cents a pound, and 60 per 'cent addi
tional. On your afternoon out you
wear a silk gown taxed 60 per cent
and carry handkerchiefs taxed at least
55 per cent In the evening qou and
Alice tplay a game of dominoes, taxed
30 per cent, and when you go to bed
you tuck yourselves in between
sheets taxed 50 per cent I
pat tribute; while all, sleep. I
"And thus it goes, day and night I
walking or sleeping, at work or idle,
you are paying tribute. Even after
death the same demands continue,
and the whole climax is capped when
there must be paid a tax of 50 per
cent on your tombstone.
"A mighty battle is impending in
the "United States over this question.
Next November every voter who goes
to the polls will try to make his vote
express his "views on the tariff issue.
Some will demand free trade; others
will demand that the tariff be cut
down until it represents only the dif
ference In cost of production here and
abroad, instead of being left so high
that it not only covers that differ
ence, but gives the American manu
facturer plenty of margin ( to gouge
the consumer without danger of for
It will pay any woman to read this
article, and It will he found valuable
to any man reader who desires to
know in detail just how the tariff
works in practice.
NEW USE FOR SCHOOLS
An experiment is now being con
ducted In Chicago which should be
vatched very closely by beards of ed
ucation and church trustees all over
the country. A number of public
school buildings are being thrown open
re social centers during the evenings
end are being used to provide meeting
places and recreation for the students
of the vicinity.
The plan is experimental as yet but
thus far It has been very successful.
It is believed by the Chicago board of
education that If the children of the
city are provided with respectable con
gregating places they will be saved an
enormous amount of damage during
the formative years of - their lives.
There are, of course, thousands be
sides those whose parents are able to
control them and who need no social
centers away from their own fireside.
But there are many thousands of Chi
cago children who find the streets, the
pool halls,' the public dance halls of
(very degree of vileness, and the va
cant lots their only amusement after
dark. And from these children are re
cruited that body of young Chicago
toughs which 'is fast rivaling the
Apaches of Paris in sheer barbarism
If Chicago can successfully combat
the Influences of bad company and evil
resorts by using its school buildings
night as well as days it Is time for the
schools and churches of the land to
join the work. In Peoria 70 churches
and a score of school buildings are
tightly locked at night, while the boys
of the city seek their amusement
among the splendid facilities which a
thoughtless administration has per
mitted to exist for their degradation.
it is surely time that an organized ef
fort to protect the young American boy
and the young American girl was made
1 y the state and with millions of dol
lars in school buildings available as a
plant the effort should be a powerful
(St. Louis EUr.)
At Portland, Ore., business men, by
appointment of the mayor, are incor
porating a cooperative store a num
ber of stores is contemplated in which
the customers shall be the stockhold
ers, one share of f 25 being all one
person will be permitted to own. The
profits are to be divided among the
shareholders, not in proportion to their
stock, but pro rata upon the amount of
their annual purchases.
' Here is an idea entirely practicable.
It has been proved a success in Eng
land for a series of years. Grocery
stores could be established In St.
Louis on this principle in a number of
districts, where they would be within
practicable serving distance of cus
tomers. The matter of credits could
be safeguarded by not permitting any
customer running a bill In excess of
his stock unless he put up an addi
tional guaranty deposit
Cooperation has-been so often ad
vanced as a remedy for the high cost
of living that a practicable plan of ap
plying the remedy should be wel
To swear v : ,
At the efforts men make
Their bad habits and to say
To them, "On your way!"
Join the throng
And push the good work along.
Tried It before
And didn't score?
What of that?
To the bat
Again, old sport
And prove you are the right sort!
Tou know how Robert Bruce
And raised another row
When the spider showed him how.
Went back to win
After he was all In
And ready to say goodby '
To his own
Two by six throne, .
Made another try
And came out high.
And you may do the same "
If you will be as game.
Suppose that In the past
Your resolutions didn't last
Until the Ink was dry
And you had cash to buy
The things you had forsworn
On New Year's morn.
Don't let that Jar
You or be a bar
To entry In the list.
Grab a pen in your fist.
A fresh page
In your little old book
And land a left hook
On your meanness and
Resolve to beat the band.
Wisa my lav partner. Jack Rogers, J
returned from lunch I was agog with
"Guess what has happened, Jack,"
"No need to guess. Something in
the detective line has turned up,"
grinned my partner as he tossed his
hat on its accustomed peg and sat
down in his chair.
How did you find out?" I asked.
"You always look especially foxy,
old man, and nothing, not even a dead
client with prospects of rich pickings
"Oh. keep 81111!" I growled. "You
talk like a bird of prey-"
"I am we are birds of prey. This
detective side line of yours, Hal, or
hobby, or whatever you call it, will
run ns out of .our legitimate course of
business if you don't slacken up a bit"
"Have J on any important case on
your mind?" I asked sardonically.
Rogers felt tentatively of his head.
"Nothing doing, I must confess, HsL
I know there's something on your
mind. There's a look about you that
says we must catch the two some
thing for somewhere and It's 1:45
now." He glanced at his watch.
"The train leaves at 2903. Til tell
you about it on the way up."
After we were comfortably seated
In the smoker of the train and were
headed up the bank of the Hudson
river 1 deemed it expedient to un
bosom myself lest in the telling of the
story we might reach our destination
before I had completed it
That noon while I eat alone In the
office I had received a call from a
She was a little old woman, sharp
featured and white haired, with hard,
cold blue eyes and a thin lipped month
that seemed made for secrets. She
looked in those days. There's a snow,
ball bush and a clump of lilacs and
other flowering shrubs, and those apple
trees in the background must be the
remains of the orchard." v
I followed the direction of his point
ing finger and saw that be spoke the
truth. We were speculating upon the
location of the different buildings when
I heard a slight sound and, turning,
saw Mrs. Penny peering sharply from
a kitchen window.
"Here we are, Mrs. Penny," I said
cheerfully, Introducing my partner.
"Air., Rogers and I propose to sit up
tonight and lay all these spooks of
She fingered ber spectacles rather
nervously and then removed them and
rapped the table smartly with them,
eyeing me keenly.
"This is no joke, young man," she
"Indeed, madam," I replied warmly,
"we do not consider it as such.
spoke lightly because I wanted to allay
"Your own fears may need quieting
after you have seen them."
"People, yon mean?" asked Jack.
"They - were once," she answered
"You mean yon have really seen
"Yes; the wtole family. They're all
"You can recognise them from toot
window?" he asked incredulously.
She nodded an affirmative and then
sat In moody silence while Jack and I
conferred together. The result of this
Interview was that my partner and X
wandered about the spook ridden field
next door until Mrs. Penny summoned
us to supper. We ate without referring
to the object ef our via It In fact a
great depression seemed to have set
tled upon the three of us. The air was
heavy and damp, but the sun set bril-
His Excuse For It .
"But say, Jim, why are you run
ning for. office?"
"Curiosity. I like exciting fiction,
and I am anxious to read about my
"Sure! I know I shall be a glorious
dark villain in many a dark crime, and
I look forward with pleasure to the
enjoyment of It"
was garbed In shabby black and car- j liantly, and In the east a splendid full
tied a rusty satcnei nnea to Dursung
that she watched carefully.
I learned that her name was Sarah
Penny and that she lived on a small
farm near Popghkeepsle. She said she
was a widow and, besides owning her
farm, possessed a tiny Income on
which she lived. She also said that
for two weeks past she had been
haunted by a spectral farm that seem
ed to adjoin her ow n. She related that
night after night when the moon was
blgh in the heavens she had seen low
lying farm buildings where In broad
daylight nothing appeared but a grassy
meadow dotted with ancient fruit
trees. On dark nights the visitation
appeared as a luminous glowing out
line of buildings.
Mrs. Penny's old face seemed to be
come more wrinkled and careworn as
she imparted these facts to me and
when she had concluded, saying that
she had visited me with the Intention
of making her will and had suddenly
determined to confide her fears of the
spook farm," as she called it hoping
I might be able to explain away this
horror In her solitary life.
I had promised to come up there to
look the situation in the face, and I
declared my intention of bringing my
partner with me. So now that we
were on the way I related all these
facts to Jack Rogers, and together we
8auce For the Goose.
"I think yon are too mean for any
"Yes, you are."
"How could I be too mean for you?"
Why He Didn't Know.
"Do you let your wife have her own
"Say, you are not a married man,
Apply In Wrong Placaw
"Isn't it awful?" said the sad faced
pessimist "I don't know what we are
coming to. A man who is over forty
five can't get a Job any more. Em
ployers will not hire him, and all be
can do is to starve in the midst of
"Oh, I don't know aboat that." re
plied the man with a ticket allowing
him to look on the brightest side of
life. "Some of the best Jobs in the
country are picked up by men over
"Name me a Job Just one."
"The presidency." !
Just On Shy.
As steadily the small boy bite
His way from A to Z
If be bad Just two appetites
How happy he would be!
A sprained ankle will usually disable
the injured person for three or four
weeks. This is due to lack of proper
treatment When Chamberlain's Lint
ment Unapplied a cure may be effected
in three or four days. This liniment Is
one of the best and most remarkable
preparation in use. At all druggists.
tried to piece out some fabric of logical
explanation of the phenomenon.
"Derry!" yelled the brakeman, throw
ing open the door, and as that was the
nearest station to the spook farm we
got off and watched the train wind
out of sight among the hills. A station
agent was puttering around a couple
of empty egg crates, and I approached
"Which road shall I take to reach
Mrs. Pennsy's farm?" I inquired,
i "One to the right," and he disappear
ed quickly, as if fearful of further cate
chism. It led away from the river and then
doubled back again, and this perform
ance it repeated over and over until
Jack announced that he felt as twist
ed as a spiral bed spring.
"I don't wonder your old Indy sees
things," he complained as he rounded
another turn. "I feel ail wound up
Just like a clock."
"I guess you can run down now." I
said, for just then the trees and dense
growth along the road thinned, and
we could see the gray shingles of a
weather beaten bouse Just beyond.
Before we reached the house, which
stood in a grove of gloomy cedars, we
met a boy with an empty pall and ber
ry stained lips.
"Son," said my partner kindly, "can
you tell us where the Widow Penny
The boy turned a grimy little flngei
toward the wehtberbeateu house. "Io
there." he half whispered.
"Do you know her?" pursued Jack
carelessly displaying a silver quarter.
The boy nodded. "I'm afraid of her,H
he said with more spirit. "She's a
miser; that's what my mother says."
"Who lives next door to Mrs. Ten
ky?" I asked him as he clutched the sil
rer coin. -
"Nobody tires there. It's all grass
and apple trees. The house burned
down before I was born." And be
scampered sway and disappeared In
the wooded road.
"Huh!" ejaculated my partner. And
la silence we approached the home of
Mrs. Sarah Penny. -
The shutters were all Closed, and the
place appeared deserted. The ground
was quite flat here and a wide creek
meandered through the rank grass
back of the bouse, and the adjacent
low lying ground appeared damp and
"Nice, malarious spot" I remarked
as we walked around a weed grown
path to the back door.
"Might raise a good crop of spooks
here." said Jack, pausing and looking
over toward the adjacent property.
"The kid was right; there must have
been a farmbouoe there one day. See
the sunken rectangles of turf where
the buildings once stood? Yon csn even
get id idea of how the yard must hare
moon was rising-.
"You can sit In the aide porch If
you want to," said Sarah Penny. "I '
shall be In the sitting room here wait
ing for it to come."
Jack and I both shuddered as she de
parted. We whispered to each other
and marveled that any sensible ghost
would care to return to such a gloomy,
God forsaken spot as this. We lighted
cigars and tried not to admit that an
eerie sensation was creeping over us
when Mrs. Penny's shrill old voice
broke excitedly on the air.
"They are here It baa comer
We lifted reluctant eyes and gated
upon the spook farm. There was a
fascination about the weird scene that
drew us to the dividing fence.
There had arisen before our nn be
lieving eyes white misty buildings
farmhouse with adjacent wings, dairy
barns and here and there were forms
of people, white wraiths, with beckon
ing arms. It was a windless night and
the moon shone brightly.
Sarah Penny's voice again broke the
stillness, this time hoarse with fear.
She was at my elbow. "Do you see
It?" she whispered.
"Yes," I answered, "but" j
"Does he see it too?" . .? -j
"Yes, but" '
"Then it is so!" she moaned. And I
saw that she was holding her black
bag under her arm. "I must give up
the papers, and perhaps they will go
There was an instant of intense si
lence, and then I turned my back on
the spook farm and said quickly:
"Yes, you must give up the papers,
Mrs. Penny, and right the wrong. You
had better move away," I advised,
leading her into the house, quite
broken in spirit
"Yes, I will go away. 1 have a sis
ter in the west who wants me to
come. I can sell this place and here
are the deeds. I executed them years
ago. but I hated to part with them.
I have so little money!" she walled
pitifully, opening her black bag.
Little by little 1 wormed a confes
sion out of ber of how she had held
a mortgage on the farm next door,
which was owned by a German family.
She had coveted the land, but the
farmer had been industrious and paid
his interest promptly. Then one night
sorely tempted, she had set fire to the
buildings, and when they lay a heap
of ashes on the ground she took the
land for the amount of the mortgage,
and the Germans were homeless and
penniless. They had gone forth, help
ed by charity, to make a new start,
and she had heard from some source
that each one bad died years ago. All
this had happened fifty years before,
and she bad bad a long time in which
to repent of her crime.
The next morning when Jack and I
went down on the early train we car
ried proper legal papers conveying the,
spook farm property, as well as the
home of Mrs. Penny, to the heirs of
the German farmer. Fritx 8teber. And
I may add here that in due course of
time his children were found and their
inheritance restored to them. Mrs.
Penny, who possessed a comfortable
fortune tbrouuh her miserly habits,
went west and was beard of no more.
I never knew what became of the
spook farm after that
Dec. 28 in American
1825 General James Wilkinson, sol
dier in the Revolution, against the
Indians and in the war of 1812,
died; born 1757.
1901 Rear Admiral Francis Asbnry
Roe, U. S. N, retired, a veteran of
the civil war, died; born 1323.
101O Ben Ptttmau. author, lecturer
and inventor, founder In America
of the Pittman shorthand system
Invented by his brother. Sir Isaac,
died in Cincinnati; born 1822.
All the cows all the time. The
Argus. ' '