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THE ROCK ISLAND ,RGUS. WEDNESDAY, JAXUARY 24, 1912,
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Wednesday, January 24, 1912.
They are going to run Taft as a
standpatter and progressive In Ne
braska. C'ornln' or goin'. See?
In making Pierp. Morgan a mem
ber of the Legion of Honor, France
will not add to liis burdens. His
chief duty will be to wear a badge.
With the probability of La Fellette
and Cummins splitting the progres
sive republican vote. President Taft
feels as satisfied us when be equals
Hon. Samuel Alsfhuler, who has
announced his candidacy for the
democratic gubernatorial nomination
made one race for the honor and had
present conditions prevailed a dis
organized opposition and discontent
ed public he would have been tri
umphantly elected. As it was he
made a remarkable campaign and the
result showed formidable inroads on
lie republican majority.
C'fct of I5usin.
It is figured by the New Orleans
Times-Democrat Unit the 17 ward
bosses of the city have l,eld office for
a number of years totaling 319, and
have received altogetht-r in salaries
$2,195, E')i. Of course, since bosses
rarely give anything of value in re
turn for what they receive, this sum
im fllninnf nil flour tirnflf frnm tha
' - - " 1
V tttislnetta rif liimr liiiy-a
Reducing the figures to averages,
It appears that the term of office
holding per boss comes to nearly 20
years, and the annual profit of each
amounted to approximately JC.o'm.
From all of which one may conclude
that the bosses of New Orleans lo
not vary much in their characteristics
from thoBe of the entire genus.
Plain Misrui-nagc tf Justice. j
Harry Kluln Webster, a no'er do
well and pervert, who deliberately
and brutally murdered bis wife, in
stead of expiating his crime on the
gallows is to spend ills life in prison.
It is a miscarriage of justice.
'There was nothing extenuuting,
nothing to suggest leniency In Web
ster's monstrous deed. A betrayer
of women, the murderer of one he had
wronged and who trusted him, no
punishment is too severe for him.
Yet he gets off with' a life sentence
with the hope and prospect of a par
don before him.
No wonder this country has star
tled the world with Its record of
murders. No wonder the record is
made blacker each year.
It may be a rule that when a mur
derer pleads guilty his life shall be
spared. But if It la to save men like
Webster and Rlcheson -it is a rule
iuat adds to the black record of this
; The Weather and Uic Mind.
- Man Is born to trouble, as the sparks
jto fly upward. When it Is 2 below
."xero. he bowls for warmer weather.
;When It Is 3.". degrees higher, he says
the east -wind Is colder than the below
'tero. And next July he II' kick him
self red In the face because It Is 97 In
'the shade. The only one who ftnds'life
worth living Is the fellow- who takes
what cornea and says "It's bully."
J It's not the weather which raises
merry hades with a dispofitiou and
breaks up the physical system. It's
the worry over It. The men and wo--men
who Kad themselves down with
thick flannels until they can scarcely
waddle, may keep out the wind, but
hey also keep in the ImpuriUes of the I
body, and the genu, and the bacilli, J
fcnd all the other things that the spe
cialists keep us constantly scared
. During (he coldest of the recent
frigid snap, a ruddy specimen of mid
dle mauhood, who lives the cheerful
life, rolled up bis trousers when asked
if it was not cold, and showed a bare
leg from the knee down, and only thin,
Short-length undergarments of the
summer weight "I never change," he
said, "with the changing seasoni. I
never get cold or suffer from tho ex
treme freezing, because I do not think
This idea may be a little strenuous
for tho average person, but It is sur
prising how much cold and heat and
Inclemency of the atmosphere one can
land without suffering if he only al
lows himself to forget it. If we think
warm thouq". 13; thoughts that take in,
with kindliness and the desire to be
of service, the rest of the world the
reflected influent e on the body is some
We are largely what our minds make
na. We can be miserable, or happy;
we can be unaffected very materially
by weather or other adverse conditions
if we force ourselves to forget the evil
and keep our minda actively engaged
on the good, the beautiful and the
true. Tou cannot do this instantan
eously, but you can progress along
such lines growing nearer perfection
If you don't believe this try for
Just a week or two to overcome bodily
discomforts by right thinking. If you
catch yourself about to complain of
the cold, or the heat, or your neigh
bor's unfairness, or yonr friends' In
difference, or your minister's poor ser
mons, or your grocer's poor eggs, or
any of the innumerable Ills that pos
sess your mind. Just check your mental
attitude and think something pleasant.
See If you cannot do somebody a good
Get out of the personal rut. Try to
forget yourself. And the result will
be a great surprise to you.
The Value of I tail road Property.
The interstate commerce commis
sion soon will submit to congress a
report containing detailed information
about the actual value of railroads In
this country, and out of this infor
mation there may be enacted legis
lation of great importance to the pub
lic. The figures to be submitted were
gathered from reports compiled by
the various state railroad commissions
and from numerous other sources. In
cluding BtatisticB collected by the com
mission's own experts. The figures
conflict to a great extent, and It la
announced that the commission's ex
perts regard the values submitted by
Borne of the road9 as highly exces
The Chicago, Burlington & Qulncy
submitted an itemized account show
ing that the cost of constructing its
tracks and equipping them was $00,
(00 a mile, divided as follows: Right
of way and other real estate, $17,800;
grading, $11,&00; track, $9,450;
bridges and buildings, $4,450; shop ma
chinery and tools and track and
bridge tools. $300; equipment, $S,425;
stock of material, $957; contingencies,
engineering and Interest during con
The Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul
furnished a statement showing the
I'tfufnt value of Its properties to be
j $L,93.31S,rC3. or $40,202 a mile.
bom or these figures have been
analyzed by the xperts employed bv
the commission, who conclude that
the estimates submitted by the roads
are too high. The commission holds
that the right of way, which in the
case of practically all the roads was
acquired by gift, should be deducted
The BnYllngton figures Its right of way
at $1 i,8t'0 a mile, notwithstanding
practically every mile was given to
the road gratis by the federal and
state governments. Some of the land
thus glveu to the road for nothing
was subsequently sold by it at a huge
profit, likewise, some of the roads
on the Pacific coast were given preat
tracks of timber laud, which they
later sold at a profit almost equal to
the original cost of their roads.. The
commission holds it is unfair to in
clude this right of way in any "actual
valuation" that may be placed on the
Along with the report to be sub
mitted to congress will be statements
of noted railroad engineers, giving
their views of the actual cost of con
structing railroads. One of these has
submitted figures to prove that a road
can be constructed for $2.VuO a mile
cn an average throughout the coun
try. The members of congress regard this
report as highly important, since it
will constitute the first step toward
i a law to fix the actual value of the
railroad properties. These congress
men realize that a tremendous fight
is ahead before such a law can be
passed, since the roads will be sure
to oppose the move. It is nowhere
denied that the capitalization of the
roads contains much water, on which
dividends are being paid, and with
this water squeezed out there would
be a demand for reduced rates which
even the roads could not resist.
I Leap Year Girl Is Bride.
I Charleston .Ian 24 Furl F! T.vtln
of Vrbana and Miss Hallie French of
Bush Prairie are the first leap year
courle married in central Illinois. Pe
fore their departure yesterday the
bridegroom said the bride proposed
soon after Jan. 1.
Mrs. James l Martine, wife of
the new senator from New Jersey,
Is well started upon a promising so
ds! career la Washington. She en
tertains frequently, and Is popular
with the wives of other men high
up in the councils of the cation.
My wife and I have a new game.
said a man tbe other day.
'The game consists of seeing how
far we can make every dollar go. And
say! It's one of the most interesting
things we've ever done. It doesn't
seem like economy. It's fun!"
It happens that this man and wife
have enough and to spare of this
world's goods. They don't need to
practice the art of economy. But
they've discovered this "new game"
and are as delighted witb it as most
other people would be If they had
found an easy way of making more
money than they could comfortably
Most of us hate to economize that's
the truth. It seems sort of sordid
and It's generally inconvenient. We
don't like to admit that we must or
should economize. We are inclined to
look down on those who do economize
as being In a slightly lower social
scale than those who spend without
careful calculation; and we're apt to
brand as plain stingy those who have
the wisdom to get the full value of a
dollar and save while the sun shines.
Those of us who must economize
try to bide the fact as much as pos
sible. We bewail our hard fate and
proceed to make things as uncomfort
able as possible for ourselves and
everybody else closely connected with
There are some, though, who have
the good sense to get some fun out
of their enforced economy.
It's a game, with some anxiety at
tached to It, of course; but also a
mighty Interesting game, with plenty
of brain exercise and a good allowance
of pleasure if one will only go into it
with the right spirit.
Why grouch over every cent that
must be spent? Why complain when
one must do a little hard work one's
self, in order to make ends meet?
Why grumble because one can't wear
as good clothes as one's neighbor, or
weep when one can't spend money
for the theatre once a week?
The best things in the world' love
and comradeship and homeiness and
friend are not to be bought with
A certain amount of hard work is
good for every one of us, even though
it sends us to bed tired in every
muscle. Thank God for the health and
strength and ability that enable you
to perform your work.
New and stylish clothes are nice, to
have; but whoever is decently and
warmly clothed need envy nobody, and
. Waste of
Nearly 50,000 farms in the United
States 49,604 to be exact contain
over 1,000 acres of land. And there
in lies the full explanation of tbe
failure of many farming districts to
improve and attain their full possi
bilities. Few men have the organ
ization, the capital and the equip
ment to operate a farm of 1,000
acres in such a manner that it yields
adequate returns on the actual
value of the land. More farms and
better farming are the crying need
of tbe nation.
Ten farms of 100 acres each, op-
eratea Dy 10 rami owners, yield a
vastly greater income to a commun
lty than one farm of 1,000 acres op
erated by a single man. A farm
owner keeps up fences, paints his
house, cleans the weeds out of the
corners of fields and takes pride in
keeping the lanes and roads about
YOUNG AVIATOR LOSES
LIFE IN FIRST FLIGHT
Los Angeles, Jan. 24. Rutherford
Page, a wealthy young graduate of
Yale university, flying on the first
day after receiving his license as an
aviator, fell 150 feet at the Domln
guez field and was killed. His engine
fell upon him ard his body was
Page was endeavoring to "turn on
a pivot" at a height of about 150 feet
when the swell of air over the sheds
caught his planes.
He made an effort to 'regain bis
balance, but, evidently fearing that
the aeroplane was beyond control.
gave up and when about 60 feet in
the air Jumped clear of the machine
as it was dropping like a plummet.
He cleared the machine and fell
fiat into the plowed ground. Accord
ing to the doctors he was crushed to
Page was the son of Mrs. William
D. Page of 37 East Thirty-eighth street.
New York. He graduated at Yale in
1910. Page had done same practicing
at the aviation school at Nassau boule
vard. Long Island, in a machine said
to have been of his own construction.
besides his mother, young Page
leaves two sisters and two brothers.
The Page residence was closed last
night. Page s death is the first avia
tion fatality In this country in 1912,
and ia the 114th ia the world since
flying began, nearly four years ago.
There have been three deaths of avia
many a woman with little money but
much good taste has contrived an ap
pearance equal to that of her neigh
bora who could afford to indulge in
the latest styles and best1, materials.
A woman with taste even though she
has little money is really the one to
be envied, for she has ability and the
chance to exercise it. Surely it is
more of a matter of pride to possess
ability than to possess mere money,
which may only buy ability.
One of the keenest sorrows of those
who practice compulsory economy is
the lack of amusements.
To the average person amusement
means the spending of money. One
can't be entertained without buying a
ticket for something or hiring some
thing or tipping somebody for some
And you will find people who have
pursued expensive pleasures for many
years, who will tell you that there's
really nothing in it; that a plain meal
at home; that the society of a few
whose congeniality has been tested
outside of the monetary bounds; that
a good book read in the light of the
green-shaded home lamp; that a tramp
along the road, with squared shoulders
and deep-breathing lungs, and eyes and
ears alert; that a tussle with the dog
or an hour's play with the kiddies;
inai mese uniigs and many, many
more Just as simple and Just as com
mon and human, are far greater Joys
than those which are bought with dol
Don't Just endure the economy you
must practice. Enjoy it. Enjoy every
thing you do. Your work needn't be
tedious. Your duties needn't be
humdrum. As long as there is this
big, wonderful world about you, there
are enough interesting things going
on to make life mighty well worth
living, even if you can't own an auto
mobile and dress the . children like
those of Gotrox around the corner.
Instead of quarreling over the bills
and wailing over expenditures and
blaming each other for extravagances
as some husbands and wives have
habit of doing, why not sit down
amicably together and study the dol
bar and get the better of It, instead
of letting it boss you?
. Play a game with it, between you
It beats bridge all hollow, and you'll
find the game so interesting that soon
you won't care much whether other
people are looking up or down at you
though it's almost invariably the
case that those who follow their con
sciences and do the best they can as
cheerfully as they can, are the very
ones who have the real respect of
his place in presentable condition.
The result is a condition of general
thrift which makes a neighborhood
attractive to other farmers and en
hances land values.
But tenant farmers have no inter
est in the appearance of land or im
provements. They rob the soil with
out qualm of conscience and have no
heart in advancing the reputation of
a neighborhood or in improving
schools and churches. Smaller farms
in the hands of working farmers are
the demand of the hour, north and
Intensified farming must come In
all sections. It means the salvation
of thousands of families and it also
means the financial salvation of
landowners who are blindly holding
large tracts that do not yield even a
fair interest on the investment. Cut
up the big farms. Live and let live.
Give the ambitious settler a chance
to make a home for himself.
tors in France since Jan. 1.
Berlin, Jan. 24. A new world's rec
ord for the duration of a flight in an
aeroplane carrying an airman and two
passengers was made in the
aerodrome at Johannisthal by Engi
neer G. L. Ulrich. In his Harlan
monoplane he stayed in the air two
hours, two minutes and 45 seconds.
The previous record was held by Lieu
tenant T. DeWitt Milling, U. S. A.,
who on Sept. 26, 1911, at Nassau boule
vard. Long Island, remained with two
passengers one hour, 43 minutes,
42 3-5 seconds in the air.
State Wins Swigert Suit
Kankakee, Jan. 24. Judgment for
124,747, the amount of two warrants,
with interest, was entered by Judge
Campbell in the circuit court in favor
of the state against George Simonds,
surviving surety on the official bond of
the late Charles P. Swigert of Kanka
kee, state auditor from 18S0 to 18S8
The warrants on w:bich suit was begun
several months ago by Attorney Gen
eral stead were drawn on the state
treasury against the municipal bond
fund. Upon Auditor Swigert's death
his esiate was eaid to be insolvent and
action on the bond followed. Mr. Sl
mond's attorneys will appeal to the
Illinois supreme court.
London Earl Grey, former governor-general
of Canada, was presented
with the freedom of the city of Lon
don. He told Londoners the day was
approaching when Canadians would
be ready to assume the full status of
partners in the empire.
9r M. sum
' PERT PARAGRAPHS.
QNCE in awhile you find a woman so
consjniuwa inat sne reels gnevea
If a borrowing neighbor gets in a pet
and stays at home.
It is fine, to be popular, but It doesn't
always increase your bank account.
Happiness is ephemeral, youth is
fleering, and even a promissory note la
outlawed in fifteen years.
Don't ask a man who buys his neck
ties; be might consider It a reflection
on his wife's taste.
We often spend more time trying to
find an excuse for not doing a thing
than it would require to do it. But
then the excuse is much more con
A girl can live up to fluffy hair a
great deal easier than she can live up
to angelic eyes.
One of the functions of women's
clubs seems to be the exchange of
ideas on crocheted opera bags.
The woman who is unable to get up
and cook her husband's breakfast can
usually go downtown in the afternoon
and spend bis salary.
Girl of my dreams, girl of my dreams.
Honey and all of the flavor of creams.
Harmony that In our living- would blend.
Making forever a world without end;
Living and romping- and loving-, then, oh.
How would the daya In a melody flow.
With no eruption's, no ripples or seams.
Girl of my dreama?
Girl of my dreams, you are smiling and
Fairer than words I can handle could tell.
Tou are not made of the common bank
That by the roadside Is sodden and gray.
Tou are constructed of air and of mist.
Only the breesea your ripeness have kissed.
Should other try It I vouch for your
Girl of my dreams.
Girl of my dreams, you are garbed as a
Garments befitting your age, sweet six
teen. Some one is paying for gown and for hat.
I am not worrying yet about that.
I am contented just now to possess
Tou, without knowing your name or ad
dress, Aa I Indite to you poema In reams.
Girl of my dreama.
Girl of my dreama, I may meet you soma
Then will I anatch you and bear you away.
Then will I learn If my dream has come
When I have tried you on corn beef and
Then will I know If my choice haa been
If you should prove with the dust rag a
If you are good as a sewer of seams,
Girl of my dreama.
"Do you know where a man can bor
row a dollar?"
"Good! Tell me."
"Because it is exclusive information
that I need myself."
"When are you going to pay me that
"When my ship comes in."
"You haven't even begun your harbor
"He is so devoted to the science of
"Is that eo?"
"Yes; he wants to sample the mi
crobes on the lips of every girl he
"Where are you going to spend the
"In Mexico, if I can get away."
"Won't you bring home a revolution
as a souvenier?"
"I have driven this car three years.
"And never been arrested for fast
"Why don't you trade it for an auto
"Have you got a good boss?
What's the best thing about tftaV
"He never bangs around tbe office.
If man could see his lady fair
Vhen she was fat and fifty-eight.
Oh. would he rave and tear his hair
Or rro-ill he lurnr. the garden gat?
Have yon a weak throat? If so, you
cannot be too careful. Yon cannot
begin treatment too early. Each cold
makes you more liable to another and
the last is always tbe harder to cure,
If yon will take Chamberlain's Cough
Remedy at the outset you will be
saved much trouble. Sold by all drug
The Flitman Burglary By Clarissa Mackicfl
Copyrighted. 1911. by Associated Literary Bureau.
Mr. Flitman went through tbe fiat 1
extinguishing the electric lights one
by one with sharp "clicks" of the
"Did you lock the safe. "Rod?" In
quired Mrs. Flitman from the front
hall, where she was buttoning her
long white gloves.
"Yes key In my pocket," returned
Mr. Flitman easily. "Got your dupli
cate key bidden. Maud?"
"Yes. indeed." assured Maud as they
passed into the hall. "I make it a
point never to overlook that safe key,
Rod. Without it a burglar couldn't
possibly get at our silver, eh. Rod?"
"So" the safe people said." muttered
Rodney hastily, for they were going
down In the elevator now, and a man
and woman were watching them rath
It was after 11 o'clock, -and Rodney
Flitman was dancing with a pretty
girl in pale blue when there suddenly
stole over him a vague uneasiness.
Perhaps it was because . the pretty
girl had just been lamenting a burg
lary in her home the week before that
set his thoughts running on the va
cant fiat, for Bridget, their, maid of all
work, slept at home.
"I'm positive I locked that safe," he
assured himself as he whirled dizzily
around In the waltz. "But for the
life of me I cannot remember whether
I locked the front door. I bate to ask
Maud. She will get fidgety right
When the dance was over and he
had left his partner In congenial com-
BOTH HK AND THB WOMAN BESIDE HIM
HE MAI NED BIQID.
pany Rodney hastened to the dressing
room after making a brief apology to
"Fact is, Mrs. Wetmore. I've got to
run home a minute. Something im
portant I've forgotten. I won't dis
turb Mrs. Flitman, she ia having such
a delightful time."
Wheu he had disappeared Mrs. Wet-
more and ber husband exchanged a
"Just the excuse that Maud gave
when she went a half hour ago," mur
mured Mrs. Wetmore under cover of
Rodney Flitman found a taxicab
and was soon whirling toward his
uptown home. The elevator had Biad
its last trip, and the interior of the
cage and shaft was black and gloomy.
The night watchman blinked sleepily
at him and, turning in his chair, snored
When he reached the third floor he
was aware that far above him he could
hear the faint staccato click of heels
on the stairs above. Somebody, a wom
an, was mounting tbe stairs ahead of
him, walking softly, too, as if fearful
of being heard. By some strange freak
of coincidental reasoning Rodney's
thoughts flew at once to the woman
and tbe man who bad gone down in
the elevator a few hours before. These
people were utter strangers to him and
were of peculiarly singular appearance
dark and foreign looking and they
had watched Maud closely while she
carelessly discussed the matter of tbe
keys to their safe and tbe late hour
of their return, ne resolved to speak
to Maud about the matter.
Meanwhile tbe heels clicked upward
as steadily as be climbed after them.
Once when bis own feet mnde, a loud
sound the heels paused and then went
on more stealthily than before, aud
he was careful to tread without a
sound. As he reached the eighth floor
he heard a door close softly halfway
down the corridor.
His apartment was halfway down
the corridor. He had left a light in
tbe hall, of course, but when be reach
ed suit A. which was bis home, the
transom above the door showed black j
The light was out,
He felt for bis bancb of beys and
then thought to turn tbe knob. It gavt
easily, and tbe door opened into tbe
dark ball. A faint light from tbe cor
ridor streamed in and showed him
that the hall was empty, but that the
ball and chain that controlled tbe
switch were swinging violently from
Somebody had touched tbe chain but
an Instant ago. His band found tbe ;
incandescent bulb still warm from ttie
A faint, very faint, creepy feeling
stirred tbe roots of Rodney Flitman'.t
hair. It was unpleasant to feel that
there was a burglar In his home and
that a thin door was all that separat
ed him from him.
Tbe watchman was eight stories be
low. A violent rapping on tho floor
or a vigorous shout would bring him
upstairs within five minutes, but In
the meantime the invaders of his home
would have fled by way of the fir es,
cape and taken something with them.'
Besides, Rodney suspected tbe burglar
to be a woman, and he was gallant
enough to desire to give ber a chance
to escape, only he wanted her to glve
up whatever she had taken.
Perhaps she had already been fright
ened away by his opening of the door.
If she went to tbe fire escape she would
surely lose her life, for be recollected
now with a sort of horror that the iron
stairway was coated witb ice.
. 'Resolutely he went forward and
opened the dining room door. He
heard a quickly Indrawn breath like a
deep sigh and the rustle of a silken
skirt and then dead silence In thedark
"Madam!" he whispered hoarsely, j
"Madam. I. wish to be yow friend,',
he continued in the same hoarse whis
per, feeling his way across the room.;
"Leave everything behind and escape
now, while there is.tlme. I will"
"Be silent!" hissed a woman's voice
in his ear. and something round and
cold pressed against bis neck. "Speak
one word and you are a dead man!" I
"But" protested Rodney Lndignanf
"Don't move an inch. Yon will stay
where you are until my husband
comes!" she hissed in his ear. ;.
For five minutes they stood thus, rig
idly silent. Presently Rodney felt the
pressure of the steel relax a trifle, and'
at the same time something soft and
powdery sifted down his collar. j
"What is that sifting down my
neck?" he demanded suspiciously.
"Gunpowder, I suppose," she hissed "
In his ear. "Will you keep atilir
"I've a good mind to call the watch-'
man," he whispered recklessly.
"You don't dare. How would youj
like to have handcuffs on your pretty)'
wrists?" he retorted. il
She was silent !I
"If you will give up the Jewel I will
let you go without further trouble," h
said after awhile. J
Aga'n he laughed. "So kind of yonl
But you are not detaining me, remenW
Rodney did remember all of a sudden-'
and felt foolish. He wondered If he,
should suddenly turn upon her what
she would do. Would she really fire
off her weapon? He knew these wom
en burglars were very clever and dar-
ing, but her remark about gunpowder
escaping front the weapon she held at
his neck betrayed ber Ignorance of fire-;
decided to remain perfectly
quiet. He was more afraid of a worn-'
an who did not understand tbe use of
firearms than one who did.
Minutes passed, and he began to wor
ry about his wife. Alarmed at his long
absence from the dance, she would un-'
doubtedly inquire for him and mention
her fears to her hostess;' then Mrs. .
Wetmore would explain, and Maud
might call him by telephone to find out
what was tbe matter.
He was leaning against the wall now,
and, as he was quite tall, be could Just
feel his hair brushing against the wall
bracket that held an electric light. So
. stealthily did be move his left arm up
ward that his body remained quite rig
id. It took him five minutes to raise his
fingers to that they touched the switch.'
Gently be twisted It until all at once
the room was flooded witii light
It was such a surprise that both be'
and the woman beside him remained
rigid for an instant. Then she recov
ered her wits first and broke into hys
terical laughter. He turned to her
and stared first at the sliver salt shak
er which she bad been holding against
bis throat. He looked stupidly at ber
gloved bands and arms, upward to
the long red evening cloak and lastly
at his wife's mirthful face, half laugh
ing, half crying, wholly excited.
"YouT' he almost shouted.
"And you!" shrieked Mrs. FUtnaan
hysterically. "Well, you are a plucky one. Maud."
be admitted admiringly as be prepared
a restorative for her shattered nerves.
"What are you doing bere?" she ask
ed. "Wasn't sure whether I locked that
safe door after all." be said, "so I
came back to find out."
"I missed my key to tbe safe. I had
It tied around my neck. So I came
borne. I was afraid I might have drop
ped it bere and a burglar would find
"There were some suspicious looking
people In tbe elevator when we went
down that dark couple, you know"
"Oh, what do you think, Rod-tney
were at the dance! They happen to
be Mrs. Wetmore's cousins, sod they
have taken an apartment bere."
"Stung!" mourned Mr. 'Flitman, de
prived of his last suspicion.
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1733 Benjamin Lincoln, RevoluUon
ary general vho received tbe sword
, of Cornwallls at Yorktown, born;
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ed Charleston. 8. C, in 1779 and
took part in tbe assault on Savan
nah iu 1780.
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ItsOfc United State battleship Maine
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