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THE ROCK ISLAND ARGUS. SATURDAY, JANUARY 27, 1912.
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R APE S frlffi) COUHOLfr tt
Saturday, January 27, 1912.
Happy the man who has a ton of
coal, a pound of butter and a dozen
The campaign promises to bring
out a multitude of candidates and
Taft Ih far ahf-ad of Roosevelt. The
two Oklahorra delegates "re for hlra
and South Carolina baa indorsed him.
Before suggesting government oto
ershlp of telegraph lines, Mr. Hitch
cock should have asked Bryan to re
lease the copyright.
The United States supreme court
ha decided that beer may be shipped
Into "dry" territory. Among the
"wets" at least this decision Fhould
settle the dust of discontent.
The only actual crime charged
against President Taft is the use of
federal patronage to further his re
nomination. This offense Is so mild
that we do not longer wonder that he
is too good for hia party.
There haa been nothing published
so far about II roth er Charles arriv
ing on the scene "unobtrusively" in
the pleasantries between President
Taft and the Duke of Connaught.
But you can bet your last red cent
Brother Charles butted in some
where. The political puzzle which faces the
republican party is somewhat perplex
ing. Shall It nominate Taft, the con
servative? Shall. H nominate "Bob"
La Follette, the fighting progressive?
Or shall it nominate Theodore Roose
velt, the alap-stlck comedian? Don't
all answer at once.
Samuel Untermeyer, testifying be
fore the congressional committee, said
there was no regularly organized
money trust, but simply a concentra
tion in New York of the funds of the
great corporations. As practically the
name individuals own and direct all
the great corporations, the world's
greatest money trut has developed
Grow tli of Uie Commission Plan.
Superior, Wis., has adopted com
mission government. Only two cities
in Wisconsin have been operating un
der the new rule, Eau Claire and Ap-
pleton. Friends of this government
find an explanation for the hesitation
of the Wisconsin cities to make the
hange In the fact that the enabling
act passed by the legislature of that
state does not make some of the pro
visions In the law that have made
coinmisHion government so effective
In other states.
Coiunilnslon government has been
adopted in the different states by the
following number of cities: Alabama,
8; California., S; Colorado. 2; Idaho,
1: Illinois, 17: Iowa, 7; Kansas, 27;
Kentucky. 1: Ixulslana, 1; Maine. 1;
Maryland. 1: Massachusetts, 6; Mich
igan, 6: Mississippi, 2; Minnesota, 2;
Montana. 1 : Nebraska, 1 : New Jer
sey, C: New Mexico. 1: North Caro
lina, 3; North Dakota. 3; Oklahoma.
15; Oregon, 1; South Carolina, 1;
South Dakota. 11: Tennessee, 5;
Texas, 16; Utah, 6; Washington, 3;
This hows in the aggregate 171
cities under commission rule in 32
The tragic deaths of former Pres
ident J. T. Harahan of the Illinois
Central and three high Rock Island
officials at Kinmundy, 111., again il
lustrates the loss by American rail
roads of human lives compared to
other nations. The number of pas
sengers killed In this country in
1908 was 301; in 1909 the number
was 2jZ and in 1910 the number
rose to 421. These figures are for
passengers alone and do not include
trainmen and other employes., among
wnom me rataittiea annually reach
into the thousands.
Against this loss of American rail
road passengers the British railroads
In 1910 killed 23 passengers, a num
ber greatly in excess of the average,
la 1911 not a single passenger was
killed In a wreck in England.
That these wholesale deaths may
possibly be avoided In this country
is proven by the tact that one of the
1)1 g eastern roads, for the last two
yean haa used nothing but solid
steel oache, daring which time not
a single passenger has been killed on
Vet on f?. cftmr band the coaches
fn KLgL&ftd are mA xuore frarlle
mar resolve Itself into one of ample
safeguards for passenger trains.
One trouble with the railroads of to
day la over-crowded business and an
inclination to push the freight busi
ness which is the money end at
That Rooeeveltian Hysteria.
Who ts behind the Rooseveltian hys
teria, which seems destined to reach
the proportlona of a nation-wide epi-1
demlc? That It Is preconcerted there
is no doubt and that its bounden pur
pose is to drive Taft into retirement
That the leaders in the progressive
movement have an understanding can
hardly be questioned. La Follette Is
a candidate, supported by Gifford- Pin
chot, Roosevelt's personal friend, and
as a candidate La Follette Invades
New York, Roo6evelt's stamping
ground. Does this not smack of an
Roosevelt hates Taft and win do
anything to humiliate and defeat him.
He made tjlm president and. now seeks
to unmake him, since he could not
Why does Senator Cummins become
a candidate? He .la one of the pro
gressive leaders, and he and La Fol
lette have stood shoulder to shoulder
in the fight against the Interests. Why
is he in the field? Is It not because it
is believed Taft can carry Iowa, as
against La Follette, that Cummins
Jumps Into the breach?
Is Roosevelt a sincere, earnest can
didate? Yes and no. If La Follette or
Cummins can sidetrack Taft, Roose
velt will be content If neither can turn
the trick, he will allow his name to be
used to stampede the convention. Thte
is the word from New York.
Is sentiment against the third term
dead? If a man like Roosevelt, a law
unto himself, is to have a third term
what shall prevent him from a fourth
term or a fifth term?
Is the republican party so poor in
material that it most violate the third
term tradition In order to secure a
candidate who may win? Among all
its leaders is there none available ex
cept the one who will injure four years
more of noise, confusion, shoutings of
"liar" and formations of Ananias
It Is a curious phenomena that the
man whose wild fulmlnations and bed
lamic utterances disturbed conditions
and unsettled business and who did
little else than yawp, is all the presi
dential timber a great party has left.
How Protection Does Not Protect.
Here is some more evidence of
how "protection" does not "protect"
the workingman. The following is an
extract from an appeal for arbitra
tion sent by the 15,000 striking tex
tile workers at Lawrence, Mass., to
William M. Wood, president of the
"We are of the opinion that you
have had ample time to consider the
demands of the men, women and chil
dren who have made the American
Woolen company what it Is today
la view of the fact that machinery j closed. The meeting was called to or
haa been improved, the workers ' der by Congressman Slemp of the
turn off more and more work, but! Ninth district, chairman of the repub
they are not paid accordingly, even ' Hcan state committee. After the meet
though the price of food, clothing ' leg was called to order. R. E. Cabell,
and shelter has in many cases in-1 commissioner of internal revenue of
creased Co and even 100 per cent i
wumn me last lew years.
"We, the committee, are willing
to meet the officials of the company
at any time and submit the griev
ances of the strikers. So if you be
lieve In a 6quare deal you will not
refuse to meet with us, but will come
forward at once and try to bring the
trouble to a final conclusion. You
must bear in mind the fact that
these men, women and children have
not gone on strike for light or tran
sient causes, but because they could
no longer bear uo under the hnrrtna
laid upon their shoulders. It seems
to us that the American Wroolen
company has within the last few
I years built several mills, which are
paid for, according to your own fig-i ,- , -, . .v..,-
,, t ,. , s ; Lp rose Jx)ii P. Sumners of Abdmg-
ures and the company has even in . ,, . . , . ,
the worst of times managed to Payi,"' "Pr r t f !ntel1 reV,en"e'
dividends to its stockholders. " V" f k, .
-Tha nri. t .i, , , I committee) and spoke on the subject
that the only competition left is the
struggle among themselves for a mis
erable Job at $6, $7 or $8 a week."
And this is how schedule "K"
"protects" the workingman, for
whose benefit the Payne-Aldrich bill
(according to Payne and Aldrich)
Since the protectionists admit that
schedule "K," which places a heavy
tax on every n'lide cf woolen cloth
ing sold :.i ti:.' Tnited States, was
designed toicly benefit the work
ing men in the woolen Industry and
since the $6, $7 and $8 wages paid by
the woolen trust demonstrates be
yond successful contradiction that
schedule "K" does not protect the
workers, why should the American
people longer tolerate schedule
Several months were spent by Hon.
Jonathan Bourne, progressive repub
lican senator from Oregon, in gath
ering data on the subject of the use
of federal patronage to control na
tional conventions. One night re
cently Jnis office was entered and his
files were looted of all this mater
ial. The Field of Literature
The February Munsey. Five unusu
ally strong articles and the opening
chapters of a powerful story by
George Barr McCutcheon are the fea
tures that characterize the Munsey
for February. "A Vitally Illuminating
Article on a Criminally Corrupt Con
dition in the Republican Party," by
Judson C. WTeIllver, carries a message
of Importance to every voter in the
country.. It shows how federal Jobs
are used aa bait to catch the votes
of southern republican delegates at
presidential conventions. Another ar
ticle of national interest la "Barring
Out tLm Mck TUeraV br Ua F.
"It is the real Joy of friendship
that one may think out loud to a
Dear Mrs. Thompson Will you
kindly tell me why, when combing
or handling my hair, it will snap and
crack and fly as though it were
blown by the wind? Even the
switch will do the same. It is made
from combings saved for 11 years.
Some days it is worse than others.
It will either cling to my waist or
follow the brush and comb and ac
tually wind around my waist and
the comb will crack after leaving my
hair. The other evening, out of
curiosity, I combed my hair briskly
in the dark and sparks flew from it.
Please tell me the cause of this.
It Is the electricity in your hair
which makes it act as you say. Elec
tricity is life and therefore your
hair is full of life. The reason why
the switch does the same is because
you very likely comb it with the
same comb used on your hair.
Dear Mrs. Thompson Please tell
me how to be always happy.
By some your question might be
considered a stunner. I have an
Comment From Capital
BY CLYDE H. TAVENNER.
(Special Correspondence f The ArgTis.)
Washington, Jan. 25- 'nia has
endorsed William H. I f. a re-
nomination, and how it was e is
an interesting story. It la also instruc
tive, because Mr. Taft will probably
be renominated, and the Virginia farce
is an example of how this end will be
The meeting of the republican state
committee of Virginia was held in
sample room No. 3 In the basement of
the Roanoke hotel. Gilson Gardner, a
Washington newspaper correspondent,
went down to Roanoke to take notes,
and it was due o his presence that
the following exact details of the af
fair have become public property:
There were present, counting prox
ies, about 40 members of the commit
tee, in .addition to whom there were
about 20 innocent bystanders, includ
HOW IT WAS DONE.
The hour was 8:30 p. m. The room
was crowded. The windows were
Washington. D. C, salary $G,000, for
merly postmaster at Richmond, salary
$5,000, arose and moved the appoint
ment of a committee of five to draw
up resolutions on the subject of Taft's
administration. Said Mr. Cabell, who
is not a member of the state conimit-
"I was not entirely unprepared for
this," whereupon he drew from his
pocket a typewritten sheet of paper.
At this there was some levity.
The committee on resolutions (one
of them with the typewritten docu
ment in his pocket) thereupon with
drew, more or less solemnly, in the
direction of the barroom.
"Now, while they are out, I will rec-
"progressive conservative," and a
"conservative progressive." and wound
up with an appeal for Virginia to come
loyally to the support of the national
"It may be," said Mr. Sumners,
"that I feel the subject the more keen
ly inasmuch as the distinguished pres
ident has seen fit to honor me with a
federal appointment (applause and
laughter), but I think that what I am
saying will also appeal to most of
you." (More laughter.)
In due time the committee on reso
lutions returned from the direction of
the barroom and handed back the
sheet of paper to the chairman. The
committee then listened to the official
encomiums on our president.
"Are you ready for the motion?"
asked Congressman Slemp.
Up rose Colonel J. S. Brown (not a
member of the committee) with the
remark that he would like to reply to
what Sumners had Just said.
"Colonel Brown would like to be
heard." announced the chairman.
R. E. Cabell, commissioner of inter
nal revenue, salary $6,000, whispered
to the chairman.
Marcosson. It outlines what has been
accomplished by Kansas under a new
law that requires every person or firm
wishing to sell stocks, bonds, or other
securities to secure a license, said
license being obtainable only after the
person or firm has convinced the bank
ing commissioner of the soundness of
the offerings. "Disarming New York,"
by Charles E. Van Loan; "A Million
American Stockholders," by John S.
Gregory," and "The Story of Karl
Marx" (the "father" of socialism), by
Lyndon Orr, are the other articles of
notable value and Importance. In ad
dition to the opening installment of
"The Hollow pi Her Hand," the new
answer, however. By trying to make
somebody else happy.
Dear Mrs. Thompson I should
like to get married and have a home
of my own, but I am In love with
half a dozen girls and their attrac
tiveness allows no choice. I cannot
tell which one I prefer. Please ad
vise me how to decide. WILL.
Under the circumstances, the best
plan is to put the girls' names in a
hat, close your eyes and draw one.
Let fate decide, since you can't
Probably anyone of them will be too
good for you.
Dear Mrs. Thompson Why was
Solomon called the wisest man that
ever lived. INQUIRER.
It is recorded that Solomon had
700 wives. Doubtless he learned
part of his wisdom, at least, from
The chairman: "I believe, colonel,
as you are not a member of the com
mittee, it would hardly be in order for
you to speak."
A member: "It could be done by
The chairman: "Yes."
Member: "I move that he be heard."
The chairman: "Is there any objec-
The chairman: "Then Colonel Brown
will be heard."
Lou P. Summers, collector of inter
nal revenue, salary $4,500 (not a mem
ber of the committee): "Mr. Chair
man, I object."
Colonel Brown: "Well, I'll be
Hereupon Colonel Brown went out
to the bar room and delivered his
speech, which was in substance as fol
lows: "I Just wanted to say that you fel
lows are a lot of boneheads. Every
body knows it's going to be Roose
velt, so what's the use."
So Secretary Hart called the roll,
and the resolution was adopted with
out debate or protest.
WHO DID IT.
There Is an official government pub
lication railed the blue book, which
contains the names of people holding
government positions. A check of
the names of those who voted on the
resolution with those in the blue
book will throw some lieht on the
workings of the republican party in
the southern Btates. The following 24
committeemen and prexies held fed
Benjamin B. Arnold, revenue collec
tor at Richmond, ealary, fees.
W. A. Jameson, in the revenue ser
vice at Augusta, Va. He draws a per
diem salary, and is the referee for
federal appointments in the fourth
C. G. Smithers, collector of customs
at St. Charles, Va. $500 and fees.
R. S. Bristow, postmaster at Bris
tow, salary $910.
V. B. Hardwick, postmaster at Kin
sale, salary $1CG.
W. W. Butzner, commissioner fed
eral circuit court, salary, fees.
A. Aronheim, assistant postmaster
at Norfolk, salary $1,S00.
J. S. DcFarges, deputy revenue col
lector at Richmond, salary, fees.
H. C. Wilson, deputy revenue col
lector at Richmond, salary $1,200.
E. D. Bland, in revenue service at
Prince George, paid by the day.
B. A. Davis, postmaster at Rocky
Samuel G. Profflt, revenue collector,
$6 per day.
C. A. Lacy, postmaster at Houston,
C Q. Edwards, postmaster at Al
tovista, salary $G38.
H. N. Kern, postmaster at Winches
ter, salary $1,200.
C. A. Hanner, referee in bankruptcv
at Harrisburg, salary, fees.
J- B. Grayson, postmaster at War
renton, salary, $2,100.
C D. Greene, postmaster at Brock,
J. D. Honaker, postmaster at Rock
gap, salary $181.
C. P. Nalr, postmaster at Clifton
Forge, salary $2,200.
S. Brown Allen, marshal ' federal
court at Staunton, salary $4,000.
L- O. Haydn, referee in bankruptcy
at Palmyra, salary, fees.
McCutcheon novel, there is the usual
financial department, stage comment
by Matthew White, Jr., the able edi
torials, and a general fund of small
Catfish's Bite Kills Man.
Philadelphia, Pa., Jan. 27. Dis
patches received by friends here an-
nOKnce the death at St, Lucie, Fla.,
of Jsaac A. Sweigard from blood pol
acting following a bite from a cat
flit. Mr. Sweigard was general man
ager of the Philadelphia & Reading
railroad for many years, retiring in
loo. . .
j svrcAr m. smrm
"V'OTHINQ new, they tell oa.
Underneath the sun;
Everything- has been done
Every single one.
But you may discover
On a closer view
Pleasant variations -
Quite as Rood as new.
Take a Joke that's ancient.
Stale and almost flat.
Dress it up a little
In a summer hat
And a swell kimono
That the date mark hides;
At its latest antics
You will split your sides.
listen to a lecture.
Hear a pretty song
Or perhaps a sermon.
If it' a not too long.
Though the theme Is mossy.
They will make a hit
If in different settings
They are made to fit.
Every theme and fancy,
Every tune and rime.
May have been exploited
Once upon a time.
But that doesn't matter
If they come across
Eerved In variations
With a different sauce.
"Did you hear about the mean trick
Clara played on Maude?"
"No. What was itr
"You know Maude Intended to ask
Jack to the leap year dance?"
"Well, Clara told her that Jack's doc
tor had forbidden Jack to dance."
"Xes. Then Clara Invited Jack her
self." Two Difficulties.
"I can't earn any money."
"Can't you? That isn't my difficul
"I can't get it after I earn it."
"Brown and Jones seem to be very
Intimate lately. What's the explana
"Oh, a sort of mutual benefit asso
"Jones wants an office in the lodge.
and Brown wants to unload mining
Where He Draws the Line,
"She is certainly beautiful. I wish
she vere mine.
"Huh! I don t -wish she were mine
just as she is."
"Because she Is a widow."
To Be Agreeable.
"Do you believe in woman suffrage?"
"Yes, on Thursdays and Sundays."
"Why on those days more than oth
ers?" "Then is when I call on my best
"Whom did he marry?"
"A farmer's only daughter."
"Is she beautiful?"
"Yes. The farm has about a thou
Some Weeks Later.
Well, do you think you win the bet
With some degree of ease?
Good resolutions working yet?
Sit up and notice, please.
No matter what a woman's aim may
be, the result is pretty sure to be a
The man who wants but little here
below has been almost entirely super
seded by the man who, wants the
It wouldn't make so much difference
what the past was If it were not so
near akin to the present and so related
to the future.
The fellow who is profiting by it Isn't
the one to make a roar about a mis
take. The man who knows when he is
licked is pretty likely to stay licked.
The trouble with most of us Is that
we can't in any way contrive to make
our debts pay our expenses.
One way to get wisdom Is to stop be
If you keep your mouth shut yon
won't have to eat your own words.
Keep a' good heart. It Is a handy
thing to have around the house.
Have you 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 the harder to cure,
If you will take Chamberlain's Cough
Remedy at the outset you will be
saved much trouble. Sold by all drug
i Sists. . ..
A Chase By Ernest Q. Browre.
Copyrighted. 1111. by Associated Literary Bureau.
Walking in the Rue Rivoli, in Paris,
I passed two ladies, the one gray and
wrinkled, the other In what I con
sider the prime of womanhood that
is to say. she must hare been about
thirty. The moment the younger of
I thA tvA ranirht efcrVlt rtf ma fai facjfc
lighted up, and she was about to bow
to me when she saw that I did not
recognize her. Then she looked away.
I was puzzled. My eyesight Is fairly
good, and I am not old enough to for
get faces. I could not remember to
have seen the lady before, but no one
can be certain of anything in this
world, and I might have met her cas
ually. But had our previous meeting
been casual her face would not have
likely lighted at the second meeting.
Still, If the ladies were Americans the
meeting with a fellow countryman in
a foreign land might have been suffi
ciently pleasing to produce this result,
A few days later, having nothing
better to do, I called an open cab for
a drive in the Bois de Boulogne.
On the Champs Elysees. Just before
reaching the Arc de Triomphe, I met
the two ladles again, riding. The mo
ment the younger one caught sight of
me I saw embarrassment on her face
indeed, a slight blush. This time I
noticed by the resemblance between
the two that they must be mother and.
Calling to my driver, I directed him
to turn and follow the carriage that
had just passed, keeping so far away
that we would not appear to be shad
owing it. He did so. and I saw it
stop at a hotel in the Rue d'AIger
near Rue St. Honore. I knew It for a
family hotel frequented . by English
I now had not only the lady's ad
dress, but was privileged to take up
my abode under the same roof with
her. I went to her hotel, engaged a
room and sent my baggage there.
Then I went there myself.
The morning after my arrival, after
breakfast, I loitered in the hallway,
waiting for the lady to go out I would
have asked the landlord for her name,
but I could not describe her to him.
About 10 o'clock she came out with
the elderly lady. The look of surprise
on my charmer's face was reflected In
mine, only hers was genuine while
mine was feigned. I had intended to
seek an explanation, but was not en
couraged to do so and let the oppor
tunity go by. The ladles entered a car
riage standing at the door and were
driven away. I looked for the land
lord to point them out to him, but be
must needs be away from the office
Just when I wanted him.
Although I was watching. I saw no
more of the lady for two days, when,
being down on the gi tnd floor occu
pied for office, hallway and reading
room, I saw some trunks going out and
a little later, looking out of a window,
saw the two ladies get into a carringe.
Somehow I associated the trunks and
the ladies together and got it into my
bead that 1 was about to have a break
in my romance that might never be
spliced. I hurried out. followed the
carriage on foot up the Rue St. Honore
to the Place Vendome. where I hailed
an empty cab and, giving the neces
sary instructions to the cabman, was
driven after the ladies to a railway
statiou. Alighting, I saw them enter
and from a distance watched them get
iuto a train.
This was more than I had bargained
for. I must either take the same train
or lose my romance. The road, I
knew, ran eastward, and I was told
that the train about to leave would
proceed to Dijon. Bern and thence to
the heart of Switzerland. Since it was
winter if my enthusiasm could be
chilled it would have beeu chilled now.
But what will a man not do under cer
I bought a ticket as far as Dijon and
got aboard the tram. But my ladies
did not stop there. So I bought an
other to Neuchatel, another to Bern
and a final one to Thun. There, put
ting my head out of the window, I saw
them leaving the station, a railway
orter carrying their hand baggage. 1,
too, left the train and saw them get
ting into a carriage. I did not feel that
it was necessary to shadow them, for
Thun is a small city, and the hotels for
tourists are bunched together near the
end of the lake.
We reached the town in the evening.
and the next morning I went the round
of the hotels. I cursed my luck in not
having learned the ladles' names, for
in that case I need only have examined
the register to find them. As it was. 1
must 'ep moving here and there all
the while, hoping to meet them. About
11 o'clock they emerged from the prin
cipal hotel, and I was disappointed to
see them get into a carriage, a porter
putting their band baggage in with
them. I followed them to the railway
station and thence to Interlaken. There
I took pains to shadow tbem to their
The distance from Thun to Inter
laken being only a ride of half an hour
or so, I surmised that they would stop
for awhile at the latter place, for if
they were going to Lucerne or some
point to the south they would have
been likely to go on for a day's Joui
ney. I bought a change of linen and
made myself look as respectable as
possible. Now that I bad got into the
heart of Switzerland and there was a
prospect of a rest it suddenly occurred
to me that I had been following an
Ignis fatuus. And when I thought of
confronting the lady I bad shadowed
the fact that I was dogging her being
palpable my courage oozed out at the
ends of my fingers.
That afternoon I saw my charmer
and her mother for by this time I
was sure the elder lady was her moth
ergo into the kursal, or casino, as
one calls such places in America. I
mustered up courage and went In too.
The b -lldings and grounds are quite
extensive, but the only entertainment
was, the orchestra. I entered the con
cert room and. standing "back, looked
for the ladies. Seeing them sitting
at a table, after pumping at my cour
age for nearly half an hour, I at last
took a seat at a table near them, keep
ing my back toward them that I
might after awhile turn and put on a
look of surprise. After several at
tempts to face them I finally suc
ceeded. Partly turning my chair and
my head at the same time, I looked
first in the direction of the ladles; then
my gaze settled on the younger.
I had. my surprise all readv to put
on instantaneously, but I didn't use
it I shall never forget the expression
on the lady's face. There was nothing
dangerous in it oh, no! quite tha
reverse. She was trying hard t re
press a laugh. There was some olush
ing, but most of the expression was
amusement. Did she know that I had
been intentionally following her?
There was nothing to do but open
the ball. Rising from my seat, hat in
hand, I advanced and said:
"I am quite sure I have seen you
ladies before, but can't for my Ufa
tell where we have met."
"We were in the same hotel In
Paris a few days ago," said the young
er lady, with a mischievous look in
"Our meeting dates back of that"
T think I saw you one day on the
"Are you sure you hare not seen
me before that? Yon are Americans, '
"Yes; we are Americans. This la
my mother, Mr."
I didn't propose to give her the ad
vantage of knowing my name, so I
bowed low to the mother and omitted
to supply the deficiency. Indeed, I
was not sure that the daughter did
not know my name.
"How singular," she remarked, "that
we should have met in Paris, then
j here within so short a time."
"There are many such coincidences
among those who are fellow country
"What is a coincidence? I have
never been sure ' the meaning of tha
It was plain that she was chaffing
"A coincidence," I replied, giving a
definition that suited my purpose, "is
something that happens."
"In which there is nothing premedi
tated, I suppose?"
The mother was either Ignorant of
this sparring or pretended to be so. I
preferred to finish it without her be-
i i j t i a i.i
iujs present, du, rising, x rb&vu u mey
would be some time in Interlaken and
was informed that their stay would be
Indefinite. Then I asked permission, as
a fellow countryman, to ray my re
spects to them, and it was granted. In
a few minutes more, that I might not
be presuming on a short acquaintance,
I arose and with a deferential bow was
moving away when I heard the younger
lady say to ber mother in a stage
"Formal, isn't he?"
That was too much. I turned and
"There's something wrong here.
You either have known me before or
think you have."
"Come and see me this evening and
I will explain."
I called at her hotel that evening.
She wore a dress that seemed familiar
to me. I looked from her face to the
dress, evidently to her amusement.
"You recognize my costume?"
"Have I seen it before?"
"I have not been at A. for fourteen
years and was never there but once in
"You were there long enough to pro
pose to a girl In her teens; but. Judg
ing from your reputation at this time,
that was a mere pastime with you."
I was durnfounded.
"Rut this dress?" I asked.
"It has been made over several times
A light began to break through the
"You are Alice Warfleld?"
"I am. I don't blame you for not rec
ognizing me. There's a great differ
ence between the appearance of a girl
of fifteen and one of twenty-nine."
It was all out. There had been a
youthful affair of the heart between
us, but since she was then a school
girl. 1 just out of college, nothing came
"Well," I said. "I suppose I was
neglectful not to follow up the episode,
but I have atoned for my fault by
chasing you from Paris without eveu
a knapsack and would have followed
you around the globe."
If the little god. angry with me for
having forgotten my youthful love, shot
a second arrow into me that sent me
on my mad chase after her it certainly
had a perceptible effect on her. Scarce
ly any woman can resist a, man who.
without even an extsi collar, will start
after her, he knows not where, espe
cially when she rcn4ibeva tenderly
former episode. I captured the flying
enemy, and two romances were mergod
into one that has thus far bad no end.
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