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THE ROCK ISLAND ARGUS. MONDAY FEBRUARY 5, 1912.
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Every little hysi
Bay baa a meaning ol
Tf Senator Cullom Is reelected, he
will be 85 years old when be takes bis
Beat and 91 years before bis term ex
pires. From Waukegan comes the sugges
tion that Roosevelt be nominated for
vice president. Smart peorle, those
The announcement of Governor
Deenen's candidacy for reelection
lifted an awful load of anxiety from
the beart of one Dr. Joseph De Silva
of Rock Island, but the doctor's
relief Is of but temporary duration.
With Cook county turning a deaf
ear to the Rooseveltlan plea, not
withstanding the strenuous exertions
of the Chicago Tribune and with the
St. Louis republicans reversing
tLemselves In their former attitude
of favor toward him, it begins to look
as if the mania bad subsided.
The campaign of the turkey gob
bler. La Follette, for the presidential
nomination ended lngloriously, as was
anticipated, with a vile and malicious
and lying slander on the press of the
country which was promptly and prop
erly rebuked by the chairman of the
meeting before which the Wisconsin
fourflusher delivered himself.
Senator La Follette feigns to be
lieve the newspapers of the country
are controlled by the interests while
the magazines and periodicals are
free. The very pio8ite to what the
senator assumes is true. The average
newspaper Is independent, and, hates
above all things a fraud, while the
magazines or at least some of them
are now controlled by J. Pierpont
Flagler's Great Triumph.
The traveling time between New
York and Cuba has been shortened by
20 hours by the completion of Henry
M. Flagler's wonderful railroad from
Miami to Key West a distance of 13C
miles. The first train went over the
new line a few days ago, carrying Mr.
Flagler, who Is 80 years old. This
achievement crowns for him a remark
able career. In fact, be has had two
remarkable careers. He is probably
as well know n as a Standard OH multi
millionaire and an early partner of
John D. Rockefeller as he is for his
Indefatigable work of developing the
The Flagler palaces at St. Augus
tine, the railroad with its many
branches to the fashionable resorts
along the white sands further south,
are portions of a dream which has
been materializing during nearly a
quarter of a century, culminating in
the work Just completed, considered
to be one of the greatest engineering
feats ever accomplished. Mr. Flagler
began to plan for the Key West ex
tension soon after the Spanish war.
The road has cost 1 30,000 a mile.
Eighty ships were used to carry rock
for the roadbed and 5,000 laborers
were employed In the work of construc
tion. Furious tempests sweep over
this attenuated strip of American ter
ritory, and during a hurricane in 1906
many workmen lost their lives by the
wrecking of the construction vessels.
But the road has been built to resist
the severest storms. The railroad
Jumps by concrete arches and embank
ments from island to Island. Fully 75
miles of It is over the ocean itself.
Generally the coral limestone connect
ing the keys la only a few feet below
the surface of the water, but at other
places the ocean Is deep enough for
the pessago of great steamship.
At Key West a great dry dock and
Bine wharves are already built, and
the day may be close at hand when one
will be able to get into a Pullman in
New York and get out of it in Havana.
Freight shipments are soon to be car
ried the 80 miles between Key West
and Havana In train ferries.
The Key West railroad is a fitting
monument to the man who made it
possible, and it has a national Im
portance in that It brings this country
closer to that sister republic which
may become our ward if it does not
Itak to the Farm.
In the Washington Post of recent
date Is ii u int r, sting discussion on the
subject of t...- "Back to the Farm
movement. Among other things the
"In the count, v, at this season, the
m a f rirAlc aro tif-tvA 9 rtsi1sfl?
in the morning, or at about the time
the average slothful city man is going
to bed. Taking his lantern in hand, he
saunters Jauntily downstairs, humming
the. latest joke from the Hagerstown
Almanac, and, going into the kitchen,
prepares to light the fire. As the wood
on the back stoop Is usually a little
damp, this takes some time, but not so
long as It takes to crack the Ice in the
tea kettle. The Are going, the farmer
does his regular morning setting-up
exercises at the woodpile, after which
he plows through the snow to the barn
and feeds the stock, milks the cow,
turns the horse out In the lot and
drives the hogs out of the garden, after
which it is time for breakfast, which
his wife has prepared while he was
lolling around. After breakfast he
thaws out the pump, splits some more
wood, catches a horse and rides two
miles to his letter box to get the mail
fiom the R. F. D. Returning, he splits
some wood, breaks a renri i h?
meadow end spends sn pr
throwing snow ofr ('.:- oH
i ce's i
for the cattle. Bv r.: r:r. he f?cls
so strong and heal'tv h it hf- has an
other bout with the wo-.'l;iie. sharpens
his ax, feeds the chickens, milks, puts
the stock up for the night, turns out
'he cat, winds the clock and is ready
'.or bed along about 7:30.
"But the farmer is a bashful man,
:.nd a crafty citizen, to boot. He 13
adverse to giving the snap away. And
so the fellow who was born in a flat
and has spent his life swinging around
In front of a mahogany desk has to do
all the talking. Naturally, be doesn't
make an entire success.
"The back-to-the-farm movement
needs a boosting up from the Inside."
Obviously- the Post editor has not
been away from his desk to visit a
modern farm. He ought to go out and
look around a little and see how things
have been revolutionized since he ob
tained his early impressions.
Today the farmer has at bis disposal
the phonograph to delight him with
"ragtime" or grand opera during his
evening hours. He has an automatic
piano player to lull him to sleep. He
ha3 a gasoline engine to grind his corn,
prepare feed for the stock and to do
much of the other work which re
quired much manual labor some years
ago. in fact, on the modern farm to
day and in the farmhouse, there are
Times certainly have changed and
of all the changes made none are
greater than that in life on the farm.
F.tidenre of the Express Overcharge.
At the express companies' hearing
now in progress in Washington, be
fore Interstate Commerce Commis
sioner Lane, It was shown that one
company (the Adams) had made 4,000
overcharges, amounting to several
thousand dollars, in a single day. It
was shown that this company, in one
year, had placed $96,000 in its treas
ury as a result of overcharges. Com
mlssioner Lane himself told of one in
stance, within his personal knowledge,
of a friend having prepaid an express
charge of f 4.50 on a package on which
the company collected an additional
$1.50 at the other end. The commis
"It has been conclusively shown
that the express rates are unintelligi
ble even to their own agents, and the
commission is going to prosecute un
less there is a decided change. If we
would undertake to prosecute every
overcharge we would bankrupt and
put out of business every express com
pany in the United States? I will war
rant that If there is one letter of pro
test against these overcharges in our
files, there are 10,000. You have got
to have some system by which any
body can tell what the rates are. I
myself have had three rates quoted
to me by the same agent on the same
: package on the same day."'
These statements bear out the con
tention of Nathan B. Williams of Fay
ettevllle. Ark., an investigator em
ployed by the house committee on ex
penditures in the postofflce depart
ment, that the express monopoly is
the greatest obstacle in the way of
an efficient and economical adminis
tration of the postofflce department.
"A great deal has been said about
the word 'packet' in postal law," said
Mr. Williams. ".Mr. Hitchcock knows
that this law and this word make ex
press company carriage of mail mat
ter unlawful when the packets weigh
less than four pounds. Yet he urges
increases in rates on publications,
such as newspapers and magazines,
and advocates government ownership
of the telegraph, while at the same
time opposing anything which will
hurt the express trust.
"The express companies divert to
their own bulging pockets $50,000
every day In the year by doing niork
which legitimately belongs to the
postofflce department. The express'
companies carry upwards of 400,000,.
OOu pounds of mail matter annually,
it was shown by Investigations con
ducted, by the Ashbrook committee,
and while this enormous total is car
ried in cars right next to the mail
cars, at the same cost, the rate on it
s one-half cent per pound, while the
mail rate Is one cent.
"The law expressly forbids the car
riage by express companies of this
mail matter, yet under a classification
of 'merchandise' it is carried anyway.
in. direct competition with the post-
office, and this fact causes a loss to
the government of upwards of $1,000,
000 a year."
And yet the express trust goes right
along doing business at the old stand
and will for all the Interstate com
mission will do.
Auto Men Attack Frauds.
Bloomington, Feb. a. A call has
been issued for a meeting of Illi
nois automobile dealers here Feb. 22
to perfect an organization designed
to combat cooperative supply associa
tions and "illegitimate methods of
sellings cars." Mutual protection
'against "irresponsible car buyers"!
"I started out to make an evening
call recently," said the little minister
with a Scotch accent.
"I'd like to make more calls in the
evening," he continued. "An evening
cau takes you right into the family and
you get better acquainted all around.
But what with prayer meetings and
young people's meetings and Bby Scout
meetings and other meetings, a min
ister's evenings are pretty well ocu
pied. Besides, he owes a little duty-to
his own family and ought to try to
spend at least one evening a week in
"However, I am trying to make some
evening calls among the people in my
parish, and the other evening I started
down a street with the idea of calling
at the first home.
Arrived there I found the house
dark except that back in the kitchen
window glimmered a light.
'Well.' thought I, 'I'd better pass
on. They probably dont want com
"But the next house was entifely
dark and plainly showed that nobody
'So back I went to the house with
the lighted kitchen window and
there I stood and pondered a mo
ment.' Then I saw the shadows of
two head3 against the window
" 'I'm going in anyway,' said I to
myself. So I marched boldly up the
front steps and rang the doorbell
" Well sir, as the front door
opened I could look right through
the hall into the kitchen and I tell
you it looked warm and cozy in there.
The man of the house came to the
door. I told him who I was, and mean
time marched on into the kitchen.
"There I not only found the fam
ily gathered, but I also found four
men besides the host men of neigh
boring families; and I hadn't been
there long "before another neighbor
dropped in, making six men in all.
"Now I want to tell you that I
never had a better time in my life than
I had in that big, comfortable kitchen.
Moreover, It was perhaps the only way
I could have met those men and got so
well acquainted with them. Not one
was a church-goer, but they were all
glad to see me, and I found that all
they needed was to know what we are
actually doing in our church. Maybe
they won't start going to church right
away, but they're Interested, and one
The Street Car Passenger
. (Public Service.)
A unique meeting, to promote a
better understanding between a street
railway company and the public was
held recently in Wichita, Kan. The
meeting was held by the St. Paul's
Church Bible class and the topic under
discussion was "How Can Citizens and
Street Railway Employes Co-operate
for Efficient Service?"
The discussion was led by Tom
Blodgett, the director of the class, and
W. R. Morrison, superintendent of the
street railway company. Mr. Morrison
was attended by a special car of fifty
of his employes, a great number of
whom took part in the animated dis
cussion that was opened up by this
very timely and vital question.
J. E. Cook, a member of the class,
was appointed special secretary to
note the various suggestions made by
the best possible service, and the fol
lowing interesting ideas were suggest
1. Be prompt in getting on and off
2. Don't rawhide the conductor or
motorman for mistakes over which
they have no control.
3. Give motorman ample notice
when you wish to board a car.
The Presidential OutlooK
If we knew one-half as much about
the present political outlook we might
say twice as much concerning it, but
out Job is that of an editor, not a
Were we the seventh son of a sev
enth son, we might be able to dis
cover tnrougn aivinauon what we
can't glean through observation.
The friends of each potential candi
date insist upon his invulnerability
both the republican and democratic
parties are rent into factions, and the
factions are spilt into fractions.
Mr. Taft refuses to worry or hurry.
Mr. Roosevelt refuses to think (to
Mr. La Follette maintains that he
is the only avilable "Rock of Ages,"
Mr. Hearst proclaims Mr. Clark as
the bright sta.- of hope.
Mr. Wilson, with much classical
and the establishment of a chain of
garages In Illinois are other objects.
Freeport, Feb. 5. Rev. Ray C.
Harker, paster of the Embury Meth
odist church, has resigned. He will
accept the pastorate of the First
Methodist church at Phoenix, Ariz.
of these days they're going to drop in,
and that'll be the beginning.
I learned a lesson too, that even
ing, and that is not to pass by a kitch
en light. It isn't always the lighted
up parlor that has the best kind of a
welcome for a visiting minister. And
if you want to find a man in a recep
tive state of mind get him when he's
comfortable, In his shirt sleeves, his
pipe in his mouth, in a congenial com
pany, sitting around a good old kitchen
range if he lives in a home blessed
with such a thing."
A man IS comfortable In a kitchen.
if it's the right kind of a kitchen.
don't mean the hole In the wall that
serves for so many kitchens, but a
big, bright, airy room, with a bit of
rag carpet oil the clean swept floor,
a solid deal table in the center, on
which he can lean his elbow, a beam
ing lamp on the table and a snining
stove with glowing cheeks a stove
that he can "tend."
The right kind of a kitchen goes to
the heart of a man. It is reminiscent
of good things in the past, of good
things to eat, of all his Joys and his
woes, from lickin out the cake pans
to scoldings for muddy feet.
The .time Isn't so far distant when
the average kitchen was the family's
living room. It was the one warm
room in the house during he winter;
the one room where all the good
smells congregated, where the neigh
bors "dropped in" and had their
gossip; where mother sewed in the
evening and father read the paper;
where the children studied their les
sons; where sisters beau helped
clear the table and wipe the dishes
The right kind of a kitchen and it
still exists, in spite of the modern flat
will keep a man loyal to his home
when all other wiles have failed. And
it will keep the family together better
than a good many of the modern meth
ods that are recommended.
Despise the kitchen? Never! It's
too close to the heart of humanity-
the sunny kitchen, with its fuchia
and geraniums and begonia in the
south window; it's yellow canary pip
ing away; it's fat cat sharpening its
claws on the table leg; it's apologetic
dog sneaking ii. with the guilty hope
that his muddy tracks won't be discov
ered; its singing teakettle, its shining
pots and best of all Mother, with
pink cheeks, bossing the whole thing,
When woman abandons the kitchen
she loses more than she knows but
the men and the boys know.
4 Don't stand near the tracks and
cause the car to stop when you do not
wish to get on.
5. Have proper change ready when
you enter car.
6, Be ready to leave the car by the
time it stops if physically able to do
7. Ring bell at least half a block
before you want to get off so motor
man can gauge his speed accordingly,
8. If car is crowded step to front
and make room for your neighbors.
9. Don't be offended If conductor
asks for fare twice, as he is human
and may make a mistake.
10. Don't ring the bell and stop
car two or three times before you
come to the right street. If you do
not know the exact location of your
street, ask the conductor.
11. Don't ask a car to wait for you
to run across the street to get a grip
or a cigar.
12. Give the conductor and motor-
man a friendly nod, it helps to break
the monotony of long hours.
13. Stand on the side of the cros
ing where the car stops, so the car
won't have to wait for you to walk
across the street
logic, has demonstrated to his own
eminent satisfaction that Mr. Hearst
is a bad astronomer.
Mr. Harmon has stuck a presiden
tial lightning rod down his back and
Invites the bolt' Mr. Bryan is betting
that the lightning will not strike.
Meanwhile, despite the crepe on the
door bell of Wall street and notwith
standing the moans and groans of
some wholesale tobacco dealers and
oil peddlers, the country is doing
very well, thank you. .
This year's prize pumpkin beat the
world's record. There's enough wheat
for our dally bread and sufficient to
spare for market We have a few
more hogs fattening in the field and
we have invested in and additional
prize Hereford or so. The neighbor
hood isn't suffering for automobiles,
and the bank hasn't raised our rate
So, let the others guess.
Although he goes west, he will be a
delegate from the Rock river confer
ence to the general conference of the
Methodist church at Minneapolis
Portsmouth Owing to a blizzard
salvage operations on the sunken
submarine A 3 were abandoned.
TyHEN fate deals a man a knockout
mow sne aoesn t seem to worry a
bit about the widow and orphans.
Time may be money, but debts grow
burdensome when we try to pay them
It Is the fellow that leaves the crowd
and cuts across lots who comes out
When a man has cast ont fear he has
Increased his assets by 100 per cent.
Of course it Is sometimes bard to
keep our end up, but whining doesn't
There are people who talk so much
that they never have any time to learn
Ideal conditions are the kind that
never happen our way.
Almost any one can pnt a man in his
place, but it takes a power or a genius
to make him stay there.
With a woman '.'because" covers a
multitude of reasons that she hasn't
Let us take the weather
As It comes along.
, Whether bright or frowning.
Greet It with a Eons'.
IX perchance it's raining.
Doesn't make a hit.
We may know that some time
Even rain will quit.
Take It on an average.
Sizing It with care.
We will own, I fancy.
It Is pretty fair.
Though some days are offllsh.
Really what of that?
Too much milk and honey
Stale would grow and flat
Constant little changes,
April mixed with May,
Lend but spice and flavor :
To the checkered day.
Were It always soothing
As a lullaby
From the dreadful sameness
We would want to fly.
Knowing It Is fitful
Then let come what will
And be truly thankful ,'
That It sends no bill.
For without the weather.
Good or bad or worse,
. As a steady topic
How would we converse?
"I do so love to be charitable."
"Giving the poor little children toys
and candy, don't you know."
"But that sort of thing is so com
"Yes. The papers take scarcely any
notice at all of it now." .
"I went to a new play last night."'
"Anything new except the name?"
"Yes. A drunken man came home
and found that the keyhole had not
been removed. He was so pleased
that he called the attention of the
audience to it."
"Where are you going?"
"To meet an old friend."
"Who is he?"
"He's a Joke?"
"Why didn't you say you were going
to the vaudeville show?"
"I hear your
husband is sick."
"Yes, he is ail
ably." "What's the
"He hasn't rend
the patent medi
ments In 'today's
paper yet, so he
isn't quite cer
tain." Appreciated by One.
"You didn't hear about him being
mentioned for president?"
"No. By whom?"
"His mother, when he was only two
Tha Contrary Thing.
"You are all right"
"Do you think so?"
"Then I must be wrong."
"Hear about Mrs. Greeu? She's go
ing south for a couple of months."
"Oh, yes. Green told me he'd have
to take the rest cure."
"You know Mrs. Brown?"
"She says she's older than she looks."
"I hear Bink's rich uncle has died."
"What again! Bink's credit must
be running pretty low."
In winter, wading In the inotr,
I often pause to wonder.
For what becomes, I'd like to know.
Of all the summer thunder
An attack of the grip is often fol
lowed by a persistent cough, which
to many proves a great annoyance.
Chamberlain's Cough Remedy has
been extensively used and with good
succe 88 for the relief and cure of
this cough. Many cases have been
cured after all other remedies had
1 failed. Sold by all druggists. -
A Scheme That Failed By F. At MitcheL
Copyrighted, 1911, by Associated Literary Bureau.
Phoebe and I having become engag-
ed. 1 considered it the proper thing for
us to call on my aunt to receive her
congratulations. My aunt never made
calls herself and was double the age
of either of us. Besides, it was un
derstood that I was down in her will
for the principal part of her fortune.
Thoebe said that she would rathei
take a whipping than go to be inspect
ed, but there was no way out of it, and
We had not long been settled before
my aant said to us: ''There is a pro
tege of mine, Mabel Maryweather,
whom I have brought to visit me for
the season, and I wish to see her en
gaged before her return to her coun
try home, where she seldom sees a
man and consequently has no matri
monial opportunities. Tom Singleton
has been attentive to her, and I believe
that for some time they have been on
the border of an engagement I wish
"TOT7 FOBOPT THAT WB ABBS JT9T EX
GAOKD." to bring the affair to A crisis as soon
as possible, for spring Is not far off.
When the season closes I go for my
annual trip southward and must send
"Now, I wish you two to help me in
a little scheme I have in my mind to
bring Tom and Mabel together. It Is
for me to get the four of you here, and
you, John, I wish to be attentive to
Mabel, while you. Miss (I mean
rhoebe), devote yourself to Tom. Each
of the two incipient lovers will be
frightened for fear of the loss of the
other, and the match will be assured.
Of coprse they are not to know that
you two are engaged."
Both Thoebe and I received this
proposition with a frown.
"But Mrs. Perkins," Phoebe began,
"you forget that we are Just engaged,
"Good gracious. Aunt Carollnt?, do
you suppose you cau make a dummy
lover out of a man who has recently
become a real one?" .
"Now, don't be silly," resumed my
aunt. "It Is because you are engaged
that I have selected you for my pur
pose. You both know that what at
tention you give elsewhere is simply
to please me. You understand that the
whole affair, so far as you are con
cerned, is the same as personating
.a character on the stage. The con
sequence is that there will be no Jeal
ousy on your part; you are simply to
excite it in the others."
"Certainly not!" said Phoebe. "What
I was going to say was that. Just hav
ing become engaged, why"
Seeing that it was necessary for me
to help Phoebe out, I broke in,
"What rhoebe means. Aunt Caroline,
is that, having Just become engaged,
we might forget our parts and mis the
thing all up."
Phoebe said nothing more. My aunt
looked annoyed. I must keep the
"Oh, we'll do what we can in the
premises, aunt," I said. "Won't we,
Phoebe?" I gave Phoebe a look as
much as to say, "Leave it to me." So
she said of course anything that my
sunt wished would be cheerfully ac
ceded to by ber.
Everybody being satisfied, my aunt
told us that she would expect us to
dinner on -the following Wednesday,
when we would meet Miss Maryweath
er and Mr. Singleton, and the curtain
was to rise on the play.
On that first meeting my aunt as
signed me to take Miss Maryweather
In to dinner, and Singleton was chosen
to escort Phoebe.
I was between two fires. If I did
not appear to be attracted by Miss
Maryweather I would displease my
aunt. If I did I would displease
Phoebe. On one of these women
hung a fortune whi-h. I had been
brought up to consider my own in
time. On the other nuns my life's
bannlness. I concluded to please mt
aunt ir l displeased my fiancee pos
sibly the matter could be made up.
In order to feet free to act naturally I
I ceased to look at either my aunt oi
Phoebe, but gazed straight into the
eyes of MiS3 Maryweather. I was
quite in my "element Tbe girl wai
pretty and attractive, and I confess
that, as play actors have it, I began to
feel tbe part. I talked a blue streak
with my tongue upon ordinary topics,
meanwhile sayinjr tender things with
my eyes. One trait in my character is
when I set out to do a thing to do it
for all it is worth. I began by at
tempting to make Sincieton believe bo
was in danger of losing his girl and
ended with the best job of lovemaklcg
in the presence of others that I have
What was going on at the table I
didn't know. My aunt's voice I seldom
beard; Phoebe's voice I did not hear
at all. Singleton was evidently keep
ing up the conversation.
What I did not know then I learned
afterward to my horror. Phoebe's eyes
were upon me all the while, her ex
pression growing every minute more
lowering. My aunt observed both.
Phoebe and me. Singleton made fre
quent efforts to bjjd Phoebe's atten
tion and, failing, finally gave it up to
make random remarks to the hostess.
I held Miss Maryweather's attention
so closely that she was only partially
aware of the strained conditions exist
ing between the other three. Aa the
dinner proceeded Phoebe's browe con
tracted more and more; the corners of
her mouth were squared; her cheeks
were red, and her eyes flashed fire.
The worst of it was that I, ignorant of
the situation, was piling on fuel every
It must have been a great relief to
Mr. Singleton and possibly my aunt
when the dinner was finished and we
arose from the table. I cast a glance
at Thoebe, but at the moment she had
turned and I did not see her face. I
saw my aunt's and noticed that it was
impassive. When we reached the
drawing room Thoebe and Singleton
took a far corner, Phoebe sitting with,
her back to me. Since I had become
interested in the work my aunt had
assigned me I continued to pursue It
for all It was worth. My aunt sug
gested that I take Miss Maryweather
to see the plants In the conservatory,
and I did so. We remained there some
time, and when we returned I saw my
aunt chatting with Singleton. Phoebe
was nowhere to be seen. I asked my
aunt what had become of ber.
"She has gone home," was the reply.
"Yes. She- said she had a headache
and telephoned for a carriage. She
told me to say to you that alnce yon
were so pleasantly occupied she would
not disturb you."
I knew that a bomb bad burst
which I had not heard. Miss Mary
weather said something to Singleton,
and, taking his arm, they walked away
together, leaving me with my aunt,
who told me what had occurred, fin
ishing with the following announce
ment: "Xnd now, John, I have something
to say to you. You know that I have
provided for you in my will. In fact,
I have left you the principal part of
what I possess. I shall tomorrow add
a codicil that if you marry this girl to
whom you are engaged your share
Is to go to Peter Hlckson."
"I mean what I say."
I was prevented from any further
response by the return of Slngreton
and Miss Maryweather. Singleton
"We fear that we have been the in
nocent cause of a misunderstanding.
Possibly it may tend to mend matters
if we make an announcement which
we had intended to defer till Just be
fore Miss Maryweather's return home.
More than a week ago I proposed to
her. She has Just given me a favor
able reply, a response which she says
she intended to give from the first
She hopes our engagement will dis
sipate any hard feeling that has arisen
"I do hope, Mrs. Perkins," said Miss)
Maryweather "that If anything has oc
curred during the evening to displease
you you -will pass it over and forget
It. for my ' sake. You have been so
kind to me and I have been made so
happy that I can't bear to have it all
spoiled at the last moment."
My aunt's object having been accom
plished, though her plan of its accom
plishment was both unnecessary and a
failure, she was much mollified. It re
mained to be seen how far her change
of feeling would affect Phoebe. Fur
thermore it remained be seen wheth
er I would be able to effect a reconcil
iation between Phoebe and myself.
Before going to sleep that night I
thought out my plan of procedure. .1
Was still between two fires, my aunt
and iuy fiancee. If I could not soften
my aunt toward Phoebe I had better
not soften Phoebe toward myself. I .
resolved to appear angry toward the
latter till I could placate the former to
ward her. Miss Maryweather proved
a blessing. She knew well all that had
occurred and at once learned from my
aunt her scheme. She besieged the
good lady and at last won her over to
a promise not to disinherit me If I
married Phoebe. So far so good. I
followed up tbe advantage by telling
my aunt that on no account, after what
had happened, would I consent to mar
ry Phoebe. This put the dear woman
in a position of having by her absurd
scheme torn apart a pair of lovers.
.She sent for Phoebe and told her my
position. Instead of having to bend
the knee to my fiancee she sent me an
And so tbe matter was made up be
tween us. My aunt became very fond
of Phoebe and when we were married
gave me out of my inheritance a boose
to live in.
Feb. 5 in American
1722 John Withers poon, "signer."
born; died 1794.
nio James Otis, patriotic orator ai
writer, born; killed by lightning
May 2.1. 1783.
10U1 Henry Laurens Dawes, former
Vnited States' senator from Mc3-
cbusetts, died: born 1S17.
Teheran Four more constitution
al leaders, one of whom waa a mul
lah, were hanged at Resht by wder
of the Russian consul