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THE ROCK ISLAND ARGUS, WEDNESDAY, APRIL 3, 1912.
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Wednesday, April 3, 1912.
The New York Sun has done ltt
worst. It called Colonel Roosevelt
These are the days when you took
at last year's straw hat to see If It
can he recalled.
The trimming of the socialists in
the Milwaukee election yesterday Is
one big significant phase of the elec
The self-constituted legislative vot
ers' league of Chicago Is again under
taking to tell tha people out in the
state who to send to the legislature.
And now we are Informed that there
will be a great strike of the Brother
hood of Locomotive Engineers. We
hope, however, that this will not prove
Taking into consideration both the
result of the republican primaries in
the state and the election in Milwau
kee, it is difficult to see Just what de
gree of satisfaction fneoflore Roose
velt gets out of what happened in Wis
Circumstances develop the Inherent
qualities in men. For instance, the In
spiring Y. M. C. A. noonday meetings
attending the Y. M. C. A. campaign,
made real warriors out of those mod
est appearing men of affairs, li. S.
Cable and H. E. Casteel.
Ily the way, score another triumph
lor the Rock Inland club. " It was that
progressive institution that raised
$140,00 a few years ago to encourage
new industries. It was within its
w alls, and by its president largely, that
the Y. M. ('. A. campaign was launched
and carried through the early stages.
And It watt lt prenident that stood by
the proposition to the end.
DKMOCIIATS SHOl l.l REWAItE.
The results of yesterday's township
election in Kock Island. Indicate that
a considerable number of democrats
strayed Into Mrattge pastures. While
they elected the head of the ticket,
they could Just is well have done bet
ter. They could have carried the day
from top to bottom had they stuck to
their colors and worked.
The primaries next Tuesday should
tell a 'different story, so far as demo
cratic party allegiance Is concerned.
This Is not a year for democratic shirk
ing. This Is a democratic year, when
every man should show his allegiance
to his party and his party faith and
Democrats therefore, should not per
mit themselves to be enticed Into vot
ing the republican primary ticket for
the mere purpose of helping some
ambitious politician out on the other
fide, for it Is well to remember and
bear In mind that tha democrat who
votes a republican primary ballot next
Tuerday disfranchises himself for the
remainder of the year.
Stick to your colors next Tuesday
and throughout tha year.
PAVING COIXTKY ROAIM.
Over in Edgar county, Illinois, the
county, by special taxation, haa Just
built a brick country road. The road
runs Into Newrfin and extends north
ward from that town for four miles.
The other day supervisors and other
county officials of Vermilion county
Inspected this road and when they got
back home they were so enthusiastic
that they are going to work hard to
have tha country roads in their town
paved. The great need of good roads
in Illinois Is generally realized, and
alter spending thousands of dollars
on their roads without any permanent
good results, the Edgar county authori
ties built this four mile stretch of
paved street as an experiment. Now
they and the farmers using it are ao
enthusiastic that they will build four
miles mora this year, that being the
limit to tha annual expenditure for
this purpose permitted by the state
Tha Newman road Is nine feet wide,
leaving the remainder of the road a
dirt road, which also has many ad
vantages. During the summer months
when tha dirt roads are dry and bard
they are easier on the horses and the
bricked road Is not used at all, except
perhaps by automobiles. After rains
and in the spring when the frost
comes out of the ground, tha paved
street is worth every cent it cost, for
the farmer ia no longer obliged to sit
iile at home when prices are soaring,
because he cannot haul a load over
the mud roads. By not using the dirt
ruali. when they are soft, the road is
iwt cut tin aad ruined, drying off fas-
ter. and being In shape tor use far
earlier than when used.
The Newman road Is built on a foun
dation of concrete with a top layer of
sand, and the interstices between the
paring blocks are filled with slush con
crete, or concrete binder, making; the
roadway a solid mass. Concrete curbs
at the side act aa retaining walls to
prevent wearing away at the edge of
the pavement A half mile of the
pavement was built without this curb,
as an experiment, and it was found
to be in excellent condition, there be
ing no appreciable wear owing to Its
This sort of a road costs about $8,-
000 a mile, and la practically inde
structible from the traffic over ordi
nary country roads. The Newman road.
which was built by means of a special
tax levy, will be paid for this year.
Farmers who were at first doubtful if
the expense was Justified, are now en
thusiastic advocates of the brick road.
and there is little, if any, opposition
to it among the taxpayers.
At Milford, in Vermilion county, two
miles of brick country road will be
built this year, while Newell township,
in the same county, will build six
PEACE AXD THE WAY TO KEEP
Peace cvnd tranquility again prevail
in Rock Island. Woe to the man who
by word or act disturbs that happy
situation for the purpose of gain
Throughout all that Rock Island has
passed men of reason have en
deavored to hold their heads. This
has been true of the legitimate local
press. The Argus, for lte own
part, has etriven, in all the
trying ordeal which imposed upon
it, in common with all good newspa
pers, a 6olemn responsibility to its
readers and to the public, not to fan
the passions of wrath or add to the
fury of discontent. It haa labored to
be fair in its news phases of the situ
ation and in the expression of its own
convictions as to cause and effect.
The Argus believes in law and in
the enforcement of order. It knows
that in the moment of anger and ill
ad vieed action, people are apt to say
and to do things that they would not
do upon calmer reflection. To act
hastily and to err is the common her
itage. It is not the sin of one man to
do wrong, but It is the common failing,
for no man here below is perfect.
It Is the repeated transgressor who
disturbs society, and by society is
meant mankind in general, it is
the mischief maker who should be
punished. The people in their entirety
are all right, but they need to be guid
ed and guided right.
Taking Rock Island as a whole into
consideration, its ill may be traced to
the sin of omission rather than the sin
of commission. It haa left undone the
things that it ought to have done, and
neglect la a failure that sooner or later
demands its penalty in one way or an
other. In the contributions appearing in
The Argus recently from visiting Chi
cago newspaper men, one said there
exists a situation here which the peo
ple hav it in them to cure, and anoth
er said that if the people would devote
themselves with half the zeal that
they have put Into the Y. M. C. A. cam
paign, to cleaning up the situation.
Rock Island would be a better town.
Well said. In both Instances.
The task before the people, there
fore, is to take upon themselves the
duty of securing and Insuring to them
selves a lasting peace a permanent
To attain this end, which speaks for
the comfort and happiness of every
home owner, they must so act. delib
erately hut determinedly. In such a
manner that the elements of discord
shall be eliminated and the people re
stored to that state of happiness and
comfort tha they deserve and should
Insist unon having.
It Is the people's right.
THE REAL ROCK ISLAND SPIRIT,
The real Rock Island spirit was not
manifest a week ago last night. It
found expression last night when the
task of a week of raising $125,000 by
popular subscription for a new Y. M.
C. A. building was brought to a glor
ious consummation. The achievement
was not only In the success of the pro
ject but In the manner in which it was
accomplished in the face of riotous
conditions and by the class of men
who, forsaking all else, enlisted in the
ranks that put it across.
It was not a denominational meas
ure, religiously, it was too broad and
too far-reaching In its aims to be so
classed. 'Protestant and Catholic, Jew
and Gentile worked side by side and
hand in hand, cheering each other on
for the success of the undertaking.
And so it was a triumph. It could
not have been otherwise. And yet the
results of this eomingllng of men from
every walk, every profession, every vo
cation and every creed, did more good
than the attainment of the end which
brought them together. It promoted a
bond of happy fellowship and of sound
What a world of real good could be ac
complished for Rock Island If that
same body of men that has taken care
of the task of providing for the young
men of tomorrow would seize upon the
present day conditions in tha city and
adopt such a course, standing (irmly
together a will Insure the permanent
establishment of a better city for
themselves as well as a better future
for their son a
Fall Downstairs Fatal.
Bloomington, April S. John Dixon,
a blacksmith, was killed by tailing
In the city of Cleveland tha popu-'
lace ta required to drink Lake Erie
water, enriched with sewage, the
flavor of which is carefully disguised
by a disinfectant called chlorine. -
Not that the people like the flavor.
Dear no! But the city administra
tion haa hold of the public nose and,
as the public opens its mouth to get
its breath, down goes the dose just
as in your and my youthful days our
maternal parent persuaded us to take
The city of Milwaukee also tried
the chlorine dosage. But the people
of Milwaukee made such a fuss that
the city fathers have abandoned the
use of the disinfectant, deciding that
it didn't do much good, anyway, so
far as keeping down the typhoid
cases (the original excuse for saving
the expense of a filtration plant).
By the way in a medical circular
recently issued, chlorine water is
listed as a poison. The antidotes
given are: Albumen, white of egg,
milk and flour.
This would be well for the resi
dents of a chlorlned city to remem
ber next time there is an overdose in
the water; also a piece of informa
tion which should be tucked away in
the memory of those who are visitors
in a town of chlorinated H20.
However, this isn't what I started
out to talk about. The real purpose
of this chlorinated story is to repeat
the conversation of a Cleveland .man
who didn't know he was advancing an
argument for equal suffrage when he j
was making his remarks.
"I blame the men," he said, "for
allowing this water business. Most
men are indifferent to the drinking
water because they don't drink It.
(This was in Cleveland, not Milwau
kee, remember). The rich men, of
course, can buy pure water, both In
their- homes and offices. They have
it in their restaurants or hotels.
"The poorer classes of. men, of
course, don't buy pure water for their
homes. They can't afford It They
drink very little water, anyway, sat
isfying their thirst in the saloons.
Water's a pretty tame drink after a
glass of beer, you know. )
"It all sums up that the real suf
ferers from bad drinking water are
the women and children, who must
stay at. home and take what comes
out of the hydrant.
"We'll never get pure water as
long as men can get something else
to drink and consequently are indif
ferent to what the rest of creation
has to put up with."
And yet there are certain antl-suf-fraglsts
going about the country con
tending that masculinity is amply
able to represent both sexes!
A niRECTORV SCAn!..
"The city directory plays
In the Chicago Record-Herald of
Saturday appeared the following com
ment: Chicago, March 29. To the Editor:
I note in the morning papers, with
reference to the departure of Company
D, 6th infantry, from Oak Park, under
i orders" for riot duty at Rock Island,
that several employers were very much
put out and objected to men In their
employ being suddenly called away.
That same mental attitude is fre
quently found wherever men of the
National Guard are turned out for
service or to go to annual encampment.
and It would be doing a public service
if you would call the attention of em
ployers to the propriety of an attitude
of patriotism that would not only wil
lingly allow their employes to go on
such duty, but would not cut their pay
while they are away for a reasonable
time In such service.
Many of the larger business houses
In Chicago have adopted that plan and
believe In that principle, through fear
that next time It may be their prop
erty that is menaced by mob violence.
These calls for duty are In many cases
a direct expense to the men who have
to go, because their employer cuts their
time; the men give all their time for
absolutely nothing for their drills dur
ing the whole year, except that while
on mob duty they draw $2 per day and
for camp duty $1 per day.
LEWIS D. GREENE,
Colonel. A. G., Chief of Staff.
And this communication brought
forth the following editorial expres
sion from the Record-Herald:
"Certain misguided labor leaders
downstairs and fracturing bis skull.
One brother, Amos Dixon, of Chicago,
Two Crushed Under Locomotive.
Millstadt, April 3. William Strauss
and Arthur Swinbermenn, engineer
and fireman of a Mobile and Ohio
switch engine, were killed here yester
day when they were pinned under the
engine after it had been derailed.
Mine Closing Wrecks Trade,
Bloomington, April 3. The bank of
Brace vtlle closed its doors on April 1.
This institution was started more than
30 years ago by the lata E. D. Scott
Tha decline in Brace villa's population
and business interests of late years,
made the opration of th bank unprofit
able. Recently, the W. C. Sheppard's
store, one of the largest establish
queer tricks one In a while, mur
mured a young and pretty matron the
' "I was Just looking up att address
in the directory and, Just for fun, I
thought I'd see how our name looks
in the big book.
"Well, would you believe It? There
was a regular scandal about my hus
band and me, right there In that di
rectory, set down In black and white.
"There was his name set down
with our old address and Just below
wag my name with our present ad
dress. It looked Just exactly as if
we had separated and were going to
get a divorce or something. I'm go
ing to write to that old directory
company and tell them what I think
HARDSHIPS FOR THE MANY.
It seems too bad that a way can
not be found to tax the selfish rich
without overburdening the consclen
tious citizen who is struggling to do
his duty, rear a family and save a
little ahead for old age, or the "rainy
day" that manages to get around to
all of us, sooner or later.
Congress is considering taxing in
comes over $6,000 a year. This
would not be hard upon a bachelor.
It would only curtail a little of his
luxury. But how about the man with
a wife and four or five children,
whose ineome is no larger than the
bachelor's, but whose outgo is so
much greater and his expenditures so
highly commendable? Could you call
this encouraging a man to marry and
raise citizens that will be a credit to
The new bank deposit tax of 1.36
per cent in onto, will also work a
hardship on the poor man, who has
denied himself comforts and often
necessaries In order that he might
have a nest-egg in the savings bank
for the Inevitable days of sickness or
period of being "out of work," or
that old age, which comes all too
soon in these days of demand for
young men in our industrial world
Under the Smith act Inspection of the
banks' records is permitted and none
can expect to escape the tax, begin
nlng with this year, not even though
a man be sick or workless and relying
upon his savings account to tide him
and his family over the time of
It would have been kinder cer
talnly more just if- our lawmakers
had established a limit, protecting
the small depositor in savings banks
the little "rainy day" fund that the
workman and his wife have struggled
so hard to "put there.
The stocking bank and the old tea
pot with the broken snout will soon
I be popular again and Just that much
somejgcod money kept out of circulation
the National Guard
have often been severely criticised by
employers and civic bodies for hos
tility toward the National Guard. Yet
Colonel Greene, chief of staff of the
Illinois National Guard, found that
several employers resented the order
issued to a company at Oak Park to
proceed to Rock Island for the purpose
of suppressing rioting there and re
establishing peace and order.
"Colonel Greene notes with regret and
apprehension that the same mental at
titude has been revealed by some em
ployers at other times. They object to
summer encampments or even to active
service In emergencies because of the
inconvenience entailed by the depletion
of their offices, and they cut the pay of
employes who are members of the Na
tional Guard whenever they stay away
"It ought not to be necessary to plead
with such employers, or argue elabo
rately that their feelings are neither
patriotic nor enlightened from a busi
ness point of view. No life, property
or business is secure where the Na
tional Guard is not enouraged to do its
duty. The first condition of prosperity
is order, and order Is not -always a
matter of moral suasion. To make
service in the National Guard unpop
ular and too burdensome is to Jeop
ardize the essential interests of the
state, moral and economic.
"Employers should not only cheer
fully speed guardsmen summoned for
service, but, as Colonel Greene sug
gests, should refrain from "docking"
their pay at such times. The employ
ers who have already adopted this pol
icy are wise and public spirited."
ments of Central Illinois and which
was also founded more than 30 years
ago, also suspended, and Its stock of
goods was sold at auction. It was
ance rated as a $50,000 concern and
was a money-maker for many years.
Its death knell was sounded when the
coal mines at Bracevllle closed with
the strike of 1910, and were not reopen-
I ed when the strike was settled. The
miners were compelled to move away,
leaving their homes behind. Many
were partially paid for, but had to be
29,860 Teachers In Illinois.
Springfield, April 3. Illinois school
teachers in 1911 received $18,195,917.73
In wages, according to an announce
ment by State Superintendent F. G.
Blair. The number of teachers was
23,860. The number of teachers In the
state has increased from 26,529 to 29.
860 in 10 years. The amount paid out
in salaries has risen from 111,854,
772.41., - ' -
r nvrcAr m. smith
T KAP year down tha way Is gliding
racer double geared.
Are yan nearer that proposal
Than you ware when It appeared
Bas tha postman tart a latter
Asking you to keep a date
Tor a young and winsome charmer?
Own up now and tell It straight.
When you saw tha year approaching
Did your heart so pitapat
In tba hope of a proposal
Or some message suck aa that?
Did you think that you might shortly
.Of your bachelorhood be rid
And be won by brains and beauty?
TeU tha truth. You know you did.
Never mind, the year has savors!
Months to go e'er tt expiree.
You may hear' soma pleasant morning
From the girt of your desires.
It may be that she Is timid.
Hesitating and In fear
And may work up nerva to tell you
E'er the closing of the year.
Stm, U you would make It certain,
Unmistakable and clear -You
should do your own proposing
This or any other Xfax.
"Work your courage up a trifle.
Really that U all you need.
You will be puffed up about It
All your Ufa U you succeed.
"I like Mr. Blythe so much."
"Tea; he pays such lovely compli
What are you laughing at?
"John says that's all he ever pays."
Free and Independent.
Ton ought to be more careful about
your speech, old man. It is awful tha
way yon murder the king's English."
"That ain't the king's English, let
me tell you. It Is the president's Una
of fancy gab, and I would have you
know I can do any concerned thing I
like with it"
Matter ef Opinion.
Sense and nonsense, what's the dlf?
Just the barest trifle. If
Tou approve, the sense Is strong;
Nonsense If It hits you wrong.
Figuring on a Change..'
"See that girl that has Scraggs In
"Yes. Isn't she a peach T
"What Is her name?"
"Don't bother about that. From the
determined look In her eye I think It
will soon be Scraggs."
8eaking New Fields.
"John, the hired girl is leaving."
"What Is she quitting for?"
"I can't find out."
"I'll bet I know. She has broken
all of our dishes and she wants to get
a place where they have a full set of
Important Part. ,
"Not very well."
"What is it you don't understand
"How to get an office."
Owners havlna halls to rent
Do not care a blooming- penny
Or a single copper cent
If the candidates are many.
PERT PARAGRAPHS. "
If yon. must make trouble make It
for your enemies in a straightforward
and vigorous way, not for your friends
with a complacent smile.
Your judgment may not be good, but
that's no reason why you should In
sist upon Ehouldering it to tlje front.
There are people who wouldn't be
satisfied to go to heaven unless they
could be furnished with excursion
After all, probably it wouldn't be so
very pleasant to know what even our
best friends say of us.
At housecleanlng season some enter
prising dames feel that they must
have a new husband along with other
There are girls who say that the
men keep them so busy getting en
gaged that they don't find t9 time to
The person who has a great big wad
of aggressive self conceit is as certain
to sustain a painful Injury to his feel
ings as he Is to parade his own per
sonality. The girl who goes about smilingly
dispensing her father's hospitality and
her mother's chocolate caka Is gener
ally doomed sooner or later to have a
horns of her own in which to hake her
Id the average man's opinion tha
Ideal wife Is the one he didn't get
"Ton say ha ' was disappointed tn
"He certainly was."
"But I thought be married the girl he
"So he did. And then found tha
two cannot live as cheay as tae,"
The Mahogany Dresser By Chrissa Mackie.
Copyrighted, 1111. by Associated Literary Bureau. -
Mrs. Ames reread the advertisement i
For Sale. Solid mahogany dresaer,
French plata mirror, almoat new, eacrt
Ace for oasa.
Then followed an address In Fourth
"Tom, dear, that's the very thing we
want Why, Vv been looking every
where for a bargain In dreeaers for tha
spar room. Suppose 1 meet you in
town tomorrow and go and sea tha
"Couldn't possibly tomorrow, Susan,"
returned her husband, with decision.
"Besides, one can usually buy those
things as cheap In the furniture store,
and get 'em brand new too."
"But, Tom, one really can get splen
did bargains In furniture," persisted
Susan tearfully. "Mrs. Smith bought
that lovely Sheraton chair for only S3,
and when tt was all done over It was
"Humr observed Mr. Ames absently
ag he consulted a memorandum book.
"Tom Ames, I don't believe you
heard a word I said!" cried Susan.
"M-m-m-h'mP' mumbled Tom, glanc
ing doubtfully at the penciled figures
he was creating In the book." "I've got
to go and telephone to Jones. There's
some mistake about this contract"
And he hurried from the room, and a
minute later his aggrieved wife heard
him talking vigorously to his partner.
"I know what I will do!" she de
clared suddenly. "There's that $33
that Uncle Bob sent ma on my birth
dayhorrid custom for him to send
me a dollar for every year of my life.
He ought to forget it the age, I mean,
and not the money. I wish he'd just
average it up and call it $50 Instead
of sending such a grewsome reminder
that I'm growing older every day.
I'll take my $35 and hie me to the
Fourth avenue shop snd buy that
aresser ior myseu, ana ii mere is nay j
money over i ll tray a rocking cnair
to go with it. Now, Mr. Tom Ames,
just watch your clever wife obtain a
Much to Mrs. Ames' surprise, when
Bhe arrived in town the next day and
reached the Fourth avenue address it
proved to be a large secondhand store
and auction room. There was quite a
crowd of people there, and Susan push
ed herself with difficulty to the rear of
the shop, for she felt a sudden embar
rassment at being an active partici
pant In a real auction. She had ac
companied her husband several times
on "such occasions merely for the
amusement of watching the crowds
and the bargains they obtained, but
there was a fascination about it that
appealed to her, and she felt rather
gleeful as she clutched the bag con
taining tbe $35 that marked the years
of her last birthday.
The auctioneer was a little dark man
with bright dark eyes that darted here
and there with the same lightning ra
pidity that his pointing finger flew and
his rattling tongue accompanied.
Susan watched with fascinated eyes
as one article after another was put
up and as promptly, metaphorically.
"knocked down" again. Lamps and
vases, chairs and tables, a davenport
and sundry other articles were disposed
of when there came a murmured re
quest from the front of the store for
the mahogany dresser.
Susan Ames stiffened to attention.
Somebody else wanted that dresser as
well as herself. She gripped the mon
ey tightly and' set her teeth. If $35
counted for anything she would own
it. She hud seen It as she entered tbe
store and admired its fine lines and
tbe richness of its dulled surface. It
must be a bargain indeed, even if one
had to pay $35 for it
As the bidding commenced Susan
shrank back a little, glad to partly ef
face herself behind a large teakwood
screen. The other bidder was on the
outer fringe of the crowd and spoke in
little short barks that Susan tck a dis
like to at once.
"norrld old thing I don't believe he
wants It at all," she murmured to her
self after she had feebly piped "Three
dollars!" to be instantly followed by
the other bidder yelping "Four!"
"Five!" cried Mrs. Ames.
"Six!" barked tbe man.
"Twelve!" shrilled Mrs. Ames ob
stinately. The crowd laughed at the feminine
manner of bargaining, but Susan
Ames was beyond caring now. Let
them laugh if they wanted to. She was
bound to have that mahogany dresser,
and she continued ber bidding dollar
by dollar now and later by fifty cent
When it reached $20 a man standing
next to ber ventured a word of ad
vice. "It Isn't worth a rent more, madam,"
be protested. "It's only veneered and
badly done at that."
Susan only glared indignantly at him
and continued her reckless bidding.
Fhe was convinced that the other bid
der was merely trying to get the dress
er away from ber, actuated by what
Strange spirit of malevolence she did
not question herself.
This matter of bidding was a highly
txclrintr pastime, but she could not
suppress a reeling of regret that it was
going up up beyond $25, skimming
tbe edge of thirty lapping over to thirty-one,
two, thirty-three, thirty-four
"Thirty -flvel" cried Susan Ames tear
fully. "Thirty-six!" yelped the other bid
der. Susan was crnebed completely. She
was at the end of her resources. She
bated the other man, who had the ma
hogany dresser knocked down to him
at tha preposterous price of $38. She
shrank back behind the screen snd af
fected to look at soma dingy ell paint
ings, while she furtively wiped ber
eyes. She heard a little bustle of con
fusion as tba successful bidder went up
Bd paid far the dresser, aad she heard
the auctioneer's .merry quips as he
pocketed the money.
The crowd shifted and changed ev
ery little while, and the people who had
witnessed Susan's embarrassment had
either disappeared or forgotten her.
Probably they were quite accustomed
to witnessing disappointed purchasers
in the auction rooms.
After awhile Susan lost ber Interest
In the pastime of auctioneering. Noth
ing else that attracted her was put up,
and so she patted her veil into place
before a dim old mirror and departed,
till clutching her money.
"Hateful old thing r' She still nur
tured resentment toward the success
ful bidder. "I don't suppose he really
wants the dresser, and it's the very
thing for the spare. room. I'm sure he
looks just as mean as he acted. He
had a mean TOice."
Susan Ames had $35 in ber pocket.
It was all her own money to spend as
she pleased. Fate had ordained that
she should not spend it on tbe ma
hogany dresser, and so. because she
felt sorry for herself, Susan proceeded
to extract some enjoyment front the
She lunched in an expensive place
and ordered all the things she knew
would make ber fat, although she loved
them. She bought herself a dream of
a waist that was a positive bargain,
and if Susaa Ames was not an authori
ty on furniture she understood the val
ue of clotbes, and we may assume that
she really did secure a bargain.
After tbe dissipation of purchasing
tbe waist, which she really didn't need,
Susan felt the necessity for refresh
ment of some sort and went to a fash
ionable confectioner's, where she spent
an unmentionable sum of money on a
tiny ice in a large glass, but she bad
the Inestimable privilege of gazing
upon many people whom she read
about In the society columns of the
Sunday newspapers, only unfortunate
ly she didn't know one from another,
and just when she had concluded that
a particularly stunning looking man
must be none other than the far famed
polo player, Dildlne Hankley, some
body addressed the gentleman in ques
tion as "Smith," and her structure of
After the refreshment Susan went to
the matinee and nibbled a box of ex
pensive chocolates and wept over the
trials of a charmingly gowned heroine.
Then Susan went home.
It was dusk when she reached the
suburb where they lived. She felt no
uneasiness at the lateness of her re
turn, for Hilda, the maid, was a jewel
and dinner would be ready and wait
ing. Susan bad been particular to
take the train that her husband usual
ly went home on, but to her surprise
he had not appeared.
"Well, Hilda." she said as the smil
ing maid opened the front door, "I'm
afraid Mr. Ames missed the train."
"Oh, no. Missus Ames," smiled Hil
da. "Mr. Ames, he ban como home."
"Indeed? Where is he?" Susan
glanced into parlor and library aud
found them dark.
"Hi, Susan, come up here!" called
ber husband's voice from the second
floor. "I've got a surprise for you!"
Susan went, a strange premonition
assailing her as she slowly mounted
the stairs. Perhaps it was a queer lit
tle bark in her husband's voice as he
called that reminded her of the man In
the auction room. That, coupled with
a surprise, was ominous.
Tom Ames stood in the doorway of
the spare room, which was brilliantly
lighted. The offending oak dresser was
pushed Into the hall, and there be
tween the windows rested the mahog
any and brass glory of the auction
It was the mahogany dresser.
"Oh, Tom. where did you get It?" Su
san's voice was weak and very near to
"Bought it at auction. Had sn hour
to spare and ran around to that place
you read about. I might have got it
for $20, but some fool of a woman bid
against me and boosted the price to
$30. Thirty -six boues I paid for It,
my dear, and I hope you like it!"
"Oh. Tom:" cried Mrs. Ames, and
she flew to bis arms and cried and
wept at the awful queerness of things
in this world that might be so well or
dered if meu only confided more in
their wives. Of courser he didn't say
anything about this to Tom, who be
lieved she was weeping with joy, and
be was congratulating himself on being
one of those husbands who don't mind
paying $30 for an article that 1 worth
only $20 when the purchase of said ar
ticle can cause such pure joy In the
heart of a little wife.
So the Ameses were very happy over
tbe mahogany dresser even if It wasn't
solid mnhogany. It wuh tbe kind feel
ing back of it that added to their en
joyment. Of course Suaan never told ber hus
band about her share lii the bidding,
and thut she wan tbi woman who had
raised tbe price on the dresser that her
husband was trying to buy for har.
"Yes," Mrs. Ames sighs to ber
friends, "yes, my dear, I have one se
cret from my husband that I shall nev
er, never tell!"
And so far bhe haa't told.
, April 3 in American
1783 Washington Irving, author, born;
1S22 Edward Everett Hale, clergy
man aud author, born; died 10W.
18C5 Fall of Petersburg. Va., end of
Grant's campaign against Itlcn
. mond. which was also .abandoued
this date by Jefferson Davis and
1008 James Jeffrey Roche, noted Irish
American poet, died; born 1847.
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