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THE ROCK ISI1AXD ARGUS. WEDNESDAY, APRIL' 17, 1912.
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Wednesday, ApHI 17, 1912.
of greater Influence In the worlda af
fairs baa culminated in united Interna
Manifestly, efforts to discredit the
position of Italy have failed.
Judging by the many and long-con
tinued stories of alleged Italian defeat
and demoralisation of Victor EJmm ana
el's armies In Tripoli, tt might be ex
pected that by this time all hope of
Italian success oyer the Turks and
Arab must be abandoned.
But the Italians remain In Africa, m
eptte of all eorts of reports and rumors
to the contrary, they continue to
strengthen their position. True, they
are making haste very slowly tn the
matter of extending their control be
yond the coast. That very policy, how
ever. Is evidence of wisdom and of
probability of eventual control of the
War correspondents who have been
with the Ottoman armies continue to
return with glowing accounts of Turk
ish prospect. "Inspired" reports from
sources Influenced by hope of Italian
defeat continue to be spread through
out the world.
Meantime, Italy holds Its position
firmly and plans for safe and sure ag
gressive movements. The Italian au
thority Is In Tripoli to stay.
"Proposals of mediation" appear to
he too late.
did Its part, at all
If now y Follette shall rapture Ne
braska, J .n Hays Hammond will have
new cause to worry about the security
Of his White bouse Investment.
Big Coal Land Purchase.
Mount Vernon, April 17. The larg
est roal land deal ever made In this
state has been closed for coal lands
In Jefferson county. The Chicago Coal
company was the purchaser. The deal
A great ship designer says the pub
lic demand for rapid transportation
Is largely responsible for the Titanic , include; options on 3,000 acres through
disaster. Hence charge another : the richest field in the state. The
crime to the speed mania. : ccai jg deep and of superior quality,
1 the lands lie a short distance from
The most bear.tlful sentiment that
will penetrate the cloud of despair
hovering over the loss of the Titanic
Is that the women and children were
the first rushed to the life boats.
Relatively a few years ago Winnipeg
was a "country town." The Morgan
ryndicate now is spending $15.oo.'miO
on Winnipeg's car line, for which it
paid t30,0oft,0(i0. Northward the course
of empire takes its way.
While the world Is moved In Borrow
by the most dreadful of all sea disas
ters, and has but one thought, the colo
nel still goes blatting about the coun
try in search of the nomination he will
accept If It is tendered him.
The average wealth of New Tork's
four rlch st men In 1S15 was 120,mo.
Forty years later New York had 27
millionaires, the richest of whom, Wil
liam B. Astor, was worth $6,000,000.
Today :s richest man la worth approx
A Ii'lpslc cable report that A tuT-
Keen there planted a piece of the thy
oi'l piand of a healthy ch'ld Into the
i j v i r dl' ati iiiiliecile child who i Earned i
i.'e'y begun to improve in intelligence,
I'ieli te;il!:y Increased until t com
, 1: te cure was rffi-cted and the patient
if- dlyeluwd. Th re is some hope
tor tr.e crazi t politicians, apparently,
v. in ii i is possible to make a normal
biU.j, out of an imbecile.
what or thi: ri'Tinr.?
A a tei ftit in ting of the guild
of St. Luke, in New York city, statis-tli-fc
V.rle pi est-lit id lib h do not
ii n. pN iis-.n: rcit'Uni: lor nuti.e born
iii v rn .U.S. 1 hey tliow that neither
Suv York nor New Kngland can just
ly ceiiMire the French on the score of j
nit e sub-ldr.
In the city of New York the birth'
t;it.- is gi-in ati i'' in ery l.t'iin of
:'. population for Italians, 3f for
Mount Vernon, along the Burlington
railroad and the purchasers expect to
put down at least six mines this year.
The purchase price was not given out,
but it will reach seven figures.
Traction Company Increases 3tock.
Springfield. April 17. The St. Louis,
Pprir:gfie!d & Peoria railroad, with
its principal office in Champaign, cer
tified to the secretary of state to an
increase of capital stock from $6,050,
or.ii to $7,850,000. The road is a por
tion of the Illinois traction system.
Assistance for Roads.
Rockford, April 17. W. Q. Edens of
Chicago, president of the State High
way improvement association, at a
conference here on the proposed trans-
state highway, urged national and
state aid ' and county, township and
municipal assistance for road improve
ment in Illinois. Plans for improving
the link from Rockford to Elgin were
Henry County Pioneer Dies.
Kewanee, April 17. William C.
Kent, one of the first aettlers of Hen
ry county, to which he came by ox
team in the '40s, died here at the age
of 7. He was one of the organizers
of the First Congregational church
Doctors Cleared of Manslaughter.
Aurora, April 17. Drs. T. B. Drew
and Ik P. Diddy, Kendall county physi
cians, on trial for manslaughter fol
lowing the death of Sarah Wooley, 3
years old, of Oswego, 111., who died un
der chloroform when they were prepar
ing to sew up a small cut over her eye,
were acquitted at Yorkvllle. Judge
I). J. Cames took the case from the
, jury and directed a not guilty verdict.
"Women don't know how to clean
house." said the stocky man.
"This spring, when my wife began
to talk housecleaning and get that
worried pucker between her eyebrows,
I said to her
" 'My dear,' said I, 'you let me boss
this houseclining job this time. I'll
promise you It'll be done in a quarter
of the time it usually takes, and we'll
all be happy while the work goes on.
And what's more." says I, 'Ml he on
the job myself and eee that things
are properly done.'
"She looked kind of skeptical,"
chuckled the stocky" man, "but as she
knows It's not my habit to promise
anything unless I'm pretty sure of
making good, she told me to go ahead
and do my worst. She did it with a
kind of triumphant air, as if she
thought she had me.
"Now, we have a six-room flat and
don't keep a maid. I suppose my
wife thought I'd hire a regiment to
come tin and do up thlnss in a hurry
and spend tt lot of money. I know
j she looked like that when she sat
I down and folded her hands and shut
! her lips close together.
1 "But I didn't do anything of the
i kind. No, sir! I knew a better way.
"I arranged to take half day off
at the office. To beat rugs? Not
on your life! I've served my time
at rug beating. No more of that for
me. Besides, it's unsanitary and ruins
the rugs. I rented a vacuum cleaner.
9r WMCAJt M. SMITH
hands. I wore a pair of old leather
gloves, for I think something of my
"After cleaning up the du6t in the
flat I brightened up the windows with
a kerosene solution and plenty of old
newspapers. I put on "a pair of knee
pads I'd previously made and I got"
down on my prayerbones and scrubbed 1
that flat from the front door to the
rear and rinsed off the back porch.
That took two. more hours.
"There was all the hard work done
in five hours. The house was thor
oughly cleaned, including the pantries
and their contents, which my wife had
attended to. All that remained was
to put up the laundered curtains, send
our winter woolens, et cetera, to the
cleaners, and then pack them away
for the summer, all of which could
be done without upsetting the regular
"If I'd hired a woman to come In
and do what I did it would have tak
en her a week. Sie wouldn't have
used her brain matter to the best
advantage, and she wouldn't have
been strong enough to do it as I did.
A hired man wouldn't have shown
the tame interest that I did for my
self, either. And the best of it was
that my wife and I actually enjoyed
the whole thing. We had more than
one laugh, and w-e kept up a running
conversation that made us forget how
hard we were working.
"It's working alone that's more of
a hardship than anything, anyway.
I don't see hew a woman stands It
Ttie Argus Daily Story
Cousin Charlie By Mary PriceBurnhai w
Copyrighted. 1311. by Associated Literary Bureaw
"JOW or never" would be a good
motto if soma of us were not so
prone to choose the last member of tha
People who don't stack op deuce
high are the ones who do sigh the
most, according to our observations.
Matrimony can't be said to be savor
less when the parties to tt are holding
a contest to decide which one they are.
Conscience is that Inward monitor
which tells us that we'd better look
out. for in the long run we are due to
be found out.
There are people who lack courage
to such an extent that they can't even
face an obligation, to say nothing about
A man Is likely to be foolish as a
clown over a dimple if the right girl
has the dimple and is willing to turn
It In bis direction.
The man who takes himself seriously
gets a bard jolt when he meets a wom
an who doesn't.
Wisdom crieth in the streets to at
tract attention for her wares. But
make no mistake about It; she has ber
price and always exacts it.
There Is this peculiar thing about
credit It Is always best when you
don't need It at all and is a decreasing
variable whose limit is zero when yoc
need It the most.
aaa i got me Kina wun a nose at
tachment, i when she has to be alone so much,
"The first thing I did when I got j working along the same old lines
home, was to put cn my old clothe3. j every day. No wonder she begins to
My wife had all the closets cleared
out, as per instruction. I took that
vacuum cleaner and ran the hose
through all the closets, up and down
the w alls, around the backs of the pic
tures, over the upholstered furniture,
the portiers and whereever there was
any dust to be sucked up.
"Then I cleaned the carpets with
the sweeper and rolled them up so
the floors could be washed.
"That took about a couple of hours.
Meanwhile my wife was washing tho
china and bric-a-hrac and such in the
kitchen wearing rubber gloves, by
the way, so she wouldn't ruin her
think she is abused and that her life
is one long drudgery.
"Say if husbands knew how much
fun they could have helping their
wives, and if they knew how much
the wife would appreciate intelligent
help, tbere'd be more husbands tak
ing their physical culture right at
home. Business Isn't so all-fired Im
portant that a man can't forget it
for a day or half a day once in awhile,
to get up a working acquaintance with
his wife. That's when you really get
acquainted with her. You find out
what she's worth and how chummy
and interesting she is."
BY CLYDE H. TAVENNER. i to petition congress, and that member
(Speclal Correspondence of The Argus.) ; ship in any union or association shall
Washington, April 15. The charge, nt constitute cause for dismissal,
often made, that President Taft is not Now for President Taft's diplomacy:
a politician, has been disproved.- The ' Seeing that the democratic house was
president has just proven conclusively j going to restore to civil service em-
that he Is a politician.
For instance: Ever since Mr. Tei'
has been in the White house a move
ment has been on foot to ind;ce him
to repeal the rule forbidding govern
ment employes the right to make sug-
ployes the right to which they are
justly entitled under the constitution,
the president announced that he would
permit civil service employes to peti
tion congress through the heads of de
partments. These heads are required
gestions or state their grievances Jo j 10 submit the communications without
for li isu ami 14 for Auierl- i
The birth rate In this country, '
as In Europe, Is lowest among the
ib-h nt'l thrifty. The birth rate in
the a; uncfd nations of the earth was
'oer ii the close of the 13th cen
tury tiiaii at the close of the 18th.
What will be the Tuture of this
rountry when immigration practically
ceases and the prosperity now enjoy
ed by the average nate American
ia i'?n-d by the children of the for
i'Ur. born? Is the prediction to he
torn out that the human race, as
t increases the refinements of clvlll
tatlon, will gradually eliminate itself?
Merchant Killed on Track.
Lincoln, April 17. Peter Roden
beck, a merchant of Hartsburg, was
found dead In a mysterious manner on
the Illinois Central track two miles
, south of the village. His head
crushed and limbs were severed.
was not missed from his home during
LAWS OF WAR.
COMMISSION aO KKX.MK.ST
Some figures on commission govern
ment of cities, prepared for the forth
coming issue of The international
Year tUook by a member of the edit
orial staff of Kngiueerlng News and
published (u that journal, show that
the commission plan was in use by 2o
:itle t the close of the year 1911.
Most of these adopted the new form
of government lu the last three yeara.
There are commission governed cit
.eg tu Zi of the 4 states, the state
having the largeat number being Tex
ia, which has 29. Including Houston,
r'ort Worth, JC1 I'aao. Oalvestoa and
Austin. Kansas has 2G cities, includ
ing Kansas City, Wichita and Topeka.
Oklahoma baa 19, the largest being
Oklahoma City. Illinois has 19. in
cluding Rock Island, Molina and
Springfield. Iowa has 7, Michigan 7
and South Dakota 11.
The largest city in the list Is Oak
land, Cal, with 150,174 population in
1910. Others of more than 10.000 are
Memphis, pmaha, Ijowell, Mass., and
Communion government is evidently
having a fair trial and It works suc
cessfully in many of the cities In the
Rules That Govern the Civilised Paw
era of the World.
As at present formulated by ths civ
ilized powers of the world, ths laws
of war forbid ths use of poison
against the enemy; murder by treach
ery, as, for example, assuming the uni
forms or displaying the flags of foes;
the murder of those who bars surren
dered, whether upon condition or at
discretion: declarations that no guar-
members of congress. This rile is
typical of the gag rule methods em
ployed In Russia. And it never was
constitutional, as the constitution ex
pressly guarantees the right of peti
tion to every citizen of this country.
unseemly delay, but "with such com
ments as they may deem requisite in
the public Interest."
i:i.k KTII HOI R C OXCCSSION.
This eleventh hour so-called conces
sion, which leaves to the head of a de-
But President Taft would not yield ! partment the power to practically nulH
to the government employes. He would j fy any petition presented by subordi
not allow them the privileges to which - nates, will have no effect upon the
they were entitled under the constitu- plans of the hr.use to revoke by legis-
For the Common People.
The play's the thins, so Shakespeare said
As doubtless you have some time read.
And, while tor some this may be so.
Give me the moving picture show.
To It I'd rather go
Than to the cheery problem play
And watcb the villain heroes slay
A single nickel paya the bill.
Admitting one to every thrill.
The barroom loafer on a spree.
The queen's gold plated jubilee
It certainly Is fine to eee
8cenes from the woolly west and wild
Or fairyland to charm a chUd!
Tla there the common people meet.
Garbed aa tbey happen on the street.
Not tortured by a fancy dress
Or gewgaws that night bring distress.
They'll see the moving pictures. Tea,
Nor does It break them up to go,
Though every night ia changed the show.
One does not have to strain the ear
The ancient classic Jokes to hear.
To catch the Vmgs that verga on rot.
There richt before one lies the plot
"Who wouldn't rather go than not?
So let me finish with this line:
"The moving picture show for mine!
EFFECTS OF GAG HI XE.
The gag rule at times worked a hard
ship on employes of the Rock Island
arsenal, and the writer time and again
directed the attention of members of
the house, to the injustice of the or-
lative enactment the objectionable gag
order that has beon piaintained
throughout the Roosevelt and Taft ad
ministrations. The house will proceed
to aspert. first in the appropriation
bill pertaining to postofTices and later
in a general bill, that a government
ITALY'S GROWING GREATNESS.
The cable announcement that the
European powers mire agreed on pro
posals to bring about an end of the war
bctmeen Italy and Turkey may be ac
cented as evidence that opposition to
Il-.y prospects of enlarged power and
ON VOTING LIST
lit m l
Mlae Myra Lea.
On the voting lists of Vom Angeles
Is one name whicn enay mean snuasi
to the entire orient, for its prood pos
sessor baa sworn that abe ta gotaar ta
return to ber native land and there
teacb tn principal of equal rights for
women. Miae Myra Le Is the young
lady and abe has the satisfaction of
being the first Cblneae woman ever to
jyte la the UnUd- Jt .
der. Speaker Clark instructed me to 'employe is rot to be deprived of free
state that he would listen to the gricv-! speech by executive order,
ances of any government employe who : It is said that President Taft believed
desired to come to him, and that he he was turning a master trick in poli
would defy President Taft or anyone ties when he consented to the slight
else to attempt to punish them for modifkaMon of the existing gag rule,
doing so. " I But it is obvious that he is deceiving
The democratic house took up the ! nobody but himself in this regard,
subject. Congressman James T. Lloyd and least of all the government em
of Missouri, one of the best friends ; ployes, who, from the very first day
government employes have in conerepp, ! that Mr. Taft went into office, have
Introduced a bill providing that civil i scarcely dared to say their lives were
service employes shall have the right ! their own, lest they be discharged.
Had His Doubts.
"Ilow did your
new auto behave
on Its first trlp7"
"Not a bit of
"Not a sign.
"W b a t do you
"That It Is wait
ing until I get my
girl out In the
"VThy is a bouse dress unlike a wel
come?" "'Because It Is a house dress."
"Ob. thRt's no reason."
"Well, why is a bouse dress unlike
a welcome V"
"Because you can't wear It out"
ter will be glvenf& "an enemy; the use
of such arms or projectiles as will
cause unnecessary pain or suffering to
an enemy; the abuse of a flag or truce
to gain Information concerning an ene
my's position; all unnecessary destruc
tion of property, whether public or
These laws also assert that only for
tified places shall be besieged, open
cities or villages not to be subject te
legs or bombardment; that public
buildings of whatever character,
whether belonging to state or church,
shall be spared; that plundering by
private soldiers or their officers shall
be considered Inadmissible; that pris
oners shall be treated with common
humanity; that the personal effects
"Why do women change their minds
"For the same reason that they
change their dress."
'Well, wby Is that?"
To get one that Is more becoming."
It Tn tEe stnTl of the dead one and al
low it to remain seven days, tbinklns
In some measure to make np for the
loss of the dead animal.
"The women also do something sim
ilar when a baby dies A relation or
friend will give "the bereaved mother
ber own baby to nurse and care for
during seven days. In that time tee
parent is supposed to become reconciled
to ber loss.
"Memory cslls up a touching Inci
dent that occurred in our domestic life
In Monb. Soon after our advent Into
that land my wife had the misfortune
to lose a little one. It soon became
known, and the women were very
grieved about It. A day or two after
a young chief that bad always been
The Main Requisite.
"Is It bard to prepare yourself for
office work. Mabel?"
"What Is the most Important thing
"Ilow to do up your hair."
Mistaken In the Person.
"1 met Mrs. Creeu today." -"What
did she say?"
"It wasn't Sirs. Green.
and private property of prisoners, ei- kindly disposed toward ns presented
cept their arms and ammunition. 6ball
be respected; that the population of
an enemy's country shall be consid
ered exempt from participation In the
war unless by hostile acts they pro
voke the HI will of ths enemy. New
SHARING THE SORROW.
A Kindly Custom of the Arabs When a
"Arabs east cf the Jordan have a
custom which shows a kindly feeling
one toward another." writes a traveler.
"If a man's horse dies (next to bis eld
est son. bis best companion) bis netgn
bof will bring la, another horse an4 put
himself st our door. I asked him in.
Be entered snd from under bis cloak
brought a tiny white lamb. He put It
Into my wife's arms, saying: 'I'm sorry
for your loss and if 1 bad a baby would
bare lent it to you to care for until
yon had got over your grief. 1 bad
this lamb, so have broogbt It for yos
to look after, feed and car tor,"-
A Mesn Hint.
-What did she play?"
"The 'Last Hope' such an appropri
"Why do you say so?"
"Because It matched the xpresalo
of her bearers when they beard ber be
gin It." Baltimore American.
"I can tell my neighbor how to rot
"Then, wby don't you V
"Ob, be kuows how."
"My dear Cousin Sue," wrote Miss I
Auchlnclos3, cousin by marriage, "we
are now settled in our new place at
Waverly and claim your long promis
ed visit. We are all anxious to meet
you, having heard a great deal about
you from dllerent members of your
aide of the family. Charlie will call
for you tomorrow afternoon after
luncheon with ths auto and bring
you out The distance Is only twenty
fivs miles, and an hour will be quit
auJEcient for the Journey."
"Well," mused Miss Aucbincloss, "I
dare say they will all be very kind to
me, Delta having married my cousin,
but. since I hsve never seen any of
them, not even the connecting link,
Charlie, I suppose I shall not feel very
much at borne among them. However,
I shall get acquainted with, him on ths
ride and that will be a help with the
The nest day at the appointed rime
Miss Aucbincloss was ready for the
journey with a suit case standing in
the hail. Going to the window she
saw a young man Just pulling up to
the curb In a beautiful new automo
bile, painted fawn 'color. A man on
the sidewalk advanced and the two
talked together, the autolst sitting In
his sent. Then the autolst alighted,
and tho two men walked away, leaving
the machine standing where it . had
It occurred to Miss Aucbincloss that
she would rather wait for her cousin's
return In the auto. He had evidently
met some on be knew and they bad
gone off to do something, she didn't
know what When he returned she
would be ready for him. She was
much pleased with bis appearance and
this bad taken away a good deal of her
repugnance at visiting persons whom
she had never Been. So carrvlnar her
suit case with her she put It In the
auto, then got In herself on the seat be
side the steering wheel.
She sat there ten minutes, when the
autolst returned. He looked at Miss
Auchlncloss somewhat surprised as he
approached, and when be reached the
auto, hat In band, there was an Inquir
ing expression on his face.
"I'm your Ctusln Sue Auchlncloss. I
received Cousin Delia's letter saying
that you would call for me this after
noon to take me out to Waverly. I
saw you drive up to the door and walk
away with your friend. I thought I'd
be ready for you on your return."
A meeting between two persons who
have never met before Is apt to be a
little stiff, and for a few moments the
young men showed embarrassment;
then he muttered a few Incoherent
nothings, took his seat, attached the
power, and the two sped away. The
formality of a first meeting soon disap
peared. Cousin Charlie asked a great
many questions about his relatives, the
A uchiuc losses, and Cousin Sue asked
a great many about his branch of the
family, the Chamberlins. He was es
pecially pressing in his queries, surpris
ing Miss Auehincloss by his want of
knowledge of his kin on her side of the
house. When each had beep satisfied
In this matter they fell to general con
versation and got on famously. Miss
AucLiucloas was delighted with Cousin
Charlie, and Mr. Chaniberliu was de
lighted with Cousin Sue.
When au hour had passed Miss Au
cbincloss asked If they were not near
Mr. Cha interim's home, his wife hav
ing written that the distance could be
covered within that time. Mr. Chani
berlin smiled and said he had no Idea
of taking so short a ride and had
chosen a far longer route. Coming to
a roudhouse. he said be would tele
phone that they would not arrive as
soon as expected and, alighting, went
luRide fof the purpose. He was gone
some time and when he returned ex
plained the lencrth of his absence from
the fact that the wire was busy tud
he was obliged to wait.
It was three hours after the starting
that the auto pulled up in the grounds
of a handsome place, and severul young
womeu came out on the porch to re
ceive the guest. One of them, whom
Cousin Charlie called Lolia, advanced.
gave Miss Aue hincloss a kiss, and the
rest followed suit. A small boy of ten j
who announced himself as . Cousin j
Frank insisted on carrying Cousin j
Sue's suit case, and tbe party went Into
the house. They were all young and
seemed very well pleased at the meet
ing. The guest was shown to ber
chamber, where she made a toilet f r
dinner, putting on the one dressy cos
tume she had brought with her.
"Dear mc," she said to herself when
left alone, "I didn't know that Charlie
Cbamberlin was so well off as to live
In this style. I wonder If the funds
don't belong to his wife."
The dinner went off pleasantly,
though It seemed to Mfss Auehincloss
that there was an uneasiness in her
cousins, and as time wore on Chnr'le.
though evidently much pleased at hav
ing his cousin with him, appeared
especially distracted. Little Frank
"Oh, T wouldn't think of separating
a newly married couple. Come with
us Cousin Delia," said Miss Auehin
closs. Several of the party turned their
back at this reply, and It looked to
the guest that It was for a reason.
There was something going on under
neath this cousinly welcome that mys
tified Miss AjBchtncloes. Coosln Delia
excused herself on tbe ground that eh
was obliged to get a letter written to
be sent out before the mail closed. It
did not seem to Mis Auchlncloss that
there was anything husbandly and
wifely between her and Charlie. They
had been married but a short time,
and even between couples who have
lived toeether for years there is a cer
tain something that marks them as
belonging to each other. Nevertheless
while Mis Auchlncloss noticed the ab
sence of this something It did not oo
cur to her that the coups were any
thing but man and wife.
"Cousin Delia," she said to Charlie as
tbey strolled away together, "looks
enough, like you to be your sister."
"I have never seen a married eouple
resemble each other as you two do."
"Y-e-s; several persons have spoken
of that I don't see it at an," replied
Charlie, then turned the subject
II led Miss AucbincloM about tha
grounds which covered a dosen acres
attractively laid out a rivulet running
through it spanned by rustic bridges
and here and there broadened into a
fish or a duck pond. As tbey strolled
along together Charlie seemed to lose
that embarassment which had troubled
him, but b surprised Miss Auchlncloss
by certain glances and words that
were altogether too flirtatious to come
from a married man, especially one
who had been recently wedded. Miss
Auchinloss suggested that the sun
having set tbe air was becoming a
trifle chilly and she thought she would
return to the house. They found tha
auto standing before the door.
"Why, you're not going out again in
your machine tonight Coosin Charlie?"
remarked Miss Auchlncloss.
"I thought we would have another
ride," was tbe reply. "The moon is
coming up, and It is full tonight"
"Why, dont yoo thrnk you'd better
take Cousin Delia out with yon?"
"Oh, she doesn't like to ride tn an
automobile; she's afraid."
They went into the house, and Char
lie announced nia intention to take nis
cousin for a moonlight rid. This did
not surprise the others, and when Mis
Auehincloss offered to give place to
Delia the latter repressed a smile and
said that her moonlight rides with
Charlie were a thing of the past
So the cousins got into the auto to
gether and started forth. They had
not been out long before It was evident
that Cousin Charlie was trying to get
Fomething out He made several at
tempts, all of which were failures,
when Miss Auchlncloss said:
"There In something about this visit
of mine that I can't understand, a
secret among you all, to which I have
not been admitted. I wlf-h you would
tell me what It Is." ,
Cousin Charlie made another effort
and was soon launched upon an ex
planation mingled with freqnent ex
cuses and ajKilogles. He told her that
when he saw her In his anto he knew
at once that she bad made a mistake,
no was not her Cousin Charlie at all.
The temptation to Impersonate that
gentleman and take her for a drive
was too strong for him. Then It oc
curred to him to take her home with
him for dinner, lie had prepared the
family for the event by telephone and
I asked one oZ his sisters to impersonate
his wife. They had protested against
the plan at first, but finally consented.
The matter would have gone off more
smoothly had It not been for Frank,
who kept them In constant terror lest
he should let out the plot
It took Mr. Chamberlln the greater
part of the ride to smooth Miss Au
chlncloss' ruffled feelings, but grad
ually It came over ber that tha affair
was a very good Joke, and she admit
ted that she had made some very
pleasant acquaintances. She asked
Cousin Charlie in what direction he
was driving, and he said that he was
taking her to hr real cousin's. Fie
had telephoned them that her arrival
would be delayed. ' She asked when
her suitcase would be seat to her, and
he told her that It was stowed away
in the rear of the auto.
It had been very easy for the young
man to play the game; Indeed. Miss
Auehincloss had walked into It of her
own accord. It was another matter
to smooth her ruffled feelings. Never-
! theless by dint of penitence and per
suasion he finally succeeded.
! And no ended the first chapter In a
! love story which was quite awhile In
developing. Miss Auchlncloss was pre
j vailed upon to visit apaln those who
j had entertained ber, and they all be
i came very Intimate. Cousin Charlie,
"How do you like this bread?"
"Did your wife make it?"
April 17 in American
He lonrrd to be a Utile bird.
But longings all were vein.
He didn't have a single cent
To buy an aeroritan
Pupil (to schoolmaster! Sir. wouV
you mind taking great care how re
draw up my report? My parents sn!T
dreadfully from nerves. Fiiegendi
i,r Prod IVorrintrtf.r tonk hor nnfnnnv
aeemed inclined to do a good deal of I Jf) aut) r)(e anJ one nioounj?ht nlght
chattering despite efforts made to ; , . ,,. M!L.ured ber ,.roui:se to
muzzle hlra. He kept calling those j nIg wif(j
1 st thp tstilA h7 their wrn-ip names anil '
II was constantly saying things to mat !
the occupants of the house uneasy.
Finally Just at the conclusion cf the
dinner he addressed Cousin Delia thus:
"I say, Mollie, why don't you get
There was a langh. which on the part
of the hosts was mingled with a good
deal of constraint Cousin Charlie
looked frightened, and Cousin Delia
turned red In the face. No reference
was made to tbe boy's having called
Delia Mollis, and in tima the eqaan:m-
The usual fortune of complaint is i
excite contempt more than pity.
1700 Dr. T.enJamln Franklin. Inven
tor. phhuKopher. statesman sod wit.
died: burn H'Ai.
1SCKV Wliliain (Jilmore fcirnui. autbftr
of southern historical nction. bora;
1SC1 Virginia adopted ordinance of se
cession, the fightb state to with
draw from tbe l.'n'on
Ity of the party returned. After dinner
iimi nriii Aav. tor It was the season
when the twilights were long, and all Boston The Income tax amendment
went on to the veranaa. "' "
"Charlie," said Delia, "you had bet- ,u lnB "ouse oi representatives oy a
ter show Cousin Sue the ground be-1 f H6 to &5. The resolution has
fore It dark." et to pass the senate.