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THE ROCK ISUtSEAyp ARGUS, THURSDAY, APRIL 18, 1912.
FINAL ROLL CALL
FOR A VETERAN
A. H. Hampton Passes Into the
World Beyond After Strug,
gle Lasting Two Years.
END IS NOT UNEXPECTED
Condition Had Itern Critic! for Some
Time Prominent and Highly
Alem Hull Hampton, a veteran of
trie civil m ar and one of Rock Island's
leading citizens, passed away at bis
home. 73" Seventeenth street, at 9
o'clock this morning, after an illness
extending over a period of two years.
Death was due to apoplexy, brought
n ty a complication of diseases. Sept.
22, 1910, Mr. Hampton's failing
health led him to seek medical aid
at the M. W. A. sanitarium in Colo-
raao bprings. and although he derlv-
ed a great deal of benefit from the
treatment secured there, which in all
probability prolonged his life several
months, members of his family realiz
ed that his condition was critical and
since his return to his home in this
city a year ago he had failed rapidly,
and after a brave fight against over
whelming odds, he was forced to give
up the struggle this morning. Mr.
Hampton was held in the highest es
teem and regard by all who knew
him. By his many arts of kindness
'ri- Jijc Jtf'ijne he endeared hlm-
Cactus, says Luther Burbank, Is
destined to become a popular food.
Well, if breakfast food, why not cac
tus? If they should want to clear that
ring all they would have to do would
be to Induce Uncle Joe to throw his
stogie in It.
It Is claimed that a man loses his
temper when he 1ob'?j his appendix.
But the doctor restores it when he ;
presents his bill.
A Harvard professor has Just an
nounced his discovery that women
talk too much. But how about the !
Llna Cavnlicrl says she will never
Sing ap.iln in this -ountry. Which
averts anotiipr dagger for the Pitts
burgh millionaire colony.
MEXICANS AS THKY ARE.
An effort Is beln? made by some of
the Americans remaining in Mexico
and those in the border towns on this
side of the Illo Grande to induce the
United States government to take
(dm action concerning the death of
Fountain was an American whcwas
thrown out of work as a mining em
ploye by the activities of the Mexican
insurgents, mar Parral. He enlisted
In the Mexican federal army and serv
ed a machine gun w 1th good eTect In a
long fight which resulted In driving the
Maderint troop from that city. He
was cut off from the government forces
when they retreated and concealed
himself, but was forced by hunger to
leave Lis "hiding place, and was cap
tured. The commander cf the insur
rectos ostensibly permitted him to fio
free, but as he was i parting he was
hot in the back, prpoumably on or
ders, on the pretext that he was at
tempting to escape.
Of course, when Tountaln enlisted
for war he voluntarily accepted the
chances of war, and It is not likely that
the authorities in Washington can do
anything In his case. Hut the manner
dt his death Is something that deserves
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jp to a hlrh !. tree of enthusiasm over
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what they ! ..'.., ve has Irf-vn the Strug-
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.iberty. Mexicans. In large part, are
still the fame Mexicans tliat figured
n the dime novel ,f years a;:).
cd iio'Aidy ktiowb it better than I'or
THE COSTLY LESSON.
Stunned by the first hock of the
!is;is?er, people the world over are
eglnning more and more to realize
:he unutterable horror of the Titanic
reck as fresh tidings come. What
iid it, or why it happened may be of
xnll io:.-.i.leratiou to
; ourn. That It did happen, that it
aDtiot be undone, is the cold stoical
fact that rides above all else.
And yet there is a lesson la it all
.l.at man cannot fall to heed. Dearly
: ouKht, as it is. it is a 1 sson. The
i'.ocum hud its Ieson. fco di'l the
roijiiols, and while neither alleviated
.t.8 ehcik and sorrow of terrible
ji-iiilent, yet others Teared the bene
'.t cf the les-.on. The cause was in
rath instance plnced and safeguards,
oo late, it is true, to save the mar
r, jet Baft-guards they proved to
-e, were adopted.
A terrlfii- toll nnd Irreparable loss
a paid to- pain those safeguards,
:ut they caiue.
There are a number of lessons to
Se learned fro:u (!: fate of the Tl
:anlc, the most trti;x.rtant of which is
in.'f.ubtedly the fact that there can
'ect be too iuany precautions for
inergcncy In ocean travel, such as
life boats and life preservers. An-
other Is thst man in hi own conceit does a man surrender his seat to a
ti'Lst not Imagine that he Is capable I woman or a gray haired man. The
Bf completely overcoming the force age of chivalry may not be gone for
pf nature, or at all events that he ' ever, but it seems to have been pretty
ran defy t'.iem, and, so misled, j effectually side tracked in these days
.1 the interest of pleasure I of selfish rush and greedy sppropria-
1 ni comfort and luxurious appolnt
d. nts in modern travel, neglect me
tor uion precautions that humanity
In i r: i:led to.
j ..f Fi'ted niacii, U-e demand for
loess for himself. He was In the
postal service for 16 years, being
compelled to resign two years ago
because of ill health.
Mr. Hampton- was a member or
John Buford post, G. A. R., and sev
eral other organizations In the city.
He had for years been a faithful
member of the First Methodist Epis
Besides his widow, he is survived by
two daughters, Clara B.-and Harriett
M. Hampton, and one son, Orvllle B.
Hampton, all of this city.
DAVID G. LIXDSAT.
Friends in this city will be grieved
to learn of the death and burial of
David G. Lindsay of Sullivan, 111., a
veteran of the Civil war, who passed
away at his home the afternoon of
April 10. He was the color bearer of
the 126th regiment Illinois volunteers.
He was also a Mason and Knight
Templar. He was laid to rest by the
Masons and escorted by his old com
rades of Sullivan and Moultrie coun
ty. Mr. Lindsay wag born in Scotland 7"
years ago. He visited the Rock Island
encampment and attended several re
unions of hja regiment. His widow
and several sons and daughters sur
vive. rOERIG rrF.RAL.
The funeral of Herman H. Doer
ing was held from the home of his
brother, Henry H. Doerlng, 3724
Fourteenth avenue, this morning at
9 o'clock. Rev. Ph.. Wilhelm of the
German Lutheran church officiating.
The bearers were Louis Griener, S.
Metcalf, Harry Kerr, Julius Nelson,
Godfrey Hagen and N. Cavanagh.
Burial took place in Davenport.
never a thought of stake then, other"
than the neighborhood reputation as
.Once it was thought a pretty sporty
proposition when one used to play
poker with matches. What would hap
pen to the freshman youth who would
suggest that sort of game on Fifth ave
There is a vast body of men and
women in the plainer walks of life,
however, who still play cards for the
mre fun of it
They are so old-fash
ioned as to think that when you have
to spur Interest by the feverish force
of dollars, it is because you are not
aftrt-minded enough, to feel the human
interest of a battle of wits
And when you read the tales of the
pirate gambling of the old times here
and abroad, modern card playing com
At a famous English gaming house
at the beginning of Victoria's reign, it
is said that $5,000,000 would sometimes
change hands in one night Back in
the simple early days of this republic,
when presidents rode np alone on horse
back to get inaugurated, much as they
would take a Job In an office, there used
to be some sporty play In stately Phil
adelphia. The memoirs tell of the men
and women of fashion who thought
nothing of losing $2,000 of a night.
Even in Washington 40 years ago.
therp was baccarat In which many high
officers of the government indulged.
That would not be a favorable card
to play to the voters of the year 1912.
STREET CAR COURTESY.
The Minneapolis-St Paul street
railway management is making an
effort to Improve the manners of
street car crews. A courtesy cam
paign has been started which gives
promise of accomplishing results.
This Innovation causes the Kansas
City Journal to remark: "Official cour
tesy can hardly be claimed as an
American virtue, generally speaking,
and nothing is more exasperating tnan
the petty boorishness in which many
people dressed in a little brief author
ity' are fond of Indulging. Street car
men are neither better nor worse than
those in other callings that bring men
into daily contact with all sorts and
j conditions of people.
There is room
nn uuug uie umciai line tor lmprove-
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metit of manners, and the room for
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I improvement is not by any mean con-
fined to the employes of the great pub
"It is a cardinal principle of the re
lations between the people and such
institutions that good will is a most
valuable asset, and that this good
will can most effectually be secured by
considerate treatment of patrons by
employes. The Minneapolis-St. Paul
management reminds its employes
j tnal the public payg for more than a
rule wnen its nickel Is registered. Ev
ery patron, and especially every
strancer In the city, has a binding
va " 1 lne courteous attention
every employe can give, and If this
fact was thoroughly Impressed upon
every street railway crew there would
be less cause for complaint than now
"Bit the patrons themselves, as a
general thing, are more Inconsiderate
of each other than are the street car
tlon of street car manners In any city
in the country Kansas City is not an
exception will make the average per
son rather eyr.iral as to the survival
of the old-fashioned courtesy that was
wont to treat strangers, and espec
ially women and the aged, with due po
liteness. Whenever a car stops at a
crowded corner during the busy hours
of the day there is a wild scramble on
the part of the men for seats, leaving
the women to shift for themselves.
Often the women are rudely elbowed
out of the way. Rarely, in compari
son with the number of opportunities
for display of kindly consideration.
tion of the beet that can be had, re
gardless of those who are weaker. In
the matter of street car ethics, this is
unquestionably an era that proves the
survival of the roughest and greediest
FATE SIMILAR TO U
THAT OF Vl
Cyriel Gotelere Meets Death
at the Hands of a Mur
derer. STABBED DURING A BRAWL1'9
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W as Sentenced to Joliet for Slaughter
of Van Hecke Violates His '
A fate similar to that which he dealt
out to a fellow countryman some two
years ago. befell Cyriel Gotelere in the
beet fields of Michigan a short tlme;DaT nim'' twenty drops carbolic add:
ago when a negro stabbed him, to,,one",ourtl1 ounce extract of white rose.
death. (The negro was arrested and.
is now awaiting trial on a charge of
murder. About two s ears ago, Gotel-
ere engaged In a saloon Drawl with a!
man by the name cf Van Hecke and
as a result, the latter died in St. An-1
thony's hospital. A blow from Got el-'
ere's foot had caused a fractured skull.)
Gotelere was traced to Michigan, ar-j
rested and brought back to Rock' Is-;
land for trial. He was found guilty of!
manslaughter and sentenced to prison.
After he was in Joliet for 11 months.1
he was paroled through the efforts ot'
Attorney W. E. Whiteside.
violates parole. I
Two weeks after ho w m.ri il I
loft tha ctQtA en H thAVAhf vlnl.r.J .V I
- - . luiu.vu mg
terms of his release. Nothing was
heard of him till the news drifted to
the city that he had died in anoth4i9
snipe is a popular trimming, and is
used in combination with tan as well
as other colors. (2) Almost any treat
ment for freckles Is likely to prove
ineffectual and harmful to the skin.
Among thoe moat commonly used
are lemon juice, solution of hydrogen
peroxide, sour milk and buttermilk.
The last named is probably as harm
less as any.
Dear Mrs. Thompson: (1) How can
I clean an old rose satin dress and a
red satin dress? (2) How can my
Talking About Factions
(Chicago Evening Post.)
What is happening in the Internal af
fairs of the republican party?
Down In Missouri some six weeks
ago a district convention for the choos
ing of presidential delegates started
things by bolting the doors against
the friends of the one candidate and
allowing only his opponents to vote.
In Mississippi a man with a revolver
controlled the convention.
In Indiana the most unfair methods
were used in choosing the delegates
from Marion county and seating them
In the convention.
In Kentucky there are charges of
The New York primaries in their
crookedness out Tammanyized Tam
many. Colorado's primary was as bad.
And in Michigan Thursday Gov
ernor Osborn bad to call out the militia
to prevent bloodshed at the republican
These thoroughly disgraceful pro
ceedings have been widely discussed
throughout the country In reference to
their effect upon the candidacies ot Mr.
Taft and Colonel Roosevelt. They have
not been generally considered as to
their effect upon the republican party.
And this, we are beginning to think,
is their most important aspect.
All these contests will have to be
settled. According to old tradition this
settlement will be made upon a basis
To the straps with the women and the
elders. Strength must hr.ve its seat."
The Kansas City Journal may be
correct It In its observation as to con
ditions as they obtain in the larger
cities. But the same is not true of
the smaller cities. It is not so of the
three cities. The age of chivalry has
not passed here. Rarely do you see
a lady or an old person standing in
the aisle of a street car when stran
gers and young people, occupy the
seats. You can observe the instance
any 3ay on a street, car in Rock Is
land or jn any of its sister cities,
There are exceptions, mayhap, but the
rule is gallantry and consideration to
the ladies and respect for the aged and
to the straps for the strong when the
car Is crowded.
Questions and Answers
Rock Island, April 18. Editor
T V, . , . T . ,
iue Argus, i iiouceu iu your coi-j
umns some days ago a statement to
the effect that you proposed to pub
lish the names of these who signed
the recall petition for Mayor Schrl
ver. When may we expect this high
ly interesting information? B. V. W.
(When the recall petition is filed).
Rock Island, April 18. Editor
The Argus: You speak of the one In
spiring thought in connection with
the loss of the Titanic, that the wo
men and children were firbt saved.
Do you think it the Judgment of the
Creator that one emigrant woman Is
of as much use In the world as John
Jacob Astor? INQUIRY.
(The Argus does not presume to
pass upon the Judgment of the Cre
ator). MISS JULIA C. LATHROP
IS NAMED BUREAU HEAD
Washington. Ti. c... Anrii 1 mi-o
Julia C. Lathrop of Chicago, now and
ror many years a colleague of Jane
Addams In the w-ork of Hull house
Chicago, has been appointed ciief oi
mother reduce her flesh? f 3) What
g00d for chapped face and hands?
ANXIOUS E. L.
I (1) In each casn soak the dress and
wash it thoroughly in about a gallon
of gasoline. (2) The best way to re-
duce flesa to diet and exercise.
Avoid sweet, fatty and starchy foods,
and heavy eating, and walk a great
deal - 3 An- excellent remedy for
chapped skin is the following prescrip-
tiOQ: ne ounce glycerin; two ounces
Dear Mrs. Thompson: Please tell
me bow much a Lincoln penny with
initials on it is worth. (2) When will
one - half pennies come out? ROY.
d) Tn Lincoln pennies with inl-
tials on them are worth only one cent.
(2) Nobody knows whether half cents
wI1l eyer be coined. There has been
some talk of doing this, but nothing
definite has been done,
Dear Mrs- Thompson: (1) Will you
Please tell me what games to play
at a party to be given for both young
and old by a ladies' bible class? (2)
How should the invitations be worded?
L. M. D,
Peanut hunts and potato races al
ways afford amusement. If the party
ven around Easter little candy
eggs might be used instead of pea
nuts. Then games such as "wink.
"going to Jerusalem," "hide the thim
ble" "Ruth and Jacob" would be good.
If you wish to know about any of
these games send me an addressed,
stamped envelope and mention the
games you wish to have described
(2) Formal invitations are not needed
for a sociable affair. You might send
out announcements telling simply who
is giving the party, where it is to be
held, and when, and extending an
invitation in a cordial manner,
of control of the republican national
committee rather than upon the evi
dence in the individual cases. Which
means that they never will be really
"settled" in the sense of being ended,
Think of the political status of
party in a great state in which the
voters have seen their presidential
preferences turned to naught by the
trickery of their political leaders. It
cannct be united. Men who have been
driven out of a convention at the point
of the bayonet simply are not going to
vote for the man whose representatives
turned them out. This is human nat
ure, which runs above all party lines.
In otlir words, the republicans are
doing what it has hitherto been the
custom of the democrats to do split
ting up their party in different states
so bitterly In primary fights that It is
impossible to get the factions togeth
er against the .common enemy at elec
tion time. The thing would not be ser
ious, if It had broken out merely spor
adically. But when the list of "trouble'-'
states includes Xew York, Indiana,
Michigan, Missouri. Kentucky, Colo
rado, and other important common
wealths, with prospects of more
"trouble" in the future, the time has
come for the party to stop and think
Where is the republican party head
ed today? Looking beyond the Chica
go convention, whither will its present
internal war carry it?
the recently created children's bureau
of the national government. The nom
ination wa sent to the senate yester
day by Presidet Taft. Miss Lathrop is
the first woman ever selected to direct
a bureau of the federal government.
Moreover, to her will be committed the
foundation and development of the
activities which the national govern
ment is about to undertake to further
the welfare of children.
Illinois Professor Called East.
Middletown, Conn., April 18. An
nouncement is made here of the ap
pointment of Dr. El W. Drake of the
University of Illinois to the faculty
of Wesleyan university. He will teach
ethics and the English bible.
FOR GRANTS POST
General Frederick Funston.
The sudden death of General Fred
erick D. Grant has brought owt much
speculation as to who will be his suc
cessor. In official circles at the cap
ital It Is the eeneral oellef that Gen
eral Frederck Funston, who won such
i L'in"1 . P1-?-m,D
j ral Funston is now stationed at
Fort D- A- Russell, near Cheyenne.
J oTj,0 Jcn,Q' brti"
r SVrCAA ft. SMITH
LOAFING DE LUXE.
"JIVK me a country wild and free,
A dash on the open plain,
A pony that never needs the spur
Or a tug at the bridle rein.
And five ma k well. If If s not toe
As I come fr-tn the trackless course
To the sheltered cabin home at night
A man to curry my horse.
A lonely walk on a lonely trail
With, an old time silent guide.
The mountain looming lust ahead.
Behind the plains flung- wide.
Oh, there Is Joy that will. I vow,
Baat saiUnc In a tub i
If when we camp at eventide :r
The culda will cook the grub!
To follow tar through braka and broeh
The panting grizzly bear
And after aome exciting hours
To track htm to his lair
Is pleasure only those may know
Who once the thrill have felt
If one can have a good strong maa
To carry home the pelt.
A camp far In the wilderness.
And slipped the city's yoke.
Where one need only doze and dream
Or elt around and smoke.
As a retreat both aane and sweet
This can't be praised too much
If one can have a crew of men
To Io the chores and such.
Better Than Trade.
"He is founding a new religion."
; "Has he got a great idea?"
"Ton bet he has."
"What is it?"
"That there are easier ways of get
ting a living than working for It."
Knew the Kind.
"I have a theory."
"Pshawl A theory Is no good."
. "Isn't it, though?"
"Xo; you have to put it into practice
before It amounts to anything."
"Oh. I do. do I?"
"Sure! What else is it good for?"
"To 'sell to some fellow who thinks
he Is smarter than I am."
"I want to tell your fortune."
"Oh. go away!"
"But honest I do."
It isn't big enough to listen to you."
"There la so much dishonesty
business these days."
""I am happy to say that not a dol
lar of my money is tainted."
"How much have you "ot "
' "Ninety-five cents."
"It wouldn't do to have women vote."
"They don't know anything about
government and public men."
"Can you name the vice president off
"Did he lose his heart when in Chi
"Worse than that-"
"What his pocketbook?'
Felt It IW a Bunch.
"The Judge sad to me,
"How did you feel?"
"All In a daze."
Some Doubt at to the Package.
AH things come round to those who wait.
The pendulum's slow swing
Our xae will bring us as by freight;
Hut, pray, what will it bring?
There Is only one person who Is real
ly interested in taking care of your
self. The man who Is game never knows
when be Is broke.
It Is bard to offend any one by Judi
The fellow who gets what he expects
and doesn't like it ought to be a better
After a girl learns perfectly the culi
nary department Is she supposed to
turn her attention next to alimony?
It costs a lot of money to get into so
ciety, but one can get out for nothing.
The man who doesn't care how he
gets it generally gets It
Even a neurasthenic sometimes finds
that his gall and nerve are In nice
When you can't get any one to appre
ciate you try going out and paying
Some men are easily sold, but others
give themselves away before any one
has a chance.
Getting a different angle on our troc
hes is one wit cf r'"-" ri of them..
riot Fully Tasted.
"What as absurd little watch!"
"it keeps very good time."
"Ah, It may do now. but wait till
ihe longer days come." London
Truth Is oor only armor In all pas
sages ot life or death. Emerson.
Ttie Ar; us
Catspaws By Esther Sumner.
Copyrighted. 1(11, by Associated Liter . .u
Certain young ladles, met together to 1
discuss the propriety of their taking
advantage of leap year in the matter
of matrimonial proposals, came to the
conclusion that, while to offer them
selves to the man they would marry
was perfectly legitimate, no modest
woman would do so in a direct way.
It was claimed hat there was no Im
modesty, especially during leap year,
in any woman's offering herself to any
man. The suggestion did not find
especial favor with the young ladles
present, and they were tiring of the dis
cussion when Miss Clara Wetmore,
who was considered one of the bright
est, if not the brightest, of their num
ber, made the following proposal:
"Let us unite on an eligible parti
and let those of us who would be will
ing to accept him for a husband each
write a leap yearlproposal to him un
der an assumed name. I will not be
among the number, keeping myself
aloof that I may be a medium between
you and him. I will forward your let
ters to him, telling him at the same
time that I shall be happy to send him
Information about any or all of you
that the case requires. It seems to me
that this would be a perfectly modest
method. It would arrest the gentle
man's attention and put him In a posi
tion where If he Is not very careful
some one of you may catch him. What
do you think of the plan?"
"Excellent! Delightful!" were the
exclamations that greeted the proposi
tion. "There is one weak spot in it," said
Hiss Helen Mudge. "How are you go
ing to unite us on a man? Tastes dif
fer, you know."
"I will propose a name," replied Miss
Wetmore, "and we shall discover if It
is acceptable to a sufficient number of
you to make the experiment I would
SAW UB. BRADFORD AKJ HISS WETMOBB
AT THK OPERA.
suggest Mr. Horace Bradford. He is a
rising young lawyer with an independ
ent fortune, and you know him for a
prominent member of our set All who
are willing to write a proposal to Mr.
Bradford please say 'Aye.' "
There was a treble of funiinine voices
like the wind rushing through the
strings of an aeolian htirp. Not oue of
the young ladies but answered in the
"I fear," said Miss Lucia nackstaff,
"that the profession to which Mr.
Bradford has beeu educated, the law.
will enable him to steer clear of any
traps that may be set for him. Law
yers set traps for others instead of oth
"S ting traps for lawyers."
' . 'as not aware," 6poke up Miss
xvate Towner, a black eyed beauty,
"that even a lawyer was a match for a
"Come, girls." said Miss Wetmore,
"write your letters."
Half a dozen pens were soon running
smoothly over paper, and, as many let
ters having been written, they were
handed to the proposer of the plan.
"Girls," said Miss Ethel Payne. "I
think we owe thanks to Clara lor her
unselfishness in leaving herself out of
the raffle. Her action Is Just too lovely
"Rather call It a scramble," replied
Miss Wetmore. laughhig. "I'll have
more fun out of it than any of you.
since I bold the strings. Besides, I
wouldn't have any chance with all you
The last assertion was received with
expressions of Incredulity, after which,
there being no more plans suggested
for snaring bachelors, the girls dis
persed. That same evening Miss Wetmore
sent the notes tld together with a nar
row pink ribbon to Mr. P.radford. writ
ing at the same time that she vouched
for the rerriectibility of any ami all
the proposer? and would be happy te
afford such further information a
might tseem to be In order. She assured
him that to the best of her knowledge
and belief any of them would make a
good wife. She bad every confidence
that his gallantry to her sex wou:d in
sure his taking the matter up, but If
he found that none of the young ladles
would eult him be would not be bound
to accept any of the proposals.
It was not long beforo J!r. Eradforc
replied that he Uh tj-eQ overwhelmed
vith pleasure at coming to a knowl
edge that be would be acceptable to
the astonishing number of six youn?
ladies for a husband. Id this respect
his amour propre had teen more than
Siti.fi ad, Uai ju U received ous
Da fv Story
Blight that had dashed his happiness.
The seventh lady. Miss Wetmore. bad
negatively Indicated that to her he
would be undesirable. Fossibly he
might be mistaken In this matter. If
she would add a proposal from herself
to the other six he would then take
the matter up, and there was every
reason to believe that be would accept
one of the seven.
The morning after the receipt of this
note Miss Wetmore received six tele
phone messages from the young lady
proposers asking if she had received a
reply. She told them nil that she had
received a very deferential communi
cation, but there was an Indefiniteness
about it that led her to believe the
writer was meditating an evasion of
the subject matter. She would let
them know just as soon as she could
pin him down to something tangible.
Miss Hackstaff. who had objected to
trying to snare a lawyer, said. "I told
you so." Miss Turner, who doubted
that even a lawyer was a match for a
woman, said that she would like to
have a hack at him. These and other
comments came over the wire and
were duly noted by Miss Wetmore.
Mr. Bradford, having filed his an
swer, rubbed his hands and waited.
He had admired Miss Wetmore ever
since he had met her a few months be
fore, but nothing had occurred either
to concentrate his wishes upon her or
to Induce him to think that a suit of
his would be successful. The turn af
fairs had taken was eminently satis
factory to him, since it enabled him to
make her an Indirect proposal, or a
back handed proposal, or by whst
name It may be called, which might
mean a great deal or nothing, but in
any event would result in his gaining
some intimation as to her feelings to
ward him. Surely for the present at
least he had the whip hand of her.
Miss Wetmore wrote that It was
necessary for some one to remain aloof
to act as a medium and that she had
volunteered to do so. Her position to
ward Mr. Bradford was no want of
compliment to him, since it was the
same as all other women except the
six leap year proposers. She hoped he
would take the matter up as it was in
tended by the proposers. To this note
Mr. Bradford replied that his own po
sition toward Miss Wetmore was as
complicated as hers toward him. As
the matter stood he would be guilty of
a want of gallantry toward -her If he
consented to proceed without her be
ing included lu the proposing six.
He chuckled as he read over this let
ter, for It was evident that instead of
being drawn into a trap he had Miss
While this and more correspondence
was In progress Miss Wetmore was In
receipt of frequent inquiries from her
six proteges, every one of whom had
a vague hope that she would be cboteu
by Mr. Bradford. To those queries
that came over the telephone Mies
Wetmore replied that a matter of such
delicacy could not be taken up over a
phone, especially a party wire, with
probably a dozen or more ears at re
ceivers. To the inquiries she received
by note she gave evasive answers. To
those who came to see her or whom
she met casually she attempted to give
plausible excuses for the delay, laying
it principally to the proposed victim's
attempts to avoid being caught in the
web that had been wovwi for him.
Hope deferred maketh the heart ai-k,
and gradually the proposers came to
look upon their leap year plan as a
Joke. Miss Wetmore gave them no sat
isfaction, averring that though she had
used all her arts to induce Mr. Brad
ford to come out Into the open end
give battle, she had failed.
One evening a member of the pro
posal club saw at the opera, sitting side
by side, Mr. Bradford and Miss Wet
more. There was a sudden falling of
1 the scales from the observer's eyes.
That nlj;ht before retiring she reported
the fact by telephone to all her leap
year sisters she could communicate
with, and the next morning the rest
were informed. That afternoon the
young ladies met to discuss the situa
tion. "Well, I never:"
"Any one who takes Clara Wetmore
for a fool will be awfully mistaken."
"It's the smartest thing I ever heard
"Do you think f.he'11 get him?"
"By the bye, I heard It reported yes
terdny that he was engaged."
These and other comments were
made, producing a bnbel which wa In
terrupted by one of the. party surfret
ing that Borne one call np Miss Wet
more by telephone and'ask her how she
was getting on with their proposals.
The plan was adopted, with the follow
"Hello. Clara. U that you?"
"Any news about yon know what?"
"Yes. The plan Is a failure. Thegea
tlemrin is our of the market."
"We've heard he'n engaged. Are you
"Happy wishes from all of us To,
April 18 in American
147 Battle of Cerro Gordo. Mexico,
The Mexican forces, led by Santa
Anna, were defeated by the United
fr'tate army under General Wia
1SC2 Federal bombardment of the
of-derte foris at the mouth of
the Mlssliwlppi TiVV Leio'w New
Orleans was begun by Commodore
160G Earthquake at Ean Francisco
end vicinity. Many buildings In
the city reduced to ruins, which
inter took lire.