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THE ROCK ISLAXI ARGUS, MONDAY. SEFTENIBER 30, 1912.
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Monday, September 30, 1912.
What It optimism? Chairman Hilles.
The mild mannered campaign
developing Into a rip-snorter.
Taft aays he is in favor of revising .
the Urtff. Of course he means up-
The retiring governor of Illinois will
; be In Rock Island tonight. Did you
Wonder If the bull moosers will at
tend the Deneen meeting in Rock Is
land this evening?
In his recent speech, Senator Lodge
'consumed 6.000 words and never once '
mentioned his old college chum-T. R. I
When President Talt Issued that !
statement claiming the e'.ectlon, how
do you suppose he kept his face
, t 1. I . , V. A
present, figure. England has abolished
the aeroplane corps. Judging from
Saturday's tragedy, the United States
- m.v k. nhnH ,n fnw
Roosevelt must "feel a whole lot like ;
. V. .-II . 1 J . . . - 1IMK
Of alofty tree and began sawing off
the limb between himself and the tree.
trunk. The strenuous and equally
bombastic Teddy Is elected for a ter
rible tumble in November.
MEAT PRICKS AXO CORN. j have been better a week or ten days
When corn was high as the result ago. as was then suggested. When the
of a short crop the meat trust de- .contract is completed and the con
.... ... " actors are gone it will do little good
rlared meat was high because it cost ; tQ complaln
more to fatten cattle. Now, .with aa-j jf Second avenue Is not eettin
surances of a bumper crop of corn,
meat is higher than ever and cantin-
ues to ascend.
What's the answer? Plainly that
somebody, some interests, are boost
ing prices. Who can this somebody,
this Interest be? Plainly, again, a
combination of packers. There Is no
meat trust we are assured, as the old
trust fearing the law, has "dissolved."
But who doubts that the packers are
In combination a ad are regulating the
sales and prices?
If a short crop of corn sent meat
prices up. should not an immense crop
force prices down, as. manifestly, it
will cost less to fatten cattle? But
the packers have absolute control of
the situation. Meantime, the ultimate
consumer may complain, but can not
do other than foot the bills.
The government has destroyed the
.rust, perhaps, but has not destroyed
PERKINS AND JI STICK.
In a recent statement George W.
Terklns. Theodore Roosevelt's person
s' friend, political backer and associ
ate bull mooser, declared the time has
come when a great party must arise
to secure Justice for all classes. Let's
ee who this friend of Justice is. He 1
Is one of the directors of the United !
Mates-Steel corporation, the greatest!
trust in existence. Immediately after j
J. Pierpont Morgan and George W.
Perkins formed this billion dollar
trust, for which they received $260.-
000.000. the executive fommlttee met.ithe country In 1894 when he led an
nd passed this resolution:
"That we are unalterably opposed
to any extension of union labor and
advise subsidiary companies to take
rrm position when these questions
come ud and aav that thev are not
going to recognlie it. that is. any ex-
tensioa of unions In mills where theyi,nem almost an equivalent to money,
do not now exist."
Since that day no union man bas
been emp'.oyed by the steel trust In
the absence of orcaniiadon. the men
in the employ of the steel trust must!
eek "Justice" single handed and
hence they fall, whereas If tbey were
united, they could demand and re
ceive fair play. Wbat Is the result?
fiteel trust employes are forced to
work 12 hours a day and seven daya
. la this the kind of "Justice" Mr.
Perkins, the backer of Colonel Roose
velt stands for?
TAFT TOO LATE
It is unofficially announced that
President Taft bas decided to make
the tariff the leading issue in thecam -
Mr. Taft Is too late.
The people have made the tariff the
leading issue. It has been Uie leading
Issue with the people ever since Mr.
Taft signed the Payne-Aldrich robber!
arilf bill, which Mr. Taft said In his!
V inona speech was the "best ever." . ;
tt was the issue when the demo-
fsx overturned the republican ma -
Jcrity in congress.
The peop'.e en-1
dorsed the democratic position on the
tariff at that time.
Mr. Taft caa't fool the people again.
He. with Mr. Roosevelt's help, fooled
them in 1908 by promising that thej
tariff should be revised downward. In
stead of doing this, the bill he signed
and endorsed at Winona revised the
Mr. Taft not only placed himself on
record in signing the Payne-Aldrich
robber tariff and la his speech at ;
Winona, but also by vetoing the dem-!
ocratic measures passed by the demo-
critic house of congress, revising the"!
tariff downward. 1
Mr. Taft will have a hard time ex-i
plaining what he proposes to do with j
the tariff fln four years more. If his !
future course is to be judged by bis i
record on the tariff, additional burdens !
wi:i be placed on the people In the
interest of special interests.
Whatever Mr. Taft's intentions may
he in regard to the tariff, the people
can only Judge of the real purpose by
his past acts.
If Mr. "aft shall profess reforma
tion and promise tariff legislation on
new lines, his promise will fall on idle
Mr. Taft Is too late. The people
know what they want, and have de
cided to win what they want with Wil
SPECIFICATIONS OR WORK,
Either the specifications are faulty
or Rock Island Is getting a poor Job
of concrete work in the Second avenue
j"1?' concrete foundation may
be a" right as far as the requirements
are concerned, but In appearance it is
a Joke. It is not like concrete; it looks
more like macadam and sand and dirt
There is no apparent sustaining quality
to it. How In the world the contrac
tors expect it to eand up is a mys
tery. From time to time The Argus ha
1 called attention to the diftsatisrnrtinn
"",rt on. Part of tbe Property
w-s with the progress of the work
lcn Second nue. and It has gone
ir as to suggest to a number of
f" 11" . metl?S
w ijtii uu iuo majur rn.ua inspector
summoned to appear and explain,
whether or not the pavement Is what
was contracted for.
Ten days ago, when a meeting was
few HTVT ot SeconJ
rlT" flT " "u" D"'";u
" 7 J"" "1. " .TT u 8
pn the paving subject before it was too
,ate Rut u turne(1 out that ,he meeN
ii g was called for an entirely different
Pn- As far as the pavement was
1 concerned, those present seemed to
think that the property holders
were getting the worst of it and that
it might just as well be let go at that
and kick afterwards perhaps.
The Argus does not believe this is
the position to take. The time to
remonstrate is right now. It would
hat it contracted for and the prop-
rty holders sit idly by and utter no
protest it will be In a measure their
fault if It is not what it should be.
COXEY HAS NOVEL
COOD ROADS PLAN
"Gen." Jacob S. Coasy.
("General" Jacob S. Coxey ofOhio,
who created such excitement all over
army of unemployed "Coxey's Ar
my" to Washington, is the author of
another novel p'.an which may again
bring him before wide public notice.
He proposes that state bonds be is-
i ,ued ln maU denominations and be
i receivable for taxes, thus making
He will next spring take steps to
Initiate an amendment to the Ohio
constitution, providing for the issu
ance of $100,000,000 worth of good
roU bonds, the rate of Interest to
be one-half of one per cent
Mr. Coxey hopes that every state
ti the union will adopt his plan. He
has set It worth briefly In the follow
ing article, written for this paper.
BY GENERAL JACOB S. COXEY.
The first and most Important pro
gressive step to be taken under Ohio's
new constitution Is an up-to-data
movement for financing the building
of good roads.
The goad roads amendment wss
defeated Li the every section where
1 foox mogt needed, because
the old fashioned bond issue proposed
j invo'ved $50,000,000 in principal a&d
another 150 000 (Mil in intrer tinn .
O00.OOO in all for $50,000,000 worth of
The farmers of Ohio are not blind
to the interest burden. Most of them
have carried It thrmieh hrrf
flays and sleepless nights, all their
They wadt to lift themselves out
- i ' s
i ' I vV" . .... ' i . ::'5j?w
trXTII. IT'S TOO LATE.
"My boy Is earning mqney now,"
said the mother, "and he's so proud
that he can help take care of me. H
doesn't get much yet, and I must still
keep on working for a while, but he's
got the spirit to get ahead and I know
"He needs a new suit of clothes and
I wanted him to get it right away with
the first money he earned. .But he
wouldn't. He comes home every Sat
urday night and drops his pay en
velope In my lap. 'You shan't starve,
Ma,' he says. 'You take it, Ma. I
ain't going to let you starve.'
"But I'm keeping some of It, and
in a couple of weeks I'll have enough
for the suit, and then we'll go down
town on a Saturday night, when he
has the time, and buy It.
"He's a good boy. He says to me
often, 1 won't turn out. like dad did.
Ma. 8e If I do. I learned my lesson
b Dad's goings.
I won't treat you
like he did.'
BY CLYDE H. TAVENNER.
(Special Correspondence of The Argus.)
Monmouth, 111., Sept. 27. Theodore
represents the bosses, and the repub-
Ucan party Is composed of them and
the vested interests of the country."
And President Taft said: "Roose
velt is not a republican, but repre
sents a one-man party whose chief
advisers are the harvester and steel
Senator La Follette of Wisconsin,
also a republican, says both Taft and
Roosevelt are telling the truth about
each other. And La Follette har had
enough experience with both Messrs.
Taft and Roosevelt to know what he
it talking about.
The answer Is: Win with Wilson.
DIVORCE THE PHILIPPINES.
One tremendous expense now being
borne by American taxpayers that !
wi'.l be lifted In the eveut of the elec-1
tion of a democratic president and
democratic house is the cost of gov-fi
ernlng the Philippine Islands, which
! being done against the desire of
95 per cent of the Filipino people.
Ten years ago Senator Hoar stated
In the senate that up to that time
the cost had been $600,000,000. Siace
then we have kept in those islands
an average of 12,277 troops. It cost!
the government $1,500 annually to ;
maintain each soldier. The cost alon
of maintalng the military forces in j
ot the mud of bad roads, but not by
getting Into the worse mud of heavy
interest on bonds.
The new amendment which will be
submitted to the people for adoption
next summer, briefly stated, is this:
An issue of $1,000,000 of state
bonds for building good roads.
These bondB to bear only one-half
of one per ceat interest, covering the
actual cost of, issue and redemption
The state is to levy a tax, suffl -
cient to collect $4,000,000 annually to
redeem the bonds, paying off the to
tal issue in 25 years.
The bonds to be Issued ln denomi
nations of 1, 2, 6, 10, 20, 60 and 100
These bonds to be receivable by the
state for taxes.
Beginning early next spring I shall
make a state campaign, speaking in
every county, ln advocacy of this
amendment and soliciting signatures
to a petition for the special election
to be held ln the fall.
If this amendment wins aad It
surely will Ohio will get $100,000,000,
without any toll in form of interest
The one-half of one per cent cover
ing cost of printing, etc., attached
as nominal interest on these bonds,
serves to evade the federal tax of
10 per cent oa state currency, since
they are "Interest-bearing bonds."
At the same time, the convenient
denominations of these bonds, and the
fact that the state receives them for
taxes, will make them to all practical
purposes legal tender.
SLEDS OF THE YUKON.
Thsy Are Built to Stand the Hardest
Kind of Hard Wear.
The Yukon sled, while not a thing of
beauty, Is built to stand all kinds of
bird wear. or. as the Irishman said.
"It will last forever and after that can
; be used for firewood.'
The sled is about eight feet long, is
made of any kind of bard wood, lies
close to the ground, costs from $10 to
$14 and makes a trail sixteen inches in
Another pattern i. known as the bas
ket sleigh and 1 to the Yukon sleigh
what a three masted schooner is to a
coal barge. In length It is from eight to 1
fifteen feet Is made of birch, oak or
hickory, curs a trail tweuty-two Inches
in width, costs from $4U to $2(10. i
raised a foot or more from the runners
"His father was a good man, too.
but he made us lots of trouble. '
"When we were married he didn't
have a single bad habit He'd never
touched a drop of drink, and he didn't
for the first few years after we were
married. He worked steady and made
good money and we were all so happy.
"But then he got in with some other
men who liked to have a good time
what they called a good time. They
were drinking men and my husband
thought he had to drink, too, to keep
up with them and be a good fellow.
And he just couldn't stand it He got
to be a drunkard and then the trouble
began for all of us. and kept up for
10 years till he died.
"When he was dying he says to,
me, Wife, I know I've been a lot of
trouble. I know I haven't done right
by you and the boy. But somehow af
ter I'd took the first glass I didn't
have any will left I was easy per
suaded. " Tt was mostly one man the one
that used to to come here so often.
He'd say, 'Oh, come along, Bill. Don't
mind the old woman. Be a man and
have a good time while you can.' And
after he'd treated to a drink, J was
all in. I know I ain't done right by
you, wife. I wish 'I had another
chance. But you te'.l the boy not to be
easy persuaded and never take the
first drink. Its the first one that leads
to the next and then a fellow don't
see straight any more.'
"I sometimes wouder," finished the
little mother, "if a lot of good men
aren't just like that easy persuaded
and going down hill because some
friend of theirs keeps a-pushing from
behind and they can't see what he's
doing until its too late."
the Philippines last year was over
$26,000,000. It is safe to affirm that
the sum which would be annually
saved, were the United States to re-
linquish sovereignty over the Philip
pine Islands, would, not fall short of
$50,000,000. Democratic euscess means
TARIFF TAX EXTORTIONS.
Here are some figures showing the
tariff tax paid by the average Ameri
can family which tell their own story:
Wage earner's family, $82 a year; sal
ary earner's family, $140 a year; pro-
j fessional man's family, $140 a year.
SENATOR CLAPP TESTIFIES.
Senator Moses E. Clapp of Minne
sota, says: "You will hear it said coa
stantly, with reference to something
on which the price has been advanced,
'Oh. that isn't in the tariff at all. That
increase has nothing to do with the
tariff.' But the fact is that the tariff
reaches' all along the line. You can't
raise the cost of living to a man who
producing something to sell without
rorclag that man to raise correspond-
ingly the price of what he has to sell."
QIERY FOR PROTECTIONISTS t
If our protective system is not the
"substantial" explanation of the ab
normal increase in the cost, of living
in "the United States, how does it
come that British prices under free
trade, increased but 7.7 per cent In 10
years, while American prices, under
protection, increased 34.3 per cent?
and ln the best examples is lashed to
gether with rawhide.
The basket sleigh as its name im
plies, is fitted with a basket, into
which the loud is placed, and from the
back of the h:ixket a pair of bandies
project, to be used In guiding the sled
on the trail. It often hpens that a
Yukon sled will be fitted with a home
made basket ln Imitation of its more
In very cold weather wooden run-
j ners are best, but in ordinary clrcum
stances steel or brass runners are usea.
Wide World Magazine.
Secret of This Curious Product of the
The "Jump Jag bean," which Is al
ways sure to excite the wonder of
those who have not before seen this
specimen of the vegetable kingdom, is
the product of a small bus I) wbicb
grows ln the northern part of Mexico.
Within each blossom are two fer
tile seeds and a third, which is the
home of a small, exceedingly active
worm, whose, performances are re
sponsible for tbe queer conduct of the
besn. When this worm emerges from
its prison It becomes a beautifully
colored moth. The seeds of the jump
ing bean blossom In the month of
May. Then the female moth deposits
one egg on the pollen of the flower.
As the flower develops It forms a
triangular shaped shell on two sides,
with a convex shape on the other.
Within this the chrysalis develops
Into a grayish brown worm about one
tenth of an Inch In diameter and about
one-half an inch In length.
This worm lives Inside Its cell for a
period of six months, or until the mid
dle of November. Then, climatic con
ditions being favorable. It bore a
bole through the end of Its shell and
flies away as a moth. New York
To Full Per Utterance.
He Invented a dandy stc to tell
his wife wbea he got home after mid
night." "Good one. was ttr '
"A peach: U wonld xatisfy a Try wo
"Did it satisfy her?"
"It would have, but be couldn't tell
tt." Houston ri
He thaf ran mt i,.r xtra vagance
must reprieve by pnrximoiiy. From the
9r 9VJtCAJf M. SMITU
JT is so much easier to find time to
do what you want to do than it Is
to find time to do what somebody else
wants you to do.
A girl's idea of a good time is ice
cream, cake, moonlight and, a black
Some men are not happy unless they
are paying a smooth fellow a big salary
for working them.
A fast man may be defined as one
who loses money faster than he'makes
it The, other sort is slow.
We can't be bright ail the time. The
price of elbow grease and scouring, ma
terial is too high.
The only way to cure a man of argu
ing is to pnt up a mark and let him ar
gue it down.
A woman does hate to have her bus
band bet and lose.
Isn't it queer that the better looking
our photograph is the less our friends
think it resembles us?
The man who gets on in the world
leaves a lot behind him.
The man who takes a little notice of
what his wife did during the day in
sures a big day's work to follow.
What should we do without the dreams
That come to cheer and Jolly.
That stem the tide, the seething streams
Of somber melancholy?
Hard preseed and sore beset by care.
We long for dreams and visions
And know that we shall find them there
in nicotine Elyslums.
At night with pipe beside the fire 1
We set the smoke clouds rolling
And dream that with our heart's desire
We In sweet fields-are strolling;
That, wrapped in mantle wide of peace.
With dear dellehts around us.
From trouble wa have found release
No more can sorrow wound us.
Not for the dreamer Is the toll
Of dismal nights and dreary.
Above his head the smoke clouds roll.
And still his heart Is cheery.
80 fill the pipe nor listen to
The rasping voice of trouble.
And dream of joy and hope anew.
So will your' pleasures double.
"Do yon know
a good preventive
fcr seasickness ?"'
"What la It?"
Covers Too Much Ground.
"Wonder why Brown never gets any
"That's easily seen."
"Point it out."
"His starting point Is usually spread
over about tweuty acres, and be tries
to leave from every foot of It."
The Law of Avsragea-
"1 am going to succeed."
"Maybe you don't believe it."
"Why should you?"
"Because I have scored my full shara
"Are yon playing bridge. Mrs.
"Not this month."
"Indeed! Why not?"
"This is Mr. Brown's month to play
"He has such au awful lot of van
ity." "I am so glad."
"I don't know why you should be."
"He couldn't be happy without It"
"I wouldn't believe that man under
"Huh! That's nothing. I wouldn't
believe him if I knew he was telling
Some Things to Avoid,
Falling down hill.
Falling ln love.
Falling for a confidence game.
Falling on the neck of a poor rela
tion. Judge For Yourself.
"Were you ever in 4ove?"
"I thought I was once."
"I hope it didn't turn out badly.'
"Well, we were married."
"He's such a comfortable person!"
"Because he can betieve anything as
any way be wants to."
Msry had a little Iamb.
We've beard tbe thing before.
And every time we bear It now
It makes ua awful sore.
No Need For a Leader.
-society reporters slways spesk
f a bride being "led to the altar." Jost
as though a bride couldn't find her own
' way there blindfolded. Philadelphia
i Lock follows the hopeful: III lock, th
1 tearfuL Cerman Proverb
Rebecca's Weaving By Clarissa Mackie.
Copyrighted. 1912. by Associated Literary Bureau.
In the weaving shed under the wal- f
nut We. Rebecca Oswald sat with Idle j
bands before the big loom. There was j
a pungeut smell of green walnuts and j
the peculiar odor of rankly growing
hollyhocks that latticed the wtndow ;
with fluted pink enps.
Rebeccs's Hps were enrved In a
bitter smile as she dreamed In the
mellow gloom of the shed Her slender
form, erect and motionless, was sharply
outlined against the light
Within the shed everything was im
maculately clean and fresh with the
penetrating odor of cedar shingles.
The big loom filled one end of the
room with Its massive framework, and
In the corners were rolls of rag carpet
and several baskets filled with bright
hued rag strips.
Maria Oswald paused ln the door
way, her round eyes peering s"harpty
at her sister's tense profile. "Rebec
ca, what the land are you doing?" she
Rebecca started and turned her head.
"I wasn't doing anything, Maria. I was
The older sister advanced and sat
down In a chair near the loom; her
keen eyes searched Rebecca's sen
sitlvevface snd her own reddened with
indignation. "I saw Ida Benjamin's
boy coming out of the gate. What did
he want?" she demanded.
"He brought some rags; his mother
wants some mats made for Edna."
said Rebecca quietly.
Of course you won't make them,"
I must If I don't. Ida will say its
because of Edna marrying Myron."
If that ain't just like Ida Benja
rain the spltefulest critter that ever
drew breath! Why didn't she take tbe
rags down to Peterkln?" Suddenly
Maria's disturbed countenance became
an urbane mask. "Don't you dare cry.
Rebecca Oswald." she added fiercely;
"she'a Himlnr now!" '
A shadow darkened the doorway,
and Ida Benjamin entered. She was
a tall, strongly built woman, with
colorless hair rolled stiffly away from
her sallow skinned face. Cold blue
eyes were set unpleasantly close to a
prominent nose booked above a bitter
mouth. She carried herself with tbe
proud Insolence of one whose weapons
are always unsheathed. Ida Benja
min's keenest weapon of attack and
defense lay behind the even rows ot
her false teeth. Now she rustled for
ward with an amplitude of starched
"Busy as a bee. Rebecca. I declare
you're always at It ain't you? I'll
take this chnir, Marin. You needn't
get up." She beamed amiably upon
Rebecca removed her ,foot from the
treadle and turned to the newcomer.
"Robbie brought the raa. Ida. What
color warp do you want?"
"White, I guess. Do you think you
can get them dune by the 1st of Octo
ber? Tbey are for Edna's new house
and" She paused significantly.
"Why not tike them down to Peter
kin? He's starving for work, and Re
becca's got all she can do," interpo
lated Maria acidly.
"I want nobody but Rebecca should
touch them." protested Ida Benjamin
"Being Edna's wedding outfit, they ar
very special, and Rebecca makes suet
"Very well, Ida; I can make them
There's plenty of time before the 1st
of October. Tell me how you wani
tbem mude." said Rebecca quietly.
While the two women discussed th
making of the rugs or "mats," as they
are called In Little River Maria arose
and silently left tbe weaving shed.
Alone with Rebecca Oswald. Mrs.
Benjamin dropped the ball of rags she
had been displaying to the weavet
and leaned back lu her chair. "Well,
Rebecca. I hope you don't hold any
hard feeling toward me and Edna,"
she said, with a malicious smile.
"We never have been Intimate
friends. Ida; you know that." said Re
becca proudly, "but why do you Imag
ine that I should feel any especial en
mity toward yon now?"
For an instant Ida Benjamin's sallow
face reddened: then, as if Rebecca's
question offered an opening for which
she had long waited, the color left her
cheeks sallow snd strained, and she
spoke coldly and deliberately:
"You needn't pretend you don't mind
losing Myron White after keeping com
pany with him for five years. Of
course he's older than Edna, but the
very minute be set eyes on her be lost
bis heart You can't blame him, Re
becca: Edna's so young and fresh, and
you and me. loo are not as young aa
we used to be. There; you needn't red
den up and look so proud. Rebecca.
You might as well look tbe truth In the
face a a to pretend you don't care."
"Have you got anything more tc
say?" asked Rebecca icily.
Ida Benjamin hesitated. An eager
question had burned her tongue for
! five years. To her coarse grained mUid
there was no indelicacy In the asking
of such a question, but she did shrink
: from Rebecca's answer. She felt in
stinctively that Rebecca Oswald would
ipeak nothing but the truth. Her eager
ness now found vent In the question.
"Sarah Qulgley says that years sgo,
before I married Jonah Benjamin, be
courted yon and wanted to marry yaa.
I told her It wasn't so snd tbat be net
j er appeared to like you. but Just the
; same it spoiled all my mourning for
. him. I haven't been to the cemetery 1
; since she told me that Did he ask you
to marry him?" Ida Benjamin's voice
sank to s low tone of bitter angulxb.
and her harsh face was distorted with
an effort for control. She leaned for
ward, ber eyes fixed on Retcca's fare.
"That's why you've been so hateful
to me tbe last live year be-a use
you're jealous of that?" asked Rebecca
Tbe other woman flared fiercely.
"I'm not jealous, uot a mite, but 1 can't
bave It that way."
Now the power was in Rebeccs's
hands. She could flay Ida Beojamia's
fferllir. bem wuh a detailed account
ot now defunct Jonah had in his
yoath wooed her. His doglike devotion,
his obstinate refusal to take "no" for
an answer, had been a village jest.
Theie facts were weapons in Rebecca's
hanCa. With tbem she might avenge
herself upon this woman who bad de
prived her ot the man she loved and
destroyed her happiness through some
long cherished Jealousy.
Ida Benjamin was waiting for Re
becca's snswer. hoping It would be a
denial that she might carry forth to
confound her fellow busybodles. with,
whom stie waged alternate war and
peace and in whose midst reputations
were won and lost ln an hour.
All at once Rebecca seemed to see
down into Ida Benjamin's sordid little
soul, and a revulsion of feeling swept
over ber. A strange light came into
her eyes as she looked at the woman
standing there so curiously subdued
and expectant suffering tortures of
jealousy, and she was filled with pity.
Then it was tbat Rebecca Oswald
spoke to her enemy and told her first
He. "Jonah came to see me a few
times, Ida, but 1 guess he got tired ot
me. 1 want you to bear ln mind hs
never asked me to marry him." Re
becca was quite pale when she con
cluded. The other woman sighed rellevedly.
Her bead went up with ber accustomed
insolence. "I never believed a word of
it Rebecca. I knew Sarah Quigly was
lying. I suppose you're willing to re
peat that before her?"
"I think 1 have said enough." re
plied Rebecca wearily. Tbe sunshine
had faded from the pond, and the,
shadows seemed reflected in her face.
"I'll have to be going now." Mrs.
Benjamin stood In the doorway looking
down at the weaver, a curious hesi
tancy in her harsh voice and a strange
expression mingled with tbe triumph
in her bard eyes. It was almost as it
she felt sorry for Rebecca.Oswald.
When Rebecca was alone she stared
through the lattice of hollyhocks with
a strange sense of desolation. It hud
been a hard day. The pressure ot hu
miliation had been strong upon her.
and she had suffered. All at once she
beat her fists upon tbe window sill
with a little fury of despair, "it Isn't
fair and Just," she sobbed. After
awhile she arose and closed the win
dow. Touching the loom with one
slender band, she looked down at tbe
maze of purple warp blurring before
"I suppose people's lives are like rag
ca rpetf -some's plain, some's striped
and others are Just 'hit or miss.' with
lots of bright colors. Mine's been ln
stripes, with lots of gray and black in
between for trouble. 1 guess It has
stopped now just as I was beginning a
beautiful stripe, tbluking all the rest
of tbe carpet was goiug to be tbat rosy
color. But I've got to keep on wear
ing. It'll be drab colored for awhile
until I get some sense Into me." Bhe
dashed away the tears and straight
ened proudly. "I've got to weave those
mats for Ida Benjamin. I've got to
make them so as to pay me back for
telling that lie."
Tbe door flew open with startling
suddenness, aud Myron White stood
there, handsome, black eyed and with
black brows meeting ln a beavy frown.
allls attitude was one of mlugled shame
"Rebecca. Maria was down to the
store, and she told me that Ida Benja
min had brought mats for you to make.
Where are they here?" At Rebecca's
nod of assent Myrou bent dorn and
swept Mrs. Benjamin's bags of rsg
balls into his arms and deposited tbein
In a wheelbarrow be had left outside
tbe door. Then be came back and
faced Rebecca lu the gathering gloom
of the weaving shed.
"I'm a doggoned fool," hs said bitter
ly. "I've gone and cut myself off from
the only woman I ever wanted to mar
ry Just because oh, I've got to tell it
no's to do right by you. Rebecca. You
know I was getting up courage to ask
you to marry me when Ida Benjamin
got after me. 1 dou't know what she
meant by It. but she said Edos was
dying for love of me. Well, what
could I do? When Maria told me you
was going to weave mats for us 1 Just
made up my mind I'd be a man. so I've
been and told little Edna all about iv
tbat If you won't bave me I don't cars
whether anybody else does or not And
she was just as glad as I was said she'
I was planning to eloe with Lance Way-
land anyway, and she said she bated
me and my old rag mats. I can't trust
myself to talk to Ida Benjamin, but
I'm going to take ber rags back. I
won't bave you making mats for her.
1 hope you'll forgive roe for all the
trouble. I guess you never want to see
me again." He turned and walked dis
piritedly toward tbe door. "I don't
suppose 1 deserve you should forgive
me," he sdded.
Rebeccs's eyes were heavy with on
shed tears. She who had patiently
taken up tbe weaving of ber drab fu
ture suddenly found ber weft was rose
snd gold. All at once ber restored
happiness found utterance in broken
"Myron. I shall never forgive ft
if you go away now."
Sept. 30 in American
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odist pri-ai-iHT. coworker with I be
Wesley, dli-d: iHirti 1714.
JSOO-Wnr between United States and
France ended. It began July tt.
1010 Wlimlnw Homer, famous Amer
ican painter, died: horn 1834.
fltred Mother John! John!
Baby ha swallowed my latchkey.
Abxentnitndfd Father Never mtnL
dear use mine! London Opinion.