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THE ROCK ISLAND ARGUS. TUESDAY, DECEMBER 17, 1912.
N THE ARGUS.
Published Daily t 1(14 Second r.v-
u. Rock Island. IU. f Entered at tb
.wtofflc a second -claaa natter.
BY THE J. W. POTTIR CO.
TKP.MS Ta eoate par week. y oar
; liar. In Rock ind.
- Complaint of dllvry rrlo should
' a mad to th circulation department,
which anoul a!i be notified in every
1 la tan ce war It I daslrad to hare
' wnr dlaoontlnnad. aa raniera have no
- authority In the premlecs,
f All communications of argumentative
. character, political or raUrlon. must
fear real name attached for pubhea-
tton. No snot article will be printed
- ever fictitious almatarea,
" Talepheaee In an department: Cen
tral Union. Wt 14S. 114 and S14I;
Cnloa Centric. II 48.
Tuesday, December 17, 1912.
Be a good fellow. Help take Santa
Claua to th homea of the poor cbl
One trouble with the good .WUe, boy
these days ia that be 1 almost too
good to be true.
Mexico la said to be praying for
peace. Praying seems to be the only
recourse left In tbia caae.
' The eastern college professor who
has found by Investigation that red-
headed men seldom marry women
"with red hair had hia labor for noth-
. lng. The custodian of the seismograph
station In Washington could have gv
n him that information off-hand.
PLAYGROUNDS FOR CHILDREN.
Hon. Samuel Alscbuler has prepar
'.'ed. at the suggestion of persons in-
terested in the subject, a bill which '
will authorize all cities in the state to ,
' acquire and maintain public play-!
grounds for children. It will be Intro-!
duced at the forthcoming session of
. the legislature with the endorsement
. of the Illinois Federation of Women's
Many cities now maintain play-
' ' grounds In one form and another.
but they do to without direct sane
' tion of law. Rock Island has three
such recreation spots. In tome places
they are kept up by subscription; in
; others, they receive indirect astist-
ance from park authorities. It Is the
- policy of most park officials to permit
. tnd provide for games on the tracts
"cver which they have Jurisdiction, but
It Is declared that there is need of
; more playgrounds than can be maln
' tallied In the established parks.
Curiously enough, the greatest de-
maud for playgrounds comes from vil
lages, suburban residence sections and
purely rural communities. Here the
people seem to have a thorough appre
ciation of tbelr worth, probably be
cause they know hotter than others j
mat these facilities contribute to the ;
health and happiness of children.
Persons living in congested city
district who have had little exper
ience with outdoor life ad outdoor
ports, glre th subject. llut atten
tion. 'ACTS ABOt'T IBIS.
Tbe new year 1913 is rapidly ap
proachlug. Christmas Is only a week
off and a week la'er we shall stop
writing lstiz. While every patent
medicine calendar gives a certain
amount of useful Information cover
ing the comliiK year. It is not likely
that very many pt-aple have taken the
time to rnform themselves.
Kanier wll! come very early. Ash
Wednesday comes on February 5,
Kaster on March 23. and Pentecost on
May 11. It is raro that Easter comes
t so early . date. The earliest Uato
possible is March 22d. The last time '
It came cn tb' date was in 1818. and
the lust time before that it was way
back In 1764. It came on Mnrch 23
In 1845 and In 1S06, but after the year
113 It will not come again as early
as the 23rd during the remainder of
the twentieth century. The 22d cf
March will not be Easter day either la
this or In the next century.
Spring begins March 21 at 18 mln-
utet after midnight; summer begins
June 21 at 8:09 p. ni.; full begins
September S3 at 10: C.I a. in., and wij
ter on December 22 at 5:35 a. ni.
Tk... .Ill l a... ii .i
tne tun ana two or tbe moon. Tho
flrtt an ecllpsavof the moon partia'.ly
vlslbU here, takes place at 3; 16 a. m.
on March S2. Tbe second Is a partial
eclipse of the tun April 6 only visible'
l.i the northwestern portion of North
America. The third it a partial
eclipse of the tun on August 31, visi
ble In Greenland. The fourth is a total
eclipse of the moon on September 15.
the beginning visible here at 4:40 a.
m., and the last Is another partial !
eclipse of the tan on September 30,
visible in southern Africa,
WITH THE BIXP OF THE PRK8S.
Tne great progrest made by the
agricultural Industrie of the country
during the lant 1 years, and the vast
Increaa in the farm product! in tbe
tame period. Secretary of Agriculture
Wilton states In hit recent report,
have been tvooompliahed "with the
help of the pre."
Tbe secretary, in this statement,
bat paid a deserved tribute to the ac
tivity and usefulness of tbe news
pa pert of th country. Thit tribute
it notabi In that it it an innovation
in official circlet, tbe custom being to
ltke all the credit to themselves for
good work done through their de
partment It It refreshing, therefore, to. note
f R APES C o J n coi
that Secretary Wilson, after giving a,
glowing account of ph3nomenal ad
vancement In the productivity of the
(arms of the country, due largely to
Improved nrtthods in farming and the
result of an educational campaign of
rhe department of agriculture daring
the 16 years he has been the secre
tary, takes occasion to give the news
papers his endorsement as helpers in
the good cause.
The Springfield Register calls pub
lic attention to this fact, not merely
to thank Secretary Wilson for hit
good judgment and his truthful state
ment, but also to "point a moral ana
adorn a tal."
The action of Secretary Wilson is
in such striking contrast to that of
Borne other department heads, par
ticularly to that of the postmaster
general, that it emphasizes the injus
tice done to the press by men hold
ing a little brief authority.. Instead
of recognizing the value of the newt
papers as the greatest educational as
set of the nation, for which its admis
sion to "second class" postal' ratet
was small justice, the postoffice de
partment of late, by introducing "reg
ulations" and securing the adoption of
laws by congress enabling the post
master general to establish a censor
ship over "newspapers" and other
"second class matter," is Rusaianiz-
ing the postoffice department and
hand leaping the newspapers in their
educational work for the enlighten
ment of the people and the building up
of the country's commercial. Indust
rial and civic institutions.
"With the help of the press" this
country has become the great nation
It Is. Without that help It might have
been like those benighted nations
without newspapers, or it might have
become a despotism like Russia.
"With the help of the press" our na
tion has remained free; civil and re
ligious liberty have been maintained;
its educational, industrial and com'
mercia Institutions have grown and
prospered; tbe , people have been
blessed and their homes protected;
its agricultural interests have ad'
vanced and its cities and tftwns have
The people, the plain people, under
stand this, and the wide circulation
of the best, newspapers attest that
Plain citizens and business men,
when they contemplate any move I
ment for reform, or any educational,
civic or business enterprise, go first
to the newspaper for help, and if the
movement or enterprise is a worthy
one they always receive the help they
seek. Everyone knows this.
The newspapers of Illinois have
largely heiped to make it tbe Empire
state of the west, and are helping In
the work of making it the Empire
state of the nation. The newspapers
of every city In the land are doing
more than their "share" of work for
the common good and their communi
Publicity newspaper publicity is
the most potent influence in every
movement for tbe common good; in
every enterprise to advance the
growth and prosperity of the country
and Its people.
Of course we speak of the news
papers in a general way as an Insti
tution. Not every newspaper is liv-
lng up to Its duty and its opportunities
or usefulness, nut these are Tew com-
1 A W,V. V. .. -. nnAtll.ul.. 1
ya cu wiiu iiiuow liv ullbciubui la
bor for tbe public good, and which
are prime factors In helping to build
up. . f
Jhe unworthy newspaper should be
dealt with individually and most of
them are, and tbe entire press should
be credited and not handicaped.
With the help of the press this coun.
try will continue to prosper and be
free, and this state will become the
Empire state of the natjon.
LEST WE FORGET.
A Critic Reminds Us How Our People
Have Bucked Progress.
We of tMs bis republic complacent-'
ly affirm the glory of our national
achievements and are not without
teiuptntiou to acclaim them a proof
of superior craft and ju;lmeut
But herein tlo we forjji't that we are
on rvord as having cast our vote
against every move that has contrib
uted to tbe prescut century's develop
ment We raised our voices in contemptu-
ous protest apainst the first projected
j railways. Had the locomotive waited
j Its signal fron: the people It v.ould not
yet have started.
When the electric telegraph was
shown to us wx brushed it aside as a
i toy and lauebed its inventor to scorn
when he offered to sell us hi rights
for n few thousand dollars.
We put into jail as an Impostor the
first man who brought anthracite coal
to market We broke to pieces Howe's
sewing machiue as an invention calcu
lated to ruin the working classes, and
we did the same thing to the harvester
and tbe binder. We scorned the type
writer as a plaything.
We gathered together in mass meet
ings of . indignation at tbe first pro
pose I to install electric trolley lines,
and when Dr. Bell to'.d us be bad iu
vectod an instrument by means of
which we might talk to one another
across the town we responded with
accustomed ridicule,, and only the reck
less among us contributed It Its be
lag. Atlantic Monthly.
Surgaey and the Anatomista In the
For a long time Alexandria was the
only medical center of the world, and
tbe physician Galen, born about 130
A. .. bad to journey from Rom to
tbe African city even to tee a tkele
toq. He sent bit students to the Ger
ms battlefields to dissect the bodies
of the national enemies, while he him
self usd apes as most resembling hu
man beings. Human dissection was
revived in Bologna in the fourteenth
century, where Madonna- Uanaobna
later was professor of tax tog: ,ua-
GOOD CORN MEAL RECIPES.
This is a good season of the year to
use cernmeal. Besides being nourish
ing. It is beating to the body. The
farmer long age recognised the dif
ference in corn and oats for his horses
and ether stock, but as he once said
to met "I knew all these things you
talk, about for my stock, but was per
fectly ignorant of foodt in relation
to my family; we ate pork In hot
weather, while I would not feed my
Corn meal is not expensive and it
dishes are carefully made all the fam
ily ' will like them once or twice a
week In cold weather.
Note All measurements level.
Flour sifted before measuring.
CORN MEAL GRIDDLE CAKES.
Materials Sour milk or buttermilk.
one cup; cornmeaL one and one-half
cups, flour, one-half cup; salt, one-
half teaspoonful; soda, one teaspoon
ful: sugar, one teaspoonful; two eggs.
Utensils Steel griddle, bowl, tea
spoon, tablespoon, egg beater, cake
Directions Beat the eggt until light
in the bowl, adding the milk and the
Representative James Alexander,
hit hair snow-white, his face always
bright and cheerful hut filled with
lines indicative of long years of hon
est toil, was an unusual character. He
was a member of the Illinois house,
yes, a republican member, but we re
spect his memory none tbe less for
that because It was manifest that he
was fighting for the right as God gave
him to see the right He was of the
kind which no "jackpotter" wou'd
even venture to approach. When he
arose in the house, it was not "his ora
tory that Impressed; not his argumer.
couDietfty one or tne nrst women doc
tors, if not the very first Leonardo
da Vine!, painter of "Tbe Last Sup
per," was a great anatomist, but dis
section bad fallen into disuse when
Vesallus finally revived It about tbe
middle of tbe sixteenth century.
Even in comparatively modern times
anatomists have been the object of at
tacks by the populace. In 1TG3 Dr.
John Shlppen of Philadelphia was
mobbed as a grave robber. Doctors'
riots in New York occurred twenty
three years later and were due to tbe
belief that tbe medical students rob
bed graves continually. It was the
lack of opportunity to obtain subjects
regularly that led to the practice of
grave robbing and originated what
Dr. Keene calls "a set of the lowest
possible villains tbe resurrectiouists."
New York World.
Do You Help Others?
It has been tritely said that for ev
ery one who stands alone there are
twelve to lean against him. How is It
with you? Are you one of those
tgainst whom others lean for help and
encouragement, or are yon leaning
against some one and drawing your
Inspiration and courage from him? It
depends entirely on yourself whether
you take a positive attitude in your
work or whether your negative char
acteristic shall dominate. It is much
C Livingstone Cornallua.
The new aergeant-at-arms of the
United States senate, E. Livingstone
Cornelius, successor to tbe late Colonel
Daniel Moore RansdeH, is a democrat.
He has been appointed assistant ser-geaat-at
arm for more than a year, a
position specially created for him by
Hit flrtt position at Washington was
as private secretary to Colonel Rant
dell when the latter - was appointed
United States marshal of the District
of Columbia by President Harrison.
When RansdeH became tbe senate aergeant-at-arms
in 1900 he kept Corceliut,
and made all the official arrangements
for the funerals of Vice President Sher
man and Senator Raynor of Maryland,
I vJ''t III
I i II III
soda dissolved in a tablespoonful of
hot water. Mix the remaining ingre
dients .and bake on a hot griddle.
Serve with bacon and maple syrup.
- SPOON BREAD.
Materials Sour cream, two cups;
soda, one teaspoonful; salt, one-half
teaspoonful; one egg; flour, one table
spoonful; sugar, one tablespoonful;
butter, one tablespoonful.
Utensils Bowl, teaspoon, table
spoon, measuring cup, griddle. "
Directions In the bowl mix the
soda well with the cream, tie beaten
egg, salt, melted butter, flour and corn
meal enough to have the batter drop
and not run from the spoon. Drop on
a hot griddle or drop by spoonfuls on
a greased pan and bake in a quick
Materials Milk, one quart; corn
meal, one-fourth cup; sugar, one-half j
cup; molasses, one-half cup;, salt, one
half teaspoonful; butter, one table
spoon ful; ginger.
Utensil Baking pan, measuring
cup, teaspoon, tablespoon,- double
Directions Put the milk into the
double boiler and when scalded add
the cornmeal gradually. Stir and
cook for ten minutes and then add the
remaining ingredients with a pinch of
ginger. Bake in & slow oven three
hours. More milk may be added as
it cooks away. Raisins may be added
when half done.
OF A PATRIOT
tative ability, but the undoubtabV fact
that he sought to see right from wrong
in all legislative matters, and sought
to influence others to make the right
or wrong of a legislative issue the con
trolling influence over every style. His
old-fashioned honesty of purpose elic
ited great respect for him even though
he was a "more or less obscure mem
ber of the house.
Though Representative Alexander
may be succeeded by a democrat, and
we trust he will be, we can give the
ATill county district no better counsel
han to elect a man equally as patri
tic aa was Jamet Alexander.
easier M go through life making as
little effort as possible, but it ia a
poor way if we are going to , make
life yield even a small modicum of
what It holds for us. If you are work
ing earnestly, and hoping for success
there Is only one way to attain it, and
that Is through your, positive, charac
teristics. Philadelphia Ledger.
A STUDY IN FIGURES.
Calculations Necessary to Produce th
It may safely be said that no one
outside the publishing office has read
the entire Nautical Almanac from be
ginning to end, but each figure of the
printed almanac is in the office ex
amlned twice and read three times.
The totftl number of figures exceeds
a million; but, great as that number is
it is trifling compared with the num
ber of figures employed In the calcula
tlons, ' as the almanac figures repre
sent "bare" results only. The moon
for instance, requires for its calcu
lation more than a million and a half
of figures, and similarly with other
branches of the work, such as the
tun. the planets, etc. Contrary to the
general opinion, practically every fig
ure in tbe book is fresh from year to
Tbe tables from which nearly all the
work is calculated have been original
ly constructed from the labors of the
astronomical observer and to a large
extent from the observations of the
sun, moon and planets made at the
Royal observatory. Greenwich. Tele
scopes and other astronomical appli
ances are conspicuously absent, as the
work of the staff is purely mathemati
cal and not observational. London
A Lagend of Mount Omi.
Mount OmL on the border between
western China and Tibet, has the long
est staircase in the world. On top of
the mountain there stands a Buddhist
temple, around which gather some of
the holiest traditions of that religion
and which is made a Mecca to the
Chinese. .To facilitate the ascent of
Its tllppery sides some 20,000 steps
have been cut In the mountain, form
ing a single flight, np which the pil
grim tolls. Because of its inaccessi
bility few Europeant have ever Tisited
tbe spot but a number of travelers
have ascended the stairway and are
positive that it is no legendary myth.
There Is a legend that in earlier times
the pilgrim wat forced to ascend tbe
mountain without artificial aids until
the monks conceived the plan of re
quiring every pilgrim who would gain
especial benefit of bis journey to cut a
He was a frugal Scot and wben th
collection plate came roirad dropped
In a florin in mistake for the humble
copper. Speedily discovering bi mis-,
take, however, be stepped softly down
the aisle and requested tbe oof gath
erer to give blm back the coin, which
request was politely but firmly re
fused. A shade of disappointment flit
ted over the northerner's face as be
walked slowly back to his pew.
"A wee!." be said, "if a loss, bat
there's some sma' consolation in re
flectin' it's a bad one. It might bav
got me into trouble anywhere else."
London Telegraph. ,
Etiquette requires in Chinese con
versation that each should compliment i
the other and depreciate himself and !
.11 LI. 1 l i . . , . I
m.ii uib uciuugiuga. a missionary wno
has Just returned beard the following
"What is your honorable name?"
"My Insignificant appellation is Ylng
Where is your magnificent palace?"
My contemptible shack is at Lung
"How many are . your illustrious
I have five vile, worthless brats."
And is your distinguished wife en-
Joying good health?",
The old hen Is pretty well."
A Bargain Offer.
"Comin this way ag'in?" asked the
Justice of the peace, after he had fined
"I'm afraid Til have to." said Jimp-
"Wa-al." said the Justice, stroking
his chin whisker reflectively, "perhaps
I d oughter tell ye tbet we sell a re
turn fine ticket for $75, entitlin' ye to
irhmunerty from arrest on the way
Views of the Tippers.
"Why is It," asked the curious guest,
that poor men usually give larger
tips than rich men?"
"Well, suh." said the waiter, who
was something of a philosopher as
well, "looks to me ltke de po'- man
don't want nobody to find out he't
po, and de rich man - don't Want no
body to find out he's rich." Youth's
TTIdge Go out and arrest that man
Conetable But his car has broken
down, and he's trying to fix it
Judge Then go out and arrest him
for obstructing the highway.
Borne motorists dek .
At the gasolene odor;
They'd like It to smell
Like an Ice cream soda.
"And now," continued the professor
of history, "permit me to mention a
tireless worker in the great cause of
humanity " '
"Attireless worker?" interrupted
one of the seniors; "pardon me, pro-
lessor, out it you are reierring to
Lady Godlva, she was attired in her
A Fabulous Age.
Spratts Miss Elder is much older
Spratts Well, I asked her if she
had read Aesop's fables, and she said
she read them when they first came
out Home Journal.
"Mrs. Chatterly thinks of moving to
"So I hear," replied Miss Cayenne.
"But the doesn't need any divorce."
"No. But the it to fond of gossip
the hat probably decided to move to
Putting It Delicately.
"Why ia it that your eon can't hold
a Job? Is he lazy?"
"Well, perhaps not exactly that; but
I think it may be safe to say that he
It a conservative in the matter of
earning his living.
"Why are you here again? I have
told you that you cannot have my
daughter. Isn't that sufficient?"
"No, sir. I am In favor of the re
call of parental decisions."
Would Have Inside Information.
Glbbs My memory is getting to be
awful. Why, two hours after dinner I
can't remember what I've eaten."
Dibbtj You would If your wife wat
at poor a cook as ro!.r.
Mr. Gnspgs 1 want yon to nnder
ttand. Mrs. Gnngzs. tb.'.t I am no fool.
Mrs. Gnnf gs For once I agree with
you. A fool and hU money are soou
parted, and I have never iteen able ta
get a dollar out or you. Philadelphia
Breaking Him In By Clarissa Mackie!
Copyrlcated. IStz. by Associated Literary Bureau.
Turee men of the Circle C ranch met
the newcomer at the railroad station
and solemnly escorted him down the
platform where half a dozen horses
were tied to the hitching posts. Se
cretly they were laughing at tbe small,
undersized chap who had actually se
cured a Job with tbe Circle C outfit
through tbe medium or a letter. If
ever an Individual merited the title
"tenderfoot" It was tbe slender, pale
faced newcomer, who wore a derby
hat. tan shoes and a faded blue serge
business suit. Hla manner was diffi
dent, and his name was Irving Plnney,
and he was under twenty.
"Of course you can ride. suggested
Long Jenks aa he tossed a careless
band In tbe direction of a white horse.
"Not very well." returned tbe other,
I . V. n ! n In I. t.. fc. I,
-The white horse was meek enough
and carried his timid rider without
event to tbeirenrly camp for the night
Long Jenks informed tbe newcomer
that tbe ranch lay thirty miles beyond
and they would sleep before resuming
the jonrney. Pinney said little to his
companions.. He seemed merged ia
despondency and after eating a light
supper wrapped himself in his blanket,
placed his feet to the fire and went to
Something roused him in the dark
est hour, and be became conscious that
a whispered conversation was taking
place .among bis companions. Long
Jenkstwaa speaking earnestly:
"Oh,' pshaw! You needn't tell me I
can't pick out one of that kind. Didn't
I wake up half an honr ago and tea
"BLAME IT Alrr-BHOOT IF YOU WiSTlB I"
this Pinney come sneaking into camp
on that blue mustnng of Witherbee's?
np must o' heard tne stirring, because
be didn't stop to unsaddle. Ho Just
slipped on and laid down and pertend
ed to be asleep. He's as mean a cat
tle thief as ever 1 see, and if I have
my way he'll hang to tbe highest Cot
tonwood hereabouts!" Long Jenks
"What made him come back here?
Why didn't he run tbe critter off'?" de
manded Suleeby's voice.
"That's nu easy one. ne was going
to pinch one or two more and run the
lot off together and leave us us here
without a liide to it lincl; to Circle C.
Got any lo:ulitig?" Pinney beard the
click of revolvers ami muttered re
marks as the men exchanged car
tridges. Then they rolled over and an-
! parently went to sleep. frr long and
' noisy outward demonstrations bore
j witness to-their slumbers,
! what npfortunate complication of
circumstances had combined to place
j suspicion on him? On his very first
i day. too. when he wns homesick and
All nljrlit long he shivered In his
blanket under the brooding, sultry sky.
Then Just as a faint grayness tluged
the murky black he wripgled bis way
toward the spot where tbe ponies wwe
There was low whinny as bis
hand met n velvet nose, nnd his lingers
I trembled as they touched the d.'ingling
bit and sflppiHl it between unwilling
jnws. In another Instant be bad left
the group of restless ponies and wns
speeding away through the darkness,
the soft thud of hoofs leaving a trail
which he felt would be followed to the
death, tons Jenks had stild so.
He bent his lean body to' tbe rough
mane of the horse and pounded with
fists and spurless Ix-rl on tbe vibrat
ing flesh. He felt the onward rush of
the beast, the pumping, of blood
through swollen veins, ait be clung to
the bridle rein. Somebuw the saddle
became loosened nnd at last slid away
In the darkness, almost unseating him
and driving the horse nlmost frantic
with fear. lie tried to entwine bis.
le-is he non th the pony's belly. There
was a numbing blow from flying hoof
and imc foot duns useless. Once be
turned, nnd the slitter of steel and
f.ilut shout from behind tol.1 him that
I tbe worst bad lui piqued. Th line
j riders who had been bis companions of
j tbe nl?ht before b:id discovered bis
! Cigbt and were in hot pursuit.
With despairing eye fixed straight
ahead and ears painfully alert to every
eound in tbe rear, be urged bifired
beat forward with cruelly uipfilit lin
gers. The pain from bis wounded foot
wns maddening, and the agony sent
tbe blood reeling to bis bend. Ills daz
ed eyes hunted tbe plain fur a place of
refuge. Every flnsblng booflieat thun
dered: "To rover "To coverf"
There was a sharp crack and I he
whistle of a bullet over his head, lie
ahriily. but the derisive laughter chWI
ed to a cry of terror as
he saW his nur
ne saw uis CUT-
euers not a hundred yards distant,
their weapons leveled. Tbe next hot
would take him between tbe tboCrlers.
He would be shot in the back, am! they
would know it at home in the east
AH the blood of bis forbears, heroes
of Bunker Hill and Gettysburg, rose
and flamed In bis little gmy-green eyes.
With a hoarse shout he swung bit
pony about and faced the oncoming
"Blame it all-shoot if yon wtnterr
he yelled. !
The line riders pulled their dripping
animals to a halt, and tbe tallest and,
leanest Long Jenks. drew a raggedt
mustache between bis fingers thought
fully. -What s-sayr be drawled.
"I say. shoot if you wanter. It won't
hit me in the backT The boy's voice
shook with some sudden emotion as be
faced the three grim, saturnine faces.
For a moment they stared back at
him; then they slipped from their sad--dies
and rolled in the crackling sage
brush. Long Jenks was the first to
The lad on the pony's bock reddened
to his unkempt hair. "I heard your
talking last night something about!
me stealing a blue mustang. I don't
know anything about it I never saw
a bine tuustnng!" he muttered sul
lenly. Tbe three men rolled In tbe brush,
once more while the tenderfoot stared
resentfully at them. "He ain't never
seen a blue mustang!" shrieked Beese,
pointing a finger tt the lad's mount
Tbe boy looked down and a strange
expression came into his homely face.1
Wben be raised bis little eyes a flame
flickered in their green depths. The
pony which he had found rendy bridled
In the gray dawn and which bad borne
blm so valiantly in his flight drooped1
wearily under tbe fierce rays of th
sun. The wet coat showed a bluish!
"Is this the blue mustang?" asked
the boy in a husky voice. ,
They shrieked assent "It wos a
Joke," they said gleerully. . j
"Git up there, you blamed cowards!j
cried tbe boy fiercely, nnd. strange to
relate, there was that in his voice that
brought the. three to their feet'
"Look at that there foot" he comJ
manded of Long Jenks. and that gcn-
tlemnn inspected tbe Injured and swoW
len foot with some concern in bis good)
natured face. :
"It sure must hurt some, sonny," he
said regretfully as he backed off to &
position beside bis companions. . IC
looked very much as if the tenderfoot
wns to be judge and jury and execu-i
"We was only breaking you in," murJ
mured Beese, uncomfortably, for theyj
could all see the boy was suffering and'
rfVnay4 nnt AffA him nw aaalcfti nna In
uuicu uui utic; unu auj uo.u.iiuui-w
his resentful mood. ' ' , I
"You've gone and broke np nT
plans!" he flared suddenly. "I've come'
way out here Into the God forsaken'
country to look for somelmdy and you1
have gone nnd put me back weeks In1
my search. She'll only have to worry!
that much more so's you folks conldl
have some fun. I'd I'd like to smash
your faces!" j
"I reckon we deserve It we didn't
think of doing harm. Tell ns who you
are looking for and mebbe we cam'
help you. Sure, tbe three of ' us as'
knows the plains like au open book can'
do more tli:in one lone little chap llko'
yon." When Long Jenks smiled llk'
that he was Irresistible, tnd the boy's'
somber face softened.
"It's my father I'm looking for. He
and my mother dlsngvped about some-'
thlug when I wns n little feller, and)
he went away a yd left her. He sends
her money every month, but that Isn't'
tbe proper thing. He's got to come'
back and be the head of the family'
and stand back of ,her or I'll know thej
renson why. I didn't know where he!
was till lately. She knew be was In
the cattle country from the postmarks'
on bis letters, and I've come to findi
him. but nobody seems to know the1
name of rinney so far as I've come."
He looked discouraged. j
Hen nnd Beese looked nt Long Jenks,
nnd Lon;; Jenks went white ns paper'
and, stared nt the homely face of the'
loy. now o like his own. even to the'
grim mouth Tho boy gazed back nt
him long npd earnestly, and something.'
Unshed between them, and they both'
"You ain't got to look any further.'
Irving; your father's liecii waiting for
a summons this fifteen years. lie'
thought he wasn't wanted back there',
and" He stopped and drew u brown-;
band across bis trembling lips. i
"Oh. if you could only see ber, you'd '
know." cried the boy excitedly. i
"It won't be long before we both!
tee ber." retorted Long Jenks inenn-j
Ingly. He stepiied rorwnnl nnd lifted r
the boy from the Kiddle, brushing htaj
cheek with his lips nt be did so. audi
both of t bom blushed. ' j
"Gents." snld Long Jenks with le-j
coming dignity. "I'll have to ask youj
to render ouie first nld to the Injured I
here. My son has hurt himself a-flgbt-f
lng three grown men nil to once." (
And his name i Sandy Grit bare-It
fter." added Beese solemnly.
Dec. 17 in American
1807-John Greenleaf Wblttler. poet,
horn In Haverhill. Mas.: dld 18J!..'
1ST Coumauder William B. Cushing,
U. S. N, destroyer of the Confed
erate ram Alberinsrle. died; bom
18S1 Isaac Israel Hayes, arctic explor
er, died: liom ia-i
1911 The United State Informed Rus
sia that tbe treaty of JS32 would
terminate on Jan. 1. 1013.
Minerva Isn't It strange, mother.
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