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THE HOCK ISLAND ARGUS, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 19, 1912. ,
Publtihcd Dally at 144 Beconfl
cur, Rock Inland. I1L fEnterea at the
poatofflea aa aecond-clasa matter )
Rack lalntid Htakn oi taa ilitH
BY THE J. W. POTTER CO.
TERMS Tan cents per waek. by oar. I
rtar. in Rock k!and.
Complalota of eltrry aorrtca should
h mad to tha circulation aopartmaiit,
"which anoul4 also ba notified In avarf
instance wtiero It Is daalrad t bar
trxr dlaoonttnaa4. aa carrlora haw no
authority tn tha premise.
AU eommunlcitlou of arc-nraantatlTs
character, political or rallarloaa. most
hTa real nama attached f.-vr publica
tion. No auct arttolea wlli bo prirtea
over flctttlaaa alg-eatnraa.
' Ttlapbonea in an dar art men ta: Cen
tral Union. Wat 145 1141 and slat;
tlnlon EJactrlc. s)4B.
ThursaUy, December 19, 1912.
. The. inta Claus good fellow ia an
other of those individuals who "can't
li .. -
1 1 'rhe G. O. P. of Illinois is meeting
a see what can 'be done with the
Th rood fe'lows of Rock Island are
rallying To the aid'of The Argus San-!
ta Claua fund committee. thejaw and respect for its forms, with
a sense of tfie value of direc'ing every-
rresident-elect Wilson has given 'king by strictly legal methods, which
warning that he win hit the panic , iF on cf the finest attributes of a free
fomenter squarely between the eyes, j people. It taught you to recognize
And he is a big enough man to do it. j tnat a free government, must be found-
j ed upon the snse of right; upon the
The peace conference with its ! respect of every man and every com
diplomatic and cordial reception has niunity for the rights of every other
little the asnect of an Incident in I 111811 and community, to tile exclusion
one of the blood icg wars of Europe.
The hleh '.tandlne r.mirip Perkins !
continues to hold in the bull
party indicates 'hat the report
he had become a tightwad wns
base canard. '
Word from Elgin Is that G0.000 tons' Bnienlmnts, adapting it to the de
rf bu'ter are in storage somewhere 1 mards of a great, growing nation, is
in the country and all tie while some j
if us hav worried ourstlves to get a
substitute. A good many are begin
ning to have th suspicion that the
cold storage plant is nat their bfM
The Morgan money clique it has I
been proven by evidence controls and
plays with $2r.0im.f)0(t.000 of the '
money of the country, which is one
rrHSon why the thing we aM most. ;
med has become a commodity instead j
of a medium. There are 18 concerns i
ii the "interlocking" trust whi'-h is '
the greatest menace the people have
tn do with today.
ItKTTKK kki:p :ooii.
If Servla should be rash enough to
o - i,i, A..ufi...i..ti..rv hip:
military strength and resources of th
litt e kingdom would compare with
im-ae in Kr.w. aii',"iii i ;
much as th" two itoer republics In , coal supply of the United States has
South Africa did who:i measured j been made une of t" prepare the pub
r.gainst. the might of the British em- lie for the constant increase iu the
pi re. I price of the product of the mines.
In nrea Austria-Hungary is wiual to j The o"d. and for years the standard
about 1" Survias. In population the ; price of hard coal, running between
difference is about 20 to 1, and iu the $.- and $C, has, oT course, been passed
number of tr.iin-d soldiers available J long since. With many the question
tor use the dual monarchy is equiva- j is, where Is it going to stop? Wifh
lent to at least, 12 or 14 states like j the more observant and more practi
fiervia. Austria-Hungary spends JJ3 j cai, however, the question Is coming
for military purposes for every dollar to be. when will it be stopped? '
used by Its little neighbor. Says the Moni or:
It will be seen at a glance that war. We are prone to be altogether too
bet f en two countries so utter.y un- j careless in the employment of terms
equal Iu slr. and resources would be v. hen we speak of a monopoly of any
madness for the smaller state, if S r- j of t,he great natural resources of the
via had to fight alone. Nothing could i United States. Where such a monop
justify so foolhardy a venture except i oly exists, it exi.su from popular suf
tbe certainty of support from a groat j ferance and not from necessity. Many
power like Russia. j great fortunes have been lost in at-
Since it Is evident that Austria can : tempts to "corner" the wheat and corn
cunt upon the assiKtance of Germauy
and Italy if Russia carries its cham-
, pionrbip of Servlu U the point of war,
there is no probability that the Ser -
vians will rik any stop whlch.'would
bring the Austro-HunRarlan army into
action. Tlie dispute between the great
empire and the little kingdom will not
go Deyonu tne limits oi nara woras
and bitter feeling.
THtf KOUUKKY OK
SI M Kit.
The movement, to break the egg
trust, launched-by the women of sev-
ernl rilled ia directed of the middle
man. When the farmer sells eggs at n,nK f th Present year there still re
22 cents a dozen the market quota-! nialne1 cf this PP'y 3.062.000,000.000
tfona arp 42 rvnta Who raiaea the 8hcrt tons As represented by the
price? The wholesaler, retailer and
middleman, or each in combination?
What effect does inadequate market
facility s here?
B. F. Yoakum, president of the
Frisco railroad system, says that this
matter of cost - between the producer
and consumer is gettjug to be of
world-wide importance. I-sst year
cost $7,000,000,000 to distribute J6.
OOO.tiiOO.OO worth of products from
to the consumer. New York:
ends S6i.00.000 annually
more thau is necessary because 0f
inadequate market facilities. He gives
an example of what is being done In
the est. A farmer In Oklahoma ship
ped a carload of 1.050 watermelons
to St. Paul. He hired a team In addi
tion to his own nd hauled the melons
f mlla t a tha ran Thd water.
melons sold in St Paul from 60 to TO
cents each, and the money was dis
tributed aa follows: The farmer re
ceived $52.60, the buyer $240. the rail
rc ad $75; other expenses and profits,
'.:r.0.50. Total cost to the consumer,
"Such marketing as this ought to be
' possible. We are going to make it
li.: Possible as fast as we can. Tbe
time is rapidly approaching when . m
very large part of $7,000,000,000 Is go
ing to be diverted into the pockets of
the producer and consumer. Tr"r
whole tendency of our clvHzation, ' -s
been to widen the gap betuFf"r nese
two, the man who grows nd the man
who eats the products of the soil."
AMBASSADOR BRYCE ON
The constitution of the United
Stat- has been regarded by many
aAatesa.ea as the embodiment of more
politic wisdom than is contained in
any other document ever written.
Such men as Daniel Webster and Hen
ry Clay, who gave to it profound study,
characterized it in the highest terms.
Fome men, including a few not with
out reputation, have belittled the docu
ment, but the consensus, of opinion
among statesmen, not only of this
country, but of Europe, is that, the
document Is one which indicates great
grasp of thought, wisdom and sagacity
on the part of its framers. The latest.
n.an of reputation to praise this docu
ment is Ambassador Bryce. Bryce is
a man of international fame, not only
as a diplomat, but. as a philosopher
and historian, who studies every sub
ject f.n which lie writes with pains
taking care and gives to the world
only his well-considered and most ma
In regard to the American constitu
tion, he bad this to say, in a recent
"The whole of your history since
1789 is a record of the services which
the constitution has rendered. It
formed, or at least strengthened and
developed, the habit of deference to
The opinion of 6iich a man as Am-
br Bryce. in regard to the grAt
rhiirlnr rwtr, lIKcrtioo ..-111 n,.t......'..i.
' ' "r'"r "uini-isu
e iuiif riu'iai ana nasty denunciation
oi the document, by those who com
monly indulge in denunciations of it.
That it has npfded. from time to time.
very true, and such reforms have been
incorporated into it. Other amend
ments will be needed in the future,
but, fundamentally, in all its essential
characteristics, it is a masterpiece of
In the world's history, no wiser
proup of men ever assembled than
those who helped to establish the
American republic and who were th?
authors of the constitution of the
Till-: HARl) tOAIi SHORTAGK.
There is talk of municipal, state
er.r! national investigations of the
cnal situation. There has been talk
even of government ownership of the
! coal mines as a means toward nublic i
relief fr mono of the most oppressive;
and daiiKerous of American mnnnnA. I
It would be interesting could it be!
known to what extent the talk of pos-
mole or nrohab e exhaimtion nf ih
j end cotton crops. The last failure In j
j this line was ro spectacular as to put
the person who would now attempt it
, in the class of discoverers of perpetual j
motion. There are not merely billions, :
but thousands of billions of tons of
i real in Ihis country in excess of any'
i reasonable demand that may be made'
upon tne supply in centuries. Since;
mining began, we ;u-e told, only five-
tenths of the visible supply of coal
has been taken from the fields cf the
United States. Originally, so far as
mathematicians were able to calcu
late with precision, there were visible
j 3,07C.2u4,0'!0.0(Osiior(tons. Atthebegin-
production of 1910 and 1911, the an
nual rate of exhaustion of tiie coal
supply is .025 per cent. The supply,
in other ords. is equivalent to 4,000
times the present annual rate of con
sumption. Implying that not, until the
year 5S12 will there be any real rea
son for alarm over the possible ex-
it ; haustion of the coal mines.
This being the case, whv shonld
there be a shortage now, or excuse
for a 8nrtage. or pretense of a short- j
re ' w h' shu!d not, coa: be plenti-,
j nd cheap?
It is not nature, but
man. who must shoulder the blame
and it must be man who ehali flnrf
remedy for conditions that in this re
spect are shameful and absurd.
! g NEW YEAR NOISES
FOR SANE CELEBRATION
New York. Dec. 19. The great :
crowds that in past years have wel -
corned tie New Year with the Waring!
of tin herns and other noise-mainC
devices will this year find competitors '
in the form of organised bands
aingera and musicians in the public
squares along Broadway.
In an appeal to the citizens of Ute
9 : r - S til
i r.Tgz '
"THE (I P THAT CHEEIW."
It is such rare thing to be served
a cup of good tea In hotels and res
taurants that comment is made if It
is good, rather than if it Is poor.
There may be several reasons for
First The tea may be of a very in
ferior quality to begin with.
Second The tea may be good but
spoiled in the making.
Third The tea may be old and
have lost its freshness, strength aid
Fourth The failure to
pitcher of hot water with every pot or
cup of tea, so that if too strong, hot
water may be added to suit the taste.
Fifth It is rarely if ever served
hot, and warm tea does not mean hot i
Where one has formed the "tea hab
it" he is much more "finicky" about
the flavor of tea than the coffee drink
er. Tea varies in having so many dif
ferent delicate flavors; when the right
one Is found to suit, the individual
taste, there is no desire for change
as is so frequently the case with the
one who drinks coffee or smokes ci
gars; they seem to wear out the flavor
and have to change tlieir ."brand" oc
casionally. Some like tea from China, some
from Japan, and others from Ceylon. It
may be an English breakfast tea or
uncolore"d Japan; it all rests with the
Some friends of mine in the west
had a Chinese servant. At Christmas
time he presented them wiih two
tiny packages of tea. They had never
cared very much for this beverage,
but when they drank tea made from
their "gift" the husband said to his
wife, "I wish you would ask John
where he purchased this tea, as I
eould learn to like tea if it was always
like this." She did so, and when
John's reply cams as to where it came
from and the price, "Nine dolla a j
pound," they decided not to cultivate
the taste for tea. '
However, I believe the most serious
hindrance to having a good cup of
tea Is in not, using freshly boiled wat
er, and boi'.ing hot when poured onto
the tea leaves. And in the home, there
should be no excuse for a poor cup of j powdered sugar, tint a delicate pink
your favorite drink. Scnld the pot i and frost; or with a pastry bag and
first and put iu the tea, then turn the small rose tube, put a rose in the cen
bciling water over. Cover the pot Iter of each little caket
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Hpnpc TMC I A TCCT
ncKC A il C LA1C31
WILHELMINA, HUSBAND, NEXT QUEEN
Reigning House of
A splendid group photograph of Wjlhelmina. queen of the Netherlands,
and her consort, PrinceTlcnry of Mecklenburg-Schwerin, to whom 6he was
married in 1902, and their daugh-er. Juliana V.'ilhelmina, born April 30, 1908.
The young Princess of Orange, her official title, will succeed to the throne oc-
! c"Pied ' roa nd beloved mother, unless a sen and heir to the reign-
I inE bouse Is born.
city a commitiee headed by Dr. Ly -
I man Abbott and including District At -
! torney Charles S. Whitman and Bor -
ough President George McAneny con
demns New York's previous ste of
"We believe," the appeal says, "that
cur people are tired of this and ill be
&"ld to join in a better and saner way
more worthy of the city."
From lower Broadway to the up -
town theatrical districts the commit-
tee plans to have brass bands and
of.sinaers to lead the
ed In every public square in ringing
tne oio songs that everybody knows.,' city funds is held responsible for
and when the clocks and chimes re-j the condition,
closely for three minutes and serve
with another pot cf boiling water.
Four o'clock tea is a most charming
custom in Canada and across the wat
er, and is rapidly gaining favor in
many cities in our own country, par
ticularly in Cleveland. In large cities,
distances from the business center are
great, which necessitates a late dinner.
The afternoon tea .breaks the long in
terim from luncheon to ' the dinner
hour and gives an opportunity for
friends to' meet, rest and have a pleas
ant chat on the news of the ay. Men
often leave their offices for this cup
of tea, which refreshes them for the
final finishing of their day's work, or
they make it a point to reach home
O'ust in time for it
There are many dainty accessories j
for the afternoon tea table, but it may ;
be as simple or elaborate as one's j
standard of living depends. Usually j
a tea table spread with an immaculate j
tea cloth and placed conveniently for ,
the pouring and serving of the tea is
1 - I
On this table should be a kettle,
commonly called, "Five O'clock Tea,"
on a tray with an aicohol lamp burn-
lug under it so as to have boiling wat
er instantly. A tea caddy, tea strain
er, cream jug, bowl of sugar, plate of
sliced lemon and fancy cakes or sand
wiches are placed conveniently for
serving. This, with the prettiest cups
and saucers you possess and a wel
come, makes the "cup that cheers" and
makes for a happy factor in the every
- TEA CAKES.
All measurements level. Flour sift
ed before measuring.
Materials! Butter, one cup; brown
sugar, two cups; raisins, one-half cup;
nuts, one-half cup; sour milk, one cup;
soda, one-ha'.f teaspoonful; yolks or
two eggs; almond flavoring, one tea-
spoonful; pastry flour.
Utensils Mixing bowl, measuring
cup, teaspoon, wooden spoon, egg
beater and pans.
Directions Measure the butter and
beat to a cream in the bowl; gradually
add the sugar. Beat the yolks until
thick and lemon colored and add to
the butter and sugar. Dissolve the
soda in the sour milk and mix well
wit.h the mixture, then add the raisins
and nuts chopped not too fine or cut"
in small pieces; flavor and add suffici
ent flour to drop (not run) from the
spoon.. Mix the baking powder with
a lifle flour and beat in well. Drop
by teaspoonfuls on to greased shallow
pans and bake in a moderate oven, un
til a delicate brown. Make a stiff
frosting of the whites of the eggs with
rnU 1 UbK.Ar'n Uf
jccrd the coming of the New Year
i "America" will be sung at each place.,
J PLANT CORN IN
Krckuk Business Men Make Unique
Protest Against Dirt. ,
Keokuk, Iowa. Dec. 19. Business i
i men, indignant because dirt a foot i
j deep had been allow ed to accumulate ;
Ion some of the city streets, planted'
!ctrn on oue thoroughfare yesterday"
a3 a means of rebuking city official;
: tiev blama for not keeninir the atreeta
el out to W2?h off the dirt. Scarcity!
He Had a Name.
Patrick, lately over. as workire in !
tne j-arjs 0f a railroad. One day he I
happened to be In the- yard office :
hen the force was out. The tele- :
phone rang rigofously several times '
acd he at last decided it ought to be j
aonswered. He walked over to the In- !
stmment. took down the receiver and ;
put nis moutn to the transmitter, Just ;
aa he had seen others do.
he called- !
i-ieno, answered the voice at the
other end of the line. . "Is this eight-slx-one-flve-nlneT'
"Aw, g'wan! Phwat d' ye fink Ol
am? A box car?"
What She Meant
"So you think I smoke too much?"
he asked. Just to keep up a conversa
tion that seemed to be languishing.
"Not at all," she answered, not very
skillfully concealing a yawn.
"You said you thought so."
"Pardon me. I don't think you are
smoking too much."
"Didn't you say that I'd die If I
didn't cut it down?"
"Yes that's what I said."
It took him a long time to get It,
and then he was quite angry.
It was In the church yard. The
morningsun shone brightly and the
dew was still on the gra3. "Ah, this
e the weather that makes things spring ,
up, remarked the passerby casually
to an old gentleman seated cn - a
"Hush." replied the old gentleman.
"I've got three wives buried here."
GIRLS WILL BE GIRLS.
Vivian Isn't It bitter cold, dear?
Violet--TerribJe. My lips are al
Vivian And where are you going?
Violet Oh! I am going down to
get an ice cream soda. Come on and
An Exclusive Noise.
No more he Iooketh all forlorn.
His heart Is filled with Joy and mirth;
The aquawklng of his auto horn
Is like no other sound on earth.
"I despise flattery,;' she said.
"Of course you do," he replied. "So
does every other girl who is beaut i- (
"I am glad you have the same feel-1
lng that I have about it. I have never j
met a handsome, sensible man who j
didn't reel that way."
After that the evening became un-
Knew She'd Be Caught.
"You think she lovea you?"
"1 am sure of it She told me last
night that I might have a kiss if I
could catch her."
"But unless she permitted you to
"Huh! She had cn a gobble skirt!"
"Now that your parents hrwe put
you through college, why are you wait
ing before you pick out a career?"
"Why," replied the sweet girl gradu
ate, "I'm waiting to see if someone
won't pick me out." Judge.
"John." said Mrs. Slithers, "where
can I get a set cf resolutions passed
by our civic sorority engrossed?"
"I really don't know, my dear," said
earners. wny ooni ou cave tnem
A Treat In Store.
"Have you anything laid by for a
ra.iny flay, Mr. Bookly?"
"Indeed I have! It's one of the
best novels written in a decade and I
; can hardly wait till It rains
"What did Emily say when yon call
ed her a busy bee?"
"Gave me a stinging retort"
H Was a Vatar.n.
He a a military looking young chap."
-Ought to be. He's a veteran of nlnl
im!v.,.. -v ,,
two year old.'
once spent su
"I know, bnt
. months in South American-Cleveland
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v His Conversion By F. A. Mitchel.
CopyrlaTbtKJ. 1111. tr Associated, Uterary Bureau.
When lagot tired of work I conciim- f
ed to tramp. But when a man gits
j dissatisfied with a bard Job and takes
an easier one the chance are that be'll
soon want an easier one still. The fel
ler that tackles the Job be happens to
bare for ail it's worth ltbe one that Is
most likely to git an e:tl'r one In time,
and when be gits It he'll be satisfied
with it till be gits an easier one. and
be'll be goin tip bill all the time.
I lindn't been trampla' very long be
fore It occurred to me that it would be
the easiest thing in the world, when
some fool w'oroan Was glvlu" me
omep'u to eat. with no man abont the
bouse, to make her tell me where she
kpnt hor vnlunblpa taka 'cm and lleht
" needn't try It on at bouses ntar
together, but separate, so that there
wouldn't be any one to call on to help
and I'd have a better chance to git
away after I'd done the Job. Another
tuiDg , mflst beep clear of wns nouses
.t...i.. ..... . ii . . i
nucic lucre una a iriruuuuc, vi. at
before 1 started in.
The Hrst job of' tbe klnd f trle,
found dead easy. The men were all
.. nlfTVt VUC Va UIU. IIOI Vila lU a-Titv
away, and the women was steered to
death. They handed over all the money
they bad m the house ($17) and offered
me some jewelry besides. 1 declined
the Jewelry 'cause I didn't care to be
traced tryln to convert It Into cash.
I got away with the money, and I
don't believe the losers tried very hard
to find me. Tbe amount Involved
wasn't enongh to pay m for doln' so.
By choosin bouses that were unpro-
: tected and In thinly settled regions
and beiu' content with small sums I
did a very good business and took the
least risk possible. The people 1 rob
! bed considered me heir na rural enemy
, and would have taken any revenge on
me they could. This kept my con
' science, and on the whole 1 considered
1 n.y lot far better than that of persons
who slave all dny at bard work. 1
i roa med at large and had what money
1 needed for an occasional good time.
,Jf , robbed hafl on,y
on hurling their maledictions at me per-
nups ,.d v got enough fcy tD,s tlme t0
set up iu some kind o' business, hiring
, others to do the work. Strange to say,
! my run of prosperity was -brought to a
1 standstill by the opposite kind o treat
One day after trampln' two or three
miles without tneetln a person or a
team cr coraln' to a nous 4 overtook
! a gal on the road and played the usual
! game of out o work, hungry, no home
! nor notliin". I askd her if she knew any
charitable party thereabouts who would
give me a crust of brend. She was the
easiest fooled gal 1 ever tackled. She
not only believed all I said, but almost
cried over my misfortunes. She said
i she lived with her old mother around
! a bend in the road abend and if I'd
go with her she'd give me all I wanted
to eat und a little money to help me
: on to a better condition.
She took me to a spick and span place
and set me down before a bright fire,
where I could warm myself, for it
I wasn't in the, line o' my business to
! wear seasonable clothes, and off she
! goes to git me somep'n to est. First
j, thing 1 knew I heered a squawkin' In
tbe chicken . bouse and. lookln' out
1 through a winder, saw the gat chop
, ! pin' the head uff'n a fat ben. For
awhile 1 couldu't believe that she was
, 'oo1 enoug" to kill a chicken for me,
and I didn't feel stire of It till 1 beered
It 8lzzlin" on the stove.
All this while I was thlnkln' how
I'd commence the business 1 was there
for. My usual game was to find out
where the money was kept or at least
In what pnrt of the house to looK lor
it. Sometimes I did this by ronpd
nliont questions, sometimes by obser
vntion. If I could learn this before
holstln' the pirate flag it made the
Job much easier for me. In this case
It occurred to me that , while the gal
vna UNl in , iir ii v in , x.wn.., .1 ...... i.
en for me th.it she could sen for z
cents a pound I might go up the front
stairway and take u look into the bu
Goin' softly. 1 turned into a bed
room on the second floor. I opened
the tcp drawer of the bureau and Ond
iR ncMitn opened an inlaid lox on the
mantel. Among a few trinkets and
other small articles nestled a roll of
Mils. I took 'em out. stuffed eui in
my M-ket and was turnln' to leave
the room when 1 saw an old lady
stand in' there lookln' at me. She
turned white ss u sheet, ran into a
room, locked the door, and I heard her
raise a sash and cull put to her daugh
ter that there was a robber iu tbe
bouse. I ran downstairs.' intendin' to
light out. but met the gal In ihe hall.
She looked as if she hadn't yet get on
to the fact that I wns tbe robber ber
mother was talkin' about.'
"Where Is he':" she asked.
"I reckon he went down the hack
atairs." I said.
If the old woman hadn't recovered
from her senre enough to unlock her
nelf and eonie downstairs I would 'a'
snid I'd look for him in the hack yard
i.nd got away In that direction. As
1 100n as he snw me she screened and.
Into her room
Herself In again. This put the gal on
to my true object She gave me a look j
of disappointment and reproach that '
did me more damage than a bullet !
would 'a' done. -Tlieu she snld:
"On mother's account 1 prefer to tell
you that all tbe money there ia In the
bouse is In a box on the mantel In the
room at the bend of thg stairs. We
hare no jewelry of any value, and all
tbe silver we own is in tbe sideboard.
I'r rbpnnnnul a m an I t rf mt 1
i ..h k- -1.,-
i t I!ir..,. V, ..
OB ,he ,aLje' fw yon a,1(i TO), nilgbt
s " eat 1,11 6 "P i K tbe
money for yon.
The only reply I made wns to put mr
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t and baud ein to her.
"I've done tbls klraof a. Job a grent
many times." I snld. "but thl Is the
first time I've wished I hadn't."
Whether It wns what I said or the
way I looked I don't know, but that soft
heart o' bern thawed agntn. and she
actually seemed to want to make me
feel better nbont It
"By snyln that yon're sorry," she
snld. "you have done all you can to
atone for your fult. That Is all any
of ns can do when we sin against our
Heavenly Father, and I forgive you as
I hope to be forgiven myself.- Now.
come Into the dining room and fit a
good dinner. I've killed a chicken for
yon. and 1 have some cream potatoes
and have made yon a cup of coffee. 1
can give you bread and butter and
honey for dessert"
I didn't realize It at the time, but it
was this trentment thst In tbe end
lodged me in Jnil. The best way to
thaw out a cold hearted person Is to
thaw yourself. There's lots o' crim-
Innls that are borfl wrong, and nobody
enn't do nothin with 'em. and they
can't do nothin" with themselves. But
those of ns who have got a spark o
decency in ns csn't stand kindness any(
more thnn other people, and unless
we've got some criminal blood In our
veins we've got to lie switched off by
It on to tbe mnln track.
"If you'll sit down with me." I said
to tbe gal.. "I'll do It. Not that it's fit
tbnt I should sit with you at table, but
I couldn't ent unless you did."
She sot down opposite the coffeepot
and poured me a cup of coffee. Then
with ber own hands she helped me to
the chicken, nskin' me If I liked white'
or dark meat. Then she landed some
of the cream potatoes on my plate,
and when I gave her a wistful look.'
that meant I wished she'd try to eat
somethln' herself, she took a bit o' tbe
chicken and some bread and butter and
eat It for my sake.
She didn't give me a lecture when I
left her: It was no more necessary
than git In' me another dinner and
would have gone against me Just aa
much. She Just said: "Some dny when
you are along this way again drop In.
Tbe latchstring Is always out. and
there are more chickens in the roost." ,
I didn't think I could say anything at
fust. I jest looked down at the floor. I
but before I got out o' hear In' I turned'
"I don't know what my next line o
work'll be. but it won't be this one.:
and it's all owin' th you."
I left her stsndln' In the front yard
lookln after me, and I kind o' thort
her eyes were a bit moist, but the only
thing she aald was "God help you."
and. turnln'. went Into the house. I
reckoned she went up to her mother,'
who'd been kind o' quiet all the while.'
1 bunted till 1 got a job and after
I'd been to work awhile concluded to
make a visit to tbe gal who had con
verted me and report progress. She
seemed glad to see me. but she snid
that her mother had been so frightened
at my last appearance that it bad made
her ill. Shesaid. too. that If I'd al
low ber to git me up another dinner,
I'd make her really happy. I saw that
she meant It. and. although 1 wasn't
hungry. I let her do It. I'd hV e eaten
sburk's teeth to please hr.
1 went to see her every now and then
after that. On one of my visits I
found her lookln' unusually hnppy. and
she told me she wns engaged to be
married. I tried to look pleused and,
sympathetic and all that, but it was
"You'll come to my weddln". won't
you?" she asked, and. seelu' she meant
It, I promised to go. ,
I would ruther huve been burned at;
the stake thun to go and see her niar-j
rled. I couldn't help showlu' that I'd
be glad to stay awny. but I didn't give
her the awful secret I was carrying
about as to why I didn't want to he
there.' When the dny came around I
was on hnnd. sure enough, though lt
was no use try in' to look cheerful. i
My goin' brought on a crisis that had
to come. I suppose, sooner or later.!
The police were lookln" for me. and at
one of my visits to the gnl who"d got
the upper hnnd o' me some one I'd;
previously robled saw me comin' out!
o' the house and set the cops on to me. I
and they watched the place for me.
Durln' the weddln' ceremony 1 felt a
hand rest on my shoulder, and I knew :
whnt hHd hnppened. Without turnln'
I whispered. "Don't Interrupt the wed
dln' and let me slide out quiet."
He hnd the decency to do ss I asked. ;
and I stoud there lookln" at the bride'
and groom beln tied together. It wns'
mighty hnrd. and if 1 could 'a' got out1
without Im'Iii noticed I'd 'a' gone nt once '
with the cop. But the minute the por-'
sou snld "man and wife" I took the i
cop's arm luckily he wns In 'plain
clothes and wmnea out wnn mm as
though ke wns a paiticnlnr friend o'
mine. I didn't look bnck neither, fenr
ln' to cntch the bride's eye.
I'm psyln the penalty of It all. and
I suppose If it hnd n't been for one act
or kiti(lnes when i get out 1 a go 1nt."
the old business. But the gnl who did
It. though she, doesn't belong to me,
stands In the way. For her snke. what
ever 1 do. I'll have to be honest.
Dec. 19 in American
1S4 Genernl . 1. Sherman forced
the Confederate defenders of Sa
vannah. Ga.. to cuiitruct their Hues.
187-Bayard Taylor, poet, author and
traveler, died In Berlin: bom 182T.
1901 Mrs. It. G. Croly (Jennie June).
-noied Journalist nnd founder of
Sorosls. died; born 1K31.
1911 John Blgelow, author and diplo
mat, died: bom 1S17. The United
States senate ratified the termina
tion of the treaty with Itussia,
I know of no real worth but tbnt
tranquil firmness which braves dan
tera Vitbout rashnexs. Stanislaus.