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THE ROCK ISLAND ARGUS. TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 1913.
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Tuesday, February 18, 1913.
New York has "50 hotels ana can
accommodate 350,0fH people. It also
Las enough waiter to trim them all.
The New York banker named. Shears,
on trial for the misappropriation of !
runds. must hare cut his credit too
Presidebt Taft's letter to President
Madero was very nice, but It Is feared
he did not put quite enough punch
It cost Senator-elect Weeks of Mas
sachusetts the sum of $12,008 to gain
his election. Mr. Weeks will have to
go on short rations for a couple of
The Rocltfnrd Star aava "th Turin
re getting ready to Join the Asia Mi-
nor league." To which the 8prlngfleld
Reglster replies "that is a base Bal kan I
Here is another startling heading
from a metropolitan Chicago paper:
"White Sox begin packing for trip!
Trainer Buckner loads four trunks
with 72 uniforms." With this infor-'
tnatlon following closely on the reve-1
latlon that the "Cubs shed their coats
en route to their Florida training
grounds," It Is apt to create as mum
commotion In Chicago as the news of
another auto bandit raid.
Governor Wilson Is chasing them
over, into Delaware. The first move
of New Jersey corporations to avoid
the drastlo provisions of the seven
anti-trust laws fathered by Governor
Wilson was made yesterday when the
American Railways company, owner lng or domestic science department,
of the street railway and other plants ' where the wo'k was made as practical
in various parts of the country, with i as possible. Then the special teacher
headquarters In New Jersey took out ; took them for about the same amount
a Delaware charter. The company j 0f time and coached them in the sub
was chartered at Trenton In 1899 for wt t the rrnrie in which thev had
$25,000,000 and the capital remains at
that figure under the Delaware char
ter. THE FCTCRK OK THE It IV Kit.
There are those who believe that
the Inland streams of the country
Should be utilized. This is the real
purpose of the lakes-to-the-gu'.f agita
tion. The people are not alive to the
necessity of this, though they have
come to see that the railroads of the
country are inadequate as freight
W. C. Tiffany, in the Review of Re
views, accentuates the need of the
utilization of our inland rivers. He
"The antiquated and expensive
method of loading freieht at our In
land ports are to 1ve place to the la
bor saving devices In use on Europ
"These municipalities and private
corporations have built modern ten
mlnals at the river towns and"clties.
equipped with every device for expe
diting and c heapening the handling ot
freight. Su h terminal are now main
tained at New Orleans, where the
handling charges spproxlmste 15
cents a ton, and being publicly owned,
they Invite competition in river tra!"5''.
At Davenport, Rock Island, Burlington,
Muscatine and other Mississippi pons
such terminals are now practically as
sured and will also undoubtedly be es
tablished at Minneapolis. The old
style Mississippi river steamboa nil',
be discarded and freight carried as
on continental waterways, In fleets of
barges, of about 1,000 tons burden
ach, propelled by a power boat."
In a few years, therefore. It Is not
Improbable that part of the commerce
of the (Treat Lakes will be diverted to
a new channel and that the upper Mis
sissippi will be alive with modern
transports bearing the wheat of th
prairies and the products of the mills
to the south and the coal of Illinois to
the headwaters of navigation.
A MTAMDARD Oil,
Ia the parlance of the period, the
Standard Oil company has cut another
melon. Translated, this means that
ths Standard Oil company has declar
ed another of Its phenomenal extra
cash dividends. This ons represented
practically $40 on every share of the
stock of the corporation, amounting
in the aggreote to J39.Stt.000. It is
proper to hars . regard here for the
statement acoompsny1&c the announce
roent of the dividend, which-w are
told, emphaslxes the point that the
40 a share is a special return to
stockholders, so that these fortunate
people are given the additional satis
faction of feeling that In accepting the
dividend they sre not drawing at all
upon the regular earnings t ths com
pany. This comeK to them by reason
-f the payments into the general treas
ury of money dae the parent eoncarm
uy us recenuy aetacnea subsidiaries.
It appears that the Standard Oil share
holders hare scarcely been able to re
invest one dividend of this kind since
the dissolution decision before anoth
er has come along. It is estimated on
Wall street that no less than $50,000
000 has been divided among the share
holders since the trust was declared
It would be possible to comment up
on this paradox to the extent of col
umns, but that has been done already,
say the Monitor. Of more Immedi
ate Interest Is the prevailing price of
certain Standard Oil products and the
tendencies of the same. The latter
are decidedly upward. Crude oil Is
climbing. Gasoline is Jumping. There
is much perturbation in motor circles.
Nobody knows Just where the prices
for fuel gas are going to go. Every
thing. It might be said, is In the state
of Internal combustion.
Just how It could be managed It Is
not for any outsider to say, but it
would seem to the disinterested ob
server a good stroke of policy for the
Standard Oil company to suspend Its
extra dividends for a while and let the
motorists share Just to a im!l degree
in its prosperity. Why would U not, ;
for Instance, be a good Idea to check, J
suspend, stop all extra dividends long J
enough to enable it to make a flat rate
of 10 cents a gallon for at least one
more joyous summer season?
In the meantime the motorists might
be preparing themselves for emergen.
cies. with the extra dividend benefl- j
,ooklc8 forWard to another melon crop I
rext fall and winter I
SEMl-INOCSTKIAI, VHIRK IN A
"The old-fashioned set course with
cultural aims has caused many fail
ures, produced hundreds of misfits,
and driven innumerable boys and girls
to leave school as soon as the law will
permit," declares Edwin I. Canine, su
perintendent of schools in East Chica
go, in a statement addressed to the
United States commissioner of edu-
;c!fon: , , .
E&Bt Chlca0 ,8 a Clty of cosmopoli-
ian ana Biron mcrauc tendencies.
according to Superintendent Canine.
There Is no wealthy or especially cul
tured class, and extreme poverty Is un
known. His problem, therefore, was
probably somewhat different from that
of other school men. In his efforts to
0,Te u be emphasizes certain special
features, among which "semi-industri-
al work," a "maximum-minimum" plan
of assigning school lessons, and a
method of reducing the number of
dally recitations, are conspicuous.
Semi-industrial classes were formed
when It was found that some children,
especially In grades five, six and seven,
appeared unable to carry the resrular
work, even after repeated trial. Spe
cial attention was given to tbeso pu- '
pils. One-third or one-fourUi of their j
time was spent In the manuai train- i
failed. I'nder thee conditions. Super
intendent Cjmine reoprts, some of the
boys passed not only the grade In
which thev had failed but the next
grade as well. These semi-industrial
classes are open also to children over
14 years of ace who have left school
and are unemployed, and to those 81-
ready at work who are permi'ted by
foresighted e-np'.overs to attend school
part cf the time. '
The "maximum minimum- plan of
in f.;R-nient adonted in Sunerir-
tendent Canine's sys'em is an ingeni-
ous application of the pri:ic;plo of
"from each according to his abilities."
The pupils do not all have the same
smount to do.- If the average pupils of
the class are' assigned 15 problems in
arithmetic, for instance, the slower
pnpils are assigned S. 10 or 12 typical
problems, while the briehtest are ask
ed to do 20 or more. The same prin
ciple Is app.icd to geography and his
tory, and to some extent to English.
Bel'eving 'hat the energies of the
pupils nr unnecessarily divided and
dissipated by the constantly increas
ing number of school subjects. Super
intendent Canine has devised a plan
of redncine th number of studies. In
four :over grades literature. hls -
rrv end nature 8t:dv. insteid of form-
In- s.t.:irato subiects in the currlcu -
linn r mm hlned In "lan maze work." I
nih.r iml.ir comb nat ons are ffiadei""1' J""' v"a"L ws""-
. . , rt nnnraa
a. n nv American cities the
school work in East Chicago is by no
means confined to the period of the
conventional school term. The princi
pals and Industrial teachers are en
gaged for the full school year, so that
they may carry on the summer work.
In the summer session pupils may
make up deficiencies; an exceptionally
bright student may gain a grade; the
industrial work is kept going (espe-
the home garden): and play -
ground activities, under the supervi-
!ion of trained directors, are at their
The Field of Literature
In the March St Nicholas.
There will begin In the March St j
Nicholas a series of instructive artl- j
cles on "wit Men Who Do Things,
by A. Russell Bond, author of "The
Scientific American Boy" and "Handy
man's Workshop and Laboratory."
The series will tell entertainingly the
experience of two bright lads who saw
under unusually favorable circum
stances many details of the great engi
neering enterprises under way in and
around New Tork. Ther will be many
Illustrations from photographs.
Seattle Clarence Dayton Hillman,
the multi millionaire real estate dealer'
convicted of having used the malls to
defraud snd sentenced to 30 months'
imprisonment, has been released
The Genial Cynic
BY CHAELES GRANT MILLER.
LOVE AND AN OIL STOVE.
When Sam Clark had all his money swept away and he and his bride
were left penniless she put her arms around - his neck and said: 'It's all
in a week than the busy woman encounters in a lifetime.
Poverty of course has its disadvantages. But it cannot be denied that
the family cookstove Is a sacred shrine near which domestic happiness
likes to dwell.
One of the pleasant duties of the
Wilson administration will be to re
place all ambassadors and ministers of
j foreign countries who bought their
places with campaign contributions.
It became a habit in the last few
campaigns for certain rich men to
drop a contribution in the republican
war chest, and pull out an appointment
to some foreign court or capital. Hard
ly a better way of bringing this nation
Into disrepute could be devised.
Whltelaw Reid. late ambassador to
England, gave $20,000 to Mr. Roose
velt's campaign in 1904 and $10,000 to
Mr. Taft's campaign in 1S08. j
Lars Anderson, minister to Belgium, j
gave $25,000 to the Taft fund in 190S. !
R. C. Kerens, ambassador to Austria-1
Hungary, gave $10,000 to Mr. Taft's j
MILLER, POET OF
SIERRAS, IS DEAD
Joaquln Miller. Cigareta Safe at Capital.
San FranciBOo, Feb. 18. "Joaquin" ! Springfield, 111., Feb. 18. The antl
Miller. "th poet of the Sierras," died ! !ar;iret ordinance will not be enforced
vesterdav In his one-rpnm cabm,
which he built with his own hands in 'vcs passed nine years ago and recent
the Piedmont Hills many years ago. ; ly discovered, probably will be re-
I 's daughter, Juar.!ta M.i'r, and his
! w'ife wcr "ith The en(1 came at
'3 o'clock in the afternoon, with warm
.sunshine floo-iing the room wlw-re lay
,the author cf "Songs of the Sunland."
! Cincinnati! Heine Miller, who was
! known to the world or literature as
' Joaquin Miller, was born in a covered
! wagon in the Wabash district of Ind".-
ana, Nov. 10, 141, his parents being
on t'nrir from Ohio to Indiana. His
mother was of Dutch and his father of
Scotch descent. When Joaquin was 9
years old, the Millers father, mother
j A four children set out for Oregon.
Arrived at the Pacific slope, the lad '
found work in a mining camp as a ,
cook's helper. He saw much of the :
excitement, the lawlessness and the
picturesqueness of the gold hunters for
several years, but in 18G0 became a law
student. After a year's study, he gave
this up and was successively an ex
press messenger in Idaho and the edi
tor of a weekly newspaper, which was
suppressed on charges of disloyalty at i
the outbreak of the Civil war. Then
;" - lllu";u ";o sl'" a"u "ao.
; aaminea to tne oar. rrom iw to
i lg6S he Practiced law at Canyon City,
Oregon, and from 1866 to 1870 he was
i i u i rr ri ji vrais -w 1 1 j a who
! newspaper life In Washington. In
1SS7 he went to California and took up
his residence in the mountaias behind
Oakland. His cabin on the table land,
2.000 feet above sea level, overlooks
San Francisco bay. and a splendid pan
orama of country. Here he possessed
Towerir.g beside the cemetery, a
landmark that can be seen for 20 miles
from down in the valley. Is a areat
! pyre of rough stone which Mil -
ler fashioned with his own hands. It
Is hollow and the top is covered with
Irnn yrH 1 1 vnrir TtiA nvra Vm a Vacn 1
kem filled with wcral rnrHt nf nil-
n.kert w,vwi H.r.
to be cremated, and his instructions
were that his ashes should be "scat-
tored to the four winds.'
OUR MARINE CORPS.
Notes! For Brave Deeds Since the Days
f the Revolution.
Onr saariae corps wss organized by
act of the Continental congress in 1775,
snd Its hlutory continues unbroken
down to the present time. It Is tke old
est branch of the military service and
was originally created to prevent mu
tiny by the sailors, many of whom
Then, too, in the days of sailing
ships, and especially in battle at sea.
the sailors were largely occupied la
maneuvering the vessel. Fighting was
at close quarters, and a large body of
men who had nothing to do but fight
wasof gr1 eerric- Tiie advent of
right. Sam; we hare an on stove left, and I can cook.
The little oil stove was an Aladdin's lamp. They
lived happily for several y?ars In poverty.
Then Clark got rich again. The little oil Btove
went to the Junk heap. Their happiness went with It.
Mrs. Clark Is suing for divorce and big alimony.
Let a healthy man in the prime of life quit work,
and he goes to the dogs. He becomes a grouch, a pes
simist and a nuisance. The best woman in the world
cannot please him long.
And the woman, surfeited with riches, who throws
away her cookstove and sits all day long in her nice
clothes can see more faults and discover more troubles
eampalgn fund. Cither the mission to
Vienna was not rated highly or Ker
ens had some way of getting things at
Myron T. Herrick, ambassador to
Prance, gave $50,000 to th? Taft war
D. J. Hill gave only $2,000 to the
Taft fund, and was appointed minister
to Germany. Robert Bacon gave only
$5.0i0 and became ambassador to
France. It Is worth noting, however,
that Mr. Hill got Into trouble almost
as soon as he reached Berlin, and that
Mr. Bacon was succeeded in Paris by
Myron T. Herrick, whose princely
donation is chronicled above.
Ambassadorships will not be for
sale under Woodrow Wilson, and those
who bought while the buying was
good should not be allowed to retain
steam and of long range guns made tie
old style of fighting Impossible.
The story of the marine corps is a
etirrlngpne. The marines distinguished
themselves first in 17T9 In the battle
between the Bonbomme Richard and
the Scrapie. They bad previously, in
1776, taken part in the bloodless cap
ture of 100 cannon at New ProTldence,
in the Bahamas. They fought In Trip
oli in 1803, and in 1S05 they made a re
markable march across the Libyan des
ert and took the fortress of Derna.
At New Orleans In 1815 the ma
rines again distinguished themselves,
and they covered themselves with glory
st the battle between the Chesapeake
and Shannon. At Shimonosekl. Japan,
In ISfH: Formosa in 1867, in Korea in
1371, Panama in 1S5. at Manila and
Gur.ntnnarno in the war with Spain
end In China during the Boxer out-
! break they proved their worth. Har
i per's Weekly.
in Springfield. The measure, which
;iea:ed by the city commission. The
ordinance was to be made effective
yesterday, but the legal department
notified the officials that it. is invalid,
and the salf cf cigarets will continue.
The council will soon pass an ordi
nance licensing the sale of cigarets,
but prohibiting sales to minors.
FREXCH 'PRESIDENT 13
WIFE IN SOCIAL. WAR
! , , .
, rla! corWpondenee of The Arns.)
, P.-Desplte the sneering op-
' Psitiol ' Bourbons and Bonapart-
ists, who rake up her past as former
: wife of a cab driver, Mme. Polncare,
: wife of the president-elect of France,
: laying careful plans
is laying careful plans to assume
! social leadership for which no other
French president's wife has ever ss-
j pird. So sweeping have been the or
"ders given for repairing and recon
! strutting the interior of the Ely see
palace that the president and his wife
have decided to keep to their own res
idence for a considerable time and
give the architects opportunity to make
! a properly luxurious setting for the j
60cial campaign that the magnetic and I
Deauuiui - nrst iaay or France ' means
(to wage to wrest so.clal leadership from
the Bourbons and the families of the
The tremendous popularity of Mme.
Poincare's husband will be a decided
help to her in her plans. He has re
ceived many more thousands of letters
of felicitation than any of his predeces
sors, and a lanre secretarial staff Is
working overtime to keep up with the
V.,fYjf :'.''. " . -
Tou're rich: you've
bundles of bonds
A thousand man
When yon happen
to wish to rest
Teu own broad
acres and city
Teu are rich enough
to Ignore the
Of the envious
ones below; each
While others ara
tolling- for little
Teu add more heaps
to year heaps of
Tan' re rich, so rich,
that yoa never
To wince or worry
when bills ar
rive; Teu're rich: when
you feel that
yos're off your
Teu may quit the scenes where the
Ton may hunt for pleasares In pastures
And forget your cares but yon never
In your ante-
Te ask yeur favor or learn your will;
The market weak-,
ens when you
Tour frown Is
cause of wli-1
Tou're rich: you can!
give men hope, I
Them to hopeless
ness; each day
With efforts that
make you rlcherl
That make you)
You're rich: when
you wish you
may take your
Tou may leave the
murk and the
Tou may Journey In
search of eights
You may look and
rest and forget
You may claim such
joys as the fav
May ever possess
but you never
The Good Time Coming.
The first bluebird will come along
And freeze to death UDon the fence
While coughing up his matin song. 1
Cheer up! Glad April's just ahead;
Ere long we'll hear the robin's
And, while the flooded rivers spread.
Get people from their homes in
Lo, the Poor Actor.
j "There," said the manager, after the
1 ninety-ninth rehearsal, "now you're
j all right. Your acting is perfect. I
I couldn't imagine anything more artis
I tic than your presentation of that
'Ah. yes." replied the weary actor.
"but I have my hardest work left to
do. I shall base to get busy now and
prepare a lecture about it."
Not For Her.
"I hear." said Mrs. Oldcastle, "that
Miss Wadsworth has taken up the
study of Gaelic."
"Has she?" replied her hostess, as
she kicked back at corner of the $3,
000 rug. "Joseph wanted me to take it
up. but I never wns no hand for
"Colonel," asked the beautiful girl,
"did you ever ride your horse down a
"Xo," replied the bluff old warrior,
"but I once jumped my charger
across a fifteen-foot ditch without
knowing until the battle was over
that It was there."
"Pa, is It true that all men are made
'Tre had reason to think lately," re
plied the man who had been trying to
get his notes extended, "that a good
many of thera are made of cement."
She Was Composed.
"Did the bride seem to b
"Yes mostly of padding and stuff
that had been bought at some drug
The man who has greatness thrust
npon him is always sure that he could
have achieved It if that had been
xnat was a wise washerwoman wno,
on being asked why she bad married
such an ugly man. said:
"I prefer a - homely husband that
stops at home and wrings my clothes
rather than a handsome one who stays
sway snd wrings my heart" New
fill i i
?5 -.va rs--vn
The Daily Story
raGSY'S LAST CURE BY CLARISSA MACKIE,
Copyrighted. 1913, by Associated Literary Bureau
Mr. Higby threw aside the evening
newspaper and folded his arms across
his breast "Anastasia," he said reso
lutely, Tre struck the Tery thing at
His wife looked up from her needle
work. "What Is it now, Henry T'
"A cure for my rheumatism." he an
"I didn't know you had rheumatism,
"I have bad it lately; a stiffening of
the joints and a general disinclination
to move around much."
"Humph!" ejaculated his -wife skep
tically. "Tou've been jumping up and
down all the evening, Henry, and this
Is the first grunt I've heard out of you.
Maybe it's growing pains."
Mr. Higby arose painfully from his
chair and with bant back proceeded to
limp slowly from the room. Ana sta
sia's kind eyes followed his progress
with mingled tears and laughter In
their depths. At last pity and lore
triumphed, and she a nose and went to
"Forgive me, Henry, for being
crocs! Do com back and tell me what
I can do to relieve yon," she said with
her cheek against bis.
Sunny hearted Henry Higby rnrned
a beaming face to hers and forgtvlngly
kissed her on the brow. He permitted
her to lead him back to his comforta
ble morris chair and te pile several pil
lows at his back.
"Now, tell me what new core yoa
have found, dear?" she said, sitting
down te her -embroidery one more.
"I've just read abont It in this pa
per," explained Mr. Higby enthusias
tically, forgetting to groan as he cross
ed, his legs comfortably. "Its a aim
pie enre, and that Is what appeals to
me. It costs absolutely nothing save
a few pine boards and half a day's
work. Living In the suburbs as we do,
the trees are already provided for the j
"What trees? asked Anastasia curi
ously. "The trees for the cure. Ton see It
is this way: Some scientist has figured
that the outer air is the natural at
mosphere for man to breathe. He says
if animals can sleep In the open that
is. if some can make their homes In
damp and oozy spots without contract
ing rheumatism and kindred diseases;
if others can sleep in cold caves on
rocky floors without dire results; if
birds 9&n nest in the trees without
catching cold from the rains that beat
In, why should not man who was made
to live and breathe the pure air of out
of doors, why should not rheumatic
man sleep out in the open and cur
his ills? Great idea, isn't it?"
"Grand!" agreed Anastasia without
"I'm going to try It"
"What are yon going to be, an ani
mal in an oozy swamp or a bird in a
tree?" she asked.
"I suppose you've heard of the Ger
man mud baths for rheumatism?"
"Then the Idea of the oozy swamp is
not farfetched. I expect to try the tree
"You're going to build a nest?" she
incredulity struggling with
"Of course not One has to exercise
common sense In such matters. I shall
modify the Men, of course. I shall
build a platform between those four
tall chestnuts sny about forty feet
above pround. I shall have a strong
wire fence till about it and place a cot
"You will not only lose your rheuma
tism, but nil your other ills, Henry,
and you will sleep thereafter in the
cemetery on the hillside," asserted his
"Fiddlesticks!" laughed Mr. nigby,
with great good humor. "You said tha
same thing when I tried the fish diet for
nervousness. Yon thought I would de
velop fins and get to swimming in the
bi;y unlil somebody caught me with a
mummy chub and made me into a
chowder. Why, you had the table al)
set for a chowder dinner, with me as
the chief ingredient. Eh, Anastasia?"
He tweaked his wife's ear playfully
and made for the door. "I guess I'll
telephone down to Flake's house and
ask him to send np some lumler from
the mill in the morning."
Quite forgetful of his rheumatism,
Mr. Higby went into the hall and shut
himself into the telephone booth.
Anastasia laid aside her needlework
and closed her eyes. She was tired of
her husband's many fancied illnesses,
and she was startled at the rapidity
with which one disease followed an
other. And yet, and yet, as sn actual
fact Henry Hlgtoy had never had a
day's real sickness in the twelve years
they had been married.
As for his imaginary ailments well,
there had always beep for a standby
the grip, then neuralgia of head and
heart, asthma, bronchitis, tuberculosis'.
Insomnia, pains and sprains, symp
toms of whatever dlsesse was the fad
of the moment and he had had more
attacks of appendicitis than all the
other citizens of bis suburban town
He had just recovered from an at-
tsck of appendicitis and
spent two days at his often neglectea
business when rheumatism stared him
in the face.
Anastasia sighed as she thought of
the fuss and bother that must attend
Henry's adoption of a new sleeping
place. He had slept all over the bouse
in the past From attic to cellar ev
ery room had known his restless slum
bers, and last summer be had slept on
the front piazza ontll be wbb startled
one night by awakening to discover a
tall, gaunt framed woman standing
over him with a small lantern beid
close to his face.
"It's only you, is "It?" she had said
contemptuously and passed Into the
house. The next morninif Mr. Higby
discharged Bridget for impertinence
and the following day found a new do-
mevtlc installed in the kitchen, one
who was not given to nocturnal wan
derings. The next few days witnessed n busy
period in Mr. niby's existence. As
sisted by a carpenter he constructed a
square platform between the four
chestnuts in the large back yard.
When it was all completed and a com
fortable cot bed within the wire ln
closure. Mr. Hlsby invited his neigh
bors to Inspect the innovation
Of course It wasn't right Captain
Fletcher said that the platform should
have been lashed to the trees, not nail
ed. "First strong breeze we have will
wrench your Umbers apart" be
"Nonsense," said Mr. Higby Jovially.
"Fiddlesticks." he said to somebody
else, and "Piffle." he remarked to a
third critic. Then he went into the
honse and mad preparations for his
ascent to his nest
Mrs. Higby tearfully prepared a bas
ket of extra bedclothlng. "Yen will
catch your death of cold, Heory." she
murmured. "A&d suppose yu should
fssVouC salsy. you'd be killed. At any
rate, you'd break every bone In your
"Fiddlawttcks." waa Mr. Higby' s
"Your tempting' Providence." flash
ed Anast'sla at last "There Isn't a
thing the matter with yon, Henry, but
there will be before you get through
with this business. I wish yea
"Never mind, my dear, assured Mr.'
Higby with the gentle patlono f one
who knows he la right "Yoa will un
derstand som day hw It is with me.1
Behind closed blinds many carious
yes watched Mr. Higby lantern aa
It slowly ascended tke long ladder thai
led up to his lofty perch. The lantern!
swung In his hand as he steadied him
self oa the ladder. A strong wind was
rising- and the tree were swaying with
a low musloal creak of boughs. Up oa
the dlxay height of the platform h
pulled manfully oa .the rope to which:
the basket of extra bedding was fast
ened and presently the basket loomed)
ever the railing and was deposited on
Before long Henry Higby had taken:
the second step In his projected cure
for rheumatism. lie had slipped out;
of his bathrobe and slippers and Jump-i
d Into the little cot, which was clamp-,
ed down to the platform. For a long;
time he lay awake looking up at th
stars, which shone down through the
young follag of the trees, for It waa
early spring. He saw the white cloud
go drifting across the face of tho
moon. He felt the rhythmical swlnn
of the trees as they bent to the fresh
ening wind, and finally he fell asleep.
He slumbered, only to awaken to a
mop en t of supreme terror when it
seemed that the bottom had dropped
out of the universe and he was being
propelled through nothingness to ob
livion. He wss conscious thut be
struck the soft branches of trees in his
downward passage, and then some
thing bard arose to meet him and blot
out bin sense of pain.
When he awoke from this second
sleep he was not swinging in his nest
among the treetops. with the stars
roofed over his bead. He was in bis
own stationary bed on the second floor
of his home. Two physicians regard
ed him speculatively, while Anastasia
hung, pale and anxious eyed, close tot
"What happened?" he asked feebly.
"The wind was so strong that the
trees pulled the platform apart- and
you fell to the ground," said Dr. Brown
cheerily. "We'll have you up and
around In a few months."
"A few months!" gasped Higby.
"Why, what's the matter with me? I
"Of course you can't" said Dr.
Jones bluffly. "You've only broken
three ribs, fractured your left leg,
broken your right wrist and wrenched
your back. What in thunderation
were you doing up there, eh?"
"It was a cure for rheumatism," said)
Mr. Higby, with diffidence.
"Well, you cured the rheumatism, all
right," assured the doctor; "but, man'
alive, you've got enough now to take
care of for awhile! No need to wars'
you to keep quiet.'.'
When they were alqne Higby ex
changed a look with bis wife, and his
own eyes were repentant
"I'm an Idiot, Anastasia!" be blurted
out "It's too bad I didn't break my
fool neck as well as the other bones!"
But Anastasia assured him that the
enforced rest would benefit hltn and
that when" his broken parts had been'
knit together he would probably enjoy,
perfect health. "I hope you will,,
dear," said Anastasia slowly. "Life
Is too short to fuss over lmngtnary'
"I know, I know," put In Henry Hig
by hastily. "I had to break every
bone in my body to cure myself. But'
I'm cured now, Anastasia. Where'a'
that 'Family Doctor?' "
"It is burning in the kitchen stove'
this very moment" said Anastasia
"Good!" said Higby. tnrnlng bis face
to the wall.
Feb. 18 in American
1795 Georire Pea body, financier and
philanthropist, born In Damascus
Mass.; died 18C0.
18G4 General R. E. Lee assumed com
mand of all Confederate armies.
He retained, however, the immedi
ate command of the Army of North
ern Virginia In defeudiug Richmond
snd Petersburg until the end of the
187ft-Cbarlotte S. Cushman. tragedi
enne, died; born lSl'J.
1808 Frances E. WVIuaI. teotperant
advocate, died: b4X TR.
1S02 Albert Bierstadt, noted land
scape painter, died; born 1WX