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THE ROCK ISLAND ARGUS. MOXDAY, 3IAKC11 10, 1913.
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T'Jrrhorrj 'n p!l irtrr-nts: Cen
tral I.'nlcr.. V.v.t in; and 21;
fr.ton Kl.r-tri-. 'HI
Monday, March 10, 1913.
Prcf'sor Taft, on $3,000 a year as
p. Yale lecturer, may wish that he
I'.ai gone -n-o th" hotel business in
If I'orif.rio Di;. c-innot be' induced
to re'urn tr tir f., perhaps a call to
Castro or Manias, late of Portugal,
wc-i'd bring results.
The narniiiK of Senator John W.
Kern of Indiana lor democratic leader
In the g nate reminds us that it doesn't
take nn loni; as It oncf. did for a mem-
ber to fco to the front in that body.
Former Attorney (Jeneral Wicker
fiiam !s Kojnn to make a trip around
the world, rini h" may come home with
the stirgesHon that th whole works be
ind'C'-d for violation of the Sherman
! Phiblv 111" ;0 pie hunters that
'cited fur PreMdrtit Wi son's coming
:'t the White hr.;i?e were under the
'tr.pre.ne nn that ti e "seven si. ter? '
' endorsed befcre leaving New Jer
rey were good pastry cooks.
The Iliiln.T-iriiis are wry modert in
their demands, considering that th-y
have the power to drive the Turka out
if Europe. If t!i"v were 'acting thev
could demand thnt ConFtantinople and
the territory adjacent thereto be
transferred to then;.'
Senator CuHom's proverbial good
luck bus not denert"rt him. On his re
tirement from th " years' continuous
service In the s'-:afc, h" drops Into a
fat brrtli as ccniinlsBluner In charge
-f the conptruction of the new Lincoln
I'lotiiitiirnt at Wash'npton. Conprafu
If tli news comir.K from Mexico is
reliable, the rcvolu'ion th. re has lieen
riippn v r- (I, .in 1 i f till , li' i'ic carried
on wil Lo: hi vuiious qiiarterj; Tb"
Hi;. I'rt s;;rj .Tt:ov !s li"liic ncclnirncd
cliolt : "
t'.r.i- i )', '-':;t n and la;vrcd
! t i .: -i'y and vi-nr. "Yo-i
sr.: I vi;i
I'.-.' w:i i. U-.l rt' : 1 1 M fi -r
t p 1 ven'.'lit ( ,11
if ' o- t 'i:sh '' 1 '
"iwf"n tUe in.""Jvi:i.
id 'he lT-xen rnus'i
t. s The: e is fot.c-b"-p.'
ne upoti the
t Use in new l-bi
Up t-;Mi te ri:
Is the ', ."rf-' .- !
sin.T ' ii h .it ' r 1 '
t :rfar;- f o:tie;- (;
iVir 'b'-" d'
kill r' V -Ttiet-f
itiry, the rw doTn-
CI ft ,1
r-i.t : or 'em 1 )', ai . '
lei )orer' h, a li t.iok the ontn
t ,.r., Se:;:i:n- 11 1 I'clit of th"
!mi1. r frti'.'. hi -iso" ni' . refuM-1
to ir. ' : h!:n to the U . and that,
i proii per'ovmeil ' y per.ator
Si'.u' Mri'l.i' i1 Dc'nware sen
iter Is .ff-"..-.o to the powder
IrtK; nr. be r. gooi ""an.
UPt. I '
V.-l 1'!' I'.:
ii In iiie
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J0ej t'.'.e l-r
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if ' I Til
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tral wi ho'.i; accomp-.r.ying him
rrd fart rpcnt much of h'.s time
tt the exe.-utive minslcn snd shaped
ir.r.ny of the unwise pol'cies of the
sdni'tilitravicn. Th" people do not
loci tho whole family when they
: horse a p-esnleiu.
It is refreshing :o r.ote that Prepl
t"n .To".'. :'! of the American
league has taken steps to put a stop '
:o base! .ill players acting as con- j
rilij'ors'o the newspaper sports page.:
Mr. Jrhnsoa tavs that the names of ;
players have been used for a consid
rrsticn i.:id that many of them have'
nforns'il hlra that 'he stuff that has:
.een p:hlihed beneath or above their j
3 lines, they have known nothing
bout. The result is damaging to the
rfflriency cf the national game as i
rll as des'ructive to discipline. If.
President Johnson will adopt some
method of keeping plavers out cf
raudevllle as his next move, be will
.rr. on.vher c-d end The nrofe. -
tional ball player shines on the dia
mond and nowhere e'.ae.
KI SSIA KK.IV TO KK.HT.
Russia Is confident of her own
irength today and is willing to go to that be was still good for the greatest
ser. Yet it is only four years since battle of Ms political life and a pre
1i:.".?ia bowed to the ultimatum of the uiiership.
' man kaiser and withdrew her ob- Germany's first emperor, the vener
H; ons to Austria's annexation of able William, saw Waterloo as a sol
V nia Heriegovina. It la only eight dier. but Bfty-flve years later was di
ferr date France yielded before a ', recticz armies at fedan and weldlc
similar threat on the part of Ger
The two allies are on a very dif
ferent footing and in a very different
mood today. France, if not aggres-
aire, is certainly prepared for war
whj,e p,Ji(ja ,g tQ tfy concu.
Fiona with .Austria in the Balkans. The
fart is that Russia has determined 1
to stand by her tilavic kin in the Bal
kans, even if war results, and France
will ark her ally, in cape the allies
of Austria enter the contest.
This determination after a diplo-
mafic strusele of
months has Iran-
spired irhln the last fortnight. In
thi policy the oar has tho support
of the whple Russian people. Such a
war would be deeir.ed holy by all
R'.ipfians. It would not be thought a
grand duf-al adventure as as the Jap
a ifp var.
The nation will consider no sacri
fices in the cause of the Slavic Bal
kans too greet.
KNO h IN( THK NEW MrKKL
rV:n,"'"T,'nc he t?w "rii-Vel." rnany
of which have been put into circula
tion in Rock Island and have caused
a great deal of comment, the New
York Times declares that it is a strik
ing example of what a coin intended
for wide circulation as small change
should not be. It bears on one side
the too deeply stamped counterfeit
presentment of a bison, on the other
the head of an uncommonly unprepos
sessing Indian, and as art neither side
is remarkable. The overcrowding of
small circles by large designs is
nve defect The lettering is so
j,mall that it can only be deciphered
bv strong eyes in a bright light The ,
afm of the designer seems to have
been to make an odd-looking thing,
'as tinlike other coins as possible. It j
may be true that some of the first ,
of these coins issued from the sub-
treasury were sold in the streets Tor j
10 or 15 cents each, but there will be
no great eagerness to get mem nere
afier in preference to the old 5-cent
coins. The most conspicuous thing on
a coin should be the mark of its value.
The big V on the old nickel, w ith the
word "cents" plainly stamped below
it, exactly served the purpose.
Strarpers will often be at a loss to
determine the value of the new coin.
H may be said that we do not make
coins w ith a view to serving foreigners
hut it Is difficult to comprehend the
idea that prevails in the mint.
The latest atrocities in coinage un-!
til the new nickel appeared were the j
$2". $10 and V ccld pieces. The ar j
bad coins tn design and execution. Of
course, they have escaped much of the .
rrrmlar derision the new r.lckel will j
arouse, because there are not many
gold pieces in circulation. The car ,
fare coin is'always in use.
!t is to be hoped that the old nickels
.:n v isnt in pircnlnttnn and not be
crowded out by this new thing with !
the deeplv Indented surfaces, which j
not pleasing to look at while new and
shiny and w ill be an abomination w nen
it is old and dull.
i()OI SPOKT KOR NKXT V KA R.
Sir Thomas' Linton's next effort to
lift the America's run miv nnt re
mit In cloFe races. That can never
be determined far in advance. But
it is certain already that tne chal
lenge of t:ie British barone; for ano'h
er championship of the world which
is re'illy 'vha! the strucgie for the
faiiKui" old trophy imnile w i 1 mcke i
f.r: at spun fo.- Amer'ca in 1M4.
Lmtv ytar that a series of rcccs '
for tin- America's ".:p has hern sailed !
:he ont:T 1 '.-O'lr.try hits shown the I
dp-.;-t ii'..:er( ; in the result. Hun- j
ilri ; c.r r.'!'es fr-m iny body of v, it 'r;
hi.; eno :h to hoi I .:'e of th,. chain
pi'ii achts with their deep fin keels,
r.; 'Mil r.- if men who had no idol f'
' o uiffMi'io1 between a cu'ter 8""1 I
a cnteriiosd sloop hae become;
1 pre :t'. ivrouM up over th" chances
i i th i
ir ciuri'rv to bea' lire it Pr!ta;u '
'tr. at the gat e which Ins
it'ti t" "spor'Kl pride of the Oritisn
i"''", '.)r cell' l ' s.
It is 'he 'titt-rnat loia' cli.-racter f
t'.ic ftrucKle thai puts ;he ken c:io
on pubii. interest, and it. is the spect.ic
i:hir r iitui" of the races, watched by
sr at fir' ' excursion bo;--.s a:id
h''H cniev the vey ere? rf the Apif
icn tretn j. is. that riv hese con
tea s h pipe'.- rocie hi(h is net
st' ),y th r : rf inrerTit!"n".l
err pet 't ion. -X -V -.cricjrs know
' 'it,t i;r !' I'.ri'r. ' i is far in advave
i ' O'hT n3''m In e.epplpg. ard
, .-avi tV n'-'are th-- Hrit'sh
jt--W-s cr T n rrt'i s; -Vio dteit
j.'l,. ,.f er-;.' e.i.; sul.ie;'t of KIT?
I' r. Tit.i' ? u i' v t'ei rnunvy a')
delights in c;itf3:l:rg the best yachts
that iJr:i s.i sh.'I can buMd.
Sir Thomas Lipton has put Amerl
catis heavily in debt to him for much
geod sport. He will et a great wel
come next year with his new chal
lenger for the America's cup.
VIGOR AT SEVENTY.
Great Works Performed by Men Even
Beyond That Ripe Age.
Who talks of fifty years as the cul
minatii.5 point lu man's career? Were
a!! the great wor performed by men
even beyond seventy erased from his
tory the tnimau race would be bereft
of s:i!e Terr proud achievements. !
Jefferson founded a university by hi !
ow n activity after he had passed three-1
score years and ten. John (Juincy Ad- j
fnn. attr.onpra ce caa Deen president
ef the I'nited States and five times a
foreign minister, wrought as con-
. resmcn ny rar ois greatest oeeas
1 ufJ(,r u was slity-flve. His robust
! father sat in a constitutional conven
tion when be was almost a nonage-
natiau. 1'ranklin did valiant service
lu helping to fratae the constitution
of the I'nited Stale after be bed turn
ed a setvtr and contented eighty.
Seventy saw Gladstone so vlsroroua
The Genial Cynic
BY (JHAF.LE3 GRANT MILLER.
HARD LUCK IS GOOD LUCK.
If Lincoln had been born in a Fifth avenue mansion and had gone
through college, he probably never would have been heard of. It was the
hercic strusgle with adverse conditions that developed
the g'ant nature in him. ,
Compare the average mamby-pamby, characterless,
staminaless, initiativeless rich boy with the sturdy, ro
bust poor boy who feels that he must exert himself to
bis utmost to redeem himself from poverty and to
make a place for himself in she world. One is a weak
ling; the other a giant.
Napoleon said of his great general. Massena, that
he never showed his mettle until he saw the wounded
and the dead falling about him in battle; then the lion
in him was aroused and he fought like a demon.
Whenever a motive is great enough, an emergency
large enough, a responsibility heavy enough to call out the hidden reserves
In our nature, latent energies spring forth which astonish us.
Lots of people owe almost everything to their handicap, which haa been
their perpetual worry and their perpetual spur.
THE QUICK AND THE DEAD
(New York World.
When the republican party went out
of power Tuesday it had none of the
leaders under whom it came into pow
er 16 years ago.
McKinley is dead. Reed is dead.
Hoba" "anna is dead. Ding
lp - ' dead. Sherman and Allison and
Frye and McMillan and Cushman K. .
uavis are aeaa. riaTt ana wuay ana j
Henry C. Payne are dead. Hale is dy-1
Aldrich, Spooner, Foraker and j
Burrows are in retirement. Grosve-1
nor is forgotten. j
WHO'LL BE IX MRS. WILSON'S SOCIAL" "
CABINET I PROBLEM INTERESTS CAPITAL
Jlr. O'ftorman lleft topu Mm.
Washi:u:to:i, Mari-h I'"1. To at parate ,
fh s::'ial s'.k ei irouj the :-0' ial goal:;
that is the arduous task which lies
before Mrs. Wood row Wi'sori, new
first laiiy of ti e land.
In any event, a ikang. m p-esideuis
w'(i'',j brirg aho'it a change in ihe
social aligcment of thn lanital, but
this yetr, "i'.h politial as well as
niere'v personal relat'ens c'-taned. the
ia; will l i;.',,s::.-',.'y diffnilt. ard
call for ii ihe tact and ingenuity of
' vn thnt 'M.'ee(iing'y C8!cl: woman
wini i"i.v r-'pus in White hoiite.
Even as her husband h'i to pie, r.n
e:,ec"'l'. e cshi'!'t. s" sh" r:i".st choose
a scipl cabinet rf those ulio rimy V.er
aifl end advise her ir th'- er.terUii'i-TeTi-
whiih befits the first, woman in
;hB la'iii. P'le r;v,:st plan a scheme of
cn'rr!'tin'iat which shall b" harinoni
ov w'th th policies of the political
administration ?.r.d sa"!?fv?nj; to these
whom she drsiers to make members of
her social circle
The ordinary difficulty of the task is
made th more difficult because Mrs.
Wilson comes to the White house com
rarat'vely unacquainted with those
who make up the capital's socially
elect She not only must pick a so-
clal cabinet, but must sift her choices
a mmfo errer the fall of" Paris.
John iiigelow at fourscore was mental
ly as virile as a boy. and bis powers,
as an author w ere not dimmed.
Frederick I y was an active busi
ness man, presideut of a b-mk and the
national board of trade since the Spanish-American
war, and yet be was
prominent enoegh in 1H44 to serve ou
a committee tDat welcomed to Phila
delphia Daniel Webster.
Science is making lives longer than
they were in the days of our grand
fathers and also far more comfortable.
The same agency that prolongs bodily
vigor will surely lengthen the age of
man's most virile mental labor. Phila
A FLAME OF PAIN.
The Shock That Comes With the Bite
of the Electric Ant. i
When you happen to sit down to ;
rest or take cotes near a colony cf i
electric ants some wandering turner i
is sure to tind "you and come cautions- t
ly forward to discover the i:ature or j
the Intruder and what nusht to be
done. If vou are nt roo near the ant
town and keep perfectly s;iii he may
run across your feet u tew times, over
1 2! ,'11
I Of the men who were conspicuous
in tne repuoncan ranks when William
McKinley was inaugurated president.
Senator Lodge is the one remaining
figure. As Uncle Joe Cannon hikes
back to Danville the country forgets
that he was not a member of the orig
inal o'.3 guard under McKinley and that
he came into the speakership as a re
Nothing emphasizes the political
changes of the last 16 years more than
the namos of the republican leaders
who have died or abdicated.
Mni't lrf bottom);
of the socially eligible from those only
apparently so: im:s!. in addition, look
L.er the mt'i.y new comers seat to the
capital on the wave of dino-'ratic vic
tory: and. withal, hiirt i:o more fc-el-inps
in !o r choice than she possibly
Naturiilly. much shrewd speculation
has been indulged in as to tho makeup
rf the social cabinet, ard most of the
s irssrs tenter around Mrs. Norman E.
Mack, w ho last spring presided at the
Dolly Madison breal:fast ; Mrs. John
bharp Wiliiams, whose tastes are
known to be coiieuial with those of
Mrs Wilson: Mrs. Senator O'tJorman
rf New York: Mrs. Champ Clark, wife
of the sralT of the house of repre
sen'rt'i -es :"n'l Mrs. William fvl'cott
o' Baltimore, whom Mrs. Wilson re
.An entirely nev.' mode of enr?rtain
ment doubtless will be instituted, who-
ever reskes r.p the social caliret. The
:omo ratic tone get by President
'Wilson in bis administration doubtless
will find its reflection in social affairs.
Then, too, Mrs. Wilson makes a great
hobby of her art. and it is possible
that the musical interests set up by
Mrs. 'iaft will languish a bit. Truly,
Washington is to see a social upheav-
j al of no mean order.
your legs and nanas and race, up your
trousers, as if taking your measure
and getting comprehensive views, then
go in peace without raising an alarm.
If, however, a tempting spot is offered
or some suspicious movement excites
him a bite follows. And sticb a bite!
I fancv that a bear or a wolf bite is
not to be compared with It. A quick
electric Came of pain flashes along
the outraged nerves, and you discover
for the first time bow great is the ca
pacity for sensation you are possessed
of. A shriek, a grab for the animal
and a bewildered stare follow this bite
of bites as one comes back to con
sciousness from sodden eclipse.
This wonderful electric ant is abont
tbree-fonrths of an inch long. Bears
are fond of it and tear and gnaw
Its home logs to pieces and roughly
devour the eggs, larvae, parent ants
and the rotten or sound wood of the
cells, al) in one spicy acid hash. The
Discer Indians also are fond of tbe
larvae and even of tbe perfect ants, so
I hnve been told by old mountaineers.
They bite off and reject the Bend and
enr tbe ti'kly acid body with keen
relish Thus are the or biter bit
ten, like every other biter. b!;r or little,
in tie world' great family. John
Muir in Atlantic.
He always slept out on the porch, so that
he might breathe grermless air;
He kept from eating starchy food and
lived upon the plainest fare;
He wore hygienic underclothes: to please
his wife he scorned clears
And never would consent to ride in poor
ly ventilated cars.
He never gurrled any kind of stuff con
He had ro taste for cigarettes and never
used the things at all:
He never Jumped on moving trains nor
monkeyed with a rusty gun.
He never ran such risks as nine men out
of ten men dally run.
He walked according to a rule tjiat ex
perts had agreed upon.
And In accordance with a rule he'd reai
somewhere, his breath was drawn:
But he !s lying 'neath the sod; It seems
tliHt he somehow forgot
That fulling In a well at night will kill a
man as like as not.
"I Fee the Nevada state assembly
has passed a bill making is necessary j
for any applicant for divorce to reside j
tuere a ear instead of six months, :
the length of time requtred under the ;
"My goodness, that's terrible, isn't j
it? One is likely to lose all one's love '
for the person one desires to marry '
if one has to wait a year. It does '
seem as if legislators must lie awake ;
at night trying to thinfe of new ways :
In which they can keep people from i
"Well, how did you like the ser
"Very much," replied the man who ,
had attended eleven banquets in
rapid succession. "It was a great re- i
lief to have the preacher get up and
begin his sermon without saying: j
'The remarks of the previous speaker j
have reminded me of a story.' "
"My grandmothers on both sides
were Daughters of the American Revo
lution." "I don't know whether my grand
mothers belonged to anything or not,
but I've heard my father say that
he once belonged to the Sons of Tem
perance." Cause and Effect,
you parted never
"And what happened then?"
"He kissed me goodby."
"Ah! When are you to be
"Policeman, arrest that man for
swearing in the street."
'I ain't heard him swearin' anny."
"Rut he's going to in a minute. I
am about to Inform him that his
daughter has eloped with the chaf
Two e. most detestable kinds
of people in this world are the ones
who are ashamed of their grandfathers
and those who boast of the high posi
tions their grandfathers had in so
ciety. A Compliment.
"Your glasses," she said, "have made
a great difference in your appear
ance." "Do you think so?" he asked.
"Yes. You look so intelligent with
For an Obvious Reason.
It is becoming fashionable again for
men to wear their hair pompadour,
but a good many of the men who wore
their hair pompadour before will not
do so now.
"You say she inherited her ability i
to stand on her head and tie her legs j
in a loopknot around her neck?"
"YeB. Her father was a celebrated 1
"I didn't think Mrs. De P-i.wne look
ed very httractive at the oeru last
night." said Dul.bleigu.
"S' ? Why. usually she is radiant
What did she have on?" asked Win
Ulerop. "A Inr;;e sized grouch." said Dubb-
The Daily Story
THE BURBANK ESTATE BY MILLARD MALTEIE.
Copyrighted. 1913. by Associated Ulerary i;;:r.-u
Joseph Biirknnk. from the time be
wns twelve years old till he was sixty- ;
two. worked and saved and struggled
to mnke himself iodeiendent He
thought until he woa forty that he
couldn't afford to marry: then he took
a wife largely because be needed some
one for a housekeeper and. all thiun ;
considered. It would be better to give j
the position to a wife than to any oth- j
A son was born to the pair and serv
ed as a link between his father and
the rest of human beings But this
was largely because In this son the
father had some one to succeed him tn
continuing the piling up of property.
! From the boy's birth till be was twelve
the old hian looked forward to bl
I following In his father's footsteps and
. MERIWETHER READ THB UNSIGNED Wtti.
' at that age proposed that he should be
i gin where that fnther bad begun, by
' becoming an office boy.
The child, aided by his mother, head
I ed the old man off for three years,
i when Mrs. Burbank died. Tbe boy
wished to go to college, and bis father
objected. Mrs. Burbank bad a few
! thousand dollars of her own which she
; left to her son. Soon after this money
' was received by him be bad an alterca
i tion with his father concerning the
matter of bis going to work and the
next day disappeared from under the
paternal roof tree.
The old man got on as well as he
I t-oiild for a few years by himself, then,
i since be was getting old. told Rosa
j Blair, n girl about seventeen years old,
i thnt if she would take care of blm and
! bis house :is long ns be lived be would
j leave her bis fortune. liosa accepted
; the offer mid for ten years devoted 1
herself to her employer. During the
! Inst five or six years of this terra the
old man was ill and peevish and gen
erally disagreeable. Itosa Blair felt at
times that she must give up the care
of him or her health would break
down. Indeed, she finally concluded to
do so. but when she announced her in
tention to Burbnnk lie moaned and
whined ami togged her to remain. Pity
for the lonely old mnn. whose suffering
she supposed wns the cause of his acer
bity. Induced her to recall her decision.
Hurbnuk uever spoke of the son who
had left hlra. but his housekeeper
heard of him through others and very
naturally condemned him for remain
ing nway from bis father In tbe hitter's
old age. When a newspaper one day
contained an account of the shooting of
a Mark Hiirhank in the far west with
certain statements thnt seemed to cor
respond with the absent son. it was
fcuenilly supposed tbat the young man
Old Burbnnk wore out bis physical
forces by permitting his acerbity to I
gnaw upon them, and everybody said
th.it liosu rtlnir h.'id at Inst come to her
reward. What was the surprise of all
when it wns learned that be bad died
without a will. At first it wan suppos- 1
ed that one would to found, but bis at- i
torney stated that at the time of the
old mini's death a will had been drawn ;
and was rendy for him to sign. He '
b;id put off signing it from day to day. j
not realizing his condition, nnd when
his life ended It went out like a candle. ;
Some thought that tbe reason of tbe
delay was that not knowing tbat bis
son might some day turn up. be was at
a less to know bow to leave bis prop
erty nnd could nofccome to a decision.
No sooner was It known that Bur
bank hurl died intestate thnn kinsmen
I st.nrteii up like a covey of birds stum
bled on by a huntsman. There were
RurlxinSs and Newmans and Parkers
and .lot eses. nil related to the deceas
ed There were even Meriwetbera.
who claimed kinship with tbe late Mrs.
Bnrb.'ink, though how they could ex
pect to inherit did not appear. After
the rrjsh of claim filing was over there
were forty-tUree persons, each rendy
to receive his or ber portion of the
Anions th Meriwether was a
man callins; himself MacDonald Meri
wether. He appeared like many of
the .other olalmauts. wbo seemed t(
spring out of the ground, but befon
putting In a claim be consulted a law
yer nnd. after tbe interview, told hiw
friends that Mrs. Burbnnk having died
before ber husband had no interest in
the estate., and therefore none of ber
relatives could Inherit as heirs at law.
However. Mr. Meriwether, bavins
beard of tbe injustice that Had beeu
done Ilosn II lair, made ber uetjualct
auce and udvined ber to put In a bill
for service to tbe deceased large
enough to ;:ive ber a goodly share of
tae entnte. She had a letter from Mr.
Burbank offering to make her his lua."
ou the conditions named. Meriwether
' told her that this letter mUbt Mimblm
tier to make a ccii.prnuiise with tht
other heirs, or n bill ot. s.-;. :s:;.tn a
year lor the period f Her service
might to allowed by the courts.
MIsm llla'.r tinully consented to put
in a bill for .$1.(mh.i m year, which, with
Interest, would, give her an amount te
produce tin income ou which she might
live comfortably. The claim was died
but so great was the howl set ur
by the heirs niruiust the eliiiiimnt thai
the poor girl withdrew it.
Meriwether, having espoused hot
cause, became further interested and
declared thnt she should get ber dues
He weut to the lawyer who had bail
chnrge of Joseph BurbniiK's legal af
fairs and had a long interview with
bim. Meriwether asked to see a copy
of tbe will that bud been drawn up
and ready to sign. The attorney show
ed tt to him. nnd when Meriwether
proposed to call together the heirs at
law. show them what the Intention of
Joseph Burbank had been and en
deavor to induce them to make a com
promise with each other nnd Kosa
Blair, the lawyer consented nnd wrote
an opinion that without a compromise
tbe estate would likely be eaten up
Armed with these two documents.
Meriwether called tbe meeting. Il
had no sooner risen to address thost
assembled thnn a mnn called out:
"Whnt Interest have you lu this
"I have become Interested in bebnlf
of Miss Blair."
"Beckon." called out a woman, "you
want to marry ber and git it all for
Without noticing this last remark
Meriwether read the unsigned will.
It left the estate for ten years in the
bands of trustees for the benefit of
Rosa Blair. If within thnt time his
son should return nnd claim to inherit
the estate should be divided between
him and Miss Blair. If at the expira
tion of ten years he had not returned
the propertv was to to given to ber.
Meriwether then stated that he was
authorized by Miss Blair to withdraw
her claim on being paid tbe sum ot
A dozen persons claimed the floor,
each intending to spenk ngninst mak
ing any such compromise. After ail
bnd spoken and only one other person
had arisen to speak in behalf of a com
promise Meriwether announced that,
as Miss Blair's representative, he with
drew the proposition nnd would make
another. Miss Blair would not settle
for less than $25.01X1.
This caused a hubbub. Cries of
"Bluff:" "Kxtortion!" "We must have
an attorney!" "Tight it out!" were
beard nil over the room. When a lull
came Meriweather made another an
nouncement. Miss Blair's figures had
gone np to $."0.000:
Amid still greater confusion a mnn
arose and proposed that the meeting
organize ns heirs nt law of the Joseph
Burbnnk estate and appoint a commit
tee to procure counsel anil prosecute
their claims till they had received
every cent of their Just inheritance.
He wns followed by nnother. who ask
ed for subscriptions with which to pay
legnl expenses. This threw a damper
on the meeting, only u few subscrip
tions of n few dollars each being offer
ed. When it wns evident that a sung
had been struck. Meriwether arose nnd
"My friends, it is time this meeting
adjourned. I am the MacDonald Meri
wether Burbank mentioned In this un
signed will and the only child of the
testntor. My mother, whose mnideii
name was Meriwether, being dead. I
am the sole heir nt law of the estate.
I will not trouble you to make a com
promise with Miss Blair. I will make
This stunned the assembly to silence
till a womnn's shrill voice cried out:
"I suppose you'll compromise by mar
"That's exactly what. I intend to do,
I am happv to announce that we are
The meeting broke up sullenly. sotn
having a hope that the mnn could not
prove his identity, but most of tltos'
present, believed that he would not
have made such a claim unless h'S
could substantiate It.
When Burbnnk heard of his fa
tber's death he concluded to go homo
Incognito nnd learn of the situation.
It wns soon made plain to him. and be
fore clnlmlng his estate he proposed to
derive some amusement from the nu
merous heirs who were bent on cnstlntr
aside the claim of the only person who
was really entitled to any part of the
estate. He was so charmed with Kosti
Blair thnt he resolved to pay her mon
thnn lltornlly for her services to hH
father and later nsked her to to hi t
wife. It was not till nftfc she bad
consented that he saw his father's un
signed will. Then Me showed tt to her
and made himself known
Sucb Is the true story of the Burbnnk
estate. It lias been told many a limit
and In many forms in the place wber
tbe scene wns laid
MarDonn'd Burbank nnd hN wife
j made good use of the property, which
Increased enormously, endowing sever
al charitable institutions.
March 10 in American
1891 John franklin Swift, lawyer nnd
diplomut. t'niti-il States iniiiisier to
Japan, died lit Tokyo: torn in Bow
ling Green. Ky.. IVJlt.
1807 General Frederick Salomon, s
Federal veteran noted In the west
rn armies during tie war. died;
TV tr.jet. S. Cr
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pet dg Jumped on you and bit yonV"
"She ave me a very rcproaehfn!
lodk." replied Plodd'ng P"f "an" then
she ordered Ihe dog's valet to give it a
bath. Washington Star.