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THE ROCK ISLAND ARGUS, FRIDAY, APRIL 4. 1913.
uhi:hei; dolly at i24 Second are- cidedly backward step is taken so far
rue. Rock I"-lard 111. (Entered at th as mininvzing the divorce evil is con
ptoir.n second-class matter.) ! rerned.
t tck lalnad Hrmlvr of the Associated
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BY THE J. W. POTTER CO.
TERM? Ten cents per week, by car-
rler. in ""tick Island.
1 Comp.alnr of delivery service should
' f.e made t" t:. rlf-Viatior. department.
:' which ehni'l'4. oln be notified in every
1 !n:anr, wher It ! d,red to have
' rr dls-ontlr. jed. a carriers have no
authority In the premier.
All rommuni'stions of errun-.ente.t1ve
' character political or religiout. r-Jt
' hive teal name tfji.J for puhllrm-
' tlon No "irh articles will be printed j
; -rer fictitious signature.
, Telephonei In all departments: Cet
,'. tral Union. West 145. 1145 and 2145;
. t'r.lon S.ertrl..-, 5145.
Friday. April 4, 1913.
Pome Virginia whisky may he
' moonshine," but fim illicit distillers
.'have d.s' o-ered 'hat
Only on" situation wouid satisfy
the sol-cuoim seekers in Washington
a place for everybody and everybody
In his piai-".
Afinariopie ami must nt Tn naoimii
. stars havinc ceased to hold out. thre
mav be a chance for congress to get
Julian Hawthorne, acrord-ns to his
attorneys. ,s ii'iinies. It does sepni
;mp sihle to make money m litera
ture, even tha' of higli flnatiie.
The announcement Is mad" that .
nope of the Mariero brothers will I've
. riain in !eico proha !ly true,
v h"ther a n of them retiirtis 'here or
Possibly there are members of the
Iirltish cabinet v ho wou'd no' oh;'c'
to bejnt kidnaped by suffracis's if the
.perpetrators fp joung and pretn
Now comes an expert and declares
..tha' much nd:ni; in automoh:i"s cans
; r flat feet H i', m 'he cp'ninn of
mopt aiitiinoinli.i'n, 'hat rui't as had
as flat tires
- .Mexi'o is a rrewt Ferns whepi o'
fortune l iifortunH'eiv for the niHti
bo ccciip;es the p'nna' !e mi" d iv.
. tbere .. rhe nn iMiifort S'.e tliouth'
Cia' he ill ir'iiiaii:' he ejected when
be g-tt. iiroiiud to the ground
"In K.i' sas ti. 'body hut si atnlpn'ers
ha- a stand in. laments tli' lopeka
I'apita: If Kdito:- Cupper h.vl cn'y
!..iovn 'his in rime he unch' now he
i:veiiior. l-a' u:i"ss ofti-n p:s
.. i w tli a ma'i's rhauces.
"The majorM of the men whom I
l ave ni.t as fe',c laborers," sn;. s a
i' 1 iiPli; U.'ir.a'd man ho has
vorK":g a- .'i da- laboiei. o
v i r i i h cre.v en'i '..-iHsni for t
t re ( ,f . tm i ; a. " And : hi - oil
icust li;n won K'?pPCt 'or !.!
h pei ' bie r ch .
n t i hum r wokk:
I.at Snnda when a tium'icr of
rights'ers went to Payton to f atisfy
thir ciiriosi'v. ttier found the city un
rier mariai la. w hiip thej themselves
fell info the clu'ehp? cf t'lc m h'.iry
B.ithontie. Res lit - autos taken to
i'o practical rel'ef wor. iia ffeurs
put to work wrh shoe'.-. pi.sKeUsci s
I uf to w ork at the pump
Tha' s the riglf noltc Fieori'-d ci.s
trie's are no pla' for idle s.g I'serrs
There s w o-k enough for a ' dc
without standing around .m : p.i:r.c
I ui; to imstkuu n:.
Indianapolis is suffentic from a
la. k of erta'n food products There
ar( ilent of potatoes, for ns'ati'e. in
M ic'.; ignn. bt'f h re are ccmp,jr.' ely
ten iti :V Indiana isjrM! p is no- a
eue.-t.on so much of sue: prcd,,c'.o:i
as of in. oil oiia; disfribi.tinu Tl.
iv.en who icise the crops nae not
learned "o dis'riii'.i'e l;eiu They fee'
'hat tile r work is p-ait ihl y over
when they get ihe crops in the r s ore
This mat'er of sys'ematic distribu
tion of products :s one tiist tr.av well
'.aim national attention, and ie si.b-
ct lo federal dire tion Surelv wiM,
tl.e facts that ate at the command of
the depar' tuer ' rf agr:r.i!ure. shin
-er could ip show r w here there s a
fhortage of or a demand f r then
crops S. ch a policy as this would place
supplies w here they are most needed
ol.,l s I); k.
It is a cpies ion where all 'li s !
taccrt for let'er ri vorcc laws will
ever.i .la'.'.v lead to
The presen theory o' tlip Tv is tl.a
co'ilrsii ti l)-t"e;i ;n;s. a:-.' r.t.o f .
thru Id vc.ite a bill for ci.vonp. nni
ais attitude ,s sought to b.- s:rng'i'.-
lied by reformers iy a provision ?r,-,T
the stale shall he rei.rrsen'ed m every
divorce action, so as to guard aca '.ft
the entering of a decree procured b;
Another school of reformer? opposes
th's It demands that the o ies' on of
coll ision shall not be inquired into.
giirg as the reason that h "m s-r-fd
righteous" should be eTitled to
I',: :ton as freely as The "mima-e1
i T'-iTeous." and that a premium
f :'d not be put on sin by making it
! ' ;vrerenu!stte for d:vor-p.
Ii .s manifest, l;oweer, that if col -
' lusion is to be eliminated from conBid-'
oration in divorce proceedings, a de-
Collusion offer a favon'e and ready
means fnr the purposes of habi'uai
divorce sekers and its unrestricted
permissibility would prove to be their i
TAIKNNKR. THK N KW8PAPKR
A nen-spaper piibiished at Pough
kpaie. N. V.. has been jolted by re
ceipt of a sample letter from Clyde
H. Tavenner s. Washington nw bu
reau. Tbe letter in question happen
ed to he the one published in The Ar
gus some days ago, in which Tavenner
he overcapitalization of
American corporations. It was one of
the beet, strongest and most logical he
has ever written, for in it. as will be
remembered, he ire," gh' home to the
American family and tlie American in
dividual the cost. estimated at IK'" per
family and ll6- per ir.d'vidual. that is j
being paid annually to the bil'.ions of I
watered stock on which are floated !
irgantic corporations tnat fatten off
From the fit "he eastern
throws over the rev elation, the letter
seems to naie ta;ieii into the ;vnn; ot
the enemy. That papr. after assum-
ing in i-s lanorancp as to facts, tha'
xaVer.ner is undertaking to use
hi. ... ;p aB a rr,n!?'eKan,n tr hnlld
up a F.vndicate of new6pai(frs. pro-,
e--ds with stranae ronsistenry to '
(U'Klioll his evp'enee
and then flies with all possible
:r tin. fi.fHnu. .,f tho ta-iff fne. ;
,1!1U, . .,r lV,,, f 1
fpr(.rt corporations. It calls Tavenner's
argument 'immune." and assails him ' Tar' ' an1 vn lp there are always more ,
as h promoter of nonsense and a "mas- K"ests staying at the White house i
;er of the art." President Wilson has many relatives ,
The fact that Mr. Tavenner has, and anf1 friends whom he likes to have i
hes had for a numinr of years, a syn- about him the household work at tie :
di'a'e of c.T'im nev-spa pers scattered executive mansion has decreased near-
thr-iughnut the mun'ry. by The medium Iy r,o per cent in some respec's. Or, '.
of whicti the Tsuenner letters have looking at it from Jim Carter's stand- j
contributed in an immeasurable 'de-il'oint, "The new boss don't care half
crep toward the a akenins of the pub jaB much ahout eatin' as the old one j
c though and conscience. Speaker d'ri-"
Clark and other democratic ieaders in' T1,&t epitomizes 'he subject. Presi-1
the iia'icn have not hesitated 'o sa' flnt Wilson does not care much about :
is prohjtiilv as cood proof as could be ea'ing for the sole purpose of enjoy-.
t ffered 'hat what the young congress
man has been writing is not humbug
c"i or nonsense H-' has a faculty
f"r L'fting at the facts and presenting
nnansw erable arguments w hich appa!
to the intelligent mind. If is through
thesp letters that he has gained a na
t'ena! reputation: mi tha' has won
him the onfidence of th"sc who (ham-
pion the right of the people to ru:e. It
was Tavenner's letters, published for
some years in The Argus, that brought ; he would miss his luncheon or, oeoa
him to :h" fron'. as a man fit to be 8 jsionally, even his dinner, to attend to
,.,mgr'ssman a"d rsul'ed in his else j some important matter of administra
tion las; November by a plurali'y of ; tion. and he would afterw ard say that
1 . in a tiiwric normally reptib'.i- he never felt the l,ck cjf the meal. Of-ci-i
by fivo to eight times th figure 'ten also when he hci an engagement
v presented 'n the margin in his favor i at 2 p. m. or thereabout and circum-
As a i ongret-fctna 'i
.Mr. Ta enn-T has
already propM his worth, even be'ore
1 aKIt.K his sea, in what he has ac
i oinplished in w mnine the w ar ricpart-ineti-
s reconitn'-ndation thai a million
I etui,. d
in new appropriations be ex-
or the further de p'.cpment
anl impi io miutt of Hock Islrnd ar-
"epai. That TavenffT has durirg his
years of tot' as a newspaper i orre-
spondent had si-methir." to do in add:-
ion "i wrj'jng his syndica'e letters,
Ii'.b ,...... i . ... . t . I . . ,1 :n
1 1. i 1 : . , . -
ciim rtini c. r-M -1 ii iim liUS given
the coiicres-me i ft cm this district
Rnd the Iowa dstr'ct a'ross the river:
in matters per'aining directly to
welfare of this community.
No m?n is better know n in Washing-j 'he Taft and the Wilson administra
"ii tlitii Ci'rii H. Tavenner No man 'lions. In the first place the meals are
has more of the onfideni-? of the de -
: pat 'men's of the go eminent, and none
:s more capable either or representing
:e pc pie or of s-t'ing before f hem
tli- i iils from wh.'h the. have suffer-
i ci and of which overcapitahza'u n i"
I' Vr Tavenner's prestige as a con-
pressman will gie force to h: Wash
't'g'on tters. or bring to them an
". in wirier iti ulition. so muc'ii bet
tt I" for the peopie
THK C1 MY KOMUI.
' p-op'.e of Rock I-'.aud enuntv
w :.l not , ,-. sa'istit-d t;r ;.py flurl out
j is' w ha 's .' th" bo;om of th many
r imors of irr-g;.!ar "tp it: ertam
ro iii') o It'ii ml ci'c; s Tiity want to
See t.i :s-:i between the foreman of
e i i e;r jri and j;:r;
n..m i f ;h- in anl
and the chair
it ihe election Tit' sday sign tied any.
'hir.i:. it indicate. 1 'hat the people
.'an' more light upon the administra
tion "he county goeriimnt They
waut to know who. if anybody, has
l-'-eu unlawfully ce't'ng the county's
nior.ev Ksp-ciaily are they interest
ed in finding ou how and to what ex
tent the criminal elements have been
pi eyed upon and made instruments In
mu'i t.r.g the cotir.v So far as the
people an express 'hemselves at a
s.ncle elect. on. they have spoken.
Of 'he large percentage of the 2? re
tiring supervisors w ho were cand.da'ee
'or return to office, but five were re-'lei-p.'..
and two of thee had no op
;'''' ;e-. I'ol.t.callv . ie republican
n.a.'p'-r.v wis redme'l f-om 2 to a s:n
g'e vote Inasmuch as lo mem'jers of
the board hld over. IS of tnni bin
re;. ',,;;. ans. -he s. gulf-ranee of the re
sult is apparen
The new members shoiid keep in
ir.nd the obligation th?; their e'.ec'ion
Th re may a'so he a tvr.t for 'he eld
members itose terms expire cr.e year
Beccjnize Chinese April 8. j
Wash'ng'on. p " Apr' ( Scr-
fry Bryan has no'ified ail d p'.omatic
rrpresen'at'ves here cf the intention
the I r.i'ed f:aes to reccgn.aa the
, CL.r-ese republic April 8.
The Genial Cynic
BY CHARLES GRANT MILLER.
"I LOVE YOU."
"I love you'' ;g the sweetest phrase in the language.
It has given more joy in the world than all else ever spoken.
It is sweet on the lips of lovers, it is ricn w-.ui
joy at the marriage altar. It is as music overheard
from heaven when a mother whispers it to her child.
But never is it so sweet as when a husband re
peats it to his wife, day after day, through all the
years that are allotted them.
Many a man, of middle age and past still loves
his wife, no doubt. But does he cften tell her so
Most husbanis seem to thir.k that if they tell their
wives they love them l.OoO times the first day of mar
riage, poo times the second. 250 times the third, and at
least once a day for the whole first month, the wives
must be convinced and happy all the rest of their lives.
As well might they think a stream that has been fed by a spring for
a litt'e while must go on running, though the spring b dammed up.
More Simplicity at
Washing'on. P. C April 4. "Deed. .
Fiih. our work down here ain t eoin' to ;
i - n v,. ... v-r, Mr Toft
"as presi 1n" ;
This w:. ihe broad erinnrd. mouth
... . t: . u -
j, . . . ',. . . :
j"1' cnnnPrTP(1 w,ln lnP Kucnen 01 ;
?he White house, when he expressed ;
his opinion conoernine the chane in !
administration. It suggests the new
jifi. , ,,. ,
i r. it r e- nr I Vin A" W ! O VinllQA I
" -"--" "' ;
While tie Wilson family is eonsid- j
While tie Wilson family is eonsid- i
'erably larger than that of President
ment He knows that he must take a
le'iain amo'int of nourishment every .
day to keep himself in condition and
to be ablp to a'tend to hie manifold i
duties, but the consumption of food I
for the mere pleasure attached to the i
process does not appeal to him.
While president of Princeton and
.governor of New Jersey ti was known j
as one of the lightest eaters who ever
held these offices Time and again
stances were such that he was late at
luncheon the official hour for which
was always 1 : he would munch a
graham cracker or two and hurriedly
sw allow a glass of milk and then be
on hand to meet his caher. for he is a
model of promptitude which it may be j
mentioned in passing, is another of the '
precedents w hich he has broken dur-
ing his stay in the White house. It
has been pra'ti'aHy unheard of for a
president to be on lime for engage -
ments in the past, and President Taft
..n ....ai i.rliic'li- lin t rr ai CTiiiiitlf
t .- . in. , n i, ..-u ma k
UMfll lvmlus i.1lb on 11
finished up his delaved business
Those in the White house did
tane long to find out that there were,
to be a great many differences between
iall about an hour earlier. The pres-
', ent prep ident usually arises a few min-
, utes after . a. m., dresses, shaves he
always shaves himself dfpsile the
fact tha; there is a regularly appo'nt-
ed White house barber and i6 ready
: for breakfast at o'clock sharp. The
usual Taft hour was S o'clock.
The fact tha the president reaches
his office abut v 1 r allows him to get
fhrough his rouur.e business, see suc h
i allers as he may have appointment . ten or Trenton or at the White house
with, conduct his cabinet meetings and '- democratic simplicity. There are no
be ready for lunch at 1 : ?.' at the lat Ifri'ls. no fuss, no furbelows, or exteiii
est. while his predecessor would gel- , ed meals, no multiplicity of courses,
ricim leav e his office until 2 : 1 or lat- r.n formality either of conversation or
cr The hour's d;fference is also ap- a'mosphere just democracy from be
. parent in the preparationr for dinner, ginning to end.
HIS PAST DIDN'T BOTHER H!M.'
When Swmourne Was Vary Close Unt
Death by Drowning.
In Mr. lCduiund Gosse's reminiscent
article. "Swinburne at Etrelat," in the
Goruuill Magazine he relate the poet's
bathing adventure that uearlj cost I
him his life in the late summer of!
lt.is ti,- fir.,''i- ,.,, r s 1
ing smack on the scene prevented the
premature silencimr of the voice that
was presently to entrance the world
(or some part of iti with the "Songs
"1 asked him." writes Mr. Gosse "ning win oe prosecmen ana dhw.
"what he thought about lo that dread- No one hn "P Present had to
ful contingency, and be replied that i Prosecuted.-Londoo Tatler
he had no experience of what people) ;
often profess to witness the concen-, Tommy Gave Her Away,
trtited panorama of past life hurrying : Caller "waiting for Tommy's slsteri
a cross the memory. He did not re- i I hava a dime for you. Tommy. Now
fleet on the past at all. He was filled I propose
with annoyance that he had not finish-1 Tommy Well, you'd better propose
ed his 'Songs Before Sunrise' and then to sister. She's getting tired of wait
with satisfaction that so much of It ing. Chics go News,
was ready for the press and that Mat-
r.ni would be pleased with him. ! A wii- pr,e,ut;on.
; Ar.d then he continued. "I reflected ; y. think It safe to ht John
w.cQ resignation tnat l was exactly
the same age as Shelley was wben he
was drowned.' (This, however, was
nit the oae. Swinburne had reah
ed that age in March. ISt'.T. bnt this
wf.s part of a curious delusion of i
Swinburne's that he was younger by i '
two or three years than his real age i '
"hen 1,A Itpfvnn tn ha I ntinruwa
a little benumbed bv th t.r m
' thorrhts rlxed on the clothe hp had
i lefta,tHe beaca, ard he. worried ni
the White House
this meal being scheduled tor ocioik ,
instead of S o'clock. j
4 White house dinner during the
present administration is a decidedly
i homelike affair. Poirp or oysters open
the repast, followed by fisn or meat:
eldom both and two or tnree eg?ia-
bles. Beef is the favorite meat or tne
Wilson family, just as it was of the
Taft's, but the amounts prepared for
I tie two administrations differ greatly.
!for President Wilson eats only about
half the amount which President Taft
used to consume.
When Mrs. Wilson
When Mrs. Wilson reached
White house on March 4 one of the;
frst places she visited was tne ruc nen. ,
piloted there by Mrs. .Teffries, tie j
housekeeper of the executive mansion, j
tne president's wife found one of the,
most scientifically arranged places for,
preparing food which could be imag-,
ined. Planned with an eye first to i
cleanliness and then to the prepara- j
tion of meals, the kitchen of the exe-;
cutive mansion is a model of its kind, j
A huge range, the oven of which is j
capable of containing a roast of the
largest size or of baking huge pies
and cakes, occupies about half of one,
wall of the room. Just above it are
shelves for holding frying pans and
other utensils, while an immense hood
is so bung that it can completely cover
the entire top of the range, carrying
any objectionable vapors directly into
jthe chimney. Cabbage is tjot a favo-
: rite dish w ith the Wilsons, nor are j
onions, but either or both of these j
could be coked on the White house j
range without a particle of resultant!
Two large, zinc covered tables fake
up the greater portion of the remain-
ing floor space. These are. for the !
mot part. kpt entirely clear of any
kitchen utensils, most of which are
suspended on racks from the ceiling or
walls. Pishes are washed in a patent
The kitchen, like all other parts of
the president's house, is lighted by
; electricity, and every possible appli-1
;anre for helping the three cooks whoj
prppare the meals for tie family of,
the chief executive has been here in-j
j stalled, so that the p06t of chef for the
; first citizen in the land is by no means
'an arduous one. except on the nights
;of state dinners, whpn extra help is
Secured and many of the elaborate
ifnB. r.r.i, vet A t s m ..afAfre n hn
i. i .. t . u i
niftKr n S-Lietlll Ul BCIIllIK 111 I line- I
Once prepared, the food is placed mi
a large dumbwaiter and ltfed by elec-
; tricify to the
private uming room
where the Wilson family takes all its
The president always sits at one end i
of the long table, recently installed to
accommodate his large family, while
: Mrs. Wilson occupies the oppos'te
j seat. Between them are arrarged the
Ithree Misses Wilson and such guest.s
las may be invited to be present. But
! in all the appointments, in the service;
and in the menns of the meal6 is ap -
'parent that kevnote of the entire Wil-
, sen administration, whether at Prince-
"rt hrnU nhnut !,,rl unfinished
verses in the pocket of his mat."
So here ngain. comments the Dial.
we have an instance of the failure of
j an actor in n real life drama to rise to
. the dramatic possibilities of his part.
They do these things better in fiction.
',"t Story of Notice.
Germany is being blamed for the sto-
; ot " f-tory m.tice new jroing the
rounds Prominently displayed near
i1" lne " ,r's 11 reau:
To touch these wires means instant
death. Any one failing to respect this
friv the automobile?"
0h. yes: I've tnken out tbe too! kit
; ind he can't possibly damage the en
gine now. Detroit Free Press
"Pop. why does the moon get full?"
"1 don't know. Don't lather me "
"Pop. 1 guess if the moon would on' v
to the Milky way it wouldn't gf.
1 tmi would it?" UiPincott a,
Sfllllonaires seldom smile
nesle. -A'ndrew Car-
Pee tt-.e sad old milltena'.re
Passing tri his motor car;
Ah. how heavy is his care
And how drawn his fenfires are!
What a pity he has not
Anything" to make him glad:
Sorrowful, indeed, his lot -
Thinking of it makes me sad.
Mnffled in his warm fur mat,
Yn may think him r:chly blessed.
But s lump Is In his throat.
And a pain !s In his breast;
He 1s not rorepe'.led to work.
He may r'de around at will.
But a tho'isand sorrows lurk
T'ndemeath his wslstcoast still.
All his days are dismal days.
-Tovf may come to you and me.
But no smile of his betrays
Any hint of hidden glee:
Things which he cannot possess
Still confront him everywhere:
Hence his lacX of happiness.
Poor old. sad old millionaire.
"I understand, sir, that you are tha
possessor of a swollen fortune."
"Well." gruffly ans-wered the beau
tiful girl's father, "what is that to
'I merely thought that 1 would give
du notice of m? intention to help
iot hit DMriilu Ulil Ul II. iViyrLIC
and I are going to be married."
His Pcor Memory.
"There." said Mr. Newrich with
feat pride, "is the sword of one of my
"Ah." replied his inquisitive guest.
taking down the weapon and examin-
ing it. "Where dtd he carrv it?"
"Well, now, I forget whether the
man I bought it from said Gettysburg
or Bunker Hill."
"Do vou find Mr. Duller that eolf
is of anv real benefit to vou'"
; i ning.
g. I m getting excellent
y temper. Many of the
j make with the utmost
c,lmnpf!. now -nnM hav. rjana,H m
t0 8wear ike a trooper Bjx m0ntha
Man's Peculiar Ways,
It is a runous fact that a man who
j travelc hundreds of miles and submits
to many discomforts for the sake of
; getting a chance to whip a stream will
j indignantly refuse to beat a carpet
j when he might do it with little or no
' trouble right at home.
1 "Have you any of the old masters in
your gallery. Ms. Frumpleigh?"
Not yet. but Josiah has just placed
an order with o New York dealer for
I'iO.Oi'iO worth, which he has agreed
to ship F. O. by the middle of next
j They Couldn't Resist.
I uu uu i.'iiuK ii women got tne oai-
lot they would make politics any
j "Undoubtedly. They would insist
, on having a regular political house-
cleaning every spring."
Had Him Frightened.
"Oh," she said as he led her to a
seat. "I could die waltzing."
"Well." he replied, "to tell you the
truth. I was afraid, owing to the way
j breathed, that you were going to
Mary had a little lamb
Because the price waa high:
She waned more. uut one small chop
Was all that she could buy.
A gocd many people mistake habit
; for religion.
"Tou prefer duck hunting to shoot
rig ;arge game?" "Yes." replied the
oan who tempers sport with caution.
There's r.o chance of my getting
ut in the wa'er where an excited
friend might rr ivta'.-.e me fr a ducit "
Vb jy both had sections of the paper.
"Here'a a New York man give bis
wife a diamond necklace." said she.
"Nothing lie that ever happens to me "
"Well." said he. "here's a Chicago
man gives his wife a black eye. Noth
ing like that ever hapien to you.
either, my dear." Louiavlile Courier-JoiiraaJ.
The Daily Story
THE LEOPARD BY CLARISSA MACKIE.
Copyrighted. 191S. by Associated Literary Bureau
! The very day that the cir-us arrived 1
! in Higgum, Miss Fidelia Bennett came ;
I :o make her home with Ler niece, the ;
wife of rr. Gerrick. The wagou that
' aeld her trucks and boses and the
i few pieces of hir choicest furniture ;
1 followed closely in the wake of the '.
eajly painted circus parade and shared
with the circus the intense interest of :
j nere s audi r means iuiuk. iuiuq
; rr." Helen Gerrick had called as she
1 joined her mother on the front piazza.
"Isn't it queer that she should have
seut them on ahead?"
! "Terhaps they came by express.
i Aunt Fidelia spoke of stopping over In
; the city and spending a couple of days
1 with Richard and his wife." said Mrs.
j Gerrick as she directed the driver
where to put the goi-ds.
Miss Fidelia hud broken up house
keeping and sold her old home in a
ditnnt town and had decided to make
her future home with her favorite
niece. Mrs. Gerrick. The Girricks hail ;
a large, old fashioned house and could i doors open." shuddered Mrs. Gerrick.
easily spare a bedrooru and sitting "But I don't see bow the beast could
room on the ground floor for the old have got into Aunt Fidelia's room
lady, who. with some of her owu be- the or was closed and locked on the
longings about her. would feel more outside.''
at home. The trunks and boxes and
bundles were carefully placed iu the
sunny bow windowed sitting room and
i the door was closecj. Then the Ger
: ricks turned their attention to the cir
cus, for the coming of this attraction
was a yearly event, and few Higgum
iies missed the performances.
Kven Ir. Gerrick had signified his
intention of going this year niid had
"that's a dead leopard, my dears
J'"iven off betimes, that he might get
nis rounds completed before sundown,
"It would lie just like somebody to call
; father at the last moment," said Helen,
,ls s,le fif'w around and prepared the
supper table, for Briditet had taken the
aiternoon on to visit me c ircus.
But the three left for the circus
promnis w ithout any untoward hap-
l''ni"P to ,llar tnoir pleasure. Bridget
had arrived home ou time with glow-
i"g accounts of the performance.
'Tuns foine. jvery bit av It," she
said. "On'v the cold bloody eyes nv
thiui lions and tigers
I shall be sseein"
'em all night long!"
The Gerri'-ks laughed and hastened :
away. 'J'hey vj.sited the animals, shiv- j
ered at t'ie lion's roar and at the. rest- i
less ferocity of the two tigers. They I
udmired the sinuous grace of the leop- .
aid. and Helen was saying that it;
! seemed very ki::d and gentle when the
Wast suddenly leaped against the burs
with a roar that shook the ground.
Like one for a pet. Helen?" laughed
her f.itliei as thc-y waiked away.
"Mercv, un"' she shuddered. "I be- .
lieve it's really worse than the others.
It's so so sneaky 1"
The performance was over, and they
were leiviii',' the circus grounds whin '
they f.rst heard the rumor that the
leopard had es' -aped from his cage and '
was nt large in Higgum. ;
The Geni'-ks hurried home, the doc
tor doing nil in his power to reassure
tlie women, who clung to bis arms I
One by one they saw their iteighliora !
I ass timidly into their yards anil make, j
frenzied dashes for the front door, but
they found no absurdity in the act.
Gladly enough would they race to their
door when they reached home. Pr.
Gerrick guided hfs family to the front
piazza, where they were paralyzed by
a terrified stream from an upper nJ.n
dow of the house.
"For the lore sv bivin. dochtor." !m-
plored Hiidget's voice. "Tlie nwfiil
haste i:as got in the house and hr:
nearly ste me head off with the tur- 1
rible mouth nv himl Pont go near
the Bou'h sitt in' room as yer value yer
loife. bur V!!l him. do-htor"."
Pr. Ge.ri-i.-k thought quickly. Fithrr
I'.rldge' was suffering bad dreams from
ti.e eff-rt of her visit to the circa j
r the leopard wus really nt large In or
Stout the bouse. At aDy instant hn
night esci,,e through the same open- '
iuz which l :;d admitted liitu. and here
were two defenseless wti:,pii in immi- j
neut danger, besides the people iu the
He guided his f rightened wifi? nnd
d.i'igl 'er around the length of the pi
rzza to the otficp door and openecl it.
first lighting a lamp to reassii -e their
well grounded fears. But the ofii-e
was quite etnptv. and Mrs. Gerrlc-k
made sure that the door into the hall
wr.s carefully locked befo-e she per- .
niliied her husband to take his r- '
oi'er from a drawer and leave the :
111. 7 I'
Pr. Gerrick went back along the pi
azza to the south sitting room, and
what the moonlight revealed there
caused the scanty hairs on his head to
The moonlight shone brightly on the
window and disclosed the head and
shoulders of a large spotted animal,
whose widely snarling mouth was
pressed rlose fl?nint the windowpane.
which was cracked, as If the leopard
had tried to dash through the glass to
freedom. Pr. Gerrick caucht a glimpse
of a cavernous pink mouth and a loll
He lifted his weapon and fired with
the muzzle pressed against the glass.
The leopard did not stir until the third
shot: then with a twitching, convul
sive movement it fell ovpf sideways.
Quite satisfied at his prowess. Pr.
Gerrick went back to the office to re
assure hii wife and daughter and at
the same time t call a comforting
word up to Bridi"t.
' Bridget must have left some of the
, Probably Bridset has been Invesil
: gating Aunt Fidelia's belongings." su
, gested Helen. "What are yon going to
do now. father?"
"I must go up and tell the circus
people so they can take the bc-it
away." said the divtor as he lighted
The doctor strode quickly down the
street toward the circus grounds. He
: was anxious to notify the circus men
; of the discovery of the lost leopard
'. and have them remove it nt once.
The circus tents were down, and the
large corps of workers went about
their business without any excitement.
The animal caces were being loaded
on their respective wagons, and the
roar of the impatient captives was
sweet music to Pr. Gerrlck's ears.
One of the circus animals would never
He pushed himself through the
crowd of workers until he found a
man who was directing matters.
i "I've found your leopard." announc
' ed the doctor bluntly. "In fact, 1
i think he's a dead leopard now."
"Leopard? What leopard?" asked
the man brusquely. "I've Just checked
! off the leopard cage. What's the mnt
! ter with you?"
"When I left the circus I was told
there was a leopsrd loose. When I
reached home I found the beast in one
I of my rooms, and I shot him. either
wounded him or killed him outright.
j I came to notify you."
"HHnk." called the manager curtly,
"take this gentleman to the leopard
cage and let Lulu howl at him. He
thinks he's seen her and shot her
dead." He turned away, with a little
Silently the doctor followed the cir
rus man to the line of closed cages
i ami was rewarded with a sight of the
imprisoned Lulu, who not only howled
at him, but beat the bars of her cage
j with her huge padded paws,
j Pr. Gerrick mustered nil his dignity
! ""d wen home. Once there he got a
j lantern and carried It to the window
of the south sitting room and peered
. dow n at '.he huddled heap on the floor.
n a ue;oi leop.im.
He returned to the oflice. summoned
! ' 1 "., .. ,
: Bridget and his wife and daughter and,
j followed by the three women, he led
the way 'o the sitting room nnd opened
the door. He placed several lighted
lamps around the room and then polnt-
i ed at the dead leopard in the corner.
They gazed upon its protruding hend
and shoulders, for the remainder of its
body was tightly wrapped In buriap.
and a loose piece of the same material
lay on the floor.
The doctor laughed, softly at first.
and then more loudly. When his roars
had died a way he wiped the tears from
his eyes and pointed to the leopard.
"That's a dead leopard, my dears." he
explained. "In fact, it's about the dend-
, est leopard you eer saw. because it's
been dead for years. I'm no defective,
but my deduction of this mystery Is
that our Aunt Fidelia is the proud pos
sessor of a leopard skin rung She had
it rolled in this burlap and transported
here to be placed on tbe floor. So far
so good. Now. enler Bridget, the curi
ous, who pokes an Inquisitive fincer
here and there, picks nt the loosened
thread of the burlap covering, pulls it
and It slips off. revealing the trrih!e
head of the leopard, she drops it and it
falls against the window, where It re
mains until one of my bullets Jars It to
1 the floor. In the meantime Bridget,
I whose imagination has been fired by
j her v isit to the show, sees nothing but
I a living beast and flees the room and
i gives the alarm from her window. I
i suppose that's how the rumor started.
"I screamed fer tin minutes widout
a break, sorr." admitted Bridget, rather
proudly. "And so would anybody els!"
"Just father's luck on his evening
nt." bemoaned Helen, but her father's
Opllfted hand liien'ed her.
"I wouldn't have missed it for any
thing, my dears." he chuckled. "I've
had the time of my life ton'ght killing
a d ad leopard."
April 4 in American
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president of Ihe
il;ed: born 1773
IS'lo - Proideu; Lincoln entered Kioh
Inolid: seij'lelli e of Ihe fail of I'e
teistuirg and the evacuation of ihelr
capita! by (he confederate.
187'- Miii. P:itteroii -Bonaparte,
American wife of Jerome Bona
parte, brother of Napoleon, wim
created him king, died iu Balti
more: born I7Vi
iail - Ameri' tin Japanese coinuiercial
i treaty ratified.