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THE ROCK ISLAND ARGUS, SATUHDAT. APRIL 26, 1013.
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tiaa, Ju3 Ir.Ucl in. (Entered at the j
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. Rack lalaaa Member of tk AjmiIHH
BY THE J. W. POTTER CO.
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rler. la Ho:k. Island.
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te made to tho circulation department,
f which rhould also be notified In every ;
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r authority In the premises.
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j character, political or rc-llriouc. ra-jst
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tlon. No surb articles will be printed
-irer Betitloua slgifnturea.
J Telephones In all departments:
i tra! Union. West Its. IKS aud
; Cr.Ion Electric. 514S
JR ape s " counc.il :
Saturday, April 26, 1913.
In EcuUri as in Adrianople cittrens
t come out of the long siege in fairly
r good physical shape. Hut this form
or rent cure is not recommended for
J There remain only 22,500.000 cubic : unearned inurements applicable to the
; yard8 of earth to be removed to com-. whole empire and obligatory in all
V plete the Panama canal, subject, of citit,s. 't also fixed the rate of the
t course, to possible additions made by tux nt 10 Ppr ceIit on Profits not ex
Culebra slides. " ceeding 10 per cent, 11 per cent on
i profits running as high as 30 per cent,
i . , ...... . ... and so on nn until :'.0 npr rent nf the
: i i uniornia inciceni aiscioses
j Governor Johnson, recent battler for
j the Iord at Armageddon, lighting the
; Jap wjth as much vigor as though the
f Jap were a republican.
Senator Works of California seems
to be one of those credulous uer-
j i.ons who believe that the Titanic
would not have strucV an iceberg aul
rone down if the newspapers had not
t published columns of news about it
T fer the ac: ident occurred.
- - .
Thre are all sorts of back-to-the-?
soil movements. Kor instance, the
tuincy Herald calls attention to the
fact that Mrs. J. II. Muild of Clay
rounty. MisHouri. was divorced from
Mr. Mudd lat week, the co'.irt restor
ing her niuiil.'n name, Cora Dirtt.
The mayor of Philadelphia and his
cabinet are going to attend a turee
Says' lecture course at the 1'niversity
rf Wisconsin on "prnrrfrms that con
front modern muntdpalities." The
example of a college professor in the
presidency is apparently not lost on
the mayor of Philadelphia.
I'ACi: THK SI NSHIVK
Admiral Dewey is a man of actiou
anil ha. not achieved a reputation for .
philosophical reflections, yet a lit'le
Kaying of his recently given publicity
indicates thai ho could preach a pret
ty good sermon if he tried. Not long
ago the admiral was 7o years of age.
A financier who congratulated him
said: "At 4f I hok older than you.
ind I certainly feel older if your
cheerful optimism indicates how old
you feel. What is your secret?"
The ndmita1 oaid that he took reg
ular open air exercises, attended no
banquets antl. most imponjiit of all.
cultivated a cheerful disposition.
'Fill" said the firancier "a cheerful
deposition is a gift, not an acmiisi
tlon." To which the admiral rejoined:
"Ah. no; if we keep our faces toward
the surjshfr.e the shr.dows will alas
fall behind us." We do not know
; whether this expression is original
j with Admiral liewey or not. The Mn.
t timent has oftn been expressed, but
5 perhaps never more happily.
: Admiral Dewey might have added
Shut it is within the power of a!i to
help others to keep their fact's to
f ward the sunshine so that the shad
' ows will fail behind them. And what
' a simple little thing often does it.
often .t is merely a sympathetic word
that will 4iu?p a dispirited person to
look up and see the sunshine. Oi'icn
- it is n word of appreciation from those
It i. a pietty hard matter to al
ways keep ore's fae toward the sun
..hire, and frequently the most op
timistic need to be aroused from
1 1 ontempiation of the rhadows w ould
vanish and there would be much less
..oriow in this world and much more
of Admiral Hewey's cneerful optim
Hit: IM OMi: TAX AlIKOtl).
Henry 11. Hyde recites in the Chi
cago Tribune that forms of taxation
regarded here as radical and danger
ous are employed in the "sober, con
servative and monarchical countries
First there is the income tax
"Nearly half the income of every, not distinctly understood, or is forgot
Gerinun city comes from taxes on the ten, the whdc operai.ion must be gone
Incomes of citj.-sens. And that is in over again, and it bi-eomcs vexatious
addition to the income lax collected and oftentimes exasperating. And
by the state. The kingdom of Prus- for all this the patient operator may
sia, for instance, imposes a tax which . be harshly and un.!u-tly blamed,
on large Incomes amounts to as much : It may bp the arrangement of the
aa 4 per cent. On top of this Is switchboard is such that w here
tacked or more properly, nailed--the , changes in numbers are made after
income tax for city purpose, which the directories are published, it is im-
runa aa high as Ave or six times the
"And Incomes In Prussia are pitiful
as compared with those of rich men
In the United States. Many a resi
,dent of Chicago, who finds himself
unable to keep up more than a couple
touring cars and a runabout would, if
he lived ln Berlin or Munich, be ob'.lg
ed to occasionally use die street car;
.because tha state and the city be-;
. tween them take away from him from rs in such emergencies, instead of in
S to 25 per cent of his income. In liii'irp all the trouble upon them, !t ia
1 i'.i?aeldorf. for Instance, which withjtime someone was putting forth a
.TAOOO inhabitant spends a trifle
r.-.ore than $3,500,000 annually, nearly
000,000 ia collected ln the form
(an Income tax. In Frankfort, out of!
ia total of $1,700,000. nearly 12,700,000 1
coraes from the same source."
Besides the incoms tax. there is the
tax on lnP unearned increment in land'
i vames. Hyde continues:
"Nine years ago the city of Frank
fort began the imposition of the so-
called unearned increment tax.
; authorities saw that as the city grew j
i tn population and in prosperity land
j values increased in proportion. They
concluded that these increased values I
were really the creation of all the
people of the city. ?nd that it was,
fair that the people should have some
share in them. Accordingly they de- i
creed tuat thereafter a special tax
should be laid on the profits made by
land owners and speculators in the
:ale of real estate.
"The amount of the tax varies with
the percentage of profit shown on i
each sale, running from 1 to "5 per
cent of the proSt.
"If a plot of land remains in the
same ownership the special tax is
levied just the same at the end of
each I'O years on whatever increase
in value the property may show.
i "This German adaptation of Henry
George made an instant appeal to the
Teutonic Ken of justice. The un
i earned increment tax spread all over
i the empire like a flash. Within two
years the Frankfort idea of taxing
profits on land h&d been adopted by
over 300 German cities and it has
since been largely taken up in other
"Two years aro the German reich
, stag passed a law making the tax on
. r r
prolits may be taken. Of this national
tax fn land prolits SO per cent goes to
the empire, 40 per cent to the city,
and 10 per cent to the state.
"It is also left to the various cities
to impose an additional lax on land '
profits if they please, m) that land
speculation is by no means as profit
able as it might seeui."
The Knglish have long got their
principal revenue from an income tax.
A few years ago the liberals secured
adopiioti of thV tax on unearned in
cteuieut iu land. Cities of Canada and
one American city, Kverett, Wash.,
wih IT.,000 population, have taken it
up. .-'otue of These cities have exempt
ed ail improvements from tax and put
the burden wholly upon the land, fo!-
'owing, in this rcspeet, the example
of New Zealand commonwealths.
11 1 i.hoK hKi'VK'K
'"ni number I'ss liecii .iiHiced: I
will connect you with west informa
tion." There ip a pause and finally
you hear, "This is west information."
j u repeat t iie name of the per
.n with w4ioip you desire to talk.
Then after another pause, you are told
i t M t in tne tele-
inione iinite is pone ana you are ooug-
,0 nang up our reiver and start
over again. ou finally hear "Number,
please,'' and if you have not forgotten I
it by this tjrne, or you are not inform
ed that "the !ine is busy." you even
tdally get into communication.
, This is an experience that practical
ly every telephone user lias had at
some time or another.
i A school of instruction has been
going on in Rock Island during the
( present week for telephone operators.
These schools are1 held at regular in
tervals ;:nd the object presumably, is
bed. iir.f nt of the iscr if, and vet with
-. ..' . . . .
an ine n tins i! e leieoiion" c.oriinanv
interest, as it
believed, of its patrons, the one me
chanical defect of which the above ij
an illustration remains unchanged. It
must be a mechanical defect, for in
nine times out of ten where there is
cause for complaint with the telephone
service, the fault is not with the op
erator, who is doing;lie best she can,
but with imperfections or shortcom
ings higher up than the local office.
People who lose temper over delays
are very apt to blame the operator,
wh?n the fault should be placed else
where. The problem is one that!
there should bo some expert capable
The main object in the manage
ment of all telephone plants tOiould
be prompt service. The policy pur
sued where number:- are changed
from those given in the directories is
not in the imrre.-t of prompt service.
It caii.'P.-. delay and puis the whole?
harden of the deh.y and thJ iucor.veni
ence thereto attached solely upon the
user or patron of the company. It is
not always that "information" an
swers promptly and this may not be
her fault It is not always that tiie
user after receiving the information
sought gets the central exchange
promptly on the second call and that
may not be the fault of the central
exchange It may be that the user is
in a great hurry; much may depend
upon getting speedy communication
with the person desired. Kvery min
Says u'e may count. It in he excitement
the number given by "information" is
, possible to post the old number with
the new for the convenience of the
central operator. It may be imprac
ticable to provide other means where-
with the hardship incident to the
' changes it makes from time to time
- , for its own convenience
If there a no possible way that the
company can accommodate its subscrib-
valuable invention, as telephony un
I der such circumstances is by no
oti means perfect, or even satisfactory,
The Genial Cynic
BY CHAELES GRANT MILLER. .
THE COST OF SWELL LIVING"
IN PA5S1NG upon a po:".t raised in a New YorK divorce case, the justice
said that he "d:d not think it likely that on a. salary of $7,000 a yefer a
man would save much, if anything.
Not long apo -Mrs. Russell Sage, widow of the multimillionaire, declared
that it isn't really tie wealthy people who make a display "it's the people
who want to make other people ihink they are wealthy."
No doubt this is largely tu and if it is true, ordinary folKs. who have
neither wealth nor a desire to ma':e a display, wonder why so many million
aires buy le-eislatures and congressmen to enact laws whereby the'r mil
lions may be infinitely increased at the expense of the people. The priv
ileged ciastes. who are paid to scoff at display, always seem to want fabu
lous incense whether th-y can use it or not.
It is no doubt true that :he greatest display is made not by the im
mensely wealthy, but by those who des;re to appear so. People secure in
their standing do not need to make parade of their wealth.
And, after all, the essential comforts of life do not cost much. The mil
lionaire can buy fc"w mere real comforts than his coa'chman can.
BY CLYDE H. TAVENNER. t
SI EMBER OF CONGRESS FROM THE j
FOI'Ktkenth DISTRICT. I
sy-iai ci.rrfsiondim-e of The Arg;is.) i
Washington, April Zi. The report of
th ways and means coinm.ttee on the :
L'nderwood tariff bill has been
the i ,
" r: i-awuo .
with their neigh-,
bors, 1 will give ;
briefly some of
the salient facts
brought out in the
Since 1897 the
wholesale prices of
a 1 I commodities
used by the Ameri
can people have
advanced an aver
age of 47 per cent.
But some of the
c.-f life have ad-
an . i! :: .-.h be
yond that aver
age. For instance
have increased 03 per cent in price.
Other food products have increased
47 per cent. The uicreasd cost of
clothing is per cent and house fur-
nishings 'Jl per ent.
At the same time there have been
growing up under the fostering care
successive protective tariff laws gi-
Igantic trusts dealing in the necessi
ties of life. The Underwood report j
names 224 of these industrial combi-j
nations witn a total capitalization ot
nearly nine billion dollars.
Another effect of prohibitive tariffs
is the resultant waste of the natural
rt-sourc.es ol the United States re-1
sources w hic h, when once exhausted, i
can never be restored. With foreign j
timber, ores and minerals barred from
importation by prohibitive duties, we
Boy Scouts Invited to
The Hoy Scouts of America have
been invited to visit six different for
eign countries this summer. Many
Scout consequently may travel not ;
only to England, to attend the nation-!
al rally there in the week of July 2
to 8. but p!so they may attend inter-'.
national railiej in Holland and Hel-!
eium in Aucust. Before and between
. . ... ..
the dates of these three rallies, tlic
Hov t-'couts have been urged to isitlthe greatest possible importance fori
France. Hungary and Germany. It is ; the international friendship, nay, j change the styles on us eo as to make
likely that Boy Scouts of other nations ' brotherhood of Scouts, and would be It necessary far use to get new breech
w ill visit thos-e countries at the same ' a glorious 'hike' for your boys, as well : cloths while ou old ones are still in
time, and the prospects are that there as a very great pleasure for us. It ; good condition."
will be a Hoy Scout tour of the con- would not only contribute more to
tinent. ! wards cementing the above-mentioned
Invitations to the Bov Scouts of ! brotherhood than a lot of correspond-
America have been forwarded by sev- ence or anything else, but it is not so : who said: 'Men must work and worn- .
eral countries to James IZ. West, chief . hard to pull off. for the reason that! en must weep '" '
scout executive of the Boy Scouts of you will make the trip to Kurope any-! "I don't know, lit he didn't mean
America. One of those was written how. If your boys could give a per-) to give out the impression that women
by 1-;. J. King, cue of the leaders of ', formance or performances of any , weep because men must work, did
the Boy Scouts. i kind forming part of the program of he?"
"We would have the greatest picas-; Scouting, we should be glad to wit-;
ure." writes Mr. Bing to Chief Scout ness these and they would do a lot j Their One Claim to Distinction.
Iiccutive West, "in entertaining your ' towards popularizing the movement, j Seme people never get a chance to
boys during their stay in this coun- w hich is only in the cradle over here, j boast, except by saying when a. new
try." Will you please refer to this particu-! piay comes to town that the saw it j
He suggests that the Boy Scouts ar- lar point in your esteemed reply. The j -th the original company in New
rive in Budapest about June 10. spend- gentlemen accompanying the boys ' York. j
ing several days there, and then go would be lodged in hotels, if so de- j
on to Germany. sired." J Curious. :
- .... . - - - .-.r-r:---. .-r.-. " ------ : "-e seems to have such a dry wit." '
GIRLS OF GREAT WEST
ichi-jaco Kvcniix? Tost.)
The physical culture instructor at
the University of Kansas offers some
interesting figures on the physique
and capacity of the girls at the breezy
institution According to her figures,
the "Jayhawker co-ed" is taUer and
btror.ger than her sisters in the east -
ern institution. The average Kansas
university girl js one-fourth of an inch
taller than the Welleslev girl; her
weight is 117 pounds, as against the
Welleslev girl's 116 pounds; and
even more striking are the figures
about her lung capacity which are
given as follows:
Oberiin college girls 141.2
German girls r . - .147
Welleslev girla 150
T'nlvtrsity of Kansas girls 165
This will fill William Allen White
INTERNATIONAL SHOW IS
CTT M MfTNflM RY KING
Ghent. Belgium. April 26. King Al -
bert opened the International exposl -
i iion here this afternoon. The cere-
roony took place ln the palace of fes-
tivitles. The king stood amid tens of
- i and blooming rose trees, while he
' touched a button onening the tales to
j the general public
have been exhausting our own at a
.While industries within the country
are rapidly becoming monopolized and ;
competition is being smothered, there
has been " sPiir of foreign competi-j
i tion to mase our trusts aaopt tne most '
etticient manufacturing methods. Ob-
of - iate methods, whit b have practical-!
ly been eijminate(j in foreign countries ,
exjgt in tnis co,mtrv Tnis is wastei .
j th ,..,.u ,, rf,u..
nun v v. yuui ivi iu t o v. v v t uvaAtaa
i K i ;n . u , n I
iu uc lUK "
fumes, fine chinaware, automobiles, We left our overshoes at home, there
jewelry, tobacco, oriental rugs, Paris i seemed no chance ti-.at It miwht rain:
bats and other luxuries have been in- "er '"" "K3S musi'
, . . , . . healthy hrautv made me glafi;
creased or maintained; the present , she some,, tl) hf, arR1,ive(i from care, and
rates on such necessities as lumber, ; she was very richly clad.
soap, cutlery, sugar, meat, flour, cot- i
. , . ' . j w listened to the wnes of hints, the
ton and wool clothing, paper and j l(pl,vr, liKhtly nril8hd ,ler ,ialr.
shoes have been greatly reduced or ; From many marshra fmas Mllea out. de
done away w ith altogether. Necessi-! . f'lnR n-.i.i them tiicr.-:
.:n .i- "e wamlerd far bevoml the towir. she
nes placed on a free list will make a j wor ,,)I1B nlume wMch was w)llte
total annual saving to the American 1 And I said many witty tilings at least
consumer of close to $100.00", 000; ! she told me they worn bright.
while there will be other vast savings ;
in duties which have been reduced. j
The republican theory of placing du-1
ties which shall equalize the difference
in cost of production at home and I
abroad, has been rejected, for the rea-
son that, to quote the report, "a dutyi
i:icii e.om.i.e im.n.yu,,,,,
protects Oil one, since it is more than
is needed bv the most efficient pro- !
ducer and less than is needed by tne!
least efficient producer. ;
As a matter of fact, becauce of j
American machinery and efficient I
American workmanship, cost of pro- j
auction nere is no greater mau u. i
The committee, however, recognizes;
that even in inefficient factories there;
are wornmen wno must De proiecieu
from the hardships of a business panic.
So the revision has been made grad-!
ual. so tnat tnese lactones may grau-
ually become efficient.
Six Foreign Countries
"We shall do our best," he writes,
"to show real Hungarian hospitality
to our brother Scouts from America.
You would probably live in tents; the!
latter as w ell as all camping utensils j
will be provided for you. We shall i
have several patrols of Knglish and
a large number of German Hoy Scouts I
over here at the time. You will at !
, once admit mat mis ieai wouiu oe oi
. .. ,j .
'and the Emporia Gazette full of state:
pnae and tome lime ae, pernaps.
. of the fainiiiar Kansas "co-ed." The
reusnns for the su nerioritv of the
prairie.raise(1 are obvious enough
jf one attaches any importance to the
physical advantages offered by pio-!
! neer stock, fresh air and rural life, j
! Nowadays we take these compara-1
i tive figures as a matter of course, '
j but many can recall the time when
; the girls' colleges did not know j
whether to approve or not of the phy
sical examination and measurement i
of their students. It was a delicate
matter. And as for publishing the
fieures let Dr. Sargent do it if be
dare! But he dared, and now we are
learning, decade bv decade, quite a
little about the variation in the uni -
versity women. It would be well if
we knew as much about all
A Merger of $6,500,000.
Cleveland The biggest merger of
,., o.omh .i
j the formation of the Pittsburgh
1 Steamship company took place here
when the stockholders of the Lacka-
wanna Steamship company met and
j organiaft1 the Interlake Steamship
company, ice new company is capi-,
, t&liaed at $6,500,000. with bonds of
I We J'inn.'yd forin across the hills to
it J'lim.'yi'd forln across
wan.l.p In u wimlln,r h.n
I eea?ed t.- have a inylc thought con
cerning poKtit's or trade:
We gathered -iolei s and talked about the
woTulur tht-y displayed:
We pulled the tender petals off and
quoted poems, she and T.
Anil a'.ijdly lisir.nl to (he sonps of llm
p!d rtlls that rippl.'d hy.
j whn wprp ftf
yond Ihe city's care and strife;
Beside n graveyard we reheftrsed the
'Vf d"a,h "f! !ifP: ,
I called her prlncees and h"r prince she
swec-iiy desienated me:
It was u day I'll ne'er forget; I felt so-
mantlc, so did ahe.
waded homeward In the dark: the
rain had made her plume a wreck:
There was a roarlns rivulet whose wlnd-
!as Rnfv, (hpn anfl has no( nPm tfce
maiden that she was before:
i wonoer u i annum nuve pain ner mr me
duined clothes ste wore'?
GOOD WORD FOR ONIONS.
"I hate children
and green on
ions," said the old
the man who had
recently become a
father. "I have
never cared much
for green onions myself, but I shall
think better of them after this."
One Advantage of Savagery,
"yes," said the savage. "I admit
that our clothes may have certain
t , v... ,
snoncomings, dui we aon i permit, any
tailors or dressmakers or milliners to
Wrong If He Dd.
"It was Charles Kingslny, wasn't It,
"Yes. and a curious thing about it is '
that he always has to have three or
four drink3 before he can get it
She and her husband seem to think
i eo much of each other."
"I know It; but they were both rals-
i e1 in the country.'
The Choics of Two Evils.
It isn't a good thing to go to work
with a grouch, but it Is better to do
that than to remain idle with it.
-Where They Surprise All Other.
ine oniv recoras some people ever
rul-l-":u t"iug irum
j bad to won5e'
The man who 16 always "regular"
; ln Politics la in politics for his owa
Old and Rusty.
The path of (lory ia lined with tin
It Is not wii. rush ;nto ilen?
friendships with erery one yon nieer. ,
hut it is a gren mistake not to te on '
: friendly terms with those with whom J
you come in contact.
! An awnnnon r nnving done wrong
j should not disturb you unless ifg true.
The Daily Story
A. TEA ROOM TEMPEST".. BY CLARISSA MACKIE.
Copyrighted. 1913. oy Asociated Literary Bureau
Coming out of the bright sunshine ot ,n XXe menntinie and at the last mo
i winter's day, Gerald blinked near- i ment hurried away to the I.loyd house.
j sightedly as he entered the softly light- ;
i ed tea room.
"In the left hand alcove, under the
palms." Cornelia bud ssid, and he had
hastened to this his first appointment j
with her since their betrothal with j
blundering speed. ':
There was the rosy alcove with 'Its '
background of palms, but no Coruelin. :
H. s:it down with his Imek to the buz-
zing room full of beautifully gowned '
women and quietly attentive men and i
watched the reflection of the animated I
scene In the strip of paneled mirror on ;
the wnll opposite.
TIosv lichts, 1tp:imeri from nut nt tnn.
cle,l folinire Trim nid, ie,meH t !
and fro. There was the tinkle of fine
china and the faint ring of silver and !
g';ss. Gerald Clifford waited with a
p'easant sense of anticipation mingled i
with a deep contentment. The girl
who would presently slip into the other j
S'.Tt at his table had promised to mar
ry him. Keoply in love as be had been
fur many month, he had not realized
the profound happiness that awaited '
him until he bad taken her in his arms
and heard her low voiced confession
The very recollection of that nioincut j
thrilled him like some magical essence, !
and for-an instant the mirrored pic- ,
ttire blurred before his eyes. When it'
cleared once more he was looking
straight across the width of the room
to the opposite alcove where Cornelia :
Lloyd was gazing at him with nn ex-'
pression of blank unconcern in her vio-
let eyes. '
A rosc'Miaded light fell on her ovnl
face framed in a mist of golden hair.
and be recognized the largo white
beaver hat showered with white I
plumes and the Huffy white fur tossed
about her throat. She was facing him,
and (ierald could see the head and
broad shoulders of a dark haired man
opposite to her. Across the room their
faces were mingled with a score of
others sitting at the little tables that
Suddenly Cornelia's eyes were bid- .
("ten by the downward tilt of her large
hat. and (ierald turned his own gaz"
down at the damask cloth before him.
His heart pounded jealously, and his
hands were clinched tightly. '
Had it taken him six months to woo
Cornelia I.loyd only to discover that
she was a heartless coquette? What .
was he to believe when his own eyes i
testified that she had apparently ',
drawn him to this appointment only
to witness her flirtation with an empty
headed chap like Monty Woodhull? :
; Cierald recognized young Mr. Wood- j
i hull's back with the unerring instinct '
i of a jealous lover. Why had Cornelia
1 seen lit to insult hiin in this manner? '
; Had she really been playing with him. i
: and had she already given her heart j
!,., t..,t 1,
Ierald s inward rage chol.od him
into furious submission. If Cornelia t
expected to see him arise and dash out
of this fairyland of light and color,
where silly women and idiotic men
gathered to consume large quantities
i of tea and muflins and cakes, she
would be mightily mistaken! He, too,
I would order tea and muffins and sit
, there until Cornelia herself should tire j
I of the game and leave with her brain- i
; less escort.
o the maid, who had hovered nnx- !
iously about him, brought Mr. Clifford t"
n steaming pot of oolong and a plate
: of muflins. and he made a pretense of j
eating. By stretching his neck tin- i
! gracefully he could see Cornefta's I
j w hite plumed hat and occasionally the I
j curve of her cheek or the sweep of
her fair hair. But Monty WoodhulPs j
head interfered most of the time. I
That restless young man craned his ',
neck and bobbed his head here and !
there, obscuring Gerald's vision until :
the latter was consumed with a bitter j
: jealousy that turned his happy heart j
into a substance much like ice. ITe I
would leave the tea room and go to
: his Apartment. Later he would call ;
her on th telephone and ask for nn
explanation. . t
i He paid his check and arose from !
I his seat, noting that Monty Woodhull 1
was also rising fuem his chair! Gerald j
j faced suddenly about and braved the :
ncorn of Cornelia's eyes by irnz.ing :
across the room to assure himself that :
it was Monty Woodhull. i
Cornelia arose at the same moment. '
flashed a glance of unutterable lonth-
intr nt him and swept down the side
' aisle ami out of the door. When the
I doors bad irreedilv sw.dloned her fair
i form nprnhi turned bife eves back to
where he bad seen Monty Woodhull. j
He stared stupidly at the table Cor- i
nelia had vacated, and stared again I
with unbelieving eyes. There was no :
Monty Woodhull there: there was no
.Judication that he or any other man
had been there, for there was not even j
n plate luid on that side of the table.
nd a chair was tipped against the i
edu'e of the tab!", as if the seat
been reserved for somebodv-somebodv
who never came, for there was but
i "e p-ate and cup and saucer, and they
! f '-"fs that Cornelia had used.
Perhaps Monty had not eaten at all.
but Gerald bad distinctly recollected
that l.e hid seen WondhtiH's ath'Hic
back: consequently he must have faced
Cornelia. ::r.d. w:-h gesture nf dis
gust, he gave up the proriieni and iert
the t"a room.
Twice that aftern-Dn be telephoned .
to Corneiia; but. according to the serv
nnt who nnTf.rMl fitcu I lovrt tinct i
not returned home. He was torn be- ;
tween two docbts. Whether to put his
j ride in his ;ck"t and go to the din
ner thst evening as if nothing had j
happened and wait for Cornelia's ex- j
planation of her singular behavior or
whether he should cull upon her and '
! demand an interpretation of it at once
be could not decide. j
: even-thirty found him still suffering '
; pangs of indecision, but he had dressed i
mentally cursing himself for his weak
ness in doing so.
The sapphire ring bnrned in his pock
et. It h ui heen a magic ring that "was
tn open wide the gates of paradise tn
him. Cornelia had said to him the
night heforei that she would be wait
ing in the library shortly before S
o'clock to give him greeting. Would
she be there now?
These and other questions tormented
Clifford as he approached the house.
They buzzed in his ears as he walked
slowly up the stone steps and rang the
"I will gn into the library." he said
to the servant who admitted him. and
I'resently he stood in the quiet, digni
tied room among the books that Judge
l'or a moment he stood inside the
door, peering into the dim corners,
hoping that Cornelia had kept her tryst
j A mist of white floated out of a big
' chair and stood before him a very
beautiful Cornelia, hut a very different
j one from the girl he had parted with
r the night lxfore. This was a Cornelia
of indignant eyes and haughty head
and sorrowful lips. As her lips parted
to speak' the tloor opened quickly be
hind them, and Judge I.loyd entered.
The judge held out a welcoming hand
to 'Jerald and took his daughter's baud
in his own. lie stood there for a mo
ment holding them tlius." looking from
the young man's anxious face to the
mutinous, downcast countenance of his
"( Ierald." he said at last, "when I
returned this morning wife told me
that my daughter had engaged herself
to you. lo you know what I said to
her?" lie regarded tJerald with kindly
The young man shook bis head. "You
could truthfully have said I was un
worthy of so great a treasure." , he
Cornelia's chin went up the least bit
higher, and he could barely see the
soft curve of her rose tinted cheek.
Judge I.loyd laughed softly. "I told
my wife I would rather give Cornelia
to you than to any other man 1 know,"
he said emphatically. 'If you only
live up to the high opinion 1 have of
you, Ccrald. you will le a mighty hap
py man. for no woman could help lov
ing you. There; 1 will leave you lwth
for a moment before tlinner is an
nounced. You will be frightened at
the array of relatives we have muster
ed to meet you. my dear lioy."
Once more he wrung Gerald's hand,
kissed bis daughter tenderly and left
When the door had closed behind
him Cornelia slowly turned her head
and regarded her lover with open con
tempt in her violet eyes.
"Well?" she asked cuttingly.
"Well?" retorted Gerald stiffly. "I
' came because 1 thought vou might of-
i , , . r
J fer me an explanation of your conduct
"Mv conduct!" repeated Cornelia In
auia:'.einent. "What have 1 done that
requires an explanation?''
"Nothing, except to humiliate me by
breaking your appointment with me
today and taking tea with a a brain
less idiot like Monty Woodhull!" blaz
ed Gerald, losing his self control.
"Monty Woodhull!" repeated Corne
lia, with tears of indignation in her
eyes. "1 haven't seen him today. I
waited and waited for you at the tea
room, and at Inst I took tea alone. But
I saw you!" 1
"Cornelia ! expostulated her lover,
aghast at her manifest falseness. "I
saw your face reflected in the mirror
opposite my seat, and I saw Monty
Woodhnll's back or that of some other
fellow sitting with you. and"
"ImpossiMe!'' retorted Cornelia.
"Your own sister sat at the next tn
ble and saw me waiting alone, while
you sat in Jbe opposite alcove with
the loveliest girl wearing the dearest
hat I ever saw!"
Gerald stared open mouthed. Then
enlightenment came Into his eyes.
'Was it a flufhly white thing?" he de
"You know it was!" sobbed Cornelia.
lie laughed contentedly. "You're
rlzht about "tie thing, and so am I. The
girl you saw reflected was the love
liest girl in the world -your very own
self, Cornelia. As for me. the brain
less fool I saw reflected was myself,
and that's the truth. I ate alU alone
too. Darling, don't you understand?"
Cornelia decided that Gerald's arms
would afford a comfortable refuge
while he explained the double misun
derstanding and the puzzle of the mir
rors placed opposite and counter reflec
tions from other mirrors set in square
posts about, the room and how they
two. who wen? to drink tea together,
had lotli Iwen misled.
'But I don't understand, dearest."
he said in conclusion. "You told me
to meet you in the left hand alcove,
and I was there, while you"
! "I meant the left hand going out of
I the room." explained Cornelia. "You
j will never want such a stupid, suspi
i clous wife. Jerry, and"
; 'i'tn not going' to have one," protest
, ed Gerald, and then be added softly,
! "Now, I have a magic ring here and"
But the rest of it was for Cornelia's
bink ear alone
April 26 in American
1S34 Charles I'arr.ir Browne, noter
humorist, known as "Artemua
Ward." born at Waterford. Me.;
lSiVi lobn Wilkes Booth, assassin of
Lincoln, killed at Port Uoyal. Va,
' - a Federal soldier.
lbti" Fxpevition commemorating th
three hundred! aRiiiTwrwty 4 ito
fouudiiir of Jamestown. Va
ed by President Boosevelu