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THE ROCK ISLAND ARGUS, SATURDAY, MAY 2i, 1913.
PubllshaJ inTlr at 1854 Beeona ars
ua. Rock Iil-.nl (Entered at tha
poatoQce as second-class matter.)
Xck lalaad Mrmkrr of the Aasat
BY THE J. W. POTTER CO.
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lier, ta Sock Island.
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tion. No sura articles will be printed
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Telephones In all departments: Cet
tril Urlon. West 145. 114. and .145.
Seturday, May 24, "!913.
Royalty come high. The kaiser .
mree emperors are in a,erua louay ,
drawn toother by the wedoing of the ,
Kaiser s aaugnter anu it
of famliy reunion1 at that.
is a sort
President Lowell of Harvard says
the misspent college careers axe con
fined to the youths who have no pur
pose in lire. Also that the gayety of
college days doo3 not tpoll the student
mho is "working his way through."
.By a new device bottles containing
poison are provided with a bell, but
Borne persona are hard of hearing.
The safest rule is one of invariable
caution. Accidents in taking a wrong
dose number many thousands a year.
Latest revlsed estimates of the ag- j
gregate revenue from the income tax! and that is to get behind every move
put the total ct tl00,000,f00, or about ment for the retention of the park. It
' $30,000,000 more thin the previous
high estimate. Experts figure that
residents of New York will pay one
fifth of the tux.
If you are so frrtunate as to pos
es an automobile remember that
there is a patriotic duty imposed upon
you next Friday. Let the old goldiers
who cannot walk in the Memorial
day parade have the ute of it for a
couple of hours.
Veterans remember that 50 years
ago there were no automobiles, tele
phones or aeroplanes, and nearly all
guns were muixle loaders. The mod
ern improvements are many, but
there can be none in American cour
age and righting tenacity.
wm: to wkar srnv h ats
One of the must momentous ques
tiona now bothering
::en la when to wear
the average clti-
his straw hat, if
he haa one. Men are prone to poke
fun at tlio wonieu fur being eluves to
fashion, but it requires no inirrofccopic
investigation to discover trails of this
human weakness iu the masculine
makeup and the etraw hat question
emphasises this conclusion.
Quite a number of citizens have al
ready purchased straw hats and have
I worn them. Others are pulling for un
favorable weather so the can make
their r hiny-brimmed derbies tide them
overTlntil straw hats uro so universal
ly worn that no comment is thus cre
ated. The economical citizen who
bought a straw hat at the regular sale
lft summer haa long since sought the
cieaners nd bad li!t fky pieca burn
lnhcd and is well satisfied to make
it ro the rci'e until the dealers again
cut the rrVen.
Tiie bent advico on the straw hat
question would ha that t.iose lu have
straw hats wear them whoa the m earn
er is r'ght. When the weather
is not rik;ht HubttliutcMhe fe'.t or the
And in the ncantime always keep
in mind tru'.t Ruck Inland merchants
have the best cr.d most stylish line cf
straw l.uti than run be found an
where. FACTS A LOt" T GOOD HOARS.
"The Good Iloadsi Yetr Book for
1913." coaiplled and r-hilshed by the
American Highways association, pives
these facta about the French reads
and Klvc3 a va?t deal of other Infor
mation couct-ruiu fcood rcais. For
Missouri has 4.715 miles of ir.iprov
ed muds, which Is 4 4 per cent of its
total of 107.9:3 miles of roads, im
proved and unimproved. Kansas, with
88.S02 miles of public roads, has im
proved only 374 miles, or 0.35 per
cent. But Indiana hi-.s 24.955 miles
Df Improved highways, 36.7 per cent
Of all its public road 3. The percen
tage ln Massachusetts la higher 56. S
per cent. Lut that is because tr.e
tats la smaller. It lias S.C74 miles of
Improved roads. New York has 15,592
miles of good roads out of a total or
79. 79 highway mil as.
Indiana and Massachusetts repre
lent the two leading methods ct road
construction by locality and by state.
Massachusetts has built niott ct its
roads by state c!d, or even wholly at
itate cost. Indiana's greater mileage
(though at smaller cost) hae been
constructed at local expense by the
benefit of assessment plan.
Ia Indiana, if the owners of a ma
lority of the acres of land within one
tile of a road propated to ba improved
petition the county court for its Im
provement the court airiai.es the
sost and then assesses benefits and
lamagee to the land within two miles
f the road. The urip tour miles
aide pays all the co&l
This Indiana law differs from the
tew Missouri special benefit district
.cad law la Cat ail the authority is
with the county court Instead of betnti
divided between the county court an3
the local district commissioners. The
principle cf payment, however, is prac
tically the same in the two laws.
Among the nations the French are
the greatest road builders. France
has 520, OSS miles of road, and of these
3i5,COO are improved highways in the
connected national department ara
vicinal systems. These roads of France '
represent an investment of 1,100 mil-j
lion dollars. They are the chief fac-1
tor in making France, relative to Ks j
population, the wealthiest country In
the world, with its wealth the most
LEST VOL' FORGET. .
Deep as is the concern manifest all
over the city over the status of Is
land City ball park, and deep as would
be regret everywhere expressed should
the only available place left in the
city for out-of-door athletics disappear,
it is very much to be feared that the
people embracing so large a percent
age of the population who are Inter
ested in baseball, are indifferent to
the gravity of the situation. 'They
may not be indifferent in feeling, but
they do not take the purpose of the
park owners to dispose of the property
1 . . . . , .v
fall of 1911 after an all summer strug
gle against the inevitable the Rock
Tlarwl VtncoHall Aaanpfntlnn flnnnnn(Ail
determll,atlon t0 aDandoa lt8 xhree
ye franthiRe unleEg otherB ln Rock
Island should come forward and as
sume it. there was that inclination to
discredit the Intentions of the hold
ers of the franchise.
Rut when after repeated warnings,
the association did finally forfeit the
trancU;i(i rcucn surprise was expressed
Island will see the revival of profeS'
It, but it was too late.
This experience may be repeated ln
the Island City park proposition unless
something is done, and that very soon.
And if the present park is abandoned
it will be a long jtlme before Rock
Island will se the revival of profes
There is a duty Incumbent upon ev-
ery lover of the game ln Rock Island,
may be that the city will come for
ward and save i: as a last resort. The
municipal commission could hot make
a more popular move, and those who
are interested, not on'.y in the legiti
mate sport of professional baseball,
but in athletic diversions and exercises
for the advantage of the school chil
dren and the amateur games and pas
times, should impress upon the mem
bers of the municipal commission their
feelines in the matter as have a num.
ber of the civic societies of the city
including the Industrial Home associa
tion, representative of all the labor
The commission will do the right
thing if the people desire. There is
no doubt of what the people desire.
The only thing is to make uU desire
known and settle for all time the ball
park and athletic field question.
Let the people own the property.
I KILLS BAD MOROS?
I totittxt a ifrnT'
Captain Louie J. Van Schaik,
Washington, May 24. Captain
Lcuis J. .Van Schaick, U. S. A., has
Just been presented with a congTes
eional medal of henor for distinguish
ed gallantry in action, the highest
mark of honor that the government
can bestow upon its soldiera.
The occ6loa for which he Is re
warded was in the Philippines when
at the head of a detachment of sixteen
men they came upon a large band of
Moros while passing through a ravine.
Realising that If he gave the crder to
retreat his men would be shot down
with ease from the sides of the gorge,
he ordered them to charge 'and led
them Into the flgbt. Three natives
fell os a result of his revolver fire.
Hi pistol empty, he dismounted and
engaged the enemy with hla revolver
for a club. Tho enemy was routed
and the fight won. Jcne ct his elx
teen men were killed although several.
Including hlmielf, were severely
Captiin Vsa Bchalc' leaves Wash-
inp'on e hortiy for d"ty
at the Pre-
, ridio at San Francisco
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The Genial Cynic
BY CHAELZS GRANT MILLER.
QUEST FOR HAPPINESS.
"1 wouldn't hare run away from home if I had been
treated like other girls if I had been allowed to have
a little fun. I wanted a little happiness and I had to
go away from home to get it." ,
These are the words of a 17-year-old girl who ran
away from hose to the city, was arrested, and sent
She was only a slip of a girl, with an innocent
face, well educated, honest-hearted.
It is only another of the many, many instances of
the sorrowful mistakes that both children and parents
often make mistakes which renders impossible that
happiness for which we are all searching.
The simple story teaches a big lesson.
The home, of all places in the world, ought to be
the source of truest happiness to parents and children
alike. It ought to be pervaded by an air of perfect
confidence and understanding.
But it too often fails in it3 mission, and its members are driven out in
to the world on a quest for what they think is happiness.
There is a volume of pathos in the simple statement of this young glri
that she wanted happiness and that sh e had to go away from home to get it
BY CLYDE H. JTAVENNER.
CONGRESSMAN FROM . THE FOUR
TEENTH ' DISTRICT.
(Special Correspondence of The Argus.)
Washington, May 22. If the Filipino
people secure their independence from
the democratic ad
first statue to go
into the hall of
fame of the Philip
ought to be that of
Manuel L. Quezon,
the senior commis
sioner from the is
lands who sits in
Quezon" is a bun
dle cf live wires
charged with dy
namic energy. Al-
mrvof i IV. M J J I
ne nas ceta csr.j
lag on the cam
paign for Philip
since he first came
to congress as res
er four years ago but with such good
success that, the democratic party
wrote Philippine independence in its
platform for a third time at Baltimore
last year, and the administration is
showing every indication of carrying
out this policy at the earliest possible
The passion for freedom is not nee
born in the breast of Quezon, who at
the age of 33 already has a distinguish
ed career behind him In his native
land. He has fought for freedom on
the Philippine battlefields.
But lately Quezon haa been finding
by experience that his pen is mightier
than the sword. He was a second lieu
tenant in Aguinaldo's army before he
was 15 years old. He rose in the ser -
vice to the rank of major.
Now he has gone into the wholesale
business of creating friends for Phil
ippine independence. And he has done
this by starting a magazine called
"The Filipino People." It Is getting a
wide circulation, not only in the arch
ipelago, but in this country.
From cover to cover it is an appeal
for self-government for the Philippines,
and almost every word cf it Is writ
ten each month by Manuel I... Quezon.
When Quezon came to the United
States four years ago he knew only a
few words of English. He at once re-
alized that if he were to attain influ
ence in congress he must be able to
make speeches on the floor of the
house in Englibh. He tcck up a study
cf the lansuare. The other day one
of the house stenographers told me
that of all the men in congress
judges, lawyers and learned men used
This is the story cf a city that has
decided to QUii being backward about
coming forward, or "The Race of the
Cities." The city is East St. Louis,
Illinois, which is 70,000 strong in
population and a million strong ia
On Monday, May 12, the germ cf a
new idea inoculated the blood of East
St. Louisans, and today a Commercial
club of 1,075 energetic men attests to
the initiative and enterprise of the
sturdy little metropolis on the Missis
sippi. Here Is how it happened and whyi
Men active in the civic life of the
community felt the need cf an or
ganization that would promote all in
terests. With these men to feel was
to act. The Commercial club's mem
bers decided to attain a membership
of 1,000. The task made several gen
tlemen who wear their future for a
coat tail laugh ln their sleeves. The
"live" fellows used their sleeves dif
ferently. They rolled them up and got
At the city hall on Monday evening,
May 12, 1,500 persons gathered in
ar-swer to the clarion ca of greater
East St. Louis. There we, speeches
by thoEe who could speak, ahd a few
by those who could not, but ai: were
gathered in a common cause and all
"The Greater East St. Louis Get To
gether" meeting then and there be
came an historical event. The plans
for increasing the Commercial club's
membership were formulated, and
1,500 enthusiastic, civic fans went to
their homes to thick hard and work
harder tor the success of the Com
mercial club's membership campaign.
About the same time t&at East St
Lcuis was preparing to hurl a civic
pebb'e into the brow cf the Goliath of
!e?txtTi &er big brother, St, Lcuis, on
to public speaking Quezon uses the
most perfect English in his remarks.
He not only speaks perfectly, but
with great effect. He is always listen
ed to with great attention. At the
conclusion of his first speech he re
ceived an ovation, and Speaker Clark
summoned him to the speaker's stand
and- congratulated him.
Quezon is on the Job all of the time.
v hen lie is not engaged in Washing,
ton, he Is out traveling over the coun
try, lecturing in churches, schools and
The keynote of all his work in the
United States Is tho Immediate recog
nition of the independence of his peo
ple. Quezon's eernestnees, ability and
patriotism have done much to pn
mote the cause of his people. With
his forceful logic, his magnetic per
sonality and his young, attractive fig
1 tirn incrAt Vi oi ti-W 'n Vt I a Vi a ri4laa n ex A
W wa-111- " Aits uai U'lbHIUU
orintal quaintness which makes it the
more effective, he mounts a platform
before an American audience and de
livers a speech directly appealing to
the heart and mind of his hearers, con
vincing them that his people are capa
ble cf governing themselves and are
desirous cf obtaining their Independ
At the convention at Baltimore he
appeared before the committee on res
olution to got into the platform a plaak
for Philippine independence. The com
mittee had decided to give every per
son who appeared before it only three
minutes, but Mr. Quezon interested
his audience to much that he was al
lowed to speak as long as he wanted,
and after being frequently interrupted
with applause in the course of his re
marks, he was very heartily congrat
ulated. The democratic platform eon
tains tha plank desired by Mr. Quezon.
The culmination of Mr. Quezon's life
ambition will be the enactment into
law of Congressman Jones' independ-
enca bill, which would give the Fill
pino complete independence at tha end
of eight years.
Sptakiag of the bill, Mr. Quezon
taid: "My people are all for it. Even
the moEt conservative Filipinos have
expressed their approval."
Just above his desk in the house of
fice building hangs a very pretty flag
a flag of red, white and blue, but
with only three stars in the corners of
a white triangle, in the center of which
is a big round sun
"That is our flag," he would explain
tr vmt 'T Vi a H-roo etnra rmrcBPtit t Vi o
nf t ,n ,k vic i,i.
1 .J .4 V. AU.J f IUC JUJ Mil Ml
ago and the island of Mindanao a -id
its adjacent islands, and the sun in
the center represents the bond of na
tionality welding them together. We
are "prohibited to display it ia the is
lands, but, thanks to God, that law
does not govern our doings here."
the other side fit the Mississippi, was
holding a f 3.00 per plate banquet at
which it wag decided to raise the
membership cf the Business Men's
league frcm &50 to 4,000. Three hun
dred St Lou-leans attended and pledg
ed themselves to obtain the necessary
Et, Louia has 750,000 population;
East St, Louis had 70.000, but then,
said the buoyant East St. Louisans,
"Jack the Giaat Killer," was a hun
dred to one Ehot until he delivered the
gocds and victory la always to the
f fellow who-get3 there first.
A bit of municipal history then fol
lowed which stands unique ia the an
nals cf civic enterprises ln the United
State?. Little East St. Louis chaliens
ed big St Louig, to a membership race.
Said East St Louis with a confident
smile, "we will obtain a membership
Said St. Louis, "we will obtain
4.000." and then a St. Louis news
paper offered a big silver trophy to
the city that should win in the race.
East St. Lcuis won.
The race bsgan Tuesday.
Those hustling East St. Loulsans
bent every muscle and energy to get
away to a flying start. The tallies
registered 225 new members oa Tues
day, the first day; 221 0n Wednesday,
200 cn Thursday, and 423 on cloa.ng
day. Over the line with 75 member
ships to spare went the eager-eyed
bur.ch of hustling, bustling workers.
It was a victory to put the red blood
in the veins of a wooden Indian, a
triumph to warm the cockles of the
most frigid heart.
To Make Things Better.
It's good to be cbeerfoJ. tmt one way
to make this old world better is for the
fellow that can't sing U stop trying.
With wtary brain and aching heart
He greets another day; i
He sadly stumbles forth to start !
upon his weary way:
Th sun may shine above his heed and
scented breezes blow.
But what mean fc. blue skies to him
that Need compels to go ,
To labor where no sunsMne falls, .1
Shut ln by cheerless, dlnsy walls. ' ,
Estranged from all but woe? J
'The day Is done," !w sadly slghsj
'"Vhat has it broug-M to me?
The sunset's glow Is on the Ales
Why should I turn to see? 1
I am condemned to live and toll the
heavy hours away :
TomorrSw I shall still be where I started
By circumstance to service bound,
I must pursue cheerless round,
And hurry to obey." ,
The tunbrams play across his way,
Asd .blossoms that are sweet
Come drifting from the trees to stray
About his eager feet:
He hurries onward hopefully where du
ties claim his care.
And, claims the pleasures that arise from
faithf-il service there
And ln his heart he hears along?
A little of the West Wind's song.
And all bis world Is fair. 1
"How fair the day has been." he cries,
What evening's shadows spread;
"How rich a glow is ln the sMes,
How fair the wny ahead!
Sweet mmss have sweetly haunted me
through all the splendid clay.
And Hope Is !al!!nsf bravely while I hur
ry on my way
To smiling lips and loving arms
My path is through a land oi! charms
Where friendly fairies play."
After the guests were gene the bride
locked over the wedding presents very
carefully and then sat down, and be
gan to weep.
"Why, my darling," exclaimed the
groom as he gathered her iu his arms,
"what is the matter It seems to me
that our friends have remembered us
very handsomely. I don't know of a
single one of them who hasn't given
something, and most of the presents
are very nice cnes, too!"
"Yes," 6he sobbed, "b-b-but there are
I no t-t-two alike, and I had been co-
counting cn the f-f-fun I would have
raking duplicates b-back and getting
i money ct themi"
you think the doc
tor didn't know
what was the mat
ter with you?"
"He didn't tell
me to come back
in a few days. I
think be was
afraid it was a severe case of some
kind, and wanted to get rid of me."
They rent their boy to college.
It cost them dearly, too;
They saved and speculated.
As happy parents do.
He was a splendid tackle.
His fame spread everywhere;
Men gazed upon his picture
And marveled at his hair.
Their boy was graduated,
And, oh, it makes them sore
To hear him cay "I done it,"
Just as h did before.
Great Orator's Finish.
He went to college, took the prize
For oratory, and
Then from rear platforms talked to all
The people in the land;--And
twice he missed the honor that
Had erstwhile been so dear
Hark! You may hear him talking stilL
He's now an auctioneer.
His Mean Condition.
' "I don't understand your reference
to Bardaiey as 'a man of "means.' He
tried to borrow a dollar from me yes
terday." "He always means to do something
worth while, only he never does it"
As She Saw it
The handsome hospital nurse who
married an old wealthy man the other
day was very happy la ber reply to a
friend who asked why she wedded
inch a f.)SKiL
"I thought I might a well be engag
ed ln m:rticg one oid man us a da.. en."
The Daily Story
SURPRISE BY CLARISSA MACKIE.
Copynmtea, 191J, xy Associated Literary Bureau.
A succession of darkly wrapped i
forms scudded up the snowy path to
Mrs. Teter Weldrake's side door and
disappeared within a brief glimpse of i
ruddy lighted room. Each time the
door opened fo admit another arrival
.there were much laughter and noisy
conversation before the door became
a dark blank again.
"Everybody here?" demanded Mr.
Weldrake. emerging from her kitchen,
large, beetle browed and commanding
of aspect She was dressed in a stiff,
black taffeta silk skirt of generous
width and a white lawn waist. She
wore a large white apron, and as she
came Into the sitting room there hov
ered about ber a defined odor of fresh
ly made coffee and recently fried
"Everybody here?" she repeated, re
viewing the chattering groups of wom
en and the awkward men hovering
about the door.
"All except Althea Laden and her
mother," spoke up a young girl. "They
oughter been here by this time. I saw
them drive away from their house
long before we left."
There was an embarrassed silence
before Mrs. Weldrake answered: "Well,
we needn't wait for Altbea Laden and
her mother. They ain't coming." She
vanished Into the kitchen.
"Not coming?" asked the girl who
had spoken before.
"They wasn't asked," whispered a
"Not asked?" echoed the girl.
"'Tisn't likely, is it?" giggled a wo
man with a nod of her head toward
the kitchen door, and the girl, glancing
at Mrs. Weldrake's daughter, Stella,
"Althea Laden wasn't asked, to the
minister's surprise." The words ran
around in low murmured disapproval,
for Althea and her mother were village
favorites, and the invariable "Why?"
and its answer followed. All of the!
women already knew that the Ladens
had not been invited, but under the
stern injunction of Mrs. Weldrake,
none bad dared to break the seal of se
crecy imposed upon the especially in
vited, for this surprise on the bachelor
minister of Thornvllle had found its in
ception ln the brain of matchmaking
Mrs. Weldrake, and Althea Laden was
not to be invited. Fat, good natured
Stella Weldrake and pretty Althea La
den had always been warm friends,
and according to Stella's discriminat
ing parent that stout, amiable damsel
was quite outrivaled by Althea's more
delicate charms; hence this surprise
party, from which the Ladens were
omitted and where Stella was expected
to shlue undimmed and perchance cap
ture the minister's unsuspecting heart.
"It's 9 o'clock," announced Mrs. Wel
drake, bustling into the sitting room
arrayed ln warm shawls and with a
knitted "fascinator" over her iron gray
hair. "I guess we better be going. 1
see a lamp lishted in Mr. Whitney's
study." She lifted a window curtain
and peered across the snowy fields to
ward the parsonage. "He don't sus
pect a thing."
"And, so far as I know, nobody else
outside this room knows about the sur
prise." added Mrs. Dora Hatch trium
phantly as the party trooped forth,
each one bearing burdens of toothsome
viands. Big Peter Weldrake brought
up the rear with a steaming can of cof
fee. The surprise party creaked across
the snow with much smothered laugh
ter mingled with deference ns tbey ap
proached the parsonage from the path
across the fields.
A greeu shaded lamp beamed from
the study window, but there was no
sign of the minister's dark, well shaped
bead outlined against the bookcases.
"He's stepped out a minute," breath
ed Mrs. Weldrake honrsely. "Most
Hkely's he's locking the door after Jen
nie Plumb. That's why I waited till 0
o'clock, after she'd got the dUhea done.
She's mortal slow."
"There she goes now!"
The group stood huddled by the back
porch watching the bulky form of the
black woman who came in by the day
to "do" the minister's housework.
When Jennie Plumb bad tramped out
of sight the surprise party tiptoed care
fully around the path to the front door,
Mrs. Weldrake lending and her bus
band bringing up the rear.
A dim light burned in the hall, but
save for a green glimmer from the
study beyond the parlors were quite
dark. Mrs. Weldrake rang the bell
once, twice, three times, without re
sponse. "I guess Mr. Whitney ain't to home,"
whispered a doubtful voice.
"That's all the better." snapped back
' Mrs. Weldrake. trying the doorknob.
j "This door's unlocked, and we can goj
right in mid give him the surprise of
The wompn heaped their wraps in
the ball in the manuer of those who
were accustomed to the business of
surprising unsuspecting persons ln
their homes and bore their bundles
of refreshments kitchenward. their
mouths rounded to shout Surprise!"
at the hapless minister if be should
prove to be ln the bouse after all and
should come npon them unexpectedly.
The men. feeling some compunction
at t)il Invasion, bans; awkward!
about the front door as If ready to
make a sadden exit la case disaster
should overtake their more intrepid
women folks. Tbey might understand
and enter into a surprise party upon
one of the laity, but this encroachment
open the minister's privacy was more
novel than enjoyable.
Dora Hatch bad flitted from room to
room and returned to announce thjit
there wasn't a soul In the bouse, but
that Jennie Plumb was outshining her
self its a housekeeper, for Uie who!
bouse was la epple pie erdur. "Hren
Cowers in trery room carnations at
50 cents a dozen from the city," she
You don't suppose be snxpected. do
you?" asked Stella, who looked like a
M jUnit cud white baby in a white
muslin rowd with blue ribbons.
"I don't know who could have told
him." said Mrs. Weldrake decisively
from her executive position before the
kitchen range. "I don't believe any
body would be mean enough to tell
The fifteen women vociferated their
innocence from tale telling, and those
who were mnrried exonerated their
husbands, and those who were yet un
chosen defended their sweethearts.
Stella Weldrake looked troubled for a
brief instant and then shook off what
ever oppressed her mind and smiled
across the room at Timothy Weed, who
had peered bashfully ln at the door.
Timothy blushed and drew back, but
he had answered Stella's smile with a
very betraying one, if any one had
Mrs. Weldra'ke blew out the light in
the kitchen, and ushered the snrprisers
into the back parlor.
"Now, all sit around as quiet as mice,
and when he comes into the front ball
the hoys will light the lamps and all
the rest of us can boiler 'Surprise!' and
I guess he will be surprised. It was
pretty good luck having him step off
down street just at this time." Mrs.
Weldrake was feeling satisfied with
herself and the result of her planning.
She had maneuvered the men out of
the front hall, out of their overcoats,
relieved them of their hats and mar
shaled them into the back parlor. Sev
eral of them were stationed with
matches held ready to strike at the
critical moment so that the full nature
of the surprise might be revealed to
the astonished and delighted minister
on his return.
AH at once there came the sound ol
sleighbells tbat stopped before the
The front door opened and closed lin
geringly. Then the three lamps were
simultaneously lighted, and thirty
voices screamed "Surprise!" at the
thoroughly surprised minister.
If Mr. Whitney was surprised the
owners of the thirty voices were equal
ly astonished, for their cries died on
their lips, end they stood staring fool
ishly at the minister and bis compan
ion, Althea Laden, who had not been
Invited to the party! Altbea stood in
the doorway looking very lovely in a
long pale gray cloak, beneath which
showed a white dress. There were
white flowers in her golden hair and
on her breast She looked like a bride,
and it suddenly dawned upon the sur-1
pri8ers'party that Althea Laden was a
bride. Xobody looked at Mrs. Peter
Mr. Whitney recovered his self pos
session and stepped forward. There
was a look of serene happiness on his
fine face, and his dark eyes glowed
warmly as be thanked them.
"My friends, it seems that my mar
riage to Miss Laden has become known
to you, aud out of the warniness of
your hearts you have come to bid her
welcome as my wife. 1 shall ever re
member this occasion with the great
"Married?" interrupted Mrs. Wel
drake. arising with a magisterial nlr
from the chair into which she had
fallen at the first shock of the surprise
that bad come to her share.
Mr. Whitney smiled and reddened
and went on with his little speech of
thanks, unconsciously stripping the
surprise party of Its motive and view
ing It In the light of a carefully pre
pared welcome for himself and his
bride. He explnjncd that a public mar
riage would have been In order at a i
later date had not Mrs. Laden rrfcoii
summoned that very morning to the
bedside of a dyiug relative In the west
and he had urged an immediate mar
riage with Althea, who was to be left
behind. They had nil driven over to
Meadvllle and been worried by a min
ister there and bad then seen Mrs. La
den off on her western Journey.
"The bride cake must come later,"
be ended with a smile.
Of course they all came forward and
kissed Althea aud congratulated the
minister. They were heartily glad of
the marriage, for Althea was a fa
vorite, and It was something of a dis
tinction to be one of a surprise party
tbat bad turned Into a wedding party.
Mrs. Weldrake held herself well In
hand, brushed Althea's cheek witb her
lips, majestically accepted their thanks
as the organizer of the party and led
the bevy of ladies who were to serve
As tbey made their way homeward
that evening Mr. Weldrake felt a
strange sense of defeat. The minis
ter's brief Interest ln Stella had been
her only hope tbat that babyish girl
would ever be married. Her husband
trudged besldd her. swinging the empty
Stella was walking In the
At the front door the Weldrnfces
turned and looked back.
Young Timothy Weed had bis arm
around Stella's capacious waist.
"I guess you'll have a wedding on
your hands after all before spring,
ma." chuckled ber husband as they
And Mrs. Weldrake blnshed thot be
had understood ber scheming, but ate
felt straoselv onrnfertpd.
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