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THE ROCK ISLAND ARGUS. TUESDAy.' AUGUST 19, 1913.
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Tuesday, 'August 19, 1913.
Nature sometimes indulge in
pranks. The smallest pair ot feet baa
been discovered In Chicago.
The escapades of gay young Lothar
ios that are so amusing in light opera
take on an entirely different appear
ance when the finale Is staged in a
Ormsby McIIarjr says the bir'.l
(moose 18 dead. The animal tent is
'become an abattoir with a dead ele-
hant there also.
President McKinley was forced into
war lth Spain by the Jinsoes and
yellow Journals. President Wilson
will only go to war to protect Amer
6enator Lodce hates Governor Fosa
Tut If nominated for governor by the
republicans he wt'.l have to support
,hlm. Surely the game of politics is in
teresting. Whatever the western banks may
think of Secretary McAdoo's financial
policies, they are too patriotic to rt
.fuse a share of his $50,000,000 fund to
"move the crops.
"The corn crop is ruined in Kan
sas," says the Kansas City Star, "but
the other crops are immense and Kan
sans are as happy as a brldo." Tnere
Is the right spirit for you.
Twenty-two western railroads have
'Issued warnings of what threatens to
be the moat serious freight car short
age In ten years. This warning is Is
sued every year. When will the rail
roads build cars enough to haul the
Following the action of Russia ana
Germany, Great Britain has decided
' Hot to participate in the Panama-Pa-
' clflc exposition at San Francisco in
1915. Of the 22 countries that have
agreed to exhibit, only two great na
tions, ranee and Japan, so far appear
In the list
THE IIAITAIQI A t" I ltd' IT.
" The chautiuquas are not to be sneer
ed at by people of snae. They are
among the frst great examples we
have in this oauntry or popular co
operation and they exemplify coopera
tion for the best of purposes. They
bring to the rural districts music, cra
i tory and miscellaneous entertainment
t a season of the year when the
farmers are frt to enjoy it and at
rjricca within the slenderest means.
The Chautauqua plaijrni is immacu
lately clean, It is fairly humorous and
It Is distinctly educational. Moreover,
it has served to acquaint the masses
-with the advanced thought of the day
mere Intimately than they could have
learned It from hooks or magazines.
There is one more point that should
not be forgotten. The chautauqua
courses may not be true university ex
tension, but we w ill wager that they
have inspired more young men and
women to seek a higher educa
tion duriug the last 25 years than
' almost any othrr agency.
( PROGIIKSS OF TUB MO.RO.
. "The Negro Yearbook." a publica
'lion nrepared by Monroe N. Work, a
member of the staff of Tuskegce insti
tute, summarises (acts concerning
the negroes. It ought to have a wide
, circulation, for it presents material
'of very great interest, showing the
I really remarkable progress made by a
race just out oi slavery.
nrty years ago, for lusTance, tie ne-
; groes owned only a few thousand dol-
iars worth of church property. Now
their church holding are vaiued at
fifty-seven million dollars. In 1S67
.there were eighteen hundred schools
for freed men with two thousand teach
.'era and one hundred and eleven thous
and pupils. Last 'par there were one
million seven hundred thousand negro
children enrolled in southern common
' schools and one hundred thousand in
normal schools and colleges, with"
' thirty-four thousand teachers.
Fifty years ago virtually all negroes
ere farm hands, and few owned their
pwp farms. Now. while agriculture
Tls still the predominant occupation,
ibere are negroes in every line ot work
fcnl nine hundred thousand farms are
"pperated by them. They own more
fiand than is embraced In' the state of
tjSouth Carolina. Thirty thousand ce
$roet are engaged In business. They
(own sixty-four banks capitalized at
cne million six hundred thousand dol
CSart. The "Yearbook" says:
p "No other emancipated people have
fmade so great a progress in so short
' a time. The Russian serfs were
; emancipated in 1861. Fif'y years after
it was found that 14 million of t:m
bad accumulated about five hundred
j million dollars' rwofth of property, or
I about $36 per capita,, an average ot .
aooot -uu a lamuy. tuiy years ai-er i
their emancipation only about 30 per '
cent of the Russian peasants were '
able to read and write. After fifty j
years of freedom ten mir.lon negroes
in the United States have accumulat
ed over seven" hundred million dol
lars worth of property, or about $70
per capita, which is an average of
$300 per family. After fifty years of
freedom 70 per cent of them have
some education in books."
When such tacts as these are con
6ldered it is evident that the negro is
making good progress. It 1b unreas
onable to compare him, with the
descendants of scores of generations
of freemen. Compared with races in
his own class the showing is en
couraging. MAJORITY JIRT VERDICTS.
Jury verdicts in civil Cases la the
state courts ot Minnesota may now
be returned, after twelve hours' de
liberation, by five-sixths cf the Jurors.
In a 12-man Jury this will require ten
men to be in agreement.
The purpose in the change in law is
to make "Jury fixing" more difficult,
the theory beinf that where juries are
"hung" by one or two members, jurors
have been improperly influenced, and
that if this were not the case, there
would be more nearly equal division,
assuming there was question admit
ting honest difference of opinion.
The Springfield Republican, which
is favorably impressed with the new
law, says that to those who would
cling to the ancient practice ot a
unanimous Jury verdict the argument
is made that there is no more reason
to demand unanimous action from a
Jury passing upon the fact than there
is to insist upon unanimity in the court
in passing upon the law." The opinion
of a bare majority of the court suffi
ces to establish the law ot the land,
and someof the most important of our
federal end etate decisions have been
so reached. If the comparison were to
be further pressed it is evident that
the verdict of a Jury only affects one
particular case, while the decision of
a court establishes a rule of law that
may involve far-reaching conse
TUB MEXICAN CRISIS.
Whatever comes of the negotiations
between the national administration
and the provisional government of
Mexico, the United States will be
ready. President Wilson and Secre
tary Bryan, while voicing peace and
good will' and offering mediation aa
the logical solution cf the internecine
strife w hich has torn the southern re
public asunder, have nevertheless re
fused to recognize the Huerta regime.
The situation between the United
States and Mexico has been tense
ever since Huerta became president
af er his coup d'etat, and the assassin
ation of Madero.
The government at Washington, in
view of the manner in which Huerta
took control in Mexico City, and es
pecially because of the suspicion that
persons close to Huerta were respon
sible for Madero's tragic death, re
fused t,o recognize the Huerta regime.
Nevertheless, it has sent emis
saries to the Mexican capital in the
interest of peace.
As the climax of these developments
comes the announcement of Provision
al Pretident Huerta's fiat, rejecting the
peace , proposals a id ultimatum that
the United States must recognize ex
isting conditions within a given, time
on penalty of the severence of diplo
There can be one result of such ob
durate and defiant attitude on the part
of the Huerta administration if the
reports are well founded.
And the United States will be ready.
I EDUCATION NOTES
Enlisted men in the American Davy
serve as teachers in the Island of
Teachers in the province cf Ontario
receive a subsidy of $30 per year if
they maintain a school garden.
A cooperative egg-selling association.
wuu me ecuuui uouse as ine piace lor
gathering eggg, the children to brljg 1
them in, and the teacher to supervise ,
sales. Is suggested by W. J. Shuford
of Hickory. N. C.
Of 1,100 caseB of removal from conn-!
try to city iversbnally investigated by
T. J. Choatcs, supervisor of rural
schools in Kentucky, more than 1.000
were caused by a desire for better
school, church and social advantages.
Marked progress in Alabama high
schools Js reported to the United
States bureau of "education. In 1908
there ' were 50 high schools, few of
j them with courses of more than three
t rears in length; now there are 132 in-
stitutlons doing high school work, all
but 14 ot which have full four-year
That the country church can and
ought to lead In the campaign for bct-
t ter elementary public schools, for larg
i er school revepues, for more enlight-
enei ideals of school efficiency, for
larger enrollment better attendance,
and less illiteracy in the rural regions,
is declared in resolutions recently
adopted by a conference on the coun
Agricultural engineering is becoming
a mgniy important subject In the ag
ricultural colleges, according to figures
compiled by F. B. Jenks of the United
States bureau of education. Twenty
of the state colleges now give specific
instruction ia this subject for prospec
tive farmers. The State Agricultural
College of Utah has a four-year course
la agricultural engineering, and Penn
sylvania state ccllege gives a course
in industrial engineering, which Cn
cludes farm engineering.
"Rural Illiteracy ia the south la
BY CLYDE H. TAVENNER " -Congressman
frem the Fourteenth District.
(Special Correspondence of The Argus.)
Washington. Aug- 17. Readers oi
this letter ill remember that soma
time ago I publish-
ed an open letter
suggesting to Wil
Hearst that he sub
mit to the bouse
the full Standard
in order to give a
clue by following
which the investi
might expose the
whole system of
ment which in the
past has been bo
successful in de
desired by the peo
ple. In callitg upfrn
Mr. Hearst to per
form this public service, it was not in
my mind to put the Standard Oil let
ters on an even plane with the corre
spondence made public by M. M. Mul
hall, the lobbyist of the National Asso
ciation of Manufacturers. It was im
portant that there b an investigation
of the Mulhall letters in that they in
volved the good name of members of
congress. But It is more important
that the people know if there are great
er and more rfawerful influences than
the -National Association of Manufac
turers now at work in an efTort to di
rect the course of pending legislation.
I believe that the Standard Oil letters
offer the starting point for this more
iMany people will sympathize with
the polat of view taken by Mr. Hearst.
I give his reply in full, with the hope
that it may yet be possible, with the
present investigating committee, after
the Mulhall charges shall have been
disiysed of. to go into the influences
exerted by the Standard Oil company
and other great trusts upon legislation:
!'Los Angeles, Aug. 8. 1313. Hon.
Clyde H. Tavenner, House of Repre
sentatives, Washington, D. C My
"You write me a letter, and make
the letter public, asking me to submit
all the Standard Oil letters that I have
in my porsesslon to the house commits
tee now investigating the charges of
lobbying made by a certain Mulhall.
"I Would be very -glad to submit
again to the congressional committee,
or to any responsible body, the Stand
ard Oil letters which I have already
submitted many times to the public
and to bodies which more or less ac
curately and sincerely represent the
"I would prefer, -however, not to
submit these Standard Oil letters in
connection with the Mulhall letters and
charges, for the simpUe reason that
the Standard Oil letters are very im
portant to the nation, very eer'ous in
their incriminations and wholly author-
largely the result of an economic con
dition and will not disappear until this
economic condition changes," declares
E. C. Branson of the State Normal
school at Athens, Ga. "They say in
the south that it takes 13 months of
the year to raise, pick and market a
crop of cotton. 'Children are useful
and in demand throughout the year.
The children of the tenant farmer do
not have time to go to school or so
the tenant commonly believes."
Washington Through a test case
the treasury will try to recover from
New York banks several hundred thou
sand dollars of deposits of the defunct
"The Young Lady
1 v .1
The young lady across the way says she guesses her father must be
very liberal with the help around the office as she so often overhears tiro
speak of giving tips oa the stock market.
Itative and genuine, while the Mulhall
letters and documentary evidence have
never appeared to me especially im
portant or serious or genuine.
"The Mulhall letters and 'charge's
were offered to one of my magazines,
the one that published the Standard
Oil letters, but the editors cf the mag
azine, with my approval, declined to
purchase or publish the Mulhall doc
uments and confession. The reason
we did not purchase the- Mulhall, let
ters was not at all because of the
price; that questton was not even con
sidered. The reason we failed to pur
chase them was because we bad not
fulj confidence in them. We felt that
the more or less innocent or at least
moderate wording of the documents
did not justify the extravagant allega
tions which Mulhall based upon the
documents, and we felt that if any
part of MulhaU's evidence or testi
mony was untrue that all of it was
open to suspicion.
"Furthermore, our magazine had
just performed what we had every
right and reason to believe a great
publlo ' service. We had performed
this service with the utmost sincerity
and conscientiousness and with . the
most scrupulous care. We had expos
ed the corrupt influence' of privilege
seeking corporations in politics. We
had revealed the connection between
these corrupt corporations and certain
important public officials "who were
supposed to represent the people in
office, but who in reality prostituted
their offices to serve the illegitimate
interests of criminal trusts.
"The editors of the magazine and
were agreed that we did not wish to
diminish or discredit the effect of
these genuine revelations by charges
which seemed to us less serious and
The damning evidence of the Stand
ard Oil letters has never been refuted
and never can be refuted. It is de
tailed, definite, decisive. It convicts
not only those involved, but those who
seek to explain it or apologize for it
It cannot be denied, fcr there have
always been additional documents to
disprove every denial and confuse and
confound every falsifier.
"We did not wish in our magazine
to associate a great public service and
a vital political exposure, like the
Standard Oil letters, with an extrava
gant series of exaggerated accusations
such as the Mulhall confessions ap
peared to us to be, and I would rather
not associate the genuine with the
questionable in your congressional in
"Of course, I am expressing only my
preference. I can control the course
of my magazine, but I do not seek to
control or influence the action of your
committee. I shall always be ready
to submit to any such committee any
such information I have which can be
considered of public interest or im
"Very sincerely yours,
"WILLIAM RANDOLPH HEARST."
First-Second National Bank of Pitts
burgh, which they are holding as an
offset to loans made to Oscar L. Tell
ing, former vice president of the Pitts
burgh bank. The government seeks to
establish that Telling's loans were per
sonal. LaPorte, Ind. The body of Joe Klas
sen, 18 years old, was taken from
Stone lake' after his bicycle and cloth
ing were found on the bank by boys
who had returned to the Stone lake
swimming hole. Klassen presumably
went into the water to cool off and
lost his life when he went into a deep
Across the Way"
"Look out'." the startled old ben cries.
Keep In the tall grass, mind your eyes.
Johnny s here!
Beware of stones shot out of slings.
Be ready with your less and wings.
Look out for clubs and clods and things,
Be very sure the coast is -clear
Before you venture o appear
The cat gasps as she hides away:
Come, kittens, crawl In while you may,
The dog creeps 'neath the woodshed floor.
His tall curls downward that he wore
In such a lofty style before;
The peacock, filled with suden fear.
Shrieks out: "It's time to disappe
"He is generally known as a hard
headed business man, Isn't he?"
"There's something I wish you
would explain, if you can. What is
it that causes a hard-headed business
man to pay money to a woman whose
nails need manicuring a woman
whose general appearance is slovenly
and who evidently finds It difficult to
make ends meet why, I Eay, should
a hard-headed business man go to
such a woman for the purpose of get
ting her to tell his fortune to give
blm pointers concerning the manage
ment of his affairs to tell him when
to buy and when to sell?"
"Oh, thunder, you might as well ask
me to tell you why a woman who
knows perfectly well that you are ly
ing when you tell her she is beautiful
keeps tempting you to repeat it and
Snally gets to hating your wife."
Climbing and Falling.
We prate and we preach of the glory
Of climbing and climbing, for aye.
And we point to the horror of falling
Heaven's up, hell's the other way.
But In spite of the glory of climbing.
Who if he could choose would be less
Inclined to fall into a fortune
Than climb up the way to success?
"Well." said the literary gentle
man's, "you have published a book ot
poems, you have written a novel, you
have put out a collection of essays,
you have tried your hand at humorous
sketches, you have added a book of
travels to your list, and you have at
tempted a story of adventure, but
nothing has come of any of your ef
forts. What are you going to do
"I think," he replied, scratching hia
head reflectively, "that I will have to
give the public my version of the
Willing to Accommodate Her.
"I want to ask you something.
Grade," said the beautiful heiress.
"What is it. duckie?" the duke in
quired. "Would you object if I should re
quest the minister to omit the word
'obey' from the service when we are
"Certainly not. He can Just make it
love, honor and supply." "
Worst That Could Happen.
"Don't worry, dear," said the mag
aslne editor's wife. "It's too bad that
you "were burned out Just a week be
fore the time for going to press, but
perhaps you can get other stories and
poems to take the place of the ones
that were lost"
"It Isn't that," he gToaned. "J can
get plenty of stories and poems, but
the copy for our soap ad3 has all gone
up in smoke "
For every man a woman Is born.
There's a laugh for every sigh;
For every finger there Is a thorn;
There's a truth for every lie.
But the trouble la that many a thora
May brir.g one soul dismay.
And many a woman sits forlorn .
While others turn men away.
What He Got.
"Did your enele ieave you anythlna
In his will?"
"Yes. A lawsuit."
A want BdvertUeiuent from . serious
French Journal reuds:
"A. young person having received an
excellent education. Including writing,
geography, history, mathematics, danc
ing, music and art. would like to enter
a respectable family to do washing
nd Ironing." Every bodJ'a.
fi i I- r '
The Daily Story
HEM BIDDLE' S HOBBY BY KATHARINE GRAY.
Copyrighted. 1913, ty Aaaoclatel Literary Bureau.
"Our fellow townsman, the wen t
known aeronaut" was the manner in
which the Finchvllle Banner always
referred to Hcmenway Biddle. Mr.
Biddle was the editor of the Banner.
and in the great shed back of the
printing office was anchored his big
On clear days after the paper had
gone to press Mr. Biddle might be seen
tinkering away at his balloon or else
in the actof soaring over the heads of
his neighbors in the car attached to
the gas inflated craft
Hem Biddle himself soared skyward
because be liked the strange sensation
of banging between earth and heaven
with the ever present element of dan
ger attached thereto. As a counter
irritant to editing a country weekly
newspaper he believed there was noth
ing like it excepting always Amabel
At this particular moment the Ban
ner had gone to press and was in the
bands of its eager readers. Hem Bid
dle was scaling the airy heights, and
Amabel Paine was swinging' in a ham
mock under the apple tree in ber front
Amabel's eyes, blue as the sky above.
were fixed dreamily on the green can
opy of leaves overhead. There was
one spot where she could see the sky.
Suddenly across this bit of sky there
raced a black blot
"Oh, bother!" pouted Amabel, all nt
once remembering that she was en
gaged to Hem Biddle. It was rather
disconcerting to recollect it. for at that
very moment she had been dreamily
I reliving a few delicious hours spent in
the company of Peter Lamb the pre
The gate creaked inward, and Peter
Lamb's massive form plodded sturdily
down the shell path to the apple tree.
Amabel watched blm, delighting in the
glint of sunshine onhis blond bead
and the answering glonni in his brown
eyes when they met hers. She blushed
and her eyes hid themselves under
drooping lids as she sat up in the
hammock and allowed her little band
to rest an instant in his big one.
"I accepted your invitation to call,"
he laughed rather awkwardly as he sat
down in a big rustic chair and tossed
his hat to the grass. "You can see
that I haven't waited."
Amabel's mouth curved deliciously.
"I am glad," 6he murmured, soothing
the seam of ber white duck skirt
"I'm that sort When I want to do a
thing I can't wait," ki Trent on ear
nestly. "I don't bc!!cvo I understand
the pleasures of anticipstloa. I know
what I want when I sea it and then
I want it right away."
"Yes?" Amabel smoothed another
"I'm going to shock you, Miss Paine,"
went on this startling young man In
a determined tone. - '
"Please don't," she murmured.
"It sounds foolish on such short ac
quaintance, but you know I used to
live in Finchville, and we played to
gether when we were children. Why,
we went to school together! The won
der of it all is that I should come back
aguiu and meet you at the schoolhouse
dance last night and not remember
your name. I suppose I used to call
you Amy," be cn(Ld daringly.
Amabel said nothing, and Mr. Lamb,
taking a fresh grip on his courage,
leaned forward .eagerly. Ills hand
some face was quite crimson with em
barrassment, but his brown eyes were
pools of flaming determination.
"Don't laugh, please, but I love you,
Amabel. I want to marry you," he
The girl's eyes flashed up with a
startled question in their blue depths.
It was as if she were questioning his
sincerity. His eyes answered her.
"I can't," she whispered sadly.
"Why not?." His voice was tense.
A shadow passed between them and
"That" She pointed upward.
"Why, what do you mean? It'a a
balloon, isn't it?" be askeM In a star
She nodded. "There's a man In it"
His Jaw tightened. "Ah! It's the
man, I suppose?"
"I am engaged to Mr. Biddle," she
said with dignity.
"Biddle! Hem Biddle ot the Ban
He got upon his feet, ar-d his white
Hps curved in a wry smile. "Just my
luck to get here too late. I hope you
will be very happy. Miss Paine. Is
it to be very 60on?"-
Amatel reddened from trow to chin,
but she held her bead haughtily. "It
it is indefinite," she stammered.
"Thank you for your good wishes."
He was holding her band tightly and
looking quite unconscious of that fact
Something small and dark hurtled
down through the branches and fell at
"What's that?" he gnsped.
"It's mine!" cried Amabel sharply.
"Mr. Biddle often arouses himself hy
dropping messages down to me from
the balloon as be circles above. His
poetry is very good."
Peter Lamb rend the lines distinctly,
and ft is to bu credit tbat ne axa not
smile, for the provocation was great:
"Sailing high In heaven's blue.
Dearest, now I think of you.
Are you thinking now of r
Swinging 'neath the apple tree?
She stood there looking half wist
fully, half defiantly, at Peter Lamb
when tbere sounded steps on the foot
path beyond the thick screen of lilacs
that hedged the fence.
"Hem Blddle's sailing around. What
do you make of it Anna?" The wom
an's sharp voice was eagerly curious.
Another voice beyond the hedge an
swered. "Pretty doings, I say, to go
ballooning the afternoon he's going to
get married V
"There ain't many girl would wait
any longer for Hem Biddle. He's been
going with Amabel six years, and any
one can see mat me enna is ureu iu
death of him and bis freakish ways.
But she's got grit, and she'll stick by
"Is what they said true?" he demand
' "Why do you stand it?" be blurted
'I was quite fond of him, and I prom
ised, you know, and he U always so
sorry. I was wandering if we could
signal to him now. Ah. here comes
mother!" She clasped her bands and
looked apprehensively at the little roly
poly gray haired woman hastening to
ward the apple tree.
"Amabel Paine!" cried the lady in a
shocked tone. "Here ou your wedding
afternoon entertaiuing company! Oh.
how de do! Peter Lamb, did you say?
Little Peter Lamb, bless your heart!
The last time I saw you you were ia
knee pants aud calico blouses. You'll
excuse Amabel, won't you? She's go
ing to be married at 0:30, and it'a after
S now. Come. Amabel."
She tucked her hand under the girl's
arm and smiled, but It was plain that
she was shocked nt the uncouventional
behavior of the bride to be. "Have
'you seen Hem?"' she asked quickly.
Amabel pointed upward where the bal
loon circled lazily against the blue sky.
Mrs. Palne's eyes narrowed, and her
face flushed. "Amabel!" she cried,
with tears in her eyes. "If be forgets
again I shall die of mortification. I
can't stand it"
Amabel's lips trembled in a smile
that was neat to tears.
Peter Lamb suddenly brought one
fist into the palm of his open band.
"Mrs. Paine, i Hem Biddle isn't on
hand at C:30 the wedding can go on Just
the same if you will listen to reason."
"What do y0 mean?" demanded tbo
Peter Lamb explained volubly, and
Amabel added timid worOe of consent.
"If Hem isn't here at 0:30," said
Mrs. Paine, "Peter, you can take his.
place. Come, Amabel!" And' she bore
the blushing bride away down the
path to the house.
It was deliciously cool and pleasant
up there in the evening sky. Delicate
tints of primrose and pale rose flecked
the blue and silver sunset sky. Hem
Biddle, sunburned and frowsy with
disheveled hair, leaned against the side
of the car and dreamily scanned the
greeu earth below.
Most of the afternoon had been spent
in- hovering over the vicinity of the
Pafne place, where a certain white
speck In the garden represented Ama
bel. An uneasiness had prevailed in
his mind the Inst hour. There was
some task unfulfilled, some promise be
bad not kept Whnt was It? He
gazed drenmily at the sunset and com
posed another poem.
The balloon drifted a little lower' ia '
the unstirred air. There ciime the tin
kling sound of church bells from be
low. It was Wednesday evening, ne
glanced at the little cnlendnr in the
cover of bis notebook as he closed It
and his Cyes bulged with horror. ! .
It was Wednesday, the 17th, and he
was to be married this evening to
For the third time be hnd forgotten
it Twice Amabel had forgiven blm.
He looked at bis watch. It was half
past C, the hour for the ceremony.'
He leaned over the car in an agony of
fear. There was much activity about
the Paine place. Little groups of peo
ple dotted the lawn, some in white.'
Those were women, and the dark ones
were men. He guessed they were gaz
ing up at him, waiting for him. Poor
.Amabel! . He snntcned at the rope
that released the gas, and the balloon
dropped cert h ward. Again he looked
over, and now he saw that the people
bad streamed into the house. There
was a carriage before the gate!
At exactly 7 o'clock the balloon land
ed in the middle of Ebenezer Palne's
cornfield and destroyed about 100
stalks of prized corn.
Within the house Mr. and Mrs. Peter
Lamb were receiving congratulations
and answering the questions of dazed
wedding guests. Mrs. Paine , was ex
plaining matters to" Hem Blddle's in
dignant relutives and friends.
Ebenezer Paine, stiffly garbed In his
Sunday clothes, ' creaked across the
lawn, through the orchard and into the
cornfield. He frowned at the broken
corn, and a quizzical look came into
bis eyes when he saw Hem Biddle
crawling out from the folds of silk
that enveloped the basket of the bal
loon. Hem was disgracefully untidy.
"Better late than never," he said
Ebenezer Paine smiled grimly.
"You've said that three times. Hem.
nnd I reckon the proverb's 'worn out
This time 'it's better never come at all
than be late.' "
"But Amabel." murmured the crest
fallen aeronaut wiping his, grimy
hnnds on his coat
"Amabel." remarked the bride's fa
ther thoughtfully "why. Amabel wait
ed till 0:35, and then she married an
old sweetheart who was interested
enough to be tbere on time."
Aug. 19 in American
177-Britrjn post nt l'aulus Hoo!c
, (now Jersey Cityf, X. J.. surprised
and ca jtured by colonials.
ISOO-Jam , Lenox, philanthropist.
founde.r cf the Lenox library. in
New Yor city, born: died
1S87 Alvan Clark, celebrated maker
of telescopes, died: born 1S0&
A Love Tap.
Miss ned'cnd-Do you think he wCl
love me wb-.-n 1 am old? Miss Pallsado
There's one consolation. You will
soon know. Puck-