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THE NORTH PLATTE SEMI-WEEKLY TRIBUNE.
,Jr V MRS. THOMAS A. EDISON Slxty-slx years old, ho Is still only a big, eager, curious boy reaching out his liands to play with the lire from heaven, still lingering ovor tho marvelous toys that ho has plucked for hlmBelf from the sky. And that la what tho round of llfo means to Mrs. Thomas A Edison looking after Prometheus. She is tho ono "boss" that tho wizard obeys WANTS GOOD ROADS FOR FARMERS So much headway has been made by tho good roads movement that the main question now seems to bo mere ly whether the federal government shall help provide "business roads" or "touring roads." It Is evident from a speech delivered by Congressman Dor ecy W Shackleford or Missouri, chair man of the house committee on public roads, at tho third annual American Road congress at Detroit, that con gress and the Wilson administration aro disposed to consider first the in terests of the farmers, who need good wagon roads to bring them closer to tho market The "interstate-boulevard" idea is largely supported by tho automobile people, whose campaigning for good roads has given the general move ment much of Its impetus. Tho so called "touring class" which, of course, includes automobile manufac turers and agents as well as owners argue that the farmers would re- coivo as many benefits from big Interstate highways as" anybody else, because thoso living along the main highways would use them, tho value of their lands would be enhanced, and communities would bo encouraged to build better local thoroughfares. There are several elaborate Interstate schemes on foot. One of them is the Lincoln Memorial highway, an occan-to-ocean road. Another Is a great system of national roads extending to all parts of the country. This plan Is advocated by the National Highways association. THRONE GOAL OF 4 though Grand Duchess Olga was nearer his own age . That tho announcement of tho betrothal of Grand Duchess Tatiana may bo mado at Easter is keeping court gossips of many lands busy. HIS SERMON AROUSES INTEREST At the church congress tho other day the bishop of London preached a sermon which has aroused very ex traordinary interest. In the courso of thlB, ho said: "I would ask you to turn your eyes from this world to another; to look up from tho heat and strugglo of the stadium to thoso tiers after tiers of spectators who look down upon tho conflict which they once knew so well. Thero they aro in tholr million and tens of mil lion. During my visit to Russia, when I had a long conversation through an Interpreter with the authorities of tho Russian church, nothing seemed to strike thorn more forcibly than tho little connection which wo Beemed in our church to have with that multi tudc. They ended by saying: 'Sure ly, bishop, yours is a very unloving doctrine: we lovo our dear ones in the other world; they aro close to us; our boys speak to their mothers in paradise ns If thoy wero In tho samo room. Wo aro not Roman Catholics any more than you, and repudlato tho claim of the pope to Jurisdiction ovor us as you do, but wo should miss sorely our belief In tho prayers and intercessions for which wo aro allowou to nsk from the great cloud of witnesses.' " Later; tho bishop, acknowledging diffi culties which ho said must be faced and overcome if wo are to assent to the revival of nny form of direct invocation of saints In our public services, said: "It would 'strengthen the wavering lino" more than wo know If we thought moro of thoso noble sculs who still think of us, still pray for us. nnd still lovo ub. I would plead, then, for a revival In tho church of a belief in the great doctrine of the communion of saints." Tho sermon is regarded by some as "revolutionary." Thomns A. Edison, Is sixty-six. It ho wero to die now It would bo diffi cult to ofitimato the loss to humnnlty. Ho has glvon It tho lightning's Hash for Its tool. He has taken tho very soul of harmony and Imprisoned it for Ub toy. Every1 day, every night ho works In hlB laboratory out in those qulot, encircling hills, literally tho wizard of tho new world. Think, Just for an Instant, what tho conservation of health and energy means to such a man, Loss of time or strength to him Is loss to civilization. Disturb him, worry him, divert his mind and you may scatter a swarm of thoughts that arc forming into one big idea, ono great working principle that will make life safer and happier for your chil dren. It takes constant vigilance, unfail ing patience, porfect love when you have a great, white-haired boy Promo thcus on your hands to look after. ' - V$ WN RUSSIAN PRINCESS? Is the prince of Wales, heir to tho throne of tho British omplre, the goal at which Grand Duchess Tatiana, the sixteen-year-old daughter of tho Rus sian Czar, is aiming in the rnco for a husband, in which sho is said to bo competing with her sister, Grand Duchess Olga, two years her senior? The young people aro second cous ins, but arq-sald to bo much fascinat ed with each other and to bo alto gether willing that a speedy announce ment of their betrothal bo made. King George and Queen Mary of Eng land have announced they will visit Russia at Easter time, and it is ex pected that official cognizance may bo given the love match at that timo. Tho young prince of Wales saw much of Grand Duchess Tatiana, who' Is said to be ono of the most beauti ful children of royal parents In Eu rope, when sho and her sister accom panied their mother to England on a visit. He had eyes only for Tatiana, NO ARBITRARY POINT IS SET FORJVAIST LINE IT Isn't often such a substantial and necessary adjunct of fcmlnlno ap parel as tho waist line Is nllowpd tho restless perambulations this season has permitted; and it seems no nenr or becoming a settled and stationary affair than it did threo months ago. Indeed, its restlessness nppcars to bo dally Increasing, Candidly thero la absolutely no stat ing whoro the most fashionable waist lino Is. Sometimes it rlseB high up under tho bust at empire height, whllo again it is discovered dipping low down, fully threo and oven four Inches below its normal position. In fact, in some instances thero is no waist lino to bo discovered at all, except perhaps a faint suggestion nt tho sides whero tho surpllco draping of tho bodlco might bo guessed to follow tho sup posed lino of tho conventional wnlst. This shifting panoramn of waist po sitions is n most comfortnblo laxness for women In general. For tho wom an who Is long bodied tho high wnlst lino is a welcomo subtorfuge, whllo, on tho other hand, tho woman who is long from tho waist down can wear tho dropped lino at tho belt most be comingly. Ono extremo oxamplo of tho waist lino vagaries was illustrated rather sensationally in a suit Bhown not long ago, when the belt line both roso and fell in alternating fashion. Tho suit was of pale blue serge with an extrav agantly bepuffed tunic of sea bluo satin. Beaded pendants falling from the shore Jacket wero tho only trim ming. High in the front, tho Jacket closed and tho tunic rose, both dip ping together at ouch side nnd then rearing high again at tho back. The effect was decidedly bizarre and not to bo called handsome by any stretch of the Imagination. Plain Handsome Matched Set &?$? - vat V IT would be hard to Improve upon tlijs plain and handsome matched set, including turban and muff of bro cade, trimmed with fur, which is pic tured hero. There aro any number of fabrics suitablo for such sets satin with raised velvet figures, crepo woven In tho samo way, velvet plain and In tho various brocades, crepo with satin figures, poplins, tursalls, mattalesce, etc. Th'eso sets (matching or harmoniz ing in color with tho suits having a small coat and waistcoat) servo to mako up a qulto pretentious cos tume. Muffs aro large, as a rulo, al though thero aro exceptions, to this. They aro flat and soft. Fabrics elabo rate in themselves aro best made up In plain designs llko that wjilch Is set forth In the muff shown In tho pic ture and in the turban as well as the muff. Many of the muffs mado of fabrics trimmed with fur are not made over a regular muff bed. Between tho out side fabric and the lining of silk or satin, an interlining of wool batting provides warmth without too much bulk, so that muffs will bo soft and sllmpsy," as is the ordor of tho day in fashions. This universal sllmpslness Is rath er attractive, after all. Worn by youth ful and vigorous persons It fallB in 09 cases out of 100 to bo convincing. For It Is supposed to convey tho Idea of a fashionable lassitude and disposi tion to repose "that tired feeling," In fact, translated into a style. Now, if there Is ono thing moro than another which tho American woman does not possess It Is tho before mentioned tired feeling. Her restlessness Is soft ened by tho easy-going clothes of to day. Let us hopo that If they do not flffltll9tmSm!2El Wm In. IwB m M In KH m m iHMrJlfjff IrWM ' VflKflClAHSdEjV III'' iP Model Df Black and White Striped Taffeta With Satin Belt and Full Trim mlng. reflect her, sho will reflect them to a certain degree, in a needed quiet of manner, Tho very ample muff wo wero talk ing about bespeaks comfort. A wido border of fox fur trims it at tho sidos, and there is no other ornamentation, for which sensible development tho designer deserves a voto of thanks from nor fcmlnlno friends. It is tacked together at tho side, leaving an opening for tho hands. Thero is a ''shirred-on" pocket on tho lining, which will accommodate a handkerchief or two, a small purso or a vanity case. Ono pocket is a con venience, but several are a delusion. Things always get In tho wrong pock et, and can never bo found quickly. Tho turban consists of a band about tho head, which supports a small dome-shaped frame of buckram, like a rather high skull cap. Tho top of this Ib covered with a small piece of tho brocaded velvet. There Is a wide, bioB puff about the brim and crown, With its fullness disposed in plaits laid wherever necessary to get tho proper adjustment. Tho puff managed In this way falls to the right Bide. A graduated band of fur, wider nt tho left than at tho right side, begins at tho front, whero its narrow end is fas tenod under the plaits in tho fabric. It is brought around tho turban and ter minates under tho pair of short, full ostrich half plumes which are used for trimming. This turban and muff will prove a safo cholco for almost any wearer, so far as becomlngness Is concerned. Thoy are equally well adapted to fab rics for day or evening wear. Better than all, In them is solid comfort as well aB stylo nnd real beauty. JULIA BOTTOMLEY, 000000000X0 THEIR HERMIT HOST By MARY D. ARNOTT. Tho llttlo schoolma'am, her fncu framt-d In hor two hands, her elbows on her desk, looked thoughtfully through tho open window Into tho autumn woods. It was Into aftornoon and tho country school room was do sorted yet Miss Leddon romalncd at h;r desk. It had boon hor custom during hor flvo yoars of sorvlco In tho school to glvo her pupils n Hallowe'en pnrty In tho llttlo school houso. Now, aB tho timo for colobratlng tho day drow near, sho found hor finances In such a iloplorably low state that sho could not sparo Mifficlont money to buy tho pumpkins, tho doughnuts nnd nuts nnd marshmallows that had alwayB nddod so much to tho festivities. Sho know that tho children looked forward to tho party and 'sho was doeply disap pointed when sho roallzod that sho could not glvo It to them. As sho sat at hor dealt sho tried to dispel tho thought of how tho doctor bills for hor mother's Illness during tho .sum mer had eaten Into hor savings nnd wore oven now draining hor purse. Sho tried to schomo somo manner of slvlng tho party without funds. Tho schoolhouso was situated on tho edgo of n wood and adjoining tho wood on tho hillside thero was n small farm. Miss Leddon romombcrcd hav ing soon somo ripening pumpklnB ly ing on tho vines not far from tho en trnnco to tho farm. Sho wondorod who llvod In tho tiny fnrmhouso nt tho top of tho hill. Sho wondered, too, as sho sat thero dejectedly, why tho person who did live thero did not re celvo tho montal messnges sho kept sending across tho woods longing to havo thoBo pumpkins offoncd to hor for the Hallo woo'n party. At last 6ho got up, put away her fow books and pencllB, closed and locked Iho windows nnd stepped out Into tho crisp air. Sho would stop such lnof fectlvo molhods and go and ask for somo of Iho pumpkins. It was not for horsclf that aho wanted thom; it was for nil tho children of tho countryside "Vhaps somo of thom lived In that very farm houso though Cora Leddon hoped not It was such a tiny houso that It would scarcely oncloso a fam ily of children. Sho tramped along tho path through tho woods kicking tho autumn- lonvos beneath hor feot nnd gaining courngo for hor mission with each Btep. When she reached tho gato loading up the hill to tho house sho opened it with Bomo of her old-tlmo confidence nnd begai( tho ascent. On ono sldo sho saw tho goldon pumpkins peeping out here nnd thero from among tho with orlng vines nnd fallen cornstalks; on tho other sldo of tho road great feath ery asparagus forn swayed In tho son tie fall breeze. Tho fnrmor must havo mndo a spclalty of corn nnd aspara gus, tho llttlo schoolma'am decided a spring specialty and an autumn pro duct. As sho reached the small plateau on which stood tho dlmlnutlvo stone farm houBe a grizzled man camo out to greet her, "Greotlngs," said tho stranger, pleas antly. 111b volco, tho girl thought, was far moro attractlvo than his nppear ance. "How do you do," Bho ropllcd, smil ing. "I havo como to bog of you," sho said "Sit down nnd get your breath," tho bearded man said, offering hor a rus tle chair near tho door. Miss Leddon sat down and explained her plan and thon naked him for tho pumpkins. Ab sho tnlked to him sho observed his oyes; thoy wero as bluo as tho sky overhead and scorned tho bluer for tho mass of snndy whiskers ho permitted to grow nil over his lower fnco and tho heavy shock of snn dy hair on his head. 111b clothes wero of a dull tan corduroy and his skin was tanned to nlmost tho snmo shade thus loavlng tho intense bluo of h'.a oyes tho only spot of color In his entlro makeup. "Suppose I say I can not let you take them," tho man remarked with almost a twinkle in his oycB. "Sup pose I toll you of a scheme that pro-, sents Itself to me oven as you unfold' yours to me?" Cora Leddon's fnco fell. "Of course It you refuse " "I haven't refused," ho hastened to toll her. "I merely suggest another plan. Muy I?" ho askod, looking down at hor. "Certainly," acquiesced Cora with out enthusiasm. "Let mo gather tho pumpkins for your party nnd glvo you and your pu pils tho use of my llttlo stone farm houso for tho occasion. It would bo much moro like tho real old-fashioned spooky Hnllowo'en parties I remember a8 a child. Leave It all to mo only come and bring your school. Will you MIbh Leddon?" "That roally seems llko asking too much of you," sho demurred. Ho raised a protesting hand. "Not at all. I'vo llvod a hermlt'B llfo here for two years and It will bo a delight to mo to havo you. All I ask Is your promlso to come." "Very well I promise," salo the llt tlo Bchoolma'nm, rising to go. On tho walk home to tho farm "whero sho boarded Cora Leddon's thoughts wero full of tho personality of tho man In tho stono houso. Ho seemed so unkempt, so grizzled, so unconventional and yet IUb volco and his kind bluo eyes mado hor think ho hud not always been so. When school opened Monday morning sho told tho pupils of tho Hnllowo'en party sho wab giving them and uoked thom to dress In sheets and pillow cases and to meet her nt tho school houso on tho following Friday evening nt 7 o'clock. Sho told them sho had a surprise In Btoro for thom, Tho wcok paused quickly nnd tho thought of tho approaching gayety spurred the boys and girls on to good work and obodlanco. Hnllowo'en was a crisp, cool oven ing and tho twonty-odd pupils of tho llttlo country school nssembled promptly nt 7 o'clock. Tho 10801101-, blmllnrly clnd but wearing a great witch cap on her head to distinguish hor from tho children, counted hor Hock nnd helped thom to sccuro their, garb boforo tho tramp through tho wood. They urrivod at tho farm to boo a perfect fairyland of lights nnd Inn terns. Tho trcos about tho old stono houso wero hung with gay lantorna and festoons of gny trimmings woro everywhere, A table groaned with goodthlngs to eat from minco nnd pumpkin plo which Miss Leddon know only a man would havo providod for children to nuts nnd raisins. As ench child passed tho gato ho was presented with n tiny swinging lnntorn and the evening was merrily spent nround thp bonfires toasting marsh mallows, singing and popping chest nuts. Tho strnngo part of it all was thq absence of tho host and ns tho even ing woro on and Miss Leddon mnda merry with tho chlldron sho began to wondor why ho did not appear. Whon tho bonfires woro burning low nnd tho spirits of tho young folks began to show ovldences of tho hour, a young man In evening clothes ap peared In tho doorwny of tho tiny houso. Miss Lcddou loojeed up at hla faco as it was Illumined by tho finmo from n pumpkin lantern. It was tho grlzzlod hermit of tho farm none oth er. Sho wont quickly toward hl and ho hold out his hand. "I hopo you havo nil enjoyed your- solves," ho said, smiling at tho expres sion In her oyes. "Indeed wo hnvo," Cora managed to Bay "But why hnvo you nbsonted yourself? I was not suro you woro not ono of us draped in a shoot and pillow caso, too until wo took off ' tho whlto headgear nnd revealed our selves." Tho man lnughed. "No I'vo been Insldo watching you all. I'vo been sitting quietly in my dim llttlo window thoro reajlzlng what I havo missed In llfo realizing what a fool rhavo trlod to mako of myself. Half an hour ago I wont to my meagor toilet tablo and tho result 1b what creates that ex pression In your faco this minute. Ib It not, Miss Leddon?" Cora nodded. "It suroly Is," sho laughed. "I know you but It was only becnuso I know your oycB and your volco, when you spoko." Tho man looked pleased. "I Bhnll bo a hormlt no longer. Tho world Is still good in splto of tho flckloness of a young girl In whom I onco centered my entlro youthful llfo," ho lnughed. Corn laughed with him. "It's usual ly n girl when a man does silly things, Isn't it?" sho nsked, naively. Ho nodded. "Also It is usually a girl a woman who makes him do thp better things, is It not?" ho ques tioned. Cora Interpreted tho veiled compll mont and turned townrd hor young charges. "Como nnd meet thom nil my chlldron and thon lot us bid you good night," sho said, a'blush covering hor with confusion. "I'll walk down tho hill with you and learn whore you llvo If I may?" "You may," said Corn. "And porhapa you'll help mo not to bo a hormlt any more." "Perhaps I will," tho girl said as ho followod hor to tho group of tired children by tho flickering bonfire. (Copyright, 1013, by tlio McCluro Nonn paper Syndicate.) FOUND A CONGENIAL ZONE Woman's Explanation as to Why Shs Liked That Particular Neighborhood. Tho flatB In that neighborhood woro , too 8tnnl!Nand tho prices too high, yot tho man's wlfo said thoy would take ono. "Tho neighborhood," she added, "Is becoming to mo." "Absurd." sald her husband, "I novor hoard of such a thing." "Maybo not, but you will hear a lot about It boforo very long," said she. "Every ono of us, men and womon alike, shows off to bettor advantage In certain parts of town. Peoplo nro Just beginning to find that out, and as soon as thoy discover tholr congenial zono thoy will naturally settle down thero. "The reaaon for their changed ap pearance is purely psychological. Take you, for oxamplo. Owing to your peculiar temperament you ought never to venture putsldo tho financial district. You aro'twlco ns good look ing south of Fourteenth street as you aro north of It. Soma peoplo look tholr bost In tho shopping district, others In tho hotel and theater strooto, while others como out strongest In a quiet, residential neighborhood. I hnvo found that thlB very block brings out my good points, so horo wo stop." "But It Ib north of Fourteenth street," tho man protested. "How about mo?" "You?" sho returned. "Oh, It doesn't matter ubout you." Now York Times. A Liberal Man. It was tho bride's first request for money. "I must havo Bomo pin money," Bho said. "Certainly," said tho groom. "Hero is a quarter. That ought to buy Uvo or Blx papers of plus." t