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""The World is Governed Too Much."
ai oe kind of man has accomplished
lln O o ilthout a sole thank;
his intentions were misunderstood,
.maa to iyo known as a crank. a
e-h bhis ark in the days of old reared,
e around him were frank H
0 ,b.ba flod was something unheard,
uio ,ggh u, the commodore crank.
--rlthe tide rose o'er the mountain tops d
i.fteVO in the sea's bosom dank,
" Jomshl of the truth they once did deride,
',jbered the words of a crank.
* abas first told to the Castilian court
of0 nt rich, verdant and rank,
SI ghsedhim to scorn, and made himthelr 0
" sbtless some called him a crank.
a. sanw world he discovered full soon,
" pas ant their ralllrics sank; 0
l3truag up is his harp to fit a new tune,
-dpraised the wise thought of the crank. C
W'liitonhis steamboat was building, 'tis p
~"ixstlgbt it a lunatic's prank,
Sdned his at home in a house for the mad, I
rfT yo u know, laugh at a crank.
ylc the invention, completed at last, e
redmid machinery's clank, t
agpeed their eyes as she swiftly steamed
 eg.Of them called him a crank.
wimapserbis mission attempted to show,
` gssledu him a fool mountebank;
l etIy are lorced to acknowledge weowe t
.:~pas praise to the crank. a
i eois are all twisted and tangled one
g' -,Wtsrands in a thread knitter's hank;
itl We righted and straightened some a
day, .,
~"i..l eal the praise to the crank.
S5foteigahand-organ that grinds but one
Syleýtsaed by an Italian lank,
iamd everi dwells on one thing; only one,
L e~saderful mind of the crank.
.-cltlimotion oft claims his thought,
.lh Lto otbers'tis almost a blank;
I b w$-ished-for invention should ever be
_ rWkr; it will be by a crank.
.ist you eanbot with assurance your gold,
hjIhgbon your winning can 1ssk,
~hl itles, though home!as, though
boueless and dold,
" sarteat of men is the crank.
-Yankee Blade.
DIeastroun Experience of a Green
ior on a Florida Homestead.
W HAD been a
clerk in a city
store ever since
1 was old
enough to work,
and I was green.
There is no
doubt about
that in my mind
now, though I
spurned the
thought then.
I had sold the
stony little
farm on the
bleak Vermont
hillside, which
rha mine to me after my father had
Wcrried himself into his grave trying to
 rich on it, and had landed In Florida
flof guide-book opinions of the balmy
Pate, the fertile soil, the clamoring
et for sub'tropical fruits, and the
with which they could be raised in
Itat'land of the cypress and myrtle."
I took up a homestead on the long,
w strip of land that divides the
Jlstle ocean from the Indian river. I
aotgo to see It before 'entering' for
itthe land office, because I knew that
*beunnecessary. The guide-book said
at.ip was wonderfully fertile, salu
o~acsnsd easy of access. I found a
m]any homesteads on it not yet oc
l and I wondered a little that a
er rush of settlers had not been
t e for it. However, I set this down
ttown good luck in being so early
Ihe field, and figured on selling off
-. 4glt of the homestead in a year or
tiooay for a fine house on what I re
dihd for my own use.
"I :reached the spot by sail-boat from
tIltuille, at the head of the river, and
Ssdelighted to find that I had neigh
slf8 sot far away to the north, and also
 tte mouth. They were 'crackers.'
8 tt qihe name which one native
itha6 applies to other native Florid
ltl~em he does not like. They had
es, to be sure, but they did
to be growing rich on their
Th I attributed to their shift.
WS 4 of agriculture. Instead of
ibeirland of the big pine trees
it, they merely girdled
Ad left them standing, dead
,&onstant menace to passers
the young orange trees which
t among their roots, as well
on the landscape.
ned to cut my trees down,
ol- New England fashion,
thoroughly, and raise
- between the rows of orange
hwere old enough to bear
l ek First I set to work
e, and then came my
5 With palmetto roots. If
thing more exasperating
tost out of the ground,
root, A palmetto as
t, with a stem as thick
rill have a root as big
leg and as long as the
under the surface of the ground, send
ing down a fringe of tough feelers into
the subsoil, that holds it like the suck- II
ers of an octopus.
"But the most exasperating thing
about it is that when you have dug a
down and got a fair hold on the thing, ti
with your hands, it it's a little one; o
with your hoe (a big, strong, heavy af- b
fair, made for the purpose), if it'sa mid- a
dle-sized one; and with achain attached s
to a mule, if it's a big one; the pesky a
thing breaks off in joints about a foot or r
two long, at the first good pull; and you I
have to hitch on all over again. t
"Well, by the time I had two acres q
of palmetto roots pulled out and a wil- a
derness of big trees down on top of c
them, my back was almost broken, my a
ready money all gone, and no prospect 1
of a crop in sight. I had come down in c
the early fall and now it was about a
Christmas. The season had been a t
pretty dry one and the logs looked so 1
full of sap that I thought they would
burn, though too green to burn fast. So, I
I set them on fire.
"That was the most disastrous fire I r
ever lit. I forgot that the sap of these (
trees was mostly resin. The way the I
flames crept along through that mass of 1
underbrush and leaped up every resinous 1
pine tree it met was terrific. I fought
it as long as I could move a limb and
then dropped, exhausted and despairing, c
and watched it roar off through the I
woods like an evil spirit that I had I
raised and was powerless to control. It
was sundown when I gave up the fight, I
and I could do nothing more that night, .
Too wretched to eat, I drank freely 1
/ -
- ,
f from my little store of whisky and
9 threw myself on my couch.
"The liquor and the exhaustion made
me sleep far into the next day, and I
was awakened a little after noon by
° loud knocks at my door. Opening it I
was confronted by five or six big, rough
men, all armed with shotguns and
I with an ominous look on their faces.
e They strode into my cabin and shut
the door behind them.
S"'Stranger,' said the spokesman,
e gruffly: 'You have started a fire here
e in your darned Yankee ignorance of
ft armin', and all the good you've done is
h to burn the rawsun and the bark off a
d lot of green trees, and now ye've got a
0 lot of black logs on your hands that are
Sa derned sight meaner to handle than
y ever. But yer derned fire has spread
I into the groves of yer neighbors, where
e the dead trees were still a standin',
n and they have been turned to the
ground, as anybody but a natural-born
!+ tool might 'a'-knowed they would, and
e our orange trees is ruined with them.
I Such varmint as you isn't fit to live in
ir this country. Say yer prayers, mister,
t for we're going to plant you before we
d go back.'
' "I was terribly frightened, for I could
a see they were in dead earnest. My teeth
Sbegan to chatter, but a bright thought
a struck me. I had deposited some money
" in a bank at Jacksonville on my way
" down, and had a check-book with some
Y blank checks left in it. though the
money bad all been drawn out long ago.
r -'Gentlemen,' 1 said, 'I am clearing
Sthis place for a Northern syndicate, who
are going to make extensive plantations
a here, and I can pay you on the spot for
d your losses, caused by my ignorance of
SFlorida forests, and 1 assure you that
o such a thing will not happen again.
'With that I whipped out my check-book,
e took up a pencil and prepared to write
- with- as much show of confidenceas)
could muster under the circumstances.
"I had been pretty free with the five
or six hundred dollars I had brought
down with me, and so the story of the
Northern syndicate seemed to them to
be likely enough. The word syndicate,
any way, seems to bave an awe-inspir
ing power down thore. Theidea that a
syndicate might be penniless seems pre
posterous. But it was the bank checks
that overwhelmed them; checks on a
real National bank were something
they had heard of, but never handled
"You may be sure they swindled me
awfully in making up the estimates of
their losses, but I was not disposed to
be penurious, merely making enough
objections to allay possible suspicion.
So I drew a check for each man, big
enough to buy his whole farm live
times over, and they went away laugh.
ing to themselves at my gullibility.
"As soon as they were out of sight,
I packed into my boat all my outfit, set
id every stitch of sail and reached the
eir nearest town by the next night, sold my
ft. outfit for enough to buy a ticket North
of and did not breathe freely till I felt my
es self well beyond the reach of these
ed simple 'crackers,' whose groves I had
ad ignorantly ruined, and in whose hands
rs- I knew my life would not be worth an
ch hour's purchase when they discovered
ell how I had escaped their just indigna*
tion."-N. Y. Tribune.
on, -A good deal is heard of the injurioumi
ise nature of the "burned air" which is
ge given off from the furnace used in
ar heating our houses. It is impossible
rk to "burn" air, and there is po chemical
my change whatever caused in it by belnig
It heated in a furnace. If the furnace is
ag gas-tight, and does not heat the air to
ed, too high a temperature, it is a perfectly
as safe and healthful means of warming
ick buildings. The disadvantages of a fnr
big naee are due to other causes than from
the its ,burning the .tr.--Popular ionieano
His Good and Bad Qualities and His iRe,* I
gard for Religion.
The Russ can not fairly be termed a
merchant, but his good qualities show he
themselves in his uncomplaining way wI
of continuously toiling during very long an
hours, on the poorest of fare, and with bli
a minimum of sleep. All night long in
some occupations seem to be going on,
and go to bed as late as you will and loi
rise as early as you choose, your servant
is always at hand, willing and obliging hi
to the last. Hie is not bright or very hi
quick, but show him how to do a thing, sti
and let him once grasp the manner of do
operation, and he will produce work
evincing skill and cleanlthess of manip- ke
ulation. He is an excelentcarpenter and ca
cabinet-maker, and he would shudder an
at the badly-finished gaping joints of I3
the woodwork in our houses; indeed, if de
he were guilty of a tithe of the bad an
work which our carpenters continually ve
put into our houses, Russian dwellings eo
would be untenable in winter. He
makes a capital soldier, obeying his or- th
ders to the letter, without a thought
about himself, and frequently with a m;
love for his superior which would make a
him go through fire and water for him.
As a farmer or peasant he is frugal ex
cept when he inclines to rodki, toils un- II
ceasingly, and perhaps his only fault is
that he continues to do certain things cc
in a certain manner because his fathers
did the same for hundreds of years be- a
fore his time. His piety, in outward ob- st
servances at least, is extraordinary; not
even a Spaniard would have the slight- ti
est chance with him. There are about w
three hundred and fifty cathedrals,
churches, or chapels in Moscow, or, it ";
shrines are included, 'about eight hun- st
dred places of worship. A pious man b'
crosses himself three times when passing w
one of these. In every room of a house
or office there hangs a holy picture, bi
generally with a small lamp burning m
before it, and on entering the room the is
sign of the cross should be made. At
the Saviour's Gate in Moscow, opposite
St. Basilius' Church, every passer, with- a,
out exception of creed or nationality,
must go through bareheaded. A sacred a!
amulet is worn to preserve the wearer e(
from harm of all kinds. Every one has
his name or saint's day ir..the calendar, in
which is made of greater importance
than the natal day. -Yankee Blade.
A Pyramid with a Spiral Road-Way
From Base to Summit.
During the recent visit of Jesse R.
Grant and Charles J. Whimple to Sono- 1s
ra, Mex., on business, they were much o'
struck with the sight of a terraced v
mountain. It is located about fifty fi
miles southwest of Magdalena. The tl
mountain is circular in form, about 1(
three-quarters of a mile in diameter at ti
the base, and is terraced from base to
to peak. The height of the terrace is
from ten to twelve feet, and in many
places is built of solid masonry. At ¶
many other places it is cut out of the
solid rock. The roadway is from
fifteen to twenty feet in width, starting
at the base of the mountain and coiling
itself, spiral-like, to the peak of the T
mountain, which is not less than 1,200
feet higher than the base of the mount
ain. The cost of the construction and 0
cutting out of the solid rock of this g
terraced road must have been enormous,
and the remarkable feature of this a
wonder is the state of its preservation.
Here and there the masonry has yielded e
Sto the crumbling influences of time, but
these are exceptions. e
At the base of this terraced mountain
is a mighty rock, which has the appear
ance of having been hewn out of a solid e
i rock, and weighs one hundred tons or
more. It is placed at the mouth of
what appears to be the entrance to this
V terraced mountain. Here anotherquery
is suggested. Does this door to the
mountain open the way to mineral
treasure or to the shrine of ancient re-.
ligious devotees? Again, does the ter,
raced road which coils its way to the
I mountain load to the shrine of the an
• cient vestal virgin who kept eternal
i watch on the sacred fire which was
Snever suffered to die?
One thing is certain, there is a wide
Sfield for those near at home who wander
Sfar into Egypt and Persia to study the
Smysteries of the hidden past.-Tucson
o How a Gamin of Twelve Consoled a
Youngster of Six or Seven.
S It was in. Essex street the other day
s that a gamin of twelve found a young
- ster of six or seven years cryihg on the
a curbstone, and when he asked what was
Sthe matter the latter replied:
g "I-I lost a cent!"
d "Lost a cent, eht Well, that's bad.
Hev ye hunted all over?"
e "Y-yes."
f "I'd give ye a cent if I had one, but
o I'm broke. I hain't got no gum, fishb
* hooks, marbles or string, either."
The youngster began weeping afresh.
g "Say, I'll promise to take ye to the
e museum next year."
S The tears increased.
"'I'l come around here with an apple
t Louder howls.
e "Say, I've got it! If ye'll stop crying
[ I'll-I'll let ye lick me."
b "You are too big," sobbed the other.
y- "No, I hain't. I'm bigger'n you, but
e I hain't got no grit. Any boy kin lick
d me. Come now."
S "May I lick you?"
an!'Yes. Now, I'11 get down on my stom
d ach, and you jist pile onme and hammer
Still I holler."
He took position, the little one piled
on and pounded him about the shoul
n ders till he cried "enough!" And when
i they got up the small boy was radiant
n and excited, and exclaimed:
le "Didn't I make you holler, though!
al Now nI go home and lick my two sis
ig tersl"-N. Y. Sun.
Is ----------
to Too Heavily Leaded.
ty Prisoner-Yer Bonor, would you be
ng kind enough to discharge me. I want
v. to go off into the country.
m Judge-I am afraid to discharge you,
Lo Sullivan. You are tI0 bavtil loat,4-.
Tea Utingp :
~ · -i· -·
How the Fanny Man Made Hlmself Agre
able to the Shipper. in
The captain stood in front of the pilot- ";
house, telling the man at the wheel hi
what he ought to do from time to time, ca
and the funny man stood close by with
his overcoat buttoned up and his hands
in his pockets. vi
When the funny man had kept still
long enough, he spoke to the captain.
"Cap'n," said he, "wh'y do you tell
him to keep her to port, and then ask
him to keep her steady? She'd keep
steadier if she kept clear of the port,
don't you think?"
"Have to keep her to port so she'll
keep away from the bar," replied the
captain as he raised his glass and gazed
anxiously ahead.
OThe funny man shrugged his shoul-.
ders, walked away a few steps, returned g
and asked the captain if they kept the *
vessel's log down among her beam a
"No," said the captain, "we keep it in
the log cabin.
"I've often wondered," said the funny m
man, thoughtfully, "why the wheels of ja
a steamer don't work together." if
:'They do." tl
"Do they? I thought they took turns. p
Ilow'd you tear your coat, Cap'n?" b
"Caught it on one o' the points o' the
compass." a
Then the funny man walked around ['
a little while. By and by he stood d
still. p
"Cap'n," said he, "this boat is adver h
tised to run, but she only just keeps up b
with the walking beam. How's that?'
"Well, I dunno," replied the captain;
"she's got a mate running with her and h
she keeps up with him easy enough. I h
b'lieve this wind is hauling around so'- J
'The mate has the advantage of the "
boat in one respect, 1 suppose," re- y
marked the funny man; "he's amphib
ious, isn't he?" n
"Am what?" b
"Why, he can run on land just as fast I
as in the water." a
"So can the boat. I can run her .
ashore in a minute and a half if I want- r
ed to." -
"Your boat is very polite, Captain, I
must say that."
"How so?"
"I saw her bow when I came out on
the deck this morning." -
"0, yes, certainly-Hark a minutel"
"What is it?"
"Did you hear her yawl?" wI b
"No! What time is it, Cap'n?"
"Ten minutes past--by George, this
is the mate's watch. Mine ends at five e
o'clock," exclaimed the captain, and he t
went off to find the mate, while the t
funny man, muttering something about u
that chap being pretty fly for a skipper,
leaned over the rail and thought over
the hull businessa--Detroit Free Press. I
Told That They Had Done Their Share t
by Paying for the Feast.
The last issue of Russkaya Starina
brings an anecdote which characterizes i
the treatment accorded by the high
Russian nobility to the lower classes. t
In 1856, when the coronation of Emperor
Alexander II1. took place, the merchants
of Moscow applied for the permission to
give a banquet to their new monarch.
The permission was granted them, and
a banquet was prepared at the Exersir
hausifor 3,200 guests, to which the high
est nobility and military dignitaries
were invited. Among the invited guests,
of course, was the Governor-General of
Moscow, Count Zakrevsky. Arriving at
the hall he found at the door a number
of merchants ready to receive him, and
to offer him the honor of presiding at
the table. But as soon as he noticed
them he asked:
"What are you doing here?"
"We have come to meet our monarch,
1 your illustrious Excelency," answered
the oldest man on the committee.
"What?" said the Governor. "You
have paid for this banquet; that will do
Sfor you. Now be off with you."
The merchants disappeared. This ex
travagant sally of the Governor-General
was brought to the cognizance of the
Emperor the same day. He was much
Sdispleased with the deportment of the
official. He immediately ordered that
he merchants who had been so slighted
be invited to the dinner of the court
marshal the next day. On that occa
sion he banqueted together with them,
paid them compliments for the affair
they had given in his honor the previbous
day, and pronounced a toast wherein he
Sspoke in flattering terms of the patriot
ism and usefulness of the Moscow mer
NIpped in the Bud.
A woman who appeared to be an ex
cursionist was walking up and down
Woodward avenue yesterday with a
man's bat in one hand and a large calf
skin wallet in the other, and an officer
finally approached her and asked:
h "Madam, are you looking for any
"Oh, no," she replied, "I know right
Swhere he is."
"Are you in any trouble?"
"No, sir. Ilever allow any thing to
trouble me."
"But you-you--"
"It's just this way, sir. Me and my
I husband came in on the excursion.
After wp got here he began to frisk and
r cut up, and I proceeded to nip him in
the bud. He's over there on the City
Hall steps, bareheaded and without a
cent, while I hold the key of the posi
.tion."-Detroit Free Press.
Ler A Pertinent Question.
Harry (aged eight)-Do people hunt
Lions and tigers mamma?
Mother-Yes, dear.;
t Mother-Because they kill dear little
lambs and sheeP .. "
.b Harry-Then why -don't they hunti
i butoher.-The Jury.
DIfafreat Breeds,.
Portland Man-There is some .ine
be wool-growing country here In Oregonr.
'at We havye some of the best Aeeed sheiep
in the world.
,- New York a"-W avWe: the h lesi
. I:eeed lambs in  ir-old, t-,
-J ~ll F ~ i?', ~-`-~r
-Noverpay-"Have yma completed
my suit that I ordered?"' Finklestein-
";No, I haft not yet cut do clot', but I n
halt your pill already made out."--Chi
cago Post.
-"I hate himl-I hate him as I do
poison!" "Then why do you have him n,
visit you?" "Well, I'll tell you, but d
you must not betray me. My wife does c
my cooking, and I want to ruin his di- I
gestion."-Harper's Bazar.
-First Messenger Boy-"I say, .yer di
there, wat fur yer runnin' down the
street just now?" Second Messenger, k
Boy-"Ah, comrn-off. Some bloke guy sa
me a push an' started me a runnin' an' w
I wuz too lazy to stop. See?" at
-When a man has two cigar', a good .
*one and one intolerably bad, and he -
gives away the former-and smokes the ]
stoga himself, that man comes about as b,
near Christian perfection as it is pos-.
sible for a man to get.-Boston Tran
script. rD
-"I see by the newspaper," re' n
marked Mrs. Bunting, "that a petrified d
jaw two feet long has been found in Cal. I
ifornia." "Why, you never told me
that your ancestors came from that
part of the country," replied her hbus
-Lawyer (to Burglar)-"Don't takel
all I have. It's ruin." Burglar-"Well,.t
['II tell you what I'll do, pard. I won't
divvy now, but if I get-snagged by the
police I'll let you defend me and go you o
halves if you get me off. See?"-Pitts.'
burgh Dispatch.
-Mrs. Higgins-(to her star boarder)
-"Won't you try the chicken, Mr.
McJunkin?" McJunkin-(passing it to t
his neighbor)-"Thanks, .no: but the i
Judge here is the man. to do that." d
Mrs. Higgins-"Why?" McJunkin- h
"He's used to trying tough characters,
you know."-Inter Ocean. It
-No Responsibility.-"So you are a
married, Jack?" "I am, Jim." ,"I
hope you considered the matter well.
It is a serious matter assuming thd re
sponsibilities involved in marriage." a
"You're wrong, my friend. I have no
responsibility at all now. My wife's
the boss."-Boston Courier.
-"I'd like to ask you how you killed
this chicken," said the homeless young ii
man to his landlady. "Why, the girl
cut its head off, of course." "With a .
hatchet?" "To be sure; you seem unr
'accountably interestea." "No, but I "
would like to know where you buy your a
hatchets."-Washington Post.
-Softpate-"I don't-fawhpy the style 3
of sports in vogue just now,.'Thit k
they're wather dull, you know.. Just i
think of the good old days when they .
used to hunt the stag, and the boar, .
and all that sort of thing." Miss Sharpe
-"Hunt the bore? Ah,' yes What a
pity you did not live in those daysl"
--Uncle John-"It pains me, Charles, j
to hear you 'forever saying what great
things you are going to do next week,'
next month, or next year. Why don't
you try and do something now? There
is no time like the present." Cbarles-
"And it is for that reason, Uncle John,
that I mean to enjoy it all I can" '
--Whiffers--"Narrow escape Bliffers
had yesterday, wasn't it?" Miffers-
"I didn't hear of it." Whiffers-"Why,
that bore, De Gabble, button-holed him
on the street and began telling him all
about that first baby of his; but fortu- "I
nately just as he got started a runaway
horse dashed into them and Bliffers was
killed."-Good News.
-Anxious Mother-"I want an order
to send my daughter to an insane asy
lum for treatment. She is going to
marry a man thirty years older than
herself." Judge-"Why, madam, girl's
marry men every day, and are not con
sidered insane." Anxious Mother
"Yes, but the old man my daughter
wants to marry is poor."-N. Y. Weekly
Queer Chinese Siaterhoods.
There exists in the Caiiton province
of China different kihds of sisterhoods, I
such as "AllPnre'' sisterhood, "Never
to-be-married" sisterhoods, etc. Elach
sisterhood consists of about ten young
maidens, who have sworn vows toHeav
en never to get married, and they re
gard marriage as something horrid, be
lieving that their married lives would
be miserable and unholy. A sad case
lately happened. A band of young
maidens ended their existence in this
world by drowning in the Dragon river
because one of them was to be forced
Sby her parents to be married. She was
engaged in her childhood before she
joined this sisterhood. When the prep
arations for the marriage were complet
ed she reported the matter to the sister
hood and they all agreed to drown them
selves, which they did.--ChicagoHer
He Had Mastered His Melsterlehaft.
"Who was that gentleman I just saw
Syou talking with so earnestly?"
"Oh, that was the exiled Nihilist, Mr.
"Why, what a frightful cold yeou
"'Not at all; not at all I was merely
giving you the exact pronounciation of
J the gentleman's name. It's sneezy
enough when you have learned how."
J u d g e. ._.__ _-__ _
A Publio Benefactor.
d Black-What a distinguished-looking
. man that is, White.
S White-Yes; through his .diteot ini
Sstrumentality vast numbers of hid fel
.1 low beings have been raised to a hlgher
Black-You don't say! A prapher, I
a White-Oh, nol He rutnsthe elev~i at
in the Produce Exchange Tower.-M~in.
sey's Weekly..:
* --According to Italian journils, :tih
dome in St. Peter's Cathedral, ,in Rous
Sis cracking in a sbuewbat w ised:rimn
tner. A similar state of thintsas dia,
covered about Qne hundmed yearsag
and was remeded bny eniciengthe
B idome with a strong bmnd ofmt a h This
'. hand wans hested, and fit opatraetiou on
O c&ling was foand t baeis
I a~cua~i~~i~;fC·rt,~~L;
Ramlln (larlad's New Play-The Bltgle Rub
Tax Idea In the Drama. try
Berg-Aba! Vat say you now? Is It ted
nodt dime doo brotest? Our wages is re- a ri
luced. dwice already in four years-te Al
rendt haft been raist four dimes. How? Oh,
It is hell, is it nodt? Vat you do? to ti
Edwards-(without looking up)--I clou
don't know. M
Berg (darkly, looking at Alice)-I our
know .vat I do. I magke -brotest so I We
shall pe heardt. It' is nodt do be born our
wit. I gift in my name to-night.. (He out
starts toward the door.) o' aM
Alice (stopping him)-Don't do that. E
Keep away. from' those Aiiarchists, Mr.- now
Berg. They will hurt you. They don't have
belong here. Such meetings are wrong pay
in a free country--. A
Borg (turning)-Free? Free do :pay faty
rendt in. I fly from do tyrandts ofe.my deai
native landt, I reach a free landtl' ah! mac
I am only slave under ianodder name, "aud
dat is all. De mnardch of feudalism' is '
here even. I say there is no free blace we
left. Let dem -tago care, I shall fight,. and
I am a vol ad bay.. If.-I:. fall :now, ,I M
trag' someding. wit me. .(He starts to way
go.) The
Alice (stopping him) -Don't go with com
those men. You're not yourself to-nighit dre4
Stay with your mother. offe
Berg (moved by her words and hand E
on his arm)-For your sae,- vll stay. The
I am nodt'vell.: It is true, wea
Alice-(recoiling)-No, no; not for my mot
sake, but for yobr mother's sake. Gio
Berg-For you half ask:melstay,. (He and
turns to. the figure, at the. door.) You Wei
hear, I go nodt end. (Iigure' at the gro
door goes.) I. vish to dalk mit you-I' btis
haff- et c
(Alice, stands speaking in a low voice A
to Borg. At last ie nods.)" Ipromiso- I h
ant I viiligome againr soon?i (Exit.),' -hai
Alice (turning to her father)-Can't '`T
something be done-can'tyou strike? to
Edwards (spiritlessly)-No, we can't Alli
strike-at least, it wouldn't do any aid
good. spa
Alice-Why not? the
Edwards-What can men do strikin' get
with families as I have, needin' every inht
dollar they o'n earn? Rsnts due an'~ no tri
money t' pay it with. .I don't know con
which Way t'turn. - on
Mrs. E.-Don'tgive up, Jason. We'll brie
git along some way. We can move into gle
a cheaper tenement- . Ii
Edwards (indignantly)-I don't want I -1
y' - to do that, Jennie. :You're low (Ba
e.nough; I've been hopin' t' .move into a con
..better one. . she
Alice :-(reoltly)- I'll. give up my
course at the ..ctisrvatory and go to bee
teaching. I'i -do ly-" partk..-f , ,, ," al
Edwards·-It wouldn'Itsave un , in' girl,
for next year the rentsi wold bie-ie~
an' wages lower. Itain'tthepreienhthat hit
scares me, it's the future! I could pull '
through for a year or two if 'twant for he'
the turrible uncertainty of the future. I c
If I should be laid up f'r a month-I'm for
gettin' old an' liable t' be-I don' know !
what we'd all.do. John jest about makes I
a livin' for his family-he can't'help us. ,
Linnie must go t' school an' Alice: ought I
to go on with her music- eh.
Alice (firmly)-No, father, l'llgive up
the conservatory. Pll find something not
to do; I'll be a help. t
Linnie-So'll I. Sit
Edwards (putting his arms around mu
'them) -You're a help to me now, Allie;
nothin' cheered me more. all day long
than the thought o' your havin' a good
time with your musical friends.
(Alice has a thoughtful look on her
face. She is thinking of Reeves, and his.
question and her answer.) ly
Mrs. E. (with a sigh)-What's the da
world comin' to, Jason, when hard'work to
in' people can't make a decent livin'? ve
Edwards (in the same gloomy tone)-
I don't know,' Jennie. I tell ye I've "
done a pile o' -thinkin' lately. i've me
looked at the whole matter fore and aft, or
and they hain't no other way to it. It's tic
a plain case o' rents toin' up an' wages de
I going down, ' Tenmen men f'r every job- nu
me gettin' old. (A long pause. ,
Mrs. Edward (hesitatingly) -- We n
couldn't go back to Derry an' go to fsrtn- n
in' agin, could we? They say they's'H
deserted farms there that can beon
bought--" , ' ge
Edwards (bitterly)--Wi are they e. th
serted? B'cause people couldn't make a to
livin' off 'em. Can we do any. better? If in
I was a young man-if you was young *
and the girls didn't need sbchoolin', ti.
they'd-be jest one way out-the way.opt o
f'r so many b'fore us-I mean go West PU
an' get free land and start agin. -..
Alice (feeling her way)-Why don't P
you go West now? We'll go with you. IS
I'm lorry we're nOt boys, we'd boot more Ia
use. (With growing conviction.) Of 't
course that's the way out! . Why hidan it
we think of thatbeford, mother? Every-, a
body is happy and successful.that goes
west-it's the refuge for all like us.
Let's go thins very summerl-' Maybe 'I al
can find a place to teach music out there. ol
Edwards (rising and going to ilascoat)'
-Wai, :now -yout've said s' imuch, Allie, i
I'll own up I've been thinkin' a good -l
'eal of it f'r some time. I've jestabout I
wore these maps out lookin' at 'em. (lie b
spreads so.me railway maps out on t a
table;. d they all look at them. Re E
grows enthusiastic.) -I
Edwards (pointing)-Now here'·BiBos14
ton, ant there'si Chtidcg d in' ot follow I
that .black lineaway out there an' that'sV
Booimtown an', free J land . .D ye., a1e,
-in iWhi 4' a iy fre
t Where hle re;ala't nortek u~r nopr I
tnis. W rt ribea
* (holdisup
~wa'i·s,; 1ei ~'ibjob
ar by ~ iiiiaalo rutlr Mol:er F*.;esi
~.hl~il~t3'f~1? a jr i ilulie g~.t
- .Vr~'eipi Ja~uij · i
didn't dare t' say any tbing about it 'r
fear you'd all say no. We'll git. a piece
o' that free land-Ed Ruble is out there
an' his father-you remember old Sam.
Ruble, Jennie-an' they crack the coun
try up great! Of course we won't expect
much the first year or two-we'llbesatis'
fled with a log house. We'll build near, k
a river somewhere
Alice (coming out of her reverie)
Oh, won't it be delicious to get'l back
to the birds and bees, and trees and :
Mrs. E. (catching the spirit)--Yes,. it" o :f i u l
our house ain't very inmuh it'll be ur,,i,
We can't never hope to have a home of -
our own here-but it'll take moneyt' git
out there, an' we ain't got mhuch tspare, %<
Edwairds-We'l manag somehow
now wevre madi'ap.ou npol n di .4l #
have t' sell:of our- furnithre; t won'2t
pay t' ship 'em way "ot there: ' :
;Alice (ruofuletly)-Mtst we' ido ithat,;' `
father? Iit'l seem horrible -to-selt our
dear old things. They: amin't worth,
much in money. Can'trwestor.- themn>.i e
Edwards-It's going to itaeeery centfit
we o'i rake all' scrape t'git but hlieta tb
and git started,iAllie .
irs. .-Of ccourse there ata't no other
way-don't bother youtr. fathe,' A.lie.
That ol' ble chinny set lh't apta&a -
con give granhnother `11 bring`` 'll.
dred dollars-that `ima from Dawleg. :
oliered 'smnuch. .
Edwards ... (pondering.:i the nap)
There's the road leading to.he West '
wealth, health and reedo be
mother? Good-bye w i tto iok
Good-bye to renti.-.Goodbye to the flth s
and noise of the teneent! .W'l g ,
vest, where"mmºgirll asing'ug. N}}r"'
grow up strong and sweeut a I
biush. -l eelas if apiledr
edi offy neck. ;:
Alice (smiling) 'ou look 3 h .'j
I haven't: seen : `i°° 4 .
-have you, mother.:.
' The scene is now suddply rserre
to a western prairie, wberq,' . Revuj -g
Alice's !oyer,. arrives at a booma town nft r
finds that Edwards is the'i
speculation and 'is siuplywo J·wki o; #
the barest kind of a Iliving, all ca
get over and above that going to . for -
literestolinhii moria '°S`RY5 r
arrives at' toe Edwr s arpi Alice, =o%. 4
course, :rusheps to his arms,=aan t
conversation that follows gives hini
brief -histdrjy'f th"eir misea
Igle: - --, ',
SReeves-What's this? Crying?Wh. ,
:I thought you'd laugh when you s>Wi-f
(Raises her fsee to h-i) It's your" lt -
conscience; -Lttle woman, tha ice"
°shows care--life out hre iskilling you
formalt(I o llyn dfki.:.g down e..gh
I can tin.tll you "tahbt; da h oa `
formal enough. .
now. Let he ehijoy your .sit wlthou' -,
tbinmking-tell meabout dearoldl .Jpt
Sit here while I gAt you a
must be thirsty. t
Extract ro' Proe se ros. ef a e;t-i
The Age. Boulder, Montana. A weekr.;*
ly newspaper publishe evq` y Weuy i
day afternoon and devoted verylag F
to the recordingofthe news anldi .
velopment of the resources of
Counbt -:;y.
The Ake maiflthins thatth; pkese
methods for the distribution oif rt b - -
or the product of labor, re ultip j
tice to the producing classes, as is cvi" `
social scale and of trImps at the ether
end. It believes theat a remeyi
injustice exomstsiln whiat no ..
Henry Geoge syste.l o
omy,' and 'TheAg wil- aea
general adopton of thats
theory inbriei ie.s .th ii.dio '
to the people, the terni t la" e! ,
ing all niaturl op
fop his owni'-a4ziIti ebl e ane t b~baj
value of suclehd lan.dorot teruti
the proeaut6s of lbo l
.avoided. ' ,
Rley Dr, Deems preached lt.t Sunda
I at the Chnore of the stranes n
claired that "Hfeea, by the help of
devised9 i in systemi .ti eri*i
Sa-ble," which is more tab'es!ie. -o
t hRome, ornour owoerroteitio ia
said, was that of-the jnhilt e hsj z be.
the land revertdto
i.Iore ~t" ~rt8 "--m ·t

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