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The Western Kansas World
H. S. GIVLER. Pub. WAKEENEY KANSAS Ice water guzzling can be overdone. Summer life is one lone sweet ice cream. Say, now, aren't these the days you wanted two weeks ago? The air will be free for a year, the courts decide. Save your air! Aviation is rapidly becoming the nation's favorite outdoor sport. Boiled down, the hot weather ad vice calls for temperance in all things. As a matter of fact, it is generally supposed to be warm at this season of the year. It is the duty of the law to punish the man who is not now merciful to his beast. Whenever invented the hobble skirt must have had an awful grudge against womankind. Peoria wants to borrow $5,000,000. There are others but they haven"! the nerve to mention it. There are some knotty problems that will have to remain unsolved un til the hot wave passes. Going shopping for porch furnitui- and bathing suits seems worth while even on the hottest day. New York persists in the though! that it is a world's fair in itself. It has all the sideshows, anyway. Though the aeroplane could not con duct a war all by itself it could give the enemy a severe nervous chilL If the world were your oyster would you open it now or wait until the oys ter season begins next September? King George must be a dellDerate ruler. He hasn't even discharged a fourth-class postmaster since he went into office. Robins are reported to be eating all the cherries in York state. That is probably what the robins think they are there for. Prof. Schiaparelli, who discovered the canals on Mars, is dead without ever having had a chance to explore them in a motor boat. That chauffeur who inherited $1,500,- 000 must have felt almost as happy as when he reads his taximeter after an all-day shopping excursion. Expert opinion seems to be that a woman who wears a hobble skirt looks like the sort of a woman who would wear the fool thing. Two prisoners In the Jail at Cooper town, N. Y., sawed their way to free dom with a razor blade. That kind of razor blade is common enough. With great tact the Minneapolis committee in charge of the Interna tional convention for the prevention of smoke entertained the delegatel at a banquet instead of a smoker. A New Jersey man convicted and about to die in the electric chair up braided his attorney for "butting In" and saving him from death. The man probabiy always has lived in New Jer sey, and scarcely could be blamed for being disappointed when escape wan In sight. The anti-ki8sing crusade Las prog ressed to the point where friends and relatives will be asked not to kiss brides, and fathers and mothers not to kiss their babies. But the kissing of brides and babies was done long before sanitary osculation crusades were thought of, and is apt to survive them. If women are to be kept on the farm, farm life must be made fess bur densome and more attractive to wo men. The conditions which result in farmers' wives figuring first on the list in the statistics of insanity are not calculated to develop rural life at Its best. Improve the motherhood of any section of the country and the section will Improve itself. Sooner or later most of them come here. There have been many princes and potentates among visitors to the Cnlted States, and now Maharajah Sir Sayajl III, Gaekwar of Baroda. India, bas started for New York and Boston. The Gaekwar is renowned as the rich est of the Princes of Hindustan, but Is also credited with being an en lightened and progressive ruler. And as he has a son who is a student in Yale University It Is evident that he bas imbibed tome American ideas. New Jersey woman, married on what she thought was her deathbed, wants a divorce. It seems that "the funeral baked meats did coldly fur nish forth the marriage table." The razing of a twenty-two story building in New York City to make room on valuable ground for a struc ture that will make adequate return on an Investment of $675 per square foot in the site shows that economio condltiopn must be closely studied by property owners who make bsxrot xnents. fDp Juste w EW YORK. The he roine of this strange love story is now Mrs. Edward Charles Parker. Many peo ple in New York's literary and artistic circles have known her well as Mrs. George H o m a n s. That marriage seems to have been unfor tunate from the start, and the one tie between husband and wife was a lit tle daughter, Sara, who promised to develop into a girl of rare charm and talent. At eleven she was earning money with her pen and she has writ ten poetry that is deemed worth while by critics. But in time even this tie failed to bind. The inevitable "other woman" appeared on the scene, and the wife and mother passed through that deep valley of humiliation which is so often revealed in divorce courts. Mr. Homans, who was a theatrical manager, making a good income, con tinued to support his wife and daugh ter, but made his home with the other woman. Relatives and "friends tried to induce Mrs. Homans to sue for di vorce, but she firmly refused. While not a Roman Catholic, her personal religious creed did not tolerate di vorce, and she declared that the day would come when the man who had married her would once more need her and she must be ready to re spond to the call. Her very serenity in her hour of stresss did much to ripen a beauty which up to that time had been mere ly girlish prettiness. Hair of rather nondescript tone turned to an ex quisite gray, accentuating the deep glow of hazel eyes. With her slim girlish -figure though she was close to thirty and fresh, delicate com plexion, she made a charming picture At least that was what Dr. Edward Charles Parker, professor of literature in the manual training school of Phil adelphia, thought when he saw her standing, bewildered and anxious, in the crowded waiting-room of a local station. He passed her, turned and looked back. She was still in the same position, but now she was turn ing her handbag and her coat pock ets. Inside out. The look of anxiety grew, and finally as what she sought was not unearthed, a blank look set tled on her face. It was quite clear, the fair New Yorker had lost her purse. And the Philadelphia physi cian, being resourceful and alert, felt impelled to go gallantly to the rescue. "Can I be of service to your Beginning of the Romance. A perfectly conventional question, uttered in a perfectly well-bred voice. The New York woman flushed, paled and considered. "It Is just a trifle. My purse has been taken, and my friends live some distance out. I haven't got the price of a phone call " "Permit me. please!" Of course, he wanted to call a cab, but Mrs. Homans insisted that a plain Philadelphia street car would be quite as well and would he tell her where to return the change he had so kindly lent her? Now, of course. Professor Parker never would have missed the nickel or two, but not for worlds would he miss the opportunity of meeting this fair woman again. He gave her a card. She opened her bag and drew out one of her cards on which Pro fessor Parker wrote the address of the friend she was visiting. If she did not mind, be would call for that tittle loan in person. Then he put her on the right car, lifted his hat and Cupid, perched on the portico of that sordid, dingy old railway station, turned somersaults of glee! The professor called the next day, and the next, and still again. Then Mrs. Homans had to return to New York. What is ninety miles to a man in love? Nothing! But when Professor Parker came to New York he found that something far more baffling and grave than' space stood between him and the woman he had loved at first sight. Mrs. Homans' views concerning the permanency of marriage vows had not altered simply because love had come into her life. She was not sure that happiness would follow the breaking of that promise made at the altar years before. And between the pow er of her old beliefs and the call of the newly found love, she was sadly torn. To use her own words: 'Tween Love and Duty. "I was between two fires. I had married George for better, for worse. Somehow I felt that when it came to the worse for him he would summon me. On the other hand, I had the natural womanly craving for the real love which is the consummation of life for a woman. "Doctor Parker was in Philadelphia, as I knew grieving over the situation, which somehow I felt powerless to al ter. Even my daughter, who was now in her teens, urged me not tostand in the way of our happiness. But I was restless, undecided, distraught; when one day two lovely little gray gowned nuns came to the door at my apartment in One Hundred and Ninth street asking for charity. No one will ever know what a sudden feeling of peace swept over me as I looked into their calm, beautiful faces. I felt that here were women who had attained peace through doing what they thought was right. I asked them to come in, and we talked. The younger sister of the two looked, as I thought, with just a little regret at my comfiM5le home, my worldly clothes, and said gently: "You must be very happy. " "No," I replied, 'I ara very un happy.' "Then, suddenly, the elder sister turned to me and, clasping my hand, said: 'But you are going to be very happy soon, because you are strug gling to do what you think is right.' "I had told them nothing of my pri vate affairs, but the words sounded like a prophecy and I regained my courage. "It was only a few days later that fate, moving in Its inscrutable way, unlocked the door that was to let me into my kingdom of happiness. When my husband, dying of consumption, sent a summons to me I could hardly interpret it as leading me a step near er to that happiness. But it did, and in a strange way. "I answered his summons. I found him in a pitiable condition, his health shattered, his life hanging on a thread, his earning capacity gone and, during his months of illness, his savings nsed np. In common charity there was nothing for me to do but to look after his welfare In the few weeks he had to live. A Wife's Devotion. "I took him to my home, nursed him, saw that he had the best med ical service and did everything In my power for him. There were even then friends who told me that I was fool? ish that I should not take on myself the responsibility of looking after the man who had treated me as be had done. But I had felt that it was all a part of a Big Scheme, bigger than we could arrange, and against the work ings of which none of us should rebel. "But. as my husband lay dying in my apartments, it became evident that, while I was doing everything in my power for him, I was not supply ing him with the one thing that he needed more than all else to ease his last hours. He must have the pres ence of the other woman. I deter mined that he should. "My friends were aghast when I told them that I was going to send for her. It was outrageous, they de clared, for me to allow myself to be so humbled as to permit her to come. They would not permit me to let her come to my home. Very well, then, I thought, there are other ways of ac complishing the sacrifice that I felt bound to make. I would take my dying husband elsewhere, and there send for the woman whose presence he craved. "I did so. I removed him to Atlan tic Ciry, and then I sent for her, and she came. I brought her myself into his dying bedchamber and I saw them clasping hands. It did not make me unhappy that is, any unhappier ths-n I already " was. In fact, it rather cheered me to thick that I had done something which, while It hurt my pride a little, perhaps, was making others less miserable. - "Mr. Homans died in Atlantic City. She was with him at the time and she was very, very unhappy. I think that her presence in bis last hours made it easier for him, but at the same time I know that when he passed away it was with a last look toward me. and not to her there was love and there was gratitude to repay me for everything in that look! "And then, but not until then, did I feel that I had earned the right to think of that other love which was awaiting me and which I craved so. I had no false sentiments about the length of time I should wait before allowing myself to become happy in the possession of this love. I had been mourning, you must remember, and I had been practically a widow for many, many years. There was no reason why I should prolong it more. Entering Into Joy. "My actual widowhood after Mr. Homans's death lasted for only a month. My marriage to Doctor Par ker was hastened by his belief, which I shared, that tradition and conven tion amount to little when the heart dictates that one should go against their tenets; and when he insisted on an immediate marriage I yielded. Besides, his vacation was about to begin, and he wished to spend it, as he had arranged, in the British Isles. So we were married on June 25 by Rev. George Clarke Houghton in the Little Church Around the Corner, with my dearest friend, Mrs. Mabel Barnes, as matron of honor, and only a few intimate associates In attendance. We sail soon for England, and to me now life is one glow of bright sunshine! "Some of my friends and, I am afraid, many who do not know me. will not see my actions in the same light that I do. I know that I shall be criticized for my kindness toward Mr. Homans. I have been told that I showed a lack of spirit, that I acted foolishly. Lack of spirit! If those who have never undergone the agony of those last days, with the attendant humiliation entailed by bringing that other woman into the presence of the man who should have been satisfied with my love if that does not show spirit and plenty of it I am not able to analyze the sentiment! I only hope that never again shall I have to go through such an .experience of self sacrifice and self-effacement! "My meeting with Doctor Parker was, of course, unconventional. My wooing by him was equally uncon ventional. Everything has been un conventional, perhaps. Why, then, I have been asked, did I so wait on con vention as to refuse to obtain a di vorce and marry my present husband when I might have done so months and months ago? I reply, because it did not seem right. I am governed in everything by that sense of right, and it never fails to make me happy in the long run. "I believe that there is great hap piness in store for me and my hus band. I believe so firmly In his fu ture. He will never be very rich, per haps, because he is above all things a student, but I shall have reason to be proud of his work. He has done some admirable literary work and is now writing a serious volume which will challenge attention. And, after all, faith and love will bring the hap piness which money has never been known to purchase." Mrs. Parker is still under forty, possessing more than ordinary, beauty and rare gifts, including a delightful voice which has brought her many of fers for opera. She is not interested in a career for herself, though she is planning one for her daughter, who, Inheriting her mother's vocal gifts, will make her debnt this coming fall. And there is the story of a woman who had the courage to wait. And yon see the same thing might happen to any woman or any man. Only how many would have the courage to wait until fate opened the door to happiness? The High Handshake. He put his hand on a level with the lady's chin. Reaching her own np, she said with a laugh: "It is easy to see you have been in the Philippines for some years, else yon would know, my friend, that the high-action handshake, is no more." He flushed and bit his lip. "But aren't you glad? said she. "It was a silly thing, that high-action handshake. My cousin, the marchion ess of Granby, told me how it origin ated. It originated in a boil under King Edward's arm. He had a boil there for some weeks. Hence he shook hands high up in the air. And the world thought it was a new fash ion." Made to Match. Jim Why does Miss Power wear such big sleeves. Miss Spites Have you ever noticed her mouth? Jim Why, yes; but what has her mouth to do with It? Miss Spites O, nothing, only they say she has a habit of laughing in her sleeve. Stray Stories. . ' - FOR SHORTER TERM Gen. Wood Favors Smaller Period for Soldiers' Enlistment. New Head of the United States Army Talks of Air Machines as War Craft Prefers Dirigible Balloons. New York. Maj. Gen. Leonard Wood, the new chief of staff of the United States army, thinks the term of enlistment of regulars should be cut down and favors younger men for Un cle Sam's fighting forces. "You know I have recommended. In formal reports, that the term of enlist ment should be cut down," said be. "This would serve to turn back into civil life a larger proportion of men who in emergency could be called upon. They would constitute a reserve. How to arrange that they would be subject to a call to the colors for oc casional maneuvers is a mere matter of detail. Further than this General Wood would not comment upon what he would advocate when once he has ta ken up work as chief of staff of the United States army. His recommendations of a shorter enlistment would send back to the population 20,000 to 30,000 men a year. The plan would cut off a greater part of the "retired pay" and a greater part of the pensions. The United States standing army is now practically a veteran army. It appears to be General Wood': idea that it should not be an army of men of ten to fifteen years or twenty- five years' service. Younger sinews aro required for spirit, dash and efficiency. he believes. "We need extra officers," the general said. There are Just officers enough Maj. Gen. Leonard Wood. for the present army. In time of war the army would be stripped." Twenty officers of the army of the Argentine republic ere coming to the United States army to be trained. This is one consequence of the offi cial visit of General Wood to the cen tennial celebration of the independ ence of the southernmost nation pro tected by the Monroe doctrine. The significance of this was not al luded to by General Wood, but from other sources it had been learned that the circumstances was important, as Germans, who have been frequently reported as unsympathetic toward the United States policy regarding Euro pean ambitions In this hemisphere, are now instructors of the Argentine army, and Germany, next to England holds the largest share of the Argen tine trade. "Would you," General Wood was asked, "go that far Into army ques tions as to say what you think of fly ing machines as an adjunct in war?" "Yes, I will say that I think the smallest dirigible, one that can carry the engineer and four or five men, is going to be Important, especially when we can get them with a reinforced en velope able to withstand the required pressures. Their utility is already as sured for reconnoitering. "Our army's front is now twenty or thirty miles long. If we can put up men who can swiftly skip along over that and see the enemy's lines of com munication, his field works, bridges, etc., obviously the information would be of enormous assistance. "I don't think the aeroplane will be as useful as the small dirigible until it is made large enough to carry at least one man besides the driver. They should also have a duplicate engine. But they are improving aeroplanes so fast that I don't predict I only speak f the present moment, when I say I prefer the small dirigible." Trial by Ordeal In Japan. Tokio. Trial by ordeal still exists in some parts of Japan. If a theft takes place in a household, all the servants are required to write a cer tain word with the same brush. The conscience Is supposed to betray its workings In the waves of the ideo graphs written. Tracing an ideograph involves such an effort of muscular directness and undivided attention that the service often leads to the dis covery of the guilty party. The test is, at all events, more humane than the ordeal by boiling water, to which accused persons were formerly sub mitted In Japan. Purchase Expensive Snuffboxes. London. The craze which some times possesses rich people to obtain curios was exemplified in London when seven snuff boxes brought $20, 000 each and the other five averaged $10,000 each. None of the articles was worth very much intrinsically, their value resting in their age and association. WEILL QUALIFIED. Squilbob That fellow over there would make a splendid magazine poet. Squllligan A genius, eh? Squillbob No, but be has dyspepsia so bad that he would't get so hungry living. SCRATCHED SO SHE COULD NOT SLEEP T write to tell you how thankfnl I am for the wonderful Cuticura Rem edies. My little niece had eczema for five years and when her mother died I took care of the child. It was all over her face and body, also on net head. She scratched so that she could not sleep nights. I used Cuticura Soap to wash her with and then ap plied Cuticura Ointment. I did not use quite half the Cuticura Soap and Ointment, together with Cuticura Re solvent, when you could see a change and they cured her nicely. Now she Is eleven years old and has never been bothered with eczema since. My friends think it is just great the way the baby was cured by Cuticuna. I send you a picture taken when she was about 18 moaths old. "She was taken with the eczema when two years old. She was covered with big sores and her mother had all the best doctors and tried all kinds of salves and medicines without effect until we used Cuticura Remedies. Mrs. H. Kiernan, 663 Quincy St., Brooklyn. N. Y, Sept. 27. 1909." , There Should. Fritz the gardener was a stolid Ger man who was rarely moved to ex traordinary language. Even the most provocative occasions only caused him to remark mildly on his ill-luck. Not long ago he came back from the city in the late evening after a hard day in the market place. He was sleepy, and the train being crowded, the bag gageman gave him a chair In his roomy car. Finally the train reached Bloom field. Fritz still slept as it pulled in and his friend had to shake him and tell him where he was. "I tanks you," said Fritz, as he rose slowly to his feet. The open door of the car was directly in front of him. He walked straight out of it. The baggageman sprang to look aft er him. Fritz slowly picked himself up from the sand by the side of the track, looked up at the door, and, said with no wrath in his voice: "There should here be some steps." St. Paul Dispatch. Ves, Indeed. Hostess (at party) Why, so silent. Miss De Mulr? You've scarcely said a word since you came. Youthful guest Really, Mrs. Lead er, I am having a very enjoyable time. but my father has told me 100 times never to say anything unless I have something to say, and I suppose Hostess But, my dear child, think what a stupid and tiresome thing so ciety would be if everybody followed that advice! Size Is not the only thing that reaches the home base when the ques tion of championship is about to be settled. Poverty may be a blessing, but ev ery man is willing to turn his share of the blessing over to the other fellow. Dr. Pierce Penets. man. -ranr-eeatea. eav wt take as candy, regulate and lnYigorala stomach. No other man appreciates a helping hand like a man in trouble. 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