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JOURNAL WEDNESDAY EVENING, MAY 23, 1908. ( V jjk SiAlti I? ii'liliiilASi ' Er FIIAXK P. MAC LEXXAX. ".Entered July 1, J875, u second class ; matter at the postofflce at Topeka, Kan., iliiiiler the act of congress. fVOXAJMB XXXIII No. 127 Official Paper City ot Topeka. Scial Paper Kansas State Federation Women's Clubs. TERMS OF SUBSCRIPTION. Daily edition, delivered by carrier, 10 eerits a week to any part of Topeka, or suburbs, or at the same price In any Kan as towns where the paper has a carrier s-.-stem, -n By mail, one year on By mail, three months ,( Saturday edition ot daily, one year TELEPHONES. Business Office Bell Vn f usiness Office Jno- Beoorters' Room Bell 57 Reporters' Room Ind- Frank P. MacLennan ' PERMANENT HOME. Topeka State Journal buii'llng. 800 ana 802 Kanwas avenue, corner of Eiehth. New York office: Flatiron building, at Twentv-thlrd street, corner Fifth avenue and Brosdwsv. Paul Block, manager. Chicago office: 1540 .Unity building. Paul Biock, manager. FULL LEASED WIKE REPORT OP THE ASSOCIATED PRESS. The State Journal Is a member of the 'Associated Prews and receives the full day ?e!wr&ph report of that great news organ isation for the exclusive afternoon publi cation in Topeka. The news is received In The State Jour nal building over wires for this sole purpose. Florida lynchings are now being ad vertised as entirely free from disorder. The Washington Post regards It as en couraging that nobody has yet called the senate chaplain a liar. The Mormon church is going out of business, probably -with the design of confining itself exclusively to politics. A Pennsylvania railroad official says lie declined the offer of a valuable pres ent from a coal company. Probably it as a ton of anthracite. , Having arranged for another peace conference in the not distant future Uncle Sam will now proceed to spend 1100,050,000 more on the navy. It is understood that the anti-pass clause of the rate bill will not prevent members of the legislature from riding free to the capital of their own state. The Fourth of July will soon be here when all who were not in San Francisco in the latter part of April w ill have any opportunity at something nearly as bad. Addicks is reported to have aban doned hope of going to the United States senate. He will content him self in the future, with naming the man. It must be admitted that the Uni versity of Chicago is pretty big for a 15-year-old, says the News. But think how well oiled Mr. Rockefeller has kept li. - Judge Parker seems to. have reached the Doint where he is about as influ ential in Democratic councils as is Mr. Cleveland, but it didn't take him nearly so long to get there. The ship subsidy bill has been laid away for this session. It has been dis covered that Speaker Cannon is against it. A czar in the speaker's chair comes handy now and then. Just as soon as the farmers began to make it known that they wanted rain th? rain came. Kansas has a drought ecare nearly every year but the crops always turn out all right at harvest time. The Democratic senators give the president entire credit tor the passage of the rate bill. If it prove a failure they shirk responsibility. If it turns out all right they will call him a Dem ocrat. Mis3 Mary E. Byrd has refused to teach longer at Smith's college because the institution has accepted money from Mr. Rockefeller. So far there has been no "me too" sound heard in the vicini ty of Chicago university. It is proposed In San Francisco to tnake the saloon license correspond in height to the percentage of alcohol in the liquor. This looks like offering an inducement to the barkeeper to wattr his whisky. It is said that President Rooseelt is to go to the United States senate when Iiis term as president has expired. With the big stick and the pitchfork both in action there ought to be some interest ing "doings" in the upper house. Gov. Higgins has vetoed the bill lim iting the amount of water that can be taken from Niagara for power, proba bly on the theory that it may as well serve some useful purpose while pass ing. It is suggested that a circus on May 30 will r.ot or.ly be sacrilege in dese- cr'itb.g Memorial Gay. but it will also Interfere with th? baseball games and picnics scheduled for that day, which has seemingly come to be regarded as an occasion for joy and mirth. An editor of an Indiana paper has teen locked up in Jail to expiate the crime of criticising in his paper the action of a judge upon the bench. This leads the Omaha Bee to suggest that: "Some day judges will discover that the confidence of the public must be won and retained by keeping above criticism rather than by summary vengeance upon the critic. Although the receipts of the federal government in the first half of the cur rent month were considerably larger than in the first fifteen days of the cor responding month of either of the isvo Immediately preceding years, the expen ditures were so much larger that 'he Surplus for the fiscal year to date is now down to but little more than two million dollars. With only a month anl & half remaining ot the year, the offi- cially predicted total surplus of eighteen millions seems out of the question. The probability now is, indeed, that the bal ancing of the books on the thirtieth of June will show but a slight excess on either side of the account. A SPECK ON' THE HORIZON'. The community of interest idea in railroad management and operation appears to be threatened. There is said to be much less harmony In these quarters than has hitherto existed, but as long as there is sufficient traffic to go round no open rupture is anticipated by the knowing ones. J- J. Hill's announcement that he will build a new Canadian Pacific rail road and possibly cut the rates in half is causing some uneasiness among the brethren. Rut in spite of these condi tions the general situation Is declared to be satisfactory on the authority of Henry Clews, who usually knows about such things. As instances of his faith in the fu ture he says In his latest circular: "In spite of occasional hesitation the volume of business continues upon a large and Increasing scale. Clearing house returns at leading cities demon strate this, showing a gain of 16 per cent last week and 17 per cent the week before over the preceding year. Railroad earnings also continue very encouraging. Fifty-six roads in the month of April reported gross earn ings of $52,400,000, an increase of nearly 12 per cent over last year. These are surprising figures in view of the disturbance caused by the coal strike, which, however, may be more seriously reflected in later returns. Industrial activity continues unabated. Enor mous orders have been placed for steel rails, some of them' for delivery as far ahead as 1907. There are 730,000 tons already on the order books of Amer ican rail mills, and other important contracts are pending, which will soon bring the total up to 1,000,000 tons. This means continued prosperity for the steel mills for months to come. The railroads are certain to consume large quantities of material not merely for improvements but also for new mileage. The extensive outlays by the Pennsylvania and New York Central for accommodation of New York traf fic give some idea of what is being done in this direction. Evidently these gigantic corporations have unlimited faith in the future of New York city, or such vast outlays which cannot be im mediately profitable would not be un dertaken." AFTER TWO tTKNTT RIKS. The celebration of the two hun dredth anniversary of the Presbyterian church in America, by the general assembly is in progress at Des Moines. The occasion has called forth much history and many reminiscences. It Is pointed out that it was the first pioneer church that the men who crossed the Alleghanies for the win ning of the west were largely those of its faith. The record of American Presby terians in the cause of American lib erty is also illustrated by such in cidents fis the fact that twenty-six of the twenty-seven signers of the Meck lenburg Declaration of Independence, more than a year before that of Phila delphia, were Presbyterians; that the seven men who fell at Lexington were all members of the Rev. Jonas Clark's Presbyterian congregation; that no less than forty commissioned officers came from that Presbyterian church at Ellzabethtown of which the pastor was James Caldwell, the famous 'fighting parson" of the Jersey bri gade; that there were among Presby terians no Tories and few who were not strongly for the American cause from the beginning. Another interesting showing Is the one made by the Rev. Dr. H. D. Jen kins in the Interior of the growth of Presbyterian church membership as compared with population since 1790. While the population of the United States, exclusive of Alaska and the Islands, has increased but twenty-fold since 1790, the membership of the Northern Presbyterians alone has in creased fifty-six-fold, while that of the three great branches together has in creased seventy-fold. And the most rapid growth for the longest period was since 1870, and particularly since FRICK AND BEHRMAX. After having served fourteen years in a Pennsylvania penitentiary for at tempting to assassinate H. C. Frick, Alexander Berkman announces that he will now pursue a "literary career," for which he fitted himself by studying English and the classics during his im prisonment. This means perhaps that in the future he will fire books and pamphlets Instead of bullets at Frick and the men of his class. The amount of advertising that Frick is giving him should make Berkman's productions good sellers. The American public is so constituted that it is almost certain to fall over itself to get an op portunity to read the writing of a man who is being shadowed day and night by high salaried detectives. Mr. Frick has the reputation of being a shrewd and far seeing business man and it may be that his course in hiring men to protect him from Berkman !s a part of the game. There doesn't seem to be any other reallx. good reason for such a course. It is generally conceded that a good business or professional man makes a financial sacrifice when he serves the state in the legislature at three dollars per day, and so does a farmer if he has live stock at home that need his personal attention. But Gomer Da vies, who has been there himself, takes the other side of the proposition. He rises to give this expert testi mony: "Every once in a while, most always for that matter, when some man's name is mentioned as a candi date for the legislature, he says he cannot afford to make the sacrifice. It always gives us a feeling of lassitude. When the editor of this dinky daily newspaper was first on earth he served a couple of terms in the Kan- gas legislature, and he knows some thing about it. A bunch of us rural roosters boarded at a small hotel off from the busy marts of trade at seven dollars a week, and we lived better than we could afford to live at home - had better grub than any of us had at home. If a man wants to spend all he gets he can make that kind of a fool of himself at home as well as at Topeka. The salary of the represen tatives ought to be at least $5 a day, but there need be no great diminution of a man's original capital should he be forced by the people to act as their representative at only $3 a day." JOVRIIAL ENTRIES The effects of the San Francisco earthquake have been felt in Washing ton where the senate committee promptly decided upon a sea level ca nal. - One Insurance official has furnished a novelty by declaring that his company refused to be held up by the campaign manager. Chicago has borrowed an idea from Atchison and will have a corn carnival, A prize of $5,000 is to be offered for the best bushel of corn. ' Having become accustomed to the knocks administered by Senator Mor gan, it is doubtful that the Panama canal would be affected by an earth quake. There is so much uncertainty about the effect of the rate bill as It stands that nobody appears to be willing to assume responsibility for it. If it will work all right everybody will claim it. - A church convention at Indianapolis has declared that men should be honest before they are rich. If this rule were adopted some men would never get rich. a The rate bill was passed on Friday an3 in the dark of the moon, and is therefore badly handicapped at the star. a The statesmanship of the country appears to have grown to be almost as yellow as Its Journalism. " The theatrical trust seems to be un disturbed by any fear of the govern ment trouble makers. It is about to establish a bank in Chicago. Probably it will soon be owning and operating its ow n railroads. i There are rumors that the Sultan of Turkey Is dying. Perhaps no ruler In the world could leave to posterity so large and varied a collection of ultima tums. J AY II A WKER JOTS A Morland woman kneads bread with her gloves on. The gold brick game has been work ed for $165 down at Parsons. Cimarron has become so good that the calaboose is offered for sale. Fifteen car loads of live stock went out of Beloit in one day recently. A patent medicine fakir took $200 out of a short grass town in one week. The Belleville Telescope Is now old enough to run a "25-years ago today" column. They have a "Me Too" club out at Osborne. Of course everybody wants to join It. It required a column of space In the Horton Commercial last -week to. record the real estate transfers. - - Times are dull in Rush county and the LaCrosse Chieftain has started a discussion on: "Where do the frogs come from?" The father of Phillips county's de faulting treasurer has just made good the loss lacking $1.0u0. He paid over to the county $25,500, the accumulation of a life time. Somebody sent the name of the editor of the Agra Sentinel to a beer house and he announces that if the guilty party will call, he will make him eat the circular which has been received. Last week there was some excitement in Riley. A dog owned by Dowling, the meat market man, bit a grand child of Mr. Perry, who is 82 years of age. Mr. Perry insisted that the dog be killed. This led to trouble. Dowling knocked Mr. Perry down, plead guilty n police court and was fined $50 and costs. This he claims is excessive. It is understood the matter will be ap pealed to the district court. The Man hattan Nationalist which tells the story doesn't say what became of the dog. GLOBE SIGHTS. From the Atchison Globe. Women are very "knowing" about men; and all the women know about men is true. We hate to see corsets displayed in a dry goods window; but they shock us less than union suits. It is a bad plan to seek to make a good impression by following every statement with an apology. People desire, above everything else, to be let alone. We don't refer to criminals, but to good people. The emotions with which a girl re ceives a compliment are varied, but surprise is never one of them. No bedding ever hung out of a win dow, or over a porch railing that look ed attractive enough to sleep on. When it is said that a rruin is pre paring to move out of town, the great est interest is felt by those he Is owing. A woman who has been in love many times, and heard many a man tell the Story of His Life, says there are only three varieties. It will be bad enough, at all events, to die and be buried, but how much worse it will be if they use any of this phonetic spelling on the tombstone. When a girl has her sleeves short at the elbow and shows no embarrass ment, that means she is used to going around that way when she washes dishes at home. The best man that ever lived closely wntches women, hoping to detect some weakness that he can take advantage cf. That's his nature; he tries not to be that mean, but can't do it. REFLECTION'S OF A BACHELOR. From the New York Press. It's a good deal nicer losing money in a poker game than trying to win it working. It tickles a woman to death to lose her rubbers in a mud puddle and get her feet wet because she thinks it is a sign ther are small. Opportunity comes to " every man, but generally when it does he is too busy earnins bread and butter for his family to be able to take it. The way to make a woman real happy is to bring her a potted plant on a thousand mile railway journey that she could buy around the corner for ten cents. If they arranged the seats In churches like those in theaters and had footlights the congregation w-ould be so sure it was enjoying itself that it would want to pay xuon.x to get in. AIIS4S COMMENT COURTING DEFEAT. There can be little question about there being an understanding in the selection of Crummer as chairman of the Republican state committee. The appointment of an executive commit tee shows a fixed determination to ignore all but the new wing of the party. Cy Leland comes the nearest being a fair minded man on the exec utive committee. Leland is a big man and a good one but his training is against the reform movement. The Republicans are courting defeat but the record of the party may carry it through once more. Lawrence Jour nal, POOR BURTON. The people of Kansas generally feel disgraced in Burton's disgrace. He was punished for what he was. and not for the specific thing he did. He had been going the crooked path for years. He had violated all his obligations so cial, financial and political, and when he was caught, his character and his reputation were the chief witnesses against him. Men suffer for what they are. No first offender suffers. The law lets a man have a long lariat, be fore it pulls him up. Poor, poor Bur ton he thought there was no post hitched to his rope. It is unspeakably sad. and his bitteiept enemy is sorry for him and would help him, if possi ble. Emporia Gazette. THE THING TO DO. If the next legislature does the right thing by Kansas, as a state, it will make a good appropriation for the Kansas Semicentennial exposition. Belleville Telescope: "THE YELLOW DOG." In "days gone by" fixers in a party, could place upon the ticket, a man, who was wholly unfit for a position either mentally or morally and when the "spell-binders" were turned loose they would experience little difficulty in convincing the members of their party, that it was highly necessary for the success of their principles, that the "yellow dog" be swallowed and the ticket voted straight, with a meek sub mission to the will of the "bosses" the rank and file would march to the poll, swallow the "yellow dog" and if it proved unpalatable, would excuse themselves by the comforting thought that it was necessary to do so, that the great principles of their party might prevail. In these times, however, the yeomanry entertain a notion that they have some rights which should be re spected when it comes to nominating candidates for office, and that there is an essential difference between men and measures. A spirit of independ ence is being cultivated which bodes good for his country, the day of the "yellow dog" has departed never to return. When any party nominates men who are either mentally or morally unfit to hold the position to which they aspire, it becomes the duty of the good citizen to turn him down. The day of the "yellow dog" the "barnacle" and the "hanger on" is gone forever. West moreland Signal. JUST IN SPOTS. Prohibition is now twenty-five years old in Kansas. That is, it is twenty five years old in spots. Osborne Coun ty Farmer. FROM OTHER PENS THEY OUGHT TO STOP. Any fool can predict-an earthqvake, and more of them outehl to refrain from doing it.-Philadelihia,' Ledger. DISCREDITABLE REVELATION We note that the Standard says the report is "unjust and unfair." But the people of the United States will have to be "shown." It Is a most discredit able revelation. Indianapolis News. RATE REGt-ATION THE REMEDY President Roosevelt is right. The railroads cannot alone maintain rates ,t,.o --cat trusts. A govern- ment commission must stand ready to revise rates. Philadelphia Press. THE DAY OF RECKONING. Nor is there any doubt that day of reckoning will come for some of them. There are processes as sure as those of the monopolists and some of them grind sufficiently small. Brooklyn Eagle. ANOTHER BOOM FOR PRESIDENT These are the days when Mr. Promi nent Citizen opens the front door of a morning and finds on the doorstep a newly-born boom for the presidency. Of course, he is modest and shrink ing and he says that he has not de served the honor, but just the same he is tickled and for a few hours he has a fool idea that he has been called to save the country. But mis is a. .i-.l nation and a good deal can happen without causing exeitement outside the city limits. ; And so just now Funston is talked of" for president. The Iola Silver Cor net band serenades him and the "original Funston man" rides in a car riage close to the head of the proces sion. Later he will be the original William Allen White man, or the original Hoch man, or the "original" somebody else. And Hobson has a presidential boom, and so has Tom Watson and Ben Tillman, and some others who have got about as good a chance at the presidency as Vesuvius has to be turned into a music hall. Keep your eyes on the front door step. You can never tell when your presidential boom may arrive and set up a lusty yell for recognition. Grand Rapids Press. FREE PASSES. Any government officer who accepts favors from the railways might, if he is a weak: and complaisant person, connive at an indulgent and half hearted enforcement of the laws ap plicable to the corporations that had favored him. The free pass is altogether objec tionable and odious, whether it repose in the pocketbook of the judiciary or is demanded and accepted by the leg islator or the executive officer of what ever rank or file. Milwaukee Journal. freeTseeds. The reinsertion of the free seed graft in the agricultural appropriation bill is a tribute to the efficiency of log rolling In the house. Probably one half of the members who receive free seeds have no earthly use for them, but they voted for the graft after hav ing been shown that some members did have use for the seeds and having been instructed that they might ex change their seed quota with some other member for a different kind of graft. Tho city member, for example, could use more copies of the Congressional Record or more copies of other publications, while his constituents living in flats have little or no use for free seeds. So the ex change is agreed upon and the graft goes merrily forward. It is a good deal like the pairing graft. That is a scheme whereby member may ap pear to be performing his legislative duties, while, as a matter of fact, he is absent on some private business. Minneapolis Journal. r" RABBIT. I s'pose it takes a feller 'at's ben RaJsed in a country-town, like me, To 'predate rabbits! . . . Eight or ten Beilerin' boys and two er three Yelp-in" dawgs ail on the trail O' one little pop-eyed cottontail! 'Bout the first good fall o' snow So's you kin track 'em, don't you know. Where they've run and one by one Hop 'eni up and chnse 'em down And prod em out of a old bresh-pile Er a holler log they're a-hidin' roun', Er 'way en-nunder the ricked cord-wood Er crosstie-stack by the raiiroad track 'Bout a mile Out o' sight o' the whole ding town! Well! them's times 'at I call good! Rabbits! w'y. as my thoughts goes back To them old boyhood davs o' mine, I kin sic him now and see "Old Jack" A-plowin' snow in a rabbit-track And a-pitchin' over him, head and heels. Like a blame hat-rack. As the rabbit turns fer the timber-line Down the County Ditch through the old cornfields! Yes, I'll say right here to you, Rabbits that boys has earnt, like that Skinned and hung fer a night er two On the old back porch where the pump's done froze Then fried 'bout right, where your breakfast's at. With hot brown gravy and shortenin' bread Rabbits, like them er I ort to 'a' said, I s'pose, Rabbits like those Ain't so p'ticalar pore, I guess, Fer eatin' purposes! James Whitcomb Riley in The Reader for May. Bernhardt as Another Moses. Apropos of "The Divine Sara's" pres ent visit to this country, Robert Shack elton, the novelist, tells an amusing story of the great actress when last she was playing here in America, at which time he was reporting on one of the New York city dailies. The par ticular assignment which gave birth to the wit of the French actress was this he was to interview all the celebrities possible on the engrossing topic, "If mere were an eleventh commandment, what should it be?" Madam Bernhardt he found at break fast in her rooms at the Holland House, charmingly gowned en neglige, of course, and intent upon a pot of coffee and a loaf of French bread a yard long. She knew little English, he knew less French, but somehow they got through his introductory compliments and his question. "An eleventh commandment!" ex claimed the lady, with a characteristic raising of the eyebrows and a quick little gesture of her graceful hands; "you wish me, then, to play the role of Moses? No! No! Say to your man that there must never, never be an other commandment. It Ifi too hard to keep those we have now." And that answer, added Mr. Shackel ton, was the best of all he received. Los Angeles Times. The French Bricklayer. Samuel Gompers. chief of the Amer ican Federation of Labor, was pointing out the good that unions have done for workmen. "In France," he said, "there are few unions, and a French bricklayer told me the other day that wages were in consequence unreasonably low there. "The bricklayer said with a Laugh that a friend of his in Nice, out of work, bought on the Avenue de la Gare a newspaper. He took the payr home to his attic in the squalid Rue Felix, and his wife, after turning to the advertisements, said eagerly: " 'The very thing! You must look into this. Marcel. It says a man is wanted at the Palais de la Jetee, and he won't be worked to death, and will be paid enough to live on.' "The man started. f, - . " 'Won't be worked to. death?' he muttered. " 'Yes,' said his wife; 'and paid enough to live on.' "He frowned. " ' Ha.' he said, 'some catch about that.' " Self -Advertisement. Mark Twain, at the dinner in honor of his seventieth birthday, advised a young novelist not to shun judicious self-advertisement. "On one of my first visits to New- York, he said, I was taken on a sightseeing tour by a successful joke writer. I learned during this tour something about the way to succeed. "As we rode down Broadway on a car, my friend suddenly looked up from' the comic paper he was reading, gave a hearty laugh, and then read aloud to me a joke. " 'Isn't that great?' he cried. 'Oh, ha, ha, ha, ha! Isn't that the funniest joke ho, ho, ho! you ever heard?" "Just then we rose to get off. When we reached the sidewalk, I said to my friend: " 'You showed me that joke before, you know. It is one of your own, isn't it?" "He smiled at my puzzled face and answered: " 'Yes. But you didn't notice the man who sat opposite us, did you? He is the editor who buys most of my stuff, and he doesn't know me person ally. See?' " Brave in Adversity. On his sixty-eighth birthday Andrew Carnegie praised poverty. "Poverty," he said, "develops us. It makes us work our hardest. Thus it brings out the best that is in us. "But this it won't do unless we keep brave In adversity. If we despair, we are doomed. "I like to see men cheerful in mis fortune. I used to know a young painter who was so poor he could not afford to dress warmly enough in the winter time. "I met him one coldish day in Pitts burg. He had on a summer suit, of blue serge, and the wind moulded the suit to his limbs till the cloth clung as " 'I never wear an overcoat, he said. " 'Never?' said I. "No, never' he repeated, laughing bravely. " 'But what do you do in very cold weather?' I asked. " 'I run,' he answered. For Convenience Sake. There was no help for it. Mr. Sinclaire had to change trains; but when he found that the place at which he would have to make the change was a road side station which was Just far enough from the village not to allow of him walking in and obtaining refreshments, of which he was sorely in need, he was an-ry in the extreme, and at no great pains to hide the fact. "Great Scott, man!" he said to the solitary stolid porter on duty, "what on earth made them build the station so far from the village?" "Dunno, mister," said the porter gravely, "unless, perhaps, it was be cause they thought it would be more convenient to have it down near the railway." Tit-Bits. The Imimdence! The bridal couple from the country sat for the first time in a fashionable restaur ant. Puzzled by the menu, the young man pushed it impatiently aside. "Steak!" he said in a loud, confident voice. "Potatoes and coffee. And cham pagne." "Extra drv?" the waiter asked. The bridegroom started. He frowned. "it's none of your business how dry I am," he said. "Don't you get gay with me or I'll report you." Ex, THE E VEirillG STOR Y Senorita Rita. By Izola .Forrester. ' "So you are going home, senor?" The girl looked straight ahead at the wide sweep of level prairie pasture, her red lips parted in a smile a most tantaliz ing, annoying smile Carruthers thought as he caught a glimpse of it sideways. "Perhaps," he returned moodily. "I have stayed too long already." "You do not like Texas, senor?" "You did not call me senor last week." He bent toward her slightly, but she did not turn her head. "You called me Jack." She laughed and flashed a hasty glance at him from her soft, dark eyes. "That was a long time ago last week but I will call you it again if you wish, Mister Jack." Carruthers did not notice the conces sion or her gay scorn. He started out to where the cattle browsed a sea of still, brown waves, hundreds of them, motionless and peaceful in the morning sunrise. Here and there on the out skirts stood a figure of a horse, with a silent rider, watching the grazing herd. Carruthers' gaze swept over the mass until it rested on one herder at the extreme north. Even with the dis tance of nearly a mile between them he knew what the figure looked like, knew that it was watching them as he was watching it. It was not a pleasant knowledge. "You have changed your mind, Seno rita Rita," he said bitterly, "since Ramon came to the ranch. I was very happy in Texas, until your old sweet heart appeared." Rita laughed again, deliciously, warmly, with a full enjoyment of his mood. "You are not tired of Texas, Mister Jack," she said merrily. "You are tired of me ah, yes, I say you are. You love me so madly, so entrancingly, un til somebody else comes who also loves me so madly, so entrancingly too: and then, all at once, you are Jealous and distant and dissatisfied, and presto! nov,-, this minute, you say you will leave Texas, you will never, never come to the Fortuna Ranch again. You are what did you call me the day I cried when Pep brol:e his leg? kid, that is it; you are a big, foolish kid, Mister Jack. When a man loves he does not sulk and ride away. He stays and fights. See! ' She held up her hand and snapped her small, tanned fingers sharply in the air. 'I would not give that for the silly kil lover who rides away. Ramon is a Mexican, but he is brave, he can fight; if I but let him know the least bit I loved him he would carry me off on his horse, 'way, 'way south over there to Mexico. You would net carry ma away to your home like that, would you, Mis ter Jack?" "I would carry you to the end of the world," retorted Carruthers. "But not to your home?" she per sisted. "I have no home," said Cai-ruthers. "When I came here to Texas I meant to stay even before I met you. ' "But you are rich. Ramon says you could buy all of the Fortuna for a ras time if you cared for it. And the For tuna is the richest ranch within a hun dred miles of the border. There is no cattleman so rich as my father Id Mexico." She lifted her head with the little tilt of pride he knew well. Senorita Rita Riaz, heiress of the Fortuna, could well afford to lift her head a trifle higher than other girls. But to Carruthers the motion brought merely regret. He knew the truth about the Fortuna; knew what every Texan as far as San Antonio would know within a week that old Diablo Riaz had squandered his wealth in gambling, that not a thing on the Fortuna was unmortgaged save his daughter, and even she, It was rumored, was pledged to Ramon Doranda In return for his promised assistance when the crash came. Carruthers might have given the same assistance and claimed the same reward, but something within him re volted against making the hand of the girl he loved the stake in a transaction over old Riaz's gambling debts. If he could win her, if he could-hold her promise freely from her own lips, then he felt free to buy up the whole For tuna when the crash came and lay it at her feet. But she must be free to say yes or no. And she would say neither. She would only laugh. "Have you told Ramon you would marry him ?" he asked with sudden curtness. The uncertainty was mad dening to him. "Why do you ask?" she answered teasingly. "Rita," he pleaded, "be serious. If you do not " She raised her arm with a sudden, imperative gesture and pointed to the herd. "Look!" she cried. "They are stam peding!" Carruthers looked. The brown sea had suddenly stirred to life. Undulate ing, swaying, branching out loosely at the edges, it was lurching toward them. There seemed to be nothing rapid or swift about its coming. Carruthers thought, almost idly, of how it resem bled the swing of a bunch of race horses rounding the end of the field, when the movement was so concerted, so deliberate, that it hardly seemed a movement. The herders were riding here and there in confusion. They seemed mere specks of helpless misdi rection in the distance. Rita's face had lost its color. She turned her horse about, the rein held short and tight In her clenched hand. "We must race before them as they come," she said. "If the horses keep their strength they will not trample us." But Carruthers had slipped from his saddle. "It is sure death to try to ride with them," he answered. "Dismount and do as I tell you." The stern masterfulness of his tone startled her. He had never spoken like that to her, no one had. "Hold the horses," he ordered. She obeyed, watching him in breathless si lence. The brown cloud on the prairie was becoming more and more distinct. There was a heavy, low rumble in the air like far off thunder. Carruthers drew a cigarette case from his pocket, and after hunting carefully, he pro duced one match. "That Is the only one I have," he said. "Pray that it doesn't go out." He struck it on the box. The faint flame wavered in the southeasterly breeze, caught the end of the cigarette and lit it. Before tha match went out, Carruthers knelt and set fire to the grass. It was dry and yellow from the sun and caught the blaze with a snap. The wind fanned it. and a wav ering line of thin smoke slid like a snake along the roots for several feet. The horses reared and kicked at the first whiff, and Carruthers seized the bridles from the girl. "Take the cigarette, lie said, hand ing it to her. "Keep it alight and set lire to the grass as far as you can "reach in a straight line facing the north. The wind is from the south east and will blow the fire toward the herd. It may turn them.-' Holding the plunging, trembling horses, he watched har. There was no fear, no sign of weakness. She was alert, and sure In her touch as she knelt here and there In the irrass and fired it. As the cigarette failed she tore a bunch of grass, tied it with an other wisp and set it blazing like a torch. In another minute a weil ot smoke and smouldering- flames closed them in from the rushing herd line. "Come back." called Carruthers. The herd were not a quarter of a mila from them. He could see the leaders, heads down, and . behind them lina after line of tossing horns. "Will they reach us?" whispered" Rita as she stood ciose beside him, her face lifted to his. "God knows; I don't," said Carruth ers, desperately. "It is all we can .do.'' "Jack, listen to me," there was a new light in her dark eyes a new softened tone to her voice. "Ramon has done this. The herd has never stampeded before. He has done it for revenge upon you and me. Iast night I told him no. I know about him and the claim he holds over the P"ortuna, and my father, but I would rather losa it all than " "Than what?" Carruthers let tho bridles trail on the ground and held her close in his arms. The tremble of hundreds of hoofs shook th.e ground, the thunder grew louder, nosr and then there came a low threatening bellow from some steer gored by its fellows In the on-rush. ? "Than lose you," Rita whispered, is she closed her eyes to meet wnat might come. The herd was on them, but as the leaders caught the first sickening whiff of smoke, they hesitated and wavered. Low leaping tongues of flame flashed up before them and rolls of smoka curled upward. The leaders swerved westward. After them plunged the frightened herd, mad dened and scared at the small cf the fire. The two horses, loosened, ;;iiiei them in the frantic gallop and in Irps than three minutes the danger - bad passed, and on the blackened oit of land stood Carruthers and Rita alone. "The river will stop them," said Rita, "Ramon I know he has done this to harm you you must leave the ranch. No one can say what he may do next." Carruthers bent to pick up something from the ground. It was the stub of a cigarette. He placed it tenderly and carefully in his case before he spoke. "I know what Ramon will do next, sweetheart. He will cross the border into his own land tonight, or else land In the hands of the sheriff. I meai to stay ia Texas and there is not room for both of us." "On the Fortuna?" "On our ranch," he said. "I bought the Fortuna yesterday to make sure of Ramon and of my senorita." (Copy right, 1906, by Ruby Douglas.) HUMOR OF THE DAY Church Are you acquainted with Flap bush? Gotham Oh, yes; why. we sleep in ad joining pews. Yonkers Statesman. She I hear the sound of horses' hoofs It must be papa. I'm afraid he's on our scent! He-D these gasoline machines. Life. !P?. you thirk the widow will break his will?" "Won't be necessary. She did that long before she became a widow." Philadel phia Ledger. Maid Are you at home to Mrs. Tonev mum? She's at the door. Mistress I am if she has a new hat on not otherwise. Cleveland Leader. "The truth will out," we're told, and Oil, How frequently we find The truth will out of some men so It leaves no trace behind. , . - Catholic Standard. -"T am told you went in for speculat'on on the stock exchange lately," said one tradesman to another. "Were you a bull or a bear?" "Neither. I was an ass." London Mail. "Do you think a little learning is a dan gerous thing?'' "Possibly. But it isn't half so danger ous as the same amount of ignorance " Detroit Free Press. "Paw, can an honest man plav poker?" "Yes, Tommy but he can't win any thing." Chicago Tribune. Intelligent Foreigner Your president seems to have a great many of what you call fool friends. Intelligent Native Yes, but he has just as many fool enemies and they offset each other. Chicago Tribune. Little Andrew Papa, what do people mean when they talk about the "big stick?" Papa (member of congress from the Lmpteenth district') Anv United States senator, my son. Cleveland Leader. "De man dat always wants trouble." said L nele Eben, "an' de man dat is al ways too skyaht to face trouble is both gwinter had a heap o' difficulty in dis worl'." Washington Star. "Step lively!" said the conductor "Not on your life!" said the grouchv passenger. "If I felt like doing that I'd walk and beat your old car." Philadel phia Ledger. "Walter, where are those blue points I ordered a half hour ago?" "Sorry, sir, but another gent's usin' the shells now. When he's done I'll hurrv your order right along. "-Cleveland Leader. POINTED FAIIAGRAFHS. From the Chicago News. Be good, but don't be too easy. Lots of heavyweights are looking for light work. He is a wise man who signs no man's note not even his own. What man has done woman thinks she is qualified to Improve upon. Some men's wives, like their sins, are sure to find them out. vVhen the unexpected happens at a boarding house you get fresh eggs. A woman isn't necessarily shallow be cause her beauty is only skin deep. About the only way to convince a contrary man that he is wrong is to agree with him. Paradoxical though It may seem, tha father of one baby is usually twice as happy as the father of twins. The rural postmistress is forced to give the stamp of her approval to postal cards many of which she doesn't ap pro -e. QUAKER REFXECITOXS. From the Philadelphia Record. If fortune doesn't knock our neigh bors will. Hail the summer girl! Long may she reign! There's always room at the top, even In a thermometer. The cyclone must be one of the ills that flesh is air to. It takes a swindler to fully apprecl at the "good things" of life. Even tha politician may be blinded by throwing dust in his eyes If it's gold dust. Every man is entitled to ria opinion but every woman wants at least a dozen changes. The society climber naturally wants to go to heaven, because that is where all the best people go. In the language of the daily news paper a "charmingr young widow" is al most any woman whose husband U dead.