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THE TOPEKA DAILY STATE JOURNAL FRIDAY EVENING, JUNE 7 1907.
TOPEKA STATE - JOURNAL Br FRANK P. MAO tETNAX. (Entered July 1. 1S7S. a aecond-claja matter at the postomce si iop. " wnoer in act of congres.j VOLUME XXXIV .' No. 187 Official Paper City of TQpeka. TERM 3 OF STJBSCRXPTION. Dally edition, delivered ,7FaUl'T' i? o a week to any part 01 suburbs, or at tho same price in any Kn- towna wher the paper has a earner system. By malL nna y mail, three months J5 Saturday edition- of daily, year Business cfflce Buine. office SSj 12 Reporter.' Room S31 BR Reporters' Room 700 ank P. MacLennan ....Ind. 7W bvni a Tar Wt TtI.f"Vjr WL Toncka. State Journal buHalng. na 1 oris oaicr; jt imn Twenty-third street, comer Fifth . Broadway. Paul BlocK. pn ul Chicago office: Hartford building. Paul "locjt. manager. OP THE ASSOCIATE!) PRESS. The State Journal is , mmbr,,S t Associated Press and receives the 'oil day leiegrapr; rfo ! ganization ror tne c'"" ' - publication in jopfniu The news 19 rerovra mi j. -L n1 building over wire for this sols pur pose. MMH Gently. Gentle Spring." sweetly cau tions the Leavenworth Times. fh saloons in Leavenworth are clos insarid the militia hasn't been called out either. , It's a lucky thing for the Haywood trial that the Gould divorce case aoes n't come up at the same time. There is this to say about the White House bulldog: Although ne got licked he was no mollycoddle. writer Loner apparently wish es the president to imitate the Psalmist and admit that he said it m nis nasio. 'The Waters-Pierce Oil company has been kicked out of Texas, and in a state the size of Texas this is no small Job. The Council Grove Appeal appealed In aln. It has gone into newspaper his tory, while Its editor has gone to Colo rado. Dr. Snow reports five white frosts at Lawrence during May. No record vu made of the pinks and yellows and greens. That Texas tentacle of the Standard Oil octopus was chopped off. but it Is expected that a new one will grow in 1U place. - General Kurokl says he likes our 'honorable country." Concerning the dishonorable part of it he maintains a discreet silence. . , Little Is heard these days of the fight In Ohio. Perhaps Senator Foraketrhas decided that discretion Is the better part of valor after all. ...... The Hutchinson News advises- taking certain theories "with a grain of salt" Hutchinson can always be depended on to boom home Industries. . The supposition that there were not enough people In Idaho to make up that Haywood jury appears to have been erroneous, after all. Those who have been expecting the millenium to arrive in a few minutes will be surprised at President Roosevelt's declaration that it Is a long time off. "Leavenworth, according to the Times, Is experiencing a wave of law enforce ment the same as other portions of the country. Think of that in Leaven worth! , It looks as though Pittsburg la try ing to fill the places vacated by both Wichita and Leavenworth as violators of law, and it la doing its best to hold tip under the job. . The president favors an eight-hour day for housewives. Some of them work on Rn eight-hour schedule now -eight hours in the forenoon and fight In the afternoon. - Texas, which has just lined the oil trust o-rer a million dollars, besides kicking It out of the state, Is not so sure that the states are unable to deal with the trust problem. . It snowed In Ohio this week, and the sweet girl graduates are wearing their jackets and furs instead of fluffy white gowns. It doesn't seem fair for the weather to act that way. With something over 150 million dollars In Its banks, Kansas will man age to keep the wolf several blocks down the street whether the green bug and the dry weather continues or not. At last, at last. A hen has appeared in Ohio that lays eggs with "Taft" clearly written on them. This Is the first hen reported as laying Taft eggs, although Foraker has been laying for the Taft boom for months. Uncle Joe Cannon has gone home for a vacation from carrying his boom around over the country. Mr. Fair banks is trying to keep his boom at work, but it is insisting on a perma nent vacation in spite of him; while the Taft boom works right along, although Taft doesn't care whether school keeps or not. A Ponca City man will try to sail all the way from Oklahoma to Norfolk by water to attend the Jamestown exposi tion, going down the Arkansaw and Mississippi and around through the Gulf and up the Atlantic Perhaps he will reach his destination by the time the Exposition la completed but not In time to attend It. . "There is no reason why the city can not light the town as well and a little, cheaper than a private corpora- tlon can do it. One thing is certain. and that Is that a corporation that undertakes to light the city Isn't going to do it as a matter of philanthropy or pastime. There is a profit in the business or else the corporation would' n't do It." T. A. McNeal. THE FRONTENAO CASE. The action of certain public officials in Crawford county in arresting two ministers who were collecting evidence to punish lawbreakers should be tak en by the state authorities as a. chal- lenge from the community in which it occurred, to enforce the laws of the state. Prompt and decisive action should be taken, not only against the lawbreakers themselves, but also against officials who protect and abet them. Of course, the object of the arrest of the ministers was to obtain posses sion of the evidence they had secured against the lawbreakers and the ob ject was apparently attained. Open saloons still flourish In Crawford coun ty, and these ministers had visited twenty of these places in Frontenac where they had purchased liquor. The bottles were duly labeled for Identifi cation and carried in a grip. The min isters were arrested and thrown into jail, and the liquor was taken from them. The next morning they were released, but the "evidence" was not returned to them. With this evidence destroyed the conviction of the law breakers before a Crawford county jury will be made much more difficult if not impossible. There Is a pronounced sentiment among a large class of people against "spotters." The principles involved In the business of a "spotter" are not particularly uplifting. It Is true, and can not be highly commended. But a spotter" is merely a detective and de tectives are necessary to the enforce ment of the law. The point in the Frontenac case does not rest so much upon the fact that two ministers were arrested as upon the fact that some public officers ap pear to be so much in sympathy with certain lawbreakers that they will use the power of their offices to protect the lawbreakers and to destroy the evi dence against them. Such officials merit the severest punishment. A BRYAN IDEA. blt. jsryan comes rorward with a brand new idea. It is brought out by the complaint of Senator Beverldge that trusts and corporations corrupt or con trol the press of the country to a,certain extent. This statement of Senator Beverldge, made in his debate with Mr. Bryan in The Reader Magazine, was commented on in these columns recent ly. In his reply in the same magazine, Mr. Bryan says: Senator Beverldge closes his list of evils with 'purchased newspapers and the corruption of public opinion." The only remedy which he sees for this is that the people, by learning to 'know such papers when they see them, can withdraw their support. The trouble with this remedy is that it takes the people too long to find out what papers are subsidised. "The senator is In favor of compelling the packing houses to stamp the date of the canning upon the can in order that the people may know how old the meat Is. Why not require the newspapers having any considerable interstate cir culation to publish the names of their tockholders and the names of their mortgagees? No harm could be done an honest paper, and we need not be ten der about .the feelings of a dishonest one. If the people knew who owned the paper as stockholder, or who controlled the paper as mortgagee, they could tell better what weight to give to the edi torials and how much faith they could put In the reliability of the news col umns. "I am glad that the senator Is awake to the evil influence of the subsidized press. There Is a well-founded suspic ion that several of our prominent dail ies are conducted, not as business enter prises, but as adjuncts to exploiting cor porations. The owners use the columns of their papers to chloroform the readers while the pockets of the readers are be ing picked, and the people are as much entitled to protection from the subtle poison of these papers as they are to have 'poison' printed on a bottle that contains it." The State Journal does not believe that any considerable portion .of the American press is open to this charge, but there are certainly some newspapers that are open .to the suspicion of taint. While Mr. Bryan's remedy might not be entirely corrective, it has considera ble merit. It certainly could not harm honest newspapers, as he says, and sometimes It would help the public to see who pulls the strings that lead to the editorial office. THE FARM HAND PROBLEM. One of the serious problems that confronts the farmer whose acreage is more than he can personally work by nis own labor, is to secure competent and dependable help. In these days of peace and prosperity the farm hand question is of greater consequence than the servant girl problem and just as hard to solve. It is not only an an noyance, but it is a hindrance to the thorough cultivation of the soli. In his speech at Lansing the presi dent, referring to the pressing prob lem of farm labor, said that it will be Impossible to get the right kind of help employment Is offered for a few months of the year only, for no man worth anything will permanently ac cept a sphere In life which leaves him In Idleness for half the time. "There is much truth in the conclu sion," comments the Chicago Tribune. but there are practical difficulties in the way when it comes to the actual hiring of the workers. There are sea sons of the year when the men on the farm have to work hard from early in the morning until late at night. The special tasks must be done quickly at a particular time or much loss will result. In such emergencies there Is a steady demand for laborers at good wages and great difficulty In getting helpers. "There are other months when work is slack. There Is a temptation to cut down expenses, by dismissing the help ers. The farmer himself can do the needed chores and can manage: to get along alone until the next rush period, when he hopes that in some way he will be able, to pick up - farm hands. The result. . of such a plan of man aging affairs is the annual cry. for helpers in harvest time and the an nual story of crops which are lost be cause of inability to get men at any price." The Kansas wheat raiser knows how this goes.. If he puts in a big acreage of wheat,, he needs help in plowing and seeding it during the late summer and early fall, but from that time neither he nor his hired men have a thing to do with the crop .until It is ready to harvest. Then he needs an extra large number of men for a few days and if he does not get them he is liable to lose his crop but after that he has no further use for them until the next harvest. "It Is not easy," continues the Trib une, "to see how this state of thing Is to be avoided unless there is Intel ligent consideration of the matter from a twelve months basis. If it were possible to make out a definite sched ule of the things which must certainly be done upon the farm during a year and to assign to the dull months those jobs which are not necessarily attached to a particular time, It might be prac ticable to keep a hand the year round and to have him fairly well employed. To a certain extent every, farmer tries to do this, but if it is not a way out there is the other consideration of keeping the man during weeks' of comparative idleness for the sake of having him ready for the day of emer gency. Of course, In time this problem will be worked out by the diversifying of crops and the invention of methods whereby there will be less extremes between the busy and dull seasons. But in the meantime the farm hand short age is a serious matter to many Kan sas farmers. JOURNAL ENTRIES The Wichita man who made $150,000 gambling in wheat was Mr. Pauline, but when you are tempted to go and do likewise you should, say, "Nay, nay, Pauline." r This department notes that its old friend, D. Y. Wilson, will move to Ok lahoma, and we are watching the Ok lahoma papers to discover what office Mr. Wilson will run for the coming fall. - Nevertheless end notwithstanding, fewer people are reading the Haywood case than read the Thaw trial. Bill Doollttle advances another the ory why President Roosevelt does not wish to run again. The president has been given a pass for life to all base ball games, but while he Is president he is too busy to use it. . We note that in this degenerate age most of the youths who "play catch" insist on having a catcher's mitt.- When this department was young, the boy who dreamed of catching any way but barehanded was looked upon as - a "sissy." JAYHAWKER JOTS The Norton Telegram recently count ed 36 new houses In course of erection there. The Atchison coal mine is now turn ing out over 250 tons of coal a day. By fall It is expected that the output will reach 300 tons a day. Several Chanute girls have received letters from the Homeseekers' . Associ ation, of Kansas City. -' It turns out to be a matrimonial agency. -- Concordia will do the proper thing by providing a water 'system to irrigate the flowers and shrubbery in its ceme tery. This would be a good thing for other towns to do. "Dick"1 Wilson of Belleville, who wanted to be secretary of the state tax commission, but lost, has moved to Oklahoma. "That," says Charlie Blakesley, "is one way to get even with a grouchy and ungrateful common wealth." The curfew at Chanute will toll the knell of parting day an hour later here after than it has been doing only it whistles instead of tolls. By mistake it has been whistling an hour too early, but as no one pays any attention to it anyway. It made little difference. I-told-you-so Item by Gomer Davies: James Kelly, general passenger agent for the Moffet line, at Denver, eloped with the society editor of the Denver Post and married her last Saturday. Ever since last summer he refused to give us a pass over his great "scenic route" we have been expecting him to do something awful. Emporia Gazette: An engineer's seri ous mistake saved a life Sunday night. When the burglar broke into Engineer Horton s home Sunday night, Mrs. Horton awakened her husband and told him there was someone In the house. Mr. Horton says that his wife was greatly excited but that he wa never cooler and more deliberate. He reached Into the grip that he carries with him on the road, pulled out his revolver and started out after the burglar in his nightie. He reached the front door Just in time to see the burglar running east. He drew a bead on the retreat ing form and was about to pull the trigger, when ne discovered mat in stead of a revolver he had a monkey- wrench In his hand. Speaking of newspaper anniversaries. the Emporia Gazette says: "Twelve years ago today a skinny young man with a guilty grin on his face put his hand to his mouth to hide a snicker as he pocketed $3,000 in cash from a brash looking young chap in his twen ties, and after the skinny young man had gone around the corner to laugh, the brash looking chap took formal possession of this paper; thus the Ga zette passed from W. Y. Morgan to Its present owner. In that time the head of the owner has been gradually going down until today it Is almost normal. When he came it was bo full of things that didn't work out, that there was little room for any sense. But he has had an awful lot of fun getting rid of his theories, and Em poria has been generous and kind and always charitable. Though heaven knows she has had to laugh once in a while. But "it's all right. In another dozen years the brash young chap will be past 60 years old a staid. If not dig nified middle-aged old gentleman, and in another dozen, some brash young buffalo will come along who will have horned the old bull out of the herd, and he will be grazing alone wondering at the ingratitude of republics." KANSAS COMMENT TEMPERANrE4vs PRnHimTTON. The Times desires to be regarded as an advocate of temperance. Liquor generally is an enemy to society. But If it is an enemy that may not be de stroyed, then It would appear to be the best course to surround It and Its use witn the greatest possible num Der of limitations. While the enemy is present, its machinations must al w-ays be taken into account, and this some of the prohibitionists fail to do. Despite the fact that It is and will be present, they say that it can not be present. The Times Will venture that in the course of a year it preaches as much practical temperance as does the aver age minister. Possibly more. For in tho news or editorial columns there are mentioned many cases where em ployes have been discharged for drinking of Intoxicants, not because such a practice is degrading or damning, but because It is the wise and sensible thing to let liquor alone. because It pays in good hard dollars ana cents and In health. Prohibition exhorters too often ap peal to passion and prejudice. So long as the sentiment which they have aroused exists the hatred for liquor many continue, but as the influence dies out, increased Indifference de velops and soon the situation is quite as. bad as it was before. The preach ment of practical temperance is far preferable, even if Its results are less immediate and obvious. Every con vert to practical temperance remains loyal, because his gain is a material, tangible, enduring one. But the zeal inspired by the exhorters is rarely very deep or lasting. Prohibition speakers have an emi nent right to address meetings and to give whatever counsel they choose. It will be admitted that a wave of laW enforcement is sweeping over the country, and opinions and sentiments are changing. This is no less appar ent in Leavenworth than elsewhere. But if tho best fruits are to come from a readjustment, that readjustment must be made by the people of Leav enworth along thoughtful lines. Leavenworth Times. TAKEN THE PLEDGE. As we understand the recent an nouncement, the ' weather bureau after a protracted Jag, has climbed upon the water wagon and promised to do better hereafter. Lawrence World. VERSATILE KANSAS. A weather expert was recently quoted as saying there are but two kin da of weather hot and cold. This will be accepted -with a grain of salt here in Kansas, where we have had at least six or eight different kinds of weather, all in one day. Hutchinson News. WHAT REALLY MATTERS. The Topeka Journal wonders whether the railroad magnates got the comfort they were expecting from the president's Indianapolis speech. Well, whether they did' or not, it is certain that the managements of legitimately operated railways did. And that is all that really matters. Leavenworth Times. - v FROM bTNER PENS ENJOYMENT OF PARKS. Parks are desirable . and necessary adjuncts to any city. They add ma terially to municipal adornment, tend ing to break up that solid mass of wall and masonry which shut us in to a more or less bleak perspective and keep the country ; out. They substi tute instead an open breathing space and contribute to the pleasure of the people by presenting to their view evi dences of horticultural art, supple mented by spacious grass plots, which are rigorously kept- in their virgin greenness. Baltimore American. EDUCATION BY POST CARD. There's a lot of folly about this mat ter of postal cards, but its good is more than compensating. The picture pos tal is an educator not to be considered lightly. It is often a work of art, and this, added to its authenticity, Im proves the receiver's taste as well as his geography. Cleveland Leader. o LISTEN TO THE GRADUATES! If the people will only be patient and wait there are any number of young graduates ! who will make speeches during the coming month stating just what Is the matter with the government and things generally, and setting forth the correct remedy and the way to apply it. Buffalo Commercial. SHOULD FORM A MERGER. Black hands, not from Italy, but of domestic origin, have taken to the high way In the neighborhood of Jamestown. By all accounts the keepers of hotels and restaurants in and around the ex position have reason to complain of this competition. Philadelphia Record. MAN IN AN AUTO. Isn't Foraker somewhat behind the times in talking about "the man on horseback?" The man In the automo bile is the man of the hour. Philadel phia Inquirer. ARE THEY? Prices are on a higher level than they have been for seventeen years, ac cording to the bureau of labor. We are glad to know they are on the level, even if it Is higher. unicago journal. IDENTIFIED. Congressman J. A. Hughes must be mighty popular down in Kentucky. The Ashland Independent refers to him as a "brother of Ed Hughes, the well-known shoe man." Such Is fame. Charleston (W. Va.) News. MEANS THE SAME. They are charging John D. with a "publlc-be-damned" attitude. Incredi ble. John is a good church member. The "public be dingled" would be his way of saying It. Milwaukee Sentinel. IS THE DARK HORSE A SORREL? Somebody tru esses that Co I., watter- son's mysterious candidate is J. Ham Lewis. Milwaukee Sentinel. FINE! A fine exhibition of American man ners was given at Fortress Monroe by the despoiling of foreign war vessels of souvenirs by - visitors. Portland (Ma) Advertiser. THE STRAW HAT. The charge of the straw-hat brigade Is not yet but soon. Concord Moni tor. POPE UP TO DATE Mergers are monsters of so frightful mien that to be "hated need but to be seen; but when they're seen, despairing of a cure, the public has to Whistle and endure. Boston Globe, CLIMATIC VAGARIES. All eagerly we wait. An anxious throne: Weak playthings of a fate That oft goes wrong. Impulsively we start, Then we refrain, Discouraged, sick at heart Rebuffed again. ' Man is a creature frail; His fondest schemes Are likeliest to fail. Like passing dreams. ' Now earrow bids him scoff, -. - For life seems flat Just putting on and oft His new straw hat. - Washington Star. Which Was Correct? The late Ambrose L. Thomas, the no ted advertising expert of Chicago, once told in an address on advertising a story 01 two doctors. "To illustrate my point," he said apropos of an advertising error, "I'll tell you about my friend B . "B : was taken suddenly 111, and. nis iamny pnysiclart being out of town a specialist was called In. "But the family physician unexpect edly returned, and he and the specialist entered B 's chamber togetlfer. They iouna tne - man in a high fever and partially unconscious. Each put his hand under the bed-clothes, to feel B 's pulse, and each got hold of the otner s nana. !' Be has typhoid, said the first phys ician. " 'Nothing of the kind," said the other. He s only drunk.' "The Reader. Naming, the Future President. Some time since a new baby arrived at a home in this city, and when Johnny the little 5-year-old brother, was sent on an errand to one of the neighbors a few days afterward .the good lady, of course. had to make the usual remarks about the gladful event. "I understand. johnny," said she, "that you have little baby at your house." "Yes, ma'am," was the pleased reply of Johnny; "He has been there nearly four days now." "Well, when he gets older you must . bring him over to see me," returned the neighbor lady. "By the way, has he been named yet? No, ma'am," answered the youngster, "but I guess there will be something doing pretty soon, for when I left father was looking over the list of presidents. mother was going through the Bible and the nurse was hunting around in a history of the United States." Scran- ton Republican. Struck Them as Funny. An amateur artist contributed a painting to the academy for the first time. With natural curiosity he said to the carrier: "Did you see my pic ture safely delivered?" "Indeed I did," replied the man, "and mighty pleased they seemed to be with It leastwise, If I may Jedge, sir. They didn't say nothln . -but. Lor ! how they did laugh when they got a light on it. Ladies Home Journal. Easy Moving. A Hartford man tells this story of Mark Twain: - One day a friend met the humorist on the street. He was carrying a cigar box under his arm. Stopping Mr. Clem ens, the friend said: "Clemens, I am afraid you're smok Ing too much." "Oh, It isn't that," explained the hu morist; "the fact is, I'm moving again. Lippincott's. GLOBE SIGHTS. From the Atchison Globe. A boy's idea of a .-hero -if another boy who runs away from home. How" a boy eats when he comes home from his first hard day's work. The acme of meanness on a farm is generally conceded to be a "breachy" cow. As soon as a man's relatives begin sending him money, he becomes worthless. The men who read a great deal wonder how the ones who don't put in their spare time. The man who is scared into being good is the one most likely to boast of his exceeding virtue. What has become of the old fash ioned man who always had a -hole In the seat of his pantaloons? Ask a doctor how many cigars you should smoke in a day, and he'll tell you the number he smokes. What has become of the old fash ioned woman who put an apron on her boy, and made him churn? Most girls believe that if dueling were still popular, "they would be the cause of considerable bloodshed. A good man to shun is one who takes pleasure in the claim that he has the worst time of anyone in the world. .. Occasionally a married woman has cause to wonder , who her- husband blamed for all his bad luck before she married him. The longer a man thinks of his first love affair, the more he is convinced that he didn't handle it very-well, even for an amateur. .. . As the prize winner in the biggest baby contest, the man who doesn't get sick very often, is a strong com petitor when he does. It is a rare married woman who does not get an anonymous letter two or three times a year suggesting that sfhe watch her husband. No girl should ever look pityingly at a married man. A great deal of mischief is done by making married men believe they are martyrs. ' There are many symptoms of love sickness: you can first detect it on a boy by the way he gets his hands clean when he washes them. Because he accompanies his wife to a dry goods store may not be a sure sign a man is henpecked, but it is if he throws nis cigar away at tne en trance. When you hear some one exclaim: "There Is no such thing as friend ship," you may depend upon it that he has been doing something to offend his friends. The average lodge paper has so much to say about the careful pro vision a man should . make for his widow, the wonder is men don't stop their subscription. POINTED PARAGRAPHS. From the Chicago News. Many a married man is a silent hero. ' It's a pity that poets can't live on food for reflection. . , - Drivers of delivery wagons are al ways there with the goods. It Isn't always the cheerful man who does the most cheering. Music has charms in the country where the houses are a mile apart. A man's Idea of a close friend is One who will loosen up occasionally. We would never suspect how good some people are if they didn't tell us. A pawnshop where we could hock our troubles would flU a long-felt want. There's one good thing about being poor; you don't have much business with lawyers. As long as the average woman's instinct is in good working order she doesn't have any use for brain power. THE EVENING STORY An Earnest Trifler. (By Constance D'Arcy Mackay.i vn!111.11856 Ifc ls 8ince I've seen with "Ti. f"""1 Kidgely, turning -""-""aiasm to iHleanor Grayson. r-t ? PmK-sKlrted candles on Mrs. o.V Zla amner table cast a glow -""" uie ovai or Miss Grayson '1 j Fom under her dark, delicately brows her hazel eyes looked out on the world with starry serious- "TWa 1 a x . "ist ume we met." he wen on, was at the Van Nestor's tennis iraranment on the 17th of September. Miss Grayson laughed. wnat a memory for dates. I mm pose you also recall each bit of our tun versauon ; ii.very . word. Do you remember waning me a trifler 7" Did I. Well. I recollect your tell ing me that I was an erratic, head strong young woman. That w n st two months ago, and I don't think either or us nave changed much since." 1 accept the rebuke," said Rldgely, meekly. "Isn't it a pity to waste such good material: .instead or a leader of cotil lions you mitrht be a leader of men "And isn't it a pity to hide yourself from your friends and stay in that set tlement, tolling and slaving?" And enjoying it more than any- tmng x ve ever done before," supple mented Miss Grayson, warmlv. "That's all very well, but how am I ever to catch a glimpse of you?- I was Just beginning to know you last sum mer, and now your time is taken up morning, noon and night, and you haven't a moment to give me. And you'll end," he predicted savagely, "by falling in love with one of the work ers down there unless you're already interested in some one else. "Such frankness merits frankness In return. I am deeply interested in some one. But your first surmise was wrong. The hero In this case is quite unknown. I've never -even seen him. Never mind," growled Ridgely, he il avow himself soon enough when ne s round you ve bejrun to care. "Well, then, he'll have to change his present tactics," answered Miss Gray son, lightly. "Do you know,-it's the most mysterious thing! Each week through the mail I've been receiving an envelope tilled with paper money Inclosed is a printed note which says, or tne needy, and It s signed E X. " "Strange," murmured Rldgely. "Yes, and there's more " "More?" "I mean each day there's a bunch of violets, too, and the same Initial on the card. "The deuce!" said Rldgely. "Well and what then?" 'Then? Oh, there's nothing more, The flowers continue to come, and the money continues to come, and though 1 nave no clew as to who E. T. is. continue to accept both." "How do you know he's a man?" "What woman would be so so sys tematic? True. And do you wear the flowers he sends?" "Sometimes." "Lucky dog! He's to be envied!" "That's so like you, Mr. Ridgely. to think of the flowers first, and forget all about tne money that has made It possible for me to carry out one of my pet schemes. This week Miss Elliston and I have rented and renovated house number 12 Pearl street, and we're going to live there and run. it to suit ourselveSi. : .- - . r: "Alone?" "Why, of course!" "Well, to say it's madness is inade quate! In that quarter of the city reg ular slums! If you had parents " I shouldn't be doing it? Probably not. As it is, my friends have expos tulated In vain, for I am quite capable of taking care of myself. And I see no reason why I shouldn't make ex perlments, and, do as I please. Be sides, Miss Elliston and I aren't alto gether alone. We have a very compe tent German servant, Grethen. And I'm sure the man who sends the money would be delighted to see to what use we ve put It. We have only been In the house a week, and have an inmate already such a piteous case, a little Italian girl whose stepfather, Grlnaldo, forced her to work In a cigar factory, though she was so ill she could scarce ly stand. Grinaldo used to beat her if her earnings didn't please him. If you could have seen her poor arms so wasted and pinched black and blue! Of course It was a case for the societies, but I didn't wait for them to interfere. took her in myself. I wanted to see those olive cheeks of hers grow round ed out and rosy, and those scrawny brown hands do you know, she looks as if she'd gained pounds already! Her eyes are beginning to lose their haggard look, and she doesn't duck her head as if she expected a blow." And her stepfather?" Grlnaldo? Oh, he's disappeared. We won't have any more trouble with him. fancy. There! I ve bored you with talking about myself, but it's going to end, for I am taking the privilege of ex cusing myself and leaving early. Mrs. Courtney is a lenient hostess!" 'You'll let me put you Into your cab?" said Ridgely. I would If I expected to take one. but I'm going back to Pearl street via the friendly street car. It drops m" within three blocks of the door." "Three blocks! Oh, I say. Miss Gray son, won't you let me " "Thank you, no! I shall be perfectly safe. I've come and gone at my own free will for the last week. The people down there are too busy minding their own affairs to Interfere with mine." A few moments later, swathed in s long dark coat that fitted closely and hid the folds of her dinner gown. Miss Grayson hailed a crosstown car. It was a cloudy evening that threatened rain, and before she reached her des tination the storm - broke wildly, the great drops falling in gusts against the car windows. The corner at which Miss Grayson alighted was utterly deserted. Pale gleams from half-opened tenement shutters, and the dim. murky yellow of the street lamps were reflected in the streaming gutters, and the sidewalk's miniature pools. Miss Grayson splashed briskly ahead, looking neither to the right nor to the lefttill she neared her own abode and turned her head to glance In the windows. The partition of what had once been a narrow hall had been removed, and the whole was turn ed Into a spacious sitting room. The embers of a half-spent grate fire -threw a softened color over books and pictures, and the dark, thin face of little Tessa, who was seated on the hearthrug. "Well, Tessa," called Miss Grayson, opening the door and pausing a moment to wrest the key from her reluctant lock. "Did you sit up for me? And Where's Miss Elliston?" But Tessa's slow, sweet voice was checked midway in reply; for of a sud den Miss Grayson was thrust violently Into the room, and the half-opened door was closed behind her. Against It lean ed the threatening figure of Grlnaldo, his lips set in an ugly line. "What do you mean by breaking In like this?" demanded Miss Grayson, sternly quiet, though a pulse beat hur riedly in her throat. Grinaldo fixed his narrow eyes on her. Angry red surged under the brownish pallor of his skin. She had taken his daughter, he said, his daughter who earned for him. Now he had come to fetch Tessa away. She would not be round a second time. ' Tessa was staring at a window at the other end of the room, as if she ma not hear Grlnaldo's words; but Miss Grayson's eyes were on the thin, .1?. wife that "Itkered In his band. If the lady sereama or calla the po lice I strika now." said Grinaldo soft ly, with a threatening gesture. "Oh, no you don't!" cried Branton Ridgely crashing in the window with his walking stick, and vaulting over the sill with the Jump that had won him a medal at college. Beyond were the amber-like lamps of his waiting hansom, the cabman whistling shrilly for the police. Miss Grayson saw as through a maze the things that fol lowed. Rldgely's arm striking out and Grinaldo sprawling. She heard Tessa's cry of relief, the startled voice of Miss Elliston, who, panic-stricken, was descending the stairs. Lastly came the police. It was Ridgely who told them the necessary details; It was Ridgely who calmed the excited Miss Elliston and half-hysterical Tessa. It was Ridgely who came to Miss Grayson when it was all over with a fervent "Thank heaven, I was in time." "How did you know " "Why, after you were gone I felt a premonition, so I took a cab and fol lowed." Miss Elliston had discreetly turned her back. Miss Grayson lifted a bunch of violets from a bowl on the table and held them out to him. "Instead of laurels," Bhe began tremulously. "I couldn't I can't you see that is " stammered Rldgely, coloring to the roots of his hair. Their eyes met. "Oh," cried Miss Grayson, with a deep breath. "Then it was you who sent them? And the money, too." "But the initials?" she questioned, perplexedly, after a moment's silence. "Stand for 'Earnest Trifler,' " he said lightly. "I thought I'd like to help, but I'm pretty much of a thick headed blunderbuss, and didn't quite know how. You see, a trifler wouldn't stand much of a chance with you, would he, Miss Grayson?" "An earnest trifler would," she an swered, lookinar down at tha vlnlat she still held In her hand. "Really?" cried Ridgely, with a de light half boyish in its impetuosity. Grayson In a tone that made Rldgely's heart skip at least three beats. (Copyrighted, 1907, by P. C. East ment.) HUMOR OF THE DAY Teacher What ls a coal mairnate. Tom- mie? Tommie I don't know, madam: I onlv thought those things come in cheese! BKeicny ana. Missionary And do vou know nothing Whatever of religion? Cannibal Well, we got a taste of it when the last missionary was here. Cleveland Leader. 'When I Koes to de eo't house." aald Uncle Eben, "it sometimes looks to me like de jury was a committee to award a prize to de smartest lawyer." Washing ton Star. "Do you keeD the beer that made Mil waukee famous?" asked the stranaer in. St. Louis. , , 'No. sir. the beer that made Milwaukee Jealous," replied the man behind the bar, with quiet dignity. New York World. Redd I see roller skates were Invented by Plympton in 1S63. Greene Yes. but people sat down long before that. Yonkers Statesman. "Do you find It more economical to doi your own cooking?" un: yes. jviy nuaoana aoesn t eat nair so much as he used to." New York Mail. He Yes. I may truly sav that I hay spent all my life at the feet of the fair sex. She A regular Don Juan, eh? He No: I was a ladies' shoemaker. Little Tommy was very auiet durine the, first courses and every one forgot he was there. As the dessert was being served. however, the host told a funny story. When he had finished and the laughter had died away his little son exclaimed delightedly: "Now, papa, tell the other one. Everywhere. Did I understand you to say that my appearance had improved 7 " iso. x saia you looaea more nae your self." Life. Dear Robert, I Intend to share all your cares. But, my pet, I have no cares. 'I mean after we are married." Flla. gende Blaetter. 'Do you know my husband had a tr. rible habit of sleeping In church, but he broke himself of it!" "How?" "Gave up going." Sketchy Bits. QUAKER REFLECTIONS. From the Philadelphia Record. A tin can is something that ls cur tailed. The most misleading thing about many a statesman is the prefix Hon, Many a man ls eager to fleht for reform until you hit him In his pocket. The man who thinks twice before he speaks very often keeps his mouth shut. A man may be way up in the finan cial world and still be weighed down with cares. Even when an actress is wedded to her Art she can seldom resist the temptation of a divorce. t Nell "Her husband used to be on the stage. They say he is very exact ing." Belle "Naturally If he ls an ex-actor." . A wealthy old lady in Chicago left siM.ouo to a young man who gave her nis seat in a street car. now will yon get up 7 mere s a lot or airrerence Detweea vision and sight. You can flatter a girl by calling her a vision, but don't call her a sight. Mrs. Dashaway "Women have more Innate . common sense than men." Cynicus "Nonsense! You oc casionally find a man who , realizes that he is too old to get married." "My friend," remarked the clerical- looking man, "how would you like to have all the money that is spent for rum in one year in this city alone?" Oh, very well," replied the man with the impressionistic nose; "but I'd rather have all the money that isn't spent for rum." REFLECTIONS OP A BACHELOR. From the Nw York Press. It's gambling on a sure thing when It's an open-work shirt waist.. A woman wears things to match her complexion even when she hasn't any. The most fun a woman gets out of being rich ls looking down on those who aren't. A jnan could afford a lot" more necessities if his family couldn't afford eo many luxuries.