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THE TOPEKA DAILY STATE JOTTIIITAI THURSDAY E VEiNINQ, JUNE 27, 1907. TOPEKA STATE JOURNAL By FRAXK P. MAO IENNAN. rEntara Jul 1. lS7S.'ai aecond-cla matter t the postofflce at Topeka, Knn,. unaer ine net or congrtM.j VOLUME XXXIV No. 155 Official Paper City of Topeka. TERMS OF SUBSCRIPTION. Dally edition, delivered by caf-ler. M cents a week to any part of Topeka. or suburbs, or at tho ium price In any Kn " towiia where the paper baa a carrier stem. '"- " - ' gr mail, one year W-JJ y nuUL three month Saturday ednion of daily. on year...- ' 00 TELEPHQXESL Bosiness office J" Business office. .............. .....Tnd. 1T Reporters' Room Bell 577 50"'r Room In- ""It P. UaeLrnmn !". 709 PERMANENT ROME. Tonelca Stata Journal bunding, K an f Kasou trnint, com(T of Eipnrn. New York office: Fie tiro n build in, at Twenty-third street, corner Fifth avenue "d Broadwuv. Paul Block, manager. Chlca.ro office; Hartford building. Paul OP THE ASSOCIATED PRESS. The State Journal to a member of the Associated Pra and receives tba run day telearapfc renort of that Treat or ganization for the exclusive afternoon publication In Topelta. Tie ntwi la received n The State Jour nal building erar wires (or this sole pur- TKieei. HOME SEWSWHILE AWAY. Subscribers of tba State Journal way during the) snmincr jnay bare) the paper mailed rejrulnrly encn uny to any address at the rate of ten cents a week or thirty cents a monfh (by mail otJj). Address changed as often as destreiL AVtiihi out of town th Stata Journal will bo to you like a dally letter from homo. Advance payment fa retrnested wi these short lime snhscrtptlon, to Mve bookkeepms- expense. "Who - advised keeping on the heavy kind -until July 1? About time for the W. B. Corey's to break Into print again, lent It ? It need cause no surprise -when an Ice trust's stock Is found to he -watered. This Is a good time to look tip the best remedies for burns. The Fourth Is only one weak oft KJnar Alfonso has a great many titles, bat his latest title, "papa," aeems to please htm as much as any. A man named Gallagher la now acting mayor of San Francisco In place of Schmitx. Thus do the Irish score again. The Italian who shot another man In his sleep on a western Kansas train was perhaps suffering- from dementia Ital lana. That Is probably, true. It usually makes a person like Abe sick to get caught. - Now It is Mayor Schm!tss tarn to pay the fiddler, and although he Is a fiddler himself, the chances are that he will get no rebates. I Attorney Darrow says he Intends to prove Orchard a monumental liar. Let's see: Didn't Orchard confess to some thing like that? If Mrs. Howard Gould gets her di vorce and all the alimony she wants, quite likely Count Bonl will be willing to consider proposals from her. It Is really dangerous for the gov ernment to have a- boat named the Octopus. The president might forget himself sometimes and jump on It. a Both the Democrats and the Republi cans at Ottawa believe they entertained the next president last week. Both Taft and Bryan were there, you know. There Is this consolation for Mayor Bchmlts: If his town takes a notion to whip Japan in the next year or two. he won't have to enlist. He will be in JaiL A Philadelphia Inventor claims credit for Santos Dumont's idea of a dirigible balloon. While he was claiming why didn't he claim something that would work? Nothwithstanding Secretary Taft's in digestion he remained cheerful and op timistic When some men have pains In that region they became sour and dis gruntled. Perhaps the alleged humor "that Mark Twain is perpetrating over in London, is caused by the fact that those Britishers cannot see the point to any other kind. The Osborne Farmer thinks one reason why Senator Knox's boom doesnt "take" any better in Kansas is because his first name Is "Philander." If It were Bill or Jack his boom might stand soma show. Of the six largest universities in the country in point of attendance Il linois claims three. They are Chicago University, Northwestern and the Uni versity of Illinois. Neither Tale, Princeton, Cornell, nor Columbia come In this list of the' six largest. The other three besides those. named are Harvard, Michigan and Minnesota. The West is doing things in education. A Kansas exchange quotes the Mil ton (Pa.) Miltonian. as. saying: "The primaries under the new election law were held on Saturday last and proved to the satisfaction of all that they are no improvement over the old way and not nearly so good as the vest pocket vote. Some election districts did not poll a solitary vote, and all over the state the vote was very light and the professional politicians had things largely their own way." This indicates that the Milton Miltonian got lisked. Secretary Wilson has given his as sistants ordtxa to watch F. D. Coburn and carefully read everything- ha gives out. That is splendid -advice. - If Secretary Wilson will follow it him self he will learn a great many val uable things. A FALSE PROPAGANDA. It is well known that public service corporations in the United States are making tremendous efforts to prove municipal ownership a failure. To this end they are spending money in maintaining "tainted news" bureaus for the spread of antl-munlclpal own ership sentiment A publication sail ing under the misleading . name of "Concerning- Municipal Ownership" is maintained, the purpose of which is to create the impression that munici pal ownership la a failure, and ex tracts from this publication are sent to newspapers all over the country in the hope that they will find their way Into print. Writers are also employed to prepare special articles for the same purpose, and facts and figures are dls torted to discredit public ownership. In a recent issue of the Los Angeles Times appears a two-column artiole by one Walter J. Ballard, who is said parenthetically to be "one of the fore most statisticians of America." and In this article Topeka's electric light plant is listed among "failures of American municipal electrlo plants." This will be news to Topeka. Even those who recently made the vain at' tempt to turn over the city lighting contract to a private corporation will scarcely maintain that Topeka's mu niclpal lighting plant has been a fail ure during the twenty years since it was established. At the time the ma niclpal plant was started the lowest bid the city could get on street light ing was $120 per light per year. The municipal plant was established and the cost per light has actually been about $62 per year for the whole time, which Includes interest, depreciation and lost taxes. "One of the foremost statisticians of. America." evidently got his wires crossed in listing the Topeka municipal electric plant as a failure. It Is true, of course, that with new and up-to-date machinery, the cost of lights can still be lessened. When the Edison company recently proposed to furnish the city BOO lights for $55 per light per year on a ten-year contract, some Topeka citizens were swept off their feet. It looked good according to the way the Edison backers manip ulator the figures. But a disinterested expert went over the whole situation for the city, figured every possible Item of expense. Including Interest, de preciation, lost taxes, maintenance and operation, and he showed that Topeka could build a new municipal plant and get Its light at considerably less than $55 a year, and have a $90,000 plant left at the end of the ten-year period. And when the State Journal showed that the amount that would be paid the Edison company In only six years would pay for the new plant and maintain it, the Edison proposition was speedily dropped. Municipal ownership has been a nronoiiTiced success in Topeka, not withstanding "one of the foremost statisticians of America. If Mr. Bal lard were to investigate he would dis cover that public sentiment is over whelmingly In favor of municipal own ership in Topeka but that is not the sort of information that he Is paid for getting. If municipal ownership Is the same sort of a "failure" in the other nlace he mentions that it is in To peka, the people of those towns ought to be pretty well satisfied with it. A LESSON FOR WICHITA. winhii la havinsr the same experi ence that Kansas City, Kan., Tiad as .unit of dosed saloons, Ine busi ness men of Kansas City, Kan., used to believe that the town would go to the bow-wows without saloons; that business would fall off. that taxes would be Increased, that the city's revenues would be cut off, and that business houses would be empty. As a result Kansas City, Kan., always went "wet." But since the state closed the saloons down there the business m,n fcv found that the money which once went into the pockets of Jointlsts and gamblers Is now spent lor groceries, clothing and legitimate amusements. The city was never more prosperous than now. Real estate Is active ana the population Is growing rapidly. Kansas City, Kan., would not now go back to licensed Joints If It-could. The llauor Interests have had a tre- tini Wichita for manv years, but the merchants of tlfat town are beginning to realize that the clos lng of the Joints was a good thing- for the legitimate lines of trade. The Bea con recently Interviewed eight mer chants down there relative to trade con ditions. Four of them said their busi ness Is better since the saloons have been closed; three said they have no- tinod no difference In their receipts. and the eighth man said his business has fallen off. Possibly a portion or !' man'a trade came from the element of law-breakers that has been driven out of Wichita. Tt cannot be distmted that legitimate lines of business do better when there are no saloons to lead men to squander their money. Not only is tne volume or trade larger, but it Is a better class t trade. Men have more money witn hirh tn hit their grocery bills promptly and there are fewer dead beats. In commenting editorially on the mat ter the Beacon remarks: The interviews of eight merchants Wlfhlta who aell arrncerleaL meats and supplies seem to Indicate that re tail business In Wichita which would be directly affected by closing of sa loons has been helped rather than in jured. It is certainly . not an unex- neoted result tn discover that the man who cashes his check in a meat mar ket becomes a better provider than does the man who cashes his check in saloon." Wichita Is learning this in spite of Its- former theories to tne contrary. The Potter Palmer estate yields an income of $370,000 a year under the management of Mrs. Potter Palmer's father. The old gentleman appears to have been able to make a living with his hands in his younger days. and he evidently still enjoys doing a little, manual labor. - Recently some new fences were needed on the estate. The old gentleman took off his coat and built them himself, assisted only by a butler, who was Impressed into service to hold the naila Many a rich man would like to get out and do a Job of that kind if he thought he could afford the time. v , JOURNAL ENTRIES Every man is willing to make con cessions In a contest If the concessions are coming his way. ' e There was a good rain at Atchison Monday night but It did not relieve the drouth. (Note: If this requires a diagram, remember that Attorney General Jackson's order to close the saloons at Atchison was obeyed.) a- The Associated Press Is being blamed for those fool stories about Mark Twain and King Ed, but investi gation shows that the A. P. isn't guilty. It never sends out anything as bad as this Mark Twain advertising. e Trust-busting Is a dangerous busi ness. The average trust is so full or water that when it busts it is liable to make a flood and drown the buster. Tou hear considerable about living on Easy Street, but lots are high in that neighborhood. It takes hard work to get them. . A "Wheat Belt" baseball league has been formed. Kinsley, Lamed. Great Bend and Elllnwood are it. Ralph Tennal observes that when a bunch of men call a meeting for any purpose, each would sacrifice his life's blood rather than do anything unpar liamentary. . . During the recent little breeze near Emporia, a Jar of milk and a chicken coop that were within ten feet of each other, were carried fifty rods In op posite directions. - Although the house fly Is Just as busy as the bee a Wichita man grum bles that nobody holds up the fly as a model of Industry. The trouble with the fly is that he overdoes it. Some people had strawberries this year. Listen to this from the saoetna Herald: Samuel Magill's strawberry patch is laden with enough berries to last three weeks. It bears bunches with 20 berries to a bunch. From a patch six feet square two crates were gathered in one day. W. E. Bruce on the Albany road has a patch of blacK- berry bushes that are so laden witn blossoms that they resemble snowball j Dusnes in iuu Dioom. r Observations of Will Palmer: A' modern love story ends thus: "And so ; they were divorced and lived happily ever afterward." Mr. Turtle Dove must get mightily disgusted with his wife's housekeeping. Any old pile of sticks that will keep two eggs from falling out on the ground is good enough nest for her When this old world gives a man contentment it has gone its limit and has nothing more to add The days are so long that an industrious person can do half a day's work after supper Judging"from this year's colts the coming horse is going to be a mule. ....No man should get such a clutch on surplus money that nothing but death can open his hand There are not many dead beats among the women, but once In awhile you find one. Nine women out of ten will pay every debt' they owe and some times they nag the head of the house until he gets mad and pays his too. - "Old Bill Shiftless." says the Os borne Farmer, "is again making his yearly announcement that he Is going to leave this infernal country. BUI says he has made up his mind that the Almighty never intended that decent people should Jive . here. . Once in awhile we get a., crop of wheat, but generally a man simply loses the seed wheat he puts jnto the ground. Bill put out a few acres of wheat last fall. He didn't half prepare the ground and did a bum lob putting it In. He did n't get a very good stand. Bill don't know where he will go. but he Is going to leave. Bill left once before. He got away a couple hundred miles and then had to send back to his wife s folks for money to come back home on. Bill's Idea is to leave his wife and kids with the old folks this summer, while he gets a job as canvassman with a circus. This will enable him to see a lot of country at no expense to himself and by fall he can have his mind made up Just where he wants to locate. He will then also have enough money saved up to send for his folks and get started right. "Just give me half a chance,' said Old Bill, 'and I will show these knockers around town here that I can cut some Ice. They've got It In for me here and won't let me get ahead.' Bill has written to three cir cuses f ok. a job and in every Instance signed his name "Hon. William Shift less.' Bill claims he has a right to use the word 'Honorable' because he was an applicant for a Job before the last legislature. ; POINTED PARAGRAPHS. IFrom the Chicago News.l There are still some vacant lots on Easy street. Many a- man who looks wise can't make a living at it. How long the days seem when you are short of money! One method of dodging pocularitv Is to give your neighbors advice. It doesn't pay to advertise unless you are able to deliver the goods. One brand of seasickness is the re sult of a trip on the sea of matrimony. Why doesn't some genius start a correspondence school of experience? It sometimes happens that a woman with a double chin talks enough for two. In the drama of life there are more thinking parts than there are actors to enact them. When a woman marries a man to reform him she learns what it Is to lead a strenuous life. It's awfully hard for a woman to believe the nice things she tells other Women about her husband. Some wives get comfort out of the thought that their husbands are just as good as other men 'when they are asleep. RKi "LECTIONS OP A BACHELOR. From the New Tork Press.J Next to being a bachelor a widower Is the luckiest. When a girl could really die for a man he is in a novel. The only people gladder than the hosts to have their guests go are the guests. Rich men aavise you to save money so they can advise you how to invest it for their benefit. When a girl says she doesn't want man to love her. she doesn't mean she doesn't want him to make love to her. . j it j JAYUAWKER JOTS j KANSAS COMMENT IN BOLTON. TOO. Between Saturday afternoon and Monday morning there were received at the postofHce In thjs city twenty two mail sacks pf Sears-Roebuck cata logues. Each' saejc-contained twenty five' catalogues, making a total of 660. Each catalogue had 20 cents in stamps on It. This made $110 spent in post age on the one shipment,. Each cata logue must cost at the very least $1. This would give a total expenditure of $660 in this one effort to secure trade from this vicinity. As a rule the merchants of Holton are good adver tisers, yet there are some who do not spend $50 a year in this way. Some of those who spend the least are the ones who make the biggest fuss about the mall order business. Whose fault Is it that the 'mail order houses get business? Honestly, Mr. Merchant, who does not advertise, don't you feel more like tradins with the man who asks you for your trade than the man who simply sits back and gives you the impression that your business is not of enough Importance to him to ask you I for It? It is likely that almost all if not all of the men who received the Sears-Roebuck catalogues take one or both of the county papers. Why not offset the effect of these catalogues by telling them whit you are willing to do for them? Try it and see if it does not pay. Holton Recorder. FEDERAL CHARTERS. The unanimous adoption of a resolu tion by the Kansas Bankers' associa tion asrainf?t over-Issues of stock by public service corporations ar.d In favor ot federal charters for Interstate cor porations, giving the federal govern nient control instead of leaving their control to the states, puts the Kansas bankers on record on these questions ahead of other state bankers' associa tions. Ths capital of banks is strictly regulated and limited by law. In their tesolution the Kansas bankers ask for the same regulation of public service corporations in stock Issues. As to federal charters, many railroad men are anxious to eecape from the con fusion of state regulations and would aiadly see the whole matter turned over to the federal government, for the i-&ke of uniformity. State regulation of the interstate trusts, which are all In- cornoated by states, has not been er fective or ui.iform. Southwestern Banker. DR WILEY AND PIE, This man Wiley is going too far. He will have to be exterminated, or ne will exterminate every toothsome mor sel which has regaled American man flinr. Tim. WW Wa hnva stood for eliminating canned meats. We never t -11,,, those kind of makeshifts, anyway, a natlon, but when he attacks the gacre(j pj6, something must be done to stop his desecrating and destructive hand. If che American people have to choose between the Pie and Wiley, the latter will have to go. No one, not even a scientific food experimenter, can separate tho American and his Pie. It is a national Institution like baseball and Fourth of July. And the man who seeks to Ptrlke It off the menu, must expect to encounter the wrath of every patriotic son of Columbia. Mrs. Jar- rell. IS HOCH VINDICTIVE? If the "Square Dealers" conclude to draft Stubbs for governor what will Stubbs do about it? He was the head of the outfit that drafted Hoch. If Hoch Is at all vindictive it would now be in order for , him- to use all his in fluence to get Stubbs into the same trouble Stubbs got, Hoch. Holton Re corder. IN RUSSIA. The : douma has been dissolved, but the czar would rest easrter If a storm signal wero not flying from the place where , tha douma .disappeared. j-.cav enworth Times. A GREAT AMERICAN SENATOR. The senate will not be quite the same with John Tyler Morgan passed over to the majority. Like George F. Hoar, he upheld and cherished its traditions, commanded the respect of hia col leagues, took his duties seriously and was master of its business. His claim to remembrance as a great American senator will not be challenged. New York Sun. A TRUE CONSERVATIVE. The president is not a dangerous radical, but a true, conservative. His Indianapolis speech breathes through out the spirit of the quotation from Burke which he used at the James town exposition: "If I can not reform with equity, I will not reform at all." New York Tribune. THE HEIGHT OF NONSENSE. Frederick the Great's fondness for big soldiers being grafted on West Point results in the suggestive thought that, under the new rules for admis sion, Alexander. Napoleon, Oyama, Kuroki, McClellan, Joe Wheeler and Funston are a few among the fairly good fighting men who could not hope to enter the American army. New York Mail. GOOD SCOOPS FOR BEGINNERS. A lecturer on Journalism states that the first piece of congressional report ing was taking down Webster's reply to Hayne, and that but for the private enterprise of James Madison the de bates on the formation of the national constitution would have been lost. These were pretty good scoops for be ginners and amateurs. St. Louis Globe Democrat. AVERAGING DOWN. Nature has the habit of striking av erages. Bumper crops every year would mean overproduction, which like overpopulation, nature abhors and regulates in Its own time and way. It would be false optimism not to recog nize the fact that this is one of the years chosen to offset and average down such fat seasons) as that of 1906, when the products of the soil glutted every market and choked every ave nue of transportation. New York MaiL . POOR PROXIES. A Portland railroad attorney, defend ing a damage suit, claimed that the dis aster from which it grew was "an act of God." If the blame for all these affairs which have happened recently la traced to the same source, it would seem that the Almighty has placed the carrying out of His plans In some very careless hands. Portland Oregonian. POSSIBLY A BENEFACTOR. A good deal of general Interest Is ta ken In the fast of that Batesvtlle (III.) doctor for twenty days. If he manages to pull It off successfully. It may open a way for a number of people to achieve the most Important preliminary to their summer vacation. Indianapolis News. HIS SPECIALTIES. The president's specialties are rail roads and wolves. Birmingham Age Herald. k . : i j FROM OTHER PENS THEIR SECOND MEETING. We met;- 'twas in a crowd; she looked at mo - With such a look as I shall ne'er forget; And, gasing In her eyes, I knew that she And I some other where, some time, bad met. . . The look she gave me filled my breast with pride. For as I halted Just Inside the door I knew that she remembered me and tried To recollect where we had met before. And then it came to me, all In a flash. And In that Instant she remembered, too: I'd knocked her automobile all to smash When I was nervous and my car was new. S. E. Klser in Chicago Record-Herald. Man and His Pockets. His new suit had Just come from the tailor s, and on donning it he pro ceeded to the all-important matter of furnishing the pockets. His wife was an interested spectator of the transfer or sundry articles from the clothes he had Just taken off to their new abid ing places. I- - "Talk about men not being fussy! she confided later to a friend. "You should have heard Jack this afternoon when I was bold enough to suggest that a less conspicuous position for his bunch of keys might be found than tho lower righthand pocket of his vest. He simply looked at me In blank amazement. " 'Why, that's where I always carry them,' he said. " "I ' know,' I replied, 'but they wouldn't show so much If you put tnum in another pocket.' " 'And have me feeling all over my self, when I wanted them.' he re. Joined. 'Well, I guess not, and In the lower righthand pocket of his vest they went. It was the same way with every identical thing that he shifted from one suit to the other. "Jack's a regular walking office, you know, and he's in such a deep rut. so far as the disposition of his impedi menta is concerned, that It s an abso lute impossibility to get him out. He said he'd be . lost if he didn't know where everything was. And the nunv ber of things, my dear! His wallet and all that therein is; letters enough to fill a sizable file, newspaper clip pings, a choice collection of bits of paper on which memoranda are scrawled, cigar case, a watch, of course, and his handkerchief; gloves. a knife, a fountain pen, and a pencil or so; a match safe, and two pocket pieces, to say nothing of his change. I don't suppose I've mentioned all the articles, but, anyway what I've given you la a working list. Every one of these things has its own special place. "I wonder If Jack has developed his own ideas as to the pockets devoted to certain uses, or whether he Is fol lowing out some powerful masculine law of general application. I lean to the belief that this sort of thing de scends from father to son, and that It's one of the factors uniting men in a common brotherhood. At any rate it's an Interesting; subject for specu lation." New York Press. When "Central" Says 'Line Busy'." It is easier for an operator to es tablish a connection than reply "Line busy." Recollection of this simple fact may perhaps smooth out the as perities of a state of mind evoked by a hasty conclusion that the operator is simply shirking. Follow a call Into the main exchange, for example. You ask for a certain number. The oper ator immediately informs you the line is busy. How does she know? Simply by a little admonitory click in the re celver when she tried to "plug in on the line asked for. She can not tell you who is talking on the line, how long it has been in use, or how long It Is likely to be "busy." All the In formation she possesses Is a "click but it is sufficient to advise her that some one of the 150 operators In the exchange had a prior call from or to that number. Had the line been clear, the effort would have been no greater than that required to get the "click hence, the task of informing a caller that the line is busy Is Just so much extra labor in fact. It Involves a double burden, as the subscriber will usually repeat the call until he is able to transact his business. Obviously, therefore, the desire of the operator to establish the connection when it is first called for. She has no motive in doing otherwise. Telephone Talk. The Cowboy Bishop. Once, while still bishop of Wyoming and Idaho. Bishop Talbot went to St. Paul to attend a meeting of digni taries of the church. There, one noon, on the porch of 'the hotel, a tramp approached a group of bishops and asked for aid. 'No," one of the. churchmen replied. "I don't think we can do anything. But down there is the youngest bishop of us all (pointing to Bishop Talbot), and he's a very generous man." The tramp went to Bishop Talbot, and the others watched with Interest. They saw a look of surprise come over the tramp s face they saw that the bishop was talking eagerly, earnestly they saw the tramp look perturbed -but they finally saw that something passed from hand to hand. The tramp tried to get away with out speaking to those of the group, but the former spokesman called to him. 1 "Well, did you get' something from our young brother?" The tramp grinned sheepishly. "No; I gave him a dollar for his new cathe dral at Laramie?" Harper's. Urbanity. A shopgirl entered the car. Every strap was occupied. But was she compelled to stand on her poor, tired, aching feet all the way home? Oh, no. Three or four men prompt ly jammed her up among them in such a way that she could not possibly fall down. ' Americans are no doubt the politest people in the world. As for the French, If you speak of them, they have no such opportunities. Life. Definitions. Good We. Bad They. Right What we do. Wrong What they do. ' Salary Our wages. Wages Their salary. Reputation That which one is un able to live up to. Income That which one is unable to live down to. Revolution An event In politics of which one rejoices at being the daugh ter, but ashamed to be the mother. -Life. Saved His Temperature, An old negro living in Carrollton was taken ill recently and called in a physician of his race to prescribe for him. But the old man did not seem to be getting any better, and finally a white physician was called. Soon after arriving Dr. S. felt, the darky's pulse and examined his tongue. "Did your other doctor take your temper ature?" he asked. "I don't know, sah," the patient answered feebly, "I haven't missed anything but my watch aa yet, boss." 1 Argonaut. THE EVENING STORY Miss Nancy's Miracle. (By W. F.: Bryan.) Miss Nancy rocked lnl hark and forth on the sunny piazza, and read mo xurmai lawyer's letter announcing that the will of the late John Wylie contained a clause bequeathing to his niece, nannan Elizabeth Skeen, ine sum or fifteen hundred dollars She remembered her mother's brother a nuge man, whose bushy beard smellecl unpleasantly of tobacco amnke when he kissed her on the occasion of nis infrequent visits. He had gone west thirty years before and at his sister's death his letters had ceased. Miss Nancy regarded the letter help lessly. Fifteen millions would have em barrassed her no more. The profits of the farm met all her modest needs ami she resumed her rocking as she pon dered the situation. . " The sunlight filtering through the young vines lighted her face softly, bringing out the clearness of the skin, while the green lattice softened the wrinkles that seamed her face, and the bad lines of the nose that had been Miss Nancy's cross - through life. An elder sister had let her fall when she was a baby, and the rough care of the coun try practitioner had not saved her beauty. The bridge of the nose was sunken and the tip round and tilted. Even as a girl Nancy Skeen had been attended by few sweethearts. In later years she had waited In vain for the fairy Prince Charming. She was still dazed by her good for tune when Mrs. Butterfleld climbed heavily from her rickety buggy and lumbered up the steps. "I declare to gracious, Nancy," she greeted briskly. "It's plumb shameful for you to be sitting here with" nothing done. I had my wash on the line before breakfast." Miss Nancy started guiltily at th mention of wash. Her own clothes wer boiling brisklly on the stove this verj minute. "I'm kind of upset," she defended weakly. "You see, I got a letter." "Who's dead now," demanded the ma tron. Miss Nancy's slower mode of speech was always an Irritation to her. "My uncle, John Wylie," explained Miss Nancy. "He left me fifteen hun dred dollars." Mrs. Butterfleld sank into the nearest chair. "My land's sake," she exclaimed. "Whatever are you going to do with all that money?" "That's what I was trying to think out," said Miss Nancy apologetically. "A plain body like you don't want all that money," said her caller frankly. "You ain't got any call to dress up. The church needs a new organ the worst sort of way." I gave ten dollars toward the' or gan, Miss .Nancy protested, remember ing the sacrifices it had cost her. Mrs. Butterfleld led the talk to other channels for the present. Nancy could not spend the money until she had it There was plenty of time in which to remind her of other worthy objects. But that night Mm Butterfleld's chance was lost. Miss Nancy, reading the last number of the "Woman's Friend." made her great resolve, and before she went to bed she had labor iously composed a letter to one of the advertisers asking for particulars, "as described In a plain-sealed envelope," and she heavily underscored the last three words. The answer arrived two days ahead of the check- from the western: lawyer, and Miss Nancy could scarcely- wait In patience for the money to come. The day after its arrival Mrs. But terfleld, stopping to argue for the new est charity, found the hired man fry ing bacon In Miss Nancy's once-immaculate kitchen, and from him she gained the information that Miss Nancy had gone to New York. Mrs. Butterfleld drove off. wagging her nead solemnly. If Nancy Skeen had gone to New York by herself the money would be either spent or stolen. Had Miss Nancy vanished utterly from the face of the earth her disap pearance could have aroused no greater excitement than did her prolonged ab sence. The rural mail carrier violated his official oath to tell that the hired man regularly received letters addressed in Mis- Nancy's delicate script, and Hiram admitted that these letters merely re cited that she was well and hoped that the farm was prospering. For three months the mystery contin ued. Then came the pleasant nights of the harvest moon, and one evening Judge Wayburn, crossing his own broad acres on his way from a town meeting. rubbed his eyes at the apparition of a woman stepping briskly out across the stubble. He paused to wait her com ing, and when she sought to avoid him by a sharp turn he started in pursuit. The trespasser came to a halt at his hall and awaited his approach. "What does this mean?" he panted as he lumbered up. "You've got no right to be on my grounds, whoever you are. "Don t you know me, Ben?" There was a little catch in the voice In which fear tempered the evident Joyousness. The Judge polished his glasses and turned her so that the moonlight fell full upon her face. For a minute and more he scrutinized her features, odd ly familiar and yet wholly strange. "Seems like I ought to know you," he conceded. "There's something familiar about you. but I never saw you before, I guess." "You don't know Nancy Skeen?" she laughed. Wayburn caught her roughly by the shoulders. "Don't you come here with those games, he . thundered. "If you ve murdered Nancy and are going to try to come Into her property, I'll see that you swing for it. I know the ways of you city folks." "But I am Nancy," she pleaded. Tou don't know me, Ben. but It's really me. You heard, I suppose, that I came Into some money from my Uncle John?" "Nancy Skeen did," he corrected. unwilling to compromise himself by this inferential admission. "Well, then, Nancy Skeen did," she agreed, dropping Into the third per son. "Nancy Skeen was a wicked wo man. She might have done a lot of good with the fifteen hundred dollars, but she was selfish. The church needed a new organ and a stained glass window, but she saw an adver tisement In a paper and she spent the money on herself." "I suppose you'll try rind convince me that she bought a new face with it?" he suggested with fine sarcasm. "That's just what she, what I did." she confessed. "There was a man who said he could change faces, and there was a picture of a nose just like mine used to be, and then like it is now. It seemed wicked to waste the money for vanity, but my nose has been - a curse all my life. I wanted to at least go to my grave with a straight one. I don't think it was very wrong. I can still give $100 to the organ fund." The Judge looked at the regular features, at the smooth, soft skin, steamed and fed until the wrinkles were eliminated. He noted the jaunty, carriage of the slender figure in the neat tailormade gown, and shook hi head. The days of miracles were passed. . - "I didn't want to get off at Vance vllle," she she said, with an awkward little laugh, "so I got off at Paterson and walked across fields. I didn't sup pose I'd see any one this time of night." "See here," said Wayburn.' "If you really are Nancy Skeen, what happen the day you graduated ?"' Miss Nancy blushed. "You you kissed me." she stammered, the flush deepening. "When I read my essa I thought every one must be looking at my nose, and I broke down and rushed out of the room. You followed and found me crying in the woodshed, and you kissed me to comfort me. Now, am I Nancy?" "By the powers you are," he con ceded, using his most tremendous oath in his excitement. "And do you re member when I kissed you I asked you to marry me, and you said you never could marry while your nose was like that?" "I remember," she said, softly. "And I, like a fool. Just went away." he went on. "Do you remember your exact words. Nancy?" "I don't think I do," she whispered, though her telltale blush betrayed her. "YousaId you couldn't marry me while your nose was like that." he went on. "Now your nose isn't like that any more. We're both pretty spry for old folks, Nancy. Will you have me now, dear?" He saw his answer In her eyes shin ing with a new light of tenderness and love, and he folded her In his arms that had so often been stretched forth In vain. (Copyrighted 1907, by M. M. Cunningham.) HUMOR OF THE DAY By the way, I forgot to tell you. I was offered a partnership In the firm today." 'Oh. Jack, how perfectly lovely! And will your name be on the door?" Brook lyn Life. "Brokely borrowed money from me this morning." said Little. "He told me he wanted to buy a pocketbook." "Oh, I see," exclaimed Large. "He was getting something for nothing." Harper's Weekly. Bald-headed Man (who inclines to be facetious) I'm getting to be pretty bald. Suppose you'll have to cut my hair for half price hereafter, eh? Tonsorial Artist (who Is equal to tha emergency) Oh, no, air; we always charge double when we have to hunt for the hair. Tit-Bits. Husband (arriving with his wife at the station Just as the train steams out) There! If you hadn't taken such a fear ful time dressing we shouldn't have lost that train. Wife And if you hadn't hurried me so all the way here we shouldn't have such a long time to wait for the next one. Meggendorfer Blaetter. GLOBE SIGHTS. tFrom the Atchison Globe.J A pretty girl yawning Is a terrible sight. -A woman doesn't mind being tired If it is from shopping. It Is very easy to Jar the table where a nervous person is writing. Some men greet you as If they wished their voice were a club. When a man arranges a picnic, he doesn't depend largely on the bub bling spring. You can tell when, a man begins o get old-' by the way he will say he is Just In the prime of life. It is the opinion of most men who haven't one that no man looks very well In an automobile costume. Next to the unhealthful effects of "night air," the greatest terror to an old-fashioned woman Is a "draught." The average girl has a weakness for pretty stockings, and It usually stays with her until she is a grand mother. Occasionally you meet a man with a Strong Will who could add to his popularity by vowing not to brag about it. The next legislature should pass a law makina it a nenitentlarv offpnuw for a young man to "go" with a girl five years. When a farmer buys a new bumrv. and pulls it home behind his wagon. It somehow reminds us of a bride go ing on her wedding trip. A farmer said this morning to a re porter: "We didn't have any rain last nlght: only a sprinkle Just enough to beat a hot wind." Now that a wise man is trying to get that scraping noise out of grapho- phones, another wise man is trying to get tne jiggie out or moving pictures. Somehow It is hard to take a per sonal Interest in a tombstone that weighs tons and tons: A light one looks as If It would be a lot more com fortable. ' Today we saw a girl meet a num ber of other girls, and hold up two fingers. That evidently means some thing else with girls; with boys, it means: "Let's go swimming." ' When a girl submits to a long mar riage engagement she has a worn, haggard look, but If something hap pens to break off the engagement, the girl begins to pick up in looks and soon appears as well as a widow after a few months of mourning. A very young girl has Just accepted a position down" town. All her Ufa she has been hearing of the Terrible Men, and as she walks along the street, she has a look on her face which seems to say: "Let a Man at tempt to flirt with me if he Darel" For fifty years, the custom at Atch ison has been to allow men to catch driftwood in the Missouri river and give them one-half. We have deter mined to be more liberal than that, and, beginning tomorrow, we will al low two-thirds, providing our third is delivered at our home, and neatly corded up and sawed In stove length. QUAKER REFLECTIONS. tFrom the Philadelphia Record. ' Even the trombone player oan't blow himself unless he can raise the wind. When an old man marries a young girl they should both have our sympa thy. Many a woman has such a swelled head that she wonders if she will ever get a halo to fit it. - The fellow who never makes a kick Is a charming companion, but he gen erally gets the worst of it. It's ail right to hope for the best, but when we get it we always bearln to hope for something better. Nell "Maud is In the seventh heav en of delight. She says she has met the only man she ever loved." Belle What, again?" Doctor "Your husband seems to have an Idea he is mildly Insane." Mrs. Henpeckle "Oh, he has had that Idea ever since he married me." Blobbs "Dolittle says he Is weddo to his art." Slobbs "Why. I didn't know Dolittle was an artist." Blobbs. Ha isn't He merely married one."