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THE TOPEKA DAILY STATE JOURNAt WEDNESDAY EVENING, NOVEMBER 18, 1908. WPEKV STUE JOFMAl. By FRANK P. MAC LKNNAX. Er CHntered July 1. 1875. as second-class matter at the postoff ice at Topeka, Kan., Under the act of congress. VOLUME XXXV No. 286 Official State Paper. Official Paper City of Topeka. TERMS OF SUBSCRIPTION. Daily edition, delivered by carrier. 10 cents a week to any part of Topeka; or suburbs, or at the same price in any Kan sas town where the paper has a carrier system. By mail, one year 3fJ By mail, three months -fY Saturday edition of daily, one year... 1-W TELEPHONES. Business Office Bell ! Business Office Ind- J2J Reporters' Room Bell B" Reporters' Room Ind- Frank P. MacLenran ! 700 PERMANENT HOME. Topeka State Journal building. Soft and 02 Kansas avenue, corner of Eighth. New Tork Office: Flattron building, at Twentv-third street, corner Fifth avenue and Broadway. Paul Block, manager. Chicago Office: Hartford building. Paul Block, manager. FULL LEASED WTRE REPORT OP THE ASSOCIATED PRESS. The State Journal is i member of the Associated Press and receives the full day telegraph report of that great news or ganization for the exclusiva afternoon publication in Topeka. The news is received In The State Jour nal buildtntr over wires for this sole pur pose. One of the joyous delights of the fal! Season is the chrysanthemums. Just stop and drink in the beauties of these flowers whenever the opportunity is af forded. They are inspiring. It's a good thing for the pocketbooks of the men that their wives, do not fol low their example of betting hats in a promiscuous fashion on ths results of election, or on any other proposition. for that matter. There was no need or excuse for the Greek ship, the Panaghylykiardopoula which arrived at the port of New York the other day, to have carried any freight. She would have done very well to have just brought in her name with safety. It is Just about time for the admoni tion to Christmas shoppers to do their shopping early. As -a stitch in time eaves nine so does early Christmas chopping, when the stores are not over crowded, save the patienee both of the customer and clerk. The county commissioners have been petitioned formally to improve the Seabrook road for .a mile south of that town. It probably needs It as do many of the other roads radiating from Topeka. Some of them are lit tle less than an actual disgrace to the county. Good roads are not only good for the town they enter but they greatly enhance the value of all the property along them. Certainly the Democrats made no mistake in one way through, putting Korman E. Mack at the head of their national committee, He. is going to make good the deficit, financial, of course, incurred by this committee in the campaign out of his own pocket. If he had only so fixed things that there would not have been any deficit In the votes given to his party's can didates he would now be a great man, indeed. Mr. Gompers announces that if he Is adjudged guilty of contempt of court in the proceedings against him which are pending in this regard he will go to jail before he will pay a fine or permit the American Federa tion of Labor to pay it ' for him. That's his privilege but when the judgment is pronounced against him It may be that he will have no alter native. There have been such things as sentences to jail for contempt of court in place of fines and sometimes both penalties have been meted out. The court room at San Francisco rhere the Reuf trial has been re sumed is likened to an arsenal with the armed guards that now infest and eurround it. This is only another case of locking the stable door after the horse has made an exit. Perhaps there would have been no attempted assassination of Mr. Heney if San Eranclsco had an ample ordinance regulating the sale of fire arms. And the outrage against justice which was recently perpetrated there ought to be a sufficient pointer for the other com munities in the land to adopt ordi nances of this sort. The wife of a New Tork millionaire lias started an anti-noise crusade and ihas had several phonograph records made of the noises that may be heard every day and night In the week on the thoroughfares of New York city. She turned a few of these loose before an audience in Boston which she was try ing to get interested to the extent of starting a similar reform in that city and such a terrific din was made by the noise records that the police felt called upon to stop the exhibition of them. A Boston newspaper describes the noise as sounding like a medley of cats on a back fence, with a good sized dog fight In the foreground, and three or four cheering throngs at Yale-Harvard foot ball games in the distance 'tuned up with a circus parade and its bands. Everyone ought to be willing to admit that this reformer has proved the worth of her cause. Another fond - illusion has been Shattered. A national lecturer for the Theosophical society recently de livered himself in Chicago of the In formation that the snakes seen by the drunken man are real. He says that the intoxicated person who sees snakes actually sees them on the astral plane. The drunken state serves to develop the psychic eye and thus objects are seen on the astral plane instead of the physical. The horrors that the intoxicated man Bees are perfectly real on the plane that his vision is focused, says this gentleman, and he continues that "It la Karma on the astral plane that is mmishlng the man for his violation of the law of sobriety. The penalties meted out on the astral plane are as painful as the penalties which men suffer in the material world." All of which is interesting; and should be a sufficient warning to men not to get into such a condition that they will get a peek into the astral plane. And all may be thankful that the astral plane is so far removed from the ken of normal folks. THE STATE FAIR. It is quite time thai the business men of this city were getting busy with plans to do their share in im pressing upon the members of the legislature the necessity for the es tablishment of a real state fair in Kansas and also for its location at the city of Topeka. From now on, the business men of the city, in fact, all of the men in this locality, should use every possible effort, and through concerted action, to bring these things about. Surely the time is ripe for legislative action making good substantial appropriations for the creation of a state fair. Indeed, the time has been long since ripe. How it is that Kansas, agricultural queen that she is,, has never had a fair of commensurate proportions with the position that she holds In the agricultural and horticultural world, which has been established and supported by the state, is as in explicable as it is mysterious. It would assuredly be a matter for laughter if it were not such a serious one. Kansas is renowned for her lib erai treatment of educational in stitutions and yet she has been sadly negligent in providing a state fair, an institution whose educational ad vantages to an agricultural . people cannot well be measured. That an appropriation for a state fair, and a large one. too, will be forthcoming at the session of the legislature, but couple of months distant can almost be taken for granted. Next in importance to this is the location of the fair. And Topekans can well say that this, the capital city of the commonwealth, Is the ideal place for it. Surely there is not a locality in the state that can boast of such ample and adequate fair grounds as the ones already In existence in Shawnee county. There can be little doubt that these, having an immense intrinsic value because of their near location to the very heart of the city, would be generously deeded to the state if it decided to hold its fair here. They are really unsurpassed for exposition purposes. They are not by any means a big barren stretch of land with a race course in the cen ter of them as are a good many fair grounds. There are groves of large trees on two sides of them which make them peculiarly attrac tive and serviceable. They are plenti fully supplied with water. As a mat ter of fact it would be difficult to find exposition grounds any place which are so perfectly adapted for all the purposes demanded of them. Topeka, has unrivaled railroad ser vice with four large railroad systems tapping it and one of which has spur tracks right into the fair grounds. Topeka also has incomparable hotel accommodations for the handling of large crowds. In fact, Topeka, with her fair grounds, presents facilities unequaled by any other place in Kan sas for the location of the state fair, and this is not said in disparagement of other cities in Kansas who . ill be bidders to become the state ex position's home. And it behooves Topekans to get together and work with might and main for the founding of the state fair in this city. The task should not be difficult in view of the material with which they have to work, nor should it be a hard Job to convince honest minded legislators, or a com mission, if the matter is left to one, of the righteousness of Topeka's claims as being the proper place for the great exposition. MR. STUBBS' GOOD PLANS. Not even the most captious of critics can discover a good reason to find fault with the plans for the betterment of the affairs of Kansas and Kansans that Mr. Stubbs, the governor-elect, has in mind and which he will suggest that ! the legislature pass measures to bring about their accomplishment. On the contrary all persons in the state ought to look with favor on Mr. Stubbs pro paganda in most of its essential details and do whatever lies within their pow er to aid him in making it become a reality. Among other things he proposes to direct his energies to giving the state good roads; to lay the foundation for a comprehensive scheme for the develop ment of a state forestry policy; to establish a more liberal policy for the educational institutions of the state; to raise the standard of the rural school system; to amend the primary and tax laws in needed particulars and to amend the act authorizing the govern ment of cities of first and second class by commissions. And he also believes that the railroad laws already on the statute books should be perfected. As to this proposition, last referred to, there is room for some honest dif ference of opinion, although Mr. Stubbs has not been specific, as yet. as to which of the state railroad laws need to be perfected or in what way. Cer tainly all the laws on the statute books of the state should be perfected so that they will be made as effective as pos sible and the railroad laws are of that number, of course. But it will be doubtful in the minds of many whether any conditions now exist in the rail road world or will develop by the time the legislature meets, which will war rant any new and general railroad leg islation. Kansas is already surfeited with railroad laws and it is likely that a few of them need perfecting as to their details. But in the remodelling of them great care should be taken that nothing will be done which might turn out to be oppressive to the rail roads in the slightest way. The rail roads have really been over-legislated against during the past few years, not j only in Kansas but all over the nation. They, above all others, feit the heaviest blows of the financial panic of a year ago. They are dust getting on their feet again, as it were, from the effects of those turbulent financial times, and the coming legislature should go slow with its railroad legislation. There would seem to be plenty of it on the state's statute books right now to do about everything that it is possible for a state to do to railroads, and it would probably be a good plan to let well enough alone in this regard. . . Kansas would not occupy the proud position she does today among her sis ter states in the union if it had not been for her many and excellent rail road systems which have made her de velopment possible. In times past, and tot so long gone by either, the rail roads undoubtedly engaged in a variety of practices that were reprehensible, to say the least, but those times have passed. The railroads have been shown the error of their ways and have heed ed. It is the desire of their officials, as they have shown It of late, to keep well within the mandates of the laws that were found necessary to govern them and which have already been enacted, and care should be taken that they are not asked by statute to do anything unreasonable. A prosperous country needs prosperous railroads. One can not do without the other. Their inter ests are in common and the sooner leg islators realize this great truth the bet ter it will be for the railroads, the commonwealth, and all concerned. JOURNAL ENTRIES Frequently, a man who is a good dancer and is particularly light on his feet is also light in his upper end. When some folks at a party start in to sing that's the signal for an in creased activity in talking among the others present. Maybe a horse is safer than an auto mobile because the driver does not have to depend entirely on his own intelli gence. Many men never get the opportunity of learning Just how lucky they were when certain girls refused their offers of marriase. It takes a real diplomat to ascertain what friends or relatives would like for Christmas presents without leaving with them the idea that they may ex pect them. J A YHA WKER JOTS The Garden City Telegram Is urging people to boll their water. Ordinarily water Is too scarce In that part of the state for any of it to be wasted in steam, advises the Hutchinson News. A five-eared stalk of corn is the latest thing in the corn freak line around Emporia, according to the Ga zette. It was raised on the Hlnshaw farm east of the town. Mrs. Cusey, Mrs. Bradiy and Mrs. Bowelby, three sisters who live near Burlington, glory In the fact that their ages total 26 5 years. Mrs. Cusey Is 86 years old, Mrs. Bradley Is 91 and Mrs. Bowelby Is 88. Congratulations to them. Careful Inquiry made by the King man Journal among the real estate men of Kingman county fails to dis close a single sale of valuable property to anyone who got rich recently by patronizing Thomas W. Lawson's latest easy-money scheme. A Hutchinson traveling man tells a good story on a certain prominent' hotel proprietor of this city. It seems that the said hotel man lost his grip while In Hutchinson and had to pay $7 to get It out of a pawn shop where he found It. Great Bend Tribune. Edgar Wlllett, the famous Detroit pitcher, returned to his home in this city the past week and was greeted by all his admiring friends. The story in circulation about his having got mar ried is a fake, so Willett says. Cald well News. And Mr. Willett ought to know. One Marlon county poet has discov ered a way to get his rhyme into print. He sent, with appropriate inclosure, this stanza to the editor: I am in arrears to the Record, So my subscription please renew. Enclosed you'll find a dollar Mailed in this to you. GLOBE SIGHTS. From the Atchison Globe. Every married man is chaperoned by his wife. There is entirely too much remedy, in this country that is not applied. As soon as a man discovers that he cannot reform himself, he begins on the world. When a farmer comes to town with a young colt following an old mare, he Is as proud of It as a woman Is of a baby. A widower with seven children stands a better show matrimonially than a Spin, with beauty, family, char acter, and money. When an honest old farmer takes his pen in hand, and proceeds to write copy for a poster advertising a Fourth of July celebration in his pasture, he lies like a circus man. The French have an expression about "cab wit." That is. a Frenchman, re turning from a party, and alone in his cab, thinks of lots of clever things he might have said. There is a great deal of cab wit outside of France. The girls are not stopping to catch their breaths in their chase for a new young man in town. He has neither looks nor money to recommend him. but he has something more: He spent a whole evening recently declaring that No Wife of His Should Ever Put Her Hands in Dishwater. Mrs. Lysander John Appleton has estimated that a wedding, counting supper, bridal clothes, carriages, etc.. costs about J800 at the lowest, and that an elopement doesn t cost 8. She is therefore advocating the revival of Romance; Considering that times are hard she believes that this revival of Romance is due to the father who foots the bills. In the average family, pa picks at ma, and ma picks at pa. Brother picks at sister, and sister picks at brother. No member of the family has any lib erty or content; no member of the family Is ever praised. Yet the mem bers of the family are pretty decent; all are good people, and deserving of occasional commendation. It seems to be an American habit to pick at our neighbors; at members of our family; at the national government, the state government, and the local government. Yet in spite of it all, ours Is the great est country In existence, and we are the greatest people. Why are we not more genteel, and more sensible? Why are we all so quarrelsome? Why are we all more wretched than we need be? KANSAS COMMENT CONDITION OF THE ROCK ISLAND It is understood in financial centers that the controlling interests in the Rock Island system are very well sat isfied with the present status of the nnances or the Chicago, KocK island St Pacific Railway company. The pro ceeds of the 19,000,000 bonds, recently sold to Speyer & Co., were turned into the treasury of the company and ,will be used for general purposes. It is authoritatively stated that the com pany now has no floating debt and that in its treasury, in addition to a comfortable amount of cash, there are the bonds of the Toledo, St. Louis & Western Railroad company, received in payment for the Chicago & Alton stock which the Rock Island sold to the "Clover Leaf," and also other valuable assets considerably in excess in the aggregate of current liabilities. It can not be learned that the Rock Island management intends to do any rurther financing in the near iuture. Speyer & Co. had an option on $6,- 000,000 of the 9, 000, 000 which they recently took from the company. This option would have expired in the near future and apparently the bankers were sufficiently well satisfied with the bond market to think best to exercise their privilege. Not only this, but they decided to take an additional d,uuu, 000 of the same security. It is learned that the agreement be tween the St. Louis & San Francisco Railroad company and Kuhn, Loeb & Co., with respect to taking care of the S7.l2R.B0o notes which mature on De cember 1 next, provides that the rail road company shall pay ore ji.uuu.uuv of the total amount and the bankers the remaining $6,125,000. Representa tives of the former say that, by the terms of this agreement they are re lieved of all responsibility regarding the J7, 000. 000 obligation, witn tne ex ception of the $1, 000, 000 which the company has agreed to pay at ma turity. So far it has not been possible to learn whether the bankers contem plate offering an extension or whether they purpose to simply pay oft the notes on December 1. It is under stood that, according to the agree ment, the collateral under the $6, 125.000 notes will be the same in amount as it now is under the total issue. According to a high authority in Rock Island affairs, no step is being taken looking to a separation or tne St. Louis & San Francisco Railroad company from the Rock Island system. Earnings on the Rock Island lines continue to improve, Due tne leading interests in the system do not look for further rapid Improvements during the next two months. On the Rock Island railway (proper) the gross returns are about the same as they were at this time last year. Wichita Eagle. DEMOCRACY NEEDS A NEW LEADER. It will be a hard matter for the rank and file of Democracy to give up the leadership of Mr, Bryan, but it must be done. He has been fairly tried in three battles, and he has failed. The last was the fairest test and the Republi can victory was most complete. In the two former battles there was a handi cap of money against Mr. Bryan, but this was not the case this year. In the campaign just closed the Democrats were as well off lor money as were tne Republicans.' and possibly better off, There was no artificial stimulus such as parades and posters. There were no announcements . qf. disaffection to amount to anything.' The influence of labor leaders was on the Democratic side, and the tin bucket brigade acted with him as much as. its generals could make it. The vote was silent and unln- flamed. The people were allowed to vote according to their judgment, and thev declared against Mr. Bryan. He had at least one fair day In court and he failed to win his case. There is only one thing for the Dem ocrats to do, and that is to get another leader. Nebraska can send Mr. Bryan to the senate. It is better than putting him on the shelf and wm go a long way towards reconciling them to a new general. The Democrats can never run this country until they cease to be protest ers. They must be for something, in stead of against everything the Repub licans stand for. Wichita Eagle. FROM OTHER PENS HOLLAND AND VENEZUELA. Holland's action in revoking her treaty of 1894 with Venezuela is an act of retaliation that may have ser ious results for President Castro's country. Castro's own performance in closing the Venezuelan ports to ships coming from the Dutch Island of Curacao was such a heavy com mercial blow to the Dutch colonial port of Willemstad thar Holland's counter blow is the natural result of a retaliation policy. But its ultimate significance is in the fact that the annulment of the treaty of 1894 opens Willemstad to the export trade In war materials and thus makes it possible for Venezuelan revolutionists to use the Dutch port as a base of military supplies. This alone would stimulate ...t.,t; n..r.. m nvpmpniH in Vene zuela, but the Dutch government goes much rartner. in annuuuuuB msn. n will not interfere with filibustering 34Ana i amtlv RPPlTS t CI T T O - voke a revolutionary outbreak against President castro in ma t,jui. j. Such an announcement is so far hos tile to Venezuela as to be a breach of international law and could be i : . .- i . , wnn-n-?Ar1 hv the Venfi- zuelan president as a casus belli. But Holland for sometime has been ready, apparently, for extremes in her deal ings with the South American coun try. Springfield Republican. AMERICAN PROFESSORS ABROAD Undoubted success na. aiieuucu the operation of the system by which American and German universities have been exchanging representative professors and lecturers. It is re ported that splendid impressions were made last week Dy .."-Ican-Berlln exchange professors, Wil liam Mnrri rwvi of Harvard, and Felix Adler, of Columbia, who de livered their inaugural addresses at the University of Berlin. The Ger man emperor's second son. Prince Eitel, was present as the representa tive of his father, and the American professors were introduced by the rector of the university. Professor Adler was presented as a former stu dent both at Berlin and Heidelberg universities. The reception of Professor Adler, T T 1 ..1. n.taln find WhftBfi Cdll- w uuso rfcniau cation for the Jewish ministry are officially catalogued in me uenm uni versity, has more than an educational ; i i Ac on American pro fessor at a Prussian university he re ceives honors and distinctions for which, it is Said, German Jewish scholars must aspire in vain. In his present position he rightfully repre sents the greeting of American scholarship to that of Germany, and the pledge as between all America and all Germany "of mutual good will, of mutual respect and of mutual service." Boston Globe. I THE PASSING OP THE PET. Mary had a little pup. His fleas were black as jet; If him they had not eaten up She might have had him yet. Why did the fleas the pup love so? Oh. that is hard to guess; But as they thrived he had to grow Just less and less and less. The fact of being so bereft Made Mary's spirits flag. For of him she had only left His .collar and his tag. Indianapolis News. Found a Deed of 1768. A deerskin parchment deed or In denture, dated at Trenton, N. J Au gust 20, 1768 140 years ago was found in the waste brought to the Burnside paper mill a few days ago, and now reposes in the Connecticut state library at the capitol as one of the finest specimens in a most remark able collection of ancient documents. Its recent history is hardly less in teresting than the history which It tells " 13 , i y tne muenture, Andrew Reed and Charles Peljlt, assignees, transferred nine acres of land to Heze kiah Howell. The story of the parchment's trav els to the waste heap is unknown, jt came here with tons of other scrap tied up in bags for paper "stock." After the bags had been opened and the contents scattered about for sort i n tr this dpprstin .i-i o nui, v.. David C. Burnham. It was as neatly iuiucu ana practically in as good con dition as on the day Mr. Howell filed it, nearly a century and a half ago. When C. W. Vibbert, an expert, saw the great sheet, which is about a yard square, he immediately advised send ing it to the state collection, and It delighted the heart of the librarian, George S. Godard. After the manner of the period, the deed is indented with scallops across the top, a part of the parchment hav ing been left behind as a stub. The writing is very plain and distinct. The nine acres transferred were in Trenton, bounded by property of James Trent, Elizabeth and Benjamin Elles, and Samuel Johnson. The sum of 30 16s was given for It. The names of the assie-nors are Hugh Rob erts, Benjamin Clew, Abel James. John Kidd, William Humphreys. Joseph Reed. Jr., Moore Truman, and Thomas Wharton. -Jr Thoii- tn. n. -. r Reed, and the form of giving power of "u""j is cieany Drought out. Stephen Skinner, as "king's counsel." attested for the lawyer. A remarkable feature Is the seals. The lawyers signed for each assignor. Then opposite each name was placed a red seal, stamped with a Pine Tree shilling. On each seal is the plain print of a thumb mark, no two alike. Evidently this was an early form of the Bertillon method used in place of the cross "his mark." Hartford dis patch to New York Herald. Citizen Crusoe of Boston. Judge Dodge, of the United States district court, was at his desk the oth er day when William H. Fraser, sec retary of the Seamen's union, and the Rev. George L. Small, of the Mariners' Home, came in conducting a weather beaten sailor who wanted to be nat uralized. The sailor laid his papers before the Judge, who glanced at the name, then looked again, and then smiled. "Do I understand that your name Is Robinson Crusoe?" said he. "Yes. sir; Robinson Crusoe." Further questioning brought out that he was born in Wnfrtn vni.n.alr aa years ago and that he 'is a mariner, engaged mostly on coastwise vessels on umicu oiaicH KHurtrq. ne nrst came to this country in 1897 larriin n mi York pn the ship Jason, although not me jiuiun or tne tioiden Fleece expedi tion. Crusoe did not know how he get his name ttjs Tia hmA iai i A i i t - - - ..us ' . "JV. luilg, UUL he was called Andorf in Norway. In spector Moore asked him various ques tions, to which he answered diffidently. He thouarht PrpsiHpnt RnAeovau i, ., ,i been a farmer in the country and that it ne oiea someDody else would be president. The Judge had to admit the Crusoe is now a full-fledged citizen of the United States. Boston Transcript. Sight Restored by a Rabbit's Eye. Much interest was aroused among physcians yesterday by the announce ment of the successful grafting of the cornea from the eye of a rabbit upon the eye of a young man who had been blind since his ninth year. The case was reported to the medi cal board by Henry R. Lesser, of 4 West Ninety-third street. According to his account the patient, a man of 24. had been without useful sight for 15 years, from leucoma, a disease of the cornea. Three months after the operation. Dr. Lesser said, the graft Is in perfect po sition and the patient is able to count fingers at a distance of 1Z inches. He Is gradually learning to distinguish col ors and is able to go about unattended. Specialists In optical surgery said yesterday that while the transplanta tion of the rabbit's cornea is one of the oldest of plastic operations, it is not common and often does not yield such good results as in this case. New York Herald. Village Degeneracy. The human population of country villages, most sad to see. Is every year rendered less intelligent than it was 100 years ago. All the enterprising, intel ligent young men and maidens are "fished" away, drawn by baits and hooks to the great towns; only the dull and relatively incapable are left in the village to marry and produce a new generation. The village popula tion necessarily becomes made up of a dull stock incapable, as appears from official reports, of being educated be yond a very low stage. In some dis tricts 70 per cent of the children are thus unintelligent, though not un healthy or Imbecile. Sir E. Ray Lan kaster in the London Telegraph. Does Your Spine Shiver? "A shivering spine." said a psycholo gist, "is the one infallible proof of an artistic temperament. Does a shiver run up and down your spine when you listen to beautiful music, or read a lovely poem, or look at a superb paint ing? If not, the gates of art are closed to you forever. "All great artists and all good critics experience this shivering sensation of the backbone before a worthy work of art, some of these men use the shiver as a measure; the work that does not evoke It they- pronounce a failure. My own spine shivers best to music. The violin solo that precedes tne last aci of Massenet's 'Thais' sets up in me a tremolo movement that wrinkles the back of my coat." Minneapolis Jour nal. - REFLECTIONS OF A BACHELOR. From the New York Press. The reason the baby is always so smart is because its parents aren't. When a girl meets a man she likes in the street by accident it hardly ever is. All a woman has to do to be able to manage a man is not to be married to him. A woman can deceive everybody about how she trusts her husband, especially herself. If a man didn't waste his money on his own favorite foolishness he would on some other fellow's. TNE EVENING STORY Hunting a Homemaker. By Lulu Johnson.) A mere toddler of a boy stood on the bank above the railroad track. In his hand was a stone. Aiming blind ly, he tossed the stone upon the track, and It snuggled against the gleaming rail. In less than forty-eight hours, that stone, tossed by a baby hand, had thrown Wall street and the money market of the country into a panic The single track of the little west ern road afforded rough traveling. Not many of the travelers aboard that particular train even noticed the somewhat harder jolt when th car wheel struck the stone. But Gilbert Fairbain, smoking a "goodnight cigar" as he leaned alone against the railing of the observation car s piatiorm reit tne jar and then felt nothing more. And it was two weeks before Wall street learned that Fairbain. the one man who could have stopped the pan ic, had been found beside the tracks and removed to a farmhouse on the quarter section nearest the road. For ten days he had been uncon scious, and for two days or more, he had been in no condition to be left alone. There was but one Inmate of that farmhouse besides himself, and she had been too busy nursing him to make the trip to the nearest town to report that he had been found. As soon as his whereabouts had been discovered, the lonesome little town was overrun with people. Grave and learned physicians, from the east, were hurried westward on special trains and a regiment of nurses attend ed them; but Fairbain waved them all away. "I don't need you," he said irritably. "Little Mrs. Bodlngton pulled me through without a lot of palaver or thousand-dollar doctors to help her. Leave a couple of nurses to wait on her, and the rest of you go away." "There is an excellent hospital not fifty miles from here," suggested the family physician. "I can look after you with better assurance of success ful treatment." "Sugden, you're an ass," declared Fairbain, irritably. "This little wo man nursed me single-handed through an attack of brain fever. I guess she can attend to the conval escence." "I will not undertake to be respon sible for the consequences," said Sug den. with ponderous emphasis, "You don't have to be," was the acid response. "You are going to be packed out of here, the whole lot of you. I've spent most of my life with a doctor on one side or me and a lawyer on the other. I'm sick of it all, and I'm entitled to a rest." He looked contentedly about the tiny room. The outlook from the narrow-paned windows was dreary, and the room Itself was walled with rough plaster and decorated with cheap prints in home-made frames. The bed on which he rested was a wooden affair with a cotton mattress and coarse cotton sheets, but the sheets were immaculately clean, and there was an air of hominess about the place that Fairhaln had not known in years. He closed his eyes contentedly and dozed off. Sugden, mindful of his fat fees, waited in deferential silence during the half hour the nap lasted Fairbain's glance fell first on him as his eyes opened again. "You still here!" he cried. "Sugden, if you don't take the first train back to New York, I'll make you sue for whatever I owe you and I'll take it on appeal, and appeal until you spend every cent you ever made off of me. Now get out of here." Sugden took his departure vowing that his patient was insane, but ialr bain only smiled contentedly, and turned to the sweet-faced woman, who sat beside the bed. "That's the way I talk to those sharks," he declared. "I have a head ache, and Sugden gives me something to make It worse. Then he doctors me for the new 'disease' and sends in a bill a yard long. This is the time I fooled him." "I am glad that you were not moved," said the woman, softly. "I think that the excitement would have been bad for you." "It is not the trip I was dreading, admitted Flarbain, frankly. "I like il here, and I want to stay a little while. My secretary will stay over In town and bring my important mail every day, and the two nurses will relieve you of the watchful nights. If you want anything else, buy it or hire it or something. Wilson will give you what money I need. Wilson is a fine fellow," he added. "He came into my office this fall as a clerk, and T. took a fancy to him and made him my confidential man. He took to the job as though he had known me and my affairs since he was born." "It must be very nice to have some one to do your work the way you want It done," she said softly. "I am glad that you are so pleased with him." "I'm pleased with him," said Fair bain, meaningly, "so long as you are not too well pleased with' him. You won't be pleased with him?" he pleaded. "N more than I am now," she promised, and with that Fairbain was content. He was convinced that monev was omnipotent and that even here on the prairie it could purchase the love of the little woman, who had made him so comfortable. Fairbain was in love with his newly found home comforts rather than with the woman herself, but this he did not know although, when there was no longer any pretext for prolonging the stay, he spoke bravely enough. "I need you very much," he said, earnestly. "I have a house that covers half a square In the most expensive residential district in New York, I have three yachts, something like a dozen automobiles and all that sort of thing, but I have no home. Not since I was a boy, have I realized what home was like. My wife was no homemaker. and when she died, I never dared repeat the experiment with the women in the set I lived in. You are different. For years I have been hungry. Don't you think that you can come and make it for me?" The little woman paused for a mo ment and scanned the face of the multi-millionaire as earnestly as though she had not devoted weeks In that pursuit. There was no ardent afTection in tone or look. Fairbain discussed the matter with as much feeling as though he was discussing the making of some railroad deal with his fellow magnates. He was not the young lover, out the elderly widower. In need . of a home maker. The girl she was little more than that nodded her head in an affirma tive. "I'll make the home for you but not as your wife. I am not a widow, you see! "I am married," continued the girl hurriedly. "I married when I was on the stage. I married a boy, who never had had a home and I made one for him out here where nothing matters. He was home-hungry. I knew that I would spoil all his chances if I mar ried him. I also knew that he would I spoil his own chances if I didn't, so I married him. "After our boy was born that was the second year, we were here he went back east, and took a name that was neither his nor mine, to show his father that he was able to work for the wo man he loved. I am married to your son, Mr. Fairbain. I guess you've for gotten that Gregory married Martha Bodlngton. From what Gregory told me, you called me everything but my right name at that last interview." "Perhaps I did," was the shamefaced reply. "I guess I did not know what I was saying, and I'm certain that I didn't know the sort of a girl I was talking about." "We'll forget that now," offered Mar tha. "Let the past be forgotten for the sake of the boy." "But Gregory?" asked Fairbain. "There," Martha pointed out over the prairie, where the secretary was to be seen riding across the section with the mail. "And Wilson Is Gregory? You mean to say I didn't know my own boy when I hired him?" asked Fairbain. with a chuckle. "To think that all the time he has been here. I've been fretting be cause I feared that you might learn to love him. And all that time you were married to him. I'm rather glad, my dear, that I made my second marriage by proxy, so long as you will make a home for Greg and the boy and me." "I was so afraid that you would rec ognize Greg." said Martha as she re garded the tall figure of the secretary with a look of frank admiration. "He assumed an excellent disguise," reminded Fairbain. "I never thought to find my son a worker, my dear. That's another thing I have to thank you for," and Fairbain sighed with relief. He had found a home, while retaining his do mestic independence, and the son for whom his heart cried out was restored to him again. (Copyrighted, 1908, by Associated Literary Press.) liVMOR OP THE DAY "Does your husband play poker?' "I don't know. When he comes home broke I always feel that it is necessary for him to be able to sit down and think undis turbed, and when he seems to be flush I consider it foolish to ask embarrassing questions." Chicago Record-Herald. Captain, Ocean Liner What's giving us such a list to starboard? Cargo shifted? First Officer No, sir; the passengers. A woman has just come out on the prome nade deck with a sheath-skirt on. Puck. An advertisement of a nursing bottle printed in a Canadian newspaper conclud ed with the following: "When the baby is done drinking: it must be unscrewed and laid in a cool place under a tap. If the baby does not thrive on fresh milk, it should be boiled." Argonaut. "Marsraret. it was very naughty of you to make such a fuss. You said If I'd buy you that new dollie you'd go to the den tist's without a murmur." I didn't mur mur, muvver, I screamed." Lippincott's. Stranger That hat of yours has seen some service, I reckon. Undertaker's Man Aye. young feller, I've buried a good many people in that 'at. Tit-Bits. "He isn't so stuck on himself as he used to be, is he?" "No. He got into hot water a while ago, and the mucilage seemed to dissolve." Cleveland Leader. "Papa, dear, I feel it in my bones that you are going to buy me a new hat." "Which bone, darling?" "I'm not sure, but, I think it's in my wishbone." London Ideas. "I suppose," said the society baby to Its nurse, "that mv inclination at present is due to the Influence of heredity." . "In what way do your inclinations trend?" asked the society baby, "to give a bawl." Baltimore American- Willie Oceanbreeze What did her father say to the match? Tesale SummerKirl Oh. he made light of It. The Smart Set. T wish I were an ostrich," said Hicks, angrily, as he tried to eat one of his wife's biscuits, but couldn't." "I wish you were," returned Mrs. Hioks. "I'd get a few feathers for my hat." Boston Transcript. She I hear that Mr. and Mrs. Newly wed have lust Joined the church. He- Well, turn about Is fair play. Didn't the church, loin tnemr illustrated bus. "What kind of poetry do you prefer?" "Poetical poetrv. answered the Old Grouch. "It ain't so all-fired common as some might think." Louisville Courier Journal. Collector This bill here has been run ning twenty-five years. Scraggs V hat billr collector 1 ne one in my mhmh, m course. Scrairgs Thanks, l mougni may be you meant the one on your coat. I see that vou are wearing a campaign button. Puck. "I tell vou. sir." thundered old Galley, "i ! wnnn'f for me vou'd be the most forlorn and disreputable creature in this neiRhborhood." "True for you, pop." re torted voung Galley. "I won't be able to claim first honors until you die." Phila delphia Press. POINTED PARAGRAPHS. From the Chicago News. A man la never sure he knows until he makes good. An ounce of accomplishment Is worth a ton of theories. A silly woman tries to drive a man, a wise one leads him. You can't always Judge the show by the price of admission. A woman will do a lot or eneeky things to improve her complexion. Fortune is sometime fickle, but mis fortune Is always sincere. vou'll do the right thing !f you stop growling about an imaginary wron. rinn't invest your money in a scheme because it figures out well on paper. The only way to get the best or some people is to catch them at their worst. When a lealous man marries a Jeal ous woman there is something doing every minute. Every mother knows that her own children are superior to any other children on the market. Give people what you think they want instead of what they ior. and you'll make a lot of enemies. QUAKER MEDITATIONS. (From the Philadelphia Record. A man is also the architect of his misfortune. The manufacturer of cradles makes plenty of rocks. We speak of a fellow as a coming man when he makes a go of It. Artists' models, as well as book keepers, should be good at figures. A coat of paint won't always make an old woman look as good as new. The best way for a woman to man age her husband is not to let him know it. A seat In a crowded car is a conum drum that a gallant man always gives up. A chestnut sometimes demonstrates the fact that a worm will turn when bitten upon. Without being a student of physiog nomy the barber can generally size up a man by his mug. Blobbs "Most whisky is blended, isn't it?" Slobbs "Yes, rye, should al ways be mixed with a grain of common-sense."