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THE TOPEKA DAILY STATE JOURNAL-MONDAY EVENIffQ, FEBRUARY 8, 1S09.
T0PEK1- STATE JOURNAL iBy FRANK P. MAO LEXXAN. Entered July 1. 1875, as second-class! uiniier at the postoflice at Topeaa. um mmer me act or congresaj evidenced by a case In Long: Irand A woman and he four children- were found in. a' starving condition which was due . to the imprisonment of her husband because he was unable to furnish ball on- being arrested for the VOLUME XXXVT No. 33 1 theft of some bread. He is lying in Jail awaiting trial on this charge ana . Official State Paper. Official Paper City of Topeka. TERMS OF SUBSCRIPTION. Dally edition, delivered toy carrier. M Cents a week to any part of Topeka, or oburbs. or at the same price in any Kan sas town where the paper has carrier fstem. By man. one year gy mall, three months. ....... -JJ has therefore- been unable to- provide in any way for his family. On the other hand there Is many a bank looter in the country convicted of the crime of embezzlement, who is now our on bail while his case is being appealed. THE SEW COMMERCIAL CLUB. There Is reason for all kind of encouragement that the reorganiza- TKLEPBONR& Bosiness Office... .... 12 ReerspRoom::;:: of tno Commercial club, which reporters' Room . ...ana. i nas neen perrectea nnaer iae JTank P. MacLennan 1 Hon of its new president. W. W. MUls. - PERMANENT HOME. He will do much to place it on its feet - Topeka State Journal building. W sad an(j develop it to the degree where it :iwrk'omeS": aUron SSSdM. m be as uht to be' lm Twenty-third street, corner Fifth avenns portant adjunct to the expansion of Broadway. P"i B'!,mt- i th5 cihr f Toeka a1 ways. uniearo omce: uartzora ouuuiu. -1 - - - Hloek. mnnawr. ; OP THB ASSOCIATED PRTS. Th fitftte .Toiirnl im member of the Associated Press and receives the full day telegraph report of that great news or ganization lor tne nciunn n.wu But the mere reorganization of the club will not accomplish this. It does I not matter much whether this asso- 1 elation of business men. be called the Commercial club, the Chamber of I Commerce, the Board of Trade, or by any other suitable name, nor does it deadlocks over the election of United " Btates senators. PVV1. 2 ZZZZSl f. t. St.,. Tout- matte mucb- Jus- how organized ial bulldlne over wires for this sol par- I to carry on Its work. It wilt never f"- I succeed in its purpose until all of the L business and professional men of the Lest any lovelorn lad or lass should 1 city, not a few of them, wake up to forget It: St. Valentine's day will comet the- fact that an organization of this around with its accustomed regularity I sort can be of inestimable benefit to On February 14. 1 the city. Even a simple realization of this fnct will not do. The business f Kansas has a ehance to smile at TOen must &et together on common those states which are in the throes or i ground ana with the common purpose in view of working collectively for the development of the city as a trade center and In every other regard. This will mean an apparent sac rifice . of time on their part and also of energy, but the forces thus ex pended in the interests of the com mercial institution of the town and in the town itself, for these interests are identical, will not Be wasted. As the city develops In growth and expands in every direction, so will the busi tnmnoh a tbA foundation, of the I ness or its merchants grow. Thus Gatun dam did not even quiver when I the time and the energy that the busi Mr. Taft stood on them, it la reason- I ness men put into the Commercial able to suppose that they are well club to make It what it should be will fitted for All that Is expected of them. I be really good Investments on their parts in their own businesses. Reports from the southland tell oft Topeka is bound to get bigger in all frosts and freezes which have Injured ways and she can be materially the approaching fruit crop. This I helped toward these desirable ends by weans that the prices of fruit Import- I an active and efficacious Commercial This February will bo entitled to the "dlstintion of being wittier than the one of a year ago because it will be one ifiajr briefer. 'Among the men of the hour is Gov ernor Gillett of California. As fre quently happens In this land he is the right man in the tight place. cd from that portion of the country during the coming season will be as high. as usual. If the Tennessee legislature had not passed over the governor's veto th bill which will forbid the manufacture of liquor and beer in that state, a rath er anomalous condition of affairs would faavA Tirvn.iled there. Thfi sala of rum would have been prohibited but the I grateful. making of It would have been per mitted. club, representatives of all of the business Interests of the city, and working with but the one idea to guard these interests and develop them. That this condition of affairs is likely to be attained because of the new order of things in the club is a fact which seems quite probable and for which all Topekans should feel aa the perquisite Of" the poBtteians of oa oaxts. - - If there is one department of the. gov eminent which demands th highest abilities in its help it is that which has charge of the taking of the census, a proceeding which of lata years has properly assumed large .proportions and importance. That the best sort Of public- service" can only be built op by the creation of lists of competent can didates for positions through competi five examinations as to their inteui gence and fitness is. a recognized fact among an publicists with the exception of certain dyed-irtthe-wool politicians. Mr. Roosevelt did well to veto this meaaure. because of this grave fault that It contained. There is some talk in congress of passing it over his veto, but the congressmen will be making a mistake if they do so. The people are with Roosevelt on this proposition as they have been, on many others. They are the ones who have to foot the bills for the taking of the census. They have the right to demand that the force, which is to be entrusted with the tak ing of the census, shall be as efficient as it can possibly be made. And this desirable end cannot be secured by di viding up the patronage of the census department between the politicians of the country. JOURNAL ENTRIES It's a lucky thing for the parents of an obstreperous child that ne was nui twins. T a. widow sets her mind on marry ing a fellow, about his only means of escape is death. It is better to forego the telling of an unpleasant thing about an ac quaintance even u it is ine truxn. If dudIIs in schools are to be taught to box, surely the teachers will have to become a little more proficient in this art. 'Is my hat on straght?" that favor ite auerv of women from time Im memorial has been supplanted because of a change in fashion to "Is my hat on crooked T" JAYHAWKER JOTS KANSAS COMMENT OUR TRADE WITH JAPAN. The California legislature has re considered its intention of affronting Japan. The postponement of action on the anti-Japanese measures in the as sembly is regarded as foreshadowing the defeat Of all snirh leirlKlfltinn ex. cept the a,lien land bill, which as now amended is unobjectionable. wnai me nation has at stake in the maintenance of cordial relations with japan is indicated by the Japanese irauts returns lor Iho In- fiscal vear. xney snow mat the United States i still ahead of all other countries in th volume of Japanese trade. In 190 our combined eXDorts to JaDan and imports from that country exceeded J107.000.000, an amount $30,000,000 in excess of Great Britain's trade with Japan. Last year oiir exnorts to Jap an reached $41,432,327, an increase of approximately $3,000,000 over 1907. , Apart from the question of retain ing Japan's friendshin as a moral as set in international relationship. Is not tne comercial prize too valuable to be sacrificed to an exhibition of race ani mosity? New York World. A VAGARY EXPOSED. The Louisville Courier-Journal is extremely indignant over revelations maae in connection with the exDOSure of a "prohibition" whisky concern, op erating m mat state, which made specialty of filling mail orders in ary states. it advertised to sell fine Kentucky whisky' at 60 cents a quart. The government has issued a fraud order to put on end to its oper ations, chemists who analyzed . the bexerage stating that it was composed or aiconoi, water and coloring matter. tiere we nave one illustration of the workings of prohibition." observes Colonel Waterson, with a fine disre gard for logic. Prohibition Is no more responsible for- the sale of this decoction than it is for the sale of love philters. The responsibility rests upon the people who were so gullible as to imagine that they could buy "fine Kentucky whisky" for 50 cents quart. A considerable portion of the public is always ready to be imposed on if the unscrupulous dealer baits his nook with- alluring promises and of fers to sell something for next to nothing. Leavenworth Times. GOOD ROADS. Senator Hodges' new bill providing them. Presumably, Ike Stephenson who- is trying so strenuously for a re-election to the United States senate from Wis consin, counted oh 'a few of his chicks before they were properly hatched. And iri the same boat is Mr. Hopkins of Illinois. These be troublous times, in deed, for the heretofore" "machine made United, States, senators to re main on deck. It would appear to be cheaper in the for the creation of the machinerv and long run for the people of thisVcity to U method to undertake the work of pay out a good round sum in a lump constructing eood roads in the state for the development of an adequate ha al, the earmarks of beinsr an ade- water supply to fight possible fires than auate measure. It provides for a state it would for them to dribble out this engineering department which will money over quite a period of time in have general supervision over the road Increased fire insurance rates. That is improvement and which shall devise a a proposition which is confronting fnr thA- avstPmatio conduct nt this work. Provision is also made for the appointment of local engineers to have charge of the work in the more densely populated counties of the state and' in the smaller counties the town ship boards are made the commission ers of the roads and highways to look after the work. The division of the ex pense for building the roads, one-half by the property owners of the benefit district where the road is to be built. one quarter by the county and the other quarter by the township is equit able although there will be some per sons who will be of the opinion that the state should share some of the ex pense in this good road movement. In addition to that of paying the expenses of the state engineering department. And perhaps these opinions are good ones. It will be seen from the provisions of the Hodges bill that any such satisfac tory plan as this for the building of good roads will entail considerable ex pense. But surely every person who is interested in this subject, and this should include everyone in Kansas, has long since disabused his mind of the tneory Jtnat good roaas can De ootainea without the expenditure of much money. Regardless of their cost, how ever, If the money put in them is spent intelligently and on a comprehensive plan for the eventual improvement of all the roads in the state. It will be money well expended. It will be the best investment that the people of Kan sas nave ever made of their public funds. Some such measure as that pro posed by Senator Hodges would seem to provide the means for expending the money for good roads in the best possible why, is the surest way to bring the largest returns. If any legislator, or any one else, has a better plan it is his duty to bring it to the front. Reasons can be found for every thing, so it is not surprising that some folks have dug up one to explain the fine weather that has followed Candle mas day when the ground hog had some ideal sunshine in which to put on his shadow dance. It is to the effect that this fickle creature did not come out of his hole at all on that day. Now, what is to be thought of that? . . .When Governor Haskell of Oklahoma went to Muskogee the other day to sign his bail bond so that it would not be necessary for him to remain in jail pending the bringing of his trial on the indictment charging him with con spiracy in connection with the town lot frauds, fa was met at the railroad sta tion with a brass band. This was per fectly proper providing the band played funeral marches. It would appear to be unnecessary for the Nevada legislature to pass leg islation excluding the Japs from that state. The chances ars that the Jap anese as well as other people will be a little skittish over congregating in large numbers in any state which can not preserve order within her own confines and to which it is necessary to send United States troops occasion ally for such a purpose. In the invitation of the students of the Kansas University to the legis lature to visit that Institution on Feb ruary 12 is the opportunity tor the holding of memorial exercises in cele bration of the one hundredth anniver sary of Lincoln's birth which will have a state wide scope. Advantage should be taken of it for Kansas ought not to be behind many of her sister states in paying tribute to the great emanci pator. Suppose the California legislators do not see the true light and insist on passing legislation, even over the prob able veto of Governor Gillett, which will be likely to stir up trouble of more or less moment with Japan. Well, then, there will . be this distressing incident among others. Captain Richmond Pear,, son Hobson, who has been predicting a war with Japan will have an oppor tunity to Indulge in "the laugh that comes tp the fellow who laughs last. The inequalities of justice among the wealthy and the poor is again THE CENSUS BILL VETO. That fallacy "to the victors belong the spoils" which has ever held a prominent place in the beliefs of a cer tain class of politicians, has been de livered a staggering blow by the veto of President Roosevelt of the new cen sus bill. This measure provided places for thousands of employes who were to be selected at the pleasure of the heads of the census department Irre spective of civil service. There was a provision In the measure to the effect that thje appointments should be made without regard to political party - af filiations. But as Mr. Roosevelt points put, such a provision Is quite as Inimi cal to an efficient publia service as if the employes were to be selected from one political party. He shows that this provision would amount to practically the same thing as if all ' the spoils went to the victor, the predominant party, because it merely means that the appointments to be madia shall be treated as the perquisites of the politicians of both parties instead of The Concordia Daily Kansan refers to its "esteemed contemporary" as "Windy Jones of the Daily Bladder, This is a retort courteous, the ele gance of which is not plainly appar ent. The papers at Wichita, Hutchin son, and Topeka and otner jvansas towns are beginning to devote much space to baseball talk. In Emporia the popular sport is shaving witn a safety razor, says the Gazette. - Men have not lost all sense of gal lantry to the fair sex as was illus trated . last week In Wichita when a fair bewitching soulful business wo man sold a prominent business man a magazine over a year old and furth er "enchanted" him into advancing a year's subscription. The woman was so beautiful and winning that he did not know what the name of the pub licatlon was until she had left his of fice. Better charge it up to profit and loss.Sallna Journal. Hutchinson is the home of a man who has lived in Kansas for sixty years and who is hale and hearty. This man comes forward with the statement that the seasons are not changing; that we had the same sort of weather forty, fifty and sixty years ago that, we now have; that tne only difference is in the increased rainfall. People who have lived in the state twenty or thirty years and who call themselves old citizens, and who, every time there is an unusual wind or a severe cold snap or a real warm spell, insist that the weather Is un precedented, should hark to the words from the banks of Cow creek. That the old citizen is telling the truth Is evidenced bv the fact that he does not recall wind storms which could wear hobbles and then beat, out the Kale of last week. He says we did have such storms long ago, but he can't remember that there was any great difference. As a further evi dence that he is truthful and the cli mate is not changing, it is set forth that he does not recall a blizzard comr ing down from the north one . evening when the wagon train was campea on the bank of the river and of the ther mometer dropping so fast the river froze over and the wagons and mules went over on the ice in the morning. He says the country Is improving be cause of the rainfall, and the . rainfall Is greater because the country is im proving. More than all that, he is not worrying about -the weather-or the crops which, he is convinced, will be all right. Wichita Eagle. i . POINTED PARAGRAPHS. From the Chicago News. And the old hen moves in a set of her own. -. Marriage is a. gamble when there Is money back of it. It's difficult for a stout woman to get away from solid facts. We would all have our rights if so many things didn't go wrong. If an actress is called an old stager it's enough to make her fussy. Some people are criticised because they won't talk and some because they will. The average man seems to have a natural talent for manufacturing hot air. - A woman forgets all her troubles when she Is wearing a new hat for the first time. The rattle of pans and dishes in ths kitchen sounds better than class leal musio to a hungry man. When it eomes to doing practical housework a carpenter may have his wife beaten to a frazzle. Sometimes a divorce makes a wo man feel nearly as good as If she had taken off a pair of tight shoes. When a very young, man is In Jove It is awfully hard to interest . him in the things pertaining to . the next worm. REFLECTIONS OP A BACHELOR. fFrom the New York Pres.j All a woman has to do to discover brains in a man is to be his mother. The thing a man likes, about wash day dinners is that is the day he does n't come homo to his.. - There's hardly anvthlne seems so wonderful to a woman as haw cun- ningly the baby could talk if it knew now. A woman can thrill as deenlv nvpr her preparations for housecleaning as a man over getting ready to go fishing. If a woman can't mary a man her self because she already has a hus band, she'll marry him to somebody else.-anyway. FEARS OF JEFF DAVIS. . The Hon. Jeff -Davis of Arkansas, delivered in the senate chamber at Washington on Tuesday his periodical assault on "the .money power," to which he ascribed, among other crimes, the assassination of Julius Caesar. Mr. Davis also made his usual pre dictions of "civil war" i an another "French revolution" in this country unless "the masses" should somehow be rescued from the conditions, which now "oppress" them. Doubtless Mr. Davis speech was in tended for consumption in Arkansas, where it seems to be the impression that a patriotic service is rendered the country by keeping him in the senate. Of course, when a majority of the American people -want what Mr. Davis says they want they will get it. They win get it without, any "French revol utioh." They will get it by the com con place process of dropping ballots in a box. When the majority so express them selves the minority may feel like emi grating to Canada or Mexico. They may even move to Canada or Mexico. But the 'majority ;v-M rule here just the same. Chicago1 Inter-Ocean. ' FROM OTHER PENS THE WAR ON OPIUM. There' are abundant Indications that the international commission which is to meet on February 12. at Shanghai, to consider the regulation of the opium traffic, will find the United States fully prepared for the business of ths meet ing. The bill forbidding the importa tion of opium into this country, except for medicinal purposes, and providing a penalty ' of two years' imprisonment and $5,000 fine for violation, has been passed by the senate, and there is good reason for the belief that traffic in the drug in this country has received a tell ing blow. The bill," while permitting importations for medical use, provides strict regulations- to govern such Im portations these regulations to be un der the jurisdiction of the secretary of the treasury. It Is expressly stated m the bill that possession of the forbid den drug shall be deemed sufficient evi dence to convict. The passage of this bill Is part of a world-wide movement to rescue hu manity from the . opium habit, which has been Increasing the number of its victims at an alarmingtrate, China has taken vigorous steps in self-defense, and other countries have placed them selves on record in; similar manner. Manchester Union. J .... ... (,;- - CONCENTRATED FUNCTIONS. In Massachusetts they are getting rid of many of tho boards that amount merely to useless lumber. A bill has been introduced in accordance, with the recommendation of the governor to ap point a registrar to take the place of the boards of registration in dentistry, Pharmacy, medicine and embalming. There are zu members on these vari ous boards, and as their duties are strictly regulated by law and the term of registration specific, it has been found that a registrar, a capable ap pointment. of course, can perform the duties quite as well as the 20, and at a great deal less expense and confusion. we refer to this to show the tendency elsewhere to reduce, -the number of per sons on the boards.. The reform has been found to be more serviceable to the people. There is the state agricultural board of 10 members. Four or six. evenlv di Vlded politically, would do just as well and better. There .would be less ex pense, more responsibility would be felt, , more detailed and intelligent re ports would be given, and the public welfare would monopolize every pur pose. umo state Journal. LAW OF PATRIOTISM. There is no statutory law in relation to tne rights or states to prevent a legislature from enacting certain meas. ures that may imperal the peace of the nation. But there is a law of reason and patriotism that should govern every state legislature in dealing with problems concerning aliens or other subjects related to the treaty obliga tions of the nation, - In the ease of California, the legis lature and the people of that state are fully aware that the Japanese problem with which they have to deal embodies grave possibilities possibilities that may mean war with a now friendly na tion.. Therefore, this problem should be turned over to the' federal authorities for solution, and should be left there unconditionally. For no state has a moral right to precipitate unavoidable hostilities when, in the event of such hostilities, it would be defenseless ex cept for the intervention of ths general government and th nation as a whole. Kansas City Star. INSTEAD. ' WhenI am dead, forget me, dear. r2Tr ? Bha11 never know. Though oe r my cold and lifeless hands Year burning tears should flow. 1 11 cancel with my living voice Ihe debt you'll owe the dead Give me the love you'd show me then, But give it now instead. AKorbl'n h 1? wreaths to deck my grave. T&hU5?L.aU tha 'lowers I loved ths most ti,, '"w ana witner there, v.'ii my chance of all the flowers You 11 lavish when I'mm dead For one small bunch of violets now. m5 mat msieaa. What saints we are when we are gone! use to me ,Praises written on my tomb For other eyes to see? One little simple word of praise By lips we worship said Is worth a hundred epitaphs Dear, say it now instead. Ai?a,ults nat now are hard to bear Oblivion then shall win. Our sins are soon forgiven us When we no more can sin. But any bitter thought of me Keep it for when I'm dead; I shall not know. I shall not care. Forslve me now inatoori Celia Congreve in the Windsor Magazine. . Ruins of Month Prof. Hiram Bingham writes of his travels in Venezuela, savin,- r.r san Fa.rI.s:, "In the tlme ot Bolivar (about to is j ii was a place of great Impor tance, boasted of 30,000 inhabitants and many wealthy citizens. Today it has barely 3.000 souls and n few In. terestlng ruins. Earthquakes, revo lutions, and cattle plagues have com bined against it. A few comnanfps of sad-eyed soldiers and a handful of grafting politicians hardly make up for its lost estate. The ruins of the grand house where Bolivar is said to have been entertained shortlv before the battle of Carobobo are most ex tensive, and cover a city block. Part of the outer walls are still standing. The corner room has recently been roofed over and turned Into a butch er's shop. Tho ruins of another house not far away, remind one of Italy, while those of the 'Casa Blanauerla' are almost Pompeiian. Painted fres coes, elaborate reliefs, carved wood ceilings, and tiled floors now shelter a polite, but poverty-stricken family and their pigs and fowls. The exter ior Is decorated with caryatides that look like incas." Of the ants In Venezuela Prof. Bingham says: "At one place on the sandy trail the ants had formed a liv ing causeway over the fine sand of the path, in order to facilitate the great speed at which the majority wished to travel. The causeway was over two Inches wide, and from one to three ants deep. So firmly did the 'bridgeites' hold together, I lifted the causeway four inches from the ground by thrusting a stick underneath with out breaking their formation." Concerning Colombian inns ' and paper money; Corrazales- is a small village of 30 houses. The Innkeeper did not like our looks and denied the existence of food and lodging. The only money desired here is 'billetes the Colombian paper, which Is at 10,- 000 per cent discount. A Colombian nickel coin was refused in payment for a spool of thread." Chicago News. TNE EVENING STORY Roosevelt Once Augustus. Roosevelt In a previous existence was undoubtedly a Roman emperor, Augustus, I think, and John D. Rock efeller a Roman taxgatherer," declar ed L. W. Rogers, national lecturer for the Theosophical society, Thursday. Mr. Rogers is the man who recently said Miss Elklns was a princess in a former existence. Mr. Rogers was forced to admit that from the point of view of power, Mr. Roosevelt had taken an appreciable lump since landing on this side of the Styx last. But President Roosevelt shows so Dlainlv that he was equipped for his position from the start that Mr. Rogers thinks there is no doubt he had had previous practice. He wouldn't Identi fy him to a hair with Augustus, but he recalls that' the emperor on occasion eot off some pretty hot remarks In his annual messages on the question of family life and race suicide, and that he had a way of knocking local abuses that is strongly suggestive of the big stick. John D-. however. In the professor s judgment, was not much different than he is now, only the opportunities ror a poor boy to get ahead and absorb the earth were not so abundant in Rome in the first century. He thinks John was just a ''publican and sinner" in his previous existence, but that the process-of evolution dropped off the first part of the title when he came to in the United States of America and be-1 gan to accumulate. Detroit dispatch to New York Times. ... Its Meaning. "Every occupation affords oppor tunities of its own for the study of human nature," says a Boston man. if onlv there be a little aptitude for putting two and two together. 1 was orowsing in a uikih onup m.l the Hub which does a little business in fctationerv on the side when a young woman was asked by the genial ldproprietor: 'And when does the wedding take place. Miss Blank? The weaaingi- racuimca me young woman, blushing. -wny, you don't think-' " 'Ah, Miss Blank?' rejoined the old bookseller. 'When a young lady hum IfiO sheets of paper and only 25 envelopes, 1 know there's something In the wind!". Harper's Magazine. QUAKER MEDITATIONS, t From "the Philadelphia Record. Prejudices are merely other peo ple's opinions. Many a man who is well bred needs the dough It takes a clever girl to make a fel low propose when he doesn't want to. Wonder if any jealous - statesman ever told Henry Clay his name was mud. . . The woman who tries to conceal her age is generally old enough to know better. Blobbs "See that fellow?- He's an actor." Slobbs "Ah, prize fighter or ball player?" When a fellow remarks that all he asks is" to be let alone he Is generally looking for a fight. . Some people impress us as being so meek as to feel sorry they have nothing to feel sorry for. ' We are never quite as polite to people we know as we are to those we meet for the first time. A man must be considerable of a liar when he feels that he can't de pend on anything he says. The man who marries for money often has a harder time getting it than the fellow who works for it. When a fellow gets married In June he is apt to wonder whether the summer days are really longer or only seem longer. Wigg- "There seems to be quite a difference between a job and a situa tion." Wagg "Oh, yes. For instance, when a fellow loses his Job he often finds himself In an embarrassing aituatioa." . - -1 Booked - for Matrimony. (By Newton Chance.) Paul Ardmore nodded his thanks to the conductor as he swung down the car steps to the snow-covered platform and made his way toward tne waiting room. No expectant committee srathered about the stove, and the only sign of lire was the cllckinsr of the tele graph instruments and a thin film of very rank tobacco smoke that curled from under the closed window of. the ticket office. He waited a minute, then he rapped on the ground glass, and pre sently a face, appearing in the open ing, evinced surly interest. "I am Prof. Ardmore," explained Paul, "I am to give a lecture at the trotnic cnurcn. There is no com mittee to meet me and there seems to be no hack about the station." - "There is one generally, but Jim got a job driving a feller over to Moor way. He'll be back to meet the 9:43 but If you don't want to wait, it's easy to walk there. You go down the road a piece till you eome to Pino street. Then you go over to Maple, until you come to Spruce. It's just around the corner on Spruce. Are you that feller that was to lecture in the Star course last night and didn't come? The ladles got up a , show, so they wouldn't give the money back." Paul clutched at his pocket and ex tracted a letter. He glanced at the fine feminine handwriting and breathed a sigh of relief. "It is for the 17th," he announced In relief. "I am so absent-minded that I have to be very careful of my dates. Perhaps the committee has discovered the error and will gather the audience again tonight. In any event, it would be best for me to go over." He turned ' up the collar of his ulster to protect his throat, and, leav ing the station, plunged through the drifting snow. It was not a long walk, for Maple- wood was a small place, and presently he was in sight of the church that was attended by the town's fashion able families. To his relief the lights shone out. and a little knot of people stood about the door. They eyed him curiously as he pushed his way through to .the door and entered the vestibule. Several young women came forward expect antly as he entered, and Paul, decid ing that they were the committee of the ladies' guild, grasped an out stretched hand. "They told me at the station that the lecture was yesterday, or rather that the audience had gathered yes terday through somo error," ho said cordially. - "I am glad that you were able to gather them together again this evening. I presume an error, was made!" The welcoming smile faded from the girlish faces. "You are the lec turer?" cried one. "We thought you .were the bridegroom." "Mercy, no!" exclaimed Paul, col oring vividly. J "The lecture was announced for last ! night," went on tho speaker. . "The i guild members organized an im- I promptu concert to avoid disappoint- I ing the audience. You might at least have telegraphed when you found that you could not come. . - "But I have come," declared Paul as he produced -his letter. "Your com munication says very distinctly that the lecture is on the 17th. The girl took the letter unbeliev ingly, then gave a little cry of dismay. "You are Prof. Ardmore?" she cried. "It was Burton Brooks, the Egyptol ogist, who was to have lectured last night. Your lecture is to be given on the 27th. - I made the mistake in the date. This Is my letter. I am very sorry." I can come again on the Z7tn, promised Paul aa he perceived the girl's distress. "I take it that there is a wedding here this evening. iay stay until it is time for my train? It is scarcely inviting at the station, and the agent smokes very baa toDacco. Yes. we ve reported his bad man ners to the company dozens of times, was the discouraged reply. "You are welcome here, but it is a rehearsal for the bridal party, not the wedding.' She led the way into tne Doay or tne church, and Paul slipped Into a pew on the side aisle, glad of a restful haven until train time. Presently the organ pealed, and, at the first strains there entered the groom and his best man. An elderly woman, who seemed to have consti tuted herself the mistress of ceremon ies, shouted to the organist to stop and charged upon the sheepish groom. 'Go back," she cried. "You don't give the organ a chance. He's got to play the march all the way through, and if you come out now you'll have to stand like a toy figure waiting for the bride to come In. Don't come until I say 'now,' and then remember the place In the music. The groom and his supporter stum bled back into the vestry, and again the organ pealed out tne weaain- marcn. Paul turned curiously to look at the bridal party, and for a moment ' his pulse seemed to cease its beat. The little bride was none other than Eleanor Kingsland, the one woman in the world that Paul worshiped, and his worship was not the less intense be cause he had never told of his love. He had thought of her always as a child, for he was very young himself for the position that he held, and in consequence fejt himself to be tremend ously old. - He had meant some day to tell his love and seek her for his own, but he had delayed his proposal until It was too late. Now she was about to be come the bride of that sheepish looking Chap standing in the chancel. He half rose as though to leave, then he sank back into his seat again. He would drink the cup of humiliation to the very dregs. He would see the girl he loved go through the form of mar riatre. which on the morrow would be performed, then he would go back to his own narrow, loveless lire Bearing the knowledge that delay had cost him happiness. Miserably he watched the procession form, and break to form again, in re sponse to the -directress, but at last the rehearsal was pronounced perfect. The groom and his best man made their appearance on the very note that brought them to pause expectantly be fore the bride started, and yet gave her time to step into place before the music stopped. With a brisk "AH right!" the direct- res led the way down to the Sunday school room, with the announcement that refreshments were to be served there. Paul rose, hoping to steal out unobserved. It never would do to meet Eleaqpr now. She could read his secret in his face, and he would not contribute even so slightly to her unhappiness at such a moment. But even as he rose Eleanor turned and came swiftly toward him. "Paul Ardmore!" she cried as she offered her hand. "And -I had the funniest feeling that you were here, i 11 through the ceremony I felt it, j and when Jeanne told me that you 1 AMUSEMENTS, At the Grand. Tonight Paul Gilmore In "The BoyS ol Company B." - ' ,, Friday night "The Right of Way. " Saturday matinee and night in Right of Way." . - At Ue Novelty. ' Dally Matinee 2:30 High claBSvauaevlllS. Evenings 3:46-:l& High class vaudeville. At the Majestic Tonight 8:15 The Raymond Wells StocH company in "The Devil" and vaudevllls. Dally matinee 2:30. For particulars, prices and amusement details, see announcements In this paper elsewher. really were here- I was delighted. Did you see the rehearsal? Isn't it going to be lovely?" "As ipvely as the bride deserves, declared Paul gallantly. "Do you know her?" cried Eleanor in astonishment. "You are she, reminded Paul, but Eleanor shook her head gayly. "I almost wish that I was," ahs cried. "All tho excitement over ons girl, even though she is as beautiful as Letty Brace. I was Just her sub stitute, because she had to have her dress fitted. Paul, do 'you know, I think a dress like that would tempt me to marry anybody." "I shall have to see Miss Brace's dressmaker," said Paul gravely, "for I want to tempt yoa to matrimony, I thought that you were too young to give up all men for just one, but whan I saw you standing beside another at the altar and felt that I had not spok en In time " "Mercy! I'm getting to be an old maid." insisted Eleanor with a laugh. This Is my third season, and I've been waiting for the right man to come along." "And has he 7" pressed Paul. Eleanor glanced shyly ud Into his face. "I guess he has, she confessed, and Paul's face turned radiant. "We shall have to have ths guild secretary for our best girl I mean the bridesmaid he corrected. "It was she who booked me for matrimony, as well aa a lecture. (Copyrighted 1909 by Associated Literary Press.) HUMOR OF THE DAY A slfm hune In a conspicuous clace In a store in Lawrence: "Man is made of dust. Dust settles. Are you a man?" Boston Record. The Little Bird That's an uslv lumn too have on your back. The Big Bird What can you expect with all these wireless messages flying around ? Life. Author How is this? I don't sret ths usual stipend for that ioke. "Pa." xnid Johnny, etc. Editor Only half-price for children's jokes Judge. "So he has ceased tn bo her "TJ has." . "What disagreeable thing did he dor "Married another girL" Louisvills Courier-Journal. 'Captain, did you ever bp a an msr. pent?" asked the ocean vorager. "No," replied the Captain of the liner. "I never drank a drop In my life." Philadelphia Record. Q. There is onlv one snarker In n ttinlfi. car. Isn't there? A. Not necessarily. The numDer irequenuy varies with the num ber of couples married. Kansas City Times. . Ella Bella- never passes a ;mlrror with out looking in it. . Stella Brave girl! Harper's Weekly. - "Of what did they accuse him conspir ing or rebelling?" "They were all foxy diplomats. They called It rheumatism." Cleveland Plain-Dealer. "Well. I tell you money talks" louder than anything else." "Not on your life." "No?" "You bet. Ever hear the roar the lack of money makes?" Nashville Ameri can. "No." said the girl, gently, "I am wed ded to my art." "But In these days of easy divorce " he began, eagerly. Nat. urally it was decent to leave them to thrash out this delicate point alone. Phil adelphia Ledger. An Even Break. "A girl will marry without knowing how to cook." "And a man will marry without the least Idea of how to operate a furnace." Washington Herald. "My sturdy old grandfather came over In the steerage. Forty years later he went back in the Lusltania." "Not so much. I know of an effete duke who accomnllHhed the same trick in four weeks." Louisvills Courier-Journal. Exchange Editor Let me see Marlr Twain had a degree of some sort conferred upon. mm. aian t ney literary Editor Yes. since he incorporated himself I believe ha has taken the decree of Ltd. rrhloaim r-ri. bune. GLOBE. SIGHTS. (From the Atchison Globe.J Every man who believes in fortune- telling, believes in every other form of folly.. . Perhaps the Lord sends deafness to a man In a desire to be merciful, so that when he reaches 70 he may not hear his children . say, "You know father Is getting old and childish. We have to bo patient with him, for we will have him with us only a little while longer." - Because people insist lii "taklne- something" every time any thine is the matter with them, is one reason so much is the matter with them. "Take something" before there Is anything the matter. with you; something that won't hurt your stomach, or need to be enclosed in a capsule; take care of yourself. If Saint Peter keens dlarv. h makes many entries like this: -"This was woman day again. Alwavs mor women than men seeking admission here. Same experience with mn.t women. They told the truth about their sorrows and their sins, but when it cams to asking them how many proposals of marriage they had received, almost every one of them lied." This is a rather funny world, and hard to please. If a man talks about himself, people very naturally say he Is conceited. If he doesn't talk about himself, and Is busy attending to bis own affairs, they say he is stuck up and unsociable. If he talks a great deal about general topics, people will say he talks too much without saying anything. You can't exactly suit the people, even if you haven't anything else to dp. , We haven't much confidence in the men who are always telling the peo ple what they should do. But we have a good deal of confidence In the peo ple; anyway, If they decide on a meas ure, and It Is a mistake, they have no one to blame for it but themselves. When we engage tn politics, we shall pay a good deal of attention to the initiative and referendum, which means allowing the people to Initiate reforms and express an opinion on them. Why not submit to the people at the coming election, the commis sion form of government, and let them decide? The question could be voted on with practically no expense.