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fEntered July 1. 1875. as second-class
matter at the postofflce at TopekaV Kan.,
tinder the act of congres3.1 ' ' i ' " '
Official State Paper.
Official Paper City of Topeka.
Dally edition, delivered by rre''- '
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Associated Press ""J "news or
telegraph report o ""fluffy, afternoon
ganixatlon for the ex;iuns
publication in Topeka. (state Jour-
There 19 said to bo a lobster famine
this year, but , nobody has observed a
carcity ut this way.
While exendthTclW nrt.
President Taft overlooked Paulme
Wayne, the White House cow.
The gas" consumers of K'
Saturerusbin, capital punish
nient. -he legislature is beginning Lent a
little late s particular self denial
H in cutting off the introduction of
There is a movenenTIfoot to make
There is. BpotlesS town.
Washington, D- t-., me i
But It did not begin until after tne
departure of Joe Bailey.
Great deposits' of coal are reported
to Have been discovered in the
Antarctic continent. Is it possible that
the trust has overlooked something?
Col. RooseiTopposed to fusion
but on one point his party and he
Democrats are already .unted. Both
want the colonel to run again in 1916.
The effect of thTwUn war,nd
the consequent hoarding of gold in
Europe i being ttUtrt,
Speculative dealing in stocks Is almost
at a standstill.
CongresshTabot to produce two
barrels of pork where it produced one
before. The public buildings bill car
ries appropriations amounting to $-5,-000,000.
Two Impending public calamities have
been averted for a time. They are
Intervention in Mexico and the strike
of the railroad firemen. It seems to
be Uncle Sam s lucky year.
Governor Hodges . appears to have
become a convert to the theory that
a carp is an edible fish. He is quoted
as saying that he believes Professor
Iyche knows what he is talking about.
The attention of Colonel Bryan is
called to the fact that Mexico is look
ing for a president. If he should be
come a candidate, he could command
the votes of a large number of Ameri
cans. r
The suffragette army, marching
on Washington, during its passage
through Pennsylvania, was attacked
by bovs with snowballs and was forced
to call for reinforcements. Soldiers
should be made of better stuff.
An Item resurrected from a paper
of 60 years ago gives the price of
sugar as 13 cents a pound and that
of whisky at 40 cents a gallon. Both
items are much cheaper than that now
regardless of the fact that the produc
tion is in the hands of trusts.
. The violet growers of the Hudson
River Valley declare their industry
has been ruined because, since the in
troduction of the "turkey trot," the
"bunny hug" and kindred dances,
people -dance too close together for
the modest -violet. -
In the city of Bangor, up in prohi
bition Maine, the chief of police has
issued an order that all places selling
liquor shall close at 10 o'clock at night
and on - Sundays. . The guardians ot
the law are growing severe since the
voters declined to amend the consti-,
tution on the liquor question.
a m n r.. mischievous measure than
Senator Bowman's bill to open the
books of the banks to ma assessors
could hardly be imagined. If it should
become a law there would be an an-
i nn all the banks in the state
about the first 'of March and safety
deposit vaults would be more popular
tahn ever.
Senator Davis's state insurance bill
tint be founded on sound financial
j - -principles
or accepted mortality tables
but the idea is in line wun tne mougnt
of the age. The tendency is more
toward the socialistic - plan of having
vorvthlnr that concerns me entire com
munity managed by the state or the
municipality. Legislation , or Jhis-fcina
probably would be followed by state
fire insurance. In that; case .when a
man's house burned down the neigh
bors would not be called upon for sub
scription as la frequently tne case,
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The people lerThenited States will
not be called upon to wait 'for Mi1.
Wilson's inaugural address in order to
know what he intends to do as presi
dent. With much: attention to detail
he has set forth his programme in a
book which he has Just issued, entitled
"The New Freedom.''
Some ? of the vital issues discussed
include the Money trust, the Initiative
and referendum, the recall of judges,
the tariff and a general purification of
Mr. Wilson -holds that the prosper
ity of the country is produced by the
people and depends upon, their energy
and hopefulness and freedom. '.'Guar
dians and trustees of prosperity can
not be tolerated," he says.
He admits the desirability of "big
business" but declares; .
"The trusts do net belong to the
period of Infant industries. They be
long to a very recent and very sophis
ticated age, when men knew what they
wanted and knew how to get it by
the favor of the government. '.;
"I take my stand absolutely, here
every progressive ought to take his
stand, on the proposition that privats
monopoly is indefensible and intoler
able. And there I will fight my battle.-
And I know how to fight it."
On the initiative, referendum, and
recall he writes as follows:
"I believe that we are on the eve oi
recovering some of the most impor
tant prerogatives of a free people,
and that the initiative and referendum
are playing a great part in that re
covery, "We have got to have a key to the
door of our own house. The initiative
and referendum and the recall afford
such a key to our own premises. If
the people inside the house will run
the place as we want it run they may
stay inside and we will keep the latch
keys in our pockets. If they do not
we shall have to re-enter on posses
sion. '
"I myself have never been in favor
of the recall of judges. Not becauss
some judges have not deserved to be
recalled. That isn't the point. xu
point is that the recall of judges is
treating the symptom instead of the
disease. The disease lies deeper in
the region where these men get their
nominations, and if you can recover
for the people ke selecting of judges,
you will not have to trouble about
their recall. Selection is of more rad
ical consequence than election."
On the question of the tariff he de
clares his purpose to cut the special
privileges out of the system.
It is a big task that Mr. vvuson nas
set for himself, His views will meet
the approval of a large number of
people in all parties and with politics
out of the way he might succeed. Ho
may do so in defiance of politics.
professor Irving Fisher of Yale has
attacked the sacred gold dollar. He
hiajna-lL for the high cost of living.
ts uchaiigeMeesN6rie jotea to
a virtue of the highest oraer now
nn a s. i t tint a
is deciarea a. inauiuiw". " -
crime. ,
Its weisrht remains the same wnne
its purchasing price does not, he de
clares. Further, he adds, mat ira me
past 15 years the gold dollar s pur
chasing price has decreased one-third.
Professor Fisher says that if we have
some way of knowing how much
prices have. risen , we can keep the
Durchasing power of our dollar fixed
by adding to it the number of grains
of gold necessary to keep it always
buying the same amount of commodi
A few years ago when Colonel
Bryan and the Populists were telling
the country that the low prices ot
commodities were due to the too great
purchasing power of the gold dollar,
they -were hooted by the political
economists. If Professor Fisher is
right now, the Populists were right
then. It is a rule which works both
The fact is that the old idea of the
immutability of gold as a ' basis of
values has been exploded. Its value is
regulated largely by" supply and de
mand like everything else. Increased
production has lessened the purchas
ing power of gold. As money goes
down, commodities go up.
Among the Eskimos.
Undaunted by a previous distressing
adventure in the extreme North, a sail
or named John Westrell, of Aberdeen,
is making preparations for a walrus-
hunting cruise in the Arctic Ocean. He
only returned from there last summer
after being shipwrecked and spending
the long, dark winter , in an Eskimo's
hut. .
"We Intended our voyage to be -one
of four or five weeks only," said the
hunter, "for the Alaskan walrus hunt
ers are much nearer the ice districts
than the Scottish whalers. We had not
a large crew; four of them were King
Island Eskimos, who had been taught
by the skipper to run the engines and
steer the ship. There was also Jap
anese cook. He began to shiver when
ever he saw the ice. .Two men slept
In each bunk, and the whole crew had
not a chair between them in the fo'c's'le.
We had to sit on our kit chests. The
only furniture in our quarters was a
large chest where we kept the harpoons
for hand throwing and gun firing, and
we had a good stock of blubber knives.
These are the knives the men use when
they mount the whale's back after he
has been killed and hack the fat from
his sides. Then we brine It aboard
and throw it into the tanks. -
"We picked up some more Eskimos at
Cape Prince of Wales, all of them eager
hunters, and then we- went through
Bering Straits, and were soon In the
Arctic Ocean, going In a northerly di
rection. We reached the icefield two
or three days later. I believe we stayed
too long, but the- hunting -was good.
It w-as a gale which separated three
Eskimos and myself from . the schoon
er. We were a good many miles away,
and we had to take what shelter we
could, and that was not much, among
the hillocks. Then after the gale came
fog. We got lost. Fortunately, we had
some food with us. but by the time the
f Og cleared the ship had been carried
away by the breaking Ice; floe. We
wandered for nearly a week, and at
last struck a small . Eskimo . village,
where we stayed the winter." . ,.'
Housekeeping In the" Arctic is an in-
interesting if sometimes disagreeable ne-
j cessity. There were only four houses
In the village at which the shipwrecked
men had arrived, and Westrell knew if
he was to live through the winter he
must live as the Eskimos lived. A
real enow house was built, and for sev
eral months the party ate raw meat
and obtained drinking water by melt
ing snow over a blubber fire. Seal and
walrus meat was their mainstay. When
the cold became severe the houses were
sealed up, and every one huddled round
the fire. : . .. - . . -
"I found these Eskimos good-hearted,
kind people," said Westrell. "They did
everything to make me comfortable,
and my hunter companions acted as
interpreters. Often of an evening, af
ter we had been hunting seals during
the day. we all assembled in the largest
hut and spent some hours singing and
dancing." When the weather permitted,
walrus hunts were organized, and in
the early days of the winter hundreds
of the animals could be seen lying
asleep on the ice.
It was when the ice began to break
up, at the beginning of the following
summer, that Westrell and Ms com
panions came into touch with another
schooner, and learned the reason that
their ship had disappeared. The gale
had carried her more than a hundred
miles out of her course, and the amount
of ice floating: about prevented her re
turn. But the walrus hunter does not
regret having spent a winter with his
Eskimo friends. London Standard.
The Concordia Blade Chronicles the
arrest of a citizen "for selling liquor
on three counts."
The meadow lark has selected Ot
tawa as the first place to alight accord
ing to the Republic.
A lot of Kansas men who came to
the legislature to do and dare are ask
ing favors now and wishing they were
It might be well to offer a prize to
some bogus check man who has not
operated in either Lawrence or Man
hattan. Don't criticise the couple who ran
away and left ten children at Waka
rusa.. Wakarusa is a good place for
Another blow at the Kansas national
guard has been struck at Clay Center.
The business men -refuse to employ
members of the organization.
The Emporia Gazette in announcing
a visit of a subscriber conveys the in
teresting information that he lives four
and one-fourth miles southeast of the
The Great Bend man who sold a
wagon load of alfalfa seed for $1,300
will probably refuse to believe there's
any disgrace to being , called a "hay
seed." 1
When a man drinks beer he is told
by his wife he smells like a brewery.
The Kansas preacher who said lie
would rather drink ink than beer
probably sought a fountain pen odor.
The fact that the old cannon at the
Agricultural college! have been thrown
Into the trash heap to make room for
the hogs leads the Mercury to repeat
that "the pen is mightier than the
A news note and comment, by "Sun
ny Jim," the North Side correspondent
of the Jennings Echo. ..T. K. Hill and
Wilfred Hagan .were -manufacturing
rope last week. Western Kansas men
can make anything even money
(next year.)
"A man employed .in a . downtown
cafe had a queer thing happen to him,
while he was out on an extended jam
boree," says the Manhattan Nationalist.
"When . he regained a normal condi
tion, he discovered that his false teeth
had been lost somewhere!"
People talk a good deal about their
principles when they " mean their pre
A political dead one differs from tie
other varieties in that he keeps talking
about it.
When you brag, brag on your ancestors,
who won't be asked to prove what thy
can do.
Usually a man who knows most about
a subject is the one who says the least
about It. ,
Nature is sometimes unkind and srlves
men feet so large it is tiresome to drag
tnem around.
Children naturally get the idea that
"don't" is the most prominent word n
the English language.
The world, and particularly the female
half of it, will forgive much devilment n:
a man if he dies bravely. s
Can anything exceed the -contempt with
which an experienced housekeeper views
a bride who uses a dishmop?
Lawyers frequently get excited in court
and call each other liars. And witnesses
are also sworn to "tell the truth.'
Arguing Is like drinking. Tou kn-w
you shouldn't but you are into it before
you realize what you are doing..
While It isn't made clear., there Is sus
picion that the apple which put our re
mote ancestor in Bad was a Ben Davis.
"Wh-en I was a boy. I didn't rob birds'
nests: I wanted the birds to grow up so
I could shoot at them." Rufe Hosklns.
-Was one woman ever known to pass- a.i
other who had attended - a ' eaid partv
without stopping to ask: 'Who got the
i- From the Philadelphia Record.
i Don't give yourself away. : The " world
takes a man at his own valuation. H
j -Jisery loves company, and.lbe worst'c'
It "is love always finds a way. .
: The fellow who cuts, off his-nose to spite
his face can't very .well blow about it.
Any man can lie. but it takes-constant
practice to get away with it successfu.ly.
You might as well give the devil
due. He gets up pretty early to get i
No man is in business for his health
but the doctor is in business for other
people s. . -. v-'
Wnen a woman is ill she always looks
as though she feels worse that she feels
she looks.
A pessimist may be either a man wl:o
has been disappointed in love or..disa.j
pointed in marriage.
When, failure comes along od upsets
our plans, it isn't every man who can
save a few hunks of hope for the futurt.
Blobbs "Did you ever know anybody
so hard to please as that fellow Bjones;"
Slobbs "Only a college graduate looking
for his first job." T -
"Extremes meet," quoted the Wise .Guy.
"Yes, but they seldom speak as they pas3
by,"added the Simple Mug.-
Those women who claim that the
turkey trot Is little better than hugging
have evidently never been hugged.1
Having dallied with experience, it isn't
every man who can take the .middle
ground between the cynic and the fool
- Cynic us "Whv do you intend to elope
with her instead of having a wedding?"
Sillicuss "Oh. just because it's more
fun." Cvnicus "Well, perhaps you are
right. Get all the fun out of it while
you. can." -
If som day the newspaper man
should print the" contents of his waste
basket there would probably be a riot.
There would certainly be trouble in
many homes, arrests in some direc
tions, shotguns in others, trouble all
around. But the patron never sees
the waste basket. He only glances at
the printed pages, complains if one let
ter in fifty is upside down, growls his
disappointment if one name in five
hundred has happened to go wrong,
kicks because his communication,
signed "Taxpayer" has been condensed
into respectable English, frowns ce
cause the editor didn't take his advice
about publicly warning his neighbor
against throwing trash and slop in the
alley, and is generally disgruntled. He
knows his share of the waste basket,
but if he could have one look at the
contributions made to that recepta
cle by his neighbors and friends, he
would be thankful for the existence
of . a man with sufficient Intelligence
and courage not to print all he knows,
and to temper even that which he does
print. Mound Valley Herald.
Upon reading the story of the ter
rible conditions of the working girls in
the shirt waist factories of the east
we are led to believe that if some
manufacturer would set up a factorjej
there and pay the girls a living wage
that the people who believe in the
golden rule would buy the products
of this factory in preference to the
sweat shop goods even though they
cost a little more. We've an idea
that the new factory would be called
the Golden Rule factory, that every
shirt waist turned cut by it would bear
in a conspicuous place a trade mark
known of all men to be of the Golden
Rule factory, which would be a sign
that here was a garment that had been
produced in healthy surroundings and
the si&ter who made it had received
for it a wage that would enable her
to live in honor and decency before
the world. We've an idea that the
good women of the land would buy
these In preference to the others. We
do not believe that their conscience
would permit them to do otherwise.
It would be an easier solution to the
labor problem of the women than the
minimum wage law. Holton Signal.
The fact that the "sucker list'' em
ployed by the promoters of a mining
enterprise was compiled from the roll
of graduates of 400 -colleges and- that it
contained the names of 700,000 potential
dupes is a remainder of Horace Gree
ley's classification of college graduates
as horned cattle.
The evidence a-t -the trial of the pro
moters indicates -that a higher educa
tion is no barrier against the wiles of
clever men. The poet Pope says that a
little learning is a dangerous thing,
but in modern times it is often dem
onstrated that a great deal of learning,
associated with , cupidity, is equally
dangerous. . , ..- ,
The . literature.! sent out - to the col
lege graduates was high grade in -form
and style. Thererwere no split infini
tives, the verbs ,never : got fussed up
with the .adverbs,- and the lure of the
golden bait was decorated with a polish
such as only a finished scholar could
appreciate.. In short, the enterprise was
de luxe and the gudgeons - perforce
must also be de -luxe. We shall not
withhold sympathy from those who
swallowed hook, line and sinker, yet
with . difficulty we repress a feeling
that they almost deserved to be hooked.
Boston Globe..
On the subjectof the "white slave
traffic" the average of journalistic
veracity in England, if not in this
country, seems to us now at its low
est point.
So far as our observation goes, there
seems to be no statement about the
traffic too absurd to be printed. We
have read all the cables faithfully, and
each cable from London on this sub
ject seems a little more exaggerated,
a little more incredible, than the pre
vious one.
We are asked to believe, for exam
ple, that as soon as the "whipping post
bill" passed the house of commons,
"the coast trains were filled with
panic-stricken 'white slavers' seeking
to leave the country."
' Without a particle of sympathy for
the "white slaver," but desirous of
preserving a clear sense, of the facts,
we ask how it is possible for the "yel
low journals" of London to know that
the men and women who fill the trains
bound for the coast are "white slav
ers" or not. Are we to understand
that the average "white slaver" wears
a badge or some tell-tale sign? If
so, why has. he not been arrested? Are
we not compelled, rather, to conclude
that this was written down in jour
nalistic hysteia and is without sub
stantial foundation? Chicago Post.
Even when regarded as a sport,
catching boy bandits leaves much to
be desired. It would be. of course,
better for all concerned if there were
no boy bandits to be caught.
. Modern conditions In American
cities are primarily responsible for
boy bandits. The. conditions will havo
to be reformed. The idle boy with r.o
inclination to engage in useful work
and therefore no pride In craftsman
ship, must be eliminated from the so
cial fabric. .
The industry of training boy bandits
to provide dangerous sport for the po
lice is not worth while. It is better
to train useful young men for a life
of productive effort.
Chicago wants vocational schools in
order that It may. go out of the busi
ness of producing boy bandits. Chi
cago News.
- From the Chicago News.
Revenge generally proves a boomerang.
The unreal pleasures of life are the
most expensive. .
The self-made man never fails to wor
ship his creator.
Musical instruments come under tie
head of playthings."
When a 'man marries he divides his
rights and multiplies his duties.
A statesman is a politician who can
keep his face closed at the- right time.
It doesn't pay to argue with a man un
less you are trying to sell him something.
Lots of people would be more truthful
but for their uncontrollable desire to talk.
After a married man - begins to run
around at night, it is only a matter of
time until he exceeds the speed limit.
When a woman goes in a cigar storv
with' a man she feels much as he does
when he has to take lunch with her in a
department store restaurant-
Within white walls a garden lay, -Close-hid
from all who walked that way.
Its sheltered sweetness seen of none
Save the wand'rlng moon and the march
ing sun.
The high winds traveled overhead:
They barely shook the rose's nead
Or bowed the lily's stalk.
And just where flower-edged walk met
A fountain whispered like child.
While the crowding blossoms listened
and smiled.
Breathed and smiled.
Each evening, in the aftermath
Of r -e and gold, along the path
A woman came to linger where
The fountain murmured its child-voice
prayer. -
But the wild wind that traveled high
Beat on her heart as it passed b
Sobbing a name she knew . . . .
The flowers paled to a deadly hue.
And the fountain muttered like the sea,
Or drifting rain on a barren lea
A haunted lea;
riildegarde Hawthorne, in Everybodj' s.
Andy McCurdys Girl.
(By Izola Forrester.).
When "the outer door of the office
opened, Jess was too busy binding
up a splintered thumb to notice the
"Sit down, won't you?" she called.
her back to the door, as she knelt by
the wounded one. little Tim Sullivan.
Ah, don't be screwing up your face.
Tim, and groaning so. Be a soldier
now. It's nothing at all. You're lucky
you didn't have the whole thumb
pulled off. Keep it clean and come to
me in the morning again, and keep
away from the emery wheels next
Willard waited until the factory
door closed on Tim before he ap
proached the desk. There was some
thing soothingly familiar about it all
to him after twenty-two years' ab
sence. There was the big black wal
nut flat top desk across the south
end of the office, where old man Mc
Curdy always sat. The small table
set against the inner wall had been
his own. Against the other side of
the wall throbbed and hummed the
huge belts. He had missed their mu
sic often since his leaving. The tall,
narrow windows did not appear to
have been washed, either. He looked
up at the weaving of cobwebs across
their top ledges with a reminiscent
grin, and then dropped his gafce to a
level with the girl's eyes.
"Could I see Mr. McCurdy, please?"
As he spoke to her a little lump
seemed to rise in his throat. In per
haps half a minute he would be
looking in the old chap's eyes, grasp
ing hands with him, trying to let him
know what it means to him Jock
Willard to be back in the little old
town ready to pay the debt of twenty
The girl's voice stunned him. .
"Mr. McCurdy is dead. He was
my father. I run the mills now.
Were you his friend?
Was he McCurdy's friend? Wil
lard set down his two suit cases and
breathed a deep repressed sigh be
fore he spoke. He stared past the
girl at the old desk by the .south
window, and seemed to see the stocky
old figure -there, the pink bald disc
with its fringe of gray hair on the
back of his head, the keen gray eyes
behind the old silver spectacles.
"He was the only friend I had those
days," he told her. "I'm sorry he's
dead. You see, I've been watting
twenty-odd years to come back here
and see him and pay him the money
ne loaned me to make my start on."
Jess had been sizing him up, and
her eyes showed approval.
"Father'd be glad you made a eood
Btart any how," - she said, warmly.
ua you live nere in Loverton?"
Willard pointed to the pile of bur
lap sacks under the tall shipping desk.
"I used to sleep on a pile like that
in here nights. I was errand boy and
shipping clerk and night watchman
all In one. My name's Jock Willard."
Jess hesitated, but the thought of
her father and of how he would have
acted was uppermost. And after all,
she could find a corner for him some
place in the mill.
"Were you looking for a situation,
Mr. Willard?"
"Why, not exactly. Miss McCurdy."
He smiled down at her. Wasn't she
just like the' old man, though, with
the quick heartiness to foresee an
other's troubles. "I've been west a
good many years, and I've not done
badly. I just came back on a sort
of vacation to see your father and
the old place. I'm sorry I'm too
He stooped down for one of the
suit cases at his feet, lifted it up to
the desk and started to unbuckle ita
straps. "But it's not too late for
what I came for, anyhow. It's all
the same whether I give It to him or
to you, only I'd liked to have seen
his face. I wanted him to know I
never forgot. Maybe he thought I
wouldn't come back."
"I guess if father knew you that well he
was satisfied you'd be coming back, wei!
enough." Jess watched Mm raise the
cover and reach into the contents; watch
ed him draw out a long brown bill bock
and open it; watched the yellow bills sirt
out of it on to the old desk.
Willard counted them out before her.
his face happy as a boy's. "One hundred,
and fifty, and two hundred, and fifty, and
three hundred, and fifty, and four hun
dred, and fifty more makes it up five
hundred. . And. Miss McCurdy, I want to
do Just as I Intended doing for the oil
gentleman. Life's been mighty good to
me, and I haven't anybody in the world
that cares a rap whether I slip Into the
real Death Valley tonight or not. I wai
going to just double it up on the old fel
low, see. and make It a straight thousand.
You'll let me, won't you?"
Slowly the tears gathered In the girl's
gray eyes. She was not looking at hlin,
but at the mass of yellow bills on toe
counter. She did not notice the opening
of the door behind them, but Willard dia,
and set tae suit case over a few inches to
cover the yellow b..ls from curious eye:.
Then he stood back and heard the little
knock Fate had been saving up for Andy
McCurdy's girl.
"Into a receiver's hands?" Jess was re
peating, one hand against her forehead.
"Monday. We wouldn't be bothering
von. Miss McCurdy, only it's Barrett him
self that's pushing the thing. He holds
the notes."
"What notes?" asked Jess, puzzled. "I
geve no notes to him."
"You signed for Archie, didn't you? He
sold them to Barrett."
Jess turned impulsively to the tall fut
ure standing by the window.
"Come here, please, Mr. Willard, and
speak up as if it were for my father. Y-)u
know there's Archie, too, besides me.
He my brother, and he's not a good boy.
Father left the mill to me to run. and
money to Archie for his share, and he's
gone through it. Then he got into trou
ble, and I signed some notes for him -,o
get him out. so he'd pay up what he
owed, and instead he's let the notes go
to Barrett, and he's going to have the
m-ney or force the mill into a receiver-s
hands. What shall I do?"
"Where's Archie?" Willard's voice was
sharp and stern.
The sheriff answered. "Jumped west
vesterday. It's $S30 on one note and $1,500
on another. The whole blame mills ain't
worth much more, are they, - Miss Mc
Curdy?" - Jess flushed andlpet er lips. She heard
Willard's-. voice as If tt were far away. . -:
."I'll take over the notes, tell i Barrett,
both of them. You bring them to the
hotel at 5, and I'll give you the money."
The door closed after the big, burly fig
ure. -It was very quiet or a minute m
tae little office. Jess had turned her bark
and faced the old desk, hr head drooping,
her hands to her face.
"I can't take the money," she said. "Ic
isn't fair."
"It isn't? Well. I like that," retorted
Willard. "Here you'd let me go down to
my grave owing that debt, and unable to
pay up, wouldn't you? Now, you Itsten
to me, little girl. I was just a waif kid,
dropped oft a freight train here one day,
and stole up through the yards yonder to
this 'door, and your father called me n
and gave me my first honest job. lie
made me all I am today, do you hear? if
you don't want to take the double cash,
let me pay the $500 and take up thee
notes, it Isn't for you. don't you see?
l"s t save the old mill he loved, and
keep the name of hU boy clear. I'm BOlix
to do it anyhow, bur it'll be easier if
you'll let me In as a partner."
"Youll be going west again." falteiel
Jess. Then she looked up at him, and
something hi hla eyes sent the color pink
Ink up her cheeks.
"When I go west again,. Til not be going-
alone." said Willard. "You need a
man at the old desk, Jess." (Copyright.
1913, by McClure Newspaper Syndicate.)
The Art of Letting Alone.
"I know not where His islands lift ;
Their fronded palms in air;
I only know I cannot drift
Beyond His love and care."
. Whittier.
There are some people in thta world
who fall of their highest usefulness to
themselves and others because they
never plan ahead, - never bring the
power of forethought to bear on the
problems and critical situations in
their lives.
And there are other people In the
world .who fall because they plan too
"Oh, dear, I don't know what to do,"
cried an unhappy young woman, whom
circumstances had driven into a cor
ner. "I don't know which way to
turn. I feel as if my life, were a
terrible tangle, and every move I
made only tangled it up the more."
"Then why not try letting It alone,
dearie." said an older woman, gently.
"I've found out that sometimes if you
do that, time and circumstances slow
ly untangle things for you. and by
and by you wake up some morntng
and find everything all coming
straight. If you've done all you can,
dear, don't worry, just let It go at
that and give time a chance."
There are troubled moments in all
our lives when we see plainly that the
only thing to do Is to rise and cut
the gordian knot of our troubles with
some prompt, decisive action which
looms up as the right and best thing
to do.
And then there are other times
when we can not see anything plainly;
when pitfalls seem to be on all sides;
when life has become so complicated
and so tangled that we are sick and
weary of the whole business, and
when we can not cut the gordian knot
because we have no sword. And these
moments are Infinitely harder than
those which demand action, for ac
tion, however hard and unpleasant. Is
always a relief. ' !
But courage, comrade, dori't'be ut
terly discouraged Remember that
there is still one course left to you
you can wait and see what time and
the flux of circumstances will do for
you. And as the wise friend prom
ised, some morning you may wake up
and find that everything is coming
out quite straight. It has often hap
pened so to hie. And if you will look
back on your own life I think you find
it has been so with you In the past.
"We are never without a pilot,"
says Emerson. "When we know not
how to steer and dare not hoist a
sail, we can always drift. The cur
rent knows the way If we do not."
It is a beautiful thought. If the
present is one of those times when
the mists hang thick and puzzling,
and you can not sight land no mat
ter how eagerly you strain your eyes,
can you not rest yourself on that, and
From the New York Press.
Jeing in love never made anybody a
reputation for sanity.
Halos just naturally cluster around a
man with a big bank balance.
A girl is never afraid to flirt with a
man unless he isn't dangerous. ..
A man can begin to get pretty fond '
his wife if she's far enough away on a
Unless the women in a man's family
spoil him they seem to him mighcy
A man hates so much to show pride
about his brains that he does it about hu
Most men are so afraid of saving money
they'll ride in taxlcabs If they can't get
rid of It any other way.
One thing makes a girl glad she isn't a
man is she could be only one, but she can
run half a dozen of them.
A womaiv with bulging ankles seems
more afraid f having them seen than oi.e
without thgm is .of a hole in her stocK
ing. -T
A South Side man who Is just recover
ing from a severe illness had Just return
ed home from his first trip downtown.
"Did you meet any of your friends?" his
wife asked. "Yes, and It's odd how they
differ In their opinions." said the con
valescent. "Differ, how?" "Well, Brown
says that I look like a new man, -while
Jones declares that I am just like my old
self again." 1'oungstown Telegram.
Gems, of Great Price. The weary-looking
man gazed undecidedly into the win
dow of the jewelry establishment. Now
and then he would turn and look longing
ly at the window of the grocery store
across the street. "I just can't make up
my mind whether to buy her a diamond
or an eeg for her present, he sighed.
Cincinnati Enquirer.
-"Are you on friendly terms with your
neighbor in the apartments?" "Well. no.
She's rather formal. Always sends her
card when she wishes to borrow flour,
and if she wants both flour and -ugar she
sends two cards." Cheyenne Leader. -
"Ma has solved the servant girl prob
lem "That so? How?". "She's decid
ed to do the work herself." Detroit Free
press, -
Toot Bad "My hair is troubled w-Ith an
acute form of ambition." "In -what way?"
"It pays no attention to the fact that
there is always room at the top." Boston
' Regular Meal. "He eagerly swa no we I
every word she bestowed on Mm, he fed
upon her every look, he lived upon the
smiles she gave him." 'That s what I
call an all-consuming passion! Judge.
It Isn't so hard to be happy
And have everything that you cced.
A yacht and a fine automobile,
which pnnaB oui """ r ,''
Fine porterhouse steak every evening.
AIM eggs tor your CTIL,.
A fine house and lot In the uburb' ,
And clothes mat vo tv
A lot of hard coal in the cellr. .
A library full of fine bookr,
A houseful of excellent servants,
including tne unrai u - - .:'.
A trip to the seashore eaei
And Europe wnene -
No. it isn't so hard to be happy .
If you ve got nine mnu"" y
According to Unde.Abnrr.
, .... ... written a song ana
sold it to a publisher. He says there
is going to,M.a.ii vm.
and maybe there will be-for the pub
lisher. . . " - ,.
Every man thinks nis wu
to a lot of unnecessary trouble when
she cleans house.
Mrs. William - Tlbbltts . has got a
black silk dress that she has worn a
years on all social occasions. The kina
they buy now last about 27 days.
A statesman is politician who gel
into the cabinet.
There Is only one thing more un
interesting than ' a cold pancake and
that is a love letter written on a type
writer. This world is full of wise guys wlio
can't make jcood. .
It is getting so the drug stores keep
everything excepting automobiles.
Some fellers are so fond of travel
that they get jobs as street car con
ductors, i ' j -
A feller who spends his money for
fence board advertising is the same
kind of a feller who hires a 7 man
to fill a $70 job and wonders why
he doesn't get results. .
The hoss has gone out of style and
so has the hoss sense.
Everything goes In vaudeville an4
sometimes even-' the audience does.
There ain't a feller In this world
who hasn't at some time in his ca
rear longed to be the snare drummer
in an opry house orchester.
From the Hlckeyvllle Clarion.
Hank Tumms and Hi Higgins has gone
froggln' on Swazev Creek and the bar
tender at the Golden Nugget Is taking a
well earned vacation from our midst at
this writing. Havln' run out of porous
plasters, William Tlbbltts, our extin
guished groceryman, is selling sticKy iiy
paper instead. Elmer Jones has been lay
In' in the creek four days and four nlgMs
tryin' to soak one off.
Elmer Jones says Miss Amy Prln
gle's bulldog Is very much attached to
him recently. Elmer has bought sev
en pairs of trousers In a month..
Talk about being up to date. When
there Is a fire in this man's town the
chief sets down and notifies the mein
bers of the department by pustal card. A
strained nurse from down to the city 1:
here attending Mrs. Anson Frlsby's
French poodle, which Is 111 with an affec
tion of the stomach. There Is folks here
who remember Mrs. F. when she wiis
washing dishes at the Hotel HickeyviUf..
but far be it from us to mention such a
thing. We never rake up the past or ifit
personal by naming names. Old ni-v.t
Purdy has got a new job, stopping up a
hole in the waterworks standpipe with ht
wooden leg. He don't git a chance to f t
down and It's a good job if he can
stand It. . , ,
The Ladies' Aid ave a social Tuesday
evening for the benefit of the heathen in
Madasgar. . Refreshments consisting -f
Japanese lanterns -and paper napkina
were served. Those attending got fooled
and t.ie heathen got $1.98.
They -are- thinkin' of bulldin' an inner
tuben railrud through our midst. Kcconu.
hand tombstun for sale at this office lor
somebody who expect" to die by the naira
of Jackson as that is the name carved
on it.
It's all right to have your nerve
with you. if you have the
industry and the patience to back
it. There was once a freckled-faced,
knock-kneed, tousled-headed, more or
less profane and utterly ignorant little
ruffian of an office boy who had a
habit of taking himself seriously. One
day he overheard the president of the
concern for which he worked, telling
a friend that he expected to retire
within fifteen years, and sometimes
wondered whether in that time he
could find a man who would be satis
factory as his successor.
The office boy put himself in nomi
nation for the presidency of that
manufacturing , . concern then and
there. That was twelve years sgo.
The old president retired the other
day and the office 'boy stepped into his
Of course congratulations came In
thick and fast. Most of the new presi
dent's friends and fellow employees
preferred to his promotion as luck. But
the new head of the concern doesn't
believe in luck. Finally the persistent
references to good fortune became
wearisome. When patience had
ceased to be a virtue, the president
called In his stenographer and dictated
a communication to the officers and
employees of the company. It went
like this:
"I wish to thank each and everyone
of you for your congratlations and
good wishes. I value them more high
ly than most of you may realize. But
I wish to take this occasion to dis
abuse the minds of my associates of
the notion that luck had anything to
do with my own advancement or will
have anything to do with theirs.
"First let me say that I am no luck
ier than anybody else on the pay roll.
Neither am I any smarter than a
score of others In the employ of
the company. But I've got more pa
tience and persistence than all the
rest of you put together. That's why
I'm here. .
"It's no accident that I succeeded
your veteran president, who retired
the other day. Twelve years ago I
learned that he wished to retire with
in fifteen years and began to fit my
self for his place. When my appoint
ment came I learned that he would
have quit five years earlier if I or any
other had been qualified to take up
the burdens that he laid down. Tou
and I have been keeping ourselves out
of a good Job by our inability to ham
die it. Others who have worked be
side us and gone away have failed be
cause they had not the patience to
remain and qualify for bigger things.
It was neither my luck nor my brains
that helped me I simply stuck. My
advice to each of you Is to stick. There
are at least twenty of you who are
big enough for this Job, or berths near,
ly as good, if you develop sufficient
persistence. Your chance Is coming.
I may die or get fired. My immediate
assistants are likely to meet the same
(ate.- Stick!"
Rather an interesting human docu
ment, eh?
At any rate it's frank, and It's true.
Also, it leaves little to be said about
the advantages of "sticking." (Codv-
rlght 1913. by the McClure Newspaper

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