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THE TOP- t tt.v ffT ATE JOvat, THURSDAY EVENING, MARCH 18, 1915.
Gtrpeka :tatr Jltrurttal
An Independent Newspaper.
(Entered July J, 16". second-class
matter at the postoftice at Topeka, iUa,
under the act of congress.
Official State Paper.
Official Paper City of
Dally edition, delivered by carrier. 10
enta a week to any part of Topeka or
suburbs, or at the same price in any Kan
sas town where the paper hae a carrier
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Topeka State Journal building. 800. 80Z
and 804 Kansas avenue, corner Eighth.
New York Office. 250 Fifth avenue.
Paul Block, manager.
Chicago Office, Mailers building. Paul
Block munager. .
Detroit Office. Kresge building. Paul
Block, manager.
Boston Office. 301 Devonshire street.
Paul Block, manager.
The State Journal is a member of the
Associated press and receives the full day
telegraph report of that great news or
ganization, tor the exclusive aiwrnoon
mhliratlAn in Tooeka. .
, The news is received In The State Jour
nal building over wires for this sole pur
AMERICA'S OPPORTUNITIES. " eralogical Independence, yon may re
At a recent meeting of the New I call that only about ten years ago this
York Section of the American Insti- (country imported Its sulphur from
tute of Mining Engineers, George Otis Sicily, whereas now, by reason of the
Smith, director of the United States f work of one engineer, the United
geological survey, delivered a signif
icant address on the war's opportune
ties to make America mineralogically
independent. Excerpts from it follow;
"For more than half a year we have
watched the adjustments and read.
justments of American industries to
meet new conditions. Six months ago
the United States geological survey
suggested, by the publication of Bul
letin 599, the extent to which Ameri
ca's mineral reserves could be drawn
upon to meet the emergency and in-
deed to strengthen Ahe position of the
United States as a world power in in-
dustry and commerce.. Today, as a
nation, we face an even greater crisis
in our commercial relations, so that a
discussion of national independence is
especially opportune.
'As a nation we began with a decla
ration of independence leading to an
experiment in statecraft popular
government on a large scale in a string
of colonial settlements connected only
a crude way by post roads and
States leads the world in the mining
of sulphur. Can not further success
be expected in the utilization of min
eral resources hitherto practically un
"The substitution of certain miner
als of domestic origin for those
bought in foreign markets will bring
us face to face with the problem of
standardization. Price is not the last
word with the manufacturer-con
sumer. This is a good time to drop
any ideas we may have of industrial
superiority and to copy for a while
the industrial spirit of Germany,
which systematized processes and
standardized products until they won
markets In every continent by sheer
"The outlook for successful endeav
or by the American engineer seems
very bright."
-, Associated Press.
- Xudit Bureau of Circulations.
. American Newspaper Publishers'
' Italy's demands on Austria as the
price of neutrality are so enormous
that Austria is likely to tell Italy to
fight for them.
, It would also require a stretch of
the imagination to suggest that the
Kansas legislature is going out in
blaze of glory.
Dispatches from "Washington state
that England's embargo against Ger
man shipping will be opposed to the
limit with words, probably.
' Russia's orders that all reservists
report to their colors seem to confirm
the reports from Berlin of the Rus
sian casualties in the eastern arena of
the war. . - . .-.
. Harvard's students must become ex
pert pedestrians if they would hope to
profit by their opportunities. The
tiew Harvard library has 60 miles of
As a legislature works. Up in Wis
consin, the senate wrangled off and
on for a cou, le of weeks over an anti-
tipping bill that had been a law of the
state for fourteen years.
, And the uncertainties of life are
emphasized again in the news from
New Jersey about the man who hunt
ed a job for seven months and was
killed the day he found it.
Here s a sad suggestion from the
goosebone weather prophets. They
declare that if the weather was cloudy
in the middle of March it will be more
or less cloudy for the succeeding nun
dred days.
' - "
. There is also reason for rejoicing
in Kansas that a special session of the
legislature is not in order. There is no
telling but it might do some of the
good work it left undone at the regu
lar session.
; Another prophecy that probably
Will not be fulfilled is the one of the
London expert that financial exhaus
tion on the part of one or more of the
European belligerents will end their
war by July.
Golf is evidently not the only old
man's game. The members of the
Creve Coer Club bowling team of
Peoria, contestants for the bowling
championship of America, average
63 4-7 years old.
3 The unusual in everything seeming
ly develops in New York. Along
comes a woman there who sues her
husband for a separation with the un
derstanding that she pays him ali
mony to the tune of $200 a month.
.8 "
"While many sections of the country
are rehearsing their "hard times"
Kansas is able to report a new record
for deposits in her state banks. And
out here in Kansas there is still plenty
of room for whosoever will may come.
i New York city also produces an
economist of the practical order in
the shop girl who insists that it is a
simple problem to live on a wage of
J6 a week. If you want more clothes,
all you need to do, she points out, is
to eat less; and vice versa.
coastwise sailing vessels, and perhaps
even more feebly united by bonds of
common race or creed. Yet that po
litical independence was the breath of
life in the new nation, and the ideal
then set up attracted the best human
material from all lands. Thus we
may say was developed America's
greatest resource, a progressive citi
"The other element necessary to
make America great is material re
sources the earth and the fullness
thereof. I do not discount the wealth
of our forests, which have contributed
so largely to our foreign and domestic
trade since colonial days, nor do I
disregard the bounty of our soil.
which enables us in these days of
waste and war to feed the peoples of
Europe as well as ourselves, yet I be
lieve the mineral wealth of the United
States is in largest measure the foun
dation of the marvelous growth, of the
last few decades. Industrial America!
think to . what degree the indus
tries of America are based on our ores
and mineral fuels, or figure, if you
will, the percentage of railroad ton
nage that originates at the mine.
'Not only is our country a world
leader in the output of such essential
minerals as coal, petroleum, copper,
zinc, iron, lead, phosphate and In
three of these it exceeds all other
countries put together but as far as
such things can be measured or esti
mated we are blest in the possession
of the largest reserves, of many of the
more important of these minerals. No
other country can, in any sense, com
pare with the United States in the de
gree of industrial independence af
forded by the possession of these
mineral resources. The raw material
is at hand to enable us to win and
maintain supremacy as a manufactur
ing nation.
Yet under this 'most favored na
tion clause,' the catalogue of our min
eral resources is not the complete list
of minerals essential to modern civil
ization; a few items are missing,' othr
ers are present apparently only in
insufficient quantities, and the qual
ity or locality of the deposits of still
other minerals may be unfavorable to
present-day utilization. Thus it hap
pens that the nation is not wholly in
dependent, in its mineral industry.
and no problem better deserves the
attention of the American mining
engineers than this, 'How can we fill
these gaps and thus make America
more truly independent?
"The catalogue of the products of
our mines, quarries, and wells is long.
The list of what we lack is short. We
are wholly dependent on other coun
tries for only four principal items
tin and nickel, potash and nitrate.
Among the minerals of which the
United States has a deficient supply
Journal Entries
; More evidence of the hard times
that prevail in these United States Is
to be found in the fact that the army
has its full quota and that recruiting
stations are thereby being closed.
There is no rush of enlistments in the
army when men can find work to do.
In cutting down the import duties
of this country by $100,000 a day, the
English embargo against German
Shipping will furnish the Watchful
"JVaiters at Washington with a reason
ably good excuse for extending the
"war taxes" when they have a chance.
They certainly didn't have one when
they Inaugurated their first "war tax"
, Roque Gonzales Garza is neither a
new brand of cigars nor a croquet ex
pert, as the name might suggest to
the uninitiated. It merely designates
:5the gentleman who is the latest to
enter the lists among the provisional
presidents of Mexico. When the time
comes for its organization, the So
ciety of Ex-Provisional Presidents of
Mexico will i : lack for members.
Most of the horrors of old age are
in the imagination of youth.
When a man is on easy street, the
road without a turn is never too long.
If some people were as bright as
they think they are, there'd be no
work for the sun to do.
Many men waste all kinds of valu
able time sitting around and waiting
for opportunity to visit them.
A big difference always exists be
tween the salary a man thinks he de
serves and the one he gets.
Jayhawker Jots
As the Yates Center Advocate ob
serves: Most men would be ashamed
to preach half what they practice.
The Marysville Advocate-Democrat
suggests that the present generation
may be justly termed the automobile
The Anthony Bulletin thinks that if
we paid more attention to the Kansas
primary schools and less to the Kan
sas primary law we would help in the
making of better Kansas citizens.
Excellent advice from the Lyons
News-Democrat: If you have a weak
heart and are easily affected by the
unKina tnings people say of you and
your acts, there are several offices and
jobs we would warn you to fight shy
of. Never try to be a governor of the
state, county attorney, countv suDer-
intendent, teacher, preacher or editor
of a newspaper.
Observations by Editor Young of the
Oakley Graphic: Mark it down with
the other bunk when a fellow says. "I
am not afraid to say what I think."
. .The most effective conversation is
carried on by making gestures some
thing like these $ S $ $ The
styles in ladles skirts are exceedingly
snort mis year and this is figured as
a discrimination against bow-legs...,
A Persian grafter came Into this dump
with what he said was a ' soapstone
bust of Abe Link. When you are
busted what do you want of a bust of
Abe Link, we ask.
Globe Sights
Waste is the poor relation of haste.
Anyone can start a boom in an off
Don't get the notion you need a
stimulant when rest Js needed.
When it comes to dodging taxes
there are very few dead ones.
Fear of being found out is among
the greatest Influences for Good.
A boy's notion of thoroughness is
the way his mother washes him.
Comparatively few of the Bov
Scouts live on farms where there are
chores to do.
There is the Blue Pencil for writine
and there should be a Red Fist for a
are manganese, platinum, gems, and I lot of talking.
asbestos. . Still other minerals it has
heretofore been more profitable to buy
abroad than to produce at home, such
as chrome ore, barytes, flint pebbles,
magnesite, mica, and graphite.
'These deficiencies create problems
A boy is apt to pay more attention
to his father's ultimatum than to his
mother's protest.
The loafers have various excuses:
some of them may be waiting for Op
portunity to Knock.
Higher education teaches us that
relating to three different types or I the faculty will stand a good deal
from a competent athlete.
There is no such thing as a free
country, and it probably is a good
thing for you that there isn't.
Some of the girls should neglect
their piano practice long enough to
take a course in domestic science.
We gather from a manager that the
worst case of artistic temperament
classes of minerals. In the first class,
tin and nickel only seem to present a
hopeless outlook; and as a matter of
fact the whole world is poor in tin.
Especially is this scarcity felt in cer
tain of the countries now at war,
where the shortage due to cessation
of imports is intensified by the in
creased use of tin in r-annlni nrmv I is that possessed by a
Klinnlioa Ftllt -aro lrlr tr Smith A mor- I
ica for tin ore and make its importa
tion a foundation for profitable com
merce with Bolivia. For nitrate we
can continue to rely' upon Chile, but
we should develop our independence
in respect to this mineral by the
manufacture of nitrates from atmos
pheric nitrogen. . Opportunities for
cheap hydroelectric development will
On the Spur
of the Moment
The City Guy.
'Tve got an idee" said . Farmer
"It's purty expensive- to live in town.
It's a nickel here and it's ten cents
Fer you can't git 'rbund th'out payin'
rare. .
And a feller must dress purty dog
gone cute. .
Fer he can't get- by with a ten-buck
suit. v
And if he don't keep himself In trim
mere am t much business comin to
him. -
If a feller ain't dolled up purty slick
He loses caste and be loses it quick.
He must wear a collar and tie, by
f gum.
Or they put him down for a ten-cent
He's got to have callin' cards printed
Fer that is the wav the town folks do.
He must look prosperous, that's the
And the man that don't never will get
Fer you can't make good with a busi
ness stunt .
Unless you're there -with a good
strong front. -
His Allowance.
A young lady of our fair city, who
was about to be married, eat in the
gloaming with the , young gentleman
of her heart.
"There is something that I think
we should talk about." said he. 'It
is the matter of an allowance."
"Yes. mother and I have figured it
all out."
"That's fine, my dear girl. How
have you figured it?"
"Well, we have taken your salary
as a basis, and we think tnat s
week will be quite enough."
"Oh, no; that wouldn t be enough.
"Oh, yes. Three dollars is quite
lot for an allowance. You have no
expensive habits, you know, and if
you come home to lunch every day,
$3 a week ought to do you very nice
ly. I will take care of the rest of
your salary."
Good News for the U. C.
The ultimate consumer need not be
down-hearted, for while some com
modities are going up, others are
coming down. It was somewhat of a
poser when he was confronted by the
fact that there has been a heavy ad
vance in the price of sugar, but the
glad news has just been announced
in London that there has been a sharp
decrease in the price of radium.
which is now only $80,000 a gram
the lowest since it was discovered by
M. and. Mme. Curies
Evening Chat
Ab. Adkins, who is ouite a student
of political economy, thinks some of
the spring styles should be declared
From the Philadelphia Record.
One way for a woman to keen her
age is not to give it away.
The time to take chances is when
invite capital as soon as congress will you have nothing to lose.
legislate. For potash the outlook is It is generally easier to establish a
less certain: thus far only one potash- reputation than to live up to it.
rich brine has been found that of the
Searles Lake deposits, in California
where potash occurs in even greater
quantity than that at first estimated
by the geological survey, but the
problem of its commercial extraction
has not yet been fully solved by the
chemical engineer.
'The deficiencies of the second
Class, like manganese and platinum,
are stimulating to the geologist and
the engineer, the one to discover, the
other to develop. The recent find in
southern Nevada of rich platinum
bearing gold ore constitutes a notable
addition to the world's supply of this
too rare metal.
The third class of minerals, those
which it has paid better to buy from
foreign producers, probably furnishes
the largest incentive for the effort to
secure mmeralogical independence.
Here especially can the geologist and
engineer co-operate. Magnesite, mica.
and graphite, for example, are com
mon minerals, of which large de
posits, have been found in this coun
try, yet up to the present time they
have been large items of import from
Austria, Canada, and India.
'As an encouraging instance of min-
Many a man . will stand his ground
in an argument, ' even when he hasn't
When you can't get in a word edge
wise, there is no danger of cutting remarks.
If it takes nine tailors to make a
man. where does the self-made man
come in?
The man who puts up a good front"
isn't so apt to.be talked about behind
his back.
When a man has an ax to grind we
are always suspicious of getting it in
the neck.
A woman can generally manage to
keep a man guessing, even after she
marries him.
In making the cocktail of life it is
just as well to remember that business
and pleasure won't mix.
Muggins "I suppose even Hen
peckee has something to be thankful
about." Buggins "Yes, I dare say
he's glad he isn't a Mormon."
Hoax "See that little fellow over
there? He can lay anybody out."
Joax "He doesn't look like a pugi
list." Hoax "He isn't. He's an un
dertaker." Blobbs "Poor old Talkalot has
been taken to a sanitarium. He has
lost his reason completely." Slobbs
"Well, I dare say he's glad it wasn't
his voice."
Half Truths.
A lie which is all a lie may be met and
fought outright.
But a lie which is part a truth is I
harder matter to fight.
, . Tennyson.
Like all proverbs "half a loaf is bet
ter than none" is almost as often un
true as it is true. ,,, ..
Half a loaf is sometimes worse than
none. . .,, p : .
For inetanee, half a truth is often
much more dangerou to a right un
derstanding of things than a down
right lie. '
For a half truth is more insidious.
more plausible and harder to fight
than a downright lie.
When I. was a newspaper woman I
was once sent to investigate a strike
in a mill where a kind of bagging was
made. I was told to get both sides
of the case, and went first to the em
ployer. He told me a most plausible
story. The operators, he said, received
more per roll than any other workers
in the state.
I went to the employees and asked
them if that were true. It was half
true, but see what a different aspect
the other half gives to the -situation.
They did receive more per roll than
any other workers in the state, but the
rolls wre half again as long and they
had to work with material which was
coarse that it continually broke
their machines, and interrupted their
As an argument that the country
was really prosperous some one cited
the fact that one of the big shops in
this city had the largest sales this year
for any January in its history. I re
ported this to the man-who-thinks.
That is interesting," he said, "but
January, I believe, is the month of
sales; might not that mean that more
people waited for the sales this year
than usual? I should like to see their
record for November and December
before accepting- that for an argu
Now, of course, the before Christ
mas sales may have been as large as
usual. Indeed, I hope so, for I am
the last one to want to be pessimistic
about the condition of the country.
Pessimism breeds the need of pessi
mism, I think, and optimism helps
bring good times. I only quote the
case as an example of the way a half
truth may He.
Again, it is a favorite argument
against woman suffrage that in Col
orado, one of the oldest women suf
frage states, there are no proper laws
regulating the work of women in fac
tories, inose who bring this argu
ment forth forget to mention the oth
er half of the truth, namely, that there
are scarcely any women working in
factories in Colorado.
In the wild statements that are fly
ing backward and forward anent the
war there are plenty of downright
lies, I fear, and on top of them innum
erable harmful half-truths. Beware
of half-truths. When you hear a
statement do not accept it as final
and sufficient to base an opinion upon
unless you know that it is not only the
truth and nothing but the truth, but
also the whole truth.
There's a sound that rings in my ears to
day And echoes In vague refrain;
The ripple of water o'er smooth-washed
Where the wall-eyed pike and black bass
That makes me yearn In a quiet way
For the old home haunts again.
Back to the old home haunts again, -Back
where the clear lake lies.
Back through the wood where the black
birds brood.
Back to my rod and flies.
I wish I could paddle my boat today
Through watered-logged grass and reeds
Where the uiuskrat swims and the cat
tails sway
And the air is cool and the mist is gray
And the ripples dance in the same old
Under the tangled weeds.
Back on the old oak log again.
Back by the crystal brook, -
Back to the bait and the silent wait.
Back to my line and hook.
I wish I could wade by the water's edge
wnere tne railing leaves arirt Dy,
Just to see iu the shadow of the ledsre
Where dark forms glide like a woodman's
Through drifted piles of dark marsh sedge,
Ana near cue oittern cry.
Back where the tadpoles shift and. shirk.
saca wnere Dumrogs sod.
Back Just to float irr my leaky boat.
Back to my dripping bob.
O, it's just like this on each rainy day;
Alwari the same old naiu
That struggles and pulls in the same old
To take me off for a little stay
By the water's edge in the sticky clay,
lo iisu in me iaiung rain.
Back to my long, black rubber boots.
Back to my old patched coat.
Back to my rod and breath of God,
Home, and m v leakv boat.
E. B. Widger, iu the St. Louis Republic
The Evening Story
From the Chicago News.
Blessed be the little flat in which
there is no room for trouble.
Ambition is all right if a man has
energy to back it up.
A self-made man is often the only
one satisfied with the Job.
As soon as a sick shoemaker is able
to work he's on the mend.
It takes a nervous woman to dem
onstrate what nerve force really is.
The mantle of charity covers a lot
of amateur theatrical performances.
After a lively race for a husband
many an heiress marries a run-down
The man who doesn't secure the
services of that great teacher, experi
ence, may live to a green old age.
Unless a man can see a slight im
provement in himself it's impossible
to make him believe the world is
growing better.
Little First Foot. -(By
Molly McMaster.)
Upon the first morning of the New
Year Dean Richmond had awakened
to find a small black kitten prowling
inauisitivelv about her studio nome.
"Good luck! ' was xean s iirst
thought, and the kitten, realizing that
she wa being summonea, stroiiea
over with humped back to receive a
They were friends at once, uean
lived, alone in the Bohemian section
of the city, where the stables had
been converted into wonderful stu
dios with trailing vines rambling over
windows and springing up througn
cobblestones. Dean was an editor on
one of the better magazines, and left
her- studio each morning sharp at
8:30 o'clock. . "
The black kitten which uean cauea
First Foot was a waif ' of the- feline
world who was willing to live wher
ever she was most affectionately re
ceived. She was black and sleek and
a daintily clean little lady kitten. It
would not have been difficult for her
to find loderines in the Bohemian sec
tion where black cats were considered
the best of luck.
The little collar with which Uean
mmediately made her ownership cer
tain was black leather, ine name in
scribed on the tiny silver tag was
First Foot," since she had been the
first little visitor to put foot over
Dean's threshold in the new year.
First Foot's maintenance was rather
simple. Milk was left on the floor
each morning, and the .door was ar
ranged with or bar locking it a iew
inches open so that the kitten could
come and go at will. Dean had em
ployed the slightly open door since
she had taken the position as editor
and was forced to leave her studio
during the day. Her provisions,
which she ordered as she went to bus
iness, were slipped within and her
studio was nicely aired instead of
stuffy as was her office. Having little
of value In her possession uean wor
ried not a particle as to who might bo
desirous of entering her studio. The
Bohemian settlement, if burglars were
discriminating, was the least likely to
be troubled in any case.
First Foot completed a most nappy
domicile for Dean. Coming home
tired, her head swimming with plots
and stories, it was good to see the black
kitten rise, stretch, yawn and come
forward purring by way of greeting.
The absolute lack of Intellect expected
from the companionship made it a de
lightful rest after a day's toil.
First Foot had been a part or tne
studio life for some five weeks before
she brought down the wrath of her
mistress upon her own sleek head.
Upon picking the kitten up for her
evening nap in Dean's lap the girl had
smelled tobacco. Upon examination
she made the discovery that her pet
was reeking of the noxious fumes.
You disgraceful little laay, aa-
monished Dean while she went to the
kitchen for brush and soap and toilet
ater. "You have been visiting the
den of some gentleman."
And since First Foot continued to
revel in brushing and fondling it was
evident that her reputation bothered
her not one jot. )
That proved to be only the first of
the visits for each night Dean found
her erstwhile perfumed pet reeking of
tobacco smoke. There was no good in
scolding. First Foot purred happily on
during the tirades and Dean finally
accepted the tobacco as part of her
troubles. She did, however, tie a huge
pink bow on the neck of her cat and i
saturated it with wild Rose scent.
"The guilty man may take a hint.
was her inward hope.
But the guilty man did not take the
hint. Each day when the small black
cat came silently into nis den he arose,
stroked her head and felt that the day
was well begun. After that he put
milk in a saucer, placed the saucer on
his writing table and wrote many stor
ies while First Foot lay on his table,
sometimes slightly amused at the
swiftly rushing pencil and more often
When John Rogers finished a par
ticularly good story and determined
to try it on the editor of the "Good
year Magazine," he talked long and
earnestly to First Foot.
"We need the money badly," he
said. "If we are to buy our type
writer we must sell this story. If you
don't bring me luck I will lose my
faith in omens."
It was John Rogers' habit to dip
First Foot's paw into the inkstand and
make her imprint on his manuscript.
So far the sign seemed to have been
lucky. Rogers had sold many stories
since the advent of the cat. The small
black cat's paw became rather well
known in editorial offices. "Eccen
tricities of genius," was the thought it
had evoked.
So that the story,' having passed
through the hands of the readers and
found its way to the editor of the
"Goodyear," Dean Richmond found
herself smiling at the imprint of a
cat's paw on the manuscript awaltUig
her judgment.
She immediately thought of First
Foot, but did not connect the two cats
in her musings. The story was excel
lent. The cat's paw had worked the
charm and Dean put the story among
accepted ones.
In the evening she was reminded of I
the peculiar sign on the manuscript
she had received and only half con
sciously found herself examining First
Foot's paw. - Her- amazemnet was very
genuine when she discovered that her
pet's foot was sticky and that close
scrutiny revealed dried ink on the
little toes.
- "So," mused Dean, "the person who
blows tobacco smoke all over my love
ly kitten and the author of 'Stagna
tion' are one and the same being." She
fell to speculating as to the man's per
sonality. "He assuredly is human
and I would say rather charming."
For a long time she pondered over, the
strange happenings of the world. It
was not especially a work of the fic
tion world this straying of her cat to
the den of an author, but it was a
trifle extraordinary that the man's
story should come to her hands; that
her perfume was no doubt as obnox
ious to the author's senses as was his
tobacco to her own. The little cat's
paw on the manuscript was a link in
the chain that was to draw author and
editor together.
After a night's sleep Dean decided
to fling a trifle of the mysterious into
her dealings with John Rogers. Un
doubtedly he knew as little of First
Foot's mistress as she knew of him.
It would be a bit funny to send a note
on First Foot's bow if only to see
what happened.
When John Rogers received the lit
,tle black visitor that morning he
glanced amusedly at the extra large
pink ribbon on her neck.
..'.You have an extravagant mistress,
little lucky lady," he said. "She would
never do for the wife of a struggling
author." If the cat disagreed she
could not say so. Rogers petted First
Foot and dislodged the note Dean
Richmond had concealed in the bow.
"The plot thickens," laughed he,
and opened the letter. "The editor of
'Goodyear' will see you tomorrow at
10 o'clock," he read aloud. "I'm
hanged 1 How in thunder !" Rogers
ran his fingers through his hair and
gazed questioningly at First Foot, who
only went to sleep, having delivered
her message.
Nonplussed, but willing to be en
lightened, Rogers went down to the
editorial rooms of the "Goodyear
Magaeine" fully expecting to meet a
Dean Richmond was, however, ultra-feminine
and rejoiced when Rog
ers's card was handed to her. She
was femininely curious to meet him.
She had broken a "strict office habit
for the first time in her career and
had put a drop of scent on her blouse.
It was the perfume that reached
Rogers's senses while they were dis
cussing the merits of his story and the
size of the check he was to get.
iou," ne said suddenly, and it
semed accusingly, "are the mistress
of First Foot."
"I am." laughed Dean, "but how do
you know?"
"The kitten reeks of that same
scent," he told her.
"It is far better than reekine of
tobacco," flashed Dean.
Rogers flushed guiltily. "Mv niDei
is rather strong." Then. "You must
live near, very near to me," he added
quickly, and there was a shameless
suggestion of Joy in his eyes.
-xes it is strange, isn't it?" -"Delightfully
strange," agreed Rog
ers. "i wisn .first Foot knew the ex
tent of the luck she had brought me.
I sell a story for 1250 and realize that
I have a neighbor whom I "
"I am very busy," Dean said swiftly.
trying to overcome the timidity that
had swept her lashes down.
Rogers only laughed and watched
the color sweeping stealthily into the
cheeks of the editor of "Goodyear. "-
"First Foot is a lucky cat." he ru
minated on the way home, "and I
once Informed her that her mistress
would not make a good wife . for a
struggling author. Humph!" a soft,
whimsical smile played about Rogers's
lips. A smile of self contradiction.
(Copyright, 1915. by the McClure
Newspaper Syndicate.)
Kansas Comment
If the American flag is in such good
repute abroad that ships in danger fly
it -for safety, let's not discredit it here
at home by partisan plays. We are
not called upon to fight the battles of
Europe in America. Nor are we go- '
ing to help one of the countries over
there win from any other. If any
man here is so full of war spirit that
he can not keep neutral, let him go
back to the old country and get his
fill of fighting. As the screws tighten
in the war zone, things will happen
which will more and more put Ameri
can neutrality to the test. We ought
to meet this increasing tension with
united determination to defy any at
tempts to make our government take
sides. Back of these efforts to sway
our government is only one purpose.
That purpose is to get us into this war.
Watch for it! Note its development!
Nail it! Swipe it! Wichita Beacon.
President Wilson vetoed the immi
gration bill because, he said, there
had been no mandate from the peo
ple calling for a reversal of the tradi
tional policy of this country in rela
tion to the admission of foreigners.
And yet the president fought to the
last ditch to pass the shipping bill
which provided for , a complet re
versal of the traditional policy of this
country in the matter of government
ownership of merchant ships. Where
was his "mandate" for that? We sad
ly fear that the president is like the
rest of us he thinks the people de
mand the things he is for and he is
sure they are dead against the things
he doesn't like. Iola Register.
From Other Pens
War poetry at its best is only pass
ably good. Only the very exceptional
production gets into mis ciassmca
tion. War is epic, but today there are
no epic poets. Most war poems are
insufferably bad. Some Englishmen
and Germans of considerable note
have, since the beginning of the pres
ent war, tried their hands at poetico
milltary work with notable unsuccess.
Their output has been almost invaria
bly painful. Months ago the Toronto
Mail and Empire began to publish a
daily war poem. Apparently it had
a large stock on hand which it wished
to dispose of in order to avoid hurting
the feelings of its contributors. Hav
ing started the practice, it has kept
steadily at it.' The habit, one fears,
has become established and cannot be
broken. While the war lasts the peo
ple of Toronto must have one of these
metrical horrors served up with their
eggs and bacon. It is an unmerited
Infliction for Toronto. Cleveland
Plain Dealer.
The Japanese premier says: "Ef
forts recently have been made to in
vent some plausible reason for a dis
ruption of the relations between
Japan and America. These attempts
have failed, the mischief-makers now
look to China as a field in which the
two powers may be made to clash. 1
tree no reason for such a sonflict."
That is a frank and friendly state
ment. Why should it not be accepted
in an equally frank and friendly
spirit? The habit of perpetual sus
pfsion is an abominable trait In an in-1 .'
dividual and is still more to be con
demned in a nation. It is dangerous
and unpatriotic to try to make sua
picio n the attitude of the United
States toward any foreign country. We
should, at least, wait until some na
tion gives offense before looking upon
it or thinking of it as hostile to us.
Buffalo Express.
The Selfish Princess.
Once upon a time, in the long, long
ago, there lived a very beautiful prin
cess whose name was Delightina. Her
mother had named her that because
of her own delight in having a little
daughter. And for many years De
lightina gave her parents so much
pleasure that she seemed truly named.
But, unfortunately, her parents
loved her more dearly than wisely;
and they gave her everything she
could possibly wish for which is a
bad thing for anybody, even a princess.
She lost all her pretty grateful ways
and only thought of her kind parents
as givers. She spent many hours
thinking up things to ask for, but
never gave one fleeting thought to
what she could do for them.
; do not want your three wishes,"
replied Delightina crossly, "I
only want three dogs."
This was very bad for her and the
kind fairies who watched over her.
determined to show her how ungrate
ful and hard she was becoming. They
resolved to cnange ner ways.
So one day when Delightina was
out walking with her three pet goats,
the fairy queen disguised herself as
a beggar ana appeared on tne road
before Delightina. "Oh fair lady."
cried the beggar, "give me a crust of
bread and I will give you three
"I do not want three wishes," re
plied Delightina crossly, "I only want
three dogs instead of these tiresome
goats." And instantly the goats van
ished and three dogs can along side
of their mistress.
Delightina walked along with them,'
but she found them hard to manage.
So when she saw the beggar again by
the roadside, she said, "I do not want
these dogs, I want three squirrels."
(Squirrels were very rare in that
country and Delightina had never had
any you see.) -. i
Immediately three squirrels rati by
her, side in place of the dogs, and- the
princess walked on without a- "thank
But the squirrels ran and frisked
about so much that they were- not as
good company as Delightina had ex
pected them to be; so when she again
saw the beggar in the road, she ran to
to-him and said commandingly, "Take
these - squirrels away, and bring me
three birds!" . . ......
At once the squirrels were gone
and three beautiful birds flew around
over her head. Delightina was much
pleased at first, but in a few minutes
she tired of looking upwards and she
called to the beggar who was resting
near by, "After all, I don't want birds,
give me back my goats!"
Instantly the birds vanished, but
though Delightina watched carefully.
no goats came to take their place.
'Where are the goats?" she asked im
"They are gone forever," repled the
beggar and she threw off her disguise.
And you have had your three wishes.
Now give me my bread!".
The princess had no Dread and she
was very frightened for she recog
nized the fairy queen and knew she
had been very rude to her. "Dear me,
what shall I do?" she cried.
"Give me three years of your life,"
replied the queen and the princess had
no choice but to obey. So for three
years she lived at the fairy palace and
learned lessons of kindness and self
denial and then she went back to her
own home and lived happilv ever
after. (Copyright, 1915 Clara In
gram Judson.)
Tomorrow A Foolish Sparrow.
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