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Honors, indeed, never come singly.
Italy's king has been made a corporal
in a regiment of French zouaves.
No matter how often Przemysl is
battered, down, its name stands ada
mant against all linguistic endeavor.
While" Count von " Bernstorff, the
German ambassador to ' these United
States, was making his private little
.speech to President Wilson, the latter
probably had his fingers crossed.
' Many of the Japanese are playing
time to their form of being of the
whole-hog variety. This explains
their rioting protests against the
agreement that their government has
reached with China.
; ' Pity should go out also to the babies
that are legitimately born in Europe
these days. Why? Well, triplets re
cently added to the family of a British
patriot have been named Kitchener
Jones, French J.ones and Jellicoe
Politics doesn't make any stranger
bedfellows than war. Here are all of
the Balkan nations, usually knocking
the whey out of each other, now either
fighting or about to get into the fight
for a common cause, or against the
Teutonic allies.
News from Berlin that bread is
cheaper there nowadays than it has
been of late also serves to emphasize
the fact that "war prices" for bread
Or "war sizes" of loaves are still be
ing continued by the bakers in several
localities in this country.
:' Look up a map of that part of Aus
tria, which is close to Italy, then read
something about the topography of the
country and the way the Austrians
have had it fortified these many years,
and you'll readily see that Italy has
ho easy job ahead of her.
s One per cent of anything doesn't
appear to be much. But when it con
cerns the censoring of no less than
10,000,000 feet of moving picture films
In a year, a reasonable estimate of the
activities of the Kansas movie censors,
it assumes considerable proportions.
. No trouble seems to have been ex
perienced by the British navy in pro
tecting from submarine attack the
transports that have carried hundreds
of thousands of British soldiers to the
continent. Why can't it do the same
for British freight and passenger
Of course, it is wonderfully fine
from the patriotic standpoint for one
Englishman to have nine sons serving
his country e-ther in the' army or the
pavy. But what a much better time
the boys would be having and what a
larger peace of mind would be with
their mother, were they touring the
provinces as a unique ball team.
And the forcefurand vigorous stand
that President Wilson has taken with
Germany in respect to the slaughter
of the, innocents who went down with
the Lusitania also ought to have con
siderable influence in making the
Mexican "leaders" accept his ultima
tum to them at nothing less than its
face value.
In the royal circles of Great Britain,
at any rate, the pen appears to be
holding Its own with the sword. Co
incident with the news that King
George has knighted Lord Kitchener
with the Order of the Garter, comes
the announcement that he has also
elevated Sir Gilbert Parker, the nov
elist, to a baronetcy.
May. the month of moisture, was
undoubtedly a most favorable period
for all of the Kansas crops, as the
weather bureau reports. But it was
Just as disagreeable a cycle of time for
the city folk. Still the cities of Kansas
would not be very prosperous or such
good places to live in were it not for
the agricultural crops that are pro
duced at their gates.
' In the Dardanelles the Past shakes
hands with the Present, face to face,
says the June World's Work; for Just
round the corner from Kum Kaleh,
Homer's river Seaman der. under an
other name, still flows into the Helles
pont. Along the beach at its mouth
Agamemnon hauled ' up ' hla "black
ships" three thousand years ago. Its
waters now, as then, flow from springs
on Mount Ida and . drain the "windy
plains of Troy," but in all these ages
they have brought down a lot of
classic mud out of the Troad and with
it filled up the crescent bay used by
the Greeks long ago. When landing
parties went ashore In March from
the French and British ships to take
possession of the Sigeum promontory,
they hauled up their cutters on the
soil of "many-towered Ilium." .
Although one-fourth of the reve
nues of the state of Kansas are ob
tained through indirect taxes, the peo
ple, in the final analysis, provide them
Just the same. Indirect taxation is
merely a neat and inoffensive method
of picking the people's pockets.
President Wilson evidently means
business in Mexico now. This is well.
For two years or so, the United States
has been little better than a partici
pant or an accessory in the crime
against humanity and civilization that
has been perpetrated by the brigands
of Mexico under the guise of patri
otic endeavors. Because of our posi
tion of prominence on the western
hemisphere, because of the "hands
off". . that we warn other nations
through our adherence to the Mon
roe doctrine, it is and always has been
our duty, if not exactly our legitimate
business, to see to it that some of our
more or less turbulent neighbors to the
south behave themselves, or, at least,
that they do not violate the lives and
property not only of Americans but
also of other foreigners, and their own
peaceably inclined citizens as well,
while they practice the pursuit of
their periodical revolutions. We have
been neglecting this duty in respect to
Mexico. The result has created a most
horrible condition of affairs below the
Rio Grande. Only a scant story of the
outraging that Mexico and the bulk of
her people have experienced during
the past nine months or so has been
told In this country, or anywhere else.
The Mexican situation has been com
pletely overshadowed by the terrible
ness and. magnitude of the European
struggle. It is pretty generally agreed
that the Wilson administration blun
dered seriously at the beginning of its
handling of the Mexican problem. Its
present change of policy is an admis
sion from its own lips that this is so.
All that, though, is of the past. It
has been an expensive error for many
Americans who have lost their, lives
there, and for other Americans and
the citizens of other lands, who have
had their valuable property destroyed.
It has been even more expensive for
the great majority of the Mexican ped
ple. They have really been the ma
jor victims of the savagery and plun
dering of the divers soldiers of for
tune who have sprung up among
them. And our duty in Mexico is
nonetheless to these helpless Mexicans
than it is to those of our own citizens
and those of other nations who have
elected" .to make their homes therev
But this is no time to carp over the,
mistakes of the past. President Wil-.
son's new Mexican stand is as firm.
as it is one in the right direction. If
the 'leaders" in Mexico fail to heed it.
they will be making the mistake of
their lives. The American people, un
doubtedly, do not relish the thought
of having to send an army Into Mex
ico to quell the disturbances there and
set the Mexican house in order. But
they will assume the burden willingly,
if it be necessary. And they are prob
ably as unitedly behind President Wil
son in his new Mexican policy as they
are in his dealings with Germany over
the Lusitania affair. Incidentally, the
practical pronouncement of President
Wilson to the end that he is now of a
mind to use force in Mexico, if the
Mexican military factions do not
speedily compose their differences, is
also most important as suggesting the
probability that it is not his present
intention to thrust this country into a
war with Germany, no matter what
may be the outcome of the present
diplomatic exchanges between Ger
many and the United States over the
murder of the American citizens who
were sent to their death with the Lusi
tania. He wouldn't be contemplating
the use of force in Mexico if he had
any idea of a possibility of waging
war on Germany. Our army and
navy, such as they are and in such an
event, would be needed for much moro
serious business. The president un
doubtedly has in mind, and rightly,
effective and severe reprisals other
than actual participation in the war
against " her, that we might make
against Germany if she does not see
her way clear to meet our demands
that her submarine slaughter of non
combatant passengers on merchant
ships be discontinued.
Evidently the water of the Euro
pean war is not considered bloody
enough. Rumania is reported to be
busy with preparations to jump in.
Bulgaria Is almost certain to follow
suit. And the one mystery about the
war concerns how Greece haa man
aged to keep out of it so long. Dur
ing the past decade, or so, Greece has
been fighting on every possible oc
It is gratifying to note, writes Hon.
Milton Strasburger in the June Case
and Comment, that the acts abolishing
the office of justice of the peace, and
those decreasing the powers of the of
fice, have alike uniformly withstood
the attacks of constitutional lawyers.
In abolishing the office of justice of
the peace we have not experienced the
difficulty anticipated. Addressing the
Bar association of his state a quarter
of a century ago, and voicing the
sentiment of his day, a prominent law
yer, after pointing in a humorous vein
to the defects of the system, said:
"The magistrate is In full operation
In nearly all the states of the Union.
Like the poor, upon whom he 'most
generally performs,' we have him al
ways with us. The task imposed on
the Paladin Huon by Charlemagne, as
the price of his rights, was merely
that he should proceed to Bagdad, en-
ter Into the court of the Caliph as he
sat banqueting with his emirs, cut off
the. head of the man who sat next to
him, kiss his daughter thrice, and re
quest as a present four of his jaw
teeth and a handful of his silver
beard." And this task, he adds, "is
light with that of reforming the jus
tice of the peace." We have not suc
ceeded in reforming the justice of the
peace, but we have reformed the sys
tem by destroying the office. The of
fice of justice of the peace is an an
cient and honorable one, but un
fortunately the incumbents of the of
fice have not always maintained its
dignity. Age and tradition alone can
not justify Its perpetuation. The of
fice cannot today command the re
spect to which, under other condi
tions, it might have been entitled.! A
change of title alone would tend to
elevate the tribunal in the minds of
the people; but in addition to a
change of ' name, there should come
the various reforms embodied in the
municipal court acts passed in the
various states.
Journal Entries
Some folk are so stuck up they
must drink mucilage cocktails.
Too many people measure good
times by the expenses involved.
As is the case with all excellent
teachers, the fees charged by Miss Ex
perience are usually heavy.
In the line of contemporaneous fic
tion, some of the summer resort liter
ature should have a high rank.
The fellow who isn't willing to take
a chance has no good reason to com
plain about the quality of his luck.
Jayhawker Jots
Water, water everywhere, says the
Hutchinson Gazette, and not a hostile
ship to sink in Kansas.
If Noah were living in Kansas to
day, he certainly would be building an
ark, thinks the Haven Journal.
In advertising its job printing de
partment, the Fort Scott Republican
announces: We print everything but
postage stamps.
A number of low-lying Kansas
towns, notes the Columbus Advocate,
are entertaining their old, sweet, girl
graduate, Miss Helen Highwater.
So far as the El Dorado Republican
has observed, the styles in women's
dresses this season have been depend
ent upon what they could do with the
materials of last season.
Mushrooms grown in gardens are
not as popular as the varieties found
wild, explains the Win field Courier,
as there is no glory in being found
alive after eating the former.
If a railroad president is a "rail
head," and an oil company's presi
dent is an "oil head," the Independ
ence Free Press argues that the pres
ident of a maple refinery must be a
sap head.
Luther Burbank may be all they
say he Is, but the Wichita Beacen
wmld like to see him raise a garden
in a city, lot with eight, boysin the
family to the north and a chicken
fancier on the south..
The Hazelton correspondent of the
Barber County Index says that none
of the farmers in that neck of the
woods are going to find any fault with
the length of the wheat straw this
year, unless they find it too long.
A true incident, according to the
Emporia Times: "Is your wife going
to California with you to attend the
exposition ?" an Emporia man was
asked last week. "No, I'm going on
a pleasure trip," was the absent mind
ed answer.
Speaking of alfalfa bees, the Little
River Monitor reports: Twas a very
busy scene in W. H. Burke's alfalfa
field, Monday, when thirty men
twenty-seven shockers and three
rakers were at work. The entire 80
acre crop was put in shocks during the
day, and many of the men worked
only a little over six hours.
A man walking along a Country road
came to a railroad crossing where two
injured men were lying beside a de
molished automobile, relates the Atch
ison Globe. He asked them the cause
of the accident and they told him a
train had struck the car. "Do you
mind !f I He down beside you?" he
asked. He wanted, in on the damages.
Globe Sights
Every holiday makes an additional blue
No woman should dance who weighs over
150 ponnds.
If a man loves his wife how does he get
rid of a grouch?
Don't join a little group of serious
thinkers and neglect your regular work.
It may also be said for the mechanical
piano player that it doesn't take lessons.
Try not to let yourself become old and
you will add several years to yon r exist
tence. ...
While a man usually subscribes for sev
eral different papers, he reliea upon his
wife for the Real News.
An engaged man la frequently henpeck
ed, but It comes at a time when he hasn't
eenae enough to run away.
A certain Atchison woman la a "worker,"
and ao when she is eepeclalv nice to some
one, people ask, "What is she up to now?"
If a woman who is inclined to be com
plimentary to everyone is popular ahe ia
called "tactful," but If she ia not very
well liked ahe Is called "politic."
tFrom the Philadelphia Record.
The rainbow follows the storm.
Also it follows its natural bent.
It's one thing to broaden yourself,
but quite another thing to merely get
In baseball there are times when
even the - left-handed pitcher is Just
Of course gambling is a vice, but a
man can't even win his spurs without
taking a chance.
Muggins "How does a fellow know
when he is in love with a girl?" Bug
gins "Oh, she'll tell him."
Would you say there was much
hope for the man who would rather be
on the level than climb upwards?
"Life is a grind," quoted the Wise
Guy. "Sure," agreed the Simple Mug.
"That's what sharpens a man's wits."
Some people marry for love and
some for money. It isn't everyone
who has the knack of splitting the
"The hen that has Just laid an
egg," says the Manayunk Philosopher,
"cackles about it almost as much as
the woman who Is laying for her b.us-,'oand."
On the Spur - '
of the Moment
Gone, But Not Forgotten.
Sleeve elastics.
The yellow peril.
Horsehair finger rings.
Homemade shirts.
Bell ringers.'
Only 50 Per Cent Efficient.
A facetious boss .said to a new hod
"Look-a-here, friend, didn't I hire
you to carry bricks up that ladder
by the day?"
"Yes, sir," said the hod carrier,
touching his cap.
"Well, I've had my eyes on you,
and you've, only done it half a day
today. You spent the other half com
ing down the ladder."
The hod carrier touched his cap
"I'll try to do better tomorrow, sir,"
he said, humbly.
The neighbor will soon call upon you.
To borrow your lawnmower and hoe.
The mailman will leave on the door
step The seed catalog you well know.
You'll soon have to take down the
And spend a : week fitting the
And mark off a space in the back
For radishes, melons and beans.
You'll take the good old sulphur
The iceman will pound on your
You'll get fifteen, vacation folders.
And summer " will be here once
more. .
The "Sister Susie" Club.
Queenie's quilting quilts for quiet
Rilla's rolling "ropes" of reeking
Sarah slices sausages for Switzers,
Tillie's teaching Turks the Turkey
Trot. MRS. J. M.
Irma's into ironing for the Injuns.
Jessie's Jerking jibbooms for the
Katrina'a kneading kuchen for
Laura's learned to launder for the
Lapps. LUCY.
Thanks are returned to the New Jersey
State College of Agriculture for leaflet 2(5,
Vol. 2, containing article on "Brown Blotch
of Kelffer Pears." "Feed Cost of Raising
Calves," and "Prevention of Leg Weakness
In Chicks." Recommend the latter to the
attention of "Uncle Joe" Cannon.
Evening Chat
Off With the Old.
In a neighborhood in which I was
visiting a few weeks ago, the minister
whose church my - friends - attended
had just left for fresh fields and ras-
tures new. vJIe had been a popular
minister anifl expected to hear noth
ing but regrets.
On the contrary this is what I actu
ally heard.
You must near tho new minister.
He has such a powerful clear voice
that you don't have to stratn vour
ears to listen." (The former minis
ter's ; gentle, low i pitched voice, had
been greatly admired. : '
Have you seen the new minister'
Good looking, isn't he? I do like to
see a minister clean shaven." (The
former minister had worn a Van
We go to church every Sundav
now. The new minister preaches such
interesting, broad gauge sermons. I
think there is such a thing as too much
religion even in a sermon, don't you?"
I A nit at tne rormer pastor.)
Ana so it ran.
Now if ever a man gave his whole
heart to his people, their former min
ister was that man and they had real
ly seemed to appreciate him. And yet,
the moment his back was turned it
was off with the old and on with the
"I thought Mr. S. was a universal
favorite," I ventured to say once.
on yes, we liked him, I was as
sured, "but he had his faults." It
seemed to me that that sentence
struck the keynote of this common
tendency to be off with the old and
on with th3 new in two shakes of a
lamb's tail.
"We liked him but he had his
Of course he had. Madame, the best
of us have. And other people get
tired of these faults and think they'd
like to try some new ones.
Maybe the congregation got tired of
their minister's virtues, too. That's
juBt as possible. And now they've got
a new bundle of faults and virtues and
though, to my thinking at least, the
virtues In that bundle are fewer and
the faults less forgivable, they are
new, and nothing covers a multitude
of sins and shoddiness like newness.
A friend of mine is always getting
"a really splendid maid this time." A
few months later I hear that she has
decided that she cannot any longer
endure the faults which have gradu
ally developed in her treasure and is
going to try again. The new maid is
in her turn pictured as a find and my
friend is happy in her for a few
months until her particular foibles
commence to wear upon her.
In a new neighborhood I heard with
some surprise the fervor with which
the neighbors ran down the former
tenant of my house. Later I was vis
iting in iho neighborhood to which he
had movea and was even more sur
prised to'hear him as highly extolled.
We're queer, restless, unsatisfiable
critics, aren't we? Perhaps the best
we can do is not to blame others who
react against us in the same way.
From the Chicago News.
Hard work brings success some
times. The man who is always behind
never gets ahead.
If you want to make a lazy man
tired, offer him a job.
Some married men make good dan
ger signals for bachelors.
One can't always judge a man by
what his neighbors say about him.
Our idea of a real pretty girl is one
who seldom has to stand in a crowded
A man doesn't necessarily believe
all you say just because he doesn't
call you a liar.
- When there is a family reunion the
men present enjoy it almost as much
as they do a funeral.
The average man is too modest to
say he is better than other men but
he is willing to admit he is different.
Air: Tipperary.
Back from gory battle came a soldier
Easter l)nr.
The streets were full of people in their
Easter garments gay:
Silver bells were ringing In the steeples
The soldier he was wounded, and this Is
what he said:
"It's a long way to glory, it's a long
way to go
From the dim and quiet churches where
the Easter lilies blow.
Good-by to home and comfort, farewell to
sweethearts dear.
It's a long, long way to glory, and my
heart's right here."
When the soldier joined the colors he was
full of thoughts of Fame,
But he found among the trenches that
they never spoke her name.
Coming home upon a furlough with his
right arm in a sling.
He was strong for peace eternal when the
chimea began to ring :
"It's a long way to glory, it's a long way
to go,
The route is marked in crimson with the
blood of friend and foe.
There's a girl I want to marry, we hare
waited 'most a year,
It's a long, long way to glory when my
heart is here.
"I would rather have a cottage, and a
garden and a cow,
Than a V. C. on my bosom, and a laurel
on my brow.
War has led me throngh his shambles
till my soul is worn to rags;
Give us peace the wide world over, fold
away the battle-flags:
It's a long way to glory, it's a long way
to go,
It's a long way to glory and the hardest
' road I know.
From the snowy Easter lilies may the
dove of peace appear.
It's a long, long way to glory, for my
heart's right here."
Minna Irving in Leslie's.
The Evening Story
Taming Barbara.
(By Ailsa Lee.)
Blake St. John wondered what they
all meant by that continual reference
to his fiancee.
"Taming Barbara, indeed!" he
snorted angrily. What man could
ask for a sweeter, meeker little soul
than Barbara Barstow, whom an
obliging relative had suggested that
he marry if he expected any of said
relative's golden ducats.
"Hang it all, Uncle Moses," Blake
had stormed, "what do I care about
your money? Not enough to marry a
girl I never saw. No nice girl would
agree to such an absurd plan, any
"Absurd, eh?" shouted Uncle Moses,
pounding his cane so violently that
Blake skipped out of reach. "Under
stand, young man, that Barbara Bar
stow is my favorite niece of the other
branch of the family, and if you've
never met the Barstows it's high time
you did. And, moreover, if you don't
marry the girl she won't get any of
my money, and, bless her, she needs it.
They're poor as Job's turkey." Uncle
Moses shook his head dismally.
"Do you mean to say that you'll cut
off Barbara Barstow if I don't marry
"But it won't be her fault."
"I've said my say," said Uncle Moses
grimly. Then one day Blake had gone
over to see the Barstows and so im
pressed was he by their evident pov
erty and shabby gentility that he paid
assiduous court to pretty, dark-eyed
Barbara, the youngest of the flock of
five girls.
He found it easier to love Barbara
than he expected, and one day they
became engaged.
And all the relatives held up their
hands in horror and asked one another
how Blake could tame Barbara. For
it appeared that Barbara was a dread
ful tomboy, quite a semi-barbarian, as
Aunt Prissy said Jerkily.
Blake believed that when they were
married Barbara would give up climb
ing trees after birds' nests, or scaling
fences and fishing, or any other of the
boyish sports in which she indulged.
But their wedding day came and went
and Barbara did not lose her love for
the woods and fields.
Blake admitted that his household
affairs were administered with
great system all the Barstow girls
were famous housekeepers. Even if
Barbara had spent the afternoon
riding around the country on her black
horse, Ponto, she was always ready
to grace the head of his table at the
dinner hour.
Uncle Moses gave them a handsome
present and promptly neglected St.
Blake did not care for his own sake.
because he nad sufficient to live on
comfortably, but he worried about
Barbara s people. There were so many
girls and their future independence
had hung on Barbara's marriage in
accordance with Uncle Moses' wish.
Blalce aid not expect too much from
this marriage he was fond of Bar
bara and they were good comrades
but as for sentiment, they wisely re
frained from any substitute for the
real article.
One day Blake had a taste of Bar
bara's fiery temper. He had come be
hind her chair and softly kissed the
curls in the nape of her pretty neck.
"How dare you?" she stormed,
looking like an angry kitten.
"But, my dear, I am your husband,"
expostulated the abashed young man.
"I don't care if you're my grand
father!" declared Barbara. "I don't
want you to kiss me yet!"
"Not yet?" echoed Blake. "Pray,
when may I when?"
But Barbara relapsed into a cool
silence that Blake, offended, would
not be the first to break.
It was a pretty state of affairs, he
told himself hotly, a pretty state of
affairs when a man couldn't kiss his
own wife.
The more Blake revolved the epi
sode of the stolen kiss the more he
became interested in Barbara.
How could he tame Barbara?
That problem confronted him morn
ing and night. Barbara did not ap
pear to be worried about her hus
band. She treated him with an airy
insouiciance that sometimes provoked
him to bitterness.
Suddenly Uncle Moses died, and
when his affairs were settled up it
was found that he had made a will in
favor of the Barstows long before
Barbara's marriage, and, so far as any
one could see, the marriage of Blake
and Barbara was an unnecessary sac
rifice to Mammon.
Aunt Prissy told all this to Barbara
one day.
"My dear, it seems such a pity that
Moses tied Blake St. John down to
such a promise. I heard he was en
gaged to that tall Miss Pettit from
Lanesboro. It serves him right,
though, for making a mercenary
Barbara was very pale when she
went into the house, after seeing
Aunt Prissy drive off in her ancient
phaeton. She donned her riding
clothes and went out to the stable
after Ponto.
For several hours she rode like a
mad woman, up hill and down dale,
and when Blake, returning from town
in his little motor car, met her at the
crossroads, she looked like a small
scared brownie.
"What is the matter, Barbara?" ho
asked, alarmed at her appearance.
"Nothing! I'll race you to the
gate," she challenged. So Ponto and
the runabout sped briskly along - the
road until they reached home.
Before dinner, Blake, seeking his
wife, found her curled on the rug
before the library fire. All the dainty
little ringlets were inviting his - lips,
so he coolly knelt beside her and
kissed her.
Barbara sat very still. He ttole a
look at her face. It was turned wist
fully toward him.
"That is because I love you and I
have the right." be said, proudly.
"But you married me so that you
would not lose Uncle Moses's money,"
she reminded him.
"The day before our wedding Uncle
Moses confessed to me that he had
already transferred their share to
your people, but I had learned to
love you, and I would not give you
up, although Uncle Moses had a conscience-stricken
notion that I would.
"But you, Barbara you married
me a man you didn't love just to
keep your family from poverty!" he
"The night before our Redding,"
confessed Barbara, "Uncle Moses told
me all and said it was not too late
to withdraw."
"And you chose to marry me
"Oh, Blake! Can't you guess?" she
whispered. (Copyright, 1915 by the.
McCluro Newspaper Syndicate:) ...
Eyesignt in Warfare.
Among the causes for which vol
unteers are rejected in England and
conscripts in the other European
countries, defective eyesight stands
first as regards numbers, but the New
York Medical Journal calls attention
to the fact that what may be called
efficiency of vision for such purposes
as those of war is largely a matter of
judgment based on experience.
The man with eyes a good deal be
low normal, when tested at the re
cruiting station, may in the field be
a better marksman than he who
passes the examination successfully,
simply because the former as the re
sult of past training, is able to make a
better interpretation of his visual per
cepts, blurred though they are, than
is the man with the clearer sight.
Savages are wrongly credited with
better eyesight than civilized people.
The only basis of the supposed super
iority is that in his accustomed haunts
the savage can make accurate deduc
tions from many things which the
white man sees as well, but sees with
out significance.
The Journal also notes that science
has done about as much. for war in
tho way of extending vision as in that
of facilitating the movements of
armies by means of railways and mo
tor-driven vehicles. Modern big guns
would be of almost no use against
their usually distant - targets if the
gunners who do the firing had to trust
to unassisted eyesight, no matter how
good, and did not have the instru
ments of magnification and precision
by which ranges are nowadays deter
mined. The eyes of country dwellers are
better, it seems, than those of city
men, the difference being due to ha
bitual looking at thing remote as well
as near, in the one case, while the ur
ban eye does most of its work on ob
jects near at hand, and so its powers
of "accommodation" are weakened.
Sailors carry good vision further into
old age than any other class because
of their constant practice at all the
degrees of visibility.
Next door to poor eyesight as a
cause for rejecting recruits stands de
ficiency of height, and here again an
arbitrary standard is apparently ap
plied with too much strictness, since
it leads to the rejection of many men
who in modern conditions would not
be more efficient as fighters if a few
inches - taller who . are ippreciabry
less likely to be hit than they would
be if taller. New York Times.
San Diego, Calif., has a new city
water filtration plant.
Down in the warm dark cellar,
Tommy Tittle-mouse had spent the
winter very happily. His aristocratic
cousin might stay up in the light at
tic all he wanted to, for his own part
Tommv Tittle-mouse preferred tne
safer though duller cellar. It must
be admitted that Tommy Tittle-mouse
was far from brave in fact he came
verv near to being a real coward
But with all his 'fraidness, Tommy
Tittle-mouse was such a kind, unsel
fish little fellow that he was a very
nice friend to hae.
Through the long winter Tommy
Tittle-mouse lived on what stray
scraps, he could find. He was too
timid to venture often to the pantry
on the first floor, where his attic cou
sin made frequent visits, and winter
was a lean season in the ' cellar.
Tommy Tittle-mouse never thought to
complain, though, he was happy and
satisfied when he was safe from harm.
Though he had to admit to himself
that he wouldn't mind more to eat.
One warm day in the early summer,
when the house was so quiet that
Tommy was sure everybody was away
for the day, he climbed up towards
the pantry. He was so lean and hun
gry that he had no trouble at all in
slipping through cracks and around
When he was nearly at his destina
tion he heard a sound! How his legs
did shake! If his cousin hadn't poked
his slim gray nose around the stairway
that very minute he surely would have
died of fright. It was a full minute
before he found his voice, then he
said, "Oh, is that you, cousin; what a
start you gave me! I thought surely
that was the cat slipping along the
"The cat fiddlesticks!" quoth the
attic mouse; "you are afraid if there
ever was one Tommy Tittle-mouse!
And you look as lean and poor as a
church mouse! Why, don't you eat
"Eat anything!" exclaimed poor
Tommy Tittle-mouse heart-brokenly.
"that s what I would like to do! I m
so hungry I can hardly see! And
there isn't a thing to eat in the whole
"Then why do you stay down there.
silly?" aBked the attic mouse disgust
edly, l woiyont stay a minute I -
Kansas Comment
The man who is clean In mind and -neat
in -person; who looks not up to
the rich nor down to the poor; who .,
can lose without squealing and win -,
without bragging; who is considerate ,,
of women, children and people; who C;
is too generous to cheat,- and too enter-
getic to loaf; who takes his share of;
the world's goods, and who lets others
have theirs; who does jiot carry in -his
heart the green-eyed monster,
jealousy, is indeed a true gentleman
and is an asset to any community
Wilson County Citizen. - '.
California is to employ- 20 per cent
of its convicts the coming year on the
roads. The scheme contemplates em-
ploying a larger proportion .every suc
ceeding year until all but the shop
men are on the highways. The . in
quirer must not make the mistake of
confusing the California plan with that
which disgraced most of the states of
the south for many years, and some '.
of them yet, viz.: the "gang system"
under which contractors paid the state j
so much per man for their labor, and -were
in turn paid by the state for the .
completed roads. In the California,,
instance the state employs the men
directly, and their hours are reason- '
able. Lawrence Journal-World.
From Other Pens
There is some very foolish talk
floating about in the newspapers about
the proposal that the United States
should vote the Filipinos their inde
pendence and then should agree to
stand by them if any outsider under
took to annoy them. How simple it
all sounds! But it might be well to
stop and consider who would be the
Filipinos after we had for a while let
go our paternal but necessary hold.
There would be, of course, prompt
uprisings among the agitators.'1 In a
short time it would be as much a ques
tion which was the government as it is ;
today which is the government of
Mexico. Nobody of intelligence can
doubt that the "government" that wo
did not "stand by" would line up with
some foreign power and we would be
in it all over. That could not fail to
happen. People who theorize about
the Philippines and about Mexico but
who have never seen the people about
whom they weave their theories are
not safe guides to follow. The cold
fact is that they do not know what
they are talking about. Leaving the
Filipinos to walk alone and assuring
them that if they get into trouble we'll
be there to stand by them is as broad
an invitation to trouble as this country
could extend. Hartford Courant.
August Belmont is reported to be
at the head of a new organization In
tended to provide a national reserve
of aviation volunteers for use in case
of war. It is proposed to establish
district bases in various large cities,
and in addition to make arrangements
for 1,500 landing stations scattered
about the country from coast to coast.
It is a curious thing, and a disgrace
to congress, that the United States,
where the aeroplane was invented, is
far behind every other great nation in
the development tpf a OTlJiJarymviation
corps. If the government at'thts- time
possessed an adequate fleet bf aero- ;
planes and an adequate fleet of sub
marines, we should be practically
safeguarded from . foreign attack.
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle.
(Which was perfectly true.)
"Oh. thank you," answered Tom
my Tittle-mouse loyally, "the cellar
is a nice safe place to live and I am
perfectly satisfied, only "
"Only you're starving to death,"
snorted the attic mouse. "Catch me
starving myself Just to be safe!
You're such a silly!"
Tommy Tittle-mouse hung his head
anu iwiKca very ashamed.
Tommy Tittle-mouse huntc his hearf
and looked very ashamed. Then a
Drignt tnougnt occurred to him. Why
not ask his cousin where would he a
good place to live? Why hadn't he
done that before? Of course his clev
er cousin knew many places besides
the attic, where Tommy Tlttle-mon.
was so afraid of livinjr. So. oniriiiv
before his courage oozed away, Tommy
... . """" xiien lr you
wouldn t live there, where would you
live? Tell me that,"
The attic mouse scratched his head
and twisted his tail three times; then
he said thoughtfully: "I think! con
sidering everything, I'd live in the gar
den if I were you."
"In the garden!" exclaimed the
amazed Tommy; "I'd like that! And
if you say if s safe 1 11 go this very !
day!" (Copyright Clara Ingram '
Judson.) """!..
22 Kansas Ave. F. P. Whitm'ore MCT.

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