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THE TOPEKA DAILY STATE JOURNAL MONDAY EVENING, MAY 10, 1920 Ctrprka tatr 3frnrrnal An Independent newspaper BY i'UAN'K P. MAC LENNAN. VOLUME XUI. Entered t.s second clan natter. iwrn-ijiu till r r in v. Bnbecrtptloa Hatea by Mall. By mall in advance, on year...., .IB 00 By mail in advuuie, eix months... S.w By mall In advame. three montba. l.uo By wail in advance, one mouth.... -.TO Bat by Carrier. tin week....... ..IS cents One mouth i cent Telephone CIU. Kaatern office: Paul Week, representa tive, .No. Da Madlaon avenue, New lork; Century building. 'hlrago: Little lilds-.. Hoatou; hri(t building, Detroit; Lew's Xlldg.. Buffalo. Member: Associated Presa, American Newspaper- publishers' Association, Audit itureau r t.ircuiaiioa. MRMU1 Or THE ASSOCIATED FHEBfr. 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The State Journal pays for this apleiull-l service ill order that every one of its read era miiy take free advantage of It. ' You are welcome to uae It aa often ae.you Ilka. Write your request briefly, sign your name and addreae plainly, enclose a 2-eent attnnp for return poatnge and address, the Tnl'KKA hTATK JOUliNAL INFORMA TION KUUKAr. Frederic J. llnskin, Director, Washing ton. I. . 'While there ia an immense amount of corn in the hands of the farmer! and in country elevators, Chicago is finding it difficult to supply immedi ate demands even at the prevailing and hitherto unheard of prices. While there is a huge supply of wheat in the country, and this cereal is command ing; more than three dollars a bushel in the Kansas City market, fewer than 100 cars a day are arriving at that terminal. It may be that conditions would improve if the interstate com merce commission would grant the railroads the increase in freight rates that is being asked for, without fur ther delay. Possibly some of the roads find themselves confronted Wyith the situation that the more freight they haul the more money they lose. Or it may be that they prefer to let the freight accumulate until they ob tain the increase which they are seek ing. Since it is well understood by even body concerned that the advance in rates is inevitable why should the readjustment be delayed while the business of the country suffer and prices continue to advance? A speaker in tbe convention of re tailers at Ottawa ia quoted as saying that Hoover "had cornered a produce market in .1114 and made 14, 000,900 on the corner by forcing up prices and that he did not have the necessary Insight into agricultural conditions to handle the food situation success fully." It may appearhowsver. to the uninitiated that a man who can make 14,000,000 on produce has a con siderable "insight into agricultural conditions." There seems likely to be embodied in the soldier relief legislation now being; framed by congress a plan of paid-up insurance which members de clare will be the most attractive of any of the five forms of benefit which it ia Intended to present to the soldiers for their optional selection. It is esti mated that if ,S90,000 former service men take advantage of the insurance feature the ultimate cost to the gov ernment will be about 18,000,000,000. The Insurance plan might be all right, but left an option in the matter of compensation It is probable that a ma jority of service men would take a cash bonus which many would quick ly spend in a way that would further boost prices and leave the benefi ciaries no better off In the end, while (ha taxpayers' bill would still be un paid. Herbert Hoover appears to know where th sugar ia going. He pro poses that th candy manufacturers be rationed.. If the public want sugar for its offee let it cease to buy candy. Announcement is made that the war department will place on sale, imme diately, 2,000,000 suits of overalls. As usual, the government is behind time. The overall erase ha run its course. If the department had of fered Its stock when everybody was talking overalls and a few were wear iris; them it might hav cleaned up a handsome profit. Opposition on one ground or an other to the present excess profits tax is constantly growing both within and outside of congress, so that its radical modification or elimination seems cer tain at th earliest favorable oppor tunity. In practice th tax ha proved unjust and vexatious: It has discour aged economy and promoted waste. That la because, as a tax. it is funda mentally unsound. The excess profits and th income tax constitute a dou ble tax; they take from an individual' income before he gets it and after he gets it Both taxes tome almost wholly out of th investment fund, and this is one of their i lost serious drawbacks. ' The money that has been taken from a corporation in excess pspfits taxes wnuld In most instances mtve probably been spent in- enlarg- i Ing factories, installing new machin ery, or in otherwise increasing produc tive capacity. Similarly the money taken in income taxes would, beyond what was necessary for personal con sumption, have been Invested, and would have gone to increase produc tive capacity. The evil effects of the two tazes have become more serious ss time has gone on. A penalty has been put upon savins;, the future has been sacrificed to toe present, and now an unhealthy condition results because the normal balance between saving and spending has been dis turbed. In order. to restore-that bal ance, part of the tax burden should now he shifted from savings to expen ditures, not only to cut down over consumption, but to reach persons not J now reached by these taxes. FREIGHT RATES MIST GO CP. The freight and passenger rates of the railways of the United States have been advanced an average of about 81 per cent since pre-war days. The railroads now are asking the interstate commerce commission for an increase in freight rates of nearly an equal amount but vropose to leave passen ger rates where they are. - The I. C. C. will hear arguments of the. cpponev.s of the proposed ad vance. In view of the transportation situation in this country and thruout the world, it will be interesting to ob serve what theopposition will offer, "However large additional advances in rates may be made in this country," says the Railway Age, "our people may congratulate themselves that the 1 advances in rates necessitated in the country by the war and government operation will be muph less than those that have been made in many foreign countries." The railways of Great Britain were placed under government control at the beginning of the war and. are still being thua operated. During the war the passenger rates were advanced CO per cent while the freight rates were not advanced at all, and because the increases In expenses greatly exceed ed the increases in rates the govern ment incurred a large deficit. To re duce or wipe out this deficit advances in the freight rates of the British rail ways ranging from it to Il0 per cent were made effective on January 15, 1920. During- December, 1J1, and Janu ary, 120, the Italian railways ad vanced their first elan passenger fares SO per cent, their second class fares SO per cent and their third class fares 60 per cent. Both freight and passenger rates already had been advanced 30 to 45 per cent. The passenger rates of the Frenoh railways, two of which are owned by the government and all of which are being operated under government con trol, were advanced 40 per cent dur ing the war and the freight ratea 30 to IT per cent. Because of the deficits which have continued to be incurred proposals for further' advances have been under consideration. The advances in ratea on the Aus trian railways since pre-war days have been enormous. The increase of SO per cent made in February, 1J20, madq the total increases about ISO per cent. In September, 109, freight and pas senger rates in Belgium had been in creased 40 to 50 per cent since pre war times. Further increases have been made since then but the amount of these increases is not known. In September, 1S1, freight and passenger rates in the Netherlands were advanced 60 per cent. Very much the largest advances re ported in any country have been made in Germany, where practically all the railways are owned and operated, by the government. Repeated advances were made during; the war and still further very great advances have been mad since the signing1 of the armir stie. Th passenger rates now aver age about 700 per cent higher 'than before the war and the freight rates about 100 per cent higher. Large ad vances in rate hav been made in many countries which were remote from th aeaj of hostilities. Chauncsy Depew, who for many year ha been noted as a. story teller, has lost none of hia interest in that particular, even at the age of S. Here is one of his latest: "A college row ing crew wer located at Peekskill en th Hudson while they wer training on th river. Passing up to their homes, they leaped on the terrace of our home and began an active discus sion of th past and present. On of them said: Th past can teach us nothing. My father is over seventy year old and I am twenty-one, but I know more than he does.' My father was sitting; according to custom, in th late afternoon, upon th piasza I smoking hi pipe and reading his newspaper. The young man turned around and said to him, 'Well, old gentleman , what do you think of that?" My father replied. "I am think ing what a damn fool your father must be. " The Socialists seem to be an un grateful lot, Th chairman of their national convention bitterly denounced President Wilson In a speech last Sat urday. Tet the president. In th view ef many, has done everything he could in the furtherance of Socialism. His efforts in behalf of that cult have been limited only by the laws and the constitution. It probably will be a long time before the Socialists have another so good a friend in the White House as ho has been. If Mr. Wilson has not fulfilled the promises which Socialist leaders say he made to them in I alt it haa been because he was unable to do so. TOPEKA STATE JOURNAL Information Bureau FREDERIC J.'HASliLV, Director. Washington, P. C. THE WILD AND WOOL!' EAST. Washington. D. C. May 4. A few days ago seven armed men walked into a little country bank near here, shot and killed an officer of it. locked the rest of the officers and employes into the vault and went away with about thirty thousand dollars in cash and securities. No one even found out what had happened for a quarter of an hour alter they had left. Detectives, policemen, constables on-i ell the other varieties of sleuths are hot on the tracks of the bandits, but have caught nothing- so far except a lot of very vague clues and a great deal ef spec in the newspapers. Three days after the above happen ing, seven armed men went into on of the offices of the Fifth Avenue Bus company In New York, held up thirty men, took two thousand dollars, and escaped without even having .to shoot anyone and without leaving behind so much as a clue. This may or may not have been th sum gang. There is no special reason to suppose it was the same gang. Th's country Is full of gangs and Individuals who make an easy living by robbery and murder. Crimes like the two above narrated have become so com mon that we scarcely realize how com mon they are. Jesse James Outdone. Jesse James, and his brother Frank. won fame by their success as bandits during the generation following the Civil war. We are accustomed ' to think of the deeds and the times of the James boys as something: romantically criminal. Vet the James boys never did anything more bold than these two robberies, and they" never got away with ai.j thing so easily. They held ud a. number of small county banks in western towns successfully, but they were oiten snot at, and members of their gang were repeatedly wounded. Finally, when they tried to rob the bank in Northfield, Minn., the citizens surrounded them, fired on them with rules and six-shooters, and finally killed all of the kanr but two. Th. James boy had a hard life compared to modern auto bandits, who make our highways unsafe and make even isolated store and bank a more or less hazardous enterprise. We also like to read tales of the wild west, thruout the period from about I860 to 1&0, when the six shooter was supreme in all the great region west of the Mississippi. Many fabulous fiction tales have been con structed about that era, which cause the hair of the unsophisticated to i stand on end, and make the eastern ', citizen thsnk God that he live in a civilised country. -Tet, aa a matter of fact, excepting where hostile- Indians wer involved, both life and property wer vastly safer in the west of thati day than they are in the east of this day. This you can easily ascertain for yourself if you will read, not th hair-! brained fiction which has been writ ten aDout the early west, but the ac counts of actual experience there. For example, a young Englishman named Bell, in 1S67, accompanied the surveyors who were exploring a route for the Santa Fe railrad across the continent, and afterward wrote a book about it. He passed thru New Mexico during one of its wildest epochs, when there were still a few Indians on the warpath, and when there was abso lutely no effective legal organization. Counties had sheriffs, who were gen erally highly efficient men, and some times a town would have a marshal. But there was no adequate policing, as we understand it today no guar dian of the law walking his beat to prevent you from doing this or that and the courts were an absolute farce. On the other hand, every man went armed. Nobody walked into any place and held up six men, or thirty men, because- he knew that every man had a gun on his person, and that he would not get away without having each and every one of them take a shot at him. Wild West Was Safe. Both life and property were -remarkably safe in those days, when every man went armed and knew how to shoot. There were many shootings and killings, to be sure, but these were generally quarrels between "bad" men. The individual who minded his busi ness was not molested. There is abundant testimony to that effect. Mr. Bell, for example, was never in any danger of his life. The only place in which he was molested In any way was in the center of a United States military post where there were more than & thousand soldiers on hand to enforce the law. At this place. Fort Union, his horse was stolen from the stable of an officer. In Trinidad, Colo., a typical western tow, more than half Mexican, having neither courts, nor officers of the law, he reports that both he and his property were perfectly safe. Nobody stole his horse because the good people of Trinidad made a specialty of lynching horse thieves. While he was there, a miner came in from the mountains who had killed his partner about a year before. Meantime he had grown a heavy beard, and he trusted to this disguise and time to have obliterated the mem ory of his crime. But when he went into a saloon and began to drink, the saloon be can to fill up with quiet, determined looking citlzena The miner was very quietly surrounded and disarmed. He was given an in formal trial and hung to a Cottonwood tree Just outside th window of the room where Mr. Bell, ' the genteel young Knglishman, was sleeping. But the only annoyance Mr. Bell ever suf fered in Trinidad was that of having this corpse for a neighbor. Thus the social conscience was- ac tive and effective in the early west. Now and then a band of robbers was successful for a while, but it was al ways broken up by posses of citizens sooner or later, end nearly every rob ber died a -sudden and violent death before many years. Most of the long hatd fights in that country were over crimes, like cattle rustling, which had once been legitimate business and were slowly outlawed. After the Civil war. the plains swarmed with un branded cattle, and the rounding up and branding of mavericks was a good and honest business. But soon a few men owned most of the cattle, and they wanted this rustling stopped. The rustlers were a long time in see ing the error of their ways, and this war between the rustler and the capi-taliat-csttleman was the cause of much of the fighting. It was a war. with men on each side who believed they wer right. Tour Protector, the. Cop. The fact Is indisputable that in the early west, despite the sparsely settled character of the country, despite th lack of any adequate legal machinery, life, property and ' personal liberty were remarkably safe. And" the fact is equally indisputable that in the east today, in heavily populated sections having the tnost elaborate system of laws and law enforcement in the world, life and property are both often taken with impunity, while per sonal liberty is becoming a myth. The policeman may not catch th bank robber, and often doe not, but if he sees you- kiss your girl, or park your car more than five inches from the curb, or walk on a grass plot, or vio late any other local ordinance, or even his own sense of propriety, he will pounce on you quickly enough. It is against the law to bear arms, and the custom has died out every where in the United States except in Texas, and a few other parts of the south and west. If a man. wants to shoot you down and take your bank roll, you are , helpless. It is against the law for you to have any means of defending yourself. You have placed your safety in th hands of a minion of the law who In all probability can not shoot straight enough to hit a barrel at ten feet, and who is most likely at that moment engaged in the bold enterprise of ousting a spooning couple from a park bench. LITTLE BENNY'S NOTE BOOK BT LEE PAPE. We was eating auppir yestidday, being stake under onions and mash potatoes, ma dropping sumthing on the floor by axsident every little wile, and ma sed. For grayshiss sake. Ben ny, wy cant you be carefill? Ferst it was a spoon, and then a slice of bred and buttir, and now its your nife, wy cant you be carefill? Oosh, ma, 1 am carefill, if I wasent carefill Id drop about twice as mutch, I sed. 0 its no use tawking to tou, sed ma. Meening on account of me being so good ct a argewment, and pritty soon after that I dropped sumtong elts, being my fork, and ma sed, Ben ny, mark my werds, if you drop an other thing yll leave the table, and I call your father to witniss wat I say. 1 witniss it, sed pop. Which I dident drop enything for neerly 5 minnits almost, and" then wat did 1 drop but my'fork agerf ma say ing. There it goes, now you jest get up frum this table. But G. gosn. ma, tnat wasent an other thing, tht was only my fork agen, you sed another thing, dident she pop? I sed. As a matter or iacK, motner,- mats wat you sed, in the intrista of strick justice, I must decide this case in favor of the aeienoant, sea pop. Meening me, and I kepp on eating carefill till all of a suddin I got so carefill my elbo hit my glass of wattir and it upset and went all over the table cloth exsept wat went in pops lap, and pop jumped up mad and tried to get the wattir off his pants with hi napkin, sayinr, Ding bust it to blazes. Hee hee. now arent you sorry you let him stay? sed ma. Benny, leeve the tame netore your mother is overcome by her sents of humor, sed pop. . Wich I did.' 1 JUST FOLKS BT EDGATt A. GUEST. THE XMB OF THE TIMES. I wouldn't hinder progress by a deed er word of mine, - , I believe in modern methods, but it s time to draw the line. ' T e'orify invention, nd I ball creative men. But w mustn't loose the splendor.of our rncced sfstory when . nf ;-v All bands turned out to labor .in the gooo old-fashioned way. And every man was eager to be worthy or bis pay. ., tet progress bring her ehangea, and let " help her all we can. But let'a keep old-fashioned merit ss the standard for a man! We can throttle down injustice snd remove The chains which irk. But we must remain old-fashioned In our attitude towards work: W must spurn the foolish doctrine or re gret it ere we're thru That a man can find contentment with the leaat that be can do. More money, yes. and comforts those are thinars w'e all desire. But the toller must be willing to be worthy of his hire; And no castles can be builded and no crops enrich the aoll. Despite nil the modern thinkers, without good oid-faanioned toil. . It's by work and conatant effort that our wagea we mnat earn, For life cannot pay ns dollars without something in return. Copyr:ght 1030 by Edgar A. Guest. The Woman Who Loved and EUamed A Modern Story or Home and Business Bu.JA.NE PHELPS MARY'S WEDDING PRESENT. CHAPTER 103. The dajs slipped by, even tho at times they seemed insufferably long. Betty and Jane declared I made work for myself purposely to keep busy. They were right. I often fussed over things, even did them over unneces sarily, so that I wouldn't have too much time to think. I spent some time with Jane and Betty, occasionally taking lunch with them, or they with me. rffe decided to take up the study of history his tory of the world. Jane proposed it. "One would know you were an ex school ma'am," Betty teased, "no one else would have thought of such a subject." "Don't you think it necessary? The war has changed everything. We will familiarize ourselves perfectly with conditions as they were, then as the reconstruction is finished and new history is made, we will be ready for that." "Hear! hear!" Betty cried. "Why. Jane. Ions a I hare known you, I never appreciated you as I do new. Talk of pearls of wisdom, your lips are fairly dripping with them." "I think it will be fine, Jane," I told her. "Don't pay any attention to Betty. Perhaps Mary will join us after she is married. Of course she couldn't while she is in the shop." "That would be fine! Say. girls, have you forgotten she is to be mar ried in a month? We must think what to give her." There followed an animated dis cussion of suitable, gifts for Mary and Gardner. We all loved Mary, and - wanted to give her something nice, altho she needed, or would need gifts less than any of us. Gardner be ing far better off than any of the boys. "You see her having things doesn't seem to make any difference. We lov her so much. I am so glad she is to have such a nice home and Gardner is a peach," Betty remarked. "I tell you what, girle! She showed me the plan of the house thev have rented down at Forest Hills. A dear of a place! Suppose w all put to gether, we girls I mean, and buy and make all the draperiew for her sleeping room, bed covers and all. She told Evening Story Bluffing Uncle James. ' BY H. LOUIS RAY BOLD. Phhlip Merrill threw down the let ter In disgust. "What the' ! Why the ;!" He refrained from com pleting his sentences in deference to his secretary. Miss Cowles, who sat watching him in astonishment.. "My undo absolutely refuses to lend us that money which would put us on our teet, unless well, read forj yourseir nis laiouc roonsnness;" Me thrust the letter under her nose, and, hands in his pockets, began a neces sarily limited walk Up and down his small office like the pacing of an angry lion In his cage. Marjory Cowlcs read thru the letter twice with businesslike precision.: My Dear Nephew: "I was interested in your state ment of the assets and liabilities of your business of the moment. But I do not forget that you have been enthusiastic over various other en terprises. When you give any evi dence of settling down, by getting married, for instance, I shall be more convinced of your seriousness, and be glad tc help you. By the way. if you are married, let me know. I might alter the case. Your affectionate uncle, "JAMES B. CHASE'." "I'm sorry, Mr. Merrill," she said, then added with a sigh, 'Tf only he could have seen his way to making the loan, it would have meant such a lot!" "A lot!" echoed Phillip. Why. it would mean all the difference between pulling thru or going under!" Marjory Cowles had been associated with the Goodfit Tire company since its incipiency, and had been thru so many of its up and downs that she had acquired some of the privileges of a partner without, its responsibili ties. Now she pondered the situation with half-closed eyes, and pencil tap ping her firm red lips. "There there isn't anyone you would want to marry on short no tice?" She hoped her employer didn't hear the beating of her treacherous heart as she waited for the answer she had been longing to know ever since her discovery that Phillip naa the most attractive blue eyes of any man she had ever seen. "Indeed there isn't!" declared Phil lip, so emphatically that her heart beat raster than ever. Marjory was about to remark that his uncle was evidently eccentric, when Phillip gave a positive shout. I have it! Ana he deserves it lor being so peculiar and tight-fisted. Please take this letter." And he was dictating before she had picked up her pad and pencil. "Dear Uncle James lou want to know if I am married. Well, am I? I wish you could see my wife (that's true enough, Miss Cowles. I -wish he could, and tell me what she's like.) If you will reconsider the making of that loan I assure you you will never regret it. Yours, ' I'PHILLIP. "P. S. If the wife knew I was writing this I feel sure she would send her love." "I am going out for lunch now. Get that letter off as soon as possible. please." And Bhillip took down his coat and hat and went out. Left alone. Marjorie sat for a mo ment-idly wondering how the affair would turn, out, and absent-mindedly testing one of her pencils with scrib blings on a sheet of typewriter paper lying on the desk. Then she rose. straightened things out and took from the drawer the few sandwiches ano an apple which made up her midday meal, after which she got down to the business of getting oft that letter in time for the mail. Three weeks later Phillip sat at his desk figuring the extent of his smash- up about to occur and wondering way he had not heard from his uncle. when he was Interrupted by the Jangle of the telephone bell. "You take it. Miss cowles," he said morosely. Marjory took down the receiver. then almost dropped it. "His Uncle James? I'll I'll tell him." But there was no need. Phillip had risen and stood as one petrified. His Uncle James come all these miles to investigate the business! That meant almost surely that he would loan the money. Joyfully he took the receiver from Marjory's hand, not observing me she wanted it rose. I wonder If there ever lived a girl who didn't plan to have a rose room when she eduld afford if?" "Tl-at will be crept! You'l! havs to design everything, Cerry, then Jane and I will sew." I bad no idle time In tlin next few weeks, 'r-vcry romert I could spar. from housework and Robert, was given to Mary's wedding present. T!ere were two windows In her room. We made ruffled muslin curtains, then tbe rose cretonne over-draperies. We made the bed and bolster cover of the same, with a lovely ruffled muslin over cover, in the center of which Betly had embroidered Mary's mono gram. Then we made covers for dressing table and bureau, leaving one end unfinished so that we could easily alter them to fit any size. We had some of the cretonne leit. and made odd shaped pillows that we knew would pledse Mary, and which could be used in many ways- "PerhaDS she'll have a day bed." Betty said. "They would be lovely j j on one" The boys had been taken into the secret and highly approved. "WilV it be enough for us to do for her?" It was Carson Murphy who asked. "Indeed it will. Carson." I told him. "We have kept account of everything, and you three boys are to pay the bills. . Mary knows well enough it is all we can afford more, perhaps than we should. She will be delighted I am sure. We have made her every single thing she will need in her room, even to a pin cushion and hair pin tray. She couldn't have it done at a decorator's for 10 times what It has cost, and it would be done no better." 'Thanks to your artistic wife." Jane broke in. "turning to Robert. We were all at Jane's for the evening, and had taken our gifts, now finished, out into the dining room to show the boys. "Iu know, Carson, It will look quite different when it i all ar ranged where it belongs in the room. Curtain even when so uainty as these. don't show off when spread on the Ainin mnm table " She fine-ereri the I soft rose rrbbon which we had made j int nop to tie them back. I Tomorrow (Jetting the Kenyons I settled.) the strange thoughtfulness of her ex pression. "Uncle James! I am pleased!" "How long you here for?" "Fine! Simply fine!" "My wife? My wife!" "On-er-er-yes. yes, very well, very well, very, -very well." "Yes-yes." "Of course-er, we'd ask you to stay with us, but we've only-two rooms." "Yes, two rooms, but there s an ex cellent little family hotel near. We'll put you up there." "All right. Yes, come right up." Philip turned from the telephone with so woebegone an expression that Marjorle's heart melted within her. "My uncle is coming up. will be here any moment and how th deuce can I produce a wife in that -time? Phillip paused with the despair of one whose game is up. Then, "I say. Miss Cowles. you wouldn'toh, it's a crazy scheme but would you consider being my wife " Marjorly couldn't resist. "This is so sudden!" she said quite soberly, then didn't know whether to be more chagrined or amused at the look, of alarm on Phillip's face. "Oh, I didn't mean really that is oh. Just pretend you're er my wife, while Uncle James is here this morn ing. After that I'll undeceive him. But if he'd only go over the works firct and see what a first-rate propo sition it ia he'll forget this wife busi ness and loan the wherewithal." Marjory debated within herself. Playing the part of a make believe wi'e to the man you're in love with might have its tragic moments. But, because she was in love with him. "All right." she said at last,' "for the sake of the business. I will." "You'r a brick, Miss Cowles!" he grasped her hands gratefully. Then, as the color mounted slowly in his cheeks, "He'll think I'm a darned lucky dog!" he added- ' It waa the first personal note that had ever crept into their conversation. Half an hour later Uncle James arrived a tall Individual with keen, snapping eyes. He greeted his nephew affectionately, then turned to the girl as Phillip said, a little awkwardly. "My er wife. She is putting her shoulder to the wheel, too, for a while." The difficult moment was past and Uncle James was launched in de scriptions of his trip east. As he rose to go after steadily refusing to talk business, Uncle James uttered the fatal words that lengthened indefintely the conspirator's plans of an hour. "I'm glad you did so well. Phillip, because I'd made up my mlnd, if your wife wa one of these extravagant creatures wearing her husband' earn ings on her back, I'd hav nothing to do with your business, no matter how promising. But before w discuss that I intend te see the whole of New York and the two of you must be my guests." As he went out, th two young peo ple looked at each other. Then. "Stick by me a while longer," begged PhHlip miserably, and Marjory con sented. Followed busy evenings of theaters; automobile rides up the Hudson, din ners. When they wer riding Uncle James usually insisted on occupying the front seat with the chauffeur. "Even old married people like to sit by themselves and talk," he said in dulgently. And Marjory, sitting snugly wrapped up at Phillip's side, watching the river, felt sometime that she had stepped intoa dream. While Phillip well. Phillip grew to long for the rifjht to reach out and grasp the slim hand resting beneath- the robea a few inches away. For Marjory, in the hours of com panionship, had shown herself to be a wonderful comrade, eminently de sirable. In wondering how he could afford marriage, if the business failed, he sometimes forgot his feeling of guilt at the deception he was prac ticing on his uncle and his anxiety as to the outcome. Then one day, Uncle James wan dered into the office when Phillip was out. Finding Marjory alone, he hesitated, then sat down in his nephew's chair. "What's my nephew playing the. iooi tor?" ne demanded. "What do you mean?" she asked, trying to speak calmly. "Just this he's no more married than you are! I'll tell you how I know." Reaching Into his packet, he extracted the envelope recognized as the one she had addressed. Out of it he took the letter and turned it over. On the back she saw her handiwork, and a delicate flush stole over her face. "Marjory Cowles Marjory Cowles Merrill Mrs. Phillip Merrill-1 " She had picked up that pa per with Its scribblings to typewrit the letter on! "When I saw P. M.. M. C. at the bottom of the letter, I put two and two topcther. The girl in my nephew's office was in love with him. even as she took down a letter indicating that he was married! It made me a mlt suspicious of that letter, and gav me an excuse to come on. "And now that I have come well, he can have that money on one con ditionthat h makes good his bluff and marries you right away. You suit me down to the, ground as my nephew's wife." Rising, he went slowly out, leaving the girl speechless and ' indignant. Then tho hot tears welled into her eyes and she buried her face in her arms on the desk. Nor did she hear the door open softly. Suddenly, two strong arms swept her to her feet and field her. close. ' "I met my uncle downstairs. H said 'my wife" wanted me Try badly Hut it's nothing, Marjory darling, to the way I want my wife. When can I claim her. sweetheart?" Marjory lifted up her wet eyes, now shininsr with happiness. "Any time that suits Uncle James," she said, and Phillip forgot to be mystified In the wonder of the first kiss. (Copyright. 1920. bv the McClure News paper Syndicate.) Dinner Stories A group of ex-aviators In the Cleve land Aviation club were discussing j their various experiences. One mem- ber told of loaning his auto, (flivver species) to a sick friend so he could reach his home in the country. j The machine was wrecked and the . owner inquired of th sick friend i how it all happened. - "Well, I felt pretty ahaky at the Ma it. but as I went out and struck a good stretch of road. I 'gav her the gun' and was skimming along and be gan to feel better till the blamed boat just naturally took off!" "That's a pretty good little speech of your, Frank." said Manager Shake speare, as Judge Bacon slipped into the stage entrance with another bunch of manuscript. "Which one is that?" - "The one beginning. To be or not to be-' But it is incomplete." oressors' wronar and love's nansra and legal delays and all that sort of thing." I "Yes. But you don't carry out the thouerht. You don't say a word about) shorter hours and more wagea Dorothy Dix Talks bt iiobothy nix Werid'a Highest Pal Woaaaa Write. The Girt I Left Behind Me 1. Do you. O middle aged woman, ever meet that person, who is the strangest person In all the world tj you, the girl that you wer when you were sweet-and-twenty, and whom you have left -o far behind you that you can scarcely remember how she looked, or what manner of creature she waa? Sometimes you come upon her pic ture In an old album, and you look at it curiously. How pretty and fresh the face is! How serene and untrou bled! How trustingly the eyes look out upon the world! What a bloom of rose was in those cheeks! What gold was tangled in that hair! How lithe and slim, as a willow wand, that girlish figure! It ia like the portrait of one long dead and half forgotten, and as you look from it to your reflection in a mirror, and see yourself stout and grizzle headed, with tired eyes and with lines of car and suffering on your face,' you can scracely believe that you were ever she. Sometimes the girl you left behind you comes and sits besides your bed in the silent watches of the night, and you marvel at how gay and light hearted she is. Laughter ripples for ever over her lipa and her heart sings with Just the Joy of living. She is sure that this I th bet of all possible worlds, and that her path is going to be strewn with roses with never a thorn among them, and that the sun is always going to shin for her. It has been years and years since you really laughed or thrilled to the ecstacy of being. The path you have trodden has been hard and stony, with few flower blooming along its arid way and your sky has so many more clouds than sunshine that you have learned to be fearfully, forever ex pecting storms. But as an echo of the girl's gay laughter flits back to you you are filled with a furious anger against those who robbed her of her joyous ness, who stifled the song In her heart, and who blotted out the sunshine from her. And as you look Into the? eyes of the girl you left behind you, you see that they are filled with dreams the beautiful romantic dreams of maiden hood that always and, like the fairy tale, with "And so they were married and lived happily ever afterwards." She dreamed of a lover as handsome as a prince, and aa nobl a Sir Gala had, who would find her and claim her for his own.' and that they would go thru th world with his strong arm about her, protecting her from every hardship, and their souls one, in a rap ture of perfect companionship. (Copyright, Mi, by th Wheeler Syndicate . lac.l George Matthew Adams Daily Talk THE XOOK OP THE WORLD. ' Th world, being extremely big, car ries about "with it an wnubually big look. And human beings, correspond ingly so very small, sort of stand in awe at the world when it looks .at them. But, as a matter of fact, the world is much like the human beings who live in it in that it doesn't always mean things the way we think they look. Looks themselves play very true you csn bring tears of deep hurt to th eyes of a child simply by the look in your own eyes. But looks are so often misinterpreted. Understanding comes only thru long patience and charity and tolerance. If it is true that much that we think, we don't mean, it ia all the mora true that many of our looks are also mis understood. The only way to judge another's looks accurately i to be Invited into their heart. There you will learn! How often folk go thru bitter and unhappy days because they say, "Well, It looked as tho they meant to hurt," whereas no hurt was meant at all. Th look of the world Is a com posite look. But the look of your in dividual heart Is as direct as th rays of the sun. And it will, like the sun, always pierce its way thru, bringing health and gladness except when you choose to scatter clouds and darkness between. Take care to look happy and kind and generous, and the whole world is sure to save its best looks for you. Music Is The Steinway Stand unapproached in any of the essential features which endear it to th artist and the music loving public the wide world over. Its perfect tone and wonderful action are beyond measure or com parison: they are th marvel of performer and listener alike Withal, the Steinway Piano haa no equal for endurance. It will outwear any other piano In All Points It Is the Standard of the World Lowest Prices ia V. . Call or Wrlto jVfEHKIlfS Phone Have yon heard the ON SECOND THOUGHT 81 JAY E. HOUSE. (From Philadelphia Public Ledgtr.) We have the mathematical mind. Our simple exercise gallop with tho lamentable figures embodied in pre ceding paragraphs brought to mind an other and more intimately personal equation. On Sunday, April 4. while chopping at trie somber foliage which, clothes our countenance,, we inflicted ssventeeu minor wounds. On Sunday, April 11, subsequent to engaging in the same pastime, we counted fourteen open gashes. During the last eighteen years ve have engaged in that form of sanguinary combat on an average of once a week. We figure that with in that period we hav drawn blood ,0S7 times. , Our purpose in adducing the tore going figures ia to set up and claim a record. Our contention is that we have inflicted more- casualties with a safety razor than any other man In the world. If there Is a contender for this championship, let him speak thru the column. v What, by the way, ha become of the old-fashioned Clergyman who challenged his opponents to joint de bate on the subject of baptism? We are compiling a list of the crucial questions of the yesteryear. We also have a mild sort of cur iosity concerning Jhe present occupa tion of the gentleman,, who believed h could get rich growing ginseng. In answer to an inquiring reader, the Literary Digest credits Elbert Hubbard with being the author of the quotation: "If a man write a better book, preach a better sermon or make a better mousetrap than his neighbor, tho he build his house in the woods the world will make a beaten path to his door." The authorship of the quotation having been established, w desire to propound a question In the connec tion: Who makes the best mouse trap in the world and where is the beaten pathway to his door?- "What is your objection to Senator Johnson?" asks a valued reader. We have thirty or forty. One of them Is that W. R. Hearst is supporting hlni for president. The others do not mat ter. It is the experience of most of us that a man seldom is dusturbed by thu sound of his wife's laughter. The bartender could always busy himself at the back bar when the con versation grew tiresome, but the girl at the cigar counter must stand and take it. As you may have gathered from the chance remarks that occasionally purl from this fountain of wisdom, our particular aversion Is the artifi cial hero. It were understating the cas to say we have enjoyed the week now drawing to a close to the utmost. On Thursday "Babe" Ruth struck out three times. On. Monday a Los An geles guy busted Charlie Chaplin in the jaw. , Next to the artificial hero, our pet aversion is the "snake doctor." What is a "snake doctor?" Well, of thoso now engaged tn retailing their reme dies to the ipubllc. Senator Hiram Johnson possibly Is the' most promi nent and widely known. Th -plan of a correspondent of the New York Tribune to abolish vice hn the hearty nupport of the column. We are for all good works. But we can conceive nothing less interesting than a vlceless world- ' It probably will be news to you that Lucy Page Gaston is a candidate for president. It was to us. But what we set out to say was" that Mrs. Gaston believes "fourteen years of active study of the evil effects of the ciararet on the youth of the land" qualifies her for th place. As the two or three hundred per son who ate familiar with her career know. Mrs. Gaston ia the nemesis of the cigaret. Upon the point that tho cigaret is an evil we have no wish to argue.- But before voting for Mrs. Gaston we should like to know what she hss to show for her fourteen years of warfare. We do not ask for much at the hands of any candidate for president. Our impulse is to fall into line and cast the ballot along the lines of least-resistance. But we do insist a candidate, must mako some kind of a showing at his specialty in fourteen years. Who '. Alex Howat? He Is one of those who are so thoroly dissatisfied with this country and Its Institutions that they defy Its laws, but who stead fastly refuse to exercise their option to leave it. Essential Payment Arranged to Ktjif. 833 Karoaa Ave. Incomparable Duo Art?