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THE TOPEKA DAILY STATE JOURNAL TUESDAY EVENING, MAY -11, 1920'
Grptkx Journal An Independent Newspaper BY FliANK P. MAC LE.NNAN. VOLUME XLII.. .No. 112 ' Kntered lb second class matter. OFFICIAL CITY PAPER OF TOPEKA. Sabscripclaa Hates by Mall. By Mil la advance, one year 10.00 By mall In advance, mix months... 'i.no By mall In advance, three montba. By mull in advance, one inonlli 0 Rata by Carrier. Oik week J.', cents One mouth 3 cents Telephone 3X0. Kastera office: I'aal Block, representa tive, Na. Ui Maillaon vone. New York; Century bill!. tin, Chicago: Little Bldg.. Ikistou': Kresge bnlldliig. Detroit; Uk'i Hldf., Buffalo. Member: Associated Press, American Newspaper Publishers' Association. Audit Korean of Circulation. MKMBRH OP THE ASSOCIATED PRESS. Tlie Associated 1 rosa Is exclusively en titled to the use for publication of all news dlapntclies credited to It or not other wise credited in tills paper and also the lacal news published herein. IS FORMATION Itll AIL RCADF.RS OF Tilt TOPEKA STATE JOLBXAL. 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Writ, your request briefly, sign your passe and address plninly, enclose a 2-cent at.-imp for return postage and address, the TitPKKA hTATE JOLIt.NAL lM'OUMA llOS BI KKAII. rrcderic J. llaskin. Director. Washing ton. I. t The policy of restricting credit re cently adopted by the banks for the avowed purpose of curtailing specula tion apparently is seriously affecting legitimate business. While this policy has tended to check the purchase of automobiles by persons who have not tha ready cash to pay for them, it also has arrested the plans of business men who contemplated the erection of new buildings. It is reported that a num ber of improvements are being held up in Topeka owing to inability of the projectors to obtain money for carrying out their enterprises. A lit- tie closer discrimination between need-jthgy ed and unnecessary demands might be ' serviceable all around. The Greenleaf woman who dropped a hammer into the machinery and thus saved her life probably had" no monkey wrench handy. It is reported that Carranza has been captured by the Mexican rebels, ..but it is probable that he sent the treasury funds on ahead of him. It has been the custom of retiring Mexi can presidents to take all the public money with them. An interested jiubllc would like to inquire why those officials In high places who rail against profiteering do not do something toward stopping it besides talk. Apparently we are about to realize once more on our policy of watchful waiting. Again it has become neces sary to send warships to the Mexican coast. The capture of Vera Cruz soon may be in- order; also another salute to the American flag. Bradstreet's Weekly Food Index for last week, baaed on the prices per pound of thirty-one articles used for food, records another slight decline and Is S4.9t, which compares with J4.98 the previous week and $6.00 for the week ending May S. 1919. The week's number shows a. loss of four tenths of 1 per cent from a week ago and of eight- tenths of 1 per cent from the like week of last year. Predictions that the rural popula tion returns would show heavy migra tion to the cities it is said are not sup ported by census reports thus far made public. Instead, '.hese reports indicate that the total number of farms in the country will be found to exceed those reported in 1910 by fully 1,000,000. But chief interest of the public lies in the number of farmers rather than in the number of farms. Farms without workers will avail lit tle in bringing about that increased production of which the country stands in need. The leaders of the recent strike of yardmen in Chicago appear to be in bad with their followers owing to their inability to deliver the goods which they promised. These same followers find themselves not only minus the advance in wages which they were led to expect but they' have lost their seniority rights and their Jobs as well. They are calling upon those who led them into trouble to come across with something tangible. In the outcome of the yardmen's strike may lie a val uable lesson. It is related that some years ago, in a prosperous Ohio agricultural sec tion, six bright sons of a bright farmer frequently mad from $260 to $500 each before coming down stairs to X breakfast simply by "swopping jack ets." Unfortunately, they extended the Jacket-swopping period to cover the whole day. No work - -as done on the farm, the mortgage was fore closed, nobody appeared to take the last Jacket at the highes. price, and the family went to the poorhouse. There has been a revival of late, says a bulletin issued by the Corn Kx change bank, of the jacket-swopping practice by many people in many sec- tions of the United States. It is time to quit. Passing over something which we possess to some other person what wa know to be double its real value, and replacing tt with something which somebody else sells to us at double Its value, in the end works good to nobody; indeed, it creates a vicious circle which injures everybody. Let us give hot air ar holiday. Let us practice economy in the use of ad jectives. Let us win new wealth by work, rather than wit. Real wealth will come from real work, real econ omy, real loyalty. It is time to put our j face against the hard but illuminating face of fact and shape our actions to fit things as they are, and not things as they ought to be but are not. THK LIBERTY BOND SLUMP. Tha fact that the bonds of the wealthiest nation on earth are being offered in the market at a price around 85 cents on the dollar is at tracting widespread attention. Why are liberty bonds so greatly depre ciated in value? Secretary Houston says that the present prices of liberty bonds are causing no loss to real investors who are holding. their bonds as permanent investments, and they are not suffer ing because others are selling their bonds for less than they are worth. In this statement, says the Manufac turers' Record, Secretary Houston entirely ignores the fact that the fed eral reserve board, largely under the influence of the treasury department, has practically forced all banks of the federal reserve system to compel their customers to take up their liberty bonds, which has necessitated throw ing them on the market. One illustration out of thousands, it says, is an answer to Mr. Houston. A Baltimore, bank which had been al lotted a very large amount, of liberty bonds went to its customers and begged them to subscribe for as much as they could possibly make a first payment on, as this would help the country and help the bank to carry its load, and stated, that the buyer would be enabled to carry these bonds thru the bank until able to take them up. One customer was induoed in this way to take $800,000 worth of bonds, and he made his first payment in accord ance with the bank's requirements. A few weeks ago, when the federal re serve board notified the banks that must caU aU of these )iberty bond loans, the officers of this partic ular bank had to go to that particular customer and insist that he take up his entire loan, but being unable to do it he was forced to sell his bonds at a loss of $60,000, and he Is that much poorer for his faith In the promise of the bank, in the promise of the fed eral reserve board, and for his patriot ism. He is only one of several mil lions who have been forced to meet the issue in the same way, and yet Secretary Houston tellsN the country that the present prices of liberty bonds are causing no loss 'to real investors. Bond buyers who were able to pay for their bonds in full and put them aside believing that if held to matur ity they would get their face value are not very many in proportion to the to tal number who subscribed. Millions subscribed beyond their financial abil ity to pay even for a period of two or three years. They subscribed because they were told that these bonds were the safest investment in the world. with the entire resources and moral strength of the nation back of them, but day by day they have been these bonds decline until they stand today facing a, loss of IS or 1C per cent on their purchase. The banks have forced them to take up the bonds or to throw them on the market, and yet while forcing them on the market the treasury department has been buying in these bonds with one hand while beating them down with the other. The United States government, thru tts treasury department and the fed eral reserve board, working in har mony, one largely dominating the other, apparently have done their ut most to break down the pledge of the national honor, destroy the value of the government's securities, destroy the people's faith in the honor and in tegrity of the government, and at the same timo the treasury department was issuing securities at a higher rate of interest and buying in the nation's bonds at the depreciated prices thqs forced upon the country. The people feel that they have not been given a square deal and It Is not surprising that the secretary of the treasury haa announced there will be no more bond issues. He would find it difficult to market additional gov ernment securities at this time. Faith in the solvency of the government is as firm as ever but faith in Its fair dealing has been sadly shaken. Announcement is made that one of the largest office buildings in the world Is to be constructed in the up town district of Xew Tork City, be ginning immediately. The huge new edifice will rise twenty-five stories above the ground with a basement and sub-basement and will front the en tire block on Fifty-seventh street, be tween Broadway and Eighth avenue. The value of the land and building is more than $7,000,000. on which S. W. Straus & Co. have underwritten a first mortgage per cent serial amortized bond Issue of $3,000,000. Under the terms of the lease the lessees, after having paid off all taxes, insurance and operating costs of the property must pay a net annual rental Income of $8,000,000. which is twice the larg est annual Interest charge. This is regarded as an evidence that capital is not lacking for large construction enterprises of proved substantiability and earning power. , I TOPEKA STATE JOURNAL Information Bureau FREDERIC J. HASKIX, Director. Washington, I). C THE CIIOP OUTLOOK. Washington, D. C. May 8. Re markably unfavorable weather com bined with a shortage of farm labor make the outlook for food production in the United States this year perhaps the worst the country has ever faced. This is the gist of an interview with Leon M. "Kstabrook, chief of the bu reau of crop estimates of the depart ment of agriculture. Mr. Kstabrook says that from now on weather wiH be the" decisive factor. If it is favorable we need not worry; we will have enough to eat and a small Surplus for export. If it is fair, we will probably have just about enough for our own use. If the grow ing season is markedly unfavorable. the United States may for, the first lime in its history fail to produce enough foodstuffs for domestic con sumption. There are. Mr. Estabrook explains. three main factors in agricultural pro duction the farm acreage, labor and weather. As a result of a labor shortage and unfavorable weather conditions, the acreage planted in the United states this year is below nor mal. Thus all three factors are .ad verse to large production. I .ate Spring Serious. The chief unfavorable weather con dition so far is a late spring. The season is from two to five deeks late all over the .United States. A late spring in once section of the country is not unusual, but a late spring all Over the country does not occur once In twenty years. As a result of this late spring, with Lmuch rain, plowing and planting have been delayed in almost every section. Oats in Maryland and Virginia, for ex ample,' should have been planted about March IS. For the most part, the land in which they should have been planted has not ' even been plowed. The. land has been too wet for plowing. It would not "hold up a horse," and besides if land is plowed when too wet, it compacts and cannot be cultivated. As a result of these, conditions, many farmers in this section will not plant any oats at all. Cotton has suffered in much the same way. An early planting of cot ton is necessary, not only because cotton 'needs a Ion? growing season, but also because the crop must be matured early to escape the ravages of the boll weevil. In the more .north ern cotton states, it has been impos sible to plant the crop at the right time, or even to plow the ground. The result is that some farmers will not plant cotton, and that some crops will grow up late at the mercy of the boll weevil. These are merely examples. Many other crops are equally threatened by the late season. The thing rteeded above all is a warm period without rain. Farmers ay that it has rained every Friday for months. A couple of rainless weeks now would be a godsend. Rain Needed Ijiter. The rain will be needed later. If this late spring is followed by a dry summer, it will be a catastrophe, be cause the young plants, started late, will be unable to resist drouth. Aside from the lateness of the sea son, many farmers are forced to plant less this year than last because they cannot get labor to "help them in planting and plowing, and they do not see much prospect of getting the necessary help in harvest time. The tendency, as shown by reports coming to the bureau of crop estimates, is fot the farmer to plant just what he can handle comfortably with the help of his family. The fact that prices of farm products are showing a ten dency to fall (without the ultimate consumer getting any of the benefit) is also discouraging the farmer irom lara-e olantine. Prices of hogs, for ex ample, have fallen 25 per cent, altho pork has not fallen nearly that much. And the farmer is told mat prices oi foodstuffs are going still lower. Therefore he is not enthusiastic for targe plantings. Roads Rob Fanners of Men. But the shortage of labor, next to the late season, is the chief factor in keeping down the acreage. There are several causes for this shortage. One of the most immediate is the great ac tivity In road building. In almost every section of the country roads are being built hv federal aid. and farm labor Is turning to the roads. A hired man on a farm makes from $65 to $100 a month and h'.s board. The road gangs offer him from $4 to $5 a day. The workman prefers the larger cash return. ' w Industry In the cities is also drain ing the farm labor supply, as it nas always done. A very usual thing these days is for a young man reared on a farm, and having some aptitude for tools, to go to the city and become a mechanic. He makes from $7 to $12 a day, which is more than a whole family can earn on a farm. Besides this, he has more amusements and more opportunities for education and progress. The draft took about two million young men from the farms. While they were gone, the old folks, the women and the children pitched in and worked as the farm population of this country never worked before. They were aided by volunteer farm hibor from the cities to some extent. They not only kept the fields planted, but increased the total farm acreage about 10 per cent. Now, with no price guarantee and with prices for farm products falling, the farm people are not going to make any such heroic efforts again. And the young men are not coming back to the. farms. Discharge!! from the army, hey are staying in the cities, ' finding places in industry. All of tnese factors combine to make the i iaoor . snortage really acute. The bureau estimates that the farm labor supply of the country as a whole is 30 per cent less than normal. , Wheat Shortage Possible. The only crop upon which an esti mate in figures can be placed is the winter wheat crop. This, of course, is the most important one. The United Statea needs about 650, 000.000 bushels of wheat for domestic consumption. This is the amount that we must produce if you and I are to get our regular rations of bread and butter. The winter wheat crop alone last year was IS2. 000,000 bushels. This year it is estimated that it will be 483.000.000 bushels. The spring wheat crop last year was 309,000.000 bushels. It cannot be estimated this year yet. but it will certainly be smaller. It is evident that if the spring wheat crop is as much below normal as the winter wheat crop, our production of wheat will scarcely be what we need for home use. It is also evident that a very unfavorable season might make production considerably less than do mestic need. ' The dapger of shortage of bread stuffs is practically abolished by the tact tnat we nave a carry-over from the bumper crop of last year of about 100.000,000 bushels. But it is clear that the United States has passed the day when its food production is vastly more than its need. At the root of the matter lies the fact that the farmer, despite many claims to the contrary, is not making enough money to keep htm on the farm. He cannot males' interest on the money invested in his land and also a fair wage for himself, v It pays him better to sell the land, invest the money at 6 per cent, and himself get a iob in a factory. This would be the expedient thing for a considerable percentage of all farmers to do. Habit and devotion to the soil are all that keep many of them on the job of food production. The prices of foodstuffs are high enough, as all will agree, but farmers are not getting a large enough share of the money. Better methods of -dis- tributiorh involving fewer middlemen and less waste, say the experts, are necessary to insuse maximum food production in America. LITTLE BENNY'S NOTE BOOK BY LEE PAPE. Testiddy in skool Miss Kitty told us about Sir Walter Rawley being so polite he spred his cloak in the mud so the queen could wak on it instead of getting her shoes derty. and wawked home from ,skool with Loret ter Mincer and told her about Sir Walter Rawley, and Loretter Mincer sed, O how wonderfill, wy arent men that polite nowadays. They dont ware cloaks eny more, I sed, if I wore a cloak I bet I would be that polite, I bet. Well look, heera a puddle, if you had a cloak would you spred it over that puddle so I could wawk on it sed Loretter Mincer, and I sed, Serteny I would, and she sed, Well then take off your coax and spred it. Ot a coats diffrent, I sed, and she sed, Wy is it? and I sed. Because by the time I took it off you could of had time to wawk erround the puddle. O you re Jest trying to get out of it. if Sir Walter wats hfs name wasent eny politer than you I pity him, sed Loretter Mincer, and I sed, O is that so, well jest go back to the puddle agen and 111 show you. Wich we went back to the puddle, not being mutch of a puddle to think of wawkirg erround but being a fearse puddle to think of spredding your coat over, ana I took my coat oft as if it was nuthing but a. cloak and laid it on top of the puddle and Loretter Mincer wawked across it and back agen, being even more tnan tne queen did, saying, O Benny, you silly boy, I bet youll get scolded all rite wen you get home, Jeat look at your coat. Proving the more you ixpect to bp appreciated the more you awffen amt, and wen ma came home I told her" about the .puddle without mentioning Sir Walter Rawley or Loretter Mincer and ma thaw 1 1 fell j in the puddle axsidently, mernot telling n-i- x uiuent on account or x couldent help it if she wunted to think so. t Household Hints Tested Reel pes. Oysters in a- Crust Cake One loaf bread, one quart oysters, one-half eup melted butter, two tablespoons flour, one cup milk, salt and pepper to taste, one lomon, parsley. Cut top from loaf of bread, remove crumbs, brush inside of case with melted butter and place in slow oven to become crisp. Prepare top in same way and fasten to the crust. Dry and chop oysters keeping ten of them whole. Blend butter and flour in a saucepan over the fire, stir in milk, keep stirring until it boils, season nicely with salt, pepper and lemon Juice. Add oysters, make very hot, then turn into bread case. Heat whole oysters and lay them on top. Garnish with parsley and s'erve at once. Creamed cooked chicken may be used in place of oysters. Cheese Patties One egg, one cup of fine bread crumbs, one cup grated cheese, teaspoon salt, a little pap rika. Beat eggs until stiff, cut and fold in other ingredients. Mix well, shape into little patties like croquettes and saute. The Woman Who Loved and Earned A Modern Story of Home and Business By JANE PHELPS GETTING THE KEXTOXS SETTLED CHAPTER 104 Mary was to be married in the Lit tle Church Around the Corner. "I've wanted to be married in that church ever since I was a poor little kiddie peeking thru the fence and thinking it was like heaven in there, she told us when we asked where she was going to have the ceremony. "There won't be anybody there ex cept you boys and girls, and two or three friends of Gardner's. But I wouldn't feel I was married anywhere else." " "And as I want her to feel married, I think she had better have her way," Gardner looked proudly at the bright girl who without help from anyone, without relatives, almost without a friend had made a place for herself, and had kept good and sweet. We had given her our present. She was to be married the next day. They were to go away for a couple of weeks, then go directly to their home. The furniture would all be in, and they would only have to put it in place. Mary laughed. she cried, she hugged us all. leven the boys, in her delight at her gift. "Why. girls, if a fairy had told you what to give me I believe one did! I never could have made those things in the world. Gerry designed them, I'll bet." "You've won." Betty declared. "And oh. won't I be proud of my room! Gardner bought me the love liest suite, ivory and cane. I shall blow up and bust if someone donT say something. I want to cry." Down went her head on the table, and Mary Ryan, the poor little self- made girl, who had come into her! own at last, cried as if her heart would break for a moment. Then she raised her head and said: "Come here, Gardner, and wipe my eyes. I haven't any handkerchief." We all screamed with laughter. And Mary, herself again. Joined us. "Just a shower, girls, that was all. Can't have tha sunshine all the time, Gardner would get tanned." Evening Story The Dreamers. ' BY VINCENT G. PERRY. The dreamers sat side by side on a log, looking away out over the waters of the lake. The scene was strangely peaceful tiny, rippling waves gently kissing the wet line of the beach, made the only sound. Then from out of the horizon rose a thin, black line, a line that widened as the minutes passed, widened and swelled into smoke clouds, fascinated, the pair watched until the great lake freighter, with its belching smokestack, was clearly outlined and gained monopoly of the scene. Nearer and nearer came the freighter a steady, onward force that rode the mighty waters with the air of a conqueror. "Some day I am going to be like that." The girl broke the silence. "I am going to spring up out of the back ground and swiftly take a place of prominence in the world. Like that steamer I will travel on and on. noth ing will stop me, nothing, can, until I have achieved greatness." The boy smiled. He, too, Had dreams. "I will be like these waves," he said. "I will travel slowly, gently, surely. I will go around the things in my way, pass over or carry with me the small things. I may be pushed back, like the waves, but like them I will come back again. ( Always I will be reach ing out. out. out." It was many years later. Jack Tem ple, millionaire broker, left his office, his head heavy and aching. Big busi ness had always meant a headache for Jack. Despite his remarkable achieve ments and his world-wide fame as the cleverest and coolest financier on Wall street, he still facedevery battle ner vously, still battled at a tension but none save jack Knew tnat; to vtau street he was a man without nerves, man with an iron constitution. ' It was for men like Jack "the tired business man" form of entertainment was invented, but the "girlie-girl shows had no attraction for him that ni&rht. "Anything but a musical show," he told his chauffeur, after he had given ud the thought of eating. "I don't care where. Even melodrama would be welcome tonight." So it was that the car drew up at a small theater playing "The Bub ble Breakers." The name could apply to any- show, but the glaring litho graphs displayed in front of the thea ter proclaimed it melodrama without a. doubt. Jack went in wirnoui iuncn ing. He smiled when his chauffeur declined an invitation to accompany him that in itself was sufficient guarantee that, the show, was a poor one, but Jack was mere at ins own bidding and he never went back on himself The house was well filled. The cheaper seats were all occupied, but some of te more expensive ones were vacant. Jack's seat was near the front. The curtain went up on the first act before the millionaire had a chance to study the types around him. The scene was a beach. The. water in the back ground was a. poor scenic effect, but the log and the pair seated unon it looked natural enough. Then appeared at the head of the canvas a black line. It was some time be fore the audience could grasp that it was intended for smoke, but when lights appeared and the form of a poorly painted lake freighter attached itself to the thin smoke line tne ria dle was solved. Then the parr began to speak. The girl spoke first. Her voice was low and sweet; there was nothing of the forced melodrama in her tone. She was just a child, barely fourteen. Jack thought. . His mind was more on the little actress than on the words she was saying, but when the boy spoke he realized that they were dreamers, dreaming of the future. Such a foolish, useless pastime it was. But Jack could not become bored by the play. The plot was ragged, but the bright little actess portraying the child's part kept life enough in the play to hold his interest. It was between the third and fourth acts that Jack came to his decision. His life had been such a lonely bar-1 ren sort of thing why couldn't he do something worth while now? he asked himself. Here was his chance to spend some of his millions on an other, here was his chance to give this child-dreamer the means of realizing some of her dreams. , Lenoro Roselby sank to the chair before her dressing table and gave a sigh of relief.. The play was over, and They left early. After they had gone, we sat and talked of them a while, principally of Mary. Before we left we folded all the draperies and laid them carefully in boxes ready to send. "I don't know what I shall do now to occupy my time," I said to Jane. "We have been so busy with Mary's present I shall miss these long after noons sewing with you girls." "Our history takes one afternoon a week, you know, Janeencouraged. "Yes, I know. And I am getting Robert interested. We will talk it over evenings. In that way it will do us both good." "Great idea, Gerry. I'll get Frank enthused. Jane has Carson in leading strings over it now. But what could you expect of the husband of a school ma'am ?" Again after a few days that feeling of depression crept over me. The work for Mary had been but a reprieve. I once more took long walks, tiring my self physically so that I would not fret. Then Mary came back, and the feeling was again interrupted for a couple of days while we helped them settle or hindered them Carson said. We had all gone down to assist In put ting the furniture in place. alary was so happy it was a joy to watch her. "Girls, I don't believe any one ever had so pretty a bedroom," she said. her eyes shining. We had hung the curtains, made the beds, put' every thing in -place in that room. It was lovely, but none too lovely for Mary. W hy, girls: Gardner came In Just as we finished. He and the boys had been uncrating the dining room furni ture, and had let us alone. "Why it's perfect! Come here, fellows, and see what a wonderful room these wives of your have made for us! "We helped a little," Carson pre tended to pout. "Of course you did!" Mary broke in happily. "I guess the girls had to , have things to work with. Gardner. That's where the boys came in." j (Tomorrow Gen-v solves her prob lem.) . 1 she was glad of It, for her -part waa a hard one and she had exerted her every effort to portray it. Her maid entered with a card. The actress gave the card but a fleeting glance. Cards meant only one thing in her life stage johnnies, and experience) had sickened her of that type long ago. "He was prosperous rich looking." her maid whispered. - "And be was persistent." Lenore glanced, up. It took almost a minute before she connected the maid's comment with the card; then she picked the small shiny bit of card board up once more. "Jack Temple," she read aloud, and then as she turned the card over read the penciled note on the back. "An old, middle-aged man who can per haps help you. An admirer who does not want to make love to you." The text of the note was so unusual Lenore gasped. "Why!"she started: but a tap on the door stopped her. Something seemed to tell her that Mr. Temple was wait ing in the corridor. "Show him in," she said suddenly. Jack felt very much at home as he round his way into a chair opposite Lenore. "You. must know that we do not re ceive visitors in our dressing rooms," Lenore started in. "Even small show actresses have pride, Mr. Temple." "Well spoken, little girl," Jack said in his most fatherly tone. "I was sure I should find you a modest little girl like this. I have come to make a proposition to you. I would Jlke you to leave this life I would like to edu cate you give you the chance the modern girl craves for in social life." "Mr. Temple." Lenore had risen to her full height, and her head was held high, "you must think, indeed, that I am inexperienced to be so taken in by- such an impossible offer. The thing is preposterous: There! I guess I have gone the wrong way about it. I am a fool sh old man," Jack muttered half to him self. "I am more at home on the stock market than in a young -girl's dressing room." There was a genuine note in his tone that Lenore recognized. "But why should you make "me such an offer you a stranger?" she asked in wonder. Like a father' to a child. Jack started in. It was an ordinary story of a broken romance a girl with big am bitions and a man who waifted to stay at home. The broken engagement the departure of the girl for the city his search for her, which ended in 4 bringing him to the whirl of the city's business and eventually to the success of his career. I "But in all these years I have never even heard of her. Her ambitions were great, her ability was of the best, but somehow she didn't realize her hopes, while I, the man with the small dreams, achieved undreamed-of suc cess and stand today a man big in the affairs of the world,, but, oh, so small in the joys of it! It was to try to steal some of those joys I wanted to help you that is all," he finished. "And you thought I was a child!" Lenore had risen and was quietly roll ing her curls high onto her head. The baby stare had fled from her eyes, and Jack was facing a beautiful woman In her thirties. "Why, I had no Idea I did not know I " ho stammered. "You didn't know me, you don't know me now. Oh, Johnny Temple, can't you see It is I just BettyRoss, the little girl with the big dreams but small ability? Oh, Johnny! Someday I hoped to nd you again, rind you the same old plugger with the same old-fashioned ideas, and J was going to tell you you were all right and I was all wrong. I was going to ask you to take me back, take me back into vour love those, nave peen tne dreams that have kept me up these last few years of failure, but now they are only dreams." 'But-they are not dreams- I am still plugging, still the old-fashioned. hang-on, stick-to-lt sort or cuss i was in those days, tho I am hanging-on and sticking to it in a new world. I mav be a millionaire, I may be rearea by all Wall street, but inside I am just Johnny Temple, the. kid with the big heart and an empty ieenng i want some one to fill." And as these two sat side by side In the little dressing room in that third rate house they went back in fancy to a log on a beach. From over a lake they could see tiny rippling waves, and then from out of the horizon rose the masts of two ships. Together they traveled the waters, onward, onward, ever onward, side by side. It was a pretty dream, and as the dreamers, dreamed their hands went together and very closely the man drew the maid. Let's leave them there to dream. (Copyrigbt, 1900, bv the McClure News paper Syndicate.) Questions Answers Q. Of tbe soldier who take up some kind of vocational training, bow many com plete their courses? F. G. W. A. Statistics show that only nine and fm.twi Iih ner cent of our disabled soldiers discontinue the training. Of these almost half stop on account of recurrence of dis ability or other illness. Q. What fcecorlty has tbe rnlted Slates for the loans made by foreign countries dnring the war? (3. R. A. The direct obligation of these gv ernraents la tSe aecurity upon which tou money was loaned. Q. What are "Plctere Brides"? It. F. N. A. The manner of "Picture Bride" mar riages in California Is this: A Japanese sends bis picture to hia relatives In Japan, who select a suitable maiden and in turn forward her photogrspn to the waiting suitor in America. If satisfactory, the relativea of both aides meet, bold a baaqnet and thi marriage Is considered a fact. The wife then joins her husband lo this coun try. Q. What can be done to keep muffins and small cakes from sticking to gets pans? B. 1. F. A. If the pans are iron or tin tbey should be teated before using. Place tbem in the oven about five minutes before yon are ready tor them. When tbe batter la prepared greaae the hot pans qnlckly. fill with batter and place ma orea without de lay. J. Where the people who worked for the railroads during the time soch rosns were DU.ler government administration em ployes of the railroad companies, or et the United States government? W. F. A. When the roads were under adminis tration oy the government, the employes ! were pain, br tne unlten states govern ment. The railroad atlmtnlstrstion made a separation of those employed by H and by the companies, and required the com panies to pay for the employes necessary to keep up the corporate organisation. Q. Can the widow of a soldier of the World 'War draw both insurance and pen sion? H. M. A. 8he mav receive both inarance and compensation. Insurance la what the sol dier psld for and compensation is what the government givea. in vne event or the re marriage of the widow compensation- will eease, but tbe Insurance will eorujrine uotii folly paid. 49 (Any reader can get the' answer to any Suestion by writing Tbe Topeka State oumal Information Bureao. Frederic J. Baakin. director. Washington. I c. This offer applies strictly to information The Bureau cannot give advice loo legal, medi cal, and financial matters. It does not attempt ot settle domestic tronbles. nor to nn'lertake exhsnntlve rr search on any anb iecf. Write yonr question plalnlv anl bruflv. iive full name and address and enclose two cents in stamps for return posts g. All replies are seat direct ta tha inquirer.) - JUST FOLKS BY EDGAR A. GUEST. '. DREAM ERS. Oh, man must dream ot gladucsa wherever hia pathways lead. And a hint of ouicthiDS better la written in everv creed : And nobody wakes at aomin; but noies ere tne oay is- o er To hare come to a richer pleasure than ever he's known before. - For a man la a dreamer ever. He glimpses tha hills afar And plana ior the joys off yonder wbrre alt hia tomorrows are; When trials and cores beset him. In -the distance h still can see A hint of a future splendid and the glory that ia to be. There's never a man among na but cherishes dreams of rest. We toil for that something better than that which is bow our tet ; Oh, what If the cup be bitter and what if we're racked with pain? There are wonderful daya to follow when neTer we'll grieve again. Back of the sound of the hammer, and back of the hlftslng steam And back of the hand at the throttle, is -ever a lofty dream: AU of us, great or humble, look over the present need To the dawn of the p!ad tomorrow which is promised in every creed. (Copyright, 3920, by Edgar A. Guest.) Dorothy Dux Talks BY . DOROTHY DIX World's Xla-heat Pal TVomaa Writer. The Girl I Left Pchlnd Mc 2. Tou smile cynically at the girl s vision of married ltfe, from which tho last tattered rag of romance has been torn for you so long ago- Your pTince has grown fat and bav-windowed. Your Sir Galahad rows with you over the bills, and doles out your carfare to you. It has been ages since he gave you a kiss that was not a duty kiss, flavored with ham and eggs, and you know with a bitter certainty th.-n noth ing you could do or say would ra'ss one-tenth of the thrill in his breast that a two point rise in stocks does. But you c&uld weep with pity for the girl whose dreams were to be swept away so soon. They might have left her her illusions. They might have let her hide the sordidness of every day living even from her own eyes with her cloak' of romance, but no one took the trouble to do it. They waked her from her dream, ami life became ashes and dust and cinders in her teeth. The girl you left behind you was so full of faith in all that Is fine and high, and she had ideals that reached to the stars. She trusted life and was unafraid. ' She believed In humanity and ached to be of service to It. Her faith and love was a religion. It sears your soul to remember how the years and experience took from the girl her beliefs,, one by one, and changed het Into the suspicious, cyn ical, selfish, worldling you have be come. Sorrowing and suffering taught her fear. Ingratitude made her dis trustful. She saw love turn traitor to the breast that warmed it into life. Hard experience taught her that only the selfish and self-seeking can hold their own in a self-centered world. It was when she had learned this lesson that the girl's face lost forever the soft look It wore in the picture. Oftenest when we meet again the girl we left behind us we ask her wist fully where it was. along ihe years, that she lost the high intentions with which she so confidently started out. She was going to do great things. She was going to write a book, or compose music, or interpret a play that would be an inspiration to humanity. WThen she married she was not going to sink into the rut of small domest'c interests that other women fall into, but she was going to live a broad free life full of intellectual and artistic interests. She was going to be a wife who would keep her husband keyed up to the best that was in him. a rojother who would develop her chil dren into supermen and superwomen, a housekeeper whose home was run without iar or friction, as if by magic. Alas for the good intentions of our girlhood! The book is unwritten, the song unsung. Wa are poor, weak, erring wives and mothers Just aa our neighbors are, vexed over the servant problem and wrestling inefficient! wifrh the high cost of l'vlng. and we smile as we remember the egotism of our youthful plans. Sometimes she comforts us. some times she saddens us, this girl we left behind us, whom we glimpse some times in a passing memory or in a rare, tender look in our husband's eyes. (Copyright. 1919, bv tbe Wheeler Syndicate Inc.l Music Is You Love One Kind of Music Your Wife Another Grandmother has still a different taste and the children have preferences all their own. And each enjoys The Elburn Pianola bt-cauae with this wonderful Instrument In yonr home ALL KINDS of music are at your fingertips. Old time- meloxlim. the rlaaalca, savored music. Mother Goose rhymes, dances, jars hits, all are In jonr repertoire. , - No matter how little time yon have given to music, the "Metro, atyle" and "Tlteinori'ist.'' exclusive Ilanola devices, enable yon to Play with beamy and expression. Let us show yoa today how easily you can own a genuine. Elburn Pianola on the Jenkins Thrift Plan " Call or Write SS Kansas Ave. ON SECOND THOUGHT BY JAY B. HOUSE. (Front rbllsdelpbls Pnblle Ledgtr.) We find the matter of "placing" ourselves In Philadelphia politics ona of exceeding difficulty. We suppose that, as a good citizen, we should hold Senator Penrose and his crowd of reactionary followers in scorn and contempt. It seems to be the thing to do. But. on the other hand, gentle men who can pick and hold the soft spots in politics without pretending they are doing it in behalf of the peo ple just naturally compel our admira tion. Possibly the trouble is that we havo fed so long on the professional good man in politics that we are sated with the delicacy. We hail from a section of the country in which every states man is wont to bedew the shoulders of the people with the tears of his concern for them. It has been our fortune to know only those political benefactors who never stirred save to the inspiring strains of a full brass band. One who does not even carry a horn allures us. , Upon the diplomatic phases of ths Frsnch invasion of Germany we have no opinion to offer. We leave thaj to the gentlemen south by aast. But, as a concrete proposition, we regard it as the greatest outrage perpetrated upon any nation since the Belgian army marched thru Germany In HI 4, burning and pillaging as it went. . J'eanwhile we congratulate the makers of soft hats on the joke the played on the men. In the annals of cachinnation there is nothing so thorn ly calculated to inspire ribald hilarity as the l&O soft hat for gents. And th.it brings us naturally to the subject of shoes. Since you probably are on the point of buying a pair, it mEy Interest you to know that the Hlerman, if importuned, will see to it that you get strings without extra chnrge. And we claim that is all anv purchaser in justified in asking in ex change for $23.20. Judfie Londis is described by a Chi cago reporter as an enthusiast n h subject of ballooning. We refer to the matter for the purpose of directing attention to the occasion of hia first ride in one. We recall the incident very well. It was the time he fined Standard Oil J29,000,000. While we have criticized Tri,lent Wilson on other grounds, we are satls- iiea a good deal of tho public's dis approval of him is due to the fact thnt ne is a college graduate and formerly was a school teacher. These, we go on to sav. ara offenses; that are never forgotten or forpiven uy mo general puoilc. We were much interested In the memoirs of the strike leader who says he assisted in wrecking eleven trains in St. Paul and Minneapolis in 1910. We go farther. We behove something should be done about it. " However, we admit wa are a trouble-maker and fully realize that very few of our fellow citizens will endorse the suggestion. George Matthew A dams Daily Talk THE BRAVE CAHEER. - When a man lives his faith and sin cere intentions, he exhibits his life soundings with no fear of their final acceptance. To such a one mankind looms big ger than man. Touch him with the finger of love and sympathy and he immediately re sponds with the worth of his best. UninfUienced by gross display and the tempt of money or glory, he harkens unafraid to the voices of his finest nature. The most and best for others Is -what he thinks and does. The itresl aJuyi build right thru fears. Thc posterity's debt an they live their life. Theirs is the wis' dom of the unchanged, the lonely, and the few of friends. Their play is along the path of the future vision. So important are we all that there . is a serious tinge to everything that we do even to our play. But only those who tread thru bit ter paths are able to value fully the light of compensation when It comes. We know only slightly. Most of our days are set as puzzle and handed to us to solve. If we throw them away we are lost and forgotten. If we put our head and heart to the task whether ; we solve It aright or not the great God is sure to lead us on. Essential One Price, roflunlsslei Phone 4 irg