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She Loved an
Inventor
But She Did Not Feel That
Would Ever Succeed
ESTHER VANDEVEER
Copyright by American Press Asso
ciation, 1911.
It was absolutely necessary that I
Should marry. In these times many
fields are open to women by which
they can make a living, but then
avell, teaching was about the only one.
Girls went out as governesses, but in
struction of any kind was not my forte.
There was no reason why I should
uiot marry, except that there was no
tone where I lived to marrythat is,
mo one but Tom Baxterand, though
the seemed to like me very well, he
(made no move matrimonially in my
direction. was always throwing
out hints about people marrying who
ihave nothing to live on. To tell the
jtruth, I agreed with him. Besides, I
isaw no prospect of his ever being
table to support a wife, for he was an
(inventor, and we all know what that
means. An inventor ninety-nine cases
4u a hundred is a rainbow chaser.
Tom lived in the village with his
mother, but every now and then
Would go to the city "on business,"
Ihe would say. It occurred to me that
the business of applying for patents
machines that won't work prac
'tically or if they do some one else
ithan the inventor gets what money
there is in it is a very poor business.
No, it would never do for me to rely
on Tom. But I had come to be twen
ty years of age. Mother's income was
not enough to take care of us all, and
I must either find work or a husband.
'It nearly broke my heart to give up
(all hopes of Tom. was a lovable
Isort of fellow, and his visionary dis
position only made him more so. Per
sons who are always living in the
Clouds and always hoping are singu
larly attractive.
My father, who was now dead, had
been a great advertiser in his day and
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TOM THREW HIS ARMS ABOTJT MY. NECK.
had told me that if I ever wanted any
thing to let the fact be known through
the press. had never told me to
advertise for a husband, and I had
never dreamed of doing such a thing.
But why not? The only objection to
the plan was that I would doubtless
receive replies from persons with un
worthy motives. But I was not a fool
to fall into a trap.
I wrote my advertisement, but I re
quired a whole day to make up my
mind to send it. However, in the even
ing I came to a decision and, taking
it to the postoffice, mailed it.
I was especially relieved at getting
few if any replies that indicated a
trap. I attributed this to the wording
of my advertisement. I was very care
ful to let it be understood that mine
was a genuine case and that no onecrimson,
would be able to impose upon me I
received a number of answers, but
there was only one that seemed worth
my while to follow up. One letter
came couched in the most respectful
language and bore e-\idence of perfect
sincerity. The writer said that he in
ferred I was cut off from meeting
members of the opposite sex since my
advertisement said that I lived in a
small village and the perfect English
in which my advertisement was writ
ten marked me for an educated per
son. He sympathized with me deeply
ifor finding it necessary to use such a
businesslike method, but commended
me for adopting it since there appear
ed to be no other at hand.
I replied to the letterthe only one
I did reply toin the spirit in which
it was written, though I said very lit
tle, and that was simply suggesting a
correspondence. I shrank from meet
ing any one under such circumstances
and never would meet any one with
out first being convinced that he was
a true man. And even then he must
convince me that he had written the
letters I had received.
He replied, admonishing me to pro
ceed with the greatest caution and not
on any account to trust either him or
any one else without submission to a
number of tests. He would be perfect
ly content to wait for my character to
appear in my letters. He would prefer
that I should appear thus rather than
in the shape of a photograph.
feared that if he should find me very
attractive looking he might be unduly
.prejudiced in my favor and If I lacked
Ibeauty he might not be impressed with
my evidences of character.
I corresponded for along time with
-ithe name be gave me was Horace Al-
lertonbut somehow we got no fur
ther than a correspondence. Several
months passed, and yet he expressed
no desire to see me. His letters were
eminently satisfactory, and I confess
I felt a keen desire to see what he
was like. So one day I wrote him that
I would be pleased to receive his pho
tograph.
He replied that he had been dread
ing to be thus called on for some time,
inasmuch as he had no pretense what
ever to manly beauty. Indeed, he con
sidered himself homely. "But," he
said, "I am making some negotiations
which if successful will put me insuccee
much better condition to marry than
now. They will be settled within a
week one way or the other. If the is
sue is to my advantage I will be happy
to calL upon you. I hope by seeing you
I may be able to do away with some
of the prejudice that would occur from
your seeing my picture unrelieved by
any personnel whatever."
It was about this time that Tom
Baxter began to be more devoted to
me than he had ever been. Of course
there was no obligation on my part to
my correspondent. That affair I some
times thought was as much in the an
as Tom's patents. But Tom really
seemed to have picked up the idea that
he was about to realize something re
markable. Whether it was his confi
dence or my desire that he should suc
ceed I don't know, but I found myseli
wishing he would. And if he were go
ing to make a strike I wished that he
would make it before my "lover on
paper," as I considered him, should
call upon me. My necessities grew
greater every day. I felt it was due
to my family that I should not only
relieve mother of my support, but do
something for them all besides. I
feared that if Mr. Allerton should turn
out to be a desirable party I might
find myself inclined to treat him cool
ly, having Tom in my thoughtsin
other words, by not encouraging the
one available I might lose him.
But as bad luck would have it Mr.
Allerton wrote he was ready to call
upon me, and at the same time Tom
became positively aggressive. He said
nothing more about the folly of per
sons marrying without an assured in
come and began in a halting kind of
way to really make love to me. I put
him off, saying: "Don't be silly, Tom.
You'll never be able to marrythat is,
there's not more than one chance in
ten thousand of your being so, for
that's all the chance there is for an
inventor."
He looked very downcast at this
and said he believed that there was
some one who had first choice, as he
expressed it. I told him that I had
not yet seen the man I would marry
in preference to him.
"Oh, cheer up," he said. "My case
isn't as bad as you think it is. I've
just succeeded in"
I put my hands to my ears. I had
heard the words "I have just succeed
ed" or "I am just going to succeed"
so many times that I was not only
tired of them, but, feeling toward
Tom as I did, they were a mockery
with me. went away without a
word, and I went to my room and
cried.
The next day I wrote Mr. Allerton
that I would be pleased to have him
call upon me at the home of my
cousin in the city, a girl about my
age, who I knew would permit me to
receive any friend of mine there. I
appointed that day week for what I
called a preliminary interview. There
was no warmth in my letter, but how
could I warm up for a man whom I
had never seen?
I received a note by return mail stat
ing that he would meet me on the date
I had appointed. "And now," he add
ed, "I am much pleased to tell you
that fortune after many disappoint
ments has favored me. I am an in
ventor"
I threw the note on the floor. "For
heaven's sake, are the only men in the
world I have to choose from inven-
tors?" Then, after walking back and
forth for awhile, I exclaimed aloud:
"If I must wait for an inventor I'll
wait for Tom."
The door opened, and who should
come in but Tom himself. I blushed
for I was sure he had heard
me.
The expression on his face was a
study. There was satisfaction and,
above all, amusement. His eyes fair
ly sparkled with mischief. They turn
ed from me to the letter on the floor.
"Oho!" he exclaimed. "You have a
lover!"
"Yes," I said fiercely, "and, like you,
he is an inventor."
He fairly shouted with laughter.
Picking up the letter, he read it. Com
ing to where I had broken off, he
went on with it: "I have just sold a
patent right for $100,000 and a royalty
on every article manufactured. The
money has been paid me."
"By Jove!" he added. "The fellow
has got ahead of me."
I stood stock still, red as a beet and
not knowing what to do. Tom threw
his arms about my neck. "I'm this fel
low Allerton, and I've had the luck
stated in his note. I saw your letter
lying on a table addressed to the news
paper. I wondered what it meant,
subscribed for the paper, saw your ad.
and surmised the advertisement was
yours. I answered your advertisement
and have enjoyed a correspondence
with you amazingly."
"You ought to be ashamed of your-
self."
Tom and I are very happy. I have
often blamed myself for not having
had more confidence in his ultimate
success in his inventions, or at least
more patience in the matter. I accuse
myself of selfishness and a want of
steadfastness toward him. When I
say these things to my husband he
says I was right, that there were a
thousand chances to one that he wa
following an ignius fatuus. How con
trarv of him!
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THE PRINCETON UNIOK: THURSDAY, MAY 11, 1911.
TWENTY-FIVE YEARS AGO
goodly number of
Yesterday a
laborers arrived in town to work on
the railroad.
Last Thursday H. Cowles re
signed as town treasurer and on Mon
him
Mr.
Elk Riirer stage line, fell out of a wa
gon and broke both of bis arms while
unloading oats at Elk River on Sat
urday.
Some people are a little too touchy
for their own good. They imagine
themselves and their business of such
vast importance that their neighbors
lay awake o'nights thinking about
them. By and by these over-sensitive
folks will pass away like other mor
tals, and they never will be missed.
The Spencer Brook correspondent
of the Isanti County Press disputes
Waynett's claim as the banner town
for schoolma'ams in that county and
thinks "Spencer Brook can't be
beaten on raising schoolma'ams."
Supposing the correspondents display
a little enterprise and furnish names
for the past dozen years?
State News.
Newspaper reports say that much
damage has been caused by forest
fires in Beltrami, Roseau and Cass
counties.
The Kaiser box factory at South
Stillwater was destroyed by fire on
Sunday forenoon, the loss being
$200,000, with insurance of $140,000.
The war department has ordered
that $30,000 worth of new equipment
be delivered to the Minnesota state
militia. This equipment includes
blankets, tents, olive drab uniforms,
caps, ponchoes, overcoats, hospital
furnishings and army stoves.
Charley Fogg has taken Lon Hat's the members of the Northern Minne
place on the stage line and is quite sota association,
attentive to the wants of the patrons.
Frank Campbell thinks the climate
is hardly mild enough for him, and
when the wind is chilly his heart
yearns for the balmy breezes of South
ern California.
James J. Hill will be in town in a
few days to locate the depot and the
line of railroad through the village.
He should receive a hearty reception
from our citizens.
J. T. Sadley intends tofitup his
lower flour mill with the latest and
most approved machinery and manu
facture the very best grades of flour.
The upper mill will also be subjected
to a overhauling.
W. P. Jamieson, a noted free think
er, is delivering a series of lectures
at Elk River and is creating quite a
furore there. There is some talk of
having him come to Princeton and
give a course of lectures.
Sephen Millett of Maine,
brother of Hiram Millett of this place,
has been visiting here for several
days past. He is favorably im
pressed with Princeton and contem
plates purchasing a farm in the vici
nity of the village.
Logs have been running quite freely
for the past week and there is a fair
stage of water in the East branch.
Tibbetts brook was out of its banks
on Tuesday night and the rear of the
main river drive is one and a half
miles above Milaca.
After hearing a bale of poverty in
the home of Mrs. Eva Tutmark, Min
neapolis, Judge E. A. Montgomery in
muincipal court on Friday paid out
of his own pocket a fine of $1 he
hadtoo
imposed on her on a charge of steal
ing 50 cents worth of gas from the
Minneapolis Gas Light company.
Postmaster Charles H. Strobeck,
prominent in the business and politi
cal life of Litchfield and Meeker
county for over forty years, died on
Sunday night. He had held the
offices of county attorney and judge
of probate and was serving his second
term as postmaster. He was 70 years
of age and leaves a wife and two
grown children.
A new edition of pamphlets advertis
ing Minnesota as a state for home
seekers is being sent out by George
Welsh, secretary of the state board of
immigration. Maps are also being
sent out showing the location of state
lands open for sale on easy terms to
settlers. The department is sending
out the pamphlets to correspondents at
the rate of 3,000 a month.
Minnesota has the world's cham
pion cow. Her name is Pietertje Maid
Ormsby, and she is a 6-year-old Hol
stein, the property of John B. Irwin,
proprietor of Woodlake and Clover
farms in Richfield, just outside the
city limits of Minneapolis. During
thirty days in April she produced
145.66 pounds of butter from 2,567.8
pounds of milk. The cow is valued at
$10,000. One of her calves sold re
cently for $5,700.
It is expected that the meeting of
the Northern Minnesota Development
association at Dulutb on June 1 and
2 will result in the formulation of a
plan of co-operation between four
organizations having for their object
the development of the agricultural
resources of their respective states.
Representatives of the Northern Wis
consin Advancement association,
Northern Michigan Development as
sociation and Western Michigan De
velopment bureau will attend the
meetings and will exchange ideas with
A St. Paul bookseller says he lately
sold a book for $2 that a little later
brought $20,000 in New York city
day R. Newton was appointed to The sale was made to a stranger by
1 bim. Charles K. Pottle, son of Earl K.
Baker, of the Princeton and Pottle, who has a bookstore on Wa
basha street. The stranger became
interested in a musty book, printed in
1642, and containing the laws of that
day. He dealt with Pottle, jr., who
after a conference with Pottle sr.,
handed over the old book and took $2
in exchange. I have just heard,"
said Mr. Pottle on Monday, "of the
sale of that same book in New York
for $20,000. Yes it was a pretty neat
sum to let go without realizing it."
For Service.
A brown Belgian stallion, 7 years
old, 1,400 pounds in weight, will stand
on the county poor farm, section 4,
town of Greenbush, for the season of
1911. For further particulars apply
to A. B. Gramer, on the premises.
19-tfc
SEARCHLIGHT RAYS.
The Effect When the Beams Penetrate
a Foggy Atmosphere.
Nearly everybody is familiar with
^he beam of a searchlight and knows
why the beam is visible, while light
Itself "cannot be seen unless it strikes
the'-eye, its visibility being due to par
ticles in the air which really do reflect
the light to the eye. On a foggy
night, if one will notice, the beam
seems to come abruptly to an end if
the light is pointed upward. It does
this instead of gradually fading away
into nothing, as it does pointed hori
zontally on a uniformly foggy night.
The thing is rather puzzling to one
first seeing it, but the reason is not far
to seek. Where the end of the beam
seems to be there is the place the fog
ends, for the beam cannot be visible to
us unless there are small particles in
its path. This is of great help to sail
ors in judging of the state of the
weather, for they can tell exactly how
thick the frog is, or, rather, how deep it
is. They can also tell by throwing the
light horizontally whether the fog is
universal or occurring only in patches,
for if extending to a great distance the
beam gradually gets dimmer and dim
mer, but if in patches the beam is
lighter in patches, and if it goes
through a place with no fog at all that
part of the beam is black or invisible.
New York Tribune.
COFFEE ANP TEA.
The Bean Improves With Age, While
the Leaf Deteriorates.
Coffee beans improve with age. Five
year old coffee is better than the new
crop and fetches a higher price in the
market. In two years coffee will lose
10 per cent in weight, but it will in
crease more than 10 per cent in price.
Coffee should be used quickly after
roasting. If the brown beans appear
oily the oil should be dried off in a
quick, hot oven otherwise it will un
dergo a chemical change which will
affect the flavor.
While coffee beans dry with age,
teas absorb moisture even when in
zinc lined chests. Tea likewise de
teriorates with age. It doesn't lose
strength so much as it does its draw
ing quality, which is another name for
flavor or bouquet. So careful are the
tea packers to insure an entire ab
sence of moisture from the tea when
being placed in the zinc or lead lined
chests that they have the tea leaves
sun dried and then heated before
packing. The tea goes into the chests
hot to handle with bare hands and
is sealed up in air tight packages be
fore it has time to cool and before
the slightest suggestion of moisture
reaches it.New York World.
A Word For Sugar.
Pure candy is good for children. Pure
sugar is good for grown people. Of
course there are exceptions to every
rule. If the doctor prescribes a diet
and orders a patient to refrain from
sweets the patient is bound to obey
his adviser. What is the use of calling
a physician and paying him for sug
gestions if the latter are treated with
indifference? People in ordinary health
need not be afraid to gratify an appe
tite which craves sweets. Those who
have looked into the matter have been
telling us lately that soldiers on the
march hold out better if they have
rations of sugar than if their food
omits this useful commodity. A fond
ness for sugar is often a defense
against the temptation to use alcoholic
stimulants. The inebriate does not
care very much about pure sweets.
Christian Herald. The Age of Linen.
It is highly probable that the manu
facture of linens is of greater an
tiquity than that of silk. Archaeol
ogists generally admit that the mum
my cloth of the most ancient dynas
ties was a variety of finest linen. The
Egyptian and Jewish priests wore it
at all their ceremonies. We find men
tion of fine linens all through the Old
and New Testaments. When the queen
of Sheba visited Solomon she was hab
ited in linen. In Revelation the an
gels are clothed in "pure and white
linen." Genesis tells us that Pharaoh
arrayed Joseph in vestures of fine
linen. Silk is mentioned in the Bible
only four times.
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