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Speculation was rife as to the amount with which it had been at tempted to bribe me. Some guessers went as high as $100,000. "Have you thought over this mat ter and are you fully prepared to answer?" asked the grim,old judge, scanning my tear-swollen face. I nodded. "Miss Dillplckles, I will ask. you to state to the court," said the district attorney with a triumphant look at Mr. Mockorange, "what did the de fendant, Mockorange, say to you when he spoke to you in the rear of this courtroom last Tuesday?" In a low tone, I answered. Oh, it was hard, but I answered. Everyone leaned forward to hear. In spite of being the chief witness against him, I stated, Mr. Mockorange had not spoken to me on any subject what ever since I left the trust's employ until that day. On that occasion he signified that he wished to speak to me and led me out of earshot of others. Then "Then what?" snapped the district attorney. "And speak louder." "He then said," I went, on, "Miss Dillpickles, there's a little white string hanging out back of your shirtwaist!" An uproar in the courtroom a Babel of strange, raucus noises. "Er er that will do. The court apologizes," said the judge in a chok ing voice. . (THE END.) c o DIARY OF FATHER TIME The beauty of nature, of natural scenery amid mountains, fields and lakes, seems to have passed unheeded in early times. The present enthus iasm which leads thousands of tour ists to California, Florida, Switzer land and other natural beauty spots is quite a modern development of what is almost a new sense in man. While it is impossible to fix the exact date of its beginning, it can be traced back to the time of the Italian resur rection in the fourteenth century, when -Petrarch, in his poetry, repeat edly speaks of nature. Among the ancients, for example, art and poetry went through the whole circle of human interests be fore they turned to the representa tion of nature. The ascent of a moun tain Tvas unheard of until Patrarch climbed Mont Ventoux, near Avignon, and achieved the noblest masterpiece ofl description of natural scenery. And then enjoyment of the external world came into existence and found expression in many poems and paint ings, the reading and seeing of which have caused thousands to break away from their narrow environs so that they might enjoy more distant views and broaden their minds. MEMBER OF NEW INDUSTRIAL REE.ATIONS COMMISSION Frederic A. Delano. One of the three representatives "capital" has on the industrial com mission is Frederic A. Delano of Chi cago, president of the Wabash Rail road. He began his railroad career in the shops of the Burlington system at Aurora, HI., as machinist's apprentice.