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THE FARMER: JANUARY 2, 1909.
. . ... - a k T l f- Al 4. V IS ON 1Mb AT 666 EAST MA I N ST. WHERE HE WILL BEG-IN SATURDAY MORNING A ) 1 7 If ROUS NG ides E THE RECOVERY. A Story of Kentucky . Copyright, 1908. by JOSEPH A. ALTSIIEIER Entered at Stationers' Hall All rights reserved of Metf and Children's Clothing Is THE BIGGEST BARGAIN EVENT- EAST.' BRIDGE PORT HAS EVER KNOWN mm j a goby 666 EAST MAIN STREET Where Geo. B. Clark & Co. formerly were mm That Satisfy in Quality and Price : No matter what you pay for cigars at D. D. Smith's you are certain of getting greate value than else- ;7nere. iooas are aiways iresn, as slock is movea quickly. Biggest linein the city and prices the most reasonable. Box trade a specialty. 1 Fine line of ' Pipes. Cigar Holders, Tobaccos In Una and all Smokers' Accessories. , ' v Opp. Poli's Theatre, Fairfield Avenue. D. D. SMITH WH AT DO Y 0 U NEED FOR THE AUTO? ' We've many ot, the things needed such as Non-Fluid Oil, No. 4 Cup GreasV, Graphite Grease, Feather Dusters, "Auto" Trunks, Tire Trunks, etc. . ; . . '' . ...- . . ' ' ' ' ' YouTl like our showing of "Auto" Gauntlets, Driving Gloves, lined and unlined Mittens, etc Stop in and see them. The Wooster - Atkinson Go. BROAD & JOHN STS., Near P.O. (Continued. "Would any of you gentlemen like to try the hammer, and see how heavy it is?" the warden was asking1. Harrison shrugged his shoulders. "Thank you, no," he said, "it is be yond my aspirations." Peden seized the handle in a tight grasp and swung the hammer once or twice on the anvil, but it. was obvi ously with an effort and he . put it down again, panting.""" "It proves to me that I'm a farmer and not- a 'blacksmith," he said, "I've enough. What do you think .you could do, Clarke? With a shoulders and chest like yours, you ought to have a lot of strength." ' "Maybe I have," I said recklessly. "At any rate I'll try." I' took off my- overcoat and gloves, and seizing the handle, I .swung the hammer lightly aloft. The old famy lar feel of it, familiar despite time passed, sent a singular thrill through me. For the moment I was compan ion to Carter, the convict, a brother convict.., and I was full of pride be cause I could wield the great sledge so easily. My muscles tightened and cy lungs filled with air, much, I think as those of a mediaeval knight must have done, when ' he faced a worthy enemy in the tournament. The iron had been heated again and placed upon the anvil. Crash I brought the hammer down oipon -it. fight in the House, "I've followed your course there, Mr, ciarKe," ne saia. What do you think of it?" I ask ed anxiously I wanted very much to nave nis good opinion "It is what I expected you would do," he said. "Do youNKnow. Mr Qarke, that you have the qualities of a n.gnter?'' "No," I replied in some surprise, did not know it." .Doubtless you did not. But most people with slow tempers are tena cious. you won't repeat what I say, but I think you ought to continue the battle, though that is superfluous ad vice to you. It is an opening for you iou are on the right side, and if you tan, you fail in a good cause with all the odds against you, but if you sue ceed, you will have achieved a wonder ful triumph." what ne said sank deeply in my mind ana confirmed me in my course When I left him I felt encouraged and uplifted, because it was a great grati fication to me to have his approval. We parted at the outskirts of the city, and I strolled on by the Capitol and then walked toward the railroad station. As I approached the latter in the growing twilight, I saw a figure in front of me walking briskly. The fa miliar look of the upright carriage and the shoulders well thrown back, told me that it was Harrison. 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' Telephone 264-3 iTr'Uerl!uii''livilaiii' A MINUTE PLEASE V A dollar or so laid by each week, aided by the 4 per cent, interest paid, will protect you on. cloudy -days There is nothing so satis factory as a plump bank account. A few dollars will start you. Come in next salary day and join our happy band of savers. CITY S 946 MAIN STREET AVINGS BANK BRIDGEPORT, CONN. ADVERTISE 1 THE FARMER of surprise that pleased me.. It was foolish of me and more than reckless, but the human mind will rebel at t imes a gainst long suppression, and, tor the moment, I was in a state in which I did not care. Tb thoughtless boy v.-af in the ascendant. ' ' The iron was. beaten out flat in much' less time than Carter had taken. Then I cast the y, 'eat 1-ammer aside aui began carelessly to put on . my over coat and gloves. Harrison gave me a critical examining look. i "Upor my word, Clarke," he said in his usual vein of light irony. "You are quite a prodigy. I should have thought that no man could do that without long and hard training.". - Carter was staring at me. j "I didn't think anybody in the world but Charlie Johnson could do it" he said, and a sudden shiver passed over me. All at once I realized my f oily and the insensate iboyish pride n mere mupcui.ri.y siiypeu 'ii um me. , "I trained hard at a college with the clubs and iballs," I said with affected carelessness, and then I turned to leave the shop, expecting the others to follow Just as a group always fol lows any one who pushes himself for ward as a leader. . I was right, and I quickly had them out of the shop, but as I went I was conscious that Carter's eyes were following me in a stare of bewilderment. ' Harrison also game me two or three more critical looks, but he seemed to be taking a sort of physical measurement of me, instead of nourishing suspicions. -'. I felt better Vwhen I was outside in the clear cold air, though still in wardly bewailing my fplly. I was anxious now to leave the penitentiary at once, as the sight of it . weighed up on me, but I did not choose to hurry, lest Harrison should conceive a sud den idea that I was anxious to get away from something. Of him alone I had xany fear, because he alone was interested in watching me. But he did not revert to the subject and he was the one presently to suggest that we end the visit. When we left the penitentiary, I re turned to my room. Then I felt the shiver of apprehension again,' but" it quickly passed. How could any one now connect me with Charles John son, the convict. The links that would have bound me to him were not only broken, but they were absolutely miss ing. . Such a thing as a similar iden tity would' seem to the world impos sible in this case. CHAPTER X. drey's Ambition.- The first two or three weeks ot the session vere of a routine nature, pro ductive only of bills, hackneyed in their nature or of a merely local in terest, -but at the end of that time the torch that startled a conflagration was iighted. The national census had been taken, and under the reapportionment Ken tucky with her high birth rate became entitled to an increase of one repre sentative it: the Lower House of con gress, It was the duty of the Leg islature to make the5 reappointment, that is to create the new Congressional districts and; in this business, I soon saw the sinister hand of Harrison. He had been making great progress in the ' House by the double ; weapons of charm and fear. He attracted some by his knowledge and wit and others were frightened by his sarcasm and willingness to say cutting things. I saw that he was becoming a power, altbcrgh I did not fathom even yet the oViitb of his designs. He was showing the deepest interest in public life, and his attention was assiduous. The new game with its vast complex ity and variety, its heights and depths pleased him. An apportionment bill gives an op portunity for mu5h subtle chicanery, but my friend Peden, brought in the first one which was strictly fair. It was evident, however, from the begin ning that Peden's just and impartial bill would meet powerful opposition, and that a certain faction within tne majority party was bent on getting every advantage it could, whether the means be fair or unfair. Harrison, in a biting speech, characterized the' bill as quixotism, and I learned that a new one, making an obviously one-sided and unjust apportionment, would . be presented by a machine member.named Connor, from Louisville. But I guess ed that its father was Harrison, and that he had written it. I now began to suspect also that he meant to make himself the Democratic leader of the State; that is. the Kingmaker. The fight over the measure thickened fast, and soon the lines were sharply drawn. Harrison, the indications hold ing good, was the life and soul of the opposition. His own bill was not yet presented as the fal of the Peden measure was to be decided by Demo cratic caucus, after which the party would be bound by the decision of the majority, whatever that might be. It seemed that Harrison would cer tainly be triumphant, and his oppon ents could do nothing at present but fight for delay. It was probably be cause the case looked so desperate that I became the leader of the supporters, nobody else wanting the place. People generally spoke of m as its champion, and as it became a habit with others I began to regard myself in that light alpo. Thus affairs dragged for about . two weeks, and one afternoon I went for one of my favorite walks on the hills. It was still the dead of winter and the river yet lay under its glittering sheet of ice, but the crisp atmosphere was full of vitality and life. I met Judge Wharton and we walked on to gether, talking at first about topics which form the general food of conver sation. After a while he came to our warmly The rays from the station arc light fell directly upon the face of the man and with a start I recognized Grey, I should have turned away at once, but he saw me and called out in a bluff manner that he meant to be friendly "How are you Clarke? I say won't you shake hands with a fellow since you've got to be a great man?" I gave my hand reluctantly, and not liking at all the contact of his I drop ped it as soon as possible. It seem ed to me that it would have been more befitting in him after what had pass ed and the talk, to have Ignored me, but apparently he had forgotten it. He was now all for comradeship and jo vial it y. ' iou should be glad to see me, Clarke, old fellow," he said, "because I'm going to stay in this tight little town of yours for a while. I hear that a man can have a good time here when rfte Legislature is in session" "it depends upon what one calls a good time," I replied. . "We know what a good time Is, don't Ve?'' he exclaimed thrusting an elbow into, my side with hideous familiarity. I drew off from him with as much dignity as I could muster and replied far from warmly: "No, I do not." But he refused to be repulsed, hook ed me on one arm. Harrison on the other and insisted on walking thus to the hotel. Fortunately - Frankfort is not a crowded place and it was dark I was spared spectators, save a news boy or two, and at the steps of the-ho tel I was able to detach myself. I re turned to the lobby al-er dinner and found Harrison smoking in a corner alone. I drew up a -chair and sat down near him. "Why have you brought him here?" I asked. He took his cigar from . his mouth. held it lightly between his fingers and regarded me with innocent wonder. "I! I brought him here?" he repeat ed. ' . . "Yes," I said impatiently. "You know that you did. We've been frank With each other so far. Why cease now?" "That's true," he replied meditative ly. "There is no reason why we should cease. "You are right. I did bring him here. ( Grey, not having anything else to do, has allowed himself to be attacked by the political mania. He has got the foolish idea, which some people have that money can do- any thing. He is perhaps the richest man in the State and-' he is wild enough to believe that if he poured out. some scores of thousands, he might get the next nomination for the Governorship or something , equally, as good. So I've told him to come down to Frankfort and get acquainted." I looked directly into his j eyes and I said: "That isn't all' I saw a faint flush creep Into h!s cheeks, but in a moment it was gone "like snow on the desert's dusty face." "No, it isn't all," he replied calmly. "I might have known that' you would guess it. I brought him because he is going to bring' Mrs. Grey. I want to see her here. . What have you to say about it?" . . I felt a flush in my own cheeks and I saw him smile. , "I see," he said, "I'm serving you as well as myself. Now, Clarke, be frank and admit to me that either you or I ought to have her. Such a man as that is not worthy of the owner ship of Alicia Grey." He jerked his finger toward the ceil ing Grey was somewhere in a room above; But I felt the flush on my cheeks deepen. I did. not like his way of speaking of Alicia. "I don't want to discuss her with anybody," ,1 said. . He laughed again. "You needn't'' he replied, "I know just how you stand without your say ing a word. But you are more of a Puritan than I am." His smile was hateful to me, but I knew that he understood me. Ah, if the whole truth be told, I should rath er have seen her the wife of Harrison than of Grey. He at least was a man and he valued her at her full worth. However, I rose and with a nod I left him. ' Think it over," he called after me. Harrison had not exaggerated Grey's folly. The man was a genuine can didate for the Governorship, that is for the Democratic nomination, which was equivalent to an election. He en gaged a large suite of apartments in the best hotel and began to entertain lavishly. Harrison, I could see, was eg ging him on, and, in a measure, hold ing a restraining hand over him, but he was regarded, nevertheless, as what politicians call an "easy thing." While Harrison might modify his. political propaganda, he did not seek to inter fere with his personal conduct or ex penditures. Wine was flowing inces santly in Grey's rooms and he Was. at all times the jolly good fellow. His im mediate followers were making him believe that his success as a candidate was assured. The infatuated man saw nobody but them, he heard no voices but theirs, and perhaps he was not the one most to blame because he dwelled in his foolish heaven. "Harrison," I said one day, "wy are you tricking Grey in thistnan ner?" "Tricking him?" he repeated; raising his eyebrows. f "Well why do you allow him to trick himself? It is absurdr to believe that the State of Kentucky would take such a man as Governor. Why do you let him think sucha thing and be bled by all these leeches?" "There are many reasons," he re plied meditatively. "In the first place Grey is a very stubborn person. I think you are wrong in assuming that I could turn hifh from his course, and in the second nve I want him here in Frankfort, 1 Grey is coming lU-IIlUlTUW.- 1 k She arrived tl day, but I did I ! not see her, until I went down to din ner at the hotel. You must under stand that Frankfort is a small place and that itisnot possible to avoidany body there long. Knowing this, I made no attempt at evasion. I was in cus tomary seat at a small table by one of the windows, and I was alone there Jimmy Warfield sometimes sat op posite me, but he was very irregular. I had been looking out of the win dow at the bands of sunshine across the snowy street, and when I turned my eyes back again I saw Alicia and her husband entering the dining room. It was the latest version of Beauty, and the Beast. The noble spiritual quality that I admired so much in Ali cia, seemed to me more clearly de fined than ever. Pale and sad she was, but her head was erect and she had that pride for which I know no other name than the pride of purity. But the sadness in the beautiful eyes was unmistakable. , Quietly dressed and quiet in manner, she was a won derful contrast to her flamboyant hus band, who radiated noisy color. I no ticed with a sort of secret pleasure that she did not come in by the side of him, but walked a little ahead, as if she did not belong to him. in the inti mate manner of husband and wife. She did not see me my table stood in a little alcove, partly hidden bycur- tains and I watched her for a little while. She still preserved at the table her attitude of aloofness, and the cou ple were silent. I could 'see that Grey felt some fear of her his stiff manner, his few words and his occasional wary glances at her indicated it. The Grey of this moment was a very different Grey from the Grey of his . political headquarters, and I was glad to know it. Presently they became three t the table and the third person was Har rison. He took his seat as if he be longed there, and his ; manner was quite intimate. Grey seemed to feel relief at . his coming, hut Alicia's face expressed nothing. I watched them yet a little while longer and I saw more clearly than ever before Harri son's influence over Grey; it might ex tend further than politics, and my see ing it was the reason why I rose and went over to their, table. Knowing the Greys so . well "it was the proper thing for me to speak to them at once, , but I probably should not have done so had it not been for Harrison's pervading presence and the feelings that it aroused in me. I think I detected a slight look of anroyance on Harrison's face, when he saw me, and that gave me pleasure. Grey frowned apparently he wished to be my friend, only when his wife was absent but Alicia gave me a smile of welcome there was nothing in ordi nary social intercourse forbidding it, and I told her in a , formal, common place manner that I was glad to see her in Frankfort. They asked me to eit at their table, and I accepted, the waiter making the change for me. I confess that while I spoke In a common-place manner my feelings were far from being so. We four, whose lives were connected In such a singular way and which wera des tined to be interwoven yet more close ly were sitting around a common ta ble and saying idle words as if we were mere chance acquaintances who had met and' would pass. Harrison did most of the talking, retailing so cial gossip that he had brought down from Louisville and I seemed to de tect 'a slight strain under his appar ently easy and indifferent manner. I said little, but contented myself with occasional . glances at Alicia. I won dered what she thought of Harrison, whether she regarded him' as a Pla tonic friend .who wished in an unob- strusive way to give her his. Intellect ual and moral sympathy, but she neither did nor said anything that would indicate her thoughts. ' , After dinner, Grey said they ex pected to see a good deal of me now, ! as we were staying at the same hotel and ought to meet many times In Frankfort. I replied with a polite nothing and then we entered the large parlor. I wanted to have a few words alone with Alicia, I had nothing particular to say, but I wished to say it apart from those . two men. It was hard to get the chance. Harrison watched me like a hawk, and Alicia herself, made no opportunities. But a Mem ber came presently to the door and asked to see Harrison just a moment on political business. He could not well refuse, and Grey, with his sens of importance taking it for granted that he also was concerned, stepped into the hall with him. "I am sorry you have come here," said to Alicia'. "But I had to come. It was my place." - She turned upon me a look so sad. so appealing, which said so plainly. "Do not .scold me, do not add to my burdens," that I had no heart to ay more. But even then she was think- ng more of me than of herself. "Do they any of them "suspect that you were were " she began to ask. I knew vaell what she meant and saved her the pain of eaying "in pris on here." . "I do not think so," I replied, "un less possibly Mr. Harrison I did a foolish thing once, - of whrch I shall tell you later." : Harrison and Grey .came back at that moment, and Grey frownedHwhen he Baw me talking to Alicia, although, for all he knew, .we. might have been discussing the weather. It was cur ious that he should regard me again with suspicion, while placing the most implicit confidence in Harrison, who was not to be trusted at an. "Come, Alicia," he said roughly, "1 think we'd better go up to our own rooms. You'll excuse us, Mr. Clarke." Few things have ever hurt me more. I saw Alicia's face wnuen, and she flinched a little as if, she had been struck, but she was his, she be longed to him body, if not soul, and without a word she followed him, just as I suppose in tne ancient times, a beautiful Greek captive had to follow her brutal Roman lord and master. should have been glad of the right to strike him down, but the right was, all on his side, and I cohld do noth ing but stay in the parlor and drum angrily on the window sill with my finffers. . Harrison came up to me, and his ook showed amusement and also a certain sympathy. "I understand your feelings, Mr. Clarke," he said. "Why shouldn't I? Ivfihare them. I asked you once be fore why you didn't use your knowl edge. It would be to your benefit not to mine well why don't you? And rescue her?" (To be Continued.) ".V III HiZii m mil i i i ' 1 r-- ' Will ALCOHOL 3 PEK nrvT A0efabk&cparal(orifbrAs simiiating tftcFbotfafldlfcgula tmg (lie S tomacte cniBcvrels of For Infants and Children. 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