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The Washington Times Home Pa ge, Saturday," June 17, 1911
THE TIMES DAILY SERIAL STORY
THE VINTAGE
Br JOSEPH SHARTS
Copyright. 1911. The Frank ATMunsey Company.
iBynopcis of chapters already published.
Mlu Delia Coombs, en route to nich
xaond to Intercede tor her brother, held
prisoner charged with having furnished
the Federals with a list of 1' troops
on the Kapldan, encounters Col. Elijah
Bledsoe, chief of the Confederate secret
en Ice, at Cold Harbor, where he is
seeking two spies supposed to have the
list. While ho captuies one, Aaron 11
ber, whom he releases, and a sus
pect, the real epy, eacapt-s, aided by Miss
Coombs, who lellce his story he Is a
'wounded Confederate whom Bledsoe Is
seeking to kill as the result of a private
feud, In Richmond. President Eals
permits her to visit her brother. Capt.
Floyd Cuombs, who protests his Inuo
ence. and she seeks and flnds the spy,
"James 1'otU." because he had told her
only ho could sae her brother. She un
dertakes to educate him so he can hold
a Government position, and the leader
learns Sllber, too. Is In Richmond.
CHAPTER XV (Continued).
CHOK.KD by the invisible smoke,
almost frantic from fear, seeing
nothing after that muffled fall,
the girl tried to cry out.
But her throat seemed dry and hard,
no sound issued from it.
She shrank against the wall and
strove to summon help, unable to com
prehend in her panic that the pistol
shot itself had aroused the house. Af
ter a moment somebody began to
move again in the room, for a plank
icreaked. Her hand, groping along the
wall, happened to touch the wlndow
iblind. which, at the touch, more by
accident than her conscious intention,
!flew up.
A stream of white moonlight fell in
and made visible the grayish curls of
jemoke rolling slowly upward. Across
Ithe room, beside the door, there was
something stretched on the carpet, and
over it a dim llgure of a man standing.
He had probably been confused by the
darkness, for the Instant the moonlight
.enabled him to see the door he coolly
turned the key in the lock. There was
great amount of running and scream
ing overhead all this lire.
The dim figure apporached her. It
walked without a limp, so that at first
J6he supposed it must be Potts, the
cripple, who lay on the carpet.
"Oh, oh!" she wailed. "You've killed
Jiim'"
"No," answered the voice that had
prown familiar to her e&T3though the
Bong summer aud autumn evenings, its
dialect dropped, but the same voice
lEtlll. "He's only stunned. I hit him
jon the head."
' "You!" And she flung out her hands
itcith rtpellent horror, for the truth
broke In upon her mind like a great
(flood. "You you are Grigg you!"
"Yes, I am Grigg," he answered very
(Quietly. "But God knows I mean you
pad yours no harm Why, I think I'd
llve my immortal soul Just to please
S'ou. I love you more than life and
Imore than honor, or I shouldn't be
here tonight " Then, seeing how she
icowered from him he laughed bitterly
land drew back. "Of course you must
aeel that way. Don't be frightened. I
'won't come any nearer. I Just want
,o tell you, for my time's short. I'm
JBorry for the deceit."
I The moon, shining upon his bared
(head, bathed him in rts ghostly ligTit,
and In that frightful moment he seem
fed to the girl as terrible and splendid
and unreal as Milton's Satan His
hand, which, as he spoke, he stretched
toward her, showed a dark stain on
.the palm.
"Keep It back," she shuddered. "It's
wet with blood."
"Only my own blood," he answered,
quickly withdrawing it. "That fellow
got a shot in. you see, before I silenced
,him . It's no use now to ask you to
iforgive what I've done "
A black shape, that caused Delia to
spring aside, started suddenly up
against the window, blotting out the
moon; a hand tapped on the pane: a
negro's agitated voice stealthily ex
claimed: "Quick! quick! Cap'n! Fo" Gawd's
swpt sakes'"
'Yes," said Grigg, and turned again
to the girl "I don't know why I came
tonight unless it was to tell you You'll
hate me. But you'll remember, too
I came to tell you I wtns sorry "
In a confused, tumultuous way, Delia
was aware that the man on the floor
had begun faintly to groan and try to
lift himself up, that her Uncle Philip's
voice, querulous .with alarm, was call
ing her name, "and finally that the
negro, whose face she could not see,
was pushing up -the window.
"Quick, cap'n. Dis way! Dah's a
millyun so'Jers closln' in'"
"Why do you stay here?" Delia cried
out "Go away or you'll be killed."
"Then you care?" he said in a low
voice
"Oh, go quickly!" she cried again. "I
hate you!"
He was gone even while she spoke.
And her last vague impression of him
was that as he stepped out upon the
veranda he looked back at her and
laughed.
CHAPTER XVI.
Captain Coombs Learns His Fate.
ON Ninth street In Richmond, in
a room of the Mechanics' In
stitute, which during the Re
bellion was occupied by the
Confederate War Department, were
seated three persons Floyd Coombs,
his sister, and his uncle. They were
alone save for a sentinel who paced
up and down the corridor and occa
sionally glanced through the open door
way Silent, the three sat close together,
the girl holding her brother's hand in
her lap and now and then sofUy press
ing it between her palms Philip
Vaughn, attired In an old, well-brushed
black frock coat, had deposited his
all white beaver hat and woolen gloves
on the floor beside him, locked his
thin fingers over the silver handle of
his cane, and let his chin sink Inertly
between the flaring ends of his collar;
one might have said he was dozing.
Floyd, too, had settled into what ap
peared a negligent attitude and steadily
regarded the window against which a
flurry of snow was being swept by the
wind.
Only the girl sat very erect. As she
caressed her brother's hand that lay
limp upon the lap of her black dress,
unshed tears made her eyes luminous
and her face like a pitying angels.
But whenever the stolid, ominous ap
parition in butternut paused at the door
with musket and glinting bayonet, a
little frown of defiance, pathetic In Its
unavall, troubled her brows.
Once, as the sentinel passed by. the
old man muttered something Into his
neck-cloth. . .. ..
"What did you say. Uncle Phil? the
prisoner asked, not turning his eyes
from the storm-harassed window.
"H-m ha I remarked that the
squeak of that man's boots 13 very dis
turbing." "Never mind. We won't have to wait
much longer."
"How can they hesitate, Floyd? the
girl murmured. "There was so little
evidence." . .
"More than enough, though, I fear,
Biddy," said her brother with a non
chalant shrug of his shoulders.
"At least they made no reference to
that that man's frequenting our house,
as we feared they might They vo
never even learned about it."
"How did you manage to keep It
from becoming known?"
"Why, when I saw how it must
poison all minds against you if It were
known your sister had been harboring
a spy. I Implored Lieutenant Freneau
to shy nothing."
"Well?"
"And when the patrol that w-as
searching for that-lemon, came to In
vestigate the noise, he Lieutenant
Freneau he told them an awful false
hood, like the gallant gentleman he
Blddy. Biddy." said the prisoner
with a trace of a smile. I m afraid
you bewitched the poor fellow. But
he added after a moment: To have
let them know, would only have
Btrengthened appearances against me,
and heaven knows It's bad enough
already."
They relapsed Into their former de
spondent silence. Thus half an hour
passed.
A sudden scraping of feet and move
ment of chairs in the next room, as
though a session were ended, made
them all start. Delia sprang up
quickly and went to the window to con
ceal her agitation. The noise ceased,
however, and nothing came of It.
Captain Combs, with an affectation
of indifference, picked up a copy of
the Richmond Dispatch which was
lying on the floor and glanced over Its
columns. The old man continued
musing as before, his eyelids half
closed.
"Here's another of President Davis'
negroes run away," commented Floyd.
"A-man named Cornelius."
"H-m," murmured Philip Vaughan ab
sently. "Mr. Davis seems particularly
unfortunate with his servants."
"I suppose," Floyd went on. bravely
attempting to laugh, "that this negro is
now safe and sound under the wing of
Biddy's friend." ,
"Don't," said Delia sharply. "Don t
name him. Oh, I wish I'd never seen
or heard of that horrible monster!
I wish I'd never told you of him
or his lying promise to help you!
I wish I wish they'd catch and hang
him! I do' I do!" The tears that
had long been gathering in her eyes
fell, and she broke Into a subdued but
historical sobbing.
Oown the urrldor sounded the open
ing of a door, then a brisk approach of
footBtcps. An orderly stepped Into the
room
Sir." said he to Captain Coombs,
"the court-martial has reached its de
cision. It awaits joti."
"Verv well." quietly answered the
prisoner.
Too proud. In his boyish soldlerhood,
to betmv cither haste or reluctance, he
stood up at once and walked through
the hall to the next room, followed by
his sister and his uncle.
F-ehind n long table, in the large room
to which the prisoner was summoned,
sat half a dozen Confederate officers of
various rinks and branches of the serv
ice, their faces sternlv composed Into a
pravltv befitting so solemn an occasion.
Yet a ceitaln embarrassment was mani
fest among them as Floyd Coombs en
tered, a few became mightily Interested
In the sheets of yellow note-paper scat
tered on thi table before them: two or
three cleared the.Ir throats, and looked
over at a portly, enerable major of
nrtlllerv who sat at the head of the
table and was busily writing with a
quill pen.
The vouthful prisoner stood out alone
before his iudges. head up, shoulders
squared, apparently the calmest person
In the room. Behlrd him. In a little
group, stood his pale Ister. clasping
her un'le s am, ard the ordcrli and
the sentinel, all grave, silent, watchful.
For a Ions, long minute the presiding
officer continued to write; the loud
scratching of his quill alone broke the
hush that had fallen on the room. At
last he laid the quill aside, took off his
glasses, folded them. Inserted them In
Ills pectacle-case, and cleared his
throat by a sudden effort. It was ap
parent, then, that much of his stoicism
was assumed.
He began to read aloud from what ho
had written:
"The commission, after matur de
liberation on the evidence adduced, find
the accused. Capt. Floyd Coombs, as
Of the charge Guilty. And the commis
sion do. therefore, rentence him. the
said Floyd Coombs, to be forthwith de
graded from the rank he has disgraced,
to be dishonorably discharged from the
military service of the Confederate
States, and to be put to death in such
manner, and at auch time and place, as
shall be directed bv the commanding
officer of this district."
Now, for the first time, he ventured
to look directly at the condemned man,
who, except that he had grown much
paler, gave no sign of weakness. "Pris
oner, have you anything to say?"
"Nothing," replied the prisoner In a
low, firm voice, "only to say again, I
am not guilty "
In the dismal pause that followed a
3eep sigh could be heard front where
his sister stood. That was all. There
was no melodramic scere about it, no
wild lamentation. There Is a fulness of
the heart sometimes that preclude ex
pi esslon.
"Let the prisoner be led out," said the
presiding officer, and beckoned to the
sentinel to conduct him away.
Delia slipped forward, put her arms
aro-ind her brother In a lingering caress,
and moaned softly to him. He submit
ted quite passively, and at Ian gently
removed her arms from his neck. As he
was following the sentinel out, he
paused just an Instant to touch his
uncle's hand. Perhaps he cotild not
trust himself to speak. Afterward, while
court rose, old Philip Vaughan remained
standing In the middle of the floor, be
gan slowly to Iraw on his mittens, and
staged around him.
"I believe." he muttered, "I believe,
mv dear-h-m theie is no further need
of ur remaining. I nave some writing
to do. Let us make our apologies."
Xeertheless, he did not move, al
though she took him by the arm and
tiled to draw him away.
"It is quite odd." he observed, and
stared around him again, smiling, "It Is
quite odd what I could have done with
mv hat."
He was holding it under his arm as
he spcKe.
She whispered to him to come home
with her. that the tria.l-w-as over.
"Yes. ves." he replied in the same far
off, centle tone. "Quite a trial a most
impressive sight But where is Floyd?
We must not leave the boy here."
Finall he submitted to be led, like a
little shlld, by the hand, and together,
the two went out into the blustering
storm.
Relatives of President and Mrs. Taft
Come for Silver Wedding Anniversary
Several Members of Family
Arrive at the White
House Today.
(Continuation of Thin Story Will Be
Found In Tomorrow' laaue
of The Times;.)
Summer Closing Hours:
5 P. M. Dally; Saturday, 1 P. M.
Clearance Sale
of Used Pianos
25 Used Square Pianos of Well
Known Makes to Close AlA
Out Quickly at Prices J) III
Ranging Up from . . . t v
With one of these used
Square Pianos In the house
the children will have &
chance to take up music. The
instruments are In excellent
condition musically and they
are unusually attractive bar
gains at the prices we're
quoting. In the lot are such
well known makes as
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CHICKERIXG.
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r.
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The members of the house party
which Is being entertained at the White
House for the sliver wedding anniver-
I vary celebration of the President and
I Mrs. Taft, Monday evening, have be
gun to arrive. Miss Delia Torrey, aunt
of the President, came from her home
In Massachusetts this morning; Mr. and
Mrs. Henry Taft and their two sons
are expected this afternoon, and Rob
ert Taft also will arrive from Harvard
today. Horace Taft, brother of the
President, accompanied by Charlie Taft,
will also bo among the arrivals today.
Miss Helen Taft Is ewected tomorrow'
morning.
The President occupied the Presiden
tial box at the New National Theater
last evening to hear the Aborn English
Grand Opera Company sing "Martha."
Mrs. Charles Anderson and MIbs Maria
Herron, of Cincinnati, sisters of Mrs.
Taft, and Major Butt accompanied the
President.
I
General Nelson A. Miles, U. S. A., and
Senator Charles Curtis, of Arkansas,
were among those entertaining theater
parties last evening at the New Na
tional to hear the Aborn English Grand
Opera Company sing "Martha."
Miss Jane W. Webster
Bride of G. . Duncan.
The marriage of Miss Jane W. Web
ster and George. E. Duncan took place
Thursday evening at 9 o'clock at the
rectory of Waugh Methodist Episcopal
Churjh, the Rev. A. W. Thompson of
ficiating. In the presence of a small
paitv of relatives.
Immediately after the ceremony, Mr.
and Mrs. Duncan left Washington for a
trip, and. upon their return, will reside
In Washington.
r
Announcement Is made of the mar
riage of Miss Beisle B Roberts, daugh
ter of Mr. and Mrs. R. E. Roberts, to
Arthur G. Miller. The wedding took
place Thursday evening at 8 o'clock at
the bride's home. Hlfi Eleventh street
northwest, the Rev. J. H. Taylor, pas
tor of the Central Presbyterian Church,
officiating, in the presence of a gather
ing of relatives and Intimate friends
Palms, ferns, and clusters of white
roses adorned the house for the occa
sion, and th- wedding music was plaed
bv 'Miss Nellie Roberts, sister of the
bride.
T!ie bride, whore onlv attenaant was
her twin. Miss Mav B. Roberts, wore a
beautiful gown of soft white satin,
trimmed In duchess lace and pearU. In
her hair she wore a wreath of lilies of
the valley, and she carried a shower
bouquet of bride roses and lilies of the
valley. . ,
yiss Mav Roberts wore a pink mar
quisette gown over silk and carried en
armful of Bridesmaid loj-e. J. B.
Thompson was best man for Mr. Miller
An Informal reception followed the
ceremonv. and later in the evening Mr.
and Mrs. MHIt left Washineton for a
Northern weddlnc trip. Mis. Miller
traveled In a tailor suit of tan cloth,
trimmed In blaok satin, with a large
black hat. Upon their return to Wash
ington, thev will be at. home at 141C
Eleventh street.
4-
A lawn fete will be given under the
auspices of the Department of the Po
tomac Woman's Relief Corps Thursday
evening. June 22, from 8 to 11 o'clock
at the residence of Mrs. Josephine
O'Meara, 413 Third street northwest.
Miss Graham to Wed
Dr. Carroll S. Alden
The engagement Is announced of Mls3
Meeta Campbell Graham, daughter of
Brig. Gen. William M. Graham. U. S. A.,
and Mrs. Graham, to Dr. Carroll Storrs
Alden, of Annapolis.
General and Mrs. Graham closed their
apartment In the Cairo several weeks
ago, and. accompanied by their daugh
ter, went to Annapolis for the summer.
The- engagement was announced at a
dinner given on board the U. S. S. San
tee by the brothcr-ln-law and sister of
Miss 'jraham.- Capt; A. H. Scales. U. S.
N.. and Mrs. Socles.
4
The house party which Mrs. H. Clai
borne Wilkins, of Twenty-eighth
street, has been entertaining for a
fortnight at her cottage at Cape
George, for her daughter, Miss Annie
Llnd Wilkins. will disband this even
ing. Among those from Washington
who will return this evening will be
Miss Marlon Edmonston King, Miss
Elalno Williams, and MIbs Georgia
Lyons. Miss Carry Kennedy, of Nor
folk, Va., will return to Washington
with Miss Wilkins and be her guest
here for a short time.
Mrs. Dabney, wife of Dr. Vlrgtnlus
Dabney, will leave Washington today
for Loudoun county, Va., where she
will spend a month visiting relatives.
On July 21, Dr. and Mrs. Dabney will
sail for Europe.
Jewells Will Go
to York Harbor, Me.
Rear Admiral Theodoro F. Jewell,
U. S. N., and Mrs. Jewell and their
son. Commander Charles T. Jewell, IL.
S. N., who have been stopping at the
Grafton since their arrival from Eu
rope, several weeks ago, will leave
shortly for York Harbor, Me., where
they will spend the season.
- -
Medical Director Frank Anderson,
U. S. N.t and Mrs. Anderson have as
their guests Lieut. James B. Berry,
U. S. A., and Mrs. Berry and their
young daughter.
Lieutenant and Mrs. Berry will go
to Fort Riley, Kansas, shortly, where
the former has been ordered to duty.
Washington Visitors
at Alleghany Inn.
Among those from Washington who
are stopping at the Alleghany Inn,
Goshen, Va., are Lieut. James H. Tomb,
V. S. N., and Mrs. Tomb and their two
children and Miss Mattle Tomb; Com
mander Joseph Straus, V. S. N.. and
Mrs. Straus; Maj. J. M. Carter. U. S.
A., and Mrs. Carter and their two chil
dren; Mrs. Francis B. Letier and Miss
Lefler, H. M. Blandz. and M. B. Mac
Williams. --
Mrs. John D. Patten and Miss Patten
closed their house on R street today,
and have gone to their cottage at Hur
ricane Lodge, Essex county, N. Y., for
the season.
Mrs. Samuel C. Lemly and Miss Lem
ly, who have been spending some time
In New York, have gone to Lake George
for the Beason.
.J.
Mrs. Lawrence Townsend, who went
to New York Tuesday, will sail today
for Europe for the summer. Mlt-s Town
send, who is now visiting In Philadel
phia, will make a series of visits at
the various North Shore resorts.
Mrs. LaGarde. wife of Lieut. Rich
ard D. LaGarde, U. S.A., is visiting
her husband's parents. Col. Louis A.
LaGarde, U. S. A., and Mrs. LaGarde.
at their place In Woodley Lane, D. C.
Capt. Samuel H. Gibson. U. S. M. C,
and Mrs. Gibson, and the Misses Gib
son will close their house in S street
shortly and go to Capon Springs, W.
Va.. for the summer.
Justice 'and Mrs. Lurton
Leave Washington for
the Summer.
Mr. Justice and Mrs. Lurton will leave
Washington this afternoon for Knox
vllle, Tenn., where they will spend a
portion of the summer With their son-in-law
and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Van
Devanter. Later in the summer they
will go to the Virginia Hot Springs.
The Minister of Costa Rica and Mmc.
Calvo. accompanied by their family, left
Washington this morning for Glencovo.
L. I., where they will spend the sum
mer. , Miss Elsie Farnum, of Oakland, Cal.,
who has been spending some time in
Now York, will arrive in Washington
this afternoon to spend a few days
with her cousin. Miss Hazel Cox. Next
week Miss Farnum and Miss Cox will
leave Washington for California.
Emery Cox, a student in the Univer
sity of Michigan, will also arrive in
Washington today. Later in the sum
mer he will go to Woods Hole, Mass.,
for several weeks.
- -
jMiss Thayer Engaged
to Frederic Winthrop.
An engagement of much Interest tc
Washington Is that of Miss Sarah Thay
er, daughter of Mrs. Nathaniel Thayer,
of Boston, to Frederic Winthrop, which
wr announced yesterday.
Miss Thayer, who Is the youngest
daughter of Mrs. Thayer, Is a sister
of Countess Moltke, wife of the Danish
minister.
Countess Moltke1 Is spending the sum
mer with her mother and sister at their
summer place at Newport.
4
Mr. and Mrs. Ernest H. Pullman are
spending some time at the Baldwin
House, Round Hill, Va.
Leroy King has issued invitations for
a stag affair to be given Wednesday,
June 21, 1311, at Freund's, in celebration
of his twenty-first birthday.
4
The engagement Is announced of
Miss Minna Heilprin, daughter of Mr.
and Mrs. Giles Heilprin, of Washington,
to James W. Horwitt, of Cleveland,
Ohio.
r
Miss Pauline Gans. of Baltimore. Is In
Washington to attend the Octagon tug
ride tomorrow.
4
Baer-Straus Wedding
Takes Place on Tuesday.
The wedding of Miss Reta Baer,
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A. M. Baer,
and Henry Cullen Straus, of Richmond,
will take place Tuesday evening, June
20, 1911, at Rauscher's, Rabbi Louis
Stern and Rabbi Edward N. Callsch, of
Richmond, officiating. Owing to a re
cent death in the bride's family, only
the relative's of the contracting parties
will attend the wedding.
Mrs. Simon Lyons and daughter. Miss
Flora Lyons, who have been spending
the past few weeks In Atlantic City,
have left for an Indefinite stay with
relatives in Indianapolis.
Mr. and Mrs. Ivan Herman, who
were recently married In Brooklyn. N.
Y., are spending their honeymoon In
Atlantic City. They will make their
future homo In Washington.
Nelson Berliner, of Baltimore, is the
guest of friends In Washington.
The wedding of Oliss Reta Nattans.
daughter of Mrs. Jennie Nattans. and
Albert Lowenthal, both bf Baltimore,
will take place Sunday. June 23. 1911.
FOR LITTLE FOLK JUST BEFORE BEDTIME
The Sandman's Stories
MISTER FOX TELLS ANOTHER STORY.
IT had rained for three days and the
whole world seemed one big mud
puddle to Jack Rabbit, when he
started for the House On the Hill
to pay the delayed visit to Mr. Fox.
Jack Rabbit looked Very different from
what he did the last time we heard of
him, for he had been convinced by
what Mister Fox had told him that the
hawk really Intended to eat him and
that the compliment which he paid to
Jack Rabbit's fur and his mustache
and his tall and the offers made to curl
ills whiskers and pluck the dark hairs
"out of his tall were only intended to
get him to come out of his burrow so
that the hawk "might more easily catch
him.
As a result Jack Rabbit had washed
all the grease off his coat and his tall,
which, you remember, he carried stuck
very straight up In the air, he now al
lowed ta He where It belonged.
Mister Fox. who was looking out of
the door of his house, saw Jack Rabbit
while he was quite a long way off, and
came to meet him.
"I did not Know, but the. rain had
flooded your burrow and drowned you."
he said, as he came up to Jack Rab
bit and shook him warmly by the paw.
"How did you get on during the flooJ
which we have Just had?"
"I busied myself washing the foolish
ness off my coat, and the rain was of
great assistance," replied Jack Rabbit,
and Mister For, seeing Jack Rabbit's
fur looking just as usual, knew what
he meant by "foolishness."
"Well." said Mister Fox, "there Is
some advantage in having a house up
here, since the water running down hill
does not wet my cave, and 1 have been
as dry as a last year's chicken bone.
Come in and make yourself comfort
able." In a few minutes they were seated
before the fire, which Mister Fox had
built because of the dampness outside,
and Jack Rabbit had begun a conver
sation which he hoped would lead up
to one of the stories Mister Fox had
promised to tell on a former visit.
"I was thinking," said Jack Rabbit,
"of the hen who scratched herself into
2ffrr2fflCK Rabbit while heytas
Ui IC H LVrtt) TTHT "-"rr-
useless wealth by digging up the piece?
of glass which she thought were dia
monds. Did you ever hear what be
came of her after you let her go?"
"No," said Mr. Fox, "I never
bother about what happens to hens
that do not stay with me. A good
deal of time Is wasted by both ani
mals and men In acquiring knowledge
which Is of no use after they get It."
"Did you not say something about
a rooster who caused the death of a
whele flock because he was greedy
for i-omethlng that was of no use to
him?" asked Jack Rabbit, he remem
bering that that was the story Mister
Fox had promised to tell.
'"Did I say anything about the fool
ish rooster?" said Mister Fox.
"Indeed you 3d, and you promised
to tell me what happened to him and
the rest of the flock."
"Well." said Mister Fox. 'it Isn't a
very long story, so I am going to
lunch with my friend the crane at
noon and it Is now past 11."
"The story of this rooster is a part
of the famous davs of California,
when men from all over the. worW
flocked to the Pacific coast In search
of gold. One man wiser than the
rest took with him a flock of hens,
for. knowing how high the price of
eggs would be there, he thought that
he might make a little money from
selling them.
"When he got there and had settled
down end his hens were laying well
he was much pleased with himself for
his forethought, for he was able to
Bell his eggs for very high prices and
with the money which he got he was
able in turn to feed his fleck very
well.
"But one day the rooster, wandering
down to the edge of a creek, saw some
sparkling bits of gold In the sand and
hastened to run back to the flock and
tell them of his discovery. 'Come
with me,' he said to the hens, 'and we
will feed ourselves on the richest food
that any barn fowls ever ate,' and the
hens, believing in the wisdom of the
rooster, did as he directed.
"As day after day they fed them
selves on the bits of gold instead of
the good corn which the man provided,
they grew poorer and poorer In flesh
and laid fewer and fewer eggs until the
man finally decided that since it was
costing so much to keep them and they
were giving so little in return he would
kill some of them, and since the rooster
never laid any eggs he decided to kill
him first.
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found that his gizzard was filled with
gold. 'Indeed,' said the man. these
hens are worth more dead than alive.
and he proceeded to kill the whole
flock to get the gold which they had
eaten.
" 'I am quite surprised,' said Jack
Rabbit, 'that any hen or rooster should
turn away from good corn to eat
gold.'
"'When you get older.' said Mister
Fox, 'you will be surprised to see how
many animals and how many man and
women leave what Is good for them
In search for things that will only
do them harm when they are ac
quired "
"Well. I must he off to my luncheon
with Mistress Crane. .If she serves a
cood meal I will tell you the next
time I see you what I had to eat."
Office Boys Who Are
Wonderful Financiers
Jerome S. McWade, the Duluth finan
cier, was talking about New York office
boys who, working for brokers, specu
lated on the tips they picked up and
accumulated fortunes of $30,000. $40,000,
and $50,000.
"The twentieth century office boy Is a
wonderful creation," said Mr. McWade.
admiringly. "He is so clever, so daring-,
and, above all, so honest.
"A few years ago I had an office boy
named Jasper. One day I sent Jasper
out to buy me a postcard. I have never
seen him since."
"But. sir, you don't call that honest!"
cried the reporter.
Yes listen," said Mr. McWade.
"Last month I received a postcard con
taining these words:
" 'Dear Sir: Here is your postcard. I
started speculating with the penny you
f'ave me to buy It, and am now wortn
17,000. Thank you!" New York Trib-
One or the Other.
Howell What Is your opinion on the
question of living expenses?
Powell Either they are making the
loaves of bread smaller, or the' mouths
bigger.
Practical.
The Deck Passenger I notice all of
the steerage passengers bolt their food.
I wonder why."
The Stewart They bolt their food to
keep it down Chicago News.
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