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TOW HELPS NOT ALWAYS BEHIND EUROPE Many of America's Big Centers of Population Take the Lead In Some Matters. New York City alone secure a larger revenue from land values than do the much-heralded "unearned In crement" taxes of all the cities of Germany and all the taxes of the revo lutionary Lloyd George budget of 1909 combined. The total collections of New York City from this source amount to approximately $60,000,000 a year. I thick it may fairly be claimed that we have made more progress in local taxation than have any cities in the world. lt must be remembered, too, that many activities of the American city are efficiently performed. Our lib rary systems are models. In this we have been pioneers. The rapid de velopment of public and private libraries, the extension of branches, the opening of reading rooms and li brary centers, the use of pictures and children's departments" show the pos sibilities of our municipal democracy -when the laws of the state permit lt to grow as it will. Commissions come to America to study our library methods just as commissions go from this country to Europe to study their municipal achievements. The park systems of our cities are of the same high order. Our development in recent years has been phenomenal. Not only are our parks generous in area, but they have been laid out by experts in a far sighted way. The Boston system is said to be the most comprehensive of any in the world, while those of Chi cago, Cleveland, Philadelphia, Balti more, Washington, Kansas City, Den ver, and a score of lesser cities com pare favorably with those of any cities of Europe. America, too, led the way in play ground development, as well as in the wider use of the schoolhouse and the social center. The exhibits of the American city in these activities at the Berlin Town Planning exposition were accepted as in advance of those of Europe. From the very beginning our fire departments have been honestly and efficiently administered. These, too, haye been models for foreign cities. For the most part, they have been free from the spoils system. Merit has been recognized in the selection of chiefs. New appliances have been rapldily introduced and an esprit de corps has been created like that of the army and the navy.-F. C. Howe in Scribner's Magazine. WITH AN EYE TO THE FUTURE Manner of Laying Out the Streets of a Nftw Town Should Be Most Carefully Considered. For outlying districts, narrow, wind ing, or diagonal streets make it pos sible to spend more on the sanitation of the homes, declares a man who has made a study of city planning. Where traffic of the future promises to be dense and a wide street may at some time be wise, in the intervening years a narrow paved area, bordered by grass and trees, is good economy, good sense, and good health. As between rectangular streets ex clusively and a combination in which some of the streets are diagonal and some rectangular, Robinson says aesthetics, sanitation, and conveni ence all favor the latter. In Vienna the crowds are handled with less inconvenience than in any other city, and there the cars come in on diagonal streets to the Rig strasse, which they follow around to deliver their passengers as near as possible to their destinations. Robinson says: "The two diagonal streets, Broadway and the Bowery, In New York s?ved for the city breathing spots like Madison and Union squares-space out of reach if condemnation had been required." Utilization of Vacant Lots. For several years the City Beautiful page has advocated the use and beau tification of vacant city lots, calling at tention to the success attained in eastern cities through the work of Va cant Lot associations, etc. The prob lem now seemB near to solution. The various schools of the city have ex tended their school garden work to near-by unused property, and if this movement does not culminate in the appropriation of all vacant lots it will at least call attention to the impor tance ?f control of one of our great est eyesores-numberless weed-grown, rublsh-strewn vacant lots.-Los An geles Times. Weeds In the Walks. For weeds in pavements or gravel ?walks, make a strong brine of coarse salt and boiling water, put the brine In a sprinkling can and water the weeds thoroughly, being careful not to let any of the brine get on the grass, or it will kill it, too. Worth Thinking Over. What a simple matter it would be to clean up the city if everybody would do his part without depending on his neighbor to begin the work first! That ls, assuming, of course, that the city authorities would do their uart COUNTY FAIR r t Begin to pan your exhibits for the big gest and best fair ever held in the county. It will last for three days, Nov. 5, 6, 7. The grounds will be enlarged to make room for the largest carnival that has ever been brought to Edgefield. A strong aggregation of good, clean shows. TALK UP THE FAIR-IT IS YOUR FAIR IF YOU LIVE IN EDGEFIELD COUNTY. It is the purpose of the managers to make every department bet ter than the fairs that have been neld. The farmers will give more hearty support than heretofore and the agricultural ex hibits will be more varied and of even higher class than in the past. Let every section take an interest and be well represented in every department. The parades this year will surpass even all former years. The ladies who are plan ning this the most at tractive feature of the fair will leave nothing undone to insure success. A big brass band of expert performers will give free concerts throughout each day. Pre pare your exhibits and urge your neighbors to do likewise. November 5, 6, 7. m. mmm :: m mmm ESCAPING BY A HAIR By MAURICE 3MILEY. It was no evidence of any special ?hrewdness on my part that I knew, what Wilson waa watching the train for. The papers were fall of the detalla1 of Judson's last exploit The trick ho had turned on this particular occasion, was the' lifting of a tray of diamond? from the importing firm of Convier Freres. The police had followed Judson, pretty sharply and I knew that WiU son must have got some tip to tho effect that Judson was going to takaj a train for a cooler habitat-mostj probably the 9:40 for the west. Now, Wilson and I knew each othee hy sight We had had a professional rub or two on former occasions, and 6 knew with what I had to deal. : It just happened that I saw him get a telegram at the station office and that gave me two ideas which I proJ ceeded to put into effect. One was to} Intercept the messenger boy attached! to the office, and for a quid pro quq induce him to hand to Wilson thia mes sage, scribbled on a telegraph blank:i "Mr. Wilson: I forgot in my hurry to copy the message just delivered to you. Kindly return lt to me for ai moment and I will hand it to you any time.-Mary Emerson, Operator.'" Five m'rutes later the boy handedj me the menage Wilson had received. It read: "Anderson says Judson will take th? 9:40 train for Chicago. Will wear al long white beard.-Foley." Foley was the chief. His dispatch threw new light on the Judson tip. Soi Anderson had turned against Judson. It happened that I was going to taka the 9:40 train myself, and I determine ed to keep a sharp outlook for any-; body with a long white beard. I waq smooth shaven myself. But the Becond idea. It waa ridicu lously easy to write a message my self, and my convenient messengeD friend for another quid pro quo handed it to Wilson. My message ran like this: "Made a mistake. Judson will leave, on the 9:15 for Montreal.-Foley." It was already 9:06 and Wilson had barely time to catch the 9:15 train, for he swallowed the spoon, hook and bait j With Wilson safely side-tracked, I boarded my train. "Message for Henry Wilson. Is Mr. Wilson in this car?" "Ah, yea, I guess that's for me," I remarked, casually, reaching out my hand for it as the conductor stopped at my berth. Of course it was from Foley. It read: "Anderson makes complete confes sion. Says story of Judson being dis guised was a blind. He will, so far as Anderson knows, be smooth shaven, as he does not suspect he will be fol lowed, but thinks he has sidetracked us. Williame is at Buffalo, and willi meet the train at Lee's Landing. Foley." The plot was thickening. "How far are we from Lee's Land ing, porter?" I inquired. "Next stop, sir." I started on another exhaustive In spection of the car, but there was no body there whom I thought Williams would be likely to spot as Judson. But there was a gentleman with a long brown beard, sitting all alone in one end of the car. A white beard might be dyed overnight "Would you mind stepping into my drawing room compartment sir?" 1 said in a weak voice as I bent ovei the brown-whiskered gentlement "Certainly, sir," he replied, rising and accompanying me to my drawing room. Once the door was locked and there was something doing in two min? utes. "That's a very fine bunch of whisk' ?rs you have there, my friend," I said fiercely, "and I shall have to trouble you for them! Don't make any ?UBS now and you won't get hurt!" The sheer absurdity of my words made him blink bewilderedly and be fore he got through blinking I had him tied hand and foot and two minutes later I had neatly snipped off his beautiful brown beard. I had become suddenly alive to th a fact that a pair of whiskers waa something that I needed in my busi ness. I usually went provided with spirit gum and other toilet accessories, but I had neglected to grow a bunch of side whiskers or provided myself with a set of false ones. "Lee's Landing!" shouted the brake man, as I stepped out of the drawing room to run plump into Williams, whom I spotted instantly. "He's In the drawing room there!" I whispered hurriedly in Williams' ear. "Yes. This is Wilson! I am detail ed on another lay; that's why you were wired to meet me. Grew these over night Good luck." Then half holding my whiskers with my hand to keep them from falling off, I pulled my hat down over mr eyes and made my getaway. It wasn't a very close shave for the parson, but it was for me, all on ac count of that traitor Anderson. I just escaped by a hair-that is, by a con veniently large number of hairs, Judi ciously used. Oh, yes, I was Judson. You have guessed that. (Copyright, by Dally Story Pub. Co.) Shows lt "Women are certainly contradiOi tory." "They certainly are. There is ra* neighbor whe ls dying to know how I'm UT?AJE.'