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A MAN'S HEART
By LOUISE OLIVER.
(Copyright, 1918. by the McClure Newspa
Virginia confessed to* herself after
Bob had gone away that she had act
^ ed dreadfully. But with characteristic
pride she never acknowledged it to
All Clearwater knew that she had
resented her fiance's enlisting; that
she had returned his ring and refused
to say good-by. But that was the end
of it so far as anybody knew.
She plunged feverishly into all kinds
of works. H^r house became the
mecca for knitting parties, thrift teas,
dances with proceeds for French or
phans and card parties with savings
Stamps for prizes. The Red Cross be
came gradually so cognizant of her
ability that all points of dispute were
referred to her.
"When Virginia is so thoroughly im
bued with the spirit of this war," said
people, "one wonders why she ever
fussed about Bob Jennings' going
Virginia, hearing something of this,
answered spiritedly: "Oh, I don't dis
approve of men enlisting, and in a way
Tm proud of Bob. Only I think an en
gaged man is the same as a married
man. There are ten million unat
tached men who go first."
Of course home letters carried gos
sip, and Bob in camp soon learned the
colossal indifference with which Vir
ginia regarded his absence.
He was selected for an officers' train
ing camp, and as the weeks went on
he made good and won his commis
sion as first lieutenant. Then being
given two weeks' leave before he was
assigned to a regiment, he went home.
And great was the rejoicing. For Bob
had many friend:; in Clearwater. That
was why the girls once envious of
Virginia now turned resentful of her
treatment of him.
The bip: thing was a dance the girls
planned in his honor. Clearwater had
not had a real dress-up affair since the
war began. So they decided to do It up
right now. Also they decided for
once that they did not need Virginia's
But they didn't put it that way to
her, because they didn't want her to
stay at home. "You have so much on
your hands. Virginia," they explained,
"we thought we'd give you a rest and
?lo things ourselves. Just come and
enjoy yourself. Thc fact that Bob ls
to be there need not affect you any,
Virginia could not help flushing
"Well, I should say not. I want you
all to know that I'll be very glad to
But even after this speech she was
not included in the list made out for
Bob. Adopting the college plan of fill
ing cards beforehand, the girls of
Clearwater picked Bob's partners for
him long before he arrived home.
There were no dance cards-the list
was just made out and handed to him.
"You see. it will save you such a lot
of bother." they explained, when ho
smilingly thanked them. "One loses
so much time hunting partners in thc
scramble. So each girl has put down
her own name once-you see, we dare
not be selfish-and you'll get around
Bob's face fell. Once! Then he
could only have one dance with Vir
ginia instead of a half ?dozen he had
determined on. He had meant to try
again tonight to plead with her for a
But running his eye down the/list,
he discovered that her name was not
there at all. Was she so implacable as
that then, that she didn't even care for
But Virginia knew nf no list, and as
there were no cards she supposed
Bob's evening to be his own.
He looked stunning in his uniform,
and she felt an Involuntary pride In
the silver bar on his shoulder. He had
changed somewhat, and her heart
gave a fierce little tug when she saw
it. It was hard to explain this change.
There was no sadness, rather a stern
ness, the look of a man with a great
work ahead to do and a determination
to do it.
She felt like an Ineffective bit of
white paper against a great iron wall.
She saw now that sentiment and duty
must have entirely different places in
a man's heart. How little and silly and
cruel she had been !
And as the evening passed and Bob
did not come near, she hated herself
more and more. "He doesn't consider
me at all," she thought. "I've killed
all his love and respect. Oh, Bobbie,
dear, I don't blame you."
She went home early without talk
ing to him at all. But not to sleep.
She sat on the veranda alone under
the bright spring stars, and tried to
uatie the tangle her life had got her
An hour passed, two hours, and still
she sat-there thinking, hot, bitter tears
falling into her lap.
A man passed. The street light
caught the color of olive drab and a
soldier's cap. Then she knew tie
"Bobbie!" she called. "Oh, Bobbie,
And without a word he came up the
steps and folded her close in his arms.
"Forgive nie, dear !" she sobbed. "I
Tm so unhappy, and I-I love you so
well. Don't hate me. please!"
"Hate you!" He lifted his eyes to
the stars. "Plato you ! You're my
whole life, dear."
Wh!cL, after all, is hard to under
stand, when he had offered that life to
his country. .
Ton can be economical without be
A goose that lays the golden egg has
no chance with a hog.
One way to popularize the apple
would be to popularize the price.
Neutrals that have been shipping
food to Germany may yet go hungry
The dove of peace is still flying
around, but finds it difficult to find a
place to alight.
Men who ask, "Why are we at warr
might as well ask why we resist rob
bery and murder.
The fellow who started the war no
vacatlou movement seems to have
taken one himself.
It will be just as well for everybody
to do his blt cheerfully, because he will
have to do it anyway.
It ls a slander to say of some women
that they will go tq almost any lengths.
Just look at their skirts.
When arguing with an Idiotic an
tagonist a man always feels that he ls
up against a stiff opposition.
Some of those Russians haven't had
freedom long enough to realize that it
is worth fighting and dying for.
Another good way to win this war
Is to support the American cause sol
idly at home as well as at the front
Japan ls going to make a big loan
to Russi?T. Truth to say, war, ns well
as politics, makes strange bedfellows.
King Alfonso Is reported to be walk
ing lame. All European monarchy has
more or less of a halting gait these
The average exemption claim seems
doomed to look as limp as a dishrag
by the time Uncle Sam gets through
One of the strangest aspects of the
great war is the time it required both
sides to realize the value of large fleets
In spite of the wonderful advances
that have been made in ni^dienl
science, 'tho ukclele germ has not yet
Doubtless the kaiser will be pleased
to hear how large a percentage of our
drafted anny is physically unfit ur un
willing to serve. .
The man who starred this'year as an
amateur gardiner, with a little "patch
In the har-k yard, will be something of
nn expert In 1918. .
Another thing that makes a body
sick is for a child to fret home to din
ner just after everything has been
"cleaned and put away."
More than ?2.O0O.000 Iron crosses
have boen distributed by the kaiser.
All Cern?an soldiers who escape the
wooden pet the iron cross.
Austrian organ pipes are to he made
into munitions. Probably to produce
that diapason that the war correspond
ents credit to the Inp puns.
Now is the time for the scientist, so
much in evidence before the war. who
coiild put the nourishment of a porter
house steak into a small capsule.
Germany's destruction and iheft of
property In Belgium are now placed at
i?2,00.0.000,000. German efficiency has
been most efficient in little BeUciuin.
Joy riding now conies under the ban
of war and law on account of the ne
cessity for tho conservation of gaso
line. So not even war Is an unmixed
Although the pacifists keep preach
ing that the war is not popular lt Is
hard to assimilate their ravings In the
face of the fact that 943.141 volunteers
are in arms. '
What Is this talk about .making
pocketless trousers for men and trou
sers' for women, doubtless with pock
ets In them? It looks like another
If trench warfare continues much
longer we may expect public service
corporations to seek franchises to sup
ply the trenches with light, heat, tele
phones and transportation.
The railroads have discor.L'nucd a lot
of their passenger trains, hut that
doesn't seem to Interfere with the un
erring accuracy of the motorist who In
sists on catching one just nbuft the
A Cologne paper froths over the
proposed restrictions on foreign lan
guage newspapers in this country.
Suppose we should establish English
newspaper throughout Germany. How
long would they last?
America is sending Its bravest and
best to fight for the world's freedom,
and In justice to them lt must employ
prompt and stern measures toward any
persons who by word or sign give aid
and comfort to the anemy.
The proposal to turn the surplus
cabbage crop into sauerkraut will
strike the ultrnpatriotlc as introduc
ing eu alien enemy dish upon our
tables. But the best way in sud a
case ls simply to intern it.
GOOD HIGHWAYS SAVED PARIS
Example of French Capital Cited to
Press Home Plan of Improved
Roads in This Country.
The congestion of traffic which has
so seriously handicapped war prepara
tions and industrial and commercial
activity during the last few months
has emphasized to all the vital impor
tance of good roads. The shortage of
freight cars has caused the govern
ment to recommend the use of motor
trucks for handling freight on short
hauls, in order to save freight-car
equipment for long hauls. Freight can
not be successfully handled by motor
trucks without good roads.
There is also a growing tendency on
the part of manufacturers and whole
salers to have their salesmen travel by
automobile Instead of by railroad
trains, writes C. S. Rieman, president
of a large motorcar concern, in Chi
cago Post This also further helps to
solve the traffic problem. But the ex
tensive use of trucks for cross-country
hauling and of passenger automobiles
by salesmen and others, instead of
traveling by train, will depend to a
barge extent upon road conditions.
It also occurs to me that since our
transportation facilities have been so
seriously overtaxed by extra traffic re
sulting from our war preparations to
date, the enormous Increase in war
activities for which preparations are
now being made will result in further
serious delays, unless a large portion
of the traffic can be handled by motor
trucks. In order to appreciate the Im
portance of good roads from a military
standpoint, we have only to recall the
fact that in nil probability Paris would
have been captured by the German
army in their first great drive had it
not been that the excellent French
roads permitted the quick concen
trating of French troops by means of
motortrucks, passenger automobiles
and taxicabs, which played so impor
tant a part in helping out the French
The prosperity o'f any country and
the advance of civilization are always
measured by the transportation facili
Convoys of Rapid-Fire Cannon on Waj(
to Front In France.
ties. As a manufacturer of motorcars,
the good roads problem has been
brought very forcibly to my attention,
and I have given the subject much
thought and study. It is my firm con
viction that the continued prosperity
of this country and the quick 'and ef
ficient handling of war preparations
cannot be better promoted than by
keeping our streets and highways in
first-class condition. I believe what
ever expenditures are necessary to this
end should be made.
NOW CALL ROADS MILITARY
Bill Before Senate Says Government
Should Assist in Keeping High
ways in Repair.
A bill before the senate says all state
roads used by the government should
be treated as military highways and
the government should assist In keep
ing them in repair. The bill was in
troduced by Senator J. T. Smith, who
has investigated the deterioration of
the Maryland highway system. The
bill states the government is not to
contribute more than two-thirds of the
money for repairs nor more than $1,
000 per mile. It has gone to the sen
ate committee'on appropriations.
Daily Water Supply.
Experiments provo that the amount
of water consumed daily by a cow is
in direct proportion ta the amount of
milk she produces.
Site for Strawberry Bed.
A rich garden soil which, has been
manured makes an- ideal site for a
Wonder or Blunder?
Is thct new road this year going
to he a won der-way or a blunder?
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