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A BLUE UMBRELLA
By AGNES G. BROGAN
Copyright. 1922
It was n blue silk umbrella, with a I
lovely white bracelet haudl^ and a I
Klue R engraved on tin* white knob.
I have to he very careful iti descrih- J
ing it. for this Is part of the storv. I
Our new professor at college is al- |
ways harping on "preparedness." aticl
what a great advantage It Is t?? suc
E <-ess. Well, my thinking of carrying
K the blue umbrella that day when It
* looked like rain, wasn't any advantage
P to my success; hut that begins the
story.
Mother sent me down to Bailie's
for some talteta to mateh the dress
she was going to wear to the reception
that the faculty were giving for our .
noted professor; 1 hurried along, pre- '
inferring to walk the short distance, j
,? and wli.en I met Nan Paige 011 the way
we stoppeil tir.st, and had a soda. And
Kan told me of the books this l'ro
;<.? feasor Laldlaw had written on the
. deepest subjects, and how his picture
, had been in magazines, and everything,
and I was just wild to see him. She
?;< Bald that he looked like anyone's
favorite movie actor, and was an Idol
with the women wherever he went,
fltlt Nan said he was stern, too. and
would not stand for nonsense or
familiarity from his pupils, and we
had better Impress him with our dig
nified behavior.
Nan Isn't very dignified herself, but
ftVl can be, on occasion. So as I walked
the rest of the way alone to Bailie's,
I decided that 1 would a?k mother to
me wear <he plain navy blue dress.
Which makes me look so old.
v.; Aunt Betty Is critical where men
v are concerned, and Is always asking
who they are, and what they have ac
complished. until Janet Is often pro
roked, regarding her own young men.
\ Janet has plenty of heaus. And
diother says that Aunt Betty might
v have married times over, if she had
j! not beert so particular. Aunt Betty Is
awfully pretty and jolly. But there
'. I stood waiting for that taffeta to be
wrapped up, and down came a shower,
'"'aotslde the street grew suddenly dark,
and I was glad that I had brought my
umbrella. I drew It with some dlffi
?culty from before a man who stood
beside me at the counter, and stared
reprovingly at him, when be failed to '
beg my pardon. And as I was hurry
vlng down the aisle that man came
after me. This time he did say "Beg
pardon." but It was with the affrontery
?f claiming the umbrella, or trying to
claim It, for I certainly did not give
v;. It up to him. "Beg pardon." he began.
"you have taken my umbrella, tinder a
,y. mistaken Impression, 110 doubt, that It
la yours."
"Mistaken?" I asked disdainfully,
"I certainly know my own blue silk j
umbrella. You will notice the letter
B; my name begins with B." The j
man stood still and stared at me ills- j
, concert ingl.v.
"Notwithstanding the fact of your 1
ijftjianie beginning with B," he said, "the !
gKOmhrella Is mine."
A crowding female with two Jostling !
'v^boys at her side came between us
,V-just then, and I fairly laughed back
at the iinposter over their heads, then
to save trouble and publicity, I ran !
/out of the store, and down the j
'^street and 011 to a street ear; and j
It was not until I had handed In my |
:-h fare that I took time to realize how j
| v brazen that man had been. And he j
was a nice looking man too. with fine j
features that any physiognomist would 1
say placed him above petty crime. 1
When I took ihe taffeta into mother, J
Aunt Betty was there, and Janet, and 1
ihey were all talking excitedly about :
the evening's guest of honor, whom j
gJAunt Betty called "a young man of ?
' sterling character."
? jhis eyes. Which reminded me of 1
rv what very nice eyes the thief had. j
For even If it's onlv an umbrella you ?
are trying to steal, you're a thief. And 1
V" t>y and by when I'd got 011 my |
second best dress, I started down the j
f/istalr. Aunt Betty was going to have j
Kjft one of her friends in to dinner. And j
[yA-then I stood stock-still on the stair. I
J For she was talking to her friend in i
the hall that minute, and he was my !
umbrella man. Yes, really. And I
( Couldn't help hearing him apologize;
to her for not bringing back an um
brella she'd loaned him, and which,
be insisted, had been pulled light out j
from under his arm in a store. And I
an at once I felt chilly; for the reason 1
? that Janet had given i?e a blue silk
utuDreita for i'liristinna was because |
I had so admired Aunt Betty's, ami ,
Aunt Betty Baisley's natne, naturally. '
begins with n It.
So there I stood, mystified, yet be- I
ginning uncomfortably to see daylight.
For It occurred to me that perhaps
1 had forgotten to take my umbrella j
with me to Bailie's store, which upon ,
Inter investigation proved to be true, j
The two silk umbrellas with their ?
white bracelets stood side by side in
my clothespress. And when 1 came '
guiltily into the dining room, you may |
fancy my next humiliation. "Bab's," J
said Aunt Betty, "let me introduce you
to Mr. I.aidlaw, the new college pro- '
fessor."
Well, I don't know how 1 <?ver j.
should have come our tf it had not j
blessedly happened that Professor j
Lnhlhtw is to be one of our family, j
He's engaged to Aunt Betty. And he
really was a good sp^.rt, and left me
out of his explanations when he was
able later to return Aunt Betty's!
property. But, as Nan says, It was all !
perfectly thrilling.
JULIA HAD SAID SOMETHING
Sam Was Forced to Admit That Hi?
Better Half "Chatted About
Dem Clothee."
Courtenay Dinwiddle, executive of
the National Child Health council, told
the following story at the meeting
of the Monday evening club. It belongs
to the great fund of family stories of
which each home has Its share.
His family had a colored woman
of the name of Julia, who did the
wash, according to Mr. Dinwiddle,
her husband transporting the clothes I
to and from home. One night he start
ed with a big bundle of freshly washed
clothing. It had been raining and
there were puddles along the street.
The unfortunate man slipped, the
bundle hit the street, opened up, and
Its contents went into a mud puddle.
Needless to say. he couldn't deliver
the wash, and he hated to take it
hack home. But he was forced to
"face the music."
A week later the colored man
showed up nt the Dinwiddle home i
with the clothes spick and span. The
family, of course, had found ?>ut what
had delayed their wash and were pre
pared for Sam.
That worthy, however, did not say
a word about his mishap.
"Sam," asked a member of the fam
ily, "didn't Julia have anything to say
about the clothes when you had to
take them hack?"
Sam grinned.
"Julia ? she done chatted quite a j
while about dem clothes," he said. ? '
Washington Star.
: AVIATION NOT HIS OBJECT j
Swede Had His Own Reason for Re- i
I I
| jecting Offer of That Particu
lar Brand of Liquor.
Stephen Hunter l.ove of Salt I.ake !
City, prominent In the beef sugar in- I
dustry <>f Utah and a member <>f the!
food administration during the war. j
was in Washington for the sugar j
hearings before the finance committee
of the senate. Mr. I.ove has a great
gift for story telling, and i? particu
larly fond of Swedish stories, his imi
tation of the Scandinavian dialect be- J
lng well-nigh perfect.
It seems that recently n picturesque]
old Swede employed in one of the!
sugar mills thought to himself that'
he would not mind having a lit tie drink j
or two after a particularly hard day's j
work. So he hied himself to a boot
legger of his acquaintance.
"You got any that squirrel whisky.
YohnV" he asked.
"No, I haven't Sven." replied the
liquor merchant, "but I can give you
a little old crow. How 'bout that?"
Sven thought for a moment ; then he
shook his, head.
"Nay-da." he said. "Ay don't want
to My : Ay yusi want to hop a little." ?
Washington Post.
Unlucky Tom.
A real old-fashioned Yankee was tell
ing a friend of the ill luck experienced
by his son Thomas.
"Take the last case, as an example."
he said. "Just as soon as he went to
Boston to work, Tom fell in love. She
lived in one of the suburbs, and di
rectly Tom made tip his mind he liked
her, he went and bought a fifty-trip
ticket to her place and ? "
"Well, what happened?"
"What happened? Why. he was!
turned down at the second call and j
the ticket was left on his hands! I f |
i that isn't hard luck, please tell me \
what is!" ? Milwaukee Sentinel.
GET IT AT THE
Greenbrier Clothing
House,
R. P BELL, Manager
Where Quality is Higher than Price.
()
WHAT
"Everything for Men and Boys."
Blue Gi ass Milling Co., Lewisbuvg, W.Va
Dodge Q roth ers
announce
a substantia! reduction
in the prices of their cars
effective January l?t, 1922
Hutchinson Motor Sales Co.,
1 Phone No. 404. Ronceverte, W. Va.
Ecnee of Whales Possibly Ten Thou- j
ssnd Years Old Recently Un
earthed on English Farm.
The skeletons of two whales, dating j
hack, K^is supposed, 1U.0U0 to 1 'J.(KK) ,
year*. were founud by two workman j
on a farm ocar Peterborough. accord- I
ing t<> flu.- West minster Gazette. Some !
<>f the teeth and hones were submitted j
to J motor (jar rood of Alconbury hill, ;
Huntingdonshire, and )n>. in company j
with two zoological experts, visited j
tin* farm ami obtained all the hones, j
with the result that one of the whales i
has heen set tip.
j Tin- whales were lying side by side I
! tinder the peat, and just embedded in
! the clay. On the whole the bones are
j in go??d condition, and those that have
j been taken out carefully are scarcely
{broken. I'nf ort unately, the skulls are,
damaged. '
It is believed that many thousand
years ago these whales, and perhaps
others, swum up a creek when the
wash came further Inland, and got
caught at the top of a spring tide j
in a place where they were unable to
turn.
Another theory has heen advanced, j
though it Is ratlirr far-fetched. Stfine j
j years ago a prehistoric boat was i
j dug up in the same field, and the sug i
j gestion has been made that ihe crew |
! of the boat was hunting the whales i
I at (he particular period.
Transposing the Terms.
i A western jury had been called upon j
! to decide a dispute over the owner- |
| ship of some cattle which the defend- j
' ant hud been accused of stealing. I'
j soon became apparent to all that l,e i
| wr.s innocent, and the jury was ?ur
! but a few ininuies,
I "Judge," replied the foreman to tliel
I usual question from the court, "we I
| find the plaintiff guilty."'
' "This court is trying the defend- I
1 ant. not the plaintiff," interposed li.e j
i judge. There was u hasty consult#- !
tion in the jury box. at the close of
which the foreman roue again.
"Judge,"' he declared, "we find the
defendant not guilty. Howaomever.
judge, it 'pears like to us we heen try
i lug the w rong man."
Useful Fireplace.
At the Kvanslon (III.) hendqus rters j
of the Boy Scout?, a fireplace hns j
I been constructed for the study of g?- i
ologv and physiography, says Pop
ular Mechanics Magazine. At flip ba??'
are shown the different kinds of ma- ,
terlalv, in their relative positions,
that make up the strala of the earth, j
At tho top, many different specimens ,
, of ore are shown. Models of a I h k ?* '
! bed, and of a river bed. are hKo built j
into the fireplace, which is ornamental
as well as useful, atid it i? assorted j
that the fireplace i? the only one of its j
; kind !n the country.
FOUND MANY PEDAL DEFECTS
Investigators Discovered Bad Condi- i
tion of Affairs Among New
York School Children.
The board of health of Now York
city has recently made a special study
of I he feet of the children in one of
the public schools with a view to
obtaining some idea '>f the prevalence
of pedal defects among young boys
and girls.
The examinations, made by ortho- j
pedic surgeons, appeared to show that
such defects are much commoner than
has been supposed. The number of
children examined was HfiG. Seven per
cent of the boys and <5 per cent of
the girls were found to have deformed
toes. Six per cent of the boys and
13 per cent of the girls had "flat foot."
Forty-seven per cent of the boys and
74 per cent of the girls had "weak
feet." Ten per cent of the boys and
17 per cent of the girls had ingrow
ing toenails. The feet of 39 per cent
of the boys and -ft per cent of ti e j
girls revealed corns or other exerts- j
cences. Twenty-one per cent of t lie j
boys and *J per cent of the girls
walked with their toes turned in.
Most of these troubles were of a
eharaclcr admitting of correction and
cure, with proper treatment. If neg
leeted. said the surgeons, some of
them might ? ripple and impair the
efficiency ?>f 1 1 s ? ? ehihlrcn affected.
The surgeon* recommended that all
grow ing children be examined for
siieh defect-: and that those affected
be watched and treated, in order that
later in. life ihcy may he "footpound.
? I 'hi hi del phi a Ledger.
New York Imports of Germ.
The diamond-- and pearls entering
this port annually would be worth lit
erally about 30 cents to every person
in the ('lilted States. The value of
the cut and uncut gems entering lust
October was ?3,440.7 Id. in addition
to the reui thing Imitstion Reins to the
value of $4", 7-3 entered during the
same month.
Sixty Years a Qolf Player.
Deputy Surgeon General Cooper of
Norwood I'ark, England, who Is
ninety-three years obi, has been play
ing golf for more than 00 years. The
venerable medico, who Is still working
to correct a slice, played his first
round on the historic St. Andrews
course 'way ba' k in J8f>M. ? The Argo
i.aut.
Reform.
"When you entered politic* you an
nounced yourself as a reformer."
"I am still a reformer," protested
Senator Sorghum. "Hut I am obliged
to be discreet, owinx to differences of
opinion as to which particular style of
reform is entitled to precedence in
public attention.''
Ask Dad ? He Knows!
It was little Ethel's first visit to
the post exchange. Her father, a
i marine corps captain, had dropped in
to buy some necessary articles and
had taken along his five-year-old
daughter for company.
The businesslike private drew a
pencil from behind his ear, jotted
down the sum total of the captain's
purchases, wrapped up the articles
j In a parcel, gave the captain his
change, and proceeded to straighten
i up his temporarily disordered stock,
i Little Ethel watched the brisk move
i inents of the post exchange clerk with
the keenest interest, but said nothing
until her father was ready t?> leave.
Then she clutched at his coat sleeve j
and asked. Just loud enough for the J
embarrassed private to hear:
"Sav. daddy, i4-' lie a merchant ?'
marine?"- The Leatherneck.
Wheat History Was Made.
Among the ceremonies to celebrate \
Armistice day in France was the in- J
auguration of the first of the com
memorative boundary stones which 1
the Touring club of Frame is going to 1
place ut the points on all roads of!
France where they cross the lines of I
the battle front of 3bl8.
j These stones are in the form of a j
four-sided truncated pyramid with a
poilu's helmet, on fop, crowned with
laurels. On the side are grenades
i from which more laurels spring, ami
the principal side, facing the road,
bears the inscription, in French, "Here
the invader was driven back, 1918."
This first c?>?omeinorat i ve stone was!
Inaugurated at Chateau Thierry,
by a representative <<f the ministry i
of war. iti the presence of the mill- !
| tary attaches of all allied countries. j
Notorious Prison.
Belein prison, Mexico City, formerly
known n? one of the plague spots of
Mexico. h?s been renovated and made
Into n model house of detention b.v the
Mexican government. Schools for the
teaching of manual training and (he
rudiments of education pre math- i
tained for the women, and schools for
similar (raining for the men will be j
Installed shortly. Shower baths and
fountains have been installed and the
meals are wholesome and sufficient.
Heretofore. Beiem had been notori
ous for Its unhygienic condition and j
the worst fMe imaginable to be meted !
out to a criminal was a sentence to .
this prison.? Deorborn Independent.
Easily Settled.
"Last week Chollj was lu a dilem
ma ? In love with two girls."
"The matter was easily seitled."
"Khr
"Neither would have him." -Louis
ville CVuirier- Journal.
Love Is the highest motive, but faltk
I Is the greatest u.s?e: that love holds.
Ore/ Wis
Szmn&Olest
One ReasCfiTiWhy
Acrs On The Spot
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(Srci.im C\>!tl> ?rd La Crip^t tsnt bifnrc
ordinary t:?b!t'.?, I > itliu.1 t?\S, ?rt r.t
tbibiJ !?)' the ?tc.r.tch juice.'. Tn vote
thii, t-bjtil r>tl.fr tl-.ar. t. L. Q. lih'-'i to
ihr lejl, ir?(J cb'ffvt (bat -n nti-l iiutaaccs
ai hovir or rnor? ii r??4uiret! I r curr.litc
?: integration.
DeKunj C. f. Q. Tablf'.r. in r?') b(%
bearing ,'!r. Ki'I's ;>?.rtr: '* n il iijr.niiif e.
At AH fjwr.ii' t> ? .>'< (.( i. !.,
Time to Plant
and the boat varieties of vegetable
and field seeds to plant for each
purpose is told in the
1922 Catalog of
^OO08
SEEDS
Now ready to be mailed, free
011 request.
Rcduced prices rrc quoted on
Seat's, Poultry Supplier, and
Feeds, Oard'-n Tool5; and Spray
Malci ials.
Write for v- t- ' opy today.
T. \V. WOOD & SONS.
S< eels men,
17 S. IHh J;'.., Hi'hmond. V:i.

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