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Spanish Leather By HARRIET BRUNKHURST <tX by MiCluif Nf?>pki^r Syndicate I ii Dorothy was comfortably ensconced : Upon the cushioned chaise longue in j the great luxurious chumhe r as Signed tn her as u guest in the home Of !ier li;iu*.-*.?'s grandparents, the Alliens. "it is a wonderful home," mused Dorothy, ?ami tlioy are perfect dears, let there is something strange .iust tt little hit uncomfortable. 1 wonder Why 7" Dorothy was the prettiest and daintiest little Monde creature imagin uble, with a sunny smile and a temper 80 sweet that hrains were a w holl\ superfluous addition. "l'retty good top-piece." her brother eoneedeil. "Level headedness is not in the pie- j ture, hut you get used to it," said her father. So heing aeeust oiuod to u<ir>u her wits, Dorothy set them to discover! just why amid all the luxury and kindliness of her prospective relatives' home there was so singular an air of constraint. "Could It be that they are displeased because we came before the decorat ing was finished in the dining room?" J she puzzled. "No. it couldn't be that, lor they specifically asked us to come ! before they went South. Then what?" Suddenly she sat erect among the cushions. "Why," she exclaimed, "these old dears have not spoken to each other since we have been here ? two days!" Dorothy nodded her head solemnly. "No wonder there is a peculiar at mosphere; The old lovers quarreled Just bet ore we came and are dying for U6 to be gone so that they may make np. I'll find out if Ted has noticed, end we must get away at once." Her fiance, however, gave her a i queer little smile when she sounded Llm upon the subject. "Mother wins," he said lightly. "She said you would find It out within forty-eight hours. Dad and I bet that granddad and Nanna would fool you." "How? Why?" Dorothy came an near to a puzzled frown as was possi ble with her round, smooth brow. "It is the family skeleton," said Ted with an odd gravity. "Mother said you should be told, but I've heard you say you abhor quarrels, and I waB afraid you might not want a husband with such a record In his family." "I have an infallible remedy for bad temper ? never knew it to fail," smiled Dorot by. "Tell me." pleaded Ted. "Net I!" laughed Dorothy. "Espe cially with all this dark family history as yet a mystery. Tell me all about this family skeleton of yours." "Well first, mother said I might tell you that she will vouch for my temper nnd dad says he can vouch for moth er's." "Old goose!" scoffed Dorothy, ten derly. "That's approximately what mother paid you'd say." Tod returned, with a sigh of relief. "Well granddad and j Kunna quarreled thirty years ago and have not spoken to each other since. 3t was something about the redecora tion of the dining room. That is why It is unfinished." "How dreadfully uncomfortable for the poor dears," murmured Dorothy. "Oh, 1 don't knowl" said Ted. "They quarreled furiously all the first eight een years of their married life, while now they have lived in peace for thirty years." ? -? * / "Vou cynical hoy!" cliided Porotliy. "No, really," insisted Ted. "Dad and I have felt like that about it for a long time. Hut it worries mother, for she thinks it a disgrace. The truth is that she is banking upon you to fix things up." "How could IV" Dorothy looked Iter bewilderment. "Oh. little merry sunshine and all that ! l'.ut take my advice. Toots, and keep out of it. See nothing. I don't want to let you in for my squalls. If they made up they'd start quarrelins directly." "1 wonder?" mused Dorojhv. Hcfore 1 1 ml of the week Dorothy regretfully admitted her agreement with Ted. Th.? quarrel was dead and peace reigned. < Iraiuifat her was court lines*; itM'lf. grandmother always the daintily exquisite old lady. "They really do talk to each other, although it is through the butler or the cat. ami there isn't a trace of bit terness about their relationship,"' Dorothy said to her fiance. "I did not believe that 1 could become reconciled to a situation that seems so dreadful, hut 1 am." "Then write mother just how you feel about it." urged Ted. The following day turmoil seized the: household. Grandfather Alden was, suddenly stricken with illness, and' surgeons and nurses took posses sion. Grandmother, tense with anxiety, i talked of grandfather as might any wife. Dorothy, gripped with the pos- j nihility of a tragic outcome, found it; ditlicult to believe that grandmother' had not forgotten the quarrel. Hut the readiness of each of the old peo- j pie to talk in friendliest fashion of, the other was from the beginning one j of the most puzzling phases of the sit uation. Grandfather came through with Hy ing colors. It was then that grand n other revealed how severe was the. i*t rain. Never once in their HO yearn' es tri.ngcinent had ?-it li?*r ? f Oivui milted t ! :*? situation. liracdu. other l i < ').?? Iter reserv e. "NYxer i nc?' \\ lien 1 hmki' my arm j 1 ?!2<1 I lenry n*?k me how it was." sl.e ssiiii crisply. "lie will expect me to yield now that he is ili. 1 shall <lo nothing of t lit* kind.** Tin* nurse appeared in the doorway to announce that her patient was out of the ether and she would take any message they wished to send, assur ing thein they might see Mr. Alden In |he morning. "Mr^ Alden's compliments." said t Dorothy Sweetly, "and she hopes he | wll\ hnve a restful night." The ntirse looked somewhat bewil dered, hut a second glance must have assured her of the genuine anxiety behind the formal message. Her in terpretation remained forever ? mys t ery. In the morning she announced that Mr. Alden had asked to see his wife. "Is he dying?" faltered grandmother, waxed white. The nurse's negative was cordially reassuring and grandmother arose, tjikiiic Dorothy's arm. Once within the sick room door, however, grandmother went alone, and with living steps t ? ? the bedside, for grandfather was greeting her with a smile and murmured "Isabel l'resent ly the nurse ushered them out. j Said grandmother to Dorothy: "It | Is better to have it settled. Hut if I Ilenry had not made the tirst advance It never would have been. The quar rel was his making ? and his to mend." Said grandfather to Ted: "I never thought your grandmother would yield, but when she sent that message ? Well, it certainly touched me. Rut she started the quarrel, you know, my boy." Dorothy and Ted quietly compared notes and giggled gleefully. Six weeks later Ted's mother shnred the contents of two Interesting let ters. j Grandmother wrote: "It Is so many [ years since we planned the dining room that my plans are probably out | of date, anyhow. So I told your fa ther that I would give up the carved oak and Spanish leather I wanted in the dining room. However, he insist ed that I should have it, and the work is going forward." Grandfather wrote: "It i* so many years since we abandoned the plans for the dining room thfct your mother had actually forgott&i that It was I who insisted upon black oak and Span ish leather. I nearly made the blon der of reminding hct, Dut fortunately remembered In time that it might cause another quarrel. So I insisted that she should have her way ? and j incidentally got mine !" "How lovely!" cried Dorothy. "Here is a seeret between your dad, you two and me." said Ted's mother. "Black oak and Spanish leather was my suggestion as a compromise. Mother wanted Louis XIV and father would have nothing but mahogany!" DEFIED BRITISH SOCIAL LAW Aristocrat Shocked Londoner* When He Appeared in Public Smok ing a Cigar. Lord Clarendon was probably the tirst highly-placed Englishman to smoke cigarettes habitually; he ac quired a taste for them when ambas sador at Madrid in the thirties, and henceforth preferred that form of smoking to any other. "A tradition still lingers In Downing street." writes his biographer, Sir Herbert Maxwell, "how, Lord Clarendon was for | clgn minister, he used to sit down to i a batch of papers with a bundle of ! cigarettes beside him, which was usu ally finished before the papers." Still, Lord Clarendon, with all his I love of tobacco, never daunted his uevntion to it so boldly as his con temporary, the third duke of Suth erland, who, a< Lady l>orothy Nevill I relates, "one day boldly walked in I Hyde park with a cigar between his lips ? an unconventional net which created quite a sensation. In inld Victorian days to smoke in the streets was -bad. but to smoke in the park u;is u serious social crime, and the duke was the lirst gentleman to defy this unwritten social law." A Glorious Deed. lu .Mr. .T. \V. Robertson Scott's book. "The r>und;ition of Japan." we are told of a deed that deserves a place in some iroldeu treasury. 'The story is that peasant in a period ' f scarcity happened to be the possessor of the only unbroken bale of rice in his village, lie himself suf fered from lack of food, but, looking tt> the future, he resolved to sacrifice himself for others' good. He would not cook any of the rice because he saw that it would take away from the only store the village would have for sowing in the spring. "Eventually he was found dead of hunger in his cottage, his head resting upon the unopened bale of rice. Who shall say that he has not a place in the brightest hero-list of those who have laid down their lives for their friends?" Our Juvenile Jester*. "Pa. I'll bet you don't know why the earth is like n school slate." "I confess that I don't, my son ? why?"' "Hecause boys and *:lrls multiply up on it."- ? Hoston Transcript. No Time for Persiflage. "Is that Wombat on the phone?" "Ssh. John." "Tell the old rascal I say how's ids conduct." "Ssh. This is the minister, John." ? Louis\ iPe Courler-Journul. WATCH FOR DANGER SIGNAL Why One Should Pause for Reflection When Daily Task Becomes Eary of Accomplishment. Hits your work lnwine very easy? I??< you tin<l y??u could do It witli little effort? Has it ceased to impost' any strain or fatigue you? I ??? you no longer fool loss of vitality after a long sjK'll of it V Can you now do it "as easy as water roils off a duck's back?" If so, look out. L>o some stock-taking. Examine your output. Auulyze your attitude towards youi work. Ask yourself whether you are putting your whole self, your whole heart and soul Into your Job. Ponder whether you are exerting yourself to the utmost to produce the maximum results. No work should he easy If done with all one's might and main. Ev erv job should "take It out of a man" if he expends every ounce of his en ergy in doing it the very best way within his power. Work done with little effort is liable to yield little re sult. Every job ran be done excellent ly or indifferently. Excellence in <???< slt:.tos offort- -hard, sustained, cosweti trate?l effort. So. if you are sleeping over your job. instead of sweating over it, over haul yourself. ? Forbes Magazine. Why Helicopter Is of Little Value. While the ltrennun helicopter Is ex pected to revolutionize civil flying, a British artillery colonel opines it will not be of much benefit to armies in the event of war. According to the I>ondon Graphic, this officer says such a machine would prove an easy mark for a mod ern "archie" or aircraft gun. Its very stability proving its downfall. "It was difficult." lie declared, "to hit an ordinary airplane flying 10.(XH? feet high at the rate of TO.) miles an hour, but we did It. What about a station ary one?"' When it was pointed out to him that the new machine claimed -to be practically invisible at fi.OOO feet, the officer replied: "With modern devel opments in anti-aircraft artillery we could plaster the whole area with high-explosive shells, from the explo sion of which nothing could escape." Why Iceburgs Can't Be Measured. It is practically impossible to obtain the measurements of an Iceberg below and above water on account of its size; and, probably for that reason, the statistics given by different author ities vary considerably. The Encyclo paedia Britannica says, when describ ing Icebergs, that. "Only one-ninth of the mass of Ice Is seen above water," ? while In other works statements ure made that Icebergs float with about one-eighth of their volume above the surface of the water and seven-eighths below it. and that they tloat with only one-seventh or one-sixth of the Ice above the surface of the sea. Why He Enjoyed It. "How ran you wear a dreamy look when that Jazz orchestra Is maklnp such an Infernal racket?" "It carries me hack to my happy childhood," said the cabaret patron. "I was brought up in the shadow of a boiler factory." ? Hlrmingham Age Herald. Why He Was Good Match. "She's making a tine match." "That so? I understand the young man Is very wild in his ways." . "Wild. He is. Drinks a lot and does all manner of things lie shouldn't, but it's a good innteh. His folks have a lot of money." Just So. ?They talk about the fifth wheel tc a wagon being useless." "Well T' "Lots of automobiles carry a ftftfc wheel."* DE1C01I6HT &Iao?jrJci<y for ovoxy JTorm" For Small Town Garages. Deleo-Light is just the tiling for s in a 1 1 town garage?. ? Klectric light for illuminat ing the driveway and a sign * vcr the door. And Klectric lights for the interior and portable electric lights for repairing. Klectricity for charging storage batteries and inflating tires. Better Living Conditions' \V rite foi ( 'at aim'. J. CLARK BASER. Dealer, Rcnick, W. Va. it's "Methanol," Not "Maud." Tin' new <lcmical nnnu' f ? ? r wiwul alcohol is "methanol." mivs tin- .Toijr n:il < f Imlns! rial ami Knginceriiij; t'hemistry. j.nd. according t?> a r? -j ?? ?rt of tl.e committee <>n occupational dis eases of tin1 American Chemical soci ety. progress has heen made in adopt ing ils general use. ? Hie or two facetious chemists want ed to name wood alcohol or methyl alcohol "Maud." and stoutly advocated such nomenclature a few years ago. Whether this was because of its death-dealing kick, similar to that of Mr. Opper's comic mule of the same name, was not explained. More likely it was suggested by the fact that grain alcohol is scientifically i known as "ethyl" alcohol, which. It must he admitted, suggested a some- I what affected method of spelling h girl's name. 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