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ff of Jimmy Myers
WILUAM ALUin wniio i
Cssstlshi. im Vr-"
IT SEEMED a cruel thing to do,
oat we had to do It For ours la
ordinarily quiet oln. Wc have
nevar bad a libel auit. We have had
ftwer fights thun most newspaper of
; bave, and while It hardly may
tavsatd thnt we strive to please, atlll
fa fe mnln wp try to got on with the
neople, and Ml them aa murh truth
su they are entitled to for ten cents
,ek. Nalurally, we do our heat to
ceS up a sprightly paper, and in that
the Myers hoy had our Idt'u exactly.
3a- was inlurtrluK ; more tluui thul.
4t tried with all hla might to cxer
cUc hia beat Judgment, and no on
ei-tdd any that he wna careless: yei
everyone uroiiucl the ollice uilmiiteti
diut I io was uniii-k).
We took hlin from the coIlev i.l t.n
iHle of town. Ilu hud been running
col'rgo paper for a year, nf.il I.r.ev
tw iiierchntils around lown f:'.r.
url; iiiid, sinre he was eUlrriod u
tr an education went, he seemed lo In
likely sort of a hoy for reporter ami
tlv i-iiiMlig solicitor.
tine of the lin.i thii gs tl::il happened
ktttiiu as a miMiaUe I" mi ilei.i
Opera house, lie said t T j : i : :i : : r.
pirate had tnl;en a lien on It. Wivi
mevut was a lease, and u he .""
da: Item li'om a uiiiii who didn't know
the difleivn.-c, and as the hoy a! nek
li il Holt (lie In. in had K.iiii l.i-i, '
.it lease, v.e iLd not chuig:. liu i I"
Im. A Tort dii.s Inler he urnl.' r,ir a
town photographer a paid local eii:!
sislng some one who was go'n-: :ih-oyl
the eounly peddling picture frames
nil taking ordera for enlarged ple
ruics. Thai was not so had, I'.U ii
turned out that tho peddier va a
woman, and alio came wiih a rav. lii:!:
nd eninped In the ollice for two U.i.'
waiting for Jimmy, while he cmie !n
nd out of (he hek door, at nek M
ropy on the hook by stealth, and I rav
eled only ill the alleya In get his low.
Hue could hardly tay thai he v. a lo
blame for thai, cither, h.s tlit p:.o;i
ruphor who paid for the item ''';:'
any the peddler wus a v.-oinan, n:id fit
boy not a rliilrvoynet.
line dull day he wrote a piece idiom
.a gang who played poker at nlyoi in
Red Marlins room. Jiiiiui Mini li
wasn't afraid of Red Martin, and lie
wasn't. The item was popular can: j i
r,nd led to n raid on t!ic plate. v. Y.t !i
' l!i'loc-d our l"'t ade"tWor sit!iV4
in the game. To suppress his name
meant our shame before the town ; to
print it nieiint lii.s at our expense. It
can embarrassing, but it wusn't ex
actly the boy's Ian:;. li wax Just
ene of those unfortunate circumstances
that come up in life. llo.vever. the
.advertiser aforesaid began to hate the
' oy.
lie must nave been used to injustice
II lii.s life, lor there was a veitkul
'line between his eyes that marked
'.trouble. The line deepened us he went
'further and further Into Hie newspaper
fculnoss; for, generally speaking, a per
son who Is unlucky ban less to fear
jaendltng dynamite than be has writ
ang local ileum on a couutry paper.
' A few. days after I lie raid on the
4okor room Jimmy, who hud acquired
particularly legible hand, wrote:
The hem of her skirt was trimmed
with pink crushed roses," and he was
to no way to blame for the fact that
the primer accidentally put an "h" for
"k" In skirt, though the woman'a
Husband chased Jimmy into a culvert
ntler Main street and kept him there
priest of the afternoon, while the cheer
ing crowd Informed the Injured hus
band whenever Jimmy tried to get out
f either end of hla prison.
The printer that made the mistuke
ought Jimmy a new auit of clothes,
we managed to print an apology that
noled the husband's wrath, und fur
en day, or perhaps two weeks, the
toy's life waa one round of joy.
, Everything wus done promptly, arcu
; irately and with remarkable Intelli
l fence. He whistled at hla work and
j stacked up more copy than the priut
i could set up in Ijpe.
lie told us In confidence that he
I never felt festive und guy that Nome
i thing didn't hnppru. He was not In
Jne building licit evening when the
(aH'r went to press, but after It waa
(printed anil the carriers had left the
i trice he cuiue in singing: "She's My
; faeetheiirt, I'm Her Heuii," and aut
;Vwn to read the paper.
Suddenly the smile on his fare with
ered aa with frost, and he handed the
aaper across the table to the bonk
'weeper, who read this Item :
I'ieu Mrs. Lillian (Silsey.
I'repare for the hot weather, my
good woman. There U only one way
aoiv; get a gasoline stove of Hurley
A 'o.. and you need not fear any fu
ture heat.
And It wasn't Jimmy's fault. The
lorviuaii bail merely misplaced a head
tine, but that explanation did not vat
afy the bereaved family.
Jimmy wus beginning to acquire a
fepututlou aa Joker. 1'eople refund
lo believe Unit auch things Just Imp
elled.. They did not happen before
i air. Jainea My era rame to the paper
why ahould they begin with hla roue
tag and continue during hla engage
ments Ttiua reasoned the comforters
f the Ollueya, and those lutereated
hi our downfull. The next day the
"Stateaiiian" wrote a burning editorial
(renouncing ua "for an utter lack of
fall sense of rominoa deceory" that
ftrndited ua "te violate the sacreceat
feeling knows lo the human heart for
the mike of getting ribald laugh
from the unthinking." We were two
weeks explaining that the error; waa
not the boy'a fault.
The summer wore away and the dog
daya Came. The Democratic atate
campaign waa about to open In our
town, and orators and atatesmen as
sembled from all over the Missouri
valley. There wna a lack of flags at
the dry goods store. The Fourth of
July celebration had taken all the
stock. The only materials available
were some red hunting, aome white
bunting, and some blue hunting with
stars upon It. Willi tills bunting the
committee on reception covered the
speakers' stund, wrapping the cunopy
untler which l he orators etood In the
solid colors and the star-spangled blue.
It waa beautiful to see, and the pride
of the window-dresser of the flolden
Kngle Clothing store. But the old sol
diers who wulked by nudged ue an
other and smiled.
About noon of the day of the speak
ing the city clerk, who wore the little
hronr.e button of the O. A. K., asked
Jimmy If he didn't want someone to
take care of the Pemorrntlc meeting.
Jimmy, who hated politics, was run
ning Ida legs olt to get the names of
the visitors, and was glad to have the
help. He turned in the contributed
copy without reading It, ns be bad
done with the city clerk'a articles
many times before, and this Is what
greeted his horrified eyes when he
read the paper:
"Under the Stars and r.ars"
Democracy Opens Its Stale Campaign
Under the Rebel Krublem Today
A Fitting Token
Treasonable Utterances Have n Proper
And then followed half a column of
most violent abuse of the lieinocrals
who had charge of the alTulr. Jimmy
did not appear on the street Unit
night, but the next morning, when he
came down, the office was crowded
with Indignant Kemocrats "stopping
the paper."
Jimmy had a peculiar knack of get
ting up little stories of the town not
exuetly news stories, but little odd bits
that mnrte people smile without rancor
when they saw their names In the
quaintly turned Items. One day he
wrote up a story of a little boy whose
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The Woman'a Husband Chased Jimmy
mother asked him where be got a dol
lar that he wus flourishing on bis
return with his father from u visit In
Kansas City. The little boy's answer
was that bis father gave It to him
for calling him uncle when any ladles
were around. Il wus merrily s;iun, anil
knowing that it would not make John
Luck, the boy's father, mad, we print
ed It, und Jimmy put at the heud of It
a foolish little verse of Kipling's. Miss
I.nrrabee, at the bottom of her society
column, announced the engagement
of two prominent young people In
town. The Saturday paper waa un
usually readable, lint when Jimmy
came In aficr the paper wus out he
found Miss I.iirrnhee lu leurs, und the
foremnn leaning over the counter laugh
ing so (hut he couldn't speak. It
wasn't Jimmy's fault. . The foreman
hud done It by the mere transposition
of a little brass rule separating the
society news from Jimmy's story with
the Kipling verse ut the heud of It.
The rule tacked the Kipling verse onto
Miss l.arrabee's article announcing the
engagement. Here Is the way It read :
"This marriage, which will take
place at St. Andrew's church, will
unite two of the most popular people
In town and two of the best-known
futilities In the state.
"And this la the sorrowful story
loii as tne iwiiigni lulls.
Idle the monkeys are wulklng to
gether. Holding each other's tails!"
Now, Jimmy was no more to blame
than Miss l.arrahee, and iiiuuy people
thought, und think to this day, that
Miss Larrahee did it und did It on
purpose. But 'for all thut It cast
clouds over the moon of Jimmy's coun
tenance, and It waa nearly a yeur be
fore he regulned hla merry heart. '
But as the mouths rolled by be be
came culm, und when (iovernor Antro
bus died, Jimmy got up a remarkably
good alory of his life and achievements,
and though there was no family left
to the dear old man to buy extra
copies, all tlie old settlers who are
the hardest people In the world to
please bought extra coplea for their
ecrapbooka. We were proud of Jimmy,
and assigned him to write up the fa
' neral. That waa to be a "day of tri
umph In Cnpna." There being no rela
tives to Interfere, the lodges of the
town and the governor was known aa
a "Jlner" had vied with one another
to make the funeral the greatest
rooster-feather show- ever given In the
atate. The whole town turned out,
and the foreman of our office, and
'everyone In the back room who could
be spared was at the governor'a fu
ncral. We put a tramp printer on to
make tip the paper, and told Jimmy to
call .by the undertaker for a paid
local which the undertaker had writ
ten for the paper that day.
' Jimmy's face waa beaming as be
snuggled up to hla desk at three o'clock
that afternoon. He said he had a
great story. Trusting the foremnn to
read the proof, Jimmy rushed out to
get from a United Stotes senator who
was attending the funeral an Interview
on the augur scandal, for the Kansas
City Star.
The rest of us did not get back from
the cemetery until the carriers hud
left the office, and tbla la what we
found :
"The solemn moan of the organ hail
scarcely died awny, like a quivering
sob upon the fragrant air, when the
mournful procession of citizens began
filing pnst the flower-laden bier to view
the calm face of their beloved friend
and honored townsman. In the grief
stricken hush that followed might be
heard the stifled grief of some old com
rade ns he paused for the lust time be
fore the coffin. '
"At this particular time we desire
t) call the attention of our renders
to the admirable work done by our
hustling young undertaker, J. P.. Mor
gan. He has been In the city but a
short time, yet by his efficient work
and careful attention to duty, he bus
built up an enviable reputation and
an excellent custom among the best
families of the city. All work done
with neatness and dispatch. We strive
to please.
"When the last sad mourner had
filed out, the pall-benrers took up
their sorrowful tusk, and slowly, as
the bund played the 'Dead March In
Saul the great throng assembled In
the street viewed the mortal remains
Into a Culvert Under Main Street
of Governor Antrohua start on their
lust Journey."
Of course It wnsn't Jimmy's fault.
The "rising young undertaker" had
paid the tramp printer, who made up
the forms, Ave dollars to work Ids paid'
1 cal Into the funeral notice. But after
that Jimmy had to go. Public senti
ment would no longer stand him aa a
reporter on the puier, and we gave
hi in u good letter and aent him onward
und upward. He took hla dismissal
decently enough. He realized that his
luck was against him; he knew that
we bud bome with hlin In all patience.
The day that he left he was Instruct
ing the new man In the ways of the
town. Iter. Frank Mllligau came In
with a church notice. Jimmy took the
notice and begun marking It for the
printer. As the door behind htm
oiieneil i.nd closed, Jimmy, with bU
heud still In bis work, called across the
loom to the new inuii : "That us old
Mllllsan that Just went out beware
of lil in. He will load you up with
tiurk about himself. He rings In
sermons; trots uround with church so
cial notices that ought to be puld for,
and tries to get them In free; likes to
he referred to as doctor; slips lu mean
Items uboiit his congregation, ,lf you
dor'r Mteli lain; and Insists on tulk-ir.--
r. -a .Sal unlay morning when
you are loo busy to spit. More thun
that, he' has an awful breath cut hiiu
out ; he will make life a burden If you
il' il'l-and if you do be will gu to
tin: i: I iiKifi v.iih It, und any you are
not tr:.-:'!-j hint right." '
7:.'T.' was a rutlllug und a acrutcb-I'-;:
mi tie wire partition between
.1 f 1 1 1 1 end the iloor. Jimmy looked
up from Ida work and saw the spright
ly i . 1 1 1 nu.i.-e of Parson Mllllgan coin
ing oicr ilie luiUng like a inoukey. He
i.c; otic out of the door a print
c:a l.i.J cna:j la when It opened and
.-V ;. A I then Jimmy took bis last
H-lr. t 'r'ii out of the buck door of the
oMh e, I'mvs the alley, "toward the sun
m i piiiiile rim." It was not tola
laiill lie was ouly talllug the truth
aWh'I'u It would do tue most food.
Job Printing:
In Fact Most Anything in the Line of Stationery, Paper or
One-Color Printing
From a Pill Box Label to a Barn Door Poster.
Write. Telephone or Call
IS, IDii. by McClure Newspaper Syndicate.) j
In spite of the fact that Hugh !
Wharton was what the hoys culled a 1
regular fellow, In hud developed an ;
art In which lie hud become uhsorhed
nuiuely, the art of desigulng und
executing the moat beuullful of old-
fashioned hooked ruga. '
Au architect by profession, be had
felt u creative urge thut took hlin
out of the practical field of lita work
and had led him first Into designs of
fantastic colors for mural decorations
lu some of the more artistic buildings
which he hud designed. Then, remem
bering that art of his grandmother,
lie hud decided to make a frame and
u design on canvas und try hla luck
with a rug.
"1 can do It evenings when I am
too tired to read, fellows," he ex
plained when the boys with whom he
lived chided him for bis feminine task.
"I guess I'll take to tuttln'," chaffed
"And I to knittlu'," added another.
lint Hugh wus hot to be put from his
purpose. He soou hud the big frame
constructed nnd had rolled the can
vas ut the end and drawn the design
"Don't forget the forget-me-nots,"
sung out the boys aa they watched
him hook In and out of the pattern.
"You'll be Jolly glad to have It In
the room whuu It Is done," he said,
"Where do you get all the rugsT"
asked Bob Taylor.
"Oil, here and there from the
girls," admitted Hugh.
"Whose red sport coat Is that In
the center roue?" asked Tom.
"Remember Helen Moore 1"
The three men recoiled at once the
gay red golf coat of the girl who bud
married one of their frleuds and gone
"When you are old and cranky and
sit lu reverie with your pipe, you
can thluk of ull the girls who con
tributed a bit of their Query to your
rug, eh, Hugh?"
Hugh nodded. He was hooking bits
of soft blue woolly muterlul Into the
design of a cluster of cornflowers.
His fuce bad taken on a reminiscent
"I wouldu't cry over It, Hugh, old
boy," began Bob.
Hugh forced a smile. '
' "What's the Ideal Whose soft blue
la that you are moping overt"
The artist did uot apeak for a mo
ment. "Florence Miltou's mother gave me
this muterlul. It was In a suit of
Florence's years ago when I first met
her," he said at last
"Oh, and that remluds me, I saw
her yesterday."
Hugh was startled. "Saw Florence
Mlltout Wheret"
"Here In town, of courae. Dldu't
think I'd been to Europe, did your'
"But I thought she wasn't coming
home for another year," persisted
Hugh, resuming his work. v
Bob Taylor smiled. He recalled the
fact that Hugh and Florence bad once
beennweetheurt before Florence bad
gone off tw. Itnjy o stud;- aeulyture
" Thut night Hugh dJd not work with
any other color but the blue.
The next day he called up Mrs. Mil
ton. Ostensibly; he called her to tell
her how well the blue wus working
Into the rug. Iteully, he wanted to
find out the truth about Florence.
"Why don't you bring It over to
show me, Hugh?" asked Mrs. Milton.
"I well, 1 could, at that," he suid,
guiltily. "I'll put It In the cur and
bring It nround tonight."
"I used to make them myself yenrs
ngo. My grandmother taught me to
hook rugs out of all the old ties und
silks und make wonderful tilings. I'd
love to see yours."
But she did not say a word about
Florence. Hugh bad a suspicion that
Bob had been chaffing him.
When the door at the Milton home
was thrown open that night the first
glimpse of the Inside that caught his
eye was Florence, herself, standing
there to greet him.
"What " she began.
"Oh, It's a rug I've been hooking
and your mother wanted to see It,"
he explained. '
And then he took both her hands
and looked Into her eyes to search for
something that she hud told him waa
not within her.
"Florence la It there yet? Have
yon found out that you care? Is
Is thut why you came buck?"
Florence nodded, while tears filled
her eyes.
Together they went Into the great
living-room where Mrs. Milton sat by
the fire. Hugh allowed her the rug
and she detected the blue of Florence's
auit. ,
"See, dear," she said to her daugh
ter, "I gave this woolly goods to Hugh
for his cornflower blue. Isu't It pret
ty?" "Pretty Isn't the word," corrected
Hugh. "It la wonderful. And Into
the cornflower I have woven all the
dreams of the past few years. I may
havo a memory?" i
. "You have more thnn a memory
Hugh," said Florence, going over to
hlin nnd putting her hand In hla.
Mrs. Milton discreetly studied the
pattern of the rug and reculled some
memories of her own romance.
Effect ef Daylight en Plants.
Investigation of length of daylight
on plant life condjeted by the United
States Bureau of Plunt Industry In
dicates the Importance of this factor
In Its development. Formation of
bulbs Is Induced by excessively long
days, while formation of tubers com
monly results from excessively short
days. This deposit lou of carbohydrate
In relatively condensed or dehydrated
form as a result of au unfavorable
-light period indicates murked loss of
power to ulllUe the product of photo
synthesis In elongating the stein or In
develoiiing flower and fruit, a condi
tion well exemplified In the stemleas
or leaf-rosette form of foliage devel
opment. The opposite change toward
tbe optimal day leugth or stem-elongation
may rescue typical annual
plants from Impending death and ef
fect more or less complete rejuvenes-
Uncertain Business.
"Tbe maid he admires is a telephone
girt aud lie's a regular caller oa her."
"Well, be'U be lucky If be ever gets
Chance to' Profit
RafTerty, of the Old Sod, and Mac
Pherson, a Scot, were miners to
gether. One day Rafferty accidental-jK
ly emptied his pipe on a keg of pow
der and when he came down It was
on the installment plan. Mac's grief
was geuuine, but finally he dried his
tears and went off to notify Mrs.v
"Is this the Widow Rafferty?" he
asked when a woman appeared at the
i door.
j " 'Tis Mrs. Raffrety I am, but no
Widow Rafferty, she snapped.
A businesslike gleam came Into '
MacPherson's eye.
"An' how much will ye bot?" he
demanded. American Legion Week-
Are always the moat enthusiastic
concerning the excellence of our
We bave one of the most efficient '
in the country. Furs transformed in- V."
to the mode very quickly. Men's and
women's- garments altered in any
way desired.
We dye fur skins and remodel ,
them in any way,
We tailor make men's or ladles'
suits, f 50.00 up. Latest styles.. We
pay f 2.50 railroud fare on every cus
tom made suit ordered from ns.
Send goods parcel post. We have
no agents.
028-027 Walnut Street
Cincinnati, Ohio.
The F. B. Renfrow farm located
one and one-half miles west of
Neafu8, Ky., on Cunevillo and Crom
well roadv S , miles from R. R. sta-
itlon consisting of 125 acres. 100
acrea In grasses and clovers, balance
in young timber.- None in cultivation
' this year. 8 room house, three
jbarna, granary and poultry bouses,
all fenced and cross fenced, fine
water and lots of It. Good, land and
a money maker. See Bank of Caney
',ville, Caneyvtlle, Ky or J. W. REN
FROW, Neafus, Ky., or write. T. B.
RENFROW, Canon City, Colo.
Dr. Fred C Schroder, ;
Bank Building
Tuesdays .Thursdays Saturdays. '
S a. sa. To y. m.

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