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1 Er it-, &-K &« &. S4« 7 & 'm |jriria^v'7-r^/^fl^f^r^''- TJ S& & v' Everything Save Absolute Proof Points to Freeport Man as William Rockefeller AGENT SAYS 80NS VISITED HIM Widow Refuses to Discuss Identity of Man Known as William Levingston —Pictures of Levingston Are Those •f William Rockefeller Widow is In Poor Circumstance!. ^Chicago, Feb. 4.—"Dr. Levingston is dead. There is no need for resurrect ing his (memory. Let his sleep be peaceful. If any information regard ing Mr. Rockefeller, Sr., Js to be given «Jut let It came from the Rockefellers. will remain a true Avoma.n the few remaining years of my life, I refuse to either confirm or deny." With these words Mrs. Margaret Al ien Levingston, widow of William Av ery Rockefeller, father of all D. Rockefeller, tlie world's richest man, answered inquiries regarding her kite Ausband. That Or. William Leving ston, who di^d in Freeport, in 190G, •was In reality William A. Rockefeller, •has been indicated by many facts, small In themselves, but assuming im portance when massed together. The greatest of these is his .widows one refusal to deny that her husband was William Rockefeller. Since investigation was first directed this way by an article in McClure's Magazine, containing a photograph of William A. Rockefeller, link after link Jias been dug up, the last in the chain the discovery that a ranch at Park River, N. D., which Levingston farm ed for twenty years, was held by him tin the na.me of William Avery Rocke feller, arid that under tills name ho deeded the land to Plerson W. Briggs, •who is known to have- married a daughter of Wdlliam Avery Rocke feller, of Cleveland. These facts are shown by the official records of Walsh county, ax Grafton, the county seat. In the parlor of the Levingston home In Freeport, which is a modest two etory structure, handsomely and com fortably proportioned, hangs am en larged picture of'William Rockefeller, or .Dr. trevingston, as he calls him self, which is made from identically tho same photograph whioh Miss Tarbell secured from Rockefeller's sons. When S^T4- the two pictures are held side by side *$£ it can b'S readily seen that they are J&Y, from th«( safme negative, altho Mrs. Levigstoii professes to see no similar ity. For years all photographs of the old man have been studiously sup pressed. That John D. Rockefeller spent a night in Freeport and out of his pri vate car Is vouched1 for by Agent J. B. Sweat, of the Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul railroad. A night visitor, stylinr himself the keeper of Dr. Liv ingston's ranch, Is given a description by a nurse that exactly fits Frank Rockefeller. Visits from the sons of Rockefeller are understood to have been made to Dr. Levingston, but regarding all these Mrs. Levingston avers that "if any member of the Rockefeller family ever came into this house I don't know it." William Levingston sold his quarter section of land near Park River, N. D., to BriggiS, director of the Standard Oil Company, a number of years ago, and it was .-subsequently transferred to William Rockefeller. When Leving ston was on his death bed his family, which included his wife, his wife's niece, Miss Margaret Lossing, and a maid, hardly knew where the next meal was coming from. Too proud to ask aid of John D. Rockefeller or any other member of the family, Mrs. Levingston Is living with the strictest economy, according to some of her intimate friends, while oth ers state she has plenty. She owns the homestead, which was purchased in 1872 by William Levingston, and trans ferred to her a number of years later and pays taxes on $6,000 worth of mortgages. When old Rockefeller transferred his Quarter section in North Dakota to his son-in-law* he did so without his wife's name being signed to the deed, and described himself in the document as a widower. That was after the death of Mrs. Davison Rockefeller, mother of Johh D. Rockefeller, and While he was still living with Mrs. Al len Levingston Rockefeller. It is pos sible that Mrs. Levingston, whose at tention has recently been drawn to that fact, will endeavor to have the transfer declared illegal, as it is as aerted that she was a lawful wife at the time. She expressed herself, hdw ever, as very much against such a line of action. 1 TO BUCK SUGAR TRUST, Texas Going in Cane Growing and Refining on Extensive Scale. San Antonio, Texas, Feb. 4.—Texas is preparing to buck the sugar trust by going into the growing of sugar cane and refining of sugar on a large scale. The penitentiary board has rec ifC ommended and the governor has ap proved a plan to purchase two of the ':i largest sugar plantations in this state. These consist of the Cunningham plantation, known as Sugarland, and the Riddick Plantation, both in Port Bend county. When this deal is con summated the state of Texas will, be the largest single sugar producer in the southwest. l"his proposed action grows 'Out of the fact that since slavery was abol ished, the cane sugar Industry has been largely carried on by convict labor by means of a system of leases. This sys tem has long been a sore spot in Tex as, and persistent rumors have gone up and down the state about the treat ment of the convicts so leased. Under the new arrangement the handling of the convict labor will be done directly by the state, and its regulation will be entirely under control of the state legislature. The Sugarland plantation Is one of the finest of the kind in the south. It consists of 15,000 acres, of 'which 12, #00 are under cultivation. 1 oiglit tliousiind are in sugar and the remainder in corn, cntlon ami fodder crops. Some tliirtien or fourteen hundred acres arc under Irrigation from the l-irazos rlvir. Oddity in the News Alarm Clock Feeds Horses. Alton, 111.—When George Miller, a local coal dealer, gets up in the morn ing his horses have been fed and are ready to work, tho not by the hand of man. It is all done by a device of his own invention, and is the talk of the town among men who like to take forty more winks these cold morn ings. An a'larm clock feeds Miller's horses. He hasi connected the timepiece with olectric wires in such a manner tli^t at staled hours hay, corn or oats are poured into the troughs and a sup ply of water is turned on to iuench the thirst of the animals. Girl Nabs Mate on Poor Farm. Aurora, Mo.—Perhaps the most unique leap year marriage recorded is that of Miss Johanna Thieme. of How ell county, who found her affinity at the poor t'arifl near West l'laine. and twenty-five minutes after she met him they were man and wife. Young William Mitchell, temporar ily embarrassed financially, had sought the refuge of the county charity in stitution. Miss Thieme visited the farm and at 6:45 p. m. met him. At 6:53 she proposed to him. At 7: 1 the Rev. I). I... Sottleineyer performed the ceremony. Mrs. Mitchell is the owner of a tine farm. Last Kiss in Coffin Saves Life. Aspen, Col.—Just before the coffin lid was to be fastened the mother of John Classic, ged IS. pressed the last kiss on his brow and saw a faint twitch of Ills eyelids. She creamed for help. Physicians soon restored him to consciousness and are hope ful of a complete restoration to health. Odd Charges in Gem Swindle. Paris.—Henri Lemoine. charged with obtaining money from Sir Julius Charles Wernher In an alleged diamond swindle vesterd'iy, swore in court that the diamonds exhibited by Wernher as having been sold to him were substi tutes and not those that Lemoine had manufactured. Lemoine announced that he would prosecute Wernher in the English courts for swindling. $20,000 for Being Soldier. New York.—"You've the proper spirit my lad, and J" 11 show you how I admire a youth who jumps to 'the de fense of his country when she needs •him," said Charles Stephens of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, as he bade his nephew, Stephen H. Oarroll of Jersey lty, farewell when he went south with the outbreak of the Young Carroll took 'the first train west to claim 'his fortune. Telephone Girls Wed Quickly. Wenatchee, Wash. ''Wanted—The name and location of some old maids' home." This advertisement has not yet ap peared in the newspapers, but it soon will, if the directors of the Farmers' Telephone system here do not find enough girls to operate the lines. The company has been having trou ble getting girls and keeping them for over two years. Most of the people iu this vicinity are newcomers, and girls of the right age are scarce. In two years thirty-one girls brought to Wenatchee have left the company, after staying from three weeks to four months, all of them getting married. The inducement to become the wives of ranch owners was too great. Then .the company offered a prize to all who would stay a year. A dozen girls started in 'the race, and one was left at the end of a year. She got her prize and then resigned to get mar ried. Now- .the managers suggest that the company find an old maids' home and make a raid on it. They want to run a telephone line and not a matrimon ial bureau. Obscenity in the Pulpit. 'Cartersville, Ga, The Rev. Walt Hoilcombe of the Sam Jones Taber nacle church, was indicted by the grand jury on a charge of using ob scene language in the presence of women, speaking from the pulpit. A number of women attended a meeting for men only, and Holcombe •asked the women to leave before 'the sermon began. Owing to the ra.in the women were slow in leaving and Hol combe, it is alleged, began to shame them for wanting to hear the "men only" talk. Married an Even Century. Budapest.—So notable was the cel ebration by Jan Szathmani and liis wife Marie of the one hundredth an niversary of their wedding day. in the village of Isoubolgi, that the Emperor Francis Joseph sent them a telegram of congratulation and asked to be sup plied with details of their life. They are respectively 120 and llfi years of age. and they have 712 living descendants. Altho almost blind, they retain their other faculties. It is one of their boasts that they never have left the village where they were born. By Its- Works. New Reporter (handing in his copy) —"There seems to be something the matter with that typewriting machine." City Editor (reading the manuscript) —"Yes it seems to need some other man to operate it." Simple Remedy for La Grippe. La grippe coughs are dangerous as they frequently develop into pneumon ia. Foley's Honey and Tar not only stops the cough but heals and strength ens the lungs so that no serious re sults need be feared.' The genuine Foley's Honey and Tar contains no harmful drugs and is in a yellow pack age. Refuse substitutes. McBrlde & Some six or Will Drug Co. *7 '*. Spanish-American war. That was many years ago, and young Carroll, who is now a clerk in the county clerk's office, had almost forgotten the words of his wealthy rel ative. He was recently married and received a valuable present from his uncle. Today a letter readied him from Cedar Rapids, saying that Ills uncle, had died and bequeathed him $i!0.000. The will read: "To my nephew, who gallantly rush ed to the defense of his country at her call, I leave $20,000." & Intimate Character Study of Man Who lias Twite Led Democratic Tarty BRYAN NOT A SIDESTEPPER Has Long Been in Public Life—First Gained Distinction as an Orator—Be came a Congressman at Age of 30— "Delight of the Chautauquas," The Orator of Lincoln. By JAMES A. EDGISRTON. IFStates William Jennings Bryan never becomes pmsideut of the United it will not be due to lack of perseverance. He is surely the most persevering presidential candi date that ever came down the political pike. It Is uot related of him that, like Robert Bruce, he got his "If at first you don't succeed try, try agalu" ideas from watching a spider. Mr. Bryan needs no such extraneous helps. He has a wellspriug of persistence within hliu as big as a mountain freshet iu Juue. He believes the American people want him for chief magistrate, anil If they don't get him It will uot be through lack of opportunity. Mere defeats will never prevent him from giving the de luded voters still another chauee to retrieve their past mistakes and de part from the error of their ways. It will uot be his fault if they still re fuse to be saved from their political sins. It has been reported from various points at which the Nebraskan has re cently spoken that he believes not only that he will be renominated this year, but that he will be elected. At Dan ville, III., he stated this conviction In substance and gave it out that his op ponent would be your Uncle Joe Can non. who walks the streets of Dan ville when he is not treadihg on the necks of prostrate congressmen. If tlie r"? F' MR. AND MRS. W. prediction proves true," ttiis la'n3 of tlie free aud home of the trusts Is In for the most spectacular, oratorical aud gosticulatory campaign iu the history of the world. Mr. Bryan has accused President Roosevelt of stealing his clothes, but he would have no complaint of that 6ort to make of Speaker Cannou it that gentleman happens to uncle his way into the Republican nomination. The sage of Danville would be so busy trying to get his opponent's scalp that he would have no time to bother about the Bryan wardrobe. Speaking of the theft of the Commoner's garments, It may explain one thing. The celebrated alpaca coat in which the "cross of gold" speech was made, and which con stituted the most notable part of the Nebraskau's armor during "the first battle," has uot been seen for many years. Was that also made away with during the president's sartorial raid? Tom Watson says that even if Bry an's political duds were stolen it Is but a case of the biter bitten, as the peerless had already purloined them from the Populists. Watson, however, has a habit of rubbing salt into the wounds of his former comrade in arms. A Result of His Tour. Since his tour around the world Wil liam J. Bryan Is one of the four most celebrated Americans, the other three being Theodore Iioosevelt, Mark Twain and John D. Rockefeller. Roosevelt Is famous for what he does. Twain for what he says, Rockefeller for what he has and Bryan for what he tried to get and didn't. The country only wishes that the Nebraskan's title to distinction also applied to John D. but, so far as known, the oil king never at tempted to get anything and failed, ex cept hair. Rockefeller may find .it dif ficult to count his dollars, but he has no such trouble in numbering tie hairs on his head. This of course applies to hairs made by nature and not by the wigmaker. There are 7,000,000 or 8,000,000 American voters who would like to see Mr. Bryau president and who will never say die. These are fond of quoting au old aud familiar motto, fondly known of all boys, which runs to the effect that "the third time is the charm." His^enemies regard this as the merest •SL.-lrstition and unfeeling ly respond with an adage equally cele brated, derived from the American game, "three strikes and out" A«ide from all badinage, William J. -jSj 4^*1 ,!f_ •*,'r „, qmUIinui J. BRYAN. ft Tiinc2-vlcnuliltcatt ^HarshaliLixcv, fauro, rtliruutjj 4 I'JOj Ilryan of Nebraska, not of Florida, has about the most charmlug person ality of any public man In America. Maguetlc, witty, transparently sin cere, without a grain of malice In his makeup, unpretentious ami democrat ic, uever giving way to anger and withal absolutely clean In his private and public life, he Is as a man an honor .to ttjit Americanism of which he Is so typical a product. One of th: most admirable things about blrn Is that he meets defeat without bitter ness and bearH abuse without resent ment. It Is the same quality in him that makes him so thoroughly enjoy a JoUe at Ills own expense. This Bryan the man apart from tha politician -enjoys the esteem of all Americans. Even when they abuse his policies or ridicule his "paramount" Issues they yet feel a certain secret pride In his genius and his character. 1 Fortunately mere party lines mean less and less In this country aud man hood means more and more. Bryan has manhood, and of a high type at that, a fact which all other real men are ready cheerfully to affirm. Wheth-. er he Is ever president or not, he has won a place In the world's heart. Aft er ail, that may be a better and more enduring title to fame than the holding of any office whatsoever. The Orator of Lincoln. Bryan's enemies—and they are al most, wholly political, not personal—' charge that he Is superficial that he talks too much that he runs for office too often. They alliteratlvely al lude to him as the peerless, the peri patetic and the perennial. But they never have said that he lacks slncer lty, candor or honesty. They assert h» is failure at everything he ever un dertook, but he certainly is not a fail ure In gaining the affectionate regards of millions of his own countrymen aud other millions the world around. Meas ured merely by the world's standards of winning place or dollars, most phi-1 losophers and orators—and all poets— have been failures. Yet tbey shaped the thoughts aud gladdened the hearts of the uges. LTyau tuny not quite measure up to the school of the penni less Immortals, for oue thing because he is far from being penniless himself, yet he has some of the qualities that wear well with the. future. Liberty. democracy, righteousness, are waxing, not waning, and Bryan has never fail-1 efl to strike these chords. Peace aud brotherhood are very endurable senti ments, and he has lost no opportunity to extol both. The doctrines of the gentle Nazareue are about the most permanent things in this world, and the Nebraskan's voice has never been silent in their pc&lse. The "man abov« the dollar1' slogan Is bound to grow more popular as the world becomes more humanitarian, and the orator of Lincoln has seldom neglected to lift his voice In that behalf. Not a Sidestepper. There is little heard any more of Bryan being a demagogue. Ameri cans are fair minded, and they have seen that charge to be untrue. To this people truth Is more than fac tional difference, a square deal is high er than partlsanism. Selfishness ever charges altruism with being a dema gogue. It merely measures a senti ment it does not understand by one that it does. It is hard to convince a grafter that there Is such a thing as disinterested public spirit. There are even corrupHonists who say that every man has his price. They are llbelers of humanity. Every man has not his price, at least in the goods that buy the people who make this lying charge. The fellows who indulge in such cheap cynicism should join the swelling ranks of the Ananias club. Whatever Bryan may be, the world now knows that he Is not a dema gogue. That term does not go with his makeup. He may be a bit theatric, he may like to keep iu the limelight, he may even be something of an un conscious poseur, but he must at least be given credit for belieying what ho says. As for the taunt that he is su perficial, perhaps that may be said of all orators. It is no more true of Mr. Bryan than of others. He has shown the ability to grasp fundamentals and to state them in an effective and sim ple manner. He surely has the cour age to say what he thiuks, a virtue not possessed by all politicians. He Is not afraid of the interviewer and never sidesteps an honest question. Nor has he that cheap aud despicable habit found in some public men of talking for publication and then denying his statements, to the ruin of some poor scribe. Bryan has always been popu lar with newspaper men. Without re gard to party, they have rated him at his worth, and their judgment Is by no Baeaus to be despised. Vour average .'•/,:v5 reporter Is expert In detecting shams he meets so many of them. As for the nccusation that Mr. Bryan ruus for office too much, he could doubtless respond that the American people can get rid of this tendency by electing him. Just as some girls free themselves from the Importunities of a too ardent suitor by saying "Yes." An Early Title. Still another of the early characterize tlous of "tho Commoner" has gone out of fashion, lie is no longer called the "Boy Orator of the Platte." Oue reason Is that he docs uot live ou the Platte, but on Salt creek, the suggestive name by whU the stream that flows through Lincoln Is kuown. A second cause of the change Is that It Is hard to refer to a man who has lost most of his hair as Juvenile. One more fond delusion regarding the Nebruskau Is likewise disappear ing. lie no longer is regarded as ex cessively radical. Bryan blmseif has always insisted that he is a conserva tive and has often said that some day his opponents would be forced to t'omo to him to save them from the actual radicals they themselves had reared up—not entirely a bad prophecy iu the light of some recent events, for most or the people of this country have uot only advanced to the ground occupied by Bryan, but some of them have gone far beyond him. There is one charge that the rea1 radicals make against Mr. Bryan with some consistency—that, despite his great will power aud undoubted cour age, he has proved vacillating. They aver, for example, that he changed frout on his support of Parker aud ou the government ownership of rail roads. They say be has had too many "paramount" Issues, only to cast them aside when they appeared unpopular. Is this the Achilles heel that will prove his ultimate undoing? Congressman at Thirty. Mr. Bryan was born the year of Lin coln's first election. 1800. He was vale dictorian of his college class, studied law with Lyman Trumbull, went to congress at tho uge of thirty, sprang Into national fame by a speech on the tariff aud won his lirst nomination to the presidency at the age of thirty-six by a speech on free silver. lie has been lawyer, editor, politician and lec turer. Once he narrowly missed lelhg a preacher, and even now he says he would rather talk religion than poll tics. He was even a baseball pitcher, and a fairly good one. That was In his salad days, when he wore a beard to make blm look older. Oue of the notable characteristics of tho Democratic leader Is the lightning like rapidity with which he makes de cisions. He can say "No" as quickly aud decisively as any man In public life. Ills fighting nose and jaw aud his wide, thin lipped mouth are uot false alarms. "Delight of the Chautauquas." Bryan's forms of recreation are farm ing—by proxy—shooting ducks and making speeches. His regular occupa tions are solicltlug subscriptions for the Commoner and running for presi dent. He tells good stories and has a new stock from his trip around the world. As the Emperor Titus was called "the delight of mankind," Mr. Bryan could be called "the delight of the Chautauquas." Everybody knows, of course, about the Bryan country home. His farm ou the outskirts of Lincoln is almost as famous as Horace's Sabine farm. The only difference is that Horace, raised poetry on his place, while Bryan raises "aristocratic" hens. Bryan's- great antetype in history was Brutus—both orators and both de feated! Both also wrote about their travels, but Brutus' stuff was so plati tudinous and commonplace that it has not survived. Mrs. Bryan was a cla§smate of her husband, and to help him she studied law and was admitted to the bar. She is that rare and delightful combina tion, an intellectual woman who is thoroughly domestic. One of the beau ties of American civilization Is the Ideal home lives of our public men, and In this regard Bryan is near the summit. This much can be said of William J. Bryau with truth: He is actually a great man. He is one of the first, if not the very first, of living orators, lie is a potent moral force. He took advanced ground and has seen the country come to his principles. Those wao are nearest to him know him to be white ail through—brilliant, gener ous, kindly, manly and likable in every way. But, as to whether he Is ever to be president or not, that remains to be determined by fate, the Democratic party and the American electorate. Being in such hands, he is entitled to the pious prayer of the judge In deliv ering sentence, "And may God have mercy on his soul." TEST OF GAS-ELECTRIC CAR. Power House, Transmission Lines and Substation on Wheels. Seventy-five miles of hard running over all kinds of railroads the other day showed that the new type of gas electric car made by a big electric company Is a decided success, and it promises to revolutionize railroading on short lines, says a Schenectady (N. Y.) special dispatch to the New York World. The test of the car was an official one. A speed of sixty miles an hour was made. Perfect control of the speed was possible at all times. In a space of 8 by 9 feet this car combines the power house, transmis sion lines, substations and all the ben efits of electric traction without the costly and cumbersome effects of the trolley. One man can operate and con trol the whole. Two electric motors of sixty horse power each drive- the car, and these are furnished current by a 120 horse power direct current generator, which in turn Is driven by an eight cylinder gas engine, which consumes gasoline. Not even the exhausted gases are wasted, for these are driven through pipes to heat the car. IT i-*f The Fighting Chance. Obpyrleht, 1906, by the Curtis Publishing Company. Copyright, 180«, by Kobort W. Cnambera. CHAPTER EIGHT Ek January the complex social mechanism of the metropolis 1 was whirling smoothly again. The last ultra fashlonaRle De cern Ier lingerer had returned from the country. Those of the same caste out ward bound for a southern or exotic winter had departed, and tiie glittering machine, every part assembled, refur bished, repollshed and connected, hav ing Imcu given preliminary speed tests at the horse show aud a tunkig up at the opera, was now running under full velocity, and Its steady, subdued whir quitkened the clattering pulse of the city, keying it to a sublimely synco pated ragtime. It was au open winter In New York and financially a prosperous one, aud tha: meant a brilliant social season. Three phenomena particularly charac terized that metropolitan winter—the reckless rage for private gambling through the mediums of bridge and roulette the incorporation of a com pany known as the Intercounty Elec tric company, capitalized at a figure calculated to disturb nobody and so far without any avowed specific policy oth er than that which served to decorate a portion of its charter which other wise might have remained ornately and comparatively blank the third phenomenon was the retirement from active affairs of Stanley S. Quarrier, the father of Howard Quarrier, and the election of the son to the presiden cy of the great Algonquin Loan and Trust company, with Its network sys ten:. of dependent, subsidiary and allied corporations. The day that the" newspapers gave this Interesting information to the west ern world Leroy Mortimer, ou being bluntly notified that he had overdrawn his account with the Algonquin Loan and TruBt, began telephoning In every direction until he located Beverly Plank at the Saddle club, an organiza tion of wealthy meu and sufficiently exclusive not to compromise Plank's possible chances for something better. Mortimer crawled out of his hansom, saying that the desk clerk would pay, and entered the reading room, where Plank snt writing a letter. Beverly Plank hnd grown stouter since he had returned to town from Black Fells, but the increase of weight was evenly distributed over his six feet odd, which made him only a trifle more ponderous and not abdominally fat. But Mortimer had become enor mous. Rolls of ilesh crowded his mot tled ear lobes outward and bulged above his collar. Cushions of it pad ded the backs of his hands and fin gers. Shaving left his heavy, distend ed face congested and unpleasantly shiny. But he was as minutely groom ed as ever, aud he wore that satiated air of prosperity which had always been one of hi» most important assets. The social campaign inaugurated by Leila Mortimer in behalf of Beverly Plank had so far received no serious reverses. His box at the horse show, of course, produced merely negative results. His box at the opera might mean something some day. His name was up at the Lenox and the Patroons. He had -endowed a ward In the new pavilion of St. Berold's hospital. He had presented a fine Gainsborough. "The Countess of Wythe," to the Met ropolitan museum, and it was rumored that he had consulted several bishops concerning a new chapel for that huge bastion of the citadel of faith looming above the metropolitan wilderness in the north. Meanwhile he was doggedly docile. His huge house, facing the wintry park midway between the squat palaces of tlie wealthy pioneers and the outer hundreds, remained magnificently emp ty save for certain afternoon confer ences of very solemn men, fellow di rectors and associates in business and financial matters—save for the peri odical presence of the Mortimers. "Things are moving all the same," sf.id Mortimer as he entered the read ing room of the Saddle club. "Quarrier and Belwether have listened more re spectfully to me since they read that column about you and the bishops and ttat chapel business." Plank turned his heavy head, with a disturbed glance .around .the room. Married Women however, by the use of Mother's Friend before baby comes, as this crreat liniment always prepares the body for the strain upon it, and preserves the symmetry of her form. Mother's Friend overcomes all the clanger of child-birth, and carries the expectant mother safely through this critical period without pain. It is woman greatest blessing. Thousands gratefully tell of the benefit and relief derived from tho use of this wonderful remedy. Sold by all druggists at $i.oo per bottle. Our little book, telling all about this liniment, will be sent free. Tie BradfteM Rpffiiht«r Oo., Atlanta, Ga. 'a-*' U* ft 4 .! t" J"' «. iSSEi By ROBERT W. CHAMBERS. Tan'tyou be carefur?'rhe'sal9. "There was a man here a moment ago." He picked up his unfinished l»*ter, folded nud pocketed it, touched an electric lell, and when a servant came, "Take Mr. Mortimer's order," he said, sup porting his massive head on his huge hands and resting his elbow on the writing desk. "I've got to cut out this morning bracer," said Mortimer, eying the serv ant with Indecision, but he gave his order nevertheless and later accepted a cigar, and when the servant had re turned and again retired he half emp tied his tall glass, refilled It with min eral water and, settling back In the padded armchair, said: "If I manage this thing as it ought to be managed you'll go through by April. What do you think of that?" Plank's phlegmatic features flushed. "I'm more obliged to you than I can say," he began, but Mortimer silenced him with a gesture. "Don't interrupt. I'm going to put you through the Pa troons club by April. That's thirty yards through the center. D'ye see, you dunder beaded Dutch man? It's solid gain, and it's our ball. The Lenox will take longer. They're a 'holier-than thou' bunch of nincompoops, and it always horrifies them to have any man "fm more obliged to elected, no mat- y0u than 1 can say." ter who he is." Plank looked out of the window, his shrewd blue eyes closing In retrospec tion. "Another thing." continued Mortimer thickly, "the Kemp Ferralls are dis posed to be decent. I don't mean In asking you to meet some Intellectual second "raters, but In doing it hand somely." "I want to say," began Plank, speak ing the more slowly because- he was deeply in earnest, "that all this you are doing for me is very handsome of you, Mortimer. I'd like to say, to con vey to you something of how I feel about the way you ahd Mrs. Morti mer"— "Oh. Leila has done it all." "Mrs. Mortimer Is very kind, and you have been so too. I—I wish there was something, some way to—to"— "To what?" asked Mortimer so blunt ly that Plank flushed up and stam mered: "To be—to do a—to show my grati tude." "How? You're scarcely in a position to do anything for us," said Mortimer, brutally staring him out of counte nance. "I know it," said Plank, the painful flush deepening. Mortimer, fussing and growling over his cigar, was nevertheless stealthily intent on the game which had so long absorbed him. His wits, clogged, dull ed by excesses, were now aroused to a sort of gross activity through the men ace of necessity. At last Plank had given him an opening. He recognized his chance. "There's one thing," he mind to drop the whole cursed busi ness! I've every Inclination to drop it! If you haven't horse sense enough—if you haven't Innate delicacy sufficient to keep you from making such a break"— "I didn't.. It wasn't..n break, Mortl- Every woman covets a shapely, pretty figure, and many of them deplore the loss of their girlish form3 after marriage. The Rearing of children is often destructive to the mother's shapeliness. All of this can be avoided, Mother's Friend Gillette Transfer Co. STORAGE FOR HOUSEHOLD GOODS, MERCHAN DISE, ETC., PIANOS AND SAFES MOVED NO. 116 WEST MAIN STREET, MARSHALLTOWN, IOWA. 1 S 'yL P,*"' jolly people out this said deliber ately, "that I won't stand for, and that's any vulgar misconception on your part of my friendship for yon. Do you follow me?" "I don't misunderstand It," protested Plank, angry and astonished. "I don't"— "An though," continued Mortimer menacingly, "I were one of those needy social tipsters, one of those shab by, pandering touts who"— "For heaven's.sake, Mortimer, don't talk like that! I had no Intention"— "-r-one of those contemptlbfe, para sitic leeches," persisted Mortimer, get ting redder and hoarser, "who live on men like you. Confound you, Plank, what the devil do you mean by It?" "Mortimer, are you crazy to talk to me like that?" "No, I'm not, but you must be! I've a :W 3 mer. woulii.. have litiri yoft"— "You did hurt me! How can I feel the same again I never imagined you thought' I was that sort of a social mercenary. Why, so little did I dream that you looked on our friendship In that light that I was—on my word of honor—I was Just now on the point of asking you for $3,000 or $4,000 to carry me to the month's end and square my bridge balance." "Mortimer, you must take it! You are a fool to think I meant anything by saying I wanted to show my grati tude. Look here be decent and fair with me. I wouldn't offer you an af front—would I—even if I were a cad? I wouldn't do it now Jutf when you're getting things into shape for me. I'm not a fool anyway. This is in deadly earnest, I tell you, Mortimer, and I'm getting angry about It. You've got to show your confidence in me. You've got to take what you want from me as you would from any friend." There was a pause. A curious and Unaccustomed sensation had silenced Mortimer, something almost akin to shame. It astonished him a little. He did not quite understand why in the very moment of success over this stolid, shrewd young man and his thrifty Dutch instincts he should feel uncomfortable. Were not his services worth something? Had he not earned at least the right to borrow from this rich man who could afford to pay for' what was done for him? Why should he feel ashamed? He had not been treacherous he really liked the fellow. Why shouldn't be take his money? "See here, old man," said Plank, ex tending a huge highly colored hand, "Is all square between us now?" "I think so," mattered Mortimer. But Plank would not relinquish hi* band. "Then tell me how to draw that check! Great heaven, Mortimer, what Is friendship, anyhow, if it doesn't in clude little matters like this—little mis understandings like this? I'm the man to be sensitive, not you. You hay6 been very good to me, Mortimer. I could almost wish you In'a position where the only thing I possess might square something of my debt to you." A few minutes later while he was filling In the check a dusty youth in riding clothes and spurs came in and found a seat by one of tho windows. Into which he dropped, and then looked' about him for a servant "Hello, Fleetwood!"' said Mortimer,, glancing over his shoulder to see whose spurs were ringing on the pol-, lshed floor. Fleetwood saluted amiably with his riding crop, including Plank, whom he did not know, in a more formal sa-. lute. "Will you Join us?" asked 'Is fH 1 Mortl-' mer, taking the check which Plank of fered and carelessly pocketing it with out even a nod of thanks. "You know Beverly Plank, of course? Whfct! I thought everybody knew Beverly Plank." Mr. Fleetwood and Mr. Plank shook, hands and resumed their seats. "Rippipg weather!" observed wood, replacing his ing the glove which to Fleet-, hat and re button be had removed' shake hands with Plank. "Lot ofj morning. 1 Mortimer, do you want that er of mine you looked wants him if you ssty, roan hunt over? 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