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HAPPENED By DONALD ALLEN (CoD rIsht. r9oo, by Associated Literary Press.) Good Aunt Rachel Johnson sat on the veranda of her farmhouse with sewing in hand, when a buggy drove uPp to the gate and a young lady alighted and a dress suit case was lhanded down to her by the boy who drove the horse. "I declare!" exclaimed Aunt Rachel to herself, as she held her needle (poised in the air. The girl tarried a moment to pay the boy, and then opened the gate. "I do declare!" exclaimed Aunt Rachel this time. The girl came up the path and stopped at the steps to look at the woman and chuckle. "Now I declare upon my soul!" and next moment the two were hug ging. "Why, Minnie Schofield, how did you get here, and why didn't you write that you were coming?" asked the woman, as both sat down. "Well, Aunty, I'll tell you just how it was. Pa and ma said I couldn't go anywhere this summer, but I thought of you and packed up a few clothes and came along. When I got to the station I found a boy to drive me over. It was all just as easy as could be, and I hope you'll be glad to see me." "Of course, I'm glad, but do you mean that your mother didn't know you were coming?" "She was out calling or somewhere when I happened to think I'd come, and I didn't 'wait to tell her. I'll write about It in a day or two. You see I just happened to think how nice and cool and shady it was here, and how good you always were to me, and about the calves and lambs--" "Why, Minnie, it's just the same as running away. How could you do such a thing!" "Oh, no it isn't. I just happened to think I'd come, you see. When a girl runs away she doesn't go near .There Was a Man Coming Toward Me." her relatives. If you stop to think you'll see how different it is. I'm going to stay a whole month and get sunburned. "Well, maybe it is different," said the aunt. "Anyhow, I'm glad you came. You can have the front room upstairs." If Aunt Rachel had suspicions she kept them to herself, thinking the girl would take her into her confi dence in a day or two. A whole week passed and nothing was said. As no letter came from the girl's parents, it seemed as if they knew where she was and were content. One day Minnie came in from a long walk to say: "Oh, Aunty, the funniest thing has happened to me. I was down by the creek watching the minnows when I suddenly loked up the road. I don't know why I did, but it happened so." "Well?" "Well, there was a man coming to ward me. He was a young man. He had a suit case in his hand. He look ed sad." "Maybe he got lost from the circus in for a couple of weeks.' "No, he didn't. I kept looking at him, and looking and looking, and as he came nearer I was sure that it was some one I had seen before." "Some one you had seen in the city?" was asked. "Yes, I was quite sure it was a young man named Chester Arm strong. When he got up quite close --real close-he said: " Attle girl, I am looking for a farmhouse where they will take me In for a couple of weeks.' " "Yes, he said just like that, and then I cried out: "'Oh, Chester, is it you?" "You called him Chester, did you?" "I-I think I did, but I just hap. pened to, you see. Perhaps he didn't notice it. He was looking so sad, you know." "And perhaps he called you Min. nle?" "He might have, but I didn't notice it. Yes, he was looking for a place to take him in as a summer boarder. He went to Smith's, and I guess they toss lt !a." "d hsll be over here half the time Sprklng ui" said Aunt Iat e as she leoke4 the girl full in "But I knew him in the city, 70o know, and he's a nice, quiet younl man. It was so funny that he should happen to be out here. Isn't ii strange how things come about?" "Y'e-s, rather strange! ' Minni, Schofleld-" "Oh, you dear old thing, I know what you're going to sayl" exclaimed the girl, as she rose up and stopped the other's words with a hug and a kiss. "You are going to invite him to come over here as often as he wants to, and I shall bless you for it. It'e so good of you. Maybe he'll get over his sadness now." "I shouldn't a bit wonder. What hayseeds we are in the country, and what smart, cute girls they do raise in the city!" The young man came over next day. Aunt Rachel thought pretty well of him, but she held him at a distance. Miss Minnie was careful to call him Mr. Armstrong, and he was very particular to "Miss Scho field" her, but when did a young girl ever pull the wool over the eyes of a woman of fifty, and a two-times widow at that? She said but little but thought much. She let two or three days pass, and then asked: "Is this Mr. Armstrong in love with any girl that you know of?" "Why, I think he is. Yes, I think he's as good as engaged to one. It's funny how I happen to know, but it just happens." "Nice girl?" "Splendid." "And he's sad because her parents object to the match?" "That's it. Of course he's sad. Aunty, just suppose you were a young man, poor, but awfully sweet and nice? Suppose you love a girl-a nice girl-but because you hadn't a barrel of money your father should tell him to take a skate? He must skate, even if it breaks the poor girl's heart. Wouldn't you think it aw. ful?" "I don't know--but there's the Bap tist minister driving up, and he'll be sure to stay for supper. He always does, and he's got a monstrous appe tite for a preacher. Run away, now. I'll introduce you later." The good man could have inquired all about the spiritual welfare of Aunt Rachel, her hired man, Miss Minnie and Mr. Armstrong in half an hour and gone his way, but he hung on for supper. He had been there be fore. It was five o'clock and supper would be ready in an hour, when two exclamations of astonishment were uttered at the same moment. The first was from Miss Minnie who was upstairs dressing for the introduction and supper, and the second from Aunt Rachel who was looking out of the front door. Both saw Mr. Scho field drive up. Young Mr. Armstrong, who was there, also saw him but he uttered no exclamation. He was too scared. There followed a circus, but not so much of one as there would have been but for the presence of the minister. After sobs and tears and threats and reproaches he started in to earn his supper and a cash fee besides. He proved that love was- a heaven-born sentiment and no good came of op. posing it. Miss Minnie proved that she was in love. Mr. Armstrong proved that he had a little cash and heaps and heaps of ambition. Good Aunt Rachel proved that she had loved and lost on two occasions and was looking for a third. Mr. Schofield decided to be sensible and accept the situation. The sup per went far to mollify him and at B o'clock that evening when the minister asked who gave the bride away he stood right up like a whole sale grocer and replied that he did and he further proposed to take his son-in-law into partnership. HOW TO JOG THE MEMORY Numerous Contrivances by Which the Forgetful Contrive to Re member. It is well known that women use many devices to help them remember. Still there are plenty of business men who use similar reminders. One p6pular device is that of ty ing knots in a handkerchief. There are dozens of men who find this a simple and sure reminder. The other day a man was lunching with some business men. He brought out a handkerchief knotted in the four cor ners. "What have you done to your handkerchief?" a friend asked. "I have four errands for my wife and this is the easiest way to keep them in mind." A well-known business man in Cleveland wears a handsome seal ring on the little finger of his right hand. When he wishes to remember any special thing he transfers the ring to the little finger of the other hand. A friend of his has a similar meth od which he finds useful. He wears his watch in his right-hand pocket. When he has anything important to bear in mind his watch is slipped into the pocket on the other side. Even more practical is a device used by a business man who has many details to remember. If be wishes to be reminded of some small obligations he writes himself a post card and gets it at his desk during the morning. A most curious method has been thought out by a business man who is at his desk every morning at the same time. He has a habit of com paring his watch with his desk clock. When he wishes to be reminded of anything, he sets the deSk oloak ahead. Looking at his watoh, he see that he is not late, but he has some thing he wishes to reminsl A FREAK MALADY KILLS MAN LINGERS 4 MONTHS THEN DIES OF STRANGE ILLNESS. Eminent Physiclans Are Unable to D agnose Case and Every Known Remedy Was Tried-Autopsy Is Only Hope of Solution. New York.-Carleton S. Carpentes of Mamaroneck, N. Y., died in St. Luke's hospital from a malady whleh has baffled the most eminent physi clans in New York for the last four months. Every known remedy was tried to save the man's life, but, as his disease could not be diagnosed, it was impossible for the doctors to work intelligently. An autopsy will be performed without delay, which will be closely watched by the med ical fraternity. The doctors worked for weeks to find a germ responsible for the dis ease, but their report up to the time of Carpenter's death indicated that there is none, although Carpenter weakened daily and at times was on the verge of death in a feverish de lirium. Minute blood tests have been made at the Rockefeller institute, but with out the discovery of anything to aO count for the illness. "At present we are so far mystified that we are not prepared to make a statement," said one of the physicians in charge of the case. "I, with my colleagues, visited Carpenter every day, but we are no nearer to the se cret of the malady than we were the day he same under our observation. Our hope of formulating a diagnosis rests on the autopsy. "Carpenter bad not lost flesh, but he had spells which at times ren dered him almost helpless-a sort of paralysis. His complexion was nor mal; the sensations a man usually endures in a serious illness were lacking; he slept soundly and ate as well as could be expected." The doctors became convinced that Carpenter had neither typhoid nor malarial fever. Beriberi was suspect ed, but the reports of the miscro scopists dismissed that theory. "AIDED WIDOW" IS -0 WED Subscription Was Taken to Help Her Pay for Home and Raise Her Children. Chicago.-"The Oak Park Widow," Mrs. Anna Swinfln, is to be married to W. H. Whittlesey, a grocer. So ends the famous "Oak Park Widow Society." When Swinfln died he left his widow, four sons and a daughter, all of the children young, in destitute circumstances. He and his wife had partly paid for a house and she was in danger of losing it because she could not keep up the payments. A subscription was taken to protect the, widow's property and to help ,er raise her family. She was also sup plied with sewing and such other work as she could do. In this way tht widow has cared for herself and hjr children and is now marrying a m~ who is well to-do and highly respected. ARE REUNITED BY A LOCKET At War's Outbreak Wife Became Con. federate Nurse, Husband Joined Union Army. St. Paul, Minn.-George W. Roberts and hisiwife quarreled at the outbreak of the Civil war, he Joined the Union army, she following the Confederate cause, becoming a nurse. They lost track of each other. Not long ago a patient of Mrs. Roberts recognized Roberts' picture in a locket worn by the nurse. The couple were reunited. As they had been married in Mexico in 1859, they applied for a license to remarry, but being told their marriage bonds had not been broken they left the courthouse happy, and are now preparing to take another honeymoon trip to Mexico. Roberts is seventy seven years old and his wife is seven ty-five years. Thief Caught in a Rat Trap. Trenton, N. C.-Jason Meany, in jail here, declares he is the original hard-luck thief. He was looting the home of Mrs. Julian Voorhees when he dropped a diamond, which rolled under the stove. While groping for the diamond in the dark he put his hand in the rat trap, which suddenly snapped and the burglar screamed with pain. Three of his lingers were broken. So great was his suffering that he made no attempt to escape and was easily captured. Rat Turned on the Gas. North Adams, Mass.-A rat came near being the death of the family of Charles Osborne one night recently. In fleeing from a cat the rat hit a couple of cocks on a gas range. The escaping gas awakened Mrs. Osborne, who found the other members of the family in a semi-conscious oondition. The cat was dead from the fumes but the rat escaped. Chicago Schoolboys Needn't Knit Chicago.-Chicago schoolboys no anger will be taught to crochet, knit or embroider dainty articles ordinarily used by the opposite sex. The fathers kicked too strenuously to Mrs. EMs Yonag, the superintendent of schoole, and now the course in elementary uew. ing In the public schools will be go stris oat AUTO BUFFALO HUNT PRESENT STYLE BEATS THAT O0 THE EARLY DAYS. Lone Bison Escapes From Farm Near Minneapolls, and Charges a School House -- Posses in Automo biles Cha'se Animal. Minneapolis, Minn.-The screams of school children barricaded in a dis trict school seven miles from Anoka prevented a charge through a window of the building by the crazed buffalo that escaped from James J. Hill's farm, 20 miles away, and gave the clue to the whereabouts of the beast that led to its death. Reporters ascertained in their chase of the animal that it really is a full grown American bison. In an auto mobile the reporters began the hunt for an animal now almost extinct. Even the skeptical people of the country, who scouted the first reports of farmers who were terrorized by sight of the beast, were convinced that it really was a buffalo. Early in the day the countryside was roused and the, chase renewed. After an exciting hunt the animal was located in the heavy timber a quarter of a mile from Barney Monion's place on the state road. County Attorney H. Pratt and Lee Giddings left the au tomobile in which they had been pur suing the beast and hastily entered the timber tract. On the other side of the woodland Pratt made out the creature dashing through a field of stubble. Though it was a long shot Pratt fired. This was followed by a volley from Giddings, and together the men hastened in the direction of the clearings. A trail of blood was found and another glimpse through the farther thickets showed that the ani mal was hampered in his rapid flight by a slight limp. Later in the day the buffalo was shot and killed by the posse. MISFORTUNES OF A FARMER Twin Dies While He Is Getting Cof. fin for Other-Runaway Follows. Petersburg, Ind.-James Fair, livinb east of Petersburg, met with a series of misfortunes. One of his children, a twin a few days old, died and he came to Petersburg to get a coffin for the body, and when he returned home he found the other twin had died in his absence. He returned to Petersburg to get a double coffin for the little ones and when he reached the cor porate limits of the town his horse be came frightened and ran away. The coffin was thrown out and the horse r n into Joseph McBay's yard, striking the pump and demolishing the wagon as well ap the pump and knocking down 25 feet of picket fence. The ani mal was uninjured and Mr. Fair es caped without injury. CAUGHT IN TRAP DOOR; DIES Aged Iowa Woman's Body Hangs by One Arm and Rats Muti late It. Carroll, Iowa.-News has reachec here of the tragic death of Mrs. Jen nie Heundling, aged ninety. Mrs. Heundling's lifeless body was found suspended from the attic just over her bed, having been accidentally caught and held by the right forearm by a trap door until relieved by death. Near the bed was an old ladder which had been used to reach the at tic. From all appearances the ladder slipped from under the aged lady and the trap door, which had been held by a stick, fell and caught her arm. When found her hand and right cheek had been partly eaten away by rats. Mrs. Heundling lived alone in Wheatland, township and had declined offers of her son to live with him. Baby Drowns In Lard Pall. Middle River, Minn.-Left alone for a few minutes with a pail of water in which his mother had been giving him a bath, the one-year-old son of S. Sorenson of this city crawled into the pail head first and was drowaed. A wooden lard pall was used as a bathtub. The bath water was left in the pall in the middle of the bedroom floor and the child was playing in it by splashing the water about his body. The mother took him away from the pail and left the room for a few min utes. When she returned the child was found helpless with his head un der the water. A doctor' was sum moned, but the baby was dead. Peg Leg Makes Him a Masher. Wilkesbarre, Pa.-Mrs. Mary Or nesky has had her husband, Peter Or nesky, brought before the court here in an attempt to. make him stay at home. A few weeks ago to keep him home she burned his peg leg, but Or nesky had her arrested and the court ordered her to buy him a new one. She got him such a fine one that he became a great favorite among the girls and never stayed at home. Ac. cordingly she has had him arrested for non-support. Japan's Oldest Port. Tokio, Japan.-Nagasaki is the olo est port in Japan, where the first for eigners, Portuguese merchants, land. ed 836 years ago. It is one of the Afl most important ports of the country, with a population of 75,000. The larg, est vessels in the world can aochor t.i its spaclous harbor, ®1E~Q K ~~~~ - er sr~s~ r 'V. `S' Amr~Bg 0.aarala''t;~3~u .%rJC ~i grlrn SGAIN the mimic battle between the "enemy" and our navy hat been fought; once more Net York was the objective, and like wise once more New York is safe The war game, now such a fixec institution in both the army and the navy and always of great value to the professional and the layman, serve with every repetition to assure the country that the measure of safety se cured by the enormous expenditure ol the last twenty-five years is assur ing, and in all probability all that the most saguine claim for it. This time it was purely a naval game. The army didnot participate except that the range and power or gun fire from the coast fortifications involved in the theater of war were taken into account as factors, and have had their weight in the theoret, ical defense of the country. But the active forces were wholly naval, and all credit for what was accomplished goes to that arm of the military estab lishment. The idea of testing the training and attainments of the army and navy by problems and sham 'battles is one that has for its primary purpose the actual test of men and systems, but beyond that the more important pur pose is to demonstrate more and more the field of effort for improvement both in material and personnel. In real war the problem for 'the United States would at once assume different proportions from these suc ceeding small battles of peace. In the first place the forces of the army and navy would be co-ordinated in a manner that would surprise those who remember the famous campaign before Santiago when the navy day after day sought to drown out Cervera's fleet with a deluge of projectiles, and the army and navy could never get togeth er in any well-planned program that would shorten operations and deter mine results. None of the war games have yet been played on the basis of The Wiscnnsin. such a co-ordination of land and sea losses, and they have yet to be under taken. The first object of the recent ma neuvers was to mobilize the naval mil itia with the regular navy and give the amphibious organization whose units tread the quarterdeck of the dry goods store or the machine shop dur ing the year, with now and then a spin for an hour or two on their various militia ships a chance to get their sea legs, taste the salt air, and gulp down solid chunks of Atlantic fog with the zest on the side of war feel ing and spirit. It is one thing to know a captain from a hawser and to be able to eat deviled crabs when afloat on fresh water without coveting a handhold on the rail, but to really go to sea, to stand watoh in the pitchy hours of the night, to hitch your eyeballs to the stars, and glue your mind to the fath omless void out of which at any mo ment the winking lights of the "en emy's" ships may suddenly be seen, that is something like real sea serv lee under the flag. For the most part the naval militia. man feels that he egn at best learn but a smattering of what he would like to know to fit himself to be of val-. Ie in time of war. His militia shlp, a gift from the government, serves for the greater part of the year sim. ply as a clubhouse. His turns at watch or at the guns in sub-calibre fire are few and far between. He now and then turns out for a parade, marches badly because he has had far too little drill, and with small member ship and too little encouragement for practice and training does not get far on in his feeble and intermittent ef forts to become a sailorman of pos sible value when the crucial time real ly comes. It was to arouse interest and stimu late real in the work of the coming year that the battle recently fought was proposed and undertaken. There have been war games before for the naval militia on the lakes, and in a small way in the manoeuvers in New England two years ago. This year it was decided to call into action the entire force of naval militia on the Atlantic coast. Rear Admiral Hugo Osterhaus and Commander E. W. Eberle were in com mand, and under orders from the de partment both fleets were to abandon the use of their wireless systems for the period of the "battle." It was not the intention that the bat tleship fleet shouli be required to get in without being observed, as was the case once or twice in the noted series of manoeuvers in the summer of 1902, with the fleet unler command of Rear Admiral Higginson. As the contest was to be a purely naval one the defense was to make no use of points of observation by land even if any advantage were to be had by such means. With the dis use of wireless, therefore, the strug gle on the part of the home fleet was dependent mainly on vigilance and speed in communication. For a moment such as that imposed on Admiral Osterhaus a light fog and a dark morning were to be desired. From his rendezvous at Nantucket Shoals he had before him the simple business of getting to sea far enough to escape observation, he out of the lane of ocean steamships, and avoid wireless leaks to' form his plans. He was not to divide his fleet, but to make the grand attack in force and, if pos sible, so adroity as to steal a march on his enemy and overpower him at the weakest point in the battle plan. To guard a coast line 450 miles long is no small task, but Admiral Higgin son in 1902, did it so well that when, on the morning of August 23, in a light fog, Pillsbury's fleet came slowly up off Salem, Higginson's fleet was there sharp-eyed and ready to give fight. By the rules of the game these ma neuvers will always have great value in any future discussion of the de fense of New York from attack by a fleet entering, or trying to enter, the east end of Long Island Sound. That entrance naturally well protected by the configuration of the twu coast lines on the north, and south with the strong coast artillery fortifica tions and the submarine mine system that has been established throughout the whole region, would never be an inviting one to an enemy's fleet. But the battle this time of a large fleet of torpedo boats and submarines demon strates the value of this system of de fense in any war where we might be forced to divide the battleship fleet or to divert it from the North Atlantic. It is to be kept in mind that the United States is a transcontinental country and that we are open to at tack from two sides of the continent. There can be no telling whence our next war may come, nor what forces may be lined" up against us. An al liance between an Oriental foe and some European power would suggest a divided attack, one fleet approaching the Pacific coast, and another the At lantic. Such an attack in any force would make necessary just such a sit uation as has been so well illustrated in the recent manoeuvres. Any means of concealment and com munication was permitted to the fleets. ,The enemy came on with all lights out except the hooded tail lights and the trailing electric lights by which those to the rear kept in touch with those in front The usual practice is to use sub-calibre guns for simulating the fire of battle, but this time blank shells were user, and the battle thus assumed the eharaete+ of the real thing.