By BERTHA R. McDONALD
(Copyright, Ml*, by McClure Newspaper
The little music teacher ran up the
step* of the boarding bouse with u flut
tering heart, for she hud seen the gray
qpat of the po*tmu
■round the corner,
quickened Into a brisk tattoo like the
beating of tiny hammers, and by the
time she reached the ball table where
the letters were nlways laid It was like
the pulsation of a mighty engine.
Yet, there was a letter, but the writ
ing was not fninillar. When she
reached the sacred precincts of her
own room she rend It and hud Just cast
It aside with a most contemptuous
■niff when there came a timid knock
•t the door. When she called "Come
In" the maid brought another letter
which In her haste she had overlooked.
Again her hope beat high, but this was
a more bitter disappointment than the
Sickening—both of them I" she jriut
Why roust I be made the tur
get for such pi file?"
Angrily she thrust them inside her
desk, closed It with a bang and went
down to dinner. That evening, after a
brisk walk through n little park near
by, the keen October sir having
soothed her ruffled spirits, she donned
■ comfortable dressing gown and wrote
to her old friend, Mrs. De Voss:
"Dear Mollykln* : It rests me Just
to write your name. It carries me back
to the days when you were my sympa
thetic mother confessor, and, Molly
kins, I've got to talk to you,now, for
you are the only one who will under
stand. I've worked so hard this past
year to build up my «lass and you've
heard how I've succeeded even beyond
my wildest dream*. But success Isn't
everything. Even here I seem destined
to be nauseated with Impossible things.
I've Just had two of Hie most sickening
proposals by letter that any girl ever
received. I'osslbly I might have read
one or the other n second time had l
not been sure that each man Is counting
on my Income to help support him.
Peace to the ushes of their unsolicited
adoration 1 I tell you, dear, 1 shuIl
marry for money. I've seen the folly
of net preparing for a rainy (lay and It
ha* colored everything In the world
for me. When I put my h«nd Into the
matrimonial noose It will be when the
future Mr. Bess Courtland Is ready to
hand me a checkbook on a nice, fat
bank account. As It Is, epistolary ef
forts such as reached me today only
aervn to frazzle my disposition. 'Buck
et* of slush,' Billy would call them. It
Is needless for me to tell you where
my heart lies, and he lias never writ
ten me a line In ull this long year. 1
thought, of course, when our crash
came and father died that Billy would
bo the first to come to me, and when
he left for Colorado without so much
as a good-by I was broken hearted.
Now I'vo joined the ranks of those
who believe that money talks. I can
hear you call mo flinty of heart, but
so will you be»Molly, If ever you come
to feel the dull, sickening thud of the
fall from the lap of luxury to the cold,
■tone floor of poverty. I hope you
never may. Write me soon--your let
ter* are such comforts. Lovingly,
That night the little music teacher
cried herself to sleep and the next
morning she said to herself, as she
surveyed the pale face which looked at
her with weary eyes from her mirror :
"Don't you lot me catch you weep
ing again over Billy Dempster, lie
doesn't cure a fig about you nnd he
wouldn't weep over nuyhody."
By the time she readied the studio
she hud fully made up lier mind that
she huted Billy cordially and Ihnt If he
should ever see fit to write her u letter
ska would return It to him unopened.
It was several days later lliut a special
delivery letter, hearing n Colorado
postmark, reached Miss Courtland,
and, after the messenger had gone, she
Stood gazing at the envelope, sea reely
able to believe her eyes, while the
waltlug pupil at the piano wondered
what was about to be disclosed.
"Billy's writing !" gasped the teach
er, "No—no—I'm getting foolish, of
coarse—It can't be—he doesn't know
my add-«**, and yet I—"
"Why don't you open It?" suggested
her pupil, and forgetting her late de
termination to put Billy Dempster out
of her life forever, Bess tore open ids
letter with fingers that trembled as
though ahe might have the jutlsy,
"Dear Bea*,'' ahe read. "1 wrote to
Molly De Vo** two weeks ago for your
address and Just got It today. How
are you, anyway? It Rectus a Pfcllme
■luce I MW you. What are you doing
and bow do yon like living In Chi
cago? Molly didn't answer a single
question I asked, ao I shall wait anx
iously to hear direct from you about
your work, your husband—If you have
on«; ln fact, tell me all about every
thing. Am aver, yours,
Ml** Courtland's black ry es snapped
and she crushed the letter in her hand.
"To write me a letter like that," *he
gasped, "after waiting a whole year to
aveu oak for my address I"
During the following week ahe wrote
iti replie* to Dempster 1 * letter and
tara each one to bits almost a* soon a*
It wa* finished. The seventh *he
thought somewhat tart, but concluding
It wa* batter than he deserved anyway,
ahe finally *ent It.
"Dear Wily (It tan): I probably
»ood not teil you that your letter wa*
a rarprlM, Whan an old friend
leave* yon at n time of a great criala
In your life, without even a good by.
and for a whole year forget* that you
ever existed, a letter from auch a one
Is apt to come as a surprise ; don't you
think so? Since you are alive and i»re
good enough to feel an Interest In
knowing that 1 am too, I don't mind
telling you that I am teaching music
here In Chicago and like my work very
much. I have no hustmml In sight, and
If 1 ever acquire such u possession, It
will be because his pockets are so well
lined with gold that It would be folly
for me to let him slip through my lin
gers. At present I am very well and
If Boas could have seen Dempster
when he read this letter all Idea that
he regarded her carelessly or that he
was deceived as to her own feeling for
him would have vanished as a June
frost. As It was, she never knew how
she managed to live through the next
week until an answer to her letter ar
rived. Then, one morning, as she was
leaving the hoarding house for Ihn
studio, the postman handed her anoth
er envelope henring the familiar writ
ing, anti she nlmost run to the little
park, where she sat down on a bench
to open It.
"Dearest girl." she read. "1 am the
man you are after—the possession you
really ought to acquire. My pockets
are so well lined with tllthy lucre that
I'm bent with the weight of It.
would he worse than folly to let me
slip through yout- fingers and nothing
could possibly suit me so well ns to
lodge In those same fingers forever.
Seriously, Hess, don't you still cure «
little? I'm In n position now to usk
yon to marry me—will you? You'll
never know how I suffered because I
wns not able to ask tills when your fa
ther died and left you so little; but a
peculiar round of circumstances over
took me just then and left me no al
ternative. My little sister, who was
out hero visiting, met with a terrible
accident, which necessitated a very
difficult operation, and my resources
were so taxed to take care of this situ
ation I did not dare assume another
obligation. I left without seeing you,
and I've remained silent because I did
not wish In stand in the way of your
comfort elsewhere. Perhaps I did
wrong, dear; hut my heart was right
and 1 ask to he forgiven. I have never
ceased to want you, Bess, and now, the
remnant of my savings, hupptly Invest
ed, has brought me returns which per
mit me to ask you with a clear con
science to share my lot. I'm coming
Hast for my answer and shall prob
ably he with you nlmost ns soon as
you read this. Always your lover,
When she hail finished reading, tear*
blinded her and little shivers *f shame
chased themselves up and down her
spine at the thought of her own sordid
ness ; hut through the tumult within
her, her heart kept singing, "Billy Is
reining—Billy Is coming!" She had
only Just removed her wraps at the
studio when Billy came, and there,
from the safe shelter of his arms, she
said to him ;
"Billy, dear, I'd have Jumped at the
chance to share your lot any time ami
any place, If you hadn't had a thing
In ull this world hut a penny with n
hole In It 1"
EMBLEM OF THREE COUNTRIES
British "Union Jack" Dlsplsys Crosses
of England, Scotland and Ireland
The term "Union Jack" Is applied to
the national flag of the British empire.
It consists of three crosses combined,
on a blue field, vl*. : the cross of St.
George for England, of St. Andrew for
Scotland, and of St. Patrick for Ire
land. The original English ling was
St. George's cross, red on a White
field; the flag of Ht. Patrick red on a
white field, and the Scottish ling was
St. Andrew's cross, white on u blue
field. History says that the united
crosses of England nnd Scotland were
first used on the Hag In lfitHI by order
of King Janies, when sovereign of the
two countries. By Ills order the two
crosses were united In such a manner
as to preserve the distinctive outline
of each, also, by means of a white bor
der, the original tailor of the Scotch
ting on a blue ground. In 1801, on the
legislative union with Ireland, the red
cross of St. Patrick was added In such
a way ns to outline und preserve Ils
Individuality with that of the others.
As now constituted the .cross of St.
George Is much wider than the other
two and seems to dominate them, but
they are nevertheless distinctive and
Individual, while the white border of
each Is a reminder of the orlgtiml
white flag of Scotland. The proper
designation of the fing Is the greut
union, or simply the union. Union
Jack Is a nickname. Technically It
Is only a Jack when flown on the Jack
staff of a ship of war. It Is suggested
that the mi on- probably came from
that of the Stuart king. King Jacques,
which King James always signed.
Palestine'* Salt Mountain.
Palestine possesses a remarkable
suit mountidu situated at the south
and of the Dead sea. The length of
the rldgu Is six miles, with an »ver
nge width of throe-quarter* of a mile,
and the height Is not far from 006
#eef. There are places where the over- j
lying earthy deposits are utnny feet In
thickness, but the mas* of the moun
tain Is composed of mild rock suit,
some of which I* as clear ns crystal.
Ripening Cheea# In Persia.
In Persia the good housewife sees to
It that cheeses for whiter eating ar*
stored away In earthen jura nnd put
to ripen deep In the earth of th*
FRANCE HAS MORE
WORKERS THAN JOBS
Rnturninn Armv to Civil Life !
Bring3 Problems Unlike j
Thnco in II !
I nose III U, O.
WORKSHOPS ARE WIPED OUT
Labor Readjustment Is Subject of
Greater Importance In France
Than In Any Other Bel
Paris.—Readjustment of lalfor after
demobilization looms as the biggest
... I, „lient ton In France
v r .„.„nt,., „f members of the
Frlel cl . ober of de es bas öffi
,llv asl Vhe governmen what
dally asked l ie government wnot
steps toward labor reconstruction ure
to be taken !
Appointment of a commission to
study the question Isas Just been an
Labor readjustment Is a subject of
greater Importance In France than In
any other belligerent country—outside
of Belgium, perhaps—because so many
factories and commercial enterprises
have been destroyed by the war.
When the soldiers ore demobilized
a grent number will not be nble to
return to the work In which they were
engaged before the war.
shops have been wiped out.
Many others who hove
ployed on war
hints will he thrown out of eraploy
work In munitions
For such concerns will have to
shut down while they adnpt them-1
selves, many of them slowly, to, a
peace-time line of manufacture.
Another class of men, who have
nway at the front four year*,
will find no places open because they
have been replaced by other labor—
women. In numerous cases.
The government faces the problems
of having more men on Its hands than
A quick solution Is lm
It Ims Jolis.
partitive, according to the
prominent labor leaders.
"Every other country except France
lias thought about tills matter,'* said
Emmanuel Brousse, n French deputy
..,..1 .. niember of the newlv annolnted
I, I,or adjustment conimlsHlon
"Britain has been working on the
labor question for a long time. Twen
PLANS FLIGHT TO POLE
PLANS FLIGHT TO POLE
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Portrait of Capt. Robert A. Bartlett,
an officer In the United State* navy,
who plans an airplane
Utah to the North pole to plant 'he
American flag where his scientific In
struments Indicate the location of ihe
USES HISTORIC RUINS
Darky Chef Finds Good Place for
Wot Beef and Fried Onlona Rep ace
Marie Antoinette und Loul*
With the American Army In Ihe Ar
-A dnrky cook from Alnhntmi
lx turning out hot bully beef nnd fried
onions In Varennes In the ruing of the
here Marie Antoinette nnd Louis
; mu w
i XVI were captured l»y French peus
! ants in their flight from the révolu
The old stone building Itself lmd
fallen Into decay long before this war.
But the Germans had burrowed dug
outs Into Its cellars and some sort of
a German headquarters was estab
lished there until the terrific bombard
ment that preceded our greatest of
fensive completely leveled the ruina.
Varennes Itself Ml to the Yankee« a
*y- flv e commission* composed of spe- j
cliillsts In varioug lines have prepared
u solution. !
"Germany had Its after-war program
definitely mapped out. First the men
who In civil life were engaged In such ;
occupations ns technical, commercial,
Industrial, financial and transport j
were to bo freed from army service. I
Other kinds of workmen were to be
"France must not lose a moment In |
mapping out Its labor readjustment |
plan. Otherwise there will he a social
Labor lenders in France point also,
,0 ,,le preparations In
distributing farming land to di mobil
l*ed »«Idlers. But they remark that |
"»* method of finding something for
">e ex-soldler to do Is closed to the
1, * ,n .
France lias no vast unoccupied lands |
COLOGNE TO BE HELD BY YANKEES
m $ :
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Cologne, one of the most Important gateways to Germany, Is to be occu
P |p<1 '»Y American troops under command of Mnj. Gen. Joseph T. Hickman.
i The city Is to he held as a guarantee until the final peace treaty Is proclaimed.
j This photograph shows Cologne's cathedral, town hall and bridge of boats
i tteross lho Itllln0 '
MEXICO HIT BY "FLU
Most Fatal Epidemic in History
Shortage of Necessary Drugs One of
Reasons for Heavy Death
I.nredo, Tex.—According to reliable
Information brought here by arrivals
from various portions of Mexico, the
present epidemic of Spanish Influenza
In that country has been the most fa
tal epidemic In the history of Mexico.
the death rate exceeding that caused
tiy nnv previous epidemic of typhus,
yellow fever or smallpox. The under
takers of Mexico were caught In the
Influenza epidemic without practically
1 ,,nv supply of coffins or caskets on
hand, and even the old custom of rent
1 Ing caskets for burial purposes only, I
j after which the body Is removed nt I
the grave and placed ln a pine box, j
! had to he abandoned, as some of the
j wealthier class were burled In caskets
that were formerly used for rental pur
In Mexico City It Is estimated that
at least 4 <UKM) eases of Influenza were
In that city the middle of October.
many cases developing Into pneumonia
and causing several thousand deaths.
these latter being mostly among the
poor people who contracted the disease
and were eon,polled to He down on
the dirt Moors of (lo ir lack, ils and
there contracted pneumonia and died.
A big death rate also occurred among
class, despite the rare glv
In Guadnb,tarn. Guanajuato.
Torreon, Tampico. Saltlll
Urey the number of cases of Influenza
were heavy, while (he death rate was
In Vera Cruz over
I few hours luter us the Germans re
1 treated to the ridge of hills, beyond,
1 For a few days American tanks had
! t*elr headquarter* in Hie yard snr
! rounding the ruins. Then the tanks
I moved up and colored laboring detach
Idle they smoothed over
j shell holes In the roods. What was)
ace 1( , ft of onc ,,f the walls of the old Inn
I struct a colored cook as a good lean
j to ngninst w hich he could protect his
! fire from the wind nnd In n Jiffy he
had his kitchen going.
Not n single building In Varennes
has a roof. During the first four years
of Ihe war the town escaped heavy
shellflro, though It was wlthiu easy
range of French artillery. But the
battering fire of our guns on the open
ing morning of the Argonne attack
nnd the res|>nnse from German artil
lery after we had ruptured the town
laid the old church In ruins, flattened
out the modern dwellings along the
river and sent strong buildings lu the
center of the town sprawling.
Synthetic milk ta being produce,!
from peanuts by European chemists.
the United »Utes has, except In It*
northern African colonies
France Is cultivated Intensively, lenv- |
lug none for reclamation by demobil
And It Is calculated
that few will want to leave their own
country for the purpose of colonizo
O. n. Roherta. Rritlsh minister of
j labor, recently discussed this subject
before on audience of British soldiers
! at the British Army and Navy Leave
club In Paris.
The British minister said temporär
; II? unemployment difficulties of deroo
blitzed soldiers would be met by a
j free out-of-work donation covering a
I period of 12 months after discharge.
This will he additional to the months
furlough given each man on Ills dis
| charge, during which time pay and al
to he continued.
orkinnn among British j
| lovvnnees are
j soldiers, Roberts said, is safeguarded j
by tlie munitions of war act, giving ,
him the assurance of reinstatement in
Committees, he said,
| would establish employment agencies
in nil cities and everything possible
would be done to make labor resettle
ment as speedy and smooth as possl
I one-thlril of those stricken with the in
fluenza are said to have succumbed to
subsequent pneumonia. In many
places the heavy death rate In Mexico
was due to the shortage of aspirin,
quinine und other necessary drugs used
In the cure of influenza.
BUYS LICENSE FOR DEAD PET
Kansas City, Mo.-' You're charged
t0 bu Y « ]lc ™ sc for
<■««• Guilty or not guilty?" asked the
" sslstont plt -V counselor of A. M.
I!rn ' vn - ln thfi South * ldo court -
"Guilty, ' answered Brown. But,'
lle continued. "Luther died yesterday."
"No excuse," replied-Mossn,an "You
I «htalned no license for the dog in the
I l M,8 ' ,, ten nlontl,s - You ,mIst P»Y one
j nmv -
Court Rules That Dog's Demise Does
Not Relieve Man of Re
The Judge concurred with the coun- i
* NO BISMARCKS— BUT
* i r\-r<j op i/pi i v Rfll I Q ¥
* «-UU^Ur KLLLT nULLb »
Î , „
J »VmT C 'T*\ at a
* Waitress (with hang dog look) ¥
Î -£«'* R<* no Eisumrcks.
* ' (P«'nting)-There they ¥
«re, right there.
* Waitress-Oh them aln t Bis- ¥
J mnreks; them s Kelly rolls!
if Patron—Aw' „right, gimme
tome Kelly rolls, then.
Springfield, III.—Heard ln a *
■i: popular eating place here:
Patron—Gimme n coupla' Bis- ¥
PATRIOTS CUT PASTOR'S HAiR
Mennonite Is Roughly Handled for
Failure to Aid War Work
l'nited war work so
ty. took Rev. S. E. Atlgyer, Mennonite
preacher, from Ids hi me, where a cot
rnge prayer meeting was In progress,
and after his refusal to subscribe to
Ihe fund, clipped Ills hair with horse
Heitors In Salem township, this eoun
Other Mennonite home*
visited, hut subscriptions
The minister was called to the door
anil asked for his subscription,
slated Hint he didu't know to whom
he was talking. His porch light wns
turned on. and every member of the
committee nnd his neighbors stood ont
clearly. After parleying a while he
flatly refused to donate and
cried ; "Bring him out."
After another refusal he was taken
Into the road In front of his home, nnd
while hi* wife embraced him, holding
un American flag over him, the ancient
pulling horse-clippers were applied.
The men then went on the>r
SET RECORD FOR BUILDING
New York University Put Up Eight
Large Buildings for Soldiers In
New York university set a record
In finishing an army barracks building
for the new students' army training
corps In six days, says the New York
This building was the first
of a group of eight needed for the
newly Inducted soldiers at the univer
sity. The entire group was completed'
In 13 days from the time the work
Prof. Collins P. Bliss,
head of the department of mechanical
engineering at the university, super
vised this rush job of construction, the
university authorities having contract
ed for the erection of the barracks as
j S oon as It was learned that New York
would become an S. A. T.
j un | V erslty
, c> camp.
The buildings are completely sonlciX
so they can be kept comfortably heat
ed by the big cantonment stoves.
There are double floors throughout.
there Is double sheathing on the out
side. nnd the walls are sealed inside.
Each barracks conforms to the army
plan of 43 by 120 feet dimensions.
In the tness hall 1,600 men are fed in,
two shifts. High pressure steam cook
ers are used. There are gas and coal
ranges, steam tables on which to keep
the food hot, and some kettles thrfce
feet In diameter. A dishwasher oper
ated by steam cleans 3,(XX) dishes au
One of the university's graduate en
gineers—John Lowry, Jr.—was respon
sible for the rapid erection of the bar
racks. Being engaged extensively in
government work, he was able to
throw in a large force of men, trans
ferred from other government work
that was finished.
The site of the first barracks was.
surveyed and staked and posts were
set In concrete In one day.
WHY IT IS 'CZECHOSLOVAK'
Sounds Awkward, but Really Is the
Only Way to Correctly Express
What Is Meant.
Speaking of the awkward cognomen
of "Czecho-Slovnk." the Independent
says It Is partly due to linguistic acci
dent nnd partly to political exigence.
The old familiar name "Bohemia" has,
like the nntne "Serbia," n terrlyrlaf
rather than a radical significance and
Is too small to cover the ethnical en
tity on which the modern concept of
nationality is founded. The Sloyak
language Is only dlaletlcally different
from the Czech or Bohemian, hut the
differences were purposely Intensified
during the nineteenth century to keep
the Hungarian branch of the race
apart from the Austrian. Even In
America Slovak and Czech newspapers
are distinct, although either people
can read the other language. Profes
sor Masnryk, head of the new Czecho
slovak republic, is a Slovak.
Slovaks, being inferior to the Czechs
in numbers, wealth and education, are
naturally insistent upon equal rights
and recognition. The spelling "Czech" „
is neither native nor English. It Is a
Polish form of the word, foisted upon
the world by persistence of Viennese
journalists. The True Bohemian spell
ing "Ceeh" is Impossible to our news
papers for lack of type with inverted
caret over the C. to represent Ch. The
final ch Is sounded like the German
guttural or the Scottish ch as in
"loch," but to the ordinary ear Is hard
ly distinguishable from plain k.
Turned Laugh on Jokers.
We do not think of M. Clemenceau
as the sort of man on whom practical
jokes would be played, .vet he was the
i victim of an elaborate jest some
while ngo—In pre-war times, needless
to say—and he accepted the position
with commendable grace.
A) A number of Pari*lnns received bo
* gus invitations to dine at the pre
mler's house. Some were total
v strangers, und their grateful Hccepi
■ nnce mystified M. Clemenceau until
tf. he realized the hoax.
^ He did not put them off. He or
¥ dered the dinner, nnd gave his guest*
^ a pleasant evening. Not until the
¥ evening \va* drawing to a close did he
^ inform them that their Invitations had
¥ been sent out by some one of whose
Identity he hud not the remotest
More Americans in China.
Foreign firms und the foreign popu
lation of China are Increasing percep
tibly. The American population in
creased In 1917 by 10 per cent over tho
previous year, and American firm*
from 187 to 210; Japanese advanced
from 104,275 persons to 144,492 and
the number of Japanese firms in
creased during the year by 900; the
Russian population decreased by 3,
925, but firms Int-repsed by 1,492; the
British population decreased, but Brit
ish firms Increased by 11. There ivns
u total increase over 1916 of 34,872 it»
the foreign population of China last
year and of 2.331 firms.
Breaking the News Gently.
In our opinion this Higginsville sol
dier defcerves the medal for delicately
breaking had news of two sorts to
mother. His letter in the Jeffersonian
says; "How is every one at home? I
nm fine and dandy. Say, mother, you
ought to have seen my new bed last
night. It was one of the nicest white
iron beds, with springs, mattress,
sheets, blankets and a soft pillow. U
was In a hospital where T
The front Is the only place I see anj
fun now. 1 haven't been paid for six
months, and so you see I am
broke."—Kausas City Times.
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