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THE COLONEL’S WIFE
BY WARREN EDWARDS Ansae or 'jTrc CHAPTER XVll—Continued. "It would only be justice, and when *he opportunity comes you will be able to depend on me. Even my son deceived me, for I suppose he knew of your marriage.” John remembered the conversation he had had, near his old home, with Crockett. “Yes, he knew. But since I cannot he of service to you. Aunt Sarah— since my being called here was all a mistake after all, I might as well re turn. There is one thing I would like to ask you.” "I shall answer any question, neph ew—you are kind indeed to make so light of my ingratitude.” "Have you ever told my cousin how I was able to serve you in Louis ville?” "I have not, though I should have done so, and I will, now that this has happened.” “Thank you, aunt. I believe when he knows that he will not feel so bit ter toward me. We are kin, though we fight on different sides, and when the war is over I hope to live here again—it would be much better if we were friends.” "Spoken like a Ridgeway—l fear the better elements in our family de scended on your side and the baser on ours. John. It shall be as you say. I shall never be deceived like this again.” “And my wife—you said Mollie was here—that she saw me enter this house, saw that desperate, vengeful woman let me in.” “Yes, it was true; but tell me, why does my son’s wife hate you so?” "I would rather not say, aunt —I as sure you it is entirely to my credit, though.” “I can guess it —you could not re turn the love she once cast at your feet.” “No, no, not exactly that.” . “Still, she gave you to understand she had a passion for you, and you naturally scorned her as any true, honorable man would. I have sus pected as much, but it docs not mat ter. She Is his wife, and as Crockett has sown he must reap. You were about to ask me something e!se, nephew.” “Where is she now—l mean Mol lie?" “On the way home, I have reason to believe." This caused him to be anxious to follow, and yet remembering her fine scorn as she told him she hated hypo crites and detested him, John winced at the thought of presenting himself before her after what had occurred. Why had she braved this trip to the city, unless she was learning to love him—unless something within her heart refused to believe him the guilty wretch Belle Stevens declared, until she had seen his duplicity with her own eyes. This being the case. John was not half so indignant over the contempti ble fraud that had been used to draw him to the place as he might have been could he discover no benefit to his own cause in the matter. Belle Stevens had planned well — the gold of Major Worden had aroused her latent energies, if such a thing [Were necessary, considering how she hated his successful rival. She believed the game was in her hands, and that John could never ex plain away the circumstances which now clouded his name in the estima atlon of the woman he was fast learn ing to adore. But Belle Stevens was yet to learn that sometimes engineers are des troyed by the very power they are supposed to bring into existence in other words, “hoist by their own pe tard.” Colonel John had made up his mind that since he could learn nothing more to his advantage under this roof, he had better be moving. His main thought was to overtake Mollie on the road if possible, and es cort her in safety to Lyndhurst. Perhaps she might be too indignant to speak to him—never mind, he could carry out his plan, protect her on the way, and leave explanations to a more convenient season. Turning to his aunt he bade her farewell. “I will see you again if you remain in the city. Aunt Sarah, and anything I may be able to do for you do not hesitate to speak of it.” “John, you humiliate me more and more. Then you forgive my share in this vile plot?” she asked, with tears in her eyes. "Freely and fully,” he replied. As he started for the door he en countered the vindictive woman who had plotted so desperately for his overthrow. One glance Into his face revealed to her the fact that he knew all. Bhe ground her teeth in rage. "You have escaped me again, John Ridgeway, but don’t flatter yourself this is the end. 1 shall live to see you suffer worse than I have endured, she said, bitterly. “You are a foolish woman. Belle. Why not forget the past and live only in the present. There is enough work for patriotic daughters of the South to do without brooding over their own private imaginary injuries. I wish you no ill, but remember, the next time you endeavor to come between Mollie Granger and myself I may not be so forgiving.” She was not at all cowed. “I will never cease to be a thorn In your side,” she hissed, venomously. “I hope we will never meet again. Belle,” he said, as he passed from the house. Nor did they. This desperate woman, who did not hesitate to risk her life for the lost cause, was given a dangerous mission a few days later. She was never heard of again. No one knew what became of her, but the last seen of her was near a great dismal swamp which in avoid ing the camp of the enemy, she may have attempted to pass through, only to get lost and miserably perish. With all her faults, and they were many, she at least loved her country more than her own life, which she freely gave as a sacrifice in the en deavor to assist the rapidly waning star of the sinking Confederacy. Knowing her vindictive nature from past experience. Colonel John would from time to time feel considerable un easiness whenever his mind reverted to the female spy. When he stepped out of the house he found the faithful sergeant by the door. “To the horses, sergeant,” was the order. These had been left not far away. Mollie and ber attendant dusky guard would have had possibly ten minutes’ start. Still, they could probably overtake the Granger vehicle before it had traversed more than half of the road leading to Lyndhurst. The squire had once been proud of his high-stepping horses. This was early in the war. The needs of the Confederate cav alry service had caused many a levy to be made —Indeed, a drag-net had been used to scrape in every decent animal in the South. So the squire’s fine carriage-horses had long since been offered on the altar of patriotism and for the last year or so he had been content to plod along behind a couple of antiquated animals that filled his oreast with scorn. Colonel John knew all his. He was not apprehensive, therefore, with regard to the vehicle reaching Lyndhurst before them, with only ten minutes’ start. Once mounted, they galloped along Peach Tree avenue heading for the outskirts. The border of the city was reached. Beyond lay the road leading to Lynd hurst. All was peaceful around them, and yet a mighty army lay sleeping in and about Atlanta—the army destined to carry terror and dismay while march ing through Georgia. Far away on the distant hills could be seen twinkling camp-fires of an other host. Johnston and his heroes In gray, watching and waiting for a chance to pounce upon the Federals at some time when they could be caught nap ping. Several times the colonel turned In his saddle and swept his eyes over the spectacle. Once, when they were halted by an outlying picket the colonel drew in his horse, and after giving the coun tersign, leaned over to ask if a vehicle had gone on before them. The soldier replied in the affirma tive. and his description of the outfit, given in a few sentences, tallied ex actly with the squire’s rig. Satisfied that the one in whom he had so great an interest must be Just a short distance ahead, Colonel John spurred on. , , . There was a long stretch of road between this last picket post and Lyndhurst. that was practically un guarded. , _ . This was the region Colonel John had his fears about, concerning the safety of his wife. Roving bands of guerrillas could easily pierce the outer line of the Fed erals, and doubtless came within reach of the buildings his men were engaged to protect, many times. As yet they had heard no signs of the vehicle ahead, but the picket had assured them it was not far away. After all. this might be something of a quixotic errand on his part, but ho saw his duty plainly before him and would not shrink no matter if his presence was not needed. As he galloped on he endeavored to map out in his mind some couree which he had better pursue on the morrow, when he found himself in the pr r;:ti*wa» * straight in her eyes. From these reflections Colonel John was suddenly aroused —he surely heard a cry in the darkness beyond, a cry that sounded very like a shout for help in a female voice. His blood seemed on fire at the thought of his worst fears being con firmed, and Mollie, his wife, being at the mercy of the rascals who, serving under neither flag, pillaged the dis tracted country. "They have been attacked!” were the words he uttered, as he spurred his horse forward. CHAPTER XVIII. '.r Just in Time. Sergeant Shanks dashed after his superior officer, almost as eager for the fray as was Colonel John himself, for Shanks had long ago gained the name of a fire-eater, and hence had a reputation to sustain. It was no false alarm. The road at this point was sandy, so that even with such a rapid ad vance, there was no sound marking the onward progress, no pounding of hoofs such as would have been the result in another quarter where the thoroughfare had a hard surface. This proved doubly fortunate. Not only did it prevent their arrival on the scene from being telegraphed ahead to those who were engaged, but it gave the advancing warriors a chance to hear what was going on. The shouts Increased. It was a darky who gave vent to them, and his manner indicated tre mendous excitement. Faithful old Ezekial, unable to as sist his beloved young mistress in any other way, was making all the noise he could, hoping to attract some one to the rescue. Certain it was he gave the most un earthly yells that ever agonized mor tal tympanum, and the guerrillas might be excused if they either turned and ran or sot about ending his fear ful chorus with a bullet. Colonel John, bending forward In the saddle, sought to discern the situ ation ahead as his horse carried him on with great bounds. He could see lights, as though the rascals had even had the assurance to start a fire at the side of the road and play picket. A dark object—that was the car riage, and around it the moving forms of the guerrillas. Though his steed fairly flew, such was the impatience of the colonel that he kept using the spurs—no pace could keep up with his desire. Thus he bore down upon the scene like a besom of destruction, ready to sweep anything and everything out of his path. He was inspired by a double motive —chivalry and love. (To be continued.) EAGLE TO GO WAY OF BUFFALO? Extinction of the National Bird Seems Close at Hand. The season for the slaughter of eagles has set in. American eagles and golden eagles particularly have fallen victims to the insatiate desire of men to kill. If there is any senti ment in this country at all it ought to be of sufficient *2 the destruction* at least of the Ameri can eagle, as this theoretically is our national bird. It has already become so rare as to be a novelty and to lead correspondents to consume much space in giving the details when some hunter brings an caglo down. It is singular that men with guns want to destroy the very last survivor of a disappearing species of bird or ani mal. One would think that the rarer a bird or beast became the greater care there would be to protect It. But the lust for trophies will not have it so and the slaughter of eagles will go on until this great bird shall be come extinct, except, perhaps, in the national reservations, where the gov ernment’s strong arm extends.—lndi anapolis News. Who Were the Transgressors? There was a ripple of laughter around the Capitol when the annual report of Major Richard Sylvester, Washington’s chief of police, was read. Major Sylvester is required by law to report to Congress annually showing how efficient his force Is. Among other things he has to make up a set of statistics giving the num ber of arrests, with the race, complex ion, occupation and offense of each individual arrested. In tho report are many columns de voted to tabulated petty crimes. In volving the arrest of gamblers, touts, tramps, burglars, pickpockets, saloon keepers, fakirs, bunko men, and all that sort of shady humanity. Two lines in the list, however, at tracted the most attention. These stated there had been an arrest "of one Senator” and “two Representa tives in Congress.” Everybody in the Senate and the House wants to know who the Sena tor and Representatives are. The Man on the Steps. They were going to the matinee. She was up in her boudoir putting on fin ishinff -touches and he was sitting Impatiently on the front steps. “George,” she called down sweetly, "just one minute more until I find my gloves.” Fifteen minutes passed. "George." came from above, “wait another second. I’ve lost my pin.” Twenty minutes slipped by. “George.” she continued, "don’t go. One moment. A button Just Jumped off my shoe.” Long silence. Then George calls wearily: “Hurry a little, Ethel. If you get down in another five minutes we can make the evening performance. Mat inee’s over long ago!” Success. ‘•Yes, sir, this town is booming,” said the prominent citizen, proudly. "Only last week the new railroad was finished and started running trains.” "And is it successful?” “You bet it is. Just ask that mao over there.” “Who's he?” “The receiver.” Close By. UIUH B/a “But this vase isn’t Japanese.” “No. it’s uear-Japanese. It cam* from China.” MAIL QUESTIONS GRANGERB WANT CHEAP PAPER POBTAGE AND PARCELS POST. TWO committees report Next Convention Goes to Hartford, Conn.—Strongly indorse Good Roads Movement — Want Automatic Bells at Railroad Crossings. Denver. —At th- .ssion of the Na tional Grange Wednesday the following resolution, introduced by W. F. Hill of Pennsylvania, was adopted: "Whereas, The Postmaster General has recommended an increase in tho second-class mail matter rate from one cent per pound »o four or five cents per pound, thus Increasing the cost, or newspapers r.nd nil publications of the second-class, and, “Whereas, Und* ; ,m act of Congress, approved June 2, Km*;, a special Joint commission of Congr* ss, consisting of three Senators and three members of the House of Repi. ontatives, was ap pointed *to Investigai.-, consider and re port by bill or otherwise to Congress ita findings and recommendations >o garding the second class of mail mat ter,’ and, “Whereas, Said commission fs to hold its final session before submitting its report to Com i ss in tho city of Washington, D. (' , November 26th, 1906; “Resolved, That the legislative com mittee be, and the same heroby is, in structed to advise .--.lid commission at said hearing that the Grange Is op posed to the Inciv.iso in tho second cinss mail rate." On special order of business Hart ford, Conn., was si looted by the dele gates as tho locali<>n for the next con vention of the National Grange. Oliver Wilson of Illinois, chairman of tho good roads committee, submitted a strong report, in which ho pointed out most convincingly the curse which bad reads are to the Uuin .1 states. He esti mated that the pci.pi., of this country lose 1500,000,000 u tear on uccouut of the execrable condition of the roads over which the agi. ultural products of the country have to he hauled In order to reach the mark< t s The following resolution was passed: “Resolved, That the National Grange demands the improvement of our public highways by the employment of such methods and mat rials as may bo found to be best adapted to tho vari ous local conditions “Resolved, That \\ o favor a generous appropriation by the federal govern ment for this purpi le.” A resolution was passed asking that railroad companh - be required to establish automate bells and keep them in repair at all crossings in rural districts, and that important crossings be guarded by flagmen or gates. C. B. Kegley, chairman of the spo clal committeo on parcels post, sub mitted the following report, which was at once adopted: “Your committee on parcels post, of which a have the honor to be chairman, respectfully submit:, that ail the recom inundations made by the worthy mas tc-r in his address icgardlng parcels pest, should receive your unqualified iuuorsement. It Is the unanimous opin ion of tho committee that a campaign ! vigorously prosecuted along tho lines i of these recommendations is the only plan we can recommend as giving any prospect for tho early establishment o» ! ft parcels post. I “We caunot too strongly emphasize •he importance of not underestimating the power of th • opposition. The great express companies (till furnish a large campaign fund and with their highly organized ays’* •ms of agencies reaching Into every Tillage In the country hav ing railroad connection, and with their paid represent at ires in the United States Senate and House of Represen tatives, are in themselves an enemy which will require constant and deter mined effort t*> ovetcome. They will have the support of the railroads, thus making of oui monopolistic enemies alone a tremendous opposition. "Unfortunately this is not all the opposition we will hnvc to meet. The National Association of Retail Drug gists have organized a vigorous cam paign of opposition, and during the last political campaign systematically pur sued the policy of questioning candi dates for Congress, with the intent ot securing pledges to vote against all parcels post legislation, if elected. The National Association of Retail Hard ware Dealers are conducting a similar campaign and wire equally active In securing pledg* s from congressional candidates. Other commercial bodies aro aggressively active in the same wny. Rural merchants In all sections of the country, and the wholesale mer chants, and the (ummcrclal travelers doing business with them, are strong in their opposition. “How mistnk* n this opposition on tho part of the re ! ail merchant'ls has been well shown by the worthy master. “To an opposition thus powerful, supported by an unlimited campaign fund und having its forces co ordinated and directed by the ablest, lawyers and experts that money can secure, we must offer the solid front of the farm ers of the entire country, supported by every other friend of postal reform. We must match expert with expert and our advisers and < ounsel must be sec ond in ability to none that the enemy can secure. The policy that was so successful in the denatured alcohol campaign must lx- our policy in this campaign for parcels post. “We believe that to attempt to win on any less broad lines would be folly, but we are strong in the belief that we can win a glorious success If such a plan is adopted.” Cliff Dwellings Company. Colorado Springs, Colo.’—The Manl tou Cliff Dwellings Ruins Company was Incorporated Wednesday for $200,- 000. J. Schumaker of Minerva, Ohio, is president. Other directors are H. J. Newman, Jacob Blscboff, W. 9. Crosby, C. D. Welber and Mr. Ashcnhurst of Colorado Springs and Manltou. Speak ing of the plans of bis company, W. S. Crosby of Manltou, one of the pro moters of the scheme to reproduce the cliff dwellings in the Pike’s Peak re serve, stated that it was a misappre hension to suppose that any attempt was being made t<> remove ruins from government ground. To Fight Smallpox. Denver.—The State Board of Health for Colorado has taken active steps to aid in eradicating smallpox in Las Animas county. An appeal for aid was made to the department by T. J. Forhan, county physician, and J. S. Grisham, county commissioner. There aro reported to be about two dozen cr-es in the pest house at Trinidad and five cases have been discovered out side of Trinidad. It is hoped to check the disease before It becomes more general. Dr. Mark H. Sears, lnspectoi for the Board of health, has gone to Trinidad to take charge of the situa tion. DENVER MARKETS Denver Union Stock Yards —Not withstanding the storm of last week, which interfered with shipments to some extent and cut off receipts here, there was a big supply of cattle on the local market. Total footed up about IG.OOO head or 1,000 more than preced ing week and about 11,000 more than the same week last year. The market had a good tone from the start and prices closed firm to higher, Best beef steers are 10c to 15c higher than a week ago, good cows 10c to 20c up and best feeders and Stockers firm to a dime higher. Common steers show little Improvement either in demand ar price. Local packers bought readily of the offerings in the beef line, and (here was also a strong inquiry on shipping account. Some cholco steers sold last week at f 4.35, which was high price, with others at $4.30 and most of the pretty good killers at $3.85 to $4.25. Best cows landed at $3.35 and quite a number of the offerings were good enough to land at $3 to $3.25, with bulk of the fair to good grades at $2.65 to $3. Medium cows sold at $2.25 to $2.60 and canners all the way down to $1.25. Feeder and stocker inquiry was very good, but buyers still want the good ones, and common steers show little Improvement. Some very fancy black steers from Southwestern Colorado brought $4.50, which is high price paid here for several weeks and with one exception the high price of the season. Other steers sold at $4.15 and most of the better grades from $3.50 to $4. Hog prices continue to hold about the same, tops at the close of the w'eok being quoted at $6.22«£. as against $6.20 the preceding Saturday. There was more or less fluctuation from day to day. bat $6.10 to $6.30 would about cover the range. Supply was very fair, but demand continues good for all hogs coming this way. Sheep supply was limited last week on account of the storms in the West. Demand was very good and prices rule generally firm with a very fair umounl of business done here. Cattle. Comparative receipts: Month to November 23d 41,278 Same period last year 25,504 Increase 15,774 Year to date .290,521 Same period last year ...261,182 Increase 29,340 The following quotations represent the range of prices paid on this mar ket : Beef steers, grassers, fancy.. 4.2504 30 Beef steers, grassers, good to choice 3.8504.25 Beef steers, grassers. fair to goo*) 3.6003.85 Cow** and heifers, grassers, fancy .3.25(53.40 Cows and heifers, grass-fed. good to choice 2.7503.15 Cowa and heifers, grass-fed. medium to good 2.4002.65 Stock cows und helfera 2.00(0)2.60 Calves, veal, good to ch0ice..3.500 4.25 Calves, veal, fair to good. . . .3.00(03.50 Bulls 1.75(02.30 Stags 2.0003.50 Feeders, F. P. R., good to choice 3.6504.15 Feeders, F. P. It., fair to good 3.25(53.60 Stockers, F. P. K., good to choice 3.5003.75 Stockers, F. P. R., fair to good 3.0003.45 Hogs. Comparative* Receipts— Month to November 23d 12,678 Same period last year 10,544 Increase 2.131 Year to date Same period last year 176,521 Increase 2,993 The following quotations represent the prices paid on tills market: Cholco heavy- $5.9506.15 Light and mixed packers.. .$5.9506.25 Sheep. Comparative receipts Month to November 23d 185,596 Same period last year 221.705 Decrease Year to date Same period last year 656,328 Increase 76,187 The following quotations represent the prices paid on this market for hit sheep: Wethers $5.000 5.35 Eweß 4.6004.90 Yearlings 5.400 5.80 Lambs 6.9007.25 Feeder lambs, F.P.R 5.7506.20 Feeder yearlings, F.P.R.... 5.1606,40 Feeder wethers. F.P.R. ... 4.800 5 2.* Feeder ewes, F.P.R 3.850 4.60 Grain. Wheat, choice milling, per 100 lbs., $1.05. Rye, Colorado bulk, per 100 lbs., 95c. Oats, bulk, Nebraska No. 3, white, $1.15; same in sacks. $1.25; Col orado white, in sacks, $1.30. Corn, in bulk, 90c: In sack, SI.OO. Corn chop, sacked, SI.OO. Bran, Colorado, per 100 lbs., SI.OO. Hay. Upland, per ton, $15,500 17.00; sec ond bottom, $14,500 $15.00; timothy, $14.00015.00; alfalfa, prime, SII,OOO 12.00; straw, $6.00; South Park wire grass, $16.00017.50. Dressed Poultry. Turkeys, fancy dry picked. .17 018 Turkeys, culls 3 ©J® Turkeys, old toms 11 Hens, fancy large Hens, good Hens, medium _ j* Hens, culls * @ ® Broilers, lb 13 014 Springs, lb 11 (&12 Roosters » Geese H Geese, spring 13 014 Ducks 11 ©l2 Ducks, spring 13 014 Live Poultry. Springs, lb 1° 011 Broilers, lb 12 0)13 Hens ? ©l® Roosters _ * * Ducks, lb 1° ©ll Turkeys, yng (over 6 1b5.).13 015 Geese, lb 1® 011 Pigeons, ®® Butter. Elgin, firm 28 Creameries, extra, C 010..... 30 Creameries, extra, eastern. 30 Creameries, firsts, Colorado and eastern 27 Process and renovated goods, lb 24 Packing stock, fresh 17 019 Eggs. Eggs, fresh, case count 10.04 Our Washington Letter WEEKLY BUDGET OF NEWS. (■teresting Gossip from the Nation’s Capital—Problem of Keeping Young Ptiple in the C untry Receiving Attention of the Agri cultural Department —Cause of Durand’s Retirement. WASHINGTON.—How to keep the young peo ple of America on the farm is a question to which the department of agriculture Is devoting a great deal of attention and effort. Secretary Wilson and his lieutenants believe tho future welfare of tho nntion demands that tho drift cityward be checked and that what America needs mainly le to become Imbued with an appreciation and love of country life. President Roosevelt himself entertains view* on this subject that are well known and that dis tinctly favor the Idea that tho love of country life should bo cultivated among The American people. Tho establishment of tho agricultural high school in a number of stp.t.es Is a movement cal culated to help along tho great design of teach ing tlie country boy and country girl a better knowledge of the furm and farming and through this a better appreciation of country life. Asslst- ant Secretary Wlllet M. Hays, cT the department of agriculture, is devoting a great deal of attention to the agricultural high school Ho will south at an early date to assist In the establishment of such high schools in Georgia and look Into the work done in other states, especially Alabama. Georgia Is about to establish 11 of these schools, and an official of the department has been advising state officials as to locating *" d suitable lands, adapted for experiment purposes, where the schools are to t>e nlne aKrlcullural high ,chool» Mliiiw«ota two North Dakota ono, Wisconsin two anil South Dakota one. I*rro Hays bel eves l the move ment is destined to spread rapidly until every state In which the average price of. farm lands is high will have a number of agricultural hUh schools, ono on an average for each congressional district. PLAN ADOPTED BY THE DEPARTMENT. The plan on which the department of agricul ture Is working Is the establishment of a complete educational ladder on which the farmer boy may climb, from the rural school up. to the agricultural high school and then ou up to the agricultural college. . The first step in the ladder, according to Prof. Hays, Is the consolidated rural school; the second the agricultural high school; and the third and last the state agricultural college. Hence the depart ment is friendly to thw movement through the United States for consolidated rural schools, intended to take the place of the district schools. One consolidated rural school can be established in a township and the children can be taken to it. They would bo boused In better buildings and given better teachers and better Instruction than under the system of one small school for each school district of a few square miles. Thero are about 300 consolidated rural schools In the United Slates, but the tendency l» for the number to increase, thus supplanting the oid-thno district school and making the "little red schoolhouse" a relic of the past. Prof. Hays’ Idea Is that In the old system of education which Is now large ly In force through the country, the texts, the teachers and the ideals are all centered In some city profession, and the bey or girl who Is to boa farmer has little place therein. The school system has thus been u potent influence In leading the American people from the farm to tho city. What is wanted Is an educational system that will build up tho country life of the American people. On the ono hand thero are the city primary graded schools, city high schools and colleges and universities. It Is tha put pose of the department ul agriculture to build parallel with them a sys tem in which education In agricultural pursuits, coupled with a good genera) education, may be obtained. ■ DURAND TOO BLQW FOR ROOT DIPLOMACY. Tliat Sir Mortimer Durand Is too slow for the energetic diplomacy of Secretary Root Is tho ex planation given for the retirement of the British ambassador. Tho friction came about, it is said, through the failure of the Briton to cooperato cat lufactorlly with the secretary in the negotiation* for a treaty with Canada which would end all dis putes between that country and the United States. Mr. Root has made fills subject his hobby and seems determined to leave such a treaty as * monument to Ills administration. Secretary Root, concluding that his great aspiration could not bo realized by having all the negotiations pass through tho hands of the British ambassador, "by tho circumlocution route," as he termed it. that Is, requiring the submission of each step to the British foreign office at Ixjra don. to l»e transmitted theneo lo tho Canadian government, proposed that Sir Mortimer obtain the sanction of his government to the suggestion that the Canadians be taken Into the negotiations. Plr Mortimer acceding to the wishes of Secretary Root, sounded tho British gov ernment and obtained permission to proceed to Canada to seo what could ba one T ho victory of Secretary Root was most remarkable. He secured for the Canadians what they have been unable to obtain for themselves, direct rep resentation and participation In diplomatic negotiations. Sir Mortimer, undei authority obtained from the British foreign office, proceeded to Canada and conferred with Earl Gray, the governor general. Sir Wilfrid Laurier and otbe« Canadian loaders. After explaining the astonishing victory won for tho Cana, dians by Secretary Root. Sir Mortimer bad no difficulty In bringing tho Cana dians to an agreement to appoint a representative. Secretary Root was elated, but was doomed to disappointment. The Canadian government has not sent a representative to Washington. Whothot Sir Mortimer has been held responsible for this Is not known. He may not have shown as much Interest In Mr. Root’s laudable ambition as the secretary of state wished and lack of cooperation may have weakened him here. ROOT MAY URGE CALVO DOCTRINE. That Secretary of State Root will perform another great international mission. In represent ing this government at Tho Hague Peace Con gress next spring. Is expected by public men who know most about the motives back of his recent tour of South America. There Is a strong impression that, as bead of the United States delegation to The Hague, Mr. Root will present vigorously, on behalf of tho gov ernments of all tho Americas, the demand that the Calvo doctrine bo recommended for a place in accepted International law. This is the doctrine to which the minor republics of the Americas aro Just now so devoted, that debts of a government, or of its citizens, may not be collected by forco by another government. Diplomatic authorities now recognize that the United States must either espouse vigorously and effectively the Calvo proposition, or else have the less j»owerful governments of the continent sltnlncd and convinced that the United States aro not sincere in their protestations or friendship. Latin America Is prepared to array itse’.f behind the United States If the United States will take up their contention in this matter. It is willing to accept the Monroe doctrine as merely tho beneficent guarantee against Euro pean interference, provided that doctrine bo supplemented, in the policy of the United States, with advocacy of tha Calvo programme. But if the United States are unwilling to make this concession, Latin America wlil regard tho Monroe doctrine as simply the threat by the United States of nliiaiate intent to dominate the entire western continent. CLUBS TO PROMOTE TARGET PRACTICE. Tho action of tho United Spanish War Vet erans In taking up the subject or rifle practice at Its recent annual encampment In this city is high ly gratifying to the national board for tho promo tion of rille practice as a step 1 .1 the encourage ment. of rille practice among civilians. The United Spanish War Veterans now have more than 200 camps. It is proposed to organize civilian rifle clubs In as many of these camps a* possible. Vfhlle ostensibly civilian clubs, these will really be military rifle clubs, for the military rifle of the United States will be used, along with the army revolvers of tho standard patterns. The members of this organization are mostly young men who have had training In rille shooting either In tho militia or In the volunteer servlco during the late war. They propose to keep up their mili tary training, and, a3 part of that work, will en- gage In rifle practice. The movement toward civilian rifle practice, while necessarily of slow growth Is proceeding with sufficient rapidity to gratify those who have it most at heart Since the organization of the national board and the reorganization of the National Rifle association great strides have been taken In the direc tion of acquiring a national reserve of marksmen. Congress has encouraged the work by providing national trophies and for annual pistol and rifle matches, and recently Increased the militia appropriation so that 1500.000 annually is available for militia practice and the acquiring of ranges and 8h00 Civnian ll rlfle S practice is expected to do much for tho militia. Just as the taste for military training Inculcated in boys in high school cadet corps leads many of them to Join the mliltia later, so it Is believed that men who lean to shoot as civilians will Join the militia because of the additional facilities I° r practice they will thereby enjoy.