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A POINT OF
CONTACT By GEORGE ELMER COBB (Copyright, 1110, Wcatern Nawapaper Union) The dainty fingers of Lettle Austiu had failed to unfasten the cutch hold ing up the car window. She sat down resignedly, although the breeze tossed her fair golden hair and disturbed her from reading the (took she had brought on her home Journey. “Let me try, please,” spoke a pleas ant masculine voice, and. turning to note the accommodating suppliant. Let tie's face came so very near to the handsome smiling one of the young man In the seat behind that a swift flush enhanced her nutural girlish beauty. Fie had uo dlfliculty In ad justing the window by leunlng over toward It, acknowledged her thanks with a courteous bow and resumed his own seat with a companion with whom he had been conversing. The Juxtaposition of eyes in that fleeting moment hud quite upset Lot tie, and while sin set her gaze stead fastly upon her hook her mind took In little of Its meaning. She could not help but take in the conversation going on directly behind her. She caught most of its Import—allusions to “Juice," In which the speakers seemed Interested in a business way. Wadham, the young man Lertie had not seen called the other whom Lettle had seen and would not readily forget. Leslie Wadham. who. Judging from what Lettle overheard was a salesman of current and electrical par aphernalia for n great light and pow er company. “I’m on the track of a lot of wire bought on a cheap market and prob ably available at a fair price,” she overheard Wadham say. and was re minded Instantly of her father. He had wire, colls of It. hundreds of yards of It, thousands. Levi Austin was the Inventor of an automatic telephone system, and for over three year* Ills one ambitious dream had been to util ise the contrivance and bring to dead. Isolated Rlalrvllte. the little town where they lived, telephone connection with the busy city of Springfield. i miles distant. It was dusk when Lettle arrived at ! Blalrvllle and she did not notice that the chevalier of the window Incident left the train also. It was a walk of s mile to the grea' barn of a place she called home It : waa remote from the village, n l.Vromn mansion of another era and had been taken by her father because its room iness favored his mechanical Ideas It was the last hubltntlon townward from the great stretch of woods be yond except a hoy’s home sustained , by charity from the city. As Lettle fame In sight of her own home she started and stared. The usually gloomy mansion was aglow with lights from garret to cellar, and against their radiance she could make out nimble unfamiliar forms passing from room to 1 room. There was wafted on the | gentle night breeze the echo of many strange voices. “What can It mean?" she spyke In mystified vagueness and she hurried her steps to reach the front of the house where her father was conveying what looked like sheets, blankels and pillows from a wagon, assisted by half s dozen hoys. “Olad you’ve come.” sold Mr. Austin, rellevedlv. "The hoys’ home burned down this morning and they had no place to go. A few things were saved from the blaze and we’re trying to make the lads comfortable.” Between getting supper forth- J«1 ly. grateful group of castaways, and seeing them comfortably bestowed for the night. Lettle sat down finally com pletely worn out but with si happy smile on her face. The next day there came word front the city that the old home would be rebuilt ami pledging repayment to Mr. Austin for any cost he might Incur In keeping the hoys together It was the next afternoon when Lettle coin Ing down the hall heard voices In the library. Her father had a visitor: he was the young man of the train "There’s no use dismissing It.’ Mr. j Austin was saying. ‘Til not sell my wire after scraping and saving for years to get It. I've Just arrived at a point where 1 see my way clear to string the line from here across the woods to Springfield. Your company will make the connections and sell me current. I suppose?" "Oh. thnt. certainly!" replied Leslie Wadham. “I declare! you Interest • me. If you’ll show me how you are going to get the labor to string the wires. I’d like to buy a share in the | proposition." "The labor?" repeated Mr. Austin. ‘Say! I’ve got nearly a dozen nimble young lads here fairly wild to climb trees and ford mornsses and get the line strung complete within 60 day s.'' That was a great two months for rhe old Inventor and his delighted Juvenile assistants and Lettle and Wadham. The day- were full of v rlety. adventure and progress—of love, too. The young man came to Lettle iAJ wio| the i Sate meat J “Well, your Tather’s great scheme Is perfected. Tomorrow the company niakes the point of contact and Blair ville will have a perfect telephone service." "What Is a point of contact? asked Lettle. “The Junction of the service supply line at Springfield. The point of con tact of love at this end however, is right here* so " And their lips met in recognition of thH treasured feature of ti e propos! Hon. People Who “Do Things." The world owes moat to men of Initiative. They are the people who do things without having to he told. It was this spirit that made James J. Hill the developer of our great west ern empire. It gave John Wanaroaker visions of princely commercial enter prise. It made Edison wrest front na ture her secrets and harness her laws for the good of mun. And to the list names might be added Indefinitely. Among them would he those of moth ers who have dared schemes to make ends meet on meager incomes There would he men with the odds against them striving with might and main to turn calamity Into success. Ajid the surprising thing about It is they often succeeded The everlasting plodding In the right direction gets the results. Any man can begin fitting hlinself for high station by seeing what needs to be done and doing It before he Is told to get busy.—Grit. Clock Gives Sidereal and Sun Time. UITl» aiuci A clock with foor dials, yet small enough to he carried In the pocket, and rending simultaneously In both nenn solnr and sidereal time, has been designed by a Danish astronomer and engineer. Two of the dials are for the two kinds of hours. The dial for min utes has two hands, one making 866 revolutions while the other mnkes 368. Th* seconds’ dial Is for mean tine only. Either set of hands may he ad lusted to local time or that of any meridian desired. Seamen astmnn nor* and geodetic survevnrs will find rhe new timepiece particularly useful Popular Mechanics - Magazine. Make Your Speech Short. It's a mark of business ability to ■ay much In few words. It saves time. The man at the other end of the wire doesn't want a sermon from you. He called you for facta, not en tertainment. If that were on his mind he would go to the theater and get the real thing. Neither does your cor respondent want to read a page to learn thnt you want six sectional eases, quartered oak, dark finish, size 124. grade 299, shipped by express. He wants your order in the fewest words. It saves him time and It will save yours, too. It’a a good thing to aim at the greatest conciseness and exactness of expression. You are apt to make fewer mistakes when you can make few words tell your whole story. Yon will rise In the business world as you are able to do It. Pons Sublicius. The first bridge built over the Tibet at Home waa the famous Sublldus. It was a wooden bridge, as Ita name im plies. erected on piles and disappear ed long ages ago. but modern Rome has erected another at the same plare between the Transtevere nnd Testnc do quart era. This bridge was begun in 1914 nnd continued building through the years of war. In the year of th-? peace and on the day. April 21. 191 Y, on which the anniversary of the foun dation of Rome waa celebrated, th** Pons Sublldua of the modern world waa declared open. As befits the dig nity of Its nuiue and Its ancient tradi tions the new bridge Is severe style with no ornamentation but a shield with the arms of Rome on the crown of the central arch. That It should have taken as much as five years to build Is due to war conditions and the uncertain temper of the undent stream which It spans. His Own Medicine. A physician stepped into a barber shop next door to his office and while waiting for his turn picked up n news paper and started reading. After reading five minutes or more he threw the paper down and exclaimed, “Why, that paper Is more than three weeks old!’ The fellow sitting next to the doctor laughed long and loudly. The doctor turned to him and snld. "Well, I don’t see anything funny about reading a newspaper three weeks old.” “Yes! But It’s funny to see you take some of your own medicine,” was the reply. “I found myself read'ng u magazine, two years old. In your office the other night.” Cows Do Go Dry. Yeast —I understand your neighbor has a good stock of bottled goods in his cellar! frlrosonbeak —Yea. he has. ’But I nlwaya thought he was a prohibitionist?” "Well, he Is." •Why the cellar full, then?" i "He says he doesn't want to take a ' chance on his cow going dry next sum war*" EARNING A BRIDE By ALVAH J. GARTH (Copyright. 1»I». Western Newspaper Union) There was no reason why Richard Clyde should not be u happy mun. He hud a beautiful home, a loving wife, a daughter good and beautiful. His business cares were nominal In a hand somely furnish) d office, where he an swered a few letters and had a steady Income from a prosperous Investment business. The worm lu the hud was fancied illness. Clyde had leisure to nurture all kinds of dismal forebodings. Thus, for a year a slight siege of rheumatism had magnified into locomotor ataxia, and for double that period of time los ing weight was laid to anemia. When his physician had dispersed the final symptoms of both distresses, Clyde looked around for some new ailment —and found It—a wen 1 “It Is simply n growth In no wise connected with the nerves or arteries, harmless ns a wart or corn.” his physi cian told Clyde. “The slightest opera tion In the world will remove It en tirely, for It lias no roots.” “No cutting <>r slashing, or blood poisoning for me!" objected Clyde, with vigor. “I shall let It develop till we see what comes of It.” “Nothing will come from It except vagaries." tersely responded the physi clan, hut the wen became a petted Idlosyncrncy of the Impressible Clyde. He nursed It. he measured It dally. He thought of It the first thing In the morning, and the lost thing at night. He guarded It from contact as though a wrench might tear It loose and drench him with his life blood. He studied up tumors, cancers and goltrea. One afternoon a stranger entered the Clyde office. Its proprietor had been reading an article In a medical Jour nal of a case that bore a very distant annlogy to his own, where abrasion, metallic poisoning and inflammation , had raised a lump the size of an egg ! on the foot of a man In England. The I Instance persisted In monopolizing ] Clyde’s thought, and he was nervous. Irritable, and scowled at the caller. ! “Mr. Clyde." spoke the latter, a well- j groomed, refined appearing young man ! with a slight air of timidity. ”1 have ! come to see you about a subject of great Importance to myself. I sup- j pose you don’t remember me.” “I don’t." responded Clyde, gruffly, barely glancing at the card tendered and scanning the nntne It bore. Then a faint recollection of having seen a person resembling his visitors among guests of his daughter at a house party eatne to him. Refnre he could speak, however, there was a sudden and startling interruption. Overhead there was a terrific detona tion. then a sound of crashing glass. From windows overhead there rained down outside a shower of brittle par ticles. Bits of plaster from the cell ing fell all about the desk. Frantic erles and rushing fonfstejt* on the floor above fold of an unusual com motion. "An explosion! There’s s Chemical i-oncem overhead!" gasped Clyde. He struggled to his feet. His visitor grasped his arm and as he noticed the hallway without rapidly filling with va por. rushed thither, urging, dragging, half carrying the shaken Clyde with him. The latter gave utterance to a terrible yell. "My arm! I«et go! The wen!" bat he was forced to the nearest elevator, crowded with excited people, and pushed In. Agitated, bareheaded. Clyde stood on the ground floor, confused nnd frightened ns a second detonation fair ly shook the building. Then In a min ute or two a building employee came down. !!*• quieted the fears of the muddled group by announcing that two explosions had occurred, a Are start ed. but quickly extinguished, and no further danger. Timorously Clyde went back to his office. He shuddered as he noted the ef fect of the second explosion. A great hole had been torn In.the celling, driv ing down the heavy plaster and a shattered beam. Had he retained hla scat at the desk he wonld have been maimed nr killed. “Where’s the fellow who dragged me out. Just In time?” he panted. “I owe him everything. His card? Ah. here It Is —'Ronald Weston.’” “Oh. pnpa! are you safe?" cried an anxious voice, and Wanda Clyde stood in the doorway. “Incredible!" ejaculated Clyde, as something rolled down his Inside •deeve Into his hand. “The wen!” There It was. the object of no much interest and worry, clean swept from Its place by the vigorous handling he had received from his rescuer. Clyde tore ofT his coat, rolled tip his sleeve. Clean as a whistle, he had been bereft of the crowning burden of his fancied ailments' " 'Ronald Weston,’" he again read from the card. “He must be found at once! Wanda, a strange yonng man has saved ray life! And he delivered me freip the fitful negate of that wen! ?')» telephone immner." “It Is 2991 Central, and his address Is 227 East Seventh avenue." Why how fin you know ihnt?" fa* ly shouted h«r father. “Been use —been use —oh. papa !" fltit tered Wnndn. “he came to see yon alwnn me. We are engaged, nnd lio wants yonr permission to marry mo." “Ho cnn have It !'* declared *be Jubi lant Clyde. "Saved my life' Deliv ered me from the power of that hate Ini wen. Yea —you both have by bless Made Her Blink. Mrs. Church—Wlmt’* tile mutter with your eyes? Mrs. Gotham—Why? Mrs. Church —You seem to be squint lug them more tliuii usual todn\. Mrs. Gotham —Oh. my husband uu thlnkingly flushed u $29 bill on me this morning. | An Unlimited Amount of Money To Loan = ON DRY LAND FARMS AND RANCHES—FIVE YEARS TIME = 5 Prowers, Baca, Bent and Kiowa counties. Liberal sums and prompt £ EE service. 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Astonishingly strong paper caps, ca pable of withstanding powerful blows, though extremely light In weight, have been Invented by n shipyard employee, and are Intended to be worn by work men whose duties expose them to dan ger from falling objects. The process by which the novel headgear Is pro duced has not been divulged, says Popular Mechanics, but It Is known that chemicals are employed to hard en the material, without adding to Its weight. Several styles have been made, the lightest weighing about sev-l en ounces, and others only slightly more. In a recent test, a one-pound bolt was dropped on one of them from a height of 40 feet, with the re sult that a barely preceptlble dent was made in the paper. The novel head coverings ore proof against wa ter and acids, nnd are poor conductors of electricity.