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1 -IS THE MIRROR OF ■ == ■ | | HOME PROGRESS | | THROUGH THE j | COLUMNS OF THE j i Delta Independent 1 s m = Thousands read of Delta and % M learn about the resources of || ( DELTA COUNTY [ M 1 H r T“'HE INDEPENDENT is issued bright and newsy every I I 1 week, with Eight Pages that tell of the happenings, | M speak of the developments, report upon crops and the success J s of the varied interests of Town and County, and show how |j H active business is in this M = == | WESTERN SLOPE I | GARDEN SPOT | [the independent] s Always leads—never follows. If you 1 s subscribe for it you will find it worth the 1 M money. If you advertise in it you will 1 = get result. M I I | Are You an Advertiser or a Subscriber? | 1 THE POINT OF VIEW *‘A queer thing happened on the train this morning.’ said the commu ter to his wife. “I am going to put the situation to you and see what you think of it. “At Caldwell two men began to ar gue on the general cussedness of hu man nature. One was a pessimist, the other an optimist. The optimist did most of the talking. “ The average man,’ said he, ‘is honest. I will prove it to you right now. There are at least 50 men in this car, and not one of them, I ven ture to say. will claim anything that does not belong to him.’ "The cynic admitted that they were, indeed, a pretty decent looking lot. " ’Nevertheless, I'd advise you to go slow,* he said. ’How do you propose to test them?’ " ‘This way,’ said the optimist. 'I have in my pocket a scarfpin that I have never worn. I only bought it yesterday and am taking it to town to day to give to my wife’s nephew as a birthday present. Now, I am willing to give the impression that I found it in this car. If anybody has nerve enough to claim it he may have it.’ "The cynic agreed to these condi tions and the porter was called. | “ ’Will you ascertain,' said the op timist, ‘if anybody in this car has-lost anything recently?’ "The porter walked up and down the aisle and bawled out at the top of his voice: “ ’Lost property found —lost proper ty found. Who does it belong to? This gentleman has it.* "Everybody looked through his pockets and several persons claimed to be poorer than when they left home. ; Three had lost money, one a watch charm, somebody else a bunch of keys and another a signet ring. Presently a man sitting near the middle of the ! car jumped up and said: ’* Hy George, I have lost my scarf pin.' . • What kind of a pin was it?’ asked the optimist. • it was an opal set In a gold hand !of peculiar Egyptian workmanship.’ was the reply. "The optimist nearly dropped. Is this it?’ he asked, and showed Ids own scarfpin. It is,' said the man. and he took the pin. The optimist was dlsherrtcned. lie had lost a valuable pin and his faith in the honesty of mankind at the same i time, and the double blow was enough jto floor him. The cynic, although se cretly delighted, was puzzled. " Of course,” raid he. 'you can’t squeal. You’ve agreed to let the fel low keep the pin. and you’re in honor bound to do it; but I’d demand an explanation if I were you. The cir cumstances are really remarkable, and that much is due you.’ "The optimist thought so. too. so lie went back and sat down beside the man who had filched the pin. " Sir.’ said the optimist, ’there Is no need for me to tell you that you are an Infernal rascal. You know that as well as I do. You are aware that that pin does not belong to you. What I would like to know is how you were able to describe it so accurately?’ "Then the optimist proceeded to relate his previous conversation with the cynic. The young man listened with keen appreciation, lie did not j get mad. ’* ‘Sir.’ he said, when it came hip I time to talk, ‘perhaps I am not such a villain as you think. I could de scribe this pin because it belongs to me. I lost It five years ago. I have been looking for it ever since. I knew that I should find It some time. In nil these years, whenever I heard »f a man finding anything. I have but ted in with a description of that pin. hoping that he might have It. I have been particularly anxious to get it in the last two years. I am married now, and I want to get the opal set in a ring for my wife. I thunk you for returning It to me.’ The optimist listened, but he was not convinced. ’’’l now understand the situation,' he said, ’but I still think you are a rascal. In my opinion you have no right to that pin. I bought. It yester day in good faith, and I consider that it belongs to me ' “Finally they submitted the ques tion to the rest of the men In the car. Opinion was divided. Some thought the young man entitled to the pin. others that Diogenes hud the best claim to it.” “I am surprised." said the commuter’s wife, "that there should be any disa greement. Of course, it belonged to Diogenes. The ethics of the case are as plain as a pikestaff to anybody except that young man." “Thanks.” said the commuter. “That was the point I wanted your opinion on." There was a brief silenen. Pres ently the commuter's wife looked at her husband’s flushed face. at. his wilted collar, and the tie beneath. "Why, where did you get that pin?" she asked. "I never saw It. before. An opal set in a gold hand —well, upon my word! You don’t mean to say—” "Yes,” said the commuter, "I do. I wanted the opal for you. but. since you think I have no right to It—" “Oh," said the commuter's wife, “that’s different." Many Refusals. r| in—You may not believe It, but i No*’ to seven different men dur- I > i Muter. Maude—What u: y —Pick-Me-Up. This Spring we are Prepared to FURNISH YOUR HOUSE with all things necessary to make your home cosy and attractive Our New Designs in Wall Paper, Beautiful Patterns of Inlaid and Printed Linoleums, Art Squares and Mattings, besides many other useful articles used in the home will appeal to your taste when making selections GEER & CLACK FUNERAL DIRECTORS Both Phones /V- Juicy Chops for Breakfast, f gy! l) Lunch or Supper \ \l on tap in our huge ice box at any / ) time of the day, six days in the | y week. And the way we cut them k. r ■BBA' and trim them from the well pre served sheep or lamb! ‘ May want a roast of beef or lamb for dinner. , Here, too, just as sweet and tender. Girardet & Kurz * Delta Breeding Stables. HOME OF REWARD S.. 2.15 1-2; No. 28621; SAX WARD No. 20030; HARRY UPWARD No. 42736 Rewards., Sire of Helen Gould 2.11 1-2; Little Girl 2.17 3-4; Wayback 2.18 1-2; Jimmy Hards 2.22 1-2; Juliet 2.24 1-2; Echo 2.25. Leading aire of Colorado for 1906. All these performers from non-standard mares and all race records. Show ua a "sage-brush” sire that beats Reward S., son of Shadeland Onward 2.18 1-2; Dam. Dollie Sprague, triple producing daugh ter of Badger Sprague, son of Governor Sprague 2.20 1-2 and sire of the dam of the Great McKinley 2.11 1-4. The time has come when no man can afford to breed to a stallion that is not standard bred. If a stallion standard bred has two-minute speed, 30 much the better. Reward S. and Harry Upward $25.00 the Season. Saxward $15.00 the Season with return privileges. Mares from a distance kept on pasture at $1.50 par month. Young stock for sale. For further information address Wm. SILSBY, Delta, Colo. THE Denver & Rio Grande ".Scenic Line of the World” TO THE Pacific Coast Offer* the traveler the «mr good train aervice, comfortable and luxurious accommodations anti the same impressive scenic attractions in winter as it does in sumfner. Its three through daily trains which arc operated between Denver and the Pacific Coast are provided with the lalrst pattern of Pullman and ordinary sleeping cars, chair cars, and a perfect syttem of dining cars which are operated on the a la carte plan. Q The two morning trains from Denver carry through Pullman standard sleeping cars which are operated in connection with the Burlington, Rock Island and Missouri Pacific l>etween Chicago, St. Louis and San Francisco without change. If you contemplate a trip to the coast, let us send you illustrated booklet free, and information as to what the trip will cost you. S. K. HOOPER. G. P. & T. A. DENVER. MOVING HAY SMITH BROTHERS General Transfer Men and Dealers in Juan ita Coal. Office with Travis & Castle. Both Phones. Subscribe for the Independent.