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ropTrlgnt. MM*. lnt*r"3tion«t N*«-» Serrie*. As Gc od as a D ctionary Tomorrow: Resolution Day At the Finish A witness in a particular case had been examined by the lawyer of the plaintiff and was turned over to the lawyer for the defense for cross ex amination. •'Now, then. Mr. Smith," began the legal one, "what did I understand you to say that your occupation is?" "I am a piano finisher,-** answered tiie witness. "Yes, I see," persisted the lawyer; "but you must be more definite. Do you polish them or do you move them?" The Dingbat Family Polly and Her Pals Us Boys A Debt of Honor DEAR COMRADE: Tnrough the bearer of this let ter I send you the amount I lost to you in poker last night and which I gave my word of honor to pay to day. * I thus keep my word of honor, but before you take the money I have something to ask you. I was Just about to put the money into an envelope to send It to you when the bearer, Herr Pollmann, en tered. I was so surprised to see him that I dropped the bills on my desk. You will understand this when I tell you that for a long time I have owed him an amount almost similar to the one I lost to you. "I see I came In a lucky moment," he said. "It was my Intention to re mind you of your debt to me and I notice that you are flush." "You are mistaken," I felt com pelled to answer. "I must necessarily use this money to pay a very pressing debt." "I have never pressed you for pay men," he replied, "though you have owed me this money for a long time, but unfortunately I am forced to de- a payment now. I need the money very badly myself, or I should not have come to you at all. If Ido not get it, I shall be absolutely ruined and I have nobody else who owes me money or who will lend me any." "That is all very well," I replied, "but, much as I should like to, I can not give you this money. The debt I must pay today is very pressing." "But how can any debt be more pressing than yours to me? I saved you when you were In a desperate position, without any obligation on my part, simply because of gratitude toward your family. I handed »you over every penny I possessed in the world without any security but a single receipt, without any thought THE SAX FRANCISCO CALL AND TOST. WEDNESDAY. DECEMBER 31. 1913 of myself. Now I need it. I tell you I am ruined if I do not get the money tDday. I am not thinking of myself, but you must remember that I have a wife and children whom It is my duty to provide for." A HARD CASE "I am so sorry," I said, "but I must send this money to another." "And does that other man need it more than I do, who will be ruined if I do not get it?" I was silent, for I did not know if you really needed the money more than this man, whose honesty is be yond any doubt. As a matter of fact, I remembered that you had said you would use the money to buy some diamonds for Flfi, which she had long wanted. I was Just about to hand the man the money when I remem bered that it was impossible. I then explained to Herr Pollmann that I needed the money to pay a debt of honor. "Debt of honor!" he exclaimed. "I do not qnlte understand the expres sion. I feel sure that If you had had the money you would have paid your debt to me long ago, and If you did not do so it would have been dis honorable." While I was trying to find an an swer he went on: "In my eyes every debt Is a debt of honor—" » I Interrupted him: "No, there is a difference. Tou hava a receipt proving that I owe you the money, and were I to die today you would be paid out of my estate, while the gentleman whom I owe this money has no"— He did not let me finish. Before I could prevent him he had torn the receipt to pieces and said: "Now we are even, h have nothing but your promise to pay me." AN INTENSELY DRAMATIC SHORT STORY "But the other man has my word of honor.'" "Every promise made by a gentle man," he replied, "Is a word of honor." I begged him to wait a couple of days, but he Insisted that he could not. So here, my friend, you have the whole case. I consider myself bound by my word of honor to you. Debts of honor are debts of honor, but I beg of you to release me from my word of honor merely for eight days. I am convinced that Herr Pollman's position Is such that postponement of the repayment of my debt to him would ruin him. He once helped me in the most unselfish manner when I was desperately embarrassed, and I should hate to see him ruined for my sake. It will make no difference to you If you don't get the money for another week, so I leave the decision to you. If you consent to release me from my word, please give the money to Herr Pollman. Sincerely yours, K. t # # * Dear Friend—l have Just given Herr Pollman the money, but the decision was not quite as simple as you think. When I told Fifl last night that I would buy her the diamonds today she was overjoyed, and begged me to go with her to the Jeweler. In vain I told her that I had no money yet. She said: "If you know for certain that you will have the money tomorrow, you may Just as well buy the diamonds to night. The Jeweler will let you have them on your word of honor. There fore, when you tell me that you can't buy them tonight it is because you are not sure you will have money to. morrow." I told her that when she .had waited so long for the diamonds one day more Or less would make no difference. She refused to listen, and at last gave me the choice between losing her or buy ing the diamond necklace right away. I had really no reason not to give In. I knew you would send me the money today, so I bought the dia monds and gave the Jeweler my writ ten word of honor to pay him today. About half an hour before Herr Pollmann came I was informed that Fin had run away with Baron Z. The reason she would not wait was be cause he had arranged to run away last night and wanted to have this souvenir of me along. ANOTHER DEBT OF HONOR The news would not have killed me, though it was a hard knock, and I was disgusted with her behavior. Then came Herr Follman with your letter, and my first thought took possession of me again and became a firm re solve. # Should Herr Pollman be ruined be cause I had been foolish enough to buy diamonds for a heartless flirt of a chorus girl? No. The thought of being to blame for the ruin of a man such as he appears to be would haunt me all my life. I am going to sacrifice myself, but do not imagine that I do it for your sake. I kill myself because I am too thoroughly disgusted with every thing. Simultaneously with this letter I have sent one to Heinrich Fliedel mann Jr., in which I inform him that owing to my death I am prevented from paying him today, but that I have transferred my obligation to you to settle within eight days. This releases you from your word of honor for a week, dear friend. I am convinced that you will keep It as faithfully aa If I were still alive. Tour sincere comrade, X. Electric rat traps are in use In Amsterdam. They are connected by a wire with a supply of electricity. The place where the bait rests is the only part of the trap which is a conductor, and the moment the rat touches this a shock closes his career. The Police Dog Has a Reversible Name Copyright. 1913, International Newi Service. Not Used to It The Rev. Theophllus Hourspeaker was to preach a special sermon on "Deceit in Christianity," and a large congregation had assembled by the time the church bells ceased ringing; but from some cause or another the organist had not put in an appear ance. The minister, with an anxious look on his face, stepped forward: "I am sorry to say," he announced, "that Mr. Atkins, the organist, has unforunately failed to arrive, I shall, therefore, be obliged to appeal to you for a temporary deputy. Is there anyone here who can play an organ that will kindly volunteer to act as a substitute?" A shabbily dressed man arose and walked down the aisle. The minister I price—everything is in favor of J A Little New Year Eve Diversion Copyright, 1913, International New» Service. Just "Pipe The Blushes, That's All , i.RrSlitere<J I niti-d States Patent Office) cordially thanked him, and, after es corting him to the organ stool and placing the music before him, re turned to the pulpit. The volunteer, however, after fum bling confusedly about for- a minuto or two, silently beckoned to the amazed minister to approach. "I can't understand this Organ," he said, with a puzzled look on his face. "What's the matter with It?" "Matter with it:" said the surprised clergyman. "My dear sir, it was only tuned last week!" » "Nay, it's not that." came the reply. "The fact is, this organ's different to the one I've bin used to. I can't sea the handle!" To clear beetles out of cupboards and larders sprinkle a little benzine , over the boards, and it will kill the i eggs as well as the insects. I One of Quggenheims f. "There's nothing like putting the best foot foremost—putting the best face on the matter," said Oswald Gar rison Villard in a recent Baltimore address. "Why shouldn't we all emulate Mrs. Sudden Ryches, whose father was a policeman? "Lord Lacland said to Mrs. Sudden Ryches at a luncheon at Sherry's: " "Vhat business is your father in, madam?' " 'She flushed slightly, sipped her amber colored Chateau Yquem, looked Lord Lacland straight in the eye, and answered. " 'Copper.' "And Lord Lacland, remembering the pale palaces of the copper million- Hires overlooking the park, said 'Ah" very sagely, and was very much im pressed indeed."