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N THE DAILY
I ISHORT STORY
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| "A LETTER TO MR. I
By LOLMBE OLIVER
W (Copyright. 191*. by the st " ira
Nawapaper Syndicate i
PI HILTP BAT thoughtfully own on
* r* tha flro-step of the trench. Tli.'j
* Gorman muakatpy had eraaed for
th? tiaaa and alt waa quirt along the
liar. Tbrat of th? men In hi* plat->cn
, had barn wounded and takrn back <
I ha ftrabaid atatlens behind th* llnat
But h? hadn't a acratcb.
Baalda him. crouching In a Tar?of
attltudai. were fire of the boy.
playing arda, Someone had produce 1
Ugog-eared, muddy pack, and now too.
rrgrc hating a round of Jack pita. The
Mitre erowa r.?i an agprrmie 01 ir??
1Mb a dollar. all toll.
"Come ob in Pearson, the betting s
fiat." railed Dorgan "Hky s the i ?.
Oat Philip shook hl? head "It g i: '.
my finer feeling* to see my fellow >
inga rlehlng their Immortal souls 1
ran t be d party to t!i? ou'rag* I'
tide*. I'm broke "
"Poor Phil " Dorgan dree three
card*. "Lonely again"
"Who'* he got to be lonely for.
Kearney, new to the company dl'ln
know Phil's hlatory.
"Nobody. That's the trouble. V
euaae* here think we're killed berau era
aaa't ire cur folk* But did yoi:
tear think what It meant not to h.ve
aay home folka to t mesick for
That'* ill's trouble. He fust natural
ly hain't got anybody. That * whn*
he's thinking thla minute. I'll he*, a
Jitney. Never gets any mail -rt. \r
Basra from anyone. By C.eor*t\ her
remea Bandy now with letter* Hurrah'
Tha mall'* In. Jlminyl All thoi-e Uh
m*, chaplain ? Well, this la my day.''
Phitlp sat etolldty on the fire step
without moving. He knew the chaplain
hd no mall for him. All the other
bey* were busily tearing open letter
and papers and hungrily devouring
Then the chapleln stopped In front
of him and pu* a hand on hi* shoulder.
"My boy, I wonder If?" He put hie
other hand in hie pocket and drew out
a letter. "I don't approve of this?
much. I don't have any Idea what's
latlde, but I'm going to leave it with
Philip took the letter eagerly and
conned the address. It wu* written in
S rather angular feminine hand on
I plain winw ps^ri aim uiic* iru iu.
American Expeditionary Forces,
Puazled. he did his trench knife under
the flap and drew out the closelywritten
folded pages. The latter be
gan: "Dear Mr. Somebody:- Before
yen read my letter I'm going to ask
whether or not you are getting mail
from home and friends. If you are.
Will you please give this to someone
who la not. tor this is not your letter,
then, but his. I am writing to a lonelyman
who haa no one to care about him
?Bot to you."
Philip pauaed. Strange that the
Chaplain had followed the directions so
Closely without divining the contents.
He turned again to the letter. Surely
the letter had reached its intended
destination. Who else had a better
right to It than he? Then suddenly a
revulsion of feeling seized him. He
didn't want sympathy, he didn't want
to reed a lot of Sunday School stuff
ebont patiently bearing one's lot and
being sustained by pride In what he
His eyes ran rebelliously over the
Best faw words, then he read more
eegerly and before he knew it -but let
us read the letter.
"Pint of all," It ran, "I'm going to
wish a family onto you. Mr. Somebody
?my family. And I'm going to tell
yfeu all about wbat we've been doing
Maybe you'll want to hear about them
Bed maybe you won't, but 1 absolutely
refute to sympathise with your lonellaaet
sad write consoling things like
iutl. Ana M I have to have something
to put Into a letter, it will Just have
to be the family, so you'll have to be
patient. And In not going to introduce
them. I will speak of them as
though you'd known us all forever.
"To begin, Mr. Peabody finally came
aeroes and gave Dad the position as
department head that he should have
had years ago. Oh. you don't know
what it meant to us! Or, 1 forget, you
do know, of course. When Dad came
home that night and told us. Buddy
stood right up in the middle of the dining-room
table and started to recite
Webster's oration, knocking over m>
vgse of clove shrub, the tirst out of thj
ggrden. end mining a bran clean table
clath that had taken me forty-seven
minutes to iron. But I was In a forgiving
humor, of course, and merely
hissed him and ordered him down
lotty gave Dad a bug that nearly
straagled blm and marched right upstairs
and returned with every one?
every one?mind yon, of ber old dressed
over her erm."
- 'Now, Bis.' she demanded, ean't 1
give theee to the poor Harbtnsons right.
gw?y and gat that pink embroidered
voile and the Foter Tom init tomorrow*"
"I was ready to promise anything,
toy dear air, bat nil the while I was
thinking bow fine It would be to have
the moaey for the gas and milk and
batcher and grocery man without
Dod'e having to rlt up till midnight
Wgnring how to make the money
"Well, that's that Already Dad
looks tan pears younger, and last night
when ho wee shaving 1 heard him
whistling. Wasn't it wonderful!
"The Baerye nest door ere having
their house painted with mahogany
trimming. It waa a dear of a house
before thoy bought It and looked ao
lovely white. But Mr. Emery had made
A lArtnmm In snitnlti/ttoa end Ka'? W..IIJ
I tng * rune addition to It Emaglne!
I Kos-.e -* j? I think housea are like peo
H >!f. don't you? I mean, they tbow
I vhit klp.J ?f people lire la tkem. Our
| houjt look* like the hoae of poor gen
I tee), tt we're uaualljr called. Vinea and
I tillage growing up to hide placet where
%e ub?i| a carpenter eud puiMtr it'.
ilbe thee po.;?h on ?p ojd pair of aline*
I let I think if ene't three are *M u a
SKIMPY SKIRTS? N
Fall fashions for woolless days a
fkirti. straight lines,- and brilliant er
BY BbTTY BROWN. |
Curio collectors, art critics, ct ai.
are anient admirers of fashionable la
dies who .strut around t xpeuslve v
in skimpy skirts So are the fall fa* h
ion designers, who have trait*) i/mi-J
a perfectly ttood American wm.d 'i.irt
age into an "early Keypt .in influ
enre" on lite hapless feminine ?i!
houefte Our clever artist has sketch
ed thre? of tnc newest costumes d?
slitned by Bertha to prove that a
maiden of 191* observing a woolless
day can get a perfeet Cleopatra's'
better to have them polished than not
"But talking of the house and vines
brings me to niv hobby My g irden--;
1 don't know whether you lit - fit
or not? but I Just have to t' ;i jron
about It. Just now I'm writing out
here in an old gtcen swing under a
pink heaven of blossoms. The trees'
are all out and the birds ar* fairly
bursting their little throats for Joy..
"And the bed of whit*- and re I tulips
oyer the fen~e I* blooming so bravely
| ?It Is as good ns a aermou on murage
And over by the shed -hut of course,
| you can't see the shed for the bushes.
I I'll Just have to tell you it's therei
the lilac* are coming out. Can't you
: smell that expuislte dellciousnes* away
over there in your trench? Surely
Heaven will have hedgi s of lilacs And j
the shrubs are out?the snowballs a!
lovely tender greenish White. IIow 1
wish you could see it, Mr. Somebody. |
"And nnv I'm vAlnv tr? toll vnu ?
j secret. I ha tn't Intended to . hut som"
I way I feel that you arc sympathetic,
that you'll understand.
"I have a soldier, a lon?ly soldier.
He must be away over in France, and
it is my fault he is lonely, for wo quarreled
and he went away, and now I
can't find out where he is.? So after
all, this is his letter you are getting 1
Oli, I wish someone would write to|
him?for he is lonely, 1 know. He had |
nobody but me. And, oh. if I onlyj
knew, so 1 could ask him to forgive.
"This Is all for this tint". Mr. 8oM
body. If you like my letter and send!
me your name and address, I'll write
Ellrabct'i Dow ning.
"Somerset, Mass." :
Thia was Philip's answer:
"Dearest Little Betty?Mr. Some
body got your letter, and what do you
I think? It was I. You see God must
have guided It here. So you want me
to forgive you. sweetheart. Dearest.
I'm not fit to kiss the hem of you '
dainty little dress. 1 adore you and |
always will. But since I got you:
letter I determined to live and go hack
to you. Before, I resented every crack
the other fellcws got Instead of imThere,
the post's, going out and I must
send thisv but I'll write every day.
Good-bya, dearest girl.
"Forever yours. Philip"
Miss Ivle Lake, of Glady Creek,
called on her cousin. Mrs. Ella Hen-1
dereon, Saturday night
[ ' VOD ARE A PERM At
I ReSlOCMT OF "THI
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j Misa p |?i
Hi tflitT VIRGINIAN, TAB
0! IT'E EARLY EGYPTIA2
j i* \ y' (1 \
* i "throwback" to the mcde^ of Cieo
nfeae d2ry achieve tht art mustum cfre
handmaiden rtfect If givn properi
barkerjund. The ? .v skirts h ve
scant pi'l ire with an nnsremly disp'n"
of wool ainl go to sroat length
ami no wtdth to prove their patriot
Urt. CJm.'Pji f !?< ? d< rri/l.i:i: on tit*
li ft i- i;iv.in ' it: biu.' cry zlbeline
cr. po with I,ir ail girdle ami rotiti 1
collar of grey croak-loth
The Egyptian Influence geu In its
best work in the pcjr.d frock whirli
Is a tiinle < . tnme of b! tck rreoe
With anrles-. wrlrtletr. an i p.u-dant
tabs of brilliant orb n'al rnbroiria.y.
f x CONFESSION
It Is a r|Hf">r thins, little book, to s"o
w.th what Joy Richard Wnreriy III
welcomes Jim Kdie. II" seems to be;
th? only person for whom he will
wllllncly leave tny arms and Jim Is
the only p*tson to whom ny bey will
vamhr ' I that peruliar little rrooked
snil'.n tin v... otto of hl.i father's
bequests to h.tn.
liven to me. he has another little
crooked lifting of the '. p that is adorab'e,
of eeursi, but no: like Dick's
smile at all.
Jim st ipprf, at tiir liou t:-' tnorrtInc
on hi i way d ivn town and ihiiiip
niateiy woo nail been rpimiy
sucking his big top while 1 was getting
his bath water the proper tempr-ature.
began to crow ami try to wriggir h'tiiself
off the bod toward him.
Jim. imrtenrely flattered and pleased
went oror to where "his little nakedness"
was Uisp'ayid among the blankets,
hiu tiiv restless feet ha.l kicked
off of hlm?o!f, and wrapping him rare 1
fully in his blankets, held him out a*
arms' length in a way that made me 1
shudder. Rut Dleky hle-sert bit of
humanity, it sr niecl tc. give him tin
"I tell >ou what old man. your 1'r.ele
Jim simply lies to come around once
in a while and show you the ways of
red-blocd masculinity. O'hc-wise. this
mother of yours will be making you a
regular mollycoddle." Jim said as I
remonstrated with liirn for treating
Dlekv so roughly.
"What you need. Dick, my boy. It a
man to help bring you up"
As Jim said this, I discovered a wry
eye cast in my dlrec^on.
"Surely. I'nclc Jim, you do not
think." i said demurely, "there las
been a de.irtu of men trying to help in
Dicky's nlura'ton lnte'y."
"There have been too darn many."
said Jim under his breath?but I
caught his words.
"1 do not think that a man w ho J
awear? before mv helpless child is one <
who should be given wholly in charge
of his education." I said primly.
This tickled Jim's sense of humor
and he laughed more wholeheartedly
than 1 had heard him since Dick died.
"If your child is 'helpless," Margie,
you will also acknowledge that he la
unconscious," he said as he placed him
DOINGS OF THE Dl
*MYJ OH Tfo
5 ' WE have \ i'M "roM
W NOT BEEtf / Remto
< INFLUENCE. |
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patra ,-nd her Egyptian aiattra. Scant
et?and save v?ocl.
\t th" right is a straight up and
d rwa gown of blue serge which makes j
up its la*k <>f tool by an ample aup-'
t". 01 Indian l-radwork on the tunic's I
From Pari* tomes the word that;
':rtitnn hats arc to be dc\elopad if. |
subdued colors with ailk and aatlu i
ts the cl.ief HittrW. Ostrich feath-j
r? are to be used in profusion.
l all I itlored tilt- will be fashioned
of trlc-itlne. Imitation fur and ctteviot. I
i nc shirts are a' scant as r an oe, |
nnrl thr> coats arc long, a trifle below ,
3 OF A WIFE x |
in my lap and prepared to alt down
for a chat.
"Get out of here. Jim." I commanded
"I went to bathe Dicky and put hltn to
"Can't you do It while I am here''
I am sure it Is one of the best little
tilings you do."
"My dear Jim bathing and dressing
Dicky Is a sacred rite that has to be
a hit of a secret devotion. Besides,
what would 1 do if when he was nicely
oapetl and in the tub he caught sight l
o; you and demanded to he tossed up
In a blanket araln"
"Why Just let him be tossed up. of
course," agreed Jim.
"Go along to votir work. man. bath-1
ing babies Is woman's work."
As Jim passed through the Ion-;
French windows of the sun room, 1
thought of tiie admission I had Just
"Bathing hrbies is woman's work."
Is flierj a man who would bo wise
enough to bathe a baby? Not Tery
many. I am afraid, and It seems to
me that a man rather prides himself,
on not knowing how to take care of
Nature has raid that women shall!
bear children and man has been j
perfectly willing that woman should
i care for them until they arc big
i enough at least to give them?elves '
It i< like many other duties that
I men giadly'turn over to wom<.n.
I have never heard a man say ha
GOOD REPORTS ~
ni mh FimuAHf
There has never been anything with
the Ql'H'K results of pure LavopUk
| eye wash. One man's eyes ware so
I badly strained he could not read without
pain. TWO applications of La
voptlk reilev.d htm. A lady bad tried
three different glasses for weak, inflamed
eyes. ONE Lavoptik wash sun
prised her. We guarantee a small
bottle to benefit EVERY CASE weak,
strained or inflamed eyes, Martin's
TFFS?(MISS TILLIE IS VE
KTS Au WOMT- iVl MI4S Utile
DOTF-V<e I MARSHALL AMO
the tvombul Live Arsrop
e AMD ARC i TWfMTS 51*-.
*1 OOC VACATION BDT I MUST
7/? ?I eeCo?M5iH
yg august n, wa
would be glad to take care of a home
in fact. 1 have known but (ear men
ho took any interest In the cara of a
lame in any way. It haa always
te*-m*d to me that having relegated
women to the home, man haa proceeded
to lose interest in any work
pertaining to it.
A nation at war makes three distinct
demands on its Individual clttitn
sacrifice, tervire and economy
All sacrifice. Some sacrifice their
own Htm or Htm dear to them In
artual military aerrice; other* Mcrlfice
material prcsperlty, and all aacrifloe
personal comfort* and pleasures
which seamed the neeeasltiea of peacetimes
Sacrifice la easy because all
meet It together and each Is aware
of the participation of other*.
All serve. Most forms of aerwiee
involve group activity, whether It be
in the army. In Red Cross or othar
philanthropic work, or In aetlTe Industrial
aervice No Individual
grudges services bersu?e all Individuals
Rut economy Is harder. Economy
Is the most personal and the moat difficult
form of patriotism. It is hard.
It is monotonous. It la unspectacular,
tnd involves all the Arm qualities demanded
by tatriflce and service with
?ut the Inspiration of co-operation and
recognition. We serve end sacrifice
together; we economise alone.
The family Is the primery and most
important social group, and in Amen
ra. ? the result of custom, the wornin
head of the household is the dtsbiirser
of funds?the spender of the
Here is one of the newest and best
definitions of economy which the
housewife would do well to ponder.
"Economy Is not the cessation of
pending ather It is the elimination
if those fanciful and wasteful expen
iHtures which i-.dd to the cost of living
without adding to Ita Joys."
The Immediate tesulr of eliminating
the coat of nonessentials is the ap
prarancA of a surplus fund, a safetymargin
for use when emergency ahull
produce an essential not otherwise
For instance, tn peace times we con '
a timed live pounds of sugar per person j
each month. At fear prices that sugar1
cort EO rents. Now we are reduced j
to a sugar ration of two pounds each
month-an involuntary saving of 30
cents. That surplus 30 cents SAVED
and not simply diverted to another expense
channel represents real economy
lit the same way we have reduced
the family expense for meat, and for
white flour, and for candy. The
money saving tfecled will be a* much
a patriotic service as the food savin*
hut It must he actually SAVED and
invested In bor.ds or thrift stamp* If
It It economy and not simply trans
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: HENS: WAR OPPORTUNITY
! I One hundred hens on every J
' farm?hens In every tradable .
!! hack yurd. \ [
; | More meet? Ifore hena m >>i
!I the farm and In the back yard J''
|| give a quick answer. > I
! i !:*r* to take the place of meat. J, |
| [ Tnultry to eat at home, to re- ?
.. lease meat for foreign aenlce. J
And monnfaetured largely ?11
.. front wastes ? weeds ? strny J
11 grain?Insects. <
? The hena forage for tbcm- !
J aelvea la the fields. 1 1
Worth doing always. .
11 Important to stnrt now. Free 1
farmers' bulletins on poultry .
! I raising tell how. Ask the Unit- J
ed States department of agri- >,
1 ; culture for them. J [I
rr ualna HwaHa Tamtto HMr I>rtiatrr.
*M-h la <MI?btM!I? parlumM tin taallr
iia t?at prraantlaa Bail* (or proJwtM
twaatiiul. aafl altkr, atralttit. few fta*r
k?lr-:aat u? kluj jaa ??rl. Mi
Int a I to aratp a id tutk'a Mr.tr. r.iarr.
iVrt. atuhlun hair la t*t. I""t aM lottri.ua
tl.at full tin raallr htnilla It awl
pot It up In arr j'.rtr It la ?mir nato-tl
>UM to hata Da*, fctalr hair. ! * ?'.'***
ffem pi i cba**t. Tab* It?boa mm I
kt fM.ad Into triune onrtklnf #1* Uu
It Bahaa ahaat lair trm taw ata MataWfil.
atnaa unilaj atalp aa4 aaadnil.
Haralta M. Oa, AUaata. Ca.
aa4 alia rtttwit aati aaata laat
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Vac&t ion experiences arc much alike :
whether they occur at the mountain*., t
tne sea ehore or in the country. I ,
saw a brown robin Just now Me bent .
over and ran across the ros-, tit* two I
ley* looking like black twig.*, lie Mop
ped often end looke* eoout his tai'. i
dragging >:> the dust. Over he bin*, i
a^ain. hi* tail c< nv.nr up on no went i
again, nothing escaping his head like
eyes. (loudness, he'a stopped again,
his tail going down. I wouldn't have i
noticed tall up and tail down attain <
if I were home. That's one thing va- i
cation does to you; it gives you better
I believe there are hundred* of bird* j
I *? ? tuiH haranep of tha> manv '
tree*, therp are many wood peckers. ,
"Tap. tap. tap." Who's pounding so |
early In the morning?
I popped out of my window and 1
saw his rod head. What a beauty! 1
What a alrture aa ha circled the trc
so clos?c to my window and pounded
so unconcernedly. Home people thin!!
he Is looking for a soft place, bit I
don't helieyp. it It's merely his way
of talking; something like telegraphic,
communication, and 1 can hear other
wood peckers answering all through
Did you ever watch a atorm gather
in the mountain*? The distant hills I
change color until a blue-gray mistnes*
hang* over them like a curtain.
The gray sky is shot with zig Ml
lightning and thunder pounds away
continually. The many trees, most of
them tall and heavy begin to tos3 wildly
about and the noise in the top of
them becomes rlinost a roar, subrlalng
gently to a majestic song.
Where all the mountains about are
I wish to than* my many friends,
and neighbors for their help and kind- i
nes* during my father's Illness and death;
also for the beautiful floral
ofering. Miss Minnie Ice. 8-1214271
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Greatest Song Bt
TW coImmI talk, inu hafara attrn
?o>* tkao of tka world's
? and new, kaa been aeeamllskrd. In
? Wrar ail) tad koadradt of loan, all
? m*L BaandfaUx kooad in darakl
es nucz less than one tej
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K OF MI I
\ PEATUHN? I
> Gacews? I
>la< k with warning. the rata comae
lown In torrents. Just a moment before,
however, there bu been a lb
enre like the drawing In Of OH'l
treath before a ecream, like tb# lb
enre before midnight or tba vary bask
tefore a storm, we've so often UHrienred.
With the rain cornea tba
ilesh of wet itavea and braacbaa, tba
tendlny and whirl of many bougha, tba
toise of the drip, drip on dusty road*
iml the rumble cf that deep voice M *
(lie skies. Italn in the mouataib* M
in awe inspiring, spectacle.
I follow >d a brown ribbon of a read 9
oday until I reached a blua lab# at
it- end of it; which waaa't a lab# at
oil hut just ft lilt of the mountaJM
hlnlng blue in tbo laty atmoppbere.
Across my ribbon road tbb trees
loined hands and we small people bp
i v, really grown up* but witb baarta
of children, walked under aa though
playing the game "London brMgtO
railing down." The road raa endloe*
Iv cool and delightful, every (top
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