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.VILLAS Q -MEN m à Capi. George B. Rodney M Si? m COPYRIGHT WO £y rftAMtt * AUlOti' • An aged and blind priest tells • J Kynaston and his guests an J • amazing story of wonderful jew- • Z els and a looted shrine and of a J • long and heart-breaking quest • j • for one rare treasure. You'll « • wonder, as you read, whether or J • not the old -^adre is wandering • ° in both mind and body—for J | e • SYNOPSIS. —3— Automobile of Miss Dorothy Upton and friend, Mrs. Fane, breaks down at New Mexico border patrol camp commanded by Lieutenant Kynaston. The two women are on way to mine of Miss Upton's fa ther, located a few miles across the Mexi can border. Kynaston leaves women at his camp while he goes with a detail to investigate report of Villa gun runners. Villa troops drive small force of Carranza across border lino and they surrender to Kynaston. Dorothy and Mrs. Fane still at camp when Kynaston returns with prisoners. A blind Mexican priest appears in camp. » * • truly his tale is strange. * CHAPTER II—Continued. While they were eating the appe tizing meal that the trumpeter spread for them upon the camp table beneath the solitary live oak that stood before the tent, they watched the sergeant help the stranger down the hill. Ta king the blind man to the fire, he seat ed him upon a saddle that lay near the cooking tent, and came forward with a salute. "He's a priest, sir—a padre; and from what little I can make out of his lingo he's had a pretty bad time of it, sir. Shall I bring him up?" "Yes." Kynaston sprang up. "Mrs. Fane, do you and Miss Up ton object to my asking the old fellow 1 to take his breakfast here with us? I i hardly like to send him down among the prisoners to eat. He seems a cut ; above them, don't you know?" "Why, of course not, Mr. Kynas ton. Please do exactly as you would ; if we were not here. I am sure he will be very interesting." So Kynaston went down to the fire, where the old man was explaining in broken English and Mexican patois to the prisoners, for them to translate to the American, that he was more tired than hungry, but that most of all he desired to hold converse with the commanding officer. Having in troduced himself, Kynaston asked the old man to come to his tent and join him in coffee. They found thv> two ladies already at their meal. Kynaston seated the old man between the two and poured Mm a cupful of steaming coffee that \woke him into speech. "Never before, senor, have I crossed the line. A Mayan am I, as all my people were for twelve generations that stretch their hands back even unto the days before there were Span iards in Tenochtitlan. "For the space of twelve men's lives have we lived under the shadows of El Tio, seeing always the surf break on the outlying bars. Two years ago I came north, even as Coronado came, part of the way on my feet, part on asses; always with pain, for to the blind, senor, all paths are hard. And at last my dream vanished." "Thy dream?" "Aye, senor, my dream, for know thou that I came not without an aim. That aim has been to follow and re cover what these thieves of the world have taken." He pointed his thumb over his shoulder toward the fire, where the prisoners still sat over the bacon and hard bread that were being cooked for them by the cooks of the troop. "And art thou really blind?" "So that, senor; for fifty years I have not seen the light of day." Mrs. Fane and Dorothy murmured their sympathy. "So I have come, senor. For now three hundred years I and my fathers before me kept the shrine where it has been deposited since the days when Cortez came back from the courts of the old world to hold his court at Cuernavaca, and, finding there in pow er the evil man, Pedrarias, his ene my, retired to live upon his estates. "Ye know, senor and ladies, how it was said that the conquistador poi soned hi3 first wife so that he could marry a second wife who should ad vance his fortunes. It was to this sec ond wife that he gave those wonder ful jewels, as all the world knows; the wonderful emeralds that Queen Isabella asked for in vain and that made Cortez the most courted man in all Madrid. Hast thou heard of them?" Mrs. Fane and Dorothy looked their interest. All people are interested in the mere mention of jewels or pre cious stones—even those who do not possess them. "1 have heard,' said Kynaston slowly, "the same tale all men know, the tale which Gomara wrote to the effect that Cortez received as a part of the ransom of the Emperor Monte zuma five great emeralds, and that when payment was made to the Span ish king of the royal fifth part of the treasure the stones were kept by the conqueror as a part of his own share." "Dost thou know then, or does any man Know, what afterward became of the stones?" The old man leaned forward in his eagerness, turning toward the sound of Kynaston's voice. His interest was obvious. Dorothy and Mrs. Fane took no pains to hide their interest now. "It was said, of course—what thou knowest—that the emeralds were ta ken home by him to Spain, and that j when he married a second time he gave these to his wife. The queen had hinted that she herself was not unwilling to receive as a gift these most wonderful stones. "They were, senor, as Gomara says, like this: One in the shape of a great rose, the second a fish with eyes of gold, the third an emerald cup, and the fourth a man's head with ruby eyes set in the green surface. With none of these, senor, are we con cerned. "The fifth and the most beautiful of all was a great bell, made of solid emerald, that stood, perhaps—so they tell me, at least, for how can a blind man see?—the height of a man's j thumb; carved, mark thee, from the solid emerald—the tongue is made of a pear-shaped pearl, and about the base, carved and set most probably by | some skilled workman of Seville, these words, let into the jewèl in letters of gold : "Blessed is he who created thee." "But, padre, we all know—the world knows—that when Cortez went with his king—Charles—to fight the Moors he took the stones with him, and when he was wrecked at sea off the Al geciras coast the stones were lost—" The old priest sat back clicking his tongue softly. "Then, senor, if this be true, I and my family for ten generations have been made fools of, for during ten men's lives some member of my fam 1 i ; ; à. w / m v ■Æ \ if* vT u fj How Did î. H'm. An Arisaki Rifle! That Come Here?" ily has always kept the shrine of Our Lady of Olvidados down in Yucatan, where the old faith still holds, and where men have not gone after strange gods—" "But how in the world if you live in Yucatan did you ever work your way so far north?" "When General Zapata rose in re bellion after President Diaz had fled to France, the whole country rose with him. what few treasures we had were ta ken. Every place was looted, and "We in Trocanto managed to hide the wealth of the shrine, and for months my brother, who had the care of the shrine itself, had little trou ble in secreting the wealth that we had hidden for nigh four hundred years. "We had the stone—no, senor, not the five; only one—the greatest and most valuable. So rich it was—is! — that I am told men's hearts turned to water at the mere sight of it, I know right well that I would have given much to see it for only one little mo ment; but it was not to be. "They came, senor, by night—as beasts of prey always come—and they looted the temple and burned it after they had looted. I was not there at the time, but when I returned I found my brother dying of a gunshot wound and my mother— It is best not to go into particulars, senor. "They had no fear of God. It is lacking always, they say, in a mob that knows neither law nor leader. And the stone was gone—looted—ta ken, as everything else was, taken, with the raiders when they fled to the north. "Always, senor, our raiders have come from the north, from the days of old when the Toltecs came down upon the land, and when following them the countless thousands of the red savages drove the Toltecs in head long flight, bringing death and deso lation upon the land. And then the Spaniard came, and—thou knowest the rest, senor. COULD YOU STAND THE TEST? War Correspondent Makes Comparison of American Citizens With the Soldiers of Europe. Gentle reader, queries Robert R. Mc Cormick in the Century, if you are a young man of military age, do you feel that you could stand in your place In a squad trench and do your duty as muzhiks and other peasants of mon archical Europe have frequently done? My own opinion of you is that you could not, and my opinion has the strength of a conviction, I do not care whether you are a clerk or a college professor, a lawyer or a laborer. Suppose you were advancing in open order of attack, and had reached a point where, with your cantain killed, j your platoon commande* wounded, — "I do but speak the empty vapor in g 3 of age. I am seventy-six years of age, and I have tracked that stop© northward—northward ever since that day when Zapata's men robbed the shrine. Those men who fled yesterday across the line, and who found refuge with thee have the stone. They took it in fair fight from the rebels, who were moving toward El Paso with it in the hope of selling it for gold with which to purchase arms and ammuni tion for their cause. "And they in turn have lost the stone to thee; for a passing cowboy told me that these men had surren dered to the Americanos and guided me the greater part of the way to thy ' • camp. "I am no rebel, senor. I am a churchman, not a soldier. But—I seek the stone—I. now that my brother is dead; I, the Blind Priest of Trecante. am the lawful guardian of the shrine." Just then the deep voice of the ser geant broke in. "Sir, if the lieutenant 1 b ready I'll bring up the packs an' the lieutenant can go through 'em." Kynaston, called back to earth, looked up and nodded. "Bring 'em all up in front of my tent, sergeant." The three pack mules, tired and un groomed, were led up and their packs decanted in front of the tent where Dorothy and Mrs. Fane sat in inter ested observation. "There ought to be guns an' re volvers an' ammunition," commented Kynaston. "Button! Button! Who's got the button? I wonder what they've got packed away in those aparejos." He soon found out. for ander the quiet orders of the sergeant the guards slipped the packs and opened them in front of the wondering eyes of the little group. "I thought at least we would find that the arms manufacturers of the country had shipped rifles and pistols to them across the border," comment ed Kynaston. "And I find nothing; absolutely nothing. A petate—sleep ing mat—and a lot of dried red pep pers, together with a package of beans —frijoles— Wait a bit! What's that under your hand, Miss Upton?" Miss Upton, startled, looked curi ously at the package under her hand which she had been resting upon the pack. She gave it a twitch, and a bun die wrapped in a rough, red blanket rolled out on the ground. Kynaston promptly picked It up. "H-m! Three rifles that have no business here and a hundred rounds of ammunition. Wait a bit! Sergeant, look at the arsenal mark on those rifles and see where they were made." The sergeant scrutinized them care fully in the early light. "Sir, there's some mark on 'em that I can't make out. It looks like some sort of a flower as well as I can see.'' Kynaston took the gun. As far as its appearance was concerned it resembled every other military rifle that he had ever seen, but when he turned the under side to the light he saw stamped in the dark wooden forehand of tiie piece thq full-blown chrysanthemum that was the emblem of only one nation. "H-m! An Arisaka rifle! how the deuce did that come here? It was made as far east as one can get without tumbling over to the westward again. How the deuce did a Japanese rifle come into Mexican hands?" He had no opportunity to solve the problem, for even as he spoke Dorothy gave an exclamation and stepped back a pace as the covering of a package broke and a flood of silver pesos ran out at her feet. "There's no proof of stealing in these," commented Kynaston. "Even if there were the stealing was done in Mexico, and the thief was not with in our jurisdiction. What is this?" It was a plain, dirty canvas sack perhaps a foot in depth and it bore the marks of rough handling, picked it up and juggled it from hand to hand. The officer of the Carranza forces was obviously uneasy at the scrutiny. "That, senor," he said, "is the great est prize of all. It was stolen by these rebels across the line and was to be used by them to purchase arms." Without waiting for any explana tion as to what the contents of the sack might be, Kynaston cut the string and poured the contents out upon the saddle blanket which the sergeant had spread upon the ground, there was nothing in the roll of rags that rolled out to presage great value. But on turning over the mass with his foot a glow of green caught his eyes. There tumbled out at his feet a great crystal bell the color of the richest blue grass that grows in Ken tucky! Dorothy picked it up. "The padre was right," she said. "If it is indeed emerald it is worth a king's ransom. What will you do with it?" Now He Certainly •••••••••••••••••••••••••s 9 And this wonderful emerald J • bell plays a big part—if you • J were writing this story, what J • part would you have the jewel • J play in the tangled web of war 2 Its history might be • • plotting? £ one of bloody intrigue and Its * • future may make it a pawn for • • a man's life. (TO BE CONTINUED.) your line, unable to go forward, was lying in the open, and your only chance for life was to find the range of the enemy and shoot at him so correctly that he In turn could no longer shoot correctly at you. Would you listen lo the orders of your corporal? Would you take the range he gave you, care fully adjust your sight, and fire every shot as carefully as If you were trying to ring a cane at Coney Island or make a new step in a dance? No, you could not do It, and failing to do it, you would be killed by some peasant of the type that you see working on the railroad track or mixing concrete for the foundation of the road od which you run your automobile. Hj is a better soldier than you are. The United States produces aboir 88 per cent of the world's oysters. * it CALL TO ARMS FOR NATION'S DEFENSE The call to the militia of all the states was cohtnined In the following state ment of Secretary of War Baker addressed to the governors of the states : Having in view the possibility of further aggression upon .the territory of the United States and the necessity fa. the proper protection of that fron tier, the president has thought proper to exercise the authority vested in him by the Constitution and the laws and call out the organized militia and the National Guard necessary for that purpose. "I am in consequence, Instructed by the president to call Into the service of the United States through you, the following units of the organized militia and the National Guard of the state of directs shall be assembled at the state mobilization point the place to be designated to you by the commanding general, eastern depart ment), for muster into the service of the United States. „ Organizations to be accepted into the federal service should have the minimum peace strength now prescribed for organized militia. The maximum strength at which organizations will be accepted and to which they should be raised as soon as possible is prescribed in section No. 2, "Tables of Organiza tion," United States army. "In case any regiment, battalion or squadron, now recognized as such, contains an insufficient number of organizations to enable ft to conform to muster to regular army organization tables, the organizations necessary to complete such units may be moved to mobilization camp and there Inspected under orders of the department commander to determine fitness for recognition as organized by the war department. Circular 19, division of militia affairs, 1914, prescribes the organizations desired from each state as part of the local tactical division, and only these organizations will be accepted Into service." II , which the president j(or at M a is HOW THE UNITED STATES AND MEXICAN ARMIES LINE UP IN MEXICO. ALONG BORDER. .3,500 .1,500 ..... 2,500 Namiquipa. ..... 2,500 Babricora . . 3,500 San Miguel. . 1,500 Madera . . 1,000 Galena . .....10,000 Casas Grandes ... ..... 9,000 Corralito8. . 4,500 Ascension.. Douglas. Columbus . El Paso . Rio Grande. Presidio . Laredo. Brownsville .... San Antonio .... 500 500 1,000 3,000 1,500 500 Total These men are stretched along a front of 1,800 miles. This makes the front of 250 miles. This makes the line average nineteen men to the mile, line average forty-eight men to the mile. Organized National Guard of the United States (mobilized) .145,000 AGAINST THIS FORCE CARRANZA HAS 12,000 34,500 These men are stretched along a Total 12,000 40,000 ,15,000 In Sonora under Calles . In Chihuahua facing Pershing's front, At other points along border.. .67,000 Total Events Leading to Mexican Crisis in Brief Chronology The following brief chronology con stitutes the highlights in ^ie politi cal history of Mexico, starting with the Madero revolution against Presi dent Porfirlo Diaz, November 13, 1910, culminating in the present crisis, os follows : 1910. NOV. 23—Francisco L Madero pro claims himself provisional president, and two days later Diaz resigns, sailing with his family for Europe May 31. 1912. OCT. 16—Second revolution started un der General Felix Diaz. Two weeks later he is captured by federal troops and uprising apparently crushed. 1913. FEB. 21—Third revolution takes place and Victoriano Huerta proclaimed provisional president. Gustavo Ma dero executed. FEB. 21—Fourth revolution, this time against Huerta, started by Carran za, governor of Coahuila. OCT. 14—Huerta proclaims himself dictator and abrogates constitution. 1914. APRIL 8—Paymaster and seven sailors arrested in Tampico by Mexican sol diers. Though released a few hours later, Rear Admiral Mayo demanded an apology, punishment of the Mex ican officer in charge and a salute of twenty-one guns. This wus the APRIL 21—United States marines oc cupy customhouse at Vera Cruz and take charge of city. JUNE 24—Peace protocol signed by "A B C" mediators at Niagara Falls, Ontario. JULY 15—General Huerta resigns as provisional president. AUG. 14—Carranza, by agreement with General Obregon and General Itur blde, named provisional president, to succeed Francesco Carbajal, who held office one month after Huerta's It resignation. NOV. 11—The outbreak of hostilities between Carranza and Villa takes place. 1915. JAN. 5 to MARCH 5—Sporadic fight ing between Villa and Carranza forces. Oct 19—United States formallly rec ognizes Carranza de facto govern-* ment. Wild jubilation In Mexico City. 1916. JAN, 1—Villa atrocities against Amer icans become dally. JAN. 13—Fifty Americans massacred by Villlstas near Chihuahua City. JAN. 15—Fight between American troops and Mexican soldiers near Fort Hancock, fifty-three miles east of El Paso. JAN. 17—Villa orders his troops to shoot all Americans on sight J • J • 2 • Militia Below Peace Strength. Records of the division of militia affairs of the war department show that the National Guard of the coun try lacks 22,000 men of the number re quired to bring it up to its supposed peace strength of 151,000. It is short by 186,000 men of its full war strength of 315,000. Of the 12 divisions existing on pa per, only two, the Sixth New York and the Seventh Pennsylvania, have a divi sional headquarters organized. Irene, the Gotham Queen. In England, where everybody is practicing the most rigid economy, even the noblewomen at the royal court, it is deemed f. mark of respect for alien visitors to (' ess as simply as possible, particularly .voiding a gaudy display of jewels \ lien they attend court functions. We Americans, such sticklers for good ta*te ourselves, are much gratified to learn that Mrs. Ver non Castle maintained that sympa thetic manifestation of respect which marks every well-bred visitor in Eng JAN. 23—Eight Americans hanged by Villa's orders at Carnejutla, Mexico. FEB. 18—Official report made to Sec retary of State Lansing disclosed that total American murders in Mex ico numbered 146 in three years. MARCH 1—Sporadic raids by Villlstas across border become almost dailyt MARCH 9—Columbus raid by 1,500 Mexican rebels under Villa. Seven teen Americans slain. MARCH 19—American troops under command of Colonel Dodd enter Mex ico as vanguard of General Per shing's punitive expedition. os Condition of the National Guard in the Various States. According to the latest war depart ment records, the condition of the Na tional Guard is as follows:: Alabama—Medical department, good ; field artillery, poor; infantry, fair and good. Arizona—Medical department, good; Infantry, fair and good. Arkansas—First Infantry Companies B, D, F and K, poor; others good or by as STRENGTH OF THE NATIONAL GUARD c. - i-i >4 c E c » K X 3 P % cr 3 <t> R ft 3 Ë if. *3 PSr? o£ o 1 B : O 3 g.O 3» 3 o States and Territories. S n j. 2 a K 3 O 3 ■ CL a a . : » CL » O Cfi 3 O 3 o o - 3 -I : 3 - i 8. : 2. 1— Alabama .... 2— Arizona ... 8—Arkansas .. 4—California ... 6—Colorado . 6— Connecticut . 7— Delaware ... 8— District of Columbia . 8—Florida . 10— Georgia .. 11— Hawaii . 12— Idaho ... 13— Illlnota . 14— Indiana. ..... 15— Iowa ....... 15—Kansas ..... 17— Kentucky . 18— Louisiana .... 18—Maine ..... 20-Maryland ... 21— Massachusetts ... 22— Michigan .... 28— Minnesota .... 24— Mississippi ..... 25— Missouri .. 26— Montana ...... 27— Nebraska .. 2S—Nevada (a) . 29— New Hampshire ... 30— New Jersey . 31— New Mexico .... 32— New York .. 33— North Carolina .. 34— North Dakota .. 35— Ohio . 36— Oklahoma . 37— Oregon . 38— Pennsylvania . 38—Rhode Island .. 40-South Carolina .. 41— South Dakota ... 42— Tennessee . 43— Texas ... 44— Utah . 45— Vermont ... 45—Virginia.. .. 47— Washington . 48— West Virginia .%.. 49— Wisconsin . 50— Wyoming ... Total . (a) No organized militia In Nevada. 23 >3 163 2,745 2,931 8 23 47 907 is 100 118 1,542 1,660 39 216 275 3,377 3.633 24 101 125 1,735 L8« 31 163 194 2,711 2,905 s 33 41 461 502 109 112 2,015 2.157 18 71 S9 1,172 L2S1 37 196 233 2,845 2,078 10 43 53 802 8Ö5 13 49 62 852 914 79 447 BM 5,808 8,334 31 167 198 1888 2,588 34 182 216 8,037 3,253 IS 103 121 1.655 1,776 23 156 179 2,302 2,481 13 53 66 1.0S5 1,151 15 95 no 1,238 1.398 26 138 164 1.963 2,127 SO 865 445 5.492 5.937 163 199 2,421 2.620 28 198 226 3,027 3,253 13 78 91 1,416 1.507 48 1S4 232 3,914 4,146 li 36 47 637 684 13 108 121 1,538 1,659 (a) 14 77 91 1,275 1.366 45 25S 3-33 4,273 4,576 9 51 60 912 972 212 1,034 16,440 17,474 41 1S4 m 2,869 2,914 6 51 57 753 810 95 410 6 6 6,856 6,361 21 54 75 1,099 1,174 M MB 1.468 1.577 to .... 665 792 »,097 10,889 u 82 94 1,329 1,423 24 128 152 1,54« 1,698 10 61 71 973 h 044 23 92 115 1,701 8:1 35 161 196 8,185 3,381 6 25 31 454 485 12 67 79 758 S37 26 179 : 8 2,731 2.936 . 71 83 1,197 1.280 16 100 116 1,793 1.909 23 166 189 3,087 8 35 590 625 1,525 7.578 9,103 123,105 132,209 Of the 36 brigades, on paper, mak ing up these divisions only 28 have their'headquarters organized. Due to the troops of many of the brigades and most of the divisions being from different states, and the war depart ment having no régulas officers to spare, there is no one available for these staffs. For the 127 regiments of infantry and cavalry there should be 635 ma chine guns. At last reports a few weeks ago there were but 172 in fhe possession of the various regiments. land at this time. When Irene danced before the queen last month she at tired herself as modestly as she could and still be consistent with her sta tion ; she wore a chiffon frock, and left off all her jewels except a diamond necklace and a diamond bracelet m her left sm&lie—Kansas City Star. 11 ■ „ B . ■■ ■ Mo Opening. "What are you going to do now that you are through college?" "Well, I did think of going Into the hanking business, but it's awfully hard ■ I very good. Second Infantry Compa* nies C and K, poor; others good or fair. California — Medical department, good ; cavalry, fair ; field artillery, very good; coast artillery, good and fair; infantry, fair or poor by company. Colorado—Medical department, good ; corps of engineers, fair; cavalry, good; field artillery, poor ; infantry, good and poor by companies. Connecticut — Medical department, very good; cavalry, good and excel lent; field artillery, very good; coast artillery, good and very good by com panies; infantry, excellent and very good. District of Columbia—Medical de partment, excellent; signal corps, fair; infantry, fair, good and excellent by companies. Georgia—Medical department, fair; Infantry, fair and poor by companies; cavalry, good ; field artillery, very good; const artillery, good and poor by companies. Idaho—Infantry very good and good. Illinois—Medical department, very good ; engineer corps, fair ; cavalry, ex cellent and very good; field artillery, very good and good ; infantry, very good and fair by companies; Seventh and Eighth infantry, Chicago, excellent and very good. Indiana—Medical department, fair; field artillery, fair; infantry, good and very good by companies. Iowa—Medical department, fair ; field artillery, good; infantry, fair and very good by companies. Kansas—Medical department, very good; field artillery, fair; infantry, very good and good by companies. Kentucky — Medical department, fair; infantry, fair and good to ex cellent by companies. Louisiana — Medical department, very good; cavalry, good; field artil lery, fair; infantry, good, fair and poor by companies. Maine—Medical department, fair ; coast artillery corps, fair and good ; in fantry, good. I Maryland—Medical department, very good; infantry, very good and fair by companies. Massachusetts—Medical department, excellent ; cavalry, very good ; field ar tillery, excellent; coast artillery, good and very good; infantry, good and very good by companies. Michigan — Medical A. is department, poor; engineers' corps, fair; signal corps, good; cavalry, good; field artil lery, poor ; Infantry, good and very good. Minnesota — Medical department, fair ; field artillery, very good ; in fantry, good and very good by com panies. Mississippi — Medical department, poor; infantry, fair and poor by companies. Missouri—Medical department, good ; cavalry, very good ; artillery, excel lent; Infantry, very good and Mr by companies. Montana—Medical department very good; Infantry, excellent and good. Nebraska—Medical department, very good ; Infantry, excellent good and fair by companies. ; New Hampshire—Medical depart ment, fair; cavalry, fair; field artil lery, good; coast artillery, poor; In fantry, excellent and very good. New Jersey—Medical department, very good ; cavalry, good ; artillery, very good ; infantry, fair to good. New Mexico—Medical department, good; artillery, excellent; infantry, very good and good. The ordnance department had only 77 available. There were 67 others in the sea-coast defenses, but they were needed there. Transportation is of the utmost Im portance in any field operation and this will be particularly true in Mexi co. Yet the Sixth New York division is the only one with complete regi mental and divisional wagon trains. The Seventh Pepnsylvania has com plete regimental tralcC but needs 115 wagons to complete the divisional trains. to get a start, even if one is willing to start at the bottom, as I am. I went to seven different banks yester day and applied for a position as fourth or fifth vice president, but there wasn't a single vacancy. Resourceful. 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I am now in the best of health did not have the operation." — Mrs. John A. Koenig, 602 Flushing Avenue, Astoria, N. Y. Every one dreads the surgeon's knife and the operating table. Sometimes nothing else will do; but many times doctors say they are necessary when they are not. Letter after letter comes the Pinkham Laboratory, telling how operations were advised and were not § erformed' or, if performed, did no good, ut Lydia E.Pinkham's Vegetable Com poundwas used and good health followed, If you want advice write' to Lydia E. Pinkham Medicine Co. (confidential), Lynn, Mass. ; and to "*9 "Hunt's Cure" is guaranteed to •top and permanently cure that terrible itching. It is com pounded for that purpose and f your money will be promptly L refunded without question / If Hunt's Cure fails to cure ( Itch, Kczema. Tetter. RingWorm l or any other skin disease. 60c > the box. For sale by all drag stores or by mail from the î A. B. Richards Medicine Co., Sherman,Tex. Preserving Foods. A new method has béen discovered, says an English paper, for preserving various food products, especially milk powder, the idea being based upon placing the substance in a sealed ves sel or packing case with inert gas, so that this latter prevents the usual spoiling of contents by the action of the air. In the French patented pro cess the milk powder is packed in metal boxes of convenient size, which are entirely sealed except for a pin hole that is left at the top. A number of such boxes are put in a chamber and the air is exhausted by means of an air pump. When this operation is finished valves are opened which allow nitrogen to enter the chamber and fill up the several boxes. When opening up the chamber the boxes are quickly removed and the pinhole soldered be fore an appreciable amount of air has time to enter. In this way the con tents of thé boxes are kept in an at mosphere of inert gas, and the process is thus practical from an industrial standpoint. Rare Treat. Tommy wanted to go to the movies, but hLs mother objected. "Aw, you never let me go no place, he whimpered. Why Tommy," exclaimed his tooth er ; "what shocking bad grammar you use! Can't you speak more correct ly?" »* Sure I can," said the boy, "if you'll only give me a chance. You ought to hear me say : 'Yes, mother, you let me go wherever I want to.' >» The Cure. "My doctor has ordered me to Palm Beach for my health. What seems to be the matter with a yon? "I've been worrying too much about money matters." Well, you won't have anything of that sort to worry you if you stay down there long enough. »> The fatter a woman gets the easier it is for her to believe other womeD are unable to notice It. A woman gets a lot of satisfaction out of her belief that other women envy her. envy her. In this Matter of Health one ta either with the winners or with the losers. It's largely a question of right eating—right food. For sound health one must cut out rich, indigestible foods and choose those that are known to contain the elements that build sturdy bodies and keen brains. Grape-Nuts is a wonderfully balanced food, made from whole wheat and barley. It contains all the nutriment of the grain, includ ing the mineral phosphates, indispensable in Nature's plan for body and brain rebuilding. Grape-Nuts is a concen trated food, easy to digest. It is economical, has delicious flavor, comes ready to eat, and has helped thousands in the winning class. "There's a Reason"