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Martin O'Connor,
Amanuensis
Why He Loved St. Patrick's
Day.
By P. A. MITCHEL
Patrick O'Connor came to America
-when be was a mere lad and by dint
of hard work and perseverance made a
fortune. He left a sister in Ireland
-who married Daniel O'Mailey, and she
-was separated from her brother for
many years. He was used to sending
her money occasionally, and after
awhile, when she had grown older, she
would sometimes depute her adopted
daughter, Aileen, who was coming to
womanhood, to thank her brother for
his benefactions. The truth is that
the woman had not been very well
educated, and Aileen, having more
advantages, was better fitted for these
replies. As the years rolled by and
O'Connor became more and more pros
perous it seemed to his sister that his
letters showed a better education than
at first The fact is that he turned
over a part of his correspondence to
his son, Martin, and it occasionally be
came Martin's part to write these
check bearing Jotters to hie aunt, but
h§ wrote them in his father's name.
"'One day Martin opened the mail in
his father's absence and read a letter
of thanks for a remittance. It was
written in Mrs. O'Malley's name, but
Martin saw plainly that it bad not:
been written by her. It bore the im
press of a .vouiifj girl, and a very in
telligent girl at that. There was real
gratitude In it, and it was overflow
ing with kindliness as well. It seem
ed to Martin that an emanation from a
lovely girl had been wafted across the
ocean and entered his heart.
The next time Mr. O'Connor gave
his son a check to send to Mrs. O'Mai
ley Martin wrote a letter which was
meant for a reply to the one last re
ceived. One not knowing the relation
ship between the two correspondents
would have supposed that it had been
written to a girl instead of his aunt.
Mrs. O'Mailey concluded that her
brother was becoming very affection
ate in his old age. It was couched in
such kindly terms that she commis
sioned Aileen to express for her her
appreciation of her brother's interest
in her and assure him that his sister
hail not lost any of her affection for
him during their long separation.
Aileen, feeling that she was writing
from a sister to a brother, did not
scruple to express all the- affection her
mother desinAl she should express for
Mr. O'Connor. When the recipient read
it he wondered at this unusual demon
stration of affection, but set it down to
the fact that his sister was growing
old and as persons age their affection j1o
for those of their own blood ripens.
Being a man of business and undemon
strative, he handed the letter to his
son and told him to reply in kind.
In this way a correspondence grew
up between Maitin O'Connor and
Aileen, the one writing supposedly to
her uncle, the other presumably to
his aunt, which grew warmer and
•warmer till the letters between the
brother and sister became almost lover
like.
Whether Martin was really falling
In love with his aunt or whether lie
suspected the old lady had employed
an amanuensis doesn't appear, but one
thing is certain—the letters he receiv
ed became in time so affectionate that
whenever he saw one delivered by the
postman written in the well known
hand he appropriated it to himself, and
his father never saw it. It is quite
likely that Aileen did the same with
those letters that came from America.
When love's quicksilver had attained
a considerable height Martin began to
think that he would like to investigate
this aunt of his to whom he was mak
ing a semi-brotherly love and see if
her earthly part was as beautiful as
her soul. He began to express to his
father a desire for a trip abroad and
especially to visit the green Isle where
his ancestors had lived and died. He
became very pathetic over a plot of
ground his father had often described
to him where the O'Connors were
moldering. An O'Connor had been a
bishop, and Martin expressed himself
as desirous of visiting the grave of this
eminent son of the church.
Mr. O'Connor, much pleased that his
son should take this interest in his
ancestors, who, by the bye, had from
time Immemorial been stalwart church
goers, consented that Martin should go
abroad in the early spring, and Martin
suggested that it would be well for
him to time his visit for St. Patrick's
day.
"The very thing," said Mr. O'Connor.
"You may attend services on that an
niversary in the very church where
Bishop O'Connor preached."
Martin sailed early in March, arrang
ing to be with his aunt on the 17th,
which every one with Irish blood in
his veins knows is St. Patrick's day.
Before saying goodby to bhn his fa
ther whispered in his.ear:
"Be sure to make it plain to your
funt that I'm very fond of her, and
kll that. You know how to say sucb
things better than I do, and I rely on
you to express my feelings."
"Trust me for that, father," said
Martin. "I'll do it warmly."
came from the young man
"V London stating that he
leave for the home of
next day. Later
long letter was received describing his
meeting with bis aunt and how he
spent St Patrick's day. "In compa
ny," it said, "with that beloved woman
who has written her brother such beau
tiful letters I attended services, sitting
directly under the pulpit where our
great Bishop O'Connor preached those
soul stirring sermons. Later we vis
ited the plot where the O'Connors
are buried, and I sat beside my aunt
on a stone beneath which Fergus
O'Connor, my great-grandfather, rests.
It seemed to me that the family affec
tion for which our ancestors were
marked was rising, a sort of ethereal
aroma. Something struck a respon
sive chord in my heart and set it vi
brating. So affected was I that I drew
my aunt to me, kissed her and whis
pered in her ear, 'Dear heart, I bear
you all the love of the O'Connors from
the day when the first O'Connor spoke
of love to our first maternal ancestor.'"
This part of the letter met with an
enthusiastic response from Patrick
O'Connor and all his family. The good
man rejoiced that in his son he had
one to make up for his own undemon
strative nature. "I wonder," he said,
"that the boy could have felt so much
affection for an old woman even though
she be his father's sister."
"You forget," said Mrs. O'Connor,
"that Martin was expressing your feel
ings for bis aunt."
"You're right," was the reply. "I
didn't think of it in that light. Mar
tin is a very good boy and loves me
as a son should love a father."
Martin's letters after that all smack
ed of that St. Patrick's day he had
spent with his beloved aunt. Every
thing that happened seemed to turn
upon that eventful anniversary. A
package of books came across the
ocean from Martin, and every book
was on the subject of St. Patrick.
"The boy shows great enthusiasm
for his church," said his mother.
"I'lease God he may be a priest."
If the eathedrais Martin visited in
company with his annt was any cri
terion lie bade fair to be an archbishop.
He seemed to be forever dawdling
about the grounds in which these holy
odilices stood, and the deplli of his
feelings seemed to come through his
aunt, who was always exciting in him
some pure emotion.
Martin's time abroad 'was limited.
Ilis father, who was getting old, relied
much upon him In the conduct of his
affairs and wrote him not on any ac
count to overstay his leave. On receipt
of this letter Martin wrote that he had
grown so fond of his aunt that it had
become impossible to tear himself
away from her. lie would not over
stay his leave, but this was because
she had consented to go to America
with him to visit her dear brother.
Patrick O'Connor was appalled at
this. So long as she was absent from
lihn he could satisfy his demonstrative
nature through his son, but if she were
with him this would devolve upon him
self. As to embracing his sister, sit
ting beside her holding her hand or
with his arm around her waist, "he
could not do so even witli liis wife.
However, lie could think of no way to
head off his sister's visit and prepared
as
ruuc'1
affection as possible.
could not possibly return till June and
there appeared to be some especial rea-1
sou for the delay.
Uhere were a good many things
about the return of Martin O'Connor
that his parents could not understand.
re:U'lH'.t!
_IIt!
wonl(l
take his aunt with him for a house
keeper. The only comfort to be de-
rived by his parents from this was by
boy from his home, he titled up a house
bit older than you were thirlv vears
ag0»»
"I'm not Nora," she said on throw-
nivei
nor's
ifiT
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PARTY AT
MISS HELEN NELSONS
Miss Helena Nelson celebrated
her nineteenth birthdaj anniver
sary last Sunday by entertaining a
large number of her friends at
the home of her parent^, John
Nelsen and wife. A (feast was in
dulged in after which a very good
time was had. They all returned
ito their homes late in the evening.
FOR, SAiLtK
Horses and Brood Sows, 4 head of
go
old yiaunig brake horses, 20 head
of Duroic Jersey Sows.
ierbert Thielen, Biraytom Iowa.
Phone Exira 19E24 Ml5 pd
FOR RENT
Unfurnished rooans.
.Chris (Clllerk) Petersen
FOB SALE OB TRADE
One German Coach Stallion, four
years olid, weight fourteen hundred
Ptounds.
Mair.29 Nick Mertes.
—I have on hand a supply of hog
markers and catoliers. Now is the
time tfl get yours. N. Beck
Wanted
1
i'
good heavy boned Chester white
Boar, yearling about 250 pounds.
James Jensen, Route 4 Exira.
Phone 22 on 22 Aiiidta. Iwk pd.
HAMLIN
Tom Godwin and: Eva Hayes were
visitors at his parent's home Sun
day.
P. M. Christensen and family
visited at the M. Petersen home
.-unday.
George Strutliers sawed wood lor
iFVeidl Campbell and James". Hood,
last Friday.
-V.vfti VT3
It was the month of June when Mar
tin sailed from Ireland. St. Patrick's
day bad gone by three months before.
but Martin still harped upon it in his
letters, and even the month of roses, Jake Warner hais placed an or
though it seemed to appeal very strong-. der foi a Ford car with the a
ly to the young man, was no more dear gent at Audubon.
to him than the month of winds and
dust. Still, he had written that he
•,«
John Root is building a new hog
•house: .Harry Rabe is doing the
work.
John Phipp sold a bunch of hogs
to our buyer Wast week.
Julius iQhristensen purchased J.
Ne]aen.s Fard one laM week.
BUYS THE MAJiESTIC
Tuesday .afternoon a deal
In the iirst place lie announced that he completed' whereby G. W. McNary,
had decided since he had been away iwiho has beein operating the Majtsic' joined. 1 Hie attempt toi
from home to live thereafter under his hi this city for the past several ft'hree from two in the wool sup
own roof tnt and to go there as soon nvomtlhis, disposed of the same to 11. ply of the world has brought its
"S..»ei !1U(1
,1€SS
a a a a in
his return.
'or
a
of tlle
cvf
uny
111 thls
A bewildered look came over the 1'liiis show. We have not heard of
mail's face then an idea seemed to Mr. McNary's intentions for the
be boring its way into his brain. Turn- fut]ur,e
ing to his son. be said:
"Mart."
"Well, dad, what is it?"
"What made you suddenly so fond
of St. Patrick's day?"
"Well, to tell the truth, dad, in the
morning Aileen and I went to mass in
the church where Bishop O'Connor
once preached, and in the evening we
sat on his tomb, I telling her that I
loved her and must take her back to
America with me as my wife."
"And what's all this about your
aunt?"
"You remember that you asked me
to answer my aunt's letters to you.
Well, Aunt Nora deputed Aileen to
reply to the replies. The result was
that I fell in love witinny aunt and
Aileen fell in love with her uncle.
Au®tbere you are!"
's day is the principal an
celebrated in Martin O'Con-
til-,'}•,•'
I* ^1, r- vwl
P. A Jejasen went! to) Atlan^i|^
last Saturday to attend the Mis
sion Meetings which was being held
at t)he Danish .Luitheran Chuiroh in
that city. He returned home the
first of tike week.
H. Petersen and' wife were at
tending the Mission Meeting® in
Atlantic, last Friday, at which the
Reverends Svensen of Jacksonville,
and 'Geirtsen of Council Bluffs,
w^re) speakers.
Mairtin Jion/sem andi family, resid
ing near Poplar, are quarantined
witJh scarlet fever at the home
of' iMns. Jensen's parenfl^J, Air. and
Mrs Anton Seimersen, in this city
iMr.s. A. W Harvey is a very pic,k
lady at this waiting. Wednesday
she lay for eight hours in a stu
por. La grippe. I.
Henry Daugaard and sister,
Mary., and Che Misses Myrtle and
Martha Jensen attended the meet
ing in BraytQn, Ulast Sunday.
Victor Olsen left for Olio,
w.eC'k to work in a tire factory.
I. Miller, of Cameron, MBfitsouri. Mr answer in minus one.
Miller lias bean in tihe movie .bui3i-j "The wool clip cf 1911» sold 1'ior
number ol years
his father, who was relieved to know understands the business
that he would not have to sit holding elvery arijgle. He has mald^ |a. bu'q
his sister's hand, with an occasional cess of the business in the town wool growing ,Sc tes lvis been sold
kiss. Martin was the apple of his eye, where h6 com-es from and we pre-, to deuilens under coin-tract for de
and, although he was loath to lose the dlict) tlhat he will give Giriswold oine:
part o-f
state. He expects to make a num-
Martin arrived in the evening and
drove to Jiis bachelor quarters, where ^BI* ^''ruii'g^s in the manage
the O'Connor family were waiting for nient of the (place and wall eu
hiiu and his aunt. When the front deavor to give Glriswold the very
door was opened and Patrick O'Connor best there iis. He will have so-m-e
saw his sister he exclaimed: thing toi say to the people thwugh
"Lpon my word, Nora, you're not a
the
,co)umus
l0l£ the
American a lit-
tie latelr.—'Gitovold American.
1 Mr McNaI1y wiW be
ing her arms about Mr. O'Connor "I'm 'by People of Exira as the
Aileen O'Connor, your sister adopted proprietor olf the Exira Cream Sta
daughter." tion,, previous to his purchase of
remembered
Whem Mark Twain, in his early
days, was editor of a Missouri news
paper, a superstitious subscriber
wrote) to) hlm| saying that he had
found a spider in liiis paper and
asiked -hliini wihetlher thjat was a sign
of good' 1-uck or -bad. The humor
ist wrote him -this answer and
printed it: "Old Subscriber:--Find
ing a spider in your paper was
neither good- luck or bad luck for
you. 'flhe spidler was merely look
ing oiver our paper toi see whicjh
merchant is not advertising so
(jhatl hef can- go- to tfhat store, spin
litis web across the door and lead
a life oif undisturbed peace ever
ajfltenward.'' Baraga, Mlcjhigian
Jtournpll -yviv:-
last
Christy Knudson passed^ tliru
town last SUnday with an auto
load of young ladies. Hurrah for
Christy.
OAl»l)OUK SXlCt.Ji.lflK
WltESTLJfl AT OMAHA
it has been announced that Joe
Stecker of Dodge Center, Nebraska,
and Earl Cad dock of Anita, ioiwa,
have been matched t'oi a unish
wrestling match to decide the
heavy weight title to be held in
Omaha, April !)ili. Frank Gotcli has
announced that he will look after
the training of Caddock from now
till the dayi uf the match. Gen.e
Malady wil promote the matah.
QATAKRU CANNOT BE CURED.
wdtih LOOAiL :APPliI'C|A/raONiS, as
tihey cannot reaJcto. the seat of the
diseasle. Catarrh is a b'ljood or con
stitutional disease, arnd in ord'etr (to
cure it yiou must take dmternal (re
medies. Hall's Cartfarrih Cure is
taken internally, amd- acts directly
upon the blood and mucous sur
face. Halli'ia Oajtajrnh Dure is mot a
quick medicine. It wias prescribed
by oina of the beet physicians in
Ibbjls .oouintry for years and is a
•regular prescription. it is compos
ed of the best lotnics knowin., 3OX(L
frioed* wiith the beat bl|0)0(d purifi
ers, acting directly on the mucous
surfaces. The perfect comihd'natiom
of tihe two ingrediients is what pro
duces such wionderfuil results in
curing catarrh Send llor testimon
ials, free.
Take Hall's Family lJ|Mle for con
stipation.
F. J. OHjBNEtY and 00.',.,awProps,
Toledo, O. Sold by Druggists,
price 75c.
WAR AND WOOL.
and 60 to- 65c. per scoured pound, but
froim tihe fleece on the sheep now run
iini4 around liia- ti!ie snclw of our
livery
moving picture shows
the
of
The all controlling influence
was war continues.
1
'Hie inevitable has, of course liap
su'btji-iict
nex,t June, on the .seourud
basis of ?1.00 per pound or more.
Tjlue limited States uses 600,000,
OOOi pounds of wool pei« annum,,
The clip of the United States lic-j
decreased iiu five years fro-ni 325,
000,000
to-
288,000,0
I ft** IV
pounds. 'llhe
Clips of Australia, Argentine, and
New Zealand have decreased, t-lie
clip- of all t-lie countries iut AVar
has almcst disappeared twenty mil
lion men at War use five to tan
lUiinteisi usi rnuMh woio/1 us usu-al, and
can't, exist without it. Ami there
is no substitute.
1
it' the War cointinut-s for even
one more year, it will not be
qutsitii-cin oif price, but of wool ait
any price, and t'here is always t'hd
pocsi'bility of this country being
forceU to aotunl preparedness,
wilc!h would necessitate taking for
the army sucih wool ajs Is now in
the mills for their general trade.
'Eingland has an embargo om wool
froim- 'luanifcl aii'di al-1 her colonies.
We are depenident ou South Ameri
ca for more than half our supply,
lamd must bid agaiiust the necessi
ties of War for every pound we
get.
So long as the War continues,
clothing must climb in price by
leaps and bou-nde^ and what seems
outrageously hHiglh this season, apt
jpeara a lo-dt opportunity next sea
son.
The queston naturally arises:
WAITE A MINUTE
DON'T DELAY
BARBER & CLARK
Auctioneers.
S|K
months.
7tih. After an. armistic is agreed'
upon, it will take surely two
mont'hs to appoint the peace
CotnimiSBionera from all the couo
tries ait War andi get them to a
central meeting place. After they
jneel,, six months would be a
short time in whiich to agree up
on the details1 involved in the
boundaries of all the countries at
War, to say nothing of indemnities
and guarantees of future peace.
8tlh. No man can return to the
factory until everything is definite
ly settled, but every factory own
er will seek raw materials at any
iJrlce.
Our deductions from the forego
iilg1 are:
1st. That no. matter how high
woo4 andi cotton sell durimg the
War,, they will sell much higher
duiting the year following em arn
istiice.
2nd. That it will be more than
sii:« months1 'after figh!|iii!'g ceases
'•before quantities of cloth could be
lanided here, and, coinsequently., at
least a year before clothing from
same could reaich the consumer.
3rd.( 'Hiat this gives the mer
olhanit at least a full year alter an
armistice is reachedi ini which toi
liquidate, durimg whiclh time wool
and cotton will sell at the hkglhept
prices ever known, and provide a
•siltnation in which stcicikis' can be
liqi^ildated ait a profit.
Based upon tthe logic of the fore
going, we unih6sitalin,gly adivise re
^kllera to 'buy their full reqi^Iie
menitja for the coming season.
iWlhile tihe foregoing is the logical
deduction, we w4&h to emiphaisize
the facit ttfiat we are dlireotly af
fleat^fd by the War,, and/ no one
can foresee witlh any certainty tilie
result of a continual use of seven
ty-fi ve million dollars a day spent
in destroying lives and bofuntless
.her millions olf property, and
Audubon Co. Journal, Mar 15^,1917
If you want to sell or exchange your Farm, your
City property, your Business you should see or
write OLSEN REALTY CO., ELK HORN, IOWA,
they have buyers for all kinds of PROPERTIES.
If you want to buy or exchange for a farm, City
Property, or a business you should see or write
OLSEN REATY CO., ELK HORN. IOWA. They
have for sale or exchange all kinds of PROPERTIES
OLSEN REALTY CO.
O. N. OLSEN, General Mgr, ELK HORN, IOWA
STALLIONS
We will sell, at Public Sale, at the Ten-Cent Feed
Barn in ANITA, Iowa, at One o'clock p. in., on
Saturday, March 24, 1917
Three Registered Stallions
One Black Percheron Stallion, 9 yrs. old, wt. 1900
One Grey Percheron Stallion, 7 yrs. old wt. 1900
One Bay Clydesdale Stallion, 7 yrs old, wt. 1950
Pedigrees and Breeding Certificates Furnished on
day of Sale.
TERMS:--Cash or Bankable Mote
F.R.Howard. Frank Barber
'Suppose the war should end-? We
know it must end sometime, and
Giod -grant thait it may be soon,
btft. whenever fit eindts the fo-llow-'
ing foots must prevail:
1
1st. Tllie world will have n,o re
serve supply of wiool.
2nd. All the wonld (except pos
sibly t-lie U:iiited' States) will have
bare counters.
ISrd. The countries now at war
will begin their renaissance.
4th A large part oif twenty
mi 11 ion men muist discard their tait
terei, vermin- infested uniiforms for
civilian's clatihes.
5th. England, France, Germany, q£
istria and Belgium will leap at
Austria and Belgium will leap
ieaqh other'® threats in the great
est -Oommerciial War of history to
recover the markets of the world
and' tihe gold tihat has been drain
ed froim them.
6th. The demand for raw wool
and cotton will be insatiable, be
cause it takes nearly as much raw
stock to start up a mill as tit nor
mally huys in
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NEWTON & PARKER
Clerks
California and
the End of a
Delightful
Journey
Your journey's end i»
golden California is a fit- 4
ting climax to the delights
a
s?
f*.
A
£rip on the Slipert
limited trains
"Golden State Limited1?
"Californian"
s'-V
a
S*m th« Military Encampment* En routm
No quicker time—no better
service via any route to South
em California—the direct line tfgj
of lowest altitudes. ilt
Ronta of the United Slates Mail—no extra
fare. Through standard f|p|'
and tourist sleepera daily 'y
to California via Color
rado and Salt Lake.
Tickets,reservations and California liter
ature on request.
ithere is alwayis the danger, no mat- pgr
ter holw remote it may seemj, that
a a pa at a a
Wlhenever the time comes thait
with our sources of information we
feel that1 It is time to begin reduct
ing eoiinniitments, we shall, issue a
rapior.t to that effect.
Do not speculate or accentuate
the ishortage by ordering more than
your season's trade demands', but
don't hesitate to buy your full re
qulrementis from, manufacturers in
whom you luave confidentee.
JWiasbinigton Woolen Mill® Co. Inci''
Fredericikaburg, Virginia. cv"lv
j||Sl
mjaiy forlce this country initio the
war almost over iniight. Every mer- rt
dhant should, husband his profits
froim. present exceptional business 0
«onditioins and place himself in the IV?
Strongest possiible financial position
instead of diverting profits into ex- v-S^
padding his fixed1 charges or for ifeft 1
outside speculation'.
-'y
Tlie War iis such a predominatSmgi ^.
influence in clot'himg values, and
tihe recent peace talk has so con
cent rated everyone's attention. on
the possible effects of peace that ..
we have devoted this report exclu- ...
aively to the subject,, but thliB
country! is literally "intoxicated1
with prosperity" anid tihe wise mer
chant is one whio recoignizes that 0'•,(§• Xy.
comparison, .of prices with those off
the past la a waste of tlime and 4w
that the astute American people ap
preciaite conditions, want good, well
made clortlhing iand, are willing and
able to pay a fair pil,ce for w/foat"
they want.
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