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When rainy .greener shoot* the grass And blooms the cherry tree. Ami children laugh by glittering brooks. Wild with the ecstasy Of bursting spring, with twittering bird And hum of honey bee— *‘Sis Rapalye!” ray spirit shout*. . . . And she is here with me! As laugh the children, so her laugh Haunts all the atmosphere— Her song is in the brook’s refrain; Her glad eyes, flashing clear. Are in the morning dews; her speech Is melody so dear, The bluebird trills: “Sis Rapalye— -1 bear!—l hear!—l hear!’* Again in races, at “Recess,” 1 see her braided hair Toss past me as I stay to lift Her straw hat, fallen there; The school bell sounds a vibrant pang My heart cun hardly bear— Yet still she leads—Sis Rapalye— And leads me everywhere! Now I am old—yet she remains The selfsame child of ten— Cay, gallant little girl, to race On into Heaven then! Yet gallant, gay Sis Rapalye-* In blossom time, and when The trees and grasses beckon her— Comes back to us again. And so, however long since youth Whose raptures wild and free An old man’s heart may claim no more— With more than memory 1 share the spring’s own joy that brings My boyhood back to me With laughter, blossoms, singing birds. And sweet Sis Rapalye. •—James Whitcomb Riley, In Collier’s Weekly. Hartleys! I vacation! MR. BARTLEY stretched his long legs and yawned dismally. “Gee,” he said, “but I do feel rocky this morning.” “I am afraid, dear,” said Mrs. Bart ley. with tender solicitude, ‘that you are not well.” . “Well? Of course I’m not well. How can a fellow be well with this ever lasting grind going on from morning till night? What I need is a vacation. If I could just get a rest for a few days I’d pick up and be all right again.” “Well,” suggested Mrs. Bartley, art lessly, “why don’t you take it?” “Take it?” echoed Bartley, with tragic intensity. “If you knew the boss you wouldn’t ask that. Catch him letting a fellow have a day off! Why, he’s a typical skinflint. He’d grind a chap into powder in order to extract the last spark of energy. That is the kind of man I am working for, yet you ask me why I don’t take a vacation. Maybe if I was dead he’d let me off for a few days, with full MR. BARTLEY STRETCHED HIS LONG LEGS AND YAWNED DISMALLY. pay. but nothing short of that would touch his stony heart.” “O, Fred, don't,” she said. “It breaks my heart to hear you talk about dying. I can’t stand it. You really ought to stay at home to-day.” “I know I ought,” assented Bartley, "and I’m going to do it, too, no mat ter what comes of it. I’ll telephone down that I’m sick. Perhaps if I get out in the fresh air for a few hours I’ll be able to fight off this spell of sickness that I feel is imminent.” At ten o’clock Mr. Bartley tele phoned to the office the news of his sudden indisposition; later he carried out the rest of his programme by re pairing to the frozen lakes of Central park, where he hoped to imbibe gen erous doses of nature’s own tonic as an antidote to the insidious poisons fermenting in his system. The next morning he got to the office ten min utes ahead of time. The head clerk saw him come and called him over to his desk. “You’ve done it now’, Bartley,” he said. “You might as well have saved -yourself the trouble of coming down to-day. You’re not needed any long “ Who said so?” “The boss. He told me to tell you when you came in to-day.” Bartley leaned against the desk weak!) - . “Is that straight?” he asked. “Sta.ightest thing in the world. He flailed me in yesterday and asked about you. You know the boss. He doesn’t waste any words. ‘Bartley not here to-day?' he said. I told him you were sick. ‘Very well,’ said he. ‘When he comes to-mo:irow tell him that he is not needed ai present and he may extend his vacation until —’ " The head clerk snapped his lingers suggestively. “I see,” said Bartley. “He added something about the 15th,” said the head clerk, “but that —” ‘‘But that.” supplemented Bartley, ‘‘was only his way of letting a fellow die —by inches. What he really meant was that I’ve betn fired.” “Yes,” said the head clerk, “it looks that way. But you don’t have to take my word for it. Yoa can wait till he comes in. if you likfc, and ask him yourself.” ‘‘No, thank you,” said Bartley. “I don,’t want to see him. I won’t knuckle to him that much. Of course, I’ve got a moral and legal right to see him and demand an explanation and two weeks’ salary besides, but I won’t do it. I "won't even give him a chance to fire me formally. I’ll re sign before he gets around to it.” Bartley wrote his letter of resigna tion that morning on hotel stationery. When he went home for luncheon he considerately refrained from appris ing his wife of his conversation with the head clerk and his subsequent communication to the firm “No use to worry her, ,: he said. “I’ll make her believe I’m simply stretching my vacation out a few days longer.” Mrs. Bartley, upon receipt of that cheering news, effervesced with grati tude to the tyrannical head of the house. “O, isn’t he just too lovely!” she said. “I always knew you’d find him a dear if you went at him the right way.” 9 The next day Bartley received an acceptance of his resignation, to take effect at once, and immediately he be gan to look for another position. For a week he answered advertisements and interviewed prospective employ ers, but as one attempt after another proved futile, his step lost its wonted elasticity and his voice its cheerful ness of tone. Mrs. Bartley observed those evidences of physical deteriora tion with wifely concern. “I’m afraid, Fred,” she said, ‘‘that you are not enjoying your vacation as you should. Really, I think you ought to try and brace up for my sake, after all the trouble 1 took to get it for you.” “After all the trouble you took?” repeated Bartley. “You?” “Yes, me. I didn’t intend to tell you, but I can’t keep it any longer. I got that vacation for you, I went down and saw the manager.” “You —saw —the —manager?” Bart ley gurgled, helplessly. “When?” “That first day you staid home and went skating. I talked to him quite plainly. I told him you were working yourself to death and that it was all his fault. He didn’t act a bit mean. I had expected to be scared half to death, but I wasn’t. He only wanted to know if you had sent me down there to tell him that. Of course, I told him you hadn’t. I said you would rather die a thousand times ever than ask for a vacation. ‘Mr. Bartley,’ I said, ‘is a slave to his work. When he is absent from his desk one day you may know that he has a mighty good reason for staying away.’ ” “Great heavens!” groaned Bartley. “What did he say?” “He said he had often noticed that himself. O, he was just as nice as could be all the way through. He promised to let you off till the 15th ” “The 15th!” Bartley put in. “Con found that head clerk.” “Yes. Why, what’s the matter? Isn’t that long enough? Also, he agreed, out of respect for my wishes, not to mention my name to a living soul in connection with the affair. You see, you are so funny about some things, and I thought you might not like —so that is the reason I want you to quit moping. You owe it to me to brace up. for you can’t deny that It was I who fixed you down at the office.” “O. yes,” he said, limply, “you fixed me all right.”—N. Y. Press. SELLS ALL RIGHTS FOR $1 Wife in Des Moines Agrees to Un usual Prenuptial Contract— Waives All Claim. Des Moines, la.—That wives may bo had for one dollar apiece has just been proved by an unusual prenuptial con tract filed with the county recorder. Upon the payment of one dollar, re ceipt of which is acknowledged, Irene Caster, an amiable Des Moines woman, has waived all claim to property or alimony and has become the wife of Herbert B. Ridgley a retail house furnishing merchant of this city. The contract lecites: “In consideration oi the intended marriage and of the con sideration of one dollar, duly paid, such sum is to be accepted in full settle ment of all money matters, temporary alimony or permanent alimony, and she agrees to execute a quitclaim deed to all her rights to property upon de* id and,” DONT’S ] For Speaker and | Writer I W Ready Reminder of Errors in \ I the Use of Common Words, | ) Arranged Alphabetically J J BY EDWARD B. WARMAN, A. M. (Author of “Practical Orthoepy and Crit ique,” “The Voiie; How to Train It; How to Care for It,” Etc.) (Copyright. 1905. by Joseph B. Bowies.) Author’s Note.—lt is one thing to record errors, quite another to avoid them. He who waits for the faultless one to cast the first critical stone waits in vain; therefore, as one of many working for the betterment of the English language, I shall be pleased to receive kindiy criti cism, if. perchane*. I, too, have erred. One's theory often is better than one’s practice. This was exemplified by the teacher of language when he said to his class: “Never use a preposition to end a sentence with.” Many years ago I began to be watchful of errors. I noted them in a little book; the book grew as the years passed. I profited much; shall profit more. 1 now record them that I may benefit others as well as m3 self. Many of them are re corded for the first time. Don’t say “social” for “sociable.” Example: “I am going to the social,” should be “I am going to the sociable.” Note.—Social, is not a noun. Sociable, is both a noun and an adjective. ***** Don’t say “some” for “about.” Example: “It is some four blocks away,” should be “It is about four blocks away.” * * • • • Don’t say “some” for “somewhat.” Example: “He is some better,” should be “He is somewhat better.” * * * • • Don’t say “somebody else’s” for “somebody’s else.” Example: “That is somebody else’s book,” should be “That is somebody’s else book.” Note. —This is merely preference There is good authority for “somebody else’s,” but it would be somebody else’s authority, not mine. I like Mr. Ayres’ defense of the laf ter. “It is better gram mar and more euphonious to consider else as being an adjective, and to form the possessive by adding the apostrophe ands to the word that qualifies.” —The Verbalist. * ♦ • • • Don’t say “some such a” for “some such.” Example: “I think it was some such a boy,” should be “I think it was some such boy.” Note. —Same with no such, any such, etc. *•' • • • Don’t say “standing on my feet.” Example; “I’ve been standing on my feet all day,” should be ‘Tve been stand ing all day,” or “I’ve been on my feet all day.” ***** Don’t say “stopping” for “staying.” Example: “I am stopping on the farm.” should be “I am staying on the farm.” Note. —The staying begins when one stops. One is not supposed to always stop where he stays. * • • • * Don’t say “strongest” for “stronger.” Example: “Charlie and Willie are wrestlers, but Charlie is the strongest.” should be “Charlie and Willie are wrestlers, but Charlie is the stronger.” Note. —Don’t say “stronger of the two.” as the comparative admits of only two. ***** Don’t say “such” for “so.” Example: “I never have seen such a large man,” “I never have seen such a handsome woman,” “I never have seen such narrow streets.” should be “I never have seen so large a man,” “I never have seen so handsome a woman.” “I never have seen so narrow streets.” Note. —To satisfy one’s self as to the corerctness of the foregoing, it is but necessary to transpose any or all of the sentences; as, “I never have seen a man such large,” etc. * * * * * Don’t say “summons” for “summon.” Example: “I will summons him,” should be “I will summon him.” ***** Don’t say “summonsed” for “sum moned.” Example: “He was summonsed to ap pear.” should be “He was summoned to appear.” ***** Don’t say “sweep out” for “sweep.” Example: “Sweep out the room,” should be “Sweep the room (or floor).” Note. —One may sweep out the dirt, or sweep the dirt out of the room; but the room is not swept out. ***** Don’t say “swore” for “sworn.” Example: “I have swore to db it,” should be “I have sworn to do it.” ♦ * * * * Don’t say “ta£:e” for “have.” Example: “Will you take dinner at Deimonico’s?” should be “Will you have dinner at Delmonico’s?” ♦ • • • ♦ Don’t say “temperance” for “ab stinence.” Note. —One may be temperate, yet not an abstainer. The former is opposed to ytie abuse; the latter, to the use. Don’t say “tend” for “attend.” Example. “I’ll tend to it,” should b* “i’ll attend to it.” ***** Don’t say “the first and second.” Example: “Sing the first and second stanza.” should be “Sing the first and the second stanza.” Note.—lf the plural form Is used, the article “the” following the conjunction should be omitted. Example: “Sing the first and the sec ond stanzas,” should bo “Sing the first and second stanzas.” ***** Don’t say “them” for “those.” Example: “Them things are sold,” should be “Those things are sold.” ***** Don’t, say “them” for “they.”,*. Example: “i think it was them,” should be “I think it was they.” ***** Don’t say “they” for “there.” Example: “Are they many grapes?’ should be “Are there many grapes?” * * * * * Don’t say “think for” for “think.” Example; “He has more experience in the art than you think for,” should be “He has more experience in the art than you think” (he has). ***** Don’t say “thoroughly understands.” Example: “He thoroughly under stands his business,” should be “He un derstands his business thoroughly.” Do not place the adverb before the verb it qualifies. ***** Don’t say “those kind are” for “that kind is.” Example: “Those kind of peaches are gone,” “Those kind of people-are numerous,” should be “That kind of peaches is gone,” “That kind of people is numerous.” ***** Don’t say “three last” for “last three.” Example: “The three last pupils,” should be “The last three pupils.” ***** Don’t say “throwed” for “threw.” Example: “I throwed the ball,” should be “I threw the ball.” NATURE’S GREAT CLEANSER Disinfectant Always Existing Dis covered Only Some Sixty Years Ago. 1 All down through the ages, when nothing was known of the microbe cause of putrefaction, and when street cleaners —even house cleaners —were almost unheard of, and streets and houses and men were as dirty as they are now in parts of Russia or China, sickness and death, although frequent, were not so frequent as they would have been without nature’s watchful care over her ignorant children. Although man knew nothing about It, there was a powerful disinfectant being constantly marufactured in the world’s laboratory out of air and wat er, and this substance burned up the refuse which man did not know enough to destroy. This purifier, which the chemists discovered only about CO years ago, is ozone. It is made up of oxygen atoms in a modified combination, and is sometimes called active oxygen, be cause of its strong oxidizing power. It is produced during thunderstorms by the action of the electrical dis charges, and is also formed during the rapid evaporation of water. Sea air, therefore, contains it in small amount, and also air in the neighborhood of salt works, where a large amount of water is constantly being evaporated, in order to get the salt. It is produced artificially by pass ing an electric spark through oxygen, or. better, by the action of a high tension current of electricity without sparking. It is also made in decom posing water by electricity. A mix ture of ozone and oxygen appears at the positive pole. Ozone has a peculiar odor (whence its name, from a Greek word meaning to smell), which anyone may have no ticed who has been near where a light ning bolt struck. It can also be smelled sometimes during a thunderstorm. It is disinfectant by reason of its active power of oxidizing many substances, especially w T hen they are moist, and so destroying their offensive and pois onous character. It is especially ef ficacious in destroying the noxious emanations from putrefying sub stances, and thus acting as a deodor izer. When breathing, even in small quan tities. ozone is irritating to the mucous membranes, and it is believed by some physicians that many of the respira tory troubles and the influenza that prevail in damp winter weather are owing to a weakening of the resistant powers of the mucous membrances through the respired oxygen. ■■ - In Oklahoma. “Halt, stranger!” called the cowboy picket in the new settlement. “What are you after around here?” “I —1 go around hunting the heads of families,” faltered the weathercock agent. “The heads of families? Gosh! Yer must be one of those Filipino head hunters. Throw up yer hands!”—Chi cago Daily News THE VICTORIA CATARACT. Great Falls in South Africa Unlike Any Other on the En tire Globe, The Zambesi valley, for 100 miles or more in every direction from the cataract, is a rough and broken plateau, covered with low brush and stunted trees, with here and there an outcrop of somber basaltic rock, all thoroughly uninteresting, writes Theo dore F. Van Wagener, in “The Vic torian Falls,” in Century. The herb age is but faintly green, and the trop ical sky only faintly blue. It is a hazy half-tone landscape, wanting in clear-cut lines in every direction, and lacking above everything else that ele ment, we always unconsciously seek in a nature-picture—life. The absence of this produces in the mind a feeling of loneliness and often fear. Across this solemn scene appears a river that in flood-time is perhaps half a mile wide. If a deaf man were following down one of its banks he would notice little but the quiet water and the odd looking column of smoke ahead. As this column was approached, he would expect to see the river banks bend ing, and the water flowing away to one side of the conflagration, and might glance to the right and left to note the direction taken. But the panorama changes as he gazes. The river is no more. And there, where It should be, is only the brown plain, as lonely, brush-covered, and monot onous as ever. One must go 20 miles further before the vanished water and the surface of the land again com mingle. before it will be possible to walk along the bank in company with the river. So sudden and startling is the transformation. Meantime the pillar of smoke has resolved itself Into a dense mist forced upward in terrific puffs from a yawning gash stretching directly across the bed of the river. This fear ful abyss is every second swallowing thousands of tons of green-and-white water and belching up blasts of mist that rise hundreds of feet into the air and hurry away with the winds as if rejoicing at their escape from the in ferno below. And somewhere, nearly 400 feet below, the entrapped river is fighting its way between sheer walls of black rock toward a narrow cleft in the eastern wall, whence it escapes foaming and boiling through the zig zags and curves of a deep gorge lead ing off to the eastward. One goes to an edge of this delivering chasm, and looks down upon the tossing waters, e^ r er pressed from behind by other floods struggling out of the narrow black gateway, and perhaps the most prominent mental sensation is that of thankfulness that even in such a grim and ghastly way nature has pro vided a means by which the fearful slit of a throat above that has swallowed the stream can disgorge it again with out causing an overwhelming catas trophe. The Victoria cataract should be vis ited at least twice before one is com petent to pass an opinion upon it. When the river is in flood (July) the scene is simply terrible. One sees nothing but an enormous sheet of water disappearing into the bowels of the earth, with a noise as of moun tains falling upon one another, while from the awful gash comes back in fierce gusts and swirls the foaming breath of the tortured element below. But in December, w'hen the water Is low, the edge of the cataract shows as a long, creamy film of lovely lace; the rising mist flows softly away through the little rain forest below the cav ern’s lip; the gigantic vault itself be comes a wonderful spectacle, a dream of neutral tints, a cave of beauty. Far down in its dark depths the waters, gliding along the rocky walls, and bending gracefully around the cor ners toward the narrow outlet, pass gayly and laughingly to freedom. For a time the demon of the cataract ia sleeping. Legend of the Ostrich. Among the Arabs there is a curious legend to account for the ostrich’s residence in the desert. “On a cer tain day appointed.” so the story runs, “all created beings met together to decide upon their respective order and precedence. All went smoothly until the ostrich, pleading its inability to fly. disowned the birds and claimed to take rank with the mammals. These, however, would have nothing to say to a creature clothed not with fur but with feathers, while the birds, when the ostrich went dejectedly back, re pudiated it also as a traitor to its race. But the ostrich was equal to the occa sion, and declared that being neither mammal nor bird it must be an angel. At this all the other animals indig nantly rushed upon the ostrich and drove it before them into the desert, where it has lived in solitude ever since, with no one to contradict it.” —Chicago Daily News. Needed It in His Business. “Jones’ automobile ran away with his wife and mother-in-law, an scared ’em so they have been speechless ever since!” “My, my! Do you think Jones could be induced to sell that automobile?” —Atlanta Constitution.