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Perrysburg journal. (Perrysburg, Wood Co., O. [Ohio]) 186?-1965, May 20, 1915, Image 8

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Cleveland's (Spring Speed Carnival !
2 Big A , I), " 2 Big
Auto Races
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The Transylvaniii.
With 876 passengers on board, including twenty-three Red Cross nurses on their way to Belgium and
overnl babies in arms, the Anchor liner Transylvania is now on her way to England. Will the Germans tor
pedo the vessel? The Transylvania left New York a few hours after word had been received that the Lusi
tania had been sent to the bottom. Yet only twelve passengers cancelled passage at the last moment.
I A Ghost" and Others.
I "Will Lhingston Comfort.
Hero was an earnest, sober young
man of twenty-fio, Tom Crossman,
with eighty acres of fairly good land
oon to become his own, a. tidy girl
promised to him, a considerable In
heritance coming from his father
having, In short, every reasonable
prospect for a successful life In the
Quiet way of the tillers. And yet In
one month his world tottered and ,
foil with a sickening crash about
It began with the elder Crossman
marrying again. The father was sev
enty and Tom's mother had been
dead for a decade, when the country
Bide was astounded to hear of his
union with Eliza Grigsby, a spinster
of fifty, whose Inclinations both to
ward shrewishness and avarice were
Undoubtedly It was Eliza Grlgs
by' closeness and cupidity which ln
cltod the old man's Interest In the
first place. She appeared valuable
to him for the same reason that a
burner which saves a pint of kero
sene In a month becomes an estima
ble source of profit In twenty years.
A man who Is bound to the service
of the soil for twelve hours a day,
alx days a week, for fifty years,
knowing not, caring nothing for na
ture save her yield, and who begins
his career with fixed calculations of
thrift, ends either with a complete
tarnish of soul or an out-and-out
uoney madness. The elder Cross
nan had bent and withered his body
through toll, and diminished his nat
ural limitations of mind through a
half century's concentration upon the
one Instinct to hoard, until he be
came, all unobserved, a menace to
the community.
For two years before his marriage
he had been unable to work. Sitting
upon the poich in bummer and be
fore the fire In winter, his brain had
revolved steadily In the old and evor
coucentratlng circle. It icadlly can
be seen that his mind, or the brutal
ized remnant of It, was most arable
to a temptation whose fruition
meant an Important addition to his
fiftv years' savings. Eliza came, lis
tened, speculated, encouraged and
the thing was douu.
A late afternoon In sprlne. Lafe
Hodge drew up his team before the
Crossman door and entered good nat
uredly. "Hello, John,' he said. "I Just
called around to tell you that the
note for $2,500 which I indorsed for
you Is due day after to-morrow."
The old man's face was graylsh
whlte, the wrinkles were stretched
tightly about his shrunken mouth,
and his rheumy eyes darted from the
carpet to the hearth. "I can't pay,
Lafe," he muttered.
"I've lost it all, and mine," the
old man added.
Hodge paled. He thought the far
mer crazy and called out to the worn
nn. "What's Crossman talking
about, 'Llze? He says he can't meet
the note I Indorsed for him three
month's ago."
"I don't know anything about the
old man's buslnehs," she said an
grily, and le-entered the kitchen.
Hodge drove back to town, deeply
hit, enraged and mystified. At the
bank the dominating fear which had
giown upon him for the past half
hour was realized. Old man Cross
man no longer had an account there.
The bank held thieo other Crossman
notes besides the one Hodge had in
dorsed, all due In two days. The ag
gregate sum was 510,000. The
county records showed no transac
tion of any kind Involving an Invest
ment in the name of Ciossman. The
day's investigation proved that the
old man had deliberately raised
?1 0,000, added it to his life's sav
ings, and turned the whole over into
his wife's name v.ith the attempt to
Such had been the fruits of the
plottings of a disordered mind.
It was varlouslj estimated, includ
ing the stolen $10,000, that the old
man had given the woman from
$30,000 to $45,000. In the eyes of
the law the money could not be at
tached. The creditors went in a body
to the Crossman farmhouse. A
couple of sentences from Eliza em
bodied the substance of the satisfac
tion they received:
"You kin talk till you're black In
the face, but I hain't got nuthin' f
do with the old man's dealln's. Yo
bhould know bettr'n to lend money
to ono in his dotldge!"
The affair dazed young Tom Cross
man. A good mother had redeemed
him from the tainted Crossman
breed, and ho took the dishonor
home. HU father's marriage had
robbed him of his heritage, and the
culminating dishonesty had robbed
him of his Hweethcart for In his
eyes the bonds of romance were bro
ken, since he was tho son of a thief.
The young man sat alone on the
porch of the farmhouse the third
night after the horrid revelation. His
father and the woman were quarrel
ing within the darkness. His pony
was at the door; yet ho could not
make up his mind to go to Mary.
To tell her that their whole little
dream was done bore upon him more
desperately. He felt the need of her
now more than ever In his great
loneliness and misery. To those
within he had spoken no word since
the fall of the house itself. He had
been to town several times, and Im
agined that the faces of men were
turned against him. Mary was the
last and dearest of his attractions in
the land grown desolate. A carriage
bore down the road In the dark and
stopped at the Crossman gate.
"'lom oh, Tom!" was called
She had come to him. He gained
tho seat beside her, and as the
drove away the old man's voice was
raised to frenzied pitch within the
house. It may have been that the re
action had clutched him and that he
perceived the Iron rod with which
he had to deal In this woman.
"Why that nonsense, Tom?" Mary
was saying. "You have done noth
ing. You need me all the more. We
are still young and can wait. The
fact is, I am not going to let you give
me up that's all there is about It!"
His throat tightened so that he
could not speak, but he kissed her.
"Those men must be paid before
we can be happy, Mary," he said fin
ally. "I believe still that father could
havo done no such a thing If his
mind had been right. The debts
come home to me."
"Some way will turn up, Tom,"
she said cheerfully, and though he
could not see how he was to earn
$10,000 In short of a lifetime, the
courage of the girl nerved and
cheered him.
He found that a terrible scene had
tnken place In the house during his
absence. His father was lying un
diessed upon the bed, moaning and
muttering incoherently. His mind
had absolutely forsaken Its old
course and was peopled with shad
ows. Eliza moved nbout grim and si
lent In the dark.
"He told mo he'd killed me if I
didn't give him bnck the money," the
woman said sullenly. "That old fool
with money! I told him he had given
It to me and that I meant to keep It.
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fv OTt:ewNl-AUe-zOT?S CLMiles tfEST i . s?"
(w knots pv wvfelpxS. fvl sr'
Tncn no hollered and toro himself
until ho got plum crazy!"
A week later tho elder Crossman
died, and from tho vnguo scntencos
which his lips mumbled at tho lust,
It wns plain ho had repented on tho
night of his struggle with tho woman
and found that In making her custo
dian of his property ho had given tho
same irrevocably away. It wns this
realization which had crushed tho
mind and slain the body of tho old
Eliza Grigsby, shaken and aged
somewhat, but still ropcllant to all
and apparently sufficiently .unto her
self, moved about the old house and
garden engaged In commonplace
tasks. In four months she had gained
what Crossman had given his life
and soul to win. The creditors of
tho lato farmer had given up hope.
They belioved In Tom's intentions,
but doubted his capacity. They
promised that Eliza Grigsby would
die alone when her time came
even as sho had lived.
But tho Inner life of the woman
was beseiged. Threats and the hato
of man were impotent to move her,
but there had come an Intangible
horrible, Investment which length
ened her nights Into long drawn ter
rors. There was no one in the house
but Tom; and jet she had heard her
namo called in a woman's voice.
Again and again tho summons
came again and again Tom piotested
that ho heard nothing. Once, lying
awake, sho felt drops of icy water
upon her face, and as sho leaped
fiom bod, the door leading Into the
kitchen swung shut .and locked it
self. Tom was In the fiont part of
the house, and said tho wind had
wrought the miracle of the kitchen
No matter how securely the outer
doors wero baned, on certain morn
ings they were found open. One fore
noon as she stood in the doorway sho
heard tho passing children say that
her house was haunted. The words
clutched her with terrible meaning.
There was no ono to whom she
could appeal. She felt a volume of
hate from every passerby. For years
she had laughed at these glances,
stiong in her bulwark of worldly
possessions. But money could not
help her now. The stimulating pois
on of it had left her veins, but she
was a moral leper In the eyes of the
world still, . . . She lay trembling In
the dark oue still, hot summer night,
censeious of a presence in the
kitchen. Plainly she heard tho
breathing of Tom In the front room,
so the sounds came not from him.
The kitchen door swung open softly
and there was a horrible sound, a
moaning sigh from the dark. Then
all power bereft the limbs of the
woman and distended eyes fastened
ution u white filmy figure In tho
"1 am tho wife of John Crossman,
whom ou murdered! Why will jou
not let me lest?" Tho words were
long drawn, faintly utteied. From a
woman, dead or alive, they surely
were. The unearthly question was
repeated; "Why will jou not let me
Eliza's hands fluttered before her
and there Vas a rattle from her
throat. Inexorably the question camo
forth again:
"What can I do?" tho tor
tured woman mumbled at last.
"Pay John's Ciossman's debts!"
"Yes, yes!"
"To-morrow ! "
"Yes, .es!"
"If j on do not I will come with
John Crossman to-morrow night!"
"I will. Oh, go away!" Eliza im
plored. The figure vanished.
The next day was one of great
surprises In the little country town.
First, Eliza Crossman drove down to
the bank and took up the notes of
her late husband. She seemed very
, feeble and on the verge of a nervous
ontbieak. Second, tho news came
out that Tom Crossman and his
Marv had been married three months
before, a week after the old man had
died, in fact. Third, it became whis
pered about that in some mysterious
way Mary was responsible for the
' softening of Eliza Crossman's heart.
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May 22-2
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Short and Long Distance Races
81.00 General Admission $1.00
No Extra Cl.arje for Auto Parking
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Chances to Become Identified with Substantial En
terprises on Equal Terms with All Investors is
not often Offered to the General Public.
The DETROIT SPEEDWAY is the livliest enterprise developed in this
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basis and has no promotion or prefercd stock, so every shareholder enters
and remains on thVsame basis.
Initial Race Labor Day
Purse, $75,000
Returns'onthis race alone, with p c'.lmirarics and concessions, should
exceed construction cost.
Does Not That Mean Quick Prof its ?
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The public is invited to call str the Speedway Office, investigate the
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Professional Stars:
With Many Others
A Dustless Track!
UN., MAY 23
2 P: M.
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jmarines wero so stationed that the vessel could not escape destruction. It is reported that one submarine,
cruising on the landward side, maneuvered the Lusitania straight into the trap.
Nature Was the First Artist, a Shadow
the First Picture.
Nature was the flrst artist, and a
shadow sketch was the llrst picture
made. She Is still spreading her beau
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object stands in tho sunlight, and we
are about to learn what sho can
teach us of her method. In going
along country roads and paths, have
you not admired tho shadows that
tho flowers and all graceful plants
cast on tho ground? Tnose of leaves
and vines actually display the out
lines of the plants to even better
advantage than can bo seen in the ob
jects themselves, becauso shadows
havo no perspective and no shading.
An easy way to arrango a vase of
flowers or of leafy twigs for drawing
is to study their shadow on a wall
while tho vase is slowly turned, until
tho shadow shows them to bo sultab.
ly placed.
As a rule objects llko large leaves
and birds' nests are best for simple
outlining, while delicate and compli
cated shadows like those cast by vines
and by most flowers -are best for the
blackened surface of tho silhouette
Shadow outlines mane good records
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by tho usual notes on color and hab
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