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or Worse * By HUTS7 DBS (Copyright.) Marion Story sat In the midst of her wedding gifts. They were spread ■boot upon tables that lined three sides of the room. There were little round boxes, and large square ones piled with glittering things—In one a rope of pearls, In another a collar of diamonds. The girl to whom these things be longed sat very still and stared at them. There was no light of triumph In her eyes, no Joy of possession that one might think should be there. She showed no satisfaction, no supreme elation. She was almost a thing of stone. She looked over them all as If they did not exist, as If they were not even thought of, and the shining collar In Ha velvet box threw no light Into her eyes. A man who had been standing by the window turned carelessly. "You'll have to send them back, won't youT" he said. The girl did not look at him. "Miserable business, but it's the thing to do. Wonder what they'll say!" He took up a sapphire brooch. "Mrs. Olin Winthrop! Mrs. OUn will say, Thank heaven, I can use this again.;"' The girl did not move. "For heaven's sake, old girl, why don't you look up!" "My dear Fred, you will be good enough to remember that this Is not your wedding!" "Nor yours, either," the man laughed. "T don't see anything funny In that!" ' "You know why you're going to do itr "Yes, I know that" "Well !" "And I'm going to do It!" "What's all the fuss about, then?" A mon with Iron gray hair and gray eyes came Into the room. "Father, I wlfh you would Insist upon Fred being a little more decent !" She got up and went to the window. The young fellow started after her. "Marion, I'm not doing anything. What's up? I think we're all con cerned in this little strategy upon an equal footing." "What Is Itr "Nothing, dad. I was only—trying to—cheer Marlon up a little." "You don't seem to have gone about it in the right way. Marlon?" "Yea?" ICome here." The girl went to her father. "Bayllss la repeating his father's game. All day he has been at it— gushing me to the wall—and when he has me there, making me go upon my knees to him. Well, have you noth in/ to aayr The girl looked at her father with cold eyes. "What may I say? I am going to do this thing tomorrow. I am going to deny him at the altar In the presence of my friends and his friends—of the whole world, as far as that goes!" "It la your duty." **«*, father, and I shall not shirk H. For you—but what will become of me 1 What man would care to ask me to manrÿ htm after I had done such a thing!" "I say, Marion!" "Well, Fred Story, would you? Would you go to a girl who had re Aiaed a man at the altar, shamed him, humiliated him In the most horrible manner possible?" "His father almost ruined your father—nearly disgraced him ! Is that something to forget? And the hate of that man is In his son. I hate him as much as he hated me. The whole tfayllss tribe—for fifty years they have been In my way, and this boy Is doing the same thing his father did—no. only trying to do It, for I shall have him where I wish him 1" "Don't get melodramatic, dad; you know very weU Billy Bayllss Isn't that had, although It's crude enough as It h. Marion will turn him down tomor row —then we will call It square. 'Do you take this man?*—Not on your life ! —Bing !—Wedding ring thrown upon floor—Exit haughty Marlon Story amid the applause of the gallery and the hisses of the opposing faction !" Four girls came gaily Into the room. "Marion," said one of them, "I've brought the girls to see the things. You've met my father; my brother Fred? Aren't they simply glorious? Just look at this collar!" Mlaa Story waited In her father's drawing-room for the man she had promised to marry. He would come to her in a moment, with violets or some other delicate «Bering. Her romance with Will Bayllss had begun six years before, when they were Uttle more than children. The opposition of their parents had made little difference. She had toted this man with all her thought, but now It aeemed to have given way to quite another feeling. It was anything but the old tenderness. Begret was there, and It was the re gret that a woman might give to a dead child. The opposition of her father had made little difference at first, but like water dripping upon a stone, it finally made tts Impression. It would never have done so until du felt that he was becoming some what Indifferent, a sort of dignified distance that die could not under stand.'^ • J ■-* She learned that her father had been forced to the wall, and his Influence, hla very, credit threatened. This roused her father's blood In her, and she felt that she hated the man's son. Whatever It was that had separated thenr, she knew that they were no longer as they had been. She stood very still, waiting for him to come in. Then he came Into the room, a very tall, clear-eyed young fellow. He came directly toward her, carrying half a dozen orchids and a mass of violets. She took them silently and sat down. Then she covered her fnce with the flowers. The man looked at her a moment without a word, then he said slowly: "Marlon, I am afraid we have-" He hesitated. T am afraid we have not—you have not been happy. I do not know how to say It, but-" The girl looked at him quietly. '"But whnt?" "If you do not wish to—to—have this—thing go on—" "You mean, you mean you do not wish to—to—oh, I cannot say It I" "Marlon ! Marlon ! That I do not wish to—that I—" "Yes, that you do not wish to marry me I I know! I know!" 1 The man's lips twitched, but he never took his eyes from hers. T mean that, If—you did not—" "Have I said so?" "No." "Well !" "I wish you—to be happy!" "That Is the greatest wish that one could have for another. Isn't It?" She laughed a little hysterically. "I have never wished you to be any thing else. There's only one thing that we should understand before—and that is-" "I know, that you will be the mas ter 1" "There must be some one to say what shall be done, although master Is an ugly word." "Yes, men never like It In that way, but It Is true ! What do you mean by saying this?" "I mean only that our home shall be our own, and that we shall live In It ajone." "I know—you do not wish my father-" She laughed bitterly. "I wish only your happiness, and my own. It has been a trying winter. You do not know It, but my father's affairs were not In the best way when he died-" "Are you Intimating that my father was at all responsible?" "The Street Is a strange place, Ma rlon, and many odd things happen there—old friends become enemies, and—well—what Is the use In reviving unpleasant memories? It Is all dead-" "Revive them? They are not dead with me, but you have been busy In the Street, and I know what you are doing there!" "It has been for you. That Is all that I may say about It, Marlon, won't you believe In me? I may have neg lected you, but I was thinking of you all the while, down there. Won't you trust me?" The girl rose. "Will you pardon me If I say good night?" she said. T am tired !" The next day at noon, Miss Story went up the aisle of the church upon the arm of her father. Her friends filled the seats about her. There seemed so many of them, they almost hung from the arched roof. The triumphal music crashed from the organ and flooded her entire being, but with a mockery that almost choked her. If they had only run away, as they had planned so many times when they first began to know their love! The long aisle seemed interminable. With every step it seemed to stretch on and never end, and her agony with it. Then In a moment It did end, and the organ ceased. He was there wait ing for her, and he took her hand. The old minister who had baptized her stood there with open book, and faintly she heard his droning chant. She heard him say "I will," knew her time had come, and raised her eyes. Her father was behind her, and all he meant—the opposition of her fam ily, the fearful strength of which op pressed her senses. She was one of them. It was her hour, and she rejoiced In her heart, so loudly that she hoped no sound of regret would l.e heard above It The words of the clergyman came to her as from another world, through another consciousness for which she could not account, but she was Impa tient for them to be over, that the whole thing might be ended. Faintly she heard them—love, honor and obey ! She felt his fingers press her own, and the touch of him In stantly roused her against her father and her family, who were awaiting her denial. Suddenly she became conscious that her hour had come Indeed. The minister was awaiting her an swer to the great question. The man beside her was waiting. She felt the strength of the hand holding her own, she felt the strength of the arm above It. She looked up Into his eyes. They were the eyes of a man who did not knock at the heart of every woman. As If afraid that he would not knock at her own again, and that she might lose him, she said, faintly but quickly : "I will !" Doesn't Need To. "Every girl wants a clear cons l^ace, of course." "Well?" "But she doesn't fuss over t: i as she does over her complexion."—-i c ils vllle Courier-Journal. ASK CHANGES IN WAR RISK ACT Important Amendments in Bill Are Asked of National Lawmakers. REVISE SCHEDULE UPWARD Increased Compensation for Disabled Ex-8ervice Men Is Urged—Bureau 8eeks to Give Fullest Possible 8ervlce to Those Affected. Washington.—"Our work in conduct ing the affairs of the bureau must be guided by the counsel of the soldiers, sailors and marines themselves. Our aim Is .to be of the fullest possible serv ice to those affected by the act." Thus Colonel R. G. Cholmeley-Jones, director of the bureau of war risk In surance, In the course of a talk to wounded soldiers at Walter Reed hos pital, Washington, D. C., epitomized the motives behind the action of the bureau in requesting congress, through the treasury department, to enact sev eral Important amendments to the war risk Insurance act. These may be di vided Into two general classes—those affecting the compensation features of the act, and those concerning war risk insurance. A very important proposed amend ment, and one which meets with wide spread approval, is the upward revi sion of the schedule of compensation payable to disabled ex-service men. Under the present schedule a man to tally disabled is entitled to $30 a month. If single. The amendment raises this by $50, making $80 pay able under these circumstances. If he has a wife but no child living he gets $45; the amendment provides $00. If he has a wife and one child, he draws at present, $55 ; the amendment gives him $05. Extend the Provisions. The law now provides that If a man loses both hands, both feet, or the sight of both eyes, or becomes helpless and permanently bedridden, he shall receive $100 a month compensation. Experience has shown that many men who have lost an arm and a leg, or one limb and the sight of one eye, are just as badly crippled as men who have lost both feet or both hands, and so the bureau has recommended that In addition to the Injuries at present en titling a man to compensation at the rate of $100 a month, the following shall be Included : The loss of one foot and one hand ; the loss of one foot and the sight of one eye. These are deem ed "total and permanent dishblllty" by the express wording of the amend ment. There Is also a provision that for a "double total permanent disabil ity," meaning cases In which men are maimed so seriously that their Injuries Include two of these-classifications, the compensation shall be $200 a month. The bureau has found a very wide spread sentiment among ex-service men In favor of having their policies made payable In a lump sum, or In In stallments covering a short period of time, at their option. To meet this demand Director Cholmeley-Jones has urgently recommended a modification of the war risk Insurance act to permit making provision In the contract for converted Insurance for optional set tlements on the part of the insured, making such Insurance pnyable either In one sum or In Installments for thir ty-six months or more. If the Insured has not exercised hts right of election, under the proposed amendment the beneficiary may elect to receive the insurance in monthly OLDEST AND YOUNGEST IN HARVARD m. r Col. George Lyon, seveuty-oue years of uge. is Harvard university's oldest ''indent this year. He graduated in 1879, but bus re-entered for a course In public speaking. Jacob Khnuktnun of Chelseu, thirteen years old. Is the youngest student. He Is also attending the Hebrew Rabbinical college. installments covering a period of not less than three years. Include Other Relatives. Another very important Item is the proposed enlargement of the permitted class of Insurance beneficiaries (spouse, child, grandchild, parent, brother or sister) to Include, In addition to those enumerated, uncles, aunts, nephews, nieces, brothers-ln-law und sisters-ln law. All of the amendments described above, together with several other pro posed measures of less general inter est, but of much importance, are Incor porated In the so-called "Sweet bill," Introduced by Congressman Sweet of Iowa in the house of representatives on August 2G, 1919. The whole trend of the bureau's recommendations mnnifest Its desire to be of the greatest possible service to those for whom It was created—the men who served our country in the Great War. Not only In recommending the adoption of amendatory legislation, but in every other possible way, the bureau Is doing Its best to expedite Its service, and to carry out the letter and spirit of the act In behalf of the men for whom It wns prepared. In the matter of the settlement of in surance claims the bureau Is practical ly current. Of over 123,000 claims, all but 9,000 have been settled, and regu lar payments are being made. The 9,000 unsettled cases consist of those In which the beneficiaries live In for eign countries or for some other rea son cannot be reached. A diligent ef fort Is being made to get in touch with this comparatively small residue. Insurance Paid Promptly. A great many people do not realiz« that there Is a wide difference between the Insurance feature of the act and the provision for compensation. An insurance claim Is paid Immediately to the beneficiary ; but In the case of a claim for compensation a great many features must, under the law, be con sidered, such ns the members of the family within the permitted class, the extent of their dependency, and the extent of the soldier's disability. This accounts for the fact that claims for compensation have not been settled as promptly as insurance claims. The compensation and claims division of the bureau is bending every effort to determine these cases as quickly as thorough and Intelligent handling will permit. A large staff of examiners Is working night and day in making com pensation awards. The medical division has just com pleted a very trying and difficult task —the preparation of a schedule of dis ability ratings for different injuries and combinations of Injuries, based on $100 per month as compensation for to tal disability. If the Sweet bill (H. R. 8778) becomes law, all compensation for disability will be based upon $100 per month as a maximum Instead of upon $30 as at present. This schedule Is necessarily very complicated, being designed to cover all probable combina tions and degrees of injuries, and must be revised from time to time In accordance with the bureau's experi ence In order that full Justice may be done In all cases. "Unquestionably, the government In surance contracts will be constantly improved, as experience indicates the need for improvements, and It is de cidedly to the advantage of all of us to hold the maximum amount of this government Insurance," adds the di rector. , Reinstatement of Insurance. "A recent treasury decision has auth orized the reinstatement of govern ment Insurance within 18 months after discharge by the payment of only two HE CUT RED TAPE ***« Col. Edwin Jadwln, now In command of one of the engineer regiments In France, disregarded war department red tape, formalities and regulations, to get his troops over to France fully equipped for work. The record made by Colonel Jadwln In getting his men speedily ready for service and the effi ciency of his work has already been the subject of widespread comment in army circles. It develops now that the reason for his success was primarily due to the fact that he Ignored red tape Incumbrances which are required legally by the present system. It will be for Secretary Baker to decide whether Coi. Jadwln is to escape the remonstrance that attaches to his course or whether he will be com mended for his initiative and his suc cess. months premiums on the amount of in surance to be reinstated, one covering the month of grace during which the policy was In force, and one for the month in which reinstatement is made. This is a very generous provision, nnd will make It possible for all ex-service men to retain their government insur ance after they have become ndjusted again In their normal civil life. Indeed, I look for a very heavy reinstatement and conversion ns soon ns the Sweet bill passes the senate and becomes an act and it is made known to all those who are affected. "The bureau appreciates tremendous ly the co-operntion It has had from the insurance officials nnd the men of the insurance profession, nnd it Is to be regretted that there are some few who disregarded their moral obligation to assist the ex-service men by encour aging the men to drop their govern ment Insurance and take out Insurance In private companies. It is ray per sonal opinion that all ex-service men ln such Instances should combine In their disapproval of such action, and should In some forceful way express their utter disgust for those who are found guilty of such practices. Indeed, in the years to come, I feel confident that In such cases where ex-service men have been advised in such way as to allow them to lose their government Insurance, that there will be at least one man in the world whom the ex service men will utterly despise, and distrust, and that will be the un scrupulous agent who in a time of test wus found wanting." BRITISH BIRTH RATE GROWS More Boys Are Born in Times of Hard ships, Official Figures Show. London.—More babies were born In England during August thnn In any previous month since the beginning of the war. Official returns show the number to be 6,390, equivalent to an annual rate of 18 per 1,000, and 461 mor« babies than In the same month of 1918. "I believe that during and after wars more boy babies are born than girls," sold Dr. Mary Seharlleb, a specialist, discussing the report. "I think official figures will prove thnt more boys are born during periods of stress, hard ship and food shortages and more girls during periods of wealth, ense and luxury." 'A baby these days is a very ex pensive addition to the average Brit ish family," sold another doctor. "The cost of everything, from blnnkets to perambulators has practically doubled Milk Is a shilling a quart nnd nurses three guineas a week. The Infant's extensive wardrobe is also a costly af fair these days, while his cot costs twice ns much as before the war. Only millionaires can afford twins, much ns we need them to repair the waste of war." Strange Fish. Venice, Cal.—A strange fish, approx imately nine feet In length nnd consist ing mostly of mouth, head nnd tail, is arousing much Interest here. The freuk monster was found on the beach by Frank Benedict, a city official. In the mouth of the fish were four rows of teeth. The eyes nre as large as saucers. The creature resembles a glgai tic tadnole. INFLUENZA starts with a CoM Kill the Cold. At the ""mill's CASCARA^QUININ SROMIDt Standard cold remedy for 20 yeara k —in tablet form—«aft, sure, no opiates—breaks up a cold in 24 k hours—relieves grip in 3 days. Money back if it fails. The . genuine box has a Red k top with Mr. Hill's picture. At Alt Drug Storm» OIL SHALE Send for sample copy Uinta Basin Oil and Shale News. We make a specialty of full re port of discoveries in oil shale and minerals In the Uinta Basin, the greatest undeveloped oil basin In the world. * 1.00 per year for Newa. Uinta Oil and Shale News, Carter, Wyo. Fish Made Newfoundland Famous. Newfoundland is the place where cod liver oil cotnes from and transat lantic planes go from. But, in the re cent excitement over trnnsocean flights, the cod liver oil and the codfish that furnish It have been nearly forgotten by most of us. Newfoundland has the greatest cod fisheries in the world. The annual catch is estimated at 2,500,000 quintals —a quintal being one-twentieth of a ton. One-half of this catch Is exported, and its value is about $6,000,000. Most of the cod Is dried before It Is ex ported. Nearly all people In Newfoundland live by working for some branch of the great codfish business. — Popular Science Monthly. BIFF! Stop jolting Liver and Bowela with violent drugs, but take "Cascarets." 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