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WELSH PTG. CO., LTD., Pubs. WELSH. ": LOUISIANA ELIMINATION OF "HELLO." The matter of greetings at the tele phone has figured in various philo sophic disquisitions, to say nothing of casual comment upon a thousand lips. The loftiest flight which this interest ing topic ever achieved, we believe, was in a late novel of very high life, wherein the aristocratic millionairess was represented as shuddering to the very core of her refined being when addressed over the telephone by the vulgar "Hello!" We presume that the untaught individual on the other end should have opened proceedings with "Greetings!" "Happy Days!" "May it please your loveliness," or some such piece of elegance. But to the most of us "Hello!" has been good enough and indeed a sweet and satisfying word. Why is it, then, that the word is slow ly vanishing from the wires? Simply because in this sordid age-when sec onds are esteemed more highly than healt. or happiness-the elimination of "Hello!" makes for speed. As an emolient, a lubricant and saponifiler no criticism of the word has been of fered. There is something about the liquidity of its utterance which com bines a sufficiency of shout with a maximum of grace. Such polished thoughts are of no avail with the tele phone directors, however. Save in rare circumstances, no "Hello!" is now al lowed to cross a central's lips. The statement showing a decrease in the exports of food products and certain other articles during Septem ber does not imply that there was a falling off in other exports. Such was not the case. The total exports from the United States for September were $153,890,000, a gain of $14,563,000 com pared with the same month last year. This means that an exceptionally large proportion of exports represented manufactures, the work of the best paid skilled labor. For the nine months ended with September there was an increase of $270,020,000 in imports and something of a decrease in exports as compared with the like period the year before. But the increase in exports for September shows that the tide is turning. And as it is there is an en' cess of $92,292,000 in exports over im ports for the nine months. There are fluctuations in trade currents, as is in evitable, but the United States still holds an economic advantage with a baalnce in its favor. Had the mildness of the weather in November anything to do with the lightness of the fire loss during that month in Canada and the United States? The aggregate for the month was only $14,808,550, which in round numbers was $3,000,000 below October, and which was lower than the fire loss in any month last year except Decem ber, and lower than for any month in the current year except March and June. The year 1909 undoubtedly is going to make a creditable record as to firea. The aggregate fire loss for the first 11 months of 1909 has been $183, 673,700, which is $40,000,000 less than the loss in the corresponding period of 1908 and $16,000,000 less than dur ing the first 11 months of 1907. Bank clearings in New York city for November amounted to $9,063,576,652, which is a record for that month, ex ceding the figures of 1908 by 10.6 per cent, and being 72 per cent greater than in 1907, when the "panic" struck the metropolis. Clearings outside of New York for November were not quite as large relatively, but repre sented the second-best showing ever gistered and were 35 per cent. above returns for November, 1907. Clear make an important business bar .eter, and the figumes quoted are highly satisfactory as indicating Shealthful conditions. - Efforts have been made to establish Volapuk, Esperanto and other so Scalled universal languages as a com n on tongue, but, while they have mer SIt, it Is not a far look into the here Safter or a rash prophecy to predict ! that for all practical purposes the / Anglo-Saxon language will become the I dominant speech of the world in the e· ar future. I Lod Rosebery says that Europe DI. r#t stop building Dreadnoughts and aslntainlng big armies or go into Sankrumptcy. If his lordship keeps on Iaklng these reckless predictions he wIll get himself called a "Little Eng Sander" or some equally obnoxious 'he couple in Connecticut who mar Sto evade the Immigration lays, now seek relief from the penalty t defying it, ought to be deled relief * vindiqate the majesty of the law. Sadding insult to ljury to try and the law a party to its own eva. he war agtajerthe pompaluared Ld has developed the fact that ea Woman will See for her life ma~se, she will stand by a rat 4 'i 4 IND AT ID GAT BY 'II OAS$ON , ILLIAsTRAT/Otk7 5Y RAY WALTE/?c5 Vmany oNrr / s1 Y O avRUB-I C* Miss Patricia Holbrook and Miss Helen Holbrook, her niece, were entrusted to the care of Laurance Donovan, a writer, B summering near Port Annandale, Miss Patricia confided to Donovan that she feared her brother Henry, who, ruined by I a bank failure, had constantly threatened her for money from his father's will, of 1 which Miss Patricia was guardian. They came to Pori Annandale to escape Henry. Donovan sympathized with the two 1 women. He learned of Miss Helen's an noying suitor. Donovan discovered and captured an intruder, who proved to be Reginald Gillespie, suitor for the hand of Miss Helen Holbrook. Gillespie disap peared the following morning. A rough sailor appeared and was ordered away. Donovan saw Miss Holbrook and her fa r ther meet on friendly terms. Donovan fought an Italian assassin. He met the man he supposed was Holbrook, but who said he was Hartridge, a canoe-maker. After a short discussion Donovan left I surlily. Gillesple was discovered by Don ovan presenting a country church with $1,000. Gillespie admitted he knew of Hol brook's presence. Miss Pat acknowledged to Donovan that Miss Helen had been missing for a few hours. While riding in a launch, the Italian sailor attempted to molest the trio, but failed. Miss Pat announced her intention of fighting Henry Holbrook and not seeking another hiding place. Donovan met Helen in garden at night. Duplicity of Helen was confessed by the young lady. She admitted conniving with her father despite her aunt's precautions, in a night meeting with Don ovan. The three went for a long ride the following day. That night, disguised as a nun. Helen stole from the house. She met Reginald Gillesple, who told her his love. Gillespie was confronted by Donovan. Helen's lover escaped. At the town post office Helen, unseen except by Donovan, slipped a draft into the hand of the Ital ian sailor. She also signaled her father. Miss Pat and Donovan "took in" the canoe carnival. A young lady resembling Miss Helen Holbrook was observed alone in a canoe, when Helen was thought to have been at home. Donovan met Gil lespie CHAPTER XII-Continued. "I, myself," he continued, taking a chair near me and placing his feet in an open window, "am cursed with rugged health. I have quite recovered from those unkind cuts at the nunnery -thanks to your ministrations-and am willing to put on the gloves with you at any time." "You do me great honor; but the affair must wait for a lower tempera ture." "As you will! It Is not like my great and gracious ways to force a fight. Pardon me, but may I inquire for the health of the ladies at Saint What's-her-name's?" "They are quite well, thank you." "I am glad to know it;"-and his tone lost for the moment its jaunti ness. "Henry Holbrook has gone to New York." "Good riddance!" I exclaimed, hear tily. "And now-" "-And now if I would only follow suit, everything would be joy plus for you!" He laughed and slapped his knees at my discomfiture, for he had read my thoughts exactly. "You certainly are the only blot on the landscape!" "Quite so. And if I would only go hence the pretty little Idyl that is be ing enacted in the delightful garden, under the eye of a friendly chaperon, would go forward without interrup tion." He spoke soberly, and I had ob served that when he dropped his chaff a note of melancholy crept into his taljc. He folded his arms and went on: "She's a wonderful girl, Donovan. There's no other girl like her in all the wide world. I tell you it's hard for a girl like that to be in her posi tion-the whole family broken up, and that contemptible father of hers hang ing about with his schemes of plunder. It's pitiful, Donovan; it's pitiful!" "It's a cheerless mess. It all came after the bank failure, I suppose." "Practically, though the brothers never got on. You see my governor was bit by their bank failure; and Miss Pat resented the fact that he backed off when stung. But the Gil lespies take their medicine; father never squealed, which makes me sore that your Aunt Pat gives me the icy eye." "Their affairs are certainly mixed," I replied, non-committally. "They are indeed; and Ihave studied the whole business until my near mind is mussed up, like scrambled eggs. Your own pretty idyl of the nunnery garden adds the note pt. Quante. Cross my palm with gold and I'll tell you of strange things that lie in the future. I have an idea, Dono van; singular though it seem, I've a notion in my head." "Keep it," I retorted, "to prevent a cranial vacuum." "Crushed! Absolutely crushed!" he replied, gloomily. "Kick me. I'm only the host." We were silent while the few sounds of the village street droned in. He rose and paced the floor to shake off his mood, and when he sat down he seemed in better spirits. "Holbrook will undoubtedly return," I said., "Yes; there's no manner of doubt about that." "And then there will be more trou- i ble." "Of course." "But I suppose there's no guessing I when he will come back." "He will come back as soon as he's I spent his money." I: felt a delicacy aboqt referring to 1 that transaction on the pier. It was I a wretched business, and I now I realised that the shame of it was not lost on Gillespie. i UHow 4oe anrwy come to have that ·· -~~s ~~ .*·: (.E ht ei uWhat the Devil Did You Bring Me Up Here For?" Italian scoundrel with him?" I asked after a pause. "He's the skipper of the Stiletto," Gillespie replied, readily. "He's a long way from tide-water," I remarked. "A blackguard of just his sort once sailed me around the Italian peninsula in a felucca, and saved me from drowning on the way. His hero ism was not, however, wholly disinter ested. When we got back to Naples he robbed me of my watch and money belt and I profited by the transaction, having intended to give him double their value. But there are plenty of farm boys around the lake who could handle the Stiletto. Henry didn't need a dago expert." The mention of the Italian clearly troubled Gillespie. After a moment he said: "He may be holding on to Henry in stead of Henry's holding on to him. Do you see?" "No; I don't." "Well, I have an idea that the dago knows something that's valuable. Last summer Henry went cruising in the Sound with a pretty rotten crowd, poker being the chief diversion. A man died on the boat before they got back to New York. The report was that he fell down a hatchway when he was drunk, but there were some ugly stories in the papers about it. That Italian sailor was one of the crew." "Where is he now?" "Over at Battle Orchard. He knows his man and knows he'll be back. I'm waiting for Henry, too. Helen gave him $20,000. The way the market is running he's likely to go broke any day. He plays stocks like a crazy man, and after he's busted he'll be back on our hands." "It's hard on Miss Pat." "And it's harder on Helen. She's in terror all the time for fear her father will go up against the law and bring further disgrace on the family. There's her Uncle Arthur, a wanderer on the face of the earth for his sins. That was bad enough without the rest of it." "That was greed, too, wasn't it?" "No, just general cussedness. He blew in the Holbrook bank and skipped." "You told me that Henry Holbrook found his way here ahead of you. How do you account for that?" He looked at me quickly, and rose, again pacing the narrow room. "I don't! I wish I could!" "It's about the last place in the world to attract him. Port Annandale is a quiet resort frequented by western people only. There's neither hunting nor fishing worth mentioning; and a man doesn't come from New York to Indiana to sail a boat on a thimbleful of water like this lake." "You are quite right." "If Helen Holbrook gave him warn. ing that they were coming here--" "Don't you dare say it! She couldn't have done! She wouldn't have done it! I tell you I know, independently of her, that he was here before Father Stoddard ever suggested this place to Miss Pat." "Well, you needn't get so hot about it" "And you needn't insinuate that she is not acting honorably in this affair! I should think that after making love to her, as you have been doiag, and playing the role of comforter to Miss Pat, you would have the decency not to accuse her of connivance with Hen ry Holbrook." "You let your Jealousy Set the better of your good sense. I have not been making love to Miss Holbrook!" I de clared, angrily, and knew in my heart that I lied. "Well, Irishman," he exclaimed with entire good humor; "let us not bring up mine host to find us locked in mor tal combat." "What the devil did you bring me up here for?" I demanded. "Oh, just to enjoy your society. I get lonesome sometimes. I tell you a man does get lonesome in this world when he has nothing to lean on but a blooming button factory and a step mother who flits among the world's ex pensive sanatoria. I know you have never had 'Button, button, who's got the button?' chanted in your ears, but may I ask whether you have ever known the joy of a stepmother? I can see that your answer will be an unregretful negative." He was quite the fool again, and stared at me vacuously. "My stepmother is not the common type of juvenile fiction. She has never attempted during her widowhood to rob the orphan or to poison him. Bless your Irish heart, no! She's a good woman, and rich in her own right, but I couldn't stand her dietary. She's afraid I'm going to die, Donovan! She thinks everybody's going to die. Father died of pneumonia and she said ice-water in the finger-bowl did it, and she wanted to have the butler ar rested for murder. She had a new disease for me every morning. It was worse than being left with a button works to draw a stepmother like that. She ate nothing but hot water and zweibach herself, and shuddered when I demanded sausage and buckwheat cakes every day. She caught me one day clearing up a couple of chickens and a mug of Bass with the gardener, and it was all over. She had noticed, she said, that I had been coughing of late-I was doing a few cigarettes too many, that was all-and wired to New York for doctors. She had all sorts, Donovan-alienists and pneumogastric specialists and lung experts. "The people on Strawberry Hill thought there was a medical conven tion in town. I was kidnaped on the golf course, where I was about to win the eastern Connecticut long-drive cup, and locked up in a dark room at home tor two days while they tested me. They made all the known tests, Donovan. They tested me for dis eases that haven't been discovered yet, and for some that have been ex tinct since the days of Noah. You can see where that put me. I was afraid to fight or sulk for fear the alienists would send me to the madhouse. I was afraid to eat for fear they would think that was a symptom, and every time I asked for food the tape-worm man looked intelligent and began pre scribing, while the rest of them were terribly chagrined because they hadn't scored first. The only joy I got out of the rumpus was in hitting one of those alienists a damned hard clip in the ribs, and I'm glad I did it. He was feeling my medulla oblongata at the moment, and as I resent being man handled I pasted him one-he' was a young chap, and fair game-I pasted him one, and then grabbed a suit-case ~and slid. I stole away in a clamboat for New Haven, and kept right on up into northern Maine, where I stayed with the Indianis until my father's re lict went off broken hearted to Bad N:eubeim to drink the waters. And here I ama, by the grac of (, in perfect health and in full control of the button market of the world." "You have undoubtedly been sorely tried," I said as he broke off mournful ly. In spite of myself I had been en tertained. He was undeniably a fellow of curious humor and with unusual ex perience of life. He followed me to the street, and as I rode away he called me back as though to impart something of moment. "Did you ever meet Charles Dar win?" "He didn't need me for proof, But tons."' "I wish I might have had one word with him. It's on my mind" that he put the monkeys back too far. I should be happier if he had brought them a little nearer up to date. I should feel less lonesome, Irishman." He stopped me again. "Once I had an ambition to find an honest man, Donovan, but I gave it up -it's easier to be an honest man than to find one. I give you peace!" I had learned some things from the young button king, but much was still opaque in the affairs of the Hol brooks. The Italian's presence as sumed a new significance from Gilles pie's story. He had been party to a conspiracy to kill Holbrook, alias Hartridge, on the night of my adven ture at the houseboat, and I fell to wondering who had been the shadowy director of that enterprise-the cow-. ard who had hung off in the creek and waited for the evil deed to be done. CHAPTER XIII. The Gate of Dreams. In my heart I was anxious to do justice to (illespie. Sad it is that we are all so given to passing solemn judgment on trifling testimony! I my self am not impeccable. I should at any time give to the lions a man who uses his thumb as a paper-cutter; for such a one is clearly marked for bru tality. My prejudices rally as to a trumpet-call at the sight of a girl wearing overshoes or nibbling bon bons-the one suggestive of predatory habits and weak lungs, the other of nervous dyspepsia. The night was fine, and after re turning my horse to the stable I con tinued on to the Glenarm boathouse. I was strolling along, pipe in mouth, and was half-way up the boathouse steps when a woman shrank away from the veranda rail, where she had been standing, gazing out upon the lake. There was no mistaking her. She was not even disguised to-night, and as I advanced across the little ver anda she turned toward me. The lan tern over the boathouse door suffused us both as I greeted her. "Pardon me, Miss Holbrook; I'm afraid I have disturbed your medita tions," I said. "But if you don't mind-" "You have the advantage of being on your own ground." she replied. '"I waive all my rights as tenant if you will remain." "It is much nicer here than on St. Agatha's pier; you can see the lake and the stars better. On the whole," she laughed, "I think I shall stay a moment longer, it you will tolerate me." I brought out some chairs and we sat down by @e rail, where we could look out upon the star-sown heavens and the dark fiabr of stars beneath. Helen bent forward with her elbows resting on the rail, her hands clasped under her chin. The lamplight fell full upon her slightly lifted head, and upon her shoulders, over which lay a flmy veil. She hummed dreamily for -moment while I watched her. Had she one mood for the day and another for the night? I had last seen her that afternoon after an hour of ten nis, at which she was expert, and she had run away through Glenarm. gate with a taunt for my defeat; but now the spirit of stars and of all earth's silent things was upon her. I looked twice and thrice at her clearly outlined profile, at the brow with its point of dark hair, at the hand where on the emerald was clearly distin guishable, and satisfied myself that there could be no mistake about her. "You grow bold," I said, anxious to hear her voice. "You don't mind the pickets a bit" "No. I'm quite superior to walls and fences. You have heard of those East Indians who appear and disap pear through closed doors; well, we'll assume that I had one of those fel lows for an ancestor! It will save the trouble of trying to account for my exits and entrances. I will tell you in confidence, Mr. Donovan, that I don't like to be obliged to account for myself!" (TO BE CONTINUED.) Most Obstinate Things. A bachelor says I mule is the most obstinate thing on earth, but married men know better.-Chicago Daily News. River's Immense Traffic. In the River Lek, Holland, and its connecting canal to Amsterdam the tram1c amounts to over 60,000 vessels of all kinds per annum. A PROPOSAL.. Housewife-You always seem to es joy eating my food, but my husband b never suited with it! Beggar-Say, get a divorce and marry me! EPIDEMIC OF ITCH IN WELSH VILLAGE "In Dowlais, South Wales, about gf. teen years ago, families were strihk en wholesale by a disease known s the itch. Believe me, it is the most terrible disease of its kind that I know of, as it itches all through your body and makes your li:: an inferno. Sleep is out of the question and yon feel as it a million mosquitoes were attacking you at the same time. I knew a dozen families that were o affected. "The doctors did their best, but their remedies were of no avail what. ever. Then the families tried a drug. gist who was noted far and wide for his remarkable cures. People came to him from al parts of the country fo' treatment, but his medicine made matters still worse, as a last resort they were advised by a friend to use the Cuticura Remedies. I am glad to tell you that after a few days' treat. ment with Cuticura Soap, Ointment and Resolvent, the effect was wonder. ful and the result was a perfect crs in all cases. "I may add that my three brothers, three sisters, myself and all our faI. ilies have been users of the Cuticrma Remedies for fifteen years. Thomas Hugh, 1650 West Huron St., Chicaq Ill., June 29, 1909." His Terrible Threat. Aviation has improved considerably since the time when Col. Cleary, them county commissioner and for years a well-known Chicagoan, made a balleon ascension at a county fair over is Michigan, says the Chicago Journal. As the guest of honor the colonud was sent upward with the assuranee that there was absolutely no danger. But as the distance from the earth grew greater the colonel leaned out anxiously. "Pull me in!" he shouted. The men who were bailing out the rope paid no heed to his demat. Higher and higher went the balloa,. Wilder and wilder grew the coloseL Finally, almost standing on his head as he tried to keep a precarious bskE ance, he gave a final cry of eom:': perated panic: "Pull me in, I tell you, or I'll t the rope!" Whiskers. A Roman poet told of the pride asm of the late Caesars took in his grent whiskers. On some of the wildwood. Hill Billies I have seen beards some feet long, a switch of the loose eni hanging out from under the waistcoat.t Others braided the growth and tied It around the neck, while still othenrs. braided it around the waist, tying it, behind like apron strings. One tall. me he combed and plaited his everf night, and put it away into a lOS,;" linen bag or nightgown, so as to keq it from getting all tangled up with blei2 wife and his feet.-New York Press. i Professional Conduct. One of the best stories told abou@t Mr. Blrrell concerns a poor client, whose case he took up for nothioa When tne case had been won, the el ent gratefu'ly sent him the sum of 1i which he accepted in order not to give: offense. A colleague reproached bhi however, for this "unprofessional cof duct" In taking less than gold. "BIt ' I took all the poor beggar had," 5 Mr. Blrrell, "and I consider that is aid unprofesslonal."-M. A. P. INSOMNIA Leads to Madness, it not Remedied it Time. "Experiments satisfied me, some years ago," writes a Topeka womaa "that coffee was the direct cause of tbh insomnia from which J suffered tel%' ribly, as well as the extreme nervous ness and acute dyspepsia which madi life a most painful thing for me. "I had been a coffee drinker sntace childhood, and did not like to think that the beverage was doing me all tbi: harm. But it was, and the time ca53e when I had to face the fact, and pro' tect myself. I therefore gave up coffeei abruptly and absolutely, and adoptSd Postum as my hot drink at meals. :i "I began to note improvement In m? condition very soon after I took (0;I Postum. The change proceeded gri5 nally, but surely, and it was a matter only a few weeks before I found mU* self entirely relieved-the nervousness passed away, mt digestive apparati was restored to normal efficiency, a3@ I began to sleep, restfully and peaa' fully. "These happy conditions have cO_ tinued during all of the 5 years, aud i am safe in saying that I owe them tirely to Postum, for when I began drink it I ceased to use medicina' Read the little book, "The Road Wellville,"in pkgs. "There's a Reasro Ever read the above lettert A eue appears from time to time. klatuet.