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THE RICE BELT JOURNAL
WELSH PTG. CO., LTD., Pubs. WELSH. " LOUISIANA Women outnumber men in both New York and Philadelphia. Concerning that Red Sox victory, why not drop it? Sncdgrass did. That restored Venus of Milo proves to be a southpaw with good curves. They say the new ten-dollar bill is a work of art, but it can't be at that price. A baby was born in New York on the elevated. Starting life pretty high. A London swindler sold dried peas for liver pills. Probably just as effective. "Women's dresses are to become tighter." Roller skates next and a boe behind to push. London is shocked over the way the British nation is taking to gum chew ing. But they stick to it. Medical science is constantly discov ering hundreds of new reasons why people phould call in the doctor. Before ordering your split pea soup you should patriotically inquire if the pea was split in Germany or America. A London specialist says that mod ern dress is killing women. Yet most women desire their gowns to be kill. ing. According to a scientist, all men will be baldheaded in 500 years. It's a cinch they will if they live until then. Somebody claims to have discovered black snow in the Alps. But any win ter he can find a lot of it in Pitte burgh. Plants and vegetables are to be raised by electricity. As far as fruits are concerned, we already have elec tric currents. A New York man was robbed of his pearl necklace, worth $30,000, on an ocean liner. Where was his chaperon? Women certainly are obstinate crea tures. One in Boston is contesting the 'dictum of three courts that de clared her dead. Our pupils are found to be weak in the three R's. The old-tfashioned spelling bee might profitably be re vived, it seems. Kissing is forbidden In public places In Switzerland. Undoubtedly on the ground that there is more than enough danger there without it An eastern man wrote a'tragedy and the manager turned it into a comedy. It is but a step from the sublime to the ridiculous, after all. Chinese women are said to have the most beautiful complexions in the world. Still, it depends on whether it is orientally considered. Now the German scientists have di. • covered a means of producing artif , id181 milk. Why not invent a way to grow eggs on the egg plant. S "Resolve to live a hundred years and you can do it," says a St. Louis physician. But the majority of good 'resolutions are broken in a short time. There used to be made in this coun try copper-toed shoes that the small Sboy could not kick out in one month. Ah, those were happy days for par ents! Infantile paralysis has appeared among the eskimos in Alaska. The backward races must often sit down and wonder whether civilization really pays. Physicians are now discussing whether incurables should be killed. Which brings up the question: "How can physicians agree on who are in ' curables?" An eighteen-pound lobster has been caught in Long Island Sound. Still, a chorus girl can catch a bigger one than that on Broadway any day in the year. :, In Baltimore a police justice has S arranged mirrors in his court room so that drunks and disorderlies will have S to see themselves. Justice should have: a little pity. To 'be -simple and to be without gualle is to trittumph over all.' Is there not the case of the'yoqy g woman who when congratltued upoi4 the quality Sand strength of her perfumery said . that she was glad he had noticed it? . A-London gentleman, opposed to tip .. ping, let his whiskers grow rather 4:1 than bestow a honorarium upon the tonsorill artist. Wonder if the new style whiskers have anything to do witL this latter day crusade against It is doubtful if Andre de Fouqul. eres will succeed in his announced purpose to persuade us to dress aft or the French fashion, since Amerlean men have a rooted prejudice against wearing corsets and hoopskirts with their frock coats STORY EXCUSE ME! Novelized from the Comedy of the Same Name By ILLUSTRATED Rupert From Pbotoraphs eI the Play as Produced HBghes By Hewry W. Savade Oopyright,1 t9, by a. FIty (. 16 SYNOPSIS. Lieut. Harry Mallory is ordered to the Philippines. He and Marjorie Newton decide to elope, but wreck of taxicab pre vents their seeing minister on the way to the train. Transcontinental train is tak ing on passengers. Porter has a Ilivly time with an Englishman and Ira Lath rop, a Yankee business man. The elopers have an exciting time getting to the train. "Little Jimmie" Wellington, bound for Reno to get a divorce, boards train In maudlin condition. Later Mrs. Jimmie appears. She is also bound for Reno with same object. Likewise Mrs. Sammy Whit comb. Latter blames Mrs. Jimmie for her marital troubles. Classmates of Mal lory decorate bridal berth. Rev. and Mrs. Te~mple start on a vacation. They decide to cut loose and Temple removes evidence of his calling. Marjorie decides to let Mallory proceed alone, but train starts while they are lost in farewell. Passen gers join Mallory's classmates in giving couple wedding hazing. Marjorie is dis tracted. Ira Lathrop, woman-hating bachelor, discovers an old sweetheart, Anne Gattle, a fellow passenger. Mal lory vainly hunts for a preacher among the passengers. Mrs. Wellington hears Little Jimmie's voice. Later she meets Mrs. Whitcomb. Mallory reports to Mar jorle his failure to find a preacher. They decide to pretend a quarrel and Mallory finds a vacant berth. Mrs. Jimmie discov ers Wellington on the train. Mallory again makes an unsuccessful hunt for a preacher. Dr. Temple poses as a physi clan. Mrs. Temple is induced by Mrs. Wellington to smoke a cigar. Sight of preacher on a station platform raises Mallory's hopes, but he takes another train. Missing hand baggage compels the couple to borrow from passengers. Jim mle gets a cinder in his eye and Mrs. Jimmie gives first-aid. Coolness is then resumed. Still no clergyman. More bor rowing. Dr. Temple puzzled by behavior of different couples. CHAPTER XXIII-(Continued). Mrs. Wellington glanced the same way, and a shriek of understanding burst from her. It sent the porter into a spasm of yah-yahs till he caught Ashton's eyes and saw murder in them. The porter fled to the plat form and held the door fast, expect ing to be lynched. But Ashton dashed away in search of concealment and soap. The porter remained on the plat form for some time, planning to leap overboard and take his chances rather than fall into Ashton's hands, but at length, finding himself unpursued, he peered into the car and, seeing that Ashton had gone, he returned to his duties. He kept a close watch on Ashton, but on soberer thoughts Ash ton had decided that the incident would best be consigned to silence and oblivion. But for all the rest of that day he kept rubbing his lips with his handkerchief. The porter, noting that the train had swept into a granite gorge like an enormously magnified aisle in a made-up sleeping car, recognized the presence of Echo Canyon, and with it the entrance into Utah. He hastened to impart the tidings to Mr. Fosdick and held out his hand as he extended the information. Fosdick could hardly believe that his twelve-hundred-mile exile was over. "We're in Utah?" he exclaimed. "Yassah," and the porter shoved his palm into view. Fosdick filled it with all his loose change, then whirled to his wife and cried: "Edith! We are in Utah now! Em brace me!" She flung herself into his arms with a gurgle of bliss. The other passen gers gasped with amazement. This sort of thing was permissible enough in a tunnel, but in the full light of day-! Fosdick, noting the sensation he had created, waved his hand reas. suringly and called across his wife's shoulder: "Don't be alarmed, ladies and gen tlemen. She's my wife!" He added In a whisper meant for her ear alone: "At least till we get to Nevada!" Then she whispered sometling in his ear and they hurried from the car. They left behind them a bewilder ment that eclipased the wonder of the Mallories. That couple spoke to each other, at least during the day time. Here was a married pair that did not speak at all for two days and two nights and then made a sudden and public rush to each other's arms! Dr. Temple summed up the general feeling when he said: "I don't believe in witches, but it I did, I'd believe that this train is be witched." Later he decided that Fosdick was a Mormon elder and that Mrs. Fosdick was probably a, twelfth or thirteenth spouse he was smuggling in from the east. The theory was not entirely faise, for Fosdick was one of the many victims of the crazy-quilt of American divorce codes, though he was the most unwilling of polygamists. And Dr. Temple gave up him theory in despair the next morning when le found the Fosdicks stil on the train, and once more keepink aloof from each other. CHAPTER XXIV. The Train Butcher. Mallory was dragging out a miser hable existence with' a companon who was neither maid, wife, nor widow and to whom he was neither bachelor, husband, nor relict. They were suffering brain-fag from their one topic of conversation, and heart-fag from rapture deferred. Mar jorle had pretended to take a nap and Mallory had pretended that he would leave her for her own sake. 'Their contradictory chains were be ginning to gall. Mallory sat in the smoking room, and threw aside a half-finished cigar. Life was Indeed nauseous when to bacco turned rank on his lips. lie watched without interest the stupen dous scenery whirling past the train; granite ravines, infernal grotesques of architecture and diablerle, the Giant's Teapot, the Devil's Slide, the Pulpit Rock, the Hanging Rock, splashes of mineral color, as if titanic paint pots had been spilled or flung against the cliffs, sudden hushes of green pine-worlds, dreary graveyards of sand and sagebrush. mountain streams in frothing panics. His jaded soul could not respond to any of these thrillers, the dime-nov els and melodramatic third-acts of na ture. But with the arrival of a train boy, who had got on at Evanston with a batch of Salt hake City newspa pers, he woke a little. The other men came trooping round, like sheep at a herd-boy's whistle or chickens when a pan of grain is brought into the yard. The train "butcher" had a nasal sing-song, but his strain might have been the Pied Piper's tune emptying Hamelin of its grown-ups. The charms of flir tation, matrimonial bliss and fem inine beauty were forgotten, and the males flocked to the delights of stock market reports, political or racing or dramatic or sporting or criminal news. Even Ashton braved the eyes of his fellow men for the luxury of burying his nose In a fresh paper. "Papers, gents? Yes? No?" the train butcher chanted. "Salt Lake pa pers, Ogden papers, all the latest pa pers, comic papers, magazines, pe riodicals." "Here, boy," said Ashton, snapping his fingers, "what's the latest New York paper?" "Last Sat'day's." "Six days old? I read that before I left New York. Well, give me that Salt Lake paper. It has yesterday's stock market, I suppose." "Yes, sir." He passed over the sheet and made change, without abat ing his monody: "Papers, gents. Yes? No? Salt Lake pa-" "Whash latesh from Chicago?" said Wellington. "Monday's." "I read that before-that breakfast began," laughed Little Jimmie. "Well, give me Salt Lake Bazoo. It has bashe ball news, I s'pose." "Yes, sir," the butcher answered, and his tone grew reverent as he said: "The Giants won. Mr. Mattyson was pitching. Papers, gents, all the latest papers, magazines, periodicals." Wedgewood extended a languid hand: "What's the latest issue of the London Times?" "Never heard of it." Wedgewood almost fainted, and re turned to his Baedeker of the United States. Dr. Temple summoned the lad: "1 don't suppose you have the Ypsllantl Eagle?" The butcher regarded him with pity, and sniffed: "I carry newspapers, not poultry.". "Well, give me the-" he saw a pink weekly of rather picturesque ap pearance, and the adventure attracted him. "I'll take this-also the Out look." He folded the pink within the green, and entered into a new and startling world-a sort of journalistic slumming tour. "Give me any old thing," said Mal lory, and flung open an Ogden Jour nal till he found the sporting page, where his eyes brightened. "By jove, a ten-inning game! Matthewson in the box!" "Mattie is most intelleckshal pitch er in the world," said Little Jimmie, and then everybody disappeared be hind paper ramparts, while the butch er lingered to explain to the porter the details of the great event. About this time, Marjorie, tired of her pretence at slumber, strolled into the observation car, glancing into the men's room. where she saw nothing but newspapers. Then Mrs. Welling ton saw her, and smiled: "Come in and make yourself at home." "Thanks," said Marjorie, bashfully, "I was looking for my-my-" "Husband?" ,. "My dog." "How is he this morning?" "My dog?" "Your husband." "Oh, he's as well as could be .ex pected." "Where did you get that love of a waist?" Mrs. Wellington laughed. "Mrs. Temple lent it to me. Isn't it sweet?" "Exquisite! The latest Ypsillanti mode." Marjorie, suffering almost more acutely frolm being badly frocked than from being duped in her matrimonial hopes, threw herself on Mrs. Welling ton's mercy. "I'm so unhappy in this. Couldn't you lend me or sell me something a little smarter?" ."L'd love to, my dear," said, Mrs. Wellington, "but I left home on short notice myself. I shall need all my divoree trousseau in Reno. Otherwise --I--but here's your husband. You two ought to have some place to spoon. I'll leave you this whole room." And she swept out, nodding to Mal lory, who had divined Marjorie's presence, and felt the need of betig near her, though he also felt the need of finishing the story of the great ball game. Husbandlike, he felt that he was eonferring suffcient courtesy in throwing a casual smile across the top of the paper. Marjorle studied his motley garb, and her own, and groaned: "We're a sweet looking pair, aren't we?" "Mr. and Miss Fit," said Mallory, from behind the paper. "Oh, Harry, has your love grown cold?" she pleaded. "Marjorie, how can you think such a thing?" still from behind the paper. "\Vell, Mrs. Wellington said we ought to have some place to spoon, ?nd she went away and left us, and there you stand-and-" This pierced even the baseball news, and he threw his arms around her with glow of devotion. She snuggled closer, and cooed: "Aren't we having a nice long engage ment? W'e've traveled a million miles, and the preacher isn't in sight yet. What have you been reading wedding announcements?" "No-I was reading about the most wonderful exhibition. Mattle was in the box-and in perfect form." "Mattle?" Marjorle gasped uneas ily. "Mattie!" he raved, "and in perfect form." And now the hidden serpent of jeal ousy, which promised to enliven their future, lifted its head for the first time, and Mallory caught his tirst glimpse of an unsuspected member of their household. Marjorle demand ed with an ominous chill: "And who's Mattle?. Some former sweetheart of yours?" "My dear," laughed Mallory. But Marjorie was up and away, with apt temper: "So Mattle was In the box, was she? What is it to you, where she sits? You dare to read about her and rave over her perfect form, while you neglect your wife-or your-oh, what am I, anyway?" Mallory stared at her in amaze ment. He was beginning to learn what ignorant heathen women are concerning so many of the gods and demi-gods of mankind. Then, with a tenderness he might not always show, he threw the paper down and took her in his arms: "You poor child. Mattie is a man-a pitcher-and you're the only woman I ever loved-and you are liable to be my wife any minute." The explanation was sufficient, and she crawled into the shelter of his arm with little noises that served for apology, forgiveness and reconcilia tion. Then he made the mistake of mentioning the sickening topic of de ferred hope: "A minister's sure to get on at the next stop-or the next." Marjorie's nerves were frayed by too much enduring, and it took only a word to set them jangling: "If you say minister to me again, I'll scream." Then she tried to control herself with a polite: "Where is the next stop?"' "Ogden." "Where's that? On the map?"' "Well, it's in Utah." "Utah!" she groaned. "They mar ry by wholesale there, and we can't even get a sample." (TO BE CONTINUED.) SET THE PACE IN RECEPTIONS Splendid Affair Given by Unlted 8tater Ambassador Guild Daxzled St. Petersburg Society. The German and Russian newsIap pers bristle with reports concerning an ofdficial reception by the American ambassador at St. Petersburg, Curtis Guild, in the splendid palace he occu ples, which was formerly the rwes dence of Count Orloff Denison. Not even Ambassador Leishman, glitter Ing at the kaiser's court, could have been more imposing. The ambassa dor had at his side a functionary from the imperial court, who present ed the guests. The ambassador's wife was beautifully gowned. The guests were announced by a servant from the imperial ministry, 'who wore a black suit of eighteenth century style, with a lace jabot Mrs. Guild was greatly fatigued, for she had to stand three hours with out stretched hand in order that it might be kissed by all the men, according to the Russian fashion. In the great dining hall on the floor above, hung with pictures of the Or lofts of the last three centuries, was a surprise for the guests. Instead of the usual tables with servants serv. inlg champagne, there were models .in ice of a Russian farm house and an American cottage, lit with incandes cent lights, from which flowed fount tains of champagne. The American cottage 'fountain bubbled' with dry wine, while the Russian emitted * fruity variety. Drew the Crowd. It was the ambition of the proprietor of the moving picture show to get a record house that week. The first two nights he failed to get It On the third night his unparalleled attrac tions were advertised thus through a megaphone at the hall door: "Ladies and gentlemen: Every pio ture I shall show you ionight has cosat the life of a film actor. In the bridge wrecking scene -two men were drowned, in the railroad collision one man was crushed to death, and the Junle scene three men were fearfully manled by wild beasts. ."feprehensible tact..s to mention theose harrowing details," said the pro prietors of other shows; nevertheleis they achieved the manager's putose, for the next day the house was pack ed at every performance. Diver's Good Fortune, A native diver of Australia, while professionally engaged in explorinlg the submarine depths of the Torre Straits, not lonsg ago, secured a mag. pi-cent pear shaped pearl, which waa sold for 1.500. NEW APPOINTMENTS MADE Governor Hall Names Many NeN Merry bers of Tensaw Levee Bcard. Ia to n Rto u ge. T"'h )U Fs . of S oi , of Shreveport. wxae spjcitnte': A ]lall as judge of the firs' j'urivi; ;1 trict court, \iCe T. F. liril, f;,t: .;r, d, TFhe appoilltni; t a ' S irl -. governor lupon ht " i :,( r ' i-t' I. t,; ]eading rentbe.rs of tt« ['adu,. :ar T'homas F. Hell is the so,; of tl ,;i,« Judge Hell. Governor llall appoinrttd prae':,cal. 13 an entire new Tensa.s lhai.' ,l I board. T. H. (;ilbert, of Frankli: , p:ar ish. being the only nre.r ber oft 't: board to succeed himself. The following are metmbers of t!,« new board: For Franklin Parish T. 1. r;;il. rI, vice himself term exipiredl For West ('aroll Parish-.1. ' i.\ - ter, vice ('lyde Turner. term expired For ('atahoula Parish- - . ('. P'ritch ard, vice Ernest YouIng, t.errai extiredl. For Morehouse Parish --.l. S. Itfoif, vice A. H. l)avenport, ternm expired. For Ouachita Parish--C'arl II. .lc Henry, vice F. A. Brown, term exlired. For Caldwell Parish--c). 1M. Sr,th, vice J. D. Humble, term expired. Governor Hall has nanmet (;George C. Dimick as notary public for the parish of Caddo. ITALIAN AVENGES SISTER Kills Negro Who Had Run Down Baby Girl With Wagon. NVester'n Newipape, r I'nion News Servic.-. Franklin.-Avenging the death of his little sister, Rosa, Tony C'avito, an Italian, shot and instanly killed Clar ence Smith, a negro wagon driver, on Garden City plantation. While driving a three-mule wagon loaded with sugar care to the Alice C. Refinery, Smith ran over and kill ed Rosa ('avito, aged 5 years. The child was playing in the public road when killed and was unable to get out of the way of the wagon in time. There were no eye-witnesses. Tony Cavito, brother of the little girl, was coming out of the field at the time. On hearing of his sister's death he seized a double-barrel shot gun and ran after the negro. He caught up with him in the- mule lot on Garden City plantation and emptied the two barrels of his shotgun into the negro. The first load struck Smith in the hip. Cavito then walked up to the ne gro and fired the other barrel into his mouth, literally tearing the top of his head off. After the shooting Cavito made his escape. Brings Charges of Slander. Lake Charles.-A suit for $61,0001 damages for alleged slander is one outcome of the acrimonius campaign for the parish seat in Jeff Davis par. ish last month. The plaintiff is De sire Hebert, and the defendant is Ana, tole M. Gauthier. Both parties are prominent residents of Lake Arthur. In his petition the plaintiff alleges that on the day of the second parish' seat election in Jeff Davis parish, October 22, the defendant, A. M. Gauthier, standing in front of the temporary courthouse of that parish in Lake Arthur, called him "the biggest thlef in the parish; said he was a ja hawker." Predicts Big Pbpulation for City. Shreveport.-That the population of Shreveport 15 years hence will be 80, 000 is the estimate made by local of ficials of the Cumberland Telephone Company, after a careful count, show ing that there are 6,761 residences here, and the population has been in creasing a little more than 21 per cent annually. Negro Woman is Shot. ILplace.-A negro woman residing on the Elvina plantation, one mile south, was shot by a negro named Ed ward Bernard. The shot passed through her neck, and she died imme diately. The shooting occurred in a plantation cabin on the Elvina planta tion. The slayer surrendered and is now in the parish prison at Edgard. New Appointment Made. Shreveport.-Friends of Attornev T. F. Bell, Jr., were gratified to hear from Baton Rouge announcement that he had been appointed by Governor Hall to succeed his lamented father, who recently died while serving on the district court bench here. The term will expire December 2, but .Mr. Bell will probably be a candidate for election. New Orleans.-One nervy thief forec ed three men in a grocery store, on Constantinople and Constance streets, to throw up their hands, robbed two of them of their small change and drove Louis Capo, the owner of the place, to his safe- alnd, taking about $130 with him, slammed a door on the trio, keeping them in a bedroom ftor a few moments, then departed. Russian Jew Is Arrested. Baton Rouge.-Governor Hall has signed for District Attorney Holcombe a requisition upon Governor Hooper of Tennessee, for Sam Rosen, a Rus stan Jew, who operated a store on Main street for several weeks and sold out his stock in bulk. The charge against Rosen is "buying on credit and selling in bulk." Rosen was ar rested in Memphis, Tenn., but declin ed to return without extradition pa pers, GENERAL AND Contracto Hardware, " i formationf PEDEN IRON HOUSTqN McCANEJ comprtent; a written opinmg Reaonable taml.a THE BEST FA PLANET We are lSoothWgr South You omt TREES! 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