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The Colonel's Last Campaign By BRAND WHITLOCK lR Or "THE THIRTEENm DISTRICT." "HER I FIFITE VARIETY." . HAPP? AVERAGE." "THE TUR OF TE BE ALANCE," ETC., ETC. C~uplgbt by The uobbs-Mernlit ;uwpany wpyrignis o7 -amnoDswam-U LL day long Colonel Tal- the bott sat in his leather dist chair in the lobby of the Grand, twiddling his nel'i cane, smoking his cigar, cunt and talking politics. Un- thrc der the broad brim of the black slouch hat his hair aitl f" silver wisps almost to his him and the long mustache, no like a Georgian's at the cor- For of his mouth, was as white as neg Shr, save at the spot where his T had tinged it yellow. con t,;. was not a politician of either suit between Dunleith and Cairo thr( I"- not proud to bend over the alw wow's chair, take his thin hand bro ay: "Hello, Colonel, what's new fift *~lcs The colonel had an in- seal reply: "I'm out of politics, one do't know anything. What do hos f i gr?" Sometimes, if the passing tell happened to be of -the old Spr the colonel would take him by con and they would saunter away mat bar. If the politician came from COe ".l Illinois, the co.onel would the take rye; if from southern II- to :s the colonel would take bour- mu such was his idea of etiquette. the never would he take a drink Iy breakfast. for a drink before t, he told Carroll, was a an3 log In the fire that would burn velong day. gr. b rroll was the staff of the colonel's br age. ihe two would sit by the Se while the old man talked ox the he nth ll.inois cavalry, of Lin- aga and Lougias, of David Davis and an, -.h HiInes, of state and national ventions, in the days when he had tur and unmade corgie6smen, gov- h and senators, ruling his party a state, Carroll shrewdly thougit, er a discipline as rigid as that with a he had welded the Nineteenth no into a figating regiment. "hthose who knew the veteran's the his love for the buy was tra The story la too long to tha sow, but Its es-ential nmoui iaust we tae i ng atituue of dS War- wi " the cowonei had picaed Harren pe Ia te old kitteenth district, sent to cong ess, and finally nmane a re b taLes senator of him. War- va eevewoping quickly as a iolitictn, Ila, turnes aound, deleated the col- to ter re.ection as chairman of the ie executive committee, a post- di be had held tor sixteen years, mi froaen him out of the Arizona p and sou.ehow caused the co.o- be oly son to go wrong out tuere in beona. The boy's motner had w: of a broken heart, they said. thea a decade had passed, a D which the colonel had spent in o. 'p1 lonesomeness of a ciowoed fI Be never mentioned Warren's g If he Uard it, he cenaeed his m ists so tightly that the knuckles el white. Once a year. perhaps, o he springtime, when the state c committee met, he got out his w waistcoat and was invited up to t Ordinary to spake a speech on the b of the party, and once a year, in n summertime, he attended a re of his regiment, now decimated b a squadron of tottering old men, . the co.onel called "boys." h came. rolling up trom the h Ohio, showering its apple blos- n in the orchards of Egypt. h with purple flowers the t of central Illinois, and fiaally I with tardy sunshine the cold c of Lake Michigan. It was the It the legislature that chose War successor in the senate was to elected, and when the senator t home from Washington he round fences in sad repair. The Silas i r0ta of the parlor suite in a Lake f ' ht hotel was not the Si Warren t -.cm Colonel Talbott had rescued , tu the dusty little law offce down Iulbyvtlle fifteen yeas before. The . of that time were faded by the i which he loafed all day on the . i A~l'c corner, wbhreas the clothes : 1 this spring morning bespoke a New ' Twt tailor and a valet. , Tihe senator was not in a pleasant ( -sed. There was opposition to his re ta-- leu. and while his machine Ig : rid it, and while George R. Baldwin. , tu Iwyer who watched the interests i erwtain big corporations during the , -.slesns of the legislature, said it was ht a sporadic demonstration of sore usauds, back numbers and labor skates, 'lt was spreading, as the picturesque Sthiciaahs from the corn lands of imntral Illinois would say, like a k e fire. Jacksonville, where the .dmdard of revolt had first been JSled. was in Morgan, the colonel's hte county. and so It came to pass tat the defection was laid to the U.ehiations of the colonel himself. ,Aud yet. as the politicians who were -ways dropping into Chicago to cor , st their reckonings, paused an in - al t by the leather chair, the old t White head would slowly sway from -.ie to side, and the old man would , "No. I'm out of politics." i Carroll had not conceived the SMum of running for office, perhaps the heaonel would have remained out of leltics, but the boy, after a week of deNaming, dramatized himself as mak 5 a speech In the state senate cham er' at Springfield. The colonel, as a saa's duty is, advised him to keep all of politics, and yet within an hour .fter Carroll shyly confessed his am -bio the fever awoke in the old fel iSw's bones, his eyes flamed with the el fire, and he admitted that the ex alence might help a boy who was etruggling in a pitiless city for a law : practice. SWithin a week the colonel had intro. ed Carroll to Superintendent of Street and Alley Cleaning Patrick F. Olbbone, who promised to be with .." and had taken him to the city '-hll for an audience with the mayor. . that the Dewspapers said that . Carrel bad been slated for the senatorial nomination in the First back district. Bald When Warren learned of the cole with nel's new interest in the campaign, he ble cunningly decided to utilize it by Of throwing his strength to Carroll in his the First, provided the colonel would TI withdraw his opposition. tie prided crov himself on being a man who harbored alco no resentments. So he sent Dan flirn Ford. his private secretary, to open of I negotiations for peace. cro' The colonel had recognized the deni coming of the beat by donning his miti suit of linen, with a red tie at his veri throat to give the touch of color he tabl always loved, and he had got out hil ovet broad-leaved Panama hat for its C fifteenth season. Ford found him the seated in the leather chair, swinging sixt one thin leg over the other, his white nate hose wrinkling over his low shoes, foul telling Carroll how Grant came to cou Springfield from Galena seeking a reqi commission in the army. Ford diplo- lati matically broached the subject of a bar conference between the colonel and wot the senator. The colonel heard him try to the end, but said nothing. His cou mustache simply lifted a little with sun the curl of his lip. Ford was evident- all. E ly disappointed. be e "Have you any reply?" he asked, "or moi a any message?" at "Yes," said the colonel, and his gray eyes flashed under his shaggy cou brows. "Present my compliments to Senator Warren, and tell him that if *to he ever presumes to speak to me w again in all his life, I'll slap his face, and if he resents it. I'll kill him." Ford turned to bow, and the colonel, se d turning to Carroll, said: "As I was saying. General Palmer happened to go into the adjutant-gen eral's office and saw Grant smoking p a corn-cob pipe and working away on muster rolls at a broken table propped up in one corner of the room The old forage cap he had worn In the Mexican war was lying on the table. It was the only hat he had in sal . those days." The next morning an interview r- with Warren appeared in all the pa- ar pers. wi t "I would prefer," the senator was a reported as saying. "to retire to pri- pr r- vate life and resume my interrupted B* law practice, if I were not compelled re] to seek vindication by the bushwack- en ie Irg of this doting old ingrate, who, rep g- disappointed in his attempts to ', monopolize patronage that belongs to ge m patriotic party workers, now skulks o- behind the sympathy his years and pe infirmities excite, to wage a guerrilla 'd warfare." The colonel read the interview at a breakfast. He sat at the table with in one paper propped up before him and four others beside his prate, his eye Sg:eqss On.his nose, and ate his oat meal and his beefsteak and his boiled es eggs just as he did on every morning s, of the year. Then he drank the ha f ts cup of coffee that he always reserved, i with its cream slowly coagulating at to the surface, for the end of his meal, he because it was cooler then, laid his in napkin down and shuffled slowly out. re- Half an hour later a man stopped ed by his chair in the lobby and said en, something to the co!onel that made him drop his paper, and look up over he his eye-glasses with a scowl. Th6e os- man waq. known as Birdy Quinn, and pt. he had lost his job in the water office he the week before, because Warren Ily wished to make room for a fellow who )Id could deliver more votes at the com be ing primaries than Birdy could. ar- "Are you sure?" the colonel asked. to "Sure! Isn't it all over the ward tor this morning?" ad "You're sure that Pat Gibbons con las sented to run as Warren's candidate ike for state senator in the "'First dis ren trict against Carroll-after promising led me-me?" He bent his brows angrily wn and pointed with a long forefinger at he his own breast. "he "Well, hell's bells!" said Quinn he "Wasn't Baldwin working with him es half the night?' ew The colonel took his glasses from ' his nose and swinging them by their t mt heavy cord, blinked with his old eyes re at the square of sunlight blazing in ig the Clark street entrance, across in, which, as on a vividly illuminated 'sts screen, the crowds on ths sidewalk the flitted like trembling figures in a s kinetoscope. Presently he lifted him " self heavily from his chair and gath e' ered up his newspapers and his stick. "ue Well. Birdy," he said wearily, "I of guess I've got one more fight left In a me." the Most men thought it was Warren's interview that caused the colonel to sls consent at last to lead the opposition t against him, though some said it was the but the fascination of politics, which t is like the fascination of the sea, so ere that a man who follows it once must Or- follow it till be dies. I ino "1 never thought I'd live to see the ld day when I'd be glad to find the o'd om man's chair empty," said Eph Hark ness of Macoupin that afternoon. He had come up from Carlinville in re- I sponse to a telegram from the colonel. I the and having registered, and given his the bag and linen duster to a bell-boy, I of was removing his big felt hat to mop - of his wet brow. ak- "I'm afraid he won't be able to 1 am stand the strain of a campaign." said 1 a 5Carroll. eep "Stand the strain! Him?" ex our claimed Harkness. "Why, hell be am- alive and drawing pay when they're fel- referripg to 81 Warren as ex-senator!" the "I hate to have them say such mean ex things about him," Carroll persisted was thinking of the interviews. law "If they think they kin say any meaner things 'bout him than he kin tro- 'bout them, Jes' let 'em lam in." of chuckled Mosely of Alexander. • F. "Yes." mused Harkness, "it'll be the with greatest fight we've had In Illinois city since Logan's time. We've got a lead yor. er Dow." that Ther was an echo of the old days fior in hIs vwoe, whlah, with its aintlo hint of regret, was lost on Carroll. c!ai who had not known the colonel in the stal old days. For a month the colonel did not go con out of the hotel, lie was up early atic and at work, his cigar in his mouKth, wad dictating letters, sending telegrams. I receiving callers. Wlen he slept, no ma one knew. He never had his hat off. and lie ate his meals from a tray in his ren room, after the food had grown cold. sta His headquarters recalled pathetically gre the old days when his power and su- str, premacy were unquestioned. They Ta: were crowded day and night with the I back-numbers and the soreheads out Baldwin had talked about, who came rer with their grievances, their impos.i- oon ble schemes, their paltry ambitiona. anm r Of such stuff the colonel had to make hol I his machine. Irag iThe night before the primaries a ha crowd, foul with the reek of tobacco, van I alcohol and perspiration, was shuf- ne< Sfling about in the hall and anterooms plc 1 of the colonel's headquarters. The, crowd was noisy, profane and confi- rei P dent. But inside, the steering com- op a mittee was assembled, and it was vi( a very sober. Garwood, at the littered tic s table, had been scratching his head 6 over political equations. fel . Conventions had been held in all inl a the thirty-six outside districts, and pe g sixty-nine candidates had been nomi- he e nated, fifty-five representatives and th, fourteen senators. Of these they wl o could depend upon twenty-nine. It ho arequires fifty-two to control a legis- an . lative caucus, when the party has a to a bare majority on joint ballot, so they hi d would have to nominate at least twen- ju n try-three of their candidates in took re s county to .get a caucus majority, as- In h suming the ultimate election of them ce t. all. Fifty-seven candidates were to sc be selected in Cook county on the wi morrow. Of them, they should name in at least thirty-five to be entirely safe. or In other words, they must carry Cook or county. le "Is that countin' hold-over sen- th if ators?" asked Mosely, when Garwood bl was done. ca "Yes, counting the hold-overs- in Warren claims fourteen out of the hi seventeen." th "Josh Badger never'll vote for him,' fr said Mosely. e, n- "He gives us Josh," Garwood re plied. "Bates and Halliday are uncer- re tain." st n "Not so damned uncertain," said el Mosely. "They're only waitin' to be w seen." hi "Warren'll get them easy enough," sa said Harkness. w in "Yes, they're cheap," Mosely as sented, spitting across the room at as c, iron cuspidor. "'Bout eight dollars Sarece, I'd guess 'em off at," he added, fl as with a poor man's contempt for low tt Sprices. IF "Well, that only makes it worse," ri replied Garwood. "But leave them out e entirely. With sixty-two votes War- A ren can control the caucus-" b t "Providin' al'ays, however," sug to gested Mosely. In statutory language. a ka "Oh, course." assented Garwood. t nd petulant from the heat and the situa- J Ila I II S.,s Iv o otnr V.~ ~n1IY tlon, "they won't all be elected. That't b why he'll work like hell to carry Cook. h He lies when he says he doesn't give It a damn how she goes tomorrow." h "He always does that," said the col- st onel, from his bed. V Carroll, to whom political calcula tions savored always of the mystery a Of higher mathematics, said: I, "Seems to me you could figure it n better than that." "Well, you try it," said Garwood, o dropping his pencil and tilting back in t his chair. P There was not much hope, and the s soberness deepened. After a while c there was a knock on the door, and a s shaven head was thrust in. "Them lit'ry guys is out here," said f the shaven head. "Any figur's to give a out?" C •'Figur's?" cried Mosely. "We've f got th' cfcial vote!" And Garwood, taking his papers I from the table, went out and said to I the reporters: "Conventions have been held in all the senatorial districts down the I state, and sixty-nine candidates are already nominated. Of these sixty- I nine, we have beyond any question" C -he consulted his paper, as if to i make sure of the number-"we have I fifty-three, and that doesn't include the nine hold-over senators who are with us. We can lose ten of them at the polls and still have enough to control the caucus. In Cook county, tomorrow, we'll carry the First, Third, Fifth, Sixth, Ninth, Eleventh. Seventeenth, Nineteenth, Twenty first. Twenty-third and the country towns-the Seve-th-givng us thirty five more candidates, or ninety-seven in all. This is a 'conservative esti mate, and gives the doubtful districts to Warren. We can lose Cook to morrow and still have a fighting chance to win out. I regard the bat tle as ours. Senator Warren is de feated." s "Over at the Richelleu." said Cow Slea, of the NewDiath, "Baldwin claims they have you whipped to a 1: standstill." ca "They're welcome ever there to any fit conitort they can get out of the situ- te aticn," said Garwood in a superior :.t way. lo It rained on the day of the pri- ni maries. All morning politicians, big su and little, stamped into Senator War ren's hotel on Michigan avenue. or stamped in the Grand. tracking with tl greasy mud the muslin that had been re stretched over the carpet in Colonel fi, Talbott's headquarters. V: It was a wicked battle they fought al out at the polls that day. The War ren men had control of the party L organization and named the judges ti and clerks. Inmates of lodging b houses, and Lake Front hoboes, their rags steaming in the warm rain, were 1. hauled from poll to poll in big moving vans, and voted wherever Warren F needed votes and as often as he c pleased. ii At 7 o'clock the polls closed. War- a ren c: rried some of the districts, the opposition others. lioth claimed the victory. It was left for the conven tion to decide The colonel, for some reason, pre- a ferred not to get up the next morn- d ing, but opened his mail, read his pa- i pers, ate his breakfast, and finally held his morning levee, the last of the campaign, in bed. The politicians i who had been waiting outside for an hour, grumbled at such indolence., and, when they were finally admitted to their leader's presence, suspected I him of imitating the undemocratic luxuriousness of Senator Warren, who I received his callers in bed every morn Ing. But by 9 o'clock they had re ceived th'eir final instructions and a scattered to the conventions, and when Mosely and Garwood sauntered in from the breakfast-room, they found only a few stragglers, who lingered on in the hope of beer money, at least, for their imaginary services on this decisive day. Malachi Nolan, In I black garments and white cravat, I came presently, his big diamond flash ing, his face shining and red from . his dull razor, and then Carroll. at the sound of whose young step 'and i fresh laugh the colonel succeeded in evoking a wan, tired smile. "Just lazy, that's all," he declared reassuringly, seeing Carroll halt in surprise. He reared himself on his Selbow, and as he raised his head, its e white hair all tangled, Carroll saw how haggard he was. He never had seen him look so old, so white, so worn, before. - "I was waiting for you," said the a colonel, Indicating Nolan with a 9 finger that was like a claw. "I've I. fixed everything but the First dis w trict." He paused for breath. "The First ward's solid, isn't it? Well, all right. But watch Donahue. I'm sorry it we ever let him get on the delegation. r- And then, let's see"-he pressed his brow in a troubled effort to steady s- his senses-"oh, yes. See McGlynn and have him lay down on Hardy, and d, tell Reinhold that if he wants that a- job from the South Park board he'd better get in line, and as to Wright- his brother's a conductor on the Cot tage Grove line, and you can get at I . him through Harlow. Tell him I sent you. That'll give you thirty-five votes on the first ballot, and-" It Carroll, who had turned to reply to some jest of Mosely's heard a groan. Instantly he looked back at the colo nel. The old politician, his face livid, h was struggling as if he wished to get tl out of bed. He writhed a moment, then his head nodded, his chin drop- t ped to his breast, and he collapsed in a heap, among the tumbled bed clothes. Carroll paled with a sudden sickness. "He's fainted," said Garwood, fumbling at the throat of the colonel's shirt. Malachi No'an brought a cup of water, Mosely hunted impatiently for a flask of whisky, and when they had straightened him out upon his c pillows, Carroll ran for the hotel physician. The colonel recovered consciousness before the physician t came and glanced around with an ex pressilon of embarrassment. "Damn such a heart, anyway," he said. Then young Doctor Lambert came with his new stethoscope. When I the doctor had finished his ausculta tion, the colonel said: "Malachi. vote your delegation solid i every tinie-don't give complimentary - votes-it's dangerous. And remember -I don't care what happens so lo:: 1 as Carroll's nominated, trade an v thing for that, and send ase word-" 1 But they hushed him. At noon Doctor Foerder, the F' cialist, arrived. "Ah, Lambert," he said, scon : about him as he put down his tre dous leather valise, big with the terious contrivances of modern sur gery, pulled off his gloves, and with his quick, profesFlonal tread, stepped I to the bedside. He exposed the col-. onel's big chest, and began a delicate percussion with his white fingers. When he had done tapping, he laid ;his ear over the colonel's heart, and I ;istened silently a long time to the took cardiac murmurs, he rolled under his carpe fingct a the superficial vessels of the At ti temples. the forearms, the wrist , the with :.ne s. he countn.t the pUlse: and he It.ie c locked long at the old man's lfi;'- ai:::n nails. When he pa.usied, the ', ieti n w said: brow "Well?" ?("o Doctor Foerder had retreated from: agalt the bedside and was writing his di- want rections precisely, logically, as an of and I ficial draws up a report, beginning citini each paragraph with a Roman nuttier- trict al. lie did ntot answer the co;onel. 'larl Foerder briefly consulted w ith owet L.amnlert. that is. repeated the direc- no c lions ie had already written out, and i ave ibegan to buckle his big valise. ports "And as to a nurse?" asked Doctor of ct Laimbert. fromt I1ll send one of my own." said hath F'oerder, hastily lighting a Russian lng cigarette. lie could not remain long Foie in one place. lie had patients to see the and a lecture to deliver over at Rush door .\liedical college and his man was any waiting with his high-hooded phaeton At down in Jackson boulevard. Doct The nurse, diffusing a faint odor of a bhi antiseptics, came from Doctor Foer- .I der's private hospital, laid aside her 1 120 bonnet and veil and pausing an in- hera stant to give a woman's touch to her alon hair, quietly and deftly set the room tia I in order. alfron All that afternoon the colonel lay .. In his darkened bedroom, fighting the the battle of his life. He lay so still the ers nurse almost fancied him asleep, so ther regular was his breathing. Once he now broke the silence by asking the time. wor "Twenty minutes after three," the The nurse re ponded, glancing at her lit- five tle watch. "1 "Some of the conventions, then." elec the colonel said, "are over. I won- kno der why they don't send me word." T The nurse did not notice his speech, one and he added: T "Pardon me, you doubtless are not til I interested in politics." twit The talking brought on a spasm of an dyspnoea, and the colonel struggled Foe so painfully for his breath that the Are nurse had to prop him up with pillows thir in a sitting posture, as those who are blet afflicted with asthma pass their The nights, finding it easier thus to and I breathe. The colonel begged the ieg nurse's pardon, as it he had commit- T ted some indelicacy. ing About this time news was brought hoa from the Fifth district convention in con Arlington hall and from the Sixth In had Jung's hall, that the Warren men had carried both districts. The colonel, say hearing the hoarse whispering be- for tween the messengers and Mosely in Thb - the room outside, demanded informa- sal tion, and Doctor Lambert had to tell o'c him. The colonel wished to see Mose- co' F ly, he had some new plan for the fint West Side to offset their loss; and he list g saw Mosely and the plan was put in I execution. Then the colonel seemed ref 1 once more to sleep. When he opened tie I his eyes he asked if he could not have am ta cigar-"seegar," he pronounced it- we I assuring the nurse that he felt much hal better, but she said, as one m!ght did say to the whim of a child to whom explanations are not vouchsafed: "Not just now." And there was silence again, and the ticking'of the nurse's little watch. be By 4 o'clock the colonel became restless once more, and asked if ro' there were any news. When the nurse ca !Isaid no, he insisted that there must thi be some message, some letter, some tot telegram. He did not know that his so followers, vindicating all history, were let now standing afar off. He worried afi and grew incoherent. He seemed to ho confuse Carroll with the boy who was sleeping under the stars far away in stt Arizona. ro Doctor Foerder returned at 4 stt o'clock. He had not been expected be- be fore evening, but he was interested hi in the case. He had mentioned it in nl his lecture that da). He had com mented on the wonderful display of wi vitality on the patient's part, and w slpoken of the value in such cases i of moral treatment, of encouraging In words and a confident manner. He la read the nurse's chart, counted the dc co'onel's pulse for fifteen seconds and TI calculated the rate of multiplication, h drew down the o'd man's eyelids, not- te 'ing the senile are that was whitening P the periphery of the cornea, and he ex Samlned the finger-nails: then the per- d cussion and the auscultation. When d he raised his Olack head, the colonel T said: "Any news?" l "You're doing well." "Aw!" said the colonel impatiently, Il at I "I don't mean that-any news from IY the conventions?" F berder hesitated, as if half re II luctant to display interest In anything ic so human, but said: o0 . "Yes." S"What?" said the colonel eagerly, F Shis eyes brightening with a light that alarmed the doctor. S "They say you've carried some dis tricts on the North Side." " *Which ones?" asked the colonel. "Don't remember." e "Anything else?" h "'Well, they say Warner has carried Ssome North Side districts, too-and I's some West Side districts." up "Warner?" l "Well, whatever hisl name is." ey Then Foerder was silent, and the is colonel lay a long time thinking. tel "Did you learn how it's going in theI ed Ninth, or the Second, or the Seven- i an teenth?" ex- .'They say it's about an even break everywhere." he "And how's the First?" The colonel ert put this question in a whisper, as If ten he feared the answer. The doctor did Ita- not know. Then the silence again, and the colonel's labored breathing, e ,lid and the ticking of the nurse's littler iry gold watch. bar "What district do you live in, Doc-t a tor?" the colonel asked later. nv "I?" replied the medical man Inl some surprise. I "Yes." "I-why, I don't know," he said. The colonel faintly smiled. "Where do you live, then?" "In Drexel Boulevard." "That's the Fifth." the colonel said. :r- "Warren carried that." rIth "Did he?" The doctor looked as if ped he were ashamed. "We mustn't talk col-. any more just now." late Foerder remained until evening. ers. pacing the anteroo'n. his hands be aid hind him, his lips twitching in his in ad rI voluntary smile. Now and then he took a turn In the long, dark, softly CON carpeted hall, to smoke a cigarette At times sowt", I olitici:u would come Patie with a scared Itt , and inquire about fer it.e coloinet . l, id tti . d,it',r always de it:atndted news of tihet,,it e. betore he inwet'oed thli quet tiots The r,.ports Io brought by the oli,:; ians were not a dot t ncouraging and they hurried outside I it o again. Their vi-its. in the afternoon t ;.kl I watidtl., Uecante feIwer. Even .lous.i I itint nld (Carwood had ht f.t glad of0 thet' X- i1 ( t,X citing excuse offered by the First dis- .-. trict convention in Ittli: hall down I:. ('lark street to es aite tuoin the -hadt- : ,h owed headquarters. At 6 o'clock cltu no one had Leen there for an hour t. save some s.vIpathetic bell-boys and tl porters from downstairs, and t'arroll. r of course -he came every half hour it it fromt the convention, dithevt-led, t hit hathed in perspiration, his eyes burn Ing with excitement and suslense. -I -'oerder would not allow him to see dot t the colonel, who lay behind the white at al door, his eyes half closed, too weak fir a any longer to whisper. the At 7 o'clock the reporters came, and itt th Doctor Foerder, as they put it, issued stat. a bulletin "IIe's alive." the doctor said, "pulse taias 120 to 124, respiration 22 to 26. telm- e:ut-r Ierature 9S. lls remarkable nerve I:: a alone sustains him. lie's making the a go most magnificent fight I ever saw in -ri all my life-have you heard anything doty from the convention?" "'They're all over but the one In cul the First district." one of the report- uit ers said, while they scritbled down villa the physician's figures. "It all depends 1i now upon what that does. It's the "\ worst fight ever known in Chicago. give They say Warren has spent twenty- TI five thousand today." 4ayv "Does it look as if he could be his elected there-in the First, you -tid know?" The reporters smiled and winked I re one at another. nest The colonel lay like one asleep, un til far along in the evening. Once or SHI twice he opened hiu eyes and looked an inquiry into the doctor's eyes, but Pen Foerder could only shake his head. And once or twice he muttered some thing about BIaldwin, and was trou bled that they could not understand. A Then he sank into a state of coma, Sm; and the news for which all were wait- Irt ing would not come. pen Doctor Foerder was forever glanc- bor, ing at his watch and asking Lambert ias how he thought the First district her convention would turn out. Lambert "on had no idea. fers "I hope we'll win," Foerder would isol say. Finally he sent Lambert down (u) for news. Lambert hurried back. boo They had taken forty-six ballots, he see said, and the vote was tied. At ten for o'clock Doctor Foerder examined the on co'onel again, examined his eyes, his sch finger-nails, drummed on his chest, den listened to his heart. the "You're magnificent!" he could not -or refrain from whispering, but his pa- tiot tient did not answer or look, or even da• smile this time. He was growing very 'hnt weak. His breathing was faint, he in to haled the air through livid lips. He trit did not arouse from his stupor. by Doctor Foerder got very impatient. ta "We can't wait much longer," he said go "It's all we can do, now," said Lam- F bert. Foerder went outside. The ante- litt room was deserted. The politicians of came no more. He wt.uld sit down, Ing t then instantly get up, walk back and of forth; his eyebrows knitting in his pi scowl, his lips twitching in that mirth- ant less smile. And he smoked cigarette urt I after cigarette. He did this for an W1 hour. urn Along toward midnight he heard a ago step. Flying to the door, he saw Car- ish roll, dragging down the hall with the inc step of defeat and exhaustion. The she boy's hair was matted under his hat, ni his eyes were dull, sunken, black as o night. ea "Licked," he said, waving his hands in f with a gesture of despair, as if the wi d world had come to an end/ Foerder o s went inside, leaving Carroll to sink en g into the first chair. But a moment e later the physician opened the white f e door, and beckoned with his head. he j The motion was conclusive. final. He wt , held the door ajar, and Carroll en - tered. The useless drugs had been g pushed aside. The room was filled Swith the strange st'eace, the odor of r death. Lambert stood at the wi- w n dow, looking out into the darkness. in t The nurse stood by the bed, waiting a to perform her last ofiee for the dy- he ing man. p5 Carroll timidly approached and th looked down at the long form. scarce- to a ly outlined by the sheet, at the rigid tb head, at the great, waxen brow, at the dl little blue spheres formed by the *g Iclosed eyelids, at the mouth slightly , oren beneath the white mustache with its tinge of yellow. Doctor E Foerder was pressing his fingers to K the colonel's wrist. The breathing had , lost all human quality, it was but a series of automatic gasps, which, It I, seemed, would never end. Finally they grew shorter, at last they ceased. ., there was one faint Inspiration, and o Doctor Foerder, laying the thin old hand down upon the colonel's breast. ad said: "It's all over." g There was silence for a whole mtn- , ute. Then Doctor Lambert tossed up . ethe window, and Carroll beard in the street below, a crowd shufflng over , the sidewalk, a crowd coming, as he to ei knew,. from the convention in Italia at -hall. And suddenly from the crowd k arose a raucous. drunken yell: M k "Hurrah for Warren!" II eel if Black on Yellow Easiest to Read. Id The Frcnch publication Le Courtier ' In, du Livre reports on some interesting a g, experiments which have been made " tIe regarding the most favorable color ' combinations for reading at a dis - thnce. It was found that the most legible in pint was black upon yellow back' ground. The order of merit obtained " for different comblnations is some what surprising, and is as follows: r e (1) Black on yellow; (2) green on white; (3) red on white; (4) blue on white: (5) white on blue; (6) black id. on white; (7) yellow on black; (8) white on red; (9) white on i f green; (10) white on black; (11) red lk on yellow; (12) green on red; (13) red on green. ng, It will be noticed, among other be things, that the customary comblna In- tion of black upon white comes sixth he in the list, about bail way down. CONFIDENCE IN THE gOCrOR Patient's Liking for Stimulant Of fered Ale. May Have Had Some tnin% to Do With the Case. oau is T"l' i:e'. 'er th're ' as once a doctor, t ho was call. i t to attend ;I n old c'ouled'rate sol..r alho was ;,k "Il, he doctir att.:li,'d the pa IInt fur some .la> it aditni|tered iitiite'rs i. l- to. il.ti '-. but none t('vild'tl to ha\e ti le dlt':rd effect, and ': p I it l it t clintd all the l hile. :: .t l:iapuig into a i ligidtl. uncon e'iI us c' ,,mltiton and appl.rtit'ly death ',- iat hand. 'lh io dctor did many the:: to It\ie' hitm, but w\ithout sus c -1in. it ilil'l t i' d that the pa tit lt 't.: on.' ot that famous tribe hlio lu e t. ir dll: k. bhit. b.ling very ; ,'I'. hI:~ ; ,i at11 to supply him - i I 1ih i hi ' up thaI chie' r.." The dth tor. rn''; .'.iih ic, tl , clti fellow's it Akr or pi its irun tti. sent ftr a hloitIh of li i'r .>:, he entered lth rn ant, .' i^ ptf iu ;pat:.nt Iwas still ill thli. iigad, utci:...ciutil> ct t;uiion. he .-at d to the pai;..i nt' a ifrt. a good. r'tlgious (hi Vol t -,an. that h. hlad ex 'ia sted t\tr;. othe0,r rnitit'ily) Ii his te'Irts to 5iti iulait,' anl rtevive the old r:i: Ii :iid he I;ad dcid dt to g\ie him a; good, stiff driik of liquor. The wife !"re'upoti prote'stehd :td be'ged the doctor not to gi\ve her hu.hland the vil' stuiiff." ray ig. "'I had rather he \ m:ild die anlld go honme to glory with utill it than for his appetite for the villainous stuffT to be revived " Slih, doctor replied to the wife: "'Ve;y well. if you object, I'll not give it to him." Theni for the first time in several lays, the old man turned slowly on his side. raised up on his elbow and i aid: "'luss ithat was his wife's nnme). I reckon the. doctor knows his busf ness. don't he?"-National Monthly. SHINING MARK IN COMMUNITY Pen Sketch 4 "Prominent Citizen," as a Magazine Writ.r Views the Type. A prominent citizen (according to Smart Set-Any male who owns a ariss suit. is a member of two ex pensive clubs. is opposed to child Ia bor. acts as honorary pallbearer at t least four funerals a year; is a mem t ber of at least two public boards or t 'ommissions which never meet, pre fers a musical comedy to "Tristan and I Isolde.' owns a "library edition" of a Guy de Maupassant. bought from a ,. book agent, regards all socialists as e scoundrels has a theory to account n for all money panics. possesses only e one wife. sends his children to Sunday. a school as a punishment for petty mis t, demeanors, believes in free will and the greatness of Charles Dickens. is ,t or wishes he were) director of a nfa S. tional bank, has his shoes shined every n day, cultivates an illegible signature, y 'hnaks it is immoral for a workingman -. to get drunk on a Saturday night, con ie tributes to all relief funds managed by newspapers, rides t. r. taxicab. cos t stantly argues that the country is d going to the dogs-and wears a stick Finding Effect of Heat on Buildings. An enginer has invented a delicate little instrument for studying defects of big buildings and steel bridges-li4 S aI ing two tiny holes in any steel girder d of a bridge or building, he puts the is points of his Instrument In the holes to and then, by sliding the tubes, mess oure the space between the boles. m When the weather changes, he mess urea the space between the holes again If it has increased or dills ir- ished by one ten-thousandth of as he inch, his Instrument detects It It he shows the minute strains and move Lt, nients of a few inches of the steel a work. and from this knowledge it is easy to calculate the total movements in the structure under the Inlluence ofl be wind and sun and frost and other er forces. A slight expansion or shor. ak enlng tells that the structure has a at good constitution. A considerable dit teference in the space between the two md. holes indicates that somethilng l e wrong. Ce Made Record as Pedestrian. A Scottish minister. Dr. Cameueu of Lees of Edinburgh, who died recently. i was a noted pedestrian. While still ss in the active discharge of his dutes ng as minister of St Giles', Edtnburgh. She made a point of walking ten miles per day and six on Sunday, and it nd the course of some years managed C to ,.,lk a distance equal to that rould lid the world at its widest part. This he he did twice In 1910. after going to re he side at Kingussie. he walked 2.0W tly miles, a distance of that equal to he John o'Groata, from here to Land's tor End and back, and then back ag·a to to Kingussle. Two years ago he started ad with the Idea of walking a distance I equal to that from John o' Groats to It l.and's End andl back to Kingussle. He ly succeeded in doing that. cove'lng a to. ed. 'al of I,g24 miles-a remarkable fet od lor a man bordering on four score ol d -- --- t. Don't Miss This. If a woman has one daughter, who goes away, the Mrs. misses tbhe Miss inn- and the Miss misses the Mrs If it is up two daughters and both are away the the n rs. misses the Misses and Misses ver miss the Mrs If she has three daug. he ters and two are at one place and one ia at another, the Mrs misses the Misses wd end the Miss misses the Mrs. and the lMiss mlsse the Mrs and the Misse. If shi has four daughters and two are at one place while the other two am away from home, and separate, the i.e V!rs. misses the Miss and the Mises ig ant the Miss. the Miss and the Mlges miss th .Mrs. and the Miss mismses the lor Miss and the Misses and the Mrs--La dis dies' Home Journal. Ible Peculiar Japanese Frog. €lt[ The Japanese frog is a creature ned measuring between fifteen and tweaty. me- five Inches. The skin of Its dack is wa: pale blue and by night looks dark oDn green or olive brown. The frog ra in mains motionless durlng " e day, with lack eyes sheltered from the light and with ck; belly up, clinging to Its support by ad on hesive cushions and by its belly. which Sis provided with a sticky rovering. 13) and it is hardly distingui lnable from the objects that surround it At night erfall It begins its hunt for tlh n,.tmn. inar moth crickets on which it f"dri. ia. i king leaps coverlng sevin feet at x ground.-Harper's Weekly.