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CLASSICS 40 THE HOUSE OF SEVEN GABLES & « > By . NATHANIEL HAWTHORNE Condensation by Josephine Van Tassel Bruorton < > Soon after the publication of «The ■arlet Letter," Hawthorne moved to tuoi, Ma»»., where he wrote "The out of Seven Gable»." There has zvnya been more or leu discussion I to which honoe la Salem was pa ired In this storyt some persona elalm g one, some another. It baa beeo tpted fact that the house on Turner Tret, now kept as a memorial, la the farinai house of the story. it was ■rchaaed hr Miss Kmerton of Salem, jld during the work of rutoration re were found two more gables than first appeared) theae were nacovered that now, at leant, It Is a house of ea gables. nom» what of an ue r «me year* ago « warn minted that wtborae himself, when amked aboat claimed that he had no particular ue In mind when writing: the mtory, t made a composite picture of aev i. Hawthorne went back to Concord. Ins on with hie literary work, and bilabiate "Tanprlewood Talee"| also a te of-Franklin Fierce) daring this rlod tke aatkor lived at "Waymtde." rhe writings of Hawthorne show a btle imagination and a carlo analysis. Beside great mental traits, possessed the literary quality of rle—a grace and charm, a perfection language which no other American |ltcr possessed la the same degree) d which places Hawthorne among I great masters of English prose. |l friend and college-mate, Longfel k. In reviewing "Twice Told Tales," Id that "It came from the hand of n Bins," nnd praised It for Its style, power rh, he said, "was as clear as run. water." He Hawthorne lacked tke pllahment of verse, he was la the est sense a poet. \f YOUR courtesy, I beg you to W call this tale a romance, rather ^ than a novel; for It makes at ipt to connect a bygone time with ; present that is even now drifting ly from us. It is a legend, bringing h it the mist of the past floating nd each character and event—even pd the old house itself, lometlmes It drifts aside and you ch a glimpse of older days—days fen Colonel Pyncheon, out of pure ptousness, despoiled old Wizard nie of his house and little plot of days when Maule cursed the tael for his sins and foretold : "God Ud give him blood to drink !"—days ta Thomas Maule, son of the wiz [ built for Colonel Pyncheon over gather's very threshold, the House me Seven Gables. ® the day when Hepzlbah Pyncheon I her pride underfoot and opened [little cent-shop, built in the front le of the old house, there were but [of the Pyncheon blood left. Judge fcheon, his son (who died abroad [enters not into this tale), Hepzl ! and her brother Clifford, little ftbe Pyncheon (who had come for jng visit) and a few cousins, were I The race of Maule was supposed bet—at least there were none In I pm the PH »1 the png since Hester had let one of the bs to a daguerreotyplst named Hol le; and none others were In the [house save herself and Clifford $ pardoned out after serving sen te for the supposed murder of an b), and little Phoebe. Wge Pyncheon was the great man lie town; but, despite his even ly smile and studied benevolence, pas not greatly liked. Hepzlbah pk away .from him and Clifford Iked when he would have forced pay in to see him. Rizlbah and Clifford scarce left Bouse even for the garden; but ■be and yonng Holgrave met there 1 ; and the kindly mist made Itself ■between them tin they saw each ft clear and their hearts drew close love came to them—but so softly ftweetly they knew It not for love. Balled It by that other sweet name Bndshtp. fen Phoebe must needs go home— pith her went all the sunshine; pie mist drifted back—and all the ft happiness that had come with fc Hepzlbah and Clifford for a llt Kd away. Ben she had gone the Judge he ft even more determined to see ImtM « matt* H i oat d fort lb 1 utlMttfi »a* I ueaklog on * of J awl 1 Ignition ® was! Les-«" 4 mal«* wort 4 short M 1 I* is th* tain Hepzlbah," he begged, with «t benevolent smile, "let me see tW to b cannot," said Hepzlbah. "Since day he hath kept his bed." iat?*' cried the Judge. "Is he ill? I most and will see him. There e who would so delight to pro his happiness and wellbeing. I t yon to let me see him, Hepzl W* s * tw .erbest* 4 no UttK n ! the name of Heaven !" cried bah, her anger overcoming her rglve over, I beseech you, this brae pretence of affection for Hetlm. You let him go to prison [false accusation. You hate him ! b, like a man ! At this moment ftrish some black purpose against I your heart ! Speak It out ! But ft peak again of your love for my pother." (Judge's benevolent countenance ft hard. Isin Hepzlbah," he said, "It Is my purpose to see Clifford before I ftlilg house. I will give you my ft Of my uncle's estate, which 1 fed, not one-third was apparent » 03 mu* 1 it* \M earth # far ou«#* ililfej when he died. Clifford _ clue to the recovery of the remainder. It Is as certain as that I stand here!" "And what If he refuse?" "My dear cousin." smiled the Judge, blandly, "the alternative Is his con finement for the remainder of his life In a public asylum for the Insane." "You cannot mean It!" cried Hester; but the Judge only shrugged his shoul ders and said: "Time flies. Bid Clif ford come to me;" and Hester turned and went slowly up the stair and knocked at her brother's door, and called. None answered. After long waiting, she knocked again; then she undid the door and entered—the cham ber was empty. Back she ran down the stair, calling frantically: "Clifford is gone 1 Help, Jeffrey Pyncheon! Some harm will hlm !" She ran through the hall, call ing and searching for him. When she approached the parlor door again, Clif ford stood in the door, coming from within. into the room. can give me a come to I He pointed his finger back "Come Hepzlbah!" he cried with a wild gesture. "The weight is gone from us 1 We can sing and laugh, now. Ayel we can be as light-hearted little Phoebe herself." as Horror-stricken at his looks and mo tions, Hepziban slipped past him Into the parlor. Almost Immediately she returned—a cry choking in her throat. "My God !" she cried, "What will be come of ns !" "Come with mel" cried Clifford, still with that wild gayety. "Put on your cloak and hood, take your purse with money In It, and come !" Still with that wild gayety so foreign to him, Clifford led the way, first to the depot—where he made her take the train—when they left It at an out-of the-way station, still leading, he drift ed away with her into the cold, sullen mist. With the day came many people to the cent-shop ; but none gained admit tance ; but when Phoebe came, the gar den-door opened for her. A hand clasped hers and she was led Into the disused reception room. The sun streamed in through the uncurtained windows and she saw her companion was Holgrave. He told her the Judge was dead—In the same manner as his ancestor "to whom God had given blood to drink !" He convinced her that the uncle for whose supposed murder Clifford had suffered for thirty years had died in the same fashion. "We must not hide It a moment longer !" cried Phoebe. "Clifford Is In nocent ! God will make It manifest ! Let us throw the door wide and call the neighbors to see the truth." "Walt I" begged Holgrave. "Phoebe, in all our lives there can never be an other moment like this. Is It all ter ror? Are you conscious of no Joy, as I am, that has made this the only point of life worth living for?" "It seems a sin," faltered Phoebe, "to speak of Joy at such a time." "Phoebe," cried Holgrave, "before you came, my past was lonely and dreary—my future seemed a shapeless gloom. With you came hope, warmth and Joy. I love you, Phoebe. Do you love me?" "Look Into my heart," said Phoebe, dropping her eyes. "You know I love yon.' At that moment the mingled voices of Hepzlbah and Clifford came to them. Phoebe and her lover went to meet them. Hepzlbah, when she saw them, burst Into tears—Clifford smiled and murmured that the Rose of Eden had bloomed In the old house at lust. By the death of Judge Pyncheon, Hepzlbah, Clifford and Phoebe became rich. Judge's country place. At the very moment of departure, through Clif ford's troubled mind drifted a recollec tion of the time when, a mere boy, he had discovered the secret spring which caused the portrait of the colonel (be fore which they stood), to swing for ward—disclosing a recess wherein were Important papers. But he had for gotten the secret of the spring. "Perhaps I can recall It," said Hol grave. and touched the spring. It was much rusted and therefore, when released, the portrait tumbled to to the floor. There was the recess— and there the title-deeds to vast Indian land»—old Jeffrey Pyncheon's missing property. "But how came you to know the se cret of the spring?" Phoebe asked of Holgrave, apart "My dearest Phoebe," smiled Hol grave, "how will It please you to take the no me of Maule? This secret is the only inheritance that has come down to me from that ancestor. When Thomas, son of Wizard Maule, built this house, he took the opportunity to construct this recess and hide away those title-deeds. I would have told this before, but I feared to frighten They decided to live at the you you." Thoehe's smile forgave him ; and as their carriage rolled away, the old House of the Seven Gables, freed from its burden of secret and curse, smiled after them brightly as the mist lifted and fled away. Copyright, 1919. by the Post Publishing Co. (The Boston Post). Copyright in the United Kingdom, the Dominions. Its Col onies and dependencies, under the copy right act, by the Post Publishing Co., Boston. Mass., U. 8. A. All rights re served. Houghton, Mifflin A Co., au thorised publishers. Would Have All Registered. The chief of the Bertillon bureau of the Buffalo police department says fhat the government ought to register the finger prints of everybody In the United States, many that no good citizen would be willing U be unregistered. There would be so advantages In this, he say. Where Your Taxes Go i How Uncle Sam Spends Your Money in Conduct ing Your Business By EDWARD G. LOWRY Author "Washington Clono-Upa," "Banka an4 Financial Sratama," ate. Contributor Political and Economic Article, to Leading Puriodiculu and a Writer of Recognized Authority on tha National Govtmment'a Bnaineaa Method . Copyright, Western Newspaper Union I. WHY YOU'RE INTERESTED I wish you would take what ii written here as a personal report ad dressed directly to you from me ah»u' your business. Don't think of It ol read It as an article about "politics,' or remote public affairs at Washing ton. It Is not that at all. It is wha: I ask you to think it, a persona business report to you relating to youi individual concerns, your pocketbool and your welfare. I have no othei Interest than to tell you the exact truth. Assume that you have sent me t< Washington to find out for you wha> your agents are doing, how they nr« managing your affairs and spendlnf your money. I call them your agent) for that Is all they are—the President the members of the cabinet, th« senators and all the members of tin house of representatives. Tou hin them, you pay them, and you can fir« them. You may think of them in deference and awe as a group of eminent states men, or you may call them In flippancy and too hasty contempt "a lot o| politicians." But whatever you cal them, they are your hired men. They attend to your collective business which Is called the public business. Query: Are they doing It efficiently and with a single-minded devotion tc your Interests? Perhaps the largest Item In the higl cost of living Is the high cost ol government. 'And far and away th! largest item in the high cost of govern ment Is the high cost of armament, preparation for war. About 90 pel cent of all government revenues, ant that means the money taken from yot as taxes, goes to pay for wars, past present and future. Before I have concluded this seriei of articles I expect to show you con cluslvely that the Impelling motiv« that Induced President Harding to cal the present conference In Washlnitor to consider limitation of armament! was financial. The pressing need of considering a proposal for a redne tlon or limitation by agreement of wmj expenditure was not mnde entirely ot the ground of morality or righteous ness, but as a plan for cutting dowr the operating expenses of the govern ment. If the United States government were an individual we would say that it was broke, for Its expenses exeeet 1 Its Income. Your Interest Is simply this: thal whatever decision Is made you wH! have to pay the bill. If today w* didn't have these army and navy ex penses you would have to pay In taxes less than $1.000.000.000 a year Instead of $5.000.000,000. That means wi would have about $4.000.000.000 more a year to spend on onr private needi and pleasures. I frankly confess that I would enjoy having four-fifths of mj taxes knocked off. Wouldn't you? Secretary Weeks of the War de partment gave public warning a llttl« while ago that the government would require of us about $17,000.000 In the next thirty months to meet cur rent expenses and other obligations. Persons who have given close study to that possibility sny that the need w'l! be nearer $20.000.000, than $17,000, 000. The great bulk of that Is for past and prospective war expenditures. For this, you and eortgress and the Executive departments at Washington are responsible. You more than any body else, for It Is your money that Is being spent nnd you can stop it. In its simplest terms the procedure Is this: You earn the money, congress takes it away from you in the form of tnx»s and then congress and the Executive departments spend It. A great part of it Is wasted. Th's Is established, conceded, confessed, and I acknowledged by congress, which authorizes the expenditures, and by the executive officers of the govern ment. who do the actual spending. It Is your money that you have earned in your bus'nes* on your farm, or by the tubor of your hands, that Is being exr>ended and wasted fit Washington. Every cent that is extravagantly or needlessly expende«! by the govern ment you could have In your pocket to meet the lncrea- ed cost of food, lodg ing and clothing, doctors' bills and amusements, or to pm away and save against a rainy day. If you only de manded determinedly and unitedly that governmental extravagance should cease. I can tell you some of the comptions of governmental spending and how your money Is chucked about, and I can tell you how you can stop It. The power Is yours, and until you exer cise It waste and extravngunce will not stop. UNCLE SAM AS EMPLOYER The United States government is the larg«*st single employer of men and women In this country. At the present time In the executive civil service of the Federal government, and exclus've of the army and navy, there are em ployed approximately 650.000 workers, one ln 73 of all residents on Ameri or can «oil, ten years of age or over, en gaged in gainful occupations. A little while ago, when the number of federal employees was even larger than it is now, one person out of every 68 In the United States who had any sort of a Job at all was working for the govern ment. These calculations are based on recent estimates of the bureau of the census in anticipation of the re sults of the fourteenth general census. Prior to the outbreak of the war, in 1914, the number of men and women In civil positions In the executive service was approximately 385,630. In 1016 It had grown to 308.832. In 1917. after our entry into the war. It was 459,798. On June 30. 1:119, the number wns 707,448. The number on July 31. 1920, was 691.116. These figures are confessedly ap proximations. Since the signing of the armistice the number of federal em ployees has been decreasing. Un Joubtedly the decrease in force will continue to he made for months to come, but the growth of the govern ment husiness in the past few years has been such as to make It a larger employer in the post-war period than it had ever been In the pre-war period. These thousands of men and women working for the government comprise every type of ability and intelligence. Their duties cover a range of activities that far exceeds that exercised for other public or private employers ; for, besides Its task of lawmaking and law enforcing, of national defense and national finance, the government Is charged with promoting the health and welfare of Its people, of promoting their home interests, their agricultural, mining, manufacturing, shipping, fish ing and transportation Interests. To do thts it must investigate, con trol and eradicate diseases that attack persons, plants and animals. It must Inspect livestock, foods and drugs. It must study conditions and progress iu education, labor and commerce. It must prevent Individual men or groups of men from using unfair business methods, whether in banking, trans portation, trade or manufacture. The government must adm'nister i of 1 In to Is it Is It I public lands and the affairs of the Indians, and educate children In Alaska. It grants pate*;*» of inven tion, It sets the clocks of the country, forecasts the weather, and makes observations of the stars and heavenly bodies. It constructs buildings, docks, roads, bridges. Irrigation works, builds canals I and aeroplanes, ordnance and ammunition, clothing and other supplies for Its soldiers and sailors. It makes all Its own money and does all its own printing. It dis tributes all mail and many packages. The government does everything that any employer In the United States does. In addition to n great many things that no other employer does. How does It treat its people? Is it a good employer or a bad employer? Are Its employees contented? These are questions that I should advise the railroad men, the miners nnd other workers who seek nationalization of Industry, to look into before they com mit themselves. makes Let them find out for themselves what government ownership would mean to them. The first thing they will discover, as I discovered when I began the present inquiry, is that nobody knows, and nobody in the government service Is charged with knowing, the exact number of employees in the service from day to day. Even more astound ing. nobody knows, or Is charged with knowing, even approximately, the sum of the payroll of the United States. It is not possible to find out within hnndreds of thousands of dollars how mneh the United States pays yearly or monthly In salaries and wages. I went to the Treasury department, to the appropriations committee of con gress, and elsewhere where I thought the Information might be lodged, but nobody knew. I was tohl vaguely that the government was not run on an asset and liability basis, and therefore it «vas not necessary to know the exact number of employees on the payroll. If the average compensation Is $1, 100. the federal civil service payroll now amounts to more than seven hundred million dollars annually. The largest single branch is the Tost Office department, with nearly 300,000 em ployees. The War department has more than 125.000 civilian employees, the Navy department about 90.000. and the Treasury department about 60 000. No other branch has as many as 25.000 employees. Any Institution that em ploys one In seventy-three of all this country's workers and calls for the expenditure of such a large part of onr annual revenues is entitled to your serious consideration. You and you alone put up the money. Octopus Not Dangerous. Th«* octopus lias the power of changing color more highly develn;**«! than any .other animal. He c«>ulfe ac commodate himself to the vivid back ground of a tartan plaid without a tremor. Inde«*d. this is his main line He clliigs mechanically of defense, with his many suckers to whatever lie may touch, but a tight grip uiwm the slight construction between his head and little round body Invariably causes hhn to relax his hold. 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