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Willmar Tribune.
By The Tribune Printing Co.
Most Important Happen
ings Told in Brief.
LeRoy Percy of Greenville, one of
the most brilliant lawyers in Missis
sippi, was nominated as United States
senator from the state of Mississippi
to fill out the unexpired term of A. J.
McLaurin, who died December 23,
Dr. Robert Schneider of Berlin, who
Is the discoverer of a new cure for
tuberculosis, arrived in New York on
the steamship Umbria. Dr. Schneider
employs a combination of sulphuric
acid, charcoal and eucalyptus, which
Is burned in a lamp placed in the
sleeping room of the patient
Miss Marie Louise Logan, grand
daughter of Gen. A. Logan, and Henri
de Sincay of Belgium were married
In New York.
"Typhoid Mary," so called because
she was considered a living recepta
cle and distributer of typhoid fever
germs, has been released after three
years In New York hospitals.
Postmaster General Frank H. Hitch
cock declares that he is tired of poli
tics and will quit the cabinet if he is
expected to conduct another national
Just before Judge Peter S Grosscup
of Chicago started from New York on
board the steamship Cronia for a
three months' vacation up the Nile, he
declared that the United States would
soon become sane on the question of
"trusts" and would put forward efforts
to regulate rather than exterminate
A daughter was born to the Earl
and Countess Granard. The mother,
before her marriage, was Miss Beatrice
Mills of New York, daughter of Mr.
and Mrs. Ogden MM*.
Neil Burgess, the actor, who died at
his home in New York city, after a
year's Ulnesa, made his greatest suc
cess on the stage in a single play,
"The County Pair," which was pro
duced In 1811.
Benjamin Ryan Tillman, senator
from Jouth Carolina, is critically ill.
His condition is extremely grave. Dr.
E. P. Plckford, the attending physi
cian, said he had a slight chance of
Simeon W. Stevens, appointed post
master at Gardner, Mass, by Presi
dent Franklin Pierce in 1854, and who
had received successive appointments
since then. Is dead. He was 91 years
Col. Roosevelt and his party arrived
at Gondokoro, Sudan, safe. The car
avan marched in, headed by Chief
Kariba and his native bugle band
All the members of the party are well.
Col. Roosevelt and his companions
have now passed through the most
trying stage of their perilous Journey.
Henry S. Haskins, board member of
the firm of Lathrop. Haskins & Co.,It
which failed recently, is declared In
eligible for reinstatement on the New
York stock exchange by the gov
ernors. -.
The Western Philosophical associa
tion and allied organizations met In
annual session in Iowa City, la.
The street car strike situation be
came so threatening that the officers
of the Philadelphia militia companies
were ordered to have their men ready
to answer riot calls at any moment.
This action followed a series of street
riots in various parts of the city. Cars
were blown in two and wood work
scattered by heavy charges of dyna
mite. Other cars were partially
burned before the fire engines could
reach the scene. The windows in
hundreds of cars were broken with
sticks and clubs in the hands of angry
No individual deputy sheriff was
named in the verdict of the coroner's
Jury at Cairo, 111, which investigated
the death of Alexander Halliday,
who was killed in the mob which last
Thursday night sought the life of John
Pratt, the negro purse snatcher. The
jury found that Halliday came to his
death by a gunshot wound caused by
a weapon in the hands of one of Sher
iff Fred Nellis' deputies, fired from
the north window of the circuit clerk's
office in the courthouse.
"If I was permitted to do so, I would
undertake to run the government of
the United States for $300,000,000 a
year less than it now costs." This
was the declaration of Senator Nelson
W. Aldrich in a speech in the senate
in which he indicted the government
on the charge of extravagance.
According to a dispatch from Chi
cago received at Kansas City strych
nin, in far greater quantities than is
usually administered in medicinal
doses has been found in the stomach
and liver of Chrisman Swope and In
the stomach contents ejected by Miss
Margaret Swope.
The record for industry on the part
of hens is claimed by G. H. Siede of
Snipsic Lake, Conn. During the last
three months 160 hens owned by him
have produced 7,775 eggs.
Pittsburg, Kan., adopted the com
mission form of government by a ma
jority of 21 votes.
A golden chalice studded with jew
els, contributed by parishioners, is
soon to grace the altar of St. Paul's
Catholic cathedral in Pittsburg, Pa.
Illinois farmers by hundreds gath
ered in Edwardsville for their annual
Institute, President J. P. Mason pre
The mob, the homo and He torch
held command of the street car strike
situation at Philadelphia. Martial law
was declared in some parts of the
city, but the rioters made a farce of
it. They stripped the uniforms from
the backs of the State Fencibles, the
one military organization that was
called out, and threw coats, hats and
rifles into the sewers. All over town
there was rioting and stoning of cars
and there were several burnings and
one bad case of dynamiting.
Emperor Franz Josef ordered the
Austrian minister at Athens to urge
King George not to abdicate, believing
that the downfall of the present Greek
regime would precipitate a reign of
Frankie Conley of Kenosha, Wis.,
and Monte Attell of San Francisco
battled in sensational style for the
better part of three hours before the
Pacific Athletic club at Los Angeles,
Cal. Conley won with a clean knock
out In the forty second round.
President Taft was cheered by 600
police lieutenants of New York, whose
guest he was at their annual banquet
at the Waldorf-Astoria. The presi
dent had previously delivered an ad
dress before the Society of the Cin
cinnati of the state of New Jersey,
an aristocratic affair held at the Hotel
Adolph Wolgast is lightweight
champion of the world. After a gruel
ling battle at Point Richmond, 12,000
fight fans saw Battling Nelson's col
ors lowered. After 40 rounds of the
gamest fight ever witnessed, bleeding,
staggering and half blind, he was un
able to tell his corner, while Referee
Eddie Smith stopped the fight and de
clared Wolgast the winner.
The last of Senator 'Conger's evi
dence in support of his charge that
Senator Jotham P. Allds demanded
and received $1,000 nine years ago,
for "protecting" the bridge companies
against hostile legislation, was laid
before the senate. Conger's attorneys
announced that they rested their
In accordance with a provision in
the will of Mrs. Hannah Williams, a
Brooklyn woman who died a few days
ago, her son will burn the piano which
for 40 years has been in the Williams
Released from prison at Atlanta,
6a, three months ago after serving
time for the cracking of the post office
safe at Raleigh, N. C, in 1908, John
Leonard was shot and killed at the
door of his home in Brooklyn, N
by Thomas Barnes, whom he had
thrashed for calling him an ex-con
In a report submitted by a legisla
tive committee of the New York as
sembly appointed to Investigate the
workings of direct primary laws in
other state, opposition is raised to the
direct primary system as proposed
by Gov. Hughes.
Little Johnny Warvaiski, six years
old, chopped a dynamite cartridge,
not a cherry tree, with his little
hatchet, at Elizabeth, N. J. Besides
mangling the lad every house in the
neighborhood was shaken by the ex
In opening the third parliament
since his reign began King Edward
delivered an unusually brief speech
from the throne, the reading of which
occupied just four minutes.
The British Isles and the whole
west coast of the continent from Den
mark to southern Portugal are being
lashed by terrific gales, and great
havoc has been wrought in shipping
Murdered with an ax while about
her household duties and her body
mutilated with blows, Mrs. Hazel
Roberts, aged 28 years, wife of Guy
Roberts, a farmer living three miles
from Marathon, la, lies dead at their
home and three small children are
motherless. Henry Johnson, the hired
man, is in jail charged with the crime.
is believed Johnson is insane.
In a spectacular fire which partly
destroyed the Family theater in the
Schmidt building at Pittsburg, 200
guests of Newell's hotel and the Ant
lers were routed from their beds
Mrs. Anna Martin and Miss Flora
McEwen, both of Pasadena, Cal, were
killed and Charles A. Erickson wss*
fatally injured at Azusa, Cal., when a
Santa Fe train struck the automobile
in which they were riding.
Following his arrest at San Jose,
Cal., on a charge of swindling pastors,
Albert Nier of San Francisco con
fessed that he joined 20 churches
within a week and that "preachers are
the easiest game in the world
Eleven bodies of miners were recov
ered from the St. Paul coal mines at
Cherry, 111. To the amazement of vet
eran mine inspectors, the bodies en
tombed sine* November 13,1909, when
brought to the surface, were found to
be almost perfectly mummified.
The South Carolina senate complet
ed the legislative ratification of the
constitutional amendment permitting
congress to levy an income tax with
out apportionment among the several
states. The resolution had already
passed the house.
George Stephens, son of a prominent
mine operator of Birmingham, Ala.,
shot and killed three of his little chil
dren, their colored nurse, and then
turned the pistol on himself and ended
his own life. The tragedy took place
in the man's home.
Miss Agnes Leslie Elklns, niece of
Senator Stephen B. Elkins of West
Virginia, who shot herself at the Wll
lard hotel in Kansas City, is dead.
The young woman apparently was on
the road to recovery when suddenly
she relapsed into unconsciousness.
Loulslanlans have subscribed $50,
000 to the Consumers' Household Sup
ply Company, which has been given a
charter at New Orleans for the pur
pose of buying a farm and supplying
stockholders with vegetable, dairy and
other products, in the hope of solving
the problem of the high cost of liv
Senator Conger's counsel, James W.
Osborn, strenuously resisted the ef
forts of counsel for Senator Allds and
other senators in the investigation of
the bribery scandal at Albany, N. Y.,
to get from Conger what he knew
about the distribution of the $4,000 al
leged to have been paid to Assembly
man Burnett to defeat highway legis
lation which the bridge trust opposed.
Spain's new premier, Canalejas, is
opposed by friends of former Presi
dent Moret, who are demanding the
return of Capt Gen. Weyler, former
minister of war, to form a new cab1
$800,000 To Be'Paid Into State Treas
ury—Great Northern and Great
Western Are Railroads Which
Must Settle Deficit.
Washington, D. C. The state of
Minnesota won a complete victory
over the Great Northern and Great
Western Railway companies when the
supreme court of the United States af
firmed the decision of the state court
holding that the railroads were liable
to a 4 per cent gross earnings tax.
As a result of decisions by the
United States supreme court in the
4 per cent gross earnings tax cases,
the treasury of the state of Minnesota
will be immediately enriched $800,000
and approximately $200,000 will be
added to the state's income each year.
Judgments for more than $800,000 in
back taxes will be immediately enter
ed against the Great Northern and
Great Western railroads. The judg
ments are the largest ever obtained by
the state.
The decision was announced by Jus
tice Harmon, who discussed the ques
tions at issue very briefly. He
sketched the creation of the Western
Pacific road, which subsequently be
came a part of the Great Northern
system, the legislatation under which
the road was taxed and the claim of
the Great Northern that this legisla
tion constituted a contract with the
state, under which the rate of taxa
tion could not be increased as pro
vided in the 4 per cent law.
The Great Northern and Great Wes
tern tax cases arose out of the 4 per
Associate Justice U. S. Supreme Court
cent gross earnings law of 1903. Prior
to the passage of that law all Minne
sota railroads had paid 3 per cent of
their gross earnings in the state, as
taxes, and in lieu of all other taxes
and assessments. The Great Western
on its main line from St. Paul to the
Iowa line had paid only 2 per cent,
claiming that its territorial charter
exempted it from paying a higher rate
on that line.
This and a similar Great Northern
charter were used as arguments
against the 4 per cent bill, which was
fathered session after session by J. F.
Jacobson, and finally passed by the
legislature in 1901. But the constitu
tion required that it be ratified by a
majority of all the votes at the next
election. In 1902 it failed of that ma
jority, but the 1093 legislature passed
it again, and in the 1904 election it
was ratified, taking effect on the 1905
When these taxes became due in the
spring of 1906, the Great Northern
Railway cODiv^" I^'d the 3 per cent
on the line covered by the old Mrane
sota & Pacific charter of 1857, andtion
refused to pay the balance, which was
$120,737.38. The old charter was
claimed to be an irrevocable contract
binding the state.
A similar position was taken by the
Great Western. The Minnesota &
Northwestern charter of 1856 had lim
ited taxes on that line to 2 per cent,
and the modern company claimed the
rights of a successor. It refused to
pay the additional $24,979.62 claimed
by the state for 1905
The state brought suit against both
companies for the balance due and the
legal penalties. The district court of
Ramsey county decided for the de
fense, but the state supreme corut,
Justice Calvin L. Brown, wiiting the
opinion, reversed the decision The
supreme court held that the com
panies did not have any contract right
to the lower tax rate, but that the
state had the right to levy any rea
sonable rate of tax on their systems.
From this the defendants went to the
United States supreme court on a
writ of error.
Plunge From High Bridge.
Winona. George Sheets, of New
York City, aged twenty-two, was prob
ably fatally injured when, in act of
removing a heavy motor car from the
rails on the Milwaukee road at Minne
iska, the car and the man plunged
from the high bridge to the ground
below. Sheets was crushed and was
taken to the hospital in a critical con
dition, suffering a compound fracture
of the leg and internal injuries. He
was a concrete expert, engaged in the
double tracking work of the Milwau
kee road.
Hastings Theater Is Burned.
Hastings.—Fire broke out in the
operating room of the Scenic theat
er, destroying the operating machine
with, films as well as doing con
siderable damage to the furniture in
the building. E. S. Schraeder, a mem
ber of the fire department was serious
ly injured as a result of a fall of 14
feet. He slipped in descending a lad
der and his head struck the sidewalk
pavement. J. E. I/irson of Sauk
Center, purchased the theater about
two weeks ago from M. R. Dick of this
Minnesota 8tate Association Begins a
Two Days' Meeting In Minneapolis.
Minneapolis—The Minnesota State
Edieorial association assembled in the
Hotel Radisson for their annual meet
ing. Mayor James C. Haynes and
President Harry A. Tuttle of the Min
neapolis Commercial club welcomed
the newspaper men, and C. S. Ed
wards president of the association, re
sponded and followed with his ant
nual address. The remainder of the
morning session was devoted to a
eulogy on the late Gov. John A. John
son by Judge C. W. Stanton of
In the afternoon the editors were
taken on chartered cars to the state
agricultural school, where dinner was
served, after which R. C. Dunn of the
Princeton Union discussed good roads,
Frank C. Whitney of the Marshall
News-Messenger "Printing Costs in a
Country Shop," and David Ramaly of
St. Paul, "Evolution of the Printing
Trade During Half a Century." The
annual banquet was given in the
evening, and Friday, after hearing sev
eral papers and electing officers, the
association adjourned.
Officers elected for the ensuing
year are as follows:
President.—H. S. Baylor, Buffalo,
Minn., Journal.
First Vice President.—S. Y. Gordon
Brown's Valley, Minn., Tribune.
Second Vice President.—F. E. Had
ley, Winnebago, Minn., Enterprise.
Third Vice President.—W. F. Mah
ler, Springfield, Minn., Advance.
Secretary.—C. P. Stine, St. Paul,
Treasurer.—David Ramaley, Saint
Paul, Minn, A. O. U. W. Guide.
Executive Committee.—C. C. Whit
ney, Marshall, Minn., News-Messen
ger Frank J. Meyst, Western News
paper Union, Minneapolis and W. E.
Easton, Stillwater, Minn., Gazette.
Historian.—Alvah Eastman, Saint
Cloud, Minn., Journal Press.
Alleged Slayer of H. J. Ledbeter Ar
raigned at Mankato.
Mankato. Mr. and Mrs. William
L. Schwandt, who live near San
born, are in the* city and were ar
raigned, charged with being an ac
cessory after the fact for the murder
of the late H. J. Ledbeter. The indict
ment that they were arraigned on was
returned by the grand jury last fall,
when it returned an indictment charg
ing the Schwandts with murder in the
first degree, but which was dismissed
before Mrs. Letdbeters trial and ac
quittal. They were released at once
on bail aid held to the June term of
Mrr. Grace Ledbeter*s case was
formally certified to the supreme
court by Judge J. H. Quinn. The lat
ter has ordered the defendant to re
port in court on the first day of the
June term, and in the meantime it is
given out that she will go to her fath
er's home, between Spooner and Shell
Lake, Wis., where three of her chil
dren are, and will remain.
Frank Smith, who was convicted of
the murder of Mrs Ledbeter's .hus
band, is to be taken to Stillwater in a
few days, to begin serving his life
Speakers Invaded Every Portion of
Goodhue County Sunday.
Red Wing—Sunday the Anti-Saloon
league occupied every community
within the limits of Goodhue county
possible. They sent twenty-five speak
ers into the town and villages to tell
of their work and purposes.
Sunday morning services in many of
the Red Wing churches were given
over to'this cause and the congrega
tion listened to addresses from some
of the best state workers
In the evening there was a mass
antisaloon league meeting in which
quite a number of the churches united
at the Auditorium. It was addressed
by P. J. Youngdahl, president of the
state league, and by Rev. Mr. Stark,
one of its leading field workers, who
has had much to do with putting on
the lid. The question of county op
and its prsjspects and benefits
were discussed.
Hastings.—Heavy steel and con
crete, chief constituents in specially
constructed passenger cars for the
Chicago, Milwaukee & Puget Sound
railway, saved 100 passengers from
serious injury, if not death, at a point
two miles below Hastings, when train
No. 15, the second section of the Pio
neer Limited, struck a broken rail.
The compartment car, one sleeper,
and the baggage and express cars left
the track. The dining car, two coach
es and a sleeping car were not de
John Willis, aged 65 years, of Mil
waukee, baggageman and electrician,
was instantly killed. E. E Borror of
Milwaukee, sleeping car agent, re
ceived a slight scratch on the arm,
and W. N. Nelson, a brakeman, was
also slightly injured. George Wond
berg of Minneapolis and A. Schaub,
St. Paul, received trifling injuries.
Popular Educator Looking
Winona.—Word has been received
here that Prof. C. H. Frazier, until
a year ago superintendent of the Wi
nona public schools and now assistant
state superintendent of public instruc
tion, is an applicant for the superin
tendency of the public schools at
Everett, Wash., where it is said a va
cancy will shortly develop, as the re
sult of some friction.
Pastor Refuses to Quit.
Duluth. An evening paper an*
nounces Rev. Daniel G. Cole, pastor of
the Plymouth Congregational church,
has been asked to resign and has re
fused to desert his, pulpit until the
year for which he was engaged is
ended. Rev. Mr. Cole denies he has
been asked to resign, but it is known
there is considerable feeling. It is said
it was started by the pastor's criticism
of some members of his congregation
for uncomplimentary remarks about
the Roman Catholic faith.
Midi Patricia Holbrook and Miia Helen
Holbrook, her niece, were entrusted to
the care of Laurance Donovan, a writer,
summering near Port Annandale, Miss
Patricia confided to Donovan that she
feared her brother Henry, who, ruined by
a bank failure, had constantly threatened
her for money from his father's will of
which Miss Patricia was guardian They
came to Port Annandale to escape Henry.
Donovan sympathized with the two
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
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
surlily. Gillespie was discovered by Don
ovan presenting a country church with
11,000. Gillespie admitted he knew of Hol
prook's presence. Miss Pat acknowledged
to Donovan that Miss Helen had been
missing for a few hours. While riding
In 4 launch, the Italian sailor attempted
to molest the trio, but failed. Miss Pat
announced her intention offightingHenry
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-
van The three went for along ride the
day. That night, disguised as a
nun Hele stole from the house. She met
Reginald Gillespie, who told her his love
Gillespie was confronted by Donovan.
Helen's lover escaped At the town post
cilice 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
iave at home. Donovan met Gil-
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
"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
"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
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
He spoke soberly, and I had ob
•erved that when he dropped his chaff
ft note of melancholy crept into his
talk. He folded his arms and went
en: "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
"Their affairs are certainly mixed,"
I replied, non-committally.
"They are indeed and I have 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 pi
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 wfcile 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 trof
"Of course."
"But I suppose there's no guessing
when he will come back."
"He will come back as soon as he's
•pent his money."
I felt a delicacy about referring to
that transaction on the pier. It was
A wretched business, and I now
realized that the shame of it was not
lost on Gillespie.
"How does Henry come to have that
Italian scoundrel with him?" I asked
•Iter a pause.
"HJB'S the skipper ©f 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
lam 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 seed
dag* expert"
"What the Devil Did You Bring Me Up Here For?"
The mention of the Italian clearly
troubled Gillespie. After a moment he
"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 120,000. 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
"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
"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 doing, 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 get 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!
I 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 anew
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 oneand
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 for 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.
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
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 Indians until my father's re
lict went off broken hearted to Bad
Neuheim to drink the waters. And
here I am, by the grace of God, 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 stieet, and as I rode away he
called me back as though to impart
something of moment.
Nigerian Needs Several Properly to
Minister to His Comfort.
"Did you ever meet Charles Dar
"He didn't need me for proof, But
"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.'f
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.
The Gate of Dreams.
Too Much Work For One Wife
According to the Geographical Jour
nal of London the marital relations
among the peoples of Nigeria vary
somewhat according to their state of
civilization: "Polygamy la the rule,
the reason given being that it is im
possible for one woman to do all the
work of the house, look after the chil
dren, prepare and cook the food, fetch
the daily supply of water (often an
arduous job), cultivate the plantation
and go to market The African is an
exceedingly hungry person. It is the
custom to eat several times a day
when at home, and the men spend
most of their day sitting in the pala
ver house or market place, while the
women bring the food all day long.
One wife could not possibly do this.
Besides, the African lady encourages
it, for she says, 'The more wives, the
less work.'
"Among the Ahiaras, Onlchas, Obu
wus and the lower class of pagan
tribes in the Interior, there is very
little form of marriage. As soon as
man has the means, he pays the par-
In my heart I was anxious to do
justice to Gillespie 9ad 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 tfrce give to the lions a man wha
uses hig 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 sSg&t of a girl
wearing overshoes or fctbbttog ben
bons—the one suggestive of predatory
habits and weak lungs, the oULer «t
nervous dyspepsia.
The night was fine, and after R»
turning my horse to the stable I coo?
tfnued 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,,
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
"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, if you will tolerate
I brought out some chairs and we
sat down by the rail, whege we could
look out upon the star-sown heavens
and the dark floor of stars beneath.
Helen bent forward with her elbows
resting on the rail, her hands clasped
under her chia. The lamplight fell
full upon her slightly lifted head, and
upon her shoulders, over which lay a
filmy veil. She hummed dreamily for
a moment while I watched her. Had
she one mood for the day and another
night? I had last seen her
tha 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.'1
"No. I'm quite superior to walls
and fences. You have heard of those
East Indians who appear and disapj
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
ents what they want, in the shape of
goats, cows, beads and money, and
takes the girl. There is no ceremony
at all. The more wives the greater
riches he is supposed to have and the
better he will be looked after.
"If, of course, thy can manage to
seize a woman from the neighboring
tribe while she is fetching water or
working on her farm, no much the
cheaper. With this method in vogue
for centuries, no wonder that it is aa
much as a native's life is wort* to go
out of his own village, and that the
country is so backward."
Most Obstinate Thing*.
A bachelor says a mule is the most
obstinate thing on earth, but married
men know better.—Chicago Dally
Circumstantial Evidence.
"Is it true than an employe of the "-4*
street-cleaning department was aeem^r
Intoxicated on the street?"
"No the rumor started from
fact that some people said they fi^lIP
him fall off the

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