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CONDENSED
CLASSICS
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DON QUIXOTE
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By MIGUEL DE CERVANTES
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Condensation by
Nathan Haskell Dole
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Mlnuel (Ii* Or
fnntcN flnnvedru,
(I r n ni ii t 1 n I ami
novellwt, nnn l»orn
in 1547, ft»«* non of
n Spnnlnli druggint
nn«l MirKrou. lit*
<II<m1 In \lndrld In
161(1, 10 dam be
fore Shnkewpeare’a
deni Ii.
\m a jouili Ccr
vnntca went to
I inly, where he
served as it pri
vate in the army.
In a nnwil hat lie
off (ireeee he uai
thrlee wounded,
hla rlfthl hnnd he
Inn permanent l>
maimed. \\ lille
returning; to Spain
he warn raptured
by pirate* and
taken to Alglera,
wherf hf wan held an a alavr for five
years.
After his ransom lie nr«lr many
plnya. They brouRlil him more fame
than fortune, anil be milled to hla re
sponsibilities by wrddlntt, at the n»je
of thirty-seven, a Klrl of nineteen. It
all evidently a innrrliiKr of love, bm
her dowry eonalatrd only of "live vines,
an orehard. aome household furniture,
four beeblvea, 4A hena nnd ehlekena.
one eoek and a crucible.” As he eould
not live by hla pen Cervnntea arrureil
a minor icovernment poult Ion; hut he
wna In constnnt illflloultloM heeauar of
pressing debta and hla unbusinesslike
hablta. lie naa thrown Into prison for
drbtt released, he aank Into abject pov
erty.
Part of “Don Quixote" was probably
written In Jail. Thla novel, a mottle
nalrror that reflects nobles and kitchen
wenches, barbers nnd Indlea of hitch
dearer, all the varied life of a bril
liant period, la considered by many to be
the world's tcrenteat humorous master
piece. The wonder of It Is that It wan
written by a miin nrnrlntc his sixtieth
year, who had all Ills life been poor, who
had known little except misfortune.
•Children turn Its paters, yountc people
read It, grown men understand It, old
folk praise It.”
IV THE sixteenth century romnnces
of chivalry, written in absurd, ex
aggerated style, were extremely
popular in Spain.
A dignified gentleman by the name
of Quixada. who lived between Aragon
and Castile, went crazy over these
foolish books, which he spent all his
substance In buying. Ills brain was
stuffed with enchantments, quarrels,
battles, challenges, wounds, magic
salves, complaints, amours, torments,
giants, castles, captured maidens, gal
lant rescues, and all sorts of impossi
ble deeds of daring, which seemed to
him ns true as the most authentic his
tory. Every’ Inn-keeper was n mag
nate; every mule-driver a cavalier.
He decided that for his own honor
and for the service of the world, he
must -turn knight-errant ami jaunt
through the world, redressing wrongs,
rescuing captured princesses, and at
Inst winning the imperial sceptre of
Traplzoudn.
He changed his name to Don
Quixote de la Mancha, got himself
tubbed knight by a rascally publican,
whose inn be thought was a castle
with four turrets crowned with pin
nacles of glistening silver. In order
to carry a full purse he sold one of
his> houses, mortgaged another and
borrowed a goodly sum from a friend.
When his practical housekeeper and
his pretty piece, together with ms
neighbors, tlie burlier mid the curate,
thought to cure him by burning his
hooks, he was persuaded that his
library had been curried away bv a
necromancer, and became crazier than
ever, lie scoured up a rusty suit of
mail which had belonged to one of his
ancestors, mended the broken helmet
with a pasteboard vizor, patched witS
thin Iron plates, and thus accoutered
set forth on Ids old hack Kocinante.
whose ribs stuck out like the skeleton
of a ship, accompanied by n rustic
named Sancho l'anzu, persuaded Into
serving as Ids squire.
Their departure "its a brave spec
tacle: the tall, cadaverous, lantern
jawed knight, mounted on Ids bony
nag, wielding ltis long lance and car
rying ills sword, Ills eyes gleaming
with enthusiasm and dreaming of bis
beautiful mistress, whom he culled
Dulcinea del Toboso; the short, squat,
paunch-bellied, long-hnunched servant
with a canvas wallet and a leathern
bottle, mounted on the diminutive ass,
Dapple.
On the plains of Montiel stood a
score of big wind-mills. Don Quixote
took them for outrageous giants and
prepared to do battle against them
and despite Sawho's protests that
their huge arms were only vanes, he
plunged the rowels Into Roeinante's
thin flanks and with couched lance,
dashed off to the encounter. The wind
blew violently and the knight and Ids
steed were whirled away into the field,
where they lay motionless and as if
dead; his lpnce was smashed to flin
ders. Sancho hastened to the aid of
his master and found him unable to
stir; hut h“ was soon ready to go on
again.
Their next adventure was with two
monks. riding on mules as big as
dromedaries, In company with a coach
in which sat a lady escorted by men
on horseback. Don Quixote Imagined
that adventurers hud captur«*d u
princess nnd In the haughtiest terms
hade them release her. Then without
further parley he drove ngninst the
monks, one of whom ran away while
the other fell off his mule. Snncho
nimbly slipped from his ass and be
gan to strip the luckless man; while
he was engaged In this legitimate ap
propriation of the spoils of the battle,
two muleteeers of the train overset
him, tore out his beard by handfuls,
mauled him nnd left him senseless.
Don Quixote engaged In a terrific com
bat with one of the Indy's guard who
sliced off half of his helmet nnd one
of bis ears. Undaunted the knight
pressed the combat to victory, hut
just ns he was about to give the finish
ing stroke, the frightened lady begged
him to desist and he complied on con
dition that the defented opponent
should go nnd present himself before
the peerless Dulelnea, who was In
reality ti buxom woman known
through nil la Mnnchn for her skill in
salting pork nnd who had never deign
ed to look at her amorous neighbor.
A few days later, bruised and bat
tered in untoward adventures, they
came upon a flock of sheep which Don
Quixote conceived to be a prodigious
army composed of an Infinite number
of nations led by mighty kings. He
spurred like a thunderbolt from the
top of a hillock, shouting his battle
challenge, putting the hapless sheep ^
to flight and trampling both the living i
nnd the slain. Impatient to meet the i
commander of the enemy he shouted: j
“Where, where art thou, haughty t
Allfanfaron?”
At that moment the shepherds ral- i
lied In defense of their flocks and
overwhelmed the unlucky knight flrst
with stones and then with cudgels,
leaving him In a desperate case, with
nearly nil of his teeth knocked out
or loosened, and Ills rlhs half broken.
Did this adventure discourage him?
Not nt all. It was all a part of chival
ry. lie and Snueho rode on In dolor
ous discourse. They were overtaken
by night and had no shelter or food.
Suddenly appeared a band of about
twenty horsemen, all in white robes,
with torches in their hands and fol
lowed by a hearse draped in black.
It was the funeral of a gentleman of
Segovia; Don Quixote took it to be
the train of some knight either killed
or desperately wounded, and, assured
that it was his duty to avenge the
misfortunes of a brother-in-arms, j
halted the cortege and demanded an j
explanation. The replies of the clergy- ;
men failed to satisfy him and he flew
at tfiein in high dudgeon. Encumbered
by vheir robes they became easy vie- j
thus and all took to flight.
They possessed themselves of the
edibles deserted by the clergymen, but,
unfortunately, had uothing to drink,
nor did they dare stir from the. forest
because of the awful clamor made by
a fulling-mill which Don Quixote sup
posed to be enchantment.
The next morning they met a har
bor riding on an ass and wearing ids
brass basin on his head to save his
hat from the rain. Don Quixote rec
ognized this as the golden helmet of
Mambrino and flew at the enemy ns
if he would grind hint to powder. The
barber fled, leaving his helmet which
Snueho appropriated, though it seem
ed to him merely a common dish.
They eatne to nr. 'liter inn. In the
night Don Quixote, while sound asleep
and dreaming, enjoyed the most fa- •
tnous battle of his career. Dressed
la a short shirt which exposed tils
lean, long, hairy shanks, and wearing
a greasy red nightcap, with a blanket
wrapped around his left arm for a
shield, he was repeatedly plungiug his
sword Into the plump bodies of sev
eral giants. Their blood flowed across
the floor in wide, crimson streams.
Imagine the wrn'li of the worthy
Inn-keeper at discovering that his
famous guest had disemboweled all
his wine-sacks, which were made of
goat-skins with the heads left on.
After this Don Quixote was got
home by the curate and the barber; >
but he broke loose again. First he
visited his Dulcinea, but came away
convinced that through more em hant- :
men! she had been changed into a
blubber-cheeked. Hat-nosed country
wench, tin* pearls of her eyes into gall
nuts, her long golden locks into a
cow’s tali and lo r palace into a hut.
lie had adventures with strolling
actors and Hons; lie attended the
rich Camacho's wedding; he explored
tiie deep cave of Monteslnos; he rode
on a magic bark and visited the name
less duke ami duchess, through whose
complaisance Snnelio was granted Ins
ambition to rule over an Island and
did it with wisdom worthy of Solo
mon. Many more adventures follow
ed, but at last 1 mn Quixote returned
to his home and recovered his senses
on tiis death-bed, dying as a lovable,
high-minded, noble-hearted gentleman,
Cervantes’ masterpiece Is not all
satire. Don Quixote has lucid mo
ments; Rancho's simplicity veils com
mon sense, often expressed In witty
proverbs. There is occasional coarse
ness, but not so much ns In Shake
speare. The chief fault Is Its treatment
of Insanity, in Its author’s fondness
for cruel and brutal, practical jokes,
which may perhaps explain the main
tenance of bull-fighting us the national
amusement of Spain.
Copyright, 191S*. by the Post Publishing
Co. (The Boston Post! Copyright in the
United Kingdom, the Dominions. Ms Col
onies and dependences, under the copy
right act, by the Poet Publishing Co.,
Boston, Mass , u. 8. A. All rights re
served.
Miss Fortune Had Been There.
Editor (to unsuccessful artist)—■
None of these drawings suit me—hut
cheer up! Dame Fortune will come
to your door one of theae tine days.
Artist—She'll jolly well have to
knock, then. Her (laughter, Miss For
tune, has wrecked the bell!
EVENING WRAPS
WARM TO THE SOUL
VERY young won),'in likes to fool.
once in :i while nt least, that she
looks really regal: that, if fate had
made lier a queen, she could look the
part. Happy therefore is the posses
sor of a naml evening coat with which
she can reinforce whatever talent she
may possess for qucenship.
Evening wraps enfold the figure
whatever lines they follow, and ev
erything about them is ample. The
coat at tite left of the two shown
above has long, wide sleeves, plenty
of fullness in the body and a deep
cape collar of white fur. It is made
of one of the shaggy, silky materials
which the manufacturers of woven
furs have turned out. showing what
tiie looms ran do when they work in
dependently of imitation . Imagine
it in 1 m*ilt«• <>r turquoise, lined with n
heavy rose colored sntin.
Illnck panne velvet, with bunds of
black anti silver brocade, make the
handsome companion wrap with its
dolman sleeves that could not be more
capaeiotts, and i!s rape collar of mar
ten fur. There arc hands of marten 1
also about the sleeves, this sumptuous
fur matching tip with the rich fabrics
used, and a lining; of plain heavy satin,
‘the color depending upon the taste
of the wearer, which might well con
sider e (her Idncte or silver gray as a
foil for brilliant gowns, Itlack and
silver is a favorite combination for
evening wraps, but the choice of color
is wid". Vivid greens, rich henna
torus turquoise and rose, alt have
admirers.
Knickers and Pettibockers
IT IS not unlikely that knirkerbock
ifs and pottibockers ultimately
will r*'pipetticoats for wear with
stmet dress and there are several ttrst
i rate reasons why il ey should. 1 hey
allow greater freedom in walking, gath
er less dust, wear longer, ami P‘*tt1
i honkers toay he adjusted to smit any
i length of shirt. I’.oth these very prao
! tical garments will he featured in
the annual displays of undorthings
| as soon as Christmas shopping is over.
II,sides being pne tleal they have been
made up attrnt lively, tunny of them
in rather heavy wash satin and silks
In bright colors for the knickers, and
in darker shades for the pettihoekers.
All are adjusted about tin* waist by an
elastic hand rt.n In a easing, or hem,
h: the top. aid elastic hands confine
them below the knees so that there tire
no hut tons and buttonholes or draw
•UluilJ ili
The saint: silks used for petticoat*
him kt pet t iboekers like those shown
if; the picture. Tlie addition uf one
wide Ihuinee or several narrower ones,
that cover tilt* legs helow the knees,
transforms knickerbockers Into petti
lioeker--’, and these tlottnces give the
effect of a petticoat in walking. The
lloum es are tt^tiu11> knife-plaited and
silk v Lih stripes or bars in bright col
ors is used for making them.
By contrast with undertnitslins,
knickerbockers are very plain, being
innocent of lace or tucks or embroi
deries; but make up for Ibis lack of
ornamentation by their pretty amt
vivid colors, of which pink, liinntoiKe,
tan. blue and ties’ll, are favorites.
i
“Mutual Service the Very Cornerstone
of the Pan-American Movement.”
By DR. L. S. ROWE, New Director Pan-American Union.
In entering upon the duties of director general
of the Pan-American union, I desire to avail myself
of the earliest opportunity to say that my major purpose
will be to subserve the same great international pur.
poses that have guided my distinguished predecessors
During the last fifteen years Mr. Barrett has performed
such conspicuous service to the cause of continental
solidarity that the Pan-American union has eome to
occupy a high place in the estimation of all the nations
of America. Through his efforts, the unity of purpose
la—WW% of trie peoples ot America Das been strengthened and
they all owe him a very real debt of gratitude.
Mutual service is the very cornerstone of the Pan-American move
ment and this same idea of service permeates and vitalizes the work of
the union. Every one connected with the organization is constantly seek
ing new opportunities for service and usefulness.
This great international institution is the center to which the govern
ments and peoples of the American republics turn for information.
Through its agency the fog of distrust, due to lack of acquaintance with
one another, is rapidly being dispelled. The essential unity of purpose
and unity of ideals of the republics of America are, with each year, be
coming more evident. In this unity of purpose and of ideals there ig
involved an example of a smoothly operating international organization
that makes for mutual confidence, good will and above all, for the main
tenance of peace.
In carrying forward the work of the union, it will be necessary to
have the earnest eo-operation, interest and support of the leading men and
women of all the republics of this continent, and I earnestly hope that
I may be assured of this indispensable requisite for the solution of ths
many important problems confronting the Pan-American union.
When You
Feel Shaky
HftMTERSMim’s
P (piLLTOHIC
Will Tone
You Up.
For Malarial Fevers and a General Tonic
If not soli! by your druggist, write ARTHUR PETER & CO., LOUISVILLE, KY.
ALL HE HAD IN HIS HAND
DJt Certainly Held No Weapon of
Offense, but It Was Deadly
for His Case.
In the eourtlumse an Iri.-liman stood
charged vrlth stealing a wati-li from a
fellow ritizen. lie stoutly denied tin’
accusation, and brought a counter
I’lmav ngaiu.st tin’ accuser for assault
ami battery < mnitfid with a frying
pan.
Tilt* judge wn-i inclined to take a
common-sense view of the matter and,
regarding the prisoner, said:
“Why did yen allow the jiroseetitnr
who is a mueh -mailer man than your
-elf. to assault you without resist
ance? Had you nothing hi your hand
to defend yourself?”
“Iledad, yer honor,” said I’at. "I
had his .Mitch, hut what was that
against hi- frying pan?''—I.ondon
Idea-.
Watch Cuticura Improve Your Skin.
1*11 rising and retiring gently smoar
'he fact* with Cuticura Ointment.
Wash off Ointment in five minutes
with t’utieura Soa|) and hot water. It
- wonderful sometimes what Cutieura
,vill do for poor complexions, dandruff,
rehing and red rough hands.—Adv.
Serum for Appendicitis.
Treatment of appendicitis hy tin :»n
ti-gangrenoiis serum instead of hy op
oration has horn tested with such sat
isfactory results that It is likely oper
ations soon will he abandoned in treat
ing the disease. I’rof. Pierre pettier!
said in a paper recently before the
congress of surgeons. Paris, Accord
ing to Professor I >elbt*t, the tests have
extended over a period of P! years.—
Front l.a Franee (New York).
The Main Object.
"What is your son doing at college
ihis year?"
“Me
Information Bureau.
A man sent lti>- bumptious son to ro|.
| It‘iro and in a month or so wrote in
quiring how ho was tretting along in
; tin* kr ml of knowledge. lie _o>t thin
| olmnietoristio reply :
"Fine. Write often and ask na* uny*
thing that puzzles you." Kverybod/’g
Magnzine.
Why Suffer With Rheumatism
When there is permanent relief with
in your reaelt? It matters not what
form you have, what you have tried
; or how lout,' standittk'. It's guaran*
1 feed. If not henetitod within ten days,
M«».VF.\ HACK without question or
I quibble. Address M, Hox 147, lottie
1 ltoek, Ark.—Adv.
T ransgression.
The youthful Softieigh seeiuetl so
depressed that hfs friend Moreleigh
was moved to ask the reason.
“Alice has broken our engagement.”
said he of the downcast look.
“Sorry to hear that.“said the frloml.
j “Why did site break It?"
“IlecttUsi* 1 stole a kiss."
“Whitt ! A flillicce object to her lep
l low steal ink' a kiss from her?"
“The trouble was." Softieigh ex
plained, “1 didn't steal it from her.
THE BEST YET.
If you have never used Vaelier Balm,
you don't know how quic kly and pleus
antly a cold in the head, or soreness
anywhere ran he1 relieved by this harm
lesc remedy.
Ask your druppist, or send for a free
sample, to K. W. Vaeher, ine., New Or
leans, La.
Avoid imitations. Nothing is "jU*
, as pood.”—Adv.
Keep It Quiet.
Little jaeky—Look, mother: tlmt
Inilldop looks just like- Aunt Kmily.
Mother—Hush, c-hild! I'ou't say
such things.
Little Jaekj Well, mauuna, 0" dog
l can’t hear it.
Kill That Cold With
CASCARA
QUININE
for AN?
Colds, Cougbs L* Grippe
Neglected Colds are Dangerous
Th*p no chances. Keep this standard remedy handy for the first sneese.
Breaks up a cold in 24 hours — Relieves
Grippe in 3 days—Excellent for Headache
Quinine in this form does not affect the head—Ca3Cara is best Tooi^
Laxative—No Opiate in Hill's.
ALL DRUGGISTS SELL IT

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