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- MAN'S MAN I & I Peter B.Kyne hr# Author of “Cappy 'M Ricks,” “The Valley 8S- Of the Giants,” Etc. *■ --1 ' CHAPTER I. When John Stuart Webster, mining engineer and kicker-up-of-dust on dis tant trails, flagged the S.. P., L. A. A S. L. Limited at a blistered board sta tion in Death valley, California, he had definitely resolved to do certain things. To begin, he would Invade the dining car at the first call to dinner and order approximately twenty dol lars’ worth of ham and eggs, which provender Is, as all who know will certify, the pinnacle of epicurean de light to an old sour-dough coming out of the wilderness with a healthy bank roll and a healthier appetite. Following the ham and eggs, Mr, Webster planned to saturate himself from soul to vermiform appendix with nicotine, which he purposed obtaining from tobacco with nicotine in it It was a week since he had smoked any thing with an odor even remotely like tobacco, for the August temperature in Death valley Is no respecter of moist ure In any man or his tobacco. Upon arrival In Salt Lake City his spree would really begin. Webster designed chartering a taxicab and proceeding forthwith to a hotel where he would engage a sunny room with a bath, fill the bathtub, climb blithely In and soak for two hours at least, for It was near ly eight months since he had had a regular bath and he purposed making the most of his opportunity. His long drawn ablutions at length over, he would don a silken dressing gown and slippers, order up a barber and pro ceed to part with enough hair and whiskers to upholster an automobile, and upon the completion of his ton sorial adventures he would encase his person in a suit of mauve-colored silk pajamas, climb Into bed and stay there for forty eight hours, merely wak ing long enough to take another bath, order up periodical consignments of ham and eggs, and incidentally, make certain that a friendly side-winder or chuckwalla hadn't crawled under the blunkht with him. so mucn ror jonn siuart weosters ; piano. Now for the gentleman himself. No one—not even the Pullman porter, shrewd Judge of mankind that he was —could have discerned in the chrysalis that flagged the Limited the butterfly of fashion that was to be. As the ebony George raised the vestibule plat form, opened the car door and looked out, he had no confidence in the lean, sun-baked big man standing by the truin. Plainly the fellow was not a first-class passenger but a wandering prospector, for he was dog-dirty, a ruin of rags and hairy as a tarantula. The only clean thing about him was a heavy-callbered automatic pistol of the army type, swinging at his hip. “Day coach an’ tourist up in front,” the knight of the wlilskbroom an nounced in disapproving tones and started to close down the platform. “So I perceived,” John Stuart Web ster replied blandly. “I also observed that you failed to employ the title ‘sir’ when addressing a white man. Put that platform back and hop out here with your little stool, you saddle colored son of Senegumbia, or I’ll make you a hard porter to catch.” “Yassah, yassah!” the porter sput tered, and obeyed Instantly. Mr. Web ster handed him a disreputable-looking suitcase and stepped aboard/in state, only to be informed that there wasn’t a vacant first-class berth on the train. “Yes, I know I’m dirty,” the late ar rival announced cheerfully, “but still, as Bobby Bums once remarked, ‘a man’s a man for a’ that’—and I’m not unsanitary.” “I'm very sorry,” the conductor re plied perfunctorily and endeavored to pass on, but Webster secured a firm grip on his lapel and frustrated the es “You’re not sorry,” the ragged wan derer declared, “not one little bit. You're only apprehensive. However, you needn't be. There Is no wild life on me, brother, I assure you.” “Hut I tell you, the train is full up. You’ll have to roost in the day coach or the tourist. I’m very sorry-” “Nevertheless, despite your deep grief, something tells me you’re spoofing, so while I mast, of necessity, accept your suggestion, said acceptance will be but temporary. In about two hours, young fellow, you’re going to make the alarm ing discovery that you have bats in your belfry.” And with a whiskery grin which, under the circumstances, was charming in its absolute freedom from malice, Ur. Webster departed for the day coach. Two hours later the conductor found him In the aforementioned day coach, engaged In a mild game of poker with a mule-sklnner, a Chinaman, an aged prospector, and s half-breed Indian, and waited until Ur. Webster, on a bob-tailed flush, bluffed the Chinaman out of a dollar-and-a-half pot. “Are you Mr. John S. Webster!” “Your assumption that 1 am that person Is so eminently correct that it would be a waste of time for me to dispute It,” Webster replied quizzical ly. “However, just to prove that you’re not tlie only clairvoyant on this train. I’m going to tell you something about yourself. In your pocket you have a telegram; It Is from Chicago, where your pay-check originates; it Is short, sweet and comprehensive, con taining an order which you are going to obey. It reads somewhat as fol lows : “ ‘My friend, John S. Webster, wires me from Blank that be boarded train at Blank and was refused first-class accommodation because he looked like a hobo. Give him the best you have In stock, If yon have to throw somebody off the train to accommodate him.’ Signed, ‘Sweeney.’ “Do I hit the target?" The conductor nodded. “You win, Mr. Webster,” he admitted. “Occasionally I lose, old timer. Well?" “No offense, Mr. Webster, no offense. I can let yon have a stateroom-" “That’s trading talk. Til take It” The conductor gave him his receipt and led him back to the stateroom in the observation car. At the door Web ster handed him a flve-dollar bill. “For you, son,” he said gently, “just to take the sting out of what I'm about to tell you. Now that I possess your receipt and know that ten men and a boy can not take It away from me, I’m going to tell you who Sweeney Is.” “Who Is he?” the conductor queried. Already he suspected he had been out generaled. “Sweeney," said Mr. Webster, “is the chief clerk In one of Chicago’s most pretentious hotels and a young man who can find all the tangles of a sit uation without working it out in loga rithms. I wired him the details of my predicament; he heard the Macedonian cry and kicked In. Neat, Is It not?” The conductor grinned. “I hate to take your money,” he declared. “Don’t. Just at present I’m very flush. Yes, sir, I’m as prosperous as a yearling burro up to his ears In alfalfa and the only use I have ever found for money Is to make other people happy with It, thereby getting some enjoy ment out of It myself. When I’m broke I’ll make some more." And Mr. Webster retired to ms nara won sanctuary, where he removed as much alkali and perspiration as he could, carded his long hair and whisk ers, manicured his finger nails with a Jack-knife, changed his shirt, provided five minutes of Industry for George, with his whiskbroom and brush, and set himself patiently to await the first call to dinner. Presently a plnk-Jowled, well curried, flashily dressed big man, of about Webster’s age, passed in the cor ridor, going toward the head of the train. An Instant later a woman’s voice said very distinctly: “I do not know you, sir; I do not wish to know you, and It is loathsome of you to persist In addressing me. If you do not stop your annoying atten tions, I shall call the conductor.” ‘‘Ah! Beauty in distress,” John Stuart Webster soliloquized. “I look so much like an Angora goat I might ns well butt in.” He stepped to the door of his stateroom. A girl stood In the vestibule, confronting the man who had just passed Webster’s door. Web ster bowed. "Madame, or mademoiselle, as the case muy be,” he said, “unlike this other male biped, my sole purpose in presuming to address you Is to suggest that there is not the slightest necessity for taking this matter up with the con ductor. I am here and very much at your service." The girl turned—nnd John Stunrt Webster's heart flopped twice In rapid succession, like a trout newly grassed. She was as lovely as a royal flush. Her starry glance began at his miner’s boots, traveled up his old soiled, whip cord trous'ers, over his light blue cham bray shirt and found the man behind the whiskers. She favored him with a quick, curious scrutiny and a grave, sweet smile. “Thank you so much, sir," she answered, and passed down the corridor to the observation car. “Well, old-timer,” Webster greeted the fellow who had been annoying her, “how about you? What do you think we ought to do about this little af fair?” “The sensible thing would be to do —nothing. You might start something yon couldn't finish.” “That’s a dare,” Webster declared brightly, “and wasn't It the Immortal Huckleberry Finn who remarked that anybody that'd take a dare would suck eggs and steel sheep?” He was silent a few seconds, appraising his man. “I suppose you commenced operations by moving into her section and asking If she would like to have the window open and enjoy the fresh air. She re buffed you, but being a persistent devil, you followed her Into the ob servation car, and In all probability you ogled her at luncheon and ruined her appetite. And just now, when you met her in this vestibule, you doubt less jostled her, begged her pardon | and without waiting to be Introduced ' asRed her to have dluner with you this i evening.” “Well?” the fellow echoed belliger ently. “It’s all bad form. You shouldn’t try to make a mash on a lady. I don’t know who she is, of course, but she’s not common and for the sake of the mother that bore me I always respect and protect a good woman and whale h- out of those that do not." He reached inside his stateroom and pressed the bell. The porter arrived on the run. “George,” said Mr. Webster, “in a few minutes we’re due at Smlthvllle. If my memory serves me aright, wo stop live minutes for water and or ders.” “Yassah.” "Remain right here and let me off as soon as the train comes to a stop.” When the train slid to a grinding halt and the porter opened the car door, Webster pointed. “Out 1” he said. “This is no nice place to pull oft a scrap.” “See here, neighbor, I don't want to have any trouble with you-” “I know it All the same, you’re go- j Ing to have .it—or come with me to j that young lady and beg her pardon.” “All right. I'll apologize,” and he started forward as if to pass Webster In the vestibule, on his way to the ob servation car, whither the subject of his annoying attention had gone. Two steps brought him within striking dis tance of his enemy, and before Web ster could dodge, a sizzling right handed blow landed on his Jaw and set him back on his haunches in the ves tibule. It was almost a knockout—almost, but not quite. As Webster’s body struck the floor the big automatic came out of the holster; swinging in a weak circle, it covered the other. “That was a daisy,” Webster mum bled. “If you move before my head clears, I’ll put four bullets into you be fore you reach the corridor.” He waited about a minute, then with the gun he pointed to the car door and the masher stepped out. Webster hand ed the porter his gun and followed; two minutes later he returned, drag ging his assailant by the collar. Up the steps he jerked the big battered hulk and tossed It in the corner of the vestibule, just as the girl came through the car, making for the diner up ahead. Again she favored him with that calm, grave, yet vitally interested gaze, nodded appreciatively, made as If to pass on, changed her mind, and said HURPi "You Are a Very Courtly Gentleman." very gravely: “You are—a very court ly gentleman, sir.” He bowed. There was nothing else to do, nothing that lie could say under the circumstances. To use his chivalry ns a wedge to open an acquaintance never occurred to him—but Ills whisk ers did occur to him. Hastily he backed into his stateroom and closed the door, presently he rose and surveyed himself critically In the small mirror over the washstand. “No, Johnny,” he murmured, “we can’t go into the diner now. We’re too blamed disreputable. We were bad enough before that big swine hung the shanty on our right eye, but whatever our physical and personal feelings, far be it from us to parade our iridescent orb in public. Besides, one look at that queen Is enough to do us for the re mainder of our natural life, and a sec ond look, minus a proper Introduction, would only drive us Into a suicideis grave.” He sighed, rang for the porter and told him to send a waiter for his order, since he would fain break his fast in the privacy of his stateroom. And when the wniter came for the order, such was Mr. Webster’s mental perturbation that ham and eggs were furthest from his thoughts. He or dered a steak with French fried po tatoes. • • • • • • • John Stuart Webster passed a rest less night Sleep came to him in hour ly installments, from which he would rouse to ask himself whether It was worth while to continue to go through the motions of living, or alight at the next station, seek a lonely and unfre quented spot and there surrender to outrageous fortune. It was altogether damnable. In a careless moment, Fate had accorded him a glimpse of the only woman he had ever met and de sired to meet agnta—for Webster was essentially a man's man, and bis pro fession and environment had militated against his opportunities for meeting extraordinary women; and extraordi nary women were the only kind that could hope to challenge his serious a» tendon. Fute had accorded him a signal opportunity for kiiighty combat In the service of this extraordinary woman, and in the absence of a formal intro duction, what man could desire a finer opportunity for getting acquainted! If only their meeting had but been de layed two weeks, ten days, a week! Once free of liis ugly cocoon of rags and whiskers, the butterfly Webster would not have hesitated one brief in stant to inform himself of that young lady’s address, following his summary disposal of her tormentor. But in all things there is a limit, and John Stuart Webster’s right eye constituted a deadline beyond which, as a gentleman, he dared not venture; so with a heavy heart he bowed to the inevitable. Brilliant and mysteri ous as a meteorite she had flashed once across his horizon and was gone. In the privacy of his stateroom Web ster had ham and eggs for breakfast. He was lighting his second cigar when the porter knocked und entered with an envelope. “Lady in the observation-car asked me to deliver this to you, sah," he an nounced importantly. It was a note, freshly written on the train stationery. Webster read: “The distressed lady desires to thank the gentleman In stateroom A for his chivalry of yesterday. She is profoundly sorry that in her service the gentleman In stateroom A was so unfortunate as to acquire a red eye with blue trimmings.” John Stuart Webster swore his mightiest oath, “By the twelve apos tles, Simon Peter, Andrew, James, John, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Thomas, James, Jude and Simon, and not omitting Judas Iscariot, the scaly scoundrel who betrayed his Lord and Master!” He searched through an old wallet until he discovered a fairly clean professional card, across the bot tom of which he wrote, “Thank you. J. S. W.” and sent It to the no-longer dlstressed lady. “The most signal adventure of my life Is now over,” he soliloquized and turned to his cigar. “For the sake of my self-respect, I had to let her know I’m not a hobo! And now to the task of framing up n scheme for future acquaintance. I must learn her name and destination: so as a preliminary I’ll Interview the train conductor." He did and under the ameliorating influence of a flve-dollar bill the con ductor bent a respectful ear to the Websterian message. “In Car Seven,” he began, “there Is a young lady. I do not know what sec tion she occupies neither do I know her name and destination. I only know what she looks like.” The conductor nodded. “And you want to ascertain her name and des tlnation ' “I <lo.” “All right. I have the unused por tion of her transportation to return to her before we hit Salt Lake; her name Is on the ticket and the ticket Indicates her destination. I’ll make a mental note of both as soon as I’ve Identified her ticket.” A few hours later the conductor came to Webster’s stateroom and handed him a card upon which was written; “Dolores Ruey. From Los Angeles, via San Pedro, Los Angeles & Salt Lake, to Salt Lake City. Denver & Rio Orande to Denver, Burlington to St. T.ouis, Illinois Central to New Orleans. Stop-over at Denver.” John Stuart Webster studied the name after the conductor withdrew. “That’s a Spanish name,” he solilo quized, “but for all that, she’s not a parakeet. All things considered, I guess I’ll take a chance and investi gate. COMB SICE E H ill 10 DM IT It’s Grandmother’s Recipe to ke< * Locks Dark, TO BE CONTINUED Beautiful. •The old-time mixture of Sage Tea fcnd Sulphur for darkening gray, ■treaked and faded hair la grand xnother’s recipe, and folka are again using it to keep their hair a good. Seven color, which is quite sensible, aa we are living in an age when a youth ful appearance la of the greatest ad vantage. Nowadays, though, we don't have the troublesome task of gathering the sage and the mussy mixing at home. All drug stores sell the ready-to-use product. Improved by the addition of other ingredients, called "Wyeth's Sage and Sulphur Compound.” It is very popular because nobody can discover It has been applied. Simply moisten your comb or a soft brush with it and draw this through your hair, taking one small strand at a time; by morning the gray hair disappears, but what de lights the ladles with Wyeth’s Sage and Sulphur Compound, Is that, be sides beautifully darkening the hair after a few applications. It also pro duces that soft lustre and appearance of abundanee which Is so attractive. This ready-to-use preparation Is a de lightful toilet requisite for those who desire a more youthful appearance It Is not Intended for the cure, mlUgn ttea or fterwlisg ef disease FOR FARM LOANS Reasonable Rate of Interest and Terms to Suit Yourself, see B. C. PHILLIPS Notary Public • Phone 210 Ashdown, Ark. < PROPOSED BY INITIATIVE petition. proposed amendment no. is to THE CONSTITUTION OF AR KANSAS. Amending; Section 1, Article 5, to the Constitution of the State of Arkansas, and Amendment No. 10 thereto pro posing;: That eight per cent of the legal voters may propose any law and ten per cent may propose a constitutional amendment. That the second power reserved by the people is the referendum by which six per cent of the voters may by peti tion order the referendum of any gen eral aots or any Item of an appropria tion bill or measure passed by the Gen eral Assembly. There shall be died petitions from at least fifteen counties Of the State and beartnjr Signatures of ons-half percentage or electors of Such county. That a two-thirds vets Is necessary to attach the emergency clause to Legislative or Town Council measures. That the Initiative end referendum powers of the people ere reserved to the legal voters of each municipality and county. That the veto power ef the Governor or Mayor shall not extend to Initiative or referendum measures and that the same la not subject to amendment by the Oeneral Assembly or City Council •xcept by two-thirds vote. That all measures Initiated by the people shall be submitted only at reg ular eleotions except when fifteen per cent of voters petition for special elec tion. That any measure shall take effect and become a law when approved by a majority of the votes cast on such measure. That no limitation shall be placed on the number of constitutional amend ments, laws, or other measures which ■nay be proposed. FOR AMENDMENT NO. 13 AGAINST AMENDMENT NO. IS Be It Enacted by the People of the State of Arkansas: That Section 1 of Article 5 to the Constitution of the State of Arkansas and Amendmsnt No. 10 thereto be amended so as to read as follows: lection 1. The legislative power of the people of this State shall bs vested In a General Assembly, which shall consist of the Senate and House of Representatives, but the people reserve to themselves the power to propose legislative measures, laws and amend ments to the Constitution, and to enact or rsjoct the same at the polls Inde pendent of the General Assembly: and also reserve the power, at their own option to approve or rsjoet at the polls any entire act or any Item of an ap propriation bill. laltistlvst Tho first power reserved by the people Is the Initiative. Eight per cent or the legal voters may pro pose any law and ten per cent may firopose a constitutional amendment by nltlatlve petition, and every such peti tion shall Include the full text of the measure so proposed. Initiative peti tions for state-wide measures shall be filed with the Secretary of State not less than four months before the elec tion at which they are to be voted upon: Provided, that at least thirty days before the aforementioned filing, the proposed measure shall have bee.n published once, at the expense of the petitioners. In some paper of general Mil Referendum! The »econd power re served by the people Is the referendum, and any number not leas than six per cent of the legal voters may. by peti tion, order the referendum against any general art, or any IVem of an appro priation bill, or measure passed by the General Assembly, but ths filing of a referendum petition against one or more Items, sections or parts of any such act or measure shall not d-lay the remainder from becoming oper ative. Such petition shall be filed with the Secretary of State not later than ninety days after the final adjournment of the session at which such act was passed, except when a recess or ad journment shall be taken temporarily for a longer period than ninety days, in which case such petition shall be filed not later than ninety days after such recess or temporary adjournment. Any measure referred to the people by referendum petition shall remain In abeyance until such vots Is taken. The total number of votes cast for the of fice of Governor In the last preceding general ejection shall be the basis upon which ths number of signatures of legal voters upon statewide Initiative and referendum petitions shall be com puted. Upon all Initiative or referendum petitions provided for In any of the sections of this artiole. it shall be necessary to file from at least fifteen of the counties of the State, petitions bearing the signature of not less than one-half of the designated percentage of the electors of such county. Emergency! If It shall be necessary for the preservation of the public peace, health or safety, that a measure shall become effective without delay, such necessity shall be stated In one section, and if upon a yea and nay vote two-thirds of all the members elected to each house, or two-thirds of all the members elected to city or town coun cils. shall vote upon separate roll call In favor of the measure going Into Im mediate operation. such emergency measure shall become effective without delay. It shall be necessary, however, to state the fact which constitutes such emergency. Provided, however, that an emergency shall not be de clared on any franchise or special priv ilege or act creating any vested right or Interest or alienating any property of the State. If a referendum Is filed against any emergency measure such measure shall be a law until It Is voted upon by the people, and if It is then rejected by a majority of the electors voting thereon. It shall be thereby re ncaieo., me provisions or mis sun section shall apply to city or town councils. Local for Mualrlpallflos and Counties! The initiative and rofreeiulum powers of the people are hereby further re served to the legal voters of each municipality and county a* to all local, ■pedal, and municipal legislation of every eharaoter In and for their re spective municipalities and counties, but no local legislation shall be enacted contrary to tne Constitution or any general law of the State, and any gen eral law shall have the effect of repeal ing any local legislation which Is in conflict therewith. Municipalities may provide for the exercise of the initiative and refer endum as to their local legislation. General laws shall be enacted provid ing for the exercise of the initiative and referendum as to counties. Fifteen per cent of the legal voters of any municipality or county may order the referendum, or invoke the initiative upon any local measure. In municipal ities the number of signatures re quired upon any petition shall be com puted upon the total vote cast for the office of mayor at the last preceding general election; in counties upon the office of circuit clerk In municipali ties and counties the time for filing an initiative petition shall not be fixed at less than sixty days nor more than ninsty flays before the election at which It Is to be voted upon; for a ref erendum petition at not less than thirty days nor mors than ninsty days after the passage of eueh meaeure by a municipal eounoll; ner Use than ninety days when filed against a local or spe cial measure passed by Ike General Assembly. Every extension, enlargesaeat. grant, er oenveyaaoe ef a franchise or any rights, property, easement, lease, or eecapett*a ef er tp nay read, street, allsy or nay part thereof is real prop erty er later set la real property owned by muaielBgUUM. ssoeedlag (a value three henSred dollars. whether the same be by statute, ordinance, resolu tion. or otherwise, shall be subject to referendum and shall net be sebfeot te emergency legleleUen OKU Bn A L raoVIglOWI DeSafttem The werd "measure" as used herein includes any bill, law, res olution, ordinance, eherter. constitu tional amendment er legislative pro posal or enactment of any character. No Tetei The vets power of the Governor or mayor shall not extend to measures Initiated by or referred to the people. Amendment and Rewrali No meas ure approved by a rots of the people shall be amended or rspoalod by the General Assembly or by any city «om^ oil, except upon a yea and nay vote* on roll call of two-thirds of all the1 members elected to each house of thw General Assembly, or of the city coun-4 dl, as the case may be. Election r All measures Initiated by* the people whether for the StsrtiL county, city or town, shall be submitted only at the regular electlone, etttaar' State, congressional or municipal, butl referendum petitions may be referred' to the people at special elections to be1 called by the proper official, and track' special elections shall be oalled stirs' fifteen per cent of the legal voters shall: petition for such special election and if the referendum is invoked as to any measure passed by a city or town coun-* dl, such city ot town council may oMW a special election. Majority! Any measure submitted to the people as heroin provided shall taka effect and become law when approved by a majority of the votes oast upon such measure, and not otherwise, and •hall not be reqnired to receive a ma jority of the electors voting at such, election. Such meaeures shall be oper ative on and after the thirtieth day after the election at which It Is ap proved. unless otherwise specified la the act. This section shall not be oonstruoC to deprive any member of the General Asoembjy of the right to Introduce airy measure, but no measure shall be sub mitted to the people by the General Assembly, except a proposed constitu tional amendment or amendments as provided for In this Constitution. CnviN aad Declaration of Hesaltt The result of the vote upon any State measure shall be canvassed and de clared by the State Board of Election Commissioners tor legal substitute therefor); upon a municipal or county measure, by the county election com missioners (or legal substitute there for). Conflicting Jtfeoanreet If conflicting meaeures Initiated or referred to ths people shall be approved by a majority of the votes severally cast for and against the same at the same election, the one receiving the highest number of affirmative votes shall become law. j THE PETITION Titlei At the time of filing petitions the exact title to be used on the ballot •hall by the petitioners be submitted with the petition, and on state-wide measure#, shall be submitted to the State Board of Elootlon Commissioners, who shall certify such title to the Sec retary of Slate to be placed upon the ballot; on oovnty aad municipal meas ures such title shall be submitted to ths county election board and shall by •aid board be placed upon the ballot in such county or municipal elootlon. Limitation i Me limitation shall be placed upon the number of constitu tional amendments, laws, or other measures which may be proposed and submitted to the people by either Initiative or referendum petition as provided In thle section. No petition •hsll be held Invalid If It shall contain a greater number of signatures than required herein. verification! Only legal rotes Shall be counted upon petitions. Petitions may be circulated and presented In parts, but each part of any petition shall have attached thereto the affi davit of the person circulating tho same, that all signatures thereon were made in the presence of the affiant, and that to the best of the affiant's knowledge and belief each signature Is genuine, and that the person signing Is a legal voter and no other affidavit or verification shall be required to estab lish the genuineness of such signatures. Sufficiency I The sufficiency of all Biaic-wiur yomiuiiD ou»ii ucwu^u in the first instance tjy the Secretary of State, subject to review by the Su preme Court of the State, which shall have original and exclusive jurisdic tion oVre all such causes. The suffi ciency of all local petitions shall be decided in the first instance by the county clerk or the city clerk as the case may be, subject to review by the Chancery Coui*. Court Decisions! If the sufficiency of any petition is challenged such cause shall be a preference cause and shall he tried at once, but the failure of ties courts to decide prior to the election as to the sufficiency of any euch peti tion, ehall not prevent the question from being placed upon the ballot at' the election named in euch petition, nor militate against the validity of euch measure, if It shall have been approved by a vote of the people. Amendment of Petition! If the Sec retary of State, county clerk or city clerk, aa the case may be, shall decide any petition to be insufficient, he shall without delay notify the sponeere of such petition, and permit at least thirty days from the date of such notifica tion, In ths Instance of a state-wide petition, or ten days In the Inatanoe of a municipal or county petition, for cor rection or amendment. In the event of legal proceedings to prevent giving legal effect to any petition upon any grounds, the burden of proof shall be upon the person or persons attacking the validity of the petition. Unwarranted Restrictions Prohib ited i No law shall be passed to pro hibit any person or persons from giving or receiving compensation for circu lating petitions, nor to prohibit the circulation of petitions, nor in any manner interfering with the freedom of the people In procuring petitions; but laws shall be enacted prohibiting and penalizing perjury, forgery, and ail other felonies or other fraudulent practices, in the securing of signatures or filing of petitions. Publication! All measures submitted to a vote of the people by petition under the provisions of this section shall be published as is now. or here after may be provided by la-w. Rnneting Clause! The style of all hills initiated and submitted under the provisions of this section shall be: "Be It Enacted By The People of the State of Arkansas. (Municipality or County, as the case may be)." In sub mitting measures to the people, the Secretary of State and all other of ficials shall be guided by the general election laws or municipal laws as the case may be until additional legislation is provided therefor. Self-Executing i This section shall be self-executing and all Its provision* ehall he treated as mandatory, but laws may be enacted to facilitate Its oper ation. No legislation shall be enacted to restrict, hamper or impair the exer cise of the rights herein reserved to the people. That this amendment to the Consti tution of the State be. and the same shall be In substitution of the Initia tive and Referendum Amendment, ap proved February ID, 1909. as the same appears in the Acts of Arkansas for 1909. on pages 1239 and 1240 of the volume containing the same; and that the said amendment (and the act of the General Assembly to carry out the same, approved June 30. 1911, so far as the same is in conflict herewith) be, and the same are hereby repealod. Witness my official signature this 24th day of July. 1920. I Seal] TOM J. TERRA1-, Secretary of Statg. Richmond Chapter No. 87 Xeeta First Monday Wight In Each ■oath J. L. Martin, Sect? E. B. Mobley, H. P. NO. Ml F. A Ju M. ■cots *nd and 4th .. Wednes day night’s is Each Month. J. L. Martin, Secretary. W. W. BUSTEK, W, M.