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THE ORDWAY NEW ERA.
C. B. STEWART, Publishflr. AMONG THE LILIES Copyright. IBCC. by Dally Story PuitlUhlng Company VTTT»▼▼▼ ▼▼▼▼TTT^TTTTVTf When Carson Vaughn took charge of Trinity church and of its congre gation he did not dream of the rocks that lay in his apparently smooth path. In fact, the rocks did not develop un til after tffe Christmas holiday*. The trouble began In a small difference of opinion concerning Christmas decora tions. Some wicked girls bent upon shocking the more sednte members mixed mistletoe with the moss that was twined around the altar. Rev. Carson Vaughn had sided with the sedate ones and the mistletoe was st* aside. Everybody had treated the mat ter as a Joko. that la everybody save the ringleader of the wicked ones, a pretty young society reporter. Bhe took the matter not only seriously but vengefully, and forthwith proceed ed to make the Rev. Carson's life a burden to him. Taking down his ser mons in shorthand and criticising his English afterward in open scorn, was one of the favorite vents for her dis pleasure. but there wero others. Vaughn felt himself slighted and ridi culed at every turn. He was a reso lute man and held steadily on his way but he could not help knowing that Mable Anderson was at the bottom of all his trouble and he would have had more mildness than the averago strong man possesses if he had not once or twice ueartlly wished her out of his parish. For Instance, when Mable per suaded the young people to boycott the fair he held for the benefit of the Old Woman's Home. The sedate ones sym pathised with the harassed preacher, but as they were chiefly business men and mothers of families they could be of little practical assistance. Sym pathy alone will not get up a fair. The home was relieved by subscription and the war waxed warmer. The climax came when in the beginning of t lent Vai.Ehn pr«-ncbwd from the text: ''Little children love one another.” Those who were unprejudiced declared It the best sermon he had ever preached, but Mable bit off the end of her report ing pencil and left the church. After that her pew knew her no more, and when any one attempted to sound her on the subject she would respond with eloquent disdain: "Don't mention him.” Carson was relieved. He could write a sermon now without concen trating his whole attention upon Its grammatical construction and he could deliver it without feeling that he was watched by eyes keen to criticise. He would perhaps not have said openly with his lips that he was glad to have shaken off one member of his congre gation but he was, and there were more than enough to notice his free dom from restraint. "I do believe, Mab, he Is actually “Ob, my preacher don't caret" glad to get rid of you.” one of her girl chums confided sweetly. "No doubt he Is, my dear." Mab re plied smoothly, "but he can’t be half as glad to get rid of me as I am to get rid of him." Still the hit hurt, as the girl chum knew It would, anf Miss Anderson began to feel that her dig nity demanded demonstration. The eery next Sunday morning found her wheeling out toward Trout creek with basket and rod. To an old gentle man who plied her with Inquiries she explained that she was going Ashing. By F. H. LANCASTER. “But ou Sunday, my dear young lady! Why. what will your preacher say to you?” "Oh, my preacher doesn't care what I do ho long us I do not corns to church," she replied gnyly. Of course poor Carson heard all about It before the week was two •lays older and Saturday evening found him sitting over his study fire f* "ling that he ought to do something desperate, and unable to decide what the something should be. Gradually, however, resolution took shape, and with a shiver of reluctance he pulled "Crush It under foot If you see fit." on his heavy coat and went out Into the cold February night. Miss Anderson was at home. She had Just finished her weekly letter to the Criterion and was lying on the lih.-a.jv watching ihf pipy of the firelight on the celling when Mr. Vaughn entered unannounced. ”1 wished to see you ulone,” he ex plained us she scrambled to her feet, "there are some points of difference between us that It would give me greut pleasure to reconcile." "Oh. I don’t know.” she responded carelessly, “I'm sure that I am quite satisfied with the situation.” "But 1 am not,” he cut In sternly. "You huvo spread the report that I have compelled your non-attendance at church. Will you pleuse explain how'.*” "I said that you were glad that I had withdrawn, and you are." Mable returned coolly. They looked Into each other’s eyes steadily for a moment as though meas uring their strength. Carson was the first to speak. i "And if I am. have I not cause to be? Have you ever been anything but a plague and a torment to me since I took charge of this parish?” "I have tried not to be; If there Is anything I have left undone 1 am very sorry and promise you that I shall make good the omission ut the earli est opportunity.” "There is only one omission that I am aware of—you have not yet suc ceeded In making me full In love with you." "I have not gone ;«bout It the right way, I suppose’.” M*ble returned com posedly. ' But It is not worth while for us to sport/, the whole evening quarreling.” s> added pleasantly. "Father and mother are out at a neigh bor’s so I hrpe you will keep my tea from being *ol!tary." Carson v*as puzzled by the sudden change, b,«t before the evening was over he r/allzed what a bright, brainy woman inis stray sheep was. Mab seemed determined to make herself agrecu 1 : fe. She succeeded so well that before he took her hand in parting. Vaugf.u was quite ready to forgive and forge*. And this was only the beginning. Nea’ly every day they met somewhere for * moment at least and the meeting was always pleasant. Carson heard that she had explained this sudden change of front by announcing that ■ho and the preacher had made it up. Long enough before the lenten sea son had passed it had become natural fop him to regard her as his sworn second in all church work, and when they met op Saturday to decorate for Vaster, Mable took up her role as ORDWAY, COLO., FRIDAY, MARCH 14, 1902. a matter of course vnd zealously sec onded his every suggestion. It was natural, then. that when they at last stood alone tc ;ether before the lily banked altar he should have felt called upon io expr- ss his gratitude and It was also natural that as the evening was growing late and the soft April twilight was filling the church with all sorts of shadows, hts words should have been warmer than grati tude strictly demanded. "If you only knew.” he concluded huskily, “how very, very dear you have grown to me." Mable spoke qukk.’y as though afraid of herself. "Does this mean that I have made good the only omission you could sug gest that evening?” Carson started Into sternness. “What evening? All, wbat a fool 1 have been.” “Yes,” Mable agr reJ. “it Is a rash thing to defy a woman as*you defied me.” Carson made no reply. He was staring at the lilies with a touch of savageness. It was easy enough now to understand. He stooped and took from the altar steps a long stemmed Illy and offered it to her. "Crush it under foot If you see fit." he said quietly. Mable took the pure fragile emblem of Easter gladness and looked for a long uncertain momt.it. Then sud denly with a shy laugh she thrust the long stem into her licit and the Uly laid Its heavy head uv**n her breast. UNCLE SAM EXACTS FULL TIME. Employe* Are I>ocW«hl for Minute's l.o*« of Tim*. “It’s an old story that the United States treasurer occasion illy pays war rants for the sum of otic rent to credit ors of the government ' said an old department clerk the other day, “but It’s so well known, but equally true, nevertheless, that government clerks are sometimes docked one cent for overstaying their an'Mial leave a minute or a fraction thereof» In the treasury department in particular the 1 rule is inflexible the * * lerk who ex ceeds the regulation leave even for a minute In a year shall forfeit a pro portionate amount of hls pay. “The taxation of delinquents re quires eternal vigilance and careful calculation, but It is regarded as es sential to the best Interests of the ser vice. No fractions of a minute are considered and there Is no penalty less than a cent. The salary per minute Is determined by dividing the annual sal ary by nil the working days, which ex- ; elude Sundays und holidays, and al- ! lowing seven hours for each day. On j that basis It Is computed that the sal aries of government clerks average about a cent a minute. Of course, some are more ami others less, but , that covers the most of them. "It does not seem much to deduct J ten cents from the 6 1.200 salary of a clerk who has exceeded hls sixty days leave by ten minutes, but he Invari ably treats such action as a great out rage on hls rights as an American citizen. The other day a woman In the treasury upset the entire office In which she is employed for almost a whole day.” says the Washington Star, "in her persistent efforts to get buck thirteen cents which had been deduct ed from her salary for overstaying her leave about a quarter of an hour. She nearly went Into hysterics, but the authorities were firm and she had to submit." That Word "Oat." Professor Gibbs says, "There Is no word In the English language capable of performing so much labor In a clear. Intelligible sense as the verb to get,” und Dr. Withers gives a specimen of Its capabilities as follows: "I got on horse back within ten minutes after I got your letter. When I got to Canterbury 1 got u chaise for two. but 1 got wet through before I got to Canterbury, and I have got such a cold as 1 shall not be able to get rid of In a hurry. I got to the treasury about noon, but first of all I got shaved and dressed. I soon got into the secret of getting n memorial before the board, but 1 could not get an answer then; however. I got Intelligence from the messenger that I should most likely get one next morn ing. As soon as I got hack to my Inn ! got my supper and got to bed. When I got up In the morning I got my break fast. and then got myself dressed that I might get out lu time to get an an swer to my memorial. As soon as I got It I got Into the chaise and got to Canterbury by 3. and about tea time 1 got home. I have got nothing for you. and so adieu." Fears That the Chinchilla Will Soon Become Extinct In Santiago. Chill, the Belgian mis sion reports that the attention of the authorities for some time has been called to the Impending destruction of •he chinchilla In the northern prov inces of Chill. However, no measures have been take us yet for the preserva tion of this valuable fur-bearing anl roal, which has almost entirely disap peared from the neighboring republic °f Bolivia. In spite of laws enacted for Its Preservation. During the last three years, accord-'j >ng to figures taken from the Chilian customs reports, the number of ani mals killed has risen enormously. For Instance, in 1898 311,430 pelts were ex- i ported; in 181,9. 435.906. and In 1900. H9i».3ir,. if to this total the domestic consumption fas well us the large number of pelts sent through the pos tal panels service) is added, the fig ures are appalling. The value of the *95,316 pelts exported in 1900 must have reached a sum approximating 6856.000. ' This state of affairs has aroused the i Chilian Scientific Society," which re cently has urged th** greatest neceslty «»f regulating chinchilla hunting. If the complete disappearance of this rodent Is to be prevented. The society has sent to all the communes of the north ern provinces a draft regulation, which contains especially the following prop ositions: AMUSED THE BROKERS. New York Men of Wealth Indulged in Unique Recreation. It wns one of those windy days over head and slippery under foot, such us New York manages to blow through j and skate ovc* without ruffling Its gu- ! , preme self—utlsfactinn The m'essen- | gcr hoys had started what they called j ! a Heating "pond" In Broad street. It ! ; extended from the corner of J. F. Mor gan's office to the haunts of the curb brokers, and It was a beauty. The run was from the foot of Wash j ir.gton’s statue, at the sub-treasury, and the rest was u Jump and a slide; but the slide was so long that the ; I hoys couldn’t negotiate it all. anil ! had to make two or three runs to com ! plete it. j A "sandwich" man. with a great oll | doth sign braced above his shoulders. , wandered out of his hai 11 wrick as u I figurehead for a Nassau street house, j and looked on the sport of the boys j with fond regret. He was chubby and . i heerful. and despite the great sacri fice sale notice which he was enrry | Ing, remembered when he was a boy and slid, too. Then he got an Idea. The wind simply was howling down Into Broad street, and he only got that far In safety by edging along close to the buildings; but here was an op One Pastor Who Displays Good Sense A popular preacher, whose church Is at a fashionable seaside resort, recent ly made a somewhat remarkable re quest to the women of hls congrega tion from the pulpit. He boldly asked them to make a practice of taking off their hats at sermon time. "My church.” he explained, “Is not built like a theater. Now. if the la dles. In all kindness and good man ners, remove their hats during the performance of a play at the theater, where the seats are gradually raised one above the other, I am sure ray hearers can have no reasonable ob jection to doing the same here. "It is primarily a question of good manners. It is very annoying to he compelled to dodge between a lady's big or little hat to see the preacher. Besides, you know that many people's eyes seem to assist their cars—that is to say, they think they can hear bet ter if they can see. "People want to see the minister when he is preaching, and to have to dodge about Interferes with the proper understanding of the sermon: while for the pteacher to see a dodging con- VOL. I. NO. 1. 1 The absolute prevention of chin chlllu hunting for four or six years In all the communes where the extinction of t'lis animal is Imminent. 2. The authorization of chinchilla hunting only from April 1 to Septeni her 30 of each year in the commune* where the animals still exist in larg* numbers. 3. i'he forbidding of the use of dog? fire, firearms, lances, harpoons and guillotine traps :n chinchilla hunting the forbidding of the destruction of the burrows, and. finally, to allow* only the use of such traps as will capture the animals alive 4. The forbidding of the sale of skim> treasuring less than 26 centimeters from the neck to the root of the tall 6. The punismxient of violators of th*- stipulations of the preceding article! by a fine of 40 pesos (about |l7) for each oifense. , If these measures are enacted, a* I senns probaole. the price of chinchilla fur will greatly in -»ase. The heaviest exports of chinchillu are sent tc Prr.nce. the United States. England ami Germany, principally through the port of Coqulmbo.—New York Press. "To go In one ear and out at the other" probably had Its origin In Chau cer’s "One cure It heard ut the other It. went out." portunlty to turn the wind to accouuL Carefully making hls way to the slide, lie stepped on it. then sailed grandly .y to th#. i|dvv of the h.jvs and the j nMoni.sAneni of the curb hroKeti, wTto were downhill and almost a block ! away. With legs firmly, fixed and as far •■.part at Pickwick could have placed ! them, the ".sandwich" man went through the cu b broker- like an In-tide tip on copper, and landed all In a heap •-n top of an amazed Greek fruit peddler, who Jabbered unintelligibly. Hls skating trip was so successful that he had to do it aguin and again for the edification of the brokers. He mads I bis way back to the top of the slide , by walking sideways, so thit his sign would cut the wind. An occasional shipwreck he met midway on the trip because c/f the deep rut caused by heavy wagons in front of the new stock exchange only added to the fun. To wind up the ufternoon of amuse ment the curb brokers engaged a big mechanical hand organ to furnish th« music. "Haro” Ben Johnson gives the advice to “laugh and be fat.” Asks the Ladies of His Church to Remove Their Hats. gregation has a distinct effect on his delivery of a sermon. ”1 also want the women to have their hats off in order that they may be quite at ease. Moreover, it is said that nearly every woman looks best with her hat off. “To be sure, people like to look their best, which is quite proper; but it all comes back to the matter of the greatest good to the greatest number. “1 have been told that ladles can put on their hats with much celerity and satisfaction without the aid of a l looking glass, as they instinctlvily kLow when they are on right. | "For my part. I shall rejoice to view a hatless congregation, and 1 am rare • it will not hurt the flower garden to be out of view for a brief half hour I or so in the cause of Christianity." Now that the ice has been broken other clergymen might air their views on the subject. "Well begun is half done" may be . traced back to Horace. ■ What wonderful stories are Invented | to please Impressionable women?