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THE ORDWAY NEW ERA.
C. B. STEWART, Publishflr.
AMONG THE LILIES
Copyright. IBCC. by Dally Story PuitlUhlng Company
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
"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
"I said that you were glad that I
had withdrawn, and you are." Mable
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
"There is only one omission that I
am aware of—you have not yet suc
ceeded In making me full In love with
"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
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
"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
“Yes,” Mable agr reJ. “it Is a rash
thing to defy a woman as*you defied
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
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
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
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
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*
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
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
, 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
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«
"Haro” Ben Johnson gives the advice
to “laugh and be fat.”
Asks the Ladies of His
Church to Remove
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?