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Charles Tlf/T Walk, ~ m - , The J||fe§|^^ n.<?.74cczuJZG , aL FfesHsn? ■ — "■ jA. SYNOPSIS. Rudolph Van Vechten, a young man of leisure, is astonished to see a man enter jNo. 1313, a house across the street from the Powhatan club, long unoccupied and epoken of as the House of Mystery. Sev eral persons at regular intervals enter No. 1313. Van Vechten expresses concern to his friend, Tom Phinney, regarding the of his cousin and fiancee, Paige Carew. A fashionably attired wo man is seen to enter the House of Mys tery. A man is forcibly ejected from the fiouse. Van Vechten and Tom follow the inan and find him dead in the street. Van Vechten is attracted by the face of ja girl in the crowd of onlookers sur rounding the body. Later he discovers the girl gazing at him with a look of corn from the windows of/ the mysteri ous house. Detective Flint calls on Van Vechten to get his version of the trag edy. Tom Phinney goes alone on a yacht ing trip. He recognizes among some per sons in a passing motor boat two men Whom he had seen enter the House of ►Mystery. He sees one of them, a Mr. Cal ais, on shore later and follows him. Tom [is seized, blindfolded and taken to a liouse. He hears a girl named Jessie, evi dently the daughter of the man in author ity, question his captors. A sweet-voiced girl later protests against the roughness of his captors. Van Vechten calls on his Htncle, Theodore Van Vechten, big man In Wall street and known as the “Man of Iron," in search of information regarding the whereabouts of Paige Carew. Detec tive Flint shows Van Vechten a gold ;mesh purse found in the House of Mys tery. Van recognizes it as belonging to Paige Carew. The sweet-voiced girl helps Tom Phinney escape, but refuses to dis close her Identity. Tom declares he will Eneei her again. BOOK 11. CHAPTER IV.—Continued. "Do not become unnecessarily alarmed, Mr. Van Vechten, but It Is possible—barely possible, understand —that we have run upon a kidnaping plot.” Van Vechten groaned and sank limply back, staring a horror he could not voice. "Flint! Do you really know what you are saying?” “Tut, Mr. Van Vechten. I said 'barely possible.’ I meant no more. If you can’t control yourself It will be useless for me to talk further. I be lieve your help would be valuable, and I had hoped to enlist it; but I might as well leave you if you cannot give your attention to the chances of Miss Carew being involved.” “You have as much feeling as a jellyfish, Flint,” the other broke in. "I am stunned. Give me a moment to grasp this hideous suggestion.” And he did succeed, gradually, in puffing' himself together. The very Idea was so shocking, so far beyond the pale of any possible experience that he might within reason expect, that his admirable imperturbability was for the moment shaken. He final ly said: “What have yoji to support your belief?” “Not much. And I have no positive belief. I simply want to present a theory for your consideration, sug gested by such few unsatisfactory facts as we have, in the hope that, together, we may arrive at one more plausible.” “But Paige—kidnaped!” exclaimed Van Vechten, aghast. Mr. Flint ceased trying to disabuse his mind of its fears, by unsupported assurances. “Let us go back to yesterday,” he resumed. “The episode of the four men you saw enter the house over yonder was not mystifying to me. Even while you were relating it I was pretty certain that they were re sponding to an advertisement of some description. The only peculiarity lay in the fact that they arrived precise ly an hour apart. “But that circumstance also is easily explained: The advertiser had need for more than one man, and he wanted to interview them one at a time with out meeting one another. Upon run ning through the files of the daily pa pers for a fortnight back, I found a confirmation of my conclusions. Here it is.” And he handed Van Vechten a newspaper clipping, which the latter studied long and intently before re turning: “WANTED —A young man 'who will exchange unreservedly one week of his time for SI,OOO cash. Must be muscular and willing to risk an ad venture involving an element of dan ger. If imposed conditions are im plicitly obeyed, payment will be made immediately upon successful outcome. If you are confident you are the young man, Address X 720, Tribune.” “Now,” Mr. Flint went on, “certain obvious conclusions may be drawn from this advertisement, and certain things concerning it may be pretty confidently Inferred. "Whatever the enterprise, It in volves some danger; it requires young men of physical strength and daring; and it is of sufficient importance to the advertiser for him to expend a considerable sum of money in putting it through—say four or five thousand dollars. There is an army of young men answering the description, em ployed as well as unemployed, for whom the little ad. would hold an ir resistible appeal; undoubtedly Mr. Si-720 was deluged with applications “Then what is his next obvious OPEN WINDOWS IN SCHOOLS Fresh Air In Study Rooms Beneficial to Health and Happiness of Children. A medical Inspector of the Philadel phia public schools, with the co-opera ’tion of teachers and parents, made an experiment to determine the value of cold fresh air in school rooms. He opened the windows at top and bottom .and kept them open throughout the winter. /jets'OC C.U '-►i Vggs step? Why, he puts the mass of let ters through a process of selection f and rejection. From the lot he \ chooses the few which strike him the 1 most favorably, and makes appoint ‘ ments with the writers. The house i across yonder was secured as a base • of operations.” “It was not rented from the agent,” I Van Vechten suddenly interposed, re ? membering a feature of the Powhatan / committee’s call on that individual. Mr. Flint raised his brows. “So?” f said he. “We’ll come back to that - letter. I was going to say, the mere ] fact of the advertiser having selected - so respectable a neighborhood to op [ erate from was no less than a stroke r of genius. Nobody to pry into his af j fairs; nobody to suspect him —it was i only by accident that suspicion was at ; tracted to him at all.” Mr. Flint’s vis l age assumed a satisfied expression, as j he remarked: i “His ingenuity commands my admi ■ ration; I apprehend that the case will ! prove interesting—most interesting, \ indeed.” > “Don’t tell me,” protested Van Vech ! ten, “that you can find any satisfaction I in the difficulties you are expecting to encounter. It will be bad enough if we have to deal with common crooks, but a criminal prodigy? Lord defend us!” “I’m afraid, Mr. Van Vechten, that you have no very keen relish for an | Intricate problem.” “Relish!” the young man barked. 1 “With my cousin at the mercy of a gang of unprincipled knaves? I guess • not!” “Oh, well,” the detective conceded, “I can’t, of course, expect you to view the affair from a professional stand point; but I assure you, this case is exceedingly promising, and my enthu siasm and determination mount as it 1 grows more baffling." “That’s something, at any rate,” Van Vechten admitted with a show of reluctance. “Your zeal will lose 1 you nothing, I promise you. But where did you find the purse?” The sharp gray eyes swept Van . Vechten’s earnest face. Mr. Flint re plied soberly: “Now you have hit upon the circum stance that connects Miss Carew with the affair. I found it hanging from a nail, in a dark corner of an upstairs’ closet, across the street—in your pre cious house of mystery." The young man’s blank immobility alone betrayed his stupefaction. After ■ a pause: “Easy, easy, Flint,” said he, un -1 steadily. “Kindly repeat that’; this in fernal snarl is dulling my faculties.” The other did so, adding: “Of course it was left there —overlooked— by somebody; whether by Miss Ca rew or somebody else, I am not pre pared to say.” Van Vechten sat a long time deep in thought. The occasional glance he di rected at the detective was eloquent— in contrast with his impassive fea tures —of the doubts and fears and anxieties that were assailing his mind, and of a conflicting hope that i things were not so black as they were ’ being painted. At last, with a slight gesture that signified his helpless ness to cope with the situation, he leaned back and sighed. “i pass,” he said resignedly. "The i thing’s utterly beyond me; It’s up to you, Flint. Go on.” “Well, you have all the details that suggest a possible kidnaping con spiracy—first, the uncertainty as to the young lady’s whereabouts; second, the advertisement; third, the secrecy • and extreme caution observed through ■ out by the unknown conspirators; ■ fourth, the callers att Number 1313; . fifth, the purse.” Van Vechten breathed another sigh, , one of relief. “Mystifying it ail is, to (he sure,” he ■ said: “but that array might sound more formidable if it were more cer tain and positive. At the same time, ’ my anxiety about my cousin has by no i means abated.” “On reflection,” Mr. Flint mfedita . tively continued, "I was scarcely jus ■ tilled in asserting that the facts sug i gest the possibility of Miss Carew hav ing been kidnaped; it would be more : accurate to say: If it turns out that she has been, why, then the facts we have would dove-tall with the crime.” i “I was thinking of Mrs. Devereaux,” cut in the other —“you know who she is?” The detective nodded. Van Vechten : asked: “Could she have been kidnaped i also?” “Dismiss Mrs. Devereaux for the ; present,” returned Mr. Flint; “ehe is l an item against the possibility. I want ; first to mention the most serious as ■ pect of the whole affair, for there is ■ one circumstance that makes its crim • inality almost self-evident. “Assuming that the man who was j killed went to the house In answer to t thp pdvprtippment—sort *-Viprp Is no i The room was shut off from the heating plant of the building, except on the occasional days when the tem perature fell below 45 degrees; but the children, of course, wore extra wraps and had frequent drill exer cise. Week by week during the fall and i winter and spring this physician ! weighed and examined the pupils, ■ watched their study and their play, i and compared their progress in health ! and scholarship with that of pupils in another room of the same building. re&sen to believe otherwise —in all likelihood he was a stranger to the ad vertiser; then, where shall we look for a motive? “This strikes me as the most prob able one; his scruples balked at the enterprise; he denounced the crimi nals, who were thus threatened with exposure and arrest If they did not im mediately silence the Intractable Indi vidual. They chose the second alter native, which would indicate that they are desperate enough. \ “Now let us consider the facts sup porting the improbability that Miss Carew has been kidnaped. “First of all, there Is the extreme difficulty of doing such a thing in any event—the lack of opportunity. But with your cousin the difficulty is even greater: she is in Europe with a trust worthy companion, and a number of unlikely assumptions must be materi ally strengthened before the kidnap ing hypothesis can be accepted as a working thebry. “If the deed was committed abroad, how was the young lady conveyed to America? If she was first lured to this country, how was she persuaded to make such an important move with out notifying her relatives? And al ways there is Mrs! Devereaux to be considered. If Miss Carew was sep arated from her, how is her silence to be explained? If she was not sepa rated from Mrs. Devereaux, then the older lady either must be regarded as a confederate, or it must be assumed that she was forcibly taken also — either assumption being extremely Im probable. “There Is one other idea that oc curred to me, but a pretty far-fetched one, I’m bound to admit: we may have stumbled upon a rendezvous of inter national thieves. The purse may have been stolen from Miss Carew, In Eu rope, weeks or even months ago.” But Van Vechten decisively shook his head. “It has not been out of her possession a week,” asserted he; the significance of which the detective seemed to understand. “Well,” said he, “I have been candid with you, Mr. Van Vechten; suppose you return the compliment” “What do you mean? I have nothing to tell.” “ ‘Nothing to tell/ ” the other echoed musingly—“precisely.” The contract ed eyes favored Van Vechten with a penetrating look. “Mr. Van Vechten,” he began quiet ly after a pause, “I have not followed my profession for a score of years with out acquiring more or less facility In certain directions. For example, I know almost intuitively when anybody is keeping something back from me. I knew that you were not entirely open and frank while I was talking with you yesterday.” The young man regarded him with an amazement not entirely free from discomposure. , “Of course,” Mr. Flint went on, with out the least emotion, “I can’t Imagine what your reason may be for reti cence; but I do know that if you per sist in remaining silent upon any point of this case, you are adopting a most unwise course. I am not trying to force your confidence; I am merely inviting it, leaving the decision with your good judgment. Bear in mind that I haven’t the slightest personal interest in finding Miss Carew; she Is merely incidental to an investigation I am pursuing.” For a long time Van Vechten pon dered. At last he said, very soberly: “You are right, Flint; I haven’t been perfectly frank with you. My concep tion of detectives and police generally has been the haziest, but I believe I can trust you”—with stress upon the “you.” “I am going to, at any rate.” And then he recounted the episode of the veiled lady in the taxicab, the incident of the girl and the sandy haired man in the crowd, and of his subsequent view of the former at a window in Number 1313. “My impulse toward reserve is so difficult to account for,” he said In conclusion, “that I had determined to keep the matter to myself.” "I am glad you didn’t,” was the low voiced rejoinder. “Flint,”' said Van Vechten earnestly, “do you believe that I am qualified to form a fairly accurate estimate of a ♦ “GLAD TO HAVE MET YOU I” You Must Come and See Me Some Time Soon, and Bring the Family, Too —But They Never Do. “Well, good-by! Awfully glad to have met you. You must come to see me some time In the city.” “Yes, thanks; I will. And you must come and see me some time. You have my card, you know.” “Yes, and you have mine. It would be nice if we could meet some time in the fall and go to the matinee some time.” “O, that would bajust fine! I’ll call you up some time on the phone and make a date.” “Yes; and I’d be awfully glad If you come up and take luncheon with me some time, and bring the baby with you. I’d love to have you. Any time, you know; just call me and I’ll be sure to be home.” “That is awfully kind of you. Thank you. I’ll surely come—l’ll be glad to —some time. And you must come over and take luncheon with me, and bring little Gladys, some time. Or perhaps you’d rather come in the eve ning, for dinner, some time, you and Mr. Throckmorton.” “Why, thanks, we would like to ever cr> mnrh And vrm must come ut> and In that other room the pupils were of the same grade and of about the same number, but the room was heat ed and ventilated according to the usual methods. The pupils In both rooms were normal, healthy children from the same kind of homes, so that the test was as fair, accurate and searching as possible. At the end the inspector found that the pupils in the open-window room had gained in weight on an average more than twice as much as those in the warm-air room. The pupils In the THE SPIRIT, FROSTBURG, MD. person’s eßaracter, from a study of J that person’s features?” “You should be, Mr. Van Vechten,” was the reply. “Your habits of life, your daily associations, naturally would develop a certain skill in that direction. I would attach considerable weight to your opinion in such a case.” “Then,” with much positiveness, “nothing in the world could be more absurd than to imagine the girl I saw being engaged in anything crimi nal, or even entertaining a suspicion that she Is surrounded by a criminal atmosphere. She Is young, she la beautiful, she is refined and gentle; the stamp of purity and adherence to right ideals is unmistakable In her face. Whatever comes of your Investi gations, you will find to be unquali fiedly true all that I now assert re specting her.” “I do not question your judgment, for it is more than probable that your estimate is correct. But the fact is of less Importance than the circum stance that the young lady seems to en- i tertain a very cordial dislike for you.” “But,” expostulated the other, “she doesn’t know me, Flint. I never saw her in my life before yesterday. Why should she dislike me? God knows I never intentionally harmed anybody in my life.” “She unquestionably thinks she knows you—-which, as far as her con duct is concerned, amounts to the same thing.” “I have racked my brain over it,” Van Vechten announced, “until I am utterly befogged. I have heretofore accredited myself with some slight de gree of perspicacity, but her unmistak able animus completely mystifies me. I am positive, Flint—absolutely posi tive —that our destinies have , never crossed before in any way.” "Queer enough,” was the other’s comment. "But the veiled lady; are you certain she could not have been Miss Carew?” “Oh, no, she was not Paige. There was no detail of resemblance. I have a fancy, based upon nothing, that she and the girl at the window are the same.” “But of whom did she remind you?” The detective fastened him with a shrewd regard. "That,” returned Van Vechten, "Is the one point concerning which I feel that I ought to know something defi nite, hut which persistently eludes iqe. In fact, the conviction never crystallized.” Mr. Flint fell Into a brown study, from which the other had no Inclina tion to disturb him. During their con versation the afternoon had passed, and now the detective sat motionless and silent while the dusk gathered and deepened. Presently he roused himself with a little shake. No one had Intruded up on their privacy; save for themselves the lounging-room was now empty. He rose and went over to one of the windows, taking his hat with him. Van Vechten followed. In the shadowy- twilight the silent house across the way loomed somber and forbidding; Its lifeless darkening front might have been Mystery and Secrecy personified. The two stood abstractedly contemplating It, each immersed in his own reflections, while the pall of night lowered, blurring and distorting the shabby outlines. Mr. Flint broke the silence. "I am glad we had this talk,” said he in his quiet way. “But dear me, dear me, what is It leading us to7 I trust we are not going to stir up any mud.” He abruptly changed the sub ject, asking: “May I inquire whether you Intend making any move to locate Miss Ca rew?” “It was my Intention to call upon my uncle immediately, lay the case before him, and then set the cables to working.” “That’s right. I was going to sug gest something of the kind.” After Mr. Flint had gone, Van Vech ten did not pause to dine. He ascer tained by telephone that his uncle would be at home, then summoned a cab and sped through the stifling night—a night that augured storm—• to Theodore Van Vechten’s huge, dreary Fifth Avenue palace. (TO BE CONTINUED.) Si take dinner with us some time, Mr. f Muggins and you. Apd perhaps we might go to the theater afterward, some time when there’s a good show in town.” “Of course we might. Some time In the fall, or In the early winter some time.” “O, we must make It sooner than that. Some time a little while after we both get home and have a chance to get settled. Some time real soon.” “Yes; all right. Soon. Good-by.” "Good-by, and don’t forget. Come and see me some time soon.” “And be sure to call me up some time. Good-by.” They don’t. As you know from your own experience, “some time” is no time. Charity. Charity begins at home, and often ends there. It is usually divided Into two kinds, namely, public and private. Public charity consists of a salaried office force and a subscription list. Private charity is what we give when we don’t know what to do with the surplus. Tnere is also a species (if charity known as genuine. Inasmuch, how ever, as it is never advertised in the newspapers, scarcely anything la known about It.—lPfa open room kept wholly free from colds, and were much more regular in at tendance than the others. They were also more alert, free from day-dreaming, quicker to learn, needed less review work and were better behaved. In health, happiness, in body, the children of the room with open win dows had a clear advantage over the others. Who remembers ther time when Muggins was a fine game? | „ Pretty Utility Dress of Cloth OUT of the conglomeration of styles ■which the beginning of winter ushered in, many are passing and a few are to remain for spring. Here is a pretty and rather plain cloth gown for present wear, which may be copied in taffeta silk, figured or plain voile (or both), in white embroidered fabrics —in fact, in any of the beauti ful summer materials. It will be found strictly up to date when the time comes for wearing it. A very pretty development of it shows a plain skirt, quite full enough to step in at the normal stride, with the hip drapery made of figured voile having a white ground with colored flowers. The bodice is made of this voile combined with shadow lace. There is a girdle of leaf green messa line ribbon and a sash which extends about the figure under the drapery and ties in a bow (at the right side) with short hanging ends. These pret ty voiles sell at a very reasonable price—in the neighborhood of forty cents a yard—and make up into as elegant looking dresses as those that cost four or five times as much. We are to have a spring and sum mer season with everything flower decked. Small flowers on hats, PRETTY BONNET TO ADORN THE SMALL MAIDEN ST IS a delight to make the pretty lit tle bonnets and caps which small daughters and little sisters look so adorably sweet in, and it is by no means difficult. Here is one made of chiffon taffeta silk, with plaited ruffles of moussel leine and lace. The puffed crown is simply a circle of silk about eighteen inches in diameter, with rows of shirring at the edge. This is sewed to a narrow covered head band or bandeau, bound with pin shirring wire. Underneath the band the ruffles are placed after being gathered into ample fullness. The knife plaiting may be made of the saipe silk as the crown and need not be hemmed at the edge. It is poised under the lace. Byway of trimming, a narrow rib bon ruching is placed about the crown and a rosette of baby ribbon with hanging ends is placed at the side. Ties of ribbon about three inches wide complete this pretty piece of headgear. Bonnets of this kind are made up in all the colors that children wear, and are very practical for almost every season of the year. Tiny boquets of fruit blossoms, little June roses, forget-me-nots, and little daisies are added. Flowers and ribbons are of all things the best for children’s millinery. When made of the darker colors, as brown or tan, with white or cream lace ruffles, bonnets of this kind are quite durable. The dainty tints are not very suc cessfully cleaned and therefore such millinery is for wear on dress-up occasions Coiffure Modes. There is more youthfulness in the style of hair dressing this season, and a number of chic women have discard ed aigrettes and paradise plumes for theater wear. The most novel decorations for the- dresses with sprays or single blossom of small flowers, flowered ribbon gir dies and vests, parasols with millinery flowers added for adornment, or with flowers printed in the coverings. A little study of the styles will betray the tendency to the quaint old-fash ioned ideas in which flowers were the paramount means of expression in us ing color. Nothing prettier has ever been thought out. The little gown pictured is not at all difficult to make. It is an “easy going” fit but must be draped and hung correctly. Almost any pattern house can provide a paper pattern for guidance in cutting this dress. More material i 3 required this season than for the past two. Flounces and hip draperies are to the fore, but it is not likely that we shall go to extremes in the matter of growing fond of voluminous skirts. The narrow band of fur which fin ishes the bodice on the gown pictured can be omitted for spring or summer wear. But if the gown is made for wear in southern winter resorts this narrow border of fur appears on the sheerest of materials —as lace, net and chiffons. JULIA BOTTOMLEY. ater wear is an artistic plaque in ori ental stones fixed to the back of the head. Beads, in harmonizing color, fall from the hair and encircle the neck. A line of colored stones round the head, finishing at the back with wide tulle bow has been worn at the re cent premieres of the Paris thea ters. Younger Parisian society women are not wearing so much in the hair as English society girls. They con sider it more youthful to allow the hair to be dressed very simply and not an over-abundance of decoration. Young debutantes and the “jeunes filles du monde” are wearing small silk flower wreaths or diminutive em pire couronnes of tiny roses through which the hair is passed en bandeau, enveloping the head. New Materials for Toilet Articles. If you must be abreast of the times throw away or give away the toilet articles in silver, ivory or celluloid which have been your faithful friends for years, and get everything new in art glass, which comes in the most alluring tints of cream, rose, mauvo and green and In classically severe de signs. . The little boxes for powder, rouge and soap have square bottoms like the base of a Corinthian pillar and convex covers like the dome of the Madeleine, while the clock cases, pin trays and mirror backs are equal ly plain and ponderous. If you don’t care for toilet articles in glass, even of the most artistic sort, you may turn toward those in alabaster, or what looks like alabaster. These come in shapes similar to the articles in glass, but are pure white and prom ise to be more durable. Powder Puffs for the Purse. Little crocheted powder puffs are the latest novelty for the purse. They can easily be made at home. Crochet two circular pieces about the size of a silver dollar out of mer cerized cotton of any shade desired. Carefully sew them together, leaving small openings through which to pour in the powder. Fill the bag full with the powder, so that it will sift through easily when patted gently on the face. Then make a pretty edge around thd circular piece by crocheting a few rows of plain chain stitch, each added row to be caught into the middle of the preceding one, which gives a sort of ruffle effect. An opening can safe ly be made by cutting a stitch or two when it is necessary to refill the puff.' Aid to the Stout. Three-flounced skirts rather help the stout woman, the upper flounce disguising her embonpoint. The three are generally of the same depth, but vary in fullness. To be large around the hips, small at the knees, is one desideratum in the aspect of the figure. Beauty Spots. Black velvet beauty spots, cut in disks, big and little, in triangles and in various odd designs, are sold by the box. The reverse side is covered with a gumlike substance which fas tens the velvet securely to the skin when it is slightly moistened. ] BURDENJM Chief Sufferer Under the New Democratic Tariff. Cost of Living Has Not Been Cut, De spite Assertions Made—“ Middl emen” Seem to Be the Ones to Be Congratulated. The new American tariff is still in process of going into effect, if the re adjustment of other tariffs in order to take advantage of our home markets thrown open to foreign wares is to be taken into consideration. Shipments of Argentine corn, which caused a break of ten cents a bushel at Chica go, are to be supplemented by cargoes of wheat, which also comes in free, now that that article of produce is on the free list as the result of our South American rival taking the duty off our wheat. The difference in price is fa vorable to heavy imports, and our wheat markets instantly reflected the fact by taking a sharp downward turn. Additional to wheat and corn, Argen tine meat packers are now making reg ular shipments to our Atlantic ports, and one large house at Buenos Aires has acquired extensive terminal facili ties at New York, apparently in the belief that the new conditions will be permanent. However, Canada is the principal beneficiary up to date, her exports of cattle and other articles having more than doubled in value since October. Cattle and oats have been the principal gainers, but if the Canadians pattern after Argentine in taking their tariff off our wheat the latter article will en ter into fierce rivalry with our own. Cattle are coming from Mexico in in creasing numbers, despite the war, so that it happens to our surprise that i not the old world, but the new, is the principal source of the increase in our 1 food supply which was to cut down the i cost of living, but has not as yet made a dent in it, and also that the Ameri can farmer, more than the manufac turer, has to stand the brunt of foreign competition. In face of actual conditions and de velopments under the new tariff, the authors of that measure state that they are in receipt of thousands of letters! from email traders telling of the bet ter results they secure under revision. But “small traders” are middlemen, not consumers. The latter are forced to pay higher prices than before, all of which goes to the enrichment of the very class the new tariff was to put the screws on. Therefore, if the mid dleman is the gainer at the expense of, the consumer, instead of the contrary, by what mental route do the high, priests of low tariff arrive at the con clusion that the results achieved fulfill! their promises? Can This Help Farming? Now that the new tariff law is in: full effect, except as to the delayed complete abolition of the duty on sugar, and one or two other clauses, papers in this part 6f the country which championed such tariff reduc tions as have been written into the na tional statutes are beginning to aski whether the beet sugar industry of northern Ohio is doomed. They pub lish figures which indicate that $5,000,- 000 invested in sugar mills and ma chinery will have to find some other use, if any part of this capital can be saved. It seems probable that 45,000' acres devoted to the growing of sugar beets will have to be otherwise em ployed. Can this sort of thing go on in many states, not merely in one corner of Ohio, without affecting American agri culture adversely? Is it possible to kill such an industry as the making of sugar from beets has grown to be and: still benefit the farmers of the United;' States? Is it reasonable to suppose that the effect of the tariff will be fa vorable to country life—that basic in terest which is so much discussed at present and is made the subject of deep solicitude by men who have dons' their utmost to put the present law on the books—when it narrows the range of crops and curtails the opportunities for profit in agriculture? Another Spoils Raid. So President Wilson is “exceedingly displeased” about the spoils raid on as sistant postmasterships through an other of those “vicious riders” to an, appropriation bill. His “displeasure” will hardly amount, to much unless he translates it into the form of a positive threat of a veto. He has already signed two such spoils bills —doubtless in order to keepi the so-called “wonderful control” on congress which enabled him to put through his legislation. That control has been largely purchased by these concessions to spoils which have al ready gone far to break down the merit system. | But if the president is at the elev-, enth hour becoming restive under the demands of the spoilsmen, much may still be done byway of salvage of that system. Repeating History. Secretary Bryan's “money plot” i the most sensational that has been dis covered in country since T. R. un : earthed his celebrated $5,000,000 con spiracy banquet at Pittsburgh on the eve of the Harriman disclosures.—Bos ■ ton Transcript. Age of Discovery. Private Dalzell has discovered that 1 the Democratic administration is not an enemy of the old soldier. This ia an age of discovery, by the way.— Rochester Herald. i i ( Will Do Some More Thinking. President Wilson’s ardor on his di [ rect presidential primary proposition , has cooled after consultation with , senators and congressmen. The prob ability is that he fully realizes he hast started something he cannot finish, and that he will say no more about it , than he finds he must. I Revision Downward. 1 Furthermore, the tariff has reduced! ■ the number of people employed in facr ' tories. —New York American.