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Robin Hood, Who "Robbed the
Rich to Feed the Poor''
"Heera, underneethe thys Lyttel atone,
JJes Robert. Earle of Huntlngdone.
or twenty years and aomethynge mora
ee robb'd the rich to feed the poore.
No archer was aa hee oe goode,
And menne did call hym 'Robin Hood'
Such outlawes as hee and bya menne
IW1U England never see agayne.'
old rhyme.
The man
about whom
It was written un
doubtedly 1 1 t e d
and was known
from one end of
England to the
other. But whether
half the stories
told about him Is ROBIN MOOD
true la quite another matter. It Is
bard In writing of Robin Mood to sift
(act from legend. This story can but
tell the popular version of his career
without Touching for its entire truth.
Robin Hood is said te have been
born in 11G0, and to have been a no
bleman's son who, through Injustice,
was outlawed. He too krefuge in
Sherwood forest, in Nottinghamshire,
England. There he gathered about
bim a band of unfortunate men as des
perate as himself, and prepared to
make war on the world at large.
It was a rude, violent age. Human
life was held lightly. Laws were bar
barous. For shooting deer in the roy
al forests the penalty was torture and
(for the second offense) death. The
barons and other rich and powerful
men could overtax and ill-use the poor
almoBt without restraint Persons who
suffered under such tyranny had usu
ally no redress. Often they revenged
themselves by plundering their for
mer masters and by preying on human
ity at large. Says one old historian
"In this time were many robbers and
outlaws, among which Robin Hood and
Little John, renowned theeves, contin
ued in the woods, despooling and rob
bing the goodes of the rich. The said
Robin suffered no woman to be op
pressed or molested. Poore men's
goodes he spared; abundantlle reliev
ing them with that which by theft he
got frdm the houses of the rich. Of
ail theeves Maior (aa early writer) af
flrmeth him to be the prince and the
most gentle theefe."
Robin sad his band dwelt in the
greenwood, patrolling the highroads
and holding up rich travelers. Espe
cially did they enjoy capturing dishon
est money lenders and cruel landlords.
Robin's favorite method with such pris
oners was to conduct them to his se
cret glade and there regale them with
a feast (The food consisted largely
of stolen deer and dainties filched
from noblemen's larders.) After the
meal be would suggest that they pay
for their entertainment by giving hiss
all their money and Jewels. At other
times he would go. disguised, to some
town, make friends with a looal rloh
man and under seme pretext lure bim.
to the forest
That-Robia did not steal from Che
poor was not an especially noble treit.
iT&e poor had nothing worth stealing.
From New York World.
Moreover, oy neiping trie peasants
with a little money now and then he
made them his friends and gave them
an interest in warning him against his
Robin and his men were splendid
archers. Their skill with bow and
arrow reached the king's ears. His
majesty is said to have been so much
pleased with the band's archery that
he pardoned them all. But Robin
could not long remain out of trouble.
He fell foul of the law once more, and .
the sheriff of Nottingham was sent
in nmnh htm Tn th vrnnAlamA Victtlm
that followed the sheriff's mem were i
beaten off. Soon afterward Robin fell ;
dangerously 11L There was ne surgeon
nearby. So bis men carried him to a :
convent where his cousin was a lay
sister. She had great repute la aedl-',
cine and Robin thought she might save )
him. She dared not refuse shelter to
the sick man for fear of his foils were"
wrath. But she dared not cure aim,
lest the king should hear that the '
convent bad harbored and aided aa j
outlaw. So, according to the story, she
opened a vein in his arm and left him I
to bleed to death.
When the dying man learned of her
treachery he set his bugle to his lip.
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and blew a feeble blast Little John,
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the Bick room. Robin, so runs the old .
ballad, forbade Little John to take ven
geance on the convent Thei, setting
arrow to bow for the last time, he
sent the shaft whizzing out through an
open window and begged to he burled
at the spot where his arrow should
strike earth.
A likeable, rollicking, sentimental
outlaw. His life story (even stripped
ef all legend and folklore) seessa to
entitle him to a goodly plaee aataag
Historic Blackguards.
Mlllieent stepped lightly from her
limousine and into the foyer of the
theater. She was conscious of pre
senting an unusual picture in her big
drooping hat and frock of palest
mauve; there was Just a suggestion
of melancholy about Mlllieent that on
ly exaggerated her charm. To the
man standing near the ticket office
she seemed the embodiment of all that
was lovely.
Mlllieent looked up and caught his
eyes fixed admiringly upon her and
the color flamed into her cheeks. Her
fingers trembled slightly as she fum
bled for her ticket.
A frown sped swiftly across her
face. The ticket that she had taken
a month or bo ago was not In her
"We bave been booked back for the
last six weeks," the man told her.
"I did so want to see the play," she
Informed the man behind the window.
As she turned to leave the foyer her
appealing eyes swept across space to
the good-looking man whose gaze had
brought the color Into her cheeks.
"If you care to take this seat I will
be only too happy," he said in a per
fectly impersonal tone.
Mlllieent hesitated a second only
then in a hurried voice thanked him.
"And yon are not robbing yourself?"
she questioned.
"The seat will go begging If yon do
not use if the man said and gave her
the ticket
1 Mlllieent reached down into the
depths of her opera bag and brought
forth a two-dollar, bUL
"la that right?" she asked and did
inot raise her eyes.
A dull red mounted even to the
man's temples. He drew back iwlfU,"
then as' suddenly took the mcfeaav.
"Thank you, yes." He rained his ha
and Mlllieent went into the well-filled
A moment before the curtain arose
she knew that he had come in and
that he was sitting beside her. Mllli
eent felt peculiarly aggrieved that he
had not so much as looked at her.
She found herself losing Interest in
the actors and watching every move
ment of the long, shapely hands of the
man. Occasionally she stole a sur
reptitious glance at his profile.
The success of the play had come,
not through any hectic love affairs
with another man's wife or any great
financial crisis. It was merely a pret
ty, domestic drama told by well bal
anced, healthy-minded people. There
were no scheming politicians and no
wan eyed heroines.
The hero was big and broad-minded
and the girl he loved was sweet and
she was not jealous nor catty when
her handsome lover danced with the
dark-eyed Suzette.
Mlllieent felt suddenly very small
and Insignificant and unloved.
"It is only play girls who are so slm-,
pie minded," she argued with herself, j
She glanced at the man beside her. !
Ills eyes were following the girl on i
the stage and Mlllieent fancied there
was more than the theater-goer's ad-
miration In his face. She bit her lips j
to still their trembling and turned :
again toward the stage.
"Girls are not like that in real life,"
she told herself vehemently.
The curtain went down on the sec
ond act. The man beside Mlllieent
again went out and in her vivid imag
ination she pictured him as buying
great clusters of American beauties
and sending them to the stage heroine.
She wished now that she had not
seen the play nor the man. Way down
In the depths of her nature something
had stirred. Was it the play or was it
the man beside her whose personality
seemed to have overpowered her?
Whatever it was Mlllieent waited
with rapidly beating heart for his re
The light went down and she began
to think he was not coming.
"How perfectly ridiculous and silly
of me to feel this way." She laughed
i"?1 at berseU and ende1 wlth
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Against ner win buo turned lowaro
the back of the theater. Yes he was
standing there. A moment later he
came down and took his seat beside
The last act was drawing to a close
.when resolution suddenly became ap
parent in Mlllieent. The color crept
slowly up to the shadows beneath her
eyes and her Hps smiled.
With a very gentle almost unfelt
movement she leaned nearer the big
man and slipped her band through his
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forth. He did not turn his head but
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Mlllieent watched his Jaw set. A mo-
ment later her fingers closed over the
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Still the man remained as if carved
In stone.
Mlllieent struggled softly with the
clasp that held tight to the chain and
finally the ring was in her own hands
The big diamond flashed in the semi-
darkness of the theater and Mlllieent
drew a long breath of contentment.
She looked lovingly at the ring for a
moment then up into the big man's
face. Her voice was only a whisper,
"Billy dear I want my ring back
If you still love me."' In that little
eager whisper was all the love that a
hungry man longed for and his hand
closed swiftly over her own. It was
as it be had folded her within his
I have never ceased to love you,
sweetheart of mine," he told her and
slipped the ring back on her finger.
"See bow completely I surrendered,'
she said happily. "I bad my ticket all
the time."
"nave you purchased your new
car yet, Mrs. Noorich?" asked the
'No, Mr. Smithera, I ain't I can't
make up my mind whether to get a
gasoline car or a limousine car. May
be you can tell me does limousine
smell as bad as gasoline?" inquired
the lady. Harper s Weekly.
"Pop, I want to know something.
""What is it, son?"
"Are the wash sales you read
about where ma gets her tub euita?"
"My dear, ask the; doctor to run
up, will you?"
"What for?"
"Because I'm run down."
"So Banks is trying to break big
late wife's wilL"
"Yes; poor fellow, I guess if a the
first time he ever had the chance to
Stiff Clays of Valleys of the Tigris
and Euphrates Used In the
Erection of These.
Nearly nkin to Egyptian house
building methods were those of an
cient Assyria, where the stiff clay3
of the valleys of the Tigris and Eu
phrates furnished the rude mud
walls of the city and its palaces,
temples and ramparts. While there
are no lack of gigantic statues and
symbolic monoliths, stone stairs and
paved approaches, and the remains
of the alabaster and syenite facings,
which covered the plainer masonry,
the real strength of Babylon and
Xineveh lay in the masses of brick
work which, in mighty Babylon it is
recorded, formed the lofty towers
and ramparts which for forty-two
miles girdles a district five times as
large as modern London with a
great wall, whose summit, embattled,
and forming a continuous chariot
way, rose from 300 to 350 feet above
the fertile plain.
One hundred gates with brazen
hinges are said to have poured out
its legion3 in wnr and its millions in
peaie; the great river, bridled and
parapeted, flowed in, through, and
out of the city under massive
bridges, over ample tunnels, and
through huge water gates which no
fleet might force or engine of war
lay low. Surely, never before or
since, in the history of the world,
has the plummet, hammer and trow
el of the bricklayer played so im
portant a part in securing the safety
and promoting the magnificence of a
great city. "Xobility of the
Trades," Charles Winslow Hall, in
National Magazine.
Certain Features in Religious Work
and In Individual Life Are
Dead Weights.
To add more and more of certain
things is to have less and less. We
sometimes try to gain prestige and
strength, for example, in our reli
gious work, by adding certain fea
tures, and find that every such gain
is a distinct loss. A religious work
er found it necessary to leave a posi
tion of prominence in a certain com
munity ; and the reason for his fail
ure to lead forward his organization,
as admitted by those who knew him
well and liked him greatly, was that
his plan was to get persons socially
prominent, but without any religious
convictions, to allow the use of their
names for advertising purposes. Ev
ery such nominal worker secured
added to the dead weight that final
ly ruined his cause. Numbers count
in Christian work only when they
are made up of Christ-directed lives.
So of our own individual life ; every
thing we add to it that is not of
God's choice, and that does not make
for our greater usefulness to him,
subtracts from our life instead of
adding to it. We cannot afford to
admit any such dead weights. God's
choices alone are to be trusted. When
everything in our life, old and new,
is of his appointing, then we shall
find that, holding fast the head, we
may increase "with the increase of
God." Sunday School Times.
Mrs. Blase Who was this man
Washington, anyway?
Mrs. Highup Some horridly un
American person, I guess. They say,
ho actually advised against our mak
ing any foreign alliances. Puck.
Mrs. Howell How is your hus
band's gout?
Mrs. Powell Better, I think; or
perhaps I am getting used to itl
Woman's norae Companion.
Latest lit House Building.
Spanners and screwdrivers are the
only tools required in up-to-date house
building. This latest development In
nn important craft comes, as might be
expected, from the United States, say
London Tit-Hits. Blocks of concrete
cement are cast according to the de
sired pattern, with a wire spiral pas
sage through the center. When ready
for erection steel pins are passed
through the center of the castings,
and the whole bolted together over a
wooden frame. -The work of building
or dismantling a house so c6nstruot4
is stated to be simple in the extras.
Many Dread Diseases Are Transmit
ted by the Rodent Which Is
Tolerated by Man.
The rat is the twentieth century!
anachronism. He is as much behindj
the times as stone hatchets or arrow)
heads, and yet today we tolerate him
permit him to devastate our store-!
houses and to act as the vehicle for
the transmission of disease. Tha
toleration which we have shown fo
this inhabitant of the sewer is per
haps due to the fact that man is by
nature a lazy animal and will make
no unnecessary effort unless spurred
to it by some circumstance in his en
vironment. It has been necessary for
plague to ravage the world many
times before man has learned that
the rat, the mouse and the ground
squirrel are among the most deadly
animals with which he has to deal.
That rats are the carriers of
plague is too well known to merit
more than a passing reference here.
They are also afflicted with a leprosy-like
disease which closely resem
bles, both in its etiologic factor ami'
in its pathology, the leprosy of man.
A number of other diseases exist
commonly among them, the organ
isms of which are believed to be cap
able of producing human disease.
They are also the hosts for a legion
of parasites, while fleas, lice and
ticks infest their hairy bodies.
Journal of the American Medical
Helen Don't you think it unsafa
in such deep water?
Henry Oh ! no, indeed ! Got in
much deeper water last season. I
nearly became engaged to one of tha
girls down here.
The color of blood is due chiefly to
iron in the little blood-cells. When
the iron is kept in these little blood
cells, which are living and traveling
around in the blood vessels, the color
is red. Hit the skin hard enough to
break 6ome of the little blood ves
sels beneath the surface, and the lit
tle red cells escape from the injured
blood vessels, wander about for a
while in the tissues and die. When
they die the iron that made them red!
before then changes to black-and-blue
coloring. After a while thia
iron is taken up by the glands called!
the lymphatics, and made over again1
into nice red cells. The iron is taken
up very much more quickly by tha
lvmnriatipa if tbp Vilnflr.nnil.MiiA srvifc
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is rubbed and massaged. St. Nich
olas. DEPENDS.
"Isn't the graft situation terrw
hie?" :
"Not if you get one where tiei
graft is good and easy." '
its use. ;
"I wonder what's the usa of tha
6and on the plains ?"
"I Siinnose the nanil in wbat JTiai
olains are scoured with." I
He I intend to 6ct my fee
against football this season. !
She (flippantly) Well, pleasaj
don't set it against a flying wedge, f
'How did that receiver of Btolenj
good3 come to bo arretted?" i
The detectives suspected he waaj
a fence by his gtit" (

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