Akcbl in Liquid Kidney Re:
V. D. RSGGS WAS SAVED FROM
Auc;. 21, 1903, Er.Fis, of Hi Wc:t 9th St, Cincinnati, 0., wrote: "I suffered for some
time with severe pains in icy back, caused by kidney dhordcrs. I hid many of the symptoms kad
fcif to Brighfj disease. I sought relief by consultine droj-fiits and physicians without avail. I
obtained some of your booklets aad permitted myself to be led to purchase a package of lr. Pettingiil's
Kidney-Wort Tabids as an experiment. I tried the first package and was relieved at oace. I shall
always use them if the same trouble occurs again."
Because the Tablets can be carried In
the pocket, and taken frequently ami regu
larly, an astonishingly large Dumber of
wen ana women have been cured of kid
ney diseases that seemed hopelessly fast
ened on them.
1'ain or dull ache In the back Is unmis
takable evidence of kidney trouble.
DAMES AND DAUGHTERS.
Mine. Pattl usually eats chicken
three times a day. it is her favorite
Mrs. Loland Stanford is said to carry
a larger amount of insurance than any
other woman in the world. Her poi
loies amount to move than $1,000,000.
The Countess of Carlisle would like
to see all titles of British nobility drop
ped. She would discontinue her own
title if her husband and relatives
Miss Francos Tower Cobbv, the vet-H-an
philanthropist and writer, is still
In full possession of her unusual pow
ers of rnlndffllthougu she has passed
her eighty-second year.
Mrs. John Jacob Astor is a charter
member of the Woman's Athletic club
of New York city. Mrs. Astor, who is
one of the most beautiful women In
the country. Is an enthusiastic believer
In physical development.
Mrs. Alfred Stead, daughter-in-law
of William T. Stead, the London edi
tor, is greatly interested in prison re
form for women aud In practical
schemes for aiding -women prisoners to
earn money while in Jail.
Mrs. Robins N. Washburn, who lives
lu retirement lu a palatial home at San
Diego, Cal., is the widow of Israel
Washburn. Jr., who was Maine's war
Koveruor and who named the Repub
lican party. One of Mrs. Washburn's
best friends was Hannibal Hamlin.
Mrs. Thomas Hardy persuaded her
l'jbn tfiYfc - T".r-"'rc'.iitecture fori
litera .tfre. Tlius without her inhn
enec "Far From the Madding Crowd,"
"Tess of the d'Urbervllles" and "Jude,
the Obscure," would never have been
written. Mrs. Hardy long acted as
j secretary for her husband.
Annie Sbinglour of Jackson,' Miss.,
has been for several years manager
for a firm dealing: in cotton. She thor
oughly understands the business, hav
ing worked her way up from the posi
tion of bookkeeper. She Is as well a
devotee of outdoor sports and a wom
an of literary attainments.
CHEWING DRILL FOR SCIENCE
Vale Profeor" I'lim to Make Tfil
on Tnf nlr Soldier.
Harvey W. Wiley, the chemist of the
agricultural department at Washing
ton, may not be the only scientist who
can run' a governmental boarding
house, nays the New York Press. Pro
fessor Chittenden of Yale has persuad
ed Surgeon General O'Reilly of the
army that he has original ideas as to
nutrition nnd has got permission to
' practice his system on a special class
of twenty private. of the hospital
'corps. Professor Chittenden Is strong
on "digestive proteolysis" and is the
lecturer on physiological chemistry In
Yale. He Is convinced that human
kind eat more than is pood for them.
His process of simplifying life is found
ed on the Idea that mou should chew
their food slowly nnd that if his ideas
were followed much tissue now taken
in to overload stomachs could be re
fused. Tho surgeon general has detailed
Lieutenant Dewitt of the medical corps
to command this detail of men des
tined for battle with bacteria nnd star
vation. Dewitt has left Washington
for Yale as well as tho heroes devoted
to si lence. Accurate data will be pre
served as to tho present ani future
condition of these young men, and ev
ery ounce of food taken will be record
ed, together with its effect on them.
Half a Century of
Because it has
j "A - never failed to do
all .that Is claimed
'.: for it In the fifty
r s yearg since it was
V-,.. l irfifrihp(? fur Hia
lata Rev. Father
J John O'Brien of
lx)well, Mass., by
whom it was reo
oinmsnded and from
whom it derived
its name, Father
John's Medicine is
guntanteed to cuie any cough, cold, throat
or lung trouble, or me money is retunuea.
It builds up the body and restores health
Bin! Htrensth to those who are weak and
run down. Aside from the purpose In
calling your attention to this old remedy,
it is important for you to know that it is
not a patent medicine and that it Is free
from opium, morphine or other poisonous
drugs upon which so many go-called "Im
mediate cures" depend for their effect
and which are dangerous you are warned
againfrt them. This old remedy and Its
history are vouched for by reliable endorsements.
Let jour morning urine stand 24 hours.
High color, cloudy or reddish sediment
rueitns kidney trouble.
lias your urine, your back, your general
health led yon to wonder if your kidneys
are sound? Write Dr. Pettingill, Burling
ton, Vermont. Give hiiu your symptoms,
lie will advise you free.
Free From Alcohol,
No StJpping Doses.
X RAYS FOR EPILEFSV.
How the Treatment Has Bene
fited a Young Girl.
EE3 WEIGHT GSEATLY INCREASED
Elsie Winkler of New York Recov
ered Tower of Speech, and the Epi
leptic Attack Iteenine Lea I re
(jnent 'and l.e Severe What a
Phylclan Think of the Case.
Considerable Interest has been at
tracted to the case of Elsie Winkler of
New York, the sixteen-year-old girl
who has been under X ray treatment
for epileptic fits at the Postgraduate
hospital in New York for several weeks
past. The girl's case is the first in the
United States so far as is known in
which X rays have been employed in
the treatment of epileptic affections,
and the improvement of the patient
sinco the experiment litis been in prog
ress has been marked, says the New
The girl's present malady followed nn
attack of diphtheria when she was ten
years old, lu which antitoxin was used.
The immediate consequence of the..
diphtheria was the partial paralysis of
the right arm, and epileptic fits fol
lowed in the course gt ft few weeks.
These increase,!' in severity and fre
quency jiS 'a year passed, until the
general condition became alarm
ing. Treatment by bromides failed to
relieve her, but seemed rather to de
velop skin eruptions, which aggravated
When the girl was taken to the Post
graduate hospital some weeks ago, the
paralysis of the arm was such as to
render it useless, the fits were of daily
and sometimes seinidally occurrence,
and the child could not speak with suf
ficient clearness to give an intelligible
account of herself. Her mother, who
accompanied her, was obliged to state
tho history of the illness.
Dr. J. II. Branth of New York sug
gested treatment by X rays. The
mother consented, telling of the pre
vious prescribing of bromides. These
were ordered discontinued, and the X
ray treatment begun, as it has been
carried out during the subsequent
weeks. The immediate result was an
improvement in the child's general con
dition and speech nnd the diminution
of the skin eruption. Then the epilep
tic attacks become less frequent and
less severe, until at the present time
they occur not oftener than once in
two weeks. The child has now so far
recovered her voice that she speaks
with distinctness, although slowly. Her
complexion Is nearly clear and her
weight considerably increased.
Further than to take cognizance of
tho results of the X ray treatment In
this individual case, physicians famil
iar with It are disinclined to speak.
Dr. liranth said that the use of X rays
in cases of epilepsy was a matter that
could not be determined by the devel
opment of a single case, but he did not
hesitate to speak of .the success so far
attained In the present instance.
"I will say so much," he said, "that
whether the X ray treatment is shown
to act in epilepsy or not it may bo ad
vised in such cases for its 'beneficial
results on the general condition of the
patient. This girl in the Postgraduate
hospital has shown wonderful Improve
ment ia the few weeks in which she
has been under treatment".'
Dr. Branth was asked to speak of the
pathological nsnec's of the case. He
"The conclusion must not be formed,
even if we are shown to be successful
in cases such as this one, that all cases
of epilepsy will yield to X ray treat
ment. In cases like that of this girl
the theory accepted at present for ex
plaining the disease is that its exist
ence depends upon cellular instability.
The primary seat of the convulsion is
in the cortex of the brain and the sec
ondary scat tho medulla, oblongata.
My belief is that if the X rays have ef
fect it Is iu whipping together the
brain cells into normal action. That,
of course, is entirely conjectural, be
cause the theory of epilepsy is con
A trod brass polish Is easily rnadqi
for less than the manufactured article
Put an ounce each of powdered rotten
stone, some soap and ammonia Into b
Jug. Pour on a pint of boiling wntet
end mix thoroughly. Bottle when cold,
and keep tightly corked. Some people
vary this recipe by using lemon Juice
Instead of ammonia.
HOVEL AIR SHI? VOYAGE
Plans of Two Frenchmen to
Cross Atlantic Ocean.
ES0EM0U3 BALLOON BEIM EUILT.
It Will Cnrry a Bnaket For Sleeping,
One For Making Scleutinc Observa
tion nnd a Jionsinkabie Boat.
Geographer Ilecln and Aeronaut
Capnzza Will Start From Canary
An attempt to cross the Atlantic ocean
iu an air ship is about to be made by
Elisee Recljis, a noted French geogra
pher, aud Louis Capazza, the Inventor
of tho parachute balloon and an aero
naut who distinguished himself a few
years ago by making a daring trip over
the Mediterranean sea from France to
Corsica, says the Paris correspondent
of the New Y irk World.
V. Pecatte, the secretary of the Auto
club of France, gives the following
facts about the projected balloon voy
age, which will be made for the pur
pose of meteorological investigation. j
. The start will be made from the Ca
nary islands about the middle of next
May., An enormous balloon is being
built for the trip four times larger
than tlw largest ever made. It will
have a capacity of about -hj.OOO cubic
feet and will be spherical In shape and
will bo ititlated with hydrogen gas.
The balloon will have two baskets.
The upper one will be furnished like a
cabin, for sleeping; the lower one will
contain the necessary registers and
scientific instruments. The principal
accessory will be a nonsinkable boat
equipped with a sixty horse power mo
tor and fuel for a twenty day run,
Reclus and Capazza will be accompa
nied by two sailors.
i It is calculated that the probabilities
are that the balloon may land at one of
three points near the mouth of the
Amazon river, near the Island of Trini
dad or in Yucatan, Mexico. From the
island of Palma, in the Canaries, the
distance to Para. B-ruzil, is 2.CO0 miles,
to Trinidad 3,100, to Y'ueatan, crossing
the Caribbean sea, 4,900. The highest
average speed of the wind is reckoued
at fifty miles an hour and the lowest
thirty. Making only the slowest speed
over Jli'e greatest distance, the time re
quired will be six days and nineteen
hours. Going at the highest speed the
shortest distance the time required
rwill be two days and four hours.
The balloon will be provided with
means of changing lt3 course north or
south and may choose a landing at any
point on the north coast of South
'America. In case of accident the bul
loonists can take refuge In the non
sinkable boat, taking sufficient food
for six weeks. They have no fear of
incurring the fate of Andre, who was
lost in the arctic regions, for the region
they seek is more, quiet, the winds are
more certain and the balloon is ade
quate. They prefer to start from the Cana
ries because if they went from tho Mo
rocco coast or Portugal there would be
great danger of being caught in a con
trary breeze and landed in the midst
of the desert of Sahara or in the Medi
terranean, The scheme is being taken up with
great enthusiasm by the Aero club of
France and Is exciting tremendous in
terest in ballooning circles all over Eu
rope. James Gordon Bennett is credit
ed with contributing $-10,000 to it.
Soujr of tlie Una 1'olnter.
.'Instead of cheering when they mako
bullseyes our sailors of the European
squadron enliven target practice with
"The Gun Pointers' Song," written and
sung after "The Good Old Summer
Time," says a Washington dispatch to
the New York Herald. Here it Is:
There's a period each day when it's all
work and no play,
1 And that's tho "Morris tuhe" time;
iWe swat those old trays, and the targets
j we faze
I -ft the good old loading time.
,'We bore Bight the guns and bring; shells
on the run
And "continuous aim" all the time.
And when time comes to shoot we are
there; hear us hoot
; In the good old shooting time.
In the good old shooting time, In the good
old shooting time.
Just watch us hit the targets; we can till
them every time.
The Morris tube we work each day, anJ
that's a very good Bign
That we'll hit the targets In the real old
; fighting time.
We will work, work away in old Vllle
; tranche bay,
i And that's no merry old rhyme.
For we want that big prize which we fee'
j is our size
1 When we come to the shooting time.
From Tunis we'll sail, never thinking we'll
To smash it In two every time;
So in Florida bay you will hear them all
They worked in the summer time.
I There'll be shooting some day
When we're shooting for pay.
i And that's the real record time;
! On the shores of Key West
' We'll all do our best
In the good old record time.
When the guns start to bark
To Europe you'll hark,
For the targets will heavenward climb,
And the wntch face will show
.We've not been too slow
In the erood old record time.
hear of any other
than Ayer's? t&&
CHAMPION GUNNER OF NAVY
What Trainor'a Mate Thiuk of HI (
Hearing very modestly his title "the
champion gunner of the United States
navy," II. W. Trainer, a seaman on
board the battle ship Indiana, is loath
to speak about his shooting exploit at
target practice a few weeks ago off
Marthas Vineyard, says the New York
Truinor made the phenomenal score
of piercing a bullseye at 1,000 yards'
distance with an S Inch turret gun and
followed that with three more shots
which went through the aperture made
by the first ball. The target was fifty
two Inches in height and thirty-two
inches wide, and the battle ship was
going at an eight knot clip in a choppy
sea, which makes the score nil the more
remarkable. The four shots were made
in 2 minutes and 18 seconds.
Trainor enlisted in the navy two
years ago as a common landsman, com
ing from St. Paul, Minn. He never
had handled a rille or gun previous to
his enlistment. His only practice has
been with the big guns on board the
training ship Lancaster and the Indi
ana. "I don't think that you ought to give
me all the credit" said Trainer the oth
er afternoon. "Harry Ilngberg, who
Is ou the same gun crew as I am, also
made four bullseyes while at target
practice. I have always handled the
big guns, and I was positive that I
could make a couple of bullseyes when
we were to go out for practice."
"He certainly did n.ake a fine show
ing, mate," said one of the men who
were standing around. "When we saw
him plunk the four shots one ofter an
other through the same hole we all
cheered him. He's all right." Wrhito
this was being said of Trnlnor be
blushed like a schoolgirl.
"Why don't you speak to Ilngberg?"
said Trainor. "There he sits up there.
He's the fellow who made as good a
score as I did, and he certainly ought
to get just as much credit"
"That's right," chorused his mates
"Come down here, Ilagberg, and have
your picture taken and be Interviewed
like every great man."
Ilagberg is a tail, lanky, light haired
chap and Is just ns modest in bearing
as Trainor. He also before his enlist
ment never handled a gun, and both
the officers and men on board the Indi
ana, from the captain down to the cab
In boy. would wager any amount that
both these men can outshoot any two
in the navy.
Lieutenant Commander A. C. Hodg
son has nothing but the highest praise
for the gunners on board the ship, and
he is confident that they are the best
in the world.
NEWEST FAD IN FURS.
Why Furrier Decided to Make Mole
akin i'opular i ll In Season.
That soft earth colored fur moleskin
Is In great vogue this fall, says, the
New York Press. Women who dress
carefully will greet it as a relief from
the monotonous gray squirrel and the
showy ermine. There is small chance
of moleskin becoming common this
winter. Owing to the demand mole
pelts are extremely scarce, and a muff
and stole' cannot be bought for less
than 200. Nor is moleskin used only
for outer garments. Dressmakers use
a great denl of it for gown trimming,
and mole decked evening gowns will be
worn by many fashionable women.
One furrier Is blending mole with er
mine, and the contrast Is striking.
Milliners are not slow to realize that
moleskin is the rage, and a toque com
posed completely of it is appraised at
A furrier said of tho newest fad in
furs: "Not through any preference are
we pushing moleskin. I tell you every
fur is so scarce that furriers do not
know which way to turn. To wear
fine furs in America now really de
notes prosperity, as velvet gowns did
thirty years ago. This popularity in
America has depleted the supply, and
in the markets of Europe, prices are
soaring. It is almost Impossible to buy
sable. Mink is scarce, and gray squir
rel is more expensive than ever. If the
demand for ermine continues, the little
white animal will be, almost extinct.
The fur markets of Europe are emp
tied. The furriers conferred a year
ago and determined to launch a new
fur. ,They settled on mole because of
its commonness. The dunes of Scot
land are alive with moles, and in New
York state they are plentiful. At that
time moleskins were worth only 20
cents each. Now we must pay as high
as 75 cents for a pelt"
Mme. Rejane, the French actress, re
ceived a moleskin coat from a furrier a
year age). The soft, lustrous fur was
becoming, and the grayish black color
was suitable to every gown. When
Rejane wore the gift of the furriers
the Parisians stared in wonder. They
did not know whether it was a new
fangled velvet or a new idea In plush.
But as the winter in Paris went on
other moleskin garments appeared.
This year every woman of fashion will
be showing the new fur.
But one-sixth of the surface of Japan
, Peppermint Oil.
More than nine-tenths of the 300,000
pounds of peppermint oil annually con
sumed by the world is produced within
ninety miles of Kalamazoo, Mich,
Skins Ced For. Writing Purpose.
The skins of animals were an an
cient material for writing. The rolls
of books mentioned by Bible writers
were probably rolls of skins, and some
very ancient copies of the Bible pre
served by the people of India are said
to be of leather.
KIND WORD FOR TURKS
Dr. Harper Discusses Conditions
In the Sultan's Country.
KO DISOBDEB OS MU5KEME33
rrealdent of ChlcaffO Inlver.lty Say.
He Did Sot See a Single Iatoilcated
Man-Trip In Qne.t of Permlaaloa
.. s r .. I
to Excavate Rolna of Ancienn"'"
Declared Highly Saecewful. -
"The Turk does not deserve all the
opprobrium that has been thrown upon
him." This statement was made by
President William R. Harper of the
University of Chicago the other day
in telling of his experiences In Con
stantinople, where he went for the pur
pose of securing a firman giving the
university the right to excavate the
ruins of ancient cities in the neigh
borhood of ancient Babylon, says the
"The Turks have received much un
just abuse," continued Dr. Harper.
"There are many things we should
take into consideration before passing
judgment on Turkey as a governing
power in Europe. We are accustomed
to think that Turkey has made no
progress. If we compare the condi
tions in Turkey today with those
which existed twenty-nine years ago
when Abdul Hamid came to the throne
it is found that the progress made is
"We were iu Constantinople for the
celebration of the sultan's birthday an
niversary. The streets were crowded,
but I saw no disorder and no drunk
enness. I did not see a single man In
toxicated all the time I was in Tur
key. I cannot say that Abdul Hamid
is popular with all the people. There
are two parties, and that Is where all
the trouble lies. The officials are afraid
that members of the younger and rad
ical party will assassinate the sultan.
If this happens no one will be safe in
Turkey, and anarchy will prevail."
Dr. Harper would not say whether
he believed there was ground for in
terference by Christian nations in
Turkish affairs because of alleged
atrocities against Armenian and Mace
donian Christians, but said that ids
sympathies had changed greatly.
Dr. Harper considers that his mis
sum to the Turkish capital was suc
cessful. Ho expects to receive a cable
gram soon telling him the suitan has
issued the necessary firman.
"We were accorded the best of treat
ment in official Constantinople," said
the president "We first met Hamdi
Bey, director of all the Imperial mu
seums. He aided us greatly, and, with
his help, our petition to the sultan was
properly framed and presented. We
received assurances from Turkish offi
cials that our requests would be grant
ed. We were there while the Aruer-
1 lean war ships were in the harbor as a
result of the Magelssen affair. Our
petition could not have been presented
, at a more opportune time. The gov
; ernmcnt was then disposed to show fa
j vors to Americans. Permission to
j make the excavations will carry with
; It the guarantee of safety for our par
' ties. Soldiers will be sent by the Turk
! ish government with each party to pro
: tect it from the Bedouin Arabs."
J Dr. Harper said that about $.10,000
; annually had been guaranteed for ten
I years to carry out the research .work,
j He intimated that the money had been
' promised by Mr. Rockefeller,
i While In Germany President Harper
i visited Dr. Herman E. von Hoist, for
1 merly head professor of history at the
University of Chicago. Professor von
j Hoist ia critically ill. He sent by Dr.
, Harper messages to the board of tru
' tees, the faculty and the students of
l the university. 'Dr. Harper will de
j liver the messages at the unveiling of
j the oil painting of Professor von Hoist
now on the way to the United States.
DR. WILEY'S NEW TESTS.
Chief Chcmlat Expect a Ruh to
Join HI Wine Sqnad.
The "poison squad," commanded by
Dr. Harvey W. Wiley, chief chemist
of the agricultural department at
Washington, will have an opportunity
to "look upon the wine when it Is red,"
says the New York World. On Oct. 1
tho, experiments in adulterations will
i be resumed. Wine is exnected tn fi"-
ure prominently on the menu, as sali
cylic acid will be the preservative
forming the basis of experimentation.
Word has been passed nround that a
dozen new volunteers are desired. It
is expected the prospect of wine will
bring forward a rush of those willing
to be sacrificed in the interest of sci
ence. During his former period of running
n government boarding house Dr. Wi
ley disposed of borax and formalde
hyde. He will now conduct thorough
and exhaustive tests with salicylic
ocid. When asked regarding hi3 future
course Dr. Wiley said:
"Salicylic acid is a preservative used
only ia liquids, such as wines beers
and simps, and it is with this drug
that we will make our forthcoming
tests. Will I feed the boarders on wine
and beer? Ha, ha, ha! Maybe I will
put the salicylic add in water and give
em that Salicylic acid is tasteless.
But about using wines and beers well,
If that information gets out there'll be
a rush. I guess we won't have any
trouble in getting subjects. The diffi
culty will be in getting rid of appli
cants." On a shelf In Dr. Wiley's office an ar
ray of long necked wine bottles, squat
vessels labeled "Ale" and other assort
ed beverages are visible. Looking at
them, Dr. Wiley said:
"These are for investigation. Salicyl
ic acid is contained in inferior grades
of such things and in communion wine,
the nnfermented variety."
OF A GAME
Otis Lawpenee and I were chums be
fore his marriage and continued to bo
chums after his marriage, although I
confess I was greatly disappointed that
Grace Horton married him instead of
me. That his marriage did not break
off 'our intimacy was due entirely to
Otis, who was ignorant of my attach
ment for the woman no niarueu, ana i
could not turn away his invitations to
be a frequent visitor io u' uuu-.
by day I grew irritated agamsi mm.
Otis had one weakness a immhiu tor
gambling; not that ho visited the regu
h. enmblinff houses, for he did not
but he played at home. He would gath
er a party of friends nearly every night
and the play was aiwajs very mgn.
This his wife did not know. She was
aware that he played for money, but
supposed the amounts were trifling.
Otis gradually collected all sorts of im
plements for gambling.
One Saturday afternoon In June ns I
was about to leave my office for a half
holiday Otis dropped In and told me
that he had bought a roulette table.
Would I go with him and see the ball
spin? He insisted. I yielded.
On reaching his house we went tr
what he called the smoking room, di
vested ourselves of our coats snd vests,
lighted cigars and sat down at the rou
lette table. There is something fasci
nating in watching the little ball spin
rapidly around for awhile, then begin
to coquette with the different pockets,
rolling toward one, striking a point aud
nearly being knocked Into another,
poised for a moment on the edge of a
third, never settling Into its choice till
the excitement of the watchers has
reached fever heat Otis was banker.
He won all the money I had about me;
then I began to give him due bills.
About 4 o'clock I added these amounts
and found that I was bankrupt
It was plain to me that Otis had
grown frightened at my large bets.
He had a wife and a child, and if in
stead of the bank having broken me I
had broken the bank It would have
been terrible. The fires of hell were
burning within roe. This man had de
prived me of the woman upon whom I
had set my heart, and now he had tak
en every dollar 1 possessed. A a
drowning man will catch at a straw I
ran my hands through my pockets and
felt a coin the size of a half dollar. I
drew it from its place and in doing so
dropped it and it rolled under a lounge.
I arose to get it
"Never mind." snld Otis. "What was
"Fifty cents, I believe."
"Very well; it's safe. Make your
I bet on the number giving the high
est returns. The ball spun around,
dallied here and there, then dropped
Into my number. From this on I had
an astonishing run of luck till I had
won back ?100 of my losses. I played
on, the luck continuing with me. Din-
! ner was announced, but we paid no at
tention to It. At 11 o'clock I had re
gained all I had lost besides a consid
erable sum from Otis. He figured hi
losses and in a trembling voice an
nounced that they were $0,000, or near
ly ? 1,000 more than he could possibly
pay. I had broken the bank.
The revenge I had coveted now that
' it was attained suddenly turned bitter,
i After the first exciting moment of
realization that I had saved what I
s possessed, won all Otis had and placed
him In the position I was In when I
i found the half dollar a revulsion came
, over me. He was my friend and had
; never injured me. I had loved the
; girl who was his wife, and his child
was devoted to me. Nevertheless I
had ruined him and ruined his wife
i "Otis," I said, "when I had lost all
1 this afternoon I found a half dollar,
j with which I retrieved everything and
j broke your bank. It rolled under thnt
j lounge. Go and find it and see what
i you can do with It. My opinion is that
j there's rare luck In it"
j He went to the lounge, got down on
the floor, found the piece and brought
It to the table. I noticed a curious ex
! pression on his face and turned my
j eyes from it to tho coin. It had rather
j the look of german silver than the true
j "That's no half dollar," said Otis,
j "It's a check for something."
I It was a check for an umbrella that
j I had carried for a week. I had re-
gained my fortune and won Otis' for
j tune on a valueless bit of metal. We
J stood looking at each other wjille the
j truth was breaking over us. His for
! tune was his own. and he was entitled
The remembrance of that moment al
ways gives me great satisfaction. In
stead of experiencing a disappointment
I felt a pleasure. I preferred that Otis
should possess the money. Ills wife
and child would share it with him, and,
ns for me, 1 was young and would dou
ble my efforts to retrieve my losses.
There was a grato In the room, and
Otis, without speaking, gathering the
due bills, both his own and mine, took
them tiiere; then, striking a match, ho
lighted them. When they were burned,
he came to me with outstretched hand,
"The game's a draw, old man, and
Us the last game that will ever bo
played in this house and the last time
I'll ever play for money."
Breaking up his gambling utensils,
he stuffed them in the grate, and while
they were burning we went down
stairs to a good supper.
I tried hard to Induce Otis to tako tho
money that was due him, but failed,
rears afterward I managed to enable
him to make a similar amount In a
business deal, but at that time I was
Our friendship today is like steel.
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