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News From Foreign Lands
(Special Correspondence of The Argus.)
Copenhagen Dr. Maurice Egan, the
United States minister to Denmark,
has been invited by the Southern Com
mercial society to make a series of
talks on "Danish Agricultural Coopera
tion and Con serration" before the
Southern Chambers of Commerce of
the United States.
The position of Denmark as a school
for the study of scientific agriculture
Is becoming more Important every year.
ana or. Egan bas made a close study
of the methods which cars made Den
mark a leader In cooperative agricul
ture, especially the effect of the plan
on th cost of living. This feature
will be considered at length by the
lecturer In America,
When Questioned In regard to the
Invitation to speak on this subject in
the United States, Dr. Egan declared
that such ft request bad been made.
He said that be believed that the suc
cess of the Danish farmers was not
only due to their perfect cooperation,
but also to the fact that they received
the hearty support and sympathy of
the national and provincial govern
ments. , "In effecting this," be said, "it was
necessary to Insure the success of a
cooperative agricultural venture that
the state should have a certain power
of examination over the products sent
to market. In moulding the opinion
of the farming population here the
government has the valuable aid of
the Danish high schools. They In
clude both summer and winter ses
sions for students of mature years of
both sexes. These schools, by encour
aging national and provincial pride,
are at the very root of the feeling
which Induces the Dane to make every
sacrifice to remain at home on bis own
land rather than emigrate. The emi
gration which takes place from some
western states to Canada would be re
garded as very unpatriotic by Danish
people. In the southern United States
what might be called a provincial love
of one's own home exists to a larger
extent than elsewhere in the country
find therefore the south eeems to be
the place where a modified form of
the Danish system would meet with
the most encouragement.
"The Danish national government
keeps a jealous eye upon the quality
cf farm exports. Recently Denmark
was much aroused on account of a
complaint as to the standard of butter
sent to England. The government or
dered an immediate examination and
assisted by the pride of the farmers
the authorities bad little difficulty In
restoring the usual standard.
"In no country are cattle diseases
better controlled than in Denmark. In
isny cam; of foot and mouth disease
the farm is entirely closed until It can
h thoroughly disinfected, and the
farrm r i! i"i:i;casated for any loss by
the government. In the present state
f'f public opinion ia the United States
er.ch a close relationship between the
government and the individual would
l.' ih.is le impossible. In Denmark
this feeling ia at thu bottom of the
juTi ent agricultural prosperity. The
s ni:iUr bu'ter during the winter.
Through the Hclentific application of
'otutio:i of crops, the cattle are as well
fed la the winter as summer. It may
b) said that whilt-' egjis in Denmark
Hie well controlled and carefully num
bered, the system of feeding fowls Is
ret as perfect as it Is in s of the
Am' rlean states; but the quality is
standardized and cold storage egss are
unknown. The quality of the butter
Is the best lu the world."
Mr. Ki;un added that the more he
studied the agricultural problems of
Denmark, the more he was eonvlnoed
that nothing but a concerted effort
thoroughly drilled, among UKilcullur
lnts could produce the remedy for the
N a certain chill Oc
tober afternoon which
was brightened only
by a flare of crimson
leaves on all the ma
ples and the ever
present tangles of
aster and goldenrod
along the busby
banks, Elsie turned
her horse In at a
rVckety picket rate
and dismounted before the porch of
a tiny, shabby, neglected house.
The little yard was grown up with
mingled grass and weeds. In one
corner was a bit of garden where
corn bad ripened and was curing
where It stood, where a few red to
matoes which the birds bad not eaten
glowed Jewel-wise upon fading vines,
and a yellow pumpkin and a green
Hubbard squash lay side by side.
At the right aide of the narrow
path which led up to the door a
flower bed showed a few scarlet ge
ranium blossoms. Upon the shelf
within the little porch stood an ox
alls and a cactus, dead for want of
moisture. It was a very pitiful little
bouse, like a shell without its mol
lusc or a body without Its soul.
Tears came to Elsie's eyes as she
thought of the dear woman who bad
animated It with her kindly presence.
She felt that she would like to go
In and look, about ana try. In imagin
atlon to refurnish the abandoned
rooms and to people them with the
gentle figures that bad once fre-
ouented them.
The thin old horse, a freckled gray
from the livery stable in town, was
pulling at the reins In an effort to
get his nose to the grass. Elile sought
for some place to make him secure
and remembered the little barn.. If
the door was not nailed up she could
present shortage In the food crop and
Induce constant prosperity.
The financiers interested in the plan
to make a great port of St. -Thomas
In the Danish W est Indies are much
elated over the submission of the
scheme to parliament by the minister
of finance. The syndicate, which will
be given the rights to the port for 99
years, plans the expenditure of many
millions In an effort to make St.
Thomas a universal port by the tirade
of the opening of the Panama canaL
The prime mover of the plan is H.
X. Andersen, general manager of the
East Asiatic company. The rise of
this magnate haa been almost Ameri
can In character. He began to make
his own way at the age of 13 as a
ship's boy. and at 20 be left bis ship
in Bangkok and went into business
He was so successful that be became
an intimate friend and advisor of the
late King Chulalongkorn, who gave
him and Admiral de Richelieu of Den
mark vast concessions In the forests
of Slam and also granted concessions
for power stations and street car lines.
In 1897 Anderaen returned to Denmark
and founded the Danish East Asiatic
company, which is now the most Im
portant navigation and trading com
pany of the country. Andersen be
came a close friend of Prince Walde-
mar and his late wife, the Princess
Marie, who was noted for her business
acumen. Encouraged by such influen
tial backing, be established enormous
business concerns in all parts of Eu
rope and the Orient, from mining com
panies to banks.
London For an act that passed
through parliament without a division,
that is without any member register
ing a vote against it, the national in'
surance scheme against sickness and
disablement has set up a record for
the extent of the controversy that bas
raged around it. .
The friendly societies, which have
Insurance benefits of their own for
members, started the trouble. They
feared that the bill, by forcing their
members to contribute to the govern
ment scheme, -would Induce them to
leave the societies. This was settled
by approved societies being allowed to
administer the act so far as it dealt
with their members.
Then came the opposition of mis
tresses and .servants, who, besides ob
jecting to contributing their 6 cents
weekly each for the insurance of,the
servant, raised a cry against the neces
sity of sticking the necessary stamps
in a book.
Opposition also came from large em
ployers of labor, chiefly in the cotton
districts of Lancashire, who held that
the extra tax would deprive them ct
their profits.
Other classes have taken up the cry
against the bill the socialists among
them, as they wanted a system to
which the workmen w uld not have
to contribute, the state and employer
paying the whole of the amount re
quired. The. most serious and sustained op
position to the bill, however, has been
that cf the medical men, 21,000 of
whom have signed a declaration that
they will not accept service under the
act. The chief objection of the doc
tors 13 that no adequate remuneration
for the medical men could be obtained
under the act. that it would in fact
amount to about $1 yearly for each
patient. This is only a calculation,
as the act states that the remunera
tion cf doctors who place their names
on the lists of those agreeing to at
tend patients under the act shall be
a matter of arrangement between the
local insurance committees and the
doctor. The medical men, however,
point out that the committees consist
of perhaps SO members, only three of
put him In there.
It slid open easily and she led the
horse In and tied him to the stall
which had held only cobwebs and hay
dust for a long time. Then she went
to the house.
It was locked securely. She went
about trying the shutters. At last
she found one partly off Its hinges
blown off by a high wind, no doubt.
She swung it clear and put her hand
to the window underneath. To her
surprise It raised as she pushed upon
It. She seemed to hear a familiar
voice saying In her ear:
The ketch on that pantry window
needs fixing bad, but I an't seem to
do It. But, la! what difference aoes
It make? There ain't - burglar
coming in here for the little trash
I ve got. If one did come In he'd be
glad enough to get out again aftr
I'd given it to him good and lively
with that pair of old brass tongs I
keep bandy for the purpose."
Aunt Hopes dear voice! Aunt
Hope's own remembered words! And
this was the pantry window.
Elsie looked in. The tiny place was
neat, the cupboard doors shut; an
old Iron spider hung against the wall.
It looked perfectly natural and right.
Quite as If Aunt Hope bad Just step
ped out. Clarissa Mains, the heiress,
bad left some things as they should
The window sill was, only knee
high from the ground, and Elsie
climbed over It easily. The kitchen
too, was quite unchanged. There
stood the old-fashioned stove from
which she bad eaten so many of Aunt
Hope's good dinners.
In the dining room the chairs and
the table still stood in their places
upon the painted floor. But the
dishes were gone from the shelves
where Aunt Hope bad kept them
Clarissa Mains bad appreciated the
fact that such old blue ware was val
whom would be medical men, so that
the chances of adequate remuneration
are the remotest.
The medical men also object to the
control by friendly societies, chiefly
because they believe well to do peo
ple would treep into friendly societies
and get medical attendance at the
same rate as the laborers. Then there
is objection to what is known here as
the contract system. This already
prevails in certain districts, chiefly
among the miners, who contribute to
a fund out of which a medical man
attends those contributing for a fixed i
Those doctors who, in face of the
decision of the great majority of their
profession have agreed to act under
the bill, are being decried as "black
legs," and the campaign i3 being car
ried on much as would a strike of
trade unionists.
The government has started a coun
ter campaign to bring home to every
household In the land that It was to a
radical government that they owed
what they believe to be the blessings
of a great measure of a great healing
organization. Lloyd George opened
this campaign at a meeting In the Lon
don opera house when he replied to
the criticisms of the medical profes
sion. He contended that the doctors
were no longer under the control of
the friendly societies, and as to re
muneration the bill set up an independ
ent authority on which the doctors
would be represented and which would
frame the terms. The insurance com
mittees could not arrange the terms
for paving doctors without consulting
the local medical committee represent
ing the whole of the doctors of the
district and there was an appeal to
the Insurance commissioners. Should
the medical profession refuse to act,
all the safeguards inserted In the act
for their profession would be wiped
out at once and the act would be as
alive as ever. The money allocated
to medical benefits would be handed
over to the Insured persons through
their societies and the doctors would
once more find themselves face to face
with the friendly societies, the mem
bership of which would be increased
by 10,000,000.
The act was to have been pro
claimed on May 1. The time, has now
been extended until July 1 and an ef
fort has been made to have the date
further retarded.
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After the dining room came the
parlor, the room that In Aunt Hope's
lifetime Elsie had always loved best.
It was a good-sized room' in the front
of the hou3e. She lifted a windows'
and turned the slats of the closel
shutters. The yellow afternoon light
came in across the bare Coor.
Innumerable motes danced In Its
rays. Upon the walls a few old pic
tures still hung, and the wall paper
showed fresh spaces upon its fadel
surface where others had been. There
was a whatnot In one corner; a few
chairs waited as if for occupants; a
shell and a large cheap vase were
upen the mantel. Of all Aunt Hope s
treasured parlor furnishings, these
things only remained.
Elsie sat down upon one of the
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hands In their riding gauntlets about
lipr knee. There w.is a chill of firc
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but she did not feel it. She was
thinking of the last time she had
been in this room.
There had been flowers In the room
and many people. In the midst lay
Aunt Hope, always hitherto so gra
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Above r.'.e huisd sound of tears
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She had sat there and he had aat
there, with Aunt Hope between. And
though they both looked at Aunt
Hope tearfully, they would not look
at each other. i:ow pale ho had
been! And, perhaps, she, too, had
been Just 83 pale under, her veil.
Well, It was over. Of what use
was It to resret?. Yet Elsie knew
how anxiously Aunt Hope had longed
for them to be friends again, how
strongly she" had advised their mak
ing up their foolish quarrel.
"You are both too young and high
tempered," she had pleaded aguln and
again, "but there'll come a time wh:a
you'll' be old and remorseful unless
you make up nov. Why, you are
made for each other, Elsie. You'll
never be happy with onyone el::s.
nor .will David. He's a splendid young
fellow. Don't I know? Wasn't I
with his 'mother the night he was
born and haven't I watched him grow
up from baby to man? And haven't
I watched you grow up, too And
I love you both. I've tried to have.
you care for each other, because I
felt that was as it should be. And
now you've let that little Doris Ken
nedy come between you! Oh, I know
what folks say about me that I am
a meddling old matchmaker '
"Peacemaker, Aunt Hope," El3le
bad laughed tremulously.
"Well. then, peacemaker. I hope
I am. Blessed you knew what the
Bible says. But I ain't sure of tU.tt
unless you'll let me make peace be
tween you and David! '
"Seme day." Elsie had half prom
ised. That was a year ago. Then
they bad met at Aunt Hope's funeral
and bad net Epokn.
Aftr David had gone back to the
city to his work and EUIe hr.d gon
to hers ia the little country town.
As far as she knew now, her romance
was ended. ..There-was no Aunt Hope
to advse'and gently smooth away the
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She had lord David loved him
still and must go on kning hira us
long as she lived. But she had the
Bennett temper. He had it. too. for
hack somewhere, a couple of genera
tions ago, a. certain marriage had
made tnem kin. She wou'.d not give
up. Neither would he.
And it was all because she hnd not
liked his city cou3!n, Doris Kennedy,
and he had! Perhaps down in her
heart Elsie bad been a bit Jealous of
the blonde young woman who lcokd
as if she had been run in an cxt-ccd-I
Ingly slender mold and had never so
much a3 bent her bae.k since an
effect obtained. It was E3id, by means
of an exacting dre.ir.:al;er.
Elsie was far too natural to ad
mire Doris' immobility, leads of fal--e
hair and layers cf pink and white
powder. nd she told David go in a
none too pleasant way.
"But her heart is all right." he had
argued stoutly. "Doris ia a good girl.
The trouble is, you are euvieu3 of
her, that's all."
"Envious!" cried Elsie, scariet
with rage. So the quarrel had begun.
And it had end?d in David going h:3
way and Elsie hers.
As she sat there now In the empty
room, Elsie owned to herself eadiy
i that she had been unreasonable. After
all, D"rls was Davids cw,i cousin
and older than he. There had been
no reason In the world for her being
Jealous as ehe had been; yes, she
had to admit thtt mw.
"If only I had listened to Aunt
Hope. If only I had let her make
peace as she wished "
A crash at the back of the house
startled her. A window hnd fallen!
She sprang to her feer. Steps w.re
coming toward her through the houe
heavy steps a man's.
She plunged toward the door that
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opened Into the little front entry. It
was locked. She tugged at It frantic
ally. Heaven! To be shut in this
house with a tramp!
Still tugging, with futile despera
tion, at the unyielding door, ehe
looked back over her shoulder Just as
the invader appeared In the parlor
door a tall young fellow In a re
spectable ulster who looked almost as
white and shaken as she knew she
"Elsie!" he exclaimed. "Grewc
"David." she gasped. And half fell
against the supporting door. They
(tared at each other, the color slowly
coming back to their faces.
"Did you get In at the pantry win
dow, too?" Elsie asked, when the
could. '
Ho nodded.
"I remembered that Aunt Hope
was always going to have It fixed and
never did. What are you doing "here,
Elsie?" He came close tt ber.
"What are you?"
"I came because I bad to. I felt
as If I was being called."
"David! That's Just the way X
Their eyes sought each other's
awestrur-K, wondering. men tueir
bands met.
"Forgive me, Elsie. I was wrong."
he faltered.
"Forgive me, David. I was wrong,"
"I didn't care for Doris. But the
was my cousin "
"I know. I know."
"David," Elsie said from bis shoul
der solemnly. "Do you suppose that
Aunt Hope, drew as here to
His eyes bad the look of one wbe
bas been very near to holy things.
"Who knows?" he answered very
low. "Blessed srt the peacemakers 1

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