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THE ROCK ISLAND ARGUS. WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 9, 1912.
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Wednesday, October 9, 1912.
Who, wkra row cmbf dows to the
hard facta of the matter, have bee
represented la reeeat rears whra oar
tariff orhednles were betas dlscwee
od aad detrrinlaed, not oa tfie floor
mt eoogrrss, fur that la not where
they have been drtermlaed, bat la
the eosBmlflee rooms aad eoafer
rarear That Is the heart of the
whole affair. Will you, eaa yon
brlaa- the whole people late tbe
partaersblp or aotf oae la dls
eoateated wlfth repreaeatatlve gov
oraaneati It falls andrr ouestioa oaly
whea It reasea to be representative.
It la at bottom a oaeatloa oaly of
good faith aad morals. Woodrow
There won't be so many liars after
the 5th of November.
The Turks are equipped to retreat.
Tbey don't wear tigat trousers.
A rich man may not enter the eye of
a needle, but be can subscribe to
A New York preacher says.- "The
man who owns a farm and wants to
sell it needs a guardian."
Another Lewis and Clark expedition
Is coming to Rock Island next Monday.
Remember the date.
People may sympathize with Judge
Searle in bis political dilemma, but it
doesn't follow that they will vote for
him Nov. 5.
Down in Qujncy the other day the
public schools were dismissed so that
the pupils could witness a cirrus par
ado. Thus we are irogresatng in our
educational standards, as in oilier di
rections. The Greeks, who are rushing home
from America to fight the Turks, will
likely find the war over when they
land, but they will have a nice trip.
This will make two wars this year for
he Turks, whlrh is one more than
necessary to keep the home folks pa
triotic and contented, but in the final
uuunnt-e piiiK u is sale to say that the
Mohammedan man will be on every -
uviiy b oooks wunout having paid out
. Ml'KT NOW DKl'UHF.
The filing of the nomination of C. J.
Searle at Sprtogtlrld as candidate for
congress In the Fourteenth district
of both the republican "and progres
sive parties puts it smiarely ud to
Judge Soarle to make official declara- r'0 tr.u,b-
tlon of hi..i. h. -t. .J. The niotlv. of those who
. ,..,, .lr rlcvlB , aiauu
wun. inere is no getting around it
He must now say whether he is a
reactionary or a progressive, an ele-
pnant or a bul! moose
moose, and do it soon. The law
the subject la plain. Here it is:
"In case the certificate of nomina
tion or petition as provided for in
this act shall contain or exhibit the
rtme of any candidate for any office
upon more thaa one of said certifi
cates or rctltlon (for the same of
fice), then, and in that case, the sec
retary of state or county clerk,' as the
case may be. shall immediately noti
fy said candidate of said fact, and
that his name appears unlawfully upon
more than one of said certificates or pe
titions, and that within three days from
the receipt of said notification said
candidate must elect as to which of
said political party appellations or
groups he desires his name to ap
pear and remain under upon said bal
lot, and If said candidate refuses,
fails or neglects to comply with the
provisions, herein, then and in that
case the secretary of state or county
- clerk, as the case may be. shall aot
permit the name of said candidate to
appear or be printed or placed upon
said ballot under any or either of
said political party appellations or
Tbe voters of the Fourteenth dis
trict will accordingly await with keen
Interest Judge Searle's confessslon of
the faith that is In him.
for be canmot longer dodge tbe
HCMAN RIGHTS FIRST.
Woodrow Wilson la a recent ad
dress said: "Why Is it we conserve
our aatural resources if w could
by a sort of maglo of industry trans
mute them Into the wealth of the
(world? And who transmutes them In
to thit wealth if not the skill and
tie tcuch of the great bodies of men
vho go Ciiil- io their toil and who
constitute the great body of the!
American people? I
"What I am Interested In la having
the government of the United States
more concerned about human rights
than about property rights.
"Property is an Instrument of hu
manity; humanity Isn't an instrument
of property. And yet when you see
merj riding their great Industries as
If they were driving a car of Jugger
naut, not looking to see what multi
tudes prostrate themseives before the
car and lose their lives in the crush
ing effect of their industry, you won
der how long men are going to be
permitted to think more of their ma
chinery than they think of their men.
"Did you never thing that men are
cheap and machinery is dear; and
many a superintendent will be dis
missed for overdriving a delicate ma
chine who wouldn't be dismissed for
overdriving an overworked man.
"You can discard your man and
replace him; there are others ready;
but you cannot without great cost
discard your machine ana put in a
new one. You are not looking upon
your men as the essential and vital
foundation part of your whole busi
"I say. therefore, that property, as
compared with humanity, as com
pared with the vital red blood In
the American people, must take sec
ond place, not first, and that we must
see to it that there is no overcrowd'
ing, no bad sanitation, no' unneces
sary spread of avoidable diseases, that
women are not driven to impossible
tasks and children are not permitted
to spend their energy before it Is
fit to be spent: that all the hope of
the race must be preserved, and that
men must be preserved according to
their individual needs and not accord
ing to the programs of Industry
"What is the use of having Indus
try if we die producing it? If we die
in trying to feed' ourselves, why
should we feed ourselves.
"I would a great deal rather lose
in a cause that I know some day will
triumph than triumph in a cause that
I know some day will lose. Liberty
knows her children and she can
wait for them to recognize their
Those are the words of a thinker
and a statesman, worthy of deep
thought and profound reflection.
THE QAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTIONS
The movement to secure federal
legislation compelling publicity of
campaign contributions began with
Colonel Roosevelt's failure to meet
the charges made in the campaign of
1004 and culminated today, with
his appearance before the senate com
mittee, which is one of its legislative
Colonel Roosevelt, neither today nor
at any other time, has been able suc
cessfully to deny that his campaign
committee received contributions of
trusts and corporations. He declared
to the senate committee that such con
tributions were considered proper at
the time. It never could have been
proper for the managers of corpora
tions to take without their consent to
be used for political purposes the
money belonging to stockholders and
policy holders. In 1904 and today his
defense has been the same, that he
entered into no pledges or promises
on account of such contributions.
The answer to that is that the part
nership and close alliances between
high tariff and
other trust tiombina
tlrna and the
; and legislative managers rendered
' remises and pledges on his part aa
thelr presidential candidate absolute
ly unnecessary. He has always been
a valuable and vote securing asset
of the trust interests so we'l served
by him and his record as president
ioco ma uuui rtimiuu o luetn
Facing both ways on every question
before the American people, upon the
subject of publicity of campaign con
tributions, he has not succeeded in
nave promoted this movement has
been to free our party system, by the
effective means of publicity, from the
domination of the controlling mana-
! gers of trusts and corporations. Noth-
ir.g more reactionary could be Dro-1
posed by a political party than the
plan of Mr. Roosevelt and Mr. Per
kins, who call themselves progres
sives, to reestablish on a firmer basis
than ever their political partnership
with the trusts." Those who have par
ticipated in the campaign publicity
movement have a right to say that the
existing federal publicity law is the
most progressive of recent political
They are In duty bound to point out
the dancer cf a defeat of the purpose
of such legislation, which would be
rendered of no avail asanst tbe prt
rosea consolidation of the yorrrtca)
and financial Interests, and tne reac
tionary perpetuation of political and
financial ariltnres back ot Tdr. Roose
velt's continued tfTorts for public of
fice. At the Inception of the movements
and following close upen tbe agitation
which could not be ignored when he
became president, his first message to
congress dealt with this subject in
such a manner that he felt justified in
Quoting from that message. Those
words, however commendable, were at
no time followed by acts, and had he
ever during the whole period of his
administration done anything to pro
mote campaign publicity legislation,
the legislative committee of the na
tional publicity law association resid
ing In Washington would have known
of it. The controlling influences of
his party in the senate and in the
house opposed campaign publicity leg
islation directly and Indirectly during
all the years ot his administration and
the republican national convention of
1908. In watch Colonel Roosevelt was
considered .as having sufficient Influ
ence, vote? s down by an over-whelm-
"f ma the resolution nronosed
for ca a publicity.
f- -e 4
SOME THIXGS WE DOJfrT WAST.
There seems to be a universal pas
sion, just now, to mse the public
schools and public school children
for all sorts of new things.
The latest use of school children Is
proposed by the government Itself. It i
would develop a nation of sharpshoot
ers, apparently. At any rate, Acting
Secretary of War Oliver has written
the governors of each state to put
rifle practice in the public schools
for all boys over 12, the war depart
ment offering prizes to be competed
for by selected boys in each school.
Of all things least needed in this
country which preaches peace to all
the world, are experts in the use of
There is mischief enough done as
it is with firearms in the hands of
men and boys. We don't feel tbe need
of making our boys any more" familiar
with them, or of justifying their use
even with the government's encour
agement. The boys, of course, will like the
idea. Almost every boy thinks it a
grand thing to hold a gun in his hand,
or to shoot. Every boy with good
BY CLYDE H. TAVENNER.
(Special Correspondence of The Argus.)
Cordova, 111., Oct. 8. While declar
ing to the American public that they
must have a high
tariff duty to pre
vent foreign com
petitors from un
derselling them and
driving them - out
of home markets,
more than 175
turers are secretly
selling their prod
ucts cheaper' to
than to American
in one of his' pre
were given a low
er rate than Amer
ican consumers "through all seasons
of the year," "It must be admitted th9
tariff rates are excessive and should
be reduced." The president's descrip
tion hits each of the more than 175
American maunfacturers, because each
of them is selling his wares cheaper to
foreigners than to American consum
ers throughout the 3C5 days of the
The fart that an industry regularly
sells its products abroad at lower than
domestic prices not only shows that
tti Inriiistrv Ic nror.nrntorlAd hut that
, the American consumer is being made
the victim of something similar to a
confidence game by being overcharged.
But, hush, Mr. Average American Cit
izen. You are not supposed to know
anything about the fact that you are
being overcharged for nearly every
manufactured article you b.uy. That is
a trade secret.
The fact that your local merchant
pays $4.25 for a Stevens No. 105 shot
gun that is sold to the foreigner for
$2. SO is not supposed to be of your con
cern. Nor that the local retailer must
pay $$.40 per dozen for Fray's genuine
"Spofford" No. 107 braces when the
foreigner can have the very same arti
cle fcr only $6.30 per dozen. In the
case of braces, the British consumer
thus saves 33 1-3 per cent as a direct
result of having his market curtailed
by a protective duty.
The extent to which the American
consumer is being overcharged Is re
vealed by a comparison of the dis
counts given to foreigners by Ameri
DI5(OlT SHEETS TO BE JECIRED.
These telltale discount sheets are
not to be secured in the United States,
and are hard to obtain even in Europe,
so anxious are the tariff beneficiaries
to conceal the fact that as a result of
having a monopoly on home markets
they are forcing American consumers
to pay more than consumers not at
Lower prices to foreigners than to
home consumers for American-made
goods is not confined to steel rails, as
the republican leaders have inferred,
but is the general custom.
The followinig table shows tbe differ
ence between export and borne prices
of certain specified articles. It having
been thought best in most cases not
to publish the names of the manufac-
Berlin The establishment of a Danish-German
aerial postal service is un
der discussion between representatives
of Denmark and Germany and of the
Zeppelin Airship company.
Washington The fur sealing season
In Bering sea has closed, with the
smallest killing of seals in many years
and a total absence of pelagic sealing,
according to reports t the department
red blood In him would plague his
parents to death for permissioa to
join the rifle class. But what the boy
wants Isn't always good for him or for
the community, and tbe boy who prac
tices with a target will be tempted
to take his gun outside of classes
and practice on animate things.
There wouldn't fee a song bird left
Household pets would .be slain. Hu
man life wouldn't be safe.
If the United States wants to train
men for an army, it would do better
to make the attempt some other way.
The people of the United States
never favor this method. Fathers
and mothers aren't exactly enthusias
tic about having their sons trained
to kill and be killed.
We are not living in frontier days,
when It is necessary for every man
and boy to be a good shot. If a war
should come, which every one of us is
praying against, men who can shoot
straight will develop fast enough, Just
as they have done in the past.
Does the government think It will
arouEe patriotism by establishing
rifle classes in our public schools?
If so, It has another think coming.
Oun play and patriotism are eot sy
nonymous. A government which per
mits monopolies to Impoverish Its
common people and which does prac
tical y nothing to protect that solid
middle class which has been the bul
wartj of the nation, and which is be
ing rapidly crushed into nothing by
a living cost which steadily advances
beyond the average wage, won't be
able to instill much patriotism into
a weary and disgusted people by
teaching their children to be good
We want better food, better all
round living conditions, a better
chance to make healthy, happy, useful
men of our boyB. That's what we
want not guns for them to play with
turerers whose prices are quoted:
. price, price.
Bird cages, Hendrys's, Nb.
316, per dozen $13.00
Bolt clippers, Easy, No. 1 J.71
Fray's ratchet. No. 81, per
dozen ' 10.44
Bunghole borers, Enter,
prise No. 1, per doz.. . . .74
Can openers, "King's," per
gross , 4.50
Coffee mills. Enterprise
No. 1, each 1.22
Lamp chimneys: -
Macbeth's, No. 502, doz. '.40
Macbeth's, No. 504, doz. .50
Lawn sprinklers, Enter
price No. 2, each ...... 1.76
Stevens' "Little Scout,"
No. 14, each 1.35
Stevens' "Little Favorite" 3.47
Disston's hand, 30 inch,
No. 7, doz 13.74
Disston's framed wood,
No. GO, doz 6.00
Elgin movement, 20-year
gold-filled case 7.98
Elgin movement, silver
old case 3.04
IT MfST FOLLOW.
It is true, of course, that low prices
to consumers in England Increases the
sale of American goods here. Lower
domestic prices on the same goods
would also increase the sales In Amer
ica, thereby increasing the output, and
the employment of labor, and tending
to increase the wages of the 'workers.
An illustration of this view appears in
the recent experience of the steel trust.
Notwithstanding the panic of 1907 in
the United States, is rigorously main
tained its prices and kept up its price
agreements there with the so-called In
dependent steel manufacturing con
cerns, who followed the trust's policy
of keeping up prices, until, in Febru
ary, 1909. presumably In order to in
fluence proposed tariff legislation, it
made with great public announcements
a sweeping reduction In prices, which
the "independents" had already for the
moBt part been quietly making with
the consent of the trust.
The result was a prompt and very
marked revival of activity in the do
mestic sales of iron and steel products,
leading to the planning and building of
many new bridges, buildings, and oth
er structures, and the renewal of op
erations in many industries requiring
Iron and steel.
If American manufacturers of lead,
oil, chemicals, hardware, harvesting
machinery, watches, typewriters, type
setting machines, would give Ameri
cans the same prices extended to for
eigners, there is no reason why their
markets would not be vastly enlarged,
as were, thoses of the steel trust. The
American people constitute the great
est purchasing possibilities In the
Experience with American trusts,
however, Justifies the view of down
ward revisionists that the manfuctur
ers In the United States will not re
duce their domestic prices to any
where near the level of the prices ex
tended to foreigners until they are
forced to do so by real downward re
vision of the tariff.
of commerce and labor. The total
number killed off the Pribllof Islands
during the season was 3,764, consider
ably less than the average in the past
London The possibility of resuming
negotiations with China in regard to
finances was informally discussed at a
meeting of the representatives of the
six-power group, but it waa finally
agreed to leave the matter aa it stands.
Sir 9VJfCAJ m. Mirn
JT Is said that moving Is cheaper than
paying rent, and It Is also better
than quarreling with your neighbors.
Even the self made man could un
doubtedly do a better Job the second
Faith will move mountains, but It
takes Industry to pay a debt.
The man who Uvea In the future sol'
dom pays rent
Lore Is the greatest thins In the
world, provided tne girl Is pretty and
the old man has money.
He Is a true friend who will liBten to
onr troubles without telling ua how
much worse off he haa been.
A woman openly courts admiration,
but a man Just hangs round hoping
some on will notice his new tie.
Be glad yon are alive and make your
enemies sorry you are not dead.
Ton may be a fool, but that's no rea
son you should insist on giving the
community irrefutable proof of the
A true wife always takes her hus
band's word for it even when his
breath belles his vocal organs. "
The rlmlns dictionary
la handy- at a pinch.
For words are ao contrary
The poet has no cinch.
And be has lots of trouble.
As you may well opine,.
To make the riming double
On every other Una
He doesn't mind the meter.
Ideas float along
That couldn't well be neater
For weaving- Into song.
But when it comes to fitting
The rimes In stately row
His noble brow some knitting
Is pretty apt to show.
And when he comes to writing
And cannot catch the trend
He has to do some biting
Upon his pencil's end.
So he must do soma gleaning
And words from nowhere batch
To juggle out his meaning
And make the riming match.
That's where the dictionary
Is useful In tbe trade, "
And thus In manner airy
He calls to It for aid.
Eo when ha wants to chortle
- He turra to it for rime
And gets his verse Immortal
Dona up In half the time.
"I hear that your daughter Is taking
music again. Brown."
"I thought she didn't care for it"
"Then why do you compel her to take
"I don't, but you see she has discov
ered that wben she's studying she
won't be expected to help with tbe
"Do yon know bow many children
"No. and neither does be."
"Fact. He says that at bed times be
lost gets out and rakes tbe lawn over
to be sure that tbey are all in."
"How Is tbe Chinese republic com
"What are tbe powers going to do
"Make chop suey of it if tbey can."
"Brown's house was robbed last
"Is sirs. Brown going on tbe stare
or Is Brown expecting a visit from the
tax investigating committee?"
"I think these skimpy skirts the
women wear now are positively out
rageous." "It is plain that you have no dry
goods bills to pay, Stebblns."
"Are you going to Mrs. Blank's recep-
"Not if my wife finds that Mrs.
Green's new gown cost more than
In the Moon.
"Why do so many girls get moon
"Must be because a men's In it."
At first It eras a case of love.
But. ob. on second sight
- Aad with the knot securely ie4
it was a case of fight!
Look Beyond the Frames.
We should lanpb If a men said be
went to an art gallery to see the pic
ture frames. let that is bow many
go throogh life and It is little wonder
that they are soon tired.
Time appears long only to those who
dont know bow to nse tt.
The Face at the Window By Joel Waahburne.' i
Copyrlxbtad. 111, by AM oc'.stedJ Literary Bureau.
Tom Biggs, tramp, was the son ot
respectable parents. As a boy he
would neither stndyv nor work. He
was not only lazy but of roving dis
position. When he came to manhood
and his father told him to go and earn
a living under pretense of seeing the
world he became a tramp.
One night Tom stopped, at a house
and asked for food. It was given him
.and be went away, but not finding any
place to sleep except under tbe open
heavens, and the night being chilly, he
returned to the place at which he had
got his supper, but instead of asking
for a lodging -within be went into the
carriage house and pulling some cush
ions out of the vehicle he found there
he spread them on tbe floor and went
to sleep. '
Tom slept till after midnight, when
he awake chilled through. Never bad
the fact that tramping did not pay
taken possession of him so forcibly. Be
longed for a good bed, or. better s6ll,
for a crackling Are before which he
might sit In an easy chair, toast his
shins and drop off to sleep again
thoroughly warmed. Through a win
dow of the carriage bouse he aaw a
bright coal fire blazing In one of the
lower rooms of the house. A desire
took possession of him to go into that
room and enjoy that fire. Going out he
went to a window of the room in
which it was burning, and standing on
tiptoe looked In. There was nobody
in the room, and 'he was tempted to
try to 'effect an entrance and pass a
short time before that cheerful blaze.
Putting his band to the window sash
he discovered that it had been left un
locked. He raised it and climbing in
by the window stepped down on to the
floor and shut the sash after him. An
easy chair stood near and be rolled It
to the fire cautiously so as not to make
a noise. Then he sat - down and
reveled In the warmth. But be did
not dare go to sleep, far if found there
in the morning doubtless he would be
banded over to the police. So he sat
thinking how much more comfortable
it was after all to have a roof over
one's head than to be a tramp.
An illustrated calendar stood on the
mantel before him, and in one of tbe
spaces he noticed tbe word Halloween.
Then he remembered that be waa sit
ting there on the anniversary that
young girls look for a sight of tbe melt
they are to marry.
Marry. What had he to do with that
word? He was a rolling stone gather
ing no moss. What girl would think
of marrying him. at least what girl In
tbe circle In which he had been brought
np? The thought was far from pleas
ant Finding himself getting drowsy, he
arose from bis chair, and it occurred to
bim to make an exploration. The only
thing of any value he carried was a,n
electric lamp that be bad bought from
a small boy for a dime. He found it
very serviceable In nosing about where
he bad no business, bunting for some
soft place on which to sleep. Cautious
ly opening a door, he saw by tbe fire
light that it led into a hall. Closing the
door behind him, be pressed tbe button
on bis lamp and. treading lightly, went
about on the lower floor, where be did
not expect to find any one. for he
thought tbe occupants of the house
were ail In bed on tbe upper floor.
After having explored this floor be
was tempted to meint the stairs. This
he did stealthily In the dark, feeling his
way. When be reached tbe landing he
listened to bear persons breathing or
perhaps snoring. Everything was still
as a churchyard at midnight. Pressing
the button of his lamp, he saw that a
bedroom into which he was looking was
empty. Passing along the hall, be
listened at every door and. finding them
all opened, risked a flash of bis lamp
and found them empty.
Tom was thunderstruck. Either the
house In which he had beard merry
making a few hours ago was deserted
or the occupants were asleep on tbe
third floor. He went up there, but
found no one. His sensations were pe
culiar. A tramp, be was in possession
of a bouse a bouse that bad been de
serted within a brief space of time.
For the time being he possessed
roof over his head. He could sleep in
any of its beds; he could eat up every
thing in Its larder. For the first time
In his life be felt the pleasure of pos
session. True, by returning day, if not
before, he would be deprived of bis
domicile, but for the present be was
master of the premises. He went down
stairs, bunted up something to eat.
found a bottle of ale and enjoyed a
good supper. From a box of cigars on
a sideboard he took one. and. seating
himself An the easy cbalr before tbe
fire, be enjoyed, the fragrance of tbe
On tbe wall before blm bung tbe
portrait of a young girl. She looked at
him roguishly as If she sympathized
with bim In his inheritance and
thought tt all a good Joke. He fell to
dreaming that this was his permanent
borne and the girl bis bride. Tben a
resolution came to him.
"By Jove. Til do itr' he exclaimed,
starting np. with a spasm of energy
entirely new to blm. Going to a desk
on which were writing materials, be
wrote a note stnting tbe facts a boot
his temporarg occupancy of tbe bouse,
ending with tbe words. "Rome day I'm
going to buy this bouse and marry the
girl whose portrait bangs on the wail
in this room."
Tom then wrote out an I O U for a
dollar to cover the cost of his enter
tainment payable "when I have made
the money to pay It" Then, not dar
ing to go asleep again lest he should
be caught by some one belonging there,
he went out Into tbe night and finished
it In a neighboring wood.
It waa Halloween Tbe first chlU
of approaching winter "had come, and
in a certain room of a certain bouse a
cheerful coal fire was blazing In the
grate. A girl sat before It dreaming
of the Halloween she bad passed
and the childlike faith she bad. ha4
that fthe might be afforded In some
way an glimpse of tbe msn she would
marry. She was now twenty and con
sidered herself altogether too old for
such .superstitions. Indeed, they had
given (place to something more real,
something that bad remained with her
ever since Its occurrence.
It happened at the time of her aunt's
death., Late at night a telegram had
come announcing that she could not
Ilvet3ll morning. Mabel Hinckley and
her mother had thrown a few things
Into lib suit case, locked the doors and"
started on foot to the station.' but a
short kllsta nee from the house, to catch
the :H o'clock train. After a week's
absence they had returned and found a t , j
bit ot paper on tne mantel over tne
firepfnee on which had been written.
"Sonrs day I'm going to buy this house
and marry the girl whose portrait
ham's on the wall In this room." A
due; bill for a dollar to pay for what
bad' been appropriated accompanied
the Ga per.
M&sbel's mother had been Impressed
only t with the hazard of-going away
fromher home and leaving it to take
care (of itself. Tbe occasion of their
departure and the hurry Involved had
cauMed them to leave a window un
locked, and tbey had not even taken
timet to put out the fire burning In tbe
grate. It was a wonder, she said, tbe
house bad not been ransacked.
With Mabel it was different. A girl
must be devoid not only of romance,
but an Interest in her personal appenr
ancw, who would not be moved by such
a note as she bad found on her re
turn. It was now three years since
it had been received, and she bad not',
ceaxed to wonder if the writer would
keep his word. Evidently he had not
thus far kept It as to buying tbe house, '
for having received an offer for more
than it was worth an offer they could
not .afford to decline they had sold
it and to a man with a wife and a
family of children. The property had
passed out of their hands, but they
were to occupy it till the following
spring. ' As for the man who had made
himself at home In It he had not yet
come a-woolng. Indeed, not a word
had ever been beard from him.
Mabel Hinckley sat before the fl re
place on Halloween night wondering
what, bad become of the person who
had been charmed with her picture. "' It
hung where It bad hung when he
entered tbe bouse, and as she looked at
it she mused:
"When that picture waa taken I waa
barely sixteen. I am now twenty and
much changed. If he comes and
proves to be a gentleman and attrac- .
tire, and all that when he sees me he
will probably not be so much pleased
with me as with my likeness taken
four years ago. Twenty Is quite old
for a girl. Heigbo! If he's coming X
wish he would come." - '
The clock on the mantel struck 11
and. arising, she started to go upstairs
to bed. A mirror hung on the wall,
and she paused to have a look at her
face to see if she was really very
much changed. Tbe mirror faced the
fireplace and a window beside it Bud-
dendy she saw reflected In the mirror
the face of a man at the window.
If it had not been Halloween and
if tbe face at the window had been
repulsive Miss Mabel Hinckley would
hare screamed. As It was she stood
perfectly still. The eyes of the stran
ger' were darting here and there, final
ly resting on the face in the iglase, jf
which was as plain to hlni as tbe face i
at tbe window waa to ber.' When the
two pairs of eyes met there was a
nuanentary recoil on the part of the
man; then a half dubious, half implor
ing smile came over bis face. It was
answered by the lips reflected in the
mirror, which gave it more confidence.
And why not? Surely It was Hal-
hftcsu, ami wuut g'f vu iuui even- 4
log on seeing a face reflected in a
mdrror would doubt that she waa look
ing' upon her future husband?
There was more in tbe face In the
window than this. Something told tbe
gbi that she was looking upon the
mam who bad written ber that he
would some day come to marry her.
Fta-tbermore. she saw a frank, lngenn
oss face, and the smile it wore was
The girl turned, advanced to tbe
wOndow, threw up the sash and ex
tended a hand to admit tbe visitor.
When be stood in the room before ber
be began: - -
-I am"- '
She lowered ber eyes to tbe floor.
"I am the man who three years ag?.
fancying that the world was Intended
to the seen rather than for a workshop,
made a tramp of myself. I came tu
here one night saw your picture, and
It made a great change In me. I prom
Ised myself that I would go to work
and make tbe money to buy this bouse.
Tiat I have done throuch another per.
sen. I promised myself that I' would
ccane and marry you. I cafrnot do so
without your consent" . ; ,
He was a stranger to ber. But she
had been waiting for blss for three
yrs. It was Halloween, and be stood
looking down upon ber with that pleas
es t smile. She said nothing, but he
knew what she meant
Oct. 9 in American
1183 Lewis Cass. American states
man and pioneer, born: died 18G8.
1 SOS First overland mall from Saa
Francisco reached St Louis; time,
23 days 4 hours.
Howell Cobb, statesman devoted
to southern rights, died: born 1815.
JMO Lambert Tree. Jurist and former
minister to Belgium and Bussia,
died: born 12.
There ts a maxim of unfailing troth
that nobody ever pries into another
man's concerns but with a design to da
hits mischief- South.