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THE ROCK ISLAND ARGUS, SATURDAY, DECEMBER 7, 1912.
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Saturday, December 7, 1912.
It la hoped Jack Johnson will visit
the aoutb on his wedding tour.
The next speaker of the house at
Springfield Isn't sure about it.
Talk about expensive Christmas pres
ents. What can beat a beefsteak, a
pound of butter and a dozen eggs?
Philadelphia la to have a roof gar
den on, its city hall. Wonder what
they'll raise? Municipal scandals, prob
ably. Uncle Joe Cannon Is entitled to Com
mendation for at least one thing. He
hasn't tried to explain how it
The Chicago Post speaks of "pro-
gresslves" and "progressive republl-1
cans." During the campaign it declar
ed all republicans were reactionaries.
There Is some method, after all. In
the madness of the London suffragists.
The acid they are putting in the nr
boxes may dispose of their dressmak
A St. Louis pastor evidently wants to
roh the memhern nf the .Annnfns rlnh
tif their honors. He says that the Unit- j
fd States has become a nation of pro
Seekers after political appointments
would do well to recall the remark of
the late John J. lugalls that "he is a
mighty poor politician that won't prom
ise his friends anything they want."
There were 91,(H0 contributors to
the democratic national campaign
fund of $l.loo.0o ; few individual con
tributions of as much as $10,000.
It now appears that of a progressive
national committee fund of $068,869. ! t'laxton. United States commissioner i e6t VO,e am"g aU the candidat'e8- or
Perkins and Munsey alone gave over I of education, who has charge of the ! more than 2'200'000 in excesa of
one-third, and 47 others gave more than the schools for natives in the terri-1 Roosevelt about 2,700,000 in ex
another third in sums of from fl.oni? 1 tory. i cfsb of Taft. -
to $50,000 each ! I Nevertheless, by continually harping
Th'rontraaf 'is striking Hut man.' Of 82 "1M rHu.,,1 rhiiriron rc.ti ! on the ternl "minority president" the
may be called to flht at Armageddon, i
and few may appear on the field in sub- j
s antial form. It costs money to bat
tle for the Lord.
YEAR FOR GOVERNORS.
This has been an exciting year for
governors In the United States.
Seven of then were the agency
which led Colonel Roosevelt to run
, The governor of New Jersey has been
elected president of the United States.
The governor of Indiana has been
ilected vice president of the United
The governor of California ran sec
ond in the national race for vice pres
ident. The governor of Ohio was a con
testant for the presidential nomina
tion at Baltimore, and is among those
mentioned for cabinet honors.
The governor of Kansas made a
rpectacular campaign for United
Slates senator, but lost.
The governor of .Massachusetts was
re-elected for a third term an unpar
a'elled honor for a democrat in that
THE RETURN OF THE SWAGE.
American complacency received a
serious setback from an unexpected
quarter the other day. For years It
has proclaimed the beauty and wisdom
its treatment of the Indian and has
laid special emphasis on the fact that
if tt did. In earlier, unregenerate days,
put the whisky bottle In the hands of
the red roan. It has now given him the
fpelUn book. "We have taken the
Indian." says Uncle Sam, "and edu
cated him. We have taught him the
Klorles of our way of living; the fine
points of our mode of thought; the ad
vantages of coming out from his stoi
cism and seclusion."
But have we? If the action of
Thorpe, the Indian athlete at Carlisle,
ran be taken aa typical In any way, the
hole fabric falls to the ground. If It
Is only individual, then our system of
education has proved a failure in his
Thorpe Is the man who did such won
derful things in an athletic way. and
to many of them, at the Olympic games
In Sweden. He Is an all-round athlete;
the most famous of his day and, all
things considered, one of the most re
markable this land has produced. Yet
he quits his career in school Just in
the zenith of it, because of "His utter
abhorrence of the public gaze and the
large amount of notoriety he has re
ceived for his various stimts in the
at hie ic world at the Olympic fames
and on his wn native soil, particularly
In football and on the cinder path."
Here is a confession that proves
Thorpe doesn't know what schools are
for and what is the duty of the true
collegian. Any five-year-old-kid can
tell him the answer of the first, which
is to "make the team" or the "eleven,"
or to do something or other out.of the
common in an &hletic way for the
glory of his school. And the duty of
the man who has done something big
In this way is to exploit himself as
much as possible; bring in his rela
tives, too, in paint and picture and
make himself as talked-of as a dan
cer who was mistress of a king or a
murderer who glories in his ghoulish
nesa. More than this, by seeking seclu
sion Thorpe has assailed a large share
of the rest of mankind and womankind
who live to get their names in the
papers. Big business men sometimes
have press agents to chronicle their
deeds in finance and the social world
and if the average person supposes
that the sole function of female secre
taries to prominent women is to keep
tab on their engagements, he has no
knowledge of the ways they work the
press, the pictures that are always
ready for print the tales of madame's
doings that are offered the newspapers.
Thorpe's attitude is an indictment of
the great motto- of the day: "Be
THE RING OF REAL MANHOOD.
Beaten for governor of Washington,
Bob Hedges says:
"I can be a miner again, or I can
furl tops'ls off Cape Horn once more.
If I must, I can sweep the streets, I'll
take the best thing that offers, for
there are four fine boys at home who
must be fed, clothed, educated and
set In the right way of life, and It is
necessary that they should have a bet
ter chance than their father had."
Clearly, politics hasn't made an id
ler or a sycophant of Bob Hedges.
Like other fathers he's thinking about
Ms boys who have to be fed and
clothed and educated, and he wants
them to have a better chance than be
ha'1' though he seems to have made the
best he could of the chances afforded
But it is the spirit of Bob Hedges
that establishes kinship with him. "TT
I must, I can sweep the streets." Mon
ey earned sweeping the streets Is
money honestly earned and any honest
labor is honorable.
It would sound mighty good on ears
tired of the paternalistic twaddle
about pensions for ex-presidents if Mr
Taft or Mr Roosevelt should say that
if necessary to their support they would
raise chickens. Some such statement
as that would bring a glow of strength
and a feeling of pride and a buoyancy
to spirit that would be worth a thous
and reams of Fourth of July orations.
Two-thirds of the high schools in
the United StateB now have complete
A compulsory school
...... fflP iEt. "iu ,,,, d J ,
examined by medical inspectors in a
large city school sysfem only 28.721
were free from physical defect; the
remaining S3.503 were found physical
ly defective in one or more particu
lars. Instruction in elementary mining is
recommended by the British board of
education for schools 'in mining dis
tricts. It is suggested that such in
struction can be most effectively giv
en, not in separate and detached les-bt-ns,
but in connection with the reg
ular schools subjects.
Separate schoolo are necessary for
tlio proper solution of the vocational
s tool problem In the United States,
according to Kdwin G. Cooley of Chi
cago, special investigator of vocation
al education. These schools, says Mr.
Ctioley. must not be regarded as sub-
stitutes for the present schools, which
i.ri ciomg satisfactorily a necessary
wcrk, but as supplementary to them.
here Is a high school over a store
at Norris, Mo. Four families who
wanted their children to have a high
school education w ithout going to town
for it established such a school over
the village store. Nineteen pupils,
fthe girls and 14 boys, attended this
school last year. The course of study
Is that of standard Missouri high
schools, and the work is fully approved
by the state authorities. Other coun
try high schools of the same Kind
Nearly 2.000 titles of books and ar
ticles on children appear in tbe
"Bibliography of Child Study, 1910-1T,"
complied by the library of Clark uni
versity and Just issuecK for free dis
tiibution by the United States bureau
of education. Such topics of current
interest as the boy scouts, binet tests,
exceptional children, crime among mln
orr. Infant mortality, eugenics, open
air schools, medical inspection, sex
edt cation and vocational training are
included in the titles listed.
A unique feature of the "Deutsches
Haus" of Columbia university is the!
lil rary, which is unlike any other in
ttat it confines itself to current Ger
man literature since 1871. Director
T..mbo is making the library of the
"Iiaus" essentially "a repository of
material of immediate interest" and
th. result is a collection of books,
articles, newspaper clippings and oth
er fugitive material that is not avail
able at any other library or university.
A woman looking over costly Jewel
cases In one of tbe most expensive of
h npiewn shops. the other ny yry
This Christmas plum pudding was'
perfect of its kind 30 years ago, and
age has not dimmed its ability to please
the most fastidious palate. It should be
made days, or even weeks. In advance.
then set aside to ripen. Put Into a large
mixing pan one pound finely chopped
beef suet, remoying all the strings, one
pound seeded raisins, one pound cur
rants weighed after cleaning, one pound
finely gTated bread crumbs, two chop
ped apples, two ounces minced orange
and lemon peel, the same amount fine
ly sliced citron, one ounce chopped al
monds, three ounces well sifted flour,
teaspoonful each ground ginger, cinna
mon, salt and grated nutmeg, and a
half teaspoonful cloves. Mix very thor
oughly, then add four well beaten eggs
mixed with a half pound brown sugar.
Beat well, add two wine glasses grape
juice, and a half cup of milk and com
bine with the dry mixture. If too dry,
add a little more milk, and if too moist,
a few bread crumbs. Beat 10 or 15
minutes with a wooden spoon or the
hand. Have ready a pudding bag of
heavy cotton or linen, wring dry,
dredge with flour, pour the mixture in
the center of the cloth, and drawing
the ends together, tie securely, leaving
sufficient room for the pudding to swell.
Have ready a large pot of rapidly
boiling water with a tin lid or saucer
on the bottom, to prevent the bag strik
ing. Move the bag about several times
to make sure that it is evenly satura
ted, then cover closely, and let boil for
five hours without allowing the water
to stop boiling for a moment. If nec
essary, add a little boiling water from
the tea kettle from time to time. When
done, remove the bag from the pot and
let dry a few moments before taking
from the bag. This, in case it is made
THE MINORITY PRESIDENT
The New York "Tribune" and oth
er newspapers in headlining the lateBt
compilation of the popular vote at the
presidential election, say that, "Wil
son will be a minority president."
This is true enough in a way, but it is
not quite true in the sense in which
their employment of the term "minor
ity" is often taken when used.
It is a fact that the vote of both
Roosevelt and Taft not to speak of
the vote for Dobs and Chafin, consti-jory
. ' ' J : " "
hMi-i. itq irkTit v Qimlnct Wil.
son, but Wilson polled by far the high-
impression is made on a part of the
public mind that the president-elect
has a lower vote than either of the
other principals, or that there is some
thing altogether exceptional in the
fact that, he will go to the White
house without having a clear majority
New York, Dec. 4. Editor The Ar-1 migratory birds, which will become
gus: You have done a great service before congress during the present
to the public by publishing, in a re-: session. If the members of both
cent issue of your paper, the editorial I houses are made aware that their con
entitled "Conserving the Birds," direc-c- stituents are strongly in favor of this
ing the attention of your readers to bill, it certainly will be passed. If it
the enormous and steadily increasing j be passed, the federal government
damage done by insects to crops and i may be relied upon to see that it is
other vegetation. It is well thus to j enforced.
point out the importance of the parti It is, therefore, the plain and im-
played by birds in keeping down in -
sect pests, and the fact that the num
bers of such birds are steadily de
creasing because in some states they
are slaughtered annually by the tens
of thousands as "game."
Permit me to remind your readers
that, a certain and complete remedy
for these dangerous and intolerable
conditions exists in the form of a
bill for the federal protection of all
truck with tbe beautiful, ivory-like
finish of a number of tbem. "What
are they made of?" she asked admir
ingly. "Garfish skin, madam," answer
ed tbe salesman. "Garfish leather, we
find,- Is very little known about out
side of the trade, and yet it has come
to be of importance. It not only can
be worked up to the polish, but it is
wonderfully bard. They say certain
tribes of Indians knexr its secret and
that among tbem it was nsed as ar
mor, tbe tradition being tbat a breast
plate of it would resist any tomahawk
or arrow. It can be made now so that
it will turn the edge of a knife or a
spear." New York Sun.
The Fifth and Dental Nerves Are tht
Most Agonising Thriller,
Which part of the human body is the
most sensitive to pain?
A sharp definition must be drawn
here between irritation and pain. Irri
tation is not pain, but only a frequent'
cause of It Thus a crumb lodged in
tbe larynx near the vocal cords pro
daces violent irritation and prolonged
coughing, which often result in actual
pain. So. too, a fly or speck of dust in
the eye sets up violent irritation and
Inflammation, followed by acute paln.
Of the burface ofthe body the finder
on the same day on which it is to be
served. If made ahead, let hang In the
bag until Christmas morning, then put
into a pot of boiling water and cook for
an hour before serving. Turn out on
a hot platter, decorate with greens,
tucking a little bunch of holly on the
very top, pour a little brandy around
It and set on fire Just before bringing
into the dining room.
Serve with a hard sauce composed of
well beaten butter and powdered sugar
with any flavoring preferred, or with a
French sabylon sauce.
CHRISTMAS PLCM PCDDIJfG XO. 1,
One cup of suet finely chopped, two
cups bread crumbs, one cup vinegar,
one cup seedless raisins, one cup cur
rants, one cup nuts, chopped well, one
half cup citron, one cup sour milk, one
teaspoon soda dissolved in the milk
one teaspoon cloves, two teaspoons cin
namon, one-half of grated nutmeg, four
eggs well beaten. Flour your fruit well
from one pint flour and add the rest to
the pudding. Boil or eteam four hours,
CHRISTMAS PL I'M PCDDIXG XO. 2.
Three cups sifted flour, one cup seed
ed or seedless raisins, one-half cup
thinly sliced citron, one cup sugar, one
cup chopped walnuts, two tablespoons
olive oil, one-half teaspoon each of cin
namon, cloves, nutmeg and grated lem
on peel, one teaspoon soda, one tea
spoon salt, four eggs thoroughly beat
en, sour milk to make a thick batter
Steam four hours. Serve with lemon
sauce made with one cup of sugar dis
solved In one pint of hot water. When
the water comes to a boil, stir slowly
Into it a tablespoon of whole wheat
flour, rubbed smooth in one-half cup of
cold water. Let boil 10 minutes, stir
In a lump of butter, a sprinkle of nut
meg, and pour tt over a thinly sliced
lemon. Serve cool.
CHRISTMAS PLUM PIDDING XO.S.
Three cups grated bread crumbs, two
cups chopped suet, three cups seedless
raisins, chopped, one-half cup each cur
rants and citron, one cup sugar, one
half teaspoon each salt, nutmeg and
cinnamon, five eggs, beaten, two level
teaspoons flour, made into a thin bat
ter with milk. Steam four hours.
in the popular vote, over all candi
dates. In this respect he is in the same
position as John Quincy AdamB, Zach
ary Taylor, James Buchanan, A bra
were In a notable or considerable de
gree. It has been seldom that any
president has had a majority over all
his competitors outside of the time
of the great republican preponderance
in recent years; and there have been
even two presidents wthin the mem
of living men who actually had a!
lower popular vote than the princi
pal candidate that failed of election
Hayes and Harrison.
Mr. Wilson will not be a "minority
candidate" in that sense, and It is in
that sense only that the term ought to j
be used. It would be better, as re-!
gards the public impression or under- j
standing of it, to say that he will be
a "plurality president," although In I
that respect the vote which he poKed !
Is higher in its percentage of the!
W'hole than has ever been given to any
of the presidents, with but one ex
ception, who have been thus elected.
, perative duty of all persona who de-
Eire to have our insectivorous birds
protected, in order that they may con
tinue their immensely valuable ser
vices to the farmer and the consum
er, to write at once to their sen&H-
tors and representatives and urge the
prompt enactment into a law of the
federal migratory bird bird.
Youra veny truly,
W. T. HORNADAY.
dps and tbe end of the tongue are mdst
sensitive. Fcr Instance, a burn on tbe
fingers is much more painful than one
on the back would be. while one on tbe
tongue would be more painful still.
Deep wounds are not painful, as a
rule, save as regards the surface in
jury. Of palris not caused by external
1c Juries neuralgia of tbe fifth nerve,
the one which supplies the akin of the
head and face, is the most intense. It
has frequently driven people mad for
the time being, and sufferers have been
known to cut and even burn the flesh
in desperate attempts to relieve It The
rupture of the branches of the dental
nerve in tooth drawing also causes
agony so Intense that it has been stated
that no human being could endure it
(or more than two seconds at a time.
Dentist (ti o.d lady who wants tooth
pulled Do you want gas. madam?"
Old Lady Well. T should say so. I
don't propose to stay In the dark wit! j
jon or nnv cher man.
South Bend, Ind. Two indictments
charging Roy A. Winchester, promi
nent South Bend real estate man, with
forgery and obtaining money under
false pretenses have just been return
ed by the grand jury.
S XtVJtCJKJt ft. SMITB
EVERYTHING mnt have an end.
Same aa a beginning.
Thqre' a clow, you may depend.
To the longest Inning.
Artist, draw a headstone hero.
No; you need not shed a tear.
Random rjme. however pink
Or however clever.
Take It from your old friend Dunk,
Can't ran on forever.
Borne day there must come a stop
To the most prolific crop.
Writing poems to the trade.
If the trade's a glutton,
la. I'm very much afraid.
Much like cutting mutton
Or like sawing wood, we'll say;
Better yet. like baling hay.
It's a grind, you may depend.
Ask some gifted writer
Who you call your dearest friend
If the task Is lighter
Than the lob of throwing coal
In some ever hungry hole.
Not without regret we come
To the final winding.
But the Joy bells are not dumb
At the thought of grinding
Out no more the gibe or sons.
Reader, gentle one. so long!
Mora Than One Way.
1 need a new party gown, but I hate
to ask my husband for it."
"I'll tell you -what to do."
"Tell him the cost of living is so
high that you owe the grocer a large !
"That's no He. Say on."
"And that the grocer's wife is to be
at the next party and if she sees you
looking shabby yon know."
"Have you seen Mayme today?"
"Thursday Is Clara's birthday."
"Mayme is getting up a surprise on
"I knew Mayme would get even with
Clara for saying she couldn't sing."
"Has your club president executive
"Indeed it is. Why. she has cut off
the heads of every aspirant for her po-
sition for the Inst three years."
"Don't you Just love the moonlight,
"Yes; so soft and mellow, you know."
"Oh, yes; to be sure. And mighty
fine for coon hunting tool"
"Have you seen Belle's latest photo
graph?'' "No. I haven't called there lately."
"Clara has one and is showing it to
every one who calls."
"Is it as bad as that?"
Make Your Own Guess.
"How about Brady's honesty?1'
"Well, he's been in the legislature
and is too rich and lazy to dispute you,
no matter whnt you eay about him."
For All Bad Times.
Suppose your candidate gnt lost.
Be thankful just the same
That you can have a president
On which to lay the blame-
After you run a motorcar a season
you understand why tbe automobile In
dustry grows a few millionaires every
Trying funny business upon a stupid
locking man 13 sometimes just like
monkeying with a buzzsaw.
If you want to flatter a woman tell
her she knows how to dress. If you
want to flatter a man listen to him
talk of himself.
Worry if you want to, but don't in
sist upon having help.
We miss half the pood things of life
by being so busy taildng that we over
Some persons are so busy starting
something that they haven't time to
make a finish.
An optimist is a man who will bet
on his luck wben all the cards are run
ning the other fellow's way.
According to the newspaper story of
old. the farmer used to blow out the
gas before he went to bed. but now he
counts a big roll of bank bills while ' eyes didn't trouble me so much I'd try
tbe city man wntches him with hungry j bookkeeping, but what's the use? I
eyes. I believe Sarah has a boiled dinner to-
' day. Well. I'm glad of that If there's
Supers nntiated Jokes are revivified i one thing I enjoy it is an old fashion
every seven years and appear as per- ed boiled dinner."
fectly new and husky langbs. Evidences of the dinner of corned
! beef and cabbage permeated tbe little
Natural. I bouse from front to back. Mr. Top-
Mn natterson The ladies of thai ham leaned back In his choir and
parish got up a baby show tor the
benefit of tbe hospital-
Mrs. Cbatterson Was It a success?
"Ob, a howling success!"
What I aspired to be and was not
comforts sae. Brownie
Mrs. Topham's Invention By Mildred Jernejfan.
Copyrighted. 1311. ty Associated Literary Bureau.
The Tophams grew poorer every
year. On the st day of January
Samuel Topham registered a solemn
vow that on the very next day he
would set forth in quest of work for
the ensuing year work that would
bring him in a steady income with
which to support his growing family.
On the 2d day of January Mr. Top
hain usually had a brilliant idea a
brain splitting conception of a patent
dishwashing machine or a baby tender
that might take the place of a paid
nursemaid, or an automatic flapjack
griddle which not only would grease
Itself, but weuld also tip a suspended
pitcher of batter so that one might
have a continuous succession of well
browned flapjacks as fast as one could
remove them from the self greasing,
nonburnlng. . self adjusting griddle.
Anything in the way of a work saver
or labor eliminator appealed to the In
ventive faculty of Samuel Topham.
As these Ideas attacked Samuel on j
the second day of the new year, of
course he then abandoned the idea of
seeking manual labor nnd devoted
himself exclusively to the perfecting of
this latest patent Under these cir
cumstances It became necessary for
Mis. Topham to find some means of
supplying her husband and seven lit
tle daughters with food and clothing.
This she did by home baking. She did
it cheerfully and without complaint
'or the Tophams, great and small, had
111U11LII7 Itlllil 111 I'll 9 111 ilt'iin auu
contentedly scrimped and saved so that
one day all of them might live sumptu
ously on the proceeds of his success
when It should really come to pass.
On this particular New Year's morn
ing Samuel bsd registered his custom
ary vow with more than bis accustom
"There's no use talking. Sarah," he
said, sinking heavily into a kitchen
chair and looking appenlingly at his
plump little wife from his prominent
light blue eyes. "I haven't got the
heart to see you go through another
year like the last Tomorrow morning
I shall set out and find a Job, some
thing that will at least bring us in
bread and cheese."
"You've said that before, Sam." re
turned Sarah placidly. "You haven't
got to worry about that I'm making
enough from my baking to pay the gro
cer and butcher, and we can wear our
old clothes for a little while longer. I
am sure the automatic griddle will be
a money maker. Why, whenever 1 feel
extra tired I Just think how easy we
will hive it when that automatic grid
dle is on the market and yon"
Samuel lifted a fat hand and shook
his head sadly. "I'm afraid that the
automatic griddle Is not a success," be
announced in a hollow voice.
"Not a success?" Sarah Topham's
voice showed more genuine dismay
than It had done in the case of the
failure of the dishwasher nnd the baby
tender, which bad been tbe Inst two
'inventions of her husband's restless
j brain. Now she removed her hands
i from a bowl of flour and surveyed
1 Samuel's gloomy countenance with a
j severe look on her usually good na-
tured fuce. "You have heard some
thing new?" she asked.
"Yes. I hnd a letter a most pecul
iarly worded letter from Mr. Bow
man," admitted Samuel, taking an en
velope from his pocket and surveying
tbe superscription resentfully.
"Well, what did he say. Samuel?
You know you asked htm for a candid
opinion of its merits. He's your sec
ond cousin and ought not to be afraid
to speak right out"
"He spoke right out," muttered Sam
"What did he say?"
"He said," returned Samuel reluc
tantly, "that no one except an unmiti
gated idiot and a constitutionally lazy
and shiftless loafer would ever have
spent a year of God's good tltne in
perfecting such a fool's idea as my
automatic griddle. 1 believe you might
call that a candid opinion."
"Why the idea!" gasped Sarah Top
"I shall seek a job tomorrow." went
on Samuel weakly.
He was surprised at his wife's
prompt reply. "It's a good Idea, Sam
uel," she said energetically. "I'm
afraid 'that we haven't capital enough
to wait until the griddle Is a success."
"Of course. Sarah, when yon lose
faith in me I must go to the wall."
said Samuel Topham with dignity, Hnd
so, folding the frankly written letter
of bis second cousin, the inventor left
tbe kitchen and strolled into the par
lor of Ihe cottage, where his morris
chair was drawn before a glowing lit
tle air tight stove.
From the window he could see his
seven diminutive daughters coasting
down tbe bill that sloped from their
cottage to the highroad. He sighed
deeply. If bitt wonderful schemes bud
only csrrledut successfully these sev
en daughters would each be an heiress,
wearing rich fur coats and ermine
hoods Instead of bright little red caps
and clonks fashioned by Sarah's busy
"Ha-hnmr sighed Samuel, filling his
pipe and reaching for the morning
newspaper. It was necessaT for Sam
uel to subscribe to a New York daily
pnper in ordr to keep track of the
latest inventions of other creative
bruins. "I must go out and look for a
Job of some kind tomorrow. If my
! smoked easily and read the paper from
beginning to end, not even omitting
tbe "want" columns, which were pain
fully suggestive of work.
In tbe kitchen Sarah Topbam flew
i cround from table to stove, to sink nnd
1 pantry and back to table again. There
was a high color in her cheeks, and
her blue eyes flashed strangely as sbe
went to and fro, preparing the good
dinner, filling In gaps of time with the
making of a cake or a batch of biscuit
for the customers wlio were only too
glad to buy her toothsome wares.
A knock came at the back door, fol
lowed by the anxious face of her near
est neighbor. Mrs. Morris.
Tni in a heap of trouble, Mrs. Top
ham." began tbe visitor, sinking into a
chair, "and wben I smelted your boiled
dinner 1 wondered if yon wouldn't help
"What is itr asked Sarah prac
tically. "You know we never haTe dinner at
noon on Saturday; I always wilt and
have it when William comes home at 7
o'clock. Today 1 only hnd a few sand-
wlches for lunch, because I'm going
down to my sister's to dinner tonight
and William will meet me there. Not
tfive mlnntes ago I had a telephone call
'from the depot saying that my aunt
nnd her husband and their four chil
dren are passing through here on their
way to Westlnke and will be at my
house at dinner time; that's fifteen min
utes, and I haven't got a mouthful in
the house to eat. and they are great
providers aud have regular farm appe
tites. Would you sell me your dinner?"
Sarah puckered her brow au Instant
and then it cleared. "Yes, of course."
sbe said sensibly. "Shall I dish it up
for yon. or will you carry the pots over?
I've got a pot of potatoes boiled sepa
rately." "I'll take the pots over. Hare yon
got a pie to spare?"
"Yes," said Sarah calmly, bringing
the last pie in the house and. folding it
in a clean napkin. "Want any help?"
"No. indeed. I've got time to run
back and forth. I'm n thousand times
obliged to yon. Mrs. Topham. I'll bring
my pocketbook over neit trip."
At 12:30 Sarah Topham called her
seven little girls in to dinner, and. aa
this was the signal for Samuel to also
appear at the table, tbey all gathered
about the board together.
The little girls clapped their hands
over a great dish of boiled rice and a
huge pitcher of milk that formed the
principal dishes on the table.
The face of Samuel Topham was a
study In disappointment when be sur
veyed the plain menl. Sarah avoided
his eyes and poured out two cups of
"Yon've forgotten the boiled dinner,"
he ventured ratber timidly.
"Oh, no; there isn't any boiled din
ner," returned Sarah cnlraly. "I sold
it to Mrs. Morris. She had unexpected
"Sold the dinner? Are we to eat this
rice?" Mr. Topham's voice was elo
quent of disgust
"Of course. It's very nourishing.
Samuel. Yon know the Japanese live
almost entirely upon rice and fish.
Tbey whipped the Russians, you
"I know, nut I'm hungry. Sarah."
"If you eat rice enough, Samuel, I'm
sure you can get along. I've been
thinking that we would live entirely
on rice until the putotnatlc griddle is a
success. Rice is cheap, and we need
all 1 can earn to"
"Oh, very well, Sarah, you needn't
explain any further," said Samuel, with
great dignity, and forthwith attacked
his rice nnd milk gloomily.
All tbe afternoon lie spent in moody
cogitation before the air tight stove In
the parlor. He did not see his wife
slip quietly out of tbe side door and
hasten down the street and turn into
the wide driveway of Moses Bowman's
handsome home. He did not see ber
when she returned with Hushed cheelo
and resumed her work In the kitchen.
"Rice for supper, too?" he asked dis
mally at G o'clock that night.
"Yes, Indeed. I'm greatly taken with
the idea. Samuel." cried his wife en
thusiastically. "Let us live upon rice
and milk until one of your Inventions
Is perfected. I'm sure the children are
willing to do it."
Mr. Tophnm said nothing at all in
reply, nnd wben t tie meal was con
cluded he put on tils hat and left the
house. It was significant that he. too,
turned into the Moses Rowmun place.
At 0 he returned to lind Sarah darn
ing stockings before the fire.
"I've got a Job. Sarah," ho said In
a heartbroken voice. "Moses Bowman
says be will gie uie a life Job in his
office as :;soistant bookkeeper. I've
taken It and go to work Mouday morn-'
ing. 1 can't live on rice and milk
whether the world loses flapjack grid
dles or not. 1 don't suppose there ever
will be an invention to equal that one."
"I don't know about that." said Sa
rah Topham to herself as sbe broiled a
steak she bad secreted to celebrate this
anticipated event. "I don't know about
that I've an Invention of my own
that would make me a millionairess If
I could get it on the market, but I
guess I'll have to give It to my daugh
ters for wedding gifts some day. I
guess I'll call it Sarah Topham's Au
tomatic Genius Cure.' for it certainly
will make a man work when nothing
else appeals to him. Starve 'em oat,
I say. That's my Invention!"
Dec. 7 in American
IbOH-iingh McCuiloch. Ktatesmnn. see
retary of treasury under Lincoln,
second term, born In Maine; died
lS2-At Prairie Grove. Ark., the Con
federates were repulsed In an at
tack upon the Federal army. Each
side lost about 1.200 men.
1907 J. II. Stoddard, called tbe "dean
of the American stage." died; lMrn
Blobbs Tlie average wife tells her
husband everything she hears. 81obb
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