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THE ROCK ISLAND ARGUS. SATURDAY. FEBRUARY 15. 1913.
THE ARGUS. Published dafjy at 124 Second sve liue. Rock Inland. (Entered at the ptofflc as cecond-class matter.) Rack Island Member of the Aaaorlated Vrrm. BY THE J. W. POTTER CO. TERMS Ten rent per week, by car rier. In Rock Iolar-d. Comrnlrts nt delivery gorvli-e should lie made to the circulation department. , which should also be notified In every i instance where It 1 desired to have ' par'r discontinued, as carriers have no i authority in the premises. ( All ron-.mijr.l"ations of argumentative ! rharaeter. polltt'-al or religious, must ' have real nane attaei.-(l for publlca- ! tlon. No irh articles will be printed -rr fictitious Igrfb.tjres. Telephones in all departments: Cen- j tral rnlen. West 14',. 1145 and 214; I'nlon Electric. 1145. ' ta cTsfog) council l Saturday, February 15, 1913. Governor Hlpa.se of South Carolina declares he will not attend the in augural ceremoni'1. Now everybody fchoulr go. - - In Japan me Btone the premier, In England he i. stoned by women. Can it be we are going bark to the afone age. A Missouri legislator has introduced a bill making It a misdemeanor for a wife to rifle a husband's pockets. What a horrid man. ! Still, if Wisconsin elected T'nited j States n-tiators by direct vote. rnc 1 ke SirphMiGon would have to put out more dough. Colonel Koosovelt shouts no com promise or alliance with the republi can party. Yet in Main? the 1). m.'s allied with the g. o. p. 'and elected a standpatter senator and in Illinois they are ready for any old deal. r- - The UoeUford Star ask why J. ; Plrrpont Morgan does not buy Mexico and end the trouble. Who knows that he does not already possess most of it? Maybe that is the cause of the rebellion. The li rat. und paramount duty of every cue of the !7 democrats in the general assembly at Sprluglle'd Is to vole for James Hamilton Lewis for I'nited States senator. He is the chelc of the primary and the choice of the democrat in the general elec tion and to fail to nt:i:i-J by him would be to betray the party. JUKI' NOT A I'dlM blll II KIIO. Cotiresninaii Mann, who proposed !o erect u monument to Jeff Uavis, got (scat hn afur. if his object was to attain pub icltv. (Jrand Army posts are writing from day to day and adopt l"u resolution iic.l.t off t'ie inn) (! bouncing Manu ami Jeff an 1 every- - thing thereto p-i t.i inir.c. Mr. Joffer- ' son Dnvia occupied a vi ry u'lwelcomc - position In a flight that fail -d. (Jrneral . 1 ee, (Jeiieral Sumewall Jackson ami n.uny others who went to ;ie frout ii I'd idled red Mckh) for in" cause are held In fo-,..l an 1 h-ioe t 'collect ion by hcir northern iippiuie,,'.; and are acclaimed bv Cram! Army men. Kilt Jen" I ,iis, will' ' ! I lieu- of the glamor f pii.vsii 1 Oee-N of d,.r;io; ' tuchi''; in Vi!i. h... b ! .;'?.e. i's i t'ie rch-rebe'. vhc lieelt. ,i , veil ll.f ' own cause lh" lat ii'."men! and at tempted lj tbcape :n woman'.- ;iUir. . i W ATI i:v M I'.OI'S. t. i : v M i in V. .1 il part "r .i! " bll i cr crops u Lu y. Of 1!.. l.iH - ir" Ij'mI p eeausi! of :.!! f.'Cil- :; admit pill''-'.' to :e Hsl.e.l p y cf ibis orn'rv e: " 1: ick ( f ,l( ';:'.te I '.;!'. ', ilies. Tii it raii:o., I 11 that I hey ii r, e l.o: t r.e e, handle all the t- a!', c they to haii'!!'j. al'hotich lh v have a bled rolling i-u 1; 'o'. T...' olivi ne the Inland rt Ly bjat a u Koo-I Ii.;1. t, wi'hii: i'ie (His remedy wan-1 v. ay b greater qu. .!' - l III m. t 1. mo., is n impri J ii.iii!. ::Uty of out atiE'.ial crops ; to tht big marke'.i.. in ever;- country in Kurope the importance of iuUnd ! waterway as a means of moving the' rops is recognized and millions of i dollais are spent every year on them, i No country in the wor.d is so well I rapplled with stream that can be' made arteries cf traffic as th Cnited I 'atcs, yrt gome ( f the ir.ORt important ' i f the rivers in this country have been ' neglected. The loss of a part of the ! rrnna nnnitnllv frneA rt InQajmafa i transpcrtatiou facilities adds mater ially to tb cost of living. Judge Knapp. h'ad cf the commerce court, in a recent speech in Philadelphia. said: j "It is a matter of common knowl- i edge that the output of traffic for the j fiscal year 1907 exceeded the carrying j tapacity of all our rail and water; lines. Now, with the rapid increase of popu.ation and an equally rapid in- ttease ln productive efficiency that is to say. with a greater army of work ers, better cultivation of the soil and fluer Industrial organization the out put of that year outbt to be doubled, and will be doubled. In another de cade, if only we can provide for its prompt and proper distribution." This Is one of the most serious prob lems confronting the American people today. The railroad are nan;, but ! if very evident that they are unable to handle all Uie traffic. They will not be Injured ln the kail if the inland waterways are utll - ized to their fullest capacity, for there 1b business enough for both. PKI7.KS IOK SCHOOI, INDLS 1U1AI. WOKK. "One cake, loaf of bread, f...ncy pil low, fancy apron, hemstitched hand kerchief, three ears yellow corn, three ears popcorn, cuiart of nev.- wheat, largest and best head of cabbage." This signifies neither a church sa'.e tier a cf-un'v fair, but s:p-."1 ?:!itv it ?n a cour.ty shere industrial wak in recognized by regular training in he j iiMic schools an I rewarded bv prizes a th end of the year. The work is done at home under the direc- j ticn of parents as well as teachers, ac- cr.rf'ir.c to ir. formation received at the 1 TTito:1 'ri.ic hnroQii rif cr ui 1 1rTt ' . , - , , . . , , , ... . TJ exhibit re-cent. y held at Goshen, lad., I 1 . . . . 1 where products such as these are i . . . , . . shown., represents a school and home ' 1 1 movement that Is going on vigorously 1 in many parts of the T n;ted States. It .r , , , , . , ityp.fU-F tlie awak'-ned interest In In- .... , . . custr:;:! training that has come to sup- . . ... .w . . , . , ril.niort in t'i fin!- nr trio f rartihnnQ! wor'.c of the public schools. It means eloper connection than ever before be- , ... , , i nr: rif tno ti'iIim-. ernn-ila It mno n ! twefn fchocl and Iif. huK.nrcs n; n rr this Indiana cour.ty showed their ovo.i tr.p.r mtrtht in the':. school industrial exhibit by furnishing prizes for the bfest products In each class. The Erst prize for the best loaf of broad baked by a school girl was a pold ring, and the second an Axmins- 1 ter rug. The girl who served the most j dpli( lous luncnoon of our dieUe8 waa rewarded wlth a ..gavorv roa8ter j Boyg from ,he B( hoo, whQ ghowed !the most business-like commercial pa- Pt checks, notes, etc. and wrote the bet eompi'sit ion on "What a high school gradna,p should know and be able to do," were presented with sub scriptions to local newspapers. The winners of the corn club exhibit were pivf,n th privilege of a two days' trip to Purdue unhersitv; and there were many other premiums awarded for products actually made or grown by the school children of the county dur ing the year. The Field of Literature Scribner's for March. 11. C. Dwijiht, who contributes to the Marin Si-ribncr an artk-le on "The d'ar.li ris of the Itiisphnri's," is the son and grandson of writers and was born :md brought up in the east which he describes fo picturesquely and ac curiiU'ly. He lias been in Constanti nople ulrnof t i (intiiiuously since tlit' rev uliit ion of the Young Turks. Captain ltostron of the Carpathia has never before given an authorized account of his rescue of the Titanic survivors. There will he his remarka ble tiar'M'ive. written with the blunt i direi t -ss of a sailor. It will be ac-i ' companied by some striking photo-i 1 graphs taken by a passenger ou the ICarpnthiH. j Tl.e a!ley of the Mississippi is do scr;le,l by l'r Fi'lent I'in'.ey as "The Valley if the .'ew Democracy," where men have for a century been working out the pio'leins of Ann rican social and im:-::-' ai.il ( i.tlm w::s borr. i peptile. ui liTe. It is an inspiring lie lb-tine by a man who 1 brought u; among t!io?e ! COUPLE FIND CHINK THIEVES EFFICIKVT I r 1 1 X, rr . . . At. : 1 ' v . - ' 3 : ' 7 Mrs. A. Pattern j (Special Correspondence of The Arg-u ) I San Francisco, Feb. 11. Although . " t -"V ' T- .- : :: I Ichinese burglars may employ peculiar;1161 bur81-ar ,ullel bis .victims in- methods in the pursuit of their voca- tion, the efficiency of these artists ls not questioned by Dr. and Mrs. C. O. Patten, who have Just arrived here from Hongkong. During the 18 months the San Francisco dentist and his beautiful 19-year-old wife remained in the orient they experienced two rebberies which left them without a s'ng'.e one of the valuable presents they received when jthey were married here Just before 'sailing for the fsr east, i The wedding of Miss Lottie Porter, I i . s-.. - "SI I P V tvCii' 1 1 ' WHY HE TOOK LESSONS, Here's a young man who succeeded , v , . . , . in business simplv because he learned . . . . . . . . to cook before he started out. He ,,. u . . .. - . - i"1 a cnei, tuner, in iaci, ne a a stove ealesman. ; , , , ' His father owns one of the largest ; . - , , . stove factories in the countrv. The ..,.. . . ' . jouug man aspires to be a member of , .. I Ui. I "Certainly' said Dad, "but you must j earn your way first." Then he eug- . . , . ' stoves are poor and people are 'hard to change. "Before you go," suggested the fath er, "better take some cooking lessons. Go to the best cooking expert In town and get her to show you how to use our range." So the young man called on the cooking expert and she said she'd take him for a pupil if he was really seri ous about It. The boy said he was serious. A few dnys later he went for his first lesson. While he stood by, the cooking expert made one of her fam ous jelly rolls and some milk biscuit and roasted a piece of meat. He watched closely and the next time he came the cooking expert did the stand ing by, directing his every move, of course. "When I come again I'll go it alone," he said. HE I.KlltVEIt QI ICK. And he did just that. With the cooking expert for audience he made jelly roll which waa ready to cut in CAPITAL BY CLYDE H. TAVENNER. cosi;Ri:s!iMAX-Ei.ECT from the J r r i ht kk NTl l district. (Special Correspondence ti The Argus.) Washington, Keb. 13. Three million dollars i to be the saving to the peo- j as tne result of the ! fact that Congress- j man Ben Johnson of Kentucky is chairman qT the house committee on the District of Columbia. He dis covered that the people in tlio states are paying one-half of the taxes for those who reside in the Distiict cf Colum bia and, until he began to make a fight in congress i hey did not kuow it. Even some of 'ht; members of CLYDE H. i digress did know it. HOI TAVE.HMER The practice of the government standing one-half of the 'axes for residc-rts of the District of Colun.bi '. is an old one. It lias i. en gciuii en for years. Custom is 1 a l.ard tiling to break down. Hut there i , : !? tea .y no 'more reason why the peo I pie of the sTats should bear half of 1 I'ie expense of m-.un'aiiring the D.6 ri 1 ef Cci'imbia than there is why '.hey si. oi. Id p iy ':i.!f of the ta:,rs of the retidef.t s uf the capitals of fctates. R V:.:' . L ft m m e o.u po..cy oi i no government m ; tern on his road or travel in the dark, fand ,c:ieha!f of the taxes makes j while he pays hig proportion of the Washington a tire place for tax dodg- j rost t0 put pieotric ligh's on the rural ing millionaires to build their palaces, j rout,.s, which load out of the city of It might only m- exi.eeud that whon J Washington to the limits of the 70 Mr. Johnson b-au his fight pressure i squal-e miles which constitute the Dis would be brought to bear on him to trict of Columbia. force him to uban-ion It. It was. The -The scnool chnd back in the states great newspaper of Washington played j ls KjVPn desk rocm ln itg humble him and rldicuW him; the senate ephoi at a con of a do;iar or two. set i.sc ; up ag:-.i:s; aim. lie was op posed cr. the floor of the house, r.nd he had to fight, and fight hard,' for every inch of headway he made. IVTEOEST OF THE PEOPLE. But Mr. Johnson took the attitude belie of Winnemucca, Nev., and daugh ter of Dr. W. S. Porter, to Dr. Patten, a graduate cf the University of Cali fornia, at the St. Francis hotel in July, 1911, attracted considerable at tention. The young couple received Jewelry and silverware presents val ued at thousands of dollars. All of these valuables were taken along when Dr. Patten located hig practice at Hongkong. One morning the Pattens overslept. They aweke to find that with the exception of Mrs. Patten's wedding ring and engage ment lings and a gold locket she waa wearing, all of their valuables had dis appeared. Strange odored nunks stuck about the floor made it clear that the Chi- l" Qrrp "wp WUUP ne - a lew weens laier ur. fatten a omce was robbed of $800 in gold. The Pattens then concluded to let others enjoy the prosperity of the orient and return to America. To Star and to Starve. Charles Mathews, the English actor, once went to perform at Wakefield, where, owing to the depressed state cf trade, the drama received no sup port, ne was afterward asked how much money he hsd made at Wake field and replied. 'Not a sbimn." ."Not SI 24 minutes from the time he lighted the oven and milk biscuit, and then he roasted a piece of meat and finished his feat with a casserole. Everything was as it should be and he was as pleased as a boy with his first pen knife. An hour or so aftet he had left, nla father called the cooking expert on the phone and asked if it was possible the boy had done so well as he said She rep'.ied that the best way to prove the matter would be for father and mother to come and see for them' selves. So, at the fourth lesson there was an audience of three. And every thing was done as well as the teacher herself could have done "Well, that is wonderful," said the mother. "I never would have believ ed it, had I not seen." And she fell to tasting her son's Jelly roll, which was delicious, and his biscuit, which were equally goed. ORDERS FLOWED IV. After one more lesson, for a few finishing touches, the young man start ed off to Europe. At first he didn't get a warm wel come from the dealers In southern France and Italy, but when he had giv en one or two exhibitions of what he had learned from the cooking expert, he began to get orders Those people had never before seen anything like what he showed them They looked upon his results as al most miraculous. In a short time he was the talk of the trade, and dealers flocked to see him do his "wondalr-ful cooking. Of course, they wanted stoves that would do work of that sort! Of course, they wonted to know the way to make such admirable "zhelle-roll.' Of course the young salesman showed them how, and when he came back to his native land he brought so many orders for gas ranges that, even if he hadn't been a member of the family he would have been made a member of the firm. COMMENT that he was sent to congress to serve the best interests of all the people and 'not for the purpose of perpetuating ! soft snaps for the 'wealthy of the District of Columbia. Mr. Johnson, after a hard fight, succeeded in strik- jng more than three millions of dol- iars ou, Df tne last appropriation -bill for tne District of Columbia. "The people back in the states are taxed to carry on their locai city, coun ty and state government; and, in ad dition, are taxed to pay one-half of all the municipal expenses of the city of Washington," declared Mr. Johnson. "Congress quarrels and fights within itself over the question as to whether cne or two battleships shall be built, and without batting an eye or asking a question votes the price of a dread- j naught to Washington each congress. v mows oi the old soldiers are com pelled to fight and scramble for an $3 or a $12 a month pension, but the widow of .1 Washington policemm is paid a pension of ?."0 a month and no questions asked, while the $3 pen- I ...... ,J it. n--. it Thn ,.,,. I, , 4 . j .. if I'J ..i same i.i.. u .-. said cf the old soldier himself. TK IIER ItKAKS HER MIAIti:. "The county school teacher' bears her part of a tax burden in order to pay the pehool teacher $1,800 for teach ing 2S0 hours in the schools of Wash ington. The school child back in the rtates bears its proportion of tax at home for school books, and then pays a tax to buy school books for the child of the mi lionaire who lives in Wasiiinptcn. The farmer cn the rural route in the states must carry a lan- while that child bears its proportion of tax which is imposed upon the Amer ican people to give desk room costing $1,210 for each child which has enter ed the school age during the last five years in the city of Washington." a shilling?" repeated" hTs qnestfoner. "Why, I thought you went there to star." "So I did." replied Mathews. "But they spell it with a 've' ln Wake field." Dad'o Disgrace. "We dined ont last evening. Pa db fraced va as usual." "As t how?" "Got to the end of the dinner with three forks and two spoons still un used." Pittsburg Pos Tho Cuckoo, fa the middle aaes the cuckoo was thought to be a god who took the form of a bird, and It was a sacrilege to kill bim. The Romans were less super stitious and more practical. They caught him. killed him and ate him and he'd no bird conld be compared with bim for sweetness of flesh. Hit Moan Comment. "In three months from now," said the man cheerfully, ! expect to own nay own home." "How long." inquired his cynical friend, "is your wife expecting to bo to way?" Cleveland Plain Dealer. Thre Is no greater mistake in tbw world than bting discontented. W. U. rrls- 1 1 Backward, turn backward, O, time, la your flieht! Give me conceit again, just for tonight: Carry me back to the dayi when I wore Loud clothes and, in fact, was a gay sophomore: Smooth from my forehead all traces of care. Cover my poll with a thatch of dark hair; Put all the doubts that assail me to sleep. Give back the self-love I neglected to keep. Tired of the hollow, the base and untrue. I long to be somewhere around 12, With the boundless conceit that enlivened me then When I fantled I wielded a masterful When! ''thought that the things which I j wrote were sublime, I And was eure that my fame must endure ! through all time When I proudly believed that my wisdom was deep And that genius was resting when I went to sleep. I Turn backward. O, time, for tonight. for by won't you please, And let me be gladdened ecstacles? I youth's I Permit me to have the cock-sureness of yore. That I had when I strutted, a proud sophomore. Believing I knew all a mortal might know. And sure I was chosen to lead here be low; Oh, put all the doubts that perplex me to sleep. Give back the conceit I've neglected to keep. Horrible! "Dear me," said Mrs. Gidney as she laid the book aside, "what a terrible situation. The hero has just spilled the last drop of water from his can teen and he Is out on the desert. pcrnaps hunareds of miles from the nearest oasig- What could be mcre awful?" "Having his last match blown out before he got his pipe lit and being hundreds of miles from another," re plied Mr. Gidney after blowing out a few more rings. Friendly Advice. "I have," he said, as he laid his book on the reviewer's desk, "publish ed this volume of poems simply for my own satisfaction and amusement." "Then " advised the critic after he had v hastily glanced at the opening lines, in which "claim" waa made to rhyme with "grain," "I would urge you to take the entire edition and keep it carefully within the confines of your own library." His Fear. "And don't forget when you go downtown today," said the wife of the millionaire who was being tried for juggling with tho books of the great institution of which lie was the president, "to get 'Three Weeks.' " "I'd be mighty glad to do it, Maria," he replied, "but, between you and e, I'm afraid I'll gef about five years." Our Provincialism. "Deah me." said Miss Spreadton after she had lived in England for three months, "how provincial ypu Americans are. When I began to smoke my cigarette awfter dinner in Chicago some of the women present actually looked as if they thought I was doing something unladylifie." Hardships of the Rich. "Thev sav old Gotalotte was DrettT hard hit during the recent panic." "Yes, poor old chap; I'm mighty sor ry for him, too. He is so hard up that be, can't afford to emoke anything bet ter than three-for-f.'ty cigars?" What It Was. "It is possible," paid the speaker, "that some of you have heard b8 story I am about to tell, but " "Possible?" interrupted a little man away down at one of the tables in the farthest corner; "it's a cinch." Greatness. "Pa, when is a man. great?" "When he really wants to keep out of the way of people who take snap ajaotfl." Testmg a Mat. Put on your hat and all outdoor re palla. says the Iindon Chronicle, and then go where you can stand between C strong light and a bare wall. Notice . onr silhouette and note the propor tions and symmetry, if these sre not artistic or satisfactory, throw eway the bat and buy another. The Argus A Blue Ribbon By F. A. Mitchel. Copyrighted. 1913, by Associated Literary Bureau. Harry Spangler, a light hearted young man of twenty, opened the front door and went out for a walk. He was im maculately clnd a silk- hat, a light spring overcoat, gloved and carried a cane. There Is always a weak spot somewhere about us, and the weak spot In Mr. Spangler's attire was one frayed shoestring. He had not gone far before it waa dangling under his heels. He stopped near a stone stoop and, putting his foot upou a lower step, was about to tie it when he discovered that It was broken. Not only was it broken, but broken In the middle, and In order to right It he must take it out, readjust one half of it and throw the other half away. To do this necessitated sitting down on the stone step and taking off his shoe. Looking about him to see that no one was near to see him In such an undignified position he dusted oft the step with his snow white handkerchief, seated himself and went to work. Hav ing withdrawn the string lu endeavor- lug to get It back In place he discover ed that the metal tip had been flattened and would not go into the holes. The cut end would not go In without the skill of a needie threader. He suc ceeded, however, in doing the Job wheu he discovered that the string could not be tied, one end being made shorter than the other. Mr. Spangler was sitting there look ing nt the shoe when along came a young lady a couple of years his junior, dressed as Immaculately as he and withal very pretty. She endeavored to repress a smile at the situation, which she took In at once, then In the kindness of her heart began to feel over her corsage, her shoulders, for something with which to replace the broken string. Finding a narrow rib bon she detached It and handed it to the handicapped man, but the look of despair In his face at being able to in troduce It into his shoe so affected her that, taking off her gloves, she Intro dueed the ribbon with her own deft ?"gPr IIary Put, n the shoe' tled tne uls of the ribbon, then rising shook the leg of his trousers down over it. He was profuse in his thanks, lift ed his hat with a bow he had often practiced before the glass, and the girl who hud succored hln passed on. All thnt was left of her was a blue ribbon. i m niKirla f nn ....... J J .1 1 a .... n LI iiitu niue nuu ttuuui sixteen inches long. When Spangler returned to his home. he took the ribbon out of his shoe, j smoothed et:t the kinks and contem- j nlnt...l It na troliix.fi m.tiiantn f Ilia I . ..... .v M.I U ....... ... V ...V..J IW J . VUV girl whose charming person it had dec orated nifl whose fingers had placed It in his shoe. Then folding It two or three times, lie ran it through the but tonhole of his coat, tied it ln a bow knot and vowed he would leave it there till ' he' Should meet the donor again. Mr. Spansrler'a mind was not so full of important subjects but that there was room for a pretty girl who hml given him a smile for himself and a ribbon for his boot. Whenever he looked at the ribbon, remembering where it had been, lie was distressed to think that it had descended from its position in lie neighborhood of violets to rub'. .i.'iiinst malodorous shoe bbiekin.: It kept fresh in his mind that pink anil white complexion, those eyes of the heaven's own blue, those c.ils of blond sliininir in the sunlight, that dainty figure, displayed by a fash loiinhty cut costume. Spangler never went out on to the street without wearing I he ribbon tied in a butterfly knot in his buttonhole. Several months passed without bin meeting the donor again, when one Cay, turning a corner, be came sudden ly upon her. She passed him without ii'iy sign of recognition whatever, though he caught her gaze momentari ly fastened on the ribbon in bis but tonhole. Notwithstanding thnt it would not have been etiquette for her to no tice a stranger, even though she had succored him in distress, he felt hurt that she hii'l not shown some evidence of having met him before Hut she i passed on in nmong the Ihrong. and he f'.iil not know that be sliouhl ever meet her again. Hut hopeful, he continued to wear j the ribbon. Kvery day for a year he j turned the corner where he bad met !mr. fiinoying that she might have oc- i casion at times in pass that way: yet saw her there no more Hut one gala day while standing on a curb where n crowd bad gathered to seft a procession , pass he turned, anil there in a window i ! with others was the girl who was haunting him. He stood looking up at I i lir for some time, but whether she se.w him or whether she was ignorant j i of his presence he could not tell. At j i any rate, she ignored him. I.oath as i he was to leave her without learning : something by which he might trace her. he felt obliged to move on lest she consider his stare an Impertinence. Spangler fit that the girl had an nd vantage over htm aud was holding on to it. A ma a cho wishes the acquaint ance of a lady must find the means for an introduction There Is among re fined women that gateway which must he passed before the two can have anything In common. If the lady !a about to sail ror tne otter side of the world and the man she would like to kuow elands lieside her, it is a point of honor, or pride, or coquetry with her to leave it to him to break the bar rier between them. Such was the present case. Spang ler, could be have learned who the la.Iy was or where she lived, would have moved heaven and earth to find a mu tual friend to introduce him. Hut he could not attach himself long enough to her to get any Information about her. Once while chatting with a friend on the street she passed him, and be asked the friend If be knew her. Had the reply been definitely in the nega tive Spangler would have accepted the' inevitable. It Is not the inevitable that oubles us; we recover from it vtrj Daily Story soou. It ls the might have been- the slip 'twixt the cup nnd the Hp. Spang ler's companion gave him excruciiiMnff sgouy by saying that he had met the lady, but for his life he could not tell when or where, what was her naiae or where she lived. "Think." said Spangler. His friend thought, but with no re sult. "You're stupid as an owl," snapped Spangler. "If 1 had met a girl any where I would surely le able to recall something by which she might be iden- iinea. It seemed as if fate were determined to tantalize Spangler. lie saw the girl ho wished to know on a trolley car. lie tried to board the car. but it whs going at a breakneck speed. One day he was sitting in a railway car, just leaving a station, when an Incoming train passed him. At a window he saw her Just long enough for her to lower her eyes from his to the ribbon in his buttonhole. Then again she waa gone. On uuother occasion, while on a ferryboat, he saw her standing on the deck of another boat going the other way. Yet never In any of these meet ings did she show the slightest recog nition of ever having seen him before. Spangler had a bosom friend, to whom he told his story, mentioning the fact that, though the girl on pass ing him never failed to cast a momen tary glance on the ribbon ln his but tonhole, she also failed to show the slightest recognition of him, not even permitting herself nu amused smile. "I'll tell you what you do," Bald his companion. "The next time you pass her pull the ribbon from your button hole and wave it about your head ecstatically. Try her on that, and if it doesn't break the Ice the next time ki.a it and weep over it" Spnngler was much comforted by this Idea; but, lover-like, he despaired of ever meeting the girl again. And be didn't that Is, he didn't pass her ou the street or ln a railroad car or an automobile. Bat fate was waiting to give him a far better opportunity than any of these. One evening, being In vited to a dance, he donned his spike tail coat his low cut white vest with eighteen carat gold buttons, and appeared on the scene, quite ready for any conquest that might present Itself. He had no sooner appeared at the doer of the dancing hall, his thumbs in his trousers pockets and bis neck stretch ed to see over his inordinately high shirt collar, than he espied the object of his udoratlon careering with her head over her partner's shoulders in the two step. He had his ribbon ln his pocket ho never wore it where it would attract attention, though lie always carried it with him und on seeing his inamorata he whipped it out and tied it lu his buttonhole. Choosing a partner, he sailed into the dunce, steered her to ward the lady be desired to impress and had the satisfaction to see her eyes fixed on the ribbon as she passed him; but, as at the oilier meetings, her face was us impassive as a marble statue. "I'll break through that if 1 have to disgrace myself to do it," said Span gler. And. going into the geiitkliieu's dressing room, he took the string from one of bis low patent leather shoes and tied the ribbon lu it in a butterfly knot of great beauty, t'u re-entering the bail he found the revelers forming . for a square dance. File ling his part ner, be led her to the set in which tha girl whose attention be " ished to at tract had taken position nnd establish ed himself as her vis a vis.. She ignor ed him ns completely as ever. While standing still his trousers' covered Ills blue ribbon shoestring. The music struck up, and the head couples moved forward und back. Spangler on advancing raised his be ribboned foot and swung it in grace ful curves. The young lady opposite stood her ground, but the rigidity of her faeo showed signs of givlug way. As Spangler receded he left the dec orated shoe ns far forward ns possible. On turning corners be held it high, hopping around on the other foot. The g"al was won! The lady who had furnished the ribbon aud laced his shoe burst into laughter. There were more explosions during the dance, and when It was finished and Spangler led his partner to n sest near that of the girl whose reserve he had conquered the latter gave film il smile that said plainly. "Come and t-pcak to me." He approached, saying, "I leg of you to suggest someone to introduce me." To which she replied, "A man needs no Introduction to n girl who has tied his shoe." ami straightway made room for him be side her. Spangler ln telling the story, which lie does on every pos.-iole occasion, al ways ends with the uorii-;. "It Isn't much of a yarn, but It Illustrates what obstinate creatures girls rre." Where upon his wife adds: "GirU are queer. I suppose, and 1 daresay I was at that time as singular as the rest of them. I admit 1 greatly enjoyed throwing Harry oflf. but when le- !id the shoe string n-t Villi my blue ribbon la a ballroom -it was too inu:h for rnc." Feb. 15 in American History. 1S0.V-The captive United Slates tijg ate l'bi!':l-lp!iia t .tally destroyed' by i.eiibinnt ;!eplieii iieeutur am; u body of I'nr.ed Miitci: mjuiicii It the harbor of Tripod. l&irs-Tle Cnited Slates baniebi; Maine wrecked by a u-y?rious yt, pliedou in the haiiior of iiavar.a J ollieers and 'J'.-t of the crew lost their lives mrK Original models nrfd patterns ol the United Slates battleship Maims destroyed by fire at the Hroolclyu navy yard li4 Mark A. Hanna. United States senator from Ohio, died: born laU7,