PoblUliMl 'early at 1614 Second ave
o. Rock Islana. Ill (Entered at tba
etolBc aa sacond-claaa matter.)
Rk lalaa Master f th 4 rt4
BY THE J. YV. POTTER CO.
TERMS To cents per wek, by cax
rir. In .Rock Island.
Complaints of tfeHvery aerrlca should
fca made to tho circulation department,
which ahoold also be notified In every
Inajanc wbere It ta desired to hare
paper dlacontlnaed. as carriers hare no
authority In the premisea
All eomnttinlcatlona of a rgomentatlve
character, political or religious, mast
hara real name attached for publica
tion. No such artlclea will ba printed
tver fictitious slris&tnraa.
Tetonnonea In all departments: Cen
tral Union. West 145. 1145 and 1144;
Union Electric. S14S.
Wednesday, April 23, 1913.
Days like these remind that the In
dian knew how to live.
J. P. (Morgan's wealth Is estimated
at llOo.WW.OOO. Ia there economic Jus.
tioe in the accumulation of such fabu
lous wealth in the hands of one man?
This U Dpogias day In Springfield.
Those who pay tribute to the memory
of the great patriot Douglas honor
"Never btrrry," in the advice of Sir
William Osier. Yet In this era of au
tomobiles It js best to be reasonably
spry in crossing a street.
.Next year the people will elect 32 I interested parties who Want to re
senators by direct popular ballot, and j ceive some special privilege to the
rtate primaries will lie held generally. ; advantage of their pocketbook at the
The man who doean't vote ought to go expense of the rest of the country,
cut of fashion. . The sugar man can figure out that
i hteh priced supar is to the advantage
Tennessee's executive and legislative
tangle is so serious that the governor
may veto 1 bills. They oali this a
deadlock, but it looks more like an ava
lanche of buathem.
Tfc. . ' ' . , ,
The Taber Lumber mill at Keokuk
mills are going out of business. Iowa s
sole survivor of this great industry is I
the Atlee mil at Kt. Madison, and its
days are numbered.
At present the wireless works over
an average space of 3.CHX1 miles, but
an American inventor thinks he has a i
plan to utilize a around the world. In j
the whole ranpe of electrical science I
mankind is waitinir and readv to ho 1
The torles' prediction of ruin to Eng
land to follow adoption of the lib
erals' policies is, like all tory predic
tions, proved untrur. Government fig
ures show practically no unemploy
ment last year beyond what was
caused by the tea" strike.
Corporations' net earnings increased
by $250,000,0(10 in 1:U2 over H'll. and
the government's ini re ised revenue is
therefore J2.fi0n.n00. That predictions
of dire calamity to corporators to fol-
low their strict regulation were with-
out foundation is ;!tes id
figures of their growth.
in these ;
" " ". j cial privilege, and we are afraid that
TI1K I'KOI'l.lU'tl't.r.. ; these special privileges are frequent-
Colonel Moriarity of the 7th ir.fan- ' !y boucht either directly or indirct
try, Illinois Na'ic.rtal Cuard. threatens ' ly. and v. e think that in principle it
to prosecute ruipoyers who have dis- Is wrong to give any line of industry
-charged certain of their employes wl.o a spec ial privilege at the expense of
are enlisted in the national j;uard and the communi'y at large. We think
"who were absent from their positions that free trade is right in principle
fo lon; beta ise'i'f the flood service n; aid hr-n e we want it as the ultimate
Cairo i re., nit on ali commodities and on ail
., These men who went to the front in
the very unpka.-aiu flood ( an-.pu-n ;
left clean ar.d coxfora;. occupr.
tions: U ft their hntr.es ar.i n;!' c?cd
their domes-tic and business, duties at
"home in response to the rail for he!;)
from the women ar.d cKh'ron of the
. flood-strii ken districts ?ho;''.d be ro
t'cted. Any employer who d.fcharges a man
for such aervice observes to he con
demned and pilloried
Strength to Ociorel Moriarity'? good
'right arm, and if f miftak" not his
r.ame, he is some fif titer.
This thing of pena!!zir.s patriotjc
service and punishing men for hero
Ism mils: be stopped.
THK 8lli:Ki' A.M III V. tiO.VIS.
The progressives have an opportu
nity to show their sinot rity by fol
lowing the leadership of President
Wilson. This, they may rest assured,
t ie bourbons will not do. The agents
of "privilege" will oppose President
W Uaon because he is genuinely pro-
greasive. As Uie Chicago Pubi c sug-
"It is the duty of progressives of
every party to support every pro
gressive action or policy of President
Wilson. This is Senator LaFoliette's
declaration, and it discloses a politi
cal vision without a flaw. So long as
President Wilson holds as true to the
progressive course as he has so far
shown his purpose of doing, the po
litical sheep will be distinguished
from the goats, not by party labels,
but by the help they give him or the
hindrance they offer."
OPPOBrCSfTY OF THKTI'RK.
Id a recent dispatch Count Rcman
ones, the Spanisii premier, was quoted
as saying that a wonderful transforma
tion bad taken place in Fpain since it
lost Cuba. The "efforts of the Span
lards sine then have been concen
trated on the task of developing their
ra country, and the old and primi
tive methods of agriculture have giv
en iiaie 10 scienti&c larnUEg, with, up-
to-date implements, while mines that'
wre carelessly worked hare been ays- j
tematically developed, and manufac-
tures have grown steadily. I
It may be that the loss of most oi
their possessions in Europe will hate
the same effect on the Turks. There
are men of brains among the Turks, as
among all peoples, and they may be
able to induce their countrymen to
turn their attention now to the devel
opment of their Asiatic possessions.
Addressing a meeting before the Em
pire club in Toronto a few days ago,
TauCk Musarrij. who described him
self as an American in education and
ideas, although a native of Turkey,
said that lus countrymen now had a
grand chance to profit by the lesson
that had been taught, and that if they
devoted all their energies to the work,
they could make of Asiatic Turkey a
garden spot of the earth .
The hold of the Moslem priests on
the Turks has been stifling for cen
turies, but there were evidences during
the Balkan war that it is now loosen
ing. Mr. Musarrij says that the lack
of education among his countrymen
has been due to the priests and he be
lieves that the Turks will not much
longer bet content to rf main in ignor-j
anoe. ' ,
There is no doubt that the power ot I
Mohammedanism has been greatlv
weakened by the reverses the Turks j
have sustained, and there ought to be, j
in, the course of a few years, a good j
field . for Christian missionaries In
A BCSINK9S MAX OJS THE TARIFF
The head of one of Dubuque's larg
est manufacturing industries has giv
en out for publication copy of a let
ter which he has addressed to the dis
trict's representative in congress and
which was drawn forth by the re
quests of protected manufacturers
who take some of his company's pro
ducts to lend his influence to secure
retention of duties on their products:
"We frequently receive letters from
of the United States. The man who
mines mica thinks the people should
pay a high price for mica. The man
who raises lemons in California thinks
the people on the Atlantic coast
should be forced to buy his California
lemons. When Dubuque was mining
,Pad and Wack jack we thought that
the rest of the United States should
pay us for the privilege of buying
this lead and zinc from Dubuque.
"Machine tool manufacturers are i
urrine urxin us the nw-pssiiv of kppn. !
ing a high tariff on machine tools, for '
fear that Germany or some other !
countrv mav Kimniv the American
people with machine tools that might !
compete with ours. !
"We think it is wrong in principle i
that the neonle should nav our mm. !
pany a premium for anything when ! lining. And it will attack it xunaa
tiiere is a place in the world that I mentally. It will go to the farm
thev can be served to better advan-! where the necessities of life are pro
I-Yee tnide mit-ht knoi-k ns nut on !
some particular line of work, and if
it does, then we would decide that
those were right conditions and we!
would turn our energies in some oth- j
er direction. We are no! at ail afraid
that we cannot serve the people in
some manner to tne satislaction or
bo:h' ourselves a;d them, and if we
can rot serve them, then it is not the
fawn of the people, but simply a hard 1
"ln ,'lf t l!lal wt are noT Klvin"
irr. anil uc do not deserve to he raid
for something we do not produce. We
tiiink that a high tariff is simply spo-
I t ch ;' work. When trade is artifi-fi-tlly
driven in any direeMon, it is our
opinion tr.at it will ultimately result
t li'o injury of the many and the
proi;t of the few."
Not many manufacturers we dare
are writing letters !.ke the fore-
go:::g to their congressman because
i; few of them have the unselfish
ness to concede that if free trade
: lo'ild take away their trade in one
; : t i jlar 'ir.e. "we would turn our
Miccic. in another diree-tiou." and
"we sre not r.t a!l afraid that we can
not serve th? p-'c-pie in some other
direction." and "if we cannot serve
them, it is simply a hard, cold fact
that we are not giving them service."
The Field of Literature
Scribner'a Magazine. The May
number of Srribner's magazine,
with is continuation of John
: l.ov life of a Man":, Mrs. Wharton's
j "The Custom of the Country," and its
J short s'ories. is notably strong in
jits fiction. Mr. Galsworthy's story'
hc a unvera! appeal, and it gives
early promise of being the most popu- : strong ronv7cuns, nrm in me-ir in
lur story he has ever written. Mrs. j and dishes, and with large and de
Wharton's presentation of certain , voted Rowings,
aspec's of American social life in Us I
stories. Another installment from th
-i t 1. ei,...
r:r v .. i;::;:: ::
.uarly interesting for
iving his impressions
friends, is particu
a ".cng letter g
of a visit to the home of Huskin, and
of Ruskin's character, which was so
little understood by many of his con
temporaries. Tne author of "Modern
Painters" presented a very attractive
personality to his friends. There
j another letter about Carlyle. one of
the author's warmest friends, whose
kindliness and dalighcful sense cf hu
mor, as revealed in these letters, make
the reader see him in a new and gen
Captain Bill Nichols, commander of
The Genial Cynic
BY CHASLES GRANT MTLT.ER.
NEW York clergyman who was once called "picturesque" and
liked it and seems ambitious to live up to the reputation, had
been regaling his congregation with this salacious bit of scan
"At a recent luncheon in this city 24 very young women of good
families drank 36 bottles of champagne, and 15 of them smtked seven
dozen cigarettes. The alarming increase of the drink habit among wom
en in America is a national crime."
The picturesque minister may believe this to be true. Nobody else
is required to do so.
All open-minded pwsons are free to regard it as merely a sensational
straining for notoriety.
When Information was sought of him as to when and where the al
leged function took place and who the accused young women were, the
Rev. Sensationalist took refuge in the new benefit of clergy. He said
that he could not honorably divulge even the name of his informant.
"Don't-tell-who-told-you" always gives a suspicious character to infor
mation. It usually covers a lie as well as cowardice.
The scandalmonger, whether in the pulpit or elsewhere, who is ready
enough to make shameful charges but gives no opportunity for their inves
tigation and possible disproof has close fellowship with the sneak who
stabs in the back and takes to his heels.
A minister of the gospel who in his
aeainst societv, which he does not absolutely know to be true, and which
he is not readv to back up, lends to his
and sacredness of seeming religious
BY CLYDE H. TAVENNER,
CONGRESSMAN FROM THE FOUR
(Special Correspondence of The Argrus.)
Washington, D. C, April 21. What
will be easily ' the most important
bureau of the department of agricul
ture is the rural
ice now being or
ganized by the
David F. Houston.
The bureau ot
is the. idea Secre-
brought with him
when he came
from St. Louis
last month to take
charge of the de
partment. Through the aid
of the general ed
ucation board Dr.
Houston was en
abled to put his
CLYDE ML idea into effect al-
TAVEKNER most as soon as
he arrived in Washington
In a short
whlle the rural organization service
w111 its place as one of the most
important factors in national life.
Dr- Houston's plan has the hearty
support of President Wilson,
The P" Purpose of tthe new
service is to attack the high cost of
per one ot the cniei tactors
in the high cost of living is the fact ;
tiiat production has not kept pace ,
The aim of the new service is to
mke the farm more attractive, and
in this statement is included the
i scores oi rsiorms wnic.n economists i
. . ...
t I- . - l . . , . ..wrrjnn f , - fill 1 I lifn
' . -
! It includes better schools, better
roads, wider distribution of agricul-!
tural technical education, more
. ...... . .
nm-i uvjilci mo; nctuif, wuuninij, viv-o
er relations between producers and
consumers in short, all of the activi
ties for rural betterment now scat
tered through a score of official and
PRESIDENT WILSON'S LEADERSHIP
President Wilson will need to con
tinue to exercise a great deal of tact
if he is to secure the legislation he
desires and keep his b( Id over the
party. lining on the ground and with-
in sisht of the players where every j ment service has been prac'ieally
move can be seen. Washington will ' closed to mrn of the opposite political
watch with absorbing interest whether j faith. It is natural that democrats
the breach between the party leaders j should now want the offices and resent
is healed or widens as time goes on. j the thought of republicans being kept
The relations between Secretary cn tho payroll while they, after tho
Bryan and Speaker Clark and between j heat and burden of battle, still go un
Secretsry Bryan and Mr. Underwood t rewarded, yet, Mr. Wilson is placed
are wei! known, and i: is perhaps the j in a peculiarly delicate position. The
first time in American nistory at the i spirit of progress Is against treating
openirg of an administraticn thai the j the government service as political
first member of the cab.net was Tict
on speaking terms with the speaker of
the house or representatives or the
official leader of his party in that
bedy, and it took a great deal of
courage on the part of the president,
knowing the circumstances as they
are. to risk the experiment. There
need not be much official intercourse
between the secretary of state aad
either Speaker Clark or Mr. I'Tsder
wocd, bu they will constantly be
thrown in contact, and either their
differences will be harmonized or the
bitterness will be.greaf.y increased.
They are men of positive character.
-' " M.
! cbase- artist- tells "A Yankee j
i prir" i si r.iA cait f th!
i day. of authorized piracy em the high
j seas. His adventures recall stirring
times in the history of American sea -
Kmpst PeiTOttrt riinttniiefi his'
pleasant journey in South America by
describing h!s impression of "South
Per and Areouipa." With the pros- i New York Judges Laeembe, Coxe,
pect cf the early opening of the Pan-! Xoyes and Ward filed in the United
ama canal these articles have a pecul- j States district conrt a memorar. :ra
iar timeliness. There are short stories j saying they were divided in the gov
by Beatrice Harraden, author of lernment's Sherman lawsuit against the
"Ships thai Pass in the Night," "The J Periodical clearing house and other
Bach Double Concerto ra D Minor," j defendants constituting the BO-called
the atory of two musicians, and byjir.Bgaz'ae trust. They will send the
,Ury of a ola dary aad hu horse.
nn tTT uouciic.u. uir ji.BLia. u - n
pulpit makes shameful accusations
gross human instincts the force
fervor and divine sanction,
semi-official organizations will be con
centrated in this one bureau.
The task will be a tremendous one.'
The work is big enough to enlist the
attention of a whole federal depart
ment Waile the stated purpose of
the service is abstract, in actual work
the bureau "will get down to cases."
It will teach better rural life by ac
While no specific plans have yet
been made, it is expected that the
service will conduct actual model
schools in different sections of the
country. It may construct model
country roads for demonstration pur
poses. By actual demonstration it
will show how the rural school can
become the fam neighborhood cen
ter where the country population can
go for entertainment, instruction and
Marketing associations will be
studied, and the service may organise
cooperative marketing associations of
farmers along model lines. The whole
purpose of the work will be to stimu
late the movement from the cities
back to the farms and to check the
Success in this work would be to
increase farm production and thus
bring down the cost of living.
"We are not predicting that this
work will result in a reduced cost of
living," said Secretary Houston. "The
cost of living is the result of such
diverse and intricate causes that it is
impossible to predict the result of
changing any one of them. We only
hope to do some good. We might be
getting real results and then other
circumstances might offset
could do. The price of gold might
continue to decrease, for instance.
We see certain needed reforms and
we are going to try and make them."
Because of the niggardliness of the
. , , 1 - - -
government towara salaries oi scient
ists it is next to lnipossioie tor me
departments to hire men of note in
the scientific world, or to keep men
peo-latter they become eminent wnne in
the government service. Only occa
sionally do such men as Dr. Harvey
W. Wiley, for instance, consent to
serve the people on a government
salary, and then only through sheer
patriotic love of their work.
The rock on which more than one '
president has gone to disaster is the
distribution of patronage, and this is
especially so after a party has been
in power many years and the govern-
j plunder or the making of appointments
j without) regard to fitness. ajid with that
theory of government Mr. Wilson has
no sympathy. He has shown great
deliberation in making his appoint
ments, he knows that if he wanted to
make a clean sweep it would be Im
possible, for the government can no
more substitute inefficienis for trained
men than can a private establishment.
Not to give party workers what they
beMeve is juFtly their due is to chill
their enthusiasm, to satisfy their de
mands is to risk the criticism of the
"better classes." But while the party
workers always go to the polls, the
"better classes" often content them-
day play golf.
Thomas Nelson Page contributes one
hi. chaxac enstic southern poems,
1 De -sile. In the Field of Art
Tart writes of Houdon, tb
! great whose E'ta Ue j
of Washington HU of Franklin
' oriH th .!.," ' I
' anri nther fumruia Amon.,.- m.bn vi.
. -n m ttp niran vriTfia aitnmmA
'eouxt Tor review.
The Value of Hope.
How drear a place the world would be
If all who fatl to win success
Permitted all the rest to see
The evidence of their distress!
Bow fortunate it is that men
So often hide the sriefs they hear
oo orien still try nraveiy wren i
Their breasts are laden with despatr. j
How few men eyer would achieve
The victories thr.t are so sweet
If each should let the world perceive
Whenever he had met defeat!
How few men wmiH he deemed sublime
By those whose hearts are moved to
If each sat crumbling every time
His heart ached or his plans went,
How Kttle there would be to praise
How much to keep us plunged in gloom
If each but waited all his days
To hear the dreadful crack- of doom!
'Tie well that men conceal despair
When stubborn fate has used them ill;
Why not. if you have woes to bear.
Assist by seeming hopeful still?
It always makes an old lady angry
when the papers publish another wo
man's portrait taken from a photo
graph made twenty years before.
The people who made the English
language builded wiser than they knew.
Think of tho poetry that would be
written if there were more than three
or four words to rhyme with love.
It doesn't take long to spoil a boy
by giving h'm everything he wants.
People who are gifted with imagina
tion have an immense advantage in
being able to dream of the happiness
that might be theirs if things were not
as they are.
The Miner's Daughter.
"Ah," said the count, "zis ees not ze
lady I would have for my wife. She
ees what you call plain."
"But her father owns a coal mine,"
replied the general manager of the
International Title and Trust Syndi
cate. "I care not for zis gold mine. I "
"Not gold mine. I said coal mine
hard coal." t
"Ah, my dear friend! How beauti
ful zis lady ess! My heart he what
you call leap wis love!"
The Real Need.
1 UV cc- it
I by a germ. V. ha: a hue thing it
wouM be if .-e could find something
I to kill the thitg."
"Oh, no. I know something finer
than that. Think how much nicer it
would be if we could all find some
way to gratify it."
"I oft," said the political aspirant,
"feel sorry for the great men whose
names are given to so many children
that turn out to b scalawags."
"It is tough.'' yelled a distributer
under the gallery, "but never mind,
You'll never have to be pitied on that
"I have lost my heart, ' said the
man who wore shoulder straps, but
had never sni3ed he smoke of bat
tle. "Well, you needt't search me," re
plied the girl. "I'm not making collec
tion of bogus war relics."
yCVt --- a
"Young man." said a rich and pom- '
pens old gentleman. "I was not always
thus. I did net always ride in a mo
tor car of my own. When I Erst start- i
ed in life I had to walk."
"You were lic'xy," rejoined the
young man. "When I firit started I
bad to crawl. It ttok me a long time
Can You Blame Him?
Ftp YOU look CiJE
T n r. A r V ji lthtnrni4it-iia
r,jav arA today he sued me for
yesterday ana toaa, ne suea me tor
At oi cilia In Hiarntz $arate. the
great musician, was once alied a gen-
l.w by a famous critic. Ij.jt Saras.r
frowned rnd sLo.k his hesd..
ceren ye:in I 'e pwciired fuurtt-n
. . . .
The Daily Story
THE CHERRY TRAP BY CLARISSA MACXIE.
Copyrignted. 1913. ty Associated Literary Bureau
rrofesor Nash pedaled slowly down '
the country road, a watchful light in his
grave eyes. .The professor was on mis
chief bent for it was cherry time, and
the scholar loved the delicious fruit :
i beyond any other variety. Moreover, '
his appetite couid not be satisfied by
the hanoi ome cnerries that were dis- !
piayed in fiat Ixiaos on the fruit stands. !
No exotic fruit f'T him. His must be !
thc juicy oxheart such as grew on his j
father's farm ami whose recollection ,
spoiled the fla. or of any other fruit for
He had chosen to spend his vacation j
In the nest vilia.se to the one in which :
he had been born. His father's farm j
had Ion? since passed into strangers' i
hands, but the cherry trees still stood ;
there in a long row along the fence. !
If it had been delightful to escape from :
his dull boarding house in town to the :
country Tillage it was paradise to ,
leave tl-e village behind and speed ;
oTer the highway toward "home."
though there was nothing left of the 1
old lift: save the place itself. His par- I
ents were in California rejoicing in the j
mild climnte so different from the rig- j
ors lf the east, and brothers and sis-
ters.tvere scattered here and there, j
He was the only unmarried one. and he '
declared himielf a confirmed bachelor. !
It was moonlight, and perhaps you j
can guess what the professor was go- j
ing to do. He was going to sneak
Rlong under tlie stone wall that bound-'
ed yhis old home and climb up into the
third tree from the south end the
great oxheart tree and have his fill of '.
the fruit. j
As he leaned his wheel against the '
wall be was devoutly hoping that the
Whitsens. who now owned the place, i
....ii i,i, v. .
",u 1 " !".""
With one bound of his well developed '
body he was on the top of the wall.
III I'OMIXO DOWN,
placed his hands on two large
limbs a hove his head ami drew himself
up to that point where half a dozen
lateral bram-hes met the main trunk,
.lust then Hi." tiiiexpel(d happened.
Something stringy and netlike fell over I
his head and shoulders, and something
firm and unyielding gripped him tight
: ly, pinnintr his arms to his sides. He
was sitting ii the crotch of Ihe tree,
and this unseen trap held him closely
to the tree trunk.
"Thundering cats!" he yelied in the
: most undignified manner, and his ex
elamation was answered by n subdued
chuckle overhead, and at the same
time the leaves rustled and a cherry
slruek his head and bounded off again.
"What's all this, anyway" demand
ed Professor Nash, with Just indigna
tion. "Can't a man pick his own" j
He' stopped short there and hit his lips. ;
"Are they your cherries':" called a I
j girl's leasing voire overhead, from thai
j tree top. Fteally I thought they be- j
ion serf to Mr. Whitsen."
The professor was twisting his neck
j for a glimpse of the speaker, tor he:
was aware that hr voice was the
sweetest he h id ever heard, and it i
seemed to drop right out of the skies.
"How about my getting out of this
! trap 7" he asked at length when he had
j tested the strong Hot (Mid the rigid iron j
i "I'm sorry
but you'll have to wait
P.en comes back ffti
prayer meeting. He has the key that!
unfastens the trap. I hope you're not;
"X(i-o-o." hesitated ihe professor. "I :
am not uncomfortable, but, you see, I
came after cherries, von know."
I "It is
too bad to lie deprived of tbem
on have taken so much trou
ble." sympathized the girl, though he
was sure there was a laugh in her
vr.iee. "Iiid you say you ate cherries
from this 'ree when you were a hoy 7"
The professer related his story, told
who he was and why he came and
even went so far as to expit.in how he
expected to b transported ro his boy-
h ' "1 :'. :rc .is s-x-'i n tli fir- lnu
oxneart nan p;;s.-ea n;s nps. lo turtnei
establish his identity the professor re-
ia'ed many anevdotes of his lX)jhKd
and described every nook and cranny
of the o.d home, so that his fair com-
(anion was fain to l.elieve his story.
"I'm afraid you've a tedious wait be-
,ou." she said. "The last bell is
' v- i
, ringing now. ou must have met uncle
on Lis wav to meeting.
i . . . .
j I met two people in a top buggy
i drawn iy a wttite Horse, ' saia tne pro-
"i"bat would be Uncle lie i and Aunt;
; Minnie. Can you stand it another;
f Ton w;n remain liere, too. Raid'
V'TllS. so a, to
. , . . . .
MM . 1 .
a-. .- i
watch over you. I suspect you sre
very clever Indeed, and you might de
vise some way to free yourself from
the trap. If yon did that Unrie Ben
would be broken hearted, he is so
proud of the invention."
The professor blushed in the moon-
lijht. because he hud already diseov-
ered that by straining every effort of
bis great muscles he could free hlm-
self from his londs in three minutes,
"How about the little boys he catches?
. suppose Uiey yell so loud you are
1... .a i- i i
plan to release tnem noiore ir.ey nave
time to esamiae the trap, eh?"
"That's just it. and they do howl
fearfully, poor little chaps."
Suppose I were to howl fearfully.
What would be the result?"
'It would be without avail unless
some passerby heard you." she laugh
"In the meantime I am apparently
talk!ng to the moonlight," observed tho
"I am picking cherries for yon. T
know Uncle Ben will be sorry and
want to load you down with them."
Presently she spoke again. "I'm com
ing down;" and almost Instantly the
branches brushed his cheek and he
was conscious that a slender, while
mbed form was balancing itself beside
"I am Mr. Whltsen's niece. Elsie
Whitsen." said the girl, and the pro
fessor acknowledged the Introduction
with as dignified a bow as he could
manage within the folds of his net.
He wished sincerely he could see the
girl's eyes. All he knew was that phe
was dark, and when her profile was
outlined once against the trunk of the
tree, which was white In the moon-
... . . i.
ngnt. ne Knew wnn a mnmpnnnt uirwu
; of the heart that his hour had come.
In the crook of one arm she carried
a basket, and he could see that it was
heaped with cherries. I'nder his
weight the branch on which he stood
swayed downward, letting a stream of
moonlight full upon ber.
In the distance the village church
clock struck the half hour.
"I do hope uncle's trap will not er
eanse yon much inconvenience." ven
tured Elsie. "Do you snppose I might
release you? Perhaps If you could tell '
"Perhaps it would be better to watt
till Mr. Whitsen comes and let him
open it with his key, then the trap
need not he injured," returned the pro
fessor hastily. "Besides. I must make
my apologies to your uncle."
"It is too bad. said Elsie reflectively.
"Your evening has been spoiled, and
you haven't had any cherries after
"You mav have this basketful. T
shall put it down there by your blcyclQ
on the wall."
"You are not going down now?" he
said with alarm.
"I must. I will stay at the foot of
the tree and tell Uncle Ben you are
here as soon as he returns." She slip
ped out of his sight, and presently ber
voice came up from below. "I will ex
plain it to Uncle lien as soon as he re
turns, and that will shorten your im
prisonment." "It has not seemed long." protested
the professor, conscious of his loosened
"Here they come now," called the
girl. And he heard her walking toward
There w-aa the sound of a distant col
loquy, and then heavy steps came and
stopped under the tree, and somebody
propped a ladder against the trunk.
"I weigh "i ) pounds, voting man, and
if I make a misstep here tonight It
means a serious business for me." said
a hearty voice, with an attempt at
growl. "If you're going to steal cher
ries why don't you come Just after
dark, when the hired man's around no
he can pull you down?" The ladder
The professor grew anxious for the
man's safety. Confession was the only
course. "I can come down alone," be
"I thought you was caught!" ex
! claim the farmer.
"I've managed to loosen the trap so I
I can get my arms free. There ugh!"
, With a mighty effort the professor
shook off the cleverly contrived trap,
and it rattled among the branches.
"I'm coming ifowri," ha warned, and so
presently he stood at the foot of the
tree, making elaborate apologies to the
owner of the tree, who accepted them
with great good nature and Invited
him into the house to eat cherries wltb
Elsie and her aunt.
Th::t was the first of many visits to
the farm. "Confound that chap. Min
nie!" Mr. Whitsen said one day. "I
believe he was liose all the while he
was up that tree."
"What makes you think so, Ren?"
asked his gentle wife.
"Because:" said Uncle Ben. with a
sly glance at his pretty niei, who
Mushed warmly. f
Later, when they were married. Mr.
Whiiseti kissed the bride and whis
pered In her pink ear:
"Thtinderation. Elsie, when I set that
clrerry trap I didn't think I was trap
plus a husband for von!"
April 23 in American
j 1S13 Birth in Brandon. Vt. of Stephen
j Arnold Douglas, statesman and po
j Htical rival of Abraham Lincoln;
"I,fu nt '-""'ago June .5, 1SU1.
! imvi-Thi. r,inn. it r i
..., , U ....,. :.. n....-
-!'. ,i,,i, uici 111 till I itr-
died- born WO
19f)6F;rmlr ylUoi, Stat fjnat0r
William M. Stewart of 'eria itiA
in VnhinKton: rn 1S27.
& M" tt U- " Tk'
xml | txt