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m K ItOCK ISLAND AKGUS. WEDNESDAY. MAY 13. 10U. ' t
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THE ARGUS.
, Published dally at Second r-
4 Rock Ialand. I1U (Enter at tha
i )oetof9e aa second-class matter.)
tv Krk IsUad XtuWr mt the Aaeeclatee
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BY THE J. W. POTTER CO.
" TERMS Tan ent par weak by car
rier. In Rock Island; f S per year by mall
In advance.
Complaints of delivery eervlca should
be made to tha circulation department.
.-"vMch should aUso be notified In every
-'Instance where It Is desired to have
paper discontinued, aa carriers have no
authority in the premises.
All communications of ara-umentative
character, political or religious, must
have real name attached for publica
tion. No euch artlclee wUl ba printed
over fictitious signatures.
Telephones In all departments. Cen
tra Union. Rock Island 145. 1145 and
214S.
Wednesday, May 13, 1914.
The Kalamazoo celery crop Is said
to have been washed out, but thank
coodnees Michigan peaches are safe.
The republican aspirant for the nom
ination for sheriff who throws his
hat Into the ring this year must ex
pect to have it kicked around rather
promiscuously, and all for nothing, too.
The fact that no auto fatalities took
place In Iowa in the month of Febru
ary is being; pointed to as one of the
advantages of having roads which are
not generally suitable for motor vehi
cle travel at least part of the year.
The forcing out of business of Her
man Weber's Union restaurant in Chi
cago wi',1 be looked upon as confirming:
t!:e popular belief that the serving of
food has become a minor considera
tion from the viewpoint of the modern
restauranteur.
A thousand barrels of vinegar are
tied up in a law suit in Davenport, the
manufacturer suing for its price from
the purchaser and the latter trying to
recover four times that figure on the
-round that the consignment Is not
jjp to the pure food standard. Some
jickle.
Rev. Washington G!adden's tribute
, to the newspaper profession paid at
Lawrence, Kan., yesterday indicates
one of two things: .Either the rever
end gentlemen knew what he was talk
ing about or else he had a correct
hunch as to the best method of get
ting his own name into the headlines
throughout this broad land.
It required but half an hour yester
day to find two negroes guilty of a
, tenitentiary offense. This case, com
;,' Ing after others recently tried, tends
V to confirm the conviction that the
jjpeed with which the mills of Justice
grinhiVp"eTIa'sJf120.nJh KrI" that's
In the hopper than upon tiv!a"'tnft&L
defense fund.
Several members of the business
men's party while inspecting Rock Is
land arsenal yesterday afternoon sud
denly lost their desire to go to the
front In the event of active hostilities.
They were being shown the new auto
matic rifle used by the United States
soldiers which pours a leaden rain ef
fective for three miles at the rate of
400 shots a minute. "Guess we
wouldn't do much to the Mexicans with
those." observed one, "Yes," replied
the officer, who was guiding the party,
"but the Mexicans have them, too."
The lienttic coal reserves of the
Bonnineid region, Alaska, are esti
mated by the United States geological
survey to be nearly 10,000,000,0000
tons, which exceeds by nearly 3,000,
i00,000 tons the estimate made a few
years ago, on the information then
available, of the total quantity or
Jlgnitic coal in the territpry. The new
estimates, which are very moderate.
Indicate that the quantity of coal avail
able in the Bonnineid region is greater
than that of all the other surveyed
Ceds of the territory.
FLYING THE FLAG.
Memorial day and flag day are Just
ahead, and rules for the proper dis-
tlay of flairs haTe been Issued. On
.Vemorial day. from sunrise to noon
the flag on a pole should float at half
mast and from noon until sundown
at full mast. The half mast in the
morning is the flag of sorrow for the
dead and the full mast afterwards is
the rejoicing over the victory which
those who died for the flag won for
their country. No flag should ever be
raised before sunrise, nor permitted
to float after sundown. The govern
ment always observes these rules.
EMERGENCY RELIEF DRILLS
We have fire drills in our schools
3d factories. Why not emergency re
lief drill for cities and towns? Why
not require every mayor, before enter
ing upon the duties of his office, to
think out his course of action in caee
of disaster?
A Mississippi river levee breaks.
Railroads are overflowed, and trains
stopped. People move upstairs or into
the attic. The waters will remain for
weeks and possibly months. Pesti
lence and famine stare from out the
rtiurky tides.
How can relief be given to these peo
ple? The first element In the an
swer, says R. L. HImes In the Survey,
U. do something. First appoint a re-1
itf mnar or executive officer. Who
' .hall appoint him? The community
ppoa which the work devolve.. The J
mayor may do It The mayor and J
council may do it. A mass meeting ror
the purpose may do it. Do it now. Do
not select a man for the Job because ne
"haa the time.-' The man you want
is a man of executive ability who has
a knowledge of men and affairs.
Having chosen him. call upon your
people to cooperate with him in any
way he requests. He will at once call
to hi aid a council of the best men in
the community, one to be chief of each
of the following offices; dispensation
aurvev and information, commissary
homes, treasury, sanitation, and medi
cine.
Emergency relief drills for com
munities would be of two kinds.
First, a drill In what we should do if
our community were stricken. Under
this point talk and plan plainly so that
if the unlookedfor should happen, the
organization will be ready in advance.
Second, what we should do if an
other community auffered. Using the
same organization, take up a collec
tion. Let every person give his mite
A penny from each family in this na
tion would make nearly a quarter oi a
million dollars.
HONOR ONLY IN FORBEAR
ANCE. The socialists, in opposing war, are
not taking new or unusual ground.
President Wilson, Secretary Bryan
and nearly everybody else outside of
those with personal interests to ad
vance or a hankering for glory are
also opposed to war. Members of the
army and navy naturally favor war,
but they may be excused for desiring
to show what they can do in their reg
ular line of work. Others who would
like to see an active campaign in
Mexico Include manufacturers who
deal in war munitions, those who han
dle fat army pr navy contracts, a few
civilians who like to see trouble at
whatever cost, and such politicians
and politically controlled newspapers
as have no desire to see anything the
present administration attempts suc
ceed. The vast majority of the peo
ple are ipeaceable enough.
Politicians who are clamoring for
war do so because President Wilson
and his advisers are trying to settle
the trouble in Mexico without resorts
ing to further loss of life and destruc
tion of .property. "Avenge the insult
to Americans" is their cry. They would
have the United States "teach the Mex
icans a lesson," though they very well
know that the only way te make any
impression upon an unstable and irre
sponsible people is with fire and sword
to exterminate them or reduce them to
direst want. It is to avoid teaching
euch a "lesson" that the United States
government is now bending its best
efforts. We can make an example otfat the fruit is rubbed over a piece of
Mexico If we wish. We would be tak
ing no chances as a nation, and there
would be no glory for us as a people to
ha wnn In such a. Connuest. rhpro Is
honor, however, in forbearance.
Force of arms will no win the love
of the Mexican or te respect of the
balance of the wp;rid. Our work in
Mexico Is constructive, not destruct
ive. And let th.Jse whose voice is all for
war be knr0wn for what they are.
CLEANING UP PEORIA.
K number of prominent citizens of
'peoria have undertaken a big job.
They are trying to "clean up the city."
Mayor Woodruff has issued an order
for the elimination of the segregated
vice district, which is to go into effect
Aug. 1. An organization known as the
Law Enforcement league is backing
him end is endeavoring to make the
reform a permanent one. At a meet
ing Sunday night attended by 4.000
people the question was publicly dis
cussed and the purposes of the league
were explained. One of the speakers,
Mrs. Julia -Proctor White, in telling
what provision was to be made for the
women of the district, said:
"From one point of view such wo
men are simply law-breakers and are
entitled to no more consideration than
any other law-breaker. But a deeper
and more Just consideration of the case
shows the following facts: They have
obeyed a law within the law, or shall
we say outside the law? a law laid
down for them by our city officials. We
must admit that the attitude of our
city administration toward the prob
lem and that of other administrations
preceding it, has been a reflection of
a large part of our citizens.
"We are preparing to offer with i
absolute sincerity to each one of these J
women a chance to enter a different
life. A committee of two or three of
our women will visit each house in the
district affected by the mayor's recent
order and ask of the inmates the op
portunity of speaking to all of the wo
men living there. We shall also se
cure a room in close proximity to the
district where we may be found at
certain hours every day from the time
the room Js opened until Aug. 1, or
possibly longer.
"We feel that we have no right to
force cur assistance even upon those
who we would gladly help. The num
ber of women who accept aid and the
nature of the aid given will be fully
reported by our committee, but we
have no right to make capital of their
misfortune, nor to make public a sen
sational list of their names and his
tory. We ask your cooperation and
that of the newspapers in carrying out
this Idea.
"We are dealing with our fellow
women and we wish to meet them sim
ply s one woman to another, and to
show them the same courtesy and con
sideration that we believe that they
will give us."
Peoria s undertaking is not a new i
one. The same question as been
wrestled with by nearly every city of
any size In the country, too often, un
fortunately, without satisfactory re
sults. Peoria reformers have many
exceptionally difficult obstacle to over
come. In Rock island, as elsewhere.
where the conditions there are known.
the result of the present effort will be
w atched with interest
Mexico a .Country of Contrasts
"Perhaps nowhere else in the world
is there a country so full of contrasts
as Mexico." writes William Joseph
Showalter to the National Geographic
society, at Washington, D. C. "With
a university established before John
Harvard, Elihu Yale, or William and
Mary were born, the masses of its peo
ple are hopelessly ignorant. With a
hospital founded before Jamestown
was even dreamed of. it is one of the
most backward regions of the earth
in a medical way. With natural riches
greater than those- of a thousand
Midas s, its masses are Just as poor
as the proverbial church mouse. With
a constitution as perfect as any or
ganic law in the civilized world, it is a
nation whose rulers always have been
a law unto themselves.
"Here you will see a Mexican half
breed, barefooted, wearing a dollar
pair of trousers, a 50 cent shirt, and a
$10 sombrero. There, at a single
glance and within the length of a sin
gle city block, you may see an Indian
cargador, a donkey, an ox-cart, a car
riage, a railroad train, a street ear,
and an automobile almost every type
of locomotion since Adam. You may
tread the burning sands of a tropical
desert with the wet of the perpetual
snow of towering mountains still upon
your shoes. You may take a single
railway Journey of 36 hours in which
the people you see at the railroad sta
tion will be dressed in Tour different
weights of clothing. Everywhere you
turn there Is contrast, high lights and
deep Bhadow-s.
"Mexico probably has a greater
range of remarkable vegetation than
any other country in the world. The
parrot fruit tree produces an odd
shaped fruit, bearing a close re
semblance to green parakeets. When
the parakeet is frightened it makes a
dash for the parrot tree, where it as
sumes a position which makes it look
like the fruit itself. So close is the
resemblance that their enemies, the
hawks, occasionally fly by a." tree on
which a dozen or more of these birds
are sitting, apparently unaware of
their presence. Another remarkable
tree is the 'Arbol de Dinlmite dyna
mite tree whose fruit, if kept in a
warm place, bursts with considerable
force and a loud report, scattering its
flat seeds to a surprising distance. One
of the most Interesting fruits in Mex
ico is known as the melon, zapote. or
papaya. It contains considerable pep
sin, which reacts fcainst both acid
and alkaline conditions of the stomach,
and it Is said -that a diet which in
cludes papayp precludes dyspepsia.
Both the fruit and the leaves possess
the singular property of rendering
tov.-gh meat tender. When the puip
tough meat the Juice attacks
fiber and softens it.
the
Tipping the Headsman.
Ancient usage in England has a pe
culiarly consecrating effect in the mat
ter of tips and fees. Horace Walpole
records the astonishment of George I.
when told that he must give guineas, to
the servant of the ranger of his park
for bringing him a brace of carp out of
his own pond. Apparently everybody
in England is at some time or other
Justified in demanding a fee unless it
be the monarch. When Talt became
archbishop of Canterbury and met the
queen he breathed a sigh cf relief on
at last encountering a person to whom
he bad not to pay something. Accord
ing to Bishop Burnet, a man used to
have to give a tip in order to be decapi
tated. He tells the story of Lord Rus
sell when under sentence of death for
high treason asking what be ought to
give the executioner. "I told him 10
guineas, ne said, with a smile, it was
a pretty thing to give a fee to have
his bead cut off."
Chess and War.
The origin of chess Is shrouded in
mystery. There is little doubt, how
ever, that its birthplace was in India
and that it Is an offspring of a game
called chaturanga. which is mentioned
Bed Time Tales
By Clara Ingram Judson.
'The Woman
F coure you know the story of
the "Man-in-the-Moon who
came down too soon." .but
0
have you ever noticed the old worn-
an in the moon?
If you have, you will want to
Vnow the ancient Indian legend of
who she is and how she came to be
In the tnoon.
Once vpon a time, in the tribe of
'Algonqnins, there lived a wise old
medicine woman. -
She knew everything about every
herb that grew and people came
from all about to be cured of their
sicknesses.
She knew all about every bird and
beast and the animals all came to
ber for advice.
She knew everything about every
tar in the heavens and people came
to her to find what would happen
in the future and she could tell them
all.
In fact, she was so wise that she
knew everything there was to know,
on the whole earth, except one
thing she didn't know when the
world would end!
But the one thing she didn't know
worried her more than all the things
she did know, and she was continu
ally asking the Great Spirit to tell
her when the world would end.
Vnw the Great Spirit grew tired
of her questions and sent a Mam- .... .
tou to tell her to stop. So the four winds blew her up to
"Go tell the Great Spirit," an- the moon and there she sits still
swered the old woman, "that when working on the headband that is
this headband I am working on, is never finished.
finished I will stop asking. For as fast as she works a few
So the Manitoti carried the reply stitches the cat in the moon pulls
and the Great Spirit said. "Tell the them out.
Id woman I will tell her when she And every night when the moon
is thru weaving her headband. And is full you can see her forever ask
..ii I,., .h. m.,t leave the earth be- ins. forever unanswered, for the
I"
re I tell her, tor it sne stays
Tomorrow Fairltt
"No other" country south of the Rio
Grande Is so well supilled with rail
roads. Prior to the Madero revolu
tion It had 20.000 miles of up-to-date
American railroad, which carried 11.
nnn nnn naicnrara annually id
handled about 11,000,000 tons of
freight. Their total revenues amount
ed to about $40,000,000. The govern
ment owns a controlling interest in the
major portion of the mileage of the
railroads.
"Mexico produces one-third of the
world's silver, a considerable percent
age of Its gold, one-ninth of Us leau
ne-twentieth of its copper. The coun
try's mineral production, exclusive of
iron, coal and petroleum, amounted to
$158,000,000 in 1910. -The famous Iron
mountain at Duranga is estimated to
contain 600,000,000 tons of Iron ore,
which Is worth seven times the value
of all -the gold and silver mined in
Mexico In two centuries. The Santa
Maria graphite mines are tie largest
and most Important In the western
world. .The region around the Gulf of
Mexico is very rich in petroleum, one
company at Poterl del Liang, struck a
gusher which flowed 100.C00 barrels ot
oil a day.
"The drawn-work of t!;? Mexican In
dian is Justly famed throughout the
world, and deserves to rank with the
finest of Spanish and Italian laces. The
Indians make all sorts of small ob
jects to attract the centavos of the
tourist. The little dolls of Cuernavaca,
a half-Inch tall and dressed in finely
embroidered raiment, are the admira
tion of every one who sees them. The
small clay animals, perfectly fashion
ed and ranging from the peaceful dog
to the charging bull and the bucking
mule, would do credit to the genius of
many a sculptor whose name figures in
the art publications of the world. But
perhaps the most wonderful of all are
the tiny dressed fleas, which may be
bought in Mexico City. Another won
derful work of the Indians is the mak
ing of feather pictures from the plum
age of humming birds, now almost a
lost art.
"The Indians of Mexico eat many
curious foods. One of the most re
markable of these is made of the eggs
of a species of marsh fly. This fly de
posits its eggs in incredible quantities
upon flags and rushes. The eggs are
gathered and made into cakes which
are sold in the markets. The Indians
call the eggs water-wheat. They re
semble fine fish roe, and when mixed
with corn meal and fowl eggs form a
staple article of diet, particularly dur
ing Lent. The insects themselves,
which are about the sine of the house
fly, are captured, pounded into a paste,
boiled in corn husks in much the same
.fashion as tamales, and In this form
are eaten."
In oriental literature as In use fully
200 years before the Christian era.
From India chess spread into Persia
and thence into Arabia, and ultimately
the Arabs took it Into Spain and the
test of western Europe. The game
was in all probability invented for the
purpose of illustrating the art of war.
The Arab legend upon this point is that
it was devised for the instruction of a
young despot by his father, a learned
Brahman, to teach him that. a king,
notwithstanding his power, was de
pendent for safety upon his subjects.
The Greek historians credit the Inven
tion of the game to Palamedes, who.
they claim, devised It to beguile the
tedium of the siege of Troy during the
Trojan war.
Olive Fremstad has not been re
engaged at the Metropolitan opera
house, "and at the conclusion of her last
performance in "Lohengrin." there
were 27 curtain calls. Madam Frem
stad made a brief speech: "May we
meet again where there is eternal
peace and harmony. Good-bye." Mad
am Fremstad seems to imply that
there has been discord in New York's
great temple of music.
in the Moon
among people she will be s'Jre to tell
my most wonderful secret."
The old woman smiled wisely
when she heard the Great Spirit's
answer, then she called the four.
winds to her.
"Blow me up to the moon," she
said, "for soon I am to be wise
above all people."
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So the four winds blew her up to the
moon.
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HFMTT HOWLAND
HOhWIUS
Tfip BRIDGE
Than out a p a k
brava Horailus,
Tha captain of tha
ate:
Halt! Bvary moth
er's apn of you.
. Both friends and.
foemen wait!.
Let not a blow be
Ivan
No matter what
tha odds.
For the aahaa of
your atrs
Or the tamplea of .
your soda.
Haw not tha
brldg-e. air con
sul. a
Please put jronr ax
away;
111 later call upon
you
To hew, bat mot
today
In yon atraJrht path a thousand
May well be stopped ay three:
There I will stand and kave command
Not now, but presently."
Then oat apeJce Spuriue Lartlua,
A counterfeiter bold:
"Lo. I will stand at thy ri-ht hand.
With thee the bridge I'll hold!"
And out spake youna; Hertnlnlua.
A etrons"-arm arttat he:
"I will abide by thy left side
And keep, the bride; with the." s
"Horatluu," quoth th consul,
"Behold yon great array;.
Why may I not begin to hew.
Why counael thla delay T
JVr Romans In Rome's quarrel
Spare neither land nor gold.
Nor son nor wife, nor limb nor Ufa-e
At least, so I've been told." f
"Fool." answered brave Horatlua,
Hold on- till I say when:
We must await In patience
The moving; picture men!
Aa soon aa they get ready.
And not till then, cut loose
We want this scrap recorded
On films for future use.4'
It Seemed Natural.
"Well, well," said the man who had
returned to the little old town, "I can
hardly realize that it is twenty years
since I left here."
"I dunno why you should feel that
way about It." replied the old Inhabi
tant, "there's been a lot of change..
The Baptist church has been tore
down and rebuilt since you went
away; there's Lem Richardson',
garage where the post office wae when
you lived here; we've got three movln'
picture shows that, we aidn't have
when you left, and there's been lots of
ether Improvements. I should think
you'd notice 'em."
"Oh, yes. I've noticed the improve
ments, but I see that Bill Higgins 1.
still running for constable, so I can
hardly realize that there has been
any change."
Discouraging.
-What's the matter?"
"Oh, nothing."
"No, no, don't tell me that. Some
thing disagreeable or discouraging haa
happened. Your look 6hows it,"
"Well, if you insist on knowing, I
started out this morning feeling aa
gay and chipper as a boy of twenty;
but a little while ago I met a former
sweetheart of mine and she told me
that her second daughter had Juet
graduated from high school. Say, are
the wrinkles around my eyes very
noticeable?"
SHE NEVER FORGETS.
"My father was
the champion
shot-putter of his
class."
"I" suppose he
often boasts about
it."
"No, he never
mentions it, but
mother always does when he pays 75
cents to have the lawn mowed."
Kind.
"I shall never," he declared with
tragic emphasis, "stand idly by and
see you become the wife of another."
"Very well." the snippy girl replied.
Til invite you to be one of the ush
ers. That'll keep you busy."
The Benefit of the Doubt.
"Before I can ask you to be my
wife," said the walking delegate, "I
zsuet "k you one thing. Is your cor
set union made?"
"1 I don't know I never looked."
she replied, "but In cold weather I al
ways wear union suits."
With this assurance he took her.
A Comforting Thought.
"I suppose it is a great disappoint
ment to you that your five children
are all girls."
"Well, yes, in a way; but I am al
ways cheered by the thought that they
will never have themselves photo
graphed in track suits."
The Old Habit.
"She seems to have grown old rap
Idly of late."
-Yes. Since her grandchildren have
begun to arrive she has returned to
the old habit of having birthdays.''
She Never Was a Widow.
Old Adam'a luek was not ao bad.
Aa you'll aarea without a doubt;
He never heard Eve boaat about
Tha virtues her first husband had.
"What do you think of the Jokes Bill
brought over from England?".
"I think they were pretty farfetch
ed." frlnceton Tiger.
Rise betimes and yon will see; labor
dlllsently and you will have. Spanish
rroverb.
The Daily Story
Magnet Mountain By Clarissa Mackie.
Copy rltrh tad. r Associated Literary Bureau.
Llna Ellison looked at hi. compas
for a long time before be reached out
and held it up to hi. companion', eyes.
"What did I tell you, Baker?" be ask
ed quietly.
Baker rubbed bis red hair perplexed
ly. "It certainly does act cantanker
ous." be admitted. "If any one should
ask me I'd say that there. w.. a rery
powerful magnet close by; but, as for
making me believe that Magnet moun
tain is really and truly wngnetic, it
can't be done."
"What I. the matter with my com
pass and your watch?" demanded
Linn.
"Don't bother me with batty Ques
tions," answered Baker loftily. "Per
mit me to pursue my study of the
classics in peace." And he folded back
the pages of his paper backed detectire
story, propped his elbow, on the ground
near the bright firelight and read ab
sorbedly. Unn laughed and stretched his long
limbs.
"Surely McOIin must bare bad some
authority for his statement that there
existed in this vicinity a mountain
with strong magnetic powers," he
mused, turning over the page, of Dr.
McOlin's "Wanderings In Ont of the
Way Places." "Here he speak, of the
peculiar behavior of bis delicate in
struments and of his visit to the moun
tain and how his suspicions were con
firmed. He sends "Els book to his pub-
I Ushers in Kew York and thenceforth
drops out of sight entirely. No one
knows what 'has become of Sandy Mc
OIin. I wonder."
Baker looked up and grinned.
"Still wondering about the moun
tain?" be gibed.
"They call it 'Magnet mountain,' "
contended Linn, 'scowling earnestly.
"They named me Percy Rollo Baker,
but do I look like it?" demanded the
strong featured giant sarcastically.
Linn stretched himself again, arose
and sauntered out from the trees Into
the moonlight
"I'm going for a walk," he called
back.
"Don't get too near the mountain!"
sang Baker, his nose deep in the book.
Across the open patch of moonlight
and -into the narrow trail that wound
through the spruces on the hillside
Linn Ellison found himself undergoing
strange sensations. A new and pow
erful vitality seemed to possess him as
he mounted upward. At the top of the
hill he paused for a moment, looking
up at the majestic grandeur of the
snow capped peak of Magnet moun
tain. Bathed in .moonlight, the peak
glistened like polished silver, and some
where below, among the black pines
that clothed the sides, there gleamed
a yellow light.
"I wonder!" muttered Linn again.
Now he plunged down the trail and
crossed a little valley, to climb steadily
up the opposite slope toward the silver
peak of Magnet mountain.
He lost sight of the yellow light im
mediately, and his way up the moun
tain led through untracked forests of
pine and fir and spruce. His feet slip
ped on the fallen needles, and in his
nostrils was the sweet pungency of
balsamic odors. He was panting a lit
tle when he paused to rest. Throwing
himself down under the low spreading
branches of a giant spruce, he gave
himself up to the weariness that op
pressed his eyelids.
He slept.
Linn Ellison awoke with a start te
find that the moonlight bad iuvaded
his resting place. He sat up and look
ed dazedly at the apparition that flit
ted across the space and hovered in
the shadows.
It was a girl clad In a short skirted
khaki costume. Her little feet. In high
tan boots, were plainly visible, while
her face was in deep shadow, but Linn
saw that she was slender, lithe and
graceful and that her slim fingers were
clasped about the barrel of n shotgun.
There was a tantalizing uncertainty
about the face that could not be seen.
"Who is there?" be asked sharply.
A quick little sigh answered him, fol
lowed by a sweet, quavering voice:
"Who are you? Oh, who are you?"
she inquired.
"Then you are alive after all? ex
claimed Linn Joyously, for no reason
that he could explain. "Upon my
word. I thought you were a ghost T'
"Who are you?" repeated the gill
more steadily, as if reassured by the
sound of his voice. . "Please tell me
what you are doing here."
"I am here for the shooting. Surely,
this isn't private property?"
"Oh, no! Only I needed help, and I
wondered if you could be trusted."
Phe came forward then, and the moon
light revealed the secret of her face.
Linn Ellison stared speechlessly ac
her.
"I need help," she repeated, with u
quiver In her voice.
"Forgive me." cried Linn. "I can K
trusted, be assured of that. What can
I do?"
"My father Is ill. We have a littl.
camp up yonder, and I need brandy
and medicines for him. There Is no
one to send, and I cannot go alone."
"I have a small medicine case in my
pocket." was Linn's prompt reply.
"Take me to your father, and I will do
what I can for him. After that tou
may call upon me or my ' companion
for any aid you need. Baker can ride
back to Red Fork for anything you re
quire." "Thank yon," she said briefly. "Fol
low me, please."
Boon the.ytuaerged iuto a small clear
ed space, where the embers of a fire
glowed sullenly in a stone faced bole
before a small group of tuts.
The girl tossed a pineknot on the
fire and fastened back the flaps of one
of the tents. She lighted a lantern aud
bung it from the tent pole.
"Come in, please," she said hurriedly
to Linn.
He bent bis tall bead and entered.
It was sparsely furnished with a nar
row cot, aoine empty boxes, covered
with rugs; a folding camp table an?
some leather traveling rases pi ltd u
4ne corner.
On the cot was the gaunt form of on
old man. His white hair framed a del
icate, wrinkled face, whoso black ere
stared piercingly at the stranger.
"Joyce who la thnt liinuV he !
manded feebly.
The girl laid her hand on his fore
bead. "He 1. a friend I found in the for?,
father," she soothed him. "He ba
medicine cane, and I'm sum he fa,
something that will d you prowl."
Linn came forward, I'm! his
Op
aside and Mat down by the bod.
"My name is Linn Ellison," he s
frankly. "I'm here for the shootin.
My guide and companion is down it
my camp ncroa tbe valley. Tow
daughter tells me you are 111 and la
need of medicine. 1 will do what I ea
. . - v... - - - - - - v ...i, hut: n .
Red Fork for anything elae you iajS?
i
"You are very kind," said the old
man tremulously. "It is all my fault
this predicament. Not a word, Joyce,
my dear. Let me tell Mr. Ellison how
I decided to prolong my stay here anl
how I persuaded you to spend the win
ter here and how 1 hare been ill tvita
fever and bow all my men have desert
ed me and taken money and supplies
with them, and"
"Take some stimulant first and tell
me the story afterward," urged Llnu,
opening the medicine cane and taking
out quinine and some compressed beef
tablets.
Joyce brought a cup of hot water
from a small spirit stove, and presently
the sick man was gratefully sipping
the strong beef tea.
When he had finished be said with a
faint smile:
"Mr. Ellison, if I told you that I was
Alexander McOIin would you be any
the wiser for that information?"
"Dr. Sandy McOIin!" cried Linn In
credulously. "Why. sir, your wonder
ful book is my closest companion, tnd
only this evening I was wonderinc
over your disappearance. What good
luck!" He clasped the thin band In
both his own strong brown ones.
Dr. McOIin struggled to sit op, and
Linn placed an arm under the bowed
shoulders.
"The book!" repeated the doctor ex
citedly. "Is the book really out? . I
haven't seen it yet."
"If you will compose yourself to
sleep, sir, I will have my copy of your
book here by daylight"
When the regular breathing assured
them that Dr. McOIin was indeed re
ceiving the rest that he needed the
girl and the man who had met only a
brief hour ago passed out of the tent
and stood before tbe campflre. In
moment the girl spoke:
"You are the first one who has hap
pened this way for six months. I have
bad to depend upon my gun for much
of our food. My meeting you tonigbt
was the most wonderful blessiug that
could have happened. Many of tbe
people hereabout are afraid to come t
the mountain. There is a tradition
that it is strongly magnetized, and of
course father's investigations hare in
a measure confirmed the story, only
there is nothing alarming about tbe
fact; it is merely interesting. But
after father had sent the last pages of
his book manuscript to New York he
conceived the idea of remaining here
for the winter and pursuing his inves
tigations. The result is that we haw
been here alone ever since the fir
month, when the sir men who com
posed the party robbed my father of
money and provisions and deserted ov
leaving us with few stores and not
even one pack horse. You can lmagiw
our plight."
She smiled bravely Into Linn s eyes.
"I am most happy that it is now
over," said Linn, dizzy with the glance
of her wonderful eyes.
The pink dawn was breaking above
the distant ranges when Baker, pale
and anxious.' saw Linn Ellison come
crashing through tbe thicket into their
camp.
"What in tbundation" he was
beginning heatedly, when Linn held up
a protesting hand.
"Magnet mountain did It," said that
happy young man as he threw himseir
down before the fire.
"Magnet mountain!" repeated Baker,
staring at him. "Do you mean to T
you've been up on the mountain?"
"I've been there," returned the other.
"And found the magnet, I suppose-
"And discovered the greatest attrac
tion in the world." said Linn dreamily.
"Crazy as a loon!" muttered Baker
"All on account of that ma?:uetui
mountain. I do believe there's some
thing In it after all."
Aud when he heard the whole stop
from Linn Ellison's lips and after
had seen Joyce McOIin herself t
skeptical Baker had to admit thatMj
net mountain did possess a iH.tvernu
attraction.
"And I might hnve been the lnciT
fellow instead of you if I'd only I'
prowling up the mountain ami
pored over the classics." he grurtib'eJ.
tossing his dime novel into the
"I always said that n taste for litera
ture was a drawback sometimes."
May 13 in American
History.
177tt-"'i'he iiuji.nl of the Command.
In Chief." Scorge Wasbiugton, or
ganized in New York. Pursuant
to Washington's dictum. "Put now
but Americans on guard!" the con
was composed of native born citi
zens. ' ,
17S3 Society of the Cincinnati forme
at Flshkili. N. V.. in B:uon Stf
ben's camp.
1SG4 Two Fcdral corps coustitutiM
the Army of the James, command
ed by Geii.ra! B. F. Butler. cP;
tured Conf. "derate fortlflcations
. Drury. Bli'JT. near IUchnaoud.
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