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Two Men and
By "WTL80N PARKS
Copyright, 1KB, by the
8. 8. JffcClnro Compny
It was a struggle between Anson Da
tIs nnd Caleb Jones ns to who should
siwin the lovo nnd tho hand of Mary
Doyle. There was rivalry, but no 111
feelltig. When Caleb won the prize, An
con slapped him on the back and said:
"All right, Caleb. You are the lucky
man. 1 don't bollevd I was ready to
marry Just yet anyhow. I'lf wait two
er three years and then marry your
"That's mighty kind of you," answer
d Caleb. "I have heart trouble and
may not live a year, and the thought
that you'll take my placo will make me
Bix months after the marriage Caleb
Jones went down to the city on busi
ness. He had never been drunk in hi
life, but he got drunk to celebrate this
occasion. While In a befuddled stnto
he was carried aboard of a ship bound
for the east, and when his sober senses
returned ho was on blue water. Mean
.while, ns he did not return to his vil
lage home, an alarm was raised, nnd
for the space of three weeks Caleb fig
ured In the public press nnd police re
ports as "mysteriously missing." Then
a body was found in the river, identi
fied ns his and shipped homo for burial.
Boon after the funeral Anson Davis
called on the widow and said:
"Mary, I dqn't know whether Caleb
ever told you about it or not, but there
."was an understanding between us that
In case he died I was to Btep into his
"I bcllcvo he did mention something
of the kind," replied tho relict.
"That was kind of him nnd saves nny
further explanation. I guess you
thought almost ns much of me as you
did of him, but he happened to save
your life from n cow one dny while I
(was out of town. Poor Caleb I We
shall miss him and mourn for him, but
at the end of the year we'll bo mar
ried." That settled it. The days and weeks
and months went by, and the widow
put off her weeds and Anson bought
his wedding suit. The marriage day
iwas set, the friends were invited and
HE HAD 8BC0TKBED PROM HIS BPJIEK AND
SBTUBHED FKOM CHINA.
the minister was engaged, and another
twenty-four hours would have made
the Widow Jones Mrs. Davis, when in
(walked Caleb. He had recovered from
bis spree and returned from China.
"I wouldn't have blamed you a bit,"
he said to the astonished wife when he
learned what was about to happen. "Of
course you thought I was dead, nnd it
,was nil right for you to marry Anson.
I might have written, but somehow I
never got around to it. Sorry to have
made any trouble."
And when Anson Davis heard of the
arrival and came rushing over with his
eyes bulging out Caleb gave him a
hearty handshake and said:
"Hope I haven't disappointed you,
Anson. It was mighty kind of you to
offer to marry Mary, and I'm glad she
accepted you. but my coming home
knocks it all out, of course. Don't feel
hard toward me, old man."
"I'm disappointed, of course," replied
Anson, "but I supposo I'vo got to put
up with it How's the heart trouble?"
"Well, maybe you won't last long. It
was a sort of mean trick, but remem
ber that I stand ready to marry Mary
whenever you drop out"
It was a year before Caleb had any
further adventure, although his heart
trouble grew worse, and tho doctors
told him ho was liable to drop dead
any day. ne went away one day on a
seven mile Journey to visit a sister, and!
, .-while crossing a bridge on which a
crowd had gathered to watch tho flood
the brldgo gave way with a crash and
thirty-six people were swallowed up in
the rushing waters. That Caleb was
among the swallowed there could not
be a doubt, as half a dozen people who
knew him saw him go down. During
the next three weeks most of the bod
ies were discovered, nnd his was among
tho number. The widow identified it
by a dozen different marks and bad
been very particular about it, because
Anson Davis had said;
"Mary, of course I shall marry you
;when the year is up, and we can't af
ford to have any more mistakes."
The body was duly burled and the
weeds were put on for the second time.
The tombstone over tho grave said
' - that Caleb was not dead, bnt only goa
.i. in -that tn x y. ,i)ii wns partly
rtsht mid partly v. long. Ilnd It said
that ho was not dead, but only ffone
down the Ohio river, It would havo hit
the nail on the head.
For n time Anson Dnvls kept n doubt
In his mind, nnd the widow never look
ed at Caleb's old 'boots without won
dering If Bho could possibly have been
mistaken in her Identification. Hut as
time went on Caleb's llttl uy of
breaking In upon mntrlino:ii'.l pro
grammes wns forgotten. Am the yenr
wns drawing to n close. Anson sug
gested that n dnto bo nmuud, nnd Mnry
It was to be n qute wc-ddlng this
time, nnd it wns to be in tho evening,
and two days before tho event was to
come off Anson went up to the ceme
tery and made sure that Caleb was "at
homo" nnd likely to remain there. He
reckoned without his host nnd only
with n tombstone, however. Tho wid
ow wns dressed for tho mfcrrlngo nnd
the minister on his way to tho house
when Cnleb Jones returned for tho
second time nnd calmly announced:
"Well, Mnry, I'vo got to disappoint
you and Anson again, and I'm feeling
mighty mean about it"
He had gono into the river, sure
enough, but n beam had floated him
for twenty miles before ho was picked
up by a steamboat Tho steamer was
going down tho river nnd in a hurry,
and Caleb was Anally landed in Cin
cinnati. As ho had got that far he
thought he might as well go farther,
and ho tramped over three or four
western states before setting his faco
homeward. The two times widow said
ho ought to make up his mind to live
or dlo nnd quit ranking her nervous
over it, but of course she was glad he
had come back. With Anson Dnvls it
was different however.
"No, Caleb, I cannot take your hand,"
he said as ho drew back. "You aro
not n man of your word. You nro not
a man to be depended on. Your dead
body has been twice found, nnd there
arc two grnves In which you nre lying
and two tombstones telling of your vir
tues, nnd yet here you nre before us!"
"But don't be mnd nt me, Anson,"
"I nm not mad, but hurt. Tho in
justice of it rankles. Caleb Jones,
hear mo when I sny that I will never,
never mnrry your widow! I'm s'orry
for her, but I owe a duty to myself.
If you die nguin, she'll have to go it
alono for nil of me!"
"Shoo!" said Caleb ns his face
lengthened nnd took on n look of sor
row. "I didn't suppose you felt like
this nbout It, Anson. But, .being you
do, nnd being ns I enn't renlly blame
you, I guess I'll have to stay nt home
nnd try nnd outlive Mnry."
The Mlachlevoas Grcrbonnd Pappy.
Greyhound puppies have thp reputa
tion of being the most mischievous of
the mischievous brotherhood of pup
pies. They Inherit this to some extent,
for a largo percentage of greyhounds
when grown up nre Inveterate thieves
nnd chicken killers not from nny par
ticular vice, but because "it is their na
ture to," and they havo not the moral
sense which other dogs possess.
The writer recently remarked when
stopping In n country inn that one of
the greyhounds which were allowed
tho run of the house hud stolen the but
ter from the breakfast table. "Ab,"
was the reply, "I reckon he n'most live
It is considered specially good for
young greyhounds to be "boarded out"
or "walked" when there is danger of
overcrowding nt home; but, ns a high
authority puts it, "the Hat of their de
linquencies, Including murdered cats,
fowls, ducks, torn clothes and home
steads laid waste and devastated," may
be made up for by a win at Altcar in
compensation for the puppies' mis
deeds. London Spectator.
Aa Old SaperstltloB.
A curious example of superstition
was made public the other 'day through
the medium of the law courts of Berlin.
A tree growing opposite the gateway of
a farmer was noticed to be withering
away and dying. On further investiga
tion it was found that a deep hole had
been bored in It, probably by some per
son who wished to kill It Ah the tree
somewhat incommoded the entrance to
tho farmer's house, he was charged
with tho deed- nnd fined. He, however,
appealed to n higher court nnd succeed
ed in proving that the hole had been
bored by some superstitious person who
believed in the old superstition that if
illness attacks a household it can be
driven away by "burying" it in a
healthy tree. A hole Is bored in the
tree, and all kinds of medicines are
buried in tho hole, which is then care
fully stopped up amid the singing of
weird incantations. This could have
been done by any superstitious person
In the neighborhood, the farmer pointed
out The Judge acquitted him.
The One Thins: He "Wanted.
One day booh after Aguinaldo'a cap
ture and arrival at Manila General
MacArthur decided to go to see him
and find if ho was being rightly treat
ed. At the close of the visit the gen
eral asked Agulnaldo if there was any
thing he would like to have, whether
papers, magazines, clothes, cigars or
other articles. But the prisoner shook
his head. He said that there was noth
ing at all that he wanted.
Just as tho general was about to close
tho door Agulnaldo's face suddenly
brightened, and the look in his eyes
showed that he was trying to remem
ber some name.
"What Is It?" asked General MacAr
thur. "There is JUBt one thing in tho world
I want," said Agulnaldo, "If you can
only get It for me. I have had It but
once in my life, and that was at Hong
kong. They said it was an American
thing and that all Americans bad it
It is ico cream!" be said with great
PROOF THAT HE'D GROWN TIRED
Why tha. Younfl Wlfo Went Home to
Htr Mother 8o Suddenly.
Tho young bride's mother gently
stroked hor weoptng daughter's hand
and tried to comfort her.
"Surely it cannot be true," she pro
tested. "Why, you have been mar
ried but two months! Goorgo cannot
have tired of you so Boon as that"
"Oh, but ho has." sobbod tho young
bride, pltirully, "I am suro of It. I
have seen that ho has been growing
colder and colder every day until yes
torday," she walled. "Yesterday ho
asked mo to go out riding with him
in his new automobile."
It was enough. Sternly her mother
directed tho broken-hearted girl to
pack up her things and come homo at
Lessened Author's Conceit.
Brown was the proud author of his
first and only novel aud hn 1 arranged
with his publisher for a few hundred
advance copies for private distribu
tion. Tho summer vacation was on,
so he was taking the addresses of his
clubmates that he might send them
his book. When Black entered the
room Brown was noting the address
of one friend who wns rx.lng to Bar
Harbor. Turning to Ulack, tho proud
novelist queried: "Vhor shall I Bond
your copy, Black?" 'To Bar Harbor,
also,' rrUed Blicr "To Bar Har
bor?" asked Brown In surprise. "I
didn't know you were going to Bar
Harbor." "Neither am I," vepllod
Black, and the dilnks were on Brown.
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