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A PlAn For
t It Led o Complications X
and & Fiasco
By JULIA D. EDMONDS
Tito nutumn Benson when tho tourist
licglra Is southerly wns opening, and
tho resorts of tho border states wero
well stocked with guests. Tho rock
ing chair brigade ns those ladles who
dally occupy tho porch of tho Vlciule
leau hotel, each mul nil plying some
kind of needle as an accompaniment
to their melodious gossiping voices
was In session. Two ladles sitting
somewhat apart from the rest wero
engaged In earnest conversation in a
"I sympathize with you, Mrs. Har
per," said tho one, "but I don't see hov
I can help you. My son Is actively en
gaged In business and can't bo away
from It at this senson mora than a few
days at u time. Could he bo hero with
us, say, for n fortnight I would bo
glad to lend him to you for tho purpose
of drawing your daughter's attention
from this young Ruggles, who you
fear will win her. There Is another
course I will suggest. A young mnn
has Just nrrived who has entered his
name on tho hotel register ns Edwnrd
Caton. IJelng tho only young fellow
of prepossessing appcarnnco (Uuggles
excepted) In the hotel, he will soon bo
besieged by tho girls. If you llko I
will make his acquaintance, Introduce
him to your daughter (telling him she
Is tho bello of tho place), nnd she will
naturally bo Interested in taking him
away from tho others. This will serve
to divert her mind from Ruggles and
make n brench between them. But
why do you object to Ruggles? He Is
said to have nn income of $5,000."
"My dear Mrs. Crawford, what would
$5,000 a year be for Owen?"
"What you wish I presume Is simply
to break off her affair with Ruggles,
that she mny be free to mnrry a for
tune." "Precisely. If you can accomplish
this brenk by Introducing any one no
matter who he is I will consider my
self under a lasting obligation to you."
The same evening tho introduction
wns accomplished. Gwendolen Harper
and Edwnrd Caton were Introduced,
nnd before tho guests left tho dancing
hall In tho evening Mrs. Crawford
said to Mrs. Harper:
"Did you ever see such a remnrknble
case of love at first sight?"
All tho parties to this scheme weru
plonsed except Sam Ruggles, who went
off to the far end of the veranda nnd
scowled nnd smoked nnd smoked and
scowled, keeping by himself where ho
could not see his rival's success lest ho
should mnkc n scene.
But on tho third day after the break
hnd been mndo effective, when Mr.
Ruggles wns reading a northern news
paper, he saw something thnt thrilled
him. It was an advertisement of Mrs.
Edward L. Caton for information con
cerning her husband, who hnd deserted
her nnd their three children. Ruggles
immediately cut the ad. out of tho news
paper thnt he alone of those at tho ho
tel might possess this information and
that he might consider a plan by which
ho could get the greatest satisfaction
out of It.
Tho same evening an anonymous let
ter went to the ndvertlser that a gen
tleman had appeared at tho Vieudolenu
hotel at answering to the name
mentioned in the ndverttsenient. Rug
gles, who mailed the letter, could not
refrain from ndding thnt "the fellow
wns evidently bent on committing big'
From tho time the disenrded lover
snw tho cvidenco that his rival was
snillug under false colors ho changed
his bearing toward Miss Harper.
"Where before ho had made his Jeal
ousy evident lie now assumed nn air of
superiority mingled with pity. Mr.
Caton had become aware that his at
tentlons to Miss Harper had made Mr
Ruggles his enemy nnd had noticed the
nntngonlsm of the lnttcr's bearing to
ward him whenever they met. One
evening while Mr. Cnton wns dancing
with Miss Hnrper ho unintentionally
rnn ngnlnst Ruggles, who wns nlso
dancing. The look Ruggles gave him
was ominous. Later, when both went
out on the veranda for a whiff ut a
clgnrette, Cnton stepped up to Ruggles
nnd apologized for running ngainat him
In the dance.
"One who Is sailing under false col
ors is beneath my notice for any in
sult," wns the reply.
"now did you get onto thnt?" nsked
Caton with surprising imperturbability.
"I saw it In tho newspapers."
"I wish tho newspapers would let me
alone," wns the only rejoinder, nnd
Cnton went bnck Into tho dancing hall,
where Ruggles soon snw him whirling
with Miss Harper.
Now, tho only real attachment in tois
trlanguloj affnlr was between Sam
Ruggles and Gwcn Harper, and from
the time Ruggles began to assume that
air of superiority Gwcn began to be
troubled. She wns too proud to cnll
him back, but she looked ns if she
would be willing to take him back If
ho would npply for rolnstnteraent. One
day when they met in the gnrden of
tho hotel sho remnrked that It was a
"I think it will storm tomorrow or
next day." was .the reply.
"Why, I see no indications of It"
"Perhnps If you wntch the incoming
trnlns you'll see a thunder cloud com--lng."
"You speak in riddles."
He could not longer keep bl tiecret
It enmo out In spito of him that is, a
part of It
"When tho storm breaks It willetriko
this man whom you liavo honored with
your fnvorablo consideration."
"How? When? Whero?"
"You shall see."
"Won't you toll mo?"
"Nothing is to bo gained by rxiy tell
ing you. I prefer that you should see
And Mr. Ruggles with cold politeness
lifted his hat and passed on.
Miss Harper went straight' to her
mother with tho information or, rnthor,
tho insinuation. Mrs. Hnrper had been
n bit worried lest sho had lifted her
dnughter out of tho frying pnn to drop
her into tho lire. Her object now wns
to take advantage of what Ruggles had
said to discredit both tho rivals.
"My dear." slie said, "In the first
place, It Is very menu of Sntn to cast a
slur upon this Mr. Cnton. It shows n
very contemptible disposition on Snm's
pnrt. But wo must remember thnt wo
know nothing about Cnton. Ho mny bo
n gentleninn nnd he mny not be. Likely
he Is some young mnu who has got
hold of u little money and is spending
It hi the only outing of his life."
"That can't be, mamma. He has the
luunucr of one accustomed to tho very
best society. As for Sum. if he knows
anything about Mr. Caton it would be
very wicked of him not to warn me."
"Then why doesn't ho toll you tho
whole story and have done with It?"
Mrs. Harper wns not considering tho
Inexperience of youth or the dctlcction
of Judgment occnsloned by Jenlousy.
It wns enough for her to get her dnugh
ter out of tho tolls of a man worth
only $5,000 a year and make sure thnt
Gwen Bhould not become too far In
terested In one who for all that was
known about him was not worth a
It was a few dnys after this conver
sation between mother and daughter,
at which Gwen promised to drop Mr.
Cnton at once, that, the storm Ruggles
had predicted broke. A woman with
angular features was driven from" the
railroad station to tho hotel, who, in
stead of placing her namo on the
register, held n private conference
with tho landlord nnd was excused
from doing so. Sho arrived In tho
morning nbout an hour after a party of
gentlemen, including Caton, had gone
out on the water for a day's fishing.
It was not long after tho lady nr
rived before thero begnn to be whis
pers nbout her nmong tho hotel guests.
Then It leaked out thnt sho hnd come
nfter a fugitive husband, and lastly
Mrs. Harper wns filled with couster
niitlon by n report thnt Edwnrd Cnton
hnd been conteniplntlng bigamy with
When the fishing party returned the
guests of the hotel were drawn up on
tho veranda to see tho fun between
Mr. and Mrs. Cnton. Tho gentleninn
came up with the others entirely un
conscious of what was in store for
him. Tho woman wns ready to pounce
on him. But the storm didn't break.
Caton went up to his room to uinke
his toilet for dinner, nnd the woman
who hnd come nfter lilm snld thnt
her husbnml wns not among tho men
who entered. She was very wroth
with her anonymous luformant nnd
vowed that If sho could discover him
sho would give him a piece of her
Tho clouds of the storm that hnd
pnssed without striking were still
whirling nbout when n young man
drove up to tho hotel from tho sta
tion nnd, seeing Cnton on the porch,
"Hollo, Bob! Whero did you como
"Bob!" exclnlmed several guests sit
ting nbout, In a brenth. "I thought
his nnmo wns Ned."
"Who's your friend?" nsked one of
these persons, following tho newly nr
rived man into tho house.
"Thnt? Why. thnt's Bob Cnrrlng
ton." When Mrs. Harper wns inforruod
thnt tho supposed Edward Caton was
none other than Robert Carrlngton.
the multimillionaire, nnd her daughter
not two dnys ago hnd given him the
cold shoulder she was not only dum
founded, but chagrined. She had lost
tho opportunity of a lifetime. With
some $10,000,000 n yenr ut her com
mand Gwen might have gono to Lon
don nnd taken a position in society
there. But tho luck had been ngalnst
her und she was inconsolable.
SIuco his Identity had been given
away Jfcfr. Robert Carrlngton did not
attempt to pnss further under a nnmo
thnt he hnd nssumed In order to se
curo temporary Immunity from a
notoriety brought upon him by his lm
menso wenlth. However, he rejoiced
nt having enjoyed n week of freedom
from curiosity nnd especially from so
ciety reporters who telegraphed his
presonco wherever ho went.
After the sensation wns over Sam
Ruggles nnd Gwen Hnrper met in the
drawing room of tho hotel.
"Well," snld Snm, "you Just missed
Biinrlng a multlinllllonnlre. I'm sorry
"And you missed seeing tho multi
millionaire captured by a deserted
"FiHiny, isn't It?"
Their eyes met, nnd they bralled.
"Mother's frantic," Gwen remnrked.
"I suppose so. Well, what aro you
going to do?"
"Why, I'm not going to do uny
thing." Sho hold a roso in her hand and.
going up to him, fixed it In his button
hole. He cast a quick glnnco nbout
lilm. There wns no ono besides theui
belves In the room. Ho kissed her.
"Whnt n pity, Mrs. Hnrper," said
Mrs. Crawford, "that wo couldn't
have got an Inkling ns to the Identity
of young Carrlngton."
"It's Just too disgusting for anything."
Tho "Corn Man" Joins I H C
tO HELP PUSH WORK FORWARD
Co-Operation Movement for Larger
Crops, Better Roads, More Pros
perous People and a
This marks tho beginning of n now
and greater business service. It is a
co-operative movement for larger
crops, better roads, happier homes,
moro prosperous people, and n rlchor
nnd better tuition. Thnt is to say,
tho I II C Service Bureau proposes to
holp do for all the states and for Can
nda what Holdon has done for Iowa.
After considering many offers, nnd
after an investigation of tho company
nnd Its works, Professor Perry G.
Holden has entered the sorvico of tho
I II C Service Bureau at Chicago.
Professor Holden la known wher
ever real agriculture Is known. His
whole life is ono of sorvico. He orig
inated the lden of carrying Informa
tion direct to farmers. Ho Is tho fa
thor of tho demonstration train, short
school courses, the corn show, county
PROP. PERRY G. HOLDEN.
demonstration fnrms, nnd tho National
Corn Exposition As hend of tho ex
tension department of Iowa State Col
lege of Agriculture ho did a work
which, Senator Cummins says, up to
tho present tlmo has increased tho
wealth of Iowa $30,000,000.
The object of tho I II C Service Bu
reau Is tho promotion of agricultural
education, and a co-operation which
will tend to raise tho wholo tone of
i commercial, industrial and farm life.
' Since agriculture Is the basis of pros
perity and progress, naturally farm
problems claim first attention. The aim
is higher elllciency, both on nnd off
To do a big work a big organization
is necessary. Not only tho bigness,
but tho perfection of tlje Internntlonnl
organization as well nppenled to Pro
fessor Holden. Tho big general ngon
cles, scattered all over tho United
States and Canada; tho salesmen,
travelers nnd expert machine men;
the 40,000 dealers every one, so fnr
as possible, Is to be made nn npostlo
of better farming.
For years tho Internntlonnl Har
vester Company has realized the im
portance of sorvico. It has spent mil
lions of dollars in tho perfection of labor-saving
machines, and now the
company is going In for direct sorvico
direct to the farmers, and direct to
tho farmers' children, that tho men
nnd women of tomorrow may bo moro
capable and so more prosperous than
the men and women of today
It Is no longer a theory that If wo
are to get tho most out of life wo
must rnlso more per acre. "Inten
sive farming" is in tho air. It Is tho
battlo cry of penco and -plenty. But
raising more Is the result or mind,
not muscle. Wo must know And
not only that, we must Know wn
know, and know why wo know. Wo
must know good seod from bad, right
cultivation from wrong, and the whys
and wherefors of climates, soils,
fruits, cattle, horses, poultry, and so
For these things tho bureau was
established. But tho bureau and
Professor Holden see more than nn
average increase of a few bushels.
They se'o a time coming when farmers
will ralso twice aB many bushels of
corn, wheat and oats to tho acre,
and like yields of ull other kinds or
farm products They Ben a timo whnn
farmers and farmers' wives and tholr
children will think more and work
leas. Every bushel raised means Just
that much profit, and the profits of
the farm promoto commerm and In
After a period of good work In Mich
lgan agricultural college, better work
nt Illinois, and a great work at Iowa.
Professor Holden now enters upon n
world's work. While In future Pro
fessor Holden will designate Chleagr
as home, he says ho Is not leaving I owl
ho Is merely carrying Iowa to the
rest of tho world.
Made a Strike Too.
In nn imperial city a criminal was
condemned to be beheaded who had a
singular Itching to piny at ninepins.
While his i sentence was pronouncing
ho hnd the temerity to offer a request
to bo permitted to play otice more at
Ids favorite giiine nt the pluco of exe
cution, nnd then, he said, he would
submit without u murmur. As the luM
prayer of n dying mnn, his request wiih
granted. When arrived nt the solemn
spot ho found everything prepared, the
plus being set up nnd the bowl ready.
He played wtth no little earnestness,
but the sheriff nt length, seeing thnt
he showed un Incllnntloii to desist, pri
vately ordered tho executioner to strike
the fntnl blow ns he stooped for the
bowl. The executioner did so, nnd tho
hend dropped into tho culprit's hnnd
ns be raised himself to seo whnt hnd
occurred He Immediately aimed nt
tho ulne, conceiving thnt It wns tho
bowl which be grasped All nine pins
falling, the head loudly exclaimed, "I
have won the gnniol" From tho Ger
man, An Old Tale and a New One.
Tho ancient story (or was it n fablo?)
about the poor boy who carefully pick
ed up a plu iu a bank, was given a Job
by an olllcial of the Institution who
noted his thrifty act nnd finally beenme
president of that same bank found a
reminder the other day in the figure of
u youthful bootblack who during a lull
In trade sat upon tils box sewing up a
rent In hW well worn Jacket
"1 suppose you expect to be president
of n bootblacklng trust some day,' my
Ind?" suggested a kindly old gentle
man who observed his Industry.
"Ah, g'wan." the youthful wlelder or
the needle replied. "Whnt yer glvln'
"Whnt aro you doing that kind of
work for?""ho wns asked.
" 'Cause mo uiudder's out workln' nil
day, an' she's too tired to do It when
night comes," snld bo,
"Thnt trust lden may pan out yet,"
observed the old mnn reflectively ns ho
passed on. New York Globe.
The Postoffice Clerk's Travels.
There are many uulquo ways of seo
lng tho world, but nn employee nt the
Knnsns City postollice hns nbout tho
queerest mode of uny. This employeo
handles n good mauy thousands of let
ters nnd postcards during a day's work,
and he has never been known to fall to
turn a postcard over and glanco nt the
view portrayed on tho reverse side. Ho
docs this when busy or slnck. whether
tho "boss" Is watching or not
"It makes my work more than 50 per
cent plensanter," he said tho other day,
"and tho knowledge 1 get of different
parts of the world riivcs mo tlmo In
traveling to tho four corners of tho
earth. Mesldes. It is very much cheaper.
More thnn 00 per cent of the views are
nuthentlc reproductions of photographs,
and anyway 1 am llko the fox that
couldn't reach the grapes. 1 don't like
to travel: It makes me side" Kansas
Felt Need of a Little Exercise.
This mny not bo the era of frequent
miracles, but u couple out on the south
side think they have somehow been en
dowed with u blessing from tho gods
In tho diminutive person of u young
Cockney uiuld of nil work whoso sin
cere attitude towi'trd life Is wholly thnt
of n borti servant
One day last week she arose nliout (I
o'clock nnd cooked und linked nnd
cleaned, delving Into closets and pan
try with gieat zeal, working all day
long und finishing her dinner dishes
about 710 Then she went to her
room and wion emerged ugnln dressed
for the Htleet
"Going out?" Inquired tier mistress
"Yes. uiu'iim." came the quick re
sponse. "I am Just going out to get a
little exercise now." Kansas City Star
Blamed It on the Horse.
"Uncle." snld little .lohnnle, "tell mo
now you ciiurged with your vnr horse
up tho Snu Juan bill nt the head of
"Well," said tho battlo scarred vet
eran, "I mounted tho Oory animal, drew
my sword from Us scabbard, roso In
ray stirrups, cried 'Forwardl' and sunk
tho spurs deep in tho quivering flanks
of my gallant steed."
"Yes," exclaimed tho boy, breathless;
"go on. uncle. Tell mo tho rest of It"
"Thero Isn't any moro to tell, John
nie," said his uncle, with a pcnslvo
sigh. "The horeo balked." Chicago
A Tribute to Butter.
Many years ago, when Senator In
galls was In tho senate, oleomargarine
wns tho bono of contention. Tho do
bnto led lugnlls to utter ono of those
epigrammatic sentences which made
him famous "I hnvo uover, to my
knowledge. tnsted oleomnrgnrlno,"
said Ingulls, "but 1 Hnvo stood In tho
presonco of genulno butter with awo
for Its strength and rovercuco for Us
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