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THE BEMI-WEEKIV TRIBUNE. NORTH Pt ATTF NPnn AftKA
(Copyright, ISIS, by W. Q. Chapman.)
It had been a slashing day on tho
exchange. Interests which Jephson
had tliought at enmity had combined
against him. Jephson was ruined.
It was tho last episode of a long-drawn-out
light against him, In which
3no man, with a paltry five millions,
had fought twenty times his wealth,
had fought a losing battle for weeks,
tulrainntlng In this day.
Bitterly Jephson reflected that some
body In his offlcc had betrayed him.
tt was Edgar, his clerk, most probably.
Tcphson smiled cynically as, beaten
and helpless, ho watched the suavo
assistant gather his papers together.
"We're done for, sir," said Edgar.
"I think so," answered Jephson calm
ly. Miss Garrett, his stenographer, put
tho cover on her typewriter. Tho
ilerks In tho outer room hud already
Sopnrted. Each was under a month's
aoticc, issued ut tho beginning of the
Qght, and revocnblc in case of victory.
They, had mostly found other berths
"Edgar," said Jephson suddenly,
"you have got nnother position?"
"No, sir. I thought I'd stay as long
as you wanted me."
"That will do," said the ruined man,
with a sudden outburst of temper.
"You can go. It is no use coming back.
I will send you a check tomorrow,"
Edgar took his hat and loft the
room. Miss Garrett put on hers and
went to the ladles' room to put on
her veil. Jephson was left alone.
It had taken him flvo years to Jump
from obscurity into the light of pub-
He Opened a Drawer and Took Out a
deity, He had had fifty millions at one
time. The battle had been a grim one.
Ho had planned to dominate the Street
and the Street had swept him awny
and taken what he had made. Jeph;
son smiled. Some day he would conic
back; but now
"I beg your pardon, Mr. Jephson."
' Edgar 'was standing at his side.
Jephson looked up with n frown.
"I have reason to believe thnt Miss
Qarrett has violated your confidence."
"Reason?" queried Jephson.
"That confidential paper about O. &
F. disappeared from my desk last
week. It was the key to the situation,
t had taken the precaution to mako n
copy. I found tho original this after
noon hidden In Miss Garrett's note
book. I had suspected u leakage for a
long time. Here Is the original, Mr.
Jephson, and perhaps you will recog
nize Miss Gnrretts writing Jn these
pencil notes along the margin."
He handed Jephson tho paper. Jeph
son took it, his hand shaking like a
leaf in a wind. So It wns Mllllcent Gar
rett, whom he had thought so loyal.
And toe hnd suspected Edgar I What a
blind man ho hnd been 1
"What shall you do, sir?" persisted
Edgar. "We can have her arrested."
. "Oh, dear, no," said Jephson. "Let
her go. It doesn't make any difference
"I beg pardon, sir. She has ruined
you, probably for some man who pre
tends to be in love with her. And she'll
go and do the same to nnother who
hires her. She ought to go toJull."
Jephson turned to tho other with
a smile. "My dear fellow," he said, "1
don't want my defeat to be attended by
any squealing.- I want to shoulder all
the responsibility, not have, it said that
u girl bested me. See?"
Edgar withdrew. And Jephson, sit
ting there, felt a sudden revulsion of
feeling against tho world. He hnd
planned to begin nil over again; but
how the fight, seemed worthless.
He had always trusted Miss Garrett,
Ho hnd employed her four years beforo
when she wjs fresh from the school of
stenography. He was paying her thirty
dollar? When her mother was ill he
hnd gh r her ti month's leave on full
pay, and tho olllco bad been nt sixes
and sevens till she came back. And to
think that the girl was a commor
lie opened n drawer and took out e
revolver. He always kept it thcro be
cause he had frequently to work at
night, with a hundred thousand in hi?
safe. It was fortunate that ho had It.
llo could end all his troubles by the
least prcssuro of his finger on the
He raised it toward his forehead and
hesitated. He was not in any hurry,
lie wanted to deliberate upon the net.
What would men sny of It? And did
ho caro what men said?
Tho sound of light footsteps outside
startled him. lie thrust the revolver
hastily Into a drawer, and looked up to
see Kiss Gnrrett. She hesitated and
then came up to 1dm.
"I must say something beforo I go,"
she snid nnxlously. "I should hnvo
told you long before, but then tho mis
chief was done. Mr. Edgar has be
trayed you to the Interests on the ex
change." Astounded, Jephson roso to his feet,
nnd at that moment Edgar came hur
"I saw Miss Garrett como into tho
ofllce, Bir," he cried, "and I decided
that I couldn't ncccpt your decision. I
chargo her In your presence with "
"Steady," said Jephson. "Miss Gar
rett lias tho floor."
Mllliccnt Garrett turned upon Edgar
with flaming eyes.
"lie stole that confidential paper
from your desk, Mx. Jephson!" sho
cried. "I wns in tho cloakroom Satur
day afternoon nbout a month ago, and
I saw him como In and fit n key to
your office door. I knew ho had no
business there, nnd so well, I watched
him. And I snw him unlock your desk
and take that O. & F. paper from it"
"Why 1" shouted Edgar.
"Go on, Miss Garrett," said Jephson,
raising his hand for Edgar to bo si
lent. "I saw where he put It and I con
trived to get it He didn't know that
the key of my typewriter desk flts that
lower third drawer. Weill It does. And
I took it. And J kept It, so that ho
shouldn't sell yon out But ho had
done .so already, evidently."
Miss Garrett's eyes flashed Are.
"Why didn't you give It back to me?"
"Because I wasn't sure," she fnl
tercd. "I have been watching him.
And In tho last week we, have nil
known you hod been betrayed."
"Why, you told me to take that pa
per, sir I" said Edgar.
"I did," said Jephson briskly. "You
see, Miss Garrett, you acted In my in
terests, but each of you suspected tho
"He suspected xme I" gasped' Mtsa
"I did," said Edgar, a little sheep
ishly. "Well, you'd better shako hands,'
said Jephson briskly "Slinko hands, 1
tell you ! That's better. And business
will be resumed at the same old stand
tomorrow, nnd we'll light it out as lorn,
as there's rent in the bank and petty '
cash In the stamp drawer."
For ho knew thnt with subordinates
as jealous for him as that no man
could ultimately fail. And Jephson's
heart went up in thankfulness that the
disaster hud revealed this asset to him
at last loyal hearts, such as u man
only finds when ho needs them.
MAY ASTONISH THE WORLD
Find of Prehistoric Skeletons That It
Is Believed Will Prove of
Near tho outskirts of Los Angeles
Is n bit of ground underneath which
lies n bed of asphaltum. In tlds
thick, black substance are concealed
thousands of skeletons which once be
longed to strange, prehistoric unlmals.
Tho owner of the 35-acro tract lias
presented tills subterranenn treasury
of ancient secrets to tho city of Los
Angeles with the understanding thnt
the search for fossils Is to go on and
that the skeletons recovered uro to bo
housed In a museum to be maintained
upon the spot.
The LuBrea ranch, on which prehis
toric bone discoveries were iirst mnde
three yenrs ago, has already produced
the most striking 'collection of skele
tons In prehistoric animals in exist
ence: The country In that section must
have been a favorite haunt for strange
nnimals of all kinds In the dim ages
of the past The theory Is that these,
animals wandered unsuspectingly Into
the asphaltum aren, were overcome by
fumes, nnd expired. Tho asphaltum
preserved their, hones In perfect con
dition. Up to the present the com
plete skeletons of 10 Imperial ele
phants have been recovered, together
with hundreds of skeletons of un
known species, including enormous
This rich discovery is destined to
prove of immense Importance to scien
tists, who, up to the present, have
been obliged to reproduce; prehistoric
creatures from moro or less Incom
plete specimens. Montana, Nebraska,
and Wyoming hnvp yielded remnrkablo
fossils. These, however, have usually
been recovered only nt greut labor, tho
hones being Incased In solid stone or
burled deep In tho earth. The bones
on the LnBrcu, however, are easily re
covered, and It may be possible to
construct from them n story of tho
prehistoric animal kingdom which
some day will amaze the world. Cin
Mrs. Flntbush I don't like your half
like that, dear.
Mr, Flatbush Well, I'm not llko a
woman. I can't havo a different Ulad
of hair every duy.
Bo C H REEVES
(Copyright, M16, by w. a. Chapman.)
Mr. Sampson Waters glnred at protty
Miss Jones, the new employee In tho
haberdashery department of the great
'JIlss Jones had been- nt work n week,
nnd Mr. Waters hnd taken u decided
liking to her. After gallantly prom
ising her to see thnt tho rond was
made easy for her, ho had ventured on
n familiarity when they found them
selves nlono In the doorway for n mo
ment. Now tho tingle of pretty Miss
Jones' hand across his cheek smarted
Waters wns tho superintendent of
tho haberdashery, department, nnd the
dreaded tyrant of all the gl'rls. They
know that their positions were nt the
man's mercy. Nobody had so much
influence with Fltton as he. A word
was as good as n command, It wns
Fltton had never run his store very
successfully. He hud Inherited It,
which was the principal reason. He
leaned more nnd more on his cm
ployees. He was an old man, and when
his daughter, now at ViiBsnr, canto to
the ownership well, Mr. Waters
smiled. He expected the general man
ngcrsidp of tho sales department. And
Fitton had as good ns promised it to
There were stories nbout him, con
cernlng Nelly Gregg, who had dlsap
peared from tho storo n year before.
One of the girls hnd sepn her on Broad
way late at night, and Nelly had
shrunken from her and hurried nwny.
That Waters was n married man wns
known, nnd the girls often speculated
what sort of womnn hnd been willing
to tuko him.
Of course, tho man was at his case
among tho rowdy element, but many n
"I'll Go With You to Coney."
modest girl shramc from the thought
of attracting him. And Mr, Waters felt
particularly vicious toward Miss Jones.
Ho went up to her tliut evenlug, Just
before closing time.
"I want to speak to you," he said.
Miss Jones put down her account
book nnd wnlted patiently.
"I guess you weren't feeling well
this morning, klddo," ho snid. "That
was a pretty raw thing you did. I
wouldn't stand it from anyone but you.
How ubout Coney tomorrow night?"
"I don't know what you nro talking
about," said Miss Jones, turning scarlet
"Well, then, I'll explain," said Wa
ters, leaning heavily upon tho coun
ter. "Mr. Fltton thinks a good deal
of me In this store. Ho doesn't cure
what goes on so long ns tho sales keep
up to the mark. Ho leaves mo to keep
them up in any way I think best. And
what I say goes with him. Get that?
Miss Jones nodded.
"Got anybody to take euro of you?"
pursued Mr. Wutcrs. "Living ut homo
"If you mean that as u question," an
swered the girl, "I Hvo nt home with
tuy father, and he supports me."
"Well, six dollars wouldn't go very
"fur," answered Mr. Waters thoughtful
ly. "Still, I guess you'd hate to go
home and tell the old man ytu'd lost
your Job, wouldn't you?"
"I certainly should," answered Miss
"Now you're talking bphso," said Mr.
Wnters. "Well, then, I want lively
girls in my department, And not llttlo
spitfires. So you'd best make up with
mo and pome to Coney tomorrow night,
and I'll glvo you n good time, kid.
Miss Jones bit her Hp nnd reflected.
"I'm sorry for what I did this morn
ing," sho said penitently. "And I'll go
with you to Coney."
"Now you're talking stuse," said tho
manager, mollified. Ho glanced quick
ly about him. "Let's kiss and make up,"
Mlns Jones extended hlra a frigid
:heck, but Mr. Waters seized her face
In his hnnds and kissed her on the Hps.
He saw her eyes fill with tears and
"i'ou'ro n lltuo peach, girlie," he
snid. "Ill wait for you nt tho sldo
door nt soven tomorrow."
At seven o'clock ho met Miss Jones
ns by appointment nnd escorted her to
the surface car. "We'll got supper out
there," he said. "Lobsters nnd beer
Then we'll tnko lu the shows."
All the way down to Coney ho con
gratulated himself upon his partner,.
Miss Jones wns well bred, there wns no
doubt of that. Sho was in n class by
herself. Ho begun to nutlclpato an en
"What's that umbrella for?" ho do
"Why, it might ruin, you know,'
Mr. Waters roared with laughter.
"Yes, nnd It tilny snow, or hull," ho
mimicked. "Say, if you jdn't the limit'
But. I guess I'll educate you."
They had supper together at n flashy
restaurant, filled with overdressed
youths and girls. Under tho stimulus
of tho beer Wntera became exuberant
in his professions of admiration, nnd
he hardly noticed that Miss Jones only
"Now for tho shows," ho Bald.
"Scenic rnllroad first, kid. I'll bIiovi
They entered a car and shot down
a declivity Into n dark tunnel. Mr.
Wnters seized Miss Jones lu his nrma
and clasped her to him, while he kissed
her again nnd again. When they
emerged into tho light ho snw that she
was crying. Sho clutched her umbrella
, "Well, of all tho dead sports I" he
exclaimed. "You'd carry that umbrcllo
to your wedding, I guess, Dorothy."
Miss Jones returned no answer.
They took In n number of other shows.
"I musfbo going homo now," said the
girl, as they passed the' terminal.
Mr. Wntcrs laughed. "Come and
have a whisky," ho said. "It'll cheer
you up. Say, what's tho matter? Yov
look us If this was your funeral."
"My father will wonder where I am,
faltered the girl.
"Ah, cut It out," said Waters, "Say,
Dnrothy " nnd ho whispered some
thing In her enr.
The girl turned and looked at hire .
fixedly. In the intense light, nmonn
the moving crowds, they might have
been alone, for none noticed thorn, each
person was bent upon his own nrauso
"It'll bo nil right," coaxed Mr. Wa
ters. "I took to you from tho first
minute I saw you, klddo. I snid to my.
self, 'Hint girl's a good-looker if evei
there wns one. And sho needs, a pro
testor.' Them fellows nt tho storo nre
a pretty tough lot I Now, If you trenl
me right I'll treat you right, I swear.
My wife's going to leavo me yes, 1
knew you'd heard about her from those
old hens behind tho counter. They're
nlways ready to stick n knlfo into u fel
ler. Anyway, she's going to leave me,
tho Lord be praised, nnd I'll do the
right tiling by you Just ns soon as I cue
get the divorce. What do you sny i
At that moment beforo Miss Jones j
could answer, nn elderly gentleman,
with n scholarly look, which would have
made It almost Impossible to ldenttfj
him with the ownership of n depart-. ,
ment storo, came slowly toward them
from the crowd. Mr. Waters cursed .
under his brentli. It was Mr. Fltton. '
"Say, there's tho boss," hu whispered
to tho girl. "Bo n good sport, kid, und
piny up- to me."
"Good evening, Wnters," snid Mr.
Fltton casually. "Seeing tho sights?'
"Yes, sir," said the mnnnger.
"I came down to have a took about
me," said Mr. Fltton, watching Miss
Jones rather Intently, nnd then looking
Inquiringly at Wutcrs.
"My slstcr-ln-lnw, sir," said Waters,
"Came up to' town from Pennsylvania
this morning, and the wife asked me
to bring her along to Coney und show
her tho sights."
"I nm surprised to hear you snj
that, Waters," said Mr. Fltton, mildly.
"How, sir?" Inquired -tho other, un
"Because sho happens to bo mj
daughter," returned his employer. Musi
homo from Vnssar and studying the
methods In tho storo in nntlclpatlor
of the day when she will take hold."
"I'm going to take hold soon," said
Miss Dorothy. "I'm sorry for what 1
(Ud to you yesterday, In tho doorway,
Mr. Waters. I'm sorry I didn't do
more. But I'm going to now."
And before anyone understood what
was happening, she had deftly un
folded her umbrella and pulled out n
lltho and very Interesting horsewhip.
"Great Caesar I" shouted the man
ager, putting up his hnnds. "Don't use
that on me, I'm sorry, Miss Fltton. If
I'd have known who you were "
Whirl The laeh colled Itself about
hid legs, and he leaped nnd yelled with
agony. Instantly a crowd gathered
ubout them.' Whirl It descended on
tho manager's bnck nnd shoulders.
Wnters turned to fly, but tho crowd,
shouting approvingly, barred his way,
The way the girl plied tho lush wns
something to bo remembered, everyone
agreed. In half n minute Waters was
rolling on the ground In agony. And
tho lush never ceased till Wntcrs faint
cd from sheer pain and terror. Then
Miss Dorothy broke tho butt across nia
shoulders and left htm.
"You see, father, deir, it tnkes mod
ern methods to run a department
store' sho explained to tho old gentle
man, who had reluctantly agreed to
moot her there that evening.
And, escnt'.'d by n cheering throng,
their nuto rolled away.
"Darling, I love you so much I would
gladly dlo for you."
"That's very nlco of you, 'George,
but It wouldn't do mo any good, I'd
no much rather you'd mako a sood
living for rao than u glad dying."
HrV-SRi AND mSWP-JMmM
Made to Wear With
A clover petticoat of taffeta, mado to
wear with full frocks of sheer mate
rials, substitutes u wide frill about tho
hips for tho hoop which Is usually in
serted In a cuslng In the gown. It
has several points ut advantage over
tho hoop. Tho Hnrc In tho frill results
from the stiffness of tho tuffetn and Is
supported by parallel cordpd tucks.
The tucks aro run in at two-inch Inter
vals and a cord Is run In the narrow
hem which extends about tho bottom
and sides of the frill.
Tho petticoat Is finished with shal
low scallops about tho bottom, outlined
with narrow frills which uro extended
Into rosettes. It is shirred In nt tho
waistline to n bodlco nnd . fastens in
tho back. Tho frill may be separate
and fastened on nt tho waistline with
snap fasteners, so that the petticoat
will servo for wear with other gowns
us well as thoso with a wldo flnro
about Unships. With frocks of tills
character tho frill Is moro graceful
than tho hoop nnd easier to manage. It
1b acceptable to women who will. not
go to tho extreme of the hoop nuu Is
especially effective with dancing
Tnffctn Is not tho only silk used for
petticoats but Is the best choice for
one of tills particular kind. Tho Jupa
neso wash Bilks und crcpo do chlno
hnvo steadily advnnccd In favor for
making undcr-garments. Aside from
tho softness and luxury of silk It Is
the cnslest of fabrics to launder. Llko
many flno, sheer cottons tho soft, thin
Bilks nro far more durnblo than they
look. They uro to bo washed In lukc:
warm water 1 with white soup und
Ironed when nbout halfway dry, and
they cmcrgo from tho right kind of
washing nnd Ironing with their orig
Designers of ncckweur uro casting f
nbout for now tlilnes to bo Introduced
' along witli tho presentntlon of gowns
and other wear i'or fall. So far thero
Is not much change In collars except
that the capo coll;.r bus grown less at
tho front and considerably longer nt
tho back. The shawl collar runs to
extremes and becomes a cape, and thw
fichu hns a few devotees, eckwear
Is in the experimental stngo und Its
mukers must tuko their cue after tho
lust word lu frocks and blouses for fall
has been spoken.
Meantime pretty organdie collars
llko those shown In tho picture enjoy
an undisturbed populnrlty. Thoy are
made In all white and In white with
colored borders und embroidery. Threo
good exnmples of them are shown In
Ono Is a small triple capo collar
of orguudlo which Is delightfully crisp
inal freshness und luster. Tho finer
llngcrlo laces, some embroidery and
small tucks, uro employed for fleeornt
ing tho corsot covers, chemise, nnd
nightdresses made of wash suns.
This trick of using facings thnt give
a dashing color note to tho costume
is becoming ono of tho most Impor
tant minor fcaturcti of modern clothes.
It, mnda Its first appcaranco on tho
skirt, In the wldo- cascades of fabric
that rippled down tho right sldo from
hip to hem; nnd after It was estab
lished In this part of tho gown It
appeared hero nnd there over the en
The milliners recognize It ns one of
tho most nttrnctlvo' ways to make n
hot becoming to n face.
Instead of Joining tho scams of lin
gerie with line bending or having them
hemstitched, you may try tills method.
I'ut about eight thicknesses of wrap
ping paper between the two edges to
be seamed. Then with n' loose ten
sion on the sewing machine nnd u
medium sized stitch, stitch us you
would iny senm. Pull the paper away
and roll or hem down the raw edges
of the Beam. When the stitching Is
pulled apart It looks very much like
You will remember grandmother had
these affairs frequently mado of braRS
now they nre mado of tin, given a'
lacquer of black paint, decorated with
bright colored flowers and edged with
and plain, having the three little capes'
finished with plain narrow hems.
A design thnt 1b Something between
a enpe and n sailor collar Is of plain,'
transparent orgnndle bordered with a
thio embroidery of the same material,
lit nearly all bordered collars hem
stitching serves to Join the embroidery
to the collar.
A sailor collar with rovers Is made
of white transparent orgnndle und bor
dered with n colored orgnndlo em
broidered lu white. It is ono of tho
prettiest offerings of' the urtlsts in
neckwear nnd will almost convert a
plain waist Into a costume blouse.
Stockings nre still ns fine ns cob
webs, and match the shoes in color.
To go with dressy costumes they nay
liuvo clock'H embroidered In silk or
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