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Should It Go to the Church or to an
Heir of the Third Generation?
By F. A. MITCHEL
"Mrs. Whitridge," said Mr. Trevor,
"I have called to ask your assistance
In a very important matter to me. You
have six daughters, all of whom are
well married. While I am willing to
admit, madam, that these ladies are
most attractive. 1 cannot but attribute
something of the management of their
matrimonial lili'airs to you."
"You are quite right, Mr. Trevor.
Many of the best women in the world
are not married, and mauy of the most
undesirable ate. I believe this Is due
more to n lark of management for the
;;ir:s ou Kio part of their mother when
th:v come to a marriageable age than
any other cause. My daughters, as
you say, are by no means unattractive,
but the fact that they are all well and
happily married is due far more to
management than their own charms.
What can I do for you, Mr. Trevor?"
"I have but one sou, as you know
Arlhv.r. I have spent my whole life
iu building up a fortune and from my
boy's birth have set my heart In hand
ing it down through him to my de
scendants, lie disappointed me by
taking orders and now, being very high
church, has declared for celibacy and
refuses to marry."
"I see. You wish me to take such
measures as will break his resolution."
"If you will be so kind, Mrs. Whit
ridge, I would like you to throw in
his way some young woman of fine
character, of Irreproachable reputation,
"I beg your pardou, Mr. Trevor. I
thought you said you wished me to
manage the affair."
"So I do."
"Well, then, permit me to say that I
think you must put up with a daugh
ter-in-law of entirely different caliber
from the kind you name or none at all
It does not strike me that such a worn-
un would serve our purpose in the pres
cut case. I have known you for years
and am sure no son of such a father
can be reasoned or persuaded into
changing a resolution, once made."
"How Is he to be handled?"
"You Hatter me Indirectly, Mrs. Whit
ridge." "A strong man doesn't need a strong
"I have in mind a young lady who at
school stood at the foot of her class,
hut as a flirt was at the head. She has
had many offers, but if she is a fool at
books she has practical sense enough
to wish for an establishment when she
marries. If you desire It I will endeav
or, with your assistance, to make a
match between your sou and her."
"Any port In a storm. What I want
is an heir of the third generation."
"Very well. To begin I shall Invite
you and your son to dinner. The young
lady will be present. When you have
left us tell your sou that you have
been much pleased with her and you
wish she might become your daughter-in-law.
He will demur, and you will
insist. After a uuniber of conversa
tions on the matter you will tell him
that either he must give up inheriting
your fortune or marry the girl of your
choice, provided, of course, that she
will have him."
"lie wishes my fortune for the pur
pose of building a cathedral."
"So much the better. I shall see
something of him myself and perhaps
may be able to make certain sugges
tions." "For what purpose?"
"To entangle him."
These preliminary arrangements hav
ing been made. Mr. Trevor arose to go.
"By the bye, Mrs. Whitridge," he said,
"I believe you are managing director
of St. Luke's hospital."
"You have not called ou me for any
help. I should esteem it a favor if you
would permit tno to send you a check."
"I should bo very grateful."
"I will give you ?10.00 now and $20,
i00" he hesitated.
"Ou the first of the year'"
"No; on the day of my son's wed
diug." "Thank you very much, Mr. Trevor.
I think we understand each other. You
v.lll receive invitations for dinner with
in a few duys."
The preliminaries to this scheme of
inveiglement were carried out as they
fcnd been laid down by Mrs. Whitridge.
Miss Annette Sea ton, commonly called
"Nan" by her intimate friends, was
the girl selected by Mrs. Whitridge
for drawing the Itev. Arthur Trevor
from celibacy. A month passed, nt the
end of which It was reported that Mr.
Trevor. Sr.. had set his heart on Nan
Seaton for a daughter-in-law, but his
son objected naturally to one who was
to be described In two words, "stupid"
and "pretty." It was admitted that
she had been fancied by men of her
. own caliber, but a match with one of
the spiritual and lutelleetual power of
Arthur Trevor was preposterous.
One day the clergyman called on
j Mrs. Whitridge for assistance. "My
5 dear Mrs. Whitridge," he said, "by In
, troduclng father and mo to Miss Sea
ton you are likely unintentionally to
rob the church of a cathedral I pro
pose to build with my inheritance. Fa
ther hag taken a desperate fancy to her
and wishes me to marry her."
"That's too bad. Does your father
consider that the young lady may have
other plans for her future?"
"Oh. yes; he says that If she won't
have me he must give up his plan."
"And If she accepts?"
"In that event if I don't wed her fa
ther will disinherit me."
"And how can 1 help you?"
"You might say to Miss Seaton that
by refusing me she will be Instru
mental In saving to the church the tin
est Episcopal cathedral on this conti
"My dear Mr. Trevor. I would advise
you to make yourself an appeal to
Miss Seaton's higher uature. I know,
though 1 suppose I should not tell you,
that she admires you very much. That
will make her sacrifice nobler."
"Do you really think that, Mrs. Whit
ridge?" "I am sure of it. But I am violating
a confidence in letting you know her
"And you advise me to tell Miss Sea
ton that this great work of mire de
pends upon her refusing na offer of
marriage from me?"
"I do; but, of course. If you put her
on her pride and she refuses you be
cause you do not wish her on personal
grounds your father will not consider
that excusable In you."
"Certainly not. It Is a very delicate
matter to put to n young lady. That's
why I come to you, hoping you would
do It for me."
"I am sure your father would not be
satisfied except by your making Miss
Seaton a proposal, Intimating that If
you had not embraced the doctrine of
celibacy you would be happy to have
her accept you. It would alRo, I think,
be legitimate for you to give her the
alternative of making the sacrifice for
the church. It would be a great sat
isfaction to you to have so worked on
her religious nature as to Induce her
to give up a husband that tho church
might have a cathedral."
Mr. Trevor was only partially per
suaded, but he said he would consider-
the matter of putting the case to Miss
Seaton. Mrs. Whitridge went so far
as to suggest that If he would do so
at her home she might bo of some as
slstance In the nintter. Upon this as
surance he asked her to Invite the
young lady there on the following
evening and give him the necessary
Now there was as much chance of
Miss Seaton's giving up an attractive
husband and a fortune that the church
might have a cathedral as there would
be of a small loy giving the lion's
share of his candy to his playmates,
She dined the next day with Mrs
Whitridge, who posted her on the sac
rlflce the clergyman hoped she would
When Mr. Trevor called In the even
ing he found the two ladles in a cozy
little side parlor Illuminated by dimly
shaded lamps. Mrs. Whitridge soon
after arose to leave them, the clergy
man casting a wistful look after her as
she retired. She drew a portiere afier
her that Mr. Trevor might submit his
proposition without observation or in
It was nearly an hour before he got
his courage up to a point that warrant
ed a beginning. Then he spoke of
those persons, most of them saints,
who had made sacrifices. From that
he spoke of his own resolution to give
up for the church wife and children.
Then he dwelt on the temples that had
from time immemorial been erected for
the worship of a divine power; the
myriad of souls that had found com
fort In them.
Here he paused to note tho effect on
his listener and was much encouraged.
He saw In her eyes a beautiful far
away look which seemed as If she were
gazing into heaven, seeming to drink iu
the lesson as from a divine teacher.
She had drawn nearer to hlni, so near
that he Inhaled her warm breath and
a delicate violet perfume that hung
Then he began tho work for which
he had been preparing her. He spoke
of Ids father's wishes, of the fortune
which he desired to turn Into stone and
uiorlar for the Lord's service. Then,
having dwelt on what a beautiful thing
It would be for her to resign this for
(une lie modestly left himself out of
the question to the church, he made
Meanwhile a few invited guests had
been coming in and were received by
the hostess In the drawing room. While
they were chatting n sob was beard
coming from the little side parlor.
Mrs. Whitridge started.
"I must see who's in trouble," she
said, and, crossing the hall, she drew
the portiere that screened the clergy
man and Nan Seaton. exposing them to
her guests. Nan was sobbing with her
head on the man's shoulder, while he
clasped her Iu an endeavor to console
The trap was sprung. Leaving his
comprnlon, the clergyman, red as a
turkey cock, stepped forward and ask
ed to ln congratulated on his engage
ment. When Mrs. Whitridge and Miss Sea
ton were nlono for a few moments pre
vious to the hitter's departure for her
borne escorted by her fiance. Miss
"Did yon hear the signal?"
"Yes; yon gave it loud enough to
wake the dead."
The morning after the clergyman
wedded Nan Seaton Mrs. Whitridge
announced to the director of her hos
pital that she had received n donation
The Itev. Mr. Trevor Is rising In the
ministry. lie sometime speaks of
gifts he would like to make with tlie
fortune his father left him, but receives
no encouragement from his wife. She
has given the house of Trevor an heir
In tho third generation and proKses
that said heir shall come Into his whole
Railroad Assessments Likely to
Follow Heal Estate.
POINT OF LAW IS INVOLVED,
State Corporations Are Beginning to
Pay Up Shipped in Goods to Be In.
specterl by Food Commissioner,
Leo Fails to Meet Board.
Lincoln, May 6. The state board of
equalization met today to consider
the assessment of railroad property.
It is not likely that any substantial
progress will be made or even at
tempted. The board is composed of Governor
Aldrlch, Secretary of State Walt, Aud
itor Barton, Treasurer George and
Iand Commissioner Cowles. The
equalization this year is particularly
important, as it la the year for as
scssing real estate. At present the
board has but a limited idea of what
Is being done in the way of valuation
of real estate in the various counties,
but reports received, in an Informal
way, Indicate there Is to be a substan
tial increase in valuation of this class
If that Is true an Increase In rail
road assessment Is likely, if for no
other reason that that of equalizing.
values. There has been no material
change In railroad assessments for
several years, and whether there
would be this year if it were not for
the Increased assessment on real es
tate, Is problematical. There are two
features, however, which are likely to
he viewed from a different angle
First, the railroads, which In the past
strenuously fought any Increase In
their valuations for taxing purposes,
have seen a new light and are not like
ly to protest, at least strongly, In view
of tho court decisions on the question
of valuation as a basis for rate mak
ing. Taxes are a drop In the bucket
compared with rates for freight andi
Another new feature brought out Is,
.... .c. .... u..,..u, i... ....
it-i-i aim property owners contest tne
company's right to the additional'
amount. If the board should decide to
assess 400 feet the company, until the
question of ownership was settled.'
would hardly be In a condition to pro
As a basis for railroad valuation
three sets of figures are available:
First, the assessed value fixed by the
board last year: second, the nhvslca!
valuation placed bv the coninanv on
ltr property In Its report to the state
tnllway commission, and third, the
physical valuation of the company'
prorertv trade bv the engineers em
ployed by the conimiss'on. In compar
In1; tre- valuations it must be borne
In mnd that the ppsrsaed valuation
contains r. sum ntl"d to nhvslrnl
vn'ue for the franchise and the rail
road and state engineer's va'nationf
do not take this Into account, but slm
ply the physical value of the property I
Shipped in Good? to Be Inspected.
, The Nebraska Federation of Retail
era has written Food Conimlsslonei
Hansrn requesting him to Inspect food
products sent Into the state by firms
living outside the state and selling
direct to consumers. It is a leged
,. . ... , " ""i-"
these firms indulge in unfair compe
tltlon with Nebraska wholesalers.
tiuon wun ivenraska wholesalers,
whose goods must stand Inspection
and by reason of the methods of these'
parties they are enabled to sell goods
which would not pass muster. Mr
Hansen says these goods will be In
spected wherever the men In his de
partment enn get them and they wll '
be Instructed to watch the depots foi!
3uch goods. Mr. Hansen also reportt
that certain wreckngo firms have been
selling In this state canned goods and
oK Vi,in. .i,ifc x. .u vi
such things which have gone througfc'
fires, the labels burned off and th
Roods otherwise damaged. His force
has been Instructed to be on the look
cut for them and to condemn the
goods where found offered for Bale.
Corporations Beginning to Pay Up.
The corporation tax payable to tin
state Is not duo until July 1, and the
secretary or state has not yet senl;
out notices to corporations of the
amount to be paid. In spite of thla
seven different corporations have re
mlttcd the tax and one thing that le
noticeable Is that practically all
those which have been so prompt tfl
psy up arc cccvorfUlotut which last
year were delinquent and for that rea
son had their charters declared for
feited. Evidently they do not care
to take any chance on that score thlp
Lee Falls to Meet Board.
Lee, prison contractor
and employer of convict labor who.
was to have made an appearance be -
tore tne nonru or public lands and
buildings, failed to keep his appoint
ment with the officials. Reasons for'
Ms failure to keep the number of prls
oners busy according to the terms of
his contract were anxiously awaited
by the board, which for some tlmaj the walls of the ditch caved In on
past hns been endeavoring to ascer-thlm. He was dead when his fellow
tain tho extent of his trouble.
Killed by Escaping Gas.
Beatrice, Neb., May 6. Edward
Johnson, an old resident of Beatrice,
was asphvxlatf d by gas In his room on
North Fifth street. Gas was escap-
lng from a small stove In his room
when the body was found.
Iowa City Grand Jury Investigation
Beginning of Statewide Probe.
Iowa City, May 6. It was learned
:hrough semi-official sources that the
Insurance probe now being conducted
here by the Johnson county grand jury
Is but the start of an Investigation of
alleged risk rate combinations through
out Iowa. Also, that Iowa City has
earned the reputation, through the in
vestigations carried on for the pnst
two months by state officials, of being
the location of one of the best devel
oped systems of fire insurance rate
combines to he found anywhere In
Those Interested In tho investiga
tion stated that a rate combination
had been discovered, which exists
throughout the state, and upon which
war has I eiji declared. The recent In-vci'-itioiis
conducted at Ottumwa
are b-!ng recalled and other towns, it
ti 1: nt will he probed as soon as
the '"n;t is made of the work at
STniXE LEADER TO
EE TRIED MAY 13
0. C Wilson, Muscatine Button
Muscatine, la., May 6. The present
montii will witness tho progress of
one of the most important criminal
t.'lals ever witnessed in the state of
Iowai whoa ollV(ir C. Wilson, tho
business agnt of the Button Workers
Protective -lnlon of Muscatine, will be
tried at Davenport In the district court
of Scott county, on the charge of con
spiracy to Intimidate In the night time
by throwing of bombs Into the homes
oi nonunionlsts during the Muscatine
labor war. A similar charge faces
Emmet Flood, national organizer of
i the American Federation of Ijibor,
who played a prominent part In tho
I strike of the 2.500 operatives in the
Muscatine button plants..
The trial of Wilson will commence
May 13 and an array of legal talent
t which will make the case a noteworthy
one ,8 now enKaBed outlining their
lnothod of rocedure.
B,SH0P D0WJG PRES,DES
New 0fficer Ceebratei Fir8t M, at
Cathedral In Ces Moines.
Dos Moines, May 6. Rev. Austin
Dowling. bishop of the newly organ
ld Catholic diocese of Des Moines
presided for the first time at the ser
vice in St. Ambrose cathedral, In con
junction with Mgr. Flavin, for twenty
Pven years in charge of the parish
and now vicar general, Although the
ntw bishop came to Des Moines a to-
tal stranger, direct from Rhode Isl
and, he made a most excellent Imprea
sinn and quickly gained friends. He
was given a reception that assures
tho cooperation of all elements In
building up the new diocese, not only
a reception from the churchmen of
the diocese, hut from the business and
commercial interests of the city, all
creeds being laid aside In order to es
peclally honor him.
I Rrord A.'nnl Drntnri
Mnrsualltown, la., May 6. What Is
1 believed to be the record for a fleece
of wool produced In Iowa was sold
here by W. H. C. Woodward, a Marl
, ctta township farmer, to a local wool
concern. Tho fleece weighed forty
j . , , . .
tered Delalne-Merlno buck. When It
, ,,,. , ,
cons'-ered 'hat an averoge fleece
w,,Rn8 onjv eRht or nine pounds, and
th(U ,t , an exceptlon fln(1 ono
weighing fifteen, or sixteen pounds, the
wool furnished by this particular ram
i Is decidedly out of the ordinary.
fvl'-oad Laborers Scarce.
Sioux City, May 6. Fondness
fit .. i ,s ,'.ivcn as the reason
the inability of the railroads to obtain
sufficient help for work on the tracks
Sioux C ty offlclals are sending away
. . , ... " . '
L"' '''f' '"7 1,1 I.
i prefer to live In Sioux City and spend
their money as they get It, rather than
work along the tracks In the country
and live In the bunk cars. Tho rail
roads are offering $1.50 a day.
Boys Shot Up School.
New Hampton. Ia.. May 6. Three
high school boys, Gordon Shaffer, Har
old Carpenter and Vernon IJnderman
went out to a rural school, known as
the Gray school, and shot up every
thing In sight, Including windows, or
oligan. lamn and clock. They were ar
I rested and were compelled to pny
damages and costs. When
they confessed their guilt.
Widow Receives Damages.
Iowa City, May 6. Mrs. Maude
reiver, widow of Oliver Driver, for
whose murder Guy Baker Is under
' sentence of twenty two years' Impris
onment. receives l.1.3.ril.S0 In settle
j ment of a, civil action for damages
which she brought against Baker.
Laborer Crushed to Death,
Davenport, la., May 6. John
peters, n laborer working In a sewer
excavation, was burled alive when
succeeded In uncovering
Minister Out for Congress.
Mason City, la , May 6. Rev. Thorn-
S Mrl'lrnv nnatnr nf thn Runt 1st
j rnurch at RcevllIo, has been named
by the Prohibitionists of the Fourth
Jlltrlct , cndijat, for congress.
Mississippi Flood Situation Is
LEVEES ARE ALIVE WITH MEN
Serious Lost of Life Threatened in
AUhafaUya District by Oncoming
Water and Fleet of Rescue Vessels
Starts Out From Baton Rouge.
New Orleans, May C Although no
new breaks were, reported in tho Mis
sir.slppi levees, tho situation at Baton
Rouge was reported "desperate," while
a telegram Tiom an assistant engineer
at Melville said the situation there was
Wnt r from the break at Torras has
reached Morganza, but nearly all tho
women and children had been removed
to places of safety.
A heavy rain fell over the southern
portion of the Btate and the outlook is
regarded as anything but encouraging
by engineers who are making a fight
against stages that have eclipsed form
er Hood records bv two foet at places.
The levees are alive with workmen
for miles on both sides of the river at
Baton Rouge. Possibility of aerious
loss of life In the Atchafalaya terri
tory, In the path of the oncoming Tor
i as flood, has aroused array officers
there to unusual activity. Many per
sons had refused to leave their homes
until the water was In their front
yards. Several negroo3 were drowned.
A fleet of rescue vessels was started to
Join the fou.' boats already In the
GOMEZ CALLED PRESIDENT
Mexican Lawyer Proclaimed Pro
visional Head of Republic.
El Paso, Tex., May 6. Emilio Vas
quez Gomez, a Mexican lawyer, was
ordained provisional president of
Mexico by proclamation of General
iMscual Orozco, now at tlw front with
the rebel troops threatening the fed
eral base nt Torreon. Juarez Is now
the provisional capital, but this prob
t.bly will bo shifted to Chihuahua.
The appointment for In all esson
tlala that Is what It amounts to ot
tne new provisional president will, it
is commonly understood, Interfere In
nowise with the administration of the
affairs ot the states of no'.thern Mex
ko by General Orozco and by Gonzalo
Enrlle at Chihuahua.
Tho Inauguration of the new pro
visional chief executive was accom
plished with a secrecy which forbade
the sound of trumpets and oratory
and was determined upon, It Is said,
chiefly for what effect It might have
upon the United States. The rebel
hope that now they may succeed In
having their belligerency recognized.
CONFEREES STANDING PAT
Unable to Rach Agreement on Borah
Washington, May 6. The confer
ence committee on the Borah three
yenr homestead bill has been In ses
slon for two days without coming to
any agreement. Mr. Mondell, one ol
the house conferees, said that nc
agreement was In sight.
The senate conferees virtually
ugreed that cultivation requirement!
should be one sixteenth for the second
jear and one-eighth tho third, but aft
er thinking it over they receded from
that position and were Inclined to re
quire more rigid cultivation.
Furthermore, while the house con
fcrees are standing pat that there
should be no water power and mineral
reservations, the senate conferees an
still Insisting that the bill shall In
elude such reservations.
No prediction could be made by anj
member of tne conference committee
whether an agreement would bf
reached. Thev adjourned without set
ting a time for their meeting.
U. S. TO SUPERVISE ELECTION
Uncle 8am Will See That Panama
People Get Fair Play.
Washington, May 6. The United
States will see that there is a fait
election In Panama this summer, as it
did In 1909. Reports received here
bhow that there has been some rioting
in a part of the republic In the neigh
borhood of David, Involving tho loss ol
at least one life, and this disorder
threatens to extend.
As both of the political parties ap
pear to be anxious to have the Unltod
SUaes extend good olllces under the
treaty to the extent of insuring the
people of Panama a fair chnnco to
vote according to their Inclinations,
the state department will probably
call on the authorities of the ct-nal
zone to designate American officers to
look ufUr the registration and If nec
essary to watch over the elections,
though maintaining an attitude ot
strict n'titrnlity between the contend,
Titanic Inquiry at an End.
Washington, May G. Senator Smith,
chairman of thes ubeomtnlttee .which
investigated the wreck of the Titanic,
returned to Washington ' from New
York and announced that no more
public, hearings would be held. Sena
tor Smith And other members of tho
subcommittee will soon meet to plan
a report and recommendations to be
made to congress.
THEY'RE IN THE RING TOO
Held in Big Parade
And Hats They Wore.
Photos by Amnrlcsn Press Anoctattatk
10,000 SUFFRAGISTS MARCH
New York Women Eclipse All Pre
New York, May 6. The promise ol
woman suffrago leaders to eclipse all
previous demonstrations for their
eauso was fulfilled when about 10,000
persons paraded up Fifth avenue un
der suffrage banners. Hundreda of
thousands of persona looked on from
windows and balconies along the ave
nue and tho sidewalks wtre so crowd
ed the entire route that the mounted
police were unable to keep the spec
tators within bounds. There was no
Thousands of these women wore the
38-cent hats, a design calculated to
appeal to the working element. Th
raajorlty also carried umbrellas on
which was printed In big letters.
"March with us." It was noticeable
that many Socialists were In line.
RUN SINGLE EDITIONS
Violence Marks Newspaper Strlka
and Many Arrests Made. .
Chicago, May 6. Although consider
ably handicapped, Chicago morning
newspapers succeeded In getting out
odltlons of about the usual size, and It
was said that all regular city and mail
subscribers would be supplied. Baca
newspaper, however, limited Itself to
one edition, Instead of the early and
late editions usually published.
Offlceri of the publishers' associa
tion announced that the places va
cated by the striking Web men and
stereotypers had been filled by other
The delivery service was maintained
under police guard, all of the newspa
pers Joining In a combined temporary
service. During the night there were
a number of reports of disorder by
strikers in various quarters of the
city. A number of arrests were ma dew
Those arrested were charged with vto
lotions of Injunctions secured by the
publishers, to prevent Interference,
with distribution and sale of pa pore.
ASSESSMENT IS BIG PROBLEM
Cattle Sold First of April Brought Be
fore the Board.
Lincoln, May 6. If one certain resi
dent of Thayer county had known how
much trouble he could have saved him
lelf, the assessor of his county and
Henry Seymour, secretary of the Btate
board of equalization,' he would have
shipped his cattle one day earlier and
bald off what he owed on them before
April 1, the date on which the per
sonal property assessment Is made.
However, he shipped his stock the
last day of March and sold them oa
the South Omaha market the first day
of April. If they are assessed as cat
tle he Is entitled under the law to no
deduction for what he owed and the
same Is true if tho assessment is
made of money, but If the money Is
treated as an account he Is entitled
to a deduction for the amount he owed
under the law passed for the benefit
of merchants carrying heavy stocks of
roods for which they owed on a large
part. Mr. Seymour has turned the
question over to the attorney general
MORLEY GUILTY OF
FIRST DEGREE MURDER
Jury Recommends Sentence ol
j .Lincoln," May 6. Charles Morley,
.' the only surviving member of the trio
of state penltentlnry convicts ho
broke Jail March 14 after killing War
den Delahunty. Deputy Warden Wag
ner and Guide Heilman, was found,
guilty of murder In the first degree.
The Jury recommended that he be sen
tenced to life Imprisonment.
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