The Plattsmouth journal. (Plattsmouth, Nebraska) 1901-current, June 12, 1913, Image 5
l lie bieee of the Seven Suitors i a By MEREDITH NICHOLSON W EZEK1AH bade Wiggins ex change horses with her, and while lie was readjusting the saddle girths I explained to Hezekiah the situation at Hopefleld md told her of Dick's scamper across the fields. "There's no use fooling 'with this' thing any more. I'll take Wiggy to the, house and lock him up until I've been numbered six. It's safest." "Not much It Isn't I don't Intend that Cecilia shall hare the pleasure of ref Bslag you." y .. .': '-' .-. I'd like to know why not. It's only to fill the gap.!f - ' - - f "On. said Heieklah, "that would be an embarrassment to me all the rest of my life. Listen carefully. Take Wiggy In by the back way and giro him a picture book to- look at Leave Cecilia alone' on the terrace when you're all ready and see what happens. If Dick's on Ids way to the house he's going to do something, and he must feel the edge of my displeasure. I owe him a few on general principles ' "What does all this mean? lea say there's nothing wrong at the house?" began Wiggins as we left Hezekiah and started toward Hopefleld. "Nothing whatever the matter. Ev erything perfectly all right, but you've got to keep mum now and do what I tell you. I've worked hard for you, old man, and when It's all over I'm going to Bend you a bill for professional serv ices. Come." I urged my horse to his utmost, and Wiggins rode steadily beside me. The fright Orton had given him had done my friend good, and I felt that I was dealing with a live man at last. "I'll tell you all about this after we have a good night cigar tonight" We rode direct to the stable, and I took Wiggins to my room by the back stairs and bade him help himself to my raiment He was perfectly tractable, and I was glad to see that he trusted Implicitly to my guidance. I met Miss Octavla In the lower hall. She was just In from the kennels. "I hope, Arnold, that you have not been without entertainment. By the way, If you should by any chance see Hezekiah you will kindly Intimate to ber that If she returns that mare she borrowed this morning in reasonably good condition I will overlook her in discretion In taking it from the stable without permission." She did not wait for a reply, but continued ou to her room, and I went direct to the terrace. Cecilia and Pep perton were just going into the house to look up a book or piece of music which they had been discussing. Ce cilia was making herself Interesting, as she so well knew how to do, and she seemed In no wise anxious. "We had forgotten tea," she said. "Aunt Octavia has just ordered it." "She and Mr. Pepperton may have their tea. I believe the air outside will do you good for n little longer so If you don't mind. I'epperton. Miss Hoi lifter will resume her promenade alone." Pen has told me since that he thought me quite mad that afternoon I bnde Cecilia patrol the long terrace slowly. She turned up the collar of the covert coat and obeyed, laughing a little nervously, but asking no ques t'ons. The scene could not have been more charmingly set. The great house loomed darkly behind her; beneath lay the garden, over which the dusk wan stealing goldenly. She paused suddenly as I watched from the window and I stepped out to see what bid attracted her ttttenllou. There Into the garden from .its farthest entrance filed the six suitors who had previously come to sit beneath the windows ol their stricken lady. Hav ing failed to visit their wrath upon the perfidious Dick they had changed their clothes a ad returned to Hope field. If Hezekiah had not expressly commanded me not to become the sixth man, I should have offered my self on the spot nnd waited only un til Cecilia had made the inevitable an swer before summoning Wiggins tr end the whole affair. Such, however. was not to be the order. of events. The procession, headed by Orrasby, wns within a few yards of the terrace. Cecilia, apparently unconscious of their proximity, continued her promenade. In a moment she must recognize them, ask them Into the house, give them tea and otherwise destroy my hope of securing hsr happiness before the day's end. A chorus of yelps and barks, as of degs suddenly released, greeted my ear. The oncoming suitors heard It. too, and the line wabbled uncertainly. Then round the house swept mastiffs, hounds, terriers a collection of prize winners such as few kennels ever boasted loping gayly In unwonted freedom toward unknown and forbid den pastures. The vanguard of fox terriers leaped down into the garden, with the rest of the pack nt their heels. Happy dogs, to find grown men ready for n gam fcolL.Fonr of the suitor found on oT" the proHr" exits into'the road: two leaped t lie lox hedire on the other side without fhaking a leaf. i I rfiti round the hoc.se, stumblimr . through the re:ir guard of the truant! lTttruw 'iti.1 ii:iotm Hu kennel inns ter. who had tallied the stable nu1, ' and was in hot pursuit "Soiaebody turned Vim out turned 'em out!" hi shouted nnd swept pro fanely by. The gate of the kennel yard stood open. A familiar figure, running low, paused and then sprint ed nimbly along the paddock fence. A white sweater was distinguishable for moment on a stone wall, then it fol lowed a pair of enchanted heels Into oblivion. Time had been passing swiftly, and the shadows were deepening. I re traced my steps toward the terrace, hearing the cries of pursued and pur suers growing fainter. I had not yet gained n position from which I could see Cecilia, when a man appeared some distance ahead of me. walking guardedly in one of the garden plots. He came uncertainly, pausing to glance about, yet evidently led toward the terrace by a detlnlte purpose. All ma.v be fair In love and war. but 1 confess to a feeling of pity for John Stewart Dick as I watched him slowly advancing to his fate. He was going boldly now, and I felt a sudden liking for blm, nor can I believe that he was other than a manly fellow with sound brains and a good heart. 1 ' I reasoned ns I marked his approach to the terrace that he had been loiter ing In the neighborhood, probably watching Cecilia and Pepperton. and when the architect retired he had as sumed that the sixth man bad spoken. The appearance of his- former com rades of the inn had doubtless dis turbed hlmas It had me; then, thanks to the resourceful Hezekiah,' they had been routed, and the coast was clear. I watched him draw nearer to Cecilia as I have watched deer go down to a lake to drink. He would speak now. I was confident of It. and 1 stole round to the side entrance and sent word to Wiggins to go to the drawing room nnd wait for me. Miss Octavia and Toppertou still lin gered over their teacups. The row made by the fugitives from her kennels had not, it seemed, penetrated to the library, and Miss Octavia bade me Join the talk, which had to do, I remember, with some project for a national hall of fame that had incurred her charac teristic displeasure. A hall of immor tal rascals in pillories she thought far likelier to please the masses. In fifteen minutes I saw Cecilia cross ing the hall. She stopped where I could see her quite plainly and thrust her hand into the pocket of her coat. Out flashed the silver notebook. She made a swift notation with the pencil that now, 1 knew, wrote the fate of the sixth man. I went out and spoke to her and walked beside her to the drawing room door, where Hartley Wiggins was wait ing. miss uctavin nau risen when I re turned to the library, and.it was time to dress for dinner. "Just a moment. Miss Holllster. Something of great Interest is about to occur." Aud I made excuses for de taining her for perhaps Ave minutes not more. "You have never yet deceived me. Arnold Ames, und such is my contt-i dence in you that if you tell me that something Interesting will soon occur l have no reason to doubt yiti. It, Is worth remembering, however, that fowl is not Improved by prolonged roast ing." I heard Wiggins laugh in the hall, and Miss Octavia raised her head. Then Cecilia came Into the room and walked tlliectly to her aunt. "Aunt Octavia. t.ere Js the .Ucle sll ver notebook you gave me in ParR have just written Mr. Wiggins' name lit it. and as 1 have no further use for the book. I return it with my love ar.f thanks." Without a word Miss Octavia turned to the wall and pressed the button twice. "William." she said as the butler up pea red. "you may serve Oriana 'Id, and be careful not to freeze ;t to death; and the hour for dinner is changed tt S. Arnold, you may tourself drive to tiooseberry bungalow tar my brother ex "William," the said, "yon may aervt . Oriana W " sJ snd niece They ilfne with rue night" Hw.cki.th and I hi. lit our bungalow In the orchard where on that October aft- w - "oa 1 found her munehln,,' red ap- pie on the stone wall. She Is the most scrupulous of housewives and only uow took me to task for scattering the hearth with fragments of the notes from which this narrative has been written. She has just been reading these last pages with meditative brown eyes and uot without occasionally reaching for the pen and retouching some sentence In which, she says, soot from my chlmuey doctoring days has clogged the Ink. Cecilia and Wiggins live at Hopefleld across the fields. Miss Octavia Insisted on this, for the reason that the sword of Hartley's great grandfather, found In the chest under the old house, gives him inalienable rights to the premises. Miss Octavia aud her brother Hassford are traveling abroad and enjoying those mild adven tures to which they are both tempera mentally Inclined. My name Is' joined to Feppertou's on his office door. Pepperton proposed this arrangement, with so many as surances of faith in me that I could not refuse him; but I knew well enough that Miss Octavia had first put it into his head. So while I have call ed myself a chimney doctor In these pages, I am again an architect. "You ought to say something more boutJheAsolando," Hezekiah has Just a Democratic minority organization o, forty or more representatives" will at tempt to upset the president's fret wool program. It is expected that the administration will be sustained by a large majority. Senate leaders have pledged to the president their support of the sugar and wool provisions as finally accept cd In the house. Senator Myers ol Montana, who has been counted on by some of the nntl-free wool forces a? their ally, has Informed members ol the finance committee and has stated publicly that he favors the free woo program and will uphold the presl dent's course as to this schedule. The full Democratic membership ol the house resumed consideration ol the tariff behind closed doors today Republican members of the house ways and menns committee who had no part In prennrln? the Underwood bill, are row 'vorklnr on substitute cotton nnd wool schedules. Alaskan rn'Iroad legislation, which also Is to 1 the suliiect of annt henrin?s. vi'l he nressed for enrlv nr. tlon. P'rntor P'ttninn. chairman o the territories -rnnniltte. V.-U1 sttemnt to have m Alaskan envornment rail road hil' ins'-rt thro""h the senate before ---iclon U taken nn. murmured at my shoulder. "Every body will ask whether we ever went back there." "Of course we go back there. Heze kiah, every time yon come to town and can get hold of me." "You'd better explain that Aunt Oc tavia started the tea room and still owns it and makes money out of It. though she rarelv goes there, but sends Freda, t' e maid, to collect the profits. And 1 won't do any harm to say that wlic met you there that day. she dc-aled at owe that von would be a proper husband for me. Any one who reads your book will want to know that." Hezekiah Is always right. So hcr endeth the chronicle. THE FND. FORMER PLATTSMOUTH BQY IN THE PHILIPPINE ISLANDS The following item from Hie Omaha Ilee of this mni'iiinu will lie ut nnicii interest, to the older residents of this city, as Colonel loi'i'inylon was reared in this city ami married hero, lint n moved Willi Ins lamily many years aii In the western part of the slate: Colonel At Dominion, former ly of r.hadron, now head of prisons in the Philippines' visit ing Mayor James G. Dalilman, de clared in favor of a workhouse for prisoners and' believes all prisoners should be taught some useful trade. Colonel Dorrington called on the mayor alontf with (lould Dietz anil the three discussed prison reforms at length. Colonel Dor rington says he has charge of about 10,000 prisoners in the Philippines and all of them are taught some trade, which sends them out of prison able to earn an honest living'. After a visit at Lincoln Colonel Ihirrington will leave for Wash ington. He is on his vacation, part of which was spent at his old home in Chadrou. Daughter at Baugman Home. From Tuesday's Daily. This morning at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Haughinan, who reside ou the Dovey section, west oi tins city, a line new daughter made her apeparance at an early hour. The liMIe lady is of the regulation weight and the delighted parents think she is just the sweetest little Kirl that has made her appearance for some lime. The New Laureate. With aiknowioilnmrtit to A. C Swln- burtuvj Now who shall sIiik for IJritnln As KiikIIsIi laureate, In rhythmic words, tlanie written. To bravely trve the stato And bid her doff the ermine Of nestling moths and vermin, Ilrr kliiKly Kitrb of lies. Cast It asldo forever, From dark tradition sever Her soul and bid It rls' No weaklinK bard, time serving, Who'll, basely bidden, write False tributes, uiuUs..rvlng, HUnd, groping In the night; To praise In rlmo disjointed Borne ruler oil anointed, A ghost with tinseled head. And sing of royal wassail While thrall and aerf and vassal Still vainly strive for bread. But one with Milton's lyre, With pen to pierce each wrong. With Swinburne to Inspire His red blood beats of song. With rude but fearless diction Destroy the purple Iletlon ' Of medieval night, All ancient falsehoods scorning And hall the newer morning Of min'i diviner right. Richard tlnthlcum In New York World. EX-PRESIDENT'S. DOUBLE WILL LECTURE 0 RUM. Retired Pittebwrgh Police ;)4n U TelK on DrinK vu, ; What to do "Wish the double of our x-presldents bus been determined In the case of Thomas J, Morley, retired police sergeant of Pittsburgh, who looks so much like William II. Taft that when Mr. Taft saw him the for mer president fairly gasped in aston ishment. Tom will descant on the ravages of the demon rum. He will lecture to railroad men under the auspices of the Pittsburgh and Lake Erie railroad in connection with the nation wide "safe ty first" campaign. "I wrestled with drunks more than twenty years in tho big police station In Pittsburgh," said Morley, "aud uow I am going to wrestle with the evil it self." Morley is built for wrestling. He is physically und mentally fitted for it. "If ever a man had experience with drink, either ns its devotee or nn ob server, I think I am that man. I have attended funerals of my former pals und associate who died from the ef fects of strong drink. About fifteen years ugo I was almost down as a re sult of it, but I made up my mind that devotion to drink and neglect of family were mistakes and beneath a real man, o I cut tbem out." Morley is more than fifty years old, possesses n good stage appearance, has a deep voice und in addition to a good memory bits a natural knack of "put ting across" what he has to say. General Manager Yoho of the Pitts burgh and Lake Erie heard In a round about way of Morley's ambition nnd realized the power for good a man like Morley would be to a corporation. As a result, through L. II. Turner superintendent of motive power of the road. Tom Morley will make his debut on the temperance platform before several hundred of the road's employ ees In Oroveton, O., In the near future COURTHOUSE HID OLD PAPERS Find Documents Signed by Presidents Jackson, Arthur and Grant. Valuable papers, which have lain In a closet In the Greeley (Colo.) court house for years apparently forgotten, were unearthed the other day by Coun ty Clerk .1. E. Snook, the very exist ence of which had been entirely un known in the past decade. Included in the lot were a number of land pat ents for which the owners have been invited to call. One was issued to Jeremiah Wil liams, a corporal in Captain Chun's company in the war of 1S12, in ex change for scrip which he got for services. The patent was signed by Andrew Jackson on Oct. 1, is:',7. Another was granted to Elizabeth Cochran on Oct. HO, 1871. This patent was Issued while U. S. Grant was president of the United States. Land patents were also Issued to James Itussell and to Samuel Itoberts In 187D. President Chester A. Arthur signed the patent granted to Michael Carey, and there is also one for John Ben son signed by the same hand. CARDS IN CAPITOL PILLAR. Deck Buried Eighty-one Years Ago la Found at Jefferson City. A deck of playing curds excellently preserved was taken from between two of the stones used In the construc tion of pillars which decorated the en trance of the old state eupltol at Jeffer son, Mo., which wag destroyed by fire some time ago. The pillar were constructed of sandstone blocks eighty-one years ago. The cards were found in a hole made to holst the heavy stones into place. There was no nme or writing upon the cards. 8uffragista to Storm Resorti. Tho strenuous suffragists will carry their war to the summer resorts In the mountains and by the senshore. Sev eral hundred "equal suffrage" orators will stump the pleasure resorts of the country during the summer months from liar Harbor to the Pacific coast. Next fall the suffragist clans will gather In Wnshlugton and make reody fr an attack on the house. ILIUM TIE II OF t Vast Army of Correspondents Engaged In Collecting Important Facts. w HEN the department of agrl-1 culture sends out its monthly report with tbe latest crop news in It few people realize that more than 130,000 reporters have had a part In gathering the facts there in set forth. Everybody knows about the crop reports, but not everybody knows how they are collected and how the estimates are reached. For Instance, when the department says that tne average conaiuon oi winter wheat on April 1 was 91.6 per cent of a normal against 80.8 on April 1. 1912. what Is tho basis of the per centage? Is some previous year! taken s the base and the percentage fig ured from that? And, If so, how Is the basic year selected? " ' H Isn't. The , percentage doean t tman any comparison with any other yeaf. The percentage is based on what the people In tb vicinage expect of their land. A farmer can tell pretty well what tho yield ought to be. If be knows that It ought to produce twenty-five bushols and be does not look this year for more than twenty bushels he reports that he estimates 80 pet cent. And It is tho farmer, generally speak ing, who furnishes the Information on which the bureau of statistics of the agricultural department makes its es timates. Most of the 130,000 reporters are not paid. They are classified as ''vol untary correspondents," which means that they furnish the Information about their respective regions without getting a cent for It. The only thing they get out of it Is thnt they receive the publications of the department of agriculture without hnvlng to write and ask for them. The Department's Staff. In each county which hns any agri cultural Importance there Is a cor respondent of the department, who has several assistants who can be called In If necessary. He furnishes a re port for the county. In addition there Is a correspondent In each township.' They do not furnish their reports to the county correspondent, but send them in directly to the department of agriculture, which checks up the esti mates If there Is a disagreement and figures out from the different reports the estimate for the state. In addition tho department has what It calls "field agents," who travel over several states at n time and report what they observe, and It has state correspondents, who conduct their work Independently of the "voluntary correspondents" who are reporting di rectly to Washington. The voluntary correspondents are subdivided ns county corresondents. township correspondents, Individual fanners and special cotton correspond ents. Tho number f counties of agri cultural Importance In the ITnlted States Is approximately 2.SOO. The correspondent selected by the depart liient In each of these counties Is cho sen with special referenco to his quali fications, and each Is expected to se cure data from his several assistants In different parts of the county, and also to supplement these with Informa tion obtained from his own observation and knowledge. Many Special Reports. Hesldes these county correspondents. with their assistants, and the township correspondents (the latter numbering 32,0001, nt the end of the growing sea son reports are received from-a large number of Individual farmers and planters on the results of their own Individual farming operations during the year. Valuable data are also se cured from 30.000 mills and elevators. As for the correspondents employed by the department, the special field service consists of twenty traveling agents, each of whom covers a sepa rate group of states. These agents, who are chosen for their statistical training ami practical knowledge of crops, travel systematically over the districts assigned to them. It Is their business to question the best Informed persons In each nelghlorhool which they vlslt-fanners, country mer chants, Implement dealers nnd others and to collect Information in every way. Their reports are rendered monthly, sometimes by mail and some times by telegraph, and If conditions require more frequent reports they are made. States Gather Statistics. Each of the state statistical agents reports for his state as n whole and maintains a corps of correspondents entirely Independent of those reporting directly to the department at Wash ington. The state statistical corre spondents report monthly to the state agent on schedules furnished them. The reports are then tabulated and weighed according to tho relative prod uct or area of the given crop In each county represented and are summar ized by tho state agent, who coordi nates and analyzes them In the light of his personal knowledge of condi tions and from them prepares his re ports to the department. The spvelnl lists of voluntary corre spondents, outside of the county and township correspondents, are widely varied. The "individual farmers." as I 13010 PEOPLE! Of Vital Importance to Busi- ness Welfare of the Nation. , they are listed ut the department, sup ply Information at harvest time re garding yields. Then there are what are culled "special price" correspoud dents. who report concerning the prices received by farmers for their products. How Figures Are Obtained. When all the separate Independent tabulations and computations of re ports received from the voluntary cor respondents are received, they are brought together by states and, In con junction with the reports from the de partment's salaried Held agents and state statistical agents, form the basis , of each of tbe monthly reports Issued ' by tbe bureau of statistics. ' The divi sion of domestic crop reports tabula ten and computes the results of all the re- -porta received from thavarlou classea of voluntary correspondents. Despite the fact that these voluntary correspondents receive no pay, 1 they seem to like the work, to Judge by the length of time they stick to It. An In quiry made In .January, 1912, showed that of the entire list of county corre spondents 88 per cent had served more than one year, 67 per cent more than two years, 42 per cent more than six years, 21 per cent more than eleven years, 4 per cent more than twenty-six years and 1 per cent more than thirty six years. Tho average length of serv ice of all the county correspondents was about seven years. The department considers this sta bility of service as evidence of a high standard of quality. It believes that carelesH or indifferent farmers would not take the pains to report, month after month and year after year, with out being paid. How Reports Are Handled. AH the reports of the state statis tical agents and special field agents are sent directly to the secretary of agriculture. He retains in bis posses sion those of tho reports which deal with certalu crops of a highly specula tive character corn, wheat, oats and cotton and does not turn them over to the bureau of statistics until the morn ing of the day when the bureau Is to issue its report. But the reports on other crops are delivered by him to the bureau as soon as he receives them, to enable their tabulation long enough in advance of the preparation of each crop report to render them ready fur use when they are needed. The pre caution in the case of the speculative crops was adopted as a result of the "cotton leak" scandal of some years ago. when advance Information got out to Interested parties. The reports of the voluntary corre spondeuts are tabulated nnd computed and the results turned over to the chief of the bureau of statistics to be tabu, lated In connection with the report of the state and special field agents. Precautious Against leakage. When the monthly crop estimates are tlnally made additional precau tions are taken against leakage. The crop reporting board, which does the 11 tin 1 work, consists of live members, with the chief of the bureau as chair man, and Its personnel Is changed each mouth. The meetings nre held In the ollice of Thief Victor H. Olmsted, and the doors are locked aud nil the telephones disconnected. It may be said that, after all and de spite the numerous correspondents who check one another tip, the reports on crops Issued by the bureau of statis tics cannot be mathematically exact since they are gathered from the con clusions of fanners, interviews with merchants, etc. This Is true. The re ports do not purport to be other than estimates. They are not the results of actual enumeration, as are tliu figures reported decennially by the census bu reau. Rut, while they may not be exactly accurate, as no estimate can be, they are given as the best available data and represent the fullest information at the time they nre made. Tho government has been doing the work of collecting agricultural statis tics for fifty years, but the present brond scope of the work Is a matter of only a few years. Mt was widened Into Its present large Held under Secre tary Wilson and multiplied many times In size and efficiency in the last six or Beven years. , l . ANTS TO TEACH CHILDREN. Will Be Kept In Cage In Cleveland School Playground. Clevelnnd' school officials who are urging the chlldrea to "swat the fly" are also having ants collected for use as playground apparatus In the public school yards. The ants are to bo caged in the playgrounds and placed where the children can watch them. The ob ject of this move Is to give the pupils on opportunity to glean n bit of natural history nnd absorb habits of Industry through the good example set by the ants. Dr. K. A. Puterson, chief school med ical Inspector, first suggested the plan, and the corps of fly chasers In the schools at once got busy trnpplug th elusive atid hustling ants.