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THE FAKMKKS' ALLIANCE, LINCOLN. NEH., HIUKSDAY. DEC. 31. 1801.
, CHAPTER XTII.
TBI URrin AHD ! AGENT.
' The reader may be inclined tt think
it a little ttranga that KcrajrfT hould
manifest auoh decidi'd intermit in a mat
ter that did not at all affect him. But,
as has been said, Scrapga was a man of
heart, and he was a great friend of rir
tne. Ik-sides, he was a man of strong
impulses, and his likes and dislikes
were extremely pronounced. From the
moment he came to know Harry Pear
son in his true character bo had disliked
him, and the instant he became cogni
zant of Pearson's intentions relative to
Louiao Uroc-o, ho rcsoircd to thwart J
them if possible. And it may be added
that Scran? was a man who, once hav
ing formed a purpose, never abandoned
it until he had reached the end.
Thus may the interest of Scrafrgs in
this affair of Green's be accounted for
to the satisfaction, no doubt, of all.
It was lato when Scragg arrived
'nome, and it was impossible for him to
do aught that day. but at an early hour
the next morning he repaired to Mills'
office. None of the great army of loan
seekers who visited Mills' office every
day had mode their appearance yet, and
IScraggs found that worthy alone, and
in a very few words stated the object of
his visit, which was to purchase John
'I am sorry, Mr. Scraggs," Mills re
plied promptly, "but I cannot accom
modate you with the note."
"Why notr Scraggs asked.
"Because I loan money as a business,
aad if there is a profit in it I want it"
"Certainly, Mr. Mills. I did not ex
pect you to sell the note at its face
"Yon didn't? Then you are willing
to pay a premium?"
' "I am, or I Bhould never have come
lere. We money lenders do not , do
things for the fun of it."
i "That's very true, and for that rea
tson I am at a loss to understand why
you should bo willing to buy Green's
note at a premium. I let him have
twice as much on his property as I
jwonld under ordinary circumstances."
' "That has nothing to do with the
'matter at all Please state what
amount will buy the note."
Mills looked at Scraggs rather curi
jously for an instant, then broke into a
' "To be plain with you, Mr. Scraggs,"
hie said, "and to bring the affair to a
Ipoint at once, I must say that the note
lis not for sale."
"At no price?"
"At no price." .
1 "May I ask your purpose in holding
it when you can make a good profit by
letting it go?"
"Yes, you may ask, Mr. Scraggs, but
I am not compelled to answer you."
,' For a moment Scraggs was clearly
"stumped," to use an expressive slang
term. The note was evidently beyond
his reach, and it seemed useless to try
ifurthcr to get it. Yet he did not like
to abandon the effort so soon, but how
to proceed further he did not know.
: Scraggs went back to his own office,
where he found Pearson in waiting for
i "John Green camo up to see you yes
terday afternoon," Pearson began, "ond
not finding you at home, left a message
"You needn't put yourself to the
trouble of stating it," said Scraggs,
coldly, "since Green himself delivered
it a little later."
Pearson was taken somewhat aback
by those words, but in a moment he
hod recovered his equanimity and said
"You met him on the way home, I
"Yes, and he told me Mills had fur
bished him the money."
"That was the message he left with
For a little while, neither of the men
spoke, and Pearson began to hope that
the subject was dropped. But in this
he was disappointed, for directly
Scraggs resumed it by saying:
"You helped Green about getting
that loan, Pearson, and I know what
your object was in so doing."
"Perhaps you do, Scraggs," Pearson
replied unconcernedly, '-but for fear
you don't, I'll tell you. My object was
to render the man a little service."
"Yes, to render him a little service;
and for what?"
'For his good, of course. So you
think all mankind are like yourself,
. willing to do a fellow creature a favor
only when it brings two dollars to your
ipocket to every one it brings him?"
. "Pearson," said Scraggs severely, "it
is useless to talk nonsense to me. I
know you, and I understand your heart
"THE NOTE IS NOT FOB BALK."
Ton told me once, before you returned
east, what your intentions were toward
Green's girl, and I understand that your
intentions are the same yet You are
striving to get Green in your power and
use him as a lever in your efforts with
the girL That was your purpose in
taking him to Mills to get bis money,
and yon are the man who holds that
"You are making rather reckless asser
tions, Scraggs; but say they are correct,
and then what?"
"Why, only this, you must give the
note up to me. I will pay you a pre
mium on it." , , i - , '. , -f t
, i'Who-ce! Must give it up.'eh?"-
MtM Wot lift
"Ycs, you mutt."
"Perhaps I must, but I fail to see
"Look here, Fcarson, you proceed
with your intentions toward that girl,
and I promise you that Blatchford
shall be informed of it without delay."
"Blatchford! What does he care?
Do you .suppose he'd bother his head
about a daughter of one of these poor
settlers whom he owns body and soul!
Pshaw, he don't care what they do, or
what becomes of them, so long as he
has their mortgages. Write to Blatch
ford, if you want to, and see what good
it will do you."
As Pearson delivered himself of these
words he kept a close watch on Scraggs'
features, and though be spoke confi
dently and with the utmost indiffer
ence, he was greatly disturbed,
lie was in constant dread lest
something should transpire to re
veal to Scraggs the relation existing
between Blatchford and the Greens.
II became satisfied on the present oc
casion, however, that Scraggs had as
yet received no intimation of the truth,
and ho breathed easier. But Scraggs'
threat to write to Blatchford disturbed
him. lie knew that it was not idly
made, and he also knew that if he did
write the whole truth would come out,
and, heartless as old Blatchford was, it
was hardly possible that ho would sit
quietly with folded hands and permit
his granddaughter's ruin.
Such thoughts as these occupied Pear
son's mind, and ho saw the necessity of
conciliating the irate agent.
'Mr. Scruggs," he said, "what's the
sense of you and I goiDg on like a cou
plo of fools. I don't care anything for
Green's girl, and have no designs upon
her. I did rauke a fool assertion a year
or so since to tho effect that I had, but
I did not mean it."
"Do you swear," said Scraggs, "that
you are speaking the truth?"
"Why, yes, If you wish it," Tenrson
"Then you will perhaps not mlndlct
ting me have Green's note."
"No, I wouldn't, if I hod it. Mills is
the man for you to see on that business."
Harry Pearson left the oflice directly,
and as he walked the street his mind
was busy with thoughts of the inter
view just ended. ,
"Old Scaggs Is going to oause mo
trouble," ho mused, "unless I proceed
with tho utmost caution. He's a sly old
devil, and now that he's set his mind
against me, he'll do everything in his
power to down me. It would be just
his way to write to old Blatchford, and
in that case the jig would be up with
mo, for I'd not only have Blatchford
down on me, but my wife, too. This is
a blamed ticklish business, sure, and
the first thing I know old Scraggs will
get wind. In some way, of tho fact that
those Greens are old Blatchford's rela
tives, and if ho does old Blatchford will
know of their whereabouts, and come
hunting them up. Scraggs and Green
must bo Kept apart, and I must move as
fast as possible. I must have Louise,
for I do love her with all my soul and
I can't think of living without her."
TOB SERPENT NAKES A PROPOSAL.
During tho next two weeks Fcarson
went to Green's three or four times,
and though ho never had an interview
with Louise, ho gave her to understand
the state of his heart, and did every
thing in his power to infrrn.tin.to himself
into her good graces. I lo also sought
to broaden nnrt deepen the hold he had
upon John's feelings, and upon the
wholo was quite well satisfied with tho
progress ho was making. He had no
hopo of winning Louiso's love, but he
thought ho was gaining her esteem and
that was enough.
"If I can only har? her respect" he
thought "1 con easily bring her to my
terms when tho time comes. Green
will noon uso up tho money he bor
rowed, and then Louise must choose
between mo and hunger hunger not
only for herself, but for her father and
her slek mother. And tho victory will
bo mine by easy odds, for sho is such a
simple, honest-hearted little thing thot
6ho will readily ruuko any sacrifice in
order to spare her parents. Just a few
more days of clear sailing and I shall
arrive in port with my prize all safo
and sound. In tho meantime, though,
I must begin to prepnro the girl's mind
so that she may bo prepared for the
So in accordance with this idea, Tear-
son managed, on the occasion of his
next visit to induco Louise to toko a
wall; with him. She was loth to go,
knowing what his sentiments were to
ward her, and feeling all her old re
pugnance for him returning in full
force, but she recalled all his kindness
to her father and his generous solici
tude for her poor mother, and she felt
it her duty to acquiesce in so small a
At first he talked of ordinary matters,
such as any two acquaintances might
spcaloof, but finally ho became more per
sonal and began to ask her about her
life. To all his questions she made
straight-forward, truthful replies, ac
knowledging that her existence was by
no means pleasant
"I should think," he remarked, "that
you would long for society and the
ongnier scenes of life."
"I do," she replied, "though I try
hard not to. It Is very wrong to repine
and grieve, but it is not easy always to
"I don't think there is any wrong in
it," he said. "Yours is a hard lot, and
it is only human that you should long
for something better."
"What's tho use of longing for some
thing I can't have? It only males me
the more miserable, and besides it's a
sin against those I love. Think of my
poor mother, how much less bright her
life is than mine, I know it is wrong
to grieve over my situation, and I'm
ashamed that I am Weak enough to do
80." , . ' - . . ' , s
Pearson made no reply at once, but
walked on some distance in silence.
He was revolving in his mind the
words she had just spoken and trying
to decide how to proceed the most ef
fectually. When at last he 6poke it
was to this effect: ' . . ' '
"Welt, you are right,' I suppose, In
thinking that It U awlew to grh-ve for
what wo eannot har. but Mmx-tim
we ran have things when we do not
liOiiUe lonked np Inquiringly, and the
glance IVanxm bad of her lovely face
emboldened htm to proceed.
" Yoo can have a happier existence if
yon choose," he went on. "You can
have friends, society and enjoyment
They are all within your reach. Would
yon exchange this life for that?"
Something In tbo cagernes of his
voice, as he asked the question, at
tracted the girl's attention and caused
her to start She had an intuition of
his meaning and longed to flee from
him. However, as that was not possi
ble, she walked on without making any
reply. Ilo waited awhile, end seeing
that she was not going to answer him,
he repeated his question. By this time
she had regained her composure, and
her reply came calmly and steadily.
"Yes, it Is only natural" she said,
that I should lie willing to exchange
this life for a better one. I suppose no
sane person would hesitate an instant
to do that."
"Then will you make tho exchange?"
"That is impossible, Mr. Pearson,"
she replied quietly, totally ignoring the
meaning of his question. "At least I
cannot hope for such a thing for a long
He felt that the time had come to
speak out Yet he hesitated. What he
had supposed an easy task he found
most dilllcult. Ho was reckless, lion
orlcss and heartless, but still he quailed
before this innocent girl this girl
whom he loved to desperation. Away
from her presence he could deliberate
on his plan without a qualm of con
science, but her sweet face, her clear,
honest eyes disarmed and confused htm.
Ho felt small and mean, and the little
spark of manhood in him made an ef
fort to assert Itself. For an instant he
was overwhelmed with the heinous
ness of his intended crime, and there
was a short conflict between his bettor
and baser natures, but the latter being
master of him soon asserted itself and
crowded out all sense of shame and re
"If I were free," he mused, "I would
make this girl my honest wife, but I am
not free and cannot become so, and all
I cm do is to make her my wife in all
save tho name. In some faraway spot
where no one knows us or can ever
BAT TIIK WOnD AND THEY ARE Y0CK8."
learn of our past, sho and I can live as
man and wlfo and bo as happy as
though wo were. With old Blatchford's
money, which justly belongs to her and
her mother, sho shall have all the com
forts and pleasures of life, and live a
lady among tho grandest."
Harry Pearson was not a hardened lib
ertine, though ho was unprincipled;
and it requires a soul lost to all statue
and feeling to deliberately plot away
the virtue and innocence of a young,
trustful girl. Pearson's conscience
pricked him deeply, now that ho was ap
proaching tho climax of his purposo,
and to palliate it he sought by every
means to smooth away tho evils of his
course and loavo only tho good it prom
ised to tho poor girl as though there
could any good come of a life of
shame, or any enjoyment from stolen
His baser nature having in this in
stance, us in all others, asserted itself,
Pearson soon succeeded in putting away
all shamo and self-reproach, -and with.
calm determination took up tho subjoct
"Louise," bo said, "it Is not impossi
ble for you to make tho change I spoke
of. I said society, wealth and pleasure
wero within your reach. They are, and
all you have to do is say tho word and
they nro yours."
Ho had stopped now and placed him
self beforo her. His breath camo fast
and his blood coursed wildly. Grasping
her hand and holding it in spite of her
frantic efforts to release it ho went on
in a rapid, honrso tono:
"Louise, I lovo you, ond if yon will
be mino you can have everything that
it is in my power to gat you every
thing that love can suggest and money
buy. You shall have friends among
the highest you shall have a homo
among the finest, yon shall have all the
pleasures that the rich enjoy. In short,
Louise, bo mine and you shall never
again know what it is to have a wish
ungratified. Yon shall never feci the
pinch of want or the cruel touch of a
cold world. I will make it my study
and my work to serve you, and you
shall bo my queen. Oh, Louise, do not
weep, do not look distressed. Bo mine,
Louise. Say you will."
During this passionate delivery the
young man attempted to draw Louise
to him, but she shrauk away and made
another ineffectual effort to release her
hand. She was startled by his words
no less than by his earnest, pleading
tone. She feared and abhorred him,
and every syllable1 ho uttered went to
her heart like a dagger.
nardly had he ceased speaking when
her pride usscrted itself,' and resent
ment flashed from her eyes.
"Mr. Pearson," she said, "what right
havo you to say such tilings to me?"
"I lore you," he replied, "and I can
not suppress my feelings. Louise, you
do not know what a power you hold
over me, nor to what lengths I would
go for your sake. I love you as never
woman was loved before, and I do not
feel that I have done any wrong in say
For a little while Louise did not re
ply' and during tho silence the anger
melted out of her eyes and a look of
pity succeeded it Perhaps sho believed
Pearson in earnest and felt sorry that
she must blight his hopes. She knew
what sho would suffer should Paul fail
to return her love what pangs, of
poignant pain that would cause her,
and doubtless she thought Pearson's
feelings similar to her own. She may
have remembered his generosity to her
father and mother and experienced bit-
. r-V I' .. -
Iff rrgrrt that '..be was side to requite
his gc!noM un vrwUf. But whatever
the thought t'jat potwwtrd Iwr, sho be
came sai aad sorrowful, sad her voice
as she spoko trembled prrwptiMy.
"I am sorry," she began, "that yoa
have said what yoa have. You had no
right to judrfu m so illy. If I loved
you, Mr. Pearson, it would require uo
promises of riches to lead me to be
come your wife. I am poor and havo
known little enough of pleasure, God
knows, hut I am not so poor that I
would sell my heart, my life, my hap
piness and my hope of eternity.- Tho
man I love need offer no wealth to in
duce me to become bis wife, and no
man whom I do not love need think me
base enough to be influenced by such
an offer. I respect you, Mr. Pearson,
for the sake of what you have done for
those 1 love. I feel under a thousand
obligations to you, but I do not and can
not love yon. My heart is another's, and
when I marry my hand shall go where
my heart is."
The girl's reply, though far from
what the generality of lovers would
wijsli, was not displeasing to Pearson.
It was more than he had dared to hope
for, since he knew that she did not love
him, and he was satisfied that she ex
pressed for him respect and pity.
"She respects mc," he mused, "and
that will make my victory easy. She
will bow to the inevitable and will ac
cede to my wishes all the more readily
because of that It would be hard to
force her to sacrifice herself to a man
she did not even respect I am satis
fied with my progress so far, and it only
remains to be seen which is the
stronger, her love for herself or her love
for her father and mother."
Aloud Pearson said:
"Forgive me, Miss Green, for presum
ing to utter such sentiments. I did not
mean to say what my words imply. Far
be it from me to suggest that your heart
can be won by such things as I offered.
I only meant to say what I would do
for you in order to show you the depth
of my affection. Will yoa forgive me,
Miss Green, and think of my words only
as I meant them?"
"I hold no ill feeling, Mr. Pearson,"
said Louise, promptly, "and I will not
think the less of you for what you have
said. The subject is one unpleasant to
me, and to continue it can be of no ben
efit to either of us, so let us drop it, if
Pearson acceded readily to this re
quest, since to continue the conversa
tion longer at that time would by no
means enhance his interest He felt
that he had accomplished all that could
be accomplished previous to his finish
ing stroke. Of course, in the mean
time he could go on gaining her respect
by his services in behalf of her parents,
but to her he would say nothing more
of his love, and he would make no more
direct efforts to win her consent to his
Louise, anxious to escape Pearson's
company, expressed a wish to return
home, and accordingly they walked
back to the cabin. Neither had much
to say, and save for a few desultory,
commonplace remarks, the walk passed
Arriving at tho fence In front of the
cabin, where Pearson's horse was tied,
"1 will not go in," ho said, "but I will
como out again in a day or two. I hope
you will not consider my visit an an
noyance, for I promise not to revert
again to tho subject we wero discussing
"I would not have yon stay away,"
replied Louise, "on my account, and I
assure you that I appreciate your mind
fulness of my parents."
"Thanks," said Pearson. "Good day."
And vaulting into his 6addle ho can-
"THANKS, 8AID I'KAKSON. "'GOOD DAT."
tered away, very much unlike a broken
hearted, rejected suitor.
me cncisnAH Am society.
It is duo Hiram Blatchford to state
that ho was totally ignorant of the
whereabouts of his daughter. He knew,
it is true, that she was somewhere in
Kansas, but he had not the remotest
idea in what part, of the state. It is
also due him to say that he never re
ceived the letter written him by the old
doctor at tho beginning of Mary's sick
ness. Whether it would havo mado
any difference in the condition of the
Greens if Blatchford had known of their
whereabouts and condition, is a ques
tion that must go unanswered, but true
Christian charity says give him the
benefit of tho doubt
However Blatchford might have act
ed on tho knowledgo of his child's dis
tress, Sarah Blatchford felt it to her
interest to sec that such knowledge did
not reach him, and accordingly the
good old doctor's letter never went be
yond her hands.
She had long feared that a communi
cation from the Greens might como to
her husband, and not feeling sure that
his heart would bo proof against his
daughter's pleas, if sho should choose
to make any, Mrs. - Blatchford be
thought herself of tho precaution of
keeping any such letter from Blatch
ford's hands. So, in pursuance of this
idea, she arranged to have all the pri
vate mail delivered nt the house, and
when the doctor's letter came to hand
with its Kansas postmark, she rightly
judged that it related to the Greens,
and forthwith she opened it and re
Tho letter told a pitiable tale of woe;
for it portrayed in plain colors the sai
condition of Mary Green, sick and po'
erty-stricken as sho was, and ende
with a pica to the obdurate, father
behalf of his suffering daughter. Su
a , letter, coming from one who v.
a stranger to Mary, ought Ito
have brought a feeling of pity to the
flintiest heart, but on the gentle heart
If this devout member of Rev. Wheed
ler's congregation it made no impres
sion whatever. Some one may imagine
that she suffered compunctions of con
science, but such was not the case.
Koch people as she have no conscience.
It does seem that after reading Dr.
Bawin' letter, Mrs. Blatchford ought
at least to have experienced a sense of
shame when she remembered that she,
and ail her relatives, were living in
great plenty on that which of right be
longed to ta oor woman who was
starving. But even that feeling did
not come to her heart liemorselessly
she burned the letter, watching it
crisp in flames and turn to ashes, yet
suffering no twinge of conscience. And
an hour later she sat in ber cushioned
pew with smiling, placid features, ap
parently perfectly satisfied with
herself and tho life she was
living. When, at the end of Wheedler's
sermon, she gave a good-sized bank
note to aid in converting tho heathen,
no stranger would have suspected what
her heart really was, and no one would
have thought but an hour before she
had ruthlessly despoiled a poor woman
of a crust of bread from her father's
Blatchford might have given his
daughter aid had he known her condi
tion, but his ignorance of that was no
excuse. Ho know very well that there
was general suffering in Kansas that
year, and he knew that John Green was
poor and ill-conditioned to withstand
such a long siege of hard times. Reason
and common sense would have taught
him that his daughter was in need, yet
he did not feel sufficient interest in her
welfare to make any effort to discover
her whereabouts. lie never mentioned
her namo, and if he ever thought of her
no one knew it Indeed, to outward
observation it seemed apparent that no
thought of her ever entered his mind,
and that he was satisfied with his devo
tions to the Spickler family.
Like his wife he was an active mem
ber of Wheedler's church. He attended
the Sunday services regularly and dozed
through the tedious sermon. He gave
more than any other to the minister's
salary. Ho bought an organ for the
church and hired an organist. In short
he was always ready with his money to
second any suggestion Eev. Whcedler
saw fit to offer. As a natural consequence
he became the most prominent member
of the congregation at least in Brother
Wheedler's estimation. Brother Wheed
ler loved a cheerful giver, especially
when the gifts were coming to himself.
On the very day that John Green
mortgaged all his earthly possessions
to Mills for a pitiful sum of money with
which to buy bread, tho "Christian Aid
Society" of Eev. Wheedler's church
held a meeting in Brother Blatchford's
parlors, theobjectof which was to finan
cially further tho work of converting
the heathen in foreign lands. Eev.
Whcedler was there, as were also all
tho leading members of the congrega
tion. Sister Blatchford had, of course,
taken care that preparations suited to
the occasion wero mado, and a nice
luncheon was duly spread. Brother
Blatchford was there to beg and entreat
everyono to partake unsparingly of his
"If tho world had more such good
Christians as Brother and Sister Blatch
ford," remarked Rev. Whcedler during
the enjoyment of the luncheon, "tho
church would be better off and its cause
greatly advanced. Such members are
the shining lights of our faith, and
their prayers and their gifts are tho
means of great good in the saving of
"Indeed you are right, Brother
Wheedler," acquiesced Sister Swoops.
"Brother and Sister Blatchford live for
tho good of their fellow creatures.
Their thoughts, by day and by night,
must be of tho poor needy ones who are
in the darkness of sin. The question
ever uppermost in their minds, to judge
from their actions, is: 'What can I do
for tho good of tho ignorant and be
nighted?' Such as they ore the salt of
tho earth 'the leaven that leaveneth
the whole loaf.' "
"Truo, Sister Swoops, truo indeed,"
said Rev. Wheedler, "and I pray that
they may live to see tho fruits of their
works in all their fullness."
This prayer of Brother Wheedler's
was destined to bo realized, for it was
written down that Brother and Sister
Blatchford should both live to see the
fruit of their works in all Its terrible
fullness; and not only that, but they
should cat thereof and come to know
the bitterness of it
During tho little play of words just
described Sister Blatchford, from her
position at the head of the table, smiled
sweetly upon those about her, and said,
as plain as actions could speak:
"Indeed Brother Wheedler is right
and I am tho light of the church a
guiding angel to those less blessed with
Brother Blatchford said nothing and
made very little outward show of his
feelings, but it was evident that he was
greatly pleased, and he praised himself
and felt like patting himself on the
back for being so great and good.
"Now," said Eev. Wheedler after a
short silence, "we as a church must
raise some funds for sending a mis
sionary to break tho bread of life to tho
heathen. This is a great and glorious
work, and I hope our members will
open their hearts liberally to the poor
benighted souls that are going to an
endless death for the want of the Chris
"Amen to that," exclaimed Brother
Blatchford, "and to show my faith by
my works, I will subscribe fifty dollars
to that fund."
"God bl"ia you, Brother Blatchford,"
exclaimed tho minister fervently.
"Your crown will be a glorious one
when you have finished your work, and
the Master says: 'Well done, thou good
and faithful servant' God bless you.
Brother Blatchford, and may you al
ways continue in the way you have
Sister Blatchford followed her hus
band's lead with a subscription of
venty-five dollars, which Blatchford,
of course, would pay, and the minister
blessed her in turn. Then Blatchford
insisted on old Mrs. Spickler subscrib
ing to the fund at his expense, and she
received a blessing likewise.
"This is truly a Christian family,"the
minister said with much unction, "and
their reward will be great in the next
world. May the Lord reward and bless
them according to their deserts."
This prayer also would be answered
in time, for the day was coming, and
even then was not far off, in which tho
Blatchfords would receive the reward
of their acts, and bo blessed according
to their deserts. It was coming, as
surely as just retribution ever comes to
thoso who make a way for it And
that reward would not be in accordance'
with Eev. Wheedler's prayer and
wishes, but in accordance with God's
unerring law of right
The meeting of the "Christian Aid
Society" at last adjourned, smilingly
satisfied with its work; and the mem
bers were about to depart from Blatch
ford's parlors for their various homes
when It was discovered that Sister
Gooding, who wss then present, bad
not subscribed to the aid fund. Eev.
Wheedler promptly called the at
tention of the members to this fact by
"Here is an important omission in our
good work. Sister Gooding's name is
pot on our list of givers at all. This
"must not be, and the sister must sub
scribe. Sister Gooding, you have uo-
- I. - m SW
"I'lX GIVE FIFTY DOLLARS TO MAKE STY
doubtedly been overlooked. You are
one of our most liberal members, and
your hand has ever been in good works.
Come, how much shall I put down to
"Nothing, thank you," replied a pale,
frail, earnest little lady of middle age.
"I havo concluded not to give anything
to this fund "
Beginning to See It.
At present there isn't work ccoujh
to employ the willing laborers who
were born on our soil More than a
million men are always in enforced
idleness, searching for something to
do and living on the verge of hunger.
It is therefore a very serious question
whether we ought or not enact such
restrictive measures as will stop the
influx of foreigners who cut down
wages and literally take the food out
of our citizens' mouths. In our judg
ment our duty is plaia " It
is full time, therefore, that congress
stepped into the breach to ward off
impending danger, by severely strin
gent laws on this subject. We want
no more immigrants who have no
means of support We have enough
now; too many in fact Indeed, we
ere confronted by the serious problem
of idle laborers, and to allow Europe
to send over hundreds of thousands
moro is rank folly. Immigration from
the hungry and over-populated quar
ters of the continent must bo checked,
and tho sooner we handle the question
without gloves the hotter it will be
for this country. New York Herald.
THE FARMER'S SIDE,
" Where we are, how we got here,
and the way out,"
By Hon. W. A. PEFFER,
V. I. SENATOR TOOK KJJiBAS.
Thora is s demand for a comprehenrivs and
authoritative book which shall represent the
farmer, and set forth his condition, the influ
ences surrounding him, and plans ond prospects
for the future. This book lias been written ly
Hon. VV. A. Peffer, who was elected to the
United States Senate from Kansas to succeed
Sonator Ingalls. The title is The Farmer's
Side, and this indicates the purposo of the work.
In the earlier chapters, Senator Peffor de
scribes the condition of the former in various
parts of the country, and compares it with the
condition of men in other callings. He carefully
examines the cost of labor, of living, the prices
of crops, taxes, mortgages, and rates of interest.
He gives elaborate tables showing the increase
of wealth in railroads, manufactures, banking,
and other forms of business, and he compares
this with the earnings of the farmer, and also
wage-workers in general. In a clear, forcible
style, with abundant citations of facts and fig
ure, tho author tells how the farmer reached
hU present unsatisfactory condition. Then fol
lows an elaborate discussion of " The Way out,"
which is the fullest and most authoritative pres
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Alliance that has been published, including lull
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