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forty dollar coal blir for threeyearsv
ana I navo been asking him to pay
Who Will Answer?
The architect of thia department
iff in receipt of the following letter,
which- the writer says is not for pub
lication. But the architect takes the
liberty of printing it, suppressing the
name and address of the writer for
obvious reasons It is printed' for
the purpose of securing, if possible,
a reply to the- question the writer
"Dear Sir: i was very much in
terested in your article, 'A News
paper Man's Christmas1,' in The
Commoner of December 23. I do
not wish to deny your theory, but
I wish to point "out one f tfet which
you seem to have overlooked and
that is, if you had been what you
represented yourself to bo to your
friends you would have had some
delicacy in approaching friends as
you did. . "I . know this from both
aides of the question. Mdn who are
really, deserving, of- charity are the
last to call for it especially from
men who have "always considered
them able to take daro of them-?
Belvefl". ' V
"And now I come to my reason for
writing you. Byypur own showing
you are a pretty good and convinc
ing, "talker or you could not hay.e
gotten in three dinners in one day.
With something like three million
qther men. in. the United, States I
am. out of., employment: " Being va!
cripplei i am unable to. do manual
labor. I have a family of eight.
Will you Mndly solve -for e the
problem of furnishing even one. din
ner a day for them? Remember it
is not alms, but a chance to make
an honest living that I want. I like
your stories because they tell some
thing of real life. And your evident
love for children will endear you to
every parent." I- ' '
The architect would give most of
hiS limited earthly possessions if he
could but make satisfactory answer
to the query propounded by his cor
respondent. It is a query as old as
the ages. Perhaps it will be an
swered some "day. And . perhaps
somebody now is able to give the
"I suppose," gushed the gushing
young damsel, "that as you work
here in the gathering twUIght you
often stop to look at the golden orb
of day as It Bin kg slowly to rest, and
as it sinks you pee painted In the
glowing skies beautiful pictures that
arouse within your bosom ambitions
ambitions which never may bo
realized but which lift your soul to
a higher realization of the joys and
opportunities of life. Is it not true,
"Well," Toplied Joshua Simpkins,
"I have not that is, not sitfee I
signed the pledge and j'ined the
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Here is a letter the architect must
print, aitnougn ne nas to take his
natural modesty by the throat and
choke it into submission. Paren
thetically the architect cheerfully ad
mits that, one of the bipleasures he
gets out of life in to receive, as he
does, letters from unknown friends
the country over, expressing a lik
ing for his humble little efforts to
please through this department of
St. Paul, Minn., January 2.
Mother and I were deeply touched
by your beautiful Christmas poem in
The Commoner, which echoes the
sentiments pf our own hearts more
than,any other we have seen. I take
this occasion to express our appre
ciation of ,your page in "The Com
moner, and to wish you and yours
a happy, new year. Paul W. Cole,
And here is a brief extract from a
letter written fry an old-time printer
pal, who happened to see the achi
tect's story of his experience in get
ting away with three Christmas . din
ners while disguised as a member
of the "down and out" club. Only
an extract is given, because the
whole letter Would give away some
deep dark secrets:
Winnipeg, Man., January '6. Dear
Bill: Way up here in the frozen
north, I chanced to run across a Com
moner containing your story of
mooching the Christmas eats. I ap
preciated the story, because you and
I have turned that trick together
while touring the country. When it
comes to putting the front you al
ways were there with the goods, and
X can see you getting the best there
was left in the castles of the men
you tackled for the Christmas hand
outs. But, Bill, old man, I chal
lenge you to write the facts about
that little incident In which you and
I played prominent parts when we
were walking the country roads of
central Missouri 'way back in '83.
That was once when your big front
turned out to be very much cluttered
up back yard. Glad to know
you are settled down and eating reg
ularly at your own board. I'll be
down some of these days and pan
handle you just to show you I haven't
forgotten how. "Shorty" Meyers.
If "Shorty" ever come down and
tells thafstory there'll be a coroner's
inquest, with tho architect as the
The Usual Result
"What's the matter between you
and Strivers?" asked Smithers of
Wilkins Is in the coal business.
"0, I didn't know there was any
thing tho matter between us," re
"Well, there is," said Smithers.
"Strivers is calling you all kinds of
bad names; says you are a grafter,
a shark; a wart on society." -
"That's strange," mused Wilkins.
"The only explanation I can think of
is that Strivers has been owing me a
"Young man, beforo I give my
consent to your marrlago with my
daughter I want to know if you are
prepared to support a family?"
"That, sir," replied Lotso Nerve,
"depends upon hdw expensive your
family is, but X have no hosltancy in
saying that I am amply able to sup
port that part of your family I de
sire to take Into my keeping."
"Miranda!" called papa from the
head vof the stairs, "is that young man
a 'standpatter?' "
"Sh-h-h, papa," whispered Miran
da from the bottom of the stairs,
"he Is jUst beginning to show pro
A Masculine Admission
' What was it made what mother'd
Seem just right?
And Echo, who makes no mistake,
And what makes modern cooking
So stale and raw?
Then Echo spake with sudden
The "old oaken bucket that hung in
With germrridden mossjwas covi
' . ered completely. ' ,,r
'Twas thirst from hard work in the
unshaded dell .
That made the cool water within
Jt taste sweetly.
The sal'rateus biscuit with brown
streaks fn It,
And yellow, and Boggy, were a con
'Twas hunger from work every day
That gave ub the joys of a keen
The sparkling, clear water we draw
from a pipe ..
Is stale,' tasteless stuff when thirst
'TIs chewing tobacco, the meerchaum
And beer and such stuff, that our
palates are ageing.
The light, flaky biscuits we now have
Are triumphs of art in the line
Alas and alack! With our stomach
dead beat 4
We'have to fall back on that "like
Our wives can give both cards and
To old-time cooks.
The tripping phrase, "Like mother
Sounds well In books.
The fault is not that modern
"eats" - . - . .
Are so degraded. '-
Truth says: "Your taste, through
beer and sweets,
Is stale and jaded." I
u We Never Had a Chance
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