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At the Crucial Moment
BY DOROTHY DOUGLAS
When Muriel Laudis found Unit, by
dint of much saving and burning or
midnight oil, she had assured herself
ane term of vocal Instruction with the
great Popplnl, a conscious pride
llowed warm within her. The master
Had given her an appointment for the
At the appointed hour, Muriel ap
proached the brownstono house
which served I'opplnl us a Btudlo.
Aside from nn occasional tremor she
seemed to be wafted along on the
wings of success.
The maid to whom Muriel handed
her card led the way up one flight of
stairs and the prospective pupil or
I'opplnl found herself in a huge room,
the tone of which was an nppalllug
cold tan. 3uvo for a few straight
chairs and a grand piano of white ma
hogany the room was tint a of furni
ture. The lone picture on tho walls
was a line, brown ciuion of the Heet
bovtm Sonata, tho one human touch
In the strangely chilling environ
ment Muriel's sensntlve ear caught the
sound of npproachlng footsteps and
her heart thumped painfully when she
realized that she was In tho presenco
of tho great music master.
A quick glance at his massive
ahoulderB and leonine head told the
girl that she would always slightly
fear him; his aspect was so compell
ing and powerful. A closer study of
bis face revealed to Muriel that, (lorn
nant In the expression of his large,
lhaded eyes and In the cut of his lips,
was a passion, deep and refined his
passion for music.
"Miss Lnndls," he acknowledged
her Inclination of the head and re
mained standing. "Let me hear your
voice before we discuss the future."
His directness appealed to Muriel.
She aroso and stood beside him at
the piano and, although sho already
felt his powerful influence, sho was
conscious also of her own Individuali
ty and personal strength. Her llrst
tonos, clear and resonant, vibrated
through the room. Popplnl turned to
look at her and In his eyes and
(lance Muriel recognized bis ack
nowledgment of her gift.
"You have tho quality of a splendid
voice," he said. "It will please me
to bring out its full power." He arose.
"Sing not another note until I give
you your first lesson."
"Ob, but 1 must sing!" Muriel ex
claimed. "1 must sing In order that
I may study. Tho church quartette
position I hold is necessary to my
Muriel stated her caso frankly, but
the wlstfulness in hor eyes told much
to Popplnl. His insight Into human
emotions was one of the secrets of his
success. Tho skill with which he
handled tho artistic temperament was
much to his credit.
"Tell mo exactly what you will lose
ty giving up this church work. You
must havo further support, have you
cot? Are you In an ofllce? If so, that
must bo stopped." Ho spoke almost
brusquely, but his kind eyes looked
teadlly into hor a while he waited for
Muriel Inughcd whimsically. "The
choir work means my room and any
thing I may need during tho week. 1
live on that $15."
"Yes," I'opplnl said abruptly. "What
else do you do?"
Tho girl hesitated for a moment,
but there was no avoiding the man's
"I I write fiction," she replied. "It
Is from that source thnt I have saved
enough to make it possible for mo to
have at least one term with you. I
havo so wanted to study with you.
PerhapB nt the end of the term I may
find that I havo beon successful
enough to enable me to continue. 1
do not mind work."
"So I sco." Popplnl spoke in a dif
ferent tone, almost as If he wore
communing with himself. "Writing,"
he said slowly, "is not tiring so long
as the candle Is snuffed out before It
xbaustB itself." He ran his hands
through his hair while his thoughts
took definite form.
"Miss Lnndls," said he, "you are
in possession of a wonderful gift
Walk serenely past petty obstacles
and refuso to let prejudices and Jeal
ousies hamper you in your study.
Give up this choir position; it will re
tard your progress. In return for your
compliance with my wishes I want
you to accept a seat at my table and
a room In my house."
Muriel cast a startled glance at
blm, but Popplnl continued without
allowing her to speak.
"My household Ib large. I have
two women In charge and some pu
pils of mine, a Mr. Warren and bis
Bister make their home with me.
There, you can wrlto practically un
disturbed. MIbb Warren's voice will
be an Inspiration rather than a hin
drance." An accountable twinge of Jealously
ilung Murlol. "You are very gener
ous, Professor Popplnl, but I could
not do thnt. The very sense of my
bllgatlon would oppress me."
"Miss Lnndls, I am sure that you
havo tho broad mind which is a glori
ous part of tho musical temporament
Let your nnturo respond to Its mean
ing and demonstrative that worldly
misgivings have no part In your life.
Accept this trlflo from mo."
Muriel wns suddenly made con
scious of tho fact that this was a
trials In her life a turning point
Here was her opportunity. Shoulc
she tako It or leave It? She fared hlu
and looked squarely into his eyes
"I will come," she said, "and 1 wll
try to iimko mytelf worthy of youi
generosity." She aioso. "I shal
have to find a substitute for tomoi
row's service nt tho church."
"Miss Warren, my pupil, Is ready
for such practice let mo send her,"
suggested Popplnl "And now, waste
no time, Make your arrangements to
como to my house and begin your
work at once."
Muriel extended her hand In grate
ful acknowledgment of his kindness
and In that moment when his great
hand closed over her she reallioc
thnt here was a mnn whoso magne
tism sho felt keenly.
Muriel was only half finished with
her term of lessons when she was
forced to acknowledge to herself that
she was In love with her music mas
ter. Also, sho was poignantly con
scious of his Indifference to her as
anything but a pupil. Knowing this,
she spent her energy on her literary
work and as If In subtle reward ac
ceptances literally poured upon her.
For a year she fought against the
love which she had for him. At tho
end of that time a great success
came to hor. Sho aold hor novelette
for an 'nexpected sum. This made it
poBBlble for her to take a coveted trip
abroad. With this In view she sought
nu Interview with Popplnl.
She found blm In his studio liter
ally crushing out a great volume of
tone on the plnno. When she entered
ho finished with a tremendous clamor
and turned to face her.
Muriel went to him nud stood close
to the piano, calm and composed
even in the face of her difficult mis
sion. "Professor Popplnl," she began, "I
sail for tho continent at the end of
Popplnl turned his great, dark eyes
upon her. Only for a moment did be
show surprise. Save for a shade of
whlto about his eyes and a feeling
that he had suddenly donned a suit
of armor, Muriel could detect no mark
of the effect of her words.
"Will you study over there?" he
"I don't know as yet I have not
made up my mind." She met bis eyes
and tho pain In his own brought a
flush to her chocks.
"Do you tell mo that you are giv
ing up your music? you, with your
wonderful voice 7 you whom 1 know
to be wholly wrapped up In It? I will
not permit It. As my pupil I forbid
you to go. Stay with me only six
months more, If you like but stay!
Then all musical New York shall
hear you and you may leave It you
please." Ho arose. "Now, get on
your things and go for a long walk
to think It over."
Tho girl sought relief from the
strain of her emotions In a penl of
laughter laughter that savored ot
hysteria. "There Is no use In any
ono's trying to havo a mind of her
own in this house," she said."
"Not when that mind discloses fla
grant weakness." Popplnl turned to
the open window and Muriel, once
more defeated, left the room.
During the next six months It
seemed to Muriel that the music mas
ter and Miss Warren were unneces
sarily friendly. The lesson hours
when Miss Warren was tho pupil
seemed unusually long and Muriel
wns forced to fight her jealousy as
well an her love. At the same time,
sho made wonderful strides In her
music nnd she could not help but real
ize that a glorious future awaited her.
When, nt last, the night of her
debut arrived sho bad never been
more beautiful. In her gown of white
which sho woro at the suggestion
nay, command of Popplnl, she was
a lithesome figure penciled in the
lines of creamy chlffen. Her great
blue eyes and her dull gold bnlr nnd
tho confidence of youth In her manner
nil lent charm to the picture as she
stood In the dimly lighted alcove off
At this moment sho was thankful
to Popplnl for having, all unconscious
ly, carried her through tho gamut of
emotions; It would aid her In her
power of expression. Also, sho knew,
thnt fulfillment alone would set the
seal on her namo In the world. Sc
long as she kinw that he loved no
one, she could bear It; If bo loved
At tho sound of his footsteps she
turned nnd n deep color surged to
her temples for very fear that be had
read the thoughts ho Interrupted.
Without preliminaries, Popplnl
took Muriel in his arms. "It has
been thus from tho beginning," be
said. "Did you not realize It?"
Muriel looked up, Sho had never
seen bo great a light In tho eyes of
any man nnd all In thnt brief moment
It camo to her For her sake for
her art, her future ho had suppressed
his own love; ho had kept from her
tho knowlodgo thnt ho knew her se
cret. It was wonderful tho power
this man had to realize what n perish
able quality Is ambition. Hnd he
spoken of bis love before, sho would
no longer hnvo been his pupil; she
would no longer hnvo held her art
first. It would have tnken a sec
ondary place In her life nnd this great
moment might never havo been hers
this double triumph of lovo and
IMPORTANCE OF OBTAINING
SEEDS FREE FROM ALL WEEDS
Farmers Should Carefully Observe and Study Habits of
All Noxious and Injurious Plants In Order to Fight
Them to Ilest of Advantage Every
Effort Should be Made to
Get Rid of Them.
A. Wild Carrot.
(Tly WAT.THU It I .HUT'. )
Weeds, weeds everywhere; they
thrive In the cornfield, they choke
wheat In tho field, they annoy the
gardener, they thrlvo In the meadow,
they spring up by tho roadside, they
encroach on tho swamp.
Kmcrson said of weeds that they
aro "plants whose virtues have not yet
been discovered." Hut a few benefits
may be derived from weeds.
They arc of somo use In the world
to Induce more Ircquent and more
thorough cultivation, which benefits
crops; in occupying the soil after a
crop has been removed they prevent
the loss of fertility by Blinding tho
Weeds plowed under add some
hurauB and fertility to tho soil, though
In a very much less degree thnn clover
or cow peas; some weeds furnish food
for birds In winter.
In Justice to tho weeds their ad
vantages havo beon mentioned first,
because tho list of tho disadvantages
Is a very long one too long to enum
erate. A fow, however, may be given
enough to convlnco overy one that
very effort should bo mado to get
rid of them.
Farmers should carefully obscrvo
and study the weeds and their hnbltB,
in order to fight them to the best ad
vantage. 1. Weeds rob cultivated plants of
2. They injuro crops by crowding
3. They retard the work of har
vesting grain by Increasing the draft
and by extrn wear of machinery.
4. They retard tho drying of grnln
6. They Increase the labor of
C. Field Dodder.
threshing, nnd mnke cleaning of seed
C. They damage tho quality of
flour, sometimes making It nearly
7. Most of them are of little value
on fnnil fnr rinmoftHn nnlmnlc
t. Some weeds Injuro stock by '
ONE WAY OF
Whether you wish to splice a rope
or make nn eye, unravel tho strands
as shown In fig. 1. For nn cyo' bring
tho unraveled end bnck upon the ropo
to tho desired slzo of loop and begin
to work tho strands Into the ropo ns
Bhown In fig. 2. Strand a goes under
b, over d, under c, etc. Strnnd n goos
under c, over b, under d, etc. Strand
f goes under d, over c, under b, etc.,
each strnnd being grudunlly reduced
In size by cutting out a fow fibers,
This mnkes n nice, smooth job.
Fig. 3 is tho reverse side of fig. 2.
means of Imrhed awns.
It. Sunn nl them Injure wool and
dlstlguie the talis of cattle, thu tnnnes
and tails of horses.
10 A lew initlu! "hair balls" in the
HtouitifliH of hornet).
11 Some Injure the quality of
11!. Penny cress, and probably
others, when eaten by animals, Injure
tho tnste of meat.
13 Poison hemlock, spotted cow-
bane and Jamestown weed are very i
H. Many weeds Interfere with n j
rotation of crops. j
16. All woods damage thu appear- i
ance of a farm and render it less val
uable. Four of the commonest woods aro
tho wild carrot, chicory, dodder, ami
Chicory has long been recognized
ub a troublesome weed. It Is common
In alfalfa growing sections of tho
country as well as tho clover sections.
The plant Is easily rocognlzod by the
blue (lowers and lower root leaves,
which resemble, those, of tho common
dandelion. Tho upper loaves tho moro
or less sticky nnd clnsp the stem. The
plnnt contains a milky Juice. Chicory
is not difficult to destroy whore rota
tion of crops Is practiced. Though a
perennial, the runts are oaslly killed
by successive cultivation. Tho blos
soms of chicory aro yellow and attrac
tive. Chicory was Introduced Into this
country from Kurnpe.
Wild carrot has become moro wide
ly distributed with clover seed than
any other weed in tho country. It Is
nn extremely common weed In tho
enst where It hns long been known aa
troublesome to crops. Wild carrot It
u biennial with bristly stem, finely di
vided leaves, and numerous white
flowers In umbels. After flowering
the (lower stalks bend inward, becom
ing strongly concave. The seed Is
flattened with marginal bristles. In
commercial seed these bristles are
often broken off.
Draw nil the Btrnnds tight at one tlmo
nfter the tucking Is done then cut
off tho protruding ends.
For a smooth spllco tnko tho two
ends unraveled as In fig. I nnd put
them together as shown In fig. !. No
two strands should come togethor In
tho same space, Tliny uro tucked un
dor nnd over as In making figures
2 nnd 3, gradually reducing size by
cutting out fibers. Four tucks will
hold all tho ropo enu stand. Roll tho
splice under foot nnd muke it fit
Important Happenings in
Industrial Circles in This
Country and Europe
THE WORKING GIRLS' SONG.
M'l'i'li'iiloit hv Ml" lliiiilrt Moutoe the
well Known ml cillli illiil poet, to urn
Women's Tniile I'lilim l.riiKHi l lli time
of till Hi'i'iitiil llltel'Htiile I'onfeiciM'e ef till
HiaIi'In of the whli Htm wind
Ale we till ililj ,
.tlulliletn of ii linim of steel
tin Tline'h lilKliwny:
tlhlni: litiivcls, Hutu In hour,
All we lute of yniitli anil power,
Oh, IoiiIn nf tin' lioiift we leur,
lleni us. Iienr'
(Iteen me I In Ileitis In Miiy-tlme,
1! 1 11 lit 111 mil' tiitc-tltne, ilnv-ttmc.
Sluitt Is the ilnv mill iienr,
PIllKi'lN lt '11111 eliKllies boom
Tin HxelotiK iluy.
Through full Hi'IiIh wliein nines lilimm
The soft winds plnv
VnM tin worU Is siiiiihI mill Ittu
He the lower we liullil for nil!
Ours the ftltlne Is we face
Tin whole wot Ill's neeils.
In our lien H the i ninlllK Hire
Imii llf's Jnv pleinls
As you miike ns hIiiM'S or fieo
Ho the men iinliorti hIiiiII lie.
Chicago "This year," snyH Secre
tary Duncan, or (ho .(Iranlle ('niters'
association, 'one-third of the branches
In our oignnl.allon gave notice of
three and live year agreements, and
tvhllo In some localldes sev
feral weeks' siikimmihIoii look place,
th i) ro have been progressive settle
nenls made, with practically a uni
form Increase of 25 cents per day. The
Haturday half holiday Is quite plentiful
In those agreement h now for summer
months, but all agreementH entered
Into this year carry a clause that, be
ginning with the spring time of IfH.I,
there Is to be a Saturday hnlf holiday
nil the year around."
London, Kug. Tho llrst year of tho
government labor exebango In (ireat
llrltaln has cloned with the system an
nounced as successful. About 'IfiO.OOO
vacnncles were reported by employers
to the exchanged and 370,000 or tho
, vacancies were filled. In order lo en
able workmen without money to rench
distant places where (hey woro In do-
' mnnd, the government exchanges pro
vided transportntlon, tho cost of which
hits been ropald out or the working
men's wages. Perhaps the most sur-
1 prising development Iioh been the fact
that moro skilled than unskilled work
men havo found employment through
Springfield. III. Two states, Call-
' fomla ;uid Washington, bold the lend
, for the limitation of the working hours
of women These stiUes provide eight
hours as the maximum limit lo bo re-
quired of women workers in each day
for nenrly all trades. Illinois from
(he bottom of the list of Industrial
Mates has now advnnced to the front
rank In Industrial legislation. From
no limitation upon the number of
hours that could be required of work
ing women and girls this slate now
jins a ten-hour limitation covering
practically all women workers.
Wilmington, Del. For the majority
of wage earners employed In tho man
ufacturing Industries of Delaware tho
prevailing hours of labor range from
fifty-four to Rlxty hours a week, or
from nine to ten hours n day. only
right per cent, of the tolnl being em
ployed In establishments working less
than nine hours a day, four and five
tenths per cent, being employed In
establishments working more than ten
hours a day.
ers, fiO cents; shellnckers, fifi cents,
Now York. The Natlonnl Klectrlc
Light association adopted n report
favoring profit-sharing with employes,
old-nge pensions, accident and life In
surance, death benefits and employes'
savings, and investment funds, which
is expected to advance tho prosperity
nnd personal welfare of tens of thou
sands of working men nnd women In
tho United Stntes.
Now York. The "thrco-plntonn"
nysteni of police duty, which hns beon
the plensnntest hope of the Now York
forco for many years, will soon bo put
Into effect. Eight hours on post, eight
hours on reserve (chiefly nsleop), thei-.
eight hours off, with fnmlly or friends.
That Is tho routine for which the uni
formed men hnvo been working and
Buffalo, N. Y. The United Trades
and Iihor council hns determined to
enter the competition for tho conven
tion of tho American Federal ion of
Labor In 1012. Hack of the council,
It Is snld, aro n number of civic or
jnnlzntlons. Active steps already have
been tnken to stnrt tho campaign.
Now York. Tho United Hatters of
North America hns decided to con
duct Its elections on the referendum
plan instead of tit the conventions, Tho
plnn will go Into effect next Jnnuary.
Washington. An effective employ
ers' liability law has a wholesome ef
feet, oven though It bo seldom used.
It Impels the employer to provldo for
tho safety of his employes lest' It be
Manchester, N. II. The Amoskeng
Cotton mills, which wero shut down
for eight days, stnrtcd In nil depart
ments. Moro thnn 25,000 operatives
returned to work.
Provldenco, It. I. After a shutdown
of ten dnys, tho Atlantic Worsted
mills, of Olneyvlllo, resumed oporn
tlons with prnctlcnlly its full force of
w ji 1 1 ,iwiJW,uwJitJ.m.garigva,xF'
Clcvclnml, Ohio Ohio's legltilaturn
passed no less than eighteen menu
tiros either endorsed or approved by
the Ohio Federation of l.'tbnr. These
Include Woi'ltlngiueu's compciiHntinn
net, crenllng a state Insurance fund
for the benefit of Injiiied employes.
Limiting the work hours of women to
10 hours a day anil lo 51 hours a week.
Providing for the election of Judicial
olllceis on a separate, non-partlsnn
ballot Imposing penalty for oonillng
dangerous machinery In factories after
condemnation hy workshop inspectors.
Compelling rallioads to employ full
crews on all switch engines. Pro
hibiting fraudulent use of the union
label Applying tho Inlllnllvennd refer
endum to legislation In municipalities.
Providing for registration or miirkH
of ownership on personal property.
Compelling loan sharks to take out
licenses, placing them under bond and
legulntlng their IiusIiiosk
Indianapolis The executive bnnril
of the International Association of
llrldge and Structural Iron Workers
has been engaged in negotlntlons with
several inniiiifiictiiiers or IIIiiih for
moving pictures, wllb a view lo sup
pressing the exhibition of pictured
which, It Is charged, show John J.
McNiimnra ns n dynnmller nnd train
wrecker In the Urldgemen's Maga
zine a cnll Ih Issued to readers to en
list In the movement against these
"outrages." It Ih mild n certain firm
produced these pictures, nnd thnt nfter
the matter had been taken up with
the company by President Ityan, the
promise was made thnt the films
would bo recalled and no moro put on
exhibition. It Is charged that this has
not been done. President Hynn, It Is
snld hns taken up the matter with
Samuel Goinpcrs, president of the
American Federation of Iihor.
Tlorlln, nermnny. Old ago pensions,
accident and sickness pensions and
other provisions for wage earnorn
grow apace In nermnny. In 1000, out
of a population of about sixty-four
million, nearly ten million men and
nenrly three nnd a half million women
were insured against sickness; nenrly
fifteen million men nnd nlno million
women against nccldent. Dlsnblllty
Insurance embraced about fifteen mil
lion, four hundred thousand persons,
employers paid about $OR,000.000 In
premiums, employes nbout $81,000,000
and stnte contributions were more thnn
Cambridge. Mass. Governor Fosh
signed the union fines bill. Tho law
Is as follows: No fine or notlco of
Intention to Impose n lino by any
union or any other nnsoclatlon, Incor
porated or unincorporated, or nny au
thorized representative thereof, upon
any member thereof, according to tho
rules thereof to which such member
has agreed to conform, shull bo held
to be unlawful or coercive as to such
member or to nny other person, pro
vided such flno Is rensonnblo In
amount nnd Is for a purpose which Is
Sun Jose, Oil. Women employed In
restaurants hero formerly worked
twelvo hours n day at a uniform wngn
of $S n week. When the eight-hour
law went Into effect all members ot
tho Hotel and Restaurant Men's asso
ciation signed an agreement with the
union whereby they wero to pay $C
week for six days of eight hours, the
eight hours to bo nt Intervals during
twelve. Last week tboy struck for $7
Milwaukee. The strike against tho
Mllwnukee Drawers' association by the
Hulldlng Trades council is over. The
peaco contract Is n blanket ngrecment,
Including all of tbo building trades
with the exception of tho carpenters,
who nro not 'members of tho Hulldlng
Trades council. Machinists now get
12 V cents an hour; electrical work
ers, 42ij cents; helpers, 27Vj cents;
sheet metal workers, 'I2Vj centB; paint
Springfield, 111. Governor Deneen
signed tho occupational dlseaso bill,
.employers must provide reasonablo
nnd approved devices for the preven
tion of diseases peculiar to occupa
tions In which workmen come In con
tact with poisonous minerals, chem
icals, gases and dust. Kmployors shall
provide respirators, to bo maintained
without cost to the employe
Chicago. Tho president of the Or
dor of Railway Conductors hereafter
Is to receive $8,000 annually; tho
senior vice-president and tho general
eecretury, $5,000 each, nnd other vice
presidents will recelvo $4,500.
Kvunsvlllo, Ind. A strlko of the
brewery workers wns averted when
tho employers ugreed to grant tho de
mand of the workers for four big
schooners of boor dally, Instend of the
two formerly allowed.
J-iondon, Kiig. Fearing a bicycle
may bo Insisted on by employes as a
necessary "tool," the Amalgamated
Joiners and Carpenters of Ilrltnln hnvo
adopted a proposal not to use bicycles
In working hours.
Cleveland, O. Union labor will aid
stnto olllclnls in their cumpalgu to
compel manufacturers to report all
accidents to workmen to the state
London, Kng. The factory net of
Grent Urituin contains a provision
thnt women nnd girl employes must
bo nllowcd n certuln and stipulate.'
time for meals.
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