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RED OLOUD, NEBRASKA, CHIEF
"Itonl cslnto Is the only subject I
would trust him on," she continued. "I
must ay, Dave, that for n shrewd
business mint you nro awfully dense
Ho remained silent for n few mo
ments. He decided not to follow her
lead. He knew that If she had any
thing explicit to say about Conwnrd
sho would say It when she felt the
time to bo opportune, and not until
"How much did you Invest?"
"Not much. Just whnt I had."
"You mean all your savings?"
"Why not? It's all right, Isn't It?"
He had risen and wus standing by
"It's nil right, Isn't it?" eho repeat
ed. "I'm nfrald it Isn't l" ho said, nt
length, in n restrained voice. "I'm
ufrald it isn't."
"Whnt do you mean?" she demand
ed. "Bert," ho continued, "did It ever
occur to you tlint this thing must hnve
an end thnt we can't go on forever
lifting ourselves by our own boot
straps? Wo hnve built u city here, a
great and beautiful city, almost ns a
wizard might build it by magic over
night. There was room for It here;
there was occasion; there wns Justifi
cation. But there was neither occa-
sion nor justification for turning niucsi
and miles of prairie land into city lots
lots which In the nnture of things
cannot possibly, in your time or mine,
be required for city purposes. These
lots should be producing; wheat, oats,
potatoes, cows, butter that Is what
we must build our city on. We have
been considering tho effect rather than
tho cause. The cause is tho country,
the neglected country, and until it
overtakes tho city we must stand still,
If we do not go back. Our prosperity
has been built on borrowed money,
and we havo forgotten that borrowed
money must some time be repaid."
"You mean that the boom la about
to burst?" sho said.
"Not exactly burst. It will not be
so sudden as that. It will Just ooze
away like a toy balloon pricked with
There was silence for some minutes.
When she spoke at length It was with
a tinge of bitterness. "So you are
"The firm Is. I beg you, Bert, to
believe that if I had known your In
tention I would have tried to dissuade
"Why mo particularly? I am only
one of tho great public. Why don't
you give your conclusions to tho
world? Now that you see the reaction
setting in doesn't honesty suggest
whnt your course should bo?"
Thcro was reproach In her voice,
Dnve thought, rather than bitterness.
Ho sprend out his hands. "What's
the use? Tho harm is done. To pre
dict a collapse would be to preclpltuto
a panic. It ns though we were pnssen
gcrs on n boat nt sea. You nnd I
know tho bont Is sinking, but the
otlier passengers don't. They nre
making merry with chnmpagne nnd
motorcars if you can accept that fig
ure and revelry nnd easy money.
Why spoil their remaining few hours
by telling them they nro headed for
After a moment she placed her lin
gers on his arm. "Forglvo me, Dave,"
she said. "I didn't menu to whine."
"You didn't whine," ho returned, al
most fiercely. "It's not you. You are
too good a sport. But there will be
lots of whining in tho coming months."
Munllke, It did not occur to Dave that
In that moment tho girl had bidden
fioodby to her savings of n dozen
years and hnd merely looked up nnd
said, "Forgive me, Dave, I didn't
mean to whine."
no glnnced at his watch. "It's Into
tor a thentcr," he said, "but we can
ride. Which do you say auto or
"I can't go horsebnek in these
clothes nnd I don't want to change."
Dnvo pressed a button nnd tho om
nlpresent Chlneso "boy" stood before
him. "My car," ho said. "Tho two
passenger car. I shall not want n
driver." Then, continuing to Miss
Morrison: "You will need something
moro thnn that coat. Let mo see. My
smoking Jacket should fit."
In n few minutes they wero thread
ing their wny through tho street traf
fic In Dave's machine. Presently tho
traffic thinned, nnd the enr hummed
through long residential avenues of
comfortable homes. On nnd on they
Bpcd, until tho city streets and tho
city lights fell behind nnd tho car was
swinging along u flno country rond
through a land marked with strenrnw
nnd bridges and blocked out with fra
grant bluffs of young poplars.
At last, after an hour's stendy driv
ing in n delight of motion too keen for
conversation, they pulled up on tho
brow of n hill. Dnvo switched off his
lights, tho better to npprcclnto tho
majesty of the night, und In tho si
lence enmo tho low murmur of water.
There wero no words. They eat nnd
Suddenly, from a sharp bend behind
In tho rond, flashed tho lights of nn
approaching car. Dave was able to
By Robor J.C.Sioad
Kitchener, and other poems
switch his own lights on ngnln only
In time to nvold n collision. Tho on
coming car lurched nnd passed by fu
riously, but not before Dave hnd rec
ognized Conwnrd as the driver. Back
on Its trail of dust floated tho ribald
notes of half-lntoxlcnted women.
"Close enough," snld Dave when the
dust hnd settled. "Well, let us Jog
They took the return trip lelsurply,
drinking In the glories bf the night
and allowing time for the play of con
versation. Bert Morrison was a good
conversationalist. Her points of In
terest were almost Infinite. And they
wero bnck among the street lights be
fore they knew.
"Oh, I nlmost forgot," Bert snld, as
they parted, as though sho really had
forgotten. "I was at n reception to
day when n beautiful woman asked
for you asked me If I hnd ever heard
of Mr. David Eldcn."
"'What, Davo Eldcn, tho million
nlre?' I snld. 'Everybody knows him.
He's the benu of the town, or could
be If he wnntcd to. Oh, I gave you
a good nnme, Dnve."
"Thanks, Bert. That was decent.
Who was she?"
"She said her name was Irene
upon the return of Irene Hardy to
the East It hod slowly become nppor
ent to her mother thnt things were not
as they once hnd been. It seemed as
though she had left part of her nnture
behind had outgrown It, perhaps
und had created about herself an at
mosphere of reserve foreign to her
earlier life. It seemed as though the
loneliness of the great plains had
settled upon her.
"Whatever has come over Irene?"
said Mrs. Hardy to the doctor one eve
ning. "She hasn't been the same since
she came home. I should not hnve let
her go west alone."
The doctor looked up mildly from
his paper. It .was the custom of the
doctor to look up mildly when Mrs.
Hardy made a statement demanding
some form of recognition. From the
wide Initiation Into domestic affairs
which his profession had given him
Doctor Hardy had long since entirely
ceased to look for the absolute in
woman. He hnd never looked for It
in man. He realized that in Mrs.
Hardy ho did not possess a perfect
mate, but he was equally convinced
that In no other woman would he hnve
found a perfect mate, and he accepted
ills lot with the philosophy of his
sixty years. So Instead of reminding
his wife that Irene had not been alone
when sho went west he remarked very
mildly that tho girl was growing older.
Mrs. Hardy found In his remnrlc oc
casion to lny down the book she had
been holding nnd to sit upright In n
rigidity of intense disapproval. Doc
tor Hardy was nwaro thnt this wn
entirely n theatrical attitude, assumed
for the purpose of imposing upon him
n proper humility. He hnd experi
enced It many times.
"Doctor Hardy," said his wife after
the lapse of an appropriate period,
"do you consider that an intelligent
"It has tho advantage of truthful
ness," returned the doctor compla
cently. "It Is susceptlblo of demon
stration." "I should think this Is n matter of
sufficient interest to tho family to be
discussed seriously," retorted Mrs.
Hardy, who had an unfortunate habit
of becoming exasperated by her hus
band's good humor. "Irene Is our
only child, und before your very eyes
you see her you see her Do you
know, I begin I really begin to sus
pect that she's In love."
It was Doctor Hardy's turn to sit
upright. "Nonsense l" he snld. "Why
should she be In love?" It Is the un
fortunnte limitation of tho philosopher
that he so often leaves Irrational be
havlor out of tho reckoning. "She Is
only n child."
"Sho will bo eighteen presently.
And why shouldn't she bo In love?
And tho question Is who? Thnt Is
for you to answer. Who did she
"She met no ono with me. My nc
cldcnt left me to enjoy my holiday ns
best I could i.t a ranch deep In the
foothills, nnd Keenle stayed with me
there. Thcro was no ono else "
"No ono? No ranchmen, cowboys
cow punchers I think I have heard"
with nice disdain.
"No. Only young Elden "
"Only? Who Is this young Elden?"
"But lio Is Just n boy. Just tho son
of tho old rancher of whom I huve
"Exactly. And Ircno Is Just n girl.
Doctor Ilnrdy, you nre till very well
with your fevers nnd your chills, but
you can't dlagnoso n lovo case worth
n cent. Whut about this young El
den? Did Irene sco much of him?"
Tho doctor bprend his hands. "Do
you reallzo that there wero four of
us nt that ranch four only, nnd no
ono else for miles? How could sho
help seeing him?"
"And you permitted it?"
"I wan on my bnck with a broken
leg. We wero guests nt their homo.
They were good Samaritans to us. I
coumnr. chaperon tier. Ana Desiires
they ftn' do things thnt way In that
country. You don't understand, lt'a
"Andrew," snld Mrs. Hardy, leaning
forwnid, and the word wns ominous,
for she used his Christian nnmo only
In moments of crisis, "wns Irene ever
with this young man nlone?"
The doctor arose to ids feet nnd
trod heavily upon the rich carpetlngs.
"I told you you don't understand," lie
protested. "Tho West Is not the East,
Everything Is different "
"I suppose huinnn nnturo is differ
ent," sho Interrupted meaningly. Then
her head fell upoi the table nnd her
hands went up nb it her hair. It
had been brown hnlr once but was
now thin nnd streaked with gray. "Oh,
Andrew," she wept, "we nre ruined I
Thnt wo should ever hnvo come to
It was now Doctor Hardy's turn to
bo exasperated. Thcro was ono thing
his philosophy could not endure. That
wns n person who was not nnd who
would not be philosophical. Mrs.
Hardy was not nnd would not be phil
osophical. "This Is nil nonsense I" snld tho doc
tor, Impatiently. "There is nothing
to It, nnywny. Tho girl had to have
some compnny. What if they did ride
"They rode together? Alone?"
"They hnd their horses along," snld
the doctor, whose Impatience hnd
made wny for sarcasm.
"You are mocking me. In this hour
of shame you nre making Jests. Call
The girl wns summoned. Her fine
face had lost some of Its brownncss,
und tho eyes seemed deeper nnd
slower, but she wus still a vision ol
grace and beauty as she stood In re
sponse to their call, framed In the
curtains of nn archway. Her quick
sense caught tho tense atmosphere
nnd she came forwnrd with parted
lips and extended fingers.
"Yes?" she said. "What is wrongl
Cun I help?"
"Your father has confessed," said
Mrs. Hardy, trying hnrd to spenk with
Judicial calm. "Now tell us aboul
your relations with this young Elden,
this cow puncher. Let us know tin
Irene's eyes flew from her mothei
to her father's face, and there the;
caught something that restored thelt
"There was no worst" she said
with a ripple of laughter, "but ther
wan n good deal of best. Shall I tell
you the best?"
"Irene," said her mother severely,
"did you permit that young man to
make love to you?"
"I did not give him permission, if
that answers you, because he didn't
Mrs. Hardy had risen. "Andrew,
you hear that? She confesses. It'i
dreadful 1 Horrible I What will ev
"No worse than you hnve said, I'll
be bound," put in tho doctor.
"Yes, take her part. What care you
for the family name?"
"I have a right to speak for the
family name," said the doctor firmly.
"It wns mine before it wns yours. 1
cannot see thnt the family name baa
been compromised In the slightest de
gree. This Is Irene's first ndventure.
It will pass nwny. And even If it does
not he Is n manly boy."
Mrs. Hnrdy surveyed her husband
hopelessly, then turned to Irene.
"Hnve you made uny promises?"
"Only that I wouldn't mnke any
promises until he hnd his chance. Thai
"I suppose you nre receiving letters
"Why doesn't ho write?"
For tho first time Irene's eyes fell
nnd the color mounted richer in her
checks. She hnd to confess now, not
for herself but for him.
"He can't write," sho said.
"Merciful heavens 1" exclaimed Mrs.
nnrdy, collapsing Into a chnlr. . . ,
"Andrew, bring mo n stimulant."
(TO BU CONTINUED.)
Beating the Train.
"Now, Thomas," said tho foreman of
tho construction gang to n green hnnd
who had Just been put on the Job,
"keep your eyes open. When you see
n trnln coming throw down your tools
nnd jump oft tho trnck. Itun like
blazes!" "Sure I" said Thomns, nnd
began to swing his pick. In a few
minutes tho Emplro Stnte Express
came whirling nlong. Thomas throw
down his pick and started up tho track
nhead of tho trnln ns fast ns ho could.
The train overtook him nnd tossed him
Into n ditch. Bndly shaken up, ho was
taken to tho hospital, whero tho fore
man visited him. "You blithering
Idiot 1" snld tho foreman, "didn't I toll
you to tnko caro and get out of the
way? Why didn't you run up tho side
of the hill?" "Up tho solde oMho hill,
Is it, sor?" said Thomas through the
bandnges on his face. "Up tho solde
of tho hill? By tho powers, I can't
bate it on tho level, let nlono runnln'
First Safety Bicycles.
Tho first of tho safety bicycles wns
put on tho market In 18S0. In this tho
high front wheel was reduced nnd tho
renr wheel wns about two-thirds tho
height of tho front one. Tho machines
with wheels of tho samo size nppenred
In 188.r). Bicycling begnn to bo popular
about 1801, and tho "erazo" reached
Its height about 1895, when wheels
hnd become low enough In prlco to be
within tho means of tho multitude.
"Wonder why woman is so per
verso nnd contrary." "You must re
member thnt sho was mado out of one
of tho crookedest parts of man
Variations of the
wlllSl Jit i'Ssl
With the beginning of the season
suits and dresses won presented In
a variety of silhouettes, and now that
the mldsoiison Is hen', the public has
declared Its prcfciciu-i'. Wlde-hlp, crin
oline und peg-top outlines captured
and held their devotees, but a high
percentage of well-dressed people
pinned their faith to lines almost un
broken In suits. In dressy, and more
particularly In evening gowns. No
new aspirant has disturbed the stabil
ity of the straight-line suit, nnd iow
that manufacturers have tested out
tho public, that Is the one thing they
are entirely sure of. Therefore such
new suits ns thej; ure turning out for
present sale are variations of the
"Straight line" Is not to bp taken
too literally. It means n silhouette
having little definition at the waist
line. Such ns there Is results from
belts und girdles and not from fitting.
Thp two suits shown In the picture II
I list rates, this point very clearly, and
also bring out the Introduction of now
features that vary the style nnd make
Everywhere women and children
nre more or less engrossed with prep
arations for Christmas day. the most
Joyous of the year for them. No one
can do too much toward eelebtatlng
the greatest of festivals In tin right
spirit, for It should be a day of re
joicing. The Interchanging of girts Is
all to this end, but this phase ot
Christmas celebrating seems overdone,
and to occupy too much time and costs
too much money In late ears; It
crowds out other and equally Impor
tant thlngi. Everyone should share hi
the good cheer at Christmas time ami
extensive giving of high-priced gifts
would much better lie curtailed than
the Christmas dinner with the reunion
of members of families und their
friends, the raiieiiibrniue of the un
fortunate or poor, and contributions
to institutions that need them.
Some things cannot lie omitted at
Christmas time, If it Is to retain Its
significance. The Christmas greens
that decorate our homes and churches,
Christmas candles and goodies and, of
all thu things the Christmas tree, must
be provided for. The high cost of liv
ing has not Hindi! thesu Impossible In
any community, and In many places
where eei given trees are plentiful,
It Is time and effort, more than money,
that Is needed. The youngsters will
do a lot toward furnishing Christmas
greens, wreaths, brunches ami little
trees that maku a background for all
the day's festivities and set olT tho
bright red oi holly or candle-berries,
bitter-sweet and pninsettln.
Nearly all tho polnsettla used at
Christmas time Is artificial. It Is made
by houses that manufaeturo decorative
plants and flowers, of bright red velvet,
and lasts for years, that is. as long
ns It Is put nwny carefully fVom
Christmas to Christmas. By far great
er amounts oC polnsettla ure made of
j& l rash -25
pr;,,-'i; ,-- , s -r'fv smcil
Straight Line Suit
the suits Interesting. There are nt
least two advantages In models of this
kind the stjle may be worn for a
long time. It will pass nut slowly and
admits of a great variety of decora
tions. In the suit nt the left of the picture
uuder-nriti tucks and buttons appear
In an original and attractive arrange
ment with lines running horizontally
on the body of the coat and lengthwise
below the belt. The emit opens over
a vest nnd the cloth belt fastens
through a buckle at the front. There
Is u small choker collar of fur.
In the llgure at the right many but
tons In two sizes and nn original cut
of the back of the body nssume the
responsibility of distinguishing this
suit from Its predecessors. A very
long nnd narrow sash of the material
slips twice about the waist and loops
over nt the left side. A wide turnover
collar fastens up snugly nbout the
throat. The skirts are both plain, one
of them n trlllo longer than the other.
The length of skirts Is very much n
matter of Individual taste at present,
from six to nine Indies off the tloor.
red crepe paper with small yellow cen
ters also of paper, and these, too, will
last a long time, If cared for. The ex
pense for all the polnsettla needed by
the average church or home Is so very
little that no one Is too poor to havo
this lovely addition to Christmas
greens. Bed must not be used too lav
ishly among them.
Polnsettla Is made by cutting petals
In various sles from crepe paper, wir
ing them nlong the center with very
tine wire, and winding the petals to a
stem of heavier wire. The whole out
fit for making them costs next to
nothing. Bright red berries can he
simulated with tine wliu and sealing
wax, ir holly can't be obtained, by
shaping the wax on the end of shoit
lengths of tine wire. Some lovely
Christmas baskets for household nnd
table decoration are made by tilling
wicker, or other baskets, with press,
ed maiden-hair ferns and paper poln
Candle, lamp and electric light
shades of red and green minor are
made In much the same way as polu-'
settin. Petals of rod paper, all In one
size, ure stayed with flno wire, which
can bo' curved to suit the light, and
among those a few smaller green pet
als to represent the calyx of thu (low
er, are to be plneed. They nro glued
to u circular disk at the center, with
a hole cut III It to lit over tho electilc
light or candle shade .supporter or
lamp globe. When tho petals have
been glued to place thu shade appears
flat like a plate, hut the, petals can hu
curved by means of tho wire In them,
In any wny desired and the shades
made small or large by varying the
size of tho petals.
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