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CHAPTER XX Continued.
Tim young mini disappeared through
the dour of tin; private olllco nnd soon
returned and conducted Samson Into
the presence of Mr. Davis. The two
men recognized each other.
"Well, sir, what Is It about?" the
young speculator demanded.
"The daughter of my old friend,
Jack Kelso, owes you some money nnd
1 wnut to pay it," said Samson.
"Oh, that Is a matter hetween Miss
Kelso and me," Mr. Davis spoke po
litely nnd with n smile.
"Not exactly since I knew about
It," .Samson answered.
"I refuse to discuss her affairs with
you," Davis declared.
"I suppose you mistrust mo," said
Samson. "Well, I've offered to pay
you and I'm going to make It plain to
them thnt they don't have to worry
any more about the money you loaned
"Very well, I hid you Rdcr' morn
lug." "Don't ho In n hurry," Samson nn
Bwered. "I have a note of live thou
nand dollars against you. It Is in
dorsed to me by Henry Brlmstcud and
I want to collect It."
"I refuse to pay It," Davis promptly
"Then I shnll have to put It In the
hands of a lawyer," said Samson.
"Put It where you like hut don't
consume any moro of my time."
"Hut you'll hnve to hear me say that
I don't think you're honest."
"I have heard you," Davis answered
Samson withdrew nnd went to the
home of Mrs. Kelso. He found her
with Blm's boy In her Inn a hand
Borne little lad, then a bit over two
years old nt the houo on La Salle
street. Samson told of the failure of
Hlni's letter to reach him and of his
offer to return the money which Da
vis had paid for their relief.
"I don't like the man and I don't
want you to be under obligation to
him," Bald Samson, "ti'he story of
Harry's death was false nnd I think
that he Is responsible for It, He
wnnted her to mnrry him right away
after that of course. And she went
to the plague settlement to nvold mar
riage. I know her better than you do.
She has read him right. Her soul has
looked Into his soul and It keeps her
away from him."
Hut Mrs. Kelso could believe no
evil of her benefactor, nor would she
promise to cease depending on his
Samson was a little disheartened by
the visit. He went to see John Went
worth, the editor of the Democrat, of
whose extreme length Mr. Lincoln hnd
humorously spoken In his presence.
The young New Knglander was seven
feet taJI. He welcomed the broad
shouldered mnn from Sangamon coun
ty and began at once to question him
about Honest Abe and "Steve" Doug
Ins and O. II. Drowning nnd 12. D. lin
ker and all the able men of the middle
counties. At the first opportunity
Samson came to the business of his
call the mischievous He regarding
Harry's death which had nppeared In
the Democrat. Mr. Wentworth went
to the proofroom and found the manu
script of the article.
Samson told or the evil It hnd
wrought and conveyed his suspicions
to the editor.
"Davis Is rather unscrupulous," said
"Wentworth. "We know u lot nbout
him In this ofllce."
i Samson looked nt the article nnd
presently said: "Here Is n note thnt
he gave to a friend of mine. It looks
to mo as If the note and the article
were written by the same hand."
Mr, Wentworth compared the two
nd said. "You are right. The same
person wrote them. Hut it was not
When Samson left the ofllce of the
Democrat ho had accomplished little
nave the confirmation of his sus
picions. There was nothing he could
do nbout It.
He went to Ell Fredenberg. "Whnt
has Dnvls done to you?" Snmson
asked, recalling where he had met Ell
Ell explained that he had borrowed
money from Davis to tide him over the
hard times and was paying 12 per
cent for It.
"DIs morning I get dot letter from
his secretary," he said as ho passed
' "v letter to Samson.
vlt was a dehutnd for payment In
theNjandwrltlng of the Brlmstend note
ind !al some effect on this little his
tory. It conveyed deflnlto knowledge
of the authorship of a malicious false
hood. It nroused the anger nnd sym
pathy of Samson Traylor. In the con
ditions then prevailing Ell wns un
able to get the money. He wns In
danger of losing his business. Sam
eon spent the day Investigating the
affairs of the merchant. His banker
and others spoke well of hltn. Ho was
Mild to be a man of character nnd
credit embarrassed by tho unexpected
ncarclty of good money. So It enmo
about that, before he left tho news
y city, Samson bought a fourth Interest
v In tho business of Ell Kredunberg. a he
i lots ho owned wero then worth less
tbun uium ho hud bought them but
his faith In the futtiro of Chicago had
He wrote a long letter to nim re
counting the history of his visit nnd
frankly stating the suspicions to
which he had been led. He set out
on the west road at daylight toward
the Klvlore des 1'lalncs, having wise
ly decided to nvold passing tho plague
Wherein a Remarkable School of Po
litical Science Begins Its Sessions
In the Rear of Joshua Speed's Store.
Also at Samson's Fireside Honest
Abe Talks of the Authority of the
Law and the Right of Revolution.
The boy Joe had had n golden week
at the home of the Brlmstcnds. The
fair Annabel, knowing not the power
that lay In her beauty, had captured
his young heart scarcely fifteen years
of age. He bad no Interest in her
younger sister, Mary. Hut Annabel,
with her long skirts and full form nnd
glowing eyes and gentle dignity, hnd
stirred him to the depths. When he
left he carried a soul heavy with re
gret and great resolutions. Not that
he had mentioned the matter to her or
to any one. It was a thing too snered
for speech. To (Jod, In his prayers,
he spoke of It, but to no other.
He asked to be made nnd to be
thought worthy. He would hnve hnd
the whole world stopped nnd put to
sleep for n term until he wns delivered
from the bondage of his tender youth.
That being Impossible, it was for
him a sad, but not n hopeless world.
Indeed, he rejoiced In his sadness. An
nabel was four years older than he.
If lie could make her to, know the
depth of his passion, perhaps she
would wait for him. He sought for
self-expression In The Household Rook
of I'oetry a sorrowful nnd pious vol
ume. He could Unit no Judder of
rhyme with an adequate reach. He
endeavored to build one. He wrote
melancholy verses and letters, confess
ing his pnsslon, to Annabel, which
she did not encourage, but which she
always kept and valued for their In
genuous and noble ardor. Some of
these Anacreontics arc ntnong the
trensurcs Inherited by her descend
ants. They were a matter of slight
Importance, one would say, but they
mark the beginning of a great career.
Immediately after his return to the
new home in Springfield, tho boy,
Joslnh, sot out to make himself hon
ored of his Ideal. In the effort he
made himself honored of many. Ills
eager brain hnd soon taken the footing
A lemarknblo school of political
science hud begun Its sessions In the
little Western village of Springfield.
The world had never seen the like of
It. Abraham Lincoln, Stephen A.
Douglas, E. D. Haker, O. II. Hrownlng,
Jesse H. Thomas, and Josluh Lnmbom
a most unusual nrrny of talent as
subsequent history has proved were
wont to gather around the fireplace in
the rear of Joshua Speed's store, eve
nings, to discuss the Issues of the
time. Snmson and his son Joe came
often to hear the talk. Douglas looked
like a dwarf among those long-geared
men. He wns slight nnd short, being
only nbout five feet tall, but he had a
big, round head covered with thick,
straight, dark hair, a bulldog look and
n voice like thunder. Douglas and
Lincoln were In a heated argument
over the ndmlsslon of slnvery to the
territories tho first night that Samson
nnd Joe snt down with them.
"We didn't like thnt little rooster of
n mnn, he had such a high and mighty
way with hltn and so frnnkJy opposed
tho principles we believe In. He was
an out-nnd-out pro-slnvery man. Ho
would have every stnte free to regu
late Its domestic Institutions, In Its
own way, subject only to tho Constitu
tion of the United States. Lincoln
held thnt It nmounted to saying 'that
If one mnn chose to enslnve nnothor
no third party shall be allowed to ob
In the course of the argument Doug
las alleged that the Whigs were the
aristocrats of the country.
"That reminds me of a night when
I wns speaking nt Havana," said Hon
est Abe. "A man with a rulllod shirt
nnd a mnsslve gold wntch chnln got
up nnd chnrged that the Whigs were
aristocrats. Douglas In his broad
cloth nnd fine linen reminds me of
thnt mnn. I'm not going to nnswer
Douglns ns I nnswered him. Most of
tho Whigs I know nre my kind of
folks. I wns n poor boy working on
n flatbont at eight dollars n month
and had only one pair of breeches nnd
they were buckskin. If you know the
nature of buckskin, you know thnt
when It Is wet und dried by the sun It
will shrink und my breeches kept
shrinking und desortlng tho sock area
of my legs until several Inches of
them were bnro above my shoes.
Whilst I was growing longer they
wero growing shorter nnd so much
tighter that they left n blue streak
around my legs which enn hi seen to
this dny. If you call that aristocracy
I know of ouo Whig thnt Is an arlate-crat."
"Hut look nt the New England type
of Whig exemplified by tho Imperious
und majestic Webster," said Douglas.
"Webster was another poor iad,"
Lincoln answered. "His father's home
was a log cabin In a lonely land until
about the time Daniel was born, when
the family moved to a small frame
house. His Is the majesty of a great
There was much talk of this sort
until Mr. Lincoln excused himself to
walk home with his two friends who
had Just returned from the No'rth, be
ing eager to learn of Samson's visit.
Tho latter gave him n full uccount of
It mil asked him to undertnke the col
lection of Hrlmstead's note.
"I'll get nfter thnt fellow right
awny," said Lincoln. "I'm glad to get
a chance nt one of those men who
hnve been skinning the farmers."
They sat down by tho fireside In
"Joe has decided that he wants to
be n lawyer," said Snmson.
"Well, Joe, we'll all do whnt we can
to keep you from being n shotgun
lawyer," Abe Lincoln began. "I've got
a good first lesson for you. I found It
In n letter which ltufus Choate had
written to Judge Davis. In It he says
thnt we rightly have great respect for
the decisions of the mnjorlty, but thnt
tho law Is something vastly greater
nnd more sacred than tho verdict of
any mnjorlty. 'The law,' he Bays,
'comes down to us one mighty nnd
continuous stream of wisdom nnd ex
perience accumulated, nnccstrnl,
widening nnd deepening nnd washing
Itself clearer ns It runs on, the agent
of civilization, the builder of a thou
sand cities. To hnve lived through
ages of unceasing trial with the pas
sions, Interests and affairs of men, to
hnve lived through tho drums nnd
trampllngs of conquest, through revo
lution nnd reform und ull the changing
cycles of opinion, to have attended
the progress of the rnco nnd gnthered
unto Itself the approbation of civil
ized humanity Is to have proved that
It carries In It some spark of lininor
tnl life.' "
The face of Lincoln changed ns he
recited the lines of tho learned and
distinguished lawyer of Mussuchu
chusetts. "His face glowed like n lighted lan
tern when he began to say those elo
quent words," Sumson writes In his
diary, "lie wrote them down so that
Josloh coidd commit them to memory."
"That Is a wonderful statement,"
Abe nnswered: "It suggests to mo
that the voice of the peopJc In any one
generation may or may not he In
spired, but that tho voice of the best
men of nil nges, expressing their sense
of Justice nnd of right, In the law, Is
and must be the voice of God. The
spirit nnd body of Its decrees are as
Indestructible ns the throne of Heaven.
You can overthrow them but until
their power Is re-established, ns surely
It will be, you will live In savngery."
"You do not deny the right of revo
lution." "No, but I can see no excuse for It
In America. It has remained for us
to ndd to the body of the lnw the Idea
that men are created free nnd equnl.
Tho lnck of the saving principle In the
codes of the world has been the great
cause of Injustice nnd oppression."
Honest Abu rose nnd walked up and
down the room In silence for a mo
ment. Then he ndded:
"Chonte phrased- It well when he
snld: 'We should bewnre of uwnklng
the tremendous divinities of change
from their long sleep. Let us think
of thnt when we consider whnt we
bhall do with the evils that nflllct us.'"
The boy Joe hnd been deeply in
terested In this talk.
"If you'U lend me n book, I'd like
to begin studying," he said.
"There's time enough for thnt," said
Lincoln. "First, I want you to under
stand whnt the law is nud what the
lawyer should be. You wouldn't want
to be a pettifogger. Choate In tho
rlgbt model. Ho has n dignity suited
to the grentness of his chosen mnster.
They say that before a Justice of the
pence, in n room no bigger than n
shoemnker's shop, his work Is done
with the snme dignity nnd enre that
he would show in the supreme court
of Massachusetts. A newspaper says
that In n dog case at Heverly he
treated the dog ns tf ho were n Hon
nnd the crabbed old squire with the
consideration duo n chief Justice."
"He knows how to handle the Eng
Hsh language," Samson observed.
"He got that by reading. He Is the
best read man nt tho American bnr
nnd tho best Bible student. There's
n lot of work nhend of you, Joe, before
you are n lawyer, and when you're
admitted success comes only of the
cnpuclty for work. Brougham wrote
tho peroration of his speech In de
fense of Queen Caroline nineteen
"I want to be n great orator," the
boy exclulmcd with engaging frank
ness. "Then you must remember thnt
chnrncter Is the biggest pnrt of It,"
Honest Abe dodnred, "Grent thoughts
come out of a great chnrncter and
cly out ot that. Tbov will come
even If you have little learning nnd
nono of the graces which nttrnct the
eye. j Hut you must huve a character
that is ever speaking, even when your
lips arc silent. It must show In your
life and fill the spaces between your
words. It will help you to choose and
charge them with the love of great
things that carry conviction.
"I remember, when I wns a boy over
In Gentryvllle, n shaggy, plain-dressed
man rode up to the door one day. Ho
had a cheerful, kindly face. His char
acter began to speak to us before ho
opened his mouth to usk for a drink
"'I don't know who you nre,' my
fnthcr snld. 'Hut I'd like It nwful
wc,!l If you'd light nnd tnlk to us.' He
did and we didn't know till he had
gone thnt he wns the governor of the
state. A good character shines like n
candle on a dark night. You can't
Harry Told of His Adventures In tho
mistake It. A firefly can't hold his
light long enough to compete with it.
"Webster said In the luiapp trial:
'There Is no evil that we cannot
either face or fly from but the con
sciousness of duty disregarded.'
"A great truth like thnt mukes won
derful music on the lips of a sincere
mnn. An orator must be a lover nnd
discoverer of such unwritten laws."
It was nearlng midnight when they
heard footsteps on the board walk In
front of tho house. In a moment
Harry Needles entered In cavalry uni
form with flue top boots nnd silver
spurs, erect ns a young Indlun brave
nnd bronzed by tropic suns.
"Hello!" he said ns ho took off his
belt nnd clunking snber. "I hang up
my sword. I huve had enuugh of
He had ridden ncross country from
the boat lauding and, arriving so late,
hud left his horse at a livery stable.
"I'm lucky to find you nnd Abe nnd
Joe nil up und wnltlng for me," ho
said ns he shook their hands. "How's
"I'm well," Sarah called from tho
top of the stairway. "I'll be down In
For an hour or more they sat by
tjic fireside while Harry told of his
adventures In the great swamps of
"I've done my share of the fight
ing," he said at length. "I'm going
north tomorrow to find Him and her
"I shall want you to servo n com
plnlnt on one Lionel Duvls," said Mr.
"I huve one of my own to serve on
him," Hurry nnswered. "Hut I hope
thnt our case can be settled out of
"I think that 111 go with you as far
ns Tnzewell county nnd draw the pa
pers there," said Lincoln.
When the Intter hnd left for his
lodgings nnd Joo nnd his mother hnd
goof to bed, Snmson told Harry the
details of his visit to Chicago.
"She may have taken the dlseaso
itftd died with It before now," said the
young man, "I'll he on my way to
Honey Creek In the morning."
(TO BIO CONTINUED.)
Humor Superior to Wit
Wit, bright, rapid and blustlnf ns
the lightning, flushes, strikes and van
Ishes In an Instant; humor, warm and
all-embracing as the sunshine, bathes
Its object in a genial nnd abiding'
Thought Teacher Dense.
A teacher tried to Impress on the
child's mind the sound of tho letter
"a" by having him repeat It several
limes In different words. Getting tired
of the repetition the child looked nt
the teacher and snld: "Don't you
know It yet?"
Never say "Aspirin" without saying "Bayer."
WARNING! Unless you see name "Bayer" on tablets,
you are not getting genuine Aspirin prescribed by
physicians over 21 years and proved safe by millions for
Accept only "Bayer" package which contains proper directions,
nandy tin boxes of 12 tablets Bottles of 24 and 100 All drusrgistB.
Pt" " U" trJ mrjt of lUjtr Manufacture of Uonoamtlcicldritrr of Stllcrllc.cla
WOULDN'T STAND FOR REBUKE
Beggar Woman Had Her Own Point of
View Concerning "Business" Sho
Was Engaged In.
Secrctnry Lnwson Purily of the
Charity Organization society said ut
n dinner in New York:
"Professional beggars are a self
righteous crew. What I mean Is that
they regnrd their trade tho same ns
you and I regard honest work. One
winter afternoon I came on a beggar
woman I knew of old. She wns beg
ging in n bitter wind on n corner, and
three little children In cullco rags shiv
ered at her side.
"You Jane,' I snld reproachfully.
You beggngl And those three Ilttlo
ones I They aren't really yours ut
"Well, damltall,' snld tho beggar
woman. 'I wouldn't huve to beg so
hard If they were really mine, for
then I wouldn't be forking over a dol
lar a day to hire them.' " Los Angeles
Young Little liked a "little bit on,"
but unfortunately he had not the skill,
or perhaps It was only the luck, to
On looking through his racing paper
one morning he saw a tipster's adver
tisement. "Two sure things for $o."
He purchased a money order for the
required amount, and wrote off
straightway to the address In the ad
vertisement. Hut the ndvertlser wns a smnrter
mnn than Little, for In reply Little re
ceived the following note:
"Dear Sir As advertised, my 'suro
"Loose Button Sure to come off.
"Dirty Cat pet Wants some bent
ing." Drawing It Too Fine.
After giving the prospective house
maid full details as to her duties, tho
mistress of the house wus on the point
of turning nway when a thought struck
"Oh, by tho way," she asked, "do
you know your way to announce?"
"Well, ma'am," replied Mary, "I'm
not sure nbout thnt, but I think I
know my weight to a pound or so."
No one Is ever so busy ns the person
You remember the story
of the Pitcher
It made a good many trips to the well and it
came back in good order.
"I can take care of myself," it said "they
don't need to talk about risks to me."
But it went once too often.
After that it was only part of a pitcher, and
they didn't need to talk to it about risks it knew.
A lot of people won't believe coffee can harm
them until it does harm them.
"Nonsense!" they say, "it never disturbs me."
When it does disturb them, then they know.
Often the disturbance which they then recog
nize is the result of irritations to nerves and di
gestion which have been going on for a long time.
If you have to lie awake at night and count
the dock ticks, after an evening cup of coffee, then
you know that it's better to he safe than sorry.
The risk of coffee's harm is gone when the
meal-time drink is Postum.
Here's a delightful and satisfying table bev
erage, with charm for the taste and without harm
for nerves or digestion. You know you're on the
right road with Postum; there's never the pos
sibility that you'll go once too oftea
Postum comes in two forms: Instant Postum (in tins)
made Instantly in the cup by the addition of boiling water.
Postum Cereal (In packages of larger bulk, for those who
prefer to make tho drink while the meal is being prepared)
made by boiling for 20 minutes.
"There's a Reason"
Made by Postum Cereal Company, Inc., Battle Creek, Mich.
Left High and Dry.
"Whnt made you drop out of tho
society?" "We didn't drop out; It
slid out from under us."
To Have a Clear Sweet Skin
Touch pimples, redness, roughness
or Itching, If nny, with Cutlcuru Oint
ment, then bathe with Cutlcurn Soap
and hot water. Illnse, dry gently und
dust on a little Cutlcuru Talcum to
lenvo a fasclnnting fragrance on skin.
Everywhere 25c each. Advertisement.
And the Worm Turns.
Rub This work Is an awful grind I
Dub Well, the boss Is n crank I
Kunsus City Star.
A Business Deal.
"Remember, I don't know anything
nbout business. In business matters
I'm n bnby."
"Can't deal with you, then. A bnby
wants It uU. Send me somebody who
does know something about business."
Two contractors of a type unfortu
nntely too familiar were talking of
some buildings which had collapsed
lofore they were finished.
"Well, Blllerton," said one, "you nl
wnys have better luck than I do."
"Better luck? How's that?"
"Why, my row of new houses blew
down In last week's wind, you know,
while yours weren't hnrmed. All were
built the same same woodwork, snme
mortar, same everything."
"Yes," said the other, "but you for
get thnt mine hnd been papered."
The Place for Atphonse.
"Alphonse." said the heiress, "I have
"Thinking of me, precious?" nsked
"Indirectly, yes; I hnve been think
ing thnt If you married me, everybody
would sny youtouly did so to get my
"Whnt care I for tho unthlnkablo
"But, Alphonse, I will marry you."
"My own dar "
"And I will not have people say un
kind things nbout you, so I have ar
ranged to give my fortune to the mis
sionaries. Why, Alphonse, where are
Alphonse paused long enough on his
way to the door to look back and
mutter: "I'm going to be a mission-ary."
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