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By LOUISE M. ADDELSON
. 1M, Ly .Mccitiro Newpaper Syndicate.
"Whatever misgivings oilier people
Jinny have hud on tlic subject, Molly
Hunter herself noun- doubted Hint sho
Wduld liu married -sonic time. At
thirty nife was i.iliclully dubbed old
maid, But Instead of giving way to
despair, Molly bought herself ft Hecoud
liopo chest, tllo first being filled to
ovcrllowlng. Willi unlmpnlrcd coup
ugo she set about tliu tnsk of filling tlio
second liopo chest,' Jn spite of her
i rother's scowl, her neighbor's sneers,
and her mother's censure.
"It would bo fur more sensible to
sew dresses for your sister's babies,"
jsald Mrs. Hunter, sternly. "You are
too old for such nonsense as liopo
"11m 1" commented Molly, placidly.
"Maybe. And maybo not. Hut when I
do gut married I'll huvo more than
,xnost girls, because I've had a longer
time to prepare."
No matter what was said she lis
tened patiently, smiled serenely, und
stitched composedly, with unvarying
faith In the husband that was to be
'hers some time.
Brother Edwin, In particular, hud no
patience with Molly, whom he looked
upon as u good-natured, rather feeble
minded Individual, forever stitching on
hvlmt ho contemptuously termed her
i "I don't know," ho was In Hie habit
of saying, with deep gloom, "how Molly
'ever got Into this family. She's ccr-
Jtajoly ,not, like the rest of Us."
"Don't worry, please," answered
Molly, patiently, "1 will get married,
meybo sooner Umn you think. I know
Jiwlll get married some time."
To which her brother grunted unbe
licIiigly. , One evening, the rest or thu fumlly,
Including the maid, being out, Molly
sat before the library lire, looking
thoughtfully Into the coals. Molly wns
losing l li in the husband that was
to be IuM.1 some time. The bell rnug,
Sho sighed wearily, and opened the
door, A gentleman stood there, with
his arm In a sling.
"I wish to see Doctor Hunter," said
he, In a pleasant voice.
"He's out," said Molly. "Please sit
down, and whllo-you'ro waiting you
can talk to mo. 1 nm very lonesome."
"I'm lonely, too," ho said. "I shall
he glad when my arm Is better and I
can return to California."
"California I" exclaimed Molly, with
Interest, "I've been there, and I just
love It I"
The stranger beamed. At the end of
an hour, when the doctor Interrupted,
ho wns still holding forth about the
glories of his natlvu state. Molly loft
her new acipialntanco wllh regret.
"What a wonderful man!" she said
to herself, with shining ). "I I
could Just love him!"
At dinner the following evening Mol
ly was 111 at ease because her brother
stared. .n.t herJu nucJi a pu.lcd mmi
no?. " -
"I am considerably sunn Ned," he
told Molly, "and of course gratified,
that you've met .Mr. (.'banning and
that that he seems so taken with
' Wbat.are jou talking about V" iihkod
piulu-spokmi Molly. "Who Is Mr.
"Mr. Chanulng7 Mr. manning?"
Her brother almost choked. "Mr.
dimming," he dually announced, "Is
the gentleman you were talking to last
wvculng. lie is a millionaire business
mnn of California. Last night he
M'cmcd Interested in you, and when I
aw him again this morning he said he
bought you the finest young woman
t'd ever seen. Wants to marry you.
queerest thing I ever heard or," went
n Doctnr'lluntor, frankly amazed. "I
never thought you'd I mean, he's such
a catch 1 That's him now, I Imagine,"
us (lie hell rang.
- Molly's brain whirled. As In a
dteam she henrd her brother greet his
guest; saw him leave the room; felt
her hand gently clusped.
T "I'm afraid, little girl, that I've
frightened you. I know my methods
are crude, even for n Californium But
I know also, since last night, that you
arc the woman for me. Will you marry
me, and go home with mo next week?
I'm afraid somebody will steal you
from me. If 1 leave you here. What do
you say, little one?"
t Molly forced herself to look up, and
met a pair of adoring eyes. "I'm I'm
afraid," she murmured. She was In
deed afraid that she was dreaming.
Mr, dimming, howover, misinterpret
ed. "Afraid of me!" He took her in
felg arms. "You will have u week's
time In which to get acquainted with
me, lie, said, "nnd you will never be
As events proved, she wubn't. But
then, ebe had always known it would
fce like that some time.
1 "Whon Judge William Cooper, the
founder of Cooperstown on Otsego
lake, Now York, decided to move Into
the wilderness from Burlington, N. X,
tola wife, soys the author of "Legends
of a Northern County," did not take
kindly to the plan. Flnnlly, when the
moment came for them to depart, and
the carriage nnd the wagons wcro
louded and at the door, Mrs. Cooper
sat down In her father's library nnd
refused to budge,
Tho Judge was a Quaker, and not a
aura oS conlentlo.ua disposition; but ho
was hoUjtall nnd strong., W'lth'out
words liO'plck"cd up his wife, chair, und
all, .set her, on' one of the wagons and
started on ids way,
ORIGIN OF WORDS
Entertainment and Knowledge in
In tlic End, It Will Do Found That Ex.
planntlons Aro In the Nature
of a Quess.
Most people tnko their words (and
their phrases, too) ready mitdo; that
la, they lenrn n small vocabulury from
hearing other people talk, nnd -after-wnrd,
finding the same words In books
nnd dictionaries, they nro emboldened
to use them In their speech and writ
ing. If they ever wonder where these
words cumo from originally It Is in a
vague, listless wny, rather lllto the
wny they look upon mysterious astron
omy. ,lf one pins u comparatively small
class down p their actual knowledge
of the English language one enn learn
something moro definite, but Btltl nebu
lous. This small educated class real
ly has heard of the Angles nnd Danes
who impinged their Inngunge on the
Plcts nnd thus started the Anglo-Saxon
boom. It will tell you also how
Julius Cuesar brought his cohorts Into
Britain nnd almost succeeded In mnk-
lug It a Latin-speaking Island.
Coming down to tho year 10C0, tho
numo cultivated persons explain by
means of tho Conquest the largo num
ber of French words that havo been
mora or loss Anglicized that wc use
every day. And when wo nsk why
there nro so many Gorman words In
our tonguu It Is only necessnry to re
call tho fact of a common Teutonic
origin of tho sailors and beachcombers
Who lived either In tho fens or along
tho shores of Europo nnd England.
They spoke what may be called n com
After Shakespeare, Milton, Drydcn,
Ben Jonson, Sam Johnson and other
notable writers hod Introduced more
Latin, Italian nnd French words Into
tho language nnd Invented a few of
their own English may be said to have
been finished. Really "every language,
Including English, Is extraordinarily
conservative and resents new words.
All the same new words do get Into
them. These words are sometimes re
quired to describe now things In the
arts, sclciii es, etc.
When Mor&e Invented his code u
handy won' had to be mndu nnd so
nroso telegraph and a vnrlety of deriv
atives. Tho airplane hns given us In
turn several new words. Slang gives
us a novel woid now and then.
For Instance, tho word "boycott" had
no trouble at all in finding Its way
Into our tongue and Into most Euro
pean languages. It arose from tho
treatment of dipt. Boycott of Lough
Mnsk House In the County Mayo In
1SS0. "Boston," a new word for a new
card game, got Into the language earli
er. It comes from the siege of our
city of Boston In 1775-70 and the
moves of the game follow all tho stra
tegic moves In this military history.
romp, meaning a solemn procession,
conies from the the Latin word ponipe,
which was In turn derived from the
Latin veih pempeln, which means to
send. Meddle, to mix, Is a distortion
of the word middle, but It has in good
a place In the language now as its
Who knows where the word haber
dashery conies from? Ask any man
who sells neckties, collars and other
II tie things to adorn (perhaps) the
person of man and he hasn't tho least
Idea. Look up the word In the stand
ard dictionaries; the search will not
Quite otherwise Is the origin of the
word humble pie. It comes from tho
eating by servants long years ago of
pie made from tlic limbics, or entrails,
of the deer.
There Is considerable entertainment
and not a little knowledge to bo gained
by looking up the origin of words.
Why not add It to tho list of popular
Indoor sports? New York Herald.
Long In Public Life.
"Uncle Joe" Cannon's announced In
tention to retire from service In con
gress nt the cxplrutlon of his present
term, completing forty-six yenra In the
house, hns called attention to tho
length of service of other house mem
bers. Burton of Cleveland mid Long
worth of Cincinnati are the veterans
of the Ohio delegation, ench now serv
ing Ids ninth term. The Clevelnnder,
however, In addition, lias served one
term of six yeurs In the senate.
Fess, of Yellow Springs, Is serving
his fifth term ; Cooper of Youngstown,
and Kcarns of Bavarln, their fourth;
and Cole of Ftndlny, Foster of Ath
ens, Mooi'o of Cambridge, Murphy of
Stcubcnvllle, Stephens, of Cincinnati,
nud Thompson of Defiance, their sec
ond. The others are all first-termers.
Tono Producer for Violin.
It Is said that n modern violin, of
any ordinary make, can be converted
Into the equivalent of a Strndlvnrlus,
or other violin of Ituly'o golden days
of strjpg-lnstrumcnt making, by tho
attachment to It of a newly Invented
tone producer. The device, according
to on Illustrated article In the March
Topular Mechanics Magazine, Is ap
plicable to any kind of string Instru
ment, Is mado of specially prepared
wood, nnd Is so constructed that It
conforms to the shnpo of the Instru
ment to which It Is nttnehed.
Edmonton Has a Gusher.
A now gas well north of Edmonton,
Alberta, Is guohlng at a rate of 40,
000,000 cubic feet a day nnd tho roar
of tho gas can bo heard ot n distance
of llfliwn mile. Men working In the
Vicinity have to woar masks.
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AHARD SCHOOL j JTHE OTHER MAN
f?. nv mahv i ntiiRP mi:7ri i a IS nu .icam m rsnAV u
. 1022, ly Mcc'lure Nowapar-er Syndicate.
Jerry, mending his lobster puts on
the beach, scowled us he saw Ellen
and "that fellow" Tcmplolon hurrying
down to the Inlet where the? young
man's boat lay; for Templelou, while
ostensibly taking n much-needed rest,
wns paying assiduous coiut to the girl
whom Jerry had looked upon as his
future wife ever since they had played
together as children.
Jerry turned his back on the ap
proaching couple, but when they flail
passed he gave his rival a surreptitious
glnncc noting tlic white Mil: shirt, the
lmmnculato white trousers aiid the
wrist watch. Turning suddenly, Ellen
ennght his criticizing eye, laughed, and
"Better forget your lobster pots to
day, Jerry, and bring Sarah over to
the Island and picnic with us!" to
which her escort ndded languid,
"Yes, dear boy, get your Sarah nnd
"Thanks!" snapped Jerry. "I huve
no 'Sarah' and I've something to do
besides picnicking und and rending
'poetry I" seeing the book" Temploton
Itccclvlug no answer save a tolerant
Bhrug from his rival, ho sullenly re
sumed his work, but a moment later,
nftcr n troubled look nt tho sky, ho
strodo after the picnickers, nnd ns
Temploton pushed off the wharf, ho
gave him n brusque:
"Better keep an eye on the nor'wes
ter, Temploton, those clouds mean
wind; nnd I'd come In with tho tide,
It's tough rowing ngalnst It."
Templelou raised his brows, then
vouchsafed a supercilious: "All I
Thanks nwfully, my good man, but
havo no fears, I've handled a boat sev
eral times before today l" with nn
emphasis on the "several" that mado
Jerry long to pitch him Into tlio wn
ter; but Instead, with a smothered
"Humph I" he swung up the beach to
the cottage he shared .with ids crippled
grandfather. The old man seeing
Jerry he stopped smoking to mutter
"If that chap had a sense of it-it-Hculpln,
he'd keep oiriii the water with
such clouds abroad!" waving his pipe
skyward ; then added with a senile
chuckle: "I shouldn't wonder If ho
found It true that 'experience Is u
hard school, hut fools will leanr from
no other,' afore he gets home!"
"Very likely, hut if anything hap
pens to Ellen through his Ignorance,
I'll I'll "
"You amlu' to let that wiilpporsnnp
per grab your girl away right from
under you noe?" queried the old man,
"Why, no!" blazed Jerry, "but ho
Hatters her till Mic "
"Doesn't know any niore'n uhu ought
cr!" Interrupted his grandfather. "All
the .nine, I'd kinder row out. toward
the Island you see what's coming?"
Jerry nodded and sat down.
The weather grew more threatening
every mliiute; but he waited till thu
tide turii.d. sending choppy waves In
shore. Then, unable to bear the sus
pense. In inn down to his dory, thrust
the nar Into the oarlocks and pushed
oft Into Hie foaming water-.
Something smashed Into the dory,
scraped by and was gone. Twisting
around, he Mri und Ids. eyes to make
out the ii.'sing thing astern It was
Teniplolon's empiy boat being driven
His breath cauie In horrllled gasps
as lie sensed the awful slgnltlcance of
the slain : then wild rebellion fired
his soul us he thought of Ellen being
dashed and buffeted Into nothingness
by the cruel waters. It must not
should not be! lie sent a stentorian
shout toward the Island ; It came back
In a mocking echo.
Again and again he called her name,
with a wild hope that somehow, In
some miraculous manner, she had es
caped deatli. Suddenly thu Island
loomed before him n black blot
against the sky. With a mighty eltort,
ho sent his spent voice shoreward and
listened. Ills heart almost stopped
beating for very joy, for across tho
lashing waters a faint hall came to
him out of tlio dnrkness. It wns
With a superhuman effort, his
strained and swollen muscles benched
tho dory; two sodden figures were
lifted over Us high side to safety, .and
In silence, snvo for murmured "Thank
Heaven!" Jerry backed away, turned
his boat townrd homo, and tho racing
tide did the rest.
Giving no heed to the bubbled ex
planations of tho modified Temploton,
ho lifted the shivering girl out and
carried her up tho beach to her home,
but before renchlng her door he asked:
"By what fool stunt did Temploton
loso Ills boat?"
"He tied It lo a rock with a silly
little rope, which sawed In two In
no tlmu after It came on to blow,
though even then ho might have got it
If ho hadn't been afraid of getting
wet!" answered thoglrl, angrily.
"But this snlt water would have
ruined his wrist watch," said Jerry,
dryly, which remark brought nn hys
terical giggle from the girl in his arms.
But tho next moment she pulled his
head down, nnd wllh her nnns tight
around his neck, whispered:
"Jerry, I simply dotest u wrist
watch on a man, nnd I Just adore tho
smell of lobsters. Come over tomor
And with a hug that left her breath
less, Jorry whispered n Jubilant:
"You bet, h nicy !'J
0, 922, by McCluro Newspaper HjnJIculo.
Marie wanted tho mak Harriet loved
and Mario worked until she got him.
MurJe was Harriet's best friend and
bad all the opportunities In the world
and used them. Hairlet had liked
the man very much nnd they had been
inseparable for jours. He had been
everything to her since her mother's
death and she hud taken it for granted
that tbuy would always' bo everything
to each other.
She leturned unexpectedly from u
visit lo a dance at the Country club
and found Ilium there together. Sho
packed her things and went to llvu
with Aunt Harriet.
Aunt Ilurrlet Invited her husband's
nephew out for a week-end, knowing
that a heart can be caught on the re
bound. Ilurrlet met Ilichard nnd Itlchnrd
fell In love with Harriet. She ac
cepted It all with a mnddenlng half
smile, plainly showing that she didn't
"Don't smile llku that, Ilurrlet," ho
plended. "You're too sweet to lie cyni
cal." "I'm not cynical. I'm Just very, very
careful," she returned. "I do not In
tend to let you muke mo think you
love mo nnd then have you leave mo
for tho llrst uttractivo girl who smiles
"Look at me," he salfl. "Somcono
has done something to turn you ngalnst
everything. It's not n pose nnd It's
not n broken heart you're hiding. It's
wounded pride. Harriet, give me a
"It's not wounded pride nnd I don't
want to talk to you again."
"But you are going to Mrs. Her
rick's dunce with me?"
Dick was n wonderful dancer. "Well,
yc-es," said Harriet, "but I don't want
to see you again until then," nnd left
him staring moodily at the fire.
When Harriet came down the stairs
dressed for the dance, It was decided
ly pleasant to hayu Dick walling for
her and to hear" lilm say thnt she
looked lovely In her crisp little rose
frock. She shut her heart to nil soft
ness and kept the conversation on a
They entered Myra Herrlck's pretty
lt lug-room, now stripped bare for
dancing, and greeted her. With u
shock Harriet saw Marie and the man.
She passed them with a little nod and
Introduced Dick to a group of friends
amlil the nmused glances of ninny
eyes. She would show them !
The evening wore on and Mnrle nnd
the man were outcasts as far as Har
riet and Dick were concerned.
Harriet suddenly became awaro that
Marie was smiling at Dick and that
Dick was not aloof.
"Let's go out and sit on the stairs,"
she said to Dick. The stairs were
shadowy. Dick's heart leaped.
"Would you like an Ice?" he asked
as she dropped down near the top. She
nodded wearily and he went down to
fetch one,. She got up and walked
along the p'nlni-onillowered balconj,
looking down upon the dnncers passing
the door. Suddenly she stiffened.
Illchurd was dancing with Mario!
She dropped Into n chair, her face
white. Suddenly the man stood before
her. "Harriet." he said softly, "you
don't think much of me, do you?"
"I did." she said dully.
"Dear little girl," the man ex
claimed, "do you love this splendid
Dick? It was I made htm ihineo with
Mnrle! I wanted this talk with you."
"You mean he knows about us?"
"No. I had hoped you'd take mu
back and tell him yourself. Harriet,
think. I've missed you horribly. Won't
you take me back?"
"No, no!" she cried. They're com
ing up the stairs. Go and take Marie
The man looked at her strangely a
moment und turned nway and left her.
She saw him Inugh a moment with
Dick and turn away with Mnrle. Dick
came to her with white face and grim
"Harriet, what Is that man to you?"
"Oh, Dick he he "
"Tell me, Hnrrlet "
"Dick, he's my father!" she snld
"Your Father 1" Dick nnswered.
"Oh, Dick, I loved my dad and he
loved me, and he loved mother so.
How could ho let Mario take her place?
He was the only dad I had and I was
tho only child he had, nnd yet he's lot
mo bo so lonely! Can't j'ou under
stand?" "Yes, dear. You're the one It's hard
on. Your father and Mnrle seem hap
py." "They arc selfishly."
"Marie, perhaps, but not your fath
er. He wants your forgiveness ter
ribly." They sat together sldo by side.
"Harriet," Dick said, "will you mar
Dick had never seen this tremulous
Hnrrlet. They sat quietly sldo by side.
Ilichard kissed her satisfactorily, and
later she stirred nnd brushed her lips
shyly ngalnst his chock.
"Dick," she said, with a little sigh,
"will you come with me to find father?
I'm going to tell him that bygones nro
bygones nnd thnt I shall try to bo
friends. I can't do more than thnt. Do
you think it will make him happier?"
DiW. Utuu 1 t i i not u t, "Yes, it
will. And think, dear, now thnt you
nro going to marry mo, wouldn't your
father bu lonesome without Mario? As
it Is, 'no hns her and you havo, me,
and wo nro going to bo vary happy.', ;
"Everything happens for tho best.,
nlwnys, Dick,"" snld narrlet bravely,'
Let's toll father."
HARNESS and SADDLERY
Back to Pre-War Prices
Come in and sec for yoursall our exceptional values.
Harness and loather goods of all kindsoiled and repaired
Rebuilding and repairing automobile tons a specialty.
f'ogel 1 A
AND THEY SLEPT "UPSTAIRS"
Childish Prank Not So Enjoyable ai
Youngsters Imagined It Was
Going to Be.
An Indianapolis woman is fond ot
telling n story about her girlhood
days. Thero wcro several children In
tho family nnd they went to school
with other children, perhaps u trifle
better off ns to this world's gooda
than they were. At any rate, the
other children were nlwnys talking
ubout their upstairs. And there
was no upstairs to the cottage where
Hie Indianapolis woman's family lived
It was only n cottage. But children
like, they hud to be able to say with
cool dlsduln when they went lo
school: "Why, upstulrs where we
So when mother went downtown
one day these small children labor
iously took their little bed apart und
carried it up tlio narrow, steep dark
stairs that led to the attic. Then they
carried up the bedclothes; then their
little chairs. They were indeed, going
to sleep upstairs.
When mother came home she found
out what had happened. She
climbed the attic stairs, and there
amid the dust und dirt nnd whatnot?
and cobwebs were the two beds.
So Just to punish the children fot
their disobedience mother made them
sleep up there n few nights in the
hot weather, tint'l they were glad
they had no "upstairs."
TO CUT AUSTRALIAN ESTATES
Measure Almost Socialistic in Charac
ter Is Approved by Most of the
Large Australian estates may hnve
to be subdivided, according to the
Sydney correspondent of u London pa
per. The new South Wales government
Is reintroducing it large holding .Mib
division bill, compelling owners to
subdivide for closer settlement anj
land exceeding tflOO.OOQ in value. If.
for instance, the owner of laud worth
i'oO.OOO refuses to subdivide It the
government will conipulsoiily acquire
1.10,000 worth and make It available
for cbi.er .settlement.
The Intention Is to pay Immediate
cash or current rates of Interest to
the owners. The measure, which is
approved by most Australian Individ
ual landholders, but bitterly opposed
by big hmd companies with heailipiar
tvrs in England, will have the effect
of opening for cultivation large areas
I'ow utilized as sheep runs. Thus It
.vlll all'ord an opportunity for an In
creased agricultural population nd
scope for iuiinlgrnnls.
It la designed to mitigate the ex
isting serious unrest arising out of the
Inability to provide Australian agricul
turists with land. These people me
being driven to the cities to swell the
ranks of the unemployed, making dan
gerous cvnters of discontent.
EGYPT UNDER BRITISH RULE
Population of Nearly Thirteen Million
Is Decidedly Cosmopolitan In
Egypt Is a country exceeding In
actual extent Franco and Germany.
Its area Is some 424,000 square miles,
but of this total more than OS per
cent Is desert land supporting enly a
very scanty nomad population. The
Important part of the countrj', con
sisting of tho valley nnd delta of the
Nllo together with tho western oases,
covers an area of 12,220 square miles,
or n territory only a little larger than
Belgium. In addition, somo 2,850
square miles comprise tho surfneo of
tho Nllo, marshes nnd lnkcs, while
canals, roads and date plantations
cover another 1,000 square miles.
Egypt, therefore, Is a small country
with well-defined natural boundaries
on three sides, namely, tho Mediter
ranean on the north, tho Arabian
desert and tho Red sen on the east,
and tho Libyan desort on tho west.
To tho south Egypt extends up to a
point 25 miles north of Wadl Haifa,
on the second cataract ot tho Nile.
(The prcsont population of Egypt Is
12,740,705, ns compared with 11,287,
850 In 1007, with 0,734,405 In 1807,
and with 0,831,181 in 1882. Of tha
total population 10,300,040 nro Egyp
tians, 635,012 Bedouins, 05,102 Nu
bians, and 221,130 foreigners mado up
as follows: Turks, 00,725; Greeks,
01,073; Italians, 84,020: British, 20,
653; French and Tunisians, 14,501;
Austro-nungarlnns, 7,704 ; Russians,
2,410; Germans, 1,847; other Euro
peans, 2,110; and Terslans, 1,385.
Betides, It Is Hard to Get Now.
"That's a bad cold j'ou hnve, Ma
bel." "Yes, Dorothy, It is."
"What have you taken for It,
"In that caso thure's no use In mo
offering' you nny ndvlce." Loulsvlllo
1 ITS BCSi Red Cloud
Inside Secret of the Great World
War Now Revealed.
Crushing Defeat of the French Armies
" Under General Nlvcllo Duo to
! That Leader's Overconfldence.
Tho Ilevuo do Paris Is prlnUng,
month by month, tho fullest account
yet given of tho greatest disaster sus
tained by tho allies on tho western
front during the war. This wns tho
defeat of tlio French armies undor
General NIvello between Reims and
Solssons on April 10, 1017. Tho ac
count is given by M. l'nlnleve, who
wns tho French war minister nt that
time, though ho only came Into ofllco.
when tho plans for the battle wer6
complete und their execution almost
Inevitable. M. Pnlnleve often has
been attacked for his own action be
fore and after the smash, so ho speaks
us u party to a case. Still, moro of
what ho says Is only new In tho senso
that It has not been fully published
before, though It was substantially
known to tlio French nnd British gen
eral staffs within n few weeks of the
calamity. Tlio French attnek, com
monly known nt the tlmo ns the Chem-'
In des Dames attnek, was to bo tho
main' blow of the Franco-British of
fensive for the yenr. Sir Douglas
Ilnlg, placed provisionally and with
some qualification under tho supremo
command of Nlvelle, was to attack 6n
April 0 from near Arms In tho north
to our right flank nenr St. Quentln In
Our part of the work was to draw
off the German strength from tho crit
ical point, to kill and bo killed and
keep' LudendorfC busy rather than to
penetrate fnr. The whole schemo wns
Nlvcllo's. Nlvelle had been inndo com
mander In chief in succession to Joffro
the Clirlstmns before, to the exclusion
of Foch nnd I'etnln. Nlvelle wns at,
the moment the latest fashion In gen
erals. French political feeling thnt
"winter wns In n state of reaction
against the "Sommo school" tlio
school of Foch and Halg, tlio "limited
objective" school, the school which re
stricted the depth of Infantry advances
to ground on which artillery had quito
ruined tho enemy's defense. NIvello
represented a new "Verdun school" of
swifter, deeper advance. He had suc
ceeded at Vaux and Douaumont n fow
months before, by making his men
ndvnnce In a wny that the "Sommo
school" would have thought reckless
because they or their predecessors had
tried It In 101.1 and found It disas
trous, but this was forgotten; fashion
hnd changed; It had gone back to the
more slashing fashions of 1014 nnd
1015; Koch and llnlg were back num
bers, Nlvelle was the man, nnd wis
dom would die with him. So ho wns
given tho whole France-British offen
sive In 1)17 to mold at his will.
Ills in'.nd was completely mnde up
by New Year's daj 1017. He had not
n shadow of doubt, from then on, that
he would be able to drive straight north
wnrd from Helms towards Brussels,
behind the (Jciinan front, cutting off
tho German northern armies. To any
one, soldier or statesman, who sug
gested a doubt or an extra precau
tion he said, in effect, "Leave It t.o me.
I pledge you my word wo shall win."
To Infect the troops with his own op
timism ho circulated freely among
regimental officers full written details
of the plan of attack, the date, the nt
tncklug strength, everything. This wns
done In January. Within n fortnight
the enemy knew It a"ll. LudendorfC In
his book of memoirs tells us hqw n
German raiding pnrty captured, in tlio
pocket of a dead French captain of
the second division, tho French plan
'Of battle. Tlic Germans had now two
months In which to fit up as an .abat
toir the ground which Nlvcllo meant
to capturo first. They drew back tholr
whole line between Arras and the Brit
ish right, futlllzliig the great part of
the Intended British division. Then
they sent down to the Relms-Solssons
front the troops thus economized.
Then they rigged up on the high flats
of Voucicrc and Graonne, wlioro tlio
chief hopes of Nlvcllo's coming attack
centered, such an aggression of ma
chine guns and quick-firing guns, hood
ed with concreto and metal, al no
troops over bad to face, beforo Ot af
ter. Manchester (Bng.) Guardian.
A Welsh Poet Miner. ,
Huw Mcmil Williams Is Wales poet
miner, who bids fair to bring Welsh
literature to the attention of tho
Anglo-Saxon world. Born In Carnar
vonshire, Willlnms lias been n coal
miner ut Glamorgan slnco ho was six
teen. His work has thorefore been en
tirely Inspired among tho sordid sur
roundings of n mlnlnir town. Intel
lectually, ho is a. self-made man, Tho
remarkable thing about William's
verso Is thnt It Is written In English
an ncqulred language for him and
one that io has no extraordinary com
mnnd of. His book, "Through tho Up
cast Shaft," Is causing a furortf In