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RED CLOUD, NEBRASKA, CHIEF
The "Broum Ttlouse
Brj HERBERT QUICK
(Copyrldht by Ths Dobbt-Mcrrlll Company)
"JIMMINY, DE GAMEl"
BTNOI'HIH Ji'iinlo Woodruff
rofiiHcs to innrry Jim Irwin,
young farm liitntl, bccnuso of IiIh
financial comlllloii nml poor irou
pects. lie Is Intellectually nbovo
1ib station, nml lias nilvnncoil
Ideas concerning tho possibilities
of hcIiooI tuucliltiK anil funning,
for which bu Ih rluieulol by
many. In Hliort, JIM Ih nn off ox.
Ho Hocks by hltnnolf and rendu
boohs mid Iiiih il phlloBopliy of
bin own. Hut there aro Intent
poworH In lilin unmiHpccti'il even
by lilniBcIf anil Opportunity
eoineB knocking nt. bin door.
CHAPTER I Continued.
Jim picked It up und showed him
the nodules on ItH roots little white
knobs, Hiiiuller tliuii plnhemls.
"Ever lienr of the use of nitrates
to enrich the soil 7"
"Ain't that the stuff the old man
used on the lawn last spring?"
"Yes," said Jim, "your father used
Homo on his lawn. We don't put It on
our Holds in Iowa not yet; but If It
weren't for those white specks on the
clover-roots, we should he obliged to
do tut as they do hack east."
"How do them white specks keep
us from necdln' nitrates?"
"It's a long story," said Jim. "You
cee, before there were any plants hit;
enough to he visible If there had
been nny one to Bee them the world
was full of little plants so small that
there may he billions of them In one
of these little white specks. They
knew how to take the nitrates from
the air" .
"Alrl" ejaculated Newton. "Nitrates
In the alrl You're crazy I"
"No," said Jim. "There ure tons of
nitrogen In the nlr that press down on
jour head hut the big plants can't
get It through their leaves, or their
roots. They never had to learn, be
ciiubo the little plnnts bacteria lo-
atiHl on those roots and tapped them
for the sap they needed began to get
t heir hoard and lodgings off the big
plnnts. And In payment for their hotel
bills, the little plants took nitrogen
out of the air for both themselves and
"Whnt d'ye mean by 'hosts'?"
"Their hotel-keepers the hlg plants.
And now the plants that have the
hotel roots for the bacteria furnish
nitrogen not only for themselves, but
for the crops that follow. Com can't
get nitrogen out of the nlr; but
clover can and that's why we ought
to plow down clover before a crop of
"dee!" said Newt. "If you could get
to teach our school, I'd go again."
"It would Interfere with your pool
"What business Is that o' yours?"
Interrogated Newt defiantly.
"Well, get busy with that shovel,"
suggested Jim, who had been working
steadily, driving out upon the fill oc-
occasionally to unload. On his return
from dumping the next load, Newton
seemed, In n superior way, quite
amiably disposed toward his work fel
low rather the habitual thing In the
"I'll work my old mnn to vote for
you for teacher," said he.
"Those school directors," replied
Jim, "have become so bullheadcd that
they'll never vote for any one except
the applicants they've been voting for."
"The old man says he will have
l'rue Foster ngaln, or he'll give the
school a darned long vacation, unless
l'eterson and Bonner Join on some one
else. That would . heat l'rue, of
"And Con Homier won't vote for
any one but Maggie tillumrtln," added
"And," supplied Newton, "Iliinkon
l'eterson says he'll stick to Herman
I'aulxon until the Hot Springs freeze
"And there you are," said Jim. 'JYou
tell your father for me that I think
he's a mere mule and that the whole
district thinks the same."
"All right," said Newt. "I'll tell him
that while I'm working him to vote
Jim smiled grimly. He had re
mained n peasant becauwe the Amer
ican rural teacher Is placed econom
ically lower than the peasant. He
gnvo Newton's chatter no considera
tion. Hut when, In the afternoon, he
hitched his team with others to the
big road griuler, and the gang became
concentrated within talking distance,
he found that the project of heckling
and dialling him about his eminent fit
ness for n scholastic position wns to
be the real entertainment of the oc
cnslon. "Jim's the candidate to bust the
dendlock," said Columbus Hrown, with
n wink. "Just like (Jartleld In that
Republican convention he was nom
inated In eh, Con?"
"Con" was Cornelius Homier, an
Irishman, one of the deadlocked school
board, and the captain of the road
grader. He winked back at the path-
"Jlm'B the gray-eyed man o' des
tiny," he replied, "If he gets two
votes lo that board."
"You'd vote for me, wouldn't you,
Con?" asked Jim.
"I'll try nnnythlng wance," replied
"Try voting with Ezra Bronson once,
for True Foster, suggested Jim.
"She's dono good work here."
"Opinions differ," said Honner, "an'
when you try nnnythlng Just for
wance, it shouldn't be an Irrevocable
htlp, me bye."
"You're u reasonable hoard of public
servants," suJd Jim Ironically. "I'd
like to tell tho whole board what I
think of them."
"Come down tonight," said Honner
Jeerlngly. "Wo're going to have a
board meeting nt the schoolhouse
and ballot a few more times. Come
down, nml he the Oarlleld of the eon
vlnllon. We've lacked brains on the
board, Hint's clear. They ain't u man
on the board that lver studied algebra,
'r that knows more about furmln' than
their Impl'yers. Come down to the
Hchoolhouso. and we'll have a llelu
hand addrlss the school hoard and
begosh, I'll moye yer miction mesllf!
Come, now, Jimmy, me bye, be game.
It'll vary tho program, annyhow."
The entire gang grinned. Jim
(lushed, and then reconquered his
calmness of spirit.
"All right, Con," said he. "I'll come
and tell you a few things and you
can do ns you like about making thu
hand of Jim
The great blade of the grading miir
chine, running diagonally across the
road and pulling the earth toward Its
median line, had made several trips,
mid much persiflage about Jim Ir
win's forthcoming appearance before
the board had been addressed to Jim
and exchanged by others for his bene
fit. To Newton Hronson was given tho
task of leveling and distributing the
earth rolled Into the road by the
grader a labor which In the Interests
of fitting a muzzle on his big mongrel
dog he deserted whenever the miu'hlno
moved uwuy from him. That there
was some mystery about the muzzle
was evident from Newton's pains to
make a secret of It. Its wires were
curled Into u ring directly over the
dog's nose, and Into this ring Newton
had fitted a cork, through which he had
thrust u large needle which protruded,
an Inch-long bayonet, In front of
As the grader moved nlong one side
of the highway, a high-powered auto
mobile approached on the other, mak
ing rather bad weather of the newly
repaired road. A pile of loose soil that
Newton had allowed to lie Just across
the path made a certain maintenance
of speed desirable. Newton planted
himself In the path of the laboring
Jim Countered With an
car, and waved Its driver a command
to halt. The cur came to a standstill
with Its front wheels In the edge of
the loose earth, and the chauffeur
fuming at the possibility of stalling a
contingency upon which Newton had
"What d'ye want?" he demanded.
"What d'ye mean by stopping me In
this kind of place?"
"I. want to ask you," suJd Newton
with mock politeness, "If you have the
The chauffeur sought words appro
priate to his feelings. Ponto and his
muzzle saved him the trouble. A
pretty nolnter leaped from the ear,
anil attracted by the evident friendli
ness of Ponto's greeting, pricked up
Its ears, and sought, In n spirit of
canine brotherhood, to touch noses
with him. The needle In I'onto's muz
le did Us work to the agony and hor
ror of the pointer, which leaped back
with a yelp, and turned tall. I'onto,
in an effort to apologize, followed, and
finding Itself haynnetted at every con
tact with this demon dog, the pointer
definitely took filght, howling, leaving
I'onto In a state of wonder and hu
miliation at the sudden end of what
bad promised to he a very friendly
acquaintance. The pointer's master
watched Its strango (light, and swore.
Ills eye turned to the boy who had
caused all this, and he alighted pale
"I've got time," said he, remember
ing Newton's Impudent question, "to
give you what you deserve."
Newton grinned and dodged, but the
bank of loose earth was his undoing,
ami while he stumbled, the chauffeur
rn tight and held him ly the collar.
Again l'oulo Intervened, for as tho
chauffeur stood holding Newton, tho
dog, evidently regarding the stranger
as his master's friend, thrust Ids nose
Into the chauffeur's palm. The chauf
feur behaved much as his pointer had
done, except that the pointer did not
The grading gang laughed. Newton
grinned even while In the fell clutch
of circumstance. I'onto tried to smell
the chauffeur's trousers, and what had
been a laugh became u. roar. Cau
tion and mercy departed from thu
chauffeur's mood; ho drew back his
list to strike the boy und found It
caught by the hard
"You're too angry to punish thk
boy," said Jim gently, "even If joti
had the right to punish him nt nil 1
The chauffeur, however, unhesitat
ingly released Newton, und furiously
delivered u blow meant for Jim's Jaw,
which miscarried by n foot. In reply,
Jim coutitered with an awkward
swinging uppercut. It landed fairly on
the point of the Jaw. The chauffeur
stuggered and slowly toppled over Into
the soft earth which hud caused so
much of tho rumpus.
"Oh, cut It out," unld a fat man In
the rear of the car, who had hither
to manifested small Interest in any
thing save I'onto. "Get In, and let's
be on our way I"
Colonel Woodruff, waiving toward
him In his runuhotit, held up by tho
trallic blockade, asked what was going
on here, and the chauffeur, rising
groggily, climbed Into the car; and the
"Good work, Jim," said Cornelius
Homier. "I didn't think 'twas In ye I"
"It's beastly," said Jim, reddening.
"I didn't know, either."
Colonel Woodruff looked nt his
hired man sharply, ga.ve him some In
structions for the next day and drove
on. The road gang dispersed for the
afternoon. Newton Hronson carefully
secreted the magic muzzle, and
chuckled at what imd been perhaps
the most picturesquely successful bit
of deviltry In his varied record. Jim
Irwin put nut his teum, got his supper
and went to the meeting of the school
The deadlocked members of the
board had been so long at loggerheads
Jii it their i editions had swayed back
to something like utility. Jim had
scarcely entered when Con Honner ad
dressed the eliuJr.
"Mr. I'rlsldent," said he, "we have
wld us t'nlght, a young man who nude
no Introduction to an audience In this
place, Mr. Jim Irwin. He thinks we're
bullheadcd mules, and that all the
schools are bad. At the proper time I
shall move that we hire liim f r teach
er; and plnding that motion, I move
that he be given the fioor. Ye've all
beared of Mr. Irwin's ability as a
white hope, and I 'know he'll be lis
tened to wld respect 1"
Much laughter from the hoard and
the spectators, as Jim arose. He
looked upon It as ridicule of himself,
while Con Honner regarded It us a
tribute to his successful speech.
"Mr. President and Gentlemen of
the Hoard," said Jim, "I'm not going
to tell you anything that you don't
know about yourselves. You are sim
ply tnuklng a farce of the matter of
hiring u teacher for this school. You
know, and 1 know, that even If your
silly deadlock Is broken by employing
u new candidate, the school will be
the same old story. It will still be the
school It was when I entile Into It n
little rugged boy" here Jlm'B voice
grew a little husky "und when I left
It, a bigger boy, but still as nigged as
There was a slight sensation In the
audience, as if, as Con Honner said
pbout the knock-down, they hadn't
thought Jim Irwin could do It.
"Well," said Con, "you've done well
to hold your own."
"In all the yeurs I attended this
school," Jim went on, "I never did a
bit of work In school which was
economically useful. No other pupil
ever did any real work of the sort
farmers' boys und girls should do. We
copied city schools and the schools
we copied are poor schools. We made
bad copies of them, too. If any of you
three men were making a fight for
what the Country Life commission
called a 'new kind of rural school,' I'd
say fight. Hut you aren't. You're Just
making Individual fights for your fa
Jim Irwin made a somewhat lengthy
speech after the awkwardness wore
off. lie adjuied Hronson, Honner and
Peterson to study his plan of a new
kind of country school In which the
work of the school should be corre
lated with the life of the home and
the farm a school which would be
In the highest degiee cultural by be
ing consciously useful and obviously
Sharp spats of applause from the
useless hands of Newton Hronson
gave tho final touch of absurdity to a
.situation which Jim had felt to he
ridiculous all through. Had It not
been for Jennie Woodruff's "Humph!"
stinging him, had it not been for the
absurd notion that perhaps, after they
Imd heard his speech, they would
place him In charge of the school, and
that he might be able to do something
really Important In It, he would not
have been there. As he sat down, h(
knew himself a dreamer. The nodding
board of directors, the secretary,
actually snoring, the bored audience
restored tho field-hand to a sense of
his proper place.
"We havo hud the privilege of lis
t'nln'," said Con Honner, rising, "to a
great speech, Mr. Prisldlnt. Mukln' i. i
good spufhe Is one tiling, and teach
lug a good school is another, but in or
der to bring this matter heloro tht
hoard, 1 nominate Mr. James I). Irwin
the Hoy Orator of the Woodruff dls
tilct, and the new white hope, fr the
Job of teacher of this school, and I
move that when he shall have received
a majority of the votes of this board,
the secretary and prisldlnt be In
stliructed to enter Info n contract with
him fr the cumin' year."
v - 9.
IV m 1 T f tX 1 1 i
ivmttea logs ror rwiacues;
School Hats Are Jaunty s
SINCE "comfort first" Is baby's plea,
small wonder Ik It that the softest
and daintiest of knitted garments oc
cupy the place of honor In childhood's
realm. It Is generally conceded that
for baby's tender skin there Is noth
ing so "comfy" us knitted wool, lack
ing, as It does, the Irritating qualities
of tho harder woven fabrics. Then,
too, with Inlttod art responding so
generously to childhood's needs, ono
readily appreciates why doting moth-
lars, others with storm collar which
can bo worn down or up. Hoth ribbed
and brushed effects continue In favor,
while plain coats with brushed trim
mings are greatly featured.
Combining utility with good looks,
tho new styles In school hats havo
made their appearance and It should
ho a simple matter, consId'Tlng their
variety, to choose a smart and becom
ing model for every little mlsn who
must return to the classroom with tho
A universal custom
that benefits every
body. Aids digestion,
cleanses the teeth,
soothes the throat.
a good thing
Knitted Things for Children.
era acquired the habit of planning
their little one's outfits along the Hues
of the myriads of pretty things creat
ed from supple yarns and zephyrs.
For babies' wear, white naturally
bolus sway with pink or blue trim
mings. An attractive yoke distin
guished from the ordinary, the little
crochet sucque hero pictured and the
fact that It Is a dainty pastel shade
with lower ripple Hare In pure white,
adds to Its loveliness. Contrary to
expectation this adorable little gar
ment fastens in the back with two
pearl buttons, while u little pink (or
blue If occasion demands) bow adorns
Hie front. Tho cap Is crocheted In
astrakhan atltch and. in the language
of bnb7 fashion lore, this looplike
25sy inc,f3 "3
Copied Monarch In Wearing Wigs.
It was In the Seventeenth century
that the wig found Its maximum de
velopment In the peruke. The Abbe
Lit IMvieie, It appears, started It all
by attending the court of Louis XIII
In a wig. The king, who was prema
turely bald, thought It an excellent
Idea, and, In adopting It for himself,
made It obligatory among discreet
local and Internal, and has been success
ful In the treatment of Catarrh for over
forty years. Sold by all druggists.
V. J. CHENEY &. CO., Toledo, Ohio
beginning of September. School hats,
of course, should be severely plain
and the hats shown In this group dem
onstrate that they may be designed
with this Idea In mind and still havo
u Jaunty charm that Is all their own.
For the high school girl the hat
shown at the top Is made of braided
ribbon with a ribbon trimming in the
form of rosette and cascade at the
right side. Helow ut the left is shown
h little model of plcot-edged ribbon
sewed row on row und trimmed with
a tint rosette of the same ribbon In a
The two huts shown nt the right nnd
below reflect the popularity of knitted
goods In Junior outfits. These nre ol
knitted brushed wool in contrasting
Young Women of Holland Understand
That Americans Treat Their
Thirty-five young women from Hol
land stepped foot on American shores
the other' day admitting they aro
seeking "kind husbands because they
heard that American men are good to
their wives." Some American wives
may lie inclined to enjoy a silent laugh
over this Innocence displayed by the
Hollanders, but after the first humor
ous aspect of the situation bus passed,
most of those who have enjoyed the
comedy will he- Inclined to hellevt
after all that there Is much merit in
what these foreign women say about
the husbands of America, observes
the Hunger Commercial.
When one Kits down and considers
the lot of women in many countries of
Kurope. and reflects upon the limited
opportunities which they possess for
enjoying life, It ought to he a source
of mutual satisfaction both to hus
bands and wives In America that they
are living In a country where a higher
standard of marital relationship ol
tains than in many foreign nations.
Why Glove Is Removed.
Taking oil the glove when slinking
hands Is a link with the time when
this was .done to show that no knlru
Lines to Bo Remembered.
Honor honorable people, respect th
rights of all and do not bend the knee
to anyone. Japanese Maxim.
Misfortunes often put us wise to onv
do you mean, pa,"
Jennie "a Brown
(TO HIQ CONTINUED.)
The wise guy who knows It
usually the first to got stung.
stitch Is particularly
Proof against wind and weather aro
the cunning knitted suits which shield
little llve-yenr-olds, perhaps oiuer,
perluips younger, from head to foot.
Just as this plcturo sotB forth. Tho
lovable llttlo "Snow Sprite" of our Il
lustration If clnd In n particularly
handsome wblto wool knitted infant's
The leglnettcs hnTO slip cord nt
the waist, with tassels. The sweater
coat boasts belt nnd collar nnd, prldo
of prides, two patch pockets. Thcro
are plenteous pearl buttoM, two of
them finding tholr way to the cap,
posed one on each side flap.
Ono may tako choico of double
breasted nnd single-breasted conts In
tlicso sots, some with turn-down eol-
colors and provide the Ideal headweur
for use with the sweater and skirt
combinations that are nt present so
popular, or they may be '.iad In hat
and scarf sets to ba worn with school
frocks or suits. The hut shown below
combines the knitted crown with n
brim of angora.
Materials used in ranking lints for
very llttlo girls Include cumels hnlr
fabric, hcauvette, broadcloth and An
chinchilla. It Is quite the last word
to have the hut match tho coat In ma
terial, color and trimming.
(. lilt, WatTD Ntwipsptr U .)
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