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A Long Journey A Terrible Plunge.
"Hurrah ! Hurrah ! Hero it is , moth
er ! At last ! At last ! "
The morning mall had Just come In.
Hob Clevordalo hold aloft a square
package , bearing the stamp and post
mark of a republic In South America.
Mm. Clovordalo smiled.
"How eager you arc , " she said.
"And why would 1 not be , mother ? "
asked Rob. "When a follow has an
undo and aunt and cousin whom ho
1ms never seen , and no other relatives
In the world , ho must bo eager to see
their pictures ) "
"And themselves , Rob ? "
"Oh ! If I only could ! But , .quick !
Got it open ! Oh , quick ! "
It was evident that Mrs. Clovcrdalo
was as eager as Rob , for her hand
trembled as she undid the package.
"Oh ! Oh ! "
Rob's head was close to his mother's.
Together they studied the photographs
that had been sent from faraway
Buenos Ayres. Quo was that of a hand
some , elderly gentleman , with white
hair and beard ; another was that of a
fine-looking lady , his wife , and the
third , the ono that had brought the
expression of delight from Rob , was
that of a beautiful young lady , about
four years older than Rob himself. Rob
was at this tlmo about fifteen.
"So that's my cousin Elslo ! " said
Rob. "And Undo David , and Aunt
Anita. Isn't Elslo nice , mother ? "
Mrs. Clovordalo did not answer. She
leaned baclc In her chair and gazed
Avlth moist eyes at the face of her ony
brother and the picture of his only
"It seems so strange , " said Hob , not
noticing his mother's abstraction , "to
be looking at the pictures of people I
have never soon. Do you think I will
over see Undo David or Elslo , moth
er ? "
Ho did not scorn no eager to see Aunt
Anita. lie knew that his undo had
with his ships and mines and things ! "
"I fancy , if the relative value of
money was considered , your Uncle
David would bo found almost an rich
as Solomon , " said Mrs. Clovordalo ,
laughing at Rob's amazement. "Hut
wo must got on with our story. You
know that I have looked for u letter
from Buenos Ayres every three
months. Well , that letter contains a
remittance from Undo David of five
hundred dollars. That Is what wo are
living on what wo have lived on since
your poor father died. "
"Oh ! But I'll pay him all back some
day , mother. Don't fear. I'll pay him
all back. "
Mis. Clevordalo hugged Rob , and ho
did not see the tears that rolled down
"Yes , dear , you will pay him. And
the tlmo for that has como. I must
road you a letter I received from him a
short tlmo ago. It la in reply to ono I
wrote him. "
There was such evident emotion in
his mother's manner that Rob looked
at her in astonishment. Ho could see
nothing to agitate her in the conversa
tion they had. Mrs. Cloverdalo left her
chair and took from a drawer in her
desk a letter bearing the same stamp
as the package containing the pictures.
She opened this , but did not at once
begin to read. It was by this time ap
parent to Rob that his mother was
feeling very sad. And If there was anyone
ono feature In Rob's nature that was
stronger than another , It was his lovn
for ills mother. lie put his arms
around her and said :
"Don't read It , mother , if it makea
you cry. Put the old thing away. "
"No , " she replied , patting his head ,
"It is for your good , my boy , and 1
must bo brave. Undo David Is wise
and shrewd. Ho knows what la best. "
"Solomon again , " said Rob.
"Listen , " said Mrs. Clevcrdalc , begin
ning to read :
"LISTEN , " SAID MRS. CLEVERHALE BEGINNING TO READ.
married n wealthy lady of Buenos
Ayres , and ho felt rather in awe of the
proud face with the black eyes that
looked at him from the card.
"I hope so , Rob. "
"But so far away ! " said Rob. "Don't
they over como to Now York to ace
you ? "
"Your Undo David in a very busy
man , " she said. "I don't suppose ho
over has any tlmo to go visiting. Ho
owns so many interests In all parts of
that country that they keep him occu
pied. I fancy , if you ever do see hlni ,
you will go there. "
"Go there ! What ! Mo go to South
America ! "
There was so much eager delight in
Rob's words that Mrs. Clovordalo
wiped an unbidden tear from her oyo.
"Yes , Rob , " she said. "I have not
mentioned this before , because the sub
ject was very painful to mo. But it is
time now for you to know something
of the future that has been arranged
for you. As you know , wo are not rich.
Your father was not ono of the moneymaking -
making kind. Ho was a good man , and
a scholarly one. But ho preferred to
work for a stated salary rather than to
strike out in risky enterprises for him
self. So , when ho died , ho loft us with
nothing. My brother , David Horton ,
was just the opposlto in nature. Ho
went to Buenos Ayres when ho was
young , and started his career raising
rattle and horses. Ho made money and
married a lady of Buenos Ayres who
was. quite wealthy. Then he branched
out and took up other Hues of business ,
and now ho la the controller of many
of the Industries In the Argentine Con
federation. Ho la u banker in Buenos
Ayrcs , and Is the friend of the presi
dent. In fact , ho is known to bo the
mainstay of tlio government in finan
cial matters , Then ho has silver mines
on La Plata River , and gold mines on
distant Islands. Ho owns vast cattle
ranges on the pampas , and ships that
go to every country lu the world. Ho
is a merchant , yes , a merchant prince.
His ships bring him treasure from all
t "Why , lio'o just like Solomon was ,
Bank of Buenos Ayres , Nov. 10,189 .
My Dear Sister. I have read your
letter the last ono , in which you ank
about Rob at least six times. And at
every reading I reach a now conclu
sion. Now , however , after the last
reading , I think I have solved the
problem of his future , and I have no
doubt you will agree with mo In that I
have solved it well. To return to your
letter , you have , as I understand , made
some arrangement to give up yotn
lonely housekeeping and make yoni
homo with Mrs. Seymour , your old
school friend , and more than slater ,
who lives lu Brooklyn. You feel thai
it is tlmo Rob began to think of his ca
reer , or for you to think for him. I
agree with you fully. If you were sure
that the boy was adapted to a profes
sional llfo I would say keep him at col
lege , and I would see that ho got
through his professional studies anil
had enough capital to start life upon.
But there is no certainty that this is
so. I fear that ho may have Inherited
the scholarly tastes and flno tempera
ment of his father , together with his
lack of worldly push. If this wore so
it ia tlmo now to take him In hand nml
make a man of him. If you thought
seriously of engineering , which you
mentioned , I would say go ahead. But
I have studied all the projects you
spoke of , and cannot see that there is
any better ono than I nm about to lay
down to you. And I do not mind toll
ing you that there Is a strain of selfish
ness in my plan , so you need not feel
that I am doing anything
by way of
charity. This arrangement will un
doubtedly bo as advantageous to mo as
to him. As know
you , my interests ara
vast. I have so many Investments that
require personal attention that I am
busy every waking hour. And besides
myself there ia no one in whom I can
place any confidence. Now , my dear
sister , I nm getting old. I need a
younger head a younger hand to
lake hold out here and help mo. Rob
is young so much the bettoi he will
bo the more easily trained to my meth
ods of business. You sco my way of
looking at it now to my proposition.
Bring Rob down hero. Or , if your
Health Is not good , aa you say , I advlso
you not to bring , but to send him.
There arc times In the year when thla
climate Is not good for weak lungs ,
notwithstanding the name. Go to your
trieiid in Brooklyn and lot mo have
Kol ) . I will put him at once In my of
fice , or In the bank , and use him na u
sort of prlvnto Honrotnry. If hn PhoW3
adaptability , this will enable him to
grasp the details of the largo concern ,
ind by the tlmo ho is twenty lie will
eitherbo , of incalculable Value to mo or
tot worth his salt. I will continue the
cmlttanco of two thousand a year to
you , or Inrroase it If you wish. I will
; ivo Rob a fair salary to start on , and
10 shall have every comfort a boy
iccds. I will not upoll him. I do not
A'llevo In that sort of treatment. But
will make a man of him. Then to
ook beyond the few yearn I may have
eft to me , this great business which I
mvo built up will require some ono at-
. .01I am gene to keep it out of the
muds of strangers. There are plenty
here who are watching with envious
oyes. Wealth makes enemies hero as
elsewhere. Elslo is my only child. To
leave her thin great Industrial task
would bo to have her lose it. So , if
Rob turns out to bo what I want him
to be , ho will not only become my
manager when I am old , but ho will
become heir to some of the interests I
have made so valuable. This , I think ,
is as good an opening as comes to the
average boy. Think It over , and let me
know your decision. 1 must begin to
train a manager soon. I cannot stand
the strain much longer. Anita and
Elsie send love. They are speaking of
having their photographs taken , and
of sending you some. If they do , I will
add mine. Send Rob's and yours
Rob'a so that I may know him when ho
arrives. You GOO , I count on your ac
It will bo lonely for you , but think
of Rob's future.
Your loving brother ,
By the tlmo Mrs. Cloverdale got
tnrough reading her voice was trem
bling , and Rob was staring at her with
his eyes wide open , in the greatest
amazement. What a wonderful vista
was here held out to him ! Ho could
oven picture the thing to himself
there , in that almost unknown country ,
working hard to gain his uncle's con
fidence , and trusted with the manage
ment of largo affairs. But then to
leave his mother ! That dear mother ,
whoso prop ho had been since his fath
er died. Ho could not think of that.
There was silence for a moment.
"I have thought this all over , Rob , "
said Mrs. Clevcrdale , now speaking
calmly. "It is the grandest thing for
you ! Just think what a future Uncle
David offers ! "
"But you ! I can't leave you ! "
"My dear boy , it is hard , but wo
must boar It. And you will soon be
able to come and see mo , you know ,
and some day , perhaps , my health will
bo bettor , and I can como to you. Yes ,
you must go. Uuclo David has set his
heart on it , and I would not disappoint
him. Wo luivo no one else , you know ,
to look to. "
Rob gulped down a sob , and then and
there resolved to do just as his mother
advised , and to show as little emotion
as possible thus making the parting
so much easier for her.
Rob's picture was taken within the
week and sent to his Undo David at
Buenos Ayres , with a letter from his
mother , thanking Mr. Horton , and ac
cepting his tempting offer.
( To bo continued. )
KEEPING CHARLEY'S SEAT.
Mo Would Not Coinu I'oruard to Claim
Many amusing scenes are enacted
before the footlights at bargain mati
nees , especially In the theaters where
no reserved-seat coupons are Issued on
such occasions , and the rule of "llrst
come , first served" obtains , says the
Philadelphia Record. At a recent mat-
inco of this kind In a popular theater
much merriment was excited by the
ofl'orto of a stout , good-natured look
ing woman to secure a seat for a young
man , evidently a relative , who had
como Into the theater after the house
had pretty well lllled up. She had
succeeded in securing a seat herself
and holding another ono by the me
dium of sundry wraps and parcels ,
alongside , pretty well down toward the
stage. In front of these she stood
oontinol , anxiously scanning every
now group that came in. Finally she
saw the young man and began wildly
to wave her handkerchief at him , but
apparently ho was looking everywhere
save in the right direction , Meanwhile
several seat-hunters had espied the un
occupied chair and wore casting en
vious and suspicious glances at It.
The situation was becoming critical ;
so , without moro ado , the stout party
put her hand to her mouth and shout
ed In stentorian tones across the entire -
tire auditorium : "Charlie ! Hero's
your seat ! " Every ono laughed ; but
Charlie , evidently not courting unwel
come notoriety , discreetly kept in the
background. "Charlie ! " she yelled
again , in lomlor tones , and then the
doninens of the gallery , quick to aolzo
an opportunity , began a chorus of
"Charlie ! I say , Charlie ! " "Charlie ! "
where are you ? " and "Ho ! Charlie ! "
which strengthened the youth In his
wlso resolution to stay just where ho
was. Then the sentinel ourrendored
the tioat to a determined-looking wom
an who wore spectacles.
Cltltit ; IIU Authority.
Caller Whore's Mr. Hare ? Smart
Onico Boy ( with n grin ) Can't say.
He's dead. Caller Why , 1 saw him
myself this morning. Boy Well , any
how , there's a sign over across the
street there wet says , "Hair
Here. " Kansas City Independent.
WHY AYE GIVE THANKS
REASONS FOR ODSERVINO THE
NATION'S FEAST DAY ,
Tliti Kxrrptlmmt CnitnrH for Tlmnkitglv-
Jnc Set I'ortli by J'rtMldmit MoKlnlcy
In HU I'roclnnritlon Appointing Tlmrs-
dny , Nov. : i ( ) , 1'or Tluit 1'urposc.
Tlio president of tlio United States
has Isauod hlg proclamation naming
Tlmrstlny , Nov. 20 , 1890 , as a day of
general thanksgiving and prayer "to be
observed tut juich by all our people on
this continent and In our newly ac
quired islands , as well as by those who
may be at sea or Hojonrnlng in foreign
lands. " In his customary crisp phraseology
elegy , always admirable for its incisive
directness and its freedom from verbi
age , President XtaKinlcy points out the
factn that support his statement that
"Seldom has this nation had greater
cause for profound thanksgiving. "
Seldom Indeed 1ms this nation , and
never lias any other nation , had equal
cause to give thanks. Here are some
of the causes as set forth in the presi
dent's proclamation :
"No Kroul jiestllonro IIIIH ( mailed our
See national election returns 1S9C ,
1898. The pestilence of free trade has
ceased to afllict us.
"rllcrul ( niployinuntralts upon
See American Protective * Tariff
league's industrial CCIIH.UB for March ,
1899 , showing an increase of 29.56 per
cent in amount of labor employed ,
51.09 per cent In amount of wages paid
and 10.49 per cent in wage rate per
"Abundiuit crop * ) lime rcnrui'ilcd the
offorlH iif tlio lir.Hlmnilnmn. "
Also higher prices for these crops by
reason of the larger employment and
the greater consuming capacity of
American work people.
"Increased com forts 1m vo coniu to the
The people of the United States worn
never before so well fed , so well
clothed , or so well housed.
"Tlio im'.Ioiml finances lnno bcon
Htrenjjthmied anil public credit , lias bcuu
Hiistulned and inuilo Ilrniur. " '
Owing to a sound financial and eco
nomic policy which has increased In
dividual and national wealth to a de
gree never before known.
"In all branrhoB of liiduslry and tratlo
tliero bus boon an unoqunlod ( IcKrro of
prosperity , \vlillo thorn lias boon it titriidy
Kiila la tlio nioriil and educational irn\rtii
of our iintloiuil vliaruclor. Churcheanil
MvhoolH luivo nourished. "
The three things go together : pros-
porlty.morallty , intelligence. These are
conspicuous In Republican policies
"American patriotism bus boon ox-
It always was and always will bo
exalted by a thoroughly American gov
ernment such as that which now di
rects affairs of state.
Such are the chief causes for thank
fulness stigge.st < 5d by the president in
his proclamation. They arc splendid ,
extraordinary , exceptional causes which
appeal to the pride and excite the
gratification of every true American.
Happy is the fortune of the president
who can cite such an array of reasons
for general thanksgiving. His prede
cessor In ofllce could not do it four
PROOF OF PROSPERITY.
Notable. Decrease In tlio Amount of
Chilli I.nbor Kmployed.
The enormous amounts of work be
ing done in the factories of Grand
Rapids , and the increased number of
men employed , clearly indicates that
this city has not failed to get its share
of prosperity. According to figures
compiled by Deputy Factory Inspector
Addlson , of the Michigan Factory In
spection bureau , the number of em
ployes in the factories in this city has
been Increased to a total of 13,193 since
the first of May , the number on that
date being 12,729 , an increase of 404.
There is also a noticeable decrease In
the number of children and boys under
1C , their places being taken by men
and older boys. The companies have
decided that they are better olt with
the older employes , and they do not
care to take the chances of prosecution
for violation of the law which pro
hibits the employment of boys under
1C years of age. Again , under more
prosperous conditions the necessity for
every member of a family to be earn
ing something does not exist as it did
once , and that fact has considerably
thinned the- ranks of child labor
throughout the country as well as in
this city. Increased trade and in
creased employment are sure signs of
prosperity , and If Senator Jones of Ne
vada , who lately expressed his belief
that there was no real prosperity in
the country , will come to Grand Rapids
ho will be speedily convinced that
present prosperity Is something very
real , after all. Grand Rapids ( Mich. )
Tlirro Arn Others.
Will some one please name a great
trust magnate who la not u Repub
lican ? Eureka Union.
Well , there Is Havomoyor , the sugar
king , to start with. There are others ,
however. Eureka ( Kan. ) Herald.
It Ii to I.niigti.
Prosperity has laid its hand on the
Sunllower state , and n journal ac
knowledges it by saying , "Laugh , ami
the- world will bo likely to take you fern
n Kansas farmer. " Carlsbad ( N. M. )
OME OF THE CAUSES FOR THANKSGIVING. *
LYING UNDER A MISTAKE.
Sheer DcmuurogUni to Charge tlio Ho-
pnbllcnn 1'nrly with Trust" .
Increased prices with no increased
salaries or wages is a lop-sided pros
perity that follows with peculiar pro
priety In the wake of the party that
by restrictive tariff called trusts into
existence. So-called Democratic or
The opposition organs are filled with
just that sort of political stuff. In the
paragraph quoted there la one unim
portant truth. A few articles have
been advanced slightly in price , per
haps , but that has been much more
than counterbalanced in the increased
demand for labor , and the general ad
vance in wages.
It is not true that there has been a
"recent marked increase in the price
of every day necessities , " nor is it true
that there have been "no increased sal
aries or wages. " Wages have been
generally increased , and in many cases
As for trusts , so far it has not been
a political question ; Individuals of all
parties have been and are mixed up
with them , so are free-trade countries.
And it Is sheer demagogism for the or
gans of that party to charge that
trusts were organized by the Repub
lican party or that that party is in any
way responsible for them more than
any other party. Such a charge would
be at variance with the truth , and none
know it better than those organs
which are continually mouthing it
over. In fact it is a part of their
political stock in trade. That is only
another- way of politely saying to any
one who ventures to make the charge :
"You lie , sir under a mistake. " Norwalk -
walk ( Ohio ) Reilector.
No HIoro Use for Topul'iini.
Edgerton , S. D. , September 30 , ISU'J.
To the Editor : I have noticed of late
several statements in the Journal re
lating to the deposit per capita of resi
dents in different parts of the country.
I do not consider any of them , taking
Into account pur handicap of no rail
road towns , as good as Charles Mix
County's. There are four banks in the
old part of the county now having de
posits of over ? 20 per capita. There
are no manufacturers' , largo ranchers' ,
stock or grain buyers' deposits , and
haif of the merchants keep their ac
counts at their railroad shipping
points , or use the "sock. " Ninety per
cent of the deposits belong to the
farmeis and the balance to a part of
the merchants. This county went Pop
ulist last year , but it will never hap
pen again as long as the present condi
tions of the country will last.
T. E. ANDREWS.
When prosperity comes in at the
door Populism files out at the window.
That is the burden of a brief but sig
nificant communication from Charles
Mix County , S. D. The statement that
the farmers of that county have nearly
$20 per capita laid away in the banks
before marketing this year's line crops
forms the basis of the prediction.
Sioux'City ( Ia. ) Journal.
Ilrjnn Applauded ,
Mr. Bryan is reported to have ap
plauded a speech of President McKinley -
loy at Canton , 111. As the brief address
was principally devoted to the martial
triumphs of this country , and to the
greater triumph of "overcoming the
enemies of prosperity" and scattering
their forces , Mr. Bryan was cither
sincere or has decided that prosperity
is something more than' a semblance.
The former asserted that "this nation
has been greatly blessed , and at this
hour we are a united and prosperous
people. " Col. Bryan continues to harp
upon the doleful thcmo of a suffering
people , ground down by the money
power , plutocrats and octopuses whoso
brains and money are actively engaged
In tlio work of oppressing labor. Facts
and conditions prove which of the two
men Is right. Tacoma ( Wash. ) Led
Would Ito n Sad HUVCIIRO.
If the people want the predictions
of Demo-Pops to como true , all they
have to do is to vote for them , as was
done In 1892 , and they will see a repe
tition of history. The year 1899 has
so far been the most prosperous the
nation has over known , and it would
be a sad reverse to destroy it that Bry
an and his supporters may hold oillce.
Medford ( Okla. ) Patriot.
The show has caught up with the ad
vance agent of prosperity , and it keeps
the avant courier hustling to avoid beIng -
Ing actually run over. Benton (111. ( )
WE'RE PROSPEROUS ; THAT IS
Fncti Known to Uvcry Intelligent Man ,
lint Worth Heading Just the .Same.
A famous epitaph commemorates the
virtues of a Roman woman who , in an
age of frivolty , "staid at homo and
span her wool. " She did not promcnado
abroad until her household was clothed
in purple and fine linen of domestic
manufacture. So , with but two inter
vals in the past generation , the United
States has been engaged in providing
for its own people enough food , enough
clothing , enough manufactures of
every sort to supply every reasonable
American want by the proceeds of
American industry. It has stayed at
home and spun its v/ool with success ,
and now it Is ready to go abroad In
search of markets for the irrepressible
surplus of its industry.
For a long time wo were accustomed
to speak of 1892 as "tho McKinley
year , " as "the record-breaking year of
exports. " But the inevitable trend of
Republican policy has carried us far
and away beyond the figures of 1S92.
For example , during the whole fiscal
year of 1892 our exports of copper and
copper manufactures were worth § 7.-
220,392 ; during the first eight months
of 1898 they were worth § 22,925,485 ;
during the first eight months of this
year they have amounted to § 25,197-
050. Our exports of iron and steel , ex
clusive of iron ore , were worth § 28-
800,930 during the twelve months of
the fiscal year 1892. They were worth
508,008,071 during the first eight
months of 1899. Our exports of leather
and its manufactures were worth § 12-
084,781 in the whole of 1892 , and $17-
413,458 during the first eight months
of the present year.
We exported agricultural implements
to the value of § 3,794,933 during the
twelve months elapsing between June
30 , 1891 , and June 30 , 1892 , and to the
value of § 11,495,450 between January
and September , 1899.
A phenomenal increase-of exports is
noticeable in almost every'branch and
department of manufactures. Simul
taneous with this there has'been a vast
extension of the production of goods
for homo use. Never have the de
mands of the homo market been moro
pressing ; never have William J. Bry
an's "common people" been so well
fed , so well clothed , so well hoifsed , so
well supplied with money to spend , as
But there has been ono decrease in
exports. In 1892 our exports of pro
visions , exclusive of breadstuffs , were
worth § 140,302,159 ; for the first eight
months of this year they are worth
§ 121,051,443. We have now more money
to spend on food , and we are eating
more and better food. The time seems
not far distant when the American people
ple will be able to consume all of the
choicest products of American farms.
All these are hard facts , known to
every intelligent man , but it is worth
while to gather them and read them
occasionally as long as the voice of the
Democrat is heard In our land. Chicago
The railways of the countiy are do
ing an unparalleled business at the
present time. Not only are people trav
eling In greater numbeis than in or
dinary times , but there is an equally
heavy amount of freight tralltc. So
much freight is to bo transported that
the railways are finding It difficult to
provide enough cars to meet the de
mand for them. The situation ia
summed up by an Eastern railway ofil-
clal as follows : "With the enormous
business in sight it will bo a crime if ,
for the next six months at least , there
is a single rate cut or an unemployed
car cast of Chicago. There is suillclont
business to keep every road busy. "
The great amount of business done
by the railway companies ia a sure in
dication of the great prosperity that
prevails in all parts of the country.
It rellects good times for all the people.
The crops are large , causing unusually
heavy shipments of grain and agricul
tural products , which means increased
freight business for tlio railways , while
the great amount of manufacturing
and our large exports to foreign coun
tries contribute to a great extent in
giving the railways now business.
Then the people are traveling moro
than usual , because they feel that they
can afford it. The prosperity of the
railways is an infallible test of tlio
prosperity of the country. As they
have never known a period when their
receipts were greater , It may bo as
sumed that the country Is enjoying
greater prosperity than over before.
Chlckamauga Is to have a confeder
ate monument to cost 565,000. > . , -
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