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THE FALLS CITV TRIBUNE , FRIDAY , JULY 10 , 1908.
By INA DREVOOIIT ROBERTS
( Copyright. )
Except fc/r the twittering of the
birds the IHtlo country churchyard
was very still as Miss Margaret laid
the wreath she hud brought upon her
j Twonty-flve years had gene by since
John Grant had closed his eyes In her
j arms , and In that time his sweetheart
| had allowed no anniversary of Ms
.death to pass without placing flowers
'on ' the croen mound that marked the
Ibpot which held all that was earthly
[ of the man she loved.
c "Miss Margaret Is faithful , " said the
i older people In the village , who re
membered her as a gentle , lovely girl
with the light of a happy love In her
blue eyes , and after the loss that end
ed her pretty romance , as a still , sad-
Only two days In the year did she
consecrate to her sorrow the anni
versary of John's death and , followIng -
Ing It , the day that was to have seen
On the former she placed ilowers on
her lover's grave ; on the latter Miss
Margaret took from their tissue wrap
pings the wedding gown of sheeny
satin , the filmy veil , the snowy glovea
and slippers she had never worn.
If the day were flno she hung the
dress before an open window to let
the spring breeze smooth out any
wrinkles. Then , lovingly and careful
ly , she wrapped the things again , In
fresh paper , with a bit of wax In each
package to keep Its contents white.
It was of the morrow's labor of love
that Miss Margaret was thinking as
she paused In the quiet churchyard ,
where the setting sun shone with se
rene splendor and a faint breeze sway
ed the grass that between the graves
was blue with periwinkle , and hero
and there a late violet.
"It's hard to have to be married In
muslin , and not line muslin at that , "
the voice said. "I don't often mind be
ing poor ; even at graduation I didn't
complain at being the worst dressed
j > erson In the class , but it does seem
as If when a girl is married she ought
to have pretty clothes for once in her
"Yes , it does , " replied another
voice , like the first one , and yet differ
ent ; Miss Margaret guessed that the
speakers were sisters. "If the crops
hadn't turned out so badly last fall
you might have a silk dress. Why
don't you wait another year ? We
mightn't be so poor then ? "
"I we ho doesn't want to wait , "
said the first speaker. "Besides , yen )
_ J 5
"Why Don't You Pray for What You
Want ? "
know I would not buy a lot of things
I could never wear afterward even if
I had the money in my hand. Do you
think I could be extravagant with fath
er and mother's hard-earned dollars ?
No , Indeed. But If I could only have
u whltu uittin dress and a veil , and
white gloves and slippers. " The words
were followed by n sigh.
Miss Margaret leaned forward a lit
tle and , peering between tno trees ,
managed without being seen by them ,
to get a glimpse of the two girls. She
recognized them as Farmer Edge-
comb's daughters , and remembered
having heard that Margaret , the
younger , was shortly to bo married.
"Why don't you pray for what you
want ? " the older sister said at this
moment. "That's what mother says to
do , and that's if It's best for us , our
desires arc always granted. "
"Oh , I know , " returned the other
somewhat Impatiently. "But I'd be Just
as likely to get it as the things I want.
Nothing short of a miracle could get
me that dress and veil and those
gloves and slippers. And the day of
miracles Is over. "
"I'd pray just the same If I were
you , " maintained the older sister
stoutly. "I always do , and I've had the
tilings that seemed just as unattain
able como to mo In the most unex-
ptjcteel way. "
"Well , I won't , " declared the bride-
elect. " 1 can't help wanting those
things , but I can help praying for
what I know I ought not to have.
Come , we must go , I'm glad wo llvo
near the cemetery , aren't you ? It's
such a nice place to como to think
things over. Or to talk them over , "
the speaker concluded as she tucted
her arm In her slater's and the two
Miss Margaret responded somewhat
Absently to the salutations of the people
ple she passed as she drove homo. She
was pondering the mysterious ways of
the Providence which had given
ialnty wedding finery to her who was
acvor to wear It , and had denied It
to the other Margaret.
"She Is the one who should have
had those things , " Miss Margaret
thought , "and yet , " she askel : herself ,
"what would I have tlono without
them , how borne the long , lodcly
years ? "
Her wedding gown hail seemoa In
Borne indefinable way to keep In mind
the thought that she and John were
to meet again. She had left Instruc
tions that she was to bo dretisee ) In it
for her builal.
As she touched Its shining folds
next day > Ilss Margaret's thoughts
kept recurring to the conversation
Bhe had overheard In the churchyard.
It fretted her to think that the other
Margaret must do without the things
she longed for. A brldo ought to have
her every wish gratified , should bo
made the happiest of God's creatures.
An hour later Miss Margaret dress
ed for the street. Her mind during this
interval had been the scene of a quiet ,
bitter combat , a struggle between her
unselfish desire to no a beautiful act
nnfl a feeling that she could not bear
to have other hands touch the treas
ures she had kept so long. The partIng -
Ing with her wedding clothes was n
tragedy In the lonely woman's life.
Pleased with the Invitation to spend
a day In the "great house , " although
a little surprised at It , Margaret Edge-
eouib chatted gayly as she drove by
Miss Margaret's side along the coun
try roads and through the village.
Ever afterward that visit seemed
Ilko a dream to the girl. The dim twi
light of the stately rooms , the quaint
silver and china , the highbred charm
of her hostess , all contributed to an
atmosphere she felt , but could not
When , after luncheon was over ,
Miss Margaret took her guest Into her
own room , it seemed to the young girl
that she was entering a sanctuary ,
and that It was another person than
herself who watched her hostess un
lock a cedar chest that stood against
the wall and from many layers of
white paper take out a long tulle veil ,
white gloves and slippers and a dress
of satin , to which ago had given the
tint of ivory.
Dazed and bewildered , the one Mar
garet listened while the other Mar
garet told the story of the twilight
hour in the churchyard , and after
wards In a maze of wonder tried to
realize that the things were to be
hers If they would fit. Both pairs of
hands trembled as the old maid helped
the young one to don the bridal array.
Strange enough , the things fitted.
And yet , not strange either ; what
miracle was over Incomplete ?
The robing finished , the girl stood ,
shy and blushing before the pier mir
ror , scarcely daring to lift her eyes to
the vision In the glass.
"You look very lovely , and I am glad
you are to have these things , " Miss
Margaret said softly.
The girl did not speak , and a tor-
rlblo fear seized Miss Margaret's
heart. Were her bitter struggle and
cheerful sacrifice to go for naught ?
"Perhaps after all you may not care
to have them , " she said gently. "It
may bo that to you they seem Ill-
The bride-elect forgot her shyness ,
and moving forward , took the older
woman's hands In hers. "Ill-omened ! "
she exclaimed. "Consecrated , rather.
The wearing of them will seem a
blessing on my marriage. "
A deep peace fell upon Miss Mar
garet's spirit as she returned the pres
sure of the youthful fingers.
"Of course the dress Is old style , "
eho remarked tremulously , "but the
pattern Is large , so alterations can
easily bo made , and with new bows
on the slippers "
The other Margaret looked at her
with something that was almost an
ger In * " > r eyes.
" Ions ! " she exclaimed. "Do
yoi I would have a thing chang
ed , a ribbon altered ? Why , it would
seem like profaning something sa
As she helped the girl take off the
finery and the two packed It to be
aent to the home of Its now owner ,
Miss Margaret's heart was full of
gratitude and tenderr.wis toward the
woman who had accepted her gift as
grncefully and graciously as she had
As she said good-bye the young Mar
garet kissed the older one. "It all
seems too good to bo true , " she mur
mured. "And to think I said the day of
miracles was over. "
Among the guests at a wedding
breakfast in the country was one
whose conthiued rudeness made him
extremely objectionable to the rest ol
Ills conduct , though nigh unbear
able , was put up with for some time
until ho held up on his fork a piece
of meat which had been served tc
him , and remarked in a voice of In
tended humor :
'Is this pig ? "
This Immediately drew forth the
finery from a quiet-looking indlvldua ;
Bitting at the other end of the table :
"Which end of the fork do you re
fer to ? '
Deaf and Dumb Bible Class.
Probably the most curious Bible
class In the west of England is thai
of deaf-mutes which meets near Chal
ford , Gloucestershire. All the , mem
bers are deprived of their seriseis ol
hearing and speech , and have to com
munlcato and "talk" to each othei by
means of the deaf-m.it . * " . t
KNEW BETTER THAN TO INSIST.
Conductor Willing to Miss Faro Un
der the Clrcupistancei.
There waa a determined-looking
woman on the far end of the seat of
the car , and ns the conductor began
to pans along the running board to
collect his fares the colonel got out
his own nickel and ankod the woman
If lit should pass hers.
"He'll got no nickel from me , " was
her brusque reply.
"Excuso mo , but 1 thought you had
to pay. "
"Well , you watch out and BPO
whether I have to or not. If I do then
there'll bo such a row on this car an
you haven't seen for a year. "
The conductor came along and the
colonel handed over his faro and
watched. The man stood for a mo
ment looking the woman In the face ,
and she returned the look without
flinching. Then ho Boomed to sigh
as he passed on.
"Didn't I toll you so ! " chuckled the
"Ho must have suspected that you
were re'mly for'a row , " answered the
"You bet he did. I told him last
night what to expect"
"Oh , then you ki.ow him ? "
"Know him ? Ho'a my own husband
and ho wanted his own wife to pay
faro so that ho could knock It down.
Not any for Mary ! "
POINT HE DIDN'T UNDERSTAND.
Purchaser of Windmill Really Was
Not Badly "Jeeted. "
"Dcy jeetcd mo on dor vlndmill , "
complained Big George In the booze
bazar at the Fairmont.
"What's the matter now , George ? "
Inquired a now arrival , slapping 50
cents in real money down on the ma
"O , no-ding , " smiled George.
"But you were saying when I came
in that some ono cheated you on a
"Veil , dey did. Every Sunday I go
up to my ranch by Sonoma county to
see der new machine If it vork , and
dree Sundays I go up dero alreaty and
It don't vork , and I von't bay for it ;
it ain't goot. "
"But how do you know It isn't a
good one ? "
"Veil , didn't I sday dero two hours
dree Sundays in der hot sun and fan
myself all der time and vatch it and It
nefcr moved ? "
"Maybo there was no breeze ,
"Of course der vas no biuu/.u. Vould
I fan myself If-dero vas a vlnd ? " Sau
A member of the board of directors
of the New York Metropolitan opera
house tells a story that ho had from
ono of the musicians attached to the
It appears that a friend of the wlfo
of the musician had , during a call on
the latter , Inquired aa to the hus
band's taste In musical matters.
Among other things she wanted to
know what operas the musician liked
best to play.
"I don't know much about dot , " said
the bettor half , who was at the time
busily engaged In darning an old shirt ,
"but I do know somctlngs. Votefter
ho likes 1 like not dos Wagner operas.
Dey sounds veJf enough , but dose
clothes ach ! Ho neffcr yet comes
home from dot Wagner opera dot ho
haf not torn a place In his poor old
shirts. I brefor Ibo Italtan operas. "
Rushing a Boy.
In Virginia a boy climbed an apple
tree to fill his pockets with the fruit.
The farmer's hired man discovered
him , and came running. In his hurry
to get down , the boy lost his hold and
fell and broke his leg. His father Is
now suing the hired man for damages.
It is not contended that the boy had
any legal right up the tree , and It la
not denied that the hired man had a
legal right to drive him away ; but the
point the father wants to make Is that
the boy should have been given time
to get safely down. If the court BUS-
tains htm , then It will be In order to
tell a robber to please co away before
RtiooUmr nt hire
PIck-a-Back In Mexico.
The queerest mode of travel I saw
In all Mexico was that adopted by a
woman who was on her way to the
doctor , seated complacently In a chair
borne upon the back of a man. Some
Mexican women are afraid even of the
mule cars , while they look upon the
rapidly spinning tiolley with such
trt-mbling of knees they cannot bo per
suaded to put foot upon It. Unable to
pay coach hire , they employ the
human carrier at a few cents for each
trip. Travel Magazine.
"Ut's a poor soldier yez are , " ban
"Phoy should yez say thot ? " replied
Denny iu Injured tones. "During th'
great battle wasn't Ol where th' shells
wor thickest ? "
"Yez wor thot ! Ol hurr-rud th' cor
poral say yo got so scared yez wlnt
Into a barn awn stuck yez head Into
an egg crate , bedad ! "
Fountain Built 800 Years Ago.
Among the old fountains in the
Temple Area at Jerusalem one of the
finest Is known as Dab Sllslloa.
The Inscription , which Is well pre
served , states that It was erected
about 800 years ago , and for cen
turies , as at the present time. It has
- ? ft"llti ! \va ; " - br' ' "hi In j-l'ifa
n " -Ji.ioij a 1'uuib , niie.- , miles
The Water Question.
The ingratitutlc > of some of the
people as shown by unjust criti
cism of the conscientious and
generous laborof public olllcials
is as old as the race. In" all
times and at all seasons the
knoclcer has been present using
his well worn hammer. The in
stance in mind is the strife and
bad feeling sought to be engen
dered because of the price the
council paid for the water site.
Wo have no desire nor intention
of referring to the motives of the
objectors , but in the interest of
peace ta ml the hope that our pub
lic improvement may be carried
to a successful completion the
Tribune desires to say a word
about the matter.
For several years the city , as
well as the Pacific and Burling
ton railroads have been pros-
peeling for water in and near
Rills City. Hundreds of dollars
have been spent in such efforts
and many different locations
have been investigated. An ap
parently inexhaustible supply
of pure soft water was found on
the Dorrington property south
west of the city. This property
is adjacent to the corporate lim
its and near each railroad. The
location was ideal and would
save hundreds of dollars in coal
hauling each year. Tloth the
railroads opened negotiations
for the water right as well as
the city. The city council , how
ever , beat the railroads to it and
by so doing have insured an end.
less supply of water for our
people. If the council had let
the chance slip it would have
been entitled to the censure the
knockers are now delivering.
The News says that the land
bought is not worth $000. True ,
it probably isn't. Land across
the railroad and on the bottom
could be purchased for $200.
But the city isn't buying land ,
it is buying water. One city in
this state paid $20,000 for a
water site and the laud wasn't
worth $ r > 00. Falls Oity today
can make $230 on its deal by
selling to the Pacific railroad.
The railroad likewise ants
Suppose the land bought of
Dorrington had gold , or coal , or
oil beneath it ! Upon what would
you base its value , the gold , the
real , the oil , or the land ? The
value of Dorrington's land lay in
the water beneath it , the only
adequate supply of good water
contiguous to Falls City. Mr.
Dorrington did not ask the city
to purchase this land , lie did
not offer it to the railroads.
Still , on the very day the city
bought it the railroads had their
representatives here to negotiate
for the water. Mr. Dorrington
told the city that they might
have the land for nothing if it
paid him a small sum per tljpus-
and gallons for the water used.
The council ligured this up and
learned that it was far cheaper
to buy the right.
Kansas Oity would today give
a half million for water just as
Falls City got an ideal loea
lion , the purest ol water in in
exhaustible quantities for $ l7f > 0.
The members ol the council have
given up their personal affairs
for weeks working'for the city's
interest in the matter. The
thanks they get is complaints
from thechronic , mischief makers
The water deal is the best in
vestment the city has ever made
and the council is entitled to
the thanks of the entire com
munity f6r what it has done.
In the meantime quit knock
Mr. nnd Mrs. Jacob Schaiblo
went to Falls City Saturday after
a Hhort visit with Mr. Schaiblo's
sister , Mrs. Dneschner. Mr.
Sehaible owns a home in Long
Beaoh , Calif , but does not like it
there beciinso there is nothing for
him to work at nnd his farms are
nil in Kansas. Hiawatha World.
Great Sells-Floto Shows.
"Yes , the children wanted te
come , nnd after much persuasion
I consented to bring them. "
How often has every American
heard this remark in the menag
erie tent of thccircusl Sometimes
the speaker was perhaps a crusty
old bachelor , who had escorted
his little nephews and nieces to
see the wild beasts of the jungle.
Again , it was the proud parent ,
wliose face beamed with paternal
or maternal lovei as the case
might be , while watching the an
tics of the future congressmen or
future stately matrons of society ,
as they beheld the swaying , ponderous
derous forms of the elephants-
Of course , the old folks care not
for the menagerie. Far be it fiom
the average man or woman to ad *
mil that he or she cares to tread
the tanbark or sawdust and watch
wild animals parading up and
down their cages. This form of
entertainment docs not appeal to
the adult. That is svhy many
who are not blessed with children
go to the circus. They want to
see the show in order to tell the
neighbor's children about it , or
write to some little ones in another
part of the country in order to de
light the sunshine of some house
hold. No , the old folks do not
care for the bareback riders , the
clowns and the hundred and one
attractions of a three ring circus.
Still they.go ever'time that thev
have a chance , and usually they
remain when the announcement
is made : "You can now secure
your tickets for the grand concert
as our gentlemanly agents pass
among you. " One American cir
cus has just completed a live years'
tour of Europe and the continent.
ititfSi emperors , dukes , lords ,
duchesses and queens drank red
lemonade , and those of royal
birth , who had no little ones ,
went simply to enjoy the antics of
the children of others.
The Sells-Floto management
regard the attention and care
given to ladies and children as the
first consideration. The circus is
distinctly American. Sideshow
wonders never run out. One
freak follows another , and there
is alwayssomc extraordinary won
der in the small tent to interest
The big Sells-Floto Shows will
be here Thursday , July Kith , for
two performances , 2 and 8 p. m.
Ten Days of High Grade Entertainment !
Every Day a Big Day ! !
THE SECOND ANNUAL
City Park , Falls City , Nebraska
One Block South and Two West of National Hotel
August 7th to 16th , 1908
The names on the program speak for themselves. Every attraction guaranteed
to be good. No experiments will be tried. This will be a great campaign of education ,
Culture , Religion and Amusement. The Chautauqua is the people's and it has come to
stay. You can hear all this talent at about six cents per program on the season ticket
plan , and your children at about three cents. Buy your season ticket now and assist
Rent a tent and take your vacation at home with your family and neighbors. In
vite your children home. The "Chautauqua time" is the real "Home Coming time. "
Write the Secretary , or Thos. J. Whltakcr for program or tent. Splendid camping
facilities good shade , water , light , police protection and sanitary conditions.
The business men of Falls City arc desperately in earnest about the Second An
nual Chautauqua and are determined to make it a great success at any cost.
ADULT'S SEASON TICKET-Admittlng the Bearer to All Programs. $2.00
CHILD'S SEASON TICKET-SeVcn to Thirteen Years of Age . . . 51.00
SINGLE ADMISSION-Adults 25c
SINGLE ADMISSION-Children I5c
JOHN LICHTY , Pros. PROF. T. J. OLIVER , Sec. W. A. GREENWALD. Treas.
S. M. HOLLADAY , Supt. THOS. J. WHITAKER. Manager
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