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in the ROAD
By H . A ■ HE L MHOLT Z
(Copyright, by Daily Story Pub. Co.)
Half-past eight found ail of the gang
except Jimmy Dean assembled in Mika
Riley’s back room. Over their mugs of
beer they discussed the week's net
profits. Business had been more tliau
ordinarily good. Not one of the six,
engaged in the genteel art of burglary,
hadruntheleast chance of being hauled
into the dragnet'of the police unless it
were Jimmy. For a moment they held
their breaths. No, Jimmy was too
smooth to fall inio any trail. Why,
their leader was the best “house-lift
er" in the business! A quiet smile
wreathed the faces of the five as a low,
familiar knock was heard. Jake Col
lins was the first to reach the door, and
as their leader stole softly in,each nod
ded a silent welcome.
"What makes you so late, Jimmy?
None of yer plain-clothes friends tag
ging yer, was there?" Jake asked, with
a smile of confidence in his chief.
“No; that wasn’t it,” slowly re
sponded Jimmy. "1 just sat down after
my feed to think over me experience
of last night. It was the rummest go
I ever struck In me life, and I’ve had
several, yo’ know, boys.”
“Spiel the tale, Jimmy; it must be
a good one. We’ll talk biz after
wards,” Jake -urged, eagerly.
"Well, if youse -boys wait until me
suds gets here, I’ll spiel it. It’s a
hummer,” he added, as he reached for
the drink set down before him. “Yer
see, it was this tvay,” lie began be
tween his gulps. “Last night there was !
nothing framed up for the bunch,
seeing that we are laying a little low
just at present, so I thought that I
would do a little job that was ripe, i
The guy belonging to the place was
out of the city; I made sure of that; j
besides, the servants’ ball was on that j
night, so yer can see how the layout
sized up. Pretty soft, hey? The base- j
ment window was a cinch. I reaches
the main floor and made for the '
library, knowing just about where \
it ought to be situated, and hold- I
jng me glim in one hand. I makes 1
tflg grnnfi entree where the safe !
stays when it's'at home. 1 flashes the 1
bull around and rooks right into the j
muzzle of a 38! Up against it? Well, ;
I was for fair! Who would have ex- I
pected it? It proves the old saying,
bovs: ‘Always be on the job.’
“ ‘Well, boss? says T, ‘you got it over '■
me all right! What yer going to do?’ ■
“ ‘We’ll fix that later,’ he shoots !
back. ‘I expected you; that is, maybe 1
not precisely you, but some one of J
your profession, so I just stayed
around here for the excitement.’
with that ne turns on the gum, and
I notices we were in a little room j
next to the library. Say, you could j
have knocked me down when he sticks
out his mit and says, real frien dTv
like: “Shake, old man!” And then he !
asks my name. I wasn't wise lo the j
game so I handed him me mit and tells
him the first installment of me name '
is Jim. *
i— “ Milli,* he says, says he, ‘sit down j
over there and we’ll have a nice pleas* ;
ant chat. I suppose you are wonder- I
ing what kind of a game I am playing
on you, but I’ll inform you right here
that I am square. I have something I
would like to tell you about myself; it ;
will be interesting to you, and I’ll pay
you for your trouble listening to it.
Will you trust me?’
“About all I could do was to nod my
head, though I’d given anything if I
could have beat it about that time.
“ 'Well, then, you wait right here un
til I get a couple cf bottles. Now,
don't go away, will you?’ he says,
rather anxious like.
“By that time I was getting interest
ed in the game and so I made up my
mind to stick and see it out. Pretty
soon he comes back with four quart
bottles of beer and a box of cigars.
“ ‘Have one, Jim,’ says he, and I
didn't wait for the second call.
“ ‘Jim,’ he goes oil, ‘I'll bet you
won’t believe what I am going to tell
you, but it’s the whole truth, every
bit. Just 12 years ago to-night I was
in the same circumstances you arg in.
1 was just out of college then, and
came to Chicago looking for a job. Day
after day I hunted for one until at
last I was almost willing to give it up
as a bad business. Then my money
gave out and I was up against it right,
as the boys say. But at last I got a
job as a freighter in a wholesale house,
packing trucks, but I was glad of even
that. I tell you, a square meal was
* abouttheonly ambition just then. Afterl
had worked about two weeks, I got
into a row with one of the men, and
he gave me a beautiful beating. But
that wasn’t all; I lost my job. The fel
lows at the warehouse all told the boss
I was to blame. Well, in a few days
I was more badly off than before. The
worst of it was, I couldn’t find a posi
“ ‘One night when I was wandering
around looking in the windows and
wishing I had the price of a beer lunch,
a fellow tapped me on the shoulder
and said: “Want to make a good
thing?” I nodded. “Then come along
with me,” he said, pleasantly. I fol
lowed him into an alley, and he took
me into a back room where there were
three other fellows. Then he told me
that they were a band of lifters and
offered me a chance to join. They
told me exciting stories about their
doings and their life. On the whole,
they didn’t seem to be such a bad
lot so I joined them. They put
me on a job the same night
after giving me the best meal I
ever had and the biggest. One of the
men went with me on the job to point
out the place they tu.4 mcrVM. When
we got there he handed nie a ‘jimmy,’
I got in a basement window anil
1 came upstairs and gathered up some
valuables in oue room and had just en
tered another when i threw my spot
light around, and, great Scott! I was
. in a girl's room! She was sitting up
looking straight at me! My hand
i shook, but I pointed my revolver at
j her. She never so much as winked!
“Don’t do that,” she said, sharply.
| “It might go off! You are welcome to
anything I have. My jewels are in
that box on (lie dressing table, and my
purse is in the little drawer to the
“ ‘I picked tip all the stuff and was
turning to go, when she said: “How
long have you been in this business?”
“ ‘ “This is my first experience,” I
answered, truthfully. First I thought
I would bluff her, but by that time 1
was feeling kind of sorry for being in
the business at. all. She nodded sym
pathetically at me when I gave her my
reply, and pointed to a chair. “Tell me
why you are here,” she asked, kindly.
I told her all that 1 told you, and when |
I had finished, she said, emphatically:
“I knew you were no common burglar.
Your face and hands show that. Don’t
you know .you are making a great mis
take? Think of what you might do in
the world and then think of the many I
possibilities of your capture and your j
long years in a prison. Just now you
are downhearted; it's a perfect shame j
to ruin your life,” she said, earnestly.
“ ‘I couldn’t stand that sort of talk,
and told her about my three men
friends. She thought for a long time,
and then said: “I tell you; I'm going
to do something for you. In the bot
tom drawer of, that bureau over there
in the corner of the room is $500
which you haven’t got—you see you
are very inexperienced, aren't you—I
was saving that money for some new
clothes but I am going to give it to
you to pay off yhur gang, as you call
them. With your share i want you to
purchase a new suit of clothes and
other tilings that you need, and come
to this address.” Before I realized
what she was saying she had reached
over to her writing desk near the
bed and had written an address on a
card. Handing the card to me, she
said, simply: “That is my father’s
address—his office address; I will
speak to him about you in the morn
ing. He will do anything I ask.”
“The next day she was down at
the office when I came. She helped
me to the position all right, and I
made good; that’s all. After a time I
fell into the habit of going to her :
father’s holise to talk over business,
and it wasn't long before she and I
realized we were made to travel this
world together. When we were mar
ried I got a half-interest in her fa
ther’s business, and since last year,’
hig voice lowered respectfully, ’1 have '
“ ‘You see, my friend, Jim, what that
girl did for me. Ever since that time
1 have been wanting to do 1 lie same
for some fellow like you. It's all
wrong, Jim,’ he said, pleadingly. 'Don’t
you see you’re wrong? Ixiok besides
at the risk you are running! Why,
man, what chance is there of living in
a cell with four walls preliy close to
gether? And after you get out—Oh,
Lord! Now, Jim, I am going to give
you a chance, just as my wife gave me
one year ago. Here are $500, Come
* v *- * i • I . * (
down to the office to-morrow morning,
and I will see what I can give you in
the line of work, and good, decent
work, too: and if you stay with us and
make good, 1 promise to stick with you
in all your troubles. Just a minute—
I'll write you a note and an address for
you to give to the superintendent.
He’ll fi* you out.’
“Then he turns to a desk, and writes
for a few minutes. While he was
handling his pen, I tell you, boys, I
thought some. He was right; I knew
it; and I tells him so when he hands
me the envelope. .
“‘Well, Jim,’ he says, full of sympa
thy and pleasant like, ‘I'm mighty glad
to do for you what was done for me.’
“With that he excused himself for a
minute to go upstairs, explaining when
he comes dorwn with a small grip in
his hand that he was on his way to
New York to meet his wife, who was
just returning from a trip in Europe.
Then we walks out. of the house by
the front door ancT walks down the
street. On the corner he leaves me,
shaking hands before we parts, say
ing: ‘Think over what I have been
saying and read my note before you
go to the office in the morning.’ ”
Jim fumbled in his pocket for a let
ter. Then he said, slowly, with a
queer look on his face: “Here is the let
ter.” It read:
My clear Jim: When you read this I
will be well on my way out of Chicago
and' will never perhaps, have the pleas
ure of meeting you again. Lord, Jim!
but you were easy! I heard you when
you came into the house. You pretty
nearly spoilt my Job, but I got away
with the prize all right. I admire your
judgment in one tiling: you picked the
job, but you couldn’t handle the propo
sition. Did you know, Jim, that the
Ripleys were away to a funeral in Mich
igan and had left the family Jewels and
$10,000 which the old boy had not time
to take to the bank, right in the house?
I heard him tell the butler at the train
to be careful because there were valu
ables In tlie house. The rest was easy.
The servants all went to the bali; I made
sure of that, and would have no trouble
at all had you not stepped in at the
crucial moment. You didn’t give me very
much trouble, as it turned out, but I was
put to it for a minute all right to make
up some kind of a story. So I rung in
the girl and myself, with you for the
eome-on. You know my revolver was not
loaded and I couldn't take many chances
with a hold-up man like you, Jim. Par
don me lor classifying you with us, al
though I was dead seared that you would
make a break. I would have vamoosed
myself when T went after the refresh
ments. but I had loft the grip upstairs
and didn’t want to pipe it off to you any
way. Well, good-by, Jim. Take a flyer
at reform; you are the original 190!) goat
all right. Yours very cordially.
RAFFLES NO. 9.
“Some one punch the bell. No; this
drink is on the 1909 goat,” said Jim,
Conquered the Frosts
Fruit-raisers in the irrigated dis
tricts of Colorado are much elated
over the success with which weather
conditions have been met in their or
chards this spring. The telephone
has been instrumental in fighting off
the frosts, tile effects of which would
undoubtedly have been fatal to the
crops had not extra precautions been
taken. The story of how the vigi
lance of the fruit-raisers was reward
ed reveals a new and interesting tri
umph of scientific agriculture.
The instances in question are re.
ported from Canon City, in the ranch
section of Colorado. The fruit in
terests here are extensive, and the
annual crop is of great value in the
orchards. When the temper At ure
drops below freezing point it always
is necessary to resort to artificial
paeans to prevent damage. Accord
ingly the all-important question with
the fruit-growers is the weather.
The Canon City telephone exchange
was of great assistance to the ranch
men this year. Daily weather re
ports were given out to about Til
fruit-growers, and several hundred in
quiries were received every day from
others interested in the wdnther pre
On Monday, April 19th, the Busi
ness Men's Association of Canon Cit.j
prepared a list of 200 citizens to a
slst. in the work of safeguarding tile
fruit crop. The volunteers were scat
tered over the various orchards and
an organized system of protection
was put in operation. Each man's
telephone number wos secured.so that
he might be called upon when needed.
Two watchmen wee appointed,, one
to take up his position on the north
side of tin' city and the other at th<
southern end. These men were to
keep tab on the temperature during
| the night and report each hour to the
I night operator at the telephone < x
The fruit-growers had agreed that
as soon ns the temperature dropped
to L'li degrees the alarm to smudge
would be given. The smudge alarm
| In (lie orchards differs very little from
an alarm of fire in the city. The m.i
nient tile word has been passed n\er
the wires men are seen hurrying about
to and from their stations and soon
the fires are lighted in all the ranches.
In some places crude oil is used
for tiie fires. Smudging in this sec
tion has worked wonders. The tem
perature of the orchards in some in
stances has shown a rise of from S
to 12 degrees, and the crops have
been saved from destruction. So it
was that though three heavy frosts
were recorded the fruit was not fro.
in the fruit districts of Grand
.Junction and Montrose, In the same
state, similar conditions prevailed.
Special weather reports were receiv
ed from tlie government and al once
transmitted to the fruit growers.
It is little wonder that the per
centage of t I ‘phone developD.it nt has
reached a high figure iti the belt.
The instrument lids proved itself of
inealcuable value to the growers, anil
any who failed to provide themselves
with telephone facilities were In a
sorry fix when the late spring frosts
set in. It is only one of the many
instances where the telephone has
come to the rescue of the farmer.
The ’phone service in this section
was furnished by the Colorado Tele
phone Company, which like all other
lines of the Hell system uses the tele- j
phones and apparatus of the Western
TOO MUCH FOR POLICEMAN
New Yorker’s Explanation Couched in J
Language the "Cop” Could Not
A man whose work ends at two j
a. m. was inspired by the spring at- !
mosphere to take a stroll before go- S
Ing home to sleep. Near his house
Is a section (in Brooklyn) where the
houses are surrounded by private gar
dens and the owners give their ad
dress as on the terrace. It was in this
section of beauty and exclusiveness
that this man chose to take his stroll,
taking to himself an odor of refine
ment and intellectuality by inhalation.
He was strolling with a delicious,
suspicious leisure when halted by a
policeman with a query as to what he
was doing there.
"Exercising my prerogative,” re
plied the pedestrian, who really didn’t i
see that it was any one’s business.
“Exercising my prerogative.”
“Well, we’ll see about that,” said ;
the cop. “You can come tell the lieu !
tenant all about it.”
Willingly the man went. The sta- !
tion was just far enough away to
make his walk so much the more
beneficial. Arrived there, both he ant}
the policeman told their stories.
"Exercising your prerogative?”
asked the- lieutenant with a smiling
nod at the policeman. "Well, Mr.
Man, that is all right when you ad
dress a lieutenant, but you deserve to
be run in when you tell it to a cop.
He ain’t no walking dictionary. Now
go home; and another time kindly ex
plain to a cop .in language he will un
derstand. Or carry a dictionary with
you. Good morning.”—New York
Keeping the Flat Vacant.
There was the sound of the stop
ping elevator, then the opening of the
door of the flat across the hall and
the tramping or reet on the other side
of the wail. The flat dweller sprang
up, ran to the piano and began to play
wildly, inharmoniously, discordantly.
The caller listened frownlngly for a
moment, then clapped his hands to
"Don’t!” he implored. "Don’t! I
never heard you play so badly. Why?
It was not until the door of the op
posite flat was closed and the sound
of retreating footsteps was heard that
she stopped to explain.
“I don’t want them to rent that flat
this summer," she said. "It’s a whole
lot nicer to have it vacant."
Advocates Diet of Apples.
Doctors and others advocate the
free use of apples for this season's
It is claimed that if this fruit is put
on the daily bill of fare, tho liver will
be kept in good working order, the
skin will be clearer and the circula
tion less sluggish.
An apple eaten in the afternoon be
tween the usual hurried luncheon and
the late heavy dinner gives the stom
ach Just enough to do and does good
work with the blood?
Another one should be eaten Just be
fore going to bed at night. Kven
stomachs that cannot digest a glass of
rich milk at night take kindly to an
apple. It has no ill effects.
"You sign every petition that comes
along, don’t you?”
"Yes.” answered Mr. Slimming; “a
man with a petition always catches
me in a moment of weakness. I am
so glad he is not a bill collector that
I am anxious to oblige."
Character Shown In Face.
An amiable face la trustworthy. If
•yes are shitting and you have dis
covered Insincerity—then beware.
Safe Rule for Guidance.
What one has one ought to use;
and whatever he does ho should do
with all his might.—Cicero.
Shortly after marriage the average |
mau act? as if ho lia<f <yy>f§rred a j
great favor on jits wife by leading her
to the altar.—Chicago Daily News.
Chas. M. Wilson
HAS IN STOCK FISH GLOBES
1-2 gal. to 3 gal. in size
Tumblers in a number of styles and prices, from 30c to
$2.50 per dozen. See the 15c Glassware. You
can’t match it at the price. Anything- you want.in Fancy
) China or Dinnerware.
A Complete Stock of Groceries
Fine Coffees and Teas a Specialty
Chas. M. Wilson 5
To be Found Here:
Lowe Bros.’ Paint
Pittsburgh Electrically Welded Fencing
Fishing Tackle and Sporting Goods
Alaska and White Frost Refrigerators
Call Our Tinner Before the Spring Rains
J. C. TANNER
Falls City Nebraska
Let Us Be Your Waiter
We never tire of helping others when they ask
for good job printing. We can tickle the most
exacting typographic appetite. People who
have partaken of our excellent service come
back for a second serving. Our prices are the
most reasonable, too, and you can always de
pend on us giving your orders the most prompt
and careful attention. Call at tins nttice and look over our samples.
UNTIL JULY 17th 1909
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Entire stock of Colored Fancy Wash Goods is included in the
following lots :
All Wash Goods sold early at up to 12 1-2C, go now at 7c
All Wash Goods sold early at up to 20c, go now at 10c j
All Wash Goods sold early at up to 50c, go now at 25c |
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TAKE NOTICE OE THE FOLLOWING DISCOUNTS
20 per cent off on all Embroideries
20 per cent off on all Muslin Underwear
50 per cent off on all Wool Tailored Suits
20 per cent off on all Wash Suits.
10 per cent off on all Wool Dress Skirts
20 per cent off on all Fabric Gloves-?!^8"*
10 per cent off on all Lace Curtains
CWv&n A WaV with purchases of $2.00 or more, until Friday, the
yjlYi&i i myyc*jr 2^j jujy^ a ticket for the first entertain
ment of the Falls City Chautauqua. We will also have season tickets
on sale. Do not miss this, the greatest educating and most entertain
ing event of the year in our city.
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