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COWWOV JT THS AUTMO
O FAR as things political go. Pat
O'Brien owns the town. So far
as the railroad goes, and that
Is to the jumping-off place In the
Pacific ocean, Joe Dale owns the
railroad. Dale's railroad moves
and has a large part of Its being
in O'Brien's town. Soon or late
these two men were sure to war
for supremacy in the town, and
this is the story of how it hap
pened. The people of tne town
and the stockholders of the rail
road don't come into the story at all. They only
furnished the sinews of war, which fact is abun
dant proof that the story is true.
I Pat O'Brien's town calls him the cardinal. In
a moment of angry defeat, a silk-stockinged ene
my, too polite to liken Pat to the devil, sourly
dubbed him a second Cardinal Richelieu. The
name tickled the town's fancy, and It stuck.
The cardinal didn't mind. He was too busy
to cavil at mere names. His business as a stock
broker'grew with the town, he had for customers
men like John, the son and henchman of Jos
Dale, and when John bought and sold stocks It
was to be supposed that the cardinal profited
through inside knowledge. Other business friends
were powerful and their friendship financially
was worth while. Colonel Legarde, who controls
the Superior railroad, is also president of the
Interstate Electric railway, an electric road, with
terminals and local lines in the town. The elec
tric road needed many political favors and the
cardinal obtained them for it, or for his friend
Colonel Legarde. Really there was no other way
to get anything. Unless and until Pat nodded
his head there was nothing doing, for the town
council fed out of his hand and state legislators
followed out his orders.
Pat O'Brien waxed rich. But one generation
away from the "ould sod" his clothes spelled
American business man, but his neckties faded
the solar spectrum to a neutral tint, and marked
the politician who bought and sold franchises and
dealt out jobs at will. Knowing the times to
talk and to keep silence, a loyal friend and a dead
ly enemy, he made money for his stock-dabbling
customers, serenely grafting his political way as
the surest means to a desired end, and was
worth a million and a half, at least. He owned
As John Dale's business of owning the railroad
grew greater and more complex, he was more and
more away from Lacedaemon for that is better
Greek than the real name of the town, anyhow
It became necessary for him to ask favors of the
cardinal, and the favors were given with open
hand. Dale found it necessary, too. to have a
daily local organ and a voice wherewith to fool
the people. He bought the Daily Planet Publish
ing company, and made Pat O'Brien president
Dale regarded the presidency a reward for
favors received and a final binding of the town
boss to his chariot tail. The cardinal knew that
Pollock, the editor, received all his orders from
Dale, and regarded the presidency as something
of a joke. Grown to full stature among the other
railroad kings, ruling had become a habit with
Joe Dale. He made and unmade towns and the
people in them at will, and expected no other In
terest than Joe Dale's to be thought of, or moved
in, or lived for by any one connected with hlta.
Sometimes he mistook his man, as when one
day he went into the office of one of his eminent
and well-paid legal aids and found the lawyer
dead to the outside world and Joe Dale's busi
ness in a volume of Balzac
The railroad king blew up. "I don't pay you to
read' dum French novels," he roared. The law
yer looked at him a long moment.
"Mr. Dale." he finally said, "You pay me for
what 1 know, not what I do. I'll read dum French
novels" crescendo "or do any other dum thing"
forto "any dum time or any dum place" for
tissimo "I dum please!" ending with a Wagnerian
bang on the table.
Whereupon Joe Dale changed the subject.
Dale thought he owned the president of the
Daily Planet company, but the cardinal had other
thoughts about the matter. Colonel Legarde
wanted a new franchise for an extension of the
Interstate to a summer resort, some 30 miles
away. The proposed extension would pass
through another town or two on its way to the!
lake and would parallel Joe Dale's steam road.
Now Joe Dale and the colonel were bitterly at ,
outs over various grabbings and snatcnings each
had made at the other's magnateship. The car '
dinal could not see that this concerned him at
all. The extension would be a benefit and a
convenience to the town. There was money It
It for him. The deal was on.
Then Joe Dale came from New York and senl
for the cardinal. The two men faced each other with
the eyes of poker players in a game, keen, deep,
unfathomable. For the rest, it might have been
a whiskered farmer in his Sunday suit meeting'
a city man. otherwise correctly clad, wearing a:
red, red ascot tie.
"I hear." said Dale, "That the Interstate peo
ple want a franchise for that foolish summer re-'
ort extension of theirs."
"I hear so too," the cardinal replied.
"Well, let's cut it short. They can't get It."
'The extension would be a good thing for the
town. Mr. Dale."
"I don't want It. It parallels my road. Your
city council must refuse the franchise." Here was
no slushy talk or thought of the rights of peo
ple or of stockholders. It was "my road," and
"your council." The cardinal was undisturbed. -"The
people want it. Mr. Dale." he said, "It will
be a great convenience for travel between the
towns and the lake."
Dale measured his man again. There were the
cool, unfathomable eyes, the correct clothes, the
red tie. The red necktie settled It O'Brien was
only a cheap politician after all. He must be
"You know, O'Brien, the Planet will oppose
this thing to the bitter end, and you are the
president of the Daily Planet Publishing com
pany. It will place you In a nasty light" This
was no news to the cardinal, and his eyes were
accustomed to nasty lights. But he said, in the
tone of a man who half surrenders: "I hadn't
thought of that"
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"Pollock will roast you," the magnate went
on, "Of course he can't do it by name, but he
will do you up. You must block this franchise. I
Insist on it as your friend."
"Well, Mr. IJale. Colonel Legarde is my friend
too," continued the cardinal.
"The extension will parallel my road. Yon
muBt stop It," snapped Dale, Irritated by the men
tion of his enemy's name. He cared nothing
about the extension Itself, but that Colonel Le
garde wanted It was enough to make him fight
the franchise. O'Brien knew'thii as the real rea
son and went on deliberately.
"It will be a hard thing to do. Colonel Le
garde Is popular "
This second mention of Legarde was too much
for the temper of the railroad king. He blew up.
"Dum Legarde!" he shouted. "You block that
franchise or you won't be president of the Plan
et company long."
"Hold on. Mr. Dale. Don't get hostile. I'd no
idea you were so dead set against this thing."
"Well, I am. And I don't want to have to tell
you about it again."
"You won't have to." the cardinal assured him,
and departed, well satisfied with the fact that
he had made Dal too mad to see that no prom
ise had been given to block the obnoxious fran
chise. Joe Dale went back to New York convinced
that he had shown the man with the red neck
tie it was not safe for Joe Dale's men to fool
with the Dale buzz saw. Apparently he had, for
when the franchise came before the council It
was chewed over, chewed up, delayed, tabled, ta
ken up again. Juggled with, side tracked and
everything but killed outright Public interest in
It lagged. Pollock of the Planet, his fears soothed
by the parliamentary acrobatics which he thought
were only O'Brien's method of "saving face," took
himself and his loaded editorial pen to New. York
This was the cardinal's time, and he acted
quickly. At the next meeting of the city council
the franchise was rushed through. But this was
not all. In the absence of Pollock the president
of the Planet company assumed authority, and
the morning after, out came the Planet with news
descriptions of the Interstate extension, scare
head, first page, and double-leaded indorsement of
the council's action, the need of Lacedaemon for
the proposed road and the many benefits it would
bring to the city, on the editorial page. The peo
ple read and marveled. Some laughed and oth
ers of the knowing ones looked scared. Dale's
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guns were spiked. He had no other local means
of attacking the franchise or the cardinal, and
any way the deed was done. All wondered what
he would do.
They didn't wonder long. As fast as a rail
road king can get over the rails, Joe Dale came
to Lacedaemon. He almost literally threw the
Daily Planet out of Its office windows, murdered It
and jumped on its corpse. He fired Pat O'Brien
from the presidency with force and arms. It would
have been tragic, if everybody had not been-grinning
at Dale's futile wrath. As it was, the only
satisfaction the irate railroad king got out of It
was to tell a few party leaders who besought
him to continue the paper or sell, that he would
let the Western Associated press franchise ex
pire rather than see another fool paper like
that in Lacedaemon. Even this small satisfac
tion was lessened when Pollock Insisted on his
salary being continued to the end of an Iron-clad
four-year contract Mr. Dale went back to New
York with new Ideas about city bosses and their
The episode, for it was only an episode in the
life of busy Lacedaemon, was soon almost forgot
ten. The cardinal had shown Joe Dale that he
was boss of the town. Joe Dale had chopped off
the cardinal's presidential head in retaliation.
John Dale continued his business friend and cus
tomer, and the whole affair was dismissed from
the cardinal's busy mind as closed, with honors
But Joe Dale was not through with Pat
O'Brien. It Is a railroad king's prerogative to
punish, as well as to reward, and for the punish
ment of O'Brien, Dale laid a trap the effective
ness of which lay entirely In its simplicity.
Came John Dale one day to the cardinal and
said: "Pat. I have a private tip that a big kill
ing is coming off in Nipper stock. Buy me ten
thousand at the market and hold on until I
tell you to let go."
"All right," said the cardinal, and bought an
other ten thousand as well for his own account
Nipper advanced a point He called in a fow
chosen friends who formed a pool and invested
heavily. Nipper advanced two points, five points.
Pat bought more; he would pull out when John
Dale did and retire from active business with his
John Dale himself had gone to New York on
the day he gave his order to O'Brien. Within a
day Nipper began to sag. Then it dropped below
the buying point. The pool put up more mar
gins. The stock still dropped, swiftly now, and
the other members of the pool became alarmed.
Pat reassured them. They're shaking out the
small blocks of stock," he said. "Then you'll see
her sky-rocket." ""
Nipper continued to toboggan. Pat's friends
were seriously concerned. They talked of sell
ing' and pocketing their losses, but he showed
them his hand. "Look here," he said, "John Dale
Is in this thing up to his neck and we know where
he gets his private tips. Here's what he
has on my books alone. As long as he holds on
and keeps up his margins, I'm satisfied." His
friends knew ' the cardinal; they knew he, too.
was "up to his neck;" they held on.
Suddenly Nipper went down like mercury in
blizzard weather. The friends were wildly
alarmed. They Insisted that John Dale was giving
Dick the "double cross." Though he did not be
lieve it he wired to New York for special and
private investigation of John Dale's movements
there. And after a little delay tidings came that
made the pool-sharers very sick men. John Dale
had gone to New York, had a short talk with his
father, then gone straightway to his broker and
sold short ten thousand Nipper at the market The
profits on the sale as the stock went down would
pay his losses on the Lacedaemon purchase.
Meanwhile Joe Dale would see to it that Nipper
did go down until Pat O'Brien was utterly
Of course the pool made haste to sell out John
Dale's private Up had been a prophecy. A killing
had been made and O'Brien and his friends were
the slaughtered ones. When the debris was final
ly swept up the cardinal, who bad plunged fierce
ly on his own private account found himself poor
er by tome $750,000. It had cost him that much
to disobey the mandate of a railroad kictf. But
he still owns Lacedaemon.
Lure of the City Strong
Strange Fascination That Even Beauty
of the Country Is Unable
The middle-aged woman was at the
St. rlegis. and there one of her friends
found' her. tc her great surprise. "You
Jon't mean to tell me." exclaimed the
raller". "that you have given up your
Seautiful home in the country?"
"Yes, I have. My daughter simply
r??T me - of il"
"Because she doesn't like the coun
try. Whenever she visited me out
there she complained so bitterly about
things that we were both unhappy.
She thought the cream was horrible
all full of thick lumps, instead of
smooth and thin, like real city cream.
The butter, she said, tasted like grass,
and the broilers didn't taste 'high.
Jike the kind she was used o. There
was so much light it made her eyes
ache, and the scent of roses kept her
awake at night so she sold the place
and brought me in here."
"Reminds me." said the caller, "of
an old play, in which I once saw Mrs.
Gilbert In one scene she personted
a woman who had just returned to
New York after a long absence. She
opened a window which was supposed
to overlook Broadway, leaned out
took a long whiff, and then exclaimed
rapturously: 'Oh. the dear, delightful,
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Burn all the rubbish.
Keep a pure bred ram
Any climate suits alfalfa.
Clover la a more efficient sub-softer
than th'e best sub-soil plow.
Some say that cows need salt when
the butter la hard to churn.
A good wick to the Incubator lamp
Is one of the Important things.
Dampness la the poultry house,
yards or runs Is often a source of
The thing that counts in the poul
try business Is doing the right thing
at the right time.
Don't let the weeds get a foot high
and then pull them, disturbing the
surrounding flowers, even If none are
Fight green lice with tobacco-tea
and the rose-slug with lime-water. Or
try dusting air-slaked lime on the in
Few horsemen pay enough attention
to the teeth of the old horses, and
then wonder why they look out of
On land at all subject to foot-rot
many sheep will fall lame more es
pecially the close-wooled breeds on
It is very seldom that a group of
heep may be fattened on dry food
without some of them dying or suffer
ing with constipation.
There may be such a thing as bad
luck in the dairy business, but it Is a
peculiar coincidence that it always
follows bad management
On receiving new rose bushes from
the dealer or from other sources,
transfer them immediately to the soil
without exposing the roots to the sun
or drying wind.
When a colt or other animal on the
farm Is cut with barbed wire or by
other means, the wound usually can
be successfully treated without the
services of a veterinarian.
Probably the best vegetable grown
In the garden is asparagus. It Is a
perennial plant and lasts for many
years without renewing. It Is the ear
liest and most delicious vegetable.
Select a good, strong colony to
build the queen cells, remove all
combs containing unsealed larva, also
remove the queen, and let them re
main queenless a few hours.
The common foxtail millet Is the
best for dairy cows. This threshed
and mixed with an equal part of clo
ver hay makes one of the best rough
nesses. Unthreshed millet should
aever be fed alone to any kind of
Vine crops should not be disturbed
after the vines commence to run, as
the leaves act as a mulch'of the plants
6pread almost as far as the vines and
grow quite near the surface of the
soil. Any weeds not destroyed by
former cultivations should' be pulled
Salad plants, tomatoes, muskmelons,
green corn, beans and the like have
of late years been added, one after
another, to the greenhouse crops, and
the enlarged menu resulting there-
rrora has gratified the epicure and has
been a source of revenue to the pro
ducers. Leave all the good ewe Iambs for
breeding, but give extra feed to
Iambs intended for summer market
They may be growing now, but they
will put on better flesh for higher
prices with a dally feed of ground
grain. It Is a good way to cash in
If you have a separator you will not
be bothered with a lot of snr miiir
standing around during the warm '
menths. Pigs will drink sour milk,
but the sweet milk will do them more
good. Get a cream separator and
save more of the cream, besides de
riving more benefit from the skim
If the mare Is fed on timothy hay
and corn alone she cannot furnish the
proper elements for the development
of the foal. Wheat bran, shorts, oil
meal and clover hay should be a great
part of the daily ration. Give the mare
daily exercise and it will not hurt
to work her up to foaling time, pro
viding she is not strained or overworked
Be sure fo milk the cow clean.
Thorough ventilation Is necessary.
Air and cool Incubator eggs daily.
Already the demand for dairy cowt
is much In excess of the supply.
The brooder and brooder coop must
he amply ventilated at all times.
Make the milker wash his hands
with soap before he begins to milk.
Corn Is assuredly the most fattening
farm grain that may be fed to sheep.
Lack of a constant supply of clean,
pure, fresh water before the fowls
means defeat In the end.
Any food that will keep hens la
prime condition and with vigorous ap
petites will cause them to lay.
Do not think that the separator Is a
difficult piece of machinery to handle
and that It Is hard to take care of.
To every ten pounds of butter In the
churn mix one pound of dairy salt
and two pounds of water.
Two essentials must be observed to
keep milk sweet and clean for two or
three days so that it can be shipped a
distance or held at home for use.
Many varieties of trees will In a
few years grow large enough for fuel
and for small timber, such as poles,
which can be used in many ways.
Select dairy cows that have every
indication of being milk producers,
but determine this positively by the
use of the Babcock test and the scale.
It is estimated that there are 95.000.
000 head of horses in the world. The
United States and European Russia
have the greatest number.
Pumpkins should never be planted
in the garden. The vines take up more
room than they are worth. The corn
field for the pumpkins.
Pea vines, which were formerly
thrown away by the canners. are now
being used for stock food. They are
preserved in silos, or stacked in the
Cowpeas belong to the family ol
plants known as the legumes, which
have the power of taking nitrogen
from the air by means of the bacteria
which live on their roots.
You can afford to buy feeds for pigs
and lambs at the prices Jhese animals
will bring this summer, and the pas
lure will soon help out the feed ques
tion. A nation-wide battle against the
common house fly has been started
and it is expected to be waged vigor
ously during the present year, direct
ed by government scientists.
To force rhubarb the best success
is obtained by placing it under green
house benches or in a rather dark
cellar; but little light and heat Is re
quired to force good rhubarb.
Millet is a warm-weather plant and
consequently it may be sown any
time up until the middle of July with
reasonable assurance that it will pro
duce a satisfactory bay crop.
To prevent rats and other animals
from killing and carrying off young
chicks use a tight board coop provided
with a small run and all securely In
closed with one-inch poultry netting.
Including the top of the run.
Milk and butter are higher priced
today n the large cities than ever
before. There Is no danger of an
overstocked market for many years
to come. This Is especially true if
the dairymen produce premium milk
Several different things may cause
the suppression of milk In one or more
sections of the udder. Generally the
cause may be traced to an Injury of
some kind received when the heifer
was running in the pasture, or it may
be traced to an inherited weakness.
When gathering flowers always use
a sharp knife or scissors to cut them
smooth and clean. Early in the morn
ing is the best time, and the blooms
not quite developed will last longest
"Souse the stems deeply in water for
an hour or so before making bou
quets. A very considerable extension ot
live stock farming would materially
increase the cash output from farms
and at the same time save millions to
the future farm wealth by keeping on
the farm a large percentage of the
fertility that is now sold off In the
form of corn, oats and hay.
Raising calves on skim milk Is the
best method, all things considered:
and they will grow and develop on
this food as well as when allowed to
run with the cow. The secret of suc
cess and good health with the animals
is to feed often and in small amounts.
Overfeeding and Irregular feeding will
cause the scours and calves will grow
Most of these waste places on the
farm are the richest kind of land. If
the brush and briars wer grubbed
out and the spaces put Into cultivation
they would grow the biggest crops on
the farm. The soli In such places is
full of organic matter and other rich
fertilizers, which have accumulated
for years in the form of dead insects
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the compromise candidate."
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"'Pears V me thara somethia'
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He Had Been Observing.
"Why don't you call your invention
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Notes and Comments.
Church Does your neighbor play
that cornet without notes?
Gotham Yes; but not without com
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Mrs. Hamer-Jackson of London is
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