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THE OMAHA SUNDAY BEE: AUGUST 12. 190C.
NO MORE CITY COUNCIL HERE
Eouitoi Decide to Get Alone Without
- GOYIRNMENT BY COMMISSION WINS
Year's Bxaerleaee with the Pl
Demonstrates It Superiority Otn
lb Old Method ( Doing
"Oovernment by commission" hoe btcn
demonstrated to be a success In Houston.
Tex., for the Inst year. For many years
the city ha4 been under political bondage.
The system of government was that In
vogue In most American cities, a mayor
And a common council, made up of mem
born selected from wards, and each repre
senting his own ward or subdivision thereof
' particularly and the city a a whole only
Inellentally. The success of the Galveston
commission caused a close study to be
made of the plan In vogue there, and
Thomaa H. Stone, then city attorney,
finally evolved a plan wherein there were
aome Improvements on the Galveston sys
tem. This la the plan which haa been
adopted In Houston.
It must be understood that Houston haa
been badly misgoverned In the past.There
haa been no wholesale corruption; the
grafting was on the cheap order and en
riched no particular man or set of men.
nut .the wasting waa great and the city's
revenues were frittered away In paying
salaries to uselem subordinate officials and
In 'tli ways common In most cities. There
has been grafting, and it was well known
that the system existed. Rut the graft
waa cut up Into such small pieces that
there waa no general outcry.
Brian Last July.
The charter providing for the commission
government went Into effect July 8, 19Cfi.
The old board of aldermen, composed of
twr-lve. members, was done away With and
ward, lines were abolished In the selection
of the new board. The commission Is com
posed of a mayor, or president of the
board, and four aldermen. Tbey must de
vote their whole, time to the business of
tlie city, whereas tinder the old system
the aldermen devoted about three hours a
week to the business bf the city, though
they put in considerable time on their pri
vate political business and called it work
ing for the city.
The mayor haa an oversight over all
departments. Each Of the aldermen or
commissioners haa a separate department,
for which he Is held responsible directly,
and he Is also supposed to be consulted
by. the other commissioners aa to general
policy, though not aa to details. The com
missioners hold dally sessions, but only
once a week Is a public session held at
which decisions on " petitions are made
known and the public Invited to attend
and present their motions, grievances or
Rao I.Ike Private Dullness.
The commission ' plan, in brief, is as
nearly aa possible to conduct the business
of the municipality upon the same lines
that the business' of a corporation for
private profit Is conducted. This Is the
secret of the success which has been
acored by the Houston commission In Its
first year. The revenues of the city which
may be used for general revenue pur
poses (half the Income from the taxes
must go to the sinking- fund)' amount to
about $750,000 a year. When the commis
sion took charge there was a floating in
debtedness of about $385,000, and there were
no funds In the treasury with which to
meet It. This has been wiped out, and
everything purchased Is paid for In cash;
that la, the bills are all paid on the intt
o? each month, which la the date for sot
tl.ng accounta In vogue In the city.
The city had a valuable plant for dis
posing of the sewage, which wsthe .ocs.
een for a bomf TSTTeof about W0.000,
and It was so nearly ruined that it prac
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tically was of no use. Thla big plant haa
been cleaned, repaired and put In shape to
perform the work far which It waa built,
raring for the Streets,
The city lies In a soil which makes black
mud In rainy perloda, and as only the
business portion haa been paved aa It
should be, thla mud ,was hauled on the
pavementa and there caked, oauslng the
strepts to have an untidy appearance, and
the dirt generally found Ha way Into the
storm sewers, choking them. There Is now
not only a perfect system of cleaning the
streets at a small expense, but the com
mission haa bought with cash from the
revenues (all other paving has been done
by IsHiilrg bonds) three million brick with
which to do a lot of additional paving
the coming year.
In the residence quartet1 a number of
men are kept employed on ' the streets
ditching them, so that the water may not
stand, and grading them, so that the water
may flow into the ditches and prevent the
accumulation of mud. Just aa many men
were employed under the old system, but
they didn't do the work, being partisans
of one alderman or another. Now they
are hired by the day, and If they don't
work they are turned off at once.
Dividing the city Is Buffalo bayou, an arm
of Galveston bay. A number of bridges
span thla at different points, and under
the old system these bridges had fallen
Into ench condition that aome of them
were actually unsafe. It was no one'a busi
ness to see that they were repaired and
kept In order, and there wasn't any money
to spare with which to do the work.
Under the new system one of the com
missioners is In charge of the streets and
bridges. The commissioners have spent
$.K,0(Xl on the bridges, all of them have been
repaired and repainted and ire adjudged
safe hy the Inspector. Such a aum as
$30,009 would not under the old Isystcm
have done one-third the work or done It
one-third as well.
chonl Honeea are Provided.
for the last several years there has been
a crying need for more school houses. A
number of them have been built at con
siderable expense, but they were no more
than completed than another was needed.
The old council was frank In saying that
If any more school houses were built there
would have to be more bond Issues. The
commission has promised to spend $100,000
on three new school buildings the coming
year, and is a'ueady advertising for bids
for the first one. That sum would have
built two schools under the old system, and
there would have been bonds to pay 5 per
cent per annum on for forty years. The
commission will get the money out of the
Under the old system there was much
property- that escaped taxation altogether,
some of It never having been on the assess
ment rolls. The commission has Instituted
a system whereby every bit of the land
within the city's limits haa been listed
and put on the rolls. A general raising
of the assessment values has been made
(though there la a lack of system to this
which amounts to injustice), the tax rate
has been slightly reduced and the reve
nues of the city will be considerably In
creased another year. The tax department
for the first time In, the history of theyrlty
Is being run on a business basis.
All fCmpIoyea Work by Month.
The greatest reform which haa been In
stituted lies In the fact that, aside from
the mayor and four aldermen, there Is no
employe of the city who has a "term."
The chief of police, the chief of the fire
department, the tax assessor and collector,
the heads of departments and the men
working under them are employed by the
month. If they do not do their work they
may be removed at any time. Just aa
the employe of a business house la re
moved, paid off and told that his services
1 ire no longer needed. In that one thing
lies more of the success of commission
government than In any other reform
which haa been Instituted. Under the old
a3tflhe iu4e of departments we're
elected: they had terms of two years, and
It would have taken two years to remove
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That a why "Cacaret', Insurance, which
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Yet "Caacaret" Insurance win cost you
less than Ten Cents a week.
That five you a "Vest Pocket" Bo, ta
One tablet taken whenever yeu suspect
you need It will Insure you against 90 pet
cent of all other Ills likely to attack you.
Because 90 per cent of these Ills begin
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No, they act like Exercise on the
They stimulate the Bowel-Muscles to
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When you have a touch of Heart-burn,
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Carry the "Vest Pocket" Box ready for
business where It belongs. Just as you
would your Watch, Pocket-knife or Lead
penclt. It costs only K cents. At any druggist.
Be sure you get the genuine, made only
by the Sterling Remedy Company, and
never sold In bulk. Every tablet stamped
ment "fired" a man there was an appeal
to the alderman from his ward, and then
to the council and possibly to the courts,
before he waa finally taken away from
the clty'a payroll. Every employe felt
sure of his Job for two years, ao what
waa the need of working while the Job waa
GLASGOW SELLS TELEPHONES
Scotch City Gives I'p One Experiment
of Municipal Pnblle
The city of Glasgow, Scotland, haa sold
the municipal telephone plant which waa
established six years ago to compete with
a private company. It waa found that the
municipal plant waa not a paying venture,
and the town council decided to sell the
business to the postofflce at a losa of
200,000. When the sale waa decided upon,
more than $1,000,000 had been spent on
equipment and a further expenditure of
$500,000 had been found necessary.
The Glasgow Herald, commenting upon
the failure of the venture, asserted that
the undertaking waa a mistake in the
beginning, and the cltlsens should con
gratulate themselves that the loss la not
more. New Tork 8un.
lf you have anything to trade advertise
It In the For Exchange column of The
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to have THE
ST, ANNE HEALS A CRIPPLE
acred Belio of a faint Makes Little Mary
MIRACLE WROUGHT IN NEWY0RK CHURCH
Child Who Haa Beea Paralysed for
Nearly Two Years Finda Her
Childhood Again on l-ast
Day of the JSovena, '
Yesterday was the feast of Bt. Anne at
the Church of St. Jean Bapttste. It waa
the last day of the novena, or nine days
worship of the sainted mother of the Vir
gin, the day upon which the halfiwed
relies are removed from the reliquary In
the crypt of the church and pasd by the
priests over the afflicted parte of the
maimed and the crippled who come In
faith to seek a cure through supplication.
Among the hundreds who came yesterday
to beseech the spirit of St. Anne to enter
Into them and make them whole was seven-year-old
Mary Clements, for almost two
years a helpless paralytic. Her sponsors
say for her that 8t. Anne haa showed her
healing mercy, to the crippled girl and
made sound her twisted limbs.
The good St. Anne, mother of the Blessed
Virgin, did on her holy day work a mir
acle and bring surcease from suffering to
little Mary Clements, one of her afflicted
suppliants. So say the fathers of the
Holy Sacrament at the Church of St. Jean
Rnptlste in East Seventy-sixth street, and
so testifies the mother of Mary Clements,
who lives In a two room flat at 137 East
Crippled for Many Months. '
For a year and nine months Mary had
sat In a wheeled chair before the window
in her mother'a room and watched the
children In the street at their play. Time
had been, and it waa long, long ago to
Mary of the white face and the shrivelled,
nerveless hands, when she used to romp
on the pavement and Juggle Jackstonea
with her playmates. One day she was run
over by an express wagon. That waa
the last day of her childhood up to now.
Since that day she had been in bed or
propped kip with pillows In a chair before
the window. Doctors had said that she
could not walk again. Her arms and
her legs had been nerveless and beyond
In the alcove lere the child-woman had
sat day by, day for many months there
were placed on brackets where the sun
could shine on them three geranium pots.
A yellow canary In his cage hung from a
hook Just over the geraniums. Mary's
mother explains that the yellow canary
waa Prince Flory and that each of the
geranium planta represents respectively
the king, the queen and the king's grand
mother, all members of Prince Flory's
court. Each day that Mary's chair was
moved Into the sunny lnsle was a day in
the history of the court of Fairyland. For
over a year had the chronicles of the king
dom of Prince Flory been faithfully noted
and made a part of the life of the child
whose hands could not be outstretched
even in obeisance to her liege and the
grandmother of her Urge's royal father.
Yesterday afternoon, the day of St. Anne,
Mary's mother had her lifted downstairs
In her wheeled chair and she trundled the
little invalid down to the dingy brick
church, where repose the holy relics of the
saint, two wrlstbones, brought from the
Cathedral of St. Anne In Apt of Province,
France. Over a thousand others cripples,
blind, palsied and paralytic had passed
along the pavements thither and were still
crowding the church steps when Mrs. Clem
ents and her invalid child reached there.
Mother Dears Child Forward.
One of the six policemen from the East
Sixty-seventh atreet atation, who were de
tailed to keep the throng of devotees in
order, helped lift the chair down the steps
into the crypt. Then the mother loosened
the straps about the girl's waist and lifted
the light burden in her arms. She Joined-
the solid ranks of worshippers that filled
the center aisle and moved step by step
down to the altar rail.
The church's crypt waa dark, aave at the
altar end, where burned scopes of candles,
set In circular candelabra. Branching fila
ments of braes overhead aupported each
lta blood red cup of oil, wherein a low burn
ing wick fluttered. Beneath this radiance
from the altar the stream of worshipers
moving slowly down the main aisle and
the acattered congregation bent In prayer
over the benches on either side all ahowed
black and shadowy. There were fully 500
persons In the narrow crypt at one time.
The voice of a priest at the altar chanted
at intervals In booming diapason.
"Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is
with thee, blessed art thou among women."
Then would rise In unison the full re
sponse of the packed throng in the aisle,
made treble by the resounding walls.
"Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for ua
sinners, now and at the hour of our death."
By Inches the woman with the dangling
burden In her arms drew nearer the altar.
Aa she moved she chanted the responses
and the Hps of the sick girl In her arms
formed the words haltingly.
Her Prayer and Answer.
They knelt at the altar. The mother
held her child out almost at arm's length
aa the priest passed down the line of dev
otees. He carried In hla hand the sacred
relic, bound In gold. Some kissed this.
Some pointed to their eyes, others to their
back or their temples, and the priest awtftly
touched each afflicted spot. He paused
before Mary Clements and passed the
ahlning orb down the whole length of her
body, down her arms and across her shriv
"A miracle, good St. Anne," whispered
the child's mother aa she bowed her head.
"A miracle, a miracle," she pleaded over
and over again as she wheeled the crippled
girl home. She moved Mary's chair up to
the window where Prince Flory hung and
where all the court of Fairyland waa as
sembled. The mother left the girt there before the
geraniums and went out on the street . to
get bread for the evening meal. She
heard the shrill voice of her little one call
ing her aa she returned and she hurried up
Mary aat In the sunlight with three blos
soms of the geranluma plucked and hud
dled to her face in the ecstacy of tender
ness. Through the mercy of Bt. Anne her
withered, handa had been freed of their
bonds and she hugged cloae to her Hps the
august countenances of the king, the queen
and the king's grandmother, while Prince
Flory aang a te deum overhead. New York
Exehnngra of Good Behavior.
At the dinner at the Elysee given In
honor of Slsowath, the Cambodian minis
ter of the interior waa seated next to the
daughter of one of the French mlnistera.
Aa he speaks French very well, having
learned It at the French school at Pnom
penh, he asked hla fair neighbor to tell
blm if he made any blunder, as that waa
the first time In which he had dined In
the European fashion, and added that he
placed himself under her protection. She
waa much flattered by the compliment,
and 'advised shim to Imitate her and do ex
actly as" she did. The Cambodian minis
ter did so, and acquitted himself ao well
that no or., suspected thst he waa not
thoroughly accustomed to dining a la
1 Ftancalse. It la doubtful if an Westerner
suddenly called upon to dine In the Cam
bodian manner would have done so well.
HAVOC WROUGHT BY FIRE
High Flaares of Losses and la.ar
aaee Payments Covering
In ISM David D. Dana published In Bos
ton his work called. "The Fireman," In
which he glvea a list of what he denomi
nates large fires (today they would be
called conflagrations) which had occurred
In this country In the previous fifty years.
The record, aa a matter of fact, beglna
with the fire In Boston, March 30, KfiO; but
thia la the only city where any data are
given previous to the year hence the
Hat given by Dana may be said to repre
aent the fire loss for the first half cen
tury from what were called large fires.
Dana does not enumerate any fire where
the l5ss was less than 20.oro. There are,
however, a very few possibly not over 6
per cent, as low as this figure, and from
that point the upper limit Is 17.000,0n0.
There were two fires In the first half of
the nineteenth century which reached thla
117,000,000 figure, one being the fire In New
York City In 1M5, while the other was the
fire In San Francisco In 151. Dana's
statistics appear to be quite complete
probably as complete as could be gathered.
The aggregate produced by his researches
makes a total of I191.np6.000. caused by so
called large or conflagration flres.
Fifty years later or, to be more exact,
forty-eight years the National Board of
Fire Underwriters, In their report for 190t,
publish a list of what they call conflagra
tions, which occurred between 1806 and
190. In other words, they practically cover
the flfty years succeeding Dana'a record.
No fire enumerated by the national board
Involved a loss of less than ssoo.onn. and
the largest were, of course, the well known
Chicago nre of 1871, of t1fi6.ono.onn, and the
Boston fire of the succeeding year, of
ro.OOO.Offl. while the third Is the Baltimore
fire of 1904, with a loss of TiO,000,ono. The
total amounts to $567,000.0u.
It should be noted that the minimum
Are enumerated by the national board Is
twenty-five times greater than the mini
mum fire enumerated by Dana: and yet, In
the second half century, with a minimum
twenty-five times higher than In the first
half of the century, the loss from large
fires or conflagrations Is nearly three times
as large as It waa In the earlier period.
The maximum fire enumerated In the first
period la $17,000,000, while In the second
period It is (Chicago) $185,000,000, or practl
cnlly ten times as large.
The statistics for the last period are
from the National Board of Fire Under
writers up to the close of 1906. Since then
the San Francisco conflagration has oc
curred, end with a fire loss of $?BO,000,000. a
new maximum Is established. This maxi
mum la fifteen times greater for the latter
period, as compared with the earlier. The
first period haa twenty-six Area with losses
equal to or in excua of $1,000,000, while
the second period has, to the close of
1!V)6, seventy-eight such fires. These mll-flon-dollar
fires thus show an Increase of
three times for the latter, aa compared
with the earlier period.
The totals given above are the total fire
or property loss, aa distinguished from the
Insurance loss.- The first .represents the
total loss caused by Are, while the latter
Is that portion of the loss which Is re
turned to the Insured by the Insurer. In
the long run the Insurance loss Is about SO
per cent of the total property loss. Thus,
for a period of thirty years 1875 to ino4.
Inclusive the Chronicle Are tables report
a property loss of $3.600.nnn,ooo, while the
Insurance loss was $2,207,900,000, which Is
61 per cent. During this same period 1R75
to 1904. Inclusive the property loss from
large or conflagration Ares, aa listed by
the national board, amounted to $27!,000,
000, and the insurance loss, being so per
cent of this, was $1fi3,000.000 practically T
per cent of either the property or Insur
ance loss caused by all Ares. Journal of
VALENTINE STARTS LAW SUITS
One of the Comic Variety Provokes
Family Row and Action
That Philadelphia eomle valentine case
has reached another Interesting stage. It
began with the sending of the offending
missive last February, and waa then en
livened by the recipient's lawyer demand
ing that the sender be brought Into court
to answer to the charge of criminal libel.
Both the complainant and defendant are
women and related by marriage, and the
proceedings ahow an added bitterness on
this account. Several montha after the
charge waa made the grand Jury returned
a bill of indictment, and then the lawyer
for the defendant flled a demurrer to have
this Indictment quashed, presenting Ave
lengthy and technical reasons why the de
murrer should be sustained. But the
Judge, after prolonged consideration, re-
rusea to sustain It. He declared that valen
tines of the character of the one under dis
cussion, in which the recipient waa al
luded to aa a acandalmonger, a busybody,
a mlschlefmaker and a person of unre
strained mendacity, afford ample grounds
for aulta of the character Instituted, and
that when auch a libelous valentine leavea
the sender's possession it Is clearly In cir
culation according to the letter of the
law. For all of which and sundry other
reasons the trial of the valentine sender
must go on.
It la possible that this Philadelphia case
will prove a warning and a deterrent for
those persona who under the cloak of
anonymity use the so-called comic valen
tine aa a means of venting their malice.
If so. It will not be prosecuted in vain.
Cleveland Plain Dealer.
Protertlon for Swimmers.
The physician, slim In his blue Aannel
bathing suit, had hla ears stuffed with cot
ton. "This cotton," he said, "should be used
by all those who swim out beyond their
depth. You know how often good swim
mers of that type drown, don't you? Their
drowning Is imputed to cramp, but you
will never And one of the drowned with
hla ears stuffed with cotton.
"Why? I'll tell yqu why. Because it
isn't cramp that causes these drownings.
It Is a perforation of the eardrum, fol
lowed by unconsciousness, due to the
pressure of the water.
"Cramp Isn't, after all, the deadly thing
It la made out to be. If you get a cramp
In your leg while swimming. It Is easy
enough to roll over on your back and
Aoat. The cramp won't kill you. But a
perforation of the eardrum la different. It
takes away your senses, and down you
go like a log. So alwaya. If you are go
ing to do much swimming, stuff cottoif In
your ears." New York Press.
Decrees of Efflrleney.
There Is a member of congress from the
southwest who had a trying experience In
learning to run the big motor car be pur
chased last winter.
One day a friend asid: "How are you
getting along with the thing?"
"Oh, I'm making progress," waa the
modest reply of the southweaterner.
"Doing pretty well, ehT"
"Yea," resumed the congressman, gravely,
"I can spit new and aoon I expect to be
able to raise my ha' "American Spectator.
Bee Want Ada for Business Booster
POLICE CHASE A DYING MOAN
It Came in Over the Telephone in the
STRANGE EXPERIENCE OF THE COPPERS
Central Told the Haas, the floss Told
the roMce and the rnllre Hot
Hoay and Soiled the
The dark and ghastly hour that precedes
the dawn was drawing to a close. Beautiful
Katie, our heroine, was sitting In the night
and her chair before the switchboard of
the Orchard street telephone exchange. The
self-winding clock struck 4 and the mlnuto
hand started toward 6.
A tiny bulb on the switchboard flashed
cruelly. Bang! and 2300 Orchard bit the !
dust. Fearlessly Beautiful Kntie plugged
a hole In the switchboard with an easy
grace that a countess might envy and at
the same time arranged her acute blond
She had flnlshed chapter xxxl and was
turning the page, but still no one had asked
for a number from 3no Orchard. Our he
roine thought this strange, but as she al
ways minded her own business and never
spoke till spoken to she made no comment.
Suddenly through the night air there came
to Katie over the wire a groan. Then
another. And another. After some time
there was another! Then between the
ghastly' groans came guttural, muttered
curses as If the flrst tenor and the soprano
were In the death throes of Act 1.
"Geo. golls!" cried Katie, "takea lls-ten,"
while she sprang to her feet with a srream.
Everything swsm before her eyes as If she
were In tin Aquarium as she realized that
at 2.W0 Orchard a dark and bloody deed was
being done while the sufferer tried to gur
gle for help. She could almost hear the
Chief Operator Gets Itnsy.
Out from Minnie's room rushed Minnie
and Mnile. and In a few mlnutns a bevy of
beauty was standing In line, each Indy
awaiting her turn to take a lesson. Finally
the chief operator called up C. J. Cnrlsnn
Of the Cortland exchange, the head ofllce
of the district at night, who aftr-r sampling
a few groans telephoned to police head
quarters and Sergeant John Mangln an
swered the call.
"Snrge, we think there's thront cutting In
the delicatessen store of Kostluk Bros., at
J07 East Houston street," explained Night
Superintendent Carlson. "Somebody has
taken off the receiver, but all we can got
from the store is a moan every now end
then. Perhaps you better send someone
With a remark that perhaps a Ilmburger
cheese was taking advantage of the ab
sence of the members of the Arm to attack
another cheese, the sergeant caller? up the
Eldrldge street station and told the desk
there of the trouble. Roundsman Quirk
hurried around from the Eldrldge street
station to the delicatessen store, only to
And the doors and windows locked.
By the dim light of a flickering gns Jet
In the store the roundsman saw at a glance
thai even the cheeses had nestled to aleop.
From the street he could see that the tele
phone receiver was off the hook, but tfs
there did not seem to be any evidence of
life within he reported to headquartera that
there wjs nothing doing. Sergeant Mangln
told Superintendent Carlson the result of
the roundsman's visit, but Carlson Insisted
that 2300 Orchard's light bulb still burned
on the switchboard and that the moaning
had not ceased.
Roundsman Gets the Key.
Quirk waa sent back to the store 'with
orders to break In the door, but on his seq
ond trip the roundsman remembered that
the Kostiuka live at 220 East Houston
street. He aroused Mrs. Jennie Kostluk,
who hurried over to the store and unlocked
Mrs. Kostluk's poodle, Bossle, was the
only living thing In the place, so far as
the policeman could see. A brisk li tie
bark came from the frankfurter section as
Bossle stood near It and watched the
roundsman, but all else was still. Quirk
replaced the telephone receiver on Its hook
and waa about to leave the at'ore when
out from behind a case of canned goods
ran a rat.
The rat rande for a hole In the wall near
the telephone like Hundred-to-One Nigger
Mike on he stretch. Bossle cut across
lots after the rat, skidded across the desk
on which the telephone stood and knocked
the receiver off the hook again. Then
Bossle took a position near the telephone
and with eyes glued to the rat hole began
to groan ghastly groans mixed with gut
teral, muttered curses as If the first tenor
and the soprano were In the death throes
of Act 1.
Little remains to be told, gentle reader.
Roundsman Quirk once again put the re
ceiver on the hook and withdrew from the
scene of the crime. Beautiful Katie down
at Orchard shifted her chewing gum and
turned to chapter xxxll. And down
through Houston street broke the pitiless
"Will you love me when I am old?"
asked the kittenish damsel with the cork-
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