Title: Uncle Remus's the home magazine
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Title: Uncle Remus's the home magazine
Physical Description: 3 v. : ill. ; 22 cm.
Language: English
Publisher: Sunny South Pub. Co.
Place of Publication: Atlanta
Publication Date: November 1908
Dates or Sequential Designation: v. 23, no. 3-v. 25, no. 5 ; May 1908-July 1909.
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The Sea Wind. A Poem
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Joel Chandler Harris

My Neighbors, the Sand-Folk .
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Miss Briggs's Star Lodger. A Thanksgiving Eve Story
The Silence of the Whistle. A Story
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What I Know of the Ku Klux Klan
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An "Uncle Remus" Letter Jo
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0 3weet south wind! ',
0 sof'-southwindc/
0 wid from off the sea!
When you blow to the
inland porl, of home
KiaS my love for me.

And when you have kissed her,
aweet aoulA winc;
Tell her I never foref{-
For the pale while mists
of priin, hea~r
Are flobtini round me yei.

Tell her I sail zl db 6
rLnd cream
Of the joys .ihab time
maiy brnnoso 1o
Till Ihe old love poeas
aEloA inh my hear
tieeh togeher _nd sin.

And lie rune, 0 wind,
? frihM he- MT 31 1 ndo raincl

(Wifih a burst of pxsionde
lo "The Lovers' Pr yer'-
a sweel: Sad air-
A aons- of thLe oldei Iime.

Touci her lips. li hkly,
1swee 0ou win d,
As I aoaulJc were I -here;
And dry up ilhe keir iYLn Iher
vible eyes,
Anal ply wifh her purple 6ir.

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When you Il-w ko rghe
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Kis my love for me






IF you visit the seashore next summer, you ought to culti-
vate the acquaintance of the gentle folk who live there all
the time. Have you ever thought about them? To me, the
most entertaining of all my coast neighbors are the Crab fam-
ily: they are so numerous, and with such variety in their looks
and ways, yet always quaint and interesting.
When some lecturer on natural history talks to you
about the Crabs, he will probably begin by saying that all of
them are crustaceans, this family constituting, indeed, the
most important division of the class Crustacea, or "crust-
shelled"; that they belong to the sub-class Podophthalmia,
accepted as meaning stalk-eyed, and to the order Decapoda,
or ten-footed; also, that they divide into the sub-orders Brachy-
ura and Anomoura, or short-tailed and soft-tailed.
From this starting point, you can go on with a scientific
study of the interesting little creatures whom you meet at
every turn on-the beach. But it is not my object to give you
any text-book instruction to-day. I am merely indulging in a
neighborly chat about some of the Crab cousins, their individual
traits and peculiarities.
The chief representatives of the family whom we count as
neighbors here on the Florida coast of the Gulf of Mexico, are
the Horseshoe or King Crab, the Stone Crab, the common
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A certain cousin-german to the Horseshoe might much more
appropriately have been named king; for, in his temper, he is
war-like, domineering, quick to resentment when his rights
are invaded, and very strenuous in resisting any attack.
Besides, he is a big, handsome, strong-limbed, well-armored
fellow, with a bronze and steely glint upon him, to add to his
martial appearance. This is the so-called Stone Crab, who
is usually found on a beach that shelves off rather suddenly
into water of good depth, and preferably where there are rocks
and ledges along the shore. Here he makes his stronghold in
either element, and fights savagely as the old-time "iron
barons" when brought to bay.
In general structure this fighter is much like the common
edible Crab, blue or green, except that he grows larger, his
armor-plate is thicker, he does not moult it and become soft-
shelled at seasons, and his ten legs are all stouter in propor-
tion, the fore pair being extremely large and terminating in
pincer-like claws, or nippers, with force enough in them to be
dreaded by all his neighbors, both Sand-folk and others.

Su W, L ...... "". .. ... e. . The family of the ordinary Blue Crab is exceedingly
Hermit. y numerous on the Gulf Shore, the youngsters being constantly
B seen skurrying along either on the sands or in the water, while
0 :e The Horseshoe Crab, as his name suggests, bears some the great, lazy-looking elders are usually fishing just out of
resemblance in shape to the hoof of a horse, and is the.largest, reach of our dip-nets. No need to describe these or their
most imposing-looking of all the cousins. In waters more habits at any length. Not that the blue fellow is uninteresting,
tropical than our own, he frequently grows to be two feet for I find endless entertainment in watching him, observing
long, but the largest of our visitors here would scarcely his constant aggressiveness, his Mercury-like tendency to steal
Measure eighteen inches from tip to tip. everything in reach, his odd style of feeding himself, and, above
Si If you knew this horseshoe knight as' I do, we should all, his absurd fashion of "poking out his eyes at you", as a
Probably agree that he has little hereditary right to his occa- little boy who visits the Sand-folk with me describes our indigo
Ssional name of King Crab. In my long acquaintance with neighbor's habit.
S~ .him, I have never found him exhibiting a single war-like qual-
V' O ity, nor does he show the slightest desire to rule or subdue
F :either his own race or others. He does not make a fight even On the'Southern sea coast, every one laughs at the Fiddlers,
for his inalienable rights. Liking to be full-fed, he will still and nobody at first thinks of either beauty or dignity in con-
Sforfeit this privilege for the sake of peace and let-alone-ness. nection with them. Their comic features strike you at the
__ ___ The big fellows a foot and a half long whom I frequently earliest glance, the apparent awkwardness of their build and
watch plodding by in the shallow waters, manifest no more vagueness of their movements, the absurdity of that solemn
S martial proclivities than the quaint, pretty, one-inch babies that sawing- up and down of the one foreleg that is so much larger
o- are picked up stranded on our beach, than the other; above all, a certain grotesqueness about those
The eyes of this Crab constitute his most interesting strange eyes set forward on little stalks, suggesting lorgnette-
'.V 'i feature. You may open your own very wide when I tell you handles, and apparently out of all proportion to the size and
that my Horseshoe neighbor has two pairs: a pair of large, needs of the small owners. If they happen to be mud Fiddlers,
compound eyes set on the horny surface of his head, and, pro- or lower-class Fiddlers you may call them, since they live unam-
jecting in front of these, a pair of small simple ones. It really bitiously in burrows along the marsh, the ridiculousness of their
looks as if Mother Nature had provided him from his first days looks is heightened by a general dirty and unkempt appearance.
S O with a pair of eye-glasses which he cannot very well lose. But our Fiddler folk here are not of this plebeian class, and
i This be-spectacled fellow has a mate who is always larger if you will swing down the beach with me some fine morning,
than himself. Curious isn't it, for Mrs. Horseshoe to be you will see a beauty and grace about them that you had prob-
( bigger than her liege? This is rather more like a Coming Age ably never known before. When we have walked perhaps two
o0 type than a passing one. hundred yards you will observe in front of us a certain stretch
0 / Well, at any rate, the pair have invariably proved peaceful, of sandy shore which you had expected to see gleaming white
staid and eminently respectable neighbors to us. I may add in the sunlight, now glowing with purple and rose tints. Shells,
Sa here that, instead of spending most of their time on the beach, can it be? No; for suddenly it appears to move and sway,
j i as their kins-people do, Mr. and Mrs. Horseshoe prefer to glinting like a rainbow. Sea-weed? No; for as we draw still
Saddle around in the shallow waters along shore, or burrow nearer, the whole brightly tinted strip palpitates a moment,
Sin the wet sand, where either the incoming or retreating tides then breaks into a scurry, and is off in a hundred different
0 may keep them at least half covered all day. directions.

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hairy legs, yellow sheen, big, bright eyes. Our fascinating
phantom had materialized! j -

Now make a rush if you wish to get really acquainted with This shyest of all the sand people has very long, slender .
my neighbors. Shy folk they are. Ah, you did it well, and legs, covered with tawny hairs resembling a scant yellow fur,
r in the very midst of them, these beautiful aristocratic sand and a body which in proportion to the length of leg seems 0
fiddlers, born to the purple indeed! extremely small; it is shaped to an irregular triangle, and pro- .
The coloring of the upper class Fiddler's coat-of-arms is tected by a paper-shell plate, terminating in various points.
wondrously beautiful, and, on close examination, shows the By strangers, Sir Longlegs is often taken to be a great golden _
rarest art. Royal purple and an Oriental pink are the domi- tarantula. But indeed he makes me quite as inoffensive a
nant color notes, though all other tints are found in combina- neighbor as the gentlest ghost in the village church-yard.
tion with these. The shell, or plate, which guards this sand But of all my Sand-folk favorites, I must admit that the
knight is a true escutcheon, gracefully shield-like in shape, and Hermt interests me most. What a humorous yet doughty --l
bearing a coat-of-arms exquisitely emblazoned in colors. Strange Diogenes he is, this one who perambulates our beach, now in,
to say, although I have made a study in hand of hundreds of now out of the water, yet always carrying his metaphorical
specimens, I have never yet found two knights wearing precisely tub, borrowed indefinitely from some neighbor, willing or .
the same device on their shields, unwillingovered with tawny hairs resembling a scant yellow fur,
It might be claimed that Nature was guilty of a practical
Sjoke when she constructed this Crab in such wise as to beems
badly in need of a shell, or other stout protection, and yet
The native people here call this fellow the Soldier Crab, absolutely devoid of one. But what at iture's, even i i poits.
interpreting that flourish, or waving up and down of the one in her jesting? Wherever she leaves such deficiencies, she also g g
large forearm as a challenge to fight, rather than as fiddling, implants the instinct that supplies them. -
Coast residents in some other parts probably know him by the This denizen of sea-sands, the, finds himself at first en-
same name, and in natural history he is occasionally called tered in the battle of lie with no coat-of-mail to protect o his
pugilator, which means fighter easily injured od s n of the wte, is tail bi ng, lik t l the hero rical
It is worthy of note that neither fore-limb of the female Achilles, an especially vulnerable point and therefore a deal
shows the great development of that strong working arm of of trouble to him. But he recognizes at once his need of a 0
the male. So Madame Fiddler is not, like Madame Horseshoe, cover, a coat, a shelter, what not; and he zealously devotesmight be claimed that Nature was guilty of a practical
a New Woman! Another odd fact I have observed is that, his first endeavors to supplying it. Nor is he going to fail.
while in most cases the exaggerated development is in the There are usually plenty of cast-off shells lying around loose,
right fore-limb, yet thl i is not a uniform law; scores of my sometimes left by the dead and gone Sand-folk, sometimes by (
neighbors are left-handed, and I must confess that up to this those who have merely moved away. Of course the Hermit
time I have not been able to find out why they are so. is almost sure to fall upon a misfit, but in his earliest choice
After seeing Fiddlers not simply by the dozens but in he is far from being particular as to style. Let him only-
myriads, it is at first disappointing to go seeking acquaintance cover up that troublesome t e rand is well content, no mat-
with their next of kin, the Spider Crabs, who areequite rare ter how absurd a figure he cuts. Many a hearty laugh I
except in special localities. But I know a favored haunt to have had at the odd and unexpected guises from which this
which I recently took a friend eager to see these rarer Crabs. insouciant fellow has peeped forth at me. i
I warned him, too, that when we should reach the place, he
must have the quickest eyes possible, otherwise e would fail a mfi b a
to make the desired acquaintance. -
But, strolling down the sands left bare by a receding tide, After a while, perhaps he becomes prouder, more ambi-
we began to talk of the flashing waters, the vas blue Gulf, the tious. Or is it only because he outgrows that first shell? or,
bright-hued shells strewn on the crescent beach. A tiny golden in another case, reaches the conclusion that he can never grow
shadow suddenly started up before us. Whisk, it was gone! enough to fill it comfortably? Increasing perceptions, too, may
"Why, you didn't see him!" I exclaimed, disappointedly. teach him to look out for the sort of shell best adapted to his
"See whom?" he asked in surprise, shape, as well as bulk, and other needs; he would not be
"That magnificent specimen of the Spider Crab," I an- cramped for room, nor yet burdened with superfluous weight.
swered. Setting forth eagerly on his quest, perhaps he is lucky ami
"The little shadow that scarcely came before it went?" he enough to find what he wants lying free. Well. and good!
returned. "A phantom, indeed! If that is all there is to him, Straightway appropriating it, he ensconces his sensitive rear
I shall henceforth call him only by his secondary name. in the safe spiral, and with his good fighting front held well in I
Where is he now?" the open, he sails away debonairly to enjoy life.
"0, perhaps a dozen yards away, hidden under a bit of But if he finds no empty shell to his liking? Forsooth, he
sea-weed; perhaps waiting for you a quarter of a mile down the must make one empty in short order. He chooses with delib-
beach. Now please keep your eyes focused for the next one." eration, and, as he is one of the pluckiest fighters of his size
A minute later, another shadow, the lightest, most flippant in all the waters, ten to one he is shortly the possessor of the
ghost imaginable, fleeted away before us. We gave it chase, coveted property. So the Sand-folk come and go.
and with such success that in thirty seconds I was near enough And if this talk of mine has led you to a genuine sympathy
to hurl my bunting sack through the air, and make the de- and interest in them, their lives and doings, I have fulfilled a
sired capture. Gathering the sack up with utmost caution, I neighbor's duty.

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V OICES of wind and. .
rain made a dismal '
symphony about .' ,
the old weather-beaten house on
the outskirts of a seaport town
-the house Miss Briggs had in-
herited and had lived in alone until neces-
sity forced her to take a few lodgers. It
was Thanksgiving Eve, but no sign of '
thankfulness or festivity appeared on the face of i''
Miss Briggs. She sat in her little back room,-
slowly rocking in her low chair and gazing ab-
sently into the fire. She stopped rocking presently, and,
grasping the arms of her chair, exclaimed:
"Whatever possessed me to bake that turkey and them
custard pies, I'd like to know! There's nobody to help eat them-
not even Josy. I declare I'm clean out of heart!"
This was not a characteristic utterance. Miss Briggs had a stout
heart and a cheerful temper, but things were going crooked with her
just now. Two of her lodgers-medical students-had left in arrears
for rent, promising to write and send money on arriving at home;
but two weeks had gone by and she had heard nothing from them.
"And to think how I mothered those boys!" she said. "How I
darned their socks and doctored their colds. But their ungrateful-
ness don't hurt me like the way 'Melia Brown has acted. I treated
that woman like she was my own sister. She had her tea with me
mighty nigh every evening of her life, and I took care of that deaf
and dumb child of hers while she was carrying her work to cus-
tomers; and here she's taken herself off without even saying good-by
or letting me kiss the child! I could stand it better, if I had Josy;
but I'll never see Josy again. She's been killed and that wretched
Sam did it, and the Captain connived at it, and carried off her body
and throwed it into some gutter. My poor Josy!"
Miss Briggs sobbed softly into her apron. The loss of her cat-
the climax of her woes-was the more grievous that she believed the
Captain's dog had made way with her, and that the Captain, who
was averse to Josy's hunting mice-and cheese-in his cupboard, had
abetted the deed.
The Captain was Miss Briggs's star boarder, occupying the best
front room. He was a retired skipper, filling a minor position in the
Customs House. He did his own housekeeping, and sometimes he
cooked savory stews and brought a portion, steaming hot, to his
landlady. In turn, she sometimes had him to take tea with her and
Mrs. Brown. These little parties, with the Captain's sea stories, Mrs.
Brown's wondering admiration of them, and the silent child's delight
in the crisp tea cakes, were delightful occasions to Miss Briggs. She
had planned for these friends a happy surprise-a Thanksgiving
dinner with an old-fashioned pound cake and the sweet potato cus-
tards the Captain liked. But alas! her hospitable scheme had "gang
aglee". Amelia-the sweet-faced-was a deceiver and the Captain
had been instrumental in bereaving her of Josy.
A key rattled in the lock of the front door; a man's step sounded
in the hall. "There he is!" said Miss Briggs, "and if he thinks I'm
going to take him a cup of hot coffee-wet through it's likely he is
--he's mightily mistaken."
The Captain went into his room, but stayed only long enough
to remove his wet overcoat, then he came on to Miss Briggs's sitting-
room and rapped on the door.
"Good evening, Madam," he said. "Has she come back?"
"No, indeed," sighed Miss Briggs. "And I've looked the yard
over and can't find hair nor hide of her."
"It was Mrs. Brown I asked about," said the Captain.
"Oh! of course!" sniffed Miss Briggs. "No, she's not come
"And the cat is still missing! I am real sorry, Miss Briggs. I
think she'll turn up yet. I am sure you are wrong in surmising that
my dog killed her.. Sam will worry a cat, but he wont hurt it.
Besides, if he has killed Josy what became of her body?"
Miss Briggs was silent. With the Captain's frank
blue eyes confronting her, it was impossible to voice
her suspicion of him, or even entertain it. Still,
she did not offer him any cof-
fee. She let him turn away
and start to his room. But he
was back in a moment.
"Say, Miss Briggs," he

Cried, "your cat's here!
I* heard her just now.
S She's up-stairs. Give me
your lamp, and let's find her."
S '' Miss Briggs handed the
S. lamp to him, and followed him
Sup the stairs. She was saying, "You must
be mistaken; it was the wind-" when a
meow in Josy's familiar tone of voice
5.,' came down to them from the back part of the
upper story. "She's in Mrs. Brbwn's room!" ex-
|- claimed the Captain. "Where is the key?"
7 "Mrs. Brown took it with her, and I haven't another
to fit the lock."
"Took the key with her? Then she expected to return."
"No, she didn't! Mr. Spinks said she passed his shop in a cab
with a trunk on behind it whilst I was at market."
"It was not Mrs. Brown. Old Spinks is blind as a mole. But
what are we to do? The cat's in there. Hello-" he broke.
off as a queer gutteral sound more human than feline came from
within the room. "That's the child! It's in there, too!"
"Mercy on us!" cried Miss Briggs. "That wicked woman!
She's deserted that poor little thing!"
"Don't say that, Madam. She was devoted to her child. She
expected to come back. I know she did."
"Of course you'd take up for her," muttered Miss Briggs. She
was ashamed of the jealous impulse that prompted the words as
soon as they were uttered, and glad the Captain did not hear her;
he had set the lamp down and was vigorously shaking the door.
"Break it in," said the landlady. He flung his massive shoulder
against it with such force that the lock gave way. The opened door
disclosed the two prisoners. The eat jumped into its mistress's arms.
Miss Briggs did not stop to caress her. She gave her attention to
the child on the floor-the little dumb creature, whose tear-streaked
face brightened at sight of her rescuers. She was fastened to the
leg of the table to keep her from getting into the fire. She sat on
a folded blanket, and a mug that had contained bread and milk was
beside her. The Captain unbuckled the leather strap that bound the
little one and took her in his arms.
"Give her to me," said Miss Briggs. "Poor little darling, how
cold she is! You shall go right down stairs to Aunt Molly's fire and
have some warm milk and bread."
"And I will go and find her mother," said the Captain.
"What-to-night-in the storm!"
"Pooh! What is this little gust! Besides, the rain has held
up. I'll take a cab and drive to the hospitals. It's my belief I shall
find her in one of them." Two hours later, Miss Briggs heard him
enter the front door and come down the hall to the room where she
sat with the baby, who had been fed and bathed, asleep on her lap.
"Well, I found her!" he announced. "She was at St. Anne's
Hospital. She had been knocked down by a reckless cab-driver as
she was crossing a street yesterday afternoon. She was unconscious
until about three hours ago. When I came in, she was begging them
to let her go and see after her child. It was a good thing I found
her to-night. Her anxiety might have excited her and given her
brain fever. As it is, the doctor says she will be over the effects
of the shock after a night's sleep."
"I surely am glad!" declared Miss Briggs. "Now, come and
have some hot coffee and a bit of roast mutton."
She laid the child on a lounge near the fire and covered her
warmly, then led the way to -the kitchen. When the Captain had
eaten his supper and re-entered the little sitting room, he stood
looking down at the sleeping child.
"Miss Briggs," he said, "I wish you could have seen that poor
mother's face when I told her this little kid was all right. She was
so glad she began to cry and I had to soothe her as best I knew
how, I-"
"You-kissed her," Miss Briggs said, filling in his pause.
"Well-yes, I did. It seemed the only thing to do,"
he answered, sheepishly.
Miss Briggs bent over the child and put back a
S^ curling lock from its temple.
"I believe you will be a
kind step-father," she said.
SAnd there were five to eat the
Thanksgiving dinner, after all.

The Silence of the

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Then Temple pleaded for the mothers and the little children


HE splendor of the closing day drew Catherine Temple to her bedroom
window. As she watched the sunset glow touch the earth with fire and
saw the clouds that lay softly against the sky distil the red shafts into
a myriad of golden tints, she experienced no joy in the unfolding beauties. She
knew that she looked on a radiant picture, but her orily emotion was a pang in
the thought that no ray might enter to dispel the gloom in her heart. Instead
of seeking to banish her bitterness she bowed before it; so, day by day, the sor-
row she held to her breast was corroding her life. The footfalls of her husband
no longer sent before him the stirring signal that had set her body and soul in
quick tune with all the love that was hers in him. Now his gentle words and
kindliness but emphasized the sorrow that had left her hopeless. Her empty
arms were useless now; her love of life had been swept away
in the flood of tears that followed her loss.
Catherine Temple closed her eyes against the beiit.y of
the approaching sunset, and writhing under the tortures 't mem-
ory flung herself full length along the window seat.
The sound of the hoarse whistle of a great factory broke in
from over the city, filling the room with the vibration- ot th ;
deep, discordant hymn that celebrates the close of the day's
work; a day of labor had ended for the hundreds of toil-
ers-men, women and children-in the big cotton mill.
This evening paen of rest came as a goad to the grief
of the suffering woman. Tears she had before mastered
fell unrestrained. Her self-control was shattered by
the vivid picture of the past now forced upon her.
The voice of the great whistle now trembled, s,.;.... .
now faltered, ceased; the echo responded and died
away; the silence of the room was disturbed no longer
save by the sobbing of the stricken, childless woman.
Catherine Temple had not prayed for a child;
perhaps, in her soul, she had hoped for none. She
was too much in love with her husband, too much
absorbed in her duties to society, to wish for or to
need an intruder. But one autumn morning there
was placed in her care a little fellow from the
Far-Away. The pain of the receiving was for-
gotten in the gift when the baby's soft little lips .
pressed close on her breast and she felt upon her
fluttering bosom the warm breath of her little one.
And when its tiny, aimless fingers scratched her
cheek she felt that her joy was complete.
John Temple, the husband and father, leaned
over the two, beaming, yet filled with a happiness
that was near to tears. He had yearned for such a
child, and he had known that the necklace of an in-
fant's arms would prove Catherine's most glorious and
most precious adornment. And when the little mother
named the rosy, robust youngster Edwin-for her
father-John Temple was too happy in the possession
of such a pair, too elated and overjoyed at the safe re-
turn of his wile almost from the Beyond, to feel even
the slightest hurt to his paternal pride. And young Ed-
win thrived on all the minor woes of infant life, and grev
into a winsome boy of four; then Death chose him as a
playmate for those joyous others already recalled. She watched t

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Pictures by H. E. SUMMERS

Black fell the shadows upon the despairing parents. They could not see be-
yond their grief; no light penetrated the gloom of their unutterable misery. John
Temple was stunned, but Catherine was crushed in body and soul. Her anguish
was denied the salve of unconsciousness. She seemed to be alone in all the world.'
Her husband's silent sorrow appeared to her gruesomely insignificant.
As she pressed her lips upon the yet warm lips of her dead child, suddenly
out of the silence issued the deep-toned, dissonant sound of the whistle of the
Piedmont Cotton Mills. The woman shuddered; it seemed a mocking dirge.
She laid the body of her beloved gently on the little bed. The whistle's sound
sank below the sighing of the breeze; it rallied into a lugubrious last note and
ended in a harsh cry.
The black-robed figure shook with weeping as to-day the
echo of the whistle again shivered back to the skies. In
her renewed grief, Catherine prayed for the silence of the
-.: whistle, that its sound might, no longer haunt her. She
had struggled to over-come the terror, it struck to her
heart, and the sorrow it started anew. To-day it was
driving her past the point of endurance. She was wealthy;
the whistle must be stopped at any cost!
So deep had she gone in her own thoughts that her
husband stood over her before she -knew he was in the
house. He bent to kiss her. Again the hoarse, mournful
sound of the whistle crept in, this time uncannilly, awfully.
With a start of alarm Catherine Temple arose and stood
quivering in her husband's enfolding arms. The sound
of the whistle rose and fell in whimpering cadence.
"John," she whispered, "the whistle! Hasn't it
bl6wn once before this evening? Do you hear it, John,
or-or am I-" She threw her hands frantically to
her head.
His wife was too distraught under the oppressing
burden of tortured soul and mind and weakened body
S to note the shadow of sadness that rested on John
Temple's face.
"It is the same whistle, dearest one," he explained.
"Cottbn has gone up so high the Piedmont Mills are
shut down for the summer. You will not hear the
whistle again for many months, perhaps. It is about,
that, that I-"
I "Thank God! Thank God!" cried the woman,
slipping from her husband's grasp to the floor.
As John Temple lifted his fainting wife, the final
blast of the big whistle died away plaintively in the
E ARLY in that dismal May, 1904, the directors of
the Piedmont Mills met and decided, despite the
protest of John Temple, to close down. Powerfully, but
vainly, he pictured the chaotic conditions that would
follow. In the fall of 1903 the mill-men felt that. the
rise then beginning in cotton was temporary-that a
bull movement was afoot and would quickly end. Few
foresaw the actual conditions. But in the spring of 1904
the crisis was at hand, with still higher cotton.
Temple would not yield to the move to close the mills. He
iset glow urged, pleaded and finally demanded that the Piedmont Mills

be run on half time. The stockholders, he said, had made large profits for ceedings the whole situation, including the details of the May meeting, was aired,
many years and the workers had been given little additional pay. He pointed and through the eager press became public property. This, however, was small
out the suffering that would rend the little village about the mills-the de comfort to Temple, who chafed under the conditions, yet feared to distress his
spondency, the drunkenness and the degradation that would infect the mill com- wife by a discussion that might recall to her the unfortunate evening when she
munity. A school had just been established, settlement workers were helping entered upon the sickness that nearly robbed her of her reason.
the women and children and a social club had entered on its existence. A shut- His self-exacted determination never to invest, or rather never to re-invest,
down would wipe out all these. his wife's money except at her explicit
"Nobody starves nowadays in these direction seemed foolish and selfish now.
times of scientific charity," blurted out He began to feel that as she had al-
one of the heaviest of the stockholders. ways insisted he should handle her for-
Then Temple pleaded for the moth- tune as he pleased, his failure to use it
ers and the little children, and one stock- when it would do the greatest good had
holder whispered to a bearded hypocrite: proved an error past remedy.
"When Temple gets over grieving for Circumstance held him helpless now,
his child he won't be so chicken-hearted"; so he determined to await the coming
and the long-whiskered one addressed of Chance.
nodded his head sententiously.
None voted with Temple, but his III--THE HOME OF THE WHISTLE
eloquence won a postponement of the LACKBERRIES, Ma'am?"
shutting down until the middle of the Catherine Temple, leaning out of
month. In the meantime he sought to her window, had almost unconsciously
secure for himself and those he repre- replied "no". A sallow, thin-faced little
sented a controlling interest by pur- fellow scarcely ten years old and ap-
chasing some of the smaller holdings. hearing much less than that, swayed
To his dismay he found that a pool had under the burden of a mulberry-leaf-
still more quickly been formed by the covered basket of the berries. Catherine
kindly stockholder who had referred to told him to go to the front porch, where
scientific charity. Then Temple was told she met him and asked to see the fruit.
that he could buy all of the majority Instantly hat and basket were on the
stock at a hold-up figure. He was help- floor, and the boy deftly removed the
less. To secure the amount needed was protecting leaves.
impossible at that time. His own mill "Ther little fellers comes ter their
stock was security for a sum in use in top w'en yer walks," he began apolo-
a manufacturing concern in which he getically, and flushed to his eyes when
was the silent partner; those who stood the woman smiled; he thought she
with him lacked his far-sightedness, but doubted his word. Before she could re-
were willing to aid him with proxies, monstrate he had poured a quart of ber-
though not with additional cash outlay. ries into his cup; only on top were there
His thoughts turned to his wife's money, any "little fellers".
but he had always said that he would "They's ten cents er quart 'n' yer
let her handle it for herself; which she kin hev all ten quarts fer ninety-fi'
found not difficult as it was in safe, long- cents."
time bonds. Catherine closed the bargain for a
Temple's sympathy for the workers dollar, and attracted by the youngster's
led the board of directors to select him air of ingenuousness, detained him with
as the person to announce to the mill questions. He told her, with a show-
people that the plant would be shut of- pride, that he didn't usually have to
down until lower-priced cotton was pick blackberries; not a bit of it, for
available. He hesitated sometime before he was a mill-worker. Picking berries
consenting, but was finally driven into wasn't to his fancy, either, for he had
an acceptance of this somber task by to get up about -3 o'clock in the morn-
the belief that he would break the de- ing, as it was a five-mile walk from the
pressing news less harshly than any one mill village to where the best berries
else. And when he did make the an- :grew. It was now half-after 10 and he
nouncement to the workers that mid- had already worked seven hours, count-
hay day he was appalled at their silent ing the starting out, and all he had for
consternation. "Jack says y'want ter see me" breakfast was a biscuit and some of
An uproar of excited threats would the fresh berries.
have been a relief, for there was a desperate awe in the tense silence. From Catherine asked if he were not very tired.
the nerveless hands of many of the men their hats dropped unnoticed to the He didn't mind getting tired, he said, because he was working for his mother
ground. One man, newly-wed, fell upon his knees and buried his face in his and his baby brother, who was sick. And then in childish uncontrol the boy burst
hands. He had spent his last cent to furnish a home for his bride; proudly into tears. Between his sobs Catherine learned that his favorite brother, who
he had taken her from-the noise of the mill and out of the grind of the work was only five years old, had died just a week ago, and another younger brother
and placed her in the house in which they were to be so happy. His tears of might not live. Almost incoherently he told of the closing of the mills, and then
distress ended in whispered curses of anger. the spending of the family savings for food, medicine and doctor's bills; how
Though Temple thought it but fair to himself to tell of his attitude through- the oldest brother had to quit school and take a job driving a sand- wagon; how
out the matter, the men were too miserable to applaud the sentiments he ex- the father was out trying to get work at other mills and was walking, or riding
pressed, and one grimy worker exclaimed: "Dam' liar an' hippycrit'." The on freight trains, and they didn't know where to reach him to tell him of the
superintendent ordered that at the close of the day's work three blasts from the little boy's death. It was awful, he told Catherine, and everybody had become
big whistle should complete the sad announcement. so bad and poor and so hungry since the mill shut down; and he had heard it
In his office all that afternoon the blanched faces of his listeners of the was all because a lot of bad men had the cotton all off in one corner and wouldn't
morning rose before Temple. In his mind's eye he could see the children sell any to anybody for anything.
toilers turn even whiter than the wonted chalkiness that constant indoor work Catherine asked the boy to wait for her while she prepared to go home with
puts upon cheeks that should be rosy. When he started home it was with the him. He demurred, explaining that he had to get some medicine, tendering in
determination to explain the situation to his wife and to ask the aid of her proof a sweat-moistened note naming a peptone mixture. She remembered that
money to.relieve.the situation at the mills before it was too late. she had an unopened bottle of it.
John Temple reached home that day just as the second of the closing down The medicine matter thus arranged, they took the car and in less than an
blasts of the whistle began. Before he could speak a word of greeting his hour Catherine Temple was in the mill settlement where the hand of poverty
wife sought his arms, and when he told her the mills had shut down she cried and misfortune was closing in crushingly. As she passed along the narrow dirt
out in joy and fainted. This was the prelude to -her long illness, and John sidewalk, sullen men either gave vent to whistles, long drawn out, expressive
Temple was forced to abandon his plan to secure his wife's consent to the of impudent surprise, or stared insolently at her and made audible comments
use of her money. on her appearance. Dirty, half-dressed, wholly-ragged children, open-mouthed
In the middle of June, three days after she was declared out of danger, with astonishment and admiration, stopped in their uncouth play to gaze at
the stockholders of the Piedmont Mills met again. John Temple owned a few her. The firing-line of youngsters made Jack the target for their slangy and
shares more than one-third of the stock of the company, and until this summer unrefined comments. One little creature of nine, unable to restrain her feminine
of 1904 had been able to muster readily several of the smaller stockholders amazement, exclaimed naively:
to an endorsement of his viewpoint when matters of import were to be decided. "Lawd, wish't m'doll hed clo'es like them!"
And at this meeting, Temple, thoroughly aroused, swept off their feet those Catherine laughed almost hysterically. A feeling of oppression that was akin
stockholders who were susceptible to sentiment interwoven with argument. He to fear struck through her. She scarcely dared glance about her, the sights
neglected no suggestion that smacked of sound business methods, and announced on every side were so far removed from those surroundings where her daily
himself ready to sponsor any feasible plan of relief. He was fighting with the path had led her heretofore. Despite the heat of the day a chill seemed to shut
knowledge that he needed only twenty more shares to wield a majority. And in her heart. Were these miserable persons her brothers and sisters--her fellow-
he knew that back of his position and eloquence loomed public sentiment, which men? She looked down at the boy trudging determinedly along, and the thought
is public pressure, and to this was added serious conditions in the mill village. rose to her mind that this one at her side was her superior.
When he concluded his speech -a now converted member of the antagonistic "Right here," he said, stopping in front of one of the neatest of the poor
pool moved to reconsider the previous action taken in closing the mill. A homes. Before Catherine could enter he flitted on ahead, and when she reached
break in the majority pool was impending. The leader of the anti-Temple pool the door the mother stood there to greet her.
arose and in a loud voice-unnecessarily loud-clamored for recognition. Great blue circles under the eyes, her haggard look accentuated by the hair
Three quick knocks immediately shook the office door. The "scientific char- drawn tightly back from the forehead and twisted into a small knot at the back
ity" stockholder responded instantly. A federal court official entered and of her head, her fingers pitifully knotted and scarred, the mill-worker's wife made
served papers on each member of the anti-Temple pool: The members of that a courageous figure to the mill-owner's wife. Catherine Temple, incomparably
pool were temporarily restrained from altering their vote in the previous meet- gracious in her movements and poise, had borne off the honors of many social
ing, and a time was named "to show cause why the injunction should not be events; now she felt incompetent and ill at ease. She had suffered, but in her
made permanent". misery, affluence had surrounded her with every comfort. A glance inside the
The injunction was dismissed on the hearing two weeks later, but the psycho- cottage room showed her what the woman in front of her bore even at her happiest.
logical moment in John Temple's struggle had passed, for cotton soared more And Catherine Temple was dumb.
than a hundred points higher on a squeeze in July options. In the court pro- "Jack says y'want ter see me," began the mill-worker's wife.


"Mebbe her'll come in, ma," ventured Jack.
The sound of the boy's voice gave Catherine new
courage. "May I come in?" she asked.
And it was not many minutes before she had driven
the mill-worker's wife out of the redoubt of her reserve
and they were talking simply as two women. Catherine's
unobtrusive gentleness thawed in the other the barrier of
awkward aloofness that the poor, fearing to be patronized,
rear up as a safeguard to that peculiar pride which is
oftenest the hand-maiden of poverty.
Before the interview was half finished, had Jack crept
back he might have seen the tears of poverty and sorrow
mingle with the tears of sorrow and wealth. And he would

He read the words of'Bella to John Rokesmith

have witnessed the strange sight of one who came to com-
fort and help being helped and comforted; for pain and
poverty commingled had woven into the soul of the mill-
worker's wife a womanhood filled with deep and genuine
sympathy and the inherent spirit of an undertaking which
all the teachings of pastors and prating of philosophers can
never put there. If one of the women halted in speech
and limped in grammar, she poured out her complete and
unreserved thought; if the other, fearing to give uncon-
scious offence, felt her way cautiously in all she said,
her words were well-chosen and her voice was sweet and
full of sympathy.
When she had placed in the woman's hand the almost
fabulous sum of $30 Catherine turned to go, promising to
come again. She was standing in the doorway, Jack's
mother at her side, when two mill-hands staggered toward
the gate.
"Say, you, we wants ter git er look at thet prutty
thing there. Fancy .folks aint got no call ter watch po'
folks starve," exclaimed the soberer of the pair; the other
clutched limply and ludicrously, but effectively, at the
gate post.
Gently pressing Catherine back, the mill-worker's wife
quickly went to the two men. Not a word did Catherine
hear, but when the woman returned the men had gone.
But the incident had re-aroused Catherine Temple to her
full mission. In the midst of the immediate sorrow and
suffering of this blighted household she had forgotten the
greater issue-the closing down of the mill. She turned
to the woman, saying:
"Tell me of the closing of the mill, and what all the
others about you are doing."
Then Catherine, her identity yet unrevealed, learned
for the first time of the part her husband had taken in
the shutting down of the mill, and learned too, that but
few thought him sincere in his statements when he an-
nounced to the workers the stockholders' decision to close
the mill. Some of the mill people had acted badly, the
woman said, but the worst fell upon the poor little children,
all of them hungry for the most part and so lonesome for
the rest. Nearly 'all the sizeable children worked in the
mill, and when it stopped they couldn't go to school, and
they didn't know how to play; so they had suffered in their
enforced idleness.
"Ah, ma'm," continued the mill-worker's wife, "we're
so mighty lonesome now their whistle don't never blow. We
aint got nothing' ter look for'd ter any time-nothin' ter
wake us up ter git ready fer other day, an' nothing' ter tell
us their day's over an' their man an' their young uns coming'
home. Ef only," and the woman paled with the intensity
of her emotion, "ef only they'd jest blow their whistle
morning' an' night, even ef they can't set their mill ter
goin' it'd be lots o' comfort ter us. Ther whistle's sich er
fr'en' ter us .11, an' w'en yer git use ter its rough call it's
jest like it started their world' ter goin' in their morning'
an' stopt it at night.
"Reck'n yer could git 'em, ef yer knows any uv 'em,
ter leave their whistle blow ev'y once an' erwhile," trembling-
ly questioned the woman. "Yer don't know how many'd be
hope up by it-yer don't."
Catherine fought back the rising tide of her personal
grief: Here was the home of the great whistle that with
each day had reminded her so ruthlessly of the last moments
of her little one. She had wished the awful sound to cease
forever, and when it had stopped she had exulted. By her
stood a woman nearer sorrow than she, yet this woman was
thinking of the others around her.
The movement of Catherine's mind was rapid. She

sketched the boyhood and manhood of her own child-if it
had lived. What would she wish him to do if he were living
and a man-what would be his duty to those about him?
she hesitated no longer, and in her soul she felt that at
this moment she was nearer the sweet spirit of her little
one than she had ever been.
Catherine Temple" turned and held out her hand to
the mill-worker's wife.
OHN TEMPLE fought out his battle alone. On one
side stood the toilers of the mill, on the other were
arrayed his pride and the fear that a discussion of the mill
with his wife might send her
into a relapse. It was a noble
struggle, and the victory
was not won easily. John
,.B Temple knew that hitherto
his refusal to use his
wife's money in his own
affairs had helped him
in business and had
given him a worldly-
endorsed reputation for
honesty, probity and

of the women of the
mill settlement did not
confront him then. The cry
of inder-fed little ones
wls not then ringing in his ears
Sand aggravating his nightmares.
TI: bIjlied faces of men out of work
and despairing were not thrust across
his vision then. He determined to act-
and quickly. With the mill closed, cotton going up and
dividends passed, John Temple found it not very difficult
to secure options on enough stock to give him absolute
control. Now, with the help of his wife, he held the hap-
piness of the workers in his hand, and through her and only
her, the man who announced the closing of the mill could
give the word that would set the machinery throbbing again
and put the pulse of new life into a hundred homes.
On the porch his wife awaited his coming. He saw
that to-day she was glowing with that spirit of life and
love he had so sorely missed in her. Scarcely able to con-
trol her emotions, she led him to his chair and fell upon
her knees at his side. A wave of alarm made him quiver.
Her intensity made him fearful of a relapse, or a new ill-
ness. His trembling fingers rested nervelessly upon her
warm and tender hands. Thoughts of-the mill and his de-
termination to ask her for the use of her money vanished
in his new uneasiness-his dread that her strength had been
false and the work of the physicians futile. He glanced
down at her furtively, yet searchingly. Two wide-open eyes,
moist with tenderness, saluted his anxious gaze.
"John," she faltered, "will you give me a great gift?"
He bent forward and touched her forehead with his lips.
Swept away by her cause, she told him what she had
learned of his efforts to keep the mill hands at work; she
told, between tears and smiles, of her day's visit to the
settlement, and of her wish to help.
"You have said, John," she concluded, "you would give
me a gift-a great gift. Then give me the happiness of
helping those helpless ones-those disheartened mothers who
are suffering, those children who are crying for nourish-
ment. Take my money, John, and use it for us, doing
what you know is best."
Emotion imprisoned John Temple's speech. His hesi-
tation alarmed his wife. She feared that he intended to
refuse her offer. She arose from her knees and flung her
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The Weirdly Thrilling Adventure of the




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H ERLOCK SHOMES was reclining in his great arm-chair.
A cigar-box full of cocaine and morphine lay on the
table at one side. At his elbow stood his tobacco-holder.
He filled his pipe with Perique, and was soon blowing out such
clouds of heavy smoke that I could discern through them but
an indistinct outline of his figure. Ever and anon he lifted
frpm the cocaine box a large lump of the drug and bit off an
ounce or two. He was the picture of contentment.
"Good morning, my dear Rotson," said he, cheerily. "I see
you have been eating fish for breakfast, and that you acci-
dentally walked through Jones's watermelon patch last night.
That red-and-green-checked vest is certainly very becoming.
Brother Simpkins lent it you for some gala occasion. . .
Ah, I see! Your birthday. That explains your unusually dapper
appearance. Let me congratulate you! Ha! I see you were
out playing the guitar again, last night. Sly dog! Thought I
wouldn't find it out, did you? Was that before or after the
watermelon patch? Before, I see. Well, Jones's bulldog'll outrun you some day.
You've beat him out thus far, but you'd better be careful! He's getting lots of
sprinting practice this summer. Meanwhile, how would it do to give the hired
girl a dime and let her darn those striped trousers where you snagged 'em on the
barbed-wire? . What a picture that must have been! I'd have given
fourteen dollars to see you jump that fence with your guitar under one arm and
your watermelon under the other!"
"Herlock," I remarked, "you're nothing short of a wonder! A double-back-
action, triple-expansion, compound-condensing wonder! Each and every one of
those ten-cent reductions of yours is correct. It is truly wonderful! Your meth-
ods ought to be exposed. The world should no longer be kept in ignorance of those
almost supernatural powers of productive seasoning which you possess. I think
I shall chronicle one of your amazing adventures. It would do the people -good
and it would knock 'em cold! Incidentally, I might get enough dough for it to
un-soak our overcoats."
"Might do," answered Shomes, laconically. "How would the adventure of the
lost bathing suit answer?"
"It would fit the requirements skin-tight, or, in other words, it would suit
exactly," I answered, with glee, as I dodged the hunk of morphine he threw at me.
IT was at the seashore that this most astounding adventure took place. The
incident is so full of wonderful action, so thrilfully stuffed with awful unfore-
seen excitement, that I can only bring myself to set it on paper by suppressing
the true names of the parties involved, and eradicating all dates and localities
whereby the actual perpetrators and principal actors in this most diabolical occur-
rence might be identified.
The bathing suit belonged to a dear young blond thing of not more than

There was no mole!

Hanging from her fork was the lost bathing suit

thirty-five summers, and not more than a hundred pounds avoidupois. Its disap-
pearance was surrounded with such irreconcilable phenomena that my brain was
in a whirl from the very first. But Shomes didn't turn a hair.
"There are nineteen clues to the thief, my dear Rotson," he remarked, "but
we must not make up our minds about anything until we have all the facts. We
must trace that bathing suit from the time Miss Blank took it off that last fatal
afternoon, until it finally disappeared. We must go down to the beach and make
a careful examination of the bath house, the shore and the surf." With that, he
slipped into his pocket a large magnifying glass and a shining revolver.
I turned pale. "Do you think it necessary for me to go?" I asked, anxiously.
"I think I had just as well remain here. I am sure you will not need me on this
Herlock looked at me steadfastly. "I have the most serious grounds for the
conviction," he said slowly, "that we are opposed in this investigation-by one of
the most desperate criminals in America. Indeed, I feel altogether certain that on
this occasion we shall have at last a foeman worthy of our steel. And I shall
need all the help you can give me. We cannot afford to take any risks. We must
prepare for anything!"
SI slipped my six-shooter into my pistol pocket, slid two or three razors into
my coat, and picked up my repeating rifle.
"Come on!" I muttered hoarsely. "I see the worst is yet to come!"
We proceeded to the beach, and there, Herlock, instead of making an exhaus-
tive examination of the bath house and other places in the vicinity, as I had of
course expected he would do at once,'put on his bath suit and suggested that I
do the same.
We lay down on the sand and Herlock was at once absorbed in thought. I
knew the workings of that wonderful mind of his, and let him take his own
time about it.
"Yes," he said, after a long silence, "I think I have it. The science of deduction
never fails. We must be very careful, however. In an investigation of
such paramount importance as this, we must not neglect the slightest cir-
- -. cumstance. For instance, I notice peculiar tracks in the sand over to your
left. Let me see if you have learned anything from my various exhibitions.
Tell me: what do you gather from those tracks?"
I looked at them hard.
"They are at least three feet across," I remarked. 'Too large for a
sand-crab-they never grow over five inches. They are not deep enough for
a sea-cow or a hippopotamus. I gather, therefore, by what I believe is one
of your rules, 'eliminate the impossible and what remains, however improb-
S able, is true,' that it must have been a sea turtle."
"Capital, Rotty!" cried Shomes. "Capital! I could not have done better
myself! What else do you deduce?"
"On one side," I went on, "I see five scratches on each track, on the
other side there are only four scratches. I gather that the turtle must have
lost one of his left toenails."
Shomes leaped to his feet and grasped my hand. "You are indeed an
' apt pupil!" he cried. "You will soon be where you can see me with a tele-
scope! We could identify that turtle among ten thousand by that missing
toenail. Yes, sir, if we can now connect the visit of that turtle with the
loss of the bathing suit, the problem will be simplicity itself. All we'll
have to do will be to hire eight or nine hundred of my Quaker Street Arabs,
let them catch all the turtles in the sea, and the one with 'a toenail missing
:W_ from a left flipper will be the thief! The case will be co'iplete! However,
before we go to that trouble and expense, let us see if we can tell how old
are the tracks. The bath suit, you know, was stolen yesterday. How old
are the tracks?"
I knew here I was out of my depth.
-^ ~ "The tracks end three yards down," he said, when I did not answer.
"They have therefore been made before last high-water; all except three
yards of them are washed out. The last heavy rain we had was on the
tenth of last month and the twenty-sixth of this."
"Plain!" I commented.
"The water last night reached only to that line of seaweed yonder,
which is eight yards below the end of the tracks. There have been other

Being a hair-raising experience of
that planet-famous detective,
HERLOCK SHOMES, as related
by his comrade, DR. ROTSON




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IT was afternoon. Herlock and I were seated on the hotel veranda.
"Hist!" he whispered. "Look at that woman coming down the walk" "
I looked and saw a ponderous negress, carrying a basket of clothes.
"Hist!" said Shomes. "The woman of the surf! The woman of the yellow-
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might anticipate our investigation of this woman and our discoveries as to her
distinguishing characteristics? What would he do, such being the case? What

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Sthe full moon. The last full moon was the fifteenth of last month. The turtle
was out between the tenth and fifteenth of last month, and therefore could
not have had anything to do with the bathing suit. At that time, the sweet
owner of that delicate article had not made her appearance at this resort."
It was so clear a child could have seen it.
Shomes looked out meditatively to sea. "There are many very clear de-
ductions to be drawn from the turtle's tracks," he said. "Most of them are of
but little interest. A few fundamentals are worth while, however. From a
casual examination of the situation I see unmistakable evidence that the turtle
was four hundred and eighty-eight years of age. He was of ruddy complexion
and was educated in the straits of Afghanistan. His mother was a loggerhead
from Norway. His father was born in the terrapin factory at St. Louis but
escaped when a mere infant. Both parents deserted him many years ago. This
turtle had eighteen thousand six hundred and eleven children. He had cataract
of the left eye. He occasionally ate clams for lunch. His tail had been bit
's re off. His third right upper molar was plugged with a barnacle. The day be-
fore he came out on the beach he had gobbled up eighteen catfish and a
up in sting-a-ree."
or by It was extremely hot, but I would not interrupt his brain action.
er-It As he paused, I happened to glance at the spot where the upper turtle-
Free. tracks ended. It seemed to me the sand moved a little. I was not sure, but I
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'o watched it somewhat anxiously. It did move! It certainly did! In another
mles second a small black object stuck its head out of the sand, squirmed out, and
skedaddled for the water!
Shomes looked at it out of the corner of his eye, and paled to the gills. He
S hurriedly pulled out a chunk of opium and bit off a mouthful.
"What a lovely piece of water this is, Rotson!" he remarked tremulously,
after a moment.
The sand moved again. Another of the animals made its appearance and
broke for the water. Shomes took another bite of opium. Eighteen separate
times the sand moved; eighteen separate animals appeared, each as like its
predecessor as one pea is like another. Upon the appearance of the eighteenth,
Shomes jumped to his feet and grabbed me round the waist.
"Rotson!" he shrieked, "if you'll only see me safely home and to bed, I'll
give you eight million dollars! I will, for truth!"
Just then the nineteenth appeared and ran over my foot. "Ouch!" I
cried, as I kicked him off.
"Thank Heaven!" muttered Shomes. "You're seeing 'em, too! They must
be real turtles!"
He bit off some more opium, and when he had gathered some of his scat-
fl tered nerves he proceeded with his investigations.
"We must examine the surf," he said, "but I cannot help thinking we run
some risk by so doing. Still, it is absolutely necessary." He slipped his pistol
into his bathing suit and taking his magnifying glass in hand he walked into
ted the waves.
om The moment Shomes got into the water, the interest in his work overcame
ic- all fear. He was a transformed man. As I watched him darting hither and
the thither among the breakers, examining each suspicious spot with his magnifying
try glass, I was once again reminded of the sleuth-hound which he always brought
ihy to my mind. What a wonderful creature he was!
ay At last he came to the edge, breathless with satisfaction.
ic- "Bring me a spade and a bucket, Rotson!" he cried.
I got them for him. He waded out where the water was up to his neck,
cal and carefully spaded up a chunk of it which he deposited in the bucket.
er, "I have it, Rot! I have it," he cried as he came running toward me. With
nd intense interest, I examined the block of water through the magnifying glass
the he handed me.
a"Do you not see it?" he cried.
"I see a small round depression about as big as a bean," I answered.
"That's it!" he almost shrieked in his ecstacy. "That's it! There has been
swimming among the breakers a pale-faced, red-headed lady, aged fifty-four.
Y. She was Tive feet three and weighed two hundred and ninety-nine pounds; she
wore a green bathing suit with yellow trimming and purple socks. Look at
this!" He held up a yellow thread, which looked as though it had been raveled
:E out of something. "She had never been in the surf before. I see no traces of
for this her except on the new waves. But there is one absolute mark of identification.
stated She had a mole on the back of her neck!"
log. It
d de- "This little hole in the water in the bucket shows that!" I cried.
Fifth "Precisely," was his ecstatic answer.
fd New "I must take one more look," he said after a while. "Hold the bucket
eds of carefully."
He waded back and was measuring some fresh waves with his tape, when
onal suddenly he emitted a blood-curdling shriek, and came galloping to the
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only a crab. He saw it, too, and whipping out his revolver, he shot it.
1es I heaved many immense sighs of relief as we pursued our way to the hotel;
pe and but Herlock was deeply depressed. He would not talk, and it was evident
ntainSf there was something weighing terribly on his mind.
'ely.it "What is it, old fellow?" I asked him at last. "You must not keep any-
eari- thing from me. Tell me the worst."
Jay. He looked me in the eye. His face was very grave. "Did I not tell you
that in this case we had to deal with one of the most astute villians on earth?
Have I not recognized him at every turn? There can be no mistake! No pos-
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control himself, "had on his back . thirteen barnacles!"
It was as if some one had dashed a bucketful of extreme refrigeration
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Hide her in an impenetrable disguise! Stain her face and hands! Dye and
frizz her hair! Dress her up as a common laundress! Ah, isn't he a cute one I
It's a pleasure to do business with such a genius! I'll bet a carload of beer
against a Dutch sandwich that if you'll creep up behind her you'll find he's
shaved the mole off the back of her neck! Try it and see!"
I assumed a nonchalant expression and undertook the dangerous errand.
I walked around and about, finally coming casually up behind her. With a
great horrible sinking of the heart, I found Shomes was right! There was no
mole there!
It was difficult for me to bring myself to face this awful crisis. Finally
I brought the full power of my reason to bear upon the situation. Thought I,
"In such a thing as this, it is my duty to leave no room for doubt. Shomes may
be mistaken! His theories may have led him too far! This may, after all, be
only an honest, innocent, old colored woman, bringing home some laundry. I
must make sure before it is too late!"
I mustered all my courage and my strength, and with my right hand tightly
gripping the revolver in my pocket, I put on a very bold front and walked
up to the woman.
"How many clothes have you in that basket, auntie?" I asked.
"Jest thirteen, suh," she answered.
My reason fled. So did my legs. They felt like a pair of eighty-horse
automobiles. When I came to myself again I was in the middle of a deep wood
eighteen miles from the hotel.
T was just midnight, when, footsore and weary, I crept stealthily up the
back stairs, opened the door and slid into bed. Herlock was asleep, and
my physical exhaustion at last got the better of my state of mind, and I, too,
sank into a restful slumber. It was almost breakfast-time when I was awak-
ened by Shomes getting out of bed. He was whistling the "Last Rose of Sum-
mer" and seemed in a very merry mood.
"All's well with the world, Rotson," he cried cheerily. "Don't be down-
cast. I have every reason to believe I now hold in my hand the ends of this
vastly tangled skein, and that we shall soon be at the end of the trouble, with
another success scored in our favor."
"What!" I gasped. "You do not mean that you have foiled HIM?"
"Precisely. I think I have the game in my own hands. After you left
me yesterday I put eight advertisements in the afternoon papers. I also sent
six telegrams. I had one answer to the ads, and one reply-wire. They con-
vince me that I have been on the right track from the first. The wires were
of such a nature that you could scarcely understand them, but here is the ad."
He showed me a newspaper:

WANTED-Name and address of blue-eyed goat who ate 39 clam shells for dinner on
the 26th of this month. Answer, Room 13, Hotel --- .

I looked at Herlock inquiringly:
"There are only two men on earth who would understand that ad," he re-
marked. "You see, of course, that it is a cipher-a cipher which staked the
entire game on a single deal! You observe that the figure 39 is the third
multiple of 13, and 96 is the second. It meant win or lose; success or ruin! It
was a desperate chance, but I took it! And look! Look here at the result!"
With trembling hands I unfolded the little slip of paper he handed me.
On it was written in red ink: "P. D; Q. 13 and 13 alone!"
"Tell me all about it," I said, after I had recovered from this.
"Not too fast," said Herlock, smilingly. "Wait until after breakfast. By
the way, suppose you ask Miss Blank to sit at our table this morning. We
*might as well have a little fun out of it, you know."
All during the meal Shomes was in the gayest of spirits, and we all caught
the infection. Even Miss Blank seemed for the while to forget the terrible
ordeal through which she was passing, and joined in the merry-making. At
last, the hot cakes and maple syrup came in and Shomes served them.
"I ask you to scrutinize those cakes closely, Miss Blank," he said. "I'm
sure you'll find them unusually good."
Miss Blank deftly speared a butter-ball with her fork and gracefully
swabbed the top one. Then she added a little syrup. We were intently watch-
ing her movements. As she plied her knife, lo and behold! a tiny edge of blue
appeared in the middle of the cake!
"What's this!" she screamed, and with that, she caught up the cake, peeled
it off, and there-yes, there-hanging from the end of her fork, was the lost
bathing suit!
AFTER Shomes had gracefully received and re-received the congratulations
of the entire hotel population, and had telegraphed his photograph to all
the afternoon papers, he lighted a pipe and proceeded to tell us all about it.
"I feel that I must apologize for the way in which I returned the bathing
suit to Miss Blank, my dear Rotty," he remarked. "Fact is, you know, I can't
ever resist a chance for a little of the theatrical. It's just like sunshine to a
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but not yet; I hope not yet. Of course, as I told you, I was from the very
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The Silence of the Whistle

(Concludedfrom Page 11)
fleeted happiness of the mill folk had helped smooth away the lines that had
been deepening in his face. With arms outstretched he started toward his
wife. Smilingly she warned him back, holding a book as a barrier between
them, saying:
"First of all, John, I want you to read something."
He laughed, and was for putting the book aside until he had kissed her.
She was firm, and as a word of loving remonstrance formed itself, she placed
her finger tips on his lips and said, scarcely above a whisper:
"Come !"
She laid the book on the table; it was one of his old-time favorites-"Our
Mutual Friend"-and it seemed to fall open of itself; she touched a lightly
marked passage and stepped behind him, one arm resting over his shoulder
and her head pressed against him, as he read the words of Bella
to John Rokesmith:
"'Do you remember, John, on the day we were married, Pa's, speaking
of the ships that might be sailing toward us from the unknown seas?'
"'Perfectly, my darling!'
"'I think . . among them . . there is a ship upon the ocean . .
bringing . . to you and me .. .'"
Eagerly John Temple faced his wife, and she slipped into the haven
of his arms.
From across the city floated the jubilant voice of the great whistle. The
silence of the whistle had been broken, but never the bond that love had
forged and grief welded-that bond under which John and Catherine Temple
had chafed in the making but which now held them inseparably one; that
bond of sympathy and affection which they would not put off if they could.
Out of the window they looked, beyond the street and on into the future,
yet holding still enshrined the past that in its joys and sorrows had drawn
them to a higher love and a deeper understanding.
The whistle's sound rose from its hoarseness to a crescendo that was a
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Editor UNCLE REMUS'S-THE HOME MAGAZINE: If there had been any
doubt in our minds as to whether UNCLE REMlUS'S should be put onto the list.
of "to-be-taken-again-next-year" magazines, that J. Gordon Coogler editorial
would have effectually settled the matter.
Some ten years ago, when we were living in St. Petersburg, an editorial
regarding him in Munsey's found its way into my scrap-book, but, save for an
occasional allusion, I had heard nothing about him since, and had begun to
wonder if he was really silenced. Needless to say, I quite agree with you in
regard to him.
I, myself, have a collection of similar poetry (?) among which is an autograph
copy as thickly studded with gems as a Russian ikon. In so rich an assembly
it is hard to select the best, but after considerable thought we decided that when
he wrote:
"When back into the alphabet
The critic's satires shall have crumbled,
When into dust his hand is humbled,
One verse of mine may linger yet."
He must have had this one in mind:
"Little Laura reads the local; not upon her taper finger
Does the amethystine circlet of the colonel longer linger,
But she throws it from her, shrieking, and the blue-eyed little dreamer
Swooning on the Brussels carpet, lies without a single tremor."
It is, in my opinion, almost equal to that wondrous stanza:
"My darling, most ideal Sylvia,
0 vision with eyes so blue!
'Tis in the highest degree consequential,
To my happiness in fact essential
That I should be loved by you."
We have a genius in our own neighborhood, who occasionally brings me
copies of his verse. A quotation from the latest is:
"Could I recall that spirit bright
To earth again, though Im forlorn?
NVo, not to suffer pain .again,
I'd rather be 'A Solitary One'."
My letter is far longer than I intended to make it, but when one begins to
quote from so rich a treasury, it is hard to stop. M. G. S.
Wallingford, Vermont.

ETRUSCAN the Missing Word
"The ivy was covering up richly the Etruscan foundations, and there was
a quiet over the whole place," is the completed sentence of the Missing Word
The sealed book containing the missing word sentence was opened by Mr.
Geo. R. Donovan, cashier of the Atlanta National Bank. It was a volume
of "Reveries of a Bachelor," by Ik. Marvel (Donald G. Mitchell) and the
foregoing sentence appears on Page 202 of an edition issued by H. M. Cald-
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It was answered correctly four times before April 30th, thus dividing
the extra $100 among four persons; and the names of these winners (each
having answered correctly once) and amounts are:
1-Miss Kittie Roberts, Route 5, Hogansville, Ga..................... $28.20
2-Eula May Aycock, Rout 5, Hogansville, Ga....................... 28.20
3-Edward Nutting, Armada, Mich ................................ 28.20
4-D. O. Pomeroy, Route 1, Armada, Mich............................ 28.20
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2-Miss Minnie Strauss, 18 Scott St., Montgomery, Ala., $3.20. One time.
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Glance in Passing

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T HE presidential cam- By DON
paign has been
merely a dispute be-
The tween Mr. Bryan and Mr. Roosevelt as
ened to whether Mr. Bryan or Mr. Taft is the
rezie more capable of effectively administer-
Purists ing the anti-trust policies which Mr. Bryan
claims were stolen from him by Mr.
Roosevelt. Both candidates declared that the trusts should
be "busted". There was no clean-cut issue there. The only
quarrel was as to the man best fitted to do the "busting".
So the campaign, when it finally did warm up, warmed
up into a campaign of personalities. It was impossible,
intimated the Republican leaders, that any man could be
so clean, sincere, and pure of intention, in his anti-trust
professions, as Mr. Bryan pre-
tended to be and at the same time
associate with and accept the as-
sistance of other Democratic lead- THE FRIEND]
ers who are reputed friendly to
the trusts. And Mr. Bryan re-
torted with similar phrases. ome, allye m
Never before were heard such C On whom s
protestations of purity; never be- Come let us lynch
fore was there such a general He hasn't any
scramble to prove necessary met a weeping C
alibis; never before was there A-slinking down
such a house-cleaning. Mr. Du- He trembled so th
Pont, of the Powder Trust, which He chattered wi
was under fire, resigned from the
Republican committee to escape "Now, wherefore, 1
an explosion; Governor Haskell, Thy sorrow and
of Oklahoma, accused by Hearst And dased aw
and Roosevelt of being tainted
with Standard Oil, left the coun- "I flee from cold
cils of Mr. Bryan under fire; I mourn for frie
everyone in the United States 'Tis fifty husky cc
who owned a pair of boots took Have sworn to
a good hard kick at the ruins of or every one th
what used to be Senator Foraker; Cries loud before
any politician caught in company '0, let us slay an
with the forty-second cousin of a They haven't an
plutocratic pirate immediately
fell under suspicion; .on both "0, I remember o
sides the chief "argument" was: In the friendly
"I am a sincere trust-buster; 'Twas not my gor
I am an honest killer of corpora- They hunted for
tions; my thirst for the gore of "But now the pur.
the plutocrat, and my hunger for They scorn my
the lymph of the Octopus are a It's safe to cuss
genuine thirst and an unfeigned He hasn't any f
hunger; I strangle infant trusts
when they stray from their nurses; "And is it safe, C
1 am the most desperate and un- Then not to be b
relenting enemy of Entrenched I'll hit you with
Interests that ever unrelented--
but YOUI You are only a fake, I poked my thumi
a four-flush, a flash-in-the-pan. So pleading, sof
You yearn to coddle what you And, when I saw
curse, to caress when you seem to I robbed and kn
chasten! Look at your wicked I smote hi on hi
friends!" For he was sick
And if the public has escaped And when he turn
the impression that there has been I smote the other
a great deal of buncombe on both
sides, it is only because the pub- Then come, yejc
lic is remarkably adept at such On whom the
hair-breadth escapes. Let's lynch som
Until all parties concerned Who hasn't a
began to shout Standard Oil the
public didn't know there was a
campaign; but for that convenient
political bogey it is doubtful if the managers could have
coaxed general attention away from the wind-up of the
baseball race and the beginning of the football season.
We do not doubt that Bryan, Taft and Roosevelt are,
in the main, sincere men; all three of them. But a politi-
cian may be sincere in the main and still be spotted here
and there with minor political insincerities. Mr. Bryan
would have us believe that the very idea of some corrupt
"boss", or someone connected with "the interests", sup-
porting him, causes the goose-flesh of horror to chase itself
up and down his back.
And yet we dare say that Mr. Bryan would have been
a bit disappointed if Tammany had openly espoused Taft's
cause. And Mr. Taft was guaranteed the purest thing in
politics this side the millennium. But he did not go out
of his way to repeat the drubbing he gave Colonel Cox, of
Cincinnati, a couple of years ago. He needed Cox this year.


IARQUT S Such minor insincerities, as a
ognized part of the political gar
it is played, would not be particr
noticeable save for the peculiarly agonizing manner in
each candidate protested that he was the only original
Roland Reed who would not touch the dirty weed be
the devil sowed the seed.
Some Little Roland Reeds
It is surprising how many Roland Reeds there are
in what queer places you will find them, and how aston
you are sometimes to find out that they have never toi
the dirty weed. John D. Rockefeller, who is the wick(
most iniquitous old codger that ever cogitated-acco:
to Bryan, Taft, Roosevelt, Hearst, Tom Watson and
competent authorities on I
pusses and octocrats-now
coyly into the spot-light
tSS OCTOPUS modestly admits that he is a
of little Roland Reed hir
Simultaneously with Mr. R
y governors feller's publication of the
uch depends, installment of his shy testi
he Octopus- with regard to his soul's h
lends! Senator Foraker and se
others were getting the ha:
Street, in their blubber merely be
as he slank they had once worked for B
his feet. feller. Others, while the I
cratic cock crew jubilantly
ie Octopus, nied him thrice.
y fear?"- If Mr. Rockefeller's
ed leg of his life appeals to the p
a tear--
some of those politicians
ratitude, have been using him as
ships dead, were the touchstone of u:
idates ness may be sorry they didn'
p my head; his church when they h.
chance. Mr. Rockefeller
makes a speech even make the Standard Oil
he ends
opus, popular if some president d
friends.' send him to jail before he f
chance to tell the whole truly
r hunts And speaking of Joh
ys of old, Rockefeller and his goodne,
hey hunted for, minds us of a story we read
y gold; Nero the other day. We a

committees, thought Nero was the limi
ividends- bad as Rockefeller has been
Octopus, resented, only more picture
nds." with his deviltry and gt
more real fun out of it.
ctopus? some one or other has been
and sick? going into the ruins, and un(
zd the times,
brick! ing new testimony, and d
ering that Nero, as a villain
into his eyes, only a frost after all;-he b
and brown, Rome, it is true, but it w
ad him blind, the interests of humanity, an
ced him down! place needed burning so it
emblig jaw, be built up right, and give
d weak, to the unemployed. He s
his head and sobbed killed a Christian except wh
heek! was in his cups, and he some
had horrible fits of remorse ;
candidates, wards, the next morning co
ite depends, not having been invented i
title Octopus day. But suppose he did kil
endss. a few Christians even whe
was sober? Weren't they
simply coaxing for it? If a
wants to be a martyr, if
just aching for it, and you can make one out of him wi
any trouble to yourself, why be grouchy and churlish ai
fuse? Why not loosen up a little and be a good fellow
let him have his heart's desire?
What's the use of being an emperor if you
make people happy now and then? Nero was no
sport! It even seems doubtful whether it was really
mother that he murdered; some think it was only
of his wife's relations-and, take him altogether,
has had to suffer a lot of injustice all these years.
only really authentic serious charge against him, it ap]
is that he was a poet, and used his official pull as em
to make the people around the palace listen to his vers
But while such vindications are gratifying in one
they are disappointing in another sense. If Rocke
and Nero, and the rest of the people we have been t
to think of from our earliest childhood as being incor

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ably devilish, turn out to be all right after all, what is to become of the
youth of the land? Where are we to go for horrible examples, if these fail us?
Is there to be left no Warning? Nothing to make children afraid in the dark?
Whither are we drifting? This tendency to rewrite what has always been
accepted as truth, so as to make ancient and modern history read like the Rollo
Books, may become as bad as iconoclasm if it isn't checked.
With no Personal Devils in the plot, with every character a leading juve-
nile and no one to burn the papers or steal the child or foreclose the mortgage
and turn the old folks out into the snow-storm, think how uninteresting and
uninstructive the universal melodrama may become!
John D. Rockefeller, in the interests of morality, owes it to himself as a
church member and pew owner, not to destroy the image of himself as a
bogeyman .
Where Were "The Interests"?
* Mr. Roosevelt referred to the "great and sinister moneyed interests, which
have shown such hostility to the administration," as opposing Mr. Taft. Mr.
Bryan, of course, claimed that these same interests were working for Taft
against himself. It has been hard to tell, as a matter of fact, just whom the
aforesaid "great and sinister" ones have been working for this year. It would
surprise us greatly to learn that they had taken any very active part in the fight.
The particular ones that profit directly or indirectly by the present tariff
schedules, could not, we presume, have been greatly alarmed by Mr. Taft's
utterances on the tariff; they would scarcely have made a bitter fight against
him on that score.
Nor is it to be supposed that they would overlook so obvious a fact as that
Mr. Bryan, as a president pledged to a reform policy, would find it impossible
to influence the majority in the house and senate, as a Republican President
could by partisan appeal or the use of the partisan whip. They would scarcely
make a bitter fight against Mr. Bryan on the score of his influence on future
Were we the "great and sinister moneyed interests" aforesaid we would
have figured it out that, as between Taft and Bryan, the advantages and disad-
vantages were about balanced, and would have refrained from any great excite-
ment about either of them.
So long as these "interests" hold the national legislature safe-so long as
they keep in line the members who can be depended upon for the daily work of
obstruction-there will be few important breaches in their entrenchments, no
matter who is in the White House. If they have busied themselves half as
much with the presidential campaign as they usually do with the congressional
campaigns, we will be rather astonished when the proofs of it are spread before
us. No two Bryans could hurt them as much as one Joe Cannon can help them.
The Neglected Issue
I.lr. Bryan did not make a particularly brilliant campaign. Strangely
enough, he failed to make the most of the only vital point which clearly distin-
guishes the Democratic anti-trust position from that of Taft and Roosevelt.
He neglected to accentuate the traditional Democratic doctrine with regard to
the tariff in its bearing upon the trust situation. Time that he might have de-
voted to making this distinction plain he spent in claiming that the "Roosevelt
policies" were originally his own. It is difficult to understand why he should
have disregarded the tactical advantage afforded by pressing this point home at
every opportunity, since there is little genuine belief in any quarter that the
tariff will ever be revised downward by the Republican leaders in congress.
But the issue which he preferred to put ahead of that one was a banking
scheme, absolutely untried in any country, and bearing all the earmarks of a
hastily-concocted and loosely-thought-out device for catching votes. The sub-
ordination of the tariff issue, at a time when so many Republicans are them-
selves demanding revision, to a banking proposition which may not stand the
test of analysis, falls as far short of clever politics as the bank deposit guarantee
scheme itself falls short of sound statesmanship.


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-limited to pictures of children-are printed on page 24 of this number of the
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Eighth Paper (concluded) -Klansmen Compared
Two Memorable Engagements Leading Up to the


NOW we are ready specially to compare the Ku Klux with our country-
men at Lexington and Concord. According to the letter of the law,
as suggested in the October installment, the Americans fighting the
English soldiers at these two places were rebels deserving of death. But
what have we long been taught to think of them? Here is what Bancroft says
of the men who were waiting in arms at Concord, on that epochal April
19, 1775:
"The Americans had as yet received only uncertain rumors of the morn-
ing's events at Lexington. At the sight of fire in the village, the impulse
seized them 'to march into the town for its defense'. But were they not sub-
jects of the British king? Had not the troops come out in obedience to
acknowledged authorities? Was resistance practicable? Was it justifiable?
By whom could it be authorized? No union had been formed; no independence
proclaimed; no war declared. The husbandmen and the mechanics who then
stood on the hillock by Concord River were called on to act, and their action
would be war or peace, submission or independence. Had they doubted they
must have despaired. But duty is bolder than theory, more confident than the
understanding, older and more imperative than speculative science; existing
from eternity. Prudent statesmanship would have asked for time to ponder.
Wise philosophy would have lost from hesitation the glory of opening a new
era on mankind. The train-bands at Concord acted, and God was with them."
Acted from the Simpleft of Instindts
Bancroft, in describing the fathers at Concord, also described the sons
of the Klan. These sons, volunteering to save their women from desecration,
and to keep the Caucasian blood uncontaminated, "acted from the simplest
instincts. They did not know it was a deed of fame that they were doing."
They "were called on to act". Discerning their high duty clearly, and taking
it up full-heartedly, they did not lose "from hesitation the glory of opening
a new era on mankind". ,They. acted as "the train-bands at Concord acted.
and God was with them".
Emerson says of the Battle of Concord:
"Those poor farmers who came up that day, to defend their native soil,
acted from the simplest instincts. They did not know it was a deed of fame
they were doing."
And his "Concord Hymn", celebrating the bridge where
". . Once the embattled farmers stood
And fired the shot heard round the world."

And reverently invoking the
'Spirit, that made heroes dare
To die, and leave their children free."

is treasured as a national psalm and more and more wins the praise of the
The Klan was but a section of the movement mentioned -a moment ago.
It was an anti-Africanization ground swell. Everywhere the Ku Klux, whether
regularly organized as the Knights of the White Camelia, or as those which
I have described in the foregoing chapters, or being local volunteers like "the
embattled farmers", were at work. More and more, distinction between the
order and the white population outside disappeared, and, more and more, the
order seemed to be the people and the people the order. 'Where the effort to
force the negro upon us was the strongest and most sustained, this union
of the people and the Ku Klux was most perfect. The culmination was in
South Carolina in 1876-77. Let me give you here a selection of Reynold's
homespun sentences, narrating this great episode of American history:
"The Democratic canvass opened at Anderson on September 2, 1876, and
a meeting was held in every county-the final rally being at Columbia on
November 4th. Every meeting was attended by all the white men of the
county, except the very few that it was thought necessary to leave at home.
The Democratic clubs (every man in a red shirt), came to the county seat in
military order, each commanded by its president. The column was formed
by marshals or aides, under the order of the county chairman, and he com-
manded the procession, riding with his staff at the head of the column as it
escorted the canvassers to the place of speaking.
"The red shirt procession was a feature of every campaign meeting; the
number of mounted men in uniform varying, according to the white population
of the county, from 500 to 5,000. The use of mounted men had the effect to
exaggerate in the estimate of onlookers the number of men actually present.
A thousand men on horseback, riding in easy order, every man yelling
as loud as his throat could stand . the marshals meantime riding up
and down the column . the route to the speaking ground lined with men
(the 'non-combatants'), women and children, waving flags or hats or hand-
kerchiefs to the riders and doing their part to increase the volume of lusty
yells and defiant hurrahs-such a body of men might well be taken for one
double their number.
Influence of Women at the Meetings
"On arriving at the speaking ground . the ranks were opened, and
General Hampton, escorted by committeemen and others in red shirts, walked
to the stand. Usually he was greeted with songs of young women, who
strewed his path with flowers. . The mounted men formed a semi-circle in
front, except that a place near the stand was reserved for the colored voters-
who were always urged to attend.
"A novel and suggestive feature . was the presence of ladies in such
large numbers that the town was well-nigh deserted, while as many came from
the country as could be brought-most, if not all, of the animals on the farm
being used by the men in the red shirt procession. The interest of the women
was particularly shown in dressing the speaker's stand with bunting, ever-
greens and flowers.
"The presence of good women and their hearty interest in the campaign
(Copyright, 1908, by John C. Reed.)

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to the Americans at Lexington and Concord in the
Successful War Against the English Government


helped to show that it was not a mere effort to get office or to oust office-holders,
but a movement of the people against unworthy men in control of the State.
Of the many thousands of red shirts worn by South Carolinans in 1876, scarcely
one was made except by wife, or mother, or sister, or sweetheart. General
Hampton spoke in every county."
This universal uprising of old and young of both sexes, headed by all the
men of military age in red shirts, what was it but the whole people of the State
turned Ku Klux? The exactest parallel that I find is the spontaneous insurgence
against the British yoke at the time of Lexington and Concord, which was but
the whole of New England turned Boston Tea Party. New England was not so
extremely insulted, degraded and galled by her sore oppression as the "Prostrate
State" had been for ten years in the dungeon and sweatbox of negro misgovern-
ment. The wrongs of South Carolina were greater; the menace to her of yielding
was far more direful. That was at the last either wholesale slaughter and expul-
sion of the whites or the low estate of fusion with the Ethiop. Therefore, South
Carolina's justification was more even than the high justification of New England.
Think of the far more formidable odds which she faced! The foe of New
England had to send soldiers across an ocean, while her sister communities were
near by with help. The army of America could overrun South Carolina in two
weeks, and she could not expect any assistance. And so, lofty as was the heroism
and bright as is the glory of New England, neither reaches quite to the height of
that of South Carolina. Hampton will climb century by century higher and
higher (as a people's deliverer) in the Temple of Fame, and the Ku Klux
will keep with him.
Tourgee, a Northerner, (1) reprehending, and Fleming, a Southerner, (2)
favoring, each rates the accomplishments of the Klan as a revolution. The American
revolution of 1776 caused far greater change, for it ushered in a new nation with a
new form of government-a continental federal democracy. It was a typical rev-
olution-one of progress. The Ku Klux revolution was one of reaction, a
counter-revolution, more accurately a Restoration; that is, restoration of white
rule. The architects of the Australian federation have lately, with undimmed
foresight, declared for a white Australia. But the reconstructionists forgot that
the development of federal government as model for all other peoples of the
world is the high mission of the Anglo-Saxon. When they had made formidable
advance in a mighty effort towards mixing our blood with that of the negro, the
most obstinately stationary human being at the bottom of society, the Ku Klux
revolution beneficently turned the Nation back to its right course. Success
justifies revolution. Surely the complete success of this revolution in such a high
cause settles it forever that the Klan was, in its motive and career, both morally
and expediently right.
The gross exaggeration of the number of homicides and so-called outrages
by the Ku Klux can be disposed of in one truth-telling sentence: No other great
revolution of force in history was less bloody and cruel.
The last important word that I have to say is that the Klan most strikingly
illustrates the automatic defensive, self-preserving and development-furthering
machinery of the democratic social organism.
The environment in which I have passed my life has familiarized me with
Southern examples. In the preface to my late book, besides the Klan, I men-
tioned stock laws to take the place of fencing no longer practicable with
freedmen laying down the maul and wedge, and the white primary. Since I
wrote that I have become almost sure that the cotton-growers will, by their
lately formed combination, steadily maintain the price of their product; a co-
operative enterprise far exceeding all others in numbers interested and extent
of territory covered.
One notes that the people everywhere in the United States are irresistibly
moved in city, state and national government to subvert the corporation-con-
trolled machine. The self-acting machinery just emphasized is the good angel of
America. Its works are always good. The Boston Tea Party, the resistance of
tyranny at Lexington and Concord, the Declaration of Independence, and so on
to our own time when we see the election of United States Senators by the State
Legislatures, and the Fifteenth Amendment stricken out of the constitution by
popular de facto enactment-are all its accomplishment.
The Ku Klux Klan was also one of the great works of the good angel

(1) Chapter XXXIV, "A Fool's Errand", 124-252, is his opinion and sentence.
(2) "Civil War and Reconstruction in Alabama", Chapter XXI, 654-709,
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A modern ice-making machine and the original Gorrie device
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has been getting the glory because France decorates and pensions her savants to
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It was never Dr. Gorrie's purpose to perfect a process for making ice, but
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cases were being treated. At that time Apalachicola was the most important
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Carolinan by birth and Floridian by adoption, the glory really belongs. M.
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frozen inside, that are inseparable adjuncts to the tables of Parisian caf6s, pro-
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culed the utility of the invention to such an ex-
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and there was never a Gorrie ice-making machine
built for commercial purposes, nor did the inven-
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Slater reported that he was a friend and associate
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However, his machine was commercially prac-
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literature extended his fame abroad. It is recorded that he was far in advance
of his time in many other lines besides refrigeration. He died at Apalachicola
June 18, 1855, after a short illness.
The disappointments that had
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along commercial lines keenly af-
fected him and contributed mate- Apalachicola, Florida, doctor
really to weaken his constitution.
The Boston newspaper that who laid the foundation for an
said he was a crank for trying to industry which is world-wide,
make ice, shot a poisoned dart into
a man who knew he was working and the product of which has
for the health and comfort of mil-
lions who had not the ice facilities proved an inestimable boon to
that Bcston possessed.
Dr. Gorrie's body was buried mankind. Yet Dr. Gorrie in-
in the beach cemetery. Many vented a way to make ice, not
years later it was disintered and
reburied in the present municipal for commercial purposes, but
cemetery wl ere it rests to-day.
The wonderful contribution in order that he and others of
made to industrial science by the
great Floridian was almost over- his profession might relieve the
looked by the South for a long sufferings of victims offever.
time. In a few technical works
due credit was given him for his This obscure physician sixty-
invention, but so far as the public
was concerned he was forgotten three years ago, while seeking
until Captain George H. White-
side, of Apalachicola, launched a to.cool air in hospitals, learned
movement to erect a monument to hear mechnicl rfrigra
his memory. theartf mecha refgera-
By personal solicitation Cap- tion, which others developed.
tain Whiteside induced the ice
manufacturers of the South to
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other sources was used to purchase an unpretentious but dignified monument of
gray bronze. This stands to-day' in a prominent position in the little Florida
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far removed from ice-making. It enters
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perishable is carried in cold storage under
refrigeration at some time or place, ranging
from furs to fruit trees and from chicken
to chocolate.
.* There is under way in Florida now a
movement to place a statute of Dr. Gorrie
in one of the niches in the National Hall
of Fame allotted to that State. It should
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physician who in his efforts to alleviate
human suffering laid the foundation for a
world-wide industry and made existence in
summer more tolerable for all dwellers in
I lands where no ice crop is gathered and
stored for use in the heated term. Dr. Gor-
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T ONY stretched himself on the red
hearth rug, purring his gratitudeBy MARTHA
for the diminutive fire in the
grate, and looking up at me, when I spoke to
him, through oblique slits that showed barely -.
a gleam from his sleepy green eyes. Tony was
a beauty. His great head and paws and his
long, sinuous body had the markings of a .
tiger, though in alien colors, yellow overlaid
with mottlings and stripings of dark, rich red.
Leaving him to doze in peace, I took up / i
the evening paper and was just getting in-
terested in it, when I was interrupted by a
question that presents itself in every house-
hold with weaiisome recurrence. \
."Miss Sarah, what we gwine ter git fer
dinner ter-morrer?"
"Don't ask me, Chaney," I answered with-
out looking up. "You know what I like. Youl
cook it every day. I expect you to do as well
by me as Aunt Seabie does, and not bother
me about it."
"Yes'm," said Chaney, reflectively; "I'11
do my bes'; but I shore will miss Miss Seabie." --
She pumped up a resounding sigh as she --
cleared away the dishes. I was sorry for
Chaney; I feared that responsibility would
weigh her down; but I couldn't take charge
of the housekeeping. I had enough to do with
my school work. She sighed again. "I
hope nobody wont come here ter eat while
Miss Seabie's gone," she said.
"I don't think anyone will. I haven't
invited anyone, and I know Uncle hasn't;
besides, Uncle will be in the country most
of the time with Aunt Seabie."
"Yes'm." She stood with the backs of
her hands on her hips; there was a woe- "E you gets
begone expression on her thin, black face,
and the ends of her white "head-rag", which were tied at the back of her neck, move
stiffly with every emphatic jerk of her head. "No'm; not 'les'n Mr. Parsons wus ter ta
a notion ter have a man a-wuckin' here, er some sich foolishness es dat. You wusn' he
when dat las' man wus a-mendin' de leak up-stairs. My Lor'! Never seed nobody coul
stuff sich a sight. I've seed folks eat gorgeously, I've eat gorgeously myse'f, but, Lorde
dat man eat de mos' gorgermously uv anybody 'at ever I did see. I don't mine fer nobo
ter come whiles Miss Seabie's here, but I wants de bills ter be littler'n ever now. Ef you'
jes' please ter go over de books ev'y o'nct in a while, Miss Sara
so's I kin see how I'm a-comin' on, I wont bother you f
noth'n' else."
I had promised to spend the evenings in the dining-room
be near Chaney, and now I got a book and settled down to real
When she came in from the kitchen again, she said:
"Miss Sarah, ef you gits skeered 'fo' Mr. Parsons come hor
you jes' holler fer me, an' I'll come ter you."
"I don't believe you would; you'd be scared to death."
"Yes'm, I would. I'd water be where you wus, an' I'd he
-you holler."
"Oh, go on, Chaney !"
I heard her lock the door, put the key through the wi
-.S e "dow, lock the kitchen door, and go
Usher house, which was only a few yar(
from the piazza. Her door opened a
shut; then there was silence except f
the persistent ticking of the clock.
A few days later, when Tony r'
to meet me in the kitchen, loudly mewing his greetings at
rubbing his lithe body affectionately "against my skirt, Chan
turned to him angrily.
"Yes, I's fed you," she growled. "Nee'n' ter be tellia' si<
N stories on me. You miss yo' ole mistis; dat's what
matter wid you. I aint be'n pomperin' you up on mi
like she do."
For a week the housekeeping went on as usual, so f
as I could see; the grocer's and butcher's books showed
that she was keeping well within bounds. I compliment
her on her good management. Although I kept pretty
busy, I noticed that Chaney seemed ill at ease. Severe
times she contrived to speak to me alone; but always who
I thought she was about to tell me what was on her mine
she turned and went away.
One evening, after I had been locked in as usual,

Jut. V


With the Sun and a Cat

U T C H thunder-storm came up. It was so vio-
U R TL lent as to threaten an immediate shower,
and I ran up-stairs to close the win-
dows. When I got back to the dining-room,
I found Chaney and her children sitting on
A Sthe floor with their backs against the wall.
"We come in ter stay wid you," Chaney
explained. "My house wus a-rockin' same :as
a cradle; an' ev'y time de lightning' come, I
thought it had hit me; an' ev'y time de thun-

An' dare wus de chillun, all scrooched
down, a-hollerin' an' a-cryin'; an' we
picked up an' come in here."
The children didn't cry any more, but
they dodged and trembled at every loud
shock; and Chaney threw her apron over
her head, and moaned until the thunder be-
came a distant rumble. By that time the
rain was coming down so hard that they
couldn't get back to their house, and they
sat still and waited. I was marking history
papers, accompanying Alexander for the
tenth time that evening on his celebrated line
of march, and leaving a. trail of red ink to
mark my progress; finding him strangely
prone to conquer undiscovered countries, I
drew rigid lines and boundaries, and posted
unknown territory to keep him out; at last
I expressed my disgust at having to rewrite
.Vp E . o the whole campaign.
i "W'y, I thought dem red writing's meant
ex-er-lent," said Chaney, whose children were in school.
"Then you're very much mistaken," I answered, no doubt with un-
due emphasis, as I continued to illuminate the paper.
The children were both asleep; Joshua's jaw dropped to give vent
to a faint snore, and Priscilla's head was sinking toward her shoulder.
holler erme Chaney got up and came near me.
"Miss Sarah," she whispered, with a backward glance at the uncon-
cious children, "is you noticed Tony uv late?"
"Tony? No. What's the matter with him? I haven't seen him this evening."
Chaney looked about uneasily, twisting her apron into a rope and straightening it
ut again. When she spoke, her voice was hollow and impressive. "Tony's a-actin' mighty
range. He come in de kitchen dis morning an' say 'Chaney', jes es plain. I wus skeered,
ut I wouldn't let on ter 'im. I say, 'Tony, what's de matter?' an' th'owed 'im a piece er
eat what I wus a-eat'n' fer my breakfus. An' when I wus i'nin' yo' waist-es, he come in
a' set in a chair, an' look right spang in my face an' say, 'Ohaney',
g'in, jes es plain. I tell you my hair fairly riz, but I happen ter
think, an' I th'owed 'im sump'n on de steps; an' when he runned
tter it, I shet de do' an' locked it. Oh, Miss Sarah, I'm skeered er
ony. I'm skeered"-here she stooped over me and whispered very
ow,-"I'm skeered he's a ha'nt. He ack like one. Oh, my Lordy! I
wouldn't have Tony ter come in my house at night fer noth'n'."
"Cats are not 'ha'nts', Chaney," I said, reassuringly.
"Yes'm; dey is. Dey say dey is." Her furtive eyes sought every
object in the room, as she held her hands tightly clasped on her
leaving bosom. "You know," she continued like one tortured, "dey
in drap dat skin what dey got, an' be ernother kin' er ha'nt."
"But we've raised Tony from a little yellow kitten," I protested.
"Yes'm; I knows it. But you never kin tell."
"There are not any 'ha'nts', Chaney."
"You dunno, Miss Sarah. You aint never seed none."
"Have you?"
"Yes'm; seen 'em an' hearn 'em, too."
"What is a 'ha'nt'?"
"Dey got all diffunt kin's," she answered obscurely.
"Well, what can they do to you?" I persisted, impatiently.
Chaney's eyes rolled in terror. "Oh, Lordy!" she replied in
wavering tones, "when you gits so's you kin see dem things, you
es dwivels away, an' dwivels away, tell you aint noth'n' but de skin
n' de bone-an' den you dies."
"Oh, Chainey! Who's been stuffing you full of this nonsense
since Aunt Seabie went away? Who's been here to see you?"
"I know better. Tell me all about it," I insisted.
"Well, me an' Henry"-the grocer's
oy-"be'n a-talkin' 'bout dis here eclipsee
de sun. Ef I had 'a' knowed dat
lipse wus a-comin' an' Miss Seabie
one ter de country, I never would
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'a' let 'er went," she admitted.
I talked to her for an hour
about eclipses, and my manner,
more than my words, reassured
One evening I thought she was
wholly restored, not to reason,
but to her topsy-turvy sanity.
She lingered about the dining-
room so long that at last I looked
up to see what was the matter.
She placed the backs of her hands
on her hips.
"Miss Sarah," she began quiet-
ly, though her voice trembled
with suppressed excitement, "does
you think teachers, nigger teach-
ers, is got any right ter 'buse
de chillun in dey room, an' call
'em black apes, right out 'fo'
"Do they?" I asked unguard-
"Yes'm; dey does," she replied
hotly. Her hands leaped to the
assistance of her tongue, and as
she poured out abuse, she acted
all the parts of her narrative.
I broke in on the tirade. "But,
Chaney, I should think they'd be
used to it. I've heard some such
language addressed to them in
the back yard, if I'm not mis-
"Yes'm; I know it, but Im dey
mother. Dat fool nigger what
teaches 'em-I wisht you could 'a'
seed 'er when I went to see 'bout
dey books,-she's black es I is, J
an' here she come 'long"-Chaney
was mimicking her to perfection-
"here she come 'long, j es a-smilin'
an' a-simperin', an' a-twis'in' an'
a-turnin', an' a-trailin' dat long- i
tailed dress er her'n; an' she say: i
'Good morning. I jes roll my
eyes at 'er, an' I never say
noth'n'. I tell you what, ef dat
nigger fool wid me, ef she don't I
stop calling' my chillun black-
faced monkeys an' de like er dat,
I'm-I'm-I'll mash 'er mouf fer
'er. Ef I git my ban's in dat
rairin' pompydo' er her'n, I bet I
make her wool fly. Dey'll be a
council scrape 'fo' I gits though
wid dat nigger yit."
In vain I tried to reason with
her; told her that the teacher
probably meant no harm, doubt-
less had worked out her methods
of discipline from recollections of
her own childhood. Chaney had
made up her mind to a "council
scrape", and nothing else would
satisfy her. The police courts
never seemed adequate to pass
judgment on her hypothetical
scrimmages; she referred them at
once to a higher tribunal.
At last I diverted her anger un-
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I asked innocentlyt enough.
Chaney started, a sickening
fear crept over her face, the
anger died out of her eyes, her
jaw dropped, and she trembled
slightly. Her voice sank to the
hollow whisper reserved for un-
canny subjects. "Miss Sarah,"
she said, "I be'n a-studyin' 'bout
Tony all de morning ; I aint seed
'im fer fo-five days; an' dat look
mightily like he's a ha'nt."
"Don't bring up all that non-
sense again," I said impatiently.
"Somebody may be trying to keep
- him; he's such a fine cat."
The look she bent on me was
lofty and sad. "Dey would' no
nigger steal 'im, an' dey would'
no nigger kill 'im; you know dat."
"Then he'll come back all
right," I argued.
"Yes'm; he might kin come
back ter-day, er he might kin
come back ter-morrer, but ef he
come matter dat--" She shook her
head sadly and heaved a deep
sigh. "Miss Sarah, I'm feared 1

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got ter leave dis place. God knows I don' water go; you an' Miss Seabie's
jes like kin-folks ter me; but trouble follers me. Sence I broke dat lookin'-
glass las' year, ev'y time I turns my coffee cup, I see trouble, noth'n' but
trouble." She drew a long shuddering breath. "'Sides, I seed sumpn dis
morning Dunno what 'twus. Lula"-one of her colored friends-"say it was
a pernition-er sumpn," she concluded rather doubtfully.
"What's that?" I asked, completely puzzled.
"Well, hit's sorter like looking' in de face er trouble 'fo' you gits ter where
you kin see it at,' she explained, slowly.
"Oh," I cried, enlightened. "Premonition."
"Yes'm; dat's it. I des dunno how ter call it. Oh, Lordy! I misses Miss
Seabie de wuss kin'." She buried her face in her bony hands, and shuddered
again and again, uttering groan after groan of agony; then she turned abruptly
and left me. I heard her moan, "Ef he wus ter come back-"
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About an hour later she broke in on me unceremoniously, her emaciated
face a study in mingled surprise, misery, and the old haunting fear. At the
sound of a sob close behind her, she jumped like some poor guilty creature
expecting a death blow; but as two dark little figures glided from the shadow
into the light, she said loftily, with an emphatic movement of her arm: "You
jes es well ter 'a' not come. I take a stick an' break yo' back, you come yere
spyin' roun' me an' eve'drappin' at de do'. G'long."
"Ma-a-a-ma," chattered Priscilla, "I's skeer-r-r-rd."
"Hike yo'se'f back in dat house, bofe er you, 'fo' I blisters yo' hides. You
hear me?" raising her voice threateningly.
"Yas'm," came the faint response as the children fled.
She closed the door with shaking hands and put her thin back against it.
Then her voluble tongue began to explain her agitation.
"Miss Sarah, dat wus Ben. My dream's done out, an' de coffee-cup per-
nition done out, an' de Tony business-Oh, Lordy! I can't level my mind on
sich es dat yit. But las' night I dremp 'bout a fun'al, an' dis morning' I tried
rale hard ter not see no drugs in my cup; but when I set it down, dere wus a
wed'n' in it des es flat es de nose on my face. An' so he'p me, ef Ben aint
done broke de news. Ben's done went an' ma'ied ol' pisin Sally War'n."
I watched the tense lines in her twisting face and the restless roving of
her eyes.
"You know I be'n namin' ter you how trouble follers me. Well, ev'ything
be'n a-singin' ter me fer trouble. Seem like sumpn jes a-set'n' at my do',
pint'n' at me fer trouble. Noth'n' but trouble, trouble, trouble, ev'y which
a-way I turns." There was a world of weariness in her voice, a startling effect
of sudden ageing in her furrowed face.
As she paused, evidently at a loss for words, I said gently, "We all have
our troubles, Chaney, every one of us."
Anger flashed momentarily in her eyes, as she scented the generality and
its purpose to divert her. It died out as suddenly as it had come. There was
no trace of it in her haggard face as she answered wistfully, "Yes'm; I know
it. White folks has dey troubles, an' niggers has dey troubles, but," with a
slight hesitation, "white folks don't have no nigger troubles."
Her hands were knotted together in her efforts to control her shaking
body and her tricksy voice, which occasionally leaped to a queer vibrant tone,
as if a coarse wire had been suddenly twanged; and her furtive eyes were
never for a moment still. She aimlessly fingered the hem of her apron; she
dropped it as she came nearer and lowered her voice to a husky whisper. "Miss
Sarah, I'm gwine ter tell you de hows an' de whys uv it all. I's jes nachally
'bleege ter ease my min' some. You know June was my husband But de
nigger aint made what I'd stay in de house wid when he tuck up a notion ter
beat me like he done. Dey'd 'a' had me ter hang ef June hadn' lef' dat place.
Yes'm, dey'd 'a' had a dead nigger ter 'a' drug out er dere, ef he'd 'a' so much
es laid de weigh' er his han' on me ag'in. I thought I love June, but I never.
.An' me an' Ben got in love. An' we'd 'a' ma'ied, too, but it
cos' mo' 'n me an' him could raise ter git me a divo'ce an' him one, too. You
knows how cos'ly dem things is. Dey cost-es twenty-five dollars, an', bless
Katy, no po' nigger like I is can't git none. Well, Ben's wife died, an' me an'
him done had fixed it up ter git me a divo'ce; but dat Sally, she kep' on at
'im, an' nex' thing I knowed dey jes tuck off an' ma'ied."
"It was a mean trick for Ben to play you, wasn't it?"
"No'm," she said, decidedly. "I never blame Ben 'bout it. 'Twusn' his
fault. He would' 'a' done dat ef he could 'a' hope it. Ole Sally War'n put a
spell on 'im, dat's what she done. He never love 'er none. Gwine ter quit 'er
soon's 'e kin. She never keer'd noth'n' 'bout him neither. Jes water plague
me an' him an' show what she kin do. Miss Sarah," she whispered impressively,
"dat woman charmed him same ez a cat charms a bird."
"Why, Chaney!" I cried, startled by her terrible earnestness.
"Yes'm," she affirmed solemnly. "Hit's de God-forsaken trufe what I
a-tellin' you, ef ever I tol' it in my born days. She done done dat much ter
Ben. An' what I water know now is what kin' er dev'lment she gwine ter
dose out ter me."
I was held spell-bound by the torture in her eyes, which I had no magic to
remove. Again I thrilled at her whisper, tense with suppressed horror. "Some-
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her eyes rolling uneasily-"sometime I think-'at Tony"-she writhed at the
name-" 'at Tony gwine ter come back-"
"What do you mean, Chaney? I asked in bewilderment. What's Tony
got to do with all this?"
Aimlessly she fingered her apron, aimlessly one lean black hand stroked
the other, her restless eyes and her terrified brain taking no account of her
"What's Tony got to do with it?" I repeated.
Chaney winced. "She's de ve'y color uv 'im," she breathed so low that I
barely caught the words.
The revelation of her grewsome thought came to me with a shock. Again
I blundered into useless argument. "How could a woman be the color of
Tony?" I asked.
"Well, co'se she aint blotched up like him," she answered miserably, "but
she got dat same kin' er yaller hide."
Never before had I realized so fully the futility of ministering to a mind
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"Good-by," she said, with the lips which had felt like ice under their touch.
"I hope Ellen will take good care of you. She says she will."
"Oh, I'll be all right," he answered. 'He looked at his open-faced watch
which lay on the desk. "So you are going now? Well, I'd walk down with
you but I don't want to leave this thing," indicating his spotless manuscript
paper, "I have an inspiration that I don't want to lose. Good-by. Give Aunt
Sarah my love and if-if I can be of service, don't hesitate to-but, really, I
think-even if the worse came-that I'd better not come; you know how that
sort of thing upsets me, and unfits me for work."
"I know, and I shouldn't expect you to come," Mrs. Tidwell said, and
she was gone.
Out on the sidewalk, as she was trudging along under the weight of a
rather cumbersome satchel, she heard a voice behind her. It was Gilbert
Neal returning to the store from his luncheon at Daggart's.
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me. I'll take you to the stage. I hear you are going to leave us."
"Only for a while, Gilbert," she raised her sympathetic and grateful eyes
as she relinquished the satchel.
"Oh, I know," he said gently, for he had always found himself speaking
gently to that particular woman, "but I hope it wont be as bad as you fear."
"It may not," she said simply, her eyes on the ground.
"Mrs. Tidwell," there was an awkward flush on his face, "I'm afraid there
are some things which come very hard for me to say-things which I want to
say, too, and things I'm always telling myself I'm going to say, but which
always hang in my throat when I meet you. But I can't have you go off like
this and not know, not understand how deeply I appreciate your many kind-
nesses to me."
"Oh, I haven't done anything!" she protested.
"Oh, yes, you have; you have been my truest friend. I am always hearing
something nice that you have done or said in my behalf. I heard of several
things when I was in that last trouble over Dave. Folks told me you felt for
me and with me, and did all you could to help me. I can never forget that,
Mrs. Tidwell-never."
She let her eyes rest on his for a moment, and then she said:
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you have been made to suffer all your life and through no fault of your own.
It seems to me that Fate has had a sharp grudge against you, and I want to
see you free."
"Well, I am now, anyway," he laughed. "Things are coming my way at
last, Mrs. Tidwell. I like being a business man better than a farmer. I seem
to have struck my talent at last, and after all, it was that last trouble which
indirectly gave me the opening."
"Yes, yes, but-" the woman let her eyes wander to the square ahead of
them where the stage stood under the shade of the trees. She seemed unable
to finish'what she had started to say and so they walked on silently.
"There is one thing I wish I could ask and be not misunderstood," she be-
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"What is that?" he wanted to know. "I'd move heaven and earth to oblige
you. On my honor, I am not joking."
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"It might cause you to look on me as a meddling, jealous gossip. But I have
reasons which seem good enough and the thought is prompted solely by my
great interest in your welfare. Gilbert, I can't help it, but I don't want you
to go to see Laura very often. I have nothing to say against her, not one word,
though I know of innumerable things she has said about me. I'm afraid the
contact with her wont exactly be for your ultimate good. That is all. Do you
see? Can you understand? And will you hate me for this? If you do, I can't
help it. I-I felt it my duty to say it-and I have."
His face, at first full of pain, seemed to melt as he looked on her, as she
stood almost trembling after her outburst.
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decided not to do so. You may count on that."
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"And you are not angry with me?" they were now at the stage, and he
had put her satchel on the rear seat and was doffing his hat and offering
his hand.
"On the contrary, I feel more grateful to you for this particular interest
in me than in any other of your kind deeds. I understand the situation better
than you think, and could not be otherwise than deeply appreciative."
"Then that is out of my mind," she smiled, in great relief.
He aided her to a seat in the stage and stood, with his high brow bared
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Once she looked back and saw him crossing the square to the store and
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FROM the garden in the rear of his house the Rev. Lawrence Tidwell watched
the stage as it left the village and crawled along the red clay road which
led towards'the west. It was no sooner out of sight than he sauntered down
to his church, went in and looked aimlessly over the empty, dust-covered seats
upon which the afternoon sun was falling through the, windows, and shrugged
his shoulders. "I wonder," he mused, "if I have really spoken here for the last
time. Well, it depends on her-all on her. And if she should refuse I'm afraid
I'd never be able to put my heart into another sermon. Oh, I'm so tired of it!
That other would mean a new birth, a new life under skies bright.with the
sunshine of hope and happiness."
SHe sat alone in the high-backed clerical chair behind the white pulpit and
waited, counting the minutes as they were doled out to him from the old clock
on the white plastered wall at the far end of the room between the two entrance
doors, waited for the hour to arrive at which Lucille had agreed to meet him
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Chronicles of the Zotwots

The Grawky

Teacher's Fate

Verse and Picture

A School Teacher grawky,
Whose hands were all chawky,
Kept children oft-times after school;
The Zotwots tip-toed in,
Snooched that maiden so thin,
With giggles, away to a pool
To add billions and 'leven
Times ten thousand and seven,
And prove it, according to rule!

P. S.

Now the Jay-fowl never does forget
The things the Zotwots do;
For the Jay-fowl is the Zotwots' pet,
And the Zotwots know it, too!

An "Uncle Remus" Letter

7 February, 1897.
Dear Daughter:
I'll get you a kodak with pleasure. To that end, I have
instructed both Julian and Evelyn to scour the town and
find one that is nice enough.
But listen, Miss Pods: don't study too hard. Take care
of your health. I'd rather see your report chock full of
98's than to pay a doctor's bill. Study is a good thing, but
"too much of a good thing is a plenty", as we say in Georgia.
There is the same dreadful dearth of news here. You
get all the city news in the Evening Consti. As to neighbor-
hood news, why, you must know that Dame Gossip has been
compelled to keep indoors with her head wrapped in flannel
and a hot rock to her feet. To-day is the first day she
could come out, and-ting! goes the door-bell, and I hear
the joyful voice of Miss -- in the hall. I suppose we
shall get all the news next, but as I have to write this letter
in the dining-room, I'll not get the benefit of it. You can
guess, however.
"Did you see Miss ---'s new dress?"
"Did I? Well, I should say! Anybody could see it a
mile off."

"Why does she choose such colors
contrasts ?"
"Heigh-ho! (sigh) don't ask
me, child; it's too ridiculous."
"And did you notice ----'s
"Heh-eh-eh-eh! (giggle) oh,
wasn't it a fright?"
"Fright! Don't mention it!
Why doesn't she get somebody to
go with her when she buys her
things?" .. .And so on and
so forth.

My dear, I hope you'll look
at the world as I do as you grow
older. If you do, it will be a mix-
ture of plum pudding and mince

and have such queer

This letter was writt
Harris to his daughter
school in a town in S
though he was oppose;
Mr. Harris's study of
put him in possession
istic comment, a fragm
produced in this letter
to the young lady to
Sandwiched between
news" you will find ma
humor. This is one of
Remus" letters to apple
Department from mon

pie all the year 'round. I enjoy gossip because it gives
me a clue to character, and there's nothing richer than
human character. To me, the most serious person is the
most humorous, if I can but get him to open his mouth
and speak freely, and sometimes the most humorous are the
most serious. You remember Jincy in Sister Jane.
When Tootsie moves, a new set of furniture-birch-
wood: think of that!-is to be placed in your room, and it
is to be yours all by yourself; everything spick and span,
everything new; all the cobwebs knocked down, all the dust
blown out, and all the flies friz. And if the blankets are
too hairy, we'll have 'em shaved.
Mama isn't joking about coming to see you. When the
weather breaks up a little and settled down into something
that can be depended upon, she'll come.

The donkey got to playing with the calf the other day,
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calf fell down. Whereupon, the donkey jumped on him
and proceeded to dance the Highland Fling. The calf was
supposed to be dead, but it wasn't hurt.
Essie and Rob have gone over to Jennie's (I'm writing
Sunday afternoon)-I don't know
whether they are going to have a
baseball game or a plain con-
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Letters from

Sat in Washington's Chair
Harrisburg, Pa.-Dear Friends: I
wish to tell you about the good times
I have at my home in Southeastern
Pennsylvania. During the winter I
reside in Harrisburg, the capital,
while in the summer I go to my
country home at Landisville, on the
outsikrts of which our cottage is situ-
ated in a beautiful grove. One sum-
mer we took a trip to Ephrata to see
the cloisters. In going we passed over
an English stile and a very old bridge.
When we came to the place we found
the Brothers' House closed because it
was unsafe to enter. The Sisters'
House, however, was in good condi-
tion, considering that it was built
before the. Revolutionary War. We
were conducted through it by an el-
derly woman of German-Irish de-
scent, whose witty remarks greatly
amused us. A few of the many things
we saw were the old German illus-
trated hymnals, hand-made spoons,
knives and forks, spinning wheels,
rope, stocking shapers or stretchers,
the first American bedstead and the
roof to the second floor, which was
earthen. It was made this way so
that if the Indians attempted to set
fire to the roof it would burn no
farther than this earthen floor. In
going in we were asked to sit on the
chair on which George Washington
sat, and to drink out of a.jug from
which he drank, for General Wash-
ington had five hundred wounded sol-
diers at this place and came to visit
them every two weeks. We were then
conducted into the saal, or church.
A monument was erected on a hill
near the cloisters in honor of the
dead soldiers. My pets are a baby
sister and two little brothers. I am
eleven years old.
1809 North Third Street.

Will Exchange Post Cards
Nocoma, Tex.-Dear Uncle Re-
mus: We have been taking UNCLE
tle over a year, and after reading the
many nice letters in the Children's
Department, I thought I would write
and see if I could be one of the prize-
winners. I think UXCLE REMUS'S
MAGAZINE is the best Magazine I-ever
saw, and those stories that "Uncle
Remus" wrote are so funny they make
the old laugh as well as the young.
I was so sorry to hear of our dear
Uncle's death, and I know the rest
of the cousins were, too. His fam-
ily has my sympathy. We have Mr.
Harris's picture and expect to keep
it to remember our dear Uncle who
wrote those funny stories. My father
and mother were raised in "the good
old State of Georgia", as they call it.
I never was there but once, and that"
did me! My, those old rock hills! I
have an aunt living in Atlanta. I
have one little canary bird. He is
just as funny as he can be. He sure
can sing! The other night, a little
after sundown, I was out in the
orchard and heard something. I
looked around, and, behold! it was
Brer Rabbit. He was going just as
fast as he could run. I suspect it'was
your Brer Rabbit running away, don't
you? I would like to receive cards
and letters from any of the cousins.
I wish great success to the Magaizne
and the Children's Department.
Found a War-Time Bayonet
Corinth, Miss.-Dear Uncle Re-
mus: I enjoy reading your nice
stories very much, and also the letters
from the boys and girls. I will tell
you something about the town I live
in. Corinth is very old, and was
founded before the Civil War. A
great many battles were fought
around here. I was digging in the
back yard one day and found an old
rusty bayonet; around the fortifica-
tion you can easily find cannon balls
and bullets. I have been in the

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house where General Grant had his
headquarters, and I have seen the bed
he slept in; it is a big four-posted
bed with a tester. The battle of
Shiloh was fought about twenty-three
miles from here. Albert Sidney John-
son was killed in that battle and
buried there.

Saw Tracks of Panther
Bullards, Oregon-Dear Uncle Re-
mus: I am a little girl who lives on
a dairy ranch. My papa has sixty-
three cows. We also have four horses
and a. pony. The horses are named
Joe, Mell, Prince and Selim, while the
pony's name is Baldy. I walk two
miles to school through the woods
and often see rabbits, and once I saw
the tracks of a panther. We have a
little red school house. It has only
one room, and. there are twenty-four
seats in it. Each seat is made for
two children to sit upon. I can see
from our front porch a river called
Coquille. It has four lumber mills
and a town called Coquille on its
banks. When we want anything we
go to Coquille for it. There are two
other towns on the river, but one is
too far away and the other is small.
We have about thirty hens and eighty-
three little chickens. Eight of them
are mine; mama gave them to me for
a birthday present. For pets I have
five cats, named Punch, Judy, Min
Lou, Pinky Jane and Bengal Boy.
Punch and Judy are stripped cats;
Judy has a white breast. Min Lou
and Joe are yellow, and Pinky Jane
is black. Bengal Boy lacks four
inches of being a yard long. He
is striped also. I have a flower gar-
den with all kinds of plants in it,
but I have mostly poppies. We
hardly ever have snow; it rains most
of the winter, and we have to wear
rubber boots, but we have fun all the
same. I forgot to tell about three
more of my pets. They are two pigeons
and a calf. The pigeons are gray with
a little white on them. Their names
are Dick and Biddy. Dick loves to
fight. He pocks with his bill and
hits- with his wings. Biddy does not
like to be handled. My calf is black
and her name is Valentine. I like
stories. HARRIET EDDY.

Heard the Wolves Howl
Ray, N. Dak.-Dear Uncle Remus:
I am a little girl ten years old. I
live in North Dakota. I live two and
a half miles from a little town called
Ray. I like your Magazine very
much. The country around here is
very hilly. I have a pet cow named
Nellie, a Scotch Collie dog named
Brownie, and two pet kittens. My
dog is half wolf. When I came to
Ray I used to hear the wolves howl.
The Missouri River is about twelve
miles and a half from our place, and
Beaver Creek is about four and a
half miles away. The North Dakota
people raise oats, flax, barley, rye and
wheat. There are so many gophers
around here that the people have to
poison them, for if they don't the
gophers will eat up the crops. I have
found a bird's nest each summer since
I have lived here. I have five dolls
and a Teddy bear. I like the stories
"Uncle Remus" wrote, and I hope to
get one of his books.
Visited National Museum
Baxley, Ga.-Dear Uncle Remus:
I thought I could interest your read-
ers by telling them of a trip I took
to Washington not long ago. My
father is a merchant and it is his
custom to go, dr send one of his
clerks, to Baltimore each year to
purchase his fall stock, and he con-
sented for me to accompany him this
year. For my benefit he took me to
Washington, and the numerous build-
ings we saw there I will not attempt
to describe. I will only describe a
few of the most important ones. The
National Museum is one of the most
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ington. In it are to be seen stuffed
animals from a whale to a lizard,
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relics of the Spanish-American War,
including various Filipino weapons.
One I noticed was a Filipino cannon.
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the models of different craft, vessels
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car, something on the order of a box
car, only three times as large. This
is attached to the end of a rope,
the other end is so arranged that it
can be shot out by means of a cannon,
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Water Phosphorescent
Cocoa, Fla.-Dear Uncle Remus:
I live away down in South Florida
on the west bank of the big, blue,
beautiful Indian River. It is nearly
always blue, for down here the sky
is almost always blue. Only for a
short time every few days do we have
a dark sky that ends in a big rain.
Then the river is a dull gray, with
rolling, white-capped waves. In the
winter our winds come from the north
and northwest, from over far-away
banks of snow and frozen waters,
and then we must have a little fire
for a few days. But in summer we
get the rattling, spicy trade-winds
from the southeast, that make our
southern coast the best place I know.
We have nine long months of "good
old summer time", and during this
period we enjoy our choicest fruits,
particularly the pineapple. The boys
and girls go boating, cycling, and you
never saw such fishing in your life.
Our great river is full of them, many
kinds, and we have a market here
that handles thousands of pounds of
Indian River fish every day.. At night
sister and I and our mama often sit
out on the long wharves and watch
the phosphorescent water, which is
prettier on dark nights. Whenever
a fish darts through the water it
makes a trail of light as bright as
the flesh of a match, and there are
little eddies of bright light all around
the "piles" on which the wharf is
built. We do enjoy these nights out
there over the splashing water, in the
rippling breeze, watching many boats
come and go in the soft dark or in
the bright moonshine. And there are
such beautiful stars! We can see
several fine constellations, and our
mama tells 'us many stories of the
stars. Nowhere in the world does
the great Milky Way show up like
it does in South Florida on the In-
dian River. VImGINIA MEYEa.
She Is a Musician
Columbia, S. C.-Dear Uncle Re-
mus: My father has been taking your
Magazine about five months. I always
try to get it first when it comes be-
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mother is reading "Gilbert Neal" and
she thinks it is fine. Our school
opened in September and I was very
glad. I am in the sixth grade. I
also take music, and can play very
well. I have one sister and two
brothers younger than myself. I am
twelve years old, my sister ten, one
of my brothers four, and the young-
est nine months. We had ten little
puppies and all of them died except
two. We gave one of them away. The
other is named Clyde. My grand-
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I have two aunts who also live in
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of the city in a suburb called Shan-
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my sister and brothers and I are
the only children in the family. I
haven't an Uncle Remus book, but we
have one in our school library, and I
like it fine. NELL CARTER.
1003 Woodrow Street, Shandon.

Knows Who "Little Boy" Is
Montone, Ala.-Dear Uncle Remus:
I will tell you and the cousins about
my country home. I came from Dal-
ton, Ga., when I was three years old,
so I have been living on Lookout
Mountain ever since. I live on a large
plantation. We raise corn, peas, po-
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of things. I live in an eight-room
house. I wash dishes, milk a cow and
do a great many other things. There
are some large falls about two miles
from my home. Just above the falls
there is a fine little place in which

to go in wading. I cannot swim, but
I can wade about as good as any-
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we lived on the mountain, but I didn't
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about half a mile from here called
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some of my dear little friends. I
know I should love them. All the
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was; it was his son, who is editor of
the Magazine; and we call him "Uncle
Remus" now. My mother takes the
Magazine and I enjoy reading the
"Uncle Remus" stories very much. I
have six sisters and one brother. I
am the baby of the family. I am
eleven years old. I have a little
nephew named Carl. He is eighteen
months old and all of us think he is
the grandest little thing that ever
lived. EVIE RUTH BnowN.
Visited Famous Battlefield
New Orleans, La.-Dear Uncle Re-
mus: My father takes your Magazine
every month for me, as I am very
fond of reading. I certainly enjoy
the stories about Brer Fox, and my
little brothers and I have long laughs
over them. I wish all the little boys
and girls I know could get your Mag-
azine. I wonder if your Brer Rabbit
is as pretty as mine. I have two.
They are as white as snow and with
the pinkest of pink eyes. They are
so tame they eat from my hand and
follow me everywhere. I also have a
pony. His name is Teddy; named
after President Roosevelt. When I
get through playing with my pets I
study a little and then I take up your
Magazine and spend the best hours of
the day in its perusal. I am only
eleven years old and was born and
raised in New Orleans, but I went
traveling with my papa once, and
went to see the famous battlefield of
Gettysburg. I stood awed by the
beauty and the grandeur of the Ap-
palachians. The next time I go visit-
ing I'll get my papa to take me to see
1819 North Rampart Street.

Home Menaced by Flood
Swan, Mo.-Dear Uncle Remus: I
will try and write you cousins a little
about my Missouri home. I live way
down in Taney county, one of the
counties which adjoins Arkansas. This
is an awful rough country-lots of
rocks and mountains. My home is
situated in a valley and a small stream
flows close to my home. In the spring
when it overflows I have a fine time
fishing. When it gets at its biggest
-it comes close to our house. We had
to build a rock dam to keep it away
from the house. There are lots of
squirrels down here and I go hunt-
ing sometimes and have lots of fun.
I live about half a mile from the post-
office and twelve miles from a rail-
way station. Well, I will tell you the
three quickest ways to send a mes-
sage: telephone, telegraph or tell a
woman! If this letter does not go
into the waste basket, I will write

Victim of a Cyclone
Winchester, Miss.-Dear Uncle Re-
mus: Perhaps it would interest some
of you to know that Winchester, the
town in which I live, is next to the
oldest in Mississippi. It bears that
distinction, yet at the same time it is
a town that is on the "decline". Years
and years ago it could boast of nearly
two thousand inhabitants and was
then the "site" of Wayne County, but
to-day is doesn't number one hundred,
and the county-site has long since
been changed to Waynesboro. Up
until the 24th of last April the court-
house was standing. It was a veri-
table land mark! The oldest citizens
didn't know when it was built, all
saying that it wasn't new when they
were young. A few years ago the old
jail was torn down, and the old
hickory tree that stood near it, known
as the "whipping post", was also de-
stroyed. It was so named because
prisoners were tied to it and given
a flogging. Public Square, Front
Street, etc., are now yielding cotton
and corn. There are no more brick
stores or "bar-rooms". In fact, one
is forcibly reminded of "Rip Van

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Winkle" when looking at our town.
However, the natural scenery is
pretty-not a town on the Mobile and
Ohio Railroad could boast of a pret-
tier place for a town. About a quar-
ter of a mile from the depot is a beau-
tiful mill pond called "Meador's
Lake". It is over a mile in length and
in some places it is very deep. It
abounds in different kinds of fish.
Pretty trees, snrubbery, etc., surround
it, making it an ideal place for pic-
nics. In the summer time lots of peo-
ple from Meridian, Mobile and other
places come down and camp on its
bank. Now, you will agree with me
that Winchester is "old-fashioned",
when I tell you thLt the only saw-mill
here is a "water-mill"-that is, it is
"run" by a big wheel which is turned
by water. I am sure that all of you
have seen the picture of some-haven't
you? But here comes the worst of
my story-truly a "finishing touch".
A cyclone passed through our town
on the 24th of last April and almost
completely wiped it off of the map-
not a house left standing intact and
the most of the large trees were up-
rooted; the mill was partly demol-
ished, the stores were blown down,
and-well, really our town presents a
very dismal aspect now sure enough.
However, it may be the "turning
point" for good. I have often heard
it said that a dull town had to be
burned or wiped out someway before
it could get on a "boom". I think it
is so "jolly" that we are allowed to
have a "say" in such an "up-to-date"
magazine. I would like to express
my admiration for the "head", but
since he objects I reckon I'll have to
forego it. WILLIE B. SHAW.

Couldn't Find the Kittens
Bridgewater, Va.-Dear Uncle Re-
mus: I like to read your stories so
much. I liked the last one very much,
the one about the Duck. I have only
one pet and that is a cat; her name is
"Bueny," because I got her when I
lived in Buena Vista, Va., and the
nick-name for the town was "Bueny".
She had two little kittens, but we
moved away from Buena Vista, and
when we went to leave we couldn't
find them to bring, so I just brought
my cat. I put her in a basket and
carried her on the train with me. She
was just as quiet, mother said, "as
though she had been cut flowers", and
I am glad she was quiet, too, because
the conductor might have put her off
if he had known there was a cat in
that basket. We moved to a small
but picturesque town in the Shenan-
doah Valley. I hope I will not miss
any of your stories, for I like them
so much. GLADYS C. WILLIS.

Sees Indians Every Day >
Avery, Okla.-Dear Uncle Remus:
I am a little girl twelve years old.
I have two brothers and one sister and
they like to read about Brer Rabbit.
I like to read very much. I work in
the field and see something every day
that the UNCLE REMus's boys and
girls would like to see-Indians. They
are civilized, but wear bright colors,
and a great many of them go bare-
Rats for Candy Store
Cambridge, Maryland.-Dear Un-
cle Remus: I have been wanting to
write to you for a long time, but
have been so sick with typhoid fever
that I could not do it. I am still at
the hospital, but am getting better
now, and my aunt is going to write
what I tell her. I will be ten years
old in November, and am a big boy
for my age. I like to go to school,
and will be in the fourth grade this
fall term. We live in a flat over my
papa's confectionary store, and I can't

have any pets. I have a pretty little
canary and he sings lovely, but, Uncle
Remus, I'll tell you what we do have
lots of, and that is "Brer Rats", and
they are big ones, too. They eat lots
of candy and peanuts, and just carry
off loads of stuff. Uncle Remus, that
was a fine book you sent my little
cousin, Reginald Allen Maguire. We
enjoy it so much and the pictures are
as cute as can be. I am going to send
you a post card of our house. I hope
I will see my letter in print; if I
do it will encourage me to write again.
44 Poplar Street.

Has Forty-Two Cherry Trees
Fredonia, N. Y.-Dear Uncle Re-
mus: I live on a little place of two
acres. My pets are one bantam
rooster, four bantam hens and three
little chicks. I have a little bed of
nasturtiums. Now we are kept busy
with pears. We have forty-two cherry-
trees. This letter is pretty long for
the first one, so I must close.

Works for Fresh Air Fund
Brooklyn, N. Y.-Dear Uncle Re-
mus: I guess you think I am a long
time writing you a letter, but I am
a very busy little girl. After my
school hours I go out and play, be-
cause mother thinks I ought to have
some fresh air. Then after supper I
practice and study. First, I want to
tell you who I am. I am the daugh-
ter of a Baptist minister and am 12
years old. Ever since I have been
seven mother has helped me to get
up a little fair for the benefit of the
Fresh Air Fund, and now I will be
busy preparing for one this year, and
we hope to make money enough to
send some poor little girl to the coun-
dry during the hot months. I wish
that every little girl in the South
would get up a little fair to help the
poor children to get the green grass
and pure air.
319 Decatur Street.

Visited "Old Kentucky Home"
Rison, Ark.-Dear Uncle Remus:
I am a little girl ten years old. We
c-me from Kentucxy four years ago.
My father and my sister and I made
a visit to our old Kentucky home
two years ago. My oldest sister is
carried now and has the dearest,
sweetest baby, and we all love him so
much. I have one sister and brother
at home. I have three baby kittens
and a shepherd dog. His name is
a present to my sister, and I like to
read it very much. I hope my little
Kentucky cousin will see this in print.
I go to Sunday school every Sunday.
Our house is in a beautiful pine grove
near the railroad. I want to surprise
my auntie and cousins with my letter.

Had Plenty of Plums
Osborn, Ohio.-Dear Uncle Remus:
I enjoy the children's letters so much
that I thought I would write one. I
am a little girl nine years old. I
live on a farm in Ohio. We have
four horses and six mules. I have a
horse that I ride. I call him Dock.
We have a plum orchard back of our
house, and had a great many plums
this year. I frequently went to the
orchard and ate all I wanted. We
have a large hill near our house where
the wild flowers grow in abundance. I
go to school. My school is about half
a mile away. There were not many
pupils in our school last year. I am
in the fifth grade this term.

Prize Winners for November
Here is a list of the prize-winning letter writers for the month:
Adeline S. Paul, 1800 N. Third St., Harrisburg, Pa.
Belle Stanford, Nacona, Tex.
Charlotte McKnight, Corinth, Miss.
Harriet Eddy, Bullards, Ore.
Mabel Redmann, Ray, N. Dak.
Mack Rogers, Baxley, Ga.
Virginia Meyer, Cocoa, Fla.
Nell Carter, 1003 Woodrow St., Columbia, S. C.
Evie Ruth Brown, Mentone, Ala.
Henry Gandolfo, 1819 N. Rampart St., New Orleans, La.

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The Open House Ma:Bryan

W HAT happened to Harvey while you
and he were on your camp trip?
He has been unusually thoughtful
since he came home. Did you two have
any misunderstanding?"
"On the contrary, we had an understand-
fig-at least as regards myself. Harvey
isn't a child any longer; he is developing
a personality of his own. It is, time he
knew his father, that he may avoid his
father's missteps. So one evening, as we
ate hickory nuts around the camp fire, I
revealed myself to the noy. I told him of
my limitations and my weak points-and
of some of my least creditable doings."
"Oh, Richard! how could you! He
looked up to you so! You didn't tell him
"Yes, I told him that for a while I had been a
drunkard-only saved by a hard struggle helped by
your love. How I had once allowed myself to be
led into a dirty political scheme, and again into a
speculation that was dishonest."
"He will never look on you with reverence again."
"It was hard to have to destroy his illusion about
my superiority-if he really has such an illusion;
you cannot be sure. Youth is strangely secretive
as to its deeper thoughts and feelings, but I believe
it was best to talk myself over with him frankly-
as an object lesson. He inherits some of my defects
-a weak will for one, and a tendency to act impul-
sively. With all his loveableness I can see these
faults cropping out in him, and I wished him to
know how these had brought unhappiness to me-
that he might feel the necessity of helping- us to
counteract them by cultivating in himself the oppo-
site qualities. I told him the struggle I had to get
the mastery of myself, and how needful I had found
it to keep away from temptation."
"How did Harvey receive your-confession?"
"He listened attentively-when I had finished
speaking, he put his arm around my shoulder and
his lips to my cheek. I understood the caress-
unusual for him-as expressing understanding and
sympathy. A boy is entitled to his father's confi-
dence; it is his right to know his father's nature and
experiences; only thus can he be fully heir to all
that parenthood can and should bestow. It is for
the child's good that we be a parent to him, first
and last, not a master, nor yet a hero. As to rever-
ence, I doubt whether a child reverences his parents
after he is ten years old. He sees their faults, and
secretly judges them-often unjustly. Our neighbor
Grayson has always exacted a sort of homage from
his family. He is out for re-election, and yesterday
he made a speech before the Sunday school, which
somebody was extolling, when his son Harry said
with a sneering laugh, 'Oh, the old man knows how
to pull the wool over their eyes!' I'd rather have
my children know me as I am than think of me as
a hypocrite. Children know you, too, pretty well.
They have keen insight these days; they are far
quicker at mind reading than the children were gen-
erations back. They know more about you than
you dream they know; but not being wise enough
to give the proper weight to causes and motives,
they are apt to misjudge you. So it is best to be
open with them. Frankness on your part will lead
to confidence on their's."

A Unique School
PROF. KERN, superintendent of county schools in
Rockford, Illinois, has formulated a new com-
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the country child," and in pursuance of this injunc-
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cloak rooms and offices.
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dollars per month as rent and sharing the expense of
living and of employing a competent cook and
housekeeper. On the school house grounds is a barn

and a stable for the twenty-four horses that draw
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far off to walk, each one of these "long distance"
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The Rose of the Old Regime
TAKE them all in all, we shall not look upon
their like again."
"Meaning the Presidential delegates, Uncle Rob?"
mischievously queried Laura, who had entered in
time to hear the concluding sentence of the Colo-
nel's speech.
"Not by a jug full," retorted the veteran, toss-
ing his half-smoked cigar over the balustrade. "No,
we were talking of the Southern girl of the ante-
bellum period-the rose of the old regime. What
a heart's delight she was."
"She was a flirt," pouted Laura.
"A flirt? No. A coquette? Perhaps. There's
a difference-the kind of difference there is be-
tween a humming bird, making a dainty pretense
of kissing a jasamine-and a cat playing with a
mouse. Coquetry with the Southern girl of that by-
gone day was the unconscious challenge of a femi-
nine woman accustomed to homage. It never verged
upon coarseness or cruelty-never lost her the man's
esteem, which remained to her after the hot whirl
of the senses had subsided under the cool surprise
of her look. No, the Southern girl was no flirt."
"She was sentimental-you can't deny that."
"I don't want to. It was her sweetest charm--
the drop of dew in the heart of the rose, keeping
it fresh forever. Her sentiment was not sickly.
The girl who cherished a dead flower her lover
had given her, would bind up his wounds on a
bloody battlefield or ride through a storm of bullets
to warn him of danger-or cook his dinner and iron
his shirt when he was her husband and had lost his
patrimony and beaten his sword into a plowshare.
They were capable of dying with broken hearts--
those girls-but dying with unlowered colors.
"The first time I came in contact with girls of
this kind was at the home of a classmate, who had
sisters and cousins galore. Such girls! So dainty
and fair in their crisp muslins, stepping like Evange-

line's heifer, 'as if conscious of human
---- affection'. One day, there came a fresh
accession-a variation of the type-a girl,
slender, queenly, her paleness atoned for by the
splendor of dark eyes. It was whispered that
she ad suffered a heart disappointment and
that when she knew her lover was recreant, she
had fallen in a faint akin to death, and the
shock'had left her with a weak heart. She had
never mentioned his name since, and no one
would have alluded to the matter in her pres-
ence. I She was the soul of the house party-
witty, resourceful, winsome. 'Like the wounded'
S bird, she hides the shaft beneath her wings,
murmured the grandmother of the house, when
Stella's silvery laugh came to her as she sat
knitting. The old lady was seventy, but still
sentimental, therefore young-hearted and lovable.
One evening a girl was at the piano. 'Sing
"Proud Broken Heart," Etta,' called a voice
from the back of the room. Instantly half a
dozen pairs of indignant eyes directed to the
speaker caused her to stammer, 'Oh-I forgot,'
thus making the matter worse. There was an awk-
ward silence, and Etta got up from the piano, say-
ing, 'I .don't know the song.' 'But I do,' cried
Stella. 'I'll sing it for you, Mayme.' And sing
it she did, with such intense feeling that when she
ceased, not one of us could have spoken. Two
lines of that song have stayed with me all these
years. The proud, deserted girl dying of a broken
heart, begs her friends not to let her derelict lover
know it-

'Tell him I passed in the flush of my power-
A rosebud dashed by a sudden shower.'

"Two evenings later Stella swooned in a carriage
as she was returning home from a dance given
in her honor, where she had been the acknowledged
belle. Two hours after reaching home, she died-'in
.the flush of her power.' They were proud, those
girls of the old regim6-haughty to conceited youth,
but reverent to age and gracious and loyal to their
friends.. Coquetry dropped from them like the gauzy
wings of' the youthful ant when they married and
they become devoted wives and peerless home-

G OOD-BY, Summer." The refrain of Tosti's song
moans to us in the frost-touched trees. The
summer which has been so opulent in beauty-so
lavish of fruit and flower-is over; the air is crisp
with frost, the porch hammock is folded away with
its memories of dreamy languor and love-making, the
first fires of the season draw the household about the
hearth, though still the quail whistles as he gleans
the pea-field, the nuts drop in the silent woods, and
the persimmon tree spreads a nightly feast for the
'possums. Some of the fragrance of the vanished
summer lingers with us still.
The latch-string of our door still hangs outside,
that all may enter our Open House, but we will
fancy ourselves drawing more closely about the
wide fireplace and the crackling wood fire, and talk-
ing together in more sociable and intimate fashion.
Durwood Horton, of Denver, illustrates the big-
hearted "Western way" by a pathetic instance that
no doubt reminded him of similar cases which were
alleviated in the Southern "way," through the medium
of the Sunny South Household-the precursor of the
Open House-of which he was a member. He no
doubt recalls that a number of helpless invalids were
made happy by the gift of roller chairs, hammocks,
graphophones, and in one instance, of a "whole
church-steeple, bell and all"-built through the con-
tributions of Household members, for crippled little
Mattie Beverage, of Dabney, Arkansas, who in one
of her artless letters for the Household had said that
the dream of her life was to hear a church bell (there
was no church within six miles of her home) and
attend a church service in her roller chair. Ah, yes,
Durward, there is a Southern "way", also.
Margaret Richard, you who, though you are our
"Maid Margaret," have shown in your novel "Vir-
ginia Vaughn" such deep and delicate insight into the
mother-heart, do you not think that the modern en-
thusiasm for child-study will tend to broaden the
sympathies of mothers-making them take loving in-
terest in other little ones beside their own?
La Miserable, we are glad to have you with us
again, though under a new name. You were ever a
chameleon. Your tenant's complaint that he was
always losing hogs and wives sounds like a burlesque
of the lament in "Lalla Rookh"--"Oh, ever thus,"

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Letters from the Members

The Genial Western "Way"
Somebody-not long ago-characterized this Sunset country as "the strong,
determined, self-devoted, heartless West". The strong and determined are just,
but the heartless is a slander. Never were people more generous, more
alive to any appeal to their sympathy. A case illustrating this has recently
come up here in Denver. A magnetic woman writer for the Daily Post-
Winifred Black-told in the paper the story of a little crippled orphan. girl
living in New Mexico, just across the border, in a home where there were a
step-father and a number of healthy, happy children, but not one akin to her-
no one to care for her or to love her. Her father, who had been killed while
working on a railroad, had saved enough money from his hard-earned wages
to buy a roller chair for her, but this had been broken to pieces by the heed-
less, frolicking children who had also made way with the crutches with which
she had managed to move about. So for a year and a half she had been
creeping from place to place about the house on her hands and knees. She
had no one to teach her, but she loved flowers and the singing of birds, and
sometimes she tried to imitate the birds and cried to herself because the
thoughtless, healthy children laughed at her little attempts. "I wonder," wrote
Winifred Black, "if some of us here in Denver couldn't do something for this
little girl who is unhappy because she has no one to love her? Isn't there
some place where she mightbe taken care of and petted just a bit before her
little:life comes to an end?"
The publication of this little story promptly brought generous responses
that meant nearly six thousand dollars to the crippled waif. The big-hearted
player folk took the initiative in proffering help. The manager of the Stewart
Opera Company wrote:
"Our members were every one touched by the story of the little girl ,and
they gladly proffer their best efforts.to raise a fund that may provide for
her comforts and. the skilld attention that may restore her health. The
entire proceeds of the Monday night's performance of 'The Black Hussar'
will-if our help is accepted-be given as a liicle.is of little Anita's benefit
fund." .' .. :
This is typical of the way they do things in the West. While I was in
Boise, Idaho, I saw a little crippled girl whose parents and home had been
destroyed in the San Francisco disaster, go into the Idaho hotel among miners
and rough men, who had not heard a sermon for years, and when she came
out, she was nearly a thousand dollars to the good. Every one of those
roughly-clad, smoking, drinking men tossed from ten to fifty dollars in the
little girl's apron, some without saying a thing, others with a few words of
sympathy and good cheer.
When Secretary Taft spoke here at the Republican Club last September,
a little bare-foot, poorly clad boy found his way-somehow-into one of the
velvet-cushioned chairs near the platform. There he sat, drinking in every
word of the speaker. In the afternoon, the same boy found a place in the
auditorium of the capitol building, where he listened intently to all that was
said. A group of millionaires had already noted the keen, intelligent eyes
of the boy, and the fact that he occupied a seat intended for some prominent
politician, from which he would have been ejected but that the absorbed, deter-
mined look on his face seemed to stay the hand of those that approached him.
One of the millionaires requested a reporter to "look the boy up," and finding
that he worked to help support his widowed mother-a laundress-and that
his father had been killed in a mining accident-had the mother provided
for and the boy placed at school, where he will surely develop into a man
useful to the world.
This is the Western way of doing things. I confess to a hearty love for
this, my adopted land. The North, the South, and the East are all admirable
in their way, but give me the West, where all are equal before the law, and
where intelligence and moral courage are recognized as the leading factors
of life. ... DURWARD HORTOT.
Denver, Colorado.

Does Motherhood Narrow Sympathy?
In calling our attention to the letters of Ellen Grey and Pippa, published
in the August number of UNCLE REMus's-THE HOME MAGAZINE, Mrs. Bryan
admonished us not to think lightly of what these writers had said concerning
motherhood because of their being bachelor-girls. And she added that the
superintendent of a large foundling establishment once said to her: "I have
found the finest patience in dealing with children, and the tenderest sym-
pathy for them, among women who had never been mothers."
There was a time when such a declaration would have come as a challenge
to me; when I would have risen up in arms, as it were, ready to defend the
motherhood upon which it seems to reflect. That was in the days when I
judged all mothers by my own, who would never turn a tramp from our door
because, as she said, she could not foresee the future of her own boy, and would
do unto these unfortunate ones as she would wish other mothers to do unto
her son, should he ever be brought to such a pass as to beg. It seemed that
motherhood had not only intensified her love, but had also broadened it. This
I once thought was true of all mothers, but I have learned that it is exceptional
rather than typical-that while motherhood, as a rule, deepens and intensifies
love, it almost always narrows it; that, to quote from Post Wheeler, a true
student of human nature, albeit sometimes very hard upon feminine folk: "No
woman who has a child of her own can be entirely just to some other woman's
Too often, in order to be generous to her own child, she is unjust to others.
His virtues shine with a brighter luster when contrasted with the vices of her
neighbor's son, and so she looks for what is best in him, and for what is worst
in his little playmate. Thus, if she but realize it, she is wronging her own
child more than the other, by condoning faults she might correct, by closing
her eyes to things it were better to see ere to see them be too late.
There seems to be a feeling of jealousy in the hearts of many mothers
which makes it hard for them to enjoy what is bright and beautiful in chil-
dren not their own! Compliment some other's child to such an one, and the
answer often is: "Y-e-s, but, oh!" and then follows a detraction of some sort
which (would she could see it) reflects more upon herself than upon the little
one she discredits. Often such remarks provoke the listener to a mental com-
parison of the speaker's own children with those she criticises-a comparison
not always favorable to the much-lauded offspring. Once when I was telling
an acquaintance how greatly I was interested in a school entertainment in
which some of my little friends were to appear, I noticed with surprise, since
I had supposed her to be fond of children, that she seemed perfectly indiffer-
ent. I was enlightened when she said: "I don't see why Maysie (her little
girl) was not given a part; she could do as well as the others."
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gle attained a position most creditable to him considering the circumstances he
contended against, the woman I was talking to-herself a mother of several boys
and therefore one would think sympathetic towards aspiring youth-turned
away with a contemptuous shrug of the shoulders, saying: "But-isn't he
insignificant in appearance!" Had she not been a mother of boys, she could
have looked with unjealous eyes upon the noble and virile character which
the young man's daily life and achievements proved him to possess.
Thus, as Pippa says, mother-love is too often merely a selfish instinct.
When it is otherwise, when it is broad enough to include the children of others
-nay, the children of all!-then, indeed, it is the beautiful thing we like to
believe, worthy of being, as it has often been, embalmed in song and story,
in picture and sculpture, and, better still, of being enshrined in the human
heart, something to love and revere forevermore.
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Sunday at a Cuban Post
Dear Household Amigos-wherever you are in the father country: I
hope this Sunday morning has opened as gloriously to you as it has here in
the island of Uncle Sam's adoption. The rainy season is supposed to be on,
but the sun is shining cloudlessly on orange and banana groves, and sugar-
cane fields; also on the quarters of the Seventeenth Infantry, U. S. A. No
doubt many of you are now wending your way to church to the music of
chiming bells, while we are thinking how we can best kill time. Oh, yes, we
have preaching; we have our chaplain, and in Camaguey City there are a num-
ber of churches.
One church here is unique. The congregation sits with its back to the
preacher, who delivers himself in four languages-English, Spanish, Latin and
his own, which is a "mixtry" of the others. When he sings he brings in
some more tongues, so far as one can hear through the roar of an organ-as
big as a Tennessee hen-house-which two witching senoritas play with the
prettiest little feet you ever saw.
There is a great difference between the manner of worship to-day and that
of the "good old times"-a difference between the kid-gloved modern divine
and the old-fashioned saddle-bag circuit rider of the sledge and hammer
style of preaching. Brother Tennesseean, is there any of that brand in the
mountains around your summer camp? Where it existed one needn't come
to church in fluffy gowns and cart-wheel hats-or with a pocket full of loose
I see in the Open House talks that a number of our members have recre-
ated in the mountains this summer. Did you chance to go to Morgan Springs,
Tennessee, and cut your name in the big rock at Buzzard's Point, see the rain-
bows at Matalene Falls, the gas burning on the surface of the little mountain
streams and the blueberry bushes on the side of the ridge where you and your
best girl could fill your baskets? Memories of that shady spot where one left
his rheumatism in the grape-vine swing, stir my heart this morning, and make
me long to be out in the deep woods with the untamed waterfalls and
mighty trees.
Yes, the mountains are grand to look at and to climb, to behold views and
sunrises. The tops are all right, but underneath these giants-in their black-
diamond hearts-miles underneath, with the darkness and silence and the sense
of ever-impending danger-this is not so fine. It is the life of many a poor
fellow in that region, however. Little mining towns dot the Cumberland Val-
ley. The tunnels from the oldest state mines near Glasgow run under Morgan
Springs-six miles from the mouth of the mine. I have a "feeling recollec-
tion" of these underground horrors. As a lad, I used to grease ropes in the
Nelson mines. One day I took my dinner-pail, can of oil and lamp and went
down into the "pocket". I was in about half a mile, pieces of slate were fall-
ing, and now and then as a door was opened, the lamp would go out,
leaving Egyptian darkness. Of course, the mine was haunted. Only a short
time before an explosion had killed a hundred and twenty men-the best boy
friend I ever had was one of the mine victims. A shuddering dread came over
me, but I went on, greasing ropes. The silence was oppressive. There were
over two hundred men at work in the mines, but I did not know their where-
abouts. Presently I came to a door and holding my lamp up to examine it,
I read "No. 13" on the metal tag. At the same instant my lamp went out-
unaccountably. I felt for the matches; they were gone. I remembered that
right at this spot a week before two miners had been crushed to death by
falling slate. I felt for and found the door, but I could not open it. I tried
to crawl through a hole which had been made in the door that anyone coming
in or going out might put his lamp through and test the gas. In creeping
through the hole my hand touched the mainspring of a mule's hind-leg, and
instantly there was an explosion; the door flew into splinters and I fell under
them. When I came to a miner was flashing a light in my face and asking
me if I was killed. This ended my job in the Nelson mines. Next morning
the boss sent me "my time"-twelve dollars, with the splintered timber in my
face thrown in as "langniappe".
If I wanted to pick a company of the bravest men in the land of the
Stars and Stripes, I'd lay my hand on each coal-blackened man as he came up
out of Nelson mines, near Dayton, Tennessee. A boy who greases ropes down
in those pits must leave his heart on the outside. MUNIEY BOGLE.
Camaguey, Cuba.
His Wife and His Hog
We have a man from the mountains cultivating our farm. He is rough
and ignorant, but his wife must have been a beautiful girl, as after years of
hardship and toil she is still pretty. She is quite ill with fever, and yesterday
he came to our kitchen to get some soup I had made for the sick woman.
"How is your wife?" I asked. He stopped chewing his quid to reply: "She
aint a mite better. I aint got no hopes of her. 'Pears like I don't have no
luck with women and hogs. I've lost two women already, and this one will
make three."
This is worse than the estimate of a wife which Tennyson in "Locksley
Hall" ascribed to his rival "as a little better than his dog, a little dearer than
his horse". Don't let's send all the missionaries to foreign parts. Some of
them are pretty badly needed here at home. The Open House has had its door
closed on all my previous attempts to get admission, so I am going to sign
New Albany, Mississippi.
More About Early Marriage
Yes, Mr. Orton, I think the cause of suicide being more frequent in June
than in November was rightly given by Mrs. Bryan. Shakespeare says: "How
bitter it is to look at happiness through another man's eyes!" There is more
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"Is a oPl po, slab-sided yaller cat come ter dis house?"
"Yes," said Chaney, hoarsely.
"Maw tol' me ter fin' out where he come, an' tell you he be'n in our well
fer nine days."
-- "Ef he be'n in de well, how come he haven' drown?" she asked in tones
of inconceivable alarm.
"He was on a caved-in place, an' when dey fixed de well, dey got 'im out."
--. "Reckin he be'n stay dare all dat time?" The answer might have been
B r w n expected to shatter her hopes of immortal joy, or doom her to eternal anguish,
r Wo so fearful was the whispered question, uttered with startling distinctness.
Y ou H a r "Reckin is 'e?" she repeated.
OU ir "Yessum," the strange voice said, emphatically.
SEND FOR A TRIAL "Is you shore?"
"You'd never think I STAINED my hair, after I use Hre. Pot "Yessum. He mowled one mowl right 'hind de other all de day long, an'
term's Walnut-iee Hair Stain. Every single hir will be evenly night time nobody could' hardly git no sleep fer 'im. An'--"
stained from tip to root. I apply it in a few minutes every month
with a comb. The stain doesn't hurt the hair as dyes do but makes "All right," said Chaney, shortly.
It. grow out uffy., "We 'feared you might think--"
Stain your hair any shade of brown from a rich golden brown tod yu m
almost black, so it will defy detection. It only takes you a few min- "Aint got no time ter fool wid you, boy. You run 'long."
utes once a month to apply Mrs. Potter's Walnut-Juice Hair Stain
with your comb. Stains only the hair, doesn't rub of, contains no Aunt Seabie's eyes twinkled. "It's rather a sudden return," she said.
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should last you a year. Sells for $1.00 per bottle at first-class drug- She nodded,
gists, We guarantee satisfaction. Mrs. Potter's Hygienic Supply She nodded, smiling.
Co.. 614 Groton Bldg., Cincinnati, 0. Tony got through with his milk and begged for more, but Aunt Seabie
TRIAL PACKAGE C said he oughtn't to have much at a time.
SIAL PACKAGE COUPON Presently we heard Priscilla's treble. "Ma, is Tony come?"
l' Ito ad ei cloc 25 cents (ttanmps or coin) aod we Chancy poked the fire vigorously and slammed the stove door. "Yes;
!irgca prepaid, a trial package, in plain sealed he she growled.
S*,' ,'. ,Ihl i MI , m.mottes1? r o sc he is," she growled.
', l.. ..... .. ..... '. "I "....l. 0. "We seen a boy,': bepin .TJo-lhua, "an' he say he heerd somebody a-hollerin',
an' he's 'feared you might think-"
"What anybody gwine ter think? Shet up, you-"
-- "Yasg'in."
We looked at each other and laughed, but we concluded that it would be
In answc'ring adi,, mention this Magrtnefs. best to keep Tony with us during his convalescence.


(Concludedfrom Page 27)
diseased. I said what I could, I don't know what. I coaxed and commanded
and reasoned in vain. Again she left me with the shuddering thought, "Ef
he wus ter come back--"

Days passed and he didn't come, but Chaney's eyes expected him hourly.
She annoyed me very much by screaming at every unusual noise, and rattling
things unexpectedly on the floor. At last I wrote to Aunt Seabie, asking her
to come home as soon as possible. She came one Saturday morning, and
greater rejoicings in a quiet household I never saw. Chaney's face beamed.
I thought her harrowing fantasies had passed like an unremembered dream;
but I soon saw my mistake. To Aunt Seabie she related her experiences and
suspicions, and, in return, received such words of advice as were calculated
to take her mind off her troubles, for the time being, at least. Then she was
called to the porch by one of the children to speak to someone outside, and
Aunt Seabie and I talked of things that had happened while she was away.
Presently Chaney dashed in, her eyes wide with excitement. '"Miss Seabie,
what you think?" she gasped. "01' Sally's dead, ol' Sally War'n."
"Why, Chaney, how did it happen?"
"Well, de fust start uv it wus a gre't big water-million-you know dis
time de year dey's picked green anyways,-one dese here South Georgy millions,
what's laid roun' de store, an' laid roun', tell 'twus dead cheap. An' she bought
it an' turned 'erse'f loose on it same es a hog in a pen, an' never stop root'n' tell
dey wusn' noth'n' lef' but de rin'. Never so much es offered a bite ter Ben,
ner nobody."
"Was that Ben talking to you!" Aunt Seabie asked.
"No'm. Dat wus one dey frien's git'n' up de suscription fer de fun'al. I
th'owed in a fifty-cents what I'd be'n a-savin' up fer my divo'ce, 'cause God
knows I didn' want Sally ter think I begredged 'er de buryin' money. She's
done done me all de dirt she kin, I reckin,"-there was undoubtedly relief in
her voice and manner now-"but I don' water be de cause er her ter not res'
easy in 'er grave. You know ef she wus ter git took up wid sich a notion es
dat, she'd mighty soon come back ter ha'nt me. Well, Miss Seabie,"-I think
she was no longer aware of my existence-"atter she eat dat bait er water-
million de hoggish way she done, she got plum fittified. An' Ben wusn' dere,
an' nobody never knowed noth'n' 'bout how long she wus a-lyin' on de flo'. She
oughter knowed better'n ter stuff 'erse'f like she done. Dey say she bin had de
guitar er de stomach goin' on two year, an' dat 'er system wus too strong fer
'er constitution. De neighbors had ter git 'er in de bed an' sen' fer a doctor.
Say she never got ter speak a nachel word, jes look like she's grievin' inside.
An' mighty nigh time de doctor got ter 'er she wus dead. De doctor say she
had de choking' consensus."
Finally, when Chaney had sent the children to the store for extra things,
and had begun cooking the dinner, which she promised would be the best we
had had for a year, Aunt Seabie and I sat down for a quiet talk.
Soon we were interrupted by a frenzied scream, followed in quick succession
by others. We ran into the kitchen, where we found Chaney wedged in a
corner as if she were trying to squeeze through the wall, still screaming and
calling on the Lord for help, her glazed eyes fixed in helpless fascination on
Tony in the doorway-Tony shrunken to a mere skeleton of his former self,
and crying in a hoarse, cracked voice.
"Tony, poor Tony, where have you been?" asked Aunt Seabie, compassion-
ately, while Chaney went on with her ravings. He tottered toward us; but his
legs gave way, and he fell on the floor, sniffing at a pan of scraps, and crying
Chaney crouched down yelling, "Oh, my Lordy! Oh, my Lordy! I dunno
what I done. I dunno. what I done. I never done noth'n' ter Tony. An' God
knows I never begredged 'er de buryin' money. Oh, Miss Seabie, I'm conjured,
I'm conjured. I feels sumpn a-thumpin' in my insides a' raidy, an' dey's a
mis'ry in my back, an' pains a-shoot'n' though my head, an' things a-crawlin'
under my skin. Oh, I'm conjured, I'm conjured, I'M CONJURED!"
"Get up from there, Chaney, and stop your foolishness," Aunt Seabie com-
manded. "Tony's almost starved. We'll take him into the dining room and
give him some milk."
As I lifted him, he felt so light that I had a sudden horror of crushing his
bones. We laid him on a cloth and put a saucer of milk in front of him.
While he was lapping unsteadily, we heard voices in the kitchen.

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at the sequestered spot which
they both knew so well. "She
will come, and I'll know my
fate," he said. "She can't refuse.
She knows what it will mean to
me; she knows I can bear no
After a long time the hands of
the clock indicated that only a
few minutes must pdss before

and going out at a door behind
the pulpit, and passing through
the church-yard, Tidwell soon
found himself among the trees
quite hidden from the view of
anyone. The road through the
wood over which the boughs and
foliage of the trees met and in-
terlaced till the hot rays of the
sun scarcely penetrated to the
dank earth below, stretched out
invitingly before him, as he strode
blithely along, his blood tingling
with expectation. She was
prompt, as she had always been,
once her promise had been given,
and he soon saw her approaching.
She had never appeared better
than she did to-day under the
glow from her walk in her well-
fitting tan dress and flowered
straw hat. As they paused face
to face she read his almost
speechless admiration in his warm
stare and it seemed to please her.
She put out her small, high-
arched foot neatly encased in
brown leather and rested the fer-
rule of her lace sunshade on it.
"You like my dress?" she said.
"Very, very much," he an-
swered. "I've never seen it be-
fore. Where did you get it?"
"Gilbert," she smiled. "He
heard me say I liked the combi-
nation in the dressmaker's shop
one day last week and he insisted
on ordering it on the spot. I'm
going to walk on to the store and
let him see it. But you must
not go."
"No, I can't, of course," he said,
standing before her entranced by
the sparkle of her wonderful eyes.
"But you mustn't hurry-there is
loads and loads of time. I have
news for you."
"I can guess," she smiled, be-
lwitchingly. "I saw her pass in
the stage. She's gone somewhere."
He explained the situation, and
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had in view. She listened, a very
grave look capturing her young
face and excluding its warmth of
color. He had never couched his
words in more eloquent or con-
vincing form. His tone had never
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was full of fear as to her verdict.
She was moved as she had never
been. She was nearer won than
he could have hoped.
"It really can't go on as it is,"
she said, and for the first time in
her life she- put out her hand of
her own accord and took his con-
fidingly; "Lawrence, I am miser-
"Are you darling? What is
"Oh, it is on account of Graham
and Gilbert. Graham wants to
see me every day and insists on a
positive engagement, and Gilbert
counts on if as if it were already
settled. I simply can't keep it
up. It is killing me. A girl would
have to be very false to act a
part like that long. I can't
stand it."
"Oh, yes, it must, simply must
be so!" he exclaimed.
"Well, it can't go on as it is,"
she sighed. "It simply can't. If
it does it will have some awful
end. We can't keep these meet-
ings up."
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would be so very easy-nothing
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has already said you could visit
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noon. It reaches Atlanta about
seven o'clock in the evening, and
I'll meet you and have everything
ready for our trip West."
"It is an awful important
thing," she said, reflectively, "but

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Tidwell's heart bounded and
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gentleman up."
Tidwell was piloted to a door
bearing the first of the numbers
on the keys. The porter un-
locked the door, went in and
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looked about him and bethought
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