Clipped From The Decatur Herald
prop-erty vice given him and proceeded to speculate on the Income from the tenant houses, the interest to.be paid on the loan and all that sort of thing, and when he paused for a moment to give his wife a chance to say something, this son of his, with whom lie had only a speaking acquaintance, said: Don't ask them for more than $1500, dad." The head of the house laid down his knife and fork. He had not been losing much time during the conversation with his wife and had "something in the air" all the while. But now he was ready to devote his time to conversation, exclusively. Addressing himself directly to his son he said: "Are you the captain of this ship? Are you running this thing? If you are, get busy." .', "I don't want to run it", was the reply. "All I wanted to do was to help furnish a little steam to make it go. I wanted to give you $1000 so that you would not have to borrow more than $1500. l'ou may have it without interest, and that'll save, you something." Couldn't Quite Decide. The father would not have haa the title of colonel, if he had not earned it He has been against several propositions where he simply bluffed his way out,, but to have his son sit at the table and talk that way rather disconcerted him. He tried to figure out if the boy was making fun of him, or if. he was talking seriously. He could not decide, but he asked: "Where will you get $1000?" 1 "I'll draw It at the bank," was the reply in a most matter of fact way. "'Have you that much money In the bank?'.' ' Tve nearly -$1200 deposited," was the answer. "Come in here, I want to talk to you." - The colonel addressed his wife and they retired for a private consultation. Behind the closed door she admitted that she had known that Phil was saving his money and she knew all the time within a few dollars how much he had to his credit on deposit. The colonel was on the point of collapse. His wife explained that the. boy wanted to help, and that he should be allowed to advance the money. The colonel agreed to accept the- loan, from that source, only on condition that he should pay interest. Phil protested at first but finally accepted the condition, and gave his father $1000. Alwayn Proud of Him. The colonel had always been filled with a fatherly pride when be looked upon hi3 son. Of course be was, and he admits It, for up to that time he thought that lie had the most" wonderful son that any man had ever had. Had not Phil got up early - every morning for years and hustled to the railwav station with a bunch of Decatur Herulds under his arm? Had he not sold papers on the platform every morning until school time? Of course he had, and he had been wise in spending his money, for after be commenced that-work he had never asked'his father for a cent of spending money, or had lie asked for money to buy school books, and more than that he had earned the money with which he had bought his clothes. Any man would be proud of a -boy who would voluntarily do that. And to think that the boy not only had done that, but had saved $1200 In addition. ; ' ' The colonel, many times since then, has seated himself on a trunk in the baggage roomand tried to figure out how it was done. Ho' shakes his head as though the problem is too deep for him and mutters: ' "He is sure some boy." Credit to Mother. But at last he comes across clean and fair and says: ' ... "Of course I had nothing to do with. It. It was his mother. You see I've been here earlv in the morning and late at night, and while I kept my eye on him, while he was about the station, to see that he did not get into bad habits, I see now that it was unnecessary to watch him, for his mother had him started right. and kept him going right. He took his mother Into hv confidence. When a boy makes his mother his conf ident, he won t go wrong not very far." WILL ATTE.VD FT7fERAI All members of Decatur lodge No. 65 I. O. O. F. and visiting brothers are requested to .meet m the ball. Main and William streets at 1 o clock Sundav afternon for the purpose of attending the funeral of John G. Plot-tner. It's time to quit singing our longing for the happy land and get right down to business and feed our soils into becoming happy land.