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THE FAIRMOUNT NEWS COMPANION KNEW "OLD BIRD" ! MOTHER! MOVE "We an sv-em to u luKttLeaed wttl 5 A Man for the of the Builders of Democracy Inquiry Brought Instant Response Considerably Embarrassing to Youthful New Teacher. I was just out of college and had gone for the first time to teach In a high school. I had not yet lost my college girl propensity for seeking to extract fun out of everything, whether serious or comic. A formal meeting of the faculty of the citv was in progress. with the proniient school men superintendent, commissioners, and principals seated on the platform. Among them was a severe-looking old pedagogue with a long white, flowing beard. - Next to me sat a sedate woman whom I rashly had taken to be a new member of the faculty. I turned to her with what I supposed to be an infectious burst of confidence and giggled : "Who's the old bird with the whiskers?" The woman turned her face directly toward me, looked me up and down. with an expression that congealed the blood within me. and , said, curtly: "My father!" Chicago Tribune. FLATLY REFUSED TO "SLIDE" Elderly Lady's Dignity Was Hurt by Request Made to Her by Fellow Passenger. She was one of those fussy little old women, all primped and with her hair in a curl. When she got aboard the street car several men yes, there are some who still respect gray hairs on a street car got up and offered a seat. She accepted one gentlemanly proffer, but didn't keep the seat long. When she had finally found repose a woman next to her said : "Would you mind sliding over just a bit, please? Then another lady can have a seat." Her gray-haired majesty rose to lofty heights. "Slide? Slide?" she sputtered. T will not slide. I will arise and take my body elsewhere." And, suiting her actions to her word. she arose and took her body up to the front of the car, where her dignity would not be assaulted by a request to slide. Indianapolis News. Only on "Appro." In one of our ancient towns which has recently been the scene of n pageant, si praty of Americans was be- ing conducted over the admirable abbey. The age of this part and that were pointed out by a learned attendant, and, at length: "That arch." said he, "may possibly go back to Alfreda and Edward." "Don't you like it?" said a guest promptly. The attendant explained that he did not understand. "Why are you sending It back, anyway? Doesn't it suit you?" Pulled Through. "Your son has settled down to hard work." "Yes," said the proud father. "I'm glad now that I had confidence in the boy. When he took to playing the ukulele and 'stepped on the gas' when he wasn't dancing. I got a, bit discour aged, but I kept telling mother not to worry, that he'd make a man out of himself yet." Nature Studies. Mrs. Porcupine I understand that all the great nations of the earth are considering disarmament. Mr. Porcupine Well, they can talk about disarmament all they've a mind to. but these here quills of mine are going to stick right on my back. Foolish Question. Careless Ike Any of you fellows see a pair of leggings around here? Boston Mike Well, as there are about two hundred men in this company and they all wear leggings, I don't suppose it would surprise them any if they did see a pair. The Leatherneck. 2 The Finish of Bluebeard. Bluebeard Well, I'm a widower again. How about it? I'm crazy about you. His Latest Love I think a lot of you, Blooey, but you'll have to shave first. I'm awfully ticklish. Hushed is the conversation of men when money talks. A Story By CHAPTER XXIII- Continued. About this time Mis? Mary Todd, the daughter of n Kentucky banker, arrived in Spring!' eld to visit her sister, Mrs. Xinisn W. Edwards. She was a fashionably dresset!. good-looking girl f blue-gray eyt s and dark hr.ir. "Well, Mary, haven't you found the fortunate, young man yetf Mr. Edwards playfully asked the day of her coining. "You know, my husband is going to be President of the United States and I hoped that I would find him in Springfield," Mary answered in a like vein. "There's great fishing here," said Mr. Edwards. "I know the very man you are looking for. lie has come up from the ranks and is now the most popular member of the legislature. He can make a stirring speech and they sr.y he is going to be the President of the United ' States, He's wise and witty and straight as a string, but a rough diamond big. awkward and homely. You're just the girl to take him in hcr.d and give him a little polish ar.d push him along. His name is Abraham Lid cole Speed knew the Todds. When he called upon Mary she asked about Mr. Lincoln and sail she would like to Keet him. "She's just the girl for you. Abe," Speed said to him that evening. "She Is bright and well educated and her family has intlner.ee. She could be a great help to you." This interested the tnemlH-r from Sangamon county, who was indeed eager to get along. The companionship of a refined young lady was the very thing he needed. Let's go over and pay our respects to her," Speed suggested. They went. Lie co! n being carefully dressed in h'l-first suit of black clothes. Miss Todd was a bright, vivacious girl of middle stature, twenty-two years old. She was fashionably dressed and carried her head proudly a smart-looking, witty, well spoken girl, but not especially handsome. Honest Abe was deeply imprvssed by her talk and fihe manners and general comeliness. He felt her grace and charm and spoke of li with enthusiasm. Cut to hint and to Her there seemed to be an impassable gulf between them. She changed her mind about that, however, when she heard him speak and felt the power of his personality and saw his face lighted by the candle of his spirit. It was a handsome face In those moments of high elation. Hardship and malarial poison had lined and sallowed his skin. The , shadows of loneliness and sorrow w ere In Its sculpturing. But when his eyes glowed with passion one saw- not the rough mask which the life of the pioneer had given him. His form lost Its awkwardness; his face took on a noble and impressive beauty. To quote his own words to the boy, Joiah Traylor, his character was speaking as well as his lips. Mary had the insight to recognize his power. She felt the strength of his spirit. She agreed with her friends that here was a man of great promise. SI felt the need of him. To one woo loved beauty and respected women as he did. the grnee and refinement of this young lady had a singular appeal, coupled, as it was, with the urge of his strong, masculine nature. It was a revelation. He was ; like a young poet going out into the open and seeing f.tr the first time the mysterious beauty of the mountains j or "the exquisite, delicate, thin curve j of the new moon in spring." He he-pan to seek and study refinement of thought, of manner, of dress, of ex- j pression. He knew that he needed i L - CHILD'S BOWELS WITH CALIFORNIA FIG SYRUP Hurry, mother! Even a sick child , loves the 'fruity" taste of "California Fig Syrup" and it never fails to open the bowels. A tea spoonful today may prevent a sick child tomorrow. If con stipated, bilious, feverish, fretful, has cold, colic, or if stomach is sour, tongue coated, breath bad, remember a good cleansing of the little bowels Is often all that is necessary. Ask your druggist for genuine "California Fig Syrup" which has directions for babies and children of all ages printed on bottle. Mother! You must say "California or you may get an imitation lig syrup. Advertisement. DIDN'T HAVE TO HAVE PROOFS Colored Lady Had Confidence in the Ability of Witnesses to Sustain Her Charge. A southern magistrate had before him as a complaining witness a colored woman who had caused to be held a man on the charge that he had attacked her with a pair of scissors. "He mighty neah gouged my eye out. jedge." she said. "He poked me in the face with them scissors, jedge, not once, but fo' or five times. He jest cut up my face like it was a yard of ribbon. There ain't no mo danger ous man alive, jedge." The magistrate lo;ed her over. She had a wide, smooth, yellow face that did not have a mark on it. lie told her to repeat her story, and she went through it agajn. telling how the man had slashed her face with that pair of scissors. "But." said the judge, "there isn't a mark on your face." "Marks'! she exclaimed indignantly. "Marks! What I care fo' marks, lemme ask yo' that? I got witnesses, I tell you !" OLD SAYING PROVED UNTRUE For Once, at Least, a Physician Was Willing to Take His Own Medicine. "They say," remarked George L. Fallon, the noted aeronaut, on he j Aquitania, "that doctors never tr.ke their own medicine, sum! in my youth I lielieved that lie. "Once, however, I made a very stormy passage across the Atlantic, and got frightfully seasick. The ship's doctor, a genial young chap, prescribed champagne for me, a half bottle twice a day, and say, I wish you could have seen the iter feet and unfailing regularity with which that young medico would drop in at the appointed hour and join me in carrying out his prescription. Blessings of Obscurity. "Doesn't It make you discontented to read about movie stars getting $2.- 000 a week?" "Sometimes It does," said the citizfti whose Income is $",000 a year, "but,, on the other hand, it is a lot of satisfaction for me to know that I don't have to tell an inquisitive public what 1 eat, what I wear, how I amuse myself in my leisure moments and the exact state of my affections from day to day." No Interference. "Didn't you see Jimmy?" demanded Mrs. Jones. "I did." said Mr. Jones. "He was playing hall, and when I saw him he was on second base." "Well, why didn't you bring him home?" "My dear, I wasn't in the game. It was up to the hatter to bring him home." Chica go I leral d. Conserving Her Energy. Mr. Constant Knagg You don't mean to tell me your wife allows you to interrupt her lectures? Mr. Henry N. Peck Along ' toward . the finish she gives me a slight chance while she gathers her breath for the last word. Doubtful. appears to be "Maud appears to be well preserved." "Oh, yes; but I hardly think she would stand a chemical analysis." Boston Transcript. Rheumatism Neuritis Pain, Pain 0 immediate and overwhelming hnppt ness, Bim exclaimed. "The only thing in the way of mine is the national debt that I have accumulated," Harry remarked. "I knew he'd think of something," aid Bim ruefully. "If I wanted to abolish the nohle institution of mar-. riage I'd make him chairman of the ways and means committee." "Harry, your credit is still" good with me, and I'm prosperous,' iamson began. "I want you to know that Bim's energy and skill are mostly responsible for my success. I guess we owe more to your sickness than you're aware of. If It hadn't been for that we would be plodding along at the same old pace. . We would not have felt the need of speeding up. It was your misfortune that brought. Bira into the store. If she wants to retire and marry you, I rather think she is entitled to do it. I don't want any more fooling around about this matter Sarah and I couldn't stand it. She's kept me awake nights talking about it. The thing has worried us plenty. We rebel and demand action before anything else happens. We feel as If we had some rights in this case." "I concede them and second your demand," Harry answered. "Bim musi name a near day. I only need a week to get some clothes and go up to Mil waukee on a little matter of business." "I don't know- whether we'll give him a week or not," said Bim playfully "A great many things may happen tt him in a week. CHAPTER XXIV. Which Describes" a Fleasrnt Hoiic2.- and a Pretty Stratagem. Two days later Bim .suggested that they should take a day's ride in the open and spend the night at the home of a friend of hers in a settlement known as Plain's End. Harry bavin? expressed a wish to get out on tht prairies in the saddle after his lonv term of travel on a steamboat "Are you sure that you can stand an all day's journey?" Bim asked. "I! I could kill a bear witli mj hands and carry him home on mj hack and eat him for dinner." th young man boasted. "I've got enough of the 'wild West in me to like a man who can eai bears, if there's nothing better." sab Bim. "I didn't know but you'd beer, spoiled in the home of these eastern millionaires. If you're willing to take what comes and make the best of it, I'll give you a day that you will remember. You will have to put up with a very simple hospitality, but 1 wouldn't wonder if you'd enjoy it." "We will leave here day after tomorrow. Our horses will be at the door at eight o'clock In the morning We shall take some luncheon and reach our destination late in the after noon and return next day. It will give us a good long -sisit with each other and you'll know me better be fore we get back." "I want to know you ar. well as 1 love you," he said. "I suppose it wil be like studying law one never gett through with it." Tve found myself a ratter abstrue subject as bad as Coke, o: which Abe used to talk so much with my father." she declared. "I hai! be glad If It doesn't discourage you." (TO BE CONTWVED.) PARROT MADE MUCH TROUBLE Abilities of Brooklyn Bird Entireij Unappreciated by the Women of the Neighborhood. For several weeks past young worn en passing along Hanson place have been much annoyed by loud whistling, apparently coming from someone who wished to attract their attention. Th whistling has had a most peculiar ef feet, depending on the temperament of the women. Seme have quickened their pace and tried to get away; others have turned and su: leyed the man who happened to be behind with Hushed faces ami angry glances. One or two have even complained to the police, while a few have lagged to find out what it was all about. lleeently a highly indignant woman complained to h policeman. "That man behind me has been whistling to attract my attention for five minutes." she said. "I wish you would stop it." Much to her amazement the policeman laughed unrestrrinedly. He pointed with his hand to a window' opposite the Hanson Place Baptist church and there sat the culprit, winking and whistling away. It was a gray parrot with a long red tail. He had learned to whistle like a mischievous country boy. but be reserved hl tricks for th women passing. For setne time the flirtatious parrot ha? upset the equanimity of the entire veighhorhood. Brook! vn Eagle. Artistic Ghiner Work. Little jade trees growing sturdily In bowls of :he rarest cloisonne and lear mg upon the intricately carved brancltes. clustered close to the cool green of the jade leaver., wonder fruits of coral and amber and delicately wrought blossoms f the translucent white jade, might he a memory of the Arabian Nights and Aladdin's lamp. They might be, but they are not. They are tribunes to the Infinite pa tience and skill of the Chinese artisan n semi-prcius stones, and the zeal of the collector who buys with American gold the treasures cf t-e Far East and gloatingly nirries them back across the lacittr fur the delight of a luxury loving people. - They are expensive, but they represent not only the toil of years but tTft expression of the. artist's soul. . Aee CTr1rt. trying BftiMw have the strength and inclination to return soon and be a candidate for my seat in the house. Samson will net do it. being so busy with large affairs. You are young. You have won distinction in the service of your country. You have studied the prob lems of the county and the state. Samson and Baker ami Logan and Browning agree wnn me mat you are the man for the piace. "As for myself, I am going to be married in a year or so. I shall have to give all my time to the practice of the law. I am now in partnership with Stephen 1. Logan ami am siowiy elearing my conscience of debt. I have done what I could for the state and for Sangamon county. It hasn't het-n nuicn. 1 w arn ou in laiie up the burden, if you can. until I get free of my debts, at least. By and by I may jump into the ring again." Harry was glad to obey the sum- mons. oon alter me arrival r -ir. Lincoln's letter his doctor gave the voung man what lie called "an honor able discharge." The magic of youth r.nd iis courage and of good air had wrought a change of which the able doctor had hail little hope in the be ginning. In his "travel through the great for t Harry had met David Parish and Stephen Van Bens.salaer, at v;tesc homes on the shore of the St. l-nw- rence he had spent many a happy summer day. Three years had passed since that fateful morning on the prai rie. Through the winters he had lived in a comfortable hunter's camp on the lore of Lake Placid. Summers In had wandered with a guide and canoe through the lakes and rivers cf the wilderness hunting and fishing and reading the law books which he bad borrowed from Judge Eine of Ogdens burg. Each summer he worked down the Oswegatchie to that point for a visit with his new friends. The his lory of every week had been written to Bim and her letters had readied him at the points where he was wont to rest in his travels. The lovers had not lost their ardor. Theirs was the love "that hoies and endures and is patient." On a day in June, 1S41, he boarded a steamboat at Ogdensburg on his way to Chicago? He arrived in the eve ning and found Samson at the home of Bim and her mother a capaciou and well-furnished house on Dearborn street. Bim was then a little over twenty-five years old. A letter from John Wentworth says that she was "an exquisite bit of womanhood learned in the fine arts of speech and dress and manner." The store had doubled in size under her management and with the help of the capital of Samson and Sarah Traylor. The epidemic had seized her toward the last of her nursing and left the marks of its scourge upon her. It had marred her beauty, but Samson writes, "the girl was still very hand-seme. She was kind of seared to meet Harry for fear of what he'd think of those little marks on her face, but I told her not to worry." "You are the smartest and loveliest looking creature that I over saw in my life." said Harry after he had held her in his arias a moment. "But see what happened to me look j,t my face," she answered. "It is more beautiful than ever." he said. "Those marks have doubled my love for you. They are medals of honor better th:;n this one that I wear. I want to marry you as soon as possible. I've been looking forward to that since I was sixuen." "Then I think I'll take you and marry you before you have a chance to tight another duel." "I don't hear anything but love and marriage," sajd Samson. "We've been rassling down at our house to keep Jcslali from running off ami getting married. He's engaged already." "Engaged! To whom?" Harry asked. "To Annabel Brimstead. She's a little older than he is. She laughed at him and promised to marry him as soon as he was nominated for President by all his friends. She would now vote for hini herself. He has become a good athlete and the best scholar in school. He has every hoy r.nd girl in the village working for him evenings and Saturdays." "What ure they doing?" Harry asked. "Making those newfangled things they call lucifers. You can build a fire in a second with "cut. They cut splinters cut of soft woo!, dip their rtids in brims.one which Joe learned how to make and put them in a hot J oven uiuil the brimstone is baked. Then a scratch will bring a fian-.e. Joe puts them up in bundles and sells thcni to the merchants and calls them lucifer matches. He has invented a machine that will cut and dip a thousand j .-inters an hour. I tell you, Annabei is in danger." He took a lucifer out of his pocket end scratched it ou the bottom of his loot. The party looked with wonder at its flame which quickly consumed the slender thread of pine In his fingers. " - ' "I have always thought that Joe orld 1 whal of a ntan;'" s&ld Mrrv. IRVING BACHELLER It was like Lincoln in his relations with women to get the cart before the horse, so to speak. The points upon which they disagreed came up for consideration. She could not think as he did on the subject of slavery and the kindred one of state rights. His manners were not like hers. They grew naturally out of one's history ant character. He could be kind and gentle in his way. But, mainly, his manners would have to be like the rugged limbs of the oak. The grace and elegance of the water-willow and the white birch were not for him. It saddened him to conclude that he would have to be for a long time just what he was crude, awkward, unlearned in the graces and amenities of cultivated people. He rightly judged that his cruder. ess would be a constant source of irritation to the proud Mary. As their acquaintance progressed the truth of his conviction grew more apparent. This, however, did not so much concern him as her lack of sympathy with some of his deepest midlives. He decided that, after all. he did not love her and that to marry her would be committing a great wrong. Some of the r.r.happiest days of his life followed. His conscience gave him no rest. He knew not what to do. He wrote a letter to Miss Todd in which he reviewed the history of his thinking on the subject of their marriage and frankly but tenderly stated his conviction that it would imperil her happiness to marry him. Before sending it he submitted the letter to his friend Speed. The latter read it over and looked very grave. "What do you think of it?" Lincoln asked. "I would nover send a letter liko that to a lady," Speed answered. If you feel as you say. go and tell her so. but don't put !t in a letter." Lincoln went to see her that evening and returned to his friend in a mre cheerful mood. "Hid yon tell her?" Speed asked. "Yes, I told her." -What happened;" "She burst out crying and I threw my arms around her and kissed her and that settled it. We are going to be married. What an illustration of the humanity and chivalry of Honest Abe was in the proceeding! "I'm sure you'll get along all right together." said Sneed. "Your spirit is Jealous of any one likely to get in its way. But she won't. She'll fall in line and do what she can to help you. Now, a little before this time, Henry Brimstead and other creditors of Davis had gone to Chicago in the matter of the satisfaction of their judgment c gainst him. Henry had driven a wagon across the prairies ani, return ir.g had brought Bira r.nd her mother to his home and then to Springfield It was while they were there that Harry had come down to Chicago out of the woods in a condition of health which had alarmed his physician. The latter had put him on a steamboat and sent him East. He was bound for the mountain country in northern New York. Bun and her mother returned to Chicago on the stage, the former to Deeply Impressed by Her Fine Manners. take a place in the store as the representative of Samson's interest. Harry was three years in the wilderness trying to regain his health. Success came to him in the last year of his banishment. Toward the end of It he received a ietter from Mr. Lincoln. It was written soon after that curious climax in the courting of Mary Todd. In this letter he said : "I am serving' my last term In the legislature, t learn that you are In better health and I hope that vow win n W I Talk and i j i V 2 v- 1 ' 1 r :- I. : i : I h aiary, but had the feeling thr.t she was not for him. A woman who lived near the Edwards house had a small, hairy poodle dog. One day. a Abe ard Mary were ' walking along the street, they . tr.et this woman, who asked if they had seen her dog. "I wouldn't w onder if some one down he street had get him tied to the end of a pole r.nd is using l ira to swab olf his windows," said Abe Lincoln with a good-natured laugh. "Ill try to find him for you." Mary enjoyed fun and thi and like sJPes ef the young legislator added a certain rest to their friendship. Women are like children in their love of huuu.r. The diminutive IVrnglas saw In Miss Todd an asset cf much value and his mentions began to be assiduous. Mary was indifferent to Ids lofty manner and sonorous vocal ism. Abe Lincoln liked her better for that. She encouraged the visits of the latter end invited his confidence. The fact filled him with a great joy. They went about together. In the Edwards fmrlor he modestly told her of his .work and his life plan. She differed with him 00 certain subjects which srere unfortunately fundamental. He ; did not love her as he had loved Ann. 'tent her personality pleased and fas-fctaated the young- legislator. One rental? tinder the spell of It he asked Mr to he hLt wife. She consented. , fc k Vr. to think tt ovor. Never say "Aspirin" without saying "Bayer." WARNING! Unless you see name "Bayer" on tablets, you are not getting genuine Aspirin prescribed by physicians over 21 years and proved safe by millions fcx Colds Toothache Earache Headache Neuralgia Lumbago i l -. f - . Accept only "Bayer" package which contains proper direction Bandy tin boxes of IS tablet Bottlss of 24- aad. 100 All dra-iataJ iMlila la tk trd auk aC Baer Uuatetm C MoaoaarttcaaMoater at SaiioltaMM i i- -.. n r-i .... r .V

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