Davenport Leader (Davenport, Okla.), Vol. 2, No. 31, Ed. 1 Thursday, December 7, 1905 Page: 7 of 22
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It pays to wear a smiling face
And laugh our troubles down,
For all our little trials wait
Our laughter or our frown.
Beneath the magic of a smile
Our doubts will fade awa> • ,
melts the frost in early spring
Beneath the sunny ray.
It pays to make a worthy cause
By malting it our own;
To give the current of our lives
A true and noble tone.
It pavs to comfort heavy hearts,
Oppressed with dull despair
And leave In sorrow darkened lines
A gleam of brightness there.
A gleam —Pittsburg Dispatch.
L* Hp .i* J
1905, by Daily Story Pub. Co.)
Randall Forsyth had been enthralled
an Idea since his visit to Miss
Juliet Glensmore the night before. He
lay awake for hours pondering it;
and, ni/ that he was at his desk, he
realized that he was preoccupied, de-
cidedly to the detriment of his work.
"This will never do," he thought im-
patiently, collecting himself; "I
oughtn't to hesitate so. If it is a good
opportunity I ought to take it and not
wait on any other person's judgment.
I only lack the grit; that's the English
of it." His foot came down on the
floor with a sudden stamp to indicate
that his spirit was rising to the occa-
He closed his ledger, found his hat,
and excused himself from the office
on a matter of business. He hurried
to the rooms of Krigshaw & Maclalne,
attorneys at law. He was now bold in
On the way he ran into Colonel
Krigshaw himself, who was coming
out of a barber's shop, and he entered
at once upon his subject. The colonel
was in a hurry and could not be de-
tained, so he stopped Forsyth s
lengthy explanation by a cheery, AH
right, Randall; you'll get the stock.
Put your acceptance in writing, ana
Inclose a decent check on account.
The die was cast, and he looked the
proposition in the face, believing t a
he could carry the plan through to a
successful issue. He walked slowly
hack to the office, reviewing the mattet
with a calm satisfaction. First there
was Miss Juliet, level headed and re-
sourceful. He would pay an unstinted
tribute to her inspiration. In fact,
she had suggested the scheme. Then
the stock—it was rather curious that
the $12,000 block of stock in the Nor-
\>urg Mills should have carried with it
election. As to the payment—ah, that
would test ills mettle! But it was as
plain as daylight. There was his cash
payment of $2,000. He would borrow
the balance on the stock as security,
obligating himself to pay $2,000 more
per year and live on the remaining
$1,000. The office had always paid
$3 000. In five or six years he would
be comfortably settled in business as
a man of influence and position.
There were numerous other side de-
tails of the scheme which he re-
Randall; you'll get the
through three transfers the office of
vice president and manager. It was a
small part of the hundred thousand
hut the precedent In its favor would
seem to be established. Yet he was
determined to win the Influence of
certain other holdings to insure his
hearsed while walking slowly back to
the office, one of which had a decided
bearing upon Miss Juliet how could
he afford to marry and live in a suit-
able style upon the $1,000 per year?
He had always felt that Miss Juliet s
manner had been one of condescend-
ing kindness. From her position as
daughter of Mr. Asbury Glensmore,
capitalist and banker, and sister of
two rising stars in the commercial
world, she could look upon a clerk in
an insurance office irom no other
standpoint. Yet he was constantly in-
dulging day dreams with reference to
her, and longed for the time when he
would be in position to allow himself
to love her. Would his good fortune
extend to that happy fruition?
After an hour or more he dispatched
his formal letter to the legal firm,
closing the purchase of the Norburg
stock. His duties at the office be-
came menial and exasperating, and he
was constantly at the point of appris-
ing his employers of his intention to
leave their service, but he desisted as
yet. At lunch time, as fortune would
have it, he espied Miss Juliet. She
was beaming from her carriage, a cap-
tivating vision of green and lace.
"I have done it!" he said enthusias-
tically; "I have bought the stock and I
am now at work for the election to the
"Now that is good!" she responded,
with a display of happy feeling. "I am
going to tell papa, and mavbe he can
help in the matter- Randall," she con
tinued. with a little touch of conti-
nence, "I believe you will do well as
manager of the mills.
He gave her a long look. There was
something In her manner that awoko
a strange sensation and suddenly in-
fused a confidence in his feelings to-
wards her that he had never known
before. He answered, "With your in-
terest I can do anything."
She flushed confusedly and turned
the conversation. He was at the zen
itli of unclouded happiness In the
full flush of a brilliant prospect.
I.ater in the day Forsyth found hill
way into the attorneys' offices. Mac-
laine was In his sanctum, dictating to
a stenographer, and greeted him with
a bland, patronizing manner. My
dear fellow," he said at once, "I aro
sorry your note came too late. I have
just written you a letter advising you
that our friend Crosby had bought
that stock belonging to the Miller es-
tate. He came in some time before
we heard from you, and closed tha
trade at a slight advance on your Us-
"But," interrupted Forsyth hurried-
ly, "I settled the matter with Colonel
Krigshaw early this morning; that is.
at about 9:30. He will tell you about
The colonel has left the city," re-
plied Maclalne. "Besides, the whole
matter has been placed in my bancs.
I am truly sorn. but I can see no way
to alter the se'.tlernent that has been
made. Really, old fellow," he contin-
ued with a sympathizing assurance,
am afraid you will have to give it up
Forsyth naled. "1 ^vM n°t, he sa'd
positively; "I bought the stock, and it
is mine in all fairness." It was a plea
in desperation. ^ ^ „ ,,
"Well now, if it comes to that, said
the lawyer, with a tantalizing smile,
"perhaps I know my business. ou
seem to know yours. Suppose you
get the stock."
"It's a great shame!" Forsyth ex-
claimed. "I'll see what I can do."
Then he wheeled out of the room.
"Crack your whip." responded the
lawyer calmly, as he retreated.
It was evidently a case where the
play would be against legal shrewd-
ness, and he realized his disadvantage.
In a short while his ire cooled, and his
fall from the exalted-height of a fond
dream to an abyss of despair was sud-
den and dizzy. Ho yielded to disap-
pointment, which fell like a crushing
blow. His one happy stroke in busi-
ness life had turned to naught, and ha
felt that there could be no other.
Miss Juliet—he made a desperate
resolve to go away at once, so that he
could avoid seeing her again. When
the next morning came he still ad-
hered to this purpose. In the early
afternoon he had resigned his posi-
tion and was en route to the Ccpot tc
go he cared not where, only to leave
the city He was still suffering the
pangs "of a deep, heavy disappoint-
ment. , . .
He stood waiting at the station, lrc^
patient for the gate to open, so that
he could board the train. In the con-
fusion and clatter of voices around
him he became aware of some one
calling, "Mr. Forsyth, Randall!"
Turning, he espied Miss Juliet.
When he reached her, she grasped his
hand warmly, and, smiling cheerily,
she asked. "Glad I've come to tell you
He stood speechless.
"You foolish boy," she continued.
"Papa heard about the trick they tried
to play on you and made the matter
all right with Krigshaw & Maclalne
and Mrs. Miller. She said you were
entitled to the stock and should have
it. Papa is looking for you every-
where, but I stole a march on him, and
came here. Shall we go back to-
Medic'ne Men Keep Secrets.
Bishop Hanlon of Uganda, in de-
scribing some of his experience in
central Africa, said recently that
though many of the medicine men had
Veen converted, they could not be in-
duced to carry their confession so far
as to divulge their undoubted valu-
able remedies for native disease.
Some of the converted medicine wom-
en were not so reticent, but tlifir ivv-
clatlons were generally worthless
Timber on the Forest Reserves.
Information comes from Washington
that the mature timber on the Na-
tional forest reserves is to be offered
for sale. This announcement is in
line with the declared purpose of "the
Department of Agriculture to develop
the National forest reserves by use.
The restriction formerly laid upon the
export of timber from the states in
which the forest reserves were lo-
cated has been removed, and the law
now places no limitation on the ship-
ment of timber grown on any forest
reserve except those in the state of
Idaho and the Black Hills Reserve iu
South Dakota. Tho effect of this
change in the law, and the declared
policy of tho Department of Agricul-
ture, Is that the timber on the re-
serves may now be cut and disposed
of to the highest bidder. On many of
the reserves there are great quanti-
ties of mature timber, and on some of
them the facilities for getting it. out
at a reasonable cost are excellent.
The Forest Service, which has charge
of the administration of the reserves,
is anxious to begin the cutting of this
mature timber as soon as possible,
and it is prepared to consider offers
from lumbermen who wish to under-
take such operations.
It is perhaps well to call attention
to the fact that this announcement
does not mean that the forest reserves
are going to be devastated under au-
thority of the government. On tho
contrary, the distinct and definite pur-
pose of the Forest Service is to im-
prove the reserves by utilizing the
material that is now fit for lumber.
In doing so, it will also provide for
the reproduction of the forest and
the restocking of those areas upon
which forest conditions are defective.
Opening Up Apple Trees.
Mr. S. G. Soverhlll, a well known
fruit grower of Illinois, has an orchard
that will pay any man to visit. Any
one looking over that orchard will be
struck by the great thriftiness of the
trees and the bright color seen on the
bark of young trees. Mr. Soverhlll
says that this Is due to the fact that
he has "opened up," as he calls it,
the trees. That is, he has cut out
the inside top branches and left, as
it were, a narrow bowl in the top
from the trunk upwards. In ordinary
trees the central stem is allowed to
grow straight up with a multitude of
small branches growing from it.
These always interfere with the gath-
ering of the fruit, and the fruit borne
on these inside branches is generally
of poor color and :elative!y small, as
the more fruit a tree bears the
smaller will the fruit be. Mr.
Soverhill has cut out these branches
and has let the sun in to color his
fruit. As he has reduced the bearing
wood of the tree, the fruit that is
left grows to a larger size than it
would. This open place on the inside
of the tree ho finds very useful at
picking time. A man can get into
this place, hang his basket or picking
bag on one of the limbs, and do his
picking very lapldly. Also, when
spraying time conies the man who
holds the nozzle that throws the spray
can get up into this place and thut
thoroughly spray every portion of tho
tree. This makes perfect work pos-
sible. We believe this process of
opening apple trees can be followed
to good advantage.—Farmers' Review.
Age of Grape Vines.
We asked Mr. Soverhill how long a
grapo vino would grow und
bear fruit. He said: "I do
not know, but when 1 was 2i years
old my brother bought the Robinson
Farm, and I took up a grape vine
there and re-planted it. It has been
growing now, so far as I know, for
49 years. During all this time it has
been bearing fruit."
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