The Farmers' News. (Sands City [Knowles P. O.], Okla.), Vol. 1, No. 18, Ed. 1 Thursday, November 28, 1907 Page: 3 of 6
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A Million on February 30
By A. Walter Utting
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When Robert Faylon's wealth
reached the two million mark, he lay
ill unto death. But, though the scythe-
bearer was advancing to meet him.
■till gleamed in his eye the look of
cunning so well known to his asso-
Two days after he was stricken his
nephew called to see him—Tommy
Faylon, upon whom he had lavished
a wealth of care, tried to pilot on
that particular financial sea on which
he had made his millions, but who
liave proved such a great disappoint-
ment to him.
The elder man had, so to speak,
chartered one boat and continued jail-
ing in it until it reached the chosen
port; the nephew engaged an entire
fleet, seeing one after another foun-
der, but hoping always to have one
arrive safely at the wished-for destina-
tion. And when he visited his uncle,
Tommy usually went to report that
there had been a wreck—and that
he wanted to start all over with
stronger, more up-to-date craft.
Robert Faylon groaned, even above
the groans provoked by his aliment,
when Tommy was announced. Tom-
my had certainly been industrious. He
had sold eggs, goats, horses, and he
had run a bucket shop, superintended
a meat market, published a newspa-
per, and done a dozen and one other
"Well, what now?" the sick man
Tommy tendered solicitations as to
his relative's health; he was pained
to see his uncle under the weather.
"But you're a sticker," he added;
"you'll live 50 more years." Then
glibly he went on to tell how. be-
cause of the treachery of a partner,
he had failed to make good as a
sideshow proprietor. "The fellow just
ran away with the fat woman and the
funds at the same time. But I've
cut out the things that people are
used to, and which need partners. I've
got something brand new," he rattled
enthusiastically. "There's a field
for it, and when there's a field tor any-
thing there's money in it."
The dying man looked at him pity-
ingly. "Mulberry Sellers," he groan-
ed, "tell me about it."
And Tommy did. He wanted to
launch out into an Information bureau
business, to furnish every one needful
with an idea. He would tell one man
how to advertise so that he could
bring prosperity to his business; an-
other how to write a book; another
the cost and means of hauling tim-
ber from Siberia to Patagonia; another
how to reach a girl's heart. And so
on ad infinitum. "Besides which," he
added, "I'm dead in love, and the girl
wants to see me in business before
we get married. If I get started
she'll say 'Yes' in a hurry."
Uncle Robert said: "If you can tell
other people how to do things, why
in the world can't you tell yourself
how to get on without my aid? That
would be proof of your ability."
"I could," Tommy replied, "if I had
the capital to start the business
"Well, call to-morrow, and we'll see
what is to be done," said Robert Fay-
He died overnight. But before he
died he Bumtnoned his lawyer and
made a new will, which contained a
clause that staggered everybody. In
brief, It was that if Tommy married
the choice of his heart on February
30. he would get $1,000,000 of his
wealth; if he failed to do this, then he
must be satisfied with a paltry $f>00,
and the rest would go to charity.
"February 30!" exclaimed Tommy,
listening, "why, there is no such date
in the year."
"Mr. Faylon believed there is," said
the lawyer, "and thinks that you, with
your latest scheme, should be able
to pick it out from the other days on
The month of February, as every
une knows, consists of 28 days. Once
every four years, with a few excep-
tions, It takes an extra day. But 30!
Whoever heard of there being 30 days
In woman's wit lies tljp solution of
many apparently unfathomable prob-
lems- Tommy went to the home of
Alice Detwar, "the girl."
' Your uncle wanted to turn you
down gracefully," she suggested
"If he thought there was a February
30, I guess 1 can find It," said Tommy.
"And when I do we'll get married,
During the month of September,
190.1. Tommy Faylon spent his every
waking hour pouring over calendars,
almanacs and rare works in the pub
lie libraries and reporting his failures
to his sweetheart.
In October he tried a different cam-
paign. He procured books on pussies,
charades, rebuses, and evervthlng
that dealt with mind tangling propo-
sitions. Furrows appeared on his
brow, lines creased his cheeks, his
eyes retreated in their wells, and he
His uncle's doctor advised him
healthfully. "Stop looking in books,
you're wearing your life away. Take
a sea trip; get health restoring balm
from ocean air; put yourself where
you can't see a book."
And on the heels of this advice
came word from Alice Detwar that her
father wanted to take her for a trip to
Hawaii, "juBt for the sea voyage, and
to get experience she would never
have if she married Tommy Faylon."
She was departing so soon he would
have no opportunity of Beeing her be-
fore she left.
Tommy hunted up the doctor. "I'd
follow your advice," he said, "but I
haven't the money. To travel costs
"Why not take the five hundred,"
the physician suggested, "and by us-
ing it help gain the larger sum? Pay
where you have to, and work your pas-
sage where you can."
Soon Tommy was on the way to the
Pacific coast. Alice had left by boat
when he reached there, so he was
quick to charter passage on the next
steamer to put forth. Like a will o'
the wisp she flitted just ahead of him
wherever he went, but he continued.
In January he found her in Japan.
"But before February is ended," she
told him, "father says I will be on
the ocean on the way home."
"I'll return with you," he informed
And that Is how they came to sail
from Yokohama on February some-
thing or other, a fact which recalled
to his mind that he was no nearer dis-
covering a February 30 than he had
The passengers on the vessel watch-
ed the two 'lovers curiously. It
chanced there was a clergyman on
board, and it was not long before
many were Baying it would be a splen
(fid idea for him to perform the cere-
mony of marriage on board the ship.
But Tommy shook his head.
"I have no more chance of marrying
her," he said to one man, "than I have
of finding a February 30."
But hope was buoyed finally. The
captain requested him to call In his
parlor. He did so. There he found
Alice, her father, the minister and four
passengers, besides the captain.
"I understand," said the captain,
"that you wish this reverend gentle-
man to marry you to Miss Detwar."
'it has been said so In a joking
way, I think," stammered Tommy.
"We may as well have the ceremony
now, then," said Alice quickly. "We're
all here, and there are witnesses
"February 30," groaned Tommy.
"Take hold of hands," commanded
the minister, and before Tommy Fay-
lon recovered his wits he found him-
self married to the girl of his choice,
"I am unhappily happy," he said.
But consolingly looking into his wife's
eyes, "I guess now I have you I'll
make the best of It. I've lost a mil-
lion dollars, but I think we can trudge
along on nothing at all, If neces-
"How have you lost a million?"
asked the captain. And Tommy told
him, although In the listening there
was a glint of humor in the captain's
"I must, then, be the first one to
make you acquainted with a fact that
will be of interest to you. You must
know that, in traveling eastward, from
Yokohama to San Francisco, a day's
time is gained. There must be a
day apart from those wo see map-
ped on the calendar. Now let me tell
you, this Is leap year—1904. Yester-
day was February 29, but to-day is not
March 1. When the sun shines to-
morrow morning It will usher In the
first day of the month of March. What,
•hpn, Is to-day?"
Tommy gasped. "February 30!" he
And even the minister acknowledg-
ed that the hornpipe roughly executed
by the young married man was per-
"And the best of It was." said Tom-
my, writing to the lawyer when he
received the bequest, "that Alice
thought out the whole thing, and urged
her father to take her to the other
side of the Pacific, knowing I would
follow her and so win the day. How's
that for a girl?"
BAGS AND PURSES
SOME NOVELTIES INTRODUCED
Distinct Styles Mark Those Intended
for Young Girls—Pigskin Still
Holds Its Own in Popu-
Bags and purses for young girls
differ in several features from those
intended to be carried by women.
They must suggest youth in line as
well as in material, so the limitations
in choice are more rigid than one
would think. Girls who are not too
young, that Is, after they have reached
the age of 16, are permitted to carry
Bmall silver coin purses and vanity
A i USGDf PVMg <ULK VANITY OWf AND
boxes. These are rather plain or else
of an engraved pattern In which there
is no striking design. Gold purses are
not suitable for girls who are not yet
out in society.
Among the leather novelties which
have just reached us from Paris Is a
bag the shape of which is decidedly
youthful, while the coloring is wonder-
fully fresh and attractive. It is of
reseda suede, and though the bag It-
self is not very deep it holds all that
a young girl need carry. The trim-
mings are plain silver gilt and the
handle is a narrow stitched strap of
the suede. When the bag is opened
the mouth forms a perfect circle. The
inside is divided permanently by the
coin purse, which has an outside cov-
ering of reseda moire and a lining of
white suede. This Is roomy, without
The bag proper Is lined throughout
with watered silk, and on one side is
a shirred pocket, which holds a tiny
oblong mirror faced with Bilk and a
green suede powder puff envelope. In
which reposes an infinitesimal bit of
eiderdown, while between these two
cases is a tiny glass salt bottle, with
a silver gilt top. These purses come
In other shades, too, in the fashiona-
ble purple and lavenders, in gray,
brown ranging from tan to seal, and
in blue. It is the fad to have the
purse match or at least shade into the
color of the costume. Even young
girls adhere strictly to this one tone
effect or to the one of harmony in
Another smart bag of soft suede In
a lovely Bhade of brown was oblong In
shape and had the outside smocked
near the top. There were two or three
rows of smocking below the uarrow
silver gilt rim, which provided consid-
erable fulness at the bottom. This
purse held the usual coin compartment
and the three essential beauty acces-
sories—the puff case, the mirror and
the powder box.
Pigskin, while neither new nor es-
pecially smart, is always In good
taste for morning use. It is a particu-
larly suitable leather for young girls
and is made up in most attractive
purses. If the strap kind is liked
then a long, narrow purse is chosen,
with the usual compartments and a
well attached strap running length-
wise of the back. There are Bhortor
purses of pigskin with a rounding
down flap, trimmed with a narrow sil-
ver rim. This has no visible fasten-
ing, but there is a snap on the under
side. The square purse, while very
roomy and easy to carry, is not in as
good taste aB the long, narrow one.
Cleanses the System Effect-
ually; Dispels Colds and neadr
ocVies due to Constipation*
Acts naturally, acts Truly aa
Best forMen\\^)mon ana Child*
ren - Voun gand Uld,
1o £et its JienpJicialEjj'ects
ays buy the tfenuine which
the fall name of the Com-
J?c> Syrup CO.
by whom it is manufactured. printed on ml
front of package.
SOLD BY ALL LEADING DRUGGIST*
one size only, regular price 50*p** bottle*
GEORGE KEPT HIM BU8Y.
Matrimonial Engagements 8eemed AW
ways in Order.
A well-known Virginia clergyman,
onetime president of William and
Mary college, was married three times
and on each occasion the ceremony
was performed by his brother, an even
more renowned biBhop. When the first
marriage took place, the bishop had
to refuse a tempting invitation from
an old friend bccausc—so the letter
ran—"I am going up to Williamsburg
on that date to marry my brother
The same friend happened to ba
on the train with him, years after-
ward, when he was traveling to the
second ceremony. "I am going to mar*
ry my brother George, the bishop
explained, benignly, after the business
of greeting was over. Again many
years passed, and the same Journey
was taken once more for the same
purpose. Ry a strange co-incidence,
the identical friend ran into the bish-
op as they hurried through the depot
to their respective trains. "Where go-
ing bishop?" the former sang out as
they grasped hands and dashed by
"I am going where I am always go-
ing," the answer came back, ponder-
ously, "to marry my brother Georgel**
BASKETS FOR THE TABLE.
Decorative Effect as Well as Use—
Baskets for Special Occasions.
Raskets of one sort and another, of
simple or more or less ornamental
character, have long been used for
holding fruit on tables, but within the
last few years there have come to be
offered for such use baskets specially
designed with a view to their dec-
Here, for instance, Is a lifelike bas-
ketwork turkey perched on a basket-
work pumpkin of proportionate dimen-
sions, both turkey and pumpkin fin-
ished In their natural colors, this tur-
key table basket being designed to
stand on a Thanksgiving dinner
And here Is a table basket in the
form of a swan, life also and natural
j in appearance, and graceful, and here
I is a gorgeous table basket of fine
work In the form and colorings of a
peacock. There Is a table basket in
the shape of a chicken, and here Is
one designed to adorn a patriotic table
In the form of an eagle
SometlmeB table baskets are made
to order In special formB, as for ban-
quets. One such basket was made in
the form of a billiard table. Where
such baskets are made specially it is
necessary to give the order well In
advance, for It must go to Europe to
be filled, table baskets, like almost
all other fancy baskets, being made
Resides being used for fruits table
baskets are sometimes used for flow-
ers. They cost from five to twenty-
BODICE FOR A MATRON.
Pretty Made Up in Either Fine Wool-
ens or 8ilk.
This Is a pretty bodice for making
up in fine woolens and silk. It haB a
fitting lining fastening down the
front, to this Is fixed at the back a V
of lace, and a vest in front; this lat-
ter Is sewn to the right side of lining
The greatest lengths In miles of th«
great lakes In the United States arm
l-ake Superior, 300 miles; Lake Mich-
igan, 345 miles; I,ake Huron, 270
miles; I<ake Rrie, 260 miles; Lake On
tario, 190 miles
One of the moBt charming novelties
In the way of blouses has been
launched by a well known designer of
unuBuai styles. This delightful little
waist is made of soft silk In the most
delicate of shell pink tones. The en-
tire bodice and drooping sleeves are
formed of two-Inch folds, one over-
lapping the other. These run from
the hlRh girdle ov«>r the shoulders and
tuck In at the bark. The sleeves are
formed of a continuation of plaits or
folds extending to the wrist, where
they narrow down to proportionate
dimensions. The neck Is finished with
ft high lace ami but I it <•« an.I
chemisette. Two rsther more elab-
orate blouses of this character have
their folds an Inch wide, and each one
edged with the narrowest lace to be
found. Resides giving the desired
broad shouldered effect the lace
softens the regular lines of the folds
so carefully placed.
and made to hook over to the left;
the collar-band is also of lace bound
with silk. The fronts are tucked
three times from the shoulders to the
bust, and the edges are bound with
silk, the back Is treated In the same
way; the epaulettes also are of laco
bound with silk.
Materials required: 2% yards 44
Inches wide, one yard lace, l^i yardr
silk, and two yards lining.
Damaged Lace Hint.
A handsome flounce of embroidered
muslin with heavy motifs of grape
hunches and vine leaves, which had
been badly torn, had the best of the
design cut out and applied, after being
tinted biscuit color, tu a groundwork
of biscuit net. Much the same treat
nient was accorded to a length of lace
which had alao suffered; in this case
a groundwork of nlnon wna supplied.
(It Is s pity that striped nets are not
more used, snd It Is a wonder they sre
not In this season of stripes.) When
these applied designs are used they
can bo much enhanced in effect by
backing Just the pattern Itsolf wlt|
atin or velvet of some bright color
What He Learned.
Proud Father—Welcome back to the
old farm, my boy. So you got through
college all right?
Farmer's Son—Yes, father.
P. F.—Ye know, I told ye to study
up chemistry and things, bo you'd
know best what to do with different
kinds of land. What do you think of
that flat rrtedder there, for Instance?
F S.—Cracky, what a place for a
The Duty of the Hour.
"How were you Impressed by our
distinguished visitors' speech?" asked
one prominent citizen.
"I hadn't thought about forming im-
pressions," replied tho other. "As 1
understand such an occasion, we were
not there to criticise, but to give three
cheers and to sing 'The Star-Spangled
HER "BEST FRIEND."
A Womnn Thus Speaks of Postum.
We usually consider our best friend*
those who treat us best.
Some persons think coffee a real
friend, but waich It carefully awhile
and observe that It is one of the
meanest of all enemies for it stabs
one while professing friendship.
Coffee contains a poisonous drug—
caffeine—which Injures the delicate
nervous system and frequently sets up
disease in one or more organs of the
body, If its use Is persisted in.
"I had heart palpitation and nerv-
ousness for four years and the doctor
told me the trouble was caused by
coffee. He advised me to leave It off,
but 1 thought I could not," writes a
"On the advice of a friend I tried
Postum Food Coffee and It so satis-
fied me that I did not care for coffee
after a few days' trial of Postum.
"As weeks went by and I continued
to use Postum my weight increased
from 98 to 118 pounds, and the heart
trouble left me. I have used it a year
now, and am stronger than 1 ever
was. I can hustle up stalra without
any heart palpitation, and I am cured
"My children are very fond of Post-
am and it agrees with them. My sla-
ter liked it when she drank It at my
house, but not when she made It at
her own home. Now sho has learned
to make It right, boil It according to
directions, and has become very fond
of It. You may use my name If you
wish, ss \ am not ashamed of praising
my best friend—Postum."
Name given by Postum Co., Battle
Creek, Mich. Head "The Road to
WeilvUla," la pkgs. "There's a
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