The County Democrat (Tecumseh, Okla.), Vol. 28, No. 44, Ed. 1 Friday, June 28, 1912 Page: 3 of 8
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Richard Llghtnut, an American with an
•ffected English accent, receives a pres-
ent from a friend In China. The present
proves to be a pair of pajamas. A letter
hints of surprise to the wearer. Llghtnut
dons the pajamas and late at night g*ts
up for a smoke. Hla servant, Jenkins,
comes in and, falling to recognize Light-
nut, attempts to put him out. Thinking
the servant craxy, Llghtnut changes his
clothes Intending to summon help. When
he reappears Jenkins falls on his neck
■with Joy. confirming Llghtnut's belief
that he Is crazy. Jenkins tells Llghtnut of
the encounter he had with a hideous
Chinaman dressed In pajamas. In a
message from his friend. Jack BtllinK*;
Llghtnut Is asked to put up “the kid
for the night on hla way home from col-
lege. Later Llghtnut finds a beautiful
girl In black pajamas In his room. Llght-
nut Is shocked by the girl's drinking,
smoking and slangy talk. She tells him
her name is Francis and puzzles him
with a story of her love for her sister s
room-mate, named Frances. Next morn-
ing the girl Is missing and Llghtnut hur-
ries to tne boat to see her off. He la ac-
costed by a husky college boy. who calls
him “Dicky.' but he does not see the
girl. Jack Billings calls to spend the
night with Llghtnut. They discover
priceless rubles hidden In the buttons or
the pajamas. Billings dons the pajamas
and- retires. Llghtnut later discovers
1n his apartment a beefy person in mut-
ton-chop whiskers and wearing pajamas.
Jenkins calls the police, who ('ec1‘a.r®
Intruder to be a criminal, called boxy
Grandpa." The Intruder declares he is
Llghtnut’s guest and appeals to the lat-
ter In vain. He Is hustled off to jail.
Rather plain and direct, that, don t
you think? Sort of heavy broadsword
stroke, you know. But she took It
full and clean—never winced or
turned a hair. Just looked thought-
“Yes,” she said slowly. “Jacky says
it'll have to come to that some day—
some arrangement. Neither of us
ever want to marry.”
And my monocle dropped!
ter In vain. He Is hustled on w
In the morning Llghtnut is astonished to
find Billings gone, and more astonished
when he gets a message from the laner-
demanding his clothes. Llghtnut. hound
for Tarrvtown, Billings* home, discovers
i-nnooa ” thn w\r\ nf the naiamas. on
li ■ i by .. .
A l J (1 I 1 I I I. U *ftft*ft*ft*—
“Frances," the Kiri ot the pajamas, ui.
the train. Llghtnut speaks to her and al-
ludes to the night before, She declares
Indignantly that Llghtnut never saw her
■ ---‘-mas. At Tarrytown Frances
huBky college youth, who
it as "Dicky.” The latter Ig-
nores me uoy, who then threatens o
thrash him for offending Frances. Ltaht-
nut takes the next train home. hlllln~s
storms over the outrage of his arrest. He
and Llghtnut discover mysterious CM-
nese characters on the pajamas, t rores-
sor Doozenberry Is called In to Interpret
the hieroglyphics. He raves over what he
borrows the pajamas for experiment.
•■Billings" dressed In pajamas is foundjn
the professor’s r
in an automobile
III till BUiumuuiio ----- ,,
man Llghtnut calls “the frump.
CHAPTER XX. (Continued.)
But her claws raked on: "1 tell you
you Just can't be familiar wlth^grocms ,
and hail-fellow-well-met with footmen
without demoralizing them—and that's
what Francis does.’’ She Jerked this
out viciously, and while I gasped,
went on: “You know very well. Mr.
Llghtnut, if you play cards and drink
and carouse with your men-servants
until two or three o’clock In the morn-
ing, you can’t reasonably look for re-
spect from them.” She breathed heav-
ily. “The trouble la. Francis has no
“By Jove, if 1 were you, Miss—
«r—’’ Dash me If l hadn’t forgotten
her name! “If you feel that way, 1
don't see why the de— Hm! I mean
why do you stay on here and er -
sacrifice yourself?” 1 drawled this In
the most devilish sarcastic way! "I'd
pack my Jolly trunk and get as far
away as I could."
I added earnestly—coaxtngly: "And
stay away, you know!"
And I took a deep breath, for 1 ex-
pected to see her wilt or go straight
up in the air. 1 knew It was a toss-
up for either.
Not she! She Just twisted a sour
smile at me.
"Ummh!" she grunted. "Perhaps
you don’t know that Francis has sug-
gested that to me several times—
frankly and rudely—when 1 have com-
plained. That may surprise you.”
"Dare say you’ve put up with Fran-
ces though for Jack’s sake!" 1 let her
have it coldly, deliberately. "Brother
Jack has been a sort of compensa-
tion—that’s It, eh?”
And I shot her a foxy wink!
That is, I almost did—pulled up.
though, Just on the brink. By Jove,
gave me cold marrows for an Instant,
thinking how 1 might have compro-
mised myself, you know. Besides, 1
could spare her that—had rubbed It
in so devilish raw, anyhow. That Is.
you would have thought so; lor that
sort of thing said to a normal Yankee
girl would have stirred her pride or
■unchained the Jolly lightnings from
her eyes—you know!
But dashed if this Imported freak
didn't suddenly nod with a sort of
cbokey snuffle and reach out her hand
“How you do understand!' she
crooned unblushlngly. and she leaked
a big cold tear down upon my hand
and let another splash my cuff and
Jenkins hadn't come with my things
yet dash It! "1 do try to be patient
about Francis for Jacky’s sake—he
asked me to; and I do try not to mind
the way things are run. but oh, Mr.
Llghtnut, what this place needs Is a
head1’’ She almost squeezed my hand,
and blinked damply at me out of her
nasty face. "And then,” she snuf-
fled "I do so want to make a home
for 'my father and my brothers. They
have never known wbat it was to have
a home—think of It!
“See here,” I said. flxlDg my mon*
ocle sternly and folding my arms-
tor I had got back my hand under
pretense of fixing my part. "You don t
mean to say that Jack would ever ask
you to take charge here!
A Message and a Warning.
"It’s all right, miss," Wilkes report-
ed; “at least, 1 hope so. Perkins Is
with him—we've been trying to per-
suade him to have a bath and He
down. But I don’t know—’’
He shook his head gloomily, then
turned to me.
"If you will come with me, Mr—’’
Then he added, and It seemed a ques-
tion: "You must have made a quick
run, sir. Seems like only a few min-
utes since we got Mr. Jack’s 'phone
message. His voice dropped: "From
the station house, you know."
"Eh—what’s that?" I paused with
my foot on the first tread of the
stairway. "Jack’s phone message—
from the station house?” 1 repeated
blankly. "What are you talking
Wilkes coughed reproachfully
“Why, you know, sir, he told about
being arrested in front of the Kahoka
Apartments. He mentioned that It
was about—h’m!" He stole a furtive
backward glance at the frump, but
she was enjoying herself berating a
fat girl she addressed as "Flora. He
looked at me eloquently and whis-
pered: "About his—h’m—stealing
some black silk pajamas."
My monocle dropped, and 1 almost
"By Jove!" 1 gasped feebly.
"Yes, sir." Wilkes looked up at
*he paneled celling and stroked his
chin. ’’He mentioned that they tound
them—or thought they tound them In
the bag he had with him.”
“But he's got them on, and they are
his own," I managed to get out.
Wilkes’ face lightened understand
ingly. "Oh-h, I see, sir,” he said, nod-
ding with his jolly chin hanging; "so
that’s how you g^t him oil—I was a-
wondering!” He looked at me, his
fishy old eyes twinkling admiration.
Very neat. If I may say, sir—making,
as it were, a sort of alibi—very neat,
indeed! Of course, when they puts
’em on him, they see for themselves
they are his’n, and not any lady's
what had been stolen— Oh, 1 see!”
Dash me, if I did! The only thing
I saw was that it must have been
Jenkins that had telephoned and the
message had been twisted. What, he
had said, of course, was that Billings
had almost been arrested. But the
police finding the pajamas In his bag
—I did not like that. Could It be that,
after all, Billings had found his sis-
ter’s pajamas In the guest-room and
had quietly confiscated them? It
looked devilishly, ominously like It!
Or perhaps he, himself, had recov-
ered them from Foxy Grandpa, and
with more delicacy than I thought him
capable of, had kept the whole mat-
ter to himself. One thing only was
certain: the sleuth hounds of the law,
stimulated by the extravagant reward
I had offered over the telephone, had
run 'down and recovered her pajamas.
It was a relief that they were out of
his hands, anyhow—1 could get them
again, but he couldn’t. By Jove!
Alone in my room, I stood before
the mirror, hands in pockets and
rocking on my toes—kind of smiling,
you know—and thinking what a dare-
devil, reckless thing It had been—
clever, too, dash It—in getting them
away from old Jack, and right under
his nose. By Jove, I felt a bit proud
about It—sort of exultation, don’t you
know—and 1 had just got off a wink
at myself, when '^Wilkes appeared
"Pardon, sir, for disturbing you, but
Mr. Billings Is acting so queer, we
are afraid to cross him; and he Just
Insisted I take his message to you at
"Message?” I repeated, sobering.
"Ye«, sir—something about some
"Pajamas?" 1 faltered, and 1 drop-
ped Into a chair. "Oh!"
Wilkes looked grave. "Pajamas
seem to be the thing with him this
time, sir—it's tbe queerest go! That's
a new one, that is!" He shifted con-
templatively. "The last time It was
lizards and the time before blue
dachshunds, but his main stand-by, so
to speak, 1b piebald rattlesnakes—
them we’re used to; but this new turn,
pajamas, gets me!” He shook his
head dubiously. “And he won’t take
his off—you can’t get him to; he Just
gets kinder peevtrh and goes off on
tbe queerest streak of freak talk you
ever heard. Perkins tried to coax him
to take a bath, but he said he never
had taken a bath in his life—and he
called Perkins something awful-
some name about a yard long. It
squelched Perkins so that he—’
‘But the message?” I suggested
"1 was Just a-comlng to that, sir.
He asks me tf I knew whether you
were still on the place; and when 1
said you were, he says to me kinder
excited and Impressive like: ’Well,
you go to him at once—at once—and
tell him I’m on the trail of the mys-
tery of those pajamas, and I’ll soon
know as much about 'em as he does.
Just tell him that—he'll know what t
"Oh!” 1 gasped shortly.
"Yes, sir," Wilkes nodded, “but that
ain’t quite all. He says: ’Tell Mr.
Llghtnut that when 1 first saw those
pajamas In his rooms—’" Wilkes
paused Inquiringly. "Did you Bay some-
I had not—I had only groaned!
He went on, repeating as by rote:
" 'When I found and took them away,
I was curious and amused, but skep-
tical—firmly skeptical—of there be-
ing any dark mystery about them. But
now l know 1 lot myself be deceived
and I mean to get at the bottom ot
the whole thing.’ ’’
Wilkes seemed to kind of waver
and fade before me, and then go out
like a candle. Then he came back
Into view, and I heard his voice again:
" 'And what’s more, you tell him 1
The butler hesitated and seemed
embarrassed—his heavy Jowls red-
dened a little. He looked beyond me
"Of course, you know, sir," he said,
shifting uneasily, "Mr. Billings ain’t
exactly himself, so to speak, so you
mustn’t mind. Fact Is—If I may say
so—he's got the most considerable
case of jimmies I ever see him with,
“Oh. go on!" I breathed miserably.
"Yes, sir—h'm!" Wilkes heaved dis-
tressfully, then drove doggedly ahead:
"Oh, well, sir, what he says was that
It was his duty, he thought, to tell
the family the truth about those pa-
jamas. so that they would know that
the man they were harboring uu€er
their roof wasn’t what he seemed to
be.’’ His gaze bored higher over my
head, his voice tapeHng off so faintly
I could hardly hear.
But I heard all right! Oh, yes, 1
got the full devilish force of It; but 1
couldn’t speak. My dry lips touched
wordlessly and 1 hunched deep Into
the hollow of the big leather rocker.
Wilkes coughed again. I winced—
there was evidently more!
"Y'es, sir,” he murmured, as 1 cut a
quick glance upward. "He did say
further that if you weren’t satisfied,
though, and would prefer another
"Eh?" I bounded out ot the chair.
"What’s that? Oh, dash It, yes—1
would, by Jove!"
"Very good, sir.” Wilkes looked re-
lieved, himself. “In that case, he
said he was willing to experiment
again—that was his word—experi-
ment. He 6ald he wouldn't detain you
what’s-lts-name—reaction, you know.
So he had known! He had known
when he let me come to Wolhurst,
and had waited for the moment when
he would have me under his roof and
be able utterly to confound me. This,
then, explained his mental condition,
his relapse to drink again—his mad-
ness on the subject of pajamas. It
I Speak to Her Father.
"So glad to see you here, my boy,”
the judge was saying. And his little
round face beamed at me across the
library table. I had encountered him
In the hall Just as 1 had descended to
rejoin the girls In the living room.
Forthwith, he elbowed mo into the li-
"Know trom Jack how glad you al-
ways are to escape girls,” he re-
marked cheerily as he produced cig-
ars. "Don't blame you at all—In tact,
do you know it refreshes me to tind
Don't know what dashed thing It
refreshed him to find, lor l never
caught It. For just then through the
doorway there floated, from across the
hall, a bar of muBlc—the laugh of the
dearest girl In the world!
1 strained for another bar.
"Hah!" ejaculated the Judge, paus-
ing with questioning uplift of cigar.
"Tbe silly cackle of those girls It
disturbs you. Yes, it does 1 can see
It—you look disturbed.” And, dash it,
he Insisted upon closing the door.
"You mustn't let them bother you
while you are here," be urged pleas-
antly; “you must Just go ahead and do
the thing you want to do."
By Jove, there seemed little oppor- |
tunlty for It!
"Thanks awfully." I murmured
The Judge proceeded geplally: "Of
course we all understand that you
just came up to Wolhurst to please
Jack." Then his face clouded. ’’H'm!
Sorry to learn that be came home with
another—” his eyes rolled through a
circle—"er—is not feeling Just fit.
It's too bad, for I wanted some one to
take you over the neighborhood In-
teresting landmarks, you know, rem-
iniscent of Major Andre and Washing-
"Charmed, I’m sure," I chirped up.
Jolly He, though, for I wasn’t Im-
pressed; didn’t know who the other
fellow was, but I had seen Irving in
London—scores of times. Not a potch
on John Drew to my thinking!
“And now, let's see,” said the judge.
“1 wonder who we can get to take
The hundred and sixty-eighth anni-
versary of the birth of Thomas Jef-
ferson was celebrated with a big ban-
quet In Indianapolis April 13. In this
connection Jefferson’s ten rules of
life, which follow, will be of Interest:
1. Never put off till tomorrow what
you cau do today.
2. Never trouble another for what
you can do yourself.
3. Never spend money before yon !
4. Never buy what you do not want
because it Is cheap; It will be dear
5. Pride costs us more than hunger,
thirst and cold.
6. We never repent of having eaten
7. Nothing is troublesome that we
8. How much pain have cost us the
evils which have never happened.
9. Take things away by their
10. When angry, count ten becore
you speak; if very angry, a hun-
Here are some of the great prin-
ciples of government advocated by
Mr. Jefferson in his first Inaugural ad-
dress, March 4, 1801;
Equal and exact justice to all men,
of whatever state of persuasion, re-
ligious of political.
Peace, commerce and honest friend-
ship with all nations, entangling alli-
ances with none.
The support of the state govern-
ments la all their rights as the most
Ef-v W S
“Of Course You Know, Sir."
here on his account, but he would
have to ask you to stay another day
or two while he made his observa-
It was a devlllBh cold shoulder, but
I had no choice. Fact was, by Jove,
I was so jolly glad for that chance,
and for being trusted again by Bill-
ings, even in this half-hearted way,
that 1 Just ground my pride under my
heel—why. dash it. 1 would have
ground anything under my heel for
her! 1 was as happy as a bird, and
life was again one grand, sweet
And then 1 just flopped down upon
a divan and lay there panting like a
you!” Ills fingers drummed together
thoughtfully. "Um, of course, there Is
Francis—” my heart took a Jolly leap
_"but Francis Is Impossible—quite
"By Jove, no!” 1 ejaculated eagerly,
and I came up In my chair like a gal-
vanized what’s-lts-name. "Just the
thing—be delighted, you know.”
He smiled grimly. "Natural you
should say that, but—” He expec.
torated with deliberation, glowering at
me as he did it "No, sir!’ His head
shook with decision. "Wouldn’t do—
I wouldn't think of trusting you with
Francis." he finished shortly
(TO BE CONTINUED.)
Grave of the Author of the Declaration
i competent administrations for our do-
| mestlc concerns and the surest bul-
| warks against anti-republican tenden-
The preservation of the general gov-
! eminent In Its whole constitutional
j vigor, as the sheet anchor of our peace
i at home and safety abroad.
A jealous care of the right of elec-
j tlon by the people,
j a mild and Bate corrective of abuses
which are lopped by the sword of
revolution, where peaceable remedies
Absolute acquiescence In the deci-
sions of the majority, the vital prlnci- J
pies of republics, from which there
is no appeal but to foroe the vital
principle and Immediate parent of des- j
A well disciplined militia, our best j
reliance and for the first moments of j
war until regulars may relieve them, j
The supremacy of the civil over the i
military authority—economy In the !
public expense, that labor may be
The honest payment of our debts
| and sacred preservation of the public
The diffusion of Information and ar-
| raignment of all abuses at the bar
1 of public reason.
Freedom of religion, freedom of the
| press, and freedom of person under
I (he protection of habeas corpus.
Trial by juries Impartially elected.
"These principles form the bright
I constellation which has gone before
us, and guided our steps through an
age of revolution and reformation. The
wisdom of our sages and blood of our
heroes have been devoted to their at-
tainment; they should be the creed
of our political faith; the text of civic
Instruction; the touchstone by which
to try the service of those we trust;
anJ should we wander from them in
moments of error or of alarm, let us
hasten to retrace our steps and to re-
gain the road which alone leads to
peace, liberty and safety."
Freed From Shooting Pain*,
Spinal Weakness, Dizziness,
by Lydia E. Pinkham’s
Ottumwa, Iowa. —“For years I was
almost a constant sufferer from female
trouble in all ita
shooting pains all
over my body, sick
everything that was
horrid. I tried many
doctors in different
parts of the United
States, but Lydia E.
■ ■■ - ■■■ Pinkham’s Vegeta-
ble Compound has done more forme than
all the doctors. I feel it my duty to tell
you these facts. My heart is full of
gratitude to Lydia E. Pinkham’s Vege-
table Compound for my health.”—Mrs.
Harriet E. Wampler, 624 S. Ransom
Street, Ottumwa, Iowa.
Consider Well This Advice.
No woman suffering from any form
of female troubles should lose hope un-
til she has given Lydia E. Pinkham’*
Vegetable Compound a fair trial.
This famous remedy, the medicinal in-
gredients of which are derived from
native roots and herbs, has for nearly
forty years proved to be a most valua-
ble tonic and invigorator of the fe-
male organism. Women everywhere
bear willing testimony to the wonderful
virtue of Lydia E. Pinkham’s Vegeta-
If you want special advice write to
Lydia E. Pinkham Medicine Co. (confi-
dential) Lynn, Mass. Your letter will
be opened, rend and answered by a
woman and held In strict confidence.
JOHN L. THOMPSON SONS SCO.. Trm, N. V
LANDLORD KNEW THE GAME
Spared His Tenant the Enumeration
of the Time-Honored and
“I have called to collect the rent,
said tbe landlord.
| "Yes,” replied the lady of the house,
i "come in. Now, before I give you
the money this month, I—’’
"Just a minute, madam," said the
landlord. “I can save time for you.
I know the parlor Isn’t fit for a pig
to live in, the dining room wall paper
Is a shock to people of refinement, the
kitchen .vails are a disgrace, and the
back porch Is a menace to life and
limb. I'm also aware that you won t
stay here another month unless the
barber-shop wallpaper In the back bed-
room Is changed to something In a
delicate pink, and I'm next to the fact
that you’re ashamed to have people
look at such gas fixtures as I have
provided. I’m going to paint the front
nnd back porches and let it go at
"Thank you very much,” said the
lady meekly. "You have saved me a
lot of trouble. That Is nil wo really
expected to have done, but I was
afraid that I should have to make the
same old bluff to get that much out
of you."—Detroit Free Press.
"Do you think Blffels will ever
reach a green old age?"
"He surely will. If he lives long
enough and doesn't know more then
than he does now.’’
“A century and more has passed,
and as the foundations of this govern-
ment are more firmly settled, as the
structure reared by the fathers now
spans tbe continent from ocean to
ocean; and has victoriously establish-
ed its right to be, political liberty has
ceased to be the mere dream of the
enthusiast, and has become the every-
day fact of the men of thought and ac-
tion In the world. This was the first
s.ep; and we are here to glory In it,
and to boast of those ancestors who
suffered and toiled and fought to ac-
complish it.”—David J. Brewer.
Now Gets Along Without It.
A physician says; “Until last fall I
used to eat meat for my breakfast and
suffered with Indigestion until the
meat had passed from the stomach.
“Last fall I began the use of Grape-
Nuts for breakfast and very soon
found I could do without meat, for my
body got all the nourishment neces-
sary from the Grape-Nuts and slnoe
then I have not had any Indigestion
and am feeling better and have in-
creased In weight.
“Since finding the benefit I derived
from Grape-Nuts I have prescribed the
food for all my patients suffering from
Indigestion or over-feeding and also
for those recovering from dlseaso
where I want a food easy to take and
certain to digest and which will not
i overtax the stomach.
"I always find the results I look for
when I prescribe Grape-Nuts. For
i ethical reasons please omit my name.”
Name given by mail by Postum Co.,
| Battle Creek, Mich.
The reason for the wonderful
amount of nutriment, and the easy
digestion of Grape-Nuts is not hard to
I In the first place, the starchy part
of the wheat and barley goes through
various processes of cooking, to per-
fectly change the starch Into dextrose
or grape-sugar, in which state it is
ready to be easily absorbed by the
The parts In the wheat and barley
which Nature can make use of for re-
building brain and nerve centers are
retained In this remarkable food, and
thus the human body Is supplied with
the powerful strength producers, so
easily noticed after one has eaten
Grape-Nuts each day for a week or
“There’s a reason,” and It Is ex-
plained in the little book, “The Road
to Wellvllle In pkgs.
F.v«*r roml nbovf letter? A new
one npnrnrs from time to time. They
lire urenulne, true, uu»l full of bum**
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