Vi/E WOULD again call your attention to the many values we are giving. We
” are still selling goods at our Clearance Sale prices which have been on for
some time. We are offering rare values in all departments of our store. Our stock
must be reduced by January Ist. In order to have it so, prices are still low. Any
thing in fall merchandise at greatly reduced prices. Many have grasped the oppor
tunity, and have been benefited by the low prices, but we have yet in store for you
many good values in “anything to wear.”
The low prices we have put on our Men’s and Boys’ Clothing is the talk of the
whole community. We are actually selling men’s $lO suits for 84.98. This is men
tioned just to give you an idea as to how cheap we are selling clothing.
We have enjoyed the best shoe business this season than we have in some time
oast. We not only have the goods, but we have the prices right. We carry a large
one of shoes. Anything in shoes for men, women, children and infants.
Ladies’ and Children’s Jackets and Skirts. We have a few left to close out at
exceedingly low prices. To increase our business we need you. To fill your wants
you need us.
Everything to Wear
m NiP CAME BACK
Incident In the Career of an Old
Time Opera Manager.
A SURPRISE FOR MAHETZIK.
It Came at a Time When Max Was
. Broke and the Sheriff Had Levied
Upon All His Stage Properties—Mme.
Maretzek’s Thanks to the Carpenter.
In the old days in New York city,
before there was a Metropolitan or a
Manhattan Opera House and when the
Jbeuter of the theatrical world was
Tiround Fourteenth street. Mas Maret
zek and Strakosch were prominent at
the old Academy of Music. There was
a keen rivalry between them. Stra
kosch had Nilsson, and Maretzek was
exploiting Di Mursku.
By some error of dates both were
booked for New York at the same
time. Strakosch was at the Academy
and Maretzek. having closed a poor
season elsewhere, had halted in New
York before going to Philadelphia and
secured a week at the Lyceum theater
on Fourteenth street. There were
strong bills at both places. Each man
ager had his friends, and the bill
posters had a busy time of it. A round
of bills for one company was no sooner
t posted than the rival billposter cov
ered up the poster with the rival com
At last, for the matinee on Satur
day, bills at both houses were sudden
ly changed, every vacant fence place
plastered over quickly, and with a
pelting storm in the morning the man
agers began to put out “paper” to 111!
the houses. Alfred Joel was the busi
ness man for Maretzek and an adept
at "papering" when necessary. With
a house packed from parquet to gal
lery Joel had counted the boxes, found
■ only SIOO in the house and announced
it to .Max when the curtain fell be
' tween the acts.
This was serious to Max. The ever
ready money lender who had “put up
for him" had a lien on the box office, a
sheriff’s officer was in waiting on the
stage, and it was a question of re
plevin before the properties and cos
tumes could be liberated to follow the
company to Philadelphia early next
“Well. Alfred." quietly said Max. “1
guess I’m used to trouble. But there
is a good, big house anyway!" Then,
turning to his wife, who was the harp
ist of the orchestra, he clasped both
her hands, kissed her and remarked:
“Let your fingers do their best. 1
want to hear you play. It does my
good, you know, even when
There was hustling after the per
formance. Legal talent was at a pre
mium. creditors were obdurate, every
thing that was supposed to he Maret
zek’s was temporarily in “hock." and
Mme. Maretzek in tears, with longing
looks at the harp she valued.
The scenp of negotiations was trans
ferred to the greenroom just as the of
ficers making the levy were searching
for more, and when their backs were
turned the old stage carpenter hurried
Mme. Maretzek away, theu called her
back again five minutes after and
pointed to the orchestra.
The harp had disappeared. Clearing
out everything on Sunday morning,
while the boxes of properties were be
ing taken away. Max and his wife
stood iu the center of the darkened
stage. Both were crying. The instru
ment they valued most had been taken
from them. Other things had been
liberated, but no harp, and with a
scene of grief that no others than
themselves could have appreciated
they were silent.
Then Old Man Guernsey stood be
tween them and waved his hand above
them into space. There were a creak
ing of pulley wheels, an injunction
from the carpenter to “look out for
your heads." and. lowered from above,
came Mme. Maretzek’s harp, lauding
on the stage between them.
"Now you've got It again, get it
away quick!" said Guernsey. "Stop
crying and be thankful. That's all.”
He moved off without waiting for
thanks, and a pathetic scene with Max
and his wife closed the incident. To
them the harp was as a part of them
selves. To lose it was more than a
misfortune, and in a broken voice the
lady called the carpenter back to her.
"Please let the harp thank you.'
said she. "and listen. It will speak
with my hands on this Sunday morn
She placed herself beside it, seated
on a box. and. with a smile that
chased away tears, gave for a moment
or two, as only she could give it. the
air of the doxology, "Praise God.
From Whom All Blessings Flow."—
New York Times.
A north country coroner is said to be
waiting the suicide of a local poet who
wrote about clasping "the two tremu
lousjmnds" of his ladylove, but which
the printer made to read "the two tre
mendous hands.”— London Mail.
Bridget—Will yez have yonr dinner
now. sorr. or wait for the missus?
Head of the House—Where is your
mistress. Bridget? Bridget—There's
an auction beyant the corner, sorr. an
she said she’d stop there for a mlnnit.
Head of the House—Have dinner now.
Bridget-New York Sun.
THt HOWATD LETTER:
From THE INSURANCE PRESS, NEWYORK
Mr. F. \V. Bondurant, Manager.
M inder, Ga.
The enclosed letter is indeed
tragic. ITifortunately 1 am nut
premitted to reveal the name of the
writer, but I lielieve he would
not object to T. 1. P. publishing it
unidentfied for the good of the
cause. Sincerely —
Dear Bill: May 27, 1909.
Acknowledging your letter of
yesterday, I would gladly increase
my life insurance s‘>o,ooo, if you
could place it. But you couldn’t.
For tomorrow I am to be operated
on for cancer, and the doctor tells
me that my chance of survival is
one in twenty.
This news will surprise you, since
it is less than a year ago that your
examiner passed me the forth time
in ten years. lam trying to he
hopeful, but there is an oppressive
solemity in the thought that this
may he my last day on earth.
1 have been putting my house in
order. It did not require an ex
pert accountant. My assets are:
(1) (’ashin hank,s9-11 ; (2) House
hold and personal effects, not worth
selling; (3) Life insurances,s3o,’24o
-as follows: (1) Mort
gage on home, '51,500; (2) House
hold monthly hills, §195.
This is myjfinaneial exhibit after
sixteen years in business. Not a
strong showing for a man of 37 :
But I lx gan on nothing,' and had
to work my wav up. Just as things
are beginning to come my way, 1
find myself on the brink of the un
Mv orfly comfort in this crisis is
mv life insurance, and I honestly
thank you, Bill, f>r your counsel
and persistence. Sometimes l
have almost hated you for loading
me with such a burden. On a
yearley income never higher than
$3,800, it has been a big strain to
carry §30,240. Last year out of
every dollar I earned, 1G cents wen
for life insurance premiums.
But it was worth the sacrifice.
What else would 1 he leaving behind
today? If I had banked tin
umount of the premiums, my sav
ings would have l>ecn less than
§5,000. And I doubt if I would
have saved that much, for some
times it was a terrific struggle to
pay the premium, and only the
fear of forfeiture forced me to it.
But now I thank Heaven that I
took the insurance and kept it, for
it enables me to go into the operat
ing room with anxiety only for my
self, and none for Nell and Buster.
If I do not come out alive, the
funeral expenses may he paid by
that weekly premium policy of
§240 whicih I have carried just for
that purpose; and the $5,000 policy
I took when I built my house, will
wipe off the mortgage, leaving
$25,000 clear. This even at 4 per
cent would yield an income of
SI,OOO which, with no house rent
to pay, should make Nell and the
hoy fairly comfortable.
I face the uncertainty of tomor
row with neither remorse nor worry
and I owe this peace of mind largely
to you You helped me choose the
wiser course. Ten years ago I con
fidently looked forward to riches
and old age. Tomorrow, life and
its opportunities may be cut off.
My air castles will have tumbled,
and my cherished hopes as dead as
However, through life insurance
my family wili receive some of the
money I did not live long enough
to make. They will have a home
and a sure income for lift —things
which even had 1 lived, I could not
have guaranteed to them because of
the uncertainties of health and of
business, I.if<* insurance lias done
for my family what I could not do
myself. My own experience is a
conclusive demonstration of its
blessed service to humanity.
It may seem strange for me to
write you thus from my grave-side,
as it were, hut T want you to know
of my heartfelt gratitude to you,
and the great cause you represent.
Yours sincerely, Fred.
Our townsman. Jno. H. Smith,
and family, who moved to Vernon
some three years ago, from Winder,
will leave for the latter place about
Dee. 20th, where he and his brother
in-law have purchased a large
mercantile business and will take
charge of the same on Jan. Ist.
We understand that Mr. Smith
has been very successful in a busi
ness way since coming to Texaß>
and is not moving hack to his native
state because he or any meml)er of
his family is dissatisfied with Texas,
hut on account of the splendid
business proposition which has been
made them hack there.
While here, Mr. Smith has
made Wilbarger county a good
citizen, and he and his family have
many friends here who will regret
very much to see them leave this
state. —Vernon (Tex.) Record*
Mr. Smith is the .son-in-law of
Mrs. Gallic Millsaps, of this city,
and, together with his brother-in
law, Mr. J. W. Millsaps, recently
purchased the stock of goods of
Griffith, Smith A' Go., and on Jan
uary 1, 1910, will take charge.
Both of those gentlemen are ener
getic young business men, and no
doubt will meet encouragement at
the hands of the trading public.
Messrs. Smith A' Millsaps I**l ieve
in printer’s ink, and the readers of
The Nows will be kont posted as to
the host and cheapest the market af
CARD Of TRANKS,
We desiro through Tli > News to
express our sincere thanks t<> friends
and neighbors for the manifold acts
of kindness and words of sympathy
expressed during the long illness,
death and burial of our dear mother.
May God’s blessings rest upon each
of you. George Hamond.
Mrs. Geojge Hammonl,