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THE RAILWAY NOVEL.
ove me to pass away an hour,
hU> nitling in a train.
| me hook that has the magic power
P<) soothe my weary brain!
Ebook of love—a beauteous maid,
\ hero full of pluck,
volume stocked with escapade,
And teeming with good luck!
villain deeply, deeply vile.
Whose plans are all upset,
villain of the good old style,
Who smokes a cigarette!
>e with no sympathetic chord,
\Vho chills your very spine
r tftaHpsring hoarsely: "Once on hoard
The lugger, she is mine!”
-h. railway novel of my youth,
: What, agony you’d pile,
,> thrilling, so devoid of truth,
jS And yet you would beguile
)“ lime, so it would fleetly How;
. You'd charm and solace pain
|-i trains unpunctual and slow —
Won't you come back again?
La Touche Hancock, in the New York
WHEN THE LIGHTS
When 1 left the club and climbed
nto a hansom, it was with a half
efined notion of going to Southamp
on and making myself a nuisance
O'Jimmie Halstead overnight. Jiin
aie is a great friend of mine, and
o, naturally, I considered myself at
tberty to make life a burden to him.
Financially, I was untroubled;
nentally—well, to be brief, 1 had
>een thrown over two days before
, >y the dearest girl in the world, had
■ sngaged a passage on the next day’s
Iteamer for South Africa, and was,
n fact, lit companion for none save,
possibly, some sore-headed denizen
if the Zoological Gardens bear pit.
I I had told tho cabman distinctly
Waterloo. Then I had allowed him
to slip entirely out of my thoughts,
when he stopped I jumped out me
chanically and entered a doorway.
At a ticket window I threw down a
j After a moment, as nothing in
the shape of a ticket was forthcom
ing, I looked up, to find the occu
jpant of the box observing me
“Southampton!” I said, impatient
ly. Not caring whether I ever
that place, 1 was ntaurally
•anxious to start; it is characteristic
:cf the clubman,
i “Beg your pardon?"
j “South ”
My gaze caught a glimpse cf an
.ornately frescoed wall, a full-length
portrait of a prominent actress; then
rit fell to the diagram before me.
•Recognizing the hand of Fate, I ac
cepted (he situation. After ell, what
i does it matter whether you go to
(Southampton or the matinee if your
, heart is broken and your life is
“Orchestra?” I asked.
* “Yes, sir; one left. It’s the only
'Beat in the house, and you're lucky
* to get it. I took it back from a young
|J lady only live minute: ago. Thank
t i glanced with some interest at
the slip of pasteboard; 1 fancied it
would be nice to know what theatre
I was attending. It was tl:<> Comedy.
My seat was rather far back, and
i I pushed my way by a dozen rustling
* women with savage satisfaction at
* the annoyance I was causing. The
I house was dark as pitch, and on the
j stage a man and two women were
I talking before a huge fireplace.
For awhile 1 watched the charac
, ters on the stage walk and sit and
walk again; 1 even tried once or
twice to fix my attention on what
they were saying, but with no suc
-1 cess. It was all a meaningless jum
-1 hie of words. But the theatre was
restful, the darkness was conducive
;Cf reverie, and after a short time 1
had forgotten my whereabouts.
My dreaming was disturbed by a
noise beside me. The lady on my
right had dropped her opera
glasses. I leaned forward to grope
tor them on the floor, and my head
came in contact with the lady’s.
“Oh!” said she.
’ “Beg pardon," said I.
We gazed at each other's it dis
tinguishable features for an instant.
“Pray don’t bother," said the lady,
“No trouble at all,” I muttered.
“It's of no consequence,” she mur
•nured, somewhat coldly, I thought.
•*1 can find them when the lights go
“Yes,” I answered, vaguely, “when
the lights go up.”
The lady was staring fixedly r.t
the stage; I could see that and no
more. I mentally blessed (?) the
opera glasses, and in turn fixed my
attention on the actors. But it
•wouldn't stay^there; instead, it per
sisted in rlthruing time and again
to the neighbor on my right. I
turned my bead the fraction qf an
bftnch and strove to distinguish her
features. But ail that rewarded me
was a g--ey oval in the surrounding
Suddenly I heard a sob —an un
mistakable sob! Strange sounds
greeted me; sniffles and sobs and
slight rustlings on every hand; the
whole house was in tears! Plainly
the play was an affecting one; I
almost wished I had given it my at
Unconsciously I extended my hand
across the little space that divided
us. It rested on a fold of her dress.
I heard another sob, and then —a
little warm hand, tightly clutching
a damp handkerchief, rested on
My heart leaped into my throat;
then it subsided and beat convul
sively. For a bare instant the hand
remained. Then it fluttered away,
and 1 heard a startled gasp from its
“I beg your pardon!” I whispered
There was no reply. Of course
she was terribly offended; I could
expect nothing else. Perhaps she
“Madam,” I whispered. “I had
no Intention of annoying you. It
—it was all an accident, believe me.
If my presence alarms you—lf it
causes you any annoyance, I will
There was a moment of silence.
The actors on the dimly-lighted
stage driveled on.
“Pray, don’t leave on my ac
count,” said my neighbor in low,
muffled tones. “I assure you your
presence does not affect me in the
It sounded as though she was
holding her handkerchief before her
mouth. The tones were elaborately
indifferent. I wish she hadn’t put
it in just that way.
On the stage affairs had so compli
cated themselves by this time that a
speedy curtain was inevitable. I
found myself awaiting the moment
that the lights should go up and re
veal my neighbor to me with some
And then —then the curtain de
scended, there was a wild outburst
of applause, and the lights hared
For a moment I sat motionless
and blinked my eyes. It would not
do to turn at once; it might seem
impertinent. I would rather study
my programme for a moment, or—
by Jove! of course, I’d rescue her
I leaned forward with down
stretched hand, when—bump—our
heads were again in collision. What
an awkward brute she would think
“I beg your pardon!” I repeated,
and lifted my head.
Then my brain swam. I closed
my eyes and opened them again to
see if I was dreaming. But, no, it
was no delusion; I was strring
straight into the eyes of the dearest
girl in the world.
“Sylvia!” 1 gasped.
Sylvia’s eyes, dimmed with recent
tears, disappeared behind long
“Sylvia!” I murmured. “You?”
Sylvia’s brown head nodded.
“But how came you here?” I
whispered eagerly, joyously.
“I was coming with auntie; but
she has a cold; and so—so 1 came
“And the man sold me this seat;
and the cabman brought me here
instead of taking me to Waterloo.
And—and it was you all the time!”
I gazed rapturously into Sylvia’s
eyes. A sudden thought struck me.
“Sylvia, did you—did you know
who I was?”
“Do you know, dear,” I whispered,
“I was going abroad to-morrow?”
“Were you?” she asked, with
“And—and aren’t you—now?”
“Sylvia, do you want me to?”
She shook her tiny head.
1 seized her hand, heedless of who
might be watching.
“Darling!” I whispered, intensely.
And then—and then the blessed
lights went out again.—New York
Not Exactly a Pacemaker.
On a Western railroad line a train,
after jogging slowly along, came to a
full stop. An impatient passenger
thrust his head out and asked a
brakeman standing disconsolately
alongside the train: "Is this El i
“No, sir,” replied the trainman; “it j
is not El Paso. It is a cow.”
When the cow’ had been removed i
from the line the train ambled on \
again, but two minutes later it again '
came to a dead stop.
“Another cow, I suppose,” shouted 1
the irate passenger witheringly. j
“No, sir, it is not,” was the quiet
response. “It is the same cow.”—
Erie Railroad Employes’ Magazine.
Sixty children were entertained to.
tea at Hughendon, England, on the
bottom of a large public pond, to
commemorate the fact that it was
dry for the first time for nearly a
Curtailed Items of Interest
Gathered at Random.
Roosevelt and Georgia Day.
5o that they may be in Norfolk, Va,
when President Roosevelt makes bis
address on “Industrial Progress ot
the South” on June 10, Georgia Day,
at the Jamestown exposition, Juno 5
to 11 have been fixed for the en
campment of the cadets ot the VVesi
Point Aliiitary Academy at the ex
* * *
State’s Income and Outgo.
Georgia’s income from all sources
in taxes for 1906 was $4,503,409.74,
and expenditures $4.714,.>09.64.
Figures were com,,.led the past
week in the office of the state treas
urer. Among the large expenditures
was $1,735,000 for public schools; for
pensions, $.908,000, which included
SIB,BOO loaned by Colonel Jim Smith;
for public debt, $420,418, whien in
cludes interest anu retiring SIOO,OOO
in bonds; for state sanitarium, $360,
000; salaries, including eapitol offi
cials, judges and solicitors, $157,432;
for the legislative pay roll, $69,465.
* * *
Endorsed Congressman Livingston.
The executive committee of the
Georgia Industrial Association, com
posed of owners and operators of
spinning mills in this state, met in At
lanta the past week and adopted a
resolution endorsing the action of
lion. Lon F. Livingston in his light
on the New Y’orlt Cotton Exchange.
The members present discussed the
child labor law and agreed tnai it
must be strictly observed by every
mill in the state.
The next annual meeting will be
held at Warm Springs next June.
* * *
Public Roads Bonds Defeated.
An election was held in Cobb
county on February 9 upon the Ques
tion of the issuance of $21,000 of
bonds for the improvement of the
public roads. The vote was very light
all over the county.
There are 2,800 votes in the coun
ty and it required two-tliinls of this
number in order that the bonds
should carry. In Marietta alone it re
quired 900 votes.
The result of the election was the
overwhelming defeat of the proposed
* * *
Woman Guilty of Murder.
The jury in the case of Mrs. Sue
Brooks, at Gainesville, brought in a
verdict of guilty as accessory to the
murder of Jack Collins last Novem
ber. A sentence of life imprisonment
was given her h bis is the same
sentence which was given her son.
Foster Brooks, two weeks ago.
It is charged that the woman and
her son beat to death with sticks
Jack Collins, who was said to be
looking for the place where, it is
claimed, his son had been buying
blind tiger liquor, and in searching
for which he went *o the Brooks
* * *
Price of Cotton Too Lew.
M. L. Johnson, president of the
Georgia division of the Southern Cot
ton Association, has issued a state
ment in which he insists that the
best grade of cotton should bring not
less than 12 1-2 cents.
lie gives interesting quotations,
showing the prosperous condition of
the mills, and contends that cotton
is worth the price named “either
from the standpoint of the glower,
from that of supply and demand, from
the price at which goods are sell
ing. or from the profits which the
mills are making.”
■* * •
Daughters Offer Gold Medal.
The Daughters of the Confederacy
hate offered a gold medal to the
student who writes the best essay
on the subject, “The Confederate
Navy in the War Between the
States.” This is an opportunity for
teachers of history to utilize knowl
edge, to inspire interest in a specific
subject, and to encourage research
work that whatever is written may
reflect an unbiased, accurate knowl
edge. There *vere comparatively few
who entered a similar contest last
year. Teachers are being urged to
encourage their pupils to write es
says for the competition.
Mistrial in Strickland Case.
In court at Gainesville, after being
out several hours considering the
case of sixteen-year-old Hairy Strick
land, charged with the murder. of his
older brother. Newton Strickland, a
mistrial was declared an.l me juij
‘ "this leaves likrry Strickland in jail
until ' the next regular term of the
| court, unless he makes bond.
| Harry is alleged to have killed ilia
brother in a quarrel while the lat
ter, it is charged, was advancing on
him with a knife.
The mother of the boys plead jus
tificatian for her son who did the
killing. She said he had been cruellj
treated by his older brother, as
biuises on his body went to show.
♦ * *
Anent Bacon’s Appointmait.
When Governor Terreil was shown
the telegram from Washington, rais
ing the question as to whether or not
he could legally appoint Senator A. O.
Bacon for the interim from March
3 to June 22, he said:
“I am inclined to the idea that it
any question should be raised as to
Senator Bacon s legal right to the in
terim appointment, that, technically,
the Washington- view of the matter
is correct. But the matter will be up
to the United States senate. As 1
have slated before, I will name him
for the intervening time, and if the
issue conies up with an extra session,
why tho senate must settle it.
“I am in hopes that no question
will be raised that will deprive Geor
gia of one of her senators for even
mat brief time. But it is an inter
Educational Exhibit at Jamestown.
A subject which is creating much
interest in educational circles at this
time i3 the' educational exhibit at
the Jamestown exposition this sum
mer. Many counties are planning r.o
make complete exhibits, and separate
schools will enter into this work also.
Putnam county has already planned
its exhibit, and has it well under
way. The idea is unique, and likely
to excite much attention, as it will
consist of the cotton plant with the
various parts, and all products made
Other states will, of course, have
educational exhibnts, and Georgians
are anxious to have theirs compare
favorably with those of other states.
The state school commissioner,
Hon. W. B. Merritt, lias charge of
Georgia’s educational exhibit, and he
is encouraging all educators to com
mence work at once
* * *
Plans for School Building.
One of the most helpful pamphlets
that has been issued by the depart
ment of education is the one entitled
“Plans and Specifications for School
Houses.” This pamphlet is the out
growth of the manifest interest at
this time in the building of good
houses, and of the numerous inquiries
daily received asking for plans, sug
gestions, and comparative prices of
There are in the pamphlet many
fine cuts of high school buildings, ru
ral schools, one, two, three and four
rooms, with floor plans for the same,
defective and good heating anu venti
lating systems, a country school li
brary, a school garden and a consoli
dated school. These cuts tell their
own story, and must impress those
who are fortunate enough to secure
a copy of this excellent booklet.
Encouragement from Strauss.
A Washington dispatch says: Ac
companied by Judge Griggs, a com
mittee of three members of the Geor
gia immigration commission called
on Secretary Strauss, of the depart
ment of commerce and labor Satur
day, and discussed with him ways
and means to induce immigration to
The committee was composed of
John A. Betjeman, chairman of the
Georgia immigration commission; T.
G. Hudson and J. J. Conners. These
gentlemen were returning from New
York, where a visit of inspection had
been paid to Ellis Island to solve the
problem of inducing arriving immi
Secretary Strauss declared to the
committee that he h-sartily sympa
thized with their distress, and would
co-operate rally with them in this ef
fort to develop and hasten the pros
perity of Georgia, which was his
home for so many years. The sug
gest ion was made that Thomas Wat
chorn, chief of the immigration bu
reau at Ellis Island, be invited to
Georgia to deliver an address.
Secretary Strauss was convinced
that a practical talk from Mr. Wat
c-horn would produce good results, and
agreed that the latter should come
to Georgia to appear before the meet
iug of the immigration commission in
Macon on February 19.
RUSSIAN GOVEKNO4 SLAIN.
Shot by an Assassin Who Was Pursued
and fatally Wounded.
S. A. Alexandrovisky, governor of
Penza, Russia, was shot and killed as
he was leaving the theater Thursday
Tne assassin fled, was pursued and
kept up a running fight during which
he was fatally wounded. He died
shortly afterwards in the hospital.
IN DEFENCE OF
Frazier of Tennessee Makes Vigor
ous Speech in the Senate.
PRESIDENT IS REBUKED
Position Taken By People of California
on School Row Matter is Upheld
and Approved by Tennesseean.
Federal encroachment on state
rights, with the Japanese school ques
tion as the principal illustration, was
the subject of an address to the sen
ate Friday by Senator Frazier of Ten
nessee. Mr. Frazier said that this
was not a question that concerned
California, but concerned the right
of every state to control its domestic
If the federal government by treaty
could rob a state of the right to con
trol its own school system, the last
stronghold of local self-government
was destroyed. If a treaty could force
Mongolians into the white schools of
California, a like treaty could force
the negroes of Cuba, Santo Doniingo,
Hayti and the Congo into the schools
of Tennessee in defiance of the laws
for the separation of the races.
He expressed the highest admiration
for the Japanese, but said that the ac
tion of California furnished no pretext
for a quarrel with that country. The
school board of San Francisco had
simply executed a state law providing
for the education of white and Japan
ese children in separate schools.- It
bad been decided over and over again
that states had a perfect right to
make such separation. That the state
of California was but exercising its
legal and constitutional power.
He denied with emphasis that this
government had ever undertaken by
treaty to interfere with the consti
tutional rights of California.
“I challenge any one to find in the
treaty a word guaranteeing to Japan
ese residents the right to enter public
schools of the states at all, much
less to enter them in defiance or
state laws and regulations.
“The United States government can
not compel a state to create public
schools at all. The schools were crea
tures of state laws, maintained by
state taxation and subject only te
state control. The right of residence
guaranteed to the Japanese implied
the right to work and make a
living, hut not to go to school. But
even if the right of residence did car
ry with it the right to enter public
schools,” he added, “it did not carry
any exception from the right of sep
aration in the schools. The treaty
with Japan provided that the Japan
ese ‘must conform themselves to the
laws police regulations of the coun
try like native citizens.’ Can it be
contended that Japanese aliens have
acquired higher privileges than they
would have as citizens of the United.
He contended that the president
ought to have followed the example of
Mr. Blaine in the case of the lynch
ing of Italian citizens in New Or
leans. There was a treaty with Italy,
which guaranteed protection to Ital
ian citizens, but when the Italian gov
ernment complained Mr. Blaine in
formed it that Italian citizens had.
no higher rights than American citi
zens and that the right to punish
for murder was the exclusive prov
ince of the states where the crimes
Mr. Frazier said he did not believe
we had reached the point where we
must apologize for our constitution or
change its character by construction
at the dictation of a foreign power.
Our trouble with Japan, he said, had
its origin in our colonial policy which
had inspired a fear in the nations
of the east that we were attempting
to dominate the politics and com
merce of the Orient.
Mr. Frazier dwelt at length on the
recent speech of Secretary Root,
which he declared to be a threat to
wipe out state lines and absorb all
power of the state into the govern
“When,” he said, “the states are
deprived of the right to judge wheth
er aud how far they shali exercise,
their powers we cease to be a free
people. The secretary intimated that
this usurpation of power was neces
sary to control the trusts. Before
seeking to rob the states of their
power, let the federal gove|iment ifce
its own. Let it reduce the monstrous
tariff which had built up and was
protecting the trusts.”
It was not necessary, said Mr. Fra
zier, to make the rights and powers
of states conform to a standard set
up by the chief executive alone.