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j WIFE’S EXPERIMENT.
By LUCY RAISDAII. COMFORT.
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iea was just over in the Liscombe
age. The student lamp shone
ly on the table, the fire blazed
crackled cheerily on the hearth,
the baby, a little
Jure of a year old, lay in its
lie sound asleep, with one pink
doubled up on the counterpane,
other nestled against its face.
Mrs. Liscombe had just brought
her mending basket for a ploas
he was a rosy brunette, with very
k hair, jetty, well-arched eye
vs, and a nose just a little in
-3d to the retrousse type. George
ombe had been madly in love
/ith her before he married her; she
vas very dear to him still, but some
tow the first bloom was off their hap
piness. And Janet felt it, although,
if any one had asked her,*she would
have been r-solute in denying that
the least change had come over the
spirit of her dream.
She looked up from her wo k is
George came in from an opposite
“Oh, George! you are not going
out to-night?” she cried, involuntar
ily, as "he no" ccd that he had his
hat and evorcoat on.
“Just for a little while, Net.”
“You said that last, niga'., and you
didn’t come until twelve o’clock.”
"i\ow, darling, don’t be a goose,”
laughed Liscomb, airily pinch'ng her
cheek. ‘A man can’t always burrow
at home, llko a mole in his tracks.”
“And, George,” added Janet, nerv
ing herself to the point (. remon
strance, with a visible effort, “when
you did come home, you—you had
Liscombe frowned darkly.
“What fools women are!” he ejac
ulated. “As if a glass of ale ever
harmed any one.”
“Don’t go out to-night, George/’
pleaded Janet, with wistful, upraised
eyes. “Stay and finish reading aloud
‘Waverly.’ Oh, you don’t know,
George, how lonesome I air all those
dreary evenings when yon are gone.”
“I won’t be long to-night. Net,
upon my word,” coaxed Liscombe.
“Hut I promised Sherwold and the
other boys I’d just come around, and
have a roll at the ten-pins and a
game of poker.”
And he effected his escape before
Mrs. Liscombe could urge him any
Janet looked after him with eyes
brimming with tears.
“The beginning of the end!” she
murmured - “the entering wedge.
Oh, God! if I thought I should live
to see my husband a drunkard, I
should almost be tempted to take my
One by one the big drops plashed
down on her work as she mechanical
ly stitched on. Poor little Janet!
she was becoming disenchanted from
the dream of wedded happiness that
had once cast such a glamor around
her young life.
With anxious eyes she watched the
clock. Perhaps, after all, he meant
to return early—perhaps he did not
intend to leave her nil alone through
the dreary hours. But as the hand
touched the figures, first of ten and
then eleven, the dim hope died out
Within her breast.
It was past twelve when at last he
came in. Janet sprang to meet him.
“Oh, George, I thought you never
would come!” cried she. “Bessie has
been croupy, and ”
"Pshaw!” retorted Liscombe, In a
thick and husky voice, “you women
are always Imagining things. What
are you sitting up for? Why aren't
you in bed?”
Janet said no more; but her heart
sank like a mass of lead within her
bosom. And all that night she scarce
Janet Liscombe had been a drunk
ard's daughter. All the first years of
her life had been spent in daily wit
ness pf the terrible details of thp
curse of drink. She had seen her
mother drowned in tears, convulsed
with shame, day after day; she had
seen Want and Disgrace steal con
stantly further and further across
their threshold, until at last a merci
ful release came in the shape of
death! And she had stood, without
one regretful tear, beside her father’s
grave, only able to realize the bless
ing his death would be to his house
“And,” she asked herself, clasp
ing her hands in a sort of mute de
spair, "have I got to live all this
over again, in my own house? Oh,
I-would rather die first, if only it
were not for Bessie."
For Bessie? What bugle-call ever
aroused a mother's heart like the
name of her child? The thought of
Bessie's being forced to endure all
that she had done, nerved Janet Lls
combe's heart anew.
“No!" she said to herself,
not be a drunkard's wife, neither
shall Bessie be a drunkard’s child "
'l*nat night she made no comment,
when George put on his hat and
overcoat, except to ask him, care
lessly, whither he was going.
“Just around to Morris* for half
an hour,” said he. .And he was evi
dently much relieved that no burst
of feminine remonstrances ensue!.
Janet sewed quietly on, but if Lis
combq had taken the trouble to study
her countenance he would have seen
that her lips were compressed, and
her cheeks flushed a deep red.
. There were three or four genial
and drouthy souls at Morris’ saloon
that evening. Gerald Dikeman was
there, the foreman in the nat manu
facturing establishment where Lis
combe worked; Tom Dailey, 'whose
wife took In sewing; old Mr. Hop
good, whose scarlet nose betokened
his diurnal habits with unfailing ac
curacy, and Joe Ponsonby, who wrote
reports for the Pocklington Gazette,
supplied the “poet's corner,” and be
lieved firmly in the Byronic theory
that gin and genius went hand in
hand. And George Liscombe, sitting
in their midst, was just commencing
his fourth game at poker when the
door opened, and Janet walked in.
Everybody stared around in sur
prise. Liscombe dropped his cards.
“Janet!” he cried out.
“Yes, Mr. Liscombe,” said his wife,
unloosening her bonnet strings, with
“Is—is any one sick? Is it Bes
sie?” questioned the husband.
“Well, no one in particular,” Mrs.
Liscombe calmly answered. “JJessie
is a little inclined to croup, but I
have left Mrs. Wingate with her.”
“Then what brings you here?”
asked Liscombe, with gathering dis
“Oh!” retorted Mrs. Liscombe,
with a defiant toss of the head, “I
lonely at home, and I thought I
might as well come around here.”
“This is no place for a woman,”
said Liscombe, lowering his voice to
a tone of angry remonstrance.
“If it’s no place for a woman, it’s
no place for a man,” said Janet. “At
all events, here I shall spend the
“And leave your sick child?”
“She is as much your child as
mine,” retorted Janet. “Give me a
of Dublin stout, Mr. Morris, if
“Janet!” gasped Liscombe, scarlet
with mortification and anger.
“Let me alone,” said she, with an
impatient shrug of the shoulders.
“You drink, and I shall claim the
same privilege. lam tired of sitting
tamely down by the fire. Henceforth,
when you go out, I shall go, too.”
Liscombe looked eagerly around
for his hat.
“Give me my things, somebody,”
said he. “I believe the girl is crazy!
Mrs. Liscombe passed her arm
smilingly through that of her hus
“O.b, certainly,” said she, “if you
are coining too.”
“Janet,” Liscombe angrily demand
ed, when the green baize doors of
the liquor saloon had swung to be
hind them, “what does this mean?
Are you insane?”
“If there is any . insanity in enter
ing a saloon, there must be a good
deal of lunacy at large,” observed
“What do you mean by disgracing
me, then?” he pursued, hotly.
“Where’s the disgrace?” ques
tioned Janet, preserving a marvelous
“A woman! in such a place as
that!” be almost shouted.
“Is it auy worse than a man in
such a place as that?”
“You are determined to drive me
frantic!” he uttered, clenching his
“Not at all, my dear,” said Janet,
"I am only trying to keep from being
driven frantic myself! ,And, h*e
after, I wish you to understand that
I mean to accompany you to your
evening engagements, whether they
may lead you to theatre, billiard
room, or liquor saloon!”
Liscombe uttered a low exclama
tion of rage and wrath.
“Gently, my dear,” said Janet. "If
if is wrong for me it must be wrong
for you. If it disgraces a woman to
cross the thresholds of such haunts,
what must it be for a man? No,
George, for the rest of our lives it
must be share and share alike, no
matter where it leads us.”
George Liscombe said no more.
He walked quietly home with his
wife, and sat silent ami thoughtful
the rest of the evening. But the next
morning he kissed Janet, in the old,
lover-like fashion, before he went to
“Net,” said he, “I’ve been thinking.
And although I was very angry with
you last night, I do believe you were
right! I’ll go no more to those
And from that day thenceforward
George Liscombe never crossed the
threshold of a saloon, or a billiard
palace. The wife’s experiment had
been a success.—Good Literature.
I/et’s Have the Story.
T say, D’Orsav, have you ever
j heard that joke about the guide in
| Home who showed some travelers two
i skulls of St. Paul, one as a boy and
! the other ai| a man?”
| “Aw, deah boy—no— aw, let
j hear it.”—Boston Transcript.
Curtailed Items of Interest
Gathered at Random.
Bullard Declared Sane.
The commission appointed by Gov
ernor Terrell to inquire into the san
ity of John Bullard, sentenced to be
hanged in Marietta, for shooting and
killing his daughter last September,
returned a verdict declaring Bullard
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The Same Old Story.
Indications are that this year the
legislature’s appropriation of $.-,90,W0
for the pension fund will lack $30,000
of being enough.
Unless individuals offer to loan the
state the amount of the deficit, the
veterans will not be able to get their
money until the legislature meets and
appropriates a sufficient amount.
* * *
Death Claims Legislator.
Rev. Elijah Roper, the present
member of the legislature from Pick
ens county, died at Nelson a few days
ago of paralysis. Mr. Roper was about
60 years of age. Mr. Roper was away
from his home when the attack came.
He was standing in the street talk
ing to some friends when he was seen
to fall. He was carried into the hotel
at Nelson and lingered for some time
before death came.
* * *
Want Steamers During Exposition.
A movement has been started in
Savannah to have the Baltimore and
Philadelphia steamers, or some of
them, stop at Norfolk, Va., during
the progress of the Jamestown Expo
Mayor Tiedeman has taken the mat
ter up with the Board of Trade and
Chamber of Commerce. It is believed
that the arrangement would be mutu
ally beneficial to the steamship com
pany and the exposition management
* * *
To Awart Higher Decision.
No more cases against the alleged
violators of the Doykin law will be
heard by Judge Roan in Atlanta until
the court of appeals hands down a
decision* on the C. N. Anderson ver
dict, which will be carried to the high
court by his attorneys.
In the meantime the hearings of
the other nine indicted men will be
continued under the condition that
these suspend operations until the
court of appeals takes action on ihe
A. B. & A. Trains to LaGrange.
' Train service between Brunswick
and LaGrange will be inaugurated
over the Atlanta, Birmingham and At
lantic railroad on March 3, the sched
ules from Brunswick to Oglethorpe re
maining as before, the new service
being continued weet of Oglethorpe.
According to the new schedules,
train No. 1 will leave Waycross a‘t
8:20 a. m., arriving at LaGrange at
6: (15 p. m. Returning train No. 4
will leave LaGrange at 10 o clock in
the morning, arriving at Waycross at
7:15 in the evening.
’] he A. B. & A. expects to inaugu
rate train seVvice into Atlanta the
* * *
Fruit Growers After Railroads.
The members of the Georgia 1 ruit
Growers’ Association, and growers of
the adjoining states of Alabama, t lor
ida. Tennessee and South Carolina, m
session at A-tlanta 'the past week, au
County School Commissioners.
Two new ocnmty school commission
ers have hot* elected; Hon.
\Y. G. Avera, Berrien county, wno suc
ceeds Hon. J. H. Gary, and Hon. L-
M. Chastain, Rabun county, who sue
ceeds Professor A. J. Ritchie.
The association of county school
commissioners of Georgia will meet
in Milledgeville on the last week in
April, and at that time important
matters concerning the common
schools of the state will be discussed,
and some needed legislation sugj
gested to the members of the next
general assembly. The week al
lowing, the Georgia Teachers Asso
ciation will convene in annual session
in Macon, thus giving an opportunity
of attending that meeting without ex
:}c * *
Habersham Gets School.
At a meeting of the board of trus
tees of the Agricultural and Mec.nan
ical school for the ninth c-ongrt sHonnl
district, to select a site for the
'in that district, the bid of Habersham
county was adoepted amid great -.n
thusiasm on the part of ihe contingcn,,
from that county
The successful bid calls for a cash
donation of $25,000, 300 acres of land,
free water and free telephone serv
ice. The land is located a few miles
north of Clarkesville and is said to
be one of the best sites in the state.
There were bids received from three
counties —Habersham, Hall and Jack
son. Hall county submitted three bids:
first, 500 acres of land at Klondike
and $30,000; second, 500 acres of land
at Oakland and $31,000; third, zaU
acres of land at Lula and $30,500.
Jackson county offered $20,000 and 45p
acres of land at Nicholson, or $20,000
and 300 acres at Commerce.
* V *
' To Develop Anthony Shoals.
Prospects for the speedy develop
ment of Anthony Shoals on Broad riv
er grow brighter daily,
The return of Messrs. T. M. and J
il. Fitzpatrick, purchasers of the prop
erty, from a successful stay in New
York, the paying off of options given
by the laud owners in the neighbor
hood of the shoals, and the presence
in Washington of the owners, their
attorney and engineer, are strong in
dications of the fact that the prelim
inaries are past and actual prepara
tions are under way which will ulti
mately result in the expenditure of be
twen $5,000,000 and $6,00-0,000.
Since the visit of Messrs. Fitzpat
rick to New York recently the owner
ship of this property on Broad river
lias passed out of their hands into
the control of a large northern elec
trical concern, with a capital of sev
eral millions of dollars, which makes
a business of developing big water
powers like that at Anthony Slioais
on Broad river, and Ringjaw shoals
on ihe Savannah.
Two Pleased Officials.
Chairman J. A. Betjeman of the ex
ecutive committee of the Georgia Im
migration Association, is delighted
with the convention held in Macon
the past week and its results.
Chairman Betjeman, who has in
charge the details of the immigration
campaign just inaugurated, says tha-t
ft was not the idea of the association
prior to the Macon convention tp pro
ceed with undue haste, but to lay the
foundations of the work broad and
deep. He says that the work Is now
on a thorough business-like basis and
will be prosecuted in a practical, sys
tematic kind of way.
“I expect great results from the Ma
con convention on immigration,’’ said
Commissioner Agriculture Hudson, in
speaking of the meeting.
“In the convention were manufac
turers, merchants, business men, pro
i fesslonal men and farmers. Every part
[of the state was represented, showing
[that interest in this vital! subject is
[confined to no particular section, but
[permeates every part of Georgia.
| “The one great thing necessary-now
I is money to work with in bringing in
I desirable immigrants. The convention
put this matter in the hands of com
petent men, and the campaign will
I begin in earnest. The whole state is
araused to the question and results
are sure to be obtained.”
I SMALLPOX GRIPS HOUSE CLIKK.
■ fourth Man to Succumb in Missouri Legis-
I laiure is Sent to Hospital.
I John M. Dougherty, a clerk in the
9.Missouri house of representatives, was
■removed to the Emergency Hospital
■Monday night, suffering with small
■ pox. He'is the fourth man connected
• with the bouse of representatives to
1 contract the disease.
I Much alarm was caused by the re
9port that a guard at the penitentiary
■was taken from his post suffering
Iwiih the disease.
I flames Lick Up $ 25,000*
9 Fire Sunday destroyed the barns
1 and contents of the Warren Street
I Railway company at Warren, Pa., and
■ caused a loss of sl2-5,000.
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POLICEMEN KILLED BY MERCHANT.
Officer Was Mistaken for Burglar While
fryinq Store Ooor.
Police Officer Walter Wilkins was
shot and instantly killed at Augusta,
Ga., Monday night, by E. M. Fuller,
while examining the rear door of the
Augusta Hardware company's store.
Fuller was at work in the store
when he heard someone fumbling
with the latch of the rear door which
opens into an alley. He seized a shot
gun and ran arouhd to the rear from
the front, and, poking the weapon
almost in the officer’s face, fired. So
close was he that the shot made but
a single wound, penetrating the fore
SLVtN 6UNb HaD BttN USED.
Incriminating Testimony Against Negro
LSol j.ers oiveii by Lieutenant.
Iu trie r'enrose courtniartial at San
Antonio. Texas, Saturday, Lieutenant
I,awrason testiried under cross-exam
ination that when lie inspected the
gi ins on the morning after the ‘•shoot
ing up” of Brownsville, he found
seven men with guns that had evi
dently been in use.
"At an order from Major
who just then came up,” said Lieu
tenant Lawrason, ‘‘l went oft an an
other duty, leaving those seven men
and guns to Penrose and Captain Ly
on for further inspection.”
A BOOST fOR SHIP SUBSIDY.
Rule Adopted in House Shows Influence of
Ship subsidy secured a marked im
petus Monday in the house, which,
just before adjournment, adopted a
rule that will probably insure the
passage by the house of the Littauer
substitute for the senate bill and re
sult before the final adjournment, in
The rule was agreed upon unex
pectedly by the rules committee at
a meeting held after the visit of Sec
retary Root to the capitol and it was
very generally understood that the
administration was responsible for
the committee’s action.
UUCkIOWN COVcK CASE UP.
Arguments on Noteu contention Heard by
United states supreme court.
A Washington dispatch says: The
supreme court Monday afternoon be
gan hearing argument in the famous
Lucktown copper mines ease.
The state of Georgia is trying to
enjoin the Tennessee Copper compa
ny from operating the copper mines
at Ducktown, Team, until the fumes
and gases are so controlled that they
-a iil not damage the forestry and veg
etation in North Georgia.
The case is the first of its kind
ever heard by the United States su
CQNVtMIOX Of LUMBERMEN.
Brief Session Held in Jacksonville Which
Adjourns to Meet in liflon.
The Georgia-Florida Lumbermen’s'*
Association met in Jacksonville Mon
day morning, transacted routine busi
ness, and adjourned to meet in Tit
ton, Ga., March 12. They accepted an
invitation to hold the June meeting
ir. Fernandina, Fla.
Only a short session was held, at
which a closer union of the associa
tions was discussed.