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“Why is it that all clergymen get
themselves up to look such frights?”
The words were a defiant whisper,
breathed into the ear of an elderly
maiden lady, between one of the
pauses in a "Faust” fantasia, and
then carried to the ears of a tall, thin
clergyman, who immediately flushed
and looked away.
The tone was one of reproof. It
came in a good second with the big
Miss Lely and her niece were
spending a few early summer weeks
at Bournemouth in pursuit of peace
and pleasure. A curious looking par
son had wandered in front of the
band stand in search of a vacant
chair. He had a long, thin face, wore
an Inverness coat of ancient date and
carried a small, black leather bag.
Yet he was young, and should have
taken some interest in his personal
“He has eyebrows like—like the
pause marks in music!” the girl
murmured, in defense of her sweep
Somehow the younger Miss Lely
felt she had a right to a grievance
Just at this time. Her family had
lately been bent on coercing her into
marriage with a clergyman, who, ac
cording to all accounts, seemed to
have the virtues of all the ages with
out any of the vices.
Hilda had never seen him. It w-as
some family “arrangement” which
the family, exclusive of Hilda, hoped
would “come off” some day. The
Rev. Ronald Martyn’s father and old
Mr. Lely had always been friends.
The Martyns emigrated shortly after
ward to Australia, while the Lelys
stayed in the old country. Ronald
was due in England on a long visit to
some distant relatives, and the meet
ing fraught with so much importance
was to take place soon.
"I shall not go out again,” Miss
Lely said when the reached their
lodgings. “If you want, to go and
hear more of the band this evening,
Hilda, I will ask Mrs. Hunt to let her
Mary take you.”
Hilda's eyes sparkled.
“I am never tired of listening to,
that band,” she said. “And I'd love
to go, auntie.”
And she went. Alas, yet another
clergyman caught her eye. It was an
old and decrepit one this time, who
seemed to be enjoying the music so
much that he went to sleep with a
rapt expression on his face and not a
thought about falling off the end of
the seat. A tall, fair haired man op
posite, with limbs like Hercules and
the face of an Adonis, strode across
the grass and propped him up just in
A day or two later the scene was
recalled to her. She and her aunt
were crossing old Christ Church road
when a motor car whined around a
earner without warning. The elder
Miss Lely gasped; the younger,
pushed her with all her might out or
the way of the advancing monster,
and was in turn thrust out of danger
by a mighty hand. There was a whiz
sing sensation in her ears for one
awful moment, the street ran round,
and the ground rose up to her and
refused to stop the she found
herself clutching a lamp post, while
someone muttered in her ear:
"‘By Jove! That was a close
She looked up hastily. The hero
of a few nights before was standing
over her with an anxious expression
on his clean shaven face and in his
deep, blue eyes.
‘•Aunt Ellen! Where is Aunt El
len?” she asked a little wildly.
Her rescuer nodded in a sympa
thetic manner. “She is all right, if
you mean the old indy in a black
bonnet and spectacles.” he said. “I
expect she is home by now. They
took her in a cab.”
“A cab! Was she hurt, then?”
The tall mau laughed. “Not hurt
at all,” he answered. “Only very
much frightened. And I promised to
bring you on immediately. But, of
course, as you know, you fainted and
I couldn’t. If you are sufficiently re
vived I will call a cab.”
Hilda laid her hand pn His gray
tw#ed coat sleeve. She hjid already
decided in her owu mind that the
Rev. Ronald shouid wear dark gray
tweed, when she suddenly remem
bered that he was a eiergjmaa.
“Don’t call a cab for me, please, **
she said, imploringly. "I can walk
quite well. It will do me much more
good than driving.”
“All right. Then I will walk with
you,” he answered, cheerfully.
“Didn’t I see you at the band con
cert in the winter gardens the other
evening?” he asked.
Hilda nodded and smiled.
“You saved an old clergyman from
tumbling off his chair!” she said,
amusedly. “I saw you. Why is it
clergymen are such a stupid set of
men all round?”
He gave a slight start.
“So —er —stupid—clergymen?” he
repeated dubiously, as if he had not
Hilda thought him quite dense.
“Yes,” she explained, merrily. “I’m
afraid I dislike clergymen. It’s very
wrong of me, I know, because ”
She paused and a brilliant flush
suffused her delicate cheeks as she
suddenly became interested in the
“Because?” he repeated, patiently
awaiting her answer.
“Because —oh! I’m supposed to be
going to —Oh! I don’t quite know
why,” she said, incoherently. “You
see—well, I daresay you will laugh
at me—but I’ve always been brought
up to expect that some day I must
marry a clergyman! It Is very
stupid. Most probably if dad had
wanted me to marry an actor I
should have felt a distinctly rebel
lious desire for the ‘cloth.’ But as
it is ”
“Human nature rebels, eh?” he
suggested, with a laugh. “And the
balance Is in favor of the actor?”
“I don’t know any actor, really,"
she responded, naively. “So I am
afraid there is no balance!”
“And it’s all dead weight against
the poor parson,” he murmured,
taking a side glance at her.
Hilda shrugged her shoulders.
“Poor!” she echoed. “Do you
“I never thought I didn’t,” he said,
slowly. “I fact I used to ”
“But you don’t?” she began mer
“No —since I knew you,” he said,
boldly, “I’ve altered my opinion!”
“In such a short time— l —” began
It was fortunate that at that mo
ment Mrs. Hunt, who had been on
the lookout for them, opened the
door, for Hilda had an uncomfortable
feeling that things were going too
Mrs. Lely worshiped at St. Peter’*
and duly carried Hilda off to that
church the following Sunday. The
tall figure of the hero slipped into a
pew just opposite and fixed his blue
eyes nearly all the service through
just below Hilda’s pretty chiffon hat..
The elder Miss Lely prayed for the
speedy return of the prospective
bridegroom, and Hilda decided that
certain tall figures looked equally
well in gray tweed or black.
That Sunday was to live long in the
memories of both ladies. The elder
Miss Lely actually sat down and vol
unteered to wait for the young people
if they cared to walk a little farther
before returning to the house. Hilda
glanced at her companion and met
his gaze with rash courage. Soon he
was speaking fast and passionately.
“Don't think me mad—and don’t
say I am presumptuous. But are
you really engaged to that clergyman
you talked of the other day? An
swer me truthfully, please, because
it makes all the difference in the
world to me.”
He turned his handsome face to
ward her, and his eyes were lit with
an eager, passionate fire that Hilda
found disconcerting, albeit delight
“I ” She rtopped. They sat
down, while she told him the whole
story. He laughed as he heard it.
And you intend to marry this man
—this clergyman—whether you like
him or not?” he asked at the finish.
Hilda looked down toward the sea.
She had completely forgotten the
waiting Aunt Ellen on the esplanade.
“I must see him first,” she said
“But you have seen him!’*
She smiled softly.
“Not since I can remember any
thing,” she answered. “I couldn't
have the heart to tell dad I refuse be
fore seeing him.”
“Suppose he i6 ugly?”
“If I loved him, it wouldn't matter
how ugly he was!” the girl said in
her soft voice.
The herb jumped up suddenly, and
knelt on the gravel path, seizing both
“Hilda, darling,” he cried triumph
antly, “I am Ronald Martynt Only
you didn’t know it, of course. Don’t
you think you could pass over the fact
that I am a stupid clergyman?”
“You aren’t ugly,” whispered
Hilda, as if that settled matters.—
A Wise Kid.
Modern business methods favor
double-entry bookkeeping. In the
business colleges when the instructor
asks what this sort of bookkeeping is,
the pupil will reply, winking and
smiling: "Double-entry bookkeeping
is the keeping of two sets of books,
one of which may be produced is
court U required.”— Argonaut.
Curtailed Items of Interest
Gathered at Random.
Will Use Elbert County Granite.
The Gordon monument to be erected
on the capitol grounds in Atlanta will
be out of Elbert county granite. The
contract for furnishing it has been
let to Dr J. G. Long and will be
furnished from his famous gray graa
itu at Ethridge.
* * *
Fifth Cotton M'll for LaGrange.
Elm City mills. LaGrange’s fifth,
latest and largest industrial enter
prise, will begin shipping its output
in July, and be in full operation by
early tall. The mill is Ju3t being com
pleted and machinery placed in posi
tion at a coat of $300.000. It is
claimed by iho managers to be the
i lest modern cotton mill in the south.
Ordered to Pay Demurrage.
The railroad commission has order
ed the Atlantic Coast Line railroad
to pay to the J. M. Cox Cos., of Way
cicss, $lO demurrage on a car of
freight shipped from Tennessee. This
cur arrived in Wavcross on January
3d. and the firm ordered it placed
for unloading. This should have been
done within forty-eight hours, but the
car was not actually placed until Feb
• * *
Monument to General Oglethorpe.
At its last session the state legis
lature appropriated $15,000 for the
erection of a monument at (Savannah
to General Oglethorpe, the founder
of Georgia. Since then the matter
has been dormant, but at a meeting
held in Savannah Monday it was re
vived The Oglethorpe Monument As
sociation already has $5,000 in hand.
It is proposed to launch a movement
that will result in the raising of $5,00©
mere, so that $25,000 will be availa
ble for the monument.
Dispensary Fight in LaGrange
The large number of LaGrange citi
zens opposed to Ihe local dispensary
have called a mass meeting for the
purpose oi arranging for a vigorous
campaign to close the dispensary, and
again place Troup in the dry coun
ties. The saioons of West Point and
Hogansville dispensary have already
been votel out, ieaving the LaGrange
dispensary the only place in the coun
ty fur the legal sale of whiskey, and
the only thirst allaying jo'nt between
Atlanta and Opelika. A vigorous, per
sistent and determined fight is going
to be made by T ho prohibitionists to
close the dispensuiy.
* * *
Postma*tcr B r caks First Dirt.
With a brand new pick Postmaster
E. F. Blodgett broke the ground and
started the work of digging the foun
dations for Atlanta’s $1,000,000 postof
flee and United States court house
With the possible exception of Rep
resentative Livingston, no one has
taken more interest or done harder
work for more adequate quarters for
Atlaatu’s posteffice than Postmaster
Blodgett, and it wi,- highly appro
priate that the construction of At
lanta’s costliest public building should
bo begun by him.
St. George a Churchless Town.
St. George is two years old and
boasts H'tr permanent house and fif
teen negro catiins. There is no church
building nor chinch orgar.izat’on in
the town, but Christians belonging lo
various denominations have united in
an organization called the Union
Christian Association. They have
built a two-story liame buildit-.g, the
lower story containing one room,
which is used for church and Sunday
school and various public meetings.
The upper story contains two rooms,
which are used by the public schools
of tho town.
* * *
This New Road Seems Certainty.
Former Railroad Commissioner Pope
Brown anl Hen. P H. Lovejoy, may
or of Ilawkinsville, were in Ameri
cas a few days ago in consultation
wnh Hon. Crawford Wheatly, relative
to construction of the proposed Amerl
cus ilawkinsville railroad. Littlo in
humation was given out, but the con
struction of the railroad is regarded
as an absolute certainty. Construe
tion work doubtless will begin within
sixty days. Messrs. Brown and Lovo
jjoy represented Pulaski county's in
terest at the meeting. The road will
be 60 miles in length, and will tra
verse a splendid territory
• * *
D sbursinQ New Schoo Fund.
The first payment on the 1007 school
fund was male a few days ago, ths
state treasurer sending out checks
amounting to about $1 lo.OOfl to va
rious counties. All of tho I$C6 school
STOP AT THE
The best SI.OO a day house in the
253 FOURTH ST.. MACON, G<L,
Mrs. A. L. Zettler, Proprietress.
futd was paid out March 1. Some
SOOO,OOO of the 1907 school fund will
be paid out between now and May 1,
and then no more payments will be
made on this year until next De
cember. when the collections begin
to come in About $40,000 of the
amount to oe disti'ibuted now w r ill
i(• paid out in advance of its collec
tion. which is not made until Decem-
Lei. the balance coming in from spe
cial taxes and rental of the Western
and Atlantic railroad, 'ihe state is
practically an entire year behind with
the school fund.
* * *
Close of Rum Shops Cause Suits.
The closing of the dispensaries in
Terrell county has resuited in two
suits against the county commission
ers, brought, to recover salaries for the
remainder of the present year which
are claimed by the former manager
cf the Sassar dispensary and the
cashier who was employed in the
Dawson dispensary. It is said that
there are several important legal
questions involved in these cases, and
the results are awaited with interest.
The sales of the Dawson dispensary
from January 1 up to the date on
which it was closed amounted to $14,-
388.50, and i racticalo' the entire
stock was sold at the hour w'hen the
doors were finally closed.
Georgia Day Program.
The final arrangements for Georgia
Day at tho Jamestown Exposition on
June 10th were perfected by W. N.
Mitchell of Atlanta, a few days ago
at a conference with Fresident Roose
velt in Washington.
The president will leave Washington
on the evening o£ Sunday, June 9th,
accompanied by ihe members of the
cabinet, sailing on the Mayflower.
Governor Terrel and the members
of the exposition commission will
leave Atlanta on Friday or Saturday
in order to reach Newport News on
the evening of Sunday.
The governor ancl Mr. Mitehell will
be picked up at Hampton Roads on
Sunday evening by a launch from iho
battleship Georgia, and taken aboard
the battleship, which will then sail as
lar up tho Potoroac as possible and
meet the Mayflower. The president
and cabinet members will be trans
ferred to tbe Georgia and the battle
ship will return down the river to
Jamestown anl anchor off the exposi
Or. Monday morning about 10
(/clock the presentation of the silver
service will take place, .he governor
of Georgia making the presentation
and the president receiving the gift.
• * *
Railroads Will Oppose Petition.
When the petition of Georgia Far
mers’ Union for a reduction iD railroad
passenger rates is taken up by the
state railroad commission on April 13,
bitter opposition wall be made by the
railroads of Georgia against any low
ering of ths present tariff schedules.
It is understood that it will be con
tended by the roads that the railroads
of the south or of Geoigia will not
be able to bear any reduction of rates
on account of the railroad conditions
in this state and the heavy increase
in operating expenses.
It is the contention of the roads
that traffic conditions are not such
as to justify the decreased rates as
nearly all of the lines in Georgia pas.3
through unsettled sections where tra
vel does not pay but a small per
centage of the expenses.
It is thought that the roads will
make their principal fight against a
reduction before the railroad commis
sion, only using the courts as an
appeal of the last resort
The petition which has been filed
by the Farmers’ Union leaves the
amount if the reductions with ihc
commission and dees not name the
oxaet rate, although it is understood
that a fiat two-sent a mile rate 1?
PRECAUTIONS aGaINSE MENINGITIS.
Board of Meallh at Atlanta Bars Children
Restrictive measures in regard to
meningitis cases have been passed
by tho board of health it Atlanta,
which the members believe will aid
in controlling this disease and pre
vent its spreading.
AH children of the city not mosn
cers of afflicted families are barred
from ihe funerals of persons dying
of meningitis, children, at whose
t-om* a case is being treated, will aot
ba allowed to go to school; and un
dertakers will be required to thorough
id disinfect aad embalm ail bodies.
President of Southern Appeals for
Harmony of Interests.
“STAND BY RAILROADS”
Is His Plea to the Public in Banquet
Speech at New Orleans—Was
Guest of Honor.
An appeal to all southerners to
stand by the railroads for the sake
of the development of the south, was
made Friday nignt by W. W. Finley,
president of the Southern railway, at
a business banquet tendered him iu
New Orleans. He said, in part:
’’lf railways of ihe south are to bo
brought up to the standard required
by the expanding business of south
ern communities the people of .he
south must be actuated by the same
spirit of co-operation they showed iu
the early days of railway building,
when communities vied .vita each eth
er in offering inducements for con
struction. The day for governmental
and municipal financial aiu for rail
way lines has passed, and that many
millions of dollars that will be re
quired for additional track capacity
and terminal facilities must be ob
tained from private investors. This
money cannot be supplied in any great
amount from the earning of the
roads. The greater part of the money
must be borrowed
• Identified during most of my busi
ness career with railways of the
south, I know the resources of it
railways will be taxed to the utmost
to provide the additional facilities
that will be required. The provision
of these facilities at the earliest pos
sible date is of incalculably more
importance to the south than any;
possible rate reduction or any prop
osition to penalize roads for failure
to perform services wdiich are beyond
theiv present capacity.
“I believe that it is to the interest
of the railways and the people that
a spirit of harmony and just dealings
be fostered. 1 believe that in the pres
ent state of affairs, it is the patriotic
duty of every man whether connect
ed with a railway or not, to contrib
ute his utmost towards bringing about
these better relations.”
Mr. Finley unqualifiedly urged the
development of Mexican, Central and
South American trade by southern
communities with their down grade
transportation lines to the gulf.
DOUBLE UISASIER IN PIITSBURB.
City of Steel Production Harrassed by Both
lire and flood.
Fire in Pittsburg destroyed the
plant of the American Sheet and Tin
Plato company and slightly damaged
the bolt works of the Oliver Iron and
Steel works, adjoining. The loss to
..ho tin piale company was about $25,-
000 and to the Oliver company si,ooo.
The fire originated from a car of
lime, which was set on fire by tho
Pour business houses and fifteen
residences have been burned to tire
ground in the Mount Washington dis
trict, or twenty-seventh ward, across
the Monongahela river. Two attempts
were made to stop tho flames by dyna
miting adjacent buildiDgs, but the
wreckage caught fire.
The tiro practically burned itself
out at noon. Insurance men estimate
the loss at $200,000.
Twenty-five business houses and
dwellings were destroyed or sadly
OVAIION TO BkYAN IN BOSTON.
Nebraskan Speaks at Banquet Given in His
Honor at he flub
William Jennings Bryan was the
guest Friday of the democratic state
committee of Masaschusetls and at a
banquet in Boston delivered an ad
dress, in which ho touched on vari
ous points of democratic doctrine
vhich he declared had been vindicat
ed by recent events.
StVtNIEEN LONVILIS AT LARGE.
Another Wholesale Jail Breaking is Pulled
Oil at vmcricus, ho.
Another wholesale escape of county
convicts from Sumter’s enaingang was
made at Americas, Ga., Aleuaay, w r hen
five men broke a bar in tho prison
pen and escaped. Going to the rail
road ships, they secured tools to se
ver thtfir shackles.
There hate been numerous escapes
recently, with the result that seven
teen misdemeanor convicts are now
at large, besides Murderer George
Bumlrick, and other jail buds.