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Novelized From Eugene
Walter's Great Play
Copyright, 1908, by C W. Dllliohm Co.
WHEN the door had closed
behind tho visitors Mrs.
Brooks and Smith sat
down and gazed at each
other in silence for some minutes.
"Well?" exclaimed Emma, Interrog
atively, at last.
"Well," be replied, "between you
and me, Joe came as near getting
iklnned alive as any one I ever saw."
"It was terrlblel"
"It was terribly true. You saved
"I know."
"The captain must like you. I never
Bid think he could like anybody."
"I hate him!" she declared, with a
grimace of disgust. "Ugh, what a
Bmlth reflected.
"Maybe, and maybe not," be mused.
"I can't Just make him out"
.At this Juncture the front door
opened and Brooks entered.
"I saw them drive off," he said, drop
ping Into a chair. "I hope they will
itay away In future. That mother
tnd sister of yours make me tired! I
tan't stand for them, and, what's more.
I won'tl They'd drive a saint to drink,
and I'm no saint and don't purpose to
be, either."
His wife began to reproach him for
his attack upon Captain Williams and
for his general ill humor during the
evening, but he cut her short sharply:
"We won't talk about that! Not a
word, you understand? Not from you
or any one else. That's final !"
"Very well; it's dropped," she said
and, angry at last In turn, rose and
went to her room.
Indifferently he watched her go, then
turned to Smith.
"Got anything to smoke, Jlmsy?" he
"No," he replied, fumbling hi his
pockets, "as usual, I'm Just out, but
I'll run around to the corner store and
set some cigars."
Left alone, Brooks began to give way
to the uneasiness and apprehension
that had followed upon bis scene with
Captain Williams.
"I wonder if Williams will Are me,"
he muttered. "If he doesn't it's on ac
count of Emma. He acted as if he'd
go a long ways for Emma."
He" was anxious"' to'khow 'what had
happened after his brusque departure.
He went Into the bedroom and found
his wife In tears.
"Don't cry, Emma," he said soothing
ly, going to her and taking her In his
arms. "I didn't mean to hurt your
feelings. I know I've got a fierce
grouch on tonight, but I can't help It
So would you have one If you'd had to
put up with what I have today."
Mrs. Brooks was one of those sweet
natured women who could not sulk for
more than five minutes If they tried.
It needed but his caress and apparent
contrition to dispel her resentment
"You certainly have bad cause to
worry, dear," she assented.
"After what's happened tonight I'll
have to hunt another Job," he said.
"But I don't care. I'm glad I told the
beast what I thought of him. Some
day somebody '11 tell him what they
think of him and plug him, too, as
sure as he's born."
"You'll not have to hunt for another
job yet awhile," she told him. "The
captain said he would overlook It and
that it wouldn't make any difference."
Her husband looked at her in aston
ishment half Incredulous.
"He said that?"
"Yes, and I'm glad It's turned out as
it has, for bow we'd manage if you
were out of work Just now goodness
knows. I don't!"
"Just how did ho put it?"
"He said he was almighty sorry for
-what had occurred, that be knew he
bad been hard at times and that as
far as your place and we were con
cerned there would be no change."
Brooks' relief showed in his face.
"Well, that knocks me," ho comment
ed. "Nobody else eyer bucked up
against him and got off scot free. I
can't understand It Did your mother
put in a word for me?"
"Then it's you who inuBt have a pull.
He died right down when you spoke
to him. I never would have believed
such a thing. If you had been a man
standing thuro In front of him he'd
havo smashed you. Darn It, I won
der who's ringing now? Can't be
Jlmsy; ho hasn't had time to get to the
street at tho gait bo goes."
Ho wont to tho head of the stairs
and met a messenger boy who was
bearing a lettor and had received In
structions to wait for an answer.
"Sure!" he exclaimed joyfully as bo
perused the missive. "Tickled to
death! Go and get your things on,
Emma. It's from Beatrice Langley
and Willie Ferguson. Willie's giving
a sort of theater party, and they want
us to go with them. There's going to
bo a llttlo supper afterward."
She shook her head.
"Tell them we can't go,"
"Can't gol Why not?"
"I simply can't" '
"I don't see why."
"Well, then, I won't; so there! You'd
bettor maka soma armaa- .
"Write it yourself, then," ho said,
irritated and deeply disappointed. "I'm
npt going to He to them."
Without another word she fetched
some writing material, Indited the
note and sent It off by the messenger.
"What's the matter? Are you sore
over what happened tonight?" he de
manded sulkily.
"No, I'm not sore, Joe."
"Then why can't you go?"
"Because I can't That's all!"
"I think you might If you didn't
want to go yourself you might have
accepted for my soke. I never get
any amusement, and you're always
"When do I complain, and of what?"
"It's the selfish way you act, I mean,
for, once we get a chance to go and
see a decent show and afterward have
a supper party, you get sore. You
simply don't want to go. You haven't
any consideration for me."
Burning with indignation, she went
up to him and forced him to look her
In the face.
"You say I have no consideration
for you!" she said. "You know as
well as I do why I can't go. I haven't
had a new dress In a year. My gloves
are all worn out I've skimped and
struggled and economized until I can't
do any more. I'd go to tho theater
If I could go alono or with you or
with Jlmsy and hide somewhere In the
corner, but do you think I want to go
to a party looking like a kitchen maid?
My shoes are cracked. Everything is
secondhand and old and ugly. And
look at me I Do you know what s hap
pened to mo? I've grown common
and coarse and cheap. Sometimes
when I look at myself in the glass it
seems as though I could seo the dirt
and the grease and the horrid nastl-'
ness of It all staring me right In tho
face. Why don't I go? I'm ashamed,
that's all. And you make It harder.
It has almost reached my limit of en
durance." She turned from him, tears of vexa
tion and humiliation in her eyes.
As she did so Smith, the peacemaker,
entered. He had arrived in time to
hear the last part of the confession
that had boen forced from her by her
husband's injustice and selfishness.
"Emma," he said soothingly, "there
ain't no use in making Joe feel worse
than he docs. He works like the devil,
but somehow Joe wasn't built exactly
lucky. He Is one of those fellows like
I used to know in Colorado who spend
all their lives looking for a gold mine
and never quite find one. But Joe's
all right, and Just to make this event
ful sort of evening end up nicely I'm
going to hike to' the best show In town,
and you two are going to hit my trail
while I dig up the necessary spondullcs
to defray any and all expense incurred,
Including a slight and Belect grub stake
after the entertainment Now, what
do you think of that?"
Brooks, who had been listening to
his wife and friend sullenly, was filled
with a sudden resolve.
"No, you won'tl" ho said tempestu
ously. "I nln't going to be an object
of charity. I'm as sick and tired of
this whole business as she is. Emma,
you put on the best dress you've got
nnd fix yourelf up the best you can,
and I'll take you to a show, and If
Jlmsy wants to come he can come as
my guest. I'm still a man, and it's
Just as right I Bhould take care of my
wife and let her have a little fun as' it
is for the Astors and Vanderbllts and
all of them to spend money on their
families. I'm going to do it and I
don't caro whether I can afford if or
not I can find a way all right Hurry
up, Emma!"
Mrs. Brooks would much rather have
stayed at home. She was worn out
with the constant quarreling and ex
citing happenings of the evening, but
she did not wont to be accused of con
trariness. So she said:
"If you think we can really afford it
I'd like to go. I haven't seen a show
in nearly a year. Do you think I'd
better go, Jlmsy?"
"Why, surely, my girl," was Smith's
reply. "There's no use of sticking
around here all tho time and getting
into more rows. Go ahead!"
"Then I'll hurry and get ready," she
said, hastening to her room.
Brooks had seated himself and wa3
gazing before him with a determined
expression, bis hands clasped between
bis knees. Smith went to him and
tendered a bill to him.
"Joe," ho said kindly, "you'd better
let me slip you the ten that will be
necessary to pay for this business.
You know Emma don't need to know,
and you ain't got the coin to blow in."
"Yes, I have," he asserted, pushing
the note from him, "and I'll pay for it
"All right, Joe. But take my tip,
when you go into tho borrowing busi
ness you'd better borrow from the fel
low who knows he's giving it to you
and ain't In a hurry to get it back."
"Look here, Jlmsy!" exclaimed
Brooks hotly, Jumping up. "Don't you
butt Into my business! IfB none of
your affair! And, by tho way, It
might bo just as well to remind you
that Emma's my wlfo tnv wife, you
hear?' She married me, no one else
Just me although I've been told she
had other chances at tho time."
Bmlth gazed at him without any
trace of offense, but with a look of
pain in bis eyes.
"I'm sorry you said that, Joe," ho
answered in his slow, quiet voice,
"Yes, I know Emma's your wife and
that she chose you after I asked her
to bo mine, and It is Just because I
do know that that I don't want you
Lto go wrong, and for Just that samo
rooson I want you to understand that
It you ever get Into a tight holo you
can gamble on me for help, and I
I ain't always been a spendthrift.
Good night!"
"You'ro not going, then?" inquired
Brooks as his friend moved toward
tho hall, bat there was. nothing In Jho
tone of the query designed to encour
age tho great hearted fellow to- accom
pany them.
"No; you two had better go togetlN
cr," he replied as ho passed out.
When, he had gone Brooks drew
quickly from the inside pocket of bis
waistcoat the pockctbook containing
the collections in checks aud bills that
ho had not had time to turn in to tho
company, extracted a bill of $10 and
returned the wad to Its hiding place.
Emma emerged from tho bedroom
With her hat and Jacket on.
"WEy, where's Jlmsy?" she nsked7
"Ho went home. Ho said he guessed
he'd better not come, as he wanted to
get up early, or something or other,"
lied Brooks.
"I wonder why he changed his mind
so suddenly," she said.
It was 9 o'clock when they found
themselves In the street, and Brooks
decided on a vaudeville show as being
the only possible place of entertain
ment they could go to at that hour.
It had been so long since they had
permitted themselves the cxtravaganco
of a night out that Mrs. Brooks en
joyed the chango to tho full. Watch
ing the actors and laughing at their
jokes and antics, she forgot for the
time her worries, and the painful im
pression of tho early evening wob com
pletely dispelled. As tho performance
progressed Brooks also underwent a
change of mood, and by the time the
curtain fell he had softened to some
thing of bis old self and was tender
and attentive.
When they found themselves outside
again she was for going straight homo.
"No," he said gayly, squeezing her
arm that she had passed under his and
patting her hand affectionately; "we
are out for a good time for once, and
we're going to have it"
She demurred feebly, wanting to go,
but feeling that scrapie on the ground
of expense which, from the necessity
of exercising strict and unrelenting
economy, entered Into all her house
hold expenditures, but he brushed
aside her cautious calculations, and
soon they were seated in a restaurant
of quite Imposing aspect and he was
ordering broiled lobsters and wine
with the air of a man to whom money
was no object He Was in rare high
spirits and gallant with a tenderness
he had not manifested toward her In
many a moon. He chattered and chat
tered, and his animation communicat
ed Itself to her, so that her eyes spar
kled, her puctty face was wreathed in
happy smiles, and she returned his
glances of love and admiration as in
the happy days of their early married
life, when they were all In all to each
other and there was none so handsome
and so noblo minded as he In all the
SOMETHING untoward was hap
pening or Impending at the ex
tensive piers and docks of the
Xatln-Amercan Steamship com
pany on South street Manhattan. This
had been evident from an early hour,
for when as whistle sounding time ap
proached the workmen trooped toward
the docks and warehouses to begin
their dally toll they found groups of
policemen stationed about the ap
proaches to the Latin-American line's
property. On the faces of the men
who entered its gates was an expres
sion of expectancy and determination.
The earliest man to arrive saw tho
toll, gaunt form of Mr. Smith, tho
superintendent, standing at the door
of the office building. He had been
working hard while they slept, but
there was no evidence of his all night
labor upon his cheerful visage, nor was
any sign of anxiety or of the knowl
edge that any unusual situation bad
arisen discernible In his phlegmatic
demeanor. He appeared to be enjoy
ing tho morning air and his cigar
without n care in the world. His
presence there at that hour was the
only Indication that he expected trou
ble. He had not allowed one police
man to remain within tho gates. Hard
ly a man passed in but saluted him
verbally or with a touch of the hat,
and not a salute was given without
being acknowledged. To some he re
sponded with a genial smile and a
"Hello, Toml" or "Howdy, Bill!"
When they had started their work,
which was to be stopped completely
at 10 o'clock, he vanished upstairs, nor
was he seen again until tho hands of
the clock approached that hour and
the strike leaders began to go among
the restless men. Then he sauntered
out, ordered work stopped, and, mount
ing a crate of merchandise, assembled
the men about him.
"You boys," he said In his slow, dis
tinct voice, "havo made up your minds
to quit at 10 o'clock because some
body told you you ought to bo getting
more pay and a raise was refused.
Well, this Is a free country, and every
man's right to sell bis labor where
ho likes and at what price he likes Is
guaranteed him by the constitution.
If you want to walk out of here you
are free to do so, but if you take my
"Seo here," interrupted one of the
leaders roughly, pushing to the front,
"wo ain't askln' no advice from you
nor no one else. What wo want is
money. Do wo get that raise or don't
wo? If wo do, all right; It wo don't,
we quit hero and now, and that's all
there Is to It"
A murmur of approval greeted this
"No," answered the superintendent.
"I ain't going to leave you In doubt
about It for a minute. You don't get
"Then shut up!" ordered tho man.
"Wo ain't go In' to loso our time 11s
tenln' to no cheap talk. We've voted
to quit and all talk Is off."
"All right;" retorted Smith. "Con
sider you've all quit Now, that being
the case, you have heaps of time on,
tkmk band and axe likely to bave foe
an Indefinite period unless you have
provided Jobs for yourselves In antic
ipation of this. I've got something
I'd llko to say to you. Those who
don't want to hear mo don't have to.
As I raid, this Is a free country."
"Go ahead, Jlmsy!" cried, a voice In
the crowd. "You're "all right! You'vo
always given us a square deal."
"I hopo so," ho replied, "and one
square deal deserves another."
"Aw, come on, fellows!" admonished
the leader. "We're not kids. A strike's
a strike. This ain't noebatln' bet-,
and we don't belong to no mutual ad
miration society."
Some of the men turned away, but
others voiced the view that a hearing
ought to be given to the superintendent
since he wished to speak to them, and,
seeing that their fellows remained, the
others soon returned.
"I haven't got a lot to say, and I'm
no preacher," ho continued. "What I
want to give you is not a lecture on
what you've got to do that's your
business but an explanation in your
Interest. I want to tell you' things
other people haven't told you and that
you evidently don't know. Please let
me get through, then you do as you
like. I don't have to tell you that the
rate of pay is governed, like every
thing else, by tho law of supply and
demand. What Is the situation today?
Wo have had rush work for several
reeks, and the docks here and all
along tho water front are choked up
with freight But back of this, al
though you may not know It, the rall-
"I put it up to you, and you've made
roads everywhere ore laying off freight
cars, mills are laying off men, and
signs point to a serious slump in busi
ness all over the country, which will
reach here soon. The indications are
that In the natural course of things
during the coming winter there won't
be work for more than half of you
and that you'll need badly all the
spare coin you can save now. Yet you
chose this very time to demand an In
crease from the company and give it
eighteen hours' notice, including twelve
nonworklng hours, in which to think It
over. I don't call that a square deal,
whatever you may think about it.
Now, the country towns are full of
men anxious to get Jobs, and tho com
pany, notwithstanding the short no
tice. Is fully prepared for a strike. In
that shed yonder arc 3,000 cots, put
there during last night, and provision
has been made to feed 3,000 men for
several days. Captain Williams"
An outburst of curses and yells greet
ed this mention of the president's name,
with cries of "We know Williams!"
"Captain Williams," went on tho su
perintendent calmly, "says that any
man who goes out on strike now will
never enter the employ of the lino
again in this or any other port. And
I'll sec personally to It that ho doesn't.
This man here said a strike had been
decided on, but anybody who wants to
stay and work Instead of making a
fool of himself by quirting will be
taken care of, I'll promise that. That's
all. It's up to you."
Amid dead silence he got down from
the crate and returned to his office.
The men remained assembled for
consultation, and in the crowd were
many doubtful faces. It was clear
that Smith's calm, drawled harangue
bad made a profound Impression. Just
as in private life he attracted tho
warmest friendships, so In business, to
which ho gave strict and Intelligent
attention, he earned the respect of all
with whom he had to deal.
The strike leader mounted tho crate
and, amid the applause of the hot
beaded and discontented, delivered
himself of a fierce denunciation of the
company as a greedy, grasping, oppress-
lve corporation and of its dock super
intendent as a "flour flusher" and a
dispenser of "con" talk, meaning there
by of words Intended to deceive. But
there were too many who knew that
Smith was neither.
"For my part," ono of tho laborers
said, "I've got a wife and six kids, tho
eldest of which Is nine. I movo that
we take another vote on this here
The motion was adopted with accla
matlon. The result of the ballot was
overwhelmingly In favor of remaining
at work.
While delegates appolntod to Inform
tho superintendent that there would
be no turnout were waiting upon him
In his office, tho other men passed the
shed Indicated by Smith, pmbed open
the door and gased. la. wfcUe oUmm
crowded up behind them. Arranged
all around the vast space were neat,
white cots, and in tho center were long
tables and benches.
"Say," remarked, one of the men.
'Jlmsy Smith ain't no bluff. Is ho?
For a slow spcakln' and movln' man-
he's the liveliest hustler I ever seen."
Half an hour later Smith once more
lowered himself Into the chair beside
tho president's desk.
"Well," said Captain Williams gruff-
y, "I understand the strike's off."
"Yep," was the reply.
"How did you do It?"
"Told 'em the truth."
The captain regarded him from un
der his bushy eyebrows, brought to
gether In his usual frown.
"I guess you don't often He, Smith."
"Not more than I have' to."
"What preparations had you made
for trouble?"
"Three thousand hired army cots In
No. 2 shed, with tables and benches.
Then there's these."
He laid before tho president a num
ber of bids for supplying rations three
times a day to from 500' to 3,000 men
and telegrams from various towns
worded something to this effect:
On terms offered can ship 200 men with
in forty-eight hours.
Williams read each paper carefully.
"A strike at this time would havo
meant heavy loss to the line," he ob
Smith nodded.
Then the captain gave utterance to
the highest compliment be had ever
made to a man in his life.
"I put it up to you," ho said, "and
you'vo made good. I guessed it was
likely you would. Have a cigar."
to be continued.
On the Sunday School Lesson by
Rev. Dr. Llnscott for the In
ternational Newspaper Bible
Study Club.
(Copjrritht 1609 by Rev. T. a Llnicott, D.D.)
Nov. 21st, 1909.
(Copyright, 1909, by Rev. T. S. Llnscott, D.D.)
Paul's Story of His Life. II Cor.
xl:21 to aclltlO.
Golden Text He said unto me, My
grace is sufficient for thee; for my
strength Is made perfect in weakness.
II Cor. xii:9.
Verse 21 Do you know any person
In all history who had a better right
to boldly tell of his sufferings than
Vorses 22-23 Is there any lack of
modesty, or good taste, in Paul, or any
other true man, giving a full account
of his qualifications and his sufferings
for Christ's cause?
What advantage Is it to be born of
good stock?
What advantage was it to Paul that
he was a Hebrew, an Israelite ,and of
the seed of Abraham?
Is there any higher privilege, or
greater honor than to have labored
and suffered, for tho cause of Christ,
which Is the cause of humanity?
Does a true ministry, then and
now, always Imply much suffering and
self denial?
Verses 24-27 What Is the best word
picture you can give, of the noble hero
who, at the .expense of life-long and
unparalleled suffering, gave himself
up to the service of others? (This
question must be answered In writing
by members of the club.)
Read until the story of this bitter
and prolonged suffering is burned Into
your memory, and .then read the story
of Paul's great work and of the won
derful love and grace of God to him,
and then think of the sumptuous lives
of the chief priests who were, in great
measure, responsible for Paul's suf
fering, and then say, after all, which
got the more aggregate Joy out of life,
Paul or they?
How many of these cruel sufferings,
to which Paul here refers, are men
tioned elsewhere in the New Testa
ment? Give chapter and verse. (Seo
Acts lx: 24-25; xlv:19; xvl:22 et seq.)
Verses 28-33 Is Paul an exception,
or is It the duty of all of us to have
a great care for all the churches, and
to be in sympathy with everybody,
weeping with those who weep, and re
joicing with those who rejoice?
Which is the greater man, the one
who excels in education, in science,
In oratory, in statesmanship; or the
one who excels in his love for the
churches, for the poor, for sinners
and in a heart that sympathizes with
all mankind?
Chapter xil: 1-6 What Is the logical
or scientific value of Paul's experience
of heaven?
What is the only real proof of God,
of immortality and of the wisdom of
the spiritual life?
Is It probable, or possible, that per
sons to-day may have similar exper
ience of the unseen world as Paul?
Verses 7-10 What was Paul's "thorn
la tho flesh?"
What Is the greatest "thorn in tho
flesh" that strong and healthy spirit
ual men have to-day?
Lesson for Sunday, Nov. 28th, 1909.
Paul on Self Denial. (World's Tem
nerance Lesson). Rom. xlv: 10-21.
How They Shoe Geese In Poland.
Three million geese ore brought
rosularly to the October market in
Warsaw, Poland. Often coming from
remote provinces, many of these
cense have to travel over long di.S'
tances upon roads which would wear
out their feet If they were not "enoa."
Tor this purpose they are driven
through tar poured over the ground,
and then through sand. After tho
operation has been repeated several
times the feet of the geese become
covered with .a hard crust
He Will Keep Going When a Common
Horae Will Quit
As on old horseman who has bred
and handled horses of many types,
says a writer In Outing, I have fre
quently been surprised at the answers
given by the majority of people when
asked the question: "What consti
tutes the most striking difference be
tween the thoroughbred and the com
mon horse?"
Nineteen out of twenty will name
tho beauty or tho speed of this thor
oughbred; but Important as are both
of thoso qualities, neither answer is
correct It is simply that the thor
oughbred when he Is tired will keep
on with an undiminished courage and
ambition, while a common horse un
der the same circumstances will quit
Even the Snail.
Tho "mock snail" Is a new speci
men which will have to be added to
the collection of strange things served
by restaurant keepers. The edible
snail is disappearing from the vino
yards and gardens of Burgundy,
where formerly it existod in. countless
thousands. The scarcity and consa.
.fluent dearness of the escargot has
caused some unscruplous proprietors
of restaurants in Paris to invent tho
mock snail. It Is made out of veal.
All that Is required Is a quantity of
empty snail shells and veal fat Tho
fat 1b cleverly cut into spirals and
worked into the shell. The disappear
ance of the real snail is taken so seri
ously in France that the county coun
cil of the Cote d'Or has suggested that
a law Bhould be passed giving tho es
cargot a close season, from April IS
to July IB In Barn vpn.
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