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FALLS e iTY
FALLS CITY, OKEGON, SATURDAY, AUGUST 4. 1017
H e Married
A n d by T hat A ct H e Saved a
By BRADFORD C. ALMY
in Switzerland and about to
etBrt to climb the Jungfrau when I
Buta iHjcr stating that my grand-
■f>*.*Nl«erinan Wellesley, aged
.had married and died
In a twinkling I wa* deposed from
a position of heir expectant to a
great fortune to—I did not know
what My grandfather had bitterly
opposed mv y prni)i utility
to travel and
especially to climb mountains. I
was his only descendant, and he had
kng endeavored to Induce me to set
tle down to the care of the million*
which he had willed me. He lived
in constant terror lest 1 should make
a slip on one of mv climbs, go aev-
ersl thousand feet down over s
precipice and the fortune that had
neon accumulating during his life
time w ould go a-l>cgging.
His intention in marrying was
plain to me. He had doubtless lost
all patience with me and at the last
moment married some woman who
would supply mv place as an heir.
I left for home at once, and as toon
as I landed I wrote my new grand
mother asking for information as to
her husband's disposition of the
property. Rv return mill 1 receiv
ed this reply:
T o u r i?rftji<1fftth<»r. b e i n g t a k e n *u<14tnly
111. c o n e l u d e r i l o <U atroy t h e mill l e a v i n g
y o u h ts »ole h e ir, n o t h a v i n g m n f l d e n r e
t h n t y o u w o u l d n e t t l e d o w n a n d a t t e n d lo
tit« p r o p e r t y H a v i n g h u t a n h o u r o r t w o
t o live, t h e r e u a a n o t i m e t o m a k e a d e
t a i l e d w ill
f l a v i n * g r e e t c o n f i d e n c e In
m e. h e m a r r i e d m e on hie d e a t h b e d a n d
a l i n e d a w il l c o m p r l a e d In a f e w w o r d «
l e a v i n g m e a ll h la p r o p e r t y . H e. h o w e v e r ,
e x a c t e d a p r o m l e e f r o m to e t h a t If y o u d e -
• t r e d t o m a r r \ m e I w tniM t a k e y o u f o r a
Phew! Marry mv grandmother!
Well, all depended upon what
sprang up in my breast that s' M
might lie of a suitable age for me
and passably good looking. I wrote
her that I would run up for a con
ference ami politely nsnured her that
if jho was not favorably impressed
with me I would release her from
tho verbal condition bv declining to
marry her. This, I flittered myself,
was a very foxy way of putting it,
mv real object being to decline to
take a wife with a fortune if I didn’t
I was doomed to a terrible disa
pointment. I found mv grandmot
er a veritable grandmother. She
was sixtv-five yearly old, fat. bald
and not a tooth in her head that was
her own. 1 cursed myself for a fool
to,have declined to comply with mi
grandfather's wishes during his life,
for now that the blow had fallen I
realized my folly.
Haiing taken sufficient time tc
make up my mind what course to
pursue, I sounded her as to whether
I could marry her, take an allow
ance and spend my time anywhere
but with her. She said she would
think it over, and I had hope. Rut
the next day I was informed that
such a course would not he carrying
out her late husband’s wishes. He
had desired that I should take care
of the property.
The meaium through whom I re
ceived this answer was Agnes Dor
chester, rav grandmother’s secreta
ry, a young woman not quite my
age. Indeed, I was obliged to trans
act everything through this girl, snd
it was not long before I saw plainly
that Mrs. Wellesley was completely
under her thumb.
I spent some time at my grand
mother’s endeavoring to bring her
to some terms. She declined all my
proposals, adhering to her late hus
band’s intentions. She would fulfill
her promise and would not consent
to any subterfuge to pet around it.
A month passed, and I was about to
give it all up and go away when
Sirs. Wellesley herself came to me
with a proposition.
" you heartily,'
she said, “in being
ward you. If she will have \i»u and I jewels'lhat <41 the goldsmiths • onld United States Will
von will have her I will make a will procure to decorate my crown.
An Queen Caroline, ton, the wife
leaving mv property to you both
Not M il In Politics
jointly, giving her meanwhile con of George I I . u n i to allude to I,ord
Washington, July 31.—The
trol of the income.”
I had no hope that Miss Dorches that her crowning dress “was si flne United States is not obliged to
ter would rnarry me simply to gain a* the accumulated riche« of the follow France in her ambition to
s fortune, and in snv event f ahould city and suburbs could make it. for, tegain Alsace-Loraine, it was of
have to live with her and carry out beaidei her own jewels, she had on
mv grandfather’s wishes But any- her head and shoulder* all the ficially stated here to day. - Nor
thing rather than brggnrv. I went pearls she could borrow of the ladies ifl American relation toward the
to the young lady, told her of Mrs of quality at one end of th r town, allies such that this government
Wellesley’s proposition and asked and on her petticoat all the dia would necessarily demand free
monda she could hire of the jewel-
her to lie njv wife
dom for certain part# of Austria.
at the other.”
What did she do but toss her mse
Balfour, in asserting yesterday
in the air and decline to have any
M a nne r* In 1628.
England would tight until
thing to do with aucli a proposition
In a manual of good manners
regained the territory she
I left her furious. She would published in Paris in
rather give up a fortune than bo my er is warned. “ In yawning in public held before Rismark, spoke only
f spent the next twenty-four do not groan.” A familiar admoni for England, it was Btated.
hours in inventing imaginary ways tion is, “ When listening to some one
Officials would not say how
of torturing her. The upstart! 1 •peaking do not wiggle about, but America stands on the question
resolved that I would make Mis* keep thyself in thv »kin the while.”
I>oreheater love me, then toss her It must have been hard to obey thi» of Alsace-Lorraine, but they
aside as a wax doll.
latter injunction, judging from whst made it plain the United States
In a few weeks I had softened her is said a little further along, “Kill is not necessarily going to mix in
so far as to receive a proposition not flees or the like in the presence the allies’ politics.
af others, but cxeu*'’ thvself and re
The United States will, how
"I cannot hear,” she said, "to move whatever torments thee.”
insist on restoration of Bel
•tand between you and a fortune.
gium.—Salem Capital Journal.
I feel that it will he impossible for
B a gdad.
Mrs. Wellesley to carry out your
Bagdad is one of the most fa-
Since the United States has
randfather's intentions toward you. ' mows meeting places of Islam, over
drawn into this war the
will agree to her proposition to 100,000 pilgTim* passing through
beginning to show their
msrrv you provided you will prom the city yearly.
ise to go swsv and not trouble me.”
Although the citv is embowered fangs. It has been declared that
"Are von aware,” I said, the color in trees and a refreshing contrast to the United States is in the u ar
rising to ray cheek and a spark glit i the desert without, the streets are with the allies to the end: the
tering in mv aye, “that you are by- narrow, crooked, unpaved and dirty,
no means flattering ?”
full of ruts and strewed with gar complete subjugation of Germany
"But I supposed what you wish is bage, which is for the most part being the goal. Such being the
to go abroad and break yonr neck removed hv dogs, the only scaven case and knowing of the allies’
climbing mountains ”
gers in the east.
plans of conquest how can we
"Oh. I exclaimed ironically. "In
Many scenes vividly described in avoid being a party, or a tool?
that ease vou would not he troubled “The Arabian Nights” were laid in
The complete overthrow of Ger
with me further.”
many under these conditions
“ And daath would release vou
C o m fo rtin g .
from living with a wife von had
would license the Allies to make
Aunt Anna was recovering from their own terms. The overthrow
married for convenience.”
In this retort I fancied I could an illness and wa* much annoyed
detect something womanly—some bv the well meaning but tactless of Germany would be proper, but
thing of nain. I was surprised. I friends who persisted in telling her insist that the Allies conform to
went to her and laid mv hand on how badly she looked. Sympathetic a worlds’ democracy and not for
little Edward was trying to comfort ’’Worlds’ Supremecv. The peo
her arm. I wss not repulsed. |
"I think,” I said, "that vou could her.
ple of this nation should know
“Don’t you let them make you
carry out my grandfather’s wishes.
At any rate, try. I will do all I can fell sorrv, auntie.” lie begged. “I the intentions of the Allies that
don’t think you look one single bit they may not be blindly led in
to help you ”
"To retain your fortune,” she worse than you always do.” — Ex to the same error they are seek
ing to correct in others.
“ And become a loving husband.”
Music In J a p a n .
* * * • • • « •
Music as an art ha- little stand-
The evening before the wedding,
when I was a hundred miles from ; mg h i Japan. It is left almost en
The car shortage is again being
my intended bride, I was thrown tirely to women, who cultivate it to
into a wild state by the receipt of ; the extent of playing on a guitar- felt. It appears to be a chronic
i like instrument called the samisen. summer complaint of the railroad
the following telegram:
T o u m u s t m a r r y y o u r g r a n d m o t h e r a f t i “In the not very remote pist,” says
e r all. o r lo«« y o u r f o r t u n e
the writer, “no gentleman could companies, setting up about har
What n-w complication could reconcile the practice of music with vest time and continuing about
have arisen? Why could not those masculine dignity, and this state of nine months in the year. This
lawyers be certain of anything? I affairs is changing but slowly.”
year it is expected that the de
had become violently in love with
mand for cars will be unusual.
Miss Dorchester snd would not in
While crops are a little short,
A H e , / y Meal.
any event give her up. I replied:
Two pavement artists were boaat- the shipment of army supplies to
G r a n d m o t h e r be h a n g e d ! I w il l m a r r y
you t o m o r r o w
I ing about their skill.
the Atlantic sea board and the
“Do you know,” s.ii<l one. *1 various cantonments will require
I could not get a train till early
the next day, but after a sleepless painted a dime od the ground one a great number of cars and it is
night at 5 a m. was steaming to day, and a boy nearly broke his fin
likely that industries not engaged
ward my bride that was to he. On gers trying to pick it up.”
producing supplies for the
mv arrival I dashed up to the house
in a carriage, alighted and hurried said the other. "I painted a leg of government will suffer.
up the steps. Agnes was standing mutton on a stone, ami it was so
It might be within keeping of
in a front window in bridal array, ' real like that n hungry dog ate half govermental polity for Congress
her face radiant with happiness. ! the stone before lie found out hi*
to appropriate a few hundred
Rushing into the room where she mistake.”—American Boy.
thousand and appoint a committe
was, I caught her in ray arms.
“ What’s the m atter?” I asksd,
NOTICE TO PROPERTY OWNERS to investigate the matter. It, at
least, would give employment to
“You’re going to marry vour
Some of the sidewalks of Falls a few deserving comrades.
City are in a deplorable condition
“ No, I’m not. I’m going to mar and unless they are repaired by
HYSTERIA HOT PATRIOTISM
''I ’m your grandmother.” Her the owners of the property the city
will be obliged to repair them,
eves were dancing a hornpipe.
There are those who would
Then I saw it all. My grandfa which requires considerable extra have you believe that because the
ther had married her instead of the expense to proceed according to people of this country are not
old woman. She had been playing law. If anyone is injured on ac
ablaze with enthusiasm and shout
a game with me. Mv grandfather
from the housetops they are nec
in the presence of death had hit
upon the expedient of marrying the city is liable for such damages essarily not patriotic.
gill who had been supplying my and the taxpayers of Falls City greater’ mistake in judgement
lace by devoting herself to him. must pay them. Please repair was ever made.
his would make her inheritance
The American people as a mass
stronger in law, though he left a ; your sidewalks.
except the few who are profiting
will in her faror telling her that
it was his wish that she should mar
prodigiously, have regretted the
ry me and make a man of me.
Drastic measures, within the necessity of going to war, hoping
But she had no mind to make a
business transaction of the matter. law, should be employed to rid it might be avoided Even now
She had therefore put an old wo the country of men who seek to there is an undercurrent of hope
man forward to personate her as destroy crops or other property, that in some way* consistent with
the widow while she stood in the
honor, the dire consequences of
background. The old woman had and suppress newspapers publish the war that has engulfed the
nothing else to do with the matter ing exager&ted reports of any
except to receive a handsome salary. depredations. Both are enemies nations of Europe may yet be
avoided. ' ;
I had been completely duped, but to good government.
had become so impressed with the
ability and good sense of my real
B AS E B A L L A ND DANCE
Don’t bank too much on the
grandmother that the moment I was
piqned I was hopelessly in love.
There will be a base ball game smiles and kisses you are going
THIS IS TH E T IM E O F Y E A R WHEN
C LEA R A N C E SALES A R E PREVAI1IN6
REDUCED PRICES A R E ROW IN EFFC T ON
Summer Wash Goods,
up a fortune or take with it an old
woman like myself. I will tell you
what I will do. I am as attached to
Miss Dorchester as if she were my
daughter. She is of suitable age for
W o r k e d B oth Ends.
ou and a woman of rare good sense,
Queens st their best arc hut wo
can safelv trust her to carry out
vonr .grandfather's „intentions to- men. Said Marv of Modena once in
her diuj of txija, “It_too]j all the
N EW S
at Dallas Saturday and a dance
at night in honor of the boys of
Co. L who will stop to say good-
, bye on their way south.
to get from the French lassies,
son. The fighting is done in the
trenches, and not on the boule
vards of Paris.
Ladies New Up-to-Minute Style High
Top Two Tone Shoes; Canvas Shoes
Men’s Dress Straw Hats, were $2.00 to $3.00, Now $1.00.
\ arious other items reduced for quick Clearance.
NOW IS THE TIME TO PICK IAH0AINS.
SELIG’S, Cash Price Store,
‘ Meeting and Beating Competition” .
The w ay to have a Bank
Account is to start one.
lhere must be a Beginning sometime. De
lays are only a waste of time. One Dollar
will start. Every' additional dollar w,ll help.
This bank invites you.
We par inferesf on time deposits.
O F -
FALLS C ITY.
People seeking refit and quiet recreation
will find them at
New port B eaches
Good hotels, cottages and tents provide
pleasant abiding places for summer
Surf bathing, boating, fishing, and
W eek End Fares
Are on sale Saturdays and Sundays,
limited for return on the following
Season Tickets on sale daily.
Ask your local agent for tickets and descriptive boolet
John M. Scott. General Passenger Agent
Southern Pacific Lines