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Paris intellectual worker! have
formed a federation, which hag been
given recognition by labor organiza
tion!. The nam of Herbert Hoover will
be placed on the republican presiden
tial preference ballot In Indiana, it Is
Lou Tfeng-Tsiang, Chinese minister
of foreign affairs and Chen Lee, vice
minister, have resigned, according to
a dispatch to the state department,
from Peking. No particulars were
The United States shipping board
steamer Orion, bound from Hamburg
for St. John, N. B., has been caught
in an Ice field in the Barrlngton pass
age, off Nova Scotia and is in need
of assistance, according to radio mes
sages. The foreign legations have notified
the Chinese foreign office that Great
Britain, France, the United States and
Japan are prepared to cause a loan
of 5,000,000 to be Issued by a group
of banks, to be Becured by the salt
and other revenues.
Search for the steamer Ville d'Alger,
which, on February 6, was reported
afire 100 miles off Reunion, in the
Indian ocean, has been fruitless, ac
cording to a statement made in Paris.
The vessel had on board 91 passengers
and a crew of 50.
On the eve 6f a republican North
Dakota state convention, William
Grant Webster of New York filed a
petition with the secretary of state as
a candidate for vice-president of the
United States on the republican ticket
at the March primary.
Young men of America should mar
ry at the age of 21 and the girls they
marry should be 18, Mrs. F. Josephine
Stevenson of California told the Wo
man's National Bar association, in con
vention in Chicago. She read a paper
on "Marriage and Divorce."
Imports from the United States of
sugar, canned meats, condensed milk,
butter and cheese will be prohibited
by the Italian government, in its ef
fort to deal with the exchange situa
tion, according to official advices to
the department of commerce.
In complutlng consideration of the
annual postoffice appropriation bill,
the senate postoffice sub-committee
has Inserted an amendment providing
for the establishment of a transcon
tinental airplane mail route from New
York to San Francisco via Chicago and
The suminor racing season opened
in Paris Sunday along with the advent
of summer time. The metropolitan
racing season was ushered in at the
beautiful Auteuil track. This year's
budget of prize money exceeds by
nearly 1,250,000 francs any sum hither
Agreement has been reached by the
Biipremo allied council to permit the
sultan to maintain his court In Con
Btantinoplo, but Turkey must give
guarantees, especially relative to the
Dardanelles, and must not have an
army, according to London advices
quoting a statement by Premier Mll
luraud. Twenty-nine radicals, said by secret
Bervlce agents to include the most
dangerous terrorists in the United
Statos members of the notorious
L'Kra Nouva group, whose creed is
assassination and violence by individ
uals without waltiug for "mass action"
were captured in Paterson, N. J.,
early Sunday by 100 picked agents of
the department of justice in a dra
matic raid on "red" headquarters. War
rants had been sworn out for 32, but
Through an "interlocking" director
ate, including not more than 500 per
sona, the radical organizations of the
country are attempting to gain control
of American industry and destroy the
present form of government, John W.
Sullivan, former member of the war
labor board, declared In New York In
an address before the national civic
federation. The meeting, presided
over by Samuel Gompers, was held to
consider methods of combating revo
lutionary activities and the upholding
of American ideals.
AGREE ON RAILWAY BILL
Conferee!' Plan for Joint Tribunal on
Strikes Ii Altered.
Washington, D. C.-FInal agreement
on railroad reorganization legislation
wag reached late Monday by the house
and senate conferee!.
The conference will deal primarily
with the proposal of the president to
create a joint tribunal on which both
the railway corporation! and union
labor will have representation, to han
dle the labor demand! for increased
pay. Mr. Hlnei will seek an agree
ment with the executive! to the plan,
which, of course, will become unnecee
sary If the pending legislation is en
acted Into law before the railroads are
restored to their owners March 1.
Railroad administration officials are
desirous of having the conference com
plete Us work before the meeting of
union committeemen is here next Mon
day to consider the president's pro
posal that the wage demands be re
ferred to such a tribunal.
Aside from textual changes the gen
eral features of the compromise bill
follow the lines agreed upon recently
by the conferees with the exception
of the labor provision which was modi
fied so as to provide for a federal
appeal board appointed by the presi
dent and consisting of nine members,
equally divided between the employes,
employers and the public. As previ
ously agreed upon this board was to
have consisted of five members.
TREATY WAR AGAIN
RAGES IN SENATE
Washington, D. C Laying aside its
legislative business, the senate, by
unanimous consent, took up the treaty
of Versailles again Monday and re
sumed in all its vigor the ratification
debate Interrupted last November.
The opening gun in the new phase
of the fight was fired by the treaty's
irreconcilable foes, Senator McCor-
mlck of Illinois reopening the discus
sion with a speech bitterly assailing
many provisions of the document and
counseling the republican leaders not
to consent to further compromise.
He was followed by Senator Mc
Cumber, who flayed the heads of both
parties for their failure to compromise
and declared that "child's play ob
stinacy" alone stood in the way of
Drawn into the debate by charges
of the North Dakota senator, Senator
Hitchcock asserted that the democrats
already had "abandoned" their pre
vious Btand and had offered a com
promise, but that the republicans were
demanding nothing short of complete
Once it got under way, the debate
speedily revived the whole scale of
issues which the senate had debated
from last May to November. The
subject technically under considera
tion, a motion by Senator Lodge to
modify the republican reservation on
withdrawal, was not mentioned until
late In the day, when Mr. Lodge took
the floor to explain briefly his reasons
for moving the change.
When the debate was reopened the
private negotiations for a compromise
apparently passed Into the doldrums
and some of the treaty's most active
friends on both sides of the chamber
predicted that there probably would
be no settlement until discussion on
the floor had Bpent itself.
Logger Is Millionaire.
South Bend, Wash. V. E. Sage of
Sutico, head pond man at camp 2 of
the Sunset Lumber company, is speed
ing for New York in response to the
news contained In a letter from a New
York firm that he had become a mil
lionaire. In the provisions of a will
of his late uncle, Simon Sage, wealthy
realty dealer of New York, he is lega
tee of one-fifth of an estate valued at
$7,000,000. Sage was at work when
the letter was brought to him last
Wednesday. He dashed to his bunk-
house, changed his clothes and made
ready for the Gotham trip. After buy
ing his ticket he had E cents left
Poles Face Starvation.
Washington, D. C Poland needs
400,000 tons of American grain to
avert starvation until her harvests
next September, according to Stanis
laus J. Arot, newly arrived here to
act as plenipotentiary of the Polish
government In food matters. Even
with American grain, the Poles will
suffer from undernourishment, he
said. At present, he stated, all non
producers are on rations of ISO
grammes dally per person.
Slav Reds Worry Poles.
Warsaw. A heavy concentration of
bolshevik troops is reported at three
points along the Polish frontier and
discussion of the soviet operations is
overshadowing the peace talk, especial-
ly among the Polish military authori
ties. Nevertheless, discussions looking
to the opening of peace negotiations,
possibly in March, are continuing in
Warsaw and Moscow.
Wilson Accuses Secretary of
Usurpation of Power.
CABINET MEETS ANGER
Secretary Explains Need of Gather
ings While President Was Un
able to Attend to Duties.
Washington, D. C Robert Lansing
ended his career as secretary of state
Friday after President Wilson had ac
cused him of usurping the powers of
president by calling meetings of the
cabinet during the president's illness.
Mr. Lansing denied that he had
sought or intended to usurp the presi
dential authority. He added, however,
that he believed then and still believed
that the cabinet conferences were "for
the best interests of the republic," that
they were "proper and necessary" be
cause of the president's condition and
that he would have been derelict In his
duty if he had failed to act as he did.
As the record stands, Mr. Lansing
tendered his resignation and Mr. Wll
son accepted it. The resignation was
offered, however, only after the presi
dent, under date of February 7, had
written asking if it were true Mr.
Lansing had called cabinet meetings
and stating that if such were the case
he felt it necessary to say that "under
our constitutional law and practice, as
developed hitherto, no one but the
president has the right to summon the
heads of the executive departments In
Mr. Lansing answered two days lat
er, saying he had called the cabinet
conferences because he and others of
the president's official family "felt
that, In view of the fact that we were
denied communication with you, it
was wise for us to confer informally
together on matters as to which
action could not be postponed until
your medical advisers permitted you
to pass upon them."
The secretary concluded by saying
that if the president believed he had
failed in his "loyalty" to him and if
Mr. Wilson no longer had confidence
in him, he was ready to "relieve you
of any embarrassment by placing my
resignation in your hands."
The president replied last Wednes
day that he was "much disappointed"
by Mr. Lansing's letter regarding "the
so-called cabinet meetings." He said
he found nothing in the secretary's
letter "which justifies your assumption
of presidential authority in such a
matter" and added that he "must
frankly take advantage of your kind
suggestion" to resign.
'I must say," continued the presi
dent, "that it would relieve me of em
barrassment, Mr. Secretary, the embar
rassment of feeling your reluctance
and divergence of judgment, if you
would give up your present office and
afford me an opportunity to select
someone else whose mind would more
willingly go along with mine."
Paris. Premiers Millerand and
Lloyd-George have sent a reply to
President Wilson's note relative to the
Adriatic compromise and hold to their
position expressed in the note sent to
the Jugo-Slav government on January
20, giving that government a choice be
tween the compromise or the execution
of the treaty of London, according to
Pertinax in the Echo de Paris Monday
Mr. Wilson's charges against Italy
are rejected by the two premiers, it is
said by the newspaper, which declared
they asserted in their reply that Italy
threw all her weight into the struggle
and fought for high ideals. The num
ber of Italian dead is recalled in one
section of the reply.
While thus replying to Mr. Wilson,
Mr. Lloyd-George, acting as president
of the conference, wrote M. Trumbitch,
Jugo-Slav foreign minister, informing
hlin that England and France main
tained their original viewpoint, name
ly, that Jugo-Slavla must accept the
compromise agreement or face the ex
ecution of the treaty of London.
Red Laws Held Too Mild.
Spokane. William Flynn, director of
the bureau of investigation, was in Spo
kane Sunday conferring with secret
service and department of justice of
ficials. "In order to stamp out com
pletely criminal anarchy the states
must adopt more drastic laws," said
Mr. Flynn. "While the present laws
are directed at aliens, the statutes are
not strict enough for the cltiien-sedl-
"WHAT'S YOUR AN8WER7"
Synopsis. David Elden, son of a
drunken, ahlftleu ranchman, al
moit a maverick of the foothills,
Ii breaking bottles with his pistol
from his running- cayuse when the
first automobile he hat ever seen
arrives and tips over, breaking the
leg of Doctor Hardy but not injur
ing his beautiful daughter Irene.
Dave rescues the injured man and
brings a doctor from 40 miles
away. Irene takes charge of the
housekeeping. Dave and Irene take
many rides together and during
her father's enforced stay they get
CHAPTER II Continued.
For the first time he looked her
straight in the face. His dnrk eyes met
her grny ones and demanded truth.
"Irene," he said, "do you mean that?"
"Sure I do," she answered. "College
courses, and all that kind of thing,
they're good stuff, nil right, but they
make some awful nice boys real
live boys, you know Into some awful
dead ones. My father says about the
best education is to learn to live with
in your income, pay your debts and
give the other fellow a chance to do
the same. They don't all learn that at
college. Then there's the things you
do, Just like yu were born to it, that
they couldn't do to save their lives.
Why, I've seen you smash six bottles
at a stretch, you, going full gallop and
whooping and shooting so we could
. ardly tell which was which. And ride
you could make more money riding
for city people to look at than most of
those learned fellows, with letters af
ter their names like the tail of a kite,
will ever see. But I wouldn't like you
to make it that way. There are more
useful things to do."
He was comforted by this speech,
but he referred to his accomplishments
modestly. "Rldln' nn' shootln' ain't
nothin'," he said.
"I'm not so sure," she answered.
"Father says the day is coming when
our country will want men who can
Shoot and ride more than it will want
lawyers and professors."
"Well, when it idocs it can call on
me," he said, and there was tne prme
In his voice which comes to a boy who
feels that in some way he con take a
man's place In the world. "Them Is
two things I sure can do."
Years later she was to think of her
remark and his answer, consecrated
then in clean red blood.
They talked of many things that af
ternoon, and when at last the length
ening shadows warned them it was
time to be on the way they rode long
distances in silence. Both felt a sense
which neither ventured to express,
that they had traveled very close In the
world of their hopes and Borrows and
The shadows had deepened into
darkness, and the Infinite silence of the
hills hung about them as they dropped
from their saddles at the Elden door.
A light shone from within, and Doctor
For the First Time He Looked Her
Straight In the Face.
Hardy, who was now able to move
about with the aid of a home-made
crutch, could be seen setting the table,
while Mr. Elden stirred a composition
on the stove. They chatted as they
worked, and there was something of
the joy of little children in their com
panionship. The young folks watched
for a moment through the window, and
In Dave's heart some long-forgotten
emotion moved momentarily at the
sight of the good-fellowship prevailing
in the old house. Irene, too, was think
ing; glimpses of her own butlered
home, and then this background of
primal simplicity, where the old cow
man cooked the meals and the famous
specialist set the plates on the bare
board table, and then back of It all her
mother, sedate and correct, and very
much shocked over this mingling of
"Well, you youngsters must have this
country pretty well explored," said
Doctor Hardy, as they entered the
house. "Where was it today the
prairies, the foothills or the real fel
lows behind ?"
"The canyon up the river," said
Irene, drawing off her sweater. "What's
the eats? Gee 1 I'm hungry I Getting
nrettv sucDle. Daddykins, aren't you?"
"Yes. an' I'm sorry for it miss," said
By Robert J.C. Stead
Kttchnr, and othar poem
the old rancher, "not wlshln' bim any
harm, or you, neither. We was Jus'
talkin' It over, an' your father thlnka
he'i spry enough for the road again.
Ain't ever goln' to be like It used to be
after he's gone, an' you."
"We'll be aorry to go," said the doc
tor. "That'i what I've been saying all
day, and thinking, too. If misfortunes
can be lucky, ours was one of that
kind. I don't know when I've enjoyed
n holiday bo much. What do you say,
girl?" he asked, as he rested nn arm
on her round, firm shoulder and looked
with fatherly fondness Into the fine
brown af her face.
"I've never known anything like it,"
she answered. "It's wonderful. It's
life." Then with a sudden little scream
she exclaimed : "Oh, daddy, why can't
you sell your practice and buy a
ranch? Wouldn't that be wonderful?"
"Your mother might not see It that
way," he replied and her eyes fell.
Yes, that was the obstacle. She
would have to go buck to the city and
talk bv rule, and dress by rule, and
behave by rule, and be correct.
"It's been a good time," the doctor
continued, when they had commenced
supper, "but I've already overstayed
my holiday. I feel I can travel now,
and my leg will be pretty strong by
the time I am back east. If Dave will
oblige us by going to town tomorrow
and bringing back some one who can
drive a car, we will be able to start
the following morning. I will just take
the car to town, and either sell it there
or ship it."
The following morning found Dave
early on the trail, leading a saddled
horse by his side. The hours were
leaden for the girl all that day and,
looking into the future, she saw the
specter of her life shadowed down the
years by an unutterable loneliness,
How could she ever drop it all all
this wild freedom, this boundless
health, this great outdoors, this life,
life how could she drop it all and go
back into the little circle where con
vention fenced out the tiniest alien
streamlet, although the circle itself
might lie deep in mire? And how
would she give up this boy who had
grown so imperceptibly but so inti
mately into the very soul of her being
give him up with all his strength and
virility and, yes, and coarseness, If you
will, hut sincerity, too an essential
man, as God made him In exchange
for a machine-made counterfeit with
the stamp of Society? Deeply did she
ponder these questions, and as the dny
wore on she found herself possessed
of a steadily growing determination
that 6he would not follow the beaten
trail, let the by-paths lead where they
Darkness, save for a white moon,
had sert Jed over the foothills when the
boy returned with another young man.
The stranger ate a ravenous supper,
but was not too occupied to essay con
versation with Irene. He chose to call
"Swell pancakes, cook," was his
opening remark. "Can you find an
other for yours truly?"
She refilled his plate without an
swer. "Used to know a girl mighty like
you," he went on. "Waitress In the
Royal Edward. Geel but she was
swell! A pippin! Class? Say, she
had 'em all guessing. Had me guessing
myself for a while. But Just for a
while." He voiced these remarks with
an air of Intense self-approval more
offensive than the words.
Irene felt the color rise about her
neck and cheeks and run like an over
flowing stream Into her ears and about
her hair. It was evident that, for a
second time, Dave had chosen to say
nothing to strangers about her pres
ence at the ranch. Her father and Mr.
Elden were in Dave's roonl ; Dave had
stopped eating, and she saw the veins
rising in his clenched fists. But the
challenge was to her, and she would
accept it ; she felt no need of his pro
tection. "Fill your stomach," she said, pass
ing more nancakes: "your head is
He attempted a laugh, but the meal
was finished In silence. The stranger
lit a cigarette and Irene went to the
door with Dave.
"Come for a walk," he whispered.
"The horses are tired, so let's walk.
. . . It's our last chance."
She ran for her sweater and rejoined
him In a moment. They walked in
silence down a path through the fra
grant trees, but Dave turned from time
to time to catch a glimpse of her face,
white and fine as ivory in the soft
light. He had much to say, but he was
tongue-tied under the spell of her
"You squelched him, all right," he
broke out, at length.
"Just in time, too, I think " she re
plied. "I was watching your hands."
He smiled a quiet but very confident
smile. "Reenle." he said, "that fellow
makes me sick. All the way out he
talked about girls. He's a city chap
an' wears a white collar, but he ain't
fit to Epeak your name. Another min
ute an' I'd V had 'im by the neck."
He seized a spruce limb that stuck
across their path. It was the size of a
stout stick, but he snapped it with a
turn of his wrist It was very tough ;
it ooied sticky stuff where he broke It
"Ills neck," he said, between his teeth,
"Jus' like that."
They reuched an open space, some
thing bluck or wus It red? lay on ,
the ground. Dave bent over it a mo
ment, then looked up to her white,
clear face, white uud clearer than ever
since witnessing the strength of his
"It'g a calf," he said, as calmly as he
could. "Half et up. Wolves, I guess."
"The poor, poor thing 1" she breath
ed. "The poor, Innocent thing I wny
did it have to die?"
"It's always the Innocent things at
mfferg," he answered.
"Always the Innocent thing!," ihe
repeated mechanically. "Alwaya "
She aprang to her feet and faced him.
"Then .what about the Justice of
God?" she demanded.
"I don't know nothin' about the Jus
tice of God," he answered bitterly.
"All I know is the crlttur 'at can't
run gets caught."
There was a long pause. "It doesn't
seem right," she suid at length.
"It ain't right," he agreed. "But 1
guess it's life. I see It here on the
prairies with every llvln' thing. I
guess I was like that, some. I've been
caught. I guess a baby ain't respon
sible for anything, Is it? I didn't
pick my father or my mother, did I?
But I got to bear it."
There was something near a break
In his voice on the lust words. She
felt she must speak.
"I think your father is a wonderful
old man," she suld, "und your mother
must hove been wonderful, too. You
should be proud of them both."
"Reenle, do you mean that?" he de
manded. His eyes were looking
straight Into hers.
"Absolutely," she answered. "Ab
solutely I mean It."
"Then I'm goin to say some more
things to you," he went on rapidly.
"Things 'at I didn't know whether to
say or not, but now they've got to be
said, whatever happens. Reenle, I
haven't ever been to school or learned
lots of things I should 'a' learned, but
I ain't a fool, neither. I didn't learn
to break all those bottles in a day.
Well, I can learn other things, too,
an' I will, if only It will take me
across. I'm goin' to leave this old
ranch, some way, jus' as soon as It
can be arranged. I'm goln' to town
an' work. I'm strong ; I can get pretty
good wages. I've been thinkln' it all
over, an' was askin' some questions
in town today. I can work days an'
go to school nights. An' I'll do It If
It'll get me across. You know what 1
mean. I ain't nskin' no pledges, Ree
nle, but what's the chance? I know I
don't talk right, and I don't eut right
you tried not to notice but you couldn't
help but, Reenle, I think right, an I
zuess with a girl like you that counts
mure tliun catln nnd talkin'."
She hud ihiniaht s-he could say yes
or no to any question lie could ask,
but as he poured forth these plain,
passionate words she found herself
enveloped in a flume that found no ex
pression in speech. She had no
words. She was glad when he went
"I know I'm only a boy an' you're
only a girl. That's why I don't ask
no pledge. I leave you free, only I
want you to stay free until I have
my chance. Will you promise that?"
She tried to pull herself together.
"You know I've had a good time with
you, Dave," she said, "and I've gone
with you everywhere, like I would not
have gone with any other boy I ever
knew, and I've talked and let you talk
about things I never talked about be
fore, and I believe you're true and
clean and and "
"Yes," he said. "What's your an
swer?" "I know you're true and clean," she
repeated. "Come to me like that
when I'm a woman and you're a man,
and then then we'll know."
He was tall and straight, and his
shadow fell across her face, as though
"Reenle," Ho Said, "Kiss Me."
even the moon must not see. "Ree
nle." he said, "kiss me."
For one moment she thought of her
mother. She knew she stood at the
parting of the ways ; that ail life for
her was being molded in that moment.
Then she put both arms about his
neck and drew his lips to hers.
Dave goes to town to seek
(TO BE) CONTINUED.)
It's the Calm Ones Who Get Fat
"So you married that Miss Meek.
I remember her well, a quiet shrink
ing sort of girL"
"Nothing shrinking about her; she's
twice the size ah used to be," Boa