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East and the
By II . M. EGBERT
(Copyright. WIS. by V. Q. Chapman.)
Will Thorpo had been sent West
three years before. Ho had been an
Idler and extravagant; at last his fa
ther, who had always dealt with the
boy rather harshly, refused to assist
him further unless ho entered his Iron
foundry' and settled down. Angry
words had arisen, and in tho end Will
had packed his sultcaso and gone
West with a hundred dollars In his
His sweetheart. Marion Vanstttart.
had scolded htm for his decision. She
had reminded him, petulantly, that she
could neither marry a poor man nor
wait for ever. Ho had kissed her and
told her that he would return with his
fortune mado. And for a few months
she had written. Then her letters be
came shorter and less frequent; finally
they ceased altogether.
It was more, thun two years slnco
he had heard from her. And gradual
ly tho new life had woven Itself about
him. and be had ceased to care.
Then he had received a mysterious.
Rode Slowly Down the Valley.
unsigned message asking him to be nt
the railway depot at a certain hour, to
meet tho train. And he had gone, to
find Jim Tremont waiting there. Jim
was passing through on his way to
California, ho told him, and he had
heard be was in that part of the
country. Did Will know that his fa-
ther was dead and he was tho sole
heir to five million dollars? Ho had
better write home quickly, becauso ev-
eryone was searching for him, and he
had only beard of his address by
"I suppose you'll be back East In a
week, and holding out at tho club,"
said Jimmy casually, as bo shook
hands and said good-by.
It was that that made Will think
he bad really changed. How could he
associate those elusive memories
which be bad almost forgotten with
this life that bad taken possession of
He thought of Norma Gale, the
daughter of tho old homesteader
down tho valley. How was ho to tell
her? The girl, educated and refined
as were all the people of the district,
was utterly unpresentable in the sort
of society in which ho had moved
Sho had never worn a gown with a
low neck In her life. Sho would be
helpless among a crowd of people such
as Marlon Vansittort!
Yet It never occurred to Will that
ho could do anything but go. It had
never entered his mind that ho waB
to stay permanently in tho West.
A man on horseback was riding up
to bis cabin. Will watched him as ho
approached. Visitors wero something
of an event in tho settlement, and
Will knew the rider as tho telegraphist
in tho cluster of houses that had
grown up around tho depot and was
called a city.
"Wlro for you, Thorpe!" ho an
Will took tho message and opened It
Ho stared at it as If ho did not un
derstand. It was from Marlon. She
had learned his address, sho said
probably overyono could discover tho
address of a millionaire and flno was
passing through on her way East from
the San Francisco exposition. She
-would stay, an hour while they changed
engines. Would he meot her?
"Thanks," said Will to tho telegraph
ist, and watched him rldo down the
Yes, be was going East, and rolnr
back to Marlon. For n moment tl
old life came rushing over him. wll
Its memories, Its thousand nllun
ments. And tho now life meant notl
Ho mounted his horso and rodn
slowly down tho valley. Ho had no
destination In mind, hut suddenly ho
realized thai ho. was approaching tho
homesteader's house. And ixt tho door
stood Norma, In hor sunbonnet.
Sho greeted him, "Won't you come
In and tnko some ten?" sho asked,
"I hear you nro going East, Mr.
He dismounted, and now ho saw
that her llpa wero trembling. How
had sho known ho was going East?
Did nows tly as fast In this settlement
as In tho great world? And what did
It matter to hor?
"Ve3, I am going East. Norma," ho
answered, Hiking her hands In bis.
"I 1 congratulate you," sho an
swered quietly. llut ho saw tho tears
In her eyes.
"You have meant so much to mo,"
ho said Impulsively. "I hnto tho
thought of going. And yet It Is my
duty, I suppose."
"Then you must go," said tho girl
softly. She was smiling very bravely
at hlra. "Won't you come In?"
"No I can't now." ho said crudely.
"Norma. I shall I shnll see you again
before I go."
She nodded, and he know tho mean
ing of her slleuce. Tho girl cared for
him, and In her unsophisticated wny
was lncapablo of concealment. Ho
saw her walk back quickly Into tho
Marlon's train was to nrrlvu tho fol
lowing morning. Will rodo down to
tho depot with a heavy heart Tho
old and tho new were tugging at It
and ho did not know which pulled blm
Tho train was pulling In. Ho had
stood on the platform In a sort of
daze. Now ho awakened suddenly,
and ho folt his heart beating bard In
anticipation. Tho men about tho plat
form wero watching him curiously. Ho
looked into tho carriages of tho train
as it camo to a halt. Ho walked it
length. Marlon was not thcro. Had
she missed her train?
"Still dreaming. Will?" asked a hard
volco over his shoulder.
He started round, to sec Marlon,
with a party of girl friends, dressed In
tho height of fashion, looking at him
with a smile.
"Dear me, I must bo very hard to
find." sho said. "Well! When nro
you coming homo?"
Tho hardness of her tones struck
him like a blow. Surely ho hod
changed out of all recognition If ho
had ever thought Marlon's volco beau
tiful. Tho girl whom ho had loved
to tho point of Infatuation stood re
vealed to him as an artificial, hard
young woman, without tho slightest
"I think It was very wrong of you
not to write to mo for so long," sho
continued. "Hut I forglvo you, Will.
We can forglvo a man with millions
anything, can't we, Dora?"
Tho girl addressed as Dora mur
mured something. Tho whole party
was taken aback, not to say shocked,
at tho sight of this man In the cowboy
clothes. And he was a millionaire!
Ho was Will Thorpe of Harvard and
Perhaps Marlon shrewdly divined
tho change that had occurred In him,
for she drew him aside.
"Will. I know I ought to have been
more serious," sho said, "Out you
can't think how startling and ridicu
lous you look, dressed llko ono of
theso natives. Listen, Will, and let
mo explain. I have always cared for
you just as much, but I couldn t bo
engaged to a beggar. You seo that
for youself, don't you? And every
body understood that your father was
going to cut you out of his will, in
stead of leaving you tho solo heir. I
am Just as fond of you, Will."
Will Thorpo looked at her with slow
ly rising anger. Sho did not realize
what she waB saying. Had ho over
been like that? Was that tho kind of
man that he had been, that sho so con
fldently Imagined ho was still?
"So when aro you coming homo,
Will?" sho continued. "When aro you
coming homo to me?" sho added
Tho train conductor blow bis whls
tlo. Will looked her full In tho face,
"Never!" ho answered roughly.
The party was moving toward tho
train. Will saw tho look of amazed
Indignation upon Marlon's faco. Ho
broko from her. . Ho mounted tho
horso that waB tethered to a post out
sldo the depot. Tho train was start'
ing. Hut Will was riding for tho
mountain slopes, and his "novor" rang
In his ears llko tho Bound of a chantod
Ho flung himself from his horso at
tho cabin door which hid at, that mo
ment all that llfo held most precious
"Norma!" ho shouted, bammorlng
with bis knuckles.
He heard her footsteps; ho saw her
stand befoio him; ho caught her In
"Norma! I have como homo to
you," he cried.
tltbon'a Beautiful Harbor.
POKTUGAL, tho most recent na
tion to bo drawn Into tho mael
strom of tho European war,
was onco a part of tho ancient
Roman provlnco of Lusltanln, sayj
a bulletin Issued by tho National Geo
With a population scarcely oxcoed
Ing tho combined population of Now
York city. Jersey City, and Nownrk,
and an area In Europo loss than tho
stato of Indiana, Portugal has not
played a major role In tho politics of
continental Europo In many years,
not, In fact, slnco Wollesloy, after
ward tho Duko of Wellington, land
ed his English forces and, with tho
aid of natlvo troops, defeated Snult
and Mnssona, Napoleon's marshnls. In
tho two peninsular campaigns.
Hut tho colonial cmplro of Portugal
Is out of all proportion to tho Im
portance of tho homo country. In
fact there wero, nt tho beginning of
tho war, only three other countries In
Europe Grent Hrltaln, France, and
Germany- whoso Hags llontod over
moro territory boyond the boundaries
of tho homo country. Tho combined
area of tho Now England and North
Atlantic states would equal less thnn
one-fourth of tho territory under tho
dominion of tho tiny ropubllc occupy
Ing tho western edgo of tho Iborlan
peninsula, whoso navigators In tho llf
tccnth and sixteenth contury wero tho
wonders of the world. Yet nil this
vast territory Is hold by 8,000 colo
nial troops, supplemented by natlvo
Peasants Are Poets.
A curious anomaly Is to bo found
among the peasants of Portugal, who
aro classified as among tho most 11
lltcrato of Western Europe, yet among
tho most Intelligent. Many of tho
farmers three-fifths of tho population
is devoted to agricultural pursuits
have a remarkable gift for versifica
tion, and many of tho poomo of tho
country aro handed down from gen
eration to generation without bolng
recorded. Tho pensants also nro noted
for their sobriety, and yet tho annual
production of wino exceeds 20 gallons
for each Inhabitant. So great. In fact,
Is tho product of tho vineyards that
In the cities tho various qualities of
water nro discussed with koonor in
terest than tho grades of wino.
Whllo Portugal's maritime glory Is
a thing of tho past, a largo numbor
of Portuguese still follow tho Boa for
a livelihood, and tho fishing Industry
Is Important. Tho Portuguese sar
dines, however, aro preserved In Ital
ian ollvo oil, although one-fifteenth of
tho cultivated area of tho nation Is
given over to ollvo groves, for tho pro
duction of oils of a cheap grndo.
Tho Portuguoso peasant woman Is
an Important bread winner, but sho
receives for her day's labor of 10
hours In tho Hold only a shilling or
less, while tho men get two slillllngB.
Ono of tho profitable- and oxtromoly
popular "Industries" of the rural pop
ulation 1b a placid laying In wait for
tourlsta who uttcmpt to motor through
tho country on tho lcsstfroquentod
and often lmpassablo public roads.
With an ox-team tho poasant waits at
a favorablo spot until a motorUt,
traveling on an automobllo on which
an Import tax of 120 has been col
lected by tho Portuguese government,
sticks In tho mud. To haul out Buch
en unfortunate Is often moro profit-
nhlo than several days' work In tho
wheat, mnlzu, or rlco Holds.
tltbon'a Beautiful Harbor.
Tho harbor of Lisbon, where tho
seizure of, tho Gurmau merchant ships
precipitated Portugal Into tho war, Is
onu of tho most beautiful In nil Eu
ropo, ranking scnrcoly second to Na
ples and Constantinople. Tho city Is
about tho size of Pittsburgh, and has
been tho political center of tho na
tion slnco It was wrested from tho
Moors In tho middle of tho twelfth cen
tury by Affonso Honrlques, thu founder
of tho kingdom. It was tho English
who aided Affonso In his war agnlnst
tho Moors, and tho following century
tho two countries effected nn alliance
which has existed unbroken during tho
succeeding 700 years, save for such
sporadic Interruptions as whun Na
poleon forced tho llttlo kingdom to de
clare war ngalnst tho Island omplru.
Tho Portuguese, especially thoso of
LlBbon, aro a pleasuro-lovlng pooplo.
Thoy aro fond of sports of muny sorts,
Including tho bull fight, hut tho tore
ador Is not tho Idol In this country that
ho Is In Spain, nor nro tho contests
as florco. Horses aro seldom If ever
sucrlflcod lu Portuguese trocuderos.
Lisbon Is an oven greator "night
city" than was Paris, tho streets ap
pearing nt thulr buslost usually at 3
a. in. Tho principal thoroughfuroB aro
admirably kept nowadays but ns late
as 1S35 a "clean-up" campaigner was
In a woeful minority when ho began
to urgo tho authorities to put a stop
to such practices as breaking horses
In the stroets and singeing pigs In tho
main avenues of trade. Ho also pro
tested against keeping plgfl allvo In
tho streets "or tied to tho doors,"
whllo ho thought It advlsablo to put
an end to tho custom of allowing dead
animals to lie for Indefinite periods In
There nro about 100 Journals pub
lished In Portugal, thu majority of
those being of a political nature, and
many of them uro owned by tho lend
ers of the various political parties.
It has been said that "If Lisbon
turns Turk tomorrow nil Portugal will
wear tho turban," so when tho mon
archy was overthrown In l'JIO, iiftor
100 persons hud been killed and COO
wounded In tho cupltal, King Manuel
taking refugo lu England, It was u
matter of courso that thu rust of tho
nation would qulotly acqulcsco In tho
now order of things. Portugal today
lniH much tho same outward form of
government us our own. Each par
liament Is supposed to lust three years;
senators urn elected for six years, and
presidents for four yeara. Tho hoad
of tho government receives $20,000 a
year. Money, however, Is reckoned
chiefly In roiH, und, therefore, oven
u duy laborer's wugcH lu swoot to tho
car, for It tukes 20 rols to mako, a
Portugal's trnnscondaut contribu
tion to world history was tho coloniza
tion of Ilruzll, tho largest nation in
South Amorlca und thu third largest
In tho Western hemlsphoro, Whllo
Hrazll was discovered by Columbus'
companion, Plnzon, and formal possoa
ulon taken by him In tho 'name of
Spain, Cabral landed In 1500, a year
later, and proclaimed It Portuguoso
territory. Portugul settled tho coun
try and ruled It until 1822 when, un
der tho leadership of tho Portuguese
prlnco, Doin Pedro, indopondonce front
tho mother county was doctored.
FAiniGO PLEA8E MR. BOOK-CASE.
"Thu fnlrlon nro tho best llttln penco
makers lu tho world." began daddy,
mi tin tmw tbnt tho children wero
ready to hear what tho fairies hnd
huon doing nil day.
"Last night," ho wont on. "Iho book
citsn In n nursery liocamo very, very
angry. Ho just tnlknd and mutlorod
to hlmsolf nil night Every llttlo wiiuo
tho children would wnko up for thoy
could hoar the book-enso scolding
nwny. Of course thoy didn't know
that tho bookeusti was really tnlklug
mid scolding. Thoy thought It was
only a croaking they hoard but It wnko
them up uvor so many times.
"That was Just what tho book-caso
wanted. Ho was feeling so angry, ho
JiihI wnutud to wnko up tho llttlo hoys
and girls who wuru sleeping In tho
"'Well.' ho creaked, '1 am too mad
to stand here any moro. I think !
will Just full down. That would bo a
"Now, Don't Bo Anory, Mr. Book
Case." good Joko. That would mako all tho
llttlo boys and girls appreciate what
I am. What would happen to all their
favorite picture books If 1 fell down?
Yes, what Indued?
'"And how about thoso books of
ships nnd plrntcs and adventures that
tho creatures thoy rail hoys Ilka?
What would happen to them If I fell
down and dropped them nil? Or tho
books they pnlut In und cut out paper
'"Thoy would all havo tholr covers
broken and no doubt tho pages of n
great many would fall out They
would havo fallen nut long ago, and
thu covers would havo boon broken It
they had not had mo to hold them.
" 'Now what makes mo so mnd Is Hint
thesa children wero talking toduy, and
they said they could uso mu out In tho
back yard for tholr snowballs, snow
leu crenm and such nnnsonso lu (ho
winter nnd in tho spring, dear, dear
mu,' und at this thu book-caHo would
have crlod If ho had only known how,
'thoy even sold I could bo used for
mud plus. They said thoy didn't need
mo any moro. Thoy could put tholr
books In the closet. In tho cold, dnrk,
dreary closet. Poor, doar books. And
I hnva treated them so well nnd been
so fond or thorn. I will Just havo to
fall down and lose my temper and
crush with rage for 1 am not appre
ciated. Oh, It's very and.'
"All this time tho fairies hod bcon
listening. Thoy had folt very badly
that the book-caso was behaving so
disgracefully and when thoy saw ho
was really In enrnast thoy Just began
to talk to him.
"Thoy ran along tho sholves nnd
crawled In and out of tho books nnd
said to tho book-caso:
"'Now, don't bo nngry Mr, Hook
case. It really won't do tho slightest
bit of good. And as for that croaking.
It is most unkind of you. Poor llt
tlo boys and girls! Wouldn't you lot
them have a good night's sleep? Wo
don't really think you mean to bo un
kind but see how thoy nro tossing
overy tlmu you creak, and thoy aro so
"'Hut,' said tho book-enno, 'I havo
been so good to all tholr books. My
broad sholves havo held thorn up and
I havo taken such enro of them. I am
hurt becauso thoy think that now I
don't need to look aftor books but'eon
bo used for snowballs and mud plos to
go on my hIioIvor,'
" 'Thoy rcnlly lovo you,' said tho llt
tlo fairies, 'but how thoy huvo grown
thoughtless. Thoy will lovo you Just
as much Inter on for holding their
books und In tho monntlmo wo will
koep you choorcd up playing hldo-nnd
go-sook botwoon your precious books. "
Didn't Ask for Plo.
Allen, aged flvo, wus passing tho
afternoon with his aunt In tho Buburhs,
ind aftor ho hud boon at play for a
.Imo ho said! "Aunt Mary, mamma
said I wasn't to ask you for a ploco of
plo, but she didn't toll ma not to tako
it if you offered it to mo."
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