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Good Implement House Will Pay for
Itself Long Before It Wears Out
By JOHN ELK IN S
(Copyright by W. a. Chapman.)
RUCE FENTON was walking
briskly awuy from the barber’s
when a man blocked his way.
“ Isn't this IJruce Fenton?” he
“ Why, Jack Forbush!” exclaimed
the other with hand extended. “ Where
did you hail from?"
“ Come and dine with roe, and I’ll tell
"Thanks, I can’t I’ve a special en
“ Oh, come now,’’ urged Forbush. “ I
haven’t seen you In seven yenrs.
You’ve got to eat somewhere, and we’ll
Fenton went somewhat under pro
test, but the delight of again seeing
his old friend was too great a tempta
tion to set aside. He was ushered
Into an apartment handsomely fur
nished In the oriental style. A subtle
odor o f exquisite perfume was every
“ Well, you must have been knock
ing around In the Far East!" observed
“ I have.”
Fenton, looking about the room, dis
covered a slender thread o f blue
smoke rising from a cublnet In a
"Where did you find that Incense
burner? It’s wonderful?”
Forbush smiled a bit mysteriously.
“ I promised not to tell,” he said.
Fenton looked questlonlngly -it the
“ Have you become a
Parsee, a Roslcruoian, or a Brahmin?”
Perhaps a little of all three,” was
the rather ambiguous answer.
The dinner was extremely good, and
well-served by an Irreproachable wait
er. After the second course Fenton
nervously looked at his watch.
“ I must be out of here In fifteen
minutes,’’ he said.
"W h a t! You don’t mean to slight
my dinner that way?"
“ I’m sorry— but I told you I had a
“ Pretty woman?" ventured Forbush
a trifle sardonically.
“ The loveliest In the w orld!"
“ I thought so. To most men there
are only two Important engagements,
business and women. That careful
manicuring seemed to point toward a
lady. Rut am I not to have a peep
"Perhnps sc, some day."
“ After she Is securely yours?”
“Exactly. After that.”
Fenton beamed. It was his turn to
Ills friend re
garded him curiously. Fenton meeting
his eye became serious.
“ Somehow, you don’t seem to b«
the same man I used to know," he
"Perhnps I'm not.’’ laughed Forbush.
"You know nftcr seven years we may
not have one atom o f our old selves.
I hope I haven’t."
"Your eyes hnve changed," said the
other man slowly and curiously. Then
he looked at his watch. "Only ten
minutes more.” And he vigorously
attacked his satad.
“ I'll bet you stay half an hour,"
laughed his host.
“ Bet I don’t.”
“ Fifty dollars.”
“ Lord! You are hard hit, old chap."
"Put up your money,” laughed Fen
ton. I can use It Just now ”
Forbush hastily wrote a check which
the other covered with bills.
“ What did yon mean about my eyes
looking strange?” asked Forbush. “ I
wish you'd look carefully, and tell me.”
Fenton looked searchlngly Into hla
host's eyes. They seemed to hold
his gaze In aome unaccountable way.
He did not speak, but sat still as
though fas. Inated Presently 1^ eyes
closed, and he snnk back In the chair.
Forbush regarded the sleeping man
with an amused smile. He took out
hla watch, laid tt down on the pile
o f bank notes, and carefully noted the
“ I guess she'll forgive him If he'e
fifteen minutes late.” he said to him
He picked up an evening paper and
■canned the contents. After a time
he again consulted hla watch, and
gave a alight Start. “ Oh, well, only
eight minutes overtime for good meas
ure." he thought, and going to the
sleeping man. he began making passes
over hi* fare, at the same time calling
him by name. Rut his subject did
not respond as he had expected. He
tried all the means of which he knew
to bring the man out o f hla hypnotic
steep. The more nervous and terrified
he became the less effect he knew
he was having on the unconscious
man. He dreaded calling In help for
fear of the consequences to himself.
After working over Fenton for nearly
By W. A. RADFORD
In order to give full value, the
Mr. William A. Kailford will answer machine shed'should be properly de
questions and give advice KREK OF signed and built. A good roof Is Im
COST on all problems pertaining to tha
subject of building work on the farm, portant and It Is desirable to have
for the readers of thla paper. On ac the shed built tight and equipped with
count of his wide experience as editor, dose fitting doors to keep out sun
author and manufacturer, hs la, with
out douht, the highest authority on ths light, rain, snow and dust and to
subject. Address all Inquiries to W i l prevent chickens from getting Into
liam A. Radford, No. 1127 Prairie ave the building. The design of the shed
nue, Chicago, 111., and only inclose should be such that machinery can
two-cent stamp for reply.
be put In and taken out easily. In
Illinois farmers lose $1,387,500 ar. audition, the shed should be so located
nunlly through their failure to house that no time and labor will be lost
farm machinery and protect It from In getting back and forth between
the weather, according to It. I. Shawl, It and the fields. A third point Is
a inetnher of the /’arm tnechanca de that the shed must be used by the
partment at the college of agriculture. farmer, since no money will be saved
University of Illinois. Ten per cent, If the Implements are left standing
or $22,200,000 worth, of farm machin outside the building.
ery In the state is left out in the open,
Aside from saving machinery, a good
As a result the average Implement shed adds to the efficiency
life of It Is reduced from sixteen yenrs of the furm by providing favorable
to eight years, as shown In statistics working conditions so that repairs,
gathered by agricultural colleges. overhauling and adjustments can be
Since this $22,200,000 worth o f ma made In the winter when both time
chinery Insts only eight years, the and cheap labor are available to do
annual depredation on It Is $2,775,000, such work. Indirect advantages which
whereas If It were properly housed add to the value of shedding machin
and protected It would last sixteen ery are the saving In time required
yeurs and the annual depredation to limber up the machines and the
would then be reduced to $1,387,500. fewer delays at critical times from
Similar results could be obtained in the breaking of a part rusted or weak
all sections of the rountry.
ened by exposure.
Pretty Houses Attract
Small House o f Brick
More to Neighborhood
Has Low Upkeep Figure
One beautiful home of assured per
Ry disseminating the Information
manence attracts others of tha same nmong small wage earners that the
value and thereby Increases It* own small brick house actually costs no
value as well as the real estate values more than a house of less durable con
of tha community.
struction, If the upkeep costs are
Tills attraction la mnde stronger taken Into account for a period of
when tha construction ts of a type ten or twelve year*, we feel that this
which Increases the fire-safeness of Industry la rendering a real service.
the locality. Tha better residence sec
And not only the wage earner, but
tions of most communities recognise
people who are In easier financial cir
this In their building restrictions.
cumstances do not always realize the
Furthermore, tha wise home-builder
truth of the economics o f home build
looks forward to the possible time ing. taking one material as against
when be may want to sell his bouse. snother. And In the long run building
Will It depreciate heavily with the the walls of homes with brick does
raising years, or will It show in
not work a hardship on the lumber
creased value? The homes covered Industry.
with Portland cement stucco will, as
Government experts and others
a rule. Increase In value na the years
hsve pointed ont that the forests of
go by, because they are permanent In
the country sre diminishing at an
alarming rate, and the present produc
Old but well built houses may be
tion of lumber cannot continue for a
rejuvenated and thetr appearance
great many more years.
changed at a minimum cost with port-
homes o f brick Is to conserve lumber.
land cement stucco. Execlient exam
Just as much wood Is nsed In the In
ples of such work are found In almost
terior o f the hon*e for partitions,
floors and finish as would be used In
An exterior envelope of stucco, a
a frame bouse, the only difference te
new porch, a sun parlor, perhaps new
that the outside walls sre bnllt o f a
windows, will bring about a complete
material that will protect the Inside
trails format Ion.
lumber from decay and give It a life
three to four times as long as If the
Provide Rear Stairs
whole house had been constructed of
I f Space Permits
I f space la available and the pocke»-
hock permits, provide a rear stairway
aa well aa a main one, so that the
maid or even the housewife may go
■p or down stalra without passing
through the main hall or the living
Every housewife knows the
vnlue o f auch a stairway.
anve many stepa and at time* permit
the ladle# to skip upstairs and quickly
arrange to meet a welcome visitor or
to avoid an unwelcomo one.
More than likely the cellar stain»
need attention. Thla la a fine time
of year to giro them a coat of dark
colored durable paint that will make
them neater In appearance and much
easier to clean. The walla and hand
rail are finished In white, thus through
better lighting there Is lesa danger
of any one falling while rolng to tha
cellar to look aftor tho furnace.
an hour, the young man opened his
eyes, staring about in bewilderment.
“ Hurry, Bruce, hurry!” cried For
bush, almost dragging him from the
“ What is the matter? Have I been
He clutched his watch,
looked ut the time, his face went ashy
white, and he staggered back, catch
ing at the table "D e v il! You drugged
me !'* He sprang at the other man,
clutching at his throat.
Forbush held him off while he spoke.
"No, no, Bruce, I mesmerized you, Just
to win the bet. I meant to wake you
up on time, and— I couldn't.”
Fenton dashed to the telephone. His
hand trembled so he could scarcely
hold the receiver. Finally he got his
number. “ It’s Bruce Fenton. Yes—
yes. Tell her I ’ll be there In half an
hour.” And he hung up the receiver.
“ My God!’’ he groaned. “ What will
she think o f me? Do you know what
you have done? It Is nine o’clock. I
was to have been married at half-past
The face of the other man Went
almost as white as his.
“ Oh, forgive me, old man! I didn’t
“ You must come with me now,” said
Bruce, and the two men rushed out,
hailed a tnxi and were soon on the
way to Fenton’s hotel. The clerk at
the desk, frightened and anxlou3, met
Fenton with a string of telephone calls
and messages. The excitement at the
home of the bride had penetrated the
place, and curious groups stared at
the two men. Fenton made the hasti
est toilet of his life ; but, In spite of
it all, he found after he was in the
taxi he would be nearer an hour than
thirty minutes late.
“ It’s all of three miles to the house,”
he groaned. "My God, what can I
“ You will have to tell the truth,"
said Forbush. v'slbly wincing.
“They won’t believe me.”
Forbush was forced to acknowledge
that probably they wouldn’t. As they
neared the house he begged to be al
lowed to remain outside and wait, as
he was not In evening dress, but the
distracted bridegroom would take no
denial. Forbush effaced himself In a
corner o f ihe hall as his friend, rush
ing pell mell past the curious guests,
sought the presence of the bride-elect.
She was white, tearless and unfor
"Go In there and explain to the
guests. I shall be behind these por
tieres listening. I f I open them you
may come and get me. I f I do not,
there will be no ceremony."
"But Ethel— ”
“ I advise you to do ns she says."
broke In her father sternly. “ It has
been all we could do to keep her from
an entire collapse. She must have
The chatter among the guests In
stantly hushed as Fenton appeared
In the drawing room. He told his
experience exactly ns It had happened.
It seemed to Fenton after he had
finished as though the silence would
crush him. He looked townrd the
They remained tightly
closed. Just then a noise from an
automobile enabled some of the men
near the door to Indulge In comment.
The noise ceased so suddenly that the
word “ rowdy” came out unpleasantly
“That’s a lie !" rang out a voice
loud enough to be heard by all, and
Forbnsh strode Into the room and
faced the astonished assembly.
“ .Tack Forhush!" cried two or three
voices at once. He waved back the
outstretched hands. "W a it!" he de
manded. “ I ought to be kicked In
stead of being spoken to. 1 am the
one responsible for all this. But I
want you to know T never dreamed
It was his wedding night.”
Bruce looked toward the portieres.
They were tightly closed. He turned
appealingly to Forbush, and his friend
“ Whoever said that word Yowdy’
onght to apologize!” cried Forhush.
” Mr. Fenton never touched a thing.
When I chaffed him about his total
abstinence he— well. I think I must
tell yon what he said—If he will allow
He looked at Fenton, who
nodded his acquiescence. ’Jack,’ he
said. T used to take too much. One
year ago I promised to leave It alone.
I f I hadn't kept my promise. I wouldn’t
fce fit to face the woman I love.
That’s the one thing she would not
forgive. It's all due to her that I'm
the decent fellow I am today.’
" I can tell you I was pretty much
■shamed at having urged him. Rut
when I could not awaken him, I was
so frightened and anxious that I forced
s few drops of brandy Into his mouth
I wouldn’t think It necessary to tell
all this but for that remark. It means
too much to go unexplained.
"Jack! Tou roacal r broken In on#
o f the m^Ti. “I can believe you did It,
since you played that sleep trick on
“Rut I want It understood." he an
swered seriously, “ this Is the last tlm*
I play with hypnotism."
Rruce. watching with despairing
eye# the closed portieres, saw them
open. A woman In whit# raiment
waited for him.
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