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A HUSTLING TIME B, M. QUAD Copyright, 191_1, by Associated Lit- erary Press. 'ive men sat around a supper table in a farmer's kitchen after a hard day's work in the cornfield. There was Moses Bright, the father, fifty-five years old and a widower; there was Abraham. aged thirty; there was Leviticus. aged twenty- seven; there was Philetus, aged twen- ty-five; there was Aaron, aged twenty- two. Not a son had left home yet. 'Abraham," said the father as the meal was finished, "'there's a widder woman named Parsons bought the Taylor place. She brought with her a span of hosses, four cows, sixty sheep, eight hogs and fifty hens. She's a hustler. She can mow and plow and chop wood." 'What of it?" asked Abraham. "You wash up, grease your boots and hair and go down and ask her to mar- ry you. You are thirty years old, and it's time you were married." Abraham got ready and departed. Moses Bright was boss around that house The young man arrived as the widow was straining the last pail of milk. He sat down on the doorsteps with his back toward her and said never a word. He was in greater fear than as if a bull had been chasing him across the meadow. The widow took notice of him at once and then ignored him for a long ten minutes. Then she stopped singing to say to him: "Get out!" Those were blessed words to Abra- ham. He got. He fairly flew for the first forty rods. When he reached home he found his father sitting in the door, pipe in mouth, and sat down on the nearby wash bench. His broth- era had gone to bed. It was five min- utes before the father took the pipe from his mouth to query: "What'd she say?" " 'Get out'.' " That was all. There was more corn planting next day, but half an hour be- fore quitting time the father said to Leviticus, who was working next to him: "Abraham don't know enough to crawl under a haystack when it's rain- ing pitchforks. You go over there to- night and spark that widder." After supper Leviticus went. It was either suicide or go. He found the widow milking the last of her four cows. She looked up as he entered the barnyard, but neither spoke. The young man stood with his back to the fence and chewed on a straw, and she hummed the air of a hymn as she milk- ed. When she had finished she rose up and asked: "'Any more idiots in this neighbor- bond T" ' Yes--no--yes!" stammered the young man as he made for the highway and item It was potato plantifig next day. At the supper table the father reached for a :bird slice of fried pork and said: "Philetus, ile up and grease up. Four cows, sixty sheep, eight hogs." Philetus turned pale and lost his ap- petite, but he obeyed. He found the widow uprooting burdocks in the front yrd, and before he could say anything she asked: "Ain't there another kid named Aaron 7" 'Yes." "Then run home and send him along and I'll start an infant asylum with hlm!" Aaron went and came back to shake his head and hear his father call him a dinged idiot. That night the four sons entered into a conspiracy, and it was at the breakfast table that Abra- ham said: "Father, the Widder Parsons is a hus- tling widder woman. Two hosses, four cows, sixty sheep, eight hogs and fifty hens." "Weal, what of it?" was asked. "It's your turn to go sparking." 'Boy, don't glmme any seas!" "No use to bluff, father. You either go sparking or we quit the farm." The old man was given the day to consider the matter. When supper was over and without a word to any one he slicked up a bit and took the highway. The widow sat on her doorsteps, smok- ing her pipe. She bowed and made room beside her. Not a word was said for a long minute. Then Moses clear- ed his throat and remarked: "Them four dough headed sons of mine seem to think I'd better get mar- NEW MILLINERY. Pert Arrangement of Plumes AFe' Favored. TRAVELING HAT OF BLUE HEMP. This charming little traveling hat.: deslgned for wear with a trousseau suit of blue cloth, is of blue hemp, the brim being slashed and tied back with ribbon of the same shade. The French plumes are gracefully arranged at the back of the hat. Springtime In the Home. A touch ofpringttme In the living room may be had by a simple change in the window draperie s , substituting some tight flowered summery fabrics for the winter ones which have grown dingy. The color scheme of the curtains may be changed and perhaps a different tone in the wall paper brought out thereby. The wide assortment of beautiful ltn. en and cotton curtain fabrics now to be found in the shops offers many hints by which this change may be brought about. Cretonnes with the black and rich :dark backgrounds are suitable for liv- ing and dining room decorations, and. too. they do not show the soil so quick- ly as do the lighter grounds. Scrims and nets in white, cream, tans and ecrus are particularly well adapted for the window hangings. If the wall papers are flowered then select a plain material and stencil a border in two tones of the paper color ing, but if they arg plain flowered ef fects are very desirable for hangings. Paint with its saving grace will give a brand new appearance to the wlekel furnishings, and the window boxes and flowerpots may be made to lend  striking bit of charm and freshness to tim rooms if treated to a dress of new mint in bright green or red. If the ,honsekeeper will observe some ff these little ideas before the sprln days actually am'ice she will find that she has struck a happy tune for the tired creatures in her home for whose welfare .he is ever most sollcltou what Some Women Pay For Aigrets. Many women object to the wearing of aigrers on account of the cruelty entailed in their production, but there are other mondaines who not only give fabulous prices for these adorn; JEWELED AI6B1Eh ments, but add to the expense by hay- tied ag'in. And being as you appear be alone in the world and being think I'd be happier"-- "Oh, I don't know," interrupted the widow, drawing away a bit. "I'm alone in the world, but I seem to be having a purty good time." "But them fool sons o' mine!" "Yes, I know. It's dreadful to have a lot o' idiots around. You don't say it's love at first sight, do you ?" "'N-o-o. not skassly, but I'm a hus- tling man. and you are a hustling we- lean. and--and"-- "And you think we ought to hustle in this case?" 'q'hat's about it." 'rhen you come along three days from now. after 1 finish planting my taters." And when the father got home and found his four sons waiting and grin- ning he said: "Two hosses, four cows. sixty sheep. eight hogs"-- 'But what of the widderT" was ask- etl. "She's mine. and as she don't like children every last one o' you can pre- pare to hustle out o' this nd take care Of ourlvesl' ............. to ing the algrets threaded with pearls I of great value. In the cut are alrets worn in the hair by wealthy society women that have cost their owners $300 and $600 respectively. " Nine Taxes on a Spring Suit. "Every woman who buys a spring suit must pay at least nine separate taxes on it," saidMrs. W. L. Platten- burg, a prominent Kansas City club- woman, addressing the Athenaeum re- cently. "First, there is the tax the farmer ays on his stock, including the sheep. The commission dealer buys.the wool and pays another tax upon it. The manufacturer makes up three taxes In the price he fixes--one for stock in lrade, one for machlnerand one for dye used in coloring the goods. The wholesaler, the merchant tailor and the retailer follow. Finally to the list must be added the tariff on 'imported wool. "There is only one way to amend such condltlons and that is through [ state and federal constitutional amend- l ments in favor of the land value ax." Personal Use the phone, mall or hand in social or personal items for these columns. R. J. Faussett was in town Tuesday. Mrs. H. H. WeUer visited in Everett Sunday. E. Hazelton was a business visitor in Seattle Monday. Guy Gallagher has gone up to the Stillwater camp. Charles A. Humphrey was a Seattle visitor over the week-end. T. J. McKenzie has moved his family into the Austin home on Lewis street. Mrs. A. H. Boyd has returned to her home in Duvall after a visit at Salem, Ore. Miss McGilvray visited in town the past week with her sister Mrs. F. Carl- quist Charles E. Wagner was a Seattle vis- itor Saturday. Mr. and Mrs. T. J. Wallace spent Friday in Seattle. Mrs. R. Green spent Tuesday after noon in Snohomish. Mrs. F. Feger, of Snohomish, visited her husband here Sunday. Mrs. Ed. Saindon was down from In- dex last week visiting friends. Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Campbell spent Sunday with relatives up the line. Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Dolloff were in Monroe for several days the past week. Miss Rosa Belshaw spent a couple of days in Seattle and Everett early in the week. W. E. MANSFIELD Mrs. Paul Fornier, of Skykomish, spent part of last week with her pa- rents here. W. G. Riley spent a few days in Se- attle looking after the remainder of his interests in that city. Mrs. C. W. Pinkerten, of Cherry Val- ley, went to Presser last week to at- tend the funeral of an uncle. Mrs. A. H. Lemon was down from Tolt at the end of the week visiting her daughter, Mrs. L. Swinnerton. Mrs. AI. Furber was here from Ever- ett at the end of the week visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. S. A. Buck. Miss Graham entertained the teacher's embroidery club Tuesday evening at the home of Mrs. L. Swanson on Madison street. Mesdames H. Ekman, C. Olsen, N. E. Nelson and V. Ekman went to Index Wednesday and spent the day with friends. Miss Frances Brundes returned Sun- day from a few week's visit with her sister at Skykomish where she had been to recuperate after an attack of typhoid fever. The Episcopal ladies held one of their regular monthly socials Wednesday ev- euing at the home of Mrs. R. J. Scott. About fifty-two people were present and all report a pleasant time. Mrs. Ruth A. Smith and Mrs. A. L. Root carried out a delightful surprise on Misses Tuttle and Holcomb Saturday evening. About twenty friends were present who enjoyed the evening with cards and music. R. B. Miller, the well known pear or- chard man from Startup, was in town Monday after appearing before the county commissioners to endeavor to get the elk recently installed in the basin restrained from harming his or- chard. About twenty-five friends led by Mrs. L. P. Orr and Mrs. Tom Stranger gave Mrs. Smith a very delightful surprise party at her home Tuesday evening. Progressive pedro was the amusement of the evening and nice refreshments were served. A. H. Boyd, the prominent general store man of Duvall, was a pleasant caller at this office Tuesday. Mr. Boyd is well satisfied with the success of the new town and states that all the busi-! ness men have been doing fairly well I but are not looking for any particular boom. Mr. Boyd is president of the bank that will soon open. Mr. and Mrs. A. E. Leyde, of Cherry Valley, celebrated their fortieth wed- ding anniversary a week ago and the event was made the occasion of a real surprise upon them by about forty of their friends and neighbors. They were made the recipients of some nice pres- ents and were told in loving words the high appreciation and esteem in which they are" held in the community. The delegation from Monroe to another year to accept another position the in a School near the Canadian line, on i Demoeratie state convention at Walls Walls went over to work for Jack Bird as a delegate to the national convention. E. P. Walker and John Fleming, two of the regularly named delegas, did not go, Mr. Walker not being able to The DRUGGIST i = Had no hand in p00cking today's delegates, but he has had a hand in picking the and " cleanest 00ock of drugs ever shown in Monroe. $1 Mr. and Mrs. A. J. Anderson, of Ta- coma, visited last week with Mr. and  , Mrs. Wm. Lillemoen. R" Miss Ruth Phillips, of Seattle, is the guest this week of Miss Hightower. She is a musician of ability. Miss Gladys Shipp went back to her home at Startup to make preparations NPECIAoN  SALE  to join her father in Alaska. Morris Johnson was up from Everett t on Friday last visiting old friends and t looking after business matters. Elgin Fifteen Jewel i Walter Mansfield spent a day up the new Milwaukee line at the end of the -- i week and came home via. Seattle. Thomas Smith, of California, and his 16 :ize in Dust Proof Case m)ther from Snohomish visited with Mr. and Mrs. W. E. Smith Friday. R. Fleming returned at the end of the week from a visit with friends in Oregon and left Saturday night for the CARLQUIST BROS., Jewelers east. ', The Misses Fleming, Mrs. H. K. ,gcti4It Stockwell, and Dr. Soll and Dr. Moul- ton were in Everett Tuesday evening O  -e I i ,mm nd attended the rink. I Mr. and Mrs. J. W. O'Neill visited GROCERIES FLOUR i friends in Duvall and at the O'Neil- Gowan mill one day the past week and Monroe Grocery Co were greatly surprised with the change : up the valley. S V P Mr. and Mrs. Porter and their daugh- CAREFUL ER ICE AND PROM T DELIVERY ter and her husband comprised an auto I arty from Everett that were enter- YOUR PATRONAGE SOLICITED I tained at dinner by Mr. and Mrs. L. P. Orr, of Park Place, Wednesday. Mr. and Mrs. E. E. Johnson enjoyed FEED HAY a visit this week from Mrs. James | Sheehan and son, of Minneapolis, who e II , I a= me is coming out to make her home on the Mrs. Sheehan is a daughter of O " II O  A Sound. Mr. James O'Neil. | Mr. and Mrs. F. J. Bartels and Mr.  Painting and Decorating ! and Mrs. Roswell Countryman and Miss NO Job too Large No Job too Small Alice Knowles, of Seattle, "hit the trail" to Lake Hannah Monday and for us to tackle. We are prepared to estimate on every class of work camped out over night. The fishing and can give you the very highest service. It is worth while to was not any good. have your painting, papering and decorating done by expert workmen. On Tuesday evening at the home of It means satisfection and a real money saving in the end. Talk it over I Mr. and Mrs. M. Lundstam the Epworth with us. 00ea00eoftho M E church gave one ' N. T BI00ADLEY of their very pleasant socials. A num- . :ber of people were present and all en- - I i lll0nO joyed themselves. I I I III II -- A nUmber of Yoeman friends plan- e@@@@ee@@@ ned a surprise on Attorney G. F. Cook $ J. A. VANASDLEN, Notary [ublic. J.C. FALCONER, Notary Public Wednesday evening at the home of Mrs Ge'W'Evansntheccasinf= Mo[oe Real Estate & Loan Co his birthday, but the guest of honor failed to appear. He was kept away t II by business matters out of town. i Timber ]Lands, Farm and Mr. and Mrs. Emmett, of Park Place, entertained Sunday at their home Mrs. r  Randall and daughter, Carrie, from Ev- City :Property, ]ire Insurance I erett, Messrs. and Mesdames Merri- field, Brundes and daughters, Francis 0  i and Maxine, and their daughter, Mrs. Corner Main and terry treets Paul Fournier, of kykomish, and her daughter, Louise. , 4444.4,44@414444.44,4 Miss Danforth has resigned after re- election to the grade schools here for 4@4@@@@@@@$@Ie$#$#$$$$$$$  Ill[ SCANDINAVIAN BAR i account of the fact that her parents, Mr. and Mrs H. S. Danforth, are plan- ning to move to British Columbia for Mrs. Danforth's health. Misses May Fleming, Lucille Parkin- go and Mr. Fleming having strongly son and Dorothy Bird had the honor of expressed dislike to being caught at sitting among the graybeards at the Walls Walls. Their proxies were taken democratic state convention at Walls byE. M. Price and E. Dubuque. Part Walls as delegates from Snohomish Healy also went as a delegate holding county. They accompanied the Monroe the proxy of N. M. Baxter, of Sultan. delegation from Seattle and proxies Mrs. Vanasdlen and Mrs. Dubuque ac- were secured for them from some Sno- companied the delegates, homish delegates who did not go, by tel- egraph. Whooping Cough H.L. Allen, of Cherry Valley, was a This is a more dangerous disease than visitor at the horse show at Vancouver is generally presumed. It will be last week and came back greatly im- surprise tomany to learn that more pressed with tle work the British deaths result from it than from scarlet Columbia people are doing in building fever. Pneumonia often results from good roads. "Wherever you go they it. Chamborlain's Cough Remedy has are putting macadam down," he said, been used in many epidemics of whoop- ing cough, and always wth the best results. Delbert MeKeig, of Harlan, Iowa, says of it: "My boy took whoop- ing cough when nine months old. He had it in the winter. I got a bottle of Chamberlain's Cough Remedy which roved good. I cannot recommend it too highly." For sale be W. E. Mans- field. FRED OARDELL, Proprietor A Popular 13entlemen's P, esort Complete Stock of Wines, |Aquors and Cigars " Years of experience and courteous treatment of patrons is responsible for our success. ! 00ONI00OE GENERAL HOSPITAL Monroe, Washington C. H. SELL, M. D. II. K. STOCKwELL, M. D. A modern hospital for the treatment of medical, surgical and obstetrical cases. For Rates Apply to Matron "andthey seem to take it as a matter of course that good roads are the first things needed in developing the country." All the nice little extra things in woman's and children's wear that you usually only get in the city stores, you can depend on finding here. Monroe Cash Store, Mrs. NelIa Spauldiug. - . I " .