IN the lamp-lit smoke-haze of the Wet Nugget Saloon, tense over a table, Frenchy Le Banc talked rapidly with tongue, hands and shoulders. “Mais, w’at eef McLeod he have stake you? W’at eef he have nurse me w’en I’m cut de leg? So, den, because, mus’ we starve? Or work lak dog on de mine, t'ree dollair day? An’ was you fault you gone broke? Was my fault de axe she’s slip?” A whisky-moist fist crashed on the sodden board.By LOVELL COOMBS11 min
SHE had come to Carlsbad with her maid, her motor, a gay party of friends and her husband and his “liver.” He had been sent by his chief, the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, to try his mettle in an effort to unravel a tangled diplomatic situation with the Turkish Ambassador, who also had a “liver.By MARGARET M. HARLAN26 min
ON a narrow, little stream, which runs between bits of land down in swampy Florida, could be heard the swish, swish of a boat. It was a flat-bottomed boat, such as is used by fisher folk. It was used by fisher folk. But they were not professional fishers, though they handled the boat as if they might be.By MARGARET BELL10 min
THE story is told of a quack doctor who, lacking knowledge of the theory of medicine relied upon records of his experience in his case book. Being called in to treat a carpenter in a fever, he prescribed some bread pills, thinking that they would be harmless at least.By GEO. H. SHEPARD15 min
IN the midst of the woods by a big spruce tree, the brown bear stopped short in his aimless amble and sniffed. Something was happening—or had happened. It wasn’t the staccato yelping of a company of wolves who were running around in circles, snarling and snapping; that’s the way they have of palming off ten as a hundred.By WILFRID HUBBARD14 min
THIS is the day of the anti-militarist” and the preacher of peace. The ancient but reprehensible practice of settling disputes by actual combat, whether between individuals or nations has, they tell us, fallen into disrepute. In its place we are to have arbitration, a lever, say its disciples, which is to hoist the millenium into being a few thousand years ahead of its accepted time.By COL. WINTERS12 min
THERE are all sorts of things to see in London. The guide book will tell you to be sure and go through the Tower, and pay a visit to the British Museum, and on no account to miss Buckingham Palace, where the King lives, and the spot in Whitehall, marked by a tablet, from which a king stepped out to his death.By HUGH S. EAYRS9 min
"I AM so full of happiness,” said a child, that I could not be any happier unless I could grow.” It was N. P. Willis who added to the beatitudes, “Blessed are the joy-makers”; and if all parents understand that the child’s mission is to keep joy alive in the world, children universally would be the object of our greatest tenderness and reverence.By DR. ORISON SWETT MARDEN11 min
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