The Rusk Cherokeean (Rusk, Tex.), Vol. 3, No. 37, Ed. 1 Friday, March 17, 1922 Page: 3 of 8
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THE RUSK CHEROKEEAN
lor m I
By BOOTH TARKINGTON
Copyright fay Doubl d«y. ff 6 Company ;
Synopsis.—With his grandfather,
•mall Ramsey Milholland Is watch-
ing the "Decoration Day Parade"
In the home town. The old gentle-
man, a veteran of the Civil war,
endeavors to Impress the young-
ster with the significance of the
great conflict, and many years aft-
erward the boy whs to remember
his words with startling vividness.
In the schoolroom, a few years
afterward, Ramsey Is not distin-
guished for remarkable ability,
though bis pronounced dislikes are
arithmetic, "Recitations" and Ger-
man. In sharp contrast to Ram-
sey's backwardness Is the precocity
of little Dora Yocum, a young lady
whom In his bitterness lie denomi-
nates "Teacher's Pet." In high
(schooI, where he and Dora are
classmates, Ramsey continues to
feel that the girl delights to mani-
fest her superiority, and the vln-
dlctlveness he generates becomes
alarming, culminating In the reso-
lution that some day he will
"show" her. At a class picnic Ram-
sey Is captured hag and baggage
by Milla Rust, the class beauty,
and endures the agonies of Ills first
I CHAPTER V.
The next morning Ramsey came Info
his father's room while Mr. Milholland
was shaving, un hour before church
time, and It became apparent thqt the
Hon had something on his mind, though
for a while he said nothing.
"Did you want anything, Ramsey?"
"Didn't wont to borrow my razors?"
Mr. Milholland chuckled. "I hardly
supposed so seriously! Shaving is a
great nuance and the longer you keep
away from it the belter. And when
you do, you let my razors alone, young
"Yes, sir." (Mr. Mllhollund's razors
were safe. Ramsey- had ulready
achieved one of his own, but he prac-
ticed the art in secret.)
"What Is It you really want, Ram-
"f guess I don't want anything."
"No, sir. You gay' me some Fri-
Mr. Milholland turned from his mir-
ror and looked over the edge of a
towel ut his son. In the boy's eyes
there was such a dumb agony of Inter-
rogation that the father was a little
"Why, what is it, Ramsey? Have
you—" He paused, frowning and won-
dering. "You haven't been getting in-
to some mess you want to tell me
jibout, have you?"
His tone was meek, but a mute dis-
tress lurked within it, bringing to the
father's mind disturbing suspicions,
21 ml foreshadowing* of indignation and
of pity. "See here, Ramsey," he said,
"If there's anything vou want to ask
me, or to tell me, you'd better out with
it and get it over. Now, what is it?"
"WelJ—It isn't anything."
"Are you sure?"
Ramsey's eyes fell before the severe
and piercing gaze of Ills father. "Yes,
Mr. Milholland shook Ills head doubt-
fully; then, as Ids son walked slowly
out of the room, he turned to complete
"And Wfien You Do, You Let My
Razors Alone, Young Feller!"
Ids toilet in a somewhat uneasy frame
of mind. Ramsey had undoubtedly
wanted to say something to hint and
the boy's expression had shown that
tlie matter In question was serious,
distressing, and, it might be, critical.
In fact it was—to Ramsey. Having
begun wit bin only the last few hours
to regard haberdashery as of vital Im-
portance, and believing Ills father to
lie possessed of the experience and au-
thority lacking In himself, Ramsey had
pome to get him to settle a quest Ion
which had been upsetting him badly.
In his own room, since breakfast. What
he wanted to know was: Whether it
was right to wear an extra handker-
chief showing out of the coat breast-
pocket or not, and, If It was rlfht—
ought the handkerchief to have a col-
ored border or to be plain white? But
he had never before brought any such
perplexities to his father, and found
himself too diffident to set them forth.
However, when he left the house
a few minutes later, he boldly showed
an Inch of purple border above the
pocket; then, as he saw himself about
to encounter severut old lady pedes-
trians, he blushed and thrust the hand-
kerchief down Info deep concealment.
Having gone a block further, he pulled
it up again; and so continued to oper-
ate this badge of fashion, or unfashlon,
throughout the morning; and suffered
u great deal thereby.
Meantime, his father, rather relieved
that Ramsey bad not told his secret,
whatever It was, dismissed the episode
from his mind and joined Mrs. Mil-
holland at the front door, ready for
"Where's Ramsey?" he asked.
"He's gone ahead," she answered,
buttoning her gloves as they went
aJong. "I heard the door quite a little
while ago. I'erhaps he went over to
walk down with Charlotte and Vance.
Did you notice how neat lie looks this
"Why, no, I didn't; not particularly.
"I never saw anything like it be-
fore," said Mrs. Milholland. "He only
lias three neckties, but I :.aw him sev-
eral times in each of them. He must
have kept changing and changing. I
wonder—" She paused.
"I'm glad he's begun to take a little
care of his appearance at last. I'll
have to take a look ut liini and give
him a word of praise. I suppose he'll
he in the pew when we get there." 1
Hut Ramsey wasn't In the pew ; and
Charlotte, his sister, and her husband,
who were there, said they hadn't seen
anything of him. It was not until the
members of Ids family were on their
way home after the services that they
caught a glimpse of him.
They were passing a church a little
distance from their own; here the con-
gregation was Just emerging to the
open, and among the sedate throng
descending the broad stone steps ap-
peared an accompanied Ramsey—and
a red, red Ramsey he was when lie
beheld his father and mother and sls-
I ter and brother-in-law staring up at
I him from the pavement below. They
; were kind enough not to come to an
absolute halt, hut passed slowly on,
so thut he was .lust able to avoid pa-
rading up the street in front of them.
In hoarse whispers, Mrs. Milholland
cbided her husband for an exclama-
tion he had uttered. "John ! < >n Sun-
day ! You ought to be ashamed."
"I couldn't help it," he exclaimed.
"Who on earth is his clinging vine?
Why, she's got lavender tops on her
"Don't look round!" she warned him
"Well, what's he doing at a Baptist
church? What's he fidgeting at his
handkerchief about? Why can't he
walk like people? Does he thi.nl; it's
obligatory to walk home from church
anchored arm-in-arm like Swedes on
a Sunday Out? Who Is ibis cow-eyed
fat girl that's got him, anyhow?"
"Hush! Don't look round again,
"Never fenr!" said her husband, hav-
ing disobeyed. "They've turned off;
they're crossing over to Hullurd street.
Who is It?"
"I think her name's Rust," Mrs. Mll-
liolland informed him. "I don't know
what her father does. She's one of
the girls in Ills class at school. It
would be pleasanter if he'd taken a
fancy to someone whose family be-
longs to our own circle."
"Taken a fancy!" he echoed, hooting.
"Why, he's terrible! He looked like
a red-gilled goldfish that's Hopped It-
self out of the bowl. Why, he—"
"I say I wish if lie felt that he had
to take girls anywhere," said Mrs. Mil-
holland, with the primmest air of
speaking to the point—"If liiis sort of
thing must begin, I wish he might have
selected some nice girl among t lie
daughters of our own friends, like
Dora Yocum, for Instance."
I'pon the spot she began to undergo
the mortifications ot a mother who
has expected her son, Just out of in-
fancy, to look about him with the eye
of a critical matron of l'orty-live.
Moreover, she was Indiscreet enough
to express her views to Ramsey, a
week later, producing thus a scene of
useless great fury and no little sound.
"I do think it's in very poor taste
to see so much of any one girl, Ram-
sey," she said, and, not heeding his
protest that he only walked home from
school with Mtllu, "about every other
day," and that It didn't seem any
crime to him Just to go to church with
lier a couple o' times, Sirs. Milholland
went on; "But If you think you really
must be dangling around somebody
quite this much—though what In the
world you lind to talk about with this
funny little Milla Rust your poor fa-
ther says he really cannot see—and
of course It seems very queer to us
now when your mind ought to be en-
tirely on your studies, and especially
with such an absurd looking little
"No, you must listen, Ramsey, and
let me speak now. What 1 meant was
that we shouldn't be quite s* much
distressed by your being seen with a
girl who dressed In better taste and
seemed to have some notion of refine-
ment, though of course It's only nat-
ural she wouldn't, with a father who
is just a sort of ward politician, I un-
derstand, and a mother we don't know,
and of course shouldn't care to. But,
oh, Ramsey! If you had to make your-
self so conspicuous why couldn't you
be a little bit more fastidious? Your
father wouldn't h 'e minded nearly so
much if it had been a self-respecting,
intellectual girl. We both say that If
you must lie so ridiculous at your age
as to persist in seeing more of one girl
than another, why, oh, why, don't you
go and see *ome really nice girl like
Ramsey was already dangerously
distended, as an effect of the earlier
part of her discourse, and the word
"fastidious" almost exploded him; but
upon this climax, "Dora Yocum," he
blew up witli a shattering report and,
leaving fragments of incoherence rico-
ehettlng behind him, tied shuddering
from the house.
For the rest of the school term he
walked home with Mills evt-y after-
noon and on Sundays appeared to have
Ramsey kisses M'lla aftd fate
steps in to separate them and
"everything's all over."
Where Your Taxes Go
How Uncle Sam Spends Your Money
in Conducting Your Business
By EDWARD G. LOWRY
Author "Washington Close-Up«."
"* ' ' * 1 Economic Article* tc _ -
Authority on the National Government's Business Methods.
_b__. Banks and Financial Systems,*
Political and Economic Articles to Leading Periodicals ana a Writer of Recognised
YOU CAN'T TRUST
CALOMEL AT ALII
BUDGET SYSTEM A START
The remedy is already belntf applied
to remove some of the conditions I
have described. A budget plan has
been put Into effect. A director of the
cudget, in the person of Uen. Charles
0. Dawes, bus been appointed to of-
fice. (leneral Dawes is at work now
trying to find out In detail where the
money comes from which you pay to
run the government and where It goes
and how properly to apportion it
among the spending agencies of the
government. lie is just at the begin-
ning of his big task, hut the work lias
begun. That is the impertnnt thing.
The budget and accounting act pro-
vides for the presentation by the
President of a regular and alternative
budget of the United Stwtes to congress
an tlie first Monday in December. 11)21,
covering the fiscal year ending June
Recognizing in the budget machinery
created by this law an agency through
which executive policy and pressure
Involving better business administra-
tion could be exerted, Mr. Harding
assembled on June 2!). I!fc21, for the
first time, the heads of departments
and independent organizations and bu-
reau chiefs, and after announcing a
government policy of economy and ef-
ficiency, directed that an immediate
attempt with the budget machinery be
made to "educe expenditures under the
appropriations of the current year end-
ing June .'50. 1022.
(leneral Dawes, director of the
budget, has reported to the President
$112,512,028.32 "as the estimated sav-
ings in expenditures reported to me
by the heads of departments and in-
dependent organizations, in compli-
ance with your directions to all con-
cerned to secure a reduction in expen-
ditures under appropriations and bal-
ances available during the current fis-
cal year, where consistent with the
mandatory obligations imposed by con-
gress, either direct or Implied.
"Of this amount. $22.822,11.T14, per-
taining to continuous appropriations
and involving for the most part build-
ing anil construction, will be post-
poned for expenditure in future years
unless otherwise decided by congress.
Wliatever may be the relation of total
expenditures to total revenues at the
end of tlie current year, which, for
various reasons, Including possible
new legislation, tlie operations of th«
shipping board, the railroad admlnl*-
trutlon, and fluctuation in current re-
ceipts of the postolRce department,
cannot be predicated at this time, the
above amount is that much of a con-
tribution to a more favorable relation.
"Tills fine response to your request
from the heads of the departments
and Independent organizations and bu-
reau chiefs. Incidental to your assump-
tion of responsibility as tlie business
bead of governmental administration,
infers tlie existence In their minds of
three principles involving Improve-
ment In governmental business, which
sImiuIiI not lie overlooked.
"First, that the business organiza-
tion of government hereafter assumes
that the minimum amount of money
to lie expended in any fiscal year Is
not, of necessity, tlie sum appropri-
ated in advance by congress, but tlie
smallest amount upon which the busi-
ness of the government can be effi-
ciently administered under the pro-
gram outlined by congress.
"Second, that the minds of the busi-
ness administrators of government
have been diverted from a too easy
reliance upon tiie custom of deficiency
"Third, that where congress has di-
rected tlie expenditure of certain sums
for specific purposes, an executive
pressure will now be exerted for more
efficient and economical administration
in order to produce greater result from
the given expenditure, and also wher-
ever possible, to complete the given
project for a less amount than the
total appropriated for the purpose."
The budget system was established
because of an acute public interest in
the expenditures of government, ac-
tively and continuously displayed by
the tax payers. It was established In
response to a public demand. The
house of representatives has changed
Its way of appropriating money to con-
form to the budget system. It lias
only one great appropriation commit-
tee which authorizes all the expendi-
tures for tlie house. The senate lias
not followed suit. If this newly In-
stalled budget system is to be a suc-
cess it must have your active support
and understanding and derive an added
authority l'roui your approval and s<i|^
It's Quicksilver, Salivates, Causes
Rheumatism and Bone
The next dose of calomel yon tak«
may salivate you. It may shock your
liver or start bone necrosis. Calomel
Is dangerous. It is mercury, quicksil-
ver. It crashes Into sour bile like
dynamite, cramping and sickening yon.
Calomel attacks the bones and should
never be put Into your system.
If you feel bilious, headachy, consti-
pated and all knocked out. Just go to
your druggist and get a bottle of Dod-
sori's Liver Tone for a few cents which
Is a harmless vegetable substitute for
dangerous calomel. Take a spoonful
find If It doesn't start your liver and
straighten you up better and quicker
than nasty calomel and without making
you sick, you Just go back ami get your
Don't take calomel! It can not be
trusted any more than a Jeopard or a
wild-cat. Take Dodson's Liver Tone
which straightens you right up and
makes you feel line. No salts neces-
sary. Give It to the children because
It Is perfectly harmless and can no*
Woman's dress nowadays may begin
a little late and end a little early, but
the cynic exaggerates wtien lie says
the modern girl's motto Is, "Never put
off till tomorrow what you can put off
Move Child's Bowels with
"California Fig Syrup"
Evening After Evening They Walked
and Walked and Walked.
become a resolute Baptist. It was
supposed (by the interested members
of the high-school class) that Ramsey
and Milla were "engaged." Ramsey
sometimes rather supposed they were
himself, and the dim Idea gave him a
sensation partly pleasant, but mostly
apprehensive; he was afraid
He was afraid that the day was com.
lug when he ought to kiss her.
Vacation, in spile of Increased leis-
ure, may bring inconvenience to people
I in Ramsey's strange but not uncoin-
j moii condition. At borne iiis constant
I air was that of a badgered captive
I plaintively silent under injustice; and
he found It difficult to reply calmly
when asked where lie was going—-an
Inquiry addressed to him, he asserted,
every time he touched his cap, even
to hang It up!
The amount of evening walking lie
did must also have been a trial to his
nerves, on account of fatigue, though
the ground covered was not vast. Mil-
la's mother and father were friendly
people, but saw no reason to "move
out of house and home," as Mr. Rust
] salil when Milla bad "callers"; and
on account of the Intimate plan of
their small dwelling a visitor's only
alternative to spending the evening
with Mr. and Mrs. Kust as well as
with Milla, was to Invite her to "go
Evening after evening they walked
and walked and walked, usually in
company—at perhaps the distance of
half a block—with Albert Puxton and
Sadie Clews, though Ramsey now and
then felt disgraced by having fallen
into this class; for snmotlnves II was
apparent that Albert casually had Ids
arm about Sadie's waist. Tills allured
Ramsey somewhat, but terrified him
more, lie didn't know how such mat-
ters were managed.
Usually tlie quartet hod no ii,stina-
Iion; they Just went "out walking"
until ten o'clock, when both girls had
to be home—and the boys did, too,
but never admitted It. On Friday eve-
nings there was a "public open-air con-
cert" by a brass band in a small park,
and the four were always there.
WRITE TO THESE MEN.
(TO BK CONTINUED.)
On That Condition Only.
I.ocal Paper — "Unusually large,
handsomely furnished room, with bath
accommodating three." We should
want the faucet «oii Of the tub.—Uo
The chief defects, or places where
♦taste is apparent in the conduct of
Hie business of the government, that
1 have pointed out in these articles,
have been, first, the excessive propor-
tion of the government income that
went for military expenditures; sec-
ond. the chaotic condition and lack
of adequate supervision and control
of expenditures, which have been in
part remedied by tlie introduction of
the budget system; and third, the hap-
hazard organization of the govern-
ment departments and the unorgan-
ized condition that prevailed ill gov-
ernment employ mem.
The remedy for two of these condi-
tions 1 have treated briefly in the
two immediately preceding articles. I
come now to the matter of reorganiza-
tion of the departments and the re-
classification of government em-
ployees. A beginning has been made
on both of these matters.
A joint committee of the two houses
of congress, with Walter F. Brown as
chairman, is studying the whole ques-
tion of organization of the government
and the function of tlie various de-
partments and bureaus and independ-
ent establishments. I cannot too
strongly advise you to keep yourself
in contact with the work that joint
committee is doing.
I have given you the names of the
members of the committee in another
article but I will repeat them here.
Tlie.v are Senators Sinoot of Utah.
Wadsworth of New York and Harrison
of Mississippi ; Representatives Reims
of Nebraska, Temple of Pennsylvania
and Moore of Virginia. Write to any
of them or to Mr. Brown, the chair-
men of the committee, who represents
the President, with headquarters in
the house office building here at Wash-
This is the third or fourth attempt
that has been made to effect a general
reorganization of the conduct of the
business of the executive departments.
They havi all failed through lack of
interest. There was lack of public in-
terest, and consequently lack of Inter-
est in congiess.
This Joint committee is at work now.
It Is collecting facts. It Is finding out
the actual condition. It is studying
the departments. Presently it will
make a report to congress. If you
will show an active. Insistent interest
In the work that It is doing, congress
will take action. If yon do not show
this Interest, there Is every chance ill
the world that no action will he taken,
ami that things will remain much as
Hundreds of special Interests are
clamoring for the attention of con-
cress All of them are organized.
Most of them keep representatives
here at WasMugton. They present to
I individual members of congress In a
| hundred skillful, shrewd, subtle ways
arguments to support the legislation
they are seeking to advance. It would
take two or three columns of this
newspaper merely to print a list of
the organizations and associations fliat
are here to keep congress mindful of
In this great clamor the common
j public interest is likely to be sub-
j merged. In fact, too often it has been
submerged. This matter of economies
J and reorganizing the business of the
j government and taking up tiie tedious
details of administration is a dull busi-
I ness. it has been neglected and put
I off time alter time because of a lack
| of public interest and driving force
: behind It.
If you will supply this driving force
now and display a sustained interest,
you can at least put the business of
government of the United States on
an efficient basis. Congress has been
! negligent because you have been negli-
gent, but now ut last the thing has
run along so far thut something must
he done about it.
Even a cross, feverish, bilious, or
constipated child loves the "fruity"
taste of "California F'.g Syrup." A
teaspoonful never fails to cleanse the
liver and bowels. In a few hours you
can see for yourself how thoroughly it
works all the sour bile, and undigested
food out of the bowels and you have a
well, playful child again.
Millions of mothers keep "California
Fig Syrup" handy. They know a tea-
spoonful today saves a sick child to-
morrow. Ask your druggist for genu-
ine "California Fig Syrup" which has
directions for babies and children of
all ages printed on the bottle. Mother!
You must say "California" or you may
get an imitation tig syrup. Advertise-
Wei wisher—I hear young Scnds-
tvorth.v is going to marry Miss Man-
chester. He ought to look before he
Oldpal-—He did. He took a glance
over his shoulder and saw she was
rapidly closlrg in on him. Then It was
too late to leap.
Used Insects to Fight Insect9.
Control of destructive insects by
the introduction of their natural en-
emies has become an Important tech-
nique during the last generation,
writes Paul Popenoe In Science. But
if competent observers are to be trust-
ed, the southern Arabs employed the
same method more than 'MIO vears ago
In the culture of the date palm.
In his "Relation d'nn Voyage dans
('Yemen," P. E. Botta says:
"T was able to verifv the singular
i fact previously observed by Forsksl,
' that the date palm in Yemen are at-
tacked by a species of ant which would
1 cause them to perish if each year the
: growers did noi bring from the moun
tains and fasten in the tops of the
palms branches of a tree that I did
not recognize, which contains the nests
j of another species of ant which i'e-
troys that of the date palm."
Snowy linens are the pride of every
housewife. Keep them in that condi-
tion by using Red Cross Bull Blue in
your laundry. At all grocers.—Adver-
Love laughs nt locksmiths? Non-
sense: Aren't nearly mi the lock-
Any small hov In his first trousers
feels sorry for his mother.
Every man is more or less a gossip
but he refuses to admit It.
Camera Built on Eye's Plan.
The camera Is nothing more or less
than a huge model of the eye. Light
i passing through tlie lens of the eye
1 is focussed on the retina, which cor-
j responds exactly to the ground glass
I screen or the plate of the camera.
Though the retina's chief use is to
1 gend un impression to the brain. It Is
j capable of retaining an Image for some
i time. Light bus the same effect on It
as on u photographic plate. To test
l the truth of this you have only to look
| for a moment at some brightly Illumi-
nated object, and then to cast the eyes
tip to the white celling; you will Bud
that you see the image of th« object
lor a long time.
Mrs. Willie McNeely
Houston, Texas. — "I consider Dr.
force's Favorite Prescription a won-
derful tonic for women. It has been
of especial benefit to me during moth-
erhood, and I recommend It very
highly to other young mothers."—Mrs.
Willie McNeely, 2213 Chestnut Street.
Don't wait a moment If you're weak
but procure this Prescription of Dr.
Pierce's, In tablets or liquid, nt yout
nearest drug store. If you are trouble I
write Dr. Pierce, President Tuvalldrf
Hotel In Buffalo, N. Y., ud recelv#
good medical advice in return, free o|
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