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::7 7 t By ELMO SCOTT WATSON RECENT biographer of Benjamin Franklin has characterized him as "{he first dlvil|d American" ha- cause "at an American period emi- nent for narrowness, superstition and bleak beliefs hs was mirthful, generous, open*minded, iearn tol- erant, humor.loving, and because he was the first American man of the World in the sense that he was the first American w0ridman." Although this biographer does not ttdd to this lot of characteristics the word "ver- satile" it is t2mt quaHt in this "first civilized Amerk" which strikes you most forcibly as you read the story of his life. Franklin, as the first outstandlag printer and newspaper publisher, has come to be rarded as a sort of "patron saint" of the art preservative In this country, and January 17, his birthday, is a redqetter day in the calendar of all printers and However much printers and publishers may claim Franklin for their own, they must share hlm with other professions in whose activities, this mYlded man took part. Besides being a printer eIve to his brother James,'a printer In Basins; how he becomes a newspaper writer by slipping anonymously-signed contributions under (he printshop and enjoying with the praise of his works: how, at he becomes a publisher when falls under the displeasure of the ies and upon him devolves the duty of England Courant and how he a lively and readable s such a free thinker that it is constantly in with the powers-that-be. follows llenJamln's quarrel with his I to Philadelphia, there, as go, to walk down the street, I Of bread under lis arm and to Read who is later After various vicisitndes of wtld-gse chase to England, foreman in the printing new type tn the shop and young Franklin 1 we find him starting ,,on his own;' by he e Ga.ette we dla- rewd edltowho knows hal r to ? :i ; iliTi00: i '' ! iiii i rlca00. in dleputes tO "write ninny e0ples of, were prlt of the historical be credited to Bradford, the II sister. This subtle bit has the desired effecL Franklin's to take the legal printlQg away for the legislature transfers Franklin and Meredith. partner and beea tie Is the first to business basis and not own city, b# Stork E WOODVILLE REPUBLICAN, WOODVlLLg, MISSISSIPPI as a philosopher--in his Poor Richard's almanac (first lasued in 1732) and in his formation of the I 3unto. a club at which Ben and his fellows dIseu' all manner of phitosophlcal questions. Next he enters public life, gets himself elected clerk of the assembly and aft "wards a member of It, So he become the first publisher to dip into politics. Science next attracts tHs many-sided indivMual. for it is an easy transfer of interest from the abstract questions'of human conduct, talked over at the Junto, to the concrete questions of natural phenomena. He is fascinated by the Leyden :rs. So he makes a kite of a silk handkerchief, sends it up in a rainstorm and a charge of electricity travels lown the twine to the key tied on it and a spark leaps off to his lmnd. He has not "dis- covered" electricity, but he has dramatized it and when he writes monographs on hls experiments, Europa begins to take notice of this American colonial. A dlslii.e for the open fireplace which bakes his face and allows his back to freeze leads to the invention of the Franklin stove which has been'dalled "one of the first contrivances to banish barbarism from the American home an, d give It a eivillng comfort marveled at by the world." At the age of f0rty-two, Franklin sells his print, lug business and resoh'es to devote himself to science and invention. But he decides as suddenly to return to politics and becomes Postmaster gen- eral of the colonies. Here, it seems, he overlooks a chance to become the originator of a convert. not the sender, paid the postage upon receipt of the letter. In 1754 Franklin is urging the formation of an Americafi congress to consider means of protection against the French and Indians, using the device of the snake cut Into 13 pieces, repenting the Thirteen Colonies, and the celebrated motto of "JOin or Die." When the congress does convene at Albany, Franklin lays before It his plan for the paper (d anion of the colonies. Even though it Is turned }f writ- down, the germ of the idea of unity In purpose, so necessary for the Revolutionary struggle which is to follow, has been planted in the minds of Aunt(cans. When Braddock sets foth upon his Unhappy expedition it is Franklin who raises the army of wagoners necas@ to haul Braddoek's supplies and Franklin and young George Washlngto-_ are the only two-men lnAhe colonies for whom ,the haughty general has much react, even though he does disregard the advice of beth about tha dangers of falling Into an ambuscade. It Is during this warthat Franklin has his .first and only taste of military life. H becomes General Franklin and leads an eltlbn against the Indians. But after two mths of this life he retires from It, and returns to Philadelphia. He needs no military laurels to add to his mo for he soon embarks upon his career as a diplomat under a part- which brings him his greatest renown. He goes profits, to England and appears at a heating before the house o commons on the much-disputed stamp ,  ,, and " J where the young are raised, says a e Kansas City Times. eturns every season to the same with him he brings s offsp.'g. Old nts are when Independence and helps found the new republic. Then arises the necessity for some one to go to France to secure aid for the rebellious colonies. Franklin, now past seventy-ome, is delegated to go. Ile lans in France, wearing tim quaint fur cap which he "clapped on his head whenever he had to gratify puidic curiosity in France and show him. THE KRLING OF BLACK DOE t By TRENTON CLURE (Copyright by W, O. Chapman.} ERHAPS Dunn should never have Joined the Northwestern mounted pol;ee, for of aft types of men wire are out of their ale- ment there, the moody, introspective. unagressive man comes easily frst. P, ut Duan had had a hankering after the military life when he went ut tu Calgary two years before. Now he was in for several years. and cursing his luck daily. What he Hked best was the lonely patrols up in the Big Lake country. He bad met Marie Dufour there, the daughter-of an old trapper who had retired, Hke his fur-bearing beasts, before the march of civiliza- tion. tie had seen her three times during the past two years, and It bad been understood that when he became a corporal he was to speak to her fa- ther. But the coveted stripes would never be his so long as Sergeant Mitehetl remained in the squadron. A Imrd- featured, service-bitten man. Mitchell made Dunn's life wretehed, lie In- spatted his uniform with an eagle eye *hat discovered the sn|:dlest speck or flaw, he hauled him before his oce,"s on trivial charges; in short, he did his best to break Dunn or force him out of the service, It was a long time heftre Dunn dis- covered that Mitchell had met Marie in the Big Lake country the year be- fore and coveted her beauty. When Dunn understoed this he privately re- solved that some day he would even up the score ltween them. For the present he remained quietly in bar- racks, doing "his duty and suffering under Mitchell's Ill-treatment. The quiet life was interrupted by one of those periodical excitements that descended upon the barracks. Black Doe had shot a police officer at Neverport. and was mhking for the Blg Lake country. Mitchell was or- dered to take two troopers and get him. It was a Journey of two hundred miles, in the slushy period of sring. But the police never postpones its vengeance when it can avoid it, and never abandons it. Dunn could not imagine what It was that impelled Mitchell to select him along with Crum. Perhaps Mitchell wished to see the man he most hated in Marie's presence, so a to be more sure of his bearings. Whatever the motive, he selected Dunn, and he i)ed at hlm all the way. He found fault wlth him during the long and painful day marches, witl his equipment, his care of his horse. his manner of riding. IIe detailed him on one-man fatigues tn the daytime, and gave him all the dlffi('ult work. Dunn's rage smoldered, but the idea In tim back of his mind that he would get even with Mitchell hardly assumed any tangible form. In due course they reached the store at Big Lake. Their visit was a tax act and there wins his first diplomatic vie complete surprise. Black Doe had torles. For ten years he works for the interests been seen in the neighborhoo( and of tie colonies in the mother country and then  evhlntly was off his guard. Mitchell returns to America on the eve of the Revolution. ascertained that he had ma(le no He is anong the signers of the Declaration of purchases, without which it would be I l|upossible for him to continue on his way northward into the barrens. "We'll spend the night at Jnhnny Dufour's," he said to Cram. as the three rude away tuward the slmek Dunn's hert sank when he off. ,addted. Marie was directly in the self a real American pioneer." In thus dramatlz- doorway to greet the visitors, and her lag hhnself he catches the public "fancy (the eyes wander wlth wnder from women of the gay French court begin dreing Dunn's face to Mitchell's. their hair. a la Franklin, in imltatlon of the fur "Take. my horse to the stables !" cap) and wins sympathy (and the necessary aid) commanded Mitchell curtly. "And, for his country's cause. As one writer has put it, say ! Take Crum's, too. And see that one of the really great figures of the Revolution they're well roomed before you is "our grandfather Franklin, who trotted through come In to supper.', a perfectly cold and selfishly eonteaptuoua French Dunn went away obediently, riding -cotrt. aged. alert, cheerful to the end" and made himself the best-loved American. even to thls day, in France. In fact, over In the Paris of today (on December 6, 1926), the sesquicentennial an- niversary of Franklin'e arrival in France, observed at the annual dinner of the Anglo-American lesa Association of Paris, was a love-feast of three nations, honoring the first and most famous American newspaper man and "Paris correspond, eat---Benjamin Franklin. his horse and leading tim two others. Now he began to understand, he thought, the reason why Mitchell had selected him. He wanted to humiliate him in the eyes of the girl. At supper Mitchell kept up a cross- fire of chaff, banter and spitefulness, directed at Dunn. Dunn's a(iuie- cence seemed to enrage him. He would have welcomed a chance either When the Revolutionary struggle ends LhranklL for a brawl or for punishment fox In- Is still in France and has a hand in the prelim- discipline: but Dunn only sat silently. inary negotiations for signing the peace treaty, watclIng Marie furtively, while the Then, after eight years in France, he begins tn sergeant's eyes were alight with long for home. So Thomas Jefferson is sent to trlumph. Ho felt that he had won, relieve him. When Jefferson ls presented re Count had shown Marie his*superiority over de Vergennes, the French foreign minister, the Dunm Frenchman asks, "Is it you, monsieur, who re- places Dr. Franklin?" "I am only s success0, They retired to their bunks. They .lr;' replie Jefferson. "No one can replace him," were to start up_ the trail at day- break, on the quest for Black Doe. Work still awaits Franklin upon - his return Dunu slept fitfully; he was tlHnking and was rawtg he toward him. Cram was nowhere in slghL 'rhea Dunn knew what he meant to do, He crept Wack very softly to the stable and loaded his rifle. He took It in his arms. carrying it as a mother might her first born, and approached the door again. Mitchell held the girl In his arms nqw, and she was struggling as he tried to ki. her. Dunn. aiming de- liberately, was conscious of the open door at the ha('k of the stint'k, and a clump of dwarf fir ab,mt a hundred yards distant. Then he concentrated his attention upon Mitchell."Carefully he drew a bead on him s as to avoid Ifitting the girl. B-mg ! Mitchell leaped tn?o the alr, flun out his ms, and pitched head fore. most. Dunn stepped into the abaci: PROTECT YOUR . Mrkiia Mi. -- 'Far venteem yeame I have Pieree'e orite will do wodbe bma to pay, if more women upon this wonderftfl to."- A. Conner, 614 D St. Obtafia this famoua rmw, in tablet or dealer. Then write dent Invalids' Hotel in ff vmr feel the nell of There was no need to look more thin, T carries no charge. once at tlle dead fate, or the blood ......................... oozing from the hert. Marie ran to Dunn. sobbing wildly "'You did right, the beast Y" she cried "('(,me with me," sufd Dunn. They raedto the Still)lea, and in a moment ie had freed the horses. saddled them, and placed her on the sergeant's. In another moment they were galloping across the barrens. At he time Dunn wv.s conscious of wom- derlng where old Dufour and Cmim were. But a moment later they heard shouts behind them. They gallo')ei frantically fmward, anywhere, so long as they could wtn free. Cl'l]IIl was a ruan Of resolution, and Dnnn knew that he would take ap the elmse and never leaveqt He'reckoned o the fact that Cram's horse washe slowe.t of the three. The freshly fall. lug snow would hide tletr tracks if they oould win the country across the river bell. where a series of hummocks swelled into the Big l.ake mountains. Far beJlnd him Dunn heard a shout. He turned and looked back as he rode. Crum was standing at the door of the stable, waving his arms to him. A few minutes later Dunn. looking hack. saw Crum mounted and in pur- suit of them. a tiny fimre upon a tiny horse. They rode madly for the dip toward the river. "We must be careful." seid Marie. as they began the descent. "The rot-ks are dangerous." Even as she spoke her horse tripped on a projecting bowlder, stumbled. and flung her face downward upon the hard bed of the frozen stream. Dunn leaped from his horse and kneeled beside her. She hd been strained by the fall: she opened her eyes and looked about her half-con- scious. The horse scrambled to lt feel ran up the balk, and raced back toward the stable, followed by Dunn's horse. And Dunu. kneeling at Marie's side. knew that chance had settled his par- ticular problem. Ad in the distance Crmu came on inexorably. Dunn shrugged his shoulders  ona who has played ills last card. He car- ried the girl up to the top of the bank and waited for Crum. wh"o came gal- loping up on hls horse. He flung himself to his feel pantlng, like his steed. "What's the matter with you.'to )lay this crazy trick after kill(rig him?" he shouted. Dunn smiled. "I guess you're right, Crum," he said. "Take the glrl on your saddle ; I'll walk. You-can trust Inc." Crum. staring at htm In apparnt perplexity, lifted Marie to the saddle lmfore him. She bud fallen into a swoon aain. Then h rode slowly back toward the cabin, with IMmn waiking a little d!stance in front of hhn. He turned his horse away when [ear the stnhie, nt] went toward the little patch of stunted trees that had struck upon Dunn's attention at the moment when he raised his rifle. Dunn nw tl motionless body of man tying hidden among them. It was Black Doe. How dd you get him, Dunn.  asked Crum. dtsmeunting ad turn- Ing the body over. "S0e! He had Just fired. You were'In the nick of time." The dead man's fingers wer clutched about the trigger; the rifle had been discharged: over his heart was a bullet wound. Dunn, unable to .penk, accompa- nied Cram back to the shack. Mttclll lay whel, e he had fallen, and old Du- four was mutterin in the,corner, as If he did not understand. "He got poor. Mitchell a tm,ond be- fore yon fired." said Crum. '%leer th hearL too. See !" Dunn looked In horror now mixed wlth agitation. He saw that track of the bullet through the hreast and oat under the rib. The mtstle lay nlmn the floor beside the inert man. It was a battered .4.5. nch as the Indfans use. Dunn's bullet had ben a .:3. ADd It had been Black Do whom he had killed, not Mitchell. Safe,used your Children $11e A SFE, Baby's Fretting Soon ot1r I Don rrr and feverlah at Dr, Moffett's Teethina tions. You will be tee how soon baby is aain. Mrs. D. H. Hut, ALabama, writes: & "l eertair.ly wh t ow what Teeth{na will Every time y baby cut t all ,mTed lap wth }p and wa. cro and inaIly I tried Teethtna econd do he became have to worry about h[r Now he slee,-s sun41y tare o health." Teethhm is s l'amot mild. efficient, yet atio of mothers Lave babies of Colic, Darrh, tion and such ailments. package, at any drug str FREE! C, I- MOYYEI"g CO, TEETH Builds Better A'I I EN'IIO.' --- ur lla bet "L'a tit  ciatist t-liminacs the Ins,ilia wth Dltl GO, ][, Iotlilltrl. SOt@ It A,, I.14 Miss. Ave.. WE erows, false dlfcarded Jewelry. Gold lteaninli Co. I, Sorrow When the very much Dennis arrived at .Kans., from I'or21and, greeted by weeping friends, who had already fmteral a rra[igements` caused by a mistake of in a telegrala. The todd: "Bernice left there Thursday." In celved the word "left" "died." Cutieura Sooth On retiring gently rub draft and Itching ment. Next Cut(curs Soap and hot them your everyday and have a clear hands.--Advertisement- May a woman trouble is till abe has" man of her choice. It Is sometimes the head of tbe house are better than cme usuall you get timse and stimulates home He participates In the constltutlonai con- vent(on In Philadelphia and much of hl wisdom is written into our Constitution. He Is elected governor of Pennsylvania for the third time. Then he retires finally from pbIlc life. On April 17, 1790. "the most versatile American" dies in his Bleep. Scientist, dlplomaL philosopher, world fig. urn---when the end approached his thoughts turned to his first love---the printing art. So this wa# " the epitaph wldch he wrote for himself: B. Frankllm S P4mter Like the eov of an old book |to co.tents torn out . And sirlpt ef itl lettering nd gildhil Li here food for worm. But tho work sJm|l not be wholly lost For it will, as he be|inv., appear once mm Im a haw and more per|oct oditlou Cted and amndsd By the author. that a baby would be brought to the ereature Ordinarily to house whose chlmn was oceupled by a stork. In the aame way arose the sugar- stilton about birds entering a house. a harbinger of death--if a winged creature enters, unbidden, into a home. The fact that a number of deaths from perftly natural causes er of in0ffeiva Esldmo Rellfian he Eskimos in Greenland and Lab, radar are, with few exceptions. lmflly Christians. The native religion [s a vague animism and eonsista oi a belief in good and evil spirits, Hn ltl each to its own sphere, and in heaven and hell A childish falt who* are betw the Wo, of blarte, and hls heart was full of passionate resentment. He was the first up. and went to groom the horses. As he canoe back to the shack, he heard Mitchell's voice and the girl's behtnd the open door. Mltchell had his arm round her waist Sheep's Long Fast Seventeen days after being mtssed by an Oswetry (Eng.) farmer, a shp was found Inside a large wa- ter pipe near the Liverpool water- works. The -nima/ was quite frisky In spite of the long fast Increasing Use Made.of Castor ()il "Plant The rapid growth of the castor oil plant has become proverbial. Some commentators have declared that the plant known asJonas' g,,urd was the castor el| plant. There are vast plains In Bengal covered with the oli-produc. ing vegetable. Immediately after the monsoon, whey the water has receded, the peas- ant rakes the mire and puts the oil plant seeds l the ground, two by two. The plants rapidly develop their great leaves and produce their fruit, which grows in groups of capsules, acquir- ing a coppery-green color mottled with purple and rich carmine. When the hot sun has dried the pods they burst Huge Shadow Ir Brawn has get so that she starts at her own shadow." "NervousT? "No, It brinp, home to her how ter- eibly fat she Is getting." The women and chIldre watch the they are ready to catch the precl seeds within. When the seeds l:avl doled a few days the natives toast them. crush them In a mortar, and p!tmge them in boiling water, when the oil rises to the surface. ater on the Knee Not only our knee, but B r Joints are lined with membranes Hke little bags, which are filled with fluid which they We off is a sort of lubricant to prevent fried!on, vet/ much as a metal- point has to be Sled, In the ordinary way our keeJoint bag, technically tha "ynovlal sac," secretes Just enough fluid te enable the grlstle.ended bone to glide smoothly aver each other, bat lth strain due to a twist or a blow an Inflammation Is set up Lr a= 0xcea of secreto follows. This is the ltJon that  - caIly known as aynovltls, lt popular thena quick relid. emetgemT u Te ModJet mado hles &skf Jsre, FOR 2OO haaxlem oll bladder lumbago