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Lethbridge Daily Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 30, 1911, Lethbridge, Alberta THE LETITBRIDGE DAILY HERAT.D FER find night wilt or, hut he hnd gone, of the senior was In charge. seeing the last edition through. It was already In preys, mid long while coining." AN EPI5ODE Of FLEET STREET "Here H Is Moran said, as tho messenger came along the pnosage, "find here's the sovereign." He sat down and wrote an undertaking to pay Mia balance of If tin- proved true. "lirown" started to eat at once. "This Is ICngllsh chrddar." lie commented. "Well, read thosia palters." lie handed a long envelope lo Moran, who drew out two sheets of olllcial foolscap, closely covered with writing. H was tho text of the Uailway .Nationaliza- tion bill, lie pushed a copy block across the table to Hrowu auil a pencil, "Write 'Ho It enacted by thp King's mont e.irellent D onovan 13H. IT EL-EFER MORAX. special correspondent of the Morning Record, left tho lobby of ilii> House of. because his paper had gone lo press. Just opposite thc statue of 'Oliver Cromwell he stopped to light pipe. the constable asked The policeman went T York Herald Co. All rights lettTvcJ.) "Slmll 1 fetch n Moran. in hi? errand.' "Now. Mr. said the man, "I may ns well Men with hose were slnlciui: the street, the night tell you that I am an unsuccessful blackmailer and a vorv Fiient. for the motor omnibuses had tiiief. That will obviate misunderstanding. gone nnd a full moon etheniUsed tbe outlines of the "You bi-giu to Interest Morun answered. offices of the public He had not marie up his mind whether to walk io Gray's Ir.n in? could fret a traincur to Highgnto, or whether to take a tnxienb. He strolled slowly along toward Whitehall, tryinir to persuade himself tu save Ji few shillings, and. as be was uionj tlian tlreil (he problem became insoivable. !i.s small problems will when the brain Is jaded. Finally he decided ro take the cab, the possibility that his wife might be sitting up for him determining him. Then he began to wonder if he really hnd exhaust- ed every moans of confirming or denying the amazing but persistent rumor that tbe government hnd decided to introduce an official bill fur the nationalization of railways. He had tried every possible means that he could think of, and as a trained and nor, unknown journalist lie bad (bought of many, some of them very Ingenious, and he could get no.further. The ncwspiiper that could pot n "scoop" on that would be remembered Fleet street lasted, and tlie man who obtained it would have more fame among such people as editors'than he could well up under. Titlefer Moran decided to dismiss the thing from Ills mind until lie luid slept., Two o'clock In the morning is not :i fruitful time to look for scoops of that nature. Yet the thing would not let his brain rest. By this he had got to the carriage entrance to the yard of the House. Thinking hard, he crossed the road and walked to (he Embankment, his decision to n cab forgotten for the moment in tlie subdual excitement of the really important speculation. 'He iveut a little way, the black uiuonlit Thames on his right; new LScotiand Its- windows still illumi- nated, on his left He felt loath to so home, though he knew fie hud done nil he, as an old news- paper man, he was always ready and waiting for a stroke of luck. More things are done by luck than by plain any rate in Fleet street. lie came upon a policeman arguing with a forlorn, but combative Individual. ".You can't stand said the policeruan, "I don't care who you say you were yestcrdav. -can't Etnnd here." "I don't know that I want to stand here, you beefy fraud, but I'm not going io be Interfered with by retorted the other. "Why don't yoji go the policeman asked, tolerantly, uninsured by thc Insult "Because I have no home to go to. and because If I bad I wouldn't go to it" "Well, you can't stand here, You must keep mov- was on the point of going home. "What are you doing here at this hour of the morn- "1 not sure I have come In wHli one of the biggest hen Us we hare ever had. Will you stand by for hit If an "Wlmt In your "The Hallway Nationalisation bill... I think It's going to be Introduced." "You're not "1 shall know in half an hour." "If It was any one but yon, Moran, who came In here saying he had a scoop, but he wasn't I'd tell him to go to hell. Kut your ways are ways yf mystery, he sitld. and your ond will be dark, fio and niAkn up your "Oh, you make me tired." inlud in your own secret way, and God have mercy "Write It." on you. I'm drunk with sleep." "Well, just to humor you." He wrote the words Moran went back lo the waiting room, having first rapidly without lu'sltatlon. and Mown compared tlu-m sent across to the club for fowl; and found tlic man with the handwriting of the draft, and found no shn- naleep on two chairs. His inouth was open Ami he ilnrlty. snored. Down in the basement the presses were lirown laughed. that, he said, giving roaring, and the building shook with the vibration of Moran another paper also embossed with the oflk'inl them. The noise of carts clattering away ladea with stamp. It wan n loiter from tbe Prime Minister to stacks of the paper came In through the open window, the Home Secretary, and it nm sending you lie woke the sleeper. the draft of the Hallway again. Clause V. is still "You must give me your name and ho not quite as clear as it might be. Passed :ts it stands said. it might give the debenture holders an opening for "My name Is Done Brown and my address Is the litigation. If you agree with me you might look In at prouiid floor of Hades. If the documents I Intend to Downing street to-morrow morning before tlie Cab- show you do not convince you I'll say good morning met meeting. I shall be back in town about eleven and go. Cut touching that broad and ami you might have Itinch with me If the notice Is "That's on the way over bv now." not short- We wiil tlie wording them." "And what about the xt lvns Imndwritlng of and signed by thn "I'll write you out a promise to pay-you that. Nat- I'rcmler, and the date was that of ten days ago. "Hullo! Here's Some One Said. "You Can Tell Us Who Let Your Paper i did you try to blackmail and what have you "All right, though I don't know wlmt the Hlgiiatm-c was printing tho scoop. Moron found his wlecn 'Pone IJrownV worth. That bread and in a- 'on the settee lii 'front of the Hre. lie WHK loo tlreil lo (ell her anything of his day's work itml liu did aw'itken until midday. i lie dressed, iiad jivakfitM, went, lo thc office ai HOOD us he got up. lie went to news room. "My Clod, Moran! You've done fov said Player, the news editor, an soon as he saw him. "Tim chief Is howling for your blood. (Jo iu'u.ijd see him. lie wants you." "What's the trouble'? You've Bold us nn .1 pup. You've been had; you'vo been douc; you'ru; Moran went In to the editor, who ctirscd him terly. "You've made thta paper the fool of Fleet ho said. "Oh, look nt sakj Moran, handing him th" draft of the bill and the Pwuiler's letter. Chuppell read them. he galil. "Well? Why, they prove IL" "You Insensate Idiot, they provej nodlng! Thfl evening papers are out with olllcial denlalu, end the Premier himself told me this morning that the bill has been abandoned. 1 weut to see him myself, lie KIU at Oxford with mo." "Good God! t "Yes. abandoned. I won't rub It In. But backed." "You don't nionn "I do. can get out now. mn lets this paper in like this twice." Moran went out of the ofllce. He knew thit had shut every door In Fleet street against him; know that he must starve as surely as a man cast away on a, barren Island. Whatever he might have been as a journalist In tilt- past, no editor would trust him after this. He bought an evening paper and read the official denial of his "scoop." It seemed to leave no loophole, j lie thought of the wife he had to the home they had which now would be scattered. j wtMit across to the club and found the men tb'ere all i talking about the disaster to the Record. "Hullo! hero's Moran." some one said. "You can tell us who let your paper He looked at Moran, 5 and saw. a he asked quickly. Morau went out without a word. Ho had been somebody iu the club once. Everywhere people were laughing it tlie mistake the Record hail made. He could hear scraps of conversation In the street. He went aloof to Charing Cross on a 'bus and heard the same sort of thing said by the olher passengers. In the again folk were discussing the false report that j papnr had published, and laughing. Ib seemed such good joke to them. The Morning Record hud a j latlon for getting news a day ahead of other j and it, was not reticent about It. Now that it Im4 come to pric-f every one remembered. Its pride in own performances. At llfghgiitc Mnran took a ticket back to Cross. IIe could not face his wife yet. She proud of him and said so often. Now he had to tell; her he was a fool and had been-fooled. At Cbarluy Cross he went into tin; station ami hud a brandy, and another, and another. That made him moro clieerfut for a time, but profound depression followed. tin began to think that people were laughing at liirn UM they [liiwwtl. Then his decided to go back to the t, and .see Ctuippoll again ohtl put up a better He bud not defended himself well, he considered. But'j that mood passed. Uo knew It would do no good.' Probably he would be stopped at the door by the pwr- ter. Uo wns on tho staff now. T-Ie wondered 1C they would pay him a mouth's salary in lieu of notice. They ought to do that, he thought. As a matter of fact, the check was waiting for him. If he had not hnd tho brandy ho would have taken it us a matter of course that It was, Then he remembered that at home a of tablet photographic chemicals contain tag So lie bad two more glasses of brandy and went home. His wife was out. The servant toUl blni that a frtenil had called and that they had'gone'to a matinee to- I gather and would be back to dinner. The matt waa shocked lie wad obviously anything but sober. "I'm not a planet with an Inexorable orbit. I will Btaiid here till the crack of doom If I wish." "Then the crack of doom will have ro crack within the next ten seconds, If ore on' Can't you see I [Jon't want to run you In if I can help "Can't you see that you won't be able to avoid H If I can help Moran hoard tile man say. lie went up to the two inun anil the constable recognized him. "I'm trying to persuade this jrontleman that he rannot stand here for hour? on end, IIH said, "but he's obstinfitc. He seems a respectable man, too." "I'm said the man. "I've only halfpenny In the world. A week ago I had eight stolen V" "The Prime Minister and a copy of tbe draft of the Railway Nationalization bill." are you not "You probably know that the blackmailer-does not sign his name to his letters nor deliver them In per- son." "I hnvc gathered so much." "Very well. Now, if I give you a copy of that bill what will your paper pay "Fifty pounds if it Is a scoop. did you get "That Is one of those intimate details that I cannot enlarge upon. But 1 have ii brother-in'-hnv.-who Is somethinE under government, and more than some- thing cureless in bis habits. 1 Inn not n successful unilly if it's not true you won't fret anything." Tbe man rose and put his hat on. "I'll advance you a pound on account out of own pocket if you'll give me a receipt." T ARITHMETIC. By Marguerite Ogden Bigelow. IIRRK are two ways of doing arithmetic end two sorts of example some tbe other. sorts of examples to do. Some people do cue pounds, but I drank it all. It seemed the only thins blackmailer, because the Prime Minister lias Hold me jn the daintiest English, by means of an ,-id- verUsement in the Times, to go to Tophet and -stay There are those who add no new plants to the gardens before their doors, no new comforts to the JKHISCS where they dwell, no new the business at which (.hey labor. Who, by their pessimism subtract from the courage My is away on leave. "Docs that convince "It convinces me that there Is n railway bill, but It docs not prove that this is Momn said, putting bis finger on the copy of the draft. "If you look at the bill again you will see altera- tions in the writing of the Premier." This was "Do you know why there 1ms been a in. lirlng- ing it before "Yes." "What Is the 'I won't tell you Mint. I do not know how far it would harm brother-in-laiv." "Won't thc fact thai the draft has been .taken do "No. The bill is printed now, though not published. Before he rc- "Thcre's something on your said Telofer judicially. "Then that's more thr.n there Is on the floor of ray Stomach. If you're goli'p to feed me, well and good. of their friends, and by their hick of Interest in Ibc common weal or woe subtract from the bwtuiy and uieality of the community life. turns t shall put it back in his desk.' 1 Moran wcnt back to '.'It's all be said; "we've got the scoop. Will there. I am dow-n on the ground floor of it now. But Who multiply causes of dimension between acquaint- yon print another here Is your friend in blue wljii our cab." Moran thought swiftly. If he tooK the man home if not, don't Interfere between two gentlemen who to Hlghgntc, nml found that what he said wTis true, anccs, causes of friction between employers and employes, causes of strife in families nnd causes "Yes. How did you get "A man has sold me the news, and he backs it up if Imve a dispute to settle." Moran yawned. "I'd feed yon on plovers' eg-jj you could tell me one tbliijr." he said. "I'll tell you all I know for a lump of cheese, n mink of broad and a pint of beer." The con P tank? hnd re- he would not be able to do anything with the infor- mation until next, dny. Therefrre he ordered thft Who divide nothing of their own but their anxieties, chauffeur to drive to the offices of the Morning Record. Thorn would just bo time to bring out a special crti- lion with the scoop, if it were a .scoop., moved himself a few yards into tbe background, hour.s delay might mean that every paper In London love and service they owe. "What do you want to would have news. 'AXD "Faith, nothing yon know." He had 'no iluiibt in his own iniiui that mail wns There arc those who add (lowers and luscious "Now. empty as my belly said the man, "nnd tolling him tho truth. had been very persistent much as my bend aehe.i, I can still iuU.1 two nnd two. that the government was about to introduce this incaa- You hnve just come from the House, you. arc not u lire. The Morning Record, as an opposition paper, Member of Parliament, you are fnlior, this policeman wns not likely io jjt-'t c6nfirmation of It until after one knows you well, nnd yon were walking toward the of the papt-rs hail had It. if be coulrf beat only place in London wherejherc Is anything doing (he Monitor, the pupe'r the Cabinet spoke Ihrottgh, all it this time of the morning. Fleet Is it unlikely the greater triumph. Thc ethics of the thing did not, he conceived, con- fern him at all. On his own confession, or hoasl, the at his wide hnil Molei) the draft of tho bill, and had tried to levy blackmail on Hie strength uf n Ihront to publish it. ttiH that was a ma.ltfir for his conscience, not for of failure in too closely associated with with tbe loan of a copy of the drnft of the bill nnd a letter concerning it In the Premier's UsL" is the __doubts nnd fears, sharing these, freely that others "I can't tell you." may worry and doubt and fear with them. "You can't, oh? Well, get the stub? turned but. I There are those who give but a fractional part of the can give you thirty-five minutes." you ore n "I am n journalist." "Then there Is nothln? you want to know so much ns whether It Is tvne or not tbnt the government means to nationalize tho railways." "If I could find that out for certain" "Yfts. If you roulrt. What, about that broad, and Moran's, who, though his personal code was as high x chooso and nn.r one's, bad no scruples where news was concerned. "Oh, here's a Mornn utterly weary. tf the Morning- Kccorxl hnd known one or two things "I can accept your hosptrnllty. but I cannot accept he hnd done, be would not have stayed on thc paper; your money. What about thnt broiul nnd cheese nnd but also H would not have bail quite sucli a repntn- h" nsked uptln. "You mny find that brond-and Won for snoops. Wlmt wns known was that Telefer cheese and beer well (-pent." Me spoke convincingly. iia'n RVhllt nnd call it aristocratic. Are you walking to nigh- Mnran never "lot them down." ilp WflB nwnrntc In his fflets, though he w., Whon the two Hot Into the office Moran wftot to fruit to their own gardens nnd thc gardens of their neighbors, who, aided by sun nnd rain, create a pleasure for every passerby; who make homes out of houses iu which they live, leaving thorn more beautiful than when they found them; who bring a new spirit of Intelligence and power into every business nt which they labor. Those who, by their optimism, subtract from the weakness of their friends and take away from the community life only those elements that tunic i? for sickness, stupidity, evil, ugliness and death, Who multiply reasons loyalty and good faith in the home and tlie ofllce, the school and the church, joining hands in friendship that are already near enough together and forming partnerships founded on Integrity. iWho are ready to divide their enthusiasm with you, to share their courage and their life as well as their books, their flowers nnd their lie "dollverml the tllorc aro tltosc wno Rrc nhvfl-vs striving ro push the decimal point to the right, imst tho place better eiaplesT T. file for Mornn went away Lo Ills desk and "Thc fitJite Is about to assume-ownership of the rdlways of the country. "The .Morning Itecord is In a-position exclu- sively to announce that tbe government'intends shortly to introduce a biU to nationalize all railways In Groat Britain and nO further atten- tion need, he pair! to the none too scrupulous denials of what this "newspaper .Jms' now estab- lished to be a fact. "The provisions of tho bill are "as lie copied thorn verbatim nnd concluded inent of the capital of each of tlie ralr.v 'n- country. Hu> was too utterly woary to in. in simplify the language of tho bill! fie took his "copy" to McVItee. "Will you 'sub' he said. "If you fool fresh enough pni'haps you will put in a 'couple qf para- graphs telling people the exact effect of'the McVHrfi read It rapidly and Itwh quickly wrote twenty lines, doing us Moran suggested, "Will you wait to see a he asked, "No. I'm dead for lack of rest." "Then good night." lie sent copy upstairs lo the conjjwsitors and twenty minutes Inter tho presses were .roaring again. Thft Morning I'ecord Fire hours later a boy hurried ilbng the from thc tape room to the news room with 4 agency message neatly pasted In stripe m sheet copy paper. It contained a brief Intimation that tlM government had decided, owing to the premature lication of the details of it, to Introduce'the officlli If ail way Nationalization Bill into thc House of mons at the earliest opportunity. Tlic message endefl j with the letters M. follows." Ten .Inter the tape clicked out House of Commons to-day the Premier, after qno- tion time, announced that the government proposal to bring in the llittlwny Nationalization bill row. He passed severe .strictures on the conduct of certain newspaper which had, Ac." Playwr jumped tu bis feet with f. and hanfcfl Into GhnppeH's room. "Head he said. "Moran's The editor rend H carefully. "It's I who he soM- "Yes, the Premier himself yw our report vU false." "Wait now. What was it he. said? Oh, yeil paid that he regretted that he could not confirm our story in one particular; that it was. utterly utiwar- rail lie could not understand how such statement had.obtained circulation, and that, so far at he was in a position to tell me. there WHS no basis for It. Whatever intention the government may ever hava hnd of bringing In any such bill 'rlrrmmatnuces had arisen which had.'led to the abandonment of any de- f termination to proceed as might have originally been decidc.d." "AhI" v -U "Oh, I can sre> through It But-we. are oM friends, and I accepted it, especially after denial In the evening "Well, Mornn comes "Yes; I'll wire him. Hut perhaps hp won't return now. Fie fitstreet will bo hungry tu hire for many talents of gold nfter sucli n scoop." "We shall have lost a good niau, then. Hut I unist get a whoop slnrled." "Yes. Get n good howl of triumph doue. I vteh Moran wore here to write It. It's his The next message that came In on the W-M brief. "Mr. Telcfpr It snld, a well journalist, was found this erenlnff In Ids borne Illghgate, Kitting ID his chnlr alone dead. A containing uwllnient which smelt of pnissic acid w.-.t j on the table by bin Tbe CMt ii hi onft ;