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operating rooms which they entered side by side.

They were brought to a rest in the clean, white room, their medical carts even, and the nurses busied themselves in preparation for the work to come. Eighty-and-Three glanced covertly at Eighty, and saw that he was looking away. He plucked at the assistant's sleeve and signaled that he desired to whisper.

"Don't take too much," he warned. the doctor. "He ain't as strong as he thinks he is, and jest a little'll do for me."

Eighty, seeing his friend engrossed, grasped the sleeve of the superintendent. He, too, had a vital message.

"Remember, Doctor, and take all you need!" he enjoined. "I'm good and strong and we gotta fix him up. right while we're at it."

The doctors patted reassurances, and when the masks were adjusted the patients could not see that husky youth with the glow of health in his cheeks who presented himself with bared arms, and from whose veins was to flow the life-giving fluid into the shriveled arteries of Eighty-andThree.

What matter that they did not know? The glow that suffused each, the deepened affections and the hearty congratulations which voiced the relief and pleasure of their friends in the wards were just as deep and just as true as if there had been no deception. And, who would condemn a man for such a lie?

AN INJURY TO ALL
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citizens to vote for this repeal was sent out by a number of liberal and labor organizations. This circular, 20,000 copies of which were distributed throughout the state, bore the official signature of Tom Connors, then secretary of the California Branch of the General Defense Committee. One of the 20,000 fell into the hands of a man named Arnold, who happened to be on the venire of the jury to try a criminal syndicalism case in Sacramento. He showed the circular to the prosecuting attorney in the case, who had Connors arrested on the charge of tampering with a jury. After several postponements Connors was convicted on this far-fetched charge, although Arnold was not a juryman and Connors had never set eyes on him,-and sentenced to five years in San Quentin! As a contrast, a short time ago a contractor in Woodland was convicted of having introduced the defendant in a bootlegging case to one of the jurors, and

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As this is a presentation of the criminal syndicalism law and its workings, and not a general account of the labor struggle in California, no mention need. be made of the various arrests meanwhile for vagrancy, picketing, trespassing on railroads, etc., or of the Busick anti-I. W. W. injunction, one of the most dangerous legal documents ever created. Nor can mention be made even of the San Pedro raid last June, with its scalding of children and tarring and feathering. There is much. more that might be said on the question of the law itself-facts that go to show, for instance, direct interposition by various big lumber companies as assistants to the prosecution.

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A POETIC EXPERIMENT (Continued from page 549)

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series of strong and colorful pictures, as he does again in "Shadows." feel in these poems mentioned an honesty of purpose, a sincerity, which seems lacking in many of their other offerings. Some of these others seem designed to challenge. I can find no other reason for their being than to halt the multitude with "Here! See what I can do." Clever, yes. But poetry to be poetry, to live, must have more than cleverness. And when, as occasionally happens, there are lines. which directly affront the average reader, there is still less reason for the writing.

I have said nothing of Gaer's work in this connection. Gaer is too much the realist to appeal to me, as he seems to fail to appeal to many. Yet there is felt throughout his work a definite sincerity and purposefulness. He is honestly setting forth his impressions of life as he sees it. I question, however, whether he is not wasting effort in an attempt to place in poetic form thought which might be more forcefully, more effectively, given in his splendid prose. Poetry is limited in its scope, however little its exponents may like to admit it. And yet Gaer's verse is strong, as it is honest.

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A GIFT OF SONG
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With the return to California she resumed the work with her voice which had been dropped so many years |

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Suddenly one day as she sat relaxed at the piano there came to her in its completion the words and music of a song. Sitting there, she sang and played this, the first that she had ever composed. There was still to write it down, and once more she went through the struggle she had faced so many years before, for she knew nothing of the mechanics of the art.

This was in May, 1924. At the time when this is written, six months later. Hazel Knapp Luke has to her credit more than a score of songs. She has given setting to a few lyrics written by her poet friends, but nearly all of the compositions are entirely her own. Some of them approach mediocritywhat composer but has some children of his talent of which he cannot be proud! but there are others of strong appeal. There is splendid promise of greater work to come.

And as the composer's beautifully sweet lyric voice gives expression to these songs which she feels came as the direct response to her strong desire, the hearer is convinced that earnest prayer brings its answer-that for gifts taken away Nature bestows others of greater and more lasting value. It is the spiritual law of compensation. Song shall live when the singer is forgotten dust.

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