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THE SONG OF A
Tm just a silly optimist with cheerfulness
Fox I'm tired of hearing people say that
everything's a bore,
I'm tired'of melancholy moans, and so I
point with pride
To the awe-inspiring axiom that I am sat
If there's nythirg I love to eat, it's food,
If there's anything 1 love to wear, it's
An! in times of relaxatio-n
I have proved by demonstration
That there's nothing quite so restful a3
SGIRL sat with he hands
c lasped round her knees.
O staing out of the window
with unseeing eyes-her
J Gv thou ghts far tway. Be
hind he;, the room was almost dark.
but a rosy glow slanted through the
low casenient and touched her bright
brown hair into threads of gold. A
man comiug swiftly into the room
hesitated for a moment in the door
way, then. with a %himsical expres
sion of armsement in his eyes. went
forwP:.- tly. and. putting a hand
r.ndc . - chin. kissed her upturned
face. But, as his lips touched hers, he
recoiled with a start: her face was un
known to him, and at the same mo
ment the girl sprang from her seat,
thrusting him from her with both
hands. The color swept from her
throat to her forehead. her blue eyes
blaznd. her slender fgure was tense
dare you:" she said, passion
ately; and he, for a moment. had no
reply ready. He was completely takenI
aback, but managed at last to stammer
-I'm very sorry. I'm afraid I've
made a mistake:"
--That you certainly have!" was the
enmphatic retort. and then. with a flash
of scorn from the blue eyes, she was
"Just my had luck!" 'Val Waryng
muttered. It certainly seemed unlucky
that, after five years absence. he
should manage to make a fauxpas on
the moment of arriving home.
"Val, my dear boy!" a voice said
frcm the doorway, and his mother
*'ame toward him with outstretched
hauds. He took her in his arms and
she drew his head down and -kissed
him on both cheeks. Then she held
him away from her and scrutinized
his face. "Yo'.'ve grown a beard. Vali!"
-shbe said, reproachfully. "It makes you
to0k dreadfully old."
"I knew you wouldn't like it, and I
nmeant to take it off before seeing you.
but, we reached port sooner than we
expected. and I rushed to catch the
"Ab. that is how you came to-day
insiend of to-mrorrow, wvhen we cx
w'cted you. You are very welcome.
ny dear boy, but it's so dark I cannot
meycu properly; we'll have a light."
SAs the match tired, lie noticed t~at
her face was thinner and more trans
pareut in its fair delicacy of complex'
ion than when he went away: so small
and fragile a being, and ye: possessed
of great strength of will. as he knew to
his cost-witness his banishment to a
* r land when the headstrong follies
-oi his youth had threatened his future
"I am sorry to tell you there is a
-isuppointment in store for you. Val."
she said, when the gas was lighted.
"(Gindys has gone away; she left here
ycsterday to stay' with some relations.
~he gave me this note for you. I think
she might really have postponed her
visit when she heard you were coming
h:ome. but Gladys is so different from
"Yes. Gladys is quite different from
other girls." he repeated, with a slight
ly cynical inflection in his voice. He
was turning the letter round and round
in his hands absently; then lie added:
"Who was the girl I found sitting
her'e? I thought for a moment she
wvas Gladys when I came in."
"The girl? Oh. you mean Francie!
Why, surely you could not mistake her
focr Gladys: they are utterly unlike?
I told you all about her long ago. Val
--don't you remember? She was be
.~teathed to my care by my cousin,
.irlim Vane, when she died two y'ears
i:go, and Francie has lived with me
& er since."
"Oh. but you said a child! I imag
Ii:rd quite a little girl, not a tall. young
woman like this. I'm afraid I offended
r~ when I arrived."'
'Did she run aiwav? She is rather
ybut a deair girl. She has been a
~:reat comnfor't to mec in my loneliness:
L" ou want to read your letter. Val!I"
&~ tore ope'n the envelope, and. going
ovrto the light. stood there reading.
Toexpression on his face deepened
:aieinly to gravity, and at line :ap
j::ed ibetwee'n is eyebrows which
n:ade himi look stran.gely like his
;AoJher. She was watching.' him aux
iously wLille he tor'e the paper into
s;aiai pieces and trew them into the
;.:. atzing her eyes, he gave a
'So that is over':" hesa.
"Oh,. Vail, you don'tman
f ts-4he has politely. but firmly.
c:2ed our engagemwe. It is only' what
i ibare been expceinga for a long time.
D~o'i't wvorry vouirself. mother--I sh:tli
.survive~ this. :ts I have survived other
'She maiht have waited a little-to
spoil your' home-c'oming was mnost cruel
aid selfish: but, you know. V'ai. I never
cared for Gladys:"
"I know, mother: doni't let us talkt
nbot her amny more.
When l'm came down dressed for din
rr. he ant a keen glance round the
r'oom. but only his mother was there.
.w'ated by the fire with her knitting.
Cumrtainls were drawn and lamps light
edl. and there was ain air' of comfort
:and snuguess which appeale-d t- him:
.iC felt it was pleasant to be at home
"You seem to have altered things
here. oc ther. I don't know quite
Let Ibsen. Tolstoi, Schopenhauer depict
our life as dark.
But I cannot help believing that existence
is a lark,
That all the crimes and meannesses that in
this world are done
Are committed in a spirit of exuberance
And there's nothing that I loe to talk
And there's nothing that I love to sing
So I find a life employrr. nt
In the pleasures ot en.;ment.
'Placing sadness in the sphere where it
- og-W. I., in Life.
these flowers about. and surely the
curtains are new, and this is very
pretty." He touched the pice of
quaint embroidered velvet on the mar
ble mantel. where Venetian glass and
Dresden china gave tones of bright
"Oh, that's all Francie's doing; she
likes arranging flowers for the rooms
and pulling the furniture about:" Mrs.
Waryng answered, with tranquil satis
faction. As she spoke. Francie herself
entered the room. "Ah. here you are,
dear; you and Val have already made
each other's acquaintance. I hear'"
Val advanced with outstretched hand
and a twinkle of his eyes. She gave
him a quick, defiant glance, but did not
relinquish her hold on the fluffy, white
Persian cat she held in her arms.
"Yes-we have met." was all she
deigned to reply, and then turned her
attention to playing with the cat.
Val felt he was in disgrace, but, as
he stood looking down at the bright
hair and downcast eyelashes resting
on the flushed cheek, lie was conscious
of no penitence for his transgression.
During dinner the conversation was
almost entirely a duologue betwe.'n the
mother and son; Frances Vane refused
to be drawn into it. only occasionally
vouchsafing a remark when directly
spoken to. Mrs. Waryng was far too
happy in hearing Val talk to notice
anyone else's silence.
When he went to join the ladies in
the parlor, after smoking his cigar,
he found his mother again alone.
"Francie has some letters to write.
so she has gone to her own room; she
insisted we would rather have our first
evening together," Mrs. Waryng told
So this proud maiden meant to ig
nore him by way of punishment; but.
at all events, she had told no tales.
His mother, with her old-fashioned
ways, might possibly have taken um
brage at his mistake. One of her
chief complaints against him in former
days had been what she called his
"frivolity of conduct" with the young
women of the neighborhood-very
harmless flirtations he considered
them to have been, on looking back.
He began. t' nnderstand that he
would have . . mke his peace by
going down enl 9 knees to Miss Fran
cie Vane. It was strange that the im
age of his erstwhile ladylove seemed
to have been completely blotted from
his memory and given plaice to the
picture of a girl with bright brown hair
gazing nt the setting sun. He became
so inattentive to his mother's ques
tionings that, at last, she declared he
appeared tired and hade him "Good
night!"-but it was the remembrance
of a stolen kiss that was distracting
The next morning, as he stood by his
dressing table, a rush of white wings
outside his window and the sound of
cooing replies to a sibilant call beneath,
attracted his attention. Looking down
on the lawn, he saw his mother's ward
feeding the pigeons, who clustered
around her feet and settled on her
shoulders. and even dared impudently
to take the grain from the basket she
carried on her arm. At a little dis
tance the white cat sat apart, and eyed
the group with contemptuous indiffer
ence, while a couple of fox terriers,
rolled and rollicked at the further end
of the lawn. It was for such a scene
as this that his eyes had ached in the
glaring solitudes of his exile-the girl
in her simple morning dress, the gar
den-with its mellow autumn tints, the
sense' of rest and peace; this was
home! A feeling of great contentment
took possession of him; he~ hastened
to finish his dressinlg, and to join the
party in the garden.
Francie was so absorbed in her busi
ness that she did not s-.e him until
he was close to her, and he had time
to appreciate the freshness of her
girlish beauty out there in the sun
light; the expression of her eyes was so
innocent and gentle as' she caressed
her birds that he commenced instantly
in humble language to beg for her par
don. She listened with head averted
until he said he had mistaken her for
some one else.
"For some one else!" she repeated, in
a startled tone.
"Yes' For a yourg lady whom I
thought I had a right to kiss-though
that, as it happens, was another mis
take." he added, bitterly.
She looked at him intently, and he
felt sure that she knew the other side
of the story-the side taken by Gladys.
whatever it might be. W\hena he ques
tioned Francie, she admitted that
Gl(~adys had told her something-that
they wecre "not suited to each other."
"And that it was my fault?" he in
She did not reply, but throwing the
last handful from her basket, turned
toward the house. He walked by her
side meditating, wondering what her
thought about him might be. Could
he have read them, he would have dis
rovered sonme confusion in Francie's
m riad. The description given by Gladys
Iacur fher dare-devil lover, who
ha o er consent to an engagement
more b~y the impetuosity of his love
making after a w'eek's acquaintance
than by anything else. did not accord
quite with the bearded man of grave
demeanor and quiet speech walking
beside her. Possibly his mother had
declared him to have been the hand
sonmest and most attractive boy in the
world, who would certainly have been
spoiled by her women friends If she
had not rescued him by sheer force of
will from their too pronounced en
Francie had imagined a good-looking.
conceited young man who took for
granted that every girl must be ready
to fall in love with him at first sight
an opinion which his method of intro
ducing himself to her seemed to have
Of his good looks there could be no
doubt, but the night before, while
she had sat listening to him. she dis
cerned in his conversation only a frank
and outspoken love for his mother.
and a natural exhilaration at finding
himself once more at home. She be
gan to think she had judged him hard
ly: her severity relaxed. and, when
they reached the house, they were on
Fate and Mrs. Waryng together con
spired to further their intimaey. Val's
mother had a neuralgic attack and
remained in her room, so to Francie
fell the task of entertaining the young
man. They breakfasted together. then
went round the gardens, stables and
paddock. She knew every creature in
Oie barnyard, and they knew her-dogs.
cats, horses, not excluding the pigs and
the inhabitants of the poultry yard
all came hurrying to greet her at the
sound of her voice; she seemed like a
fairy princess in her own little world.
They lunched together, and then. at
Mrs. Waryng's request, Francie took
Val for a drive in her dogcart. He was
interested in seeing all his old haunts
again. but evinced no desire to pay
any calls on former friends.
"There will be plenty of time later
to look up the natives-just now I feel
a bit off!" he told her, and she under
stood his words bore some reference
to the fickle Gladys.
After dinner he fetched a portfolio
of snapshots, to show her the strange
places he had visited in his travels.
Among them was a photograph of his
former fiancee, taien at the time of his
departure from home. He took it up
and gazed hard at the cold and discon
tented beauty of the face; then he
looked at Francie. How different was
her fresh and *natural charm from
that other-who, althoug11 five years
his senior, had enchained his boyish
heart. He laid the picture aside, and
with it went all regret.
The days slipped into weeks. and
one afternoon Val found the girl in
her favorite seat near the window: she
was reading a letter, and he recognized
"You have heard from Gladys?" lie
sa2. as he sat down beside her.
"Yes. She is in a hospital. training
to be a nurse," Francie answered.
"She is well-and happy?" he
"She says she is both: that she ha.
at last found her vocation, and never
knew before what it was to be content
As he sat silent. looking out of the
window, she murmured:
,"Are you sorry, Val?" she asked,
He turned and looked at her,
'Have I seemed as if I were sorry.
hiere with you? You might help me
to be very glad:"
Meeting his eyes, she began to under
He laid his band on hers and asked:
"Do you remember our first meeting.
Francie? What were you thinking
about then, when I fouind you here?"~
"I was thinking-well. I w-as thinking
what you would be like:"
Her eyes drooped-and then he also
nderstood.-Newv York Weekly.
Some very small W est Indian fish,
locally known as "millions." are thriv
ing in the Zoological Gardens, London.
More than 10,000 photographS of
birds amid their natural surfoundings
have been taken by an English natur
alist. Some of them entailed as much
as a week of waiting and watching.
The Paris correspondent of the Pall
Mall Gazette writes that. thanks to the
recent Anti - Tuberculosis Congress
there, half the people of Paris are, at
this moment, suffering from imaginary
The West's gold output may be
doubled by the invention of a resident
of Colorado City. It is a simple ma
chine for saving flour gold, is run by
a gasoline engine, and may be taken
anywhere. Experiments on twice
treated tailings or mine refuse show
an accumulation of five and one-half
-pounds of gold in ten days.
The dependence of underground wa
ter-supply mpon rainfall was clearly
shown by the government survey of
the drainage basin of the Arkansas
River in Kansas last summer. It was
found that the underfiow has its origin
in the rainfall on the sand-hills to the
south and the bottomn-lanids and plains
o the north of the river. In times
of flod the river itself contributes to
th~ underground flow. When the r:ver
was high tive underground water was
found, by means of electrical mealsure
maents. to be moving awvay from the
river channel at the' rate of about S
feet in 24 hours. The general move
ment of the under-grounld water is from
S to 11 feet in -24 hours.
A scientific commfission which has
een investigatinlg the peculiarities of
the Mediterrancanl or Maita fever has~
ome upon evidence which shows that.
the infection of the disease may be
transmitted by goats. D~r. Zammit and
Major Ilorrocks found the specific or
ganism of the fever in the milk of
goats that were apparently healthy.
The blood of several of the goats gave
a reaction which is peculiar to the
fever. This finding is not only im
portant for M;1ta, but for many other
places within the Mediterranean area.
Gibraltar is one of those where this
fever is very prevalent, and goats are
almost the only source of the milk
La est F'hI' ate Color.
"Soap suds" is the pretty name borne
by the latest London fashionable color.
It is opalescent, flashing a pale green
and pear-gray en a foam-like surface.
Mr. Chamberlain was forty when he
r,,. st 'wmrte et P." after his name.
Another American Peeregs.
Another addition to the ranks of
American peeresses is made by the
death of Lord Leigh at the age of
eighty-one years. His son. Francis
Dudley Leigh. married the daughter
of NV. M. beekwith. of New York. Dow
ager Lady Leigh was Lady Caroline
Grosvenor. and therefore great aunt
to the Duke of Westminster. Stone
leigl Abby. the seat of the Leighs. is
said to ib a magnificent old place.
with line old pictures and furniture
and beautiful grounds.
To Cure Double Chin.
To get rid of double chins practice
the following exercises: Drop the chin
to the chest and. keeping the face to
the front, roll the head slowly and in
a relaxed condition, describing a circle
first to the left and then to the right.
From the erect position twist the head
to the right as far as possible and then
to the left. From the erect position
try to touch the right ear to the shoul
der. holding the shoulder In a normal
position. Returning to position. re
peat on the left side. Drop the head
as far back as possible and return
slowly to position.
Faninive Press Acen".
The only woman in the world who
travels as press agent for a circus, it is
said, is Lillian Calvert Van Osten. who
left the stage to exploit the merits of
a Wild West show. Though called
"Miss" and looking little more than a
girl, she is a Mrs.. and her husband.
who is advertising manager of the
show, travels with her. Miss Van
Osten's business is to call upon the
newspapers to induce them to print
good notices concerning the show, and
she has secured concessions that men
could not. Miss Van Osten finds her
life many-sided and far from prosale.
and declares she gets a world of hap
piness in the experiences of her Bo
hemian life living in an advertisimj
Fad For Scent.
rhe old prejudice against perfumes
has died out with the passing of musk
and patchouli. Those crude odors
which make a room sickening after an
hour or so were considered vulgar. but
the delicate sachets and refined distil
lations which have taken their places
are more popular than ever were the
musk and patchouli. The woman of
taste chooses one favorite odor and
sees to it that her soaps, her powders.
her creams, her gowns, her gloves, her
curtains and her bath are all scented
with it. The odor of a single flower.
so popular a few seasons past, has
given place to Paris concoctions or4
mixtures cplied bouquets. The most
fashion~e women have an exclusive
bouquet made to order. the secret of
which is kept from all others.
Successful Women Drummers.
There are numbers of them in Phila
delphia." said a well known traveling
man. speakingr of women drummers.
"and th~ey are most successful-more
successful than the men.
"One of the most successful dru:n
mrs I know is an old lady who lives
here. She is a grandnmother, and
through reverses of fortune was
obliged to take to the road. carr;ing
on her husband's business. She's old
and comparatively feeble, but she can
sell more goods than any man.
I understand that to-day she has
bought a fine house, and sends a graud
daughter through college by her work.
There are lots of women on the road
who make a business of selling. and.
though it does not seem to he a strict
ly feminine field, they succeed in thbe
A Woman conscript.
'W0ien soldiers there have been 1c'
fore now who wvon fame and honor
in their day, but a woman conscript is.
it may be suppIosed, something of a
novelty. She has just made an ephenm
eal appearance at the French village
of Mazelle, in the Correze, where a
young woman, named Francoise Ber
nard. a few days since received for
mal order directing her to report her
self for service with the Fourteenth
Infantry, stationed at Brive. Though
a little surprised. Francoise consulted
the village mayor. and, as he advised
her to report herself, the plucky girl
made no more fuss about it, but set
out to do so. At the village station
she had no diflculty in getting her
ticket at one-fourth the usual fare, but
on reaching Brive nothing less thani
production of her mobilization order
saved her from being arrested for frau
dulent traveling. Hi.r difficulties culi
mnlated1 on presenting herself ait the
barracks. The sergean~t of thle guard
ob)stiately refluscd to amlow her to pa s
inside. hut hamving gone so for' she
had no0 mindl to hbe halked of her uni
form. andi it ren~uired a niUg lli(Yt
persumbai her to taket steps with the lyo
l~i'e fr:- havring her "'civil state" P
egtor n.inp' inches. w.'ill be the ;'pi
hlm: c's ti..s year. delersci' say. Larger
fanLs. t'm.,e di corated with ren! In''e
a ostrich feaither~s. wvill also Ibe fam
.oiale. anid ais for the smalle-t 1fan.
ci' ll, those prhIaPs five inches long.
this season wvill see their glorintitin.
It is tihe excepltionmal fan that is not
The queer thing ab~out it. though, is
that it may be as dignified as it is mis
ehievous.- The sallest fans. as well
as the medium sized ones used for
ances and dinners. are pramctically all
made on the saume order, though of
('ourse the former do rnot admit of the
eaborationl of design found on the
rho gauze foundation prevails and
is treated with adornment in spangles.
hand painting or appiled ace or silk in
harming designs. Spangles come ii:
different shapes. The round or sharply
pointed oval shapes are the most pop
ular. the latter being largely used for
oer pntals in spangle design.
A great bachelor )utton flower done
i silver spangles of the oval shape on
t white fan is very attractive. On a
Aack fan is seen an iridescent bird
rched on a gold branch that bears
Green fans are new and well liked,
is are also those in the modish rasp
erry hue. The latter spangled in a
esign of gold are especially effective.
Hand painted flowers, like roses and
oppies. sprinkled with a little span
le dew. make a delightfully airy,
Applications of white lace on black
rounds or black lace on white
rounds are much sought after. Fans
f white gauze on one side and of
lack on the other give a cloudy back
round which spangles of lace show
ffectively.-New York Sun.
The Chinese mother is very fond of
ier children, says Paul Hunter in the
ilgrim. She is happy in their com
any and spends much time caring
ot them. In a Chinese family the
rth of a child is a greater event than
rith other Orientals. Long before the
'hild is born the mother performs the.
[tes and ceremonies to propitiate the
ods that ber child may be a boy.
.fter birth, the little fellow Is wrapped
n old rags, and in winter is some
mes put in a bag of sand sewed
lose around its neck to k4r.ep the little
)ne warm. Great rejoicing follows
:be birth of a boy: otherwise, there
an air of chastened disappointment.
ut good Chinese parents make the
est of their little lassies. becoming
very fond and even proud of them. I
lave known more than one Chinese
*ather to exhibit his toddling wee girl
.r approval, though always with the
astomary netional verbal deprecation
)f what belongs to one. Indeed. this
vidence of excessive courtesy may be
*ound everywhere in this strange land.
t is good form to villify what is mine
nd laud what is thine. "My good-for
othing family are all still troubling
he earth with their prsence. How
s your honorable family?"
The fact that Chinese custom has be
ome moulded into certain set forms
ias misled many travelers. It is. for
nstance, a generally accepted custom
i this country that a gentleman should
emove his hat when he meets a lady
-ith whom lie is acquainted, but a
Thinese visitor would fall into error if
ie assumed that this Implied that wo
en. therefore, reduced men to social
;ervitude. So in China a woman waits
n het husband while he is eating. be
'ause it has been the custom from
me immemorial. In the same way
'ere they traveling he would walk be
d the eart while she rode.
The educ'ationi of' their children is a
'atter of no small interest to the af
aetionare Chinese mothers. They
~-atch the little one from the day he
: born, to note superstitious signs. Let
imn cry lustily. and he will live long,
ay the old grannies. If he teeths or
-lks toe. soon lie will grow up uin
vale in disposition. At first the lit
e Chinese are not very attractive oh
r4t. aresenting rather a sealy appear
nee'R. 6ue to the custom Of not washing
m lest they catch cold. A month
ifter his birth, the boy's head is
m:ved. A great feast is prepared and
eerated, the child now receiving his
'mik name." When he enters school
is uname is changed. as it is once
nore when hle receives his dcgree.
Latest in Gioves.
The latest thing in gloves? Hands.
course. That's easy, but it is not
a easy to keep track of all the newv
hings in the shlape of gloves.
The party glove, the long kind, the
cind that buttons down the back.' as
ome one has said, will have some pro
etionl in the new overgioves that are
'rought out this season. These over
tloves are knit of white wool and are
O long and flexible that the wearer
ay draw them on over her }ong
arty gloves and protect them from
he soil that sometimes comes on them
)etween the house and the plaec of the
Many a young woman prefers to ad
just her 1'ves before she goes to
e arty, but hesitates to do it. as the
'hances are that she will not arrive
it the party wvith them in the same im
a'ulate condition as she left home,
o) miatter how careful she may be.
\'ith the new overgioves all danger
j soil is past and she may pull off
he knit gloves and find her kid gloves
ii perfect condition. There is also
varmthl in them andt instead~ of
"hilled fingers, the wearer will find
:erself arriving in the dressingroomt
vith "tOasty1" hands.
Another glove is the ship-on. made'
~pra:ds into a gauntlet shape to (come1
op over the sleeve amnd keep out all
ie wind. Tihe slip-en glioves may he
cor over parity gloves. 0:' may be
nThy comec in white. black. brown
rd tan shades. They ar good for
hiopping gloves, and when the weather
isnot too coid make goodl driving
ines the broad wrist effects and no
nI ~tns making thema a desirable bit of
While muany of the new costumes are
i shades of p~ur'pl. green and red,
thes.. colors in gloveSs re not satis
actory, and neither da hamnds look well
Ii bright colored gloves. The tints for
tvenng wear' are an entirely different
lrOpositionl. The co)lors are so pale
d artificial light makes them ev*en
ighter than they are by day that they
make an evening costume complete.
A purple. red1 or green glove on the
hand in the day time is positively ugy.
So well is this understood by glov"
akers that onl3 a few of theum .re
made to 4:tisfy' the demand of se:ee
women who think that a glove the
olor of the day gown should be p)er
Forc o-veral seasons, white and tan
ov-nave been worn with colored
dresses. This year it is the perfectly
fitted black glove that has the lead
th th bri-ht cnteren gowns.
CONVENIENT TABLE DEVICE.
A convenient little table device is a
spoon rest for use in connection with
jellies. jams anC other sticky pre
serves. It consists of a wire frame to
be attached to the edge of the jar car
rying a spoon eir, which holds the
bowl of the spoon over the receptacle.
When working up left-overs m cro
quettes season by taste rather than by
rule. as the food has already been sea
soned and is easily made too salty or
peppery. The flavor of all croquettes
is much enhanced by serving them
with tomato or some other savory
AFTER DINNER CHEESE.
A new way of preparing an after
dinner cheese will be found worth try
ing. Put two-thirds of a cup of salted
almonds twice through the meat chop
per, and mix with a cup of grated
American cheese; add a very little salt,
a pinch of cayenne and a desert spoon
ful of some suitable flavorings; mix
well. press into a small mould until
needed; turn out and pass salted waf
ers with It.
FOR STUDIOS AND DENS.
Rich tinted burlap worked in raffa
makes very effective curtains for stu
dios, while pretty striped madras flow
ered and striped cretons and chintzes.
ruffled muslins, lawns, dimities. silko
lines, mercerized goods. cotton and silk
velours and damasks all work up with
marvelously artistic results. says the
Chicago News. The color of the dra
peries depends upon the color scheme
of the rooms. Dull red and rich toned
hunter's green burlap prove an effee
tive combination for almost any back
REMOVAL OF STAINS.
Remove all stains in the table linen
as soon after they are made as is pos
sible. Wash out milk or meat stains
with warm water. When the linen is
stained by tea, chocolate. coffee or fruit
stretch the portion of linen discolored
over a bowl. Have ready a kettle of
water. at the boiling point; hold the
kettle high and let the water fall from
it onto the stain until it disappears.
Most stains will yield to this treat
ment. Peach stains are the most dirih
cult to remove. If the stain be small.
wet it thoroughly. then burn a sulphur
match beneath the spot. Cover wine
stains with common salt. then po-r
boiling water over them as described
THE HANGING OF PICTURES.
The greatest stumbling block of the
amateur decorator is the hanging of
pictures. Excellent taste is required in
this art. a trun eye and a knowledge of
suitable combination. For example.
photographs should never be mixzed
with paintings. Have a corner devoted
to them and try to form a design in
your mind when hanging the frames.
Do not have the square. oval and panel
frames all hung in incoherent confu
sion' and never mix old prints with
new ones. The fine effect of a really
good old print is often lost by disre
garding this rule. And speaking of
rules, the first one to observe in picture
hanging is not to overcrowd the sky
line. By that is meant an imaginary
line which should mark the top of the
picture frame. This sky line must take
a height commensurate with the size
of the room: what that is must be .lef*
to the individual to decide.
Crab Apple Jelly - Wash the fruit
lean, put in a kettle, cover with water
and boil until thoroughly cooked. Then
pour it into a sieve and let it drain,
~o not press it through. For each
pint of this liquor allow one pound of
ugar. Boil from twenty minutes to
half an hour. The apples must be
juicy and not over-ripe.
Left-Over Cauliflower-Cooked cauli
flower which is left over may be used
in a variety of ways, and forms a very.
avory and inexpensive addition to the
table. The wvhite part dipped in batter
and fried to a rich brown in dripping
is very nice: or the remains may be
eated up in the oven after being
sprinkled with fine bread crumbs, and
with small pieces of butter on t~he top.
Bake until browvn
Quine Jelly-Wipe the fruit, quarter,
core. but do not pare. Select those
medium ripe: they should be a fine yel
ow: ut them in a preserving kettle
with a teacup of water for cech pint;
tew :rently until soft: do not mash;
put in a muslin bag, press lightly: to
ech pint of the juice put a pcund of
sgr stir until it jellies; turn it into
pots or tumblers, and when cold cover
nd put in dark closet.
GJrae Jelly-Puit your grapes over
te re in a large double boiler with
out water. Cover closely and cook un
til th fruit is broken to pieces. Rub
trough a colander, then squeeze
through a flannel bag. Measure the
ji(Ce, and to each pint allow a pound
of sugar. Put the sugar in pans and
st in the oven to heat. but not to melt.
Stir it from time to time to prevent
scrching. Return the juice to the fire
in a porcelain-lined kettle and bring to
a boil. Cook for twenty minutes, add
he ated sugar, boil up just once. and
por the jelly into glasses set in a pan
of hot water.
One hot bird on hand is worth two
in the rush.
Tell me how much money a man
crries about with him, and I will tell
you how much his company keeps.
The fool and his wife are .soon
No man is a hero to the Carnegie
Take care of the sounds and the
sense will take care of itself.
Spare the mode and spoli the style.
Never pat a bad dog on the mouth.
A Measure of National Benencence.
JA HE press everywhere is
speaking out in, favor of
0 a the Brownlow-Latimer bill
for National aid to high
v w way improvement. This is
more notably true of the newspapers
oming under the head of the country
press-the great lever of power- in this
.untry; the maker, shaper and mold
r of public opinion, the builder of
public men and the force that can un
make them In a day. It is.not, meant
that the city papers are ati war with
he measure. There are exceptions
that are well understood, but very
many of the dailies of the country have
spoused the cause of good roads, and
thers are falliig iin Iine. Part of the
ost has crossed the flood and'part is
rossing now. The early-flaunted bug
aboo of unconstitutionality has been
silenced, and the cry of paternalism.
having nothing to rest upon, is no
onger heard in councils that stand for
reason. There was never any consti
tutional barrier to National aid to high
way improvement. The same clause
in the Constitution that authorizes the
stablishment .qofr ostoffies author
izes the estabshment of, post-roads.
These two co-or.diate. bestowments
were created for the accomplishment
f the same great end-that is, the con
-enience and happiness of the people.
But aside from the necessity of build
ng good highways for the better dis
tribution of the mails through rural
districts, it should be borne in mind.
that the agricultural classes, while do
ng more to sustain the credit of the
Government and the financial strength
f Its people, than all other classes com
bined. have had the smallest appro
riations made for their immediate
benefit. The city population have long
been provided. at the expense of the
Government. with messengers for the
delivery of mail as often as four. six
and eight times per day. The shipping
interests have had the rivers and har
bors improved to expedite their busi
ess. The cities have been provided
ith postoffice buildings of architect
ral beauty and magnifcence. Rail
roads bave had free use of the credit
f the Government with immense bod
ies of public lands thrown In besides.
ronmasters have depended upon the
Government to construct great locks
and dams for facilitating the assem
bling materials at cheap rates for
making iron. The tariff laws have
been shaped to benefit the manufac
turers. No sane man objects to the'
majority of such appropriations. They
were needed to foster and increase the
ommerce of the nation. But are they
more important to the -great mass of
citizens than good roads through the -
ountryT Such roads cheapen food and
lothing, extend trade, make many
ommodities valuable that would be
valueless without theaf ve time and
indeed improve the ,opprtunlities of '
every citizen, whether-l'ifes in town.
r country. Good roads through the
~ountry would relieve the congestion of
population in the great cities. Coun
try life, with its moral influences,
roud be made more and more attract
ve and pleasant. Homes would be
sought after by thousands- who now
ive in' crowded city tenements, and
ice would be deprived of much of its
nalign influence. In short. through
overnment aid in the establishment
a good roads, every phase and feature
f iusiness. social and educational 'life
vould be immeasurably advanced,
Everybody Is interested in better
ods, whether living in the city or in
the country. The farmer may be more
directly interested, because he has
ore frequent use for the roads, but
the town or city dweller is directly in
terested because he is dependen ,e
farmer for most of the elssie eats,
and ease of transportation to market
ertainly affects, not only the price.
but the quality. There is no subject in
which all of the people are interested
to the same extent as they are in the
highways, and how any public man.
especially a Senator or Representative
in Congress. can persuade himself to
oppose legislation that insures their
norovement is more' thin we can n
derstand. If the people will make the
demand of right that. they be given
this relief, the proposed measure, for
National aid will be quickly passed...
Nassau County. Long Island. has
been experimenting with oiled roads
and the results have been such that
the supervisors are being importuned
to doctor other highways in the same
.nanner. Especially those upon which
a large automobile travel kicks up
great clouds of dust. h -
Best Fossible Invrestmnent.
Good roads are the best possible in
vestment in any community. There is
not an interest that is not benefited by
mch improvements. It makes alliforts
of farm products more valuable by
naking markets more accessible. Lanfd
loeated on good roads obviously be
omes more valuable as residence
property, for it nmay be more easily
and pleasantly reached.
Beetle With a Maxitn Gun.
One of the instructors of the Uni
ity of Pennsylvania led the way
to small box, smiling with pride as
lm did so. -'I want to show you a rare
speces of beetle," sal. he,
The beetle, which was' a burnished
blue, with a red head-and red legs, la
partly hidden under a stone. The in-'
structor advqnced his finger slowly;
the beetle waited, watchful and in
trepid; the finger almost touched the
inset, and then-puff, a cloud of 'blue
smoke shot out, and under cover
this smoke the beetle beat a rapi
"Isn't that marvelous?" the instruc
or said. -And the little rascal.
emit puff after puff-can fire gun a!
gun-nineteen or twenty to the mil
te. No wonder he is called the bog
bardier, .is it?
"This bombardier beetle is rare
has In his body certain glands
ing a liquid which, on contact w
air, has the curious property o
ng into a smoky vapor. The v
his defense against bigger
Hidden under it. he seeks a
tret."New York Press.