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Someone whispered nervously to a
neighlor. One or two men linLed their
heads and drew quick breaths. People
glanced from side to side, and a few
feet sbulled uneasily. Then a tiny
puff of smoke came from the left
wing and travelled as far as the middle
of the stage. It was followed by a
larger, rolling cloud. The elect was in
"Fie'!" shrieked a shrill vcice, and
a woman started up frantically. "Fire!
In an instant the huge theatre was
a seething, swaying mass; from all
sides burst screamns, sobs, and oaths
For: a fexw seconds people were pushed
in purposeless groups hither and thith
er. Then suddenly the crowd broke
into rocking unwieldly sections, each
pushing. fighting, taring towards the
In the middle of the house, very.
still, sat a group of three. The Woman
was in the middle, the Husband on her
right, the Other Man on her left. For
the first few seconds it seemea as It
they must be swept off their seats.
Then with a quick movement, the
Other Man wheeled half round on his
clair. put one hand on the back of
the Woman's seat and the other on the
seat before her. The Husband silent
ly followed his example. They were
both big. strong men. Their hands
met in a steady grip behind and In
front of her. Thus till the rush was
over they formed a human cage for
her protection, shunting off by their
braced rigid frames, their crowding,
"'Thank you," she said quitely, when
the middle of the theatre was deserted.
"I couldn't have borne to be touched
by .'uch-animals." She gave a hur
rled glance at the nearest mass of hu
manIty and then fixed her eyes whim
sically on the smoke-clouded stage in
front. "What do they remind one of?"
she asked as though thinking aloud.
It was the Other Man who answered.
"Pigs," he said contemptuously; "pigs.
when the trough has just been filled,
-crowding towar: it."
She half turned her head towards
O " SHE CRIED. "YOU'VE H UR
him. "Yes," she said gravely; "they
do look like that."
Suddenly the fireproof curtain be
gan to move.
"Oh, thank God!" shrieked a fashion'
ably dressed woman, her' face made
hideous by fear.
A sea of other faces, stamped with
every shade of terror and ferocity,
turned towards the stage at the cry.
For an instant the tumult sank to some
thing like silence. Hope and thankful
ness arose in a thousand breasts. Then
the tumult began again.
"It's stuck! Oh. It's stuck!"-and the
fight for life continued In all Its
sickening cowardly savagery.
"Have we any chance!" asked the
Woman simply. For a moment neither
answered. Then again it was the Other
Man who spoke.
"Unless they get the curtain down
in time, none." he answered.
"There are no other exits; I know
the place 'well. It won't be the fire
probably, but the-smoke. In a minute
or two we must move further back
from it." He spoke with admirable
And then suddenly the Husband
stood up. They both turned towards
him. His face was gray, and his lips
"Not this way." he murmured in a
shaking voic-e, "Ah. merciful heaven,
not again this way:"
The Woman quivered as beneath a
lash, and her face became drawn.
"John!" she said sharply. "John!"
He started slightly. "Yes?"
She would not let her eyes meet his.I
"Please go away," she said in a low
He hesitated a moment. "What for?"
he asked. She stirred Impatiently
"Oh. I dlon't care. Get a whisky- and'
soda if you know where to find it. or
or perapsn you'd better leave out the
Isoda; I mean- " She paused, shud
derin- . -Only go," she added faintly
What did she meaa? Did she kno
what she wasProbably not
he decided. What had he said himsel
a minute ago? Hle could not remember
What did anything matter now? Hi
we,,t withou~t a word.
The Other MAln stared straight li
fro it of him. liis face was a masx
For a minute they sat very still. Thei
he turned round.
"Come," he said in an ordinary voice
"it is time to move."
She gave him her hand, and he help
ed her over chairs and wooden form!
ill they were at the back of the build
ing. ''Here?" she asked.
"No," he said, and spread his coai
on the floor: "Here, please. The nearei
the ground, the less smoke, you know.'
She sat down silently, .nd motioned
him to share the coat. Then suddenly
"It's queer, isn't it," she said, "that
we should think about getting our
He did not answer. He was twisting
a button on his over~cat round and
round: it came off in his hand. Sud
denly he spoke. "You are very brave.'
She drew a quivering breath. "I'm
trying to be brave enough for two,'
she said in a low voice.
He made no reply: he did not want
"I'm glad," she added hurriedly.
"that we moved. Perhaps-he will
niot find us here."
He turned swiftly, with a rush of
joy. "Elizabeth!" he cried.
"Then you are content here with
She brushed her hand across her
eyes. "Oh, I don't know what I'm say
ing. I'm angry and distressed and
hnumiliated. I don't want to die; but
if I've got to. I'd rather be near some
body brave like Iike you.
"Elizabeth," he said passionately,
"Don't you know-?"
She started. "Oh, hush!" she mur
mured. "It is so near- the end."
"That is just why," he said, and
YOUR HAND; iTS BLEEDING."
laughed recklessly. "In a few minutes
it must all be over. Haven't we a
right to make the most of them? Do
you love mec. Elizabeth'" ie drew her
towards him, and she did not resist.
She was thinking shamefacedly of the
grayness of her husband's face as she
had last seen it. The blood of a dozen
generations of pioneers and warriors
was surging through her own veins
a.nd she scorned impending fate.
"Yes," she said absently, "I believe
"Ah, say It again," he urged, "'with
out the 'believe'"
The smoke was rapidly thickening.
She tried not to think of It. "I love my
love with a B," she said flippantly, "be
cause he is brave, arnd I hate my
him with a C, because he is a Coward
His arms relaxed suddenly. "Ahi,
dear don't!" he cried. "Is that all? Is
that the reason?"
"All?" she echoed. "Isn't it enough?'
"No," he said bitterly; "I'm a cad.
but not as bad as all that. Are you
blind? Don't you know what was the
matter with him?"
"He was afraid," she whispered. "My
Neither of them noticed that in front
of the blazing stage the fireproof cur
tan had suddenly finished its arrested
deent. and~ that a semi-lull ensued.
"Yes'" be cried' with a revulsion of
loyalty to his friend, "afraid of losing
you. Surely you know what happened
to his father and mother? Didn't you~
even wonder what he meant by "Not
again this way?"
She shook her head. "Wives know sc
little of their husband's bachelor er
nerene." she reminded him with
"They were burnt to death, when hs
was a boy" he said. "like this. in
hatre. Her was wrth them. the floor
ing gave way taking them both with it
and leaving him on the broken Cdge,
She covered her face with her binds.
"oh:" she murmured. I didn't kow.
What have I done?"
"He told me once," he went on, 'thal
it had left him with the feeling thal
fire would never touch him, but thai
to think of anyone he cared for i'eing
in a tire mado him-well, what yot
They were silent for an instant
"Hullo!" he said suddenly, "thy'v(
got the curtain down."
The two stood up. Firemen and po
licemen were Everywhere.
"No danger! No danger!"
The words passed from mouth t<
mouth, and though they were not strict
ly true, the emect of the lowered cur
tain was magical. The crowd wasi pre
ceptibly thinner, noticeably calmer, bul
round each exit were gruesome proofi
of the violence of t'Je panic.
They looked at each other. "It's
John," she said faintly.
"Yes," he said, and his smile war
bitter, "It's John. Good-bye. Forgel
it all, Elizabeth. Do you know"--hE
looked at his watch-"it's all hap
pened in less than ten minutes?"
"Really?" she said. "It can't be pos
sible." But her eyes were searching
for her husband.
The Other Man noticed it. "'!liza
beth!" he said, half shamefaced'y.
"Yes," she answered, her eyes search
ing the crowd.
"You are going to make up to him
somehow for- for saying that tc
Her eyes softened and she held out
her hand. "That was nice of you," she
said gently. "Yes, I am goin:g to make
up to him. I pray God, he will never
know what I thought."
"Elizabeth!" He had found ter at
last. The Other Man slipped away.
"I've found a way," he exclaimed
breathlessly. "Come along."
"Oh,' sae cried, "you've hurt your
hand; it's bleeding."
He held out the other to her. "No,
no: it's ncthing. I had rather a bother
with the doors and windows. That's
why I've been so long."
She followed him silently.
When they were in their carriage and
on their way home tnere was an awk
ward sil-nce. Elizabeth had ust
finished bandaging his hand with the
aid of both their handkerchiefs.
"Dear." he said at last, "would you
mind telling me why you--you asked
me to go away?"
She looked at him a reproachful
pout. "Must you inquire into all youT
wife's weaknesses?" she asked
"I only wondered "
"Of course," she interrupted, "I lnew
you would, and I meant to tell you.
But you'll despise me. You've got a
very unheroic wife, John. When I
asked you to go I was-she went on
steadily--"I was nearly dead with
fright, and I couldn't bear to have you
to see it; so I said the first thi;.ng I
thought of to get rid of you -while I
got over it; What did I say?--l
didn't know what I was saying, John.
But-I did get over it."
His face cleared and he bent and
1-issed lher. His voice was very tender.
'Elizabeth, my wife--" he said. "Do
vo know"-he laughed light-heart
'dly--"I've been worrying like every
hing about It. I fancied you thought
I: was In a funk ahout myself. I-I
thought you meant that."
She stared at him, then. burst out
aughing hysterical!v and threw he!
arms round his neck. "Oh, you dear,
darling old stupid!" she cried.
"Don't you know yet that women
:ever mean what they seem to mean?"
He made a mock gesture of despair.
'So now that you seem to mean you
are-well, rather fond of me, Eliza
beth, what do you really mean'"
She smiled up at him swiftly. 'Thai
I consider you just perfect," she 'whis
Upstairs in their own room, 'when
he had gone down to give some orders
to the servants, Elizabeth wandered to
the windlow. Her eyes were troubled.
Suddenly she knelt down and buried
her face in her hands. "God grant,"
she supplicated, "that he will never
know--I do love him. I have al
ways loved him--but that I should
have thought him afraid!" Sketch.
FEAT OF AMA TEUR ROBBER.
Met With Entire Success in Separa
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If a man who was robbed of a gold
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Allen, of Irving Park, Chicago, he can
have back his timepiece, along with a
Mr. Allen recently bought a revolver
to protect himself from hold-up men
who have fleeced several victims in a
long subway under the Northwestern
Railway tracks. He was kept at his
business un til quite late one night re
cently, and starting home he put his
pistol in his pocket with a feeling of
The appr7oach to the subway was
dimly lighted by a single lamp. He
pluned into the cavern and walked
through. A figure dimmed the exit.
and as the two men met, the roar of
passing trains startled them, and they
brushe I each other in passing. A mo
ment ater Allen felt for his watch.
It was not in his pocket. He ran back
t~rough the subway and ove-took the
other man just as he was emergmng.
"Hand over that watch or I'll blow
your head off!" he shouted. The man
leaped over a stone abutment and ran.
Allen followed and cornered him a
gainst a wall.
"I'll give you another chance," he
said, leveling his revolver. The man,
apparently too frightened to speak,
gave him the watch.
Allen went home and told his wife
of his adventure.
"Why, your watch is in there on the
dresser: you didn't take it with youl.
she exclaimed. Now Allen .s looking
for the man he held up.
Twnfy Years a Bigot.
Bacon-That man is always on the
wrong side of a question.
Egbert-How do you know?
IBacon-'Why. I've known him for
twenty years, and in all that time
I never knew him to think the same
THE WOMAN IU BRONZE.
Striking Figure of a Woman Who
Died of a Broken teart.
A story of unrequited love is mutely
told in cold bronze and marble in one
of the cemeteries in the city of Wash
ington, D. C.
The story runs that a beautiful
young woman, daughter of rich par
ents, fell in love with a poor and
struggling artist. The attraction was
mutual, but her family aspired to a
weaithy alliance. Finally, filial duty
won the day and the girl was led to
the altar by a rich suitor. They lived
together for some time, and the bril
liancy of the match was the talk of
ST, GAUDENS' REALIZATION.
Washington society. The woman's
love, however, still went out to the
poor artist and her husband, who had
been informed of the peculiar state of
affairs, could do nothing to win his
wife's affection. All the gifts that
money could buy were showered upon
her, but to no purpose.
To his horror, one day several
months after their marriage he found
his wife lying dead in a roon in their
house, the poor girl having died of a
broken heart. Although deeply at
tached to his wife, he was struck with
admiration by her devotion to his rival,
and when she was buried in the family
lot in Rock Creek Cemetevy. he con
missioned St. Gaudens, the scupitor. to
make a bronze statue of heroic size.
depicting her as she was found, dead
and covered with her bathrobe.
The figure of the woman is seated,
with the bathrobe drawn about her,
and the work is one of great strength.
The bronze is surrounded by marble
beautifully carved. In front of it is a
long marble seat, where one may ad
mire the work of art. No name mark-s
the spot, but at each corner of the lot
is a small marble block, about six
inches square, with the letter "A"
carvd in the top. The entire lot is
surrounded by a dense growth of pine
trees, so that one not familiar with the
spot looks in vain for the figure.
Character of E~ngand's King.
The character of King Edward.
while Prince of Wales, appears to
have been greatly misuuderstood.
Many scandals were laid at his door;
many journalists and prominent writ
ers found themselves unable to resist
temptation of making him the theme
of extravagant stories without foun
datin, oriat bet based only upon
While making no pretence to be
ing a saint, his morals were neither
better nor worse than the majority of
his countrymen and It was precisely
that fact that endeared him to them.
The great influence that no other
Prince possessed, and which wa pos
sessed by bimi in a superlative dlegree.
was very largely due to his remarka
Thanks more to him than to any
other, hard drinking. co -ousals, coarse
and profane language went out of
fashion. lHe would tolerate in the
houses of- respectable people no men
and women who haid forfeit d th*.ir
right to remain within their pale.
and no woman of questionable ante
cedents could with his sanction con
sort with ladies or with innocent
girls. Few people had any idea how
well read he was. It was generally
reported that his reading was very
limited, and yet the reverse was true.
N o new hook of imlportanlce. whether
in German. English or French. appear
ed that failed to receive his attentien,
and many suc were read and d~s
eussedJ at Marlborough House before
their review appeared in print. Not
a few of the French authors were ac
customed to send him their first
His faults, never grave or serious,
simphly servedl to bring out in greaiter
prominence the many attractive
points of his character, and since his
accession to the throne even these
faults have grown less and his Vir
tues and ability become_ brighter and
From a Diplomat's Diary.
Home from the Philipines.
I've been thinking, since our boy returned
to us one morning.
And in spite of all our doubts and fears
he stood before our view.
ht was written by a friend of his, so
'heerily and brightly,
"Not to evecr trouble trouble till trouble
The lad returned in safety, spite of chills
and spite of fever,
Spite of all the many dangers of the land
and of the s-n,
Spite of anything we dreaded, spite of
faith evinced by neither:
Hera.fter let no trouble trouble you nor
For when the skies are darkest and a
threntened storm surrounds us.
Shutting out the glorious sunlight from
our nearer sighted view.
Then appears the "silver lining"' that on
every cloud is shinin";
So never trouble trouble till trouble
That every hack is fitted for the burden
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Is a saying trite. If ancient, while It's
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And if the burden's grievous, the good
ILord wfi arrange It
That th" trouble will be gone before the
trouble troubles you.
"Tis shown that both our hopes and fears
are hn'f tanticipation.
For mildnlght terrors vanish with the
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And when the night Is darkest the dawn
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Then don't over trouble troublet till trou,
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toor whetheor you aro a modest employee or wealthy employer;
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ever issued,. Cf pares, 1,000 illutatons of Beautiful Diamond
, Broches, etc., ranring in price from 12Z.00 to $500.00. Bish
mn ti0 to $o1.00, andf all other kinds of Jewelry, Silverware,
rent 86M492 to 96 State Street
GOt ILLINOIS. U. 8. A.