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It was during a Darnrosch nse
ment in Chicago that I hapvndu
to the theatre one evvning-. T
alone, as my w1-ife h not hon
out since the death of a relatve. T
audience was a music-loving on, am
during the third act as I strolled iit
the foyer I found it quite d .9rti, a
most unusual occurrence.
Wagner grows noisy to an unculti
vated ear after listening an hour or
so, and the strains that came ihrou:h
the heavy, closed doors were mor
agreeable to mine. I was about ,,- rc
turn to my seat, however, when I no
ticed a remarkably handsome wonan
emerge from the curtained door that
led into the lower boxes.
She was unusually beautiful, of that
flashing combination of dark eyes and
golden hair that is so rare.
She was fashionably dressed, and
under her opera cloak I saw the gii
mer of jewels. I expected her to s'veep
out to her carriage, instead of which
she stopped in front of me and be
gan to look anxiously toward the out
side door. Then she stepped back
into the curtain, but almost inmedi
ately returned, and began to pace up
and down more anxiously than before.
She was evidently lookihg for some
one whose delay caused unusual alarm.
Once I thought she started toward
me as if she was going to speak. I
thought I noticed this movement again
when I involurjarily approached her.
"Can I be of any service to you,
madam?" I asked in a most defer
ential tone, which her bearing seemed
She paused doubtfully a half sec
ond, then graciously explained:
Her father had left her at the
theatre, expecting to return immedi
ately; he had failed to do so and she
was extremely alarmed on his ac
count, and was also embarrassed at
finding herself alone in a strange city
at midnight. In fact there was noth
ing else for me to do but to offer to
see her home. It was all arranged in
a few seconds, and under the charm
of a woman who was of no ordinary
type. She gave the directions to the
driver. I had ordered a carriage and
after about an hour's drive we stopped
in a part of the city that was not al
together familiar to me, though I
could see by the stre-t lamps that itJ
THE GLASS FELL FRTOM
was a i'ashionable if somew~hat remote:
My companion had been too much
agitated to engage in conversation dur
ing the drive, eyvent to wonder over
her father's r ->untable delay.
When the carr ,itopped she hast
ened to the st-eps of a stately resi
dence in the middle of the square. A
man in livery opened the door.
"Is my father in?" she asked in a:
tone in which I noticed some of the
agitation had subsided.
"Ah! H-ortense my dear, forgive me!
I fell asleep and completely forgo
you? How did you get home?" go
This voice came from within and
was followed by an elderly man of
foreign appearance who came forward
and extended his hand affectionately to
his daughter as she answered by ex
plaining my presence- I turned to go.
but with lavish expressions of grati
tude usual to a foreigner, he fairly
dragged me into the house.
The outside appearance would hard
ly 'nave suggested the magnificent
apartments in which I found myself.
Rich hangings, rare works of art and
a general luxturiousness implied the
most cultivated taste. While the
daughter swept into an nd joining
room and brought refreshments with
her own hand, the father engaged me
in conversation on the topics of the
day, upon which he showed more than
I refused anything but a ginss of
wine which she poured from a decanter
of rare vworkmantship-a rich cordial
rather-filling on'n also for her father
and another for herself. They were
delightful conversationialists. I be
came unusually talkative myself. The
conversation drifted into personal ex
periences. I related one I had never
repeated to mortal ears before.
I do not know whether it was the
a1n nr th~e adorable smile of the
.C~Lulie Well5 Smilh.
a t was leading me on. She
n aside her opera cloak and
n o 1 divan, her golden hair
t 11,. crimson drapery,
dr 'i- is holding two points of
''re in their expiannded pupils, like Some1
sern en-chantress uinder whose speul
I was completely enthralled. I felt
mny bloodl Se thirougfl my veins
with a sense 41 exhilaration I had nev
er beforo e'xperienced. I could have
knelt; t her feet. She seemed a crea
ture to ho worshipped, who could in
turn wiod an influence strangely
powerful. I thought of the historical
womien of fascination who have led
men to do awful deeds. She seemed
to recall the pictures in my mind's
eye of such women, as she reclined
there her eyes flashing darker under
the masses of hair that surrounded
her fair face like a trown. of gold. I
gazed at her in a datzed steadfastness.
involuntarily I raised my glass; it was
filled. Again: The third time as I
would have guided it to my lips it fell
fron my trembling fingers and shiv
ered at my feet!
I staggered and fell senseless!
When I awoke to consciousness I
found myself at my own front door.
From the numb conditions of my limbs
I knew I had been there at least an
hour. I fumbled at the door with my
latch key; my fingers were all thumbs.
At last, however, it was opened. I
thanked my lucky star that my wife
was fast asleep; and I succeeded in
getting to bed without disgurbing her.
Of course I could not go to sleep.
The effects of the drugging had passed
off-I knew now I had been drugged,
for what. damnable purpose I could
not conjecture, no more than I could
account for the other mysterious
events of this most remarkable ever.
ing I had ever experienced-leavinz
me in a most nervous state. If it had
been a case of robbery the mystery
would have been cleared up to my,:
mind immediately: but the fact that'
a handsome diamond that I wore onI
my small finger was not missing, and1
also quite a large amount of money
that I happened to have had in my
pocket was still there mc.de it more1
inexplicable. The more I tried to un
ravel it. the more unfathomable the.
whole affair became. It was a deeply
-Y TEM-BLING FINGERS -
lah plot of which I was the victim,
though for what purpose I could at-r
tribte not the slightest motiv e.
For days I could think of nothin
else. I said nothing to my wife ab out
it. While I could justify my actions 1
in the affair to my own mind. I was1
not quite sture I could do so to hers.
In fact my wife had been .in an ex
treely nervous condition for a 10n~
tine, and of late I noticed she had be
come mnore depressed than ever.
I do not know wht~ raised the sus
picion in my mind, but I took a stud
den fancy that my wife's late depres
sion was in some way connected with
my mysterious adventure. A qucs
tion she asked me completely con
firmed this suspicion anc filled me
with addled alarm.
It was a question relating to an ex
perience of my past life, of which I
al never spoken exceplt in the pres
ence of the father and daughter the
night of my strange visit and through
which sour-ce I felt sure she could only
uain a possible knowledge of the same.
I letermined at all hazaros to investi
rate at k'ast what connect ion my wife
could have in the chain of mystery
that was surrounding me.
An opportunity offered itself the
very next dlay. I hapnroed to be in
Marshall Field's great store doinz
Isoe purchasing for myself. when I
pied my wife coming out of one o
te dloors leading upon the main street
as T was about to pass out of another.
I started to attract her at-:ention when
I noticed her signal for a cah. This
crcumstance aroused my suspicion. as
it was an unusual thing for my wife'
te do. I immediately hr iled another
and followed her. I could not help
f2eling guilty in this new role of all
our married life, as spy upon my wife's
actions. No: that I suspected her of'
anything wrong at the time. I was
'~following her more as a protector,
and at the same time determined to
in tgate the diabolical ageucies at
to destrov the happiross of my
I ld te (:river to follow my wife's
cab, and at the end of its destination
o ston about a square behind. he
iollowed these instructions and after
a long, !ioisy ride over the rough
cobbles, halted abruptly and opened
the cab dour for mwe to alight. I
pail hin and d sntissed the cab, and as
I saw my wife's dre .s disappear in
a Uoorwty down about the niddle of
the next square, made for that di
yi heart gave a bound as I hur
ricd up the steps to the door I had
seen her enter. By soie lucl:y chance
it was unlatched, and I walked into
the Louse. Great Heavens: The same
rich hangings., :he divan with its crim
son drapery, the paintings-all re
ven1led themselves in the glare of broad
daylight. I heard the murmur of
voices somewhere in the house and
paused to catch the direction of the
sound. I could not seem to make out.
Every minute was as an hour. I stood
in breathless expectation a while long
er, then passed noiselessly over the
velvet carpet into the adjoining room.
A heavy portiere at the rear led into
still another, and from thence the
voices proceeded. I recognized my
wife's in the most excited tone. I
glided closer to the curtain and dis
inctly heard these words:
"What you have already told me I
cannot help believe and while I would
know more, I am. afraid- Oh! I
can not! not now- I-"
" aIdam-" some one interrupted
In the unmistakable voice of my even
ing's enchantress, "I am simply about
to present my impression of your
iusband as he appears to me in that
tstral personality which he is most
>robably unconscious of possessing."
rhere was a deathlike stillness for a
ew minutes; suddenly broken by my
vife's voice in the most agitated tone
ccompanied with a low sobbing:
"Oh my God! I cannot look! It is
ny husband and yet so strangely dif
erent!" I could hold back no longer;
drew aside the curtain and through
he folding doors which were opened
vide enough for the purpose, passed
a. I found myself in total darkness.
here were a few seconds of suspense
nd then-at first indistinctly, then
learer and clLearer out of the dark
ess-a face appeared; finally stand
ng in startling bas-relief against a
ery nimbus that surrounded it. In
he wide open staring eyes, the com
iressed lips and sunken cheeks, ' rec
)gnilzed my own phylognomy!
It was my wife's name I had ut
ered before I was conscious what I
iad done. There was a distinct scream
rom each woman; one of them fell:
groped my way in the darkness and
ound it was my wife. I picked her up
n my arms and got out of the room.
nd house I know not how. I have a
ague memory of hailing a cab and
lacing my wife in it and then driv
lg home. All that night she was too
1 to move; but the next morning she
ad recovered enough for rue to report
t police head-quarters.
The detective to whom I told my
"You have been in the hands of a
ouple of notorious adventurers," he
xplained, "for whose arrest the au
orities of some large cities in this
ountry and abroad are on the alert.
he woman is a clairvoyant, and pro
sses to make a specialty of the sci
nce of louble personality; practicing
is humbuggery by the desperate
1eans you describe by which she has
athered a large clientele in this city.
he experimnent in your case is one
f the most daring. The apparition of
our face is a reproduction of a photo
raph taken in yotur censeless state
hat evening in their house, for which
urpose you were decoyed there and
riugged. This by a clever stereopti
on effect was used to present the
tartling revelation of your second
ersonality for your.wife's benefit, who
appens to be a patron of theirs, and
>r whom the trick was contrived.
'hey were arrestLed last night."
FE EDING T HE BIRDIES.
ade Friends by Hianging Fat Meat
Out for Them in Winter.
Bird Lore, in its notes on winter
eeding of wild birds gives a number
f methods for such feeding that, may
e easily employed by any kindly per
on with the grcatest satisfaction. At
his time of year birds, like domestic
owls, appreciate fat food. Soup bones,
fier they have served their purpose
a the kettle, may be hung in a tree
r elsewhere so that cats may not get
t the feathered visitors. Here the
irds will pick away every bit of meat
nd gristle. Suet may be put in the
rees this way or the carcass of a
owl, and blue ;ays, nuthatches, wood
ekers and chicadees, not to mention.
he Eniglish spa1rrows, will visit this
unhcon with deligh.t.
A correspondent writing from Jack
oville, llt, says : "Ever since I be
an bird study, six years ago, I have
~ept a winter bird table: and it has
een a never-failing source of pleasure
nd instruction to me as well as a
2elp to my bird guests during tihe had
e-ather. We have an acre of ground
round our home, and fine trees, but
here are streets on all but the north!
ide, so I chose that side for the bird
able, as it is the most shelte-red and
t the same time affords us the best!
hance to watch the birds from the
mu1se. I hr'gan by tying lumps of suet
p in small trees near the windows
nd very soon my guests began to
rrive. Later I devised a plan for:
>ringing the suet eaters within closer
ange. I fastened a rough stick. two
r three iv"'s in diameter, to the
;indow shutters, across the window a
ittle below thr- mida~le sash and upon
this sti'k I tied my lump of suet.
"From that time we have had the!
pleasure all winter long of watcThing
or bird nce'b1h"- at their luncheon
hile sitting at our own dining table.
I also fastened a wooden tray to the
sill into which we put cracked nuts
and chopped suet. The most constant
visitors were the chirkadees and wood-.
ekers: then bluejays, titmice, show
birds and n'itcdhen. with once in a
while a carrdinal. Of theso the chik
adees and downy woodpeekers are the
tamest. When the spring migrants
return we find black-birds and cat
birs-a-tronizing the suet. Almost all
the winter birds are fond of both nuts
ar.d suet. No one need ever waste old
or rancid nuts. The birds will bE
glad to get them.
Another llinois correspondent says:
"Last fall I hung a birdfood shelf at
our south window and early each morn
ing rut cracked nuts, suet and bird
seed on it. Several tufted titmic
visitel it the first morning. In a day
or two snow-birds and chickadees came
in 1101ks. White-breasted nuthatches,
down.- and hairy woodpeckers, a white
crowned sparrow and a red bellied
woodiecker wero constant visitors all
winter, often coming several times a
day. A mor-ing bird came until the
nidde of December, making in all
nine kinds of birds. These birds all
enjoy-ed the fresh fat pork I nailed tc
a nearby tree."
Won Royul Red Cross.
The coveted Roval Red Cross of
England has been conferred upon Mrs.
Violet Clay, as an expression ofmerit
for her services during and after the
terrible Indian earthquake which recent
ly occured at Dharmsala. Mrs. Clay is
MRS. VIOLET CLAY.
he yungest daughter of Sir Herry
Nightingale and the wife of Major C. H.
:lay of the 7th Gurkha Ritles, who was
;eriou:-ly injured, durmy the earthquake
,hile saving the life of his little son.
The Adorable Patti.
The famous Adelina Patti, always
oung, despite her years, first appeared
n 1S59, at the New York Academy or
Uusic. She was brought forward under
he direction of her kinsman and mas
er, Maurice Strakosch, in the title role
)f "Luci di Lammermoor." She was
hen only 1G years old, but had already
earned to nutngehbervoice, a flute-like
lexible soprano, with extraordinary
kill and taste, and capauie critics at
mnce recognized in the debutante one
f those rare singers who appear at
ong intervals on the musical horizon
o revive not only the hopes of man
gers, but the enthusiasm of the public.
This prediction had quick fulfilment.
fter a short initial engagement in
'hiladelphia, Mlle. Patti, piloted by
trakosch, embarked on a concert tour
hich ended at New Orleans, whence
he sailed for London where she may
ec said to have fairly begun a career,
hich, like her art, must remain long
nique in lyric annals. Thereafter for
pward of 40 years, she held first place,
nd during the greater part of that
line. she was not only a sweeter, bhtt
better singer than any otheir wom:ui
n the world. IIer name lends a gdld
n ending to any record of the early
ays of opera in America.
Public attention is being directed
o the wholesale manner in which the
aterials that keep us warm during
he day, and the blankets which cover
~s at night, are adullterated.
The silk dress of the lady of a hun
red years ago rustled as she moved,
aU account of the genuineness of the
abric; now it rustics with 3G per cent
f salts of tin used to commercialize it.
rhe lady of the period in her silk dress
s, indeed, a sort of "woman in armor."
Epsom' salts, instead of being used
or medlcinal purposes, as formerly, are
ow empl~oyed, it would appear, for
oading flannel. The so-called table
incn of today is not pure linen, such
s delighted the hearts of the house
vives of olden times but is made
argely of cotton, filled with china
lay and starch. So, toe, collars are
ften of cottonmnerely fpeed wvith line'n.
In a word, nearly every kind of fabric
old, is adulterated in some form or
ther, and the public, in blissful ignor
nce of the truth, finding how poorly
he thirngs wear, lays the blame upon
he laundryman, the dyer or the
leaner, instead of upon the real cul
rit, the manufacturer.
It is believed that there is some dan
er, of the skin being attacked by
isease as a result of the really poison
us substances which are set free by
he action of perspiration upon the me
allic compounds contained in appar
~ntly innocent wearing apparel.
A Gi t Wi7th Euch Tieket.
George Adams, the manager of the
rystal Theatre of Denver, is operating
is play-house upon unique lines. For
ome time he has given away souvenirs
o all his patrons, some of them of
onsiterable value. He has now stocked
a lar;e store with abotut everything
hat is needed in housekeeping, and is
ssuing a trading stamp or coupon with
very ticket to the theater. The value
f enach coupon is ten cents and these
radir.g coupons can be exchanged at
he store for articles ranging from. ten
ents to twenty-five dollars.
Mr. Adams has .iust imported a car
load .>f dishes from Germany, and he
states that he has, during the winter,
alread y given away, to Crystal Theater
goers more than three car loads of
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