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The days passed) lh'0 V0e):s ard
The gross menace which I had once
in pleasantry made to my Evangeline
wa becoming realized, and already
t appeared that it would be xcuodod
;y the reality. My wife, consoled as.
'est shlH'Oiud bo by thedrsss-maker,
I began to hope that my child would
ic a boy, for he would be a colossus, .
Naturally, I said nollmVg to my'
"Cvangellne, but 1 regarded with
nine apprehension J the diminutive
'.rivsscs which .she was so happy in
naking, for they appeared to me
ntirely too small; however I kept
ny reflections to myself
One day I secretly took one of these
little dresses, and I went to try it on
one of the plaster babies, the one who
laughed. The thing was not so easily
iccoiuplishcd, but I finally succeeded.
' little statue made a comical
fi jure, so accoutred, and I did n t
wish to deprive my wife of the singular
spectacle. She came and laughed,;
and then I made the remark, without
appearing to insist particularly, that
the dress appcard to mo a trifle tight.
For the statue said Evange
line; but for him it would no too
large. I have made his dresses larger.
fian the pattern.
He will be large observed I
He will be as he should bo re
plic 1 my wife resignedly.
Our son was already living bcfo:0
ho was born; he consoled us; he im
proved us; he educated, our minds
and our hearts.
It was through him that my wife
apprehended, though the conratry
may appear true, how cold and de
S Mats a house is where more is no
fire in the stove, where there is no
daily sacrifice of bread and wine, for
breakfast, for dinner, and, please
G id, for supper.
And he it was who taught me to
renovate my scientific! baggage, with
out despairing of the client who never
Ho was wi:;o, prudent, shrewd,
indulgent and severe; ho found all
tho roads which led to our hearts; he
lent an occult meaning to everything;
he refined us so that we could know
and comprehend him; he rendered us
attentive to the life which moved
around us; he gave us pity, patience
and resignation; when the moment
arrived, he infused us with courage,
strength and audacity. Ho rendered
mo both humble and proud, as a man
should be who thinks1 and feels. We
talked about him; we obliged ourselves
to represent him as a living spirit at
different ages, so as to be able to
divine on the spur of the moment his
futuro needs; ho opened, for us
thousand hidden caskets which held
iu them tho little verities. Yes, our
son was trury living ueiore he was
born; and never had fripnd or relative
penetrated so deeply into our hearts
or minds as had this unborn infant
Wo calmly waited, but with the
impatience oi inoso wno wait lor an
old friend long since dead, to whom it
has been given to return to tho world
Tlionly one who did not know how
. t, ... i ....
to wait witu tranquility was mv
. . .. . ....
In tho first days of January, he fell
upon us unexpectedly; saying: Ho
should arrive to day, or at least to
morrow, because thore is no time to
los-e. Ho tspoko of his grandson who',
obediently, on tho morrow, warned
my poor Evangeline of his arriva'
There was a disordered .silence in
tho house. Evangeline commenced
by weeping because' sho was afraid,
then sho mastered herself and I saw
her, all terrified, go and como about
tho house like a heroine
I had moro than half lost my head,
and my father'-iil-law had lost his' eii
'irelyj ho went to nnd fry about the
'ooin, tWttJhing the swaddling clothes,
the little gowns, the little caps, with
out doing anything at all, and be
lieving in good faith that he was ren
Jei'iVigus powerful aid. Then came
the nut-He) tlitM'i Oaine a lady friend,
pressed into servico; then came the
'oetor, who would remain with us in
It seemed to me, after all this came
and wont, that a proWnud Silence foil
in all our little rooms; I was as if 1
iad lost my memory; mjr father-in-law
continually came and planted him
Hclf in front of me, gazing into my
jyes and not saying a word; while as
for me, 1 nnvr took hiV frightened
eyes from the faee of tho doctor who,
tranquil and indifferent, read a book,
.vhich he had found on a little table.
Hut when, through the half open
loor there came to us a heart, rending
roan, 1 became so pale and my
.'ather-in-la'w became so red that the
doctor arose, touched the pulses of
both of us without having the air of
having done so, and begged us to go
out to walk for a quarter of an hour.
AVliat can you do here?
It seemed that we could do much,
but in reality we could do nothing;
md the doctor explained more clearly
his thoughts by saying that if by
chance his aid should become neccs
sarv, we would prove ourselves i
serious cmbarassment to him.
But it will not be necessary?
It will possibly not bo necessary
but listen to me, go out for a walk.
We went, like two scholars who had
been clfastised by the master.
On reaching the street, we instinct-
vely stopped, both my father-m-law
and myself, to listen if we could hear
another of those groans which had
so touched our hearts. If wo had
heard .one, we certainly would have
roue back. But wc heard nothing;
we walked away.
My father-in-law, placing his right
arm through mine and feeliug my
heart fiercely beating, tried to console
me in his manner.
- This will be a boy said he to me.
I made no roplv: I hastened my
steps toward the ramparts.
The country was desolate, the
horse-chestnut despoiled of its leaves
and covered with snow, the Sand o
the paths hard with ice.
I saw no longer the beautiful fruits
nor the travelling ants; the bitter
cold weather held all creatures
housed, only some fanished sparrows
flew hore and there.
At a remembered turn, I recog
nized the acacia which had held me.
and I glanced among tho despoiled
branches, seeking tho nest it had
disappeared; certainly, instead of
warming a little winged family, it had
made sport for a gamin.
"With what different feelings I saw
all these things! My Evangeline suf
fered cruelly, and I could nearly have
renounced a happiness which would
cost her so much suffering. Mv
father-in-law, after having encourage
mo ten times by saying: This will
be a boy found, in 'his turn, a
moment of discouragement, and said
tome as if speaking to himself: Sup
pose it should not be a boy!
But I smiled, thinking that, luckily,
if this should not bo a boy, it would
be a girl. .
All at once tho impatient grand
father shrugged his shoulders and
said to mo with an assured air:
Come, by this timp it is born
And I felt a sweet thrill run through
all 'my body. ,
Wo walked with accelerated steps,
as if wo wore really waited for.
On entering the door of the house,
wo looked at each other; no one was
there to toll us tho result; the porter,
nbanted to his occupations in another
room, hardly disturbed himself to
glanco at us.
It seemed, to mo that he should
have known all about it, in place
of that, ho knew nothing at'al!, tho
And then I., daw them como out
from tho ntght where they wcie
balden', the' thousand, cruel but im
potent adversaries of human happi
ness: terrors, suspicions, horrible
menaces of catastrophe...
I Started to runi I mounted the
stairs precipitately; but all at once
I returned panting and threw myself
the arms of my father-in-law.
I had heard the cry wh'ch is a note
'rem paradise, the little vcijco which
s miuic, the murmur of complaint
which is a caress.
SAW THE FURNACE.
lint the ncmili of the Inspection YTaw
The host looked at Ills guesf.
"Conic down In the basement," lit
said, with a slight wink. "I want to
show you my furnace."
The hostess glanced up, with ft queer
Mr. Stlvarson Is quite tlnft about
hi? furnace, Mr. Jollyboy," she said,
"i'vn no doubt hc'ii have you down
tlicro every time ho opens a dnmpcr."
The host turned .nway anil clioKea
slightly, ami then they stepped down
the stairs together.
Mr. Stlvcrson went straight to tho
funinco room and, reaching above tho
tn-lr.l.-nil In linriipr. nulled down ft Sdliat
black bottle and a suiaii class, lie ilii-
cd the latter.
"Hero's to the furnace," ho Bald,
witli a hoarse chuckle, as ho passed
tho class to his guest. "Have to bo a
llttlo careful, you know, on account of
tho old lady. Host woman In tho world,
of course, but prejudiced. . How's
that?" The guest gulped and tool!
down tlits, eoiltonts of the glass. "Now,
what -would you call that?"
'Well," replied the visitor, With
horrible grimace, "to be frank with
you, I would call It a mighty good sam
pie of spoiled cider vinegar."
'Eh! Wlmt?" And tho host hastily
poured out a glass and took a mouth'
ful. "Wow-w-w! So It is. Hang It all
the old lady has discovered the hiding
place! Wonder what In thunder sho
did with tho real stuff? Heavens!
What a contemptible trick! Lot's go
up stairs." And they went.
'How did Mr. Jollyboy like tho fur
nace?" inquired the Hostess as sue
looked up. with a pleasant smile.
Tho acidulated guest did his best to
call up a smile In return.
"It's a sploudld furnish I should say
furnace," ho remarked. "I don't think
I ever saw one with better appoint
ments outside it ml Inside."
"And on top, too?" queried the host
ess sweetly. Then she pointed to tho
open register at her feet."'
"It's quite wonderful," sho added,
"how distinctly the sound, of voices in
tho furnace room below cornea up
through the register. I could hear ev
ery word you said!"
Then sho laughed softly.
Hut the men made no comment.-
Cleveland Plain Dealer.
IIIh Literary Houtlne.
An nuthor illied out ns follows a
question blank from one. of the literary
review syndicates recently: , ,
"Do you bum the midnight oil?'
"Yes when the gas bill's due."
"What time do you rise?"
'Whenever tho bill collector knocks."
"What is your dally exercise?"
"Climbing trees 'to avoid tho baUIff."-
"When do you dine?"
"Whenever I can."
"What la your chief study?'
"Hbw to pay tho rent, appease tho
butchpr, comfort the baker, silence tho
grocorymun and settle the gas bWt"
ii Intmlcnl Rnmor.
"Did you say that I scattered money
right and left in my campaigns?" ask
ed Senator Sorghum.
"Well, somebody said it, and it was
a mighty menn trick. The first thing
I .know1- they'll have tho people who
were going to vote for mo anyhow
thinking it's a sheer waste of money
to 'go up to tho polls and cast an hon
est ballot." Washington Star.
And He Looked It.
Auntie What! You don't mean to
say all thoso boys are waiting to take
you to school?
Elsie Oh, no! One of them dou't
go to our school. New I'ork Journal
A llnrKnln Offered.
Editor Well, young woman, if tho
story suits me, I will pay you ?15 for
It. ' '
Young Lady Author (persuasively)
Oh, come, now. Buy It without read'
Ing It, and I'll let you have It for $10.-
Head Walter Shall I seud a waiter
to wait ou you, sir?
.Guest (who has been waiting In vala
for HO minutes) I nm compelled to re
quest this extreme, privilege even
though I know It disturbs j;our system.
Little Willie-Say, pa, what's ,a. .re
dundancy of expression?
ra Using more words than are
necessary to express one's meaning,
euch as "wealthy Icemab," "wealthy
plumbori' etcjhlcago NewB. ,
" SPELLING REFORM
A flslicrmin ml on tlio quay,
rrtaklns of afternoon tuay, '' i'
. When a lady came bj .. y
Who winked with one y ,A',-
And whispered, "No eugar for tnua."
A man was committed lo (taol, , s
fit Bteallnp; tenpenny naol, :
Re fW ,
And gave Mm 6'a ftitl i ' , I' .'-(J
Without ny option of bflOI.
-..-.I ,1.1 t.lm.Vpr nf lUtrirden
Uwd to spend the whole dr In h! ev4n.
When his frlenda aaVt Mm why, '
, Ke lookt up at the fcky,
But only replied, "Beg pur pawarden.
Mid that Nathaniel K8ennc
Lived wfi&lfy Mbtead md broad bbleEDta.
Hut a morsel of meat, , ,
He answered, "Juit think what It ftnlstmr
A thoughtful young tmtcl'.er named Mowll
Had a tender and fcnslthc Bowll. . . "
When ho slaughtered a aheep, ,'
He alwajs would weep .gl!ti-JMV,
And pay for a funeral towll.
A llnr who jnorfed' a n!i(H4 i''l .
Was chll to all that ho knucue.
If ho came under fire.
He used to rrtlre
't V, .
And say, with a bow, "After yueac,"
The dowager Duke of Huccleugh ..
Was famous for Irish atcugh. ;-
When asked, "Do you usa .,
Any onion In stusc?"
He cautiously answered; "A tenth." ,
A (troom of the royal demesne ;
Was the finest old man ever sesne, ,
Hut he kept out of alftht
In a ditch day and night
For fear of annoying the quesne. ;
The amiable dommodore Haljth
Set sail down the channel one dalgrw
tVhcn anked, "Do you' know
Which direction ttf no?"
He answered, "I'm feeling my walgtt"
One autumn the Marqula of Stcynca
Shot a partrldRO with Infinite pejnea.
Then he cried! "I'm afraid
Of the havoc I've maid I
flee only one feather remojnesl"
Ho Awful lot of snobs up the river
this season; much better st last year,
She Yes. You weren't up last year,
were you? Fun.
The Sentiment of the Sonir.
"Those sougs of tho sea aro verj
Impressive," sue exclaimed when the
full chested baritone had ceased war
"Yes," answered the young man whe
lacks poetry, "but they're misleading.
You get an Idea that after a man litis
been In the navy awhile he .goes around
singing about his home on. the rolling
deep when everybody knows that if ho
s lucky his homo 'Will, be right hero In
Washington." Washington Star.
She Tell me. Krauz. would you rath
er pay the butcher's biil or pay for mj
lie The butcher's bill.
Slie-AVell, hero It Is.
He What! forty marks? Let mo
havo the Items. '
She For meat 2 marks, for my new
hat tho 38 marks that tho butcher lent
me, maklug Just 40 marks! Fllegcude
Youngwlfo I. want to get soma
ma'am. How many
Mrs. Youngwlfo Oh, gor;lness! 1
thought you took tho heads i 112. 1 just
want plain chicken salad. Catlwllc
Standard aud Times.
Held Up on the Trnln.
Passenger Give me three of those
bananas. How much?
Train Boy Fifteen cents.
Passenger (handing over tlio money)
You are not as spectacular as the
James boys used 'to be, young fellow
but you do It more thoroughly. Chi
Iloatuu Cliihnien. '
Fogg The boys at the club are rath
or severe ou Morton. They say ho has
more money than brains.
Bass I should call that a compli
ment from their point of view. They
could possibly hpvo no use for a man
with urnlus. Boston Tiatiscrlpt.
Ovcrbefird In tha I'nrk".
First Nurso Girl So you ve got a
Second Nurso Girl Yes.
"Do you like It?'
"Like it? Why. It Is right In front of
a police station." Tammany Times,
A Tip I'or Iewej
BUklns-What Is tho matter with
that dog of yours V Ho looks poor.
GllUlus Indigestion. 1 call him
Dowey, and tho neighbors havo oen
overfeeding him. Ohio State Journal
Altvnya tho Wronjr Thlnir.
"Thero's a trust now to control tho
output of peanuts."
"Well, what we need Is a trust to
control tho output of peanut shells."
I'oetry Editorit nnd I'oetu Hxeonted
A man must bo patient with every
bore who comes In. for the reason that
the man may some day, have 12 to
spcwl, ..wjttt bjai. Achlsoa .GJobt
flic hrldeftt'oilfrt -Wnm itilUlfnnat RB
ThooftiiM'le Had Good: Cause.
Tho editor of tho Bloonivillo Eagln
picked up his shears and cnllod: y
"Aro you Colonel nocksloy? nsfced
Uio tall, robust looking young innn who
bad accepted tho Invltatlofl. . '
"I am," tho editor replied. WliaT
call 1 do for you?" '
"I havo enfuer hero to flomanfl etttls
faction," said tho cnllor, producing a
crumpled copy of tho Blooinvllle Eagla
and pointing at an article on tho flrgjl
page. "My nnmo Is Sowdcrs Ed Bowl
ders. I was married last night to tha
daughter of Major Polndoxter."
"yes," said the editor; "I bcllovo wo
tirjntcd something' about tho wcaumg.
' "Vod xllcl," Mr. Sowdevs assented.
"That's why I am hero now. Just rcoJ
that paragraph, please, nnd rend It out
Tnlnnel Itocksloy toot tno paper,
looked nt tho paragraph to which bla
(iUcntlon had been called and read:
'Tim wedding took place at tho liomo
of the bric?c .jyhcrc tho happy couplo
will reside until wuKrwum
"Well," tho editor explained, "I'm
sorry that got Jnto the paper. Of course
I wouldn't have permitted It to go t
I hiitl seen it, but unfortunately I
haven't time to read ovcrythlng wo ,
print before it Is put In typo. I can apt
prcclato your feelings, Mr. Sowdcrs,
and I assure you that It will glyo us
pleasure to correct the matter. I will
publish' an Item saying that you aro
not going to live with tho brldo'B par
ents. Will that bo satisfactory?'
"N'o, lr; It won't," the bridegroom
declared With considerable emphasis.
"You evidently don't understand the
situation. It ain't what you say nbout'
our living nt the homo of tho bride's
parents that makes mo mad. It's tho
Insinuation that I want to find a Job
that I object to."
The matter was compromised by tho
publication of tho subjoined verses In
tho next number of Tho Eagle:
TUG JOT TIUT WE CAXXOI nETBIlV.
There are wrongs that can never be righted; ,
There arc wounds that e'en time cannot heal.
We speak, and some fair hope is blighted; .
' Words oft aro more deadly than ttcelt .J, )
There arc bruises that linger forever; -p
We say but a word, and, alack! .'I ,
Though we long to recall It, wo never
Can give the old happiness backl
Chicago Tlmcs-IIcrald. j
Mean .Man I'll never lend him mon
Other Mau Why not? uasn't no pain
on? - . .
Mean Man-Pnid mo! "Why, he paid
me two days ancr uu unuvvi n.u
money; didn't oven glvo mo a chauco
tn sav to mv friends that I'd be lucky.
If I ever got It back. Syracuse Hep.:,
aid. ' J
How He Should Look nt If.
"Well." said the English yachtsman,
'you have, beaten us." x - , I".
"You shouldn't put it In tliai'woy.V -.i5.fv
i . .! n... 'i
was tho reply, wo tun no my u" i
tho Instincts of self preservation uc-
mamled. Wo wore obliged to come m
first In order to prevent you from beat- .
Ing us." Washington Star.
11 lull Hollers. , !
Mrs. Slubb-John, hero is an account
of some writer going out loo far in tho
surf. For an incredible length of time
he battled with the wild breakers.
Mr. Stubb-II in! I guess liemust
have been otic of thoso struggling au
thors wo bear so much about. Chi
cago News. . -;'.!
"Mrs. StulTem was told by that emi
nent actress who reduced her weight
'J5 pounds by dieting to strictly avoid
all starchy preparations."
"So now she has her linen done up
limp." Cleveland Plain Dealer.
Blotter ot XcccKiilty.
Chicago Mau What's the fate to St
Ticket Broker Do you want to go
Chicago Mali No, of course I don't
want to, but I am compelled to. Chi
cago News. . 1'
A Side Llliht on Illntory,
Teacher For what else was
Caesar noted? :
Tommy Tucker (who had studied tho
lesson sott-rwlmt hastily) Ills great
strength, ma'am. Ho threw a brid
across tho Ilhlue. Chicago Trlbuue.
Wlint Prollls It f
"Don't wns'e yoh time talliln 'boitt t&'
yob neighbors." said Uncle Ebon. "Yoh '1 H
neighbors Is probably talklu.'bout yoh,
an yoh kin IqoU'nroun fob yohse'f an .
bee how mucb good It's doln 'em."r-
Washington Star. . "1
, : -" . ,
Wlint Spoiled It. . " ,
"What a doleful expression your .:' .
photograph has on!" m'tX.
"Yes; 1 was feeling all right until thotVi
photographer told mo to look pleas- .4 ;
it r A t 1. T ' T"l .
iuu. uuu uu v ri-u i l ess.
The i'crfclmnioitvllle Yueht Itnce.
The Caiitaln of tho Possum Gem-'
men, 1 reckon wo might Jos' ns well gib
up de race. All In favor ob qulttln say
First Hate Hurry up dat vote.l
cap'n, or you Won't bo able to git pJ
quorum. New York Wdrld, ;