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Only n slight leverage la needed to
u:rn n now leaf. The whole trouble
Ilea In keeping It turned, llnrolil
George Is unu of thoeo eoiufortiible
youug men who take themselves scrlf
ously ntnl for that reason IjistltijCtlvtt
ly consider nil girls frivolous. Bu
Alma Pnge's frivolity was of Uio kind
thai pleased him because It set olt his'
illd qualities so well, nntl he called,"
hi her so often that observnnt people
began to talk of a match. Of course,
he poohpoohed such a possibility! but
continued to enjuy himself by having
i Jolly time with her whenever the op
lortunlty olTered. As for Alma, she
Iked his society and to the best of,"
or knowledge was wholly heart (ropr'
This state of affairs had existed for,
many mouths and would perhaps have,
continued Indefinitely had It not been,
for a chat they had one ovcnlng during
lie Christmas holidays.
"Oh, by the way," exclaimed Alma,
'hare you mode any good resolutions,
for the now year?"
"Well, no, I can't say I hnve," rc
piled Harold pompously.
"What a paragon you must be If you
don't need to reform In nny way! nut
perhaps you feel that you wouldn't;
have the power to keep n good resolu
tion If you made It"
"As far ns that Is concerned you tra.
mistaken. I know I have faults, as
all men have, but as they have never
i -a used me any trouble so far I don't
feel the necessity of bothering myself
ihout them. However. If you suggest
inythlng In which I need a reform 1
wlllshow you that It Is not beyond
"Oh. dear no!" said Alma banter-
ingly. "I wouldn't tor tho world do
anything to disturb your poise! You
a it! so perfectly balanced that the re-
moval of even one of your Taults would
spoil your symmetry."
Harold was not quick of perception,
but ho realized that ho was being
laughed at, and In self defense he
iskod. "But what have you decided to
"I can't make up my mind. I have"
so many faults I dou't know where to
At this commonplace Statement Har-
old laughed uproariously, as Is the hab-
It of men who have no seilse of humor.
Her air as she made the statement was
so demurs however, that It added to
her charm, and as he stopped laugh
ing he looked at her with a patronizing
sense of satisfaction that was new to
. "I don't see what you are laughing
at." said Alma, with a slight pout that
was niso uewiicnmg. "l am sure mere or an uncomfortable silence,
are lots of things that I should turn "Certainly not. What put that into
over a new leaf about." your head?" . .
Harold went olt into another roar of nut you aro treating me so differ
laughter. Tho idea of this Huffy bun- outly from the way you usually do,
die of Inuocenco having great faults so"
was very absurd to him. When ho i,avo always treated you politely,
dually stopped, she exclaimed: ' haven't I?"
"I'll tell you what let's do. Let us "Oh. pshaw! I don't menu that,
each think It over carefully and then nw i int on knowing." he began
decide to turn over a now leaf about pettishly, but sho Interrupted him with
something. We really should, you some nsperlty.
know, nnd besides It Is the fashion at "insist Mr. George! I never knew
this time of yenr." thnt you had any right to Insist on
"All right: it Is n bargain," ho said. anything with me."
While smoking his cigar on his way i don't mean that," ho tried to ox
home Harold thought of his proposed plain, and in the meantime he was los
ieforut and laughed to himself at the nK uis temper rapidly At finding his
absurdity of It all. It was foolish of pi!tns so ups;t iut you seem so 0ocr
him to allow himself to be led Into tonight."
such nonsense by n girl, but what a Thanks for the compliment Mr.
girl sho wns! He had never thought
much about her before, hut on this The Iteration of "Mr. George" exas
night she had Interested him. It Is pointed him Completely, nnd he tried
true sho was frivolous, but so Is every t Rny something, failed and then start
woman who Is nttmctlve. That she 0j toward the door. Intending to leave
wns youug and fresh and beautiful (u0 iwus.. But afthat moment Mrs.
wan beyond question, nnd nil she need- iaKt entered the room and wished him
ed was a man of strong chnracter. like the compliments of tho season,
himself, of course, to direct her nnd it would not do to let her see that he
bring out the serious side of her na- was nngry, so lie chatted with her for
turn At this point a thought struck n fow minutes nnd gradually recover
him so forcibly thnt he stopped abrupt- ed his self control. In the meantime
ly with the cigar poised in his hand. Mma had tlmo to reflect that she had
What If Alma wns taking his atten- mther overdone her decorous conduct
lions seriously? It was a disturbing nn,i was anxious to make up friends,
thought and ho walked slowly an he To see him angry wns something new.
ttiniod It over In his mind, lie hnd ,m.l It gave her n very unpleasant feel
.always considered It part of his dost'ny av a,0ut tho !ietft bi dllp't hy: to
A New Year's
to marry, but ho was walling for the
right woman and merely amusing him
telf In the meantime. Itut If Alma
had teamed to lovo hi in, and It was
Quito possible, he might bo the cause
of a cruel disappointment to her. Wo
men feel such things so deeply, you
kuow. A.s he thought It nil over nnd
recalled, tna'ny trifling Incidents the
possibility became i probability, nnd
he was not n llttio, delisted. Hut he
never canio to conclusions hastily, and
It was not until New Year's cvo that
he made up his mind that' perhaps Al
ma, after nil, was the woman to mnko
him hnppy. But before deciding flual
ly he resolved to sound tho depths of
her character and stop meeting her
frivolity with frivolity. Just then It
occurred to him thnt In doing that he
vould bo turning over n now leaf aa ho
had promised to, and ho chuckled over
his own cleverness.
Alma In the meantime had canvass
ed her fallings carefully nnd had de
cided thnt her besetting sin was flirt
ing. True, sho had never flirted much
with any one but Harold, and his self
satisfaction was so unspeakable that
It was a temptation to tease him. But
she really did not lovo him. .Ho was
not her Prluco Charming by nny
means, and she would simply have to
give up flirting with him. Full of this
noble resolution she avalted his nest
On tho first evening of tho new year
nm-old attired himself faultlessly and
Ci,Ued at the Page mansion. He hnd
almost decided that Alma was the one
woman he had oyer met Wham, he
would enro to make his wife, and the
impression was heightened wjien she
swcpt Into tho room to greet him and
wish hm, the compliments of the sea-
SOn. He had brohght her a box of
bonbons as a New Year's gift and was
somewhat surprised by the staid and
decorous way In which she received It
ms surprise became positive when she
..T'hnnk you so much. Sir. George. It
mJ. .uj of you t0 i,rng ,ne this."
,Ie exacted that she would go Into
m,Um!t as nswii nn(, tllell the. "Mr.
George!" They had known one an-
otllur from cllUdhood. add sho had nl-
...nVf. c1IlMi llIm unfold.
"Why, what's the mntter?" he nsked.
"The mntter? I don't understand!"
"Hut 'Mr. George!' "
"But you have always called me"
Thin, hu rcMzca that he was going to
make himself ridiculous, nnd lie stop
ped In some confusion. "You are not
nngry with me, nre you?" he asked aft
'think of losing his Midship. I,tkp n
true woman, sho promptly decided to
let tho now leaf sho had turned over
rustle back to Its place and begin ngalu
with tho old one. When her mother
left tho room, sho ran, up to Harold
md, looking up Into his eyes with the
iwcclest penitence, pleaded:
"Don't let us quarrel, Harold. 1 ad
mit I didn't treat you nicely. Won't
you let mo slug you tho mow song I
Going to tho piano, sho played her
wn nccompanlmcnt nnd sang the lat
est popular song, one that gave her an
opportunity to look at hint roguishly
and flash her beautiful eyes to ad
vantage. Ho was partly mollified nnd
more In lovo than ever before she
reached tho last verse. Her sudden
thanges from dignity to frivolity be
ivlldcrcd him, but still sho wns beauti
ful In nil her moods.
"Cornel" sho said, extending her
hand to him. "We nro friends again,
aren't wo? But you must confess you
were not exnetly the same ns usual to
mo tonight You were so Woefully se
rious." Sho did not withdraw her hand from
his lingering clasp, for, like the Im
pulsive crcnturo sho was, she overdid
,tcr reconciliation ns she had her re
! "Yes, I wns more serious than usu
i al," ho said, still holding her hand.
"but that was becnuso I had mndo up
'my mind to turn over a new leaf."
"And It was because I had turned
over a new leaf that 1 was" Then
sho stopped and blushed furiously. It
would never do to toll him her reso
lution, nnd she withdrew her hand, and
blushes became her as much as smiles.
"Oh, what wns your resolution?" she
asked gayly, trying to, cover her con
fusion. "I had mado up my mind to discov
erno, I have made up my mind I
love you, Alma! Will you bo my
"I didn't expect this!" sho whispered.
"Oh, you must give mo tlmo to think!"
"Then you do not lovo me!" he said
"I don't know. I nlwnys liked you
and wnnt to bo friends. And to stop
flirting with you was my good resolu
tion." "I wnnt you to stop flirting with
mo," he said eagerly. "I want you to
bo In earnest"
"Oh, It Is all so sudden!" she pro
tested. "Let us not turn over new
leaves, but go back with the old ones
Just.as we were for awhile."
"No," ho said doggedly. "I have
turned over a new leaf, and over It
stays. I want you to be my wife nnd
not simply n jolly friend."
This speech was In every way char
acteristic of him, nnd ns she looked at
him sho felt very weak and foolish In
tho presence of his flrmness nnd
strength. Sho wanted very much to
cry nnd knew that was foolish, too, but
every second sho felt herself yielding
to his dominant will, nnd when he
suddenly clasped her In his arms she
made no resistance.
After that whnt a trouble they had
with their new leaves! Now that he
claimed a proprietary Interest In her,
Harold simply couldn't help meeting
Alma's frivolity with frivolity and un
bending cumbrously in response to her
gaycty. And she found It more de
lightful than over to flirt with him now
that their llttio quarrel had made them
realize how dea.r they were to each oth
er. But before the next season of good
resolutions had come around they
made up their minds thnt It was alto
gether too much trouble to turn over
two new lenves and keep them turned.
So they decided to confine themselves'
to one leaf and to turn It over together.
Grniiilniii'M Cat Story.
"I had a stepfather," said the pleas
ant faced old grandmother, when nsk
ed for a story at tho family gathering,
"and ho liked to see me working about
the house instead of playing with n
kitten, so he ordered me to throw It In
the brook which ran through our
"I was forced to do It, though I cried
a great deal. I throw It In three times,
but the little thing struggled nut ench
tlmo and Hually dragged itself houlo
after me. Then 1 pleaded so much
that I was allowed to keep It.
"From that time on It wns kind of
tvlld, not staying In the house, but
skulking around the baru. When It
was full grown, it began to kill our
chickens, so my stepfather said It had
to go. This time he caught It and tied
a stone around It nnd drowned It. Aft
er an hour or two he drew It from the
water aud burled It.
"Now coines the part that is" stranger
than Action. Two days after the same
old yellow cat dragged Itself up to the
barn. Wo visited the place where we
had buried It and found it had come to
life arid rid Itself of the stone. In what
wny I know not, aud dug Itself out
"It staid by the edge of our woods',
getting the milk I set out every now
nud then, but disappeared when winter
came." Philadelphia Call.
IlruVL'il the llntiiltts.
Oo of tho stories of the late Corne
lius Yanderbllt Illustrates his pcrsounl
courage. While he. was In Europo
with his sous years ago he sent word
to Mr. Depew, who was In Loudon,
that the boys wanted to visit the tomb
of Agamemnon, in Greece. As tho
holding up of trains upon the railroad
which he would have to take to reach
Argos was by no means rare, Mr. De
pew sought to dissuade him from tho
Idea. Mr. Yanderbllt, however. In
sisted upon going. At Vienna, through
some delay, the party missed the train
It was to have taken and wns forced to
take tho next one.
Mr. Yanderbllt learned afterward
that the first train had been held up In
the mountains by robbers nnd that four
men. who had been mistaken for his
parly, had been taken from It. These
men were forced to raise $10,000 before
ili'y regiilned their lIlH-Tfy.'
! ..JLrf... ,y,'
- -""?.'?'""-; : l , ,wa : rr; :y ."l!
Vncylnf Kftet-C of Accidents.
"Years ago," said n Malue man, "I
was standing beside a gun at a state
muster nt Augusta when n i-alulo to
the governor, who had Jllst coma utl
the Held, wns being Ilred. Tho cannon
used was of the old fashlwed kind,
and It was prematurely discharged,
with the result that tho Index linger of
the right hand of tho man ramming
the load homo woa blown off. The
shock, together with the lodgment of
flying particles of powder, had tho ef
fect of driving the blood back from the
wound, during which fragment of time
the Injured man calmly examined his
mangled hand, but when tho blood did
come back It came with a rush and
fairly bubbled out In a torrent Tho
mnn's calmness left hlin ns If by inngte
l.t tho sight of the blood, and, with n
loud scream, ho keeled over In a dead
"They used to tell a story of two men
who were working on opposite sides of
a bttzzsaw. Tho attention of one be
coming momentarily distracted, ho ran
his finger ngalnst the saw, and the
fcovorcd piece dropped on tho other
side, where his pnrtner wns working.
That worthy picked It up and, with the
casual remark, 'Bill, you've dropped
something. handed It back to Its own
er. Bill didn't fnlnt, but It Is only ow
ing to the superior burst of speed de
veloped by his partner that he Is not
doing tlmo for homicide." New York
Culm Not Admlttrd,
Americans visiting London for the
first time nro more than likely to hall
a hansom the day they arrive and start
promptly to sec the row. Half the
books, stories, newspaper articles, etc..
treating of English life make promi
nent mention of this tho smartest
driveway In the world. London so
ciety circles largely about Hyde park,
and naturally enough tourists regard
It as a good starting place from which
to study British manners and peoples.
Imagine, then, the Indlguntioti and
the disgust of a pair of pretty girls, ac
customed to traverse home drives In
any fashion they like, warned back
from Hyde park entrance by n
six foot arm of the law. No tips, no
remonstrance, no pleading, has tho
slightest etl'ect upon the stern "bobby,"
who simply orders cabby to depart
and tells his fares to j;et a more cor
rect equipage If they desire to take
part In the row parade.
It Is livery or nothing, and If the
visitor continues to long for n glimpse
of tho Hyde park show she must have
boots and breeches to drive her. there
by having at .feast the semblance of a
private establishment. No admittance
Is the standing rule for the ostensible
cab. Boston Globe.
A Had Mnn to Interrupt.
"Wen Moses tell de suu tor stan'
still" began the old deacon.
"Dnt waru't Moses," Interjected a
brother In the ntnen corned; "dut wuz
"Ez 1 said." contlhued the deacon,
"w'en Joshua tell de sun"
"Yoh didn't say dat at all!" said .the
brother who had corrected him. "Hit
wuz mo dirt' said hit! Hit wuz mo dat
tuck yoh up to lilt!"
The deacon's patience was exhaust
ed. He folded his brass rllumcd spec
tacles, laid them carefully on the table
before him. walked over to tho amen
corner, took the objecting brother by
both arms from behind and. with the
swish of a cyclone, swept him forward
toward tho door, landing him precipi
tately In outer darkhess.
"Ez 1 wuz sayin foil dls little Inci
dent occurred," ho continued, "w'en
Moses tolo Joshua ter tell do sun ter
Some of the older, learned brethren
moved Uneasily In their seats. They
looked as If they wanted to correct him.
but they did not. They let It go at that.
Cbnrncter In the Hair.
If your hair Is fine, It denoted gentle
birth. If the ends cling together, It Is
a sign of great Intellectuality, and a
tendency to' curl shows Inherent grace
aud a poetic nature.
Those are some of the things set
forth by the science of linlr reading,
yet undeveloped, but likely to "give us
nway" In n manner often more accu
rate than pleasing.
This science tells Us, too, that the'
person with straight hair has n firm,
positive aud practical disposition. Col
or shows the temperament. For lu
stance, it Is well to watch out for the
person with lilnck, lusterless hair. He's
apt to be treacherous and Jealous. The
lighter the hair the more sensitive' find
"touchy" Its owner. Brown hair be
longs to him who has common sense,
good Judgment and reasou lu high de
gree, which" would Indicate that hu
mnnlty Isn't even half bad. He'd hair
shows houesty and cleverness.
The TurkUli Autocrat,
The sultan of Turkey rises at d and
after devoting the whole morning to
work with his secretaries breakfasts
at uoon. After this he takes a drive or
k row on the lake In his vast park. At
8 he dines and amuses himself during
the evening with his family, llsteuinc;
while his daughter plays on the piano.
He Is extremely fond of music. The
sultan dresses like an English gentle
man, but Invariably In a frock coat, the
breast of which on great oi-castons Is
richly embroidered and blazing with
decorations. Then.' are over 400 cooks
and scullions employed lu the Imperial
Smith What's wrong, old mac? You
Join's I am, You know I had my
life Instiled lasl week?
Jjmlth Yes, but what has" that go to
do with It?
Jones WCl. the very next day tny
wife bought a new cookbook. Pos
elWy It's ul right, but It cortaJnly looW
5USUlc'.(ilK.-CblCJro Ifiv.'E. j
The terrible Itevenuu cl n Smalt IJt
"I irot oven with that tvnewrlter trlrl
With de yeller hair, betcherllfe!" satcL
the elevator boy as he stood aside tuJ
let the fat man out, "Say, what da
you think? She tried tp throw me down
on mo Job. Tliatfs. rigiiti, Snfd I was
disrespectful aud dldu'.t attend to busi
ness. Wouldn't that larlndVybu? But'
It didn't work, not on Vr 'Mfpt, Do
f.oss said he couldn't get along'wlihouf
me and promised to raise uio'ivages it,
I would be good! "" '
"That typewriter girl with do yeller
hair Is awfully sweet on a Willie Vioy
what works four floors down, and dff
VVllllo b? Is blowing In his tpi per toj
keep up appearances. Ilj-' slioves a
bouquet as big as a cabbage up this
elevator every day by special miasen-'
ger, and It made mo tlred'j ' '!
"Well, de udder day t tntjl a messen
ger boy up with a whole flower garden.'
for de girl, and I saw diijld wa3 look
ing around for nomethlng,'
" 'What Is de matter, paixl? I asked.
" 'Lost do nddress,r said he.
" 'That's all right,' said' I. 'I kin put.
you next. Seventh floor, tfylrd ofllce:)
to do right, redheaded girl. '"
"That was all right, but doglrl who
works In de same olllco Is BWft on de
same Willie boy.
"Well, that boy gave do redheaded
girl de flower garden, nud del'yollor
haired girl had a fit
"Say, you oughter sec that poller
haired girl give that Willie box do
marble heart when they met In de1, ele
vator going down. Willie boy Is put-
Htwt ii, i, if It, n cne(ftf-a tinlllr Tthtr.
and de girl Is looking nrotind fer 'apji
other feller." Detroit Free I'rcss.
TOE VIltST DOCTOR.
The Ti'Me. VerMlon,
M11P3 Sliimlish paused In his nervous
pacing of the floor as John Aldeu en
tered. "Well." he nsked anxiously, "you
come from Prlscllla? Did you say a
good word for me?"
"Yes." replied John, "and sho said a
good word for you herself."
"When I told her of your love, sho
exclaimed, 'Heavens!' " Philadelphia,
What He Did.
Irate Father I don't wish to hear,
any more of your falsehoods, young
man. You told me that when you vis
ited your sick friend you didu't sit
down all night.
The Junior And 1 still say so.
"Don't tell me. I've heard dlffefr
"But. you sec. sir, 1 sat up." You-;
JnKt After the ttKxznrct.
"That's your tallest policeman, eh?'
said the stranger In surprise. "Ho
looks to me about the height of an or
"Three or four feet of him Is down In
the snow," explained the Chicago man,
who was showing the stranger tha
sights of the city. Chicago Tribune.
Would Hnve lleen llnrd on Her.
"1 wish I had studied law." she said
"It would have been a bitter expei
rience for you." he nnswered.
"Why so?" hliu demanded.
"You would have had to let the Judgcr
have the last word." Chlcai.'o Post
Vex. Our Wife tint Hint.
He I suppose you wouldn't accept
the best man on earth? -
She Oh. he's snapped up and mar-i
rled long ago. Chicago Uecord.
Ilon're They CoiiiIiik With Youf
I startiil round ilic other J iy ..
To lutisf.v norclf
How tJkit tlie Kcncral puMic
Was udiiuiulutltii; uojhli. t
Each IruiMJuJl I met -' Vj, J
1 inter lew ml, jmi spc, '
Bo now I'll try unl tell ou what
Some of tlu.ni toll! inc.
A shoemaker itflJ he was "pegging away,"
Um,ur js "IjIiik low,"
A dociur tvat tJiiMnic Ills money "dead cjsyj't
li b the truth liny told me so.
A bifteher tiwnti'jrd to make ''end meat,"
The Iivruun had "struck a frost,"
Tm plumlier 1 ri.et uiu "hlltlns the pipe;"
Poor tellow, I guess lio'k lost.
A ,lckpocl.,t wa3 "loklns things easy,"
While a l!;ir was "loafhii; all dayj" '
A Kroter told m in eonfldinec
That "things were coins his weigh."
A di'iitist was "lliing lieni hand to rooath,"
And l.ere, Jiifl to i: al.e a rhyme,
I'll haw to ring In I l.e Ji'vuler
Who wa worliinj, ut course, "overtime."
A burglar said, "limn wrre picking up,"
Hut he had to work at nlelit.
And even a xor blind beggar said
llo was "doing out of lght." '
An osbllled man nas having
An awful "harit time," he said,
While an imdirtakir told me
He was "doing quite on the dead.''
1 (iskcd a spiritualist how things were,
"Just medium," he replied,
A barWr said ,lic- ivjs '.'scraping along"
A.nd thin curled up and died.
A fufrfLr "ran a skin fain?,"
A Jofkey was "en the go."
Hut It ti'rned my held whtu a dressmaker salrf
We wav cioin "Et-aM sew,"
-WillMm Loft, l:iid (n ifailonil Liuo'dry Jo'ijff
Tyie of Oat Ancestor.