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By W. II.
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Ills cnstnet! Paul surveyed It
proudly a It hung tn the falling light.
Fully flfilit feet long, close-meshed
and leaded. Woven of the strongest
sea Island with a bag that would hold
n hundred nuilli't. How many hours
ft r'irnt toll It represented, only
fain Joffrlon knew. Hours made up
of minutes snatched from a fisher
man's over-crowded life. Stitch by
stitch whlie the cither boys rested at
dinner or smoked cigarettes In the
soft afterglow or snored before tin)
Knzlrg plncknot fire. So had the
castnet piown. Sometimes the broad
.iKitilil) ra brut to their tank and
iiehed from the strain of tho day's
labor; very often the tired Angers had
cramped with weariness, but the tail's
stubborn will had never faltered.
The day he hail brought home his
store of twine, the sea Island account
ed the best of its kind, and whittled
out the soft pine needle. All, that
bad been u proud day. With that
day had begun the thoughts that kepi
Mm awake and working, while others
"Sometimes catch plainly, some
times tncbbp not catch any. Say, mek
It eveu. ay catch feefty fnulb-t every
night. Two mullet To' live cents. Dm
twenty five time live cents. Das five
quarters. Say nick fine dollar and a
quarter every day. Say It costs me
a Quarter a day to leeve. 'bout das.
with tohaccn. Das leave tne nix dollar
a wik. Tres bon. I buy Mm!"
The "him" so Joyously referred to
being n little tworoomed cabin,
nestled upon a point that ran out Into
the gulf. It was owned by a crabbed
old fisherman who insisted tha the
house and I's half dozen Handy acres
was worth fifty dollars, because "she
done fenced on free side already."
Fenced by the blue waters of the .Mex
ican Gulf! Everybody said that tin
price was preposterous; the cabin
was on the verge of dilapidation; for
ty dollars was enough and to spare.
Hut I'aul was resolved to have It,
even, as he told himself under Ml
breath, "even If I have to geeve forty
tie dollars fo' It."
All because a certain dark eyed
daiiKhter of tho "old man" had praised
She was a pretty girl, was Marguer
Ite. and her pet name of liehe seemed
comically out of keeping with her
Midi bead nnd flashing eyes. Tho
"old man" was proud of his daugh
ter and skillfully kept the young men
Bt a distance. Not but what they
were welcome to bis bouse, very wel
come. So welcome that hi- talked to
them himself, nil tho time. Never
for a moment deserting- his self ap
"I fought I'd ect him out. me,"
one of the boya reported. "I stav
till dark, yns. I.ate. Hut das old
man, he wouldn't even go feed lies
I'aul was not one of the hoys who
had tried to outsit the "old man" on
the old man's front gallery. Mo hnd
a holder plan, when his castnet was
And at last It was done and from
thenco forward every moonless night
when the tide was In Paul might
have been found waist deep n the
water listening for the ruffle of the
mullet. The strong cord of his net
noosed around his left wrist, a lead
between his strong front teeth. Over
his right arm tho folds or net care
fully gathered for spreading. Instant
ly, at the ruffle of an oncoming school
to nb-rt figure rose higher and bent
backward In unison with tho back
ward swing of the trained right arm.
gathering force for the throw. The
arm swoops forward ami the tody
with It; tho lead flies from between
his teeth; the net from his arm. Ah,
how beautifully It spreads and sinks
over that school of mullet Truly a
prince of castnet' Slowly he draws
In tho line on his left wrist. HI
Paul Surveyed It Proudly at It Hung
In the Falling Light
heart thrills at the weight. "Heavy,
bo! Mebbe a hundred. Feel laik
But be cannot Investigate his gain
out here. With the heavy wet net and
I's catch on hli shoulders ho wades
sturdily back to the beach. Eh, blen!
It Is well, Indeed, that his shoulders
are broad and his chest deep,
So the night wore to morning and
be was glad, cleaning his fish and
.selling them, and sleeping like tho
dead through the afternoon.
Thpn there wero tho nights that
were light, very beautiful, with a sll
Tory beauty, but very bad for the
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fisher who fished with a castnet. The
next day Taut would walk the beach
with do fish to sell, blue as though
he had had a college education and
was bothered over the "social prob
lems" and politics.
Weeks when he met his payments;
weeks when he was short and his
creditor sour; at last in March the
Sunday came when he could stride
Into church with a piece of paper In
his breast pocket and In his breast
the sensation of a man who owned
tho earth. As the congregation came
straggling down the grassy path he
turned and said carelessly over hla
shoulder to tho boy who walked with
"Well, I buy das point place, me."
"Sho." ejaculated .the youth, "How
much you geeve fo' him?"
"Oh, I dnnno. Feefty -five dollars,
"Sho!" The boy gave place me
chanically, and I'aul walked beside
Told Her About His Castnet and His
Hebe with tho air of a man enjoying
Hebe eyed her wealthy suitor with
carefully concealed admiration.
"Das nice pice you got," she re
"Yns, right nice, when I get him
fixed up. Itoof lik some. I'll split
some boards next wilt. Mek fence,
too!" Then under the Inspiration of
her openly expressed Interest, I'aul
reached for hitherto undreamed of
"T'lnk mebbe I paint Mm some day.
'"hat color you fink look nice?"
Hebe rose to the emergency with
nn exulting sense of power. Yellow.
Did not M. I'aul think y low a very
pretty color. Oul certuinment ; M.
I'aul thought yellow tho prettiest col
or in the world, for a bouse. So
they waxed quickly confidential and
walked so close together that when
the "old man" saw them coming up
the slope be said things under hla
breath that It was not proper to say
oq a Sunday evening.
Where was madam, his wife and
trusted ally. What could she be
thinking of! He brought tho ftont
legs of his chair down upon the floor
with a bang that Jarred his teeth and
strode to meet that absorbed couple.
"Honjour. M. I'aul."
"Honjour. M. Zenon."
They reached the gallery before
either spoke again and Hebe quickly
disappeared. For all his boldness.
Haul's hand shook as he rolled and
lighted a cigarette, lint the thought of
his castnet steadied his nerves.
"I t'lnk I come see Hebe," he an
The "old man" snorted with aston
There was a pause while the Indig
nant parent gathered his sarcastic
powers for withering work. Then:
"What yon got to kip a wife?"
Ah, ha! Haul's hour of triumph had
come very quietly. He tossed away
the stump of his cigarette, nipped his
mustach and arose to thrust his hands
Into his pocket.
"I got a castnet, me." he said with
subdued exultation. "She's eight feet
long and made of sea-Island." He
gave the old man a moment to take
It all in and added. "I bought das
point place last wlk. Das deed all
For a long moment the old man
stared at the unfolded paper with a
reverence for the written word known
only to the Illiterate. Then the cry
ing need of action came over him and
he lunged heavily iuto the Inner
"Ilebe, oh, Bebe! What for you don't
hurry with daa coffeo, chere?"
When the coffee-drluklng was con
cluded the "old man" went away sub
missively to feed bis horse and madam
carried her cigarette to the kitchen
Paul and Bebe sat side by side tn
their hide-bottom chairs, and as they
watched the moon come sailing up
over tho wide, wide Quit he told her
about his castnet, and his love.
New York In Farming Business.
The city of New York does a llttls
In the agricultural line occasionally.
Thus $182.20 has been received from
the net proceeds of an auction sale
of applcB held on the new Croton dam
division of the new acniieduet it
has been transmitted to the city chain
I'riiniii iui mo ni-uil lit VUV WalSI
Mates for European
firen Among the Scions of Royalty Available, Good Looks
Are Decidedly at a Premium Politics and Petition
Limit ineir dejection.
HIS year of grace Is go -
Ing to see some bis rov
al weddings, the fruit
of long and serious con-
WRySrT ral" hctween monarch
S'lL. J Anil mnnnriih KaVi I r, A
The question of mat
Ing prospective rulers
Is becoming so difficult
that the combined wits of all the
crowned heads of Europe, with pre
miers and ambassadors at hand to
help think, are scarcely onual to solv
Ing It. The obvious remedy for what
has becomo a realty embarrassing nit
uatlon Is to let each young heir to a
throno have his way and marry the
American elrl of his choice. It looks
as if that would bo the rule with the
next crop of heirs, but tho present
generation of royal parents and of
loyal subjects Irn't educated up to it
yet, and no amount of fascination on
the part of the American clrl. or wiles
on tho part of her mamma will be ah'n
to effect the necessary change while
Kurope s thrones hold their present oc
Ono trouble Is that all tho rnval
young folk aro so closelv related. In.
termarrlago has steadily diminished
the wits that crowned heads contain
until such pcssltnlnt writers as Lorn
broso and Max Nordnti and Dr. Forbes
Wlnslow aro beginning to nlcture to
themselves a futuro world ruled bv
madmen und Idiots. There is not a
royal prince or princess In all Europe
who Is not a cousin In some decree to
every other prince and princess and
those who have the samo religion and
enough traits in common to make
them sympathetic have, as a rule, the
same great-grandparents a fact that
ooesn t promise we 11 for the future of
Another result of constant Intermar
riage has been that the present lot of
unmarried princesses In Europe Is
lOStly far from good looking. Tbeo-
retlcally. of course every nrlncess is
lovely. It is as difficult to retrain
from mechanically writing "beautiful"
before their names as it used to be
for the country reporter to write of
weuding presents without saying that
they wero "numerous and costly."
Their heavy, stupid faces become a
source of embarrassment If their por
traits accompany the text describini;
There are some three dozen sov
ereign families In Continental Europe,
and between them they can muster no
more than twenty princesses who are
eligible for marriage to reigning mon
archs. Six of them belong to the
Austrian Imperial fan.ilv. six to vari
ous branches of the Bourbons, two to
tho deposed house of Hanover, and
the others mostly to tne minor tier.
man and grand ducal families.
Fourteen of the twenty are Roman
Catholics, four are Protestants and
two profess the orthodox Greek faith.
This, of course, greatly reduces the
number who are eligible as the hririea
of the two best "partis" in Europe, the
Russian heir-presumptive. Grand Duke
Aiicnaei, and the successor to the Ger
man imperial throne, Crown Prince
Frederic William. The fzarlna mini
be an orthodox Greek and the German
Empress must be a Protestant, so that
were Roman Catholic princesses chos
en as the brides of the future Czar and
Kaiser, they would havo to change
their faith. Cases in which Roman
Catholic princesses h-ve renounced
their religion are, however, extreme
ly rare, for it Is a rule without excep
tion among the Hapsburga, the Hour-
ons, and other sovereign homes th M
their daiieMers may not. even for e
mast lirirnnt nnlltlnal u . mia I
7 ,, , ""- i-misA"
iucir rnugion. mere is not one sifKie
hi vKiuuiiu princess iu
Europe who has abandoned her filth
In order to contract a marriaee wi
PRINC633 WtlTRVD OF BAVAP1a
WEatTTlHI prince ii twxf jf
sovereign of another persuasion,1
Princes Are Scarce
. that the Russian and German heir.
will have to seek their consorta In oth
There are only two royal ladles of
me orthodox Greek faith who would
be eligible as the bride of the Russian
helr-prcsumptlve; one of them Is his
cousin, a Russian grand duchess of
scanty personal attractions, and tho
other Is Princess. Xenla of Monte
negro, the daughter of the reigning
Prince of Montenegro, and sister
of the Queen of Italy. Prin
cess Xenla Is now 81 years of age
and a brunette beauty of seml-orlental
type. Her lineage Is of the best, for
she can trace her descent back to a
prince of ttie tenth century.
Of course all sorts of minor rorsJ.
lies have been in love with the beaute
ous Xenla. but tho members of the
royal house of Montenegro are as
shrewd and thrifty In matchmaking as
the royal house of Denmark, whence
came tho queens of England and Rus-1
sia and the King of Greece, besides
various lessor personages, crowned or '
likely to be crowned eventually. So
whllo there is any hope of bringing oft ,
a match between the princess and the
Grand Duko Michael the others suit
ors will have to wait. Among them Is
tho Grand Duke Ernest of Hesse,
whose divorce from Princess Victoria
Mellta caused her august grandmoth
er, the late Queen Victoria, to . be
greatly disturbed. Failing Princess
Xenla. Grand Duko Michael will have
to seeds a wlfo among the Protestojit
princesses of England and Germany
who may be willing to adont the
Orthodox Greek faith.
Another young beautv who stamla
high In the Imperial marrinee mart is
Archduchess Marie Henrlette of Aus-
ttia. who Is 19 years old. and a distant
cousin of the Emperor Francis Joseph.
iter rather, Archduke Frederic, is ths
head of tho third branch of the Haps
burgs nnd brother to the aucen-motn-
ea or spam.
TTUHCesS XPH1A OF VWTENEGRO J
0 'TituSJlA " "eCOMt
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If It were not that the dodo obiects
to the marriage of first cousins the
radiant Princess Marie probably would
be the choice of young King Alfonso
Alii or spam, who has a keen eve for
beauty and who has begun to look
ahjut for a bride. In fact, he win
soon make a tour of the continent un
der his mother's guidance to pick out
a queen for Spain, t'lhannllv for
him. however, the nrlnees.i haa tn he
chosen solely on account of family
and political considerations, regard
less of whether she Is attractlvo or
Another of the four notable excen.
tlons to the general run of nlaln nrtn-
cesses, Marie Josephine of Bourbon, Is
a grand daughter of King Ferdinand
of Sicily, who lost his throne some
thirty years ago. This deposed family
resides at Cannes. In the south of
France. Princess Marie Josenhine is
tall and active, an exDert vachtswom.
an, a skilled rider and a crack lawn
tennis player. She Is 22 years old
and an admirable match for a Roman
Catholic prince, but. like the Arch
duchess Marie, is debarred by religion
from the competition for the German
and Russian thrones.
But the most beautiful of all the
mlarviVgeable princesses of Europe Is
Wllrud Marie Allx of Bavaria, who Is
no 19 years old. She. too la hm.
j.4tte. with wonderful dark eyes, per-
fiuit f t t mm r .1 VlM.v I.H ...... ma
--.mo nun ..ins, iMwmii, wav
hair, or course all princesses are said
to be as accomplished as they are
beautiful, but fcere is one who would
ahlne among brilliant girls anywhere
, . . .
irrenpeciiva or rang, uui unrortunate-
ly In her blood Is the taint of Incurs,
ble Insanity, and there Is little likeli
hood of her being chosen as the con
sort ot any heir to tho Eurtpeas
S VRISCISJ1MRIE JOSCPniNC
I or tOURPON
SILENCED THE PEACE CRANK.
Hew Lincoln Illustrated His Methods
Soon after Lincoln b-sued his call
for tho first seventy-five thousand
men, a well-meanlna- "nwurmk
railed on him and begged him to stop
"That'a what I am irylng to do
sam uncom. sadly, "and lying awake
cignts flunking how to do It"
"But you havo called volunteers.
"Well, do yt mean that Is trying to
nop me warr
"You aro Joking, Mr. Lincoln."
o, I am in dead earnest Somo
things are easier to stop by letting
mem run a WMie and alnar nnwn
(smuuany, man oy jerking them up
suddenly, especially if you don't
Know just what Is making them go.
Let me tell you a story:
"When I was a boy about fifteen
i naa to rido a horse over to a nelsh
boring town. The man that n.,t
him gave me a quarter to take him
mere and get him shod. Well, I didn't
know much about horses except from
behind a plow dragging after them,
so when I got on that horse I felt a
little awkward. I thought I'd otart
rigni, 80 I cut a switch and rniL n
""r t was negtnn n tn rot m
little sore, and the horse trin
ulng to find out the sort of green rider
no nan on his back, something set
him going, and he broke into a niinn
He got going so fast that I had to
take both hands to the bridle an t
tucked my switch under my arm,
granuea the rein In both fists and
yanked. He gave a leap and went
harder than ever. I yanked and he
ran, and the harder I nulled the mora
unmanageable he got. After a mile or
two of pretty uncomfortable going, I
found that the end of the switch nn.t
my arm struck hlra In tho flank every
t:mo I pulled. Now I don't inn
enough about this war yet to feel sure
that I ought to yank back. But I hop
it 1 let It run long enough to look care
fully all around me, I can make It
slow down in reasonable time."
TAKEN BEFORE THE WAR.
One of the First Early Likenesses of
the Great Emancipator.
This picture is a copy of a life
size portrait of Abraham Lincoln,
which was purchased before tho war
by Henry Kuehlman of Springfield,
ill., In a secondhand store In 8t
Louis, Mo. The portrait. In tho
opinion of Mr. Kldd, an old friend of
Lincoln, is ono of tho first early like
nesses of the great emancipator. Mr.
Kidd thinks that Lincoln must havo
posed for It while ha was trying a
law case, as it was his habit when
pleading, to run his hands through
bis hair. Mr. Kuehlman paid fifty
cents for his treasure.
TOUCHED HIS KINDLY HEART
Anecdote Which Illustrates Lincoln's
Abraham Lincoln was not what
might be termed a religious man, but
he possessed that quality which alone
makes religion admirable broad char
ity that takes no note of cant and de
spises sham of every sort At a meet
ing held recently In Chicago to rals
funds for the endowment of a hospital
a number of speeches were made com
mending the worthy charity and
sounding the praise of the manage
ment of the institution. But none of
the speakers once during their little
talks alluded to the main object of tho
meeting until it came to Representa
tive Goldfogle to address the gather
ing. After stating that he had listened
with pleasure to the high words ot
praise and commendation bestowed by
the speakers on tho management of
the hospital he said he had failed to
note that anyone had felt It necessary
to call the attention of the audience to
the ptirpoBe that had brought them to
gether. This oversight on the part of
the gentlemen who had preceded him
reminded him of a story.
"When Lincoln was president of the
United States." he said, "bo took a
walk down Pennsylvania avenue one
cold winter evening. During his stroll
be met a poor, forlorn woman, thinly
clad, shivering with cold. When she
saw the president sho mistook him
for a minister, and, falling upon her
knees, with hands uplifted, begged his
Mekong, saying that she had three
small children at home starving and
freezing to death. She said: 'Oh, Mr.
Minister, pray to the Lord to help me.
"When "h had finished President
Lincoln said: 'My good woman, it's
not a minister that you need. You need
a grocer,' and the president took a
card out of his pocket and gave hot
an oider for 125 vurth of wovlslona."
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Ho Couldnt Imaolno.
"Tho fashions In woman's dress"
read! Mrs. F1Hit. "for next fall will ha
even more extreme than those of last
winter. They will leavo very little to
"to that ao?" asks Mr. TlJJIt "Weil
I can't Imagine yet where I'm going
to get tho money to pay for what you
wore last winter." Judge.
Tho Ago of Combines.
He One hears of nothinc but com.
bines Just now.
She I was Just wondering. Rdward.
whether we might not soon form ono
of our own!
She Helps Herself.
Subbubs "0)1. yes: Raeklnt main.
tains two establishments."
Gausslp "Well. Weill How did nn
find that out?"
8ubbubs "He told
You see his cook goes homo overy
eight and what ha nrovMna far hi.
home helps to keep up hers."
Then He Went
"I used to like winter weather when
was a boy." said Mr. Staylalt "hut
tell you the older I set th mnr. t
hate to go out In tho cold."
Yes," said she. rebresalna- a an
"and, gracious, you're getting older
every minute, aren't youT"
Tho Man She Needed.
Tho Widow I want a man tn Art
Odd Jobs about the house run nn mr.
rands one that never answers hack
and Is always ready to do mr bid
ding. Applicant You're !ook!nar for a hn a.
Hoping Against Hope.
Gaboy (time 1 a. m l I aa nla
chap. Isn't this a little late for you
mi no oui7 Aren't you afraid your
wlfo will miss youT
Enpeck I hone she will, but aha
can throw pretty straight for a wom
'Whose voice did he like best Toura
or mine?" asked Miss Kreech.
I'm not quite sure." renlled Miss
Bird. "His remarks were a bit ambig
"What, what did he say?"
"Ho said he liked mv voice, but that
yours was better still."
Mrs. Marryat Mamma Is talklns- of
closing her house and coming to live
wun us. Do you think you could sup
port both of us?
Mr. Marryat My dear. I ran ann.
port you very nicely now, but I'm
afraid your mother would bo Insup
portable, Both Satisfied.
Mrs. Janson said to Mrs. Lammta n
perfect confidence) Do you know
mine Is tho prettiest baby In tho
"Well, really, now what a eofnnt-
dence!" said Mrs. Lammls. "So la
Wanted to Reciprocate.
Hi! Pop Bobby. I merely nunlak
vou to show my lovo for you, my
Bobby If I wero only blcrer. Pon
I'd return your love.
Tho Dear Girls.
First Dear Girl "Cona-ratulat ma
lear. Mr. Slmktna
tight and I accepted him."
second Dean Girl "Congratulate
do, dear. Mr, 8lraklns proposed to
no nlgbt before last and I refused