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Annette Vernon turned a look of In
dignant reproach upon the calm and
noble face of her companion.
"For shame! Philip, yon are jealous
of Oscar Darwin-envious of his many
graces of mind and person! I did not
think you capable of anything so un
worthy of yourself, of mer
."You are wrong, Annette. I cannot
be envious of a man like Oscar Dar
win, however outwardly attractive he
may be, and If I am jealous it ls of
.yonr peace of miad, your good name."
"Indeed!" was the sarcastic rejoin
der. "You are very kind! I did not
know that either was In danger!"
"So kind that I risk your 'displeasure
to give you this warning. ? repeat lt
Mr. Darwin ls not dealing honestly by
yon. If he was he would have told
you of his engagement to Miss Bart, a
lady in Stamford."
Annette tamed sharply upon the
"Who told you that he was engag
"The lady's father. He ls very
wealthy, and she his only child."
Annette was too proud to show the
pain and dismay at her heart
"As Mr. Darwin has never spoken io
me of love, I fail to see the criminality
you seem to attach to his conduct"
Philip looked greatly relieved at this
"I am glad to know that he has some
spark of honor in his heart Still, if
he has not spoken love he has acted
it If his tongue has been silent his
eyes have not"
The two remained silent for some
Both pride and anger were visible in
Annette's face, burning all the more
fiercely because she could not deny the
Phillp gazed long and sorrowfully
upon that averted face.
"And lt ls for such a mon os this
that you have rejected the heart that
has loved yon so long and faithfully!
But I will not reproach you. Remem
ber this: As yon have been my first
love, so you shall be my last; that if
yon should ever regret your decision a
word will bring jne back to you."
The following evening Annette and
Oscar Darwin stood beneath the clus
tering vines that clambered over the
porch of her father's door.
"I love you, Annette!"
That low, thrilling tone, so mourn
fully tender,, awoke an Involuntary
response In Annette's heart
The wann blood flashed np to the
temples and then receded, leaving the
face paler than before.
"You have no right to say that to
me, Mr. Darwin." *
. "I know it And yet-I love you,
Oscar Darwin was a consummate
actor, a man whose vanity was in
Piqued by Annette's apparent indif
ference, he bent every effort to extort
some token from her of his power
over her heart and without commit
"Ah, If I were only free!" he sighed.
"And yet If I were I do not know that
my love would have power to wake
any response In your heart"
Annette looked steadily into the face
of the speaker.
The witchery that his peculiar fascia
nation of manner had throwr
senses was fast
abling "her to^
acter of JAt?
migJPHIvTbeen mine could not be
other than a most precious assurance."
'1 cannot give you that consolation."
"Then you do not love me, Annette?"
An Indignant flash broke from those
"Do you Imagine me so base or yet
so weak os to love the afilan ced hus
band of another:"
"But If I were free, Annette," per
sisted Darwin, "what would your an
swer be then?'
"The same as tonight-that I do not
love you, Mr. Darwin."
As ls often the case, the prise that
he thought was his to take or to leave
rose in value as lt receded from his
"Listen to me, Annette. I will break
my engagement with Miss Burt- for
your sake. What better proof can 1
give you of my sincerity than this?"
"What better proof can you give me
of your fickleness and perfidy? What
reason have I to suppose that you will
%Q more faithful to me than to her?
My answer ls the same now as be
As Oscar Darwin passed down one
path toward the road Phillp Jarvis
came up by another to the porch, where
Annette was still standing.
"Mr. Darwin has been here, Philip."
Philip turned a searching look upon
that sweet thoughtful face.
"I thought I obtained a glimpse of
bim as I came up."
'1 found out two things while he was
"One is that I do not love him."
There was something in Annette's
face that made Philip's heart beat fast
"And the other?'
"Bend your head lower, Phillp, so
that I can whisper in your ear," was
.the low and tremulous reply.
Philip bent his head until tbe lips, al
most touched his cheek that murmured
"That I love you!"
1 Mark Twain said of genius at a
New York banquet:
"A genius, os on old lady In Hanni
bal once explained to rue, Is a mon
?what knows more'n he can find oat
and spills vittels on his clothes."
?NO CURE THE LUNGS
*T Dr. King's
AND ALL THROAT AND LUNG TROUBLES.
OK HONEY REFUNDED.
r'of .fc? Always a Sailor.
Duri?ig J ; ra in's Grst term his secre
tary ?if i \?* pavy'. Korie, for a time
turned Cw actual administration over
to Adi:>irai rotter Admiral Porter
was a sa ?UT ia I lip strit t etymological
sense ??f tue tenn in that-he believed
there was uotliing like sails. As soon
as be was in authority be caused the
four bladed propellers of the vessels
to be removed and replaced by two
bladed ones in order that the ships
might maneuver better under sail. The
inefficiency thereby brought about is,
ot course, apparent to any engineer, a ?
the size of the propeller opening was
fixed and the two bladed screw could
j not be made large enough. A few years
later In a report to the department he
actually claimed that the vessels were
faster under steam with the mutilated
screws. The facts, of eourse. were just
the reverse, and when bis Influence be
came less proper propellers were again
fitted. This was when he was still in
his prime and his judgment was. at
least, not impaired by age. About
twenty years later, when the Roach
cruisers were being built, the dear old
man, then over seventy, went before
thc naval committee and said that the
plans of these vessels were wrong be
cause they had only auxiliary sail
power. In his judgment they should
have been given full sall power with
steam as an auxiliary. He was still a
sailor! The world had not moved for
The Desert Tortoise.
One of the most interesting reptiles
ut California's great desert ls the des
ert tortoise. A writer in Suburban
Life says: "I have found as many as
twenty of these hard shelled fellows
that we usually associate in our minds
with the thought of water in the very
heart of the desert, where the water
was exceedingly scarce. Yet when you
pict them up they generally void two
or three large spoonfuls of liquid. Dis
section shows that they each have two
large water sacks on the back, and
these afford them their water supply.
They are great travelers and can walk
faster than we should Imagine. They
are also good climbers. I have watch
ed one for hours climbing up and
down the rocky sides of a desert
mountain. He could wriggle himself
up to a rock almost as high as he was
long. Raising himself on bis tail end,
he would use his head as a hook,
then claw with his right leg until it
had secured a good bold. theu. with
what seemed to me extraordinary
strength, he would lift himself up and
wiggle his body into a secure posi
The Wise Eskimos.
Everything in the Eskimo dress bas,
a reason for its existence, writes Cap
tain Roald Amundsen in "The North
west Passage." The members of Cap
tain Amundsen's expeditions bad be-,
come accustomed to the Eskimo dress
and bad adopted it. but many of them
thought it. ridiculous for grown up
men to go about wearing fringe to
their clothes, so they cut lt off. I
had my scruples about this, says the
is amply prepa
In Edgefield, from
Very large assor
mouldings to f ram
Fresh Nuts, F
aafhor, as" Iliad already learned that
most things In the Eskimo's clothing
and other arrangements had their dis
tinct meaning and purpose, so I kept
my fringe and put up with the ridi
cule. He laughs best who laughs last
One fine day the anoraks, a sort of
tunic reaching below the knee, made
of deerskin, from which the fringes
had been cut off, commenced to curl
up, and if the-fringe had not been'put
on again quickly they would soon .have
looked like neckties.
Only a Letter Out
'.Talk about scholards," said the
proud Sam Smith. "Listen to my lit
tle lad talk about grammar. Tommy,
what gender ls thy fayther?"
"Masculine," said the learned Tom
"Bean't lt wonnerful!" said the
proud father. "And thy mither, Tom
"Feminine." replied the erudite Ju
"Hear that agen!" cried the delight
ed father. "An", noo, Tommy," he
proceeded, picking up the family tea
pot, "what gender is this?"
"Neuter." said Tommy.
Sam's face fell.
"Well, well," be exclaimed, "it's allus
the way. Still, not but what the little
lad was far oot. He only said neuter
'stead of pewter, ibat's a'!"-London
An old toper, being very bard up,
went into his favorite bar and asked
the publican for a glass "on tick."
"No," said the proprietor. "I won't
give you whisky on credit, but there's
a sixpence. Now. what do you want?"
"Nothing here." replied the tippler,
lifting the coin and putting lt in his
pocket "The man who refuses me
credit won't get my ready cash," and
with an elevated nose he marched out
at the door.-London Telegraph.
Knew All About George.
"Do you know, my daughter, that
every name means something? For in
stance. Charles means brave. William
"Oh. I know what George, means,
"Well, what ls it?"
"George means business. He told tn?
so last night."-Chicago Inter Ocean
Friend-You took your son into your
establishment some months ago to
teach him the business, I understand.
How did it turn out?
Business? Man "(wearily)-Great suc
cess! He's teaching me now.
A cross man would be worth at least
a dollar a day more If he would become
/??od natured.-Atchison Globe.
When a man likes to see how near
the edge he caa walk without falling
over, there is only one thiug that will
cure him-falling over. - Atchlsi
red to take care lo/
s for the approaching
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line of High
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\f the nice things sud
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Table Linens from 35cts to $1.00 per yard. Napkins, Towels, Blankets and Connterpanes at all prices.
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Steadiness of notional character goes
with firmness of foothold on the soil.
David Starr Jordan.
its patrons in
full supply of
them in at once.
The Frrnrlir^jg * nn' 1 1 III III mri f
on. u nervous little
renehm?n brushed against a pretty
trifle of vase ware valued ut'about
$14 and succeeded in getting several
score more pieces out of it tbau had
gone into its making. Tho floorwalker
led the abashed Parislau aside and
politely explained that the broken vase
must be paid for. Monsieur fetched a
handful of small silver and copper,
mostly foreign, from his pocket when
he was told the value of the trifle.
"Mon Dieu," cried the Parisian, "70
francs!" At this he took out his bill
book and discovered a fifty dollar ex
press draft, which the floorwalker In
stantly seized upon, to the unspeak
able horror of its owner.
After deducting the value of the
vase the former handed the man his
change and dismissed him with a floor
walker's blessing. The express draft
reached the bank in due time, with
four others as fraudulent, but the vol
atile little Frenchman had departed
southward with thc swallows.-Bohe
the admission of M.
Rostand to rb French academy the
.author of ..Cyrano" and -?."Alglon"
gave a breakfast to a few of bis
friends, the guest of honor being Mino.
Bernhardt. Thc actress was dressed in
a handsome gown, which had been
made expressly for the occasion. At
the end of Ihe breakfast she arose and
in an Impressive manner took a glass,
held lt high and said, "I drink to the
greatest of French dramatists, M. Ro
stand, and 1 drink after the Greek
manner.'" She then poured the con
tents of her glass over her head and
Two of Rostand's small sous were
sitting at a side table wearing new
velvet suits, also made for the occa
sion. lu the silence which followed
Bernhard's dramatic tribute the elder
of the boys arose and. imitating her
manner, sajd. vi drink to thc greatest
of poets, my papa, aud I also drink in
the Greek fashion !" and straightway
deluged himself and his small brother
with tho contents of his glass.
A Scene Not In a Play.
An extraordinary scene took place in
the Princess' theater. London, on the
night of the first production of Charles
Reade's great play, "Never Too Late
to Mend," Oct. 4, 1865. During the
prison scene a large quantity of water
was thrown over Miss Moore, who took
Hie part of Josephs, the character done
to deatli by the warders. One of the
critics, Mr. Tomliu of the Morning Ad
vertiser, rose from his seat and pnbx
Hely protested against the unnecessary
cruelty, luis aroused almost a riot
amoug the audience, and the action of
the play was stopped for some con
siderable time. Fuel was added to the
fire by George Vining, the lessee of the
theater, who was playing the part of
Tom Robluson and who made a most
imprudent speech, in which he prac
tically insulted every critic present, .
with the result that the theater was
left severely alone by the press for
many months. The play, however,
turned out to be a popular success
and had, for those days, the phenom
enal run of 140 performances.
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