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THE BEST ROOM.
As we stand on that dim threshold, fresh from
the world without,
fi damp, mysterious odor is lurking all about;
Th? grim old haircloth furniture paraded out in
For some pretentious gathering seems anxiously
'Ks audi a solemn, sacred place, it surely seems
Cpon the faded carpeting to let thc sunlight in:
But on the wall a glint of it steals through the
Touching grandfather's portrait there beside his
Upon a work ot rare design the sunlight sheds its
Wrought by two white hands turned to dust for
roany and many a da}*;
This "flower piece" incased in glass seemed to
my childish eyes
A thing to gaze and wonder at and sacredly to
The tall, funereal mantel for a giant race seemed
Beneath it loomed the fireplace, where as a child
Its blackened depths with care are decked with
grasses iin a row,
-Like feathery ghosts from ashes of the fires of
My world was not within its walls-1 loved the
Indeed of its drear stateliness 1 stood in whole
? Sut each loved spot upon the farm in memory
has a pjirt,
and that old musty parlor holds its corner ia my
THE NUMBER 15
By Frederick R. Guernsey.
The Un-'tacky Number Pursued a \=
Mexican Family to tho
In a country house on a recent Sun
' day afternoon we were talking of su
perstitious. The charming Lolita, with
eyes inherited from some Moorish sul
tana and lips which are two rubles,
guardians of a mouth filled with pearls,
spoke of the coming wedding of some
girl friends: "I would never marry on
c. Tuesday, for I should be sure of an
"Yon would not marry even Antonio
en a Tuesday?" asked a fair Spanish
girl, fir there are enchanting blonds
even from Andalusia.
Lolita, whom everybody adores, grew
rosy red and, shrugging her sculptur
esque shoulders, replied, a bit piqued
at the maliciously put question, "Not
oyen . Antonio on a Tuesday, though
whatever day you should marry him
would be for him the blackest of black
We all laughed at this sally, know
ing the rivalry of the two senoritas.
Uncle Leonidas, who is a soldier and
diplomat spoke np. saying: "Don't
quarrel dear girls. There ls room
enough in the field of love for both of
you,- and lucky the man who wins you
on any day of the week. Tuesday is
our bad day in Mexico, bnt among the
Americans it is Friday, the day Nues
tro Senor was ern"
"But what good fortune for all of
us!" Interrupted Lolita, piously.
Dona Clotilde, the hostess, a woman,
of great beauty, regally placed in a
carved chair of colonial date, took np
the theme: "I am, I confess, supersti
tions. Ii would begin nothing on a
Tuesday, a day on which no one
-should embark, marry or undertake
anything of Importance; but. above nil
things, shun a Tuesday when it falls
.on the 13th of the month. If you
young people will iistenj I will tell
jon a true story, and Leonidas will
confirm every word of it, for 1 feel that
I used a 'testigo,' so extraordinary ls
the fate of the family of Valle de
' Here the servants brought in ices
and cakes, and there was an interrup
tion, but we soon became quiet, and
Clotilde resumed: "In 1S80, perhaps a
year later, there lived at 13 Calle de
las Damas Regias an old man and his
wife called Segovia. They owned the
place and had lived there many years
alone wi tl their servants, all elderly
people, there being no children. I can
sot say. there was ill luck attending
"Exeeptxng having no children,"
commented Leonidas, who dotes on
children and is always surrounded by
"Excepting having no children," con
tinued Clotilde. "But these old people
died on the same day, as I well recall,
and it was the 13th of November, and
when the place was sold, shortly after,
the family of Valle de Miranda bought
it and moved in. the date being thc
26tb of the following February, a dou
ble 13, you will notice. The Valles de
Miranda had always bad money; as far
as any one's recollection goes. They
were originally from Guanajuato and
?were mine owners. Whatever they
touched turned to gold. My grandfa
ther h?,s told me time and again of
their immense good fortune. It seem
ed a sin, he said, to be so lucky in a
world where so many people can nev
er succeed, strive as they will. Each
generation of this favored family pros
pered. Death was reluctant, it al
most seemed, to knock at their door.
If the sons sought wives, they found
always beauty, good breeding and so
cial position. If the daughters mar
ried, they got handsome and adoring
.husbands. It was like a fairy tale,
dear girls. Yon have never read a
novel like it."
Here our hostess, who is a bit ro
mantic, sighed, sipped her melting ice
and went on: "Don Ignacio Vallo de
Miranda was one of the most distin
guished looking men I have ever seen,
and Maria Inclan. his wife, was even
in middle age elegant in figure, of ir
reproachable taste and, although the
mother of many children, almost as
?lender of waist as Lolita here."
"We all, of course, fixed our eyes on
the charming form of the young sul
tana and then resumed our attitude o?
.listeners, the good natured Clotilde
minding not our pardonable visual ex
cursion: "Such were the parents of the
family who moved into 13 Damas Re
gias, nearly 20 years ago. There were
six sons and the same number of
.laughters, a houseful, you'll Hay, but
the house of the colonial period, one in
which many viceroys and their cour
tiers had danced, was spacious, and the
grand sala waa a room running the full
length of the street front. Things went
well with the family till, two years aft
er their occupancy of the house, a son
was born, the thirteenth child! Then
all that was sinister in the fatal num
j Der oegan to manifest itseir. 'i>ot
j nacio shaved himself every day in
! English manner-that is, by himsi
j disliking to call in a barber, and
: morning while making his toilet
j heard a -noise in the courtyard
j stepped out on tho corridor to lis
forgetting that it was chilly and
he was in his stocking feet. He cai
a cold, as it was supposed, and tl
followed an embolism, something cl
ing a vein or artery in a leg. M
painful symptoms followed. En res
idas cuentas, he took to his bed,
the foremost surgeons of the city
consultation decided that his leg n
be amputated to save his life. Ho
a big, strong, full blooded man, an
was not imagined that he might
survive the operation. But ten <]
after he died of the shock, and it .
a marvel how wasted he had beco
This vis the most tragic event dui
generations in the history of the Va
"When other events, sinister and ?
rowful, had occurred in that once h
py family, Leonidas looked up the d
of the death of Don Ignacio. It i
tho 13th. This was but the beginui
for on the 13th of the following &
Maria, thc wife, died of typhus, i
then came losses of property, the mi
failed to pay, au interest in a bank
house was lost through a most un
pected failure, and when we heard t
the banking house was at 13-str
wo shuddered. My father went to
young Julio Valle de Miranda to co
sel him to move out of 13 Damas !
gias, but Julio said that it was all a
ries of coincidences and that, even i.
were that, he had no money to spc
in fitting up a new house, lt seems
credible, but in the space of three ye;
"?very member of that family exci
Julio and a sister, Trinidad, had di
and each death took place on a 13th
a 2Gth! People all over the city h
come to talk of the Valle de ?.tiran
family and its awful luck. Most p
pie were confirmed in their prejud
against the number 13. Timid perse
moved out of No. 13s or changed 1
number to '12 bis,' anything to bre
"Ten years went by, and Julio
mained a bachelor, while his sist
Trinidad, a splendid looking girl, ti
of lovely figure and with great da
eyes, who had been carefully educat
at the Sacred Heart, remained wi
I him. Julio had managed to retain t
! house, for a copper mine, which no o
had thought worth considering a;
. which the creditors of the family h;
left in a doubtfully generous way
Julio and his sister, had turned out
much value and had been sold
Frenchmen. I don't know how it ha
pened, but Julio seemed fascinated 1
the old house. They were odd peep
that brother and sister, and dec?an
j that where their father and moth
had lived was dear to them and th
they could not be happy in any o th
house, even in a modern mansion
the newer part of the city.
"It was about 1892 when a youi
. man of excellent family. Rafael d
Monte, began to pay court to Trinida
; standing under her balcony at nigl
following her everywhere, in short tl
utmost devotion. Rafael had a lan
fortune in houses and lands and li vt
the life of a young clubman, and, bell
; fond of horses, was always drivin
trying a new carriage or going c
horseback excursions about the valle
He was an immense favorite in soci
ty. and all the mammas were schemir
to get Rafael for their daughters. E
could play the plano, sing, speak wei
both in French and English, had tra
eled. dressed in perfect taste and wi
not only a handsome fellow, but notl
lng dissipated. Leonidas will be m
witness that we used to say, on tall
lng over the devotion of Rafael f(
Trinidad, that perhaps the evil fortur
of thd family of the Valles de Mirand
had taken wings. Youth and beaut:
wealth and distinction, madly in lov<
Surely, we thought, the leaf has bee
turned in the book of a tragic fate. A
all events, fortune seemed to have r<
lented. and Trinidad was as happy
giri as ono could wish to see. Wheres
er we met her at social reunions sh
was a radiant picture of youth an
beauty, and her wonderfully distir
guished bearing and perfect ease dre-,
every eye. She was a girl of whom n
one said mean things. Society here i
sharp tongued sometimes, but as if b
common consent all the world secme
to wish good fortune for this last of th
daughters of an ill fated house."
Leonidas looked meditatively at Ck
tilde's lovely hands and murmur?e*
"Trinidad was perfection itself, au ar
gel from heaven," a speech well beril
ting that gallant old gentleman,
i "Indeed, she was perfection, an
when women fall in love with a wc
man you may be sure, girls, that she i
good and sweet and charming. Al
that was Trinidad Valle dc Miranda
The very bullfighters on the street cox
? ners forgot to pay her a compllmenl
Once one said. 'She is a holy imag
from the altar, gone walking throug!
j these streets of God.' But no rud
word ever reached her ears as sb
went about thc city. Heaven seemct
to have relented and to have sbowerct
all possible gifts of grace and virtu
on this superb young woman. Hov
devout she was! How constant in he
devotions! How many times she wen
to the shrine at Guadalupe to pray
And the chief of her numberless ador
era was Rafael.
"I recall, ns if it were yesterday
their marriage in the archbishop's pri
vate chapel. Joy illumined the lace ol
Trinidad. Rafael was a perfect pic
ture, a young hidalgo, as wo see tht
gallants of old times in pictures. Hf
was so manly, so proud of this charm
ing woman! It was ideal. They weul
away on their wedding day for a loni;
.tour in Europe. Even Julio's sud face
relaxed on the day of the ceremony.
We all went to the railway statler
and gave them a despedida magnifica.
The bride, in her traveling dress, was
the handsomest woman i have ever
As Clotilde is still handsome and in
her youth was a reigning belle in thc
City of Mexico her praise was that of
a competent person. Leonidas bowed
his head and looked unutterably sad.
while we awaited the sequel.
Here Clotilde's voice trembled. "Poor
Julio! Ho was nt his desk in his office
ono afternoon in August when a tele
gram was brought in. It was from
Rafael: 'Railway accident; Trinidad
killed; no suffering. I desperate. Par
ticulars by mail.' Julio was stunned.
In a day he seemed to become an old
man. 'Our fate,* our wretched family.
vu cae ugnt gone out or my Me: Tnis
j was all any ono could get from Julio.
The letter came, dated from some little
city in France, and inclosed a newspa
per account of a terrible railway acci
dent One sentence, filled with infinite
meaning, with sinister suggestiveness,
was this: 'The thirteenth hotly taken
from the wreck was that of a young
Mexican woman recently married. Her
husband strangely escaped unharmed.'
" 'The thirteenth body/ commented
all Mexico. 'The fate of the familia
Valle de Miranda.'
"Rafael never returned. He lives
"And Julio?" we all asked simulta
Clotilde resumed: "As I said, he be
came old in a day, so sunken of faco, so
gray, so pitiful, but he would not leave
the house in Damas Reglas. He de
voted himself to his sister's memory.
He gave much money in her name to
the beneficent orders. His business
prospered. We advised him to marry,
to take another house, to get some
thing of tho late autumnal joy of life,
sober, subdued, but grateful as sun
shine in the days of the falling leaves.
We could not move him. He was im
passive when we talked about these
matters. All he would say was: "Dear
friends, I thank you. At least the love
of friends remains to thc last of the
family of Valle do Miranda.' "
Here Clotilde began to weep softly.
"Tell tho rest, Leonidas," she said in a
trembling voice, and in the deeper tone
of the man carno the conclusion of the
strange story: "lt was on a cold,
cloudy, miserable day in January,
when' the snow waters were falling
and all Mexico was miserable and chill
?I ed to the marrow, that a rumor spread
' about thotownthat Don Jullohad hang
ed himself. I was among the first at
the club to hear the news and, jumping
I into my carriage, went to lo Damas
Regias. There was thc utmost conster
nation among the servidumbre. Tho
officers of the law were coining to seo
the body. It was too true. The last of
the Valles de Miranda was self hanged
in his chamber. Ho left.no note, noth
ing to explain his ultimate thought.
When the body was officially examin
ed, there was found in a little silken bag
suspended by a cord worn about the
neck a card on which had been finely
painted a strangely emblematic border
of bleeding hearts, under each a name
of a member of the fated family and hi
the center in deep black the fatal 13.
And this was the last of a family
which for generations wns a synonym
for prosperity, for good fortune, for thc
beauty of its women and the manly
perfection of its sons. So I naturally
dread tho fatal number."
"And the old house," asked Lolita,
her eyes bedimmed, "does it still
And Leonidas made reply: "A ware
house occupies its place. It was torn
down not from motives of sentiment,
but to give place to the advance of
It was fully an hour before tho party
in the country house recovered its
cheerful tone, but by 8 o'clock the can
dles were lighted, and the young people
were dancing. Sunday was ending
Flinty Plant Cover?.
When Sir Humphry Davy was a
boy about 16, a little girl came to him
in great excitement:
"Humphry, do tell me why these
two pieces of cane make a tiny spark of
light when I rub them together."
Humphry was a studious hoy, who
spent hours in thinking ont scientific
problems. He patted the child's curly
head and said:
"I do not know, dear. Let us see if
they really do make a light, and then
we will try to find out why." j
Humphry soon found that the little
girl was right. The pieces of cane, if
rubbed together quickly, did give a
tiny light Then he set to work to find
out the reason, and after some time,
thanks to the observing powers of his
little friend and his own kindness to
her in not impatiently telling her not
to "worry," as so many might have
done, Humphry Davy made the first
of his interesting discoveries. Every
reed, cane and grass has an outer skin
of flinty stuff, which protects the in
side from insects and also helps the
frail looking leaves to stand upright.
The XCTV Wny.
"I used to buy neckties for my wife,"
he ?hid, "but I had to quit it. Those 1
bought for her never suited her."
"So she buys them herself now. does
"No; she takes those 1 buy for my
self. They always seem to suit her."
- On J une H? of last year there were
five widows of Revolutionary soldiers
borne on thc pension rolls of the Gov
ernment. One of these, Nancy Jones,
has just died at Jonesboro, Tcun. She
was about MO years old, and married
Darling Jones, who fought at King's
Mountain, S. C.. when she was Ki and
he was over 00. This would indicate
that Jones was about 20 years old at
the thc close of the Revolution, and
that he married the young girl about
1825. Thus it comes about that thc
Government is paying revolutionary
pensions more than ll") years after
the close of thc war.
- A cherry tree, which is now
weighted with green fruit, is thriving
in tho parlor of a new house in South
Meridian street. Indianapolis. The
unusual sight of a tree growing inside
of a house is attracting attention. The
house is being erected by W. A. Scott.
Hight in the center of the lot was a
cherry tree, which promised an abun
dant crop of fruit, and Scott hated to
sacrifice the tree. He finally solved
the question by building his house
about the tree thus saving thc crop,
and at thc same time carrying out his
plan of building.
For Infants and Children.
The Kind You Have Always Bought
D?MMY ALLEN'S TURTLE.
Tlic Soup It Furn lulled For Allmnj'a
Olti Time Epicure*.
A local paper half :t century ago pub
lished the following sketch, which bas
lost uone of its amusing flavor in the
intervening years :
"The early history of the first at
tempt at tickling the palates of Albany
epicures with that delectable chaos of
i flavors known as turtle soup was made,
i we believe, by the celebrated Andrew
Jackson Allen, better known as Dummy
Allen, who for many years acted as
Edwin Forrest's costumer and need to
personate Caleb Quotem on the stage in
a style peculiar to himself. At the time
we speak of he kept a restaurant in the
vicinity of the old Green Street theater
and was a prime favorite among the
bloods of the day, who made his place
a customary resort.
"Albany was then, as now, a very
i nice village, but still there were some
things in Dummy Allen's cookery book
not dreamed of in our philosophy. He
therefore resolved to afford our ancient
epicures a taste of bliss in a guise hith
' ertc unknown to them-to wit, turtle
i soup. x\ccordingly public announce
j ment was duly made of the felicity in
' store for the lovers of good eating, and,
? in order that appetites might be fully
j whetted, for a few days before the ac
I ceptablo time a sizable, aldermaniclook
? ing green turtle was allowed to prom
: enade at the end of a long string upon
the sidewalk in front of Allen's estab
, lishmeut. In duo time thu repast came
: off and proveda complete triumph of
kitchen art. The new and delicious gift
j to appetite became the town talk and
j showered upon the immortal .Dummy
i vast reputation and much gold,
j "Ouce moro and while the mouths of
! epicures were still watering with mem
' ories of recent bliss the potent an
? nouncement was reiterated; onco more
; a decent looking turtle, 'very like the
other, divulged his ample neck on An
drew Jackson's premises, to the great
j admiration of beholders; once more fas
tidious palates enjoyed select morsels
of paradise from Allen's marvelous
boilers, and once more did vast renown
and much lucre fall to the share of the
inspired costumer of the inner man.
The governor's first business in the
morning before proceeding to state af
fairs waa to inquire wh ether Allen served
up turtle soup that day. Tidings of the
miraculous food would agitate the sen
ate, disturb the hense and drive the lob
"Turtle soup became all the rage,
and week after week it was eagerly de
voured. At.length some sharp and per
haps envious observers thought they
remarked a striking similarity in all of
Dummy Allen's turtles. One very sus
picious individual, struck with their
strong coincidence of aspect, quietly
took the trouble of putting his sign
manual on the back of one announced
for that day's slaughter. The ill fated
j criminal duly disappeared and was com
mented upon that day in the form of
soup as unusually excellent.
"But, amazement! When next week's
customary announcement of turtle soup
was made, how speedy was the ladder
of immortality knocked flat from under
the inspiring Allen when that same
turtle-the identical, supposed to be
slaughtered victim of the week before,
bearing the deeply cut private mark of
our suspicions friend-turned up and
resumed its sidewalk promenade, ap
parently in capital condition for a de
"The secret was out. The fume was
up. Dummy Allen was done With
a regular cheap supply of calves' heads
and one specimen turtle, Caleb Quotem
had been doing the Albany epicures for
t, whole season at little or no expense,
nd with the sole aid of their imagina
tive powers he had regaled them with
unheard of delicacies and at the same
time put a golden lining to his pocket. "
l'nivnHliops und Bank?.
The original pawnshop is difficult to
locate. From earliest times and with
all peoples the system of pledging effects
as security for advances in money has
existed in some form. In this early
period all those who accepted pledges
as security for loans wero not pawn
brokers in tho sense that we today use
Of the antiquity of pawnbroking we
are assured, but are without a clew as
to what may have been its process of
! metamorphosis from the time of the
1 Jewish Jaw to that of the Roman. Its
; analogy to banking, the fact that the
j pawnbrokers later became bankers,
would lead to the conclusion that pri
! vate pawnbrokers existed long before
the state took cognizance of the busi
ness. It. seems probable that the con
stant taking of articles in pledge, which
of necessity demanded their safe keeping
to secure the repayment of the loan,
suggested the like deposit of money and
valuables. In this case the progenitor
of the present banking system was orig
inally a pawnshop instead of a bank,
which later took up the pawn busiuee??.
-Bulletin of Department of I>.bor.
(Urions t ailinn*.
In India ail callings are hereditary;
a baker's sou becomes a baker and his
son after Lim, and so on from genera
tion to generation. The census, how
ever, reveals some more startling voca
tions than that of the maker of bread.
The people of Allahabad especially
are not ashamed of their professions.
Thirty-five describe themselves as
"men who beg with threats of vio
lence;" 220 as "flatters for gain;" 25
as "hereditary robbers;" 074 ns "low
blackguards;" 29 as "howlers at fu
nerals," while as manyas 6,372 public
ly announce that they are "poets."
In the other districts one finds, be
sides the ordinary professions, 11,000
tonnom players, 45 makers of crowns
for idols, 145 ear cleaners and-most
curious of all-"hereditary painters of
horses with spots."
The census containing this interest
ing information is kept at the Sanskrit
college, at Benares.
- Since Cuba has become t ree we
have shipped to it eight times as many
bicycles as formerly. Porto Ilicoand
thc Hawaiian Islands arc good custo
mers, though no direct exportation to
the 1'hilippincs ia thus far reported.
America leads thc world in the manu
facture and sale of thc best of every
- Friend-"How do you like your
new teacher, George?" George- "I
don't know ; I haven't misbehaved
SAILORS AND SHARKS.
i l?ow the Men Keep th?? Mun Enters
nt n Kegpectfnl Dlntance.
"Two facts that may seem some
: what peculiar to shore folks," said an
ex-sailor of the navy, "are. iirst, that
only about one-half of the men-o'
war's men in our service or in any oth
er service, in fact, kuow how to swim,
and, second, that sharks are tho most
cowardly of all living creatures. It is
odd that so large a proportion of the
naval sailors don't know how to swim,
but it is probably due to the fact that
a great number ol' our men-o'-war's
men nowadays, come from the interior
of tho country, where there is no wa
ter for them to learn how to swim.
"In the old navy-and I put all of my
service in the old navy, so called-the
j man who couldn't swim was, as soon
as the fact, was discovered by his ship
mates, incontinently chucked over the
side when swimming call went, and
he just had to swim. Of course the
men wouldn't let a fellow who didn't
, know how to swim drown before their
eyes, but they would see to it that he
made a hard stab at the art of swini
I ming before they picked him up. If he
: didn't succeed in swimming the iirst
i time, overboard lie would go the very
? next time all hands took a plunge over
? tho side at swimming call, and thus all
of the men serving on the old lino of
packets became swimmers before they
left the sendee. It is forbidden to
throw a non-swimmer into the water
now, but I think it would he a good
thing if the practice were still contin
j "The officers of tho ships today insist
j upon the apprentice lads learning to
i swim, but they let the nouswimmers
. among thc newly recruited landsmen
! go along without learning. There have
been numerous drowning incidents in
our navy within recent years, owing
to the inability of men who were oth
erwise excellent sailors in the easy art
, of swimming.
j "As to the cowardliness of sharks,
; that fact is well known among men
' who have been much to sea in south
ern waters infested by man eaters,
j Thc fiercest man cater that ever bullied
a poor little pilot into acting as a food
scout for him will get out of thc sea
way in a mighty big hurry If a swim
mer, noticing the shark's approach,
sets up a noisy splashing. A shark is
in deadly iear of any sort of living
thing that splashes in the water.
"Down among the south sea islands
the natives never go in sea bathing
alone, but always in parties of half a
dozen or so, iu order that they may
make the greatest hubbub in the wa
ter and thus scare the sharks away.
: Once in awhile a too venturesome
! swimmer among these natives foolish
I ly detaches himself from his swim
! ming party and momentarily forgets
i to keep up his splashing. Then there
j is a midden swish, and. the man eater
; comes up behind him like a flash and
1 gobbles him.
I "I know a naval officer who, down in
, the harbor of Acapulco, Mexico, one
afternoon a few years ago stepped on
a sleeping man eater in shallow water
while bathing. The officer gave him
self up for lost, but he made a frantic
effort to wade in to the beach. He ex
! pected every minute to have both of
his legs lopped off by the shark's teeth.
In wading in he, of course, made a lot
of disturbance lu tho water, and this
is what saved him. When, to his own
1 surprise, he finally stepped up on the
beach and looked back for his shark,
he saw thc man eater's fin cleaving
the blue waters of the bay hundreds of
feet away, bound outward."-Washing
A PnzislliiK Traninnetlon.
1 The hotel night clerk was a party to
a deal the other night which made him
$3 richer and which he is still studying
about. It was getting along toward the
theater honr when one of the guests of
the hotel came down stairs with his
valise, and after payiug his bill request
ed that tho clerk keep his valise until
he came bnck from the show, as he was
going ont on a late train. He also
polled a $5 bill out of his pocket and
asked the clerk to change it. The clerk
looked in his cash drawer, but found
j he did not have it.
j "Well," said the ?nest, "just keep
tho $5 for security and lend mo a dol
j The clerk did su, and the guest de
, parted. He came back about 11 o'clock,
i and, being in a hurry to catch the
I train, rushed up to the desk. He threw
down four silver dollars and the clerk
gave him the $5. It appeared all right.
When the guest had gone, the clerk
looked over his cash and found himself
j $1? ahead.
j "Well," said the clerk, after he had
pazzled his head for awhile to see how
i'? had happened, "that man needs a
bookkeeper. It was lucky for me he
didn't make a mistake the other way."
- Kansas City Timee.
Work* Little and Seldom.
A Russian feuilletonist thus de
scribes his countrymen: The Russian
strives, with but few exceptions, to
ward the ideal state in which Adam
and Eve lived in paradise. He suffers
from idleness, apathy and a want of in
Tho climate may have something to
do with this. Tho villager is com
pelled, from November to April, to give
j up all work in the fields, nud by this
time he forgets how to work.
It is ouly hunger that compels him to
?tart again in the spring. In June he
has another rest. With the beginning
of July he must go into the fields again
and continues till the end of Septem
ber, when the harvest is all gathered
The Russian peasant, therefore, really
works only four months in the year.
During the rest of the time he seeks
to amuse himself, so that it is hardly
to op wondered at if he becomes poor
- They were discussing the ques
tion as to whether a woman can keep
a seoret. Little Johnny had not ap
peared lo be listening, but he sudden
ly added his contribution to thc stock
of general intelligence by exclaiming :
"Well, I know ma can't keep a secret.
Everything I do she goes and tells it
to pa almost the first minute he get?
into the house.''
- A good housewife never wastes
good bread by trying to transform it
into bread pudding.
narine- Hell Ringer*.
There is ri curions custom among the
young Spaniards of the city of Seville
On certain fete days, relates a tourist,
the young men of tho place have per
mission to ring the hells in the clock
towers of the cathedral. They have an
ingenious and original way of ringing
them. While the regular bell ringers
repose these amateurs climb up on to
the bells, throw them forward with all
their force and ride upon the bells in
their furious swinging to and fro. We
may imagine what an uproar is pro
duced when all the bells of a cathedral
are being treated in this manner. Any
mau who is able may exercise his skill,
and the duration of the ringing de
pends upon the caprice or the strength
and patience of the ringers.
The spectacle is very strange of the
great bells swinging, with one. two or
i more bold ringers hanging from them
in any attitude which seems to them
best adapted to pushing out the most
noise. In the Giralda at Seville, the
first time I witnessed this, the clamor
was frightful. When I looked up, I
thought at first some unfortunate was
entangled in the bell rope, but I soon
. found it was a matter of sport. Anoth
er ringer appeared suspended in the air,
holding the bell by the ears or the rim
or the wooden framework and follow
ing it in all its movements, sometimes
feet, sometimes head, downward. Such
are the daring bell ringers of Seville.
Didn't Know Its Value.
Tho train was late. Everybody wait
ing to board it was pacing the platform
restlessly. There were people from
varied stations in life, and one was a
pale faced, intellectual young fellow
who appeared to be in a state ol: deep
est melancholy. He attracted the atten
tion of an elderly gentleman, who stop
ped and spoke to him. ' The man was
faultlessly attired and carried himself
with the magnificent ease of the pol
ished man of the world. Without ask
ing he knew the condition of the boy's
mind and in a very short time had
brought him to a full confession.
"So you think fate is against yon
and that yon will never attain your
"Yes, sir, I am sure of it."
"But let me ask you, my boy, did it
never occnr to you that gratified am
bition sometimes brings misfortune?
You say that you want to be rich-very
rich. But. answer me honestly, have
you ever in your life injured a human
The shrewd gray eyes of the elder
man looked intently at bim. "Perhaps
fate is against you," he said, "for you
own a valuable property that brings
you in not a dollar, and yet you cannot
sell it for what it is worth. Yon do not
understand? Then let me tell you that
I would gladly give yon $500,000 for
your conscience."-Detroit Free Press.
Dear Little Cook.
She was a young wife, just married,
from boarding school, and, although
educated regardless of expense, didn't
know beans from any other vegetable ;
! hence this dialogue with the cook:
"Now, what are we to have for din
"There'? two chickens to dress,
"I'll orees them the first thing.
Where are their clothes?"
"Why, mum, they're in their feath
"Oh, then", serve them that way.
The ancient Romans always cooked
their peacocks with their feathers on.
It will be a surprise to hubby."
"It will that, mum. Shnre, if you
want to help, you could be parin the
"Oh, how sweet! I'll pair them two
and two in no time." Why, I had no
idea cooking was so picturesque."
"I thin!?, mum, that washin the cel
ery do be i jore in your line."
"All right. I'll take it up to the
bathroom, and I've some lovely Paris
soap that will take off every speck."
"Thank you, mum. Would you mind
telling me the name of the asylum
where you was eddicated? I think I'll
have to take some lessons there myself
if we be going to work together!"
- Farm labor is so ?carce in the
northwest that farmers have appealed
to thc railroads to aid them io secur
ing harvest hands.
In Egypt the custom is for Princesses
to hide their beauty by covering
the lower part of the face with a vt !1.
In America the beauty of many f
our women is hidden because of the
liar to the sex.
If the Egypt
ian custom pre
vailed tn this
be glad tc
complexion, from the eyes of tba
world with the veil of the Orient.
brings out a woman's true beauty.
It makes her strong and well in those
organs upon which her whole general
health depends. It corrects all men*
strual disorders. It stops the drains
of Leucorrhoea. It restores the worc'b
to its proper place. It removes the
causes of headache, backache and
nervousness. It takes the poor, de*
bilitated, weak, haggard, fading
woman and puts her on her feet
again, making her face beautiful by
making her body well.
Druggists Mil lt for $1 a bottle.
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BONHAM & WATKINS,
[SEAL] Tom* c. WATKINS, C. C. c P.
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