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THE BEST ROOM.
Al trc ?Und on that dim threshold, frcth from
the world without,
d damp, mysterious odor is lurking all about;
grim old haircloth furniture paraded out in
for tome pretentious gathering seems nn\i
'TiJ such a solemn, sacred place, it surely seems
fpon the faded carpeting to let tho sunlight in;
Hut on the vail a glint of it steal* through the
Touching grandfather's portrait there bciide his
Upon a work of rare design the sunlight sheds its
Wrought by two white hatvlj turned to. dust for
many and iriany a day;
lliis "flower piece" incased in gla?* seemed to
my childish eyes
.. thing to gaze and wonder at aud sacredly to
The tall, funereal mantel for a giant race seemed
Htneath it loomed the fireplace, where as a child
I played ;
|u lilackcued depths with care are decked with
grasses in a row.
ike feathery ghosts from ashes of the Ores of
Ifv world was not within its walls?1 loved the
Indeed of its drear statcllness I 6tood in whole
li.jf each loved spot upon the farm in memory
lias a part,
,4nd that old musty parlor holds its corner in my
I THE NUMBER 15
By Frederick R. Guernsey.
s The Unlucky Number Pursued a
Mexican Family to the
In a country house ou a recent Sun
day afternoon we were talking of su
licrstitions. 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
Tuesday, for I should be sure of an
"You would not marry even Antonio
on a Tuesday?" asked a fair Spanish
girl, fir there are enchanting blonds
<>ven from Andalusia.
Lolita, whom everybody adores, grew
vosy red and. shrugging her sculptur
esque shoulders, replied, a bit piqued I
at the maliciously put question, "Not
oven Antonio on a Tuesday, though
whatever day you should marry him
would be for him the blnckest of black
Wc all laughed at this sally, know
ing the rivalry of the two senorltas.
Uncle Leonidas, who is n soldier and
diplomat, spoke up. saying: "Don't
quarrel, dear girls. There Is room
enough in the field of love for both of
you. and lucky the man who wins you
un any day of tho week. Tuesday Is
our bad day In Mexico, bnt among the
Americans it is Friday, the day Nues
im Senor was c*/u"?
"But what good fortun? for all of
uif interrupted Lolita, piously.
Dona Clotllde, the hostess, a woman
of great beauty, regally placed in a
earved chair of colonial date, took up
ttie theme: "I am, I confess, supersti
tious. I would begin nothing on a
Tuesday, a day on which no one
?aould embark, marry or undertake .
ii.nything of Importance; but. above nil
things, shun a Tuesday when it falls
en the 18th of the month. If you
young people will listen' I will tell
you a true story, and Leonidas will
"ou?rm every word of it, for ? feel that
I used a 'testlgo,' so extraordinary is
+.lic fate of the family of Valle de
Here the servants brought in Ices
t.ud cakes, and there was an interrup- ,j
Tion, but we soon became quiet, and
tilotilde resumed: "In 1880, perhaps a
year later, there lived at 13 Galle de
:ns Damas R?glas an old man and his
wife called Segovia. They owned the
place and had lived there many years
?Jone with their servants, all elderly
people, there being no children. 1 can
?iot say, there was 112 luck attending
"Excepting having no children,"
commented Leonldas, who dotes on
children aud is always surrounded by
"Excepting having no children." con
Mnued Clotllde. "But these old people
tiicd on the same day. as I well recall,
and it was the 13tb of November, and
when the place was sold, shortly after,
tho family of Valle de Miranda bought '
it and moved In. the date being the
20th of the following February, a dou- i
Ole 10, you will notice. . The Vall?s de
Miranda had always had money, as far
as any one's, recollectiont goes. They
were originally from Guana junto and ;
were mine owners. Whatever they .
touched turned to gold. My grandfa- j
th?r has told me time and again of ;
their immense good fortune. It seem- ;
cd a sin, he said, to be so lucky In a
world where so many people can nev
er succeed, strive as ,tbey will. Each
generation of this favored family pros
pered. Death was reluctant, It nl
moat 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. You have never read a
novel like It."
Hero our hostess, wh? Is a bit ro
mantic, sighed, sipped her melting Ice
and trent on: "Don Ignacio Vallo de
Miranda was one of the most distin
guished looking men 1 have ever seen,
and Maria Inclan. his wife, was even
ta middle age elegant in figure, of lr
reproachablo taste, and, although the
E?tiaer of many children, almost as
lender pf waist as Lolita here."
"We all, of course, fixed our eyes on
tho charming form of the yonng suK
aha and then resumed our attitude of
listeners, the good natured Clotllde
minding not our p?rddnabie fl?nai ox
cursion: "Such were tho parents or* tho
family who moved into 13 Damas R?
glas, nearly ?0 years ago. There were
six sons and tho same number of
daughters, a houseful, you'll say, but
th? house of the colonial period, one in
which many viccroye and their cour
tiers had danced, was spacious, and the
grand sala-was a room running the full
length of the street front. Things went
wefl with the family till, two years aft
er their occupancy of the hous-r ; a son
was bom. the thirteenth child I Then
all that was bolster In the fatal nunv
I oer oegan to inantrcgt itseir. -uon Ig
nacio shaved himself every day iu the
English manner?that Is, by himself
disllklng to call in a barber, and one
morning while making his toilet ho
heard a -noise in tho courtyard and
stepped out on the corridor to listen,
forgetting that it was chilly and that
he was in bis stocking feet. He caught
a cold, as it was supposed, and there
followed an embolism, something chok
ing a vein or artery In a leg. Mouy
painful symptoms followed. En resum
ida8 cuentns, bo took to his bed, and
tho foremost surgeons of tho city In
consultation decided that bis leg must
bo amputated to save his life. He was
a big, strong, full blooded mnu, and it
was not Imagined thnt he might not
sur\ive the operation. But ten days
after ho died of the shock, and it wns
a marvel now wasted he hud become.
This was tiie most tragic event during
generations In the history of the Valics
"When other events, sinister and sor
rowful, had occurred in that once hap
py family, Leonidas looked up tho date
of the death of Don Ignacio. It was
tho 13th. This was but the beginning,
for on the 13th of the following May
Maria, the wife, died of typhus, and
then came losses of property, the mines
failed to pay, an Interest in a banking
house was lost through a most unex
pected failure, and when we hoard that
the banking house was at IS-street
wo shuddered. My father went to see
young Julio Valle do Miranda to coun
sel him to move out of 13 Damas Be
gins, but Julio said that It was all a ae
ries of coincidences and that, even if it
were that, he had no money to spend
in fitting up a new house. It seems in
credible, but in the space of three years
every member of that family except
Julio and a sister, Trinidad, bad tiled,
and each death took place on a 13th or
a 2Gth! People all over the city had
come to talk of the Valle do Miranda
family and Its awful luck. Most peo
ple were confirmed In their prejudice
against tbe number 13. Timid persons
moved out of No. 13s or changed the
number to '12 bis,' anything to break
"Ten years went by, and Julio re
mained a bachelor, while his sister,
Trinidad, a splendid looking girl, tall,
of lovely figure and with great dark
eyes, who had been carefully educated
at the Sacred Heart, remained with
him. Julio had managed to retain the
house, for a copper mine, which no ode
had thought worth considering and
which the creditors of the family had
left in a doubtfully generous way to
Julio and bis sister, bad turned out of
much value and had been sold to
Frenchmen. I don't know how lt hap
pened, but Julio seemed fascinated by
the old bouse. They were odd people,
that brother and sister, and declared
that where their father and mother
had lived was dear to them and that
they could not be happy in any other
house, even In u modern mansion in
the newer part of the city.
"It was about 1802 when a young
man of excellent family, Rafael del
Monte, began to pay court to Trinidad,
standing under her balcony at night,
following her everywhere, in short the
utmost devotion. Rafael had a large
fortune In bouses and lands and lived
the life of a young clubman, and, being
fond of horses, was always driving,
trying a new carriage or going on
horseback excursions about the valley.
He was an immense favorite In socie
ty, and all the mammas were scheming
to get Rafael for their daughters. He
could play the piano, sing, speak well,
both in French and English, bad trav
eled, dressed in perfect taste and was
not only a handsome fellow, but noth
ing dissipated. Leonidas will be my
witness that we used to say, on talk
ing over the devotion of Rafael for
Trinidad, that perhaps tbe evil fortune
of thd family of the Vnlles de Miranda
had taken wings. Youth and beauty,
wealth and distinction, madly in love!
Surely, we thought, the leaf has been'
turned In the hook of a tragic fate. At
all events, fortune seemed to have re
lented, and Trinidad was as happy a
girl as one could wish to see. Wherev
er we met her at social reunions she
was a radiant picture of youth and
beauty, and her wonderfully distin
guished bearing and perfect ease drew
every eye. She was a girl of whom no
one said mean things. Society here is
sharp tongued sometimes, but as If by
common consent all the world seemed
to wls?- good f??tnue for Ibis last of the
daughters of an ill fated house."
Leonidas looked meditatively at Clo
tilde's lovely hands and murmured,
"Trinidad was perfection itself, an an
gel from heaven," a speech well befit
ting that gallant old gentleman.
"Indeed, she was perfection, and
when women fall in love with a wo
man you may be sure, girls, that she is
good and sweet and charming. All.
that was Trinidad Valle de Miranda.
The very bullfighters on tbe street cor
ners forgot to pay her a compliment
Once one said, 'She is a holy image
from the altar, gone walking through
these streets of God.' But no rude
word ever reached her ears as she
went about the city: Heaven seemed
to have relented and to have showered
all possible gifts of grace and virtue
on this Superb young woman. How
devout 8be was! How constant in her
devotions! How many times she went
to the shrine at Gnadalupe to pray!
And the chief of her numberless ador
ers was Rafael.
"I recall, as if .it were yesterday,
their marriage in tho archbishop's pri
vate Chapel. Joy illumined the face of
Trinidad. Rafael was a perfect pic
ture, a young hidalgo, as we see the
gallants of old times in pictures. He
was so manly, so proud of this charm
ing woman! Ii was Ideal. They went
away on. their wedding day for a long
Aour in Europe. Even Julio's sad face
relaxed on the day of the ceremony.
We all went to the railway station
and gave them a despedlda magnifies.
The bride, in her traveling dress, was
the handsomest woman I nave ever
As Clo til do is atll) handsome and in
her youth was a reigning belle in the
City of Mexico her praise was that of
a competent person. Leonidas bowed
his bead and looked unnttcrably aad,
while wo awaited the sequel.
Hera Clotilde's voice trembled. "Poor
Julio! Ho was at his desk In his office
one afternoon in August when a tele
gram was broaght in. ft was from
Rafael: 'Railway accident;- Trinidad
killed; no suffering; I. desperate. Par
ticulars by mail/. Julio was stunned.
^Jj^Jnr t'ccmcd to becoroo an old
.vu tue iigut gone out or inj' lire.' Tnis
was all any one could got 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 iuliuite
meaning, with sinister suggest! venes*.
was this: 'The thirteenth body taken
from tho wreck was that of a young
Mexican woman recently married. Her
busband strangely escaped unharmed.'
" The thirteenth body,' commented
all Mexico. The fate of the famllla
Valle de Miranda.'
"Rafael never returned. He lives
"And Julio?" we all asked simulta
Olotilde resumed: "As I said, he bc
oainc old In a day, so sunken of face, so
vr?7r BO pitiful, b?t 1-0 WOUld i?oi leave
the house in Damas R?glas. He de
voted himself to his sister's memory.
He gave much money in her namo to
the beneficent orders. His business
prospered. Wo advised him to marry,
to take another house, to get some
thing of the late autumnal joy of life,
sober, subdued, but grateful as sun
shine in the days of tho falling leaves.
We could not move him. He was- im
passive when we talked about these
matters. All he would soy was: "Dear
friends, I thank you. At least the love
of friends remains to the last of the
family of Valle do Miranda.' "
Here Clotilda began to weep softly.
"Tell tho rest, Leouidas," she said lu a
trembling voice, and in the deeper tone
of tho man came the conclusion of the
strarge story: "It was on a cold,
cloudy, miserable day in January,
when' the snow waters were falling
and all Mexico was miserable and chlll
i ed to the marrow, that a rumor spread
; ubout thctowuthat Don Jullobad hang
: ed himself. I was among tho first at
the club to hear tho news aud, jumping
I into my carriage, went to 1", Damas
Rcgias. There was the utmost conster
nation among the servidumbre. The
officers of the law were coming to seo
tho body. It was too true. The last of
the Vall?s do Miranda was self banged
in his chamber. He loft,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 eacli a name
of a member of tho fated family and .in
the center in deep black the fatal i;5.
And this was the last of a family
which for generations was a synonym
for prosperity, for good fortune, for the
beauty of its women nnd the manly
perfection of its sons. So I naturally
dread tho fatal number."
! "And the old house," asked Lolita,
her eyes bedlmmed, '"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 the 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
FUntr Plant Covers.
When Sir Humphry Davy was a
boy about 16, a little girl came to him
in great excitement:
"Humphry, do tell mo why these
two pieces of cone make a tiny spark of
light when I rub them together."
Humphry was a studious boy, who
spent hours in thinking out scientific
problems. He patted the child's curly
head and said:
"I do not know, dear. Let uh see if
ihey really do make a light, and then
we will try to find out why."
Humphry soon found that the little
girl wus 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 hae an onter skin
of flinty stuff, which protects the in
side from insects and also helps the
frail looking leaves to stand upright.?
The Sstt Wbt.
"1 used to buy neckties for my wife,"
he s^iid, "but I had to quit it. Those I
bought for her never suited her."
"So she buys them herself now, does
"No; sho takes those 1 buy for my
self. They always seem to suit her."?
? On June 30 of last year there were
five widows of Revolutionary soldiers
borne on the pension rolls of the Gov
ernment. One of these, Nancy Jones,
has just died at Joneaboro, Tcnn. She
was about 90 yesrs old, and married
Darling Jones, who fought at King's
Mouptain, S. C, when she wr? 10 and
he was over 00. This would indicate
that Jones was about 20 years old at
the the close of the Revolution, and
that he married the young girl about
1825. Thus it comes about that the
Government is paying Revolutionary
pensions more than 115 years after
the close of the war.
? A cherry tree, which is now
weighted with green fruit, is thriving
in the parlor of a new house in South
Meridian street, Indianapolis. The
nnnsnal sight of a tree growing inside
of r. house is attracting attention. The
house is being erected by W. A. Scott.
Right in the den ter ? the lot was a
cherry tree, whieh promised an abun
dant crop of fruit, and Scott hated to
sacrifi?e the tree. He finally solved
the question by building his bouse
fibedt the tree thus saving the crop,
and at the same time carrying out his
plan of building.
For T**H*!t* and Children*
Tka Rind Ycu Have Atari Bought
D?MMY ALLEN'S TURTLE.
The Snap It Purnlfthvtl For Alban?'?
Old Tltur l'.pit-un>?.
A local paper half a century ago pub
lished the following sketch, which hau
lost none of it* amusing flavor in the
"Tho early history of the first at- !
tempt at tickling the palates of Albany
epicures with that delectable chaos of
flavors known as turtle soup was made,
wo believe, by tin* celebrated Andrew
Jackson Allen, bettor 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
vieinity of the old Gr??n Street theater j
and was a prime favorite among the j
bloods of the day, who made his place :
a customary resort.
"Albany was then, as now, a very
7 "ce village, but still there wero some
ti ngs in Dummy Allen's cookery book
not dreamed of in our philosophy. Ho
therefore resolved to afford our ancient
epicures'a tasto of bliss in a guiso hith- i
ertc nnknown to them?to wit, tnrtlo
soup. Accordingly public, announce
I ment was duly made of the felicity in i
store for the lovers of good eating, and,
. in order that appetites might be fully
j whetted, for a few days before the nc
I ceptablo time a sizable, aldermanio look- |
ing green turtle was allowed to proin
! enudu at the end of a long string npon
tho sidewalk in front of Allen's cstab
. lishment. In due time the repast came
I off and proved a complete triumph of
kitcheu art. The new and delicious gift
to appetite became the town talk and
showered npon tho immortal Dummy j
vast reputation and much gold.
"Once moro and while the mouths of
epicures were still watering with mem- :
! ories of recent bliss the potent an
( nouncemcnt was reiterated ; onco more
j adrcent looking turtle, 'very like the
I other, divulged his ample neck on An
drew Jackson's premises, to tho grent
J admiration of beholders ; onco more fas- .
tidiou8 palates enjoyed select morsels |
of paradise from Allen's marvelous j
boilers, and onco more did vast renown j
and much lucre fall to the share of tho
inspired costmuer of tho inner man. j
The governor's first business in the
morning bef< >ro proceeding - to state af
fairs was to inquire whether Allen nerved
np turtle soup that day. Tidings of the
miraculons food would ngitnte the sen
ate, disturb the house 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 j
took the trouble of putting his sign !
manual on the back of one announced
for that day's slaughter. The ill fated I
criminal dnly disappeared and was com
mented upon that day in the form of
soup as unusually excellent.
"But, amazement 1 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
tnrtle?the identical, supposed to be
slaughtered victim of the week before,
bearing the deeply cot private mark of
our suspicious friend?tnrned up and
resumed its sidewalk promenade, ap
parently in capital condition for a de
"The secret was out. The game was
up. Dnmmy Allen was done for. With
a regnlar cheap supply of calves' heads
and one specimen turtle. Caleb Quotem
had been doing the Albany epicures for
a, whole season at iiiiie ny no expense,
and with the solo aid of their imagina
tive powers he had regaled them with
unheard of delicacies and at the same ;
time pnt a golden lining to his pocket. "
I'mrniibopa and Bank?.
The original pawnshop is difficult to
locate. From earliest times and with
all peoples the system of pledging effects
as seenrity for advances in money has
existed in some form. In ibis early
period all those who accepted pledges
as security for loans wero not pawn
brokers in the sense that we today use
Of the antiquity of pawn broking we
are assnred, bnt are without a clew as
to what may have been its process of ,
metamorphosis from the time oi tho
: Jewish law to that of tho Roman. Its
j analogy to banking, the fact that the
; pawnbrokers later became bankers,
: would lead to the conclusion that pri
j vato pawnbrokers existed long before
; the state took cognizance of the bnsi
' ness. It seems probable that tbe con
stant taking of articles in pledge, which
of necessity demanded their safe keeping
to secure the repayment of tbe 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 businees.
?Bulletin of Department of Labor.
In India all callings are hereditary ;
a baker's son becomes a baker and his
son after him, 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;" 226 as "flatters for gain;" 25
as "hereditary robbers ;" 974 as "low
blackguards;" 29 as "howlers at fu
nerals," while as many as 6,372 public
ly announce that they are "poets."
In the other districts one finds, be
sides the ordinary professions, 11,000
tomtom players, 45 makers of crowne
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.
srfr? Since Cuba has become free we
bave shipped to it eight times as many
bicycles as formerly. Porto Rico and
tho Hawaiian Islands are good custo
mers, though no direct exportation to
the Philippines is thus far reported.
America leads the world in the manu
facture and sale of the best of every
? Friend- "How do you like your
new teacher, George ?" George?'*I
don't know ; I haven't misbehaved
SAILORS AND SHARKS.
Ilorr the Men Keep ?ho Man Kater?
at n Hrapcotfnl Distance.
"Two facts tliat may seoir some- |
what pot; tit I a r to shore fulks." said au
ex-sailor of the navy, "an?. Ilrst, tliat
only about one-half of the inon-o'
war's mon in our service or in any oth
er service, in fact, kuow bow to swim,
and. second, that sharks are the most
cowardly of all living creatures. It Is
odd that so large a proportion of the J
naval nailers don't know how to swim. !
but it is probably due to tho faot that
a great number of our mono'-war's .
men nowadays come from the interior i
of the country, where there is no wa- j
tor for them to learn how to swim.
"In the old navy- and I put all of my
service in the old navy, so called Hu
man who couldn't swim was, as soon
as tho fact was discovered by his ship- 1
mates, incontinently chucked over the
side when swimming call went, and
ho 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 swim* ,
mlng before they picked him up. If he
didn't succeed iu swimming tho lirst
time, overboard he would go the very
next time all hands took a plunge over
tho side at swhnming call, and thus all
of the ?neu serving on the old line of
packets became swimmers before they
loft tin? service. It is forbidden to j
throw a nonswimmor into the water I
now, but I think it would be a good '
thing if the practice were still contin
"Tin' otlicers of tin* ships today insist
upon the apprentice lads learning to
swim, but they let tho uouswiinmcrs
among the newly recruited landsmen
go along without learning. There have
boon numerous drowning incidents in
our navy within recent years, owing
to tho Inability of men who were oth
erwise excellent sailors in the easy art
"As to the cowardliness of sharks,
that fact is well known among men
who have been much to sea iu south
ern waters infested by man eaters.
The liercc8t man eater that ever bullied
a poor little pilot, into acting as a food
scout for him will get out of the sea
way iu a mighty big hurry if a swim
mer, noticiug the shark's approach,
sets up a noisy splashing. A shark is
In deadly icar 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 tho wa
ter and thus scare the sharks away.
Once iu awhile a too venturesome
swimmer among these natives foolish
ly detaches himself from his swim
ming party and momentarily forgets j
to keep up ids splashing. Then there
is a sudden swish, and the man eater
comes up behind him like a flash and
"I kuow a naval officer who, down in !
the harbor of Acnpulco, 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 minuto to have both of
his legs lopped off by the shark's teeth.
In wading in he, of course, made a lot
of disturbance In the water, and this
is what saved him. When, to his own
surprise, he ?nally stopped up on tho
beach and looked back for his shark,
he saw the man eater's tin cleaving
the blue waters of tho boy hundreds of
feet awpv, bound outward."?Washing
A. F-JBMltns; Transaction.
Tho 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 hour when one of the guests of
the hotel came down stairs with his
valise, and after paying his bill request
ed that tho clerk keep his valise until
he came hack from the show, as he was
going ont on a late train. He alBo
pulled a $5 bill out of his poeket and
asked the clerk to change it. The clerk
looked in his cash drawer, but found
ho did not have it.
"Well," enid the guest, "just keep
tho $5 for security and lend mo a dol
The clerk did eo, and the guest de
parted. He came back about 11 o'clock,
and, being in a huny to catch the
train, rushed up to the desk. He threw
down four silver dollars and tho clerk
gave him the $5. It appeared all right.
When the guest Lad gone, the clerk
looked over his cr sh and fonnd himself
"Well," said the clerk, after he had
puzzled his head for awhile to see how
it had happened, "that man needs a
bookkeeper. It was lucky for me he
didn't make a mistake the other way."
?Kansas City TimeH.
Wortes Little and Seldom.
A Kussian 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. Ho suffers
from idleness, apathy and a want of In
The climate may have something to
do with this. Tho villager is com
pelled, from November to April, to give
up all work In the fields, and by this
time he forgets how to work.
It Is only hunger that compels him to
Start 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 bp 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
peared1 to be listening, but he sudden
ly added his contribution to the 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 ho gets
into the house."
?: A good housewife never wastes
good bread by trying to transform it
in to bread* pudding.
DnrltiK ?oll ninften,
Thor? is a curions custom, among the
young Spaniards of the> city of Seville
On certain fete days, relates a tourist,
tho young men of the 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 hell ringers
repose these amateurs climb up on to
the bells, throw them forward with all
their force and ride upon tbe bells in
their furious swinging to and fro. Wo
may imagine whnt an upronr is pro
duced when ull the bells of a cathedral
are being treated in this manner. Any
man who is able may exercise his skill,
nnd the duration of the ringing de?
sends '??in?? the caprice or the strength
and patience of the ringers.
The spectacle iH very strange of the
great bells swinging, with one, two or
more bold ringers hanging from them
in any attitude which aeems to them
best adapted to pushing out the most
noise. In the Oiralda at Seville, tho '
first time I witnessed this, tho clamor
was frightful. When I looked up, I
thought at first some unfortuuato was
entangled in tho bell rope, but I soon
found it was a matter of sport. Anoth
er ringer appeared suspended in tho air,
holding tho hell by the ears or tho rim
or the wooden framework and follow
ing it in all its movements, sometimes
feet, sometimes bead, downward. Snch
are the daring bell ringers of Seville.
Didn't Know ItM Vnlnr.
Tho train was lat?'. Everybody wait
ing to board it was pacing the platform
restlessly. There were people from
varied stations in life, and one was a
pnlo faced, intellectual young fellow
who appeared to be in u stuto of 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 magniticent ease of tho pol
ished man of the world. Without ask
ing he knew the condition of tho boy's
mind and in a very short time had
brought him to a full confession.
"So you think fate is ugainst yon
and that yon will never attain yonr
'Yes, sir, I am sure of it."
"Bnt let mo ask you, my hoy, 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 yonr life injnred a human
"Never, sir I"
The shrewd gray eyes of the elder
man looked intently at him. "Perhaps
fate is against yon." be said, "foi you
own a valuable property that brings
you in not a dollar, and yet yon cannot
sell it for what it is worth. Yon do not
understand? Then let mo tell you that
I would gladly give yon $500,000 for
your conscience."?Detroit Free Press.
Dear Little t ool*.
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 tho cook:
"Now, what are we to have for din
"There's two chickens to dress,
"I'll aress 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, innni. Shore, if yon
want to help, yon 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 think, mnm, that wasbin the cel
eiy do bo more in yonr line."
"All right. I'll take it up to the
bathroom, and I'vo some lovely Paris
soap that will take off every speck."
"Thank you, mum. Would yon mind
telling me the namo of tbe asylum
where yon was eddicated? I think I'll
bave to take some lessons there myself
if we be going to work together 1"
? Farm labor is so scarce in the
northwest that farmers huvc up peal ad
to the railroads to aid them in secur
ing harvest hands.
In Egypt the custom is for Princesses
to hide their beauty by covering
the lower part of the face with r. vt :1.
In America the beauty of taany f
our women is hiddes because of the
liar to the Bex.
If the Egypt*
ian custom pre*
vailed in this
be glad to
, cover the it
'pr em a tu r e
J wrinkles, their
complexion, from the eyes of the
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 Leucorrhosa. It restores the womb
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.
DtanrWts Mlllt for f I arbettlo.
Send for cmr free iUtutrated book for women,
The Bradfleld Regulator Co., Atlanta, Ga.
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James A. Watt, Plaintiff, against II I. 8tewart,
IS H. Slnip-on and A. C Townsend, Defendants.
?Summons for Relief? Complaint Served,
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[Skal] tOUM O. ^'VTKtlW, c. c.c p.
To the absent D?fendant, K I. Stewart:
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Robert A. Lewis, Plaintiff, agalost Amos N. Bsgs
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Dated Anderson, 8. <?, July 24, A D., 1899.
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