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Special to the Sunday Call.
M-. . ... Monday.
y sister ougnt to have been a man and a diplomatist, On Saturday
she took hcv (1 went along incidentally) over to Newport and
c. lied on four of the smartest people there. They are old friends
and were as affable as angels: and you can bet your future spurs
.da nan was impressed. She's not the least bit of a snob, but she
thinks she ought to have the best the world can offer, and so she
should, and no mistake. But with all her beauty and cleverness
she couldn t get on the other side of the Newport barricades unless «he
was properly lancee. and she knows it. She knows, too that mv sister
would never have taken the trouble ami responsibility for her sake alone
much as she likes her. Weil, we were Invited to two dinners, a luncheon and
a ball. I saw a look of pride come Into her eyes; of gratified <elf-respect
and I knew that boded well for m<~. As we drove down Bellevue avenue to
the boat my ever sister called her attention to a handsome but discon
tented looking girl who was walking oast.
•'That is Miss Lorlng." she said casually. "She has no position of he*
own, but was taken up by Mrs. T_nderhorn at the beginning of the season.
Mrs. renderhon dicer before she was fairly lancee, and she has been strug
gling .'don.: ever since. No one seems disposed to stand sponsor and I
fancy shell have- to give it up." ."
Miss Osbourne made no reply.
Yesterday morning she went over with me alone, and we took the cliff
"Killing the Worm;" Terrors i
of Some of the New Drinks, j
Special to The Sunday Call.
PARIS. France, June Public at-
tention is being forcibly directed
just at present to the aggressive
campaign against intemperance
which is being carried on in nearly
every country on the Continent, and
especially in France. The advance In this
country is absolutely unique of its kind,
as there never before has been any gen-
eral movement of a national nature. The
French have been wont to ' look upon
themselves as good examples of modera
tion, while they gave their pity to Ger-
many and England as horrible examples
of people who drink too much.
But France is now duly shocked. Dr.
Laborde of the famous FaCulte de Mcdi-
cine in Paris has calmly informed the
French that they are the most Inter
n of all the civilized -peoples on
earth, and gives science and figures to
When this announcement was made to
the French, who frankly told the doctor
that he was mistaken and worse, the news
papers took it up and published columns
of Indignant protest against the slander
ous charge — and investigated as a second
thought. Then they changed their con
fident note, for In a series of articles pre
pared by M. Comely of the Influential
daily Figaro, It is shown that close to
fifteen liters, or about sixteen quarts, of
alcohol are consumed every year for each
of the 55.000.000 people in the republic. The
French find that instead of heading the
alcoholic list, Germany and the British
Isles come third and fourth In the rank
ing, as Belgium takes second place after
France, but with nearly a third joss in
its per capita consumption. Fifth In the
list is Switzerland, the home of absinthe,
and then, in the order named, there fol
low Italy. Holland, the United States,
Sweden, Norway and Canada, Norway
Is the- most temperate of any European
country. Canada leads the world In its
moderation with a per capita of over two
liters a year. Thin means that our neigh
bors in the- northern dominion drink less
than a seventh as much as the mother
country, whence many of them came as
Head of the Reform Movement.
It is from tin- Sorbonne. the Faculte de
Medicine and the other famous lycees that
the new propaganda has been sent forth.
Even more remarkable is its present de
velopment for total abstinence. Heading
the movement is Dr. <'. Grain, ono of the
best meoical authorities in ("ranee, who
1-- president of tin- National Anti-Alcoholic
League and editor of a temperance
TEMPERANCE WAVE IS RUNNING OVER EUROPE.
monthly called L'Alcool. As his active
adjutants is a coterie of forty-two doc
tors of medicine, and other faculty mem
bers, nearly all of whom are men of wide
reputation and Independent means, sev
eral being total abstainers in common
with their president.
Under the stimulus from their distin
guished leaders, it is not strange that the
students In these schools, and in the col
leges throughout France, should take up
the campaign. They have organized the
Students' National le Grain League and
are pushing the work into all parts of the
country under- the leadership of <;« urges
Barbey, who is an advocate at law active
ly connected with the defense in the Drey
fus case. When I saw Mr. Barbey a few
days ago he said he had just returned
from a tour in the south of France, where
he made twenty-six temperance addresses
in as many schools and colleges. In all of
these he organized leagues of the stu
dents, numbering from 20 to 150 members
in each. To such proportions has this
movement reached that it is extending to
other countries, notably to Switzerland.
where students' league's have lately 'been
established at Lausanne, Basle and Zu
"Killing the Little Worm.-'
Drinking shops in the poorer qaurters of
Paris are open at 4 o'clock in the morning,
and even then there are shivering men
and women who have braved the nipping
air to "kill the little worm." as they call
their thirst for drink. In the poor quar
ters I have seen by night little groups of
women put their drink money into a com
mon fund, so the amount of alcohol may
be a bit larger than if they bought sep
arately, and they drink it oftentimes In Its
full strength. This use of "neat" drinks
is steadily growing. So fierce is the appe
tite for the strongest distillations that the
law compels chemists to sell methylatecl
spirits only in colored form, which means
that they are poisoned. Alcohol from
wood Is deadly, but popular with them. In
Paris they drink ether, In the north of
France turpentine is growing in popular
ity, and here and there a, case is found
where kerosene oil Is taken, although this
Is generally done secretly. Petroleum
especially has a terrible effect and causes
severe vomiting and -other sickness until
the stomach becomes inured to the horri
Normandy Is the most drunken of all
the departments in the republic. While.
the fishermen and peasantry of the north
coast are bad enough as men, the women
are worse. So besotted have many of
these; people become that they work but
live hours a week, earning but enough for
THE SAN FRANCISCO CALL, SUNDAY, JUNE It, 1899.
walk. Jove. it was romantic. The. sea made s'ach a noise, and th* great
houses up at the hack of the lawns looked so stately and quiet: We 30*
aught in a thunderstorm and had to run for a gardener's cottage and i
took off her little shoes and dried them, and sin forgot to drawl and talked
for five minutes without stopping, in the afternon I took her for a drive.
her and her mother— who calls me "my dear boy"— and my sister. Mora
anon, bovs.— T.
T, . ... , , Thursday.
Haven t written for three days, but you'll forgive me when I tell you
i m nappy, or nearly so. We went to all tin- things at Newport, and l was
as jealous as Othello at th.- attentions she laid from men who've got all I
have and money to boot. But, the Lord be praised, they didn't follow her
up. for my beloved sister caused it to be circulated gently that we were
engaged. But she had a time and looked lovely. Thank heaven I don't
have to describe any more of her costumes; because she always wears
white, and one thing is just like another. The old lady's as proud as a
peacock wit a new tail. My sister swears I've got a dead sure thing and.
boys, I behove it. Money still holds out. although I send her flowers and
candy very day and take her for a drive every afternoon. We ride in -he
mornings. Heavens! she can sit a horse. And one thing, at hast I can
bless West Point for— and old Gruff— l, too. can sit a horse in a fashion
that makes these little riding school graduates sick.— T
Boys! Bill' Bob' Whack! Riddle! I've gen a rival' A stoat arrived
Thursday night from New York and hunted her up inside an hour. ."Met
the barest necessities of life and to keep
themselves in drink. So keen is the desire
for liquor that on the farms, after the ap
ples have been pressed for cider-making,
they are put through a fermentation and
another milling to gain a further intoxi
cant from the rancid mass. Much the
same is done with grapes in some sec
Terrors of Absinthe.
if absintheism Is not checked, France
may go insane as a nation. It is only
a few years since two old women living
in a secluded mountain valley In Switzer
land gave out their secret for brewing
drink of rare quality , from the little, ab
sinthe plants growing only in that local
ity, but now absinthe is known around the
world. Nowhere has its sale grown to so
great or threatening proportion as in
France, where Its excessive use annually
drives thousands to wild insanity. A
friend of mine here in Paris had an Eng
lish coachman who was a model servant
for years, but Who was noticed as be
coming a trifle erratic. One day he was
driving out with two or the children when
a sudden frenzy seized him. and he at
tacked them to. do murder. It was only
by help being at hand that he was over
powered, and he was led away a raving
maniac. It was found he was an ab
sinthe drinker in secret, and . had got
up to eight glasses a day. Such is the
effect of this insidious craze upon those
who follow it far enough.
in the last stages of this form of
suicide, the victim sometimes drinks six
teen glasses of absinthe in a day, and is
the most pitiable of all the types of
drunkards. : .
Cost of Absinthe.
In the better cafes absinthe costs 50 cen
times, or 10 cents, but in the "dives" it Is
only 3 sous a glass. As such it Is little less
than a deadly poison, especially when a
dash of vitriol is added to give it an extra
"bite." Vitriol is regularly used In many
of the cheap drinks, and even in the bet
Last week I; had an interesting talk
with Senateur Jules lo Jeune, Secretary
of State in the Belgian Cabinet, who is
pushing a bill to - prohibit the sale of
absinthe in Belgium. 1 ::y^, ;'• '
"It Is doing much the same for us as
it Is here In France." he . said. , "I also
have a bill' before our Parliament to
gradually decrease, the number of public
• Irlnklng-houscs through tho country In
the next ten years. At present we have
2-B,Ojo of thcae to a population of but six
millions of people, "or'- -'one to every
twenty-four persons. Mv plan is to maku
GUPID THE GOLDEN
her In Florida last winter, and he's dead gone smashed, and no .mistake.
Had to go to England or would have followed her vp sooner. And. boys.
he's got no end of rocks. My brother-in-law says he's worth a cold million
If he's worth a nickel. His name Is Hutch— XV. H. J. Hutch. Made his
money In hardware or something. Socially he's nobody, and she knows it.
But then, with her beauty and the start she's got, what couldn't she do
with a million back of her? And she knows I'm worth no million. Boys'
I'm the most miserable wretch on earth, and your money will be wasted.
(From the Love Syndicate (Limited), at West Point, to T. Van der Ruy
ter, at Narragansett Pier.— By telegraph):
Keep stiff upper lip; who knows what you've got. Play name against
Thanks, old boys, for that telegram. I had braced up and sworn that
fellow shouldn't down me. But he has sailed in and no mistake. Got on to
the fact at once that 1 was a rival. He has been sending her flowers
enough for a funeral. Telegraphing to New York for maroons and Califor
nia fruit. The old lady vibrates between us like a pendulum. If she
wasn't so ingenuous she would he offensive. As for her, I can't make her
out for a cent. She treats us exactly alike. Allows us to pay her the same
amount of attention to a fraction, It's boodle or position. 1 suppose, and she
thinks it's worth while taking time to make up her mind. Now, don't think
she's mercenary, boys. She's simply as ambitious as Lucifer, and I like it.
If I get her I don't care what she marries me for.— T.
Yesterday he— W. If. J. Hutch— gave her a picnic. He was bound he'd
outdo me. and he had a band along. Fiv« waiters. A spread lit for a ban
quet. Twenty-five people. Oh. hang him!
At first I thought I wouldn't go. Then T concluded T didn't dare stay
away. Besides, my sister said 1 must ignore the fact that he is a rival,
end treat him as if I'd waited all my life for the opportunity to know aim.
So I went.
My sister had her chance here, and she took it. She went to her arid
Bald: "My dear, a Mr. Hutch has asked me, through my brother, to g.i to
a picnic. Can you tell me who he is? is he eiuite the person to take up?"
It was the first time 1 ever saw her fixed. Km she was. She braced up,
however, and said coldly thai all she knew of Mr. Hutch was that he was
a gentleman and she liked him extremely. At the last moment my sister
sent her regrets. Oh, she's a corker!
To return to the picnic. Sin- sit by him driving down, of course. lie
was giving that picnic, wasn't be? What could I do? Well. T wasted no
time. I made myself solid with the old girl, and if 1 didn't win her sym
pathy then I'll stay in the army and apply for permission to be a common
We had the picnic in a grove. Arrived, I adhered myself to her elbow.
If I'd been a postage stamp 1 couldn't have done better. My hated rival
applied himself to her other elbow, Rnd between the two of us she looked
weary. At luncheon we both devoted ourselves to her replenishment, anil
between us she- certainly got, enough to eat. Candor compels me to state
that her appetite is good. She is divinely tall, but she's healthy. She ate
four chicken wings, one plate of salad, four slices of raw tomatoes, a slice
of boned turkey, three cress sandwiches, 'i plate of icecream and some
candy. She said the drive had made her hungry. But 1 like to see' a girl
eat. Hate your wasp-waisted. sallow-faced crumb-pickers.
After luncheon she sat on a rock with the postage stamps at her elbows
and saiil nothing in particular. Apneare-el to be absorbed in the band,
which was playing op the glen. Hutch who is a fool— talked a blue streak
about coaching parties, yacht racing, Delmonlco affairs ami a lot of things
I can't talk about. (bit I did him up. When he'd been blowing a solid '■'"
teen minutes I said to him: "Ah. who rise was of the party, did you say?"
He mentioned some names. "I never heard of them," I said indifferently.
She look' at me respectfully. He glared. Hutch; (
She only blazed on him once. (He proposed while pretending to take a
twig out of her hair.) But she made me propose four times, which I take
to i" encouraging. I had to resort to all sorts eif expedients in order to do
It. Once I lay flat on my back. The sun got In my eyes, and I had to screw
up my face so that she asked me if I were ill, and remarked that her
inothm- always carried a homeopathic medicine case around. The second
time I tier! a blade of grass Into a ring and laid it absently against tho
third finger 'if her left hand. of this she took no notice whatever. Tho
third time i hummed, to the tuie of the "Bohemian Girl." "Oh, then you'll
marry- you'll m-a-r-r-y me." She said she didn't see how a man with his
coarse. horrid -voice had the Impertinence to sing where there were bird-.
The fourth time I lust whispered: "Will you?" 'I don't think I'll bother
with more than that in the future-.) She said she thought she would— go
p. This morning we bowled for an hour at th" Casino, th.":: went
Into the rotunda and read th" magazines until the hand tuned up. I felt
quite domestic. No one else came in. ami we just sat there and re-ad by tee
big round table. She flung her hat on the floor, and you ought to have seen
the way her hair clustered around her forehead. I didn't read much. She
did— turneel every leaf.— T.
Oh. boys! I'm dope for! It's all up! He's got the boodle, has my
hated rival. He saw that he had to outsplurge me. and he's done it. Yes
terday his own tandem arrived from New York. You never saw such a
get-up. It's th" talk of the place. The reporters have been photograph
ing It for the newspapers. The girls have been making eyes at him in a
way that's positively sickening. He's been strutting around like a turkey
cock. Of course, he took her out first thing. She'd half promised to sir on
the rocks with me, but she begged oft". Said she adored horses and beau
tiful turnouts better than the breath of life. You just ought to have seen
the way she held her little head up. Her -yes fairly glittered with pride.
Boys you will see me in a day or two. I'll confess it— the money you so
geiier'oiislv Invested In me has about given out. I'm ashamed to show my
face but I'll repay you If I have to mortgage the old house. But. you see,
there's no use keeping up the fight. He's got the best of me all round.
What's mere position nowadays to money? Like as not she guesses I
haven't a busted nickel— what's anything I may have made her think
I've cm to a million? Ob, Lord. Well, au revoir.— T.
(From the Love Syndicate (Limited), West Point, to T. Van der F.uy
ter Narragansett Bier.— By telegraph.)
Hold on. Check or. the way. Letter will explain.
(By letter.) '-''-£'"
Dear Tom— Enclosed please find check. Get a coach. That man shan't
have her. Our honor is Involved as well as yours. By heavens, we all fed
as If we were marrying her ourselves, Splurge it! Win her' Win her' Win
her! If you need more rocks, telegraph. We'll pawn our uniforms and sit
in our underclothes, but you shall have her. By heaven, you shall.
(T. Van der Ruyter at Narragansett Pier, to the Love Syndicate (Lim
ted), at West Point.— By telegraph.)
the proportion one drinking place to
every 200 people, but the proposal is too
radical to carry without material amend
Sonic of the' Continental Governments
are; posting temperance lithographs In
public places as a warning to the peo
ple on the effects of Intemperance, and
the temperance societies in Frame dis
play posters labeled "Absinthe Poison!"
with a skull and crossbones.
Not alone are the present French ef
forts educational, but tiny are aiming at
national legislation as being the only
permanent cure. There Is a coterie of
temperance legislators in the Chamber of
Deputies ami in the Senate who are press
ing for constitutional relief from the pres
ent desperate conditions. Senator Sieg
fried will shortly present a bill to reduce
the number of drinking places in the re
public; as tin- beginning of an extensive
legislative reform. There arc over half a
million of public drinking places in
France, and in some of the departments
the consumption of alcohol now amounts
to twenty liters per person yearly.
Legislation Against Drink.
The influential daily. Le Temps, this
morning contains a»long article callingup
on the Government to pass the Siegfried
bill to abate the public peril and saying
that the present liberty to drink is simply
license to poison the people. The Temps
calls upon the French to learn the lessons
of . regulations are taught by the United
States, and it cites the city of Boston as
a model In this regard, where there Is but
one drinking place to 580 Inhabitants,
while in France there Is one to every "0
adults. One to every 300 persons Is what
the editor thinks a correct proportion
for this country.
A redeeming feature of the French In
temperance is that next to no drunken
ness is seen upon the streets. Practically
everybody drinks, and rich and poor alike
take the ."little glass," or its multiple,
with every meal, and between meals.
Only among the poorest do they follow
the barbarous American practice of brac
ing up against a bar and drinking on an
empty stomach. As it is, they may be
in a continuous fuddle, but never drunk.
An unexpected Indorsement of the
temperance movement has developed
since the first of the year In the friend
ly attitude of the Socialist press of
France and other countries. These pa
pers, us the organs of the powerful work
fngmen's societies of the' Continent, say
they can co-operate with this propaganda
aa tending to lessen ,th» onnortunltv to
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drink, which they plainly say is the
workingman's greatest enemy.
Royalty That Abstains. '
The King of Italy is a total abstainer.
as Is also practically the Grand Duke of
Baden; and Emperor William of Germany
has several times expressed himself forci
bly on the drinking habits of the army.
He recommends to his officers that they
Bel a good example to the men in the
ranks, and the Emperor is said to be alive
to the dangers from the growth of child
drunkenness in Germany. Other sover
eigns are apparently awakening to the sit
uation, and the young Queen of Holland
especially so. In Russia the government
monopoly of the drink traffic has proved
so successful in the provinces where
it has been on trial for several years that
Czar Nicholas II is extending the sys
tem to decrease drunkenness. The Greek
Fac-Siroile of Poster Now Beir-g Scattered Over Europe by the Blue Cross Workers. It Depicts tha
Evils of Absinthe Drinkina.
A thousand thanks. I'll do it or die.— T.
, ,--_,,. (By letter.) Thursday.
Well, I got a coach. Hanged if I didn t. I tnought at first it was no
go, for there wasn't one in signt. I couldn't have used it If there had been,
tor of course 1 had to make her think it. was my own. To borrow the one
over in Newport was equally out. of the question, for she'd recognize that
too. There was no time to hire one from New York. I was in despair,
when it occurred to me to go to the crack livery stable keeper and state the
case. Asked him if there wasn't some absent rich family from which he
could borrow a coach. Boys, only Inspiration sent me to thai man. He
had a coach. lb' bought it second-hand from a family that went to pieces
eight years ago. and had never been able to sell, rent or give it away since.
We went into the' purlieus of the barn and hunted it up. You never saw
such a dilapidated old rattletrap. Cobwebs, rust, moth eaten, paint that
looked as ii rats had developed their nails on it. I was deeply dejected.
"That thing can never be fixed up," I said. "Can't it. sir? I'll have it as
spruce 'as new in a week." We struck a bargain Inside of live minutes.
.As 1 was leaving him a thought struck me. "I think, if you have no ob
jection, I'll have mv coat-of-arms painted on the panel." "None whatever.
sir. it will make the coach more valuable. I'll just mention— you're
gone— that you got tired of it and made me a present of it. See?" "A^j
you'll never give me away?" "Hope I may die if 1 do sir." «
Aha, boys. Just wait further developments.— T. 1
Oh. boys, you should see that coach. You'd never recognize it for any
thing but "a member of the New York Coaching Club. She's as fin. as a
bird. She glistens like silk. And that coat-of-arms. Boys, that was a
stroke of genius.
But to the story.
The afternoon she was finished I sauntered up to where she was resting
after a game of tennis, surrounded by Jay Hutch and others, and re
marked: "Miss Osbourne, you are so fond of driving I couldn't resist send
ing for my coach. Will you get up a party and let me tool you up the road
to-morrow?" She opened her eyes jus! the ninety-ninth part of an Inch
wider. His eyes bulged. "Have you a coach?" she asked. "Why, yes.
Did I never mention It? It's a big thing to cart around, but since.- you
are so wedded to that sort of sport— "
Boys, she actually blushed. Her eyes sparkled, then blazed. I'll swear
a look of relief came into her face. "Tod are awfully good to take so much
trouble for me." she murmured. "Why, of course, I'll go," anel she let me
sit by her all the evening at the Casino.
1 was in a terrible funk for fear he'd get onto the game— go down to
the station and Inquire if a coach had arrived or something. But he didn't;
hasn't brains enough.
Well, boys, you should have been there at 11 o'clock next morning—
mean on the veranda of the hotel when the coach drove up. That blessed
man had provided me with his four finest horses, a horn and a man (in
livery) to toot it. All Narragansett had turned out to stare. The tandem
sensation wasn't in it. You ought to have heard the cameras click. Jay
Hutch was fairly weak in his knees. Of course, I had asked hijn to go, and
I made him sit by the plainest girl in the party both ways. My sister dis
appeared to laugh behind a door three times before we started.
Airs. Osbourne's eyes fairly grew to thai coat-of-arms on the panel, ami as
she said good-by she called me "my son."
She held her head higher than i v_r: and when she went up the ladder
her eyes sparkled as it she were mounting a throne. Of course, she sat by
me, and maybe she didn't take the trouble to talk! Maybe, too, you don't
think that spick-and-span coach, with its coat-of-arms on the panel and
the girls on th" top looking like a variegated bed of posies, and the horn
to ■•:• ii: cream color, wasn't a pretty sight. She wore white, as usual,
with shoes and gloves and hat the color of moss on a tree.
Well, boys, that day was a success from beginning' to end. I didn't
turn them over, though I two-thirds expected p.: it was so long since I'el
driven even one horse'— before 1 came here. We had luncheon at a club
twelve miles down the coast and drove back in the afternoon. You never
saw girls as gay. nor a man as glum as my hated rival. And boys. this
time to-morrow I'll be writing you my last letter, and you'll know the Dest"V
or worst. Just before we reached the pier I leaned down and said to her ?
in my firmest tones: "To-night, at the Casino Imp. 1 must have mv an
swer. It is the last time 1 shall ask for it." When a man owns a coach
(apparently) it give him a tremendous lot of backbone. She didn't blaze
at me this time— just flirted her lashes round on her color.
(Barton, reading aloud to The Love Syndicate (Limited), which Is fan
ning Itself on a bench in Flirtation walk):
__ ,, , . _ , "'■'•".' '-■■ Saturday.
Boys. 1 11 begin at the beginning— the waythev do In novels— not give
the climax first and the story afterward, as they do in newspapers.
There was a hop at the Casino last night. As the clock struck the hour
of 10 T entered the ballroom with her on mv arm. Jay Hutch had the old
lady in tow. He took her up to the gallery- We staved on the floor All
the belles were waltzing with their pretty beaux. The gallery was filled
with a small fortune in gowns and diamonds. People crowded at the door
to see the famous folk enter. (How's that for descriptive work? You want
ed facts, so I've got a newspaper letter describing the last ball before me )
Well, we waltzed for a while. Others then claimed her, and I let her go
until the seventh waltz. You should have seen the look, with which I ac
comnanled the making of that engagement.
The seventh waltz arrived. We took a turn for the looks of the thing
but I whispered firmly (I was still on that coach): "We will go out and"
walk "ii the gallery in a moment." She lifted her incomparable shoulder-;
then broke away from mm left me standing in the middle of the floor'
walked over to a woman she knew, jollied her. came back to me. took an
other turn, broke away again and whispered in a wall (lower's ear. then
returned to my arms. This time I did not lay my arm about her waist
I drew her arm firmly through mine, led her out of the ballroom, down
the long gallery, up the stair of the angle to the stone balcony. We walked
straight down that stone balcony to th" tower at the end. ■ Down between
the pillars of cobblestones, between the red electric lights, between the
rows of girls sipping lemonade through straws at little tables. We reached
the • ml. We overhung the sea and faced the row of moving lights en the
horizon. We had the tower to ourselves.
"Marian Osbourne." I said sternly. "I ask you for the last time, will you
marry me? If you hesitate three minutes I shall leave you, never tore
I took out my watch. She knew I meant business. She hesitated ex
actly two minutes and forty-two seconds. Then she said, with the most
delicious laugh you ever heard:
"You dear old goose. I meant to marry you all the time. What do you
supnose I've waited these two years for?"
T nearly dropped mv watch. Could she mean it? Alas, the mental m.
chinery of woman is beyond my feeble understanding, and I shall never
know. At all events she looked as if she did. She lifted her head looked
at the stars, then turned her eyes on me. Boys, I didn't care whether it
was the coach or not.—
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Whack: "God bless him!" s'
A Biddle: "God bless him!"
Langhorne: "God bless him!"*
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After a pause.
Whack (with a deep sigh: "No girls In ours."
A Biddle (gloomily): "No silk hats."
Langhorne: "I hope that goat is kind to my fox-terrier."
Barton: "Virtue is its own reward and the interest is three per cent.**
France Leads the Nations in
church of Russia is using its paramount
power for temperance, and an association
of the Catholic clergy of Europe has just
been formed to push the church work for
this cause, as is being done in America.
For the first time in the history of Eu
ropean expositions there will be a temper-
ance building at Paris next year. Plans
have been drawn and stock is being sub
scribed for by prominent French people
for a handsome structure, which will
serve as a soft drinks cafe on the ground
floor. It is intended to use the 1900 expo-
sition as a vehicle for widely spreading
OntheContinent the most powerful tem
perance association is the Blue Cross.
which has a membership of over 23,000 and
operates in Switzerland. Belgium. France
and other countries. In Germany there
are 10.000 enrolled for temperance, many
of whom are total abstainers. A powerful
organization is the German Temperance
Association of 12,000 members, made up In
considerable part of the Mayors of towns
and other officials, who are using their in
fluence to restrict the sale of drink. In
twelve years the consumption of alcohol
per German capita has decreased one
third, and the use of light beers is notably
EDWARD PAGE GASTON.
Ethel— Why, what's the matter, Ger
Gertrude— Oh. nothing. Only Jack and I
had a quarrel the other day, and I wrote
and told him never to dare speak or write
to me again— and the wretch hasn't even
had the decency to answer my letter.
The Married One— Can you imagine any-
thing worse than marriage without love?
The Unmarried One— Yes, I think I can.
Love without marriage, for instance.