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T7 T was in the sweet
month of Septem
ber, the soft after
noon of a day that
had been hot even
on the borders of
the North Sea,
which sends its
breezes flying over
the part of Essex
which is not flat
and marshy, but
rich and undulating, and fair
and pleasant to look upon. In
London the people were gasp
ing for breath, but here,
thougi the day had been fairly hot, it
was now at six o'clock soft and balmy,
and by nightfall the air would be
sharp and fresh.
It was such a fair day and such a fair
riew! Eelnr.d on the higher ground
stood a rambling old house, half hall,
half farm-house a house with a long
red-brick front, and a sort of terrace
garden frcm which you might look
across the fields and the long green
stretches of land over which the bold
sea came and went at ebb and flow of
the tides. It was a quaint old garden,
with turf like velvet, and raised beds
cut in it here and there, gay with
blazing scarlet geraniums and blue
lobelias, and kept neat and tidy by a
quaint bordering of red tiles set edge
ways into the ground. There were tall
trees, too, about this domain, which
hid the farm-buildings from sight, and
also helped to shield the house from
the fierce winter blasts, and in front
there lay a rich and verdant meadow
eloping gently dosvn to the high-road,
where just then a man and a young
girl had stopped for a moment as they
walked along together.
"Mayn't I come in?" the man said,
"No, I don't think you must," the
girl answered. "You see, auntie has
gene to Cclehester. and she wouldn't
like me to ask ycu in when I knew
she wasn't there. No. I don't think
you must come in this time."
"Perhaps she will be back by this
time," he urged; but the girl shook her
"No; for the train does not get to
Wrabness til twenty-four minutes past
seven it is not as much past six yet,"
she said, simply.
"But," he sab', finding that there
was no chance of his effecting an en
trance within the fcrtres, "are
bound to go in just yet?"
"No, I am not; but you are bound
to go back to Lady Jane's for your
dog-cart. She knows that you came
with me. and she knows that auntie
is in Colchester."
"Lady Jar.e knows too much," he
said, v.xed ly. "Yes. I suppose I must
go back. Lut I may carry your racket
as far as the door, eh?"
"Oh. I think you may do that," an
swered the girl, demurely.
So together they turned and walked
on. The road took a curve to the right,
skirting the sloping meadow and ris
ing gradually until they reached the
gates of the old house, with its quaint
red front and its many gables and
dormer windows, and at the gate Dor
othy Strode stopped and held out her
hand for the racket.
"Thank you very much for bringing
me home," she siid. shyly, but with
an upward glance of her blue eyes thut
went straight to the man' peikaps
rather susceptible heart; "it was very
good of you."
"Yes, but teil me," he answered, not
letting go Iiis hold of the racket, "too
aunt has gone to Colchester, you fay'"
"Dees she often go?"
"Oh, no; not often."
"but how often? Once a week?"
"Once a week ch, no; not once a
month. Why do ycu ask?"
'Deeau.se for the present I live in
Colchester. I am quartered there, you
know, and I thought that perhaps
sometimes when the auntie was com
ing ycu might be coming, too, and I
might shew you round a little the
lions and all that, you know. That
"P.ut I don't think." said Dorothy
Strode, taking him literally, "that
TURNED AND WALKED ON.
auntie would ever want to be shown
round Colchester, or the lions, or any
thing. You see, she ha3 lived at the
Hall for rr. than fifty years, and
probably kne . Colchester a thousand
times a3 well as you do."
"True! ! might have thought cf
that," and he laughed a little at his
own mistake, then added suddenly:
"But don't you think your aunt might
i . rr t i ( 1,1 j i ' i ,i n . r
like to come and have afternoon tea
in my quarters? Old ladies generally
love a bachelor tea."
" I don't think she would," said
Dorothy, honestly. "You see, Mr.
Harris, my aunt is rather strict, and
she never does anything unusual,
and " At that moment she broke off
short as a fairly smart dog-cart driven
by a young man passed them, and
returned the salute of the occupant,
who had lifted his hat as soon as he
"Who Is that?" asked the soldier,
father jealously, frowning a little as
he noticed the girl's heightened color.
"That is Mr. Stevenson." she an
swered, looking straight in front of
"Oh, Mr. Stevenson. And who is hs
when he's at home?" the soldier de
manded. "Very much the same as when he
is not at home," answered Dorothy,
with a gay laugh.
He laughed, too. "But tell me, who
"Oh, one of the gentlemen farmers
It was evident that she did not want
to talk about the owner of the dog
cart, but the soldier went on without
heeding: "And you know him well?"
"I have known him all my life," she
said, with studied carelessness.
In the face of her evident unwilling
ness to enlarge upon the subject, the
soldier had no choice but to let her
take the racket frcm him.
"Good-by," she said, lidding out her
hand to hira.
"Good-by." he answered, holding it
a good deal longer than was necessary;
"but tell me I may come and call?"
"Yes, I think you might do that."
"You will tell your aunt that you
met me, and that I am coming to call
"That is a little soon, isn't it?" she
said, laughing. "Besides, tomorrow
there is a sewing-meeting."
"And you go?"
"And you like it?" incredulously.
"No, candidly I don't; but in this
world, at least in Graveleigh, one has
to do a great many things that one
does not like."
"And you might have to do worse
things than go to a sewing-meeting,
eh?" he suggested, for it suddenly
flashed into his mind that there would
be no gentlemen farmers in smart dog
carts at such feminine functions as
"That is so. Well, good-by."
"But you haven't said when I may
come," he cried.
"No; say one day next week," with
a gay laugh.
"But wh5ch day?"
"Oh, you must take your chance of
that. Gocd-by." and then she passed
in at the wide old gate, and disappear
ed among the bushes and shrubs which
lined the short and crooked carriage
drive leading to the house.
uh a moment he
stood there looking
after her. then
Wf;rr'..A and retrace.! th
frf, f V)ra stTs which he h,v.
A !(':'fiCL? taken in Dorothj
imucu uii ms nec?i
and as ha went
along he went
again over all thai
fehe had s a i d.
thought of hrr beauty, her soft blue
eyes, and fair, wind-tossed hair, of the
grare of her movements, the strength
and skill of her play, the sweet, half
shy voice, the gentle manner with now
and then just a touch cf roguish fun
to relievo its softness. Then he re
called how she had looked up at him,
and how softly she had spoken his
name, "Mr. Harris." just as J hat farmer-fellow
came along to district her
attention and bring the bright color
into her cheeks, and, by Jove! he had
come away and never told her that nis
name was not Hatris at all, but Ayl
mer Richard Aylrner, commonly
known as "Dick," not only in his regi
ment, but in every place where he was
known at all. Now how, hi.s thcughis
ran. could the little woman have got
hold of an idea that his name was
Harris? Dick Harris! Well, to be
sure, it didn't sound bad, but thn it
did not suit him. Dick Aylrner he was
and Dick Aylrner he would be to the
end of the chapter except except, ah,
well, well, that was a contingency he
need not trouble himself about at pres
ent. It was but a contingency and a
remote one, and he could let it take
care of Itself until the time came for
him to fairly look it in the face, when
probably matters would conveniently
and comfortably arrange themselves.
And then he fell to thinking about
her again, and what a pretty name
hers was Dorothy Strode! Such a
pretty name, only Dorothy Aylrner
would look even prettier Mrs. Richard
Aylrner the prettiest of them all, ex
cept, perhaps, to hear his men friends
calling her "Mrs. Dick."
And then he pulled himself up with
a laugh to think how fast his thoughts
had been running on why, he had ac
tually married himself already, after
an hour and a half's acquaintance ami
before even he had begun hl3 wooing!
And with another laugh he turned In
at the gates of Lady Jane's place.
where he must say his farewells and
get his dog-cart.
Lady Jane was still on the lawn, and
welcomed him with a smile. She was
a stout, motherly woman, still young
enough to be sympathetic.
"Ah, you are back," she said. "Now,
is not that a nice girl?"
"Charming," returned Dick, sitting
down beside her and answering in hi3
most conventional manner.
Lady Jane frowned a little, being
quite deceived by the tone. She was
fond of Dorothy herself and would
dearly like to make a match for her.
She had seen with joy that Mr. Ayl
rner seemed very attentive to her, and
had encouraged him in his offer to
escort her down the road to her aunt's
house and now he had come back
again with his cold, conventional tones
as if Dorothy was the tenth charming
girl he had taken home that afternoon,
and he had not cared much about the
"I heard you say a little time ago
that you were going away," he re
marked, after a moment's pause.
"Yes, we are off tonight by the boat
from Harwich," she answered. "Yes,
it is rather a long passage twelve
hours but the boats are big and the
weather Is smooth, and it is a great
convenience being able to drive from
from one's own door to the boat itself
one starts so much fresher, you
"Yes, that must be so," he replied,
"though I never went over by this
route. And how long do you stay?"
"All the winter," Lady Jane an
swered. "We go to Kissingen, though
SITTING DOWN BESIDE HER.
it is a trifle late for the place. Then
on by the Engadine, Italian Lakes,
and to Marseilles. After that to Al
giers for several months."
"Algiers," he said in surprise,
"Yes, I need a warm climate in the
winter, and it gives Mr. Sturt a chance
both of life and of sport, so that he
does not really feel being out of Eng
land for so long."
"And you come back next spring?"
"Yes; some time next spring," she
Dick Alymcr got up then and began
to make his adkux.
"Then good-by, Mr. Harris," said
Lady Jane, with much cordiality, "and
I hope to find you still at Colchester
when we come back again. If not, you
must come and see me in London dur
ing the season."
"Thanks, very many," he said, "but
"Oh!" cried Lady Jane, in dismay,
"look, look! the fox-terrier is worry
ing the Persian kitten. Do rescue it
somebody, do, do!"
(To be continued.)
HERMIT IN A BIG CITY.
Why an Old LsMly II n Shut IIer,ilf Oft
from tha World.
Various, indeed, are the ways In
which eccentric people indulge their
little peculiarities, but a decidedly
original manner has been adapted by
an old lady living here, ays a, Paris
letter to tiie London Te'egiaj.-h. On
one of t':e Rrand boulevards s-iamls a
house with closwl shutters and fasten
ed door. Scarcely a sign cf l.fo is ther.-?
about the plac? and the house h:n ie-
mained in a similiar stale over a quar
ter of a century.
The owner is an oM lady, who, on
Sept. 4. 1ST!), th" day ci which the re
public was picc'alm?!, rcsolute'y deter
mined that ;v one äff, c M by republic
an ideas should ee:- e:o-s the the ho d
of ber dwelling. To avoid any suca
contingercy she simply declined
to allow any one inside and has refu-3 1
all offers to hire either apartments or
the shop beiow. The only time the
bleaks through her hard and fast ruls
is when workmen are permitted to en
ter in order to carry out repairs.
Painters, carpenters, locksmiths and
masons ore? a year in turn invade her
privacy and make gcod any damage.
To relatives whose polIt'cU tendenc'e3
are the same as- tier own she is partic
ularly gn c ous, but at the death of
each one an apartment in the building
is scaled up and now all are closed
barring the very email one at J he bark
of the house, which the anti-republican
hermit reserves for hor own ise and
that of her three servants. This
strange behavior on the part of an old
lady has repeatedly excited comment
and numerous have been the attempts
of people to gain an entrance by some
ruse or other. All theJr efforts are
foiled by an aged servant, who guards
the tront 5oor with dragon-like vigil
ance, and ne would-be Intruder soon
finds the portals slammed in his face
and himself none tho wiser for hiu
RlmUar, but Different,
Landlord (to delinquent tenant)
"Well, what do you propose to do
about the rent?" Tenant (examining
torn trousers) "Oh, it's not so bad.
My tailor can fix it all right."
There is many a slip 'twlxt the cup
ana me up, out mere is only one
between a man and the sidewalk.
NEW K..OF.L. CHIEF.
GENERAL MASTER WORKMAN
HICKS A CONSERVATIVE.
A Thorough Reliever in the Arbitration
Principle Ills Klectlon a Wild Ke
btike to Radical U in la the Great
ENRY A. Hicks,
who was elected at
Louisville, Ky., by
the General As
sembly of the
Knights of Labor
to succeed James
R. Sovereign, re
signed, as general
has been some
thing of a conser
vative factor in that organization, so
much so that until recently he had
been heard of but little in some years.
He joined the Knights of Labor not
long after 18S0 and for a time was
active in the councils of the order. He
was at an early day selected as a dele
gate to District Assembly 49, New
York city. He interested himself in
the Henry George campaign of 1SS6
and since then has been, perhaps,
known more as a Labor Scclalist than
as a K. of L. worker. He is at pres
ent national committeeman for New
York state in the People's Party. His
belief was in arbitration rather than
the strike as a means of settlement
of the disputes arising between capi
tal and labor. It is not therefore sur
prising that the Knights of Labor did
net regard him, at the time of his first
prominence, as a "progressive." 'When
the "progressives" pushed their ideas
forward he retired from active par
ticipation in labor agitation, but has
come to the front again recently.
Hicks is a native American and lives
in New York city. He is 13 years old
and is married. His trade is that of
a stair builder and his present work
superintending in new buildings. He
wa3 chosen t) represent tho st3ir
builders in District Assembly 2H3. K.
of L., in 1SS7, as a miistr workman.
He instigated a movement for the con
solidation of local assemblies into a
state assembly, and the project was
-arried into effect later on. In lSO
he was sclented to succeed George
Warren as master workman of Build
ing Constructors district Assembly
2Ö3. Afterward he berame president of
the State Congress of District and Lo
ral Assemblies, Knights of Labor. Hp
has been for a number of years a
delegate to the General Assembly.
America s. lluropc a a Mittturacturiiig
The Insular prejudices and the com
placeut self-sufficiency of the average
llrito.i have long hindered him from
:mderstandingt or admitting the possi
bility of other nations ultimately oc
cupying fields of industrial activity
that he ha for generations been ac
customed lo look upon as entirely his
own, says the Engineering Magazine.
The earlier prophets of the impending
danger were treated with even more
than the ordinary amount of intoler
ance proverbially accorded in their
own country to those who do not
prophesy smooth things. Here and
there, however, a voice was heard cry
ing In the wilderness. Cobden, more
than fifty years ago, pointed out that
'it was to the industry, the economy
and the peaceful policy of America,
and not to the growth of Russia, that
politicians and statesmen of whatever
creed ought to direct their anxious at
tention, for It was by these, and not
by the efforts of barbarian force, that
the power and greatness of England
were in danger of being super
seded." Lytton, in his "Coming Uace,
speaks of that American, and notably
Industrial, progress "in which Europe
enviously seeks her model, and trem
blingly foresees her doom." For year3
past the "lights In the window" have
shewn that British Industrial prowess
was not so safe as it was supposed to
be, and that the threat of American
competition on a colossal scale was not
a mere phantom. But that possibility
has never been brought so near to our
inner consciousness as it is at the pres
ent time. Great Britain is now im
porting American pig iron, American
steel rail3, American wire, American
agricultural machinery, American ma
chine tools and many other American
products. The aggregate value of thesa
importations must be very consider
able. I know of one case where a sin
gle firm imported last year, in six
months only, American machinery, in
cluding machine tools, to the value of
nearly 150,000. That this competi
tion has come to stay appears to be
generally admitted. The conditions
and prospects of American competition
appear, indeed, for the moment, to
overshadow every other industrial
problem, except that of labor, with
which it has a closer affinity than is
usually supposed, and to call for the
most serious consideration.
MORRIS THE POET.
Wales Is Proud of Her Must Dlstin
Lewis Morris, one of the greatest of
living poets, was born in Carmarthen,
Wales. He has been at odd times of
ficially associated with the University
College of Vales, of which he was
honorary secretary and afterward
treasurer. Mr. Morris' most widely
read work is "The Epic of Hades,"
his "Gycia," a drama, and sixteen edi
tions. It appeared in parts during tho
years 1S7Ö and 1S77. In 1ST8 be pub
lished "Gwen." a drama, and in 1SS0
"The Ode of Life," both of which have
gone through eighteen editions. In
October. 1SSS, appeared his "Songs Un
sung," which has reached upward of
fifteen editions. Fifteen editions of
his "Gycit," a drama, and sixteen edi
tions of his "Songs of Britain" have
been turned out cf the press of his
publishers since 1SSC and 1SS7. rihe
latter work contains several very
beautiful poems dealing with Welsh
legends. Mr. Morris wrote an ode on
the occasion of the queen's jubilee tea
yeurs ago for which he received the
jubilee medal from the queen. In
1SD0 Mr. Morris published a poem. "A
Vision of the Saints," after the man
ner of Dante, which he designed as a
complement to his "Epic of Hades."
He endeavors to do for the Christian
Ideal in this work what his "Epic"
did for the pagan. The poet of very
recent yeais has been chiefly engaged
in collecting his old works rather
than in producing new ones. He is
now Ct years old. He was called to
the bar at Tl, but never practiced the
lav,', preferring to devote himself quire
to literature, poetry especially, and ta
the encouragement of higher education
In Wales. The sale of his books In
creases year by year.
SoRjjeMlnc Social Urform.
From Harper's Bazar: "I think ft
is the most ridiculons idea," said Mrs.
Newly wed, "celebrating your diamond
wedding when you have been married
seventy-five years. I'm going to re
verse it the way it ought to be the
diamond wedding first, then the gol
den, and so forth. Why, even If you
should live seventy-five years after you
were married you would be too old to
go to dinners and dances wraere you
could wear the diamonds
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IIS AND CIIV PROPIRTY
FOR SÄLE OR TRADE.
No 189 acres in Center township, 3
mile3 eonth of Plymouth. 70 acres im
provtid, 5 room honee, barn 23x40, wagon
shed find corn cribs, a pood orchard of
8Ü kinds of fruits; price $37.59.
No 280 acres in West township, 6
milcB weßt of Plymouth. 70 acres im
proved, balance in timber. House ia
ue&rly new, with 7 rooas, outside cellar,
fair barn, two good orchards, all kinds
of fruit. Will trade for good residence
property in Plymouth.
No 3 C2 acres in Weet township, 1
miles from Plymouth. 52 acres in culti
raHon, balance in timber, a good house
acd barn, a fin orchard, black walnut
aDd; price S2.G0O.
No 4129 aerea 5 miles we6t of Argos
30 acres improved, good house with 7
rjoms, birn 22x50, other out buildings
and good orchard; will trade for smaller
farm and give longtime on differ nee.
No 51 1(3 acrfs 'd$ miles from Don
a'dscn. 79 acres improved, balance in
aeadew and timber, fhir bouse and a
?ooJ barn, with other out buildings; will
nell for S21.5U per acra or tiada for city
NcG 100 ecrss 7 mile h wfst of Ply
month. 85 acres in cultivation, balance
in timber, 1 mile from Donaldson; -will
tell cheap or trade for business property
No 7 80 acres 4 miles west of Piy.
mouth. 70 acres m cultivation, balance
in timber, good house und barn, good or
chard and wind mill; will trade for 49
aerea or town proper tj ; price $40 per
No 8 100 acres 8 miles from Plymouth
with fice improvements, fruits of all
kinds, heavy timbar hind; will sell cheap
if sell kocii. Anj one wanting a farm
sheap can get it t? callmg at once.
Nt9 1 4,000 stock cf general mer
2'uaodife in a villflge near Plymouth, do
ing a good business; will trade for an
No. 10 A fine farm of 133 ccrea
rni'e from Donelson, Ind. 7 miles fr o
Pi) inr utb, with fine large hou?e, two h u
burns and all othr oatbnildn:ks needed
on h farm, with tt bis? orchard of h!1 kindc
if fr nts,wind mil), 6tone milk house, etc.
t te:her wr.h hor6ee, c&ttit, bogg, poultry
implements ood gram. Will stll cheap
?1T00 cash, ba'an e on time to eu.it par-
clÄeercr will trude for CLijso improved
No. 1151 aes ou MiViign roil ba
t-.vtwn mouth nnd A.rgo3. W:I in-p-nved.
Will teil cheap or tnde foi
No. 12 GOncres in Weet township nr
DouelsoD,with g x 1 i n proves -a ra. Will
Sell on ttrms to tuit buyer. Cheai.
No. 13 S3 acre in Polk towaehip nrr.r
Fchool hou3'. wun pood inn rovementc
Gxd and. Will trade for 12) i cub acd
pvy cash difference. Must ba i:hia 3
or 4nile3 of Plj mouth.
No. 11217)2 acres n?w S'igo m west
tiwiBJip. A good tcro-story Loupe gnod
b irn and other outbuildings. Will trade
f jr smaller farm or town property.
No. 15 I have new heme on WWt
Qirro street, n- bum, r corner lot; will
at 11 cheap and on monthly payments.
No. 16 1.. nso and two lota on Walnut
street near court bouse and school. For
sale ut a bargbin if taken soon.
No. A fin hours near the new school
bnilding on ronth ride cf river. Will
trade for 40, 60 or 80 acre farm and as
rums incumbrance from l,CtX) to $1,500
Non is your chance,
It you want to buy a farm, trade
for a farm, sell a farm, or buy or
sell town property, I can suit you,
having property of all kinds in any
part of town, or anywhere in or
ojtof the state. We will try to
suit you if given a chance.
Will be at Law OCoe of L M, Lanei
etch Saturday, and all bncineee during
lh week will receive attention it said
Yours for business,
S H. JOSEPH.
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