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By plofonoe fl, smith.
I KNEW George Arbutlinot pretty
welf 'for two ycnrs ever shiee he
ad been married, in foot and cou-
' sldered him a rising fellow in the lit
erary world. He had not done any
thing very great, but his work was dis
tinctly promising, and his nnme was
gradually making Itself known. Un
luckily, he had married tho wrong
But my friend was not like some
i '.men he did not whine and cry, he
made the best of it. lie did not go
out and search for a "twin soul" to
whom he might confide his marital
sufferings, though, Phoebus knows,
he had enough to put up with. It was
1 not bad temper. It was jealousy bit
ter, mean, incessant jealousy that
grudged him even his literary fame.
Agatha Arbuthnot was one of
those little, pale blue-eyed women,
with, a spiteful tongue and a narrow
heart, who have ruined the career of
many a sensitive man. She hated to
hear her husband's praises sounded
In her ears.
One nfternooni Agatha was slanging
Arbuthnot because some women who
had happened to call the day before I
had gushed, and told her how fortu
nate she was to be the wife of such a
rising genius, ller face was crimson
with anger, and her voice was very
thrill as she mimicked her callers.
"Dear Mrs. Arbuthnotl How proud
you must be of your clever husband!
He's quite a genius. How I envy you
living with the man who can write
such exquisite stories!"
Then she stamped her foot, and
turned savagely on Arbuthnot.
"Clever! , Exquisitol A geniusl I
never saw any genius in your silly
talcs. Beastly rot, I call them. I wish
to goodness I'd married Harry Jenkins
Instead of you. At any rate, people
wouldn't have praised him up just in
order to run me down. I know what
they mean. Of course I'm stupid, and
brainless and silly not good enough
for you to wipe your boots on "
And then Arbuthnot did the most
sensible thing possible, ne walked
outof the dining-room, nnd locked him
self up in his study. Agatha, on seeing
the lines of his mouth more firmly set
than usual, and guessing nothing of
the- tempest that surged In his mind,
Immediately went off into a violent
fit of hysterics, and called the sym
pathetic housemaid to witness that
"George was a perfect brute it would
serve him right if she ran awny with
' some one else."
George's den wasn't much of a
"study," merely a smoke-begrimed
" den, furnished with a second-hand
bureau, two or three chairs, and some
shelves of books. Agatha called it
"George's sulking-room," but I knew
It was the only haven of refuge Ar
. buthnot could find in his own house.
"A man must dree his own weird,"
Arbuthnot said, as he sat down weari
ly at the bureau and looked at the
sheets of paper that littered over his
desk. "I'm not the only fool who's
found marriage a failure; nnd, after
all, I've got a brain as well as a heart.
I'll give myself up to work, and waste
so time in morbid self-pity. That's a
form of cowardice that leads to the
cutting of one's throat; and if I've ex
hausted the possibilities of marriage,
I'll be hanged if I've exhausted the pos
jdbllities of life."
He smiled grimly, and taking from
one of the pigeon holes a notebook,
laid it on his desk and began to read
From that day Arbuthnot pro
gressed swiftly through the book that
was to make his name. This was to be
his masterpiece, wherein he would
show his best of brain and heart; and,
as the weeks rolled on and the novl
scared Its end, Arbuthnot realized his
wosV was good, and in thatknowledge
1 could afford to live, and did Hvb, with
out love and sympathy.
. In truth, he needed every support
'that work and philosophy could give
i a man. Agatha's conduct grew daily
more shrewish and violent, and her
tongue less fastidious in its choice of
j "So you've taken to lockingyourself
upinyoiir.Rulkingroom,"sbe cried one
day, when Arbuthnot had perforce
,been compelled to answer her heavy
banging on his study door. "It's a nice
thing when a husband comes to lock
himself up from his wifel I suppose
my society's not good enough for such
a clever, man as you."
,Arbuthnot saw that she was in one
of be'r'paroxysins of rage, and resolved
16 control his own feelings.
i'I wanted to finish some work," he
said, calmly, looking at the floor lit
tered with loose sheets of paper. And
this room is hardly fit for a lady's so
ciety. You see, I have scarcely a chair
thnt'is unoccupied with books."
, "Yes, It's a horrid hole," said Agatha,
curtly; "but you men who write are
jnore like pigs Mian- human beings.
Just look at the dust on the desk; It's
shameful. And Sarah says you won't
let her touch your papers. I'm
ashamed of having such a dlrtyhole in
iny house; I'll come an. dust it my
. At these words Arbuthnot lost his
' "I must ask you not to touch the
pnpers on my desk," he said, hastily,
'jlajlow Sarah to brush and dust every
thing in the room but my desk, and
that I attend to myself."
"Of course, you fly at my throat
When I offer to do anything for you,"
said Agatha, angrily, letting her hand
fall on the deck nnd crumpling several
of the loose sheets together. "I can't
speak to you but what I do wrong,
that come of marrying a geniusl'
You're enough to make any woman
want Jo drown herself!"
"I beg your pardon if I spoko has
tlly," said Arbuthnot, ruefully contem
plating tho slicetB of paper which
Agathn was fast crumpling into balls;
"but I've nearly finished my book, and
these sheets of paper are rather valu
able." Agatha threw tho balls onto the
"And this book Is to make you fa
mous1?" she asked, with bitter con
tempt. "I suppose, when its published,
everyone will come nnd en.vy ine be
cruise. I'm the wife of the genius',
Her scornful emphasis only brought
a smile to Arbuthnot's face.
"I don't know about that," he said,
good-temporcdly, "but it's the best
work I've done yet. And if It's suc
cessful, Agatha, I shall be able to buy
you that diamond bangle you coveted
the other day."
But even the reference to the dia
mond bangle failed to move Agatha.
"How long will it take you to finish
it?" she asked, slowly, looking pown
at the untidy desk.
"I kope to finish It by next week,"
said Arbuthnot, triumphantly. "I've
allowed Lorrlmer, the Weekly Review
man, to see some parts of it, nnd he's
expressed a very favorable opinion and
thinks it's bouud to be asucccss."
Agatha's eyes narrowed at the cor
ners. "Lorrimer's a fool," she said, an
grily. It was one cold afternoon, ten days
later, that Arbuthnot stood on hi a
doorstep in the act of inserting his
latchkey, smiling at some pleasing
reminiscences of his recent talk with
Suddenly a wild, terrified cry broke
from the house, followed by scream
after scream, reiterated with such in
tensity of anguish that Arbuthnot him
self caught the infectionof terror, and
fumbled with, trembling hands at the
At last ho managed to open the door
and run into the halL A fearful sight
met his eye. From his study door flew
something' au object enveloped in
writhing flames, and from it there
came piercing, agonized shrieks. As
the draught from the open door flew
fiercely down the corridor the flames
leaped higher and higher round their
living prey, until Arbuthnot's sick
ened gaze saw nothing but a brilliant
ball of fire.
God! it was Agatha! Mad with tor
ture, the flaming figure rushed toward
him and threw out Its arms In agony.
Arbuthnot cnught it in a tight em
brace, and with all his strength hurled
himself and the shrieking figure onto
the carpeted floor and rolled over nnd
over until at last the flames were
beaten out and he knew the fire was
Three hours later the doctor came
softly downstairs. He had used all his
skill to bring life back to the disfig
ured body that now lay motionless on
the bed. It was all in vain. Agatha's
Injuries were beyond all help, and she
had lived only three hours after Ar
buthnot had carried her upstairs.
Her husband had never left her side,
and, though badly burned about the
hands an ' face, had scarcely realized
his own injuries. As he looked at that
cruelly dlfigured face, now swathed in
bandages, a rush of tears blinded his
eyes, and he knew that all past differ
ences were swept away, nnd that
Agatha would live henceforth in his
memory only as the woman whom he
had once loved with all his heart. Be
fore life flickered out In that suffering
body Agatha opened her eyes once
and met her husband's gaze fixed with
Intense pity and love upon her face.
To Arbuthnot it seemed that she plead
ed dumbly for forgiveness, but even as
he looked the lids closed again, and
in a few moments Agatha's spirit had
slipped into the great silence.
When all was over, Arbuthnot
stooped and kissed the cold, pale lips.
Later in the evening he went down
rttnfs to his study. As he entered the
room a shudder ran through his body;
he remembered the figure of flame that
had leaped into his arms but a few
hours ago, and hi? heart was torn at
the thought of Agatha's sufferings.
And yet It was a mystery how she
had caught Are. Presumably she had
been warming herself in his study, and
her thin grenadine dinner dre.si had
swept too near the flames. A few dull
red embers still burned in the grate.
Arbuthnot lit the lamp and sat down
mechanically to his desk.
"Thank God for workl" he said, with
t. deep sigh. "At least I can forget for
a time "
He opened the deep drawer wherein
his pile of manuscript laid ready for
the printer's hand. One or two omis
sions could easily be rectified now, and
the work would soothe his weary heart
and brain. But the drawer stood
empty. Hastily he pulled out Its coun
terpart. No; that, too, held nothing.
With feverish hand-she rummaged each
pigeonhole, turned everything out of
his bureau, sought on the chairs, tho
tables. The manuscript had disap
peared! A fearful thought darted Into his
brnin. He ran to the fireplace his eye
fell on some charred ashes in the fen
der. Black and White.
The I'nrnon nnd the Prince.
It was an Ayrshire parson, and into
the customary prayer for the royalists
he had introduced a feeling reference
to the accident which had befallen the
prince of Wales. "And, now, breth
ren," continued the unwit.tlng cleric,
"we will Join in singing hymn No. so-and-so,
'Courage, Brother, Do Not
Stumble.' " The congregation saw the
joke, though the minister did not.
"He has made his bed, let him lie In
11," exclaims the world. Hovy cruel
Is the world! Especially since the
world, of course, knows what a terri
ble thing is the bed which the average
man has made! Detroit Journal.
NEW METHOD OF POACHING.
Idsh Arc ICUleil by tho Slinnlo Firing
of a lline llullet Into
In England, whero the game nnd flah
Jnws nro much mom strictly observed
than in this country, the "poacher" on
forbidden waters, who Is too anxious to
escape discovery to spund tho time nec
essary to catching fish with n rod and
line, will diop n dynnmltn cnrtrldgo
Into a river holo nnd after exploding it
will Bcoop up n bagful of fish, which
hnvo floated to the surface from tho
concussion. An Italian officer, Mnj.
Michclinl, who has been Investigating
tho qualities of bullet nnd rifles, hns
discovered that fish can be killed more
easily than oven by the dynamite car
tridge. The Italian rifle, which is but
.250 inch in diameter, proved very de
ficient In stopping power at the battlo
DAVID J. HILL, ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF STATE.
This gentleman, who has been appointed by President McKlnley to succeed John
B. Moore, who went to Paris as secretary of the peace commission, was born In
Plalntleld. N. J., In 1839; was graduated from Bucknell university. Lewlsburg, Pa.;
became professor of rhetoric In, and later president of. that Institution, and was
president of the University of Rochester from 1SS9 to 1S3S. He Is tho author
of a number of text books on rhetoric, literature and psychology. Tho appoint
ment shows the president's liking for men of studloUB habits for diplomatic work.
of Adowa. Nevertheless at short ranges
tho very high velocity of the bullet
gives rise to a powerful explosive ef
fect. Mnj. Michelim one day fired one
of these guns into the water at an angle
of about 45 degrees. A dead fish al
most immediately rose to the surface.
On examination no wound was discov
erable in the body, the death being due
entirely to the hydraulic shock arising
from the impact of (he bullet with the
water. This iew was amply confirmed
by further experiments, und many fish
were killed by the blow of the bullet
on the water exactly ns if by an explo
sion of a dynamite shell. The effects
of the hydraulic shocks seemed to be
sufficient to kill all fish within two feet
to two feet six inches of the point of
It is not generally known that at
Osborne there is a garden cottage in
the shape of a. pagoda, where none may
FLOATING DENTAL PARLOR.
A Boston dentlBt has an Idea. He has noticed that rich people who can afford
to have gold put In their teeth go to Newport In tho summer and to Florida In the
winter. This Is bad for their teeth, and particularly bad for the men who repair
teeth. That Is why this tooth carpenter has devised a floating dental olllco for use
In Florida waters. His Idea Is to remind winter revelers that life Is real, life Is earn
est, by towing his outfit from point to point where wealthy tourists are in the habit
enter except her majesty. This cottage
holds nothing but mementoes of the
late prince consort and relics of the
queen's youth, as well as the toys und
games of all her children, many of
which the prince consort mado him
self, for he was no menn carpen
ter. There are also here wonderful
fishes caught by the duke of Coburg
in Canadian seas, birds and tigers shot
by the prince of Wales while in India,
a mummy case brought from Egypt
und other precious curiosities that are
dearly prized by the queen, who visits
this family museum every day while nt
Osborne and sits among the remninB
of her own and her children's youth,
Trcntment of Mexlcun Prisoners,
The term of a prisoner in Mexico is
divided Into three periods. The first
Ik occupied with penal labor, the sec
ond Is spent in the training school,
with small pay, nnd the third is pre
paratory to freedom, with paid work
and many privileges.
How Mineral lines Are Enlivened hf
tho Addition of Coal Tnr
The denomination of "colored col
ors" unfty sound puradoxicnl, but ns a
matter of fret hiincrnl colors nro fre
quently met with of Into whoso dull
nnd littlo productive character is ren
dered more fiery and richer by nu ad
dition of conl-Uir colors. In general,
no objection can be mndo to such a pro
cedure, says (he Male" Zultung, If colors
sufficiently fnst to light are chosen,
Is well possible nowudays. But very
often this is not done. Thus the cosines
used for cnnnlnetto are very fugitive;
likewise coloring with fuchslnc nnd an
iline blue fndcK in the light. If one
wants to employ artificial organic col
oring matters for fining, faster ones
should bo employed According to M.
Bottler, the rather fast rhodamlnea
next methylene blue nnd mcldola blue,
which are very fast, deserve a prefer
ence. Against the use of ponceau,
cocclncs and scarlets, which for the
most part are not inferior ns regard!
fastness to the cochineals, whose place
they have token, les3 objection can be
raised. Since It hns been established
by the above-mentioned observntiont
that for coloring varieties of carmi
nette, velvet ted, purple, cinnabar red
(vermilion) and chrome red such arti
ficial organic coloring matters are nlsc
employed as are liable to fade quickly,
this fact should be given sufficient at
tention in ptnetice. Carminctte is fre
quently used, prepared with turpen
tine and English vnrnish, as a carriagt
color; likewise vermilion and chrome
The Sultnii'x Throneronni.
The throneroom of the sultan, al
Constantinople, is a gorgeous sight
The gliding is uuequaled by any other
building in Europe, and from the ceil
ing hangs a superb Venetian chande
lier, the 200 lights of whicli make a
gleam like that of a veritable sun. At
euck of the four corners of the room
tall candelabra in baccarat glass are
placed, and the throne is a huge seat
covered with red velvet, and having
arms and back of pure gold.
Mr. Gladstone during the delivery of
one of his great orations concerning
the Bulgarian atrocities was so car
ried away by his feelings that tears
coursed down his checks, nnd the flow
of his eloquence was nrrested for a few
minutes so that he might recover his
lllrthilnys Celebrated In ICiryjit.
The custom of keeping: birthdays Is
many thousand years old. Pharaoh's
birthday festivities are mentioned In
FACTS ABOUT VEILS.
Borne of the Mistakes Made by Iluycrs
"Who Are Very Cnrcful In
Let a word be said here with regard
to veilings, comments the Philadelphia
Inquirer. The counters offer many
temptations to u woman to buy nt
haste and repent at leisure over the
rlng-btreaked and striped tissues that
flutter before their eyes. There is a
renlly pretty whim in the way of shot
veiling that goes right to the femi
nine henrt, also a white tissue, show
ing dots In groups, and a smart twine
brown gauze, thnt has a white wnving
cord run through Its width from sel
vage to selvage. All these, however,
should be admired from a respectful
distance. Only the very young girls
with strong eyes can wear them with
After her twenty-fifth birthday a
Woman should buy her veils thought
fully, and matrons can scarcely be
too painstaking In this respect. Noth
ing so contributes to the wenving of
little wrinkles about the eyes as a veil
with many nnd small spots. A constant
though unconscious effort is being
made by the human lenses to get a
proper focus through such a speckled
mist, and by reason of steady concen
tration of muscles provoked about the
lids the cobwebby tracings are pen
Put a pair of the most lustrous eyes
constantly behind a veil of chiffon
thickness and the result will be n slow
but none the less sure extinction of
that liquid bright quality a healthy
pair of orb3 should possess even to
old age. A woman who persists in
wearing a dotted net veil under one of
chiffon, as so many do, is simply ruining-
the quality of her eyes for the
su"kef her complexion, and she who
conti7ru.es long In this pernicious hnblt
mny ward pff a few freckles while she
is simply courting pink rims on her
lids and a dull glaze on both pupil and
Too many women buy the first good
and Inexpensive veil thnt is offered,
with a reckless indifference ns to
whether color, spot or mesh is becom
ing. A fnce that smiles delightfully
from behind a delicate black gauze,
bearing a dot here and there, will look
old and haggard under a llusslau net,
henvily treated with chenille bnlls.
This phase of the veil situation ought
to be by every wise soul studied out
before a mirror, nnd, moreover, few
women are aware that certain hats
go with certain veils, and vice versa.
Bewnre of using your cycling hat veil
with your best bonnet, for by such
mnneuvers is beauty judged.
As to the adjustment of the little
face masque, let it be known that n
bow at tho back must be avoided.
Draw the tissue terminals into the
smallest possible knot and tuck thnt
neatly out of sight. Never let fluffy
ends of net hang out behind like sig
nnls of distress, and ns you value your
reputation for youthful beauty, don't
roll your veil up In an unlovely band
ncross your brow. Bather remove it
entirely if you wish to rend or eat
anything, for that band ncross the
brow, or, worse still, nthwnrt the
nose, adds an Instnnt weight of ten
moons to any age.
FASHIONS IN SHOES.
Here Are the Latent DohIk-iih of All
Descriptions nnd for Every
These are the very latest designs in
shoes for the present season. The
first one in the illustration is the cor
rect Blipper for evening dress nnd is
made of black patent leather. It is
cut very low to allow a view of the
fancy stockings, nnd is fastened by a
perfectly plain strap.
The second is a slipper for the house,
and if the weurer is very deter with
BHORS FOR EVERY OCCASION.
the needle bhe will embroider the top3
with heavy gold and colored silk
threads, so that they can be worn with
any house gown.
Then comes the slipper for driving.
Laddes who are very exact in mat
ters of dress have kid slippers to
match their driving costumes; but
with any gown the black kid slipper
is becoming, and unless you have a
very dainty foot, It is the only appro
The laced shoe is worn on rnlny dnys
and on occasions when a great deal of
walking is necessary. Unless the
weather Is very warm this lace shoe
is also ery comfortable for cycling.
The last shoe Illustrated Is the ever
useful and popular patent lent her one.
For tnilor-iuiule suits and best wear
there Is no article of footwear as be
coming ns the pntvnt leather boot,
and the wardrobe of the up-to-date
woman Is considered lucompMe with
out u pair of these shoes.
It Clin lie Knslly Made Out of Almost!
Any Pretty nnd Sultnblo
Here is the way n perfect-fitting un-1
rlnrol.-lrf nlinnlfl lnnlf lmfnro It Is KGWed
together. If you have patience, from ft
this very little model, you can cut 1
newspnper patterns, making encli one
a size lnrirer than the other until you
will hnvo nun Hint will fit VOUfSClf. A1
well-made underskirt is as essential H
as a perfect hanging dress skirt, fop
often n defect in the latter Is caused I
by some flaw in the former.
To make a skirt like this you will
need six yards of moreen. This goods
is not very expensive nnd wears for
ycnrs without losing Its color. Dark
red is u very favorable hue and one.
thnt can be combined with almost
niivtllitirr r?nmnintinn in enw 4llix
scams from the top, so that the tin- !j
evenness will come out at the bottom.
After the seams have been run to-
PATTERN FOR UNDERSKIRT.
gether for about eight inches it is l
very nice to insert n panel of fancy
silk or other figured material, to gho
additional width and beauty to the
skirt. The yoke should be put on as
soon ns the seams arc sewed, so that
the band will not stretch in handling
the skirt, while the finishing touches
are being put on.
For those who do not care to make
a skirt, an easy plan is to purchase a
cheap one, rip open the seams nnd
then put in the fancy panel. This
could be done at little expense, and
your skirt would have all the beauty
of a $15 or $20 silk garment.
CLEANING FUR GOODS.
Profexslonnls Use Suwilnat nnd Corn.
menl nnd Then lleut the Furs
with a Switch.
"Furs become very much soiled and
need renovation ns much as any other
part of n woman's wardrobe," says
Emma M. Hooper In the Ladies' Home
Journal, "but among the many direc
tions given for demising nnd renovat
ing one seldom finds anything regard
ing furs. Furriers keep nil such trade
secrets strictly, but occasionally there
Is a leakage, und I nm able to give the
result of one. Bark furs, as seal, mink
and blnck marten, are cleaned with fine
cedar or mahogany saw-dust, which is
kept in stock by furriers. The gar
ment is ripped free from the lining
and the fur is laid on n table with tho
hair up; then the sawdust is rubbed
in the hair and neither strength nor
sawdust spared during the process.
When finished shake the fur lightly
over the table and save the sawdust
thnt drops out. Then put upon tho
table one or two feather pillows in
their usual muslin slips, and upo these
lny the furs, hair down this time, and
beat thoroughly with a switch until the
sawdust is out and the fur ns clean
as a pin; keep moving the pillows, as
the fur must haven soft support while
beaten. White furs are clenned with
white comment applied ns the sawdust
is on the darker varieties. If white
furs are only slightly soiled they may
be cleaned with magnesia in small
cubes that is well rubbed in and then
thoroughly dusted out."
Fruit Diet I Ilcneflclnl.
There Is not n single article of diet
of such great value In the trentment
of intestinal inactivity or constipa
tion ns fruits. For this purpose fruits
must be eaten freely, being taken, as a
rule, in cases of this sort, at the be
ginning of the meal or a little while
before it. Fruit is most effective when
taken by itself In this mnnner. Raw
apples, steamed figs, peaches, apricots
when not too ripe, prunes, oranges and'
tamarinds nre of the greatest value for
this purpose, tamarinds or pomegran
ates furnish rih acid from which a very
pleasant beverage mny be prepared.
Tamarinds used in this way sometimes
herve a useful purpose in cases of con
stipation. Good Health.
Stewed Fruit Is Healthy.
There is no doubt that stewed fruit
is n most wholesome addition to or
dinary diet. There nre,howevcr,many
persons who cannot eat it, either on
account of the acidity of the fruit or
of the large quantity of sugar re
quired to make it palatable. It should
be remembered thnt sugar docs not
counteract the acidity of the fruit, it
simply disguises it, nnd if much of it
is used it is apt to interfere wjth tho
digestive organs. Before cooking the,
fruit, sprinkle over it n small pinch,
of carbonate of soda; this renders tho
dish more wholesome, and certainly
Diiks Thnt Never Ilnrk.
There ine three varieties of dogsj
that never bark the Australian dog;
the Egyptian shepherd dog nnd the
"llon-heuded" dog ofTThlbet.
Cloth In n Turkish Turhnu.
The Turkish turban of the largest
size contains 20 yards of the finest and, '
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