The Gentlo Ghost of Joy.
little while ago foil know lint I was I
I A little while ago I knew not you were
How the swift hours have run by
And all the world It new.
I hear the young birds sin?
In the rosy light of morn
Like them I could take wing,
And sing aa newly burn.
A little whlleYroni now t shall l.i faraway
A little Vhlle from now your face I thai'
But within my heart a ray
To light the dnrk will be.
Do you not know that pain
So and, no tweet, so coy,
That cntfifi, and eomm again,
The gentle ghost of Jay J
Ah, that shall dwell with me,
When vour tnce I do not lec !
'-Louise Chandler Monlton, In Indrpendcnt.
FOR HETTY'S SAKE.
Tlioro bo moro heroes In this world,
according to my way of thinking than
ever got tnlkoil on In the newspapers,
or have the Victoria cross presented to
them, or have books written about
them after they ore doad ami gone.
All the tamo, I've never been nblo
to nuike up my mind as to whcihor
ono man I've known was a hero or
not. Miiybe I'm a heavy kind o' chap,
and things don't strike mo so clear as
thoy do others; but If I tell you tlio
story Just as it happened, you can put
what rending you like on it.
I'm a miner down Staffordshire way,
have been a miner all my life, and
reckon I'm likely to stick to tlio pick
till some explosion comes along and
makes an end of me.
I worked with a gang In tho Kino
Pits colliery about fifteen years back,
and there was one man there who
bailod from South Wales as I got pretty
I've called him a "man," but I don't
know If the tiile comes right. lie, was
more like a stunted boy than a man,
and more like some qucor animal than
either. He was a dwarf. lie had a
monstrous large head and shoulders,
and pair of littlo, bowed, twisty legs
no bigger than a child's of nine years
His backed was crooked ; be bad a
lot of hair on his face, as those Welsh
men lmvo, and his eyes had a look In
(bom as I never got to tho bottom of
they wore deep set in Ills head, as
black and as bright at a bit of silk
atone; and sometimes there would
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and ho would stare out before him as
though he wcro tranced ; it was a sod
look, too, as well as dull, and I never
could make out what be was thinking
' You might think that, being so mis
ahapen and little, he wasn't much
good in a coal mine; but I can tclj
you tlioro wasn't a man of six feet
among us stronger than he was. To
Ziavo seen him swing his pick would
bavo made you hold your breath ; he
went at tho work like steam, and be
could walk, you see, down some of
tho narrow, low galleries wboro chaos
like me would have to crawl.
I lived along with my father and
aister thon. We were precious poor,
and father used to say he hoped Hetty
would marry some one ablo to keep
ber, and so give us a lift that way.
Hetty was powerful protty. I've
aeon a sight of women, as you may
auppoto, in si x-and-thirty years, but
I have never soon one that oould come
near hor for good looks. Bright and
light she was as sunshine, and she bad
bit of temper, too.
. Ono day a new hand camo to the
pit, Jim Mar wood by name ; a pleas
antor man to look upon than Jim you
never saw. Soe him on Sunday going
to chapel, clean and smart, as straight
a a polo, with blue eyes looking so
frank and smiling, and you'd say he
lie had struck up a mighty affection
for me before be hid been a month in
the gang. '
Yon would have thought 'twas a
wonder he had lived so long without
me. Ho told me all about his friends
and such like most confidential, and
I found ont he had to keop his mother
and hadn't a sixpence he could call his
All he told me I told Hetty, and slio
wiuld listen, with a lovely color lit
ber checks, and go on talking about
him after I had stopped, till all of a
uddeu It came npou me that him and
ber knew as much of each othor as 1
did, and more, too, and liked what
they knew to a degree that was con
siderable. I w a trlflo put out about it, for I
knew be was poor, and it would bo a
bad lookout If they was to come to
gether; still, as I've said, Tin heavy
and (low in most things, and I thought
I'd better hold my tongue awhile
Well, one day I remember it as
(ear as yesterday It was between
the lights on a September evening,
very quiet nnd still, the statajttst show
ing out liko sparkles of diamond light
wo get in tho teams nl times. I was
smoking my pipe In our back room
father was out of tho homo when I
heard voices In the other room across
tlio passage. It was Malty and my
sister talking together.
Matty was the dwarf. Ho had a
long Welsh name, but we callod him
"Matty" in tho general way, becauso
of hit rough hair, oud didn't seem to
mind tho joke.
I knew his voice woll enough. It
was not exactly unpleasant, though
dcop, with sometimes a sort of crack
In It, but anything like it sounded just
then 1 never heard bofore.
It mniio mo sit up and put my plpo
down pretty sudden.
"I love you!" ho says to Hetty,
"l'vo loved you ever since I've soon
you; won't you marry mo? I'd boa
good husband to you."
She went into a light kind of scorn
"Marry you?'' she says. "Why,
Matty, you must bo dreaming? Of
courao I won't."
And then I guessed she gave hor
head a toss, with a wny she hud.
I got up mid went n step nearer tlio
door, for I didn't know how ho might
take it, them dwarfs being uncertain
He was silent a minute, then he
"I'm stunted nnd crooked, I know,
but I love you better than any other
man will ever love you, and I've a
coinfortublo home to offer you."
"If you had twenty homos I
wouldn't have you," she answers
quick. "So do say no more about it."
I tldnk ho moved around the room
after that, for his voice sounded near
to me. Ho spoke short and savage
like: 'Jim Marwood's the man that
stands betweon you and me. Do you
think I've been bill d? Do you think
I can't sco that? Jim Marwood has
got your heart; and do you think you
will ever marry him while I'm nlive?"
I got a shiver down the back, and
felt round for my stick, for his tono
was awful, and I dldu't know what
he might do next.
Hetty never was the girl to be cowed,
and alio flushed round on him tho next
moment like gunpowder.
"It is Jim Marwood that has got my
heart, and I have hit, and I'm not
ashamed to say it before you or any
man. I know you've got your cottage
ami your garden that yon aro so mor
tal proud of, and we shall have to wait
for years ; but you needn't think you'll
frighten me out of marrying him, for
you won't; and if I don't in airy him,
I'll never marry such a miserable,
wicked, ugly wretch as you I So don't
flatter yourself I would."
And sho gave a kind of sob, and
burst out at tho door, and rushed upon
our little flight of stairs, and I heard
tho door bang and the key turn In her
lock sharp and passionate.
I we'.ted, still as death, wondering
how ho would tako on, and hearing no
stir I kind of squinted round tho door
post into the passage.
Thero he stood in the dusk facing
towards the open entry door and the
starry sky. A dosporate, hidoous,
evil-looking thing, with his monstrous
head and shaggy hair and his littlo
twistod legs. There was that dull,
tranced look in his eyes, and he was
staring before him liko I had ofton
seon him do In the mine.
"She shall never marry Marwood
whilo I'm alive. God made me surae
as him," I heard him mutter to him
solf, and then he went out.
I taw him no moro that night, and
I didn't let on to Hotty that I hud over
heard thorn. The noxt day we were
all underground as usual. Somehow
or other Matty and Marwood and I
found ourselves always pretty close
together. He seemed to me to be
hanging on to Jim in a way I dldu't
like, bearing what I had heard, and I
kept as close to both as I woll could,
keeping my tools ready to hand, and
watching the dwarf out of the corner
of my eye.
Jim nevor looked taller, nor hand
somer, nor straighter than he looked
that day. Happy he was as a lark,
whistling ovor his work and laughing
as llgbt-hearted as could be.
I couldn't be light, for there was a
curious weight on my mind, a sense
as if some mischief was going to hap
pen before nightfall.
I notice that the dwarf scarce took
his eyes off Jim, except at 13 o'clock,
whon we stopped for our bits of food,
and thon he sat in a corner by himself
uuder a trnck and scribbled ou a scrap
of paper, with a queer sort of smile
on his face. I had the shivers more
than once, for ho looked so evil aud
so black among tho eoal heaps, aud
every now and thon he would talk to
himself in Welsh, which I had never
beard him do before, and it turned mv
btood cold, for it It soundod for oil
the world like the Jabbering! of a
In tin afternoon wo got down to a
lower level. It was a dangorous part
of tho mine, as wo all know, and we
kept our Davy lamps pretty light, I
can toll you.
"There's fire-damp about bore," said
one of the men.
And a Spark would settle tlio lot of
Its, woutdn't it?" said tlio dwarf.
They wcro nlmoit the first words be
had spoken, and the expression of his
face as he said It mado my heart give
"Ah! that It Would," Jim on
swered. A kind of sick fear camo over me
that our llvos were in the dwarf's
power, and hanging, as It might bo,
on a thread. Such a longing came
over me for a mouthful of fresh air
and tho sight of the opon sky as I had
never known in the mines before.
People warming their toes at their
handsome lire on tlio winter nights
don't know what it means lo us chaps
who have tho digging of tho coal In
the depths of tho earth, nnd who put
flesh nnd blood In jeopardy every hour
to do It.
Nothing moro was said about fire
damp, however, and that day, the
longest dav I had over known, camo
round to 0 o'clock without an explo
sion. Tho cngos wore ready for us to get
up to the top of tlio shaft, and most of
tlio men had gone.
"You go now," says I to the dwarf.
"No!" he answers, "I'm going to
stay a little over-time to-night. You
all go on, and send the cage down
again for me. And look here, give
this to your sister Hetty, will you
and tell her to open it."
He put a bundle in my hand, tied
up In a handkerchief. I took It gin
gerly enough, for, with such sus
picions in my mind, I half expected h
might go off In my face somehow.
Thon wo touched tho signal rope,
and up went Jim and me, and the
dwarf stood underneath and turned
his face up, watching us out of sight
Weill I felt more comfortable when
we put our feet on firm ground on top
of the shaft, and then sent the cage
down again for him.
"Wonder what's in that bundle P"
"Maybe Hetty will tell you some
time," I replied, littlo thinking how it
I took it home and called Hetty to
open it. Our cottage wasn't far from
tho pits, aud it couldn't have boon
above ten minutes since tho dwarf had
put it into my hand.
Sho undid the knot, and tlioro If
you would believe it were tho title
deeds of his cottage and a dozen sov
ereigns tied up in a piece of canvas,
and ihe scrap of paper I hnd soen him
scribble on undor tho truck. There
wero thoto words on itt
"What is hero is for you. 'Ugly
and mUorablo' I am, but 'wicked' I
am not, I said you shouldn't marry
him whilo 1 was alive and I shall keep
my word. Think kindly of a dwarf
if you can. God made mo as well as
Wo hadn't got to tho end of tho
poor, dirty littlo loiter whon we heard
a sound that mado our hearts stand
still a long, dull roaring, shaking the
floor wo stood on as if it was thunder
undor our foot.
"An ox plosion in the mtnol" says
Hotty, with a face as white as chalk.
Wo rushed out. All Kino Titts was
out; moii, women and children,
screaming and running to the shaft
Hundreds of tons of solid earth and
rock and rubble had fallen in, and
under tt all was tho dead, crushed
body of that poor creature wo had
helped to send from tho world.
It was no uso trying to dig him out
Ho know when ho opened his Davy
lamp and be must have opened it
that human holp could never reach
thero. He know, when he watched
mo and Jim go up In tho cage, that he
was staying behind for his doath, and
he went to it of his owu free will for
the lovo of my sister Hotty.
She criod about it for a week and
said sho should never be happy ngalu.
But I think sho is happy now, for she
married Jim, come the Eastor after,
and they live in Matty's cottage still,
and the gardeu is all abloom with
Might Have Been Worse:
Sho I am very sorry, but our on
gagomont must cease. I cau novor
He My gracious? What has hap
. She My brother has disgraced ut?
Ho Oh, Is that all. That doesn't
matter. I feared maybe your father
had failed. rNew York Weekly.
The mask veil.
Tho "Yashmak" is the nnmo of tho
now "Oriental'1 or mask.voll, so donso
its meshes at tho ton that tho
features are almost obliterated as far
the noso. Tho more transparent
lower half of tho Veil, however, per
ms the mouth ami chin to bo visible,
'hoso veils aro still uncommon, and
qulto a departure from the popular
filmy veils so Ions worn, and remind
one of the masked footpad. Now
WITCHKItr OF JAPANESE WOMEN.
Every one who has been to Japan
cntchot the witchery of tho Japanoso
women. .They are ut as sweet and
pretty ns they can bo. At leant that
Is the verdict of all tlio men who go
thero and see them In their own homes.
i'hoy nre so clean, too, and so willing
and so obliging. Whou a Japaucso
belle gets herself up to slaughter
hearts she stains her teeth blncK let
black. Now this doesn't sound vory
pretty, but to offset tho blackness sho
puts a dash of red pomado i lirlit upon
the front of hor mouth, making such
a tempting beauty spot that no man at
all, cvou though ho bo married and is
tlio hoad of a family, cau resist ad
miring the lovely bit of beauty.
New York Advertiser.
A QUEEN IN DIVIDED SKIRTS.
Fancy tho ngod (jiiooti of Great
Britain anil Empress of India, Prin
cess Beatrice, tho Duchots of Con.
naught and their maids of honor and
.Indies of honor wearing divided
A lady correspondent writing from
Hyerca, France, where the royal party
recently rusticated, chronicles tho fact
with much fullness of dotal 1.
Princess Bentrlco says It is the most
comfortnblo dress yet tried at that
hilly resort, equally nico for walking
and yachting. She Induced hor royal
mother to try It, and Her Majesty Is
delighted with It. She will wear It In
future whenever sho goes to her High,
laud rcsidoiico, and possibly, also, in
her rambles within the royal precincts
of Windsor Castle. Now York
"WOMEN AS MIIRAIUANS.
An ofllcial stntomeut bat been sent
to the Pittsburg Dispatch by Mary
Salome Cutler of snluries paid to all
the women employed in twenty-four
of tho most prominent libraries in tho
country, prominent for their sizo, wise
administration and efficiency.
Throe huudrod and eighty women
are employed In twenty-four promi
nent libraries, receiving from $240 to
$1500, an average salary of $070.
This includes work of all grades nnd
the average is greatly roducod by the
largo number required to do mechani
cal work In comparison with tho few
neodud for supervisory and independ
Thirteen women of recognized
ability, trained as oppreuticos in large
llbrarios or in tho school of experi
ence, recolvo from $350 to 2000, an
average salary of $1500. The 37
women trained In tho Library School
which was opened iu 1887 receivo
from $600 to $1300, an avorago salary
of $900. The 13 highest salurlos paid
io Library School wotnon average
$lu90. Seven women as librarians of
Siato llbrarios receive from $025 to
$1200, an avenge salary of $1000
The 24 men filling similar positions
recolvo an avorago salary of $1450.
A woman occupying a subordinate
position in a library, whore faithful
ness, accuracy and a fair knowledge
of books are tho only cssoutlals, can
expect from $300 to $500. A good
cat iloguor, or a librarian with average
ability and training, can cxpoct to rc
colve from $000 to sj'JUO. A woman
with good natural ability and fitnoss
for tho work, with a liboral education
and special training, can expect $1000
at tho head of a library, or of a do
pnrtment in a large library, with a
possible increase to $1500 or $2000
Women rarely rocelve the same pay
as men for the same work.
HOW WOMEN SHOULD HIDE.
Half the acoidents to woman origi
nate In their owu fright, and the ob
ject of lessons is as much to liifute
confidence as to give instruction. Any
horso suitable for a woman can be
ridden and managed with ease by auy
one who will keop her head. When
her horse is led up to the door, the
equestrienne may dismiss all fear aud
look with unalloyed pleasure at what
lies be f oro her. Many women, es
pccially tu tho South, mount from a
block. It is a capital thing to leurn,
and, with modern short skirts it easy.
A woman should be able, at uecetsl
ty, to mount from a fence, as she can
with a steady horse. If riding aloue,
aud ber horse picks up a stoue, sho
must get it out or lame him; but un
less she can mount unassisted she
dares not dismount. Women usually
rid'' In company, but In tho country
It 1. .roll to bo independent. It is
qulto possible to mount a small horso
by letting down tho stirrup leather
far enough to Insert the foot, but this
savors of gymnostlcs.
In being mounted It is three-fourths
tho lady's spring and ono-fourth Ihe
lifting of the cavalier which tolls.
Somo littlo womon are heavier in
Mounting than a sack of meal, nnd
others of greater avoirdupois and no
moro strength ticod scarce a finger's
oxertlou. Only very muscular men
can lift a woman bodily into a saddle,
and no ouo llkos to do it. One of tlio
worst preparations for a ride is the
Irritation caused a man by having to
exhaust his strength In mounting his
Tlioro aro many methods of holding
tho reins. Provided tho curve and
sun fib reins aro kept so distinct that
each cau bo quickly shortened or
longthoucd any method is good. Tho
fashion of tho day is to rldo with belli
bands, but a woman's horso should
guide by tho neck or bit at will. To
bo iinnblo to ride readily with ono
hand is an absurdity. In any case,
hold the hands low.
Whon tho seat Is straight and strong
the hands can be as light as tho horse's
mouth. Tho perfection of riding is to
accomplish everything with as slight
muscular effort at possible. The bit
should bo such as to prevont tho horse
fiom boring on your hands and yet
not make him restless. The adjustment
of the bit to produce the best results
Is a matter requiring much judgment
aud experience. Every horso bus his
Iu company, keep together. Noth
ing is so aunoying as to havo your
companion ahead of or behind you
half the timo. Companions should
rido as thoy walk, side by sldo. One
of the charms of equostrianiam, con.
versation enlivened by tho brisk
motion and suggestive surroundings,
Is qulto lost unless you koep togethor.
Good riders can chat at a rapid trot or
an inspiriting cantor as well as at a
walk, becauso, whatover their gait,
thoy remomber that they ride for com.
pausliip as woll as exercise. Lack of
familiarity with saddle work Is quick
ly betrayod by tho failure to keep
Dismounting is about as easy as
getting out of a carriage. It may bo
done gracefully or ungracefully. An
active woman can slldo to the ground
without assistance. Bo sure your
skirts aro clear of your hone and
your feot oloar of everything. The
rest comes readily. Now York Sun.
Gaiters aro tlio correct thing.
Glace batiste is a uow fabric- for
Stone-soled shoos are made for
More trimming is observed la the
front of hats.
The broad square toe Is conspicuous
by i's absence.
The newost ornament is a diamond-
Many puckered effects are seon In
now cotton goods.
In buying fancy silks all-over do-
signs should bo chosen.
Old-tlmo lawns and organdy muslins
are in delightful demand.
Drab waistcoats spottod with pink,
and flocked with white and tints of
bluo and fawn, are wonderfully
Four tints sro used Iu somo party
dresses, as yellow, blue, pink, green;
Flounces of graduated widths and
tiny overlapping bias ruffles will trim
many of the new tklrtt, if one may
judge from the character of the latest
Dots, checks, flowers and numerous
other devices are woveu in the new
ginghams, which show such dainty
colors as canary, pea-green, heliotropo,
pale blub and pink.
Full bibs of Irish-point lace attached
to standing collars formed of over
lapping folds of mull or cropo do
chine are worn by many fashionable
women. Thoy sometimes reach
sevoral inches below the walst-llue
and are caught to position, the fullness
being bunchod under a narrow girdle,
a long metal clasp or a suction ot
As pointed girdles are just now
counted the height of good style, the
shirt blouso will be very generally
chosen instead of the vest for travel
ling, for outdoor sports, and for aiore
or lets ceremonious indoor wear. A
new blouse of this kind is prosonted
aud is very effuotivo, whether seen be
neath a coat-basque or with au open
or purtly open top garment.
FOR THE HOUSEWIFE.
A OOOD 8TOCKINO PARNEIl.
Tlio suggestion is offered ty
n or V
clever noodle woman that a betto
stocking darner than tho woode
porcelain egg or polished solid eup
adlscardod slipper sole, or rather ihe
solo of a discarded slipper, for the
two should remain united. This In
serted in the stocking offers a smooth
ami more available surface for
stretching tho holo over thau any
other. Now York Times.
PROTECTING DltlED FRUITS FROM INSECTS
Dried fruits can bo effectually pro
tected from tho attacks of insects by
being slightly sprinkled with other by
means of an atomizer and then shaken
in a wido niouthod glass vossot that
has been rinsed with ether. The fruit
should thon bo put up In woll corked
bottles and kept in a cool, dark place.
Raspberries thus trcalod nro not only
safo from Insects, but also preserve
their natural appearance aud taste, as
woll at tho odor pocular to them when
dried, that of the oiher uot being per
ceptible. New York Commercial
A CURE FOR MILDEW.
"What is a good euro for mtldow in
clothes?'' writes a friend. The best
thing is to uso tho ounco of preven
tion In timo. When tho evil is done,
however, there is no uso in crying
over spill; J milk, though it must be
admitted that any agent powerful
enough to remove mildew or blue
mold from liueti Is apt to injure the
fabrlo. A solution of the chlorido of
limo, such ns may bo used for bleach
ing, is perhaps the best remedy. A
tablespoon ful should be dissolved in a
gallon of cold water, by stirring with
a wooden stick. Soak the injtirod
garment iu this preparation, moving
it about occasionally till the stains are
no longor visible, then rinso very
thoroughly, changing the water several
timet. Now York News.
ASPARAOU3 IN TEMPTING) FORMS.
There are several ways of, cooking
asparagus betides tho familiar one of
boiling. It may bo cooked au gratia,
in the ovon. For this purpose, boil a
bunch of flno asparagus for twelve
minutes. Lay it in a baking dish.
Moisten it with half a cup of the
water in wnicu it was Doueu. urate
Parmesan cheuso over it, scasou it
well with salt and pepper, sprinkle a
tablospoonful of fresh bread crumbs
ovor the top with a tnulespoouiul of
buttor cut iu bits, and bake in a
moderately hot oven for fifteen,
mliiutot. Cold boiled asparagus ' is
very nico served as a salad with a
Frouch dressing or with tho following
sauce: Pound il yolk of a hard
boiled egg to a patto, add two tea
spoonfuls of good vinegar, a salt-
spoonful of salt and half the amount
of pepper. Add an onion minced
fluo. Toss all togother thoroughly
and pour It over Ihe cold asparagus.
New York Tribune.
Potato Croquettes To two teaenp
f ills of potato mashed with a vogotable .
mashor add two well beaten eggs, ono
tablespoon ful of buttor, salt and
pepper. Beat until light, then form
into flat cakes, roll in boaten egg and
broad crumbs, aud fry iu smoking hot
Asparagus on Toast Cut the stalks.
of equal lengths, rejecting all wood
portions. Tie In bunch with strip
muslin, and boll until tender, from 20
to 30 minutes. Cut off the crust and
nicely toast the bread. Dip each slioe
carefully in the liquor iu which tho
asparagus was boiled, buttor well, and
lay on a warm platter. Spread tho
asparagus on tho bread, slightly
sprinkle a bit of salt over, and serve.
Dandelion SuUJ Wash tho leaves
thoroughly through several waters,
pick ovor carefully and let remain la
cold water over night, Drain and
wipe dry ; put in a salad bowl and add
the following dressing: To three
tabletpoonfult of oil add One of
vinegar, one-half tuaspoonful of si
and one-half tallspoouful of peppi
aim beat together thoroughly. Gar
nish with rings of hard boiled egg.
Minced Spinach Wash carefully
and boll iu a very littlo water until
tonder. Drain and chop fltio. Put a
tubloapooiiful of butter In a saucepan,
and when hot, add tho splnaeh, salt
aud pepper to taste, and when hot
stir in cream until well molstoned.
Spread slices of bard-boiled eggs over
the top aud survo. Spinach is also
uico served on toast. Prepare aa
above, and whon seasoning add ouo
hard-boiled ej;g, chopped flue, but no
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