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The young man who has been strenuously engaged, during the summer
months, in stretching his abbreviated salary to cover an occasional dish of
ice cream for his lady friend, and who is now wan
DrawbacKs of dering about haunted by the thought that his Uncle
A the Three Balls will soon be contrabanding his winter
Kingly Salary. overcoat if he doesn't raise the due equivalent, will
stand aghast when.confronted with the statement that
the royal family of Russia has almost $14,000,000 to spend annually. The
lack of equality in this world of finance will be none the less impressive
when he learns that the rulers of Germany, Austria, England and Italy have
an allowance of pin money each year exceeding $3,000,000. Rulers of other
countries are also well fixed so far as a long, cold winter is concerned.
Nor is the young man the only one impressed. There are others of us
who may ponder on how these moguls are going to keep the wolf from the
door between now and the coming of the anemone memorosa next spring.
There must be considerable advantage in being born to a kingship. Cleon.
the fellow we used to read about in our old third readers, had a million acres,
it will be remembered. Despite his riches, it is written of Cleon that he had
more trouble than the man with the prickly heat. The third readers were
not specific, but it is presumed the old granger's trouble came from grasshop
pers, chinch-bugs and foot-rot in the sheep. Be this as it may, he had troubles
multifarious. With the lords and kings, how different! They don't have to
worry or bug the potatoes. The money is in bank for them, earned by a con
stituency more or less willing. They don't have to ponder or perspire. They
don't even have to imagine things. Their checks are always good at financial
headquarters, and they can have angel's-food, rainbow pudding and talk
about the ancient age of their wines to their hearts' content. They can wear
seven-come-eleven different kinds of clothes, ride in golden-knobbed chariots
and "put on" as much ostentation as the millions of allowance will allow. If
they run short, there is always "more where that came from."
Excuse us if we repeat that $14,000,000 figure. It is like the tintinabula
tion of the rivulet in the bosky dell-sweet music to the ear. It reminds us
of standing in the shadow at a royal ball and hearing the "frou-frou" of the
feminine petticoats of silk "as the dance goes on."
What would you do if you had an income of $14,000,000 a year? Here is
the rub. What would you do with it? Would you be any happier after the
glamer and the clink of the golden guinea had grown commonplace? Those
who. have ngver had $14,000,000 annually would be prompt in replying that
they would be happier thus. ' That settles the argument with them-but.
The wrlf'er, having had $14,000,000 on several ocasions, has discovered it is a
vain yid empty show, an unsatisfying arrangement of Providence. After you
hav" the "primrose path of dalliance trod" for a time, you are not one
wh happier, not one more iota satisfied, than when you were worrying about
y r Uncle Three Balls' disposition of the overcoat! That is the way we felt
ut it-when we awoke!
- - J The President of the United States manages to "sled along" on $50,000 a
year. Occasionally some one raises the cry that there is nothing in the
Presidential chair from a fintncial standpoint. They even go so far as to
make the statement that the President is losing money. Then everybody
gets out and plays leap-frog trying to get the position, so they may lose their
money. If there is a good thing in $50,000 a year, how much better is there in
$14,000,000? Little Willie Jones, away down at the end of the class, may
answer.
Looking over the list of kingly salaries, we are inclined to feel sorry for
the recipients. They don't knew the real value of wanting something and
cannot enjoy the happiness of securing that for which, in happy uncertainty,
their hearts have yearned and their fancies painted. With them every wish,
every whim, is gratified. Not one' of these kings can coerce his wife by
promising a new hat. She can buy herself a dozen. Tommy won't do the
chores for a new knife, Mamle won't wash the dishes, because she doesn't
have to do menial service. What is home without a boy doing chores and a
daughter, washing dishes? Wouldn't it make some of you old heads of farn
' lies lonesome to go home some night and not find some member of the family
'climbing your anatomy for a new something?
After all, kings may have money, but they cannot buy happiness, they
cannot purchase love, they are helpless to secure from the elements or from
the God above one act or look of obeisance. They cannot love the blue sky
or any other of the beauties of Nature more than you. They are powerless to
lie anything more than good men. It is not wealth, or position, or luck, that
makes happiness? It is contentment! He who has that, has a greater dowry
than all the kings of all the kingdoms of the earth.
The anticipation of joy in this world is often more pleasurable than the
joy itself. The small boy awakens at daybreak, after dreams of catching
whales in the placid river. He gives an exhibition of how
Anticipation quickly a boy can dress when there is a holiday ahead.
Excels His trousers are on with a sweep. One suspender is over
Realization. the shoulder-one is plenty to support his nether toga until
there is more time for dressing. He spurns a collar and shots and is off to the
fishing place with his breakfast in his hand, even before his mother realizes
he has heard her call. All the way he is painting pictures of what he ex
pects to catch. He may not get a nibble, but, happily, the same enthusiasm
stirs him by the time he is permitted to make another fishing trip.
In after life we are like the boy. We think much of some anticipated
pleasure. It may be a trip to the old home, a journey to foreign lands, a
wedding night or any one of the innumerable things to which we may look
forward with roseate thoughts. We dream as adults as we dreamed when we
were children. Oftentimes the pleasure itself is marred by some unforeseen
uncident or condition. We get not a lonely nibble! Hence the anticipation is
greater pleasure than the thing itself.
Pleasure anticipated and pleasure retrospective has each its individual
halo, but both are soothing to the mind. We are inclined to paint them in
brighter colors than the central joy, and it is well that we do. Common
place incidents of long ago revive themselves in the thoughts in gilded frames
and iridescent colorings. They have become artist's masterpieces by the hand
of time.
"'elII ne the tales that to me were so dcar,
l.ong long ago. long, long ago!"
Few men realize their utter helplessness in this world until they try to
beat a carpet to suit the "women folks." This may be a pastoral remark, but
it is nothing so simple to the man who is making the dust
Beating Carpet fly. The ordinary carpet whacker was not made for a
Putting Up man. Just at the zenith of his mu;seular development the
Stove. handle comes off and the wire strikes his wife in the eye.
While she is bathing this in cold water the strong man steps backward into
a pail of suds the maid has set carelessly by while she tries to enlcourage
hIim. Having been duly rescued, he gets a tough oaken pole fronm the wood
pile and antagonizes the long-suffering floor covering in a way that bid" fair
to fray its very warp and woof. When there Is no more duati in It. hir wife
comes out and. looking critically at the limp texture, says determinedly, "A
little more on the under side, please." Then thle huiband rec-all. Bob I;3ir'
dette's "Romance of the Carpet."
,",\ul slh srnile(d as shi, leaI ned oni h,:" bisy Inop.
A ,ld .; Iid she woull tell him when ts. stp."
She seldom tells hIim. however. Hie usually stops of sheer exho~ltion.
' which you who have never beaten a carpet cannot truly appreciasl. Thera
is only one thing worse than beating a carpet. That i' puitthng iup a stove.
' James Montgomery Bailey, "The Danbur.# Newsman." ha.a a corner on this
story. It won't do to trespass-but perhaps you know from yoir owln ex
perience about the luixed stove pipe. Any nlan whlo caml s,'cc:s!fiilly', beat a
carpet and put upl a stove in one day has a great future bef.r: hint:. lie ios.
sesses what might be termed the squintessencet of condensac! g;u:;;,.
The problem of satisfying the boys and girls along aRou:t ('hm istmas time,
is a perplexing problem in these dlays of,inutltitudinous Chrislia present. .
This is especlall" trite as regards the children of the
Satisfying well-to-do class The subject remir.d.:s:. ,,f a .Ia'
the cartoon once abserved. The plctu;re ws ,4ivided in
Young American, two parts. ]a. part bore the drawing (, a (hristmas
tree. One the tree prepared for the poor boyŽ
and from its scragsrly branches dan &a p4ri of skates. a sled, a neck-scarf,'
a bag of candy a. - some pow cor Wit Abei the tree a lad with joyots
face wa'. dancing and In his hlaiSsouted,'.Ob, gee, all this ter me!"
d I~'lt~ Jr g tree sovered with flaming
UUBtaE Lats bonds, skates.
-ger t ls----an below, is
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Worthington Cheever, the president of the Banco del Prado of Bogota,
'-as sitting in his private office slicing open his private mail. Most of it was
from New York, for Mr. Cheever was an old Broadway beau, and mar-y a pink
and pale blue envelope, exhaling dainty perfumes, had found him in his
strange environments in South America.
"Senor James Trefny of New York would wish that he may speak with
you, senor," said the soft-voiced office boy in dulcet Spanish accents.
"Thank you, Emilio. Show the gentleman in," said President Cheever.
The young man who came in was perfectly attired in well fitting flannels.
In the pale buff stock about his neck was a fine gold scarf pin set with
diamonds. Upon his finger a splendid solitaire sparkled in a heavy gold band.
Ills hat was in his hand and Mr. Cheever noticed the singularly calm, un
conscious beauty of his manly head and face. He was dark with the tan of
the sea, but his thick. fine hair was carefully arranged, and his whole man
ner betokened the patrician man of education, travel, gentleness and courage.
('heever liked his looks and showed his welcome in a frank smile and a
hearty handshake. But he had reasons to quickly change this first favorable
impression, for Mr. Trefny of New York,. sitting calmly beside him and
speaking in measured, clear tones in which there was not a suggestion of a
tremor, said:
"Mr. Cheever, this walking stick is filled with nitro-eotton; if you more
I'll explode it There, quite still, that will do. Nitro-cotton is, as you probably
know, the most terrible medium of destruction ever perfected. It is ignited
by a fuse of mercury. See, here in the handle of my cane is the fulminating
cap. Don't. look round. If anyone comes in, say you will be busy for half an
hour. Thank you.
"As I was saying.. air I have to do is touch this disk with my finger and
you and I, this bank and building and everyone and everything in it will be
torn instantly to atoms.. In such an event there would be not enoughl ef us
left for identification or burial. There are.. as I understand it, about two hun
dred and seventeen thousand dollars in your vaults.. It would be scattered; to
the four winds."
There was a knock at the door. Cheever looked an inquiry at Trefnhy
"Say what I told you or not, as you please,'" said the latter, quietly.
"Not In for thirty minutes," said Cheever.
"Now, to resume.. I have here." taking from his inside pocket a check.
~an ordinary check on the Plaza Bank, your ri-l. you know. it is made pay
able to me. James Trefny. it is signed-let's see-oh, yes. it is signed 'Homer
O. Dunlevy,' and calls for $50d(,0ti0. You see," turning over the slip of paper. "I
have indorsed it in form. Now.. my business: with you is this: you must calf a
clerk, tell hint to fetch fifty one-thousand dollar hills. get them and hand them
over to me. I need hardly tell your that my name. 'James Trefny,' is wholly
mythical. This cane. loaded with instant death for all of us, is the only argu
ment I have. See. my finger is jilst above the disk. The first sign, word. or
motion you make to betray me-down it comes. Now get the money."
"Ranlon. Ramon." called the banker, without moving. And to the suave
clerk who came in he said: "'Bring $5ii0.l at once for this check, and-"
"I want all the large bills, a thousand each if possible," interrupted
"Trefny," smiling blandly.
The clerk disappeared bowing. came back with the money, laid ft before
Cleever and departed. Trefny reached across the table, picked up the money,
.8.
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"MR.CHEEVEA,THIS WALKING-STICK IS FILLED WITH NITRO-COTTON."
counted it, placed it in his inside pockl't. wavetd his~ terrible cane as in a salutle
and said:
"Thank you. I want Ihut ten miinibtes to catch my train. If you pursue nte
within that time, I'll ccnue tnlack and wr-ek te:( banki as a n.lre matter of Ipro
tkt. Adlios. senor." An. . hi was gone.
O)f course C(hieevei' had sent a mllessenaetr to lie police inside of two mnlii
utes. They searehodl the townii and about an hour later, f'umlnd the robliner.
sliicppered and mat ease over his eiiarette and htiglh hall in his sunilptuolls I'oom
at the Hotel del Orinoco. As noi-t of his caaptirs couhld speak English. and only
('lhee-v'r was there to cOnll)tiite his identilfieat.iui, a lmessengerl was dispatched
for the magistrate, who presently arrived to begin an itiquiry. Vheni the
c~lot r was thus installed. anid liie prisoner puit ulllerli oath. thliis odd criminal
explainedl matters thus:
"'In the first place, gentlemen. .isltecially yott. Mr. (Chee\'er. put y(oIiMrselvC
at ease about that cane. It's qllite harnl les s -v" n In oy hlands. It's a sword
canc. Now. my namne is Homer O. )iiinlevy of New York, and I robbedl tile
-anco del P:'adto--tlon't latl.:h, ,gentlmlllen -jllst to test my personal ('otra.ig.."
Cheever sneered and the mnagistrait' ptit hiis tongllue in his cheek.
"You had better qluit this fc:olislhness and if y1nu are telling the truthl, ri
turn the $50,001 you stole."
"I didn't steal it, I should say. Stealing impliesll sllslkting. snmakinig
'stealth.' so to speak. Besidt-s, 1 ri(ally nelededl the ilolly and intelni to
hkeep it."
"PIit o lie m:tnaclte' orilerted the nlagis~!rate, galhl-r'ilg -o rlll'age after a
hesitating glance at the walking stick.
"'iBut, I protestt!" cried Trefny. loIiking qultie jaiiintdL as hii saw tlie fiir'ce
lallnces of COheever. "i l)rotest. Mr. Cheever. Don't yoii uilnderstandl.
"Uinderstand! The devil! Of course 1 don't undlerstand anything Itrt tlhait
you forced met to pay you $50.10t)00 on a worthless--"
"Check?" initerrupted Trefny, or D)unlevy, as he clainmid. "'\Why, my dear
sir. that cheek is as good as gold. Have you tried to cash it? Of cotlrse yoell
ihaven't. I might have known you were too excited to think of that. But, It'
Sfore I explain any further, would you, Mr. Cheover, and you, senor," to the
wondering magistrate, "would you mind taking my check over to the Plaza
Bank? It will be paid quite read ly, on my word. All you have to do is endorse
it. My deposit and letters of a more than enomgh to cover it. pI'l
wait here with these pleasant .b ripa.6
THE BLOOD.
'The blood is life. We derive from
the bloo' life, power, beauty and rea
ion, as the doctors have been saying
from time Immemorial. A healthy
Dody, a fresh appearance, and gener
ally all the abilities we possess de
pend on that source of life. It is
therefore the duty of every sensible
man to keep the blood as pure and
normal as possible. Nature, in its
infinite wisdom, has given us a ther
mometer indicating the state of the
blood, which appeals to our reason by
giving notice of its impurity. Small
eruptions of the skin, to which we
scarcely pay any attention, headache,
ringing noises in the ears, lassitude,
sleeplessness, are generally a sign
that the blood is not in its normal
state. but is filled with noxious sub
stances. These symptoms deserve
our full attention. If more attention
were paid to those symptoms, and
steps taken to remove them, then
many illnesses from which we suffer
would become unknown and the hu
man body would become stronger and
healthier. Attention therefore should
be paid to those warning signs, and
the blood can be purified and poison
ons substances removed from it by the
use of Dr. August Koenig's Hamburg
Drops, discovered more than 60 years
God has placed upon the earth two
gates that lead to heaven. He has
set them at the two extremes of life
-one at the entrance' and the other
a the end. The first is" innocence, the
ether repentance.-St. Pierre.
CHRISTMAS;. ¶1tL
Rates to the old states are lower,
service' more perfect than ever before.
Dec. 135,. 17, 21, 22, 23 and S6 the
Southern' Pacific-Sunset Route will .eil
round trip tickets to points in the
North, East and Soutiltls{ at rate Vof
one, fare plus $2.10,. : :t limit for re
tiran thirty days from date of sale.
Double daily service. Pullinan buffet
and excursion sleeping cars free
chair cars' and day coaches. Direct
" connection at New Orleans both east
and west bound. Write and let us
know your" objective point. WVe will
be glad to quote rate, furnish schedule
and any additional information you
may desire. M. I.. ROBBINS,
G.. P. A.. Houston. Texas.
'1. .1. ANDERSON.
A.. G. P. A.. Houston. Texas.
A committee has been appointed at
Dole, where a statue of Pasteur has
recently been erected, to colle.t funds
to purchase the house in whiih he
was born as a permanent memoriaL:
111100 Reward S10.
The eaders of this paper will be pfeaned to.
learn that there is at least one dreaIded disease
that science has been able to ctre lu all its
stages, and that is ('atarrh Hall's ("atarrh
Cure is the only positive cure now known to the
medical fraternity.. C'attrrh being a constitu
tional disease, requlres a jon.. tonal t t I rat
meant. Iall's Catarrh ('ure is taoken lnlernally.
acting directly upon the blood and mucous sur
faces of the system. thereby destroying the
foundation of thedisease. andgl iviingthe patient
strength by building up the cohnttltiotu and.
assisting nature in doing Ir. work. The pro
erietors have so rn mu.h failth in its curative
powers that they offer One Hundred Dollars for
any case that it fills to care. Send for list ot
'estimonials.
Address F. J. CHENF.Y & CO., Toledo 01
Sold by druggists 7Iht.
Halls Family Pills are the best.
Consider carefully pending propost
tions before acting on same. In this
way yonl may be able to be of more
-reefit to yourself than you are at
present.
DRIIRS' SPICIFIC HI~ A"&Ct POpwDaeS
sheonly barmuloa sad sure cure fur all Headacha.
Prlce l0 and toe. Seut Cy malt upon reoeipt of prt.e
Adolph tDraia. 11 Alamo I'aza, San Anloalo. Tea.
Of Gladstone. lenry ,alabolchere
once remarked: "I tdo not object to
Mr. Gladstone's occasionally havirn
anll Pe ulp Iis sleeve. But I do wisti
lie 'voullla not al\ways say that Provi
dcnve put it there.'
I am sure Plso's Cure bur Consumptlon saved
my life three years ago.-Mrs. Tnos. RH'sa~ls
Maple Street, Norwica. N. Y.. Feb. 17. 1500.
"Brother. what kind of a thing is a
aaggot'?" "l y goodness, i)olly.v, what
an ignorantnes-: Why, that's how
sapa nImade all iiis mone)--by being a
foal maggot:"
PUTNAM FADI)ELESS DYES cost
but 10 cents per package.
Nearly every lnemlbr' of congress
I p('p: a scrap Iiook. and for the tinme
a- t'oI; n Seliator ' eil'vei'i ge's is the
argestof the lot. Th. Indiana man
already has ~,;i \ol 01unu- of 250 page
ea, h. with three (', \ws!.aller columns
to the page.
Thle man who lknows it all sonlehow
novel soIns to Ii'prosPer,.
ntra('ANE'is IDErItI:fl"'l'VI A(iENC',
lou.tonl, I east, ot" rlruz, I atod reliable Sc.
tectie bsetrvie.
Pon't llyou leliev\e all thie ohlt sas,
and elpcially that which says, "A
Iarking dog won't bIite.''
"Cure the cough and save the life." Dr.
Wood's Norway l'Pine Syrup cures coughs
and colds, down to the very verge of con
sumptiou.
A (rorln i. \V' WA (I'll ollr toe. C(')rlle
aitd ailrt.s art5 jitst tih'e s5:1me, onIly dif
THE ST. PAUL CALENDAR
FOR 1903
six slheirets 1(x15 inchies, of beautiful
reproductions, in ,olors. of pastel
drawings by Itr'y-)n. is now readly for
distribution and will be mailed on re
celpt of twenty-five (25) cents-col
or stamps. Address F. A. Miller, G ei,
eral Passenger Agent, Chicago. t,
Ble discreet, but do not carry4B/.
virtuie too far. 4o''o
Tea thousand dierr.ons
oasne's vitals coukin'a '
the tortures noft.t*,
StIES l)O§ '.>
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Lived in lod's Country.
David B. Hill enjoys the retire
of his country home, but is
averse to an occasional trip to
York, where he can indulge in thd
and pleasure of the banquet
At one of these gatherings the
ing had gone by rapidly and t
governor was enjoying himself.,
had responded to a toast ear
the evening, but was being pri
upon again to say a few words.
"Gentlemen," he said, "I ha
than half an hour in which to
a train for home."
"Why don't you live in God's
try, Mr. Hill?" asked one of
guests.
"I do," responded the stat
quickly, "but I find it unusually
to-night to leave my friends, ga
here in the devil's country."
Keep Out the
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Pant Calf, Enaqmel, Bhx Ca/ "ý '
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