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The siege of Port Arthur has been
compared in nearly ever >*caW* dis
patch that came from London, to the
siege of Sebastopol. There is, how
ever, no close analogy between the
17AiV? bnP01 the al( * be-an Oct
17, i 5,,4, with an assault which was re
pulsed. D, i ng the winter that fol
lowed the Russians were as often the
attacking party as the English and
French. The besieging force was so
depleted by losses in battle and by
sickness that Lord Raglan regarded
the investment as a quasi siege. Rus
sian sorties were frequent, and al
though they wore repulsed they ex
hausted the besiegers.
The grand assault of the allies on j
Malakhov tower and (he Redan, June
18, IS,-,:,, failed. The sorties of the
Russians two months later was re
pulsed. The English assault on the
Redan Sept. S, 1865, failed. On the
When night's last hour with languid feet
If one rapt soul but listens at morn's
To mark the silence waking into praise.
He hears the low wind softly circu
The dew-lade, perfumed airs, regen
Then, as the dawn reveals her bright
And sweet acclaim greets her from
earth and sky,
If man is there the varied tones to trace
Of rarest bird-songs that in homage
His listening ear completes the har
Earth is nn altar, nature is the priest;
The matins and the vespers all may
But, when the chant and the canticles
The listener only notes that some
Alone, and heeds the sigh, and marks
The low-breathed answer captivates the
Love's whispered words the soul's re
The zephyr's sighs o'er grass-grown
A peace far deeper than the sophists
More tender than the trembling as
Be hears the deathless echoes of the
Who heeds the subtle whispers of to
And not in vain beside his path are cast
Earth's bloom, and wreckage of
time's billowed spray,
Where life, and love, and death con
—New York Home Journal.
i in fin
/^\ ISTER had always declared that
(f« a man was foolish to marry.
■^-"* He gave the usual selfish bach
elor reasons — namely, that a man who
married sacrificed his comfort, re
signed his independence, increased his
responsibilities and took long chances
on unhappiness into the bargain. His
observation had convinced him that
nine men out of ten who married were
unhappy. "They put the best face on
it that they can, of course," he said to
lira. Nistrln early in their acquaint
ance. "Some men I know pretend to
like it I have had tkem come crow
lj£ over me, even."
Mrs. Nlstrin laughed. Mrs. Nistrin
*»» a widow and a very clever and en
tertaining woman. Gister used rather
to' enjoy the evenings he spent at her
•What could I gain by marrying?"
c<»itinued Gister, addressing the wid
ow. "I have my apartments, where I
am not disturbed by any of the usual
domestic nuisances. A child would
not be allowed in the building for any
consideration on earth. My housekeep
er puts everything in order for me
wj|iie I am downtownsees to my
Ujjfhi, does what necessary mending
tatre is to do, and my man attends to
the rest. If I 'want to dine at home
I make my selection from the cafe
toeuu and have It sent up on a dumb
waiter in my own service, and Sig
ned serves it If I want to dine out
. I lave my choice of no fewer than
eight decent places in this city. I
hare comfort I have peace."; o ;,j,..
--"What a fortunate man you are!"
Ulrt Mrs. Nistrin. '.. iJj
a "Don't you think that I would show
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same day, however, the French ear
ned the Malakhov and that night the
Russians retired from South Sebasto
pol to the north forts, where they re
mained to the end of the war. j
The original besieging force at Se
vastopol was 05,000 men, with SO guns.
The Russian army In the fortifications
was 50.000 strong, with the way for re
enforcement and supplies open. The
theater of the Crimean war was lim
ited mainly to the vicinity of Sebasto
pol, and the besiegers were more sore
ly pressed by the privations of war
than the besieged. Of the English
army 8,600 were fclilod or fatally
wounded in battle; 4,244 died of chol
era; 10.000 died of other diseases, and
2,873 were disabled. The French lost
In the campaign 08,600 men, and the
Turks as many. The war cost Eng
land $205,000,000, and the majority of
the English people regarded the cap
ture of Sebastopol as a barren vic
The opening of the Port Arthur cam
paign was not unlike the opening of
the Sobastopol campaign. The Alma
of Port Arthur was Kin Chow. After
the battle of Alma in 1854 the Rus
sians went at once to Sebastopol, block-
Ing the entrance to the harbor. After
Kin Chow the Russians retired slowly
very doubtful Judgment to change this
for the joys of matrimony?"
"I think you would be very foolish,
indeed," said Mrs. Nistrln.
"Not that I am insensible to the
charms of your fascinating sex," con
tinued Glister. "I think I show that
best by remaining single. If I were
married I might be denied the Inesti
mable privilege of calling upon you,
for instance my wife might not
"That's true," murmured Mrs. Nis
trln, "she might not."
"Then wouldn't I be an idiot to
want to marry?"
"Between you and me," said the
widow, "I- think you would."
Last winter Mrs. Nistrin decided
that she would close her house and go
to California. She gave a very gay
little dinner party before she went
which (!iK»o» »*•*—•*"" tie observed
to one of the men that it wa-3 almost
a pity Mrs. Nistrtn was going away.
She would be i distinct >/>«-
_rru>~o weeks J«ccr Gister happened
to be in California —on business. Of
course it was only decency to call upon
Mrs. Nlstrin while he was there. She
was greatly surprised to Bee him, but
not displeased— if Gister could judge.
She was dressed most becomingly, Gis
ter noticed, in something pink.
He did not tell her that business
had brought him. On consideration",
that sounded rather shopworn. lie
said: "It seemed dull and cold in
Chicago—after you left."
"I heard the weather had been
rather disagreeable," she said, with a
"I decided to come on a sudden," he
"That's the beauty of bachelor free
dom," said the widow. "Now, if you
had been married —"
"I should .have stayed at home and
thought myself lucky," he said. "I
don't think we had a full grasp of
that subject. I was inclined to alter
my views—in fact, I have altered
"Well," said Mrs. Nisrrin, "there is
something to be said on both sides,
of course. I think that one great
source of domestic unhappiness is the
failure on the part of married people
to realize that, whatever concessions
are made, there must be only one real
head to the family— one decisive
voice. The man usually thinks that
voice should be his. The woman now
adays falls to realize this as perhaps
"You've hit it exactly," said Gister.
"I'm one of those women," said Mrs.
Nlstrin.' "I'm used to having my way,
and I Intend to have it always. My
husband, if ever I married again, could
have the management of his business,
and that would have to satisfy him."
Gister coughed behind his hand and
was silent for a moment. "That would
satisfy me," he said, presently.
"No?" said Mrs. Nlstrin.
"With a certain woman."
"And how about your comforts—
"I would have more than comfort.
I would have bliss."
'You couldn't discharge your wife,
you know, if she displeased you,"
"I would never want to," said Gis
"You would have to dine at home al
ways. If you went out or came In at
any unusual hour you would be ques
"I would never go out As for din
ing at' horne —oh, what a word that
— home! I am forty-eight, Melissa,
and I never had a home. You've got
to ..make one for me. That's what I
came here to say."
■;'} "But i suppose yon wanted to relax
with a little romance? Suppose jour
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toward Tort Arthur, but exerted them
selves to keep the harbor open. At
Sebastopol the Russians kept the line
of retreat open to the last; at Tort
Arthur the lino of retreat and supply
from the laud side was cut off at
At Sebastopol the besieging army
was not strong enough to make a com
plete investment and for a part of the
time was so weak as to be on the de
fensive. At Port Arthur the besieging
army outnumbered the besieged army
almost four to one. At Sebastopol the
allies had 80 heavy guns of the old
type. At Port Arthur the Japanese
had hundreds of the hear lest and iin
est of modern guns.
At Sobastopol the allied army was
soon worn to a shadow by arduous
duty, exposure, and pestilence. At Port
Arthur the Japanese army was fresh,
well disciplined, well equipped, and is
heartily supported by an aggressive
and energetic government. Tort Ar
thur was undoubtedly stronger than
was Sobastopol, it was fairly well pro
visioned and with an army well or
ganized for defense, Inn never before
was any fortress attacked by such an
overwhelming force as the Japanese
hurled against the Russian strong
mood demanded variety of companion
ship and you were limited—"
"Oh:" cried Gister. "You nre the
universal encyclopedia of philosophy*
and romance and nil knowledge, the
epitome of your sex, the—"
"Stop!" commanded the widow, with
her hands to her ears. "I believe you
were right about men being idiots—
who thought of marrying. Rut—l—
well, I prefer you as an idiot."—Chi
BIRTHDAYS IN JAPAN.
All the Little Girla Celebrate in Febru
ary, All the Boys in May.
The Japanese have a queer way of
celebrating birthdays. Instead of a
party in June for little Tama, and a
party in September for little O'Tatsu,
and a party in December for little
Ume, there's a party in February in
w uor of all the ]iu]e glrl8( and one
in May to* all little boys. In Febru
ary every littlejUrlvPr'and friends
gifts of dolls, and beside these dolls
her mother takes out of the closest
many of the dolls she had when she
was a child, and some even older dolls
that the little girl's grandmother had
when she was a little tot; and I dare
say there are dolls that belonged to the
little girl's great-grandmother, and
even her great-great-grand mother,
quaint dolls in faded clothes of a hun
dred years and more ago, carefully
handed down from mother to daughter
ever since. I saw one old doll, about
six inches tall, dressed as a daimio, or
great lord of bygone times, In gorgeoua
brocade robes, covered with steel ar
mour of little overlapping plates, Just
as beautifully made as if for a real
warrior. He wore a tiny helmet, and
carried two tiny swords not as large
as matches. You could draw the
swords out of their scabboards just
like real ones, and they were as sharp
as they could be. Well, for about a
week all Japan is one grand dolls' tea
party. And then the festival is over,
and all the best dolls, even the pres
ents to the littie girl, are put carefully
away, never to be even looked at for a
whole year. I don't see how the little
Japanese girls can bear that part of it.
Then at the first of May comes the
boys' festival—the Fish Festival, it is
called. Every family that's lucky
enough to have a boy puts up a flag
pole in the door yard; or perhaps sev
eral families combine to use the saino
pole, and have It a bigger, handsomer
one than one family could afford. On
the top of tha pole is a gilt ball, or
else a basket with something bright
and tinsely in it. And, flying from tho
pole, in the brisk spring winds, is a
whole string of carp, made of oiled
paper or cloth, painted in bright col
ors, and anywhere from five to fifteen
feet long. Each fish belongs to some
particular boy, and the carp is chosen
because it is a big, strong fish, and
not only can swim against the most
rapid currents, but in its eagerness to
get up stream will leap straight up
waterfalls. The gold ball means a
treasure, which the carp, leaping and
struggling, buffeted by the wind, Is
forever trying to reach. And the whole
thing means that the boy, when he's
a man, will have to battle his way as
the sturdy carp struggles up the river.
The fishes look so very pretty and gay,
flying over his house, and the boy gets
so many treats at Fish Festival time,
that I don't think he minds even if
the carp is a nice little jolly lecture on
Would Do A way with Marriage.
"What do you think of this plan to
forbid the marriage of weak-minded,
"I don't approve of it; without mar- '
rlage the world would go to the dogs,"
THE GREAT TITIAN.
nu Was an All-KmbrncliiK Genius,
Courtly, Serene, Majestic.
At once a genius and a favorite of
fortune, Titian moved through his long
life of pomp an.i splond'.r serene ami
self contained, Ho was of old ami 110
--; ble family, born at Pleve In the moun
tain district of Cadore. By the time
i that he was 11 years old "his father
Gregorto di Conte Vecelll, recognized
| that he was destined to bo a painter
and sent him to Venice* where he he
came the pupil first of Bellini, and
then of the great artist Qlorglone;
from the first. Indeed, he enjoyed every
privilege that an artist of his time
could need. The Doge and Council of
Venice recognised his ability, as did
I the Dukes of Ferrara and Mantua. As
the years went on. kings, popes and
emperors were his friends and patrons.
in his home at Hiri, a suburb of Ven
ice, from which in one direction the
snowclad Alps are visible and in the
other the soft luxuriance of the Vene
tian lagoon, he maintained a princely
household, associating with the great
est and most accomplished men of
Venice, working on, until lie had
reached the age of 90 years. Even
then it was no ordinary ailment, but
the visitation of the plague, that car
ried him off; and such was the honor
In which lie was held, that the law
against the burial of the plague-strick
en In a church was over-ruled in his
case, and be was laid in the tomb
which he had prepared for himself in
the great Church of the Prarl.
No artist's life was so completely
and BUStalnedly superb; and such, too,
is the character of his work. He was
great In portraiture, In landscape, in
the painting of religious and mytholo
gical subjects. In any one of thesis
departments others have rivaled him,
but his glory is that he attained to
the highest rank is all; he was an art
ist of universal gifts. Ills was an all
embracing genius, courtly, serene, ma
jestic, lie viewed the splendor of the
world In a big, healthful, ample way;
and represented it with the glowing
brush of a supreme master of color.—
THE DEVIL'S KITCHEN, FAMOUS
SPOT IN WELSH MOUNTAINS.
THE DEVIL'S KITCHEN.
The Devil's Kitchen, near Bethseda,
In the northern part of Wales, Is tho
best known spot In the Welsh moun
tain region. It has only, strictly
speaking, been ascended twice. It is
a deep mountain gorge between two
lofty peaks, and its sides are so pre
cipitous that they offer little encour
agement to the mountain climber, how
ever venturesome he may be. Not
withstanding the apparent foolhardi
ness of the undertaking, several per
sons have made the attempt The rope
shown in the cut marks the place,
from which a recent climber fell and
lost his life. He was an Englishman
named Hudson, and he had i>een warn
ed repeatedly of the danger of the as
cent. The authorities have taken
measures to prevent a repetition of the
How Much Should We Eat.
, One of the much discussed questions
of the day on which there are almost
as many opinions as individuals is tho
quantity of food one should eat. The
most reasonable estimate yet made is
probably that which fixes one-twen
tieth of the average weight of the
body as the average dally quantity re
quired. If you weigh 140 pounds, you
should consume seven pounds of food.
This includes drink as well as solid
food. But it is ridiculous to set down
a hard and fast rule. Such a quantity
might kill some, and there Is a case on
record of a man wasting away on a
diet of seven or eight pounds of food
a day. He cut down his diet to three
quarters of a pound of liquid and the
same of solid food, and as a result he
grew stout and lived to a ripe old age.
Hho Can't, That's a Fact.
Boyce —Why does a woman give so
much attention to dress? Is it because
she wants to attract men or because
ehe desires to outshine her sister
Mrs. Boyce—Can't a woman do two
things at once?— Smart Set
We suppose . a dyspeptic longs for
country sausage as a drunkard longa
lor whlakj. •
I •> ♦ «■
She—Aro you sure you love me for
myself alone? He—Did you think I
loved you for your mother?Somor-
"Mr. and Mrs. Nubrido have Joined
tbo Church.'! "Why not? Turn about*a
fair play; didn't the church Join them?"
I —Philadelphia Press.
Lady—Did you ever feel as though
you'd like to work? Tramp -Yes'in.
1 wouldn't mind being lineman for a
wireless telegraph company.—Judge.
"Rrainlelgh tells me he is writing
h popular novel." "Yes, his doctor!
insisted on hi« resting his mind for
'»i whllel"— New Orleans Titnos-Demo
He Got It: The Woman—No, I can't
give you a meal. The Tramp—l didn't
think you could, mum; you look too
young and Inexperienced to know how
to cook.— New York Sun.
Church—l see the Attorney General
la going to stop all this guessing busi
ness In the newspapers. Gotham—
Whom do you suppose that's aimed
at? The weather bureau? ronkeri
Lucky Stars: "I've had a very suc
cessful season," said the prosperous
looking theatrical manager. "Well,
you can thank your stars for that," re* ■
piled the seedy-looking manager.-—
He—Do you remember your old
school friend, Sophy Stay the? she .
Yes, indeed, I do. A most absurd-look
ing thing. So silly, tool what became
of her? lie—Oh, nothing. Only—l
married her.—Boston Globe.
Mamma— Fighting again, Willie?
Didn't I tell you to stop and count
one hundred whenever you were an
gry? —But It didn't do any
good, ma. Look what the .Tones boy,
did while I counted! —Harper's Bazar.
Cholly—So Miss Tartum loosened up
and Bald a good word about me, did
she? —Yes; she Bald that when
one got better acquainted with you
one found you were not half as big
a fool as you appeared to be. —Chicago
One Advantage: Rimer— you
really prater to have long poems sent
In to you rather than short ones? Edi
tor—Yes. When they're long, you see,
I don't have to think up any other
excuse for rejecting them. —Philadel-
"I don't believe the woman who re
cently moved Into the fiat across th«
hall is any better than she should be,"
remarked Mrs. Naggsby. "Of courso
not, my dear," rejoined Naggsby; "who
ever heard of a woman that was?"—
St. Louis Star.
Miss Plane—Yes, Tom proposed last
night, and I accepted him. See this
ring Miss Wise Indeed? By the
way, dear, don't attempt to cut glass
with that diamond, as I did, or you'll
make another nick in the stone. —Phil-
The Child—Aunt Mary, nurse says
when it thunders, It's the Lord scoldiu'
us. Aunt Mary—Perhaps It is, dear.
The Child—Well, I don't see what he's
got to be bo mad about. I'se done
everyflng to-day 'cept brush my teef.—
Wife —Henry, what makes you In
such a furious temper Husband—l'm
trying to read a Scotch dialect story.
The plot la fearfully exciting, but I
can't hurdle over the language fast
enough to keep up with the hero! —
Detroit Free Press.
Rural Adorer (bashfully) —You didn't
go to Millie Meadow's party. Don't
you like klKHin' games? Pretty Maid—
No, I don't. Rural Adorer (weakly)—
Why don't you? Pretty Maid (encour
agingly)—' Cause there's so many look-
In' on.—New York Weekly.
He (reading about the latest society,
wedding)— They have a lot to say
about what the bride wears, but they
have nothing to say about the poor
bridegroom. —They have no need
to, because It Is a well-known fact
that he usually wears a worried look.
Madame (In a busy street In Paris) —
Oh, M. l'Agent, is It true that It la
dangerous to stand with the foot oa
the electric tramline? XI. l'Agent— N«fc
madame, it Is not dangerous so long
as you do not stand with one foot on
the line and the other on the overhead
w i re , —Pick Me Up.
Miss Flyrty -Jack Hansom was tell
ing me about a romantic adventure he
bad at the party last night. It seem*
be bumped into a girl in a dark hall
way and kissed her; and he doesn't
know yet Miss Elders —Oh! tee
bee! That was I. Miss Flyrty—
Ob, for goodness sake, don't tell him
now. Let him have hi* romance.—
Miss Hoamley—Didn't you hear Miss
Knox tell me yesterday that I was "the
homeliest girl In our Bet?" Miss Good
ley—Yea, the hateful thing! I gave
her a piece of my mind about It after
ward. Miss Hoainley—Oh! did you? I
ttope you weren't too hard on her. Mlsa
Ooodley—Well, I told her «he ought to
consider how sensitive you must be
about Philadelphia Ledger. i;