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Roughened and worn with ceaseless toll nnd care.
No perfumed terace, no dainty skill, had these; '
They earned for w Inter hands h jeweled ease.
And kept tlieir scars unlovely for their share. '
Patient nnd slow, they had the will to hear
The Whole world's burdens, but no power to seize
The dying joys of life, the glft» that please,
The gold and gems that others tind so fair.
Dear hands, where bridal jewel never shone,
Whereon no lover's kiss was ever pressed,
Crossed in unwonted quiet on the breast,'
I see. through tears, your glory newly' won
The golden Circlet of life's work well dune,
Set with the Shining pearl of perfect rest
| Outwitting a Father, i
YJ\Tj?AnUY Ellen Ilosmer! Marry
jl^la perfect beggar! Why, Her-
tie Lisle, are you a fool.
or crazy, or what, that you dare to
taJk to me about that girl?"
And old Ralph de Lisle brought Ills
clinched (Ist down on the table beside
which he was .sitting with an ener
getic movement quite unusual to him.
Avhlle his low brow contracted, and
his spare, bloodless face grew purple
Herbert de Lisle, his son, stood
proudly erect before him, not a muscle
of his noble, handsome face moving,
as he witnessed his father's wrath.
"Then you will not consent?" said
'SiYi'yV and the old, white-haired
father fairly roared the word. "Have
I toiled and economized all these years
to see my money thrown away on a
pauper? We shall see about that. sir.
I always said you had not a particle
of the De Lisle pride. You are Han
da 11 all over. Tin-re's your mot her.
now. I've no doubt she would rejoice
to see you tied for life to that girl. I
Considered my promise to her dying
father fulfilled when I brought her
borne to feed and clothe her, and it
was no plan of mine that she should
be educated and taught t-> fill a daugh
ter's place in the family, where, by
rights, she should have been only a
menial. Still, I did not object as I
Should, and now the ungrateful minx
■wants to step In as the future Mistress
De Lisle, does she? A way from me!
and remember that Isabel Denver is
the woman you are to marry; and
mind, too, that you have nothing more
to say to that baby-fuced creature of
Herbert moved toward the door in
scornful silence, which but aggravated
the old man the more.
Sjirintrintr to his feet, he exclaimed.
"1 shall watch you. sir. There must
be no more billing and cooing, I can
"I SHALL MARRY KI.I.KN YET."
tell you that. If you but so much as
speak again to that girl, l will cut you
>ir with a dollar."
For a moment an angry tide swept
ficross the face of the younger De
Lisle. When it passed, his face was a
trifle paler than before, and his lipa
■were slightly compressed, but there
was a mocking gleam of mischief in
Ids eyes as he answered:
"Father, I shall marry Ellen yet, and
•with your full permission."
The old man was more than ever en
rage<l, and his voice sounded hollow
tind sepulchral, and every word he ut
tered was cat off with a pugilistic ges
ture of his clinched fist.
"When I give my consent to your
marriage with Ellen Hoamer I shall
be either an Idiot or a lunatic, and
Bhe shall be at once Installed mistress
of De Lisle Hall."
Ralph De Lisle was not to be hood
winked by any pretty devices of the
young man or his mother. He follow
ed Herbert about the house like his
shadow. Mrs. De Lisle was vexed; her
ion was angry.
"Ah old as I am," he muttered—
"nearly thirty —to be followed about
like a baby that's in danger of tum
bling Into the flre."
Ellen grew morbidly sensitive under
this constant espionage, and would run
away whenever she saw Herbert ap
<w Mrg. De Lisle took Ellen under
her wing for a walk, and glanced cas
ually on departing at her son. the old
miin understood perfectly well that the
glance "meant something," and Iler
bert was kept us closely under his eye
as a cat ever kept the prey she had
doomed for her dinner.
Bat after a time Mrs. n»> Lisle de
sisted from her strategic maneuvers.
Herbert gave up :ill attempts to con
verse privately with Ellen, and be
gan absenting himself from the house
for whole days at a time.
Noi long after this. Ralph de I.isle's
oft-repe:ited assertion that Ellen was
Bckle and volatile seemed to meet with
corroboratlon, for a new wooer, who
came In the loose garb of a sailor, and
who constantly wore a broad-brimmed
hat, seemed to have completely turned
the young girl's head.
How or whence he came Ralph did
not not know. His wife assured him
that the sailor had been properly In
troduced by a mutual friend, and he
was too rejoiced at the turn affairs
had taken to ask many questions. How
clad the old man felt that his son Btay
ed away from home so much. He was
uneasy every time he saw the sailor's
broad bat overshadowing Ellen's little
sundown in the garden, lest Herbert
should return and impede the progress
of this, to him iit least, desirable court
The sailor's devotion to Ellen be
came more and more apparent, and
Herbert absented himself more than
ever, and made no attempt to regain
Ellen's wandering affections when he
was at home.
Mrs. I)p Lisle watched the progress
of the sailor's love-making complacent
ly, and the old man was perfectly de
lighted both with Ellen and her suitor,
and began to contemplate purchasing
a certain cozy cottage he knew of as
a bridal gift to his ward.
Ralph fie Lisle was Beated In his H
brary one evening, thinking delighted
ly how, with Ellen married, it would
be an easy thing to brinjr about the
much-desired match between Herbert
aud Isabel Denver, when a serrant en
tered to say that .Miss Ellen's beau
wanted to see him.
The sailor entered and bowed awk
wardly enough to the dignified man
who rose to receive him. The broad
brimmed hat, which not one of the
family had yet seen him remove, kept
its place even In the BUgUBt present,
of Ralph de Lisle, who wondered men
tally whether he wore it in bed. and
concluded that custom on shipboard
must have made the constant wearing
of his hat a habit with the Bailor.
"Your ward. Miss Ellen, is very
beautiful and good," began the young
man. Btammeringly, and no doubi
blushlngly, though little of his whis
kered face was visible.
Old Ralph nibbed his hands together
gleefully, and determined to help the
"That's a fact," said he: "she is
handsome, and a better girl never lived.
You wish my consent to marry her?"
The sailor hung his head.
"Yes, if you please."
"She's the same as a daughter to as,
you see. and we shall miss her terribly.
But her happiness Is the main thing.
If the dear jrirl loves you. and wishes
to marry you, I haven't the least ob
jection. Sailors are good, whole-souled
fellows, I know, and you'll be kind to
"I'll try niy best to make her hap
py," said the lover, in a mumbling
toup; "but I'm not a sailor, as theae
clothes make you think. I got them
under price, so I bought them. I am
l>oor, and. have to economize. But I
am young and strong, and will take
care that your ward does not lack for
the comforts of life." Then, after a
short pause, he added: ''I feared you
might withhold your consent on ac
count of my poverty."
•'Poverty! Nonsense!" said old
Ralph, magnanimously. "Not consent
becaUM you art poor? Why, riches
Rhould never be weighed against the
heart and Its affections; and if you
are not a sailor, as we supposed, you
are a noble fellow, I am sure; and let
you be who you will, I believe you are
worthy to be Ellen's husband, and you
shall have her. too, since you are both
nRTOMi, In spite of poverty or anything
else. So you see, i have great confi
dence in you."
"H'tn!" muttered the young man,
and with a repetition of his awkward
obeisance, he left fie room.
Ralph de I.isle, through his wife,
supplied Ellen's purse handsomely for
the purchase of her wedding trousseau,
but us she was to many a poor man
she preferred not to spend money so
foolishly, she said. So her bridal dress
was simply a white mull, and very
sweet and pretly she looked, as with
her eyes cast down and her cheeks red
der than the reddest rose, she stood in i
the great drawing room of De Lisle
Hall in the presence of a very few
friends of her own and the family's,
who were met to witness the marriage.
The bridegroom gave her loving
glances from under the inevitable!
broad-brimmed hat, winch be shocked |
Ralph de Lisle by actually getting mar
"It's the most outlandish tiling I
ever heard of, and some one ought to '
tell him," muttered old Ralph, as the
ceremony was about to be performed;
"but if Mrs. De Lisle and Ellen can
stand it, I'm sure I can. Hut he don't
go to the table with that thing on his
head, if 1 have to knock it off with my
cane. 11l teach the ignoramus a little
The words were pronounced which
made Ellen Mrs. Somebody old Ralpb
neither knew nor cared what her new
Lame nii.fh t be us long as she was well
OUt of the way of his son.
As the little company were about
being hsi to tin* dining room to par
take of the wedding dinner, Ralph
stepped up to the groom ami said, as
politely as his rising cboler would let
"Yon «ni oblige me, sir. and bestcv
a trifle more respect on your bride and
the company present, if you remore
"Certainly, sir. What a forgetful
fellow I am, and what a boor they
must all think me," returned the new
made husband, in a tone which startled
In a tricv tin* great, unsightly hat
was off, and the beard which had com
pletely concealed the lower part of th.>
quondam sailor's face was gone, and
Ralph <le Lisle looked into the provok
Ingly calm face of his son. Before the
old man. In his amazement and cha
grin, could utter a word, Herbert had
taken him by the arm and drawn him
"Now, father," said he, with comical
gravity, "don't say a word that will
make it unpleasant for my wife in her
new capacity as my wife. You know
I married her with your consent, and
besides yon know, that 'riches should
never be weighed agaiust the heart and
its affections. 1 "
Halph de Lisle came near choking
at first with rage and*disappointment,
and we are very sure that the quantity
of good things provided for the wed
ding feast was not much diminished
or their quality appreciated by the
gloomy rlsnged nead of the house,"
1 »iit he followed his son's ad vie/?, and
said nothing, and soon learned to listen
to his wife's oft-repeated rehearsal of
the old adage, "What can't be cured
must be endured," with something like
acquiescence in the decrees of Hymen.
In a short time he became more than
reconciled to his son's choice, and when
he beard of the marriage of Isabel
Denver, he went so far as to say that
he actually felt sorry for her husband,
as IsalM'l was such a Tartar, and in
no way comparable to Ellen, his son's
wife. .New York Weekly.
Most l>c;i<tl.v of Poisons.
"The most dreadful poisons," said a
chemlat, "arc only known to a few
men, Mercury methide, for Instance,
the Inhalation of whose fames pro
duces Incurable Idiocy, can be manu
factured by two Italians, and by no
one else la the world.
"Dhatoora la a poison used In India.
it. too, produces Incurable Idiocy. A
British army officer t• >l• l me <>f a sad
case- .1 cisi- of two rival tailors, one
of whom gave t!:i j other a small dose
of dhatoora. The victim of the drug
remained an Idiot all the rest of his
life. 1I<" sat ami moved his empty
hands as though In 1 were sewing. He
was a formidable rival no longer,
"Mercaptan produces a melancholy
so great as to terminate nearly al
ways in suicide. No government will
permit the manufacture and sale of
"Dhatoora, mercury methide, mer
captan and some twenty other poisons
are neither made nor Hold in any pub
lic way. They are only experimented
with. Such poisons would be formid
able weapons in unscrupulous hands.
Driving their victims to suicide or to
insanity, they leave behind them
nothing suspicious or untoward. The
giver of these poisona is secure from
any fear of punishment.
"Hence It is no wonder, Is it, that
the learned men who know such poi
sons keep their knowledge to them
selves? If dhatoora, for instance,
were obtainable, think how our opera
singers, our painters, our dressmak
ers and our money king* might fill the
lunatic asylums with their rivals."
If a man quite work be begins to get
old rapidly. Work has a rejuvenating
influence that idleness lack*.
DOGS ON THE POLICE FORCE.
! Philadelphia Him Fnnnd Bt. llrninnU
Unefnl hi Aid*to the lllue Couta.
l>ogs on the battlefield, ns reecueri
of wounded who have CTtWitd Into out
of the way places to die, nrc no loQfU
a novelty. Dogs as policemen nre de
cidedly new and novel. It tins lwn
proven by the i>ollee of Philadelphia
that a trained dog Is the best adjunct
the force cnn have.
u«M-oiiUy it occurred to one of the
patrolmen that it would be a relief
ciuriiiK the lonely hom-s of the morn*
Ing Watch if he took hll dog to share
the dreary vigil. With the marvelous
instinct of the Intelligent animal the
dog soon got into the habit of follow
! Ing his master to the station house,
[ Standing In line when the roll was .-all
ed, and neeoniptuiylng him everywhere
on 1)1r heat. By degrees the actual
duties of a policeman teemed to \h>
conn; familiar to the dog. It required
I only one experience with a tramp,
freezing to death in an alleyway on the
policeman's beat to show the clever
dog what was required of him.
Thereafter Hex, who is a splendid
specimen of the St. Bernard, and who
has Inherited the Instlnci of rescuing
I unfortunates who are succumbing to
cold, spent most of his time when on
"duly" In nosing up alleyways, peering
I under wagons, Searching in doorways.
| hunting in gutters, and sniffing around
dsrk corners, always on the watch for
some wayfarer deed to the world and
likely to be dead in actual fart Unless
speedily restored to consciousness,
Hex adopted his own method of pro
cedure when he found such cases.
Running to his master he caught at li.s
coat and dragged him to the spo-t
where the freezing tramp or inebriate
lay. Not'lintil the man had been transferred
' ferred to the ambulance or patrol wa
gon was Hex ever satisfied to resume
his search for other unfortunates.
From the Search for men who had fal
len unconscious by the wayside to the
recovery of lost children was a natural
: ami easy transition. Itex grasped the
I idea quickly that a child crying In
DOQ AS POLICE ASSISTANT.
the midst of a group of sympathisers
was pretty sure to be lost.
In the daytime, when his master
was sleeping. Hex. who seems bo be
able ro get along almost withoul pest,
will wander the streets looking for lout
children. Occasionally be makes mis
taken and half frightens to death some
youngster who is not lost. Inn merely
in tearß over one of the numerous vic
issitudes of Infant life. The number
of times, however, that he has brought
to the station house, after the fashion
of hiH species in the Alps, some lit lie
girl or hoy wfeo lias been led along
with his or her arm around the big
dog's neck, proves the usefulness of
the animal as a member of the police
In addition to hla cleverness in res
cuing freezing wayfarers and bringing
to the station house stray« from the
family fold. Hex has to his credit the
finding of no less than five fires in the
smoldering condition that, taken in
time, can be quenched wiiii a bucket
of water. With his marvelously keen
scent Hex smells lire long before the
presence of the smoke Issuing from
some crevice discloses the danger to
the watchman. In tills way he lias
saved thousands of dollars' worth of
property. It luis become the habit
witli the police of Philadelphia who
are on duty at night to take with them
a pet dog. While not officially recog
nised by the police depart men: of the
Quaker city, the dog department is un
officially becoming an Important
branch of the public Safety branch of
the city government, it is not pre
dicting too much, therefore, to say
that the model city of the future will
Include among Its protectors a trained
band of St. Bernard dogs. Philadel
They Do Not Hmoke.
"It's a queer thing," said an old
timer, "that Although I meet hundreds
of letter carriers dally, yet I never
saw one smoking a cigar, or a pipe, or
even a cigarette while they are either
delivering or collecting mail.
"Now you would Imagine that they
would take comfort in a smoke trawl
ing around as they do. I am sure they
get scores of cigars as tokens of appre
ciation in the course of a year, yet TOO
never Bee them smoke while on duty.
I wonder why?
When a man marries a second time,
and his children do not object, It means
that he Is In Calling health, and they
don't want the Job of nurse.
THE CASE WAS NOT HOPELESS.
Two young women had been dlscnsn-
Ing tho undoubted BrmnaM of plmrae
tar pos>«*fK«l by the one Darned "S«l
--llo," siiys the Obicago News. "Your
Dose and chin/! declared Jeannette,
"denote grea4 division and executlre
"Well," wild Sail!*, "I have i>^>m to
your tailor, and I want to know what
you Rout mo to him for."
"Why. ' snkl lu-r friend, "I sent you
to him became I like him. He knows
so well what i want, He hikes every*
thing out of your band*."
"He simply i|«h^s:" mild Sallio. "i
went In there to-day and told him I
wanted u> have a brown suit made up.
'You don't want brown, madam,' be
wild, I said i did. He contradicted
me: 'You hare too sallow ■ skin bo
wear brown, madam. Here is a cloth
suitable for you. 1 and be showed m>*
a hideous mixed thing In gray and
"I>i<l you hike It?" nsk«-<l Jennnette.
"I did," replied SitUie. "Bui for a
long time I was very linn about Dot
wanting the goods. Thai was while
we were talking about the way to
make the coat. 1 mentioned an Eton.
nut he smiled at me In pity 'Oh, no,
madam,' be said, sadly, 'you can't
wear an Eton. It hikes a very young
lady to wear (in KtoJi. What you want
Is si coat cut Just four inches below
the waist line.'
"Then he asked me to stand up, and
I slinml up, mid he whipped out his
tape mensure and mensural me while I
was trying to tell him I didn't want
anything to do with him. I balked
the way you talk In a nightmare, you
know, realizing perfectly well what
you want to say and not being able to
Sal lie paused dejectedly, "What I
want to know is." she continued, after
ii moment's silence, "how it luippened.
For I've got a Duke of Wellington
nose and nil the other features that
go to make up a strong-minded person,
.■mil you know very well thai the nose
of that tailor Is a &nub, and he hasn't
"Well," said Jennnottc with » little
Ki^K'l* 1, "you'll like your suit."
"Shall IV" said Sail..', hopefully,
WILSON VETERAN OK CABINET.
I'amr Into Office I'ndrr McKitiley in
'117, Will Remain I <im Ifeam More.
The dean of the administration and
the sole survivor of the original Me-
Kinley cabinet is James Wilson, sec
retary of agriculture. He too* up his
present duties March 5, 1897, and has
been Invited by President Roosevelt to
serve a third term. Twelve years in
the cabinet is a record rarely made lii
American politics. In his line Secre
tary Wilson has made quite as credit
able a record as ims Secretary Hay
in the department of st.itc To l>«
"head farmer" for a nation as lar^e
ami rural as the United States is do
small undertaking. Some Idea of tfie
vaetness of the f;irm Interests in tlie
United States may be gathered from
the fact timi every year Uiis nation ex
ports $337,000,000 more of agricultural
products tliiin the total amount im
ported. James Wilson Is the fourth
secretary of agriculture. Before it
wjih raised to the dignity of a cabinet
portfolio the department was a <li
vislon of Hie interior department.
Geonge- —I bare bora invited to a
"flower party" at the PinkieV. What
dOM it mean?
Jack — one of the newest
idea* this season. It is a new form of
birthday party. Each guest must semi
Miss Pinkie a* bouquet containing as
many flowers as she is years old, and
the flowers must have a moaning.
Study the language of flowers before
Florist's Hoy (a few hours later) —A
gentleman left an order for twenty of
these flowers to be mtitX to Miss I'inkie,
with his card.
Florist —He's one of my best cus
tomers. Add eight or ten more for
The Hot>o — Could JTOttM erbllge me
wicl ir cold bite, ma'am?
The — Certainly. I'll get the
ttepladder, tod you can help yourself
to those Icicles Laiijitut; from the root