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I can see a picture painted. I can smell the drying hay
Where the busy mowers rattle through the laay summer's (L*j\
I can see the hungry plowboy wading through the billowed corn.
With expectant ear to windward, luit'ning to the <i<nner bora;
While unconscious of necessity, the future or of fate,
I make wondrous childish Jourtu\vs •« I swing upon the gat*
Strange how back among the mnny recollections of the past
Memory will grope ujul w«nder till it brings to us at last
Some poor, foolish, fond remembrance, seeming hardly worth the while,
fet Bomehow made wondrous potent, like a tender pnssing smile,
Fleeting, gone, and soon forgotten -yet rememberM by and by
With a swelling In the bosom and a dimming of the eye.
Now my temples fast are graying nnd ray eyes have sober grown
With the years of varied*happiness and sorrow I have known;
Still I sometimes hear the echo, when the evening lights are low,
And without my darkened casement ghostly breezes eerie blow.
Of the friendly, rusty rattle of the llttchet as when late
In the hazy, lazy summer time we swung upon the gate.
—Lowell Otus Reese, in Leslie's Weekly.
HE ASKED HER FIRST.
(q! HE must marry somebody," said
«o) l)e|t mother.
4~" "I don't see why she shouldn't
refuse them both, if she wants to,"
said her father.
The girl proceeded with lier break
fast calmly. She hnd endured th« ur
puments of her excellent parents on
the subject of her matrimonial futiii"
for several weeks. Indeed, they were
much more disturbed about It than i,W
was herself. Being pretty, a trifle
spoilt, thoroughly healthy, and v»!»>eii
tiaily feminine, she was in a delight
ful state of indecision.
Jack was everything that an Meal
lover should — reasonably pood-look
lug, absolutely devoted to her, a demon
at all games, and entirely lacking the
most elementary notion of financial
Monty, in his own peculiar way, was
almost as suitable. If he wasn't hand
come, he was the best dressed man in
Itelsize Park, which is saying a great
leal;. played no game, except
"bridge," which he had reduced to "i
flue art; and his financial condition
was literally glittering.
Jack appealed to the romantic sinr-
A her charucter, and had the support
of hfr father; Monty appealed to her
prudence, and had the support of her
"You will have to make up your
mind directly." laid her mother.
"I am afraid I can't, mother," said
the girl, helping herself to toast cheer
fully. "It is so tiresome."
"If I were a girl, I shouldn't hesitate
five minutes," said her father, mean-
"No more should I," said her moth
er, meaning Monty.
"I think I shall accept the one who
asks first," said the girl, handing In
her cup for a second edition of cof
"Don't be wicked." said her mother.
"Not a bad notion," remarked Lit
futher. reflecting that he could wire
to .Jack, and give him a hint.
"You don't mean what you Buy,"
eaid her mother thoughtfully.
Of course, she hadn't meant it. but
having said it. she began to think thnt
she did. "Why not?" she said. "I
•uppose I must be a duffer, but I don't
know my own mind a bit. Monty rep
resents a carriage and furs, und — and
I really think I should look rather jol
ly in furs. Not clipped rabbit skins,
you know, but real furs."
Her mother nodded approval. "You
are a girl who wants to be well
dressed." she said.
Mr. Hush looked at his daughter
doubtfully. "What does Jack repiv
lent?" he asked.
She pouted. "I don't quite know."
she said. "I think he represents ev
erything that's jolly except the car
riage and furs. That's what Is so ag
gravating. If I could only take a lit
tle bit of each, It would be all right.
I don't feel a scrap like a girl always
does in books. I simply don't know
what I want, and I shall accept the
one who asks me first, because I like
them both very much, and—and I dare
»ay it will be all right."
Her parents shook their heads at her
recklessness, quite forgetful that If
they bad not been bo urgent, the girl
would have been able to make up her
ruind without assistance.
"Shocking," said Mr. Bush, and be
mnde up hla mind to Bend off a wire
to his favorite as soou as he reached
tin; city. "Jack must cut up here tills
Bionilnff, and get it over," he reflected.
"It's only a kindness to iier to save
her from that snob."
His wife popped on her bonnet as
ioon ns he had left the house, and
6tepped round to the nearest telephone
call office. "I must give Monty a hint,"
■he said. "Margaret will thank me
tome day for saving her from pov
Happily Ignorant of the «tcp« her
pareuU had Uken, Margaret HC about
SWINGING ON THE GATE.
lier little round of household duties.
At H o'clock Mr. Winterflood came to
tune the piano. He had wrestled with
the drawing room piano, once a quar
t(r, for fifteen years, and the little
old man. with his red pocket handker
1-lnef and black bag. was a particular
favorite of Margaret's. Her mother.
Laving learnt, on the telephone that the.
•-'littering Monty would arrive soon af
'•'i' !1 wai anxious to send the old
IVHow away, but Margaret wouldn't
lienr of it.
"Suppose somebody calls." said the
older lady, not daring to tell the truth.
"Nobody is at all likely to call," said
the girl lightly.
So Mr. Winterflood proceeded to his
irritating task, tapping note after note
in a vain attempt to adjust an instru
ment on which a certain healthy young
lady delighted to play comic opera with
the loud pedal down.
Margaret sat by his side. "It gets
worse and worse," said the old man.
sadly. "Some of the notes in the bass
are almost dumb."
At that moment Mrs. Bush entered
the room with an expansive smile of
triumph on her face. "Monty has call
ed, and wants to see you particularly,"
"Monty?" laid her daughter with a
frown. "What brings him here?"
Then the remembered with a start
her reckless words at the breakfast
table, and her heart sank.
"If you are a wise girl you will seize
the chance," said her mother; then
she added piously, "but I don't wish to
persuade you. I think you •■aid you
intended to accept the one who asked
The girl sighed, and swept rather
angrily out of the room. It was really
too bad to have one's words taken up
like that. She didn't want to accept
any one just now. Whoever heard of
a man proposing before lunch?
She found the glittering youth iv the
library. His attire was as nearly per
fect as the most expensive tailor could
make it, but it was easy to see he
"What a funny time to call." said
the youug lady rather rudely, but phe
was not in a gracious humor. "I
thought you were busy in the city at
this time in the morning."
"So I am as a rule." lie said with a
somewhat vapid smile. "But I had a
telephone message "
"Of course, it's awfully nice of you
to look in," she said hastily. "You
didn't come to the concert lasr night?"
"No," he stammered. "The fact is
I understood that you—you were going
with some one else."
The young lady frowned. It was
rather a sore point. Jack had prom
ised to take her and he had not turned
up, so that she had been obliged to go
with her parents. Monty had uncon
sciously scored one, and her mind re
verted to the furs.
"I wanted to ask you something," he
"I'm Just going shopping," she said
with sudden energy. "You can come
too if you like, and then you can ask
me as we go along." With true fem
inine procrastination she was trying to
postpone the evil moment, for she had
an insane feeling that she would have
to keep her word, and accept him If
lie succeeded in asking her the ques
"I want to know, if " he began
"What about umbrellas?" she asked
severely. "Is it likely to rain?"
"I don't think so," be said. "The
question 1 was going "
"Of course, yes, you were going to
ask me a question," she said sweetly.
"Now, isn't It funny? Whenever peo
ple ask me question's, I always give
the wrong answer."
Her eyes were sparkling with ex
citement She had obstinately made up
her mind that If he inrc«*ded In pro
posing, and forceJ bert« five an an-
CMtsf, tt •houU be 'yes/ Rhe bad also I
decided that she didn't want to say
'yes, 1 but didn't quite know why she '
objected. So she was fencing for her
life, and wondered why Jack didn't
happen to lo^k In, or a chimney catch
fire, or Indeed anything happen to save
her from her own obstinate folly.
Without giving him a chance to say
a word, she chattered on. And nil the
time she was chattering she was think
ing and trying to reconcile herself to
the inevitable. Kut the more she look
ed at him. the less alluring became
the prospect of a carriage and furs.
She noticed that his forehead was both
narrow and low, and though she had
not mr.rh brain herself, as she reflect
cd. she liked It in other people. He
sides that, his watch chain troubled
her. Why did he wear such a very
"But I nn't stand here listening to
you," she said nt last, when she found
her breath whs giving out. "You are
such a chatterbox, Monty. Til go and
pop on my hat. and we'll go out."
\\ilnt I haven't asked you my ques
tlv\r?" he gasped/ and In sheer des
peration he placed his back to the
"Oh, dear, how slow you are," she
said. "If It's about the dance "
"It lsu't about the dance," he stnm
uierod. "It's about you. I—l want
you to marry me."
Nothing eottld have been more awk
ward than his proposal, but it reduced
her to a state of despair.
The piano tuning was going on sol
emnly. Tap—tap—tap, went the notes,
followed by a grand flourish of chords.
Then tap—tap—tap. again.
"Why?" she asked, argumentative
"\V4iy—what?" he gasped, blinking
his little eyes In a bewildered way.
"I really must rail at the butcher's,"
she said, jumping at the chance for
delay given by his Indecision.
"You mean, marry you?" she asked
demurely. "You don't give me time to
"I'm awfully fond of you, and -ami
all that sort of thing," he said, eager
ly. "We should be tremendously jol
ly, and —all that sort of thing. The
governor says I can draw up to $r>,<x>o
a year out of the busfness for a start,
and —and things would be ripping."
She looked at him desperately. What
was she to do? She began to feel for
some queer reason that to accept him
was almost Impossible, but she had
given her foolish little word.
Then a bright idea struck her. Per
haps he would let her off.
"Suppose I don't love you," she
"That doesn't matter a bit." he said,
cheerfully. "If you will promise to
marry me, I expect I shall make you
love me In time. I am —oh. lord, what
a beastly row that piano-tuner is mak
"Perhaps it would be better to talk
it over another morning," ehe sug
"No, no, tell me now," he said. The
piauo tuning had suddenly ceased, and
he was dashing at the subject brave
ly. "I'm awfully fond of you. Mar
garet. The fact Is you—you have fair
ly bowled me over. I can't say exactly
what I mean, because 1 am not much
of a hand at talking, and all that sort
of thvng, but —"
There was a gentle knock ai the
door, and Monty muttered something
under his breath which no British prin
ter would set up in type.
It was little Mr. Winterflood who
"Good morning, miss," he said. "I
hope I haven't disturbed you."
"Not at all," she said, beaming with
"Oh, I found something of yours in
the piano," said the little man.
"Something of mine?"
"Yes, it's a letter. No wonder the
bass notes were nearly dumb. Good
She took the envelope, and tore It
open. It was addressed to her in
"Dear Maggie"—it ran—"l expect
you'll be wild with me for not turning
up to take you to the concert. But I
have been summoned into the country
by telegram. Uncle Tom is seriously
111, probably dying, and has asked to
see me. I leave Huston to-night, and
have Just dashed in here hoping to
catch you, but too late. I shan't be
back for two or three days at the
soonest. (Jood-bye, dear little girl, or
rather au revoir. This is my birth
day, and I made up my mind a long
time ago that I would ask you to day
to share my lot. Will you be my wife?
There! at last. I have summoned up
my courage. When I come back I will
try to tell you how much I love you.
Good-bye, once more. — Jack. I am
leaving this on the top of the piano,
so that you will find It in the morning.
Walt for me, Maggie. Don't promise
yourself to any one else, until I have
told you all I mean."
For some Inscrutable reason that let
ter cleared the way. She knew exact
ly what her answer wag. She knew,
not only whom she did hot want to
marry, but whom she must marry, un
less she wanted to be a miserable wo
man for the rest of her life.
"Is it settled?" asked her mothr,
after Mouty bad gone-
"Qotte," she mid. "I kept mj word,
and have accepted the one who asked
me first. Jack came laat night. There'i
bia letter."—Montreal Family Herald.
PLAN TO EXCHANGE BABIES
Clearing-Home by Which Different
Nationalities Are Traded.
One of the curious things run across
in Kurope is the scheme of a French
man named Michael Mreal, broached as
long n £c> as 18M, and which la being
again taken up.
It consists of a wholesale exchange,
a swapping of children from one fam
ily to another.
Here is n Parisian father in modest
estate, with a son. This man has an
nmbitiou that his child shall h&Ye a
thorough knowledge of German. The
proper thing would be to place the
child in some German family for a
while. But the difficulty for the father
is to discover Just the right sort of
fa i.lily -one who would receive the
Child, and, above all, one who had a
child to swap. The Parisian father
would bt> spending no extra money In
housing the German child and teach
Ing it French, while his own was eat
ing at a German table. Meanwhile
two nations were understanding each
other better. It was a splendid scheme,
if only it could' be carried out.
What was needed was a baby bro
ker, as It were, an exchange, a clear
ing house for children, an agency to
keep tab of families willing to swap
children and to engineer the swap. A
man named Ton! Mathieu saw the
chance, and Improved it during the va
cation period last year. He had pre
judicea to overcome. After a deal of
letter writing he won the indispensa
ble, not to say inevitable, sanction of
college professors, of great authors,
prominent lawyers and members of
Parliament He even succeeded ln
placing an order for five children on
triit 1. He devoted a whole year to
booming the enterprise. And it was
heart breaking work. He would win
the approval of a lot of English or
German or Scandinavian families, only
to find in his own land no readiness to
trade. And yet, In spite of every
thing, he has succeeded In a measure.
The scheme is working and Mr. Ma
thieu has decided to found a society
and push the Idea for all It ls worth.
An elaborate system of correspond
ence has been drawn up already. There
Is a precautionary exchange of photo
graphs first and a severe cross-exam-
ination of all concerned. The closing
details of the railroad Journey, under
suitable escorts In the case of girls,
are easily looked after by the ex
LIVING RENT FREE IN LONDON.
Unscrupulous Persons Who Take Ad
vantage of the Law's Delay.
Many people in Ixindon make a busi
ness of living rent free. "It is almost
incredible," said the head of a large
firm of house agents the other day,
"the number of persons who never pay
rent from one year's end to another.
"The method la, either by bogus ref
erences or by impressing a sense of
their good faith on a house agent, to
obtain the lease of a house, most fre
quently over £50 a year in rent, and
when the landlord applies for his rent
to defy him. When he attempts to
eject them by legal process they stay
until the very last day the law allows,
and then Cleat out bag and baggage,
and start the same operation elsewhere.
As they always furnish on the hire ay*
torn, distraint Is of no service to the
"Their object of taking houses of a
rental over £50 Is to get above the jur- j
isdiction of the County Court, which
is more summary in its methods than
the high court." !
To a smaller extent the delay in
volved in ejectment by County Court
action Is also taken advantage of by
exploiters of the law's delays, but these
methods are not so impudent as that
of "jumping" a house, which is some
times adopted. I
Not long ago a house owner, on look-
Ing through his morning paper, ob
served that a man who had been charg
ed with assault was reported to live at
one of his houses, which he had sup- j
posed to have been vacant for twelve
months. On investigation he found that
It was occupied by a tenant, who re
fused to clear out • I
The usual legal form had to be gone
through, and it was a month befoi« the
landlord got possession. Similar cases
have happened where the "Jumper" has
gone the length of taking in lodgers, or
even of selling the house.
Landlords sometime* prefer to buy a
tenant out rather than Invoke legal
process, and a quicker procedure for
ejection than the courts allow would be
welcomed by landlords and house
No More than flight.
"I'd like to have your check for that
little midnight supper I served at your
house last month," said the caterer.
"You'll have to wait until I get the
doctor's bill for curing me of indiges
tion," replied the victim. "Thut come*
off your bill." — Philadelphia Press.
There Is one consolation for the girl
whose parent* <:an't afford to send her
to college: 4j» would probably look,
like blazei In * cap and gown any
PRESIDENT ATTENDB CHURCH.
In Little School House on West
Glenwood Springs, Col., May 1. —
Unique in the history of Colorado was
the church service held at the Old
Blue schoolhouse on the West Divide,
and attended by President Roosevelt
and his party and all the ranchmen
and their families for miles around.
The little district school building was
not a tenth part large enough to ac
commodate the congregation. The or
gan was moved to the platform in front
of the house. Platform seatß were
provided for the president and his
party, the Rev. Horace Mann of Rifle,
Col., who preached the sermon; the
choir and the trustees of the church.
The members of the congregation
stood or sat on the ground or in their
conveyances, which were grouped
around the building.
The sermon by the Rev. Mr. Mann
was of an unusual kind. It began with
a story, teemed with slang of the
western flavor, and was full of advice
suited to a congregation inuring Itself
to the hardships of mountain life. It
touched upon the responsibilities of
ihe position of a president as well as
the characteristics of some of the men
who have occupied that position. Af
ter Rev. Mr. Mann had concluded, the
presideni spoke for about 10 minutes.
He expressed his well known views on
good citizenship, the morality of the
man, the patriotism and duty to tlie
country. lit 1 was heartily cheered
throughout his remarks. After the
services were concluded, he shook
bands with every man, woman and
The services at the schoolhouse
were begun at 11 o'clock. Long before
that hour ranchmen and their families
began to assemble. Many persons
drove or rode horseback from New
castle, Rifle and other towns from five
to 16 miles away.
The president's party presented a
picturesque appearance as they came
up. All were on horseback, and they
were dressed in their hunting clothes.
They had no others at the camp. Many
of those in the congregation wore their
best. The dresses and hats of the wo
men were showy and in striking con
trast to the mud spattered tanduck,
blue jeans and other rough materials
making up the costumes of the presi
dent and his fellow hunters.
TRAINS IN COLLISION.
I Five Persons Are Killed and Several
Greenville, S. C. —The special train
bearing the Robert C. Ogden educa
tional party ran into a freight train
just outside Greenville. None of the
Ogden party was seriously hurt. The
engine, baggage car, library car and
two dining cars were badly damaged.
Nearly all of the party were asleep
when the accident occurred.
The passengers injured were in the
dining car. The fireman on the special
was killed, as were also a flagman
and three employes in the dining car,
and Professor Henry Farnam of Yale
university had his right arm broken
and was severely cut and bruised.
Mrs. Farnam was cut and bruised.
i When news of the wreck reached
Greenville a wrecking train with a
party of physicians was hurried to
After the collision the wreck caught
fire and it is feared that VV. W. Can
ning, one of the cooks, was burned to
The population of Japan is about
13,000,000—0ne third that of Russia.
Bui Japan has a homogeneous popula
tion ariri is near the seat of war. Her
supply of mon will not fail and her
people are prepared for immense sac
rifices. The spirit of her soldiery is
splendid, as the fighting shows. Japan
can furnish men enough. She can place
more men at the seat of war than
Russia can. Her main problem Is the
financial one; but herein she certainly
has no more difficult problem than
that which confronts Russia. Less dif
Schwab Admit* the Contract.
Charles M. Schwab of New York,
who is on his way from St. Peters
burg to Luxemburg to visit the iron
works and who thence will return
home, stopped over in Berlin for a
day. In an interview, Mr. Schwab said
it was quite true that he had made a
contract with the Russian government
for warships, but that he considered
it would be improper for him to talk
about it. Those in the Russian gov
ernment who knew of the contract,
ho mid, were the ones to make the
St. Louis., Mo., May B.—Edward J.
Smith of San Francisoo, fugitive from
justice, was arrested here at the rail
road station. He is charged with hav
ing embezzled ♦265,000 as city tax col
lector in that city. He admitted his
identity and acknowledged to the offi
cers here that he is short $62,000 in
his accounts. He is willing to return
to California without a reqaistion.
American bridges and coal-handling
machinery—elevators and automatic