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"And where is God?" the Doubter" asked/
"I do not see Him anywhere.
Behind what creature la Ho masked.
In sea, on earth, in clouds, in air
"Where are th* violets?' asked the child
"l do not see them, yet I know >(~"
Although the winds are blowing wild
They are alive beneath the snow."
—_—__ l _ ii _ i i _ i^u l _ aj jj^j n <Y7 c£sa un leu i
■ i ii ii he mi.
cr> MAID across the way, who, at
J£\ the moment, was engaged in
** pulling down the blind prepara
tory to the lighting of the lamp, is
ready to testify that the young man
was dressed in a summer suit of light
fray, tan shoes and a straw hat with
a blue ribbon; tuat he approached the
cottage of the. Klngsleys, opposite,
without hesitation, opened the screen
floor without ringing, and—that la all
•he knows about the case.
She is perfectly correct, as far as
«he goes. After closing the screen
floor behind him, he tripped up th«>
•tairs, with his straw hat in his hand,
went to the rear end of the uppc-r hull,
and entered the bedroom on his right.
Near the threshold he stopped, gnzed
Intently Into the large mirror over the
flresser, smiled, and then continued on
his way direct to the dresser, after ar
riving at -which, he looked at himself
hi the mirror as he pulled his reddish
mustache, and arranged the stray hairs
»f his head at the part 'which was in
the middle). Re then opened the up
per drawer of the bureau, took out a
brush and comb—the former of which
bo tried on his light hair; took out a
pair of lady's gloves, which he tossod
back again; took out a purse, which he
examined and threw abruptly in oae
corner of the drawer, and turning
tbout, crossed the room and disap
peared behind a gay curtain that hung
»ver a doorway.
At the very moment that the young
man disappeared from the bedroom,
Mrs. Kingsley's voice might have been
heard—probably was heard —in the
lower hall. It was not a monologue.
Another voice penetrated tho stillness
of the seaside cottage—an infant's
voice, which Mrs. Kingsley strove to
subdue by a reiterated reference to a
bottle of milk which mamma would
"There —there —mamma get his bot
tle right away—mamma put him down
and get his bottle —there—there."
As this dialogue proceeded (the
baby's side of which we leave to be
Imagined), Mrs. Kingsley and her son
passed up the stairs, through the up
per hall, and entered the bedroom from
which the young man had just disap
The mother laid her baby on the
bed near the gay curtain suspended
over the doorway, lignted the gas and
turned it low, and flew down again to
prepare th« refreshment for which her
6on was still pouring forth his pas
The bottle with which Mrs. Kingsley
presently returned is worthy of de
scription—-not for its naked self, be
cause it was an ordinary nursing bot
tle, but on account of the manner in
which it wns prepared for use. It was
enveloped in a knit wuahrag, fastened
with safety pins, the object not being
to conceal its nakedness, but to afford
ft >ne.-m« of fastening the bottle in
flace on the pillow, to which It was
pinned at the base, and thus allowed
to rotate and accommodate itself to
the movement! of the child, without
getting beyond his reach.
The bnby haying been lnid with his
bfiek to the dim light and his face to
ward the giij curtain, the bottle was
pinned in place, and immediately si
lence foil upon the Kingsley cottage.
The sheet was gently laid over the
tiny form, a dozen mother touches, too
rapid to be followed and too subtle to
be explained, were laid here and there
•bout the child, and. as quietly as a
•pirit niijjht have come and gone, tv«
mother left the room.
Lulled by the strong probability that
the Infant had been left on the thresh-
Md of repose, Mrs. Klngsley went soft
ly down the stairs, as thouga her foot
step* on the carpet might wake him.
Her mind was filled with visions of a
quiet rock In the hammock swung in a
*"iad3» corner of the veranda.
As she reached the lower hall, these
•elfish thoughts were harshly disturbed
by the sounds of suppressed laughter,
and the vague outlines of two female
tgures close to the screen door.
"The Idea!" said one voice. "I'd as
«oon ask her as not"
"It's awfully good of you. And
•rhat a cote veranda for such an af
—such a delightful place to bang
fee lanterns," said the other voice.
Mrs. Klngsley stood still. She di
vined what was in store for her. She
**ked herself whether there was any
«ore sleep tor/ the baby. Then she
sprang forward and opened the door.
"Whr. Mia. Kiniralay. do tou know.
we have come to ask the queerest
thing of you "
"Oh. Miss Knickerbocker," said Mrs.
"Yes, and my friend, Miss Van Ev
era. Miss Van Evera, Mrs. Kingsley.
Do you know, we have been surprised
by Miss Van Evera and her friends—
a bicycle party from town —and we
hnve such utterly forlorn accommoda
tions at our little cottage, that mamma
Insisted I should come and ask you—
the most absurd thing -"
"Isn't it too funny! But, Mrs. Kings
ley, I do think you have the most de
lightful veranda," said Mlsa Van
"It Is pleasant," assented Mrs.
Kingiley, putting her head into the
hall, to hoar whether or not the baby
"It is really too good of you. Mrs
Kingsley," continued Miss Knioker
bocker. "Do you know, they have all
brought lanterns with tLem, and if we
might hang them about the veranda—
we will not, of course, give you the
least trouble about it—and then, if we
might have the use of your kitchen to
prepare the refreshment—Just take
* V ' J Bf^ *I^(B^^~!st^ ■J^^^^'^'^
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"I SEE WHT HE WANTED THE BABY."
possession, you know, and come and
go—like the Arabs, you know —thank
you—it's awfully good of you "
And they were gone.
Mrs. Kingsley then went to the door
of the bedroom where her baby lay,
and hearing fretful notes from him, she
entered. Baby still had bis back to the
light and his face to the gay curtain.
His arms were outstretched and In
motion, and his tinkers were in rapid
action, as though driving a screw.
With a magic only possessed by her.
the mother quickly composed the
nerves of her little one, and left him
again with the rubber nipple eagerly
compressed between his toothlesa
gums. As she accomplished this she
heard a multitude of feet and a Jangle
of voices on the veranda, and she
hastened down to welcome the storm
ing party and prepare the lower part
of the house for their entertainment.
The veranda was already thronged
by a chattering party of young people,
the lawn was strewn with their bi
cycles, and Chinese lanterns were be
ing suspended from the many inviting
scrolls nnd pendants between the pil
lars. The lower interior of the cot
tage was quickly lighted and turned
over to the merry-makers, and the
committee on refreshments was giwu
possession of the kitchen.
It has been said that when Mrs.
Kingsley laid her baby down the tirst
time that evening his face was to
ward the gay curtain. He knew that
after he had sufficiently enjoyed the
bottle, he was expected to close his
eyes In infant slumber for at least an
Imur or two, and be intended doing It;
but just as he was about to begin the
end of that day's consciousness, he
saw the gay curtain move aside, and
a young man, dressed in a summer
suit of light gray, t/m shoes, and a
straw hat with a blue ribbon, enter
The young man stood still, for a mo
ment, near the bed, and looked at the
baby, smiling. The baby dropped the
bottle, and smiled back at the young
man. The young man seemed charm
ed by this, and going around the bed,
gat down on its edge, and held up a
finger over the baby. The baby turn
ed and grasped It and said:
The young man moved the Impris
oned finger about slowly an instant,
and then released it and went to the
door leading into the hall, and put his
ear to the key-hole. He then cau
tiously opened the door and left It
ajar, and went to the bureau. He
was about to open the drawer, when
a motion caught his eye In the glass.
The baby was watching him.
Just the! th« screen door slammed
below stairs, and Mrs. Klngsley was
on her way up. The young man run
to the bedroom door, closed It, and the
baby saw him disappear behind the
Although the baby had not the pow
er to coininunicat* hlg vision to his
mother, he knew enough to watch the
gay curtain while he applied himself
to big slumber-producing bottle. His
mother had not gotten downstairs
when the curtain moved again, and
the same young man reappeared. This
time the young man went straight to
the door and opened It, and quickly
stepped to the dresser, opened the
drawer, and actively searched for
something. Presently he took out a
glass box, removed the cover, drew
out something which sparkled even in
the dim light of the room, and which
he stepped to th« gas to examine.
I turning up the Jet a little. In order to
I do so.
"00-00-oo," said the baby, turning
himself completely about and stretch
ing out his arms as though reaching
for the sparkling gems.
The young man smiled, and seating
himself on the bed near the baby, held
up to his admiring gaze a magnificent
"■unburst" diamond pin.
There was a murmur of voices on
the veranda, which seemed to the
young man to be pouring into the
There seemed to be other jewels In
the box, to which he turned his atten
tion, at the s/ime time holding the
diamonds bev'ore the baby, whose little
arms wj>re extended, and his fingers
working. Suddenly the baby made a
desperate grab for the gem, and be
fore th» young man could prevent it,
he had put it in his mouth.
At tie very same instant, a lady 1*
voice was heard calling up the stairs:
"You'll find it In the closet behind
the rtd curtain, in the baby's room,
the first door to the right."
"All right," answered another voice
half waj up.
Th« young man did not disappear
behind the gay curtain this time, but,
snat;li.ing the living casket with its
Jewel, he Bprang Into the hall and ran
do'^rn the back stairs.
The young ladies who were dishing
out ice cream in the kitchen were sur
prised by the sudden appearance In
their midst of a young gentleman
carrying a baby. He was a smart
looking young man, wearing a light
suit of summer clothes, tan shoes and
a straw hat with a blue ribbon. He
seemed anxious to reassure them.
"Excuse me, ladles, for thus uncere
moniously coming into your midst; but
I am Mrs. Kingsley's brother, Tom.
The baby was crying, and I hated to
call Its mother away from her guests.
So I slipped down the back way. Babj
and I will take a turn about under the
The young mat had his hand oa
the knob of the outer door, when that
leading into the dining room was
abruptly opened and Mrs. Kingsley en
tered, with blanched cheeks
"This Is carrying the joKe a little
too far. Somebody has taken my "
"Baby?" Inquired the refreshment
committee. In chorus.
"You are all welcome to the house, 1
but if you can get along without the
baby, I'd rather you worild."
"We dont want the baby," cried
the committee. "It was all your broth
er's idea, bringing the baby down."
"My brother? What brother?"
transfixing the young man with a
"Your brotlur Tom, there," snid the
committee, pointing to the young man
who held the Infant. "Wasn't it your
idea, Mr. **
The young man bowed assent.
"I have no brother Tom," exclaimed
Mrs. Kingsley, Indignantly. "What do
you mean, sir, with my baby in your
arms; and who are you."
'Tardon me, madam, 1 thought you
had a brother Tom. The baby war
restless, and I—good-evening, ladies,"
saW the young man, setting the baby
in its mother's arms, and passing out
into the n'-ht.
"That baby's choking, Mrs. Kings
lev," saiil one of the young ladies,
"lie's growing black in the face."
"Mercy on us, what next!" exclaim
ed the poor mother, running her fore
finger down the infant's throat, and
bringing up—the diamond pin! "That
man is a burglar," cried Mrs. Kings
ley; "somebody give chase to him on
Every one in the party volunteered.
but there was one young gentleman
who could :;ot go, because his wheel
"Oh, now I see," said Mrs. Kings
ley, when she had put the baby back
in the bed and restored the sunburst
to its place in the glass box, "why he
wanted to take the baby."—Waverley
More Elegant Phrase.
Florence — never was so annoyed!
The man had no business In the yard
anyway, and when I went to the win
dow to see wbat be was doing he had
the Impudence to exclaim, "Massage!"
Gertrude —For goodness* «Hk6J.wJiat*
could he havemeant by that? *\-~ "
Florence Well, of course, lie said
"rubber," but "massage" Is more ele
gant, dost you 7—Boston Tray
WHIN SCHOOL OPENS:
SOMf "DON'TS" TOR PARENTS
Do not believe all that your children
tell you about school. There was only
one George Washington, and he U
Do not tell the teacher that Wllli*
will not He. She probably knows ba*
Do not condemn the teacher with
out a fair hearing. That is Accorded
to even the worst criminal. There art
usually two sides to a story.
Do not send a scathing note to th*
teacher by Nellie, the contents *t
which she knows. Her aggressive look
of triumph is not soothing, and tin
teacher is only human.
Do not make unfavorable comment
upon the methods of the teacher In
the presence of your child. Send him
to carry in the wood while you are
doing so, if it must be done.
Do not plead lack of time to visit th«
school. There is no excuse for shirk*
!nk a duty.
Do not reproach the teacher with
the fact that 'Tommy has not learned
a single thing the entire year." She
is not responsible for his lack of
Do not send a verbal request to have
Jessie's scat changed. Then is often
oo vacant seat, and one change usu
ally means at least half a dozen.
Do not expect the teacher to man
age without friction a child whom you
yourself have never been able to con
Do not insist" that the teacher ii
keeping your child back through spite
She will hardly risk her reputation at
an instructor to gratify a persona)
grudge, however disagreeable the cbJU
Do not forgot that the rmrent owet
1 duty to the teacher .lust as Purely a*
the tencher does to the child. —Alice
THE POSTAL SERVICE.
A High Standard of Devotion to Duty
One clerk was busy throwing mall In
a combination smoker and baggage car,
when suddenly, without an Instant's
waVLflug, he felt the car leap from the
track and L-as^tJ a terrific crash. When
he regained consciousness the wrecf*
presented tills chaotic condition: Thi
two forward cars had been plunged
down a seventy-foot embankment; the
combination car landed in an upright
position with the rear trucks on the
roof, every seat In the smoking com
partment being utterly demolished,
while on the floor of the mall compart
ment was a huge angular stone weigh
ing not less than half a ton. How the
mail clerk escaped unhurt will ahvaya
be a mystery, says the World's Work.
There Is probably no department of
the government service In which a
higher standard of devotion to duty Is
maintained than In this. During a
heavy freshet on the Susquehanna Riv
er, in 1800, all bridges were swept
away and the railroad tracks along the
banks practically destroyed. Four mall
clerks remained in their car until the
water rising and flowing through the
doors compelled them to take to an im
provised raft which consisted of pieces
of floating sidewalks and other debris
of the Inundation, lashed together. On
this trail craft they put their pouches,
and carefully propeJllng by poles along
with the current, gained the postofflce,
a mile away. They found this aban
doned, with elgJit feet of watex In the
street at that point. They were almost
exhausted and their condition waa pre
carious. Finally, however, they were
rescued by boats and taken Into
houses through the second-story win
dows. The letter mail was all Intact
und in fairly good condition.
Some time ago Lhe "ruu" *»n a Wert
era road was "short" a clerk because
of sickness. An official of the service
happened to be ou the train and volun
teered his services. For fifteen hours
he stuck to his work at the letter case.
In the journey of more than 500 miles
he had only a sandwich or two for
food, and stood on his feet without re
lief. There are other instances on ree
'nrd where entire crews nave stood to
the work without food for twenty-four
A thief broke into a large mansion
early in the morning and found him
self la the music room. Hearing foot
steps approaching, he hid behind a
From 7 to 8 o'clock the eldest daugh
ter bad a lesson on the piano.
From 8 to 9 o'clock the second
daughter took a singing lesson.
From 9 to 10 o'clock the eldest son
had a violin lesson.
From 10 to 11 o'clock the other son
took a lesson on the flute.
At 11 o'clock all the brothers atM
sisters assembled and studied an ear
splitting piece for the piano, violin,
flute and voice.
The thief staggered out from behind
the screen at half past 11 and, falling
At their feet, cried. "For mercy's sake
have me arrested, but stop!"
Every time a woman sees the hide
ous underwear on the line which th«
men have to wear, me must be grate
'ul that she Is a woman.
Too many family Bibles are more
ornamental than useful. I
tap r*"y —-^
Kqunl parts of currant juice and su
gar gives a delicious flavor to eaiuuxl
The gummed flap* of unused en
velopes furnish handy strips to mart
Jelly, Jam, etc., plainly.
Don't risk spoiling a can of choice
fruit for the cost of a new rubber band
for the top of the fruit Jar.
If In canning fruit old rubbers must
be used on the jars, try using two at
a time to keep the contents of the Jar
Should the Jelly threaten to boll over
while cooking blow hard on the foam
lug liquid and it will at once subside.
I To prevent Jam sticking to the kettle
I when cooking, pour a few drops of
olive oil in the kettle and rub It over
the bottom with a bit of clean tissue
In cooking gooseberries a piece of
baking soda the size of a pea. used
with a quart of the tart fruit, will
materially reduce the amount of sugar
required to sweeten.
Take one pound or more of beer
«teak, according to your requirements.
Dredge thickly with flour arid sprink.'e
with pepper and saJt. Grease a plo
dish, scatter chopped onion over, and
then lay in the steak, cover with slices
of onion and tie down wit'.h a greased
paper. Let this bake very slowly for
three-quarters of an hour. Mix togeth
er one teaspoonful of curry powder
and one teaspoonful of pea flour, a cup
ful of stock and the juice of half a
lemon. Pour this over the beef and
then tie It down again and let it bake
slowly for one hour and a half, or until
tender. To serve, place the meat on a
dish with the onion on top, thicken and
flavor the gravy and pour it round.
Garnish with small heaps of boiled
vegetables, cut into fancy shapes.
For custard souffle make a white
sauce, using three tablesi>oonfuls of
butter, six tablespoonfuls of flour, one
pint of hot milk and three tablenpoon
fuls of .sugar to sweeten. Stir in the
well-beaten, yolks of six eggs and set
ft way to coal. Then fold in the stif
fened whites and bake in cups or paper
cases for half an hour In a moderate
oven. Serve with creamy sauce, which
Is made as follow*: Beat three. table
spoonfuls of butter and six tablespoon
ful* of »ugar to a cream. Add two
tablespoonfuis of wine and two table
spoonfuls of cream, beating vigorously.
Just before serving warm the mixture
over hot water.
Wild Grape Murmalarie.
Take the wild green grapes, cut open
with a small knife and remove the
seeds. Allow a pound of sugar to ea<.'b
pound of fruit. Put the grapes in the
preserving kettle with a little water
and boil twenty minutes. Add the su
gar and cook until a drop poured in
a saucer will hold its shape. Re
move at once and pour ln oups or glass
es. In putting up the winter store of
Jellies it is always a good plan to till
some small cheese pots or egg cup> for
use ln the children's lunch baskets.
Make a syrup after this rule: Two
pounds of sugar to one quart of vin
egar, one teaspoonful cloves, two tea
spoonfuls cinnamon, one grated nut
meg. Drop in large apples peeled,
cored and cut in quarters, or whole
crab apples, taking carp that the syrup
cover fruit. Boil until tender but not
broken, then place In cans or jars;
boll vinegar twenty minutes longer and
pour over fruit Peaches, pears, grapes
and other fruit may be pickled after
Place an ounce of gelatine two ta
blespoonfuls—in a granite Mucepau,
with cold water enough to rover, two
t&bleapoonfuls of iK>wdere<l sugar and
the Juice of a lenioji; let dissolve, then
mix over a gentle heat. Press a pint
of berrlea through a sieve, strain tii«
gelatine In and set away to cool; when
cokl add a pint of whipped omun and
stir the whole lightly. Set on ice until
How xo Make Tea.
Heat the teapot by rinsing with hot
water. Put half an ounce of tea in the
teapot for each Quart to be ramie.
Pour boiling water on the tea.
Bet on back of stove wfcere It will
keep hot, but not boil, for five minutes
Then serve at once.
Cut in small pieces wlrthout peeling;
remove cores carefully, then stew un
til soft. Add two teacupsful sugar for
each quart can, and can game as first.
The deep crimson crab apples art
much nicer for canning or m*icing jell/
than any other.