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. A VISION OF THE CENTURY.
rhc t-i.li-r ilicims; with n t!. -i, burdened
In .11 1
dictum- hU rii'-ed f.ne
Turncil to the
century that trembling
uii'l0Kful, restive arnl
large ninl fctronuonn her
If utrp by utrp alio walk with hbor now
Ami with her virgin hand unburn tlio mitcn
Behind which poverty has lam ho lontf.
i) ureann Hie tni w uw.... I,.. ... I.:-
Mie ahnnking jet, but queenly; will she
To this grim pVndcr from the people
'Or, true to rnro mid nneient horitne,
Weil the noft handed miitnr nt her Mile?)
He wuitH her nnxwer; toiling in the field
IFo wait or whore, the t ired nerves winn
By factories' din, worn youth in turned to
And lift in jr wenry eyes front dy to day
lie dreams that even now the word is naiil;
Grim labor walks with love for evermore;
Dark brow nrr crowned that were in dust
While they who have pone far along the
With the old centurv, nee the utarvim; fed,
And for the primmed ouch nn open door
i'hat lcc.U into the sunlight's happy Klow.
Thin tensely liteninir, hi face p-own pale
V iih visions whiter than the prophet saw,
Amid the din jio hears a wondrous cry.
"At last! oh. Lord!" that drowns '"Oil,
Lord! how Ion??"
Ah, Mis-ful di earner! if before the veil
Has fallen labor nnd love and law
Shall lead n multitude that, passing by,
One hearted lifta to heaven a miihly son?.
n TAKING A BRIDE, p
O Hy Horace Katon AValkor. o
4("V V"6"TELL, llelenette," I said
to my pretty housekeop-
Y V or' 1,011 cnniG to me
just Ave years ago to
day." "Yes," she assented, scarcely look
in.? up from her breakfast dishes; she
"was a modest and unassuming -woman.
"During these busy years I have paid
every dollar of the $5000 I agreed to,
and the farm is now mine.'
She smiled demurely upon me, but
made no comment, so I continued:
"You have been a participant in all
the details of my domestic life."
"Certainly, Mr. Bolingbroke." And
she turned a curious gaze on me for
the first time.
I may as well be plain and say at
once that in the vernacular of the shire
where I lived, I was an odd stick.
However, I had good habits, a good
farm, and friends sufficient.
"I would like to take a walk over the
farm, and be accompanied by you, oth
er matters not interfering," i said
"Other matters will not Interfere,"
she responded in her unobtrusive man
ner. We were soon on the way, and I
commented on all we saw.
"Five hundred acres; $5000. A thou
sand dollars for every 100 acres; and,
llelenette, the place is mine"'
"You have done remarkably well in
so short a season. You deserve much
"There on my left the everlasting
hills arise, their summits densely cov
ered with oak, spruce, pine,. and trees
of lesser quality."
"Yes, the timber alone is worth
"No doubt. Then there is the lux
uriant meadow, the fertile fields, the
rowen-patch, a pasture sufficient for
a large herd of cattle, a goodly flock
oi sheep, a dozen horses, and two beau
tiful brooks cross and reeross my fields
Surely there seems to be nothing lack
I tried to take note of her expression
as I ended the last sentence; but her
countenance did not change. She
seemed to be gazing off over the far
away hills. She said very pertinently
"And there is the sugar orchard
That ought to net you 9300 per year '
I could not help noticing how very
practical siie was m her observations
"Your buildings are in eood renair
your farm is well stocked, you enjoy
tne Dest or Health," went on llelenette
, lour earthly lot is enviable. May
your prosperity ever continue!"
i looked at her intently. But that
sweet face betrayed no emotion.
"You think the picture is complete
"But inmiPX' l nof ornrrtlilnn iTI,.
t, v .M(t iiuij,, -iiit'it:
is one lack. The earthly picture cannot
1 , . ..... i - i ... ... ...
ie complete to me without it. Can
you guess what it is?"'
I "I want a wife!"
"We both paused then, but her coun
tenanee did not change.
- wite.' she said in a matter of fact
"Y'ou seem to be very happily situ
ated now; yet the right kind of a wife
would be a useful addition to the farm.
Y'es, you should marry.
"I thank you, llelenette. Your ad
vice has always been good. I shall
consider it carefully."
By this time we had returned to the
house, nnd as she walked in, leaving
me outside, I thought, "When I take j
t IkIii for Indoors I can seenn
'rotn that moment 1 began paying
on' attention to dresH tluui I bad
nc, nnd with such success that I eoti
atnlatcd myself on my general lin
'ovetiicnt. I never was rated a mod-
One day I dressed myself carefully,
larnessed up my finest team nnd pre
pared for a Journey, llelenette Mood
the door to sec me off.
'Hclonette," I said, "I'm going to
town. I may be gone a week. I may
be gone a month. During my absence,
you and John will keep the farm in
running order, nnd on my return I hope
Introduce you to your future mis
clucked to the horse, without walt-
g for any reply from llelenette. To
my dying day I shall never forget the
strange look that came into her fuce.
gave It scarcely a second's notice,
however, but dashed down the two-
mile road leading to the village.
"doing to town, Neighbor Boling
Looking over my shoulder. I beheld
Mr. Dayson, a well to do fanner who
lived a mile below my own farm, com-
witli his Hue span of grays, the
beams of health irradiating his counte-
"Yes I'm wife hunting," I said face
tiously, reining to one side that ho
"No, keep on; I'm not bound for the
illage to-day; I turn toward Mr.
Dart's at the next corner. But, my
dear Bolingbroke, you have left the
woman you want behind."
What do you mean?"
Ilelcnette's the wife for you. She's
economical, capable, and you're more
than half in love with each other."
'Gammon! She thinks of nothing
but her work."
"Go back and find out If I'm not
ght. Why, you ought to marry her!
She's helped to buy the farm."
My neighbor drove on, leaving mc to
ponder over his words. I remembered
the look on Ilelcnette's face as I drove
away. What if It should be
"Hello! Can you tell me how far it
is to Gordon Boliugbroke's?"
I looked up to see a gentlemanly
looking person standing in the road.
"Why do you wish to know?"
"I want to see his housekeeper, llel
enette Rathburn?. Having decided to
take a wife, I intend to make her a pro
posal." I was dumfounded for a minute; thou
I said curtly:
Gordon Bolingbroke's farm is just
one mile from here. Take the first
road that leads to the right. Good-
I touched my horse testily with the
whip, the result being that I found
myself in the ditch, my tie out of gear.
my watch chain broken. For awhile
I knew nothing. Then somebody
"Are you feeling better, Gordon?"
It was the voice of llelenette.
"Better? What's the trouble?''
"Don't you remember being thrown
from your team a week ago?"
"Oh., yes, I remember; but that was
only a few minutes since."
'You have lain here nearly seven
"And where am I, pray?"
"In your own house, in bed."
"In bed? What for? I'm going to
"Gordon, listen. You are not your
self. You received a bad concussion
of the brain and have at times been
violent. I had to have some one to
take care of you."
I raised myself in bed; beside me sat
the man I had met on the road.
"What! You here?" I exclaimed.
"Yes, begging your pardon, Mr. Bol-,
ingbroke. If I were not you might
now be a dead man."
It all began gradually to come back
"I see you found my housekeeper,"
I said significantly.
"And have you proposed marriage
"No I couldn't do that."
"She is my sister I told you I had
a proposal to make. So I had. But it
wasn't what you thought."
I stared first at one and then at the
other. llelenette was smiling, but
looked at me earnestly.
"What mystery is this?" I exclaimed.
"No mystery at all. My sister and
I left our poor home some five years
since to seek our fortunes, she going
in one direction and I in another, the
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Jiwenient being that neither of us
r.l.Anl.1 .. 1 , , .. . : I ,
should wed until success crowned our
efforts. Well, I am established in
business, and came to ask her to help
me get my house ready for my future
"I am glad Miss Bathburne is your
"So am I. When you marry she will
come to live with me. That also was
ia the agrement."
"Never! I've been a fool. llelenette,
will you have me? It's you I've wanted
all along, only I didn't know it."
llelenette made some demur, but
finally promised to remain on the farm
as Its mistress. And if any one wants
to see the happiest pair in the world
let him call at Gordon Bolingbroke's.
new wife. llelenette will be
NAVY TARGET PRACTICE
It It r.tttmntrd That tlm Annual 1 rn
tlltur In Target I'racllio In tlm I nltoil
Matr Nrvtr Will Soon A innlinate
l,flOO.OOO-;..o,l hmnbrlnl 1'owitrr.
It la announced on high authority
that In the recent quarterly target prac
tice of the North Atlantic Squadron
the ammunition employed footed up to
an equivalent of $17M,oH, or, In other
words, more ammunition was fired
away In gunnery training than was
expended in the battle of Manila. It
was this prolonged and even excessive
firing that was maintained by the
ships of the licet that caused certain
weaknesses to develop in the deck
supports of the battleship Alabama.
The buckling of beams and angle
Irons on that vessel was In no sense
due, It is declared, to the premature
explosion of shells in the thirteen-inch
guns, but was caused by an inherent
weakness of structure which only
heavy firing was able to develop.
The premature explosion of thirteen
inch and six-inch shells on various ves
sels of the fleet has been followed by a
rigid inquiry into the causes of such ac
cidents, and ordnance officers are now
satisfied that the trouble has been due
to Ineffective gas-fitting devices about
the shell bases. It was at first feared
that the Avails of the common shell
were not sufficiently strong, and that
fragments of the wall were detached
from the interior at the instant of fir
ing and projecte d through the powder
charge. Experiments and tests carried
out at Indian Head have given every
assurance that t lie shell walls possess
requisite strength. Equally gratifying
results were reported from the fuse
tests, for in order to make sure that the
premature bursts did not emanate from
the detonators, exhaustive trials were
conducted with a view of detecting the
slightest weakness, if any existed, in
the fuses. The fuses were found be
yond a shadow of doubt to be absolute
ly safe and thoroughly reliable in ac
tion. With the shell walls and fuses proved
satisfactory, the only conclusion open
pointed to defects in the shell bases,
and under hydraulic pressure it was
found possible in a number of instances
to force water through the screw
heads. In tiring work the pressures
in the chamber of the gun mount us
high as seventeen tons per square
inch, and evidently where water can be
forced gases will penetrate under such
enormous pressure. The opinion now
holds among the ordnance officials that
the premature explosions on the Ala
bama were due to gases effecting an
entrance into the shells around the
base plugs a defect that can be easily
remedied in future shells.
It is estimated that the annual expen
ditures In target practice in the United
States service will very shortly ap
proximate $1,500,000. Trior to the
Spanish-American War the heaviest ex
penditure was in 1807, when nearly
$700,000 was used up in gunnery train
ing. Now, as then, the ammunition
allowance per man is greater, it is be
lieved, in the American Navy than in
any service afloat.
Radical changes have been made of
late in the forms of targets employed.
Prior to 1808 the triangular target sup
ported on spars lashed to three barrels
was in common use, whereas to-day, a
rectangular target built of wire netting
and supported on a raft is the popular
form. The rectangular target may be
taken in tow and a speed of ten knots
secured without fear of towing the
raft under or capsizing it. on short
turns, provided always that some ad
ditional spars are taken in tow to
serve as holders-down. Red, it has
been found, is the best color to paint
the wire netting, and at considerable
distances a shell hole in the target
shows up very distinctly.
The splendid qualities of the new
American Navy smokeless powder
make possible the continued and long
firing on the part of our guns, some
thing which is not possible with cord
ite and some other smokeless powders
now in use in foreign services. Sub
calibre tubes are employed on United
States ships; but generally speaking,
target practice is with full charges.
With the machine and smaller guns
; of the secondary battery there is prac
tically no limit to the ammunition
expenditure permissible. A limit is
fixed on the heavy guns, but from
what can be learned the greatest lib
erality seems to exist, and some of
our commanders are complaining of
lack of ammunition. Very recently
me cornice ammunition purcliaseu in
England for the batteries of the cruis
ers Albany and New Orleans was con-
I demned and American smokeless pow
' der substituted. No particular fault
i was found with the cordite except that
it did not stand up to the work as well
as American powder. It is estimated
i that a six-inch gun using cordite will
lose its accuracy entirely after 175
shots, provided initial velocities of 2700
foot-seconds be imparted. To prolong
the lives of their guns the English are
keeping the muzzle velocities of the
majority of their guns under li.'OO foot
seconds. In the American service iiS'tO
and -2'M) foot-seconds service initial
, velocities wiil be used on the nor
tuis, nnd tin' life of a six lm h Amer
ican Navy weapon can only bo con
jectured, for It ban not yet bun deter
mined in servic?.
The methods of selecting eon cap
talus in the American Navy h practi
cally the same to-day n before IV. is.
It Is laid down as a bard and fast
rule that before a man can be ad
tiiuced to a high number nt a gun.
be must have first demonstrated that
he Is a first-class shot with a title and
revolver; la other words, the Initial
training commences on the small-arm
firing range. From No. 15 or 1 at the
gun the seaman is advanced when he
has made suitable protlclcnc;- to sec
ond gun captain, nnd If he Is an ex
ceptionally good man he may hope for
special nnd higher training on some
gunnery vessel. The work of train
ing gun captains Is intrusted at the
outset to the divisional officers; but
later it may be taken up by special of
ficers detailed to instruct on the gun
nery ships. But back of all systems
is the imperative demand for ammu
nition to carry into effect the gunnery
instruction, and In Ibis respect the
policy of the Navy Department has
been to provide an allowance of a most
The fact should not be overlooked
that our new smokeless powder is not
as light in weight as cordite and some
other foreign powders, and we are,
therefore, compelled to carry more
dead weight of ammunition than Eng
lish ships. Tills fact necessitates great
er magazine room, and some slight
disadvantage in loading rapidly, but
these handicaps are far outweighed by
other considerations of greater import
ance which are all in our favor.
Fearing leads to fretting. Ram's
While the uay liugcrs, do thy best.
W. II. Burleigh.
Faith is the hand wherewith we
take everlasting life. Latimer.
He who would lie a great soul in fu
ture must be a great soul now. Emer
son. Every year strips us of at least one
vain expectation, nnd teaches us to
reckon some solid good in its stead.
Many things are difficult and dark
to me, but I can see one thing quite
clearly, that I must not, cannot seek
my own happiness by sacrificing oth
ers. George Eliot.
Don't be in a hurry about finding
your work in the world, but just look
about you in the place you find your
self in, and try to make things a little
better and honester there. T. Hughes.
One thing I know, and can conceive
more beautiful than youth viz.: that
rare form of old age which unites the
pleasantness of an unruffled front with
the beauty of purified emotion and the
sublimity of grave experience. J. Stu
Altitude is not the same thing as
ability. Position does not bring merit.
A small boy astride of the ridgepole
of the highest barn in the county is as
much of a small boy as ever with in
creased capacity for mischief. Which
thing is a parable. Wellspring.
Undoubtedly the after half of life
is the best working time. Beautiful
is youth's enthusiasm and grand are
its achievement, but the most solid
and permanent good is done by the
persistent strength and wide expe
rience of middle life. Contentment
rarely comes till then; not mere resig
nation, a passive acquiescence in what
cannot be removed, but active content
ment. Dinah M. Craik.
Population of Canada.
Mr. Taul Leroy-Beaulieu has recently
studied Canada in the Economiste
Francais. In 1S01 the total population
was 4,833,000; in 1001, 5,338,000, the in
crease was only 10Vi per cent. From
18(51 to 1S71 the increase was 17V per
cent.; to 1SS1, 10 per cent.; to 1S01,
nearly 12 per cent. During the past
ten years Great Britain (not Ireland)
has increased about 12 per cent., that
is. mo;e rapidly than Canada. The cor
responding increase for the United
States (1SD0 1900) is 21 per cent. Aus
tralia has increased in the same pe
riod 19 per cent.
In the maritime provinces, in Onta
rio and Quebec, the increase is very
slow. Manitoba, the Northwest terri
tory and B:iti.sh Columbia, on the other
hand, have increased 02, ll(J and 94
per cent, respectively in the last ten
years. The falling off in the eastern
parts of the dominion is chiefly due to
emigration to the United States.
Tli Giraffe of Europe.
flow many giraffes are there in Eu
rope? Only seven, says a Belgian con
temporary; two in Antwerp, one in
Berlin, one in Leipsic, a couple in
Frankfort, and the seventh in Taris,
where he was born in 1878, There are
none, continues the veracious chroni
cler, in England. It is true we are not
popular abroad, but we might be al
lowed such credit as goes with the pos
session of a giraffe. There is an eld
erly but still very fine specimen of
giraEehood at the Regent's Park now,
and two more are expected in a few
l ion t lis' time. So that we may expect
shortly to lead Europe in this impor
tant respect. Louden News.
cr urn ;.-: 1
That U l.ioi.
Their w.is a oun in. in ii nucl 1'iU',
ho tliuii.lit he wjm very ihnn i t,
Till he liM't H HWcct Kill,
Now bin luain'n in h whir!,
And he can't t i 1 hm lnnl I runt in fet,
- L'licl-i-rt M i,.) Gj-.c'U'.
A 1'roprr Je flriltion.
"Papa, what is a diploma! ist V
"Any mail, i:iy son, whose wife l'0
I'rpnillate tlio Allegation.
Playmate"Aw, say! you know too
Tommy (Indignantly) -"Don't know
no more'n you do! Now!"-San Fran
Beimel "Did you ever know anyone
Ncarpass-"Haru!y! Why. si; is so
homely that automobile goggles aro
actually becoming to lr.'r!" Puck.
Berenice "What is the nature of this
brain work ('holly has undertaken:"
Horicnse "He has made hi.-i valet
take a back seat and b thinks for him
self what suits he will wear each day."'
I'eglnnlitg to I'rel at Home.
Senior Partner "I 1hink this new
clerk is getting used to our ways, don't
Junior Partner "I think so. He was
twenty minutes late this morning."
Town and Country.
Trouble of the Klf ...
Mrs. Cobwlgger "I suppose yon find
your social duties much more onerous
since you became so rich?"
Mrs. Parvenue "Yes, indeed, my
dear. I have had to cultivate an en
tirely new set of acquaintances. "
Judge. The Only Winy.
"Ah, Reginald, dearest," she sighed,
"but how can I be sure that you will
not grow weary of me after we have
be?n married a little while?"
"I don't know," he answered, "unless
we get married and see."- Chicago
Not Such a Bad Gness.
"Dey say he wuz born wid a silver
spoon in his mouth."
"It must a' been a tablespoon."--St.
A Gentlemanly Gnegg. . - '
"Alfonso," said Mrs. Midas, "here
is a heading in this paper that says,
'Had One Wife Too Many.' The rest
of the article is torn off. How many
wives do you think the brute had?"
"One, probably," was the other
brute's reply. Tit-Bits.
Out of Sljrht.
Mrs. Drowsie "Your clothes are get
ting quite shabby, my dear."
Rev. Dr. Drowsie "Yes, but (loftily)
when I ascend the pulpit and begin to
talk they don't notice my clothes."
Mrs. Drowsie "No, they all have
their yi closed then." Town and
Lady "Well, but judging by your
face I should hardly say you were a
person I should care to give alms' to."
Beggar "Excuse me, lady, you're la
borin' hunder a delusion. What you're
takin notice of is due to these 'ere
cheap soaps we pore people is obliged
to use." Punch.
The Ulack Band.
Bobby "Mother, what's that biack
band around Mr. Jenks' arm for?"
Mother "Hush, dear: lie might 'near
you. Mrs. Jenks is dead; that is u
sign of mourning."
Bobby "Oli! I thought p'raps !t
was to keep the caterpillars from
crawling up." Judge.
"There is another application for
to give something to a very wo:
enterprise," said the Cougressui
"Well, it's a hard matter to deci
he answered. "If I don't give.
constituents will consuier me ;;a,
cious. And if I do. ihey wi ' thii
am luxuriating here in W;n.li:.i:
with nothing to do but wast- iu ;;