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There!" Kuld Miss Ann Eliza Hom
ers, (.citing the rolling pin cm tho end,
- and deftly Hcruplng oft tho dough,
tJiat had accumulated on Its Bides. "If
1 do tay it, tin to ain't bin a hand
somer batch of doughnuts than that set
on any pantry shelf In Dolt on this fall;
ltiuitwlie, nunc that we've keen."
"Clm-nio one o' them," said a email
voice, an a dirty little band was thrust
la at tho kitchen window, and a grimy
finger pointed at tho colander piled
Ligh with tho brown circles, braids
and diamonds, that Miss Ann Eliza
wad contemplating with so much satis
faction. 'l.and Fakes alive!" she cried, and
tho rolling-pin fell to tho floor with a
bans. "Who be you? Git right down
from there. I shouldn't wonder if you
witB a steppin' right on my jacmlnot
The hand was withdrawn bo quickly,
and It had been such a small hand, that
JHsa Soiners, from Borne feeling of
compunction, or possibly to gain time,
added, "You kin go round back."
Now Miss Eliza, all through the
morning, as Ehe lifted from the boiling
Tat each doughnut aa It attained the
re-quired shade of brown, had Been vi
sions of her Eelf offering her friends,
who might drop in during the day, a
few of her doughnuts on one of her
best china plates, and she could almost
bear them say, "These are the best I
ever did eat; they just melt in your
mouth;" and she could see herself with
proud generosity complying to their
requests for tho receipt.
She knew there would Ik; no such ap
preciation from a boy boys had no
place in Mies Eliza's catalogue of use
ful things nevertheless sho selected
the last doughnut that bad been fried,
made from odds and ends of dough
which had the merit of being much
-larger, if also much inferior In quality
to the others, and after depositing the
colander in the pantry, stepped to tho
"Well, I never did!" she cried, rest
ing both hands on her hips and regard
ing tho owner of the hand that had
so rudely disturbed her equanimity.
A queer little figure stood there. The
boy might have been anywhere from
seven to ten years old. He was very
small, but his face might have seen a
score of years, so deep were its lines.
ft was framed in the rim of a brown
derby hat that had, probably, once
sheltered a more fortunate member of
The few articles of clothing, al
though in tatters, were evidently his
own, as regarded origin as well as
possession; while his feet were protect
ed by ladies' shoes of by no means
X'rom under the hat two big gray
eyes fixed upon the doughnut which
ISisa Eliza held In her hand; not long,
however, for waiving all ceremony, the
boy took, it quickly from between her
'Sogers, and the doughnut disappeared
Ea three mouthfuls, so much to Miss
Eliza'B alarm, that she ran for a glas3
of milk; for she often remarked that
sponge cake and doughnuts, be they
ever so light, did beat all for sticking
in one's throat, and for her part she
never could eat either without drinking
at least two cups of tea to get them
The milk followed the doughnut, and
evidently met with some degree of ap
preciation, for the hard and weary little
face softened as It was lifted to Miss
Eiza's, and the boy said,
-".Glm-nie sumpin' t,er do."
Miss Somers regarded all boys as her
natural enemies. Living alone for the
past twenty years since her father,
.Fanner Somers, died, she associated
them only with stolen fruit and tram
pled flower beds, and so declared them
"inips and pests," and impatient with
bereelf for relenting toward one of the
race to this extent, said sharply,
' "Yes, wash your face."
She closed the door, drove the bolt
In with a good deal of force, and went
back to her task of clearing up
This done, and having eaten her fru
-gal .dinner, sho went up-stalrs and
made her afternoon toilet
Before sitting down to her small
mending she thought of her plants ne
fleeted this busy day; so taking the
watering pot from its hook in the
porch, she went out to the cistern to
fill It, for she always maintained that
no plants ever flourished like those
watered with pure rain water.
. This was a day of upsets. There, by
the side of the cistern, cuddled up In a
heap, his head pillowed on the butter
' llrkin, that served for a bucket, lay her
small acquaintance of the morning, fast
His face, streaked by his recent ama-
teur ablutions, looked so drawn and
pinched that Miss Somers was startled
and took hold of his shoulder.
The boy jumped to his feet, ducked
under her arm, and ran to the other
side of the cistern.
"I I washed me face; gim me surr.p
fn ter do," he said, for he felt there was
need of propitiating this woman, who,
Eotwithstanding her kindness, spoke
znd IcoKCd 0 z'.zrzy.
as a tuna!.
"You needn't bo bo Balrt; what do
you moan, going to Bleep In my yard,
right fildo of the cistern, too; you
might a' fallen In ami drowned, then
tnere'd lw en a pretty how-de-do."
'Me name's Mugsy, and I come from
the city; guess I was clean beat. I kin
"Humph! beat you may be, but I
don't 8 eo anything clean about you; aa
for work, I'd like to know what you
"I kin scrub floors, an' Blft ashes, an'
If there was one thing Mis3 Eliza dis
liked to do it was to sift ashes. She
said she never got on the south side
of tho barrel but what tho wind blew
from tho north, and it 6he changed to
tho north side, the wind was bound to
shift to the south.
The idea of a boy being useful, and
such a specimen a3 this appeared to be,
haunting the premises all day like a
"There's a sifter full over on that
barrel; you kin sift that, if you're so
terrible anxious, and then you go
Miss Eliza went back to her plants
but many a grub had Mugsy to thank
that night for undisturbed dreams for
Miss Eliza could not forget the figure
as it looked, asleep by the tistern; and
when Mugsy appeared at the door with
the sifter, holding a generous supply
of rescued bits of coal, sho handed him
a thick slice of bread spread with mo
"I s'poso you're hungry again by
"I allers is;" and looking up at Miss
Eliza with his mouth full, he said, "Kin
I stay here? I ain't got no place."
"You mean you ain't got no folks;
where'd you sleep last night?"
"Down de road, under some boards;
Miss Eliza went back to the kitchen,
and left Mugsy sitting on the steps.
She drew the table to the center of
the room, spread the red cloth, and
put two plates in place, the last quite
forcibly, as she said aloud,
"Well, tenny rate, he shan't sleep out
doors tonight, laying up rheumatism
enough to last his natural life. You-er-Mu-Mugsy
(setch an onchristian name
I never heard), come in here."
Mugsy came just over the threshold
and stood staring about while the lamp
wa3 lighted and the curtains drawn.
Standing in the lamp light Miss Som
ers could see where the buttons were
gone from the thread-bare coat; that
it was all that sheltered Mugsy from
"Ain't you got any flannels?" said
"Flannens!" said Mugsy, blankly,
"d-ats me coat."
"Do you see that sofy?" said Miss
Eliza, pointing to a venerable specimen
that stood in the corner of the kitchen.
"Well, I am going to give you a com
forter and you can sleep there tonight,
and In the morning we'll see. ' If you
were a girl, now, I should know better
what to do with you; but a boy!"
"You sit down there," said Miss
Eliza, pointing to the chair opposite
her own, "and drink this bowl of tea;
then you might as well go to bed."
Mugsy sat down and not only drank
the tea, but also ate some bread and
one of the cherished doughnuts, and
then obediently lay down on the sofa;
as Miss Eliza tucked in the comforter,
he turned on his side and said drow-sily,-
"Me warm, and ain't hungry."
Miss Eliza took off her glasses and
wiped them, they blurred suddenly.
"How that kettle does steam," she
By the time the few dishes were
washed, she could tell by tho heavy
breathing from the sofa that her new
lodger was safe for the night.
She took the lamp and 'went into the
adjoining room where she slept, and
returned with a suit of her own flan
nels which she proceeded to abbreviate
as to the extremities; this done, she
locked up the house and went to bed.
She was up bright and early in the
morning, but not earlier than Mugsy,
for when she opened her door, there
he was on the hearth, before a freshly
"Hello!" he said.
"Well, I am beat," said Miss Eliza,
and a faint smile might have been seen
lurking about the corners of her mouth
a3 she filled the kettle, but she spoke
no word of commendation. Mugsy was
a boy, and she did not know what he
might not do next.
After breakfast Miss Somers brought
from the barn a large basket of dried
beans which she gave Mugsy to shell,
and carefully locking up the rest of the
house she left Mugsy in the kitchen,
charging him on no account to go out,
and with her basket on her arm she
1 started for the village.
There at the store she bought a suit
of boy's clothes, boots and a cap.
Miss Eliza hurried home and found
Mugsy playing a mysterious game with
a few' of the beans he had finished
Mm-ry's eyes grew round with won-
Ur u-i Miss Eliza bp'md t ho bundles
and dnwd hlni In Ms new cloth .
"There, you look like somebody now;
but If you'd been a girl. 1 could a made
you look better; boy's clothes are ter
rible expensive. As Mugsy rnado hlm
t.i'lf useful about the -house and barn
during th day. Miss Eliza's thoughts
ran Komewhat in this fashion:
"He's sort of handy, and if he'd been
a girl. I don't know but I might hae
kept him; but I never could abide boys.
I shall have to look about and what
can ho done with him."
Day after day, went by, however, and
no effort was made to find other quar
ters for Mugsy.
He had been ftt Miss Eliza's about
two weeks and the 6hort legs, much
rounder than they were tho day he
asked for the doughnut at the kitchen
window, had saved Miss Eliza many
One day Mugsy came across the yard
dangling a pall from which he had just
poured a mixture that brought joy to
the heart of Dcnuie, the pig.
He took the pail into the kitchen,
expecting Miss Somers to wash it, but
she was not there.
"Misanllza!" no answer. He went to
her room; she was not there; then to
the door, and looked about, and at last
to the gate and down tho road, and
there such a sight met his view that
his eyes seemed to start from their
Down the road with lowered head,
and pawing the road, came Mr. Per
kins bull, old Plato, and before him,
fleeing for her life, ran Miss Eliza, his
What could he do? As if in answer to
his question the red table cloth, hang
ing from the line, flapped across his
face; quick as thought he tore If from
Its fastenings, and screaming at the
top of his voice,
"I'me comin', MIsanliza! Hi you
Such a noise diverted the bull's at
tention from the fleeing figure in front,
and he turned. This fiery object writh
ing and twisting about roused all his
fierceness, and with a loud bellow he
fairly flew for Mugsy.
After running a short distance, and
the thud of the bull's hoofs coming
neirer and nearer, Mugsy knew he
could never reach the gate, so dropping
the tablecloth, he scrambled over the
stone wall just as Plato was upon him.
He dropped on the other side, but
something else fell too. There was a
faint cry, and then it was very still
save for the heavy breathing of the
bull as he trampled and tore the table
cloth into ribbons. Having vented his
wrath on this article, he galloped down
the road and wa3 soon out of sight.
Presently Miss Eliza's head appeared
above the wall on the opposite side of
the road. How quiet it was; the bull
had disappeared and where was Mugsy?
In fear and trembling she regained the
road and walked quickly towards the
She passed the remains of the table
cloth. Such a pity! The diamond pat
tern had been her pride and joy; "but
then it might a been me," she thought,
and went on.
Through the house and barn she
went, calling "Mug3y, Mugsy," and her
heart beat faster and faster, for she
did not hear the familiar "I'me a com
Then It occurred to her that the
table cloth, had been very near the
stone wall, and she ran down to where
it lay and looked over.
There- lay Mugsy, his eyes closed and
a heavy stone on one foot
Miss Eliza pulled several of the
stones from the wall so she could step
over, and lifted off the heavy one that
lay on Mugsy's foot
She caught him in her arms and kiss
ed him again and again, rubbed his
hands and called hi3 name.
Mugsy opened his eyes and said
Miss Eliza rolled up her apron and
put it under Mugsy's head and then
hastened back to the house, where she
put two of her best down pillows into
the wheelbarrow and j 'turning to
Mugsy, lifted him gently in and started
for the house.
When she reached the gate she saw
Silas Perkins coming up the road, lead
ing hi3 bull by a stout chain attached
to a ring in his nose.
"Well, I never was so glad to see
you, Sile Perkins. You jist nitch that
critter o' yourn to that apple tree, an'
hitch him strong, harness up old Peg,
and go for Doctor Wakefield. That
beast has most killed my boy."
"Your boy! Well, I swan."
"Yes, my boy; don't stand there ask
ing foolish questions; I don't know
but he'll die."
Farmer Perkins meekly obeyed
most everybody did when Miss Eliza
Miss Somers laid Mugsy on his sofa
In the kitchen, and made him as com
fortable as possible.
Soon she heard Farmer Perkins'
"Whoa, Teg!" and Doctor Wakefield
"Well, Mugsy, what's the trouble?
Oh, I see; there, steady-now," said the
doctor, as he cut off the boot and stock
ing. "Humph, we must have a little
ether, I guess; now just take a long
breath; that's the boy, again; once
1 As Mugsy lest consciousness, Doctor
Wakrfivid turned to MIhj i: !!?.. and
"It's pretty bad, but tlx rn'a only one
email bono broken, he will be round
rpry as ever In a fw weeks."
The doctor stayed until Mugsy bn:.m
to recover from tho effects of tho ithor,
and then Miss VAlm knelt by tho nid
of thn sofa and mid.
"I low did you corns to thick of tho
table cloth, Mugsy?"
He stole one arm around Miss Eliza's
neck and Hald;
"I knowej yrr warnt much on racln'
an' an' I liked yer, just tike a
One Sunday morning Fix months af
ter. Miss Eliza stood at the font in tho
little village chuch with a boy about
eight years old, whom the minister
baptized Joseph Henry Somers. Wav
Benjamin Franklin's Visit to Ger
many. In a doctor's thesis by an American
we find mention of Franklin in Ger
many. "The Relation of Cl-rnian Pub
licists to the American War of Inde
pendence, 1775-17S3. Inaugural Dlsscn
totion for tho Doctor's Degree of the
Philosophic Faculty of the University
of Leipslc submitted by Herbert P. Gal
linger, Amherst, Massachusetts, Lelp
sic, 1900, is a pamphlet in German of
seventy-seven pages, with an addition
al page giving the details of Dr. Gal
linger's life. On p. 8, etc., he says:
"Franklin visited Germany In 17CC, and
in Gottlngen, where he met Achenwall
and Schlozer, awakened interest for
the colonies." In a foot-note he adds:
"Achenwall published in the Hannover
ian Magazine, beginning of 17C7, p. 258,
etc., 'Some Observations on North
America and the British Colonies from
verbal information furnished by Mr.
B. Franklin.' " At the close, the strug
gle between the mother country and
the colonies is described entirely from
the American point of view. It is clear
that Achenwall was convinced by
Franklin. In closing he says: "I doubt
not that other men of learning in this
country have used their acquaintance
with this honored man (Franklin) as
well as I. Could they be persuaded to
give the public their noteworthy con
versation with him, tt would be do
ing the public a great benefit." These
observations were reprinted twice,
in 17C9 at Frankfurt and Stuttgart, and
in 1777 at Ilelmstedt. They appear to
be the only account of the dispute over
the constitutional questions at issue in
America in the German language pub
lished before 177G. J. G. Rosengarten,
in Lippincott's Magazine.
The head waiter looked as If he
would like to hide under the table or
some other place where the stout man
couldn't find him, but it was too late.
The stout man had already seen him
and had made a dive for him.
"Well, sir," he said, "you know what
I want. Can you fix me up today?"
The waiter said he could not. "None
of that class has come in yet," he said.
The stout man sat down by the
"Well," he said, "I'll wait awhile. If
anybody comes in, let me know."
"All right," said the waiter, "I'll re
member. That fellow," he added, In an
explanatory tone to a wondering cus
tomer, "is the queerest sort I ever
came across. He always want3 to sit
next to a left-handed man. Of course, a
table all to himself Is preferable, but if
he must have a neighbor he insists up
on one who is left-handed. His reason
for seeking this peculiar companion
ship is beyond me, but it must be a
good one, at least in his own mind, be
cause he will be satisfied with no oth
er arrangement. Unfortunately there do
not happen to be many of these left
handed fellows floating around this
way at lunch time, and the poor old
chap sometimes has to wait a pretty
long while for the right kind of a
neighbor to show up. He hangs on,
though, till things come his way, and
gets an individual table or a left-handed
man at last" New York Times.
Illinois Girl Declared a Spendthrift.
A rather novel case from Normal at
tracted much attention in the county
court, Miss Hattie Watt, an extremely
pretty girl of 19, being tho defendant
She was recently left a fortune of $10,
000 and her relatives filed complaint
that she had become a spendthrift and
was dissipating her bank account so
rapidly that unless immediate steps
were taken to prevent it she would be
penniless. A goodly portion of her
wealth had beer, spent in traveling
over the country ar.d in buying finery.
The case was heard by a jury and a
verdict was found against the girl. Ac
cordingly the court appointed a con
servator, who will have sole charge of
her fortune until she becomes of legal
age St. Louis Globe-Democrat.
Stone3 for Bread.
Accord in? to the British vice-consul
at Nioolaieff, Russian cereals are now
adulterated by the addition of small
stones and gravel, and this Is especial
ly the care with wheat, as its color
and shape, he says, are easily matched.
The mixture does not sound appetiz
ing, and in view of the fact that we
last year received 346.157 tons of
wheat from Nicolaieff, the British eon
purser mav well feel a little suspicious
of Russian f!er.r. London Grccciy.
SCIEMCC AND INDUSTRY.
A. medical authority las d!;icovv ...
that the adminis tration of i;:u--!; ; " '
to fishes aud certain other a "
followed by opacity of the o;ti ' !-.'.',
Hence, ho cautions persons threatened'
with cateract against tho ur,o of sugar.
The average doen.aso of temperature
In one degree for every three hundred
fct abovo flea level, but is more rapid
In tho higher strata of tho air. At tho
top of Iten Nevis it is fifteen and one
half degrees colder than at the bottom.
Living organisms have resumed their
functions after enduring tho cold of
liquid air for six mouths. It Is suggest
ed that the remarkable xperlment
should Im) continued for years or a
generation, for our theories would bo
greatly modified by an indefinite re
taining of vitality, and probability
would be given Ird Kelvin's bphu!
tion that life may have reached tho
earth from space.
The green vegetable growth discov
ered by a German physician i9 believed
to be not rare in the contents of the
stomach. It consists of two kinds of
cells, a seen under the microscope, but
is believed to renrrarnt various forma
of algae that are Introduced with drink-L
ing water and food, and develop in thcr
presence of acid. The growth cas been
notlced chiefly in cases of considerable
acidity In the stomach. It Is remarkable
that these new algae are favored by an
excess of hydrochloric acid, whUo the
ordinary algae of stagnant water are
killed if a little hydrochloric acid is
added. Just how important a part thi3
vegetation plays 13 yet to be learned.
It has been demonstrated tnat fresh-V
ly dug peat may contain as much a
80 percent of water, and that air- V
aneci tun may still have 15 to ,
20 percent of water, while giving a3
much as one-half to two-thirds of the
heating power of an equal weight of su
perior coal. A report on a "carbonized
peat fuel" estimates roughly that ten
tons of raw material, freshly dug, yield
the calorific value of at least one ton
of fairly good coal. These figures give
a basis for interesting speculations, and
one conclusion is that the peat of Ire-"
land could give an annual output of
one hundred thousand-horse power in
electric energy for 1250 years.
The death of a complex organism, we
are told, is a les3 simple process than
is generally believed. Not all the cells
lose their vital powers at once, and the
various organs of the lower animals
have been made to perform their func
tions in the physiological laboratories 4
after the creature itself has ceased to 3
live, it being quite possible in this way
to make kidneys secrete, hearts beat
and muscles contract for hours. By in
jections of a warmed saturated saline
solution of oxygen, Dr. Kuhabko has
made the heart of a rabbit to beat for
hours and days. Hitherto the.seoar
ated part of the human body that has-,
shown vitality has been the skin, of
which pieces have been successful
transplanted arter being kept many
days, but in the rather gruesome ex
periments of this Russian physiologist
rhythmical contractions Tor an hour
have been excited in the hearts taken
from many children from between 20
to 30 hours after death.
An Australasian River.
The Noponset river, situated within
a fow .miles of Sydney, is, says a vis
itor, "undoubtedly one of the noblest
rivers in Australasia. Quietly sleep
ing within the bounds of its pictur
esque banks, its waters are seldom a
ruffled by even the rudest blast, and,
always showing a sublimely tranquil
surface. But all nature's beauties are
not exhausted in making it enchanting
tc the eye. It has lately been dis
covered by scientific men that its
waters at Erskine creek possess medi
cinal properties of great value; which
should be a great inducement to ex
cursionists and invalids to visit the
locality, where can be obtained the
same health-giving advantages as are
obtainable by the continental tourists
at Baden-Baden or Munich, or at the-
spas at Rath. The creek itself is a
vast amphitheatre, of mountain splen
dor, winding canyons and elfin caves,
rocky ledges, beautifully clothed with
Ktatflv ehrillld Qllrl forna nf tVi roi-oe-
species, over which tho mountain tor
rent dances gleefully and the timid
deer and wallabs quietly feed, seldom'
disturbed by man's intrusion. Here
the overheated palate can be re
freshed, and as the enraptured tour
ist imbibes the crystal stream his spir
it, uuuuua wuu new vigor. reDouna to
Smiles From Earth.
James Glaisher, the meteorologist, is
03 years of age. Forty years ago
he made one of the most remark
able balloon ascents on record. He was
able to record the height of 28,000 fe-et
before he became unconscious, and the
balloon probably reached 35,000 feet
before his companion, Mr. Coxwell.
managed to pull open the valve.
Trofessor Giacobinl, astronomer at
the observatory of Nice, Italy, has dis
covered, a faint telescopic comet o tho
12th ir.aenlt" moving northward
tcrc-s t'je r' Vat! on !Q30c?:c3.