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I m t 1 MlA oWnr!l anvriiin,'ln YiHlfiin
fiad tba most mysterious. It will probably uvr bo deidhid whether la thene annuel
iaktip"r4 wm writing of hi perso-inl ei prlneos, wliwtlior he was suing as a lovsr or
wtittlir thy wnro Impassion I ornntlon of t)U hounalmtn ami fftrtlio brain, but It UI
r b fnognlwd that hn wruto with a initrkfl l Individuality and dihtlnotlvenca In
(Iino narly e!TuHl.inii n In his dramns, and htixmpnd the whulo with a goiui uonxeeilad.
Jtut ouo mbolar la tbreo Uuudrod yoari bn questioned tuolr buuty and exsellonoe at a
Vln forty Winter fthall blpgo thy brow,
And rt 1 j deop truuoluiH la thy bouuty'n
Tli v youth's jiroid livery, bo gn.ed on now.
Will bi a uttrl wtd, of Binull worth
Then, bolug aked whore all thy bnuty
Vfhere nil th troaturo of thy luHty days;
To nay, wllhln tlflim own ihiiqi Kiiiikan 'ye,
Worn hu nil-bating charno, Hnd thrlfiluim
How much inoro praL-io donorvd thy beau
yit thou coulJrtt auswer, "Thin fair child
Shall Finn my count, aud make my old cx-
Frovltig hH bmmty by mi!('nlon thine.
Thin were to be now-made whoa thou
V art old,
- And bh) thy blood warm when thou
feol'tst It cold.
Wbon I do count the clock that tells the
J And fim tho brave day buuIc In bldoous
Whn I bhold tho violet past prime,
I Aud sable curls all ullvcrod o'er with
When lofty trees I nee barron of loavi.
Which orut from beat did canopy the herd.
And (Summer's green Hj, girjij Up iu
Borno on tho bier with white and brlotly
Then, of thy beauty do I question make,
That thou among the wanton of time must
.Sine sweets and beauties do themselves
And die as fast as they boo othors grow;
And nothing 'against Time's boytho
cun make defonso,
". .Savo bread, to brave blm, whoa he Ukes
thee hence. ...
Anything exciting in your letters
.Lhis morning, dear?
"Well, I don't know," said Lucy;
liere's a letter from Aunt Jane."
"Aunt Jane? Did I ever meet Aunt
Jane before she married?"
Lucy got up and went around the
breakfast table, looking troubled.
"Tom dear, you remember that day
you asked me to be your wife?"
"Yes," he replied. "Why, what's
"You remember I said I had an aw
ful gin to confess a past, a present,
and a future; something you might
never bo able to forgive?"
"Yes. I wouldn't listen." He put
his arm around her.
. "Well, it was it wa3 Aunt Jane."
' "Great Scott!" he replied.
' Aunt Jane arrived as threatened,
punctually a quarter of an hour late.
Site was always a quarter of an hour
late, ou principle. It arose out of a
-dislike for being kept Waiting when
asked out to dinner, for instance, and
rapidly spread over the whole of her
movements, owing to her morbid pas
sion for regularity. To be late for
breakfast and in time for lunch upset
her for a week, so she was scrupulous
ly late for everything. This was an
noying, unless you knew her and al
lowed for it; but so were most of the
things Aunt Jane did. She was small,
,but enjoyed a deep bass voice.
"Ah, my poor child," was her greet
ing, "how ill you are looking."
"I didn't know it," said Lucy meek
ly. : "You think you're happy, but I know
.better, poor thing. I see from your
' looks, from your manner, that you
are utterly miserable. Now, confess,
.haven't I guessed right?"
"I'm I'm perfectly happy," groaned
Lucy, dismally. "I mean, I was till
"Till you came," was what she
wanted to say, but her courage failed.
"Till you married!" said Aunt Jane,
.triumphantly. "Didn't I say so?"
The manner of Aunt Jane had a cu
riously quelling effect upon all who
allowed themselves to be brought un
der its spell. Having extracted this
admission, she followed up her suc
cess by a skilful cross-examination,
-which reduced the poor girl to tears,
and almost persuaded her that her
husband was the most brutal scoun
drel on earth. Every little instance
-of his irritability, every little protest,
however gentle, about lateness of
breakfast or toughness of beef, was
.dragged out of her by tortuous means,
carefully exaggerated and embellished
with details supplied from Aunt Jane's
own instinct, and fitted into its place
in an elaborate and highly colored
mosaic of perfect villainy. And when
it was done, .so difficult wa.3 it to dis
tinguish fact from fancy that Lucy
was wondering how on earth she could
ever have married the man at all.
"And now, my dear," said Aunt
.Jane, "to follow up your suggestion
that 'he is concealing something far
worse than all this" Lucy had never
suggested anything of the kind, but
she saw now how probable it was
"just tell me fully anything he may
have confided to you aud any suspi
cions you may have that he is keep
ing anything back. There should be
no pec-rets between a man and his
KtlRkflflrariv M nnnM re or h& betn
My glais Khali not persuade mo I am old,
Ho long as youth and thou are of one date;
Cut when In tbee Time's furrows 1 behold,
Theo look I death my days should expiate.
For all that beauty that doth cover theo
Is but tho icrruly raiment of ray heart,
Which In thy breast doth live, as thine in
How can I then be older than thou art?
0, therefore, love, be of thyself so wary,
As I not for mynelf but for tbee will;
Bearing thy ht;art, which I will keep 80
As tender nurao her babe from faring 111.
Presume not on thy heart w hen mine Is
Thou glvVt mo thine, not to glvo ba;k
again. .... .
Shall I compare theo to n Summer's day?
Thou art more lovely and more temper
ate: Hough winds do shako the darling buds of
And Hummer's lease bath all too short a
Sometime too Lot tho eye of heaven shines,
And often is bis gold complexloa dlmmod;
And every fair from fair sometimes declines,
l!y chance, or nature's changing course,
I5ut thy eternal Summer shall not fade,
Nor lose possession of that fair thou
Nor shall Death brag thou wander'st In his
When In eternal lines to time thou grow
est; So long as men can breathe, or eye can
Bo long lives this, and this gives life to
"No, Aunt," said Lucy, struggling
with her tears; "I quite agree."
"For instance, does he receive let
ters which he doesn't allow you to
"I I don't know; I never asked
him," she sobbed.
"Poor child poor, simple child! As
if he would confess it! The very fact
that he says nothing about those let
ters ought to have put you on your
guard. He always gets down to break
fast before you, I'll be bound, and
gloats over them in secret, eh?"
"Y yes, he dots, usually; but but
I don't know anything about the
gloating." She dried her eyes be
tween each word.
"No; the housemaid would see that."
"I sup suppose she would."
"And doesn't it strike you as suspi
cious that the housemaid hasn't told
you about it? Looks like a conspira
cy, doesn't it. eh?"
Lucy clinched her hands and said
she ought to have suspected it, it was
"Ah, my poor child, the obvious is
so seldom visible! I find that people
very often miss what to me is as clear
Aunt Jane had never been on a
scent so hot.
"And have you access to all cup
boards, drawers, safes?"
"I I think so," was the faltering
"Think so!" said Aunt Jane. "That's
a pretty state of mind for a wife.
Take me to his study at once! Am I
not his vrife's aunt?"
This was said because Lucy seemed
to hesitate. Together they went to
the study. Aunt Jane sniffed con
temptuously. "Smoke!" she snorted. "He
Lucy admitted it.
"And drinks, I've no doubt?"
"Y yes, I'm afraid so." .
"And plays cards?"
"I I think so, a little."
"Poor dear, poor dear! What more
do you want? Now, show me this se
cret drawer ycu were complaining of.
She hadn't complained of any, but
pulled the handles of several and at
last found one that wouldn't open.
"There you are!" came the trium
phant cry. "Have you ever seen in
Lucy couldn't remember that she
had or had ever wanted to.
"Doesn't it fit in wonderfully?" said
Aunt Jane. "In there lie the letters
over which he and the housemaid
gloat in the early morning."
Lucy saw it all clearly.
"And I have no doubt there have
been times when he has told you,
with a pretence of sjmpathy, not to
be in a hurry to get up?"
Lucy did remember one or two in
stances, when she had a slight cold.
Aunt Jane chuckled.
"I never met a married couple yet
who oughtn't to be divorced at once,"
she said. "This must be finally set
tled this evening, and I will stay by
your side till he gives a satisfactory
explanation. He never. will; it won't
"I am very grateful to you, Aunt,"
"Show me my room, poor thing. I
always take a rest before dinner."
"I am sure you must require it,"
said Lucy, leading the way up stairs.
"And mind," i;a!t Aunt Jano at
tho. door,. ."not a wrrd to hlra about
this till I tackln hUfl ; you would only
put him oniJ3guard and glvo him nn
opportunity of destroying the only ov
Idenco we have."
"I will not mention it," "old Lucy,
When Tonv,oamo in, he waa met at
the door, as usual, by his wife. Ho
thought it straRo, but supposed she
was looking after her guest. When
ho came down to tho drawing room
punctually, Lucy was alono there,
looking' "gloomily Into tho fire. Sho
did not turn on hla entrance.
"Well, my dear," he said chn-rily,
"has our filn come home to us?"
"If ydu mean," replied Lucy, with
hauteur, "has my dear Aunt Jane ar
rived, sho has."
"That what I meant." he said, a
little surprised.' "And am I to bo a
model or an awful example?"
"It Is not necessary for me to teach
you to wear the cloak of hypocrisy,"
she replied, with tears coming to her
He raised hl3 eyebrows. "Why, what
on earth what's tho matter, dear?"
. He tried to kiss her, but she drew
away from him. She was sobbing bit
terly. "You ask me," sho said, "you, with
all those with all that"
.She nearly flung the guilty letters
in his teeth, but remembered her
aunt's warning just in time.
"With all thoso what?" he asked,
bewildered. Cut not another word
c0UJn0 EjL-r0Rl. .t-cr' antl ne was
staadjng looking'at her with an ex
pression of utter amazement when
Aunt Jane Balled in, a quarter of an
hour late. She required no introduc
tion. . '--tit - .-r f
"Youare tho man, I suppose?" she
said, with a sqap oi tne teeth, lie
sqap of the teeth. 11
"How do yoiT'do Aunt ' Jane?" he" '
"I hope you
had a pleasant
"Sb-so. No thatks to you!"
"Dear Aunt Jane," he said softly.
"I wired to the porters to be polite."
It was clear that he did not take her
seriously, and Lucy was indignant.
"I hear," said Aunt Jane, as they
settled round the dinner table, "that
you are a lawyer?"
"I am," said Tom.
"Never could stand lawyers," "she
went on; "a nasty, deceitful lot of ser
pents." "Indeed they are," said Tom,
"loathly, crawling creatures." ' He
shook his head solemnly.
Being unable to put tho case more
strongly. Aunt Jano found herself un
expectedly with nothing more to say.
So she turned, with pity in her voice,
"My dear, I wonder you allow your
cook to stay in tho house."
"Do you suggest a shed at the bot
tom of the garden for her?" said Tom,
gently interrupting. He had decided
to assume the offensive.
Sho ignored him. "Thl3 soup," she
said, "is disgraceful."
Lucy apologized humbly. So did
"Take away Miss Wilkins soup,"
he said to the servant, and it went be
fore Aunt Jane had time to clutch
the plate. It was long before any
thing else was said by anybody, but
Tom seemed to be enjoying his din
ner. Indeed, the two ladies were dis
gusted at the brazen impudence of the
fellow. Lucy longed for the end of
this ghastly meat and yet feared what
was to follow. At last the servants
leftNand Aunt Jane coughed slgnifi
caowat., Tom looked up. Lucy said,
tinl&Tih "Let us go."
"No," said Aunt Jane; "the time
"Ha3 it?" asked Tom, cracking a
"Your conscience," said Aunt Jane,
"must tell you that you owe an ex
planation to your wife."
"Must it?" asked Tam, checking a
"Don't lose your temper, sir," said
Aunt Jane. She always began an ar
gument like that it seldom failed.
"Lucy, tell him what you want to
"I I hadn't we better, go into tho
drawing room?" stammered Lucy.
"No! I will protect you." She
turned fiercely upon Tom. "You have
letters in a drawer in your study
which is locked. Don't deny it!"
"I won't." said Tom. "It's probably
"Ey your brutal conduct you thought
you had cowed this poor child's spirit
so that she would make no inquiries."
"How did you guess?" said Tom.
"But I have come, sir!"
"I can't deny it." he said.
"And I shall rc.iain and protect my
helpless niece forever, if necessary."
"She warned me that something of
th$ kind might happen," he said, help
ing himself to a banana.
"Are you going to show me thoso
"Certainly not; they are private."
Aunt Jane tried to wither him with
contempt, but was so unsuccessful that
she felt that, unless she retreated in
haste, she would lose her tempcf her
self. "Come!" sho said. "Leave him to
As they went out Tom said to his
wife: "Are you a party to this silly
ronsense?" but she did not deisn to
answer. It wan fll! tioyonl ioult,
now, on LI3 own confession.
Tom smoked a tlgarrlto. Ho hadn't
a notion what tho row was about, but
there weuM obviounly bo no jxar till
Aunt Jar.e went. Fo ho changed his
plan of attack and etrolbd into l!io
driving room. Tho two wore on tho
sofa. Aunt Jane's arm was round
Lucy's waiut. They looked ferociously
at him, turned away, shuddered, and
wero silent He sat down on an easy
chair and took up a look. Tor flvo
minutes nothing was heard but indig
nant breathing. Suddenly ho re
marked, "I raw tho doctor ngain to
day." There was no reply. Aunt
Jano clasped Lucy tightly. Ho weut
on. "I asked him what be thought."
Still a silence. You could hear their
shoulders th rugged.
"He said it was a little hard to rx
plafn the green spot3, but tho pink
and yellow ones wero either scarlet
fever or something in-it!s and wero
quite well known in the profession."
Aunt Jano had released her hold on
Lucy and va.i looking at him with
open mouth. Jie va;u on casuany,
"I asked, was it infectious? He said
you can't tell until somebody has
caught it from you."
Aunt Jane was standing up.
"But, ho says, In case there should
be any danger, I had better avoid tho
company cf all the near relatives of
myself or my wife."
Lucy hurried up to him with alarm
on her face. Aunt Jane backed tow
ards the door.
"Dear Aunt," ho said advancing with
outstretched hand, "you're not going
She gave a little scream and jumped
away. In a moment she was out of
the loom, --i- .v' -v-,-'-
Lucy turned to him with concern.
"Is it serious, dear?" she asked.
n, wet J7 , Pu
toflau! oU; if the house," " "'"
"Tii vou see tbnt Anp.t Jane c;ets
Lucy understood" and the spell Van
ished. Aunt Jane was up stairs, hur
riedly putting ou her hat and coat and
"I'll take a room at the hotel till
tomorrow. Send on my box. No, I
am afraid I can't wait I shall be late
as it is. Write and tell me how he
13 getting on, and don't forget to dis
infect the letter why didn't you tell
me this before you invited me? Tho
incompetence of some doctors! and
sprinkle it all over the carpets. Good
by." Sho scurried down the stairs.
Tom was in the hall to say good-by.
She dodged round him and cut at the
door as if 20 microbes wero snapping
at her heels.
The deserted couple sighed with re
lief. Lury put her head on Tom's
"I am so glad she's gone, dear. I
think she's a witch; she seemed to get
hold of my mind, somehow."
"Let'a go and look at the guilty let
ters," ke said.
"No, I don't want to see."
"Well, they are only what you
wrote to me before we were married."
So she brought what he wrote to
her, and he brought what she wrote
to him, and they exchanged bundles
and sat at opposite sides of the table,
and he knocked on the table and shot
across to her tho first in date and she
shot across to him her reply to it;
and he read it and shot across the
next, and so on all through the list,
and when they came to the things
which meant kisses
There is a good parlor game for two,
The album of Mme. Charles Nodler
has been sold by a grandniece of that
lady to Senor Martinez, an Argentine
American, for 14,000 francs, says Lon
don Truth. It contained the auto
graphs of many of the great men of
Mme. Nodler's time. . Mr. Henry La
b&uchere may be pleased to hear that
the great critic, Sainte-Beuve, in an
swer to the question, "What do you
most prize?' answered in one word
and in English, "Truth." He after
ward had the word engraved on his
seal. Victor Hugo's reply to "What
do you think most admirable in crea
tion?" was "The child." George Sand,
asked what her rule of life was, wrote
"To expect little, to hope much, and
to aim high." Victor Hugo gave his
rule for literary success in the words,
"Faire et refaire," or "Write and re
write." He afterward adopted them
as his motto, and had them stamped
on the head of the note paper on
which he wrote answers to letters
from young disciples aspiring to climb
Parnassus. Guy de Maupassant came
long after Mme. Nodler. He took for
his motto. "Se moquer du monde," or
"Poke fun at mankind." Richepin
prizes "La sincerite avant tout," or
"Sincerity before all else." Jane Hid
ing's motto is "Esperer et aspirer," or
"Hope and aspire."
Grateful to the Government.
"Mike," said Plodding Pete, "are you
ever tempted to be an anarchist?"
"Not a bit of it," answered Meander
ing Mike. "If dero wern't no gover
mint dere would be nobody to keep
de jails warm in winter and collect
taxes to repair de road3 in summer."
Blankets were first made by Blanket
brothers, at Bristol, England, about
the middle cf the thirtenth. century.
SCIENCE NOTCS. ,
According to .Sir William
ton Dyer, director of K-w V,
pome experiment.- nndcrtakr
Chelsea, ft suburb of Iondou, dun.,
a fug went to prove that In one week
110 Iops than t lx tons of deposit to tho
siinre mile were deposited. Not only
(lid this consist of soot, but a consid
erable variety of t.rrry hydrocarbon
were also deposited, which had von
Injurious effects upon plant and o.. J
Professor Langley of the Sniithso
Ian institution, lias discovered by ox
poriment fiat If the lr In a Ions
telescope bo agitated a poifeetly quiet,
imago of a star or of any other ob
ject may be obtained. Astronomers
have been bothered by the unsteadi
ness of the air ever since the f t le
soope was Invented, and for th rea
son observatories have been in I on
elevated ground wherever practifyido.
The result obtained by Professor
Langley may be due to tho fact that
tho agitation of tho air Inside the
telescope offsets the unsteadiness of
the outer air, and tliu equalizes tho
A paper pointing out tho mun
perfections of photographic si
was read before the American Sm 'y
for the Advancement of Science &t its
recent meeting. Investigation ha3
shown that the better grade of shut
ters are fairly constant in operation,
but the actual duration of exposure
is often not even approximately that
indicated by the maker. Different
shutters of the same make and form
give different exposures when set for
the same time. Some of the chenner
II.ilKt'S, OSiail'J J IU B'e lUIig, 1UCU1
and short expcs'uro'S', glvo equal
posures in the three cases. All thij
may account for the difficulties that
jjiany amateurs have in their work.
Objects too sinail or" distant to b5
seen like fixed stars are rr.&do per
ceptible by their light. Taking advan
tage of this fact, Siedentopf and Zsig
mondy have magnified strongly illum
inated particles, and in this way'lrjive
made visible the diffraction discsf
specks of matter approaching rtfode
cules in minuteness. Their observa
tions were made upon particles of
gold embedded in ruby glass. From
the known quantity of gold and the
number of discs, it was calculated that
each particle, with an apparent diam
eter of l-50,0ft0th of a millimeter, and "'
it was further shown that the limit o:
magnification would be 150,000 diame
tors. The greatest powers of ih
method would show a particle hr
5.0 times the diameter of a molecu.i,.
In the body changes that take place1
as we grow old, Metehnikoff and other .
physiologists suppose that an im
portant part is taken by the phago
cytes, or devouring cells. Some years
ago it was made to appear that'fcome
jf these cells are color eaten T'.d
that they whiten the hair by seeing
the pigment grains and conveying
them into the skin or out of the organ
ism. On further study the theory has
been evolved that old age itself is due
to phagocytes that destroy the nerve
:ells. The nerve-eating cells have
been found in the brains of many old
people and old mammals as well aJT in
persons suffering from nervous Xis
ease, but in no case have they bVen
known to reach such development or
to have so nearly taken the place of
the nerve veils as in the brain of a
parroquet that died at the great age
of 81, after some years of feeblenesj
A Missing Corner Stor
The workmen are busy in excavat
ing old Mint site on Chestnut street
preparatory to the erection of a mod
ern building. Much curiosity has
been aroused as to the location of the
cornerstone, and the workmen have ta
answer queries in regard to it every
day. That the building had a corner
stone is a fact attested by history, bv?
! what the box in it contains or wh"
or there ever was a box placed i'
is one of those things no fellei
find out, as Dundreary says. T"u ,
newspapers of the time throw no lighr
upon the subject. The stone was laid
July 4, 1829, and 'that day fell von
Monday. The printers are too
otic to work on the Fourth, and
Sunday papers were printed in &tn
aeipuia in inose uays, mere was m
paper between Saturday and Tuesday.
And there is no mention of the Mint
or the cornerstone laying in any
published within a month of th. V)1.
so that curiosity will remain u s-
fied until the cornerstone is unco M
by the workmen. Philadelphia
"Do you think there is any danger et
America being dominated by Europe?
"No, sir," answered Mr. Meel"
Mr. Mee!" -
lasis; "no I
with extraordinary emphas
long as eminent Europeans
to marry American girls
A curious butterfly exists in India,
The male has the left wing yellow
Pl the right one reJ; tho female haj
usr.; colors reversed.