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To I't n-h with the fiii !v frost
AimI loam the In-lib juul love the tl;y
Thau to If wi-e ut mu'.i a rust.
Cy THOMAS COED.
i j.; j I' course, its Intrinsic value
J t2 U very Mi-lit," I said, as
Theodora stood holding
I' - tll- llln in lll'l tlilt Il.tlMi,
r:::! N' "Is that why you art- of-
loring it to inc.' fiio lo
mandod, glancing up brightly.
"Pi cruise," I explained, "it Is sup
posed to lifiiis the uwiicr all ui.'.i:e:
"Then," cried Theodora, "it is a Liiid
t "What Is it supposed to do?"
' "O, well, tho ldea used to ho that it
received an Influence from the plan
"I wonder which placet?" asked
"The Mono la preen," I answered,
"and green was the color of Verms,
you know. Anyhow, it is supposed to
protect your house from visitations
cf evil spirits "
"Your house," she remonstrated.
"It is the same thing," I Insisted, and
Theodora's face grew rosily red.
"Oughtn't a talisman to have some
mysterious writing on It V she asked.
"Every occult condition is fuUilhd."
I assured her. and she carried the ling
to the window. Hut after an en
deavor to read the words which wore
minutely engraved on the inner face
of the thin gold hand, she gave it up
with a sigh. Taking the ring from
Theodora's hand. I held it to a more
" 'To give and keep:' " slip read, then
turned her head with an inquiring ex
pression: "Is that right'" she asked.
"Quite right," I answered, and I
shivered as her hair brushed my check.
"Do you feel cold?" she asked, look
ing at the fire.
"Not in the least."
"I will ring for Edwards to put some
more coal on,"' she suggested, going
towards the hell.
"You haven't made out all the words
yet," I Insist 3d, and after a momentary
hesitation, she returned to my side.
"It is extremely ridiculous," she ex
claimed, "because how can you give a
thing and yet "
"It must bo done in order to bring
out the full virtue of the charm."
"But if you give it away "
'Treeisely what I am endeavoring
"Then how can you keep it?" Theo
"Suppose you try to read the remain
ing line," I said, but she read it cau
tiously to herself before repeating it
aloud. I saw her lips moving.
" 'To give and keep; v.
Nor lose nor weep,' " "
"It is supposed," I explained, "to be
a translation of an old French couplet,
and you perceive that the last line
contains the moral."
"And the first an impossible- condi
"I assure ycu it is perfectly simple,
"In the Creek Kalends," said Theo
dora, with a smile.
"Much sooner, I hope."
"When?" she at-ked, turning away
"If it is left to me. I should say a
ment!'. at the iatest."
Turning to face me again, she held
out the ring at arm's length.
"I shall refuse to have anything to do
with it," she fried.
"Why?" I asked.
"0! I detect things I can't under
"You joiTght to try to have more
faith," I urged.
"In what':" asked Theodora. .
"In me. of course. I premise, if you
take ii, the ring shall bring good for
tune." "I was thinking of yon," she mur
mured, "at the moment."
'Then the spoil begins to work:" I
exclaimed. "What better luck could
it bring than to make ycu think of
"To me or to ycu?" she demands.
"To both; at present it Is neither
yours nor mine."
"It looks rather ancient," she re
marked. "You see, it has been a family relie
fer generations," I explained.
"Then it has always been kept!"
"And consequently it has never Leon
"At regular intervals," I insisted.
"Well." the faltered. "I-I don't v.n
ficrsta::'.!." Et I fancied she did.
"If jru Muly '!i word carefully,"
I big:tn, wln-n Mi'1 hitLirupud me with
a solemn cpM kvlon.
'Rf-ddi s," hln cried, "evf-i If the
condition could be fuiniled "
"It could," 1 niiswt -red.
"Even then," Mie continued, "haven't
n::y of Its owio r either lost or "
"They have never lost the Tails
man." "Ah!" paid Theodora, "it must be n
very wonderful thing if It always
keep away tears."
"You mustn't judge by Its present ef
fect," I urged, and Mie bicauie Mid
"What do you m'-an?" Mie de
"I fancied there were tears hi joui
"Why should there be?"
"Why?" I whispered, drawing closer.
"If only the Talisman might do as
you say," Mie murmured.
"My fathev gave it to my mother,"
"Then he didn't keep it!"
"The whole Includes the part, you
understand. lie gave her the' ring;
she gave him back herself."
"And and yet he' lest her," mur
"Yes. he lost her."
"And I suppose, for all their love,
there wore tears now and thou," sh;
"So that your Talisman was of very
little effect." said Theodora.
"Perhaps," I urged, "the translation
was not literal; but anyhow, you need
not bo afraid to accept it."
"It isn't that I am afraid," she ox-
claimed; but still Mie held out her right .
hand once more, and the ring was
in her fingers.
"You are not going to give it back
to mo." I cxpo?J ulated.
"Why, yes,"-jhe returned, and I
felt compelled (Z 5ake it in my hand.
For a few moments I stood gazing at
it. a little foolishly perhaps, then I
looked into her face.
"The tears should bo as few as 1
could make them, Theo," I said.
"O, I know, I know," she faltered.
"Don't y'itt think you can change
your mind?" I urged, and she met mj
eyes with an expression half perplexed
half indignant. In her own there were
still traces of tears; some sensitive
chord had. perhaps, been touched, of
which I had no perception.
"Change my mind!" she cried.
"Lot me give and keep "
"I thought you would like to put it
on. said xneooera, ami as l tooi; nor
left hand and pushed the ring over her
third finger, it seemed that the Talis
man began to take effect at once, for
her tears dried like April rain, and no
sunshine was ever brighter than her
smile. But Theodora insists tnat nor
Talisman is something different alto
gether. Philadelphia Telegraph.
Yankee Kiitcrprlso la HoTioluln.
No more apposite ustratiou of Y'.an
lcee energy can bo afforded than the
teh phone system of the city of Hono
lulu. The wires run everywhere, even
far or.t Into the suburbs. They do not
disfigure the view as in American cit
ies, but seem a part cf the vines and
creepers which leap from wall to tree,
from tree to tree, and tree to house.
Nearly every house and store is con
nected, and the rates are so low that
they would make an American stock
holder weep with sorrow and disgust.
Most notable of all, the company
owns small submarine cables, and for
a mere pittance will connect a man-of-war
or a merchant ship anchored far
out in the harbor with the city. Naval
and maritime folk are socially impor
tant, and this ingenious innovation
proved an invaluable boon to the sa
lons ashore and the sl'ips afloat.
In the stores ycu can hear the cap
tains, stewards, pursers and paymast
ers emit ring goods over the wires,
growling at dilatory messengers, or
making inquiries regarding a hundred
subjects. On one occasion a frknd ar
ranged a dinner party of twelve per
sons, including the invitation to two
naval officers on their ship, invitations
to the other guests, ordering supplies
and engaging waiters, in half au hour,
without leaving the hall in which her
telephone was situated. Washingron
An Inproaoe in Vjmper Lunatic?."
Steadily for the last ten years the
number of certified pauper lunatics in
the British isles has been rising. Sim
ilarly suicide is increasing all over the
country. Turn to the physical form
and the tale is the same. Army re
cruiis show worse teeth to the examin
ing mod h a 1 oiiieers every year. It
has just been found necessary to lower
the standard of height, weight nnd
chest measurement to a degree which
is f;uiie indefinite. With all modern
athleticism there is still r. definite ten
dency to increased insanity and to
physical degeneration, in Croat Britain
at the present day.
"Gentlemen of the jury." said the
e-loouent K. C, "I leave the rest tc
you. Y'ou are Englishmen. You are of
a valorous race. As men you would
scorn to insult a woman scorn to ill
treat one scorn to say aught that is
unmanly cr unbecoming to a member
of the weaker sex "And only thh-
liioru-ug," interrupted a shrill vciee
from the gallery, "that man called nej
a meddling old cat." It was th 1 K. C.
wife. He JoM his cae.Ti' I-!'
. . - .
A Minima: y of the result cf all the
experiments at the lovernment sta
tions throughout the country, nbotit to
be pubh'.-hed by the 1 lepart incut of
Agriculture, teems to Miow that win re !
tin- cot of applying water Is not too
great Irrigation if strawberries 1.4 of
great value in Insuring a full crop of
fruit "ach season. The water should
be applied at about fruit time, In the
furrows, and allowed to slowly How
down th;n, rather than by Hooding.
This may seem like a suggestion of lit
tle value at this season of the year,
when it Is too late to water thU crop
of berries. It Is not too early, how
ever, to begin to plan for water for the
ii"Xt year's crop, as It must he renmin
bi rod that water cannot be applied out
of ha ml like fertilizer. In most case?
even with the wattr easily available
ijtiite a little system will have to be de
vised .to irrigate the strawberry patch
or other garden crops.
OKCIIAKI) NOTES BY AN EXPERT.
Coud drainage, natural or artificial,
is essential to success. Trees are im
patient of wet feet.
(iood tillage increases the available
food supply of the soil, and also con
serves its moisture.
Tillage should be begun just as soon
as the ground is dry enough in the
spring, mid should be repeated as often
as once in ten days throughout tnc
growing season, which extends from
spring until duly or AV.gust.
Only cultivated crops should bo al
lowed in orchards early in the season.
Grain and hay should never be grown.
Even-hoed en1 cultivated crops may rob
the tr.es of moisture and fertility if
they are allowed to stand above the
tree roots. Watch a sod orchard. It
will begin to fail before you know it.
Probably nine-tenths cf the apple or
chards are in sod, and many of them
are meadows. Of course they are fail
ing. The remedy of these apple failures is
to cut down many of the orchards. For
the remainder the treatment is cultiva
tion, fertilisation, spraying--the trinity
of orthodox apple growing. Professor
L. II. Bailey, in The Cultivator.
An excellent method for Starting
watermelons., cucumbers and other
Drops for early market is to plant ':he
seed in small boxes or tubes, made of
thick paper or cardboard. These are
shown in the accompanying-illustration.
?( cure pieces of paper eleven inches
long and live inches wide. Roll in the
form of a tube and tie a cord about the
Lcntre. Such a device is shown in Fig.
2. After several of thope tubes are pre
pared place in a wooden box four
inches deep, as shown in Fig. I. Fill
those tubes with earth and plant the
Phti?e in a warm room, where they
will sprout anel be ready for trans
planting. When the time comes to put
them out of doors, simply set the paper
tubes with the young plants in holes
prepared for this purpose, leaving them
in tube. They will start off readily and
produce early crops. American Agri
culturist. PRUNING TREES.
Limbs to h? removed should be cut
off as smoothly as possible with a
sharp saw and as (dose to the main
stem as possible. When a limb enters
a shoulder at the trunk, the cut should
be as close to the former as possible,
yet never through it. There should
never be any stump left, because the
cambium dies back and when the
stump decays there is a hole left which
is apt to cause th? trunk of the tree
to rot and become hollow. Torn
wounds are a source of danger to a
tree. If large limbs are to bo removed,
which should, never happen in good
pruning, there is danger of the- weight
of the limb tearing the bark. To avoid
this cut from below first and moot this
cut with or:0 from above, or. if this can
not be done, cut off the limb a foot
from the tree and remove the stub.
Largv wounds should bp smeared over
with tar or thick paint to keep out
moisture. It is very important that the
healing process should start soon after
tiie wound is made, otherwise the cam
bium will be kiiied back quit? a dis
tance from the expe-s--'d surface and
healing will be greatly retarded. For
tills reason pruning should be avoided
in cold, particularly frosty weather. In
spring the cambium is active, and
wcrr.ds made at this time start to
l;cal at once, and there is little or no
dying- back of the cambium. Green's
tieti Down to Get t p.
Th? fellow who gets down to work
is the cue who g P up in the world.
I" ' ' ':d.hi R,cd
AN USK'.Q,'. .' LAND.' I
rt.olOU in.r..ii rii..ir. Ul.i. li N.
Moilrru 1r Ipr ll.ia I vir
l'cv p 1 1 j 1 1 r ipprccla ; th" l.'-' t that
to tl.iy, at the ti.su n of the I rut i'-'.h
renliiry, trt re arc Mill pails of the nM
Itom.Mi Eiopite v,h : no tr.'.ve'.er t
modern time h.is bun; ' Pa i iheie at
aiifleiit towns whicli n tourist h.:s
si-t il, t"iii.ls am! towers that no lover
of chi -sic art liltt t lure ban th l.ghi- d in.
hisiTititlo:! in ancient Krctk that no
savant has as yet declphep-d -whole
regions, in fact, full of atithpiities fcr
which no B.ndtkcr has b en wiitt n,
and which are nd M:ovn upon tbu
latest maps. There aif regions- within
our tempi-rate '.ni- v. h":v no ini vi iu
European foot has lr-M, so far as v.t
ci-e able to to'.! region whete the civ
ilization of Cic ce : nd Rome oin-e
llourisht d, and w here l':n, mi nune-nts
of i-l.iv if a;-, and of an unfamiliar art
that supplanted the cla-sic. waste iheir
bcautle.4 upon the Ignorant sight of
half civilized nomads.
To realize the truth of this cue imod-:
only to cross th.- ranges of mountains
that run parallel to the eastern coast r
the Mediterranean, and, avoiding ail
caravan routes. Journey ludepcudrnily
about the barren country that lies be
tween these mountains and the Eu
phrates. Here is a territory which,
though not wholly unexplored, is ft. II
of most wonihrful surprises. Here are
cities and town long deserted, not so
great or so imposing, perhaps, as Pal
myra, but far bettor preserved than
the city of Z( nobhi, and giving a much
truer picture of the life of the iiiiel ent
inhabitants than one can draw from
those famous ruins. These towns are
not buried, like the great cities of the
Mesopotamia!! plains, i:e r have their
sites been built upon in modern times,
as those of the classic cities of Greece
have been: they stand out against the
sky upon high ridges or lie sheltered in
sequestered valleys, presenting to the
view of the traveler as he approaches
them very much the same aspect that
they did in the fourth century cf our
era, when inhabited by pri'sperous, cul
tivated r.n.l happy peopie, or when de
serted by thos" inhabitants some K!M)
years ago. Howard Crosby Butier, in
Ghost IV.cpfi Com j'areit.
Ghosts differ (jultc as widely in fa
cial expression as jn other characteris-ti'.-s.
One always lias a long, clean
shaven physiognomy, cadaverous and
pitiful in expression. Another clean
shaven spook rrcars his hair high on
his head and has a "generally distin
guished and gentle air." One of the
percipients of a woman ghost, though
frightened by its lirsi appearance, af
terward anticipated pleasure in the
hope of seeing its kindly disposed face.
"Its eyes were green and glistening,
but the rest of its face was mudied
up." is recorded of another "haunt."
A. tall, black ghost frequently seen upon
rural roads paralyzed seme children
with fright when they looked up and
behold the "awful expression" of its
countenance. Women who saw its
face at other times describe it as thin
and deadly pale. The face of a young
man's spook haunting a modern city
house is pale and 'luminous. His eyes
are downcast as though in deep
thought. The majority of ghosts ap
pear to look sad and deathly rale. A
conspicuous number among the mascu
line persuasion are clean-shaven; yet
many are adorned with the shades of
mustaches and beards worn in real
life. To those who were near to them
in life they usually appear in their nor
mal form. Sometimes to those who
have not soon them for long intervals
they exhibit changes experienced be
fore death, but net previously ob
served. Washington Star.
Athens, the enly capital in Europe
tvhich cannot ho reached by rail, is sep
arated by several hundred miles from
the European main railway system, of
which Briudisi, Salonika and Constan
tinople may be regarded as the tare?
southern termini. The projected line
front Athens to Salonika will bridge
the hist gap of the chain. It is to have
the standard continental gauge of four
feet eight i-ieiies. anel when completed
it -will be possible to '-.n through car
riages from Calais to Athens, and the
Greek capital will be brought within
three days of Loudon. At present the
quickest transit is live days, via Briu
disi and Patras, which involves a sea
voyage almost as long as that between
Briudisi and Egypt. Ar.eiher anomaly
is that Athens is the only European
capital to which thcie is not a d-iliy
mail from Great Britain, a privilege en
joyed by the "European capital" evca
of that semi-civilize. 1 country Morocco.
The cost of the journey to Athens is
greater than that to any other conti
nental capita!. It is net surprising,
then, to find the country, which, next
to Italy, is the richest in historic and
artistic interest in ail Europe, is hardly
known at ail to the r.vfvage tourist. It
is still the preserve e.f the leisured and
wealthy traveler, with his entourage
e.f couriers and dragon" ns. Lomlo-j
A "Watt-rclad" inmli'fhip.
The Russians cro experimenting whh
it "watereie.d" hat ties. .":. which has an
upper deck of cork and a second deck
of armor. The space betwe'ii the two
can be filled with w.kv; then the ship
Coals a feet under the k.:u'.i surfac-?.
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Rou id , -r
v, uh Hit
Fm:.rt .c t.
"."h i.-a't a; all vain, although sh
lias Konie canst, to In-."
"ilnh! Why do you say that?"
"lb can . o she told me s j hei.'eif.'f .
Mdhithdphia Press. '
"Have ycu any poor
"None that I know, old chap."
"I sec, old fellah then you must
imve some rich ones!"
"Yas. ba Jove! but none that know
r.oi" New York Times.
"Van 'Major has made a fortune in
the automobile business."
"I didn't know he manufactured that
Dhtss of vehicles."
"lie doesn't; he repairs them." Cin
cinnati Commercial Tribune. V,
PATRIOTIC RESENTMENT. V-'
Mr. Kuowsome "Those are copies of
the ships In which Columbus sailed
from Spain to discover America."
Mr. Ilojack "Go on! YcuTI never
make me believe that any foreignei
discovered our great country." Ch
NOT II1S AFFAIR.
"How do you account for the rota
tion of the earth on its axis?" asked
"We!!," answered the young man
svho is always at a loss, "I suppose the
?arth had to rotate cn something."
" " HE DARED.
Parke "Peterkin has a ioi: of moral
eourage, hasn't he?"
Lane5 "How do you know?"
Parke "Why, I got half way through
I story I was telling him when I asked
hi'.n if he had heard it and
d he said hi
ha d." Detroit Free Press.
"You're going out to wate a lot more '
Toney in shopping, I suppose?"
"Oli. no, papa. I'm going to save
r.cney to-day. Tins is bargain day,
rou know." New York Journal.
THE COST OF NEGLECT.
"I need a vacation badly, but I can'
.Tike it now," said Dr. Price-Price.
'.Many of my patients are in such con
liticn that I can't afford to leave them.
ITiey need constant nursing."
"Ah, yes," replied the man who
snow, "I guess there are certain pa
dents who, if you quit them, get wtil
:ho first tidug- you know." Catholic
e:. ; ' ..;,! r : 1 T i:.:ee.