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litili: IHIOWN HANDS.
They drive home the town
from the pa-
1 tlmi.isU tho ,,n-t, Mi.idv line,
Y li 10 the (u;ul wliiBilc lud in tho wheat
That me yc-ll.iw with ripening prain.
J le y hud in the tlmk. waviii
Where the h arid tipped isiiawber.y
lliey jj.ithcr th? cirliod mmwdroii
And tlie hint itiiiisou bud of the row.
ThfV tr-s the hny in the meadow;
r '1 lify (ji'ther the elder bloom white;
They firnl where the ilu-ky francs purple
t III the soft tinted October huht.
I hey Know where the apple hang ripest
And me Mveeter than Italy's wine;
They know where the fruit hang the thick
en Oa the thorny blackberry vinci.
-iiOiii. III woman was alone In a
J wibionicss of beautiful
O I o rooms. A thousand clec-
$ trii lights phono upon the
'MO?' polished floor of the white-aiid-gcld
ballroom. Tho anteroom was
dellcutely frasrant with the iicrfume of
roses; even the great staircase was
banked with flowers. Servants in the
livery of a great house were standing
motionless in a lon line; a little sub
dued whispering passed from one to
the other. At the head of the stairs
waited Jean Moussiu. prince of major
domos, to-night, unlike himself, white
"What does it mean, Monsieur Mcus
finV" a black-robed !ady's-a:aid whis
pered in his ear. "Tea o'clock has
struck, avp are all prepared, and no or.e
comes. There Is not a carriage in the
courtyard; the silence is as of the
RTave, 'What does it mean, Monsieur
Jean Moussin was gray about the
face, and his voice shook. The honor
of the bouse was his honor.
"Run away, fool'sli child!" he ex
claimed. "You will le busy enough
Immediately. Tho clocks are fast.
lUm back, and do not chatter!"
The major-domo walked restlessl;
to and fro. The sound of carriage
wheels in the courtyard would have
peemed the sweetest music to him.
IIow wide the door would have stood
open, how low his bow! But from
without there came no Eouad at all. In
the music room behind the ball room
some one was playing the violin.
; A! servant touched him on the shoul
der. . -
"Madame la Comtwse would speak
with 3-ou, Monsieur Moussiu!"
'ntjend, madame," the old man mur
mured. ' .:-iMf ( '
At once he turned to obey this sum
mons, lie passed with bowed Jjotul
through the stately reception" rcoiiT,
around which only a short half-hour
ireT The Y?r7uuTcof the Cov., the
soft splendor of the tapestry (a King's
legacy), the glittering vista of the ball
room beyond all these things went for
nothing. There "was a ghostliness about
these silent rooms, the great, empty
floor polished so perfectly for the feet
of the dancers. Madame la Comtesse
She herself was the most beautiful
thing there, save that in her face, as
she moved forward to meet Moussin,
was the look cf a frightened child. She
was radiant in white and pearls; in her
eyes and features the undiinmed splen
dor of youth; in her carriage and swift,
graceful gestures the charm and dig
nity of the woman of culture and
fashion. Moussin bowed low before
her and stood silent.
"Moussin," she exclaimed, "what is
the meaning of this? I do not under
stand. Are all the clocks wrong? lias
anything happened outside?"
"Madame," he answered, slowly, "the
clocks are right. It is a .quarter past
She moved impetuously to one of the
fix high windows and raised the blind.
Beneath was a courtyard empty. The
gates were thrown wide open, and ser
vants stood on either side waiting.
Outside in tho street the stream of ve
hicles flowed steadily on. She dropped
"Moussin," she said, "you made no
mistake in the date?"
Moussin shook his head sorrowfully.
"Madame," he said, "I have exam
ined the card. The date is correct.
Many of the journals, too, have an
nounced that madame receives to-night.
He sprang to the window. The sound
of wheels echoed up from the court
yard. Alas, it was but a single
Lrougham! No other carriages fol
lowed it. The long line of carriages
which in the old days had blocked the
street was absent Moussin also let
fall the blind and turned dejectedly
"Madame." he said, "would it not bo
well if I announced to this single vis
itor that Madame la Oomtesse Is in
disposed and does not receive to
I In y era (her the
a!e ri t v, f d i
And I. in', I 1 1 si v ct-t le i,i nun! :
They pi, k lii the beautiful n a shclb
l'.iuy ti.il k that have drifted to land
They wave from the tad lotkni
Where the oriole' harumork
Ari 1 at ninht time are folded in plumber
l'.y a s ing that a fond Mother sni.
Tb"e who tod brively are ttronnext;
I he humble and poor beeome ,'reatj
And from these browri-Iiuidcd chil
Shall prow niiK'htv ruler (f state.
The pen of the author and statesman
The noble and wise of the land
The sword and the chisel and palette
Shall be held m the little brown
Mary II. Krout.
She shook her nead. She had not the
blood of a race of conquerors in her
veins for nothing. She moved toward
the reception room.
"By no means, Moussin! I will see
who this daring visitor may be. Be
sides," she added, resting her small
white hand tenderly for a moment
upon his shoulder, "it would be useless.
All Taris will know of this to-morrow."
Moussin hurried forward. A little
sob caught in his throat. Up the stairs
a tall, well-groomed young English
man made his wonderiug way. A dozen
servants sprang forward to receive
his coat and hat. Save for those vio
lins Somewhere in the background
there was a hush everywhere. And
this, he had been told, was to be the
greatest function of the season in Paris
tho reappearance into society of the
beautiful young widow of Armand,
Count of Bordiere.
Moussin bowed low before him, and
remained deaf to his whispered inter
rogation. "Lord Herbert Wentworth!"
She moved a step forward to meet
him. lie, of all other men, to come
thus! lie held her fingers and looked
straight into her eyes. It was his way,
"Muriel!" he exclaimed. "What docs
"It means that you have stumbled
into a tragedy, my dear Lord Herbert,"
she answered. "Will you give me your
They walked slowly up the long, still
"But what does it mean?" he repeat
ed. "Have I mistaken the date? I
have come over from London to be
here crossed this afternoon. All Paris
was talking last week about your re
"It means I do not know exactly
what jt means," she answered
liit-y entered tne music room, ine
musicians were standing about talking
in little groups. Martoni the great
Martonl was lounging in an easy
chair, smoking a cigarette. He rose at
once at their entry. She looked upon
"Signoi Martoni," she said, "will you
be good enough to play?"
He was obviously amazed.
"But the audience, madame!"
"Your audience is here," she an
swered. From the music chamber they passed
back into a small anteroom leading
from the ball room. The sound of the
violin pursued them. Martoni, who
played only for thousands, played for
She motioned her companion to sit
by her side.
"I wili tell you what I know," she
said, quietly. "Afterward I must ask
you to go away. This afternoon Ar-
mand's aunt, the Princess of Nemurs,
was here. She asked me some ques
"My married life, as you know," she
continued, speaking with perfect self-
possession, "was a magnificent failure
It appears to me now that Armand
paused only in the midst of a career of
dissipation to secure my wealth by
marriage, and immediately returned to
the irregularities of his former life.
I bore all that 1 considered a self-re
specting woman should bear nay,
more but there were limits, and he
reached them. I objected to provid
ing the wardrobe and jewelry for his
little dancers. My father and his father
before him worked hard and honestly
for their wealth, and it seemed to me
sacrilegious to see it squandered in
such a fashion. So, as you know, I
-left my husband."
"You were right," he murmured. "
will not speak ill of the dead, but men
knew him for what he was."
"I lived alone and quietly. I did my
best t avoid all scandal. You your
self know, Lord Herbert, that I did
not wholly succeed."
"I admit nothing of the sort," Ifr an
1 1 . . -r l a. .
swi'reu urmiy. in i tins iney won;;.
gossip of the tngels."
For the first time t:r t '
Utile. Lower and hr.vcr n-v the
music (( the vhilln. To him its Pong
seemed to have become Mended with
the story M;e told, for, thnii-h her
words were cold and measured, be, at
any rate, was conscluii of the passion
"My dear friend," the paid, "I will
accept your belief in me as a blessed
gift. I will not tell you tho story of
that man Icssault as I have lrtd to tell
it today to the Princess."
."She asked you to tell her?" lie ex
claimed. "She asked nie for the truth. She
said that there h a J been talk. It wan
better for her to know. To every word
I spoke she listened with a col 1 smile.
When I had finished I had a horrible
fear. I was not sure whether she be
lieved me. And other callers came.
She went away without a word. And
There was a crash from the violin.
Madame stretched out her hand. She
pointed to the empty rooms. The hot
color flushed i:i the young English
man's cheeks. He would have spoken,
but she stopped him imperiously.
"Armand's relations nil hated mo for
leaving him." she said, slowly. "I al
lowed him lloODO a year, and they called
it beggary. Then there was his last
strange wish, tho only wish ho ex
pressed about me, that I should live in
Paris that, after my year of mourning
was over, I should come back amongst
his friends. I detested it! I wished to
go back to America or England; but.
after those last words of his, how could
I? Cannot you see, Lord Herbert,
what I am forced to think? This is his
revenge his and theirs. Oh, it is such
a hateful thought! I wanted to think
kindly of him, and the Princess was
always gracious to me. Yet "
He Interrupted her.
"It looks prettj bad," he admitted,
cheerfully, "although I never thought
the Princess Avould stoop to such a
thing. But, after all, every tragedy has
its lucky side for some one, and I
should never have had this tete-a-iete
with you if. your rooms had been
crowded with guests."
"Your tete-a-tete appears to be as
sured," Madame la Comtesse re
marked, with a faint smile. "You may
even look forward to taking me in to
"Oh, but I am serous very serious,
Muriel!" he said, suddenly leaning to
ward -her. "You know why I came the
moment you would see me. I have
been very patient, but I cannot wait
any longer." , ...
"Do you" mean that you v.T.nt to go?"
she asked, looking at him with wide
"You know what I mean!" he an
swered, vigorously. "I want you to
She drew a little away from him.
"After this?" she murmured, waving
her fan toward the ball room.
He laughed scornfully.
"In England," he said, "there will be
nothing of this sort to fear. I do not
think that anyone whom tho Duchess
of Middlesex bids to her house will
hesitate about coming, and there is no
one whom my mother cares for as she
does for you."
Sho was sibrnt. He saw that her com-
siiiO vas uroKca at last. &uo was
trembling all over. "'..Z"lli
'Herbert," she whispered, "I but
this hurts me. I cannot bear to com
to you now. Tcople will say that you
married me out of pity or for my
He bent over her and kissed her.
"Let them say what they will, dear,"
he whispered. "What do I care so long
as tho woman I love "
They sprang guiltily apart. They
looked at one another and the Countess'
hands flew to her hair. He nulled un
"Why, all Paris Is here!" he cried.
A carriage was standing before the
door. The courtyard and the street were
blocked with an endless succession of
vehicles. Across the ' ball room floor
came old Moussin, stumbling with
haste and with, the tears streaming
down his face.
"Madame, madame!" ho exclaimed,
"it is the printer! He should be r,nUo-
tined, the miscreant: The cards said
eleven till two, not ten, and I idiot
that I am I looked not at the time. It
wants still a quarter of an hour, and
the streets are impassable a sight mar
clous, indeed' Madame will receive?"
"Certainly, Moussiu," she answered,
calmly. "I am prepared."
She moved forward. Lord Herbert
stayed by her side.
"But you," she exclaimed. "How is
it that you are here an hour before
"I never looked at th3 card," ho ad
mitted. "I arrived at nine, and I sim
ply hurried here."
'It was good fortune, indeed," she
murmured, with a faint, sweet smile
"iou have had your tete-a-tete, and
you nave helped me through a bad
half-hour. Please stand a little further
nway Troiu me, and look as though you
had just arrived."
Moussin, erect and dignified, bowed
low at the entrance. Never had he
possessed morj? of the grand manner,
Never had his voice sounded more full
"Monsieur et Madame le Prince et
Princesse de Nemurs-1" he announced,
"Madame la Dnehes!-.e de Genarvs! Ills
;-:!'!!H- l :!;..'of Es.tferei:"
, , ...Moubsln pausv ' ' 1 - 1
Ii.h breath. Behind the s!ai;v,i.ses were
packed. 1 1."- courtyard ami street weie?
blocked. The gtic-is (tf M.i l in e hi
Comics.' bad arrived. -K. Pin
penheimi r, in The Sl-.ctcli.
Au extensive sugar mill is beliu'
erected at Motvlia, in the State of
Mlclioaeati. Mexico. All the machlix ry
required for this factory will be or
dered In the United Statis.
The master eiectrinans and the elec
trician s'igf anis of the newly-created
corps of tho army will b" dcsignatul
by a symbol of v.-idle metal resembling
forked light;; iug Inclos.'d within a
wreath of gilt metal. Th uniform
trousers of these ollicers will show a
There h.n been recently Introduced
to science a n: w and powerful medica
ment, an. extract of the suprarenal
glands called adrenaline. Tills extract
is a hemostatic of the first order, and
iis vaso-constrielive powers are stub
that its equal is not to bo found in any
agent employed in medicine, its use
quickly arresting any flow of blood,
while repeated applications of adrena
line destroy, or at least partially cure,
certain malignant growths. Numerous
applications have been made of this
new drug, which seems adapted par
ticularly to the treatment of externa!
Laying maronry in freezing weather
is rendered possible, It is said, by it
substance recently Jirought out in (!e:
many, saye the Engineering News. The
substance is a liquid, which, whet'
mixed with the water used in making
up the mortar, enables thi latter to set
properly even in the coldest winter
weather. It is claimed that mortar
made with the addition of the new
substance shows even slightly greater
strength than mortar made up with
water. The liquid, which is marketed
under the name "Calcidum," is a solu
tion of chlorite of calcium, and has a
freezing point far below zero. It is
said to give equally gocd results Willi
cement as with lime mortar. 7 .,.
A wrecking system hr.s been invented
which depends upon the fact that
acetylene gas is generated front car
bide in the presenco of water, states
the American Inventor. The essential
feature of the process is to provide a
number of hollow steel cylindrical ves
sels in which to generate acetylene. In
a compartment at the top of each a
sufficient quantity of carbide is placed,
and the cylinders tilled with water.
After being submerged they are at
tached to the sides of the vessel and
water is admitted to the carbide. Th2
gas generated displaces the water in
the cylinders and the wreck is raised
and can be towed without repairs. A
cylinder thirty-feet long, and fifteen
feet in diameter would lift about 10
tons. v-.-f. :'
Wonderful Grotto I 'omul.
II. II. Ewers, with the help of picks.
ropes and a ladder forty feet long, has
succeeded in reaching from the sea a
grotto in the precipice .near the Arco
Naturale at Capri. The grotto was
known to exist, but was considered in
Mr. Ewers has named it the Marvel
ous Grotto, and it is wonderfully beau
tiful. On climbing into its entrance
the bottom was found to be level for
about 100 yards, and then to rise gently
for another 200 yards. The maximum
breadth of the grotto is fifty yards, and
the maximum height 100 yards. Won
derful stalacltes and stalagmites meet
the eye on every side.
In the centre there is the appearance
of a round green lake, bordered with
yellow buttercups and gold-brcwn wall
flower?. The grotto receives its light
from below, and the turquoise reflec
tion from the soa has the same effect
as in tne liiue urotto. nut men
changes, as it passes upward, into an
emerald green, and ends in the deepest
cerulean blue. One group of stalac
tites is perfectly rose colored, while
others are marble white, cinnamon
colored, or black. Brooklyn Eagle.
A Difficult Salvage Undertaking.
The Moss Shipyard and Salvage Com
pany, of Denmark, is at present on
gaged upon a salvag? undertaking of
considerable difficulty. It is a question
of raising the steamer Ekliptica, which
foundered on the Swedish coast, with
a cargo of 2S00 tons of coal, and which
lies hi fourteen fathoms of water, in
addition to which the salvaged goods
have to be conveyed one mile shore
wards. Th? Mess Company has dis
patched three salvage steamers and
two lighters, each of 1100 register tons,
to the snot, with a staff of seventy-two
men, and the company incurred ex
penses for new material of over $17,
oOO. The Salvage Company is to have
seventy-five per cent, of the value of
the salvaged goods-. Philadelphia Bec
ord. lie Work Downward.
The son of the self-mado man cren-
erally Wr;ins at the top and works
' l.r.vn-var.l.-CLlsagj r.ecord-IIera'.d.
'.-.", .... A. I-AliO
' MAHKINU TABLE
Tho marking of table
njM'ratloii that often bothers the avcr
igo housekeeper. If dio Is well to da
die can hire other women to embroider
tho initials or monogram in tin solid
white embroidery that Is hi hambsonuj s
-and so expensive. Or she may simply
stamp her table napkins and towels
with a stencil and India Ink. This
looks ( heap, as it i Sho1 ombroid 'ry.
whh h is novel, easy and pretty ulni
done, offers a happy medium let ween
Iho tw:. Or.e woman who (Iocs a good
deal of it says the lir.-t step is to s
a spool and draw a circle fa into,
around it on tho art h ie to be marked.
Start at the bottom of the circle trf.M
brier-stitch around neatly half way.
Then start again at the bottom niul
stitch around the other half. At the
top leave a tiny space, and tli" effect
will bo that of a dainty laurel wreath.
If the wreath is extended at tho bottom
fn two small straight lines crossing
each other tho wreath effect is height-1
ened. A small bow knot at the base isr-t
also pretty. In tho centre draw the de- A
sired initkH with a pencil, working ir.
finely and closely in over and over.
HONDA Y Mli.MS.
set the dye in colored cotton
goods, soak the article thoroughly I;
eold water before its first washing; and
to make assurance doubly sure, add a
teaspoonful of sugar of lead or a hand
ful of salt to the water.
Many laundresses abjure the use ct
soap altogether la tho washing of col
ored prints. To do this, plunge the ar
ticles in a bath of lukewarm water,
mixed plentifully with bran. Binso im
mediately in soft, cold water, and hang;
to dry in a shady, unheated place. Iron
when nearly dry, on the wrong side.
To prevent buff or gray linens from
fading, add a teaspoonful of black -pepper
to the water In which they are
Laec-woven and fine silk stockings
should be cleaned with benzoin or
naphtha-preferably iho latter. Turn
them inside out, shake free from dust,
lay them fiat in a dish, and cover with
the cleansing fluid, taking care not to
do the work In r room where there is
a fire or light. Stir briskly in this '',
but!), and the:: remove to a fresh o;:o of
clean naphtha, which will effectually
remove all lurking traces of soilure.
This process completed, the stockings
should be patted as nearly dry as pos
sible, and hung in the open air until
all odcr of th: fluid 1ms disappeared.
For washing silk underwear a slnff'ss'f"
so.Tpsuds made of warm water stV
pure white soap is tlu best medium.
but in no case must soap be rubbed
upon the garment. Wa; the latter
thoroughly, but lightly in two suc
cessive baths of the soapsuds and then
rinse it in lukewarm water. Pat the
water out between the hands, shake
the garment and pull :t Into shape;
then, when it is almost dry, press it on
the wrong side with a moeTerately hot
iron. Philadelphia Telegraph.
Orange Sauce Beat the whites of
three eggs to a stiff froth, then beat in
gradually a cup of powdered sugar;
when light and smooth add grated rind
and juices cf one lemcn cud two or
auges. Strawberry CanapesCrush fresh
lorries with sugar; spread generously ?
nn buttered white bread without crust.
Cut in uniform oblongs and pile,
daintily on plate garnished with small -lettuce
Poulette Soup Melt three table
spoons of butter, add three tablespoons
each of diced tcelery, turnip and carroi
one tablespoon of minced onion, n bay
leaf, a blade of mace, bit of parsley...
Cook slowly twenty minutes, their add
three tablespoons of flour; when blend
ed pour over it gradually three pints
oi mint, aua one teaspoon oi salt, a
little pepper ad cook in a double boilr
twenty minutes. Strain and add
?gg yolks beaten with one-half cup y
Rhubarb Ice One quart of cream."
Due pound of sugar, two pounds of rhu
barb, half a pint of water, .juice ami
rind of one lemon. Wipe and cut up
the rhubarb and put it into a pan with
the water, lemon juice and rind. When
quite tender press It well to .get oct
all the juice. Put half the sugar and
cream into a double boiler;, when the
sugar is melted take off the cream and
when cold add to it the rest of the
Ftigar and cream. Put into a freezer
and when nearly frozen add the colol
rhubarb Juice and continue to freeze
until firm. Let it stand for two hours