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BY C. H. BENNETT.
T WAS sitting in my consulting-room
and wondering. I was young, well
qualified, and not wanting in a modicum
of confidence in my professional abilities,
but for the services of my humble self,
John Hardman, M. D., there seemed to
be no demand in all the great cit3.
My melancholy meditations were cut
short by the din of my front door bell,
and presently a gentleman was ushered
into my presence.
'Dr. Hardman, I believe?" said the
newcomer. Allow me to introduce mv -
self. I am Mr. Thomas Sharp, of Rose
Villa. I live in your neighborhood."
After expressing my pleasure at mak
ing his acquaintance, I inquired if I
could be of any service to him.
"You are a busy man, I expect, doc
tor," said he, and then paused, whilst
I mendaciously hinted that such was
the case. "But possibly you will be
able to find me a little time in a pro
I informed him that, of course, I
rould do so.
Well, I may tell you at once," he
went on, pleasantly, "I am as sound
as a bell myself, but I wish to engage
your good services for my niece. She
is young, and inclined to be delicate,
I think, and wants a little toning up,
and as I happen to know some particu
lars about you and your career, entire
ly to your credit. I am going to place
her under your care."
l put in a lew liurnei! words, ex
pressive of my pleasure in undertak
ing the charge, and was going on to
make some inquiries as to mv patient's
health and manner of life, but n:v vol
uble friend cut me short.
"You are the only son of the late
John Hardman, of Blankley Hall." he
interrupted. "I used to know vour
part of the country, and I know that
you are the only surviving member of
that good old Hardman stock. Never
that your father came to grief over
the X bank failure, and that it
has been an uphill game for you since,
in consequence. I am pleased to see
how well you are now getting on."
Mr. Sharp continued to ramble on
1:1 tins strain lor some time, giving
me little information about himself,
but to my astonishment revealing no
little knowledge of mv history. Our
meeting terminated very cordiallv, and
he departed after receiving my accept
ance of a pressing invitation to dine
with him at Rose Villa on the following
Rose villa turned out to be a very I
charming and well-appointed domicile. I
1 had made a few inquiries indirectly
through Polly (Polly was mv smart
little parlor maid), and it seemed that I
Mr. Sharp was a gentleman of means,
with no ostensible profession, who had I
been for about two years in his pres-1
ent abode. His niece, a young lady I
of taking appearance, in Polly's opin- I
ion, was the only other member of the I
household, and they were not favored I
by many, if any, callers. So mucV for
amateur detective work. My early im-
pressions of Rose Villa and of Grace
Farleigh, mv lovely patient, were dis-
tinctly pleasing. I
Mr. Sharp made a capital host: he
was cheery and entertaining, and Miss
Farleigh, a fair-haired, blue-eyed, hand-I
some girl, was as gracious as she was
beautiful. She was an accomplished
musician, plaving well and singing I
with a voice that for tone and sweetness I
is rarely equaled in any suburban draw- I
ing-room. J hcv gave me that pro-I
nounced luxury, a really good dinner, I
and I spent a most enjoyable evening
Miss Fairleigh and I became friends I
almost at once. I was drawn towards
her as much by her half-veiled shyness
and maidenly manner as by her rich
beauty. That which appealed to my
curiosity in connection with my visits
to Rose Villa was my inability to fathom I
Mr. Sharp's motive in having retained
my services for his niece. She enjoyed
I was requested by Mr. Sharp to call
daily, and I did so most conscientiously;
but that Miss Fairleigh derived any ben
efit from mv medicines (if she took
them), I am not prepared to admit,
though a check, which was forced upon I
me at an early date, was very accept-
able, and I could not afford to quarrel I
with my bread and butter.
Three months passed away. I wasab-
surdly happy. I suppose I must have
been a "gone coon" from the first. I
know that I was now over head and ears
in love with Grace, and, although I had
not divulged my secret to her by an
open proposal of marriage, she was not
ignorant as to how matters stood with wanting in some of the qualities I re
111 e from u cardiac view, neither, as I quired. I made inquiries about vour
rightly gathered a little later, was her
I was only waiting for a "looking up-
wards" in mv practice, to plead my love
with fervor and all the eloquence I could
command. But tne practice liU not
"look up." Indeed, things financial
were becoming worse and worse with
me. Bills rained down upon me with
monotonous regularity, and I was be
One evening, after I had been dining
with the Sharps, my host invited me
into his study for a smoke. I felt that
something was in the wind, and my
-surnusal was not incorrect.
"Ton are looking gloomy to-night,
Hardman," he remarked, after we had
selected chairs and relapsed into com
fortable attitudes. "You are in trouble
In trouble financially, eh? I know it,
I and you will find it to your advantage
10 De piain wim me.
I hardly knew how to express mv-
self, and confessed lamely enough that
I was more or less on my last legs. He
I continued, without comment:
"You are, also, I think, in love with
Grade. Is it not so?"
"It is quite true, Mr. Sharp."
"Then why don't you marry her?"
My companion gazed into my face, a
comical smile playing about his lips.
His bluntness positively amazed me.
I fear that what cannot support
one would be a poor living for two,
I said, after a moment's thought. "If
1 1 could afford to marry your niece, I
I would gladly do so to-morrow."
"You mean that?"
I "Most certainly I do. I love her."
I He arose from his chair and stood be-
I side me, looking into my eyes steadily.
I "Listen, Hardman. Gracie is a lady
I by birth and education, she is also as
I good a girl as ever breathed. She has
no relations in the world saving myself,
I and I may have to leave her at any time
I have made inquiries about you, and I
I know your past to be a clean one.
Given a helping hand at the start, you
would succeed at the finish. Tell me,
how much would you require to buy a
good practice, or to start in a fair way
against ordinary opposition?"
I was becoming more and more aston
ished. Was the man going to adopt
'It would be possible to do the thing
decently for 3,000, would it not?" he
raid, presently, for I had felt too taken
aback to volunteer any suggestion. He
waited for a reply.
I could go into partnership with an
old friend of my father for less than
that," I answered. "Dr. Jordan offered
to give me a share for 1,500, when I
passed my 'final,' but I could not find
"Where does Jordan live?"
"Is the practice a good one. and can
you trust him?"
There is no doubt about the prac-
tice, and Jordan is an excellent fellow
an old bachelor, and if he had not lost
a lot of money when we did, in the same
concern, would have been a rich man
Sharp laid a heavy hand on my shoul
"Go and ask Gracie to marry j-ou
he said, in a low voice. "I am sure that
she will do so. On vour wedding day
j I will give her 3,000, and I will give
you 2,000 to-morrow, with which you
can settle your affairs here and arrange
with Jordan, the condition being that
you ask no questions and undertake
to marry this month."
'But, Mr. Sharp," I cried, "such mag
nanimity, I "
"Go and ask Gracie."
He pointed to the door, waving aside
I my remonstrance, and I followed the
direction of his finger as one in a dream.
That evening I left Rose villa the bride
groom-elect of Grace Farleigh, and with
a cheek for 2,000 in my coat pocket.
I he wedding passed off very quietly.
Only a fortnight had elapsed since my
queer interview with Mr. Sharp, but
in that short time a marvelous change
had taken place in my affairs. I had
purchased a share of Dr. Jordan s prac
tice in Birmingham, had cleared my
self of debt and was now the happy
husband of the beautiful girl I loved
I could scarcely believe it all. Why
had this mysterious Sharp done so
much for me? I was soon to be en-
lightened. The breakfast was over.
The company had consisted of Gracie,
her uncle and myself; we had enter-
tained no wedding guests. My wife
had gone upstairs to prepare for our
departure. We were going to Paris
for a fortnight, and then should pro
ceed io Birmingham, our new home.
"I want to speak with you. Hard
man, said Sharp. We will go into the
He took my arm and we strolled into
"You think I have been very good to
you. men r
He was leaning back in an arm chair
land smoking the stump of a half-fin-
"Well, why have I been good to vou?"
He paused, and I said that I could not
I have been good to you for Graeie's
sake. I have been looking out for a
husband for her for some time, but in
cur position it was not an easy task.
l requireu a man l could trust, a gen
tleman by birth and nature, one who
would love her and be good to her, one
who had no meddlesome relations to in
terfere or advise. I think I have been
I assured him that I should do all I
could to justify his selection. He
nodded, and went on speaking:
"I had no friends; although I had
gome money, it was not easy to find the
man I wanted who would marry her,
having only my word for her past and
knowing nothing of my career; who
would marry her without asking ques-
tions, as you have done. I heard about
you, as a struggling practitioner, new
ly started; I took stock of you. as I have
taken stock of others, who were found
past, and then I took you on trial. You
"avc satisneii me. and I ilon't think vou
will regret the step you have taken."
I told him that I was more than sat-
1 am glad to hear it, he said. "And
now you must promise.me that Gracie
shall never know what I am going to
I gave him the promise.
"Swear that you will i,ever tell her)
and that you will be the same to her
always as you are today. She is a
dear, good girl, the one person in the
world who believes in m. and cares
for me. You are both provided for, and i it.
after this day you will never aee ma
I stared at him, and he held out hia
hand t me.
"Swear what I have asked you; by
all that you hold sacred, swear."
I took his hand and complied with
"Why shall we not see you gain?
I asked, when he had resumed his seat.
He laughed; then, selecting a pen
from a small collection on a writing
table, he wrote on the back of an en
velope and tossed the paper over to
"What is that?" he asked; and I
looked upon it with amazement.
"It is my signature," I faltered. "An
imitation of my signature."
"It is a forgery, is it not?"
"Yes, but I don't quite see the drift
of the business."
"The business speaks for itself, my
dear fellow," and he tossed his cigar
end into the grate. "It is my business
I am a forger!" There was a pause.
Sharp was smiling, while I felt as if
some one was pouring ice water down
the small of my back. I could only
murmur: lou are a forger:
Listen. You know, of course, that
Graeie's mother was my sister. The
Sharps were poor as church mice, and
my father, a strict old parson, got mo
into a London office when I was a mere
boy. I shall not drivel about tempta
tion and so on: be it enough to say that
my talent for drawing and penman
ship made me friendless for life before
I was 17 years of age. To be quite plain
with you, I spent the halcyon days of
dawning manhood in Portland prison.
Gracie knows nothing of this, and no
member of my family heard of me for
years, until I came to the rescue of my
sister when old Farleigh died, for I
was well off then. Farleigh was not in
sured, and left my sister badly off, and
so I helped her out and paid for Graeie's
"The story goes that I made my
money in America, but I am able to
correct that statement for your benefit.
On my release from prison I threw in
my lot with two of the most daring
criminals of the 'high grade, and, al
though we had some narrow shaves in
our time, we were never captured.
"Since Gracie came to live with me
(her mother, as you know, died a year
ago) I have often feared that by some
odd chance I might be run to earth, and
I set to work to get her settled in time
in a position that she has alwaj-s en
joyed. I would rather die than that she
should know me for the villain I have
"Thanks to you, this will never hap
pen now. In a few days you will hear
that I have gone abroad. I shall die
there (officially), and you will hear
of me no more. It will be your part
to assist me in deceiving Grace in this
one matter. You have married a lady,
and one who will do you credit."
A tap came at the door and my lovely
young wife walked into the room. I
was looking and feeling confused.
I have been giving Jack some whole
some advice, my dear." said Sharp, com
ing to my rescue. Then, in a sterner
voice and looking very hard at me: "ne
will love and cherish you, dear, as I
have done. He has sworn to do so."
Grace threw her arms about his neck.
This man had taught her to love him
very dearly. The carriage was at the
door, and Sharp would give me no
chance of speaking to him again. Tears
were glistening in his eyes as he
watched his niece getting into the cab.
but he did not offer his hand to me;
he only laid it on my shoulder and
Many years have passed away, and I
am living in London again. My name
s a household word in the world of
medicine. Gracie and mv daughters
and sons are received with pleasure and
respect in many a fashionable draw-
ng-room. There are times, however.
when, seated alone in my study, my
thoughts wander back through a vista
of years, and my conscience tells me
that my success was founded on the
compounding of a felony: that I am
still, in spite of title, wealth and re
spectability, the accomplice of that
strange man. who passed out of my life
forever on the night I bade him fare
well at Rose Villa so long, long ago.
Lisht Sinner Wrap.
Little capes for visiting are made in
fancy colors, such as sapphire silk
trimmed with fine black lace, etc.
Small waterproof capes with yokes
are useful for showery weather, and no
hindrance to fast walking.
A novel traveling cape for a bride is
made with contrasting vest fronts, and
is cut gradually longer behind, so as to
fall in deep fluting. The material is
sand-colored cloth set on a yoke of the
same, the trimming being crosswise
stripes of the cloth sewed on in waves
all around. The plaited white silk vest
is trimmed with crosswise stripes of
blue and yellow plaid silk, and is joined
to the cape under the high, broad revers.
A cloth-winged Lton jacket gives a
cape effect. One in chocolate-colored
velvet, braided with fine black and gold
braid, and with cloth wings, is a most
ladylike wrap. Housewife.
Use two eggs, two cupfuls of sugar.
one cupful of butter, one cupful of sour
cream, one teaspoonful of soda, a pinch
of salt and nutmeg flavoring. Sift some
flour into the mixing pan; make a hole
in the center, add soda and salt and stir
well into the flour; add sugar and stir
again; then butter, eggs and cream.
Beat hard and mix with as small an
amount of flour as will make the dough
roll out. Roll to one-half inch thick
ness, cut out, lay cookies in a pan net
touching each other, and bake in a
quick oven. If you fail, it will be be
cause the dough is made too stiff. I
have used the recipe successfully far
-7 ears. Housekeeper.
vVhen you see a girl reading a book
on etiquette you may know she is verr
basnt'.il and is trvinsr to find a ettre lor
WasLiiiirtna Liirun rat
Teacher (angrily) "Why don't you
answer my question, Bobby?" His
Brother Tommy (answering for him)
"Please, sir, he's got a peppermint in
bis speech." Tit-Bits.
Fuddy "You call money 'stamps,
don't you?" Duddy "And money is
currency. So I suppose that when you
speak of an elastic currency, you re
fer to rubber stamps." Boston Tran
script. French Waiter (in London restau
rant, to Yabsley, who has been trying
to make himself understood in bill-of-fare
French) "If zc gentleman vill talk
ze langage vot he was bora in, I vill
very mooch better understood." Tit
Bits. At the Intelligence Office. "Have
you any cooks that weigh 300 pounds?"
"Goodness! What do you want with
such a big one?" "Well, we would like
one that won't always be trying to ride
my wife's wheel on the sly." Detroit
"Did that lawyer get a clear view
of the case?" inquired the litigant's
friend. "No, I'm afraid he didn't. I
told him that my trouble was about
money, and he seemed to be proceed
ing on the theory that by relieving me
of my money he would cause the
trouble to disappear." Washington
An Interpretation. "I wonder,"
said Mrs. Cumrox, thoughtfully, "what
that nice, old-fashioned lady means by
putting 'P. P. C on her card?" "That
means she is going away," replied her
daughter. "Oh, 1 see, and she wants
us to koow that she is going to travel
in a Pullman palace car." Washington
WHEN TAPE WAS
Women of Colonial Time Had
Know How to Spin Thread.
Among tho many household industries
cf colonial housewives, which include
sninnincr. pen, ink, wine, glove, shoe
and lace manufacture, was the making
of tape, though this was considered of
minor importance. The preparation for
weaving tape on the small hand loom
was the same as for making yards of
linen cloth on the great looms that stood
in the weaving room attached to the
kitchens of colonial farmhouses.
The flax when harvested was "rip
pled" on the field, the nppler being a
large comb fastened on a plank. The
ftax was beaten on the comb to remove
the capsules containing the seeds. Then
it was "rotted" to make the fiber soft
and flexible. This was generally accom
plished by laving it beneath the waters
of the meadow brook or pond. Some
colonial farmers laid it on the ground
for the winter's snow to render it fit
for the scutcher, the machine that
whipped out all the particles of bark
and stalk adhering to the fiber.
The next and last process before it
was ready for the spinning wheel was
hackling to straighten the flax, free it
from -tangles and bring it to the requi
site fineness. This was done by a very
primitive machine called the "hatchel,"
an immense comb, whose long iron
teeth were set perpedicularly in a
The operation of hackling requires
much skill, and this part of the long
preparation was particularly women's
work, as it needed delicacy of touch.
After the flax was hackled it was care
fully sorted, according to the degree of
fineness. This process was called
"spreading and drawing." Then it was
ready to be wrapped in its soft, fluffy
fineness, about the spindle.
The spinner seated herself at the
machine and soon the "music of the
wheel" and the deft fingers of the colo
nial housewife brought the fiber into
long, even thread, ready for the small
loom and shuttle, to be converted Into
The shopper of to-day little realizes
the long and tedious processespraeticed
by the woman of colonial times before
she could wind hpr linen tape into a
neat roll for the workbasket's uses.
X. Y. Tribune.
THE AFRICAN PIANO.
Ploylnj; the Madimlia Is an Art Prac
ticed by a Few Specialists.
Among the musical instruments used
on the Congo we notice the long and
short drum. Some drums are used to
beat the time of the dance. Some other
drums are used as telephones for the
transmission of messages to neighbor
ing villages. The string instruments
represent the African harp. The
ivory horns are used for the convoca
tion of popular assemblies. The
double bell is used to call the attention
of the people to some proclamation of
The Africans everywhere j
are very musical, but their music does
not always suit European taste.
The African dar.ee is cot always in
dulged in for amusement alone. Danc
ing enters into some of the most
solemn ceremonies as, for instance,
the inauguration of a new king. Then
the chief-elect of the tribe dances very
gravely before the assembled elders
end the people.
The madir.iba has been called the
African piano. It is made of cala
bashes of graded sizes, which are sur
mounted by boards, of graded size, all
being attach. -d to a semicircular frame.
Each board represents a note and emits
its appointed sound when struck by
one of the two rubber balls at the end
of the two sticks which are cleverly
handled by the musician. While al
most every native can beat the drum or
play sonic of the minor musical instru
ments, the playing of the ma::mba is
an art which only n few specialists
learn. They must be psid for playing
at festivals or ceremonies ant! their art
supports them, either partly or entire
ly. Journal of American Fclk Lore.
Contrt Sot :o T::c: rnr.
"Yon wait till I corr.? out." raid the
farmer's wife. "I've got a big drg In
"Thanks," returned Rural Rares,
pleasantly. "But I ain't hungry enoxxh
to Mt dawg." Brooklyn Life
THE ANIMALS SUFFER.
Cnrloas Aceousrts ( tne Ravma-es J
the Plaaro tn Bomaay.
Evidence of the intensity and viru
lence of the plague in- Bombay is given
by the carious accounts telegraphed to
this country of the deaths- of animals
from the pestilence. Some weeks ago
it wa.i reported that the pigeons were
dying of the plague. Now the rats are
said for some time to have been plague
stricken, and to be dying in thousands
in the native towns.
If those who are fighting the plague
have time to attend to anything but
the work of saving human life, we may
expect more curious information on
this point; for there is evidence that,
when the plague was at its very worst
in Florence, causing the death of 60TDOO
persons, the pestilence acquired some
kind of cumulative energy by which it
went on from man to animal, and at
last involved the latter in common de
struction with their masters. As it ad
vanced "not only men but animals fell
sick and shortly expired, if they had
touched things belonging to the dis
eased or dead." Boccaccio himself saw
two hogs on the rags of a person who
had died of plague, after staggering
about for a short time, fall down dead,
as if they had taken poison.
In the "Lives of the Roman Pontiffs"
it is stated that in other places multi
tudes of cats, dogs, fowls and other ani
mals fell victims to the contagion.
There is little doubt that the concur
rence of human and animal death took
place in other countries than Italy,
though the chronicler, appalled by the
loss of human life, only alludes to "mur
rain" among the cattle as a concomitant
of the plague. "At the commencement
of the black death there was in Eng
land," says Hecker, "an abundance of
all thenecessities of life; but the plague,
which seemed to be the sole disease,
was soon accompanied by a fatal mur
rain among the cattle. Wandering
about without herdsmen, they fell by
thousands." It is not known whether
this murrain was due to plague itself
or to some special animal epidemic. But
it did not break out until after the
plague was rife, and added enormously
to the loss of life, because it was im
possible to remove the corn from the
fields, causing everywhere a great rise
in the price of food, although the har
vest had been plentiful. London Spec
tator. FIRST METHODIST SERMON.
Preached ly John Wesley Over a
t'entnry and a Halt Ago.
On the 7th of March. 1736, John Wes
ley preached the first Methodist sermon
ever preached on this continent. It
was delivered not far from the site of
the present Christ church. Savannah, of
which he subsequently was the third
rector, and was addressed to a mixed
assemblage. His congregation hardly
exceeded 400 persons, including chil
dren and adults, reenforced, however,
by 100 or more of the neighboring In
dians. Wesley, discussed in a most elo
quent manner the principles of Chris
tian charity as argued by Saint Paul in
the 13th chapter of First Corinthians.
He made a powerful appeal, and many
of his audience were in tears. While he
was not so impetuous in his delivery
as in after years, his abilities at that
time bespoke the great preacher and
If he was more scholastic in style than
in after years, the fervor and force of
his appeals were none the less felt by
his hearers. Especially was this strik
ingly true when in the course of his
discourse he adverted to the death of his
father, who for 40 years or more had
been the incumbent of the Epworth rec
tor'. This venerable man was asked
not long before his death: "Are the
consolations of God small with you?"'
"ao, no, no! he exclaimed, with up
lifted hands, "and then," continued
Wesley, "calling all that were near him
by their names, the dying patriarch
said: "'Think of Heaven, talk of
Heaven; all time is lost when we are not
thinkingof Heaven!' " This was spoken
by Wesley in a tremulous voice, and his
new parishioners at Savannah were for
the instant almost swept off their feet
by a tidal wave of religious enthusiasm.
Tradition has it that several Indians
who were present became so greatly
excited, not only by Mr. Wesley's im
passioned oratory though they did not
understand a word he said but by his
gestures, that one old warrior nervously
clutched his tomahawk, fearing an out
break in the strangely-moved audience.
Rev. W. J. Scott. D. D., in Ladies'
Land Leeches of Ceylon.
The hind leeches of Ceylon are singu
lar creatures. They have the power of
planting one extremity on the earth.
and raising the other perpendicu'arly
to watch for their victims. Such is their
vigilance and instinct that on the ap
proach of a passer-by to the spot which
they infest they may be seen among the
fallen leaves and grass on the edge Of
a native path, poised erect and, prepar
ing for their attack on man or horse.
On descrying their prey they advance
rapidly by semi-circular strides, fixing
one end firmly and arching the other
forward, till by successive advances
they can lay hold of the traveler's foot,
when they disengage themselves from
the ground and ascend his dress in
search of an aperture by which to en
ter. In these encounters the individu
als in the rear of a party of travelers
in the jungle invariably fare worse, as
the leeches, once warned of their ap
proach, congregate with singular
-elerity. Chicago News.
In the Dime Museum.
Borneo Chief Say. fellers, the bald
headed bearded lady lays over us all
she's a freak.
Circassian Snake Charmer Freak
nothin'! Jist accidental; got her face
lotion mixed up with her hair restorer,
and the result was mortal. Philadel
I nellever In the Fitness of Thins;.
Teacher Spell kitten.
IV-hby Pooh. I'm too big to spell kit
ten. Try me en cat. X. Y. Truth.
SCHOOL AND CHURCH.
Dr. Emma Wakefield is the first n
gress to be licensed to practice medicine
The largest library in the world
is the National library of France, found
ed by Louis XTV, and which contains
1.400,000 books, 300,000 pamphlets, 175,-
000 manuscripts, 300,000 maps and
charts, 150,000 coins and gold medals,
1.300,000 engravings and 100,000 por
traits. French universities were partly de
centralized and made more independent
of the state last summer. One im
mediate result has been that donations
and bequests by private individuals
have begun to flow in. Gifts have al
ready been made to the universities at
1 Jion, Bordeaux, Nancy, Montpelier and
Paris. Nancy has received 100,000
francs for research in physics and chem
istry. Edward Everett Hale reached the
seventy-fifth anniversary of his birth
on April 3, and the celebration of that
event, under the auspices of the Lend-a-Hand
society, was a memorable one
in New England. Dr. Hale, as Ian Mae
larcn said of him on returning to Eng
land, is the last survivor of the big
American literary men of his earlier
days, and few literary men have lived
so large a life of usefulness.
Italy has started a new idea in
university education. A body of 350
students, from all the faculties and rep
resenting every Italian university, with
many professors, spent the Easter va
cation in visiting the chief German
universities, including Berlin, Leipzig,
Heidelberg and Munich, as well as
Zurich, in Switzerland. In later years
it is proposed to visit England and the
United States. The excursions are got
ten up by the University Association of
VENTURES IN REAL ESTATE.
One Way of Baying- Homes and tan
Risks That Purchaser Has to Meet.
"This comes in handy," said the me
chanic, as he pocketed the $18 due him.
"In need of money?" asked his em
ployer. "Well, Pve been buying anothei '
"Yes; it's the second I've bought
Of course $18 don't go very far toward
paying for a house, even the style I
buy; but seeing the money is like mak
ing a good start toward paying for it."
Belong to a building loan associa
tion?" "No; I'm doing this on my own ac
count. You see, a few years ago 1
had a little money put by, and I paid
it down for my first house. It was
a two-story house built for two fami
lies, and the reason I bought it was
that I found a friend who was willing
to take the second floor. He paid me
$12 a month rent, and I paid out less
than $20 a month, and in six or seven
years I had paid for the house in full
Now I've got a couple of other good
tenants, so I've bought another house
like it and they're going to pay for it
"Easy way to get rich, that," said
"Yes," replied the mechanic, with a
grin. "But there is considerable risk
about it, too. The whole secret lies
in knowing how to get good tenants.
After you've bought the house and have
made some payments on it you're liable
to get the cold shivers any time. Sup
pose your tenant should suddenly learn
as much as you know? Why, he'd go
right off and buy a house of his own
and get somebody to help him pay for
his house, instead of continuing to help
you pay for yours. If you lose your
tenant, there's all that money extra for
you to pay. I've known more than one
poor fellow who has lost every cent he's
saved just by going into a speculation
of this kind. That's why I felt good
when I got my money. On the other
hand, there are lots of men like myself
who have accumulated quite a hand
some little property in this way. Some
of them are policemen, and they are in
a specially good position to do it, be
cause they have steady employment
and good pay."
Houses of this character have been a.
favorite venture of operators in low
priced real estate about New York in
recent times. It is estimated that along
the lines of our street railway system
more than 1,000 of such houses have
been built within the last two years,
and whole blocks have been erected
here and there in other sections. Some
solid blocks may be found now stand
ing on ground where crops of potatoes
were dug a couple of years ago. The
cheaper of these houses are of frame
construction, but there are others of
n more elaborate construction, with
fronts of brown stone and other decora
tive effects. They are superior to flats
or tenements, while not costing much
more, and each improvement in rapid
transit makes them more accessible.
X. Y. Sun.
Would Have Been Unfortunate.
She was somewhat of a student of his
tory, but she also had the reverence of
a fashionable woman for a title.
"Did you know that we once came
very near getting a monarchy saddled
on this country with all the attendant
nobles and titles and court etiquette T'
she asked one day; and her brother
looked at her in a quizzical way and re
plied: "Fortunate we escaped it, isn't it?
Some people would have had no pos
sible excuse for going abroad then,
would they?" Chicago Post.
Lost His Independenee.
They had met after some years.
"Pegging along the same old way."
"He isn't his own boss yet, then."
"Well. I should say not. Why, man,
he's married." Chicago Post.
"The Bizzlers seem to be a very happy
"Yes; he stutters and she is deaf."