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FIVE FLIGHTS UP."
Rickety stairs and rickety chairs.
And rickety tables, too; -(The
kind gods answer my daily prayers
With beautiful dreams of you!)
A broken bust of the wise and Just
(Ah, life and fame are fleet!)
All save my heart is dim with dust.
And that's where your face is sweet!
If you were here but the future knows
Alone when your face I'll see
lou'd lure the red of the latest rose
To that ruined vase for me.
If you were here! . . . How the wild
- wish thrills
My heart as the words I write!
If you were here with your kind eyes, dear
If you only were here to-night!
The wind's abroad and the stars are dead
The world and the storm's at strife;
But still the singer must write for bread
For the bitterest bread of life.
( had rather sleep as the dim skies weep
The skies that have los their blue;
To drift to the garden of dreams and reap
Beautiful dreams of you!
But here is a song for you soft and sweet
As ever a song may be
For it bears your name, and what Is fame
To the music it makes for me?
A song, my dear, that has not a tear
No sigh from the lips that pray
For only the touch that I loved so much
To lighten ihe lonely way.
A song it Is folded away in this.
A song of the Maytime sky.
With a rose whose crimson has known your
In the beautiful days gone by.
Rickety stairs and rickety chairs.
And rickety tables, too;
But night and light and the whole world
With beautiful dreams of you!
F. L. Stanton, in Atlanta Constitution.
The Judge's Eavesdropping
By George Lincoln.
HP HE JUDGE fell into the way of
I watching them naturally enough.
After the court adjourned in the early
afternoon, he always took a ride on
his bicycle and never failed to visit
the beautiful stretch of boulevard re
cently opened along the string of lakes,
They both came of well-to-do fami
lies, and their manner led him to think
there was breeding behind them. How
then did he come to know that .they
loved each other? you ask. How was
it possible not to know it? He was not
always past 50 and he had a good mem
ory. So when the judge noticed' the way
"he" looked at "her" and the way "she"
looked at "him" and the tenderness of
the young man's courtesy, the judge
knew well enough how matters were.
She was a beautiful woman, not over
30, and gave one an impression of trig-
cess and neatness.
He was a manly chap of 22, athletic,
bronzed and thoroughly fit, as my
nephew says. My nephew plays on the
'varsity football team and is authority
in our family on such matters.
And they noticed the judge. After a
while he got into the way of bowing to
them, although they didn't know he
was Judge Storrow, and he didn't know
One dreamy, Indian summer after
noon the judge went up among the
trees on the side of the lake to a shel
tered nook he knew, and lay down to
rest. There had been a puzzling case
before him that morning, and while
thinking it over he must have fallen
He was suddenly aware that just out-
sidle his shelter a man and woman were
talking. lie soon discovered that they
were "his lovers," as he called them.
and tbey were discussing some unhap
py circumstance regarding their affec
tion. What should he do? There was no
way out except past them. Would it
not be more delicate to remain till
they had gone, not listening, and they
would never know anyone had1 ever
Hut try as he would, it was impossible
not to hear their whole conversation.
"But what difference does that
make?" asked the young man. "You
know perfectly well, Alice, that if it
were a thousand times worse, that if
it were you yourself, I would marry
"O, but think of it, Ned! Think what
your friends would say! 'Ned Grant
married the daughter of an embezzler
serving his time in jail!" "
The judge couldn't help wondering
if this were the son of Grant on the
supreme bench, whom he had never
met, although he knew his father in
timately. The girl's gentle voice broke
as she said this and Ned cried:
"O, Alice, I wish you wouldn't think
-of that. It just breaks me up to see
.yon cry, you know."
Then followed a silence duringwhich
Alice must have been in some way com
forted, for she said', in a steady voice:
"No, my dear boy, I have been very
weak to see you so often, and have
these rides. 1 should have refused and
. tried to. forget you. But, Ned, I
couldn't. I can't think of anything but
you and I do love you sol" (
More silence. Then:
"And Ned, this really must be the
last. I can't marry you. No, dear,
please don't go all over it again. I
know that it would be a great wrong
-to you to say yes. It would always be
a hindrance to you. We would have no
Jriends, and a young lawyer must have
friends. Who would come to your
"house if they knew your wife was the
daughter of Rand, the embezzler?"
That was where the judge almost dis
covered himself. He sentenced Rand to
40 rears hard labor and he had still IS
years to serve. It was a queer case
.-and not quite clear. So this was the
motherless girl he had heard so much
Mow, e here, Alice,", the Tounc
nun said, "you know it takes two to
make a quarrel, and it takes two to
make a separation. So while you may
think it best not to see me again, I
shall not give you up and I shall see
you every opportunity I can, so long as
it doesn't bother you. Dad knows all
about it and he's with me."
The judge wanted to shout: "Good
for dad," but he didn't.
Then after another longer silence
they left him alone. Ashe rode slowly
home he turned the little tragedy over
and over in his mind and the more he
thought about it the more he felt that
he had made a mistake by staying and
listening. At last he evolved a plan
calculated to ease his own conscience
and give the young man some courage.
So the judge sent him this letter:
"Mr. Edwin Grant:
"I had the misfortune to overhear part
of your conversation with Miss Rand to
day, although in quite an accidental man
ner. If, as I surmise, you are the son of
Grant, of the supreme, you are made of
the right sort of stuff to regard Miss Rand's
views as only a temporary obstacle to your
happiness. I sentenced Rand, and if you
care to call on me I should be glad to see
you. Perhaps we may tf ink of some argu
ments to make Miss Rand look at the case
differently. At any rate I agree with his
honor, your father, and am also 'with
The next day the judge was obliged
to go to a distant city to act as referee
in a case.
The Rand case was almost purely a
circumstantial one and hung on the
handwriting in which the false entries
had been made in the books. The handi
writing experts all agreed that the en
tries had been made by Rand; indeed,
the prisoner admitted as much.
He had pleaded "not guilty," and
when he admitted the identity of the
ha.ls so they stay cured. Dealers
1 din agent for the Anheuser-Busch
faewing Association is in the city.
wa!ri frrv boat nht is not vet over.
' j re will be another legal tilt in the
rt at Cairo next month,
an IDNEY DISEASES are the most
Sh 'I of all diseases. Foley's Kidney
tjj, e is a guaranteed remedy or money
an he Board of Directors of the Fair
cittociation held a meeting this after
tir4n. The Board is arranging to
. ?in work on the new fair grounds
?iclhe early spring.
helVhiskey drummers are complain
fo about hard times. It may be that
j retail dealers are watering their
asjck to make it hold out longer,
.-fhe Common Pleas Court will con
fine next Monday morning -regular
Vhat is it? A cure for Coughs,
thli j rVrvi.n WhnnniniT Pnlio-in.
-iuo vivuKf - - ' " I' " . " C- '
tarseness, sore lhroat, ana ai
onchial Affections of the Throat,
velest and Lungs. 50 doses for 50
hadts. Money refunded if it fails to
Hoesatisfactitm: we mean Dr. Sim-
dens'Cough tyrup. For sale by all
on Robert G. Itanoev has a very sick
anild at his house.
j.r. w lcnxericu, cuy ireusunr, i
the court house this morning paj-
cug off city warrants.
foiMr. and Mrs. Kuane will take pass
isnje on the steamer Kee- Lee for Mem
thMa to-night. They will spend a few
lys in Memphis and then return to
ty. Louis, where they will re-side.
HoCertainly you don't want to smTer
ant,i, dranAniiln innst i n:itinn. sick
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jidache, sallov skin and loss of ap-
.;ti Wii hum npv-r trip:! !)-
lit llltlt? r.ttiij iHnri v.
mplaints or you would have been
doired. They are small pills but .Teat
hatgulators. Wm. II. Coerwr.
of ... . . u
. cape oirarueau is go.u m uao
har r . 7 .. . .
e finest rair grounds in me iaio oi
: -. : -!-1. . . . 1 .. . . (. tin. .. ft
recack, the buildings, stalls, etc., are
V 1 VJ 1 1.11 f 111-1 u.u - ' - ... J
ian they used to raise. They are
arning that there is more money in
ley tnan in wnea1- nl there is not
Thie risk in crop failure in grass as in
Wilson raiuus i ami iniyi v
nd his friends believe that he has
passed the danger point and will soon
th: iir;..,.i;..t..- IJ.w
thing you can do.
never mind now, and he gave mm
a peculiar look under which Hooper
The judge had not. gone two blocks
before one of the clerks came rushing
after him and said Mr. Hooper want
ed him to come back. He found Hoop
er striding the floor and mumbling
My God, judge, do you know?" he
I know you are a scoundrel." the
judge replied, surprised out of his se!f-
I did it, judge. I did it."
I knew it," calmly replied the
I came to this city because I
couldn't stand meeting you, and I
have never had a happy or an easy
moment since. I've lived in constant
fear of apprehension."
The judge, stepping back, turned
the key in the lock anil put it into
his pocket. Then he went to the tel
ephone, told police headquarters who
he was, and asked them to send him
an inspector at the banking office.
"Now," he Baid, "before either of us
leave this room you are going to
write the whole story. You will sign
it- in the presence of witnesses, and in
side of two
k Rand will be free I
man. You will be arrested" at onewt
but for two weeks, for my own
reasons, you will continue to conduct
your business, and a headquaiters
man will be always with you. You
can explain his presence in any wav
that you like. Now sit down and
Hooper shrank from the task, but
the judge insisted. When he had fin
ished and was ready to sign, there
came a tap at the door and a stranger
was ushered in. He locked the door
after him, and the judge had a low
conversation with him. The confes
sion was duly signed and witnesseil.
It set forth Hooper's necessity to
obtain funds further than those avail
able, and how he had taken from time
to time, showing Rand fictitious notes,
so that Rand had every reason to sup
pose the bank was making loans.
In short, he had made the entries
in perfect good faith, and then when
the stealing was made known he had
kept silence, remembering all the ben
efits received. It was, of course, a
questionable thing for him to do, but
there was no doubting the nobility of
the man's character.
That night the judge started for
home. There the next day he laid the
confession before the governor and
his- council, who took the preliminary
steps to release Rand.
That evening Ned Grant called, say
ing he had failed to find the judge at
home, on previous evenings. He knew
enough of law to appreciate seme
things the judge told him.
"Now," said the judge, "this tangle
cari be straightened out. Y'ou bring
Alice here two weeks from to-night,
and I'll try to change her views."
At last the night came. The. judge
up-is decidedly nervous.. The bell rang.
Hjl in came Ned and Alice. He had
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QtTU uci nuuub cue juugc, uiiu alio
"ished prettily when he was intro
leel v. 1
ii it i ii v. uuu CAnaiiii ah Difiiia
skeVth that his eavesdropping1 w-as
Thejte accidental, he began to argue
to ah her on the matter. She took the
andne high ground as before that it
all s doing Ned a wrong. And she had
nowiretty good case, too. At last he
;'So there is no way of turning you?
Paln would marrv if vour father wpra
Dt in prison for embezzlement?"
Faohe nodded and the judge silently
for ided her a long typewritten confes-
C()t!. .nana naa oeen Jiving quiet it
gljth the judge for the last few days
i Knew tne whole story.
ed stood near carefully watching
", and as the door opened noiseless
.he saw John Rand waiting for
re81 daughter to look up and see him.
ft'ftooper is still serving his time.
in -.ton Globe.
fro, A MISSIONARY HN.
; Wli Ill-ought from Koo-Koo,
China, and She Laid Efstsu for
1 the Heathen.
.lonie ten years ago Capt. J. Clifford
Vl- f t 1- . . 1
iwisie, now city i-iem oi ouiem,
n master of a New York vessel sail-
lv to China and Japan, brought home
tw(m China a little hen. He named the
Hed Koo-Koo, for the town whence
noc came. He presented the hen to his
(ac'e, and the bird gradually became a
. of the house. She would lay her
ls in the house.
d;l2aDt. and Mrs. Entwisle were in-
i fstpfl in fhiirfh anrt mistinnnrr
for'k. So Mrs. Entwisle conceived the
jl of devoting the proceeds of the
7s and chickens of Koo-Koo to the
lsionarv cause, and for the beveu
trs little Koo-Koo lived all her
mings went to convert Chinese
onithens.and a good many dollars went
t wav. The hen became as much of
et as a cat or dog. She would lay
egg and then go into the kitchen
trij cluck until someone went and
arjnd the egg; then she would fly up
gthe window sill and peck at the wiii-
,v as a sign that she wished to go
8t,inal!y little Koo-Koo died, and was
tOffed and used as an ornament. Mrs.
twisle wrote a very jretty little
i,,rv, founded on the historr of Koo-
o. and sent it to be read to the chil-
. ii in iiii iiii u . ti . in i.ii nuciivr lame
. hen. There it took so well that it
? translated into Chinese and read
Dethe little Chinese children in their
bin language. It was the story of a
bUe hen called Koo-Koo. which under
k to support one little Chinese girl
t she might be educated. It con
''Sed an account of a meeting of the
8dren of Koo-Koo, quite a numerous
h)e of various ages.
tafter hearing that story read, a Chi
the boy painted a picture of the mect
; of Koo-Koo and her descendants
n : i. r - .. ..... i .. .. ,i .. i,
to represent a scene described by Mrs.
Entwisle. It represents the old hen
and three younger ones, with eight or
ten very small chicks. The picture is
made on a sheet of brown paper, and
the hens are almost life-size for Chi
nese hens. It was sent to the mission
ary headquarters in Boston first, and
yesterday was sent down to Mrs. Ent
wisle. by whom it is highly prized.
He Got It. Too.
"I want some more chicken," sail
Bobbie at the dinner table. "I think
you have had as much as is good for
you, dear," said Bobbie's mother. "I
want more," said Bobbie. "You can't
have more now; but here is a wish
bone that you and mamma can pull.
That will be fun. You pull one side,
and I'll pull the other, and whoever
gets the longer end will have their
wish come true. Why, Bobbie, you've
got it! What was your wish?" "I
wished for some more chicken," sa:d
Bobbie, promptly. He got it this time.
Ha X Old 1-adlra.
An "old ladies' home" has just been
opened in Michigan. Thus far. the Chi
cago Times-Herald declares, they have
nGt been able to catch anvbr-dj who
trill consent ta be $ut in it.
ACCIDENTS TO BANKNOTES.
Caerf as Gaallsfcten, Chewed k
Dogs and Boiled wit
"While it cannot be stated that it is
in American habit to light lamps aniT
gas with money," explained an official
of the redemption division of the treas
ury department to a Star reporter,
"there ore a number who appear ac
tually to have money to burn, and who
now and then burn it. There are more
money bnmers, too, than come to the
front and demand a redemption of iheir
partly destroyed1 money, for some peo
ple hesitate before they are willing to
appear in such an indefensible posi
tion. I don't want to be understood
as stating that it occurs everyday, for
that would probably be stretching it
somewhat, but it is a fact that it oc
curs many more times than would be
supposed. A case of the kind came
to the division last week, where a fel
low lighted a match at the door of his
room and from that lighted what he
lupposed was a piece of paper which
he had in his pocket. He startedTwith
the lighted paper to find the gas jet.
He found it. and as he blew out his
lighted paper he ascertained, to his
surprise and disgust, that his taper
was a ten-dollar bill, more than half
tef which had been burned. In his
communication to the secretary of the
treasury, to whom he was advised to
write, he admitted that he was a fool
and deserved a kick instead of any
thing else, but said as grass was rather
short with him he would have to appeal
for redemption. He furnished the nec
essary affidavit which under the law
hire to be filed in suth cases, and a new
bill was sent him for the half-burned
note which he sent in for redemption.
Lots of times people burn money, but
make no claim for redemption, suppos
ing that they have no redress in the
matter. But the treasury department
does not as a rule hunt up trouble, so
unless the claim is made none is sug
gested. "I had1 a case somewhat in the same
line recently, and there are frequent
similar occurrences, as where a one
dollar dog puppy ate up two-thirds of
a five-dollar note. 'The pup was of a
playful disposition, wrote the man
who owned it, 'and, though I saw him
playing with the note. I did not recog
nize it aR money. But he won't play
any more in my back-ynrd. Later on,
when the puppy got ti.'ed playing with
it, the owner discovered that the dog
had been amusing himself with a note
which had by accident fallen on the
floor. The affidavits in the case were
very vmusing, but the man got- his
remnant tf a note redeemed at it full
value. The lamp and as-lighting peo
ple are by great odds in the majority.
Out of a number of such cases the per
centage of women sufferers is so small
that it can almost be said they don't
lose money by using it as lighters. I
knew of a woman who boiled almost out
of existence several bills which by
some means got in the folds of the
leaves of a head of cabbage. The
money dropped into the basket on her
way back from the market. The cotes
were pretty well wrecked, for the cab
bage was being cut up when they were
discovered, but there was cnonirh left
on which to base a redemption."
ASKED TO TEACH THE QUEEN.
Hoir a Yonnfr Jewcn from America
Lost an Interesting; Op
portunity. "This is a brand new stitch," said the
young woman, holding up a dainty
piece of embroidery, "and if you will
come some day when we can be alone
I'll teach you how to do it."
"That reminds me of a good story,"
said her companion. "You know that
Queen Victoria is a crank on the subject
of needlework, and spends much time
learning new things in embroidery and
crochet work. Well, a few years ago
she w.s spending Eome time at Wies
baden, and she used to drive to the bazar
and look at the needlework, while peo
ple looked at her and wondered why she
would persist in wearing the old, rusty
bonnet. One day the young woman
who usually waited on her showed her
what you just showed me a brand new
r.titch and was asked to call the next
day and teach her majesty how to make
it. She was to make a second call to
finish the job several days later, but in
th? meantime was taken ill, and the
proprietor of the establishment was be
side herself, and worried as to how and
where she would get a substitute.
"On the day before the appointed
time a young girl from a western city I
in the United States came to the bazar !
and saw and admired the piece of
needlework, and told the saleswoman ;
that it was the first she had seen since
she had finished a similar piece.
".'Then you know how to do the
" 'Certainly, said the young woman.
"Well, there was a whispered con
sultation, and then the girl was asked
if she would act as substitute the next
day and teach the queen. You may
imagine that she did not hesitate. She
went to the hotel and, radiant with joy
and excitement, told her mother of her
good fortune, and. after she had re
ceived the congratulations of her
friends, her mother shattered all her
plans by reminding her that the roxt
day wr.s Saturday, and that, cs a good
Jewess, she could do no sewing on that
day. And now the young woman tells
the story of how near she came to teach
ing Queen Victoria a new stitch." 2f.
Every little Reins.
Dramatic Critic Jack, I've an article
to write on "The Elevation of the De
cadent Stage of To-day." Can't yon
give me some points?
Amateur Critic Yes; throw out those
cheep red worsted chenille table covers.
IN FASHION'S REALM,
Blats for the Ladles the iladas
for the Winter Sea
son. Stilish young women are wearing
with their winter shirt waists of silk,
satin or cloth, in cream, cherry-red
and other colors, the stiff stock of onr
revolutionary ancestors seen in min
iatures and in larger portraits. The
style has been repeated not quite lit
erally, but effectively, in black satin,
to wear with every sort of waist, in
black and white effects and in pretty
bright color melanges, with gray, tan
and similar waists of neutral fabric.
It has the appearance of a scarf car
ried twice around the neck and tied
in a bow in front above the high col
lar band, which is stiff enough to keep
the folds of the bias Bilk or ribbon in
There is nothing in practical milli
nery this season that is more stylish,
unobtrusive and ladylike than the
toques and English walking hats, par
ticularly in black, with their fash
ionable decoration of sable plumes.
Another satisfactory and becoming
choice is the medium-sized round hat
with all lace, buckle and floral garni
ture eliminated, and nothing used but
velvet loops and full, handsome ostrich
feathers. Those shown in the shops
for conservative wearers are notably
attractive, as they present no erratic
dents or startling outlines, neither do
they swoop low on one side of the
face and curve to the top of the head
on the other after the style of some of
the astonishing but very fashionable
shapes now worn. When not wholly
straight and flat of brim the hats arch
gracefully on each side above the tem
ples, and thie slight lifting allows for
some artistic bits of decoration under
the brim just above the waves of hair
a becoming touch of color always re
lieving the dull, somewhat heavy ap
pearance of a black hat, particularly
with a woman of pale or dark com
plexion. Exception, however, can very
often be made in ordering a black vel
vet hat, which is almost invariably im
proving in its effect.
This year there appear to be quite
as many attractions among exhibi
tions for the matron n4 for her youth
ful daughter. She has no need, there
fore, to look longingly upon the
dainty, exquisite gowns, wraps and
picture hats not meant for her, when
the rich materials and stately, ele
gant garments are quite as attractive
ly and far more appropriately set
forth for her special benefit. All the
prevailing styles can with perfect pro
priety be worn by gray-haired women
if the fabrics and shades are carefully
toned and selected. Single rich colors
and but few decorations are the best
choice for elderly women, and it is
well to add that careful attention to
ftie minor details of the toilet and ex
treme neatness are the very first
requisites in the attractive ensemble
of a toilet or costume for young oi
old. N. Y. Post.
ECONOMY OF FUEL.
The Rana-e Should Flnt of All Be la
Perfect OrderHow to Pat
To kindle any fire small sticks should
be laid across each other, basket fash
ion, with paper below. See that the
drafts and- dampers are all open, the
tipper front check closed, and apply the
match before a bit of coal is put upon
the wood. When it has begun to burn
well, put on one shovelful, allowing the
air to pass through unchecked so as
to kindle that. In a short time more
may be added, then more, and when the
coal begins to glow red Shut one draft,
Turn out of doors the first person
who dares to dream of using kerosene
to help srtart a fire, and-f "verely admon
ish her who persists in filling the fire
box to the top of stove or range. That
.is the way to burn out or crack the
stove and to destroy the firebrick. Be
sides, it chokes the draft, causing less
heat to be given out. A hot fire is a
clear fire, with the draft coming un
checktd through the bottom damper.
The persons who boil their tea are the
same that- fill the range as full as it
will hold, and when it fails, as it then
must, to give out the needed heat, take
off the cover and punch and poke it
down from above, thus crowding the
coal into a still more compact mass.
Such a housekeeper has her range
speedily filled with clinkers and wastes
A neglected range implies ignorance
and indifference. How many there are
who complain of a poor oven, yet allow
soot to accumulate above and below
it, no census has estimated. Neglect
means poor cooking and waste. Click
ers, too, should be watched for in the
firebox and broken off as soon as they
appear. It is a too common fashion
to fill the range, leave the dampers ell
open, and let the fire burn as it will
till reduced to debris. Then du? in
more coal and" throw in some kindlings
first and continue as before. On the
conttary, the fire should be watched
and a little coal added at a time, with
the dampers only opened before meal
time. In this way alone can a good
fire be economically maintained. For
a young housekeeper it ia needful to
note these things. Otherwise the ashes
will be half coal, to the detriment of the
household exchequer. Boston Budget.
Soak over night six tablespoonfuU
of pearl tapioca, and in the morning
stir Into one quart of boiling milk;
boil until clear (about an hour), then
dd the yolks of four eggs and one
half cupful of sugar, and boil ten min
utes longer. When cool, flavor with
one teaspoonful of vanilla and pour
into glass dish. Before serving beat
the whites of eggs and add .one-half
pint of cream which has been pre
viously whipped and two tahlespoon
fuls of fine sugar. Pour Over fhe top.
Hatton "Would you call Dawber s
grt.t artist?" Tack ton "Yes to hj
face. Boston Transcript.
"T.fhy do they call it a debut?" "Why,
I dQ t't know. I" "Neither do L
Th are nearly always at night."
"Do you think, dear, you would love
me any better if my hair were some oth
er color?" "I don't know. What other
colors have you?" Cleveland Plain
Forgotten Her Calling. "Yes, the
doctor ordered him sent to the hospital.
He wasn't getting the right kind of
care at home." ''Let's see. Whom did
he marry?" "His wife was a trained
nurse." Cleveland Plain Dealer.
He "You look good enough to eat..
She "Do you think I'm good enough to
feed?" Love is woman's whole exist
ence, and, naturally, she overlooks less
bets in the game than man does. In
The Chicken "How's your appetite
these days, old man?" The Bulldog
"Not very good. I feel just as satisfied
after a few bites as if I'd had a meal.
How's yours?" The Chicken "Poor
very poor! I just pick at things." N
Two ordinarily nice young women
in a "Massachusetts town were disci
plined out of the church the other day
Inr breaking into laughter at a solemn
prayer meeting. This was certainly in
i! i-orous. But, when it is understood
t hut a good brother had just arisen wijh
the remark that he was "sitting on a
thought when the settee struck him,
their merriment was altogether pardon
able. Time and the Hour.
THE LADIES', GALLERY.
How Ballotlaa- for Seata la That See
tloa of the Hoaso of Con
boii Is Done.
Whenever a session of parliament is
about to open a number of wise legisla
tors take time by the forelock and se
cure places for their friends weeks be
forehand. Those who postpone making
their requests till the last moment
are disappointed. The ladies' gallery in
the house of commons consists of two
sections two-thirds of it are given over
to the members of the hotisa; one-third,
separated by a heavy partition from the
other, is in the hands of the speaker's
wife, or, if he has not a wife, in charge
of the lady who is acting as the head
of his household. In the portion of
the gallery given over to the members
of the house the applications for the
seats, which are come 40 or so in num
ber, are, of course, much more nu
merous than the seats, and, according
ly, there has to be a ballot.
. - When I first entered the house of com
mons this ballot us4d to take place
every sitting just at the end of prayers,
and in public. The member put his
name on a piece of paper into a box,
and then the sergeant-et-arms, with one
or two of his attendants, used to take
the names out, and the successful ones
were entered in a book. This used to
be one of the most enjoyable moments
of the sitting. The spirit of school
boyishness which is in every English
man, used to reassert itself, and cheers,
laughter, ironical compliments, all
kinds of exclamations and running com
ments used to accompany the reading
out of the names. For instance, if
a member were particularly lucky in
the ballot, and won two or three weeks
in succession, there would rise a loud
chorus of shocked "Ohs!" and "Ahs!"
and sometimes a humorous cry of
"Shame, shame!" Of course, if a mem
ber were a well-known man there would
be some appropriate comment. But the
old system has disappeared with a lot
of the old usages which were in exist
ence when I first entered the house.
Balloting for the' ladies' gallery no
longer takes place in the open.and amid
the tumultuous scenes I have described.
A box is placed in one of the division
lobbies; you put your name on a form
prepared for the purpose, and then, at
a certain hour, the box is withdrawn:
in private the deputy assistant ser-;eant-at-armsdraws
the ballot, and then
the names are posted in a book, and
you get, if you are successful, a print
ed card telling you so. T. P. O'Connor,
in London M. A. P. "
STAGE KISSES ARE GENUINE.
The Theater-Golaa Pnblie Demands
Realism Even la Staaje Love
Embraces and kisses are rehearsed
with the extremest care. They must
have an impulsive manner. They iatut
look sufficiently fervid. It is a curious
sight that of two players who are to
express the ardent love which Shake
speare has written for his "Borneo and
Juliet,4 but who at rehearsal, in mod-
erji clothes and no accessories ox
glamour, practice a kiss as mechanic
ally and unfeelingly as though it were
as it is then utterly devoid of senti
ment. There must be no hesitation nor
clumsiness. Borneo is not permitted to
decide whether to throw both arms
around his sweetheart or only one, or
which. Nor may Juliet be shy or for
ward, yielding or resisting, as she
chooses. The director will place their
arms for them if they do not themselves
make a picturesque exhibit of tender
ness. And the kiss? Shall it be deliv
ered by the wooer on the lips of the won.
or on brow, or cheek? That question ia
considered and settled. Are kisses on
the stage genuine? Well, not at re
hearsals, except, maybe, once or twice
in order to show the effect fully. Aa
actress would resent a real kiss tt a re
hearsal except when necessary. For the
satisfaction of natural curiosity on that
point it may be told right here that
most of the kisses in the public per
formances of plays are actual Hssear
Frsi klin Fyles, in Ladies Home Jour
nal. Alls Fair la Love.
Fair play doesn't always wte flair
lady. Chicago Dispatch,