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1'ablUhml lirnry I'rhUr Mornlnr
TILLMAN A 1'ltlOIJ, I'roprletor.
THE LESSON OF THE LEAVES.
Tlio autumn lay In glory mi the elupln' uC
All no raiicy t cj un' yellow, cold an'
As IT (i tnlKlity cvcnlii' tide wui nuttllu'
o'er tin1 till,
An' the iuii n-eheddln' lights u-tfoln'
Oh, the ru'illln' if them liuviu
An they fell from ufl' the tree,
A-diineln' un' it pnincln' to the music of
An' our hearts u-kcepln' tlmn
To the l.tughln' or tho rhyme
A-IUtcnln' to the iiistlln' of them leaves.
With Un- Klory round she whlspurud to mo
fiiylh' I was dear,
An' talked gcntlc-llkc un' pretty-like
"lliiill our love bcln' nil bright rotors llko
tlm niounlnliiH Htrctctilu' nt'iir.
With' the. grace of (lod -touchlii' every
Oh, the riu.l lln of them leaves
As wo walked among the ticca,
A-lilowln' mi llp-locln' to thu Hliigln' of
And we two fondly drenmln'
Of the dayn so KWeet-IIko hc emln'
A-llHteiiln' to tlm rUHtllu' of thei.i leave.
An' while the niiliimii on the IiIIIh was
yet ii -1 " ik 1 1 1 ' grand,
An' time no Imiipy p.issdn' quick along,
A clui'low Hllddeii 'pen red to come all'
cover nil the land,
An fill 11 n' on my heart put out ltn Hong.
Oh, the riiKtlln' or them leaves
Am I prayed beneath the trow,
UeKK! the nngclH send a hope ii-miundln'
on the breeze;
As o'er my darlln' hendlti'
I foiiclit the death liniicndln'
A-llstenln- to the rustllu' of tln:m leaves.
IJut when th" day was growlti' dim she
said, low-llko to mo:
"I'm unlii'. love, 'long with the sunset
A-rrnxalu' of the Itar Its Hhtiiiiiirrln's I
An' the mornln' light upon the ntlur
Oh, the lustlln' of them leaves,
'Hove the graves beneath tin trees.
l.lko whlsiierln's of n blesslit' from n
spirit In the breeze;
While from o'er the evenln' hill
I'nnii' the echo- "Peace, be still"'
A-llslenln' to the rustllu' of Ihrm leaves
- Florence licit Cochinne, In I.i'Slle'i
itv ;. snvvi
linAltnoN me," said Uio unlet man
I in Uio corner, suddenly , "I am
about lo make a singular request."
Dr. Hlgworth, bishop of Stcadmln
stcr, put down his paper and stared
haughtily over hl.s spectacles at his
vls-a-vis. Hu imulo It a rnlo never to
filler Into conversation with stranger:)
on a lung railway Journey, (lonorally
speaking, In-' dldn'l even l iK to no
tice their existence; but on this oeea
tilun lie had remarked, wllli n fouling
a.s much akin to Irritation ua his su
peilor code pennltted, that Uio man
who Silt opposite possessed a. flowing
beard ol' quite unusual length and ex
Now, I Jr. Hlgworlh's solitary weak
ness liaiipened to lie prldo in IiIm iicard
- hence the animosity. It certainly
was a singularly handsome one. So
ciety papers devoted whole paragraphs
lo its lionor. It had become ns much
a part of lii-i por.vmallly ns the Millars,
orclilds mid ojc-vlusses tliat are from
lime to lime associated with other
Thai a stranger and a somewhat
seedy stranger to hoot should pro
iiiuiK! to oxhlhlt sucli n possession, too,
was something In the nature or a lib
erty. No wonder, thoroi'oie, that tho
bishop had looked more severe and re
pressive than usual.
Truth to tell, he was not in I ho best
of tempers that inorniiiK. He had
risen at six and swallowed his coffee
iirul egg hurriedly by gas-light, to thu
accompaniment of suppressed yawns
from ii very sleepy butler; anil there
Is something so utterly lacking In dig
nity about a scrambled breakfast be
Hut ho bad pressing business in Ion
iloti, and an early truln to eaten, so
ho had left Mrs. lllshop snoring peace
fully, and had ensconced hlnmeir In the
corner of an empty first-class, hoping
us thero was no stop for two hours
for prlvncy. And then Just tit the last
mlnuto an apologetic Kiiard had hustled
In tills man with tho beard and
slammed tho door.
Naturally, when he ventured to
speak, tho bishop surveyed him with
"Indeed, sir?" ho said, coldly, In re
ply to the Intruder's remark, The man
In tho corner did not follow tip his
first observation for a moment or two.
Ho took out Ills watch and looked at
It. Then ho raised his eyes.
"There's no stop for an hour and 50
minutes," ho announced, politely.
"May I point out to you, to savo tiny
subsequent misunderstanding, that you
nro boiuo little dlstanco from tho com-
munlcathitf cord?" Tho bishop's item
grey eyes opened a little wider than
usual, but hu still preserved his com
posure, though an unpleasant sensa
tion llko tho trickling of cold water
mado Itself felt uuddenly In tho region
of his pulse. "Have tho goodness to
explain yourself," hu said, us sillily
as hu could,
"Possibly you think I'm ti lunatic?"
suggested tho man in tho corner, play
fully. The bishop had his suspicious, but
ho didn't think It wiso to give voice
to them. "I have formed," ho replied,
In nn Icy lone, "no theories whatever
about, you, Ho good enough to tell tno
If If I can f.erve you, and permit uio
to go back to my paper."
iV light an ugly, crooked light-
leaped all at unco Into tho hlranger's
eyes; ho stood up holding on lo tho
liat-raek to steady hltnseli.
You can servo me," hu said, In a
low, vibrating voice.' "How olever of
you to think or It! 1 want your
Sir," gasped tho amazed divine,
likewise Mandlng up, "you must be "
.Mad! I know you'd say so. You're
wiong, as It happens, llowuver, thal's
quite hesldo tho point. All you huve
to do is to undress."
Or. Ulgworth's cheuka went Ural
grey and then purple. Ho was not
used to any tone of authority except
ins own. iet tins fellow bo mad or
wuii', he must be taught his place.
He swelled himself out to tho full ex-
lent of his pompous size. "Are you
aware who 1 am?" he demanded, In a
voice that had been wont to make
over-olllclous curates shako In their
"I havo formed," coolly rejoined the
man with the beard, "no theories
whatever about you. Your dtess will
lie uselitl to me, and that's all 1 caro
ubout." As hu spoke he fell leisurely
In his coat pocket, and then as If
there was nothing outrageous In the
net Ion ho produced a revolver and
held it nil lo tlm window, pointing it
imd closing one eye as If to try its ac-
Tlio bishop gave a smothered excla
nation, and fell back limply in his
orner of the carriage.
i ins win tell you that I'm In ear
nest," said the stranger. "Now, when
lire you going to begin?"
.M-m-my dear sir," remonstrated
tho unhappy prelate, abruptly dropping
his dictatorial tone for one of extreme
humility, "this this must he some ri
Hy way of reply tho stranger gently
mo vert inn weapon round tin im umir-
fle was on a level with the episcopal
brow. "I'ndress!" he repeated. In ex
actly tho same tone.
Willi a groan of Impotent tenor the
bishop look oh' his hilk-llneil overcoat
and laid II on the seat beside lilm.
"Will Hint satisfy you?" ho asked,
"Satisfy ine? No!" roared his com
panion. "I want eery si Itch you havo
on every stitch. Now, no more shilly
shallying: off with those gaiters!"
He advanced tho weapon another
hair's breadth neater and fingered the
digger migKOHllvely. Willi a spas
modic Jerk his lordship bobbed down
tmd hastily unbuttoned the Insignia or
"Hut you're not going to leave me
without without e-clolhes?" he
moaned. It wnt not yet eight o'clock,
and tip- morning was chilly and raw.
The man with tho beard dld'iiol re
ply In wonhi, but witli Ills disengaged
hand he diew towards him a huge
traveling bag, dexterously undid It
without moving hlu weapon, jynl
whisked out In brisk succession a dirty
llannel thirl, a pair ol' villainous plaid
tiousers, a pea-Jael.et, ii scarlet hand
KcKlild', and a raklsh-looklng billy
Willi a meaning gesture ho pointed
Dr. Hlgworth paused in his dlst oil
ing to look with honor-struck eyes nt
Hie obnoxious gat incuts, and then en
trc'itlugly at hlu tormentor; but the
man simply tapped Ills revolver Impa
tiently and ilgjilllcd that ho was In a
hurry. Wlni shaking fingers tho
Ills-hop reluctantly took off his remain
ing clothes, and then very gingerly he
picked up tho loathsome things thai
the man had thrown down and pro
ceeded to put them on. When ho was
dressed his companion surveyed him
critically. Then hu burst Into a r.horl,
sinister laugh. "Capital!" ho said.
Again hu plunged his dlmmgaged hand
Into tho bag, and brought out this
tlmo a small black leather case. "Your
obedience deserves some rowurd," ho
observed, and opening tho ease ho ills
played to tho blinking ga.o of tho
hair-stupcflcd bishop a pile of costly
gems mostly diamonds that lay glls
"Now," ho remnrked, calmly, "you'll
perceive why 1 am not anxious to bo
myself. Ten minutes more and I've
done with you." Ho shut the case
with a snap and pushed It down to tho
bottom of tho bag.
'Tor Heavou'ii sake, what next?" de
manded Dr. Hlgwoith, In a terror
'Tin going to shave you."
For a few moments thero wan n
qiilvcrlnir silence, then tho bishop gave
a cry of absolute agony. Ho fell down
on his knees and squirmed ut the maa'fa
foot. "Not my heard," he bogged;
"foil pity's Baku not my beard!"
"Nonsense," snapped Uio stranger,
as with a quick movement ho restored
tho revolver to his pocket and brought
out a razor, "iouvo got your lucky
stars to thank thai 1 hold strangely
superstitious vlows about murder or 1
nhouldu'l havo taken all this trouble.
I don't want to resort to extremes,
hut It' you don't sit still " lie made
an expressive gesture, first drawing thu
razor across hht own throat and then
throwing out his arms as If casting u
heavy body out of tho carriage door.
'Hut my heard!" cried thu wretched
bishop. "Think, If ou shinu tno,
I " and thou his volte failed; the
crooked light In tho man's eyet looked
so ominous mil tho razor gleamed to
.sharply brlgki In the sunlight thai for
tho llrst lime In his r.ri years lie iell for
ward In a dtad faint. When
ho canto to himself some time later
tho train wni still buzzing and rocking
through spans and the whistle was
shrieking ehiorfully. lie felt uncom
monly sick mil cold, nnd with fren.led
haste ho put his hands to Ids throat,
Ills throat vas still intact, but his
beautiful bea'd tho envy of the whole
bench of blstops the theme ol pools
and Joitrnall.ls was gone!
Hi! turned his heavy eyes round tho
carriage. Fir tho (list moment hu
thought hu vas alone then he had a
misty IniprcMlon that he had wakened
up In anotlur world and was looking
at himself lir (U pon to lo him reading
his paper, villi crossed legs and
haughty deueanor, sat to all Intents
nnd purpose.' the bishop of Stcndmlu
ster! lie sav it all now. This villain,
housebreaker diamond thief, or what
ever ho might
be, had conceived thU
hiring plan for eluding
uhl trade on his posses
.omo heard to pass hlni-
sion of a ham
self olf as 1)
lllgworlh, and so gel
free of thu Hta
:on perhaps ol London.
bishop lay h
o bo done? The real
k In his corner think
lug out a plnijof campaign, lie would
sit still till (to train slopped noth
ing was to h gained by argument
and give l;il.) audacious blackguard
Into charg; teloro he had time to
btlr. lie g anted ruefully at his plaid
troilsern aid tubbed his chin afresh.
Of course, io must look odd; but tliero
was sure t) h some one on Hu: train
who would kmtw their own bishop lroui
a mnltu-bol cr. Yes, it all depended
on rapidity of action directly they had
leached their Journey's end. Ho edged
a little neatil'to the door. 'The pseudo
divine went on calmly leading, and
seemed entirely tun uiiselous that ther
At last the train dashed out of Iho
oj on Holds anil in between lows of
smoky houses; thuu It t.lachcuud and
in a lev. miuiiloi they had crawled
Into I'dddlngton. Dr. Hlgworth, with
a sharp movement, put his hand over
I hu do'ir and clapped the handle with
his fingers. "Fetch the guuid," hu
whispered to a porter, who hud como
civilly up and said "Luggage, sir?"
lo his traveling (umpauiou. The'
porter only stared at him and imp
pressed a .smile. Hut al that moment,
as luck would havo it, tho guard
chanced io pass, "(iuard," crleil Ur.
Hlgworth, excitedly, "I wish to glvu
tills fellov. In charge. 1 am Ihe bishop
o: .Sieaiimiuster, iliough it Tit awaru
1 don't look exadly llko him at tliia
moment. This ulalu has taken my
ciothes, threaten' t
At this paint, i
bishop at tho oil1'
me, aha - -
guard, who had
,:is with iho I'ahio
helil up his ban...
"lijmlly, my man, quietly!" he .said,
turning round to v.ink at an iuspcloi
who stood close by. on, yen, you io
the bishop ol .Steadiiilnster right
enough. Now, Jn it let this other gen
tleuiau get oiH '' in a hurry and
then you can Iell .m all about it.
"Hut i am tic '. .hop, I toll you
you fool," crh'i le exasperated di
vine; "ask atiji -' m tho train who
known mo this i iHi.'h an Impostor,"
Tho Impostor lie nwhlle bac quietly
gatlietod up his ''. and the bishop's
traveling rug, and aa engaged In pul
ling on the blsl op's hat. Hu bent
across and whlhjn " 'l something rapid
ly Into tho guard ear.
Tho guard tout wl bis cap respect
fully. "Yes, m'l( nl," ho said, defer
entially; "1 hojn lie hasn't worried
you much, m'loid?"
"Not at all not at all," said thu falso
bishop, In a patnml.lng tone. "If I
weren't In such a ilcspernto hurry I'd
try to find thu poor fellow's friends.
I fear he's cscapcl from somewhere,
And before his thunderstruck vic
tim could attempt to recover from hlu
amazement ho had pushed past, hailed
a hansom, and stepped Into It. Hoeing
his tormentor escape, Dr. Hlgworth
dashed out and bt'ean to struggle furi
ously In his attempts to rush after him.
The guard nnd four porters held him
hack. "Ilo's a criminal, I tell you,"
ho cried, In wild excitement; "a crim
inal (lying from Justno. Ho'h got my
kcyi) and my pocket-book nnd nnd
my beard!"" he's "
Hy this tlmo a large crowd had gath
ered, anil a coitpln of pollcomcn from
outside, attracted by uproar, pro
ceeded to force their stutely way to
tho center. "It's a strait wesltlt 'e
waaU, Hill," observed one of the by-
atantlcr.1 to another: "thlnk.i 'c's a
bishop, do 'o?" "Now, yer rlveronco,"
advised a cheeky boy in tho roar, "Jest
o along quiet with thorn gentlemen.
They'to a-goltig lo tako yer to West
Tho polliemen closed upon him, nnd
before thu bishop could move again or
even expostulate ho felt two powerful
arms round his cheat, and a pair of
hands In front seized his wrists nnd
snapped on a couple of handcuff:!.
With a furious cry llko that of a wild
beast nt bay hu made a mighty effort
lo wrench himself free something
seemed to snap, tho crowd swam bo-
lore his eyes, and and '
The man In the corner was still
there, looking at him certainly, hut
with a look of frightened surprise
"I beg your pardon, sir," Inquired tlm
man In tho corner, timidly, "did you
"No no," said tho bishop, confused
ly. "No; I ought to apologlu, I be
lieve. I'm afraid that Is to say, I
think I've been asleep." Ills hand
stolo to Ills chin fearfully. Joy of
Joys, his beard was still thero, longer
and silkier than ever! Ho breathed
a huge sigh of relief, and then glanced
quickly at his legs; they were en
cased In neat gaiters, just as they had
been when ho started. The man In tho
corner wore a seedy top-coat, and iho
bag at his side wouldn't havo held
anything bigger than an ordinary-sized
Dr. Hlgworth oxporli.ticod a warm
sensation of Intense, radiant gratitude,
Hitch ns he had never felt before; n
new-born Instinct, of friendliness
prompted him to do something for tho
man in tlto corner. Ho picked up his
paper and held it out to him.
"You haen't seen this week's 'Sat
urday, perhaps, sir?" ho said, affec
tionately. "There's a capital article
on 'Tho "Psychology of Dreams.'
" Oh, no. you're not depriving
mo -pray lake It."- London Tll-lllts.
AN INFORMAL CALL.
NrlKlitH.rly A lililr In Which lln- Noi
i oioer l mil. imiin it llnltit-r
I hat a cei l aln degree of formality is
desiiahle Is suggested hy an aiuusln
story Horn the Chicago News of
neighborly call. The far-reaching te-
nilts or tho visit can icadlly ho 1m
"Good evening, said tho elderly
woman, approaching Iho mops. "1 noe.
you are enjoying the fresh ulr. ll'it a
"II Is pleasant," responded Iho
woman, v. ho was sitting on the front
"I don't helleie you know me. I am
Mrs. Huxter, your neighbor, two doors
oil'. No, don't get up. I'll Just nit down
here heidde jott. Don't say a word
now. I have Intended lo call ever since
J on moved In, but you know how It
is. There's always something. And
whin I saw you come out anil Ml down
I said to my husband. 'I'm Jin.t going
lo run over rlcht now. If she thinks
I'm Infoimal I don't mind, because I
am infoimal. I always was.' And lie
Just laughed nnd told mo lo go ahead.
He fays he thinks he met your is
land Huin" yearn ago. How do you
llko jour house? You needn't toll
me, though, lor I hardly supposo
joii'vo got used lo It yet, and it's so
discouraging retting settled; and then
I saw Mrs. Thomas, your next-door
neli hh'ir on the other side, a day or
two ago, and she tells mo that you'vu
been Icivlnr awful trouble gelling a
servant. You needn't nay anything. I
I tiow exactly what ii Is. I don't know
what Ihe girls are coming to. They
don't seem in want lo work, anil they're
most of HiM',' worlhkss when you do
g"' one. I've had more "
The other woman had twice mado a
movement as If to rlsn, but had been
prevcuh d by tho detaining liaiulof tho
informal caller. This time, however,
she got up.
"If you'll' wanting to sen Mrs. flos
sage, ma'am, you'll havo to call again,
for she's gone lo Iho Iheayti'r and
won't h" hack until late," she said,
wllh rolil dignity. I ain't Mrs. fios
sage myself, I'm tho cook."
It Is a part or tho seeming 111 luck
belonging to circumstance that an art
ist tuny spend tlmo and genius on a
piece of work, and then fall conspicu
ously In some detail.
.There Is a story that one Hoynl
Academician gave a hand live flnger.i
and a thumb, and that another painted
a live lobster bright red.
Tho clover (ioodalt had been en
gaged In painting a number of laborer
dragging a huge stonu across tho des
ert, and a mantof science, enlorlng tho
studio, said to him:
"I say, (ioodall, If you wont those
fellows to pull that stone, you must
double their number. It would tako
Just twice as many."
Hut It Is not modern pa Intern alone
who slip up on points of accuracy.
Hvnit Albert Duror, In n srenn repre
senting Peter denying Christ, painted
Dim of tho Itomau soldiers In tho net
of smoking. Turner put a rainbow bo
slilo tho sun, and In another picture lie
got wofully tangled In tho uhlp's rig
".log. Youlh's Companion.
A CASE OF CANCER
Court Physiclun3 Declare Their
Patient's Condition Good.
EMINENT THROAT SPECIALIST
IJccliircM flu. entitle Concern A boat
lln- l'.iiieror t n n n rrn nleil, Hut
lie I'nle of II 1m I 'nt her Mini
.llol her In lleeillleil.
llcrlln, Nov. 10. A bulletin concern
ing the condition of Kmpcrnr William,
who was operated upon Saturday for
the removal of a polypus from the
larynx, was Issued Monday morning nl
tho new palace, Potsdam. It Is as fol
"Inflammation, which naturally fol
lows as a reaction from tho operation
already Is diminishing. Wo can, there
fore, be satisfied with tho appearanct
of tho loft vocal chord. Nevertheless,
tho nealing of the little wound prob
ably will require another week.
K.Ml'KltOU WILLIAM Of (llCit.MANV.
"Tno etnperor's general condition In
good, his temperature, and pulse aro
I Signed. "VON LKtlTHOLD.
Tho court circular states that Uio
emperor, Monday morning, personally
heard tho report of llerr Von hucaniiB,
etilof nl' tlm elell "iblont
Prof. Hcninrd Kraonkel, tho eminent
specialist of Herlin university, In an
Interview with n press correspondent,
said: "Tho public concern about tho
emperor's condition Is unwarranted.
Tlm facts nro absolutely as stated In
tills morning's bulletin, 'Tho people
nro only agitated because they remem
ber Hint the llrsl reports about 10m
peror Frederick did not dlsoloso Ills
Iriio malady, hut this lime tho bulletin
In correct. You can reassure America."
riii: iii:in:iiri'.tiiv taint.
The I'nle of Cmpcror M'lllliioi'ft l'n
II mill Mnllii'i- lli'i'iilleil.
New York, Nov. 10. Information
(ontulned In a private dispatch received
hero shows that the operation 'in Km-
I peror William Is similar lo tho ,llrsl
' one perlormed on hlu fulher, and con
I reqiicntly causes concern lo his house
i hold. The olllelnl statement Issued hy
Iho surgeons tall to reassure, because it
in wi ll understood thai for reasons of
stain Iho emperor would hu given tho
benefit, of any doubt as to tho Into
character of his disease.
It Is reclined that the surgeons at
thai I Iiik! Hindu nothing of I lie first
operation on Kmpcnror l'Yodorlok.
Thorn Is anxiely because both ICinper
or Wlllam's father and mother died of
cancer, and his grandmother, Augusta,
also was no afflicted. Tho eniperor'il
aunt, tho grand duclio.su of linden, as
Is well known In (lermnny, Is sulforinu
from thu samu malady.
It will laid! months to decide wheth
er tho fears now entertained aro un
founded. At present thu whole weight
of scientific authority, which Is in at
tendance upon the emperor, ulllrms
that he has not cancer.
TOIir.NS III." NVMIMTIIV.
I In- I'.niiieriir Xn It' Worth llrliiic
III lo Hi It Tlie ill.
Berlin, Nov. 10, Tlm story of tho
day concerning tho emperor Is not tin
story of tho bulletins, of tho telegram!
from foreign sovereigns, nor of the
sympathetic Inquiries of tho ambas
sadors, but of tho regret and concern
of thu people.
' It Is worth being 111 to receive a
thing llko this," tho emperor Is re
ported us suylng, when some chrysan
themums sent to him by three worklnii
women were handed to him.
Several similar Indications of regard
wore inudo by poor persons at Potu
datn. Tho omporor makes light of his In
disposition, and has asked the moinbm
of hht family to act precisely as here
tofore. He feels thu change from hU
uncommonly active life to forced quiet,
but ho declines to bo relieved altogeth
er of thu routine business of state, and
received In audience the heads of hlu
private cabinet nnd tho chancellor
Count Von liu'ilrw.