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fVKOP3I8 OF PRECZEDIXO CHAPTERS.
Chapters I and II Aleo Howe,
eon of a prosperous New York mer
chant, leaves home in the garb of a
tramp to earn hi living because of a
disagreeable stepmother. He sleeps
at a farm houi-e, but fails to get
work. Ill Alec stops at Milo Ben
re'.t's farm and is permitted to boe
potatoes for his Loard. Hoeing
Misters his hands and proves very
hsrd work for a "jounp city swell"
He makes the acquaintance cf Maud
Kennett. a pretty girl. IV and V
He takes Maud Bennett to the circus
nnd nepers her mother, who abuses
! i m and drives bim from the house.
rnnilesp, he trudges on seeking
work and is amazed to find a $1 bill
in bis bag. lie concludes that Maud
must have placed it there. VI. VII
and VIII Alec makes the acquain
tance of Joe Uiggins, the geniai land
lord of the Abhton Center tavern
and store, tries bis hand at mowing
and makes a failure. The story be
comes town property. Lofers at the
taern ridicule him,' but Joelliggi" s'
daughter Lizbcth befriend bird, he
is much cast down aud lives on
crackers and jam.
HK GOES TO CHURCH.
Wiph Alec awoke the next Korning
C!id fonnd tho nun chining warmly in at
his window and realized that it must bo
near 8 o'clock, though he had not yet
been called, ha remembered thr.t it was
Sunday. There came a rap at bis door
und lie heard Jim's voice, and a moment
later Jim entered, carrying on one arm
what seemed like a pile of fresh linen.
'Lisbeth sent these up to yon, if
you d bo kind enonsh to accept them.
taid Jim awkwardly, standing on one
foot and trying with might and main to
deliver correctly tho polite message 'Lis-
beth had sent. "3ho thought p'raps your
Sunday clothes hadn't come yet, and she
asked father to send these tip to you, if
you d like to wear them to meeting."
"Tell your sister she's a regular
trump. It was awfully good of her, aw
fully good. Tell her she's the queen of
hearts, or whatover yen think she'd
like," he ended, suddenly wondering if
eards woro approved la this lew Eng
It did nut take him long to put cn his
new clothes. Thry made him lauh at
hiinsclf in spite of all good intentions.
Bnt that did not matter. The clothes
answered very woll, and ha hurried
down to the diuing room to find the
family ell at the table. Cn seeing him
Xibbeth blushed and Mr. Higgius roared
nut a great haw-haw of compliment and
fun, aud the children and Mrs. Higgins
admired and complimented, till Alec
blushed decidedly more than 'Lisbeth.
He expressed his thanks as well as he
conld to Mr. Higgins and 'Lisbeth.
At 10 o'clock Alec saw the old sexton
with his shiny head come across from
his house, and, opening the church with
a big key, proceed to ring the bell. It
wns not just the kind of bell ringing
Ales was used to in the citr, bnt it was
done with a method just the same. The
ropo hung down into the vestibule cf
tho church, and Aleo could see the old
sexton tugging away at it directly in
front of the open door. He gave a great
pull, and then seemed nearly carried off
his feet on the return. Tho sweat pour
ed down his face, and Aleo thought
with a laugh that his collar must be
pretty well wi ltcd. Eut on looking again
ho eaw tho old .-pxton'8 collar and neck
tie on the floor V.csido him, a somewhat
With Hood's Sarsana
rilla," Sales Talk," and
show that this niedi
cine has enjoyed public confidence and
patronne to a greater extent than any
other proprietary medicine. This is be
cause it possesses greater medicinal merit
and prod uccs greater cures t ban any other.
It is not what we say, but what Hood's
Sarsaparilla docs, that
Tells the Story.
All advertisements of Hood's SarsaparOla,
like Hood's Sarsaparilla itself, are honest.
We have never deceived the public, and
this with its superlative medicinal merit,
is why the people haveabiding confidence
in it, and buy Hood's Sarsaparilla almost
to the exclusion of all others.
Customers Want Hood's.
" We order Hood's Sarsaparilla in large
quantities and it is the only blood purifier
which a druggist can buy in large quanti
ties without risk, it is selling very rapidly
and customers who buy it once are sure
to call for Hood's the next time. We be
lieve Hood's Sarsaparilla must possess
trne merit in order to retain its popular
ity Ita sales exceed all similar prepara
tions and its praises are often beard.
L. Sommer A Sox, Springfield, Illinois.
Thousands of druggists say the same.
h the best in fact the One True Wood Purifier.
rreparedonrybyC.l.Hood & Co.. LowelL Mass.
Hood's phis 8x&&ggz
oevRon. 1896. it mi mrrnci.
incongruous picture fcr a church coor
on Sunday morning.
Soon the people began to come. First
a hnlking young man. nncomfortablo in
bis stiff Sunday suit, his white cellar
rapidly melting, slouched up apolo
getically and etocd waiting on the coi
Waiting on the corner of the great stout
tier cf tho great stone steps before the
ihurcb, full in the broiling sun. He
stood there for nearly half an hour, aud
Alec wondered. Girls in pairs came,
rather light and dainty in their muslin
frock.", and disappeared into the cool
church ont of the heat. Perhaps it was
rheir presence within that kept the
yonng man without. Or he may have
had an interest in the farmer wagons
that drove up, each with a whole family
cn beard. The agilo but rather dowdily
dressed girl jumped lightly act cn cne
side, while her old father, with a long
beard under his chin, alighted on the
church steps on the other side, and pro
ceeded first to lift ont the little ones,
and then from the back scat his sub
stantial, matrcnly wife. For a moment
the family made a picturesque group on
the church steps as they consulted to
gether. Then the man went with the
horce and wagon to tho sheds in the
rear, and the women and children en
tered the church.
Soon the yonng man on the church
steps had companions, ant the first fam
ily was followed by a score cf others.
t L:'t the Hit-. . vu
I,!-" nd spsu, uHii:f-.; ( :i .v;:.i:t,
iVyv as Aleo i. l-I.u-uh t him.
tugi'V np tho rear, v;iilo "Li.-xeth
nnrTi1 part the others in order to be
in her place in the choir in time. Mrs.
Higgins pave Aleo a formal invitation
to e plac4 in trsir pew, and Alec ac
cepted and followed close behind her,
wi:$ the children on each side of him.
evi3iiy prouti or nis company, Thpy
felt that there was something distin
guishing about it, and Alec was pleaEcd.
They found a thick crowd in the en
try before tho inner door, aud Alec was
obliged to elbow himself in rather
roughly, while everybody stcrcd coldly
at him. That stonv stare made him
most uncomfortable, but the Higginses
seemed to take it as natural enough.
and gavo him what relief they conld by
hurrying to their pew, though most of
the audience were still crowded about
But soon the preacher came, a bent
but dignified old man, with a sadly sol
emn f;sco. in which, however, cccdncss
shone, and as he made his way to the
pulpit tho company about the door die
persed to their seats, and soon all was
quiet end solemn for a few minutes be
fore tho little organ in the loft at the
rear, back cf the choir, wheezed forth
Alec felt that it was the most solemn
asseaiblago he bad ever seen. Thouch it
was so hot a day, there was no flutter cf
fans, though fans indeed (of the large
palm leaf variety chiefly) were in use.
there was bo rttstlo of silk garments as
in a fashionable audience in the city, no
snDduea buzz cf final whispers. Instead
there was a little rnstle of the leaves
that came with the lifiht breeze thronch
the wido open windows, and the more
aistant murmur of the fields. One could
hear, too, the rirple and snrsrle cf
brook thst flowed not many rods from
the cbnrch, and now and then a bee or a
great Cy buzzed about over the heads of
the worshipers. So intense was this pe
culiar atmosphere to Alec that he wish
ed almost to cry cat against it and fear
ed he disgraced himself hy his uueasi
ness in his seat. But at last he surren
oeretl Himself to it, and, becoming lost
in a contemplation of the erMnm
through the windows or a buzzing bee
or the odor that came to hia on tho
oreeae, he found the church a most rest-
The service began with a hymn, and
when the choir rose Alec observed that
'Lisbeth and Ueorge Mars ton steed aide
by side. Doubtless in the silent com
munion of many Sundays thus so near
each ether had grown op that attach
ment which 'Lisbeth sternly bnt silent
ly repressed, bat which the blacksmith
as persistently bnt silently urged. When
at tho second hymn the whole congrega
tion rose and turned to face the choir in
tho rear. Alec spent bis curiosity and at
tention in watching thosa two singers
and felt suro that, however intense their
affection, no word of love had jet sass-
ea Between them. ' Usbeth tang In a 1
clear.f ull soprauo.her voice rising naive
ly and almost unconsciously above the
rest, while the blacksmith, with bis
frank bine eyes and bosest, open bee.
looked np to heaven and pjared ont his
voice with hers in a clear baritone that
When the service was finished and
the congregation broke np for the Sun
day school, Aleo cgaia felt the cold,
stony stare of the little crowd into
which he was wedged, on one side Mrs.
Higgins gossiping with a neighbor, on
the other several other substantial ma
trons gossiping with other neighbors as
if it wero the only opportunity during
the week they bad to speak to each oth
er. Bnt soon Aleo saw George Marston
making bis way through the crowd to
ward him, and giving Alec's hand a
hearty grip and speaking a still more
hearty welcome, he invited Aleo to join
his faunday school class, and wnen tbey
had made their way to the door the
blacksmith introduced the young man
to half a dozen lads who stood about.
some older, some younger, bnt none
with anything to say. Alo felt awk
ward, and was glad when the superin
tendent rang his little silver bell to
call the school to order. They took their
places in gronps about the church, here
a big group of nneasy children, there a
group of yonng ladies, or half a dozen
old men and women. George Marston 's
class had a retired nook in the choir
gallery, from which Aleo had an excel
lent opportunity to survey the little
gathering without himself being much
It was not at all an nnplcasant hour
that Aleo spent there. He feend Mars
ton keenly intelligent, sympathetic and
well read for a countryman, and before
he left foresaw that he should find in
him n genmno and trne friend. Already
in theso fow days what tlcep ties of in
timacy he bad formed with this strange
As soon as the service was over, bo
slipped away as quickly as possible to
tho kitchen if the tavern for n geed
drink cf cold water, but lie foasd 'Lis
beth before him busily getting dinner,
for which be confessed hi&iiolf qcite
HE TAEES A WALK IX THE WOODS
REARS SOMKTHINO ABOUT JOE HIGGINS.
Late in the afternoon, when the sen
was sinking rapidly into its golden bed
and the air was somewhat cooler. Alec
went for a ramble. Down the hill to
the west the road is a sort of shelving
ledge on an embankment, and tho passer
may look for miles aud miles over the
valley dotted with lakes and streams
and flashing bits of stream and groves
und farmhuuses. Then it enters a thick
forest, whore the cool pines and hem
locks and elms and maples and oaks
meet above one's head like an arching
At last he came to a place where a
brook ran through n little stono arched
channel under tho road, and beyond it
spread ont into a clear round pool in the
midst cf cn open meadow grown rank
with thick swordgrasti. Hi steppud
down from the road to glance into the
dark, ccol tnuuel of the stream, where
trs.iet! ii:4.is-.;::ro. A- l.c .!;.cd r.ri
bo no.:c;;l lit:!., path r:i::::u3 off
around ti'ge cf the waier covered
Iieadovr, nsd ho inunediutgly decided to
lollow it. It skirtod tho bai:k of the
meadow and pool satil it came to aa
old rail fence, with its rotten logs piled
crosswise upon each other. Alec climbed
clumsily over and found the path start
ig off suddenly into the wood.
The immensity of the place filled
him, made him wish to kneel and wor
ship God, sending his prayers np
throngh those tall, smooth, brown trunks
and tho little space that opened to the
sky. A pine wood is like a great cathe
dral, with its gigantic pillars springing
np on every side, its domes and arches
and massive frescoes and cool, calming
space about one.
At last Alec climbed np on a high,
gray bowlder and sat down, like Robin
eon Crusoe in the midst of his lonely
island over which ho was sole ruler end
king. The bowlder was his throne All
these tall pines were bis humble sub
jects, never ottering a word of insubor
dination. What was poverty now, with
such a free heritage?
But suddenly a eharp, cool breeze
came along, pushing the sultry air be
fore it, and Alec glanced up through the
trees to see black, scudding clouds. The
sun was covered, and it was growing
darker, but in this dank forest he had
not noticed it. Then came a long, low
rumble cf thunder, and Alec slipped
quickly down from his granite throne
and began to look for the right way
He could not find it and began to be
somewhat distressed thereat as he hnr
ried here and there, looking and won
dering, when suddenly he saw some
thing that changed the whole enrrent cf
his thoughts. There, not two rods away,
wholly unconscious cf his presence, sat
'Lisbeth on a low stone, her chin buried
in her hands, which in turn were sup
ported by her elbows resting on her
knees. She seemed looking vaguely into
space. Alec thought she had bees cry
ing. Hex chip hat had fallen off beside
her. and her whole attitude was that of
abandon a huddled bunch. She was by
no Deans graceful, but most touch inc.
His heart went out to her at bound,
and be would have liked to go to her
immediately aDd have comforted her.
Bnt he dare not. He was almost afraid
to make his presence known, and began
to think of slipping off without her ob
serving him, when he recollected that
he did net know the way ; that it was
about to rain, and that at any rate he
ought not to leave her here to get wet
because of her melaneholr, however
j sacred it might be.
I He bad taken but a few steps toward
her when she beard the breaking of the
I small branches under bis feet and turned
t and saw him. She smiled sadly at bim,
and he remarked prosaically :
i "It looks as if it were go;ng to rain.
If we den t harry home, we shall be
11QHDAT. ITOVCUDDIl 0 1C3B.
"X don't think It win rain." said
'Lisbeth ia harsh, monotonous tone aa
she glanced np at the scuddin? clouds
which conld be seen through t je trees.
"The shower ia going round,"
A few big drops came booacing down
upon them before she had finished, but
she assured Alee they mfant nothing.
"She has been thinking of the black
smith," said Aleo to himself, and. aa
for 'Lisbeth. sbe seemed to feel that be
had read her through and thrcagh.
She rose rather sullenly to her
feet, however, and started off. bidding
Alee come cn. He followed her, sorry,
sympathizing, wishing he could com
fort her, help her. at least show bis feel
ing. But sbe was silent and forbidding.
It was impossible to speak. They tried
to talk of indifferent thing, bnt conver
sation failed, and as tbey walked through
the avenue of trees which formed the
road they both lapsed into utter silence.
That evening about 9 o clock, as Aleo
waa thinking of going to bed. he stum
bled into the parlor from the piazza,
where he had been sitting cn a nail keg.
At first the room seemed to bim d earn
ed, bnt soon he heard a half stifled sob.
and at the farther side of tho room made
ont the form of a girl lying on the old
sofa. It must be 'Lisbeth. and she was
crying. This time Alec couia not re
strain his sympathies, and lio walked
directly across the room to her aido.
where be let bis hand rest on her arm
in the dark.
"Is it you, 'Lisbeth?" he asked as
cheerily as be could.
She immediately sat upright, bnt
made no answer.
"Tell me what's the matter," lie said
kindly. "Perhaps I can help yon. I'm
so sorry for you. You've been awfully
good to me, 'Lisbeth," be blurted out
and pnt bis hand out to her in the dark,
but she repelled it.
"Yon don't know anything about it,"
she answered in a broken voice, "and it
wouldn't do any good if yon did. Yon
cr.n do nothing for me bnt go away
and let me alone. Yoa'v got plenty of
thiiigs to thlai about fcr ycurelf.
You've got a job to earn year board and
bed for a little while, and you think
yen are as independent as a landlord.
Bnt yoa don't know bow long your job's
going to last nor where you're going to
get the money to pay for them very
clothes you have on. There! I didn't
mean to say that, bnt it's the gcwpcl
truth, and you better understand it now
as well aa any timo. I like yon. aud I've
tried to help you. but I'm only a girl,
and I can't do much. "
Aleo waa completely undone by this
sudden turning of the tables. He mum
bled something, felt the tears coming
into bis own eyes and began stumbling
lack ont of the room. 'Lisbeth sat
qniotly on the sofa and made no sound
At the door Alee unwittingly plunged
squarely into a mountain of humanity,
which turned out to be Mrs. Higgins.
She had been standing ct the door and
had heard the colloqry at least the
last part cf it.
"J Lord, Mr. Howe, don't mind 'Lia
beth !" she said when they bad recover
ed themselves. She shut the door aud
Jed the way out to tho piazza, where ahe
had junt placed a chair, into which she
presently sank, while Aleo took bis old
place on the nail keg. with the aide of
the building for a back.
"You see, Mr. Howe, 'Lisbeth wor
ries a sight over her pa. That waa part
of vhat sbe meant when she talked to
you that way. Three years ago her pa
had a tort of fit or something, which
they say's heart failuto or something.
He was cut in the store one evening
with a lot of men there smoking and that
sort, and a littla g:rl, Mrs. Janeway's
little Nancy that died, came in and
wanted some sugar, and he was reach
ing into the barrel that stood ont in the
middle of the store, you know, and all
of a sudden they saw he was kind of
limp and just a-hungiug on the side cf
" 'Ltthrth't n rond qirt"
the barrel, so to speak, and near tuprin
the barrel over. Well, they had a turri
ble time getting him out They brought
him in here and laid him on that sofa
where 'Lisbeth was sitting, and be lay
there till pretty near the next morning
without stirring or speaking or even
breathing, for all I could sea Tl.eysaid
he did breathe, though. I thought shore
he was dead. But he wasn't. He got up
next morning and went and changed bis
clothes and set off to Conway to see the
doctor. I made Jim go 'lung with him,
for I said he shouldn't go alone, and
'Lisbeth, she would have gone, too, only
sbe had to take care of the store. Kite
cried tumble and wanted to go, but ber
lamer roaue ner give in. She sets terri
ble More by her father.
"Well, you know Georgo Marston,
that come in here kin night. I'm al
most sure she's in love with him. thoccb
she's never let on that she is, and he
doesn't know it. But she says sbe won't
never marry while father'a like he is
now. She says if he should die suddent
the store would be all broke up if she
was married aud gone, and then tee and
the children might coma to the Lord
only knows what the poorbouse, for
all I know.
" 'Lisbeth'a a good ghL Itbinkshe's
glad you're come, 'cause if anything did
happen to father yon could sort of help
i , . . . . .
uer iook aiier tnings.
"I dunno as she'd like to dan
have tolt you all this, but I thought as
rr anything harpened to him. Ret bad
thojo flu now and again ever since. Be
bed one cn!y hut month, and I etpee'
i-ia cot westcrr he'll bare another
It is perbass uncertain how Ima .
would have rambled on bad Dot Us-
Mtn arreared in the docrwav a
sbe was going to bed. Alee wondered if
she bad orcrii-ard. He frit more sorry
iot ner man ever end wished she knew
he understood and sympathized. But he
did not knew how to convey it to her,
so be returned ber a curt good nigbt and
went eff to bed too.
Vo n 1 1 1 1 1 1 i sja
HE GOT EVEN.
A Ylrgtate Jastlr TVfc. Bl a CrMp
ana W aahlBftaa.
A Wachicartnn man irhn ha A nn.
business before run of h im.l irr iwim
in a Virginia county went down tbrre
on a recent r-arcrdcy to attend to it.
He found the ledee brfnm whrtn itw
matter came, and as it was a merely
pro icrma procxoing be bad no aiitici
paticn cf trouble in getting it done.
When the tuattrrwas prrarotrd, the
".No, salt. If I transact that burin m
fcr yuu, I w ill have to open co't, aud I
will not cix-o co't fcr aty Washington
men no Saturday."
"Why not?"' asked tho astonished
Capital City man.
Because, rah, I went down to Waidt
ington cn a Saturday tint long ago, and
tiot a sincle iudim Waa riltinir in tfca
co't. I am on attorney, pah, an attor
ney admitted to J rartit-o in Washington
co ts cud yet I ec use it was a Saturday
I Was LOl fallowed to tirmntirM ilx-M.
salt, when I bad acmo vital point to
mace, rail. -
" Wcll.I j.ra not to be blamed fcr that, "
said the man from Washington. " Ynn
ought not to hold me m-ponsible for
what the judgi s do or do not do."
"It inakca uo difference, sab; you ate
a part f tho system, a icvilih bad sys
tem, sah, and you must help to rrfiTm
it, aah, und yxi ore toe firrt man I have
bad (pijorttutity to Impress my views
uprn. and I am gr-ingtomakctht ra felt.
Go heiiae and nfurm your synti tn rt
Saturday co in, and then come to me.
And Virginia got even w ith trash
initio in one rat. TVaohington Star.
fcot ljer I or Hervte la rata.
Spauiuli soldiers are betrayii.g en in
surnicuntalile aversion to a campaign in
Cuba, and timrtiotis have been very
fn quint cf lata. This has led to tho
adoption of an cstremely atriet vurveil
lawo almg tho l"yniiean fruitier, and
all the trains running to Franeeare
carefully s rutinin-d ly the Spanish
gendarmes, to the annoyance and die-comfi-rt
cf many cf the pamaengera.
Young m-u are subjected to a severe
t aamiuaticu, and IImw who are unable
to establish I Ik ir identity or give a eat
ir.rtury ezplauatiou of the motives f
their jocrmy arc rrmpelhd to alight
and are conducted to ibe atidarmerNi,
where they are aain plied with qnea
tii lis all the MK-ruT d ttrt.d in this
way being at once handed over to tlie
military authority-. This often entails
ronidTsible delay, and in apilo f the
watc-hfnlticftsof tlu-t flii iala many young
oldi rs still suctveed ill making tbeir
way into France. London Tib-graph.
Mrs. Tiddlcdewinks (from behind ber
paper I wwkt what this means. In
dcrriLiU ilift Cupid's wedding the
paper says she was married in the "c
tract ing ixxira."
Mr. Tiddlcdcwinks Her fatix? wrote
the account, I fancy. He is a dentist,
Mrs. Tiddlcdcwinks But I don't
Mr. Tiddlcdcwinks H probably
means "drawiug room." Washington
"I'll never ak another woman to
marry me so long as 1 live."
"Xo: accented. "Loiwlow Tit-Bia
CmmmM 1 nilaaanj.
Charles B. Hood, broker and nil
ufacturer's ajrent. Columbus. Ohio,
crvifiea that Dr. King's New Dis-
iwtj has no equal as a cnuh rem
edy. J. l. nrown, proprietor St.
James hotel. Ft. Wayne, In!., testi
fies that be waa cured of a cough ef
two years' standing eaued by la
grippe King's New Discovery.
H. F. Merrill. Bald winsvi'.le. Mass..
says that be has used and rooom.
mended it and never knew it to fail,
mod would rather have It than any
doctor, because it always cures.
Mrs. Ilvmroin. 222 K-ast Twenty.
fifth street. Chicago, always keeps it
at nana ann nas no tear oi croup, D
cause it instantly relievos. Free
trial bottles at Harts & Ullemeyer'a
nasi pui rMi
Ir. WU!iBis' Indian File Ointment
will enre biind, bleeding, ulcerated
and itching pile. It absorbs the
tumor, allays the itchieg- at ones,
act as a poultice, gives Instant re
relief. Dr. Williams' Iadiaa Pile
Ointment if prepared only fur piles
and iichlnr; of the private parte, and
eotbin? elue. Kvery Itov is fuarmn
teed. bold by droiri;it enwt by
mail for .VI cents and f I per but.
Willi M'r'o C . IV-p., Cleve
land. Ohio. For aale hy all drug-
UThfa Baby was sick, ws gaae her Oaavala.
WIm sbe was a CWld, aba crtM Caatorta.
Children Cry for
the day but
just begun V
All tromra rho bare
time and strength to waste,
who want snowy clothes
and soft hands should
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Hot Water Heating,
Steam and Gas Fitting,
Copper, Tin and
Sheet Iron Work.
Cor. Nineteenth street
and Second Avenue.
111 X7. BsTMteciata, Ct.
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