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. K, WINNSBORO, S.C., APR1L 6,1899.
PATIENCE Wi
'Sweet frieni. when thou and I are gnie
Beyon-i earth's weary labor, -
Whben sma:1 h:il be our need of grace
From corar:wle or from neighbor;
Passed all the strife. the toil, the care,
And clon, with ail the sighing
What teadtr ru;h shall we have gained,
Aab3! >y simply dying?
Thn lips too chary of their praise
W ill t-r:l our mnerits over.
A u.1 -yes too swifi, our faults to see
.:al::::-i:eFect discover.
Th'n h'n ai that would not lift a stone
t eru stnnes wert. thick to cumber
tr stee:' hill path, will scatter flowers
A erillwed slumber.
B N bPRH F
"step this way a moment, if yot
please, Miss Chadbourne."
Mr. Vaughn had opened the lette:
book and was looking at it with a puz
zled air. He spoke quietly, but hi!
tone caused the young stenographe:
to start fro:n her chair and approa.3
him with trepidation.
Wtat do you call that figure,
three or a five?" he asked.
As she c.rght sight of the blurre'
r 'ess copy of the letter she had take*
:rom 0 :t.tion and sent to Marshall
Ho'.-s the evening before, she fiusher
guiltily and with a premonition of ap
proa,hing trouble. Mr. Vaughn's leai
forefinger was poi-ti:tg to the fourtl
item in a long column of figures, quo
'tations of prices furnished to one o
the firm's best custoners, and Mildret
Chadbourne suspected that the tran3
action involved was one of unusua
importance.
To hide her confusion she bent for
over the page and anxiously scruti
nized the indistiaot c.?py; but to d4
her best she could not decide whethe
that fourth item was thirteen or fifteen
Late on t'.e previous afternoon Mr
Vaughn had dietated this letter to her
slowly and wi_h extraordinary pains
chargia- her touse all possible care it
gettind the figures down correctly. H
had se.>ued to her quite unnecessaril1
delibe:-ate,for she was impatient to gc
home that she might finish a gow
she was making, and she had plaine
to leave a few minutes before the cus.
tomary closing hour.
When the dictation was complete:
behad_rushed-&E.ie train,althougl
"'first charging ner to wn1te, copy an(
post the letter that night without fail
Inwardly rebelling,she had rattled th<
important communication through th
writing machine at railway speed, aui
then, as tt. office boy was invisible
she had undertaken to copy it herself
-It requires care to copy a letter as i
should be copiel. If the tissue lea
upon which it is to be impressed bi
.not wet enough, the result will be
faint copy; if too wet, a blurred one
and in that case the original sheet wit
sometimes be so badly defaced by th<
washing of the ink as to be almost il
legible.
Mildred had rushed the lette:
through the copying press with quits
as much haste as she had put into thi
fypewriting of it. She had passed
dripping brush over the leaf and thei
had neglected to absorb with a blot
ting p)ad the superfluous moisture. It
consequence, the copy had turned out
a slovenly one, and the original ha<
been seriously defaced.
She knew then as well as she kuet
afterward that haste ha-1 made waste
antd that her plain duty would hav<
'been to do the woru over again fron
beginning to end; but the letter wa:
a long one, 6 o'clock was drawint
near, and just then the completion o
her new party gown wvas of more imn
~portance to her than the business con
cerns of Theophilus Taughn & Co.
.Moreover, if she wvere to send th
:.-etter off as it was, probably she neve
would- hear from it agailt as for th
'copy, that might be a mnattar of litti
importance. Not half the copies ii
the letter book ever were referred to
They were put there because it was
busi~ness custom to preserve them,bu
they seldom proved to be of vital con
sequence-that she had discovered ii
her experience thus far.
So she had crowded. the "water
logged" sheet hastily out of sight ix
an envelope and sent it away. Nowv
24 ho-urs later, it had occur'red to Mr
Vanghn to glance over the copy, ant
a time of reckoning 1.sd come.
"I can't make it out, sir," she said
desperately, after keeping silence a
long as she dare,l. "I1 can't tel
whether it is a five or a three. I wil
look *at my notes and see what i
ought to be."
"I know perfectly well what i
ought to be," he commented, dryly
"It ought to be a five. What I an
anxious to learn is what it is."'
"I have it a five here, sir," said th
girl, who had been consulting he
shorthand notes.
"The point is, did you get it dowi
a five here?" her employer returned
Mildred's spirits sank,and she dare:
not meet Mr. Vaughn's gaze, but stoo<
before him hot, silent and thoroughl;
uncomfortable.
"These quotations," he proceeded
indicating the column of figures, "wer<
furnished to Marshall & Hobbs a
their teqjuest to enable them to submi
a bid for a large contract-an unusual
ly lar'ge one, I infer-which they ar
hoping to secure shortly. They aske<
for bed-rock figures, and I gave then
our very lowest. Now those casting
there, which I intended to quote at fif
teen cents, they are going to wvant
great many of-thousands, in fact-ant
at fifteen cents we should make on
ent profit,,.vbile at thirteen we shoult
' a correspondinz
TH THE LIVING.
Sweet frierd.perchance b,tb thou and I,
Ere Lovo 's past rorgiving.
Sboul- take the earnest lesson home
B. patient with tht livicg.
Today's repress.d rebuke may =ave
Our blinding tears tomorrow:
Then patience. e'en when keenest edge
May whet a nameless sorrow.
'Tis easy to be gentle when
Death's siienea shames our clamor,
And cacy to discern the best
Throuh mne:n'ry's mystic glamour;
But wise it were for the and me.
Ere 40-, i= '"tst for ivin'_.
To take the tt-a"ler lesson home
Be patient '.th the living.
--r om the fLston Watchman.
I GCKN ELL.
t back t,f our tig-are, aud-well," he
conclude],siguificantly, "it will make
a difference to us."
"Ies, sir," assented the girl,in faint
tones.
"That's a wretchedly poor co:-,
Miss Chadbourne," he remarked after
a few seconds of uncomfortable silence
-unco.nfortable to her, at least. "You
must speak to George. He is gcttiug
to be un ardonably care'ess. Hfe's
thinking too much about his own con
cerns, 1 fear."
" Y-yes, sir," stam:nered Mildred,
- reddening fu iousl-. "I will-I mean
-Mr. V,aughu, to tell the truth,
George didn't take that copy. Ho
happened not to be about, and so I
took it."
1"Indeed!" said her employer, witi
an accent that caused her to rush stil
more; but to her relief he made no fur
ther comments. "Well," he coi-.
eluded, shutting up the letter book,
"I don't see what we ctn do about it
now. Thirteen is held to be an un
lucky number, and it would be partic
ularly so here. Let us hone this non
desc:ipt blotch stands for a five."
Mildred went home that night al
most wishing she had never been
born. Neariv a mouth now she had
been with Theophilus Vaughn & Co.
-it was her first situation - and sLe
had begun to flatter herself, with rea
son, that she was giving satisfaction.
At the end of her first week Mr. Vaughn
had gone so far as to tell her so.
"I rather think you w'i suit us,"
he said. "You are quick urate,and
" --rnank 'ou, sir; I hope I know
something abunt spelling.' was her
wondering response.
"rhe young lady who preceded you
t knew something about spelling," pro
ceeded Mr. Vau;i_r, with a queer shrug,
"and proved the truth of the familiar
assertion that a little knowledge may
be a dangerous thing. "See here!"
and opening the letter book he showed
her the copy of a letter of about a
dozen lines in which he had under
scored with a pencil three misspelled
words, and words not usua'ly consid
ered "hard" ones, either.
"I shouldn't want to employ a sten
eographer who was obliged to consult
Sthe dictionary continually," he went
I on,"but one who didn't know enough
Sto look in it when she ought I wouldn't
ihave at any price. A girl who can't
-spell, or who can't learn to spell,
Smisses hetr vocation when she starts
tout to beco'ne a sienographer.
S"iou would perhaps be surprised at
the number of such eases there are,
-Miss Chadbourne," he proceeded.
"Girls who have had only a common
:school elucation and have neglected
Stheir opportunities at that, whose
Sknowledge of spcliing and grammar is
wofully deficient, and who couldn't
fwrite a presentable letter to one of
-their own friends to save their lives,
-and yet who expect to do the corre
spnec in a business counting
roo:n A stenographer who has to be
watched continually,.lest she send out
so.nie:hing like this thiing here-a let
ter t hat any- reputable house wvould
tblush for -such a stenographer -
well. I have no use for her.''
Now, as she took her homeward
tway, Mildred retlected upon ibese
-words of her employer, realizing with
ishame and cjntrition that she had
been gunil ty of sending out on one of
-Theophiluts Vaughn &z Co.'s letter
iheads a "thing for which any repu
,table hous~e would blush." There
w2re no misspe!lel words there, the
I g~'rmmar was faultless, the sentences
properly constructed, and every figure
in it. with the poss:ible exception of
Sthe blurred one, ha] been set down
i correctly; yet to send off such a letter
l-a letter that looked as if it had been
aleft lying out overnight in the rain
was a discourtesy towvard the firm's
correspondents that barely fell short
.of an insult.
1 That evening occurred the party to
which for weeks she had been looking
Sforward with the liveliest anticipations
:of pleasure; but her regret over that
unfortunate letter,joined to her anxiety
Sconcerning her future standing with
.Vaughn & Co. ,h d brought on a head
Iache which of itself would have spoiled
I her enjoyment effectually. So, after
Sa dismal attempt to take part in the
gayety, she left early and came home
,ready to cry with disappointment.
SThe next day chanced to be a holi
t day,and the one following it was Sun
tday. Forty-eight hours of greater ap
-parent length Mildred was sure she
Snever had passed. On Monday she
I probably would learn whether or not
iVaughn & Co. were to lose several
shundred dollars by her blunder-if
- blunder it was; meanwhile the sus
t pense she was being kept in seemed
I intolerable.
SIf the firm were called upon to bear
Sthe loss, wo'uld Mr'. Vaughn visit the
- de that he had no
o unfaithful a st:enog
might be the avant
she was forced to tctmit that she ae
served to lose her situation, that she
no longer merited his confidence, and
thus, with unhappy doubts and self
questionings,the two intervening days
dragged slowly by.
Earlier than was her custom on
Monday morning Mildred reached the
office. As she was removing her out
of-door garments her glance fell in
voluntarily on the pile of mail matter
that George had brought from the
postoflce and laid ready for Mr. Vaughn
upon his desk. It was a large pile, so
large that the upperpart of it had slid
backward so as to reveal the edges of
some of the lower envelopes.
She caught sight of a printed
name in the left-hand corner of one of
them: "3Marshall & Hobbs." She
would have given a week's salary to
open that letter, but taking such a lib
erty was out of the question.
Mr. Vaughn arrived late, and in so
leisurely a manner did he open and
read the letters that 3ildred began to
wish she had taken occasion to place
that from Marshall & Hobbs on top of
the heap and thus saved herself many
long minutes of torturing susper-se.
Finally, when he reached it in due
course, he showed the most exaspc.
sting calmnessin makingac:juaiutanop
with its contents-quite as if the los=
iog of several thousand dellars were a
matte:- of no importance whatever.
While pretending to be busy herself,
Mildred watched him with tremulous
anxiety. His face, however, was ut
terly inscrutable, and after having
held the open sheet in his fingers for
ifall five minutes-or so it see.ued to
her-lie turned and extended it toward
her, remarking briefy, "This may in
terest yon."
She seized the letter in what came
near to being a frantic clutch and re
seating herself, for she felt too weak
to stand, began to read:
"Your valued favor of the 20th inst.
has been received and contents noted.
The letter has been somewhat defaced
in the copying-probably from a too
free use of water by your office boy
but we think we have been able to
make out all of it excent the estimate
given for the No. 1009 castings. We
are in doubt whether the figures in
tended are 13 or 15. Please telegraph
the correct amount on receipt of this,
as we cannot delay much longer in
submitting our bid."
"The moral of that seems to be,"
said Mr. Vaughn, quizzically, "if you
must make a mistake make such a very
bad one that nobody can decide what
on earthyour driving at. No, Miss
Chadbourne
the proper figure is fifteen. ,t'repay
the charges, and hrve the message re
peated, so as to make sure it is right.
Do you understand, and can I trust
you to do that?"
"Yes,sir," the girl answered,blush
ing at wnhe fancied to be a covert
sarcasm. "A.d, Mr. Vaughn," she
though iL best to add, "I want to tell
you how sorry I am for my carelessness
in copying that letter. You may be
sure such a thing will not occur
again."
"I trust not, indeed," was all the
response he made, and she left the of
Iflce in some uncertainty as to how her
apology had been taken, but as he did
not refer to the matter afterward she
was finally encouraged to hope he had
not lost faith in her entirely.
She never really knew whether that
Iimportant iigure in the hurriedly writ
ten letter was a three or a live, but
she never allowed herself to be trou
bled with any painful doubts as to her
figuire s again; one escape from disaster
was enough.
Thereaft:ri she madec sure to have
every letter she sent out exactly right
in all p)articuilars before it left her
hands,and she was never again kiio'.n
to neglect her employees' interests
for her wn pleasure or convenience?,
as she clearly recognized she had been
guilty of doing in the case of her '"un
profitable hurry. "-Youth's Compan
lon.
-QUAINT AND CURIOUS.
The screw was one of the mnechani
cal powers known to the Greeks.
A minister at Pulaski, Penn., has
been dismissed by his congregation
because he insisted in a sermooa that
the rainbow existed before the flood.
Church attendance in England. early
in the seventeenth century. was eni
forced by law. An act of Parliament
imposed a fine of one shilling up~on
every adult who missed chur':h ser
vice on S-unday.
Somie time ago the water of a wel
not miany miles from Berlin, Germany,
began. to inste of petroleu'n. Though
cleaiued repeateily, it got worse, and
at laitest accounts 75 per cent, of the
liquid was petroleum.
A newspaper, printed partly in Eng
lish and partly in the Cherokee lan
gage, named the Phoenix, was pub
lished at New Echota, in 1828. The
types used were finished by the
Unitedl States government.
A London plumber was arrested the
other day for stealing two houses. He
w as two mnonths at work tearing them
down and taing away the material
witho:at any one interfering with him.
It was only wvhen the ownuer went to
look at his houses himself that he
found they were gone.
The principle of the telescope was
described by Roger Bacon in 1250, and
in 1537 Leonard Digges arranged
lenses so that he could see very dis
taut objects. In 1608 telescopes were
constructed by Lipperhey and Jensen.
A description of these enabled Galileo.
in the following year, to construct an
improved instrument, with which, in
1610, he discovered Jupiter's satellites.
Two Sorts.
Hostess - Please play something
classic, professor; play something
pretty.
~ P'rofessor-Vich vill you haf ~virst,
ma'am?-New York Weekl,y.
[FOR FARM AND GARDEN
Green Bone for Hens.
The feed of sliced bone for hens is
much more than so much grit in the
gizzard to enable them to digest their
food. It is itself food of the very best
sort to make eggs, furnishing the. geia
tine for the egga and lime for the
shell. Dried,cooked or burned bones
are not nearly so good, as the gelatine
has been expelled froi the bone, and
its lime is also in less soluble condi
tion than while it is in the green state.
But a hen's gizzard i; equal to the
task of grinding up almost anything.
A diet of green bone tnd whole wheat
is probably the best of all for egg pro
duction.
Keep Horses' 3Nangers Clean.
Much dust and soiled food is apt to
accumulate in the horse's manger,
and as he is all the time breathing
over it.the manger-quickly becomes so
offensive that much food is wasted.
Much of this feed will, however, be
eaten by cattle, as they will eat freely
after horses. Even the horse excre
ment is not so offensive to them as to
prevent them from picking out bits of
hay mixed with it. But the horse has
a more delicate taste than any other
farm animal except a sheep. W hen
cows pick over the piles of horse man
ure for the hay, they are probably in
need of salt, and are attracted by the
saline taste of horse brine.
Tegging Ewes.
As the time for la-ibing approaches
the coarse, dirty wool about the ewe's
buttocks and udder should be cut
away and saved. This should always
be done before any succulent feed is
given to the ewes to make them give
milk. Usually this tegging in the
olden ti:.e was done just before the
ewes were turned out to grass. But
if the ewes have silage or roots it is
i:iportant that the tegging be done
early. In many ewes the wool grows
over the udder, so that the lamb finds
it almost impossible to reach the teat.
We have seen many a lamb get bold
of a piece of wool, often only a teg.
and suek away 'intil completely dis
gusted because it did not find the nu
tritious milk it was looking for.
ard and Seft Bristles.
There are few br;stles on the hogs
which all good " .merican farmers
better G u a of
Russia and German furnish most of
the bristles that the world uses. It is
doubtless the cold climate of Russia
that makes the bristles hard and stif,
for the wild hogs of Spain,in southern
Europe, have b.istles that are not
much better than those of American
hogs. We can well afford to let Eussia
keep the monopoly it, has in growing
bristles, for the hog, which has stout,
hard bristles is very little good for
making pork economically. Some of
the southern wild hogs have quite
good bristles, and when two or three
years old they will not weigh more
than a wellied pig should do at seven
or nine months old.
Small Fruitr.and Ornamental Shrubbery.
No town lot should be so small and
no farm should be so large that there
is not room for some small fruit and
t least a shrub or two in the way of
oram~fentation.
In the pioneer days of Illinois it
was a rare thing to see a new farm
o ened up without a lilac bush and at
le~ast half a dozen currant bushes
plated near the house. Now there
are hosts of home buildings in both
the older states and in newly settled
regions that think it too much bother
to fuss with berry plants or berry
bushes, and as for a bit of shrubbery
just for looks, that is out of the ques
tion. It should not be so. No mat
ter how small the homestead let there
be berries of some sort, and at least a
fewv currants. The farm of forty acres
or more should have at least a quarter
of aa acre devoted to small fruit, in
eiding grapes, blackberries, rasp
berries, currants, gooseberries and
strawberries. These should all be
planted in rows running the long way
of the land devoted .to tbe purpose, so
as to do the cultivating as much as
may b3 with horse and cultivator and
save the labor of hoeing.
A southern exposure with rows run
ning north and south is a good loca
io. Let the grapes be on one side;
if the rows are longer than the space
o wish to devote to them fill out the
row to blackberries. Continue the
rows one after another far enough
apart to allow of horse cultivation, as
suggested, till the space on the side
opposite the grapes is only as large as
you wish to devote to strawberries,
then plant them. If your rows are so
long that you have only one row of
straw berries, at least every third plant
must be a staminate, or your crop will
be a failure.
If one feels he cannot put out a full
assortment of fruit this year, a begin
ning at least should be made, and v e
recomend the setting out of currants,
gooseberries and strawberries. and it
will be well to select the stock now,
using the catalogue of some reliable
nurserman or dealer in small fruit
plants as a guide, a nearby dealer hav
ing the preference, other things being
equal.
As to shrubbery-if you have no
Dreferece as to what and how much
you want, consult your wife or daugh
ters. or if at the old home where
mother is, consult her wishes. If, ini
addition to a bit of shrubbery, a plant
or two is desired,get it. The pleasure
and satisfaction given will more than
repay the money outlay, and the look
o added thrift and comfort about the
place will enhance the money value of
the farm or town home much more
Ihan the eananditure
These suggestions may come to the
eye of the dweller upon a lot which
contains less than the quarter acre
mentioned as small enough for the
farmer. In that case we suggest that
a grape vine or two be trained against L
the lot fence; if not these, a few black
berry bashes. Set one-half dozen
currant hushes, two or three goose
berry and a dozen raspberry bushes.
Vary this selection as suits your taste,
but put out some.--Farm Field and
Fireside.
A Cow Home.
I notice a disposition in the dairy
districts toward a change in barn
bailding and an avoidance of the huge
half basement structure, with its mas
sive underpinning and great hay
mows. It is proposed to build so as
to get sanitation as well as room. The
advent of the silo has made it possible
to eliminate the oldtine meadow hay;
hence great storage capacity in the
barns is not now iniperative. To-lay
the few acres in corn, rapidly put into
the silo, is an economy recognized
everywhere, and is generally being
adopted. All that is needed now are
a hay barrack for the clover hay and a
silo. The cow stable can now take
the place of the barn-a structure for
cows alone. No overh:ad storage for
hay and straw; wide so as to have
two rows of cows with ample passage
ways, possibly thirty-five feet in
width, the double roof overhead being
the ceiling as well. There she'll be
cement floors; no cobbledup plank and
ti,nuer floors; plenty of windows on
the sides to admit sunlight, the stable
being built north and south, so as to
get the m, st suushinepossible. There
is no neea for wide alleys in which a
horse sled may be driven; for a single
overhead track, and a manure-box
suspended, so that when filled it can
be run out and overturned upon the
sled or manure vehicle to be taken at
once to the fields, are far better than
a highway through the stables.
These stables should b, fully 100
more feet in the clear inside, so as to
give cach cow 500 feet or more of air
space. Ventilation is made ample by
running two ten-inch shafts of galvan
ized iron from within a foot of the
floor, u above the roof. and with a
simple little wind wheel on the top of
each, with pitcher pump valves in
thenm and connected with the wheel.
The floor air of the stable is then
pumped out, and the nice warLZ air in
the top of the stable left. The pump
ing will bring in air from the outside
without the necessity of cuttin : cat
ho. in the sides. At one end of the
": ?lIII = s can ve
and :~t the other end of the .
hay barrack can be put up. an old
barn utilized or the like,and the stable
will be complete at a total cost of a
few hundred dollars, whi'e the great
barn-admitted to be most imposing
ecsts ite thousands. This long stable
can be built of 2x6-inch stul. and so
covered as to make dead air-spaced
walls and will be frost proof.
I Tn the summer the g:ass wiudows
cau be taken out and fine nettiag of
some sort substituted to make them
fly proof. The sanit:tion of such
barns can b-, made complete, because
they are light and airy, and the sun
lig7ht covers the entire interior. The
floors are always dry, with no chance
to have oools of fifth under them, and
so can '>e kept clean. There is no
chanco for the odors, vitiated air, etc.,
to go up, and, b)eing absorbed by the~
hay and fodder, be in tun consumed
whien this material is used as cow
feed. This is too practical an age to
build barns just for show when less
monev will give us a far better struc
ture and one more ia accordance with
the 1899 wants of the cow and the
economical production of milk.-Newv
York Tribune.
Turkeys Tracked by Dog.
The wild turkey in the Ozarks isI
now hunted with a slow-tracking dog,
and whole flocks are often killed in
this way. Till the trainei dog was
employed to follow up the wary bird
this game fowl could ba'i:e the most
skillful hunter. Now when a flock of
turkeys is found ihe sportmnan has
little difficulty. A good dog will tol
low ia turkey track that is thbree or four
hour., old, and set the birds when
overtaken, just as the pointer does the
quail. After the turkey has been
chased awhile it hides in a tree or
under a log, and stays there, until the
hunter guided by his dog, comes with
in his range.
It is asonishing what tine instinct
a good turkey dog will develop after a
fewv months of training in the woods.
He will followv a flock of turkeys for
hours just uhead of the hunter, and in
dicate by unmistakable sig~ns when the
game is neir. After a turkey has re
eelved a fatal shot it may fly half a
mile or nmre. A trained dog will go
straght to a wounded or dead turkey
with the same precision with which
he tracks the game.--Chicago Record.
In the Tap Root of an Oak.
I remember a curious incident con
nected with the tap-root of an oak,
says Rider Haggard in Longmnan's
31'aazine. This oak, a good tieeo
perhaps 200 years' growth, was being
felled at Bradchami Wood. when the
woodmiau called attention to something
peculiar~ on the tap-root. On clearing
this of soil we found that the object
was a horse slhoe of ancient make.
Obviously in the beginninig an acorn
must have falllen into the hollow of
this east shoe, and as it grew through
the slow g-nerations, the root filled
*up the circe, carrying it down into
he earth in the process of its increase,
*til at length we found wood afrd iron
thus strangely wed edl. That tap)-root
is now~ cr used to be a paper-weight in
the vestibule at Bradlenham Hall.
Whe~n von find a man chuckliug
becase a neighbor has been caught
n evil, watch him, and you'll catch
j ri nezt.
FOR WOMSAN' BENEFIT. j
New Women in Norway.
Women in Norway, says a recent
traveler, have been fcr some time em
ployed in the railroad and postal ser
vice, and now they are receiving ap
pointments as supervisors of the rail
way stations as well. They receive
reports from conductors, answer ques
tions in German, and English, call out
trains in the waiting rooms, ring the
sta:ton bell at the departure of trains
and telegraph the departure to the 1
next station. They perform the duties
of government telegraph operators as
well as those of postmasters and bag
gagemen.
Secret Engagement Eings.
A new style of engagement ring
called the "secret" ring has a secret
compartment in which is inscribed
any sentiment it is decided to keep
confidential between the giver and
It looks like a gold belt of even
width, lapping over with a buckle
near the end. This heavy part is
supposed to be the top of the ring.
There is nothing in sight to indicate
that it can be opened, but the end of
the belt lifts up by means of a secret
spring hinge, and reveals an inner
space, engraved, or even decorated
with the name of the sweetheart in
aised letters, around which there is
plenty of room for a short curl of
hair.-New York Herald.
New Shirt Waists.
The new shirt waists are not so very I
dificrent from those of last year, after
all. They are made of deeper blues, <
pinks and lavenders,and broad stripes
have taken the place of the hair-line
effects of last ycar.
The inch-wide stripe is seen, but
much smarter are the half-inch wide
stripes of color alternating, with hair
line stripes of color divi'iing an inch
wide stripe of white.
Fine, firm madras is the best ma
terial for well-made waists, but si k
and linen, mu.lin and gingham a e
used. The baeds of most of the new
waists are entirel: devoid of 'ullness,
and some dispeuse 1-:ith the ecoming
yoke, popular for so many s, isons.
In design there is- .litLte change
frera last year. Perpendicular tucks
or piping that stand out:igst,ad of ly
ing lat on either side o tie tcont are
pretty for slim figures and mn -suit
able to stout wearers-than the ;oad,
crbWwst? LicXo which thcy word
persistently lisf siluer -
Shirt waist sleeve-have not suffered
in the general redaction. They are
just about the size now- that they were
when these cool bodices first took the
world of women by storm.
Mrs. Astor's Truuk.
.,au's ingenuity has at last pro
vided woman with a trunk in which
she can pack and ship her expensive
gowns and hats with the certainty that
they will ar: ive at their des;iuation
without being crumpled or crushed
into shaulessners.
A nualbe. have been made for New
York society women, among them
Mrs. John Jacob Astor. They are ex
pensive-costing from $8i5 to $100.
Inside the truuk is a sliding skele
ton frame with erossba-s and hooks,
so that as many as 4 gowns miay be
placed in mn hi thec same manner as in
an improved waitrdrobe'. Each gar
ment is held secnrely in place and
cannot "'muss up" with any other.
The extreme height of the tru nk
makes it unneen'ssary to fold skirts,
so that they cannot possibly be
creased or wrinkled.
In some trunks theie are compart
mets for hats as wvell as dresses. One
tyle, even, is made for nothing hat
headgear. In one of these :30 or m ire
ats and bonnets can be stoweJ] away,
shiled across the conti:neut aud re
turned without a feather insured.
The trunks nmu:t either stand on
end or lie flat downward. The sides
are rounded so that if an unkind ba
gage-smasher tries to put it on its side
it will by gravity alone roll over to
the position it should have.
13er Curiosity Wa' REwarded.
Two ladies called at the house of a
well known physician the other day.
While one of them was consulting the
physician in his pr.vate room, the
other, prompted by curiosity or some
kinred impulse. proceeded to investi
gate the contents of a large case of
bottles, jars, etc., in the outer apart
ment. Between the two ap)artmnents
was a glass door, over which was a
paer shade, which, however, was
torn across one corner. so that it was
ossible to see from one room into
the other.
Hearing a rattling among his hot
tes, the physiciaa step?ped to the gla.ss
door and looked through to see what
was going on. He discovered the lady
in the act of taking down one bottle
after another and smelling the con
tents thereof.
At length she got hold of something
which evidently pleased her. She
smiled again and again, and each time
it was apiparenit that she was more
pleased than before. She then poured
some of the liquid into her hand and
smelled it again.
This time her entire satisfaction
with the result of her investigations~
was evident, and she hastily rubbed
the liquid upon her nose and por'tious
of her face contiguous thereto, re
placed the bottie and took her seat. as
she heard rustling in the inner roo:n,
indicating that the consultation was at
an end and the consulting p'arties were
returning.
The p)hysician, knowing what the
result would be. detained the la*
conversation for several i
fore the end of that t
a om-. a warm st
,orL ns of her face began to turn "
leepo e color, and before she de
larted t ey had assumed a beautiful
)ark brow She had mistaken the
loctor's favo hair dye for perfum
ir's fav a invalid and did not
~ry. She was\' s e tme-Trenton
'eceive calls for
N. J.) American.
A Woman Gold a e.
The field of gold mining as een
leeply invaded by women. - mit
imers in the Territories must
bat one or two young women
iave been brought up in mining cam
nd have had practical lessons in pros
ecting and knowing pay ore when
hey see it have been eminently suc
:essful in this pursuit, which was
'ormerly occupied by men exclusively.
)iss Nellie Cushman is possibly the
nost famous woman gold miner in
rizona. Ex-Senator Whitson of Tue
on said of her recently: "Miss Cush
nan is as accurate an expert in gold
mud silver mining as we have in the
erritory today. Just now she' is ex
?erting a group of mines at Congress
or a company of St. Louis people,
Lho have apparently put more con
adence in the young woman's skill
md honesty than theyhave put in the
se veral men espertrthey bae- em
>oyed. Miss Cushmanis a wonder
ully plucky girl, - f is about nine
-ears now s ee she first came to T-e.
;on. She -was from Dodge City; Kan.,
tnd could not have been more than 17
rears old. She got to examining the
)re as it came out of the Tucson
nines, and was soon as good a judge
)f its value as her brother Jim, who
was foreman and mineralogist in one -
f them. The boys in the Tombstone
ocality pretty soon began betting. on
ier judgment, and found that she was
thoroughly good guesser and hit it
lose about every time. Her fame
pread, and miners,who,as you know, =v
tre always superstitious, got an idea
hat to have her around and get her
ood opinion some way brought luck.
he knew where to dig for ore, too,
tud some of the ore in the Contention
vas found by following her advice in
unning a drift.
"over in Graham county she made
hit one day in copper, and when she
vent to Tombstone afterward. she
,assed her judgment on some mines
here. Bill Wiggins sold the Excel-.
or and Grand View mines on her ad
ice, and the only dividend. they;ever
Fielded was the $15,000 he got from
them. Other mines were bought after
she had examined and repovted_favor
muly on them. They are good petso
properties now.
"In Tombstor e, Bisbee .Tuesfn
louses for,the miners. She was also
L business at Castle Dlo'e. She is '
is adventurous in pushing forward to
i new region as any miner. No soon
r does she hear of a new camp than
the starts for it. She has had so much
3sperience that she almost invariably
urns it to good account, getting town
.ots, placer sites and lode claims for
iex to nothing,and unloading at great
>rofit. At first she did not get out of
he camps soon enough. Consequent
y she has been luauy times rich and
oor. She has indomitable -pluck,
hough, an't if she goes broke in one
,lace she soon makes a turn and gets
p again. It is phenomenal how non
~halantly sh -takes a reverse. She is
nst as level-headed, serene and .self
~ontained as if she had made a for
une. It makes no difference so far
s appearances go.
"Miss Cushman i. a rather tall,dark
yed girl. -She is somewhat angular
n appearance and has brown hair. Go
g out among the mines or climbing
he hills for outecroppings, she wears
.e:vy shoes and strong bloomers,
isaally covered with a cloak. She is
t rapidl walker and a quick talker.
hie reads a great deal. She was the
irst woman in the camp of Harqua
[Jala, where there were over 1500 men
na no other woman."-New York
Gleanings from the Shops.~
.Tapaese morning robes of -dark
~ouard. -
Wool and silk dress materials in -
:ough canvas weaves.
Many cheviot shirt waists showing
~hecks, dots and stripes.
Allovers composed of alternatiig
*ows of open embroidery and pique.
3fany narrow ribbons can be shfrred
i the top or through the centre.
Enamelled brooches in four-leaf
~lover, heart shaped or butterdy de
signs.
fibbons. gauzes,organdies, foulards
ud silk grenadines in Watteau de
sig::s.
.'uch violet and gray stationery
with gold or silver monograms and
:res t.
Double breasted spring coats for~ N~
yrls with deep braided or strapped
teves.
Long, full neckscarfs of liberty with
printed floral designs carried out in
Puritan hoods for evening wear~
made of fur and satin with long fluffy
boa attached.
Silk and satin stock collars with
prettily trimmed chemisettes and re
rers attached. -
Navy blue and black serge skirts
trimmed with black rudied ~ribbon in
Lovers-knot design.
Windows of banded Alpines in all
colors, with and without guille, at
nd-o-the-seasonl prices.
Green, Napoleon-blue, white and
pink foulards with convenational de
igns carried out in black.
Detachable fronts of delicately col
ored~ chiffon.showing consecutive rows j ~
f ruching edged with satin cord. L

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