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THE GENERAL'S NEPHEW.
fENEBAX TEMPLE was
walking backward and
forward In the turn gar
den that lay around his
charming and quaint
ilis'tall martial figure
cast a black shadow on
the lulls his bead was
slightly bent, bis hands
loosely clasped across
bis tack-bis whole air
_ proclaimed that be was
J^S jf\,'\ lost in thought, oblivious
# J to all save the one thing
j~/f that was engrossing his
mind, even lorgetiul for
the time being of what he loved best in the
world— his pride, bis pet, his bobby— lovely
l'las lnrls was situated In a fertile Welsh
valley, through which ran the brawling, merry
Dee. All around towered meat green mountains,
thickly studded with trees beautiful In their
garment of ■ lell autumnal tints, vaiylng from a
lie n.reeuto a pale ghostly yellow, and num
bering among their hues deep and light red,
olive, golden, russet, sliver, brown and purple.
• It originally had been a smalt cottage of no
pretensions, but its liter owners, two ladies
somewhat eccenirlc, adorned and decorated It
with exquisite taste, an. when It came Into the
possession of General Temple be limber embel
lished and added to It. using old materials tor
building the new pin, so all was harmonized aud
The poich was a stately entrance-way, sup
ported by carved posts ol Charles l's lime, with
the dates 10-11 and limn and th.- royal arms.
("in veil on the door were Ihe (our evangelists and
their emblems, the angel, the lion, tlie ox and the
eagle; also the Savior at 1 lie we.l of Samaria.
The windows ou each side of the porch weie
richly canopied with oak. representing Eastern
ceremonies and Hindoo observances which had
been brought from the temple at Serlngapatam
and presented to ibe eccentric ladies by a Duch
ess who had once been an actress. Over a quaint
Gothic window was a tablet to the loimerowu
eis depicting two weeping ciiei.ubs and below
Ibedates recording then- deaths, carved by Gen
eral Temple. On the roadside wall of the house
was a poital door composed of very old oak liom
neighboring churches, with grotesque carved
beads of Queen Anne's lime liom Northumber
land House. On the north gable were live em
blems of the ci own In the Stuarts' lime and
two dragons reoieseuling the crest of the
principality of Wales. Ou the companion
architrave was c.nved the harp and
crown of Ireland, and west gable was com
posed of beautiful specimens of old oak carv-
Ings witn a Gothic oriel windows.
v\ itlnii the house was equally quaint and beau*
ill — a feast lor a lover of antiquity. Tue en
hance hall was a mass of oak. part of which had
been brought from a dismantled abbey, while
in- staircase was a remnant ol former grandeur
from a Welsh chieftain's whilom mountain
home and was llglued by a couple of magnificent
slamed-glass windows, one depleting Queen
Elizabeth in her peiai dress, I lie oilier tlie blacK
Prince crossing a lord with hlsarmv: and the
paneled walls weie flintier embeliisli.-d by
shields wtiii coats-of-atnis emblazoned in gold
The drawing-room was a refect marvel of
ante. 'The ceiling was divided into sixteen
compartments, canopied lv Hie middle wilh em
bossed leather ot Hie stxt-.eiitb century, dellc
ciously I'ieti in color and design. The watts were
also coveted with similar costly material, *lii;.s
of oak dividing It Into panels, aud Hie carved
wainscoting was ot the same wood, and tv the
middle ot the loom weie two oak settees, the
cushions coveied with priceless tapestry display
ing roses In life-like hues, while the backs boie
the coats-of-atms of lout .i the General's an
cestors and his own cresl, a lion's head erased.
On either side ol Hie splendid mantel-shell weie
large pieces ol tapestry, one depleting a beauti
ful boy with curly auburn hair and a bud on Ins
arm; the other, two ladies lv iiuaiut blue habits
and tall blue hats surmounting tlieir powdered
heads, with a slendei Italian gra.. Humid gambol
ing at tlieir feet, while the massive doors were
carved on either side and lllu-liated scriptural
'i i.c dining-room was somewhat similar, only
bete the stamped leather was divided by slender
Gothic cues of oak Into panels, and Sbemton
and Chippendale chairs were freely dotted about
audatuuuQ the massive table, over whose sur
face was spread a while silk cloth, most beau I
lully eiobiGldered In colored silks and gold by
skillful Chinese figures.. The windows weie
quarried and formed deep recesses, which were
s.Hly cushioned wltb neb Eastern Stuffs, and
Hie I, replace was decorated with led aud while
tiles 200 years old.
A dim passage led to the oak room, in which
the General kept many ol his inteiesilng treas
ures, notably a confessional throne I om a Span
ish monastery, which had a mask Willi open
mouth and ears, tbicugb wblcb priest and peni
tent communicated; in a recess was a carving
of the "lortuie ol Marsyas," who challenged
Apollo to play Hie flute, and was Hayed alive for
bis piesutnptiou; over the Horn way were the
beads ol Que Mary aud Elizabeth ami tne
Earl ot Leicester, and near a beautiful painting
on panel ol Mary, (Jueen of Scots, which was
II inked by an Albeit inner, initialed and dated
1495; close by hung a duck-gun, 9 feet 6 inches
lv length, a torioise-sbell hat from South
Africa, a pair of steel gauntlets ot Klchard lis
I line, Croinwelllan spars, limine Btlnups, au In
dian paddle, a spin that once adorned the heel
ol 11 my Ylli.a Wedgewood plaque byFlaxraan
of the great Duke of Marlborough, and a New
Zeataudci's war-club; ou au oblong table
were some beautiful Ivory carvings, toe
"Triumph ol Neptune" being Indeed a triumph
ol air. and io a glass case were some Inteiestiug
iiirti.|iies. a lull-length figure of Miss Footc, who
afterward became m..- "» •■£ Uasriag r.
neu. let of .lob's Tears," an oiienlat boat
shaped lazza. two silver patch-boxes with i; i en
A one and George 1 on their lids, the China arm
it Mine, dv Hairy, a snuffbox of the i'uke of
Scliumbcig, a relic ol tue battle of tbe Boy lie. a
in. nu.. [id buckle that had looped the uuhappy
Charles l's bat. a Dresden china cane-handle
with masked female face, which had belonged lo
Frederick me Great, silver crown piece of
Cliailes II made into a box with the Kiug
painted inside, and miniatures of Francis I aud
Anne Buleyo, and many other Historical lellcs,
all of which treasures Geueral Temple forgot,
p,O tempore, While he paced Up aud down the
traveled path that i an past tlie windows cano
pied with the carvings snatched fiom the ludiau
temple ol lugapalaru.
■ ■ — 7 Hi— —^
Tit need .71 and dotcn.
Th. cause of the General's abstiactlon was his
iiPiUiew, hi. younger brother's only son, hand
soiii-, dashing Jack Temple, in whose welfare he
was deeply Interested, and whom Up Intended to
make Ills tieii if all wool well and Hie young man
did .is lie, i.is uncle, nleased. Dp lo the present
be bad not disappointed Ids kindly relative, ex
cel tln one particular. He did not drink, nor
swear, neither did lie show an Inordinate and
disagreeable d'slie to hack the held against Hie
favorite, or lay pots of money on quadrupeds
wlio ran rn'her dark, nor patronize the devil's
prayer-book too freely, though he was ever
read) for a lubber at whist; neither did he affect
to. socletv or those in any way below him in the
social seal •, though lie was by no means a prig,
but a .illy, sensible fellow, will a deep, possb
h.> i i.eiited, love for Ins piofesslnn, and a lik
ing for all wholesome, pure, healthy pastimes
and a honor "I anything mean or uiisoldierllke.
'flip only thing Id which be bad disappointed
his uncle was wilh regard to mar lace. He ap
peared to have a deep-rooted nod abiding objec
tion lo that ancient, lime loiio-ied. yet some
times b'.ghly Inconvenient Institution. lie slued
at it as a badly broken DUy does at a while gate
by the roadside. He i fu* it politely, yet firmly,
to contemplate sacrificing; hlinsell on Ilie altar of
matrimony, and was equally steadfast in being
blind in the manifold attractions of the damsels
the General managed to have tinned out lor
bis bern fit by his sister. Lady Ross. It was In
vain ihe sweet cuts sighed and looked senti
menial, or turned on bun a battery ol blue,
black or brown eyes', or pouted their lilts by
llsnlng like the heroines of a bygone time.
"prunes.' plums, pi isms," or Intimated in veiled
and mine language that they thought bun
adorable, and weie leady to fail, like rite fi uit.
Into hi* aims if lie invited them in perform that
easy and agreeable feat. In vain ! the "Idol,"
as his brother-pincers called him, possibly be
cause tils name was 'lemple and lie had passed
some lime in India, scanned them coolly, re
c Wed their pretty attentions In a languid fash*
ion, and lold the General that really none of
them were "Ids slvle."
'•What the deuce Is his style?" exclaimed the
(ieneial, lnilably, on one occasion, when a par
ticularly piett.v. eligible gill had displayed her
ti.'ices lor .lack's edification, and. as usual, met
with au icy reception. "He must adnme some
type of woman. I shall try and find out," and
forthwith tils uncle set to woik to ill-cover it ly
ing perdu anywhere Ibeie was some outlandish
and curious f mate, who, by tier uncanny charms,
had Bong a spell over bis boy, making bun Im
pervious to other women's loveliness, adaman
tine to their soft wllcheiles. He belonged to
the United Set vice, and when In London was
In the habit of taking his afternoon cup of tea
In the . spacious saloons of that club, along
with oilier biave and renowned field officers
and admirals, but be knew many of tbe men
& , l Hrk \ *
" He shall marry, and that soon."
of tbe Junior and that being Jack's club he made
some camions Inquiries of his particular friends,
lnquliles which led him nowlieie and ended 111
nothing. Captain Temple seemed able to show a
"clean bill" as far as love affairs vveut. No one
knew anything about a mysterious hidden fe
male, or a disreputable liaison. As far as could
be judged be was heart-whole. He had paid a
cerium amount nt attention to Miss Smith, the
belle of last season, but not more ilian he had lo
Miss Jones, Miss Brown or Miss I'obinsnn, all
lovely young women be was In the habit of meet*
ing In society, and so the General had returned
to l'las Kins more ihati ever mystified as to bis
nephew's coldness to lite fair sex when re
garded In the light of possible wives. "He shall
marry, and that soon,'' exclelmed the General,
bringing his foot down with a mighty stamp, "or
I will know the reason why. These young lei*
lows defy (heir elders, set our wishes at naught
and selfishly study their own pleasures and de
sires. It is quite lime he was settled. Thirty
two next birthday. He'll be a confirmed bache
lor lv a year or two more, wedded to his clubs
and a single life, and then adieu to my plans and
hopes," and the soldier sighed a little and wished
his brother's child had been a daughter and
more malleable. Only she, ol course, could uot
have perpetuated the good old name as Jack
could, 11 only he would be reasonable and enter
into "Hie holy estate." So General Temple
gazed rather eagerly down the road leading to
the station tor some sight or sign or that tall fig
ure so familiar to him, and, as lie gazed, round a
coiner came a young man whistling gayly and
walking wilh a legtilc..' springy step peculiar lo
"Late, Uncle Dick, as usual," said the new
comer, as be threw up the latch of the old en
trance gale, ou which was qualtitly carved "The
Pollers Triumph," and let himself into the gar
"Ye»." responded the General, "your punctu
ality Is not what we expect from men In the serv
ice," with assumed severity.
"Ken ember, my mother is au Irishwoman,"
" i'ou wl-h me to Infer thai Irish people are
••Why. yes; 1 have always found them so."
"And you are ceitalnly troubled with thai rail
ing yourself. Still, 1 must say this, 1 never
knew your inoibei late, so you could hardly have
Inherited It from her."
"Of course not. bite is an angel," returned tne
" Well, never mind. Since you are here. Ills
of little consequence thai you are twenty minutes
late. Lei us go and discuss dinner, and 111 v I
want to talk to you on a mailer of great Import
ance to me ami to yourself."
•* Another damsel." groaned Jack to himself
dismally as he followed him lo the dining-room,
lino Iwo or three dim passages, with three
steps leading up or down, regular traps lor the
unwary, with llieir dusky, eeiie coruois and lat
ticed windows, and pointed Gothic doorways
thai were lar 100 low for llieir lull owner Io pass
through without bending his stately head; for
the young man knew when bis relative used Unit
particular foim of speech that it was matrimony
he meant to discuss, aud his Inline prospects
that were to be biuughl on the tapis, . m.l lie
wished himself anywhere for Hie moment save
at lovely l'las ldtts.
The dinner was excellent, and both men did
ample justice to it, especially the Idol, though
bis n.i ml was on ihe lack as to what be should
say to bis uncle anetu this new fair one, whom
he knew would soon be presented to bis notice
as a possible lie and sinner of his joys and sol
rows—very much Hie hitler, lie thought, when lie
considered the happy suite of most of Ins friends
who ran lv double harness, ihiee-f. tilths ot whom
were not on speaking terms with tbeh wives, mil
would give half tliey possessed to wriggle com
fortably out of th heavy bonds Hiey mid forged
(or themselves and be mice mote nee and happy.
".\ovv for the assault and battery, " muttered
Jaclc. is tbe General settled down, and looking
at hint over a glass of luby-hued Hind, asked
s>\ S^^i- -all? ■STMsfflm
h y^&W<m MM
«-^ Mali !1 Iraral
" Well, -chat newt, m loyV
"Well, what new«. my ooy ?"
"Nothing much," lesponded the young man,
assuming a nonchalant air.
" How do ynn like your new quarters?"
" Fairly well. Of couise C is dull after
■• That means yon would prefer being back at
••certainly I would. "
" Despite the gates being closed at 11 ?"
"Yes. li was easy to get an order from the
-Governor to slay out later."
••How Is Gabnel?"
"Oh, Hie chief is all right. He never alls.
Nothing ever seem* to affect him."
"That Is because he has a good wife," re*
marked Temple, a ntfle senientlously.
"lie is tlie only man In ill ■ regiment, then, that
Is *■> blessed, for Acrlmeenle's wife bolted a
week ago with an Italian Count; Lutlrell's Is so
extravagant that they say he'll bee one a bank
rupt and have to leave Ibe .service; Denlsou's*
1 resented him with triplets a few days back, and
he's the poorest man of ours; Moigan's biide
lias become suddenly jealous ot liim. and pusses
11. day In si-reaming and hysterics; and Eardlaw
came on parade Ibis morning with an ugly
.scratch acioss his face, which lie said Ihe chil
dren's cat bad given liiot. but I shrewdly suspect
■ -4ls<i«i;- *s*-Mitiei i... ..... mill OlSl it was" a re- '
. wind for Ills losing twenty pounds to ib(..cblef
. j last night at ecartc, which will keep liei short
for furbelows lor the next mouth or two."
"Quite a list of matrimonial catastrophes,"
I remarked his uncle blandly.
••ionic. Bolsover, Jones and myself are Ihe
only happy-looking fellows in the regiment, ex
'■ And you aie all bachelors."
" Exactly so," lie replied; adding to himself,
"and long may we continue so."
"At any late, Jack," observed the General
gravely, fixing his keen eyes on bis nephew's
handsome sligblly troubled face, "1 trust you
will soon niter your condition."
" Heaven forbid !" ejaculated the young man,
with pious fervor.
-I want you to think seriously of marrying,
and doing so soon," continued the other, taking
no notice of ins ejaculation.
"My dear sir." expostulated Hie Idol, trepida
tion visible on every live ol his countenance.
" 1 have," went on the General, tranquilly.
" recently met an old friend and brotner-ofllcer,
not long ietuined from India, who has come to
reside near here with ins sister" ("Oh, heaven,"
groaned Jack, sotto voce, "is it an old untouched
negative 1 am to woo this time? "j " and," went
on tits uncle, " bis daughter, a most charming
young creature of 10, beautiful, accomplished,
genile and well bred, a woman I should he proud
to welcome as your wile and my niece; Indeed,
whom I dn hope to welcome hi that pusttioti ere
long, and whose father will be equally ready to
welcome you, I know."
"Good heavens, nuclei" exclaimed Jack, red
dening up to the roots ol bis soil, fair hair. "1
bore and trust you have not mentioned me as a
suitor for tills lady's hand to Iter lather?"
"Not oliectly," replied the oilier, with the ut
most unconcern; "only when we weie talking of
Ins daughter and her prospects, he salt] if I had
a son, how gladly he would receive him as a hus
band for Ins daughter."
" He might object to a nephew," remarked the
Captain, Insinuatingly, a little hopeful ring In bis
"Nut at all. Any relative of mine would be
welcome as a suitor for this child's baud rather
than a stranger. How charming she is," went
on Hie General. "All, If I were only 30 again, 1
should not be a 'laggatd m love* where she was
concerned," and he sighed a little as lie thought
ot i hose vanished days when lip, handsome, de
bonair, gay and gallant, bad led the I.'oyal lira
goons as they, Willi Hie ol her "heavies," swept
down to support the Light Brigade iv their brave
yet boi eless charge at liabjoxiava.
1 1 A
1 'ill!,, J&ys~j)
Who ii th, ' '
" Who is she?" asked the idol somewhat
" Miss lleistone. The only child of my old
friend and connade-ln-arms, George flel-tone."
" Agin » lleistone'.'" echoed Jack Temple,
showing signs ut most overpowering astonish
ment ami dismay.
" Yes; you appear to know her; where have
you met?" The General's keen eyes flxed them
selves on his nephew's lace searchhigly.
" In town," replied Master Jack, blushing
redly like a -chool-boy.
" Where?" dtmauded his relative Impera
" Why, she Is a cousin of the chiefs wife."
"lieally? 1 was not aware Mrs. Gabriel was
related to lleistone."
"Ou the mot tier's side."
"I .cc. How long have you known her?"
"About four years."
"And ii ver mentioned the fact to me."
"I don't think It worth while to record mv ac
quaintance with all the girls I meet In society,"
said the Captain, a trifle sullenly. "Didn't think
It would prove inteiestiug you."
"lleistone Is an old friend. Anything con
nected will htm would be interesting to me."
"Well, you see, I did not know lie was such
•i. mini. ti.en. i of yours. You have so many
"Not a few, happily," agreed his uncle.
"Then you will only renew your acquaintance,
"Why to-morrow?" Inquired Captain Temple
looking up, a curious clean! In his eyes.
" l o-iiuii i i in- Colonel and his daughter come
hero to lunch with me."
"Ah 1" Interrupted Jack, the ejaculation escap
ing linn as ii, niich he could not help it.
"l am going," continued the General with his
usual v.. -li in ed tranquility, "to show liim some
of my antiques, those rare prints byVlttueof
Ibe three children of Ileuiy VIII, and my Jan
sen and lloudles."
"Yes," said the young man. Inattentively.
"1 thought it a good opportunity. While I am
showing George my treasures you can lake his
daughter to see Ilia dog. or I lie louses, Geoige*
tell- me she Is loud el noises and dogs."
"Yes." said Jack again, and then wilh a lew
muileied winds about a hue night and a cigar,
he lose from the I. ble and Weill out, pacing
backward and wind, lost in thought.
Now the truth of Hie matter was Unit Jack
Temple, Captain In. her Majesty Creamsblre
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Regiment, was and had been (or nearly four
years desperately in love with Miss Agnes llei
stone, hence his coldness to all "other maidens
fall-" and bis aversion to matrimony. He had
(alien In love with the bewitching girl very soon
after he was Introduced. But the course of his
tiue love had not run smooth.
In the first place. Miss lleistone was only 16
when the Introduction took place, still at school.
In the second place. Miss Helstoue Senior was
a mild sou of dragon aud dreadfully afraid lest
Agnes should foim an attachment or marry be
lore dear Geoige came nome; and Ibiidty and
lastly, the young lady herself was a capricious
Utile fairy, fond of leasing her adorers, aud dur
ing the past year she bad nearly duven Jack out
of Ids mind by smiling on htm and encouraging
him. only to freeze him with pretty, haughty
disdain when be tiled to become tender aud play
lite part of devoted lover.
Her admirers bad beeu many. She was a very
pretty ghl, with regular features, glossy brown
hair and lovely hazel eyes, capable of giving
most bewitching glances. 1 bete bad been many
handsomer gltls brought out at the same time;
still she, by ber grace and Ineffable cliaun and
wlicheiy peculiar iv herself, managed lo win the
place o( belle of the season, and to retatu it.
Several men of position had offered their hearts
and fortune?, besides penniless younger sons.
lint she lefused them and told her father with an
adoiable smile that she never meant to leave
" Not until the right man comes, my dear," he
Captain Temple hovered round his divinity
like Hie typical inotn round a candle. He loved
her, and he loved lo bask in her smiles. But
when she froze him witn a little nasty icy speech
he lell snubbed, and ihe most miseiable mail ou
earth, ile would remember with a twinge of
acute anguish that she was an heiress and he
only a Captain In a marching regiment, and must
inevitably be dubbed a lortune-buiitcr it he
sought her hand, ire bad been trying to fight
down his insane and boneless passion during the
last ilnee months, and although he had not suc
ceeded veiy well, still he thought It au unkind
cut of thai tickle jade, Dame Fortune, to throw
Agues lleistone once more lv his path.
lie had obtained a few days' leave from the
chief, and was engaged In spend them at l'las
Idrls with the (ieneral. He could not break bis
engagement, nor escape from meeting on tlie
morrow Hie girl lie loved, and yet whose soft
nnd witching glance he dreaded to again en
counter, He Knew lie was a fool to whisper soft
sweet speeches in her pietty ears, and yet over
and over agalu he did it, uulil he was pulled
up «... by a sarcastic speech that wounded
him in the quick and show. d linn the great gull
that was fixed between them.
" it Is no use thinking about It," he exclaimed
nt lust angrily. " 1 caul escape it. 1 am
pledged to stay here until my leave expltes,
and here 1 must remain and meet Agues. Good
Leavens! I hone I'ncle Dick wont even hint of
ins plans belore bet. What a presumptuous
puppy she will think me! 1 shall be glad v, lieu
1 am back In my quarters at Colddene Barracks,
safe from having Hie epithet ' luruiiie-liunler'
thrown in my teeth," and Hie young man le-en
tered the house, and seeking the oak room where
his uncle was, listened outwardly attentive while
the General ulscouised of globose breast-plates,
Saracen chain-mail, anil gave his opinion as to
the relative merits ot Chippendale and Sheraton
Jack was up early in the morning, and did his
best to while away the lime belore luncheon,
wliicli seemed to 'lag terribly, though In reality
lite nay was still young when Colonel lleistone
aud tils daughter arrived.
1 hey had ridden over from their place, and
Jack thought she had never looked fairer than
she did standing by her horse, her eyes lixed on
the General's lace, as she went forward lo greet
them, questinnlugiy. For he was so lull and
dignified, with a singularly stalely presence Hint
he was in the babilol Inspiring sti angers, and
those who knew but little ol I. no, Willi awe,
while lv reality he was the .tudest, best-uatuied,
most genial man in the world.
"'Ytlcomr. to Stat Idrlt."
" Welcome lo l'las Idrls," he said cordially,
grasping his friend's outstretched hand. "lam
delighted to see you." turning to greet Agnes.
"I feared Hint nt the last moment you might
change your mind about coming and decide in
favor ot a game ol leuuK"
"It Is gelling late lor tennis." she replied,
tinning up at tier host, 'and nothing would
have, alteiea my determination to come to lias
Whs. 1 an. quite anxious to see your treasures.
1 have heard bo much about tin in from father."
" I hope you wool be disappointed iv them."
" lam sure I shall not. I love old things."
" My nephew Is here, fortunately, and will
slum you what you wish to see," continued the
General, glancing ill Jack, who was lingering in
Hie f i iendly shade of the canopied porch. "lie
tills me that he Knows you."
"Knows me!" exclaimed Miss lleistone. in
surprise, and then Captain Temple marched out
as though he was going to fare tin* enemy's guns,
blushing, io* wl»U> M HP " ■■*iyu j» auoul ml.silg'lW
teens aud swearing at liui'sell silently fur doing
••We have often met nt Mrs. Gabriel's and
elsewhere In town," he said, a little constrain
edly, as he came to close quarters. "Nodoubt,
though, you have forgotten lee, as It is some lime
allied we met," he added, with mild sarcasm.
"on, no, 1 have not forgotten you." she replied
Willi such admirable coolness that Ins holies and
-.ills i. -il to zero. "I met you last at Lady
Highbury's ball. You were there with Major
Bolsover and Captain Jones."
"Yes," he assented, coldly, lor he was rather,
not to say very jealous of the junior Captain.
Arthur Jones, anil he turned with an air ol in
dltfeiencc in Colonel lleistone, to whom his
uncle introduced him.
Ague, nolle (I his manner, ami although intui
tively she Knew ii was assumed and only a set
off against l.er own coldness, she determined to
punish him for it.
"Well, are you not going to play the part of
cicerone or snowman or whatever you wish to
call it." she asked sharply, when the General
having something of interest to show bis whilom
comrade-in-arms led him oft to the oak room,
and the young people found themselves alone iv
the lilnaiy dignified In the time of the former
owners by the .title of " The Salon of the
■I mil II you wish It," he rejoined, emulating
lie i cool manner, for be was still smarting from
tier rather discourteous reception of him.
" Of course 1 tcish it."
"Of course I wish It," she retorted quickly.
"I have come hem to see all your uncle', an
tiques, and besides an old place of this sort must
nave a hundred Interesting stories attached to
it. It you know -any of ilicm, piny no;. ail them
to me." a
" Willi i lea«tlre." lie icjolneil, assuming an air
of ceremonious politeness, " This window,"
Indicating Hie one by which Hiey stood, which
was canopied with carved oak of entries 1
period, " is Hie one Ihiougli which Lord Edward
Klizgersld escaped in 1708, when £1000 had
been offered by the Crown for Ins arrest. That
chair is the identical one In which Hie Duke ol
Wellington sat when he lunched here hi
1814. That oak chest was presented to the
foimers owners by the Duke of Yoik. It was
witli thai jeweled fan Mme.de (lenlis fanned
herself when she stayed here In 1701, and out of
that Bevies patch-box that the Duchess of St.
Albans (nee Mellon) decorated her dimple chin,
while Wordsworth wrote with that antiquated
pen the veise to l'las Idiis. and Sir Waller
Scott drank out of Unit Venetian goblet when
dining here in 1825, and Mile. dOt leans mane
that Wuicester cap famous by doing likewise
some ihlily years Her."
" Qui te a list ol brilliant names," said Agnes,
look at each tiling with groat Interest.
"Yes. Almost everything here lias Interesting
associations. In thai glass case is a liny loon
s. veied from the fair head of Marie Antoinette;
here I* a ling worn by Charles Il's consort; here
a necklace of Queen Anne's: there a reliquary
that belonged lo Mary, I'liillinof Spain's bloody
minded consort." and so lie went on, trying io
amuse her, and deluding himself with the Idea
thai lie was ooluk so. when she exclaimed sud
denly, "Now take me to see I lie does," and obedi
ently be look her to the slables where the Gen
eral's Dane i.nai hounds weie kept, and after ad*
mit lug Idem they .trolled around the sweet
quaint garden that boie the Hacable stamp of
0%&i '■ '•■''lit In t^' fl ' -
They strolled round the garden.
"I did not know you would be here to-day,"
remarked Miss Ilelsioue at last, giving him one
of those sudden, dangerous glances that quick
ened Ills pulses to a gallop.
"No, 1 suppose noi, as you were not aware
that the (. cuei alls my uncle."
'• Why did you keep It a secret?"
" I am not awuie that I have made a secret of
•' You never mentioned It to me, and be Is sucb
as Intimate friend of mv fathers."
**I am not in me habit of speaking of my rela
tives and private affairs to those who show plain
ly that they arc not lv Ibe least Interested In me
or anything connected Willi me," icpllcd the
young man, sillily.
'Oh," ej irulai' d Miss lleistone looking at him
It was quite a poetical scene in Its restful
sweetness. The lovely river surrounded by
giant iiKitintains, their huge heads wrapped
In purple mists; . Hie sun t reflecting lis burn-
Ing guide i gloiy on Hie rippling waters,' and
tinging the foliage with Us bright rays, deepeu-
Ing Hie vailed Huts of Ihe olive, brown, red and
yellow haves to maivelous rainbow-like lines
while the lading bracken glowed warmly in
the sunlight and gave a lawny look to tbe laud
"perhaps the beauly of the scene was not with
out Its Influence on the girl, for bet face softened
and her eyes gicw serious. , ,
'• Perhaps you are mistaken." she said gently.
" 1 think not," replied the Idol, still unbend-
Ing and very ceremonious. „:, .
"Dou't you misjudge people sometimes ?" sbe
" Sometimes, perhaps. Only after four years
acquaintance with you. Miss lleistone, I don t
lliluK 1 have misjudged you or your sentiments
towards me," be told her quite bitterly.
"Don't say that." she began almost lmplor-
Incly. " I have often anted to tell— "
but at that moment the sound of the gong rani*
out and the butler appeared at the top of the
path and Inlormed them that luncheon was
served, and, offering her his arm. Captain Tem
ple led her Into the house In silence, without
making; any comment on her speech or relenting
one jot ol his air ol ceremonious politeness,
which lite imperious beauty was quick to resent
and lake otlen!,e at. Her softened mood soon
passed and gave place to oue of caul ions cruelty.
She said eveiylliuiE she could to wound and an
noy the unhaii.y idol, and left Dim twenty de
giees moie miserable than when she armed.
Some Frenchman has written. "No man gels
over his In sl love," and It seemed hardly likely
thai Jack Temple would. Of course, he had had
aflairs the heart belore. They had been ol
rather numerous occurrence in his salad days,
lint be bad never really been In love until he met
Agnes He,-;. .ue. Tien he surrendered abso
lutely, and to htm 11 seemed the beginning of
everything. He did not lake ihe thing reason
ably or prudently. He just gave himself up
aud let himself become entirely absoibed by ins
passion, lie did uot prolong his stay at 1 las
idrls, and left at the end of the third day, re
luming to his quarters at 0 . ,
lie did not see anything of Agnes lor a week—
seven whole gloomy days— aud then he met her
at Mrs. Gain lei's.
ft was a leuuls pa'ty, the last of the season,
ana several smart folks weie gathered log iher
lv the garden of the pretty villa that the chlet s
wile occupied on the outsklitsof U .
Captain lemple, who was a crack player, and
a certain Miss Foue, a dashing, handsome
woman, not in her Hist youth, still very stylish
aud agreeable and Immensely wealthy, had
beaten Miss lleistone aud Captain Jones lv a
most ignominious manner over and over agalu,
much to Agnes' disgust, for she prided herself
gieally on her skill, aud alter the liith deleat she
Hung down her racket, declining she would mil
play auv mine, and sauntered oil with the fasci
nating Joues, leaving Jack a pi ey to the most
vtoletit jealousy aud unrest. It was in vain Miss
Pope exerted herself to please, brought lite
whole artillery ol her chaiius to bear
on ibe young man. He icmaincd list
less and inattentive, and some hour or so
aler managed to escape from his would-be en
slaver, and went iv search of Agues. He lold
himself augilly that he had no business to spy
ou her, aud that It looked as though he was
doing so as lie went In the diteetiuii she and
Jones had taken, and he tried to 'quiet ins
qualms of conscience by telling hlinsell be was
going to say eood-by to her. At an abrupt
turn in "the path he came lace to
lace with Captain Jones, who was hurry
ing along with Hushed lace and an angry
look In bis handsome blue ey. A little fun her
on he saw Agnes sitting ou a seat.dlEEiiig up me
ground Willi vicious lie slabs Willi her sun
shade. He went up to her and held out Ids nana.
•' I have come to say good-by "
" I have come to say good-by," he said a trifle
" Was It necessary to bunt me up In this fash
ion to do that?" she asked scornfully, a tremor
In her usually clear tones.
"Hunt you up?" exclaimed the Idol In aston
" That Is what I -aid. I wonder bow you could
tear yourself away front Miss lope," she added
" She is .1 very charming woman." said Jack
quickly; "so we'll hied and eouiteous."
"It's a pltv you don't favor ber with more of
your society," retoited Agnes, sarcastically, "as
you think so much of her; au.l you know," sig
nificantly, "thai her fortune Is enormous."
"What do you mean?" asked Temple, coldly,
turning veiy pale.
"As an heiress she must naturally be attractive
to a man like yourself, who seeks the society of
"Miss lielstone!" exclaimed Jack, indig
"You need not pretend to be Indignant," she
cried, crowing angrier and moie emphatic. "I
have heard all about you."
"Who has been slandering me?" queried the
Idol, a turbulent light gi-aming iv Ills eves, "is
It your great Ii lend. Captalu Jones? He might
save himself Hie trouble ot lying about other
fellows, we all envy him his good luck lv being
your favorite, and are ready to congratulate
in m. Is it Jones."
"I sliaut tell you," cried Agnes. "How dare
you speak In that way? And let me tell you
.ilt-«t yew «*.te-?Mtms tcrrre comment, I
Dud It unpleasant, lie good enough to altar
your behavior and—"
" Keep away liom you," Interrupted the Idol
In husky tones. " I will obey your commands.
You shall not have to complaiu of my attentions
again," and, lilting bis bat. Jack turned and
walked away without a single glance backward.
Jack was so deeply wounded at Miss Ilels
stom-'s treatment of htm that he resolutely
avoided her, and joined in very few of the
regimental festivities at which be Knew or
thought she would be present, while be re
fused eveiy Invitation that the chief's wife
sent, giving out that tils second cousin's
greal-giaiiduiothei, or some such mythical
person, was dead, and that therelore he was
mourning In solitary confinement, while he
waited In suspense, dally expecting to hear
that Acnes was encaged to Joues. Tills he did
not hear, but as Hie weeks wore on he heard
tales ol how wild and cm lons Miss lleistone was
becoming; how recklessly she rode to hounds;
how wildly she drove a tandem of thorough
breds through the town; how hard she Hit ted
Willi Major This ami Colonel That; how fre
quently she danced with any new fellow who ap
peared on the scene, and so on, and so on, and
Jack's honest heart grew heavy within his
breast. However, they did not meet until
autumn bad given place to winter, and Jack
Frost had laid his Iron grip on the land.
So severe was the weather that Hie river was
frozen over and skating was going on apace.
Mrs. (iabrlel gave a torchlight party, and Jack,
fearing tootlend by another relusal, went to it.
'1 he moon shone bright and cold In a clear blue
sky.'.'iiid the torches threw a ruddy light on Ihe
(talk frost-bound waters and the w title banks
and the crowd of laughing, chattering Bayly
Jack soon tired of It, for Miss lleistone was
Hi. le, dressed in a bizarre costume and escorted
by tlie Colonel of a Hussar leglmenl that was
quartered at C , and he skated away to a
quieter and more solltaiy pan. aud was cutting
ngures of eight ami twisting and twirling In a
marvelous way, when suddenly tie was startled
by an ominous crack, and then another and yet
another, and wheeling round, he was going to
make for Ihe shore when a slight girlish figure
Hew past htm, and In an Instant lie recognized
Annes by the remaikable white, lui-muiiued
" Turn back— turn back."
"Turn back— turn back I" he shouted. "It is
lint she took no heed, only Hew on In an utter y
reckless, heedless fashion, and he, realizing that
she was going to her death, skated alter ber,
going like the wind.
His greater strength told, and the dire anxi
ety under which he labored. In a minute or two
he was at her side and caught her aim, attesting
"The— lce— ls— cracking," he panted. "Tutu
back at once"
"Absurd I" she rejoined contemptuously.
"How daie you stop me I" -■■
"liecause I will not have you risk your life,"
he rejoined firmly.
"l'-naw! ridiculous I Colonel Hammersley
lias bet me a dozen pairs ol gloves I wont skate
to the Island and bring back a spray of mistle
toe, and 1 mean to do It," she said deliaully.
"You shall not," and Jack's grasp ou her arm
But even as she spoke an ominous creaking
was heard, and lite Ice seemed to quiver under
In one moment, wlih a terribly heart-slckenlne
tin ob, she realized the awiuluess of llieir posi
Ultra death was looking them hi the face. ■
They might never reach Hie banks again. One
false step and they would sink beneath the ice
to die miserably.
Ob, Jack, save me." she walled, shuddering
up against him m her terror.
"I will do my best, dearest," replied the young
man, thinning I. in: arm aiouud her waist and
leading hei cautiously toward the nearest bunk,
iiniiie.li Hie agony ul lear be was enduring ou her
account was almost unbearable.
Slowly they advanced on the slippery surface,
geutiy treading when they saw long cracks in
the creaking Ice, and al last were within a few
paces of the bank.
Here It was sloppy and wet, and Jack, with a
glance of despair and a sudden "forgive me,"
look tier up In his arms and. with a mighty
effort, threw Her cle.tr on to the bank, which was
nearly flush with Hie Ice, owing to the full stale
ol the liver from ilia autumn rams.
She was sale, but the exertion was fatal to
him. A bole yawned under his feel and down
be went, foilunately only a little above ins waist,
and, stimulated to superhuman efforts by her
shrieks, be struggled to the bank, and with the
help of her strung young arm at last stood safe
ou terra lit ma.
"Oh I Jack, Jack," alio moaned, clinging to
him," "to think inutility folly endangered your
life." : -• ':-•■:■ ■' '
- "And your own. which Is of more conse*
quence ,". he said quietly, nut wishing to take ad
vantage of her agitation, now lU.y were out of
'<■ " Mot of nunc consequence to me," she mur
mured, twisting a billion of his coat round and
round us she leaned against him. '-. *.'-.--*
"Agnes, don't say that unless you mean It,"
he said passinuately, .clenching bis hands to to*
piess the' desire be lelt to lake her In his aims.
"I do mean it. Oh, Jack! will you make me
say it? Don't you know 1 love you? ■■■;-.•■
lie took her in bis arms then, saying, "No, I
didn't. I thought you hated me."
But he altered bis opinion after that long,
clinging kiss, and forgot eveiytliingsave that his
lirst and only love was clinging lo him wilh a
fond, confiding tenderness that made him forget
all i'uoiii, iier money and bis ptide, aud
long befoie they had reached Mrs. Ga
briel's villa Agues had told him that she
could not live without him; that she
hated Jones because he had slandered her
"idol," aud admitted, on being pressed, that she
had refused him at the tenuis tiaity. and was
mad witn jealousy of Miss Pope, while Jack told
her that if she had continued to snub him he
meant to leave the army and go out to a sheep
run In Australia.
So the General's nephew did as bis uncle
wished in tin' end, and the latter was iwell
pleased, knowing that Jack's bonny bride would
often brighten the dear old rooms at l'las Idrls
with her sunny presence, and bilug joy to his
life, too.— Loudon Society, Illustrated by Uloba-
Winged Messengers That Have
Well Served Governments.
The Rothschilds Owe Their Wealth to a
Pigeon— A Journey From Toulousn to
Brussels in One Day.
Special Correspondence of The Sunday Call.
t^V-'ARIS, July 4, 1890.— Experiments
FHBfARIS, this week 1890.— Experiments
■«*3 made this week with carrier-pigeons
_ J V'S have decided tbo French Govern
ment to devote especial attention to the
training of these birds and to their prepa
ration for service in case of war.
During the past fifteen years these winged
messengers have well served the Belgian
and Russian Governments, and although in
the north of France there are a number of
societies called "Colombuphiles," the train
ing of pigeons has not been considered
Ii is rather strange that the French have
paid 50 little attention to these birds, for
their role during the siege of Paris was a
very interesting one. Each balloon carried
away lot) pigeons, and these returned, trav
eling at the rate of 1000 yards a minute,
and bearing microscopical dispatches from
the absent ones- The aerial postal service
reached such a degree of perfection that
the provinces were in direct communica
tion with the metropolis.
So astonished were the Germans at the
results oh lamed by the use of carrier
pigeons that they also decided to make
them a means of communication, and in
1873 500 aerial messengers were placed in
the Strasbourg buriacks.
Since then all German military posts have
their Carrier-pigeons, and the Freuch Gov
ernment has been disturbed by '.be fact that
numbers of these pigeons are sent from Ger
man cities to frontier stations in France,
and '-hat the station-masters have ciders to
set them free Immediately ou their arrival.
It seems almost impossible to prevent the
intrusion of these birds, for as soon as the
railway employes were forbidden to aid the
Germans in their efforts to give these birds
a French education, Antwerp was chosen
as the starting point. The principal char
acteristics of a carrier-pigeon is love for his
mate and his home, but it requires an im
mense amount of patience
TO TEACH A PIGEON'
How to recognize the route he should take
in going from one place to another.
A hundred young pigeons nt least 4
months old aie carried iv baskets ten miles
Irom their homes. When set free the most
Intelligent return to Uie cote. These are
again carried twenty miles away, and very,
very few of the number find the road
home. Each time the distance Is
doubled until the pigeons travel more
than one hundred miles. At an
international contest, some time ago, tlio
pigeons traveled from Koine to Berlin
twice as fust as the lightning express. The
celebrated pigeon, Gladiator, the king of
winged messengers, made the journey from
Toulouse to Brussels in one day, but his
speed has never been approached by any
other bird. Naturally the speed varies
With the weather. In rain and snow the
ltttio messenger is quickly fatigued, and
often falls, never to rise again. How the
birds "know the way" has never been dis
covered. Set free, three or four hundred
mill is from their cotes, they rise to an im
mense height, fly about In a circle for a few
moments, then, certain of their route, set
off at gteat speed.
The message is not fastened about the
pigeon's neck. It is reduced by photogra
phy to microscopic dimensions and put on
the finest paper. Then the paper is rolled
in the form of a small cigarette, and this is
Introduced into the quill of a leather by a
silken thread. Afterward this quill is at
tached to a tail feather ol tho pigeon.
A pigeon was captured during the siege
of Pans, and Prince Frederick Charles sent
it to bis mother in Prussia. It was placed
with the choicest specimens of its race, and
with them remained four years; but, one
day, the cage was open and the pigeon free.
Turning around iv the air it soon discov
ered its route, came to Paris, and was wel
comed iv its old home, Boulevard C'lichy.
At the death of the owner this pigeon was
given to the Jurdin limitation, and
here it died in 1878.
11 is to a pigeon that the Rothschilds owe
their fortunes. Alter the battle of Water
ino all Europe waited anxiously for news.
It was thought that the French had con
quered, and there was great panic at the
Stock Exchange of London.
A pigeon, bringing news cf an English
victory, arrived at tlio house of the finan
cier; lie said until word, but bought, bought,
ami continued to buy. We know the result,
Ilie rise in stocks and the fortune of tho
it is said that the inhabitants of Sodom
and Gomorrah selected pigeons a3 messen
gers. Abuul Feda, the great historian of
the fourteenth century, says that Solomon
used this means of communication, and the
Greeks and ltomans also employed pigeons.
Pliny says that Decimns Brutus sent let
ters attached to pigeons into the camp of
the Consuls during the siege of Mutina, and
the names of conquerors In Olympic games
were carried to the Inhabitants of remote
villages by these birds. Battalions of doves
preceded the Soman legions on a march,
nud when they went on without hesitation
tile soldiers of Ctesar knew the camp of the
enemy was not far distant. Froutiuus
says: " Hertius (one of tlie two Consuls
who tried to deliver Brutus), kept some
pigeons in darkness, without food; then
tied dispatches to their necks with silken
threads. When these birds were set free,
near the ramparts of the city, they alighted
on the building where Brutus had pre
pared for their nourishment.
in the second century the rulers of Egypt
and Syria established a regular service of
carrier-pigeons, and the knights who went
to the Holy Laud sent back their billets
doux by these trusty messengers.
Hutch historians say that William of
Orange made use of these messengers at
the siege of Haarlem, and that afterward
these birds were cared for by the Govern
As said nt the beginning of this
article, the French people now see the
necessity for a carrier pigeon service.
There must be rapid communication be
tween Paris and different points on the
frontier.' Selected pigeons will be sent
from Paris to these points, and from these
points to Paris, so that the frontier pigeons
carry the news from the capital homo aud
£ARONK.Stt AI.TIIKA SALVADOR.
ENGLISH AND AMERICAN NAMES.
Tlieir Signilii-ine,. on Itoth Sides of the
•a-il-V DONKEY in England is called a
ill; moke ; in America a moke is a negro
livk* That which is known to Americans
as a pitcher is called a jug in England.
The American locomotive becomes engine
and the conductor is a guard in England.
What Americans call sick the Englishman
calls ill; sickness in England implies nausea
That which Americans call a bowl is
known as a basin in England. In England
you ask for a basin of bread and milk.
American wheat is called corn and Amer
ican corn is called maize, or sometimes In
dian corn. . Pigs' feet are called trotters.
The American druggist is called a chem
ist in England, many of the older practi
tioners retaining the old spelling— " chym
What Is known as a hash In England,
Americans call a stew, and what Ameri
cans call a hash is. known as a mince in
That material known to Americans as
canton flannel is ill England called swan's
down, and American muslin is; known in
England as calico. ";.'-,
What Americans call stewing (culinary
term) the British call simmering. . The
American lunch is a luncheon in England,
and baggage becomes luggage.
A "chill", is called a "rigor," and the
eruption commonly known among Ameri
cans as "hives" is in England known ns
"nettle rash." ■'. Candy is variously known
as "sweets," "sweetmeats" nud. "lolly."
What Americans, call a telegram is in
England called a telegraph ; it will i prob- .
ably never be determined which. of these
tisanes is the better. "«■ The American postal
card is a post : card In England. • Cuffs be
come wrists. — Brooklyn Eagle. ?.-.
What Is Worn at Flower Fetes
and Art Exhibitions.
Floral Decorations for Garden Parties and the
Dinner Table— for the Week
at Cowes— Becoming Dresses.
Fashion Letter to The Scxday Call.
TfT^OXDON, July 14. 1890.-The clouds are
|K-fc holding forth in deluge fashion for
jjgy the benefit of umbrella and mackin
tosh manufacturers, and you realize only
that you are in the midst of summer by the
way the flowers bloom. Bouquetieres be
siege you at every corner, and no sooner do
you issue from your doorway of a morning
than a ragged child, not so picturesque as
her counterpart in Paris in the palmy days
of the Second Empire, holds up something
big and dewy and crimson, with an "A rose
for the leddy" that is irresistible. At all
summer fetes the English bury themselves
under flowers. At summer dances— we've
not quite stopped dancing in London— you
will see a whole house done iv a single
shade of a single flower— a frieze of, for ex
ample, white honeysuckle, relieved by its
own foliage, running about the top of the
ball-room, with straying tendrils falling
here and there, while more honeysuckles
decorate the staircase, are arranged in
masses in every available angle of the sit
ting-rooms, hang from baskets in the en
trance hall, fall like floating draperies from
all the mantelpieces, are arranged quite Hat
on the refreshment-tables, constitute the
bouquet of the hostess, and, tied with rib
bons, are distributed to the guests as fa
At garden parties the decorations are
sometimes almost as elaborate, the weather
often confining the guests indoors. When
roses are the flower's chosen they are used
in such quantities as to make one open one's
eyes, huge branches of rose trees laden
A Yachting Costume.
with blossoms starting out of every corner,
and proving on examination to be con
tained in metal tubes often many feet tall,
and so decorated as to correspond with the
general furnishing of the room.
All flower arrangements here are light,
well mixed with ferns and foliage. There
is no massing of blooms. Another season
will see the complete reinstatement of high
decorations for the dinner-table, the trails
of blossoms directly on the cloth or low
crystal bowls of posies aiding, perhaps, in
one's conversation with one's vis-a-vis, but
affording no opportunity— which to the
hostess is quite as important a matter— for
the display of the tall centerpieces, tazze,
huge epergnes aud other heirlooms of plate
to be found in tlie safes of "most good fam
ilies." These treasures of silver have been
long enough in the background, and at a
pretty little luncheon which I attended
yesterday the flowers were pink and mauve
orchids in high silver bowls whose bases
wore hidden among maidenhairs. There is,
it may be said for the benefit of those who
like best the present fashion, no stiffness iv
the new arrangement, the great crimson or
yellow poppies, yellow daisies, the lush
green flags or rushes, the delicate pink
roses or the sweet-peas being thrown with
the ei-ergnes loosely, mixed with trailing
sprays that touch the table-cloth.
Some pretty toilets were seen at the open
ing of the Royal Society of British Artists'
summer exhibition. Miss Mary Morris, the
clever daughter of Mr. William Morris,
poet, democrat and decorator, was out
almost for the first time since her marriage
to -Mr. Halliday Sparling, who is one of the
darlings of the Socialistic party. Mrs.
Sparling herself designed all the decor
ations and hangings of the house that has
been prepared for the newly wedded couple.
She is a hue specimen of the tall, rather
blonde, rosy type of the English young
woman, and wore, as she stood before a
water color of Windermere, which bore her
own initials, a light dress of oafs an lait
cloth with black sleeves, bodice like a tight
jacket in the back, but loose in front and
open, with a very full jabot of black gauze
and bunch of pink roses. Her bat was a
large black straw, with pink heather
A slight, vivacious girl, who looked more
French than English, wore a silver-gray
silk with embroidery ol heartsease and hat
of Italian straw, Louis XVI style, turned
up at the back and trimmed with mauve
orchids. Tlie Princess Louise (Marchioness
of Lome) made a hasty circuit ot the rooms,
attended by somebody who didn't look par
ticularly significant and looked herself—
well, if she weren't royal oue would say
cross or at the least discontented. She was
In a quaint patterned gown of gray, with a
dash of blue in it, old rose and orange com
bined in a misty pattern. It was made up
over gray aud her bonnet was a close shape
with flowers of old rose.
An odd dress was a cream silk in an old
time style, trimmed with peach-colored
ribbon. Blue is quite as pervasive as with
us, and I noticed one frock of blue poplin
dotted all over with pink roses, a Wattcau
combination which would be pretty en a
piquant American. The most novel thing
in summer fashions on this side of the
water Is tho introduction of tucks of some
transparent material, as gauze or spotted
net in the skirts of silk or poplin dresses.
The tucks are set just above the hem and
contrast in color with the rest of the toilet,
so that the effect is excellent when success
is achieved, but, as a rule, quite bizarre.
Black net is perhaps least dangerous thus
let into blue.
Quite a characteristically British occa
sion was the pony hack and ladies' hack
show and jumping match at i Hurlingham a
week or so ago. Crowds of women were
out, mostly women who ride. Mrs. Powel,
who is one of the best horsewomen iv the
United Kingdom, wore cream serge braided
in double gold cord, with sash with cream
and gold fringe. The weather was anything
but propitious, and the enthusiasm of the
British maids and matrons who hid their
finery under wraps when there came a heavy
downpour and displayed It bravely wheu
there was a gleam of sunshine, but through
it ail retained their interest in a good jump
by a favorite animal, was something nut to
be seen elsewhere. The wraps themselves
were worth looking on. There was, ; for
example, * a pale-gray striped velvet cloak
lined i with gray silk and trimmed with
ostrich feathers. Then there was a fawn
striped cloak with falling frills of silk and
something that, I think, they call a Human
cloak and .that looks like a Figaro jacket
handsomely embroidered with cloak folds
of a different color hanging iv a Wattcau
plait behind. When the rain falls or there
comes a chill in the air these folds are
gathered over the shoulders, fastened at the
throat and drop to the ground, protecting
the frock all around. The prettiest that I
saw ot these rather curious garments was
a silver-gray jacket embroidered in gold,
with cloak of grayish blue over a gray-blue
The floral procession in the Masque dcs
Fleur, In the galleries of the Royal Insti
tuts, in Piccadilly, was the prettiest of re
cent festivities-. Forty graceful girls repre
sented the different flowers, and the bazaar
stalls were covered with bloom. The Flora
was a rosy blonde in white muslin, exquis
itely printed with natural colored violets,
primroses and leaves. Her skirts were
looped with knots of primroses and she had
a rope of violets for a sirdle. The Princess
of Wales— one wonders why the English
call her their "pretty" Princess— looked on
in dark blue satin embroidered in pink, and
black bonnet trimmed with a red rose.
The young Princesses Victoria and Maud
were with her in cream foulard and white
hats, just alike, and with faces that are
rather pale and more than rather long. A
pretty frock was of pink delaine stripped
with pink satin. With it was worn a
white straw hat. Some of the younger
girls wore frocks of blue and cream canvas
with trimmings of blue ribbons.
At a Garden Party.
Wreaths of flowers were the most dressy
bonnets, worn almost invariably with
white tulle veils, short in front, but twisted
loosely about the head, turban fashion, and
ending not infrequently in a long scarf
drooping ou the shoulders. A dress In
white bengaline was worn with a hat of
Italian straw trimmed with white feathers.
One of rosebud muslin had a black lace
flounce about the hem headed with bands
of narrow black velvet ribbon. Gray ap
peared over and over again, now combined
with white, now with black, and now with
pink or blue. A very effective toilet was a
pule blue foulard, striped, with roses be
tween the stripes and trimmed with' white
Ever so many yachting gowns are dis
played by the small houses for summer
cruises nnd the week at Cowes. One which
I noticed especially this morning had a blue
serge skirt over mi underskirt of red. The
short jacket and Medici collar were blue
nnd the vest and half sleeves of red braided
in navy blue and gold. A white straw sailor
hat completed this outfit, with red brim
and navy and gold band. A jaunty yacht
ing coat, quite too jaunty for this season's
"broken" weather, was of cream-colored
cloth, with vest and high collar of -ilk
checked in blue and white. A rolling collar
of the cream cloth is embroidered with the
burgee of the fair lady's favorite boat, the
garment fastens with a cable-cord loop in
white and blue, and is topped with a while
straw sailor hat with white aud blue rib
Pale apple green is one of tlie most be
coming shades these blonde Saxon girls
wear in print or zephyr dresses. Take an
English damsel in a delicately shaded plaid
of pale green and fawn, with a white yoke
covering the shoulders, a white lace hat
With a flat crown covered with flowers,
dainty black patent leather shoes laced
across with green ribbons— yellow shoes are
no longer worn— and a green and fawn silk
parasol and you have— if you get any
weather in which to display such a summer
daintiness— a very blooming maid fur the
rare English sun to shine on. O.
FASCINATIONS OF JAPAN.
Why Sir 1 .in in Arnold Chooses to I«e
--niialii in 'I list Ilellchtful Country.
HF^HE empire of Japan seems to ex-
Cl j ercise an irresistible ' fascination
jl(& upon its visitors. Many Ameri
cans, as well as Englishmen, who
have stopped at Tokio, Yokohama nnd
sundry other cities if the Japanese
land have been so delighted with the natu
ral beauties of the country, the charm of
its life, the rare courtesy and gentleness of
its people, thai they have chosen to remain
there the greater part if not the whole of
the remainder of their natural exist
ence. It is well known that Sir
Edwin Arnold since his arrival in the do
minion of the Japs has been so pleased with
his experience among them that lie is loth
to return to the rush and crush of London
living, the wear and tear of his editorial du
ties on the London Telegraph, where he
once was so fond of writing articles a yard
long in eulogy of Lord Salisbury or in schol
arly denunciation of Mr. Gladstone. He
finds the luxuriant ease of Japanese living,
the quiet habits of the people and their sim
ple amusements too delightful to be enjoyed
only for a few weeks". Consequently, in
stead of deserting the hospitable shades' of
Tokio after a short sojourn, as he had
planned before he had arrived within its
pleasant territories, lie has continued to
abide there for several months, and it is
said that in moments of lethean enjoyment
he has been known to forswear thinking of
his friends in the English isle and threatens
to linger in the perfume-laden atmosphere
of the East forever. When we consider the
effect of life in Japan upon such a man as
Sir Edwin, says the Boston Traveler,
it is natural that we should giieve to
hear of the departure of one of our own
litterateurs, in taste and feeling somewhat
similar to his Englsh brother author, and
who is about to retire from his pastoral re
treat in .New England to the more seductive
shores of the ten-drinkers in the far East.
We urge upon Professor A.S. Hardy the ne
cessity of steeling himself against the fatal
fascinations of the land of the wily Japs. We
cannot afford to lose so excellent a scholar
and so good a writer as he is. and we trust
that he will be properly impressed with the
duty incumbent upon him as a Now En
glaudcr of returning ere many months are
past to his friends at home, and not to be
tempted, as Sir El win has already been
tempted, to live forever in the soft delights
oi tea-sipping and the manipulation of
dainty chopsticks.— Chicago Herald.
Fashion's Newest Colors.
A long time ago people used to think that
blue was essentially a color for blondes and
angels. Nobody can dispute its being the
color for angels, but it certainly is not the
one to be chosen by a, blonde. The fair skin
looks cold enough, and when blue, especi
ally pale blue, is put near it the effect given
is very undesirable, because what was clear
white" before becomes a pallor now. Blondes
had much better wear any of the rose
shades, bright scarlet, warm brown, ordarii
green, leaving the very trying pale blue to
the brown-haired lassie with a bright color,
or the warm brunette whose skin does not
know the unsightly touch of sallowness.
Everybody likes a rose-colored lining, and,
to be in vogue this season, everybody ought
to have a rose-colored frock— iv cotton, or
wool, in silk or tulle, it is always most
charitable in bringing out ore's best feat
ures, and toning down one's worst. Com
bined with white the pink shades are as
dainty as a bit of old china, and will sug
gest the pretty pink: and white ladies, whom
Watteau painted on fans, who played at
Little Trianon with Marie Antoinette,
laughed and jested, and yet did not fear
when they had to face death on the guillo
tine for the sake of the King and the Queen.
Ladles' Hume Journal. -
Touchers ami Gentle Vine...
; That "excellent thing in woman," and in
man also, when in the school-room— tbe
"gentle" voice, though not necessarily,
"soft" or. "low"— is a means of grace to
teacher and taught alike. Few teachers re
alize how accurately their gain or loss in
influence can be measured by the quality of
the toue in which they talk. There Is no
excuse for the hard, sharp, rasping tone, so
common as to be usually reckoned one of
the characteristics of a "school-iiia'm," even
In the noisiest room or among the most un
ruly children. The law of slmilia, similibus
curantur docs not hold good In such a case.
Screaming and shouting at children Is to
make demons even of little angels, and they
must be angelic, indeed, who can escape
such transformation. The teacher should
know how to make distinctness serve in
place of force, to the end of sparing her
own throat and the nerves of her pupils.
Caroline B. le Kow in Ladies' Home
Journal. ■ __^
Even In ~l i.l-i i.e.. n.
Scene— raft in mid-ocean. Dramatis
persona', a shipwrecked party that has been
floating for several days without food or
Shipwrecked mariner— A sail I a sail!
-Woman passenger (reviving)— me;
but did you say a sale?
Shipwrecked mariner— and not far
Woman passenger— What do the bargains
consist of ?— America.
An English Lady's Bequest for
Real Champagne for Actors.
The Articles for Stage Banquets Form Naturally
P.rt of tha Domain of the Property-
Man— What Is Furnished.
It was announced at the annual meeting
of the . association of French dramatic
artists, held in Paris, that an English
lady had left a legacy of £3000, the divi
dends accruing from which are to be de
voted to the purpose of supplying' real
champagne when that exhilarating vintage
Is consumed at stage banquets, says the
London Telegraph. The French Dramatic
Artists' Association ls a mutual benefit
fund for granting pensions to actors—
and It Is to be hoped to actresses
— too old or too infirm to appear on
the stage, and it numbers upward
of 3000 members; thus, were the
bequest of the English lady a wholly un
conditional one, it would be equivalent to
a donation of 25 francs a head to all the
members of the society, while, if it were
treated as an indivisible fund the aggregate
of 75,' 00 francs invested at 5 per cent in
terest, which is by no means unattainable
in France, would prove a very handsome
addition to the Pension Fund at the dis
posal of the trustees.
No good news was ever received without
the intelligence being greeted with a certain
amount of incredulity. Thus there may
skeptics who will feel inclined.
TO DOUBT THE IDENTITY
Of the "English lady" and the authenticity
of her legacy. The "Miladis" as the "Mi
lors" of perfidious Albion are credited with
the possession of all kinds ot eccentric ca
prices. Now they follow, lion -' tamers
about the world in the expectation of see
ing the Van Amburglis devoured by their
ferocious pupils, a consummation on which
the speculative Britons have made heavy
bets. At another time, while Lord Allcash
takes a band of brigands Into his pay. Lady
Allcash converts the banditti to follow the
paths of piety and virtue by the judicious
distribution of tracts and a careful selection
of psalm-tunes on the harmonium. These and
a hundred 'other tales as silly have been re
lated of our countrymen and countrywomen
who are traveling or who are domiciled on
the Continent; still, in the present Instance,
looking at tite matter-of-fact gravity Willi
which the announcement of the £3000 be-
quest has been made, we have no light to
impugn the veracity of the story. Assum
ing that there has been found an English
lady generous enough and whimsical
enough to leave this . very large sum of
money in order that real champagne shall
be substituted for cider, zoedone, or toast
and water, when the genuine vintage of
Epernay is supposed to be quaffed on the
stage, an extensive field of speculation re
mains open, first as to the .quality of the
champagne that will be supplied under the
auspices of the society to the different Par
isian theaters, and next as to the average
quantity which will he required by each
place of popular entertainment. What may
be termed "pieces au vms de champagne"
are not of very frequent occurrence in the
French dramatic repertoire, at least "In
dramas of a high order. Vaudevilles and
farcical comedies of the order of "Dominos
Hoses," the "Garcons de chez Very," or the
" Monsieur Choufleury ebez hit" may occa
sionally requite to be moistened with cham
pagne, and' the sparkling beverage on the
English stage has frequently proved, as Mr.
Tom Taylor discovered In the "American
Cousin," to be a very effective "de-cente
de ridenu" for a weak act. Indeed, the
English dramatist was so pleased with the
success of the effervescent finale that he
concluded another act by making Lord
Dundreary pull the string of a shower-bath,
which again brought the curtain down with
a bzz. In French, however, unless a play
includes in its action a wedding-banquet
or a scene in a "cabinet particular"
AT CABXIV.VL TIME,
Champagne is rather conspicuous by its
absence than otherwise. Not for the first
time must it be repeated that the French as
a nation are not half so partial to cham
pagne as the English, the Germans, the
Americans, and especially the Russians are.
The Latin races, in fact, are not habitually
drinkers of sparkling wine. The Italians
have, it is true, their Asti Spumanti, but
they prefer their still red and white vint
ages. Even French champagne did not
begin to sparkle till late in the reign of
Louis XIV, and there are assuredly no
spuming chalices to be found in the dra
matic works of Racine or Corneilie or
Moliere. The terrible Commander conies
to supper with Don Juan, but it is a bumper
of led wine, and not "the foaming juice of
amber hue," that the trembling Sganarelle
serves to the stony guest.
The English lady's legacy— sup
posing it to be genuine — will constitute, in
times to come, a curious item in that chap
ter of stage history which relates to the
consumption of food on the stage. The
careful chronicler will, perhaps, be able to
tell us whether the original Audrey, in "As
You Like It,'.' munched a real turnip or an
imitation one, and if there was any real
food on the table in the forest at Which the
banished Duke invited the strangers to sit
down and feed. Eating and drinking oil
the staste form naturally part of the domain
of the propertyman; and whether the
things consumed, or supposed to be con
sumed, be genuine or spurious, has hith
erto depended mainly ou the wealth
or the poverty of the management;
but, on the whole, -it may be said
that the unreal has been predominant
over the real in stage comestibles, and that
the grander the banquet the more flagrant
has been the sophistication of the viands
and the beverages purporting to appear.
Who has not seen the pa reel-gilt goblets— in
reality pasteboard porridgers covered with
Dutch metal— which exulting supers have
waved in sham enthusiasm above llieir
heads nt dramatic and operatic banquets?
Has there ever been a Maffeo Orsinl who
has quailed anything stronger than cold
water in the famous "brindisi?" Recur
ring for a moment to "Don Giovanni," it
must be admitted that in Italy real macaroni
is always served at the Don's supper-table'
when the statue comes to supper, Jus as in
the delightful English opera of "So Song, No
Supper," a real boiled leg of
SUTTON" and tkim-.ii.vgs
Always made its appearance.- Still, until a
comparatively recent period genuine pro
visions were very rarely seen on the English
stage. Mine. Vestris, at the Olympic, was,
we believe, the first manageress who Intro-'
duced a Utile genuine champagne into a
vaudeville; but the incomparable Eliza
Bartolozxl. with an intuitive artistic percep
tion, hated shams. It used to be said in
jest that her propertyman kept a supply of
real sovereigns and real bank notes
for stage use ; but In any case
it is certain • that a whole, tribo of
real little King Charles spaujels made their
appear.ui'e behind the footlights in tho
comedy of "The Court Beauties." Genuine .
cutlets and claret are said by stage tradi
tion to have' been first enjoyed in Douglas
Jerrold's comedy of "The Prisoner of War, ' I
at Covent Garden. Mr. Macready, at Dniry .
Lane, more than once placed real edibles
and notables before Ins company; and at
the Princess, when the "Courier of Lyons"
was first performed under the management
of Mr. Charles Kean, a real repast srcoiabvl
on the board in the restaurant scene; but
these were exceptions, doe to the taste and
liberality of artistically minded managers,
and down to a very few years ago the prop
erty-room only supplied the merest simu
lacra In' lieu Of veritable eatables ami
drinkables. The sirloin of beef was usually,
so much painted - wood, with orifices
pierced in it tilled with slaked lime, the;
fumes from which did duty for the smoke
from a hot joint; and when the 'low com
edian in "The Turnpike Gate," coming
across a pot of beer left on tbe table, made
the apposite remark "that some gentleman
had left his beer and another gentleman
had found it," the supposed pewter pot from
which he pretended to drink Barclay and
Perkins' Entire was only a sham of stif
fened brown paper coated with tin foil,
with some cotton wool stuffed into it to imi
tate tbe foam of the genuine decoction of
malt and lions. This, unsatisfactory state
of things has long since passed away. Keal
champagne, claret, bread and butter, bis
cuits, plum cake and strawberries are now
frequently seen and consume! in centeol
comedy; and ere long, perhaps, real eggs
and bacon will be fried and real chops
grilled "coram publico." There Is another
realistic feature which has in modern times
found favor on the stage. Keal cigars and
cigarettes are now habitually smoked, and
these . extieinely realistic ■ "properties"
might often, perhaps, be advautageosly
dispensed with. '
The Chin iv Walking.
Mind how you walk. Square your shoul
ders, expand your chest and lookout for
your chin. That Is the pivot upon which
depends the i poise of the machine.', Step
out easily and firmly. letting the ball of the
foot strike the ground first so that you get
the benefit of that beneficent little spring
which - Dame Nature built into your instep
to save the rattle and jar to the whole sys
tem which people who will walk on their
heels inflict on their anatomy.— lS. Y. World. :