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r- " - Oh, evry yenr forth lis winter. Ana every yenr hath it ruin il;' m r.lwny coiuinr v Wlifn I he birds go north ngain. Wlion nw leaves swell in the forest. Ami icritss grow green on the plsln, Ami the nlder's veins turn crimion And the bird go north agnin. Oh. every heart hns its norrow, And every hrnrt hflth It pain Hut ft day is fllwaya coming When the birds go north again. 'Tin the sweetest thing to remember If conn.-e be on the wane, When the cold, dark rtsys nre over Why, the birils po north ngnin. - IT 1 In IIig-;inson.' OOOCCOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO O O ooooooooooooooooooooooo Chiffon Carroll looked- cnrofully about the room nothing hnd lx-en for gotten. Closing lior satchel, she turn ed to leave, when the sound of muf fled sobbing came to Iter oars. She listened Intently, then impulsively crossed the wide hall, and rapped at the opposite door. In answer to a low "come," she entered, and wns sur prised to find, on a couch before the t -..! dk fire, the woman who, six months before, had become her fath er s wim l'rom tne nrst minon una been determined not to like her. but tht older woman's gentleness and sweetness of disposition were begin tiln to make an Impression. "I am not dressing for dinner to night, Jane. I shall not go down ; I am too sad and my head aches," came In muHled tones from the pillows. Deft fingers loosened the heavy musses of hair, and a gentle, penetrat ing massage followed. The surprised sufferer raised her eyes, catching her breath with a little half-sob as she saw It was not her maid, but the one whose love she despaired of gaining. "This is very sweet of you, Itose, dear," she said gently. '' "Indeed. ' I want to mnke you more comfortable," answered a soothing olee. "I cannot bear that any one tihould suffer. Why are you so miser able. Mrs. Carrol? Is your son wors to-day?-' "Mrs. Carroll! Is that the ouly name you can find in your heart to 'call me, dear? I wonder if you will ever call me mother? I hare always longed for a daughter ; your own dear mother could be no more tender than I would lie If you would only open your heart to me." "I really care for you," answered the girl, kissing her warmly. "Won't .you call me chiffon? Those I lovo call me by that name." "Such a dainty pet nam! I have not (fared to use It. Do you think, Chiffon, that your father's heart is not big enough for us both? I would not take one lota of his love from you." The proud bead was gently lowered as Chiffon's arm crept around the oth er's neck, and as their tears mingled the harrier was gone forever. "Mother, why do you not bring your ioy here? Surely your home should Je his. Let him have my rooms, they re the sunniest. I shall be cone it month ; by that time he may be able to move to the suite above. How long it since he was injured?" "He has been in the hospital nine noutlm, his horse fell on him and kls spine was hurt. The surgeons promise a complete cure, but the wait ing Is so tedious, and the suspense al iost unbearable." "Will you accept my offer?" asked Chiffon. "My visit will be happier if you do." "I gladly accept, dear. Philip never would have come without your Invita tion." "What a sensitive boy!" exclaimed Chiffon. "Give him my warmest sym pathy and tell him I feel that we shall be warm friends. I will help to amuse hliji when I come back; does he care to lie road to?" "He Is very fond of company," an swered bis mother, "but is very sensi tive about the crutches ho Is obliged to use." Chiffon had anticipated no end of a good time. Although she was enter tained continually her heart yearned for home, and at the end of three weeks she surprised them by returning unannounced. "How is our invalid?" was her first question, after affectionately greeting her father and mother. "Improving every day," answered her mother ; ."you must see him after din ner. He is anxious to thank you, al though h said It would be rank pre sumption to accept the use of your rooms, and occupies 'those above T-ours." "What an unusually thoughtful boy!" laughed Chiffon. Immediately after dinner she ran over the stairs to the invalid's apart ments, armed with two of Henry's newest books for boys, which she had brought home from the city; also a bound volume of St. Nicholas Maga zines. As she entered the room, In answer to a deep "come in," a scarlet flame rushed from the proud chin, los ing Itself In the fluffy pompadour. For the first time since she could remember. Chiffon Carrol wns not equal to the emergency, and stood star ing Into the eyes of a young man of twenty-six years, who arose to meet her. She had expected to find herself In the presence of a fourteen-year-old ho v. "Where are your crutches?"' she gasped. 'Thrown away forever, I hope. Aren't you going to congratulate me anil tell me that you nre glad?" "Hut you nre so tall and so old," she faltered. "A veritable Methusaleh! A mod ern Goliath!" he responded smilingly. ' -I thought to find a little boy," she hesitated. "And are you very sorry?" "Not exactly sorry, but awfully em barrassed and ashamed," she laughed ; "sud I had no reason In the world for ill ill 'sjuswMMiiaassjwaiJWPW im . i MiMfMssjitMsjwajMi mmmm'm,'mm'mmmmnmmmm'mmnmmn' SIGNAL CODE YOU CAN QT, FOOD X r1 WORK HERE HANDED OVE&TO POLICE Tr,B-Y. CET OUT OF THIS Town as QAJICK AS POSSIBLE. KADKUS of stories about I Inclined to take what they read with a grain of salt, but this I much may be said with a certainty: Tramps do have a system 01 Hifc-ns iiiiu Kyuinois. ny wuicu tnoy commuulcate wltn tlieir brethren on the road. When the New York police recently opened the new municipal lodging house they discovered In the process of moving from the old building a piece of paper, apparently left behind by some forgotten lodger. Some peculiar characters on the paper attracted notice, and an examination of the accompanying hand writing, which, by I lie way, bore evidence that the writer had at one time been a man of culture and training, showed that the hieroglyphics were none other than a code of signals of traiupdom. That these signs nre used by the tramp fraternity is well known to these who dwell in country districts. They have often noticed strange marks, meaningless to them, gracing their gate post or barnyard fence. It Is the language of the tramp, to whom each sign has Its own meaning. The nccompanying cut Is a reproduction of the signs and interpretations found In the New York municipal lodging house. It Is not h difficult task, In examining some of these hieroglyphics, to see why they should have been selected. At any rate, one may hazard a guess on the subject. There 1 the symbol used to luform the fraternity of an arrest; It represents prison bars, no doubt. Notice the warning that a dog is In the garden; by a stretch of the Imagination the rectangular figure might be taken to denote a garden, and the queer little figure inside, with the four vertical lines, might very well be the dog itself. "Work here" Is also open to amateur analysis. The cross probably refers to the saw horse, commonly used in chopping wood, while the other symbol might conceivably fndlcate the saw, although It would be hard to convince many that a saw built on such lines would prove an effective implement, even in the hands of the most skillful hobo. "Get out of the town as quick as possible" is self-explanatory. Seemingly, when tramps set eyes on that token, theirs Is not to reason why, but merely to leave the arrows far behind. The symbols for "no use" and "you can get foKl" were probably chosen for their simplicity; if any other significance at taches to them, it Is unknown except to the favored few. Rut the amateur Investigator reaches the end of his rope when he tackles The symbols which tell the render to "pick a yarn," because there are "women In the house." Apparently, "women in the house" is good news to the tramp with a tearful hard luck story to relate. But whatever bearing these particular symbols may' have on the matter Is not to be answered. Montreal Star. my supposition excepting that your lustfber Is so young and beautiful." "The matter Is all of that," he ac quiesced tenderly. "I believe she mar ried at seventeen." "I have brought you some solid mental food," said Chiffon, demurely. handing him the books. "If we had been properly introduced I might of fer to assist you to assimilate them." riillip Culvert threw back his hand some head, and laughed for the first time since his accldeut. "How unehlvnlrous ! But perhaps you prefer muggins, or old maids," she continued, taking a pack of cards from the table and looking at him with dancing eyes. "Why, you are stand ing! aud yesterday was the first time that you had stood alone." "By Jove, I had forgotten !" he ex claimed. "Me down immediately, and I will skim through the paper if you like. "WHY SPECULATE ANY LO.NOKB?" What shall it be the stock market first?" "if you please," he answered, not caring a rap what she read, as long as he could wanh the soft fiir.J; on her cheeks come and go, and meet hrr eyes occasionally. Mrs. Carroll was much surprised to find them thus cosily ensconced. She had wondered at Chiffon's disappear ance and was feeling a trltle hurt that she had not asked to visit the Invalid. 1'hiltp maintained a prudent silence, while Chiffon, with evident embarrass ment, explained the situation. "Is it all right that I should read, " little, to Mr. Calvert?" "It Is evidently all right," answered Mrs. Carroll, looking undcrstaudlngly into Philip's animated face. "The stock market has acted ns a tonic." Chiffon was an excellent horsewom an, and it was not long before she was allowed to drive Philip out. The young man chafed under his af fliction. Naturally an athlete, he longed for activity. One day still an other famous surgeon was summoned in consultation. That evening when Chiffon made her dally visit sho found a morose listen er. At last Philip took tie paper gen tly from her, saying: "It's no use. Chiffon. I have not heard one word. I can't listen to night. I want to talk to yon. I can walk very well now, aud the gruff old fellow who was here to-day promises that Gorman baths will affect a per inent and speedy cure. Still, I won't go abroad alone." "Such a thing would be very indls crii't at least. I fancy your mother would go with you," she answered. "I should not think of allowing her OF TRAMPDOM. o NO USE DOG, N CAROEN V PICK a yarn; VVOHtN IN THE HOUSE - the trmnn nml hi w:iv . nor-loins to leave her new-found happiness." Iben, wistfully, "I thought, perhaps, that some one whose sweetuess and adorable womanly inconsistencies have warmed my heart Into new life. some ono whose precious encourage ment In hours of despair has been un speakable consolation, comforting tno and giving hope when I had grown morbid and felt myself a being apart I thought, Chiffon, that this dear girl might marry nie and take in the continent at a wedding journey." Then, continuing with nervous rapid ity: "I knew if I saw her, day after day, she would become the life of my life. But how was n poor cripple to un away from his fate even if he was so inclined? Sometimes she whom I love is the embodiment of ten derness ; at other times, I feel that her heart is adamant." His forlornness apix-nled to her. She reddened at memories of her own duplicity, little elusive acts that went to nine tier love Tor him from his watchful eyes. Then, after a silence. she said demurely : "Why speculate any longer, Philip? Why not ask her? I assure von that she loves you, dear." Grit. Ton Many Unestlons Aaki-l. "There is such a thing as asking too many questions of your own wit nesses," said a North Carolina law yer, according to the New York Even ing Telegraph. "I am reminded of the mountaineer from my own state who was on trial for mayhem, the charge being that he had bitten olT a man's ear. After the prosecution had rested, counsel for the defense 'called to the stand a spectator of the fight In which the alleged mayhem had been com mitted. "'Did you see this fight In question?" asked the lawyer. "'Yes. sir,' replied the witness. "'IId you see the defendant bite off the prosecuting witness' ear?' "'Naw. sir.' "Could yon have seen him do it from where you stood V' " 'Yes, sir.' "The lawyer then turned the wit jvess over to counsel for the prosecu tion, who ordered the witness to stand aside. "'One moment, please!' called the defendant's lawyer. 'One more ques Hon were you present when the light was ended Y " " "Yes, sir.' "See anything to Indicate that the defendant had bitten off this mail's ear?" 'Nothing.' replied the witness, shifting his quid, ' 'cept I seen 'lin apll out the yur!' " Xrwy (till. Head of the 1-Inn That's a pretty undent-looking olllco coat you are wearing, Simpson. Simpson Yes. sir, I bought this with my last rise in salary. Pearson's Weekly. AW MAJORITY RULE IN CONGRESS. Method Adopted In Sure Time ana to Prolrct Itomlnftnt I'nrlr. Tills Is a big country with big In terests and It Is manifestly luioss1hle to consider all matters In which all the members are Interested In open ses sion of the bouse, says J. Sloat Fassctt lit Leslie's Weekly. Utiles have been devised for appointing committees nnd apportioning the work. Only the morn Important bills cau be reported and only the most urgent of these can be cildored In the whole house. No rules can be or ought to be devised which would enalile every menilier to take up the time of the house when ever It so pleased lit tu with auy bid he might choose, So In the house, as In (he world gem-rally, the rule of the majority prevails. The country, by a majority vote in the several congres sional districts, sele-ts the political party which It desires to have In con trol. That majority party, by majority vote, proceeds to organize the house Into a working mechanism. The speaker is elected by a majority and Is always answerable to that majority. The rules are adopted by a majority and are always resiKinsive to that ma jority. The rule nre made with full provision to protect tho rights of each Individual and of the minority, but rightly they are framed to enable the responsible majority to exercise the power intrusted to it by tho people and for the exercise of which or the falluro to exercise, which that majority, and that majority alone, Is held responsi ble. If a Democratic minority, by the aid of a small body of Insurgent or rebellious Republicans, could obtain possession of the machinery of legisla tion and prevent the majority from carrying out It pledges the country would not accept the plea of nun pos sumus. The entire majority would be held responsible for such a brnch of trust. Dr. A. Bullcld, who discovered tho ancient British lako village at Glnston burg In 18!2, has now found another group of lake dwellings at the neigh boring village of Menre. The Bite ol the lake village consists of two fields coverln; about twelve acres, and Is marked by a number of grassy mouuds formed by floors of dwellings. Dr. Bulleld has found large quantities of relics, including objects in bronze, bono, horn and pottery. The village Is supposed to be of the late? Celtic date. It was probably built between 3(0 or 4J0 B. C. and the Roman Conquest. Cheese must have been a rather dear or scarce article of food in 1502, for, says tho Law Times, It Is accorded In the "Black Books" of the' Honorable Society of Lincoln's Inn that at Eas ter term, 1502, it was "agreed by the governors and benchers this term that if any one of tho society shall here nft?r cut cheese immoderately at the time of dinner or supper, or shall give cheese to nny servant or to any other, he shall carry It away from the table at nny time, he shall pay 4 pence for each offense. The butlers of tho so ciety shall present such defaulters weekly, under pain of expulsion from office." Recent Investigations show that the umbrella Is undoubtedly of high an tiquity. It appeared In various forms on the sculptured monuments of Kgypt, Assyria, Greece and Rome. lit hot countries it lios been used since the dawn of history as a sunshade a use signified by its name, derived from the Latin "umbra," a Fhnde. In the East the umbrella has ever been a symbol of power and royalty, and In many countries it has become a part of re ligious as well as royal symbolism. The Chinese date the umbrella back to 4,000 or Ti.OOO years anterior to the Mosaic date of creation, which would make It about 10,000 or 11,000 years old. When 70 per crnt of cerium Is al lowed with 0 per cent of Iron, tho metal thus produced possesses tho re markable property of giving off a shower of sparks when struck by a steel wheel. This substance- has been employed for making uuto-lgnlters for gas burners, miners' ncetyleno lamps and cigar lighters. Recently It bus been proposed to utllUe it for igniting motor headlights, nnd even ns a substi tute for electric Ignition Is the cylin ders. Doctor Brill hns tried It, for tho last named purpose, but he finds that the efficacy of the alloy falls off with use. The cause of this loss of efficacy Is suspected to be the presence of oil aud dust. A waiter In Nature calls attention to tho peculiar weather which accom panied and followed tho great Sicilian earthquake. The sudden fog which settled upon the Strait of Messina was paralleled by a heavy mist accom panying the Mexican earthquake of January, 1S!)0, and the writer adds that rainfall Is so frequently reported as the Immediate successor of an earthquake that "we can no longer re ject the hypothesis of a real connection between the two." Professor Willie has suggested that the disturbance of the ground wnen transmitted to the overlyli'g ulr may determine precipita tion, Ihus explaining the apparent as sociation of severe earthquakes with mist and rain. lie (oulilii'l I, OKA It. All Hushed and breathless, the well dressed young man picked up tin- hat he had been chasing down tin- street, and leaned against a lamppost to rest. Another, aiso breathing heavily, (aiiie running up and took the hat out of bis hand. "I'm much obliged," he said. "For what'.-'' "This is my hat." "Where's mine, then'" "Hanging behind jou at the end of the string." Then for the first time the young man remembered his hat guard. Suc re Magazine. If you must alms.' somisme, abuse your enemies. A good many people abuse tbelr friends, and cull It "criticism." THE YOICTXXSS. We count the l.ioken lyres that rest Where the sweet walling singers slumber, But o'er their sllrnt sister's breast The wild-flowers who will stoop to number? A few can touch the ninglc string, And noisy Fam Is proud to win them- Alns for thoo that never sing, But die with all tbelr music in them I Nny. grieve not for Ihe dead alone Whose song has told their hearts' sad story- Weep for the voiceless wno have known The cross without the crown of glory I Not where Letu-adian breezes sweep O'er Sappho's luni.ory-haunted billow, But where the glistening night-dews weep On immeless sorrow's churchyard 'pillow. O henrts that break nnd give no sign Sue whitening lip nnd fading tresses. Till Death pours out ills longed for wine Slow-dropp"d from Misery's crushing presses- If singing breath or n-hol'ut chord To every hidden pang wpre given, Y'hat endless melodies were poured, As sad as arth. as swtvt ns heaven I -OMto '-A'cndoll Holmes. (The pathetic life of n woman who had "married to please." Narrated by : Jessie Anderson Stlckney. ) It was drawing near the close of the month, and the uppermost thought In very mind that morning was tlurt within twenty-four hours, what the Simple folk of Grand Mnnnn hnd been flensed to cnll "the queer crowd at the Turner place" would "be no more by sea or shore." For six weeks we 1ml been enjoying life In that quaint little Island as only ten arrant Bohemians, blessed either with clear consciences or bad memories can, but now It wns all over, and to-morrow would seo our woe filled and sun blistered faces turned sorrowfully toward civilization again. Meanwhile we had finished break fast nnd were waiting for Asa In fact full three-fourths of our stay In Grand Manan hnd been spent in Just such "waiting for Asa." On the night of our arrival at the Island, Asa had lounged up to the llltlo place we had hired and graciously proffered his services ns guide or anything else we pleased dur ing our stay. A lean, lank, lackadaisi cal young giant, his exceeding length of limb, nnd air of good fellowship, some how captured our fancy, and we hired him then and there, and ever since, Asa's vagaries, Asa's overweening lazi ness, and general "uudependableness." as little Mrs. Graham styled It, Asa's sou!-harrovlng good nature ond never falling penitence, hnd. proved an unend ing source of amusement and amaze ment to us all, while Mark Densmore, our "author," candidly confessed that Asa hnd provided him with material for unlimited copy. ' Asn wns even later than usual fbls morning, however, and we were corre spondingly elated more than usnal when his familiar white horso and long ramshackle wngon rattled round the corner. As our antediluvian conch drew Ufi nt the door, we snw that instead of Asa's beaming, goofl-iia lured fa-e and long loose Jointed figure, the driver was n woman and such a woman. As she swung herself over the wide and came up the graveled walk with a long, easy graceful stride, Bertie Boyd was the only one to speak. "Diana of Ephesus In a fisherman's Jersey, by nil that's holy!" ho said. Journalism seems to engender the read iness of tongue. ' A tall, slender figure, set off by the close lilting blue Jersey nnd scant flannel skirt she wore; a grandly pulsed send with a wealth of brown gold hair caught carelessly back from the face as (lawless as though chiseled from mar ble, and as colorless, save for the brownish tinge It had gained through constant exposure to the sun; dark gray eyes, so dark os to seem almost black under the shade of the lashes; a mouth jieifect In curve and coloring, though perhaps a trltle too closely, shut nnd severely held for perfect beauty; top or the whole witli n wide-brimmed, haltered straw hat that had once been white, and you have our "Diana" us we saw her for the first time. "I'm Asa's wife," she said simply, as she halted in the open doorway. "Asa's sick, hut I can drive you all right If you'll let me." Then, with a shade more eagerness, as no one spoke "I really can. aud and. we need the nioi ey so." Of course that settled It. and we c!l:n!'cd Into our accustomed places In a sllecie so contrary to our wont that It would have filled any beholder with womhr. So th it was Asa's redoubtable wife! We hud heard much of her since our arrival, for it was generally iicknowl-eil'.-l among the natives that Asa's wl c was J'ist a little "off' In her head, ril thit as Nancy, our chore woman, v?-;i, i ii ! . 1 ' ;. put It. "Asa'd got his hands In" :!:! his .'.illuses to hold up" In the i.-ui .; no'i.t of tiie said better half. In ''.-, t. v h: il very often forgiven the f.-li-nv f r some more than ordinary ex-isyr.-i! .: -.; 1 reieli cf faith on the ple.l tii ;t i; u;.s clue to another "high fnlllt !' ' I' ! n I less had taken and now i'i'j .as 1'r- v.oiiaa! plainly there in ''V:t.: hmiu',' s eu. -where .' ' i i ir. ci sat ,,,ii lagged sadly, ! : ",': 1'- IVllo ,'ti!t ii, our seliool- ; I lo r breakfast table '" lii M:' id; Dihs'iiore as to t ', ..'. t -"( i !' a f'u! ire est a te. - M ' in-, mi t-, ola1:a. Mark ' ' '" '' :ld siua ly. " li.it witu- : '" ho .:' o'i o i i:t nre li :'o whb h " ' V- ''. il, I'lo-i iove .nut . " 'I ' f i .'.:!:ii--:! of t'iMKe di'uT i'l. ' u :.-'). ..- IL.t I .'.7:1.7 from UK ! most dally without the hope of some thing better beyond, nine-tenths of lm manlty would be content to resign themselves to the dreary dig and grind of each day's toll? Why, there you class ns all as little better than Idiots 1" "Oh. hardly as bod ns thatl" re plied Dlnsmorev calmly. "But what I do claim, now nnd always, Is that un less tho renunciation of thoso same de sires gave us greatoc pleasure than the taking of them, to a man wo would reach out and grasp them nt whatever cost." "Stuff and nonsense I" broke in Miss Stilton, energetically. "Then what of the millions who have suffered even martyrdom for conscience' sake? Was their only aim to gain the greatest pleasure for the present moment? Tako the hundreds of weak, loving women who nre dally and hourly wcrlficlng themselves on the altars of duty and devotion to some worthless husband or profligate child are they actuated only by tho pleasure such self-crucifix Ion Insures them?" "Unconsciously so yes," was the an swer. "I firmly believe that nothing whatsoever nffects the n tli ot nun woman or child but bis own InnaK perhaps unconscious, conception of what constitutes the truest pleasure, and belief as to tho present, pnst or fu ture, lias nothing whntevor to do with It. Omar says it all In i "'O threats of Hell and hopes of Para dlse! Ono thing at least is eert.fn this Life flics; I One thing is certain nnd the rest Is Lies ; The Flower that once has blown for ever dies !' " Evidently idtter war was Imminent when Bertlo manfully stepped Into the breach by remarking amiably: "Well, my lelief as to the present, anyhow. Is that we all seem to be for getting this is our last chance this Bea Ron to enjoy all that," with a compre hensive wave of bis hand toward the magnificent sweep of waters nt the base of the cliff along which we were driv ing. And truly, before the calm loveli ness of that never-to-be-forgotten stretch of shimmering sen and sky, all petty human questionings shrank Into Insignificance, and we resigned our selves solely to tho eujoyment of the beauty of the scene. As a general thing "tho crowd at the Turner place" went to roost with the chickens; but this was our last nigtit, and so, when nt about half-past nine there was a low rap at the door, we were one and all on the qtil vlve to re celvo our late visitor. To our surprise we heard the voice of our "Dlann," Asa's wife, asking to see "the tall, dark young man who wore glasses;" so the rest of us of courso withdrew to the ronda, Bertie lown!Ing audibly "some people's luck." Th girl evidently felt the strange ness of her position, but Dlnsmofe'i well-bred suppression of any surprise reass-ired her somewhat, and she plunged nt once Into her errand. "I couldn't help hearing what you Raid-- this morning," she began In a voice low nnd clear, though slightly tremulous, "ubout what makes people live ns they do. I mean, and I was hoping you'd say more ; but you didn't, and somehow I felt as If I Just hnd to come to-night and ask you to " She stopped In evident exioctatIon of some reply, but when her mystified list ener only answered by asking, "Tt to what?" with a little frown she went on. "To tell me If you really meant we were foils to to give tip anything un less wo wanted to? And that only the present mattered," leaning forward In her earnest nes. "Why or yes, that is " began Dlnsmoro, slowly; but the girl Inter rupted him Joyously: "It Is true then!" she cried. "Now I can decide." Then she turned and crossed hastily over fo the old-fashion ed mirror above the mantelpiece and peered curiously Into her own face. "No. It Isn't too late yet," nodding her head contentedly, her gray eyes alight with some strange purpose. Suddenly, ns if Impelled by a new thought, she held out both her brown, well sh:in il hands to the wondering young author. "You don't know what you've done fi.r me." she said, then, a trltle wist fully, "somehow I'd like to tell you nl.oiit it - may I?" and as Mark nodded hU assent, fhe sut down aualn and hes lititingly cMiinienci'd her story: 'My mother was a lady," she began pNnidly, "nnd I." with a bitter smile, ":t m Asa Weudall's wife! It was the ot ly way, though, for mother was sick, I almost starving, and I was only six- tfii,, so what could I do, Asa was fl.vfully fond of me, too, at first, and Ijorhaps," pathetically, "If he'd had more patience I might ha' got to ca-e for I'll in. But he got to drinking, and then mother died, and things began to get woiic and worse. After a bit the baby on in c" here her voice broke for a moment, but she went on bravely--"uui for awhile it seemed aa If every thing wns coming right at Jnstj bnt f wasn't strong the first winter, and Asa didn't seem to car. He wns always good natured to us, but h dratiV. harder'n ever, and It seemed ns If lili slack, easy-going ways would kill tne. If it hadn't ha' been for baby I don't know what I'd done. Bnt one night she took croup, and A wns too drunk to go for the doctor. I couldn't leavw her for a minute, and by the time I got Asa sobered up enough It wns too late my little one died. "I went out o' my head for awhile after that, I think, and If I hadn't been nfrabl of never seeing baby ami mother again, I'd a' drowned myself; but as It was I Just worried along? somehow, nnd then the next summer He came. He wns an artist and lodgml with us, and after a bit he got to mak ing pictures of me, nnd telling me ubout his world ; nnd one day he he asked me to go off with him. God only knows how much I wanted to, but somehow them two graves on the hill wouldn't let me, so I sent hlin away, and Asa was furious over losing the money he paid ns said It was Just nnoUvor of my 'cursed high falutln' no tions.' That was three years ago, and he's written once every year since ask ing If I'd changed my mind; but I nev er did till to-day; then what you said opened my eyes, and to-morrow I ara going away to him, and enter upon ft new life." For a moment or two after she stopped speaking there was absolute silence, and then Dlnsmore began to talk. I've heard sermons and I've seen plays, but for a realistic picture of the hopeless misery of a life such as she proposed going to, I have never either seen or heard anything equal to that speech. For twenty minutes he talked, without a break. Little Belle Stilton now and then noiselessly clapped tvr approval, and when he hnd finished tlie girl rose slowly nnd said, as she turned towards the door; "I reckon I'd rather be Asa's wife. But the funny part of It Is that both Belle and Mark claim the eplBode ns clear proof of their respective sides In the morning's argument Pennsylvania Grit. CATS THRIVE IN WOODS. Untrlfil tr I.t, Thrr Was Strong oa Fat of the Laad. According to a timber cruiser who hns lately been working on the north shore of Lako Superior, there are many domestic wild cats, or rather many wild cats of domestic ancestry, down In the territory west nnd north from the Gooseberry Biver. He says that they are domestic cats that have taken to tho woods for want of some other place to go, and nre making out pret ty well. Tho cruiser explains thnt ten years ago, soon after tho Nestor CRtnte be gan logging In tho vicinity of the Gooseberry river, their camps were overrun with rats, Tho rodents made such Inroads on the stores that some thing hnd to bo done. First they tried poison nnd weasels without reducing the tribe of rats appreciably. The raids on the provisions went on as before. Then the company tried cats. They advertised In the Puluth papers for to remind the camp employes that rats shipped them to the camps. In about tt?o days the only thing thnt was left to rmlnd the camp employes that rats had ever Inhabited the buildings was the mangled remains of the provisions they had destroyed before leaving or getting caught by the cats. There were too many cats after the rats were gone, and some of thera wan dered off Into the woods and when the camps were broken up a few years ago) the animals that still remained were left behind to shift for themselves. They also took to the timber for sub sistence, and the cruiser explains that many of these cats, or their descend ants, aro to be seen In tho woods on the north shore. One of the animals Is described ns coal black and In good condition, and with n coat as glossy as a seal. The animals, ns far ns they have boon observed, appear to be a lit tle larger thnn tho nverngo house cat and nnture hns provided them with a heavier nnd finer fur thnn if they hod been brought up behind some kitchen stove or before a fireplace. Dulutb News Trlhune. Hone t - of tb "Spoiled" Child. Often, writes Woods Hutchinson In tho Success Magazine, the spoiled child Is the one really best trained for life. Heal life, that Is, not the sham travesty upon it so carefully played In the nursery and the schoolroom and termed 'education.' The difference be tween a spoiled child and a well-behaved one Is chiefly a matter of frank ness of expression. The spoiled child says right out Just what he happen to think and feel, and you hear and are pained by his expressions of skep ticism, of resentment, even of re bellion. Nine times out of ten the "model" child feels exactly the same sentiments tint refrains from express ing them. Wlien the spoiled child has expressed himself It may be even Im pertinently or rebelllously the murder Is all out, tho( subject Is fairly on the carpet, and yon cnu argue the case with him on Its merits, or If It be beyond his grasp, assert your authority and ask him to trust your superior experi ence, which he usually will, nine cases out of ten. If he Is appealed to In this way. In nny case, you know the worst that Is In him nnd cnu govern yourself accordingly. Your model child may submit In silence, without discussion or remonstrance, but you may depend upon It that be will discuss the ques tion on Its merits with the nurse, or Ihe cook, or the hired man, or the bail boy In the next street; and that, whatever feelings of resentment or In-Justii-e he may smother In his own lit tle Interior, so far ns expressing them toward you is concerned, he will pass on with Interest to his puppy, his kit ten, or his younger brothers und sis ters, or playmates. A Menu lleaiark, "She says she'd rather dance than cut." "Well, I'd rather dance than eat any thing she can conk." Birmingham Age Herald. - An old man forgets how many chil dren he had five years younge t'liau his wife foi'i-ets It,