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THE GIFT OF LOVE.
When crystal gleamed In pebbles by the ea. Where you and I sought treasures In the sand Tours was the gem; the stones were left for me. When golden rays through leafy darkness shone, Where you and I went roaming hand !n hand Tours was the light; I bore the gloom alone. When blossom to that desolate bough is born. Where you and I no more In spring shall stand Tours be the sweetness; I will take the thorn. -Lawrence Alma Tadema. IN THE INTEREST OF SCIENCE. "Young man," said my host and era- loyer as we sat together on his plaz a the first evening of my arrival In Ireenfleld, "are you of an experlment 1 turn of mind?" "Why, I don't believe I understand," I began In surprise. "A doctor, of ourse " . Dr. Leavltt shook the ashes out of feits pipe and broke In: "Of course, I knew your record at the medical fcchool " "Which I wish now had been better, lr," I put In virtuously, but the doo ar smiled quizzically as he returned: "Well, my young friend, it was Just because you weren't honor man that I got you here. Wilson, do you know there Is such a thing as being too sci entific?" i I modestly replied that was an as pect of the subject I had not yet seen, the old doctor did not answer right .way, but a gleam of merriment shone rom his eyes. We smoked for a few minutes in silence. It was that time between the dark and the daylight when people who can Sfford it take their breathing spell, 'he doctor Informed me that it was is custom to smoke a pipe Just after Inner and I might bear him com pany. As I sat on the porch I had my first opportunity of looking at my new sur roundings, which were most attrac tive. A large white house with a forch faced ours across the street. Aa looked a fat blonde woman of about thirty rose from her porch-chair, came ut through her gate and walked up and down once or twice on her side pf the street. She eyed the doctor ftonlly, but I felt that she was trying o get a view of me without seeming to do so. , Presently she went in and Dr. Leav ltt looked very communicative. That," he said, "is Miss Margaret Bcott. She hasn't spoken to me for twelve years. She Just had to fome out this evening to survey the and. Mr. Wilson, that women caused the biggest spllt-up in the annals of Rye County. It's because of her that the Prices and Snows aren't on bow ing terms, and the Lords and the San borns are at 'outs.' It was your pre uecessor, Mr. Wilson, who brought bout this state of affairs. I haven't tad an assistant for twelve years now. lAH I ask of you, Mr. Wilson, is don't be too scientific." The doctor's eyes krere smiling. "I don't believe I could bo' accused of that, doctor," I modestly asserted. "Would you like to hear about it? It was this way. In the fall of '1)6 1 wanted an assistant and I sent notice to the Baltimore College, as I did in Sour case. They recommended a ames Stillman. who had done excel lent work in college, won the Euro bean fellowship, and was willing to pome to this little one-horse town to aiake a start." "Tour research work in tuberculo sis " I Interrupted, i "Had nothing to do with it," retort ed Dr. Leavltt, irritably. "Anyway, to make a long story short, Jim Still pian came and had the goods to show. He was quick, bright, genial, and had k medical grounding that was surpris ing. My wife took to him from the (Srst and be continued to improve. Ihe girls were all crazy over him, for rou may imagine that a young col lege man, good looking and smart. Eho had lived in Paris, London, and ienna, was quite some in this town. he only thing about Jim was that e dian t care a rap aDout tne gins. e'd refuse invitation after invitation card parties, dinners and dances to Itay home and smoke with me and alk over some of the late discoveries n the medical Journals. He had some rery original ideas, too. He came to lve at our house, and It my wife ranted to go to some party or other pe'd take her and call for her, but she Used to tell me she scolded him both ways for not paying more attention to he girls. The Price girls, the Kenne dy girl, and the Lords were all on kls trail, and Bessie Price was the prettiest girl in town unleas it waa puian Lord. But Jim was all for business, and he and I got to be better friends every day. Even when I waa (ailed down to Boston for a few days, iny wife said he sat and talked with tier a while every evening after din ner and then went up to his room and Studied. "When Jim had been living with me tor about six months, and doing splen Aid work, Margaret Scott came home (rom school. She had always been (airly healthy and we were shocked when her mother brought her home Before the end of the term 111. Her mother called me In ana asked me what I thought was the trouble with ber. I never saw a girl go off so. Bhe was pale and languid and had lost In weight. I tried the tuberculosis teat, but nothing there. I suggested very ailment in the almanac, but fcers was a brand new disease. I called regularly for a month and Mar garet waa no better. One day at church I always make It a point to take my assistants to church, Mr. Wil ton I saw Margaret Scott, whose another made her go to church If she was able to walk, and the poor girl looked as If she could hardly hold Her head up; bloodless, weak, shaky, tad yiin as a rail. I pointed her out a stillman and he had a look at her jareaia the aisle. Next Sunday he was ill In bed and getting paler every day. "One evening I was discussing the case with Stillman. I remember tell ing him I thought the girl waa fading away before our eyes. He said in bis quiet way that he had a theory regard ing the case and that if I would let him put it in practice he thought he could cure her. He said he had been studying the external aspect of her case for some time. So I told him to sail right in, as I'd tried and failed. He asked that I would not interfere for two weeks. After that he said I might call every Monday and see how the patient was and if there was no marked progress at the end of three weeks he would turn the case back to me. I agreed and he took It up. "He paid a lot of attention to It At first he called once a day, but at the end of the week he was driving up to the Scotts' twice a day. I supposed things were going pretty bad, but as I'd make a failure of the case, I didn't think I was the one to Interfere. "Monday I called and Margaret was sitting up in bed. 'I'm a little better, doctor,' she volunteered, and she cer tainly looked it "That afternoon I congratulated Stillman on her Improvement 'Oh, it's only begun,' he replied confident ly. "The next Monday when I called on Margaret 8cott I never would have known her. She was sitting up at her window in a pretty dressing-gown. She chatted about the girls and things, and told me she had been out In the doctor's rig that morning. "In the hall Mrs. Scott accosted me with: 'Oh, lsn;t It wonderful, doctor? No drugs, either. He tells her to eat and drink what she wants.' "I confess I was rather sore over it But Stillman had such a frank, nice way of putting things to me. He said It was Just a little experiment of his and he hoped it would be successful as ho had been working it out for about six years. "I was called to Boston for three days and I dropped in to see how Mar- aa afteraoon chat also. And the way that girl sat up and took notice Indi cated that she needed the heart Inter est all right. I-nut week I got to the flower-sending stage. " 'Yesterday I wanted to test her strength. I asked her to play tennis with me all morning, lunch wth me at the clubhouse, and go on a tramp In the woods In the afternoon. And, by Jove! even after all that she was as fresh as a daisy!' For a moment a gleam of professional pride lit up his gloomy face. "'Look here,' said I, putting my hand on his shoulder and looking him square In the eye. 'If you made love to that girl ' I suppose I was awfully nice to he said, after a pause. "But I her,' "LISTEN TO THIS!" garet Scott wa9 getting on Friday evening Instead of Monday. She was positively blooming! In an evening gown of some kind of pink stuff with a bunch of violets at her belt She smiled and looked positively charming. I say 'charming' because any young person who is the picture of health is more or less charming. I compliment ed her on her looks and it seamed to please her mightily. " 'She's feeling as well as she looks, too, doctor,' her mother smiled and purred up at me. The woman Is a per fect cat. 'Perhapa when you come back, doctor, she'll have something to tell you.' "I went straight to my train, but those worda of Mrs. Scott's ran in my head all the way to Boston. If I hadn't had to fight death for three days and nights I'd have taken the time off to write Jim, but money now wasn't any too plentiful at our house and tele grams cost I hooted the Idea and dis missed It. She wasn't his kind. "When J got home Jim wasn't there in the rig to meet me, but I saw a fanner I knew and he dropped me on his way home. The first thing he said waa: 'I heard young Dr. Sttllman's goln' to marry Widow Scott's daugh ter, Margie.' "He esemed to be waiting for me to say something, but I never opened my mouth on that drive. So Jim Still man had passed by Susan Lord and Bessie Price and had been roped In by Margaret Scott My clever Jim's ca reer ruined by a fool of a wife. I was silently haranguing on the villainies of designing females against my un suspecting young friend when we ar rived at our gate. Before I had reach ed the house Jim came out to meet me. 'Jim,' I said, holding out my hand to him, 'it's not true, Is it?' "For answer the poor boy picked up my valise and led the way to the ar bor. "'Doctor,' said the poor chap, 'I'm in a devil of a mess.' '"I know If " The deuce you do. It is already spread over seven counties.' " 'Sit down, Jim.' "'It was this way, doctor. I always had since I entered college this theory that some people need a heart inter est One of my cousins was that kind and a fellow who lived In our town, never happy unless he had some girl he was taking to parties, sending can dy to and who was interested in him " 'I saw Miss Scott, who, between you and me, hasn't any too much sense, moping and pining and thought I'd try my experiment on her. I felt sorry tor her case and thought the cure was worth the remedy. I tried for a week being very agreeable and attentive to her and she seemed to lnv prcv. Than I look to dropping In tor never proposed. I never did do that, on my honor. Oh, it's an awful mix up.' " 'Keep cool, Jim, and tell me this aren't you In love with her?" " 'No.' " 'But you certainly were In love with her for the moment.' " 'No, I never was not for one mo ment' "This astounding statement from Jim Stillman fell like a thunderbolt And I knew he spoke the truth. "'Maybe you lost your head and proposed,' I suggested Inanely. "That will happen sometimes.' " 'Nothing like that for me,' said Jim with fierce conviction. " 'I don't know how it waa, doctor, but I felt from her manner at lunch eon that she wanted the people at the clubhouse to know I was Interested. She was looking as well and healthy as possible and I determined to let her gently down. For, to tell the truth, I waa about sick of spending two hours a day on giggles and gur gles. Her little air of proprietorship made me tired, but somehow I couldn't tell her. On our walk she ran on about things and seemed to take It so for granted that I Just couldn't tell her Just then, but I shut up like a clam and resolved to let it die a slow death so aa not to hurt her feelings.' "That was so like Jim that I half smiled. "'Well, we got through that walk and I was Just shaking hands with her la her hall when her mother ap peared and Margaret excused herself to take off her hat " 'Mrs. Scott and I were alone. She made some remark about Margie and me being bo suited to one another, or something like that And the first thing I knew she was leaning on my shoulder dramatically beseeching, "Oh, doctor, be good to my child al ways, always." " 'I don't remember what I said Just then, but if I ever longed to strangle a human being, it was that purring, clinging old cat I suppose it waa brutal, but I came out and told her that I had never been In love with her daughter, was not now, and never would be. " ' "But your attentions," she hiss ed. "She never had any other gentle man show her such attentions, buggy riding and violets. Your attentions 1 "Were In the interest of science," said I cold-bloodedly. "I cured your daughter. From the sick girl she was less than a month ago she is now the picture of health. You will admit that." " ' "Yes." she snapped, and I never saw a human being so bottled up with rage. ' "The case Is dismissed, Mrs. Scott," said I shortly. "You forced me to this declaration. Good afternoon." ' "Dr. Stltaian," she fairly scream ed at me, "you're a brute a horrid brute. I shall ruin your reputation in Greenfield. I'll publish you as a trlfier with my girl's affections and a murderer. I'll have this case taken up. Margie will die and you will be her murderer." " 'Doctor, I was so furious I never thought what I said, and I retorted and left the house. This was my part ing shot: "She won't die. That's part of the theory. Pride will bolster her up." I left the house and came home, and after dinner every one in Green field knew all about It and more too. Isn't it a mess, though?' 'Romance versus science,' I re marked. 'Don't Joke, doctor," begged the poor chap. 'This morning I made my calls and the Kennedys sent their maid down with a note from Mrs. Kennedy, saying she didn't need my services any longer. Half the people I bowed to cut me dead. The Joneses, the Wllcoxes, and the Lords all passed me by no, not all of the.m either,' he finished. 'Miss Susan Lord came up and spoke in a very friendly way.' The poor boy said It gratefully, with out one ,'llnt of humor." Dr. Leavltt paused and puffed his pipe. "How did it turn out?" I Inquired. "Well, Dr. Wilson, it's a queer world. Science isn't as popular as ro mance. Will you believe It, Stlllman's practice fell off and people were cut ting him on all sides. All Greenfield was lined up in one faction or another and things got so hot I advised him to leave go somewhere else and he did. I hated to lose him, for he was a medical genius, thoroughly scientific. I believed his story and do to this day. My wife aides with the Scotts." "And the cure?" I asked. "Was that permanent?" "As you see. Margaret Scott droop ed for about ten days, then decided pride waa the best shoulder brace, and has never been ill since. She has put on flesh steadily. Now you know the greatest event in Greenfield history. But," concluded Dr. Leavltt, "I always regretted that fellow Jim Stillman. He was, aa I said, a medical genius. And now I must get to work." About a month later Doctor Leavltt came into the dining-room with a let ter In his hand. "Letter frocn Jim Stillman." he cried, excitedly. "Humph!" And Mrs. Leavltt Btopped pouring the tea. "I hope it Is acine thlng to his credit thle time." The doctor scanned the close writ ten page-. "He's married." "I hope." remarked Mrs. Learitt I wKa a malice of whlofe I aevw thought her capable, 'he' a widow with a past, with ten cuildi'en for him to support." "Listen to thle!" There was triumph In the doctor's tone. "'You may be in terested to know that I was married last week to Miss Reglna Elizabeth Quackenbush, head of the department of science at Wellenmore College. Miss Quackenbush recently secured her Ph. D. for her exhaustive treatise on "The Absorptive Spectrum of Chlorine and the Polybaale Acids of Menlty- lene." She Is a thoroughly sclentlflo woman who ' " and hero followed three-quarters of a page expounding her virtues. Terhais," observed Mrs. Leavltt acidly, "a real scientific woman can get along with Jim, but all the same I wish she had been a ballet dancer! San Francisco Argonaut ROMANCE OF THE RINO. flaad Ilaa Been Worn on the Flacrr from Knrlleat Tiin, In many lands and through many agea a ring has been the symbol of marriage. Young folk are seldom much In love with antiquities, but here is an exception to the rule, for there are few things older than the wedding ring, and In it young people have not yet lost their interest. There has been much outcry against rings political, but here is the all-dominating, all-attractive, most influential of mergers, and of all combinations the hardest to break. Finger rings have boen used as orna ments from the earliest times, write Dr. G. Chapman Jones in the House keeper. There Is a Greek story of the origin of their use. Jupiter chained Prometheus to A rock in the Caucasus, where a vulture preyed on his liver, which grew again each night. After 2.500 years of this chronic liver trou ble Jupiter released him, but ordered he Bhould wear on his finger an Iron ring, having attached to It a piece of the rock, so that the deity might keep his oath of perpetual Imprisonment. Hence the use of rings of metal with Jewels. Rings seem to have been among the first trinketa given and prized. They were tokens of trust, Insignia of com mand, rank and honor, pledges of faith and alliance. They have also been badges of servitude. Illustrating the proverb that extremes meet. Pharaoh gave his ring to Joseph In token of delegated authority. The oldest rings now In existenoe came from Egypt, having been originally placed on the fingers of the dead. The moat Interesting ring In the world, at least to antiquarians. Is the ring of Cheops, who built the great pyramid. It la of fine gold, weighing about the same as three $5 gold pieces. In early Roman times the ring was worn on the fourth finger of the left hand, from a belief that a vein passed from It direct to the heart. An old Jewish legend tells us that Tubal Cain, the first of metal workers, made the first ring for his wife. The earli est marriage ring of which we have any authentic record is mentioned In scripture, where the ahy and gentle Isaac placed a ring on the face, prob ably the nose, of the ln-no-wlse. reluc tant Rebekah. Isaac was always timid and he would surely have managed the delicate matter more appropriately himself. pAFElS B.E PEOPLE SAMARITAN TOOK CHANCES. Whrn You Try to Save s Woman I.lfe Don't I)lrrane Her Hair. The Spectator knows a slangy young collegian who says the Good Samaritan was a confoundedly lucky fellow to have got off without having his head punched, according to the Outlook. This phlllstlne state of mind dates from that particular collegian's im promptu entrance Into the life-caving business. He was In Boston he wears the Harvard crimson on his hat band strolling up Tremont street, when there was an alarm of fire. The chief's wagon had dashed by and that hoarse shouting, hatless firemen who clears the way for the ladder truck and al ready the peculiar thrilling ring and rattles of engines could be heard as the department swung out of Mason etreet Into Tremont, when a woman, with the desperate homing Instinct of a distracted hen, started to cross the street A hundred voices shrieked, "Look out!" Our collegian saved his breath. , Dashing out, he seized that woman round the walat and hurled himself and her toward the curb. As they fell sprawling among the crowd the department thundered by. Our heiro picked himself u, expect ing to be overwhelmed . with thanks. Not - Mt of it! The rescued lady wore Hjfera 1 footbath for a hat, mount- 94 sui amazing erection of puffs and curTs. The edlfloe had suffered In the fall. Wherefore she turned upon her preserver and linguistically rent him limb from limb. No lady? Oh, yes, she was. That's the curious part of it. But her nervous system and her vanity had had a sudden Jolt and sput tering waa the natural reaction. No doubt she remember that Harvard man In her prayers. But not by name, for the abashed youth disappeared with what alacrity he could, convinced tiiat you had better let a woman die a dozen deaths than disarrange her back hair. Juat aa Daacrlbed. Excited Fisherman (to country ho- telkeeper) There Isn't a bit of fishing about here! Every brook has a sign warning people off. What do you mean by luring anglers here with the promise of fine fishing? Hotelkeeper I didn't say anything about fine fishing. If you read my ad vertisement carefully you will see that what I said was "Fishing Unapproach able." Tit-Bits. llraril at lloma. Mrs. Flxem I don't see what you men find in your club. Mr. Flxem It's what we don't find. Ally Sloper's. Politeness is to be admired, of course, but it doesn't amount to much In the business world unless combined with Industry. There are all sorts of people. We Ihave known Invalids who mua4 proud of their ailments. I n ft WHY THE UNIVERSE WILL NEVER DIE. By F. O. Henkel. On philosophic grounds Herbert Speacer was convinced there must be cycles of growth and decay In the evolution of the universe. More over, it may be asked, how is it that the uni verse la not dead already? If It has existed from eternity there has been an Infinite time for this dissipation to take place. On the other hand, we may say that nothing what ever can be postulated, as to an Infinite uni verse at all, except that It be Infinite, the dissipation of its energy must take an Infinite time, and so the death of the universe will never come oft at all. Though it is true that tbe suns of the universe are growing colder by radiation, thin radiant energy is ab sorbed and preserved by the dark stars, and the nebula) at low temperature. Of recent years it has been shown that the quantity of dark and faintly luminous mntter In the part of the universe which alone we can reach with our telescopes Is far greater than was formerly supposed to be the case. Photographs of regions of the ky taken after long exposures have revealed the exist once of nebulous matter utterly unknown before. Under the Influence of gravitation matter tends to concentration in vast centers, but this Is counteracted by the scattering aotlon of the light pressure. This idea, of the balancing of contrary tendencies Is ancient, and we well remember being told of the two "forces, at traction and repulsion, by which the world Is kept go ing." The philosophic notion is at least as old as Aris totle. "Solar systems are evolved from nebulas nebulas In their turn are produced by the collision of suns." Ik SO YOU KNOW HOW TO SAVE MONEY? By John A. Howland. Almost universally the knowledge of how to save enters Into the modern formula for suc cess, and the question of method and ways and means to saving is open to discussion. If "keeping" every possible piece of money com ing into one's possession may be mlserllneas, there must be some phase of saving that is reprehensible. In my ' experience of men I have seen enough examples of arrested business development brought about by early savings to bring the point strongly home to me. Through hoarding earnings and perhaps making a few early ventures in speculative chances that proved successful, many a young man has acquired a bank account that was beyond his capacity to appreciate. His normal friends, looking on with both envy and admiration, have helped him to lose his head. His precocious pride has been pricked until the thought of chance of losing that which he has accumulated be comes impossible to him. The spirit of the miser Is aroused In him. Whatever his business ability may have been, It is arrested in Its development Everywhere, in every phase of life, the experienced, thoughtful person is confronted with the problem of saving. It isn't wholly the question, "Can I afford to spend?" Quite as frequently It Is the questlor., "Can I afford to save?" Wisdom is necessary to the answer ing. "Wasting at the spigot and saving at tbe bung" Is one of the old, old similes which approximates the meat of the whole attention of savin?. Each man must ask himself how much and when and where be shall save. But wisdom and experience must dictate the satisfac tory answer. WOMAN NOW COMING INTO HER OWN. By Ad May Krecker. This is woman's age In part because It is an age when the finer forces that women use and the sweeter Ideals that they love are be ing valued by the world. In a word, the spir itual and the esthetic forces were latent in cruder ages, but now are beginning to operate. Music baa been a costly Indulgence, a soft pleasure, with little, if any, hard work to do. Every girl has been expected to play the piano or to sing as a part of her education, which has been ornamental rather than useful. But music has a function of much grandeur and dignity to fulfill. Tbe old Greeks knew this and used music to cure dis ease, to calm troubled spirits, to purify and uplift the mind. Their Ideas are reviving. The therapeutic ralno of sweet sounds and harmonies Is being appreciated. And the power of music to convey subtle and exalted thought is being realized. "Music begins where words leave off." All the woman nature which lay dormant to a de gree, unutilized, unrecognized, misunderstood through the base, brutish ages, Is now awakening and beginning to energize in the gentler times when Its subtle power and sweetness have a legitimate place. , is MYSTERIOUS DISEASE AMONG CHILDREN. By Dr. II award L. Mart la. A mysterious new disease designated by the profession as "infantile paralysis" has lately Wen spreading among the very young children of Kansas, Iowa and Nebraska. The disease, though suggestive In some of its phases of meningitis, must not be confounded with that more malignant malady. Few of the babies that have been affected with pa ralysis have died, but In meningitis there is always a big percentage of mortality. This new aliment ; begins with a fever, Is succeeded by vomiting and sharp pains of the stomach and completes Its evil work by at tacking the spinal cord, causing a paralysis of the legs and other muscle groups. The suffering, when death does not ensue, usually lasts for several weeks; then it goes away, but the paralysis continues. So far, It does not appear to be contagious, as frequently only one child In a large family will be attacked. There Is hardly any doubt, though, of its being Infectious. Up to this time no child has recovered the use of Its limbs, and the doc tors are at their wits' ends trying to find the cause ot the disease and Its cure. A MAN WHO "MOVED ON." ttTtttttTtTTTTT'rrrTTTyi'TTT A youth who, as early In life as be la a free man, decides to "work for himself," often lays the foundation of a fortune sooner than his comrade who la willing to occupy a more do pendent position. One man, now a very rich cattleman of Texas, possess ing lands which are more than sutll clent in extent to make a German prin cipality, owed his independent start In life to an uncomplimentary remark which his mistress made about him. The man, who was a poor farmer's boy in Rhode Island before the Civil War, went to the Southwest to seek his fortune while he was still a callow youth. But although he was callow he was extremely long-legged, . and this circumstance won him immedi ately the name of "Shanghai," by which he was almost exclusively known to his friends In that part of the world. He himself now tells how, on his arrival In Texas, he went to work for a farmer who had several slaves. There was no one on the place except Shanghai and a negro named Pete who could ride a certain horse, and It often fell to Shanghai's lot to mount this fractious beast. But one day It happened that when Pete was on the horse, It threw him and then fell on him. This happened near the planter's house. Tbe planter and his wife and several attendants ran out to the as sistance of the negro, who appeared to be dead. As soon as she saw the slave lying sonseless, the woman cried out: "O dear, how unfortunate! There's an elght-hundred-dollar negro killed! Now If It had only been Shanghai, It wouldn't have made any difference." Shanghai was In hearing of this eminently economic remark, and he at once said to himself, "If I'm not worth as much as a negro slave, I guess I'll move on to some place where I can make myself worth It." He "moved on" to the plains, en gaged at first In a small way In the cattle business, later furnished cattle In great quantities to the Confederate army during the war, and eventually grew very rich. DR. MOTHER. A Hhockrd Spot. The London Chronicle says that two Englishmen recently touring In Scot land found that Sabbatarianism oc casionally extends to tbe middle of the week. They were forced by the weath er to take refuge in a small country hotel and after lunch adjourned to tbe billiard room to kill time until the rain stopped. Tbe game had hardly started when the landlord entered In a very drunken condition, upbraided his visitors for their unseemly conduct and Insisted on their leaving the bil liard room. They received profuse apologies from the landlady. Her hus band always got drunk on Sundays, she explained, but, mistaking the day, he had got drunk on Thursday in stead, and from force of habit, believ ing It was Sunday, had been shocked it the click of the billiard balls. Mildew. An easy method of removing mil dew Is to place the article In a warm oven for a tew moments and then brush it. Don't bank on the veracity of any woman who tells a man ha Is handsome ' S. --- JT A - Mi 1 T$4WJ I WONDBB 3PELL. TOE WEAVING- OK TJOVris A little wound, a little ache, A little blistered thumb to take With touch of love and make It well These things require a mother's spell. Ah, sweet the progress of the skill That science brings unto the ill I Vast range of methods new and fine; But when our little ones repine. The mother is the very best Of doctors Into service p rest I Sunshine and air and mother's spell Of helping little lads get well, And helping little lassies, too Here are three remedies that do So much more, often, than the grave, Skilled hands that try so hard to save. For Dr. Mother, don't you know, Qlves something more than skill gives so Much of herself; oh, so much Of love's sweet alchemy of touch! Upon a little ward-room bed A little curl-encircled head, A little slender hand and pale, A little lonesome, homesick wall. Loved nursing best of skill and car. But oh, behold the wonder there When Dr. Mother, bearing sun From where the winding roses run, Leans down with hungering love and klsst There is no medicine like this! In little child-heart's hour of woe. Rain, ache or life-wound's throb an4 throe The Dr. Mother knows so well The weaving of love's wonder-spell- Just what the little heart requires; Just how to cool the fever fires; Just how much tenderness and cheer Will calm the little doubt and fear; How much of tenderness will ease Alona she knows such arts as these! Baltimore Sun. ENGLISH SCHOOLS. Quaint Cuatoma That Are Main talned with HeII-lona fare. The head muster of Manchester Grammar School, In a speech at Roch dale, referred to a custom at Rugby School which forbids a boy of less than three years' standing to turn up his trousers and insists on his doing so after that period. The custom Is only a minor Instance of the quaint practices that exist at all the great public schools in Eng land and are maintained with relig ious care, though in many cases their origin is obscure or unknown. The Shrove Tuesday tossing of the pan cake at Westminster School, with its ensuing scramble for the largest frag ment, which gains for Its possessor a guinea from the dean, is perhaps the boat known among them. A curious custom at Marlborough requires every hoy to bring to school with him a cuhhlon, technically termed a "klsh" with the "I" long. This article is his inseparable companion in school time and, In addition to the ordinary func tions ot a cushion, Is employed to car ry books from one form room to an other. ' At Shrewsbury School, at the be ginning ot each term, "hall elections" aro held for the posts of hall crier, hall constable, hall postman and hall scavengers. The genial brutality of youth often selects for the position of hall crier either the most nervous boy in the school or one who Is afflicted with a stammer. The new boy In the schoohouse at Rugby Is early called upon to-take hla part In "house singing." At this funo tion, which is held la one of the dor mitories, he has to render a song Ut the satisfaction of his audience, the, penalty being the swallowing of a mouthful of soapy water. Another ancient school custom is the parade ot the Christ's hospital blue coat boys before the Lord Mayor at the Mansion House on St Matthew's day, when the "Grecians," who corre spond to "sixth formers" elsewhere, re ceive a guinea each and the rank and file of the school are presented with) new shillings. London Mall, Su Tbt Goaalp. Nell She's an awful gossip. tolls everything she hears. Belle Oh, she tells more than that. Philadelphia Record. Tbe youth who can afford a motor boat doesn't have to paddle his owa cauoa.