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CTREE RUBENS UNDER HAMMER.
Art Collection of t'.pcenlrlc Hermans l.lnde in He Sold ftoon. It falls to the publli- administrator of tho county of New York to scatter 'the collection of old masters on which Herman Llnde so s?t his heart that ha died In destitution rather than dis pose of even one of his precious can vases. Among the 121 pictures which are to be sold at tho 6th avenue auction rooms are three attributed to Rubens, for which shortly before be died Mr. Llmle refused $130,000, as Is shown by a letter found among his effects. The entire collection Is said to be worth half a million dollars, the Now York Herald says, and once In an ecstasy of enthusiasm over some new find the c: centric owner declared that he would not take a million for his art;s'!-- possessions. Or ilo three canvases which seem the v.:. t important there Is good rea son to believe that one, at least, "The Fe;it of Uerod," Is the work of the noted Flemish Muster, Peter Paul Ru bens, while tho others may be of his school cr by students who filled In from his sketches. Several experts haw even expressed the opinion that the Lead of "The Sorrowing Magda- len" v. :is actually painted by Rubeni himself. It would no hard to get together a more variegated assemblage of worthies and unworthles than Mr. Llmle collected In his life. He was a Shake spearc an reader and he had been known to recite entire plays of the bard cf Avon. He gave recitations In his palmy days at Stelnway Hall and, despite, tho grotesqueness of his man ner. his zealous appreciation of the genius of the dramatist drew large an dier.ecs. Mr. Undo inherited a small fortuno and invested it in pictures, good, bad and Indifferent. Some be acquired In out-of-the-way shops, others at auo tion-j and many in his trips to Eu rope. Occasionally he would make an iir.v,ovtant find. Mr. Linde brought suit against the estate of the late Coliis P. Huntington sewn yens fit-'o for $6,000, the price ol an nile;;ed Correggio, but was unable to recover sr.ythlng. lie became fond er cf his cf.llect.ion with the flight of years and cherished the nmbltlon that he might establish a museum where it could be shown to those willing to pay a Kinall fee for admission. His Idol was the small Rubens representing "Tho Feast of Herod," which, what ever lis origin may be, is certainly meritorious work of art. SHOUT METEB SE2M0NS. Social progress and religious prog ress should go hand In hand Rev. C S. S. Dutlon, Unitarian, Brooklyn. There is no other happiness in this world than that obtained by compan ionship with God. Rev. Dr. Duval, Presbyterian, 'Winnipeg. No matter how small you . start, If you increase one atom every day you will nemo day fill the whole uni verseRev. J. H. Denison, Congrega tionalism, Boston. A mind may be so stored with knowledge and yet have no system of thinking. Knowledge is the raw ma terial of an education. Rev. J. W. Francis, Presbyterian, Parkersburg, Va. Religion Is the outward act by which man indicates his recognition of a God, having power over his destiny and to whom allegiance, service and honor is due. Rev. A. W. Ivin3, Mormon, Salt Lake City. The employing class often have nough power not only to enable them to secure justice, but to compass i'.i their own interests injustice for the poor. Rev. J. E. McConnell, Congr gationalist, Providence. A man's desires and needs are ever lor better things and the yearning be gets its own fulfillment. The same power that Implanted the wish will not fail to satisfy it. Rev. R. Stuart, Unitarian, Detroit. Some of the music I have heard has made me feel like hitting some hody. 1 refer to hyenns and songs that go droning along and put nearly every hodv to sleet). Rev. J. A. Mllburn Congregatlonallst, Chicago. The real Christians of the present age are. not half so much interested in establishing the universality of the deluge, as they are In removing tha nresent universal deluge of sin. Rev C. C. Pierce, Baptist, Los Angeles. The things granted to us all, with out partiality, by providence by our asking and knocking are the spiritual possessions which are the unfailing iuh nf real success in life. Rev. H Vrooman, Presbyterian, Providence. The prosperity of labor and capital Is inter-dependent. One cannot sub sist without tho other, any more than the brain could live without the sup port of the stomach, the heart, the liver and the other organs. Cardinal Gibbons, Roman Catholic, Baltimore. The Seclflculln. Lady (prospecting for a cook) Now, I want a girl who will be able to think for herself; one that I won have to watch and correct every min ute of the day. I want one in whom I can repose perfect confidence, sure that she will get the meals at the time and in the way I like them, want a cook Superintendent Intelligence Office Excuse me, ma'am, but you don' want a cook. V.'nat you want is fairy godmother. Puck. I)ec-r!ttlve. "What kind of lookin:; girl Is thU to whom you have bnome engaged?' asks the old cigar manufacturer of li la son, who has come home from college with the glad news. "Oh, she's a leader!" enthusiastic ally replies the youth. "Colorado Claro , hair and a panateiia shape, dad!" Judge. What has beco:ue of the old-fash loned man who waxed his mustache into a horizontal line dividing the north and south portions-of hi3 faceT Occasionally a good woman lift man from the gutter, but more often the lob li turned over to a policemaa. ML VVMMJmU M V1S HAT the divorce rate Is higher in the United States than any other country excelling Japan may no doubt surprise the many who have never given tho matter any serious thought. Dur ing the years 18tt0 to 11)00 the increase in our country was three times the rale of population, against two and two-thirds lor the ten preceding years. This would mean that one out of every sixteen marriages was disrupted In the divorce courts, X mm and to-day the average is even greater, one in every twelve. South Carolina 13 the only State in the Union that makes no provision in its statutes for divorce and it records fewer marriages. The west and the middle west are tho divorcing states. The State of Washington reaches the highest mark of all, while Montana tallies second, Texas third and Indiana outrauked Illinois letween the years 1890 and 1900. The most frequent grounds are cruelty and desertion, and women do most of the divorcing. Back of these facts and figures lie the cause for this increase In the annulment of the marriage tie. Who is the most to blame, the man or the woman? The man, it would seem at first glance, since woman does most of the divorcing. She instinctively prefers the home and maternity to outside interests, despite statistics and fig ures that would seem to tell another story. Woman is essenially volatile and plastic from years of necessary depend ence. She is by instinct and training economical and conservative; so much depends upon her the judicious management of the home, the wise control of the children and their proper training. Was It not an all wise Providence that made, protected and supported females, the mothers of children? Civil- . lzation and society were formed for woman, by man, in his desire to shield and protect her from stress of business and the conditions that differentiate her frcm her sex. There were three things woman used to take hard (like whooping cough In old ase), and they were religion, matrimony and love. Something has transpired to change her Ideas, for the old fashioned gospel of lifo is no longer fashionable. Matrimony Is now considered nn episode, a thing with which to juggle. Religion is a story of the past and love has as many names and guises as the fertile imagination can conjure. What haa taken the place of the old-time friends that were more than anything else responsible for tho character of the nation? For every gain there is a meas ured loss, as we outstrip the waiting things about U3. Every desirable con dition is attained at the expense of something less desirable, and vice versa. There Is more of wealth, luxury, pleasure and more evidence of things mate rial in the world to-day than ever before. We all know what woman considers the Chicago Inter Ocean asks, what of man? Has he any rights? Can they be found, and, if so, could they bo determined in the present unsettled con ditions? Will ho continue to meekly support a hustling, voting, masculine wife?' One who does not trust him sufficiently to let him care for her best interests yithout her interference? What has been the Incentive for man's 16 CUTS DOWN PRICE Purveyors to England's Monarch Are Restricted to a Profit of io Per Cent. EDWARD MAKES A SCHEDULE. His Majesty Sees Tradesmen Supply Wholesalers' Bills for Purposes of Comparison. It may be hardly credible, but it Is the fact that while the struggling citizens of America are being forced to pay exorbitant profits on the neces saries of life the King of England permits none of his tradesmen to charge him more than allows them a profit of 10 per cent, the New York World says. They can like It or leave it, but those are his terms. In the days of Her Majesty Queen Victoria, who was given the reputa tion of being stingy, because she never gave anything away, the royal trad ers had an easy time. And they mado hay while their sun shone. They lit tle dreamed," though, of the severe day reckoning that wa3 coming. The distance from the railroad s'a- tiou to the castle at Windsor ia lees than halt a mile. The hill to the castle is rather steep, so most of the hotel carriages have two horses. The fare for such a vehicle is half a dollar. For the ordinary one-horse cab the fare Is only 23 cents. The charge to her maje&ty when she ordered a carrlago from a hotel to bring a guest from the station to the castle was $2.30. Edward VII. allows Instead of $2.50 just 81 cents. He says that Is too much,. but allows the extra few cents because ho insists on the hotel keep ing horses such as his master of the horse will pass as respectable-looking and maintaining a stable of them all tie year round, whether they are want ej or not. There Is in England a great desire to supply the king. It Is one of the best possible forms of adver tisement. His maje&ty makes the tradesmen pay for it. A royal order is always given on large and beautiful specially engraveu paper. Hut pre viously the tradesman Is granted a WITH THE SAGES. The descent to hell Is easy. Virgil. Foster the beautiful, and every hour thou callest new flowers to birth. Schiller. Eat not thy heart; which forbids to afflict our souls and waste them with vexatious cares. Plutarch. He who glVio better homes, better books, better tools, a fairer outlook and a better hope, him will we crown with laurels. Emerson. TOP fh'P VIM M Divorce Evil GiowsSltIdzte United Staes Leads flfonld t In Marital Separations mth Exception TO -ZOO tt4 ZOO -TO JOO lA iOO -TO foo VOO ANO. OVER QYZr6cr as her rights, absolute equality, but, SHORT time ago W. O. Maglnnls, the wireless operator, step ped to his key on the sinking Kentucky, and sent out the signal "S. O. S.," the International wireless distress call. Be fore the water reached the dynamos his cr"y for help was heard. The Mallory liner Alamo, guided by information furn ished by tho operator, located the Kentucky and rescued her company Just before the steamship went down. This happen A 1111 ed near Diamond Shoals, down the Southern Atlantic coast of the United States, and before morning came the story of the rescue was told ashore, and "S. O. S.," the new ambulance call of the sea, was made famous. The story of that rescue has been duplicated a number of times since the wlre lesa became a feature of the equipment of nearly every passenger-carrying vessel which puts to sea. A decade spans the development cf applied wireless, and even now, when it has not reached a perfected state, it has not only become a com mercial factor, but if haa robbed the sea of half its terror. Accidents which in the not so long ago were of the gravest sort and meant not only sleep less nights to the officers and passengers, but days of heart-breaking toll to the men, have become but exciting incidents of an ocean voyage. The sinking of the White Star liner Republic made, the distress signal "C. Q. D." a by-word around the world. "C. Q." is the call meaning to stand by or to give attention. In continental news services where several "royal warrant," which Is something to frame and preserve as an heirloom. That enables him to put the royal coat of nrms up over his store window and eAerybody else rushes In, since what tho king buys must necessarily be the best. But his majesty has a schedule of profits. It was drawn up actually by himself. In that schedule is the amount of profit to be permitted to every class of tradesmen. On gro ceries the profit allowed . is only 5 per cent. On meat It is 10 per cent. Soaailvd I.Ike Smoke. "Isn't It disgraceful tho way women smoke nowadays?" "Why?" "I Just saw an advertisement offer lnK to any woman six puffs for a dol lar." Purple Cow. Ilackleaa Driving.' "What is the matter? I. see you've got your hand In a sling?" "Reckless driving." "Horse?" "No, nail." Tit BIta AIOTFPP mm ar t ii ii tMt.m a a u i sm c- i m endless striving through the ages? Has it not been for tho benefit of woman, to give her more of every desirable thing? If this be po, then what Is the cause of the deplorable Increase In divorce statistics? Man knows aa well a3 woman that the cause of one means tho ultimate cause of many, so closely haa the human family been united. That woman Bhould establish her ldei tlty by becoming a part of tho great plan has been conceded from the begin ning. That she should become a seeker along all the avenues of learning Is as It should be, but the wild struggle for equality will reduce her to the ranks where romance, chivalry and tho finer ethics of deportment will no longer be deemed a necessary part of man's training. Will he meekly con tinue to support a hustling, voting wife? One who does not trust him to care for her best interests without her supervision? Will he be agreeable when he brushes cheek by jowl with hla wife, sister, mother or daughter at the polls? A womanly woman has always been considered the fairest gift to man. A masculine woman Is as bad, or even worse, than an effeminate man. When woman grows Indifferent or unappreclatlve man becomes neglectful, then sooner or later deserts the woman who no longer appeals to him, or re lies on him for anything but material support. When he does not do this he becomes cruel and resorts to brute force, the primitive method of subduing tho weaker one. This may in a measure account for the most frequently named grounds for divorce 1. e., "deseratlon and cruelty." The home has been and ever should be considered supremo. It has been the one substantial, tangible thing around which our present form of gov ernment, our civilization, has been built. When the home is divided It means disruption. It' woman can adjust herself to the new conditions of her creat ing the clubs, polls, etc. it ought to be an easy matter to understand the temperament of the man she has chosen to be the parent of her children and a possible life companion. Her place outside the home, her economic value In the region of man's heretofore undisputed realm, has not yet been eatab lished, or, If bo, It has been grudgingly conceded 'by man. Why? He considers her a home product, a home producer. Lack of sympathetic understanding in each other's ambitions, endeavors, desires Is the paramount cause for three-quarters of the unhappy marriages. The ambitions 'of one may increase while the other remains satisfied with old customs, old condi tions. Sentiment, temperament, tastes, plans, even one's conception of love, life, futurity, death may change while the other one resolutely adheres to old theories. Under these conditions, any one of them ia sufficiently strong to disturb the harmony of a perfect understanding. Thoughts become diver sified, antagonism enters into the scheme of things and happiness, the one condition to which all humanity is forever striving to attain, becomes re mote, temporarily, at leaat, and the divorce courts hear the plea of two more misunderstood creatures who desire to be freed from the irksome bonds of matrimony. Ills majesty held that the grocer could keep, his supplies without deteriora tion if they were not sold, but the butcher could not and so required the higher profit. Ten per cent is, however, the limit. The Jewelers waited on the lord cham berlain and protested that they had so few customers, compared with the butcher and the vegetable dealer, they were bound to have at least 30 per cent. "Not from me," the king Is reported to have said when the lord chamber LITTLE THINGS WORTH KNOWING Steamship working hours are four on and eight off to the end ot the voy age. The Cundarderj serve broken bits of butter-scotch candy along with the afternoon tea aboard ship. In a turbine steamship the rhythmic thumping of the pistons disappears, and instead the engine give out a thin soprano song that rises or falls In key with the speed, sometimes sug gesting a continuous squeal. operators are on a loop the call "C. Q." signifies that a message Is coming through for all operators to take. It saves time. The Marconi Company uses It as a general call for atten tion. They added the letter "D" to the combination. TBla stands for dan ger and Is the signal of danger demanding that every operator stop all busi ness and prepare to receive message to follow. The "S. O. 8." is the wireless distress signal provided for In the service regulations of the International Wireless Telegraph convention adopted at Berlin in 1900. The combination of letters have no especial significance except that they are easy to sound and click out Btrong and are easily read. What happens on a disabled steamship after the "S. O. S." call has been sent out? There Is little 6f the hysterical terror of old-time shipwrecks, for there is always the assurance that help is coming, and the story as told by the wireless messages Is one of calm seamanship which brings relief to passengers and inspires the men to work. The story of the saving of the sinking Kentucky on Feb. 4 Is a straight away tale of an operator who sat at his key until the water reached the dynamos and shut off the power. "8. O. S." "S. O. S." was the call he sent through the air, while below him the men were working with might and main to keep the fast-filling vessel afloat until help came. "S. O. S." "S. O. 8." Maglnnls kept clicking away, and then, when hope seemed lowest, came the answer. The steamship Alamo, bound down coast, had caught the cry. "the trouble?" was the fragment of tho first call Maglnnls got when he snapped the re ceivers on his ears. It was enough. His call had been heard. Then, frantically, he told what had happened and that help was neoded. The Alamo was ninety miles away, and the next message from her was for the Kentucky's position. "We have changed our course," was the next comforting message, and soon after the water reached the dynamos, and tho vessel, so low in the w ater that the winter seas broke over her, wallowed through the water with the crew at the rail waiting for the Alamo to come. She got there in time. The boats from the Kentucky were lowered at 1:30 o'clock In the afternoon! At 3:00 p. m. the Alamo was alongside. Ten minutes later the Alamo was, under way and the Kentucky left a fast sinking derelict. lain urged the petition of the Jewelers. And they didn't. Ten per cent Is all they get. His majesty takes care to see that his 10 per cent Is only 10 per cent. Whenever a bill is presented for pay ment tho tradesman has to produce with it his own wholesale bills. The price that goes on the royal bill has to be only Just so much more than what the tradesman has paid himself as the rate on the profit schedule al lows. If the butcher has paid 20 cents a pound for bis prime American, Llv- Mure ' nirrrnlliig. Fair Girl My father made his for tune when he was a young man. Would you like to know how he did It? Gallant Youth Not particularly, but I would like to know If he baa it still. Catholic News. Wkto Ills Tin Cornea. "What? You're engaged to Mr. Brown? Then you won't marry Mr. Jones, after all!" "No, not after all. But, perhaps. J after Mr. Brown." Cleveland Leader. ANTI-rROFANITT CONGRESS. Itrmarkiittl Onthrrlnar o Held In Rom Hrt Month. A most remnrkable International congress against swearing and profane language will bo held In Rome next month, when representatives from al most all the antl-profanlty leagues In the world will meet. Strangely enough, Italy, which to-day la considered the country where ewearlng Is most preva lent, boasts an Institution against 8W earing w hich Is seven centuries old and still flourishes In Florence under Its old title of the Venerablo Archcon fraternity of Mercy. Toward the middle of the thirteenth ctntury the Florentine porters used to congregate to drink and gamble in a wineshop on the Via Adimarl, and they swore so much and so loudly that one of them, an old man named Plero dl Luea Borsl, In the hopo of saving his fellow workers' souls and at the same time putting a check on their profanity, proposed to Impose a small fine on tho swearers. His proposal was accepted and within a short time a largo sum of money was collected, which it was derided should be used In some work of expiation. "In order that tho money might benefit both the soul and the body," says an old chronicler, "six stretchers were purchased and destined to each of the six quarters of tho city where a squad of porters was detailed to con vey In them such persons as were 111 to tho hospitals or to carry the bodies of those who fell dead or had been murdered to tho cemetery. And Tach porter was entitled to take a coin from the coin box for every trip." The institution still exists and It counts among its members not only porters but the most prominent citi zens of Florence, as well as the King of Italy and the archbishop. It Is no longer supported by the fines imposed for swearing, but by voluntary contri butions. BRIARS HOLD BABY FAST AND IT IS FROZEN TO DEATH. Held last by briars Dornering a ditch, John Heler, 3 years old, was found frozen to death near his father's home at Sayrevllle, N. J. The child had been missing several days. The 12 principal .crops of this coun try show a valuation of $5,000,000,000. erpool-kllled beef, he can charge the rcyal household 22 cents a pound and not a fraction more, although In Lon don the price Is probably 28 cents a iound to other consumers. The women of America cannot, per haps, do what the King of England did so easily. But many of them ex press the belief that by combination they can do much to prevent them selves from being robbed by unfair profits that go only to swell the al ready overbloated coffers of the power ful trusts. splinters! A minute's work cuU more Ice than an hour's talk. Even a well read man can have the blues sometimes. Heaven must soem far off to those who shout their prayers. You don't have to go up In an air ship to have a high old time. , It you monkey around a bee hive you must expect to get stung. it it wasn't for the little dog's bite he would never be heard from. , ... j I OLD A! M I'! UlllOtl Modern Methods and Oriental Ways Side by' Side in the Mexican Republic. LEGENDS OF ANCIENT TOWNS. Sleepy Tourists Awakened at 5 O'Clock A. M. by the Jangling ot Sweet Bells. Every high school girl knows tha "Across the Alps lies Italy," but how many educated, well-informed Auieri-Cf-ns know what lies beyond the Rio Grande river In Mexico? I have now been a month In this wonderland Old Mexico writes an Omaha Bee cor respondent , from Guadalajara, apl every minute of those thirty days has been filled with delight. Our eyes have feasted on a riot of color In sky In the tinted colors on old cathedral walls. Every morning tumultuous ringing of church bells din in our ears not ringing slow funereal se date or In Sundny chime as with us, but each Individual bell ringing like our old-time fire bell, all at the same time. Little tenor bells that can be heard only In a quiet Interval ponder ous booming brass bells brought from old Spain before our pilgrim fathera took ship on the Mayflower. The little bells swinging in exuberant excitement clear around the wooden beams to which they are strapped with bands of Iron or with leather thongs. The great bells disdaining to move are struck with huge iron hammers on the out side rim or with ponderous clapper fiom within. Such a deafening hurly burly of bell-ringing never wakened a sleepy tourist at 6 a. m. in any coun try but Mexico. Tho. scent of Jpsmlne, of orange and lemon blossom and of roses and the new, almost overpowering odors of gorgeous tropical flowers fill the sun luden air you breathe. The strange new fruit, sweet and luscious, that tickle our palates and the peppery dlhbes that surprise our conventional beef eating Anglo-Saxon stomachs. All these pleasant, new surprises to our senses make the physical man happy. But rich as are these sensations, they sink into insignificance when com pared with the appeal this old land makes to our Imagination and to our sympathies. No town or hamlet but has Its legend of old Aztec days or castle or church of Cortez, the con queror. This Is Egypt over again. The Ori ent at our gates, and nothing charms tho western mind as does the mys tery that lies behind this old civiliza tion. It is as If we saw our ancestors come to life again after 1,000 years. Wc c"an see here what was meant by the command, "Take up thy bed and walk," when we see the native unroll himself out of his Berape tho garment of one piece that la at the same time his protection against the weather and his bed by night. We know that to go up on the housetop to pray here, as In Palestine, is to do the conven tional the flat roof of the house Is . Intended to live upon as well as to shelter the one-story rooms below. The sandals on their feet, the bottle made of whole pig or sheep skins to carry wt.ter or "pulque," the native beverage are the same we hear about in the "lesson for the day" In our church at home. This Is the simple life and a more contented, carefree, devout peo ple I have never seen. Side by side with this oriental life, unhampered even with the rudiments of sanitary science, are evidences of the latest word In scientific mining and electrical apparatus, magnificent slate and municipal buildings, enlight ened provision in the way of state theaters, beautiful public parks, foun tains and statuary and, mlrabile dlctu, we have a new Paris in the City of Mexico, with fine, wide asphalt streets that challenge any city In the world, most beautiful public buildings of the latest French architecture, costing from $2,000,000 to $12,000,000 each; model electric street car lines and cleaner streets than can be found else where on this continent. A vigilant police administration that makes us ashamed of our great metropolitan cities in comparison. A . FRANK MILLIONAIRE. Say He Haa No lllht to III Money Joseph Fels, the" millionaire Phila delphia soapmaker, was In Cincinnati recently on an Inspection tour to see how his crusade on poverty, to which ho Is contributing $100,000 every year. Is getting along. At a dinner In a fashionable hotel, at which he was the guest ot honor, he said: "A man cannot be a millionaire without being a beneficiary of thla system of robbery. I am well protect ed. There Is a tariff that keeps for eign soaps out of the country. I own stocks In street railway companies that are private property and are under public franchise and do not pay taxes on those franchises. I own stock. In railroads that are private monopo lies and should be public property. I own many things that I shouldn't. "But I intend to hold on to these things in order to make more money with which to fight the system that hat, made me rich at the expense of others. I believe I am spending my money better than Rockefeller ia spending his." Itulslnir the l ullen. "See that young fellow over there?" Inquired the talkative stranger. "Yes, what about him?' Inqalred Smlthson fretfully. "That young fellow, mister, is de voting his life to a noble cause. The best part of his time Is spent in an endeavor to raise fallen humanity to lift those who are down and set them on their feet again." "Indeed!" replied Smlthson. "And who Is he?" "Oh, he's the attendant at roller skating rink!"