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Countess Marie Wyanoff Marries the Man Who Worshiped Her Picture. All tho world loves a lover, and tho old, old story In ever now. It In, then, no wonder that there la a general Interest concerning tho romantic his tory of tho Russian Countess, Mario Wyanoff, who lino married her foot man becnuso of hln true love nnd devo tion. Tho Btory hat attracted oven mora attention because of tho fact that tho rich and beautiful Countess served as the model In Curohm Damn's famous painting, "Lo Dalser" (Tho Kiss). Tho Countess was born In Poland, n land saddened In Its political history, but ono which has sought to ploaao Kb unhappy children by making Its daugh ters tho moBt beautiful of Europo. Po lish girls aro also famous for their romantic nnd ardent natures. At tho ago of 18 this fair daughter of tho con quered land married Count Wyanoff, a Russian noblomun of great wealth. Ills riches nnd her beauty mado them a famous pair at St. Petersburg and Paris, In both of which centers of so ciety tho nobleman owned a prlncoly palace. All tho wealth of tho Count was laid at tho feet of his young wlfo, whom he adored. 8ho woro tho most splen did Jowols at tho Russian court, whoro fair women aro ncciiBtonicd to bo re splendent with costly gems n3 they nro nowhero clao In Europe. 8ho had a priceless collection of furs, among which thoro wns a act of ItuBBlan Babies that a Princess of tho royal blood might well envy. Hor stables were filled with two hundred horses, nnd alolghs and other vehicles of every description and ornamentation. As an oxamplo of rocltlcss gonoros Ity and Impulse, tho story is told that at tho opora ono night sho throw a nccklcss of three strands of great pearls to a singer who had excited her fancy. Her beauty, woalth, luxuriant ourroundlngs nnd generosity won for her admiration and fame In all tho no dal centers of Europe. Whcrevor sho went sho wnn sought by tho moBt nrl3 tocratlc and excluslvo sets. When her husband died ho left her tho wbolo of his vast fortune In her own right, including gold, silver, cop per, Iron and gold mines, tho Incotno of which is each year n largo fortuno In Itsolf. Tho beautiful widow, possessed of a fortuno which could satisfy hor cy,ery wish In worldly goods, found liorsolf the center of a most dovotcd and attentive group of suitors of every title, nationality and description. Tho present Czar, then tho Czaro wltch, was fascinated by tho charming Countess so much so that n warning to her, doubtless inspired by tho Czar, pater, caused hor to lcavo St. Potors uarg for a tlmo and ceaso tho perilous flirtation. But tho fair widow of Wynnoff bo Ran to tiro of tho life of a woman in tho excluslvo aristocracy, and had, bo fore tho death of her husband, develop- COUNTESS MARIE W VAN OFF. ed a fondness for the socioty ot artists. Although her friends ot high llfo ex pressed their annoyauco, novortholcss, painters, musicians and actorB woro al ways hospitably received by her whor ever Bho might happen to bo. Wintering tho ,to with enthusiasm, Bhobecamo a shining llguro In tho upper Bohemia of Purls. Her houso on Iho Pare Monceuu, near that of Meltwonler, was thronged by nil tho famous In art. -'AMMg tier artist friends wns Caro ittw.Duras, known as "tho splendid CreUu'who,wafliwlitatiig fortuno as well M-fane m tu pulnter ot boautl ful, MM twhloaablo women. Ills pur- WEDS A FOOTMAN. suit of wealth by painting women ot fashion has, somo say, been an Injury to his natural genius, but when ho llrst know tho Countess ho was painting works of art simply, nnd not faBhlon ablo women at high prices, llo at onco recognized In tho Count- THE PICTURE THAT WAS PAINTE D BEFORE ITS PAM OUS. ess a fit subject for Inspiration In urt. Sho Ib a porfect example ot tho blonde typo, with hair of pure gold, of that rare shado which Is neither flaxen nor light brown, but of tho shado soldom Been and novor porfectly described by tho pen. Hor features nro perfectly regular, and express vivacity nnd Intel lect. All in nil, sho is Indeed "a daugh ter of tho gods, divinely tall and most divinely fair." Carolus Duran prayed tho Countess to poso aa a model for him. At first sho protested, and mado her objec tions even nioro emphatic when ho ro vcalcd tho subject which he considered best suited for her personality. But with such oxampl.es before hor aa tho Into Empress of Austria, who wns tho model ot Diana in Hans Mukart's plc turo, "Tho Hunt of Diana," now In tho Metropolitan Museum ot Art In New York, and with oxamplqs of othor wo men of titlo who had served its artlstB models In ono subject or another, sho Dually consented. Tl1 result was what may bo called ono of Durau'a masterpieces, "The Kiss." Tho picture is full of the strong est of passion, but is purity Itself in every detail. It Is tho Innocent lovorc soul-cmbracfng kiss. "And our spirits rushed together at tho meeting ot tho lips." But tho prettiest story of tho Count ess's llfo Is yot to bo told. It Is not to bo doubted that n woman who could bo the Inspiration of such n plcturo would consider true lovo tho most holy and sacred requisite to tho marrlngo vows. Ardent wooers were plentiful, but In their courting tho Countess Baw, with MAKER BECAME clever Insight, their motive, which was ner rair raco and fabulous wealth. Each day upon tho Countess'B tablo appeared lovely bouquet. Who tho elver wns no ono know. At Inst tho fair lailv dl Rpnvnrml lmr footman in tho act of kissing her por trait un uomandlnc an exnlnnntinn sho learned that hor handsomo servant, with n temperament as ardent as her own, nau long loved hor In socrot. Hopolcsa of over havInK his love renin- rocated, ho had been pouring out his soui 10 nor for yonrs. Hero was dovotlon not found In nnv of hor high-born suitors, and, by tho laws or love, ho stood before her her cquul. An elopement nnd weddlnir soon followed, nnd tho Countess rained nor husband In tho eyes of the world, although not In her own. by buvlnir for him a Bulgarinn estate, with which goes tho title of Count. And now, In a nlcturesnuo sDot of old Bulgaria, wo may well imagino this Countess by marriage and Count by purchase, tanietful ot what tho world callB titles, living a life which Is truly ono grand, swcot song," uocnuso they aro dally realizing the full significance of thoso beautiful lines: 'Two souls with but a slnclo thoucht. Two hearts that beat as one." TVIijr People Ileoomn Deaf. It has taken the medlcnl world n great many years to discover that a loss of hearing Is almost Invariably caused by aomo disease of tho throat, or noso, or both. But very recent re searches in these Holds have demon strated this fact beyond question, nnd It Is now admitted by tho morn mi. vanced medical men that, asldo from rupturo of tho ear-drum,thoro Is scarce ly a By nip tom of dofoctlvo hearing which is not truceablo directly to tho condition of tho noso and throat. In view of tho new discoveries, car spec! allsts nro finding their occupations gone, savo as tnoy mnko tholr partlcu lar branch un assistant In further In vestlgatlon. n Is said, as wo havo al ready pointed out. that tho of smelling salts Is ono of tho most pro uue cnuseB or neatness, operating weakening tho olfactory nerves, nnd through them tho auditory system: ah strong and pungent odors sliould bo avoided as far as possible, ospeclally thoso which act upon tho secretory pro cesses, and, ns tho popular expression goes, "mnko tho noso run. Hear lloth SIiIm. Never condemn your nol hhor un heard however many tho accusations wnicn may bo preferred against him Every story has two waya of being low, nnu justice requires thnt you should hoar the defense ns tfcll as the accusation: nnd remembor thnt the malignity of enemies may place you In a similar predicament. A llntlneis Vrlnclp'.e. Mr, (lotrox So you want my daugh ter, eh 7 Do you drink? 11 b niurter Not whllo I'm doing bust teas! Lot that o till later. Puck. LITTLE THINOO flint Sometimes Decide A Man's Fate In Itutlneit. The truth of tho Baying that llttlo things may often times play an Im portant part to men's affairs when tho men least expect It was Illustrated ono dy recently. "Seo that young man over there," remarked nn insurance friend of his, pointing to one ot his clerks working away Industriously at a desk In, another room. "Well, he got his place In my office through tho strik ing of a match, although ho doesn't know It. I was standing at tho en trance of this building about a month ago, waiting for a friend to como down tho elovnior, when that young man approached mo with a letter of recom mendation and an application for em ployment. I had mado It known a few days beforo that I needed another clork and ho had hoard of It. Howevor, 1 had almost mado up my mind to take on a young man who had boon to boo mo tho day before, and was about to toll tho last applicant so, when ho pull ed a match from ono of his pockets to light a cigar ho had been smoking, but which had gono out. 'Sorry, sir,' he said, balancing himself on ono foot, whllo ho lifted tho othor so as to admit of his striking tho match on tho heel of his shoe. 'Sorry, for I would like very much to work for you, nnd I think 1 would havo mado you a good clerk.' Tho match-scratching Incident mado mo think so, too. Right nt the young man's elbow was a great Italian mar ble column.upon which wcro tho marks showing where many matchos had boon struck by vandals too utterly lndlffor- ent to tho rights of others to refrain from indollbly stamping their vandal Ism upon property to rostoro which would havo cost hundreds of dollars. It would havo been the most natural thing In tho world for many n man to havo scratched that match on the mar- blo column, and tho fact that this young man choso to use tho heel ot his shoo instead showed that ho was thoughtful and conscientious, two very excellent traits. I wa3 so Impressed that I told him to come nnd ceo me, and the result of tho visit wns his so- curing tho position. And his month In my ofllco has shown that I made no mlBtako in sizing him up." Philadel phia Inquirer. SUNDAY AND MONDAYBEGQARS Inn Muclnrrn Tctli Why There Is No Difference Iletneen the Two. "Tho pow is n testimony to tho fam ily and ought to bo maintained with Us doors removed, and It does not matter whether a man pay ?G0 a year for his pew or 60 cents," writes Ian Maclaron of "Tho Pew and tho Man In It" in tho Ladles' Homo Journal. "Tho church authorities should see that tho house holder hns his pew, with room enough In It for himself, his wlfo and tho chil dren which God has given them. There is no reason in tho world why tho rich man should ijot pay a handsome sum for his church home. And somo of us havo never been able to understand why nn artisan should not glvo some thing for his church homo nlso. Surely every man wishes to do what Is right In tho direction of his church. Every self-respecting man likes to pay for his homo whothcr It be large or small, and It touches a man's honor to live In a workhouse, where ho pays no rent nnd dopends on tho public. Thcro Is no necessity that this homo feeling and this Just Indcpondcnco should bo de nied In tho house of God, but it rather seems a good thing that tho man who works nnd gives to provide a houso where ho nnd tho children can live to gether In comfort nnd self-respect six days of tho weok should do his part to sustain tho house where they worship God on tho seventh day. Ho Is a poor cronturo who will allow a rich man to pay his rent for him ou week-days, and I havo novor been ablo to seo where there Is any difference between being a beggar on Sunday and a beggar on Monday." 11 Ir Cropi In Arid Ijnda. Can the arid lands of western Kan sas, Utah and other states subject to drought bo made to ralso crops regu larly year after year, and that without Irrigation? H. W. Campbell, a farmer, formerly of Brown county, South Da kota, claims that they can. Ho has originated a mothod ot cultivation which, .ho asserts, nover falls to pro duce crops In the sun-baked territory, no matter how dry tho season may be. His plan Is based upon tho theory that droughts aro caused not by lack of BUfTicleut fall ot molBturo, but by too rapid evaporation. Ho plows the soil deeply and subpacka tho lower por tion, thus forming a shallow water reservoir under tho surface. Tho top strata of earth is thon pulverized as fine as dust and kept so by frequent stirrings, forming n flno dust, which chokes the pores ot tho soil, cutting oft evaporation and leaving tho moisture In the earth to bo drawn ou by the roots ot tho growing plants. A Source ot Coutaglon. It hns boon proven by nbundant In vestigation that ono prolific source of epidemic disease Is found In tho Ina bility of tho germs of such diseases to lodge in tho mouth around tho teeth and gums. A physician examined tho teeth cf the children of a cortaln school. Ho found disease germs pres ent In almost every case. By careful watching he discovered that those chil dren whose teeth wero kept cleanest suffered loss from epidemic diseases. Tho noglectcd condition ot tho teeth Is, theroforo, a common cause of ill. ness; Indeed, It ono takes tho trouble to observe with what rapidity tho tar tar and choosy matter accumulate around tho teeth ot peoplo who nro out ot health, they will not bo long In making up tholr rulnds that a thorough and Judicious uio ot tho tooth brush U not very tar from a means of grace. THE LOST JEWEL. Sidney Waterhouso, manager tor Lehr & Boeder, diamond merchants and purveyors ot elegant novelties, had bacouto n happy man. From having no particular Interest in llfo he had ac quired n distinct ono. This now and alert interest wns tho result ot his hav ing met Mary Boswell. Sho had como In tho store an ordinary customer ond It hnd been his fortuno to serve her. They looked at topazes togothcr, and sho ran the unset Jewels through ber white hands nnd talked nbout them in a fanciful way that quito enchanted the young man. His business was ono that brought dim In contact with many fascinating and brilliant women, but he had nover met ono with such a dis tinct and dcllcato charm as that pos sessed by Mary Boswell. Her Irregu lar mouth, with Its fitful smile, tho hu mor of her brown eyes, tho wayward tricks of her abundunt brown hnlr, and the glow and changing expression of her face had fairly bewitched Sidney iVaterhoiiBe. Ho reflected with delight upon the fact that tho splendid plnK topaz selected by her wns to be set by their goldsmiths In a pel.dant nmld opals and diamonds. Sho would be sure to call sovcral times td watch tho making of tho ornament. It was ns ho expected. Elio came of ten, now for somo trinket, now to criti cize tho work upon her brosch, and on each occasion Waterhousa mnnaged to find nn excuse for conversation with her. She did not resent Ills pertinac ity. Sho seemed rather to welcome It. Waterhouso spent his dayi wondering how he might sccuro an Invitation to call. Ilo felt that tho acquaintance was destined to bo n serious matter with him. Ho could not trust himself to look in this woman's cyesi lest his ar dent admiration should offend her. When oho held out her lmnd in greet ing and ho took It within his own ho could feel his heart fluttering within him. Ho confessed to himsolf that he was no longer sane. An enchanting madness wns upon him. Ono morning all happened as he desired. Miss Bos well stood looking at a number ot un set diamonds, and she held an exquis itely cut oho in her hnnd. "Wo never seem to reach tho end ot our conversation," sho nald laughing lngly, holding tho Jewel up to enjoy its fairy prisms. "I know," ho returned, enjoying tho beauty ot the white hand that played with tho Jewel. "Just as you bocomo I he most Interesting, you eo away, You will not even stop to finish tho stories you havo begun to toll me. What I Buffer from these repulses to my curiosity It would bo Impossible to describe." Sho smiled at him frankly nnd It wns evident that hidden under her careless words was a deep desire to eee htm and become better acquainted with him. "Aro you never to be seen anywhero ofcvjdo of this place?" sho asked "Why do you never follow mo nnd In sist on bearing tho conclusions to these uncompleted stories? Come, visit me in my own homo and meet my people and tnlk under moro peaceful circum stances." "When may I come7" asked Water house, eagerly. "Tonight?" "No, no! Not tonight! You must appear indifferent to my invitation It is not good form to be so. precipi tate." "Perhaps I may call this afternoon?' "If you do not exhibit better man- nors you shall not bo permitted to como at all." "I shall be at your houso tomorrow evening," ho replied, decisively. Sho went smiling, ns if linpplness had como to her, too, and Watorhouse, full of anticipating dreams, busied himself with rolling tho dlnmonds Ln their bits ot tissue paper hnd putting them away ln tho largo leather p"ort- folo In which they were kept. But ho had not proceeded far in his task when ho realized that tho finest Btono of all the ono Miss Boswell had held up to the light while sho noted Its gleaming beauty was missing. Water houso searched everywhere about tho place, though ho had to do so surrepti tiously, for he was most anxious that tho loss ot tho stono should not be como known. Ho guessed how quickly the men lr. the shop would Jump to the conclusion that Miss Boswell was nn adventuress, whoso fascinating wnys had cozened him. Tho houso had cer tain turned-down pages ot that sort In Its history. But after the shop was closed ho retnrned nnd by the searching light of tho electric lamps hunted till nearly dawn. But It wns useless. The Jewel was gono .f wns xwhat was known as a "daylight" diamond mid of tho most intricate cut. its loss could not bo concealed. It was considered ono of the most attractive stones in tho establishment, although not ot great sire. lu tho early forenoon Waterhouso made his way to Miss Boswell 'u house. Ho determined to tell her ot his trou ble. He woul not In his meat tortur ed moments admit she might havo de ceived him and her beauty been a onnro. Bui when ha reached her luusa ho was not admitted. Tho maid said that Miss Boswell had received a tele gram and been called suddenly to tho Pacific coast She did not know hor exact address. Waterhouso no further attempted to learn It. Ho set his teeth hard nnd went to his employers nnd told them tho wholo story. "It docs not seem posslblo that Miss Boswell can bo responsible," they said. "We must withhold our Judgment, Mr. Waterhouso." He thanked them from tho bottom of his heart, but ho knew that tho sus picion would not dlo ln their minds any moro than In his own. A year passed. Sidney Waterhouso married a distant cousin whom ho had always, known and who needed a home. Evcryono said It was a sonslblo marriage. It did well enough, without doubt. Ho admitted thnt ho wns com fortnblo and well cared for. Llfo was not, evidently, tho Interesting affair thnt ho had supposed It to be, but it did well enough. In tho midst or this emotional mon otony there appeared at tho storo ono day Mnry Boswell. Sho was moro beautiful than ever, but seemed excit ed nnd distressed. Sho enmo toward him nt onco nnd ho felt himsolf grow ing faint an sho approached him. "Wo searched for It for weeks," con fessed Mr. Lehr. Tho lndy turned her eyes to Sidney Waterhouso with an appeal ln them. "Why did you not writo mo nbout tho loss ot the stono?" alio asked, halt plteously, yet with no llttlo pride. "You knew It was 1 who looked at them last!" He flushed scarlet, but ho reminded her of tho circumstances. "I want you to call Mr. Lchr and Mr. Boeder, if you will havo tho good ness, Mr. Waterhouso," sho said. "I havo a atrango story to tell thorn. Af terward, If you like, wo shall talk nbout other matters." Alono with tho thretf men, sho took from hor purse tho lost "daylight" diamond nnd laid it on tho table. "Is that yours?" sho asked. "It Is ours," said Mr. Lehr. eagerly, anxious to have his high opinion of tho lady Justified. "I returned from Calfornla last night," explained Miss Boswell, "whoro I had been most unexpectedly called by tho serious Illness of my brothor, and yesterday, In looking over somo old letters I found this stono ln ono ot them. Tho letter which contained It was an important one to mo, and I was therefore ablo to remember having had It ln my hand when I last visited your store. Tho only way that I could ac count for Its presence thoro was that It slipped Into tho letter I held ln my hand whllo I was talking to Mr. Wator house. Did you miss It?" "You left tho city unexpectedly," ho said, "and left me no word, though I had an engagement with you." Tho recollection of tho pleasuro that both had oxpected to derlvo from that meet ing caused them to search each other's faces with a sad scrutiny. "I left a note to bo delivered to you tho evening you wero to call. It con tained my address and an Invitation to you to write. I havo recently learn ed that you did not call." "I called in tho morning," ho said, "but you had gono and I did not toll tho maid my name." Tho comedy of errors amused tho onlookers. Mr. Roeder spoke his con gratulations upon tho happy conclu sion to all theso perplexities, but a look of suffering showed Itself In Sid ney Waterhouse's eyes nnd mirrored Itsolf ln tho soft orbs of tho lady. Sho arose, visibly embarrassed, bado adiou to. tho other gentlemen and started to the door. Waterhouso ac companied her. "You distrusted me," Bho murmured ns they walked down the alslo togeth er. I find It difficult to forglvo you." "I am sufficiently punished," ho re plied. "I have lost your regard. 1 havo lost you." "Do not be bo hopeless," aho re sponded with a dash of her old tlmo coquetry. 'Perhaps I shall be able to forglvo you, after all." Ho turned from her bitterly. "I was moro miserable than you can over un derstand," he responded. "And I mar ried to forget. So I havo Indeed lost a Jewel." She turned white, but recovered hor self. "I have had my bad hour," sho said, frankly, holding out her hand ln fare well. "It was when you did not write. I thought that you did not caro. Now now my old distress returns to mo. But I'm not going to disappoint you. I'm going to do as as bravely as you." She gave him a courageous smllo and went out. Sidney Watorhouse closed tho door upon her thoughtfully. Ho know It to bo the end. Tho Jowol was lost. Chicago Trlbuno. Eared bjr n Cat. Score ono for pussy. A Bristol, England, cat a few days ago proved tho means of saving a wholo family from destruction by fire. At half past two In the morning a shopkeopor named Ledo Schnledormnnn was aroused by his pet tabby, which was gently scratching his face. He tried to cVrlvo her nwoy. but as the faithful fclino persisted, ho aroused himself to find the room full of smoke. Ho nlnrmcd a lodger, Herman Muller, who was sleeping on tho same floor, and also his alster and anothor young woman. They all rushed to th 8talrs, where tho flames wero already spread ing. With tho exception of the lodgor, tho Inmates, taking puss with them! reached a landing, from which thoy es caped to tho baclc yard. Just as the flames shot right through the spiral atalrcaso, Muller, who had stopped to put on his boots, was cut off from ess-ape. The flames reached his room, nnd then, throwing out somo bedding, he leaped from tho eecond-story win dow. He badly sprained his ankle, and was taken to the Infirmary.