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On the next day Penrose arrived on
his visit to Romajnc. The affectionate
meeting between the two men tested
Stella's self-control as it had never been
\ tried jet. She submitted to the ordeal
with the courage of a woman whose
happiness depended on her outward
- graciousness of manner toward her
^ husband's friend. Eer reception of
Penrose, viewed as au act of refined
n_ courtesy, was beyond reproach. When
X she found her opportunity of leaving
the room, Homayne gratefully opened
the door for her. "Thank you!" he
whispered, wit u a ioo& viuca was mN
tended to reword her.
She only bowed to him, and took
refuge in her own room.
^ Even in triiles a woman's nature is
* degraded by the falsities of language
and manner which the artificial condition
of modern society exacts from
her. "When she yields herself to more
serious deceptions, intended to protect
\ her dearest domestic interests, the misV
chief is increased in proportion. Deceit,
which is the natural weapon of defense
used by the weak creature
against the strong, then ceases to be
confined within the limits assigned by
the scene of self-respect and by the re.
straints of education. A woman in this
\ position will descend, f.elf-blinded, to
^ aets of meanness -which would be revolting
to her if they were related of
another person. Stella had already begun
the process of self-degradation by
writing secretly to THnterfield. It was
only to warn him of the danger of trusting
Father Ben well?but it was a letter
, claiming him as her accomplice in an
act of deception. That morning she had
received Penrose with the outward cordialities
of welcome which are offered to
an old and dear friend. And now, in
the safe solitnde of her room, she had
fallen to a lower depth still. She was
t deliberately considering the cafest
\ means of acquainting herself with the
confidential conversation which Romayne
and Penrose would certainly
hold when sho left them together.
" He will try to set mv husband against
me, and I have a right to know what
;s means he uses in my own defense."
I^V TN'itli that thought she reconciled herself
to an action \rhic-h she would have
- ' despised if she had heard of it as the
It was a beautiful an?nwg-.Jay,
brightened by clear sunshine, enlivened
by crisp air. Stella put on her hat and
went out for a stroll in the grounds.
While she was within view from the
windows of the servants' offices she
walked away from the house. Turning
^ the corner of a shrubbery, she entered a
winding path on the other side, which
led back to the lawn under Eomayne's
Y study window. Garden chairs were
placed here and there. She took one
of them and seated herself?after a last
moment of honorable hesitation?where
she could hear the men's voices through
the open window above her.
Penrose was speaking at the time.
^ "Yes. Father Benwell has granted
me a holiday," he said; "but I don't
come here to be an idle man. You
must allow me to employ my term of
leave in the pleasant est of all ways. I
mean to be your secretary again."
Bomayne sighed.
" Ah, if yon knew how I have missed
Stella waited in breathless expectation
for what Peru ose wonld say to this.
Would he speak of her? No. There
^ was a natural tact and delicacy in him
which waited for-:he husband to introduce
the subject.
Penrose only said: " How is the great
work getting on ?"
_ The answer was sternly spoken in one
word: " Badly!"
N "I am surprised to hear that, Bomayne."
I ""Why? .Were you as innocently
f hopefnl as I was ? Did you expect my
[ experience or married me 10 ueip me m
H , * writing nv book ?"
Tv^rose replied after a pause, speak
ing a little sadly.
"I expected your married life to encourage
you in all your highest aspirations,"
he said.
\ %
* -Stella turned pale with esppressed
He had spoken with perfect sin^
rff??WSi^n believed
- .that he lied for the express pftrpcse of
\ \ rousing irritation against her in h^r
husband's irritable mind. She listend
raxiouslv for Romayne's answer.
? , ,He made no answer. Penrose changed
L - " 'the subject.
" Yon are not looking very well," he
x gently resumed. " I am afraid your
health has interfered with your work.
Have you had any return?"
It was one of the characteristics oi
-T^omayr.e's nervous irritability ^at he
*1. nc ver liked to hear the terrible delusior
Jj of the voice referred to iu words.
'/ >, "Yes," he interposed, bitterly; " ]
k have heard it again and again.
PjfrSb, right hand is as red as ever, Penrose
with the blood of a fellow-creature
r Another destruction of my illusions
^ when -I married 1"
^ "liomayne, I don't like to hear yoi
s; eak of your marriage in that way."
"Oh, very well. Let us go back t<
my book. Perhaps I shall get on beite
x with it now yon are here to help mc
My ambition to make a name in th
world his never taken so strong a hol<
1 on me (I don't know why, unless othe
disappointments have had something t
do with it) as at this time, when I fin<
I can't give my mind to my work. TV
will make a last effort together, m
friend. If it fails we will pnt my man?
scripts into the fire, and I will try som
1 other career. Politics are open to me
Through politics I might make mj mar
^ in diplomacy. There is something i
directing the destinies of nations "vror
derfuiiy attractive to me in my preset
Hfe'/ -
state of feeling. I liate the idea of ] to
being indebted for my position in the | to
world, like the veriest fool living, to the ! rij
acciden*" c birth and fortune. Are i
you r' rith tJ'j obscure life that j in
! yor. ' 'id you not envy that priest j
j (ht: .der than I am) who was sent j go
I the other day as the Pope's ambassador j no
j to Portugal ?" ! su
[ Penrose spoke out at last without any j
i hesitation: j ca
" You are in a thoroughly unwhole- lei
j some state of mind," he said. wi
i Romayne laughed recklessly. sai
"When was I ever in a healthy state
i of mind V" he asked. in<
Penrose passed tho interruption over i su
I without notice. j tin
j "If lam to do you any good," he :
! resumed, " I must know what is really j do
j the matter with you. The very last >
question that I ought to put, and that IJ he
wish to put, is the question which you >
force me to ask." of
" What is it?" la\
" When you speak of your married
} life," said Penrose, "your tone is the us
! tone of a disappointed man. Have you |
1 anv serious reason to complain of Mrs.
Bomayne ?' !sw
i . , ! to
Stella rose to herieet in her eagerness ,
i to hear what her husband's answer would
! e' hu
! "Serious reasons!" Eomayne rei
peated. " How can such an idea have
| entered your head? I only complain ol ^
j irritating trifles now and tnen. iiiven
! the best of women is not perfect. It's ai,:
j liard to expect it from any of them." ^
The interpretation of this reply de- ^
! pended entirely on the tone in which it
j was spoken. Tvhat was the animating
j spirit in this case? Irony? or indulj
gence ? Stella was ignorant of the in|
direct methods of irritation, by means 1S
of which Father Ben well had encouraged
lioioanye's doubts of his wife's
motive for the reception of Winterfield.
Her husband's tone, expressing this ^
state of mind, was new to her. She sat
down again, divided between hope and an
fear, waiting to hear more. The next
? , , re;
words, spoken by Penrose, astounded
her. The priest, actually took the ^
wife's side!
"Romayne," he proceeded, quietly, ^
i " I want von to be happy."
"I will try and tell you. I believe ^
j your wife to be a good woman. I be- m1
j iieve she loves you. There is something
in her face that speaks for her?even tc ; ^e
an inexperienced person like myself
Don't be impatient with her! Put awaj co;
from you that besetting temptation tc
speak in irony?it is so easy to take that yo
tone, and sometimes so cm el. Iamonh hi:
j a looker-on, I know. Domestic happiness
can never be the happiness of mj sp<
life. But I have observed my fellowcreatures
of all degrees?and this I tell Pe
j you is the result. The largest numbei
j of happy men are the husbands and
fathers. Yes; I admit that they have
; terrible anxieties?but they are fortified y
! by unfailing compensations and encouragements.
Oniy~nr^aar?r:. L
witli a man who had suffered the loss oi !
fortune and worse still the loss oi
health. He en lured those afflictions sc at
lalmly that he surprised me. ' What u I
the secret of your philosophy ?' I asked.
i He answered: 'I can bear anvthin<?
i - c wc
j while I have my wife and mv children.'
j Think of that and judge tor yourself
j how much happiness you may have left ^
! J3i ungathered in your married life." '
" 1 1 ?_ l.'J
'iiiose "words toucnea ?ueua s nigner
| nature, as the dew touches the
j thirsty ground. Surely they were "t
j nobly spoken! How would her hus- ha
j band receive them ?
" X must think with your mind, Pen- | ha
! rose, before I can do what yon ask of J ra:
j me. Is there any method of transforma- tic
tion bv which I can change natures Bi
v o
j with you ?" That was all he said, and zc:
| he said it despondingly. , li:'
Penrose understood and felt for him. j sis
"If there is anything in my nature j sh
worthy to be set as an example to you," an
Tip rp-nlied. " you know to what blessed
influence I owe self-discipline and wi
serenity of mind. Remember what I to
said when I left you in London to go
back to my friendless life. I told you wc
that I found in the faith I held the one 1 el<
sufficient consolation which helped me j an
to bear my lot. And?if there came a to
time of sorrow in the future?I entreated
you to remember what I had said, ze
Have you remembered it T re;
"Look atf the book here on my desk lij
?look at the other books, within easy er
reach, on that table?are you satis- gi
j neu r
"More than satisfied. Tell me?do I j
yon feel nearer to an understanding of to
the faith to which I have tried to con- in
vert yon ?" sh
There was a pause. " Say that I do ; to
feel nearer," liomayne resumed?"say j th
that; some of my objections are removed, i ha
are you really as eager as ever to con-; co
vert me now that I am a married man T ,
I "I am even more eager," Penrose i .
i o
answered. "I have alwavs believed
i * * ve
! that vour one sure wav to hatvpincss lav "
i ? . ^ a ? .
I through vour conversion. Now, whej? j
! p6
! I know from what I have seen and heard i
i . . . , ' aT
i in tins room, that von aro not recon'
I "
j oiled, as you should be, to your new t.
i life, I am doublv confirmed in mv beI
* v ?1
.' lief. As God is mv witness, I speak
v o j
! sincerely. Hesitate no longer! Be j
j converted and be happy.1' i "
; | <:.Have yon not forgotten something-, I
| Penrose?" J S1
! ""What have I forgotten?" j hi
1 "A serior.s consideration, perhaps. I ; tl
have a Pr ^testant wife." ' h(
" I have borr.o that inmind.Romajne, j v?throughout
onr conversation." j w
' "And von still say?what von have I I
jnst sa5.d ?" j n
' | " With my whole heart, I say it! Be ! t<
i converted and be happy. Be happy and i rr
1yon iviil be a good husband. 1 speak ! E
_! a ? ,n I _
i m your juutoi/ ?? ? c-a <10 I ^
3 , yours. People who are happy in each ! tl
r j other's society will yield a little on ! w
J either side, even on questions of re- j a:
e ; ligious belief. And perhaps there may ti
^ ! follow a more profitable result still. So i p
r ! far as I have observed, a good husband's j
0 j example is gladly followed by his wife. ; j,
1 j Don't think that I am trying to persuade :
e ; you against your will! I am only telling ! c
y : you, iu my own justification, from what' r
i motives of love for yourself, and of true ' ?
e j interest in your welfare, I speak. You i ^
> j implied just now that you had still some : 0
a objections left. If I can remove them, I ]j
n well and good. If 1 fail?if you can- ;
- i not act on purely conscientious convic- ! 1
l? ' ticn?I not oaly advise, I entreat, you i i
remain as you are. I shall be the first
acknowledge that you have done
This moderation of tone would appea
esistibly {as Stella well knew) to her
isband's ready appreciation of those
iod qualities in others which he did
it himself possess. Once more her
spicion wronged Penrose. Had be Lis
m interested motives for pleading her
use ? At tlie bare thought of it she
:t her chair, and, standing nnder the
ndow, boldly interrupted the conversion
by calling to Romayne.
'' Lewis!" she cried, " why do you stay
ioors on this beautiful day ? I am
re Mr. Penrose would lilie a walk on
g grounds."
Penrose appeared alone at the winw.
"You are quite right, Mrs. Romayne,"
said, " we will join you directly."
In a few minutes he turned the corner
the house and met Srella on the
vn. Romayne was not with him.
"Ts mv husband not comint? with
?" she asked.
[<He will follow us," Penrose anered.
" I believe he has some letters
Stella looked at him, suspecting some
derhand exercise of influence on her
[f she had been able to estimate the
ble qualities in the nature of Penrose,
b might have done kim the justice to
ive at a truer conclusion. It was he
.0 asked leave to take the opportunity
speaking alone with Mrs. Romayne.
s had said to his friend: "If I am
ong in my view of the effect of your
ange of religion on yonr wife, let mt
.d it out from herself. My one object
to act justly toward you and toward
t T ch/vnlrl *fnroirA "if T
ido miscliief between you, no mattei
w innocent of any evil intention 1
glit be." Romayne had understood
n. It was Stella's misfortune ignortly
to misinterpret everything that
nrose said or did, for the all-sufficient
ison that he was a priest. She had
awn the conclusion that her husband
i the point of conversion himself)
d deliberately 3eft Ler alone with
nrose, to be persuaded or deluded
:o giving her sanction to aid the
3uence of the priest. " They shalJ
d they are mistaken," ,she thought to
"Have I interrupted an interesting
aversation ? " she inquired, abruptly.
(Then I asked you to coma out were
u talking to my iiusbantl aDout liis
>torieal work ?"
t;Xo, Mrs. Piomayne; we were not
?aking at that time of ihe book."
"May I ask an odd question, Mr.
nrose ?"
" Certainly."
" Are yon a very zealous Catholic ?"
" Pardon me. I arc a priest. Surely,
r profession speaks for me ?"
" T -luiriA ma licw-o ??? J?<?* ' ""
avert my husband ?'
Penrose stopped and looked at her
"Are you strongly opposed to your
stand's conversion V" lie asked.
" As strongly," she answered, " as a
>man can be."
"By religious conviction, Mrs. Bo
I{No. By experience.*'
Penrose started.
"Is it indiscreet," he said, gently,
o inquire what your experience may
ve been?"
" I will tell you what my experience
s been," Stella replied. "I am ignoit
of theological subtleties, and quests
of doctrine are qnite beyond me. |
it this I do know: a well-meaning and
lions Catholic shortened my father's
e, and separated me from an only
;ter whom I dear.v loved. I see I
ock you?and I dare suy you think I
i exaggerating?"
"I hear what you say, Mrs. Romayne,
th very great pain?I don't presume
form any opinion thus far."
"My sad story can be told in a few
>rds," Stella proceeded. " When my
ler sister was still a young gill, an
nt of ours (my mother's sister) came
stay "with us. She bad mairicu
road, and she was, as I have said, a
alous Catholic. Unknown to the
st of us she held conversations on region
with my sister?worked on the
tliusiasm which was a part of the
ri's nature?and accomplished hor
nversion. Other influences, of which
know nothing, were afterward brought
bear on my sister. She declared her
tention of entering a convent. As
e was under age, my father had only
interpose his authority to prevent
is. She was his favorite chiid. He
,d no heart to retain her by force?he
uld only try all that the kindest and
st of fathers could do to persnade her
remain at homo. Eren after the
ars that have passed, I cannot trust
vself to speak of it composedly. She
TTftQ QO Tiov/i OO ?+V>T?0 TVTtT
:x010 ouv ?T tw vw MMiu ^ t wuvi AI^-J
mt, when she was entreated to interfere,
lied her heartless obstinacy ' a voca3n.'
My poor father's loving resisttce
was worn out; he slowly drew neaiand
nearer to death from the day
hen she left us. Let mo do her jusce
if I can. She has not only never reretted
entering the convent?she is so
ippily absorbed in In- religious duties
lat she has not the slightest wish to see
?r mother or me. Tuy mother's patience
_?j. rn. _ 7.^,+ T
lis soon v?or:i cut. u;uc j.
ent to tlie convent I vent by myself,
shall never go there again. She could
oi conceal her sense of relief when I
)ok my leave of her. I need say no
lcre. Arguments are thrown away on
re, Mr. Penrose, after what I have seen
nd felt. I have no right to expect
:iat the consideration of my happiness
"ill influence you?but I may perhaps
sk you, as a gentleman, to tell me the
ruth. Do vou come here with the purose
of converting my husband?"
Penrose owned the truth without an
astant's hesitation.
"l cannon rase your view 01 your
ister's pious devotion of herself to a
eligicus life," lie said. "But I can
nd vrill answer you truly. From the
ime when I first knew him, my dearest
bject has been to convert your liusiand."
Stella drew back from him as if he
tad stung her, and clasped her hands
q silent despair.
" But I am bound as a Christian," ho
went on, " to do unto others as I would j
thej should do to me." !
She turned on him suddenly, her
' beautiful face radiant with hope, her
hand trembling as it caught him by the j
arm. j
' Speak plainly!" she cried. (
He obeyed her to the letter. I
" The happiness of my friend's wife, ,
xr t> " J x _
;urs. nomayne, is sacreu xo me iur ma
sake. Be the good angel of your husj
band's life. I abandon the purpose of
converting him."
He lifted her hand from his arm and T
raised it respectfully to his lips. Then, *
when he had bound himself by a promise "c
that was sacred to him, he said to him- ^
self as he left her: " God forgive me if s
I have done wrong!" z
v a
Twice Father Benwell called at Der- s
went's hotel, and there he was informed
that no news had been received there of *
Mr. Winterfield. At the third attempt ^
his constancy was rewarded. Mr. Win- j
terfield had written and was expected to
arrive at the hotel bv 5 o'clock. c
It was then half-past four. Father
Benwell decided to wait the return of
his friend.
He was anxious to deliver the packet
intrusted to him. The re-sealed packet
was safe in the pocket of his long black
frock-coat. His own future proceedings
depended, in some degree, on the
course which Winterlield might take,
when he had read the confession of the
unhappy woman who h?wl once been his
Would he show the letter to Stella, a*
ft orivate inter .iew, as an unanswerable
proof that she had cruelly wronged
him ? And would it in this case be desirable?if
the thing could bo done?so
to handle circumstances, as that Komayne
might be present, unseen, and
might discover the truth for himself ?
In the other event?that is to say, if c
Winterfield abstained from communieating
the confession to Stella?the re- ?
sponsibility of making the necessary
disclosure must remain with the priest, s
In his present uncertainty he could a
onlv decide to pay another visit to Ten f
Acres Lodge, and discover how Penrose ^
was prospering in the all-important mat- j.
ter of Komayne's conversion. c
Father Benwell walked softly up and 1
down the room, looking about him with a
quietly-observant eyes. A side-table in ?
a comer was covered with letters, wait- y
ing Vrinterfield's return. Always ready l;
for information of any sort, he even a
looked at the addresses on the letters.
The handwritings presented the cus- ^
tomary variety of character. All but a
three of the envelopes showed the Lon- f
den district postmarks. Two of the r
other letters (addressed to Winterfield ^
at his club) bore foreign postmarks; and v
one, as the altered direction showed, c
had been forwarded from Beaupark r
: i? i-j-- i- -A-i - ?2.-C
This last letter especially attracted "W
the priest's attention. c
The address was apparently in a 1
woman's handwriting. And it was worthy e
of remark that she appeared to be the ?
only person among Winterfield's corre- }spondents
who was not acquainted with
the address of his hotel or of his club.
"Who could the person be? The subtly- c
inquiring intellect of Father Benwell <
amused itself by speculation even on i
such a trifling problem as this. He little
thought that he had a personal interest ^
in the letter. The envelope contained ^
Stella's warning to "Winterfield to distrust
no less a person than Father Ben- a
well himself! 1
It was nearly lialf-past five before ^
qnic-k footsteps were audible outside. r
Winterfield entered the room. a
"This is friendly indeed!" he said. s
" I expected to return to the worst of *
all solitudes?solitude in a hotel. You ^
will stay and dine with me? That's i
right. You must have thought I was *
going to settle in Paris. Do you know ^
what has kept me so long ? The most
delightful theater in the world?the
Opera Comique. I am so fond of the
bygone school of music, Father Benwell ,
?the flowing, graceful, delicious melo- c
dies of the composer who followed Mo- ?
zart. One can only enjoy that music in ' 1
Paris. Would you believe that I waited ^
a week to hear Nicolo's delightful 1 Jo- .
conde' for the second time. I was al- j
most the onlv young man in the stalls. <
* " J
All round me "were the old men who re- 1
membered the first performances of the ^
opera, beating time with their wrinkled (
hands to the tunes which were asso- ]
ciated with the happiest days of their 1
lives. What's that I hear? My dog! ;
I was obliged to leave him here, and he j
knows I have come back!" (
He flew to the door and called down (
the stairs to have the dog set free. The !
spaniel rushed into the room and leaped '
into his master's outstretched arms.
Winterfiela returned his caresses, and
i kissed him as tenderly as a woman might
I iirrrA kissed 1ir>r nfit. 1
" Dear old fellow! it's a shame to have '
left yon; I won't do it again. Father
Benwell, have yon as many friends who
would be as glad to see yon as this 1
friend? I hav'n't one. And there are
fools who talk of a dog as an inferior
being to ourselves! This creature's
faithful love is mine, do what I may. I
might be disgraced in the estimation
of every human creature I know, and he
would be as true to me as ever. And
look at his physical qualities. What an
| ngly thing, for instance?I won't say
I your ear?I will say, my ear is, crumpled
i nnd wrinkled and naked. Look at the
| beautiful silky covering of his earl
i What are our senses of smelling and
j hearing compared to Lis? We are proud
of our reason. Could we find our way
j buck, if they shut us up in a basket and
took us to a strange place away from
home ? If we both want to run downstairs
in a hurry, which of us is securest
against breaking his neck?I on my poor
j two legs or he on his four? Who is the
j bappv mortal who goes to bed without
j unbuttoning, and gets up again without
buttoning? Here he is, on my lap,
I r-.r* T nm follrinrr Trim or>n
> IUU, -i. cAitx ^-^\y *.*.u
too fond of me to say to himself,
' "What a fool my master is!'''
Father Benwell listened to this
rhapsody?so characteristic of the
childish simplicity of the man?with an
inward sense of impatience, which
never once showed itself on the smiling
surface of his face.
m?: <" ' {.
He had decided noi~*"tO mention the'
papers in his pocket .until sopecircum?tance
occnrred whi^mlght appear .to
remind him natnrallj ^thi% 'he had such
LI.- _T L 1*? _Ti t'-'iA* 3'
tilings nuouu niiu. ,jjk uc- jiuuwea IUIV
inxiety to produce itcLienvelope, he
might expose himself to" the suspicion
Df having some knowledge of the contents.
When would:$5interfieId notice
the side-table and op$n his.letters?
To be conanuedit ;
Willie's Courage. v v
"Willie Carr was ace of those boys
vho never liked to be beaten: at any;hing.
Only daro him to do a thing,
ind he would do it, no matter how ab
mrrl or foolish it was. He hiid latftW?'
:ome to live at a town on the seacoast,
rad he and his school-fellows- constant^.
imnsed themselves Ton; half-holidays ;
yy climbing the cliffy fishing, boating,
md many other seaside pastimes; ^
On one Saturday ;,affcernoon Willie*
aid to his companions: . " %
"The tide has just' turned; in; a qc.a?. ^
er of an honr that rc^. (pointing g
;mall rock covered with'.seaweed) "Wfii
>e nnder water; I dar^ unj of -rou felows
to ran ten times^- .' * nd it."
Some shook their hr'.J^>and said they
lid not care to ran . "^SrisK of being
Jrowned; bnt said, "Yve wil* go if yon
rill lead ns."
So off they started. The water was
>ver their shoes at tho first ronnd.
"Salt water will do ns no harm," said
At the sixth ronnd Tom Bishop and '
iVillie were the only ones who kept on
- A-U- ~ ?
mumig, lilts waiej voo oueauj auu t c
heir knees, for the tide was coming in
ast. At the eighth Ground Willie was
Tinning alone, and niany of the boys
aid, '-Don't go any njore, Willie." But
tfed Dawson cheered J"Only twice more,
,nd I will say you are the bravest felow
in Hastings." But at the ninth
ound all said don't go any more.
"Do you dare me to do it?:' cried
JVillie; "although the water is above
ny waist, I will go just to show yon
rhat I can do."
Many of them tried to hold him back,
>ut he rushed off paiiting for his last
ound. When he reached the rock he
?as very tired, so he sat down to re:over
his breath;-then he got up
,nd waved his cap. The boys cheered
iim and cried, "make haste?come
long." ; ?
Bat he staid longer than was neces
ary, just to snow now orave ne was,
.nd waved his cap. JAt this moment a '
arge wave dashed ov6r the rock, drench- 1
ng him to the skin,rand obliging him
o start off. But before he bad-gone j
talf way on bis journey another "wave
ame atong and he found himself np to
lis armpits in water; another came,
,nd then another, and carried him off '
tis feet. He was nearly choked with
he salt water that went down his throat, !
rat he recovered himself enough to get
jack to the rock; there he sat, panting 1
nd exhausted. !
His boasted courage began to fail; he !
ould swim but little, and incumbered 1
rith his wet clothes and all exhausted ;
,s he was, there was not much chance
r\f lrimn TTirrVio-r ori/J riirrhor +110 X&CLt&T
ose ; the rock was tinder water; and
here he sat, pale and shivering. ;
Some of Ms comixes ran off for help
rat poor "Willie doubted if it would
ome in time. All "Jus sins and follies
ose before him like ?. cloud, he thought 1
he heard he had been drowned? T1
[rowned, and by his own folly. A ;
arge wave rolled over him?he tightened
his grasp on the seaweed; an- :
ither came, and then another; a mist
ose before his ejes?he loosened his '
lold and all was dark.
Some honrs later Willie was in his
iwn bed at home, and a lady with a '
tijflflt, nolo foAa rcro<jV>Andino* over him. ! 1
Thank God!' she said. "Willie heard j'
t arid opened his eyes.
"Oh, mother," he said, "I am saved, 1
hen! I was so frightened, and when I
honght of yon, death seemed so terri- .
"ifes," she said; "yon were saved by :
, boatman who heard yonr sehool-fel- ;
ows* cries of distress; let ns thank
>od for His mercy in saving yon."
Some time after Willie entered the
lavy; he had lost none of his conrage
md daring, hut acted more nnder a
ense of duty and less to gain man's ap)lanse.
He is now an officer beloved by his
nen and respected by all who know
iim, for at the call of dnty he is always
r*-n/3 trrViAVA /l ??T> Cf&y 1C VHT! 5
X? O Vy UllVi tTJU&JLO 4V) VUV* w J
Till always find him.?Sunday Magazine.
Lucky Days.
It is cnrious to note that in India a
ainy day is considered nnlncky for a
redding, and that Scandinavian Thurslay,
the day of Thor, or thnnder, was
dso of bad omen. St. Elroy, in a sermon,
varus his flock from keeping Thursday
ts a holy day, and Dean Swii't, in a letter
io Sheridan, rhymes Thursday to
'cursed day." The Esthonians consider
,t unlucky, and in Devonshire it has but
)ne lucky hour. Mr. Jones, who, by
;he way. makes no mention of Thursday
is the fatal day -of the Trudors, does
aot attempt to generalize from these
3UI70T1S iacts, WIUCU, Illueeu, yyc juuyc
picked out from different parts of the
book. Unlucky days in Cochin China
?perhaps among the Mohammedan
Malays, but -we are not told?are the
third day of the new moon, being that
an which Adam was expelled from Par
idise; the fifth, when the whale
swallowed Jonah ; the sixteenth, when
Joseph was put into the well; the
twenty-fourth, when Zachariah was
murdered; and the twenty-fifth, when
Mohammed lost his front teeth.
The ancient Egyptians were like the
Chinese in their careful observance of
lucky and unlucky days, and Mr. Jones
may turn with profit for his next edition
to Mr. Mitchell's amusing calendar, in
which they are detailed at length. Mr.
Jones says that from ancient Egypt the
evil or unlucky days have received the
now./v nf T??Tr-trrifion dars onr?>r> +,hp>m in
uauao VA o- ? i
"a Saxon MS. (Coti. MS. Vitel, c. viii.
fo. 20)." They are the last Monday in
April, the first in August, and the "first
Monday of the going out of the month
of December," which leaves us somewhat
in doubt as to all the Mondays in
that month.?Saturday Review.
Fish Food.
The following suggestive facts, says
Dr. Foote's Health Monthly, are gathered
from Professor Atwater's paper before
the annual meeting of the Fish cultural
Association: Fish consists of waste
matter and flesh. The waste consists of
bones, skin, entrails, etc.; the flesh of
water and two solids ; the solids are the
nutritive material. The proportions of j
waste in different samples vary "widely :
A flounder sixty-eight per cent., while
one of halibut stea> only eighteen per
cent.; making the halibut the cheaper
fish at a higher price. The least waste
is to be found in fat shad, fat mackerel,'
and dry and salt fish. The
practical application of these facts is of
the utmost value. The same nutritive
substance in the different samples of
fish were founi to vary in cost from forty j
cents to S3 a pound. The hiah price, J
bear in mind, being for fish having the |
greatest waste. "It makes little differ- i
<**>/> a " it ia aAAaf\_ "to thfl man with I
AW iW MV.vkw*}
$5,000 a year whether he pays forty I
cents or $4 a pound for the albumenoids 1
in food provided it suits his palate; but
to the housewife whose family must be
supported upon $500 a year it is a matter
of gr?flfc important."
HI* Majesty, the White Elephant, a Rule
in i iam.
White cows, rats, mice and hares ar
common and easily distingnished; bn
it is different with the white elephant
He is not to be considered as sno^
white, very far from it. All the whit
elephants now existing in Siam an<
Bnrmah are of a light mouse coloi
somewhat of the same tint as the pal
freckles to be fonnd on the trunk
of ordinary elephants. The licrht era
is uniform all over, the spots on th
trank being white. The depth of th
color, however, varies greatly, an<
there are often blemishes in shape o
darker patches which would seem t<
Imin an otherwise eligible candidate'
claim. It has been, therefore, form*
necessary to determine some infallibl
iest points, which will demonstrate th
right of the animal to his title. Th
Burmese skilled men fix npon two o
these as superior to all others. One i
that the elephant shall have five toe
instead of four. This is a good way o
leaking certain, but occasionally thercore
indubitably black elephants whicl
have the sacred number of tr^s., - Ther
are while elephants debased by sin
laboring under the evil Kharma o
previous existence, and ineligible fo:
the honors accorded to the real animal
The other test is considered perfectl;
decisive, no matter what the precise tin
of the skin may be. It is this : If yoi
pour water on a 'white elephant he turn
red, while a black elephant only be
comes blacker than ever. This is the fina
test always resorted to in Maadalay.
The importance attached to the pos
session of a white elephant is traceabL
to the Buddhist system. The last ava
tar of Gautama Buddha, before he cam<
down upon earth to "teach the law anc
give the millions peace," was in th<
g uise of a white elephant. The posses
sion of an undoubted white elephan
stands as a sign and symbol of nni versa'
sovereignty; and every Burmese kinj
longs for the capture of such a treasur*
during his reign as a token that hi:
legitimate royalty is recognized by nn
seen powers. When the animal migh
have been secured bnt goes instead t<
those whom he regards his enemies, th<
sign is of course all the other way.
The present Lord "White Elephant 11
Mandalav would not be reoognized ai
such by any except by those who ar<
learned in the science and versed in th<
literature of the subject,which is volu
minons and not a little puzzling to an
outsider. To most people he woulc
seem an impostor, for his color is i
mixture of light brown and din?y
smoke smirched cream-color. The eye
when you know it, is perhaps the bes
rough test. The iris ou^ht to be yellow
with a reddish outer anulus. The eli'ec
of this is vt ry sinister, but the red rim
represents gums. Otherwise, too, th<
elephant is not attractive in appearance
he is very big, but notwithstanding th<
care taken of him he is remarkably lea:
and hollow-sided. His tusks, however
are magnificent?white, smooth, anc
, * 3 _ x. ~ C ^ J. !_
curving iorwara m iront 01 cis huuk st
that they almost meet. He is very bac
tempered, and his attendants are ver]
much afraid of him. He has an estab
lishment of thirty men to wait on him
among whom is a minister of state whc
manages his affairs and looks after th<
revenue of the province that is assignee
to him to "eatwhile within the innei
stockade he has a "palace" to himself
On one occasion he killed a ma%_^kt
* guou oeai ui iiduTile and noise befor^
the body could be got away from him
The king?Theebau'slather?heara th<
noise and inquired what was tho matter
When he was told he expressed grea^
concern, and not a little alarm for th<
future state of tho Lord White Ele
phant, with the stain of murder on hiir
blotting out hosts of previous good
deeds. Bat the elephant's ministei
calmed his mind and restored him t(
equanimity by saying: "Pray do not b<
disturbed, payan ; it was not a man
only a foreigner."
Probably because he was so viciou
the Lord White Elephant bad neve;
been ridden. No one but the King him
self could do so ; and his late Majesty
Mindohu Miu, -was fat and feeble, anc
Tneebau's nerves were not strong
enough. The Sinpyoo Dau is kiDg o
elephants, and therefore none but i
king may mount him. His royal trap
pings are kept in the palace, and ar<
very magnificent. Bands of rich ret
cloth run from the head stall to th<
back and thence to the tail, hanging ii
curves over the body. They are richl;
studded with rubies and emeralds. Oj
the forehead is a plate of gold recordinj
his majesty's titles, such as is worn b;
every man of rank in the country, up ti
the arbiter of existence himself. Bosse
of.pure gold and clusters of preciou
stones cover the head-stall, anu golde:
tassels hang about the head. When h
goes forth to take the air he is shadei
by golden and white umbrellas. He am
the king share all the white umbrella
in the country between them. The kin;
of men has nine, the king of elephant
has two3but he has also four golden ones
Not even the heir apparent; where tiier
is one, haa a right to use the white urn
brella. He has only eight golden ones
by the nse of even an ordinary white
covered umbrella, would be regarded
a declaration of rebellion on his pari
and wonld lead to his immediate exect
tic-n. No wonder, then, that the attend
ants and visitors take off their shoe
when they enter the Sinypoo Dan's pa!
ace, and that the people bow down lo'
and do humble obeisance when h
passes through the streets. The Lor
White Elephant's suite account for hi
irritable temper by the bad treatmeD
he met with in early davs. The royj
coffers were low, and the English wei
clamoring for the last installments of th
Yartdaboo indemnity money. So th
rents of the elephant were appropriate
to pay off the troublesome foreigner
Every cara was taken to soften tlie ii
dignity. The king himself wrote a Ion
address on a palm leaf requesting tt
Lord White Elephant not to take
amiss that his revenues were devoted 1
the payment of the barbarians. In ar
case he would not suffer, for the who!
should be refunded in two months tim
The circumstances, however, seem 1
have preyed on his mind, for the bcc
guard say that his Majesty (the eL
pnantj nas never oeen ine same &mg
Who Is Lucifer? .
"Who is Lucifer?"said the teacher:
the infant class in Sunday-school.
"I know," spoke up a brave five-yea
old girl in a very earnest tone.
"Well tell me, Katie," said tl
"W'y Lucy's fer Bob Spriggs, whoh
such a funny little mustache, an' wea
such a short toat; but papa don't lil
him at all, an' sez he ain't got no sens
ot.' nr> mnnov on1 Vio's ff>r izaf, olfi M
Grip, an' "
"That will do, Katie," broke in tl
teacher ; "I see yon are posted. We wi
go on to anoiher qnestion," and it r
quired the teacher five minutes to g
through usii;g her handkerchief wipii
her eyes, she "had snch a bad cold,yc
know," for Lncy was instmcting a
other class near by. Lncy told h
mother afterward that she thonght E.at
too young to go to school, the con fin
meant ws not good former.?St/Hugs.
A Spanish lady brought from Esfcr
i madnra, Lima, a handfnl of whea
j planted it in her gar den, distribnt*
! the increase until grains became sheave
| and sheaves the craving harvest?
1 Peru
r TheTunoGum Trce?A Substitute for Oak
e The American consul at Enatari,
t Honduras, writes interestingly of two
products which promise to be of comv
mercial importance. One is a fibre
e known as silk grass or juta, a perennial
I and easily cultivated plant, which
grows wild and covers vast tracts near
e the edges of the rivers and lagoons of
s Honduras. It contains over thirty per
7 cent, of the finest silk ; this is the cone
sul's language, but, of course, he means
e it is practically equivalent to, not
3 identical with, the warm fibre, for he
,f adds that it can be employed for the
o same uses as the fibre of the caterpillar.
s It is very strong and durable, is said to
3 surpass "both hemp and flax in those
0 respects, and is nsed by the natives for
e making cordage, fish lines, nets, hame
mocks, etc. A resident of New York
f representing a company which in tend to
s soon send out machinery for preparing
s the fibre for market, on a large scale,
f has received a concession from the Gove
ernmint of Honduras.
2 'Aie other product referred to is
e balata, or tuno gum,- which is the
P1 prepared milk of a tree closely resemf
bling the nowdisappearing rubber tree.
r Large quantities of this gum have been
^ sent to England and Germany from the
rr wflst roast fjf Africa, and have been
t successfully used in making telegraph
i cables and otherwise. Specimens have
s also been sent to this country from time
. to time, but as the preparation of the
] milk was not then well understood the
specimens were not satisfactorily en.
couraging; specimens forwarded with
q the consul's letter are white, dry and
r hard. The trees which yield the tuno
3 gum are very abundant on the Atlantic
1 coast of all the Central American Repub3
lies, as well a3 in other tropical cour.
tries, and experiments seemed to have
f; proved that it can be used &s a substitute
[ for india-rubber. It does not appear
x from anything reported thus far that5
the tuno tree will not in its turn be in
g danger of extermination if the same
. destructive process of chopping down
t which has made the rubber tree com3
paratively scarce is applied to the other
? also; but, of course, it is a boon to
discover a fresh source of supply in a
i new class of trees.
5 The consul at Singapore also sends
3 an account of a valuable discovery?
a that the shell of the mangosteen con.
tains rare tannic qualities. This mangosteen
apple, very little known, is
I described as being the choicest in the
^ part of the world where it grows. The
.shell is about a third of an inch thick?
' more shell than fruit, and the shells are
t a powerful astringent; the Malays have
long used a tea made of the grated
6 shells to check dysentery. The discovery
r above alluded to relates more to the
? comparative value of the tannic quality
; than to the fact of its existence, which
3 has been known for many years. The
^ immediate occasion of the consul's letter
is a published statement that an
j examination of the mangosteen shell
> and oak bark showed the former to eon1
tain one-sixth more tannic than the oak,
T and to be worth abont 7} gnilders per
. 100 kilograms. The consul does not
t know the present price of oak bark in
5 this country, or whether 100 kilograms
> in a broken state ready to be ground
I and bought where grown would be dear
r at guilders, ($3); bnt he says that if
, its price in the United States were the
) same as that of the mangosteen shell in
5 vj. .the latter woxiiii mors than pay the
freight for American ships. The shells
; are a facile freight, easily handled, and
not liable to injury from salt water,
t except from long immersion. Besides
5 the discovery of a cheap and seemingly
. inexhaustible substitute for oak bark,
L just as the oak forests, or the most
[ available of them begin to show exhaus.
tion materially, and in view of the fact
5 that nothing yet is known equal to the
s oak-tanned leather, must be regarded as
very fortunate.
Eice barrels are now made of paper.
, Teddo, Japan, averages eighty earthi
quakes a year.
? Asia and Africa furnish hundreds of
* tons of elephants' tusks yearly.
1 A cnbic foot of cast iron weighs 450$,
' and of wrought iron 4.82$ pounds,
j Buffaloes are, common in Ceylon,
3 white ones being sometimes found,
i Queen Elizabeth left three thousard
y changes of dress in the rcjal wardrobe.
1 The original Bluebeard was Giles de
? Lavel, made marshal of France in
7 1429.
3 The Emperor Augustus in his letters
writing dated even the divisions of the
3 hours.
^ ^ - ' - ?- rr?TAl A
Vw'UieiiUgO nuu uviuouiuu muib -luu
? House that Jack Built" and "Goody^
g In a life of sixty-five years one must
_ have eaten about thirty tons of solids
g and liquids.
5. Eels hare been known to climb trees
e in England when meeting obstructions
.. in their upward swim in the spring of
; tho year.
The last court dwarf in England was
s a German, named Copperheim, retained
t, by the Princess of Wales, the mother
i- of George III.
Flints are found in the tombs of the
|s Northern nations, they having been
supposed to be efficacious in confining
57 the dead of their habitations.
^ Froissart mentions a person who,
g having his chin cut off in a riot, rej
placed it by one of silver, which he tied
j by a silken cord around his head,
e In representations of funeral ceremcp
nies upon Grecian monuments horses
ie heads aie found in one corner, intend
d ing to represent,death as a journey,
s. Coffee was first sold in LondoD in
l- 1652 by a Greet, whose handbill read :
g "The virtne of the coffee drink first
ie publiquely made and sold in England
it by Pasqna Rosee, in St. Michael's Alley,
;o CornhiiJ; at the sign of his own head."
[? A Swiss watchmaker has invented a
process by which watches can be made
e- to run for several years without wind;?
ing up. A box containing two watches,
l7 sealed up and placed with municipal
e" authorities on January 19,1871, has just
e* been opened, and the watches have
been found runniDg.
Tije World's To:ton Supply.
k? Jn a report issued by the state department
at Washington, on the cotton and
l~ cotton goods trade ox tne worm, acu
covering the statistics gathered from
ie forty-six countries, it is stated that the
raw cotton of the several countries is
estimated at 3.500,000,000 pounds, of
rs which 2,770,000,000 are grown in the
ie United States, 400.000,000 in East
e' India, 250,000,000 in E(?vpt, and the
r* balance divided between Brazil and the
West Indies. The value of the cotton
manufactures in the world is put at
lJ1 81,348,310,000, of which S561.17C.000
e" is manufactured in Great Britain, $233.280,000
in the united States, $106,920,000
in Germanv, $102,060,000 in
>u Russia, and the remainder divided
n" among the other countries,
er ?^
^ He read in a newspaper paragraph
the statement that "The child is father
to the man," and straightway went and
asked his mother if that was true,
a- "Yes, my soil," she answered, "it may
it, seem a little strange to yon, bat it's
;d trne." "Well, mamma," responded the
:s, inquisitive yonth, "why is it if I'm
of papa's father that he always licks me
1 and I never lick him 7"
Treatment of Scarlet Fever.?Dr.
E. Woodruff, for nineteen years a
practicing physician at Grand Eapids,
Michigan, furnishes the Springfield
(111.) Journal the following in relation
co the treatment of scarlet fever:
"Wash the child from head to foot with
strong sal-soda water, warm, then wipe
dry. Then immediately bathe freely
with oil from beef-marrow, or oil from
butter, applied freely. Then give freely
+/\r? /\* patvo otrr.uvir.** orfi
I UHLLl^/ ICAf UX OUUIO guvu M4v*
cle, penny-royal, etc. Repeat every
half hour, or as often a*: they get worrisome
or wakeful, and in one or two
days they will be entirely cured. I
have been called to cases where they
have been fully broken out, and in this
way entirely cured them in twenty-four
hours. I have had thirty cases on hand
at one time, and never lost a case in my
life. But now I am old and about to
give up my business, and seeing from
the papers that your town is infected
with the epidemic, I wish to do all the
good I can. It is so simple. Ton do
not need to call a doctor. A good nurse
can attend to them. If by opening the
pores of the skin and sweating you can
let off.thn pcisoDj? whac^h- is. ma animal-..,
cule or animal in the'blood, the cure w a
complete. The same is equally good in
feveis of all kinds, hard colds an<J
coughs. I take the ground that all diseases'
are caused by a stoppage of the
pores of the skin, retaining the poison
or living animals in the blood, and al
you have to do at first is to open the
doors of the system and let them out
or drive them* out. All people know
a warm bath is good. But you
apply the oil to the skin, and it
keeps the pores open for a long time,
and gives the enemy a chance to get
out. I h.;pe all will try it, and they
will soon be convinced."
Bedbooji Ventilation.?The London
Lancet has some comments on the
subject of bedroom ventilation, which
may be read with profit: "If a
man were deliberately to shut himself
for some six or eight hours in a
stuffy room, with closed doors and windows
(the doors not being opened even
to change the air during the period of
incarceration), and were then to complain
of headache and debility, he would
be justly told that his own want of intelligent
foresight was the cause of his
suffering. Nevertheless, this is what
the great mass of people do every night
of their lives, with no thought of their
imprudence. There are few bedrooms
in which it is perfectly safe to pass the
night without something more th-in ordinary
precautions 10 secure an inflow
of fresh air. Every sleeping apartment
should, of course, have a fireplace with
an open chimney, and in cold weather
it is well if the grate contains a small
fire, at least enough to create an upcast
current and carrv off the vitiated air of
the room. In all such cases, when a
fire is used, it is necessary to see that
the air drawn ii>tu the room comes from
the outside ci the house. By an easj
mistake is possible to place the occupant
of a bedroom with a fire in a closed
house in a direct current of foul air
drawn from all parts of the establishment.
Summer and winter, with or
without the use of fires, it is well to
have a free ingress for pure air. This
should be the ventilator's first concern.
Foul air will find an exit if pure air is
admitted in sufficient quantity, but it is
not certain that pure air will be drawn
away. So fa? as sleeping-rooms are
"without. must' be to" ac?om- "
plish the Object without causing a great
fall of temperature or * draft. The
windows may be drawn down an inch or
two at the top with advantage, and a
fold of muslin will form a 'ventilator'
to take off the feeling of draught.
This, with an open fireplace, will generally
suffice, and produce no unpleasant
consequences even when the weather
is cold. It is, however, essential that
the air outside should be pure. Little
is likelv to be cained bv letting in a fog
or even a town mist."
Twelve Tears of Silence.
Near Alexandria, Ky., about twelve
years ago, a young man named John
Alford began to show evidences of mental
derangement. His father is an old,
respectable citizen, and there is quite a
numerous family of brothers and sisters
well known in the upper end of the
county. He was at the time unmarried
and about 30 years of age. He was
rather goodlooking, tall and erect, and
probably six feet high, and there was
no apparent cause for his derangement.
Some time after, during the fall of 1869,
he was duly adjudged a lunatic and
taken to the lunatic asylum at Lexington,
where he remained a few months
and was sent home by the authorities of
the asylum as harmless, but incurable.
He remained with his father a while and
! was then taken to the county jail at Aiexj
andria, where he has remained with
| short intermissions ever since. But the
strangest part of the story has vet to be
told. Soon after his first attack he refused
to speak. Every effort was made,
both at home and at the asylum, to induce
him to talk, but without avail.
He had a fair education, but neither
would he make known his wants by
writing. During all these twelve years
he is not known to have uttered a word,
and has resisted the most importunate \
and ingenious efforts to indues him to
speak. A few weeks ago, to the great
surprise of his friends he began to converse
as well as he had ever done,explaining
his strange conduct by saying that
he made a promise to God that he
would not speak for twelve years, and
the time had now expired. But a re
i v -t -i_ x _
tUTIl 01 JUS aOllISY IU LaiA, uuncia,
brought with it no improvement in his
malady. To all appearance he is hopelessly
insane. Although but little past
foriy years of ahis body is 6toope<i,
his limbs emaciated, his face haggard and
cadaverous, hi3 hair quite gray and unkempt,
making him t.o appear a feeble
old man.
It is a strange case, and doubtless
would be an interesting one to medical
Death of a Siamese I)lgiiit :ry.
The Siamese nation has recently been
plunge;! into moarning by the death of
the court and body elephant of the
i Kin sr. One morning, after a hearty
breakfast, lie went maa quite unespecir
ediy, arid trampled five of his attendants
to death. To shoot him would have
been sacrilege. An attempt to tranquillize
his perturbed spirit oy encu!
cling him with a huge rin/ of holy
' bamboo, especially ble;?sed by the High
| Priest of his own particular temple,
i proved worso than int-ffectnal, for he
i broke through the ring and all but teri
minatcd the High Priest's career on the
spot. He was thtnTvith great difficulty
I driven into a close ccurt of the palace,
where, after several fnrions endeavors
' to batter down the walls with his tusks,
he saddenlv toppled over on his side,
i* 1
\ uttered a iass cry 01 rage, ana jsuve uu
: the ghost. Naturally enough, this heavy
I calamity was attributed to criminal care;
lessness on the part of one or other c?
| the attendants intrusted vcich the sacred
j elephant's feeding. The King, thereI
fore, interrogated the members of the
; elephant's household in person, and,
: failing to elicit any individual confession
; of delinquency; decreed that they should
j all be punished.
Pride's fall: "Yes," said Clara, "your
I Maltese kitty is pretty enough, but. he
' can never come up to my bird." That
i was all she knew about it. 'ike &itty
| did come up to her bird that very day
1 and it was all day with the bird.
Farmers in Norway.
Paul du Cbaillu, in liis book, " Land
of the Midnight San," gives an interesting
account of the habits aDd peculiarities
of the Scandinavians: Whenever
Mr. Da Chaillu met a man or woman
who had a son or daughter in America,
he was charged to visit the wandering
one on his return and to deliver some
loving message. It was always impossible,
he says, to make them understand
the magnificence of our distances.
? -il--i. Tl.
une woman was sure iu?o uxr. x/u
Chaillu, as he lived in New York, must
have met her daughter, whose home
was in Chicago. Another especially
desired him, on his return, to call upon y
her son in Minnesota. In the hill
country of Norway the author was entertained
at the houses of well-to-do
farmers, representing the richest and
oldest families in the district. The
simplicity of their life, notwithstanding
their wealth, is strongly marked. ?r"
Thord was fifty years of age, of medium
height, withjhair tinged with gray,
and a benign countenance without much
expression. There was not tlfe slight- ^
est degree of pretension in his conversation
or manner My host lived in a
patriarchal way, like all the bonder of
?i?aa?jju*d _no_one* seeing himnwith ,
his simp^fe-Banners, would have sus-f
pected he .^asVso ancient lineac^
Seven maids and
with him These maids radan independent
air. for the feet that they
worked for their lining did not in the ?
least affect their social position; they .
were Northmen's daughters, and it was
tl e custom for every bolide's wife,
daughters and sons to waive distinction
of caste at social gatherings. The
fathers of tht^e jirls were bonder, the
equals of Zofte, and their farms bad descended
to them frc-m ancient times
They had all accepted situations, either
because the farms owned by their farents
were too small, or they wiahe:! to
make money for themselves."
The scrupulous care with which everything
like arrogance or pretension was
avoided was manifest in many ways:
"A strong feeling of conservatism, of
holding fast to old customs?a hatred
of any appearance of pride?are characteristics
of the bonder.... Often when
Thord dined with me he was not hungry.
' Why do you not take your meals
with me ?' I asked ; ' you certainly cannot
eat two dinners within half an h'.nr
of each other.' 'Oh,' said he, ' if I did
eo I am afraid the servants of the ho fe
and neighbors wonld cali m?j pz?md;
they would say tbat I am s->ham?-.d of
them before strange>s; they wicli
think that I blighted them.' To Th^rd
3nd many other farmers, I bav? often
said : * Why do yen not p>junt your
dwellings wt:ite? The\ would look so
much prettier and more pi -tan-squ
The answer was : 4 We would li-^e to
do so bat what would the i>eopie say ?
They would think we wanted to appear
better than thej ar<% and w re a>hamed _ vS
to be bon.ler, or thnt wr tried to imitate
the city people.' This intense conservatism
is often a d a?vb .?* to improvement,
for those who would Ji?e to
make changes dare not begin; hence ."3
the S'ici-il forms ot a moie primitive
state of society, which have' been lost
in other countries, still prevail here."
In many parts of th9 contry visited
by the author still more primitive cus- .
toms prevail, for t e better j&ison tnafc
the people are really primitive in ti;eir
ideas and ways of life, and without a
thought of evil retain simple customs
which the least trace of that self conihzation
would, make narmtai and even
impossiBle: " The absence of 'gttSe itr '
many districts can hardly be believed
or conceived by the stranger. When
returning tired and wet from the hunt,
or some mountain excursion, to a
friend's farm, I have been put to bed
by some female member of the family,
os if T had been a child, and tucked up
with the admonition to sleep quietly.'
Gowns or the Juslices of the Supreme
The justices of the United States
supreme court have just indulged in new
gowns, those official robes of state that
cast such an imposing ak of dignity
about the grave and reverend seigniors . |
and add much t i the majesty of the iaw.
Still the august jurists are net exempt
from raillery. A great deal of fun is
always poked at them, and they seem to
enjoy it as much as anybody. Anent
the new gowns a Washington corre- ?*
spondent says:
By the way, no one seems to be aw&re
that their gowns ju&t now, although
made in the same style used on the
bench for years, are the very height of
fashion, being veritable Mother Hubbard
cloaks. The cut and siyle of
making the gowns are so peculiar that
it is not always possible to have one
L'orreunjr uiauc, >wu wv.w ..
tional rumor t , the effect that?in spite
of Ohio having had more representatives
among the justices than any other- _ ^
state-Jastice Matthews' gown, which
was mads in Cincinnati, proved to be
so unlike the others that it had to be
returned for alteration. One would
naturally suppose that the making of
suits for any class oi officials, from the
presidential inauguration toilet to tiie
uniform of a postman, would long since
have become au everv-day job to Ohio
tailors. Jastice Miller's wife tells
merrily of her trying experience when
cha vricho^ tn Wve the eovna her hus
band cow rises made in Puns. The
go cms worn tiiere by scientists, scholars
and students differ altoge! ht-r irom
those our justices wear. In h maon any
clerical tailor would have understood
the kind of gown desired, but not so in
Paris ; wherefore, after many failure?,
Mrs. Miller gave instructions to tbe
fashionable modiste "vho make* her ^
toilets, who wa-* entirely successful m
making the gown. fhe vowns, wkic'a
are always of tV be*t qualify of wis,
cost upward of $l:iO. Wit en r.be*nprfrue /
court was first organized the jubticfcs
wore quite g^udy powns. A portrait in
oil of the first chief ju.>ti<'e. John Jay,
now hangs in the robing room opj.o-ite
the supreme court room, in wLicli he is
reurc-smted as wearing a biack gown,
with a broad, bright, red border around
the Deck and down the front, ed^ed
with gray, and sleeves with red border
at top aad bottom, also edged with g:ay.
Animals themselves are capable of
swimming immense distances, although
unable to rest by the way. A cog
recently swam thirty miles, in America,
in order to rejoin his master. A mule
aad a dog washed overboard during a
' gale in the Bay of Biscay have been
I W>^rrv> tn nril'w thuir WHY TO shore. A
dog swatn ashore with a Jett^r in his
mouth at the Cape of Good Hope. The
crew of the ship to which the dog ?jJ
belonged ali \.?erish*-d, which they need
not have done had they oa]y ventured
to tread water as the dog did.
The land-slip disaster at Elm has
caused attention to be directed to
various Stfiss mountains from which no
danger has been previously appre
bended, and an inspection or me ueghalde,
which, overlooks Sehleitheim, in
Scaffhausen, snows it to be in a very
precarious condition. Steps Lave been
taken by the Cantonal Govornmens to _
make frequent f lamination.? of the
mountain, and to warn tbe people to
escape when a land slip is imminent.
A largo dealer in spruce gum in
Maine estimates tbe income derived l.y
the people of the State from fhis source
atS40,oC0 annuj'-y. He sa;s it selJs
best where ther ~re factory ^irls :3HBI

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