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PAINTER & HERR. Publishers. MEDICINE LODGE, - KANSAS 8 The Silence Jt9 of Fernwood. Q g oY ALICE NORES SAUIET. 0 coooooooooooooo THE Clifford station was crowded; like every other small town the arrival of the passenger train was the supreme recreation of its inhabitants. .Vehicles of every description lined each tide of the platform, whatever the cir cumstances; not so with population that the weather alone at times cru elly disappointed. But neither weather nor circumstances ever prevented the presence of a man who for several years almost every day stood in the came place, In the same unobtrusive position; and most curious did it seem, Tor he was apparently unconcerned. Still, a close observer might readily see that while no muscle moved, his deep-set eyes searched each halting car; then as they slowly again moved away, gradually Increasing their speed, and the shrill whistle rent the even ing air, something of its dreariness fell upon this man's soul as he re traced his steps homeward. At times some few would meet him on his way back to his suburban villa, and as he quietly blew upward the smoke of his cigar his apparent insouciance would bring forth the remark: "Here cornea the colonel from his evening stroll." Colonel Hunt was of medium height; Lis square shoulders, erect carriage and energetic countenance, even to the curve of his grey mustache, revealed the officer. Years before, while fight ing the Indians, a wound about the eyes caused him to retire with a modest. Income. At 40 he was married to a gifted woman, who was ambitious and abreast of all new Ideas. The married state soon became to her one of dull monotony; inasmuch as Mr. Hunt's complete retirement from public life liad been a keen disappointment to her. She was not prepared to appre ciate the quiet waters in which her bark was moored, nor the change in her husband brought about through Inevitable circumstances as well as through her vagaries. The little inter est shown by him In the great move ments in her world exasperated her to a degree. This gradually brought on a state of mind and of things that eventually destroyed all hope of hap piness between them. One day after weeks of silence, grow ing more painful every day, Colonel Hunt with enforced calm advised his wife to realize her dream and leave for the great city where, of all others, social problems were ever questions at Issue, and he added sarcastically: "I must be In touch with the times, If not educated to follow the trend of thought; the new idea seems this: not so much of a home, but good men without it . . . You desire to provide for yourself; I will see to that, consider all settled." This ambition which caused such a painful estrangement between two be ings eminently fitted to understand one another, seemed to have warped Mrs. Hunt's generous nature. Frank to a fault, sh a had become strangely se cretive. Col. Hunt had been keenly alive to the mystery which pervaded his home, and when what he feared had come at last he felt no surprise. He had long been aware that his wife carried on a secret correspondence with some one, but Helen remained coldly impenetrable, and with the easy dig nity that characterized the man, hev husband left her free. Strange to relate, Helen did not re alize her husband's anguish or the pride which made him withhold any expression of regret. Besides his dis appointment in her, the thought that he could not interest her or fill her life galled him Into stern silence. After her departure his carriage be came more erect, his mouth more firm. Those who wondered learned that she had at last decided to culti vate her wonderful voice; he was sup posed to see her at times, which he never did. Five years had gone by. The old servant still attended to the lonely home, which was still closed but for a few windows. The Colonel was al ways inpenetrable, as could be expected of a supremely proud nature. As the shadows of the evening deepened he would stroll back from the station to the outskirts of the picturesque town towards the quaint house nestling among the oaks and wrapped In gloomy silence. One evening the moon had risen upon a silver cloud that loomed up from great mountains of blackness, the shadows of the stately trees wrought exquisite traceries upon the sward; the fragrance from the wealth of flowers brought Sack such memories as almost to overpower him. Here was a winding path, a rustic seat and table where she had sat and read; through yon archway, formed by two slender olives and trailing roses, could be seen a huge marble vase; beyond waa a stone bench where, years ago when seeking her, he would find her dreaming there, those dreams, alas! which had taken her from him. And t from the silvery radiance that so vivid ly brought his past into life again he turned away with anguish, sternly en tered, bis study, and as on similar oc casions the wee, small hours found him working at h's civil engineering plans. .-. . - -, - . . k But to-night he seemeu destined to suffer yet more Intensely. , While look ing among his papers he came across a scrap found long ago, a half-burnt fragment of one of those accursed let ters from Helen's mysterious corre spondent. It read thus: "My sym pathy, even love, you have won through your depth and-nobility of character . . . . your majestic presence and enthusiasm must break down all barriers . . . once beyond the seas '' Here was a mystery such as had never confronted him. "Which was it. ambition or this influence? And dawn found him thus, while he braced him self to face life, silent and alone, amid the silence of his shattered hopes and home. ' "It is with its main outline I am here concerned . . These words, reaching through the vast assembly gathered in the rooms of the Progressive club, caused tht listeners to lean forward as if at tracted by the well-modulated voice, the eloquent words, and majestic pres ence of the lecturer. The unusually animated debate lasted two hours; then the reporters, their swift work over, followed the various groups, so ex pressive each of the foremost thoughts or struggles cf the day. For many of these thinkers these meetings held their measure of benefit, received in one way or another, but with a woman like the lecturer they seemed but minutes of delightful interchange of ideas on topics of ever-increasing in terest. She felt herself foremost among those who were united in fur thering the cause of universal sister hood. Yet there were times of late when her expressive eyes would fill, times when she felt a sudden terribla void, a heavy silence; then she would shake the burden from her shoulders and think with pride of the final emancipation of woman and the uni versal moral and mental enlighten ment which was the aim of progressive thinkers. The work accomplished for these hojjr causes, the enthusiasm she creat ed in whatever circle she moved, caused Helen Hunt years of delightful ex istence, for already five years had elapsed since silence had fallen upon Fernwood. She had now reached her apartment, very simple but for the handsome desk, easy chairs and valuable books it con tained. As she entered, radiant with the exhilaration of an intellectual feast, she plunged her face in a beauti ful bunch of flowers handed bj her maid. Suddenly she paled, putting them away from her. "Take them take them away that fragrance!" Yes, it haunted her so did the silence of Fernwood. Was it only to-night it clung to her, that it dimmed the melody of her flatteries, the hum of society, of applause? Her soul was awakening and yearned for some kindred spirit she thought of the dear friend and correspondent from whom she was now expecting news, such news as would thrill her with its great joy, or turn her cold with a sad foreboding. She was full of con tending emotions now that she had at last yielded and it had been arranged that they would both sail for Europe in the spring. "It might be the story of Ulysses and Penelope reversed," had sarcastic ally exclaimed a society woman, which biting remark Helen had overheard. Such comments galled her; and she was annoyed, as well, by the discreet attentions of a Wealthy barrister. At this thought Helen arose and walked to the window; as she looked up to the cold radiance of the frosty night, her firm lips quivered, and two tears stele down her cheeks, but bracing her self against any weakness, she turned lo the table and took up a paper, for fhe was more than ever eager to ascer tain if, according to the letter received, the departure of the steamer might have been hastened. Yes, there was news, absorbing news. One dismal February evening the train pushed along the station of Clif ford. The town just then was being visited by a severe epidemic. Owing to the inclemency of the weather the sta tion was almost deserted, and the light from its lamps could barely pierce the thick mist, through which a woman who had just alighted tried to find her way. Her anxious look at last dis cerned a tall form muffled in a gray overcoat; as his keen glance shot across the space, he s?owly advanced to meet her. One minute of rigid self repression and then, in the same si lence with which the had left her home, he led her back to It Could any words have been spoken after this barrier of 'five long years? He led her to the cozy bedroom, al ways kept in readiness as she immedi ately saw, and tears sprang to her eyes upon finding there every comfort. As he helped her settle down in the arm chair near the fire, just as he had done the night he brought her there as a bride, the Colonel spoke for the first time in a strangely subdued voice: "This is your sanctum; all the house is yours, but here live, and do as you please. Goodnight." The light kiss on her forehead, as cold and kind as the few words, chilled her. How remote she felt, how little hope there seemed of beginning life anew! He little guessed. It seemed, that through fear of his being taken ill she had left all else behind. - The pleasant, gabled house was spared the visitation of Illness; all seemed well within: Helen resumed her eld habits; she also had hours for herself, and continued her writings for a periodical. As she detected her hus band's eyes following her, she felt his look, to be like his words coolly In different. : . "You must have grown tired of It all," said he, one day, after dinner. She flushed. . . .-J '"Do you say this because I have re turned?" ; He hesitated - "No yes I can see no other rea son," and with the slight, rather dreary; smile of one who knows much of Ufa and the nature he deals with, he added: "I expected you." ! Helen paled but remained speechless; there was that in her which condemned: her to silence. Day after day she went about those little duties that added so: much comfort to his life. He noticed how perfect had become her beauty, how easy and graceful all her move ments, the dignity that rested on her brow. On the other hand she saw, how gray her husband's hair had grown, how sad the handsome mouth, how stern the eyes that of yore lighted up so easily. The evening was dreary;- the Colonel had not been in to dinner... It was drizzling and the atmosphere was heavy with sadness. Of late Mr. Hunt was frequently absent, and his silent mcods seemed to have become habit ual, so much that he spoke with evi dent effort Was this home? Was it life? Was this state of affairs the price to be paid for the eminence whence she had shone for a while? Could she keep this up? The great world had not j-et forgotten her, she learned from the letter before her. It was one of those letters that had always thrilled her. Should she hesitate? Should she go across the seas with this loved one? The letter fell at her feet while she mused; then, turning to the table, she took up a card requesting that Colonel nd Mrs. Hunt would be present at the opening of the Clifford library, and an accompanying note asked "if. she would lend the attraction of her voice to the programme, etc." She had given much time to this, years before: now that the good was at last accom plished what did she care? to be seen with him, smiling her part what a farce was this! Her hands were tightly clasped. Five weeks since her return, and not a word of welcome, not a sign of joy; her quiet efforts were met with distrust. Noth ing but this intolerable silence! What attitude could she take but to seek refuge in pride? At last she heard her husband's foot steps in the hall; he hesitated, then walked into the bright sitting room, so elegant and snug since her return. After a space of oppressive silence, as he stood on the hearth rug, he picked up the letter lying at her feet. The sight of the writing made his heart stand still, his delicacy once more caused him to hesitate; but, suddenly resolute, he turned to the closing words and signature, which ran: "In conclusion I beg you not to con sider my pleasure nor interests at stake. Lady W . , knows how you are situated, and, like myself, approves of my noble Helen's choice. With loving freindship, FRANCES." The letter fell from his hand, and his voice, as he spoke, sounded cold and distant: "Helen, it is a relief to know at last that your mysterious correspondent is the woman whose spirituality has won for her the reverence of two worlds. This choice referred to " but his wife's listless air, as she gazed into the fire, made him add bitterly: "You must excuse me, I once more intrude upon your privacy." Again there was silence. "You must be cold," said she, at last, in a voice of studied calm. ' - -'.- "Yes, but I might be still colder in a few days." "How so?" "I might take a journey to the far northwest, and be absent many weeks, nay, months; in fact, it is hard to say how long. The railroad company needs a man of energy in those wilds, and it has honored me with the choice." Her voice was still cold as she asked: "Is it of much advantage to you? Could the journey be avolde'd?" "Yes, there is some advantage, though I have work on hand. I must give a definite answer within 24 hours." "Well," said her clear, proud voice, "you must not go. It is too much ex posure; I see a way out of this situaT tlon. I feel I have once more dis turbed your life, and should not have returned; clearly my presence is un welcome. No, do not speak. At last you give me occasion to say that which I have long wished to say to you. I intend once more to take up the career I had chosen and in which I met with success." Mistaking the nature of his silence, her pride rose above her suf fering, and she continued: "Two per sons who have become utterly indif ferent cannot thus impose their pres ence upon one another. My journey to England" She was near the door against which he already stood; al ready he caught her .wrists in his strong hands and in a hoarse whisper asked: . . ' "Is this your choice?" She remained silent "Why have you returned? I must have the truth.". r With tears In her eyes, she said: "I am not welcome enough to an swer." "Welcome! O woman, woman!" Then looking Into her upturned face, and pressing her hands against his breast, he cried: ; " "Speak,, speak! tell your husband why you have come back to him." With a radiant smile she said: : "Because because, I could not well neip myself; because, the law decrees: A good home to a good man!" And the sweet rippling laughter once more ban ished the silence of Fernwood. N. O. Times-Democrat ., To the Point. . " Mr. Crusty Confound it, , young man, it's after ten o'clock! Have you no home to go to? " - " Mr. Pert--No, but we were Just talk ing about making one. Funny coinci dence that you .should mention it Smith's Weekly. FOR THE LACE-WORKER. The Soft Scarf Is a Nice Christmas Present to Make for Elderly , . Ladies. Elderly ladles find the soft scarf very becoming, and now that lace is so much In vogue no better gift can be offered at this time than that mod eled after the desisn In the accom panying cut A piece of fine net the desired length should be edged with lace braid, and the ends ornamented with lace fashioned from the same braid. The lace design here shown is a comparatively simple one; includes what is frequently called the simple lace st'tch, the wheel or spider, and in the stem pattern the single bar Is used. If preferred, the lace and net idea may be carried out in stock or turn-over collar Instead of the le33 A NEAT LACE SCARF END. common scarf. Speaking of collars, there comes to mind a dainty bit of neckwear recently seen in the shops, and which could easily be made at home; one of the revised old-fashioned sort, a lay-down collar to wear with an old-style brooch. Sew together three strips of fine Insertion, finish with a. frill of lace, fasten UDDer cart ot collar to a neck band. This may be made by the home needlewoman for a few cents, but costs dollars when bought down town. HAND-SEWING REVIVED. All Kinds of Hand-Made Things Now Much in Esteem, Especially Fine Needlework. Needlework as an art has long been despised, but is now being revived. The day will soon dawn when, once more, a girl will blush to have lo own that she cannot stitch, sew, tuck, hem, gather, whip, and fell linen Into beau ty and usefulness. Hand-embroidered and crocheted, knitted or netted lace, lasts for years, and puts the machine made Imitations to scorn. With clever fingers a very little money suffices to render a house beautiful, and the pleasure derived from the work of one's hands Is priceless. Curtains of serge or ' velveteen may be trans formed into splendor by embroidery and stitchery. Tablecloths that would cost ten times the money in a shop can be made and embellished at home. Pretty underclothing Is a necessity to every nice girl, and it Is rrettlest when she makes it herself in dainty shapes and with fine trimmings of frills,-lace or embroidery. A girl never looks sweeter than when occu pied with-; a feminine handicraft Then there are the poor. "Blessed are they which consider-the poor." If girls knew with what delight tired mothers of the people buy cheaply good and beautfful clothes for their bairns and themselves, there would be more ladies' handicraft clubs. r These clubs are formed by a number of girls who meet one afternoon or evening at a member's house or the clubroom and work for. the poor. No garment or article is given away. The workmen's wives and mothers pay a low price for each, covering the cost of the material. The club members give the time and work. The garments are simple,' but beautiful in shape and make, the aim being to show Jhat plain clothing need not be ugly or gaudily vulgar. Handicraft clubwork Is not limited to the needle. Small bookshelves and cupboards, fret work, poker work, leather work, curtain work, ribbon work, bent-Iron, metal and bead work, are all useful. FOB, THE NEEDLEWOMAN. - Pretty jabots are made from fine lace handkerchiefs. Gilt threads are used with good effect in embroidering white linen collar and belt sets. Pretty plaited waists of sea-green al batross figure among the least expensive blouses. The new-old and exquisitely beautiful ribbon embroidery appears on collars, cuffs, belts, bags and gowns. . An Ingenious woman made an old white lace shawl Into a beautiful even ing wrap by lining It with innumerable frills of white chiffon. Some of the lingerie petticoats have flounces and ruffles cut put in deep scal lops, tiny ruffles of narrow lace set on the under ruffle and showing in the fan-shaped spaces. ; Embroidered brussels lace cravats are among the pretty models that may be easily constructed at home. They may be of white, cream or black net and the embroidering done in geometrical de signs. '; A newspaper-cutting book can be con trived by making an outer cover of cartridge paper and inserting between it a blank paper writing pad from which the leaves are loosened all but an Inch at the left side. You can paste your, paper cover on to it and paint on the outside a large cluster of many-colored pansles to - represent the inclosed "thoughts," painting in gold the word "peasees under the flowers. BEAUTY NOTES IN GENERAL Something About Care of the Eyes, v the Hair and the Com plexion. Your druggist will eive you an eye wash of borax and camphor water which will be of benefit to the eyes it they are tired or inflamed. Mix it with a little warm water and apply with an eye-cup. The lashes can be strength ened In growth by use of this ointment: Two ounces red vaseline, one-eighth ounce tincture cantharides, 15 drops oil rosemary, 15 drops oil lavender. Be careful not to let it get into the eyes, for it will smart Dally scalp massage and a' good tonic, such as eau de quinine, will put your hair in better condition and may check the gray growth. Brush out the dan 'druff with a stiff brush, penetrating , to tne scalp, once a week, but do not use the fine comb unless you are skillful with it - Leave off cold cream and powder for awhile, and give your face a thorough treatment with castile soap, hot water and the face brush. Use every night and don't be alarmed at the red SDOts that at first will appear. They are the blackheads making their way out There is no way that straight hair can be made wavy except by use of arti ficial curlers. Use kid ones, avoid the Iron. Water In which quince seeds have been boiled keeps the hair in curl for some time. - Noses have undoubtedly been changed in shape by some of the violent methods employed, but there have also been se rious results from the same methods I should certainly leave my nose as It was formed and to try to be as Dretty as possible In other respects. You can make people forget one faulty feature if you will. You had better let your warts be treated by electrolysis. This is the surest and safest method. This Is an excellent lotion for bald ness: Eight ounces alcohol, one ounce spirits lavender, one-half ounce elyc erin, eight grains sulphate quinine, two and one-half drams tincture rhatany, one and one-half drams tincture can tharides. Apply twice a day. Shampoo with tar soap once a month and brush dandruff from scalp every week. Mas sage at night in this manner: Place the tips of fingers on scalp, move them with the scalp in rotary manner, go from spot to spot until the whole scalp has been loosened. The brown blotches are probably from liver trouble, and the trouble must be corrected by a physician. For freckles try this: One ounce lemon juice, one ounce alum, one pint rose water. use the following skin food with massage: Four ounces sweet almond oil, one ounce white wax, one ounce spermaceti, melted together. Add to this mixture one and one-half drams pulverized borax which has been dis solved in one and one-half ounces clvc erin and one-half ounce orange flower water. Stir constantly until almost hard, and then add, dropping, one-hall dram tincture benzoin and one drop oil of neroji. Washington Star. USEFUL HAT-PIN HOLDER. Fills a Long-Felt Want A Suitable Cass in Which to Keep These Pins. A test-tube inserted in a fancy rase makes a pretty and useful ' receptacle for the necessary hatpin. Three rows of insertion and three rows beading, sew together, edge top ' PRACTICAL HAT-PIN HOLDER. and bottom with lace, run ribbon through beading, leaving ends long enough to tie. Insert test tube, and the very convenient little novelty is finished. Narrow Insertion and bead ing are used so as to just fit the test tube. Chop Sney. Scrape the meat from the bones of hall a chicken and cut it into strips a half Inch long. Slice an onion thin. Soak a handful of mushrooms for ten minutes in cold water, then drain. Cut a stalk of celery Into inch-long pieces. Wash and slice six Chinese potatoes. Cook a cup of rice so that each grain stands alone. Put the chicken Into the frying pan-with butter and fry until done, but not dry and hard. Add the sliced onion and cook a little. Add the mushrooms. Now pour over all a small dessert dish of Chinese sauce. Add some water and stew for ten or 15 minutes.' Add the celery and at the end of five minutes the potatoes. Thicken with a little flour and water; "boil up once and serve with the rice. Marion Harland in Chicago Daily News. :.- ALWAYS CALL FOR A CIGAR BY ITS NAME 3 IIC,1 p MEANS MORE THAN ANY OTHER NAME - . BS0W9 BAUDS GOOD FOB PKBSB3T9 "Laxfaat SalUr t tt WrU ANAKESIS&3 TRADE AND INDUSTRY. The Paris municipal council has unanimously called on the French islature to make It a penal offense to cause employes of either sex to work more than six days a week. The Goldflelds Labor Council at-y West Australia, has passed a resolu tion In favor of a six-hour working day, and as a labor ministry Is in pow- er the idea is likely to be realized. Glass houses may soon be mad. stone-proof. Silesian glassmakers are- turning out glass bricks for all sort of building purposes, and hope that, the proverb will soon have no signifi cance. Fifteen million bunches of b&nuM,.. were brought to the United States last. year by one fruit company, which run 83 steamers. They came chiefly from. Cuba, Costa Rica, Jamaica and Hon duras. The American smelters of the iistU. ter town of Murray. Utah, have orean- Ized to ask the employers to discharge an Greek and Austrian employes and to employ only Americans In future, because the foreigners are accused of many recent crimes. The restriction that salmon rear not; be taken from the waters of south. eastern Alaska until after July 1 of each year has been removed, and, in . view of that, it Is expected that th. catch will be very much large.' this. year than previously. The Journal of Education say: 'Taking the country as a whcle. one-i child in five between the ages of 6 and 15 13 at work a3 a - wage earner. In. 1 Alabama it is one In four, while in . Massachusetts It Is but one in 2001 Massachusetts leads all other states Is far In the lead in this particular. Her record is 40 times as good as that of the United States as a whole." - Trapped. Sharpe I eee you are mentioned 1 one of the books Just published. Prim Indeed! What book? "The directory. Cassell's. HABITS CHAIN. Certain Habits Unconsciously Panned and Hard to Break. An ingenious "nhilosonher etimt that the amount of will power neces sary to break a life-Ions; hahit w,ia If It could be transformed, lift a weignt or many tons. It sometimes reaulres a MrW gree of heroism to break the chains of a pernicious habit than to Inarl lorn hope In a bloody battle. A lady writes from an Indiana town: 'From my earliest childhood 1 a' lover of coffee. Before -1 wii mil of my teens I was a miserable dys peptic, suffering terribly at times with, my stomach. I was convinced that It was mff. that was causing the trouble an I could not deny myself a cup for breakfast At the see of as r 1. very poor health, Indeed. My JBister told me I was In danrer of hamniTi a coffee drunkard. . " ; "But I never could nn -4nVf coffee for breakfast although It kept me constantly 111, until I tried Postum. I learned to make ft Ing ; to directions, and now we can hardly do without Postum for hr- fast, and care nothing at all for coffee 1 am no longer troubled with dys pepsia, do hot have spells of suffering with- my stomach that used to trouble me so when I drank coffee.' Nam given by Postum Co.. Battls - Cm Mich. ; Look in each tike, for h r tie bock. Tha. Eoad. to 7eTiV