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The Barber County Index.
PAINTER & HERR. Publishers.
8 The Silence Jt9
of Fernwood. Q
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
- Pretty jabots are made from fine lace
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
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. :.-
3 IIC,1
"Laxfaat SalUr t tt WrU
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
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
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.
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

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