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Here's to the man who lies to us, who's careless of the truth.
Who slaps us on the back and says, "Gee ! how you hold your youth !" Who shrinks not at the future when be has a lie to tell. But, when you're sick and tired and blue, declares, "Your looking well!" Here's to the man who tell.-; us lies when solemn truth would hurt. Who says: "I'll back you through and through, if it should take my shirt." Who, when you're "off" and cannot write just as you think you should. Will tune you up for better things, with, "That's what I call good !" Or, when you paint a picture that is wrong in every part. Will make you think the daub is great by saying, "Now, that's art !" He lies but's it's in charity, if lying ever was. So, here's his health, for, though he lies, he's honest when he does. josh Wink, in the Baltimore American. The Fire Edition. By VICTOR A. HERMANN. (Copyright. 1901, by Daily Story Pub. Co.) All was excitement in the reportorial room. Outside, on either side of the Times iron building, a dozen struc tures were crumbling in the mighty grasp of the fire warrior. - It was the worst conflagration since the memora ble south-side blaze. At any moment those at the night desk might have to throw down their pencils and rush down tr th fimnka hnlceri thnrouerh- fare. Ezra S pease, the city editor, came out of his little office Just as the walls of White's cracker factory tumbled in with a muffled roar. "Whew! Getting pretty close, boys, but I guess we can stand it." '"Old Spease" was on friendly term3 with everyone, from the "devil" to the associate editor. Then the old man walked over to the window. The vast columns of smoke and the reddened sky made an exaggerated spectacle; one could have sworn the whole city was doomed. Only a blazing mass of ruins marked the spot where the 10-story cracker factory had towered a few - hours be fore. ItT CUUUI - ....... thread of red flame wound itself up to ward the drying room of the furni ture house. A few moments later the Inflammable interior was a seething furnace. A lone fireman stood on the roof; his nozzle pouring a continuous stream through the skylight. At times be appeared to be enveloped in a sea ot flame, only to emerge like some in vincible fire god. "Whew! That's grit clear through. Where's Scott? Covering insurance? All right; send Fairbanks." Fairbanks threw down his clipping hears and come forward. "Do you see that fireman on the roof? Well, not one man in a hun dred would stay up there a minute. You are pretty fair at this sort of work; run off a little incident. We'll need all the space available for the next few days, but It'll come in gooi on Sunday." Fairbanks was already making en tries in his book, but the next instant a mixture of charred wood and water rattled the glass so menacingly that the two moved away. A pronounced odof" of burning var nish penetrated the building and started them all coughing. "There's money in that varnish." said the city editor, thoughtfully. Then the opaque door of his little office was ctosed behind him. And the men on the desk continued to wield their heavy pencils. Two objects were foremost in their minds; The Old Man Grasped the Lever, to get down all possible, or desert the .building the latter only when, or- The only idle man in the big room was Winters. He stood drying his feet by the radiator, and frowning at the smiling piece of .Italian statuary that embellished the spare desk. An un successful journey in a leaky boat will ruffle even a newspaper man. Presently old Spease'a head appeared In the doorway. "You men on the desk'. Chop-tha foreign news in half; don't let a line of exchange matter in. We must have two more columns for the fire." And the door again banged. The heat of the blaze was becoming oppressive. Winters removed his coat. Then some of the others bet an " to tumble with their co.xB.tm. Ta eraca . r . I I m.. b-i - imtf. X of a blistered pane brought the city editor out. "Hotter and hotter, boys. Well, it's lucky this building is Iron." But he began to feel a little nervous in spite of himself. Showers of burn ing wood began to fall around the windows, while the roaring increased until it drowned even the dull throb of the engines. A fireman stuck his head in the door. "The chief says you'd better come down it's risky." "Did the chief say we must desert the building?" "Well, not exactly those words, but he did say it was dangerous to stay up here another minute." "Well, tell the chief when he orders -That Is For the City Editor." us to leave the building we'll obey. The Times hasn't dropped an issue since the day it started, and I hardly think it will do so now.' The fiieman walked away and the city editor stopped at the speaking tube. "HelloT Who is the pressroom?" "All of us," came the response. "Well, i3 everything all right? We want to run oS the edition within two hours?" "Everything running, sir; but it's terribly hot down hen," "Same up here, Jim; but I think they'll have it under control in an hour." But one hour and then another passed and still the fire raged. The fire laddies had almost deserted the burning district, turning their efforts to the property that lay in the path of the blaze. The big reportorial room was also deserted. Not a pane hal weathered the hot blasts that licked the sashes. Sparks swept through the jaggled glass and ignited a heap of ex changes that lay on the spare desk. Dense smoke filled the room and hall way. - The pressroom was a hive of activ ity. A score of men busied around the iron monster whose roar would drown even the noise outside. The city editor superintended the work from a mailing table. And the red liquid in the little thermometer on the wall crawled past 110. The last cylinder was in its place. Jim grasped the lever, but his hand relaxed ana the poor fellow dropped to the floor. "It's the heat," cried - old Spease. springing down to the floor, "up to the air with him! " Then it was the old man's hand that grasped the lever. - The great mass of wheels began to revolve: slowly at first, then Increas ing until the aoise was deafening. A bank of moist papers began to collect at one end. The mighty press ; was speaking. One two three five ten floor; still the old man held the lever open. "Ten thousand copies." the city ed itor chuckled, "ten thousand copies." The men stared at him in admiration. Suddenly, without warning, the wall near the big dynamo. began to crum ble. ' "My God! Run for your life the wall's coming in!" they -cried, scram bling np the iron stairway. But the city editor did not hear their warning: his eyes were riveted on the busy wheels. We've never .skipped an Issue. Tea thousand copies: ten thousand" o o o . - o . At daybreak the fire was under control- Its path had been checked by the sluggish river on one side, and a long stretch of boulevard on the other. It was now that the exhausted fire lad dies tock turns In devouring the sand wiches and steaming coffee that the pAarby hotels sent down. The first light in the east brought thousands of spectators stumbling over the debris strewn thoroughfare.. A silhouette against the clear morning sky was the less monument to the fire fiend. It was the only structure standing with in a block. "Times Extra! All about the big fire, cries of the newsboys went ringing over the smolding ruins. A man came out of the Times office with a long streamer of black crape. He began en twining it among tne artistic work over the door. "Why, who is that for?" inquired a reporter from the Star. "That," and the man spoke with a tremor, "that is for the city editor." NEW WOMAN IN WASHINGTON. Wiro of Sldkey B7 frona, Torkay Pop olor mt CspltoL. The ladies of the Turkish legation have not heretofore, taken any part in the social life of the capital. Mme. Ferrouh, wife of the recently recalled Turkish' minister was an orthodox Ma hommetan woman, and received only a few women, wives of diplomats, and no men at all. She drove out once in a while veiled to the eyes, and shrouded in a long silken coat. Her only companion was her younger sis ter, who, by special permission of the sultan, accompanied her to this coun try. Neither woman would have been allowed to leave Turkey if they had any idea of adopting American cus toms. Ferrouth Bey's successor, Shek ib Bey, is reputed to be a widower. At all events he- is unencumbered with womankind. . The second secretary, Sidky Bey, has a wife, however, and a charming one, who promises to be come extremely popular in the diplo matic set. She is an Armenian, and consequently a kind of a Christian. She is tall and finely formed, with a mass of jet black hair and fine dark eyes. Mme. Sidky, as she is called, was edu cated in the Soutari college in Con stantinople, and is a highly accom plished woman, speaking five lan quages and conversing extremely well in all of them. Her English is alto gether perfect. Mme. Sidky is also a fine singer, her voice having been care fully cultivated in Italy, where she lived for several years. Mme. Sidky is delighted with the freedom of Ameri can society, and takes a naive delight in each new custom with which she becomes familiar. Her latest fad is the bicycle, and as she is probab y the first woman of her nationality who has ever mounted a wheel, her daily appearance in the park is watched for with consid erable interest. She i3 a graceful rider, and wears most distracting bicycling gowns. Chicago Tribune. Iadla-o-l Snaka Hlaa. A strip of abandoned land . east of Jeffersonville, Ind., is alive witbr snakes, some of the reptiles measur ing five feet In length. The field be longs to Mr. Frank Kaelin. Mr. W. W. Lyon, a civil engineer, was running the boundaries a few days ago, that the land might be fenced, and he en countered the snakes and abandoned hi3 work. Mr. Kaelin went to the field to build the fence. The sun was wane, and the ground seemed to be covered with the crawling reptiles. Men who were with Mr. Kaelin charged on the snakes with clubs and killed 75, while many escaped. The fence was finally built, but - the workmen frequently stopped to vrage a war of extermina tion on the snakes. Then Mr. Kaelin's son' started to plough up the ground, and the first furrow turned up snakes of all sizes. A large one took refuge under one 5f the horses, coilin? around the animal's leg. The boy killed 16 snakes. ftoatortne; Gna? Ilnoa.ar. The great dinosaur, the restoration of which has been the work of the geo logical department of Yale University for more than a year, has been placed in position in the Pea'body museum at Yale. It was discovered by Prof. J. B. Hatcher In the summer of 1S91 while exploring for the late Prof. O. C. Marsh of Yale in Wyoming. The speci men was in excellent condition, with ail its parts intact, and it was also an entirely new variety. There is but one other specimen in the world and it is in Brussels. Its length is 29 feet 3 inches. The height of the head above the base is 13 feet 2 inches. ' Woman EaopUarod ot Votleoo. A large staff of women is employed at the Vatican for the sole -purpose of keeping the pope's wardrobe i:i perfect condition. No spot or stain may dis figure the garments worn by his holi ness, and- as., he always appears in white, even a few hours' wear deprives the robes of their freshness. It is con sidered that co man's hand is dainty enough for their care, so in this one respect women are permitted to serve the pontiff. Only the most delicate materials are used, moire silk being the summer fabric, and a specially woven fine cloth the winter one. Ai Oatow folpit. Another London church is to have the novelty of an outdoor pulpit like the one at St. Mary's WhitechapeL The new one Is being erected at Christ church, Spitalfields. as a memorial to the late Dr. Billing, a former rector, and for many years bishop of Bedford. Like the open-air pulpit used at White chapel, the new one will look out from the church wall upon the open space of the disused churchyard, where an out door congregation can gather without any danger from street traffic An Iowa mother punishes her little son by making him wear his Snnday clothes, while she rewards her young daughter in the same manner. fretender to He Editor. To provide the French - Royalists j with an organ, the Duke of Orleans, who is the pretender to the throne ot France, has purchased the Parisian newspaper Soleil, and will conduct the journal in the interests of the cause of . which be is the head. It is under stood that the Duke will assume personal charge ot the editorial . de partment of the pa per. The . novel spectacle ot royal ty, in the person of a claimant to a throne, who by blood and marriage is related to many of the crowned heads of the continent, turning editor will be interesting to contemplate. Orleans can well afford to essay the task of financing a newspa per. His private fortune is ample. Re cently it was reinforced by a decibm of the French court which condemned the French government to turn over to the Duke and his family property and funds worth many millions of dollars. The property consists largely of canal shares which were the property of the house of Orleans at the time of the great revolution in the latter part of the eighteenth century. After the downfall of the dynasty this property was confiscated. In 1814 laws were passed providing for its restoration tc the. original owners. This was impos sible in a majority of cases,' as the gov ernment had disposed of the property. Subsequently the law provided that the restoration should be made in cases where the new owners died - without heirs, which would place the govern ment in actual possession of it. Resti tution has been made under the deci sion rendered lately by the courts. Emancipate Farmer' Wife. F. J. Frost, of Almond, Wis., who represents the Second District in the Wisconsin legislature, wants a steam laundry established at every cross roads in the state, where farmers' wives may bring their weekly wash ings and save themselves one of the hardest duties of their work. Mr. Frost has not fully developed his idea as yet, and has no definite plan for the establishment and maintenance of the laundries, but he declares his plan Is feasible. He is engaged in "visiting the resi dents of his district, fixing his politi- F. J. FROST, sal fences, and incidentally getting their views on his pet scheme. - He contrasts the comparatively little labor lone by the housewife In the city, where laundries are available, with the drudgery of the country farmhouse, where each week's washing and iron ing must be done on the premises and commonly by the housekeeper herself. tie a d f Myotic Sh rin errm Philip C Shaffer, t he new - imperial potentate of tbe Nobles of the Mys tic Shrine, is a na tive of Philadel phia, and one of the best known busi ness men in town. He has Just entered . upon his fifty-first year and for more than one-halt of bis life has been a Mason. Upwards of seventeen years ago he joined the Shriners, and for twelve years he of ficiated in the post of Oriental Guide of Lu - La Temple " Philadelphia. For three years he was. the potentate of the temple, and he was elected to the of fice of the deputy 'mperial . potentate , at the last meeting of the Shriners. Mr." Shaffer, as may be imagined, is ona tt the most en- . thusiastic ot the 3hriners in the country, devoted to spirit and He is purpose of this order, and few men have more mystic friends than he in his home city and throughout the country. It The legislator believes a steam laun dry could easily be operated in connec tion with each creamery at his home town of Almond with a view to trying the plan. Mr. Frost hopes to be known to posterity as the emancipator of the country housewife. " The reward he hopes for in life is a return to the legislature. Mr.. Frost is serving his second term in the assembly. He is the Almond agent of several insurance companies and of an agricultural ma chinery manufacturer, and owns a large farm, which he manages in ad dition to his other business. He is a graduate from the Oshkosh Normal school and is 43 years old. Mary. SacK)ilIe to Wed. . Lady Mary Sackville of England, well known to the 400 of New York and to the elite of Washington, and who was at one time reported to have been engaged to Frank Gould, will soon rid herself of the name for fickleness which society has placed upon her. The titled English woman is now pre- LADY SACKVILLE. paring for her marriage to Hamilton Dent. London is looking forward to the event as one of considerable social significance. The announcement of the engagement was made May 21. Trust Affect "Price. Professor Jeremiah W. Jenks of Cor nell university has made an unbiased study of the effects of trusts on prices, which appears in the current number of the North American Review. From the facts gathered by the United States Industrial commission he deduces the conclusion that prices are made high er by the trusts than they would be otherwise. The fact that prices of manufactured commodities are now lower than they were before the era of combinations proves nothing either way. The crucial question is whether or not the margin between the cost of raw materials and the market price of the finished product " has increased since the coming of (he trusts. Even this is not an infallible test as regards prices, for the truse may use its power to force down the cost of the raw ma terial it needs, but in general the ize of this margin between raw material and finished product is the most re liable test available. Paul Revere, the revolutionary hero, was an inventor, though not many people are aware of the fact. He was the first man to refine and roll copper. In 1801 he founded the Re vere Copper company, and the com pany Is still running, under the same name, in Canton, Mass. The King of Portugal is clever with the brush and has been awarded sev eral medals for bis pictures at exhibi tions. As a rule, however, he worka in pastel, and thus spends many a leisure day sketching favorite spots along the coast. 7 llrV IMPERIAL POTENTATE SHAFFER. was believed from the beginning that he would be promoted from tbe second highest to the highest office in the or der. Mr. Shaffer is prominent in tbe furniture trade Current Topics A. ycxrthftit Authored. When a writer barely twenty years of age produces a book of sufficient merit to attract so conservative a pub lishing firm as the Harpers it is not too fulsome credit to say she has achieved a distinct success. This dis tinction has been earned by Miss Mar garet Horton Potter with, her third novel. "The House of DeMai ly." Miss Potter is the daughter of O. W. Potter, the Chicago millionaire, and was born in Chicago in 1881. Her sister, Mrs. . Gertrude Potter Daniels, has also pub lished two successful books. Miss Pot ter has acquired most of her education through travel and reading. Miss Pot ter's last trip abroad included a con siderable stay in a remote village in Sicily; there she secured much of ths material woven into her last novel. tha scenes of which are laid in the court of Louis XV. Miss Potter's first book was called "A Social Lion" and her second "Uncanonized." BwiVie in JTouth Africa, Consul General Stowe of Cape Town predicts a business revival in South Africa after the close of the Boer war and advises American exporters to be on the lookout for their share of the new trade. He argues that the losses of the war must be replaced and that these losses cover almost everything men buy and sell, from farm imple ments and household necessities to min ing machinery and railway supplies. To corroborate his argument he cites the fact that American manufacturers of mining machinery have already re ceived orders aggregating $5,000,000. Mr. Stowe's roseate predictions should be accepted with some reser vations. As regards one class of im ports hi3 view is correct, while a3 re gards another class he probably is in error. It is true that the need for goods and commodities of all kinds will be widespread and urgent, but the cash with which to buy them will be lacking in many cases. The Boers are fighting desperately and have become impoverished. They will" be sorely in need of clothe3, food, implements, and all the necessaries of life, but they are now too poor to do any large amount of buying for some years to come, that is unless they wipe out British author ity. Then they can raise all the money they will need. Majcagnt to Tottr Jnited State Pietro Mascagni, the celebrated Ital ian composer, who is coming to Am erica 'for a concert season of eight weeks-, has written several operas, but only one of these has taken its place beside the great compositions of the nineteenth century. This is "Cavalle ria Rusticana." Mascagni, like Verdi, was born in the humblest of circum stances. His father was a baker of Leghorn, and in that city the future PIETRO MASCAGNL composer first looked upon day on. De cember 7. 1863. He played so well on the piano that the musicians of tha tnwn sent htm as a child to the con servatory at Milan. There he fought with his masters and turned his back upon them. 1 hen he traveled with a cheap opera company and wrote the m oroct nnthln . In music In . 1383 a Milanese manager offered a prize for an opera. Mascagni wrote uavaiiena. an onfr if tn Tha In rv t once award ed him the prize and his fortune and reputation were made at one stroke. In 1896 he became the director of the conservatory at Pesaro. ; Settled All Account. At a stag party recently given in Kansas City, a pretty and politic cus tom was introduced. There were just forty guests, and every one had a wife at home. Each - on his departu- (about 2 o'clock in the morning) re ceived a handsome ' casket of sweajts to take to his waiting partner and fam ily. ' The outside box was of satin wood, costing $3. and trade a pleasant memento of the ocyision. It is safe to say there wer no curtain lectures in tortv homes that s4. ' f i V 1