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Shun Delays If TV1 I .a it Shun delays, they breed remorse; -Take thy time, while time Is lent thee; Creeping1 snails have weakest force Fly their faults, lest thou repent thee. Good Is best when soonest wrought. Lingering- labors come to naught. Hoist thy sail while gale doth last Tide and wind stay no man's pleasure. Seek not time, when time is past; Sober speed is wisdom's leisure. After-wits are dearly bought. Let the fore-wit guide thy thought. Time wears all his locks before. Take then hold upon his forehead; When he files he turns no more. And behind his scalp is naked. Works adjourned have many stays. Long demurs bring new delays. Seek thy salve while young the wound. Older sores ask deeper lancing: After cures are seldom found. Often sought, scarce ever chancing-. in the rising, stifle ill. Lest it grow against thy will. Drops do pierce the stubborn flint. Not by force, but often falling; Custom kills with feeble dint. More by use than strength prevailing;. Single sands have little weight. Many make a. drowning freight. Robert Southwell. His Little Wretch. BY IRENE D. CRAIGEN. (Copyright, 1901, by Dally Story Pub. Co.) The sun shone fiercely down in the factory ' yard and upon Mr. William Cole, foreman, seated upon a pile of lumber and muttering imprecations as he dug his heel savagely in the hot sand. "If I ever get back to civilization, confound it, I'll stay there!" he was declaring under his breath. "It's just as the poet fellow says, 'Better fifty years of What's-hls-name than a cycle of Carthage." " "Who's you talkin' to. Mister?" piped a small voice. Mr. Billy started and looked up, to find himself confronted by an atom. It was a feminine atom, dressed in a torn pink frock, with a shock of mud-colored hair and the bluest eyes that ever looked out of a dirty face. The atom dragged after it a wagon made of pasteboard, mounted on empty spools, in which reclined with what grace it might a doll formed from a stick of kindling wood wrapped in a bit of cal ico. "Hulloa! you little wretch where'd you spring from?" asked Mr. Billy. "Over there," responded the atom, nodding vaguely in the direction of a line of hovels, half a mile away. "I play here 'cos we ain't got no yard and It's hot in the road. That's my house you's setting on now." "Oh! it is, is it?" responded Mr. Billy, gravely. "Well, now, see here. I'm not going to have you coming here, where cars are backing In all the time. You'll be killed if you do. Not that you wouldn't be better oft in Heaven; but I don't care to have your death on my soul and mind. Now, here's a small fraction of United States curren cy. Take it and trot along home, and remember that if you spend it judic iously you may some day be as rich as Rockefeller. Don't lose sight of the fact that I'm vested in the panoply of power here. So git!" The child held out her hand for the - penny, and eyed Mr. Billy wistfully. "I don't wanter go home," she said; "she whips me." , "Does, hey?" said the big man. with amiable sternness. "Well, perhaps you need It. Tell you what I'll do, though. If you'll promise solemnly, honest In jun, to stay away from the tracks, you may bring your doll duds over here. Promise?" The child nodded. "All right; fire away, then. If your face were cleaner. I would give you a "Who's you takin" to, mister?" chaste kiss on the cheek just for luck; but. under the circumstances. I think I will forbear." Then Mr. Billy went whistling away to his work, and the atom made a palace of the lumber p!'o i.nd seated Rosabella in state in the drawing room, whiie she prepared an imaginary dinner in an imaginary kitchen under some projecting boards. The next day when the youngster appeared Mr. Bil ly greeted her cbaartuUy with: v.-". 1 ..' O " "Well, you little wretch, how are you?'' "I'se well," responded the infant. And, as he drew nearer, the foreman discovered, from the smeary condition of her countenance, that some effort had been made to render it clean. "Been washing your face, I see," he commented. "Is yer goin to kiss me now?' the child demanded. "Think I shall. Here's a corner that's comparatively spotless, and upon it I press my Hps thus partly as a re ward of merit for your praiseworthy efforts and partly because you have the "Where is the. big man?" biggest violet eyes in twenty states." 'ihe atom smiled graciously at the compliment, and as often as she saw Mr. Billy in the days that followed she'd wave a stately hand at him, and he would respond with a "How's my little wretch?" in a big voice that rang through the yards. One day Mr. Billy was at home with an attack of what he called, for want of a better name, "the durndest fever a fellow ever had," when his small protege came to harm. She had a skip ping rope in her hand and was wan dering near the forbidden tracks when a freight car of lumber backed into the yrd. The end of the rope was caught by the wheels, and as the little one tugged to repossess herself of it her foot slipped under the car and was cruelly mangled. She whimpered for a moment, but the little wretch had been brought up in a stern school, where sympathy was unknown, and directly the lay quiet until one of the men passed near where she was. Then she lifted her voice in a piteous cry. "Here's the little wretch," she said. "I'se awfully hurted. Please come and get me." They carried her to the hospital and summoned her mother, and after the surgeons had removed the crushed member and made the patient as com fortable as possible she began to get feverish. . - "Where Is the big man?" she asked, plaintively. "Why doesn't he come to see his little wretch?" "I'm here, Martha," said her mother. her surly face for once softening. "Won't I do?" , "No," said the atom, her head toss ing on the pillow. "I want my bin man! He- loves me. He kissed me once, and he gave me this yesterday. I'm his little wretch. Oh! why doesn't he come to me" "This" was a penny, tha last of s ae ries of such gifts, which . had ben tightly clasped in the small hand every minute, except when the surgeons were operating. "Who is this man?" asked the sweet faced nurse. "If we could find him, her last moments would be easier, Nothing can save her life, but she would be happy If he were by when she passes out." - . "I don't know no man!" said the woman, roughly. "She's out of her mind." "Johnny knows my man, went on i the little voice; "he'll go for him. Tell him his little wrench is hurted. ana he'll come. . " " 1 - ' But before Johnny could bo found the shadows had lengthened In the ward, and the murmur had grown so weak that the "Oh! why doesn't the big man come to see his little wretch?" could hardly be distinguished.. Then, as the sun went down, all was quiet again in the dormitory, and the nurse drew the sheet np over the still, white, beautiful face of the atom. When Mr. Billy heard about it th next day his face paled, and his lan guage was something fearful. "I'd have given my life and all the money I pos sess to have been with the kid!" he said, brokenly. And then he went over to the hovel and laid a rosebud in the hand that still held the penny. LIME AND MALARIA. . . Investigator, Bay That Former Partialis A vcrtm Latter. - - A French scientist. Dr. Roche, thinks that he has discovered an interesting fact in regard to malaria. He declares that the addition of lime to the soil for purely -agricultural purposes will reduce the amount of malaria in that vicinity. Another medical man. Dr. Grellet, echoes that opinion, and as serts that the diminution in malaria Is proportional to the quality . of - lime used. Neither of these writers offers any explanation of the alleged discov ery or shows why the lime should an tagonize the malaria. ' The old notion that so-called malarial fevers resulted (as the name implies) from bad air, a miasm arising from the soil, and . es pecially from wet places, is still enter tained by a number of people. This is a theory which could be reconciled easily with the belief which Drs. Roche and Grellet now cherish. If both of these suppositions are correct no doubt the lime checks the development of the miasmatic vapor in wet soil. But it has recently been suspected that malaria is caused by a micro-organism which gets into the victim's blood, and not by a gas which is inhaled. It is also suspected that this microbe gets into the blood through the bite of an infected mosquito. Now, if this un derstanding of the case should prove to be right, then it would not be easy to see what lime has to do with, sup pressing malaria. Perhaps it kills mosquitoes and improves the sanitary conditions of a district in that manner. Or it is remotely possible that the disappearance of malaria which has been noticed in France is confined to a limited region, and is due to some other cause than the use of lime as a fertilizer. The two facts may have been simultaneous, but unrelated. At any rate, it will be -desirable to know whether anything of the kind has bee a noticed in other places where malaria once prevailed and where lime has been employed by farmers. If so, there is doubtless ' something in ' the idea. Otherwise, the French cases would ap pear to be accidental and exceptional. Cultivation of Cooo. The cultivation of coco, says a wri ter in the Scientific American, is at present an inviting agricultural pur suit in Trinidad and parts of Venezu ela. The coco tree cannot withstand strong sunshine, and the young plants have to be shaded by banana or plain tain trees, and later, when they attain their growth, by tall trees known as immortels," or the "mother of the coco. These make a kind of canopy over the entire plantation. The fruit of the coco tree is a pod, resembling a cucumber and growing on the trunk. or large branches, where it "looks as though it were artificially attached." The seeds are like large, thick Lima beans embedded in pulp. These form the coco beans of commerce. - The processes of curing and drying require much attention. A Community of Rent. Some people live in New York, oth ers exist. It Is written that a major ity of our citizens . never owned a home. They live in rented flats or houses all their lives, and do not know the meaning of possession. Many mil lionaires dwell in hired residences. Their homes are in other states, but they must be In Fifth avenue during the social season, and they must keep house. Philadelphia has been spoken of as a "community of homes." New York is a community of rents. More than half of our people don't know what it is to pay taxes. Their obliga tions of citizenship are. settled by the landlord, who takes everything out in the rent. We are becoming a charac terless mob. New York Press. She Had Osculated. "Did you ever kiss a man?" askeo. the Chicago girL, The Boston girl blushed.. "Really, that Is so vulgar, you know." she -Slid. "Maybe It is. but did you?" persisted the Chicago girl. "I should ha'e to think it was a kiss," replied the Boston girl, "but since I have become engaged I have tried osculation." Chicago Post. Importations. - "You get all that is best in your system of government from England, you know," said the placid Londoner. Anrl in a tone of silent irritation the New York man rejoined, "How about Richard fjroKeri wasmngton star. Lara-eat of Books. "Some day," muttered the foolkiller. "when I have more leisure than I have nowadays, I shall publish a book en titled 'Fools I have Met. " A Veteran of Balakla a. William Humphrey, 77, a vetei.n ol the Crimean war and one of the "Noble six hundred" of Balakla va, has., jus died at Santa Rosa. CaL - FOR WOMEN AND HOME ITEMS OF INTEREST FOR MAIDS AND MATRONS. The en Baa Gone The Queen la Oat of Mourning ud the King- Is la Purple Reform In Woman's Dress Facta About Old Lace. PASSING OF TUB VEIL. King Edward and Queen Alexandra have had their last mourning photos taken. The official term of grief has expired, and their royal highnesses will hereafter be taken in the ermine and the purple, but not In black. The Queen has laid aside her veil of crape, upon which the crown posed so jauntily in the spring and summer, and now she wears the most beautiful cos tumes in vari-colors. though for the most part in gray,, as her majesty is very partial to that shade. The King will hereafter don his army uniform or wear citizen's clothes, as may please him, but the heavy deal black of mourning will not be noticed. Bays the Philadelphia Press. The last .mourning photo of their majesties shows them in full regalia. but with the weeds upon them. The King, ever gallant, holds the Queen's fingers in his own, and the Queen stands just a little in the . background as befits a consort. Her majesty Is sweet-faced as ever, but a trifle thin. Though a woman past middle life, she still holds her own and is now, as she has been for the past generation, the prettiest loyal lady in Europe. Their mourning picture is to be perpetuated In a beautiful painting to be immedi ately executed by the court painter. FACTS ABOUT OLD LACE. In fixing the approximate date of any given piece of lace it is well to remember that machine-made thread was not used until after the beginning of the 18th century. Before that time the threads ran in length of about 29 Inches, for the worker could stretch no farther than her distaff, and had to break off and join again; if after un raveling some 25 inches of thread no joint is found the lace is surely after the introduction of machine-made thread. The "bride's ornee" alone are enough to go by; in the 15th century the bar had only a knot or dot as or- CLOTH AND VELVET 1. Persian velvet waist with tie, collar, fete, of black satin, bound with yellow. . J..- 2. White cloth, with pleats in front, bound with black satin, closed with erochetted buttons, black stitching. 3. Red flannel, cut out over white, and outlined in black cord. nament; in the 16th, a double or single loop; in the 17th. a star. The edging also helps; a sharp angle in the scallop fixes the date in the Middle Ages; the rounded scallop came in with the 19th century; with the 17th century a dot ted scallop; the 18th one is more ela borate, a large alternating with a small scallop, and dots, along the center of each. St. Louis Republic eovrs of navy blce cLOTn, With vest of white satin. The small revers are faced with white satin and trimmed with a narrow black and whit silk braid. The bolero is laced with this braid around silver lacing buttons. The blue velvet girdle has a sliver clasp. The skirt is made with tucks back and front and heavy cords at the sides. WHT ffOMEX DIMUBEE. Why do women dislike women? " "It lun't Jealousy." said one " of the sex, "because the. dislike is not coc5sd ro homely and unsuccessful women, and the abjects are not always pretty and successful ones. . It may be tie cause women are not easily 'done. . "It is not because women are wom en that they are disliked by their own sex in business. It is because the av erage, 'home woman' doesn't . under stand. . She is- usually monarch of her home, absolutely the most important person in it, and she loses the true ap preciation of the importance of other people outside it. A man In business is constantly brought in contact with men who are his equals or superiors, who have equal rights - with him, whereas a woman may spend two hours a day visiting with callers of her own grade of intelligence, as against sixteen spent with the children . and tha servants. When she does meet men ' it is either in the capacity of grocery boys or clerks whose - busi ness it is to defer to her. opinions, however illogical, or in a social way, when it isn't worth while to combat her ideas if they happen to be erratic "So that unless she makes a very great effort she becomes positive and dogmatic, and when she meets other women where there is a clash of in terests she expects the same deference from them that she receives in her daily surroundings from men, and this is in a great measure the reason why women's discussion, when it strays outside the realms of dress and babies, is not always as peaceful as is desir able." Newark News. FASHION WOILB SUFFER. - The leading idea of reform in wom an's dress is that every garment ought to fit according to the natural lines of the figure, without any im pediment, without pinching or exclu sion of free air that is supposed . to penetrate as freely as possible through the' clothing. -I am afraid that . ele gance will be the sufferer for soma time to come, for the medical celebri ties, who are thinking only of the prac tical side and wishing to give reliei to their patients suffering through their, mode of dressing, leave it tc those whose profession it Is to think how to introduce their planned re forms into practical use. Yet this form of suffering of elegance will only wear so long as fashion ignores thost reformatory views. If the leaders oJ fashion would take the reform of wom an's dress in hand and go in boldlj for it, breaking with the "traditions oi high collars and pinched waists, Louli SHIRT WAIST. Quinze heels, veils, etc., the dawn ol the reformed woman's dress would quickly come, the scale would turn in accordance, and the fashion of tnda would be scorned by those who are now its warmest followers and adorers. Princess Ysenburg in the North Ameri can Review. GLOVE FRICTION ON JEWKLg. "If you want your rings to last well said a' jeweler, "don't wear them undei gloves. But if you decide that gloves are a necessity, as probably you will then send your rings twice a year tc a jeweler to be overhauled," says Hom Notes.' The reason for this warning it he constant friction of the glove wean the tiny points that hold the stones in place and the result is that 'nt stones fall out, unless they are con stantly looked after. You might not detect a loose stone, but a jewelet would at ence, and thus might prevent your losing a valuable gem. COOK1X6 SCBOOL. Biscuit TortonL " . Make ice cream ' according to the foregoing recipe, but before freezing beat In a tables poonful of caramel, a small wineglassful of sherry, a half cup of macaroons ground small, and a half-cup of dry powdered sponge cake. Pour into paper cases that come for this purpose; sprinkle the tops with blanched and minced almonds and pack in the tin and freeze . - Indian Com Cake. Sift a cup of flour, two enps of In dian meal and two tablespoonfuls of baking powder with a teaspoonful of salt together in a large bowL Make a bole in the center of the meal and flour and work in two and a half cups of mi!k, three eggs, beaten very light, two teaspoonfuls of sugar and a heap ing teaspoonful of butter, melted. Mix thoroughly, pour in a greased mold, and bake in a steady oven, until a straw comes out clean from the thick est part of the loaf.. Eat at once. , More than 400 guides have been lot mured free against accidents by the Swiss Alpine Club, at an annual cost of over 12.000 francs. Look at the Labels! ...... ffinn nack&ze of cocoa or chocolate nnt. out bv Walter Baker & Co., bears the well-known trade-mark of tha chocolate girl, and the place of manu fniiir "nnrchpttpr. Mats." House keepers are advised to examine their purchases, and make sure that other snru1a hava nnt been substituted. They leceived three gold medals from the Pan-American exposition. ' Don't Like the Law. The proposed law for old-age pen sions meets with much opposition In France on the ground that the age at which the pension falls due, 65, is far beyond the average life of the French workman. Many labor organ izations have protested, -and all on the same ground, that their members have no mind to lay by from thu.r wages money by which they personally are little likely to profit. Unreal or Uramatle. "How unreal!" said the casual critics Df the drama when an interrupted mar riage scene in a church was Matured In a recent stage success. "How dra matic! cried everybody, when the pa pers told ue story yesterday of a real wife who stopped the remarriage of her husband at the very altar in a New York church. New York World. ... - - -u ui rouuos. Queen Liliuokalani is living quietly In Honolulu. Last year she took a hand in politics to some extent and made it known among the natives that she fa vored the election of Delegate Wilcox. He probably owes his election to her assistance. AN HONEST NAME. An Illinois Statesman Tells- a Good . Story Knew His Father's Son Would Not Lie. The Honorable Alva Merrill of Chil licothe, member for the Twenty-fourth District. State of Illinois House of Representatives tells an interesting story: Some two years ago Mr. Merrill gave a testimonial stating that Dodd's Kidney Pills cured his rheumatism. This with Mr. Merrill's portrait were published in thousands of papers all over the United States. On the train returning home from Springfield one day last winter were the Honorable Mr. Merrill and sev eral other members. After a time one of them said: "Merrill, what time do you get to Chillicothe?" This attracted the attention of an old man who had been apparently awaiting some identification of Mr. Merrill and as soon as he heard the name he rushed up to his seat and extending his hand said: "You are Alva Merrill and you saved my life. I was most dead with Lumbago and in an advertisement I saw your picture and your recommen dation of Dodd's Kidney Pills. I knew your father, and I knew his son would not lie, and therefore I decided to try the Pills. "I am satisfied that Dodd's Kidney Pills and nothing else have saved my life and I have been waiting this op portunity to thank you personally, for had I not seen your recommendation I might, never have been led to use this remedy, but,- thanks to God. through your honest name and the honest medicine which you so heart ily recommended I am still alive. "I have ' been watching you since you got on the train at Springfield and thought I recognized your face as the one I had seen in the advertisement, and as soon as this gentleman called you by name, I knew you were th man I had to thank." Politicians have more tact than highwaymen; highwaymen have more lincerity. AN OPENJJETTER Address to Women by the Treas urer of the W. C T. U. of Kansas City, Mrs. . C. Smith. "Mt Dear Sisters: I believe in advocating and upholding everything that will lift up and help women, ana bat little use appears all knowledge and learning if you have net the health, to enjoy It. KBS. E. C SMITH. "Having- found by personal experi ence that Lydia II. Pinkbam'g Vegetable Compound is a medi cine of rare virtue, and having- seen dozens of cures where my suffering sisters have been dragged back to life and usefulness from an untimely grave simply by the use of a few bottles of that Compound, I most proclaim its virtues, or I should not .be doing- my dnty to suffering mothers and dragged out housekeepers. -" Dear Sister, is your health poor, do yon feel worn out and used np, especially do yon have any of the troubles which beset our sex. take my advice ; let the doctors alone, iry Lydia E. Pinkham's Vegetable Compound ; it is better than any and all doctors, for it cures and they do not," Mrs. E. C. Smith, 1213 Oak St., Treasurer W. C. T. U., Kansas City, Mo. 5000 forfeit Ifaboc tntlmottiml la mot jiminm. Mrs. Pinkham advises slcfc wo men tree. Ail fir ess, Lynn, Mass.