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! : THE 'SCANDAL' OP-.SIGNA.'
BY WYLLARD.
"Two thousand a year la not a great
income," said Lady Jane, ironically,
"Still, it rescues dear Noel from abso
lute want. It was so nice of bis god-mother-always
& nost unassuming
person, too; indeed, 1 mistook her for
the dressmaker on one occasion wben
she came to caU,and I am afraid she
slipped off my visiting list quite a
year ago." .
"That is a pity, since the whole fam
ily are inclined to canonize her now I"
said Signa dryly. "However, she does
not seem to have borne malice, "s sbe
has promoted Noel to the position of
an eligible.
"Hardly eligible, my dear! Two
thousand troes such a verv little? wa v
unless one lives in Bayswater or the
country. Poor Noel!"
- "Oh, I did not mean among us!" said
Signa, with a laughing sneer and a
glance out of tne window at the re
spectable Sloane street trees, decorous
ly dusty though Just in bud. "But
possibly some young person in the
middle classes may take pity on him
now, even though it means Bays
water!" Lady Jane glanced rather uneasily
at Signa's straight young back, which
was all that presented itself to her to
help out Signa's meaninsr. And Ladv
Jane was often at a loss to know
whether Signa was in earnest or iron
ical. She was beginning to think,
with despair, that when her youngest
daughter talked sense the sense of
Sloane street and the duchess, it
meant revolt, and would end in Signa
doing some dreaded and unconvention
al thing, such as wanting to take up
a profession or refusing a really sound
offer, for instance. Sometimes since
his god-mother had behaved in such a
really laudable manner she thought
with a sigh, that even two thousand a
year and Bayswater would be better
than an awful scandal, of which she
lived in terror. If Signa Innst marry
a poor man. better Noel, wim woo
somehow, so satisfactory to all the
family, than one f thnn i,r,Q,. ono
With whom the irirl loi;rhtnri .
warm men and women into laughing,
applauding human beings, not above
joining in mat last swinging cuuiuo
of the others, and one could seeeta
seemed no more a drawing room in
Pont street,- but - the cotton-heias or
Louisiana. Lady Bloomfield's own
high cackle rose high above the
voices of the others and one
could see the men drawing breath to
demand an encore, even as she rose,
flushed with the excitement of her
success, from the piano, and she
heard, all across the room the mana
ger ask who she was. Two minutes
later, someone brought him over and
introduced him, and they stood by the
instrument, talking quickly and earn
estly so deep in conversation, indeed,
that Sisroa would not be interrupted
to sing again. It was only when she
looked cast his broad back that she
caught sight of Verney.nonchalant,
eyeglass in eye, evidently not at all
upset by her reckless interpretation of
the notorious negro melody.
"Yes, of course I will!" said Signa
to the manager. "I should like it."
and she nodded to : "Verney over his
shoulder. Her smile was brilliant.
Half London was in the stalls of the
Bacchante on the great benefit night.
and the boxes were taken by select
parties who thought the auditorium
a little public for the light of their
presence. I was tickled to see the
duchess levelling her glasses at Poppy
le Merchant when that young lady
danced the conger-eel-dance in aid
of the charity, and admired the toler
ance of her attitude. Lady Jane was
in the box, too, and Sir Wilfred and
sister, the one who married into the
state; but Signa herself was not pres
ent, ana, when 1 went round to pay
my respects to her grace, I learned
that she had pleaded a headache and
stayed at home. The cause.I'thought,
was not far to seek, as Signa would
have persisted that she bad lumbago
if it would have saved -her accom
panying a. party of which the duchess
made one.
Batsburg had tacitly promised the
Bracebridge of the Guards, who was
sitting between Noel Verney and Mrs.
Chiltren Hundreds, almost sprang up
right in his seat. .- -
"By. Jove!! he said. "Its Signa!"
The house did not recognize her all
at once and the boxes apparently not
at all. But even the awful presence
of the .- duchess and the appalling
consequences which loomed in the
near future could not restrain the
men. They laughed "at every wicked
point in the song and when he was
off the stage they yelled to nave liiin
back again. . It sounded as if the
whole hall were one confused, imper
ious demand, and though they did not
call her by name, it was obvious that
Signa was recognized. I wondered
what she would do, and almost held
my breath when the small ragged
figure returned for a brief moment.
but only just in signt at tne .wings.
There was a growing terror in Signas
eyes an expression most alien xo
them. Either the passing of the ex
citement, or the realization of her
own daring, or else that clamoring
audience, was terrifying her. She
bowed hastily and pattered off, in
spite of the cries to her to sing
again. I feared the demand was too
jirong, and that they -would force her
to come back, and I turned to look
round for Verney. But he had dis
appeared, and he was not in the
duchess box, though I looked there
With fear and trembling. Her grace
was still sitting, calm and smiling,
at the front of the box; there was
something ominous in her tacit refu
sal to recognize what everyone knew.
Lady Jane s face was like a mask; 1
DRESK GALLOXS OF WAXES.
Practice Said to Account for Japs
Hardihood. , -
The NlchirNichi, a prominent Jap
anese paper, in commenting on the re
markable health of the Japanese-soldier
in the field attributes not a small
degree of his endurance and immunity
from disease to his habit of drinking
about a gallon of water every day of
his life. The statement was verified
by an attache of the Japanese treaty
commission who studied medicine at
Harvard and practiced at home.
"The Japanese soldier is not ixr-
mitted to drink much water on- the
march. He merely wets his lins, rin-
i his mouth, and takes a small
swallow now and then. But in camp
he drinks freely. A quart immediate
ly on rising, more after breakfast; and
several quarts during the evening. Of
course it is largely habit. He has not
studied the systems requirements
"SHALL I COME TOO, SIGNA."
frighten her chaperons.
Lady Jane is a dear, good soul, but
she is accustomed to be unwise in her
management of Signa. She allowed
her new approval of Noel to be read in
the growing maternity of her manner.
Hitherto she had been cousinly in her
treatment of him she was not his
aunt or that might have been her atti
tude and when things looked very
black in the matrimonial market she
comforted herself aloud with his ad
vantages. Signa hated the obvious.
Her temper had been decidely uncer
tain since Captain Verney had come
into what she henceforth styled his
"Bayswater income," and she sallied
forth this very afternoon in a mood
-that was ripe for mischief.
She found it at Lady Bloomfield's
afternoon crush where the Bohemian
element was mingling with the severe
ly social, and everybody was discuss
ing the great ""Benefit night" at the
Bacchante Theatre of Varieties in aid
of the War Fund. The bacchante is
a very superior music "hall, and that
lent a zest to the way in which every
one was buying tickets in aid of the
charity!
There was a fat man in a long frock
coat standing in the centre of the
group of the smartest women present
when Signa " arrived. He was Bats
burg, the proprietor of .the Bacchante
and the originator of the benefit, but
Signa hardly glanced' at him. There
was no doubt that she was in a very
bad mood indeed, and her eyes, roam
ing about for some evil deed to prove
this, did not alight upon Batsburg, as
the special means arranged by the
Powers of Darkness to help her. It
was not with any thought of the fat
man and his glossy curls in her mind
that she sat down at the piano
and volunteered a song. There had
been music going on all of that after
noton; but Signa's performance was
entirely different, and everyone listen
ed, and indeed, crowded in from the
other rooms to hear. She has a
singularly clear voice, strong enough
to fill a concert-room, and trained by
Da Capri. He never thought 'that his
excellent training would go to help
Signa. to give Lady Bloomfield's
guests a treat such as that perform
ance of "Hyar there! Clear the road
for Lisbeth."
They were a noisy, audience when
Signa s singing had suddenly trans
formed them from well-dressed luke-
house a sensation that night, and we
were all a little eager; it had not been
announced on the boards, but had
floated round society through the pri
vate channels, and we kept asking
each other who was this new star of
Batsburg f The programme was as
good as could be, but the performers
were old acquaintances; and while
we stormed the stage with applause
after each item, all felt that Batsburg
owed us a new sensation yet. It came
between numbers 9 andlO an "extra
turn" which was merely slipped upon
the notice- board. -The band struck
up a new air, a catchy thing that no
one had heard, and yet, I believe, we
all tried to hum it and then into the
centre of the wide strip of stage left
bare in front of the back-cloth a little
ragged London gamin came swinging
his impudent dirty face turned to the
audience with the sang froid of his in
imitable' breed. He stood still a min
ute, and then cooly looking us over, he
began to shy personalities at our
comments that made the victim shout
claim him a success.
There was , no doubt about his
reality be was a true arab, apparant
ly brought straight out of the streets.
without a dab of paint on him that
could be discerned, and supremely
jaunty and insolent. Probably, he
was one of the boys who sold bogus
programmes at theNside doors of the
hall, or, for a few stray coppers, sang
versions of the songs to be heard in
side, and Batsburg had primed him up
i" "i.6ui: me i rone rows or the au
dience and discourse on their private
"V u was gerung quite personal
when one! concluded that
urchin had been coached by someone
who did know. Batsburg had been
among these people for weeks in con
nection with the benefit, and, though,
his use of his knowledge might be in
aouDtrul taste, there was no denying
that it caught on-the stalls roared as
each stinging remark, pointed by one
jurrimgur came clearly across
tne rootlights through the Jaunty
Snddenlv the Tnnv tvmin tt rlan
kind of double-shuffle and, to the air
wmcn -tne Dana still played softly,
broke into a' song, introducing the
names of people in front of him.
voice was a sweet, true boy's
oy mat awrurEast
SS"1! 2nd tt through the
theatre loud and strong. Young
thought Ladv Leamington was cry
ing, but I could -not see her plainly.
The next turn fell flat, though there
was a gallant effort to applaud and
carry it through. But so many of
the men had vanished thatMt looked
as if a wind had swept the stalls
bare. -It was fatally easy to get be-
hindr Thev were waiting for Signa.
I sat out two turns: then I followed
Verney. He had, as I suspected, left
his place before Signa had made her
bow, and . was waiting for her be
hind. By the time I got round, the
wings seemed to be full of men, chat
tering in excited voices, and at a
little distance stood Verney, cool and
lanquid, talking to Batsburg. I heard
the manager say, sulkily, "At the
side-door-yes, there is a way round.'
and I went then and there in the di
rection indicated because I wanted
to see the end of the comedy. There
was a brogham waiting there
stood unnoticed on the pavement un
til! they came out indeed it was
who opened the carriage-door. Signa
had changed her clothes rapidly, and
slipped away from her dressing-room
while the men were still awaiting her
in the wings. But she was crying
bitterly, and it . so- much surprised
me that I felt the whole scene a little
unreal. Verney put her into the
carriage, hesitated, and stood with
one foot on the step.
"Shall I come, too, Signa?" he said.
-Her voice came out of the dark
ness, muffled.'"
"I am frightened; Noel!"
"At last?" he said, quietly. "Well,
I am not"
"I thought it would be fun to scan
dalize you!"
"Do you mean that I was the cause
this time?"
"How dare you have two thousand
i year ', said isigna irrevantly. nei
ther of them noticed me.
"So you thought you would fling
your independence of my ' opinion at
me once for all. and see if I could be
scared away, eh?"
"Something like that."
"Well, you cannot. Nothing could.
I am going to take the onus of the
affair on myself from this time forth
however, and tackle the family."
"Will you stand by me, Noel?" Sig
na must really have had a fright to
say that!
"There shallr be no occasion. They
shall not dare to refer to it. Union
is strength it is you and I together
now.
He Jumped intothe carriage, and
I closed the door and told the -coach
man "Home," because by that time
they were past thinking of anything
but themselves. Lady Jane confessed
afterwards that the engagement was
the greatest relief she had ever
known. She had feared that it would
never come off, because it appears
that, owing to her blundering and
excellent intentions, she had caused
a breach between' them which Signa
would nor-give Verney a chance to
heal. Batsburg was an angel a fat
angel in the disguise of a frock coat
and his Benefit was the medicine that
killed or cured.
The amusing part of it Is that the
Duchess has ignored-the whole affair,
and as she has declined to acknowl
edge what everyone knows that Sig
na was the sensation of the great
War-Fund Benefit she will have to
go to tne wedding, on which occasion
cigna will make her bow and retire
from her war with right and proper
uw , mjm. ivr we present.
Quiets. Wit a Strong Faetor.
Some of the noblemen of Europe owe
tneir present positions and- stations or
honor to the presence of mind and fore
thought of their ancestors during ex
tremely eritical moments. A hiccoueh.
for instance, is the cause of the Kin-
sitys- princely rank in Austria. It
seems that during the midst of some
great court function at Vienna the Em
press Maria Theresa had the misfor
tune to hiccough so violently as to
cause, not only herself, but her court,
great embarrassment. In the midst of
her, bewilderment young Count Kinsky
stepped forward, and with a most
clever assumption jt intense tnortifica
tion and humiliation, asked her nardon
for his. breach of good manners. - The
Empress received his apology with not
only good grace, but gratitude, and be-
rore long tne young nobleman was be
stowed with high court honors and
decorations.
Another story i3 told how the Em
peror Napoiepn III when out hunting
one day, being a very poor marksman,
fired at a pheasant, but instead hit
General Massena, destroying the sight
of one of his eyes. No one could doubt
who had fired the shot, but General
Massena turned round and soundly be
rated General Berthier, who hed been
standing behind him, which castigation
Berthier at once accepted and appeared
overcome with remorse. Napoleon was
grateful to both for thus shielding him,
and overwhelmed them both with
honors and dignity. '
A TYPICAL JAP SOLDIER,
from the physician's standpoint. All
he knows about it is that be is thirsty
and drinks to satisfy that thirst."
Americans Use .Too Little. J
"Tour people," he went on, "neglect
their needs as a rule, in respect to
both water and air. They do not
drink enough and do not bathe enough.
i would not say they are unclean; it
is only that they are less particular in
their cleanliness. It is a difference in
the point of view. - The Japanese
think a daily bhth the very least at
tention to the body. Many bathe sev
eral times a day a simple sponging,
cleansing the pores and giving the
6oul a chance to breathe. And the
air bath is equally a name xny peo
ple- cannot at first live in the close
American houses. They crave the
freedom and perfect ventillation of
their bamboo cottages." Drinking and
bathing are .national traits. We be
lieve that cleanliness of the internal
tissues is as necessary to health. and
comfort as cleanliness of the skin.
The waste materials of the body are
oftien poisonous. Thedr retention ts
the cause of many sleepless nights,
headaches rheumatic pains fits of indi
geston. Water in abundance, inside
and out, is necessary to every human
being."
Wash Inside And Out
The Nichi-Nichi discourses further
on the subject, stating in a naiveway
the benefit of free indulgence in na
ture's drink:
"Health is a gift of the sods, and
the way to health lies through the do
main of cleanliness. As we wash our
linen so should we wash our bodies
inside and out. Water is the sweetener
life. In its free use you shall be as
sweet and pure as a mountain brook
as strong as the lion of the sea; as
broad as the wind-sweut rice, fields.
You shall hold your head in the stars
and your life shall be as peaceful as
a summer aay.
The largest pin factory in the world
is not as has been stated, in the
united States but in -Birmineham.
Eng. where are 37(3000.000 are manu
Jfactured every working day. All the
other pin factories in England turn
out apout i"ooo000.
Bow to Become Disease Proof.
It has already been suggested that
the appendix should be removed from
every infant as a routine measure. But
this is clearly insufficient, -says the
British Medical Journal. The surgery
or tne ruture must include far more
than this. The tonsils and turbinate
oones of the nose must be cut out, be
cause they may harbor germs. What
Arbuthnot Lane calls the "human cess
pool" (that is the large intestine),
must be removed along with a consider
able part of the upper portion of the
alimentary canal, because it won't be
needed wnen we begin to live on M.
Berthelot's tabloids and pills. The
too readily decaying teeth will be
pulled out in early life and the eerm
proof store variety inserted. The failing
numan eye win De anticipated by
spectacles in early youth. Deficient
moral sense and degeneracy will be
treated by ventilation of the brain and
removal of the offending areas.
Thus protected against the perils of
civilization, the man in the coming
centuries will be able in his Journey
tnrougn lire to aery tne countless ene
mies that seek to rob him of health
sans teeth, sans eyes, sans taste, sans
everything.
FRONTIER
HOSPITALITY.
CQBFEE
DOES
The Prairie-Dofc 'said to the Snake. -.
" Tjrar home is my hole, prithee make,
- Ill ask the 01 too,
. And twixt ns and yon
A Tattling good game we will shake."
HURT
llake the trial yourself leave off "
Coffee 10 days and use
P OST U M
FOOD COFFEE
in its place.
That's the only way to find out.
Postum is a sure rebuilder and when you cut out the
coffee and use Postum instead, you get a taste of
.health,-for the aches and ails begin to leave.
You may THINK you know, but you don't
until after thetriaL Remember
. ''There's a Reason
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