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LIFE IS WHAT
WE MAKE IT Life is simply what we make it as we hasten heedless on To the future that awaits us just beyond the gilded dawn; We can plant our path with roses, aye, or water it with tears, We can shadow it with sorrow that will stay throughout the years; We can make our neighbors happy with a laugh or with a song, We can scatter sunshine always as through life we pass along; Life is simply what we make It; let us make it bright and gay, For the bird that carols sweetly gladdens all the summer day. Aye, life is what we make it, bright or clouded o'er with woe, As fate dolh sweep the pendulum unceas ing to and fro; Plant roses in your pathway, weed the thistle from your door, He in whose heart a laugh is born cannot be counted poor; So make life bright and merry, sunshine never killed a flower, And never came a smile amiss unto the weary hour; The birds doth fill with happiness the meadows where they throng, And we can set the world aglee with laughter and with song. -T. C. IIARBAUGH. Jason's Golden Fleece, BY WILLIAM BIOSS. (Copyright, 1901, by Daily Story Pub. Co.) When a man has been dissolute for long times together; when his friends shun his approach lest he be about to renew reiterated applications for 'just a small loan, you know, old man"; when his clothes have descended from that sartorial half-basement called the shabby genteel to the sartorial sub cellar denominated the ragged; when even his kindred shun him; when the lady who furnishes his cheap lodgings intimates that unless the unpaid rent of the last fortnight be forthcoming at once, would lie be so kind as to give up his key; when the 15-cent meal restau rant man with reluctance, but firmness. advises that further line of credit will be impossible in his case until you can do a little something, sir, on this old account which has been run ning so long-why, then, what is a man to do? Broadest among the paths lying be fore him run two. First, there is sui cide. One always contemplates sui cide under such conditions. Whether one is remorsefully sober or sentimen tally drunken, suicide is the solace springing spontane.,ously to greet thought. In theory it is easy-but in practice only the deslperate rush to its chill embrace. ']'he icy waters of the lake and river do not woo as did the Paphian goddess. Anti among those who have made a practice of drowning it is looked upon as a disagreeable excrcise. Carbolic acid and rough on rats have features most objectionable Besides, one has moral objections to self-destruction. The church has cried anathemas upon it. Society frowns. upon it by making its attempt penal in some states. It is really not good form. And then one owes duties to others Jason didn't have the price. who might grieve. No, it must not be thought of, it is aisgracn ful, determines he in such case as has been made and provided first herein. True there is the dual pa:th of reform and work. Along its broad andi straight but steep and rocky way its twin sign-posts stand side by side, pointing with unbent fingers to the temple of hope shining afar in the fields of ease. But the ascent is ardu ous Nor is it so easily undertaken. If reform without work is fruitless, equally true it is that work without reform is profitless. And to achieve the one and secure the other merely by determining to do so is possible only to those souls whose fibres are spun from steel and adamant. To the conclusions thus advanced came Jason Fenwick on the morning when he perceived with bitterness that even those poor resources he had been able to call his own had been drunk and eaten all, leaving neither crumbs nor lees behind. He had slept uneasily in a chair in an all-night saloon, fear ful of ejection from its warmth, tism orous of approaching the unspeakable "free lunch" which, beneath the ob servant eye of the bartender, held out its bawdy allurements only to those who had "the price" Jason didn't have the price, and he knew better than to invite the door by making unjusti fiable advances. It is beter to be warm and hungry than cold and hungry, he argued, and it may be conceded that his logic was not unsound. When tne porter and his early morn ing mpp began the ablutions which were intended to restore the floor to decency, he seized up Jason's chair with that contpjituous authority the black man loves to exercise upon his poor white brother, and set it upon a pool table that he might the better use the mop. Thus evicted, the young man wandered aimlessly out of the door. Remorse bit his soul and hunger gnawed his stomach. The west wind was keen, and pricked him. "After all," he said, "I'm a hesita ting fool. Let's end this comic trage dy." And he set his steps resolutely toward the Randolph street viaduct and Lake Michigan beyond. As he passed the towering cliffs of the Audi torium and the Annex, the savage wind, pent as in a funnel, assisted him with even more acridity and put an edge upon his purpose. He walked 1 r I hav found a "I have found a ladv's watch." on doggedly now, determined, and the hand of Providence alone could have moved him to turn him back. " he trampled snow lay in glisten ing ridges upon Michigan avenue, al most deserted at that early hour, but the marks of thousands of runners showed that the sleighing had been good the day before and that the well to-do had been out in numbers to en joy it. He smiled bitterly as the thought flooded him. Once he, too, had driven fine horses on the boulevard. That was when he had been Mr. Fen wick, the rising young lawyer. That was when he thought he was about to marry Edith. Well, he would drive once more-to the Styx this time-and he would wed, with Death, the grim. He had almost reached the eastern curbing of the broad highway when something shining in the snow drew down his glance. The new risen sun had thrust a dart through the crene lated wall reared as a parapet shield ing the eyes of the Lake Front park from the brutal utilitarianism of the railroad in the deplths below and it had found a golden target. Jason stooped and picked from the snow-a lady's gold watch, set with a wreath of dia monds. For an instant he stood in stupor, holding the glistening jewel in his un gloved, unwashed palm. Then with a swift motion he thrust hand and watch into hiis pocket, clutching his prize eagerly, and looking sharply about to see if there were any to dispute his treasure trove. He who had been about to die, now would have fought fiercely to retain the means of living on. Visions of broiled steaks and their noble entourage formed halos in his brain. Not Alnaschar himself be fore he kicked over his basket of glass ware, indulged in more day dreams than did Jason in traversing the seven city blocks from Congress to Ran dolph streets. He had walked north ward mechanically, toward his original destination, and with an impulse, un expressed even in his own mind, to get quickly as far away as possible from the scene of his rare fortune. No cry of "halves" could be tolerated. No vague assertion of ownership should be listened to. The prize was his. all his. Had he not found it? Columbus and the Spanish dual crown had no better claim upon the vast new world. The wind and the arctic air had been forgotten. He felt a glow from ear to toe, and, within, his heart leaped in exultancy. An angel's arm had snatched him from the grave. Well, lie would prove worthy to be saved. He would rehabilitate his manhood. The path of reform and work should now be his. Suddenly, as if his brain had en countered a live electric wire, came the shocking, sickening thought that even were this prize his very own he could not use it. Its value was extreme. How much he did not know, but his trained experience had suggested at the first rapid glance that it had cost hundreds. Nevertheless, it was dross in the hand which clutched it. Should he try to pawn it, lie would be ar rested. Should he try to sell to any reputable person he would be looked upon with suspicion and refused. If he took it to a "fence," some "levee" thieves' banker, he must accept the tenth value which woml.i be offered. As these reflections crushed him, his head was bent again and once more the wind stung him like a whip. Then a new idea came to him and Jason turned westward and hurried to the saloon across the court from the public library. He seized a morning paper and feverishly turned to the Lost and Found "ads." Ah, here it was the first thing: LOST-While driving in Michigan boule vard, Thursday afternoon, between Jackson and Thirty-first street, lady's gold watch, set with diamond wreath. It is valued as a souvenir and $250 will be paid for its return to 2999 Michigan ave. An hour later a worn and tired man, blue with cold, ill from hunger, grimed, unshaven, shivering, timidly rang the electric bell at the vestibuled doorway of No. 2999. He was shiver ing, partly in apprehension that he would wake up and find he only dreamed. A neat maid responded to the summons. She looked him over in dubity. Such callers were not usual. "I have found a lady's watch," he stammered, "and I see by the paper-" But the maid cut in on his speech. She smiled graciously. "Miss Edith will be so glad," she said. "If you will come in, sir, I will call her, if she is up." He waited long, in a drawing room whose aromatic breath made him think of all the unforgetable past and then there floated from behind the portiere a divine vision of loveliness arrayed in morning robe of cerulean blue and looked upon him in the dim light of the drawing room. He had risen, hat in hand, with his old court ly grace, to greet a lady. Then, as he stared, speechless, the vision swept with a single undu lation to his very breast and threw both of her fair arms about his neck. "Oh! Jason!" she cried, "Have you come at last?" "Edith!" was all he said, but being mortal, he kissed her where she stood. The law firm of Jennison and Fen wick has the reputation of dividing the most lucrative practice in Illinois courts, and especially is its junior member regarded by the members of the bar which his talents adorn as one of its brightest lights. Miss Jennison's parents, you see, had only recently purchased No. 2999, and Jason didn't know it. In his case that little knowledge would have been a dangerous thing. COUNT EGGS BY THE MILLION. Chicago Dealers Discuss Recent Big Order fruiom the East. V South Water street men the other day discussed the recent order of an eastern man for 2,400,000 dozen eggs to be supplied by the commission men of the west, says the Chicago Chroni cle. This order runs into big figures and counted in eggs or dozens it looks large. At any rate, it means, even at the price of 10 cents per dozen, a trans action of nearly $250,000. The eastern buyer is undoubtedly making his pur chase for cold storage purposes, and will calculate to make his profit on the advance in price next winter. Com mission men are recalling the trans action last season by which Cudahy of Omaha and Chicago parties col lected and stored several millions of dozens of eggs which were afterward sold at the winter price and at a hand some profit. When talking about a recent offer made to the convention of Kansas and Oklahoma commission men to buy 2,400,000 dozen eggs sev eral South Water street dealers said that such an order could be easily handled by commission firms in the ordinary business way. One was of the opinion that there are firms doing business with hbedquarters in Chicago that would not be stumped if called upon to furnish twice that quantity in the course of a couple of months. They would simply set to work among country and call for all that could be supplied at stated times. He Was Correct Enough. In a certain regiment was an expert gymnast, who taught his brother sub alterns how to walk across the barrack room on their hands. While thus en gaged one evening the door opened, and the colonel, a stern disciplinarian, entered the room, looking attentively at the inverted company, shook his head gravely and departed without ut tering a word. Extra parade duty next morning was the least punishment ex pected for this breach of discipline. Some days passed, however, and, no notice being taken, it was thought that an apology and explanation should be offered by the prime insti gator of these unsoldierly movements. A reference being made to the evening, the colonel amazed the intending apol ogist by exclaiming: "Hush, my dear fellow, I would not have anybody know it for the world. The fact is, I had been dining out with an old brother officer who had served with me in In dia, and 'pon my life I bad no idea the wine could have such effect upon me; but when I looked in to see if you were all right in your quarters I could have sworn that I saw you all upside down! "--Tid-Bits. Mother Hints. Mothers often complain that their babies do not appear really ill, and yet do not grow and look as healthy as they should. The dieffrence between a healthy and an unhealthy child is very marked. A perfectly healthy baby sleeps a great deal of the time during the first few months of its life, and when it is asleep wears an expressior of absolute and blissful repose. Th. little eyelids are completely closed, the lips very slightly parted and the breathing is rhythmic and scarcely to be heard. There is no visible move ment of the nostrils in the healthy baby while sleeping. When a young baby sleeps with the eyelids incom pletely closed, so that the whites of the eyes show, be sure that something is wrong. When the baby's rest is broken by pain, even colic, the eyelids will twitch, and the eyes will not com. pletely close. But the same symptoms indicate often the appearance of a se vere illness, so that the mother should always be on guard. Iron Mining In "York State." Iron mining is now carried on ex. tensively in northern New York. One shaft in Clinton has already passed through a small vein of pure ore, and five feet "below has entered a 23-foot vein. A MAP OF THE SKIES For the Present MPonth. Copyright 1901 by C. de Saint Germain. With April the days are growing much longer, and it will be somewhat later in the evening before the firma ment will yield to the observer's gaze the wealth of its hidden treasures. [-owever, from 8 to 10 every night, will be the proper time to watch, to seek and to find. During these two hours the skies, on clear nights, will reveal the stars and planets in the arrange nent shown in our illustrations, the later hours being chosen during the first week in the month, while the Identical panorama will be visible be tween 8 and 9 in the last two weeks in April. Today I take great pleasure in an swering, partially at least, the many queries received from my interested readers and which may be summed up in these few words: Are the Stars and Pllaneth Inhabited? This is a question which has pas sionately excited the bright intellects of all generations and races; books innumerable have been written on the subject, either in the form of more or less serious scientific essays, or as mere flights of fancy such as the im mortal Swift indulged in in his "Gul liver's Travels." Cyrano de Bergerac, whom Rostand, the dramatist, and Co quelin and Mansfield, the actors, have made so suddenly famous over both hemispheres, owed his notoriety, in the seventeenth century, solely to his hu moristic "Travel to the Moon," where in he pretends to "visit" with the aborigines and collect information of a semi-satirical character. But let us put aside the fairy-tale writers, and examine, in sober earnest, whether, besides the "Man in the Moon," whose cheery and prosperous face gazes down upon us, on full moon nights, there are reasons to believe that Looking Northward. No star of importance at our zen ith; further down, we meet first Me rak, then Duhbe of "The Great Dip per." Alruccabah (The Pole Star) oc mpies almost the center of the North ern horizon, the rest of the "Little Dipper" to the right, Kochab, on the ihoulder of the "Little Bear" (the other name of Ursa Minor), is close to Thuban of "Draco" (The Dragon) 4,700 years ago the star gazer's guide to the north; it stands midway be ween Kochab and Alioth, of the Great Dipper. A little above shines solitary one of the few stars of "Cor Caroli" (The Heart of .Charles); another small constellation is here in evidence al though our map does not show it. It Is "Canes Venatici," (The Hunting Dogs); in that same vicinity notice another remarkably fine nebula, con sisting of a bright center surrounded by a hazy ring. Below, along the Eastern direction, behold the square Zenith GREAT DIPPER , 3 i * rortar oi e G -A LITTLE OIPPE /s , a y A J apRD A Pole 1 Wo a *-B ootes " kA DRýPION a-~ SPERSE "E'")B .bcpdon~i !} V`#,R~GO k corona. PES n~~ *Ceph~eus ma' *.0e. oreaIy% TA Rus rd G OPEIA 1:, GFS OI .2!'prdos 4L9d `ý Eý LOOK/NG NORTH formed by the third magnitude stars Nakkar, Izar, etc., of "Bootes," (the Herdsman), whose gem, Arcturus, is out of our horizon this month. Un derneath, "'Corona Borealis" (the Northern Crown) in the shape of a circle, is adorned with "Margarita" (The Pearl), a star of the second mag nitude; it was said to be the crown of Ariadne, placed there by Bacchus, the god of the good fe:lows. whose priestess she became after Theseus had so shamefully deserted her. Be low, "Hercules" (the Kneeler), with its third magnitude star Korneforos, leads us to Unkalai, of "Serpens" (the Serpent) close to the Eastern horizon. Following the line of the hills westward, we meet the two first magnitude stars, Vega of "Lyra" (the Lyre) and Arided of "Cygnus" (the Swan), the latter is. as we all see, the gem of this splendid cross. Gradual y lifting our gaze upward we meet in a vertical row Alderamin, Alphirk and Errai, of "Cepheus," and, to its left. the five stars of "Cassiopeia" (The Seated Lady), ranged 3 and 2 in M shape. More westward still, down to the horizon, shines the second magni tude Almach of "Andromeda" (the Chained Lady), all we see of this con stellation. Above, "Perseus ' (the Ohampion), shines in all the beauty of Algol and Mirfak. "Auriga" (the Waggoner), bestows upon us the splendor of the first magnitude "Ca pella" (thl She-Goat) with her Kids, and Menkalinan, t -'iperb second. The V shaped "Taurus" (the Bull) appears to the extreme West with Aldebaran, shedding upon us its ruddy light at the base of this fine triangle. The "Pleiades" shine to the right of Tau rue, close to the horizon. We have finished our first insec tion; now let us turn about face and begin Looking Southward. The Zenith is bare of interesting revelations. The first object of some importance we meet with is "Coma Berenices" (Queen Berenice's Hair), a few 4th and 5th magnitude stars ar ranged pyramid-wise. Underneath, the stately Zodiacal asterism "Leo" (the Lion) forms two trapezes, one above the other, with first magnitude Regulus at the base of the first one Deneb . Aleet, Algeiba and Zosma showing up in the order I have just named them. Another admirable zo diacal constellation, "Virgo" (the Vir gin), is seen here at its best; early in March but few of its beauties were in sight; this month, not only Spica (the Ear of Wheat) of the first mag nitude shines magnificently, but also Zenith Coma Berenices " " -~ Casto' LEO *EejIsI'4 'tO (0...._ fRegyu/us :s 3 ~ Cancer " .- gavBI O. ~ Procyon VIRGO- ;· rat1 : H 'DRtIp CION 4.9 !Corv "''-. Sir/us 3 e "! Y ' Ll t, '!" A&CNI LIBRA E AO E w tOOK/Ne6 SOUTH Zavijava (third magnitude) at the other lower corner of the trapeze, with Vindemiatrix continuing the line. Below Virgo, we behold two new ac quaintances; first "Corvus" (the Crow) with its four principal stars in perfect quadrilateral order, Alchiba and Algores at the base, both lumin aries of the third magnitude; and en cased, so to speak, within one of the folds of "Hydra" (the Sea Serpent) which climbs up in fanciful designs to themiddle of the sky in front of us; the square of "Crater" (the Cup) is clearly outlined close to another fold of the reptile. To the left of Corvus, shine brightly the two scales of "Li bra" (the Balance), a zodiacal con stellation whose leaders (of the sec ond magnitude) are called Zuben-El Genubi and Zuben-EI-Chamali. Greek mythology claimed that Themis, the Goddess of Justice, despairing of ever teaching honesty and fair play to wicked humanity, had obtained of Jupiter the privilege of being changed into the constellation Libra. I sup pose if she lived in our day she could not think of thus deserting our much improved race. I shall now inspect the Western lim it. The perfect square of "Gemini" (the Twins)-Castor and Pollux near est to the Zenith-welcomes our charmed eyes. To its left, the com paratively unimportant zodiacal con stellation-"Cancer" (the Crab) de serves a passing glance, while we are attracted by the superb Procyon, the first magnitude glory of "Canis Minor" (the Little Dog); next to it, Gomeisa, its faithful companion. Underneath, behold "Orion" (the Hunter) with eight splendid stars, among them Be telgeuse, Rigel and Bellatrix, beauties of the noblest order. "Canis Major" (the Great Dog) comes forward with another diamond of the first water, the incomparable Sirius heading the triangle, close to the horizon, that in cludes Mirzam and Adara, both of the second magnitude. We may truly say that our survey, tonight, closes with a feast of unique splendor. C. de SAINT-GERMAIN. MItsslons Get Husbands. Chinese missions are more in favor with the women of the Flowery King dom than with the men, and for a very good reason. In China, at the best, women receive very little consid eration, and the most when they be come mothers of boys. But they do re ceive very marked consideration from the missionschools,which is well calcu lated to gain their favor and make them earnest supporters of the mission system. Chinese women have some thing in common with women on this side of the earth, and, while quite young, begin to think about their fu ture husbands and to hope and look for their coming. She must wait for her husband, and can in no wise seek him. There is where the mission schools come to her aid. They help her. to a husband. While the teachers of these schools are teaching the girls, they do not neglect to be on a constant watch to find good husbands for them and in a proper manner approach the parents of both parties on the questior of the marriage of their children, and in no inconsiderable number of cases succeed in making really desirable matches, which are not regretted b) either the men or the women.-New York Herald. MAN EATS 600 TACKS. He Also Chews Aluminum and Swallows Yards tleks. Hugh Gloucester of Philadelphia, who bites steel nails in half as if they were lumps of cheese, who eats tacks with the ease of an invalid disposing of an egg flop, who swallows yard sticks and chews aluminum, almost reached the limit yesterday by driving a needle into his chest with a ham mer, says the Chicago Journal. The last-mentioned feat came near result ing in the undoing of Hugh Gloucester. He is in the Hahnemann hospital, where by a most delicate operation two physicians removed the needle. Blood-poisoning may result and cause the man's death, but at present Glou cester suffers no inconvenience from the injury. Had the needle penetrated an eighth of an inch higher the phy sicians declare the man would have been killed almost instantly. The nee dle would have entered his heart. As the physicians began cutting away the flesh to extract the needle, which had broken off, the patient remarked when asked if it hurt: "It is nothing, gen tlemen, cut away at your pleasure. This was a piece of foolishness on my part. A man bet me $3 that I couldn't drive this needle into me and live. In a moment of recklessness I accepted the wager. Pull me through if you can." The operation over, Gloucester reached for a three-foot rule lying nearby, and in a twinkling it had al most disappeared down his throat. He pulled it out and asked for nails. The nails were provided, and he bit several in half. He then swallowed half a dozen tacks and afterwards taking a piece of aluminum from his pocket chewed it as if it were gum. He de clared that since last Friday he had swallowed 600 tacks. Author of "Quo Vadis." Did you hear that delightful story of Sienkiewicz, the great Polish au thor? He is a great deal talked about just now in Paris, which-with all its skepticism-has devoured his "Quo Vadis" with eagerness and delight. They are giving a great series of fes tivities in his honor in Warsaw-tak ing advantage of the fact that it is twenty-five years since he began writ ing, and making, as it were, a silver wedding of his quarter of a century union with letters . His fame has spread to Russia, and it is even said that the czar has his books translated for him for a certain time every eve ning, so entrancing does he find the Pole's reconstruction of the stirring dramas of early Russian and Polish history. The Academy of Letters at St. Petersburg may have been encour aged by these facts to send Sienkiewicz a letter of warm congratulation. Now, Sienkiewicz is an ardent Polish patriot as well as an artist, and he was placed in something of a difficulty by the re ceipt of this letter, for it was written in Russian, and the imposition of Russian on the Poles to the exclusion of their own language is one of the things which the Polish patriot, of all classes, most profoundly resents. Sienkiewicz had to reply. To have re plied in Russian would have been trea son to Poland; to have replied in Po lish would have been treason to Rus sia. He solved the difficulty by send ing back his answer in Latin!--London Mainly About People. Answer Squelched the Lawyer. A prominent Washington member of the legal fraternity recently asked Minister Wu Ting Fang as to the sta tus of lawyers in China. The oriental answered quietly: "Lawyers are pro hibited in my country." When the Washington man fully realized the significance of Wu Ting Fang's re mark he hastened to change the sub ject.