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HAS SPENT FORTUNE TRYING
TO FORGET AMERICAN GIRL
Capt. Roper'Curzon Dissipates His Patri
mony in Vain Elfort to Undo the Chains
Forged by Cupid Now Ready to Begin
Cart. Arthur Krle Facet Ropcr-Our-inn
has spent $.:'. o"ii in America In
thru' years living to forget uti Ameii
He Is a peer nan. having dissipated
the Inst pcni:v . f his ir.I.i ritanee. nnd
he is l ow g itig to l tin ;!' anew.
He U !.i i; i,i a family thnt iraces
Its Kro.li:. hack to t!io time of Henry
III. The h. a-! of it have bull peers
cf nrt'ai.'! f-r ;:" years.
Arthur lliic lac t K ipor-Citron
was a you'h of experience when h
firt tr.i t Viss Va: lente Cwyniie,
n!t.o'ii:!i lie only twenty-three, j
His 1 ::!!; and the allowance Liven him
I t a r !i ai-.d
l.h n'"i;:!ai t i
Ms A:t;i r;. an swc.
: :, ii- father. gave
i t t:i it i. . Me met
;'.i ar; o hoard a
liliip tliat was cruising on the Mediter
ranean. Miss (Iwyrno was very lovely, nnd
she had the Incy i hat in and fr. sh
tess. the liv ly ind. pt ml. m ,. and
nerve which make Ameri. an women
so attractive to Itntish.rs. Young
Hoper -Curon fell In tel over In els in
love with tier.
He trained a reluetai. eo':sTt from
Miss liwyiiiio. hut lo r arcnts did not
look wiih tavor upon the proposed
match. The niotlier espe. ially oppos
ed it. The liu villu s Insisted that
Hop. r Curon must (.ain the consent
if his family 1 l'oiv he married their
Curon hurried to Knulnr.d and
straluthwny souk lit his father, male
lt.g n cl. nn hreast of the whole affair.
"You must not marry denenth your
position." cried the eluer Roper-Cur-7011.
adding a threat of disinheritance.
So the yoii'ii; man lingered in Ion-
don. The plea.-ed fath. r lferea.-ed his i
iiliowance nnd Arthur I'rie Roper
t'uron tried to enjoy lu'o in social dis
sipation. After more than two years of repa
ration he decided to sacrifice every
thing and seek hi r In America, to
marry her if he could persuade h.r to
consent. Ho gathered a small amount
of money ami started for t'ni'iida. Ho
had told his father of his determina
tion, and the old gentleman promptly
stopped his allowance.
When the mn man reached To
ronto It was to And that his sweet
l.eart was married. She hnd not
made a brilliant mutch from a mate
rial or social standpoint, hut she was
('apt. Koper-Cur.on realized thnt he
must forget in good earnest. He d
clded to settle in Canada, to become a
farmer in the far Northwest.
He enrolled as a student In the On
tario Agricultural College at Guelph.
Jle learned how to rake and hoe and
jilow. He milked cows, fed hogs and
jerfornied the other worK required on
He wrote to his father, saying thnt
be wouid not marry Miss Cvvynne. He
ilid not think it necessary to e xplain
the reason. Also he told what he was
doing. The father was immensely
pleased. He forwarded ban. '.some re- j
mittances and advised his son to keep i
at work on a farm. And Capt. Roper
Curzon followed hi parent's advice
for a time.
Before he had finished his first six
months In the farm-school his father
died. Then, in the language of one
f his friends, "Roper-Curzon dropped
the rake and reached for the roll; the
fireworks commenced immediately."
His share of the estate was little
leaa than 300,000.
rVv5t a"!-. ' "ni
VI;II wnitlng for tho estate to t)
settled tip t'iijit. Roper Curzon con
ceived the Iilea . taking a party of
six friends to tho Kloudil c. Ilia expe
dition was organized on tho most
elaborate scale. Mo engaged nn escort
of irregular soldiers nr.ilor command
of Scrgt. Mori itn r, one of Canada'!
lit st Known scouts, nnd now of the
T roii to Mounted Rifles.
The I-Mnionton route of dreadful
memory was chosen. Tho Ropor-Cur-;-on
nrty made a sensation along the
trail. F.ve'-y here they Went lit made
prodigal gifts of blankets and trinkets
to the Indians. Their fame preceded
tiieiu. The news spread from camp to
camp that "the I i 1 1 white god has
come." in..! Koper Curzon came to ho
widely known as "The Little White
He quickly tired of the rigors and
hardships of arctke travel. Their out
fit was not suited for fast progress In
thnt country, (me day Capt. Koper-
Curzon said to the others:
"Hoys, I'm tired of Indian bucks and
squabbling squaws; let's go buck I
w here ttn re is something decent to
cat and something going on."
of course tliey were willing to re
turn. He was paying for the whole
show. The head of the party gave
their guides pr.ttv much all of the
outfit, (minding four horses, and led
his friends to Winnepeg. The Klon-
dike trip cost him something more
i than JlO.oiiii.
I At Winnipeg nn Idea struck: him,
nnd as a result there appeared nu ad
vertisement that read like this:
"Any young woman wishing to learn
something to In r ndvntitnce and to
secure a pleasant home will communi
cate with "
A fictitious name was given, and the
answers were to be addressed in care
of the newspaper.
In another newspaper an advertise
ment requested any young man wish
ing to secure a home on eusy terms to
write to him.
There wns no lnck of applicants. The
Captain made a stdiM'tion (mm among
the young women and from the young I
men. He went to them separately and
told them vvhnt whs in his mind. If
they v ould BL-ree to marry each other
ten minutes after they met for tho
Matchmaking as a Diversion.
first time they would have a house,
furniture and all. The young couple
He brought them together, had a
minister waiting and they were
promptly married. Ho also furnished
the bridal dinner.
Then It occurred to him that the
pair ought to have a wedding trip, so
he took them to Toronto and after -
ward to Boston. They had everything
that money could buy the finest
suites in the best hotels, the most
elalmrate dinners and carriages at
their disposal. They were permitted
to buy everything they wanted in the
wav of clothes.
"That was really a delightful ex-
perlencc. said Capt. Hoper Curzon
reminiscent ly. "Those people had the
Joliiest kind of a time. I don't know
what it cost me something more than
s. I believe."
He didn't stay long in the West, but
went back to Toronto. He had not
succeeded In forgetting his old sweet
heart. Melancholy mssessed him. He
resolved to give a dinner that was In
harmony with his state of mind. His
famous "dead man's feast" was the
The dinner took place on Friday, the
1.1th of the month, and thirteen covers
i w. re laid. There were thirteen
I courses , thirteen waiters and an or
chestra shrouded In black composed
of thirteen players.
In the center of tho tablo was a per
fect articulated skeleton, which at cer
tain intervals stood up and rattled Its
nones while the orchestra played a
At the stroke of every hour figures
dressed as shades passed before the
diners, and when midnight tolled a
curtain rolled up disclosing a Hrocken
scene, while bats fluttered about the
This pleasant conceit cost Capt.
Roper-Curzou something more than
l)ti Feb. 4 last Capt, Roper-Curzon
announced that he was broke. Since
then he has been taking a real and
cheerful Interest In lite. At thirty-one
he is aboil to start forth to make bit)
The golfing costume shown Is ct
irarlet and white shepherd's plat 1
stitched In scarlet and having a scar-
let patent leather belt. The felt hat
Is also scnrlet nnd the scarf is white.
The white oullls have red stems.
Short, loose Jackets are exceedingly
beconiiug to young girls, are in the
height of style, and are so easily
slipped on and off as to make theru
commendable from the standpoint of
use as well as fashion. The very
smart model Illustrated is adapted to
all the season's materials.
The Jacket is made with fronts nnd
back and is shaped by wears of stoul-
I der and under-arm seams. The back
j is laid In an Inverted plait tt the cen
I ter and the fronts In plaits which ex
1 tend from the shoulders, all of which
are stitched to yoke depth
The quantity of material required
for the medium 6ire (8 years) Is four
yards 21 Inches wide, two yards 44
I Inches wide, or 14 yards 52 inches
Fancy Shirt Waist
I The yoke of this waist Is made with
bands, or tucks, which encircle the
neck, then turn
downwards on each
side of the front.
This Is bordered
with a band of the
which elso iritis
the collnr and the
front of the yoke
Helow the yoke the
front of the blouse
Is made with plaits
which open out
about h a 1 f-w a y
On each side of
these is a box plait
ornamented nt the
top with a little
with the soutache. The sleeves are
plaited on the outside, trimmed at the
bottom with tho soutnche, where they
are drawn in to form ruffs.
Latest Parisian Sleeve.
In the best French models the
sleeve de rigueur Is tight fitting above
the elbow, with a pun or frill below.
The upper part Is usually ornamented
with motifs In passementerie or lace,
and the cuff may be turned back with
a gauntlet of lace, though this Is less
rhlc than the simple pointed sleeve
coming well over the band.
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THREE "FETCHING" COSTUMES.
The afternoon gown Is pale green
organdie with darker green leaves and being also of silver. The hat Is a dark "What does all this mean?" ques
pink buds, and lace dyed to match the gray chip trimmed with heavy lace tloned the physician, wonderment and
buds is used for the festoons. about the brim, and having a cascade rr depleted in his face
The carnage costume is wntte votte,
trimmed with pale silk embroidery
Mauve is one of the leading colors
Soft crush felts of lamb skin, with
one or two straps, are much favored.
Frilled petticoats of taffeta are now
made for children, modeled the same
as for their elders.
The newest sailor hat Is made With
a slightly rolled brim and immensely
large but low crowns.
Shirt waist suits of natural pongee
are relieved by piping of same mate
rial in scarlet, blue and black.
Linen coats with triple shoulder
capes, double-breasted front and wide,
loose sleeves are much In demand.
Adjustable buttons, with ring or bar
fastening, are favorites tor shirt waist
decoration, four being the regulation
for the front.
Turbans or large hats of hyacinth
blue and the lighter shadts of porce
lain blue are worn with costumes ot
blue voile and etnmine.
Light Spring Tints,
Many colors have been prepared.
Out of these only a few have been
called to take a prominent position.
The light, delicate spring tints are
splashed with white, and the can
vases, aeoliennes, and kindred fabrics
are so loosely woven that they show
the silk linings through. Linens and
cloths are all decoupe, and many
are embroidered a Jour with open-
hole Madeira patterns, a treatment
which holds good with plain glacea,
poults de sole and light chine silk
when the embroidery is black. Laces
of the same color as the material,
coarsely made, are very well worn.
Machine oil will
scratches on the piano.
Oilcloth will last much longer
newspapers are placed underneath.
Turpentine placed in the scrub
water will give the house a fresh odor.
Kerosene rubbed on tho rollers of
the wringer will remove dirt and
A tcaspoonful of turpentine placed
In the boiler will make washing white
it Is healthier to have light weight
comforts, as heavy ones make the
Turpentine mixed with stove polish
prevents rust, and gives brighter gloss
Creosote and alcohol, one part ere
osite and two parts alcohol, will drive
Pip the broom In boiling soapsuds
once a week, and It will sweep better
and last much longer.
A cloth wet with alcohol rubbed on
the window pane prevents it from
frosting in the cold weather.
showing Ui reads of silver, the buttons,
encci m wnite roses at the oacK.
Gowns from Paris.
Gown designed by Ernest Randnltz
for the beautiful Comtesse de P . It
i of gray voile, made with groups ot
live tucks, forming squares. Over these
at the bottom ot the skirt are gradu
ated groups of embroidered bands.
These also trim the corsage, forming
a bolero and double shoulder collar.
The Jabot is of lace. The sleeves are
made and trimmed to correspond. Li
Varnlth Kitchen Walla.
A sanitary, convenient and also
cheap treatment of the ordinary wall
paper is to give it a wash of thin
varnish. This Improves and preserves
the colors, and makes any number ot
washings possible. Kitchen walla
skould always be done in this man
ner. White Cloth Waist.
Wouse of white cloth with bolero
fronts. The latter are made with.
group of plaits on
each 6lde stitched
down part way,
then opening out
On either side of
tieee are two wide
plaits stitched oa
the edges and dis
Over this Is a
pretty shoulder col
lar, trimmed with
embroidered m o
tifs, as are also the
glrdlo and cuffs.
The b'ouse Is or
namented at the top with little gold
High-Buttoned Boots from Paris.
From l'arls comes the cry that hlgh
buttoned boots of black kid, with nar
row Louis XV. heels, are preferred to
all others. It gray or tan-colored
boots or shoes are used, stockings, of
course, must match. But black la
really the best style.
Window Curtains of Crash.
Brown linen Is among the recent
Innovations for dressing a window,
It Is particularly effective where the
room Is treated In ecru or la elf
ferent tones of yellow.
If) -BrPON Wilms
A staid physician ot our acquaint
ance had a most remarkable dream
the other night. It Is the nucleus foi
a novel, but Just now we are too busy
to become a novelist, and we pass It
on where It will do the most good.
The doctor had been out to one ot
those performances where the clothe
are supposed to be all ready and th
go-cart landed In tho woodshed. H
was aweary when Morpheus seduced1
him to sleep, and his tired limb
Jumped a bit now and then as a new
bride does when tickled slyly on tn
bottoms of her feet.
Then Into "God 'a beloved deep"
there crept a dream. The doctor wa
on a Journey. Finally he landed in a
wide-open town In an unknown terri
tory. As he walked along the street
the people continually consulted their
watches. Abruptly a bell rang and
ome one called out in a loud voice:
"The Crack of Doom!"
Immediately there arose a mighty
din, men, women and children
screamed, firearms were discharged,
Incendiary fires sprang up, painted
women dashed through the streets In
negligee, vice flaunted a red flag,
liquor flowed from the open doorway
of the saloons, and scream upon
scream of distress rent the air.
Of a sudden a red-faced brigand
grasped the doctor's watch and was
away in the flutter of a second!
Again tolled the bell! And th
"The Crack of Doom Is now over!"
Immediately business resumed and
peace settled upon the city.
The man accosted stopped and turn
'Art thou a stranger to 'the Crack
"Except to the extent of one gold
watch," answered the man of medicine
with an attempt at a smile!
"1 will explain!" continued the cltl
cen. "In this place men are wronged,
as Indeed they are everywhere! Wi
have no courts to punish the wicked,
but every thirty minutes there is an
Interval of ten minutes in which
scores are paid lawfully!
"Should a man Injure you, you may,
with impunity, kill him during the tea
irinutes Interstice. The law absolves
yoa from all blame! Vice is permit
ted only during these recesses, and
no liquor Is sold except between
strokes of the bell!"
"In a moment doom will strike
again," admonished the informant,
turniug away, with his watch In his
It was even so. With a great clamor
the brazen note blared on the air.
Toward the physician came a great
burly virago with a bloody knife In
ber teeth! There was murder in her
eye and determination in every set
line of ber face.
Without waiting for the attack, tho
doctor flew full at her throat!
There was a piercing scream. The
man of pills awoke with a start, talis
bands clutched wildly in the lace of
bis wife's robe-de-nult at the throat !
Oh! Oh! Oh!" screamed that
frightened woman, "what are you do
ing? Trying to kill me?"
"No, my dear," answered the doctor
dazedly, "I have Just got borne from
The Crack of Doom. "
"Well, for goodness sake, doctor.
never go there again if you are to
repeat this operation," gasped his bet
ter half with fervor.
And he never has!
Some years ago we saw a man
As a general diet we would prefer
less solemn functions but In follow
ing where duty led. we witnessed tha
execution. This bit of experience is
recalled by a newspaper account of a
hanging during which the populace
clamored to see the villain die.
Strange, isn't It, that men seek tho
ieath exhibition? And yet we have seen
them climb trees and mount rooftops
to look within the boarded inclosure
here grim Justice demanded a life
for a life!
And woman! .nee we knew a wom
an, lovable In many ways, a lady al
ways and yet she sought to see a
murderer hanged! When pleading
failed, she sought an eminence hard-
by the Jail yard and strove to see the
trap when it bore downward with its
Seeing a man hanged Is not so ter
rible as some Imagine but the mem
ory ever vividly recalls the scene, the
white faced wretch irembllnj in the
death march, the last quavering look
ere the death cap hides the light for
rver. the moment of suspenbe, the
awful plunge, the slight flutter of suf
fering physique and the dead calm
ness! Happy the day whea mj email be
elevated above the premeditations and
the passions that lead to murder.
Then there will tic no eye for an eye,
r toottt for a tooth. In Ita present