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the fire, all the passion, of that wonderful poetry
finds vent in his beautiful voice:
(>h that I durst crush thee out of Kfe with love, and die, —
] >i- oi thy pain ;.nd my delight,— and l>e
Mixed with thy blood and molten into t •
To be in love with Alan, to have Alan in love
with me, and to hear him read Swinburne, are the
three dearest things in this world. Jean.
ANGIE, the bolt lias fallen.' Everything is over!
I am absolutely wretched.-- wretched with a
misery that can see no ray of brightness in the
whole future.
Alan came this morning. I noticed thai he
looked a trifle pale, but in spite of that I thought
as he came into the room that he had never looked
" lean." he said very quietly, "I have had a letter
from my sister. She was married a week ago,
and sailed for New York at one. bringing with
her — "
"Her husband, of course."' I interrupted gaily.
"A perfectly natural proceeding, and one that
ought to rejoice rather than vex you."
"Wait, lean." he said, even more gravely; "you
don't understand. She is bringing with her — Oh.
lean! how can 1 tell you?" Angie. he almost broke
down here. "I have told you." he went on after a
ghastly pause, "that I have been married, and that
my wife died six years ago Jean, my children—
Angie. a sublime sense of the ridiculous saved me
here, or I should have fainted dead away. "Chil
dren, children!" 1 howled.
"Yes." said he. speaking very raj. idly, "my chil
dren, my six daughters, who have lived with my
sister, are coming over with their aunt, and as she
is married they must now live with me -with us.
have never told you of their existence, because I
almost lost you when I told you of my marriage I did
not mean to tell you that until we had been mar
ried for sometime. I thought that they would always
live in Germany with my sister. But, dearest," he
went on very tenderly, "nothing can make any dif
ference now between you and me: for I love you,
and you have told me that you love me, and you
IN the ancient world t litre
were seven wonders. In
the modern world we have
in reality only one, and that
is the hum. iii body. Regarded
from a purely mechanical
viewpoint, the human bod) is
.. superbly efficient instru
ment, infinitely complex, ex
quisitely delicate, and yet
powerful, enduring, and
adaptable beyond belief. The
human body is a microcosm of the universe, a
miniature world in itself. It embodies within its
composition, its structure, it- operations, everything
that is to be found anywhere m the world outside
. : itself.
For instance, the I><>dy contains all of the impor
tant chemical elements. Nearly three-quarters of
its weight is made uj> of oxygen, that most impor
tanl and universal element. Then there are the
• t her gases, nitrogen, hydrogen, chlorin, and fluorin.
It. addition to these gases we find carbon, calcium,
phosphorus, sodium, sulphur, potassium, mag
nesium, iron, copper, lead, and silicon, lithium.
mercury, arsenic, and other solids. The tirst five
7, .nned, the gases, are sufficient m quantity t<> till
. tank of about four thousand cubic feel capacity,
sa> of a -■/• twentj feel Song, ten tect high, and
twenty feet wide. The solids in the body, such as
the carbon, lime (calcium), ilicon, sodium, potas
sium, magnesium, are all in the ground on which
you walk.
The body contaii em gh fat to make ab<
ndred candles, enough soap t<> keep its ■
• irface < lean :• ■■ a month, enough igar to di I
famil; meal, and enough sail to supply the famil)
for .1 month. It contains i nl; a little iron, ju^t
about enough to make .1 couple of sm.ill nails;
bui it has enough hydrogen gas to till a balloon that
would actually lift the ownei into the cloud
The human l">dv also contains enough 1
to make about three thousand lead pencils, 01 in
the form ol a hod oi coal enough to keep .1 i .
: ng f oj an ho I I hai . as a mattei ■ ;
fact, is juvt what the bodj doe with it carbon,
uses it for fuel. And the energy derived from tho
will learn to love the little ones for my sake; will
you not . "
Angie, as I am a living woman. I thought I
loved that man! But. not for all the love in the
world, could I start out in life with a ready made
family like that. I toM him so in short meter, and
sent him from me, and, just a^ he got to the door, I
burst into hysterics, and amid tears that were tor
rents, and laughter that must have bees mai
I veiled. "Six,' six! Oh, oh, that awful half -dozen !"
Then he slammed the door. — yes. my dear,
tually slammed it.
I hope 1 may never lay eyes on him ...
beginning to feel that be was too ideal tolas!
way, like those wonderful servants i
sometimes tell us about, who never do anything
wrong, and after they've had them in their I
tor two months or less, they rind that they are
thieves or drunkards or something else unspeak
First a wife; then six children; then— hew did
I know but there might be thirty-sis grandchildren
lurking in ambush somewhere, ready to pop oui
and call me "Granny" at the slightest provocation?
Xo, I could never have felt safe with that man after
that last revelation. But . oh, it s hard! He. my
hero, my Adorns in a bathing suit, my lover with the
nature of a poet, he the father of six!
Your heartbroken Jean
P. S. Isn't it fortunate that n<> one knew i
engagement? I should have been the lai -
stock of our set. and the joke of every club.'
Four Months Later
r\EAREST ANGIE: The unexpected has ; nee
■^ more occurred. 1 heard to-day that Alan Win
gate and that Montgomery "mess" are to be married
at Saint Giles in December. His eldest daughter
is to be maid of honor, and the youngest is to be
(lower girl. The Montgomery has taken h;m and
his six olive branches at one swallow. May they
choke her!
Don't mention men to me for five years at le^t.'
Your disgusted Jean.
P. S. Do you happen to know Ned's address?
carbon, or coal, docs for the
human body just what it dees
for the steam engine, — it keeps
the body warm and gives it
energy to move.
A full grown man should
weigh one hundred and fifty
pounds, which should be divided
as follows: muscles and their
appendages, eighty-one pounds;
bones, twenty-two pounds; fat,
eighteen pounds; skin, seven
pounds; brain, three pounds; internal organs, twelve
pounds; blood, seven pounds. The body contains
about seven-eighths water; and so the man would
contain about seventeen gallons, or more than half
a barrel of it.
As to food, he would consume every day five
thousand grains of lean me.it. eight thousand grains
of bread, seven thousand grains of milk, three
thousand grains of potatoes, six hundred grains of
butter, thirty-three thousand grains of water. This
makes a total of food and drink equal nearly to
eight pounds.
The matter thus taken into the bod) is normally
balanced by an equal quantity of waste thrown
off For the escape of this waste there are four
avenues : the lungs, which throw twenty thousand
grains daily; the skin, which excretes teii thousand
grains; and the kidneys and intestines, which elimi
nate twenty-four thousand and twenty-six hundred
grains respectively, Of the water taken, the
lungs anil -kin together carry off just about os;e
halt. the kidneys about forty-four per cent., and
the intesi •;.! t he rest.
All this means that there passes through the
body within the course of .1 yea almost a ton
and .1 halt of solid and liquid matter. The body
rebuilds itself with a portion of this each day,
discarding a corresponding quantity of waste;
Thus we ■• ■• that the body is constantly chang
ing.— constantly breaking down and at the same
time being rebuilt. We speak of "my body" as
11 we had to-day the same body we have always
had. As a matter of fact, however, we build an
entirely new body every few months. It is like a
cataract. We see to-day the same Niagara Falls
By W. R. C. Latson, M.D.
that men looked at five thousand years ago: fct
the v. ate: that forms the falls is always cfceg
ing,— is never the same for one second. So
the body. I
The human body is a prodigi< t:s worker.— tie
most ... powerful engine known. Is a I
single day the body of a healthy man does work
equal to lifting a weight of thirty-six hundred tea
one foot from the ground. A man at hard later,
a longshoreman, for instance, helping to load a ship,
will do a •■ i ■'.-'■ of two hundred t<> two hundred asd
fifty foot-tons a day. Soil will be understood tfat
the body in its general activity •!• es the work of
fourteen' or fifteen men. This is many times *fat|
any man made engine can do.
Marvels of the Hearc
IX order to make this more clear. let us for aao
1 mem glance at the work of the heart. The hear:
is merely a hollow muscle, consisting of two pumps.
one of which sends blood to the lungs, the other
pumping blood through the tissues. Each side oftffl
heart holds two ounces of blood; an. i as the her:
contracts about seventy-five times .1 rnirmtevtmj
means that one hundred and fifty ounces/ Of awa
one and one-sixth gallons, of blood passes tfcroegjl
each side of the heart every minute. That is. abort
seventy gallons every hour, sixteen hundred as
eighty" gallons every' day. six hundred and three
thousand gallons in a year, is pumped by each a
the ventricles, making the total work of the ..ear:
for the year one million two hundred and six
thousand' gallons. Think of the work done sv
the heart in ten years, in twenty, or in a h;et:=el
And the heart weighs about halt a pound!
The stream of blood leaving the heart trarea
six hundred and twenty-one feet a n mute, sew"
miles an hour, one hundred and sixty-eight roues*
day, sixty-one thousand miles a year. No -^
probably has ever traveled so far as his own MOM
has. For the blo.nl to make the entin double «
cuit from heart to lungs, then back : • the bea.-t;
thence to the tissues, and finally back ' ■ u.e M»
again, requires in the adult about twenty-xnae
seconds. In the smaller body of the child "*^
curl is made much more rapidly. and t! '.cart -«-.>
correspondingly faster. For instance, : . tirt .
bean beats aVabout one hundred ar.<! :airty->iX ; J
the minute, and the blood stream m; - its ess
figure-eight circuit in about twelve vonu>. • .
three years old the heart rate is one hundred a»
eight, 'and the blood stream makes its journern
about fifteen seconds; at five the pui c is •ttS-y."
eight . and the bl< kx 1 circuit re« pares e tg h ! een secor.^
The blood is the great river of life, ;
waterway, the most populous that can i Bn3 §J??r
teeming with traffic. Laborers, s"': ! - ;-. camera
countless millions of millions of busy vi ■ •rkers, crow*
it coming and goins. each with his s\ ial i*W.'
attend to. In a cubic inch of blood ti. are twer.e
thousand millions of one class of these tiny laPong
There are nearly two gallons of blood h the «^f^r
body, and a gallon contains two hundred and *™^j
one cubic inches. So. by multiplying twel c t hoixsas*
millions by two hundred and thirty-one, we iha.l^
approximately the number of the erythri >. -ytes. t
red oxygen-carbondioxid carriers, in the blooo.^*
these little carriers could be spread in a iiyer. ti>e.
would cover a surface of twenty-eight thonsaffli
square feet.
The re.! carriers are not the only ■• rkers em
barked in the great intersomatic wa: rway. &
blood stream. There are others less r.umerow.
more intelligent, more adaptable, mor ■ T * fS T?
Their duties are various and important; in tffl.
they are the real feeders, the faithful guardia»
and the efficient repairers of the body.
What the Lungs Do
methods is more interesting than the Jw^J
••■^ methods of economy. For instance, > 3 :^ s
work of taking in oxygen and throwing 1 '■'■ car^,'.
dioxid, it needs space, surface. And so there t->
been evolved a method by which in the- iungs^- (
inhaled air reaches a surface of sixteen hun^
square feet. The peculiar little openings, or v<rs>
cles, by which this economy «>f space is gameu _.«
MX hundred millions in number. There passes^^
and out of the lungs in one day no less than »■■£
hundred cubic feet of air. Each outgoing
contains two cubic inches of carbondioxid, aß ~|^,
taminatcs five thousunti cubic inches. ab«-ut c^
barrel of air. The lungs exhale every day an ««S
of carbon that if caught and solidified would aW 0 *
equal a lump of coal weighing half a pound. .
The air breathed out is moving at a
forty-three inches a second, and is inhaled a-^
speed of fifty-two inches a second. In a suduesßj
take of breath, as in a M>b or gasp of surptise^i^
Speed of the inhalation may be much greater, f^
or even twenty feet a second. ,£
IThe external surface of the body has an ' ire^ ; ,,.
about twenty square feet, and contains seven B«r
ion minute openings, j>crspiratory glands.,
through which the blood pushes certain of itspotso

The skin has a respiratory a* well as a pC S T u f
tory function. Through a healthy skin we W*f?
about one-sixth as much oxygen a^ through the WZ

Curiosities About the Hair
•TO] average number of hairs on the human «*
1 is one hundred and twenty thousand. The c^
particularly of blonds, has' a very high tes^* 6

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