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A Some time ago The Star printed a story of the pictures in General Miles' room and headquarters of the army. S!nce that time quite a number have been added to the col lection. being some that were in the depart ment. which have been refrained and hung. A large number known as Forbes' war pic tures, made about 1867, illustrating scenes of the civil war. now adorn the walls of the rooms devoted to army headquarters. These pictures are old prints and are almost impossible to obtain now, although they were quite plentiful at the time they were published. They are of the sad, warlike and amusing types. The list includes the following, and the titles of many indicate pretty clearly what they are: "Newspapers in Camp." "The Reliable Contaband" (contraband was the name of the darkies during the war). "The Rear of the Column" (showing many stragglers), "Coffee Boilers" (a camp scene), "An Army Forge," "The Leader of the Herd" (a cel ebrate old mule). "After Dress Parade." "The Picket Line," "Home. Sweet Home," "A Halt for Twenty Minutes,' "The Sup ply Train." "Trading for Coffee and To bacco" (Yanks and Johnnies on friendly terms), "Drawing Rations at the Commis sary Serg.ant's." "A Cavalry Charge." "A Quiet Nibbl on the Calvary Skirmish Line," "Coming Into Action," "A Watched Pot Never Boils." "Going Into Bivouac at Night." "Awaiting the Attack. Infantry," "The Halt on the Line of Bat.le," "Through the WiI,lrness," "The Sanctuary" (showing an aged colored couple praising the Union flag). "The Return F'rom Picket Duty." "Coning Into the Lines," "On Picket, Washing Day," "Tattoo." "The Distant Battle." "A Newspaper Correspondent" (said to be George Alfred Townsend "Gath"). "Advance on the Cavalry Skir mish Line." "The Lull in the Fight." "A Night March." "Just in Time, Artillery." "A Wagoner's Shanty." "Pontoon Bridges." *A Thirsty Crowd, Newspapers for the Army." "They're Johnnies as Sure as You're Born. Boys," "Fail in for Soup." "Gone Off With the Yankees." "A Scouting Party. Cavalry." "A Flank March Across Country." "A Slave Cabin. Got Any Pies for Sale. Aunty?" "Waiting for Something to Turn Up.' "Battle of Vermillion Bayou, April 17. 143," and "Custer's Charge." Occasionally a good story is told by some army officer of the Spanish war. One who was In the city the other day told about a peculiar order that came to him while he was in command of quite an important point on the Florida coast. He had five batteries of artillery under him, and some of the best modern guns mounted and ready for the defense of an important harbor !n case it was attacked by the Spanish. One day an order came directing him to aban don the post and turn all property over to the quartermaster, and an order to the quartermaster directed him to remove the property to some other point. It was quite a task to pack up five batteries of artillery and move at once, while the poor quarter xnaster would have been busy yet getting those big guns and paraphernalia belonging to the fort away. Howt er, an order was an order, and the officer at once gave direc tions to make ready for moving. They could not p.-a;sibly have got away before midnight. and while the work was going on it occurred to the officer that some thing dreadful must have happened to cause an al,andonment of a fort which has always been regarded as a stronghold and an abs,.lutely safe defense. He did not dare qu,stion the order. but he concluded to sen,t a private telogrym to the adjutant g,n--ral. asking what was up that caused th.- m-vement. He soon got a reply back: "You are not ordered away. There is a mistake. DO not say anything about it." Signed "C' rbin." It appears that the order sent to this officer was intended for an of f,er In charge of an unimportant post where there were about a dozen men sta tivned with a few army stores, which could be utilized to better advantage at anhthr place. Of course the adjutant gen eral did not want the story to get out, as during the war with Spain the report of Pu-h a mistake would have caused severe critIcism. In the office of Assistant Secretary MeikljOhn of the War Department is a map which is thoroughly English in its make-up and bears on its face the copy right of the publishers, who are engravers and prirters to the queen, Edinborough and London. This map is of the entire world, but it has many separate and en larged maps showing British possessions in various parts of the world. It is not dated. but has been published since Daw son rity became kno.wn, as that and other places in the Kiondike country are shown. While that portion of Btritish Columbia along the Alaskan boundary is not given in a separate and enlarged form, It is plain en.'ugh to show what the' map makers be li.v' to be the boundary line. Curious *"'''ugh, th'ose map makers to her majesty. the 'jun. give the United States all of Lyvnn canal amoi curve the boundary in confo,rmityv to the lnle-ts of the Alaskan c< ast. While this ma!' cannot be 'onsid er, dI as 'one of the official maps, like that ofthe Itritish admiralty, yet it shows that th' men of Gireat lIritain who made It munst hav" b,'lieved that there could be no di;stute' absut th'e boundlary line between the Btritish possessio~ns and Alaska. This li anthe'r one of the many evidences that keep aveumulating to show that the claims of the United States are correct. * * * * * The 11th ('avalry is now a fact and no longer a subject of fiction. Many a writer of novels, knowing that there were but ten re'giments of cavalry in the United States, has used the term "11th Cavalry" when describing some command, In order to make his story appear more realistic, and at the same time not get caught in describing troops actually in existence. More than that it has been the custom of army otteters, when referring to the many "colo,nels. ""majors," "captains," and oth er' officers whose titles are generally self made and self-adopted, to say that they are officers of the "11th Cavalry." An ofli cer and a troop of the "11th Cavalry" have always been regarded as myths and the titles to such have been placed in ques tion. It is not believed that the 11th Cav alry, of which Colonel Lauckett is com mander, in the Philippines will be any mnyth, and that it will render good service to the government. Although it is a vol unteer organization. its number begins im mediately after the regulars, which is the same rule adopted in numbering the volun teer infantry regiments. A good story comes up from Cuba about a well-known naval officer. Wherever the United States navy is known Commander Lucien Young is known. Young was one of the men who went to the rescue of the shipwrecked sailors at Samoa after the great cyclone of 1888. He also performed a daring feat off Cape Hatteras when the Huron was lost, and was presented with a sword by the state of Maryland as a re salt of it. He was one of the landing party at Honolulu when the cruiser Boston sent troops there to support Minister Stevens in his recognition qf the provisional gov ernment which overthrew Queen Lilluoka lani in HawaiL. Lucien Is a Kentuckian, and as a talker Is second only to Joe Black burn pf that state. But to get to the story: It appears that somne naval ooers were together down in Havana, and a late arri vsal wiped his brow, ordered a drink, and tefmarked that he was competely talked Oat, as he had been up against the great.et talker in the navy. Young," remarked one of the other officers. "No," he replied. "I have just been up against plain Smith." "Well. then, you have got another guess coming as to who is the greatest talker." responded the man who had mentioned Young's name. "I don't know what your man Young can do," said the newcomer, "but I have $5 to back my man Smith against him." "Taken," answered the champion of Lu clen Young quickly, and the money was put up in a third man's bands. It was agreed that iothing should be Faid either to Young or t - Smith. but it was arranged that this group of naval officers should bring them together and quietly allow them to get started on some topic. The arrange ments were all made. The men casually met. A drink or two was passed around, and some topic introduced with which both Young and Smith were familiar. The oth ers dropped out. leaned back in their chairs and smoked their cigars, while Smith and Young talked against each other over the table. This went on for a matter of two hours, and each apparently doing his level best. Finally, Smith brought his fist down on the table with a baffg and said: "Lucien Young, you are the greatest talker in the navy. I'll quit you right here." The money was passed over to Young's backer, and the joke explained. amid loud laughter on the part of those who had perpetrated it upon the two talkers. The development of trouble in San Do mingo, and also some uneasiness in I1aiti. recalls some of the experiences of a year ago by newspaper men who were on board the dispatch boats carrying the news from the vicinity of Santiago and filing it at the first cable station they could find. One of those correspondents was telling, the other day, about his experience at Mole St. Nicholas. It will be remembered that the dispatches from the Mole were of various kinds, and some of the greatest disasters which never happened were iteported from that station. This correspondent said that when he arrived with his dispatch boat at the Mole he was met by the entire army of the place and politely informed that they would take him to the governor. No, he said, he wanted to go to the cable office as scon as he could. The reply was that there was plenty of time, and that he would first be taken to the governor, and to the gov ernor he had to go before he could go to the cable office. The army consisted large ly of brigadier generals, colonels, majors and captains, in various costumes ranging from epaulets to bare feet. The corre spondent, burning with a desire to get his dispatch off, marched along in the proces sion to the governor's "palace." The "palace" consisted of a story and a half shanty, with two or three rooms. Into this the correspondent and the "army" march ed, and awaited the coming of the gov ernor. The governor soon descended from the half story above in all the grandeur he possessed. Epaulets decorated his shoulders, bright yellow sashes, tin medals and various other decorations covered his breast. Around him was gathered the army, some of them in costumes of French grenadiers, with tall pointed caps, or any thing else that they could get with color. The governor was duly presented to the correspondent and the correspondent to the governor. They shook hands. The corre spondent expressed his gratification at being in a small capacity the representa tive of one of the great republics and was pleased to meet the representative of another great republic of the western hem isphere. After this exchange of courtesies between the governor and correspondent the correspondent motioned towards the door, and one of his servants from the dispatch boat entered and presented the governor with a bottle of whisky and a ham, and the correspondent was then free to go to the cable office and file his dispatch. At dif ferent ports in Haiti and San Domingo nearly every visitor of any especial promi nence had similar experiences. Rear Admiral Hichborn, chief constructor of the navy, and Chief Clerk Peters of the Navy Department are very warm friends. They have recently been exchanging jokes on each other. The rear admiral started the fun. The chief clerk was away down In Maine spending his vacation, and trying to enjoy himself. The admiral was in Wash ington hard at work. He took it Into his head that Peters needed some reading mat ter, and every day there were sent off re ports of the Secretary of the Navy or some such document, ten or twelve years old. The documents kept getting older and drier and more useless, and the admiral capped the climax by sending a directory of the city of Brooklyn for 188. When Peters re turned to the department and Admiral Hichborn went to Atlantic City to spend his vacation, Peters began sending relgions tracts and literature to the admiral, With passages marked in Denelf giving especial reference to some of the admiral's weak points. A bat -i of thi'llterature was gath ered up and Arailed to.the admiral each day, a (ressed in a different handwriting, and it such a way as to indicate Its importance, si that it must b opened, even if it was not all read. Peters declared that Hichborn was more in need of the documents which he has been sending than he (Peters) was of those which the admiral sent to him. A disagreeable feature of the occuDationi of the Philippines is just now being brought home to army officers and their families. Quite a larg" portion of the correspoindence which -Adjutant General Corbin receives at the present time is from the wives of army officers, askintg about arrangements of transportation of offieers' families to the is lands. aond also inquiring when the embargo against the f'amilies of otth'ers, instituted by General Otis. will be withdrawn. Short ly after the occupation of the islands by the U'nited States, quite a number of wives of the officers went to Manila, but finally Gen eral Otis isstuedo an order and had it promul gated by the War Department here, direct ing~ that no more officers' wives should go to the islands, saying that it was an unfit place for women, being unsafe as well as unhealthy. Meanwhile troops were con tinually being sent to the islands, especially the regulars, who were officered by men most of whom had families, who had ac companied them heretofore to the various garrisons and military posts where they had been stationed. It was very disappointing to the wives of the officers that they should be coumpelled to remain at home while their husbands were more than 10,0J00 miles away, and especially as they were likely to re main away for a long period, Now efforts are being made to get General Otis to re scind the order, especially about the time the rainy season will close, so that the wo men can go across the Pacific. They not only want the order rescinded, but they al so desire transportation on government transports. Nothing is being done in the matter, because General Otis has not yet rescinded hih order, and the information which has been received from him is to the effect that as soon as the rainy season is over the officers will be away at the front, where it will be impossible for their wives to go, and he is not inclIned to revoke the order. The occupation of t-he Philippines, if It requires a large number of troops, is sure to become unpopular with the wives of army officers. Ruined 'by the Goveraument. Press the Atlants Constitution. "Yes, sir," said the old mountaineer, "I wux a man with considerable family con nections, but I'm all alone in the worl' now." "Well, death must come to all of us-It's only a question of time." "But it warn't death, sir, or Providenee, that robbed me of my own; it wus the gov ernment, sir-the governmenti I had seven boys that wuz tryin' to earn a hones' Uivin' makin' 'moonshine' 'liquor, an' the govern ment swooped down on 'em one dark night an' landed the last one o' 'em in the penm tentiary; an' now, from the honorable lofty station of makrin' liquor on the sly they've come down to makin' shoes fer a govern ment that can't whip a handful of yaller nigger, eut in the PhIlippines" "And what are you doing for a Uiving?' he was asked.* "Oh, I'm a =maka' of 'umoonn*.ima' liquori'' I. the Rear' Ntwee. Pren the Obsesse Trmss. "'That poficemman is wearlbg pgretty *no medal. What is it foe'?' "Conspicuous bravery in en.mban into runaway automan. .a ut-iu ..e FINALLY STRUCK HIS ~ GAAT' It was plain to see that the Mt-faced ran with the short day pe ad the bent straw hat, on the rear geat ~ the open car, was nnouas to talk. A fhifted about ner vously 21 his 9eet. sat 10shttavely at marks n the receding Javilaot several times, and thou eyed ustwise the sour loaring. sle-mbilere coM eeI primly drdased oan alongside-bint. "Purty warm, ain't it?" he finally sid. "Um-I don't feel warm," replied the sour-looking man. # The man who wanted to talk dug a pen knife into the bowl of his pipe, and began again: "Cert'nly are puttin' it on that poor Dreyfus man, ain't they?" "Don't know that they are-probably he deserves all he's got, and more." It was a somewhat remarkable statement for a citizen of this country to give vent to, but the fat-faced man who hankered to talk wasn't easily discouraged. "Bum ball team we've got, ain't it?" he asked. "I am not Interested in ball, indifferent or otherwise." The man with the sawed-off pipe didn't say anything more for a while, but when the car gave a jolt rounding a curve he said: "Kind of a rocky road t' Dublin, ain't it?" "I don't know anything about Dublin. Never been there," replied the sour-visaged men. The stout-featured man wasn't downed yet, however, and he went on: "Be great times around here when Dewey gits back to us, won't they?" 'Tm sure I don't see why there should be," was the choppy reply. "Dewey just did what he was ordered to do; what it was his duty and business to do, and what he was paid to do. Don't see why any par ticular fu'ss should be made over his ar riNal." The man with the pipe looked straight ahead for awhile, and then he opened up again. "Think they'll put Bryan at the head of the ticket again?" he Inquired. "Don't know anything about it." "Even if they do. it looks like a cinch for McKinley, don't it?" "It doesn't bother me, one way or the other." "Funny game, that little ten-cent Van Wyck boom the Tammany ducks're tryin' to put through In New York, ain't it?" "New York politics do not Interest me." "Seem t' be shapin' things up some down in Cuba, I s'pose you've noticed?" "I haven't noticed anything of the sort." The fat-faced man looked to be some what squelched for a while, but after the car had gone a few squares he opened up again. "Seem t' be havin' some trouble roundin' up that cheap gez(bu of a blatherskite, Aguinaldo, down there in the Philippines, ain't they?" The sour-visaged man bridled. "Blatherskite!" he exclaimed, turning haughtily.upon the fat-faced man. "You don't know what you are talking about. He's the champion of an outraged people, and you'll find that when the iron heel of the popular vote is placed upon the neck of the administration that is responsible for this infamous persecution of men strug gling for their liberty that-" But the fat-facedl man had reached his getting-off place. As he clutched the stan chion. preparatory to hopping off, he look (d the sour-faced man square in the eye, grinned, and asked: "Hey, mister, how are things up around Boston, anyhow.?" With which Parthian dart he got off. USES FOR RATTLESNAKE SKINS. Supply in Practically Inexhaustible Procens of Tanning. "Speaking of the uses to which queer kinds of leather are nowadays put," said a resident of West Pike, on Pine creek, Pa., to the writer recently, "reminds me of a factory in my town where rattlesnakes' skins are employed quite extensively for making a variety of belts, slippers, gloves, neckties and waistcoats for winter wear. For several years prior to 1!7 the firm had been making horse hide gloves arid mittens for motormen and ratlriad men, but in the fall of the year mentioned they began to use rattlesnake skins, for which, there was no' market. The material was fiund so pretty and so well adapted for the purpose for which it was utilized that orders for the output of the factory were soon re ceived fro,m every prominent city in the Unite'd States. The factory, which I he lieve is the only one, of ks kind in the coun try, is now dioing a thriving business in goods made of this novel kind of leather. "T'lhe skins c.ome to the fac't'ry 5sitel and with the heads off. Sometimes the rattles are still attached to the- tail. The skins are tanned and prepared for us" in the factory, where the operation requires thirty days. The curing process removes all1 the dilsagre''.able odor peculIar to the raw skin and brings out the natural bright ness of the black and yellow mottle to per fection. "The supply of rattlesnake skins is said to be practically inexhaustible. They come from the northern tier of Pennsylvania counties, from the Lake George region. Colorado, Wyoming and Michigan. The skins are worth from 25 cents to $2 each. according to size, those of the black or male rattler being the most valuable. The rattles are converted into scarf pins and sold at fancy prices to people who are fond of such curiosities." NEW JERSEY TOMATO CROP. Dig Enough to Turn Out Fifteen Mil lion Cans There. "'The weather of the present summer has been most favorable for the growth of to matoes In southern New Jersey, where it is estimated that this year's crop will amount to about 85,000 bushels," said the proprie tor of a leading packing house In Salem county, N. J., to the writer yesterday. "This season's tomatoes are exceptionally fine in quality, but being very abundant not only in Jersey, but on Long Island and in New York state, the markets are just now pretty well glutted with the vegetable. As a consequence, the farmers are only receiv ing from 15 to 20 cents per bushel for their product, or about halt what they do get when the vegetable Is not so plentiful. Prices might even go lower for tomatoes were it not for the heavy demand that now exists for the vegetable for canning pur poses. This demand is caused by the par tial failure of such crops a. peas and string beans In Jersey and elsewhere. With a comparatively short supply of peas and beans the Jersey packing house people are anticipating an unusually large call for canned tomatoes between now and next spring, and in their efforts to satisfy this expected demand they are pprchazilng large quantities of tomatoes. This tends to keep* up the price of the vegetable. "There are thirty-two -canning factories in.Salem county and fifteen in Cumberland coumty, and these forty-seyen concerns have a capacity for turning out 15,000,000 cans of tomatoes annpzally. This year It is thought that the New Jersey packs will not exceed 12,600,000 cans, which Is one-tenth of 128,000,000, the Average yearly output of cnned tomatoes in the United States." A Het Finish, pirem then New York World. "Whom have we here?' said the king of the Cannibal Islands as a prisoner la -set dier's taniform was dragged befoie ims. "ne appears to be a raw veernit.' anwer ed the prime minister. --V. wanl. ...0. b ABOUT~TATTOW MARKS "If-thi - anlm a a1a eseest "had invested In a Vickif Wrth of amilk and a small iinb W 06den tootfipiks after getiga..,ls-A tU*as WaaSh1ig ton mad had U 4 4 Spply the same to these t*tt* mWk& of i., the chane of Ws - appiAeo woud have been eoIdabiy Z probably had neVer' rt , however. The knowledge of e best, method of effacing tattoo marks, used to be con fined to the ailormdf bu% the' crooks have got hol4 ,f the schene.-I*nd they employ It to excellent adva ge '* rendering their Dertilloned deserlptl&Wa, pn file in the po lice departments of varioas cities, more or less doubtful. I never eeild understand, anyway, why so marny crooks should per mit themselves to be' tattooed in the first place. You'd naturally suppose that a man who embarked upon a career of crime would give the tattooing geniuses the wid est possible berth, for in the detection and capture of criminals the Bertillon system fades into insignificance in comparison with the tattoo marks of the crooks wanted. No two men, perhaps, in the world are tattooed precisely alike, and a criminal's tattooed pictures are just as useful to de tectives as thumb marks are valuable to Chinese banking officials in the detection of forgeries on checks. The modern school of crooks appreciate the disadvantages of having themselves tattooed arid abstain from the practice. Hundreds of middle aged crooks, -however, had the marks nee dled into their hides when young and vealy in crime, and before such elaborate descrip tions of the persons of criminals were re corded by the police authorities, and I've been told that most of these bitterly re pent their tattoo marks. "The milk-and-toothpick treatment of tattoo mifks'Is'the simplest thing in life. All you've got to do is to dip the tooth pick in milk and jab away at the bit of tattooing that you want erased. It is a trifle painful, of course. The skin must be broken over all the surface of the tattoo mark, to let the milk into the flesh. The milk absorbs the indelible ink, and when the scab heals the tattoo mark is no longer there. A scar is left, but by no means so bad a scar as is left after a tattoo mark has 'been treated- by the electric needle. Crooks have been known to have other de vices tattooed over the scars left by the effacing of previous marks by the milk and-toothpick processes. They've done this for the purpose of nullifying the value of their Bertilloned descriptions on file here and there around the country, and there have been cases on record where they've /"~It., made it stick, too. For instance, a man supposed to be John Smith, the well-known pickpocket, is arrested in New York on suspicion. He's an old-timer, and perhaps he -has remained away from New York so long that the police officials there have for gotten him and cannot positively identify him. So they refer to their files for a de scription of John Smith's marks. They find that John Smith, according to the illed description. has a blue anchor tattooed on his right forearm. John Smith pulls up his right sleeve and shows them that he has no such a thing tattooed on hs right forearm, The device there imprinted is a blue-and'. red five-pointed star. - Detect'ves tell me that any quantity of Jqhn Smiths have got out of quod on showings of this sort. "I don't think I stavW in any immediate danger of being apprehanded as a pickpock et or anything like thaA. and.yet I'd prefer not to have the t*ttoe usurka-thaL I had printed on me out in J_4)an when I- was a young man in the iervice. One grows weary of his- tattoo marks. The young o-fl ctrs of my day nearly.aU had themselves mark--d up with the tattooing neoille-bunch, Just as thV bluejaeJkets did, but I think we're all mote or less sorry for it. , TP# sorriest twp aWople I ever knew over tattoo marks were a couple of young women,bokh of them datighters of onw of the most raan. its~ admirals of the old navy. They Act. comnpanied their father out to' the (hin4 station. and while to Japan, in a spirit.of mischief. th*y both had their cheeks tat tooed a lovely, blushing pink. The job was done by the finest tattoner in the empire of Jan, and it simply made the young wotheh lok as if they were blessed., with the pharming high dolor of perfect health. Their father. the Q1. admiral, raged'and stormod- 6VetV-fr( 'hut the job was done, never to De in'one.. When the two-~young wdtinn rew a bit elderly, still, of course, preserv.ing thie peachy color in their cheeks, thfr women riends, naturally enough, accused them--supposably behind their b-a,'ks--of using rouge, and I have heard both of them bewail their foolishness in having that extraordinary hit of tattooing performed ou their countenances. "There was a funny tattooing ink4ent on board the ship to which I was attached r,n the Mediterranean station aboiut ten years ago. The executive officer of the ship-of course. yotu know that the execu tive ,fficer. or 'first luff.' as the bluejack its call him, is, next to the captain, the biggest man aboard a man-o'-war--was i' rhaps the quietest and most reserved man in the American navy. He had been a goodl deal'of a blade as a young man In the service, but he had sifted dowri early, nnd byv the time he reached the grade of lieutenant commander- the reserve with which he treated all hands, fore and aft, and his ev'ident disike for men of many words was known throughout the navy. "An ensign was sent out to our ship .to replace a young man who had been re leved. The new young officer had been' the talkiest cadet, perhaps.. who ever went through Annapolis, and his penchant for v'olcbility clung to him. after he got his uniform. His gdil'tufousness was a bit wearisome. too, particularly as the youth possessed a whole lot of obviously youthiful ideas, which hp liked to spring at the ward' room table, and which often involved little hits at the older-offcers, One day. soon after joining the ship, the.yoing ensign he gan tgt. th-e.nss room table to dilate on the subject of tattooing. He abhorred .tat tooing, it seemed. He had- noticed that a large percentage of our ship's -coninany forward -were tatteeed, and.it pained.him. "'It's a barbarous, silly, disgusting,.rac tice,' said the young mari, 'and there ought to he a regulation providing for the se verest punishment ~to be meted ~out 'upon any m.an, fo:-e or aft, who per'rnits himiself to he tattooed. An offcer wiho pej'ntts himself to bes tattoed o@ightmR Uie -dismissed the seryibe.' ~ - - " - "Now, that was pretty Vah'rh talk, nrins much as most of us at4be egbie were^msore or less marked up witH 'Ehe'"ieedlr inut the older men in the servie mgke allowances for the rawness of the young' ehaps ahid so nothing was said. 'pife exeeutive oIn'er regarded the talkative -boy0with a vague smile in his eyes, and th'etr- tiansferred his attention to his plate. ~ "We had a salt watefi-shdPer -bath fie. aft on the main deck wherewith to cool ourselves when we turned out in the morn ing. We'd -stand under tteshing in short trunks and then go qgr. urselves with fresh water. On the roflwing mnorning after the young eninhabse tattoo ing so soundly the execnhtivefoffeer walked out under the sh9wey~.batIj his-.tvunks. The younig ensign happeno be the offi cer of the deck, and it wBM1'studyI to ob serve how his eyes stuck oft"whltt be had one good. opk at- the. ersn' ofa the lh-st luff,' his very niuch snupeipr offier.. The executiva.,fioer ,wjs a gis,at 'of six- feet' two. - On hi.; o S4 le had tpttooe$. au -eer mnous fuU.rg.Iip- in blue ~an red. On: his back he ha a really fine, iece.about a foot and,a-,baif Long a - la.that. had' been done by aJaau ae. re Japanese dragon'bftlngwtt four colors-blue, e, gden baepamit !green. On his br.j yY a fm the shoulders almant tpu 9 it were nicely' punctured aneUfii, boa cotitr,weep ing willows, stars, flags anudi . iPh eg him in frues beind the 4mglne a --th...Ii h...i.it, W.i.h eha,.ei.e hat p snmnions s"t laSee duw gthe seeaimr of the erebe uase ne THEY KNEW THEIR BUSINESS "On my last trip out I attended a Party of 9" *es folks in a suburb 41 a las. Weslem dt that was a prettfnee1i asb% a& things donaldered," said a p"t 011'" 14 -am. "With your Ia- p.s s pu, rni just lead v# to that' pay with jud a bit of a yrqogue. "A yomig, man and. a yauig was-we, not overly young, now, but young enough who had been employed, the mail as a clerk anid the young woman as a stdafip seller in the post office I'm speaking of for the past fifteen ye#rs or so, appear to have been something of a standing joke among the other post office employee for about a dozen years of that period. Stand ing joke, for the reason that for the past twelve years It has been well known all around that the two were what's called 'going together,' and yet, according to the best knowledge and belief of all hands, they never appeared to have got to the point of fixing a day and date for the cer emony. The man has been devoted. it seems. to the seller of stamps right along during all that time, placing flowers on her deFk in the morning, taking her to the cars under his umbrella on rainy evenings, and all that sort of thing. Then, too, the post office folks, especially the young wo men employer--the young women seem to have a faculty for getting next, as It were, to these little matters--have been noticing the two at the theaters, at picnics, and at all sorts of proper places of entertainment during all these years. They never saw the man with any other young woman, nor the young woman with any other escort. Yet the years rolled along, and the two never seemed to have made it up between them about the little stand-up before a minister. Neither of these two thought-to be indeterminate people was immune, of course, from the ageing touch of time, and they went right along getting a bit older In appearance, like all the rest of their fel low-emiloyes. "They were both guyed a good deal, of course, about their apparently resultless mutual devotion, and they both took the guying good-naturedly. " 'Say, for heaven's sake, when is it going to happen, old man?' the man's fel low-employes have been saying to him right along at intervals for years, and he has always grinned sheepishly, told 'em good-naturedly to mind their own little books, and gone ahead with his work. He was promoted right along, being a high grade man at a desk. "The girls in the office have been gently poking fun at the girl, too, It seems, for 3ears past about her apparent Inability to 'land' her admirer, but she always told then that she wasn't losing any- sleep about 'JAndiqgK anything or anybody, and she, 'Just went ahead with her little job, drew ker nay and kept her own counsel. She took a good rest of a couple of months every year or so, and always returned to work with renewed interest and industry. "WOll, when I got out to this town the lt itree there was ronsiderable speculative talk around the office about a party to which this young couple had invited all l'ands in the post office, the party, accord ing to the invitations, to come off at the 'home of some mutual friends' out in one of the suburbs. Just why the two should unite in Inviting the whole outfit to a party was something that couidn't be under stood. " 'The party's just a blind, and they're going to be married at last and take this method of inviting us to the ceremony,' was the geo-ral verdict. "I went out on the suburban train with the big crowd of post office people.who had Leen invited to the party. All had to take the same train to rvach the suburb at the h ruoappointed. The 'home of some mutual friends' was only about four minutes' walk from the station. When we all traipsed up the steps of the front porch of as pretty a Queen Anne house, surrounded by t weil k!epty*'d, is I've seen this year, the two who had never 'made up their minds' were waiting for us.-hey appeared to be pretty niA!h.At home, at that, nor were there any 'mutual friends' around that we could sea. It -was on. bit puzzling. What was more puzzling, however, was. the presence on tbe *oreh of four pretty children-the o'd est a. girl of about eleven, tlWn a boy of ten, iiriothr girl of eight or so, and then a little tad of a boy about four. 'The two indeterminate people were smil ing all over, and the way they enjoyed the puzzled expressions on the features of their felOW-employes was sure enough a caution. I think several of us 'dropped' at once, but there were others who didn't. " 'What lovely children!' exclaimed one of the young women who had been foremost in guying her indeterminate sister-employe. 'Whose are they?' ' Ours,' replied the 'indeterminate' young woman, looking rather affectionately and smlingly at the man who had been a standing gag for his apparent lack of de tcrmination. "Well, I fear that some of the women in the party froze just a trifle then, but the mnothe'r of the pretty Children waved us all intc the parlor, and there, garlanded about with a lot of flowers, was the marriage certilinte framed upon the wall. It showed that. the two had been married in the st ring of 188'7. "Well, you ought to have heard the fun, "'Why, you deceitful thing!' exclaimed the women, going up and hugging the smil ing woman who had. quite 'unbeknownst' to them, b.sen a wife for twelve years. 'Well, dern your hide for a sly 'one!' said the men to the husbanal andl father, pounding him on the back until he must have been sore. 'And you've been having the merry laugh on the whole bunch of us a;lk these years!' "Well, It seems that they had both been a bit afraid of losing their positions In the p)ost pffice, when they had first decided to 'd.tuble up,' if the information of th' ir mar riage leaked out. There's nothing but an unwritten law against a man and wife be ing employed In the same government out -fit, but they had decided, anyway, to keep their business to themselves, The wife had intended to resign her position after a cou~pJe of years, but when she found that this wouldn't be absolutely necessary, she et ntinued on in the employ of Uncle Sam, so that on the night of that party the two .rot only owned their own.pretty home, but, as they informed us with quite natural pride, a row of well-rented houses In the city. . 'just wanta to transfer the laugh onto you folks before resigning my post tior, tomorrow,' said the wife and mother, amiably, when the supper vwas about fin ished, and then she had to kiss all the wo men all over again. "She did resign her position the next day, and the men in the office have been miauling her husband around ever since for his protracted foxiness," She Changed Her Mind. From ytt-Bits. A young couple In a Lancashire village had been courting for several years, The young man one day said to the woman:' "Sall, I canna marry thee." "How's that?" asked she. "I've changed my mind," said he. "Well, I'll tell you what we'll do," said she, "If folk know that it's thee as has given mne up, I shanna be able to get an other- chap; but if they think that I've gives you up, then I can get another chap. Bo.we'll have the banns published, and- when the wedding day comes the parson wil say t,o thee, 'Wilt thou hate this woman to be thy.-wedded wife?" and tha must say 'I wilL.' And- when he says to me, Wllt thou have this man- to be thy wedded husband?' Lasball- say '1 winna' " The day came, and when -the minister asid:e "Wtt thou have this wpman to be thy-wedded wife?" the man answered: Then the parson- said -to the woman: 3"WUt thau'tave this sma to. be thy Wed ged..husbgadV- Awd Ukhe said "ake m.ahanema wor a~j1 slame* BY PHIL:ANDMit( Higer CeIticisma. An owl in a belfry sat one night, As owls are supposed to do, And he waLbled his lay with serene delight. "To-who." said the owl; "to-whoo!" But a wise man happened near by to stray, . And his visage was- dark with gloom. And he murmured, "Oh, why do you hoot that way? You ought to have said 'to whom!'" * * No Need of Welkias. The old man was sitting in front of his house on a stump which had been cut with a step, so as to make It do duty as a car riage block. "Through work for the day?" asked the young man with a golf cap. The old man nodded. "It has been a great year for agricul turalists." He inclined his head once more. "And, of course, you are duly jubilant. You will be in a position to pay off any mortgages which may have been worrying you, and to equip yourself with improved farm machinery. You can buy a piano for the girls and a new carriage for yourself. There's no doubt about It. You people are right in the swim. It's your turn to make the welkin ring." The old man !ooked at him questioningly, and then responded: "I guess not. The peddlers that come along this road has offered a terrible lot o' new-tangled notions, but they never men tioned welkins. When we want any ringin' done we ain't botherin' about no welkins, anyhow. We're makin' the dinner bell ring reg'lar every day. an' it's a heap o' satis faction to sit here silent an' reflect that every note of it means business." * * * A Hot Day Episode. "Have you anything horrible in stock?" asked the young man with the limp collar and the suffused brow as he walked Into the lair of the bookseller. "By any particular author?" "I couldn't specify. To tell you the truth, I ain't literary, But a friend of mine was describing something he read and I have been thinking that maybe books have more sense in 'em than I gave 'em credit for. I forgot the name of it, but anything In that lIne'll do." "There are some ghost stories over on that shelf" "May I read a little in 'em, just to sam pie the goods?" "Certainly." In less than a quarter of an hour he came back to the bookseller. "It'll take too long to find out that way," he said. "I haven't seen anything yet that fills the bill." "I'm afraid we haven't what you want in stock." "I'll get my friend to give me the title and then come back. He said it would he something that would freeze the blood in your veins and make your hair stand on end. If I could find something to do that I'd be the most liberal customer you ever sold to. I'm dead tired of having the blood go through my veins like hot water through the pipes of a Turkish bath, and if I could get something that would make my hair stand on end awhile so the breeze could get through It I'd gfve you the biggest bill in my salary envelope and never say a word except 'keep the change.'" * * * An Invincible Debater. There's no one else In all the world Kin talk like Uncle Jim. He's like a cyclone freshly curled An' full o' patriot vim. The folks floek in from every side, From village an' from farm, To hear the way he "p'Ints with pride" Or "views things with alarm." He'll make you throw your bosom out An' walk like any king: Or else he'll fill your soul with doubt An' bid your hopes take wing. He lets the facts an' figgers slide; It's oratory's charm That thrills you when he "p'ints with pride" Or "views things with alarm." He's recognized through all the town A terror in debate. The man who tries to pin him down Is flying ag'in fate. His throat he simply opens wide. An' swings his good right arm In sweepin' curves an "p'ints with prIde" Or "vIews things with alarm." * * * Forewarned. "Mandy," said Farmer Corntossel, "they's su'thin' I wanter prepare yer mind fur." "They ain't nothin' desprit goin' to hap pen, is they?" she asked, as she stopped her churning in the middle of a stroke. "Nothin' to shed tears or have hysterics over. But sometimes the small disapp'int ments of lfe sort o' eats into the heart an' makes people low spirited an' saps their THE FOUR AGES Fiom JTounal Amusant. constitutions. The best thing to do In to look the future square in the face an' be prepared fur what's comn'. You know Admiral Dewey has said straight up an' down, square out from the shoulder. that he ain't goln' to run fur President. An' when the admiral says anythin' he means it, whe.her it goes in English or has to be translated'into German. Do you foller me. Mandy?" "I'm a-limpin' along. Joslar. But I must say I got over bein' disapp'inted about his not runnin' fur President some time ago." "Of course. But in case you ever have occasion to meet the admiral I don't want you to be disappinted in him. Women folks has kind o' got in the way of ex pectin' men folks to be allus bowin' an' scrapin', an' behavin' like life was all one grand, sweet surprise party. When the ad miral has shook off the weight of official care there's no tellin' where he may go in search of summer board. He's jes' as li able to light in our neighborhood as not, Mandy, an' you mustn't lay it up agin him if he seems kind o' cold an' forbiddin'." "I s'pose," she answered pensively. "that he kind o' gits in the way o' speakin' short an' quick, tellin' men to man the yard arm, an' run up the spanker boom, an' sech things. 'cause when he wants anythit* done he wants it in a hurry." "Tain't that. But gossip gits started ter rible easy. An''ef Dewey was to go around shakin' hands permisc'ous, an' kissin' ba bies. an' complimentin' ladies on their love ly crochet work. they'd be sure to say he had gone back on his resolution not to run fur office an' was out tryin' to git votes. I thought I'd warn you in time. Mandy, an' make it all clear. Us men folks has to do a heap o' explainin' in this world to keep from gettin' misunderstood." CHINESE SHOES. How They Are Made and What They Cont-All the Way Froam Canton. A truck load of boxes containing thou sands of pairs of thick-soled, white-edged shoes, such as are worn by Chinamen. were recently stacked in the store room of a wholesale dealer in oriental goods in New York. "Are those shoes made in this country?" inquired the writer as he looked at a part of the stock displayed to view in an open box. "No," replied the merchant, "they all come from Canton. where they are made by hand. Between 150,000 and 200,000 pairs of such shoes are annually imported by some half dozen wholesale houses, mostly in New York. From this city the shoes are dis tributed to hundreds of retailers of oriental goods throughout the south, east and west, where they are so'd to all classes of China men at from $1 to $3 per pair, according to the quality and finish. "The methods employed in the manufac ture of Chinese shoes are ingenious and interesting. The bottom soles are made of from ten to fifteen layers of very thin leather placed one upon another, making a built-up sole. . This sole is stitched through and through in many places on regular lines, giving the bottom of the sole a sort of quilted effect. This work is neatly and trimly done even on the cheapest shoes, and when the sewing is completed a white material resembling plaster Is applied to the edges of the sole. When the white edge of the shoe, which Is extremely hard, be comes soiled it can be cleaned and whiten ed again by rubbing it with a damp cloth. "The top or upper of the Chinese shoe is usually of cloth, silk or satin, and the lin ing is always of the same material. Vel vet is, however, often used on the top, cut in patterns that are laid over the body of the shoe, which may be of silk or satin in some bright color, while the velvet may be of b:ack. producing a picturesque and strik ing appearance. Such shoes, when embroid ered, are only worn by persons of rank and cost from $5 to 25. In Heroic Attitude. When Sir John Steell, the noted English sculptor, had the Duke of Wellington sit ting for a statue he wanted to get him to look warlike. All his efforts were in vain, however, for Wellington seened, judging by his face, never to have heard of Water loo or Talavera. At last Sir John lost pa tience somewhat, and this scene followed: "As I am going to make this statue of your grace, can you not tell me what you were doing before, say, the battle of Sala manca? Were you not galloping about the fields cheering on your men to deeds of valor by word and action?" "Bah!" said the duke in evident scorn, "if you really want to model me as I was on the morning of Salamanca, then do me crawling along a ditch on my stomach, with a telescope in my hand." Good Reason for a Change. From the Chicago Post. "Why did you change milkmen?" "Well, I discovered that the one I ama taking milk from now has a nice. clear sp.ring on his farm, while the other had nothing but a cistern." Verdant. From the St. Louis Star. The city girl, who spent her vacation on a farm, Imagined she had solved the mean ing of "Pasteurized milk." She saw the cows feeding from the pasture. What could b2 simpler? OF A BATHER, e-sgi,M * .