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Poetie, a wood nymph in the fatry forest of Bars e, is permitted by Ak, the master workman of the worli. to adopt a little buy who is lost in the for"'st. The child is named Neelas, or Niceolas, and greca up among the fairies, nymphs and I gnon.-". The master workman then takes him through the world said the youth discovers hu manity. Deeply impressed with the sorrows of the world. Nicclas, or Claus, consecrates hims'lf to making happy the children of men. Accord ingly the fairies and knooks, or gnomes, build r him a house, and there Claus makes the first toy. Toy-making soon becomes his chief occu pation. The ityls give him the colors with which they decorate flowers and Claus is in snired to make the first doll-an image of Necile. Clans is grant-d the use of th reindeer team on Christmas eve to distribute his toys. but he has not suffiient time to make a new t supply. The Fairies come to his assistan-e and i find the t.ys stolen by the Awgwas. Glossie and Flosi, take lns on his rat fourney with, the ren,ders. A bargain with Knook Prince c-han.es Claus' plans for all future. Builds a njew sledge anud planLs for nion to'y. Mdore rein- a de'er are reqat'ured for him to rnake his annual visIts. Origin of hangin;: stockings by the chimney. Tl.' first C'hristmas tree. Claus be cous old in the work The Nymph Neelle, she who had reared him and he en his foster-mother. was still youthful and strong and beautiful, and it t secmed to her but a short time since this aged, gray-bt arded man had lain in her I arms and smiled on her with his innocent, r baby lips. In this is shown the difference between mortals and immortals. It was fortunate that the great Ak came a to the Forest at this time. Necile sought him with troubled eyes and told him of the fate that threatened their friend Claus. At once the Master became grave, and i he leaned upon his ax and stroked his griz- e sled beard thoughtfully for many minutes. Then suddenly he stood up straight, and poised his powerful head with firm resolve, t and stretched out his great right arm as if determined on doing some mighty deed. For a thought had come to him so grand in Its conception that all the world might well n bow before the Master Woodman and hon- a or his name forever! It is well known that when the great Ak t once undertakes to do a thing he never 11 hesitates an instant. Now he summoned his i flet test messengers, and sent them in a o flash to many parts of the earth. And a when they were gone he turned to the anx Io;s Necile and comforted her, saying: I. "lie of good he trt, my child; our friend still lives. And now run to your Queen and I< till her that I have summoned a council ii of all the immortals of the world to meet with me here in Burzee this night. If they n ob, y, and harken unto my words, Claus n will drive his reindeer for countless ages t: ye t to come." I At midnight there was a wondrous scene t in the ancient Forest of Burzee, whi re for n the first time in many centuries the rulers h of the immortals who inhabit the earth were gathered together. d There was the Queen of the Water a Fprit, s, whose ih :utiful farm was as clear o es crystal bu- con'inually dripped water v on the bhink of m )ss where she sa:. And n beside h.,r was the King of the Sleep Fays. to who earri, d a w.tnd from the end of which a tine dust ft!l all around. so that no mor- m t,l cul k. p awake long enough to see v him. a, mor:al eyes w.re sure to close in t1 sle " p as s"on as the lost tilled them. And tl n" xt t, him sat the rn.me King. whose p.o.' inhabit all that region under the 1 earths surface. where they guard the pre- v cious me:als and the jewel stones that lie v burie.d in rock and ore. At his right hand ir ste,l the King of the Sound Imps, who had a wl,gs on his feet. for his people are swift h to carry all sounds that are made. When I they are busy they carry the sounds but g short distances, for there are many of them; n but sometimes they speed with the sounds to places miles and miles away from where they are made. The King of the Sound Imps had an anxious and careworn face, for most people have no consideration for his Imps and, especially the boys and girls, e make a great many unnecessary sounds r which the Imps are obliged to carry when they might be better employed. The next in the circle of immortals was a the King of the Wind Demons, slender of o frame, restless and uneasy at being con- v Oned to one place for even an hour. Once in a while he would leave his place and circle around the glade, and each time he did this the Fairy Queen d was obliged to untangle the flowing locks a of her golden hair and tuck them back of her pink ears. But afhe did not complain, for it was not often th:at the King of the Wind Demons came into the heart of the t Forest. After the Fairy Queen, whose n home, you know, was in old Burze, came the King of the Light Elves, with his two Princes, Flash and Twilight, at his back. He never went any'where without his a Princes, for they were so mIschievous tha,t he dared not let them wander alone.3 Prince Flash bore a lightning bolt in his ' right hand and a horn of gunpowder in his left, and his bright eyes roved constantly ~ around, as if he longed to use his blinding i flashes. PrInce Twilight held a great snut- k fer in one hand and a big black cloak in the dl other, and It is well known that unless Tw-i- f light is carefully watched the snuffers or p the cloak will throw everything into dark- la ness. and Darkness is the greatest enemy t, the King of the Light Elves has. In addition to the immortals I have nam ed were the King of the Knooks, who had ~ come from his home in the jungles of In- E dia, and the King of the Ryls, who lived &tmong the gay flowers and luscIous fruIts oif Valencia. Sweet Queen Zurline of the Viood-Nymphs completed the circle of im-r mortals. But in the center of the clrc!e sat three oetheirs who. poissessed powers so great thatt all the Kings and Queens showed them d rien rince.r Tih"se we're Ak, the Master Woodsman of the WVorld, who ruh-s the forests and the h Orchardis and the groves, and Kern, the t Mlaster ii usbarinani of the World, who E W:ulis the graina hhils and the meadows r and the gardens; atal Ito, the Master Marl- t ner of the World, who rules the seast an-] ali the -raft that iloat. thereon. And all other immortals are more or less I subjict to these three, When, all hadl asembled the Masterd W. uidnman of the World stood up to ad- I drias them, since he himrelf had sum- I Bn.r I them to the council. .ry clearly he tolid them the story of ('laus, beginning at the time when as a lie ohe- had been adopted a child of thei forn st, and tilling of his noble and gener- - ous nature and his life-long labors to make I child run hapi>y.] "Aned now," said Ak. "when he has won the liv,, of all the world, the Spirit of -I Lieath is hovering over him. Of all men - who hav~e inhabited the earth none other so Well de erv'es immortality, for such a lIfe a cannot be spared so long as there are chil- - dir. n of mankind to miss him and to grieve ( ove r his loss. We immortals are the ser vants of the world, and to serve the world :I we were permitted In the beginnIng to ex-| 1st. But what one of us is more worthy ofi immortality than this man Claus, who so" sweetly ministers to the little children?" .I(s paused and glanced around the circle, to find every immortal listening to him ea gry and nooding approval. Finally the Kigof the Wind Demons, who had been whistling softly to himself, cried out: "'What is your desIre, oh, Ak?"~ "To bestow upon Claus the mantle of im snortality!I" said Ak, boldly. That this demand was wholly unexpected was proved by the immortals springing to1 their feet and looking into each other's face with dismay and then upon Ak with won der, For it was a grave matter, this part-1 ing with the Mantle of Immortslity. The Queen of the Water Sprites spoke in her low, clear voice, and the words sounde4 ike raindrops splashing upon a window ane. "In all the world there is but one Mantle of Immortality," she said. The King of the Sound Fays added: "It has existed since the beginning, and ho mortal ha ever dared to claim it."~ And the Master Mariner of the World arose and stretched his limb., saying: "Only by the vote of every immortal can it be bestowed upon a mortal" "I know all this," answered Ak, quietly. "But the Mantl, exists, and It it was created, s you say, In the Beginning, it was because the Supreme Master knew that Some day It would be required. Until now so mortal has desrve it, but wb among 'ou dares deny that the good Clus de Copyright, 1902, by Bowen-Merrill Company.) erves it? Will you not all vote to bestow t upon him?" They were silent, still looking upon ode nother questioningly. "Of what use is the- Mantle of Immortal ty unless it is worn?" demanded Ak. 'What will it profit any one of us to allow t to remain in its lonely shrine for all ime to come?" "Enough!" cried the Gnome King, ab uptly. "We will vote on the matter, yes or o. For my part, I say yes!" "And I!" said the Fairy Queen, promptly, nd Ak rewarded her with a smile. "My people in Bursee tell me they have earned to love him; therefore I vote to ive Claus the Mantle," said the King of he Ryls. "He is already a comrade of the Knooks," nnounced the ancient king of that .band. Let him have immortality!" "Let him have it-let him have it!" ghed the King of the Wind Demons. "Why not?" asked the King of the Sleep 'ays. - "He never disturbs the slumbers my eople allow humanity. Let the good laus be immortal!" "I do not object." said the King of the ound Imps. "Nor I," murmured the Queen of the Wa er Sprites. "If Claus does not receive the Mantle it s clear none other can ever claim it," re iarked the King of the Light Elves, "so et us have done with the thing for all me." "The Wood-Nymphs were first to adopt im." said Queen Zurline. "Of course, I ball vote to make him immortal." Ak now turned to the Master Husband ian of the World, Who held up his right rm and said "Yes!" And the Master Mariner of the World did kewise, after which Ak, with sparkling yes and smiling face, cried out: "I thank you, fellow immortals! For all ave voted 'yes,' and so to our dear Claus hall fall the one Mantle of Immortality bat it is in our power to bestow!" "Let us fetch it at once," said the Fay Cing; "I'm in a hurry." They bowed assent, and instantly the 'orest glade was deserted. But in a place iidway between the earth and the sky was uspended a gleaming crypt of gold and latinum, aglow with soft lights shed from he facets of countless gems. Within a igh dome hung the precious Mantle of Im iortality, and each immortal placed a hand n the hem of the splendid Robe and said, a with one voice: "We bestow this Mantle upon Claus, who called the Patron Saint of Children!" At this the Mantle came away from its )fty crypt and they carried it to the house the Laughing Valley. The Spirit of Death was crouching very ear to the bedside of Claus, and as the im iortals approached she sprang up and mo oned them back with an angry gesture. ut when her eyes fell upon the Mantle tsey bore she shrank away with a low ioan of disappointment and quitted that ouse forever. Softly and silently the immortal Band ropped upon Claus the precious Mantle, nd it closed about him and sank into the utlines of his body and disappeared from lew. It became a part of his being, and either mortal nor immortal might ever ike it from him. Then the Kings and Queens who had rought this great deed dispersed.to their rrious homes and all were well contented at they had added another immortal. to ieir Band. And Claus slept on, the red blood of ever isting life coursing swiftly through his eins; and on his brow was a tiny drop of ater that had fallen from the ever-melt ig gown of the Queen of the Water Sprites, nd over his lips hovered a tender kiss that ad been left by the sweet Nymph Necile. or she had stolen in when the others were one to gaze with rapture upon the im Lortal form of her foster son. CHAPTER IL When the World Grew Old. The next morning when Santa Claus operi I his eyes and gazed around the familiar >om, which he had feared he might never Ie again, he was astonished to find his old trength renewed and to feel the red blood ' perfect health coursing through his eins. He sprang from his bed and stood 'here the bright sunshine came in through is window and flooded him with its merry, ancing rays. He did mnot then understand ,bat had happened to restore to him the igor of youth, but in spite of the fact that is beard remained the color of snow and hat wrinkles still lingered in the cor ers of his bright eyes, old Santa Claus tit as brisk and merry as a boy of six ten, and was soon whistling contentedly s he busied himself fashioning new toys, Thern Ak came to him and told of the kantle of Immortality and how Claus had ron it through his love for little chiidren. It jnade old Santa look grave for a me lent to think he had been so favored; but also made him glad to realize that now e need never fear being parted from his ear ones. At once he began preparations 3r making a remarkable assortment of retty and amusing playthings, and In trger quantities than ever before; for now iat he might always devote himself to this rork he decided that no child in the world, oor or rich, should hereafter go without a 'hristmas. gift if he could manage to sup ly it. The world was new in the days when dear Id Santa Claus first began toy-making and ron, by his loving deeds, the Mantle of Im tortality. And the task of supplying cheer ig words, syrnpathy and pretty playthings 3all the young of his race did not seem a iffleult und.-rtaking at all. But every year lore and more children were born into the rorld, and these, when they grew up, be an spreading slowly over all the face of he earth, seeking new homes; so thaf anta Claus found each year that his jour eys must extend farther and farther from he Iltughing Valley, and that the packs of lys must be made larger and ever larger. So at length he took counsel with his fel w immortals how his work might keep ace with the increasing number of chil ren that none might be neglected. And the mnmortals were so greatly interested in his abors that t.hey gladly rendered him theli .ssistance. Ak gave him his man Kilter, 'the silent and swift." And the Knook 'rince gave him Peter, who was more crook *d and less surly than any of his brothers. and the Ryl Prince gave him Nuter, the weetest tempered Ryl ever known. And the '"airy Queen gave him Wisk, that tiny, nischievous, but lovable fairy, who knows oday almost as many children as he does anta Claus himself. With these people to help make the toys nd to keep his house in order and to look fter the sledge and the harness, Santa ~laus found it much easier to prepare his early load of gifts, and his days began to 011ow one another smoothly and pleas Lntly. Yet after a few generations his worries vere renewed, for it was remarkable how he number of people continued to grow, Ind how many more children there were tvery year to be served. When the peo >1e filled all the cities and lands of one ountry they wandered into another part >f the world; and the men cut down the :rees in many of the great forests that had een ruled by Ak, and, with the wood they uilt new cities, and where the forests had seen were fields of grain and herds of arowsing cattle, You might think the Master Woodsman Iwould rebel at the loss of his forests; but lot so. The wisdom of Ak was mighty and far seeing. "The world was made for men," maid he to Santa Claus, "and I have but guarded bhe forests until men needed them for their iso. I am glad my strong trees can fur tish shelter for men's weak bodies, and wrarm them through the cold winters. But [ hope they will not cut down all the treesi for mankind needs the shelter of the woods in summer as mnuch as the warmth of blas Lng logs in winter. And, however crowded the world may gx'ow, I do not thinke men mrill ever come to Bursee, nor to the -Greal Black Forest, nor to the wooded wilderness if Bras; unless they seek their shades foi pleasure and npt todeto thrgan ttrksand eresmed over s and built cities in far' leads; bp lb o90ee1 Santa Claus. His reindeer sped over the watets as swiftly as over land, and his sledge headed from east to west and fol lowed in the wake of the sun. So that as the earth rolled slowly over Santa Claus had all of twenty-four hours to encircle it each Christmas eve, and the speedy rein deer enjoyed these wonderful journeys more and more. So year after year, and generation after generation, and century after century. the world grew older and the people beeame more numerous and the labors of Santa Claus steadily increased. The fame of his good deeds spread to every household where children dwelt. And all the little. ones loved him dearly; and the fathers and mothers honored him for the happiness he had given them when they, too, were young, and the aged grandsires and grand dames remembered him with tender grati tude and blessed his name. CHAPTER II. The Deputies of Santa Claus. However, there was one evil following in the path of civilization that caused Santa Claus a vast amount of trouble before he discovered a way to overcome it. But, for tunately, it was the last trial he was forced to undergo. One Christmas eve when his reindeer had leaped to the top of a new building Santa Claus was surprised to find that the chim ney had been built much smaller than usual. But he had no time to think about it just then, so he drew in his breath and made himself as small as possible and slid down the chimney. "I ought to be at the bottom by this time," he thought, as he continued to slip down ward; but no fireplace of any sort met his view, and by and by he reached. the very end of the chimney, which was in the cel lar. "This is odd!" he reflected, much puzzled by this experience. "If there is no fire place, what on earth is the chimney good for?" Then he began to climb out again and found it hard work-the space being so small. And on his way up he noticed a thin, round pipe sticking through the side of the chimney, but could not guess what it was for. Finally he reached the roof and said to the reindeer: "There was no need of my going down that chimney, for I could find no fireplace through which to enter the house. I fear the children who live there must go without playthings this Cristmas." Then he drove on, but soon came to an other new house with a small chimney. This caused Santa Claus to shake his head doubtfully, but he tried the chimney, never theless, and found it exactly like the other. Moreover, he nearly stuck fast in the nar row flue and tore his jacket trying to get out again; so, although he came to several such chimneys that night, he did not ven ture to descend any more of them. "What in the world are people thinking of, to build such useless chimneys?" he exclaimed. "In all the years I have trav eled with my reindeer I have never seen the like before." True enough; but Santa Claus had not then discovered that stoves had been in vented and were fast coming into use. When he did find it out he wondered how the builders of those houses could have so little consideration for him, when they knew very well it was his custom to climb down chimneys and enter houses by way of the fireplaces. Perhaps the men who built those houses had outgrown their own love for toys, and were indifferent whether San ta Claus called on their children or not. Whatever the explanation might be, the poor children were forced to bear the bur den of grief and disappointment. The following year Santa Claus found more and more of the new-fashioned chim neys that had no fireplaces, and the next year still more. The third year, so numer ous had the narrow chimneys become, he even had a few toys left in his sledge that he was unable to give away, because lIe could not get to the children. The matter had no%% become so serious that it worried the good man greatly, and he decided to talk it over with Kilter and Peter and Nuter and Wisk. Kilter already knew something about it, for it had been his duty to run around to all the houses, just before Christmas, and gather up the notes and letters to Santa Claus that the children had written, tell ing what they wished put in their stockings or hung on their Christmas trees. Byt Kilter was a silent fellow, and seldom spoke of what he saw in the cities and villages. The others were very indignant. "Those people act as if they do not wish their children to be made happy!" said sensible Peter, in a vexed tone. "The idea of shutting out such a generous friend to their little ones!" "But it is my intention to make children happy whether their parents wish it or not," returned Santa Claus. "Years ago, when I first began making toys, children were even more neglected by their parents than they are now; so I have learned to pay no at tention to thoughtless or selfish parents, but to consider only the longings of child. hood." "You are right, my master," said Nuter, the Ryl; "many children would lack a friend if you did not consider them, and try to make them happy." "Then," declared the laughing Wisk, "we must abandon any thought of using these new-fashioned chimneys, but become burg lars and break into the houses some other way." "What way?" asked Santa Claus. "Why, walls of brick and wood and plas ter are nothing to Fairies. I can easily pass through them whenever I wish, and so can Peter and Nuter and Kilter. Is it not so, comrades?" 'I often pass through the walls when I gather up the letters," said Kilter, and that was a long speech for him, and so surprised Peter and Nuter that their big round eyes nearly popped out of their heads. "Therefore," continued the Fairy, "you may as well take us with you on your next journey, and when we come to one of thosa houses with stoves instead of fireplaces we will distribute the toys to the children with out the need of using a chimney." "That seems to me a good plan," replied Santa Claus, well pleased at having solved the problem. "We will try it next year." That was how the Fairy, the Pixie, the Knook and the Ryl all rode in the sledge with their master the following Christmas eve; and they had no trouble at all in en tering the new-fashioned houses and leav ing toys for the children that lived in them. And their deft services not only relieved Santa Claus of much labor, hut enabled him to complete his own work more quickly than usual, so that the merry party found themselves at home with an empty sledge a full hour before daybreak. The only drawback to the journey was that the mischievous Wiak persisted in tickling the reindeer wIth a long feather to see them jump; and Santa Claus found it necessary to watch him every minute and to tweak his long ears once or twice to make him behave himself. But, taken all together, the trip was a great success, and to this day the four little folk always accompany Santa Claus on his yearly ride and help him in the distribution of his gifts, But the indifference of parents, which had so annoyed the good saint, did not con tinue very long, and Santa Claus soon found they were really anxious he sho~uld visit their homes on Christmas eve and leave presents for their children. So, to lighten his task, which was fast becoming very diffBcult, indeed, old Santa decided to ask the parent. to assist him. "Get your Christrnas trees all ready for my coming," he said to them; "and then]I shali be able to leave the' presents without loss of time, and you can put them on the trees when I am gone." And to others he said: '1See that the chil dren's stockings are hung up In readinern for my coming, and then I can fll them as quick as wink," And often, when parents were kind and good-natured, Santa Clans would skaply - fing dur his packages of gifts and leave the fathers and anothers to ElU the stock haws alter beo had darted awa~y in his dedge, "I will make all Iei parentsay ties!I" cried the jolly fellow, "s send s p of toys W shos, Vs ha it .arseats wante uplet Bar their donven tbey7tio. ro-p,t]e > ones dide t3at it b could heh it, iow 1 for to ,3.And the toy shops also proved en t wheneve . child fell ill, and needed a new toy to amuse it; and sometimes, on birthdays, the fathers and mothers go to the toy shopv And get prett gifts for their childrn In honpr of the y evetuC' - Perhaps you will now understand how, 4i spite of the bigness of the world, Santa Claus is able to supply all the children with beautiful gifts. To be sure, the old gentleman Is rarely seen in- these days; but It is not because he trips to keep out of sight, I assure you. Santa Claus is the same loving friend of children that in the old days used to play arid romp with them by the hour; and I knoW he would love to do the same now, if he had the time. But, you see, he is so busy all the year maing toys, and so hurried on that one night when he visits our homes with -his packs, that he comes and goes among us like a flash; and it is almost impossible to catch a glknpse of him. And, although there are millions and mil lions, more of children in the world than there used to be, Santa Claus has never been known to complain of their increasing numbers. "The more the merrier!" he cries, with his jolly laugh; and the only difference to him is the fact that his little workmen have to make their busy fingers fly faster every year to satisfy the demands of so many little ones. "In all this world there is nothing so beau tiful as a happy child," says good old $anta Claus; and if he had his way the children would all be beautiful, for all would be happy. (The end.) Use a Telegraph Blankr From the New York Times. Lawyer Abe Humrdel is authority for the statement that if bachelors who wish to avoid breach of promise suits will use telegraph blanks in doing their proposing, they will always keep on the safe side. He bases this assertion on an Incident in a Westchester county breach of promise case, in which Mr. Hummel appeared for the de fendant. The plaintiff's lawyer began to read the alleged proposal of the defendant to the jury, as it appeared on a message blank. He began with "My dearest Louisa." Mr. Hummel Interrupted. "If the court please, this document is partly printed and partly written. By all the rules of evi dence the plaintiff cannot offer parts of that instrument. He must read it all." The opposing lawyer protested that the printed matter had nothing to do with the case, an.. that the fact that the proposal was written on a telegraph blank was an accident. The court ruled that everything on the blank should be read. Reluctantly the plaintiff's counsel read: "There is no liability on account of this message unless the same is repeated and then only on condition that the claim is made within thirty days in writing." And then, after the signature, "Yours lovingly, John," followed, "N. B.--tead carefully the conditions at the top." It didn't take ..ie jurgrlong to render a verdict. Municip rol. From the Rome Nuora If the question of t icipalization of public services is to . ed by the light of the financial resul conclusion can not be otherwise tha orable. Towns do not make profits, re is no proba bility of their makin -pr a in the future. But such a conclusion w d only be par tially justified. There is ocial as well as a financial side to the q tion, and social interests counsel the dir control of the public services despite t ;financial disad vantages. Ripans Tabuiiles 'made separately. 'liver and bowels; k eases, and restore t * FALMH.V BOTTLE. * A mauard semdy for *DY8PPhA * BILIOU ismportant c* of food =mstances I known as ' i amnusa. *hess occur ha Juese of meisad in4*aecese at eocoe.dih l are aea formed by the cells of the human body. they are in reality ex creaenititiens in nature, and when :they reach the bloed are rapidly got rid of hrough the kidneys. They are the chief soures of what is known as uric acid. As the kidney is capable of coping with only a limited amount of this substance per day, it necessarzy follows that we should avoid their Indigestion as much as possible. The average man himself manufactures fifteen grains per day of this substance, and this should be excreted as it is formed. An amount largely in excess of this tends to accumulate in the system, and when under favorable conditions it suddenly enters the circulating blood an enormous amount of work is throyn upon the excretory organs. This state of affairs is favored by warmth, an active circulation and a highly alkaline state of the blood. -A sudden chilling of the body is then apt to cause a rapid deposition of the circulating uric acid In susceptible parts of the body. These parts are those in which the circulation is least active, such as cartilage (gristle) and the fibrous tissues, especially those covering the joints. The symptoms which then occur are those known as acute gout. e Short of this, a constant saturation of the blood with uric acid, with occasional par tial or slight precipitations thereof, is a fer tile soorce of megrim, chronic headache, dullness of spirits, want of interest in life and backward Intellectual development of children, according to the degree of the mischief and the constitution of the subject. For in many cases a heightened irritability, a fussiness of disposition, an irascible tem per, proceed from this cause. These differ ences depend to a great extent upon the ac tivity of the circulation. A weak heart is apt to induce a man who feels depressed to remain quiet or even to rest in bed, while one with an active and powerful heart is more inclined to work off this physical state either in physical exercise or in some at tractive pursuit. To avoid these conditions coffee, cocoa and tea should either be abstained from or partaken of only when exceedingly weak; soups, gravies, meat extracts and jelly should be almost entirely avoided. The chief factory of uric acid and allied sub stances, the liver, should never have its circulation and activity impeded by any of those conditions which were pointed out previously as being preventable by suitable exercise, absence of impure air and non-in dulgence in excess of nitrogenous food. "The saline flood," previously described, may be required at first daily, but in course of time its necessity will be only occa sional. Condiments should be abstained from, es pecially in cases like the foregoing. They act as irritants to the mucus membrane of the stomach, and after absorption, to the cells of the liver. They cause a fibrous thickening, toughening of all structures with which they come in contact, and while they temporarily stimulate the flow of gastric juice, they in the long run inter fere with the functions of that organ. The best stimulus of gastric activity is a suf ficient rest for that organ between meals. The average meal is aigested, as far as the stomach is concerned, in about four hours, during which time the pepsin and acid-pro ducing cells are working to their utmost capacity, and are in a condition of empti ness and starvation at the end of the period. They require to feed on the blood, so that they may manufacture and fill themselves with a supply of digestive juices for the next meal. One hour is not too long a period for this. Therefore no food should be eaten until five hours have elapsed since the comple tion of the last meal. The fermentation which so often takes place in the stomach after a large meal, especially of starchy food, can occur only when the gastric juice is deficient, the organisms causing the fer mentation being Immediately destroyed by an active gastric juice; so that the wait of one hour not only secures more perfect digestion, but prevents the waste of nutri ment which fermentation causes and ob viates the manufacture of the poisons thereby produced, the injurious action of )o are a standard househol They are for men, womei ~ep them in a healthy co he organs to a healthy c IRipans Tabules are For the convenienc stant use they ar~e put 1 dred and fifty tabules. bottle is securely corkei paper seal over the 'cor bottles that have been Bottle is sixty cents If you cannot get a price, sixty cents, to til 10 Spruce Street, New we s' to Ia the aots OSa. sy The 14 t ls well kaea, are ae a asa'41 Jules. If miastiaoan a f oash saliva is pre duced tb digest the gtter portion of the carbo- tes: befor t ' leave the stom ach. in dqr iMrted quick eating 1P tle-this, s# these substances are a osti . i n the intestines eattthe atemiaph. amount of fat, quantities of sid substaces, ceatanaisg- a large amount of indigestible residue, saxk as fruits, slightly delay the action of the gastric Juice on the proteids; but s each or these is .nenemmoy to health, they shsOl6 be consumed either between meals or with a meal, at which iitite proteid Is taken. as the case may be. The ideal time for taking fluids is about one hour before-seal; fats should be eaten toward the end of a light meal and early in the day In preference, the active move ments of the day favoring their absorption. while fruit should never be eaten at the end of such a meal as dinner, but either in the manner previously described or regularly in the morning before or at breakfast, or sometimes at night. The American plan of fruit with breakfast is an eminently ra tional one. The habit has recently been adopted in England, where It at first met with much ridicule. Fruit should prefer ably be cooked, as its ripeness cannot always be relied upon. This leads to the Inquiry Into the pur poses of cookery. Its chief function is the softening of those parts of our food which were. In the living state, the walls or en velopes of the cells which compose all liv ing beings. In other cases it causes a par tial coagulation or hardening of fluid sub stances, so as to enable us to introduce them into the stomach in a fine state of di vision. For example, a raw egg will be coagulated by the gastric juice in one large mass, which will be penetrated by the juice only gradually; just as rock candy takes a long time to dissolve, while crushed candy dissolves very quickly. By cooking the egg we overcome its viscidity and are able, either in cookery or In the mouth, to di vide it into small portions. Just as in the case of the powdered candy, It will then rapidly dissolve in the gastric juice. The same thing happens in the case of milk. Several deaths are recorded from the sud den ingestion of large quantities of milk. Milk is much more easily digested when it is with other food substances in the pro cesses of cookery. The well-worn rice pud ding Is when well prepared an ideal food of its kind. So is a,light custard. In the case of meat and the starchy foods, the process of softening of the cell envelopes is effect ed by soaking them in boiling water or steam. This is supplied by the juices of the meat itself in the one case. but by artificially added water In the other. Short of carbonization, starches cannot be over cooked; but the albumen of meat above a certain temperature Is coagulated into an indigestible leather and the problem of cookery is to soften the cell envelope short of this. These principles Intelligently thought out and carefully applied will prevent many a bad dinner. The art of cookery has only recently emerged from the rule of thumb method of thte kitchen; and ie now pursued in accordance with scientific principles. These are exceedingly simple, can be taught to any intelligent child and then require only practice in method in order to create a nation of cooks equal to those of France. It is another example of the placing of ac cessories before essentials in our system of education. Clear thinking cannot proceed from an ill-fed body; and the body is fed to great disadvantage by bad cookery. To the, fats the same principles apply, though in lesser degree; for they are more easily removed from their envelope; and those of milk are not so surrounded and, therefore, require no preparation before being con sumed. The indigestibility of pork is due to the exceeding toughness of the intercel lular tissue which separates the different little nodules of fat in that meat. Another object secured by cooking is the destruction of any disease germs which may happen to be present either in the meat or on its surface. This principle should be applied to every article of food. It is now well known that insects frequent ly carry disease in this way; and all food should, therefore, be kept covered by wire screens in order to prevent this. Some foods, such as milk and bread, easily absorb noxious vapors, which are al ways unpleasant, and sometimes injurious animal parasites are destroyed by adequate i remedy. Each tabule li i and children. They re idition, prevent chronic >ndition when they have a mnost economical reme eof families where the .up in large bottles, each c Care should be taken I and bears the trade-mai k. The tabules should I tampered with. The pi 50 doses for sixty cents. Family Bottle from your e manufacturers, The RI York City, and they wil Cl he qsold be lereoa from tbb A f o easue ou b.Mi es removed from the potoi. I..en.es (e called) under wich they at- peesent smew. A health officer must be plaeed above Ananblal temptations and be give urait ty of tenure, as in the ease N ngland. It we are to expect that loyalty of service to whieh we are entitled. Parasitie diseases may be aquired from mids; and, there fore, the greatest care should be taken In thoroughly washing them before they are Water may be cooked. either for the asks of destroying disease gers present. for dpriving it of hardnes or because it aanoet be taken cold. Many persons liable to catarrh eaanot drink witbeat detriment cold water, more especially before break fast. Now every one should drink a glass of water, more er lees, in the morning about half an hour before breakfam; ad thse who cannot do so wil fnd that hot water may be substituted for old Wft the very greatest advantage. The M t drlakla ice water at mae, so psemlast-la Amert ca, is purely the result of habit. i utterly unphysiologieal, and is not Indulged in in any other part of the world. But for the excellence of most of the dietetie habits of the United States people. dyspepsia from this cause would be almost Invariable. In hot weather, the temporar sense of cool ness given by cooling drinks is the cause of a greatly excessive consumption of,4uids. This produces flaccidi of tissue. often excessive corpulence, certainly diminishes stamina and efficiency for work. This is well known to trainers, who re strict to reasonable limits the daily con sumption of fluids among athletes. Excess of fluids adds to the work of the heart and tends ultimately to weaken it, especially in hot climates. Of course, the other extreme must be avoided; for deficiency of fluids not only causes constipation, but prevents a suicient excretion of substances which. when retained, poison every organ of the body. Kept Silent for Thirty Years. Prom the Chicago Tribene. Silenced by a whipping he thought he did not deserve, Jerry Miller is now a hermit in a farmhouse in the wild regions of Ohio. not far from Chillicothe. He is now past forty years old, and no one can remember having heard him say a dozen connected words. His father, who is still living, is said to have been a stern taskmaster and a firm believer of the old ideas of punish ment. Jerry was accused of some offense which he stoutly denied. His father, think ing the boy guilty of the offense, said he would whip both for the original offense and then for not telling the truth about it. The boy protested and pleaded with his father, but without avail. The whipping administered was not a gentle one, but the boy took it stolidly and did not even cry. The days grew into weeks, and still the boy maintained the same gloomy silence. Years passed. The father was heartbroken at the boy's determination. He tried every means In his power to show the son that he was eager to make amends for the wrong he had done. The boy, grown to a man, worked on in silence. Doctors were called in to see if there was any mental defect in him, but they could make no progress, as that baf fling silenge stood always a, bar to all in quiries. The Yankee Skipper's Opinion. Pron7 the Lnndon Tatler. An old salt of my acquaintance tells a' tale which is not quite complimentary to the British admiralty. Not long ago, he says, a nauticil friend took a run round the New Zealand coast on an American steamer. Of course, he carried his chart with him and consulted it frequently. One day he was at fault, so he asked the cap tain's opinion on the apparent discrepancy. The Yankee ha'ndled the chart gingerly, and with a perceptible drawl observed. "British, [ guess?" "The latest," replied the pas senger. "Ah, yes; I thought so," quoth the skipper evasively. "That, sir, is a doc u-ment of which the late Capt. 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